May 14, 2021

This bio-tech company is innovating Maine

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. This month’s edition of our “Innovators of UMaine” series showcases Neuright, a Maine-based biotech company co-founded by Kristy Townsend ‘02 Ph.D. (above right), and Magdalena Blaszkiewicz ‘19G, Ph.D. (center). The company is developing a medical device that will aid in…

May 14, 2021

Celebrate the 2021 Alumni Achievement Awards with us!

Please join us on Thursday evening, May 20th at 6-7:30 p.m. (Eastern), for the 2021 Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony. The online event, sponsored by The Jackson Laboratory, will honor seven individuals and one family for their individual accomplishments and service to others. This year’s theme, “Common Threads,” recognizes the intertwined experience of attending UMaine, “the…

April 15, 2021

Upcoming Webinar Features Prominent Franco American

The UMaine Alumni Association and Franco American Centre are co-hosting a webinar celebrating the release of First Franco: Albert Beliveau in Law, Politics, and Love, a biography of Maine’s first Franco American Supreme Court Justice. The book is published by the University of Maine’s Franco American Programs, in association with the University of Maine Press.…

April 15, 2021

Celebrate Maine with a Whoopie Pie Today!

Happy Whoopie Pie Day! Did you know that April 20 is the 10th anniversary of the Whoopie Pie becoming the state of Maine’s Official Treat? A number of UMaine alumni played a role in the legislative undertaking, including Amos Orcutt ’64, former Rep. Emily Cain ’02, and First Lady Karen Weston Baldacci ’83, ’01G. Former…

April 15, 2021

Take Part in the Tradition of the Maine Day of Giving

April 28, 2021 is Maine Day, also the Maine Day of Giving. Consider a gift to the University of Maine, and take part in the tradition of Maine Day near and far. Maine Day of Giving is an annual event that keeps the spirit of Maine Day alive whether you are on campus for Maine…

Fighting Times book cover; Co-authors Isaac Knapper and Amy Banks; Portland Press Herald Clipping from 1979; and Professor Ronald Banks
April 15, 2021

1979 Murder of UMaine Professor was Topic of April 12 Webinar

A forthcoming book about the 1979 murder of a University of Maine history professor was the subject of a recent webinar co-hosted by the University of Maine Alumni Association and the Maine Historical Society.  The presenters–Amy Banks and Isaac Knapper, co-authors of Fighting Time—have unique perspectives. Banks was the teenage daughter of Professor Ronald Banks,…

April 15, 2021

Innovators of UMaine: Jill Pelto ’15, ’18G

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. This month, Innovators of UMaine showcases Jill Pelto ‘15, ‘18G, a Maine-based artist and scientist who incorporates scientific research and data into pieces designed to raise awareness about environmental topics. Climate change is a key theme in Pelto’s work, which…

April 15, 2021

Internationally Renowned Alumna is Alan Miller Lecturer

Janine di Giovanni ’83 is internationally renowned for her gripping firsthand coverage of war zones and uprisings in Europe and Asia as well as for her essays and highly praised TED Talk. Di Giovanni, recipient of the University of Maine Alumni Association’s 2020 Dr. Bernard Lown ’42 Humanitarian Award, will discuss her career and coverage…

April 15, 2021

Remembering Red Gendron ’93G

The UMaine and college hockey communities were shocked by the sudden death of men’s hockey coach Dennis “Red” Gendron on Friday, April 9. Red, 63, was playing golf in Orono when he suffered a heart attack.  UMaine Athletics shared this post, which features a tribute to Red that was presented prior to Saturday’s NCAA men’s…

April 15, 2021

2021 Alumni Achievement Awards to be Celebrated May 20

The 2021 Alumni Achievement Awards celebration, which showcases and honors the extraordinary success of UMaine alumni and friends, will be held as a produced 90-minute online program. The program will highlight a collection of feature stories about each of our 2021 honorees and will be co-hosted by broadcast personalities Ric Tyler of Maine’s WVOM-FM and…

March 15, 2021

Survey says: Nearly 1 in 3 alumni hold management positions

More than 10,000 Black Bear alumni in Maine hold management positions in their place of employment.  They comprise the largest type of employment among the roughly 33,000 working-age UMaine alumni in the state’s workforce.  The findings are part of an extensive study of UMaine alumni in Maine and in the U.S. Conducted by the Margaret…

March 12, 2021

Introducing a new series: “Innovators of UMaine”

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. This month, Innovators of UMaine showcases Justin Hafner ’18, CEO and co-founder of KinoTek, Inc. a Portland-based tech startup. KinoTek—pronounced Keen-o-tek—recently raised $600,000 in investor funding to develop 3D technology to aid healthcare providers. Read more. A Queensbury, NY, native,…