February 10, 2020

Travel to Costa Rica with Alumni Next November!

The Alumni Association is partnering with Collette Travel to take Black Bears and friends to tropical Costa Rica November 6-15, 2020. The informational webinar about the itinerary and Costa Rica’s spectacular sights is available here. If you have additional questions please call Collette Travel at 800-581-8942 and refer to booking #974904.

February 10, 2020

There’s still time to be included in the UMaine Alumni Impact Survey! 

Researchers from the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center recently sent Black Bear alumni an email invitation to participate. If you did not receive the survey invitation, send your name and email address to  The survey is a key part of a study commissioned by the Alumni Association to document the educational, economic, cultural, civic,…

February 10, 2020

MAINE Alumni Winter Magazine Available Online

The winter 2020 MAINE Alumni Magazine is online. Read about the work of Penobscot Ambassador Maulian Dana ’06, Black Bear biologist Jennifer Vashon ’93, Matt Rodrigue’s ’04 role in addressing Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, class notes, and more.  

February 10, 2020

2020 Alumni Achievement Award Winners Announced

A longtime advocate for Maine’s traditional outdoor recreation, a prize-winning journalist, and a behavioral economist are among the recipients of the UMaine Alumni Association’s 2020 Alumni Achievement Awards. Recipients will be honored at ceremonies to be held on campus on Friday, April 24th. George Smith ’70 has been chosen for the Alumni Career Award, the association’s…

February 6, 2020

Don’t Miss the Black Bears of Boston Event Next Month!

The Black Bears of Boston will host an after-hours networking social for alumni and friends on Thursday, March 19 at the Legacy Club, located across the street from Boston’s TD Garden.  The alumni club is led by Dodge Tucker ’15, ’17G and Theresa Lee ‘87. The March 19th event is co-hosted by several Boston-area UMaine…

January 17, 2020

Alumna Grows Chamber of Commerce

Shanna Cox ’15 is working to grow the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Hired as the organization’s CEO last fall, she is building a model that encourages more businesses to join, participate, and benefit from chamber membership. Read more about her efforts here.

January 17, 2020

Homecoming Weekend 2020 Dates Set

The University of Maine’s Homecoming will take place this year October 16th through the 18th. Homecoming Reunion classes include 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2015. The weekend will feature a “Welcome Home” reception, Alumni Village Tailgate, football game, Maine Marketplace, and more! Save the date!

January 17, 2020

Remembering Chuck Peddle ’59

News media around the world recently reported the passing of computer pioneer Chuck Peddle ’59, one of the most consequential Black Bears of all time. Peddle, the 2019 Alumni Career Award recipient, is widely credited as “the father of the personal computer.” This New York Times feature is just one of many news stories that…

Black Bear Road Trip
January 16, 2020

Black Bear Road Trip Events Set for Next Month

The 2020 Black Bear Road Trip will begin in late February with alumni gatherings in Tucson and Phoenix, AZ. On March 5, Black Bears will cheer on the Red Sox as they take on the Houston Astros at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, FL, for a spring training game and barbecue. More information about the…

December 13, 2019

Alumni Travel Program Tours Italy

More than a dozen Black Bears toured Italy in early November as part of the Alumni Association’s annual travel program. Pictured at the ancient Pompeii Forum site with Mount Vesuvius in the background are Judy Files Stevens ’71; Mark Crasnick ’71; Pat Brilling Rathbun ’69; John Diamond ’77, ’89G; Alden Rathbun ’67; Linda Ellis Bennett…