July 15, 2021

This UMaine Spin-Out Company Helps to Protect Maine’s Pollinators and Blueberries 

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. This month, Innovators of UMaine showcases Maine Biosensors, a startup spun out of UMaine research that is using radar-based technology to help beekeepers monitor overall hive health. Most people would associate bees with honey, but few probably realize how critical…

July 13, 2021

Alum Featured on PBS NewsHour

Naturalist and marathon runner Bernd Heinrich ’64, ’66G was featured on the PBS NewsHour in early July.  Heinrich’s newest book, Racing the Clock: Running Across a Lifetime, combines two of his major interests, biology and running. In it, the retired biology professor turns his attention to the science behind running, the human body, metabolism, and…

July 13, 2021

Accomplished Maine Music Teacher Retires

Steve Orlofsky ’74, the music instructor at George Stevens Academy, retired in June after a 43-year teaching career. He taught for nine years in Fort Fairfield and 34 in Blue Hill.  “Mr. O” conducted band, jazz band, and jazz combos, and his students won many jazz performance awards at state and regional jazz festivals. In…

July 13, 2021

New Members Join Alumni Association Board

Four UMaine alumni have joined the UMaine Alumni Association’s board of directors following their election at the Association’s annual membership meeting on June 18. Pictured on the top row, left to right, are Sue McKechnie Bernier ’88 of Verona Island, the chief philanthropy and marketing officer for the Rockland-based Island Institute; and Katie Foster ’12 of…

UMaine Alumni Reunion
July 12, 2021

UMaine Reunion to be Held on Campus

Reunions will once again take place on campus! After the hiatus of 2020, a number of Senior Alumni classes (those that have celebrated 50 years since graduation) as well as the 50th Reunion classes of 1970 and 1971 will meet in Orono on September 17. Some classes are holding off-campus reunions, virtual gatherings, or have…

June 11, 2021

This Faculty-Student Startup is All About Helping Parents Communicate

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. This month, Innovators of UMaine showcases Co-Exist, an app-based therapy program that is designed to help separated and divorced parents successfully communicate about their kids. The concept behind the app evolved from research done by Daniel Puhlman, assistant professor of…

June 9, 2021

Annual Meeting of the University of Maine Alumni Association to be Held This Month

The Annual Meeting of the membership of the University of Maine Alumni Association is scheduled for Friday, June 18 from noon to 3:00 PM. All UMaine alumni are welcome to join the meeting, which will take place online via Zoom. If you are interested in joining, please contact for more information. Download the agenda here.

June 9, 2021

2021 Alumni Achievement Award Winners Share “Common Threads”

The 2021 Alumni Achievement Awards celebration, “Common Threads,” was recently held on May 20th as a produced 60-minute online program to showcase a collection of feature stories about seven individuals and one family in celebration of their achievements.  JC Monahan ’94 of WBTS-TV, Boston’s NBC affiliate, hosted the program, which featured prominent Black Bear alumni…

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…