March 19, 2020

A Message to Alumni and Friends

How COVID-19 is Affecting Our Work on Your Behalf As always, the UMaine Alumni Association remains concerned about and supportive of our members and the larger UMaine community. Consequently, we have taken steps to promote our collective wellbeing and the public’s health: Our Association’s staff members are working remotely, in keeping with social distancing practices.…

March 13, 2020

Chappelle ’62 Receives Black Bear Award

Skip Chappelle ’62 was honored with the Black Bear Award on February 29 during the UMaine vs. University of Maryland Baltimore County men’s basketball game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Chappelle, who is considered one of the best men’s basketball players in UMaine’s history, coached and mentored many Black Bears and garnered respect…

March 13, 2020

Black Bear Road Trip Visits Arizona

The Black Bear Road Trip included two events in Arizona in February. Gatherings in Tucson and Phoenix brought UMaine alumni together for socializing, a meal, and learning about the latest news from Orono.

March 13, 2020

UMaine Alumni Gather for Polo Match

About 70 alumni and friends living in central Florida gathered on March 8th for a polo match and catered luncheon at The Villages Polo Club. For most attendees, it was their first exposure to the sport. The venue was suggested by Dave Ferris ’60, ’76G, who helps organize the Alumni Association’s annual gathering in the region.

March 13, 2020

University of Maine Foundation Hires Leader for Falmouth Office

Joyce Swearingen Kennedy ’80 has joined the University of Maine Foundation as Senior Director of Southern Maine Operations. She is based in the Foundation’s Falmouth office, and will work closely with UMaine Foundation colleagues to increase the UMaine donor base in Southern Maine and New England.

March 13, 2020

More Than 300 Attend Alumni Event at Sox Spring Training

More than 300 Black Bear alumni and guests gathered for the Alumni Association’s annual Red Sox Spring Training game and BBQ on March 5 in Fort Myers, FL. During a pre-game event attendees heard from UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy and Red Sox Executive Vice President Ron Bumgarner. John Reed ’79, ’91G, president/CEO of Maine Savings,…

March 13, 2020

Three Alumnae Honored with 2020 Maryann Hartman Awards

Three UMaine alumnae have been selected as recipients of the 2020 Maryann Hartman Awards. Left to right: Sharon Barker ’71, ‘87G, retired director of UMaine’s Women’s Resource Center; Maulian Dana ’06, Penobscot Nation Ambassador; and Kandyce Powell ’69, executive director of Maine Hospice Council are recipients of the awards, which recognize Maine women whose achievements in…

March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Precautions Force Cancellation of Awards Event

Given the uncertainty about the impact and length of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alumni Association has reluctantly canceled its 2020 Alumni Achievement Awards Dinner and Recognition Ceremony, which was scheduled for April 24th. Instead, a video tribute to our honorees is being produced and will be shared with alumni and friends through digital media in…

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. George Smith ’70 has been chosen for the Alumni Career Award, the association’s highest honor. The former executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and a champion…