October 13, 2022

John Belding: Facilitating the Future of Maine Manufacturing

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. In this month’s column, we hear from John Belding ‘96, director of UMaine’s Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC), an engineering support and research center specializing in precision manufacturing. Over the past several years, the AMC has completed a series of major…

October 13, 2022

Groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 1 for $28M hotel project at UMaine

Editor’s note: story updated Oct. 7, 2022. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Oct. 1 at the University of Maine for a $28 million project to renovate Coburn and Holmes halls, two of the oldest buildings on campus, both of which have been unoccupied for more than a decade, and develop them into boutique hotels.…

March 18, 2022

Tuning Up

  By Ashley Forbes THE FIRST TIME Brian Harris ’11 met his future business partner, Owen McCarthy ’10, Harris was not dressed to impress. It was the summer before Harris’ first year at the University of Maine and he was at home in West Enfield, Maine, waiting for a few brothers from Sigma Phi Epsilon…

January 13, 2022

University Inn Sold to Technology Company

The University Inn and Academic Suites, situated on College Avenue and overlooking the Stillwater River in Orono, was sold in December and will become an office complex for Texas-based Tyler Technologies. The familiar landmark opened in 1964, and served generations of alumni with its 48 hotel rooms. Tyler Technologies provides software and services to public…

Harold Alfond update
August 17, 2021

Video Showcases Plans for Alfond Gift

UMaine Athletics released a video in February outlining plans for the $90 million gift from the Harold Alfond Foundation. The funds will advance the state’s only Division 1 athletics program and benefit athletes in addition to providing a space for community events. UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy noted that when completed, the master plan and the…

Portland Waterfront
August 17, 2021

UMaine Establishes Portland Gateway

The University of Maine has established the Portland Gateway to provide a one-stop connection and point of access to the vast array of innovative research, education, and outreach resources, programs, and services at the state’s research university in Orono and its facilities statewide. Portland Gateway acts as the front door for the university engagement in…

August 17, 2021

Wait—The Secret Ingredient is What?!

INNOVATORS OF UMAINE SUPPORTED BY THE MAINE TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE MARIN SKINCARE CO-FOUNDERS Amber Boutiette and Patrick Breeding (both ’17, ’19G) met at the very start of their undergraduate careers at the University of Maine. Both biomedical engineering majors had schedule details to work out before classes started, and they struck up a conversation on a…

August 17, 2021

A new study confirms it:

A FIRST-EVER STUDY of Black Bear alumni makes clear that a UMaine education pays dividends for both the students who enrolled and the taxpayers who help fund the university. The study, commissioned by the UMaine Alumni Association and conducted in 2020 by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, explored a wide range of ways that…

Members of the Student Portfolio Investment Fund gain real-world experience with investments. They also participate in the annual GAME Forum in New York City and visit the New York Stock Exchange
February 16, 2021

Many Happy Returns

IN 1993, Dr. Robert A. Strong approached the University of Maine Foundation with an idea. Strong, at the time a UMaine professor of investment education, wanted to create a hands-on, real-life learning experience for undergraduates that would help them learn more about investment management. He asked the Foundation to provide $100,000 in seed money to create…

MBA Program Enrollment Soars
February 16, 2021

Enrollment in MBA Program Soars

Enrollment in UMaine’s master’s degree program in business administration (MBA) has quadrupled over the past three years, according to university records. During the fall 2020 semester enrollment was 344, 300 percent greater than in 2017, when 86 students were enrolled. This unprecedented growth is largely the result of academic and administrative changes within the University…

April 16, 2020

Exclusive UMaine Alumni Zoom Backgrounds Now Available!

Show your Black Bear pride with a UMaine Alumni background for your Zoom meetings. Choose between an Alfond Stadium view, Collins Center for the Arts, and other views of the campus. To use, simply click on the image below to download the file, then upload it to your Zoom account under “Virtual Backgrounds.” Please note:…