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:…

January 29, 2020

The Negotiator

WHEN HE FIRST ARRIVED in Orono in 2000 to start his college career, Matt Rodrigue ’04 understandably had no idea that in less than 15 years he would become a leading figure in resolving one of the United States’ biggest public financial crises. But that’s exactly what happened, as the Farmington native became a prominent…

January 17, 2020

Here’s Your Opportunity to Participate in the Alumni Impact Survey!

On Friday, January 24th, Black Bear alumni will receive an email with the subject line “UM Alumni Impact Survey” inviting them to participate in an online survey. Please participate! The survey is a key part of a study commissioned by the Alumni Association to document the educational, economic, cultural, civic, and community roles and influences of its 109,000 members.…

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

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…

December 13, 2019

Bodwell Motors has Provided Alumni Association Vehicles for 58 Years

Bodwell Motors began providing a vehicle for the Alumni Association’s use in 1961, when the company’s founder, Bill Bodwell ’50, offered this service. Thanks to the generosity of Bill’s son Jim ’81 and grandson Erik ’13, reliable vehicles have continued to help the executive directors of the Alumni Association travel to alumni events from Maine…

December 13, 2019

Executive Alum Returns to Visit Maine Business School

Bob Sherlock ’77, chief marketing officer and partner with the international consulting firm Chief Outsiders, returned to campus recently as a visiting executive. A Rhode Island native who now resides in suburban Chicago, Sherlock’s long career includes senior roles with General Electric and Wickes, for which he served as vice president for marketing. While in…

October 11, 2019

Bowerman ’85 Matches Luxury Brands with Executive Talent

Rob Bowerman ’85 is always on the lookout for talent. He’s president of The Bowerman Group, a Massachusetts-based executive search firm with a niche focus on helping luxury retail brands find senior personnel—from managers to C-suite executives. Bowerman, a Livermore Falls, Maine, native, now lives in West Falmouth, Massachusetts, with his wife, Robin (Hull) Bowerman…

October 9, 2019

Corn Maze by Alumni Wins Second Best in the Country

Visitors can thank alumni Patty Minigell Treworgy ‘79, Matt ‘07 and Robin Treworgy Pellerin ‘06, and Jonathan ’07 and Christine Treworgy Kenerson ‘05, ‘07G, for creating a corn maze that pays homage to the beloved children’s book Blueberries for Sal.  The maze, located at Treworgy Family Orchards just west of Bangor, was recently chosen the second-best…

September 17, 2019

Skonberg Specializes in Seafood

Dr. Denise Skonberg, this month’s recipient of the Alumni Association’s Faculty Excellence Award, has a particular interest in the processing of seafood, improving its quality and minimizing waste. Skonberg, an associate professor of food science, joined the UMaine faculty in 1997.  She shares her thoughts on teaching, research, student success, and enjoying life in Maine.  …