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.  …

September 16, 2019

Engineering Alumna Cited as National Influencer

Stacey Gomm Harris ‘11 has been cited as one of 30 engineers in the U.S. who are “changing the construction industry,” according to the software company PlanGrid. Harris is a construction superintendent for Consigli, one of the largest general contractors in the Northeast. Simply put, a construction engineer oversees all operational aspects of a construction…

September 16, 2019

May ’92G Becomes CEO of John Deere

John May ’92G has been elected chief executive officer of one of the world’s largest corporations: Deere and Company, more commonly known by the brand name “John Deere.” A Maine native, May earned his M.B.A. from UMaine and his B.S. from UNH. May, who has been with Deere & Company since 1997, previously headed the…

July 15, 2019

Black Bears Land Internships with Disney

Rachel Largay ‘19 (pictured right) and Mikayla Burridge ‘21 (pictured left) are spending nine months as cast members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, having earned coveted paid internships through the Disney College Program.  The program provides on-the-job experience in various operational aspects of Disney’s theme parks and resort properties as well as academic…

June 20, 2019

He Changed the World

    THERE ARE CERTAIN ALUMNI whose names are widely recognized by Black Bears of all generations. Stephen and Tabitha King. Bernard Lown. Cindy Blodgett. Raymond Fogler. Olympia Snowe. Chuck Peddle’s name may not be among the most recognizable of UMaine alumni. But it deserves to be. Before you could stream movies or access your…

June 17, 2019

Online Site Helps Grads Manage Loan Debt

The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) has online resources for managing student loan debt. In Maine, nearly 60 percent of college students surveyed in 2017 graduated with debt, and the average debt was $29,752. Maine graduates owe more in student loans than many of their peers, and have the 15th highest rate of college debt…

May 17, 2019

Alum Receives Investment on Shark Tank

Eric Roy ’09 recently appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank, securing a $400,000 investment from Mark Cuban for his Washington, D.C.-based water filter company Hydroviv. Hydroviv makes custom water filters according to the customer’s water quality. It initially began in 2015 as a charitable effort in response to Flint, Michigan’s, water crisis. Roy designed, developed, and…

May 17, 2019

Harkins Specializes in Startups

Professor of Management Jason Harkins has a particular interest in startup companies, including the challenges they face, and what makes them successful. His research and hands-on work with startups takes place both in and out of the classroom. Harkins joined the UMaine faculty in 2008, after receiving his education west of the Mississippi. In layperson’s…