Dirigo Award

Braydon Norris ’19 is Homegrown

For Holden, ME native Braydon Norris ’19 the University of Maine has always been in his backyard. As he prepares for his final semester at the university and in the greater Bangor area he reflects on all of his experiences here. What town or city do you live in when the university is not in…

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Phoenix Mitchell ’19 is proud to be a Black Bear

For senior Phoenix Mitchell ’19, the possibility of attending a college that did not have a marching band was unthinkable. That’s why Phoenix, December’s Dirigo Award recipient, chose UMaine. What town or city do you live in when the university is not in session? The last two summers I’ve stayed in Orono and worked but…

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Bowen ’20 Advises Students to Pursue Options

Christopher “CJ” Bowen may herald from Plaistow, New Hampshire, but ever since starting at UMaine he has made the state of Maine his home. The summer following his first year he stayed in Orono to work with the UMaine Foundation, and this past summer instead of returning to his hometown he again elected to stay…

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Souza Cunha ’19 Has A Lot to Give

  “Every activity I do is my favorite, because everything I do is with the intent that it will grow into something more,” says Ana Eliza Souza Cunha ‘19. “Give a flowerbed half a can of water and you will get one flower, give the flowerbed the whole can, and you will get a garden.”…

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Senior Roney Takes Advantage of Opportunities

Ethan Roney ’18 chose UMaine because of all of the options the school offered. “When I was first looking at colleges, I had no idea what I wanted to do. By choosing UMaine, I knew I would be able to try different things and take a broad range of courses,” he says. This ability to…

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Van Goffrier loves a good problem

Graham Van Goffrier ’18 routinely solves Rubik’s Cubes – and with 42 quintillion possibilities but only one solution, it is no easy feat. He has competed regionally for the last four years and started a club devoted to solving the cubes on campus. In fact, finding solutions and thinking through puzzling problems is central to…

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Floreani Knows the University of Maine

Mary Celeste “MC” Floreani ’18, this month’s Dirigo Award recipient, takes advantage of every opportunity on campus. From Greek life to the founding of clubs, unions, and teams, to her leadership in the University of Maine Student Government – she stays involved. The history major, minoring in both labor studies and economics, started as a…

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January Dirigo Award – Sam Lenson

“UMaine is my home and always will be,” states Sam Lenson ’18, this month’s Dirigo Award winner. The Natick, MA, native notes that the university has become a very special place for him. He says that the most important contributing factor of this is the university’s welcoming community of supportive faculty and students. In fact,…

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