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

Here’s How UMaine is Responding to COVID-19

This creative diagram is circulating widely on social media. It offers Black Bears and friends a well-intentioned “how-to” for washing hands thoroughly and long enough to reduce the possibility of contracting COVID-19, a newly identified type of coronavirus.  COVID-19 has had a greatly disruptive impact on campus life in Orono and throughout the U.S. Most…

October 10, 2019

Maine Professors Develop Walker for those with Mobility Impairments

UMaine professors Elizabeth DePoy, Stephen Gilson, and Vince Caccese are part of the team that developed Afari, a specially designed wheeled walker that assists people with their mobility. The Afari enables people with mobility impairments, who otherwise would be limited by standard walkers, to move in a variety of outdoor terrain. A recent Bangor Daily…

August 19, 2019

UMaine Will Take Part in AORE Campus Challenge Again

The University of Maine and the Orono community will take part in the annual AORE Campus Challenge, a nationwide competition in which 100 campus communities compete to participate in the most outdoor activities from September 16th to October 13th. The purpose of the annual challenge is to inspire a passion for healthy outdoor lifestyles in…

August 15, 2019

Blueberries in Maine This Year Will Be Late, But Sweet

UMaine’s Cooperative Extension sheds light on this year’s Maine blueberry harvest. David Handley, vegetable and small fruit specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, recently spoke with Maine Public and explained that in Maine, the harvest will be pushed back anywhere between 10 days and two weeks due to rain and colder temperatures. The bright…

July 11, 2019

A Life-Saving Path

    ON A BRIGHT FEBRUARY MORNING, under a blue sky that seemed to hold the promise of spring, Aislinn Sarnacki ’10 strode through a white pine forest at the Stover Preserve in Belfast and down to the snowy banks of the Passagassawakeag River. Sarnacki, a Bangor Daily News re­port­er, is familiar to many outdoor…

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…

February 11, 2019

Coach Barron’s Journey Featured in Washington Post

In 2011 Richard Barron accepted a position coaching the women’s basketball team at the University of Maine. His career path, having been the head coach of both a men’s and women’s Division I basketball program, is very rare. After a mysterious illness kept him from coaching for nearly a year, Barron is in his first…

February 11, 2019

Sandra Caron Named 2019 Distinguished Maine Professor

Dr. Sandra Caron ’79, ’82G, a highly regarded teacher and scholar whose research has received extensive national recognition, has been named the recipient of the University of Maine’s 2019 Distinguished Maine Professor Award, the university’s highest faculty honor.  Caron, a longtime member of UMaine’s College of Education and Human Development, was chosen through a rigorous…