January 31, 2023

University of Maine Alum Among First Peace Corps Volunteers to Return to Service Overseas

ORONO, Maine – University of Maine alum Jackie Malvin ’21 is among the first Peace Corps volunteers to return to overseas service since the agency’s unprecedented global evacuation in March 2020. The Peace Corps suspended global operations and evacuated nearly 7,000 volunteers from more than 60 countries at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I…

October 13, 2022

University of Maine named a top school for online education in health care

The University of Maine has been named one of today’s best schools for online higher education in health care by, a website that connects students to flexible education programs to fast-track careers in nursing and allied health. UMaine’s online interprofessional graduate certificate in gerontology ranked No. 12 in best accredited online gerontology programs in…

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…

August 17, 2021

Paul’s Triumphs

DR. PAUL PLOURDE’S LIFE story is a powerful one: that of a small-town teen who left home to attend college and went on to use his talents and education to save thousands of lives and shift the therapeutic practices of medicine. Plourde, the recipient of the Alumni Association’s 2021 Dr. Bernard Lown Humanitarian Award, is…

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

Running with Purpose

By Nina Mahaleris ’20 Author’s note: This article references Jordan Marie Daniel using they/them pronouns, as the subject prefers. JORDAN MARIE DANIEL ‘11 (full name: Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel) hadn’t exactly intended for a life in the limelight. Daniel, who belongs to the Kul Wicasa Oyate, also known as the Lower Brule…

August 16, 2021

Recent Grad Takes Part in Accelerator to Bring Veterinary Device to Market

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. This month, Innovators of UMaine showcases Raleigh Toussaint ’21, a recent graduate who majored in animal science with a pre-veterinary focus.  In her senior year, Toussaint structured her capstone project around supporting a team of faculty members exploring the commercialization…

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February 16, 2021

Serious Business

FOLLOWING HIS UMAINE graduation, Erik Gundersen ’05 moved to Arizona to pursue a career as a golf pro. When that didn’t pan out, he moved back to Maine, where he has become a major player of a different kind. Gundersen, 37, directs Maine’s Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP), the arm of state government responsible for…

August 4, 2020

Natural Law

Photo Thalassa Raasch/Maine Community Foundation IN THE HALF CENTURY since George Smith ’70 graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in business administration, his life and career have experienced more surprise turns than any of the state’s rivers and streams that have come to frame his legacy. Seemingly destined for a career at…

April 16, 2020

UMaine Community Takes Part in Efforts to Tackle COVID-19

The University of Maine community is responding to the numerous challenges presented by the COVID-19 epidemic. Faculty, staff, students, the administration, and alumni are addressing the pandemic in various ways. UMaine Online helped countless faculty members transition to online learning and different departments have contributed in a variety of ways. On the now-quiet campus, several…

March 19, 2020

A Message to Alumni and Friends

How COVID-19 is Affecting Our Work on Your Behalf Updated June 1, 2020 We hope you and your loved ones are healthy and managing as well as possible during these stressful times. Our Association’s staff continue to work remotely in keeping with recommended physical distancing practices. However, we’re maintaining regular work hours and are fully…

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…