October 14, 2021

UMaine Art Museum Expands

The Zillman Museum of Art opened its five new galleries in early September, expanding its exhibition space by more than 40 percent. The museum, which moved to downtown Bangor two decades ago, collects and presents contemporary art. Admission is free. Museum director George Kinghorn told the Portland Press Herald that the expansion “will enable us…

October 14, 2021

Upcoming Inaugural Civil Rights Presentation Available to Stream

The UMaine Alumni Association and the Greater Bangor Area Branch NAACP are pleased to present the inaugural Robert Talbot Civil Rights Speaker Series with Amy Banks and Isaac Knapper, co-authors of “Fighting Time,” on the UMaine campus at Wells Conference Center. Banks and Knapper will present on their book about Knapper’s wrongful conviction for the…

Beryl Warner Williams '35, '40G, '72 Hon | Williams Hall (previously Little Hall)
August 17, 2021

Little Hall Becomes Williams Hall

In May, the University of Maine System trustees voted to change the name of C.C. Little Hall to Beryl Warner Williams Hall. Beryl Warner Williams ’35, ’40G, ’72 Hon. was the first Black graduate to earn a degree in mathematics at UMaine. “She serves as a model and exemplifies the kinds of accomplishments that we…

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 17, 2021

A new study confirms it:

A FIRST-EVER STUDY of Black Bear alumni makes clear that a UMaine education pays dividends for both the students who enrolled and the taxpayers who help fund the university. The study, commissioned by the UMaine Alumni Association and conducted in 2020 by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, explored a wide range of ways that…

August 17, 2021

An Untold Horror

As UMaine grapples with increasing its commitment to DEI, it cannot forget its past. The following story is disturbing but provides a tragic glimpse into the type of racism and violence that took place on UMaine’s campus. It should serve as an example of how unknown and suppressed stories affect our ability to understand perspectives…

March 11, 2021

Three distinguished alumnae to be honored this month

You are invited to an online event on March 25 at 5:00 pm, when the UMaine Alumni Association will co-host the Maryann Hartman Awards with the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.  The three awardees to be honored are UMaine alumnae Sharon Barker ’71, ’87G, retired director of UMaine’s Women’s Resource Center; Maulian Dana ’06,…

March 11, 2021

You won’t believe this alum’s legacy

Bernard Lown ’42 (right, with Mikhail Gorbachev), one of the University of Maine’s most accomplished and influential alumni, died on February 16, 2021 at age 99. The pioneering cardiologist, author, and peace activist cofounded International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and received the Nobel Peace prize in 1985. In 1962 he invented the…

January 14, 2021

Alumni Association Announces Civil Rights Speaker Series

This fall, the Alumni Association will launch the Robert Talbot Civil Rights Speaker Series as part of a campus and community collaboration with the Greater Bangor Area Branch of the NAACP.    The Robert Talbot Civil Rights Speaker Series is intended to “promote dialogue and engagement that advances the political, social, educational, and economic equality of…

December 10, 2020

Upcoming Webinar Explores Religious Holidays in December

Join the UMaine Alumni Association on Wednesday, December 16 for a Zoom webinar “‘Most Wonderful Time of the Year’: Religious Holidays in December.” The webinar and Q&A, scheduled for 5-6:00 PM, will be presented by Derek A. Michaud ’99, lecturer in UMaine’s Department of Philosophy and the coordinator of its Religious Studies and Judaic Studies…

August 12, 2020

Di Giovanni ’83 Sheds Light on Experiences Writing about People in War-Torn Countries

Janine di Giovanni ’83, recipient of the Alumni Association’s Bernard Lown ’42 Humanitarian Award, has spent more than three decades writing about the lives of people in war-torn regions, from the Balkans to the Middle East and African nations.  Watch her interview with Ric Tyler ’87, recorded during isolation caused by the pandemic: