March 14, 2022

Winter 2022 MAINE Alumni Magazine Now Online

The latest MAINE Alumni Magazine is now online.  Read about MedRhythms, the digital therapeutics company founded by Brian Harris ’11 and Owen McCarthy ’10, meet Pat Collins ’49, Instagram’s Macey Hall ’11, and discover why Coach Amy Vachon ’00 was previously reluctant to coach.  Learn about the interdisciplinary characteristics of the College of Natural Sciences,…

September 17, 2021

Catch Up on Alumni News in the Latest Magazine

The summer edition of the MAINE Alumni Magazine is now available online.  This expanded, special issue features profiles of Alumni Award honorees Judge George Singal ’67, Dr. Paul Plourde ’73, ’74G, and Ernie Scheyder ’06 as well as other stories and class notes.  It also examines the college experiences of alumni of color and their…

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

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 American Tale

WHEN THE HONORABLE George Z. Singal ’67 presides over naturalization ceremonies in U.S. District Court in Portland, the new citizens hear a story they were not expecting from the man in the black robe high on the bench. Looking out over families from Maine’s immigrant communities, Singal holds up his citizenship certificate and says, “Just…

Members of the Student Portfolio Investment Fund gain real-world experience with investments. They also participate in the annual GAME Forum in New York City and visit the New York Stock Exchange
February 16, 2021

Many Happy Returns

IN 1993, Dr. Robert A. Strong approached the University of Maine Foundation with an idea. Strong, at the time a UMaine professor of investment education, wanted to create a hands-on, real-life learning experience for undergraduates that would help them learn more about investment management. He asked the Foundation to provide $100,000 in seed money to create…

Police cars and a roped off police scene
February 16, 2021

Black Bear on the Blue Line

BRENDAN WALSH ’00 has long held a reputation as an enforcer. Two decades ago, he patrolled the ice of Alfond Arena as a tough-as-nails member of UMaine men’s ice hockey team, the 1999 NCAA national champions. Today, Walsh polices a different territory as a detective with the Boston Police Department. The 46-year-old Massachusetts native is…

Vintage photo of Dennis Bailey '76
February 16, 2021

Close to the Precipice

Editor’s note: Dennis Bailey, a former reporter and senior advisor to then-Gov. Angus King, Jr., is a public relations consultant who lives in Washington, D.C. In late September he was infected with the coronavirus, leading to a life-threatening bout with the illness and nearly a month in the hospital. This journal is adapted from the…

Alfond Statium
February 16, 2021

Making History

THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE in Orono will be the largest beneficiary of the Harold Alfond Foundation’s historic investment in Maine’s public universities. In October, the foundation, established by its namesake in 1950, announced it would be providing more than $500 million in grants to Maine people and institutions. The grants are intended to grow Maine’s…

Headshot of Genevieve McDonald '18
February 16, 2021

Lured by Education

GENEVIEVE MCDONALD ’18 represents a legislative district that could have inspired the old Maine saying, “You can’t get there from here!” It consists of 10 communities scattered across 14 coastal islands in Downeast Maine. Only two of the islands are accessible by car from McDonald’s home in Ston ington, so she often utilizes her own…

Image of Suzanne K Hart
February 16, 2021

Suzanne Kay Hart

THE UMAINE Alumni Association Board of Directors has voted to rename one of its most prestigious awards after a longtime Association volunteer and leader who passed away on October 9, 2020. In December, the board voted unanimously to rename the “Pine Tree Emblem Alumni Service Award” as the “Suzanne Kay Hart ’68 Alumni Service Award.”…