March 5, 2024

Don Carrigan Shares Love of His Profession and Love of Maine

DON CARRIGAN ’74 is quick to admit he was a “lazy student” at the University of Maine, but his time on the Orono campus in the early 1970s launched a career for which he is deeply grateful. In the fall of his freshman year, he learned that the campus radio station, WMEB-FM, was looking for…

December 20, 2023

Black Bears Inside the Beltway

UMaine’s Congressional Internship Program marks 65 years By Allen Adams ’14 [To view story in the MAINE Alumni Magazine, click here]  The University of Maine’s Congressional Internship Program recently marked its 65th year of providing UMaine students with the opportunity to work in the offices of a Congressional delegation.   That longevity speaks for itself, yet…

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…