Policy

Fighting Time book cover
August 17, 2021

1979 Murder of UMaine Professor is Topic of Book

A forthcoming book about the 1979 murder of a UMaine history professor was the subject of a webinar co-hosted by the Alumni Association and the Maine Historical Society. Amy Banks and Isaac Knapper, co-authors of Fighting Time, have unique perspectives. Banks was the teenage daughter of Prof. Ronald Banks, who was killed in a street…

August 17, 2021

Journalist Scheyder Covers the Complex

THE FIRST NEWS STORY written by UMaine student Ernie Scheyder ’06 was an interview for The Maine Campus with Emily Cain ’02, a 24-year-old UMaine employee who was seeking the first of what would become five terms in the Maine State Legislature. Last fall, he reflected on his career progression with disbelief as he literally…

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…

August 17, 2021

“When you know better, you do better”

IN LATE 1987, JUNIOR Doug Dorsey was asked something that only 38 other students and two faculty members on campus could answer with any degree of authority: “What’s it like to be Black at UMaine?” The question, posed by a writer for this magazine, was prompted by the obvious — the ubiquitous whiteness of the…

June 9, 2021

Portland Gateway Newly Established

The University of Maine has established the Portland Gateway to provide a one-stop connection and point of access to the vast array of innovative research, education, and outreach resources, programs, and services at the state’s research university in Orono and its facilities statewide.  Portland Gateway acts as the front door for the university engagement in…

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…

Erik Gunderson Headshot
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…

Headshots of UMaine Alumni members in the Maine State Legislature
February 16, 2021

Black Bears in Maine’s Legislature

The current Maine State Legislature has a strong representation of Black Bear alumni among its members: eight senators and 17 representatives, including House Majority Leader Michelle Dunphy `88, `96. All legislators may be reached via the following email format: firstname.lastname@legislature.maine.gov   < Back to Winter 2021 MAINE Alumni Magazine

November 12, 2020

Twenty-Five Alumni Elected and Re-Elected to Maine Legislature

A total of twenty-five UMaine alumni were elected or re-elected to the Maine House of Representatives and Maine Senate on election day. Eight state senators and seventeen state representatives will be part of the next legislative session when it convenes on December 2. We congratulate them and wish them success as they work on behalf…

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…

February 10, 2020

Maine Chosen for Civic Engagement “Honor Roll”

Washington Monthly magazine has placed the University of Maine on its “honor roll” of colleges and universities that do the most to encourage students to exercise their right to vote.  The magazine selected UMaine and 138 other schools from among more than 5,300 public and private U.S institutions. The selection was based on uniform metrics…

January 30, 2020

Powell Named Distinguished Maine Professor

RICHARD J. POWELL, a member of the University of Maine’s political science faculty for nearly two decades, has been selected as the 2020 Distinguished Maine Professor, the university’s most prestigious faculty award. Powell was chosen from among six finalists by a review panel representing alumni, current and retired faculty, and the UMaine student body. He…