Policy

November 18, 2019

Alumnus Heads Iceland’s Forest Service

UMaine alumnus Thröstur Eysteinsson ’90G, ’92 Ph.D. grew up exploring Iceland’s scenic landscape. As he learned about the history of forestry in Iceland he decided to quit his job as a teacher and come to the University of Maine to study forestry. In an interview with the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture Eysteinsson…

November 18, 2019

Study Will Examine the Economic and Community Impact of UMaine Alumni

This month UMaine alumni throughout the U.S. will be asked to participate in an in-depth study designed to examine their economic and societal impact on their communities, state, and nation.  Commissioned by the UMaine Alumni Association, the study will document the educational, economic, cultural, civic, and community roles and influences of its 109,000 members. The…

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September 16, 2019

UMaine, Bigelow Lab Receive $20 Million Coastal Research Grant

A $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation will fund a five-year initiative that aims to revolutionize environmental monitoring, ecological understanding, and sustainability of coastal ecosystems.  The University of Maine is partnering with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and other collaborators in education, government agencies, citizens’ groups and local industry statewide. “The Maine Environmental…

August 15, 2019

Commissioner Heather Johnson ’92 Has a Big Job

As the State of Maine’s commissioner of economic and community development, Heather Finnemore Johnson ’92 coordinates the efforts of more than two dozen experts across several government bureaus. Their mission: to help communities and businesses plan and prosper through a variety of programs that provide everything from targeted tax relief to community block grants to…

July 17, 2019

Maine’s Mr. Secretary

ONE DAY as then-Attorney General Janet T. Mills was struggling to take care of her family, household, and official duties during her late husband’s illness, she received an unannounced visitor: Secretary of State Matt Dunlap ’87, ’94G, who was in Farmington to give a speech. “He came in, changed into some work clothes, and went…

March 19, 2019

Class of ’63 Sets ‘Advocacy Challenge’

The Class of 1963 has issued a challenge to other alumni classes to help support the Alumni Association’s advocacy work on behalf of UMaine. Class of ’63 officers recently voted to contribute $10,000 to the Association’s advocacy fund, which directly supports the Association’s independent efforts to promote public investment in UMaine through allocations and policies.…

December 10, 2018

UMaine President hosts legislative delegation

On Monday President Joan Ferrini-Mundy (standing) hosted a group of state legislators from the greater Bangor region on campus. The meeting took place a few days following the convening of Legislature’s new two-year session.  In all, five senators and 18 state representatives are Black Bear alumni. They are: State Senators: Michael E. Carpenter ’71, Houlton;…

November 9, 2018

“Healing Our Democracy” the Theme of UMaine’s Annual Mitchell Lecture

Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell presented the annual Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability on Oct. 4 on campus. “Healing Our Democracy” addressed some of the economic, social, and political factors that contribute to the polarization in the U.S. today. Besides discussing the challenges that polarization presents, Senator Mitchell also addressed some of the ways that communities…

November 9, 2018

Maine Voters Approve University Bond Proposal

UMaine and the other institutions of the University of Maine System will be receiving $49 million to upgrade campus learning facilities, thanks to voter approval of Question 4 on November 6. With nearly all ballots counted, Question 4 received more than 54 percent of the statewide vote. “Passage of this bond is a critical investment…

October 4, 2018

Passage of Question 4 Will Fund Neville Hall Improvements

On November 6th, Maine voters will decide the fate of a $49 million bond proposal. Its purpose is to modernize outdated learning facilities and improve career preparation and opportunities for students throughout the University of Maine System. As part of YES on Question 4, UMaine’s Neville Hall—one of UMaine’s most heavily used classroom buildings—would be…