Social Impact

August 9, 2022

VEMI Lab Earns Federal Prize, Invited to White House for Self-Driving Car Research

The VEMI Lab’s pursuit of an inclusive smartphone software platform for self-driving cars earned them a $300,000 prize and an invitation to the White House. The lab won the prize in phase two of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inclusive Design Challenge with its Autonomous Vehicle Assistant (AVA) smartphone technology. VEMI leads the group designing…

July 21, 2022

Wade Merritt: Building Maine’s International Reputation

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. In this month’s column, we hear from Wade Merritt ‘96, president of Maine International Trade Center. Merritt, a student of international affairs, history, and Canadian studies at UMaine, became fascinated by international dealings at an early age and has spent…

June 21, 2022

Stillwater Awards Honor Three Outstanding Black Bears

Alumni Matthew Rodrigue ’04 and Trish Riley ’73, ’78G, along with Dean Dana Humphrey were recognized with Stillwater Awards at the UMaine Foundation’s  annual Stillwater Society dinner in May. “The Stillwater Awards honor those who have consistently demonstrated philanthropic leadership and dedicated service on behalf of the University of Maine,” said UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy.…

May 17, 2022

Maine Day of Giving a Success

Maine Day and the 7th annual Maine Day of Giving took place on April 27, 2022. Despite a cool, damp day, students armed with rakes, shovels, and other tools spruced up the campus and participated in the annual tradition. The UMaine Foundation reported a resounding success for the Maine Day of Giving. More than 1,000…

May 16, 2022

Warner ’12 Provides Medical Aid in Ukraine

Ryan Warner ’12, a third-year medical student, recently returned home after spending five weeks in Ukraine, where he provided medical aid as part of the organization Med Global.  Warner observed how Ukrainians were participating in various aspects of the war effort, and described his experience in this local TV story.

April 14, 2022

Alumna Honored as 2022 Maryann Hartman Award Winner

Susan Bell ’70, ’71G was recognized with a Maryann Hartman Award on April 1 at Buchanan Alumni House on the UMaine campus. Bell has had a long and distinguished career in public administration, public policy, management, and education.  A former member of the UMaine Alumni Association Board of Directors and three-term state legislator, she was…

April 14, 2022

Recent Webinar Features Prominent Alumni Discussing “American Diplomacy in Turbulent Times”

On Thursday, April 14, three UMaine alumni with expertise in world affairs participated in a panel discussion and answered questions about the role and practice of diplomacy in maintaining U.S. relations and world peace. Former Ambassador Anne Hall ’81, Admiral Gregory Johnson ’68, and former Ambassador Pamela Murphy White ’71 addressed the topic during the…

April 14, 2022

2022 Alumni Achievement Awards to be Live Streamed

Plan to watch the online 2022 Alumni Achievement Awards celebration on May 12. The program is sponsored by Bangor International Airport and will feature stories and interviews that showcase each honoree, including Dr. Daniel Sandweiss, this year’s Distinguished Maine Professor, and The Honorable Leigh Saufley ’76, the 2022 Alumni Career Award recipient. Bill Green ’76…

March 15, 2022

Walker Leads UMaine’s Cutting-Edge Research Facility

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. In this month’s column, we hear from Colleen Walker, director of UMaine’s Process Development Center (PDC), which has collaborated closely with the pulp and paper industry for decades. The facility was established to support industry needs, and is funded almost…

March 14, 2022

“The Russian Invasion of Ukraine: Implications for the US and the World” Webinar Recording Available

Watch the webinar “The Russian Invasion of Ukraine: Implications for the US and the World,” which took place on March 3 and is available online. Presented by the UMaine Alumni Association, the William S. Cohen Institute for Leadership and Public Service, the School of Policy and International Affairs, and the Department of Political Science, the…

March 14, 2022

UMaine President Delivers “State of the University” Address

President Joan Ferrini-Mundy delivered the annual State of the University address on March 8  in Minsky Recital Hall. The address was also live streamed and is available to watch here. Short videos were part of the event, and focused on a number of topics and initiatives. Below are some highlights. Achieving R1 UMaine earned the…