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October 14, 2021

Climate Change Institute Earns 3 World Records for Everest Expedition

Six members of UMaine’s Climate Change Institute helped set three Guinness World Records during the 2019 National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Everest Expedition. The three records were for:  The highest altitude ice core sample taken; Highest altitude microplastic found on land; and Highest altitude weather station on land. UMaine Climate Change Institute Director Paul…

September 17, 2021

Namesake of UMaine’s Buchanan Alumni House Dies at 99

Dr. Robert D. Buchanan, above center, for whom the University of Maine’s Buchanan Alumni House is named, passed away on August 11, 2021, in Pueblo, Colorado, his home for the past 16 years. He was 99 years of age.  Born on May 8, 1922, Buchanan grew up in Caribou, where he graduated from high school…

September 17, 2021

Wildes ’12 Innovates the Beer Scene, Maine, and Beyond

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. In this month’s column, Nate Wildes ‘12, executive director of Live + Work in Maine and co-founder of Flight Deck Brewing in Brunswick (three times recognized by Down East magazine as the state’s best taproom/tasting room), reflects on his time…

September 17, 2021

Series to Promote Equality and Diversity to Debut Next Month

The UMaine Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Greater Bangor Area Branch NAACP, will present the inaugural Robert Talbot Civil Rights Speaker Series with Amy Banks and Isaac Knapper on October 21. Banks and Knapper are the authors of “Fighting Time,” a new book about Knapper’s wrongful conviction for the 1979 murder of Banks’s father,…

September 17, 2021

Meet This Year’s Distinguished Maine Professor

The UMaine Alumni Association was proud to honor Dr. Hemant Pendse with the highest faculty honor, the Distinguished Maine Professor Award. This video tribute, originally released in May as part of the Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony, now includes Pendse’s acceptance remarks, which were recorded after the tribute video’s debut. Along with being an acclaimed teacher, Dr. Pendse…

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…

Portland Waterfront
August 17, 2021

UMaine Establishes Portland Gateway

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…

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

Wait—The Secret Ingredient is What?!

INNOVATORS OF UMAINE SUPPORTED BY THE MAINE TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE MARIN SKINCARE CO-FOUNDERS Amber Boutiette and Patrick Breeding (both ’17, ’19G) met at the very start of their undergraduate careers at the University of Maine. Both biomedical engineering majors had schedule details to work out before classes started, and they struck up a conversation on a…

August 17, 2021

Running with Purpose

By Nina Mahaleris ’20 Author’s note: This article references Jordan Marie Daniel using they/them pronouns, as the subject prefers. JORDAN MARIE DANIEL ‘11 (full name: Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel) hadn’t exactly intended for a life in the limelight. Daniel, who belongs to the Kul Wicasa Oyate, also known as the Lower Brule…

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…