Student Life

September 14, 2020

Students Return to Campus With New Protocols in Place

UMaine’s new academic year started on August 31 with approximately 11,200 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled. They arrived with new protocols and practices in place to protect the health of the UMaine community as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Over 14,000 wellness-maintenance kits have been distributed to students and employees. Signs across campus remind everyone that…

August 5, 2020

Enrollment at UMaine Remains Strong Despite the Pandemic

Visits to the Orono campus are a powerful recruitment tool, but when in March the pandemic closed the campus, UMaine Admissions shifted its focus to an online strategy. The increase in online content proved effective, and new student enrollment remains strong. Approximately 2,200 incoming students, both first-year and transfer students, have confirmed their plans to…

August 5, 2020

Goaltender Shifts from Black Bear to Bruin

Jeremy Swayman, a junior goaltender on the Black Bears’ men’s ice hockey team, opted to pass up his final year at UMaine and signed with the Boston Bruins in March. Swayman’s final season as a Black Bear was a memorable one. He was selected as Hockey East Player of the Year and received the Mike…

August 5, 2020

Class of 2020

Although the student-planned “Coronamencement” (above) was memorable, the Class of 2020 missed out on a traditional May Commencement. However, that doesn’t lessen their accomplishments. The UMaine Alumni Association is proud to recognize each 2020 graduate. < Back to Summer 2020 MAINE Alumni Magazine Photo by Linda Coan O’Kresik, Courtesy of the Bangor Daily News. CLASS…

August 5, 2020

Scoring Ability

Photo by Aaron Boothroyd ON THE ICE, Mitch Fossier ’20 is known as a creative playmaker. His 32 assists this past season placed the University of Maine men’s hockey senior in a tie for fourth place in the country in that category. The Black Bears captain is equally creative off the ice where he is…

June 11, 2020

Two New Graduates Take Part in Virtual Internships

Internships for two members of the Class of 2020 became virtual rather than in-person experiences because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Taylor Cray (left) and Liz Theriault, both political science majors, were looking forward to summer internships with the Governor of Maine’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future. When the pandemic altered their in-person plans,…

June 9, 2020

UMaine Ranked Among Safest Campuses

The University of Maine ranks 11th in a nationwide survey of colleges and universities conducted by YourLocalSecurity.com. The survey of public and private colleges and universities listed the 25 safest educational institutions. Black Bears can be proud that UMaine has low rates for property crime, overall crime, and hate crime.

May 15, 2020

UMaine Celebrates Commencement Week Online

With students absent from campus and commencement ceremonies postponed, the University of Maine created a series of videos to celebrate Class of 2020 Recognition Week. Between May 4 and May 9, a series of videos provided congratulatory messages from members of the UMaine community, and recognized the Class of 2020 for their accomplishments. In addition,…

May 15, 2020

Virtual Groundbreaking for Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center

On April 28, a virtual groundbreaking marked the beginning of the construction of the $78 million Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center on the UMaine campus. Construction of the 105,000-square-foot facility will begin in May, with workers following appropriate COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. The project is expected to be completed in spring 2022. Members…

May 15, 2020

UMaine Student Wins Free Tuition for 2020-2021

Kelsi Day ’22 (left) is the 2020 winner of the UMaine Alumni Association’s annual tuition raffle. On May 6 UMaine Alumni Association President and CEO John Diamond ’77, ’89G drew the winning ticket, which was purchased by Kelsi’s mother , Melissa Drisko Day (right). The winning ticket covers the cost of 30 credit hours of…