Student Life

November 12, 2020

UMaine Graduate Student Competes in Miss USA Pageant

Julia Van Steenberghe ’20, Miss Maine USA, recently traveled to Memphis, TN, to compete in the Miss USA pageant. The graduate student in human development was crowned Miss Maine USA last year, but the Miss USA pageant was postponed until recently due to the coronavirus. Van Steenberghe expressed her gratitude to the University of Maine.…

November 12, 2020

UMaine Students Offer Music Lessons to Local Middle Schoolers

UMaine music education majors have partnered with middle school students in Old Town to provide free private music lessons online. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the middle school students have been unable to play their instruments together in person. Philip Edelman, assistant professor of music education at UMaine, and Shianne Wheeler Priest ’96, ’08G, director of…

October 22, 2020

UMaine’s Enrollment Hits an 11-Year High

Bucking national trends in higher education, UMaine’s fall enrollment increased to its highest level since 2009, according to university data released on Friday. UMaine reported a total student enrollment of 11,741, a 1.5 percent increase over its fall 2019 total. The growth surprised some observers, given that economic conditions and personal concerns about COVID-19 have…

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October 22, 2020

“UMaine UVote” Initiative Encourages Students to Vote

The University of Maine’s “UMaine UVote” education and outreach initiative has been working to encourage students to vote. The Division of Student Life coordinates the program. Because many college students are first-time voters, UMaine held a campus-wide voter registration drive in September. A web page is dedicated to information, whether students want to register to…

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.