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October 15, 2021

Stephen King Visits UMaine English Classes

UMaine’s most famous alumnus, Stephen King ’70, twice returned to campus earlier this month to meet with two groups of English majors. King discussed his memoir, On Writing, with one group, and with the other discussed his adaptation of his book Lisey’s Story as an Apple TV+ miniseries. He was invited back to campus by UMaine English…

October 14, 2021

UMaine Art Museum Expands

The Zillman Museum of Art opened its five new galleries in early September, expanding its exhibition space by more than 40 percent. The museum, which moved to downtown Bangor two decades ago, collects and presents contemporary art. Admission is free. Museum director George Kinghorn told the Portland Press Herald that the expansion “will enable us…

October 14, 2021

Upcoming Inaugural Civil Rights Presentation Available to Stream

The UMaine Alumni Association and the Greater Bangor Area Branch NAACP are pleased to present the inaugural Robert Talbot Civil Rights Speaker Series with Amy Banks and Isaac Knapper, co-authors of “Fighting Time,” on the UMaine campus at Wells Conference Center. Banks and Knapper will present on their book about Knapper’s wrongful conviction for the…

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

UMaine Enrollment on the Rise

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, enrollment at the University of Maine remains strong.  The University of Maine welcomed approximately 2,260 first-year students at the beginning of the fall semester, and experienced growth in both in and out-of-state enrollment over last year. Total enrollment is approximately 11,500 students, with the official headcount to be announced in mid-October.…

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September 17, 2021

Third-Generation Black Bear Moves Into Balentine Hall

Aidan Lally ’24, a sophomore majoring in civil engineering, recently moved into Balentine Hall for the fall semester—the same dorm his grandmother and great grandmother lived in. The third-generation Black Bear’s legacy at UMaine started in 1921 when his great-grandmother, Frances Perkins Lincoln, joined the UMaine campus and was one of the first students to…

September 17, 2021

Homecoming Festivities Set for October

Come back to UMaine for the Homecoming fun and festivities on October 15-16.  See what’s new and what’s familiar at the college of our hearts always!  Outdoor activities are planned for Friday and Saturday, including a football game against the College of William and Mary, beginning at noon.   For more information and to register, visit…

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…

Three members of the graduating class holding up their University of Maine diplomas.
August 17, 2021

UMaine Holds 218th Commencement

The University of Maine’s 218th Commencement honored the achievements of the more than 2,000 UMaine students receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in 2021. In place of a traditional face-to-face commencement, the university created a virtual commencement presentation, which included video of students’ in-person stage walks, congratulatory remarks by valedictorian Bailey West, and a keynote by…

August 17, 2021

West, Bennett Top Class of ’21

Bailey West, a biochemistry major from Stockton Springs, was the 2021 valedictorian and Drew Bennett, a mechanical engineering major from Brewer, was the salutatorian. West was the Outstanding Graduating Student in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture, and in the Honors College. On campus, she was a peer tutor and teaching assistant, and…