May 17, 2022

Dorothy Klimis-Zacas: Bridging Wild Blueberries and Biomedical Innovation

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. In this month’s column, we hear from Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, professor of clinical nutrition, cooperating faculty in the School of Biomedical Sciences, and associated faculty at the UMaine Institute of Medicine whose research focuses on berry bioactive compounds and their role…

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 17, 2022

Celebrating Olmsted and UMaine’s Campus Design

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted is perhaps best known for designing New York’s Central Park, though his firm created nearly 6,000 projects during a century of work.  Olmsted’s firm produced the original design for the University of Maine campus, then known as the…

May 17, 2022

What’s in a Name?

A lot! In 1986, the Maine Legislature restored the university’s name to the “University of Maine” after having operated as the “University of Maine at Orono” for the previous 15 years. The action modified a 1968 law that had placed UMaine together with five regional state colleges, producing a single multi-campus entity named the “University…

May 16, 2022

Classes of ’20, ’21 Return for Ceremony

Having lost a traditional graduation experience because of the pandemic, members of UMaine’s classes of 2020 and 2021 returned to campus on May 8 for a delayed but more conventional Commencement celebration. Keynote speaker Ukeme Awakessien Jeter ’04, an attorney, city councilor, and member of the UMaine Alumni Association Board of Directors, encouraged attendees to confidently…

May 16, 2022

Homecoming 2022 Date Set

Homecoming is October 14-16. Save the dates and plan to return to Orono for football, friends, food, and festivities! Come cheer on the Black Bears when they take on the Monmouth Hawks at 1:00 on Saturday, and participate in other campus activities. Plans are underway, so check back for updates.

May 16, 2022

Zoology Major Wins Tuition Raffle

Navia Ladd, a first-year zoology major from Waterford, CT, is the winner of the 2022 UMaine Alumni Association Tuition Raffle. Her prize: $11,940, which the Alumni Association will pay toward Navia’s tuition bill for the 2022-23 academic year. Navia’s winning entry had been submitted on her behalf by her father, Ben. Hers was one of 191,735 entries in…

April 17, 2022

Celebrating the Innovators of UMaine

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. In this month’s column, we recognize the inaugural class of Foster Center Innovation Award winners, who were honored at a ceremony on April14 as part of Maine Impact Week. The Innovation Awards were developed to recognize and celebrate the students,…

April 15, 2022

UMaine Announces Commencement Speakers for May 6–8 Ceremonies

Two nationally recognized University of Maine alumnae and the scientific director of The Jackson Laboratory will be the UMaine commencement speakers for ceremonies for 2022 graduates and 2020–21 alumni, May 6–8. Alumna Shontay Delalue ’00, ’03G (pictured left), senior vice president and senior diversity officer at Dartmouth College, will address UMaine’s Graduate School Commencement that…

April 15, 2022

Hashey ’16 Named Director of Alumni Communications

Nicolette D. Hashey `16 has rejoined the Alumni Association as its new Director of AlumniCommunications. In that role she is responsible for the Association’s strategic communications, online events and engagement, and marketing. Hashey previously worked for the Association in several roles. She was first hired as a communications assistant in 2015 during her senior year…