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Alfond Statium
February 16, 2021

Making History

Alfond Arena and the Alfond Stadium bear witness to Harold Alfond’s generosity to the University of Maine. Alfond Arena opened in 1977 and was expanded in 1992; Alfond Stadium was completed in 1998. THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE in Orono will be the largest beneficiary of the Harold Alfond Foundation’s historic investment in Maine’s public universities.…

Tessa Solomon '23
February 16, 2021

The Difference Between Understand and Understanding

Tessa Solomon is a political science major with minors in business and leadership who participated in the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute. She wrote this essay in the summer of 2020 and has since been asked to present it orally at several online events pertaining to racial equity and social justice. I CAN ONLY SPEAK…

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February 16, 2021

Suzanne Kay Hart

THE UMAINE Alumni Association Board of Directors has voted to rename one of its most prestigious awards after a longtime Association volunteer and leader who passed away on October 9, 2020. In December, the board voted unanimously to rename the “Pine Tree Emblem Alumni Service Award” as the “Suzanne Kay Hart ’68 Alumni Service Award.”…

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February 16, 2021

UMaine Noted in Two Influential College Review Publications

UMaine is among the best 386 colleges in the nation, according to the 2021 edition of The Princeton Review. The Princeton Review annual guide gathers data on the nation’s 2,800 four-year colleges from administrators as well as surveys from students. UMaine also is highlighted in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2021.The annual publication features more…

Claire Strickland Headshot
February 16, 2021

Strickland ’75 Retires after 45-year UMaine Career

Claire Labrie Strickland ’75, a longtime budget officer at UMaine, retired in December after a 45-year career at her alma mater. Strickland, whose final post was as the university’s chief budget officer, arrived in Orono in 1971 to start her college career. After graduation she took a temporary clerk-typist position in the College of Arts…

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February 16, 2021

Students and Faculty Tackle Lab Coursework Remotely

The pandemic posed countless challenges, including the logistics and safety of teaching and performing chemistry in lab classes. When classes shifted last March from in-person to remote instruction, faculty and staff had to figure out how to provide students with a supervised, safe, hands-on learning experience. The department of chemistry responded by assembling more than…

February 16, 2021

Magazine Receives Prestigious Award

MAINE Alumni Magazine has won a 2021 Gold Excellence Award from District 1 of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in recognition of the magazine’s summer 2020 edition. The honor pertains to the Alumni Association’s special expanded edition, which it produced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The magazine featured its usual…

MBA Program Enrollment Soars
February 16, 2021

Enrollment in MBA Program Soars

Enrollment in UMaine’s master’s degree program in business administration (MBA) has quadrupled over the past three years, according to university records. During the fall 2020 semester enrollment was 344, 300 percent greater than in 2017, when 86 students were enrolled. This unprecedented growth is largely the result of academic and administrative changes within the University…

Bioproducts Research Institute Receives Equipment Upgrade
February 16, 2021

Forest Bioproducts Research Institute Receives Equipment Upgrade

UMaine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI) facilities in Old Town and in Jenness Hall will upgrade their equipment with $4.8 million awarded from the Defense Logistics Agency. The improved equipment will enable FBRI to continue to increase production, produce new bioproducts, and support ongoing research. The new equipment will enable researchers to study the creation…

February 14, 2021

These plans for athletics and recreation are spectacular!

Thanks to the Harold Alfond Foundation’s latest investment in UMaine academics and athletics, Black Bear Athletics today unveiled a master plan designed to improve the quality, accessibility, and gender equality of the university’s intercollegiate and recreational facilities. Projects include a new soccer facility that will feature synthetic turf, stadium seating, broadcast-quality lighting, and more. (See…

February 14, 2021

‘Beam-topping’ marks the latest phase of the new Ferland Engineering and Education Design Center

A virtual Topping Off Ceremony celebrated the placement of the last beam atop the steel frame of the Ferland Engineering Education and Design Center. The ceremony, a tradition in building construction, was livestreamed on Friday, Feb. 12.  Earlier this month, members of the campus community were invited to sign the painted beam. Individuals could also…