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November 12, 2020

Churchills Announce $6.5 Million Bequest to UMaine

At a recent University of Maine Foundation virtual Homecoming event, University of Maine benefactors Dan ’63 and Betty Churchill shared their intentions to make estate gifts estimated at up to $6.5 million. Their gifts will endow two $1.5 million School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA) professorships, one Climate Change Institute (CCI) post-doctoral position or…

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 Honors Veterans with Week of In-Person, Virtual Events

The university hosted a series of activities honoring veterans last week. Veterans week began with a flag ceremony in front of Fogler Library and included sessions addressing a range of veterans’ issues, a lunch, and an art exhibition. Activities were coordinated by the UMaine Office of Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) and UMaine Veterans…

October 22, 2020

Faculty Share Views During “Politics in America” Webinar

Two prominent UMaine political scientists placed the 2020 elections in historical context as part of “Politics in America,” a 60-minute webinar held as part of the Alumni Association’s virtual Homecoming last week. Dr. Richard Powell, recipient of UMaine’s 2020 Distinguished Maine Professor Award, and Dr. Robert Glover covered a variety of topics related to Maine…

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…

October 22, 2020

UMaine Foundation Announces Successful Completion of Vision for Tomorrow Campaign

The University of Maine Foundation exceeded its $200 million goal by $8 million, according to UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy and University of Maine Foundation President Jeffery N. Mills. The comprehensive campaign that raised a total of $208,586,510 has four major priority areas — Fostering Student Success, Ensuring Access for All of Maine, Catalyzing Maine’s Economy,…

October 22, 2020

Alumni Association’s Virtual Homecoming Was a Success

Alumni from the Class of 1953 to the Class of 2023, including residents of Washington State and California to Maine, participated in this year’s virtual Homecoming. While it wasn’t the traditional celebration, alumni joined an array of activities that campus partners organized. President Joan Ferrini-Mundy kicked off the weekend with a welcome and Q&A session,…

October 22, 2020

Alfond’s Gift to UMaine System Among Largest Ever to a New England Public Educational Institution

The University of Maine will be a major beneficiary of the Harold Alfond Foundation’s historic $240 million gift to the University of Maine System. UMaine President Ferrini-Mundy noted that the historic gift would “benefit our students for decades.” She added, “With $20 million from the Alfond Foundation, we will develop new programs to support student…

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…

September 14, 2020

Homecoming Set for October 16-18 Online

As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. That’s what the UMaine Alumni Association is doing as it prepares for Homecoming 2020. In light of safety precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, UMaine will hold its 2020 Homecoming on October 16-18 online as a set of “virtual” activities. Homecoming will feature a…