I remember being a freshman in Penobscot Hall when our dorm had two phones in the basement and one was for collect calls or credit cards only (it was blue in color) and the other was for local calls only. Sometimes on a Sunday night a line of students would form as we made calls to friends and families during some precious weekend time. I wonder how we would have managed a pandemic back in the 1980s given the limited communication tools available. One of my sons, Bryant, graduated from UMaine in May ’20 and is now experiencing graduate school at Michigan Tech. My other son, Turner, finished his junior year at Orono. I hope that your families are finding their new normal and getting ready for a traditional summer, where we move and live a little more freely than the summer of 2020.
Mike Bordick was named to the inaugural Hampden Academy Hall of Fame in October 2020. Mike had a 14-year major league career with the Oakland A’s, Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, and New York Mets. At Hampden Academy, he was an All-PVC shortstop and at UMaine he started at shortstop for three years and made three college world series appearances. He also starred at the American Legion level and played in the Cape Cod league.
Dana Dupre Morrell was promoted to community services supervisor at SeniorsPlus in November and provides supervision and assistance to staff of the various Older Americans Act programs, which are managed by the community services department. Congratulations, Dana!
Matthew S. Albert was promoted and named a new principal of Oak Point Associates last September. The company is a Maine and New Hampshire architecture and engineering firm which was founded in 1979. It has 80 employees and provides major architecture and engineering disciplines at its offices in Biddeford, ME, and Portsmouth, NH. Matthew was one of eight other newly named principals of the firm. The company reports the transition will diversify ownership, and expects to strengthen its current markets while also exploring new sectors.
Kristin Dane DiCroce received her Master of Science in nursing from Southern New Hampshire University and she planned to spend last winter skiing in Bethel at Sunday River ski area. Congratulations on your accomplishments, and we are all jealous of your winter plans!
Sally Cummings reports to the class from Saint John, New Brunswick, where she is the executive director of Rocmaura Foundation. Sally finds herself getting caught up with old friends from the UMO days by scanning Facebook and Linkedin. After graduation, Sally went back to Canada, where she started what would become a ten-year career at ATV/CTV News as a reporter and videographer. She then moved into a 13-year career in tourism at the City of St. John, a position which gave her travel experience all over North America. Sally explains that her current position as the executive director at the foundation helps raise funds to enhance the quality of life of the aging and vulnerable population that live in a nursing home that was founded by the Sisters of Charity. Sally also remembers playing in the UMaine marching band and traveling to Philadelphia when the band got to perform at a game. She was able to visit campus a few years ago for a Homecoming event and Sally brought her daughter, who was wowed by all the campus excitement and the football game. She also writes that UMaine granted her a four-year international student tuition waiver to attend school at Orono and she says she will forever be grateful for that opportunity and the experience of a lifetime. Congratulations, Sally, and we look forward to hearing more from you!
John Brier is the founder of Mainely Matters and recently launched the largest podcast platform in Maine, which aims at highlighting Maine’s leaders. John reports Mainely Matters’s goal is to give their listeners a wide variety of Maine-related topics to tune into every month. These podcasts can be listened to at MainelyMatters.com, or on popular podcast broadcasters including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Tune In.
Gerald “Jerry” W. Hayman announced his retirement in March 2021 as the longtime chair of the board of Orono-based University Credit Union, Maine’s sixth-largest credit union. Jerry was succeeded by Peter Reid ’85 ‘89G. Jerry, who is director of business services for the Bangor School Department, joined the board in 1992 and had served as the chair since 2011. Peter Reid said in the press release, “On behalf of our members and my fellow board directors, I want to thank Jerry for his years of leadership and contributions to the credit union and wish him well.”
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