A Message to Alumni and Friends

How COVID-19 is Affecting Our Work on Your Behalf

Updated April 2, 2020

As always, the UMaine Alumni Association remains concerned about and supportive of our members and the larger UMaine community. Consequently, we have taken steps to promote our collective well-being and the public’s health:

  • Our Association’s staff members are working remotely, in keeping with physical distancing practices. However, we’re maintaining regular work hours and are fully equipped to receive calls and email that are directed to our office.
  • All in-person alumni events scheduled for April and May have been canceled. Some of those will be rescheduled for a later date.
  • We are working on setting up online “virtual” events and activities to keep Black Bears informed and engaged both socially and professionally during these times of social distancing. Those events will be posted on our website and on our social media platforms as they are scheduled.
  • The Association’s communications with members and friends—MAINE Alumni Magazine, our monthly Bear Tracks e-newsletter, and social media posts—will continue uninterrupted. 
  • Buchanan Alumni House (BAH), the home of both the Association and the UMaine Foundation, is closed to the public for the time being. However, Kathy Hill ’16, our House Manager, is available to handle scheduling requests and queries. She may be reached at khill@maine.edu or 207-581-1176. 
  • UMaine officials have announced that the 2020 May Commencement ceremonies will not take place as originally planned. Instead, a “virtual commencement” ceremony is being planned for Saturday, May 9. The university is also exploring the possibility of holding an in-person Commencement celebration for the Class of 2020 later in the year. 
  • In addition to other content, the Summer edition of MAINE Alumni Magazine will feature extensive coverage of how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the Class of 2020’s final semester at UMaine. It will also share stories of how the pandemic affected the lives of Black Bear alumni in the U.S. and around the world. 

It’s worth noting that since its founding in 1875, the Alumni Association has continued to support its members and the university through times of war, economic disruptions, and periods of social unrest. While COVID-19 continues to affect lives and unsettle our sense of normalcy, we will get through it by staying connected (virtually, for the time being) and supportive of each other. 

Be well and take care.

Sincerely,

John N. Diamond ’77, ‘89G
President & Executive Director
diamond@maine.edu