How COVID-19 is Affecting Our Work on Your Behalf
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 wellbeing and the public’s health:
- Our Association’s staff members are working remotely, in keeping with social 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 alumni events scheduled for March, April, and May have been canceled. Some will be rescheduled for a later date but others, such as the April 24th Alumni Achievement Awards dinner, will not. We are working on creative ways to honor this year’s award winners through video and regional events later in the calendar year.
- 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. Kathy Hill, our House manager, will remain at BAH to handle scheduling requests and other management duties. She also will coordinate maintenance and renovations that had been scheduled for later in the year, taking advantage of BAH’s unanticipated public closure at this time.
- Currently UMaine officials are weighing whether or not to hold the 2020 May Commencement as originally scheduled. That decision is expected by mid-April at the latest. Whatever happens—cancelation, rescheduling, or an alternative plan—the Alumni Association will work aggressively to support, welcome, and engage the Class of 2020 as new members of the UMaine Alumni family.
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 disrupt 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.
John N. Diamond ’77, ‘89G
President & Executive Director