Recent News

Women’s Basketball to Play NC State in NCAA Tournament Opener

The University of Maine Women’s Basketball team, No. 14 seed, will travel to North Carolina to play No. 3 seed, North Carolina State, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 and will be televised on ESPN2.

“We’re really excited,” stated Maine senior Tanesha Sutton in a Bangor Daily News interview, “it doesn’t matter who we play.”

This will be the second time this season the Black Bears play North Carolina State, but this time the Black Bears will approach the game on a 14-game winning streak and the team will also have Fanny Wadling, UMaine’s leading rebounder. She missed the North Carolina State game due to a concussion.

Coach Amy Vachon reflects: “We’re playing really well right now. We have learned a lot. Going to the tournament for the second year in a row will help.”

More information on the Black Bear’s NCAA journey can be found here.

Class of ’63 Sets ‘Advocacy Challenge’

The Class of 1963 has issued a challenge to other alumni classes to help support the Alumni Association’s advocacy work on behalf of UMaine.

Class of ’63 officers recently voted to contribute $10,000 to the Association’s advocacy fund, which directly supports the Association’s independent efforts to promote public investment in UMaine through allocations and policies. Furthermore, it issued an appeal to other UMaine alumni classes to contribute financially to support and sustain the Association’s advocacy efforts.

“For decades members of the Class of 1963 have played valuable leadership roles in helping ensure the Alumni Association’s independence and advocacy on behalf of our members and the university,” said John N. Diamond ’77, ’89G, the association’s president and executive director. “We are grateful for this latest expression of support and commitment.”

The advocacy fund supports costs associated with activities and presentations that encourage positive interactions between Maine policy makers and UMaine advocates, including alumni and friends, campus and System officials, students, and faculty. A recent example included a February 27th reception in Augusta for state legislators and alumni, at which legislative leaders, UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Alumni Association Board President Julia Munsey ’02, and entrepreneur Nate Wildes ’12 spoke about UMaine’s positive role in workforce development and economic growth.

Class officers and alumni interested in knowing more about how they can support the Association’s advocacy fund should contact Ashley Twombly ’10, ‘12G, associate director of alumni programs, at (207) 581-1144.  


Inauguration of UMaine’s 21st President

President Joan Ferrini-Mundy will be sworn in as the University of Maine’s 21st president on March 29, as the culmination of a weeklong celebration of the inauguration.

On March 28, pre-inauguration festivities will include a Community Pancake Breakfast and the President’s Ice Cream Social. An evening symposium will begin with a keynote speech by  Susan Singer, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Rollins College, in Minsky Recital Hall. Singer will speak on the challenges and opportunities that foster learning success. The keynote presentation will be followed by a panel discussion from a number of faculty members across campus.

Learn more about Inauguration Week here.


UMaine Searches for New Chancellor

The University of Maine began its search for its next chancellor in February upon announcement of retirement by James Page, the system’s current chancellor, who will complete his term on June 30th.

Appointed by the board of trustees, the chancellor governs administration of the entire University of Maine System. The boards of trustees nominated former chairman Sam Collins to lead the search committee.

Collins notes, “We embark on the search for a new leader for the University of Maine System who will help us build on our success and swiftly achieve the public education innovation, alignment, and investment we need to address Maine’s workforce and demographic challenges.”

In the coming months the search committee will continue recruitment, review candidates and do preliminary interviews, and will conclude their search and make appointment by early June.

More information about the search for a new chancellor can be found here.

Another Successful Black Bear Road Trip Event at Red Sox Spring Training

Over 320 alumni and friends gathered in Fort Myers, FL to watch the Red Sox take on the Minnesota Twins.

Attendees enjoyed great weather, the chance to watch batting practice, and a delicious BBQ lunch while reconnecting with classmates and fellow Black Bears.

Two more Black Bear Road Trip stops will take place this year. Check back here for more information.


Have You Always Wanted to Go to Italy?

Travel with other UMaine alumni to Rome, Florence, Venice, and other parts of this beautiful country November 11-23, 2019.

For more information about the Italian Vistas trip, click here.

Center for Undergraduate Research Fair to Commence April 10

The fourth annual Student Symposium will take place at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on April 10. The event, which is free and open to the public, enables members of the community to meet UMaine students and learn about their research and view short performances and art. Both undergraduate and graduate students share their research on a wide range of subjects through posters, exhibits, and presentations.

The event is organized by the UMaine Graduate Student Government and the Center for Undergraduate Research, with help from sponsors and volunteers. More information can be found here.


You Could Win Free Tuition!

Coming soon – the University of Maine Alumni Association’s annual tuition raffle.

One lucky winner will receive full tuition to cover 30 credit hours of undergraduate courses during the 2019-2020 academic year. The value of the selected ticket is $8,790, the cost of in-state tuition. The winner can use the prize to benefit a favorite UMaine undergraduate – a family member, a friend’s child, a stranger in need, or even him or herself!

The 2018-2019 tuition recipient, Raeann Berry ’20 of Southold, NY, reflects on her win last year:  “The $8,000 really meant a lot for me. Being an out-of-state student finances can get kind of tough sometimes, so when I had that extra money come in it was really nice and helped a lot.”

Anyone 18 years of age or older can enter. The Alumni Association suggests a $5-per-ticket contribution to help continue this popular program.

More information on the tuition raffle, and a link to request tickets online, can be found here.


For Hauck ’20 UMaine is a Family Affair

A love of sneakers and having a former university president in the family brought DeVaughn Hauck ’20 to the University of Maine.

What town or city do you live in when the university is not in session?

I live in Roxbury, a neighborhood in the middle of the city of Boston.

What is your major?

Business marketing

Why did you choose that major and field of study?

I have always been very interested in sneakers and how exclusive pairs can sell for so much money on secondary markets, so I wanted to know more about how marketing worked and better understand how sneakers could be so valuable because they are “exclusive.”

Why did you choose to attend UMaine?

Many family members of mine attended UMaine and my great-great-grandfather, Arthur Hauck ’58H, was once president of the university.

What UMaine-affiliated clubs or organizations are you involved in?

Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity

Favorite place to hang out on campus?

Honestly the Union and Library are where I spend most of my time on campus when I am not in class.

Favorite place to hang out off campus?

The Avenue [a popular student apartment complex in Orono].

What is your most memorable event or experience as a UMaine student?

My freshman year there was this hamster ball soccer tournament that I signed up for with my friends and it was super fun.

Aside from coursework and campus life, what are your interests or favorite things to do?

I love playing baseball or hanging out with friends inside if it is too cold.

Who is/are your favorite UMaine professor(s) and what makes them stand out?

I’ve liked a lot of my professors but I’m currently taking a class with Stephanie Welcomer and Dmitri Markovitch and they are very wise, educated, and enthusiastic about their fields.

What year do you expect to receive your bachelor’s degree?

This year! I will be graduating in May 2019.

What are your plans for the year immediately following your UMaine graduation?

I want to save money and travel the world.

What do you see yourself doing professionally once you’ve finished your education?

I will probably work in an office doing something in my field but I hope to own a business one day.

What are the keys to being a successful student at UMaine?

Time management!

The UMaine Alumni Association, with support from University Credit Union, each month presents its Dirigo Award to an undergraduate student who exemplifies the academic and civic ideals of the University of Maine. Selections are made in consultation with UMaine’s deans and the Division of Student Life.

Hopkins ’77, ’96G is Sappy About Her Career

Kathy Miller Hopkins ‘77, ’96G is in her sweet spot. Each March, the Cooperative Extension faculty member feels energized by Maine’s maple production. Only the second Mainer to be inducted into the North American Maple Syrup Council’s Maple Hall of Fame, Hopkins joined the University of Maine Cooperative Extension – Somerset County as a 4-H Community Education Assistant in 1993 after teaching elementary school for a few years. She became a faculty member four years later, working in the Skowhegan office.

With offices throughout the state, UMaine Cooperative Extension puts university research to work in homes, businesses, farms, and local communities. Cooperative Extension work focuses on the food system and youth development and leadership through the 4-H Club and afterschool programs. Cooperative Extension provides Mainers with direct access to University of Maine expertise and research-based information from across the nationwide land grant Cooperative Extension system.

In layperson’s terms, what are your research and scholarship interests?   

My interests are in maple production and quality control and investigating whether traditionally accepted production practices meet new food safety guidelines.

I am also interested in best practices for transferring knowledge and incorporating research results so that producers can incorporate best practices in their production techniques.

Why did you choose to pursue those interests?

I became interested in these topics when I received a question from a maple producer about an anomaly that appeared in a product. The question was very interesting and challenged some accepted conventional wisdom. That led to a partnership with Cooperative Extension staff and with University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture researchers and students who have participated in the research portion of several grants that I received from the North American Maple Syrup Council’s Research Fund.

Given your research interests, do you feel a sense of “March Madness” when the sap is running and being processed into syrup and treats?

Oh, yes! There is always great excitement when the sun is warming, the birds are singing, and the sap is flowing. The woods are beautiful as the snow recedes and sugarhouses are in full production.

What is the most enjoyable part about being a member of Cooperative Extension?

The most enjoyable part of Cooperative Extension is working directly with people who are living in Maine communities. Every day is a gift and an adventure because you never know each day what question will arise that someone is facing and how you might be able to help with Cooperative Extension resources or connections.

What is your most memorable event or experience as a member of Cooperative Extension?

One of the most memorable questions I ever received was whether I could definitively identify bear scat over the phone if the caller described it for me. Answer – No.

My most memorable experiences have been working with the people of Maine and beyond investigating real-life issues and finding answers. It has been rewarding to work with campus faculty and students to address the needs of Maine people and food industries.

Of all the subjects you’ve studied (and challenges you’ve addressed), which one do you enjoy the most? Why?

I have enjoyed working with the people in the maple industry in Maine and across the North American maple producing region. They are the sweetest people you can find! I have also enjoyed worked with Master Gardener volunteers who continue to inspire me with the differences they are making in their own communities with the knowledge they acquire in their training. It has also been my privilege to connect with campus faculty to explore issues that affect food producers in Maine.

What is your favorite place on campus or within your Cooperative Extension region (Somerset County and beyond) to spend time?

My favorite place is the woods and I don’t spend nearly enough time there.

Aside from your faculty role, what are your interests or favorite things to do?

I enjoy spending time with family and especially my grandchildren. They keep me young and inspire me with their infectious smiles and positive outlook on life. I like to garden in the summer and like to compare heritage vegetables with newer varieties.

Any other advice or comments?

Life is filled with opportunity and challenges. Keep moving forward, focus on the positive, and do your best. None of us is perfect and we get things done by helping each other develop a richer understanding of what is happening around us.

Sponsored by the UMaine Alumni Association and University Credit Union, the Faculty Excellence Award is given monthly to a faculty member whose work contributes to UMaine’s national reputation for excellence. Selections are made in consultation with the university’s academic deans.