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Members of the Student Portfolio Investment Fund gain real-world experience with investments. They also participate in the annual GAME Forum in New York City and visit the New York Stock Exchange
February 16, 2021

Many Happy Returns

Members of the Student Portfolio Investment Fund gain real-world experience with investments. They also participate in the annual GAME Forum in New York City and visit the New York Stock Exchange. IN 1993, Dr. Robert A. Strong approached the University of Maine Foundation with an idea. Strong, at the time a UMaine professor of investment education,…

Police cars and a roped off police scene
February 16, 2021

Black Bear on the Blue Line

© Abby Patkin/USA Today Network BRENDAN WALSH ’00 has long held a reputation as an enforcer. Two decades ago, he patrolled the ice of Alfond Arena as a tough-as-nails member of UMaine men’s ice hockey team, the 1999 NCAA national champions. Today, Walsh polices a different territory as a detective with the Boston Police Department.…

Vintage photo of Dennis Bailey '76
February 16, 2021

Close to the Precipice

“COVID, day 25. I took this on the day I was discharged from the hospital, after I showered and shaved.” Dennis Bailey Editor’s note: Dennis Bailey, a former reporter and senior advisor to then-Gov. Angus King, Jr., is a public relations consultant who lives in Washington, D.C. In late September he was infected with the…

Alfond Statium
February 16, 2021

Making History

Alfond Arena and the Alfond Stadium bear witness to Harold Alfond’s generosity to the University of Maine. Alfond Arena opened in 1977 and was expanded in 1992; Alfond Stadium was completed in 1998. THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE in Orono will be the largest beneficiary of the Harold Alfond Foundation’s historic investment in Maine’s public universities.…

Tessa Solomon '23
February 16, 2021

The Difference Between Understand and Understanding

Tessa Solomon is a political science major with minors in business and leadership who participated in the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute. She wrote this essay in the summer of 2020 and has since been asked to present it orally at several online events pertaining to racial equity and social justice. I CAN ONLY SPEAK…

Headshot of Genevieve McDonald '18
February 16, 2021

Lured by Education

GENEVIEVE MCDONALD ’18 represents a legislative district that could have inspired the old Maine saying, “You can’t get there from here!” It consists of 10 communities scattered across 14 coastal islands in Downeast Maine. Only two of the islands are accessible by car from McDonald’s home in Ston ington, so she often utilizes her own…

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February 16, 2021

Suzanne Kay Hart

THE UMAINE Alumni Association Board of Directors has voted to rename one of its most prestigious awards after a longtime Association volunteer and leader who passed away on October 9, 2020. In December, the board voted unanimously to rename the “Pine Tree Emblem Alumni Service Award” as the “Suzanne Kay Hart ’68 Alumni Service Award.”…

Photo depicting police waring riot gear at a rally with sparks flying
February 16, 2021

A Life in Pictures

Sheriff deputies maintain a police blockade as firecrackers thrown by a protester explode behind them during a protest against the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd during the coronavirus pandemic on May 30, 2020 in Santa Ana, California. GINA FERAZZI frantically loads her Ford Fusion for a 300-mile drive north from her home in Riverside,…

Erik Gunderson Headshot
February 16, 2021

Serious Business

FOLLOWING HIS UMAINE graduation, Erik Gundersen ’05 moved to Arizona to pursue a career as a golf pro. When that didn’t pan out, he moved back to Maine, where he has become a major player of a different kind. Gundersen, 37, directs Maine’s Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP), the arm of state government responsible for…

Headshots of UMaine Alumni members in the Maine State Legislature
February 16, 2021

Black Bears in Maine’s Legislature

The current Maine State Legislature has a strong representation of Black Bear alumni among its members: eight senators and 17 representatives, including House Majority Leader Michelle Dunphy `88, `96. All legislators may be reached via the following email format:   < Back to Winter 2021 MAINE Alumni Magazine

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February 16, 2021

UMaine Noted in Two Influential College Review Publications

UMaine is among the best 386 colleges in the nation, according to the 2021 edition of The Princeton Review. The Princeton Review annual guide gathers data on the nation’s 2,800 four-year colleges from administrators as well as surveys from students. UMaine also is highlighted in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2021.The annual publication features more…

Claire Strickland Headshot
February 16, 2021

Strickland ’75 Retires after 45-year UMaine Career

Claire Labrie Strickland ’75, a longtime budget officer at UMaine, retired in December after a 45-year career at her alma mater. Strickland, whose final post was as the university’s chief budget officer, arrived in Orono in 1971 to start her college career. After graduation she took a temporary clerk-typist position in the College of Arts…