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September 14, 2020

Students Return to Campus With New Protocols in Place

UMaine’s new academic year started on August 31 with approximately 11,200 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled. They arrived with new protocols and practices in place to protect the health of the UMaine community as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Over 14,000 wellness-maintenance kits have been distributed to students and employees. Signs across campus remind everyone that…

September 14, 2020

Homecoming Set for October 16-18 Online

As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. That’s what the UMaine Alumni Association is doing as it prepares for Homecoming 2020. In light of safety precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, UMaine will hold its 2020 Homecoming on October 16-18 online as a set of “virtual” activities. Homecoming will feature a…

September 10, 2020

Athletics Shares COVID Update

For a recent update on this season’s Black Bear sports, watch Director of Athletics Ken Ralph, soccer head coach Scott Atherley ’89, ’91G, and football coach Nick Charlton discuss the challenges of COVID-19 on UMaine athletics. Members of the women’s basketball team discuss measures that the Athletics Department took to keep them safe. Watch the…

September 10, 2020

Nominations Sought for 2021 Alumni Achievement Awards

Do you know an alumnus or alumna whose professional achievements, community service, or volunteer activity on behalf of UMaine deserves recognition?  Nominations are being sought for the 2021 Alumni Achievement Awards. There are eight categories of awards, the purposes, criteria, and the nomination process for which can be found here. The deadline for nominations is…

September 10, 2020

Alumni Association Welcomes Three New Officers

Three board members have assumed leadership positions at the UMaine Alumni Association. Robert M. Frank III ’88, Kristen McAlpine ’06, ’08, and Justin Labonte ’10 (pictured left to right above) recently stepped into new roles.   Frank is the new president of the UMaine Alumni Association. He is a senior principal, chief business development officer,…

August 14, 2020

Alumni Association Offers Virtual September Reunion

Please join us from the comfort of your home on Wednesday and Thursday, September 23-24, for Reunion 2020, celebrating the Classes of 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, and Senior Alumni! Because of COVID-19 health and safety precautions, this year’s Reunion will be held online instead of on campus. Reunion will feature a variety of live…

August 12, 2020

Di Giovanni ’83 Sheds Light on Experiences Writing about People in War-Torn Countries

Janine di Giovanni ’83, recipient of the Alumni Association’s Bernard Lown ’42 Humanitarian Award, has spent more than three decades writing about the lives of people in war-torn regions, from the Balkans to the Middle East and African nations.  Watch her interview with Ric Tyler ’87, recorded during isolation caused by the pandemic:  

August 12, 2020

UMaine’s Offshore Wind Project Receives $100 Million Investment

UMaine’s cutting-edge research on offshore windpower energy technology has received a major private-sector investment from Diamond Offshore Wind and RWE Renewables. The $100 million investment from those partners will enable the floating wind farm to be constructed about 14 miles off the Maine coast, near Monhegan Island. The scale model prototype of the project, which…

August 12, 2020

UMaine Reaches New Record in Research Grants

The University of Maine reached a new record by generating $104.2 million in research grants and awards during the fiscal year 2020. That figure is an all-time high level of externally generated research funding realized by UMaine, and stems from the university’s pursuit of growth in research. The number of larger awards has increased nearly…