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February 11, 2020

Two Students Win Prestigious ‘M’ Club Dean Smith Awards

At the annual Scholar-Athlete Recognition Ceremony 289 student-athletes were honored for their academic success. The ‘M’ Club Dean Smith award, the most prestigious award presented annually to the top male and female student-athletes at UMaine, was presented to Cassandra Mascarenhas of the field hockey team and Mitch Fossier of the men’s ice hockey team.  Click…

February 10, 2020

Travel to Costa Rica with Alumni Next November!

The Alumni Association is partnering with Collette Travel to take Black Bears and friends to tropical Costa Rica November 6-15, 2020. The informational webinar about the itinerary and Costa Rica’s spectacular sights is available here. If you have additional questions please call Collette Travel at 800-581-8942 and refer to booking #974904.

February 10, 2020

There’s still time to be included in the UMaine Alumni Impact Survey! 

Researchers from the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center recently sent Black Bear alumni an email invitation to participate. If you did not receive the survey invitation, send your name and email address to  The survey is a key part of a study commissioned by the Alumni Association to document the educational, economic, cultural, civic,…

February 10, 2020

Maine Chosen for Civic Engagement “Honor Roll”

Washington Monthly magazine has placed the University of Maine on its “honor roll” of colleges and universities that do the most to encourage students to exercise their right to vote.  The magazine selected UMaine and 138 other schools from among more than 5,300 public and private U.S institutions. The selection was based on uniform metrics…

February 10, 2020

MAINE Alumni Winter Magazine Available Online

The winter 2020 MAINE Alumni Magazine is online. Read about the work of Penobscot Ambassador Maulian Dana ’06, Black Bear biologist Jennifer Vashon ’93, Matt Rodrigue’s ’04 role in addressing Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, class notes, and more.  

February 10, 2020

2020 Alumni Achievement Award Winners Announced

A longtime advocate for Maine’s traditional outdoor recreation, a prize-winning journalist, and a behavioral economist are among the recipients of the UMaine Alumni Association’s 2020 Alumni Achievement Awards. Recipients will be honored at ceremonies to be held on campus on Friday, April 24th. George Smith ’70 has been chosen for the Alumni Career Award, the association’s…

February 6, 2020

Don’t Miss the Black Bears of Boston Event Next Month!

The Black Bears of Boston will host an after-hours networking social for alumni and friends on Thursday, March 19 at the Legacy Club, located across the street from Boston’s TD Garden.  The alumni club is led by Dodge Tucker ’15, ’17G and Theresa Lee ‘87. The March 19th event is co-hosted by several Boston-area UMaine…

January 30, 2020

Powell Named Distinguished Maine Professor

RICHARD J. POWELL, a member of the University of Maine’s political science faculty for nearly two decades, has been selected as the 2020 Distinguished Maine Professor, the university’s most prestigious faculty award. Powell was chosen from among six finalists by a review panel representing alumni, current and retired faculty, and the UMaine student body. He…

Jennifer Vachon
January 29, 2020

Takes One to Know One

JENNIFER HIGGINS VASHON ’93 is an expert on black bears—the animal kind, not the ones who roam the hallways of UMaine. As a wildlife biologist for Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Vashon is a researcher, public educator, and advisor to policy makers. The University of Maine’s wildlife management program—and the connections she made…

January 29, 2020

The Negotiator

WHEN HE FIRST ARRIVED in Orono in 2000 to start his college career, Matt Rodrigue ’04 understandably had no idea that in less than 15 years he would become a leading figure in resolving one of the United States’ biggest public financial crises. But that’s exactly what happened, as the Farmington native became a prominent…