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May 14, 2021

This bio-tech company is innovating Maine

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. This month’s edition of our “Innovators of UMaine” series showcases Neuright, a Maine-based biotech company co-founded by Kristy Townsend ‘02 Ph.D. (above right), and Magdalena Blaszkiewicz ‘19G, Ph.D. (center). The company is developing a medical device that will aid in…

May 14, 2021

Tradition of Maine Day continues this year

While Maine Day looked a little different this year, students welcomed the chance to participate in the annual tradition of beautifying the campus. At Buchanan Alumni House, members of All Maine Women, Senior Skulls, Sophomore Eagles, and Sophomore Owls worked together to add mulch and compost to Buchanan’s gardens. Besides these efforts by students and…

May 14, 2021

Floating Offshore Wind Power Project highlighted in recent webinar

The May 11 presentation by Dr. Habib Dagher, executive director of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, on UMaine’s offshore wind program, can be viewed online. UMaine is collaborating with New England Aqua Ventus LLC, a joint venture between Diamond Offshore Wind, a subsidiary of the Mitsubishi Corporation, and RWE Renewables, the second-largest company in…

May 14, 2021

And the winner is…

Wesley Dunkle of Rockland, ME, is the winner of the Alumni Association’s annual Tuition Raffle. On May 6, UMaine Alumni Association president and CEO John Diamond ’77, ‘89G drew the winning ticket, which Daniel ’95 and Christine Thurston Dunkle ’96 submitted for their son, who will be a sophomore in the fall. The ticket covers…

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May 14, 2021

Barr named new head coach for men’s ice hockey

Ben Barr has been named the head coach for men’s ice hockey. Barr comes to UMaine from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for five years. “We are thrilled to welcome Ben Barr to the University of Maine,” said Ken Ralph. “He brings with him an amazing…

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May 14, 2021

Celebrate the 2021 Alumni Achievement Awards with us!

Please join us on Thursday evening, May 20th at 6-7:30 p.m. (Eastern), for the 2021 Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony. The online event, sponsored by The Jackson Laboratory, will honor seven individuals and one family for their individual accomplishments and service to others. This year’s theme, “Common Threads,” recognizes the intertwined experience of attending UMaine, “the…

May 13, 2021

UMaine 2021 virtual commencement honors graduates

The University of Maine’s 218th Commencement honored the achievements of the more than 2,000 UMaine students receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in 2021. In place of a traditional face-to-face commencement, the university created a virtual commencement presentation, which included video of students’ in-person stage walks, congratulatory remarks by valedictorian Bailey West, and a keynote by…

April 15, 2021

Upcoming Webinar Features Prominent Franco American

The UMaine Alumni Association and Franco American Centre are co-hosting a webinar celebrating the release of First Franco: Albert Beliveau in Law, Politics, and Love, a biography of Maine’s first Franco American Supreme Court Justice. The book is published by the University of Maine’s Franco American Programs, in association with the University of Maine Press.…

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April 15, 2021

Celebrate Maine with a Whoopie Pie Today!

Happy Whoopie Pie Day! Did you know that April 20 is the 10th anniversary of the Whoopie Pie becoming the state of Maine’s Official Treat? A number of UMaine alumni played a role in the legislative undertaking, including Amos Orcutt ’64, former Rep. Emily Cain ’02, and First Lady Karen Weston Baldacci ’83, ’01G. Former…

April 15, 2021

Take Part in the Tradition of the Maine Day of Giving

April 28, 2021 is Maine Day, also the Maine Day of Giving. Consider a gift to the University of Maine, and take part in the tradition of Maine Day near and far. Maine Day of Giving is an annual event that keeps the spirit of Maine Day alive whether you are on campus for Maine…

Fighting Times book cover; Co-authors Isaac Knapper and Amy Banks; Portland Press Herald Clipping from 1979; and Professor Ronald Banks
April 15, 2021

1979 Murder of UMaine Professor was Topic of April 12 Webinar

A forthcoming book about the 1979 murder of a University of Maine history professor was the subject of a recent webinar co-hosted by the University of Maine Alumni Association and the Maine Historical Society.  The presenters–Amy Banks and Isaac Knapper, co-authors of Fighting Time—have unique perspectives. Banks was the teenage daughter of Professor Ronald Banks,…