Recent News

Here’s Your Opportunity to Participate in the Alumni Impact Survey!

On Friday, January 24th, Black Bear alumni will receive an email with the subject line “UM Alumni Impact Survey” inviting them to participate in an online survey. Please participate!

The survey is a key part of a study commissioned by the Alumni Association to document the educational, economic, cultural, civic, and community roles and influences of its 109,000 members.

The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, led by researchers Philip Trostel, Mariya Pominova, and Megan Bailey (above), is conducting the study using a combination of online and mailed surveys and telephone interviews. Some alumni received the survey in early January as part of a preliminary launch.

The study is being funded through a generous grant from Maine Savings Federal Credit Union. Results will be released publicly in late March.

Alumna Grows Chamber of Commerce

Shanna Cox ’15 is working to grow the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Hired as the organization’s CEO last fall, she is building a model that encourages more businesses to join, participate, and benefit from chamber membership.

Read more about her efforts here.

Homecoming Weekend 2020 Dates Set

The University of Maine’s Homecoming will take place this year October 16th through the 18th.

Homecoming Reunion classes include 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2015. The weekend will feature a “Welcome Home” reception, Alumni Village Tailgate, football game, Maine Marketplace, and more!

Save the date!

Remembering Chuck Peddle ’59

News media around the world recently reported the passing of computer pioneer Chuck Peddle ’59, one of the most consequential Black Bears of all time.

Peddle, the 2019 Alumni Career Award recipient, is widely credited as “the father of the
personal computer.” This New York Times feature is just one of many news stories that
captured the enormous influence Peddle continues to have on the world.

Click here to read the story about Peddle that appeared in MAINE Alumni Magazine’s Summer 2019 edition.

Black Bear Road Trip

Black Bear Road Trip Events Set for Next Month

The 2020 Black Bear Road Trip will begin in late February with alumni gatherings in Tucson and Phoenix, AZ. On March 5, Black Bears will cheer on the Red Sox as they take on the Houston Astros at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, FL, for a spring training game and barbecue.

More information about the Black Bear Road Trip can be found here.

UMaine Has New Podcast Series: The Maine Question

The University of Maine has introduced a podcast series that informs listeners about a range of topics. The Maine Question explores research topics and interviews with alumni, faculty, and the campus community. Recent podcasts have introduced listeners to topics ranging from food science challenges to Maine’s reuse economy and what eDNA means for Maine’s coastal communities.

More information can be found here


Video Pays Tribute to UMaine’s Machine Tool Lab

The Machine Tool Lab has provided space for mechanical engineering technology students to gain hands-on experience since it was constructed in 1934. This nine-minute video traces the lab’s history. The building will be replaced by a state-of-the-art lab located within the Ferland Engineering Education & Design Center.


Alumni Travel Program Tours Italy

More than a dozen Black Bears toured Italy in early November as part of the Alumni Association’s annual travel program.

Pictured at the ancient Pompeii Forum site with Mount Vesuvius in the background are Judy Files Stevens ’71; Mark Crasnick ’71; Pat Brilling Rathbun ’69; John Diamond ’77, ’89G; Alden Rathbun ’67; Linda Ellis Bennett ’63; Janet Adams; and Paul Adams ’79.