Recent News

July 15, 2021

This UMaine Spin-Out Company Helps to Protect Maine’s Pollinators and Blueberries 

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. This month, Innovators of UMaine showcases Maine Biosensors, a startup spun out of UMaine research that is using radar-based technology to help beekeepers monitor overall hive health. Most people would associate bees with honey, but few probably realize how critical…

July 13, 2021

UMaine Announces the Appointment of Three New Deans

Three new deans recently joined the University of Maine. Norm O’Reilly is dean of the Graduate School of Business, Diane Rowland was named dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture, and Ellen Weinauer will join UMaine as dean of the Honors College.   O’Reilly is a former professor and assistant dean at the University…

July 13, 2021

Alum Featured on PBS NewsHour

Naturalist and marathon runner Bernd Heinrich ’64, ’66G was featured on the PBS NewsHour in early July.  Heinrich’s newest book, Racing the Clock: Running Across a Lifetime, combines two of his major interests, biology and running. In it, the retired biology professor turns his attention to the science behind running, the human body, metabolism, and…

July 13, 2021

UMaine Receives Walter Harrison Cup

The University of Maine was awarded the 2020-21 Walter Harrison Academic Cup in recognition of the school’s student-athletes, who earned a grade point average of 3.62, the highest grade point average recorded in league history.  The Walter Harrison Academic Cup is awarded annually to the America East institution whose student-athletes post the highest GPA. This…

July 13, 2021

Accomplished Maine Music Teacher Retires

Steve Orlofsky ’74, the music instructor at George Stevens Academy, retired in June after a 43-year teaching career. He taught for nine years in Fort Fairfield and 34 in Blue Hill.  “Mr. O” conducted band, jazz band, and jazz combos, and his students won many jazz performance awards at state and regional jazz festivals. In…

July 13, 2021

New Members Join Alumni Association Board

Four UMaine alumni have joined the UMaine Alumni Association’s board of directors following their election at the Association’s annual membership meeting on June 18. Pictured on the top row, left to right, are Sue McKechnie Bernier ’88 of Verona Island, the chief philanthropy and marketing officer for the Rockland-based Island Institute; and Katie Foster ’12 of…

UMaine Alumni Reunion
July 12, 2021

UMaine Reunion to be Held on Campus

Reunions will once again take place on campus! After the hiatus of 2020, a number of Senior Alumni classes (those that have celebrated 50 years since graduation) as well as the 50th Reunion classes of 1970 and 1971 will meet in Orono on September 17. Some classes are holding off-campus reunions, virtual gatherings, or have…

June 11, 2021

This Faculty-Student Startup is All About Helping Parents Communicate

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. This month, Innovators of UMaine showcases Co-Exist, an app-based therapy program that is designed to help separated and divorced parents successfully communicate about their kids. The concept behind the app evolved from research done by Daniel Puhlman, assistant professor of…

June 9, 2021

UMaine Athletics 2021 Football Schedule Announced

UMaine Athletics has posted the fall football schedule. The season opener will take place in Orono on Thursday, September 2 at 7 PM, when the Black Bears take on the Delaware Blue Hens. View the full schedule here.

June 9, 2021

Annual Meeting of the University of Maine Alumni Association to be Held This Month

The Annual Meeting of the membership of the University of Maine Alumni Association is scheduled for Friday, June 18 from noon to 3:00 PM. All UMaine alumni are welcome to join the meeting, which will take place online via Zoom. If you are interested in joining, please contact for more information. Download the agenda here.

June 9, 2021

2021 Alumni Achievement Award Winners Share “Common Threads”

The 2021 Alumni Achievement Awards celebration, “Common Threads,” was recently held on May 20th as a produced 60-minute online program to showcase a collection of feature stories about seven individuals and one family in celebration of their achievements.  JC Monahan ’94 of WBTS-TV, Boston’s NBC affiliate, hosted the program, which featured prominent Black Bear alumni…