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December 7, 2018

Phoenix Mitchell ’19 is proud to be a Black Bear

For senior Phoenix Mitchell ’19, the possibility of attending a college that did not have a marching band was unthinkable. That’s why Phoenix, December’s Dirigo Award recipient, chose UMaine. What town or city do you live in when the university is not in session? The last two summers I’ve stayed in Orono and worked but…

December 7, 2018

Yong Chen aids fisheries

It’s no fish story that Prof. Yong Chen’s research on fish populations supports the development of sustainable fisheries in Maine and beyond. The fisheries scientist came to UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences in 2000 after teaching at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Chen uses an interdisciplinary approach in his research, combining biology, ecology, and mathematical and…

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December 7, 2018

Alumni Association President receives national higher ed award

John Diamond ’77, ’89G, president and executive director of the UMaine Alumni Association, was selected as the 2018 recipient of the nation’s top award for higher education advocacy and government relations. Diamond received the Marvin D. “Swede” Johnson Achievement Award on December 6th during ceremonies held in Atlanta as part of the annual Higher Education…

December 7, 2018

Alumna honored as “Emerging Maine Icon”

Alison Bromley Siviski ’11 was recently named an “Emerging Maine Icon,” as part of Anania Media’s series highlighting young entrepreneurial leaders in the state. As the feature story explains, Siviski overcame a series of life challenges growing up, including her mother’s severe health issues and a fire that decimated the family’s home. As a result,…

December 7, 2018

UMaine Alumni Association gives back to the community this holiday season

This month the  Alumni Association staff took part in two charitable activities to spread holiday cheer throughout the community. Staff and friends donated nonperishable food items and gently used clothing for the Black Bear Exchange, UMaine’s on-campus food pantry and clothing exchange. The mission of the Black Bear Exchange is to provide equitable resources to…

December 7, 2018

”Italian Vistas” selected as 2019 alumni travel destination

Thinking of doing some exploration and travel during 2019? Consider joining Black Bear alumni and friends for an excursion to Italy. The Alumni Association’s travel program will journey to Italy November 11-23. The trip, titled “Italian Vistas,” will explore Florence, Pisa, Siena, and more. Special activities will include wine tours, cooking classes, historic excursions, and…

December 7, 2018

Former UMaine basketball coach and players reunite for memorable event

Former UMaine women’s basketball coach Joanne Palombo-McCallie returned to Maine for a November game, where her nationally ranked Duke Blue Devils took on  the Black Bears, coached by her former star guard Amy Vachon ‘00. Maine came within three four points of pulling off an upset, falling to Duke 66-63. The occasion brought together dozens…

December 7, 2018

UMaine Professor finds pesticides in Alaskan glacier and meltwater

Research assistant professor Kimberley Miner ’18 Ph.D. recently discovered pesticide pollutants, including the insecticide DDT, in an unlikely place: a remote Alaskan glacier and its meltwater. The pesticides, Miner states, were deposited and stored near the surface of the Jarvis Glacier in Alaska and are more than likely transported from Asia where they are used…

November 9, 2018

Prof. Laurie Hicks Teaches Both In and Beyond the Classroom

As art professor and curator of Lord Hall Gallery, Laurie Hicks teaches both in and beyond the classroom, through exhibitions and research. Her background in art and anthropology inform her study of cultural artifacts and art education. Hicks is a native of Oregon who joined the UMaine faculty in 1987. In layperson’s terms, what are…

November 9, 2018

“Healing Our Democracy” the Theme of UMaine’s Annual Mitchell Lecture

Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell presented the annual Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability on Oct. 4 on campus. “Healing Our Democracy” addressed some of the economic, social, and political factors that contribute to the polarization in the U.S. today. Besides discussing the challenges that polarization presents, Senator Mitchell also addressed some of the ways that communities…

November 9, 2018

Maine Voters Approve University Bond Proposal

UMaine and the other institutions of the University of Maine System will be receiving $49 million to upgrade campus learning facilities, thanks to voter approval of Question 4 on November 6. With nearly all ballots counted, Question 4 received more than 54 percent of the statewide vote. “Passage of this bond is a critical investment…