Recent News

Hutchinson Center Offers Professional Development Program on Public Speaking

“Public Speaking for Business and More,” a professional development program offered by the UMaine Hutchinson Center, will take place Nov. 2nd 8:00 am to 3:30 pm at the center in Belfast.

Presenter Tom Dowd received a degree in communications from the University of Delaware and is a prize-winning speaker, award-winning and Amazon best-selling author, trainer, and coach. He utilizes his 25+ years of experience in the financial and customer service industries to help others find their own paths.

The cost of the program is $195 per person, and includes a continental breakfast and catered lunch. Need-based scholarships are available. For more information or to register online, click here.

It’s Not Too Late to Nominate Someone for the 2019 Alumni Achievement Awards!

Do you know an alumnus or alumna whose professional achievements, community service, or volunteer activity on behalf of UMaine deserves recognition?

Nominations are being sought for the 2019 Alumni Achievement Awards. There are eight categories of awards, the purposes, criteria, and the nomination process for which can be found here. The deadline for nominations is November 5, 2018. A 13-person committee will review nominations, with award recipients announced in January.  

Awardees will be honored at the 2019 Alumni Achievement Awards dinner and ceremony, to be held in Orono in April. Images and videos from the 2018 ceremony may be found here.

Passage of Question 4 Will Fund Neville Hall Improvements

On November 6th, Maine voters will decide the fate of a $49 million bond proposal. Its purpose is to modernize outdated learning facilities and improve career preparation and opportunities for students throughout the University of Maine System.

As part of YES on Question 4, UMaine’s Neville Hall—one of UMaine’s most heavily used classroom buildings—would be renovated to update classrooms and labs. Those renovations would positively affect thousands of students every semester.

The University of Maine Alumni Association Board of Directors believes YES on Question 4 is essential to the future of public higher education in Maine. We hope you will agree.

University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame Inducts New Members

The UMaine Sports Hall of Fame inducted a 10-member class on October 5th. The induction ceremony added standouts from several sports including baseball, football, basketball, track and field, men’s ice hockey, and athletic training. The hall now totals 195 members.

Inductees included John Gillette ’65, three-year letterman in basketball and baseball; Ray Jacques ’85, who led the men’s ice hockey team in scoring in two seasons; Jesse Labreck ’13, one of UMaine’s most decorated track and field athletes; Ron Lanza ’66, member of Maine’s 1964 College World Series baseball team and football alum; Mark “Rookie” Letendre ’78, 18-year athletic trainer with the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees; Bill Livesey ’62, two-time first-team All-Yankee Conference outfielder; Phil McGeoghan ’08, track and field athlete who went on to spend four seasons in the NFL; Will Spencer ’61, six-time letter winner in indoor and outdoor track and three-time Yankee Conference champion in the 800-yard event from 1959-61; Amy Vachon ’00, two-time captain of the women’s basketball team; and the 1964 UMaine Baseball Team.


A Warm Welcome for President Ferrini-Mundy

About 125 Bangor area alumni and friends offered UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy a warm welcome last month at the UMaine Museum of Art in downtown Bangor during a reception hosted by the Alumni Association.

The event offered individuals a chance to meet the new president, learn her priorities for the new school year, and connect with others in their area. Also in attendance that night was special guest Dr. Robert Buchanan ‘44, a  Caribou native who now lives in Colorado. Buchanan Alumni House on campus, home to the UMaine Alumni Association and UMaine Foundation, bears his name.

Marching Band Ready to Unveil New Uniforms for Homecoming

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Pride of Maine Black Bear Marching Band has a new look and is ready to rock.

The gift made possible the purchase of uniforms for the 120+ members of the band which were debuted at the season’s first football game, with an official showcase planned for the Homecoming football game on October 27th. During the Homecoming game, old uniform jackets and hats will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the Music Division. Contact Band Director Christopher White if you are interested in purchasing a piece of Black Bear history.

Coming back for Homecoming? There’s still time to pre-register and receive the limited edition Homecoming T-shirt as well as other benefits. More information can be found here.

Reunion 2018 Photos Are In!

Nearly 200 alumni and friends came to celebrate Reunion 2018. The Classes of 1953, 1958, 1963, and 1968 enjoyed reconnecting with classmates, revisiting campus, and seeing all that has changed over the decades. Check out the photos here.


Ballot Questions Would Modernize Neville Hall

UMaine will receive $1.5 million to modernize Neville Hall if Maine voters approve Question 4 on the state’s November 6th ballot.

The improvements are part of a $49 million proposal to improve facilities at Maine’s public universities, especially those related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degree programs. The improvements are particularly important to a university initiative to address a critical shortage of nurses in Maine. Read more here.


Prof. Mark Brewer is UMaine’s Expert on Political Parties and Elections

Prof. Mark Brewer‘s political science expertise receives particular attention from the general public during election seasons, but his research on political behavior takes place year-round. And regardless of one’s position on current American politics, political behavior is a lively topic that receives a lot of attention these days.

Brewer, the September recipient of the Alumni Association’s monthly Faculty Excellence Award, grew up in Upstate NY, and was always interested in American politics. His research and scholarship focus on U.S. political parties and elections, religion and American politics, and the American founding period.

Brewer joined the UMaine faculty in 2004 and particularly enjoys teaching Political Parties and Elections, although Intro to American Government is a close second. “I like parties and elections because of the subject matter and the enthusiasm and excitement of the students,” he observes. “I like teaching Intro because I enjoy seeing students become more interested in American politics and government as they come to know more.”

He also enjoys teaching Honors 111. “I love working with first year, first semester Honors students as they begin the next stage of their intellectual journeys,” says Brewer.

Students are drawn to Brewer’s courses because of both the subject matter and his engaging teaching style. He offers courses both in traditional classroom settings as well as online. Brewer earned the CLAS Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching and Advising in 2014 and UMaine Student Government’s 2007-2008 Outstanding Advisor Award as a faculty member of  the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Sponsored by the UMaine Alumni Association and University Credit Union, the Faculty Excellence Award is given monthly to a faculty member whose work contributes to UMaine’s national reputation for excellence. Selections are made in consultation with the university’s academic deans.


Bowen ’20 Advises Students to Pursue Options

Christopher “CJ” Bowen may herald from Plaistow, New Hampshire, but ever since starting at UMaine he has made the state of Maine his home.

The summer following his first year he stayed in Orono to work with the UMaine Foundation, and this past summer instead of returning to his hometown he again elected to stay in Maine, this time interning at MEMIC in Portland.

Bowen, the September recipient of the Alumni Association’s Dirigo Award, is pursuing a double major in business management and marketing. He serves as president of the Maine Business School Corps, the school’s community outreach organization. Bowen has been involved with the organization for the last three years and served as its secretary his sophomore year.

“Nory Jones was a professor that helped me get involved with the Maine Business School and with the overall UMaine community,” he notes. “If it wasn’t for her I don’t think I would be involved in the things I do today at UMaine.”

In fact, Bowen urges other students to get involved in everything they can at the beginning of their time at UMaine. He credits the times he’s felt the most nervous and uncomfortable as those moments where he’s learned the most and understood what truly matters.

When he’s not in class or organization meetings, Bowen keeps busy in other ways. His Sunday routine includes spending time at Aroma Joe’s, an off-campus coffee shop, enjoying an energy drink called a “Green Alien Rush” and playing chess. His other pastimes include archery, photography, and camping as well as outdoor hammocking and paddleboarding on the Stillwater River.  

Although he has taken to the state, Bowen hopes to move west after graduation to experience something new. He intends to find  a job in sales, eventually working his way into upper level management of a large company.

The UMaine Alumni Association, with support from University Credit Union, each month presents its Dirigo Award to an undergraduate student who exemplifies the academic and civic ideals of the University of Maine. Selections are made in consultation with UMaine’s deans and the Division of Student Life.