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April 16, 2020

Men’s Ice Hockey Goalie Signs with the Boston Bruins

Jeremy Swayman, third-year men’s ice hockey goalie, recently signed with the Boston Bruins. Swaymn’s final year at UMaine was a memorable one. He received numerous honors, including the Mike Richter Award, awarded to the top goaltender in NCAA men’s hockey, and was a finalist for the 2020 Hobey Baker Award, which is given to the…

April 16, 2020

UMaine Museum of Art Receives $1.3 Million Naming Gift

The University of Maine Museum of Art has received a naming gift which will allow it to expand. The $1.3 million gift from Linda and Donald Zillman will fund the construction of five new galleries to showcase the museum’s collection of modern and contemporary art.

April 16, 2020

UMaine Community Takes Part in Efforts to Tackle COVID-19

The University of Maine community is responding to the numerous challenges presented by the COVID-19 epidemic. Faculty, staff, students, the administration, and alumni are addressing the pandemic in various ways. UMaine Online helped countless faculty members transition to online learning and different departments have contributed in a variety of ways. On the now-quiet campus, several…

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March 19, 2020

A Message to Alumni and Friends

How COVID-19 is Affecting Our Work on Your Behalf Updated April 2, 2020 As always, the UMaine Alumni Association remains concerned about and supportive of our members and the larger UMaine community. Consequently, we have taken steps to promote our collective well-being and the public’s health: Our Association’s staff members are working remotely, in keeping…

March 13, 2020

Chappelle ’62 Receives Black Bear Award

Skip Chappelle ’62 was honored with the Black Bear Award on February 29 during the UMaine vs. University of Maryland Baltimore County men’s basketball game at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Chappelle, who is considered one of the best men’s basketball players in UMaine’s history, coached and mentored many Black Bears and garnered respect…

March 13, 2020

Black Bear Road Trip Visits Arizona

The Black Bear Road Trip included two events in Arizona in February. Gatherings in Tucson and Phoenix brought UMaine alumni together for socializing, a meal, and learning about the latest news from Orono.

March 13, 2020

UMaine Alumni Gather for Polo Match

About 70 alumni and friends living in central Florida gathered on March 8th for a polo match and catered luncheon at The Villages Polo Club. For most attendees, it was their first exposure to the sport. The venue was suggested by Dave Ferris ’60, ’76G, who helps organize the Alumni Association’s annual gathering in the region.

March 13, 2020

University of Maine Foundation Hires Leader for Falmouth Office

Joyce Swearingen Kennedy ’80 has joined the University of Maine Foundation as Senior Director of Southern Maine Operations. She is based in the Foundation’s Falmouth office, and will work closely with UMaine Foundation colleagues to increase the UMaine donor base in Southern Maine and New England.

March 13, 2020

More Than 300 Attend Alumni Event at Sox Spring Training

More than 300 Black Bear alumni and guests gathered for the Alumni Association’s annual Red Sox Spring Training game and BBQ on March 5 in Fort Myers, FL. During a pre-game event attendees heard from UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy and Red Sox Executive Vice President Ron Bumgarner. John Reed ’79, ’91G, president/CEO of Maine Savings,…

March 13, 2020

Three Alumnae Honored with 2020 Maryann Hartman Awards

Three UMaine alumnae have been selected as recipients of the 2020 Maryann Hartman Awards. Left to right: Sharon Barker ’71, ‘87G, retired director of UMaine’s Women’s Resource Center; Maulian Dana ’06, Penobscot Nation Ambassador; and Kandyce Powell ’69, executive director of Maine Hospice Council are recipients of the awards, which recognize Maine women whose achievements in…

March 13, 2020

UMaine Seniors Make Headlines with “Coronamencement”

“In true UMaine fashion, we organized.” That’s how senior Hailey Bryant explained how she and members of UMaine’s Class of 2020 reacted to the sudden closure of on-campus classes and possible cancelation of May’s scheduled graduation ceremonies. The result was “Coronamencement,” a last-minute, ad hoc ceremony in Memorial Union at which hundreds of seniors gathered…