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June 9, 2021

Athletics Catches Up with Former UMaine Track Star and Olympic Competitor

UMaine Athletics caught up with Viktoriya Rybalko ’03, who competed in the 2008 Olympics for her native Ukraine after earning her degree in biochemistry at UMaine. Rybalko had to interrupt her doctoral studies to focus on training. She was a long jumper in track and field events. She also competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics…

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June 9, 2021

Nagle Receives Prestigious Award

Margaret Nagle ’96G, senior director of public relations at the University of Maine, received the 2021 Steve Gould Award for demonstrating superior qualities of unselfishness and compassion in service to the university and its ideals. Nagle generates stories, handles media relations, and edits UMaine Today, a nationally distributed magazine that highlights faculty and student creativity…

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June 9, 2021

College of Education and Human Development Announces New Dean

Dr. Penny Bishop, a professor of education and former associate dean at the University of Vermont, is the new dean of the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development. Bishop was previously a member of the University of Vermont faculty and served as associate dean in the UVM College of Education and Social…

June 9, 2021

Portland Gateway Newly Established

The University of Maine has established the Portland Gateway to provide a one-stop connection and point of access to the vast array of innovative research, education, and outreach resources, programs, and services at the state’s research university in Orono and its facilities statewide.  Portland Gateway acts as the front door for the university engagement in…

May 14, 2021

This bio-tech company is innovating Maine

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. This month’s edition of our “Innovators of UMaine” series showcases Neuright, a Maine-based biotech company co-founded by Kristy Townsend ‘02 Ph.D. (above right), and Magdalena Blaszkiewicz ‘19G, Ph.D. (center). The company is developing a medical device that will aid in…

May 14, 2021

Tradition of Maine Day continues this year

While Maine Day looked a little different this year, students welcomed the chance to participate in the annual tradition of beautifying the campus. At Buchanan Alumni House, members of All Maine Women, Senior Skulls, Sophomore Eagles, and Sophomore Owls worked together to add mulch and compost to Buchanan’s gardens. Besides these efforts by students and…

May 14, 2021

Floating Offshore Wind Power Project highlighted in recent webinar

The May 11 presentation by Dr. Habib Dagher, executive director of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, on UMaine’s offshore wind program, can be viewed online. UMaine is collaborating with New England Aqua Ventus LLC, a joint venture between Diamond Offshore Wind, a subsidiary of the Mitsubishi Corporation, and RWE Renewables, the second-largest company in…

May 14, 2021

And the winner is…

Wesley Dunkle of Rockland, ME, is the winner of the Alumni Association’s annual Tuition Raffle. On May 6, UMaine Alumni Association president and CEO John Diamond ’77, ‘89G drew the winning ticket, which Daniel ’95 and Christine Thurston Dunkle ’96 submitted for their son, who will be a sophomore in the fall. The ticket covers…

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May 14, 2021

Barr named new head coach for men’s ice hockey

Ben Barr has been named the head coach for men’s ice hockey. Barr comes to UMaine from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for five years. “We are thrilled to welcome Ben Barr to the University of Maine,” said Ken Ralph. “He brings with him an amazing…

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May 14, 2021

Celebrate the 2021 Alumni Achievement Awards with us!

Please join us on Thursday evening, May 20th at 6-7:30 p.m. (Eastern), for the 2021 Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony. The online event, sponsored by The Jackson Laboratory, will honor seven individuals and one family for their individual accomplishments and service to others. This year’s theme, “Common Threads,” recognizes the intertwined experience of attending UMaine, “the…

May 13, 2021

UMaine 2021 virtual commencement honors graduates

The University of Maine’s 218th Commencement honored the achievements of the more than 2,000 UMaine students receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees in 2021. In place of a traditional face-to-face commencement, the university created a virtual commencement presentation, which included video of students’ in-person stage walks, congratulatory remarks by valedictorian Bailey West, and a keynote by…