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August 5, 2020

Class of 2020

Although the student-planned “Coronamencement” (above) was memorable, the Class of 2020 missed out on a traditional May Commencement. However, that doesn’t lessen their accomplishments. The UMaine Alumni Association is proud to recognize each 2020 graduate. < Back to Summer 2020 MAINE Alumni Magazine Photo by Linda Coan O’Kresik, Courtesy of the Bangor Daily News. CLASS…

August 5, 2020

Shifting Gears

Hear from University leadership on how they have shifted gears due to the pandemic. The photo above was taken from the Dean of Students Welcome Back to Campus Video. Click here to watch. Robert Dana Student Life VP Most important has been our responsibility to assure the safety of students. That has been job number…

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August 5, 2020

UMaine’s Matchmaker

Ward forges partnerships to address health, safety, and economic needs < Back to Summer 2020 MAINE Alumni Magazine JAKE WARD, UMAINE’S vice president for innovation and economic development, is no stranger to coalition building. As head of the Office of Innovation and Economic Development, he is involved in connecting individuals and groups statewide and beyond…

August 5, 2020

First Person

President Ferrini-Mundy faced unprecedented challenges < Back to Summer 2020 MAINE Alumni Magazine   As the threat of COVID-19 loomed, University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy and her cabinet had to quickly re-engineer UMaine’s ability to teach, conduct research, and serve the public. She assembled an ad hoc team of administrators, faculty, and staff advisors…

August 5, 2020

UMaine Responds to the Pandemic

Research assistant Nayereh Dadoo ’18 Ph.D. and PDC research manager Donna Johnson ’79, ’90 Ph.D. mix hand sanitizer at the Process Development Center. COVID-19 has brought into sharp focus the University of Maine’s unique statewide role as Maine’s land-grant university. < Back to Summer 2020 MAINE Alumni Magazine FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS have been mobilized…

August 5, 2020

Life Disrupted, Lives at Risk

Alumni share their experiences < Back to Summer 2020 MAINE Alumni Magazine (Photo Val Mitchell ’09)   Tara Kierstead ‘08 As a school counselor with 450 students on my caseload, the first two weeks of the pandemic, in which we were not in school, were incredibly stressful. I was worried about my students and had…

August 5, 2020

Class Dismissed

Students share their experiences < Back to Summer 2020 MAINE Alumni Magazine   Hailey Bryant ’20 This isn’t how our senior year was meant to end. But we took our time to cry, and then in true UMaine fashion, we organized. One classmate, Sophia Palangas, started a small Facebook event to gather her friends together…

August 5, 2020

Our World Turned Upside Down

By John N. Diamond ’77, ’89G   CERTAIN YEARS REMAIN EMBEDDED in our collective American consciousness. The mention of 1776 brings to mind history lessons and midsummer celebrations. A reference to 1968 jogs recollections of social unrest, especially among those of us who are Baby Boomers. The year 2001 sparks thoughts of the shocking event…

August 5, 2020

Scoring Ability

Photo by Aaron Boothroyd ON THE ICE, Mitch Fossier ’20 is known as a creative playmaker. His 32 assists this past season placed the University of Maine men’s hockey senior in a tie for fourth place in the country in that category. The Black Bears captain is equally creative off the ice where he is…

August 5, 2020

Women’s Work

Mother and child in front of their house in Varanasi, India. Photo by Yavuz Sariyildiz / Shutterstock.com SHORTLY BEFORE SHE came to the University of Maine, Rachel “Rae” Binder-Hathaway ’12 read a book that would change the course of her life. It also ignited a passion to change the lives of countless women and families…

August 4, 2020

Natural Law

Photo Thalassa Raasch/Maine Community Foundation IN THE HALF CENTURY since George Smith ’70 graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in business administration, his life and career have experienced more surprise turns than any of the state’s rivers and streams that have come to frame his legacy. Seemingly destined for a career at…

August 4, 2020

A Voice for the Voiceless

Civilians flee from Idlib toward the north to find safety inside Syria near the border with Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Photo by quetions123 / Shutterstock.com JANINE DI GIOVANNI HAS RISKED her life to tell the stories of ordinary people who have seen their families, homes, and countries ripped apart by war. So, as people…