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January 11, 2018

Prof. Senthil Vel sets the standard in and out of the classroom

Prof. Senthil Vel states that time in the classroom is usually the highlight of his day. Vel, who is the Arthur O. Willey Professor of Mechanical Engineering, enjoys his day-to-day interaction with students, and his students consistently rank him as an outstanding professor. Vel is the January recipient of the Alumni Association’s monthly Faculty Excellence…

January 11, 2018

January Dirigo Award – Sam Lenson

“UMaine is my home and always will be,” states Sam Lenson ’18, this month’s Dirigo Award winner. The Natick, MA, native notes that the university has become a very special place for him. He says that the most important contributing factor of this is the university’s welcoming community of supportive faculty and students. In fact,…

December 13, 2017

Dirigo Award Recipient is Deeply Rooted at UMaine

Nicholas LaJoie ’18, this month’s Dirigo Award recipient, grew up on a potato farm in Van Buren, Maine, and after graduation he wants to get back to his roots. The computer engineering major minoring in mathematics hopes to combine his love for his family’s farm and his passion for technology to someday develop new technologies…

November 16, 2017

UMaine’s Amy Patania Lyons is a Natural Leader

Amy Patania Lyons, this month’s Dirigo award recipient, is in search of a new hike each weekend. The fourth-year UMaine student’s love for hiking and backpacking took her all the way to Santiago, Chile, where she took part in the study abroad program. While studying in South America, she was able to backpack through Patagonia –…

Richard Judd
November 8, 2017

Judd Appreciates UMaine’s Natural and Academic Landscape

As a landscape historian, Dr. Richard Judd enjoys his daily walks across the UMaine campus, appreciating the integration of the buildings into the landscape. He can read the history of the natural and built environment, and on campus, the influence of legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s plans remain clearly visible. Judd first arrived at…

Marie-France Georges
October 8, 2017

UMaine’s Marie-France Georges is Bringing Business Home

This month’s Dirigo award recipient, Marie-France Georges, celebrates her heritage. In fact, she shares her culture with the community through an organization she helped found: the University of Maine’s Caribbean Club. Georges, a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, currently serves as the club’s treasurer. She says that of all her campus involvement, the club is the…

September 21, 2017

Uncomfortable Subjects Are This Professor’s Specialty

Sandy Caron doesn’t shy away from topics that many people are reluctant to discuss. In fact, she regularly tackles intimate matters in lecture halls with hundreds of students. She knows that discomfort with discussions about human sexuality, along with a lack of knowledge, can lead to a range of problems. As a professor of family…

July 20, 2017

Alumni Board Welcomes New Members

          Four alumni with diverse backgrounds in business, marketing, and communications have been elected to three-year terms on the UMaine Alumni Association Board of Directors. Robert D. “Bob” Fitta ’83 has spent the last 15 years as director of advertising at Harvard Magazine. In that role he is responsible for revenue…

Donald Hodler '80
June 14, 2017

Tony Award-Winning Alumnus

Donald Holder ’80 was nominated this year for his 12th Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Play for Oslo, which on June 11th won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play. Holder, a world-renowned theatrical and architectural lighting designer, created the dramatic lighting for Oslo. The play recounts the surprising behind-the-scenes events during…

Perry Clough
June 13, 2017

Longtime UMAA Board Member Steps Down

Matt Ciampa ’10, ’12G (left) thanks Perry Clough ’63 for his many years of distinguished service to the UMaine Alumni Association. Perry served on the board from 2005-2009 and 2011-2017, including a term as vice chairperson.