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February 11, 2019

Coach Barron’s Journey Featured in Washington Post

In 2011 Richard Barron accepted a position coaching the women’s basketball team at the University of Maine. His career path, having been the head coach of both a men’s and women’s Division I basketball program, is very rare. After a mysterious illness kept him from coaching for nearly a year, Barron is in his first…

February 11, 2019

Faye Gilbert Named Dean of Undergraduate School of Business

Faye Gilbert, dean of the College of Business and Economic Development and professor of marketing at the University of Southern Mississippi, has been named the dean of the Undergraduate School of Business in the Maine Business School, effective March 1st. She takes over for Associate Dean Niclas Erhardt, who has been serving as interim dean since…

February 11, 2019

Countdown to the 2019 Black Bear Road Trip

This month the 2019 Black Bear Road Trip will commence with events in both Tucson and Phoenix, AZ. Organized in coordination with local alumni volunteers, this year’s road trip will travel to nine states and the District of Columbia. The first stop, on February 19, will take place at The Arizona Inn in Tucson, where…

February 11, 2019

UMaine Set to Inaugurate 21st president

President Joan Ferrini-Mundy’s formal inauguration as the University of Maine’s 21st president will take place on Friday, March 29, the culmination of a week of academic and community events. An inauguration of Ferrini-Mundy, who assumed the presidency on July 1, will reflect tradition and ceremonies that are commonly celebrated shortly after a new president assumes…

February 11, 2019

Sandra Caron Named 2019 Distinguished Maine Professor

Dr. Sandra Caron ’79, ’82G, a highly regarded teacher and scholar whose research has received extensive national recognition, has been named the recipient of the University of Maine’s 2019 Distinguished Maine Professor Award, the university’s highest faculty honor.  Caron, a longtime member of UMaine’s College of Education and Human Development, was chosen through a rigorous…

January 7, 2019

Mac Gray ’73, ’75G Builds Success

Engineering professor Howard “Mac” Gray ’73, ‘75G has enjoyed a career in construction technology both in the field and in the classroom. One of his most satisfying building projects, however, has been developing the Construction Engineering Technology program at his alma mater. Gray is the January recipient of the Alumni Association’s Faculty Excellence Award. After…

January 7, 2019

Reunion and Homecoming Dates for 2019 Announced!

Mark your calendars! Reunion, which this year celebrates the classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, and 1969 as well as Senior Alumni (members of all graduating classes that have celebrated their 50th class reunion) will take place September 12-13th on campus, with post-reunion activities on September 14. Reunion will feature campus tours, All-Alumni Dinner, Senior Alumni…

January 7, 2019

Pro.U Event at Maine Brewery Gathers Young Alumni Professionals

Last month several recent alumni and friends gathered at Mast Landing Brewery, of Westbrook, ME, for a night of networking with other young professionals. In collaboration with the Alumni Association and PROPEL, a community organization that unites Portland’s young professionals, businesses and organizations, the event helped connect local UMaine graduates with a network of young…

January 7, 2019

Alumni Travel Program Offering Informational Webinar on 2019 Trip to Italy

Interested in traveling to Italy with fellow Black Bears and friends in 2019? The Alumni Association is partnering with Collette Travel to organize a tour of Italy from November 11-23. Following up on the Alumni Association’s popular 2018 tour of Ireland, the 2019 alumni travel program to Italy will provide an amazing, first-class experience covering…

January 7, 2019

UMaine Football Ends Historic Season, Gains New Head Coach

In December, the Black Bears ended a phenomenal football season with the first football championship subdivision national semifinal appearance in UMaine’s history. The team lost to Eastern Washington University, 50-19, in the Final Four of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision on December 15th. Given his success during his three years as UMaine’s head coach, Joe…

January 7, 2019

Alumna Receives Prominent Service Award in the Bangor Area

Renee Ward Kelly ’14G will receive the Arthur A. Comstock Professional Service Award at the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce annual awards dinner on January 25 at the Cross Insurance Center. The award recognizes Kelley’s service to the region by generously sharing her expertise with both the Chamber and the greater community. Kelly is assistant…