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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.

Abby Bennett
April 14, 2017

Community and Opportunity Define UMaine’s Abby Bennett

Choosing the University of Maine came naturally for Oxford, ME, native Abby Bennett. “Of all the colleges I visited and toured, UMaine felt the most optimistic and homey,” Bennett said. “I loved that there were so many opportunities in a school that maintained a close community feel. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.” Bennett,…

March 8, 2017

MLB’S Letendre Receives Alumni Honor from UMaine

In recognition of Mark “Rookie” Letendre’s decades of outstanding leadership and service to his college alma mater, the University of Maine Alumni Association has awarded him the Block “M” Award, one of its most prestigious awards. Letendre, a native of Manchester, New Hampshire, was presented the award on February 22 at an alumni event in…

Dr. John Mahon
March 1, 2017

Dr. John Mahon Always Feels at Home

Born and raised in Philadelphia, UMaine’s John Mahon always had a burning desire to explore the world. “Whatever country I’m in, I find it fascinating,” said Mahon, professor of management in UMaine’s Maine Business School and its John M. Murphy Chair of International Business Policy and Strategy. “I love the smells, the sounds, the noises,…

UMaine Senior Eddie Gonnella
February 17, 2017

UMaine Senior Eddie Gonnella is Engineering His Career

When this month’s Dirigo Award recipient, Eddie Gonnella, departed for college in 2013, he didn’t journey very far—just a five-minute drive from his home in Old Town. But following his graduation from UMaine on May 13th, long-distance travel will be a regular occurrence for him as he takes on an unexpected opportunity, one he earned…

UMaine Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award Recipient Professor Douglas Allen
February 6, 2017

Professor Allen, Mentor and Activist

Philosophy Professor Douglas M. Allen never planned on making Maine his home. Decades ago, after being fired from Southern Illinois University (SIU) for his Vietnam/Indochina antiwar activism, Allen joined the faculty of the University of Maine in 1974. Although he had the support of SIU faculty and students, won a lawsuit against SIU, and was…

Sam Borer 2017 UMaine Alumni Dirigo Award Recipient
January 30, 2017

Sam Borer Never Wastes a Moment

Spend five minutes with UMaine junior Sam Borer and you will quickly realize that Borer has little time to waste. Borer is a physics and mathematics major who is minoring in astronomy and statistics. He’s also enrolled in the Honors College. He serves as UMaine’s undergraduate student body representative to the University of Maine System…

December 29, 2016

UMaine Today Story Features Maine Track Program Graduates

Tufts program fast-tracks UMaine’s top pre-med students to meet critical needs As the sun peaked over the Atlantic Ocean in winter 2016, India Stewart walked into Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, Maine. By noon, the then-third-year student at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) had participated in several surgeries, including a bilateral mastectomy, a below-the-knee…