Summer 2021 Alumni Magazine

The MAINE Alumni Magazine is published twice yearly by the University of Maine Alumni Association.



Across Campus and Beyond

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UMaine Holds 218th Commencement

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page 8: Alumni Awards

Singal, Plourde, Scheyder among 2021 Alumni Award Honorees

page 10: An American Tale

George Singal’s inspiring path from refugee to federal judge

page 14: Paul’s Triumphs

Thousands are living proof of Dr. Paul Plourde’s groundbreaking cancer treatment therapies

page 20: Journalist Scheyder Covers the Complex

The ’06 graduate sheds light on the energy industry and people in power

page 25: Wait — The Secret Ingredient is What?!

(Hint: It’s iconically Maine)

page 28: Running with Purpose

Jordan Marie Daniel ’11 strides to raise awareness and make a difference

page 34: A New Study Confirms It: Black Bear Alumni have an enormous influence on Maine’s economy

The results of UMaine’s alumni impact study are eye-opening

page 37: Reflections on a Father Figure

Ben Guité looks back on his relationship with his coach and friend Dennis “Red” Gendron ’93G



page 40: Long Overdue

UMaine commits to diversity, equity, and inclusion

page 42: “When you know better, you do better”

UMaine’s new diversity, equity, and inclusion plan tackles historic short comings and long-needed changes

page 46: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Alumni of color reflect on their UMaine experiences — and the university’s pledge to create more diversity, equity, and inclusion

page 51: An Untold Horror

A tragic glimpse into past racism and violence on campus


page 54: Class of 2021 Roll Call

page 64: Class Notes (Senior Alumni to Class of 2020)


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