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Maine Hello!

The Tradition

Back in the in the days of President Arthur Hauck (1934-1958), the original Maine Hello was initiated as a part of orientation. In those days, for the first few weeks of school first-year students wore beanies and greeted all upperclassmen with a warm and friendly “Hello”.

Today’s Maine Hello

Today, the Maine Hello is a campus-wide event wherein returning students, faculty and staff members from across the university volunteer to welcome new students and their families as they arrive on campus. Volunteers assist with greeting families, answering questions, directing traffic, and helping first-year students move their belongings into their residence halls room. Every year over 700 members of the campus community participate in the Maine Hello!

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Contact Information

First Year Experience
016 Androscoggin Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207-581-1420 | Fax: 207-581-4255E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System