The 78th annual Maine Day is slated for Wednesday, May 1 and includes campus service projects, a barbecue and oozeball — mud volleyball — competition.
The University of Maine’s tradition began in 1935 when President Arthur Hauck set aside a day every spring for students, faculty, staff and alumni to come together to spruce up the campus. Maine Day is usually observed on Wednesday during the last week of regular classes of the spring semester.
The day begins with a campus parade starting by the New Balance Student Recreation Center at 8:30 a.m., and ending at the Mall around 9 a.m., followed by cleanup projects throughout the morning. A free barbecue will be held at noon in the Steam Plant Lot and is open to UMaine students, faculty and staff. In the afternoon, student teams will compete in the oozeball championship.
Service projects will include bike path cleanup, graffiti washing, picnic table painting, a car wash, and general trash pick up and beautification around campus and along College Avenue.
In the event of rain, the barbecue and other events will be held in the New Balance Student Recreation Center as space allows.
For more information or to request disability accommodations, visit the Student Affairs website, email David Fiacco on FirstClass or contact Lisa Morin at 207.581.4194. To sign up for service projects, visit the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism website by April 19.
Maine Day is organized by the Division of Student Affairs’ Maine Day Committee and is funded through the support of the President’s Office, Division of Student Affairs, vice president for administration and finance, Facilities Management and University of Maine Dining.