The Maine Day Tradition
In 1935 President Arthur Hauck inaugurated MAINE DAY, a day set aside for “spring clean-up” of our campus. Classes will be canceled on that day with the exception of classes, including laboratories, which meet two or fewer times per week. The entire campus community – students, faculty, staff, and alumni – pitches in to spruce up the campus. Historically Maine Day is set on Wednesday of the last week of classes of the Spring semester.
The day kicks off with a campus parade, followed by service projects throughout the morning. A gigantic barbecue is held in the steam plant parking lot at lunchtime. In the afternoon student teams compete for the “ooze ball championship” – volleyball played in the mud.
MAINE DAY PARADE
Student organizations, residence halls, fraternities and sororities are invited to be a part of the parade. Faculty and administrators and staff are encouraged to join the parade. The Parade begins at 8:00 a.m. and will travel from Hilltop area down long road across campus behind Balentine to York hall and back to the campus mall.
To register a float in the Maine day parade please follow the link above. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to support this opening Maine Day event by lining the route of the parade.
SERVICE PROJECTS AND BREAKFAST
At the end of the parade route on the campus mall, the staff of the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism will be available to register students, faculty and staff for service projects. Material and equipment such as rakes and cleaning items will be available for service projects.
Campus Community members are encouraged to pre-register as volunteers on the Maine Day web site
Maine Day is organized by the Maine Day Committee. Any general questions about Maine Day can be directed to EJ Roach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding for Maine Day is provided through the generous support of The University of Maine President’s Office, the Division of Student Affairs, the Vice President for Administration and Finance, Facilities Management and Black Bear Dining. The committee also thanks the many volunteers, departments and programs that support Maine Day.
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