Open University Day

Events 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Featuring tours, presentations, performances and more at nearly 30 venues across campus, including labs, research facilities, museums, farm, planetarium and classrooms. Stop by the information booths on campus from 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. on Saturday to pick up your Open University Passports, drawing tickets and maps. Have your Open University Passport stamped at each venue you visit. Prizes will be drawn from those with the most stamps.

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Advanced Manufacturing Center is accessible
30 Beddington Road

Tour the facility that provides product prototyping services, consultation, product research and testing, and commercialization services for entrepreneurs and businesses.

Advanced Structures and Composites Center is accessible
35 Flagstaff Road
Tour world-class engineering laboratories, including the wind blade testing lab and new wind/wave facility.

Alfond Sports Arena is accessible
169 Munson Road
Tour the home of the men’s and women’s ice hockey teams.

Animal Health Lab is accessible
6 Portage Road
Tour the facility that focuses on food safety procedures and animal health issues for Maine farmers, veterinarians, Maine government agencies and the public.

Aquaculture Research Center is accessible
12 Perkins Lane
Tour UMaine’s on-campus wet lab, with display and touch tanks featuring marine species, and the home base of the new Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET).

Class of 1944 Hall is accessible
49 Belgrade Road
Enjoy cabaret and jazz combo performances in Minsky Recital Hall, tour the home of the School of Performing Arts, and take in backstage preparations for the upcoming production of “The Cherry Orchard.”

  • Mozart Trio
    Minsky Recital Hall
    11 a.m.
  • School of Performing Arts tour
    Leaving from Minsky Hall lobby
    11:30 a.m.
  • Performance of a scene from “The Cherry Orchard”
    Minsky Recital Hall
  • Mozart Trio
    Minsky Recital Hall
    12:30 p.m.
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of “The Cherry Orchard”
    Leaving from Minsky Hall lobby
    1 p.m.
  • Mozart Trio
    Minsky Recital Hall
    1:30 p.m.
  • Maine humorist Tim Sample and students, informal discussion
    Black Box Theatre (second floor)
    2 p.m.

Climate Change Institute is accessible
Sawyer Environmental Research Center, 82 Grove Street Extension

Tour the ice core and fossil analysis facilities of UMaine’s internationally recognized institute.

Dr. Matthew Highlands Food Pilot Plant is accessible
Hitchner Hall, 7 Portage Road
Tour the School of Food and Agriculture facility that provides equipment and expertise in food science, processing and safety.

Emera Astronomy Center is accessible
167 Rangeley Road
Come see the largest and most advanced planetarium and observatory in Maine in the newest building on campus.

Forest Bioproducts Research Institute is accessible
Jenness Hall, 41 Flagstaff Road
Tour the nation’s only Nanofiber Pilot Plant and UMaine’s pilot paper machine.

Foster Center for Student Innovation is accessible
123 Long Road
Tour the home base for student entrepreneurs and startups, and UMaine’s Innovation Engineering Program.

Gerard S. Cassidy ’80 Capital Markets Training Lab is accessible
D.P. Corbett Business Building, 6 Beddington Road
Tour one of UMaine’s newest laboratories equipped with nine Bloomberg terminals, connecting business students with Wall Street, including those involved in the Student Portfolio Investment Fund (SPIFFY).

Honors College is accessible
Colvin Hall, 21 Estabrooke Drive
Meet with Honors College students and faculty, hear about student theses research, and tour Colvin Hall, Charlie’s Terrace and Estabrooke Hall.

Innovative Media, Research and Commercialization Center (IMRC) is accessible
Stewart Commons, 5 Hilltop Road
Tour state-of-the-art facilities, and see demonstrations of equipment that supports innovation and the creative economy.

J. Franklin Witter Teaching and Research Center is accessible
Shuttle van leaves from front of Memorial Gym, 8 Gym Drive
Tour UMaine’s dairy farm, standardbred horse program and new herd of Icelandic sheep.

Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology (LASST) is accessible
Engineering Science Research Building, 47 Beddington Road
Tour the state-of-the-art research facility focused on surface science and related technology.

Lord Hall Gallery is accessible
101 Munson Road
Tour the Department of Art exhibition, “Visualizing Home and Homelessness,” part of the Maine Photo Project, a statewide photography collaboration.

Lunar Habitat is accessible
Wireless Sensing Laboratory next to Mahaney Dome, Long Road
Tour NASA’s one-of-a-kind Inflatable Lunar Habitat for wireless sensor research focused on leak detection in space.

New Balance Student Recreation Center is accessible
22 Hilltop Road
Tour one of the nation’s top recreation centers and one of the most popular facilities on campus.

Page Farm and Home Museum is accessible
12 Portage Road
Tour the museum’s four buildings, including 18 exhibits showcasing Maine farm life and the university’s role in the development of the agricultural industry.

Raymond H. Fogler Library is accessible
14 Moosehead Road
Learn the secrets of the archives, discover the Stein Collection, view Prism yearbooks and more in Maine’s largest library.

Roger Clapp Greenhouses
9 Grove Street Extension
Tour the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture’s horticultural teaching and research facilities.

School of Earth and Climate Sciences is accessible
Bryand Global Sciences Center, 48 Grove Street Extension
Tour the Microanalysis Laboratory that houses advanced electron-beam facilities, and the Sedimentology and Near Surface Geophysics Laboratory that houses a wide range of equipment for field and laboratory analysis of terrestrial and marine sediments.

School of Forest Resources is accessible
Nutting Hall, 20 Grove Street Extension
Tour the state-of-the-art GIS computer facility and various labs conducting research on biomass energy, carbon cycling and nanocellulose composite materials.

School of Marine Sciences Buoy Barn is accessible
Oceanographic Operations Building, behind 82 Grove Street Extension
Tour the Oceanographics Operations Building that is the home of the University of Maine Ocean Observing System.

Shibles Hall TeachLivE Lab is accessible
Shibles Hall, room 207, 10 a.m.–noon
See demonstrations of the new avatar simulation laboratory for training pre-service teachers and other education professionals.

Spatial Informatics is accessible
School of Computing and Information Science, Boardman Hall, rooms 321 and 237
Tour the Geosensor Network Laboratory that is using wireless sensor networks to support precision agriculture, and the Robot Interaction Laboratory that focuses on human-robot interaction.

Virtual Environments and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Lab
Carnegie Hall, 16 Balentine Road
Tour the one-of-a-kind facility where a research focus is on improving safe and efficient navigation, independence and quality of life in older adults.

Zebrafish Facility is accessible
Hitchner Hall, 7 Portage Road
Tour the genetics and toxicology research facility with its nearly 800 tanks containing more than 30,000 zebrafish.