Student profile

Jesse Orach

Jesse Orach: Outstanding at optimizing performance

When Jesse Orach starts his job as a process engineer at Verso’s Androscoggin Mill in Jay later this spring, he’ll strive to optimize the paper machines’ performance. Maximize output and minimize energy use and waste. Orach excels at achieving results. During his five years at the University of Maine, the Gorham native has demonstrated productivity […]

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Emily Illingworth

Emily Illingworth: Fearless fortitude

What is the key to success? Emily Illingworth might say it is failure. Even when failure seems as likely an outcome as success, Illingworth is not afraid to reach. She sees failure as an opportunity to learn and grow, and her many achievements at the University of Maine are a result of this fearlessness and […]

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Katie Dube

Katie Dube: Finding true self through theatre

While searching for the perfect college, Katie Dube knew she wanted to attend an institution that would allow her to pursue her love of theatre, as well as her interest in teaching English. “When I visited the University of Maine for the first time, I realized it was the first university I had been to […]

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UMaine 2017 valedictorian, salutatorian earning a total of four degrees

Editor’s note: Story updated April 20. Allyson Eslin of Bangor has been named the valedictorian and Joshua Patnaude of Sanford the salutatorian at the University of Maine for 2017. Between them, the two top students will receive a total of four degrees at UMaine’s 215th Commencement in Harold Alfond Sports Arena May 13. Eslin, who […]

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Brie Berry

Brie Berry: Ph.D. student exploring Maine’s reuse economy

University of Maine Ph.D. student Brie Berry’s interest in sustainability was sparked during the two years she spent in a rural area of the West African Republic of Mali as a Peace Corps volunteer. “I joined the Peace Corps to experience what it was like to live in another place with a very different culture,” […]

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Kyle Goupille

Kyle Goupille: Trumpeting success

When Kyle Goupille first decided that he wanted to play an instrument, he chose the trombone. But he was in fifth grade and at that time, too short to reach all the slide positions on the trombone. “My mother wisely pointed out that there are just three valves on the trumpet — and (that I […]

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Victoria Hernandez

Victoria Hernandez: Army ROTC in Paraguay

University of Maine ROTC cadet Victoria Hernandez’s role models are her parents. Her father immigrated to the U.S. from Honduras in the late 1980s. Her mother followed a few years later. Successfully building a better life as her parents did for the family requires discipline, focus and faith. Hernandez found her own version of the […]

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Devin Greenlaw

Devin Greenlaw: Class of 2017 president

As president of the University of Maine Class of 2017, Maine Business School senior Devin Greenlaw is helping his classmates leave their mark on their soon-to-be alma mater. The class is raising $10,000 to endow a scholarship fund in the University of Maine Foundation to benefit the descendents of Class of 2017. “Our children and […]

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Kevin Bois

Kevin Bois: Engaged leadership

Leadership has long been part of the student experience for University of Maine senior Kevin Bois. At Westbrook High School, Bois was involved in student government and Key Club. At UMaine, he took his leadership to another level. For the past four years, Bois has served in University of Maine Student Government. And for the […]

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Nina Mahaleris

Nina Mahaleris: A global view

For second-year University of Maine student Nina Mahaleris from Augusta, Maine, UMaine was close to home and provided generous financial aid. Best of all, after the first semester, she also found all the learning and engagement opportunities she desired in the UMaine student experience. “It definitely surprised me,” says Mahaleris, a double major in journalism […]

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