Black Bear profiles

Brian Sanchez

Brian Sanchez: Pathways graduate excels in NROTC, engineering

Brian Sanchez, a first-generation college student at the University of Maine, 3,000 miles from his home in Soledad, California, became a top performer in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) and in the Department of Mechanical Engineering through grit and a determination to succeed.  Sanchez, now a junior and midshipman third class, joined UMaine […]

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Rachel Breault and Caitlin Galvin

Rachel Breault and Caitlin Galvin: Higher education grad students spend summer gaining valuable work experience 

Last spring, Caitlin Galvin was pretty stressed. A graduate student in the University of Maine’s student development in higher education master’s program, she was applying for a summer internship through NODA, the national Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education.  “It’s very competitive,” says Galvin of Pawling, New York. “Many schools sign up […]

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Portrait of Cameron Houde in front of Cross Insurance Center

Cameron Houde: Insuring the future

Cameron Houde, a management and marketing double major from Dayton, Maine, spent the summer as part of the Cross Insurance Emerging Risk Management Trainee Program. Based in Portland, Maine, the paid 10-week summer program is open to full-time students entering their junior or senior year. Read Houde’s story online. Contact: Melanie Brooks,

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Solomon Iluyomade

Solomon Iluyomade: Banking internship benefits

Solomon “Solly” Iluyomade is a MaineMBA student from London, England. He is spending the summer as a product management and digital banking intern at Bangor Savings Bank. He’s putting his finance and business analytics skills to work at the bank’s waterfront Bangor location. A 2021 graduate of the Maine Business School and former UMaine basketball […]

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Nicholas Martinez

Nicholas Martinez: Returning to college to help others like him

A speech language pathologist changed Nicholas Martinez’s life. Now he’s going to do the same for others. When Martinez was a child growing up in Pleasant Point, Maine, a speech language pathologist worked with him to manage his stuttering disorder. The experience inspired him to pursue a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders at […]

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Peg Ayer, Carole Goldberg and Yvette Hule

Carole Goldberg: A career in education, response services

Carole Goldberg (‘66) grew up in Windham, Maine, and was most interested in playing softball, basketball and other sports. Fortunately, she had a coach, Marguerite L. “Peg” Ayer (B.S., ‘54; M.Ed. ‘61), who had graduated from the University of Maine and encouraged Goldberg to enroll. After graduating from UMaine, Goldberg traveled the world, first as […]

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Santiago Tijerina

Santiago Tijerina: Killam recipient to study international economics in Canada 

University of Maine undergraduate student Santiago Tijerina of Bangor, Maine is the recipient of a Killam Fellowship to study international economics in Canada this fall.  The Killam Fellowships Program provides undergraduate students in Canada and the U.S. opportunities to spend a semester or full academic year in the other country as exchange students. Recipients like […]

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Tiffany Tanner

Tiffany Tanner: Boren Fellowship recipient to study Russian in Belarus

University of Maine graduate student Tiffany Tanner of Brunswick, Maine will study Russian in Belarus after earning a Boren Fellowship.  The Institute of International Education (IIE), on behalf of the National Security Education Program (NSEP), grants Boren Fellowships to graduate students pursuing public service careers so they can study a language abroad. Each fellowship provides […]

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