UMS Transforms in the News

Media report on new turf

WABI (Channel 5) the Bangor Daily News and the Portland Press Herald reported on the University of Maine installing its new artificial turf on Morse Field. The new turf is part of UMaine’s Athletics Facilities Master Plan, which guides the overall $110 million investment toward upgrades. Funding for the new turf derives from the overall […]

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Local media report on new research learning experience courses

Several local news outlets reported on the new research learning experience (RLE) courses being offered at the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias starting this fall. These tuition-free, one-credit courses offer a variety of experiential learning opportunities for first-year and second-year students. WVOM’s “George Hale and Ric Tyler Show” featured UMaine and […]

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Ralph, Charlton talk with BDN about turf installation in Alfond Stadium

Ken Ralph, athletics director at the University of Maine, and head football coach Nick Charlton spoke with the Bangor Daily News about the replacement of the artificial turf surface on UMaine’s football field. According to Ralph, funding for the replacement, which is expected to cost less than $500,000, will ultimately be drawn from the $90 […]

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Media report on grants to Graduate & Professional Center

Maine Public, News Center Maine, Centralmaine.com, Mainebiz, the Sun Journal, The Ellsworth American and the Portland Press Herald reported that the University of Maine Graduate & Professional Center received a private donation of $1 million to support interdisciplinary and market-driven graduate and professional education, and has partnered with the University of Maine System in support of a $1 million U.S. Department […]

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Press Herald op-ed cites Ferrini-Mundy recommendations for building state’s STEM workforce

A Portland Press Herald op-ed outlining strategies for building a skilled and resilient STEM workforce in Maine cited University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy in calling for increased investment in research and development and establishment of new public-private partnerships. Authors Ben Gilman and Rachel Kerestes noted that increased private investment in higher education, such as […]

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Ralph discusses plans for a 300-meter track with Press Herald

The Portland Press Herald spoke with Ken Ralph, University of Maine athletic director, about the inclusion of a 300-meter track in UMaine’s athletic facilities master plan. Significant upgrades to campus athletic facilities will be made with a $90 million gift from the Alfond Foundation and $20 million in privately raised funds. According to Ralph, a […]

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Media report on Maine College of Engineering, Computing, and Information Science initiative

Mainebiz, News Center Maine, the Portland Press Herald, Centralmaine.com, WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported on a virtual discussion about the University of Maine System’s plan to create a Maine College of Engineering, Computing and Information Science. MCECIS, the development of which is supported by $75 million from an overall $240 million investment from the Harold Alfond Foundation, is expected to […]

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Forbes highlights Alfond Foundation gift to UMS

Forbes highilighted the $240 million allocation from the Harold Alfond Foundation to the University of Maine System in an opinion piece about a new trend in gifts to higher education institutions. The Alfond investment in the University of Maine System is the largest ever to a public institution of higher education in New England and […]

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