As the semester draws to a close, I want to take this opportunity to thank members of the University of Maine community for the many efforts and the leadership on all levels that went into making the first half of this academic year a success. UMaine’s mission is, indeed, a mind-set, and I appreciate the dedication and can-do attitude of all who represent the university in their words and deeds on behalf of our students, our community and our constituents.
That includes the many members of the UMaine community whose time and expertise contributed to last month’s Admissions Open House. The 1,167 prospective students and parents in attendance set a record for our Open House program.
Interest in UMaine and what we offer continues to be strong. It’s still early in the application process, but as of Dec. 1, we received more than 7,000 new student applications — that’s about 7 percent ahead of last year’s pace which was a record setting year.
One of our priorities this semester was gathering input as part of the Blue Sky Strategic Plan Assessment. While the community forums have ended and the committees are meeting to summarize their findings for a report next year, there’s still time to submit feedback online. Our strategic plan was strong because of the engagement of our community members. If you haven’t done so already, please go to the Blue Sky Strategic Plan Assessment website before Dec.15 and give us your thoughts on what worked and what didn’t in these past five years under this strategic plan, and what should be considered going forward.
Highlights of our achievements accomplished in the last year of the strategic plan are found in the 2017 President’s Report, which also is online.
In this, the last week of classes before finals, we wish the best to our faculty and students, and congratulate the December graduates.
I look forward to seeing you at the Employee Holiday Lunch, noon–1:30 p.m., Dec. 6 in Wells. Members of PEAC and CEAC will have a nonperishable food drive in the lobby during the event to benefit the Black Bear Exchange. And members of Golden Key will have a warmth drive, collecting mittens, scarves and hats for area children in need.
For the holidays and new year ahead, warm wishes to you and your loved ones.