Maine Memo — An End-of-Semester Reflection

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias communities,

Today we begin to welcome a few more minutes of daylight every day. More light is always good.

Monday’s severe storm in Maine has affected all of us in some way. Our campuses are recovering but there are still a number of areas with power outages and other damage to be addressed. Thank you to all who have been a tremendous support to Mainers as we navigate the flooding, injuries, power restoration, and all other storm-related challenges. 

I wish to extend my thanks and appreciation to all for a great fall 2023 semester. Our universities have become increasingly connected with more than 11,000 students at UMaine and UMaine Machias, coming together in-person and online in a collective commitment to growth and learning. Some notable milestones this semester include the first-ever America East Championship for UMaine women’s soccer; a $7 million commitment for the New Balance Track & Field and Soccer Complex; record-breaking research expenditure numbers at $274M; and 628 UMaine and UMaine Machias students involved in RLEs.  And every day — in classrooms, labs, performance spaces, residence halls, shops, field sites, facilities and administrative offices — our talented and dedicated faculty, staff, and students do the work that makes our university what it is, with care and commitment.

During this semester events and tragedies in Maine and around the world have proven tragic, troubling, and overwhelming for so many in our communities and beyond. In the face of adversity we continue to respect and support one another.

With my warmest wishes for rest, reflection, and the hope and promise of good will and light, 

Joan Ferrini-Mundy