President’s Messages

Maine Memo — May 7

Congratulations students, faculty and staff. We have completed a third UMaine and UMM semester during a pandemic. There is still work to be done, including final exams to score and semester grades to post, and preparations for May term classes starting Monday, summer research and community engagement activities. But before we move on to our […]

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UMaine 2021 virtual commencement update — April 16

Dear UMaine students, families and other community members, Thank you for all your great ideas, your patience and understanding as plans for the UMaine 2021 virtual commencement presentation have advanced. We are a week away from the in-person stage walks of UMaine 2021 and 2020 graduates who have opted to participate. Nearly 1,000 undergraduate and […]

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UMaine and UMM: Diversity and Inclusion in Talent Acquisition — April 13

Dear members of the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias communities, As we strive to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence at the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias, it is imperative for us to proactively and effectively attract, recruit, and maintain talented and diverse faculty and staff members. It is the right […]

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Maine Memo — April 2 Community Health Update

Yesterday, we received the latest good news about COVID-19 vaccinations: Maine residents 16 and older can get their shots sooner. Beginning April 7, all adult residents in the state will be eligible. That includes all members of our university communities; a University of Maine System identification will be accepted as proof of eligibility. This is […]

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Maine Memo — March 26

For the past five years, a thoughtful and engaged dialogue has been occurring among faculty, staff, students, and administrators at the University of Maine and the University of Maine at Machias to discuss the meaning and enactment of UMM — Maine’s coastal university — as the regional campus of the University of Maine. And much […]

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Statement on Recent Acts of Anti-Asian Violence and Hate — March 19

Again this week we open our news feeds to unconscionable reports of racism. In Maine, an Asian mother and her children were harassed on the street, an incident that is being investigated as a hate crime. In the Atlanta area, six of the eight victims in a shooting rampage were women of Asian descent. These […]

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Maine Memo — March 16

Dear members of the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias communities, I hope this note finds you healthy and ready for some favorite March activities, including tapping maple trees, prepping gardens, hiking, or maybe spring cleaning. One reason I appreciate March is that it’s Women’s History Month. This time to celebrate women’s […]

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Maine Memo — March 11

Today is one year from the day that the University of Maine System announced a dramatic change to transition all classes to online instruction and to vacate campus residence halls, marking the beginning of an unprecedented transformation in higher education in our state, consistent with transformations around the world because of a global pandemic. And […]

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UMaine Commencement Update — February 25

Dear UMaine undergraduate and graduate students: Following my Feb. 10 memo about spring 2021 Commencement to the UMaine and UMM communities, we received many recommendations and ideas for alternative recognition events from students, parents and community members. We are aware of the petition to have some form of a 2021 in-person event, and the Commencement […]

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Maine Memo — February 17

Dear University of Maine community — the home turf of Black Bear Nation. At 9 a.m., we are unveiling the $110 million athletic facilities master plan for Maine’s Division I program here at UMaine. To see it, go to goblackbears.com. Over the next several years, we will build top-flight facilities, venues, and stadiums to benefit […]

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