President’s Messages

Maine Memo — July 7

I hope that all have had a restful and renewing weekend, and that you have taken time to look through all of the communications from the University of Maine System, UMaine, and UMaine Machias leaders about our plans for a safe reopening. There is a wealth of information there, and I urge you to watch […]

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Maine Memo — July 1

Dear members of the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias communities, We are coming back together! A pandemic has reshaped our world. It has reshaped the University of Maine and our regional campus at Machias. Our Black Bear and Clipper communities have not been together on-site, on our campuses, at our offices, […]

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Community message — June 29

In March of this year, I convened a university-wide task force and charged it with recommending criteria for deciding whether an individual’s name should be removed from a UMaine facility, and whether to remove Clarence C. Little’s name from the campus building bearing his name. And if recommending replacement names, I asked the task force […]

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Community Message from President and Cabinet Regarding Juneteenth

The University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias join the state and the nation in observing Juneteenth Independence Day. In 2011, Maine became the 38th state to recognize the day that freedom was proclaimed to all slaves in the South — 2 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. As noted in […]

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Maine Memo — June 10

Today I wish to speak to the continuing unrest in our nation, in Maine, and in the University of Maine communities following the brutal killing of George Floyd and its heartbreaking aftermath.  I am reaffirming my commitment and the commitment of our university communities to the core values of inclusion, diversity, and anti-racism, and I […]

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Community statement — June 4

Concerned students and community members alerted the University of Maine to a recent reposting on social media of deeply offensive racial slurs apparently made online four years ago by a prospective incoming UMaine student, who was 14 at the time. These gross, offensive and despicable words are horrific and devalue those they target. As UMaine […]

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Community message regarding the death of George Floyd — May 30

The University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias join with millions of people across the globe to decry the violent and needless death of George Floyd at the hands of rogue police officers in Minneapolis earlier this week. As a community our anguish is palpable. This act of violence must rally us to […]

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Maine Memo — May 27

I hope everyone had a healthy and safe weekend, with an opportunity to relax, and to reflect on all that Memorial Day means and how to continue to help to shape our rapidly changing world. With the end of the spring 2020 semester, I again offer my heartfelt thanks, appreciation and congratulations to all who […]

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Maine Memo — April 29

Happy Maine Day. For the first time in its 85-year history, this traditional day of service that is part of the very fabric of the UMaine experience is being held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic. Check out the Maine Day webpage for the many ways to be involved and make a difference. The Division […]

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Asked and Answered: Student Edition — April 15

President Joan Ferrini-Mundy led an informal virtual town hall session for UMaine and UMM students April 15. Joining President Ferrini-Mundy were Interim Provost Faye Gilbert; Head of Campus Daniel Qualls; Vice Presidents Robert Dana and Kody Varahramyan; UMaine Athletic Director Ken Ralph; Senior Associate Provost Jeff St. John; Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies and […]

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