President’s Messages

Maine Memo — Welcome to Fall 2022

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias communities, Welcome! I look forward to the fall semester all summer long, and I am so glad that we are here, together and in-person, again. For those of you who are new to our community, I wish you a hearty Maine hello! You are joining […]

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Community message about the passing of former UMaine President Kennedy

Dear University of Maine community, The University of Maine lost one of its champions this week. Former University of Maine President Robert Kennedy passed away in his home state of Minnesota. Bob was a member of the UMaine community for more than 11 years, serving as president from 2005–11. He came to UMaine in 2000 […]

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Maine Memo — Recent news

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias communities, On Friday, June 24, the Supreme Court released its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, ending the federal protection of abortion rights after nearly five decades. The decision does not change abortion rights in Maine, but has had a profound impact on our community […]

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Maine Memo — Observing and honoring in June, and always

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias communities, June is a month for many important milestones that we observe and honor, as Chancellor Malloy noted in his recent message: Juneteenth, the 1924 Indian Citizenship Act,  and the 50th anniversary of Title IX. We also observe and celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month in June. […]

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Maine Memo — Community message regarding the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias communities, Today we are reeling from the news from Uvalde, Texas, where an act of horrific violence took the lives of 19 elementary schoolchildren and two adults, their teachers, yesterday. Like so many of you, I am heartbroken and outraged in the face of such […]

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Community message regarding racism and gun violence — May 16

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias communities, We write today to join you in shock and anger over the hate-fueled racist murders of 10 people in Buffalo, New York on Sunday. We also mourn the victims of a mass shooting on Sunday in Laguna Woods, California, where one person was murdered […]

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Maine Memo — A season of celebration

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias communities, Congratulations on completing spring semester 2022! I have greatly enjoyed being able to be back together, in person, for the many celebrations and capstones events that make this time of year so special.  I have attended student performances, award ceremonies, symposia, and presentations across […]

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Maine Memo — Embracing religious diversity

April is a welcome time of year, especially here in Maine, with spring promising more daylight hours, warmer weather, greening landscapes, and overall sense of hope and renewal. That appreciation for what’s ahead and possible is particularly true after two years of a pandemic. This month, too, is a time for a number of religious […]

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President Ferrini-Mundy’s statement on the invasion of Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is an unprovoked assault on a peaceful country and its people, and an attack on democracy and freedom throughout the world. We share the outrage of the brave Ukrainian people and are inspired by their courage in the face of this senseless violence. As a university community, we are concerned about […]

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Maine Memo — Recognizing Black history every month of the year

Dear UMaine and UMaine Machias community members, At the beginning of Black History Month this year, President Biden reminded us that the month represents “both a celebration and a powerful reminder that Black history is American history, Black culture is American culture, and Black stories are essential to the ongoing story of America — our […]

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