President’s Messages

UMaine community health and safety update — February 7

Dear University of Maine community members, I hope you are enjoying your weekend and the temperatures yesterday that had us thinking of spring. Today I write with a special reminder that we cannot relent in our Black Bears Care campaign: Use a face covering | Get tested | Wash your hands | Practice social distancing […]

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Update on UMaine and UMM Commencement ceremonies — February 10

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias 2020 graduates and upcoming spring 2021 graduates-to-be — both undergraduates and graduate students. I hope that all of you are doing well. As we have all witnessed, these past 11 months of the pandemic have taken a toll worldwide. And for each of you, there […]

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Important update on phase six asymptomatic COVID-19 testing on campus

As University of Maine System Chancellor Dannel Malloy mentioned in his community message this afternoon, technological challenges on the first day of Shield T3 asymptomatic COVID-19 testing on campus led to problems scanning the QR codes on the saliva sample tubes. Participants also experienced excessive wait times for their appointments. We appreciate everyone’s patience and […]

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Maine Memo — January 29

Welcome back! I hope that everyone’s first week of semester 2021 is going well. There is much that is notable and new about this semester. It is our third semester living with COVID-19 and its new routines and daunting challenges. It is the first with a new, historic administration in Washington. And already this semester […]

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Maine Memo — January 18

Education must also train one for quick, resolute and effective thinking. To think incisively and to think for one’s self is very difficult. We are prone to let our mental life become invaded by legions of half truths, prejudices, and propaganda. At this point, I often wonder whether or not education is fulfilling its purpose. […]

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Maine Memo — December 22

Dear members of the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias communities, Greetings from Orono, where the campus is peaceful and beautiful with a light covering of snow.  I hope that everyone — the staff and faculty who kept learning going this past semester, the students who took responsibility for continuing their educational […]

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Maine Memo — November 22

Dear members of the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias communities, We are three days away from dispersing, some of us, from Orono and Machias, to join our families and friends after 12 weeks of being “together for Maine” this semester. Communities of learners, teachers, researchers, supporters, resources, and friends are enabling […]

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Virtual town for UMaine and UMM students — November 17

President Ferrini-Mundy and other leaders led an informal virtual town hall Nov. 17 for UMaine and UMM students to discuss the last weeks of the semester, including the transition to remote learning, winter break and the spring 2021 semester. The link to the recording: https://youtu.be/1eYqWTVjFNs. A PDF of the presentation is also available.

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Maine Memo — November 16

Greetings to the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias communities. November is Native American Heritage Month — which is centered on honoring First Peoples, past and present, as well as confronting racism and creating positive paths forward. Today, about 8,400 Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet), Mi’kmaq (Micmac), Penawahpskewi (Penobscot), and Peskotomuhkati (Passamaquoddy) — collectively Wabanaki, or “People of […]

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Maine Memo — November 10

Dear members of the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias communities, On the eve of Veterans Day I want to remind everyone of the purpose of this day, originally launched following the end of World War I. The United States first celebrated Veterans Day (then called Armistice Day) on Nov. 11, 1919. […]

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