2024 Homecoming

Exterior of Wells Conference Center
Wells Conference Center

Friday, June 14, 2024
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wells Conference Center
131 Munson Road
Orono, ME 04469


  • Welcome by President Ferrini-Mundy.
  • Keynote by Dr. Jacquelyn Gill, Associate Professor of Paleoecology and Plant Ecology, on aspects of climate change. More information below.
  • Four optional after-lunch tour: Littlefield Garden (maximum 60 retirees), Versant Power Astronomy Center (including a show in the planetarium, maximum 50), Rogers Farm Masters Gardeners Demonstration Garden (maximum 30), and the new on-campus Hotel Ursa (including historic campus buildings Coburn and Holmes Halls, maximum 20).
  • Introduction of the 2024 Hikel Awardee. Announcement of the Brown Scholarship awardee.
  • Free lunch and door prizes.
  • 9 AM and on: Over 20 organizations were available to meet with attendees, including:
    • Aetna
Alight (formerly AON)
    • Collins Center
    • Area Agency on Aging
    • Fogler Library
Franco-American Centre
Hudson Museum
Literacy Volunteers of Bangor
    • Senior College
    • TIAA
UM Alumni Association
    • UM Extension
    • UM Foundation
UMS Benefits
    • Versant Power Astronomy Center
    • Zillman Art Museum

Registration is closed.

Featured Speaker

Our 2024 Retiree Homecoming speaker was Dr. Jacquelyn Gill, Associate Professor of Paleoecology and Plant Ecology with an appointment in the Climate Change Institute! She covered “Aspects of Climate Change.” For more information about Jacqueline, check out her podcast series about climate change at Warm Regards or her website at Beast Lab.


9:00 AM:

  • Check-in for handouts and parking passes.
  • UMaine Activity Information Tables (24 Organizations).

10:00 AM: Welcome by UMaine President Ferrini-Mundy

  • Introduction of 2024 Hikel awardee and Harold Brown Scholarship awardee.
  • Break to stretch legs.
  • Introduction of Life, Health and Environmental Sciences College (LHE) and Speaker Dr. Jacquelyn Gill by Dr. Kathleen Bell, Associate Dean of ELH.

11:00 AM: Featured Speaker Dr. Jacquelyn Gill on Aspects of Climate Change.
11:45 AM: Lunch followed by Door Prizes led by Jeff Mills
1:10 PM: Four Tours — Check-in (parking, location etc.) in dining room corners

  1. Tour of Littlefield Garden (max 60) — SE corner
  2. Tour of Rogers Farm Demonstration Garden (max 30) — SW corner
  3. Tour of Versant Astronomy Center (max 50) — NW corner
  4. Tour of Ursa Hotels (Coburn Hall etc. refit) (max 20) — NE corner

1:20 PM: Disperse for Tours

3:00 PM: End