UMaine Fall Semester 2020 – Thank You


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Melissa Maginnis:  Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have been guided by the science. We’ve recruited you to the mission. We can’t thank you enough for all of your efforts to keep yourself and your community safe.

Robert Dana:  I have to tell you, the University of Maine community has blown me away many times, but this time, through the period of the pandemic, has absolutely amazed me and made me so proud to be part of this community.

Dee Nichols:  Our students have faced unprecedented challenges. They’ve been learning from multiple modalities.

Zachary Wyles:  It’s very challenging. A lot of people, they come to universities for education but socialization’s a huge part of that. Not being able to congregate in big groups can be diminishing people’s passions like want to be here when they’re all online. People are sticking through and they’re getting through those challenges. Hopefully, it’s only going to get better.

Gabriella Peluso:  Keep up the great work. You have so much to be proud of. We can make it through this.

Austin Gilboe:  We’re all going to get through this together, no matter if it’s the UMaine community, the state of Maine community.

Orlina Boteva:  I particularly want to thank the international students who have been here for months and months without the possibility of going home.

Au-Lionne Agatako:  COVID‑19 is not a joke. We have to go through this, but we’ll make it. I can’t wait to meet some of you make friends through this whole situation that is definitely not easy at all.

Dinna Hundie:  I just want to say that I’m proud to be a Black Bear because of what you’ve showed as this semester, that we are a part of it together and that we’re not just saying it. We’re truly in it together.

Saman Zare:  I personally can’t wait to welcome our new and current students back to campus in the spring semester. Until then, I wish everyone to stay safe and healthy throughout the rest of the fall semester and winter break.

John Volin:  For all you’ve done, I want to thank you. Let’s keep sticking together. The UMaine community is really special and you’ve shown it. Let’s continue on.

Joan Ferrini-Mundy:  We had two big mottos as we went into this. We were going to be compassionate and we were going to be flexible and we came through the spring and began to realize that lives would change radically.

My hope is that everyone will finish the semester strongly, keep learning, and make the very best of this great challenge that we are all coming through together.