Maine Day – May 2, 2018
The Maine Day Tradition
In 1935 President Arthur Hauck inaugurated MAINE DAY, a day set aside for “spring clean-up” of our campus. Classes will be canceled on that day with the exception of classes, including laboratories, which meet once per week. The entire campus community – students, faculty, staff, and alumni – pitches in to spruce up the campus. Historically Maine Day is set on Wednesday of the last week of classes of the Spring semester.
The day kicks off with a campus parade, followed by service projects throughout the morning. A gigantic barbecue is held in the steam plant parking lot at lunchtime. In the afternoon student teams compete for the “ooze ball championship” – volleyball played in the mud.
MAINE DAY PARADE
Student organizations, residence halls, fraternities/sororities, faculty, administrators and staff are invited to be a part of the parade. Line up will begin at 8:00 a.m. with a parade start at 8:30 a.m. It will begin at the Emera Astronomy Center, travel from Hilltop area down long road across campus behind Balentine to York hall and back to the campus mall.
This year, we are awarding trophies and prizes for the best campus department AND best student organization. The best department will get a night in Dr. Robert Dana’s box in the Alfond at one of the hockey games next season. The best student organization will receive $200 from the Student Life program fund to be used on an event of their choice for the fall semester.
To register a float in the Maine day parade please follow the link below.
Registration will be open until Monday, April 30th at 5pm!
SERVICE PROJECTS AND BREAKFAST
At the end of the parade route on the campus mall, the staff of the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism will be available to register students, faculty and staff for service projects. Material and equipment such as rakes and cleaning items will be available for service projects.
Campus Community members are encouraged to pre-register as volunteers on the Maine Day website.
Funding for Maine Day is provided through the generous support of The University of Maine President’s Office, the Division of Student Life, the Vice President for Administration and Finance, Facilities Management and Black Bear Dining. The committee also thanks the many volunteers, departments and programs that support Maine Day.