President’s Messages

Maine Memo — Faculty and Staff Community Update

Dear University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias faculty and staff colleagues, We hope that the summer is providing you and yours with time for renewal and recharging, all in the fervent hope that the most challenging aspects of the pandemic are behind us. We are just six weeks away from the start […]

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Maine Memo — The importance of Juneteenth

Juneteenth 2021 is a powerful moment in time for our nation and our state. From this year forward, we will collectively and deliberately observe this poignant independence day that was part of the effort to end slavery in the United States. It will be an opportunity for all of us to reflect on freedom — […]

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UMaine and UMaine Machias community update — June 16

Dear members of the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias communities, I am pleased to confirm that we will return to prepandemic operations at the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias, informed by civil and public health guidance, for an in-person fall semester for students, faculty and staff. We […]

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Maine Memo — May 7

Congratulations students, faculty and staff. We have completed a third UMaine and UMM semester during a pandemic. There is still work to be done, including final exams to score and semester grades to post, and preparations for May term classes starting Monday, summer research and community engagement activities. But before we move on to our […]

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UMaine 2021 virtual commencement update — April 16

Dear UMaine students, families and other community members, Thank you for all your great ideas, your patience and understanding as plans for the UMaine 2021 virtual commencement presentation have advanced. We are a week away from the in-person stage walks of UMaine 2021 and 2020 graduates who have opted to participate. Nearly 1,000 undergraduate and […]

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UMaine and UMM: Diversity and Inclusion in Talent Acquisition — April 13

Dear members of the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias communities, As we strive to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence at the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias, it is imperative for us to proactively and effectively attract, recruit, and maintain talented and diverse faculty and staff members. It is the right […]

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Maine Memo — April 2 Community Health Update

Yesterday, we received the latest good news about COVID-19 vaccinations: Maine residents 16 and older can get their shots sooner. Beginning April 7, all adult residents in the state will be eligible. That includes all members of our university communities; a University of Maine System identification will be accepted as proof of eligibility. This is […]

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Maine Memo — March 26

For the past five years, a thoughtful and engaged dialogue has been occurring among faculty, staff, students, and administrators at the University of Maine and the University of Maine at Machias to discuss the meaning and enactment of UMM — Maine’s coastal university — as the regional campus of the University of Maine. And much […]

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Statement on Recent Acts of Anti-Asian Violence and Hate — March 19

Again this week we open our news feeds to unconscionable reports of racism. In Maine, an Asian mother and her children were harassed on the street, an incident that is being investigated as a hate crime. In the Atlanta area, six of the eight victims in a shooting rampage were women of Asian descent. These […]

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Maine Memo — March 16

Dear members of the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias communities, I hope this note finds you healthy and ready for some favorite March activities, including tapping maple trees, prepping gardens, hiking, or maybe spring cleaning. One reason I appreciate March is that it’s Women’s History Month. This time to celebrate women’s […]

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