University of Maine

The state's university system voted to spend more than $6 million in new grants and scholarships for students  — but also increases tuition by more than 2 percent —as part of a budget plan passed on Monday.

With an eye toward creating a new market for Maine's forest products industry, the University of Maine Thursday announced a new research collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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When Maine voters head to the polls in November, they won't just be choosing candidates. They'll also consider a number of infrastructure bonds, including nearly $50 million in spending for the state's university system. University officials are calling it a "workforce bond" that will be an important piece of the effort to address Maine's ongoing labor shortage.

ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine is warning students about a man who has been spotted following women around campus.

ORONO, Maine - A University of Maine professor who was previously cleared in a sexual harassment investigation has been placed on paid leave again amid a separate investigation into his conduct.

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ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine has appointed a veteran college sports administrator as the school's new athletic director.
New Hampshire native Ken Ralph has worked as the director of athletics at Colorado College for the last 11 years. Before that, the 49-year-old served as the director of athletics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for five years.
UMaine announced Monday that Ralph will begin on Sept. 1, and his contract is for four years with an annual salary of $214,000.

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For the last 153 years, the University of Maine campus has occupied the traditional territory of the Penobscot Nation. 

ORONO, Maine - Researchers with the University of Maine are using an award of more than $430,000 from the National Institutes of Health to research immune responses to influenza.
The University of Maine says the scientists believe novel treatments that work independently of the effectiveness of current vaccines are important to controlling the spread of flu. Flu vaccines vary from year to year in effectiveness.

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Maine's Public Utilities Commission today re-opened consideration of consumer subsidies for a floating wind turbine project planned off Monhegan Island, potentially adding more delay to its development.

The University of Maine and the Penobscot Nation have signed an agreement to help preserve the tribe's cultural heritage.

WABI-TV reports officials from the university and the tribe met Thursday afternoon at the Hudson Museum to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. Under the pact, tribal perspectives will be included in research projects. Officials will also add Penobscot signs on campus.

UMaine President Susan Hunter says the memorandum will evolve to include more people. Hunter is confident the agreement will benefit the entire state.

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Tuition and room and board at Maine's public universities could be going up by almost 3 percent next fall. That's according to proposed budget numbers reviewed by the University of Maine System's finance committee on Tuesday.

Under the new budget, in-state students would pay almost $18,000 in tuition, fees, room and board, about $500 more per student than last year. University spokesperson Dan Demeritt says the proposed increase is needed to maintain programs and keep up with inflation across the university system's seven campuses.

PORTLAND, Maine - University of Maine System trustees are moving closer to naming a president of its flagship university.
Trustees are expected to go into executive session Monday to hear Chancellor James Page's recommendation for the job. But there will be no announcement until a contract is signed.
System officials have been searching for a replacement for outgoing President Susan Hunter, the first woman to serve in the role. She's due to retire this summer.

ORONO, Maine - Four finalists for the position of the president of the University of Maine will visit the campus over the next two weeks.
The university says the finalists were selected from a pool of 67 applicants in a national search. They will visit UMaine between Tuesday and March 2.
One of the finalists is Amit Chakma, who is president and vice chancellor of the University of Western Ontario. Another is Joan Ferrini-Mundy, chief operating officer of the National Science Foundation.

An audit committee for the University of Maine's Board of Trustees is strongly defending university leadership and the process it used to award negotiating rights for a big new energy contract. The committee acted after a newspaper report raised questions about the possible role of insider information in the award.

The University of Maine class that starts this fall will be the biggest in the Orono school’s history.

More than 2,500 new students have put down their deposits to start this year — that’s about 50 more than last year, when the entering class was also the largest ever.

That growth comes from increasing numbers of out-of-state and international students. UMaine Provost Jeff Hecker says it comes down in part to the school’s program that matches the tuition of several states’ flagship public universities, and in part to marketing.