What a vibrant community we have at the University of Maine!
Our community comprises students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, parents and donors, and further extends to the residents of this beautiful state. As we say in our mission statement: “The University of Maine advances learning and discovery through excellence and innovation in undergraduate and graduate academic programs while addressing the complex challenges and opportunities of the 21st century through research-based knowledge … (and) improves the quality of life for people in Maine and around the world, and promotes responsible stewardship of human, natural and financial resources.”
Throughout my first few months, I have been struck by the extraordinary sense of community and caring that exists on our campus. That stems from the commitment and dedication that our members have to the work in which they are engaged, whether pursuing degrees, teaching, conducting research, maintaining facilities, helping all of us be safe and successful, or the myriad of other activities that drive this outstanding institution forward.
Communities are made up of individuals and we celebrate dozens of them in this Fall/Winter 2018 issue. When you read their stories, you will understand the true passion they have for advancing learning and discovery, improving quality of life, and promoting responsible stewardship. This issue of UMaine Today is a good demonstration of the breadth of issues we encounter and care about as a community. Naturally, I was pleased to find the cover story on work going on across the state in the STEM field, as that has been my career focus, but I’m equally excited to learn of many other initiatives and projects. UMaine is such a dynamic institution!
As always, I welcome your comments on what we do well as a community, along with your suggestions for improvements. Please address your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.