This time of year at the University of
Maine, we look forward to warm-weather outdoor activities, commencement
in May, and another glorious Maine summer. People of all ages, from
Maine and beyond, will arrive to take part in Summer Session classes,
conferences, music and sports camps, and other educational activities
for which a campus such as ours is ideally suited.
Our faculty members will be a major part of campus life this summer,
actively involved in the teaching, research, and engagement that defines
their year-round professional lives and helps our constituents to extend
their knowledge in important areas. In addition, some faculty members
will take their cutting-edge research to exotic locales during the
For instance, UMaine anthropologists Douglas and Rebecca Bird will be in
Australia, conducting ecological surveys as they explore hypotheses
related to Aboriginal peoples, land management techniques, and
biodiversity. They also will look at age-linked foraging strategies
among the people of that fascinating culture. Karl Kreutz from our
geological sciences and Quaternary studies faculty will continue his
work in Alaska's St. Elias Mountains, collecting ice cores that will
help to further the understanding of North American climate change.
Countless other professors, often working with UMaine students, will use
the summer to collect and/or analyze information related to their
At the same time, UMaine will welcome students and researchers from
throughout the U.S. and around the world. An example is the national and
international marine scientists who will use the Darling Marine Center
in Walpole, Maine, as a home base from which to conduct research related
to the ocean and the Gulf of Maine.
The sheer number of people who will take advantage of what we have to
offer is impressive. Through our Division of Lifelong Learning, 500
courses will serve more than 6,000 students. Additionally, we estimate
that some 11,000 people will spend part of their summer at UMaine,
participating in one or more of the approximately 55 conferences,
institutes, and camps that are scheduled. Among that group will be some
1,500 K-12 educators attending the variety of summer institutes and
workshops sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development.
At UMaine, we welcome this active time of year. It is part of the
university's unique, important, and dynamic role in this state.
Peter S. Hoff
UMaine Today Magazine
Department of University Relations
5761 Howard A. Keyo Public Affairs Building
Phone: (207) 581-3744 | Fax: (207) 581-3776