The University of Maine's sense of
place is based on its history and leadership in the state, its
responsibility in higher education and its commitment to people.
The Robert D. Buchanan '44 Alumni House is the epitome of that sense of
Buchanan Alumni House opened in May 2002 as the official front door —
the architectural gateway — to the UMaine campus. The $7.3 million
facility was planned by alumni, who refer to it as "a place to call
home." The UMaine community knows Buchanan Alumni House as a premier
facility showcasing the state's largest university.
Since it opened, more than 28,000 visitors have toured or met in Alumni
House. Each year, an average of 500 meetings, seminars, receptions and
dinners have been held, attended by 13,500 members of campus and
community groups. As a preferred campus location, Buchanan Alumni House
has set a standard of excellence in the UMaine landscape.
UMaine's two independent associations — the University of Maine
Foundation and the University of Maine Alumni Association — operate the
32,000-square-foot signature building, constructed exclusively with
private monies. The two groups now are building an endowment for the
facility to ensure its future. The $4 million Pride of Place capital
campaign is in its final stages, with $800,000 remaining to be raised.
"More than any other facility on campus, Buchanan Alumni House
exemplifies the achievements, excellence and aspirations of Maine's
land-grant and sea-grant institution," says Amos Orcutt, president/CEO
of the University of Maine Foundation. "A substantial endowment will
ensure Buchanan Alumni House is an inspiration for generations of Maine
UMaine Today Magazine
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