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UMaine Today Magazine

President's Message

President Robert A. Kennedy
President Robert A. Kennedy

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Maine citizens are facing significant challenges as we move into the winter months. While concerns related to high energy costs and a flagging national economy are not unique to Maine, some of the characteristics that make our state a wonderful place to live -our four-season environment, rugged landscape and rural nature of vast areas - make these concerns particularly difficult.

As you will see in this issue of UMaine Today, the University of Maine is applying its expertise and resources in significant ways to help citizens across Maine prepare to effectively deal with the challenges ahead. This response to state needs reflects our commitment to the land-grant university ideals that make public universities such vital contributors to the communities we serve.

The cover story that describes the work of University of Maine Cooperative Extension in providing practical advice, available to all Maine citizens, is a wonderful example. That service is having a real impact in homes across Maine, and Extension is uniquely positioned to provide it. The Extension collaboration with state agencies to provide information about home heating and energy conservation, and the School of Economics Financial Education Initiative are two more examples of great programs, based on good ideas that come from our commitment to making life better for Maine's people.

Throughout this issue, you will find stories about other initiatives, such as the interdisciplinary, collaborative Biobank of Maine cancer database project - in a state that has the highest cancer rate in the U.S. - where UMaine is working in ways that only a land-grant university can to help deal with some of our most serious concerns. We are proud to serve the state of Maine in this unique way, and the depth of the current challenges makes us more committed than ever to providing unique assistance to the people of this wonderful state.

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