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UMA 50th Anniversary

Changing lives since ’65

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the University of Maine at Augusta, and the celebrating is underway.

Since its establishment in 1965, UMA has grown from a small division of the University of Maine to becoming the third largest institution in the University of Maine System.

Today, UMA prides itself as the premier university in Maine for supporting students of every age and for excellence in the delivery of online and distance education programs across the state. UMA is considered the university of choice for Mainers of all ages who want to attend college without uprooting their lives.

50th Anniversary Fund

UMA is not just be celebrating its first 50 years during this milestone anniversary, it is also planning for its next fifty years. A 50th Anniversary Fund was established to provide more scholarships to UMA students, expand UMA’s veteran support services, expand online and distance education, and improve and expand the auditorium in Jewett Hall. More information »

Collage of old black and white photos taken at UMA

Calendar of Events

To celebrate its first 50 years of accomplishments, UMA has been hosting several events and activities. Upcoming events, as well as past events, are listed below. To add events to the 50th Celebrations calendar contact rachel.paling@maine.edu.

*Events marked with an asterisk* are tentative or still in the process of scheduling

  • Convocation
    Augusta Campus Green
    September 18, 2015
    3:30pm – 5:00pm
  • Business After Hours – October
  • Thanks for Giving – November
  • Convocation
    Augusta Campus Green
    September 19th, 2014, 3pm
  • Business to Business Expo
    October 8 at the Augusta Civic Center
  • Handley Hall Dedication CeremonyMonday, October 27th
    Noon – 1:00 PM
    Handley Hall – 331 Water Street, Augusta
    Former President Handley will be in attendance.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided after a brief program and unveiling of new sign and plaque.
  • 50 Years 50 Portraits: Faces of UMA Workshop
    Thursday October 30
    12:00 – 2:00pm
    Mac Lab in Randall Student Center
    Professor Bickford will lead alumni, employees, students, and community members in making five portraits to celebrate our alumni. Each four by four foot image will be divided into thirty-six eight inch squares produced in the different styles of the participating artists. Sign up for the workshop by emailing Michelle Lisi: michelle.lisi@maine.edu.
  • Light on Water: Downtown Augusta Art Walk
    Thursday, November 6
    4:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Downtown Augusta Art Walk
    4:00 PM to 5:00 PM – Art Admissions Event
    Local art and artists will be displayed and performing in various downtown Augusta buildings for people to walk around and enjoy. UMA’s Richmond Gallery at Handley Hall will be exhibiting UMA student work. In addition, there will be an Art Admissions Event in the Richmond Gallery that afternoon. The Design Committee of the Downtown Alliance is looking for businesses, tenants, and building owners and artists who would like to participate, visit the Augusta Downtown Alliance website for more info.
  • 50 Years 50 Portraits: Faces of UMA Workshop
    Thursday November 13
    12:00 – 2:00pm
    Mac Lab in Randall Student Center
    Professor Bickford will lead alumni, employees, students, and community members in making five portraits to celebrate our alumni. Each four by four foot image will be divided into thirty-six eight inch squares produced in the different styles of the participating artists. Sign up for the workshop by emailing Michelle Lisi: michelle.lisi@maine.edu
  • Art on Center Gallery Show  – Celebrating 50 years of art at UMA
    November 17, 2014 – January 7, 2015
    Danforth Gallery
    Exhibiting Artists: Karen Adrienne, Jere DeWaters, Robert Katz, Joshua Nadel, Philip Paratore, Peter Precourt, Robert Rainey, Brooks Stoddard
  • 50 Years 50 Portraits: Faces of UMA Workshop
    Thursday November 20
    12:00 – 2:00pm
    Mac Lab in Randall Student Center
    Professor Bickford will lead alumni, employees, students, and community members in making five portraits to celebrate our alumni. Each four by four foot image will be divided into thirty-six eight inch squares produced in the different styles of the participating artists. Sign up for the workshop by emailing Michelle Lisi: michelle.lisi@maine.edu.
  • Project Login Community Event
    November 20, 2014
    Computer Information Systems Academic Event following the Project Login Internship Event. Refreshments will be served.
  • Art on Center – Opening Reception
    December 4th
    4:30 – 6:30pm
    Danforth Gallery
    Exhibiting Artists: Karen Adrienne, Jere DeWaters, Robert Katz, Joshua Nadel, Philip Paratore, Peter Precourt, Robert Rainey, Brooks Stoddard
  • 50 Years 50 Portraits Gallery Show  Google Calendar Add Button
    January 19 – February 20, 2015
    Danforth Gallery
    UMA Alumni showcased in a portrait project collaborated by the UMA Alumni Association, UMA Art Program with the help of the UMA community.
  • 50 Years 50 Portraits Opening Reception
    January 22, 2015
    4:00pm
    Danforth Gallery
  • Nursing Program Alumni Event
    Nursing Academic Event
    March 14, 2015
    12:00 – 3:00pm
    Fireplace Lounge RSC
    UMA Nursing graduates invited to attend an afternoon social gathering.  Alumni will have the chance to re-connect with fellow students in smaller groups made up of each decade of graduates to share their career paths and success stories.  The larger group will reconvene to hear from each of the smaller groups about how the ASN program prepared them for nursing practice and where where their careers have taken them.  Additional presentations will include a video of nursing faculty describing an innovative history of nursing education.
  • Maine: A Sense of Place: Then, Now and Tomorrow
    Architecture Academic Event
    March 19, 2015
    A panel discussion made of a selection of key stakeholders and influencers in the development of the built environment in Maine.  The discussion will look back at the forces that have shaped the built environment in Maine over the last 50 years and forward to 2065.  Participants will be architects, developers, town planners, bankers, public policy makers and historians, setting the stage for a rich discourse and broad appeal to the wider community.
  • Commencement
    May 9th, 2015
    10:00am
    Augusta Civic Center
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