Casco Bay Tummlers PhotoCasco Bay Tummlers Will Perform at UMA Jewett Auditorium on May 17

Sunday, May 17 at 2:00 PM
Jewett Hall Auditorium

The “Concerts at Jewett” Series sponsored by University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College will feature the Casco Bay Tummlers Klezmer Band on Sunday, May 17th at Jewett Hall Auditorium at 2:00 PM

The Casco Bay Tummlers, Maine’s professional klezmer band, has been playing more than 25 years for events in New England and Europe from their base in Portland, Maine. Their varied repertoire ranges from original music to traditional dances and songs of the Yiddish theater and Jewish ghetto.

The band is composed of Steve Gruverman performing on clarinet and sax, Carl Dixon using his unique klezmer flute style, John Clark demonstrating his versatility on the bass, Nancy 3. Hoffman singing and playing the accordion, and Phil McGowan employing both drum set and hand drumming traditions.

Tickets are $10, students $5, 12 & under free.  Tickets are available at Pat’s Pizza in Augusta, and at the door.  Call 621-3551, or email umasc@ for more information or for mail order tickets.

IMG 3957-2UMA 2015 Commencement 

10:00 AM 
Saturday, May 9th 
Augusta Civic Center 

On Saturday, May 9th at 10:00 AM at the Augusta Civic Center, the University of Maine at Augusta will hold its 47th Commencement Exercises.

Graduates from UMA’s Augusta and Bangor campuses, online programs, and University College Centers, will walk across the stage to receive associate and baccalaureate degrees from UMA during the event.

UMA is honored to host Maine Senator Susan Collins as this year’s commencement speaker. Senator Collins is currently serving her fourth term in the United States Senate. For her life’s accomplishments and for her tireless efforts on behalf of the people of Maine, the University of Maine at Augusta will award Senator Collins a Doctorate in Humane Letters during the ceremony.

In addition, Mary Elisabeth Randall will receive the Distinguished Service to UMA Award for devoting her life and career to UMA through employment, leadership and scholarship. Bobbie Gottschalk, co-founder and executive director of Seeds of Peace will receive the Distinguished Achievement Award, U.S. Marshall Noel March will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, and UMA professor Jon Schlenker will be named Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology.

Graduating that day with a BS in Computer Information Systems, Nathaniel LaClaire will receive the Distinguished Student Award. In addition to being recognized by his professors for his outstanding scholarship in the classroom, LaClaire also configured and administered several servers at UMA, and still found time to teach computer literacy skills to high school age students, and play the piano at his local church.

For more detailed information about this year’s commencement ceremony, especially if you are a graduate or planning on attending as an audience member, visit our commencement page.

UMA50thLogo copyRegistration is open for Summer and Fall 2015 semesters.  Check out the courses we are offering by looking at the Course Guide.  There are several ways to contact UMA about applying or registering.

Ways to Register:

  • Via self-registering through MaineStreet
  • By calling 1-877-UMA-1234
  • In person at your campus or center


UMA is hosting a Transfer Day on April 24th from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Richard Randall Student Center.  The information session will help prospective students learn more about transferring to UMA which includes the opportunity to find out how previously earned credits and professional experience will count toward degrees offered at UMA. Find out more »

FullColorBangorNew UMA Bachelor’s in Veterinary Technology approved for fall 2016

Students can get a head start by enrolling now in a pre-vet tech track

University of Maine at Augusta President Glenn Cummings today announced that UMA’s proposed Bachelor’s in Veterinary Technology Program has received the green light to proceed from the University of Maine System.

The new program will formally begin in the fall of 2016, but students can get a head start by enrolling this summer or fall in a pre-veterinary technology track. The pre-vet tech track will help students fulfill certain prerequisites and requirements, and prepare them to compete for a Fall 2016 spot in the program.

The only such program to be offered in Maine, the Bachelor’s program will equip students with skills in biological/animal medical research, and office management as well as animal care and lab skills. To enhance career opportunities, the program will also allow students to choose tracks in business, small business or biology.

“We are humbled that so many organizations and community members have come forward to help us establish this exciting new Bachelor’s degree program,” said President Cummings.

Among the support UMA has received for the new program included a $25,000 grant from The Bank of Maine and several donations from the local veterinary community. In addition, Readfield residents and long-time UMA supporters Peter and Mary Thompson have established a special scholarship, which will annually benefit a Vet Tech student with financial need.

“We are also grateful to Jackson Labs who worked closely with us to develop the program and its curriculum,” added Cummings.

“Our work with Jackson Labs was a win-win,” said Cummings. “Not only will our students be prepared for a wide array of jobs in the animal care and research field, but Jackson Labs will benefit by having highly qualified UMA graduates ready to fill many important positions the Lab has had historical difficulty filling.”

UMA has previously offered an Associates in Veterinary Technology. That program is being phased out, with one more class being accepted for the fall of 2015.

To learn more about the Veterinary Technology Program at UMA visit: