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50th Anniversary Fund

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UMA was founded in 1965 to meet the higher educational needs of the people of Central Maine. As the University prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015, we also hope to leverage this key milestone through a 50th Anniversary Fund campaign to best position ourselves – and in doing so, our people, region and state – for the next half century ahead.

Over UMA’s next fifty years, we will continue our historical commitment to affordable access to higher education for Mainers.  We will continue to identify and grow programs that meet key state needs as we currently do in Computer Information Systems, Nursing, Dental Hygiene, and Mental Health. At the same time, our vision also includes the continued development of niche and unique in-state programs as we currently offer in Architecture and Aviation, so that Maine citizens wanting to pursue these professions have an in-state and affordable option.

Most of all, however, UMA’s vision for its next half century includes meeting one of the most pressing challenges facing our state and economy: increasing the number of Maine adults who possess a bachelor’s degree.

In celebration of 50 years of achievement, and with a firm understanding and determination of where we know we need to go, UMA is establishing a 50th Anniversary Fund and campaign, with proceeds raised to be used in five specific areas.

For information on how you can participate contact Bob Stein at


1. Scholarships for non-traditional learners 

  • Scholarship support for degree completion
  • Scholarship support for part-time students


2. Veteran support 

  • Endow Military Director position
  • Expand Veterans lounges on campuses and at centers
  • Expand Peer Mentor program on campuses and at centers


3. Support the expansion of online & distance education

  • Enhance technical support through instructional designers & training for faculty to develop and improve online offerings
  • Enable every UMA program to be taken entirely online


4. Auditorium expansion

  • Currently, UMA’s largest campus space seats less than 300 people; its largest networked space seats far less. An expanded and networked auditorium will meet UMA’s needs going forward, as well as those in the region


5. Ongoing support of UMA’s existing Scholarship and Gift Funds 

  • These funds support all UMA students, programs, and activities


UMA 50th Anniversary


50th Anniversary Fund

UMA will not just be celebrating its first 50 years during this milestone anniversary, it will also be planning for its next fifty years. A 50th Anniversary Fund has been 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.

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Changing lives since '65

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the University of Maine at Augusta, and the celebrating has already begun.

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.

Calendar of Events

To celebrate its first 50 years of accomplishments, UMA will be hosting several events and activities through December 2015. Below are a few now being planned. Many more events will be added in the weeks ahead. To add events to the 50th Celebrations calendar contact

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




Celebrating 50 Years of Humanities Research at UMA calendar plus en

March 2, 2015 11:40pm - 1:00pm
Jewett 189 - Augusta Campus
UMA Humanities faculty members Jeff Sychterz, Robert Bernheim, Seth Wigderson, and Lisa Botshon will discuss their current research projects. A Q&A session will follow. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
FMI: Professor Lisa Botshon

Jodi Renshaw WICCD Art Show calendar plus en

March 2, 2015 12:00pm- 1:00pm
Eastport 124, UMA-Bangor
An opening reception for the art show that will be displayed on the UMA-Bangor campus March 2-24. Lunch and informal conversation with the artist.

Celebrating 50 Years of Humanities Research at UMA calendar plus en

March 5, 2015 11:45-1:00pm
104 Eastport Hall, Bangor campus
UMA Humanities faculty members Robert Kellerman, Kay Retzlaff, Sarah Hentges, and Jeff Sychterz will present current research projects. A Q&A session will follow. Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.
FMI: Professor Lisa Botshon

Presentation - Bacteria are your friends: Your Microbiome and Your Health calendar plus en

March 11, 2015 at 12:00pm
180 Jewett Hall - Augusta Campus
Alumni Rachel Morris, PhD will present, "Bacteria are your friends: Your Microbiome and Your Health".  Rachel Morris graduated with two degrees from UMA, A.S. in Medical Laboratory Technology and B.A. in Biology.  She went on to earn a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at Marquette University in 2011.  She did postdoctoral work at Michigan State University (MSU) where she studied the physiology and ecology of bacteria in low oxygen environments, such as the human gut.  Currently she is a member if the MSU Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics faculty.

Presentation on Truth and Reconciliation Commission calendar plus en

March 12, 2015 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm
124 Eastport - UMA Bangor
Truth and Reconciliation Commission outreach arm, "Reach," presentation on Commission hearings, procedure and possible recommendations.  This Justice Studies 50th Anniversary Academic Event is a presentation that considers the impacts of poverty.
FMI: Mary Louis Davitt  (207)262-7974

Nursing Program Alumni Evencalendar plus en

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  calendar plus en

March 19, 2015
5:30 - 7:30pm
Richmond Gallery at Handley Hall
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.
FMI: Rosie Curtis




UMA Annual Leadership Conference calendar plus en

April 11th
Registration: 8:30AM
Event: 9:00AM-3:00PM
Spectacular Events Center, Bangor, ME
50 Years of Innovative Leadership. Featuring Guest Speaker, Dr. Sherene McHenry Presenting on topics including: Resolving Conflicts in Under 11 Minutes, Commanding a Room, & Building a Life You Love. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Free to UMA Students — Guests/Visitors $20
Contact: Rose Pelletier, Coordinator of Student Life ( or (207) 621-3442

Children’s Dental Health Fair calendar plus en

April 28, 2015 from 3:30pm - 5:30pm
UMA Bangor Dental Hygiene Clinic
To celebrate 50 years for the University of Maine at Augusta & 45 Years for the Dental Health Programs
Entertainment, Games, Characters, Face Painting, & Healthy Snacks
For more information please call:  262-7870



May 9th, 2015
Augusta Civic Center



4th of July float (Augusta and Old Hallowell Day)*



Mile of Art*




Augusta Campus Green
Septmeber 18, 2015


Past Events

Augusta Campus Green
September 19th, 3pm

Business to Business Expo
October 8 at the Augusta Civic Center

Handley Hall Dedication Ceremony
Monday, 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:

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:

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

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: 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:

Project Login Community Event 
November 20, 2014
Computer Information Systems Academic Event following the Project Login Internship Event. Refreshments will be served.

50 Years 50 Portraits Gallery Show 
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
Danforth Gallery

50th Anniversary Jazz Trio and Buffet
A Bangor campus 50th Anniversary celebration will be held on Thursday, February 12 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm in Eastport 124. Photography will be on display along with oral presentations by senior faculty, a jazz trio will perform and there will be a light buffet available. The whole campus community is invited along with alumni, community members, friends and UMA supporters. FMI: Pam Proulx-Curry  (207)262-7703


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Returning Student Scholarships

One of the many challenges adults face as they return to college is financing their education. The University of Maine System now has an Adult Degree Completion Scholarship Fund to help Maine people complete their academic studies—which may have begun years ago, but were not completed for some reason.

These scholarships, which can be as much as $4,000 per year, are for adult students returning to our System after an absence of three years or more, and who are completing their very first baccalaureate degree.

This scholarship will be a continuing scholarship that recipients—including working adults—will be able to receive for up to four years.

The online scholarship application can be found here.

At UMA, you can easily cash in your credits from other colleges and graduate quicker.

Your credit is good here.

At UMA, we will honor all  your prior credits from courses you took at other colleges, as long as you earned a “C” or higher in the class and the school you attended was regionally accredited.

Plus, UMA also awards credits for military service, as well as for skills and work experience you have that may be equivalent to college-level courses.

You choose when and where to take your courses.

UMA has campuses in Augusta and Bangor and at eight centers around the state. Plus, most of our programs offer online options as well.

While you can use your prior credits towards any of UMA’s outstanding degree programs, you might want to especially check out our Liberal Studies and Applied Science programs. Both these programs are designed to help people finish their degree as quickly and as inexpensively as possible.

And you’ll pay less.

With a low public tuition rate for Maine residents, great financial aid packages for both full-time and part-time students, and new scholarships for adults returning to college, you’ll pay much less to finish your degree than at other schools.

UMA is the most affordable university around, and your degree will pay off in your future with better jobs and higher pay.

At UMA, you will pay less and graduate faster.