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UMaine at 150

Photo of President HunterIn 2015, the University of Maine will celebrate its 150th anniversary as the state’s land grant university. We will spend the year reflecting on our past and understanding how that legacy will inform our future.

For 150 years, UMaine has had a leadership role. As Maine’s land and sea grant institution, the university has, by definition, a statewide mission of teaching, research and public service. Because Maine’s potential is our purpose, we educate the leaders of tomorrow, help drive the state’s economic development, conduct internationally recognized research, and provide outreach in every county in Maine.

Fulfillment of our mission is found at UMaine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole, which is preparing to celebrate 50 years of cutting-edge research in the Gulf of Maine and worldwide. Earlier this year at the other end of the state, UMaine’s Aroostook Farm in Presque Isle observed its 100th anniversary as the research center for Maine’s potato industry.

And this year, University of Maine Cooperative Extension observed a century of extending knowledge developed at UMaine out to Maine citizens.

In meeting our statewide mission, UMaine promotes teaching that utilizes current practice that is grounded in how people best learn — a process that results in growth in both the student and the teacher. We perform research and scholarship that is critically evaluated within the disciplines. In many fields, it also attracts significant external funding, and national and international recognition.

We also conduct outreach that is connected to and supportive of the people and enterprises of Maine. In doing all this, we insert students in real-world enterprises to inform their academic work and provide incredible growth opportunities. I believe in many cases, it is in these engagement opportunities that passion is discovered.

Just as it did at its founding 150 years ago and every year since, the university contributes to the future of the state. In this issue of UMaine Today, we share some of the many stories of the people and programs that fulfill that mission — and the difference it makes.

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Susan J. Hunter

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