University of Maine

The University of Maine and the Penobscot Nation have signed an agreement to help preserve the tribe's cultural heritage.

WABI-TV reports officials from the university and the tribe met Thursday afternoon at the Hudson Museum to sign a Memorandum of Understanding. Under the pact, tribal perspectives will be included in research projects. Officials will also add Penobscot signs on campus.

UMaine President Susan Hunter says the memorandum will evolve to include more people. Hunter is confident the agreement will benefit the entire state.

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Tuition and room and board at Maine's public universities could be going up by almost 3 percent next fall. That's according to proposed budget numbers reviewed by the University of Maine System's finance committee on Tuesday.

Under the new budget, in-state students would pay almost $18,000 in tuition, fees, room and board, about $500 more per student than last year. University spokesperson Dan Demeritt says the proposed increase is needed to maintain programs and keep up with inflation across the university system's seven campuses.

PORTLAND, Maine - University of Maine System trustees are moving closer to naming a president of its flagship university.
Trustees are expected to go into executive session Monday to hear Chancellor James Page's recommendation for the job. But there will be no announcement until a contract is signed.
System officials have been searching for a replacement for outgoing President Susan Hunter, the first woman to serve in the role. She's due to retire this summer.

ORONO, Maine - Four finalists for the position of the president of the University of Maine will visit the campus over the next two weeks.
The university says the finalists were selected from a pool of 67 applicants in a national search. They will visit UMaine between Tuesday and March 2.
One of the finalists is Amit Chakma, who is president and vice chancellor of the University of Western Ontario. Another is Joan Ferrini-Mundy, chief operating officer of the National Science Foundation.

An audit committee for the University of Maine's Board of Trustees is strongly defending university leadership and the process it used to award negotiating rights for a big new energy contract. The committee acted after a newspaper report raised questions about the possible role of insider information in the award.

The University of Maine class that starts this fall will be the biggest in the Orono school’s history.

More than 2,500 new students have put down their deposits to start this year — that’s about 50 more than last year, when the entering class was also the largest ever.

That growth comes from increasing numbers of out-of-state and international students. UMaine Provost Jeff Hecker says it comes down in part to the school’s program that matches the tuition of several states’ flagship public universities, and in part to marketing.

ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine is welcoming the largest incoming class in its history this fall.

The Orono university's new class will have 2,300 students. The fall semester for the class of 2020 starts on Monday.

The university says the incoming class is 56 percent Maine residents and the rest are from elsewhere. The school says the number of in-state students is comparable to last year, and the number of out-of-state students has been growing.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Peace negotiator and former U.S. Senate leader George Mitchell and current Sen. Susan Collins are keynote speakers as the University of Maine System commencements.

PORTLAND, Maine - Officials at the University of Maine's flagship campus at Orono say its incoming class this September will be more than 20 percent bigger than last year's.

About 2,500 students paid their deposit fees by the May 1 deadline - that's up from about 2,000 students in 2015.

PORTLAND, Maine - A new University of Maine incentive for out-of-state students is helping to boost student applications so much that the school has started its first wait list in years.

UMaine is offering out-of-state students a special rate that matches the tuition they would pay at their home-state's flagship public school - UMass Amherst, for instance, in Massachusetts. Usually, out-of-state students pay tuition far higher than in-state rates.

ORONO, Maine - Susan Hunter will be staying on for another year as president of the University of Maine at Orono.

Hunter, a cell biologist, began her career in Orono as an adjunct professor in 1987 and is the first woman to lead the university system's flagship campus.

ORONO, Maine_ One in three  Americans over age 65 will suffer a potentially serious fall this year, with an average hospitalization cost of $30 thousand dollars. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, older men and women are at increased risk of death due to falls with each decade of life that passes.  But a new device under development in Maine hopes to alter those outcomes.

ORONO, Maine - A new report from the University of Maine highlights the effects of climate change being felt in Maine, such as intense precipitation events, warming temperatures in the atmosphere and ocean, and rising sea levels.  

ORONO, Maine - A data breach discovered Feb. 10 has exposed the sensitive information of nearly 1,000 current and past students at University of Maine.

"What we know is that a University of Maine laptop computer and media card, used by a faculty member, were stolen from a checked bag," says Margaret Nagle, public relations director for the University of Maine.

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ORONO, Maine - The University of Maine at Orono will cut $7 million from its budget in fiscal year 2016.  Administrators made the announcement at a morning meeting on campus, where they asked faculty and staff in different departments for feedback on where to come up with the cuts.