150th homecoming

To the Editor:

As a proud alumnus, I have served this year as a co-chair of the 150th Celebration Committee at the University of Maine. The original land grant institution was established as the College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts in 1865 as a result of the enactment of the Morrill Act by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862.

Throughout this 150th year, numerous events have celebrated the legacy – the difference – that the University of Maine faculty, students, alumni and staff have made in the state and beyond. And now, the biggest anniversary event yet is coming up.

Oct.16-18 is Homecoming Weekend at UMaine, highlighted by alumni reunions and Division I football against Yale. It’s also Family and Friends Weekend, featuring a lobster bake. And in honor of UMaine’s 150th, we’re holding Open University Day.

On Saturday, Oct. 17, nearly 30 of UMaine’s state-of-the-art research, teaching, athletics and cultural facilities will feature free public tours, demonstrations, performances and presentations, led by our top students and world-class faculty.

If it’s been a while since you’ve visited Maine’s land grant institution or have yet to explore the state’s flagship university, I invite you to join us Oct. 17. And even if you are already familiar with a particular UMaine program, academic area or facility, I encourage you to explore the vast scale, scope and depth of the excellence that is UMaine.

As an open house for the citizens of the state of Maine at their land grant university, it will be a homecoming like no other. I look forward to greeting you on campus.

Charles V. Stanhope

Southwest Harbor

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