UMM Celebrates Homecoming & Family Weekend

Alumni, family, and friends return for annual events

MACHIAS, ME – September 26 & 27 marked the annual Homecoming and Family Weekend at the University of Maine at Machias. A strong showing of alumni, parents, students, faculty, and staff turned out for the weekend of events held each fall.Homecoming snow cones

Saturday’s activities kicked off with a book signing in the welcome tent featuring Randall Kindleberger, professor of history at UMM. Kindlberger’s recent book, The University of Maine at Machias, 1909—2009: A History, commemorates the one-hundred year history of the institution. She spent the morning talking with visitors about her work and was more than happy to sign copies.

Another highlight of Saturday was the presentation by President Cynthia Huggins and Bob Farris, director of physical plant, on the Greening of the O’Brien House project. President Huggins and Farris outlined the three-year initiative which will transform the historic President’s House into a showcase home for sustainability. The presentation also included demonstrations of various tools used to measure energy efficiency, many of which homeowners can use to assess the efficiency of their own homes. The Greening the O’Brien House project will begin this fall with the installation of an energy star metal roof and solar hot water system.

Homecoming soccer gameIn Clipper Athletics action, UMM’s soccer teams captured wins in front of the spirited Homecoming crowd. The women defeated Fisher College 8-1, while the men shutout the Falcons with a score of 4-0. UMM’s volleyball squad played host to a round robin event, with UMaine-Presque Isle, Husson College, and Thomas College traveling to the Reynolds Center. The Lady Clippers fought hard, but lost all three of their match-ups.

Canceled last year due to rain, the Canoe Joust was back in full swing with a large crowd of on-lookers. Individuals daring enough to go head-to-head while standing at the bow of a canoe found the pond water quite cold. Despite the chilly temperature, many took part in the jousting activities and came away victorious.

The campus Mall was the location of several activities and games for kids. An inflatable bounce house and obstacle course, dunk tank, kiddie train, snow cones, and popcorn machine were just some of the attractions that dotted the center of campus.

Homecoming wine and cheese receptionPresident Huggins hosted an alumni wine and cheese reception on Saturday afternoon in the O’Brien House. The casual get-together gave alums a chance to reflect on their time at UMM and hear about what’s new on campus.

Other events held throughout the day included an open house at the Reynolds Center with a free swim at the pool, a campus-wide picnic on the Mall, a Book Arts exhibit by professor Bernie Vinzani, Chemistry Magic performed by professors Shallee Page and William Otto, the Nathan Turk Memorial Alumni Basketball Games, a performance by hypnotist Paul Ramsey, and the Green and White Ball.

The alumni soccer games held on Sunday wrapped up the Homecoming festivities for 2009.

Dates and details for Homecoming and Family Weekend 2010 will be announced in the summer. We hope to see you there!

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