Before fourth-year Engineering Physics majors can graduate from the University of Maine, they must first complete a senior capstone project. These capstone projects require hours of lab work and dedication to create a project that will be on-par with engineering foreground, and due to a generous gift from a UMaine donor, now there is a space in which to complete this task.
A donation from Jay Spenciner, a member of the University of Maine Class of 1966, served as the catalyst for the new dedicated space. Jay knew he wanted to make a gift that would make a difference at the University, and when he took a tour of Bennett Hall during his class’s 50th reunion in 2016, he was inspired. Jay’s gift, which covered the cost of all of the lab’s new equipment, along with funding from the University, has now created the Spenciner Family Undergraduate Workspace in room 215 in Bennett Hall.
Students now have 24/7 access to a 3D printer station, digital oscilloscopes, breadboards, DC power suppliers, two hand-held Fluke multimeters, a soldering station and many more integral accessories to capstone projects.
As a student, Jay studied Psychology, as did Jay’s late wife, Dr. Loraine (Jones) Spenciner, also a member of the Class of 1966. Jay and Loraine met in a UMaine classroom while they were taking Experimental Psychology and were married for 48 years, until her death in 2015. Loraine, who grew up in Farmington, spent her career at the University of Maine Farmington in early childhood education and special education. Jay came to UMaine after growing up in New York City and graduated from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences after having first enrolled in the engineering program. The Spenciners lived in Bridgton, Me. where Jay is still a volunteer fireman after 20 years.
Jay’s son David Spenciner attended with Jay to witness the naming of the lab and the unveiling of the plaque.