Longtime UMaine Employee Gives Back

 L-R: Tony and Sue Randall receive their Stillwater Society giving society recognition from UMaine Director of Athletics Ken Ralph.

Long-time friends of UMaine athletics, Susan G. Randall ’89 and Tony Randall, have established the first-ever endowment for UMaine’s field hockey team, benefitting one of the University’s most successful athletic programs for years to come.
 
After working in UMaine’s central administration for 25 years, Sue Randall made the jump to work in the athletic department as an athletic business manager in 1995. Despite thinking she would only be working in athletics for a couple of years, she grew to love working in finance for the department.
 
“When I came down to athletics, I didn’t think I would be staying,” said Sue Randall. “I thought maybe a couple of years. I really loved what I was I doing. I wanted to get more involved with the sports programs. That was an important piece for me.”
 
Sue would be promoted to the role of Assistant Athletic Director for Business, serving in that position until her retirement in 2015. When field hockey head coach Josette Babineau was hired in 2007, Randall was an athletic administrator for field hockey. Working in finance for the athletic department for 20 years, while having a strong relationship with the field hockey program, showed Sue and Tony the need to create an endowment.
 
“We are grateful to Sue and Tony for their generous support of our field hockey program,” said Senior Associate Athletic Director for Development Seth Woodcock. “It is especially humbling to see a gift come from a long-time athletic department employee, who has a firm understanding of the importance of endowment building for our programs.
 
“The Randall’s are true and loyal fans,” Woodcock continued. “It is common to see them at games cheering on our Black Bears. The creation of their endowed fund in support of field hockey is forward thinking, as it is a meaningful gift that will impact one of our most successful programs immediately and well into the future.”
 
The endowment will help the program with operations costs, and donations to the fund will benefit the program for the long-term. Babineau and her lone assistant, associate head coach Michelle Simpson often have to hold clinics and camps on nights and weekends to help offset program costs.

“Our program is so fortunate to have great friends like Sue and Tony,” said Babineau. “They have formed great relationships with our players and their families. Sue and Tony understand the work that goes into creating a great team culture and a competitive program. Their friendship and support enhance our players’ experience in our program. This incredibly generous gift will continue to benefit our program for years to come. Thank you very much to Sue and Tony for their commitment to field hockey and women’s athletics.”
 
The endowed fund will grow with the help of donations. The field hockey team had a very successful season in 2018, finishing with a 16-5 overall record, advancing to the America East Championship game for the second time in the last four seasons. The high-octane Maine offense ranked fifth in the nation in goals per game (3.57 goals per game) and 13th in the country in goals allowed per game (1.38 GAA). Maine was nationally ranked the entire campaign, finishing at No. 19 in the final Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll of the season. 2018 marked the fifth time in the last eight seasons that the Black Bears ended the season nationally ranked.
 
“This is a way to really invest in the future success of field hockey,” continued Randall. “Working with the foundation, the endowment will go a long way with the help of the operations cost with the program. Every little bit counts and will add up.”
 

 

Alumna Provides Emergency Funds and Angels

Photo of Angels Bernadine “Bert” Dickison Robertson ’67 is always thinking about the current students at her alma mater. Recently, she asked the UMaine Foundation staff how she could help students who may have been impacted by the government shutdown and brutal weather. Inquiries to Student Financial Aid and Student Life staff confirmed an increased demand by students for food from the Bodwell Center’s food pantry, as well as for fuel and fire assistance, emergency travel funds and money to buy books. Bert immediately made an expendable gift online to provide some instant relief to UMaine students who are struggling this winter. Along with her recent “angelic” act, Bert makes angels for those who need encouragement. She provides an ongoing supply of angels to Foundation staff to distribute on campus. The angels come in all nationalities and a rainbow of colors. Bert says, she hopes students will feel accepted, and realize that alumni care and support their success. Bert and her husband, Jeff, are members of the Rochester, NY alumni chapter, and winter in Florida.

Coach/Teammates Influence Giving

Coach/Teammates Influence Giving

Dick and Maureen Todd

In his University of Maine football career, Walter Abbott led his UMaine Black Bear team to greatness on and off the field.

For Dick Todd ’72, “[Walt] had a tremendous positive influence on my development as a young man. It was time to do something that would help other future students and also to recognize Walt” Dick and his wife, Maureen, now live in Maineville, Ohio, but Dick remembers growing up in the University of Maine culture. “My dad grew up in Freedom, Maine, and my grandmother was always taking art classes in the summer,” said Dick. His family’s influence led him to attend the University of Maine in 1968.

Maureen and Dick lived in Hancock and Gannet Halls, respectively, for their first years. Dick became a walk-on UMaine football player and Maureen matriculated in the speech pathology program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dick was number 73 on the football team, and looked forward to his training camp every summer, “Walt seemed to greet me each year at preseason camp with a new challenge. He knew my skill set and it didn’t include any position where I had to handle the ball. I was destined for the line,” said Dick. Aher just one year of high school football, Dick’s passion for the sport was drawn out by Walt Abbott, as well as his teammates.

When it came time to decide how Dick and Maureen would give back to their alma mater, Dick was again influenced by his coach and teammates: “I met with two of my former teammates who were active donors. We were all at Maine when the Athletic Department was recognizing Walt for his 50 years of service. Gene Benner (’70) and Rod Sparrow (’71) had been generous contributors and offered me some excellent perspectives,” Dick said.

In addition to their generous giving and alumni status, Maureen and Dick are also a Bear Pair; a couple who met at UMaine, and who have stayed together ever since r Dick recounts the day he met Maureen: “Maureen and I met when Walt asked several seniors to take some prospective players to a basketball game. She was sitting in the bleachers next to a mutual friend. We have been happily married for 42 years and are blessed with two children and six grandchildren.”

Donor Inspiration – Jane ’77 & Kelly ’76 Littlefield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donor Inspiration – Jane ’77 & Kelly ’76 Littlefield

Jane ’77 and Kelly ’76 Littlefield have given year over year to the University of Maine in a very unique way. Their donations are prominently displayed throughout the University of Maine campus–landmarks across the landscape. Through sculpture, the Littlefields give creatively and generously to their university. In 2014, Jane and Kelly’s initial contributions of sculpture were four works in honor of the late Nat Diamond ’63, Jane’s father. These pieces can be seen in the gardens at Buchanan Alumni House in Orono.

At their Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor, Maine, Kelly and Jane diligently curate and display collections of art by Maine artists. Through their many connections in the art world, the Littlefields have created fresh relationships between artists and UMaine. In addition to their donations of art to the university, in 2015 Jane and Kelly created the Littlefield Gallery Sculptor-in-Residence program, which helps fund visiting sculptors to lecture and teach at the University of Maine.

Hugh Lassen was the most recent sculptor to visit the UMaine campus through this program. He brought with him his completed work, Rhino, which was carved from granite found in the Lassen’s blueberry field. Rhino was finished at UMaine so students could watch Hugh’s process.

“What we hope to do is bring sculpture to the campus, to encourage support for it here. We are unabashedly going out to encourage people to embrace the idea. We think UMaine is extremely well placed for sculpture and, in particular, stone sculpture. In doing so, it promotes the campus itself,” said Kelly.

“We want people to engage enthusiastically in the conversation in hopes that maybe the so called third phase – the creation of a new sculpture building near the Collins Center for the Arts – would be possible. Keeping the energy in the conversation, keeping it in the forefront of people’s minds, is what we have been attempting to do for years and we will continue to do that.”

In 2016, Jane and Kelly’s generous annual donation earned them membership in the Stillwater Society. For years to come, their contributions will grace the UMaine campus and lives of students, faculty, staff and visitors to UMaine.

Gold Coins = Gifts

Gold Coins = Gifts

Photo of gold coins

If you were a young adult in the early 1970’s, you may remember those years as a challenging time.  Among other things, inflation shot past 10% with no apparent end in sight. You were losing money by keeping it in a bank with an interest rate that lagged behind inflation. No investment seemed to be safe.

It was in those years that one-ounce gold investment coins first appeared. Initially it was the South African Krugerrand, followed by the Canadian Maple Leaf. The wisdom of the time was that gold was the best hedge against inflation, and sales of those gold coins were brisk.

Many people still have those coins today, stashed and forgotten in a safe deposit box or in the back of drawer. What’s a good thing to do with them?

With the price of gold today over $1,000 an ounce, it might be tempting to sell them to a local coin broker. Given how much those coins have appreciated over the past 40 years, however, a large portion of the increase will go to the capital gains tax on the sale. And the problem may be compounded if you didn’t keep an accurate record of when you bought the coin(s) and how much you paid for them.

One of our donors solved these problems by donating their coins to the University of Maine Foundation. We sold the coins to a local dealer and provided the donor with a gift receipt good for a charitable deduction on their income taxes. Everyone wins!

President’s Club membership could easily be attained with a single ounce of gold.

If you have any gold coins and are interested in the details of how the process works, just contact us and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Gift Annuities Ensure Support

Gift Annuities Ensure Support

Larry Wade graduated from Maine Maritime Academy after coming to Maine from his home state of Massachusetts. He and his wife Deanna joined Kiwanis Club Orono-Old Town after moving to the area in the early ’90s, and met Dr. Winston Pullen, professor emeritus and former dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture. This was the catalyst for a new chapter in Larry and Deanna’s life at the University of Maine. Dr. Pullen invited Larry to join the board of the Page Farm & Home Museum, and a long-term interest in the museum began.
Since that time, Larry and Deanna have made great efforts to ensure their strong and continuous support of the Page Museum. In 2013, upon planning for retirement, Larry and Deanna were informed about an opportunity in planned giving, and created a series of gift annuities at the Foundation. “Don’t be afraid to seek financial planning help,” said Larry, “I would recommend the resources available at the University of Maine Foundation. There are plans to fit everyone.” Now, five years later, Larry and Deanna have created a number of charitable gift annuities that will ultimately support the Page Museum. Because of these gifts, they are members of the Stillwater Society of the University of Maine.