Abby Graduates!

Abby Graduates!

About four years ago, a new UMaine student shared her store with members of UMaine’s Charles F. Allen Legacy Society at their luncheon. She talked about the challenges she faces as a nontraditional student and her gratitude for the support she received from the Senior Alumni Scholarship which was helping her to attend UMaine.

Flash forward to 2019 when this same student, Abigail Weigang, is about to graduate with a B.S. in bioengineering.

“I am grateful for the many opportunities I have been afforded as a student at the University of Maine. I have conducted undergraduate research in the field of biomedical engineering for the past three years and have competed on the Track and Field team as a proud Black Bear athlete since I was a freshman. Following graduation, I will begin my career as an engineer in the biotechnology industry. These opportunities and the ones that lie ahead of me would not have manifested without the scholarship support I received, which allowed me to attend the University of Maine! I would like to thank each and every one of you who give generously to help students like myself. I will be thinking of you as I accept my diploma in May.”

–Abigail Weigang ’19

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Beneficiary Designation Giving

Beneficiary Designation Giving

Last year the University of Maine lost one of its oldest and most beloved alumni, Eleanor M. Webb. Miss Webb was a staple at many alumni events, delighting all who met her with her charm, humor, and wonderful memories of her time at the University. The University of Maine Foundation had the pleasure of assisting Miss Webb with her beneficiary designation gifts. The Eleanor M. Webb Fund at the University of Maine Foundation was a named beneficiary of her IRA, Certificate of Deposit (CD), and Charitable Remainder Trust.

Miss Webb, who grew up in South Portland and graduated from South Portland High School in 1943, earned her undergraduate degree in zoology from the University of Maine in 1947. Nearly 25 years later, she went back to the University and earned her Master of Education. She had a distinguished career in the health field, retiring from Kennebec Valley Medical Center in 1992, where she was Chief Technologist and Educational Coordinator. She was also instrumental in establishing the Med Lab Science Associate degree program at the University of Maine at Augusta and served as its program director, as well as a professor, from 1973 to 1992.

The funds from Miss Webb’s estate went to the Eleanor M. Webb Fund, which Miss Webb established in 2007 to support non-traditional students at the University of Maine. As someone who was considered a non-traditional student for her graduate studies, Miss Webb understood the unique challenges facing such students and wished to help them achieve their dreams, no matter their age.

If you would like assistance with your beneficiary designation gifts or have other questions about how you can make the University of Maine part of your own legacy, please contact the University of Maine Foundation.

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Gift Annuities and Land Gift Create a Legacy

Gift Annuities and Land Gift Create a Legacy

John and Pauline Turcotte Applin are both graduates of the University of Maine. Pauline received her undergraduate degree from the College of Education in 1964 and her Master of Education in 1968. John received his undergraduate degree from the College of Education in 1965 and his Master of Education in 1970.

Pauline and John were both math teachers at Telstar High School in MSAD 44 in Oxford County. In addition, John coached x-country running and outdoor track for over 35 years, including many state championship teams.

Pauline and John have established two gift annuities, the first in 2007 and the second in 2018. The residuum of the gift annuities will go to the John R. and Pauline T. Applin Fund. This was established to provide financial assistance for Maine residents attending the University of Maine and majoring in math.

In addition to the gift annuities the Applins donated a 75-acre woodlot that surrounded their home in Bethel an dMason Township. The woodlot was very well managed and is a wonderful gift to the Green Endowment at the University of Maine Foundation.

The Applins are a very generous couple and their support of the University is appreciated.

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Pfeiffer Foundation makes $1.5 million gift to new UMaine engineering building

Pfeiffer Foundation makes $1.5 million gift to new UMaine engineering building

A $1.5 million gift has been received from the Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation to help construct the University of Maine Engineering Education and Design Center (EEDC), according to University of Maine Foundation President/CEO Jeffery Mills.

The gift brings the total amount raised in support of the new facility to $66 million.

“We appreciate the leadership and vision of the Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation, and its generosity,” says Joan Ferrini-Mundy, president of the University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias. “The Engineering Education and Design Center will transform engineering education at the university and in the state, fostering a collaborative community of learners — students, faculty, alumni, employers, and academic, research and industry partners.”

EEDC will house the Biomedical Engineering Program and Department of Mechanical Engineering, and provide space for all UMaine engineering majors to complete their capstone projects. This gift will name a space within the center.

Groundbreaking for the center is planned in early 2020, with anticipated completion in 2022.

“The Pfeiffer Research Foundation’s investment will provide world-class laboratories to support the pioneering research my colleagues and I do at the University of Maine,” says Karissa Tilbury, UMaine assistant professor of biomedical engineering. “The opening of EEDC in fall 2022 will serve as a beacon for biomedical engineering education and innovations in the state of Maine and beyond.”

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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.”

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Over $133,000 raised in tribute to President Susan J. Hunter

Three people smiling, woman holding award, Board Chair Kurt Marston, UMaine President Susan Hunter, Foundation President/CEO Jeff Mills

University of Maine Foundation Board Chair Kurt R. Marston ’74, ’79G, UMaine President Susan J. Hunter ’50H and UMaine Foundation President/CEO Jeffery N. Mills ’82 at Dr. Hunter’s recent tribute dinner.

During a recent tribute dinner for University of Maine President Susan J. Hunter, University of Maine Foundation Board Chair Kurt R. Marston joined Foundation President/CEO Jeffery N. Mills in presenting Dr. Hunter a certificate acknowledging over $133,000 raised in her honor. As a tribute to her leadership and as an integral part of UMaine’s Vision for Tomorrow comprehensive campaign, donors, alumni, faculty, staff, friends and family donated in her honor as Dr. Hunter had declined a traditional retirement party. Instead, she agreed to a fundraising effort to support the top priorities of UMaine’s $200 million Vision for Tomorrow comprehensive campaign — scholarships and the Engineering Education and Design Center.

Mills began the fundraising effort by naming two new Foundation funds in her honor: the President Susan J. Hunter Maine Top Scholars Scholarship and the President Susan J. Hunter Engineering and Education Design Center Fund. The scholarship is an endowed scholarship that will provide annual support to UMaine students from Maine who excel academically. The second fund will provide a naming gift for a space in the new engineering facility. Donors were happy to support both the campaign and President Hunter’s legacy, said Mills.

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