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The Black Bear Award for Extraordinary Impact is given annually to an individual or group at the University of Maine who exceeds expectations, contributes positively to the University community and makes an extraordinary impact through their efforts. The spirit of the award is to acknowledge outstanding contributions by those who continuously go above and beyond, and exemplify dedication to making a real difference. UMaine faculty and staff (full-time and part-time) are eligible for this award.

The Black Bear Award for Extraordinary Impact acknowledges and celebrates that our university community members have diverse roles across all vectors that contribute to the fabric of our institution, the quality of student, employee, and external stakeholder experience. Extraordinary Impact is broadly defined. However, this definition is meant to include contributions that advance the effectiveness of or contributes to the impact and mission of the University even if it does not require the discipline-specific expertise of the nominee.


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