The Olive Tree
is the subject of our In Focus page. The magazine, published by
the Department of Public Affairs and Marketing, highlights creativity and
achievement at the University of Maine. The article is by Margaret Nagle, who
serves as editor for the publication.
UM Today is available on the web at: http://www.umainetoday.umaine.edu/
In the past year, Fogler Library and Special Collections have been the subjects of two feature stories in UMaine Today magazine, and for good reason. The library is at the heart of academics and research at the university. As the state’s largest library, it plays a critical leadership role in Maine. In addition, for a magazine that showcases creativity and achievement at the University of Maine, a resource like Fogler Library is indispensable.
UMaine Today, produced by the university’s Department of Public Affairs and Marketing, is published five times annually. It reaches a national and statewide audience of nearly 14,000 with news and information about Maine’s largest public university. Its circulation includes the offices of university presidents and national media, legislators and other policymakers, even the waiting rooms of doctors, hospitals and lawyers in the state.
The 24-page magazine is written and designed to appeal to a general readership. It speaks to people who may not know much about the University of Maine, but who can read the magazine and understand and appreciate its contributions. In the most recent issue, readers learned about genomics, detective novels, the evolution of the American legal system and the work of student engineers in the Virgin Islands. The topics are wide-ranging and multidisciplinary; the number of such stories endless.
The magazine’s readership extends beyond its printed editions. UMaine Today
published on the Web. In addition, readers and members of the university
community — like Fogler Library — reprint articles for educational and
promotional purposes. It is considered a “leave-behind” piece by the UMaine
administration, a tool to help in new faculty recruitment and a source of
educational information for schoolteachers in the classroom.
A team of veteran writers and designers produces UMaine Today, with the help of a staff photographer and freelance contributors, as part of its full slate of public affairs and marketing responsibilities. The core editorial staff includes UMaine science writer Nick Houtman and writer Christopher Smith. Three senior designers — Michael Mardosa, Carol Nichols and Valerie Williams — are responsible for the magazine’s dynamic graphic identity. Last fall, photographer William Drake from Rockland joined the staff.
Editor Margaret Nagle, who has overall responsibility for the magazine, is a New York native with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in education from the University of Maine. A former newspaper reporter, Nagle has been a member of the Public Affairs staff since 1985.
UMaine Today is underwritten by the University of Maine Foundation and the Office of the Vice President for Research.