Summer and Fall Happenings at the UMaine Hutchinson Center

by | Jul 26, 2022

Exterior photo of the Hutchinson Center in summertime

Belfast, Maine — The University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast has a diverse range of in-person and online opportunities this summer and fall, all open to the public.

Community Outreach

“Finding Our Voices,” an exhibit featuring Patrisha McLean’s photo portraits of 43 Maine survivors of domestic abuse, is on display through October in the center’s H. Allen and Sally Fernald Art Gallery. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday.

The show features framed color photographs by Patrisha McLean, a survivor of domestic abuse, and the founder and president of Finding Our Voices. Documentation of the abuse the women in the show experienced, including customized power and control wheels, is shown alongside their portraits. The exhibit is sponsored by Camden National Bank.

Through Oct. 1, 2022, the Hutchinson Center is the temporary home of the Waldo County Cooperative Extension office. Contact information remains the same: 207.342.5971 or 800.287.1426; fax: 207.342.4229; [email protected]. Waldo County Extension hours are 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday.

Senior College will be returning to the Hutchinson Center in the fall with in-person courses on Thursdays. For more information on Senior College’s offerings, visit

Professional Development

In-person professional development programs also will be returning to the Hutchinson Center this fall, alongside ongoing online programming. In September, Peggy Smith will be teaching the popular online program, “Helping to Calm Strong Emotions with Resonant Language.” Tom Dowd will be teaching several programs, including his in-person offerings on career transformation and public speaking, and online offerings on time management and virtual presentations. Terry Porter, associate professor emerita from the Maine Business School, is offering two in-person programs on critical thinking and business sustainability strategies. More information about all upcoming professional development opportunities through the UMaine Hutchinson Center is available here. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for all programs; learn more here.


A variety of academic programs are available through the Hutchinson Center, including Early College and adult degree completion. Scholarships are available.

UMaine’s Early College Program allows students to take college courses while they are still in high school. Maine public high school students can take up to 12 credit hours per year, tuition-free. Fall registration is open now. More information is available at

UMaine’s Bachelor of University Studies program is designed to help people who have existing college credit finish their degrees. The program is designed to be flexible and easily integrated, offering part-time study both on campus and fully online. Advisor Tiffany Peterson can help interested students find out if the program is right for them. Contact 207.581.5858; [email protected] or schedule a meeting.

Students from Knox or Waldo Counties who are enrolled in UMaine classes are eligible for Hutchinson Center scholarships. These scholarships are available to UMaine students taking UMaine courses at the Hutchinson Center, as well as midcoast students taking UMaine or UMaine at Machias courses online. Scholarship applications are considered on a rolling basis, with a priority deadline of Aug. 15, 2022. More information is available online.

Conference Services

The Hutchinson Center continues to welcome back past conference participants and new clients for meetings and events as they carefully facilitate and navigate the need for in-person events and learning opportunities. Those interested in holding events at the Hutchinson Center are encouraged to schedule a tour or request a quote:; 207.3388.8000.

For information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact [email protected] or visit

About the Hutchinson Center:

The Hutchinson Center is an outreach center for the University of Maine in Orono that serves as an educational and cultural center for the midcoast area. It is named for University of Maine President Emeritus Frederick E. Hutchinson. The mission of the Hutchinson Center is to broaden access to University of Maine academic and non-degree programs and services, lifelong learning opportunities, and professional and career development experiences using innovative approaches that increase synergy among University of Maine System entities, University of Maine departments and divisions, and that engage a wider Maine community.  For more information about the UMaine Hutchinson Center, visit

About the University of Maine:
The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s land grant, sea grant and space grant university, with a regional campus at the University of Maine at Machias. UMaine is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation. UMaine Machias is located in the homeland of the Passamaquoddy Nation. As Maine’s flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is the state’s only public research university and among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast. It attracts students from all 50 states and 81 countries. UMaine currently enrolls 11,989 undergraduate and graduate students, and UMaine Machias enrolls 747 undergraduates. Our students have opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn master’s, doctoral or professional science master’s degrees, as well as graduate certificates. UMaine Machias offers 18 degree programs. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide to conserve energy, recycle and adhere to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine and UMaine Machias, visit and