We had a fabulous time bringing students, donors, pulp and paper industry leaders, employers and UMaine faculty and Foundation staff together again for this annual event—live and in person this year.

The event kicked off April 5 with our Annual Board Meeting and tours of the UMaine Advanced Structures and Composite Center as well as the UMaine Process Development Center and ended with a night of networking.

Wednesday, we hosted our traditional breakfast panel followed by guest speakers, student and industry panel discussions, and luncheon. The event concluded with a social hour and banquet dinner including a keynote address by Heather Dubois, VP and General Manager, Nalco Water, An Ecolab Company.

Just look at all the smiling faces! How many people do you recognize?

Keith Meyer, 2022 Honor Award Recipient, poses with his family. From left to right: sons Brandon & Todd, Keith, wife Betsy, and daughter Amanda.

Katie Holmes (MEE 2024) networks with Dale Wibberly (right), Human Resources Manager at Sappi North America.

Public Relations Committee Chair and former UMPPF Scholarship recipient Eliza Hosford (CHE 2020) gives the Public Relations Committee report during the annual meeting.

Chelsea Pelletier (CHE 2022) and Rose Hickey (CHE 2022) with Beth Cormier, Chair of the UMPPF Executive Committee and Vice President, Research & Development for Sappi North America, during social hour.

Dr. Mehdi Tajvidi, Associate Professor, School of Forest Resources, shares a presentation titled Biobased Composites for Packaging Solutions.

Participants in our Student Breakfast Panel pose together following their discussion, “How Students Have Adapted During Covid.” The panel was moderated by Monique Claverie Quality Manager, St. Croix Tissue. From left to right: Senior Morgan Webster (MET), Sophomore Evan Desmond (COE), Junior Andrew Kiley (CHE), Senior Liz Goulette (CHE) and Senior McKenna Baker (CHE).


A special thank you to all attendees, panelists, speakers, and presenters! Paper Days 2022 was a success.