Summer and Fall Happenings at the UMaine Hutchinson Center

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; 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: 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; 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

We continue to welcome back past conference participants and new clients for meetings and events as we 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, call 207.338.8000, visit or stop by. We’re located at 80 Belmont Ave. (Route 3) in Belfast.