BANGOR, Maine — It’s a period of rebirth for the former University College of Bangor.
Just days after officially getting a new name — the school is now called the University of Maine at Augusta, Bangor Campus, or simply UMA Bangor — President Allyson Hughes Handley announced more changes Tuesday.
Augusta Hall, which has been shuttered for the last six years, is being torn down and replaced with much-needed open space on the campus.
“It seemed fitting that a building that really was not needed in terms of space should be demolished so we can make way for a seating and meeting area outside for students but also for members of the Greater Bangor community,” Handley said Tuesday at a press conference on campus. “The timing couldn’t be better.”
At a meeting last month, University of Maine System trustees voted on the name change, one of several in the four-decade history of the college off Maine Avenue on former Dow Air Force Base land.
The name change also brings with it a new logo and a refocused purpose for the commuter campus, which offers bachelor’s degree programs in addition to associate degrees, Handley said. The logo will begin appearing around campus sometime this summer.
“I couldn’t be happier with the new logo,” the president said. “The strong block UMA lettering suggests the solid and well-established institution we have become, while the triangle above signifies a house of learning.”
The Bangor facility opened in 1968 and has evolved considerably over the years. Prior to 1996, the school was affiliated with the University of Maine in Orono and offered solely associate degrees. Now it is affiliated with the University of Maine at Augusta and its 1,000 students account for about 20 percent of UMA’s student body.
Although the Bangor campus has many buildings and a lot of land, Handley said there hasn’t really been an outside area for gathering. Besides, she said, Augusta Hall has been an eyesore.
“This is a great chance to beautify our campus,” Handley said.