She needed no lessons from me

Dear Anny and family, This tribute must first begin with stunned sorrow upon learning of your mother’s passing. It must also carry with it our shame in being unaware of her illness, though only living a field and a short paddle down the river apart from her. It can be said that we were the…

One professor, mentor, and friend

From Christine Poitras: ‘People often walk in and out of your life, but only a few leave footprints on your heart.’ That surely personifies the case with one professor, mentor, and friend I had at the University of Maine at Augusta; Jill Rubinson was instrumental in guiding me through the several years I attended the university,…

I kept every paper I wrote

From Daryl Ortiz-Mashke: I am so sorry for your loss…our loss. I enrolled at UMA as a Nursing Student after a successful military career in 2002.  I took a required English class and after I submitted my first paper, Jill said to me: “You don’t belong in Nursing.  You have to change your major to English.” …

Listened so intently

From Professor James Cook (sociologist!): I remember Jill Rubinson best from a day when I was having particular trouble as a young faculty member at UMA. I was feeling troubled and misunderstood about an issue at work. Jill welcomed me into her office and listened so intently; I knew this not just because of her…

Kind words and curious questions (a reoccurring theme)

From Becky Wyke: I will always remember her as a warm and lovely person that it just felt good to be around. I first met Jill years ago when former UMA president Allyson Handley started up a book club.  I was with the System Office then, but thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the wonderful group…

Your mom

From Monique Fiola: When Lauren chose you, Anny, as her best friend I was given the privilege of sharing with Jill all the joys and worries of raising our teenage girls.  I couldn’t have asked for a more patient and wise mom to share it all with.  There were birthdays, proms, high school events and…

Ode to Jill

By the UMA English Department (May 2015) These words we share on Jill’s retirement for dedicated years that she has spent Accumulating devotees – Jillettes will surely miss her, as will her peers: our regrets to lose her wit, her charm, her attention to detail, her crossed ts, dotted is — all without fail, her…