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University of Maine at Presque Isle

Volume 38 Issue 1

AUGUST 31, 2009

Journalism for Northern Maine

Visit us at utimes.umpi.edu


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The University Times Staff David Hamilton Editor

Staff Writers Stephanie Corriveau Sarah Graettinger Leah McEachern Natalie St. Pierre

Contributors Ingrid Allen Mary Kate Barbosa Erin Benson Heidi Blasjo Christine Corsello Gregory Curtis Kathy Davis Barbara DeVaney Denise Hamlin John Harrington Kathy Higgins Lorelei Locke Linda Mastro Marjorie McNamara Chris Smith Don Zillman ARAMARK Athletics Financial Services Information Services Residence Life Testing Services Upward Bound

Adviser Dr. J

The University Times, a nonprofit student publication, is printed at Northeast Publishing Company in Presque Isle, Maine. Articles and photographic ideas for submission may be left at the University Times office Normal Hall, Rm. 102 at UMPI, 181 Main St., Presque Isle, ME 04769. Advertising rates are available upon request. The newspaper takes no responsibility for unsolicited materials. All rights reserved.

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The beginning of any academic year can be tough. College can be intimidating, with new classes, professors and assignments. This is especially true for first year students, who must now adapt to a new environment. For all of us, however, there are new opportunities. In this Welcome issue of the University Times, staff writers and contributors have teamed up to provide the UMPI campus with information to make the academic year’s beginning smoother. If you’ve got a question about how to function at UMPI, chances are this issue has the answer – or can steer you in the right direction. You’ll find

everything from how to get career counseling to where to find lunch. Want tips on how to survive the shock of sharing a small space with a stranger – also known as a roommate? Looking for ideas for fun off campus? Keep reading! College is an amazing journey. Every journey starts with that first step into the unknown. That can seem pretty scary. But if we al take that first step together, as the UMPI community, we’ll be better for it. Take it easy, Dave Managing Editor

Dates for Submissions to the U Times

Monday, Sept. 7 Monday, Nov. 2 Monday, Sept. 28 Monday, Nov. 16 Monday, Oct. 19 Monday, Nov. 30

Any submissions recieved after a deadline will be published in the following issue. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Lowman at 768-9745


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University Times WELCOME August 31, 2009

From Don’s desk UMPI:Looking Ahead to Big - And Green - Events

Last May, the University of Maine at Presque Isle celebrated its 100th Graduation. We reflected on the extraordinary year that had just passed: recession/depression like no other in our lifetimes; the election of Barack Obama; continuing wars in the Middle East; statewide budget crises that had a substantial impact on public higher education. Developments on campus were also newsmaking. They included: the wind turbine; Project Compass; the Andy

Warhol exhibition; dedication of renovated Folsom Hall; the 1968 Retrospective; The New York Times and the UMPI baseball team. I would have thought it would be impossible to challenge that record of big events on campus. Now, as I review what lies ahead, I’m not so sure. Just as the wind turbine was up and generating electricity even in the slow wind months of summer, our request for solar energy photovoltaic cells received first U.S.

Congressional approval. A second retrospective program this fall will feature 1989—20 years ago. Our first art exhibition will feature the band Phish— beloved in Aroostook County for its monster open air concerts and selling out concert halls in its return to touring. Keep your eyes on the side of Pullen Hall! Those are only a start of the exciting things planned for 2009-10. I call special attention to our green campus initiatives. We don’t claim to be the greenest

The Admissions Office hopes you have a GREAT year. Stop by to say hello!

campus in the System or the State of Maine. So many schools are doing so many excellent things to reduce waste and improve carbon footprints! We certainly can stake out our claim, however. In addition to wind and solar use for electrical generation, our new heat pumps in renovated Folsom Hall have reduced our oil consumption by about 30,000 gallons last year. You do the math! Over the summer, we installed an automatic pool cover for the

Gentile Hall pool. That should save another $15,000 in energy costs. All of these activities will be parts of a new energy concentration that we are preparing for our academic programs. We have splendid collaboration among science, business, law and public policy to instruct our students in all aspects of the energy and environmental challenges we face in the 21st century. It’s good to be back!

Join WUPI on Thurs., Sept. 10 in Normal 102 at 12:30 p.m. -Pres. Don Zillman

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Welcome to another exciting year at UMPI – it promises to be a great one! This issue of the U Times is filled with updates and important information for all students: new or returning. Please read the information in this issue thoroughly, as it is intended to lighten the uneasiness of any new academic year by keeping you informed of important happenings here at the university. The faculty and staff are excited to begin a new year and are eager to assist you in any way they can. Our goal is simple – provide you with a wonderful university experience – in and out of the classroom. As we kick off a new academic year, I’d like to take this opportunity to share my vision for success in the year ahead. I thought I might suggest a theme to the year: “Building Bridges — Not Walls”

My vision for success is that we all strive to build bridges where we might otherwise build a wall or take the easy road and not work toward building anything at all. It strikes me that we could all use a little reminder, now and again, that human communication and connection are the keys to building these bridges. Communication is much more than simply a means of getting things done or expressing emotions or creativity. Our communication determines who we become as individuals. Obviously, communication is not necessarily the be-all and end-all of life, but it’s very important. It’s not just one of the trivial or mundane things we do – like combing our hair or brushing our teeth. The quality of our lives is directly related to the quality of our communication – because it leads to our connectivity to others. Through communication, there’s a basic movement toward relation not division, bridges not walls. We are, after all, relational beings. Think of it this way if you must: the fundamental force in the human world is centripetal, not centrifugal. Remember your physics: when you whirl a weight on a string, centrifugal force is what forces the weight out, away from the center, and centripetal force is what holds it in!

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University Times WELCOME August 31, 2009

Chris’ Corner

Welcome from the Dean of Students!

Simply put, if we keep talking to one another, we’ll move toward one another, not away. Sure, this sounds like sugar and spice, doesn’t it? I’m really not that naïve to think that if everybody just relaxes, holds hands, smiles and stares at the sunset, then all conflict will disappear and the world/university will be a happy place. Sometimes the fear that stops us from communicating is legitimate. But worst of all…our ignorance can be devastating. If I don’t know how to listen or how to tell you my feelings or how to clarify an abstract idea, that fact alone can inhibit our connection. So, how do we get there? Each of us has to be a participant. We have to be willing and able to share some of what makes us a person and to be aware of some of what makes the other a person. That willingness and ability can happen when we are all: a) committed to the basic communication process, b) willing and able to make ourselves and our ideas available to others, c) willing to listen to others and be empathetic and d) have some resources available to deal with conflict. This is my vision – we keep our lines of communication open, we take advantage of all those opportunities that present themselves and we move toward one another to create a powerful, connected UMPI! All of us must use every opportunity presented to us – and those we create ourselves – to share our thoughts, opinions, suggestions, critiques and even complaints. Through our efforts, commitment and partnerships, we will no doubt make the connections with each other that will make the experiences – for all of us – successful and enjoyable. I look forward to building bridges with you and I wish you much success in the year ahead! Have a Voice and Get Involved

Enhancing Communication and Participation in Decision Making As the Dean of Students, I continue to be very interested in creating opportunities to keep the lines of communication open

to and from students. I want to make certain, that you have a forum to become aware of upcoming projects and new initiatives, participate in decision making and voice your concerns. With this in mind, here are some things I’ll be doing to make myself available to listen to you. As always, I’m available for appointments throughout the week. I understand, however, that sometimes students have a “quick question” for me. So please know that you DO NOT need a scheduled appointment! Just stop by my office (100 South Hall) and pop in. If the door is open and I’m not in a meeting, you can see me! If you want to make certain I’m here and available, then I’d suggest scheduling an appointment by contacting my assistant, Marjorie McNamara at 768-9615. Another way to stay connected is by attending Coffee with the Dean and Town Meetings with the Dean. These events take place monthly and are open forums for students to discuss with the Dean areas of concern or to simply stop in and say hello. Please watch e-mail and the electronic bulletin boards for dates and times. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Whooo’s Hut in Folsom Hall….please join me! Dean’s Advisory Council

I’m also looking for approximately 25 students, from all class years and all degree programs, to serve as an ad hoc group. Last year the Dean’s Advisory Council proved extremely helpful in providing input into important campus decisions and providing feedback to the administration. This group meets periodically throughout the year and will continue to lend guidance and advice to the Dean of Students on upcoming issues and decisions affecting the student body. The commitment is limited: there will be no set meeting times (except for one initial meeting), but rather the council will meet periodically as issues arise and decisions approach. The more students involved, the better! To sign up, please contact me at christine.corsello@umpi.edu

Pride Committee

As Dean of Students, I remain committed to improving school spirit and pride on the UMPI campus. Teaming up the Dean of Students and members of the Student Affairs staff, the Pride Committee exists to explore ways to build a sense of pride within all UMPI students and increase students’ overall satisfaction with the UMPI experience. To keep the efforts going, we need more student representatives on the committee! The committee will meet on a regular basis throughout the school year, evaluating their success and planning events. Students interested in joining this committee are urged to contact Bonnie DeVaney, Chair of the Pride Committee, by calling 768-9750 or e-mail barbara.devaney@umpi.edu. Student of the Month Hand in hand with the Pride Committee, I’m excited to announce that we’ll continue our efforts to recognize the contributions made by students with the Student of the Month award. Each month of the school year, one student will be chosen to represent UMPI as the Student

of the Month. Nominations will be accepted from anyone at the university and are due the 20th of each month. Completed forms should be submitted to the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students, along with members of the Pride Committee, will review nomination forms and select a monthly recipient. The selected students will receive their awards at various events and will be announced in the U Times and other university publications. Nomination forms can be found on the Web and will be distributed the middle of each month over e-mail. Here are a few things we look for in a student of the month recipient: students who exhibit dedication to UMPI and its mission; who go out of their way to help other students; who contribute to school pride, unity and student life; who serve as positive role models for other students; who embrace diversity and are open to all students.

Christine L. Corsello Dean of Students 100 South Hall christine.corsello@umpi.edu 768-9615 or my assistant, Marjorie McNamara, at 768-9615 or e-mail marjorie.mcnamara@umpi.ed u.


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University Times WELCOME August 31, 2009

Emergency Notification System

A reminder: the University has an emergency notification system for all faculty, staff and students. Under this system, if there’s an emergency, you’ll be notified about the situation immediately – no matter where you are geographically – on your mobile phone, through email, and/or on your pager. Examples of emergency notifications may include university closings or changes in hours, weather emergencies, power failures, bomb threats, campus violence, etc. You Must Sign Up To Receive These Notifications. Simply go to our home page http://www.umpi.edu and click on the e2campus box at the bottom of the page. This takes you to the sign-up form, which takes less than a minute to complete. You will be asked to “agree to the terms.” Please note: There Is No Charge To Sign Up Or Use This Service. I encourage you to consult your cell phone and Inter net, (etc.) service provider(s), however, for any applicable charges. This service is convenient, easy to use, fast and accurate. After signing up to receive these messages, you’ll receive a confirmation text message or e-mail message. You’ll then need to validate your

Important Information

account. Once you receive the validation code (on your phone or via e-mail), you’ll need to log in once again, unless you’re still logged in. Once logged in, you should see a screen that has the following options: Dashboard, Services, Groups, and Account across the top. To change phone numbers/e-mail addresses or to validate your account, choose the Services option. Then enter the code into the field provided online to complete the validation. This is an important step in the process! It confirms that you are a live person, not a computer generating erroneous messages. Should you have any questions or concerns about our emergency alert system, please feel free to contact me.

Student Absences

As always, class attendance is expected of all students. We realize that life events happen, however, and sometimes you’re unable to attend class due to illness, medical emergencies, a death in the family or other life events. If you’ll be absent from class – for one day or multiple days – you should contact the Dean of Students, at 768-9615 or 768-9601, who will then assist you by notifying all of your professors. This streamlines the

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process for students by only requiring you to make one call!

Consideration Please

Please DO NOT use our campus sidewalks as roadways or block entrances to campus buildings with vehicles and/or equipment. These activities pose a hazard to our entire campus community, especially those individuals who may have mobility issues or have visual impairments. Not only is this an ADA issue, but also a simple matter of consideration for our students, staff and faculty. Many thanks in advance for your attention in this matter.

Emergencies

In the event of a medical emergency or life-threatening situation, please call 8-911 (from a campus phone). Please be certain to give the 911 operator specific instructions/infor mation on where you’re located. Also be sure to call the following individuals to notify them of the situation: Christine Corsello, Dean of Students (768-9601); Greg Daniels, Coordinator of Security and Safety (7689580); Linda Mastro, Director of Health Services (768-9586).

Welcome Back from The U Times and WUPI Staffs


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By Sarah Graettinger

All the Places You Can Go

STAFF WRITER

Welcome to the wonderful world of college and a new city. The city of Presque Isle is the home of UMPI and the students who live there. It’s a place where you can do an assortment of fun things. One of the great things to do is to go shopping. Presque Isle has a Wal-Mart and the Aroostook Centre Mall. The mall has stores where hanging out with friends is fun. They range from shoe stores to a music store. You’ll also find a great food court, with a Chinese restaurant and Ruby Tuesday’s. All you have to do to get there is take a left at UMPI and go about 4 miles on Main Street. Another fun place to go shopping is Marden’s – the bargain hunter’s paradise. You never know what you’re going to find. It’s fun to figure out what’s really there: everything from clothes and shoes to wallpaper. If you’re looking for shops a little closer to campus, downtown Presque Isle is the place to go. With shops such as: Merchants on the Corner, that has a wide variety of craft supplies and antique books; Country Collectibles, with its assortment of knick-knacks; Wilders Jewelry Store and Stu’s Downtown Sight and Sound. If you don’t have a car, all you have to do is call a taxi. There are many services available and not that expensive. Brownie’s Taxi and the Aroostook Cab Company are the ones that serve in and beyond Presque Isle. All you need to do is call. When you’re hungry, Presque Isle has a range of restaurants. There’re the usual fast food places, such as Burger King, Taco Bell, Arby’s and McDonald’s. And no matter when you get the munchies, the Tim Hortons drive-thru is always open. But if you’re looking for a good family meal, Governor’s Restaurant and Bakery is the place to go. It has a good bak-

ery section, and is only a few minutes walk from UMPI. All you have to do is take a left onto Main Street, and it’s right next to Rite Aid. If you’re not in the mood for American cuisine, however, there are many other choices. The Sandwich Shop and Big Cheese Pizza are almost on UMPI’s doorstep. A little further down Main Street, the Riverside Inn makes an amazing breakfast. Just a little past that is Café Sorpreso: an ever-changing menu and dishes served with fresh, locally grown produce make this one of the premier restaurants in Presque Isle. Across the street, you can find Northeastland Hotel’s restaurant, the Sidewalk Café, which makes some of the best onion rings around. Down the street a little further is the Mai Tai Restaurant and Lounge, which serves the best Chinese cuisine in generous portions.

Main Street, Presque Isle

If you’re up for a bit of walk, however, further into the more commercial side of town, you can find Rosella’s, on North Street, that serves unique pizza to its guests. Going further down Main Street, the Irish Setter Pub, which prides itself on its authentic pub-style servings and a new, expanded menu. And finally past the Pub, the Oriental Pearl offers a full buffet of Chinese and American eats, as well as a sushi bar. For the more adventurous, across the Aroostook River, on Parsons Street you can find two more eateries. Winnie’s Restaurant and Dairy Bar, across the street from Maine Potato Growers, serves up diner-style food in an atmosphere that has the flair of the ‘50s. And moving along Parsons Street, back towards downtown, Shirley

and Harold’s provides homestyle cooking and its own style of pizza. And last, but not to be discounted, is Gram Russo’s, which serves up many Italian dishes, along with its other offerings. If you’re looking for things to do in the winter, then you’ve come to the right area. Big Rock in Mars Hill is one popular place to go. It offers downhill and cross country skiing, as well as, snowshoeing and a snow-tube park. Thanks to OAPI and student government, you can look forward to bus transportation and great deals on admission and rentals during the coming season. Watch the U Times for more information. But the options for outdoor entertainment don’t end there. On Route 167, between Presque Isle and Fort Fairfield, you’ll find Quoggy Jo downhill ski area and the Nordic

Heritage Ski Center. Quoggy Jo’s a great place to get some practice in downhill skiing before you head up to Big Rock. And the Nordic Heritage Ski Center boasts world class facilities for cross country skiers and biathletes. If you’re looking for something a little slower paced, check out The Forum, which hosts an ice rink where you can have some fun with friends. If the weather is a little warmer, however, try Mantle Lake Park, Aroostook State Park and the bike path. They all have well-maintained trails and areas for recreation. This is just a fraction of some of the fun things Presque Isle has to offer. Talk to people on campus and in the community, as well as look in the U Times, for ideas. Be open to enjoying old things and trying new ones. You’ll be surprised at how much there is to do.


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Thereʼs no place like the Residence Halls University Times WELCOME August 31, 2009

By Natalie St. Pierre STAFF WRITER & RA

For almost everyone, leaving home for the first time serves up a series of emotions, a roller coaster ride of ups and downs ranging from worry to excitement. As you walk through the doors of your designated residence hall, it’s official: you’re on your own.

By Leah McEachern STAFF WRITER

It’s always hard to move to a new place, but it’s even more difficult to uproot yourself from one world that you’ve been immersed in for your entire life and be thrust into an alien environment without a life preserver. Or to put it into simpler terms: you’ve probably been living at home for at least 18 years. You’re probably used to getting up in the morning and going to your high school, hanging out with a close group of friends, taking your dog for a walk and living with no more than four or five other people in your home. Now, you still get up in the morning to go to class, but it’s much more difficult than what you expected. All of your friends have gone their separate ways to different schools, you’ve had to leave your pets behind and you’re sharing a bathroom with about 30 other people. Yikes! This could take some getting used to. Now that you’ve got all of your stuff unpacked out of your car and into your dorm, it’s time to start making the room look more like your own space and to personalize it.

There’s no need to panic, however. Lucky for you, being here at UMPI means you’ll never truly be alone. Our residence life staff members are here to ensure that your transistion from home life to dorm life goes as smoothly as possible. It’s our duty to help maintain a safe and secure learning environ-

ment, where all students can thrive in academics as well as their personal lives. Life in the dorms can sometimes be a huge adjustment, especially for those students who have never had to live with a roommate. All the RAs on campus are specially trained to serve as friendly and approachable listeners.

We know how cramped these rooms can get, and we can definitely relate to the day-today stresses as you juggle things such as science exams, soccer practice, work and relationships. As RAs, we pride ourselves on having an open door policy. It’s true that it’s up to us to enforce the rules within

Making the Dorms Home

One thing that a lot of people do is take a lot of photos from home and cut them up and make collages on Bristol board with them. If you’re into scrapbooking, you could decorate your poster with all sorts of fun little sponges or stamps. Some people in the past have even hung their photos from strings on a rod or coat hanger to make a mobile out of them. But there are plenty of things you could do to make your room homier, even if you’re not an artsy person. Simple things such as bringing your curtains from your bedroom at home, setting your old stuffed toy on the bedspread or putting a poster of your favorite band on the wall are all things you can do to settle in faster. The more similar your new space is to your room at home, the easier it’ll be to adapt to things beyond those familiar walls. Well, first things first— you have to get used to that creature living in the other corner of your new dorm room. No, not the giant spider (that is a spider, right)? Whether you like it or not, you’ve most likely got a roommate or two, now, and you’ve got to make the best

of it. It’s probably a good idea to set some time aside and get to know them a little. After all, you’re going to be sharing close quarters with them for the next nine months. Knowing little things such as what type of music they like, what their favorite television show is or whether or not they like sports would be useful little tidbits. Don’t expect to be best friends right away, though. If you are, good for you. But a lot of people could be put off by your overzealousness. Sure, you’re in a new place and you don’t know anybody and you need somebody that you can talk to. But you don’t have to rush into things and freak people out. So, it’s 6 a.m. and you’ve just woken up. You quietly leave your room, go into the hall and start making your way to the bathroom for your shower. You round the corner, and—oh my, didn’t need to see that first thing in the morning! (It wouldn’t kill them to pull up their pants a bit before leaving their room, would it?) When living in a dorm, you’re going to have a lot less privacy than what you’re used to, perhaps less sleep because of noisy

neighbors and chances are you’re going to see your fellow students looking like they’ve been tossed about in a giant hamster wheel on a regular basis. The best thing you can do is make the best of it. You could also try to set a good example by being a good neighbor yourself. Keep your music at an acceptable volume so people won’t have to ask you to turn it down, don’t be a shower hog and clean up after yourself. That way, people will be nicer to you and living with so many people in close proximity won’t be so bad. Perhaps the best thing that you can do to settle into your new lifestyle is to establish a routine. With everything changing, it’s nice to have some predictability in your life. Little things such as going for a walk around the same time every morning or kicking in your friend’s door every night for supper can do wonders for you. Also, although everybody is stressing the point of how good it is to get involved with a sport or club here at UMPI and you’ve probably heard it umpteen times by now and are sick of it… believe it or not, it’s one of the best things that you

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the halls, but we’re also here to have fun. We want our residents to know that we’re always available. We want you to feel free to come to us for anything. If you need a shoulder to cry on or just want to hang out, stop by or give us a call. Pulling an all nighter and need a pizza? We know who to call.

can do right now. You don’t get as homesick because you’re out keeping busy, you meet lots of people and make friends faster than you would if you just sat in your room watching videos, and as stated earlier, it establishes a familiar routine. You can see the meeting times and places for a lot of clubs on the televisions in the Campus Center and Folsom/Pullen Hall. Chances are that a lot of your professors are involved with extracurricular activities, so you could get useful information from them as well. Once you get settled and get used to the surprises you may find in the dorms, you’ll realize that UMPI is a great place to live. The people on campus and in the community are very friendly, hospitable, understanding and will always lend a hand to anybody who needs it. It won’t be long until you start to see the campus as a second home and might even start to miss it on your vacations. Moving is hard and adjusting is even harder, but the people here surely make the transition as painless as possible and should be commended for their kindness. Thank you, UMPI and Presque Isle!


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Looking Back on Freshman Year

By Stephaie Corriveau STAFF WRITER

Most people would probably agree that the University of Maine at Presque Isle has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. But on your first day, the campus seems overwhelming and intimidating. And to top off your anxiety about finding classes, you may have a funny sensation in the pit of your stomach that feels as if a bird is trying to escape. OK, so maybe the bird-inyour-stomach thing is a bit dramatic. But I bet you’re still at least a little nervous about your first day, right? I know that I was anxious about finding classes and the various places on campus I needed to visit to take care of last-minute business. It seemed like there were so many places to go, too. I had to buy books at the bookstore, go to Computer Services to get a computer password and have my laptop connected

Reflecting on First Day Fears

to the Internet, register my vehicle at Emerson Annex and visit the cafeteria to buy meal plans. It kind of reminded me of an obstacle course on which I had to complete various challenges along the way. Once I completed this “course,” so to speak, I was able to experience my first class. Ironically, it happened to be First Year Seminar. My class went quickly—we reviewed the syllabus and I got my first assignment: a short journal entry about my college goals and career plans. After running around campus and

having class, I was exhausted. It wasn’t that I did a lot of work. It was just that there had been a lot of things to digest in one day. I was left with the impression that UMPI was probably like any other typical university. But after a few weeks of adjusting to my surroundings, I realized that I was wrong. UMPI isn’t a typical campus. I soon learned that at UMPI, you’re a person, not a number, which is something that not many universities can say. I had visited other schools that I considered attending and I can honestly say that UMPI has given me the warmest

reception. The professors and even some of the staff members know you by name and are very helpful. I’ve been able to get one-on-one help from instructors when I needed it. The assistance I’ve been given is highly exceptional. Even after having a hectic and nerve-racking first day, I’d now readily agree that UMPI truly has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Since I have become familiar with the campus and some of the individuals on it, I feel that there’s no other University that I’d rather be attending. Everything just seemed worse to me on the first day. The important thing to remember is the reason why you chose UMPI in the first place. What drew you to the campus? What do you love about it? The first few weeks may be tough, but I know that you’ll soon discover more great things about UMPI as you progress. It really isn’t a typical campus.

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.... From Upward Bound

Welcome to all new and returning students from TRiO Upward Bound at UMPI. We know that many of you who come to UMPI are alumni from Upward Bound programs both here and at other campuses in Maine. Please stop by and say hello so that we’ll know who you are. We have some ideas about keeping in touch with you and maybe even enlisting your help, as mentors or tutors, with our current UB students. We also know that for new students, the first year can be really tough. Know that you can still count on your UB family to offer support and resources to help you through it. We are located at Suite 16 in Preble Hall, which is on the ground level. We’d also love for you to visit our alumni page on the UB Web site at www.umpi.edu/prospective-students/upward-bound/alumni. You can register there and keep us posted about what’s going on. Don’t forget that when it comes time for summer employment, UB has job opportunities for people who have completed their sophomore year and have a GPA of 2.5 or better. We start advertising those positions usually in January. Most of the positions are for Counselor/Tutors, which are a combination of being a dormitory resident assistant and an academic tutor and teaching assistant in a particular academic discipline. Our college student C/Ts are important role models for our high school students and are crucial to a successful UB program. Think about joining our team!

The following are profiles of our Summer ’09 C/T staff written by Upward Bound students especially for this special edition of the UTimes. The students were in a Yearbook class taught by two UMPI seniors, Andrea Zappone and Natalie St. Pierre, and were assisted by UTimes adviser and assistant professor of communication/journalism, Dr. Jacqui Lowman. Megan Linscott Unexpectedly Becomes a UB C/T By Brittany Burlock (Presque Isle HS) Megan Linscott hails from Millinocket, Maine. She is a secondary education major at the

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University of Maine at Presque Isle. When asked what she aspires to be “when she grows up,” she replied, “I want to be a high school French teacher.” During free time at Upward Bound, Linscott said, “I enjoy the down time and getting to know the students.” This year at Upward Bound the theme was Who Be U Be? Linscott said she was reminded of “my whiteboard when someone wrote ‘you be the best.’” She then giggled and said, “It cracks me up every time I think of it.” Jen Borden – UMPI Graduate By Barbara Kathleen Colleen Bonville (Presque Isle HS)

Jen Borden lives just outside Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has been with Upward Bound for two years. When asked why she came back, she said, “The students. They’re amazing. It’s a really great program and I feel strongly it can do a lot of good.” Jen said, “The best part of the summer, so far, has been move-in day.” Jen also likes teaching SAT Prep – Writing. Her most memorable experience with Upward Bound has been whitewater rafting. Jen’s plan is to become a social studies teacher. She thinks that Who Be U Be? refers to your identity and how you identify yourself as a person. Jonathan Sceery – Senior at UMPI By Brandon McDonald (Van Buren HS)

Jonathan comes to UMPI via Bridgetown, Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada. This is his first summer at Upward Bound and he enjoys keeping busy. As of now, he plans to be teaching in the fall and probably will not return due to his career plans. He wishes that Upward Bound could grow even larger with more students and C/Ts because it has so much to offer. His favorite part of UB is the classroom instruction when he is assisting with upper level English. When he’s not at Upward Bound, Jon enjoys world travel, sports, fishing, hunting, cooking and eating. Charissa Carter – Senior at UMFK By Zachary Dubois (Madawaska HS)

Charissa comes from Portland, where she was part of the TRiO program, Talent Search, while she was in high school. She did not become aware of Upward Bound until this past year. She has most enjoyed whitewater rafting, campus camping and getting to know the students. She chose to work at Upward Bound this summer because she thought it would be a great experience before she starts teaching, and she loves to work with students. She would recommend Upward Bound to anyone because the program is great at helping students prepare for and get into college. While not at UB, Charissa hangs out with her friends and loves to travel. Michaele Black – NMCC Graduate and Sophomore at USM Majoring in Music By Shawn West (Houlton HS)

This is Michaele’s second summer with Upward Bound at UMPI. She originally applied because her sister, an UMPI graduate, had worked with Upward Bound for two summers and she thought Michaele’s personality would be a good match with UB. She was right! She would definitely like to be a C/T again. She feels the program provides students with the structure and stability necessary to a healthy college lifestyle, and thus success in college. She wishes she had known about this program

when she was in high school. Her advice to students? “Make sure you pursue what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”

Craig Moody – An Athletic Training Senior at UMPI By Brianna Michaud (Ashland HS)

This is Craig’s second year as a C/T at Upward Bound. He enjoys the atmosphere and feels he has learned lots from this job. “The students are great and overall it is just a blast. The six weeks just flew by.” He enjoys being able to help point students in the right direction toward a post high school education. He also thinks that it is important for the students to see that going off and being on their own can be fun and exciting. He hopes to have been a good role model for the students. When he is not at UB he likes to play disc golf, ride his motorcycle, play any sport, and just relax. Jared Monahan – Junior at UMPI, Environmental Studies By Brandon McDonald (Van Buren HS)

Jared Monahan is an Upward Bound C/T. The 19-year-old from Milo, Maine, states that what he most enjoys about UB are the students and the atmosphere. When asked whether or not he plans to come back next year, he answered that if he’s not

searching for sea turtles, then yes! If he could change one thing about Upward Bound, it would be the program’s activity hour. When asked what made him want to become a C/T at Upward Bound, he replied that he is a former UB student and wants to give back to the program. Jared has known about this program since his sophomore year of high school. He would suggest the program to anyone and everyone who qualifies. When he’s not at Upward Bound, he enjoys science research, reading, hanging out with friends and playing with his X-Box. Jared’s favorite part about being a C/T is the Upward Bound science lab discussions. Douglas Miles – Triple Major at UMPI in Business/MIS, Accounting and Political Science By Brandon McDonald (Van Buren HS)

Douglas is the Assistant Resident Director for Upward Bound this summer. He enjoys interacting with people, experiencing diversity and sharing humor. He definitely will return! He definitely would recommend this program to students who qualify because, “it’s ridonkulous!” (exceptionally good). Douglas highly recommends the long van rides when we really get to know everyone. When asked if he liked being here, Douglas replied, “No. I love it!”


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University Times WELCOME August 31, 2009

….from Counseling Services …from Career Services

The staff of Counseling Services would like to welcome both new and returning students to UMPI! College is a time of accelerated personal development and wonderful discoveries. But it may also be a time when you face challenging issues, such as leaving the comfort zone of your family; breaking up or beginning a new relationship; or dealing with feelings of anxiety, isolation or depression. This can be a particularly vulnerable time for ups and downs because of the new environment, new freedom, new pressures and new temptations and it’s hardly surprising that some students, even those with solid academic track records, struggle. Being clear about your academic goals and your reasons for going to university is a good starting point for keeping yourself motivated and on track. Many staff and faculty members within Student Affairs and Academic Affairs can help you develop good study skills and other selfmotivation techniques. But sometimes there are unresolved issues that get in the way of your success. The Counseling Center on campus can be a heartening resource to support you and help you work through a variety of

issues. Counseling Services offers free, confidential counseling for a broad range of personal problems, as well as career issues, to all UMPI students. Counselors can help students with academic stress, time management, personal relationship issues, family difficulties, depression, anxiety, adjustment issues and any other personal problems. Counseling sessions can be either brief or long term, depending on the needs of the student. Along with counseling, we also offer outreach presentations on a variety of mental health-related issues that you might see in your dorm, the campus center or in classrooms. The office of Counseling Services is open Monday through Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. We’re located at 101 South Hall. To schedule an appointment, call 7689719 or e-mail denise. ha m l i n@ u m p i . ed u . You can also contact the Administrative Assistant in Student Affairs at 768-9615. For more information about Counseling Services, visit us on the Web at www.umpi.edu and click on Student Life. Again, Counseling Services welcomes you to UMPI and wishes you the best of luck this year!

Maximize your potential and success: Make Career Planning an integral part of your education at UMPI. Career Services helps students identify abilities, explore careers, define career goals and choose a major. Students can also learn job search strategies. Career Services facilitates contacts between students and employers

through on campus interviews and referrals and provides information on part time/summer employment and internships. Look for announcements of the following programs throughout the year: Majors, Club and Community Fair, Etiquette Reception/Supper & Fashions, Job & Career Fair, Suits for Students,

…from Student Support Services Concerned about your grades? Organizationally challenged? Having difficulties due to a documented disability? Have questions about to whom to speak about a problem? Our friendly crew would like to meet you, so please come visit us at Student Support Services in South Hall for assistance. Seek help the minute you experience a problem! Helen Findlen, our Tutor Coordinator, will speak with you about

your academic struggles and arrange for a FREE tutor for your academic classes or to help you structure your class work and supplies. You can reach her at 7689615 or helen.findlen@umpi.edu . Mary Kate Barbosa, the Director of Student Support Services, encourages students with documented disabilities to seek appropriate accommodations on campus. Each student requesting services must provide appropriate documen-

workshops on Writing Resumes and Cover Letters, Job Search and Interview Skills, Graduate and Professional School Admissions. Visit Career Services in South Hall, room 205, 207-768-9750, Barbara.DeVaney@umpi. edu or visit h t t p : / / w w w. u m p i . e d u / c u r r e n t - s t u d en ts/c are er-se rvi c es.

tation. Call 768-9613 or e-mail mary.barbosa@umpi.edu to arrange an appointment, obtain the appropriate forms and request accommodations. In addition to these important areas, we are also happy to provide personal, financial and career counseling and referrals for students needing these services. We work directly with Counseling Services, Financial Aid and Career Services to most effectively serve you.


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STUDENT AFFAIRS UPDATES On Your Own, But Not Alone!

The Advising Center and the Office of Student Records welcome our new students to the UMPI campus and to our offices! We’re two offices in one convenient location – 235 Preble Hall – here to help you with your advising and student records needs. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 84:30 p.m. We have computer kiosks and can assist you with your MaineStreet record. The Advising Center can help you with advising and registration, placement testing and retesting, withdrawals and leaves of absence from the university, changes of major and degree audits. Advising Center Lorelei Locke, Director Kathy Higgins, Administrative Assistant

The primary purpose of the Office of Student Records is keeping and maintaining student records. This includes registration, grades, academic transcripts, transfer credit evaluation, enrollment verification, veterans benefits and biographical information. This office processes the schedule of classes for each academic term. At the end of each academic term, the Office of Student Records processes and reports grades. The Director of Student Records evaluates the academic progress of all students applying for graduation. This office processes all requests for academic transcripts. The Director of Student Records evaluates transfer credit from other institutions of higher education and from within the University of Maine System for possible posting to a student’s academic record. The office staff members provide

verification of student enrollment for loan deferments, health insurance, scholarships, etc. The Office of Student Records also administers veterans certifications and other services related to veterans benefits. The official method for communicating with students is the @maine.edu e-mail addresses assigned to all students. It’s imperative, however, that students keep their biographical information – including student addresses – current in MaineStreet. Staff within the Advising Center and Office of Student Records can assist in updating this information, if necessary. Keeping addresses current ensures the proper delivery of information from all university offices, including academic information and other important notices, to students. Information is kept confidential in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

Selected Web addresses Application for Graduation: http://www.umpi.edu/univer sity-offices/osr/graduation Transcript Request: http://www.umpi.edu/univer sity-offices/osr/transcriptrequests Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): http://www.umpi.edu/univer sity-offices/osr/ferpa Release of Non-Directory I n f o r m a t i o n : http://www.umpi.edu/univer sity-offices/osr/ferpa#nondirectory Office of Student Records Kathy Davis, Director Ingrid Allen, Administrative Assistant

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Fall 2009 Academic Calendar Classes begin

Monday, Aug. 31, 2009

Labor Day no classes, offices closed

Monday, Sept. 7, 2009

Last Day to Add a Class

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009

Last Day to Withdraw

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009

Last Day to Request Pass/Fail Option

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009

Fall Break begins

Monday, Oct. 12, 2009

Classes resume

Monday, Oct. 19, 2009

Mid-Term Grades due

Monday, Oct. 26, 2009

Last Day Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009 to Withdraw (With "W" Grade) Veterans Day no classes, offices closed

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009

Advisement & Registration for Spring 2010 Begins

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009

Advisement & Registration for Spring 2010 Ends

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009

Thanksgiving Vacation begins Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 Classes resume

Monday, Nov. 30, 2009

Last Day of Classes

Monday, Dec. 14, 2009

Reading Day - no classes

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009

Final Examinations begin at 8 AM

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009

Final Examinations end at 5 PM

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009


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…from Health Services

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University Times WELCOME August 31, 2009

The University Health Service is located in the center of campus at Emerson Annex with a Nurse Practitioner available during the semester to the college community. The Health Service is committed to the holistic approach of health care delivery. Vitality comes from wellness: a state of optimal physical, emotional, spiritual and social well-being. To provide wellness, the Health Service offers a wide range of services and health education. Some of the educational services include healthy lifestyle diets, assistance with smoking cessation, sexual health education and the prevention of communicable diseases. The Health Service can also assist with immunization compliance issues and information about

Testing Services Welcomes the UMPI student health insurance plan. Back Students! Students are welcome to stop in Monday We're here to help you through Friday (excluding holidays), 1-5 p.m. Appointments may be scheduled (207) 768-9585. meet your educational and Walk-ins are welcome. professional goals. We provide a variety of standardized Linda Mastro, testing services available on CRNP campus. We offer testing that includes credit by examination, graduate admission and professional certification. Examples of these include the CLEP tests where you may gain course credit for knowledge of specific subjects, D i r e c t o r, PRAXIS testing for becoming Health Service a certified teacher or the GRE for admission to graduate school. Testing is available in pencil and paper and com-

….from Residence Life

The Residence Life Office would like to thank all of the students who decide to live on campus this year. This year we will be housing approximately 300 students in the residence halls. Each of our buildings is staffed with well trained resident assistants whose job is to help you succeed here at UMPI. Merriman Hall and Park Hall are designated predominantly freshmen halls. Upperclassmen who live in these buildings are usually students who have achieved high grades and have signed up to remain in Merriman Hall or Park Hall. Merriman Hall is staffed by four RAs, Walker McIntosh and Jared Monahan live on the second floor and Kristen Boxwell and

…from Testing Services

Nicole Mazzola are on the third floor. Park Hall is staffed by three RAs, Brandon Boulware is on the first floor, Stephanie Pemberton resides on the second floor, and Bria Ryder will be on the third floor. Two new programs will be available for the students living in Merriman and Park halls; the Preparation for University Life and Learning (PULL) Program and the Faculty Invite Program. PULL consists of fun and exciting programs that cover topics that will help students in their college career. These include social, educational and community service programs. The Faculty Invite Program will give you an

opportunity to meet UMPI faculty and staff in the residence halls. This program will give you the chance to discover the hobbies of and find out more about various faculty and staff. Although these programs will be presented in Merriman and Park halls, they’re open to everyone. Emerson Hall and Skyway are predominantly for juniors and seniors. Emerson Hall houses student who are over the age of 21 or students who are in their second year or later. Skyway is an off-campus suite-style building that houses students who are more than 21. Matt Campbell is the RA at Skyway. Emerson Hall has six RAs to assist the students: Natalie St.

Pierre, Kathy Kilfoil, Will Cole, Mathieu Bourgeois, Jonathan Sceerey and Rachel McGlinn. Two Area Coordinators and the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life are overseeing the residence halls. The Area Coordinator – Residence Life is Jannie Durr. Jannie joins the residence life staff after spending six years working at various levels in residence life on other campuses. Heidi Blasjo, the Area Coordinator – Student Activities, splits her time between the residence life office and student activities. Heidi is in her second year here at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Jim Stepp, the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life, is begin-

puter based, depending on the test. Additionally, the University of Maine at Presque Isle has partnered with Prometric, a global provider of comprehensive testing and assessment services, to offer a Prometric computer-testing center on campus. Located in the basement of South Hall, it provides testing by appointment for many professional, academic and licensing exams. For more information, please visit: http://www.umpi.edu/curre nt-students/testing-services

ning his 15th year at the University. Jim will be able to help you with any residence life and meal plan concerns you may have. Jim and his family live right on campus in Park Hall. Jim usually eats in the cafeteria with his family. If you have difficulties finding Jim during the day, you can always connect with him in the cafeteria. The Residence Life Office is located in the Emerson Hall Annex. Flo Soucie, the administrative assistant for the Emerson Hall Annex. Flo has been here for 28 years and can help you find the answer to just about any question you may have. If Flo doesn’t have the answer, she will be able to get you to the right person to get the answer.


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…from International Student Services Bienvenue, Swagatam, Dobre doshal, Huan Ying, MarHaban, Bienvenidos! That’s Welcome in French, Nepalese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Sudanese and Spanish, the home languages of some of our current students. International Students Services, located in South Hall, welcomes you to campus. Bonnie DeVaney and John Harrington are here to answer your questions and assist you with any concerns you may have about your student visa, getting settled in, banking, life at UMPI, employment, etc. Remember, as an international student, you must check in with International Students Services twice during each semester.

At the beginning of each semester, you need to complete the "check in" form at South Hall or online at http://www.umpi.edu/current-students/international-students/check-in-form. Then at the end of each semester, you need to have your I-20 signed by John Harrington or Bonnie DeVaney -both located in South Hall - or Jessica Blackstone, Admissions Office, Preble Hall. If you need help, come to South Hall, call 207-768-9750 or e-mail Barbara.DeVaney@umpi.edu or John.Harrington@umpi.edu. For more information, check out the International Student Web site at http://www.umpi.edu/current-students/international-students

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...from Dining Services

ARAMARK would like to welcome all University of Maine at Presque Isle new and returning students. Below is important information about your dining options here on campus. There are three eateries available to you:

....from the National Student Exchange The National Student Exchange provides opportunities for you to study for a semester or a year at another NSE college or university in the United States, its territories and Canada. With nearly 200 universities from which to choose, you should be able to find a campus with just the right combination of courses, facilities and environment to meet your personal and academic needs and interests. Students participate in NSE in order to: • Broaden perspectives. • Explore new cultures . • Widen boundaries. • Explore new areas of study.

• Learn from different professors. • Access new courses. • Break out of their comfort zones. • Experience growth. • Meet new people. • Live in a different area. • Investigate graduate schools. • Seek future employment. • Become more independent.

Each year, more than 3,000 students participate in NSE. They continue to make progress toward home campus degree programs while studying in new places, meeting new people and enrolling in specialized courses or unique academic options that may not be available on their

home campuses.

Eligibility Exchange participation is a privilege, not a right. In order to participate, you must be a full-time student the semester before your exchange, as well as during your exchange; have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better; and be in good standing (academic, personal and financial).

Financial Aid With some exceptions, financial aid for eligible students is applied for, awarded by and disbursed from the campus at which you pay tuition/fees. Ask your NSE coordinator.

Placement Most placements are made through the negotiation of home and host coordinators at NSE's annual conference in early March. Annually, 97 percent of the applicants are placed at one of their campus choices. Placement probabilities are governed by the number of openings at an institution and the number of students seeking that location.

For more information, stop by and visit: Marjorie McNamara Student Exchange Coordinator 103 South Hall marjorie.mcnamara@umpi.edu 768-9615

The Kelley Commons, located on the second floor of the Campus Center. It’s open: Monday – Friday Breakfast: 7 – 9 a.m. Lunch: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dinner: 5 – 6:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday: Brunch is at 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dinner is at 5-6:30 p.m. The C3 Store, located on the first floor of Folsom Hall, across from the Whooo’s Hut. Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Late Night Dining, in the Owls Nest on the first floor of the Campus Center. Sunday – Thursday: 7:30 10:30 p.m.


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Recreational The Sports/Intramural Department will be hosting an Intramurals Information Night on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Gentile Hall gymnasium to promote this fall semester’s activities. This is a great chance to meet this year’s staff members, to meet new students and to get a head start on becoming reacquainted – or acquainted, if

SPORT

Co-ed Softball 4-on-4 Flag Football Tennis Ladder Disc Golf Co-ed Basketball Co-ed Floor Hockey Bowling

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Activity, Activity, Activity!

you’re new -- with team members from last year. Last fall we ran successful flag football, basketball and floor hockey leagues. This year we hope that even more students take advantage of these and other exciting opportunities. Our philosophy statement says best what we hope to accomplish: “The University of Maine at Presque Isle Intramurals Program is dedicated to helping students, faculty and staff in the

DAYS

Mon., Wed. Tues., Thurs. You Schedule You Schedule Mon., Wed. Tues., Thurs. Thurs.

pursuit of healthful, organized recreational activities. It is the goal of our program to develop sportsmanship, leadership and teamwork and to build relationships within an environment of mutual support and respect for individual differences, abilities and interests. As part of our comprehensive university wellness programming, Intramurals offers primary opportunities for the physical, social and emotional development of our campus community.”

Team rosters must be filled out in order to sign up a team and will be available at the Intramurals Information Night and on the UMPI Intramurals Web site. On Sept. 10 there will be a mandatory manager’s meeting for softball and flag football to inform team managers of the rules and expectations for their teams. You must deliver or e-mail your completed rosters to the Intramurals Department not later than

MANAGERʼS MEETING

Thurs., Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 10 at 6:20 p.m. Contact Chris Smith Contact Chris Smith Thurs., Oct. 29 at 6:20 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. NA

Friday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. We’ll e-mail game schedules to managers by the evening of Sept. 13. For those who won’t be able to attend the Info Night, roster sign-up sheets will also be available at the office by calling 7689472, and online at http://owls.umpi.edu/intramu ral. Additionally, information will be available at the Club and Community Fair to be held in the Campus Center on Sept. 16, beginning at 11 a.m.

PLAY BEGINS

Mon. Sept. 14 Tues. Sept. 15 Mon. Sept. 15 TBA Mon. Nov. 2 Tues. Nov. 3 Thurs. Oct. 15

So turn out and get active with UMPI Intramurals this year!! …from Student Activities …from Athletics

Welcome to UMPI - Home of the Owls – All of us at the Athletic Department, welcome you and are pleased you’ve chosen UMPI to attain your academic goals. The university has much to offer you academically, socially and athletically. Whether you’re interested in clubs, intramural sports or varsity level athletics, it can all be found here. Get involved in all you can while you’re here. Your years here will go by quickly and they’ll be a time in your life you’ll always remember. We hope that even if you choose not to participate in our intercollegiate athletic program, you’ll become a member of the BLUE CREW: students who support our teams at home games. They receive a T-shirt and have their own bleacher section at the home basketball games. We began this last year and hope to increase the num-

ber of students who want to join in the fun. You’ll hear more about this as time goes along. The department offers 12 varsity sports with open tryouts for all teams. If you have questions or are looking for more information about our teams, please feel free to stop by the Athletic Office, located in Weiden Hall. Our first home soccer contest will be on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m. as the men play arch rival and Sunrise Conference foe, University of Maine-Fort Kent. The women will take on the Lady Bengals of UMFK on Thursday, Sept. 10, again at 4 p.m. Come out and cheer on your teams and become part of UMPI athletics. You can find all of our teams’ schedules, as well as rosters, on the Web site at www.umpi.edu/athletics

Student Activities has yet another exciting year planned for the students, staff and faculty of UMPI. Whether you’re a new or returning student, there are benefits to keeping up to date on the events Owl Productions hosts. From school sporting events to free movie showings, there’s always something to do throughout the school year. The Owl Productions team has another exciting year planned for you, with many of your favorite programs returning, plus many new ideas. Owl Production members for the 2009-2010 year are: Chastity Bernier (chair), Pam Perkins, Jasmin Kozura and Kelly O’Donnel. If you still don’t know what to do, get involved in one or more of the 30 clubs and organizations that UMPI has on campus. From the U-Times (school

newspaper) to OAPI (outdoor adventure club), there’s something for everyone when it comes to campus clubs and organizations. The annual UMPI Activities Fair is planned for Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Multi Purpose Room in the Campus Center. Come check out the many organizations that are here for you! So you now have no reason to be bored! The Office of Student Activities works hard for you! The office is located in the Emerson Annex and Heidi Blasjo is the person you’ll want to talk to. You may contact her via e-mail at heidi.blasjo@umpi.edu or by phone at 768-9582. She and her Owl Productions team want to make your experience here at UMPI a complete one. Remember, university isn’t all about studying and taking tests.

Don’t miss out on the total university experience!

Upcoming Events:

“Sex Signals” -Wednesday, Sept. 2, 7 p.m. in Wieden Auditorium

Highlighter Welcome Back Dance -Friday, Sept. 4, 8 p.m. – Midnight in MPR

Laser Tag - Tuesday, Sept. 9 and Wednesday, Sept. 10 - 5– 9 p.m. for both nights in Gentile

The Billies/Open Mic Night -Friday, Sept. 24, 7-10 p.m. in Wieden Auditorium

“College the Musical: A Musical About College” -Thursday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m. in Wieden Auditorium


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Student Financial Services

University Times WELCOME August 31, 2009

Dear UMPI Students, The Financial Aid Office welcomes you to the new 2009-2010 academic year! We hope to help you with your financial aid concerns throughout your time here at UMPI. Here’s some important information to keep in mind:

• Notify the Financial Aid Office of any changes in your enrollment status, for example adding/dropping classes. • If you’re receiving a Direct Stafford Loan or Perkins Loan, you must complete a promissory note and entrance counseling in order to ensure disbursement to your account. • Notify the Financial Aid Office about any other educational assis-

tance you may receive that isn’t listed on the award letter, such as outside scholarships or outside agency payments. • If you’re taking a course(s) at another institution, make sure you visit the Office of Student Records and receive an Away Form so that your financial aid may be used toward those courses. • Check the MaineStreet Message Center regularly. The Financial Aid Office, as well as other administrative offices, will provide important information there. The Message Center is located on the front page of the Student Center within Student SelfService. Continue to check your UMPI e-mail account for important updates, as well.

Do you enjoy interacting with people? Becoming a Student Ambassador is an enjoyable way to give back to the school while networking and improving your interpersonal skills. Student Ambassadors guide prospective students and their families on campus tours during the week and at special events such as Open Houses and Accepted Student days. Student Ambassadors really make a difference in the university’s recruiting

efforts: they’re often cited as one of the top factors in whether students decide to apply. Participating in the Student Ambassador program is very rewarding, as well. Escorting visitors around the campus, answering questions and describing the facilities boost interpersonal skills and self-confidence, while increasing your feeling of pride in and connection to UMPI. Also, since many children and relatives of alumni apply to UMPI,

• If you’ve been awarded Federal Work Study, then you must meet with the Assistant Director of Human Resources, Jennie Savage, in 126 Preble Hall, the FIRST week of classes.

Please keep an updated address with the Student Records Office and with the Financial Aid Office to ensure that you’ll receive vital financial aid and billing information and documents. The Priority Deadline for filing the 2010-2011 FAFSA is April 1, 2011. You must file the FAFSA – every year. We wish you the best of luck in the coming year. Financial Staff

Aid

....from Admissions Office

Office

Student Ambassadors have a chance to meet and impress established professionals. Polishing communication skills and connecting with potential mentors and employers while still in school will give you a valuable edge when you enter the working world. If you’re interested in becoming a Student Ambassador, please contact Erin Benson in the Admissions Office at 7689453 or erin.benson@umpi.edu.

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Back-to-School Help from the

The Information Services department will have extra help the first two weeks of school to help people get connected to the university network. Please stop by our office located on the ground floor of the Library between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. T h e IS de partment provides the following services to students: • An e-mail account including 7 GB of storage. • 3 PC labs and PC Classrooms. • 100+ publicly available computers in the labs and other locations. • Wired connectivity to the Internet in dorm rooms. • Wireless connectivity (802.11B) in 100 percent of buildings, including the dorms. The IS department will ensure a data drop is working correctly in each dorm room. Documentation on the correct network setup (and other topics) can be found at the IS Help Desk and http://www.umpi.edu/it-services/resnet The IS department will service students' personal equipment, such as desktop PCs, laptops, printers. Please check the IS policies for proper use of the campus network at http://www.umpi.edu/it-services/forms-policies. E-Mail Accounts: Students access their e-mail by visiting http://mail.maine.edu. During this summer, all UMS student e-mail accounts will be migrated from the current e-mail to Google Apps,

Information Services Help Desk

Google's world-renowned Web-based e-mail, calendar and documents software. This will allow you to access your email, calendar and documents from a Web browser, to share and collaborate in new ways and to store large amounts of information at Google. These new options result from a recent partnership between the University of Maine System and Google. Google Apps offers: • A robust, Web-based interface for mail, calendars and documents. • A large and expanding quota for storage – currently 7 GB. • Personal, shared and public calendars. • Integrated chat.

When your account is migrated to Google Apps, the mail on our UMS mail server will be transferred to Google. Your e-mail address won’t change as a result of this change to Google Apps. And you’ll continue to log into your mail with your UMS username and password. Any e-mail forwards you’ve set won’t be affected, nor will your access to MaineStreet. Final plans are being put into place and you’ll receive more information as these plans are finalized. Updates will also be posted on the Web and available from http://mail.maine.edu. Docs: Create and Share Your Work Online. The University of Maine System documents and spreadsheets program, powered by Google, helps you get started creating new documents or upload your existing documents. The familiar desktop

feel makes editing easy, and the sharing tools make it easy to choose who can edit or view your files.

integrated with your Gmail contact list, so it's easy to invite new collaborators and viewers within an organization.

• Keep your documents current. It's easy to make sure everyone sees the most updated version of your file, every time. When there are multiple people editing at once, we'll keep a record so you can see who added and deleted what, when. • Edit your documents and spreadsheets from anywhere. All you need is a Web browser – your documents and spreadsheets are stored securely online. To work on documents offline or distribute them as attachments, simply save a copy to your own computer in the format that works best for you. • Share changes in real-time. Invite people to your documents/spreadsheets and make changes together, at the same time. Your sharing tools are

Mail: Less Spam, Plenty of Space, Access from Anywhere Your e-mail, powered by Google, email is now more intuitive, efficient and useful. • Keep unwanted messages out of your inbox with Google's powerful spam blocking technology. • Keep any message you might need down the road, and then find it fast with Google search. • Send mail, read new messages and search your archives instantly from your phone. Calendar: Organize Your Schedule and Share Events with Ease The calendar, powered by Google makes managing your time easier than ever. • Share events and whole calendars with other people you need to stay in sync with.

• See your own agenda next to calendars shared with you to see the big picture. • Stay on schedule on-the-go with mobile access and even SMS appointment reminders. Forwarding E-mail to an Alternate Account: Students who wish to have their e-mail forwarded to an outside account such as Yahoo or Hotmail need to see the IS department and fill out an Email Forwarding Form. This process takes 48 hours. All new mail will be forwarded. Old mail will remain in the UMPI account. If later you want to stop forwarding your e-mail, stop by the IS department and fill out another email forwarding form. Again, this will take 48 hours. Students are responsible for all announcements sent to them via e-mail, regardless of any problems with alternate accounts. Again, please check the policies on the Web site.


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Library Information

University Times WELCOME August 31, 2009

The library staff has been working hard this past year to offer you a great selection of print and electronic resources that will help you with your courses and research. The first thing you might notice is a new look to our online catalog. What this means for you is a new, more powerful interface to search for books in this library and University of Maine System libraries. It’s now easier to check to see what your professor has placed on reserve at the circulation desk (you can search under the professor’s name or by the course title/number). Our system also lets you manage your own library account by being able to display what books you’ve checked out and when they’re due. Our goal is to ultimately be the place to go for information on all of the libraries’ print and electronic resources.

Have you checked out the libraries’ Web page lately? Eighty percent of our journals are available electronically by our Web page. You’ll also find other resources on doing research and how to document your evidence. In addition, we have links to other local libraries and libraries within the state.

Our reference collection In addition to our growing electronic collections, the librarians have been hard at work updating our reference collection. This collection provides you with a core group of books covering all the disciplines at the university.

Welcome Back!

If you’re looking for a break from studying, please visit our leisure reading collection located next to the entrance as well as a small collection of popular magazines and newspapers.

Need an article or book that is not available at UMPI? You can request books and articles from any location. Check out links to My Interlibrary Loan on the Library Web page. It typically takes just a few days to receive the items you request from other locations and they’re free of charge.

Library Hours Library hours during the academic year are MondayThursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday Noon to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 10 p.m. Computers located in the ground floor computer lab of the Library are available during the same time.

We’ve done some rearranging this summer to provide you with more comfortable study space in the building, with new opportunities for group interactions. Our goal is to make the library into a great place to

do research and a comfortable environment to study, with new furniture and a lot of natural light coming from large windows on all sides of the building.

We’re here to help! The library staff is here to help you with your research needs. Please stop by the reference desk for assistance and information. You can also call or email us with questions at Ask a Librarian on the library page. Please visit our Web page for phone numbers, complete library hours and lists of all our resources. Check out our

new Library blog at http://wp.umpi.edu/library/ or follow us on Twitter at either UMPILibrary or gmalbc to keep up to date with new services or features at the library. I’m also available and if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to drop by my office in the library or e-mail me at Gregory.t.curtis@umpi.edu . Best of luck with the new academic year!

Get Your Parking Passes Sept. 1 in Emerson Annex

Leisure reading collections

Gregory Curtis Executive Director Information Services

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