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Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - USM, Gorham Dec 04, 2016

Outages - 1 hour 29 min ago
Maintenance is completed, operations are back to normal.


On Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 10:17 AM Brandon Glenn wrote:

> Where: USM, Gorham
> When: Dec 04, 2016 6 AM
> Expected Duration: 1/2hr
> Scope: Bailey Hall
> Summary:
> We will be performing network maintenance that will impact data
> services in Bailey Hall, Gorham. Please plan accordingly.
> Networkmaine Contact Info:
> NOC 561-3587
> Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
> NONE / Unknown at this time

University officials propose tuition increase for fall 2017

USM Free Press News Feed - Sat, 2016-12-03 15:00

Johnna Ossie, News Editor

This May, the USM Board of Trustees is set to decide on a tuition increase that, if approved, could go into effect as soon as fall 2017. A committee composed of the chief financial officers from each University of Maine institution, along with several staff members and Chief Systems Financial Officer Ryan Lowe, have created the proposal that, if passed, would raise the USM tuition gradually over the next three years. The committee has also asked for an increase in state allocations to the university of 2 to 2.6 percent, according to Buster Neel, USM’s Interim Chief Business Officer. As of now, Gov. Paul LePage has made a pledge to include 4.65 million in a 2017 supplemental budget, which still needs to pass before the 128 Legislature.

The increase, according to members of the committee, comes as a result of several factors. USM has had in place a “tuition freeze,” in which the tuition rate has stayed the same for the past six years, allowing Maine to be one of few states in the country to reduce the real cost of their public universities’ tuitions in the past five years. It is this affordability that may have contributed to USM’s enrollment increase in fall of 2016, the first time fall enrollment has gone up in thirteen years. The tuition freeze, along with inflation, the rising cost of university maintenance, the rising cost of health care, as well as compensation for staff and faculty, has created a need for the tuition to increase.

The committee has proposed what they call a unified budget, which puts the institutions into three tiers, with each tier having the same tuition as other institutions in that tier. USM and the University of Maine Farmington (UMF) reside in the second tier. As of now, the cost per credit hour at USM is eight dollars less than that of UMF. The proposed plan would adjust USM’s tuition over the next three years to match UMF, with the full effect of the tuition raise finalized in the 2019–2020 school year.

In the first year, the cumulative total of 15 credit hours for in-state, undergraduate tuition would rise by 270 dollars, then by 540 dollars in the second year and, by the third year, up to 810 dollars.

Some student leaders are concerned by the committee’s proposal and are working to gain support against it. A petition with over 100 supporters was circulating through the student body this week. The petition reads: “The State of Maine’s funding for higher education has essentially been stagnant since the 2008 recession. This has resulted in a multi-million dollar deficit, which is why the Board of Trustees is proposing we raise tuition costs every year until 2022 by 2.6 percent (Maine’s Consumer Price Index). This solution is unjust and unethical as it offloads the cost of higher education on Maine’s working and middle-class families as opposed to sharing the burden. Higher education, especially public universities, should be accessible to all.”

“Low income students can’t afford for the tuition to go up,” said Student Body Vice-President Matthew Raymond. Raymond explained that he and Student Body President Humza Khan spoke with President Cummings and Ryan Lowe in a phone meeting last week about the proposed tuition increase, and that Raymond and Khan have decided to take a position that opposes the committee’s current proposal.

Raymond reports that the university has never recovered from the cuts made during the recession. He, Khan and the Student Government Association are taking a position against raising the tuition. Khan and Raymond have reached out to the Maine Legislature asking them to support more state appropriations for higher education and to oppose the proposed tuition increase.

Dan Demeritt, USM’s executive director of Public Affairs, said the committee wants to maintain affordability while also maintaining the fiscal stability of the institution.

“There was a time when tuition increased 300 percent over a 25 year period. Maine families can’t afford that kind of increase, there’s a strong commitment to keep public education affordable,” Demeritt said.

Neel reports that the proposal includes requesting more money from the state and will hopefully convince the state that higher education is important.

The concern of Raymond, Khan and many other USM students is whether the financial deficit of the university should be carried by the student body.

“The cost shouldn’t fall on students,” Raymond said. “Humza will be attending the faculty senate meeting asking them to join students in opposing the tuition increase.”

“Those of us that have devoted our lives to education, we would prefer that we just provide an education for everyone, but unfortunately that’s not a reality right now,” Neel commented.

He reported that the university puts a large amount of money into student scholarships. The amount of money for scholarships has been steadily rising over the last three years and is projected to continue to rise. In 2013, the total amount allotted for merit-based scholarships through the institution was 1.3 million dollars. In 2016, it was 6.8 million and is projected to be 13.5 million in 2019.

“The amount of state support percentage wise is going down, the cost is being borne more by the students,” Neel said. “Is that right or wrong? We would always prefer it not be that way, but that’s the reality right now.”

According to Neel, 35 to 40 percent of funding for higher education at USM comes from the state, while the rest comes from tuition and fees.

A concern of some members of the SGA is where the money will go once it’s collected by the university. “The majority of funding goes to UMO,” Raymond said. Fifty percent of UMaine funding goes to UMO, with twenty-five percent going to USM.

“Our primary focus is on students and student access,” Neel emphasized.

Students and faculty who wish to learn more about the proposed tuition increase and budget changes at USM can attend the Town Hall Forum on Dec. 6 from 9-11 a.m. in Wishcamper 133.

USM faculty and students celebrate the installation of President Cummings

USM Free Press News Feed - Sat, 2016-12-03 14:58

Julie Pike, Staff Writer

On Friday, Dec. 2, the USM community, including faculty, students, alumni as well as family and friends, honored President Cummings at his installation as USM’s thirteenth president.

The installation ceremony of President Cummings was a first for USM and the school plans to recognize future presidents of the university in a similar way.

Held in the Costello Sports Complex on the Gorham campus, the field house was decorated in blue and white for President Cummings’ event.

USM’s faculty were garbed in academic regalia and students who were selected as Inauguration Scholars marched in the processional to kick off the installation.

Students selected as Inauguration Scholars were nominated by faculty members for their academic achievement and promise and were recognized by President Cummings and Provost Jeannine Uzzi during the event.

“These students here reflect our diversity, our dreams, our power, the barriers and the future of this university,” President Cummings stated.

The event featured USM’s concert band, along with the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra and the USM Chorale. Together, their musical performances added an elegant touch to the celebration of President Cummings.

Many people spoke in high praise of President Cummings, congratulating him on his position, as well as wishing him luck in the years to come.

Those selected to speak for President Cummings included the Provost Jeannine Uzzi, Student Body President Humza Khan, Theresa Sutton of the University of Maine System Board of Trustees and many more. Each person spoke about the positive change that has come to USM as a result of President Cummings.

“Alumni donations are up, enrollment is increasing, scholarship funds are on the rise and today at USM there is a sense of positivity and optimism,” Khan stated.

The Chancellor of the University of Maine System, James Page, was the one to formally charge President Cummings as the thirteenth president of USM.

“It’s a great day for the state of Maine,” stated Page, who emphasized the event was not only to honor President Cummings but to celebrate the community of USM.

President Cummings has been the president of USM for almost 18 months. In his closing speech, Cummings shared that the reason for waiting to hold the installation until December was due to budget constraints. Cummings joked that since USM has had five presidents in the last eight years, the community wanted to make sure he was going to stick around.

As a special recognition of President Cummings, Maine Senators Angus King and Susan Collins were broadcasted in a video, and expressed their high regards for him, congratulating him on his presidency.

At the end of his speech, Cummings addressed the importance and overall mission of USM, paying tribute to his faculty and staff.

“It is my delight to tell you that the faculty, the staff, the community and the state, wants us to succeed. We have the best mission of any university and we together will fulfill it,” stated Cummings.

USM activists protest for equality at Maine State House

USM Free Press News Feed - Sat, 2016-12-03 14:56

Sarah Tewksbury, Staff Writer

On Friday, Nov. 18, a group of protesters gathered in front of Maine’s State House in Augusta in an effort to demonstrate their commitment to progress and equality in light of the recent election. Organized by USM student Emma Donnelly, the gathering was called “We Won’t Go Back,” in reference to a strong unwillingness to revert back to what, in the group’s  opinion, is archaic and unequal legislation and government practices.

The crowd of over 60 individuals assembled at noon, full of positive energy to spread their message. Protesters of all ages attended the event. Donnelly began rallying the participants by briefly speaking to the crowd via bullhorn. Shortly after, members of the group began to share their stories and promote their cause.

Donnelly wanted to “take up space and make our voices heard” through demonstrating.  Inspired by the energy at the event, the protesters made their presence known as individuals chanted, waved signs and commiserated with one another. Individuals who spoke at the event asked protesters to think about the statuses they hold, for example as a woman or as a member of the LBGTQA community, and understand how those statuses have been and possibly will be attacked by politicians.

“This is what democracy looks like!” said Nicole Littrell

As the protest continued, Maine state police officers Jeff Belanger and Lieutenant Bob Elliot oversaw the demonstration from a distance. Their presence was understated. Both officers declared they were there to advocate for the rights of all Maine citizens.

“This is the people’s house and we want everyone who comes here to voice their opinions to be safe,” Lt. Elliot said. “We’re here to ensure that every group who has a permit to gather can do so without harmful interruptions.”

While the protest continued to advocate that groups of minorities stand together in the face of adversity under the new Trump administration and Republican majority government, legislators noticed the demonstration and had varying opinions about their presence.

Owen Casas, one of Maine’s two newly elected Independent state representatives, agreed that the protesters have valid concerns that must be addressed by the new wave of elected officials. While his agreement with the cause was understandable and practical, Casas also argued that he did not personally understand the point of protesting.

“The way that I handle a situation like this is to get involved. That’s why I’m here, working in the state house, to see what I can do to change what I don’t like,” said Casas, as he left the State House.  

Demonstrations continue across the nation, ignited by large groups of individuals who feel as if their rights will taken away by the new administration. Protesters from the Maine State House demonstration encouraged citizens to continue to speak out and voice their opinions, even if these opinions  are unpopular. Donnelly is currently spearheading the project of starting a Maine Student Action chapter for the university. Her goal “is to have student-led demonstrations, rallies, protests, and events” and, above all, to continue to fight for the values and rights she believes in.

The first meeting of the Maine Student Action chapter at USM will be Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. in Luther Bonney 302. More information can be found on the chapter’s Facebook page, Maine Student Action: USM.



USM Popular Queries - Wed, 2016-11-30 13:01

Networkmaine Maintenance - USM, Gorham Dec 04, 2016

Outages - Wed, 2016-11-30 10:17
Where: USM, Gorham
When: Dec 04, 2016 6 AM
Expected Duration: 1/2hr
Scope: Bailey Hall

We will be performing network maintenance that will impact data services in Bailey Hall, Gorham. Please plan accordingly.

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
NONE / Unknown at this time

Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - Orono/Portland Nov 29, 2016

Outages - Wed, 2016-11-30 09:42
This should all be working now. I apologize for the inconvenience and
misinformation in the original notice.

Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - Orono/Portland Nov 29, 2016

Outages - Wed, 2016-11-30 08:55
UTSC and other call queues are still experiencing some issues due to
maintenance. A fix is being put into place now. Hoping this will be
up and running very soon.

Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - Augusta Nov 30, 2016

Outages - Wed, 2016-11-30 06:40
This maintenance has been completed.

On Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 2:44 PM, wrote:

> Where: Augusta
> When: Nov 30, 2016 0500
> Expected Duration: 2hrs
> Scope: Katz Library
> Summary:
> We will be replacing the existing switches with new equipment.
> Details:
> Networkmaine Contact Info during the window for this work:
> scofield@maine.edu
> NOC 561-3587
> Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
> NONE / Unknown at this time

Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - ***EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE*** USM-Portland Nov 30, 2016

Outages - Wed, 2016-11-30 06:09
This maintenance has concluded, due to issues we were unable to migrate the
connection to the new router. Service has been restored and is currently

On Nov 29, 2016 11:52 AM, "Steven DeProfio" wrote:

> When: Nov 30, 2016 5 am
> Expected Duration: 2hrs
> Scope: Internet connectivity
> Summary:
> There will be emergency maintenance Wednesday morning in order to
> migrate some connections to a new router. The following sites will be
> affected by this maintenance:
> UMS-Extensions:
> Andro-Sagadahoc County Coop Ext
> Waldo County Coop [...]

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USM Popular Queries - Tue, 2016-11-29 14:01

Networkmaine Maintenance - ***EMERGENCY MAINTENANCE*** USM-Portland Nov 30, 2016

Outages - Tue, 2016-11-29 11:51
When: Nov 30, 2016 5 am
Expected Duration: 2hrs
Scope: Internet connectivity

There will be emergency maintenance Wednesday morning in order to migrate some connections to a new router. The following sites will be affected by this maintenance:

Andro-Sagadahoc County Coop Ext
Waldo County Coop Ext
York County Coop Ext
UMaine Regional Learning Center(Cumberland County Coop Ext) [...]

Networkmaine Maintenance - Orono/Portland Nov 29, 2016

Outages - Mon, 2016-11-28 15:12
Where: Orono/Portland
When: Nov 29, 2016 10:00PM
Expected Duration: 6 hours
Scope: UTSC Queue

UTSC Queue will be unavailable after close of business on Saturday night until beginning of business Sunday morning due to maintenance.

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
NONE / Unknown at this time


USM Popular Queries - Sun, 2016-11-27 09:01

Networkmaine Maintenance - Orono and Portland Nov 25, 2016

Outages - Fri, 2016-11-25 12:30
Where: Orono and Portland
When: Nov 25, 2016 5:00am
Expected Duration: 2hrs

During the network maintenance window the following work will be performed.

1) Orono and Portland campus connectivity will be rehomed causing an expected campus outage of about 30' for each campus.

2) The following sites along with a number of K12 sites will experience an outage as their connectivity is rebuilt.
Waldo Cty
AndroSag Cty
UMaine Regional Learning Center
Highmoor Farm
York Cty [...]


USM Popular Queries - Thu, 2016-11-24 17:01

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USM Popular Queries - Wed, 2016-11-23 22:01

Network services restored

Outages - Tue, 2016-11-22 23:19
The cause of the network issues that have been affecting us since late this
afternoon has been identified and resolved, and at this point normal
network services have been restored for almost all locations (some minor
work remains to finish restoring services to Bangor campus, which should be
completed shortly). If you are continuing to experience any issues that
you think may be related to this outage, please contact the NOC for
assistance. [...]

Re: Connectivity issues

Outages - Tue, 2016-11-22 20:24
This issue turned out to be more severe than originally believed, and most
internal and external network services are currently offline. Work is
ongoing to restore service as quickly as possible. Updates will be posted
when available.

Re: Connectivity issues

Outages - Tue, 2016-11-22 18:39
Update: We are still working on the routing problems. No specific ETA for
resolution but anticipate getting problems resolved before start of
business tomorrow.
Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.


On Nov 22, 2016 4:21 PM, "Andrew Henry" wrote:

We are currently experiencing some routing instability, which may manifest
as slowness or inability to get to certain destinations/web sites. We are
actively working on correcting the problem, and will provide updates as
soon as they are available. [...]


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