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Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - UMPI Apr 08, 2015

Outages - Wed, 2015-04-08 06:30
Maintenance is complete, phones have been tested, everything appears to be

On Mon, Apr 6, 2015 at 3:18 PM, John Scofield wrote:

> Where: UMPI
> When: Apr 08, 2015 0500
> Expected Duration: 1/2hr
> Scope: Voice services to and from UMPI campus.
> Summary:
> During the maintenance users will be unable to make/receive phone
> calls to/from off campus sites.
> Networkmaine Contact Info:
> NOC 561-3587
> Local/Campus Contact Info during this window of work:
> NONE / Unknown at this time

Networkmaine Maintenance - Emergency Maintainence - US:IT Apr 07, 2015

Outages - Tue, 2015-04-07 16:28
Where: Emergency Maintainence - US:IT
When: Apr 07, 2015 10:00PM
Expected Duration: 1/2hr
Scope: UM, UMA, UMFK, GUS, US:IT, Muskie, Coop and Center Voicemail

Will be performing emergency maintenance tonight to correct an issue on the voicemail servers. Interruption of services should be minimal.

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

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

Local chapter of Enactus hosts “Grand Expo,” to showcase community accomplishments

USM Free Press News Feed - Tue, 2015-04-07 13:32

This Wednesday, the USM chapter of the Global Enactus organization will be holding their first annual “Grand Expo,” an event that hopes to spread awareness of the groups presence and highlight some of the work they’ve done to bring the community together and empower people.

“I want to show people the good work we’ve done within our community,” said Sarah Snowman, a senior sustainability business management major, and president of Enactus. “There’s been a kind of abstract vagueness when it comes to telling people what we do.”

Snowman decided to host an event that will ideally help close the gap between Enactus and the rest of the USM community, as well as attract new student members.

“We want to share our story and show the campus what we’ve been up to this past year,” said Snowman. “We’re also trying to increase the diversity of our members.”

So what does Enactus do exactly?

Well according to the official website, it’s part of a larger international organization that connects student, academic and business leaders through entrepreneurial based projects that empower people to transform opportunities into real sustainable progress for themselves and their communities. Apart from USM, the group has chapters in over 1,700 universities and claims to have impacted over 1,925,000 people through their projects.

“One of the things that I love about Enactus is that it lets its members actually make a difference in people’s lives,” said Snowman. “Students that join Enactus want to do something more than just being in classroom; they want to see the bigger picture.”

For Snowman, the bigger picture has been to focus on working with local groups and companies like The Open Bench Project, The Roots Cellar, Jobs for Maine’s Graduates and several local high schools like Bonnie Eagle and Deering High. Along with other small businesses, Snowman and her Enactus members have worked on 25 projects this past year, ranging from marketing campaigns, to increasing environmental sustainability in a workspace, to helping “at risk” high school students learn in the classroom. Enactus has also organized an annual fundraiser run called the “Husky Dash,” which donates 20 percent of its proceeds, to leukemia research at Maine Medical Center.

Snowman encourages everyone to attend the Grand Expo as she other members celebrate some of the groups impact on the local community.

“One of the projects we worked on was teaching students from low-income households the components of a healthy meal,” said Snowman. “So we created our own cookbook, filled with recipes that are both cheap and healthy.”

According to the director of communications for Enactus and senior international and sustainable business management major, Frazier Johnson, Enactus began implementing the metropolitan model through its projects long before USM started calling itself, “Maine’s metropolitan university.”

“I just hope that we’re able to show faculty and students how well we fit into this new metropolitan model,” said Johnson. “Collaboration with local groups is extremely beneficial to the student body. USM’s students can really make change happen in our community.”

Johnson said that his choice to join Enactus lead to an incredibly rewarding experience for him because it required taking the education and skills he’s learned at USM and applying them to real world situations. Apart from that, Johnson also thinks that experience at Enactus will really help his resume shine when searching for jobs post graduation.

“Enactus has also taught me a lot about public speaking and interacting with people from different cultures,” said Johnson.

Snowman agreed and said that Enactus is definitely written on her resume.

“When I go for job interviews it’s one of the things they [employers] like the most,” said Snowman.

Jake Ryan, the founder of The Open Bench Project, a startup that provides a shared learn and work facility for builders and designers, works with Enactus and called their partnership a “win win” for both parties. Ryan plans to speak at the Grand Expo, alongside USM and Enactus alumni Matt Dechaine and Aimee Bermudez.

“It’s important for students to get access to real world situations to test their theories and ideas,” said Ryan. “Having accountability outside of school is a great segway for them into the working environment. From the business side of things it’s awesome to get a new perspective. Sometime they come with high in the sky thinking and that’s what’s needed sometimes.”

Snowman has invited all the college deans, president David Flanagan and the new president Harvey Kesselman to join the community at the Grand Expo. As of now, Flanagan has respectfully declined and Kesselman hasn’t sent word back.

The Enactus Grand Expo will be held on April 8th at the Talbot auditorium and the admission will be free of charge.



Networkmaine Maintenance - UMA Campus Apr 08, 2015

Outages - Tue, 2015-04-07 12:17
Where: UMA Campus
When: Apr 08, 2015 6:00 AM
Expected Duration: 1hr
Scope: Voice traffic

During the maintenance users will be unable to make/receive phone calls to/from off campus sites. Maintenance should be brief, reserving the whole hour to resolve any issues.

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

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

Networkmaine Maintenance - UMPI Apr 08, 2015

Outages - Mon, 2015-04-06 15:18
Where: UMPI
When: Apr 08, 2015 0500
Expected Duration: 1/2hr
Scope: Voice services to and from UMPI campus.

During the maintenance users will be unable to make/receive phone calls to/from off campus sites.

Networkmaine Contact Info:
NOC 561-3587

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

Networkmaine Maintenance - Orono Data Center Apr 08, 2015

Outages - Mon, 2015-04-06 12:47
Where: Orono Data Center
When: Apr 08, 2015 0500
Expected Duration: 1/2hr
Scope: DC-wide


This is a follow-up to the previous DC outage on March 11th.

The cause was found to be a design flaw in the PSUs used for the Nexus 5500. The failed PSU was replaced immediately to ensure service availability. The remaining 3 of 4 PSUs for the Cisco Nexus pair will be replaced during this maintenance window in response to Cisco Field Notice FN 63893. [...]

southwest side of UMaine campus experiencing network outage

Outages - Sat, 2015-04-04 11:58
Cause: power outage

Re: Networkmaine Maintenance - UM Campus Apr 01, 2015

Outages - Wed, 2015-04-01 06:24
All Dunn APs are back up, and some already have clients on tempest.

On Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 4:28 PM, Jason McDonald wrote:

> Where: UM Campus
> When: Apr 01, 2015 5:00 AM
> Expected Duration: 1hr
> Scope: Dunn Hall
> Summary:
> Dunn Hall access points will be moved to a different wireless
> controller in order to create free license slots on the current controller.
> Wireless service in Dunn Hall will be unavailable for approximately 5
> minutes when this occurs.
> Networkmaine Contact Info:
> NOC 561-3587
> [...]


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Activist Ruchira Gupta exposes sex trafficking crimes

USM Free Press News Feed - Mon, 2015-03-23 11:56

Activist Ruchira Gupta visited USM last week to speak on her experiences fighting to abolish sex trafficking. She started her career as a journalist and won an Emmy for her documentary The Selling of Innocents which explores the plight of young girls in India being taken from their homes and sold into prostitution to work in brothels.

“We urgently need a new law on trafficking, one which is not based on old British colonial laws,” said Gupta.

The laws created by Parliament such as the Contagious Disease Act are designed to provide disease free women to soldiers fighting in the British army.

Gupta believes that change needs to be made across the globe and not just within a certain country. Part of the problem is that with the advancement of technology, traffickers have become much more skilled at what they do, using websites to lure and auction off women.

There seems to be a trend on the class and gender of people that traffickers prey upon. In almost all cases it is generally women living in developing countries like India and poor, younger girls that were sought after by traffickers. The same holds true in the United States, where most of the women trafficked are poor minorities.

Traffickers would also try to make going to work in a brothel sound appealing by telling these young girls that they would get to go live in a big city and make some money for themselves.

Gupta recounted that the youngest girl she had met that was trafficked was only seven years old. The average ages of victims are between 13 and 15 in the United States and nine and 13 in India.

“The traffickers simply met whatever the demands were by these clients,” said Gupta. “They would actually find these girls and bring them to the brothel.”

Gupta believes that in order for there to be change, the laws have to be targeted towards the traffickers and to punish the clients, because a lot of the time the victim has no choice. She also believes that things need to be done so that the buyer has less power and less choices when he decides to go to the brothel.

In countries such as Norway and Sweden purchasing sex is illegal, not the selling of sex. This means that if a trafficker was to be caught or a brothel was searched, the women would not be punished for what they were being forced to do.

“Those governments understood and recognized that prostitution was an outcome of gender inequality, so the women should not be punished,” said Gupta.

Those laws have put the blame on the traffickers, resulting in a decrease in trafficking for those countries. Now many other countries are also starting to adopt a similar model when they craft laws against trafficking.

There has been some success in trying to bring change. Recently, new laws have been passed against trafficking through lobbying and putting pressure on government.

“It has created a new paradigm with how we deal with trafficking,” said Gupta. “We have shifted the blame from the victim to the perpetrator.”

Prostitution will still occur, Gupta said, as long as there is a buyer. Gupta believes that there needs to be partnerships between governments so that policies and laws can be passed to make a difference and to try and protect women against trafficking.

UMaine to freeze tuition for fourth year straight

USM Free Press News Feed - Mon, 2015-03-23 11:53

The University of Maine System board of trustees has voted once again to freeze in-state tuition for the fourth year in a row leaving students, faculty and staff wondering what this means for the future of USM.

According to Dan Demeritt, the UMaine system director of public affairs, students can expect Maine’s college tuition to be one of the most affordable in New England.

“It’s critical that the government is making an investment and that the board of trustees is using that to keep tuition flat so it doesn’t get harder for families to finance a college degree,” said Demeritt. “The hope is that as a public institution, it reduces financial barriers for students as well as potential students and reduces indebtedness once students graduate.”

Although other public institutions across the country have increased their tuition by 17 percent over the past four years, Demeritt explained that college competition is higher than ever and believes low tuition is an enticing factor for potential students.

“We’re seeing that the amount of high school students graduating has diminished by almost 20 percent over the past few years,” said Demeritt. “It’s a combination of that and competition between other universities – our customer pool has shrunk and we have more competition.”

Chris Quint, USM’s public affairs director, believes that affordability is a major problem across the country, similarly saying that this issue can be linked to the low high school graduate demographics and the competition between universities.

“We have to do everything we can to be affordable and accessible,” said Quint. “The action the board of trustees took was a positive one in that direction.”

By giving students the confidence that their tuition bill will not increase, Quint said that in-state students can be expected to spend only $8,000 for the school year and out of state students with room and board costs can expect to spend about $20,000.

“We’re one of the better deals in the northeast here at USM,” explained Quint. “Portland is one of the most desirable cities in the northeast and we’re right in the heart of it. We have everything we need to be successful here, we just have to sell it to students.”

Junior finance major Amelia Worthing said that with all the faculty cuts that USM has seen over the past year, the tuition freeze will hopefully bring more students into the university and allow for our budget goals to be met so that more cuts can be avoided.

“The only reason that it’s hard to afford college is because we’re young and we don’t really know how to manage our money yet,” said Worthing. “I bet a lot of us would actually be able to afford our tuition a lot easier if we could manage our money more effectively.”

Worthing also believes that this scenario can also be applied to the university, saying that if USM could properly manage funds then perhaps they wouldn’t need to make the cuts.

To combat USM’s recent fiscal issues and bring more students through the door, Quint said that not only do they have to modernize recruitment strategies but they also want to improve how they market and talk about the university.

“It really comes down to recruiting more students,” said Quint. “We’re hoping that by being a metropolitan university, we will open up enticing opportunities for current and prospective students not only in the classroom but in the community.”

With the arrival of USM’s new president Dr. Harvey Kesselman, Quint also explained that the future of USM is in good hands because he has raised a university from the ashes of financial debt once before.

“When he started as Executive President at Stockton University, they were very much in the same situation as we are,” said Quint. “Along with their faculty and administration, Kesselman was able to turn it around to the point now where they are thriving. I know he can do that for USM.”

Demeritt said that as each university takes the proper action to combat financial issues and the University of Maine System promises to provide Maine’s strongest commitments to affordability. The individuals who voted for the tuition freeze recognize that.

“It really is all about the students,” said Demeritt. “We want to be an option for everyone and that’s why its so important to keep the tuition down.”

Student government polls open, first event canceled last-minute

USM Free Press News Feed - Mon, 2015-03-23 10:28

There was an event scheduled last Friday for students to meet and learn more about their peers running positions within student government, but no one attended, not even the candidates.

After an email was sent to the USM Events listings confirming the event on Tuesday, it was rescheduled for Monday, but no official notice of the change was posted on university or student government websites or social media accounts.

In an email on Friday evening, student senate vice chair Tom Bahun told the Free Press that an email was supposed to have been sent out by either Dean of Students Joy Pufhal or student life director Jason Saucier.

“The elections committee and the student body president asked to consolidate the Friday event with the Monday event to make a stronger one,” said Saucier in an email on Friday evening. “Unfortunately we did not get a correction out on the e-mail list.”

Within an hour after the event was sent to begin, not a single student wandered into the area where the event was supposed to take place. USM tech support employees had set-up equipment in preparation for the event, but packed up after an hour when no one arrived. They had not been notified of a cancellation.

Senate Chair Judson Cease and Parliamentarian Joshua Tharpe did not respond to emails asking for information sent Friday evening.

Nominations Closed, polls open

This year’s presidential race is between four candidates, including current members of the student government.

Rebecca Tanous, current student body vice president and senior chemistry and education major, is running with junior chemistry major Matthew Creisher.

“I truly believe that this position is where I can best serve the students,” wrote Tanous in her election bio. “Having been a member of the Student Government Association for two full years, I feel confident in my knowledge of how the SGA functions and am passionate on utilizing it to better aid the students.”

The pair list improving USM’s marketing efforts, improving connections between students, faculty and administrators and student organization groups as key issues they hope to focus on.

“Being a transfer student, I have a vested interest in how this University represents itself to those that are potentially interested in enrolling,” wrote Creisher. “As vice president I would be able to work closely with students and faculty members in order to bring about changes to the schools advertising system; in order to showcase a more welcoming and inviting front to those looking into the school.”

Senator John Jackson, a political science and business management major, is running for president with economics major Mackenzie McHatton as his vice president. Information on the candidates’ academic standing was not provided.

“As a Student Senator here at USM this past year, especially during the rollercoaster of an academic year we’ve had, I have not only established relationships with the people that are in the most influential of positions around the University thus allowing me to get tasks done, but I have also have first-hand experience with the requirements and commitments of the position of Student Body President,” wrote Jackson. “I believe that Mackenzie and I are the individuals that can help bring and be able to ensure that the voice of the student body is heard among the faculty, administration and the board of trustees on any subject that the student body wants its opinions voiced.”

Jackson noted that student involvement in university governance, parking problems on campus, university marketing and pushing the metropolitan university model as issues he would tackle.

The final runners for the president’s office are sophomore political science and criminology major Paul McGuire and junior leadership and organizational studies major Camden Ege.

“We are passionate about USM and it’s future,” reads their election bio page. “We recognize that this is an important time in shaping the University and we want the opportunity to do that responsibly.”

Their goals include improving communication across the board at USM and helping students better represent themselves in the surrounding community.

Junior psychology and criminology major Derrick Kennedy is running solo.

“ I want to be Student Body President because I have a voice,” wrote Kennedy,” and I, like many of the students of USM, recognize what the issues are, and believe that I have a powerful enough voice to be heard and to make a difference in bringing about a much needed change.”

Kennedy lists improving student resources on the path to graduation as his one presidential goal. His hobbies include hiking, mountain biking and weight lifting, according to his profile.

Only 13 candidates for the student senate are on the ballot and the senate has 21 seats to fill. It looks like the race for those positions will be completely uncontested this year.

This year’s referendum questions look for student input on adjusting the hours of the Gorham café and Woodbury café to better accommodate late classes, athletics. Another topic up for debate is expanding the Saturday mall bus run to also include stopping at places like Walmart and Target and increasing the frequency of the late-night bus to the Old Port.

The SGA has scheduled a ‘meet the candidates’ event for Monday at 1 p.m. in the Woodbury Campus Center. There will be a debate between the candidates for student body president.

Polls open at 1:30 p.m. and student can vote online through the SGA page on USM’s website.


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“This is my home now,” Dr. Harvey Kesselman announced as new USM president

USM Free Press News Feed - Wed, 2015-03-11 09:25

During a press conference earlier today, USM’s administration excitedly announced that Dr. Harvey Kesselman will be the university’s next president, beginning July 1.

Kesselman expressed deep admiration for The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, his alma mater school and where he’s finishing up his final months as Provost and Executive Vice President, however he is enthusiastic to lead USM and has about 8 years of commitment in him.

“This is my home now,” said Kesselman. “I made a commitment here and this is the place I belong now.”

Kesselman’s plan is to ensure that USM doesn’t shrink under the potential pressure of budget problems as it did last year. He hopes to continue the focus that current situation president David Flanagan initiated: get more students in the door and find a way to keep them here.

“If we could retain even 400 more students, the fiscal problems diminish,” said Kesselman. “What we need to do as a community is to see what stops students from staying at USM. If we’re all working toward that goal I am convinced that the problems will take care of themselves.”

Kesselman believes the university is far too great of an institution to have a retention rate of 65 percent. Finding a solution to this issue will involve starting conversations with faculty, staff and students.

“I am going to spend a lot of time to meet every employee at the institution and immediately have relationships with the faculty senate,” said Kesselman. “I want their voice, it’s critical.”

Kesselman is optimistic that USM’s financial future is on a positive path because of the talents of people that he said are doing everything they can to ensure USM’s physical vitality.

“I’m comfortable in the matter in which we are moving forward will be one of the ways USM ensures long term vitality,” said Kesselman. “Fiscal decisions are critical to the success of any institution.”

Kesselman believes that there are a variety of factors that go into making USM a successful metropolitan university. From the  friendly and respectful students, beautiful locations and qualified faculty, he has high hopes that the school will outlast not only his presidency but many more after that. Kesselman also placed faith in the school’s metropolitan vision.

Kesselman said that when metropolitan universities begin, they are often aren’t well received. However, he also said that out of this tension will eventually come progress.

“Had the model not been here, I would not have applied,” said Kesselman. “I thought it was very attractive that USM was going in that direction.”

Kesselman wants to help USM get classified as one of the top community engagement universities in the U.S. by earning the Carnegie Distinction by 2019. The Carnegie Distinction is a prestige given to about 300 schools who are committed to making a local impact and social embeddedness.

“It will open up avenues for USM and make your degree more valuable,” said Kesselman. “We are trying to put theory into practice and that is what I plan to implement. We want engaged students and engaged faculty here at the university.”

University of Maine system chancellor James Page endorsed Kesselman as USM’s next president and said that he’s someone who knows the opportunities and pitfalls of higher education. Kesselman’s priorities around students, enrollment and growing the metropolitan concept played a large part in how they evaluated his candidacy.

“The metropolitan university is going to evolve in many ways that we don’t even see today as it unfolds and develops over the years,” said Page. “It will give the university strength and vision to move along and. Kesselman’s enthusiasm for the university and the state of Maine is high.”




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