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The Weekly DoSE: Dean of Students Email is sent out each Wednesday by the Dean of Students Office. View past emails below, and enrolled students can find the DoSE in their @maine.edu inbox each week!

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Good Day to you all!

Hard to believe we are mid-way through the semester and next week is Spring Break. I wish you all the ability to find some time to relax and take care of yourself. When I was in college, I did not have the ability to travel during break and stayed on campus to work and/or study. However, I did try to give myself at least a day to do nothing but care for myself.

I encourage you, no matter what you do, to take some time to truly recharge both mentally and physically. When you return, the semester is going to move fast and be over before you know it.

This week in the DoSE:

Student Updates

Upcoming Events
Paid Internship Opportunities - Career Hub
Incomplete Grade from Fall 2021 - Action Needed
Commuting Options

Dean Thoughts

Spring Break

STUDENT UPDATES

UPCOMING EVENTS

3/22 - “Stronger Together”: A Look Into the Careers and Communities of Female Naval Officers - The Veterans Services Office has partnered with the USN for Women’s History Month, and will host a speaker panel event for the University of Southern Maine at 11am on March 22nd in room 103 Wishcamper.

3/24 - “Antiheroines and Nondamsels: On Writing Women Who Behave Badly” - The Women & Gender Studies Program presents a Webinar Lecture Series for Women's History Month featuring feminist authors and scholars in the areas of fiction writing, history, and social justice. This lecture will be given by Diana Clarke on March 24th from 5-6pm. For more details & the Zoom link, click here.

3/25 - Film Screening & Mental Wellness Event - On Friday, March 25th @ 12:00 - 2:00 ET, University of Southern Maine will be hosting a virtual film screening and mental wellness event that will give students an opportunity to decompress, watch & discuss three award-winning short films that explore the topic of mental health, & connect with resources available to them. Learn more about the program here, and if you're interested in attending, there are currently still some seats available for USM students. You can sign up for free via this registration page.

3/31 - Survivors Teaching Students: Ovarian cancer survivors share their stories - The USM Nursing Program & CARE Community Partnership would like to invite you to participate in a virtual open seminar to learn more about ovarian cancer! Come join us on Thursday March, 31st at 9am via Zoom to hear testimonies from ovarian cancer survivors and learn more about treatment & prevention. We will open up after the presentations for questions and comments.

PAID INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Applications are now being accepted for the AY '22/'23 MEIF-funded Career Exploration Across Sectors (CEAS) Internships! 30+ paid internships ($15/hour) are available in STEM-related fields, including in IT/computer science, marketing/communications, business, biology, chemistry, environmental science, social sciences, finance, data analysis, and engineering.

Learn more and apply: Career Exploration Across Sectors Internships or contact lindsey.w.freeman@maine.edu with questions.

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS WITH FALL 2021 INCOMPLETES

Many students still need to resolve Incomplete grades from the Fall 2021 semester. If this applies to you, please consider taking action now, while there is still time to earn a successful grade for your Fall 2021 course.

Consider using the Complete Your Incomplete resources from USM's Learning Support Team, which includes strategies, worksheets, and a list of available peer academic supports. If you have not been in contact with your Fall 2021 instructor recently, we would encourage you to make that your first step, sharing that you are intending to wrap up your remaining coursework. For additional information on academic support resources and strategies, visit usm.maine.edu/agile.

COMMUTING OPTIONS
As the cost of commuting continues to rise, USM recognizes that this may pose a significant financial burden to students and we’re thinking of possible options to mitigate the impact. Some options include:

  • Riding the METRO
  • Asking peers to carpool
  • Reducing frequency of lower-priority drives
  • If in a tight spot, apply for emergency financial support from DoS

If you want to consider more sustainable transportation options, click here. For anyone residing in Maine you are welcome to use the free carpooling app called Go Maine, which can be found here: https://www.gomaine.org/Ways-to-Commute/Carpool. This site is not endorsed by or affiliated with USM or the larger UMaine system, so please use your best judgment if signing up.

DEAN THOUGHTS

Have a safe and fun Spring Break!

See you out there.
Dean Mondor

Double the DoSE-age!
A Special Edition DoSE for Extra Upcoming Announcements & Events

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Parking Services Reminder
The Wishcamper lot in Portland, located between Glickman Library and Abromson, will close beginning on Monday March 14th for construction of the new Garage. Students, faculty, and staff will be required to have a parking permit to access the parking garage or parking on the surface lots.

Friendly reminder for students to park in the correct parking lots according to the color of their parking hang tag. Residential students can NOT park in staff/faculty lots or commuter student lots. Parking violations will result in citations. Please refer to the guide below on where students may park: 

  • Green-Striped signs: All residential first-years/freshman, All residential upper-classmen,commuter students, and faculty/staff
  • Green signs: All residential upper-classmen, commuter students and faculty/staff. 
  • Blue signs: Faculty/Staff only.
  • Red signs: Commuter students and faculty/staff.

 

Summer & Fall Registration
Registration for Summer Session 2022 has begun! Summer registration started on Tuesday, March 1st and will continue through class start dates throughout the summer. Priority registration for Fall Session 2022 begins April 4, 2022, and Open registration begins April 25, 2022. For more information on registration, click here, and submit a “Request to Register” here

 

EVENTS

Women's History Month Webinar Lectures
The Women and Gender Studies Program presents a Webinar Lecture Series for Women's History Month featuring feminist authors and scholars in the areas of fiction writing, history, and social justice. The Series includes the Diana E. Long Keynote Address given by USM WGS faculty member, Dr. Heather Shattuck-Heidorn. Dr. Shattuck-Heidorn’s talk will explore the intersections of feminism and science, focusing on gender, sex differences, and the COVID-19 pandemic. More details, as well as the links to the Zoom webinars, are available here.

The first of these lectures is "Reading the Gendered Body in Early America" by Dr. Rachel Walker on Tuesday, March 8th, from 5-6pm. Find the Zoom link here. Dr. Walker specializes in the history of gender, race, and popular science in early America. She is currently working on her first book project, which uncovers the history of physiognomy: a once-popular but now-discredited science, rooted in the idea that people’s facial beauty reveals their moral and mental character. Her book, Beauty and the Brain: The Science of the Mind in Early America, is slated to come out with the University of Chicago Press Fall 2022.

Other dates in the series:
March 24, 5- 6pm: Diana Clarke: “Antiheroines and Nondamsels: On Writing Women Who Behave Badly.” 
March 31, 5-6pm: The Diana E. Long Keynote Address - Dr. Heather Shattuck-Heidorn: Gender and Sex Differences in Human Health: Insights from the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
April 12, 5-6pm: Dr. Kristen Kolenz: “Decolonial and Transnational Feminisms in the Caribbean and Latin America.”

USM Hussey Leadership Institute
Consider registering for our one-credit pop-up course associated with the 2022 USM Hussey Leadership Institute!  The 2022 Institute will be delivered via Zoom with sessions offered from 12-1pm EST every Monday/Wednesday/Friday from Monday, March 28th - Friday, April 8th.  Two web-synchronous class meetings via Zoom are required for this pop-up course, before the Institute, from 5:30-7pm on Monday, March 21st, and after the Institute, from 5:30-7pm on Thursday, April 14th.

Registration for the Institute is free for all USM students, faculty, and staff!  Register here with your maine.edu email address. You can find this course, POP 101 (section 0003) in MaineStreet under class number 30874, and you can view the course syllabus here.

Good Day to you all!

Wishing you all a great week. There is something about a fresh coating of snow that just brightens your day. Unfortunately, it comes right in the middle of a major world crisis. These are troubling times for so many and despite the distance away, the pain can be and is being felt right here in our community.

If you are feeling overwhelmed and need support, you can always reach out to the USM Counseling Center or call Cumberland County Crisis at 774-HELP - 24/7 and if you live outside of Cumberland County you can call the statewide crisis number at 1-888-568-1112.

The USM Religious and Spiritual Life Council is available as well for students. You can find a list of services and groups around USM. In light of the recent world events, Chaplains with Buddhist Formation will be offering a Buddhist Community Moment of Silence Zoom session on March 3rd from 1:00-1:30pm.

This week in the DoSE:
Student Updates
Upcoming Events:

Shabbat Dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat Service
ROCC Open House - Gorham
Royal Majesty Drag Competition
Random Acts Event

Incomplete Grade from Fall 2021-Action Needed
Student Alumni Association - Students Needed

Dean Thoughts

Longer Days - Get outside.

STUDENT UPDATES
Upcoming Events

3/4 - Shabbat Dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat Services - Come to the USM Diversity Center (Portland Campus) from 6-8pm on Friday, March 4th to enjoy a great meal and our growing community as we gather to welcome in Shabbat (the day of rest.) All are Welcome. RSVP by Tuesday March 1 at Noon to help us plan for food.

3/4 - ROCC Open House - Gorham Campus - Bailey Hall Room 305 6-8 pm
6:00-6:30 ROCC Presentation 6:30-8:00 Ice Cream Sundaes and Raffles
(MUST BE PRESENT AT 6:00 FOR RAFFLE)

3/5 - Royal Majesty Drag Competition & Show - The USM Royal Majesty Drag Competition & Show will return (on a smaller scale) for its 22nd year! Come join us at 7pm (doors open @6:30pm) on Saturday, March 5th in the Brooks Student Center on the Gorham Campus to see the show, hosted by Gigi Gabor and featuring performances by Ophelia Johnson & Finn Gerring! Free to USM students, $5 suggested donation for all others. ASL interpreted.

3/7 - #IAmRemarkable Workshop - Random Acts is hosting a virtual #IamRemarkable workshop on Monday, March 7th from 6-7:30pm. The program aims to improve the motivation and self-promotion skills of women & underrepresented groups and to change social perceptions and refresh the conversation around self-promotion. RSVP here to receive the Zoom link, and click here to view a video about the workshop!

RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS WITH FALL 2021 INCOMPLETES

Many students still need to resolve Incomplete grades from the Fall 2021 semester. If this applies to you, please consider taking action now, while there is still time to earn a successful grade for your Fall 2021 course.

Consider using the Complete Your Incomplete resources from USM's Learning Support Team, which includes strategies, worksheets, and a list of available peer academic supports. If you have not been in contact with your Fall 2021 instructor recently, we would encourage you to make that your first step, sharing that you are intending to wrap up your remaining coursework. For additional information on academic support resources and strategies, visit usm.maine.edu/agile.

STUDENT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
The new Student Alumni Association seeks to connect students with alumni, instill the value of philanthropy among the campus community, and create a culture of giving back among graduates of USM. We're looking for new members who would like the opportunity to engage directly with alumni and build their resume skills by assisting with the senior class gift.

Want to learn more? Join Sarah Whitfield '21G, Director of Annual Giving, for an information session on Monday, March 7th at 7pm via Zoom. If you're interested in attending or can't make it but would like to learn more, please fill out this quick Google form. Feel free to contact Sarah at sarah.whitfield@maine.edu with any questions.


DEAN THOUGHTS

Today I was able to walk around campus and enjoy the longer days and appreciate the sights, and sounds of campus life. Seeing student workers in the Admissions Kiosk in the Bailey Lobby, the student tour guide walking backwards with a group of visitors, student athletes in the training room post practice and the women’s lacrosse team heading out to beat Bates! All and all - a good day.

This is a good reminder to make sure you are getting out and enjoying the outdoors. It is so easy to get stuck in front of your computer screen with zoom meetings/classes and emails. You can truly lose track of time and forget to step away and see the world away from a computer or phone screen. Make sure you take the time to get outside and enjoy the longer days.

See you out there.
Dean Mondor

Good day to you all!

Hope you are all well and enjoyed that incredible flash of warm weather yesterday.  This week’s DoSE is focused on Events/Activities on and around campus.  Check it out.

This week in the DoSE:

Student Updates

Upcoming Events
Commencement 2022 - Student Speaker
Career Week
Maine Challenge Board Opportunity

Dean Thoughts

Each Day is a Little Better:  Because of you.

STUDENT UPDATES

Upcoming Events

2/24 - “Influential Black Leaders of Maine” Webinar -
The Office of the Student Body President invites you to our "Influential Black Leaders of Maine" webinar. Join us on Thursday, February 24 via Zoom Webinar from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM as we discuss advocacy, change, and the significant works of panelists Deqa Dhalac, Reggie Parsons, and Amran Osman. We aim to highlight the excellence of Black leaders in our community, as well as develop a strong network between Maine's present and future Black leaders. 

2/25 - Snowshoe Social
SEAL is offering a snowshoeing networking event for graduate students this Friday, February 25th at 10am! Take a walk through the woods behind USM’s Gorham Campus & build your network. Click here to register!

3/1 - WMPG Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party
WMBG, Sodexo, & Po' Boy & Pickles invite you to come and enjoy music, food, beads, and fun to celebrate Mardi Gras!. Can’t make it to New Orleans? Come on down to Abromson 11:30am - 1pm and get a little bit of it here at USM! Free & open to all USM students and staff. Come one come all!

3/4 - Shabbat Dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat Services -
Come to the USM Diversity Center (Portland Campus) from 6-8pm on Friday, March 4th to enjoy a great meal and our growing community as we gather to welcome in Shabbat (the day of rest.) All are Welcome. RSVP by Tuesday March 1 at Noon to help us plan for food.

Commencement - Student Speaker Application
All graduating students (including August '21 and December '21 graduates) are invited to submit a speech to be considered as USM's 2022 Student Commencement Speaker. This is a special opportunity to conclude your time at USM by sharing your unique voice with fellow graduates and their loved ones. Please visit the Commencement website for more information about how to apply by the March 1st deadline and don't forget to Apply To Graduate!

Career Week
Do you need a job or internship? Don't miss Career Week hosted by the Career & Employment Hub February 28th - March 4th. Book 15-minute Zoom meetings with recruiters from over 20 organizations. Learn more and register today!

Maine Challenge Board Opportunity
Are you interested in working with an organization that is growing and working to better the Maine environment? Maine Challenge is looking for new board members, particularly young folks who are good financial decision-makers! If you are interested in creating meaningful impact in a growing community group, please contact Maine Challenge Board.

 

DEAN THOUGHTS

We are getting close to the mid-way mark of the semester.  Are you on track for a successful term?  Do you need assistance, tutoring, study skills, or perhaps need to have a conversation with your professor.  Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.  Do it today.

 

Wishing you all the best, 
Dean Mondor

Good day to you all!

This week in the DoSE:

Covid Updates

Weekly Asymptomatic Test

Student Updates

Presidents Day 2/21 - No Classes
Upcoming Events
Commencement 2022 - Student Speaker
Career Week

Dean Thoughts

Enjoy your weekend!

 

COVID UPDATES

Spring Semester and COVID Requirements

Students registered for Spring 2022 will be required to come in full compliance with COVID guidelines.  If you are not Up To Date with your COVID Vaccinations/Boosters, you will need to test weekly through our Asymptomatic Testing program or submit a PCR test to come on campus.  If you miss a week, you can have a HOLD placed on your account and could be asked to stay off campus.  

To verify/update your compliance status, you can log into PointNClick and click on the Medical Clearances link (Left Menu).  There you will see if you need to test and can accept the Consent to Test form.  You can also schedule your weekly test through PointNClick.

 

STUDENT UPDATES

Presidents Day 2/21 - (No Classes)
Presidents Day is coming up! This is a reminder that there will be no classes on Monday, February 21st.

Upcoming Events

2/25 - Snowshoe Social - SEAL is offering a snowshoeing networking event for graduate students next Friday, February 25th at 10am! Take a walk through the woods behind USM’s Gorham Campus & build your network. Click here to register!

 

Commencement - Student Speaker Application
All graduating students (including August '21 and December '21 graduates) are invited to submit a speech to be considered as USM's 2022 Student Commencement Speaker. This is a special opportunity to conclude your time at USM by sharing your unique voice with fellow graduates and their loved ones. Please visit the Commencement website for more information about how to apply by the March 1st deadline and don't forget to Apply To Graduate!

 

Career Week
Do you need a job or internship? Don't miss Career Week hosted by the Career & Employment Hub February 28th - March 4th. Book 15-minute Zoom meetings with recruiters from over 20 organizations. Learn more and register today!

 

DEAN THOUGHTS

Please take time to read the COVID-19 announcements and guidelines outlined for Spring 2022 and stay safe.

Enjoy the rest of your week, and have a great weekend!

 

Gaudium Visque Discendi

Wishing you all the best, 

The Dean of Students Office

Good day to you all!

It is great to see more of you walking around campus.  Please wave and say hello.  Hard to tell if someone is saying Hi behind the mask.

This week in the DoSE:

Covid Updates

Weekly Asymptomatic Test

Student Updates

Student Government Association Newsletter
Upcoming Events
Commencement 2022 - Student Speaker
Career Week

Dean Thoughts

Student Voice is important

 

COVID UPDATES

Spring Semester and COVID Requirements

Students registered for Spring 2022 will be required to come in full compliance with COVID guidelines.  If you are not Up To Date with your COVID Vaccinations/Boosters, you will need to test weekly through our Asymptomatic Testing program or submit a PCR test to come on campus.  If you miss a week, you can have a HOLD placed on your account and could be asked to stay off campus.  

To verify/update your compliance status, you can log into PointNClick and click on the Medical Clearances link (Left Menu).  There you will see if you need to test and can accept the Consent to Test form.  You can also schedule your weekly test through PointNClick.

 

STUDENT UPDATES

Student Government Association Newsletter

We are ecstatic and honored to publish the first edition of the monthly Student Government Association newsletter.

This newsletter will be a monthly deep dive into all things student government including university updates, student events, and more! There will be thorough reports from both the Student Body President’s Office and the Student Senate, which make up the two halves of the Student Government Association.

For context of what they both do: the Student Body President’s Office is a cabinet of individuals whose primary responsibility is to be the student voice by advocating for student rights and needs throughout their time at the University of Southern Maine and the Student Senate is a group of Student Senators that allocate the student activity fee to various entities, clubs, and organizations by vote. They additionally have five categorized committees to help them achieve their goals.

 

Upcoming Events

2/17-26 - Carnaval ME Winter Festival - Located at the Eastern Prom in Portland, there will be LIVE music, Sunday River Rail Jam, ice sculptures, bonfires, warm food and drink, and more! There is a full schedule on the home page.

 

Commencement - Student Speaker Application
All graduating students (including August '21 and December '21 graduates) are invited to submit a speech to be considered as USM's 2022 Student Commencement Speaker. This is a special opportunity to conclude your time at USM by sharing your unique voice with fellow graduates and their loved ones. Please visit the Commencement website for more information about how to apply by the March 1st deadline and don't forget to Apply To Graduate!

 

Career Week
Do you need a job or internship? Don't miss Career Week hosted by the Career & Employment Hub February 28th - March 4th. Book 15-minute Zoom meetings with recruiters from over 20 organizations. Learn more and register today!

 

DEAN THOUGHTS 

I have always believed that the best way to learn about a group, organization or business is to get involved.  When I bought my condo a number of years ago, I joined the board because I wanted to know how the money was spent and help make our condo association a better place.

You have an opportunity to get involved in a similar way.  The University Store is looking for a student to sit on the University Store Advisory Board.  There are only two meetings, 2/25 & 4/1 from 1-2:15 on Zoom.  Student Rep selected will receive a $25 gift card after attending both meetings.  All you have to do is apply now!

Please take time to read the COVID-19 announcements and guidelines outlined for spring 2022 and stay safe. 

 

Wishing you all the best, 

Dean Mondor

Good day to you all!

 

Well, I guess Punxsutawney Phil is predicting 6 more weeks of winter, so fingers crossed this weekend is not the start of things to come.

In light of Groundhog Day, I would like to showcase a friend, colleague and faculty member, Christine Maher Ph.D. Associate Dean and Professor of Biology.  She has recently had an article published in the New York Times sharing her research and insight on the groundhog and I encourage you all to read it.  Congratulations to Dr. Maher!

 

This week in the DoSE:

Covid Updates

Face coverings
Designated Eating Areas
Weekly Asymptomatic Test

Student Updates

Parking Updates
Commencement 2022 - Student Speaker

Dean Thoughts

Each Day is a Little Better:  Because of you.

 

COVID UPDATES

Face coverings 
Face coverings are required indoors for all persons – students, staff, faculty and visitors – regardless of vaccination status when indoors at a University facility.  This includes the Gorham/Portland and Lewiston Campus. N-95, or KN-95 masks are recommended, though not required.  Masks are available for use in building entrances or main desks, if you forget yours.

 

Designated Eating Areas
Masks can only be removed while seated at designated eating areas.  Classrooms are not designated eating areas, due to the close proximity of students in a class.  Please refrain from removing your mask from your nose/mouth to eat or drink in class. 

We will be posting a list shortly, identifying appropriate designated eating areas in each building.  

 

Spring Semester and COVID Requirements

Students registered for Spring 2022 will be required to come in full compliance with COVID guidelines.

    • If you are currently fully vaccinated, but have not yet received a booster, starting on February 1st  you will need to test weekly through our Asymptomatic Testing program or submit a PCR test to come on campus. *Quarantine Alert
    • If you were online/remote for fall semester, you will need to submit an online/remote exemption for spring within PointnClick.  NOTE:  If you plan to come to campus (library, exams, study groups) you should upload your vaccination record to be compliant for on campus presence.*Quarantine Alert
    • If you have an approved exemption (Medical/Religious)*, Remember you must test weekly. *Quarantine Alert
  • If you have received your COVID Booster Shot (Uploaded in PointNClick), you are all set for spring semester. If you are a close contact and asymptomatic, you will not have to quarantine.
  • To verify/update your compliance status, you can log into PointNClick and click on the Medical Clearances link (Left Menu).  There you will see if you need to test and can accept the Consent to Test form.  You can also schedule your weekly test through PointNClick.

 

STUDENT UPDATES

Parking Updates
Parking Permits will be required for parking on the Gorham and Portland campuses.  If you have not yet obtained your permit, please do so immediately.  Parking enforcement will begin.  If you have a valid parking permit, you may park in any USM Portland Parking Lot.

The Portland Parking Garage has been reconfigured.  Surrenden Street is now two way and both the entrance and exit for the garage.  To enter the garage you will need either your permit or to pull a ticket at the new entry gates.  Before exiting, stop by the Parking Services Office (Level 1 in Abromson) to have your ticket validated for no parking charge, until your permit is received.

More detailed information can be found at https://usm.maine.edu/parking-services

Commencement - Student Speaker Application
All graduating students (including August '21 and December '21 graduates) are invited to submit a speech to be considered as USM's 2022 Student Commencement Speaker. This is a special opportunity to conclude your time at USM by sharing your unique voice with fellow graduates and their loved ones. Please visit the Commencement website for more information about how to apply by the March 1st deadline and don't forget to Apply To Graduate!


DEAN THOUGHTS

It was great to walk around campus this week and see students out and about on campus.  To see your faces, wave hello and answer questions reminded me why I am here.  For you!  Welcome back (in-person).

I realize this is not ideal, but together we can make each day a little brighter.  Wave to a passer-by on the sidewalk.  Hold a door for someone behind you.  Each day will get a little better and that is because you are here.  Virtually and In-Person!  

Please take time to read the COVID-19 announcements and guidelines outlined for spring 2022 and stay safe. 

 

Gaudium Visque Discendi

Wishing you all the best, 

Dean Mondor

Good day to you all!

 

I hope that week two is treating you all well.  Last night I was able to attend the Student Involvement Fair and was so excited to see students in person instead of Zoom.  Though you could not see it through my mask, I was smiling!!!

Undergraduate Students:  Stay connected with the Navigate Student App.  It is an easy way to connect with resources, find a study buddy, explore career options, receive notices on pivotal events, and share information with my office.   Please take a moment to download and connect to your UMaine credential.  It’s that easy.

 

 

This week in the DoSE:

Covid Updates

Face coverings
Attend an On-Campus Event
Weekly Asymptomatic Test

Student Updates

Free Money for College Event
AFUM Scholarship for Undergrads
Student Rep for University Store Advisory Board needed
Shabbat Dinner and Service - Feb. 4th
Safe Zone Project - Volunteer Orientation

Dean Thoughts

COVID-19 and our community.

 

COVID UPDATES

Face coverings 
Face coverings are required indoors for all persons – students, staff, faculty and visitors – regardless of vaccination status when indoors at a University facility.  This includes the Gorham/Portland and Lewiston Campus. N-95, or KN-95 masks are recommended, though not required.  

 

Attending an On-Campus Event

The University System currently requires students who are on campus in-person to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

When you arrive to an event, log into PointNClick and Show Badge:

  • Green = Cleared 
  • Yellow = Has Exemption on file. Mus show a negative COVID test result (View My COVID-19 Lab Results) - must be in the same week
  • Red = Not Cleared.

 

Spring Semester and COVID Requirements

Students registered for Spring 2022 will be required to come in full compliance with COVID guidelines.

  • If you have received your COVID Booster Shot (Uploaded in PointNClick), you are all set for spring semester. If you are a close contact and asymptomatic, you will not have to quarantine.
  • If you are currently fully vaccinated, but have not yet received a booster, starting on February 1st  you will need to test weekly through our Asymptomatic Testing program or submit a PCR test to come on campus. *Quarantine Alert
  • If you were online/remote for fall semester, you will need to submit an online/remote exemption for spring within PointnClick.  NOTE:  If you plan to come to campus (library, exams, study groups) you should upload your vaccination record to be compliant for on campus presence.*Quarantine Alert
  • If you have an approved exemption (Medical/Religious)*, Remember you must test weekly. *Quarantine Alert
  • To verify/update your compliance status, you can log into PointNClick and click on the Medical Clearances link (Left Menu).  There you will see if you need to test and can accept the Consent to Test form.  You can also schedule your weekly test through PointNClick.

 

STUDENT UPDATES

FAFSA - Free Money for College! - Feb.15.

Free Money for College! USM's JMG Program, the Promise Scholarship, TRIO College Programs, and Financial Aid Office are partnering with the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) for a FAFSA and Scholarship Completion event. 

Students will get personalized assistance in submitting their 2022-2023 FAFSA and scholarship applications on Tuesday, February 15th from 4-6 p.m. in Room 322 Bailey Hall on the Gorham campus. Additionally, enjoy free pizza and be entered in a raffle for a $500 scholarship! 

Advance sign-up is preferred (RSVP HERE), but walk-ins are also welcomed. Please review FAME's checklist for a list of recommended documents to help you prepare for submission. If you do not have all of the recommended documentation you are still welcome to come with the information you have to get started on the FAFSA.

 

Undergraduate Scholarships Available - Deadline: Feb 4th
The USM chapter of the Associated Faculties of the University of Maine (AFUM) is pleased to announce the availability of 2 undergraduate scholarships for spring 2022.  AFUM is the labor union that represents the full time faculty of the University of Maine System (UMS) and we are a member of both the National Education Association (NEA) and the Maine Education Association (MEA).  

We will award two scholarships in the amount of $600 each to be applied to your spring 2022 tuition bill.  **The deadline for application is Friday Feb 4 and awardees will be notified by Feb 12 by email.**

 

Student Rep needed for University Store Advisory Board
Meetings will be held virtually via zoom, on Friday, February 25th and Friday April 1st from 1pm-2:15.

We are looking for open honest feedback from the USM community regarding the store. 

Their experiences with our current store, as well as expectations for our new store in 2023. Check out their website for more information and to apply.

 

Shabbat Dinner and Service
Southern Maine Hillel, your campus community supporting Jewish Life on campus, is hosting a Welcome Back Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming Sabbath) Service and FREE Dinner on Friday night, February 4th, at 6pm at the Diversity Center (Portland Campus). ALL ARE WELCOME. Please RSVP by Noon on Tuesday Feb 1 to reserve your meal. The Jewish tradition is to mark the seventh day (begins on Friday night) of each week as the day of the rest and spend time in delight with family and friends. Please Join us! For More Information email hillel@mainejewish.org

 

Safe Zone Project - Volunteer Orientation
The mission of the Safe Zone Project at the University of Southern Maine is to visibly identify and support those members of the University community who are safe and supportive contacts for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) students, staff, and faculty. 

Upcoming Sessions:
Wednesday, February 16, 9:00-10:30am
Tuesday, March 8, 5:00-6:30pm
Friday, April 15, 12:00-1:30pm

All sessions are conducted via Zoom. Please RSVP by filling out this Google Form if you'd like to attend, and you will be added to the calendar invite with all zoom details.

 

DEAN THOUGHTS

Just a quick reminder that on Monday, January 31st we will return to our originally scheduled class modalities as posted in MaineStreet.  Please double check your schedule over the weekend to make sure you know room locations.  

Please take time to read the COVID-19 announcements and guidelines outlined for spring 2022 and stay safe. 

 

Gaudium Visque Discendi

Wishing you all the best, 

Dean Mondor