Dean of Students

Weekly DoSE: Dean of Students Email

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! 

Today is a bitter sweet day for all.  Today marks an incredible achievement of resilience and hard work from the Husky Nation community.  We made it to Thanksgiving Break, when many thought we would not make it through September.  So, thank you all for doing your part and keeping our community safe. As we transition to 'remote learning' for all classes until the end of the semester, it is important to know that campus is still open.  Offices, library and spaces are still available to students over the next few weeks.  Please check in with departments to see their hours and contact information. 

I wanted to share with you some resources that could be helpful during this period of time, especially if you are changing from face to face to remote learning.  Academic Gains through Improved Learning Effectiveness (AGILE) wants to help you with strategies around learning.  They have created a great handout on Making the Pivot to Online Learning for you.  You can reach AGILE by phone at (207)780-4228, email at usmlc@maine.edu or online

This Week in the DoSE:

  1. Academic Calendar
  2. Spring Registration
  3. Resources
  4. Dean Thoughts 

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

It is a good idea to check out the USM Academic Calendar to refresh yourself on key dates for the fall, winter and spring semester.  Some important dates to remember:

  • Thanksgiving Break: 11/25-11/29
  • Last Day to Drop a Class for a 'W" grade:  12/11
  • Last Day of Classes: 12/11
  • Finals Week: 12/12 - 12/18
  • Winter Session Begins: 12/21
  • Spring Semester Begins: 1/25/21

SPRING REGISTRATION

Open Registration for Spring 2021 is upon us.  If you plan to register, you can reach out to your Professional or Faculty Advisor for questions and/or guidance.  You can also check Browse Spring 2021 Courses online and Register via MaineStreet

​​RESOURCES on CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY

Remember to visit the COVID Related Resources page for information on various support services available during these trying times.

​ DEAN THOUGHTS

​I am thankful for you.  I am thankful to you.  We made it this far, and though it will be very quiet on campus, I am glad we were able to make it this far together.  Now, we must continue to be vigilant and stay safe.  

Remember that we are still open, so drop me a line or check out the USM_Deanofstudents Instagram.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Dean Mondor

Good day to you all.

While I listen to Governor Mills and Dr. Shah share the latest updates on how Maine is dealing with Covid-19, I want to thank our Husky Nation community for staying vigilant with face covering and social distancing. I know it is not easy, but because of your efforts, we are another day closer to our Thanksgiving Day goal.  Thank you. 

I do have a special request as we move forward this semester and prepare for the spring semester. Please take a few moments to update your contact information in MaineStreet. Have you moved? Do you have a new cell phone number? If you have a cell phone, have you activated your voicemail and if so, can you make sure the mailbox is not full? These simple steps will make it easy for us to connect with you.

ACTION NEEDED:  USM is currently in the process of developing a new residence hall ('Portland Commons') and new student center ('Career and Student Success Center') projected to open June 2023.  We need to hear from you to get a better understanding of USM students' living situation and housing-related preferences and priorities.  Please give us your feedback by taking the Student Survey and be a part of the Portland Commons.

This week in the DoSE:

  1. Reminders before you leave campus (Residential Students)
  2. Stress Relief Week
  3. How to Appeal a Grade
  4. IT Resources and Tools
  5. Dirigo Leadership Conference
  6. Spring and Winter 2021 Registration
  7. Calling All Graduate Students
  8. Activity Challenge
  9. Dean Thoughts 

REMINDERS BEFORE YOU LEAVE CAMPUS
Before leaving campus for the semester, please make sure you complete the checklist below for a smooth transition to your off-campus living arrangement:

  • Please clean out your mailbox and pick up any packages at Mail Services before departing for winter break. Packages are not forwardable through FedEx and UPS per their policy, only USPS.
  • Make sure to change your shipping address over break when ordering from Amazon and other vendors to accurately get your packages shipped home.
  • Make sure your Home and Mailing addresses and personal phone number are accurate and up-to-date in MaineStreet.
  • Check your personal voicemail to make sure it is set up and able to receive voice messages. Please also clean out older voice messages you no longer need, as you cannot receive new voice messages when your voice mailbox is full.

Although classes are moving completely remote for the remained of the fall semester after Thanksgiving, USM campuses will still be open for students needed to use facilities such as libraries, Zoom lounges, student services office, Health & Counseling Services, labs, Dining Services, and fitness centers. Please check individual websites for hours.

For students leaving campus early, note that you are still responsible for meeting your academic requirements (including attending in-person classes if you have any, or making arrangements with your professor). Residence hall students who leave early will not receive refunds for the days they are not living in the halls. 

STRESS RELIEF WEEK
Stress Relief Week, brought to you by Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) is still going strong with events each day in Lewiston, Gorham, and Portland! Don't miss goody bags, free smoothies and sundaes, stress relief tips, and more!

HOW TO APPEAL A GRADE
As the fall semester winds down, the Office of the Provost has prepared information for students wishing to appeal a grade. If you have questions about appealing a grade, or would like to request a late pass/fail, please read this first to learn about your options.

IT RESOURCES AND TOOLS
A reminder to take a look at IT Resources and Tools available to help if you need support for virtual learning. They can help with everything from tech support to software installation and more.

DIRIGO LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
This virtual Leadership Conference, held on December 5th, is free to all UMS students this year. Choose from a range of presentations aimed at helping you learn how to be compassionate leaders, courageous pioneers, and powerful game changers. Register here by November 30th to attend.

SPRING AND WINTER 2021 REGISTRATION
Another reminder that Spring 2021 and Winter registration is open and the course delivery types are listed in MaineStreet; but all holds, such as immunization holds, must be resolved before registering.

CALLING ALL GRADUATE STUDENTS
Please meet your new Graduate Student Board (GSB) leadership team. Now in its second year, this award-winning student organization wants to connect with fellow students to offer support, advocacy, and share ideas. Join their first Graduate Student Community Meeting this Thursday from 6-7 p.m. via Zoom -- all are welcome; Special Guest Provost Uzzi will discuss USM's 5-Year Plan and its impact for graduate students. You can email the Board at gradstudentboard@maine.edu.

ACTIVITY CHALLENGE
The members of the USM Nursing Partnership are here to help motivate you to get up and moving with a virtual activity challenge. All USM students are welcome to participate and the top three who cover the most distance will win a prize! Join us, as we get off our couches, put down the snacks and phones and get moving!

To join the challenge, download the free Strava app on your smartphone and create an account. Once your account is created you can join the club by searching USM School of Nursing Partnership. The challenge will run from November 25-December 2.

DEAN THOUGHTS

One final thought based on questions my office has received lately.  November 25th marks the end of our in-person semester.  If a class was meeting face to face, it would change to remote (online/online live) modality. After November 25th, all classes will continue until the end of the semester online/online live.  Please check with your faculty member on how you will finish the semester. USM campuses will still be open after November 25th for students needing to utilize resources. The library, zoom study rooms will continue to be open; offices will be open to appointments, phone calls, and emails. Please check the department’s website for specific hours and contact information.

Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s DoSE! Remember that you can always contact my office if you have any questions or send me an email at USMDeanOfStudents@maine.edu.

Dean Mondor

Good day to you!

It has been a busy week, and we are so grateful to all of you for following social distancing guidelines and keeping our community safe.

Incomplete Course grades from Spring/Summer must be completed by the end of this semester, or the grade will turn into an F. Please reach out to your faculty member for guidance. The last day to drop a course for a "W" is on 12/11.

Please help us help you by submitting a Dean of Students Check-In Form. We are responding to your comments and use the information to address any gaps in resources/services during these times.

 

This week in the Dose:

  1. IT Resources and Tools
  2. Election 2020 Webinar
  3. Documentary Screening with the DSC
  4. Dawnland LIVE Q&A Event
  5. Attend an AGILE Workshop: Finish Strong!
  6. Small Group Training at Sullivan
  7. Dean Thoughts

 

IT RESOURCES AND TOOLS
Information Technology has an array of resources available for online learning and support. As we approach the end of the semester, make sure you check out their website, along with resources available from the USM Libraries, Learning Commons, Disability Services Center, The Navigate USM Study Buddy feature, and many other offices at USM.

 

ELECTION 2020 WEBINAR

Friday, 11/13, 2-3pm - You're invited to join a virtual conversation about the "Election of 2020 and the Future of American Democracy." Hosted by Rebecca Davis Gibbons, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science, this nonpartisan discussion with Senator Angus King is an opportunity to examine the state of our political culture and how we can take the long view of our political past and future, and move forward. As part of this Zoom webinar, you are invited to submit a question when you register.

 

DOCUMENTARY SCREENING WITH THE DSC
Join the Disability Services Center for a screening of Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw by Rick Goldsmith on 11/18 at 8pm. If you are interested in attending the event, please RSVP. The film will be closed captioned. To request other accommodations for the film or discussion please contact the Disability Services Center at 207-780-4706 or dsc-usm@maine.edu by Friday, November 13.

 

DAWNLAND LIVE Q&A EVENT
Presented by Maine-Wabanaki REACH and Upstander Project on Thursday, 11/12 at 9pm. For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to save them from being Indian. In Maine, the first official "truth and reconciliation commission" in the United States begins a historic investigation. DAWNLAND goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.

Join film participants Penthea Burns and Esther Anne of Maine-Wabanaki REACH and TRC Convening Group/Maine Department of Health and Human Services' Martha Proulx for a live Q&A after the film.

 

ATTEND AN AGILE WORKSHOP: FINISH STRONG!
In this upcoming online workshop, we’ll share effective approaches to “end of the semester” preparation, and help you create a study plan that will give you the best chance to Finish Strong! Academic resources and strategies to best support you in the final weeks of the semester will also be discussed. This workshop will be offered on November 18th at 1:00pm-2:00pm and November 20th at 10:30am-11:30am via Zoom. For more information and to RSVP, click HERE. Questions can also be directed to cristina.kerluke@maine.edu.

 

SMALL GROUP TRAINING AT SULLIVAN
Get a couple of co-workers or friends and come to a circuit-style strength and conditioning class at the Sullivan Recreation and Fitness Complex in Portland. We will do a dynamic warm up, followed by a full-body circuit style workout that will get your heart pumping and your muscles working. We will finish with a relaxing cool down. There is a 3-person maximum and 2-person minimum limit per group. Everyone will be appropriately socially distanced. All guidelines for Covid-19 safety will be followed. $18 per session--split it with your friends! Pre-registration and waiver are required 24 hours in advance. Everyone must have their Student ID Card and wear a face covering at all times. Contact Niffy Allen at jennifer.h.allen@maine.edu with questions or to reserve your spot!

 

DEAN THOUGHTS
Thank you all for the hard work you've done and continue to do this semester, both in and outside of the classroom. Keep taking care of yourselves and each other by washing your hands, wearing your face coverings, and watching your six. There are only two more weeks until Thanksgiving, and while COVID cases are rising in Maine and around the country, I'm confident we can keep cases low on campus if we continue to look out for each other.

Dean Mondor

Good Morning! Sorry for the delay in the DoSE. It was a cooler week, but the weather for the upcoming week is looking great. Use the time to get outside, breathe, and reconnect.

We are so close to the end of the semester and you are all doing great with your face covering and social distancing. Don't let down your guard and do your best to stay away from larger gatherings.

This week in the DoSE:

  1. Last Day to Drop Class with a W
  2. Virtual Job & Internship Fair
  3. New Pop-up Course: SKY Happiness & Wellbeing
  4. Election Support Resources
  5. Campus Food Pantry
  6. Covid-19 Student Resilience Panel Recording

 

LAST DAY TO DROP CLASS WITH A W
The last date to drop a full semester course (12 weeks or longer) for a grade of W is December 11th, by 11:59PM. A grade of W has no impact on your GPA. Please note that the date to drop a course for a refund has passed. Before dropping a course, it is very important that you talk with your Financial Aid Counselor to make sure you understand how dropping a class will affect your financial aid package.

To drop a course for a W grade, please follow these steps:

  1. Log into MaineStreet: Student Self Service link > Student Center link;
  2. Click on the "Enroll" hyper-link on the left hand side under the "Academics" section. Select the "Drop" hyperlink at the top of the page;
  3. Select the Fall 2020 semester and click Continue;
  4. Carefully select the box beside the class you wish to drop for a W grade;
  5. Click on the yellow rectangle to "Drop Selected Class;"
  6. Click on the yellow rectangle to "Finish Dropping."
  7. Review your schedule to confirm the class was dropped. You should see a grade of W assigned for the dropped course.
    If you encounter any problems dropping a class, please email registerusm@maine.edu or call 207-780-5230. Please be sure to leave a message. Registration Services will help you complete the drop by the next business day.

 

VIRTUAL JOB & INTERNSHIP FAIR
Join the Career & Employment Hub for this semester's Virtual Job & Internship Fair on Thursday, 11/5 from 11am-3pm. Make sure you register ahead of time and visit the website for more information.

 

NEW POP-UP COURSE: SKY HAPPINESS & WELLBEING
A new 1 credit pop-up course is available in Mainestreet titled "SKY Happiness & Well-being". In this course, participants will learn foundational stress management and leadership skills, develop a personal daily breathwork and meditation practice, develop strategies for social connection and community building, and engage in service initiatives.

To enroll in the POP 101 course, go to your Fall 2020 Wishlist in Mainestreet. Type in the subject POP. You should then see the option to add the 1 credit class titled "SKY Happiness & Well-being," along with details about the course. Feel free to email katie.tomer@maine.edu if you have any questions or need help registering for the course!

 

ELECTION SUPPORT RESOURCES
ROCC Election Groups - November 2nd and November 6th
This setting is a safe place for students in Recovery to discuss their feelings and emotions around the election and its possible impact on self. This group will not be recorded. Please feel free to attend either or both groups. Contact christopher.corson@maine.edu for more information.

November 2nd from 2:00pm- 3:00pm
November 6th from 12:00pm-1:00pm

Zoom Information (same for both groups)
maine.zoom.us/j/83842976941
Phone: +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 838 4297 6941

Election Anxiety Podcasts
Headspace has put together some meditations on topics ranging from ‘political uncertainty’ to ‘rough day’ to ‘navigating change.’ Head to their website to listen.

In addition, James Madison University has put together this podcast on "Election Emotions" that comes recommended.

 

CAMPUS FOOD PANTRY
The Campus Food Pantry is open on all three campuses, with limited items available at LAC. Visit the website to find hours, schedule an appointment to visit, or fill out the CFP Order Form to pick up your food on the Gorham campus.

 

COVID-19 STUDENT RESILIENCE PANEL RECORDING
The Covid-19 Student Resilience Panel recording from last Friday's webinar is available. Click here to view the recording and learn how other students are managing during this time.


Dean Mondor

Good Day to you all!

It is that time of year, Spring Registration. You can check the Spring 2021 schedule on the Course Search page or on MaineStreet. Now is a great time to connect with your Academic/Faculty Advisor to review course options for Winter Session and Spring Semester. Check out the Advising & Selecting Your Courses page from USM Advising Services.

Do you still have an "Incomplete" grade from last spring or summer.  Now is the time to get that completed.  Incomplete grades will turn into a "F" grade at the end of the semester if not resolved.  Please contact the faculty member for that class to review your completion plan.


Reminder that the Campus Study Spaces and Zoom Lounges are still open and will be open throughout the entire semester. Though we will be going all remote after Thanksgiving, campus will be open to students. The University Libraries will be open to students throughout the semester. Check out the Hours and Locations for updated information.

Help us help you by submitting or updating your Dean of Student Check-In form anytime.    

This week in The DoSE:

  1. Voter Registration and Election Day Info 
  2. Resilience During COVID-19: The Student Experience
  3. Virtual Job & Internship Fair
  4. Upcoming Events
  5. Student Philanthropy Committee
  6. Dean Thoughts


VOTER REGISTRATION and ELECTION DAY INFO

This Library Guide is your one-stop shop for information about getting registered, requesting an absentee ballot, finding your polling place, and much more. Get in touch with a USM Library Voting Ambassador with any questions about voter registration and election day events.  

Please check out the site for important events taking place before and after election day. The 2020 President: Consensus Electoral Map is a great site for information about all the races across the country and the Presidential Race.

Early Voting: 
Thursday10/29/20: 3pm & 5pm
Friday - 10/30/20: 10am, 12pm & 3pm
Meet in Lower Brooks Student Center at 3pm and 5pm for group walks to Gorham Town Hall (.9 miles away)


Election Day:
Free Pizza, Snacks, and Drinks in Lower Brooks Student Center
Group Bike Rides and Group walks every 30 minutes from 8:00 am through 6:00pm


RESILIENCE DURING COVID-19: THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE

We invite you to join us for a student panel titled, Resilience During Covid-19: The Student Experience on Friday, October 30th from 3-4:30 p.m. It will be a Zoom webinar, so pre-registration is required to join (can be same day registration).  

Hear how students manage their responsibilities, stay motivated, and overcome obstacles during a global pandemic. It will be moderated by me (Dean Mondor) and Professor Libby Bischof. Numerous offices have collaborated with us to make this happen and it has been endorsed by the Student Experience Committee.

VIRTUAL JOB & INTERNSHIP FAIR

Our virtual job and internship fair is coming up on November 5th, from 11-3:00 PM. Video chat with employers without having to travel. You can check out the full list of employers and schedule on the Career & Employment Hub webpage. Please Pre-Register for the event.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday 10/26 through Saturday 10/31:

Halloween Spooky Room Showcase: Submit pictures/videos of decorated doors/rooms online!


Friday, October 30th:

Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Contest: Basketball Court Tent; 3pm-5pm
Scary-Oke Night: Halloween Themed Karaoke: Lower Brooks; 6pm-8pm


Saturday, October 31st:

GCAB: Spooky Breakfast Bags: Lower Brooks; 9am-11am
OAB: Merch Giveaway: Outside Lower Brooks;  9am-12pm
GCAB: Pumpkin Patch Pick n' Paint!: Basketball Court Tent; 12pm-2pm 
OAB: Free Chipotle: Hodgdon Field tent; 1:30pm-3:30pm
OAB: Tie-Dye & Lawn Games: Hodgdon Field Tent & Field; 2pm-4pm
GCAB: Musical Prize Team TRIVIA (& Raffles): Lower Brooks; 3:30pm-5:30pm
GCAB: Halloween Candy Bag Giveaway: Lower Brooks; 5:30pm-6:30pm
OAB: Night of Frights Drive-In Movie Double Feature:  LOT G16, behind Costello Gym; 6pm Showing of Ghostbusters, 9pm Showing of Halloween (2018)

USM STUDENT PHILANTHROPY COMMITTEE

You are invited to join the Student Philanthropy Committee! If you're interested in supporting your fellow Huskies while learning leadership, communication and development skills, then this committee is for you. Want to learn more? Join us at an information session on Thursday, November 12 at 3:00 p.m. Register for the info session here.

DEAN THOUGHTS

As the weather changes, so can our habits. Please make sure you do not let down your guard. While indoors, the need for face coverings and social distancing is even more important. We all need to do our part to keep USM moving forward. 

Dean Mondor

Good Day to you!

As we navigate through mid-semester, I feel compelled to stress the importance of self-care and respect for others.  

Self Care: Make sure you take time to take care of you. Get rest, drink plenty of water/health fluids, and find ways to release stress. Go for a walk, go to the gym, or take up a hobby. Find a way to take your mind off of stress, even for a short period of time. That distraction can make all the difference.

Respect Others: Remember that we are all in this together. Remember that we share the space with each other - we are not alone. Know your space, share your space and respect your space. In elementary school, we all used to receive a grade for playing well with others and leaving your space better when you leave.  

Don't forget to check out the Passport Initiative and find out how you can "Engage. Redeem. Win" prizes! It's a great way to connect with other students.

 

This Week in The DoSE:

  1. Domestic Violence Awareness- Sock Olympics
  2. Resilience During Covid-19: The Student Experience
  3. Adversity, Diversity, University: An Open Student Forum
  4. Resources Available
  5. FAFSA 
  6. Succeeding in Online Courses
  7. Dean Thoughts

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS - SOCK OLYMPICS

Want to show your support for Domestic Violence Awareness Month while competing for prizes? This Thursday, October 22nd, come to Lower Brooks between 9am and 4pm to compete in the Sock Olympics! Activities will include sock putt-putt golf, sock free-throws, and a distance slide in socks, amongst other games!

Entry to the games is a donation of clean, unused socks of any sizes, which will be donated to Through These Doors Domestic Violence Shelter. If you don't have socks, bring $1 to purchase them for your entry. Plus - wear purple to show your support for survivors of domestic violence and a chance to win a door prize!

Everyone can do #1Thing to raise awareness of and work to prevent domestic violence; join us! Follow along with our Instagram and Facebook.

 

RESILIENCE DURING COVID-19: THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE

We invite you to join us for a student panel titled, Resilience During Covid-19: The Student Experience on Friday, October 30th from 3-4:30 p.m. It will be a Zoom webinar, so pre-registration is required to join (can be same day registration). 

Hear how students manage their responsibilities, stay motivated, and overcome obstacles during a global pandemic. It will be moderated by me (Dean Mondor) and Professor Libby Bischof. Numerous offices have collaborated with us to make this happen and it has been endorsed by the Student Experience Committee.  

 

ADVERSITY, DIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY: AN OPEN STUDENT FORUM

Join the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Council Student Fellows for a student-only Zoom forum on Monday, October 26 at 6 pm During these unprecedented times, it is important for students to come together to express what they are struggling with and feel heard and validated. This forum is meant to be a safe, judgement-free space for students to connect openly and without pressure. Click here for the Zoom link.

 

RESOURCES AVAILABLE

 

FAFSA PROCESS and DEADLINE

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines your eligibility to receive federal financial aid, such as grants, work-study, and loans. The FAFSA also allows USM to calculate your eligibility for additional university funding.

 

SUCCEEDING in ONLINE COURSES:

Online courses can offer students welcomed flexibility and tremendous opportunities to learn in a technology-enhanced environment. However, expectations of what an online course will actually be like often do not match the reality. To be successful, consider taking the following steps:

  1.   Assess your motivation
  2.   Review the course ahead of time
  3.   Practice with the technology
  4.   Schedule time on task throughout the week
  5.   Connect with your instructor
  6.   Participate actively in the course

Check out the Learning Commons to see more details on how to be successful with online classes.

 

DEAN THOUGHTS

We are just a couple of weeks away from Election Day. There is a lot of information out there on candidates and issues, and many strong opinions about them. At times, the information sharing can be a bit overwhelming, causing a great deal of stress. Below is an overview of how to cope with some of the national discourse, from the Penn State University Harrisburg Counseling Center:

UNPLUG: Limit your consumption of social media and the 24-hour non-stop images. It’s important to stay informed, but creating boundaries is important too.  

BE PRESENT: Use reflection to recognize your inner thoughts and feelings. Be curious and non-judgmental and give yourself permission to feel the way you do. Although avoiding can be useful, “stuffing” or ignoring strong emotions can have negative impacts.

REFUEL: Focus on restoring yourself with rest and healthy food. Drink water and try to limit caffeine. Take a walk; look at the sky; be in nature. Journal or meditate. Make art or watch funny videos. Read something fun.

CONNECT: Engage with supportive friends and allies. Talk about current issues, if needed, but be aware of when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Not everyone will share your perspective, so it’s OK to limit your topics and avoid heated conflict.

DO SOMETHING: Channel what you’re feeling into positive, meaningful activity. Be informed and proactive around issues that matter to you. Find ways to engage in your community through advocacy in ways that fit for you.

Still interested in the many challenges facing the US today? Check out the latest POP 101: Ideas in Action: The 2020 Election (1 credit), which starts on October 26th.

Dean Mondor

Good day to you all,

Remember to check out the NAVIGATE USM app now available to access campus resources and connect with others. Besides the resources, there is a great feature called Study Buddy which allows you to connect with others in your class to study for a test, discuss a class topic, or review notes from a lecture. It is simple and easy to access in Navigate USM.

To make the most of working with peers from class, consider following these steps and recommendations for studying in groups. Also, if you plan to study via Zoom, check out USM's Learning With Zoom YouTube series to leverage a variety of Zoom learning tools and approaches.

Help us help you by submitting your Dean of Student Check-In form anytime. If things change, let us know.

 

This week in the DoSE:

  1. Winter & Spring Term Registration
  2. Immunization and Flu Clinics
  3. Register to Vote
  4. Got an Incomplete Grade?
  5. Dean Thoughts

 

WINTER & SPRING TERM REGISTRATION
Winter Session Registration begins 10/19. Check out courses online or via MaineStreet to see what is being offered.

Priority Registration for Spring begins in November. Check out Spring 2021 courses online or via MaineStreet. Now is a great time to connect with your professional/faculty advisor to review course options for spring.

 

IMMUNIZATION AND FLU CLINICS
Check your MaineStreet or Navigate USM app to see if you have an Immunization Hold on your account. Please note: You must submit required immunization records prior to registering for classes.

USM Flu Clinics are happening. It is particularly important to get your flu shot this year, because lower rates of influenza mean fewer flu-afflicted patients and subsequently more health resources available to treat COVID-19 patients. Check out the website for information on how and where to get your flu shot.

 

REGISTER TO VOTE
USM and the Office of Student Engagement is working with Maine Students Vote in preparation for the upcoming election and Voter Registration.

Maine Students Vote is a network of student and civic leaders that are focused on increasing democratic engagement on college campuses and high schools in Maine. They support campuses and schools in developing voter education materials, organizational action planning, training and mentoring civic captains, and coordinating get-out-the-vote efforts.

 

GOT AN INCOMPLETE GRADE FROM SPRING/SUMMER?
Do you have any 'Incompletes' from the spring 2020 or summer 2020 semesters? As a timely reminder, the 'I' is a temporary placeholder that becomes an 'F' for the course if unresolved by the end of the fall semester. If you currently have an 'I', consider taking action soon to finish the remaining coursework. Now would be a good time to reach out to your faculty if needing clarity on what is left to be done. You can verify your grade and faculty member by searching your Course Schedule on MaineStreet.

 

DEAN THOUGHTS
Woah, we're half way there...(name that band)!

This has been a challenging semester, and I applaud you for staying with it and finding ways to adjust. October, on college campuses, is already a challenging month for students. Now add all the additional stresses of social distancing, virtual learning and the constant threat of COVID - it takes a toll. Please know we are here for you. University Health and Counseling is available and just a phone call away at (207) 780-4050. Take time to take care!

 

Dean Mondor

Wishing you all a great day! The weather is changing as fall approaches. Just a reminder to continue the face covering and social distancing. You are all doing a great job, and because of your efforts, USM is staying safe.

USM continues to test students & staff for COVID throughout the semester. If you have been selected for testing, you will receive an email message from usmcovidtesting@maine.edu with all the details on your required testing date. For general information on this week’s testing dates, times, and locations, see the Asymptomatic Testing FAQ page.  

Please help us help you by submitting a Dean of Students Check-In Form. We are responding to your comments and use the information to address any gaps in resources/services during these times.


This Week in the DoSE:

  1. Parking Permits Required for Parking Garage
  2. Indigenous Peoples Day & Convocation Events
  3. Flu Clinics
  4. Election Information
  5. Think Spring (Yes, Already!)
  6. Dean Thoughts


PARKING PERMITS REQUIRED FOR PARKING GARAGE
Beginning Tuesday, October 13, the exit gates will be lowered in the USM Parking Garage in Portland. In order to exit the garage—without having to pay the daily/hourly rates—you will need to have your parking permit (hangtag). Visit the Parking Permits Website for more information about ordering your permit and parking on campus.

Any questions should be directed to USM Parking Services by emailing usmparkingservices@maine.edu or calling (207) 780-4718.


INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY & CONVOCATION EVENTS
Monday, October 12 commemorates Indigenous Peoples day in Maine. To mark this occasion and educate ourselves about the lasting impacts of colonization on Native Americans as well as on our systems and institutions, we begin our 2020-21 University Convocation with the theme: Indigenous Peoples: Recognizing and Repairing Harms of Colonized Systems

We invite all university students, faculty, and staff to join us for our inaugural Convocation event  on Tuesday, October 13th from 12:30 - 1:45pm (confirmed and final event time).

Please save the date by adding the webinar link into your calendar today. The event is free. We will host a panel of experts via a Live Webinar and there will be time for Q&A at the end.
 
 
FLU CLINICS
We will once again be partnering with the School of Nursing to offer flu vaccine clinics at each of our three campuses. It is particularly important to get your flu shot this year. Lower rates of influenza mean fewer flu-afflicted patients and subsequently more health resources available to treat COVID-19 patients. Check out the current Flu Clinic Schedule. Bring your insurance card.

 
ELECTION INFORMATION
Your vote counts! Do you know where to vote? How to register to vote? This LibGuide is your one-stop shop for information about getting registered, requesting an absentee ballot, finding your polling place, and much more.

Get in touch with a USM Library Voting Ambassador with any questions about how to register or help out.

 

THINK SPRING (YES, ALREADY!)
Many students are asking: What will the spring semester be like? And the best answer we have now is - most likely very similar to the fall. Most courses are expected to be offered remotely again, and we will continue to prioritize safety by limiting face-to-face activity on campus. Check MaineStreet beginning October 12 to see the Spring 2021 schedule so you can begin planning your courses for the spring (early registration begins November 2). Learn more about When & How to Register.



DEAN THOUGHTS
The college experience! What does it mean? That question has the typical answer of 'it depends.' Maybe it is the first year experience of moving onto campus and meeting your roommates and making memories on campus. Or, it's winning the big game and cheering USM Huskies to victory. It might be sitting in class and engaging a faculty member to explore a research project idea.

All in all, the college experience is personal and Covid-19 has hampered those personal experiences. For that, I am sorry.

However, since the college experience is personal, you can redefine the definition of the college experience. You can make new experiences despite the challenges of Covid.  

Yes, easier said than done!

We are in a virtual world now. It is part of who we are and probably will be that way for the near future. We need to find ways to create new experiences and possibly try new things. So below are a few suggestions on possible alternatives:

  • Participate in Student Engagement Activities.
  • Meet with a Career Hub Advisor and prep for the job search.
  • Take up a hobby (paint, write, learn a language).
  • Talk with a faculty member and explore a possible research topic.
  • Join a support group and meet others who are feeling the same way.
  • Take a break from Zoom and Social Media and listen to music, read a book, or walk with a friend.

So, start making your own college experience. Good luck and have fun with it.

Dean Mondor  

Good day to you all.

We continue to move forward and I want to thank you again for your efforts. It is a bit uncomfortable how comfortable it is feeling to wear a face covering and stay six feet apart. We are together because of you. Thank you.

Don't forget to fill out the Dean of Students Check-In Form. Help us Help you! 

 

This week in the DoSE:

  1. Navigate USM App
  2. Student Outreach Action Steps
  3. Resources Available

 

NAVIGATE USM APP

On Thursday, October 1 we will be releasing the New Navigate USM app for all students.  Using Navigate, you will be able to manage your course schedule, learn about University events and activities, connect with other students, access important resources, and get updates about the things you're interested in on campus!


What can you do with Navigate USM?

  • See events on and around campus for students.
  • Check out campus resources
  • Explore Careers related to majors and interests
  • Access your class schedule
  • Find a Study Buddy for a class
  • To Do Lists - we will send you notices of upcoming action steps


How do you access Navigate USM?

  1. Go to your App Store and search "Navigate Student" to download.
  2. Search for University of Southern Maine (Not USM).
  3. Log in with your @maine.edu credentials to access Navigate USM.


Why use Navigate USM?

It will simply put more information about USM and what we can offer you on your phone or your computer. Yes, it is mobile and desktop friendly. Plus, it can connect you with other students through the Study Buddy program.

 

STUDENT OUTREACH ACTION STEPS

During this time of year, my office and other offices are reaching out to students to either follow up with a question or just to check in. However, we are finding a large number of students who either have not set up their voicemail box to receive messages, or have never checked and their voicemail box is full.

Especially now, during this time when we are all trying to check in with others, please update and clean up your voicemail box.

Also, not a bad idea to check your emails as well.

 

RESOURCES and SERVICES UPDATES

The METRO - Starting on October 1st the METRO will be starting its electronic fare system.  Students will need to present and tap their active USM ID in order to ride any of the METRO, Breeze and South Portland buses. You can still get a student ID in person or online.

On-campus Zoom/Study Rooms available. Check out the full list of spaces online or on the Navigate USM app under Resources - Places to Study.

Parking Tags are needed to park on campus. Warnings will no longer be issued and parking fines will be assessed.

 

DEAN THOUGHTS

Today, let's talk a little about Zoom etiquette. I have received a number of calls from students and faculty sharing stories of inappropriate Zoom etiquette, like answering a call while your microphone is live or playing music in the background while the instructor is giving a lesson.  These are the mild ones.

Remember you are in a classroom and despite the fact that you cannot see other people next to you, you still need to act appropriately. It is not easy to manage a larger group via Zoom, so please help do your part. Mute your mic until you are ready to talk.

I understand it has been a rough semester and having limited access to social interaction does not help our stress levels. We are all trying to get through the day and prepare for tomorrow. You got this and Thank You!

Dean Mondor

Good afternoon, Huskies!


First off, I want to thank you all for doing your part with wearing face coverings, testing and practicing social distancing on and off campus.  Your efforts are paying off but require you to stay vigilant as we move towards Thanksgiving Break.  We can do this one day at a time.  You got this!


Earlier this week, I did send out an email to commuter students asking to fill out the Dean of Students Check In form. Residential Students are already receiving a similar form from Residential Life. Help us help you!


This week in the DoSE:

1. BlackBoard Updates
2. Office 365 Download
3. Student Employment Updates
4. Woodbury Dining Updates
5. Campus Food Pantry in Gorham
6. Dean Thoughts


BLACKBOARD UPDATES
** IMPORTANT:  If you have any projects, assignments or content in your old Blackboard courses, you have until October 12th, 2020 to retrieve that old content (if needed), and save it to your desktop or Google Drive. Saving your old content is your responsibility, and these items will not be available after October 12th.  


OFFICE 365
The UMS agreement with Microsoft allows the MS Office package for Windows or Mac OS X to be downloaded and installed on up to five personally owned devices. You can also access Microsoft’s online, collaborative version of Office on any computer with an internet connection.

You can use your @maine.edu email address and password to start the installation process at Microsoft’s Office 365 portal.

 

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT UPDATES
Working on campus during your time at USM is a great way to incorporate real-life professional experiences into your education. Navigating on-campus employment can be confusing, but the Career & Employment Hub is here to help.

Many departments are working hard to provide both on-campus and online opportunities.  Check out the list of Workstudy/Departmental Funded positions waiting for you.

 

WOODBURY DINING UPDATES
Starting next Monday, September 28th, the Sodexo hours in Woodbury will be as follows: Mon-Fri  8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

 

CAMPUS FOOD PANTRY IN GORHAM
Need help with Food Security? The Campus Food Pantry is here for you! A NEW Gorham-based Campus Food Pantry will be available for pre-order pickups in Lower Brooks on Fridays from 2-6pm. Visit us on Friday 9/25 in Lower Brooks (2-6pm) for a sample bag of food and more info regarding this resource (while quantities last).

Starting Monday 9/28: Submit the CFP online form to pre-order a bag of food for pickup in Lower Brooks on Fridays, 2pm-6pm, or in Portland at the Woodbury Campus Center on Wednesdays from 9am-12pm. You can request one per week.

Email the CFP at campusfoodpantry@maine.edu and let us know how else we can help. The CFP is also available in Woodbury Campus Center (Portland) and the LAC Library.


DEAN THOUGHTS
I have always enjoyed this time of year; the turning of the leaves, the crisp feeling in the air and the slight change in temperature makes me want to be outdoors more than ever. Normally, it is a time when you see groups out hanging on the grass, throwing the frisbee or football around and just enjoying the comfortable weather.  


Covid has taken that experience away, but Covid does not have to take it all away. Don't look back at what you used to do, start looking ahead at what you can do and create new experiences. Pick up a new hobby or dust off an old one and start again. If you are feeling a little down in your room, then put on a sweatshirt and take a walk. Bring your earbuds and listen to a new podcast or download a book you have been meaning to read.


You have worked so hard to get to this point and to complete this semester. You got this!

Dean Mondor

Good day to you all,


We are in our 3rd week of classes and hopefully you are doing well. I continue to be impressed with you all as you make your way around campus wearing face coverings and trying to follow social distancing. You are trying and because of your efforts, we can continue another day and another week. THANK YOU.


The USM Religious and Spiritual Life Committee would like to recognize that Rosh Hashanah starts at sundown on Friday, Sept. 18th and Yom Kippur will begin the evening of Sept. 27th.


This week in the DoSE:

  1. What Should I be Doing
  2. What Can I do on Campus
  3. Where Can I Study on Campus
  4. Campus Food Pantry
  5. Updates
  6. Dean Thoughts


WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING
At this point in the semester you should have done many if not all of the following to ensure a good start to the semester:

  • Log into Brightspace - Faculty are able to see when you log in and how long you spend on a particular section. Faculty are currently sending out email notices to students who have not logged into Brightspace. Check out the Brightspcace Resource page for more information.
  • Access your @maine.edu account - this is your official mode for notification with USM.  Please make sure you are checking your email regularly. Check out the Email Resource page for more information.
  • Waive or Confirm your Student Health Insurance - Just a friendly reminder that University of Maine System require proof of health insurance. If you have insurance, you must waive SHIP before 9/30 in order to be refunded for the Health Insurance charge. If you need insurance, you must enroll for SHIP, which began coverage on August 1.
  • Get ID Card - As campus is only open to current students and staff, it will be important to have your student ID. You need it to enter all Libraries and Fitness Centers. You will also need your student ID to access the Metro Bus starting in October.
  • Get Parking Pass - Campus is open only to students and staff. You need to get a hang tag this week. Ticketing will begin next week. Check out the Parking Permit Resource page to learn how you can get your parking permit.
  • Download CampusClear app - Help us keep campus safe by using the #CampusClear app each day.
  • Submit Immunization Records - If you have not done so, you need to send in your official record to Health Services before Oct. 1. You will not be able to register for Spring classes until they are submitted. 

 

WHAT CAN I DO ON CAMPUS

Whether you are a residential or commuter student, you can come to campus, to study, access the libraries and to connect online. It is important to have your student ID with you as we are only open to current students.

  • Check out the METRO - See all the places you can go with your student ID.
  • Utilize the Library (online/in person) - the library is open to current students.
  • Find a job at the Career Hub - Check out opportunities on and off campus.

 

WHERE CAN I STUDY ON CAMPUS
Current students (commuters/residential) can come to campus to study or access the internet for a Zoom class. We have made a list of places to study which includes campus maps showing the locations. Face coverings and social distancing guidelines are still in effect.


CAMPUS FOOD PANTRY
The Campus Food Pantry is here for you! Open Hours: Monday: 12-3 PM, Tuesday/Wednesday: 9:--12 PM and available by appointment. Email the Food Pantry at campusfoodpantry@maine.edu to schedule an appointment.


UPDATES
Residential Parking Expanded in Gorham - Starting today thru 11/26, all residential parking areas (Green/Striped Green) will be open to any residential parking permit type. You must have a valid residential parking permit hanging in your car to park or be subject to a ticket.


Mental Health Support Group Update - This group occurs Mondays 11am - 12pm.  Peer-run support and educational groups with wellness activities and discussions. Contact Shavonah Bell (shavonah.bell@maine.edu) or Alexander Shaffer (alexander.m.shaffer@maine.edu) for more information. Join the group via this ZOOM Link.


DEAN THOUGHTS
I want to thank you for doing your part, but I must encourage you all to stay vigilant with the face covering and social distancing. Each day we follow the guidelines is a day closer to the end of the semester.


The University of Maine System will continue COVID Testing over the course of the semester.  Please check your email and if you receive an official notice to test, make all efforts to participate. 


Have a great day.


Dean Mondor

Hello Huskies!

I hope you are well during this second week of classes. It was a difficult start of the semester, but overall you all did a great job. Though it is uncomfortable, it is great to see you all wearing your face covering and practicing social distancing. Thanks to your efforts, we are able to move forward towards tomorrow.  Keep it up...

Remember:
1. Watch Your Six
2. Keep your nose covered. (Face Coverings need to be above the nose and below the chin).

This week in the DoSE:

  1. Study Space on Campus
  2. Important To Do's
  3. Resources & Services
  4. Dean Thoughts


STUDY SPACES ON CAMPUS

We realize that many of you (commuters & residential) might need a space to study or even Zoom into for your Online Live class this semester. We have set aside a number of spaces and classrooms on all three campuses for any student to sit and connect or study. Check out the full list Campus Study Spaces, Zoom Lounges, and Outdoor Tent areas.  

Due to safety guidelines, they are open spaces that will be shared with others, so social distancing and face covering is required. Also, please use earbuds/earphones while using the lounges. Check signage near the lounges or visit the information desk in Woodbury to pick up a free set.

 

IMPORTANT TO DOs
Log Into Brightspace

If your class is using Brightspace, please log in and check out your syllabus and submit needed assignments. I have received a number of emails from faculty concerned that students have not logged in yet. If you are having difficulty with Brightspace, please email your faculty and look over the Brightspace Resource page for assistance.

Waive or Accept Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

If you have insurance and do not want the SHIP, you MUST fill out the waiver form. (Deadline 10/1 to waive)  Check your bill to see if you have been charge for the Student Health Insurance.

If you do not have insurance and need to purchase the SHIP you must enroll. The plan is in effect from August 1 to July 31 (for students entering and enrolling in the spring, it is in effect from January 1 to July 31).


Check Your @Maine.edu email account regularly

Your @maine.edu email account is the official means to communicate.  It is important that you access your account on a regular basis.  You can create filters and folder to sort your emails by class and/or topic.  Check out the Student Email Resource page for more information.

Enroll in Direct DepositIf you are planning to work on campus or have any sort of refund on your student account, it would be helpful to Enroll in Direct Deposit in MaineStreet.  

 

RESOURCES & SERVICES

METRO Bus Service and More

The METRO is available to all registered students. You can ride the METRO between the Portland-Gorham Campus (Husky Line) and all METRO Routes in Portland. By showing your Student ID, you can also access the Transit (Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard Beach) and The City of South Portland bus system. Check out the Transit Tracker app and all the schedules on the METRO's Homepage.

BITE APP
Don't forget that you can order your food online through the SODEXO BITE App. It's easy to set up and easy to use. Check out the Sodexo Dining web-page for more information on the app and the daily menu.

The Career Hub
Looking for a job?  Do you have workstudy funds?  Do you need assistance finding a job on or off campus?  Check out The Career Hub and connect with an advisor to get started.

The University Credit Union (UCU)
The UCU Gorham Office is open to students. They are located in the lower level of the Brooks Student Center. You can call 207-222-4216 or email lridge@ucumaine.com.


DEAN THOUGHTS
Keep up the good work.  You all have worked hard to keep our community safe and I thank you for your efforts.  Watch Your Six (feet) and Keep your Nose Covered.

 

Dean Mondor

Good Morning:

We are mid way into our first week of classes, and I just want to send out an official "THANK YOU" to students and staff for following the face covering policy. Over all, students are wearing their face coverings on campus and that makes a big difference.  Just a friendly reminder to "Watch Your Six-feet" and continue social distancing.   This is key in hallways, stairways and in and around office areas.  Arms out and rotate...also good exercise for stretching the upper body.

Keep up the good work. 

 

This week in the DOSE we have a long list:

  1. CampusClear App
  2. ADD/DROP Period Ends
  3. Student ID Card
  4. Academic Support Resources
  5. Study Space / Zoom Lounge
  6. Campus Food Pantry
  7. Dean Thoughts

 

CAMPUS-CLEAR APP

The University is pleased to announce that we are making the #CampusClear daily screening app available.  This simple, easy to use app provides a daily prompt to indicate any symptoms you may be experiencing prior to attending classes or heading to campus.  Based on your response, you will be provided with guidance on how to make an informed decision about your participation in on-campus activities.  It is important to note that #CampusClear is an educational tool and is not intended to be medically diagnostic.  The data collected through the application will only be used by the University to monitor the potential spread of COVID-19-related symptoms within the campus population.

Signing up is fast and secure and you retain complete control over the information you share through the application.  It only takes a few seconds to self-screen and your participation helps keep our campuses safe for everyone.

 

ADD/DROP PERIOD

For full semester courses, the official ADD/DROP period continues until September 13th.  If you are feeling uncomfortable with an in person or blended class, you can look in MaineStreet for online options.  You can also reach out to your Professional or Faculty Advisor for assistance in adjusting your schedule accordingly.

You can see specific dates if you click on the calendar icon on your class schedule in MaineStreet.

 

STUDENT ID's AVAILABLE

A friendly reminder that all students planning to be on campus residential/commuter needs to have an student ID.  Your student ID will be your identification while on campus and can be used to access the Glickman Library, Fitness Centers, Residence Halls, Dining Services and for printing in all computer labs.

If you still need to acquire a Student ID, you can apply online through the USM Card office website.

 

ACADEMIC SUPPORT RESOURCES

Peer Academic Support: Subject-based Tutoring, Writing Assistance, Technology Assistance, and Peer Academic Coaching begins on Tuesday, September 8th. Since all of the peer academic support will be offered remotely this semester to maintain social distancing, here is a video overview of the services, as well as a video demonstration for scheduling a live online Zoom appointment. Additional hours and subjects will be added in the coming days, and questions regarding available tutoring subjects can be directed to our Coordinator of Tutoring Services, Naamah Jarnot. naamah.jarnot@maine.edu 


Upcoming Workshops
: To assist students with managing being a remote learner and the transition to Brightspace, the following workshops will be offered over the next few weeks:

"Learning Through Brightspace" Online Workshop - September 8, 9, and 10.  To learn more and RSVP, click HERE!

"Become an Effective Learner" Online Workshop - September 9 and September 16. To learn more and RSVP, click HERE!

  • Succeeding as a Remote Learner Modules: In the "Student Resources" section on the Brightspace landing page, there is a link to the Succeeding as a Remote Learner modules. These self-paced experiences are filled with how-to videos, documents, and activities. Students can even earn a digital badge for completing each module, including (1) Learning Through Brightspace, (2) Learning With Zoom, (3) Learning With Other Technologies, (4) Preparing for Your Semester, (5) How Learning Works, and (6) Academic Assistance From a Distance
  • YouTube Video Series: If needing quick review or a single "how to" for any of the topics above, we've compiled all of the videos from the modules above onto our Academic Support Resources Overview page including: 

                     A Student's Guide to Brightspace Series (12 videos)
                     Learning with Zoom Series (6 videos)
                     Learning with Other Technologies Series (7 videos)
                     How Learning Works Series (6 videos)

 

DINING APP - BITE UPDATES

Dining Services Bite Mobile App is ready to go live with Meal Plan integration.  If you have downloaded the app and are using it, you may need to force an update on it in order to get the newest version.  Once it has been updated, please tap on the “Pay” tab and click add a campus card.  You can enter in your maine.edu credentials and your meal plan will be integrated.  

If you continue to receive an error, please uninstall the app and re-download it.  Ensure you are using the “Bite by Sodexo – Universities” version.  Email us with any questions.

 

CAMPUS FOOD PANTRY

The Campus Food Pantry is here for you!  Open Hours:  Monday: 12-3 PM, Tuesday/Wednesday: 9:--12 PM and available by appointment. Email the Food Pantry to schedule your appointment.

 
DEAN THOUGHTS

Remember that we are all part of Husky Nation!  Please wear your face covering properly, practice social distance and take care of yourself.

  

Dean Mondor

Good day to you all!

Hard to believe that we are days away from the start of the semester.  This week has been unique for our residential students and many commuter students coming from out of state.  The Gorham Campus has been moving students onto campus and testing students for COVID.  At this time many of our students are under a testing quarantine in their rooms or apartments until testing results are available.  

While quarantine is not ideal, it is important to follow the guidelines of social distancing and staying in your rooms during the 48-72 hours needed to get the results.  We ask that you do your part to help each other and keep USM moving forward towards opening.

In the meantime, I thought it would be helpful to share some tips on how to prepare for the fall semester and upcoming events for you to take advantage of over the next few days.  Remember all events are open to USM students residential and commuters.

 

This week in the DoSE:

  1. Getting Ready for the Semester Overview
  • Zoom Lounges
  • Husky Earbuds
  • Brightspace & Zoom Assistance
  • Additional Modules for Succeeding as a Remote Learner
  • Direct Links to Peer Academic Support
  • Need to Know for the Semester
    • Parking Passes
    • Social Distance and Face Covering on Campus
    • Check your Schedule on MaineStreet
    • Check your @maine.edu email
    • The Metro - Husky Line Update
    • Costello & Sullivan Fitness Centers
  • Campus Engagement Activities for All Students
    • Move In Week Events
    • Weeks of Welcome
  • Dean Thoughts
  •  

    GETTING READY FOR THE SEMESTER

    We understand that as a USM student, whether new or returning, you will need to learn Brightspace (the replacement for Blackboard), navigate remote and on-campus coursework, and find spaces to study. Below are some highlights of the resources to assist you with these tasks.

    • Zoom Lounges: These spaces on all three campuses are designated for participating in your live Zoom courses or meetings. Find a Study/Zoom Room (click on Academics) that works for you on the Health Husky site.  Updated list will be maintained shortly on the Dean of Students website.
    • Husky Earbuds: USM has purchased several hundred earbuds for you to use in Zoom Lounges, computer labs, and other spaces, including home. Please check in at the main desk for these areas to pick up a pair if needed.
    • Brightspace and Zoom Assistance: USM's Learning Support team has created step-by-step guides for how to navigate and learn with all the features of Zoom and Brightspace, including opportunities to practice. These modules can be found on your Brightspace landing page (courses.maine.edu), logging in with your MaineStreet information. There are also individual how-to videos in USM's A Student's Guide To Brightspace series and the Learning With Zoom series.
    • Additional Modules for Succeeding as a Remote Learner: The modules described above are part of the new "Succeeding as a Remote Learner" collection. Other modules include Learning With Other Technologies, Preparing For The Semester, and How Learning Works, filled with strategies for making the most of your academic time-on-task.
    • Direct Links to Peer Academic Support: There are now direct links in your Brightspace landing page to the scheduling calendars for USM's Subject-Based Tutors, Writing Assistants, Peer Academic Coaches, and Technology Assistants. There is also a one-stop Academic Support Resources Overview page. 

      NEED TO KNOW this SEMESTER  Parking PassesThe glitch in the parking pass online system has been resolved and you should have received a notice from Parking Services earlier today.  If you go online to the Parking Services website you will be able to apply for a new pass.In the meantime, the parking garage will be open to student parking on the Portland Campus.  On the Gorham Campus, Commuter Students must park in the Red Spaces and Residential Students must park in the Green Spaces starting now.  Do not park in the Blue Spaces as you will receive a ticket.  To see where parking is available, check out the Campus Maps for PortlandGorham and Lewiston.  Social Distance/Face Covering on CampusWalking around campus, especially in our academic buildings and classrooms will be different.  Doors, stairways and hallways have signs to indicate the direction of traffic.  Please check out the YouTube video on How to Navigate on Campus, to learn more.  Whether you are inside or outside, it is important to monitor your social distance between others.  FACE COVERING - All students, faculty and staff must wear an approved face covering while on campus and in all buildings.  Please check out the "Do I need to wear a face covering?" on the University of Maine System page for specific guidance and a list of approved face coverings.    Check Your Schedule on MaineStreetIt is strongly recommended that you double check the location of your in person courses the first day of classes.  In order to space classes out across campus and in hallways, we had to make many changes.  Though we believe they are all updated in the system, there are times when a class might need to be moved at the last minute.  Just double check your schedule in MaineStreet.  Check Your @Maine.edu email account regularlyIt is very important that you stay in contact with your faculty and campus offices by using your @maine.edu email.  Don't miss a notice about your class or a change in campus activity related to COVID, or a special activity taking place.  Please check your email!  The METRO-Husky LineThe Husky Line will start its regular schedule on Sunday, August 30th.  The Husky Line has a new stop at the Market Basket/Rock Row location.  You can check out the full Husky Line and other Metro routes on their METRO Husky Line site.  Face Coverings are also required while riding all METRO buses.  There will be representatives at the Gorham and Portland stops to guide you on loading and unloading procedures.  When a bus arrives, please wait and let all riders exit the bus from the rear.  Once it is clear, you will be able to enter the bus from the rear and take a seat.  Please check out the Health Advisory & Service Updates for the METRO.  Costello and Sullivan Fitness CentersDue the importance of the 2nd round of COVID-19 tests scheduled to occur for USM students next week and pre-participation exams for student-athletes, the USM Field House will not be available for recreational use for the majority of next week.  The Gorham Fitness Center and Sullivan Gymnasium in Portland will be open and available with limited capacity.  The Gorham Fitness Center currently can accommodate 18 students and Sullivan Gymnasium can accommodate 15 students.  Costello Sports Complex looks forward to opening at full capacity beginning on Saturday, September 5, 2020.     STUDENT ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIESAll events are open to all students. Please check out the Student Engagement and Leadership site for all the ways to get connected to campus and to others.  Quarantine 2020: Move In Week Events is a week of all day programming to keep you busy while you are in quarantine or just need something to do before classes start.    Student Engagement & Leadership is hosting their annual Fall Weeks of Welcome, with a twist.  Come join other students play games, watch movies, win prizes, sign Karaoke and more - 8/31-9/13.  Open to all students.SKY@USM is a meditation student club and will be offering morning meditations for students this week for students.  Check them out 8/28-29 at 9:00am.   Join Zoom Meeting.  To learn more about SKY@USM, please contact Sam Hanson  DEAN THOUGHTSThe start of the semester is always a bit stressful when we were in 'normal times,' however with so many unknowns, the stress levels are a bit higher right now.  Please take time to breathe, please take time to wave hello to someone as you pass by, please take time to check your surroundings and ensure your social distance.  That is a lot to think about while going to school.  So, before the semester begins, take time to look at the resources available to you.  Take time to figure out where are you going to study this semester.  Figure out how you can get connected and stay connected with friends and classmates. And most of all, figure out when you are going to take care of you...personal time is key.  Plan your work and work your plan!  

    Dean Mondor

    Good day to you all!

    I hope you are all doing well and that you were not affected to badly from the recent storm that blew through this week.  It was fast and furious.

    As the start of the semester approaches, there are going to be a lot of updates and potential changes to academic and campus life.  I want to encourage you check your @maine.edu email and the Healthy Husky page for updates on the USM Fall Opening.  If you have questions please feel free to submit thru the Dean of Students Request for Information site.

     

    This week in the DoSE:

    1. USM Counseling Center Updates
    2. USM Student Employment
    3. COVID Related Resources
    4. Dean Thoughts: The Fear of the Unknown

     

    USM COUNSELING CENTER UPDATES

    The Counseling Center offers comprehensive psychological services to the students of the University of Southern Maine. The staff of the Counseling Center is comprised of a diverse group of professionals, including licensed psychologists, licensed clinical counselors,  licensed alcohol and drug counselors, a multi-cultural counselor, and graduate interns.   Available to students on all three campuses, the Counseling Center has had to make some necessary changes in order to provide high quality care and meet the increasing demand for services.  Please take a few moments to review the new billing procedures for appointments and a letter from the director.

    USM STUDENT EMPLOYMENT

    Working on-campus during your time at USM is a great way to incorporate real-life professional experiences into your education. Navigating on-campus/remote/off campus employment can be confusing, but the Career & Employment Hub is here to help.

    RECENT HIGHLIGHT

    The Town of Gorham’s Recreation Department is seeking energetic, patient, and enthusiastic individuals to supervise children in our Out of School Care Program.  The ideal candidates must have the ability to connect with various age groups K-5. Prior experience working with children required.  To Apply: Please print and submit a Town of Gorham Employment Application found HERE.  

    COVID RELATED RESOURCES

    Remember to visit the COVID Related Resources page for information on various support services available during these trying times.

     
    DEAN THOUGHTS

    Over the last few weeks, I have been contemplating the notion of "The Fear of the unknown" and "Why do we fear the unknown?" Simply put, we fear what we do not understand and right now there is a lot we do not understand about COVID and what the future looks like for all of us.  Not to be doom and gloom, but recognize that the days ahead are/will be stressful for you and for the USM community.  

    So, what is the answer?  Simply put, knowing or being familiar with something gives us an edge because we already know what to anticipate from the situation.  

    What does that mean?  Take the time to know and understand the policies and guidelines.  Checking your email for updates is essential, we will be sending you updates and posting them on the Healthy Husky website.  Remember that our guidelines are not only to protect you from others, but to protect others from you.   

    Things to Remember in preparation for Fall Opening:

    • Wear face coverings when on campus
    • Wash/sanitize your hands regularly
    • Follow social distancing signage
    • Monitor for symptoms
    • Be safe

     

    Dean Mondor

    Good day to you all. 

    Receiving guidance from the University of Maine System and the State of Maine, USM faculty, staff and students have been working hard to prepare for a safe opening for our community this fall.  The concept of the student experience will be challenged and will look and feel very different.  Please know that we are here to assist when possible and have your best interest in mind.

    Take some time to review the Frequently Asked Questions section for Fall Opening.  The Office of Residential Life just updated its Housing FAQ section for current students. For the latest information on when room assignments will be communicated, what move-in day will look like, what our face-covering policy will be in the residence halls, and our policy for having guests on campus this fall, please see the Housing FAQ section of the Healthy Huskies website.  If you do not see your question, please take a moment and submit your question to the Dean of Students online.  We will get right back to you. 

    This week in the DoSE: 

    1. Balancing Online Live Courses with In Person
    2. What will Campus Look Like in the Fall
    3. COVID Related Resources
    4. Dean Thoughts

     

    BALANCING ONLINE-LIVE COURSES WITH IN PERSON

    ICYMI, be sure to check your email for the July 19 "Please Double Check Your Fall Schedule!" message from Provost Uzzi. In this email, Provost Uzzi announced the posting of fall course formats in MaineStreet and provided specific instructions for how to see if your classes will be blended, online-live, online or face-to-face. For a variety of reasons related to COVID-19, course formats may have changed since you first registered for fall classes. As she mentioned, now is the time to think carefully about whether the schedule in your Student Center will work for you. Take some time to consider the courses and formats that will make you feel most comfortable, most fulfilled, and keep you progressing to your degree. If you have questions about your courses or need help making a change, please contact your professional advisordepartment chair, or program coordinator (for graduate students), and they will be glad to help you. We are working to set up spaces for students needing to be on campus for online live classes while honoring the physical distance guidelines.  Spaces are being reconfigured and we will post available spaces online and around buildings accordingly.  Potential spaces currently to consider will be: The Woodbury Campus Center, Brooks Student Center, designated spaces at the all campus libraries, the lobby of the Ice Arena,  tents located on the Portland and Gorham Campus, and the Abromson Mezzanine.  More spaces will be identified as we get closer to the start of the semester. We are encouraging students to use earphones/microphones when using these spaces for your online classes. 

     

    WHAT WILL CAMPUS LOOK LIKE IN THE FALL

    When you approach the campus, it will look very similar to previous semester.  However, once on campus, you will begin to notice some changes.  Students and staff will be wearing face coverings while walking around campus and inside buildings.  There will be stickers on the floor indicating physical distancing and directional markers for hallways.  Classrooms will have fewer desks/chairs and some common spaces might not be accessible at first. All of these adjustments are being made so we can continue your educational progress.  We are offering many courses online, however some classes do require some sort of on campus presence.  So, when on campus we are doing everything we can to create and promote a safe environment for you, our faculty and staff.  That is why we need you to follow guidelines to support our USM community. COVID-19 is about all of us doing our part to prevent and protect.  Not just ourselves but everyone around us.  Our goal is to keep the spread of COVID to a point, where we (USM) can continue to offer academic learning to all students in a variety of modalities.  It is not a perfect solution and it will be a challenge.  In the end, you will be safer and can continue to take classes, our faculty/staff will be safer and can continue to teach and offer valuable services to you the student.

     

    COVID RELATED RESOURCES

     

    DEAN THOUGHTS

    As we approach the start of the semester, I am sure you have questions and some trepidation of what the fall semester will look like.  Remember that as we move forward we do so as a community.  We are each responsible not only for ourselves but for others in our community.  We can't say 'someone else will do it,' because it will take each of us to do our part to protect our USM community and prevent the spread. Be Well, Be Safe.

    Dean Mondor

    There is a lot of information moving about regarding the start of the fall semester.  We are working hard on providing a safe environment for the USM Community and have outlined it in our Return to Campus plan.  Take a few moments to review the current plan. You have questions and we have been addressing them accordingly.  We created the Frequently Asked Questions page for students.  Please review this page to see if your question already has an answer.  If you cannot find the answer, please submit your question to the Dean of Students Information Request Form.  We will find the answer and follow up with you in a timely manner. In the DoSE this week:

    1. President's Ready-for-Fall Forums
    2. Fall Class Modality Updates
    3. Important Contact Directory
    4. COVID Related Resources
    5. Dean Thoughts

     

    READY-FOR-FALL FORUMS

    As an incoming or returning member of the University of Southern Maine community, we want to make sure you have the information you need about our preparations for the upcoming fall semester: from how you will attend classes to campus services. President Glenn Cummings and a panel of USM experts will answer your questions during an open forum — live in a Zoom webinar format.  Space is limited and all sessions will be recorded.

    Incoming/New Undergraduate Students Session - July 16 @ 7:00 PM

    Returning Undergraduate Students Session - July 21 @ 7:00 PMFALL CLASS MODALITY UPDATES
    Faculty are working as we speak to revise course offerings in light of CDC guidelines for social distancing, classroom capacity, and the student survey.  Some course modalities may change.  Students can see their course schedules with FINAL modalities (face to face, blended, online) on July 17.   After July 17th, please into Mainestreet to view you fall schedule and updated/changed modality.  You will be able to make changes to your schedule if that course deliver option does not work for you. 

    IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION

    We remain available to answer your questions and help you to navigate as we move our educational and support services online. Please check out the Important Contact Information page for offices providing remote support for our students between 8:00 a.m. — 4:30 p.m., Monday — Friday.

    COVID RELATED RESOURCES

    Remember to visit the COVID Related Resources page for information on various support services available during these trying times. The Campus Food Pantry is also available by appointment during the week.

    If your family's financial situation has changed and is not accurately reflected by the 2018 tax information reported on your 2020-2021 FAFSA, you may reach out to a financial aid counselor to review your options.

    DEAN THOUGHTS

    Breathe!

     

    Dean Mondor

    Good day to you all.  We continue to work hard on plans for a safe return this fall.  University Leadership has reviewed student survey responses and all general questions.  It is clear that many want to return to campus, while many others do not, and as a result we are working hard to offer as many options (face to face, online, blended) as possible with the goal of accommodating a wide variety of student concerns and needs.

    Please take a few moments to review the Return to Campus Message from President Cummings.  

    In the DoSE:

    1. Ready for Fall Forums
    2. Maine Primary Election - July 14th
    3. Fall Class Modality Options - July 17th
    4. Changes on Campus - Face Coverings Required
    5. Dean Thoughts

    READY FOR FALL FORUMS

    As an incoming or returning member of the University of Southern Maine community, we want to make sure you have the information you need about our preparations for the upcoming fall semester: from how you will attend classes to campus services. President Glenn Cummings and a panel of USM experts will answer your questions during an Zoom open forum.  Please choose the appropriate link from the following list to register for a President's Ready-for-Fall Forum event:

    MAINE PRIMARY ELECTION
    July 14th is the rescheduled State of Maine Primary Election.  The Dean of Students Office is a Voter Registration Resource page to learn about the candidates, the referendums and voting locations.  There is also a link to search other states. 

    FALL CLASS MODALITY OPTIONS

    Faculty are working as we speak to revise course modalities in light of CDC guidelines for social distancing, classroom capacity, and the student survey.  Some course modalities may change.  Students can see their course schedules with FINAL modalities (face to face, blended, online) on July 17.   After July 17th, please log into Mainestreet to view your fall schedule and updated/changed modality.  You will be able to make changes to your schedule if that course delivery option does not work for you.   

    CHANGES ON CAMPUS - FACE COVERINGS (Required)

    As part of our efforts to keep our USM community safe, the Chancellor has stated:  All individuals (students, faculty, staff and guests) while on university campuses must wear fabric or disposable surgical-style masks that cover their nose and mouth.  Bandannas and scarves are not acceptable.  You can view the ASL video outlining the mask wearing guidelines.    

    Accommodations for Medical Conditions:If compliance with this face covering policy is not possible due to medical reasons, the student needs to connect with the Disability Services Center to request an accommodation.  PLEASE NOTE: The CDC recommendations on who should not wear a mask does not exclude you from following the face covering policy on UMS campuses.  Please check out alternative mask options set up by the CDC. 

    DEAN THOUGHTS

    Let's keep it simple...these are trying times for all of us.  In addition to navigating the day to day activities in our lives, we now have to manage 'social distancing,' masking wearing, and in many cases a sense of disconnection from family and friends..  Over time, we are seeing a heightened level of stress and anxiety.  

    There are many resources available to you.  Please check out the Student-Focused COVID-19 Informational Resources page for more information.

    Students who have additional questions are encouraged to pose them to the Dean of Students Office through this form. Our staff will answer your questions or route them to other campus leaders who will respond.  

    Dean Mondor

    Good Afternoon!

    I know this week’s edition of the DoSE reaches you at a difficult time. Just as we are trying to cope with the uncertainties caused by COVID-19, we are working through outrage, frustration and grief caused by the pandemic of racism in our country.  

    I also know that USM is here to help and support you, especially now, during this challenging time. 

    My staff and I are here for you. The staff of the offices mentioned below are also available for you. Please contact us, even if you just want to talk. If you are choosing to join protests wherever you are this summer, I encourage you to mask-up and keep yourself safe while you do the important work of affecting change, making your voice heard and ending the structures of racism. 

    As ever, I hope you explore the resources, both on- and off-campus, that are listed below. I also encourage you to check out the Student-Focused COVID Resource page created thanks to input from IDAC and the collaboration with USM Marketing.


    COMMON READ RESOURCES

    The Common Read is a shared intellectual experience for University community members and friends to inaugurate Goal 10 and USM's renewed commitment to identifying and combating structures of oppression.  Please feel free to check out the Common Read Resource page shared by the author of our Common Read, the Intercultural and Diversity Advisory Council (IDAC), faculty/staff and community members.  This is a very short list of resources which can guide you towards the The FOUR Stages of Becoming Antiracist; AWARENESS, EDUCATION, SELF INTERROGATION, COMMUNITY ACTION.



    MESSAGE FROM COUNSELING SERVICES

    As the summer sets into full swing we want you to be aware of what is available at Counseling Services. While many of our workshops, groups and some regular therapy sessions have come to a close for the summer, we continue to be open for zoom counseling appointments and we also want to offer some short term lower barrier meetings as well. We recognize this is an incredibly stressful time as we manage the pandemic of COVID 19 and face the pandemic of racism and police brutality towards people of color.

    *Check in sessions:* This is available to all students whether they have engaged in counseling with us before or not.  This could be from 1 to 3 meetings depending on the desire of the student. These sessions are meant to help the student talk through anything that is going on for them personally right now.

    We are here to listen and support in whatever we can.  If you are interested in this service please don’t hesitate to call our front desk (207) 780-4050. Stay safe and stay connected. We will be back with more options for supporting your mental health in the fall!  


    MEDITATION AND MINDFULNESS

    The student organization SKY@USM is going to be running online breathing and meditations on tonight and tomorrow.  These sessions are to help discover how our breath and mind influence one another. Research shows that breathing practices have a direct impact on improving immunity.  Meditation relaxes the mind and helps deal with anxiety and fear. Coming together helps us all feel connected, even though it is virtual. Check out their Facebook Group page for information. Wednesday June 10 and Thursday June 11.

    RESOURCES COVID RELATED


    DEAN THOUGHTS

    There is a great deal going on...and between the news feeds and social media, our brains cannot get a break from input.  I am not saying to check out, because the fight is real.  The struggle is real.  The fact that we are dealing with multiple conflicts at the same time is real.  Some people are trying to figure out how to put food on the table tonight or pay the rent.  Some people are tying to stay alive.  There is so much going on, we feel we can't catch our breath before something else pops up on the news or social media.

    All I am asking is to stop for a minute, 5 minutes or more.  Just turn it (phone/technology) off and sit with your thoughts and your feelings  Process what you have going on now before adding more.  And if that feels overwhelming then reach out.  You are not alone.

    Dean Mondor

    Good afternoon!

    The injustices directed at our communities of color have caused extreme outrage, sadness and division across the country.  Our communities are hurting. This is unacceptable.  Please know that we all handle extreme situations differently, and though someone might not be showing anger, pain or hurt on the outside, they might be feeling it inside.   No matter how you might process, there are resources available to you and a friend.  Please take a few moments to check out the many resources shared with me this week.

    I would also like to direct you to the updated Health Advisory for the University Maine System Related to COVID19. 

     

    This week in the DoSE:

    1. What can I do?
    2. Who can I reach out to?
    3. Get Hired with 21st Century Skills
    4. Resources Related to COVID
    5. Dean Thoughts

     

    WHAT CAN I DO?

    How can we relieve our own stress about what is happing? This can take form in a number of ways.  

    • It can mean using our social media platforms—Facebook, Instagram, email, online work communities—to spread useful information about direct action we can take.
    • It can mean donating to bail funds for those who are risking their lives in the protests.
    • It can mean being physically present—as many of us were for the Women’s March and Pride—in peaceful demonstrations if we are able to and it is safe to.  If you do participate in any type of gathering, please review the CDC safety guidelines on Mass Gatherings.
    • It can mean getting remotely involved in buying from Black-owned businesses or volunteering or working with organizations that directly affect Black communities.
    • It can mean signing petitions to ask for change or specific action.
    • It can mean self-educating on racism in America so that we, as educated white people, are not complicit in its spread but use our voice. 
    • It can mean listening to a podcast on Healing Justice Podcast called irresistible
    • It can mean participating in USM's Common ReadHow to Be An Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. 

     

    WHO CAN I REACH OUT TO?

    The USM Counseling office (207-780-4050) if you or someone you know would like support with coping and healing.  Our crisis team is available after hours at 1-888-568-1112.

    The Religious and Spiritual Life Council have advisors from various spiritual denominations.  They are committed to work with you and connect you to resources you might be looking for.  Check out the Council members for contact information.  Let us know if you need help finding resources.

     

    Student Government Leaders are also available, please feel free to reach to SGA Instagram: USMSGA or directly to:

    Hannah Qiu - Student Body President  Hannah.qiu@maine.edu   
    Facebook: Hannah Qiu   Instagram: @hannahqiu77

    Hussein Maow - Student Body Vice President   Hussein.maow@maine.edu   
    Instagram: 0_hussein_1 

     

    GET HIRED WITH 21st CENTURY SKILLS

    Did your internship get canceled? Is your summer job not happening? Are your volunteer/travel plans squashed? Or are you always looking for ways to set yourself apart from the pack? Then this is for YOU! Take advantage of this summer to build your resume and be resilient.

    The University of Maine System invites you to participate in Education Design Lab’s BadgedToHire initiative. The global economy is changing—do you have the skills employers are looking for?

     

    RESOURCES RELATED to COVID

    Please see a list of available resources below:

    DEAN THOUGHTS

    I will keep this simple - Take care of yourself and each other.  

    Dean Mondor

    Good Afternoon! Wishing you all a great day!  Hope you were able to enjoy the long weekend and taking a moment to relax and clear your head.  It is nice to be able to have nice weather and the ability to get outside a bit, but the reality is that we are still feeling the strain from COVID-19. This week in the DoSE:

    1. Resources Available - COVID Related
    2. USM App Discontinued
    3. Art Department Open Studios
    4. Career & Employment Hub
    5. Dean Thoughts

     RESOURCES AVAILABLEThe USM Coronavirus Questions and Concerns page for information and links to resources on:General Assistance, SNAP & TANF, Domestic Violence Support, Food Insecurity, Internet & Computer Accessibility, Health and Mental Health Services, Multilingual Informational Resources, Academic Support, Unemployment Resources, and Emergency Funds.   GUIDEBOOK BEING DISCONTINUEDLater this week, USM's Guidebook App will be discontinued. A brand new app will be available to students this fall, and we will send more information about that when it is ready to go. ART DEPARTMENT OPEN STUDIOSTo Celebrate our Students’ Resilience and Creative Spirits, the USM Art Department is Hosting a Virtual Open Studios this Year. The Art Studios may be empty, but our Art Students have continued to work hard throughout the semester. Please visit our Spring Semester Virtual Open Studios. Enter and Enjoy!
     

    CAREER & EMPLOYMENT HUB

    USM's Career Hub has compiled a list of companies that are hiring and in need of employees at this time. Visit the USM Career & Employment Hub for resources, to schedule an appointment, and to learn about openings, including remote work opportunities. 

    DEAN THOUGHTS

    The summer months are usually a time to recharge and sometimes take it easy.  However, this summer just might be one of the most challenging few months for many, if not all of us.  This would be a good time to practice/develop resilience, which is the capacity to recover timely from difficult situations.  COVID-19 is definitely a difficult situation, but there is not much time to recover.  We are still dealing with the day to day challenges of social distancing and self isolation.  At least we can go outside and get some fresh air and see other people safely but the stress of being away from our friends and family is taking a toll.We are in a challenging situation and each day is another day of personal sacrifice, fortitude and courage.  The personal sacrifice of having to go without...  The fortitude to face this situation each day with as much energy as you can give...and the courage to look ahead and face the battle knowing it will not be easy.It will not be easy, but know that there are resources available and all you have to do is reach out and ask for help.  Please check out the resource page mentioned above and don't be afraid to ask for help.  You are not alone. Dean Mondor