Healthy Huskies

Healthy Huskies Update (April 15, 2021)

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Just imagine being able to get together with your friends, indoors — without having to wear a mask.

Of all the reasons to get vaccinated that USM Student Body President Hannah Qiu, Student Senate Chair Jon Thompson, and Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah offer in their recent video, this is the one that grabs me.

Getting vaccinated is the fastest way back to eating meals in Brooks with friends, attending Huskies’ home games and School of Music concerts, and meeting face-to-face with professors and advisors.

Getting vaccinated is the fastest way back to normal.

The USM community has done an incredible job so far with keeping case counts relatively low. Thank you for doing your part by following the Healthy Huskies Promise.

There’s just one more thing we can do to help ensure that this summer is more carefree than last and that we can return to better days by next fall: Please get vaccinated as soon as possible.

#ThisIsOurShotMaine

With best wishes for good health,
Glenn Cummings
President, The University of Southern Maine


Watch: Hannah, Jon, and Dr. Shah's Vaccination Video


Fully Vaccinated Are Exempt From 10-Day Quarantine

Following consultation with state public health officials, the University of Maine System is exempting fully vaccinated, asymptomatic individuals from quarantine requirements if they come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Someone is fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving a J&J shot or 14 days after their second Pfizer or Moderna shot.


You Are Now Eligible to Receive the Vaccine

Maine residents 16 and older are now able to get their COVID-19 vaccine. That means every member of the USM community is now eligible. Show your USM ID Card at a vaccination clinic, and it will be accepted as proof of eligibility.

  • Northern Light Health is booking appointments now
  • Here are other vaccine sites
  • A FEMA Mobile Vaccination Clinic is coming to 795 Roosevelt Trail, in Windham from April 18 to 22, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Vaccinations are free, but appointments are required. To book an appointment, call the Maine Community Vaccination Line at 1-888-445-4111. The vaccine provided will be the two-dose Moderna vaccine. If you need assistance getting to the clinic site, call 1-855-608-5172, 48 hours prior to your appointment.

Testing Continues on Patriots' Day

USM's Asymptomatic Team reminds you that COVID-19 screening will be held on Patriots' Day (Monday, April 19, 2021), when classes are in session, but some offices are closed.


Testing During Ramadan

For Huskies who will be fasting in observance of the holy month of Ramadan, from the evening of April 12 through May 12, USM's Asymptomatic Testing Team encourages you to take your COVID test as early in the morning as possible. This will provide you with the best chance of being hydrated enough to produce a valid sample. Test centers will be open at 8 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday at the Gorham Ice Arena, 8 a.m. Tuesday through Friday at 109/110 Abromson in Portland, and 9 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday in Rm. 283 at Lewiston-Auburn Campus. If you are have having difficulty making this work, please email usmcovidtesting@maine.edu


Testing Is Required — Even If You're Vaccinated

A reminder that per System policy, students, faculty, and staff that have an on-campus presence are required to participate in asymptomatic testing — even if they are fully vaccinated


Will You Be Coming to Campus This Week?

Faculty, staff, and non-residential students, please continue to let us know your anticipated weekly presence on campus by completing the One-Time or Intermittent Visit to USM Form. Your responses help us better understand the population that should participate in weekly asymptomatic screening. If you have questions about the form, please contact usmcovidtesting@maine.edu and see the FAQ page on USM’s Asymptomatic COVID Testing site.


Scheduling Your Next Testing Appointment with PointnClick

The Safer Community mobile app has been replaced by PointnClick, a more straightforward web portal that can be accessed by smartphone, tablet, or computer.

For the remainder of this semester, please sign up for weekly testing using the PointnClick web portal.


Watch: Connor’s Pro Tips on How to Pool Your Drool


What To Do If You Test Positive

Students who test positive as part of the UMS asymptomatic screening may receive notice of their result through an alert sent from the ClicknPoint web portal. If you receive a notice that you have tested positive or you have been informed that your roommate or housemate has tested positive, there are some important do’s and don’ts to keep in mind. And perhaps the most important don’t is don’t panicPlease see these instructions for on-campus students and off-campus students to know what to do, what not to do, and what supports are in place to help you. (Scroll down to the "Students: If you test positive for COVID-19" option on the page at the link above.)


Fall 2021 Priority Registration Ends Tomorrow

See the recent email from the Office of Registration & Scheduling Services to learn more about the Fall 2021 Priority Registration Schedule that runs through Friday, April 16. And be sure to resolve any holds on your account prior to your registration date to ensure a smooth course registration process.


Now Is the Time to Meet with Your Advisor

USM's Advising Team recommends that you book your registration appointment with your advisor through their "youcanbook.me" site or by calling the Advising Office front desk: 207-780-4040 (Portland) or 207-780-4555 (Gorham). Learn more about how to access Advising support via Zoom and the team's Virtual Front Desk


The Spring 2021 Pass/Fail Option Deadline Is May 28

Concerned about a grade you earned this semester? Thinking about asking to change a letter grade to pass/fail grading in one or more of your classes? Making the switch to P/F isn't difficult. Just follow these steps by Friday, May 28


Spring Fling Week Activities Start Monday

Socially distanced live music, mini-golf, barbecue, tie-dye, carnival games, giveaways, and more are on the Spring Fling Week Activities menu, starting this coming Monday, April 19. Learn more about how to participate on the Student Activities website


Student Town Hall Next Wednesday

USM students are invited to join a Town Hall with student leaders, USM President Glenn Cummings, and Dean of Students Rodney Mondor at 6 p.m, Wednesday, April 21. Moderated by USM senior Connor Blake, the conversation will focus on student questions relating to the end of the semester and our return in fall 2021. The Town Hall will be presented with ASL and live captioning. Students are invited to submit questions for discussion in advance of the event and must register in advance to receive the Zoom link.


SilverCloud Online Mental Health Tool Available for Students

In addition to Zoom workshops, support groups, and individual counseling appointments, USM's Counseling Team offers SilverCloud, a free, online mental health tool for USM students. SilverCloud provides self-guided programs to help students cope with anxiety, depression, stress, sleep issues, and resilience. Based on cognitive behavioral therapy principles, the self-guided modules are available anytime, on any device. The SilverCloud website provides an overview of options and a brief quiz to help you find the right program and get started. (Log in with your USM email and password.)


Counseling Services' Spring Groups & Workshops

If you are struggling with your mental health, USM's Counseling Services team encourages you to call their front desk at (207) 780-4050 to set up an individual counseling appointment. And please keep in mind that they still have some groups and workshops that are open to new members.


Lower Your Stress with Mindful Mondays 

Academic Advisor and Nationally Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Katie Tomer will continue to offer Mindful Mondays from 4:45 to 5:15 p.m. every Monday, excluding university holidays. This ongoing Zoom-baed program is open to all students, faculty, and staff. Participants are invited to learn and practice evidence-based breathing and meditation techniques that have been shown to lower stress levels and increase well-being. Join Mindful Mondays through this Zoom link.


For Graduate Students: The New Shaw Innovation Fellows Program

The Shaw Innovation Fellows Program at USM, a distinctive initiative launched with a $500,000 gift from USM alum David Evans Shaw ’76G, ’15H and the Shaw family, will provide select USM graduate students with fellowships for innovative and applied research projects. Emphasizing mentoring, collaboration, and engagement — and integrated with USM’s Promise Scholarship Program — the Shaw Innovation Fellows Program will award five one-year fellowships will be to USM graduate students whose projects demonstrate bold and innovative approaches to solving human, environmental, economic, and societal problems of the 21st century and beyond. Learn more about the Shaw Innovation Fellows Program


Campus Food Pantry Offers Pre-Order and Pickup

With this Google form, you can now pre-order a weekly bag of groceries for pickup from the Campus Food Pantries in Portland (102 Bedford Street) and Gorham (in the UCU Den of Brooks Student Center). Pickup times for the Portland and Gorham CFP are listed on the Google Form. LAC students can find food security support in the LAC Library or by emailing CFP staff. Please see the CFP website for hours of operation in Portland, Gorham, and LAC.


Sometimes Required, Sometimes Recommended: When to Use the COVID-19 Reporting Form

Employee and student use of the COVID-19 Reporting Form is sometimes required and sometimes recommended, but not required. Learn more about when the COVID-19 Reporting Form must be used and when it can be used at your discretion at the Healthy Huskies website.


Need a Study Buddy? Use Navigate USM

With the free Navigate USM app, you can easily find a study buddy for a class, see campus events, build to-do lists, manage your class schedule, explore careers related to majors and interests, find out if you have holds on your accounts, and check out campus resources — all in one place. Learn how to find and download the app.


Your Passport to Fun Activities 

USM’s Passport Initiative is your ticket to access campus programs, events, and the USM community. With uniquely numbered and assigned passports, undergraduate students can earn multiple chances to win valuable prizes — all for nothing more than having fun. The more passport-approved events you attend, the more times your name gets added to end-of-semester raffles for a PlayStation 5, an Xbox Series X, an iPad Air, Apple Watch, a book stipend, and Husky Bucks among other prizes. Check the Passport Initiative website for information about upcoming events.


Find a Zoom Lounge Location 

USM has designated several spaces on all three campuses for socially distanced group study, individual quiet study, and Zoom/online course participation. Please see this updated list of Zoom lounges and study spaces for the spring semester — and don’t forget to stay socially distanced and bring headphones for use in these spaces.


How to Be More Successful on Brightspace, Zoom

With spring semester courses starting on Monday, Jan. 25, now is a good time to revisit resources on how to be a more successful learner on Brightspace and Zoom. Find out how to submit an assignment, engage in a discussion and take quizzes on Brightspace in the Student’s Guide to Brightspace video series. And the Learning with Zoom video series is just as full of pro tips. These academic resources and many others are brought to you by USM’s Academic Gains Through Improved Learning Effectiveness (AGILE) program.


These Face Coverings Are OK

By now, you know face coverings are required on campus. If you need a refresher on which face coverings are acceptable for use on campus, please see the System's Face Covering Guidelines


Monitor Your Symptoms with #CampusClear

System-wide, hundreds of students, faculty, and staff have downloaded and signed up to use #CampusClear, the free app that provides a daily prompt to indicate any symptoms you may be experiencing. Self-screening is easy and takes only a few seconds. Learn how to download and use #CampusClear for iOS and Android.


See System-wide Campus COVID Counts

There are two ways to see the latest positive-case counts at USM and each System campus: The University of Maine System provides daily announcements of positive counts at each campus and other testing-related updates on the Together for Maine website. You can also find aggregated test result data on the System’s COVID-19 Testing Summary dashboard. (Scroll down a bit at the link to see the dashboard.)