Healthy Huskies

Healthy Huskies Update (Oct. 22, 2020)

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

As our semester moves forward and our autumn air turns colder, I wish to remind us all to continue the vigilance of our community. Once again, we have had another week without a new case on our campuses. As we naturally move our activity indoors, I humbly ask you all to continue this work that has kept us safe.

We will be randomly testing students, faculty and staff in the coming week (details within). If you have not been chosen to be tested, you still have a role in keeping us healthy. Follow the basic prevention protocols of the Healthy Huskies Promise: mask up, keep at least six feet from others, wash/sanitize our hands, and avoid large gatherings. I am grateful to all for their diligence and hard work.

I wish you all the best for continued good health and success this semester,

Glenn Cummings

President

 

Preparing for the Thanksgiving departure

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, please begin thinking about your plans for departure from the residence halls and the semester break. Though the holiday is five weeks away, a detailed plan for the break is available online. Please read this carefully, especially those of you who are on-campus residents for the first time and are planning to return in the spring.

 

Need a Study Buddy? Looking for Events and Assistance? 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.

 

Let Dean Mondor Know How You’re Doing

Dean of Students Rodney Mondor knows these are difficult times, and his team continues to work on ways to keep students feeling connected to each other and everyone in the USM community. Completing the Dean of Students Check-In Survey is one way you can help him help you.

 

What To Do in the Gorham Area This Weekend

All masked up and nowhere to go? Check out this list of Gorham-area events and activities compiled by Christina Lowery, Director of Housing and Residential Life. Updates to this list will be ongoing.

 

Students: How to Know If You Have Been Selected for Testing

If you are a student enrolled in a course at USM that has an in-person component, you may have been randomly selected to participate in asymptomatic COVID-19 testing this coming Monday, Oct. 26 (Gorham), Tuesday, Oct. 27 (Portland), and Thursday, Oct. 29 (Lewiston). To find out if you have been randomly selected for testing, check your email to see if you received a message from usmcovidtesting@maine.edu with all the details. Please note, flu shots will also be available at Gorham and Portland COVID testing events. For general information on next week’s testing dates, times, and locations, see the Asymptomatic Testing FAQ page. Your participation in asymptomatic testing is one of the most important ways to curb the spread of the virus. Through these rounds of testing, we can keep ourselves, our friends and family members, our classmates, and the entire USM community healthy and free of COVID-19. It's quick, easy, and painless!

Faculty and staff: How to Know If You Have Been Selected for Testing

If you are a faculty or staff member who has an in-person component to your work this fall, you may have been randomly selected to participate in asymptomatic COVID-19 testing this coming Monday, Oct. 26 (Gorham), Tuesday, Oct. 27 (Portland), and Thursday, Oct. 29 (Lewiston). To find out if you have been randomly selected for testing, check your email to see if you received a message from usmcovidtesting@maine.edu with all the details.  Please note, flu shots will also be available at Gorham and Portland COVID testing events. For general information on next week’s testing dates, times, and locations, see the Asymptomatic Testing FAQ page. Your participation in asymptomatic testing is one of the most important ways to curb the spread of the virus. Through these rounds of testing, we can keep ourselves, our friends and family members, our classmates, and the entire USM community healthy and free of COVID-19. It's quick, easy, and painless!

 

Are You in the Clear?

More than two hundred USM 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.

 

What's USM's Number?

There are two ways to see the latest positive-case counts at USM and each System campus: The University of Maine System is now providing 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.)

 

This Is Your New Entrée to Campus Events

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 Apple iPad Air, a book stipend, and Husky Bucks among other prizes. Check your email for a message with your passport number and learn more about how to use your passport at participating events.

 

Students needing help with stress? 

University Health & Counseling Services holds weekly stress management workshops. Learn healthy ways to identify & manage stress to enhance your student experience in college. Sessions are held on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Email Keith Danner for more info and to sign up.

 

Reducing stress for faculty and staff

Professional facilitators will host a four-week group for faculty and staff members to share and support each other with stress reduction strategies. Registration is required.