Student and University Life

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Looking for a training to add to your syllabus?  Need help coordinating with community partners and agencies? Traveling for a presentation? Coming down with the flu?

Student and University Life is availble to work with your students to supplement course content with nationalional recognized trainers, community parnters, and expert staff.   Please look at our list of supplmental educational opportunities that can help meet your needs. Don't see something that meets your needs? Give our office a call and we will do our best to accomidate you.

Active Bystander/Peer Advocacy

Length: 1.5 hours-2 hours
This training helps to create a culture of caring at USM. The program is especially fitting for human services majors or classes (psychology, social work, sociology, women and gender studies etc.) and emphasizes how students can respond when they see others in need. After the training, students will be able to:

  • feel more comfortable helping each other in a meaningful way (i.e. the warm transfer)
  • see themselves as part of a community; and will understand the impact that their actions or inactions may have on that community (i.e.bystander intervention)
  • understand their personal values,and their team/department/group values, as they relate to supporting one another (i.e. bystander intervention & community building)
  • understand that these themes and topics are interrelated, and the negative impact substance abuse, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault can have on student success
  • know the resources that are available to them on campus

Campus Safety Project- please list focus under other

At the heart of every presentation is the goal of raising awareness around interpersonal violence and promoting skills for prevention, response, and social change.  Presentations can run a half hour, a whole class period, or more.  Trainers are flexible and can present on any of the 3 USM campuses.Campus Safety Project presenters are educators and advocates from USM and from our partner agencies: Family Crisis Services, Sexual Response Services of Southern Maine (SARSSM),  Pine Tree Legal Association, Violence Intervention Partnership, Safe Voices, and Sexual Assault Crisis Center.

Diversity and Multiculturism in Maine

As the U.S. demographic changes, so does the face of Maine, which is now home to some 30,000-40,000 New Mainers. Refugee and immigrants arrive in Maine for different reasons; some come in search of safety and human dignity while others come to study at Maine's higher learning institutions, seek employment, start businesses and/or for love and adventure. The talk will put a human face on New Mainers; who they are, why they have come here, and how they are becoming part of the social fabric of Maine.

Forecasting Weather

Ever wonder how meteorologists forecast weather? Believe it or not, they don't just flip a coin to determine whether it will be rainy or sunny! Take it from someone who has a Degree in Meteorology: there's a science behind the weather and there's so much more than just the weather report you see on the news. This session will provide a brief overview of common weather phenomenon and take you into the science behind weather forecasting. Whether it's just rain, severe weather like tornadoes and hurricanes or even more complex phenomena like climate change, there's never a shortage of something to learn when it comes to weather!

Managing Multiple Priorities And Your Time

Everyone has the same 24 hours in the day, but why can some people seem to tackle it all while I'm stressed just trying to keep up. Learn tips and trips to help you take control of your time and reduce your stress.

Safe Zone Project

The Safe Zone Project at USM was established in 1995 as a means to increase visibility and support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students.  Safe Zone Project volunteers participate in a 1.5 to 2 hour training that seeks to familiarize them with the basic concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression diversity. Classroom presentations of the Safe Zone Project material are available and focus on explaining the continuums of sex, gender and sexual orientation; reviewing common terminology and definitions; and identifying ways that we can all work to be better allies to everyone in our communities.  Classroom presentations vary from one to two hours, and can be customized to fit the course content and academic discipline.

Student Involvement

Student success and retention research shows that students who feel connected to their institution and become involved in some form of co-curricular opportunity have a greater chance of persisting to graduation.  We have over 125 involvement opportunities available to USM students.  From academic clubs to athletics and recreation to community service to performance ensembles to special interest groups, there's something for everyone.  Student Life staff and student leaders will facilitate a discussion that gets students thinking about how involvement plays a part in their academic experience and in preparation for their lives beyond USM.  We will examine what students see as barriers to their involvement, discuss strategies to overcome those boundaries and explore the REAL benefits of getting involved at USM.  We'll also introduce students to the many resources in place to help them get connected to the involvement opportunities on campus.

Environmental Sustainability @ USM
Ever wonder about those solar panels on Sullivan Gym? Or how about the rain gardens near the Glickman Library? What about the bike racks around campus, the recycling bins and signs, or the USM Community Garden? An energetic member of the Office of Sustainability will clue students in to the myriad initiatives happening all around our campuses that help reduce USM's environmental impact. Presentation can be beginner and/or general, or more focused any sustainability topic including: alternative energy (wind, solar, etc), sustainable transportation (land use, biking, walking, transit), energy and water conservation, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint, stormwater and water pollution, sustainable landscapes, and waste reduction (recycling, composting, responsible procurement). Students will also be made more aware about how they can get involved and contribute. Check out our website:
Time: 45 mins - 1.5 hours

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