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1.  What is Trio?

The Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) are Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs.

2.  Where is Cornerstone located?

Cornerstone is located in room 195 in Jewett Hall on the Augusta Campus and room 204 in Belfast Hall on the Bangor Campus.

3. What types of services does Cornerstone provide?

  • Scholarships and grant-in-aid opportunities
  • Amplified tutoring
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring
  • Assistance with UMA’s “Wish List” class registration processs
  • Financial literacy advising
  • Computer access
  • Career plans and goals
  • Workshops & individual consultations


4. Am I eligible to be in Cornerstone?

Eligible students are any students enrolled in a UMA Bachelor’s Degree program with most of your classes on either the Augusta or Bangor campus and meet at least ONE of the following:

  • Neither parent has a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Have a documented disability
  • Meet federal income guidelines for financial aid

*students must be a legal resident of the United States to recieve TRiO services


5. Does Cornerstone offer a First-year experience course?

Yes.  All Conerstone eligible students can enroll in the COL 100, College Experience class on both the Augusta and Bangor campuses.  This 3-credit course is offered in both the Fall and Spring semester and is FREE to Cornerstone students (ONLY).  Topics include:

  • Time management
  • Research paper writing
  • Financial literacy
  • Learning styles

Our quality staff of peer mentors works hard every day to ensure our Cornerstone students are establishing a path to success.  We have put together a list of a few important on-line resources for current, prospective and graduating Cornerstone students to browse.

Financial Literacy – SALTis a new membership program that helps students and families navigate financing a higher education, successfully manage any resulting debt, and build money skills for life.  SALT gives you in-depth information on a range of financial topics, without any of the mumbo-jumbo you don’t need.


Time Management -The Dartmouth College Academic Skills Center Site is for the entire College community.  Although our primary goal is to assist students in becoming more efficient and effective learners, we are open to all who wish to improve their academic skills and ability to learn.


Research Paper Writing -The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab.  Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.


In Cornerstone, we believe strongly in the on-going process of building the successful student.  We know this takes time and often a lot of sacrifice on behalf of the student.  But, in the end when their name is called on graduation day we know it was all worth it!  The following are just a few of the resources we use to begin the process of achieving academic success:

Weekly BLOG — Cornerstone-operated blog designed to assist students with questions they may have about their journey through college.


Five Day Test Preparation Plan — Used as a guideline to help students prepare for exams

Day 1: Organize and review your class notes and text notes carefully.  Prepare a list of all topics that will be on the exam.  List them in order of importance, so you can focus your attention accordingly.

Day 2: Review your notes and text thoroughly.  That is, until you can recall all of the important information.  Concentrate on topics that are more difficult for you to remember.  Use mnemonic devices or visualization to help you recall more effectively.

Day 3: Briefly rewrite all important information.  Review these notes repeatedly.  Trying to recall your own explanations will be more effective than trying to recall what the text and your professors said.

Day 4: Make a list of questions that might be on the exam and answer them in as much detail as possible.

Day 5: Review your notes and rewritten notes a few hours before the exam.  Take time to relax before the exam.  If you are afraid you will forget information or “blank out” when you receive the exam, write reminders on the back that you can come back to during the exam.

Learning Styles — Cornerstone peer mentors often use this method with students to assess their individual learning styles to better help them with their academic needs.

Visual:     Those who learn through seeing things.

  • Is good at spelling but forgets names
  • Needs quiet study time
  • Has to think awhile before understanding a lecture
  • Likes color & fashion

Auditory:     Those who learn best through hearing things.

  • Is not afraid to speak in class
  • Is good at explaining
  • Remembers names
  • Enjoys music
  • Is good at grammar and foreign language
  • Reads slowly
  • Follows directions well

Kinesthetic:    Those who learn through experiencing/doing things.

  • Is good at sports
  • Can’t sit still for long
  • Is not good at spelling
  • Does not have great handwriting
  • Studies with loud music on
  • Take breaks when studying

Use this web site to test how YOU learn!

Dori Fellman, Director
Office: 195A Jewett Hall (Augusta)
Phone: (207) 621-3235
Dr. Betty McCue-Herlihy, Assistant Director
Office: 202 Belfast Hall (Bangor)
Phone: (207) 262-7820
Tony Staffiere, Staff Specialist
Office: 195L Jewett Hall (Augusta)
Phone: (207) 621-3201
Staff Associate
Office: Belfast Hall (Bangor)
Phone: (207) 262-7820
Marylou Larrabee, Administrative Assistant
Office: 195 Jewett Hall (Augusta)
Phone: (207) 621-3157
Robin Crawley, Data Management Technician
Office: 195H Jewett Hall (Augusta)
Phone: (207) 621-3142

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