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New Student Orientation

Friday, June 16, 2017 

The next New Student Orientation for the Augusta campus will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017.  Please be sure to read through all of the information below (letter of invitation, agenda, orientation program details) before you sign up through the online reservation form.  In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact Kim Dowling at kimberly.dowling@maine.edu or at 621-3374/1-877-862-1234, ext. 3374.  We look forward to seeing you on June 16th!

 

Letter of Invitation

Dear New Student:

Welcome to the University of Maine at Augusta!  We are pleased with your interest in joining our college community.  To ensure your success and a smooth transition to UMA, we have scheduled a New Student Orientation Program for Friday, June 16, at our Augusta campus.  It is very important that you attend.

The New Student Orientation Program is specifically designed for all students new to UMA, regardless of where they attend classes, or whether they are first-time, transfer, or returning students.  As noted on the agenda, you will have the opportunity to:

  • tour the campus and familiarize yourself with our facilities;
  • meet with your academic college representative;
  • learn more about what to expect at UMA and what UMA expects of you;
  • discover a broad range of support services, campus resources, and opportunities for involvement;
  • participate in workshops designed to enhance your college experience;

(Refer to  “Orientation Program Details” for descriptions of all workshops, including those of special interest to transfer students.)

  • make arrangements to select and register for fall courses;
  • and, most importantly, meet some of your new classmates, faculty and staff.

You are welcome to bring family members and friends as guests.  Students’ meals are complimentary.  There is a $6 fee for each guest sharing the meal with us.

You must reserve your spot for this event by June 9.  Fill out the online Reservation Form, which is located below under the “Online Reservation Form” tab. If you are bringing a guest who is ordering a meal, send payment with the student’s name to:  Dean of Students Office, UMA, 46 University Drive, Augusta, ME 04330.

Once we receive your Reservation Form, we will e-mail to you a confirmation letter and map.  Please be sure to include your e-mail address.  If you don’t have one, we will send your confirmation and map via U.S. mail.  Let us know as soon as possible if you need accommodations/assistance to participate in Orientation.

You may be eligible to participate in multiple orientations.  In addition to this New Student Orientation Program on the Augusta campus, UMA provides an orientation at our Bangor campus.  An online orientation to distance learning (http://learn.maine.edu/get-started/orientation) is offered by University College Learning Services.  Orientations are offered at most University College Centers.  Dates and contacts for those are on the University College tab on this orientation web page.

If you have questions about this Orientation Program or the reservation process, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at (207) 621-3176 or 1-877-UMA-1234, Ext. 3176, or kimberly.dowling@maine.edu.

I look forward to seeing you on June 16th!

Warmest regards,

Sheri Fraser

Dean of Students

Agenda

9:00-9:20 a.m.                    Tour Check-In (Jewett Hall)
9:25-10:50 a.m.                  Tour of the Campus (Optional)

Tour begins promptly at 9:25 a.m. (Danforth Gallery in Jewett Hall)

10:00-10:45 a.m.                Check-in for Orientation
10:00-11:00 a.m.                 Visit Information Tables (Jewett Hall)
11:05-11:25 a.m.                  Welcome & Overview
 11:25-11:45 a.m.                 Money Matters
 11:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.      Campus Connections        
 12:00-12:25 p.m.                4 Ev: Your Title IX Rights and Responsibilities
 12:35-1:25 p.m.                  Students:   Lunch and Conversation with your College Rep
                                                  Guests:  Lunch and Conversation with UMA Staff
 1:30-2:25 p.m.                    Session #1 

 A. Networking 007

B. Writing 002

C. Math 123

D. E-Connections 004

 2:30 – 3:25 p.m.              Session #2  

A. Making Cents 005

B. Transfer 222

C. Homework 200

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.             Offices Are Open to assist students with questions/business

 

 

Orientation Program Details

To select your activities for the day, please review the following information and then indicate your choices on the online Reservation Form.

TOUR (optional):  Begins promptly at 9:25 a.m.

For those attending the Augusta campus, the campus tour is a great way to find out who and what is where and how to get there! Traveling by bus and on foot, we’ll visit several buildings (Jewett Hall, Katz Library, Randall Student Center, and others) and learn where to go to inquire about financial aid or registration, attend class, get some exercise, meet your student government representatives, and much more. Important points of interest will also be discussed along the way.  Please be sure to let us know should you require accommodations or assistance to participate in the tour or in any aspect of Orientation.

WORKSHOP SESSION #1:  1:30-2:25 p.m.

Select ONE of the following on the Reservation Form.

A. Networking 007: Getting Involved and Balancing Your Time

Whether you’re attending college straight from high school or coming back to school after some work experience, the transition can be both scary and exciting—you’re adapting to new classes, friends, teachers, and more.  Find out about the opportunities that are available to meet new people.  Enrich your college experience by learning of opportunities to interact with diverse groups of people and participate in various activities and organizations.  Also covered are strategies to help manage your time.

B. Writing 002: Preparing an Effective College Paper

You have received your first college writing assignment and you can’t seem to put your thoughts into written words!  This workshop will help you simplify the writing process so that you can write clear and effective college papers.

C. Math 123: Math MINUS Anxiety EQUALS Success

Learn how to develop and expand your math skills and understanding.  Strategies covered include reducing math anxiety, improving math skills and math test taking performance.  A must for anyone who dreads math.

 D. E-Connections 004:  Understanding UMA Technologies

Learn more about UMS E-Mail (used for all official communication to students), the UMA Portal (personalized student UMA website allowing single sign-on access to important UMA information, calendar of events, and other electronic technologies), MaineStreet (student information system where students can view and update a wide range of academic information, accept financial aid awards, make payments, and view important messages/announcements), and Blackboard (the software used in many UMA courses—online, ITV, and face-to-face).  Prerequisite:  Before attending this workshop, you must activate your MaineStreet user ID by following the activation instructions that are listed further below.  Be sure to bring your password to the workshop once you’ve activated your account.

 

WORKSHOP SESSION #2:  2:30-3:25 p.m.

Select ONE of the following on the Reservation Form.

A. Making Cents 005: The Bottom Line

Managing your finances while attending college can be a challenge.  Find out how the Office of Student Financial Services can help you access resources, plan your budget, and guide you through the maze of federal regulations and University of Maine System policy.

B. Transfer 222:  Get Credit for What You Know

Already have some college credit?  Interested in accelerating your pace to graduation?  Students in this session will learn how to monitor their academic headway through UMA’s Degree Progress tool.  Questions regarding transfer will be addressed, and information will be shared on how to earn college credits through portfolio assessment, credential review and credit-by-examination.  (Open to all students.)

C. Homework 200: Study Skills for College Success

Effective study skills are key to college success, yet few of us have been taught how to study.  Get a head start on your coursework with tips and techniques for effective learning.  Find out how to read college texts, how to take effective notes, and how to save time and reduce frustration as you make college knowledge your own.

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.   UMA Offices are Open to Assist Students with Questions and Business

Activating Your MaineStreet User ID

Whether you are planning to attend the “E-Connections-Understanding UMA Technologies” workshop or not, you can activate your university user ID before Orientation.   This allows you access to MaineStreet (where the university keeps your student information), university e-mail, Blackboard (software used in many classes), UMS wireless system and the campus computers.  Just complete the following steps:

  • Obtain an activation code by calling 621-7400 or 1-800-696-4357.
  • After getting your activation code, go to https://mail.maine.edu/um/ActivateAccount.
  • Enter your 7-digit student ID and activation code in the boxes provided and click “continue.”
  • Fill in answers to a series of textboxes; then click “Activate” to complete the process.

(If you need help locating your 7-digit student ID, contact UMA’s Enrollment Services Center at 621-3185 or 1-877-862-1234.)  If you have questions, please call University Tech Support at 621-7400 or 1-800-696-HELP.

Online Reservation Form

Friday, June 23, 2017

The next New Student Orientation for the Bangor campus will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017.  Please be sure to read through all of the information below (letter of invitation, agenda, session descriptions) before you sign up through the online reservation form.  If you have any questions about the New Student Orientation Program process, please contact Kent Corey at 207 262-7817 or by email at kent.corey@maine.edu.  We look forward to seeing you on June 23rd!

Letter of Invitation

 

Dear New Student,

Welcome to UMA-Bangor, a campus of the University of Maine at Augusta!  We are pleased that you are joining our college community in the fall.  To ensure your success and to provide a smooth transition, we have scheduled a New Student Orientation Program for Friday, June 23, 2017 in Eastport Hall.  Mark your calendar today and fill out the online Reservation Form, which is located below under the “Online Reservation Form” tab by June 20, 2017.

This program is designed for all students new to UMA-Bangor, regardless of where they attend classes, or whether they are a first-year, transfer, or returning student.  As you will note on the agenda, we have arranged an opportunity for you to get answers to questions and learn more about what to expect at UMA-Bangor and what we expect from you.  Information regarding a full array of student services will be available.  In addition, workshops focused on enhancing your experience will be offered.  Most importantly, you will meet some of your new classmates, faculty, and staff.  Family and friends are welcome to join us for the day.  There is no charge for your meal, but when family and friends are joining us, there is a $6 charge for each guest’s meal.  Let us know as soon as possible if you need accommodations/assistance to participate in Orientation.

When friends and family are joining us, please complete the on-line registration form and send the payment with the student’s name to Kent Corey, UMA-Bangor, 128 Texas Avenue, Bangor, ME 04401.

You may be eligible to participate in multiple orientations. In addition to this New Student Orientation Program on the Bangor campus, UMA provides an orientation at the Augusta campus. The University College Centers offer an Online Orientation to Distance Learning. Simply visit www.uma.edu/nso and click on the tab to locate the orientation you want.

If you have any questions about the New Student Orientation Program process, please call me at 207 262-7817 or email me at kent.corey@maine.edu. You can also follow us on Facebook by liking UMA-Bangor Student Life.

I look forward to meeting you on June 23rd!

Cordially,

Kent Corey

Coordinator of Student Life, SGA, Activities and Leadership Development

Agenda

8:45 – 9:00 am               Check in – Eastport Hall Huskins Lounge
9:00 – 9:15 am               Welcome & Introductions (Eastport 124)
9:15 – 10:15 am            College 101 Jeopardy: What You Need to Know!! (Eastport 124)
10:15– 11:15 am           Campus Resource Speed Dating (Eastport 135)
11:15 to 11:45 am       Title IX:  Your Rights & Responsibilities (Eastport 124)
11:45 am-12:25 pm    LUNCH!!! with your Program Coordinators
12:30 – 1:00 pm           Breakout Session #1
  • Group 1- E-Connections- UMA Technologies (Eastport Hall 102)
  • Group 2- Money Matters (Eastport 103)
  • Group 3- Advising 101 (Eastport 105)
1:00 – 1:30 pm           Breakout Session #2
  • Group 3- E-Connections- UMA Technologies (Eastport Hall 102)
  • Group 1- Money Matters (Eastport 103)
  • Group 2- Advising 101 (Eastport 105)
1:30 – 2:00 pm         Breakout Session #3
  • Group 2- E-Connections- UMA Technologies (Eastport Hall 102)
  • Group 3- Money Matters (Eastport 103)
  • Group 1- Advising 101 (Eastport 105)
Opening the Question Box, Prizes & Orientation Wrap-Up (Eastport 124)
OPTIONAL ITEMS

2:30-3:15 pm          Campus Tour (Departing from Eastport 124)
2:30- 4:00 pm        Registration & Advising Follow-Up:

Students who have admissions paperwork to finalize can visit with the Admissions Office on the First Floor of Lewiston Hall.  Students who have not yet met with an advisor to plan their spring schedule of classes can do so in Huskins Lounge. Financial Aid will also be available in Huskins Lounge.

Exit Activities:  Turn in your evaluation at the check-in table and receive a remembrance of the day.   Thank you for coming to the New Student Orientation and look forward to having you join us in Fall 2017!!

 

Session Descriptions

Morning Sessions

College 101 Jeopardy: What You Need to Know!!

During this interactive session, you will participate in a forum that allows you to hear from current UMA Students and Staff.  They will give you information that will enrich and support your journey to success by giving their experiences.  The session facilitators will be Jennifer Mascaro, Director of Counseling Services and Library Specialist Collen Coffey.

Campus Resource Speed Dating

A great opportunity to get to know the many wonderful departments and resources you have available to you, and how you can best utilize them in building strong educational relationships and to increase your overall success.  All done with a fun and quirky theme!!  This session will be facilitated by The Office of Student Life.

Title IX:  Your Rights & Responsibilities

UMA is dedicated to providing a safe and positive environment for students and employees.  In compliance with Federal Laws, we want to ensure that all students have the opportunity to know their rights and responsibilities regarding what is covered under Title IX, and how to report any discrimination based on sex.  This session will be facilitied by Laura Rodas, Coordinator of Community Standards & Mediation

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

E-Connections- UMA Technologies

Learn more about UMS E-Mail (used for all official communication to students), the UMA Portal (personalized student UMA website allowing single sign-on access to important UMA information, calendar of events, and other electronic technologies), MaineStreet (student information system where students can view and update a wide range of academic information, accept financial aid awards, make payments, and view important messages/announcements), and Blackboard (the software used in many UMA courses—online, ITV, and face-to face). This session is facilitated by Laurie Ficker, Assistant Director of Enrollment Services & Prior Learning Assessment.

Prerequisite: Before attending this workshop, you must activate your MaineStreet user ID by following the activation instructions listed at the bottom of this page.

Money Matters

Learn what options you may have to help pay for school, as well as keeping up with other financial goals you may have.  You will find out about resources that are available to assist you with budgeting, saving and overall financial planning.  This session is being facilitated by Nicole Vachon, College Access Counselor at Finance Authority of Maine (FAME)

Advising 101

This session will help you understand how important an advisor will be to your success at UMA.  During this session, you will find out, “What is Advising” and how it differs from many of the other departments on campus.  This session is facilitated by Lauren Weinbrown, Staff Associate for Academic Advising.

Activating Your MaineStreet User ID
  • Obtain an activation code by calling 621-7400 or 1-800-696-4357.
  • After getting your activation code, go to https://mail.maine.edu/um/ActivateAccount.
  • Enter your 7-digit student ID and activation code in the boxes provided and click “continue.” (If you need help locating your 7-digit student ID, contact UMA’s Enrollment Services Center at 621-3185 or 1-877-862-1234.)
  • Fill in answers to a series of textboxes; then click “Activate” to complete the process.
  • If you have questions, please call University Tech Support at 621-7400 or 1-800-696-HELP.

 

Online Reservation Form

    • Bath-Brunswick (To sign up, click here or call 442-7736.):
      • Thursday, August 17, 4:30-6:30 p.m.   
    • Ellsworth:
      • Wednesday, August 23, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
    • Norway-South Paris: 
      • August 2017 date TBD
    • Rockland: 
      • Tuesday, August 15, 4:00-6:00 p.m. OR
      • Thursday, August 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    • Rumford-Mexico (To sign up, click here.)
      • Wednesday, August 23, 1:00-2:30 p.m. OR
      • Thursday, August 24, 5:00-6:30 p.m. 
    • Saco:
      • Individual orientation appointments are available.  Click here to book a convenient time.

For details, please contact the appropriate center.  See this webpage to locate a center.

Online Orientation to Distance Learning »

 

Orientation is an opportunity for students to get to know UMA and to prepare for a successful college experience.

At orientation, students can:

    • learn about UMA’s student resources, policies, and procedures
    • meet other students, the faculty, and staff
    • participate in information and skill building workshops
    • ask questions and express concerns

Orientation is for ALL students new to UMA, whether they are: returning adults, transfer students, or recent high school graduates; attending on campus or attending at centers, sites, or via technology; and, in degree programs or just taking a class.

Orientations are offered at both of UMA’s campuses (Augusta and Bangor), and at most of the University College Centers (Bath-BrunswickEllsworth, Rockland, Rumford-Mexico, Saco, and South Paris).  Those students taking online classes are encouraged to also view University College Learning Services’ Online Orientation to Distance Learning.  In addition, specialized orientation programs for students in the architecture or nursing programs are offered. Students should contact the College of Arts and Sciences for information on the architecture orientation and the College of Professional Studies for information on the nursing orientation.

Notification of an upcoming orientation is mailed approximately three weeks before classes start to all students new to UMA. Students should contact their nearest campus or center for additional information.

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