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-BrunswickEllsworthRocklandRumford/MexicoSaco, and Norway/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.

The Augusta campus’ next orientations will be held on August 18 and on August 22.  To participate in the August 18th orientation, please read through the information below (letter of invitation, the agenda, and the orientation program details), before you reserve your spot through the online reservation form.  If you need assistance with registering for classes, please contact the Advising Center at 207-621-3149.  If you have any questions about this orientation, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 207-621-3176/1-877-862-1234, ext. 3176 or email Kim.

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, August 18, 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.  Noted on the agenda, you will have the opportunity to:

  • tour the campus and familiarize yourself with our facilities;
  • 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 the “Orientation Program Details” information for descriptions of the workshops/activities.);
  • and, most importantly, meet some of your new classmates.

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 August 11.  Fill out the online Reservation Form through the link at the bottom of this page.  If you are bringing a guest who is ordering a meal, please 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 contact information for those can be found at the main orientation web page and click on the University College Centers tab.

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 email Kim at kimberly.dowling@maine.edu.  I look forward to seeing you on August 18th!

Warmest regards,

Sheri Fraser

Dean of Students

9:00 – 9:20 a.m.            Tour Check-In (Jewett Hall)
9:25 – 11:00 a.m.          Tour of the Campus – Optional

                                           Tour begins promptly at 9:25 a.m. in the Danforth Gallery-Jewett Hall

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.       Check-In for Orientation (Jewett Hall)            
11:05 – 11:25 a.m.        Welcome & Overview
11:25 – 11:45 a.m.        Money Matters
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.           Students:  Sandwich Lunch, Conversation, and Activities 

                                              Guests:  Sandwich Lunch and Conversation with UMA Staff

1:05 – 1:30 p.m.            Title IX:  Your Rights and Responsibilities 
1:40 – 2:35 p.m.            Workshop Session #1 

A.  More Learning with Less Stress and Frustration

B.  E-Connections:  Understanding UMA Technologies

C.  Taking Care of Business

2:40 – 3:35 p.m.             Workshop Session #2

A.  More Learning with Less Stress and Frustration

B.  E-Connections:  Understanding UMA Technologies

C.  Taking Care of Business

To select your activities, 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    1:40-2:35 P.M.

Select ONE of the following on the Reservation Form.

A.  More Learning with Less Stress and Frustration

Doing well in college takes a lot of time and effort, especially if you have never thought about how you learn.  This session will provide some key ideas to strengthen your learning process, and a student panel will share strategies that have helped them succeed.

B.  E-Connections: 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 listed further below.

C.  Taking Care of Business

If you have “unfinished business” to address, you can take this time to visit with staff in their offices.  Be sure to look over your personalized “To Do” list, which will be included in your packet when you check in at orientation.  This list will indicate what items you need to complete and provide other suggested action items.  Staff will be available in Room 255 Randall Student Center during this time frame to assist you with your questions and provide direction.

 WORKSHOP SESSION #2    2:40-3:35 P.M.

Select ONE of the following on the Reservation Form.

A.  More Learning with Less Stress and Frustration

(Repeat of Session #1.)

Doing well in college takes a lot of time and effort, especially if you have never thought about how you learn.  This session will provide some key ideas to strengthen your learning process, and a student panel will share strategies that have helped them succeed.

B.  E-Connections: Understanding UMA Technologies

(Repeat of Session #1.)

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 listed further below.

C.  Taking Care of Business

If you have “unfinished business” to address, you can take this time to visit with staff in their offices.  Be sure to look over your personalized “To Do” list, which will be included in your packet when you check in at orientation.  This list will indicate what items you need to complete and provide other suggested action items.  Staff will be available in Room 255 Randall Student Center during this time frame to assist you with your questions and provide direction.

INSTRUCTIONS TO ACTIVATE YOUR 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.” (If you need help locating your 7-digit student ID, contact UMA’s Enrollment and Information 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:  Click here to reserve your spot!

The Augusta campus’ next orientations will be held on August 18 and on August 22.  To participate in the August 22nd orientation, please read through the information below (letter of invitation, the agenda, and the orientation program details), before you reserve your spot through the online reservation form.  If you need assistance with registering for classes, please contact the Advising Center at 207-621-3149.  If you have any questions about this orientation, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 207-621-3176/1-877-862-1234, ext. 3176 or email Kim.

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 Tuesday, August 22, 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.  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 the “Orientation Program Details” information for descriptions of all workshops, including those of special interest to transfer students.);
  • 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 August 15.  Fill out the online Reservation Form through the link at the bottom of this page.  If you are bringing a guest who is ordering a meal, please 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 contact information for those can be found at the main orientation web page and click on the University College Centers tab.

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 email Kim at kimberly.dowling@maine.edu.  I look forward to seeing you on August 22nd!

Warmest regards,

Sheri Fraser

Dean of Students

1:10 – 1:40 p.m.       Tour Check-In (Jewett Hall)
1:45 – 3:10 p.m.       Tour of the Campus – Optional

                                       Tour begins promptly at 1:45 p.m. in the Danforth Gallery-Jewett Hall

2:30 – 3:20 p.m.       Check-In for Orientation and Visit Information Tables (Jewett Hall)            
3:25 – 3:45 p.m.      Welcome & Overview
3:45 – 4:00 p.m.       Campus Connections
4:00 – 4:20 p.m.       Money Matters
4:20 – 4:45 p.m.       Title IX:  Your Rights and Responsibilities 
4:55 – 5:40 p.m.      Students:  Sandwich Supper and Conversation with your Academic College  Representative

                                       Guests:  Sandwich Supper and Conversation with UMA Staff

5:45 – 6:40 p.m.       Workshop Session #1 

A.  Networking 007:  Getting Involved and Balancing Your Time

B.  Writing 002:  Preparing an Effective College Paper

C.  Math 123:  Math MINUS Anxiety EQUALS Success

D.  E-Connections 004:  Understanding UMA Technologies

6:45 – 7:40 p.m.       Workshop Session #2

A.  Homework 200:  Study Skills for College Success

B.  Transfer 222:  Get Credit for What You Know

C.  Career 005:  Making a Major Choice

7:45 – 8:00 p.m.       Drawing Prizes and Wrap-Up

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

TOUR (optional):  Begins promptly at 1:45 p.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    5:45-6:40 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 test taking performance.  This workshop is 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 listed further below.)

WORKSHOP SESSION #2    6:45-7:40 P.M.

Select ONE of the following on the Reservation Form.

A.  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.

B.  Transfer 222:  Get Credit for What You Know

This workshop provides students with an overview of Prior Learning Assessment options at UMA.  PLA is a way to demonstrate knowledge and expertise in a particular field in order to earn college credits.  Portfolio assessment, credential review and credit-by-examination options will be covered.  (Open to all students.)

C.  Career 005: Making a Major Choice

Learn about tools and services available to help you make satisfying career and educational choices. Explore college majors, begin to gather career information, and try UMA CareerLink (UMA’s online career exploration and job/internship listing system). UMA CareerLink is designed to be a “one-stop” shop for all of your career decision-making needs. It will help you match your interests to fulfilling careers, as well as help you develop a resume, cover letter, and apply for jobs and internships within the system. You can access UMA CareerLink by clicking on the “blue cube” in the UMA Portal Launchpad.  Prerequisite:  Before attending this workshop, you must activate your MaineStreet user ID by following the activation instructions below.)

INSTRUCTIONS TO ACTIVATE YOUR YOUR MAINESTREET USER ID

Whether you are planning to attend the “E-Connections-Understanding UMA Technologies” or the “Career 003-Making a Major Choice” workshops 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.” (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.

The next orientation for the Bangor campus will be held on Monday, August 21, 2017.  Please read through the letter of invitation, the agenda, and the session descriptions before you reserve your spot through the online reservation form.  If you need assistance with registering for classes, please contact the Advising Center at 207-262-7805.  If you have any questions about this orientation, please contact Kent Corey at 207-262-7817 or kent.corey@maine.edu.  The UMA-Bangor community hopes to see you on August 21st!

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 Monday, August 21, 2017 in Eastport Hall.  Mark your calendar today and fill out the online Reservation Form below by August 16, 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.

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 August 21st!

Cordially,

Kent Corey

Coordinator of Student Life, SGA, Activities and Leadership Development

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.                  Check-In (Eastport Hall Huskins Lounge)
9:00 – 9:15 a.m.                  Welcome and Introductions (Eastport 124)
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.                College 101 Jeopardy:  What You Need to Know (Eastport 124)
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.              Campus Resource Speed Dating (Eastport 135)
11:15 -11:45 a.m.                Title IX:  Your Rights and Responsibilities (Eastport 124)
11:45 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.     LUNCH!!! with your Program Coordinator
12:30 – 1:15 p.m.                 Breakout Session #1

Group 1:  E-Connections-UMA Technologies & Advising 101 (Eastport 102)

Group 2:  Money Matters (Eastport 103)

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.                    Breakout Session #2

Group 1:  Money Matters (Eastport 103)

Group 2:  E-Connections-UMA Technologies & Advising 101 (Eastport 105)

End of Day                              Opening the Question Box, Prizes & Orientation Wrap-Up (Eastport 124)

 

OPTIONAL ITEMS

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.                       Campus Tour (Departing from Eastport 124)
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.                        Registration and 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 fall schedule of classes can do so in Huskins Lounge.  Financial Aid assistance will also be available in Huskins Lounge.

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 Colleen 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 facilitated by Laura Rodas, Coordinator of Community Standards & Mediation

 

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

E-Connections- UMA Technologies & Advising 101

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.

This session will also 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.

Prerequisite: Before attending this workshop, you must activate your MaineStreet user ID by following the activation instructions listed further below.

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)

INSTRUCTIONS TO ACTIVATE YOUR 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.

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

For details, please contact the appropriate center.

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