Hone your writing skills while deepening your appreciation of literature. Through discussion and close personal attention, you’ll develop analytical, critical reasoning, and communication skills highly sought after by employers in many fields. These skills will also provide you with an excellent foundation for graduate study.

Degree Offered: B.A.
Offered on the Augusta and Bangor campuses

Frequently Asked Questions


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.

LINK --https://www.saltmoney.org/index.html


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.

LINK --http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/time.html


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.

LINK -- http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/


Successful Students

    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.

LINK -- http://umacornerstone.blogspot.com/


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!



Contact Us

Dori Fellman, Director
Office: 195A Jewett Hall (Augusta)
Phone: (207) 621-3235
Email: dorrea.fellman@maine.edu
    Dr. Betty McCue-Herlihy, Assistant Director
Office: 202 Belfast Hall (Bangor)
Phone: (207) 262-7820
Email: bettymh@maine.edu
Tony Staffiere, Staff Specialist
Office: 195L Jewett Hall (Augusta)
Phone: (207) 621-3201
Email: anthony.staffiere@maine.edu
    Staff Associate
Office: Belfast Hall (Bangor)
Phone: (207) 262-7820
Marylou Larrabee, Administrative Assistant
Office: 195 Jewett Hall (Augusta)
Phone: (207) 621-3157
Email: marylou.larrabee@maine.edu
    Robin Crawley, Data Management Technician
Office: 195H Jewett Hall (Augusta)
Phone: (207) 621-3142
Email: robin.crawley@maine.edu






TRIO - Student Support Services


The Cornerstone program is a federally funded program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education that helps eligible students earn their college degree. This program is located in room 204 Belfast Hall on the Bangor campus and in room 195 Jewett Hall on the Augusta campus. The Cornerstone staff members select students with academic potential to join this program even though they may have some academic, career, financial, or other limitations that might impact their ability to succeed in college. Through academic, counseling, financial, or career planning support, students who are enrolled in Cornerstone enjoy a very high success rate, especially if they participate fully in the program. Cornerstone is free of charge.

The Cornerstone Program provides:

  • Staff and Peer Mentoring
  • Book Lending Library
  • Academic Support including
    • Academic aptitude assessments
    • Amplified tutoring*
    • Mentoring and study coaching
    • Computer access
  • Learning styles indicator
  • Learning Support Activities
  • Amplified Personal Counseling* including
    • Assistance with time & stress management
  • Personality assessments
  • Personal Development Counseling
  • Short-term substance abuse related counseling and referral services
  • Short-term personal counseling Crisis Intervention
  • Amplified Career Counseling* including
    • Career plans and goals
    • Vocational interest assessments
    • Workshops & individual consultations
    • Job search preparation
    • Resume assistance
    • Portfolio development
  • Cornerstone Scholarships
  • Introductions to people and resources

* These services are available to all students, but Cornerstone students are eligible for extra hours of service.

Hours and Contacts:


8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday
call Becky Crooker
204 Belfast Hall


8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday
621-3157 or 1-877-UMA-1234 (toll free) x3157
195 Jewett Hall



  • Be enrolled in a UMA Bachelor's degree program, AND
  • Require academic support,* AND
  • Take most of your classes in Augusta or Bangor, AND


  • Be of the first generation in your family to attend college (neither parent has a Bachelor's degree) OR
  • Meet federal income guidelines for financial aid, OR
  • Have a documented disability which impacts your learning process

Cornerstone is offered to serve students who are beginning their college career. Preference is given to students who have earned fewer than 30 college credits and who carry nine or more credits a semester in order to graduate in six years.


  • Have been out of school for five or more years, or
  • Earned a High School Equivalency Exam, or
  • Were placed in one or more courses lower than 100 level by your placement exam scores., or
  • Earned an SAT score below 480 on any section of the SAT, or
  • Lack clear and specific educational and career goals, or
  • Have a documented disability which creates a significant barrier to learning

For more information contact:

Betty McCue-Herlihy

Betty McCue-Herlihy, Ed.D., LCPC, NCC
Assistant Director

William Stone, Ed.D., NCCC


UMA’s Learning Support Services Department exists to help students develop the skills and find the resources they need to get the most out of college, and successfully achieve their educational goals.

Services For Students With Disabilities

UMA complies with all laws which define the rights of individuals with disabilities, and makes reasonable efforts to accommodate specific academic needs.  It is important to note that the laws and procedures which govern support for students with disabilities are different in college than in high school.  Colleges do not offer special education, rather they provide accommodations.  An accommodation is any change in the learning environment or in the way things are customarily done that enables a person with a disability to have equitable access to the University experience.


Tutoring is intended to help students increase their understanding of course material, and improve their learning and study skills. Tutoring is available for most developmental and introductory courses as well as some upper-level courses. It is provided in individual or small group settings by qualified community or peer tutors. Tutoring is intended as a supplement to classroom instruction, and is not a substitute for regular attendance and participation in your classes.

Call the tutoring program at 262-7806 for more information about tutoring offered at the UMA Bangor.

For additional information please contact:

Sally Daniels
Learning Support Specialist and Tutoring Coordinator
UMA Bangor
Eastport Hall, Room 127
128 Texas Avenue
Bangor, ME  04401
Phone: (207) 262-7806
E-mail: sally.daniels@maine.edu
Fax: (207) 262-7811