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

By participating in an orientation, you can:

    • learn about student support services and resources
    • become familiar with policies and procedures
    • acquire knowledge and entry-level proficiency in select academic and personal success skills
    • learn about what to expect at UMA and what UMA expects of you
    • know whom to contact to 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 on-site at all of UMA’s locations, including both campuses and most UMA centers (BrunswickEllsworthRocklandRumford, Saco, and South Paris), as well as in an online format.  Students are invited to experience all orientation options; however, they are expected to complete the online orientation format.  Be sure to click on the tabs listed above to access detailed information for each orientation.

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 upcoming on-site orientations 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 Online New Student Orientation is available anytime.

The Augusta Campus is offering an on-site orientation on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 1:05-7:00 p.m.  (If this date/time frame is not convenient, there is another orientation offered on August 24.  Please view the “Augusta:  August 24” tab.) Please read through the letter of invitation, the agenda, and the program details before you reserve your spot.

Please contact the Dean of Students Office at 621-3176/1-877-862-1234, ext. 3176, if you have any questions, or email Aaminah Aleem.   If you need assistance with registering for classes, please contact Advising at 621-3149/1-877-UMA-1234, ext. 3149.

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 14, 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 various support services, campus resources, and opportunities for involvement;
  • participate in workshops/activities designed to enhance your college experience;
  • and, most importantly, meet some of your new classmates

(Refer to the “Orientation Program Details” tab for descriptions of these workshops/activities.)

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 7.  Fill out the online Reservation Form through the “Reserve Your Spot” 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 a confirmation letter and map to you.  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.

Orientations are offered on-site at both of UMA’s campuses (Augusta and Bangor), and at most UMA Centers, and in an online format.  Students are invited to experience all orientation options; however, they are expected to complete the online orientation format. 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.

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 Aaminah Aleem.  I look forward to seeing you on August 14th!

Warmest regards,

Sheri Fraser

Dean of Students

AGENDA

1:05-1:25 p.m.     Tour Check-In (Lobby-Randall Student Center)

1:30-3:00 p.m.     Tour of the Campus (Optional) (Moose Tracks Café-RSC) Tour begins promptly at 1:30 p.m.

2:45-3:05 p.m.     Check-In for Orientation (Lobby-RSC)

3:10-3:30 p.m.     Welcome and Overview (Fireplace Lounge-RSC)

3:30-3:55 p.m.     Title IX:  Your Rights and Responsibilities

4:00-4:55 p.m.     Workshop/Activity Session #1*

A.  E-Connections:  Understanding UMA Technologies

B.  Networking:  Getting Involved and Balancing Your Time

C.  Taking Care of Business

5:10-5:55 p.m.     Meal and Group Session with faculty member and staff member

6:00-6:50 p.m.     Workshop Session #2*

A.  More Learning with Less Stress and Frustration

B.  Transfer:  Get Credit for What You Know

6:55-7:00 p.m.     Drawing Prizes and Wrap-Up

*To assist in your Orientation Program selections, please read the “Orientation Program Details” tab for workshop descriptions and requirements.

To select your activities for the orientation, please review the following information and then indicate your choices by filling out the online Reservation Form, under the “Reserve Your Spot” tab.

TOUR (optional):  Begins promptly at 1:30 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/ACTIVITY SESSION #1:  4:00-4:55 p.m.

Select ONE of the following on the Reservation Form.

A.  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 further below.)

B.  Networking: 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.

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:  6:00-6:50 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.  Transfer:  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.)

 

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:

  • 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.

The Augusta Campus is offering an on-site orientation on Friday, August 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  (If this date/time frame is not convenient, there is another orientation offered on August 14.  Please view the “Augusta:  August 14” tab.) Please read through the letter of invitation, the agenda, and the program details before you reserve your spot.

Please contact the Dean of Students Office at 621-3176/1-877-862-1234, ext. 3176, if you have any questions, or email Aaminah Aleem.   If you need assistance with registering for classes, please contact Advising at 621-3149/1-877-UMA-1234, ext. 3149.

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 24, 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 various support services, campus resources, and opportunities for involvement;
  • participate in workshops/activities designed to enhance your college experience;
  • and, most importantly, meet some of your new classmates

(Refer to the “Orientation Program Details” flyer for descriptions of these workshops/activities.)

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 17.  Fill out the online Reservation Form available through the “Reserve Your Spot” 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 a confirmation letter and map to you.  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.

Orientations are offered on-site at both of UMA’s campuses (Augusta and Bangor), and at most of the UMA Centers, and in an online format.  Students are invited to experience all orientation options; however, they are expected to complete the online orientation format. 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.

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 Aaminah Aleem.   I look forward to seeing you on August 24th!

Warmest regards,

Sheri Fraser

Dean of Students

9:00-9:20 a.m.       Tour Check-In (Lobby-Randall Student Center)

9:25-10:55 a.m.     Tour of the Campus (Optional) (Moose Tracks Café-RSC)Tour begins promptly at 9:25 a.m.

10:35-10:55 a.m.   Check-In for Orientation (Lobby-RSC)

11:00-11:20 a.m.   Welcome and Overview (Fireplace Lounge-RSC)

11:25-11:50 a.m.   Title IX:  Your Rights and Responsibilities

12:05-12:50 p.m.   Meal and Group Session with faculty member and staff member

12:55-1:50 p.m.     Workshop/Activity Session #1*

A.  More Learning with Less Stress and Frustration

B.  E-Connections:  Understanding UMA Techologies

C.  Taking Care of Business

1:55-2:50 p.m.       Workshop/Activity Session #2*

A.  Homework:  Study Skills for College Success

B.  E-Connections:  Understanding UMA Technologies

C.  Taking Care of Business

2:55-3:00 p.m.       Drawing Prizes and Wrap-Up

*To assist in your Orientation Program selections, please read the  “Orientation Program Details” tab for workshop descriptions and requirements.

To select your activities for the orientation, please review the following information and then indicate your choices on the online Reservation Form through the “Reserve Your Spot” tab.

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/ACTIVITY SESSION #1:  12:55-1:50 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 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/ACTIVITY SESSION #2:  1:55-2:50 p.m.

Select ONE of the following on the Reservation Form.

A.  Homework: 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.  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 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.

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:

  • 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.

 

The Bangor Campus will offer orientation on Monday, August 20, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., with optional activities available until 4:00 p.m.  Please read through the invitation and agenda before filling out the online reservation form.

Please contact Kent Corey at kent.corey@maine.edu, or at 207-262-7817, if you have any questions. If you need assistance with registering for classes, please contact the Advising Center at 207-262-7805.

June 2018

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 20, 2018 in Eastport Hall.  Mark your calendar today and fill out the online Reservation Form at http://www.uma.edu/nso (click Bangor tab) by August 15, 2018.

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 reservation 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 UMA Centers also offer orientations at their locations.  Students are invited to experience all orientation options; however, they are expected to complete the online orientation.  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 20th!

Cordially,

Kent Corey 

Coordinator of Student Life, SGA, Activities and Leadership Development

AGENDA

8:30 – 9:00 am           Check-In and Light Refreshments – Eastport Hall

9:00 – 9:10 am            Campus Welcome with Dr. Rebecca Wyke, UMA President, and Sheri Fraser, Dean of Students (Eastport 124)

9:10 – 9:30 am            Student Life Welcome Activities (Eastport 124)

9:30 – 10:00 am          Title IX- Your Rights & Responsibilities with Laura Rodas, Associate Dean of Students

10:00 – 10:30 am        Group Event at UMA-Bangor Community Garden

10:30-11:45 am          Campus Resources Open House at UMA-Fitness Center

11:45 am – 1:00 pm   Lunch Break-out Session- Get to Know Your Program of Study with Faculty and Program Coordinators within your program.    

1:00 – 1:15 pm           Orientation Wrap-up & Participant Door Prizes (Must be present to Win)

 AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Optional) 

1:15 – 4:00 pm          

  • TRiO Ice Cream Social- Learn more about whether you are eligible for the TRiO Scholars Program and enjoy some ice cream sundaes with the TRiO team
  • Taking Care of Business- Do you still have some things to complete with admissions, advising, student ID, etc. Now may be a great time to do it.
  • UMA Bookstore- Register to get your books and check out the UMA and UMA-Bangor Apparel.

1:30-2:30 pm

  • E-Connections- UMA Technologies Overview- (Eastport 102)
  • Campus Tour

2:30-3:30 PM

  • Campus Tour

2:30-4:00 PM

  • Online New Student Orientation Viewing- If you have not had the opportunity to view the Online New Student Orientation, here is an opportunity to get more information that may have not been covered during the day- (Eastport 102)

Exit Activities:   Turn in your evaluation at the check-in table and receive a remembrance of the day.

 

    • Brunswick: 
      • Thursday, August 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Ellsworth: 
      • Thursday, August 23, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
    • Lewiston/Auburn Location: 
    • South Paris: 
      • Tuesday, August 28, 5:00-7:00 p.m. OR Wednesday, August 29, 9:00-11:00 a.m.  Link coming soon to RSVP!
    • Rockland: 
      • Tuesday, August 21, 3:30-6:00 p.m. OR Thursday, August 23, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
      • High School Aspirations Students: Tuesday, August 28, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
    • Rumford: 
      • Monday, August 27, 1:00-3:00 p.m. OR Wednesday, August 29, 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Please click here to RSVP!
    • Saco: 
      • Tuesday, August 28, 1:00-3:00 p.m. OR 4:00-6:00 p.m.

For details, please contact the appropriate center.

While UMA offers on-site orientations and students are invited to experience all orientation options, they are expected to complete the online format. The online orientation provides another flexible, convenient, and easily accessible way to participate, particularly for those living at a distance from a UMA facility, for those with scheduling conflicts, and for those who may want this comprehensive type of information before attending an on-site orientation.

Of course, family and friends of students are welcome to participate, too, as we know how important their support is to a student’s success.

Ready to start?

Online New Student Orientation