Supporting our UMA Community

Dear UMA Community,

I would like to take the opportunity to welcome you back to our university community after a tense few days, understanding also that many of us are still processing and dealing with the aftermath of the recent tragedy. As you know, the gunman who killed 18 people and injured many others in Lewiston was found Friday evening having taken his own life. While this closes the chapter of immediate fears, we know it does not put an end to the suffering that the victims’ families continue to experience, that our communities are still grappling with, and that many Mainers still feel.

Mostly, we are left with a feeling of loss. We may also feel fear, confusion, and/or anger. While we begin to move forward and resume our daily responsibilities, we must accept that it will be a slow process that may take weeks, months, or longer. It is a difficult process, but one which we need not face alone. I would like to reiterate that UMA has many resources to help.

If you are concerned about a faculty or staff colleague, or need assistance yourself, you can access the Human Resources Employee Assistance Program: Cigna EAP (877-622-4327).

UMA’s Counseling & Wellness Center is committed to providing immediate mental health services to students in our community who have been impacted in any way. If you would like to schedule an in-person or telehealth appointment, please email If you would like to speak to someone immediately, please call (207) 621-3344.

Also, on Friday, the UMS Human Resources team sent two emails with additional resources for both students and employees.

I implore you to use any of these services that you feel would be helpful in your own struggles and challenges.

I also want to encourage faculty and staff managers to exercise increased flexibility with students and team members, respectively, to spend time with their families and support their communities during these very challenging times.

Finally, I ask that we continue to support each other, and keep all the victims’ families and friends in our hearts and prayers.

With gratitude for our UMA Family,

Jen Cushman
UMA President