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December 2009

Commuter Chronicle
Issue 25        |         News & Views for Commuters and Non-Trads         |         December 2009

Preparing Your Car for Winter

Check or have your mechanic check the following items:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Antifreeze
  • Wipers and windshield washer fluid
  • Ignition system
  • Thermostat
  • Lights
  • Flashing hazard lights
  • Exhaust systems
  • Heater
  • Brakes
  • Defroster
  • Oil level

Make sure tires have adequate tread or install good winter tires. All-weather radials are usually adequate.

Keep a windshield scraper, shovel, and maybe a small broom in your vehicle.

Maintain at least a half a tank of gas during the winter season.

Plan long trips carefully. Listen to the radio or call highway patrol for road conditions.

Take public transportation during a storm.

Dress warmly (layers of loose fitting, lightweight clothing).

Carry food and water (high energy munchies).

Drive according to road conditions and beware of black ice.

Always scrape the front and rear windows before driving.

Contact local emergency management or American Red Cross for more info.

Quiet Study inFFA Room2nd Floor Memorial Union

Last Week of Classes
Dec. 7-11
Dec. 14-18

CNTSP wishes you success in your finals and a safe and happy winter break.

Join our



UMaine Commuters

for updates on all CNTSP programs and services

Holiday Gift Donations

There will be a holiday tree in the Commuter Lounge decorated with suggested gift ideas for donation starting Dec. 1. Students are encouraged to make appropriate gift donations to those in need this holiday season. Stop by the lounge and drop off your gift!

Thanksgiving Break

The Memorial Union will be closed from Wed., Nov. 25 at 6PM to Sun., Nov. 29 at 10AM. The Commuter Lounge and the lockers will not be accessible during this time, so please plan accordingly.

Meet the CNTSP Staff

Alex Topolse is a Construction Management Technology major who commutes from Hampden, Maine. He is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. Faiyha Qweider is an Electrical Engineer major whose hometown is Augusta, Maine. She is originally from Amman, Jordan.
Come visit the Commuter Lounge
228 Memorial Union
Free coffee or tea all day until 5PM

Family Room

Hannibal Hamlin Hall
4rd Floor
Open 9AM to 5PM
Monday to Friday

A quiet, family
private, space

Comfy sofas, a small fridge, and wireless access

First Friday Bagels

Come join us in the Commuter Lounge on the first Friday of every month

FREE bagels, coffee and juice
8AM-’til they’re gone

Donated by

What’s On Wednesday?

Come learn more about what UMaine has for you.

Join us in the Commuter Lounge for What’s On Wednesday (WOW) every Wednesday at 3PM for light refreshments and a casual conversation with staff from one of the many UMaine programs and services. Recent WOW participants include:

  • Bodwell Volunteer Center
  • Touchstone
Subscribe to our First Class Conferences:Commuter ServicesNontraditional StudentContact Barbara Smith on FirstClass The Nontraditional Students Association (NSA) promotes the interests of all non-traditional students at UMaine.Learn more at our website: The Off-Campus Board (OCB) serves all students who live off-campus. Contact Matt Shannon on First Class for more information.

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Contact Information

Commuter & Non-Traditional Student Programs
Commuter Lounge/Wade Center, Ground Floor Memorial Union
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207-581-1734 | Fax: 207 581 1737E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System