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In the residence halls:

Each residence hall is supervised by a professional staff member.  Each of these staff members, called Community Coordinators (CCs), have an office and an apartment in their area of supervision.  Assistant Community Coordinators (ACCs) are part-time staff working on their graduate degrees at the university, and they help the Community Coordinators in supervision of the buildings, supervision of the RA staff, and working with students in their area.

Any time that a student has a problem, he or she is welcome to contact or stop into the office of their CC, ACC or ASC.  Students often come and see our staff for the following types of reasons:

Our Academic Support Coordinator (ASC) staff members work in the residence halls on campus to promote academic success.  Each ASC is assigned to a particular group of residence halls, and works with the Community Coordinator, Assistant Community Coordinator and RAs in that area to design and run programs and initiatives to support the students in that community.  This may include opportunities for students to work on their time management or study skills, opportunities for students to explore different majors and minors, or direct outreach to students who seem to be at-risk academically.

The contact information for residence hall staff is listed below can be found on the Residence Life website.

Support for Parents and Families:

Parents and family members of first-year students should feel free to contact the First Year Center staff at any time.

016 Androscoggin Hall (Ground Floor)
Assistant Director Kelly Beers:

To join our first-year parent and family e-mail list, please send an email to with “Add to email list” in the subject line.  This biweekly newsletter includes information about important deadlines (class registration, FAFSA, housing registration), important things that are happening around campus, and we also include upcoming events that parents and families are invited to (Friends and Family Weekend, Homecoming, etc.).  You will need Adobe Reader to open the newsletter.

2014 Newsletter 1

2014 Newsletter 2



Contact Information

First Year Experience
016 Androscoggin Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207-581-1420 | Fax: 207-581-4255E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System