The Bangor Daily News spoke with Robert Dana, UMaine’s vice president for student life and dean of students; Dick Young, UMaine auxiliary operations director; and members of the University Volunteer Ambulance Corps (UVAC) for a report about a recent increase in the number of alcohol-related ambulance transport requests for UMaine students. Young said when responding to alcohol-related calls, UVAC volunteers evaluate the student to make sure they are safe. Most of the calls for help come from friends and residence hall staff, he added. Dana said the Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan reporting program, which started in 2010 to encourage students to report extremely intoxicated classmates, may be playing a role in the increased numbers. “It makes a safer community — a closer community,” he said of the program.
WABI (Channel 5), I-95 Classic Hits (95.7 FM) and WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine New Balance Student Recreation Center was named one of “The Coolest College Recreation Centers in America” by Men’s Health magazine. The feature touts that the facility, open since August 2007, offers ski and snowshoe rentals for the surrounding 20 kilometers of groomed trails in the DeMeritt Forest, as well as a 20-person hot tub, a large pool leisure area with hot-water-jet bench seating, co-ed sauna, more than 100 cardio and weight machines and a view of “the rustic Maine countryside.”
Men’s Health magazine has named the University of Maine New Balance Student Recreation Center one of “The Coolest College Recreation Centers in America.”
The feature touts that the facility, open since August 2007, offers ski and snowshoe rentals for the surrounding 20 kilometers of groomed trails in the DeMeritt Forest, as well as a 20-person hot tub, a large pool leisure area with hot-water-jet bench seating, co-ed sauna, more than 100 cardio and weight machines and a view of “the rustic Maine countryside.” The $25 million facility is the second of 12 entries in this ranking.
“The distinction of making the Men’s Health list affirms the standing of UMaine’s New Balance Student Recreation Center as one of the best in the country. This distinguished list of university recreation centers represents the best of the best,” says Jeff Hunt, UMaine’s director of campus recreation. “We here at UMaine are proud to add this distinction to honors our facility has received beginning in 2007.”
In April 2013, Best College Reviews named the University of Maine’s New Balance Student Recreation Center as No. 7 on its list of the “25 Most Amazing Campus Student Recreation Centers.”
The New Balance Student Recreation Center also received the 2009 Special Mention for Excellence in Architecture by the American Institute of Architects: New England and was included in the 2008 Athletic Business Architectural Showcase.
Additionally, the facility has been awarded Silver Certification under the U.S. Green Buildings Council’s Green Building Rating System, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
New Balance Student Recreation Center memberships are available to UMaine students, community members and the general public.
University of Maine students will be able to sample cuisine from Germany, Greece and the South Pacific region at three resident dining locations during UMaine Dining’s Taste of the World event on Thursday, March 27.
During the annual event, menus and decor in each of the dining facilities are transformed, often in consultation with students or other resident experts from the university’s international community.
This year, Greece will be featured at York and the South Pacific will be the theme at Hilltop. A taste of Germany at Wells Central will be showcased as UMaine’s entry in the special event category of the National Association of College & University Food Services dining awards.
A few examples of the authentic German cuisine menu are speckknoedel (bacon dumplings), kirschsuppe (sour cherry soup), sauerbraten (pot roast), wiener schnitzel, knockwurst, bratwurst and vegetarian brats. Classic German desserts will also be available such as schwarzwalder kirschtorte (black forest cake), bienenstich kuchen (custard-filled bee sting cake) and apfelstrudel (apple strudel).
UMaine Dining uses local foods and produce. Part of of UMaine Dining’s mission is to raise awareness of the value and sustainability of supporting locally sourced produce and products.
Although aimed primarily at resident students, anyone in the UMaine community can enjoy any of these all-you-care-to-eat menus for a small entrance fee of $11.00 per adult and $5.50 per child 12 or under. The international fare will be served during dinner starting at 4:30 p.m.
Members of the University of Maine Woodsmen Team showed off their chopping and chain sawing skills for WLBZ (Channel 2). Members of the team spoke about Maine’s tradition of timber sports and its appeal to a diverse group of students.
Shelby Saucier, a University of Maine student and graduate assistant in the Student Wellness Resource Center, spoke with WABI (Channel 5) about the University Credit Union’s seventh annual Healthy High 5k/10k and 1-Mile Fun Run to be held at UMaine on April 13. WABI reported registration for the races is now open. Saucier said anyone who participates in the race gets a finisher’s medal, and the first 700 participants will receive T-shirts. Race proceeds benefit the Black Bear Exchange Food Pantry and Thrift Store.
The Maine Journal, a student-run, online publication at the University of Maine, will sponsor TEDxUMaine on April 5. The local TED-like event aims to share the experiences of exceptional UMaine students through their own voices. The event will include six to eight student speakers as well as selected TED videos from past TED talks and live musical entertainment. The four-hour event will include an hour-long intermission in which audience members and speakers can eat lunch, network and share ideas. TED — Technology, Entertainment and Design — is a nonprofit organization that offers leading innovators a platform for “ideas worth spreading.” The application for student presenters is online. The deadline to apply is March 16.
WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine sorority Kappa Delta Phi will host “Color Me Kappa,” a 5K color run to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The run will be held April 5 at UMaine, and participants can register online.
WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine Clean Snowmobile Team is preparing for the Society of Automotive Engineers Clean Snowmobile Challenge in April. The contest is an engineering design competition for university students that challenge them to re-engineer an existing snowmobile to reduce emissions and noise. The UMaine team is using compressed natural gas, which has less harmful emissions than gasoline, to power its snowmobile.
Research by C.K. Kwai, director of International Programs at the University of Maine, was referenced in a Chronicle of Higher Education article published in the The New York Times titled “Helping foreign students thrive on U.S. Campuses.” The article reported on Kwai’s study that examined what factors contributed to the retention of foreign undergraduates in two Midwestern university systems. Kwai found only three of several factors had a statistically significant and positive effect on student retention: grade-point average in the spring semester of freshman year, the number of attempted credit hours and on-campus employment. Kwai said because two of the factors were academic, it suggests good early academic advising could improve international student success.