Open University Day – Saturday October 17th

October 16th, 2015 3:43 PM

To: Members of the UMaine community

From: Dana Humphrey, Chair of the 150th Anniversary Committee

Homecoming Weekend events are under way today, and Family and Friends Weekend launches tomorrow.

In addition, Saturday is Open University Day, one of the signature events of UMaine’s 150th anniversary celebration. Nearly 30 venues will be open to the public, featuring family-friendly tours, demonstrations, exhibits and performances every half hour, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

These venues cover the breadth of UMaine, with participation from every college, Cooperative Extension, sports venues, Fogler Library and many of our research centers.

Stop by one of the six information booths on campus tomorrow and pick up an Open University Day Passport. Get your passport stamped at each venue you visit and turn it in at an information booth before leaving campus to be eligible for prizes. Among the top prizes for Open University Day Passports with the most stamps: athletics tickets, copies of the Historical Atlas of Maine and UMaine gear.

A map describing all the Open University Day venues is online and can be downloaded to a handheld device for ease in locating the Open University venues.

More information about all weekend events open to the public is on the UMaine 150th website.

New Concealed Handguns Law

October 16th, 2015 3:31 PM

Chapter 327 – LD 652
An Act to Authorize the Carrying of Concealed Handguns without a Permit This change in law allows a person who is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm to carry a concealed handgun in the State of Maine without a permit. This law also authorizes a person to possess a loaded pistol or revolver while in a motor vehicle, trailer or other vehicle being hauled by a motor vehicle. “Concealed carry” without a permit is limited to people who are 21 or older, unless a person is 18 years of age or older, and is on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States or the National Guard, or has been honorably discharged from the Armed Forces or the National Guard, and is not otherwise prohibited from carrying a firearm. A person who is 18-20 years old and without the referenced military qualifications must have a permit to carry concealed. The law does not otherwise change where a person may carry or who may possess a firearm. It will still be illegal to possess a firearm in the following places, with some very limited exceptions:
 Courthouses (17-A MRS §1058)
 State Parks (12 MRS §1803(6 & 7) and Bureau of Parks and Lands Rules Chapter 1)
 Acadia National Park (12 MRS §756)
 Schools (20-A MRS §6552)
 Federal buildings (18 U.S.C. §930)
 State Capitol area (25 MRS §2904 & DPS Rule Chapter 41)
 Private property when prohibited by the property owner.
 Establishments licensed for on-premises consumption of liquor, if the premises are posted. Note that even if there is no posted prohibition, it is illegal to carry on these premises while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs. (17-A MRS §1057) There will be some circumstances in which an optional handgun permit will authorize the permittee to carry concealed in certain locations or during an activity when an unpermitted person could not:
 Acadia National Park (permit required; 12 MRS §756)
 State Parks (permit required; open carry not permitted; 12 MRS §1803(7))
 Regular archery hunting-deer only (permit required; 12 MRS §11403)
 Employees’ vehicles on work premises (permit required; vehicle must be locked and firearm must not be visible; 26 MRS §600)

If a person is carrying a concealed handgun without a permit, that person has a duty, when coming into contact with any law enforcement officer during a routine stop, detention or arrest, to immediately inform the officer that the person is carrying a concealed handgun. A person who fails to do so commits a civil violation for which a fine of
not more than $100 may be adjudged.

Amends 12 MRS §11212, sub-§1, ¶B
Enacts 25 MRS §2001-A, sub-§2, ¶A-1
Enacts 25 MRS §2001-A, sub-§3
Enacts 25 MRS §2003-A
Enacts 25 MRS §2004, sub-§5
Amends 25 MRS §2012, sub-§1, ¶A

Follow this link for the actual text of the law.

Participants sought for inaugural Homecoming Parade, Float Competition

October 14th, 2015 2:54 PM

The University of Maine will hold an inaugural Homecoming Parade and Float Competition Oct. 17, which will feature the UMaine Marching Band and student floats vying for prizes.

The parade will start at noon from the Collins Center for the Arts parking lot, continue down Long Road, and end outside Alfond Stadium. Winners will be announced during halftime of the Black Bear football team’s game against Yale.

The event is hosted by MaineStream, UMaine Student Government and Campus Activities and Student Engagement (CASE).

Trailers are provided, but limited. Reserve a trailer and enter in the competition by emailing by Oct. 10.

The theme of the event is “UMaine Black Bears beating the Yale Bulldogs.” For complete rules and regulations, visit MaineStream’s Facebook page.

More information is online.

Open University Day – Saturday October 17

October 14th, 2015 2:43 PM

Open University Day

Events 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Featuring tours, presentations, performances and more at nearly 30 venues across campus, including labs, research facilities, museums, farm, planetarium and classrooms. Stop by the information booths on campus from 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. on Saturday to pick up your Open University Passports, drawing tickets and maps. Have your Open University Passport stamped at each venue you visit. Prizes will be drawn from those with the most stamps.

For more information:

Online voting open for UMaine to win $10,000 donation from PC Construction

October 14th, 2015 2:39 PM

The University of Maine is one of six institutions participating in “Building Communities: PC Construction Gives Back.” The contest focuses on supporting higher education at colleges and universities that have welcomed PC Construction on their campuses.

Online voting throughout October will determine which school will receive a $10,000 donation from the company. Second- and third-place institutions will win $3,000 and $2,000, respectively.

If UMaine is selected the winner, funds will support the Division of Student Life.

More information about the contest is online.

Volunteers Sought for Maine Hello, Welcome Weekend Day of Service

August 18th, 2015 4:03 PM

The University of Maine’s First Year Residential Experience is recruiting volunteers to welcome UMaine’s Class of 2019 during Maine Hello on Friday, Aug. 28.

Maine Hello is a campuswide event where returning students, faculty and staff welcome new students and their families as they arrive on campus.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Maine Hello volunteers will assist with greeting families, answering questions, directing traffic and moving first-year students’ belongings into their residence hall rooms.

Student volunteers who will be living on campus can move into residence halls from 6–9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26. Registration is online. For more information, call 207.581.1420 or email

The Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism and First Year Residential Experience also are seeking project leader volunteers for the Welcome Weekend Day of Service, Aug. 29.

The Welcome Weekend Day of Service falls on the first weekend students are at UMaine to give them an opportunity to participate in volunteer activities at community organizations.

Registration is online. For more information, email Jennifer Aldrich on First Class.

Campus parking lot and road closures Aug. 24–28

August 18th, 2015 4:01 PM

This year’s Maine Hello is Friday, Aug. 28 — the day that all new students are invited to move into their residence halls. Most of the 2,000 students are assigned to the six first-year residence halls in the Hilltop area of campus, requiring some parking lot and road closures in the vicinity. Signs noting all parking lot closures will be placed in the parking lots on Aug. 21.

The following parking lots will be closed effective Monday, Aug. 24:

  • Hilltop Parking Lot, from the Emera Astronomy Center to the New Balance Student Recreation Center
  • Knox Hall Parking Lot
  • Stewart Quad Area Parking Lots

The following parking lots will be closed effective Thursday, Aug. 27 to set up the necessary traffic patterns for Maine Hello:
New Balance Student Recreation Center Parking Lot

  • Somerset Parking Lot
  • Jenness North and South Parking Lots
  • Gannett/Cutler Parking Lot

The following parking areas will be closed or will have limited access on Friday, Aug. 28:

  • Stewart Commons Parking Lot off of Hilltop Road
  • Collins Center for the Arts Parking Lot
  • Belgrade Parking Lot

Traffic pattern changes from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28:

  • Long Road will be closed between Androscoggin and Knox Halls
  • Flagstaff Road will be restricted to one-way traffic southbound between Long Road and Beddington Road
  • Belgrade Road will be restricted to one-way traffic westbound from Rangeley Road to Belgrade Spur

All parking lots except Somerset Parking Lot are expected to re-open by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28. The Somerset Lot will re-open Monday, August 31.

UMaine PD hosts awareness training for area law enforcement agencies

August 13th, 2015 5:06 PM

Approximately 30 area law enforcement officers were on campus Aug. 12 for a daylong training program hosted by the University of Maine Police Department. The program focused on cultural awareness and professionalism for police officers was led by Francis Amoroso, the New England regional director with the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS). CRS offers training programs to help state, local, and tribal governments and communities address racial and ethnic conflict, and prevent and respond to violent hate crimes committed on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or disability, according to the Justice Department website. Amoroso has offered this training for central Maine area law enforcement agencies in the past, and according to UMaine Police Chief Roland Lacroix, this and other awareness programming is an important part of the department’s responsibility to the safety of members of the UMaine community — one of Maine’s most diverse communities.

Special Olympics Maine Summer Games June 5-7

June 1st, 2015 12:07 PM

By Lisa Bird, Special Olympics Maine, in the Boothbay Register May 31, 2015.

The 47th annual Special Olympics Maine State Summer Games are fast approaching. Over 1,500 athletes, ages 8-88 have been training, planning, and now packing for this exciting event. They will represent approximately 125 teams from Kittery to Presque Isle and will compete in a variety of Olympic Style sports at the University of Maine in Orono June 5-7.

The week prior to the games, June 2-5, nearly 600 members of Maine Law Enforcement will be carrying the Olympic Torch, the Flame of Hope, across the entire state. These members of law enforcement will be trying to raise funds for and an awareness of Special Olympics Maine. The run will begin in Berwick on Tuesday, June 2 and will conclude on Friday with a Final Leg entering the UMO campus late afternoon.

Competition will actually begin on Thursday (June 4) at 9 a.m. with Bowling and Unified Bowling. (Unified events bring together athletes with intellectual disabilities and those without for an opportunity to compete together on the same team.) On Friday the excitement continues with more bowling, time trials, bocce competitions and relays.

Friday evening, June 5 always proves to be a fun-filled night with our annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg arriving around 4:30 p.m., an outside picnic for the athletes, our parade at 6 p.m., followed by our Opening Ceremonies at 7 p.m.

On Saturday morning Track and Field events begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until approximately 3:30 p.m. In addition to the competition, athletes will be treated to an Olympic Village full of games and entertainment, as well as Unified Volleyball. Saturday night includes our annual Victory Dance in the field house. The theme for this year’s dance is Disco Dance Party; our athletes will be getting their groove on to the music of Motor Booty Affair (please note that the dance is a private function for the athletes and coaches, and is not open to the public). On Sunday morning the events conclude with Walk and Mile Run finals and closing ceremonies.

An added bonus for our athletes is the Healthy Athletes program. Special Olympics Maine athletes will have the opportunity to be seen and evaluated in free dental, and hearing screenings. Special Smiles, under the direction of Dr. Scott Trowbridge, has offered free screenings for the past 14 years. Healthy Hearing, under the direction of Amy Booth from the Hearing Institute at UMO will offer free hearing screenings. Each of these directors have attended a National Special Olympics Directors Training in order to become certified Directors of the Healthy Athletes program.

For more information on the Summer Games or Special Olympics, call Lisa Bird at 207-879-0489 or on her cell at 207-839-5578 or email her at

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Tips for Attending UMaine Commencement Ceremonies May 9

May 5th, 2015 12:58 PM

University of Maine 2015 Commencement is May 9, with ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Harold Alfond Sports Arena.

Motorists in the Orono area will encounter heavier traffic than usual throughout much of the day. Anyone attending Commencement should plan to arrive early.

Doors open at 8 for the morning session; at 1 for the afternoon. Both ceremonies are ticketed events.

People attending Commencement are urged to park in the Collins Center Parking Lot on campus, where three shuttle buses will transport them to the arena. The best access to the Collins Center Lot is via Rangeley Road (from US Rt. 2).

Shuttle buses also will provide transportation to Alfond Arena from the following parking lots: the Steam Plant Lot on College Avenue, Belgrade Lot on Belgrade Road, Hilltop Lot on Rangeley Road, and Buchanan Alumni House at College Avenue and Munson Road.

Captioned, live video streaming will be available for both ceremonies (

The morning ceremony is for the College of Education and Human Development, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Division of Lifelong Learning, and the Maine Business School. The afternoon ceremony is for the College of Engineering, and the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture.

Backpacks, strollers and large bags of any type cannot be brought to Alfond Arena during Commencement. People are strongly encouraged to leave large bags and any unnecessary items in their vehicles. All items are subject to search.

Spectators are not allowed on the Commencement floor for any purpose, including photos. Only professional photographers hired by the university with proper credentials are permitted to photograph the ceremony from the floor.

Vehicles with handicapped plates or placards can be parked in the Satellite Lot behind Alfond Stadium. There will be a designated handicapped drop-off area on the side of the Alfond Arena, where University Volunteer Ambulance Corps personnel will be available to assist attendees. Entrance to the drop-off area will be the same as the Reserved SkyBox Parking Area. The entry point will be marked from College Ave at Tunk Road, behind Alfond Stadium.

Visitors are reminded that the University of Maine is a tobacco-free campus.