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 lisab@somaine.org.

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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 (umaine.edu/commencement/live-feed).

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.

Found Property List 2014

February 12th, 2015 3:22 PM

A list of found property in the possession of the UMaine Police Department, is available here: Property List. Contact Lt. Welch at 581-4043 if you think some of your property is on this list. Property not claimed will be disposed of in accordance with Maine state law.


November 7th, 2014 12:37 PM

UMaine Facilities Management is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the identification of the person or persons responsible for damages done to Coburn Hall. Any persons with information pertaining to this crime are asked to contact the University of Maine Police Department at 207-581-4040.


October 10th, 2014 1:29 PM

Lamda Chi Alpha is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the identification of the person or persons responsible for the destruction and theft of their sign in front of their house at 95 College Avenue. Any persons with information pertaining to this crime are asked to contact the University of Maine Police Department at 207-581-4040.

WABI, WVII Cover UMaine’s Test of Emergency Notification System

September 19th, 2014 1:31 PM

WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported on the University of Maine’s test of its full emergency notification system. The system, which was established in 2007, allows university safety and communications professionals to use mechanisms such as sirens, text alerts and social media to quickly communicate information to the community during emergency situations. UMaine’s Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Robert Dana and Wayne Maines, UMaine’s director of safety and environmental management, spoke with WABI about the importance of emergency drills and preparedness. UMaine community members are reminded to register to receive emergency notifications of public safety issues, as well as announcements about class cancellations due to inclement weather. Registration for texts and/or email alerts is available online.

UMaine, St. Joseph Healthcare to Host Community Suicide Prevention Walk

September 19th, 2014 1:25 PM

The University of Maine Counseling Center and St. Joseph Healthcare, in conjunction with several area sponsors, will host the sixth annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Sunday, Oct. 5 on the UMaine campus.

Funds raised from the event will benefit research initiatives of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).Registration for the noncompetitive 5K walk through campus and surrounding areas will begin at 1 p.m. The walk, which is open to the public, begins at 2 p.m., preceded by an opening ceremony.More information, including how to register, is online.The Orono walk is one of more than 200 Out of the Darkness walks that take place in communities across the country each year. Approximately 350 people participated in last year’s Orono walk which raised more than $10,000 for AFSP.Other major sponsors for this year’s walk include Emera Maine, Acadia Hospital, Community Health and Counseling Services, Veazie Veterinary Clinic, Bangor Savings Bank and Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Northern New England.

Mock Car Accident – Saturday September 13

September 12th, 2014 10:43 AM

Tomorrow around 9am UVAC will be holding a mock car accident training to promote distracted driving awareness in the Jenness Lot on the Long Road side. Anyone on campus is welcome to come watch how firefighters and emergency medical personnel respond to such incidents and what we do once we get there.

The mock situation is that a college student was texting and driving when they went over the center lane and hit another car. Both cars had at least 3 people in them. Most had very serious injuries but you will have to come out around 9am tomorrow to see the emergency response take place and what happens to those involved.

This is an educational experience for everyone and we hope to show the risks that are involved when you decide to drive distracted.

Thank you,

Lauren Holland
University Volunteer Ambulance Corps
Assistant Chief of Development
UMaine Class of 2016
School of Nursing

UMaine to Test Full Emergency Notification System Sept. 18

September 8th, 2014 11:27 AM

The University of Maine will conduct its annual emergency communications system test Thursday, Sept. 18, beginning at noon. Three outdoor sirens will sound for several minutes shortly after noon. They are audible throughout campus and, under certain conditions, in surrounding communities.

The sirens are part of UMaine’s multifaceted emergency communications system established in 2007 that allows university safety and communications professionals to use several mechanisms to quickly communicate vital information to the community during emergency situations.

When UMaine’s emergency communication system is activated, several notifications occur: A text message is sent to subscribers of UMaine’s umaine.txt system; information is posted on the university’s homepage, the UMaine portal and the university’s intranet, FirstClass; and a recorded telephone message may be heard by dialing 581.INFO. After those messages are delivered, police sound the sirens.

With the start of the academic year, members of the University of Maine community are reminded to register to receive UMaine’s emergency notifications. The emergency notification service alerts the UMaine community to public safety issues, including inclement weather conditions causing class cancellations.

Registration for texts and/or email alerts may be done online.

If you have already registered, watch for the test message of the emergency notification system on the 15th of every month. If you do not receive a text or email test alert, please reregister the email address or cellphone number you’re using.

New Balance Field House and Memorial Gym Project Update

April 16th, 2014 3:37 PM

New Balance Field House will be closed May 12 for approximately 16 weeks to complete the exterior improvements as part of the $15 million renovation project that includes Memorial Gym.

The facility’s exterior renovations include replacing approximately 22,000 square feet of insulated wall system and installing 5,200 square feet of windows. The 8-foot windows at the top of the facility’s high walls are key to filling the interior with ambient light, comparable to the original design of the field house when it was constructed in 1924. The windows were replaced by insulation in the late 1970s.

The exterior renovations were deferred until summer to accommodate the indoor track season, and will not deter the annual Special Olympics on campus or UMaine’s many youth sports camps.

The Pit in Memorial Gym closed for five weeks beginning April 7 for the installation of a sprinkler system. During that time, work will also begin for new and renovated men’s and women’s sports locker rooms.

All renovations and construction are scheduled be completed as early as September. The project is one of UMaine’s major initiatives under Pathway 5, Stewardship of Place: Restoring the Dream, of the Blue Sky Plan.