Community support

‘In this together’ shirt to benefit Student Crisis Fund, May 6

Following are just some of the ways in which the faculty, staff and students of the University of Maine have worked tirelessly to make our university as accessible as possible during the coronavirus pandemic:
The Murdock Fitness & Aquatics Center at the University of Maine at Machias posts a daily workout video on its Facebook page.

University of Maine Campus Recreation is participating in the national 2020 Recreation Movement through May 3. More information is online.

The Department of Philosophy is creating “virtual Maples experience,” including an electronic, biweekly newsletter for students and faculty. The newsletter for the UMaine philosophy community is being led by a student employee and coordinated by Kristen Jacobson. It will include interviews with current students and alumni, as well as faculty members; updates on department and university COVID-19 information and resources; writings and reflections by philosophy majors; a listing of the department’s community-building online events; celebrations of students and faculty member accomplishments; photographs; and more.

The Graduate School offers a Virtual Water Cooler Chat to share experiences and concerns every Monday at 3:30 p.m.

The Division of Student Life, assisted by UMaine Information Technologies, developed and launched the COVID-19 hotline (581.2681) for the University of Maine System. The service has provided support, guidance, consultation and referral to over 3,000 callers, including students, faculty and staff. An email component,, is staffed by the Division of Marketing and Communications.

The Center for Student Involvement is meeting with student leaders, groups, organizations and advisors. They are hosting virtual programs, virtual town halls, and assuring continued engagement of the many different groups they serve.

The Division of Student Life has a new COVID-19 resource page.

University of Maine at Machias is establishing weekly Zoom update with students.

The Franco American Center is creating online spaces to share work, tell stories and be together as a community. The goals of these events are to catch up, connect with each other, and to remember the resilience and strengths of our cultural communities. These events will include small group gatherings, writing workshops, and themed storytelling hours. Events are scheduled for March 30 and April 2 at 10 a.m., and April 1 at 1 p.m. Links and more information are on the Franco American Programs website.

The McGillicuddy Humanities Center is inviting the University of Maine community to share videos or photographs that show how we experience the #HumanitiesFromHome. Karen Sieber, MHC humanities specialist, will be posting videos around 2 p.m. daily on social media, and will be sharing contributions of others throughout the week.