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UMaine Fall Semester 2020 – Thank You

Transcript [background music] Melissa Maginnis:  Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have been guided by the science. We’ve recruited you to the mission. We can’t thank you enough for all of your efforts to keep yourself and your community safe. Robert Dana:  I have to tell you, the University of Maine community has blown […]

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Friday Futurecast — November 20

Welcome to this week’s Friday Futurecast. These updates are archived on the UMaine Fall ’20–Spring ’21 website. The University of Maine at Machias also has a Fall ’20–Spring ’21 website. Message from President Joan Ferrini-Mundy: Dear members of the UMaine and UMM communities, As we look forward to the Thanksgiving break and prepare to go […]

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New York Times journalist Justin Gillis joins ERS 152

The 100 undergraduate students in ERS 152 — Earth’s Changing Climate, led by professor Aaron Putnam, the George H. Denton Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences and a researcher in UMaine’s Climate Change Institute, had a special guest speaker in their Nov. 19 class. Justin Gillis, a science writer for the New York Times, joined the […]

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What should UMaine or UMM employees do when someone in their workplace whom they have been with on-site tests positive or is a close contact to someone who has tested positive?

If you or people you know in the UMaine or UMM communities have concerns about COVID-19 symptoms, close contact or a positive test, please fill out the self-reporting form. Employees also can contact their Human Resources partners, call the COVID-19 info line — 207.581.2681 or email umaine.alerts@maine.edu. If you are considered a close contact, you […]

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Friday Futurecast — November 13

Welcome to this week’s Friday Futurecast. These updates are archived on the UMaine Fall ’20–Spring ’21 website. The University of Maine at Machias also has a Fall ’20–Spring ’21 website. Message from President Joan Ferrini-Mundy: Dear members of the UMaine and UMM communities, As we come to the last full week of in-person classes in […]

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What is the latest guidance on group size limits on campus and public access?

The University of Maine System’s latest guidance is online. A link to Chancellor Malloy’s Nov. 13 community message is online. It includes the following information regarding the overall special provisions in place regarding its general operations and in-person activities: Public access to campus: For the time being and until at least Thanksgiving, members of the general […]

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What is the latest information on New Balance Student Recreation Center and Maine Bound?

Due to the increas​e in community transmission of COVID-19 ​statewide and nationwide, ​​New Balance Student Recreation Center returned to ​a 50​-​person limit to safely limit exposure through our services and programs, effective Nov. 8. A live occupancy counter is online. All remote and virtual programs will continue and be expanded by Campus Recreation.​ In-person classes […]

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What does it mean for members of the UMaine community to quarantine and isolate?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease. Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious […]

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Campus status Nov. 30 to Jan. 24

All classes will be taught remotely when they resume on Nov. 30. Existing campus activity in research/scholarship/creative work may continue during the period between semesters, and faculty members may use their offices at will while continuing to follow health and safety guidance. Departmental offices should continue to be staffed at the level necessary to support […]

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I have not been identified as a close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, but I feel I should be tested. Where can I go for a test?

You can contact Northern Light Health on Union Street in Bangor, 1.844.489.1822, or Penobscot Community Health Care on Brunswick Street in Old Town, 207.827.6128. The IDEXX test at the latter two community facilities is offered at no cost.  ConvenientMD on Broadway in Bangor also offers testing, 833.263.0131. Here are more details: Northern Light Health, 895 Union Street, offers a […]

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COVID-19 Community Update from President Ferrini-Mundy – November 7

Dear University of Maine community members: Today, we are providing an update on the outbreak of COVID-19 cases among employees who work in our Facilities Management (FM) offices on our Orono campus. Asymptomatic testing of Facilities Management staff since Thursday has resulted in the identification of additional positive cases out of 43 total tests administered, […]

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Friday Futurecast — November 6

Welcome to this week’s Friday Futurecast. These updates are archived on the UMaine Fall ’20–Spring ’21 website. The University of Maine at Machias also has a Fall ’20–Spring ’21 website. Message from President Joan Ferrini-Mundy: Dear members of the UMaine and UMM communities, I find that each week I need to open with my thanks […]

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COVID-19 Community Update from President Ferrini-Mundy – November 5

Dear University of Maine community members: This week, five UMaine employees have tested positive for COVID-19. All are administrative staff who work in Facilities Management offices on campus in Orono. They are experiencing minor symptoms, isolating at home and doing well. UMaine and Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention are involved in supporting all […]

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Do students have a Pass/Fail option in fall 2020?

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in University of Maine classes have the option to convert their fall 2020 class(es) from graded to Pass/Fail, or to withdraw from one or more classes without academic penalty (equivalent to a grade of W). The university’s goal in making these changes is to be as student-centric as possible by […]

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UMM CARES Act Quarterly Report (Institutional Portion)

The CARES Act establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Sections 18004(a)(1) and 18004(c) of the CARES Act, which address the HEERF, allow institutions of higher education to use up to 50 percent of the funds they receive to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction.   Institutions […]

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UMaine CARES Act Final Quarterly Report (Institutional Portion)

The CARES Act establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Sections 18004(a)(1) and 18004(c) of the CARES Act, which address the HEERF, allow institutions of higher education to use up to 50 percent of the funds they receive to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction.   Institutions […]

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Virtual learning communities

The Residence Life team has created 20 virtual learning communities to keep students engaged while they are away from campus. Topics are based on survey data recently collected from current residents, including cooking/baking, video games, film and television, music, literature, fitness, travel and stress management. In coming weeks, residential students will be sent an email […]

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Move out of residence halls by Nov. 25

UMaine residence halls will close to students at 8 a.m., Nov. 25 as the university transitions to fully online learning. Residential students need to plan to vacate the halls no later than this time and should take with them all belongings they will need for the duration of break. Access to the residence halls during […]

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Pass/Fail option in Fall 2020

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in University of Maine classes have the option to convert their fall 2020 class(es) from graded to Pass/Fail, or to withdraw from one or more classes without academic penalty (equivalent to a grade of W). The university’s goal in making these changes is to be as student-centric as possible by […]

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COVID-19 testing on campus

Two more rounds in phase three COVID-19 testing remain this semester on campus at UMaine: Nov. 3–5 and Nov. 17–19. Email notification regarding selection for randomized testing will be sent.

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Friday Futurecast — October 30

Welcome to this week’s Friday Futurecast. These updates are archived on the UMaine Fall 2020 website. The University of Maine at Machias also has a Fall 2020 website. Message from President Joan Ferrini-Mundy: Dear members of the UMaine and UMM communities, The weeks go by so quickly, and as we approach this weekend, we complete […]

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Friday Futurecast — October 23

Welcome to this week’s Friday Futurecast. These updates are archived on the UMaine Fall 2020 website. The University of Maine at Machias also has a Fall 2020 website. Message from President Joan Ferrini-Mundy: Dear members of the UMaine and UMM communities, As we complete the eighth week of the semester, I again want to thank […]

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Friday Futurecast — October 16

Welcome to this week’s Friday Futurecast. These updates are archived on the UMaine Fall 2020 website. The University of Maine at Machias also has a Fall 2020 website. Message from President Joan Ferrini-Mundy:  Dear members of the UMaine and UMM communities, As the weather gets colder, as we move into the second half of the […]

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