Welcome Home!

The official schedule and details of our Week of Welcome 2024 can be found below! This site will continue to be updated to reflect the most up-to-date schedules, guidelines, and instructions. Explore these brief resources below and know how excited we are to welcome you to the Black Bear Family!

Friday (8/30) - Maine Hello

Recreation Center Drop In | 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. 💙
Drop by the Recreation Center to check out all their services, get your workout in, or get ready for the year ahead.

MaineCard Office Open | 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 💙

Get any help you need with your mobile or physical MaineCard!

Location DTAV Community Center

Maine Hello | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 💙
MOVE IN DAYYY! Bring your family to help you move into your first-year residence hall. Find more information at: https://umaine.edu/reslife/maine-hello/

Orientation Help Desk | 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 💙
Team Maine and our friendly team from Admissions will be standing by to answer all your questions, provide campus, tours, and much more! Check them out in the Memorial Union lobby.

Bookstore Celebration | 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Pick up your text books and check out some sweet deals.
Location: Bookstore (Memorial Union)

Bookstore Annual Tent Sale | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pick up your text books and check out some sweet deals.
Location: DTAV Community Building Parking Lot

Army ROTC First-Year Orientation & Open House | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 💙
For first-year ROTC students and anyone interested!
Location:  Army ROTC Office, New Balance Field House

Bear Necessities Fan Shop Open | 12 – 4 p.m.
Come support our athletic teams by checking out the fan shop!
Location:  Alfond Arena

President’s Dinner | 4 – 5:30 p.m. 💙
Join us for President Ferrini-Mundy’s Annual Dinner at the New Balance Field House. Free for students with your MaineCard.

Convocation & Class Picture | 5:30 p.m. 💙
Join us in welcoming the class of 2027 to UMaine!

Location: Collins Center for the Arts (CCA)

Planetarium Shows | Various Times
Step into space with these astronomy shows. Register here: https://astro.umaine.edu/

  • Supermassive Black Holes (7pm): Discover the physics of the objects that power the evolution and structure of galaxies.  Program includes a tour of the night sky as viewed from Maine.
 

Rock Against Rape Concert | 6 – 9 p.m. 💙
This sexual assault awareness event featured by Sigma Phi Epsilon will feature local bands and more fun activities!

Location: IMRC

Saturday (8/31)

Orono Farmer’s Market | 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Go check out our local vendors in the Steam Plant Parking Lot!

Rec Center Drop In | 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. 💙
Drop by the Recreation Center to check out all their services, get your workout in, or get ready for the year ahead.

Mandatory Residence Hall Floor Meetings| 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. 💙
Get to know your floor mates and RAs in your own residence hall!

MaineCard Office Open | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 💙

Get any help you need with your mobile or physical MaineCard!

Location DTAV Communtiy Center

Bookstore Celebration | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pick up your text books and check out some sweet deals.
Location: Bookstore (Memorial Union)

Bookstore Annual Tent Sale | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Pick up your text books and check out some sweet deals.
Location: DTAV Community Building Parking Lot

Planetarium Shows | Various Times
Step into space with these astronomy shows. Register here: https://astro.umaine.edu/

Honors College Induction & Social | 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 💙
Join us for your formal induction into the Honors College; you will also learn more about your upcoming Honors experience and get to know your fellow students at an ice cream social!  Required for all incoming Honors College students.   

Location: Wells Auditorium

Party on the Hill | 8 -10 p.m. 💙
Join the Center for Student Involvement for a Silent Disco and more!

Location: New Balance Student Recreation Center and Hilltop Quad

Sunday (9/1)

Bookstore Celebration | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pick up your text books and check out some sweet deals.
Location: Bookstore (Memorial Union)

Recreation Center Drop In | 1 – 9 p.m. 💙
Drop by the Recreation Center to check out all their services, get your workout in, or get ready for the year ahead.

MaineCard Office Open | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 💙

Get any help you need with your mobile or physical MaineCard!

Location DTAV Communtiy Center

Maine Bound Climbing Wall | 4 – 8 p.m. 💙
Explore the Maine Bound Adventure Center and try out their indoor rock climbing walls!

Location: Maine Bound Adventure Center

Planetarium Shows | Various Times
Step into space with these astronomy shows. Register here: https://astro.umaine.edu/

  • The Stellars: Mission Green (2pm): Join  Imani, Aki, and John are three friends from an alien solar system on a quest to discover the essentials necessary for plant growth, the diversity of Earth’s ecosystems, and the critical role of forests as habitats.
  • Radiohead: Blackstar (4pm):
    Exploring a collection of cinematic Radiohead songs from their discography! Take a journey from the powerful Paranoid Android to the melancholic How to Disappear Completely with stunning visuals and immersive stories in the planetarium!
     

Monday (9/2) - Labor Day

Open Paddling | 4 – 7 p.m. 💙

Join Maine Bound at the Steam Plant lot for open paddling on the Stillwater.  All gear provided!

Location Steam Plant Lot

Tuesday (9/3) - First Day of Class!

First Day of Class! A day filled with excitement for our new students, activities and events to make you feel right at home! Best of luck in your first classes, we will be around hosting events so stop in to say hello and see what our services are all about!

MaineCard Office Open | 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 💙

Get any help you need with your mobile or physical MaineCard!

Location DTAV Communtiy Center

University Bookstore | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Get your books and supplies for the year!

Location: Memorial Union, 1st Floor

CA$H CAB | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 💙
Catch a ride to your next class on one of our many golf carts that are whirring around campus! We will ask you some trivia questions and even hand out some prizes while you take in the scenery!

FDOC Signs & Ice Cream| 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 💙
Stop by the mall on your way to class and take a picture with the classic “first day of school” signs!

Fogler Library  💙
Stop by the Fogler Library to learn more about your resources on campus!

11am – 4pm: Library Scavenger Hunt (Self-paced). Have some fun and learn about the Library while you’re at it, prizes awarded.

4 – 5 p.m. Worldbuilder’s Library Toolkit – Fogler Library Classroom 1. Please join us for a worldbuilding workshop in which librarians show you how to use databases and research tools to help build convincing worlds and systems for your fiction, your gaming table, or other creative endeavors. 

Location: Fogler Library entrance, facing the Memorial Union

Wednesday (9/4)

MaineCard Office Open | 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 💙

Get any help you need with your mobile or physical MaineCard!

Location DTAV Communtiy Center

University Bookstore | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Get your books and supplies for the year!

Location: Memorial Union, 1st Floor

Student Involvement Fair | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 💙
The 2023 Student Involvement Fair will feature over 200 student organizations and volunteer opportunities. This is a perfect opportunity to find your people and get involved! There will be food trucks and other fun surprises that you will not want to miss out on.
Location: University Mall

Fogler Library Tour | 12  – 12:30 p.m. 💙
Tour Fogler Library with a librarian. We’ll help you find the best study & hangout spots, find books & resources, and show you how to get research help.

IMRC Center Open Labs | 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. 💙

Stop by the IMRC and check out their labs including, but not limited to, fabrication, audio, and video!

Thursday (9/5)

MaineCard Office Open | 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 💙

Get any help you need with your mobile or physical MaineCard!

Location DTAV Communtiy Center

University Bookstore | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Get your books and supplies for the year!

Location: Memorial Union, 1st Floor

UnionFest | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 💙
UnionFest is a way to learn the resources and offices in the Memorial Union! This is a perfect opportunity to find the places to help make you successful!

Location: Memorial Union

Fogler Library Tour | 12  – 12:30 p.m. 💙
Tour Fogler Library with a librarian. We’ll help you find the best study & hangout spots, find books & resources, and show you how to get research help.

Late Night Zip and Swing| 6 – 10 p.m. 💙
Join Mane Bound on the Ropes Course behind the Rec Center for a fun night of swinging and zipping through the trees.

Location: Ropes Course by the Rec Center

Friday (9/6)

MaineCard Office Open | 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 💙

Get any help you need with your mobile or physical MaineCard!

Location DTAV Communtiy Center

University Bookstore | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Get your books and supplies for the year!

Location: Memorial Union, 1st Floor

Trivia | 8 – 10 p.m. 💙

Test your knowledge for a chance to win prizes!

Location: The Den (Memorial Union room 151)

Saturday (9/02)

Laser Tag | 7 – 9 p.m. 💙

Having fun playing laser tag on the Mall!

Your Week of Welcome experience begins on Maine Hello, August 30th, 2024. Soon you will find information about all the activities that have been planned by offices on campus! Events with a 💙 are FREE!

More information about your Maine Hello Move In Experience can be found here: umaine.edu/reslife/maine-hello/

MaineCard Information!

We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus and would love to help you with Mobile MaineCard. If you haven’t submitted your photo yet, we encourage you to do so today. Details on Mobile MaineCard can be found at umaine.edu/mainecard/mobile

The University of Maine System uses an online photo submission process for all its campuses. ALL new students are required to go online and submit a photo for their student ID accompanied by an approved form of identification. Make sure to use your @maine.edu email address during this process. Don’t wait until you arrive to take care of this.

Please visit https://onlinephoto.transactcampus.net/ to submit your photo TODAY!