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Issue 28         |         News & Views for Commuters and Non-Trads         |         April 2010
Last issue for the 2009-2010 academic year.
CNTSP wishes you much success in these last weeks of Spring semester.
Have a wonderful summer and hope to see you in the Fall

Just a Reminder – - All locker keys must be returned
by the last day of finals (May 7th)


Last Week of Classes

Monday, April 26 through Friday, April 30
The FFA Room will be available for quiet study from 8AM-closing.

Finals Week

Monday, May 3 through Friday, May 7
The FFA Room will be available for study from 8AM-closing.

Maine Day

Wed. April 28, 2010

Its All

The day begins with a parade across campus.

Then students, faculty and staff spend the day doing service work around campus. This is followed by a campus wide BBQ on the mall!

Nominate a Graduating Non-Traditional Student

The Non-Traditional Student Achievement Award recognizes the unique perspective of non-traditional students and the alternate path they often take toward success in higher education. The recognized student is an undergraduate student about to graduate who is 24 years or older, a parent, married, or a veteran who has provided a positive role model for managing the multiple life roles of a non-traditional student while pursuing his or her education. This student has shown a passion for learning, a commitment for his or her academic programs and has contributed significantly to the university campus community.

The deadline for submitting a nomination form is April 5, 2010 Nomination forms are available in the Nontraditional Student folder on FirstClass, in the Commuter Lounge, or via e-mail to Barbara Smith. Please contact Barbara Smith for more information.

Nominate a Faculty or Staff Member

This award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has been particularly supportive and helpful to non-traditional students. The recognized UMaine faculty or staff member will have shown sensitivity to the diverse learning styles and the multifaceted lives of non-traditional undergraduate students. Through their student interactions, teaching and program design, these faculty and staff recognize the rich contributions that non-traditional students make to the University of Maine. The nominated faculty or staff have provided support, assistance and or advocacy for the non-traditional students at the University of Maine.

The deadline for submitting a nomination form is April 5, 2010. Nomination forms are available in the Nontraditional Student folder on FirstClass, in the Commuter Lounge, or via e-mail to Barbara Smith. Please contact Barbara Smith for information.

Non-Traditional Students
Graduation Breakfast
April 29, 2010
Bangor Rm.
Contact Barbara Smith for further information if you are a Graduating Nontrad Student
CNTSP wishes you luck with these last weeks of classes, your finals and all the endeavors you take on next!
YOU could be an
M Project Guide for New Commuters and New Non-Traditional Students
Share what you learned
Provide support
Make new friends
Learn more about UMaine resources and programs
If you are a returning commuter and/or nontrad and would like to be M Project Guide for new students,
Contact Barbara Smith
Join our NEW
FACEBOOK GroupUMaine Commutersfor updates on all CNTSP programs and servicessunflower

CNTSP Spotlight: Kathleen O’Connell

katKathleen O’Connell (known as Kat) is completing her BS degree in Landscape Horticulture with a minor in Botany this semester. Perhaps the most rewarding part of her UMaine experience has been her involvement in university-related activities outside academics. She has found that her workstudy job with Commuter and Non-Traditional Student Programs has introduced her to many people she would never have met otherwise. She has greatly enjoyed her time in the Commuter Lounge and has met some of her favorite people here. Her other favorite people are the students in the horticulture program. They have made her feel like part of the class and she has really appreciated that. Kat also has a workstudy job in the horticultural facilities on campus where she has learned a tremendous amount of practical information. Her bosses have been fantastic to her. She has also found it rewarding to start the Nontraditional Students Association and see what can be done about getting issues recognized and addressed, though the primary goal has always been recognition for the non-trad population. Although Kat is very involved in university activities she would say that keeping up with academics becomes more difficult as one gets more involved with other activities. She has found herself wondering at moments why she has done this to herself, but believes that if she has been able to improve the experience for future non-trads then, “Yeah, it was definitely worth it.” And finally she will let us all know in a few years if getting the degree was worth it, too!

Come visit the Commuter Lounge
228 Memorial Union
Free coffee and tea all day until 5PM

Family Room

Hannibal Hamlin Hall
4rd Floor
Open 9AM to 5PM
Monday to Friday

Family Picture
A quiet, family-
friendly, private space

Family Picture

Comfy sofas, a small fridge, and wireless access

First Friday Bagels

In the Commuter Lounge on the first Friday of every month

FREE bagels, coffee and juice
8AM-’til they’re gone
April 2
Also, this one time only,
Last Friday Bagels on
April 30

Donated by

What’s On Wednesday?

Join us in the Commuter Lounge for What’s On Wednesday (WOW) every Wednesday at 3PM for light refreshments and a casual conversation with staff from one of the many UMaine programs and services.

  • Wed., April 7 – Bud Walkup of Alcohol and Drug Education Programs
  • Wed., April 14 – Claire Folsom of GLBT Services
  • Wed., April 21 – Corenna Howard of Student Legal Services
  • Wed., April 28 – Maine Day – NO WOW
Subscribe to our First Class Conferences:Commuter Services Nontraditional StudentContact Barbara Smith on FirstClass The Nontraditional Students Association (NSA) promotes the interests of all non-traditional students at UMaine. Learn more at our website: OCB LogoThe Off-Campus Board (OCB) serves all students who live off-campus. Contact Matt Shannon on First Class for more information.