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March 2010

Commuter Chronicle
Issue 27         |         News & Views for Commuters and Non-Trads         |          March 2010

Annual UMaine Renters’ Fair

Looking for off-campus housing? Need rental advice?

Meet with local property owners and landlords to see what’s available. Also, get information on your rights as a renter.

Look for tables on the 1st floor of Memorial Union on these days and times:

March 24 from 9AM-5PM
March 25 from 9AM-3PM

What to Consider for Off-Campus Housing

Location: Are you close to work, campus, bus line, bank, grocery, laundromat? Who are your neighbors?Roommates: How will you share expenses, cooking, cleaning, bathroom time? How will you handle conflicts?Costs: Length of the lease? What’s included in rent: snow removal, electricity, heat? Cost of utilities not included in rent? Will you want Internet or cable? Is a security deposit required? Will you need to purchase furnishings and household goods? Other Considerations: If you’ll be bringing pets, are they allowed? If you’re a smoker, is smoking allowed? Is there sufficient parking? Where and when is garbage pickup? Is the property owner generally available?Renters Insurance: Renters insurance is an important consideration to cover the cost of your personal property in the event of a disaster like flood, fire, or theft. Check with your insurance agent to make sure you are covered for personal property and liability.

and FirstClass Conference
Student Resources > Housing > Roommates_and_Apts

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.

Spring Break Hours

The Commuter Lounge, 228 Memorial Union will be open limited hours*
Only when the Memorial Union is open.

CNTSP Staff will be available irregularly Mon-Fri. 8AM-4:30PM
Call ahead if you need to speak with CNTSP staff

Coffee and tea will not be available over the Spring Break

*MEMORIAL UNION (General Building) Spring Break Hours 2010
Feb 26, 6: a.m.-8 p.m.
Sat, Feb 27 & Sun, Feb 28, 8: a.m.-6: p.m.
Mon March 1 – Thurs, March 4, 6a.m.-8: p.m.
Fri, March 5, 6: a.m.-9:p.m.
Sat, March 6 & Sun, March 7, 8:a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Mon, March 8 – Fri, March 12, 6:a.m.-8: p.m.
Sat March 13, 8: a.m.-8: p.m.
Sun, March 14, 8: a.m.- midnight

Census 2010

April 1, 2010

Census Day For more information about the 2010 Census, please go to


Join our NEW FACEBOOK Group

UMaine Commuters

for updates on all CNTSP programs and services

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

Family Room

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

A quiet, family
private, space

Comfy sofas, a small fridge, and wireless access

First Friday Bagels

Come join us in the Commuter Lounge on the first Friday of every month

FREE bagels, coffee and juice
8AM-’til they’re gone

Our next event is April 2. This semester, we will also have a Last Friday Bagels on April 30.

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What’s On Wednesday?

Come learn more about what UMaine has for you.

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., Mar. 17 – Jeremiah Rancourt Student Legal Services

Wed., Mar. 24 – No WOW
visit the Renter’s Fair

Wed., Mar. 31 – Farhad Dastoor – Biology Instructor

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Commuter Services

Nontraditional Student

Contact Barbara Smith on FirstClass
The Nontraditional Students Association (NSA) promotes the interests of all non-traditional students at UMaine.Learn more at our website: The Off-Campus Board (OCB) serves all students who live off-campus. Contact Matt Shannon on First Class for more information.

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Contact Information

Commuter & Non-Traditional Student Programs
Commuter Lounge/Wade Center, Ground Floor Memorial Union
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207-581-1734 | Fax: 207 581 1737E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System