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2014 Homecoming, Parents Weekend Oct. 17–19

The University of Maine will host alumni and parents of current students for the 2014 Homecoming and Parents Weekend. The joint event will take place Friday to Sunday, Oct. 17–19.

The UMaine Alumni Association will host the Homecoming Craft Fair and Maine Marketplace in the newly renovated New Balance Field House. The craft fair runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19.

This year’s Homecoming will honor the reunion classes of 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009.

A football game against Albany, and two men’s ice hockey games against Union College are among scheduled events. Other activities include the Emera Astronomy Center dedication, a jazz brunch and a silent auction.

A complete schedule of Homecoming events is on the UMaine Alumni Association’swebsite. More about Parents Weekend also is online.

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WABI, WVII Cover UMaine’s Test of Emergency Notification System

WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported on the University of Maine’s test of its full emergency notification system. The system, which was established in 2007, allows university safety and communications professionals to use mechanisms such as sirens, text alerts and social media to quickly communicate information to the community during emergency situations. UMaine’s Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Robert Dana and Wayne Maines, UMaine’s director of safety and environmental management, spoke with WABI about the importance of emergency drills and preparedness. UMaine community members are reminded to register to receive emergency notifications of public safety issues, as well as announcements about class cancellations due to inclement weather. Registration for texts and/or email alerts is available online.

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UMaine, St. Joseph Healthcare to Host Community Suicide Prevention Walk

The University of Maine Counseling Center and St. Joseph Healthcare, in conjunction with several area sponsors, will host the sixth annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Sunday, Oct. 5 on the UMaine campus.

Funds raised from the event will benefit research initiatives of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).Registration for the noncompetitive 5K walk through campus and surrounding areas will begin at 1 p.m. The walk, which is open to the public, begins at 2 p.m., preceded by an opening ceremony.More information, including how to register, is online.The Orono walk is one of more than 200 Out of the Darkness walks that take place in communities across the country each year. Approximately 350 people participated in last year’s Orono walk which raised more than $10,000 for AFSP.Other major sponsors for this year’s walk include Emera Maine, Acadia Hospital, Community Health and Counseling Services, Veazie Veterinary Clinic, Bangor Savings Bank and Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Northern New England.

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Mock Car Accident – Saturday September 13

Tomorrow around 9am UVAC will be holding a mock car accident training to promote distracted driving awareness in the Jenness Lot on the Long Road side. Anyone on campus is welcome to come watch how firefighters and emergency medical personnel respond to such incidents and what we do once we get there.

The mock situation is that a college student was texting and driving when they went over the center lane and hit another car. Both cars had at least 3 people in them. Most had very serious injuries but you will have to come out around 9am tomorrow to see the emergency response take place and what happens to those involved.

This is an educational experience for everyone and we hope to show the risks that are involved when you decide to drive distracted.

Thank you,

Lauren Holland
NREMT
University Volunteer Ambulance Corps
Assistant Chief of Development
UMaine Class of 2016
School of Nursing

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UMaine to Test Full Emergency Notification System Sept. 18

The University of Maine will conduct its annual emergency communications system test Thursday, Sept. 18, beginning at noon. Three outdoor sirens will sound for several minutes shortly after noon. They are audible throughout campus and, under certain conditions, in surrounding communities.

The sirens are part of UMaine’s multifaceted emergency communications system established in 2007 that allows university safety and communications professionals to use several mechanisms to quickly communicate vital information to the community during emergency situations.

When UMaine’s emergency communication system is activated, several notifications occur: A text message is sent to subscribers of UMaine’s umaine.txt system; information is posted on the university’s homepage, the UMaine portal and the university’s intranet, FirstClass; and a recorded telephone message may be heard by dialing 581.INFO. After those messages are delivered, police sound the sirens.

With the start of the academic year, members of the University of Maine community are reminded to register to receive UMaine’s emergency notifications. The emergency notification service alerts the UMaine community to public safety issues, including inclement weather conditions causing class cancellations.

Registration for texts and/or email alerts may be done online.

If you have already registered, watch for the test message of the emergency notification system on the 15th of every month. If you do not receive a text or email test alert, please reregister the email address or cellphone number you’re using.

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New Balance Field House and Memorial Gym Project Update

New Balance Field House will be closed May 12 for approximately 16 weeks to complete the exterior improvements as part of the $15 million renovation project that includes Memorial Gym.

The facility’s exterior renovations include replacing approximately 22,000 square feet of insulated wall system and installing 5,200 square feet of windows. The 8-foot windows at the top of the facility’s high walls are key to filling the interior with ambient light, comparable to the original design of the field house when it was constructed in 1924. The windows were replaced by insulation in the late 1970s.

The exterior renovations were deferred until summer to accommodate the indoor track season, and will not deter the annual Special Olympics on campus or UMaine’s many youth sports camps.

The Pit in Memorial Gym closed for five weeks beginning April 7 for the installation of a sprinkler system. During that time, work will also begin for new and renovated men’s and women’s sports locker rooms.

All renovations and construction are scheduled be completed as early as September. The project is one of UMaine’s major initiatives under Pathway 5, Stewardship of Place: Restoring the Dream, of the Blue Sky Plan.

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Drug Take Back & Food Drive April 26 10 AM to 1 PM

UMaine Police Department, in conjunction with the Old Town and Orono Police departments will hold a drug take back event on Saturday April 26, 2014 from 10 AM. to 1 PM., at the Hannaford Supermarket at 500 Stillwater Ave. in Old Town.

Representatives from the Holy Family Food Pantry will also be there to collect non-perishable food items for local families in need.

Please check your medicine cabinet for outdated prescription drugs and drop them off with us to be safely disposed of.

And check your food shelves and bring any non-perishable food items for the Holy Family Food Pantry.

Location: 500 Stillwater Ave., Old Town – Hannaford Supermarket

Date: Saturday April 26, 2014

Time: 10 AM to 1 PM

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Commencement 2014 Web Page

The official web page for Commencement 2014 is now on-line. Please note that Commencement will be a ticketed event this year. Click on the Tickets link on the page. This page will also provide live feeds of the ceremonies on May 9 (Graduate Student / Faculty Recognition Ceremony) and May 10, 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM.

http://umaine.edu/commencement

Bookmark this link.

 

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Governor Proclaims February Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

February 7, 2014
Governor’s Office

Domestic violence awareness advocates share information and resources at State House

For Immediate Release: Friday, Feb. 7
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage has proclaimed the month of February to be Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. He joined domestic violence awareness advocates in his office last week to sign the proclamation and praised them for their work.

“There is no room for any type of violence in Maine and I will do everything I can to stop the abuse,” said the Governor. “Violence awareness advocacy groups are an intricate part of helping raise awareness and supporting victims, and I commend these organizations, which are truly making a difference.”

According to Regina Rooney, Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence’s Public Awareness Coordinator, “In 2013, nearly 40,000 youth in communities throughout Maine participated in education around dating violence and healthy relationships, provided by advocates from MCEDV resource centers. Outreach and awareness-building with young people is essential to laying the foundation for a violence-free future.”

On Thursday, Feb. 6, domestic violence awareness and prevention organizations recognized Domestic Violence Awareness Day at the State House in Augusta where they displayed and shared informational material with the public. Those who participated in this year’s event included, the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, Hope & Justice Project, Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance, Next Step, Family Violence Project, New Hope for Women, Family Crisis Services, Safe Voices, Caring Unlimited, Wabanaki Women’s Coalition, and the Maliseet Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program.

The Governor invites Mainers to join violence awareness advocates in helping to raise awareness on this important issue by encouraging statewide youth, families, schools, law enforcement communities, government agencies, elected officials, civic organizations and other interested groups to show support for the organizations and individuals who provide critical advocacy and services and assistance to victims.

The Proclamation is as follows:

WHEREAS, the youth of Maine are this State’s most precious resource and greatest hope for the future, and ensuring their safety, well-being, positive development and growth into healthy citizens is a priority and responsibility we all share; and

WHEREAS, the transitional adolescent years present new challenges and choices for teens as they experience dating relationships for the first time; and

WHEREAS, teen dating violence, including physical, verbal and
emotional abuse, sexual assault, and harassment via texting, email or “instant messaging” is a reality for many teenagers in Maine and it is a reality of which many parents and caregivers are unaware; and WHEREAS, studies also indicate that effects of violent relationships can be serious and put victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior, suicide and adult re-victimization; and

WHEREAS, both Houses of the U.S. Congress have declared February as “National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month”.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, PAUL R. LEPAGE, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby recognize February, 2014 as

TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS & PREVENTION MONTH

throughout the State of Maine, and urge all citizens to recognize this observance.

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Red Sox Officials, Mascot to Bring 2013 World Series Trophy to Orono

Red Sox staff and mascot Wally the Green Monster will bring the 2013 Commissioner’s Trophy — presented annually to the Major League Baseball World Series Champions — to the University of Maine on Sunday, Jan. 26.

The trophy will be available for public viewing from 2–4 p.m. in the Alfond Arena on the Orono campus. The event is free and open to the public. UMaine will also host “Skate with the Bears” from 2:30–3:30 p.m. to allow visitors a chance to meet the UMaine hockey teams.

The trophy will also be available for a public viewing session from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

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