College is the gateway to a universe. The leap into new territory will stretch both your intellect and your spirit. The University of Maine at Farmington will guide and support you with a variety of services to help you make the most of your college years.
UMF recognizes that college is more than classes; it is also people, opportunities, life decisions, and personal change. We seek to offer our students every possible means of forging links on and off campus, at home and abroad. We also try to help you over the bumps you will encounter along the way.
On the following pages you will find descriptions of the many facilities, programs, and opportunities on the UMF campus designed to enrich, support, and enliven. Your well-rounded liberal arts education will find inspiration in both sections: the non-academic as well as the academic.
Academic Support Services
UMF's Mantor Library, at the corner of South and High Streets, links you with the wisdom of the ages, from prehistory to cyberspace. Thanks in large part to a highly successful $1.5 million capital campaign conducted jointly with the Farmington Public Library, you can study or do research with state-of-the-art equipment in comfortable surroundings. URSUS, an online catalog, houses not only the records of our over 100,000 volumes but provides you with a gateway to all of the University of Maine System libraries, a collection of more than two million volumes. There are 600 journals in our print collection, with over 1,700 additional titles available full-text online. In our electronic classroom, we teach traditional library research as well as electronic information literacy, to ensure that you can locate and use information in spite of distance and regardless of its format. At Mantor Library, you can browse the Internet, check out a book, study alone at a carrel or with friends in a group study room, read a newspaper while sipping coffee in our browsing room, listen to a CD, or watch a movie for a class on videotape or DVD.
The UMF Computer Center staff can provide assistance with word processing, spreadsheet, and graphics programs for students and faculty who request help. While the staff focuses primarily on supporting classroom instruction, users can get individual help more than 80 hours a week at the help desk. About 30 students staff this help desk and assist with technical operations. If you have computer skills or interests, working in the Computer Center can be excellent adjunct preparation for a career or graduate study.
The Computer Center's 120+ networked computers, many of which are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, provide access to standard academic application software and to tools for exploring the Internet. The primary end-user systems are Pentium PCs and Apple Macs running off the campus' Novell and Linux server systems. Specialty PCs are available in the Computer Center or other campus sites for education, music, art, foreign languages, geography, geology, and natural science applications.
You may consider purchasing your own computer. UMF residence halls are wired for network connections. (Please check with Residence Life or the Computer Center for campus system standards before purchasing.) For access from off-campus, the UMF modem pool provides 24 dial-up connections. Commercial Internet Service Providers offer alternative connection options for off-campus network use.
Instructional Media Center
The Instructional Media Center, located on the basement floor of Roberts Learning Center, encompasses the Multimedia Technology Laboratory, photographic services and darkrooms, video and audio services, and the equipment room. It is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted.
The Multimedia Technology Laboratory houses equipment for developing multimedia projects. Students can scan images or text, digitize data from a variety of formats, do full-color photocopying, and create multimedia products for use in classroom presentations or on the Worldwide Web. Trained professionals and student workers assist them in using the equipment and software. The lab is open some hours in the evening.
Video and audio digitizing and editing equipment, video cameras for educational purposes, and a television studio are available through video and audio services.
The equipment room provides most other audio-visual equipment for educational purposes, as well as laptops and related projection equipment for classroom presentations.
Program of Basic Studies
UMF applicants who didn't take a full complement of college preparatory courses in high school, whose transcripts indicate weaknesses in certain skills, or who have been out of school for a number of years may benefit from the Program of Basic Studies (PBS). Acceptance into PBS is contingent upon an interview and testing with program staff. As a student in the Program of Basic Studies, you will combine UMF credit courses with non-credit developmental courses before transferring into your chosen major. Resources available to PBS students include developmental courses, peer mentoring, academic advising, personal counseling, and tutoring. For more information, check out our web page at http://www.umf.maine.edu/pbs/
Learning Assistance Center
Located on the fourth floor of Merrill Hall, the Learning Assistance Center provides tutoring, at no cost, in nearly any UMF course. If you feel you could use additional help with a course, you need only to come into the office and fill out an application. Help is also available in math and writing on a walk-in basis at the Math Clinic and Writing Center, both housed at 186 High Street.
If you have not provided the Admission Office with SAT I scores or if your results were below UMF's required scores, you will need to take a placement test to determine your readiness for UMF's introductory math or writing courses. We will notify you of our scheduled test dates, or we can coordinate your placement test with a planned visit to campus.
Results of the placement tests may indicate that you need to take a non-credit course in math (MAT 010, or MAT 011) or English (ENG 001) before moving into the related university credit course(s). If necessary, your schedule will be modified to accommodate these required non-credit courses. It is expected that you will work toward successful completion of your non-credit work by the end of your second semester. For additional information, visit our web site at www.umf.maine.edu/learnassist/
UMF is committed to making its programs and facilities accessible to students, faculty, and staff, regardless of disability or handicapping condition. If you need information, assistance, or reasonable accommodation, you are encouraged to call Claire Nelson, Coordinator of Academic Services for Students with Disabilities. Questions regarding student housing or facilities accessibility should be directed to the Student Life Office or to Bob Lawrence, Director of Facilities Management.
For further information, see policies at this site: http://accessibility.umf.maine.edu
A number of programs and organizations listed below provide services and organize events to broaden your education at UMF:
Student Life Program
Your life at UMF extends far beyond the walls of your classroom, and the Student Life program is an integral part of the academic and social community. Whether you live in one of the eight campus residence halls or off-campus, your life will be touched by the professional staff and over 30 undergraduates who make this program work. Student Life staff provide educational and social programming, personal support, and resource information for all students. If you choose to live in one of our residence halls, you will find that each hall has its own personality and physical attributes. The professionals and students who staff the halls are trained to encourage individual growth that complements your academic learning. We make every effort to house students who want to live on campus, even if it means using triple rooms.
Center For Human Development
The Center for Human Development (CHD) provides you information and counseling in educational, career, and personal decisions. All students are eligible to use these services, and all visits are confidential.
The Center for Human Development's mission is to assist you in developing a personal career plan. In your first year at UMF, you will see the importance of combining classroom learning with practical work experiences. Internships, summer and work-study jobs, service learning, volunteer experiences, and campus leadership activities can benefit you in your career development. The CHD staff works with you to develop the skills necessary to identify and accomplish your career goals.
If you are undecided about your academic major, CHD counselors can help you with testing, career exploration, and academic advising. Computerized career guidance systems and a resource library, which contains useful information about career and graduate education possibilities, are housed in the Center for Human Development. The CHD administers the Praxis Exam, CLEP, and the Miller Analogies Test, as well as interest and personality tests. It also offers information and applications for national testing programs such as the GRE, LSAT, GMAT, and MCAT.
Personal counseling is available at the Center for Human Development for adjustment issues, substance abuse, eating disorders, and problems related to family or social relationships. When appropriate, referrals can be made to individuals or agencies outside UMF. Staff at the CHD also provide workshops in topics ranging from diversity to stress and self-esteem.
Student Health Center
The Student Health Center, located in Scott Hall on Main Street, offers a full range of outpatient services from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. The clinic is staffed by two family physicians and a registered nurse. The Health Center's goal is to help students stay healthy emotionally and physically. We provide a full range of primary health care services, including care for acute illness or injury, help in managing chronic health problems, and preventive health care. All services are confidential.
An optional pre-paid health fee covers the cost of office visits with a nurse or physician at the Health Center. Pre-payment makes on-campus medical care convenient, worry free, and cost effective. Students also have the option to pay by the visit. Group health and accident insurance is available to UMF students. More detailed information about optional plans will be sent to you, and it is also available on our UMF website at http://www.umf.maine.edu/stuhealth/
Student Organizations and Activities
Attending a university is an experience involving more than classes and course work. The people with whom you interact and the activities and entertainment available on campus enhance your education and enrich your life. There is no lack of opportunity on our campus to indulge outside interests, get to know people, or find meaningful activity away from your studies: there are over fifty student clubs and organizations ranging from Alpha Phi Omega (a student service organization) to the Outing Club, to Le Cercle Francais. In addition, we offer fall and spring leadership development programs, including seminars, workshops and conferences. To find out more about the variety of clubs and organizations active on campus, contact the Student Activities Office in the Olsen Student Center.
Einar A. Olsen Memorial Student Center
The Einar A. Olsen Memorial Student Center stands at the heart of the UMF campus and forms the hub of student life for both resident and non-resident students. The Student Center houses the bookstore, dining halls, a snack bar, the Latte Landing, offices for the Student Life Program, centers for various student activities and organizations, lounges and study areas, book lockers, exhibit areas, meeting rooms for both campus and community groups, computer terminals for e-mail and Web access, and a large central open area popularly dubbed "The Beach," where students gather to chat and listen to music broadcast from the adjacent WUMF radio studio. You will have the opportunity to attend all sorts of events, from dances to lectures to craft fairs, at the Olsen Student Center.
Health and Fitness Center
Opened in 1992, our Health and Fitness Center helps students and community members maintain good health as they participate in enjoyable activities. The Health and Fitness Center emphasizes participatory recreation rather than intercollegiate athletics. It features a 25-yard, six-lane swimming pool; an indoor jogging/walking track; and four multipurpose courts for tennis, basketball and volleyball. The facility also offers a fully-equipped and supervised weight-training room and a cardiovascular fitness area.
In addition, the Health and Fitness Center sponsors numerous exercise classes and other programs throughout the day and evening, including special classes serving pregnant women and people with conditions such as arthritis. Red Cross programs, such as lifeguard training, water safety instructor training, and various learn-to-swim programs, are offered throughout the year. The popular Health and Fitness Center is among the finest facilities of its kind in New England and is open from early in the morning until late at night, seven days a week year-round.
While you are with us, your interests as a UMF student are represented by the elected members of the Student Senate. The Student Senate speaks for the student body in all student affairs, allocates student funds, and oversees student organizations. Participating students get involved in events and policy-making outside of the classroom. Through its many committees, the Student Senate explores campus concerns and assures student representation on certain faculty and administrative committees. The Student Senate Office is located in the Olsen Student Center.
The student-run Program Board is responsible for social, recreational, and educational programming for UMF students, faculty, and staff. The Board schedules and organizes movies, coffeehouses, comedy nights, dances, and concerts. Special events include Family and Friends Weekend (co-sponsored with the Student Activities Office and other student clubs), and Spring Fling (co-sponsored with other student groups). By getting involved with the Program Board, located in the Olsen Student Center, you can work with entertainers, agencies, and UMF administrators to launch these events.
Campus Residence Council
If you live in one of our residence halls, you may be interested in taking part in the Campus Residence Council (CRC). The Campus Residence Council, composed of representatives from each of our eight residence halls, provides social, educational, cultural, and recreational activities for resident students as well as for commuters. CRC communicates with resident students through individual hall councils and helps evaluate needs and develop rules, regulations, and policies for the halls.
Women's Studies Center
The Women's Studies Center, located at 12 Ricker Hall, contains computers, books, video- and audiotapes, and journals for student and faculty use, as well as information about the Women's Studies Program at UMF, graduate programs in Women's Studies, national conferences, and local programs that concern themselves with women's issues. The large, sunlit space is available for meetings and informal gatherings.
If you want to know what is happening on campus or what issues are brewing, pick up a free issue of UMF's student-run newspaper, The UMF Mainestream. All students are invited to help produce this publication. You can provide yourself with a creative outlet if you are interested in journalism, photography, or cartooning. The Mainestream office is on the ground floor of the Olsen Student Center.
Dirigo is the UMF yearbook, created annually by a student staff. You can gain experience in layout, publication, and photography by getting involved in its publication. The Dirigo office is located in the basement of Purington Hall.
You can tune into our student-operated radio station, WUMF at 100.1 on the FM dial, located in the Olsen Student Center broadcast studio. If you want to become a radio announcer or disc-jockey, stop in and propose an idea for a show.
Athletics at UMF is a broad-based program that offers a continuum of opportunities from the highly structured and competitive varsity programs to the more recreational student-run club sport and intramural programs. Additionally, there is a variety of outdoor sport activities available to students.
At the varsity level, UMF embraces an NCAA Division III philosophy that emphasizes conducting athletic activities as an integral part of the student's educational experience. Coaches teach sport skills, competitive strategies, and many transferable life skills. The gyms, fields, and practice areas are used not only as arenas for physical competition but also as laboratories for learning less tangible values. UMF is particularly proud of its emphasis on consistent good sportsmanship across the board: players, coaches, and even the fans.
UMF's varsity program features eleven teams. We are committed to the principles of gender equity. Women compete in varsity basketball, cross country, field hockey, soccer, softball, and volleyball. Men compete in varsity baseball, basketball, cross country, golf and soccer. Our teams regularly vie for championship titles, and several of our coaches have been named "Coach of the Year" in their respective sports. UMF is a member of the NCAA Division III and the North Atlantic Conference (NAC). The NAC is made up of 13 institutions from the states of Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont. Beyond the conference, teams compete primarily with other Division III programs in the region, including Commonwealth, Little East and New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) institutions. The athletics director works closely with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and an Athletic Advisory Committee to ensure that the students have an active voice in the future of the athletic program and that the program remains an integral part of the larger academic mission.
Club sports are primarily student-run organizations whose members are interested in competing against other colleges and universities. Some are focused on sport for sport's sake rather than competition. While all students are eligible to be members of a club sport, some clubs must limit participation because of skill, experience, and physical ability. When allowed by external leagues or governing bodies, faculty and staff may also participate. Most club sports are coached by students, but some require more experienced coaches. The Student Senate partially funds club sport offerings, which may vary from year to year due to changing student interests. However, some club sports do require students to provide their own equipment such as skis or helmets, and pay for passes or memberships. Club sports are an excellent way to cultivate friendships that carry on after graduation with both teammates and competitors.
Intramural sports offer students a way to get to know others and take a break from their academic routine. The student-run Intramural Board offers close to 25 activities for all UMF students, faculty, and staff each school year. Activities range from men's and women's basketball and softball to co-ed floor hockey and volleyball.
Beyond the competitive sport scene, many students appreciate UMF's proximity to major ski areas, such as Sugarloaf/USA, Sunday River, and Saddleback Mountain. The UMF Ski Industries program provides a PSIA-certified ski school which offers lessons through PHE 105 every spring semester. This opportunity is open to students and staff, and the course can be taken repeatedly, audited or for credit. Rental equipment is available, and there are special ticket prices for students.
Other outdoor activities are available year round. Nearby mountains and hills, pristine rivers and lakes provide opportunities for canoeing, hiking, biking, fly-fishing, and cross-country skiing.
After graduation, you can keep up with news of all your UMF friends by becoming involved with the Alumni Association. The Association helps alumni connect with each other through Farmington FIRST, the alumni magazine published three times per year, an online e-mail alumni directory, and a number of special events. Alumni are encouraged to play an active role by providing input to the University and participating in alumni activities. The Association oversees the Alumni Annual Fund and other fund raising to benefit UMF students. Information about all alumni activities can be found at Ferro Alumni Center at 242 Main St., 778-7090, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
UMF and the town of Farmington offer a broad range of cultural events. This wealth of concerts, art exhibits, movies, readings, plays, and dance performances will fill out your education and open new worlds. You may find yourself inspired to sing or play in a musical group, choreograph a dance, mount your own art exhibit, or audition for a play; hidden talents awakened in you may end up changing your life. Keep your ears and eyes open for these events and opportunities, and you will be amazed at where they take your mind and your spirit.
Art Gallery and Exhibitions
The UMF Art Gallery has four to six exhibitions each year. Once a large barn behind 246 Main Street, now converted into a modern exhibit space, the UMF Art Gallery is open during the academic year from noon to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The Art Gallery features artists from Maine as well as those from outside our region, demonstrating a variety of styles and media in contemporary art. Besides engaging the eye, the exhibits can challenge your aesthetic sense and cultivate within you an understanding of other cultures and viewpoints. Lectures and workshops complement the shows, and receptions give you an opportunity to meet the exhibiting artists and discuss their works.
Our permanent outdoor sculpture garden brings art outside the UMF Art Gallery walls, with a piece entitled "Farmington Bell" and an installation called "A Square on a Sphere" displayed on the lawn in front of the Art Gallery. The Mantor Library, the Einar Olsen Student Center, and other buildings on campus also display exhibits.
Musical Ensembles and Performances
Nordica Auditorium, on the second floor of Merrill Hall, is the spiritual center of musical life at UMF. The 400-seat hall with its ornate oak woodwork, brass chandeliers, and superb acoustics is equipped with a 14-rank pipe organ and a nine-foot Falcone concert grand piano, one of the best instruments in Maine.
You can treat yourself (free, as a student) to a wide variety of concerts throughout the year, including occasional noontime concerts and concerts by UMF's performing organizations, the Community Chorus, the Chamber Choir, the Community Orchestra and the Band.
The UMF Community Chorus has approximately 120 members drawn from the campus and community. It presents two major concerts each year with a spring program that features soloists and orchestra. Compositions cover a wide spectrum of music including recent performances of such masterworks as Bach's Cantata No. 4 and Adolphus Hailstork's "I Will Lift up Mine Eyes." No audition is required.
The UMF Chamber Choir is a select group of forty singers that performs music from the chamber-choral literature, such as cantatas, motets, spirituals, and madrigals. Auditions are held during the first week of the fall semester. Previous choral experience is a plus, but all interested students are encouraged to try out.
Instrumentalists are invited to join the UMF Community Orchestra and the UMF Band. The UMF Band performs a variety of popular and classical music while the UMF Community Orchestra's programs feature classical works by composers ranging from Bach to Bernstein.
Theatre UMF, the student theater organization, presents four to five productions each year. Auditions are open to all students, allowing everyone an equal chance to gain acting experience and hands-on technical experience, such as working on sets, lights, props, publicity, sound, make-up, and costumes. Students in design classes often design a production.
Theatre UMF is also proud of its strong directing program, which offers three levels of directing courses, involving a progression of experience usually available only to graduate students at large universities. Students begin by directing a scene and progress to directing a one-act play, presented with other one-acts in the fully mounted Spring Festival productions, culminating their experience with directing a full-length play in the Theatre UMF season of productions.
The on-campus Alumni Theater is a versatile black box facility in which almost every staging configuration (proscenium, thrust, and arena) has been presented. The theater has a computerized lighting system and up-to-date sound equipment.
While a Theater/Arts interdisciplinary degree is offered at UMF, many students who participate in Theater UMF have other majors. And every UMF student can attend productions free of charge.
The UMF Dancers, a performing and touring dance company, gives you the opportunity to express yourself through creative body movement. Dance at UMF is improvisational, focusing on the process rather than the product. With its philosophy based on the work Rudolph Laban, the troupe explores styles of movement and emphasizes creation and expression within the context of our own community. The corps draws its dancers from the community as well as from the student body.
If you would rather watch, the troupe presents an annual spring performance on campus as well as performances for school and community audiences.
Lectures, Discussions, and Readings
The Student Senate, Honors Program, academic departments, clubs, organizations, and others sponsor a variety of lectures, open to both the campus community and to local residents. In addition, during the academic year at noontime on Fridays, you can attend UMF Forum presentations on current research and creative work.
The Visiting Writers Series, sponsored by the UMF Department of Humanities and the Student Writers' Guild, hosts renowned poets and writers of fiction and nonfiction from across the country. The writers give public readings of their work and visit classes in the UMF Creative Writing program. Alice James Books, acclaimed resident publisher of poetry, sponsors the Alice James Books Afternoon Reading Series. Visitors to these series have included Grace Paley, Russell Banks, Donald Hall, Hayden Carruth, Tobias Woolf, Lucille Clifton, Galway Kinnell, Sharon Olds, Tracy Kidder, Annie Proulx, Tim O'Brien, Maxine Kumin, Bei Dao, Philip Levine, Marge Piercy, Charles Simic, and Anne Beattie. (See the Academic Programs introductory section for more information on Alice James Books.)
Your own writing might appear in one of the campus literary magazines. The Sandy River Review, produced and edited by students with the help of Alice James Books, appears twice a year, offering selected student fiction, poetry, essays, and photos. Voices, which comes out once a year, publishes a selection of some of the best essays written in English Composition classes. Apropos showcases the best academic writing in the humanities.