Surveys look at student health behaviors

The College of Nursing and University Health Services formed a partnership. Over the next three semesters they will be focusing on the health needs of students at USM. This semester juniors in the College of Nursing will be distributing a survey to 2,100 randomly selected students.

The survey will contain questions about a number of different topics concerning the health and health behaviors of USM students. Upon completion and review of the survey, the College of Nursing, University Health Services and students conducting the survey will choose important health needs to focus on in the upcoming two semesters.

A plan to meet the needs will then be developed, implemented, and evaluated. The goal will be to promote the health of all students at USM. The paper survey will be anonymous, and confidential surveys will be mailed to students the week of March 11.

Once all surveys have been returned, 15 to 20 donated prizes will be randomly awarded. Student participation can ultimately benefit the USM student community as a whole.

For more information call Marjorie Lawson at 780-4114, or email: [email protected]

ESL dinner and performance

Join the Portland ESL Scholarship Fund for an evening of dinner and entertainment by Sudanese, Vietnamese, Congolese and Cambodian performers at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Woodbury Campus Center. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds benefit refugees and immigrants through the Portland English as a Second Language Scholarship Fund, used to access Higher Education. The fund has helped 18 students to date and awarded $11,500. For more information or to purchase a ticket call Jessica Zambrano at 228-8024 or email: [email protected]

Women’s History Month events

March is Women’s History Month. In celebration a number of events are planned for the week:

Tuesday at 2 p.m. “The Thin Line,” a one-woman play addressing eating disorders, will be held in Luther Bonney Auditorium, Portland, followed by a panel discussion. Contact Libby Heselton for more information at 780-4289.

Wednesday at 6 p.m. readings from the plays of Chinyere Grace Okafor can be heard in Luther Bonney Auditorium, Portland. Contact Libby Heselton for more information at 780-4289.

Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ongoing sing rounds and women-centered chants meeting in the Honors House basement, Portland, continuing through May 2. Contact Nancy Artz for more information at 780-4321.

Friday at 10 a.m. guided tour of Portland Women’s History Trail, meeting on the steps of Portland City Hall, Congress Street. Contact Libby Heselton for more information at 780-4289.

Get Your Groove On

Students get your dancing shoes on. The USM Semi-Formal is back. The Best is Yet To Come will be held on Thursday March 7, from 9pm to 1am at the Brooks Student Center.

“Our Goal is to raise money for the Portland Boys and Girls Club and make this dance a tradition,” said Leslie Rocheleau, a junior communication major and coordinator of the dance.

Tickets are $10 per person if purchased before March 7 or $15 per person at the door. Tickets may be purchased at 100 Upton Hall, the Department of Residential Life on the Gorham campus.

The dance is catered by ARAMARK. The fraternity Sigma Nu will provide music entertainment. All proceeds from the dance will benefit the Portland Boys and Girls Club.

Something New at USM

When students came back from winter break, they might have noticed something a little different when they logged in at any University computer terminal. The University has a new Web site. According to Steve Houser, director of Database and Software Development, the prior Web site was a make-shift page and the decision was made two years ago to create a new easy-to-use Web site for the students, faculty and public. It took a team of computing technologies and publication staff members about eight to nine months to create the new Web page.


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