Festivities at Lewiston-Auburn campus

Festivities are being held at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn campus Sun, Nov. 11 to celebrate the completion of renovations on the campus The renovations, which are the final phase of an initial expansion have been underway for approximately a year. This completion will give the campus an additional 20,000 square feet of space, increasing the campus by over 30 percent.

The celebration will include tours of the new facilities, step dancers, fiddlers, health fair, Franco-American cuisine, and l’Architecture vivante, an exhibit focusing on 11 buildings in Lewiston that are of significance to Franco American community.

The $3.5 million project adds three new science labs and classrooms, a nursing lab, a computer lab, and library and bookstore expansions. It also features a fish house and aquarium that will be used for aquatic research. Faculty offices, seminar rooms, and a multi-use function room have been added to ease the growth in enrollment and the number of programs.

The LAC has served USM since 1988, constructed to better serve the Central Maine region. Its programs are tailored to working adults.

Events are Sunday, Nov. 11, from 2-5 p.m.

For more information, call 753-6500 or visit LAC’s Web site at usm.maine.edu/lac.

Tense? Stressed? Just breathe and bend!

Replace knots in your neck with knots in your body with Dixie Searway, Yoga Meditation Lead Teacher. Searway will be visiting campus to give Sahaja yoga lessons in the Husky Hut in Brooks Student Building.

Searway has traveled to India and studied under the tutelage of Shri Mataji, a founder of the Sahaja yoga movement. Sahaja is not is not based in any particular religious tradition, but is compatible with any or no religious practice, according to Andrea Thompson McCall, Associate Director Commuter Life & Co-curricular Programs.

Yoga can ease stress, increase flexibility, and heighten concentration by promoting deep breath, calming thought, and physical agility.

Sessions will be held Mondays from 2:45 to 4 p.m. in the Husky Hut at Brooks Student Senate and 5-6:30 p.m. in the Boiler Room in Woodbury Campus Center.

The lessons are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact McCall at 228-8284 or Dixie Searway at 727-3310.

Record numbers at USM

The final numbers are in for this year’s enrollment figures at USM. They show that for the sixth year in a row, USM is Maine’s largest institution of higher education.

The University opened the 2001-2002 academic year with a record total of 5,374 full-time students – a 4.8 percent increase over the 5,128 full-time students in 2000.

Full-time students, who now account for 49 percent of USM’s student body, have increased steadily from the 4,283 in the fall of 1995.

Final enrollment statistics for the fall of 2001 show there are also 5,592 part-time students giving USM a record total enrollment of 10,966 students.

The new figures also mark the eighth consecutive year of enrollment increases.

The fall 2001 enrollment compares to 10,820 in 2000, 10,645 in 1999, 10,462 in 1998 and 10,230 in 1997.

These figures include all full and part-time, graduate and undergraduate students.

Out-of-state enrollment also has increased for the second consecutive year, to a total of 824 from 36 states and the District of Columbia, a 7.6 percent increase over the fall 2000 enrollment of 766.

USM also attracted 1,038 new freshmen, an 8.9 percent increase over the 953 freshmen in the fall 2000 semester.

Dormitories, which house 1,430 students, also are at capacity for the fifth time in as many years.

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