Campus Connections, Top Stories, March 21


Share your ideas at The Community Conversation

Southern Maine Community College values your ideas and opinions. Come share your thoughts with us during a lively Community Conversation in the HUB gym.

SMCC is encouraging students, faculty and staff to attend this unique event, which takes place in the HUB gym on Friday, March 25, from 1-4 p.m.

SMCC last winter hosted a similar Community Caf to brainstorm ideas about the future of SMCC, as part of the College’s strategic plan in the years ahead. The theme of this year’s events is “Living our Values,” which will look at the College’s values and how we live them every day.

This is a chance for students, faculty, staff and community partners to gather in small groups and talk about issues and opportunities. To ensure full participation, classes will be suspended and offices closed that afternoon so everyone can participate.


Advising Month helps students save time, money

SMCC’s advising services are here to help you reach your academic goals while saving you time and money.

SMCC faculty and staff are gearing up for Advising Month, boosting efforts to get students to take advantage of advising services. Advising Month kicks off April 1 and runs through the month of April month.

Students are encouraged to meet their faculty advisor or stop by the Advising Services Kiosk or the Advising Office to review their degree audit, figure out which courses they need to take, create a schedule and register for classes for next semester.

A full slate of advising sessions with faculty and staff advisors has been scheduled throughout the month at both the South Portland and Midcoast Campuses.

Registration for the Fall Semester begins Monday, April 11, for students who have earned at least 30 credits, and Wednesday, April 13, for current students who have earned less than 30 credits.


PTK takes home honors at regional conference

SMCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter continues to shine.

The chapter, Alpha Chi Nu, earned distinction at the Phi Theta Kappa New England region convention, held March 18-19 in Newport, R.I. SMCC was represented (left to right in photo) by Shane Long, Director of Residence Life and Student Involvement, and students Erik Squire and Illaria Dana.

At the convention’s awards banquet, SMCC’s PTK chapter took home these honors:

  • Distinguished Chapter Officer-Second Finalist, Erik Squire
  • Distinguished Chapter Officer-First Finalist, Autumn Theriault
  • Distinguished Chapter Officer Team
  • Distinguished Honors in Action Theme Award-First Finalist
  • Five-Star Level Award


SMCC, USM forge volunteer partnerships

SMCC and the University of Southern Maine are teaming up to help the Greater Portland community.

SMCC and USM have joined together to bring more community volunteer opportunities to students. On Feb. 29, students and staff from both schools prepared and served food at the Preble Street Soup Kitchen in Portland.

Two additional volunteer projects are being planned as part of the overall effort to create a culture of community engagement and involvement.

Students interested in participating in future events are encourage to stop by the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, located in Spring Point Residence Hall.