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Fall 2015 BFA Orientation Schedule
 
FY-IN
IN: MECA
 
QUESTIONS?
 
MyMECA allows students to obtain class schedules, grades, billing and financial aid information. MyMECA
 
Counseling & Wellness
Sheila Geant, Coordinator of Counseling & Wellness at counseling@meca.edu
 
Course Schedule & Registration
Anne Dennison, Registrar at adennison@meca.edu or 207-699-5054 or
Julie Smith, Assistant Registrar at jsmith@meca.edu or 207-699-5057.
 
Disability Services
Adrea Jaehnig, Director of Student Life and Disability Services Coordinator at ajaehnig@meca.edu or 207-699-5035.
 
Emergency and Weather Text Notification System 
We strongly encourage students to sign up to receive text messages for weather cancellations, early closings or a campus emergency. http://meca.edu/meca-life/student-affairs/weather-notifications
 
Financial Aid
Ashlee Seidl, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at finaid@meca.edu or 207-699-5074.
 
MECA Health Insurance or to waive insurance coverage 
 
Not Anymore, an online interpersonal violence prevention program from Student Success™
 
Orientation & General questions 
Adrea Jaehnig, Director of Student Life or Leeanna Morris, Assistant Director of Student Life at newstudent@meca.edu or 207-699-5034.
 
Residence Life & Housing:
Maileny Guillén, Coordinator of Residence Life at Housing@meca.edu
 
Student Account and Billing
Emily Percival, Student Billing Coordinator at epercival@meca.edu or 207-699-5049.
 
Technology
helpdesk@MECA.edu
 
Tutorial Services
Dominique Bartels, Associate to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College & Coordinator of Tutorial Services at 207-699-5036 or dbartels@meca.edu.

Banking

There are several banks with a large regional presence in close proximity to Maine College of Art(located at 522 Congress Street, 04101)
 

We encourage students to set up an account locally, and have banks on hand to during the first few days of the fall semester. 

Campus Dining
MECA offers campus dining options for residential students and off-campus students.  Students living off-campus may chose between a 7 or 17 weekly meal plan with the option to add MECA Bucks to be utilized in the retail space between plan hours.  Weekly meal plans provide students with a number of meals and do not rollover from one week to the next.    

Questions about special food needs, allergies or general inquires can be directed to General Manager, Pam Ryder at 207.699.5066 or pryder@MECA.edu

Request for Dietary Accommodations  Download Form

Counseling and Physical Health
MECA offers confidential and free counseling for students. MECA does not provide physical healthcare services. Students needing physical health services are encouraged to find a doctor prior to attending MECA in the fall.  If you need help with referrals or local doctors, please contact Sheila Geant, the Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Counseling & Wellness at 207.699.5056 or sgeant@MECA.edu.  For more information on campus counseling services or physical health information, please visit Counseling and Physical Health.

Employment 
For more information on employment on and off-campus, please visit the Career Services website.

FERPA 
The Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a federal law that protects student privacy and access to student records.  For more information on FERPA, please visit the FERPA website.

Guide to Community Living
The Guide to Community Living provides vital information on residence hall programs, policies, and frequently asked questions. 

Health Insurance
Maine College of Art requires all degree seeking students enrolled in 9 or more credit hours to have either personal health insurance or register for MECA's student health plan.  For more Information visit MECA’s Health Plan site

Each academic year you will be automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan. Students preferring to waive the Student Health Insurance Plan and premium cost from their tuition/fees billing, must be enrolled in a comparable health insurance plan and are REQUIRED to complete the on-line waiver form. The on-line waiver form must be completed and submitted by September 12, 2014 or the full charge will apply.

Parking
MECA does not provide on-campus parking but there are several locations to park in downtown Portland. Students may park on the public streets or in local parking garages.  Students living on-campus may apply for residential parking permit through the City of Portland.  Parking is on public streets and limited.  For more information on parking, please visit the Portland Parking Division website.

Public Transportation
The Greater Portland METRO Bus provides bus service for the city of Portland and the Maine Mall Area (located in South Portland).  MECA students may purchase discounted TenRide cards or Monthly Passes from the Leeanna Morris, the Coordinator of Student Involvement at 207.699.5034 or leeanna.morris@MECA.edu

For more information on the public transportation, please visit the METRO website.

Residence Halls
For more information on MECA's residential facilities , please visit the Residential Education and Housing website.

Student Emergencies
MECA provides an on-call professional 24/7 for students to contact in the event of an emergency.  Students are provided the number at orientation and at the beginning of each semester.

Student Groups

Learn more about groups campus groups, the Student Center and area resources on the Student Engagement page.

Student Handbook 
All students are required to review the Student Handbook, annually, to understand College Policy and academic expectations. The handbook can be reviewed on the Student Affairs page.
 
Student IDs
Your MECA ID is the key to the campus, Portland Museum of Art, and discounts at various Portland businesses.   With your student ID you can check-out a book, eat in the Cafe, or attend campus-wide events and programs.  Student IDs are provided during orientation.  

Technology
Your MECA e-mail is the key to staying informed on-campus. To log onto your MECA e-mail click MECA Connect above. Each student is issued a MECA e-mail address.  This e-mail address provides access to internal websites and is the official method of communication between faculty, staff, and students.  MECA provides three computer labs with Apple computers and all the software an artist needs.  For information on purchasing computer hardware or software, please visit MECA's Technology Department.

Parents, families, and friends play a vital role in a students transition to campus and longterm academic success . We want to ensure that your transition to college life is as successful as your students! If we can provide you will additional information not listed on the page, please do not hesitate to contact us at 207.699.5034 or newstudent@MECA.edu.
 

Counseling and Physical Health
MECA offers confidential and free counseling for students. MECA does not provide physical healthcare services.  We strongly encourage students to find a primary care doctor prior to attending MECA. Your insurance company should be able to assist you with finding local providers. 

If you need  additional help with referrals or local doctors, please contact Sheila Geant, the Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Counseling & Wellness at 207.699.5056 or sgeant@MECA.edu

For more information on campus counseling services or physical health information, please visit Counseling and Physical Health.
 

FERPA 
The Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a federal law that protects student privacy and access to student records.  More information on FERPA.

Parent or Family Concern
Have a concern about the safety or wellbeing of your student, please contact the college at 207.775.3052 and ask to be connected to a Student Affairs staff member.  

If you have a general concern, you are encouraged to utilize MECA Alert, by  submitting an online form outlining your concern: meca.edu/alert

Parent Page 
Stay up to date with information about special events and Portland on the Parent's Page.

Student Emergencies
MECA provides an on-call professional 24/7 for students to contact in the event of an emergency.  Students are provided the number at orientation and at the beginning of each semester.

 

MailME 2015 

Your MailME has been shipped! Please contact Justin Carey at justin.carey@meca.edu if you have any questions. 

What is MailME?

The MailME project is your introduction to FY-In. Your FY-In faculty have asked you to create a visual response to the concept of PLACE on an 8” x 8” paper square. The project can be interpreted literally or metaphorically. Think deeply about what PLACE is: How is it defined, represented, manifested? How does the transition you are currently making impact your perception of PLACE?

Regardless of how you interpret this project, your piece needs to show genuine investment. It is a graded project in FY-In, and -- perhaps most importantly -- will be on display for the entire college to view when you arrive. It is your first exhibition at MECA. The square you have been provided with will be exhibited together with those of your peers during the first weeks of classes this fall. This is our seventh year doing this project and the entire college looks forward to the exhibit.

Enclosed you will find your 8” x 8” paper square and directions on how to make and return your piece. For information on artists whose work relates to the theme of PLACE, go to the link http://www.pbs.org/art21/watch-now/episode-place, and the new student web page at www.meca.edu/newstudents. Click on the “Mail ME” tab for a list of links.

Your Mail ME square must be returned to MECA no later than Friday, August 7, 2015. If you have questions about Mail ME, please direct them to Orientation Assistant Justin Carey at justin.carey@meca.edu.

 

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