In the spirit of wellness and community building, we have organized 3 days of various educational sessions, recreational opportunities, and fitness activities, all concluding with a FREE luncheon at noon on Thursday (thank you, Sodexo!). Programs are open to all UMF Faculty and Staff. Join your co-workers and colleagues for these in-service activities to shake off the winter cold, learn some new skills, or just have fun.

For general questions, contact Mike Colella at michael.colella@maine.edu


2020 Schedule of Events

Tuesday, January 14

SAD (seasonal affective disorder)  

Time: 9:00-10:30AM
Location: 101 Fusion Space
Presenter/Leader: Katie Fournier katie.fournier@maine.edu
Description: Don’t brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the “winter blues” or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year by attending this great discussion.

R.A.D. (Rape aggression defense program) – Meets RiseUp level 2 credit

Time: 11:00-12:30PM
Location: 101 Fusion Space
Presenter/Leader: Jen Pageot Jennifer.pageot@maine,edu
Description: The Cornerstone of R.A.D. Systems, this course has its foundations in education and awareness. The course includes lecture, discussion and self-defense techniques suitable for all ages and abilities. 

Nordic Skiing (all levels) – Meets RiseUp level 2 credit

Time: 11:30-1:00PM
Location: 144 Quebec Street – Mainley Outdoors Building
Presenter/Leader: Steve Davis/Scott Hoisington stephen.davis@maine.edu  james.hoisington@maine.edu
Description: If you have always wanted to try x-c skiing, or just looking to get out on skis with colleagues, there will never be a better time.  All ability levels welcome.  We will be skiing on the newly groomed trails on Prescott Field courtesy of a generous donation to Alpine Ops & Mainely Outdoors of a snowmobile and track setting drag.  In addition, Mainely Outdoors is loaning out x-c ski equipment (skis, poles & boots) FREE for this program. All participants will meet at the Mainely Outdoors building at 144 Quebec Street the morning of this event to pick up equipment, if needed, and start our lesson.

The Power of your Breath: Group Meditation 

Time: 1:00-2:00PM
Location: 101 Fusion Space
Presenter/Leader: Mike Colella michael.colella@maine.edu
Description: We often forget the power of our breath and how quickly it can help us calm our minds to focus on specific tasks or thoughts. Come to this workshop and learn the basics of box breathing while experiencing a group guided meditation at the end of the workshop.

Nutrition Workshop – Meets RiseUp level 2 credit

Time: 3:00-4:00PM
Location: 101 Technology Commons
Presenter/Leader: Mike Colella Michael.colella@maine.edu
Description: We all know how important our nutrition is, but how do we know what to eat, how much to eat, when to eat, and how to tie it all in with our busy lifestyles? In this workshop, you will be able to take away key information such as finding out your Basal Metabolic Rate, Total Daily Energy Expenditure, Metabolic Profile and a simple formula to calculate your Macro Nutrients. We will also have a Q&A, so come with your questions and we will see you then! 

 

Wednesday, January 15

The Science of Happiness: What research tells us about what does and doesn’t make us happy

Time: 9:00-10:30AM
Location: 101 Fusion Space
Presenter/Leader: Ben White   benjamin.j.white@maine.edu
Description: We have a lot of ideas about what will make us each happy, but are we often right? Ultimately, people frequently choose to engage in a thing they think will make them happy but that has the opposite effect. Fortunately, science is here to help. Researchers from around the globe study the choices and behaviors of people, and the effect those choices and behaviors have on a person’s happiness. Some of that research is distilled into simple suggestions for a happier life. 

Pickleball Demonstration and Basics – Meets RiseUp level 2 credit

Time: 10:30-11:30AM
Location: FRC
Presenter/Leader: Leah Brackett  leah.brackett@maine.edu
Description: Pickleball has been described by some as the fastest-growing sport in America.  It is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffleball, over a net.  Join us to learn and play this fast-growing sport. All equipment provided!

Nordic  Skiing (all levels) – Meets RiseUp level 2 credit

Time: 11:30-1:00PM
Location: 144 Quebec Street – Mainely Outdoors Building
Presenter/Leader: Steve Davis/Scott Hoisington   stephen.davis@maine.edu  james.hoisington@maine.edu
Description: If you have always wanted to try x-c skiing, or just looking to get out on skis with colleagues, there will never be a better time.  All ability levels welcome.  We will be skiing on the newly groomed trails on Prescott Field courtesy of a generous donation to Alpine Ops & Mainely Outdoors of a snowmobile and track setting drag.  In addition, Mainely Outdoors is loaning out x-c ski equipment (skis, poles & boots) FREE for this program. All participants will meet at the Mainely Outdoors building at 144 Quebec Street the morning of this event to pick up equipment, if needed, and start our lesson.

FUN-TENSITY Fitness! – Meets RiseUp level 2 credit

Time: 12:00-12:45PM
Location: FRC
Presenter/Leader: Alison Thayer athayer@maine.edu
Description: Join the FRC Fitness Team for a FUN, CREATIVE, & ENERGIZING workout that will make you laugh so much you’ll forget you’re sweating.  This 45-minute boot-camp style class includes exercises and activities that are appropriate for all fitness levels and most age groups.  The only pre-requisites are the ability to follow directions (in the interest of doing things safely and effectively) and to have fun!  Hope to see you!

Thursday, January 16

Acupuncture 

Time: 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Location: 101 Fusion Space
Presenter/Leader: Mary Lello contact person:  lori.soucie@maine.edu m
Description: Stress … we all have it. For many of us, it is with us every day. In this workshop we’ll discuss what stress is and how it affects our entire being. For those interested and willing, Mary will do some simple ear needling (called auricular acupuncture) to demonstrate how acupuncture works in relieving some of your stress naturally and easily.

Competitive and Recreational Volleyball 

Time: 10:15AM-11:15PM
Location: FRC Courts 2 & 3
Presenter/Leader: Mike Colella   michael.colella@maine.edu 
Description: Interested in competitive volleyball? Not so much, rather just have some fun and play some recreational volleyball, no problem! Come to the FRC and enjoy an easy round of volleyball for fun, or a more intense and competitive atmosphere.  

Free Lunch for Faculty & Staff

Time: 11:30AM-1:00PM
Location: South Dining Hall
Presenter/Leader: Adam Vigue  Adam.Vigue@sodexo.com
Description: Come and help us kick off the second semester and enjoy a complimentary lunch for faculty and staff from 11:30am-1pm.  Learn about our faculty/staff meal plans and spin the prize wheel to receive a bonus amount on any voluntary points or meals purchased during that lunch.

Volleyball – CA Challenge! 

Time: 3:30 – 4:30 pm    
Location: FRC Court 2
Presenter/Leader: Hope Shore  hope.shore@maine.edu
Description: Couldn’t get to the morning volleyball? Come to this afternoon session! The Community Assistants in Student Life challenge UMF faculty and staff to a pick-up volleyball game. Meet some of the residence life staff and join in this fun activity.