The Sezak Academic Center was upgraded
during the spring of 2004.
The University of Maine is committed to offering a comprehensive academic support program in conjunction with other Maine resources which can assist student-athletes in succeeding in their studies. Students must work just as intensely in the classroom as they do on the court, field, or ice in order to excel. Services include a variety of progressive and proactive support programs which can assist the student-athlete in developing academically, professionally and personally throughout their college years.
Support Begins at Signing
After signing a National Letter of Intent, all student-athletes receive information regarding admissions and registration. Athletic Academic Counselors are available for consultation during the summer. Once on campus, first year student-athletes participate in orientation programs covering athletics, eligibility, and resources available on campus. These programs draw together many campus elements and provide opportunities to discover all that Maine has to offer both academically and culturally.
Academic Progress Monitored
The Athletic Academic Counseling staff monitors student-athletes' academic progress throughout their college careers to ensure academic success in their chosen degree programs. To enhance knowledge of progress throughout the semester, academic progress reports are sent to course instructors twice each semester. In addition, student athletes report grades weekly to their assigned team counselor and receive information regarding their status in meeting Maine and NCAA academic requirements.
The Tutor Program provides free tutors for all Maine students who need academic assistance in 100 & 200 level courses. Student-athletes are encouraged to utilize this service for one class and then pursue other academic assistance options for other classes. For more information on the Tutoring program at Maine click here.
Athletic Tutoring is available through Academic Support Services as a supplement to class lecture and readings. Peer tutors meet student-athletes once or twice weekly to review course material, answer questions and prepare for upcoming exams. Where appropriate, specific peer tutoring support may be offered to individual student-athletes when no other resources are available.
Services for Students with Disabilities
The Office of Services of Students with Disabilities facilitates the education of any Maine student with diagnosed physical or learning disabilities by providing a point of accommodation and services to enhance success. Student-athlete referrals are made on an individualized basis. For more information on services for students with disabilities click here.
Sezak Academic Center
In addition to several computer clusters available to all Maine students, student-athletes have exclusive use of 17 new computers (IBM and Macintosh) in the Sam and Ethel Sezak Academic Center. The facility was renovated in 2004 and air conditioning added in 2006. Computers in this facility are networked to the Fogler Library, campus intranet, and the Internet. This monitored study center is open at accommodating hours to fill the needs of student-athletes' hectic schedules. Student-athletes take advantage by utilizing the Academic Center for obtaining required study table hours. In addition, ten IBM-compatible laptop computers are available to student-athletes to use when traveling to athletic competitions.
Normal Sezak Hours
Monday-Thursday 8AM to 9 PM (Monitored Study Hours)
Friday 8AM to 12 PM (Monitored Study Hours)
Friday 12 PM to 4 PM (Open Study Hours)
In addition to the many conference and national honors, each spring the athletic department honors Maine's Scholar Athletes, those student-athletes earning a 3.0 minimum GPA for the year. In 2008, a total of 166 student-athletes earned this distinction. In addition, 65 first-year students were honored as "Rising Stars" for earning a 3.0 or better in their first semester at Maine. The total of 231 represents over 50% of the students who participate in Intercollegiate Athletics at Maine. In 2004, Maine was awarded the America East Academic Cup, representing the highest GPA among member schools with a 3.12 overall average. In 2005, Maine again posted a 3.12 overall GPA, finishing second in the conference. In 2006, Maine had a 3.11 overall GPA, again good for second in the conference. In 2007, Maine was named the 2007 America East Academic Cup Co-Champions.
Academic Press Releases
2008-09 Maine Scholar-Athletes
2008 Winter/Spring America East Academic Honor Roll
2008 Women's Hockey East All Academic Honor Roll
2008 Men's Hockey East All Academic Honor Roll
2008 Dean Smith Award
2008 Scholar-Athlete Award
2007 Dean Smith Awards
2007 Scholar-Athlete Awards
2006 Fall America East Academic Honor Roll
2006 CoSIDA Baseball and Softball Academic All-District
2005 Fall America East Academic Honor Roll
2006 Dean Smith Awards
2006 Scholar-Athlete Awards
Fall 2006 America East All-Academic Team
2005 Atlantic-10 All-Academic Team
2005 America East Scholar-Athletes of Year
2004-05 Winter/Spring America East Academic Honor Roll
2005 Men's Hockey East Academic Honor Roll
2005 Women's Hockey East Academic Honor Roll
2005 CoSIDA Academic All-District
2004 Fall America East Academic Honor Roll
2005 Dean Smith Awards
2005 Scholar-Athlete Awards
CoSIDA Academic All-Americans
Andrea Pelletier - Softball - 1983
Peter Borjestedt - Football - 1986
Dean Smith - Basketball - 1988, 1989, 1990
Rachel Bouchard - Basketball - 1990, 1991
Nicole Kimbal - Soccer - 1994
Deb Smith - Softball - 1994
Cindy Blodgett - Basketball - 1998
Ted Sherry - Soccer - 1998
Steve Kariya - Ice Hockey - 1999
Martin Kariya - Ice Hockey - 2001, 2003
Vanessa McGowan - Track and Cross Country - 2001
Leigh Ann Hlywak - Softball - 2002
Jake Jentzer - Swimming - 2003
Jen Buckey - Soccer - 2003
Frank Doyle - Ice Hockey - 2004
Aaron Izaryk - Baseball - 2005
Matt McGraw - Baseball - 2006
Brittany Cheney - Softball - 2006
Academic Support Staff
Ann Maxim, Director of Academic Support Services
Cristina Kerluke, Academic Counselor
Myer Taksel, Academic Counselor