Welcome to MECA!

All new students are required to attend Orientation. During Orientation, you will learn all about MECA and meet some awesome people in the process! You will learn about the academic advising model, campus resources, policies, and safety procedures.

The Dean of the College welcomes new students and will share his thoughts about the transformation you will experience as an artist during your time at MECA.

Fall Orientation for BFA students includes a full day of FY-In, the first year experience course. Integrating this academic component into orientation assists students in their transition and connects them to their faculty mentor and peers.

We will review information about personal safety, residence hall safety & security, alcohol and other drug abuse prevention, sexual assault prevention and resources, and student conduct policies.

Please let us know if you have questions about Orientation. Contact us at newstudent@meca.edu or call 207.699.5035.

 

Academic Resources

MyMECA

Personalized web portal that allows students to obtain class schedules, grades, billing and financial aid information. Sign in to learn more.

Course Schedule & Registration

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

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. Enroll in the Emergency & Weather Notification alert text message system.

In the event of a serious emergency, please contact the MECA Emergency Phone 24/7 at 207.228.3474. We strongly encourage students and parents to save this number on their cell phone.

Financial Aid, Billing Resources, Health Insurance

Financial Aid

Ashlee Seidl, Assistant Director of Financial Aid at finaid@meca.edu or 207.699.5074

View our Tuition & Financial Aid page.

Student Account and Billing

Emily Percival, Student Billing Coordinator at epercival@meca.edu or 207.699.5049

MECA Health Insurance

For information about the 2016-17 Student Health Insurance Plan Options or to Waive Health Insurance, please visit this page.

Student Life Resources

Orientation & General Questions

Adrea Jaehnig, Director of Student Life or Leeanna Morris, Assistant Director of Student Life at newstudent@meca.edu or 207.699.5035

All new MFA students must complete Not Anymore, an online interpersonal violence prevention program from Student Success™ by June 17, 2016. Instructions have been sent to your MECA email. This training must be completed to receive a key to MECA. See Adrea Jaehnig, Director of Student Life if you have questions.

Not Anymore Letter and Instructions

Dear MFA Student,

Maine College of Art is a creative, caring and welcoming community of faculty, staff and students. We pride ourselves in providing an engaging and enlightening educational experience for students. We know that such an experience requires a safe and healthy student environment.

Maine College of Art will not tolerate any behavior that constitutes sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, harassment or discrimination by members of the College community or its guests or vendors. The College believes that sexual misconduct, discrimination, and harassment threaten human dignity, undermine the integrity of the entire community, and represent a failure in ethical and professional behavior. Maine College of Art takes all claims of sexual misconduct, harassment and discrimination seriously and follows the same procedures for reporting and investigating all forms of sexual misconduct, harassment and discrimination. This policy applies to all members of Maine College of Art community including trustees, students, faculty, employees, staff, volunteers, invited guests or vendors. In addition to any consequences that may arise from a violation of the Maine College of Art’s policy against sexual misconduct, harassment and discrimination, any person who engages in any form of this conduct in violation of this policy may also be subject to civil and/or criminal liability. This conduct is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended in 2008 and the Maine Human Rights Act.

The Title IX Coordinator for the Maine College of Art is Beth Elicker, Executive Vice President of the College. She can be reached at 699-5045 or belicker@meca.edu. Any complaints or concerns about sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking should be reported as soon as possible to Beth Elicker.

To educate the MECA community about these important issues, all members of the MECA community are required to view Not Anymore, an online interpersonal violence prevention program from Student Success™. This video covers topics such as Consent, Bystander Intervention, Sexual Assault, Dating and Domestic Violence, Stalking, and much more. Not Anymore will help you better understand how vitally important these issues are and what you can do to help make your campus safer.

If at any time you have questions or concerns regarding the program requirements, please contact me at ajaehnig@meca.edu.

Not Anymore Program Instructions
The online program will be available to take as of June 1, 2016. You are required to complete the program by June 17, 2016 and earn at least an 80% on the program. The program will prompt you to retake the post-test until you achieve this score. The program also will allow you to review the program videos before you retake the post-test. Failure to complete the program will result in a hold on your account.

Step 1: Log on to Not Anymore.
Step 2: Enter your access code: 156322

Step 3: You will be taken to the Not Anymore Account Setup Page. Follow the instructions provided. Remember the email and password you enter, as they will allow you to leave and re-enter the program to complete the program in several sittings if you choose without having to start over. If you run into problems taking or reentering the program, do not start over. Contact us through the HELP button and we will assist you.

You will retain access to the programs until at least May 31, 2017 for reference purposes. You also will receive follow-up contacts from Student Success™ highlighting key program information. If you have any technical difficulties with the program, please contact Student Success™ through the program HELP button or at terrylynn.pearlman@studentsuccess.org.

Thank you in advance for your careful participation in this critical program. Through the Student Success™ programs and our other campus efforts and resources, we are becoming a nationwide model for a safer campus.

Sincerely,
Adrea Jaehnig
Director of Student Life


MECA student comments about Not Anymore:

“I didn’t think I would learn anything but it was a good program, very informational. I thought I would get annoyed at the length but I didn't even notice how long it took. Good length, very in-depth and personal. It felt like the actors and actresses really care about these topics.”

“I am happy that MECA is a part of this program. I do have faith in the student body of this college, but regardless of my positivity, it is important that we remove as much ignorance as possible, to prevent sexual violence as much as possible.”

“It really opened my eyes to what is out there. As a freshman in college, I have been sheltered for the better part of my life. This program helped me understand what dangers could possibly be out there and how to handle them appropriately.”

MailME 2016

Post your MailME on Instagram with the tag #MailME2016; explore your new classmates’ work. You are able to look at current students’ work with #mymecawork and on MECA’s official Instagram, @mecaart. If you have any questions feel free to contact Annika Quinones, 2016 Student Orientation Assistant.

Online Resources

Film Resources

  • Beauty is Embarrassing (Wayne White) — Available streaming online at various outlets – Hulu, iTunes, Amazon – for about $2.99

Literary Resources

  • Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit
  • Hope in the Dark, Rebecca Solnit
  • Faraway Nearby, Rebecca Solnit
  • Bluets, Maggie Nelson
  • Several Short Sentences About Writing,Verlyn Klinkenborg
  • Art and Fear, David Bayles
  • I Like Your Work, by Paper Monument
  • Draw it With Your Eyes Closed, Paper Monument
  • Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud
  • This is Water, David Foster Wallace
  • Letters to a Young Artist, Peter Nesbett
  • Making Art a Practice, Cat Bennett
  • Where the Heart Beats: John Cage
  • Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists, Kay Larson
  • The Principles of Uncertainty, Maira Kalman
  • Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor, Lynda Barry

Counseling & Wellness

Counseling

Sheila Geant, Coordinator of Counseling & Wellness at counseling@meca.edu

View our Counseling & Wellness page.

Disability Services & Accommodations

Joanne Benica, Disability Services Coordinator at disabilityservices@meca.edu or 207.699.5035