Storybank to feature nontraditional students

Posted Oct. 31, 2010, at 11:15 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — The creation of a storybank of students’ life stories will be part of activities this week to recognize nontraditional students at the University of Maine.

Nontraditional students, who make up nearly 20 percent the undergraduate population, are students who are 24 or older, may be married, have dependent children or be veterans, according to a recent UMaine press release.

The storybank is a collaborative project with an advanced new media class and the Non-traditional Student Association. NSA members and new media students will videotape nontraditional student stories from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Spirit Room of the Memorial Union.

Students interested in sharing their personal stories are invited to contact Barbara Smith at 581-1734 to arrange a 15- to 20-minute interview.

Commuter and Non-Traditional Student Programs, a unit within the Division of Student Affairs, plans to post the videos on the Web as a tool to promote and advocate for nontraditional students, according to the press release.

Other activities this week include “Live ’n’ Learn” lunchtime discussions on topics including time management, credit management, relationship safety and stress management — all issues that can complicate a nontraditional student’s pursuit of higher education.

Additional information, including a schedule of other events, is available at http://www.umaine.edu/cntsp.

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