More than 1600 students graduated from the University of Southern Maine (USM) this month, including student speaker Hawo Mohamed, a health sciences major who worked with a program that delivers dental care to New Mainers. Learn more about her and our other featured graduates, including a champion wrestler, a composer, and a mother of college-aged children.
More than 200 USM students unveiled a wide variety of research projects this year during Thinking Matters, USM's annual student research symposium. Topics included life in refugee camps, the opioid epidemic, and the use of emoji and other nonverbal forms of communication.
Katie Letellier, a junior political science major, transferred to USM last year because of a competitive scholarship offer and invitation into the honors program. "USM has given me opportunities that I never would have expected," Katie says.
292 students, faculty, staff, and alumni logged nearly 900 hours of community service for the 8th annual Husky Day of Service. Volunteers assisted at 27 local project sites, including the Animal Refuge League, Center for Grieving Children, Maine Veterans Home, and Partners for World Health.
Alum's journey from "The Free Press" to "The New York Times"
USM was proud to welcome The New York Times critic Neil Genzlinger '77 to campus this month. Genzlinger interviewed with President Cummings for The USM Update, held a public discussion at the Glickman Library, and met with students from The Free Press, which he edited in his junior and senior years.
USM is challenging alumni to help reach a record-breaking goal of 1,560 alumni donors by June 30, 2017. Alumni gifts of any size will fuel need-based scholarships that support our most powerful cause: USM students.
USM Education alumna awarded Fulbright to teach in Indonesia
After teaching immigrant children from Somalia, Djibouti, Angola, Congo and Kenya in Maine classrooms, USM alumna Amy Quirion wants to use her skills as an English teacher abroad. And she's doing it as a Fulbrighter.
Sen. Angus King greets Model U.N. delegates at Gorham campus
At a speech during the 2017 Maine Model U.N. Conference — a three-day event at USM where high schoolers act as delegates to the United Nations — Senator King offered a plea for both risks and compromise. "Learn to make a difference," King told the 550 student delegates gathered in Gorham's Costello Sports Complex.
USM and SMCC sign agreements to address shortage of engineers in Maine
The "2+2" agreements allow associate degree graduates of SMCC 's engineering program to seamlessly enter USM's programs for mechanical and electrical engineering programs, getting two full years of credit towards a USM baccalaureate degree.
The goal is to add well-educated engineers to a Maine workforce that is currently experiencing a shortage of engineers.
USM Environmental Science students' research and internships made possible by gift from Poland Spring®
The gift will be used to support Environmental Science and Policy students’ educational efforts working on various environmental projects surrounding water, such as monitoring the Presumpscot and Saco River watersheds, and providing much-needed equipment for the program’s research lab.
On the season finale of "The USM Update," learn why "Thinking Matters" at USM, hear about journalism across the generations with alumnus Neil Genzlinger '77 of "The New York Times" and Krysteana Scribner, editor-in-chief of the USM Free Press, and get an update on the master plan process for all three campuses.