Dan Del Gallo wins first wrestling national championship in USM history
Making his third consecutive appearance at the NCAA National Championship, senior Dan Del Gallo established a new all-time win record for University of Southern Maine (USM) wrestling, earned the third All-American honor in program history, and became USM's first wrestling national champion.
Ellen DeGeneres surprises graduate student with a big gift
University of Southern Maine (USM) student and Americorps advisor Ekhlas Ahmed was stunned to be featured on Ellen after sending the star a letter describing her immigration from Sudan to Maine. She was even more surprised when Ellen DeGeneres presented her with a check for $22,000, enough to erase her student loans.
Engineers Without Borders brings change to Guatemala
USM's Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter recently spent a week in Villa Nueva, Guatemala. Eight EWB students and two professional engineering mentors completed a two-year project far ahead of schedule, installing five solar water heaters for the Hogar Rafael Ayau orphanage.
Sophomore student leader featured in "Portland Press Herald"
19-year-old political science major Hamdia Ahmed was featured on the front page of the Portland Press Herald. The article follows Hamdia's experiences, from her birth in Somalia during a brutal civil war, to a refugee camp in nearby Kenya, to her U.S. citizenship and dream of working for the United Nations.
University of Southern Maine (USM) graduate and undergraduate students and faculty from both our Nursing and Tourism and Hospitality programs recently set sail on a first-of-its-kind winter session trip to Cuba in hopes of learning more about the recently-opened nation's tourism and healthcare industries.
USM signs agreement to expand relationship with Iceland’s Reykjavik University
USM President Glenn Cummings and Ari Kristinn Jónsson, the president of Iceland's Reykjavik University, have signed an agreement aimed at expanding the relationship between the two schools and providing more opportunities for student and faculty exchanges.
USM’s Muskie School releases ‘Unsealed Fate,’ first in-depth report on Maine’s Juvenile Records System
Researchers found that individuals with juvenile records face barriers in applying for jobs and professional licenses, enrolling in the military, accessing housing and securing other financial supports. In addition, their report finds that juvenile records often lead to harsher adult sentencing and that individuals with records experience marginalization and stigmatization.
On the March episode of "The USM Update," learn about a trip to Cuba (a first of its kind within the UMaine System), celebrate 50 years of women's athletics at USM and hear from a group of engineering students who provided hot water to a Guatemalan orphanage.
USM announces 2017 Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients
Award-winning journalist David Brancaccio will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 Commencement Ceremony. Brancaccio and Mary L. Bonauto, the Civil Rights Project Director at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, will be presented with honorary degrees.
Commencement 2017 will be held on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 in Portland, Maine at the Cross Insurance Arena.