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Glenn Cummings began his second year as the University of Southern Maine's president with a flurry of announcements including climbing enrollment, a new signed agreement with Iceland's Reykjavik University and a $500,000 gift to provide scholarships for nursing students. The announcements headlined USM's annual Opening Breakfast Thursday on the Gorham Campus with more than 500 of the school's faculty and staff.
New interim Dean of Students David McKenzie returns to his hometown of Portland in taking on this new role. He brings nearly twenty-five years as a higher education professional at the community college, comprehensive and research university level, including most recently at the California State University system.
Recently named one of "50 Mainers charting the state's future" by Maine Magazine, Reza Jalali, USM Multicultural Student Affairs coordinator, was interviewed by Maine Public Broadcasting about his work, including the history of Muslims in the United States, and in particular, Maine.
The summertime "Gateway to Opportunity" program gathered 22 high schoolers from Portland. During their eight weeks together, and working with USM students, faculty and staff, the groups of rising juniors and seniors were encouraged to find stories in their own neighborhoods and organizations.
USM’s Southworth Planetarium manager, Edward Gleason was featured by on MPBN’s Maine calling discussing the latest news from inside our galaxy and beyond.
The presidents of the University of Southern Maine and Southern Maine Community College announced Thursday that they have forged a stronger partnership to benefit students at both institutions, Highlighting a series of new initiatives is Connected Pathways, which will allow SMCC students in selected programs to seamlessly transfer to USM after receiving their associate degrees.
Mariana Cruz, USM's first assistant dean for diversity and inclusion, wants to help her new school become the "University of Everyone."
USM Art Galleries are pleased to announce the start of the Fall 2016 season, beginning with the Aug. 29th debut of "Its Honor is Here Pledged: Broken Treaty Quilts" by Gina Adams, the first of two exhibits with Native American themes.
UPDATE 8/16: On Friday, an incident of harassment was reported in the Glickman Library. This was reported to USM Public Safety and the Dean of Students Office is responding.
In its first three years, the program has awarded small grants to more than 140 faculty while funding Strengths testing for more than 2,000 students, faculty and staff.