An overwhelming message of resilience and pride embodied our 142nd Commencement ceremony on May 7. Sophie Garner '22 encouraged classmates to embrace vulnerability and keep following non-traditional paths forward. Dr. Nirav Shah, Director of the Maine CDC, used his trademark humor to empower graduates to continue doing the hard things and take care of each other in order to find success.
Muskie School of Public Service faculty have secured funds to support interdisciplinary activities on campus. These will include working with Computer Science and Business Administration faculty to create a Health Care Data Analysis course, collaborating with School of Law faculty to plan a carbon neutrality conference, and meeting with the Director of Maker Innovation to develop a public planning workshop using 3D printing technology.
$1 million gift gives students access to education
We are grateful to have received a $1 million anonymous gift, which ensures that two high-impact scholarship programs for underserved Maine students remain adequately funded. The Access to Education Fund provides scholarships to Maine residents who don't qualify for state or federal financial aid, while the Promise Scholarship Program supports limited-income, first-generation Maine students who are referred by youth-serving organizations throughout the state.
Cindy Soule '00 is at it again. The Cumberland County Teacher of the Year in 2020 and the Maine Teacher of the Year in 2021, Cindy is now one of 104 recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. A graduate of our Extended Teacher Education Program, Cindy credits the University of Southern Maine (USM) for helping her become the educator she wanted to be.
Rona Scott and Sophia Slovenski are standouts in the classroom and on the field. Scott is a leader on the USM softball team and was chosen to attend the NCAA's immersion program for ethnic minority student athletes. Slovenski is a national javelin champion who volunteers her time with Strong Girls United. Both are excited to help women and people of color further their athletic careers.
Jacqueline Edmondson named 18th President of the University of Southern Maine
A first-generation college student and accomplished faculty member, academic administrator and author at Penn State University will become the 18th President of the University of Southern Maine starting July 1.
While our in-person visits and campus tours are limited, there are still many dynamic opportunities for you to learn about our thriving academic community from home. Attend an informational webinar about our university or a specific academic program, schedule a one-on-one video chat with a current student or an admissions counselor, and more. We’re excited to connect with you!
Last spring, Landyn Bowers got three job offers to teach — one officially the same day she interviewed, two others from school leaders who wanted her if that first job fell through. She hadn’t even graduated yet.