Thanks to a $1 million gift from the Crewe Foundation — who remain committed to advancing opportunities in music and the fine arts in Maine — the soon-to-be-constructed Center for the Arts on the Portland campus will be able to expand its much-needed rehearsal space. This generous new gift extends the foundation's total philanthropic investment in the project to $6 million.
Though our nursing students have been helping to vaccinate the local community throughout the fall semester, it is only recently that the vaccine has been made available to children 5 years old and up. Working with children as patients has given students the opportunity to advance their skills, including the art of distraction, working quickly, and using adorable stuffed animals.
Highlighting a way forward for tribal-state relationships
As a Policy, Planning and Management graduate student and a member of the Wabanaki community, Katie Tomer knew she wanted to research and write about Wabanaki tribes and their fight for self-governance. Her paper explored tribal-state relations and Wabanaki self determination in Maine. It was recently published by the Maine Policy Review, where it can provide valuable insight for those crafting public policy within the state.
The latest panel discussion of the Husky Pack Chat series, sponsored by the Career & Employment Hub, focused on how skills student athletes gain on the field can serve them well in the workplace. These skills include time management and the ability to be prepared, learn quickly, and work well under pressure.
Thanks to D. Suzi Osher’s generous commitment of $10 million, the construction of a new Center for the Arts (shown) in the heart of our Portland campus could begin as early as spring 2023. In recognition of this momentous gift, our School of Music will become The Dr. Alfred and D. Suzi Osher School of Music.
For the second year in a row, the U.S. News and World Report recognized our University in the category of Top Public Schools. The social mobility of our students — defined by the number of students with Pell Grants who graduate — was also recognized alongside our exceptional Nursing program.
David Shaw, alum, founder of IDEXX Laboratories, and the CEO of Black Point Group, has been named a USM Senior Fellow. Over the next two years, Shaw will collaborate with faculty and students, serve as mentor, and provide advising and research expertise.
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.
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!
Cummings to Step Down as President of USM Next Summer
University of Southern Maine President Glenn Cummings has decided to step down as president at the end of June 2022 after the conclusion of the current academic year. He would return to the USM faculty after his presidency.
Christopher Howell '92, '96G has been named 2022 Maine Superintendent of Year by the Maine School Superintendents Association. Howell is superintendent of RSU 14, which includes schools in Windham and Raymond. In annoucing the award, the Maine Department of Education lauded Howell for his integrity, educational vision, and organizational understanding.
Join us in celebrating the launch of the Portland Campus Development Project by watching our Virtual Groundbreaking program, featuring remarks from several of our highly accomplished student groundbreakers.