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.
TRIO College Programs support first-generation college students, income-eligible students, and students with disabilities in achieving their goals. Four of our TRIO students (shown) recently won a national competition for a civic engagement project.They designed and implemented a program to help local high school students express their thoughts and feelings about social injustices.
Our Promise Scholarship program creates a tuition-free path forward for economically disadvantaged and first-generation students who are motivated to succeed. This fall, we welcomed 25 new Promise Scholars (shown) — our largest cohort to date. These students hail from every corner of Maine, representing 10 youth-serving organizations and 18 different high schools.
Cara Hoffman (shown on right) is an award-winning writer and Stonecoast faculty member, famous for her transgressive seminars and experimental workshops. She is also the co-founder of The Anarchist Review of Books. Her new collection of short stories is a glowing example of anarchist fiction, or “fiction that breaks all the rules of time and space, of realism and the fantastic, of fact and feelings.” RUIN (shown on left) debuts in April 2022.
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.
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.
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.