Riveting progress on our two student-centered buildings
Our new environmentally-conscious Career & Student Success Center and Portland Commons residence hall are quickly taking shape on the Portland campus! Alternating diagonal mass timbers now frame the portico of our three-story student center, shown above on the left. On the right, our new residence hall is nearly at its full five- and eight-story height (in two wings each). We expect to open the doors on both buildings for our summer 2023 term.
Our American Sign Language (ASL)/English Interpreting program is a concentration within the Linguistics major — but it's popular with students both inside and outside the major. ASL is a language that's helpful for anyone to know, and we have excellent faculty teaching it. That's probably why the students who choose to take ASL courses tend to become quite passionate about what they're learning.
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.
Jacqueline Edmondson named 14th 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 14th 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.