College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences


portrait of Rebecca Goodale

Maine Poet Laureate highlights ‘Students’ by USM’s Goodale on Maine Public

Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum recently highlighted the poem, “Students,” by USM’s Rebecca Goodale for his Maine Public radio program, “Poems from Here.”
USM Chamber Singers in Vietnam

USM singers embark on once-in-a-lifetime journey to Vietnam

When the University of Southern Maine's Chamber Singers first glimpsed the streets in Hoi An, Vietnam -- where they would participate alongside 21 other singing groups from 10 countries -- they were amazed by the street decorations. The USM singers' faces decorated some of the banners promoting the 6th Vietnam International Choir Competition.
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Art History and American & New England Studies alumna, Kate McMahon, guest speaker at Slavery in Maine Workshop

This summer alumna Kate McMahon-Ruddick returns to Maine as a special guest for the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine's Teacher Seminar, Slavery in Maine.
Jackie Townsend

USM Director of Bands Jackie Townsend presents at MMEA Conference

Jackie Townsend, assistant professor of music and director of bands, writes about her experience attending and presenting at the Maine Music Education Association Conference in Orono on May 16.
2019 Student Speaker Yanina Nickless

2019 Student Speaker Yanina Nickless delivers powerful speech to a crowd of thousands at Commencement

Yanina Nickless, the University of Southern Maine's 2019 Student Speaker, delivered her inspirational speech to a packed crowd of thousands at Commencement. She graduated this May with her degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics, completing a journey that began in her home country of Ukraine.
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"207" broadcasts story on USM Chamber Singers' upcoming trip to Vietnam

The WCSH-TV news program “207” interviewed members of the USM Chamber Singers about their upcoming trip to Vietnam.
USM 2019 BA/BFA Exhibition

Celebrating student awards and graduates with the USM Art Department and Galleries

Each spring semester the University of Southern Maine Art Department looks forward to celebrating the work of outstanding students. On March 14 the USM Art Department and Galleries hosted an Opening Reception for the USM Student Juried Exhibition at the USM Art Gallery in Gorham; the BA & BFA Exhibition took place April 11 - May 1 and celebrated thesis exhibits by graduating seniors.
USM Update taping May 2019

Replay: 'The USM Update,' May 2019

In the Season 3 finale of "The USM Update," USM Provost Jeannine Uzzi welcomes guests from across the university to discuss new studies and a new degree in Leadership, excellence in athletics and, with some of our graduating students, life during and after their time at USM.
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Saigelyn Green, 2019 Featured Graduate

Saigelyn Green knew she wanted to enroll at USM when she saw the water tower atop USM’s Gorham campus. For four years of singing and study — earning magna cum laude honors on her bachelor’s degree in Music Education — the Derby, Vermont native made USM her home, she said.
Portrait of Ezra Merriman Briggs

Ezra Merriman Briggs, Featured 2019 graduate

Ezra Merriman Briggs came to USM from the tiny Down East town of Lubec, Maine. “I was homeschooled and this was my first time coming into a formal educational setting,” Briggs said. “It was also my first time living in close proximity to a lot of other people.” He excelled, earning magna cum laude honors with his bachelor’s degree in Political Science.