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Gift from Androscoggin Bank supports USM’s Promise Scholarship program

The University of Southern Maine Foundation has received a generous gift of $25,000 from Lewiston-based Androscoggin Bank to help young Mainers with high potential but limited means to pursue their college aspirations.

USM announces $1 Million Promise Scholarship Challenge

On Thursday, September 24, President Cummings announced an unprecedented matching gift challenge to fully endow the Promise Scholarship program to benefit future generations of Maine students with high academic potential but limited financial means. The Promise matching gift challenge comes at a critical moment when scholarship support for higher education is more essential than ever.
Opening Breakfast 2020


In his 2020 Virtual Opening Breakfast, President Cummings outlined an exciting and transformative vision for the future of the University of Southern Maine. Learn more when you download the president's five-year plan .
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USM Foundation Earns Double Recognition for Fundraising Excellence

The USM Foundation received two 2020 Circle of Excellence awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). In a rare distinction, the Foundation was recognized for both Overall Performance and Overall Improvement in its category.
USM President Cummings with UCU 2020 Exceptional Community Partner Award

University Credit Union is 2020 Exceptional Community Partner

University of Southern Maine (USM) President Glenn Cummings announced today that University Credit Union (UCU) is the 2020 recipient of the USM Exceptional Community Partner Award. The annual award honors an employer partner or organization that has gone above and beyond to support the University and its mission of academic excellence and accessibility. UCU has deep roots in higher education, providing dedicated support to Maine’s public universities for more than 50 years.
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Carla Harris Delivers Keynote at Hussey Leadership Institute

On Wednesday, March 12, the third annual Timothy B. Hussey Leadership Institute at USM. convened emerging leaders and entrepreneurs from around Maine, as well as USM students, for a day devoted the topic of “cultivating authentic leadership.” The event culminated with a keynote address in Hannaford Hall by Carla Harris, Vice Chairman of Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley.
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$2.5 Million in public and private investment will transform nursing at USM

The University of Southern Maine is poised to increase the capacity of its School of Nursing, thanks to an investment of $2.5 million in public and private funds. With this investment, the university will double the size of its nursing simulation space over the next five years, helping to address Maine's critical nursing gap. The planned expansion will be funded by $1.5 million in bond money and an additional $1 million from the Boyne family, which will enable USM to fully build out a new 2,000 SF simulation center – the future Boyne Family Advanced Nursing Simulation Lab.

Earnhardt and Collins' USM conversation featured on Maine Public's "Speaking in Maine"

Maine Public’s “Speaking in Maine” program for Thursday, Dec. 19 will feature USM’s September conversation with NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his friend, doctor and USM alumnus Michael “Micky” Collins.
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USM receives $500k “Veterans Day Gift” to establish Boulos Veterans Promise Completion Scholarship

The new Boulos Veterans Promise Completion Scholarship Fund will provide critical financial support to help veterans complete a degree at USM. It will also help fund a graduate assistantship for a veteran to work with the Promise Scholarship program in supplementing career and other support services provided by USM’s Office of Veterans Services.
Dr. Ervin Staub

USM hosts symposium on active bystandership and inclusivity featuring Libra Scholar, Dr. Ervin Staub

USM welcomes Dr. Ervin Staub professor emeritus of psychology and founding director of the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, to present a public talk and symposium on active bystandership and inclusive communities on October 24 - 25 on USM’s Portland Campus. In addition to the public talk and symposium, he will be holding training sessions for USM faculty, staff and students, as well as community leaders on October 23 on the USM Gorham Campus.