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Dr. Fred Padula Gives To Help USM Set Standards in Sustainability 

Professor Emeritus Dr. Alfred (Fred) Padula has been a driving force for sustainability at USM. He says, “It’s important to have public entities that are energy conscious and committed to sustainable practices; it’s a teaching model in itself.” Fred donated two solar panels for the Woodbury Campus Center in 2015, which is the latest in a long history of energetic support for fostering a school that is cultivating leaders in environmentally conscious efforts.

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USM's Smart Learning Lab Provides Free and Low-Cost Tutoring for K-5 Students

With the support of a three-year grant from the Reading Matters to Maine fund of the Maine Community Foundation, USM’s Smart Learning Lab provides both reading and math tutoring for local students and an experiential learning opportunity for USM graduate students in Education, Literacy, School Psychology, and Special Education.

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AAA of Northen New England Supports Tourism and Hospitality at USM

On May 30th of 2015, 17 students from the Tourism and Hospitality program traveled from Boston to Bermuda on Holland America’s ship M.S. Veendam for a week-long cruise. The University of Southern Maine’s Tourism and Hospitality (TAH) program has been working closely in partnership with AAA of Northern New England to explore collaborative opportunities in general, but also in particular around the cruise industry.

Read more about AAA’s support of cruise internships »