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The University of Southern Maine's mechanical engineering program has earned the seal of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
Professor Lucille Benedict
USM's work to give chemistry students real world experience as analysts and chemical testers for Maine's growing beer industry is once again earning attention. The program was recently featured in the Portland Press Herald and on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition."
USM President Glenn Cummings
Glenn Cummings began his second year as the University of Southern Maine's president with a flurry of announcements including climbing enrollment, a new signed agreement with Iceland's Reykjavik University and a $500,000 gift to provide scholarships for nursing students. The announcements headlined USM's annual Opening Breakfast Thursday on the Gorham Campus with more than 500 of the school's faculty and staff.
Dean of Students David McKenzie
New interim Dean of Students David McKenzie returns to his hometown of Portland in taking on this new role. He brings nearly twenty-five years as a higher education professional at the community college, comprehensive and research university level, including most recently at the California State University system.
Reza Jalali, USM Multicultural Center coordinator, in Portland
Recently named one of "50 Mainers charting the state's future" by Maine Magazine, Reza Jalali, USM Multicultural Student Affairs coordinator, was interviewed by Maine Public Broadcasting about his work, including the history of Muslims in the United States, and in particular, Maine.
H.S. students from Portland create videos at USM's Communication & Media Studies Production Center
The summertime "Gateway to Opportunity" program gathered 22 high schoolers from Portland. During their eight weeks together, and working with USM students, faculty and staff, the groups of rising juniors and seniors were encouraged to find stories in their own neighborhoods and organizations.
USM’s Southworth Planetarium manager, Edward Gleason
USM’s Southworth Planetarium manager, Edward Gleason was featured by on MPBN’s Maine calling discussing the latest news from inside our galaxy and beyond.
SMCC President Ron Cantor and USM President Glenn Cummings sign agreements
The presidents of the University of Southern Maine and Southern Maine Community College announced Thursday that they have forged a stronger partnership to benefit students at both institutions, Highlighting a series of new initiatives is Connected Pathways, which will allow SMCC students in selected programs to seamlessly transfer to USM after receiving their associate degrees.
Mariana M. Cruz
Mariana Cruz, USM's first assistant dean for diversity and inclusion, wants to help her new school become the "University of Everyone."
Photo of the USM Art Gallery building in Gorham
USM Art Galleries are pleased to announce the start of the Fall 2016 season, beginning with the Aug. 29th debut of "Its Honor is Here Pledged: Broken Treaty Quilts" by Gina Adams, the first of two exhibits with Native American themes.
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Using W. E. B. Du Bois’ seminal work, The Souls of Black Folk as a guide, this event will explore the African American quest for citizenship, equality, and justice through history, music and poetry. Please join us on October 12th, in Hannaford Hall on the USM Portland Campus. The reception is at 5:00 pm followed by the program from 6:00-8:00 pm. The event is free and all are welcome!
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The idea is in recognition of the high cost of textbooks for students and to provide an option for students who may find it financially challenging to purchase textbooks.
First Universalist Church is seeking a part-time justice work intern to assist with New Mainer community. For more information go to their website: www.uuyarmouth.org/justicework-refugees.php or send resume to gwenatfirstu@gmail.com
Impact is now accepting applications to join their team in September 2016. Early application deadline is September 12th. They also have immediate positions available. Impact is a non-profit program of leading advocacy organizations, including Environment America and USPIRG, that runs grassroots campaigns. The goal of the fall campaign is to prevent future uranium mining from the Grand Canyon, by getting the Obama Administration to create the “Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument.” This will protect the 1.7 million acres surrounding the Grand Canyon, our drinking water and sacred places for generations to come. In order to win this campaign we are working all across the US to gather national support on the issue. You can learn more and apply on their website or reach out to their local organizer, Danielle Meltz at dmeltz@weareimpact.org or 720-450-4495.
Want to learn more about study abroad options for USM students? Stop by the Study Abroad Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 13th from 11 to 2 in Portland.
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Mechanical Engineering program receives ABET accreditation
Department of Theatre Faculty
Adam Tuchinsky, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, welcomes three new faculty and one new staff member in the Department of Theatre.
USM's CEPARE Researcher, Dr. Erika Stump, discusses proficiency based education on MPBN's Maine Calling.
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USM Events

August 30, 2016
7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
AREA Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, Portland campus
August 30, 2016
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
USM
August 30, 2016
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, 314 Forest Ave, Portland, ME
August 30, 2016
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium
August 30, 2016
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium
August 30, 2016
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Simard-Payne Park
August 30, 2016
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
124 Canal Street, Ste A, Lewiston
August 31, 2016
7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
AREA Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, Portland campus
August 31, 2016
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, 314 Forest Ave, Portland, ME
August 31, 2016
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Payson-Smith Luther-Bonney Lawn (Rain Location Sullivan Gym)