February

Maine Basketball Hall of Fame announces 2024 class (Portland Press Herald): The Husky wing at the Hall of Fame continues to grow with the addition of Allison Gagnon Gray and Kevin Jenkins.

Election news & presidential primaries (Maine Public): Dr. Ron Schmidt lends his expertise as a Political Science professor to an analysis of the new rules governing primary voting when Mainers go to the polls on March 5.

Cumberland college student will appear on television to audition for ‘American Idol’ (Portland Press Herald): Julia Gagnon’s friends on campus will be able to see her full audition for the television show’s judges when it airs on ABC in early March.

Bridgton Rotary to host eclipse speaker (Sun Journal): As excitement builds for a total eclipse on April 8, Southworth Planetarium Director Edward Herrick-Gleason explains what to expect.

Reception will kick off exhibit honoring more than 50 years of the Franco-American Collection at USM in Lewiston (Sun Journal): The collection’s current and former caretakers are invited to take a bow for all the work they’ve done to preserve Maine’s cultural heritage.

Men’s Ice Hockey Head Coach Matt Pinchevsky tells NESN that he embraces the Huskies’ role as “villainous canines” heading into the NEHC semifinals.

USM Theatre kicks off first-ever radio theatre production in March (Broadway World): Students will inaugurate USM’s new audio studio by performing from the same script of “War of the Worlds” that was made famous by Orson Welles.

USM joins Franco Center, Bates College to honor French music, female composers with Lewiston concert (Sun Journal): Performers will include USM Voice Program Director Malinda Haslett, along with Osher School of Music students Josephine Lawrence, Bella St. Cyr, and Caroline Wood.

2021 law required African American studies in Maine schools. A new bill would strengthen it. (Portland Press Herald): According to USM’s chair of teacher education Larissa Malone, one of the major benefits of L.D. 2001 would be the creation of a mechanism to understand the progress in teaching African American history across Maine.

Impact of affirmative action ruling on Maine higher education remains unclear (Maine Monitor): “We need to make sure that students who now may feel marginalized, who may feel unseen, who may feel unwelcome, feel welcome on our campuses,” said Meaghan Arena, vice president of admissions at USM, “and we need to be specific in thinking about how we plan to do that.”

Portland Camera Club still clicking after 125 years (Portland Press Herald): The long sweep of club history proved invaluable to Dr. Libby Bischof as she gathered information for a book about the evolution of amateur photographic technology and techniques.

Pumped up on heat pumps: Maine leads the nation on installations (Mainebiz): The installation of heat pumps at the new Portland Commons residence hall aligns with USM’s plan to be carbon neutral by 2040.

Have a crush on your Le Creuset? Here are the kitchen items these Mainers love most (Portland Press Herald): A big part of the happiness that USM Foundation President and CEO Ainsley Wallace feels toward her repainted kitchen cabinets comes from having done the job herself.

A new novel revisits a Shirley Jackson classic. Chills ensue (Portland Press Herald): A member of USM’s Stonecoast MFA faculty, Elizabeth Hand is the first writer entrusted to pen an authorized follow-up to “The Haunting of Hill House.”

Cajun Cookin’ returns for flavorful Fat Tuesday feast (Gorham Weekly): Everything from savory gumbo to zesty jambalaya will be on the menu at WMPG’s annual Mardi Gras party.

Northern Light Health says patient records are safe after weekend cyberattack (WGME): Hospital records are a favorite target of hackers because of the valuable information they contain, according to Dr. Lori Sussman from the USM Department of Technology.

Frederick Ndabaramiye meets his admirers at a reception amid an exhibition of his paintings at the Lewiston-Auburn Campus' Atrium Gallery.
Frederick Ndabaramiye greets admirers to an exhibition of his paintings at the Lewiston Campus’ Atrium Gallery.

For Rwandan refugee in Maine, art is a source of light and healing from trauma (Spectrum News): An exhibition of Frederick Ndabaramiye’s art at USM’s Lewiston campus will run through February.

An inside look at the quirkiest, most diverse radio station in Maine (NEWS CENTER Maine): A new documentary highlights the community atmosphere that campus radio station WMPG fosters among its many disc jockeys and contributors.

Things to Do: Valentine’s-themed open mic night, roller derby and arm wrestling (Portland Press Herald): American Sign Language interpreters from USM will provide their services at a roller derby bout between the Shipwreckers and the R.I.P. Tides.

This ‘Unique’ Maine radio show shares everyone’s musical joy (Bangor Daily News): Airing Saturday mornings on WMPG, the show challenges preconceptions with its rotating lineup of hosts with intellectual and physical disabilities.

The economy is booming. So, why don’t people feel better about it? (Portland Press Herald): “If we’re seeing a disconnect between what economists think and what the general public feels, it’s probably the public that’s right,” said Dr. Michael Cauvel, an assistant professor of economics.

Iceland’s ‘Silicon Valley of Cod’ holds secrets for New England’s fishing industry (Boston Globe): USM’s partnership with the New England Ocean Cluster allows faculty and students to be on the ground floor of innovations for business, health, and technology.

Phil. Chuck. Jimmy. Here’s why many Groundhog Day prognosticators are male (NPR): Mating instincts dictate that male groundhogs emerge from hibernation before females, according to USM Biology Professor Christine Maher.

Gorham Times welcomes new USM student intern (Gorham Times): As an English major, Tom Grebouski names Foucault and Nietzsche among his favorite authors and his reading list will only get denser as he pursues his goal of attaining a law degree.

People on the move (Portland Press Herald): Included among five new appointees to the board of directors for the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute is Dr. Idella Glenn, USM’s Vice President of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Impact.


January

USM to build esports arena with $750,000 gift from Town & Country Federal Credit Union

University of Maine System touts ‘Research Learning Experiences’ (NEWS CENTER Maine): Tourism and Hospitality students from USM spend time at area hotels and restaurants to see the real-world applications of their lessons.

USM softball team returns from service trip to Dominican Republic (WGME): In addition to mentoring kids on the softball field, players also made a difference in the community by painting houses and beautifying neighborhoods.

Opinion: Bill will improve ranks of Maine social workers (Portland Press Herald): The bill backed by Jeanette Andonian, Associate Dean of the USM School of Social Work, seeks to remove the requirement that new social workers must pass an exam to attain their license.

A USM Police cruiser waits for its driver in a parking space beside the Science Building.
A USM Police cruiser awaits its driver outside the Science Building in Portland.

USM gets funding to beef up campus emergency readiness (Mainebiz): The money from two grants will be used over three years to pay for drills simulating natural disasters and human threats at the University’s three campuses.

Santaluces grad Chance Dixon savors career landmark with Southern Maine (The Palm Beach Post): A foul shot gave Dixon his 1,000th college point in a 75-65 win over Plymouth State on January 17.

Opinion: Fish shacks stood as sentries to our common past (Portland Press Herald): By putting the fishing shacks along the South Portland coast into historical perspective, Professor Emerita Ardis Cameron argues for their restoration.

Legally blind Maine wrestler now competing at collegiate level (Bangor Daily News): Derek Cote begins his matches with hand-to-hand contact rather than the traditional stance in order to compensate for his visual impairments of nystagmus and achromatopsia.

D-III Women’s East Week 13 Recap: Historic upsets & Mandigo’s milestone (USCHO): The Huskies added to their growing reputation as a team on the rise by beating Elmira for the first time in the history of the women’s ice hockey program.

Back on the clock: Why some Mainers are choosing to ‘unretire’ and keep working well into their 80s (Mainebiz): At 87 years old, Bob Greene draws on his experience as a journalist to teach a class on Maine’s Black history at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

USM President Jacqueline Edmondson joins Gorham Schools Superintendent Heather Perry on Gorham Community Access for the first in a series of four videos about improving public schools.

Early uses of color printing come into focus at Osher Map Library (Portland Press Herald): The new exhibition titled “A Pageant of Spectacles: Chromolithography in America” will remain on display through June 29.

‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ at USM (Gorham Times): Performed in revue format by students from the Osher School of Music, the musical comedy pokes fun at the ups and downs of modern relationships.

Library art exhibit opens (Advertiser Democrat): A graduate of USM’s Communications program, Alice Tweedie drew on her background in performing arts to create a series of 20 multimedia illustrations on display at Norway Memorial Library.

Contributors to the Taste of Two Worlds cookbook were presented with awards and aprons at an event to celebrate their accomplishment.
An event to celebrate the publication of the Taste of Two Worlds cookbook attracted media attention from WGME and other outlets.

Award-winning Maine-Greenland cookbook features Wabanaki, Inuit dishes (Bangor Daily News): For its cross-cultural significance, Taste of Two Worlds was recognized as Best Arctic Cookbook in the World at the Gourmand Awards in Saudi Arabia.

In Maine, the new school of res-hall design prioritizes sustainability, style, and amenities (DownEast): Residents of USM’s Portland Commons enjoy their own fully equipped kitchen with granite countertops, a washer and dryer for laundry, and the ability to control the thermostat for individualized temperature preferences.

Indie Film: Screenwriting class prompts Maine media professional to tell her story (Portland Press Herald): The encouragement that Mariah Larocque received as a student at USM gave her the confidence to explore such a sensitive subject on film.

UMF and USM receive grants to recruit educators, help alleviate Maine’s teacher shortage (Daily Bulldog): The $160,000 that USM received will be used to start or expand Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Programs.

Photos: Rwandan amputee displays artwork at Lewiston college (Sun Journal): The Atrium Gallery at USM’s LAC Campus ended its first exhibition after a lengthy hiatus with a reception that brought together artist Frederick Ndabaramiye and his admirers.

Documentary celebrates unique culture of WMPG (The Forecaster): A stint hosting the show “Let’s Connect Greater Portland” convinced Tom Bell that the campus radio station would be a good subject for a documentary.

2024 Forecast: Maine businesses face mixed indicators, challenges and chances to grow (Mainebiz): The new energy brought to the workforce by graduates of the joint USM/UMaine MBA program is a bright spot in 2024’s economic outlook, according to Norm O’Reilly, dean of the Graduate School of Business.

University President Jacqueline Edmondson appeared on the January 11 episode of the WMPG radio show Let’s Connect Greater Portland to discuss all things USM.

In a former Norway snowshoe factory, an arts hub is taking shape (Portland Press Herald): A sculpture destined for USM is being assembled at the former industrial facility by artist Pamela Moulton.

Opinion: Adopt these steps to relieve private student loan debt (Portland Press Herald): The list of policy changes suggested by two graduate students in the USM Social Work program includes prohibiting compound interest for student loans and requiring private lenders to only offer student loans at fixed rates.

Kristina Blais considers her next move on offense during a women's basketball game.
Kristina Blais considers her options on offense.

Off the court: Basketball is serious — and fun — business for Kristina Blais (Sun Journal): After winning a national basketball championship with Central Maine Community College, Blais enrolled at USM where she gained some of her earliest experience as a coach and trainer.

Katie Schools hired as Community Outreach Organizer for Scontras Center (Maine AFL-CIO): Past jobs in food service and farming instilled an awareness in Schools about the challenges that working class families face.

Maine will host a range of new and returning sporting events this year (Mainebiz): A study by the Center for Business and Economic Research at USM found that sports contributed $155.6 million to the Maine economy in 2019.

USM parking answers (Gorham Times): USM’s Chief Business Officer Justin Swift tackles some of the biggest questions to arise since the new automated campus parking system went into effect.

National political landscape (Maine Public): Dr. Ronald Schmidt says students in his Political Science class are paying close attention to the issues that are shaping the 2024 presidential race.

Artist Frederick Ndabaramiya, solo show (Portland Press Herald): Caretakers of the Atrium Gallery on the LAC Campus chose to feature Ndabaramiya’s paintings as the first exhibition since the venue reopened after a long hiatus.


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