Peter Cooke and Martha Sheils speak to an audience seated in a dining area at the Maine Beer Company.

Oct 2022

We recently received a $350,000 gift to support 15 to 20 craft beverage businesses in their efforts toward going green. This gift will allow our New England Environmental Finance Center to work with businesses — including breweries, distilleries, wineries or cider makers within our state — to implement crucial sustainable practices and improve processes that impact the environment.

Ainsley Wallace delivers remarks in front of the in-construction Portland Commons residence hall.

Aug/Sep 2022

L.L.Bean has announced a gift of $850,000 to support a new Career & Student Success Center as well as a scholarship for students pursuing environmental education. The student center and environmentally friendly campus quad are all part of the historic transformation of our Portland campus — the University’s largest construction project ever and our most sustainable.

Ed Reichert standing in front of a stage with theatre students behind him.

Jul 2022

At last year’s Tony Awards, Ed Reichert — a lecturer at our Osher School of Music — was surprised and thrilled to hear his own name. Broadway nominee Robyn Hurder credited Reichert’s belief in her as an inspiration to keep pursuing theatre. Key to Reichert’s decades-long involvement in Maine theatre is the kindness and respect he shows students, staff, and colleagues alike.

President Jacqueline Edmondson speaking at a podium.

Jun 2022

Dr. Jacqueline Edmondson will become the 18th President of USM on July 1. Coming to us from Penn State University, Dr. Edmondson is a first-generation college student, faculty member, author, and academic administrator who has a vision for building on our strengths, helping us realize new opportunities, and expanding our impact.

Students gathered outside a building in Millinocket.

May 2022

Some of our Tourism and Hospitality students recently met with members of the Wabanaki community in Millinocket. They learned about the region’s cultural tourism potential from the people who stewarded the land for the past 10,000 years by participating in a smudge ceremony, snowshoe tour, medicine plant walk, and traditional dinner.

Students in the Promise Scholarship Program on our Gorham campus.

Apr 2022

We are grateful for a $1 million anonymous gift, which ensures that two high-impact scholarship programs for underserved Maine students remain adequately funded. The Access to Education Fund provides scholarships to Maine residents who don’t qualify for state or federal financial aid. The Promise Scholarship Program supports limited-income, first-generation Maine students.

Established: September 2013