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USM's Ronald Schmidt says new political campaigns need donations even more then visibility

USM Political Science Professor Ronald Schmidt told WCSH-TV that social media is an effective way for Maine politicians to announce campaigns. But getting early donor support is even more important. "The majority of voters aren't going to remember this week or this month when it comes time to vote in the primaries," Schmidt told the TV station following recent announcements by people planning to run for governor.
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USM's Schmidt quoted about Sen. King's use of Instagram

USM Associate Professor Ronald Schmidt was quoted in a Portland Press Herald story about Sen. Angus King's use of Instagram.
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USM's Abdullahi earns prestigious scholarship to learn Arabic in Jordan

USM political science student Nairus Abdullahi earned a prestigious 2017 Critical Language Scholarship, enabling her to spend this summer learning Arabic in Jordan. Abdullahi, who lives in Lewiston, was one of roughly 550 students selected nationwide into the program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to raise the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.
Sen. Angus King talking to high school students

Sen. Angus King greets Model U.N. delegates at Gorham Campus

U.S. Senator Angus King concluded the 2017 Maine Model U.N. Conference — a three-day gathering of 550 high schoolers at USM's Gorham Campus — with a plea for both risks and compromise. "Learn to make a difference," King told Model U.N. delegates gathered in Gorham's Costello Sports Complex. "Do new things. Err on the side of action."

USM’s Ron Schmidt joined political panel on Maine Public

The April 5 show, hosted by Jennifer Rooks, was a discussion of national politics. Topics included accusations of Russian involvement in the 2016 election, the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch and the Affordable Care Act.

HTY-POS Fall 2017 Registration Newsletter

History and Political Science Department announcements, events, and fall course offerings by campus.

USM Student Inspires Others to Rally Behind American Dream

Hamdia Ahmed, a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Southern Maine is finding her voice advocating for Portland’s Muslim and immigrant community.

Sun Journal Article About Cool Majors

"Anyone can get online and post a tweet, for instance, or anyone can create a Facebook page," Vassallo said. "The point is how to do it effectively."

Contemporary Issues in American Politics

POS 380, Spring 2017.