Office of the President


Monday Missive (Jan. 19, 2021)

As we welcome back residential students today and our entire community for the 2021 Spring semester next week, let me begin this Tuesday edition of the Monday Missive with warm wishes for a new year full of good health, increasing optimism and prosperity, and peace.

Monday Missive (Dec. 14, 2020)

Let me extend my most sincere wishes for a productive and successful finals week. May your preparation, focus, insights, creativity, and brainpower hit their highest levels this week and be matched by an authentic fascination and reverence for the subject matter in all of your classes.
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USM joins national commitment to global climate action on fifth anniversary of Paris Agreement

To mark the five-year anniversary of international governments signing on to the Paris Agreement, the University of Southern Maine is joining more than 1,000 businesses, organizations, municipalities and universities nationwide in committing to a national mobilization for a clean energy economy and refocusing their own operations in pursuit of climate action.

Monday Missive (Dec. 7, 2020)

If the sound of perseverance, joy, and optimism during challenging times could be captured in heartwarming beauty, it happened last Friday evening. At its annual Gala, USM's renowned School of Music pierced the darkness of early winter with a series of musical performances that cheered every person in attendance.

Monday Missive (Nov. 30, 2020)

As we enter the final month of 2020, many among us are tentatively and hopefully peering ahead to a safer, more unified, and more prosperous 2021. Announcements of COVID-19 vaccines yielding successful trials may be harbingers of brighter times ahead. Given the impact of the pandemic, particularly on the most vulnerable among us, such sunlight on the horizon is welcome.

Monday Missive (Nov. 23, 2020)

This week many of us will celebrate — hopefully in safe ways — the blessings of our existence. Our circumstances this year may test our ability to feel grateful. But perhaps, despite all that we are experiencing, we have cause for even greater thanks.

Monday Missive (Nov. 16, 2020)

Suspending Athletics group practices and in-person activities for the next 10 days is one more important step we can take to limit nonessential contact and decrease the chances that students, faculty, and staff will be in quarantine or isolation through Thanksgiving. It’s also in line with the System’s guidance on limiting exposure over the final two weeks. We have all worked incredibly hard to get this far in the semester together. I want everyone to be able to enjoy a safe, healthy, and well-deserved break on Nov. 25.

Monday Missive (Nov. 9, 2020)

Today, Maine remains among the top three states in the country for percentage of adults in uniform. This week, America will celebrate the sacrifice of our veterans from every corner of the nation. May we each take a moment in the days ahead to share our gratitude for those who have served and, in many cases, given everything in defense of American democracy.

Monday Missive (Nov. 2, 2020)

Whatever your political perspective on tomorrow's election, please remember to participate in the blessings of democracy by casting a vote. And no matter which way the vote goes tomorrow, your participation in the direction of our democracy does not stop at voting. Join committees, write editorials, run for public office, work for candidates, and peacefully assemble to support or oppose the actions of our elected officials.

Monday Missive (Oct. 26, 2020)

A look back and ahead at the events and activities that shape our lives at the University of Southern Maine.