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Monday Missive (Oct. 5, 2020)

As we begin this week, I suspect that many of us find ourselves frequently checking national media outlets in search of updates on the health of President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump as well as many senators and White House staff members. We wish President Trump, Mrs. Trump, and others who have tested positive a quick recovery.

Monday Missive (Sept. 28, 2020)

While the world at large continues to swirl with high-intensity events, closer to home here in Husky Nation our resilience, persistence, and optimism continue to shine. Let me share some recent evidence.

USM announces $1 Million Promise Scholarship Challenge

On Thursday, September 24, President Cummings announced an unprecedented matching gift challenge to fully endow the Promise Scholarship program to benefit future generations of Maine students with high academic potential but limited financial means. The Promise matching gift challenge comes at a critical moment when scholarship support for higher education is more essential than ever.

Monday Missive (Sept. 21, 2020)

Like many members of the USM community, I extend my sympathy to Justice Ginsburg’s family for their loss. I am also overcome with gratitude for Justice Ginsburg’s service to our nation. Whether we agreed with every decision she articulated from the bench or not, I believe we can agree that she leaves the country closer to fulfilling its promise of "equality before the law."

Monday Missive (Sept. 14, 2020)

In this week's Missive, I'm moved to point out how "honest concerns for others" lie at the heart of what we do at USM.
U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges for Social Mobility

U.S. News Highlights USM’s Social Mobility and Engineering in New Rankings

US News and World Reports’ just-released college rankings highlight the University of Southern Maine’s place among the top public universities in the Northeast. The university’s recognition — as an overall top public school, for social mobility and for its strong engineering program – highlight USM’s rising stature in Maine and throughout the country.

Monday Missive (Sept. 8, 2020)

Labor Day provides an ideal opportunity to celebrate the labor of our staff and faculty in the service of our students and the world at large. Each day, I see our employees reaching out to prospective students, guiding incoming scholars, and tirelessly finding ways to teach complex subject matter in engaging and meaningful ways. Labor in service to others offers a wellspring of meaning and happiness if done with a sense of pride and joy. Our university is rich with employees who take this approach to their work, and we thank them deeply for their efforts.

Monday Missive (Aug. 31, 2020)

May this first Monday Missive of the 2020–2021 academic year find you excited to return to the joys of teaching and learning despite the unprecedented challenges presented by the pandemic.

August 2020 Missive

The August 2020 roundup of news and updates for USM students, faculty and staff.
Tech economy title slide

IDEXX Laboratories founder David Shaw and USM President Glenn Cummings co-host “Maine Tech Economy at the Bicentennial” webinar

The importance of technology in the future of the Maine economy is the subject of a new webinar co-hosted by IDEXX Laboratories founder David Shaw and USM President Glenn Cummings. It is titled “Maine Tech Economy at the Bicentennial.” It is free and available online.