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"Doc" and Melissa Costello
The Costellos met at USM, taught at USM and enriched the lives of countless students at USM. Now, thanks to the largest bequest ever received in the history of the university, $1.65 million, Melissa and Doc will continue to touch the lives of numerous students for years to come.
Arial view of the Portland, Maine campus
USM is the first university to partner with the University of Maine School of Law on a new program that will enable USM students to receive a bachelor's degree and a law degree in just six years.
Photo of author Margaret Gray, who spent 10 years researching farms and interviewing farm workers for her book Labor and the Localvore
Merely shopping for the best food -- including vegetables grown locally and animals raised humanely -- overlooks a key link in the food chain, says Michael Hillard, a University of Southern Maine professor of economics.
Photo of the USM Gorham Campus
The first-ever such school to be established in Maine, USM's International Early College would offer international high school juniors and seniors a two-year educational experience where they would take actual USM college courses to complete their high school diplomas.
movie poster
A documentary about the Penobscot Nation, its namesake river and its dispute with the State of Maine over the river's control will be highlighted in a public screening and discussion Wednesday.
Photo of Judith Tupper, managing director of the Population Health and Health Policy program at Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy and practicing faculty in the Muskie School of Public Service
According to Dr. Judith Tupper, a pat on the back can go a long way to helping the stress level, and in turn, the overall performance of a worker in the healthcare field.
Student Emma Cooper looks at a display.
USM Student Emma Cooper stood over a glass case and marveled at the sight inside. A human leg -- a real left leg with its muscle and tendons, bones and digits -- lay skinless and exposed.
USM Osher Map Library antique map of the world
The Osher Map Library celebrates its 20th year with an engaging exhibit highlighting masterpieces from OML collections, ranging from the first modern printed map in 1475 to superb examples of woodcut, copperplate, and lithographic map printing from the 15th through the 19th centuries. The exhibit is guest curated by some of Maine's very own luminaries, including renowned authors Susan Minot and Monica Wood as well as Senator Angus King, Senator Susan Collins and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, among others.
Photo of USM student Camden Ege
Studies completed aboard Navy ships, beneath the roofs of Army tents or inside Air Force hangars are earning new respect at the University of Southern Maine, where a growing number of programs are awarding academic credit to veterans for instruction they received while serving in the US military.
Photo of President Cummings
President Glenn Cummings and Provost Jeannine Uzzi mention there is still hard work to be done, but paint a picture of a calming horizon with a new leadership team in place in a recent interview with the Portland Press Herald.


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