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Lisa Pohlmann

Alumna, environmental steward Lisa Pohlmann to give free talk Wednesday

Lisa Pohlmann, chief executive officer of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, will speak Wednesday on the policy challenges facing Maine’s coastal waters.
Olivia Mayo

Could USM's Olivia Mayo be the next Miss America?

Olivia Mayo, a fourth-year Communication and Media Studies student at USM, will go on to compete in the Miss America 2.0 pageant on Sept. 9.
Husky Line

Catch the bus to USM and beyond -- with METRO’s new Husky Line!

The University of Southern Maine's Portland and Gorham campuses have a new ride -- Greater Portland METRO's new Husky Line! The Husky Line offers increased service, access to METRO's other routes in the region, lots of great new perks (free Wi-Fi and more), and it will help USM meet its sustainability goals.
green crab molting

USM alumnae, professor lead effort to eradicate invasive green crabs

Two USM alumnae and one professor are leading the efforts in eradicating the invasive European green crab, which has decimated soft-shell clam populations in Maine and New England. How? The answer is quite tasty.

Meet Jeremy Qualls, USM’s new dean of the College of Science, Technology and Health

A university education ought to be so much more than lectures, labs and tests, says Jeremy Qualls, the University of Southern Maine’s new dean of the College of Science, Technology and Health. “You come here for something that’s going to impart knowledge and a curriculum,” Qualls said. “You also come to change your mindset and change the way that you view the world, hopefully in a more positive way. Hopefully you’ll be a more Informed citizen: logical, connected, accepting and aware.”
Kiersten Curtis, USM Voice Student

USM's Kiersten Curtis awarded scholarship and concert honoring Maine diva Lillian Nordica

Kiersten Curtis, who studied vocal performance at USM, won the prestigious Nordica Award, which includes a recital honoring the famous Maine soprano, Lillian Nordica. Curtis, along with several USM voice students won top honors at this past spring's Maine NATS (National Teachers of Singing) vocal competition.
Shaelan Donovan '18

A trailblazer, Shaelan Donovan '18 navigates her own path

Through her internship at the International Marine Terminal in Portland, to being USM's first student to study at Reykjavík University in Iceland, to working for a multinational shipping company, Shaelan Donovan '18 has been a beacon of success in pursuing new global partnerships.
Brian Toy, interim dean of the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College

USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College opens doors and builds community, Interim Dean Brian Toy says

To Brian Toy — the interim dean of the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College — just walking onto the Lewiston Campus and meeting the staff is all it takes. “I have never seen a more friendly or open environment for a student,” said Toy, who began his tenure as interim dean on July 1. “If I can get people through the front door here, I know I have the individuals here who can help those students and get them over any hurdles.”

Wallace and Paquette promoted to new USM leadership roles

Two of the University of Southern Maine’s top administrators — Ainsley Wallace and Jeanne Paquette — have new roles working to strengthen community ties and better serve our students.

MSW graduates published in peer-reviewed journal

Two graduates from the University of Southern Maine (USM) School of Social Work have recently been published in the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.