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USM adds 10 faculty for 2021-22

Ten full-time faculty members have joined USM this new academic year, half of them in Nursing.

TRIO students win national competition

Four students in the TRIO College Programs at USM have won a national competition and will travel to Atlanta to present their work.

USM Welcomes Largest Cohort of Promise Scholars in a Program that “Moves Mountains”

Twenty-five students from across Maine will be welcomed to the University of Southern Maine this fall as they embark on a college journey that for many seemed out of reach.

Simulations spark learning for Athletic Training students

The first class of USM’s Master’s in Athletic Training played out a series of emergency simulations this week — made ever more realistic by a USM theater student playing the injured athlete and by the Gorham Fire Department showing what it’s like to hand off a badly hurt patient to EMS.
Paul Cochrane

New USM office takes on online learning

The Office of Online and Digital Learning Initiatives, known more informally to the public as USM Online, will focus solely on helping faculty develop and improve online courses.

USM names inaugural Shaw Innovation Fellows

Each of the USM graduate students has been awarded a $5,000 stipend to pursue their passion projects.
Portrait of USM student Izaak Onos

USM student ignites rail and trail policy conversation that leads to Maine law

An idea that began as a student paper for a University of Southern Maine class — examining the reuse of a discontinued railroad corridor for bicyclists and pedestrians — has evolved and grown to become Maine law.
A photo of USM Linguistics Professor Conor Quinn

USM linguist co-authors Penobscot children's book

USM part-time faculty member Conor Quinn has co-authored “Still They Remember Me: Penobscot Transfomer Tales Vol. 1,” a book of Penobscot folktales. It's the first time in more than 100 years that the stories have been in print.
A photo of USM's Portland Campus at sunset

U.S. News names Portland a best place to live in America

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Portland, Maine, the eighth-best place to live among the 150 most populous cities in the U.S., the safest place to live in the country, the ninth-best place to live for quality of life, and the 33rd best place to retire.
A drone image of sunrise over USM's Gorham Campus taken in early July

Video: Connor Blake ’21 captures the Gorham Campus at first light

While most folks were probably still sleeping this past Sunday morning, drone pilot and multimedia specialist Connor Blake ’21 was busy documenting something breathtakingly beautiful — dawn breaking over USM’s Gorham Campus.