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USM offers free Early College classes on race, social justice and social change to Maine high school students

The University of Southern Maine is reaching out to young people — particularly those still in high school — with a pair of new summer courses examining race, social justice and social change. These online classes will be free to Maine high school students, who will earn college credit for the successful completion of each of the timely classes.

New report from USM’s Cutler Institute highlights challenges for system-involved older youth

Androscoggin County could be helped dramatically with investment in system-involved youth, young people facing a variety of challenges — including homelessness, foster care, justice and mental health issues — according to a new study from the University of Southern Maine’s Cutler Institute. The 42-page report, “Assessing Community Assets and Opportunities – A Case Study of Asset Mapping in Androscoggin County,” calls on state, agency and community leaders to work together to leverage community assets and strengthen the continuum of care in the county. The report, the third in the Place Matters series, was authored by Mara Sanchez, Erica King, and Starsha Schiller of the Justice Policy Program within USM’s Cutler Institute.

USM offers First Responder-Essential Worker Scholarship to new and returning students

The new First Responder-Essential Worker Scholarship will be offered to 50 incoming and returning USM students who have been serving in first-responder roles or providing front-line critical services during the pandemic.

Despite the pandemic, USM’s School of Music didn't miss a beat with spring 2020 performances

Firm in their belief that senior recitals and ensemble performances must go on, School of Music students and faculty organized themselves to — channeling the Beatles — come together and take a bow, over YouTube.

USM historian invites public to contribute to online archive of COVID-19 signs

Some of the fleeting Maine images of COVID-19 — of light-up marquees, lawn signs and storefront warnings — are being collected in an online archive by the University of Southern Maine. The crowd-sourced archive, titled “Signs of the Times: Documenting Covid-19 Signs in Southern Maine,” currently consists of about 200 photos. But creator Libby Bischof, a history professor and the executive director of the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education at the University of Southern Maine, thinks many more signs are out there.

USM partners with community to help small businesses navigate COVID-19

The University of Southern Maine is working to support community efforts to help small business owners navigate many of COVID-19’s challenges — from advising small business owners on how to apply for aid money to helping them navigate today’s quickly changing rules and regulations. And the help is free.

Karam '21 recounts his bout with COVID-19

Now hale and hearty, the rising senior information technology major says he feared for his life while coping with the disease he contracted at work.

USM hosting course and webinar series on COVID-19

The course and webinar series — which is free to the public — will feature online lectures delivered by University of Maine System experts in the fields of public health, policy, law, and business. Two special guests — Dr. Nirav Shah, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Dora Mills, Chief Health Improvement Officer at MaineHealth — will kick off the lectures on June 1.

USM Art Department Faculty Announce 2020 Discipline Award Recipients

To help the 2020 recipients of the USM Art Department’s Discipline Awards share their vision with the world — and give cooped-up art lovers everywhere a chance to take in a stunning virtual exhibit from the safety of home — we bring you a sampling of their creativity.

Portland Campus Banners Thank Maine's Front-Line Workers

The University of Southern Maine joined the chorus of thank-yous to Maine’s front-line workers Wednesday, erecting a set of 20-feet-long banners on the Portland campus’ Alumni Skywalk above busy Bedford Street.