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A still image of a Ballet class at USM

Behind the scenes with Ballet at USM

Hear Tzianabos and teaching colleague Vanessa Beyland share their insights on teaching ballet at USM in this behind-the-scenes look at ballet by USM Multimedia Specialist Zach Boyce.

USM researchers complete first-of-its-kind study on rising use of alternative sentencing program in Maine

Cases of deferred disposition, which give defendants the chance to earn reduced or dismissed sentences, rose 12.8% from 2014 to 2017. This finding comes from the recently released report, “Use of Deferred Dispositions in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Cases in Maine.”

USM receives $100,000 from Hannaford Supermarkets to help support diversity and equity in educational opportunities

USM will use the $100,000 donation from Hannaford for its Access to Education Fund, which focuses on creating a diverse student body by helping members of traditionally underrepresented groups, first generation college students, students of diverse backgrounds or students coming to Maine from an international location, such as asylum seekers. The donation will fully fund the scholarship for two years and is anticipated to help a total of 24 students access higher education opportunities.
Images of Caroline Fulcher and Rebecca Seeley-Dolan

Nursing students 'grateful' to help with vaccine effort

In January, University of Maine System Chancellor Dannel Malloy announced that more than 250 nursing students from throughout the system will be volunteering to help end the public health crisis this spring by participating in Maine’s COVID-19 vaccination deployment. More than 100 of those students will come from USM’s School of Nursing.

USM announces Fall 2020 Dean's List

An incredible 1,364 students have received the distinction, a marker of academic excellence and high achievement. Dean's List students hail from across Maine and the nation — 22 states and Puerto Rico are represented in this semester's list, as are 4 countries.
Dr. Joyce Taylor Gibson

Joyce Taylor Gibson and Leigh Saufley to be inducted to Maine Women’s Hall of Fame

Joyce Gibson, an associate professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Southern Maine and former dean of Lewiston-Auburn College, and Leigh Saufley, dean of the University of Maine School of Law and former Maine Chief Justice, have been named to the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame.
Rehearsal scene from the USM production of "The Magic Flute."

USM singers overcome pandemic challenges to perform Mozart opera

Given the pandemic and USM students' perseverance, Mozart’s 229-year-old fairy tale of light and darkness — “The Magic Flute” — has likely never had a production like this.
Portrait of John Gale

USM researcher John Gale facing COVID challenges as newly elected president of National Rural Health Association

At a time when health experts in every state struggle to protect their rural populations — where COVID-19 is taking so many lives — a University of Southern Maine researcher is leading the National Rural Health Association. On January 1, John Gale began a year-long term as the association’s elected president.

New report from USM’s Cutler Institute examines the scale and impact of parental incarceration in Maine

The 10-page report, “Breaking the Cycle: Interrupting Generational Incarceration in Maine,” calls for more evidence-based community programming that supports families, prevents incarceration, and facilitates parent-child relationships when parents are incarcerated. The report is the latest report to be released by the Place Matters project, which is housed at the Cutler Institute.

USM announces $8.8 million milestone reached for Promise Scholarship

Over the past three years, more than $8.8 million has been raised for Promise, including over $7.5 million needed to endow the USM Promise Scholarship in perpetuity.