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USM Campus Food Pantry expands with gift from Martin’s Point Health Care
A $5,000 donation from Martin’s Point Health Care will help address an urgent need for many students at the University of Southern Maine (USM): food insecurity. The gift has enabled USM to open a new food pantry location on its Gorham campus, where students can pre-order online and pick up their food and supplies in person.
USM’s McQuade earns a pair of honors for Criminology book
USM Criminology professor Brendan McQuade recently earned a pair of prestigious honors for his examination of incarceration and the growth of surveillance in his book, “Pacifying the Homeland: Intelligence Fusion and Mass Supervision.”
USM storytellers collaborate for new book about the Presumpscot River
USM Professor of Environmental Science and Policy Robert Sanford co-edited the recently published book “River Voices: Perspectives on the Presumpscot” — and he had a raft of USM faculty and staff collaborators on board for the project.
TRIO doubles federal funding with new grant to help STEM students
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded more than $2.6 million to USM’s TRIO program to augment its work with students who have a low income, a disability or are the first in their families to attend college. The just-announced funding — arriving in two, five-year grants — expands TRIO advising to target students pursuing fields in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The new funding, $1.3 million, allows TRIO to advise 120 STEM students.
New Leaders Join USM Efforts to Improve Equity and Diversity
Even before Idella Glenn began her work as USM’s new Associate Vice President for Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact, she began talking with folks within USM and among the local communities. There were emails and phone calls and Zoom meetings. Her work was too important to wait for her start date or her arrival in Maine, she said.
USM professor highlighted in national press for COVID-19 gender data research
The work of biological anthropologist Heather Shattuck-Heidorn — a USM assistant professor with ties to Harvard University — is drawing national attention for her work to understand why more men than women are dying from COVID-19.
USM ranks among most affordable online schools in the nation
A just-released report on affordable online schools has named the University of Southern Maine as its Number 33 school in the nation. The organization — Online Schools Report — compiles practical information for college seekers and publishes its ranking of the top 50 affordable online schools.
USM criminology degree ranked #4 in nation by GradReports
The University of Southern Maine’s bachelor’s degree in criminology has been honored as one of the nation’s best, earning a #4 ranking in GradReports.
USM ranks in top 100 nationwide for Adult Learners
University of Southern Maine excels in support for adult learners, ranking in the top 100 schools nationally as noted by Washington Monthly. The only Maine school to make the top 100, USM joins only 8 other Northern New England schools. Adult student and Marine veteran Mary Swanson shares her experience at USM.
Safiya Khalid '18 draws worldwide media by defeating Internet trolls and winning her election
A worldwide audience is listening to University of Southern Maine alumna Safiya Khalid’s story of perseverance. On Nov. 5, the 2018 USM graduate earned election as the first Somali-American to serve on the city council of Lewiston, Maine. More astonishingly, she earned the seat despite a barrage of racist Internet attacks from around the country.