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Jacqueline Edmondson named 18th President of the University of Southern Maine

Edmondson comes to USM from Penn State, which enrolls nearly 90,000 students, where she was a tenured full professor in the College of Education, and most recently led a regional campus, where she added eight degree programs to meet local workforce needs and colleagues described her as “our champion every day.” She will live on USM’s Gorham campus.
Wide photo of graduates and commencement stage

USM celebrates 142nd Commencement with return to in-person celebration

The University of Southern Maine celebrated its 142nd Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 7th with more than 900 graduate and undergraduate students marching across the Cross Insurance Arena stage, marking the university’s first in-person commencement in three years.
Portrait of Sophie Garner

Sophie Garner '22 to deliver student address at May commencement

Sophia Garner, who will be graduating with her degree in Political Science, will deliver the student address at the University of Southern Maine’s 2022 Commencement Celebration.
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Maine Beer Company Gift Creates “Brewing Up Opportunity” Program at USM

A generous gift establishes a pilot program for USM students that includes a paid internship with Maine Beer Company and a scholarship award of up to $5,000 per academic year upon completion of the internship.

USM remembers 9/11

The University of Southern Maine marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a modest flag folding ceremony and remarks by President Glenn Cummings.

USM announces Spring 2021 Dean's List

In all, 1,600 students have received the distinction, a marker of academic excellence and high achievement. Dean's List students hail from across Maine and the nation — 23 states and the District of Columbia are represented in this semester's list, as are six countries.
portrait of Shelton Waldrep

Teaching and scholarship work hand-in-hand for Distinguished Professor

To Shelton Waldrep — the University of Southern Maine’s newest distinguished professor — scholarship and teaching merge. His classroom discussions with students have led to the creation of entire courses, and those courses have led to several highly regarded books.
Portrait of Julia Gustafson '20

USM grad Julia Gustafson ’20 earns prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Julia Gustafson has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship that will pay her tuition and expenses for the four years it will take her to earn a doctorate at the University of Cambridge.
portrait of Heather Shattuck-Heidorn

USM researcher working to understand gender and race difference among COVID-19 deaths

Researchers at the University of Southern Maine and Harvard University have released a new report examining COVID-19 deaths and their discovery that African-American women are dying at rates higher than men in other racial and ethnic groups.
David Shaw

USM launches new innovation fellowship with support from entrepreneur and USM alum David E. Shaw ’76G, ’15H

Five one-year fellowships will be awarded to USM graduate students whose projects demonstrate bold and innovative approaches to solving human, environmental, economic and societal problems of the 21st century and beyond.