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New UMS Program Awards Scholarships to Students From Historically Underrepresented Communities

Two of the six inaugural Alfond Ambassadors attend the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service.
(Left to Right) Dr. Jacqueline Edmondson, USM President, Glenn Hutchinson ’80, ’89G, President and CEO, Bath Savings, and Ainsley Wallace, President and CEO, USM Foundation, on the site of the future Bath Savings Portico, the distinctive “front porch” of the new McGoldrick Center for Career & Student Success, now under construction on USM’s Portland Campus.

11/15/22 — Bath Savings Gift Supports New Student Center

A $500,000 donation will benefit the McGoldrick Center for Career & Student Success on USM’s Portland Campus

10/11/22 — New teacher residency program seeks to address teacher shortage

Aspiring teachers throughout Maine can now get paid to teach while they continue taking classes for their degree and certification.
Oakhurst Campus Food Pantry

Oakhurst Dairy’s gift to USM addresses food security and student success

$250,000 gift combines an in-kind contribution to USM’s campus food pantry and support for a new Career & Student Success Center on the Portland campus

6/23/22 -- University of Southern Maine Receives $850,000 Gift from L.L.Bean

Gift creates the “Bean Green” at the heart of USM’s Portland campus transformation, and an endowed Environmental Studies Scholarship.

5/23/22 — New Report Looks at Hate Crime in Maine

The study found a 49% decrease in hate and bias motivated crimes in Maine reported to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report (UCR) program from 2008 to 2017. However, the report's authors believe at least some of the decrease was due to untrained agencies not categorizing incidents as hate crimes.

3/8/22 — USM Forgives $2 million in Student Debt

More than 750 students have had their debts excused.

2/16/22 — USM Alum Awarded Nation’s Highest Honor for Science and Math Teachers

Cindy Soule graduated from USM’s Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP) in 2000. She was also named Maine Teacher of the Year for 2021 and Cumberland County Teacher of the Year in 2020.

11/29/21 — David Shaw Named USM Senior Fellow

Over the next two years, Shaw will collaborate with faculty and students, serve as mentor, and provide advising and research expertise.

10/26/21 — USM, Maine Behavioral Healthcare to Present Symposium on Resilience in the Time of COVID

The daylong program will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, at Hannaford Hall on USM’s Portland Campus. Attendees may participate in person or online.