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Ebben warns parents of social media's 'Wild West' on WMTW-TV

University of Southern Maine’s Maureen Ebben warned parents of the dangers of social media in a recent news story on WMTW-TV,
USM Science Building

USM helping Maine's small businesses thrive at best-in-nation rate

The Maine Small Business Development Centers — though the University of Southern Maine — is a leader in helping small business owners surmount first-year obstacles. The state was just chosen by the Kaufman Foundation as number one in the county for start-up businesses after their first year.
Louisa Munk

MPH student writes BDN Op-Ed on sensible drug policy

Louisa Munk, a Master of Public Health student at USM, recently wrote a piece on sensible drug policy published in the Bangor Daily News.
Officials and students at first ever UMS Biliteracy event at USM

Bilingual Maine HS students honored at event hosted at USM

Graduating Maine high school students who receive the state's first-ever Seal of Biliteracy (acknowledging proficiency in English and another language), and who attend any school in the University of Maine System are now eligible to be awarded up to 8 credits towards college language courses. The announcement was made at a UMS event hosted by the University of Southern Maine. The event was covered by WGME13 news and Maine Public.

USM student interviewed by WMTW-TV for efforts to help fishing industry workers

University of Southern Maine student Levi Lucy was recently featured on WMTW-TV for his efforts to help workers on Maine fishing boats to avoid skin cancer, Lucy, a nursing student, has been working with Impact Melanoma to install sunscreen dispensers on working waterfronts.
Green crab molting

USM alumna, researcher featured in Times Record article on green crab invasion

Marissa McMahan, a USM alumna and senior fisheries specialist at Manomet — an environmental research organization with offices in Brunswick — was interviewed by the Times Record about ways to mitigate the effects of the European green crab, an invasive species that feeds on clam beds and has been linked to the decline of Maine’s soft-shell clam industry.
Karina Escajeda '98 in Egypt

USM alumna awarded Fulbright to deepen understanding of immigrants

The real-world work that Karina Escajeda '98 experienced as an undergrad in the Linguistics program working with second language learners prepared her for her future in teaching. "USM was absolutely instrumental in setting me up with that and making me aware of all of the amazing diversity right here in Maine," she said.
From left: Theresa LaPlane, Sue Donovan, Cecile LaPlante. Courtesy of NewsCenter Maine

Alumnae, sisters, retiring from decades of teaching

Two University of Southern Maine (USM) alumnae, Cecile LaPlante and Sue Donovan, sisters who both shared the same passion for teaching, are now sharing another milestone: retirement.
Portland campus

A statement from President Glenn Cummings: June 13, 2019

The city of Portland will be welcoming a few hundred asylum seekers in the coming days. As members of the Greater Portland community, USM is reaching out to offer our help.
Amjambo Africa! photo

Media highlights new Mainer working to meet work and school demands

The Bangor Daily News and the website, Amjambo Africa!, profiled Somali immigrant Mohamed Awil about his journey to Maine and his work with Gateway Community Services, founded by USM alumnus Abdullahi Ali.