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U.S. News names Portland a best place to live in America

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Portland, Maine, the eighth-best place to live among the 150 most populous cities in the U.S., the safest place to live in the country, the ninth-best place to live for quality of life, and the 33rd best place to retire.
A drone image of sunrise over USM's Gorham Campus taken in early July

Video: Connor Blake ’21 captures the Gorham Campus at first light

While most folks were probably still sleeping this past Sunday morning, drone pilot and multimedia specialist Connor Blake ’21 was busy documenting something breathtakingly beautiful — dawn breaking over USM’s Gorham Campus.
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Muskie researcher co-authors national study on treatment for opioid use disorder published in JAMA

USM Assistant Research Professor Kate Ahrens contributed to a large national study published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association this week on the disparities in treatment for people with opioid use disorder.
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Video: USM School of Nursing students featured in the Maine Monitor

Watch best friends and USM School of Nursing students Fabiola Jenson and Fartun Hirsi share how they are pursuing their goals of graduation and becoming nurses while raising children at their respective homes.
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USM's Admissions success featured on NPR's Marketplace

The record-setting size of the University of Southern Maine’s incoming class of 2025 — fueled by a 33% increase in out-of-state students — caught the attention of National Public Radio's Marketplace.

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.
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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.
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USM receives $5 million gift from the Crewe Foundation to fund Center for the Arts

The University of Southern Maine Foundation has received a $5 million gift from the Crewe Foundation to support construction of a future Center for the Arts on the University’s Portland campus. The gift will benefit a signature program of excellence, the USM School of Music, as well as the visual arts program.
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Some USM sports camps a go this summer

Starting in July, the University will run an abbreviated version of its sports camps.
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After a decade, USM-Boys & Girls Clubs partnership continues to flourish

For more than a decade, USM students have served as dance teachers and cooking instructors, mentors and tutors, playmates and confidants to the kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Southern Maine.