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President Obama awards Medal of Honor to Ryan Pitts

USM to host Medal of Honor recipient during Veterans Week events

The University of Southern Maine will celebrate Veterans Week with a variety of events, including an address by Ryan Pitts, an Afghanistan veteran who was awarded the Medal of Honor.
USM President Glenn Cummings

Maine North Atlantic Institute at USM hopes to position Maine at center of the trade region’s growing economy

The University of Southern Maine unveiled plans Nov. 1 for the newly formed Maine North Atlantic Institute to forge greater business, educational and social connections between Maine and countries throughout the North Atlantic. The institute will bring together dozens of on-going projects in which USM students and faculty are working with schools such as Reykjavik University in Iceland and the University of Tromso in Norway, and businesses such as Whole Oceans.
Robert Lehmann USM

Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra features violinist and conductor Robert Lehmann performing Brahms’ Violin Concerto

The fall concert of the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra will feature its conductor, Robert Lehmann, also a violin soloist, performing Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major, op 77. The concert will be held on Saturday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m. at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center, 71 Stroudwater Street, in Westbrook.
USM update filming November 2018

Replay: 'The USM Update,' November 2018

The new episode of "The USM Update" discusses our focus on workforce development ahead of a $49 million bond package, Question 4, going before Maine voters Nov. 6. If approved, Q4 will fund program and infrastructure improvements at USM and the entire university system. On this episode: making the liberal arts work for Maine; USM enrollment numbers on the rise; and amazing news for USM and the North Atlantic.
Malinda Haslett

Female faculty and a Broadway guest take the lead this November at USM

The University of Southern Maine’s School of Music in November is presenting concerts featuring the work of its female faculty, welcoming two new leading ladies in band and voice, and also hosting a guest educator from Broadway.

Program that brings USM student artists and educators into local schools awarded $2.5 million grant

Side x Side, a Portland-based nonprofit organization that brings USM student artists and educators into local schools, will expand due to a U.S. Department of Education grant worth nearly $2.5 million. Since the program began four years ago, as many as 80 USM students in either art or education programs have interned in the program, often working closely with children.
USM Food Studies event

Weekly Event Highlights

Here are just a few of the many events happening on USM's Portland, Gorham and Lewiston-Auburn campuses for the week, November 1 - 8, 2018.
Image of students on the Portland Campus skywalk

New Fall 2018 enrollment numbers show surging growth at USM

The University of Southern Maine’s just-compiled enrollment numbers show a growing number of new students, a rise in credit hours and a wave of in-state students. Overall, the university’s student population rose to 8,140, surging past the 8,000 mark for the first time in recent years.

USM receives $1 Million Gift to Launch Center for Digital Science and Innovation

The gift from Michael E. Dubyak will address Maine’s critical workforce needs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM,) starting with a new STEM program next summer.

Projected nursing shortage drops as nursing leaders and AARP support passage of Question 4

Projection shows Maine is making progress on RN shortage as voters consider a University Workforce Bond that includes $12 million in proposed nursing investments