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photo by Troy Bennett, Bangor Daily News

Bangor Daily News features USM's Pious Ali on his election as Portland's 'first African-born Muslim to City Council'

The Bangor Daily News featured Pious Ali, a community outreach specialist for USM's Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy, in a story on his election Nov. 8 to the Portland City Council.
photo by Gregory Rec, Portland Press Herald

Portland Press Herald profiles the strength of three veterans' with ties to USM

Three men with USM ties — one who is about to enroll and two graduate students — were featured in a Portland Press Herald column about Maine veterans coping with moments of post-war stress.
Forecaster photo of Camden Ege

USM student sharing message that veterans excel in classroom and workplace

USM student Camden Ege's campaign to remind people that veterans excel in the classroom and the workplace was highlighted Nov. 8 in two Portland-area newspapers: The Forecaster and the Portland Press Herald.

USM's Maine Center for Business and Economic Research wins $116k grant to aid forest products sector

USM's Maine Center for Business and Economic Research has been awarded a $116,667 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to aid Maine's forest products sector. It was one of 24 EDA grants announced Nov. 7 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. USM was the only school in Maine and one of only two in New England to receive the grant.

USM’s Master of Public Health Program earns accreditation from Council on Education for Public Health

The University of Southern Maine's Master of Public Health Program (MPH) has earned accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). This five-year CEPH credential extends retroactively three years, and covers the period September 21, 2013 to December 31, 2021.
Cast members from "Avenue Q"

On a street named "Avenue Q," USM students explore the challenges of puppetry

The musical is a story about young adults dealing with such issues as fidelity, friendship and romantic relationships. It's told with broad humor and songs. And of the 14 parts, only three are humans. The other 11 are puppets: from the loud and overbearing Trekkie Monster to the sometimes shy Kate Monster and her new boyfriend, Princeton.
Coding on a computer screen

NECN covers USM’s Cyber Security program

Students at USM have the opportunity to study cyber security. The NSA-certified lab opened in 2014, and has proven to be highly marketable for its students.
photo of Bayside Village in Portland Maine

Board of Trustees committee approves USM student housing in Portland

The Finance, Facilities and Technology Committee of the University of Maine System Board of Trustees approved a USM proposal on Nov. 2 to provide student housing beginning next fall near its Portland campus.
former President of Iceland Ólafur Grímsson

USM hosts former President of Iceland for ‘Leadership, Exploration, and Survival’ event

Maine is poised to become a leader in the emerging Arctic marketplace, former President of Iceland Ólafur Grímsson told a University of Southern Maine audience on Oct. 26. The former head of state — who ended his 20-year-long presidency in August — was joined on stage at USM’s Hannaford Hall in Portland by UMaine climatologist Dr. Paul Mayewski, New England Ocean Cluster co-founder and CEO Patrick Arnold and U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine. The event was titled “Leadership, Exploration, and Survival: A Blueprint for Thriving in Our Changing World.”
Photo of the ribbon cutting of the Recovery Oriented Campus Center, The ROCC, at USM

Student-led center for students in recovery opens on Portland campus

The Recovery Oriented Campus Center, otherwise known as "The ROCC," looks to provide students in recovery a safe place to reconnect with themselves, each other and their community, while providing the support needed to succeed in the classroom.