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USM's 34 percent increase in enrollment deposits highlighted in Portland Press Herald
A 34 percent increase in enrollment deposits by new students — saving their places among incoming freshmen in the fall — was highlighted in the Portland Press Herald. First-year student deposits at USM increased from 563 students a year ago to 756 this spring, and the combined first-year and transfer deposits increased 20 percent from 948 students to 1,134.
USM's Abdullahi earns prestigious scholarship to learn Arabic in Jordan
USM political science student Nairus Abdullahi earned a prestigious 2017 Critical Language Scholarship, enabling her to spend this summer learning Arabic in Jordan. Abdullahi, who lives in Lewiston, was one of roughly 550 students selected nationwide into the program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to raise the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.
USM's Willis joins 'Maine Calling' for alewives talk
The hour-long radio program "Maine Calling" featured a conversation with Willis, an adjunct faculty member and researcher with the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, as part of its discussion of the popular fish's changing population and ongoing conservation efforts.
USM's dedication of baseball field to Flaherty featured by Press Herald
"I am honored and humbled," said Flaherty, who led the team to two championships. "And I feel a little weird about it. I'm still coaching these guys, and if I stay healthy I'll continue coaching them for a little more."
USM's vision for Portland campus detailed in Press Herald
The Portland Press Herald recently covered plans for an $80 million capital campaign to improve USM's campuses. The story by reporter Noel Gallagher described the approval by the University of Maine System trustees to begin the campaign, which calls for particularly dramatic changes on the Portland Campus, including a new dormitory and student center.
USM's Cameron talks 'Real Food' in Press Herald op-ed
USM Ardis Cameron wrote a recent opinion piece for the Portland Press Herald about the availability of high quality food. Her piece was titled, "'Real food' shouldn't be hard to get in Maine."
Andrew King of USM Admissions interviewed for Maine Public story on high school grading changes
USM Admissions Director Andrew King described efforts to keep up with radical changes in high school grading in recent radio interview on Maine Public. The story by reporter Robbie Feinberg was titled, "Maine Families Concerned About Proficiency-Based Diplomas Harming Kids' College Chances."
Maine Public profiles Portland Empowered on radio program
Maine Public recently profiled the Portland Empowered, which was created with support from USM, in its evening radio show, Maine Things Considered. nThe story by reporter Robbie Feinberg was titled, "To Help Immigrants Succeed, Parents Work With Schools To Overcome Language Barrier.
Forecaster highlights USM-Portland partnership on diversity
A new USM-Portland partnership that aims to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to enter teaching was highlighted May 23rd in The Forecaster newspaper. The story by reporter Kate Irish Collins was titled "Portland schools launch initiative to increase staff diversity."
USM Education alumna awarded Fulbright to teach in Indonesia
After teaching immigrant children from Somalia, Djibouti, Angola, Congo and Kenya in Maine classrooms, USM Education alumna Amy Quirion wants to use her skills as an English teacher abroad. And she's doing it as a Fulbrighter.