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Campus Construction Update (May 14, 2021)

Since the last Campus Construction Update in mid-April, the site of the former Woodbury Campus Center and 25 Bedford Street buildings on the Portland Campus has been cleared of cinder blocks, concrete, twisted steel, and other demolition debris. The plot where the Portland Commons Residence Hall is projected to be completed by June 2023 has been smoothed and leveled, and site preparation work continues apace.
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USM attracts and enrolls largest class of incoming students

VP of Enrollment Management and Marketing Jared Cash reports that when USM begins the fall 2021 semester, it will welcome its largest class of incoming students and one of its most geographically diverse and academically accomplished first-year classes in its history.
USM graduate McKellen Spiller

McKellen Spiller ’21 to commission as Air Force Intelligence Officer

McKellen Spiller '21 is the only USM senior graduating from the Air Force ROTC program this year and is the first Air Force Intelligence Officer to commission from USM in recent history.
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Profiles in Persistence: Tiffany Dunn ’21

Tiffany Dunn is celebrating two milestones this week. She will graduate Saturday with her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. And she’ll do so with a new heart.
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Community partnerships give USM Nursing students real world experience

USM’s School of Nursing has nurtured community partnerships for two decades, now involving more than a dozen organizations. This year, some of those students focused on the Bayside neighborhood in Portland and very small but very important COVID-19 vaccine clinics for New Mainers.
Portrait of Julia Gustafson '20

USM grad Julia Gustafson ’20 earns prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Julia Gustafson has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship that will pay her tuition and expenses for the four years it will take her to earn a doctorate at the University of Cambridge.
Portrait of Sophie Jamison

Business student parlays 1.8 million TiKTok followers into job with Hasbro

Hasbro has hired Jamison as Nerf’s Chief TikTok officer. It’s a three-month-long role that comes with a $10,000-per-month salary and intangible benefits, such as mentorship by TikTok’s head of global marketing. And for Jamison — known to her 1.8 million TikTok followers as “Sophie Lightning” — it’s a chance to spread her own brand and social networks even further.
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Juarez receives New England Educational Opportunity Association Rising Star Award

TRIO Upward Bound at the University of Southern Maine has announced that Doris Juarez is the recipient of the New England Educational Opportunity Association (NEOA) Rising Star Award. Juarez, an Upward Bound alumna from Deering High School in Portland, Maine, was recognized at the New England Educational Opportunity Association’s Annual Conference on Thursday, April 8, 2021.
family image from 'We Exist" exhibit

African American Collection unveils exhibit on Maine’s Black families

The University of Southern Maine’s African American Collection has unveiled the first of six new digital exhibitions, highlighting 200 years of families in Maine.
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USM researcher receives $400,000 NIH grant

A USM researcher has won a $400,000 NIH grant to study the health outcomes of Maine women after pregnancy.