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USM working with SmilePartners to help financially struggling people receive dental care

The University of Southern Maine is working with a growing list of partners in the community to ease barriers for people with limited means to access high quality comprehensive dental health care.
Karen Wilson, an associate research professor at USM

USM researcher and student add to analysis of Highland Lake

A discussion about the future of Highland Lake drew public comments by both a USM faculty member and a student. The lake — which borders on Westbrook, Windham and Falmouth — has been clouded with a bloom.
NPR’s Tom Ashbrook

NPR’s Tom Ashbrook and “On Point” coming to USM on Aug 3.

NPR’s Tom Ashbrook and “On Point” will record a show at USM on August 3. Guests will include Dick Barringer, Professor emeritus at the Muskie School of Public Service, and USM Alumna Heather Sanborn, a Maine legislator from Portland and co-owner of Rising Tide Brewing Company.
President Glenn Cummings

USM initiatives lessen student debt, President Glenn Cummings says in Portland Press Herald op-ed

Even as the student debt crisis deepens nationally, the average student debt at USM is declining, President Glenn Cummings said in an opinion article published July 23rd in the Portland Press Herald. New initiatives — including increased scholarship funding, money for transfer students and need-based grants — are helping students attend and graduate, he said.
Winston-Salem Dash photo

USM's Dexter '16 climbs a rung within Chicago White Sox organization

Sam Dexter '16, who was a standout shortstop with the USM Huskies, inched a little closer to baseball's major leagues. The Chicago White Sox draftee from Oakland, Maine was promoted to Winston-Salem Dash, the organization's high Single-A team.
USM Students studying in the library

University of Southern Maine announces Spring 2017 Dean's List

The University of Southern Maine congratulates those students who have been named to the 2017 Spring Semester Dean's List!

Organist and USM grad student to perform at Lewiston basilica

Organist Christopher Pelonzi, who is enrolled in a graduate program for choral conducting, will perform July 26 at Lewiston’s grand Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.
Image from press conference

Harold Alfond Foundation pledges $7.5 million to drive transformational change in professional graduate education in Maine

The Harold Alfond Foundation has announced a $7.5 million challenge grant to the University of Maine System to support the Maine Center for Graduate Professional Studies. The grant represents the largest private gift to a multi-campus effort in the University System's history.

USM's Ronald Schmidt says new political campaigns need donations even more then visibility

USM Political Science Professor Ronald Schmidt told WCSH-TV that social media is an effective way for Maine politicians to announce campaigns. But getting early donor support is even more important. "The majority of voters aren't going to remember this week or this month when it comes time to vote in the primaries," Schmidt told the TV station following recent announcements by people planning to run for governor.
Megan Marino and Michael Mayes

USM Music alumna Megan Marino ‘05 and husband featured in Boulder Daily Camera article on international success as opera singers

On July 15, the Boulder Daily Camera featured USM alumna Megan Marino ‘05 and her husband, Michael Mayes, baritone—both internationally touring opera singers who reside in Lyons, Colorado.