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President Glenn Cummings at METRO announcement

METRO announces agreement with USM to offer new expanded service for students and the public

METRO's Husky Line will begin in Fall 2018, improving connections between USM's Portland and Gorham campuses and the communities.
Student Sarah Edgerly

USM's Upward Bound program — building hope with instruction and experience

The federal Upward Bound program aims to lift goals, serving high school students from either low-income families or families where neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.
Bangor Daily News illustration

USM professor’s op-Ed discusses China, U.S. economies

USM Professor Joseph W. McDonnell has written an op-Ed for the Bangor Daily News arguing that China’s rise in economic status should not be cause for conflict.
USM Art Gallery on the Gorham campus

USM Art Department and Galleries announce fall 2017 exhibitions and programs, present WWI propaganda poster exhibition Aug. 28

The USM Art Department and Galleries will kick off their fall 2017 season of exhibitions and programs with “Why We Fought: American WWI Posters and the Art of Persuasion,” showcasing a WWI propaganda poster collection that was recently gifted to USM Special Collections by retired Tufts University history professor Howard Solomon. The exhibition will run August 28 through December 8 at USM’s AREA Gallery in the Woodbury Campus Center in Portland.
Print Power exchange poster

USM Art faculty Damir Porobic collaborates with B.C. art professor on intercollegiate exchange portfolio project 'PRINT POWER! vol. 3'

USM Art Department faculty Damir Porobic and Brian Reeves, who teaches art at SMCC, Boston College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston have co-organized an annual open propaganda poster exchange portfolio and distribution network between art faculty and their students from neighboring institutions between Portland and Boston. This year marks the project’s third installment, “PRINT POWER! vol. 3,” which is currently being exhibited at the W. Van Allen Clark Jr. Library at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.
MEMIC Board Chair, CEO (outgoing and current) and USM faculty, staff and President

New Endowed Chair in Risk Management and Insurance established, honoring MEMIC's CEO John Leonard

The University of Southern Maine is establishing the MEMIC John T. Leonard Endowed Chair in Risk Management and Insurance, only the second endowed chair since USM’s founding in 1878.
a photo from the exhibit

USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College to host ‘American Women Rebuilding France, 1917-1924’ exhibition in collaboration with American Friends of Blérancourt August 28 - September 22

The University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College will host the photo exhibition “American Women Rebuilding France, 1917-1924,” featuring Anne Morgan and the 350 American women who helped rebuild France in the wake of WWI. The exhibit, which will be displayed in the Atrium Gallery on USM’s Lewiston-Auburn campus, will open on August 28 and run through September 22, 2017, featuring 29 WWI-era photographs and silent film footage that illustrate the extraordinary work undertaken to help the civilian population in Picardy, in northeastern France.
USM fosters an environment of diversity within its student population

USM official quoted in media regarding diversity in wake of affirmative action initiative reports

The Portland Press Herald has quoted USM officials in an article regarding the university’s commitment to diversity.
Portland Press Herald photo

USM study cited by Portland leaders as the city begins rolling out thousands of lidded recycling bins

A USM study was cited by Portland leaders as they began rolling out thousands of lidded recycling bins to homes.
USM student Jordan Carpenter is pictured on the left

USM student working as AmeriCorps Vista Summer Associates with Trekkers

USM student Jordan Carpenter returned to Midcoast Maine this summer as an AmeriCorps Vista summer associate, working for a non-profit group that helped her as a teenager.