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USM Art Department Faculty Announce 2020 Discipline Award Recipients

To help the 2020 recipients of the USM Art Department’s Discipline Awards share their vision with the world — and give cooped-up art lovers everywhere a chance to take in a stunning virtual exhibit from the safety of home — we bring you a sampling of their creativity.

Portland Campus Banners Thank Maine's Front-Line Workers

The University of Southern Maine joined the chorus of thank-yous to Maine’s front-line workers Wednesday, erecting a set of 20-feet-long banners on the Portland campus’ Alumni Skywalk above busy Bedford Street.
Julia Gustafson

Fulbright candidate Julia Gustafson '20 to study landscape archeology abroad next year

USM senior and 2020 Fulbright candidate Julia Gustafson, of Falmouth, Maine, is weighing several graduate school options for next year — all of them prestigious and international.
USM President Glenn Cummings congratulates UCU.

USM Names University Credit Union as 2020 Exceptional Community Partner

USM President Glenn Cummings announced today that University Credit Union is the 2020 recipient of the USM Exceptional Community Partner Award. The annual award honors an employer partner or organization that has gone above and beyond to support the University and its mission of academic excellence and accessibility.
Bioscience Association of Maine

USM Biology Students Receive Top BioME Awards for Their Research

USM was well represented at the 2020 BioME Student Showcase of science research, as senior biology major Anastasia D'Amico of Belgrade Lakes and master of science in biology candidate Rachel Cray of Freeport were among the top-three higher-education honorees.
Jared Cash, VP of Enrollment Management and Marketing at USM.

Responding to the Pandemic, USM Increases Families' Access to Financial Aid

Jared Cash says USM has extended its deadline to apply for financial aid to June 30, 2020, and is also offering a new Welcome Home Scholarship of up to $2,000 to Maine students attending out-of-state colleges who transfer to USM to be closer to home during the pandemic.

USM Bachelor of Social Work Students Find Purposeful Work Amid the Pandemic

USM senior bachelor of social work majors Kahla Jusell and Summer Becker set aside concerns for their own well-being during the pandemic to provide direct service to people experiencing homelessness.

COVID-19 violence prevention and response information

For many people, the isolation that is being mandated in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 creates a different unsafe environment. Abusers may use concerns about the virus as a way to further isolate or intimidate their victims. No matter where you are staying or who is staying with you, you deserve to feel safe, emotionally and physically.

Gateway Community Services of Maine compiled COVID-19 video resources for Somali speakers

The following videos were created by Gateway Community Services of Maine to discuss COVID-19 resources for Somali speakers.

USM ranks among most affordable online schools in the nation

A just-released report on affordable online schools has named the University of Southern Maine as its Number 33 school in the nation. The organization — Online Schools Report — compiles practical information for college seekers and publishes its ranking of the top 50 affordable online schools.