Office of Public Affairs


Image of USM alumna and filmmaker Vickie Morgan

USM alumna searching for common ground in gun control discussion with documentary

USM alumna and filmmaker Vickie Morgan hopes to find new insight in the gun control debate by getting people to talk. Morgan plans to direct an as-yet-untitled documentary in which a group of people from both sides of the divisive issue will talk about their differences with each other and Maine psychologist Dr. Kevin Polk.
Instagram image of Sen. King with Maine students

USM's Schmidt quoted about Sen. King's use of Instagram

USM Associate Professor Ronald Schmidt was quoted in a Portland Press Herald story about Sen. Angus King's use of Instagram.
Image from "Last Train to Nibroc"

Review praises USM student actors as 'Pure fun to watch'

Two USM theater students drew praise for their leading work in the Deertrees Theatre production of Arlene Hutton's "Last Train to Nibroc."
Portland Press Herald photo

Press Herald column highlights USM singers within extraordinary young women's chorus

Two USM students — senior Nyawal Lia and graduate student Ekhlas Ahmed — were featured in a Portland Press Herald column about a young women’s chorus, its peaceful mission and its prestigious performances.
Image of Luther-Bonney Hall

USM partners with Portland schools to help increase diversity among teachers

Reporter Noel Gallagher described efforts by the Portland School District to broaden diversity among its teachers and the course co-created by USM professor Catherine Fallona, director of the Center for Education Policy, Applied Research and Evaluation.
Image from WMTW-TV visit

USM's CI2 Lab featured on WMTW-TV

Work in USM's CI2 Lab — teaching Portland teachers about 3-D printers and their uses in the classroom — led to a June 27 story on WMTW-TV. The class was part of the Side x Side and the Summer Arts Institute, now in its third year. Teachers build skills and relationships at the institute that often broaden their instruction in the classroom.
Image of Casco Bay

USM hosting panel on federal budget cuts and Maine fisheries

USM's Curtis Bohlen, who serves as the director of the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, will serve on a panel Thursday looking at the future of Maine's fisheries in the wake of Trump Administration budget cuts. The discussion will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Talbot Auditorium on USM's Portland Campus. It will be free and open to the public.
USM alumnus Fred Knight

USM's Knight entering leadership program at General Dynamic Systems

Fred Knight, a USM alumnus who graduated in May with degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, is already on his way to a leadership role with General Dynamics Systems in Massachusetts.
Image of Pious Ali

USM's Pious Ali and Reza Jalali honored by Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine honored USM's Pious Ali and Reza Jalali at its annual meeting on June 11. The organization gave Pious Ali the Gerda Haas Award for Excellence, citing "his ongoing multi-faceted work in Maine fostering meaningful dialogue across cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic and faith-based barriers."
Prof Tracy Michaud Stutzman and Tourism and Hospitality students hiking glacier in Iceland

USM joins Maine Public for talk about growing relationship with Iceland

USM President Glenn Cummings and Tracy Michaud Stutzman, chair of USM's Tourism and Hospitality program were interviewed June 19th on Maine Public's radio show, "Maine Calling," for a discussion of the state's growing relationship with Iceland.