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USM ranks in top 100 nationwide for Adult Learners

University of Southern Maine excels in support for adult learners, ranking in the top 100 schools nationally as noted by Washington Monthly. The only Maine school to make the top 100, USM joins only 8 other Northern New England schools. Adult student and Marine veteran Mary Swanson shares her experience at USM.
portrait of Safiya Khalid '18

Safiya Khalid '18 draws worldwide media by defeating Internet trolls and winning her election

A worldwide audience is listening to University of Southern Maine alumna Safiya Khalid’s story of perseverance. On Nov. 5, the 2018 USM graduate earned election as the first Somali-American to serve on the city council of Lewiston, Maine. More astonishingly, she earned the seat despite a barrage of racist Internet attacks from around the country.
USM Theatre students

Weekly Event Highlights

Here are just a few of the many events happening on USM's Portland, Gorham and Lewiston-Auburn campuses for the week, November 14 - 21, 2019.

Montana newspaper profiles hotel manager Mandy Hotovy ‘06 

A 2006 University of Southern Maine graduate — now the general manager of a Marriott hotel in Big Sky, Montana — was profiled by her local newspaper.

Tech start-up created by Gabe Garza ‘08 developing indoor mapping robots

A tech start-up firm founded by University of Southern Maine alumnus Gabe Garza ‘08 is developing an indoor mapping technology with specially designed robots.
Mark Monnin with student

USM cybersecurity expert interviewed by media about medical provider's data breach

USM cybersecurity expert Mark Monnin has been interviewed in the Portland Press Herald about a recent email hack at Maine-based health care provider InterMed that potentially compromised the medical and personal information of about 30,000 patients.
Portrait of Omar Andrews

Library of Congress preserving the stories of USM veterans

After years of service to their country, Stephen White, Mary Swanson and Omar Andrews say they were humbled that their country wanted to remember their service.
artwork by Dinora Justice

Portland Press Herald praises USM Art Gallery show — an 'excellent tool' to spark conversation

In his article, "Art review: USM exhibit should spark a conversation about Modernism," art historian Dan Kany reviewed the current exhibition at USM Art Gallery in Gorham, "Contemporary Responses to Modernism: A New England Perspective."
Joe and Sheri Boulos

USM receives $500k “Veterans Day Gift” to establish Boulos Veterans Promise Completion Scholarship

The new Boulos Veterans Promise Completion Scholarship Fund will provide critical financial support to help veterans complete a degree at USM. It will also help fund a graduate assistantship for a veteran to work with the Promise Scholarship program in supplementing career and other support services provided by USM’s Office of Veterans Services.
USM SoM Faculty Robert Lehmann

Concerts from Mozart to Mackey and more — November with the USM School of Music

Save the dates and come enjoy the music this month, presented by the students and faculty of USM's own School of Music.