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Dr. Joyce Taylor Gibson

Joyce Taylor Gibson and Leigh Saufley to be inducted to Maine Women’s Hall of Fame

Joyce Gibson, an associate professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Southern Maine and former dean of Lewiston-Auburn College, and Leigh Saufley, dean of the University of Maine School of Law and former Maine Chief Justice, have been named to the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame.
Rehearsal scene from the USM production of "The Magic Flute."

USM singers overcome pandemic challenges to perform Mozart opera

Given the pandemic and USM students' perseverance, Mozart’s 229-year-old fairy tale of light and darkness — “The Magic Flute” — has likely never had a production like this.
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USM researcher John Gale facing COVID challenges as newly elected president of National Rural Health Association

At a time when health experts in every state struggle to protect their rural populations — where COVID-19 is taking so many lives — a University of Southern Maine researcher is leading the National Rural Health Association. On January 1, John Gale began a year-long term as the association’s elected president.

New report from USM’s Cutler Institute examines the scale and impact of parental incarceration in Maine

The 10-page report, “Breaking the Cycle: Interrupting Generational Incarceration in Maine,” calls for more evidence-based community programming that supports families, prevents incarceration, and facilitates parent-child relationships when parents are incarcerated. The report is the latest report to be released by the Place Matters project, which is housed at the Cutler Institute.

USM announces $8.8 million milestone reached for Promise Scholarship

Over the past three years, more than $8.8 million has been raised for Promise, including over $7.5 million needed to endow the USM Promise Scholarship in perpetuity.
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University of Southern Maine Announces Recipients of Essential Workers Scholarship

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is proud to recognize fifty outstanding USM students who are learning while working on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic in a range of essential capacities, including, but not limited to, health care professionals, firefighters, police officers, paramedics, retail and grocery employees, child care providers, delivery services workers and transportation providers.
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Gift from Androscoggin Bank supports USM’s Promise Scholarship program

The University of Southern Maine Foundation has received a generous gift of $25,000 from Lewiston-based Androscoggin Bank to help young Mainers with high potential but limited means to pursue their college aspirations.
Michael Hillard, "Shredding Paper"

USM’s Hillard publishes ‘Shredding Paper: The Rise and Fall of Maine’s Mighty Paper Industry’

Michael Hillard, a Professor of Economics and Director of the Food Studies Program at USM, examines the paper industry’s distinctive economic, political and technological histories in his new book, "Shredding Paper: The Rise and Fall of Maine's Mighty Paper Industry."
Dr. Jeannine Uzzi

USM provost receives national higher education advising award

Dr. Jeannine Uzzi, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at USM, is the 2020 recipient of the Michael C. Holen Pacesetter Award presented by the National Academic Advising Association as part of its Global Awards Program for Academic Advising.
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USM joins national commitment to global climate action on fifth anniversary of Paris Agreement

To mark the five-year anniversary of international governments signing on to the Paris Agreement, the University of Southern Maine is joining more than 1,000 businesses, organizations, municipalities and universities nationwide in committing to a national mobilization for a clean energy economy and refocusing their own operations in pursuit of climate action.