In the April episode of "The USM Update," University of Southern Maine (USM) Provost Jeannine Diddle Uzzi steps in for President Glenn Cummings and welcomes guests to talk about scholarships, graduate programs that put students to work and the many opportunities for students to study languages at USM — and just what those students can do when they graduate. Watch the full show.
First, we welcome Corey Hascall, vice president of alumni and public engagement at the USM Foundation, to discuss USM's new Access to Education Scholarship, which helps new Mainers who aren't eligible for federal financial aid afford a college education. MEMIC, one of USM's leading employer partners, has issued a $20,000 challenge to support the fund: During the month of April, MEMIC will match contributions one-to-one up to $20,000, unlocking the company's $20,000 donation to the scholarship fund. Watch the segment now, and follow this link to donate to the Access to Education Scholarship fund.
Next, we welcome Meredith Sells, an alumna of USM's master's in Policy, Planning and Management program, to discuss her new job at the U.S. Department of Interior and how the Muskie School of Public Service helped her find her calling. Joining Meredith is Andrew King, director of graduate studies at USM, to discuss the breadth of the university's graduate programs, and why a graduate education at USM is beneficial for individuals and the community. Check it out.
We cap off the April episode with a discussion on global languages at USM, which are housed in USM's nationally-renowned Department of Linguistics, with department Chair Dana McDaniel, Professor of Linguistics Judy Shepard-Kegl and student Samuel Anderson. In the segment, McDaniel dispels the myth that USM lacks global language programming, and highlights the future of languages at USM. Anderson then discusses his time spent abroad in China, where he was able to put his studies in action. Watch now.
"The USM Update" is a monthly, half-hour program covering all things about the University of Southern Maine — from groundbreaking research to workforce development initiatives and more — hosted by University President Glenn Cummings during the academic year.
The "Update" is produced by the USM Office of Public Affairs in partnership with the University's Communication and Media Studies Department and several media partners in Southern, Central and Coastal Maine covering more than 40 communities with a combined population of over 400,000 people.
New episodes air on the first Monday of each month at 8:30 p.m. on the Portland-based Portland Media Center (formerly Community Television Network/CTN5) channel 5. Viewers outside the Portland area should check their local listings.