On the final episode of “The USM Update” of 2018, University of Southern Maine (USM) President Glenn Cummings thanks voters for their historic passage of Question 4 on the Nov. 6 ballot, which will fund program and infrastructure improvements at USM and across the entire University of Maine System. Also on the the show, Cummings speaks with two of the newest leading ladies in the university's renowned School of Music; discusses a new opportunity in aquaculture; and sends his greetings for a happy holiday season. Watch the full episode now.
In the show’s first segment, President Cummings sits down with Malinda Haslett, USM’s new director of voice studies, and Jackie Townsend, our new director of bands, to talk about their first semesters at USM — their goals, what it’s like working with our students and what they are planning for the future. Watch the segment.
Additionally, Haslett discusses an upcoming Opera Workshop on Dec. 8, “Shakespeare & Co: Songs, Sonnets, and Scenes.” Directed by Haslett herself, the workshop begins at 8 p.m. in Corthell Hall in Gorham; tickets $8 for adults, $5 for students, seniors, USM employees and alumni. Buy tickets now.
Up next, we welcome Theo Willis, professor of Environmental Science and Policy, and Jennifer Fortier, outreach & development associate at Whole Oceans, a Maine-based company that plans to open a land-based salmon farm on the site of the former Verso Paper Mill in Bucksport. A new class offered by Willis will give students an introduction into land-based aquaculture and recirculating aquaculture systems, and will include trips to the site to educate students on this growing industry — and the workforce development opportunities that arise from it. Check it out.
Finally, Director of Choral Studies Nicolás Dosman appears on the show to discuss his role for the second year as Chorus Master in the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s annual show “Magic of Christmas," as well as an international touring opportunity for School of Music students. Watch through to the end of the segment, as Dosman and graduate student conductor Heather Guifoyle conduct selections from the USM Chamber Singers’ annual holiday concert, “Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season.” Watch and listen 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.