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Replay: 'The USM Update,' March 2019

USM Update taping March 2019

In the March episode of “The USM Update,” University of Southern Maine (USM) President Glenn Cummings sits down with guests from a wide range of disciplines across the university, include Public Health, Theatre and Food Studies. View the entire episode.

First off, we welcome Brenda Joly, associate research professor in the Muskie School of Public Service, and Master in Public Health (MPH) student Morgan Horn to discuss a new undergraduate program in Public Health that will be offered starting in the Fall of 2019. An extension of USM’s nationally-acclaimed and accredited MPH program, the baccalaureate program aims to prepare students for positions at local health departments, businesses, social service agencies, health systems, nonprofit community organizations and hospitals. Read more about the new program, and watch the segment now.

President Cummings also introduces the new musical “Unlock’d,” written by Maine native Sam Carner. USM Musical Theatre students have been given the unique opportunity to stage the show — only the third company to do so — on the Gorham campus as Carner hopes to bring the show to Broadway. We went behind the scenes at rehearsal a few weeks back; watch the video now.

“Unlock’d,” a show with huge personality, runs until March 10. Get tickets now (they’re selling fast).

We wrap up this month’s episode with a discussion on a major international conference around the topic of food insecurity, the Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit, behind held at USM March 14-16. This year’s summit, "Fighting Hunger in a World of Plenty: Shifting Power and Taking Action" will bring more than 500 students, faculty, and activists from across the nation together for two days of action-oriented workshops and inspiring presentations from leaders and activists at the front lines of fighting hunger and is co-sponsored by the USM Food Studies Program, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and the Maine Campus Compact.

President Cummings talks with Matthew Hoffman, a professor in the Food Studies Program, and two students — First-Years Jordan Lewis (Psychology) and Catherine Schierer (Tourism & Hospitality) who both minor in Food Studies — to discuss the event and the work students are putting in to support it. Check it out.

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About "The USM Update"

"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.