In the November 2018 episode of “The USM Update,” President Glenn Cummings again sits down with guests to discuss the University of Southern Maine's (USM's) focus on workforce development ahead of a $49 million bond package, Question 4, going before Maine voters this Tuesday, Nov. 6.
If approved, which Question 4 will fund program and infrastructure improvements at USM and across the entire University of Maine System — that includes funding for USM’s nursing and engineering programs, as well as a Career and Student Success Center that will house USM’s Career & Employment Hub. Watch the full show.
While you're at it, here's everything you need to know about Question 4, and why us at USM and the University of Maine System are hoping you'll join us in voting YES on Nov. 6.
First up on this month's show, we welcome Assistant Professor of Communication and Chair of the Communication and Media Studies Department Russ Kivatisky, and his former student (and now alumna) Keirstin Salisbury, who after interning in Maine Medical Center's Development Office, is now employed full-time as a development coordinator at Maine's largest hospital. We also welcome Matthew Parks, director of development at MMC, to discuss the need for students with the right communication skills to work in a variety of fields. Check out the segment.
Next, watch Nancy Griffin, USM's vice president for enrollment management and student affairs, and Director of Admissions Rachel Morales about newly-released enrollment numbers that highlight USM's growth in recent years. A few examples:
- Overall, the university’s student population rose to 8,140, surging past the 8,000 mark for the first time in recent years.
- The numbers show a 5.18 percent increase in overall student enrollment since Fall 2015.
- During that same three-year period, the number of graduate students rose by 10.1 percent.
- The student population includes a 5.1 percent increase this year in the number of Maine students enrolling at USM, where the two most popular majors are nursing and business.
Lastly, we welcome Terry Shehata, Maine Economic Improvement Fund coordinator, to discuss the creation of USM's new Maine North Atlantic Institute. The planned institute will build upon USM's multidisciplinary collaborative efforts in the North Atlantic region over the past three years to scale up and focus on workforce and economic development in Maine to help businesses create new markets and new jobs, and create new partnerships and capitalize on unique opportunities. Tracy Michaud, assistant professor in Tourism & Hospitality at USM, and Patrick Arnold, Co-Founder & CEO of the New England Ocean Cluster join Shehata to discuss this groundbreaking announcement. 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.