Welcome to the fourth season of “The USM Update,” a monthly talk show hosted by University of Southern Maine (USM) President Glenn Cummings during the academic year.
We kick off the 2019-2020 academic year with three segments focused on student and community engagement. In this episode, guests discuss the relatively new Promise Scholarship, which helps make students’ college dreams a reality, and the Gateway to Opportunity program, which engages local youth with meaningful work experiences. Then, students sit down to discuss their summer internships with USM’s Food Studies Program. Watch the full show.
First, we welcome Daniel Barton, coordinator of The Promise Scholarship, which helps helps disadvantaged youth attend college, and two incoming Promise Scholars, Mowlid Abdi and Gigi Beninati, to talk about the scholarship and their college goals. Watch the segment.
We also take the opportunity to highlight an event occurring on Sept. 12 in celebration of The Promise Scholarship, “Seizing the Opportunity: Education as the Pathway to Success.” The event features Maine Red Claws President Dajuan Eubanks, who will share his story of transformation through education. The night begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. at USM’s Abromson Community Education Center. Register here now.
Next up, we welcome Claire Schroeder, a policy associate with USM’s Cutler Institute, to discuss a youth engagement program called Gateway to Opportunity (G2O). The program, started in 2016, helps connect local youth with paid work experiences during the summer as they learn 21st Century skills to take with them through college and beyond. Joining Claire is Joshua Mutshaila, a senior at Casco Bay High School who participated in the program the past two summers, and Ysanne Bethel, a 2019 USM Sociology graduate who worked as a G2O team leader. Check it out.
Also take the opportunity to watch a video about the G2O program, featuring two of the students who partook in this summer's program. The piece was filmed and edited by Office of Public Affairs intern Mike Perez, who also works camera for "The USM Update." Watch that video now.
Rounding out the episode is a conversation about paid internships featuring the Food Studies Program Internship Coordinator Amy Carrington and two students, Kathleen Rattazzi and Jeanine Uwase, who both recently completed paid internships in the Greater Portland Area. Uwase spent her summer helping local high school-aged youth learn how to grow produce through Cultivating Community’s teen Youth Growers Program. Rattazzi spent her summer on a boat with Love Point Oysters in Harpswell, growing, sorting and marketing oysters as a combined project for both her Food Studies minor and capstone in Tourism and Hospitality. Watch the piece 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.