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'The USM Update' Oct. 1, 2018

USM update filming October 2018

In the October 2018 episode of “The USM Update,” President Glenn Cummings sits down with guests to discuss the University of Southern Maine's focus on workforce development ahead of a $49 million bond package, Question 4, going before Maine voters in November. If approved, 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, and learn more about Question 4 and #Yes4MainesWorkforce.

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Up first on the show, we hear from Jeremy Qualls, dean of the College of Science, Technology and Health to discuss how the college trains students to meet regional needs, including in engineering and rural nursing, ahead of the bond vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6. We also hear from Susan Sepples, associate professor of nursing and Department of Engineering Chair Mariusz Jankowski to discuss exciting updates to their areas, including a new Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner degree, and exploration of computer and industrial engineering programs. Get the scoop.

Next, we Stacy Stewart, a career advisor in the  Career & Employment Hub, talks about how the Hub is placing students in internships at a rapid pace and working hands-on with employers to fill the skills gap in Maine’s workforce. We hear from one of those interns, Margaret Smith, a senior marketing major who interned at Systems Engineering. We also learn about upcoming events to introduce students to potential employers, including USM's first-ever Engineering Hiring Event, and the region’s largest career fair (sold-out for employers; free and open to students and the public). Check out the segment.

Lastly, we hear from USM alumna Shaelan Donovan '18 about her groundbreaking work in international trade while studying abroad in Iceland, the first USM student to take advantage of a unique partnership between USM and Reykjavik University. Joining Shaelan is Larus Isfeld, former manager of Eimskip U.S.A., and Ross Hickey, USM's assistant provost for research integrity, to discuss the parallels between Portland-Iceland, USM-RU and how continued partnership can encourage massive economic growth. Don't miss it.

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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.