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"The USM Update" TV Show

The USM Update title screen"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.

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  • In this episode of "The USM Update," USM President Glenn Cummings sits down with guests to talk about groundbreaking research around pollution in Casco Bay, being done in collaboration between the university’s Department of Biological Sciences and Muskie School of Public Service; how students are gaining global leadership skills in USM’s Maine Model United Nations program; and, finally, how USM’s Food Studies Program has partnered with Sodexo to bring sustainable seafood to USM dining facilities — the result of research done by USM students, faculty and community partners.

  • In the October 2019 episode of "The USM Update," USM President Glenn Cummings sits down with guests from a variety of disciplines to highlight the university's commitments to diversity, research and workforce development. First, we welcome two guests from the Department of Theatre to talk about their 2019-2020 season, "Celebrating, Honoring & Empowering Women's Voices," which features women playwrights and directors. Next, we feature researchers Matthew Bampton and Jan Piribeck to discuss their recent trip to Southern Greenland to study climate and socioeconomic change. Lastly, we bring on two students from the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program to talk about their experience.

  • Welcome to the fourth season of “The USM Update,” as we kick off the 2019-2020 academic year. On this episode, we welcome Daniel Barton, coordinator of The Promise Scholarship, which helps disadvantaged youth who attend college, and two incoming Promise Scholars, Mowlid Abdi and Gigi Beninati, to talk about the scholarship and their college goals. Next, we feature three guests who are part of a relatively new program, Gateway to Opportunity, housed in the Cutler Institute at USM and how it helps local youth gain 21st Century skills while working with USM students. Lastly, we bring in two students who completed summer internships through their Food Studies minors, working to better understand and shape Maine’s local food system.

  • In the Season 3 finale of "The USM Update," USM Provost Jeannine Uzzi again steps in for President Glenn Cummings to welcome guests from across the university to discuss new studies and a new degree in Leadership, with Leadership Studies Chair and Professor Dan Jenkins. Uzzi also welcomes Baseball Head Coach Ed Flaherty and students Devin Warren and Dalton Rice to talk about the Huskies' excellent season. We cap off the show with some of our graduating students — Ezra Briggs, Lexi Bartlett and Thanex Louis — as they discuss their USM experiences and outline their plans following graduation. We'll return in the fall for Season 4.

  • In the April episode of "The USM Update," USM Provost Jeannine Diddle Uzzi steps in for President Glenn Cummings and welcomes guests to talk about many current goings-on at the university. First, we welcome Corey Hascall, vice president of alumni and public engagement at the USM Foundation, to discuss USM's new Access to Education Scholarship, which helps new Mainers who aren't eligible for federal financial aid afford a college education. Next, we welcome Meredith Sells, an alumna of USM's Master's in Policy, Planning and Management program, to discuss her new job at the U.S. Department of Interior. Joining Meredith is Andrew King, director of graduate studies, to discuss the breadth of USM's graduate programs, and why a graduate education at USM is beneficial for individuals and the community. We cap off the show with a discussion on global languages at USM, which are housed in USM's nationally-renowned Department of Linguistics, with department Chair Dana McDaniel, Professor Judy Shepherd-Kegl and student Samuel Anderson.


  • 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, including Public Health, Theatre and Music and Food Studies. We learn the rationale behind offering a new undergraduate degree in Public Health, an extension of USM's acclaimed Master in Public Health (MPH) program; we get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at "Unlock'd," a new musical making its New England debut starring our musical theatre students; and we speak with students and faculty from our Food Studies program about a national conference, Universities Fighting World Hunger, being held for the first time in the Northeast this month at USM.

  • We continue Season 3 of "The USM Update" as President Glenn Cummings sits down with guests from the University of Southern Maine's athletic teams, The USM Huskies, including three student-athletes who score big not just in their sports, but also in the classroom. Cummings also sits down with USM Board of Visitors Chair Clifton Greim to discuss market research behind USM's proposed name change. We round out the episode with Justin Tussing, director of USM's Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing, and an alumna of that program, Catherine Murray, author of "Now You See the Sky."

  • In the final episode of 2018, USM President Glenn Cummings talks music and leadership with two of the newest faculty in the School of Music, Malinda Haslett, director of voice studies, and Jackie Townsend, director of bands. We'll find out what they have in store for the semester to come. We also welcome Theo Willis, professor of Environmental Science and Policy, and guest Jennifer Fortier from Whole Oceans, a company planning to build a new land-based salmon farm in Bucksport, about a class collaboration between the university and a burgeoning industry. Lastly, 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," followed by the USM Chamber Singers' performance of selections from their annual holiday concert, “Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season.”

"The USM Update," Nov. 5, 2018

  • In the November 2018 episode of "The USM Update," University President Glenn Cummings sits down with guests to discuss our running theme of workforce development ahead of the vote for Question 4, a $49 million investment in Maine's public university system that was successfully approved by voters on Nov. 6. The bond money will boost nursing, engineering and STEM initiatives and infrastructure improvements at all 7 campuses across the state. On this episode, we hear from Keirstin Salisbury, who after graduating from USM's Communication and Media Studies program is now working as a development coordinator for Maine Medical Center — one example of how the liberal arts work for Maine. We also hear from Nancy Griffin, vice president for enrollment management and student affairs discusses USM's surging enrollment numbers; plus the announcement of USM"s Maine North Atlantic Institute, designed to forge greater business, educational and social connections — and workforce partnerships — between Maine and countries throughout the North Atlantic. 

►"The USM Update," Oct. 1, 2018

  • The new episode of "The USM Update" discusses our focus on workforce development ahead of a $49 million bond package, Question 4, going before Maine voters Nov. 6. If approved, Question 4 will fund program and infrastructure improvements at USM and the entire University of Maine System. On this episode: how the bond package would help USM's Nursing and Engineering programs, as discussed by Jeremy Qualls, dean of the College of Science, Technology and Health and professors Susan Sepples from the School of Nursing, and Mariusz Jankowski, chair of the Department of Engineering. Also on this episode: how USM is bridging Maine's workforce skills gap through internships and our Career & Employment Hub. Lastly, learn how one alumna's groundbreaking work in international trade has made an impact on relations between USM, Portland and Iceland.

►"The USM Update," Sept. 4, 2018

  • This season we are highlighting the many ways in which the University of Southern Maine is preparing today's students for tomorrow's careers through a number of career development initiatives targeted at filling the skill gaps in Maine's workforce. USM President Glenn Cummings sits down first with Valerie Fuller, assistant professor in USM's School of Nursing, and guests to discuss the need to expand rural health care in Maine, and how USM's new Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner can help meet the demand for nurses in wake of the state's projected 3,200 nursing job shortfall. Next, we hear from USM Associate Professor Charles Bernacchio about USM's Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling masters degree program and how it helps prepare students for the workforce, so they can in turn help patients get back to work following illness or injury. Last, but certainly not least, we hear from Andrew Osheroff, manager of operations for USM's Career & Employment Hub, and Jeanne Paquette, USM's vice president of Corporate Engagement, about how USM is getting students off campus and into coveted internships — over 1,400 in 2017 alone — that lead to lasting careers.

"The USM Update," May 1, 2018

  • In the season finale of "The USM Update" for the 2017-2018 academic year, USM President Glenn Cummings sits down with representatives from the University's nationally-accredited ASL/English Interpretation program within the Department of Linguistics, including Dr. Judy Shepard-Kegl, whose work with deaf Nicaraguan schoolchildren has earned global acclaim. Cummings also discusses sustainability initiatives at USM — where they stand and where they're going — plus how USM's student Eco-Reps are making change on and off campus each day. Finally, we end the show by speaking with Bryan Waring, Melissa Cunningham and Jordan O'Hearn, three of USM's featured graduates who, like their own diverse backgrounds, represent the best of the University of Southern Maine.

"The USM Update," April 2, 2018

  • In the April 2018 episode of "The USM Update," University of Southern Maine President Glenn Cummings continues in talking about the University's many workforce development initiatives, this time with representatives from USM's Departments of Biology and Engineering, as well as from several community partners employing USM students. First, we hear from Dave Champlin, USM associate professor of biology and department chair, and corporate partners from the Maine Medical Research Institute to talk about an exclusive internship partnership between the two institutions. Next, we hear from USM Biology Professor Rachel Lasley-Rasher and her friend and colleague, Marissa McMahan, senior fisheries specialist at Manomet, who is working with USM intern Erica Ferrelli to establish a new fishery in Maine and New England harvesting the invasive European green grab. Finally, we hear from USM's new Employer Relationship Manager, Chanel Lewis, who with Kelly Brewer, a USM alumna and Director of Engineering for Tilson Technologies, and Dan Means, a full-time USM student and employee at Tilson, talks about how the University is providing not just internship, but employment, opportunities for students in their fields prior to graduation.

"The USM Update," March 5, 2018

  • In this episode of "The USM Update," University of Southern Maine President Glenn Cummings discusses the many ways the University is getting students into the workforce. First, we hear from Mary Anderson, lecturer in USM's Master of Occupational Therapy program, plus two of her students to talk about a new free, on-campus MOT clinic at USM's Lewiston-Auburn College. Second, Cummings sits down with USM Computer Science Student Zach Rohman and his professor, Hady Ahmady Phoulady, and Jim Smith, CIO of the Maine Office of Information Technology, to talk about the incredible need for computer science graduates to fill Maine's growing technology sector. Last, but not least, we speak with Sara Ghezzi, lecturer in USM's Tourism and Hospitality program, plus Andrew Leighton, an alumnus of the program, and current student Heather Rock, about Maine's fast-growing tourism industry, and how USM provides real-world opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the field —including a unique partnership between USM, AAA Northern New England and Royal Caribbean International.

"The USM Update," Feb. 5, 2018

  • "The USM Update" returns in 2018 with three segments focusing on workforce development in Maine. USM President Glenn Cummings sits down with Patsy Thompson-Leavitt, assistant professor in the USM School of Nursing and Nursing lecturer Ashley Korenkiewicz to talk about the need for more nurses in Maine and the ways in which USM is working to resolve that. We also hear from Michael Hillard and two of his Food Studies minor students about Maine's growing food economy. And finally, Cummings talks with Carlos Lück, associate professor of electrical engineering, plus two USM Engineering alumni, about the growing demand for skilled engineers in Maine and how USM's ever-expanding program can meet it.

"The USM Update," Dec. 4, 2017

  • In the fourth episode of "The USM Update" 2017-2018 season, USM President Glenn Cummings sits down with Dr. Karen Wilson and her students as they discuss aquaponics research being done at USM (1:20). We also hear from Dr. Richard Bilodeau, lecturer in entrepreneurship, about the ways in which the USM School of Business prepares students for today's changing business climate (12:42). Lastly, we enjoy the sounds of the holiday season, as the USM School of Music Chamber Singers perform selects from their Nov. 28, 2017 concert, "Joyous Sounds for a Festive Season" (21:55).

"The USM Update," Nov. 6, 2017

  • In the third episode of the second season of "The USM Update," USM President Glenn Cummings speaks with Trae Blanco, USM director of bands, and two of his instrumental students about the work being done at the School of Music at the University of Southern Maine and what the School has in store for concertgoers this year (1:15). Cummings also sits down with Corey Hascall, director of alumni engagement and annual giving, to talk about USM's 'Dare to Dream' campaign, which seeks to raise $100,000 in scholarship money by Nov. 15, which will be matched up to $100,000 by the University (11:28). Finally, we hear from Laurie Davis, executive director of TRIO programs and Upward Bound at USM, about the ways in which people from diverse or disadvantaged backgrounds are being supported in Southern Maine (21:35).

"The USM Update," Oct. 9, 2017

  • In the second episode of the 2017-2018 season of "The USM Update," USM President Glenn Cummings sits down with Danielle Conway, dean and professor of the University of Maine School of Law, to discuss the school's integral role in educating Maine's future lawyers (1:27). Cummings also talks with Naamah Jarnot, USM's coordinator of tutoring services, and a few student tutors to discuss the university's Learning Commons and its place on USM's campuses (10:40). We also hear from Anila Karunakar, coordinator for multicultural student life, about the Multicultural Student Center's importance on USM's Portland Campus and what it has in store for the coming year (19:05).

"The USM Update" Sept. 4, 2017

  • In the first episode of "The USM Update" of the 2017-2018 academic year, USM President Glenn Cummings sits down with Ainsley Wallace, USM's vice president of corporate engagement, to talk about corporate partnerships and USM's Career & Employment Hub (0:34); Maine Law Dean Danielle Conway to talk about the university's upcoming Convocation, "Race and Participatory Democracy (9:45);" and USM Director of Honors Rebecca Nisetich to talk about the USM Honors Abroad program, which allows USM Honors students to study in Iceland over the summer (20:41).

"The USM Update," May 1, 2017

  • On the season finale of "The USM Update," learn why "Thinking Matters" at USM, hear about journalism across the generations with alumnus Neil Genzlinger '77 of "The New York Times" and Krysteana Scribner, [now former] editor-in-chief of the USM Free Press, and get an update on the master plan process for all three campuses.


 ► "The USM Update," April 3, 2017

  • On the April episode of "The USM Update," get an update on the University of Southern Maine's (USM) sustainability efforts and learn how USM students are being prepared to tackle the environmental challenges facing the planet. Also, hear how USM is preparing its educators to adapt to the changing demographics in Maine's classrooms. Plus, a discussion on the findings of the first in-depth analysis of Maine's juvenile records system.


► "The USM Update," March 6, 2017

  • On the March episode of "The USM Update," learn about a first-of-its-kind trip to Cuba for the UMaine System, celebrate 50 years of women's athletics at USM and hear from a group of Engineering students who provided hot water to a Guatemalan orphanage.


► "The USM Update," Dec. 5, 2016

  • Take a walk down "Avenue Q," head to South Africa to learn about "The Montagu Project" and hear a performance from the USM Chamber Singers on the December episode of "The USM Update" with University of Southern Maine President Glenn Cummings.


► "The USM Update," Nov. 7, 2016

  • On the November episode of "The USM Update," University of Southern Maine (USM) President Glenn Cummings welcomes senior student veteran Seth Adams and Lorrie Spaulding, Coordinator of USM Veterans Services, to learn how the Veterans Services Office puts student veterans on the path to academic success.


► "The USM Update," Oct. 3, 2016

  • On the October episode of "The USM Update," University of Southern Maine (USM) President Glenn Cummings welcomes Rebecca Nisetich, Director of the USM Honors Program, and Honors students Leah Dell and Fazil Shaikh. The group discusses the program's growth and the opportunities it affords USM students.


 ► "The USM Update," Sept. 5, 2016 

  • On the first episode of "The USM Update," University of Southern Maine President Glenn Cummings welcomes Nancy Griffin, Vice President for Enrollment Management, to discuss some of the university's successes over the last calendar year. Plus, catch up with Kyle Raynor '12, graduate of the Sport Management major and Premium Account Executive with the Boston Red Sox. Learn all about the Sport Management major, and hear how local connections helped land Kyle his dream job in the big leagues. Also, take a look at Welcome Weekend 2016 and get an inside look at some of our new student support services on the Portland campus.

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