Student Engagement & Leadership

Involvement Coaching

Involvement Coaching

Some of your most memorable moments at USM will be the time spent with other students being engaged in work that you truly care about. So don’t wait to get involved!

Through a 1-on-1 coaching session with a trained Involvement Coach, you will understand available resources on campus, develop a plan to gain co-curricular skills and get connected to the campus community. The idea is to connect you to one or two opportunities outside the classroom based on a conversation of what your experiences have been, and what you would like to do in the future. These sessions vary in length depending on your interests, but will generally last 30 minutes.

To schedule a session, stop by the Student Affairs Office in Brooks Student Center or fill out our webform.

Resources, Groups, and Activities

Campus Traditions

  • Greek Week 
    • Each year the Office of Greek Life hosts a week of festivities for members of the university community where Greek Letter Organizations compete to be the Greek Week Champions!
  • Husky Fest
    • Occurring during the first week of classes each year on the Portland campus, Husky Fest is a great resource for students to learn about everything our university has to offer.
  • Husky Day of Service (DOS)
    • Every spring, students, staff, and faculty engage in community service projects with local organizations for the day.
  • Homecoming & Family Weekend
    • Each fall, student clubs and organizations participate in activities to show off the great work our students do. There are also free family-friendly events!
  • Class of Week
    • Occurs every spring to celebrate all that the graduating class has achieved. From the USM Night at the Sea Dogs to a Casco Bay Lines cruise there is plenty to do for celebration!

Student Centers

Student Government Association (SGA)

  • Student Senate
    • An organization that makes sure the students voices are heard. Meeting weekly, the Senate discusses ideas, recommendations, and resolutions that support the student community.
  • Board of Student Organizations (BSO)
    • An entity under the Student Senate that sponsors student programs and makes sure there is communication between our 50+ student organizations.
  • Commuter Students Association (CSA)
    • Hosts free events for our commuter population on the Portland campus. From pancake breakfasts to guest speakers, these events are sure to draw a crowd.
  • Gorham Campus Activities Board (G-CAB)
    • Hosts free events for our residential population on the Gorham campus. From Prize Bingo to Stress Relief, these events are always a great way to relax and unwind.
  • Outdoor Adventures Board (OAB)
    • Host events off campus that bring our students out into nature. From ziplining to white water rafting, you're in for an adventure.
  • USM Free Press
    • The official student newspaper that publishes community news stories for the Gorham, Portland, and Lewiston campuses.
  • WMPG Radio Station
    • The official campus radio station broadcasting on 90.9 FM, as well as streaming online. With student and faculty shows and great music, there's always something to listen to!
  • Leadership Development Board (LDB)
    • A group of students and staff who work together to support the student leaders at USM.

Fitness & Recreation

  • Intramural Sports
    • Athletic activities for our students including favorites like dodgeball, floor hockey, and ultimate frisbee.
  • Sullivan Fitness Complex
    • A recreation and fitness facility that houses two fitness centers and the main gym on the Portland campus.
  • Costello Fitness Complex
    • A recreation and fitness facility that houses the fitness center, an Olympic-sized ice hockey rink, the Field House, and the main gym on the Gorham campus.
  • NCAA Division III Athletics
    • We have 22 Division III athletic teams that compete against colleges in the division in events such as the Little East Conference and the Division III World Series.
  • Group Fitness Classes
    • We offer group fitness classes on the Gorham and Portland campuses varying from yoga to Zumba.
  • Fan Experience Committee
    • A group of students and staff who meet to come up with ideas to best serve the fans.

Community & Family Programming

  • Portland Chamber Eggs & Issues
    • A community forum where students are invited to join the Portland community and discuss business issues in the region.
  • New Year Gorham Committee
    • This committee helps plan and organize parades and performances to help celebrate the new year.
  • Kids on Campus Event Series
    • A program put on by the University of Southern Maine that is focused on engaging the members of our community with families and children. Bring the entire family for a day of fun with Campus Life. 


  • Greek Life
    • We have four Greek Letter Organizations. These groups participate in philanthropic fundraisers and community service projects to help better the community.
  • Student Conduct Committee (SCC)
    • The hearing board that is responsible for reviewing cases from students who have been sanctioned by a conduct officer for violations of the Student Conduct Code.
  • Academic Honor Societies
    • The Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society encourages and supports academics across all disciplines, and is one of the most selective honor societies in the country.
    • The Kappa Alpha Omicron is an international interdisciplinary honor society that supports students across many disciplines with their work regarding the environment.
  • Recovery Oriented Campus Center
    • Students & Recovery is an empowerment-based peer support group that fosters the possibility of personal growth by embracing all pathways to recovery and building connections to the community.
  • Community & Service Learning
    • We offer an increasing number of service-learning courses, in which students, faculty, and community organizations work together to address community-identified needs.
  • Residence Hall Event Boards
    • Responsible for planning events within each residence hall to build the community and help students to meet new people.
  • Resident Assistant Programming
    • Resident Assistants will host programs in their building to help better the sense of community and bring people together. These are great occasions to learn how to get involved and meet new people.
  • Federal Work-Study Positions
    • The Federal Work-Study Program provides work-study funded job opportunities to USM students. If you have received work-study funds you can apply for a work-study position and gain real-life work experience while continuing your classwork.

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