USM to host first-in-Maine program to help low income veterans attend college
A first-in-the-state program at the University of Southern Maine aims to help low income veterans prepare to become college students. By Thanksgiving, USM's new Veterans Upward Bound program will be reaching out across Maine to low income veterans, particularly those would be the first in their family to graduate from college.
Afghanistan veteran and former congressional staffer enrolls at USM
To new USM student Rob McCann, life has been a long, long march. As a boots-on-the-ground Marine, he trekked across the Afghan city of Marjah, carrying rockets amid the war's single biggest offensive. As a veteran, he hiked the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail, raising money in the memory of a fallen brother Marine. And he found his own peace.
USM community honors fallen heroes with 9.4 mile hike on September 11
On Monday, September 11, 16 years since the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, 30 USM veterans, students, faculty and staff particitpated in a 9.4 mile hike from USM's Portland campus to the Gorham campus to honor Maine's fallen heroes.
USM's The Summit Project Ruck to honor Maine's fallen heroes rescheduled to September 11, 2017
On Friday, March 24, members of the University of Southern Maine community gathered at the President's House in Gorham to honor Maine's fallen heroes. The day was previously scheduled to be the second annual TSP Ruck, a 10-mile hike from USM's Portland campus to the Gorham campus. This year's event was canceled due to weather. Instead, participants gathered at an intimate luncheon to share the stories of the fallen and learn more about The Summit Project. Camden Ege, Air Force veteran, USM graduate student and TSP Ruck coordinator, announced that the second USM TSP Ruck is now scheduled for September 11, 2017.
Green Zone Training
USM Veterans Services is offering a program called “USM's Green Zone: Staff & Faculty Military Awareness Training". This program was designed over the last 3 years with the input of our students and is aimed at helping staff & faculty become more familiar with military life and how it translates into the classroom. As service members transition into students, they face unique challenges and may need specific resources to assist them in their success at USM.
Request for Certification
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Student Veterans of America aim spotlight on USM's Husky Veterans
Efforts to help veterans achieve and excel at the University of Southern Maine earned both honors from the nationwide Student Veterans of America and a meet-and-greet with former Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald.
Student Veterans of America awards first-in-Maine grant to USM’s Husky Veterans, announces nominations for USM
A group devoted to helping veterans transition to college -- the Student Veterans of America -- has aimed its nationwide spotlight on efforts by the University of Southern Maine. The DC-based SVA recently awarded its first Maine grant to USM's student-led Husky Veterans. And when the national organization holds its national conference January 5th to 7th in Anaheim, Calif, USM will be represented.
USM, Summit Project ensure Maine’s military heroes will not be forgotten
The University of Southern Maine recently teamed up with the Summit Project, an organization that honors Maine's fallen service members, to help preserve the memories of those who gave their lives in the line of duty.