Progress report

President Richard Pattenaude will update the USM community on several critical issues Monday, Feb. 12.

“Given the critical nature of the initiatives we implemented at the outset of the academic year, I’d like the opportunity to present a mid-year report .” said Pattenaude in a recent press release.

Pattenaude will talk about current requests pending before the Maine Legislature, the status of Provost Joe Wood’s yearlong planning efforts, construction plans and the budget outlook.

There will be three meetings taking place at three different USM locations. All members of the USM community are invited to attend.

The schedule is as follows: 10 a.m., Luther Bonney Auditorium, Portland; 1 p.m., Lewiston-Auburn College; 3:30 p.m., Room 10, Bailey Hall, Gorham.

No way to treat a guest

A visiting student who was on campus for a track event was randomly assaulted while jogging on Campus Avenue.

A passing car threw an empty soda can at the New York University student. The can struck the student in the face, leaving a bruise, but required no medical attention.

The victim only got a quick look at the car and its occupants, said USM Police Detective Ron Saindon.

The vehicle was described as a tan and maroon, older model Buick with three male occupants. USM Police put out an alert to area departments, said Saindon, which included the description and a request to take note of similar incidents. None were reported.

The incident is being investigated.


An employee at the Glickman Family Library on the Portland campus was threatened by a disruptive patron.

The person was banging on a wall, said Detective Saindon. When a male staff member confronted him, the person “became aggressive and threatening.” Saindon wouldn’t comment on the exact nature of the incident.

The suspect left the building before police arrived.

He is described as 25 to 35 years old, approximately 5’10” with brown hair. He was wearing a dark, dirty jacket and a multi-colored hat.

USM Police are following leads.

Lock it when you leave it

USM Police are investigating a burglary and theft after someone entered an Upton-Hastings dorm room in Gorham and stole cash.

The room was not occupied and the door was not locked, said Detective Saindon.


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