Presidential race down to two

Posted on March 02, 2015 by Emma James in News

The USM presidential search committee provided Chancellor James Page with the names and assessments of two finalists: Glenn Cummings and Harvey Kesselman. The third candidate, Jose “Zito” Sartarelli, withdrew from the candidacy beforehand. Sartarelli was unavailable to hold an interview at this point in time. Cummings and Kesselman are the final two standing, from a […]

Presidential search committee chooses three finalists

Posted on February 04, 2015 by Emma James in News

Glenn Cummings

Three finalists have been selected by the University of Southern Maine Presidential Search Committee and were announced last week. The candidates will be on all campuses at separate times throughout February. The search committee included members of the board of trustees, students, staff, faculty, the community, board of visitors and a designee of the Chancellor. […]

Winter storm shuts down USM, classes canceled three days in one week

Posted on February 04, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

A love car sits in the parking lot behind Upper Class Hall during last Tuesday's blizzard.

USM shut down its campuses, suspending classes and activities, three times last week, in response to a series of snowstorms that blanketed Portland with over two and a half feet of snow. Bangor Daily News reported that the first storm, colloquially named “Juno” dumped two feet of snow in some Maine communities, while the second […]

Students still prefer the classic classroom experience

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Emma James in News

In the fall, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences issued a survey to ask students in the department which kind of learning they prefer. A resonating 92 percent answered that they prefer in person instruction, with two percent preferring online, and five percent preferring the blended classroom concept. Leonard Shedletsky, professor of communication, […]

Michael Berube chairs the AAUP investigation

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Emma James in News

Last week, a team was sent to USM by the American Association of University Professors to investigate claims against USM’s execution of academic freedom and shared governance. Chairing the investigative committee was Michael Berube, director of the institute for arts and humanities at Pennsylvania State University. According to Berube, hundreds of requests for intervention come […]

‘We are on the verge of being censured.': Faculty senate worried about possible AAUP sanction

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Emma James in News

Mark Lapping, professor in the Muskie School of Public Service, once acted as interim president of Unity College, where he worked alongside the AAUP to set up a governance system for the school.

In response to recent cuts by administration, as well as the threat of a sanction by the American Association for University Professors (AAUP), a special faculty senate meeting was held on Friday to discuss the role of the senate moving forward. In an almost unanimous vote, the senate passed a resolution to ask for a […]

Flanagan responds to AAUP

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Emma James in News

On Nov. 14, USM received a letter from The American Association for University Professors (AAUP), an organization dedicated to advancing academic freedom and shared governance, defined fundamental professional values and standards for higher education and ensuring higher education’s contribution to the common good, in opposition to recent cuts. The university is now under investigation as […]

Admins to ignore AAUP sanction

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Emma James in News

The American Association for University Professors (AAUP), an organization dedicated to advancing academic freedom and shared governance, defined fundamental professional values and standards for higher education and ensuring higher education’s contribution to the common good, sent President David Flanagan a letter in opposition to recent cuts. This is the second time this year the AAUP […]

Admins continue to work on teach-out plan

Posted on November 17, 2014 by Emma James in News

Provost Joseph McDonnell discusses the two-year teach-out plan to be enacted for students in eliminated programs.

In wake of five programs being eliminated within the span of a few months, the administration is continuing to work on establishing a two-year teach-out plan so affected students may finish their degrees. American and New England Studies, geosciences and the arts and humanities program at Lewiston-Auburn campus were eliminated by the board of trustees […]

Transfer students unaware of budget crisis

Posted on November 17, 2014 by Emma James in News, Uncategorized

Bonnie Stearns, director of student services in the college of science, technology and health sciences answers students’ questions at a transfer student open house last Thursday. Though some programs in the college have been cut, she believes the college is thriving and robust.

Students visiting USM for an adult, transfer and graduate student open house last week mainly described themselves as being excited to come to the university, but most were completely unaware of any of the program eliminations that have occurred this semester.  Josh Grassman, hoping to transfer to USM from Sienna College after a hiatus of […]