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President Obama’s education proposal could leave USM wanting more

Posted on September 02, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

President Barack Obama looks back towards a group of students before signing H.R. 1911, the "Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013," in the Oval Office, Aug. 9, 2013.

A plan proposed by President Obama last week could affect how much federal financial aid the university receives by 2015 and how much students receive by 2018. The president’s proposed “college affordability plan” will create a rating system for public institutions before the 2015 academic year that will assess colleges on tuition, percentage of low-income […]

From empty space to “food forest” – new project alters face of USM Portland commons

Posted on September 02, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in Community, News

The Food Forest Garden can be seen among the trees outside of Luther Bonney Hall on the Portland campus.

If you’re walking between the Luther Bonney and Payson Smith Halls at Portland’s USM campus this fall, you may notice that something is different about the once-empty, long stretch of grass. This summer, USM teamed up with local permaculture designer and USM graduate David Homa to construct an edible landscape ­­– the project fittingly called […]

Gorham Initiative work hurt by budget cuts

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

A panoramic shot of the Gorham campus shows (left) the Costello Sports Complex, (Center) Dickey Wood Hall, (Right) Philippi Hall. The Dickey Wood and Philippi halls house residential USM students.

Faculty, staff and students have been working in one form or another since 1997 to improve the Gorham experience, but after $5 million in cuts this year, head of the Gorham Initiative and interim Dean for Graduate Studies Dahlia Lynn said that progress has been hindered. “Frankly, budget limitations brought some of that [progress] to […]

Students still uneasy after Hammond talk

Posted on April 22, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

Counter panel attendees gathered to discuss LGBTQ equality in faith-based communities.

Coordinator of the Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity Sarah Holmes organized a counter panel last week after minister Guy Hammond’s speech in Gorham left many LGBTQ students uneasy. The Christian student group Alpha Omega sponsored Hammond’s visit to campus last week in which he spoke to a largely Christian audience that stressed starting a […]

The University of Southern Maine scrambles to make budget cuts

Posted on April 01, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

Provost Michael Stevenson responded to faculty concerns over budget cuts at an emergency Faculty Senate meeting last month.

Last month the University of Southern Maine community was surprised when university Chief Financial Officer Dick Campbell announced that USM had to cut over $5 million for the next fiscal year. Now administrators and faculty are scrambling to make the cuts by the April 5 deadline. Administrators and faculty were at work over break, meeting […]

Students engage community on sustainability

Posted on March 13, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

The Students for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability are eagerly awaiting the presentation of their long-planned event: CarbonFEST, a day of “edu-tainment”  aimed at engaging and informing students, faculty and the community on climate change, divestment and other environmental issues this Wednesday. Starting a dialogue Shaun Carland, junior math and computer science major and president of […]

“A difficult period ahead”: USM officials expect over $5 million in cuts for 2014

Posted on March 13, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

Chief Financial Officer Dick Campbell addressed faculty and staff Friday at the Wishcamper Center, updating them on budget cuts the university is set to face in the next four years.

Members of faculty and the administration met on Friday to hear Chief Financial Officer Dick Campbell give his annual financial update. This year he not only reported that USM would face more than $5 million in cuts in fiscal year 2014, but he also showed those gathered a four-year projection of the cuts that he […]

USM site of One Billion Rising rally

Posted on March 06, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

This Valentine’s Day the Woodbury Campus Student Center in Portland was packed with poets, writers, musicians, women activists and students as one of the sites for the global One Billion Rising rally that aimed to fight violence against women. One Billion Rising is a worldwide protest to end the staggeringly high rates of violence against […]

Sign up now to participate in this year’s media training exercise!

Posted on February 14, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

Register for the event here  Don’t panic – this is just an exercise. When you see a crowd of students and police responding to an emergency event on campus on April 12, don’t run off to call for help. This is just The Free Press’s helping the youth of Maine become name-taking, info-grubbing news hounds. […]

Our Opinion: USM students should support recent faculty vote to work-to-rule

Posted on February 04, 2013 by Kirsten Sylvain in Our Opinion

I went to the University of Southern Maine’s Glickman Library today on a mission. I started on the first floor, found two girls hunkered down in the corner with stacks of books sitting on the table in front of them, and asked them if they had heard of the recent faculty decision to work-to-rule. “No […]