Kesselman opts out of USM presidency, Glenn Cummings to take his place

Posted on May 20, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

Glenn Cummings, interim president of the University of Maine Augusta, will take Kesselman's place as the president of the University of Southern Maine this fall.

USM officials announced Wednesday that Glenn Cummings will be the new president of the University of Southern Maine, replacing Harvey Kesselman, who was set to take the position on July 1. Kesselman has agreed to a request by the Stockton University board of trustees that he remain as acting president of Stockton, after the president […]

AFUM brings alleged contract violations to arbitration with UMS

Posted on April 27, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

Student Senate Vice Chair Thomas Bahun holds a sign in support after some faculty members were fired by voicemail.

Officials from the UMaine system will go into arbitration this week with representatives from the Associated Faculties of the Universities of Maine over alleged contract violations that may have taken place over the past year during administrative budget cuts. The union alleges that 11 different contract violations took place that involved at least 26 faculty […]

Study ranks Maine schools by affordability

Posted on April 14, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

A recent study by financial data and technology company, SmartAsset, explored which Maine colleges provide students with the best deal financially and USM was ranked fourth. USM finished below Colby College, UMO and Husson University, and just above the University of New England. SmartAsset considered five factors in their study: tuition, student living costs, average […]

Student advocacy program launches

Posted on April 14, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

Toward the end of March, students from six of the UMaine system’s seven universities took a trip to Augusta to spend a day at the statehouse. The visit was the pilot event for a new pilot program being developed at the system level. The goal of the program is to bring student advocates from all […]

Student government polls open, first event canceled last-minute

Posted on March 23, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

There was an event scheduled last Friday for students to meet and learn more about their peers running positions within student government, but no one attended, not even the candidates. After an email was sent to the USM Events listings confirming the event on Tuesday, it was rescheduled for Monday, but no official notice of […]

Flanagan plans final months of presidency with criticism from faculty

Posted on March 09, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

President David Flanagan laid out what his three focuses will be during his final months in office at Friday’s faculty senate meeting: recruitment, retention and transition. Flanagan said that recruiting new students has been an arduous task for those involved and that while marketing and advertising efforts are likely to help enrollment, faculty need to […]

Advising consolidation to begin next fall

Posted on March 09, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

Starting next fall USM will be streamlining academic advising by assigning every student both a professional and faculty advisor, each playing different roles in the process. Professional advisors will guide students through the degree progress reports, making sure general education courses, required introductory courses and prerequisites for upper-level courses are met, while faculty advisors will […]

USM ‘Bod Squad’ spreads positive messages

Posted on March 02, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

If you’ve used a restroom on campus in the past week, you’ve likely been complemented by USM’s Bod Squad. Last week was national eating disorder awareness week and the body-positive student group has been raiding campus with informational materials and leaving inspirational messages on mirrors in public restrooms. The messages are simple. Stay positive about […]

Plans for student advocacy program unfold

Posted on March 02, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

Laura Cyr, postgraduate fellow in finance and administration, made her last stop at USM last week to present her student advocacy program to the student senate. She explained the program and asked for help in promoting it and selecting members.

Students concerned with state appropriation for higher education in Maine will soon have an opportunity to take their thoughts and concerns straight to the state legislature. In connection with the University of Maine system chancellor’s office, Laura Cyr, a postgraduate fellow in finance and administration, is spearheading the formation of a student advocacy program that […]

‘This is a real match:’ Final visiting candidate boasts long career

Posted on March 02, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

Harvey Kesselman, the last presidential candidate to visit USM, cited his long history of experience in higher education and the challenges he’s overcome at transforming school at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey as why he’d be a good fit for USM. “This is a real match,” said Kesselman, who currently serves as provost and […]