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 […]

President Flanagan donates half of his salary for scholarship funding

Posted on February 09, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

President David Flanagan during a board of trustees meeting in October.

President David Flanagan announced today that he will be donating half of his annual salary to the USM Foundation, pledging $100,000 to be put toward student scholarships. “We understand how vital it is for all of us connected to USM–faculty, staff, administration, alumni and friends–to be engaged in supporting our students and strengthening our role […]

UCU opens campus branch: students ready for convenient banking

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

The new, open-campus branch of University Credit union is located on the lower level of the Brooks Student Center on the Gorham campus. The office will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week.

Last week, University Credit Union celebrated the grand opening of an on-campus branch in Gorham, giving residential students a quick and convenient banking location. “We know that managing your finances can be confusing, so we want to be there for USM’s students, staff and faculty if they need any assistance at all,” said Amy Irish, […]

Senate works to retain and train new members

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

Senate parliamentarian Joshua Tharpe (right) explains to the senate and gallery that the rule requiring new senate applicants to gather 100 signatures from the student body was created during a time when the senate was more popular, in a meeting last Friday.

The student senate shot down a motion last week that would have changed the senator application process for the remainder of the semester. Throughout the year the senate has occasionally questioned whether or not applicants should have to gather signatures from the student body in order to become a senator. On Friday the senate decided […]

Obama proposes two free years of community college

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

Less than two weeks ago, President Barack Obama announced a proposal that would make two years of community college free for student workers in an effort to make college as accessible as high school is for Americans. The program would require action from a Republican-dominated Congress and the details of the plan haven’t been released […]