Friday, December 9th, 2016

People of USM: Sara Valentine

Posted on December 03, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

By Jack Hahn, Staff Writer Starting a new job in a new town can be nerve-racking, but for USM’s new theatre professor, Sara Valentine, this experience has become a normal occurrence in her life. Born and raised in New England, Valentine got her bachelor’s degree in theatre arts at Ithaca College and her master’s degree […]

Advising Advice: Resources to stay connected at USM

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

According the USM Factbook, there were approximately 3,200 USM students enrolled in online or blended courses during Fall 2015. Roughly 18% of the total credit hours taken at USM in Fall 2015 participated in online or blended courses, and this represents a 1.5% increase over Fall 2014.   These numbers echo the five-year trend of […]

Sustainability & ME: Budgets & Sustainability

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in Perspectives

Sustainability comes in many different forms. Some people buy from local businesses, some people drive their cars less and some people grow some of their own food. However, these lifestyle changes are often time-consuming and expensive. When people are asked their stance on the environment, many say that the environment is invaluable. However, their actions […]

Students host “Ask a Muslim” on campus

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Thomas Fitzgerald Students of USM gathered at the Woodbury campus center on Wednesday, March 23 to go about their regular routine, but were met during the lunch rush by a bright and inviting group of people who were tabled right at the cafeteria entryway. These individuals were representing the multicultural student center by hosting […]

From the closure of Bedford Street to dorms on campus, changes at USM are in the works

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Krysteana Scribner In his presidential breakfast speech at the end of August, President Glenn Cummings discussed the changes that are planned to take place over the course of the next next few years. These changes, which include adding dorm rooms to the Portland campus and blocking vehicle access to Bedford Street, are aimed at […]

New dean of students to focus on a stronger community at USM

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Jonathan Pessant There are many new faces on campus this year, but one is an old friend returning to Maine and USM. David McKenzie, interim dean of students, grew up in Portland. His deep roots in the city shaped how he values community, leading to a lifetime devoted to serving Portland. “It always felt […]

New project seeks to ease burden ofn buying books.

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Pierce and Nick Beauchesne Students scramble each year to get ready for the beginning of the fall semester. One of the more stressful aspects of getting prepared to take on the new course load is the process of securing books, often times at a price that breaks the bank. Through a new program offered […]

USM Husky Festival

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

By Mary Ellen Aldrich   Between Luther Bonney and Payson Smith, a colorful collection of tables and tents sat ready for students and faculty to pursue. Each year, the USM community gathers together for Husky Fest to display its unique groups, clubs and resources. This event serves as a great way for students to easily […]

Sodexo brings healthy, local food to USM

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in News

By Julie Pike Sodexo, one of the world’s largest food companies, took over USM’s dining services as of July 1, 2016. Tadd Stone, Sodexo’s General Manager of Dining at USM, announced that Sodexo has committed to having 20 percent of its food be locally grown. Aramark, the previous food supplier for USM, was outbid by […]

People of USM: Hamdi Ahmed

Posted on November 12, 2016 by USM Free Press in Community

By Muna Adan In what is perhaps one of the most memorable commencement speeches, Steve Jobs gave Stanford University’s graduating class of 2005 simple yet thought-provoking advice: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards,” he said. “So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in […]