Former Navy SEAL shares transgender experience

Posted on April 14, 2015 by dsanok in Community

Former United States Navy SEAL Kristen Beck spoke at the Wishcamper Center this past Wednesday about her experience as a transgender and the discrimination she has faced. “I want to share my story with people to raise awareness to the discrimination transgender like me have to endure on a regular basis,” said Beck.“The transgender community […]

Harvard graduate discusses religion and spirituality in seminar for student groups

Posted on March 23, 2015 by dsanok in Community

Last Thursday in Bailey hall, the Christian group Alpha Omega held a presentation on the Bible and its accuracy, entitled The Word of God. Alpha Omega is a non-dominion Christian organization, meaning they are not part of any Christian branch such as Catholicism, Lutheran or Mormon. Their goal as an organization is to make Christianity […]

Experienced speakers break mental illness misconceptions

Posted on March 03, 2015 by dsanok in Community

Last week, the Portland National Alliance on Mental Illness featured a series of presentations at the Wishcamper Center on mental illness. Three people who spoke during the presentation were Creighton Taylor, Karen Evans and Nancy Boucher. Through sharing their personal experiences of resilience and recovery, these three spoke to raise awareness and understanding about the […]

What does love mean to USM students

Posted on February 10, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in Community

Jul Heale, Sophomore communications major

Valentine’s Day is a way to show the people in your life that you love and care about them. Everyone’s definition of affection is different based on their own experiences with love. “To me, love is a deeper mutual connection between two people,” said senior environmental science major Jackie Allen. “I grew up surrounded by […]

Students explore interests in studying abroad

Posted on January 27, 2015 by USM Free Press in Community

Alex Lyscars, a senior French major, stops by a study abroad table and signs up for more information.

By: David Sanok Students interested in studying abroad crowded the Brooks Dining Center last week, to explore opportunities to travel for a semester overseas, at an informational fair hosted by the office of student life. Freshman Riley Laflin spent her time at the event looking for abroad programs that featured art major as an option. […]

Senator Angus King tours and endorses new cyber security lab

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Anthony Emerson in Community

Senator Angus King visited USM last Friday to tour the new cyber security lab in the science building, which according to the administration fits right into the school’s new metropolitan vision for the future. President David Flanagan described the event as a “very positive and upbeat occasion.” Senator King announced that the University of Maine […]

Workshop teaches the benefits of going organic

Posted on November 17, 2014 by USM Free Press in Community

By: David Sanok Last Wednesday, students gathered at the USM Community Garden Soil Building Workshop to grow organic vegetables and learn more about building garden soil and permaculture. The project began this past April with the intention of teaching students about the benefits of eating nutritious organically grown vegetables. Many of the vegetables grown at […]

Pickleball: A casual, fun option for non-athletes

Posted on October 27, 2014 by USM Free Press in Community

By David Sanok Last Tuesday, the Pickleball club held its first meeting at the Sullivan Gym. Founded by Assistant Director of the Sullivan Complex Kevin Norman and Psychology Professor Bill Gayton, they started this club for students and faculty who wanted to engage in competitive friendly and get a good workout. “There’s a lot of […]

Student Profile: Student body president Kyle Frazier

Posted on September 22, 2014 by Anthony Emerson in Community

USM student body president Kyle Frazier is the kind of person who is able to talk to anybody comfortably. He can switch from talking about football in one sentence and school politics in the next. And he’s comfortable and charming in all topics. The Lisbon, Maine native was elected last spring in a landslide over […]

Community Spotlight: Go Zen with mindful meditation

Posted on March 10, 2014 by nathanbaril in Community

Buddhist community advisor for the Interfaith Chaplaincy John Baugher leads the Mindfulness Group. The group meets on Tuesdays in the Sullivan Gym.

The Mindfulness Group offers students a way to unwind and reflect through meditation. Each Tuesday, the Mindfulness Group assembles from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Sullivan Recreation and Fitness Complex in the Multipurpose Room. The group was started by the USM Health and Counseling Services’ suicide prevention initiative USM CARES with the meditation and […]