Activist Ruchira Gupta exposes sex trafficking crimes

Posted on March 23, 2015 by Zachary Searles in News

Activist Ruchira Gupta visited USM last week to speak on her experiences fighting to abolish sex trafficking. She started her career as a journalist and won an Emmy for her documentary The Selling of Innocents which explores the plight of young girls in India being taken from their homes and sold into prostitution to work […]

UMaine to freeze tuition for fourth year straight

Posted on March 23, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in News

The University of Maine System board of trustees has voted once again to freeze in-state tuition for the fourth year in a row leaving students, faculty and staff wondering what this means for the future of USM. According to Dan Demeritt, the UMaine system director of public affairs, students can expect Maine’s college tuition to […]

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 […]

“This is my home now,” Dr. Harvey Kesselman announced as new USM president

Posted on March 11, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk, and Krysteana Scribner in News, Uncategorized

During a press conference earlier today, USM’s administration excitedly announced that Dr. Harvey Kesselman will be the university’s next president, beginning July 1. Kesselman expressed deep admiration for The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, his alma mater school and where he’s finishing up his final months as Provost and Executive Vice President, however he […]

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 […]

Engineering economics connects classroom with the community

Posted on March 09, 2015 by Brian Gordon in News

Upper-class engineering students must take professor Ivan Most’s engineering economics class if they want to graduate. Part of their course work is community-based projects, assisting area schools solve their engineering problems. The class was the brainchild of STEM partnerships coordinator Emily Mitchell, who works in the community engagement office at USM. Her job is 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 […]

Financial aid deadline past, but there’s still time to submit your FAFSA

Posted on March 09, 2015 by Krysteana Scribner in News

With the financial aid deadline past, students have either completed the appropriate online forms or still have yet to start them. USM’s director of financial aid Keith Dubois urges students who haven’t submitted their FAFSA to do so immediately in order to obtain an appropriate financial aid package. “Priority deadline was on February 15, which […]

Safe Sex at Portland’s first Sexpo

Posted on March 09, 2015 by Zachary Searles in News

To drop some must-have sexual knowledge on USM students, social work graduate students Christina Cook and Sarah Milnor organized the first ever ‘Sexpo’ in the Woodbury campus center last week. “We just wanted to throw a sex positive event and maybe start some conversations,” said Milnor. Some of the activities students could engage in was […]

Stories of Maine’s fallen soldiers immortalized through stones

Posted on March 09, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

The first of the volunteers passed through the Portland skywalk after an 8 mile tribute walk through the city.

Volunteers marched 8 miles through the streets of Portland last week, carrying stones bearing the names of fallen soldiers from Maine, before securing them in a wooden case in the Abromson center. The march, and subsequent ceremony were part of The Summit Project, a national organization that honors Maine’s fallen soldiers by engraving their names […]