Majority against academic calendar change

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Sam Hill in News

When the faculty senate reached out to the USM community in early December for input on possible changes to the academic calendar, survey participants said they wanted everything to stay the same. The idea to align the academic calendars of all seven UMaine campuses has been brought up regularly throughout the fall semester by system-level […]

Administrators layout goals for the spring semester

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

Now that the framework to balance USM’s budget has been drafted, the administration has focused its efforts to securing a bright future for the school, through four main initiatives that they hope to have completed before President David Flanagan steps down at the end of the semester.   “The budget is balanced and the hardest […]

Men’s head ice hockey coach retires mid-season

Posted on January 12, 2015 by Francis Flisiuk in News

After 28 years as head coach of the men’s ice hockey team, Jeff Beaney retired over the winter break and the reason why has been left unclear. According to  Chris Quint, USM’s executive director of public affairs. Beaney would have ideally finished up the rest of the season with his team, but a “variety of […]

Flanagan responds to AAUP

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Emma James in News

On Nov. 14, USM received a letter from The American Association for University Professors (AAUP), an organization dedicated to advancing academic freedom and shared governance, defined fundamental professional values and standards for higher education and ensuring higher education’s contribution to the common good, in opposition to recent cuts. The university is now under investigation as […]

The search for a new president begins

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

The online portal to submit applications and be considered as a candidate for USM’s presidency has closed, but the search for a new leader is far from over. A presidential search committee has and will continue to be working on narrowing down the number of applicants into a workable number of people to be interviewed […]

USM observes World AIDs Day

Posted on December 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By: Alex Huber Last week by joint efforts from the Portland and Gorham Well and the multicultural center and health services, free HIV screening tests were made available to all students. These tests were given out as part of USM’s recognition of World AIDS Day, Dec. 1st. In addition to the free testing, educational events […]

Flanagan balances the budget

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

The administration announced last week that they have successfully created a framework to balance USM’s budget for the next fiscal year and close its $16 million structural gap. When everything is finalized, the university will have eliminated 160 positions to retirements, layoffs and nixing vacant jobs. The university will be saving $7 million from faculty […]

Petition to reverse cuts drafted by AAUP member

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

A petition has been published online representing the wishes of scholars and teachers all over the world to reverse the cuts and restart the process of addressing USM’s projected $16 million budget deficit. So far the petition has over 300 signatures on it. This petition comes as a response to the recent sanction by the […]

Metropolitan rebranding of USM will cost $900,000 annually

Posted on November 24, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

The recent administrative push to make USM more attractive to potential applicants, and henceforth more profitable through a “metropolitan” rebranding, is going to come with a $900,000 price tag. According to Richard Barringer, the head of a steering group created to implement the initial plans for the metropolitan university vision, the rebranding is necessary for […]

Online sexual harassement training now mandatory for all students and faculty

Posted on November 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in News

By: Brian Gordon Last Monday the board of trustees voted to make a federally mandated sexual harassment training mandatory for all students and faculty to complete. According to Sarah Holmes, assistant director of student life and diversity, there has been an increase in public attention to the issue of sexual assault on campus over the […]