Direction Package data needs clarification

Posted on March 10, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

The Feb. 28 presentation of the Direction Package Advisory Board explored ways to think about the future of the university in an abstract sense, but as the president’s presentation of recommendations for the university’s next step grows nearer, the question of ‘what’s going to get cut?’ is looming. Early commentary on the Direction Package after […]

Presentation illuminates Affordable Care Act

Posted on March 03, 2014 by Anthony Emerson in News

Representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services and other health organizations led an information session on Monday in an attempt to chip away at public misconceptions about the federal Affordable Care Act. The session, which was also attended by representatives from Western Maine Opportunity Alliance, provided students and community members with assistance enrolling […]

Direction Package Advisory Board presents final recommendations

Posted on March 03, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

The Direction Package Advisory Board met for the last time last Friday to present its final recommendations to the President’s Council. While the work of the board is officially finished, what will actually be done with the work has yet to be determined. The board sub-groups came together for a cohesive presentation and gave plenty […]

Portland gourmets discuss roads to success

Posted on March 03, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

Line cook Lucas  Higgins at Mexican restaurant Zapoteca, an eatery that has enjoyed success since its opening almost three years ago. Owner and Executive Chef Shannon Bard was even featured in an episode of the Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay that will air this spring.

As the annual Maine Restaurant Week progresses, you may notice that among the old faces, there are a slew of brand new eateries, and a handful of others that you remember from just last year have disappeared. According to Professor Charles Colgan of public policy and management and the Muskie School of Public Service and […]

USM mourns the loss of three students

Posted on February 27, 2014 by Kirsten Sylvain in News

University officials will hold two community gatherings Thursday for students, faculty, and staff following the deaths of three USM students that occurred in the past two weeks. The news of the death of Brandon Hodges, a freshman on track to study engineering, was sent to students in a campus-wide email on Feb. 21. Hodges was […]

Involvement Spotlight: Chann learns and leads at USM

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Sloane Ewell in Community, News

Chann at the podium during EDTalks, a public forum he organized for students and legislators in November to discuss the future of higher education in Maine.

Marpheen Chann is a popular name at USM lately. This fall he became the first ever student vice president at USM, and on top of that, he’s been hard at work on a number of other projects. Chann first came to USM in 2010 after a year at Valley Forge College in Pennsylvania. He is […]

Direction Package Advisory Board focuses on the students

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Jeanne Munger, an associate professor of business administration and member of the academic review committee spoke at the Direction package meeting last Friday about the importance of focusing on people and not numbers.

USM is still looking for ways to fill the $14 million budget deficit for the next fiscal year, and officials agreed, after a set of student survey results were released Friday, that students should always be the focus. The CORE subgroup of the Direction Package Advisory Board was tasked with finding short-term solutions, trying to […]

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences think reorganization may be the way

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

Lynn Kuzma, dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, in addition to overseeing reorganization of her own college, is a member of the Direction Package Advisory Board.

The dissolution of the former department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures occurred at around the same time that the college it was a part of, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, embarked on a path towards larger organizational change. “This is my final year as dean,” explained Lynn Kuzma, dean of […]

Student senate finds less funds to allocate than anticipated

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

The Student Senate will be forced to turn away student proposals for funding soon, with funds running low and proposals running high. Student Senate vice-chair and senior economics major Will Gattis explained that when he was reviewing proposals for fund requests, he realized that the senate would not have enough funds to approve spending for […]

Students to ask Board of Trustees to divest

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

Money won’t be the only topic of conversation that’s green at the upcoming University of Maine System’s Investment Committee meeting of the UMS Board of Trustees this Friday. For the second February in a row, the question of financial divestment of fossil fuels is on the agenda for the BoT meeting. This time, a group […]