Four programs don’t make the cut in newest proposal

Posted on March 14, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

University of Southern Maine President Theo Kalikow talks to people in the Shepard Lee Community Hall before Friday afternoon's meeting of the school's Faculty Senate.

At a packed informational session of the Faculty Senate Friday, President Kalikow proposed cutting two undergraduate majors, one graduate program and the arts and humanities major on the Lewiston-Auburn campus. Kalikow proposed cutting the American and New England studies graduate program and undergraduate programs in recreation and leisure studies and geoscience. Geoscience is chaired by […]

Majority of faculty declare provost “very ineffective”

Posted on March 10, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

The job performance of Provost Michael Stevenson (right) was a contentious topic of conversation last Friday at the March meeting of the faculty senate

The immediate importance of the faculty survey evaluating the job performance of Provost Michael Stevenson is, as with so many things at USM lately, tied up in the Direction Package. In mid-December, the Faculty Senate exercised its right and responsibility as detailed in the governance documents to evaluate the performance of top administrators, sending out […]

Dunham addresses the state of the university

Posted on March 10, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Student Body President Kelsea Dunham addressed an assortment of students last Wednesday to discuss the state of the university as she has observed it over her time as president. During her tenure as president, Dunham has worked to make student government more involved both with the administration and with the student body at large.

In the State of the University Address last Wednesday, Student Body President Kelsea Dunham encouraged students to learn more about the changes happening at USM and to get involved. “Change is coming, kids. It is what it is,” said Dunham. “If it doesn’t happen, I can’t confidently say that this institution will continue to exist.” […]

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 […]