Elimination of three academic programs to be finalized this month

Posted on September 08, 2014 by Emma James in News

Kent Ryden, director and professor of American and New England studies, described his feelings as ‘disappointed.’

In two weeks the University of Maine System board of trustees will vote on whether or not to eliminate three programs at USM: American and New England studies, geosciences and the arts and humanities program on the Lewiston-Auburn Campus. USM administrators proposed eliminating these programs in March as a cost-saving measure in an attempt to […]

‘This is not my first rodeo’: President Flanagan unfazed by growing budget deficit

Posted on September 08, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

President David Flanagan stands off the stage and gives a welcoming speech to a sparsely attended crowd of faculty and students at Hannaford Hall on the Portland campus. His speech was around 9 minutes long.

According to President David Flanagan, USM’s projected budget deficit of 12.5 million is going to grow. After this fiscal year, an additional $3 million is expected to be added to the current deficit. Flanagan put the numbers in perspective by saying that the deficit will roughly be equal to 13 percent of the university’s total […]

David Flanagan, former Central Maine Power CEO, named interim president

Posted on July 24, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

David Flanagan, former Central Maine Power Co. CEO and UMS board of trustees chairman, will be the interim president at USM starting next Monday.

David Flanagan, former Central Maine Power Co. CEO and UMS board of trustees chairman, will be the interim president at USM starting next Monday announced officials yesterday. “David Flanagan is one of Maine’s most trusted, experienced and accomplished business leaders and public servants,” said Chancellor James Page at a press conference Wednesday, outlining Flanagan’s work […]

Student Life lays off Portland director Christopher O’Connor in downsizing efforts

Posted on July 08, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Christopher O'Connor, the former director of Portland Student Life, said that he was somewhat relieved to be laid off and didn't want student protesters to fight for his job.

The department of Student Life announced recently that it would be eliminating the director of Portland Student Life position in an effort to downsize amidst recent budget cuts. Christopher O’Connor, the now former director, said he could feel something going on within the department and that he almost expected being laid off. “The way the […]

USM makes list of nation’s most expensive colleges, official says data is out-of-date

Posted on July 02, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

USM is one of the nation’s most expensive public four-year colleges for in-state students according to a recent report published by the U.S. Department of Education. USM was ranked 23rd in the public four-year college category with a net price — the amount that students paid after receiving grants and scholarships — of $18,177 a […]

‘It’s like burning money’: Administration shuts down little-used summer shuttle

Posted on June 27, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

The shuttle bus between the Portland and Gorham campuses will make its final loop on Friday before shutting down for the rest of the summer due to low useage. “This was a difficult decision but we could not balance the high cost of the service with the low level of use,” wrote William Wells, the […]

Students rally to save three programs on the administration’s chopping block

Posted on June 27, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

Ardis Cameron, an American and New England Studies professor, spoke at the rally aimed at saving her program from elimination on Wednesday, claiming that ANES was a unique program in the country.

Students for #USM Future recently organized a rally outside of the Maine Law Building to protest President Theo Kalikow’s final budget recommendations, specifically the three programs that are slated for elimination. Geosciences, American and New England Studies and the Arts and Humanities program on the Lewiston-Auburn campus have been considered part of the necessary budget […]

Students for #USMFuture launch #NoMoreNice campaign with $10,000 crowdfunding goal

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Students for #USMFuture organizers Jules Purnell (left), Meaghan LaSala (front right) and Caroline O'Connor (front back) after leading a march throughout the streets of Portland to protest USM budget cuts in April. The group announced their new #NoMoreNice campaign last week.

Students for #USMFuture have launched a new campaign called #NoMoreNice in response to recent measures taken by the administration to balance the university’s budget. In a statement released to Bangor Daily News blogger Chris Schorr, the group announced that they would be launching a crowdfunding campaign with a goal of $10,000 to finance an independent […]

Educators and local businesses discuss plans for USM’s metropolitan redesign

Posted on June 23, 2014 by Francis Flisiuk in News

Richard Barringer (right),  anEmeritus professor and chair of the Metropolitan University Steering Group listens to ideas on how to implement a metropolitan university vision from  members of the USM and Portland community.

A new group has been formed at USM in an effort to implement USM’s plan to become a premiere urban metropolitan university and redefine the university’s mission, an undertaking that President Theodora Kalikow has said might take years to complete. The goal of the Metropolitan University Steering Group is to find ways to broaden the […]

Student profile: Anna Chiu, commencement speaker

Posted on April 28, 2014 by matthewgraeff in News

USM Senior Anna Chiu, the student speaker at the USM commencement, hopes to inspire graduating students to keep USM values of inclusiveness and understanding in mind as they head out into the world. Chiu is a health sciences major with a minor in biology. She transferred to USM from Simmons College, where she was a […]