Direction Package pushes for metropolitan university identity

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Student Body President Kelsea Dunham addressed the Direction Package Adivsory Board as a part of the presentation of the group she has been working with to define a vision for USM’s future. The vision they outlined emphasized USM’s urban location, which Dunham says students are very excited about.

Members of the Direction Package Advisory Board largely agreed that USM’s future should be as Maine’s metropolitan university, as the group’s meetings come to a close this Friday. The board met for a preliminary roll-out of the work that had been done in the three sub-groups for the past two months last Friday. While each […]

First USM Career Week attended by few

Posted on February 14, 2014 by dakotawing in News

Attendance at Husky Career Week events last week at USM was limited. Student Success and Student Life on the Portland and Gorham campuses teamed up to plan this first-time week of events in anticipation of this Wednesday’s job fair. Rodney Mondor, student success coordinator for the Portland campus, said Career Week is a response to […]

Student government nominations go live

Posted on February 14, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

Nominations for this spring’s student government elections opened up last Monday, and the Student Government Association is waiting for student nominations to come rolling in. This year, the SGA is making promotion of the elections a top priority and focusing on making the process easier for students. “We want to get as many people nominated […]

Senate pushes for Direction Package details

Posted on February 14, 2014 by Skyla Gordon in News

At the Faculty Senate meeting last Friday, faculty members expressed concern to President Theo Kalikow about the purpose and conclusions of the Direction Package committee. The committee is scheduled to present its findings to Kalikow on Feb. 28. Many at the meeting were frustrated, saying that Kalikow wasn’t giving enough details pertaining to the initiatives […]

Scientific journal publishes student’s research

Posted on February 14, 2014 by hguaciaro in News

The work of an bioinformatics class offered at USM in spring 2013 will be published in Frontiers in Genetics, an online science journal, with USM undergraduate Jeffrey Thompson leading the co-authorship of the peer-reviewed paper. The article, entitled “Common features of microRNA target prediction tools” is in part the work of Thompson, a USM senior […]

Taking it to heart

Posted on February 10, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

When you love someone, you don’t literally give them your heart (we hope), so what is this feeling that is as important to our emotional lives as the blood pumping through our bodies? What is love? In a highly informal poll taken in the Woodbury Campus Center cafeteria at lunch time, not a single student […]

Tar sands oil debate hits USM

Posted on February 03, 2014 by dakotawing in News

The debate over tar sands landed on USM’s doorstep last Friday as hundreds gathered in the Hannaford Lecture Hall to discuss the transportation of the controversial resource. The event was sponsored by 350 Maine in partnership with the Natural Resource Council of Maine. 350 Maine is a grassroots organization dedicated to solving the crisis of […]

Direction Package board nears next phase

Posted on February 03, 2014 by Sidney Dritz in News

USM announced the rollout of its new Direction Package in late September and the formation of the Direction Package Advisory Board in October, and as January draws to a close, the scheduled Advisory Board meetings are nearing an end. The advisory board has met 12 times since its creation, and has five more scheduled meetings, […]

Officials discuss active shooter policies

Posted on February 03, 2014 by Sam Hill in News

The USM community has been thinking more about safety than usual in the aftermath of the armed standoff in Gorham on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The number of school shootings has been on the rise throughout the U.S., with approximately 10 incidents recorded in 2012 and 28 in 2013. A school shooting is an act of […]

Students to urge board to go green

Posted on February 03, 2014 by hguaciaro in News

Students have come together with the help of the Office of Sustainability at USM and support from the Student Senate to bring the issue of Divestment to the floor at the Board of Trustees meeting on February 27. In March of 2013, the Student Senate approved a resolution to express the student body’s desire to […]