A reflection on my trip and a note on life

Posted on October 27, 2014 by martinconte in Uncategorized

Up to now, I have spent a majority of my time writing to you about the sights I’ve seen, the places I’ve been, the romance of English history and village culture.  This week I thought I’d take a breath, and introduce you to the typical, day to day life on campus at Winchester. Typical student […]

AMS professors claim their major is of vital importance in local professional industries

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Emma James in News, Uncategorized

S. Monroe Duboise, associate professor of AMS, in his lab.

On Friday, the board of trustees approved the elimination of two university programs, one of which, professors believe, defines the notion of a metropolitan university. Applied medical sciences was established in 1997. On Nov. 3, 1998, voters of Maine approved a $20 million bond issues to improve the Maine economy by supporting innovative research and […]

Ebola demystified by faculty

Posted on October 27, 2014 by USM Free Press in News, Uncategorized

Are you afraid of big bad Ebola? Should you be worried about a campus wide outbreak? Teachers gave a resounding no. There have been over 4,500 deaths from Ebola in the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. In America there have been four confirmed cases, three in Dallas, and one recently occurring […]

BoT eliminates two programs, despite outcry

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Sam Hill in News, Uncategorized

President David Flanagan sat with the board of trustees as 63 people waited in line to criticize his plan.

Just over two weeks after USM President David Flanagan announced the administration’s plan to close two academic programs to battle the university’s budget deficit, the elimination of the undergraduate French and graduate applied medical sciences programs have been approved. The UMaine system board of trustees approved the elimination plan with a 9-2 vote before over […]

Our opinions: Admins need to talk to average USM students

Posted on September 29, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Uncategorized

Last week, Dean Joy Pufhal emailed 18 student leaders and invited them to a meeting with President David Flanagan and Provost Joseph McDonnell to discuss the criteria for potential upcoming program eliminations and faculty retrenchments, but only five students attended. We hope the administration does not consider five students adequate student input on the issues […]

Advice from Chaka: We all just need to breathe

Posted on September 29, 2014 by USM Free Press in Perspectives, Uncategorized

by Chaka-Khan Gordon The beginning of the school year can be stressful, especially for students navigating several full lives at once. What do I mean by that? Well, some of us are students, employees and parents all at the same time. Some of us are taking classes and taking care of older parents. Some of […]

Kalikow to step down from presidency at USM and begin working at system-level

Posted on July 08, 2014 by Sam Hill in Uncategorized

President Thedora Kalikow at a campus-wide meeting in March where where discussed the urban metropolitan university vision which is to be implemented at USM. Today it was announced that she will be stepping down from her presidency to take a role at the system-level.

Theodora Kalikow will be stepping down from her presidency at USM in ten days, according to a press release sent by Dan Demerit, the director of public affairs for the University of Maine System. Kalikow will work throughout the remainder of her existing employment contract as an acting vice chancellor at the system-level and will be undertaking […]

President Kalikow announces final balanced FY15 budget, last $2.5 million in cuts

Posted on June 16, 2014 by Sam Hill in Uncategorized

President Thedora Kalikow in Hannaford Hall during a public meeting in March.

President Theodora Kalikow announced the final round of cuts needed to balance the budget for fiscal year 2015 on Friday and opened up discussion for future cuts for fiscal year 2016 and beyond. In an email to USM staff, Kalikow said the $14 million gap between expenses and revenues for FY15 has been closed and […]

Student honors fallen marine

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Justicia Barreiros in Sports, Sports Feature, Uncategorized

Brandon Sodergren crosses the finish line at the Army Marathon in 2013.

Brandon Sodergren is a senior criminology major, member of the wrestling team and a student senator. Before attending USM, Sodergren served in the Marines for six years beginning in 2006, including two tours–one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan–as an infantry machine gunner. Now he spends his free time running marathons and fundraising in honor […]

Student senate works through budget crisis

Posted on March 10, 2014 by Sam Hill in Uncategorized

Various student groups that receive funding from the student activity fee via the Student Senate met to discuss ways they could reduce their budgets at last Wednesday during the emergency meeting of the Student Senate.

Due to low enrollment this year, the amount of student activity fee funds expected to be dispersed this spring will be much less than expected, and in the past week, the Student Government Association has had to revise its budget and cut the budgets of its entities to adjust. In the past, the student activity […]