USM combines student services for savings

Posted on November 17, 2014 by Sam Hill in News, Uncategorized

USM officials have announced a plan to consolidate and centralize student services. They hope that this will cut costs and contribute to filling the gap of the budget deficit.

USM officials announced a plan to consolidate and centralize student services last Thursday, with aims to cut costs, recruit more students and increase retention. Staff will begin to transition immediately, working to turn the efforts of 15 separate entities into a single, integrated division. The overall goal is to make student services easier to navigate […]

USM Preservation Fund meets $10,000 goal

Posted on November 17, 2014 by USM Free Press in News, Uncategorized

Meaghan LaSala, senior women and gender studies major, speaks out against program eliminations.

By: Annie Quandt As of Friday, the USM Preservation Fund reached its $10,000 goal. The fundraiser, which was started last spring by the protest group Students for #USMFuture, has two initiatives: One is to fund an independent audit, the other is to provide legal counsel to students. “The independent audit’s goal would be to shed […]

Student worries about value of her education

Posted on November 17, 2014 by USM Free Press in News, Uncategorized

Kimberly Clark, USM graduate of the media studies department, is currently enrolled in the eliminated American and New England studies program.

By: Brian Gordon The University’s graduate degree program in American and New England Studies has been abolished as part of the cuts handed down by President David Flanagan and the board of trustees. No teach out plan has been available to students or faculty, leaving students wondering how they will finish their studies in the […]

Transfer students unaware of budget crisis

Posted on November 17, 2014 by Emma James in News, Uncategorized

Bonnie Stearns, director of student services in the college of science, technology and health sciences answers students’ questions at a transfer student open house last Thursday. Though some programs in the college have been cut, she believes the college is thriving and robust.

Students visiting USM for an adult, transfer and graduate student open house last week mainly described themselves as being excited to come to the university, but most were completely unaware of any of the program eliminations that have occurred this semester.  Josh Grassman, hoping to transfer to USM from Sienna College after a hiatus of […]

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

By: Brian Gordon 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 […]

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 […]