University of Southern Maine

The University of Southern Maine has created a new position honoring the state's first African-American legislator. The Talbot Teaching Fellow is named for Gerald Talbot, who served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1972 to 1978. He also worked with the Maine chapter of the NAACP and the State Board of Education.

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A committee is recommending that state university officials seek legislative approval this winter to change the name of the University of Southern Maine.

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The University of Southern Maine is moving forward with a plan to change its name in an effort to attract more students.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's second-largest public university is ready to unveil its new name. The University of Southern Maine is holding a news conference on Wednesday at 11 a.m. to draw back the curtain on its name change.

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The University of Southern Maine is now offering a new nurse practitioner degree in acute care gerontology.

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The University of Southern Maine has received a collection of nearly half a million maps — an estimated $100 million gift that is believed to be the largest in the history of the University of Maine System.

The collection of more than 450,000 rare maps comes from Dr. Harold Osher, a cardiologist from Portland. The Osher family has previously donated many maps to the university and helped establish the Osher Map Library in 1994.

Family spokesperson Glenn Parkinson said the Oshers hope the collection is used to enhance educational opportunities for local students.

LEWISTON, Maine - A Maine university has removed artwork from a campus gallery upon learning the artist of the three works is a convicted sex offender.
The University of Southern Maine removed the works by Bruce Habowski when a relative of one of his victim's called to complain. The Portland Press Herald reports a criminal background check shows Habowski was convicted of unlawful sexual contact in 1999 and served six months in jail.
USM says the paintings were removed after receiving a complaint about the artist, not the content of the art.

University of Maine System Trustees have approved a first step in the University of Southern Maine's master plan:  They've given the green light to an $80 million capital campaign.  

Most of that money will pay for construction of a 1,000-seat performing arts center on the Portland campus. USM President Glenn Cummings says the facility will serve several functions.


Feb 13, 2017

Cybersecurity has become a major concern, internationally and here in Maine. How can we protect our nation, our systems and our own personal information from the constant threats of hacking? The good news is: Concerted efforts are being put in place to increase cybersecurity measures, here and abroad.


Sari Greene, founder of Sage Data Security; leader and author in the field of information security

Edward Sihler, Technical Director, Maine Cyber Security Cluster at University of Maine

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The University of Southern Maine is looking to add housing for about 200 students, on a temporary basis, at an apartment building in Portland’s Bayside neighborhood.

The plan, approved by a board of trustees committee this afternoon, would allow the university to enter into a lease with the Bayside Village Apartment Complex.

University President Glenn Cummings says USM is hoping to ultimately have its own dormitories in Portland, as it does in Gorham, where dorms are very full.

UMaine System Reports $16 Million Operating Loss

Jul 20, 2015

BANGOR, Maine - University of Maine System trustees got an update today on an ambitious, long-term plan to integrate, merge and phase out some academic programs across the system's seven campuses.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The University of Southern Maine is getting another new president. Harvey Kesselman, who had been scheduled to take over at USM in July, is withdrawing from the job to stay in New Jersey and deal with problems at Stockton University, where he's the acting president.

PORTLAND, Maine - Former Maine House Speaker Glenn Cummings has been named the new president of the University of Southern Maine.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The University of Southern Maine has a new president. Harvey Kesselman of Stockton University in New Jersey will officially take the reins in July, and he promises to bring a collaborative approach to his leadership.

PORTLAND, Maine — The University of Southern Maine has a new president.