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USM and Side x Side Summer Arts Institute 2015
Through a shared U.S. Dept. of Education grant, USM and Side x Side are collaborating on Project Imagine, an arts integration program in Portland public schools. As part of Project Imagine, the organizations are hosting a Summer Arts Institute to train Portland public school teachers techniques to integrate the arts and teaching artists into their classrooms.
Photo of USM President David Flanagan with 2015 recipients of President's Metropolitan University Leadership Awards
Six University of Southern Maine faculty and staff members were recently honored with the first-ever President’s Metropolitan University Leadership Awards at a ceremony held on June 19 in USM’s Abromson Center in Portland.
Southern Maine Huskies athletic logo
The 2015 spring athletic season will be one to remember for the University of Southern Maine Huskies. In the highly competitive athletic season, USM took home four conference titles in the Little East Conference, several national awards and one national title in outdoor track and field.
USM's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
USM's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program is a scholarly fellowship that brings together diverse areas of student research and creative activities at the undergraduate level. The program fosters student-faculty collaboration with tremendous, mutual intellectual and professional development benefits.
USM's TAH students plan the 2015 Boston to Bermuda cruise
On May 30, 17 students from the Tourism and Hospitality program will be traveling from Boston to Bermuda on Holland America’s ship M.S. Veendam for a week-long cruise as part of a class. The students have also set up social media feeds where the public can follow them on their adventures. People can follow them on Twitter and Instagram at @usmtourism, and can follow them on Facebook by “liking” USM Tourism and Hospitality’s Facebook page. They will be posting with the hashtag #USMB2B2015.
Photo of The Summit Project march from 3-6-15
Watch as a group of University of Southern Maine students, faculty and staff embark on a 6.5-mile march around the city of Portland for The Summit Project (TSP), a living memorial to the Maine's fallen service members.
Photo of Glenn Cummings addressing the crowd at his introductory press conference
Dr. Glenn Cummings has been named the 13th president of USM, University of Maine System Chancellor James Page announced at a May 20 press conference.
Picture of the cover of "Disproportionate Contact: Youth of Color in Maine's Juvenile Justice System"
"Disproportionate Contact: Youth of Color in Maine's Juvenile Justice System," released by the Muskie School of Public Service, reveals a racial bias towards minority youths in Maine's juvenile justice system.
USM MSW graduate Cheri Crossman
Cheri Crossman '15 walked the stage at the Cross Insurance Arena on May 9th to receive her master's degree in social work. The journey to earning her degree was not an easy one, and she shared the story of how she got there in the following Op Ed that appeared in the Maine Sunday Telegram.
USM Chamber Singers
Marking their sixth European tour, the USM Chamber Singers, conducted by Robert Russell, are performing concerts and recitals in Croatia and Slovenia this month. The group began international touring in 1999 and has performed in Austria, France, Italy, Spain, the U.K., the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland.
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Campus Updates

Shedletsky at Pace University
Lenny Shedletsky, Professor of Communication, recently presented research and led a discussion at Pace University in New York City. The talk was titled, Improving Critical Thinking In Discussion And Essay Writing In Blackboard Courses: Mapping And Student-Led Discussion, and took place on June 10, 2015.
Dennis Gildbert
Dennis Gilbert, Online professor in Communication and Media Studies, was awarded the Faculty Award for Community Engagement at the first ever President's Metropolitan University Leadership Awards at a ceremony.
USM and Side x Side Summer Arts Institute 2015
Through a shared grant, the USM Art Department and Side x Side are collaborating on Project Imagine, an arts integration program in Portland public schools. As part of Project Imagine, the organizations are hosting a Summer Arts Institute to train Portland public school teachers techniques to integrate the arts and teaching artists into their classrooms.
Robie Andrews Hall
Fall 2015 move in dates: New residents move in Saturday, August 29. Returning residents move in Sunday, August 30. Click on link above for details!
Dennis Gilbert receives the Faculty Award for Community Engagement
Dennis Gilbert, Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies, was awarded the Faculty Award for Community Engagement at the first ever President's Metropolitan University Leadership Awards ceremony.
John Gale and Jennifer Lenardson, research associates at the Maine Rural Health Research Center, University of Southern Maine will present a webinar June 25, 2015 at 1pm ET in which they will provide an overview of their research on the prevalence of opioid use disorders in rural and urban settings and discuss issues with regard to workforce and providing treatment. They will be joined in the webinar by Holly Andrilla from the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center. The one-hour webinar is free and open to the public. Log in information: https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/gateway_rural_opioid_research/ Enter as a guest and type your name. Use your phone and call 888-469-2038. Participant passcode: 3363788.
photo: Erika Ziller receives staff award
Erika Ziller, Muskie School of Public Service Senior Research Associate, and Deputy Director, Maine Rural Health Research Center, was presented on June 19, 2015 with the President's Metropolitan University Leadership Award: Staff Award for Funded Research - a demonstrated commitment to addressing local, state, and national issues which contributes knowledge, and service in a particular field.Ziller was one of 6 recipients of the first-ever President’s Metropolitan University Leadership Award given to faculty and staff who best exemplify commitment and dedication to the University and who also demonstrate positive and effective relationships with students, their colleagues, and also, the surrounding community.
New PLA Director
The Office for Prior Learning Assessment welcomes our new director, Ashley Collins!
PLA is moving to 247/248 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland
Come see us in our new location at 247/248 Luther Bonney Hall on the Portland Campus!
EHSS faculty members attended and presented at MATA's Northern New England Athletic Training Conference the weekend of June 5-7, 2015.
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