University of Southern Maine

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University of Southern Maine
University of Southern Maine seal.svg
Motto Connecting You with Tomorrow
Established 1878
Type Public
President David Flanagan (interim)[1]
Academic staff 15:1
Students 9,820
Undergraduates 7,500
Location Gorham, Lewiston, Portland, Maine, USA
43°39′45″N 70°16′34″W / 43.66250°N 70.27611°W / 43.66250; -70.27611Coordinates: 43°39′45″N 70°16′34″W / 43.66250°N 70.27611°W / 43.66250; -70.27611
Campus Suburban
Nickname Huskies
Mascot Champ the Husky
Website usm.maine.edu
University of Southern Maine

The University of Southern Maine (USM) is a multi-campus public comprehensive university and part of the University of Maine System. USM's three primary campuses are located in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston in the U.S. state of Maine. Many courses and degree programs are also offered online. Originally founded as two separate universities (Gorham Normal School, University of Maine at Portland), the two state universities were combined in 1970 to help streamline the public university system in Maine and eventually expanded by adding the Lewiston campus in 1988. The Portland Campus is home to the Edmund Muskie School of Public Service along with the Bio Sciences Research Institute, the University of Maine School of Law, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Osher Map Library, and the USM School of Business. The Gorham campus, much more residential, is home to the School of Education and Human Development and the School of Music.[2]

USM is among the "Best Northeastern Colleges," according to The Princeton Review's 2007 listings,[3] and was also included in its 2007 edition of "America's Best Value Colleges."[4] As of 2012, USM had 7,500 undergraduate students and 2,320 graduate and law school students, with an average class size of 25 and a student-faculty ratio of 15:1.[5] Recent controversial decisions by the university administration to cut programs and fire up to 50 faculty have led to student led protests on the campus. [6]

History[edit]

Evolving from Gorham Academy into an institution of higher education, USM originated in 1878 as Gorham Normal School, later called Gorham State Teachers College and then simply Gorham State College. In 1970 that institution merged with the University of Maine at Portland (previously Portland Junior College) and became the University of Maine at Portland-Gorham (UMPG).[7] The name was changed to University of Southern Maine in 1978. The Lewiston-Auburn campus was founded in 1988. USM is a major educational engine in the overall growth and development of economic, civic, and cultural life in southern Maine. USM offers baccalaureate and master's degree programs as well as doctoral programs in Public Policy, and School Psychology.[2]

Academics[edit]

Undergraduate study is available in roughly 115 areas, and degrees conferred include the B.S, B.A, B.M., and B.F.A.[8] Graduate study is available at the Masters and Doctoral level through the School of Business, School of Education and Human Development, Muskie School of Public Service, School of Social Work, School of Music, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, School of Nursing, and the School of Environmental, Health, and Life Sciences.

The Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing is a graduate program in creative writing which enrolls approximately 100 students in four major genres: creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and popular fiction.

The USM School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Less than 5% of business schools worldwide have earned this achievement.

Continuing education is available through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes.

The University of Southern Maine is one of two schools in the state of Maine that offers an accredited Computer Science degree program.[9]

Campuses[edit]

Wishcamper Center, east side of campus.

Portland Campus[edit]

The main part of the campus consists entirely of non-residential buildings. Many department offices are located around the perimeter of the campus center in converted multi-story homes as well as in the major buildings. The primary academic areas of the Portland campus are business, nursing, history, political science, economics, sociology, biology, physics, chemistry, math, English, psychology, media studies, modern and classical languages and literatures, American and New England studies.[10] The Albert Brenner Glickman Family Library is the main library on the Portland Campus.

Gorham Campus[edit]

Luther Bonney, Masterton Hall, and the Science building at USM's Portland Campus

43°40′54″N 70°26′54″W / 43.68167°N 70.44833°W / 43.68167; -70.44833 (Gorham campus, University of Southern Maine)

Robie Andrews Hall is one of the original Gorham State College buildings. It is now primarily a residence hall with some mixed academic usage on the first floor. Taken from a 1907 postcard.

Gorham is home to most of the University's dormitories and competitive athletic facilities. The primary academic areas residing in Gorham are industrial technologies, engineering, art, music, theater, counseling and education, anthropology, geography, environmental sciences, and geosciences.[10] McLellan House, built in 1773, was acquired by Gorham State College in 1966. It was initially converted into dormitories and later into office space.[11] The Academy Building was built in 1803 and purchased by the university in 1878.

Residence Halls[edit]

Residence Halls located on the Gorham campus are listed below:

  • Woodward Hall
  • Dickey and Wood Towers: Dickey and Wood Towers were opened in 1970 and formerly inaugurated in 1973. They are named after Edna Dickey, who taught history at the university from 1945–1972 as well as serving as Dean of Women from 1945–69 and Esther Wood, who taught social sciences from 1930–1973.[11] USM has proposed mothballing the two towers, which currently have several vacant floors, to save $400,000 in 2014. [12]
  • Upton Hall and Hastings Hall: Upton Hall and the adjacent Hastings Hall are named after Ethelyn Upton and Mary Hastings, both of whom were prominent faculty. Upton Hall, home of the university healthcenter and Residential Life Office, was opened in 1960. Hastings Hall opened in 1968. Together, the complex can house up to 300 students.[11]
  • Anderson Hall
  • Robie Andrews Hall: Robie Hall is named after former Maine Governor Frederick Robie, who served from 1883–1887. It was built in 1897 to replace a female-only dormitory which had burnt down in 1894.[11]
  • Phillipi Hall: Opened in 2001. Philippi hall also houses USM's new Pioneer Program.[11]
  • Upperclass Hall (completed fall of 2007)

Lewiston-Auburn Campus[edit]

44°4′35″N 70°10′20″W / 44.07639°N 70.17222°W / 44.07639; -70.17222 (Lewiston-Auburn campus, University of Southern Maine)

USM's Lewiston-Auburn campus, Front entrance. This campus was established in 1988

The Lewiston-Auburn campus of the University of Southern Maine is the newest of the three campuses. The college on this campus is known as Lewiston-Auburn College (USM LAC). USM LAC is committed to being a national leader in interdisciplinary education, serving as a resource for the community, providing an outstanding educational experience for its students through degree programs that are responsive to changing cultural and workplace demands and that are available to a non-traditional and diverse student body.[13]

Baccalaureate degree programs available at USM LAC are: Arts and Humanities, Leadership and Organizational Studies, Natural and Applied Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences. Master of Arts in Leadership and Master of Occupational Therapy degrees are offered exclusively at Lewiston-Auburn College. The USM Nursing program (BS & RN to BS) from USM’s College of Nursing and Health Professions are also offered at the Lewiston-Auburn campus.[13]

Distance Learning locations[edit]

The University offers courses off-campus courses via Interactive Television at locations in Saco, Bath, and Sanford.[14]

Athletics[edit]

The University of Southern Maine teams are known as the Huskies. The university sponsors the 23 sports at the NCAA Division III level. The majority of sports compete in the Little East Conference; wrestling competes as an independent Division III team, men's and women's ice hockey compete in the ECAC East.[15]

People[edit]

Administration[edit]

David Flanagan is the interim president of the university. The president is appointed by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees.

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Class Notability Reference
Albee, SpencerSpencer Albee ex-1997 American musician
Bennett, Richard A.Richard A. Bennett 2000 Chairman of the Maine Republican Party [16]
Brannigan, JosephJoseph Brannigan  ?? Maine state legislator
Brennan, Michael F.Michael F. Brennan  ?? Maine state legislator
Bruno (Maine politician), JosephJoseph Bruno (Maine politician) 1989 Minority Leader of the Maine House of Representatives, 2000-2004 [17]
Casavant, AlanAlan Casavant 2004 Mayor of Biddeford, Maine, 2012-present [18]
Cassidy, VintonVinton Cassidy  ?? Maine State Senator, 1992-1998
Chadbourne, GlennGlenn Chadbourne  ?? American Artist [19]
Chappell, KateKate Chappell 1983 Founder of Tom's of Maine [20]
Chase, KathleenKathleen Chase 1991 Maine State Representative from the 147th district [21]
Cleveland (politician), JohnJohn Cleveland (politician) 1982 State Senator from Maine's 15th District [22]
Crowley (Survivor contestant), RobertRobert Crowley (Survivor contestant)  ?? Winner of the American television show Survivor: Gabon [23]
Currier, JohnJohn Currier 1975 28th Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard [24]
Davis (politician), GeraldGerald Davis (politician)  ?? Maine State Senator from the 11th District, 2008-2010 [25]
Diamond, WilliamWilliam Diamond 1972 Maine Secretary of State, 1989-1997 [26]
Dion (politician), MarkMark Dion (politician)  ?? Maine State Representative, 2010-present
Dodge, DonDon Dodge  ?? Developer advocate for Google
Dudley, BenjaminBenjamin Dudley 1999 Maine House of Representatives, 1998-2006 [27]
Espling, EleanorEleanor Espling 1994 Maine House of Representatives, 2010-present [28]
Haskell, AnneAnne Haskell  ?? Maine state legislator
Hamlin, Simon M.Simon M. Hamlin  ?? U.S. Congressman
Holmes, HannahHannah Holmes 1988 Journalist [29]
Ingalls, Jr., Wilbur R.Wilbur R. Ingalls, Jr.  ?? Architect
Jones, KevanKevan Jones  ?? British Member of Parliament
Langley, BrianBrian Langley  ?? Maine state legislator
Lowry, LoisLois Lowry 1972 Novelist
Marshall, David A.David A. Marshall  ?? Artist and Portland city councilor
Martin, Matthew QuinnMatthew Quinn Martin 2010 Actor, writer, director and musician
Marvin, Jean GinnJean Ginn Marvin  ?? Maine State Legislator
Nelson, JuddJudd Nelson  ?? Actor
Pingree, ChellieChellie Pingree  ?? U.S. Congresswoman
Robinson (wrestler), LukeLuke Robinson (wrestler) 2008 Professional wrestler
Russell, DianeDiane Russell  ?? Maine state legislator
Shalhoub, TonyTony Shalhoub 1977 Actor
Stevens, Raymond C.Raymond C. Stevens 1986 Research Scientist
St.Jarre, KevinKevin St.Jarre 2010 Writer
Sullivan (politician), NancyNancy Sullivan (politician)  ?? Maine State Legislator
Turner, CleonCleon Turner  ?? Massachusetts State Legislator
Wallace, John BruceJohn Bruce Wallace  ?? Philosopher and artist

References[edit]

  1. ^ Office of the President, USM
  2. ^ a b USM's Lewiston-Auburn College provides undergraduate and graduate degrees through its unique interdisciplinary curriculum. "USM History and Mission". University of Southern Maine. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ The Best Northeastern Colleges, 20012 Edition. Random House/Princeton Review. August 1, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Princeton Review Ranks USM Among the Best in the Northeast". University of Southern Maine. September 28, 2006. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  5. ^ "USM at a glance" (PDF). University of Southern Maine. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  6. ^ http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/03/26-1?fb_action_ids=10203349408718097&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582
  7. ^ "USM Timeline". Special Collections. USM Libraries. Retrieved 2009-06-14. 
  8. ^ "Academics | University of Southern Maine". Usm.maine.edu. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  9. ^ "Accredited Computer Science Degrees in Maine". ABET. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  10. ^ a b "Academic Programs". University of Southern Maine. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  11. ^ a b c d e Campus Descriptions: GORHAM CAMPUS Library, University of Southern Maine
  12. ^ Jason Horowitz (March 11, 2014). "USM ready to lay out deep cuts, rebuild bridge to its future". Portland Press Herald. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  13. ^ a b "USM Lewiston-Auburn College General Info". University of Southern Maine. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Off-Campus Courses". University of Southern Maine. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  15. ^ Costello, Tim. (2009-02-27) This Week in the ECAC East and NESCAC :: USCHO.com :: U.S. College Hockey Online. USCHO.com. Retrieved on 2013-10-05.
  16. ^ Cousins, Christopher (2013-07-22). "Rick Bennett, new GOP chairman, seen as unifying force for fractured Maine party — Politics — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine". Bangordailynews.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  17. ^ "Joseph Bruno's Biography - Project Vote Smart". Votesmart.org. 1955-11-26. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  18. ^ "Alan Casavant's Biography - Project Vote Smart". Votesmart.org. 1952-07-26. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  19. ^ admin (2011-09-13). "Artist Focus: Glenn Chadbourne". Psartbooks.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  20. ^ "Kate Cheney Chappell :: About Kate". Katechappellartspace.com. 2008-05-25. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  21. ^ "Kathleen D. Chase, Maine State Representative". Kathleendchase.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  22. ^ "John Cleveland's Biography - Project Vote Smart". Votesmart.org. 1950-01-30. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  23. ^ Amanda Hamilton. "Yes! Portland, Maine, physics teacher wins 'Survivor: Gabon'". SeacoastOnline.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  24. ^ "Vice Adm. John P. Currier to become 28th Coast Guard Vice Commandant on Friday". Coast Guard News. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  25. ^ "Gerald Davis' Biography - Project Vote Smart". Votesmart.org. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  26. ^ "Senator Bill Diamond | Maine Senate Democrats". Mainesenate.org. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  27. ^ "Benjamin Dudley's Biography - Project Vote Smart". Votesmart.org. 1969-10-19. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  28. ^ "Eleanor Espling's Biography - Project Vote Smart". Votesmart.org. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  29. ^ "Maine Author Hannah Holmes Reading at USM | USM Public Affairs | University of Southern Maine". Blogs.usm.maine.edu. 2009-04-14. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 

Further Reading[edit]

  • Bibber, Joyce K (2001). University of Southern Maine. Arcadia Publishing. OCLC 47164632. 

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