Nell Gluckman

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David Flanagan, the interim president at the University of Southern Maine

USM calls students not registered for fall 2014 classes in effort to increase retention rate

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 02, 2014, at 7:22 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — In an attempt to bring back 329 students who had enrolled at the University of Southern Maine but had not yet registered for classes this fall, almost 30 faculty, staff and students spent several hours on the phone Tuesday encouraging them to register before the Sept. 8 …
Students gather outside the Stone House in Freeport in this July 2013 file photo.

University system panel approves sale of USM’s Stone House

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 02, 2014, at 3:09 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A University of Maine System committee on Tuesday approved the sale of the Stone House, a century-old building located in the Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in Freeport that is owned and used by the University of Southern Maine. The system’s full board of trustees will vote …
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UMaine-Augusta names former state Speaker of the House interim president

By Nell Gluckman on Sept. 02, 2014, at 1:03 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A former speaker of the Maine House of Representatives and official at the Department of Education under the Obama administration will become the interim president at the University of Maine at Augusta, University of Maine System Chancellor James Page announced on Tuesday. Effective Sept. 9, Glenn Cummings, …

Three charter school applications submitted to the state

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 30, 2014, at 5:50 a.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Three charter school applications were submitted to the Maine Charter School Commission by the deadline Monday, according to the commission’s executive director, Bob Kautz. The schools that applied are Inspire ME Academy, which would be a middle school based in York County; Acadia Academy, an early elementary …
Middle school language arts teacher Douglas Bourget works at his desk in South Portland at Maine Connections Academy, a virtual charter school, on Friday.

Big bills from virtual school raise tensions with Maine school districts

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 30, 2014, at 5:44 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The opening of Maine’s first online charter school, set for next week, is rekindling tensions with public school officials over the financial repercussions for their districts and the competition for students. Sparking the latest concerns were bills sent to local school districts by the virtual school, Maine …
University of Maine Chair of the Board of Trustees Sam Collins

UMS trustees address proposed policy on sex crimes, domestic violence

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 29, 2014, at 7:18 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A proposed University of Maine System policy will redefine terms such as dating violence, sexual harassment and consent to a sexual act, if the board of trustees approves it in November. At their meeting Friday, trustees discussed the new policy, which was produced amid a national movement …
Ryan Low was named interim vice president for administration and finance at the University of Maine on Friday.

UMaine names interim vice president for administration, finance

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 29, 2014, at 5:35 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Ryan Low, executive director of governmental and external affairs for the University of Maine System, will become the interim vice president for administration and finance at the University of Maine, it was announced Friday. Low replaces Judy Ryan, who was appointed to the position last May to …
David Flanagan, interim president at the University of Southern Maine

University system panel approves cuts of 3 USM programs; final vote goes to board of trustees

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 29, 2014, at 10:46 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The process of cutting three programs at the University of Southern Maine, which has been fraught with controversy, will go forward after a University of Maine System committee voted to approve it Friday. All members of the UMS board of trustees committee on academic and student affairs …
University of Maine at Machias President Cynthia Huggins (right), shown her life partner, Laurel Robinson,speaks with faculty and staff after announcing that she plans to step down at the end of the fall semester.

University of Maine at Machias president to step down

By Nell Gluckman and Tim Cox on Aug. 28, 2014, at 11:03 a.m.
Cynthia Huggins is the fourth of seven presidents in the University of Maine System to leave the position during the past three months.
Crews are in the process of tearing out water-damaged areas inside William S. Cohen School in Bangor.

Bangor schools face $440,000 in unexpected costs for leaky roof, natural gas, charter school tuition

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 26, 2014, at 7:16 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor School Department is facing $440,000 in unanticipated costs because of a much higher than budgeted price for natural gas, a roof repair at one school and several students enrolling in a charter school, Superintendent Betsy Webb said Monday night. The School Department budgeted for a …
University of Maine students march from the Memorial Gym Field House to Alfond Arena, site of their commencement, at the University of Maine in Orono.

Four Maine colleges make Washington Monthly’s ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ list

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 25, 2014, at 3:42 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Despite college tuition rates that put Mainers in debt at high rates compared with the rest of the country, four Maine colleges made Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck” list. The list recognizes institutions “in America that do the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain …
John Linnehan Jr. served  as head of the Acadia Christian School, which is part of the Good News Center in Trenton.

Trenton’s Acadia Christian School closes because of inadequate funding

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 22, 2014, at 6:02 p.m.
TRENTON, Maine — The Acadia Christian School, a private school that serves students in kindergarten through 12th grade, will not be opening for the 2014-15 school year because of lack of finances, according to John Linnehan Jr., head of the Good News Center, which includes the school. The school has …
University of Southern Maine history professor Libby Bischof works in her office on the Gorham campus on Friday. Each summer, Bischof contacts her advisees who have not enrolled in classes for the fall semester and asks what's preventing them from registering.

History professor at USM takes it upon herself to bring students ‘back into the fold’

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 22, 2014, at 4:42 p.m.
GORHAM, Maine — During the summer, University of Southern Maine history professor Libby Bischof contacts each of her advisees who have not enrolled in classes for the fall semester. She asks what prevented them from registering and reminds them to do so before the start of the school year. “For …
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From left, Lance Bradshaw and Jake McGuire unload the lobster they caught recently afternoon at the Stonington Lobster Co-op dock. Bradshaw recently dropped out of the University of Maine during his first year with hopes of becoming an engineer.

Dreams deferred: Why do so many UMaine students fail to graduate?

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 22, 2014, at 2:44 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Lance Bradshaw, 22, has been supporting himself through lobstering since he was 16, but for a long time, he’s wanted something more. So two years ago, in an attempt to chart a different path, the Deer Isle resident enrolled at the University of Maine to pursue a …
David Flanagan has being named the interim president at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

USM president announces team to help him cut more than $12.5 million from budget

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 20, 2014, at 6:35 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — University of Southern Maine President David Flanagan has put together a six-person team that will advise him on cutting more than $12.5 million from the university’s budget in the coming months. The team includes two new hires. Tom Dunne, who worked as a partner at Accenture from …
Hampden resident Lori Lathrop (left) talks with Community Connector bus driver Tiffany Curtis on Saturday after leaving the bus at Pickering Square in downtown Bangor.

Hampden council votes to keep Saturday bus service

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 18, 2014, at 8:53 p.m.
HAMPDEN, Maine — The Town Council voted 4-3 on Monday night to continue to subsidize the Community Connector bus service to Hampden on Saturdays. The Saturday service costs the town $28,000. The route runs between downtown Hampden and the bus transfer hub at Pickering Square in Bangor. Several residents testified …

Augusta man pleads guilty to stealing mail, money orders while working at East Vassalboro post office

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 18, 2014, at 7:02 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A former postal worker pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Bangor to stealing mail and postal money orders while on the job, U.S. Attorney Thomas Delahanty announced in a press release sent Monday. Jason Stockmar, 28, of Augusta worked at a post office in East Vassalboro, …

Riverview patient arrested after allegedly assaulting his nurse

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 18, 2014, at 6:21 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Riverview Psychiatric Center patient was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly hit a nurse with a chair, according to Kennebec County District Attorney Meaghan Maloney. Maloney said the nurse was taken to the hospital after the incident involving Frank Stewart, 23, occurred on Saturday. She …
Mark Amundsen (left), CEO of STM Quest and Nova Star Cruises, and Steve Durrell, chief operating officer of the companies, spoke in public for the first time about Nova Star Cruises' launch of renewed ferry service between Portland Nova Scotia. Amundsen and Durrell are both graduates of Maine Maritime Academy. Before launching STM Quest, the pair worked together at Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax.

Nova Star ferry service doubles passenger count in July

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 17, 2014, at 5:59 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — There were twice as many passengers traveling aboard the new Nova Star ferry service between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, in July as there had been in June, the spokesman for Nova Star Cruises announced in a statement Friday. Just over 13,043 passengers took the trip in …

12-year-old sent to hospital after car collides with tree

By Nell Gluckman on Aug. 17, 2014, at 3:47 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — A local man and a 12-year-old girl were both sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after the car the man was driving collided with a tree, according to a press release sent out by the Brunswick Police Department. The crash took place on Lunt Road near …
 
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