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University of Southern Maine student Meaghan LaSala (left) stands next to another supporter holding a sign on Wednesday at a news conference at the school's Portland campus, where students and faculty members protested layoffs there.

What’s at the root of the dispute between USM faculty and administration?

By Seth Koenig on Jan. 16, 2015, at 7:48 p.m.
PORTLAND | On Sunday and Monday, a three-person team from the American Association of University Professors will visit the University of Southern Maine as part of an investigation into school administrators’ efforts to fill a budget gap, a process that involved cutting more than 50 faculty positions and five …
Daniel Bahun, a second-year student at the University of Southern Maine who is majoring in French, said he was standing outside Sullivan Gym as hundreds entered the building to attend a board of trustees meeting to "fight for the French program and my education here." The board voted to cut undergraduate French and graduate applied medical sciences.

Trustees cut French and applied medical sciences at USM

By Nell Gluckman on Oct. 24, 2014, at 6:55 p.m.
PORTLAND | Before a crowd of more than 100 people, many wearing purple “Invest in USM” stickers and holding signs with phrases such as “stop the cuts,” the University of Maine System’s board of trustees voted Friday to cut two academic programs from the curriculum — undergraduate French and …
David Flanagan

USM trustees back cuts as 24 targeted faculty members agree to retire

By Nell Gluckman on Oct. 22, 2014, at 12:43 p.m.
PORTLAND | A proposal to cut two programs at the University of Southern Maine — undergraduate French and graduate applied medical sciences — moved one step closer to reality on Wednesday. Members of the board of trustees’ academic and students affairs committee voted to approve the program cuts at …
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 | 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 …

Emory eliminates Southern Maine baseball team in NCAA Div. III Championship

on May 26, 2014, at 7:33 p.m.
APPLETON, Wisconsin — The University of Southern Maine Huskies baseball team’s run through the elimination bracket came up short Monday afternoon, as the Emory University Eagles banged out 16 hits to take a 15-3 victory in the 2014 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship Tournament at Fox Cities Stadium. The loss …
Students for #USMFuture organizer Jules Purnell tells audience about Purnell's work as a member of the group's legislative committee and the student-drafted bill that was sponsored by state Rep. Ben Chipman of Portland.

‘We are rallying for statewide solidarity’: USM protesters broaden focus

By Sam Hill, Special to the BDN on March 28, 2014, at 5:35 p.m.
PORTLAND | A week after students first took to the hallway outside Provost Michael Stevenson’s office at the University of Southern Maine, the protest’s organizers continue to make plans for demonstrations and believe they are gaining momentum. A group known as Students for #USMfuture has been protesting and recruiting …
University of Southern Maine President Theo Kalikow talks to people in the Shepard Lee Community Hall before Friday afternoon's meeting of the school's Faculty Senate.

USM president proposes cutting four programs, 20-30 faculty positions

By Seth Koenig on March 14, 2014, at 4:31 p.m.
PORTLAND | University of Southern Maine President Theo Kalikow is proposing to cut four programs and between 20 and 30 faculty jobs as the school attempts to overcome a $14 million budget shortfall. Kalikow announced the spending gap, which represents nearly 10 percent of the school’s fiscal year 2015 …

University of Maine System ‘rainy day’ money well short of $177 million, most already assigned to campus projects, officials say

By Nick McCrea on April 27, 2013, at 6:41 p.m.
BANGOR | University of Maine System campuses have plans for their shares of the system’s $177 million in reserves that include upgrading aging infrastructure to lay the groundwork for the future of higher education, according to system officials. Pulling money away from those projects to close current budget shortfalls …
Charles Colgan

No jobs progress in Maine after 4 years; don’t count on 2013, economist says

By Whit Richardson on Jan. 08, 2013, at 3:41 p.m.
PORTLAND | While the United States has recovered nearly half the jobs it lost in the depths of the recession, Maine is stuck exactly where it was four years ago. And the prospects for 2013 don’t offer much hope in terms of an accelerated recovery. That’s the conclusion drawn …

USM School of Business makes best-of list

By Whit Richardson on Oct. 22, 2012, at 7:27 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Princeton Review has included the University of Southern Maine’s School of Business in its new guidebook that lists what it considers the best 296 business schools in the world. The USM School of Business was the only business school in the state to be included on …
Rear Adm. William Leigher, an Appleton native and University of Southern Maine graduate, discusses the future of the Navy during a interview Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at his hotel in South Portland. Leigher returned to Maine as part of the Navy's 50-city outreach tour.

Rear admiral talks about Navy’s future, how BIW, USM, Maine fit in

By Seth Koenig on Sept. 26, 2012, at 5:39 p.m.
SOUTH PORTLAND | When William Leigher was growing up in the small town of Appleton, information came slowly. He remembers waiting for the Saturday edition of the Bangor Daily News every week, which he picked up at the town’s lone store, as a child to get an update on …
Prospective students and their parents tour the campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick in March 2009.

7 Maine colleges listed among best in the region by The Princeton Review

By Alex Barber on Aug. 21, 2012, at 7:27 p.m.
BANGOR | Seven Maine colleges have been named to The Princeton Review’s list of best northeastern colleges, with Bowdoin College in Brunswick listed as having the best quality of life for students in the region. Bates College of Lewiston, Bowdoin College, Colby College of Waterville, College of the Atlantic …
Zachary Chopchinski, vice president of the University of Southern Maine Chemistry Club, waits for the boom as he lights a balloon filled with oxygen and hydrogen during a science show for children in Portland's Deering Oaks Park on Thursday, July 26, 2012.

USM student chemists: ‘The bigger the boom, the more fun we have’

By Seth Koenig on July 26, 2012, at 4:28 p.m.
PORTLAND | Nearly 100 Portland area children gathered in Deering Oaks Park Thursday just after noon to… learn more about chemical science? The course load was perhaps best exemplified by Kari Picard, one of many to take a turn narrating the event: “We’re going to show you some balloons …
Portland Police officers gather outside a brick apartment building at 105/107 India Street Wednesday morning, July 11, after an overnight shooting left one dead. The sidewalk had what appeared to be blood drops covering several yards up toward the corner of India and Congress Street.

Criminologist warns against racial stereotyping after Portland shooting

By Seth Koenig on July 12, 2012, at 6:36 p.m.
One of Portland’s top criminologists said Thursday area residents should be careful not to use Wednesday morning’s triple shooting to justify racial stereotyping. In the incident, which took place around 1 a.m. Wednesday near 105 India St., three white men were shot while two men police described …

Spanish piece of eight found at dig near Hamilton House in South Berwick

By Oliver Jenkins, Foster's Daily Democrat on July 11, 2012, at 5:54 a.m.
“At first I thought it was just a shell,” Whitney Parrish, a University of Southern Maine student from Portland said. “But before I discarded it I sprayed it down with some water and noticed the unique markings.” And it’s a good thing she wasn’t too quick …
Theo Kalikow speaks with the press in Portland on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, her first day as the new president of the University of Southern Maine.

New USM president aims to mend relations with faculty

By Seth Koenig on July 10, 2012, at 7:56 p.m.
PORTLAND | Theo Kalikow said the plea from University of Maine System Chancellor James Page to come out of retirement and take over the presidency of the University of Southern Maine came as a surprise. Kalikow retired from the presidency of the University of Maine at Farmington on June …
Selma Botman

Trustees to consider University of Southern Maine president’s new post, plan for Orono campus

By Nick McCrea on July 08, 2012, at 4:05 p.m.
BANGOR | The University of Maine System board of trustees will vote Monday on the approval of resigned University of Southern Maine President Selma Botman’s placement in a new job in the chancellor’s office. System Chancellor James Page announced Botman’s appointment as special assistant to the chancellor on global …
University of Southern Maine President Selma Botman fields questions from reporters Thursday afternoon, July 5, 2012, after announcing she would be leaving the USM post and taking a job in the University of Maine System chancellor's office.

USM president resigns for system office job after spring ‘no-confidence’ vote by faculty

By Seth Koenig on July 05, 2012, at 1:29 p.m.
University of Southern Maine President Selma Botman, who was the focus of a controversial facultywide “no-confidence” vote this spring, is leaving the school to take a post at the University of Maine System chancellor’s office.
University of Southern Maine Associate Professor of molecular and microbiology Monroe Duboise is leading a team of graduate students who are developing a new approach to preventing malaria using bacteriophages.

USM team hopes to genetically modify viruses to battle malaria parasites

By Seth Koenig on July 02, 2012, at 5:46 p.m.
PORTLAND | A University of Southern Maine team believes it may be on the cusp of a better anti-malaria vaccine, by genetically modifying viruses to battle the malaria parasites. Dr. Monroe Duboise, an associate professor of molecular biology and microbiology, and doctoral student Naun Lobo are leading a team …
University of Southern Maine biology Prof. Lisa Moore holds a culture of prochlorococcus, the most abundant photosynthetic bacteria in the world's oceans, at her Portland lab Thursday, June 14, 2012. Moore is taking part in a $13 million National Science Foundation project to develop an evolutionary "Tree of Life."

University of Southern Maine professor to work on $13M evolutionary mapping project

By Seth Koenig on June 14, 2012, at 6:51 p.m.
PORTLAND | A University of Southern Maine biology professor has been chosen to take part in an ambitious $13 million nationwide effort to map an evolutionary tree of life featuring all 1.8 million species documented on Earth. According to a university announcement issued this week, the National Science Foundation-funded …