The University of Southern Maine (USM) is a multi-campus public university and part of the University of Maine System. USM's three primary campuses are located in Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston. Originally founded as three separate universities (Gorham Normal School, University of Maine at Portland, Lewiston-Auburn College) the three state universities were combined in the 1980s and 1990's to streamline the public university system in Maine. The Portland Campus is home to the Muskie School of Public Service along with the Bio Sciences Research Institute and the University of Maine School of Law, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Osher Map Library. The Gorham campus, much more residential is home to the College of Education and the School of Music. At Lewiston-Auburn, students experience a small campus, and, while course offerings are expanding, the focus on this campus is on the liberal arts. Each campus maintains its own "feel" and professionals from all campuses provide a world class experience at this highly regarded Regional University.
USM is among the “best Northeastern colleges,” according to The Princeton Review’s 2006 listings. The current president of USM is Dr. Selma Botman after assuming the role from Dr. Joseph Wood on July 1, 2008 after serving as the Chief Academic Officer at for the CUNY system in New York. Former President Dr. Richard Pattenaude became chancellor of the University of Maine system July 1, 2007.
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, biology, math, English, Modern and Classical Languages and the Honors Program.
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 educationliberal arts, and geology. The dorms located on the Gorham campus are listed below:
The Collaborative Learning and School Success (CLASS) program offers an exciting and innovative opportunity in undergraduate elementary teacher education. CLASS is a 4.5 year professional development school (PDS) program which includes coursework in an academic major leading to a bachelor's degree in a liberal arts field, certification to teach in elementary and middle schools (K-8), and more than 30 credit hours toward a graduate degree. All required courses can be completed at USM LAC.
An extension program in Industrial Technology from USM’s School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology and extended programs in Nursing (BS & RN to BS) from USM’s College of Nursing and Health Professions are also offered at the Lewiston-Auburn campus.
Master of Arts in Leadership and Master of Occupational Therapy degrees are offered exclusively at Lewiston-Auburn College. Additionally ,USM’s College of Education and Human Development extends a master degree in Literacy to USM Lewiston-Auburn.
USM students graduate today in two ceremonies ; The University of Southern Maine graduation is split into morning and afternoon ceremonies at the Gorham campus fieldhouse.
May 11, 2013; Beth Quimby bquimby@mainetodaycom Staff WriterPortland Press Herald (Maine)05-11-2013USM students graduate today in two...