Dan Del Gallo wins first wrestling national championship in USM history
Making his third consecutive appearance at the NCAA National Championship, senior Dan Del Gallo established a new all-time win record for University of Southern Maine (USM) wrestling, earned the third All-American honor in program history, and became USM's first wrestling national champion.
Once every four years, the School of Music and Department of Theatre collaborate on a full-length opera. This year's selection, Otto Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor, earned praise from former New York Times — and current Portland Press Herald — arts reviewer Allan Kozinn.
USM recently hosted a crowd of 600 people at the Portland Campus' Hannaford Hall to listen to Senator Angus King's public forum on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch and the current Presidential administration.
Ellen DeGeneres surprises graduate student with a big gift
University of Southern Maine (USM) student and Americorps advisor Ekhlas Ahmed was stunned to be featured on Ellen after sending the star a letter describing her immigration from Sudan to Maine. She was even more surprised when Ellen DeGeneres presented her with a check for $22,000, enough to erase her student loans.
Engineers Without Borders brings change to Guatemala
USM's Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter recently spent a week in Villa Nueva, Guatemala. Eight EWB students and two professional engineering mentors completed a two-year project far ahead of schedule, installing five solar water heaters for the Hogar Rafael Ayau orphanage.
USM signs agreement to expand relationship with Iceland’s Reykjavik University
USM President Glenn Cummings and Ari Kristinn Jónsson, the president of Iceland's Reykjavik University, have signed an agreement aimed at expanding the relationship between the two schools and providing more opportunities for student and faculty exchanges.
'Molded by the Flow' - a collaborative performance with USM School of Music and Departments of Theatre and Art
The world premiere of “Molded by the Flow,” a multimedia, interdisciplinary performance collaboration from the Libra Professorship at USM, School of Music and departments of Theatre and Art, will open April 14-15 in Lewiston at the Gendron Franco Center for Heritage and the Performing Arts; and will appear in Gorham April 21-29 at the Main Stage, Russell Hall at USM.
USM’s Muskie School releases ‘Unsealed Fate,’ first in-depth report on Maine’s Juvenile Records System
Researchers found that individuals with juvenile records face barriers in applying for jobs and professional licenses, enrolling in the military, accessing housing and securing other financial supports. In addition, their report finds that juvenile records often lead to harsher adult sentencing and that individuals with records experience marginalization and stigmatization.
On the March episode of "The USM Update," learn about a trip to Cuba (a first of its kind within the UMaine System), celebrate 50 years of women's athletics at USM and hear from a group of engineering students who provided hot water to a Guatemalan orphanage.
USM announces 2017 Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients
Award-winning journalist David Brancaccio will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 Commencement Ceremony. Brancaccio and Mary L. Bonauto, the Civil Rights Project Director at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, will be presented with honorary degrees.
Commencement 2017 will be held on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 in Portland, Maine at the Cross Insurance Arena.