When Ellen DeGeneres began a segment of her TV show by reading an audience member's letter -- describing her immigration from Sudan to Maine as a 12-year-old girl -- USM's Ekhlas Ahmed bent over and buried her face in her hands. "I was going to scream so loudly, but I couldn't," Ahmed said. Moments later, DeGeneres ushered her onto the stage, interviewed her and presented her with a check for $22,000, enough to erase her student loans.
Eight students and two professional engineering mentors from the USM chapter of Engineers Without Borders spent a week in Villa Nueva, Guatemala, where they installed five solar water heaters for the Hogar Rafael Ayau orphanage.
Mary Anne Peabody and Tara Grey Coste discuss the multiplier effect seen when utilizing the expressive arts as leadership pedagogy during group study abroad experiences. Article is accompanied by a video interview with the two authors.