Student Shannon Sockalexis figured people might feel uncomfortable with her story, bored with its history or merely walk on by. So the student artist -- acting on a suggestion by USM Art Gallery Director Carolyn Eyler -- made a comic strip. In seven panels, Sockalexis tells a tiny piece of the lies and lost resources that punctuate Penobscot history.
USM's Lorrayne Carroll introduced Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" for its Portland Ballet production at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center. Carroll, an associate professor of English at USM, spoke about the classic story before the performance. The dance was accompanied by a live orchestra, which was conducted by Professor Robert Lehman of the USM School of Music.
Richard Barringer and Joseph McDonnell of USM's Muskie School of Public Service contributed to an Op Ed in the Portland Press Herald along with John Dorrer, formerly with the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, and Ryan Wallace from USM's Maine Center for Business and Economic Research. The plans outlined in the article were also feautured in the Bangor Daily News.