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Ellen DeGeneres with Ekhlas Ahmed
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.
A parking ban will start at 8 pm Friday, 2/17/17 for several locations on the USM-Gorham campus, in order to allow for snow removal. Cars left in prohibited lots may be towed at the owner's expense.
Photo of eight students and two professional engineering mentors from the USM chapter of Engineers Without Borders. The group spent a week in Villa Nueva, Guatemala, where they installed five solar water heaters for the Hogar Rafael Ayau orphanage.
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.
USM Professor Michael Hillard
The report, "Hunger Pains: Widespread food insecurity threatens Maine's Future," was released Feb. 10 by the Good Shepherd Food Bank and Portland's Preble Street agency and featured in stories by both the Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News. The report's authors used a 2,000-person survey and in-depth interviews conducted by Preble Street staff and the USM students to examine why food insecurity persists.
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USM‘s new Food Studies program is working with the Maine Historical Society to offer “New England Foodscapes,” a free and public film and lecture series.
Portrait of Donna Cassidy
Well-known artist Marsden Hartley's images of his native state of Maine debut in a new exhibition in March at one of the world's grandest museums — New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. USM Professor Donna Cassidy is the exhibition's co-curator.
Hamdia Ahmed speaks at USM Opening Breakfast 2016
19-year-old political science major Hamdia Ahmed shares the story of her family's arduous journey towards American citizenship, and her dreams for the future in a feature article in the Portland Press Herald.
Dr. Paula Hodgdon, USM hall of fame coach and administrator addresses a full room at the Feb. 4 celebration of 50 years of women's athletics at USM
The celebration of 50 years of women's athletics brought together several generations of USM student-athletes to honor the program's storied beginnings and to celebrate its promising future.
USM President Glenn Cummings on TideSmart Talk with Steve Woods.
USM President Glenn Cummings spoke of his background in education and politics on TideSmart Talk with Steve Woods.
Baltimore Orioles player Ryan Flaherty at USM youth clinic
Baltimore Orioles player Ryan Flaherty came to USM to help his father Ed Flaherty coach a youth clinic.
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UMaine, USM professors embrace ecotourism experience in Cuba
Rachel Shukan, Matt LaBerge and Kiersten Curtis
Opening on Friday, March 3, and running through Sunday, March 12, the USM School of Music and Department of Theatre join forces in Nicolai’s fully-staged comic opera, "The Merry Wives of Windsor."
The USM men's indoor track & field team defended its LEC and Alliance Championship for the third consecutive season.
The Huskies' women's indoor track & field team extended its dominance of the Little East Conference and New England Alliance Championship capturing their 17th consecutive title.
Hamdia Ahmed, a 19-year-old sophomore at the University of Southern Maine is finding her voice advocating for Portland’s Muslim and immigrant community.
Image of "Toad" by Rebecca Goodale
Rebecca Goodale's solo show of new framed work (not books) opens Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 5-7pm at the Ocean House Gallery & Frame, 299 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
USM Muslim student inspires others to rally behind American dream
USM Libraries and Maine Museum of Photographic Arts present: Joyce Tenneson's Maine: Gold Trees Exhibit Dates Monday, January 30, 2017 - Tuesday, May 30, 2017
On Tuesday, February 14 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm, at USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College, the Franco-American Collection will present a discussion on some of the challenges new immigrants to this area have had to overcome. The talk will be in French.
"Anyone can get online and post a tweet, for instance, or anyone can create a Facebook page," Vassallo said. "The point is how to do it effectively."
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USM Events

February 19, 2017
12:00 AM to 7:00 PM
February 19, 2017
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
USM Art Gallery, Gorham
February 19, 2017
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium
February 19, 2017
1:25 PM
Southworth Planetarium
February 19, 2017
2:00 PM
Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford Street, Portland, Maine
February 19, 2017
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium
February 20, 2017
(All day)
February 20, 2017
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium
February 20, 2017
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium
February 20, 2017
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium