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Photo of USM commencement 2016
The University of Southern Maine will celebrate its 137th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 13 at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. More than 900 students will take part in the morning ceremony, beginning at 9 a.m. Award-winning journalist David Brancaccio will deliver the keynote address and will receive an honorary degree. Also receiving an honorary degree will be Mary L. Bonauto, the civil rights project director at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders.
Dr. Joy Hirsch
Cutting edge exploration into the way people communicate — and how their brains interact — will be the focus of a lecture by Dr. Joy Hirsch, a neuroscientist with the Yale School of Medicine. Her talk, titled "When Two Brains Collide," will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 5 at USM's Southworth Planetarium on the Portland Campus.
Image from 2016 Thinking Matters
Topics range from life in refugee camps and the opioid epidemic to cryptography, hydroelectricity and the use of emoji and other nonverbal forms of communication.
Environmental Science faculty and students receive check from Poland Spring rep
Students from USM's Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) program will make use of the $25,000 gift from Poland Spring towards their educational efforts working on various environmental projects surrounding water, such as monitoring the Presumpscot and Saco River watersheds.
USM President Glenn Cummings and SMCC President Ron Cantor
The "2+2" agreements allow associate degree graduates of SMCC 's engineering program to seamlessly enter USM's programs for mechanical and electrical engineering programs, getting two full years of credit towards a USM baccalaureate degree. The goal is to add well-educated engineers to a Maine workforce that is currently experiencing a shortage of engineers.
Photo of USM President Glenn Cummings speaking in Hannaford Hall
University of Southern Maine’s President Dr. Glenn Cummings was recently featured on WCSH-6’s popular local program “Bill Green’s Maine”. The interview discussed Cummings’ Maine roots as well as the future he envisions for the University.
Photo of a demonstration in process at the 11th annual Flint Knapp-In on the gorham campus
For over a decade, GASA has organized and hosted an on-campus event in which attendees are taught to make stone tools, practice ancient spear hunting techniques and learn about prehistoric peoples.
Aaron Witham and Asia DiBenedetti, USM Office of Sustainability
Just in time for Earth Day 2017, a sustainability report was recently issued by the University of Maine System for its seven public universities, including the University of Southern Maine. Among the positive news is the System's creation of a new investment policy linked to sustainability. USM's own sustainability leader Aaron Witham and EcoRep Asia DiBenedetti offer their thoughts on creating a sustainable future.
opening night
Judy Harrison of the Bangor Daily News called the show "a triumph of academic cooperation that allowed students and faculty to create a multimedia production that envelops theatergoers with sights and sounds that not only tell a set of particular stories but evoke strong memories of their own experiences in Maine."
Earth Day
The University of Southern Maine will host a variety of events to celebrate Earth day this year, including the 5th annual Community Electronic Waste Recycling Day, the Great Maine Bike Swap and an Earth Day panel discussion.
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Campus Updates

2017 CAHS Scholarship Awards Event
Huskies' athletics will honor its senior student-athletes on Sunday, April 30. During the evening, USM Athletics will announce the winners of the Paula D. Hodgdon and Roland Wirths Memorial awards.
The Muskie School of Public Service Sustainability Workshop is presenting its findings on the existing status of Woodford’s Corner Intersection prior to the Forest Avenue Redevelopment Project.
"After spending a year studying in Maine, I have promised my parents that I will never complain about the great, grey English Winter again." - Robyn Wilson, USM Inbound Exchange Student from the UK.
Ardis Cameron
Ardis Cameron, visiting professor in USM's Food Studies Program, contributed an op-ed piece in the Portland Press Herald called "Real Food Shouldn't Be Hard to Get in Maine."
Are you a USM Nursing Student planning to graduate in August 2017?
Husky Harvest Class
The Leadership Development Board honors Tourism and Hospitality’s Husky Harvest with the Event of the Year!
Corthell Hall, USM Gorham Campus
This week and through the end of the semester, the USM School of Music presents some exceptional performances. Learn about them all, and come out to support our students and faculty performers.
Johnny Kyte, a freshman on the Huskies' men's ice hockey team, will be representing his home country, Canada, in third World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships.
Join USM Athletics on April 30 as we name the USM Baseball Field after veteran head coach Ed Flaherty. USM's 1997 National Championship team will be recognize on the field prior to the game as well.
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USM Events

April 28, 2017
8:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Abromson Hall
April 28, 2017
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, Glickman Family Library, Portland
April 28, 2017
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
The Recovery Oriented Campus Center
April 28, 2017
3:30 PM to 6:30 PM
April 28, 2017
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, USM Portland campus
April 28, 2017
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hodgdon Field, Gorham Campus
April 28, 2017
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
April 28, 2017
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Luther Bonney, Talbot Lecture Hall
April 28, 2017
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
April 28, 2017
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium