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Reid and Dan Crewe
At the Dec. 2 President's Scholarship Gala, Reid Crewe, Director of Grants at the Bob Crewe Foundation, announced a gift of $500,000 in scholarship support for the School of Music and was quickly followed by Daniel Crewe's announcement of his personal commitment of $100,000, also for scholarships. These transformational gifts to support scholarships added to a record-breaking scholarship round held that evening and USM's recent Day of Giving, which raised nearly $1.5M for student scholarships.
WCSH-TV photo of Pious Ali
WCSH-TV covered the swearing-in ceremony Dec. 5 of Pious Ali, a community outreach specialist for USM's Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy, as a Portland City Councilor. Ali became the first African-born city councilor in Portland history.
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Reza Jalali
The USM Office of Multicultural Affairs will host a one-hour "Neighbors Standing Shoulder to Shoulder" community gathering on December 7 to stand together and declare Portland, and Maine, as a hate-free zone.
President Cummings marches in to his formal Installation
200-some student scholars marched along with the faculty who nominated them in a highlight of the formal installation on Dec. 2 of Glenn Cummings as the University of Southern Maine’s 13th president.
University of Southern Maine Youth Ensemble
USM’s School of Music faculty instruct the middle and high school students that make up the youth ensembles. The youth orchestras' recent fall performance was reviewed by the Portland Press Herald.
US Visiting Artist Gina Adams leads a workshop
USM visiting artist Gina Adams recently showed students a variety of methods of painting encaustic -- using pigment and hot wax. The hands-on workshop included several techniques including the basics, relief, and image transfer.
USM's Alex Irvine
Alex Irvine built a career by morphing media: turning movies into books, comic books into games and games back into books. He's about to begin work on a novelization of Marvel's movie of "Doctor Strange," he's writing a game version of the popular TV show, "The Walking Dead" and he's writing a graphic novel history of baseball. That's in his spare time. The English professor — he teaches classes in fiction writing and world masterpieces — is also morphing in his USM job.
Photo of Lorrie Spaulding, coordinator of USM Veterans Services, senior student-veteran Seth Adams and USM President Glenn Cummings on the set of "The USM Update"
USM Veterans Services, Maine's increasing role in the Arctic and the new Recovery Oriented Campus Center are all discussed on the November episode of "The USM Update."
Anju Roy, left, is pictured here during the 2017 Tokyo Kimono Queen Contest
With more than 160 Japanese and foreign participants, USM's Anju Roy made it to the 14 foreign student finalists. "I love the kimono and have a lot of pride for my culture, so when I was offered a chance to represent my school I was very excited! The girls from the other schools, both Japanese and international, were all amazingly beautiful and kind. It was great getting to know them and uphold a piece of Japanese tradition alongside them."
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Campus Updates

Dance USM!
This year’s Dance USM!, directed by Maria A. Tzianabos, features a large cast of students from many different USM majors and departments, performing on the main stage at Russell Hall and representing a wide variety of dance forms.
Social Work Professor Hermeet Kohli Speaks at Event Today!
We have many informative workshops scheduled for Spring 2017, with plenty more to come!
The CCD is gearing up for a great Spring semester - join us!
Biology student, and one of the world's top-rated slam poets, honored as an Inauguration Scholar
Biology students honored as Inauguration Scholars
Native American artist George Longfish spoke about his work and his life at the opening on October 6.
The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)recently recognized Muskie MPH course tools developed by Judy Tupper.
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CEPARE researcher, Dr. Erika Stump, presents study on Maine's More Efficient Schools in December 7 webinar.
USM Athletics is celebrating 50 Years of Women's Athletics. Throughout the year, the USM Athletic Department will release monthly profiles on some noteworthy alums, coaches and administrators. On February 4, USM will host a special event to celebrate the milestone anniversary.
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USM Events

December 8, 2016
7:00 AM to 10:00 PM
AREA Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, Portland campus
December 8, 2016
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
December 8, 2016
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Lewiston Auburn Campus, Room 285
December 8, 2016
12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Art Gallery, Gorham
December 8, 2016
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
USM Portland: Glickman Family Library, University Events Room, 7th Floor
December 8, 2016
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium
December 8, 2016
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
December 8, 2016
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
10 Bailey Hall, Gorham Campus
December 8, 2016
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Mac's Grill