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Winston-Salem Dash photo
Sam Dexter '16, who was a standout shortstop with the USM Huskies, inched a little closer to baseball's major leagues. The Chicago White Sox draftee from Oakland, Maine was promoted to Winston-Salem Dash, the organization's high Single-A team.
Organist Christopher Pelonzi, who is enrolled in a graduate program for choral conducting, will perform July 26 at Lewiston’s grand Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.
Image from press conference
The Harold Alfond Foundation has announced a $7.5 million challenge grant to the University of Maine System to support the Maine Center for Graduate Professional Studies. The grant represents the largest private gift to a multi-campus effort in the University System's history.
USM Political Science Professor Ronald Schmidt told WCSH-TV that social media is an effective way for Maine politicians to announce campaigns. But getting early donor support is even more important. "The majority of voters aren't going to remember this week or this month when it comes time to vote in the primaries," Schmidt told the TV station following recent announcements by people planning to run for governor.
Megan Marino and Michael Mayes
On July 15, the Boulder Daily Camera featured USM alumna Megan Marino ‘05 and her husband, Michael Mayes, baritone—both internationally touring opera singers who reside in Lyons, Colorado.
USM students and staff at Portland Pride parade 2017
University of Southern Maine is at the forefront of efforts to provide a safe environment for the LGBTQ+ community and that work continues on. Led by Assistant Dean of Students Sarah Holmes, USM's campuses strive to be a place where all students can be true to themselves and where their identities can be celebrated.
NASA image on the upcoming eclipse
USM's Edward Gleason, who manages the Southworth Planetarium, was quoted in a Boston Globe story anticipating the Aug. 21 total eclipse of the sun. "This might be the most watched eclipse in human history, that is the claim being made in astronomy circles anyway," he told the Globe.
USM Muskie School of Public Service - Wishcamper Building
The University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service is partnering with Maine Medical Center and the University of Vermont on a $20 million National Institutes of Health initiative aimed at quickening the speed at which research makes the ‘bench-to-bedside’ journey from the laboratory to improved patient care.
Image of Andrew Kiezulas accepting his honor
USM's Andrew Kiezulas was honored as "Collegiate Recovery Student of the Year" on July 12 in Washington. Kiezulas, a founder of USM's Recovery Oriented Campus Center (ROCC), was attending the national Association of Recovery in Higher Education annual conference at George Washington University and helping to hand out awards when he was surprised with the top honor.
Image of Abraham Peck
USM Historian Abraham Peck authored a Portland Press Herald op-ed, describing decades of change within the city’s Jewish and secular communities. The piece, “Reflections: How Portland’s Jewish Community Center helped heal tensions,” looked at the center’s founding on the eve of World War II, its development and its sale in 1979.
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Campus Updates

Book: Transforming Our Practices
Art Education Faculty, Kelly Hrenko, recently published the chapter: Decolonizing Vacationland as part of the book: Transforming Our Practices: Indigenous Art, Pedagogies, and Philosophies, edited by Christine Ballengee Morris and Kryssi Staikidis, published by National Art Education Association.
Special testing packages available for breweries attending the Summer Session!
students
A new USM course for people interested in teaching — especially people of color with an interest in Portland schools — was spotlighted by the Portland Press Herald.
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A new USM course for people interested in teaching — especially people of color with an interest in Portland schools — was spotlighted by the Portland Press Herald.
Career & Technical Education
Career Technical Education- MEPRI Research Cited in Educate Maine Policy Brief
Maine's Learning Technology Initiative MEPRI Researchers Cited on Maine Public
USM Health and Counseling Services (UHCS) will offer limited services during the upcoming summer term from May 15th, 2017 until August 28th, 2017.
Fall 2017 move in dates: New students move in Friday, August 25, 2017. Please check your assignment letter when you receive it this summer, which will list your move in time based on your building assignment. Times are: 9am - Upton, Woodward, Philippi 10am - Robie, Anderson 11am - Hastings, Andrews, Upperclass Students returning to USM move in Sunday, August 27 between 8am and noon. Returners do not have a specific hour slot, just the four hour move in time frame.
Huskies' softball star and Academic All-American Mary Caron is a nominee for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. She is one of 543 nominees across NCAA Division I, II and III institutions.
This class will run 8/28/2017 - 12/15/2017 on Tuesdays from 4:10 PM - 6:40 PM.
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USM Events

July 22, 2017
2:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus
July 22, 2017
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium
July 23, 2017
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Costello Sports Complex, Gorham Campus
July 24, 2017
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Costello Sports Complex, Gorham Campus
July 24, 2017
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium
July 24, 2017
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium
July 25, 2017
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium
July 25, 2017
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium
July 25, 2017
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Recovery Oriented Community Center
July 26, 2017
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium