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Edward Gleason of USM's Southworth Planetarium
John Glenn, the war hero turned astronaut turned U.S. Senator, will be remembered as a "luminary of space science," said Edward Gleason, the manager/astronomer at USM's Southworth Planetarium.
WCSH-TV photo
The TV program "207" featured Andrew Harris, the chair of USM's Department of Theatre, for a talk about his work as a storyteller. Harris is hosting a benefit reading on Dec. 11 at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland. It's called "Mince Pies and Welsh Cakes." He'll be reading from Charles Dickens, Dylan Thomas and Kenneth Grahame.
Image of multi-faith rally
USM leaders joined with more than 20 religious and civic leaders Dec. 7 to declare the school's campuses and its communities to be "a hate-free zone."
USM Chamber Singers performing on the December episode of "The USM Update"
Take a walk down "Avenue Q," head to South Africa to learn about "The Montagu Project" and hear a performance from the USM Chamber Singers on the December episode of "The USM Update."
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.
As we move into the winter weather pattern, please visit http://usm.maine.edu/usmalert/ to either sign up or for the USM ALERT system or to ensure that your account is still active.
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.

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