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For the fifth time in three years, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has honored USM's efforts to both reduce its food waste and wisely use the waste that remains. In 2015, USM recovered 5.5 tons more food than it did the previous year. And before the semester ended, the 2016 numbers seemed poised to break last year's record total of 71.3 tons of recovered food, food that was then composted or sent to nearby farms as animal feed.
Coursework used in the University of Southern Maine's Master of Public Health Program (MPH) was the subject of a case study produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (ARHQ), an agency of the United States Department of Health & Human Services.
Adam Tuchinsky, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, was quoted in a Forecaster story on Dec. 12 about USM’s recent collaboration with Deering High School on a successful dual-enrollment Arabic course for high school and USM students. The course will be offered on both Portland and Gorham USM campuses in the spring.
A group devoted to helping veterans transition to college -- the Student Veterans of America -- has aimed its nationwide spotlight on efforts by the University of Southern Maine. The DC-based SVA recently awarded its first Maine grant to USM's student-led Husky Veterans. And when the national organization holds its national conference January 5th to 7th in Anaheim, Calif, USM will be represented.
On December 7, Elisabeth Marshall ‘02 was awarded a Special Citation from The American Prize Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award in Vocal Performance (women in art song and oratorio, professional division), for "Outstanding Performance in Music before 1800."
Michael Hillard, a USM economics professor and the executive director of its new Food Studies program, was quoted Dec. 10 in a prominent New York Times story on profits among private equity firms.
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.
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.
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."
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."