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UN High Commissioner for Refugees speaks at USM
Maine native Kelly Clements, the United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees, met with students and community members during a Feb. 17 discussion at USM's Glickman Library. Clements described the massive challenges created by an estimated worldwide population of 65 million refugees. The session was covered by the Portland Press Herald and Maine Public.
USM’s fully-staged comic opera, ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor,’ opens March 3
The USM Department of Theatre and School of Music will present their quadrennial opera, Otto Nicolai’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” on Friday, March 3, through Sunday, March 12 on the Main Stage at Russell Hall in Gorham.
'Ellen' embraces USM student's inspiring story
When Ellen DeGeneres began a segment of her TV show by reading an audience member's letter -- describing her immigration from Sudan to Maine as a 12-year-old girl -- USM's Ekhlas Ahmed bent over and buried her face in her hands. "I was going to scream so loudly, but I couldn't," Ahmed said. Moments later, DeGeneres ushered her onto the stage, interviewed her and presented her with a check for $22,000, enough to erase her student loans.
Bone marrow drive organized by USM women’s soccer team
After USM soccer player Ally Little was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, her teammates organized a potentially lifesaving bone marrow drive at USM.
USM professors and recent graduate published in an international journal
USM Professors Rob Sanford and Joe Staples developed a comprehensive test about ecosystems along with recent USM graduate Sarah Snowman.
USM’s Engineers Without Borders provide hot water for Guatemalan orphanage
Eight students and two professional engineering mentors from the USM chapter of Engineers Without Borders spent a week in Villa Nueva, Guatemala, where they installed five solar water heaters for the Hogar Rafael Ayau orphanage.
USM Grad Students aid report on hunger in Maine
The report, "Hunger Pains: Widespread food insecurity threatens Maine's Future," was released Feb. 10 by the Good Shepherd Food Bank and Portland's Preble Street agency and featured in stories by both the Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News. The report's authors used a 2,000-person survey and in-depth interviews conducted by Preble Street staff and the USM students to examine why food insecurity persists.
USM partnering with Maine Historical Society for ‘New England Foodscapes’ lecture series
USM‘s new Food Studies program is working with the Maine Historical Society to offer “New England Foodscapes,” a free and public film and lecture series.
USM's Donna Cassidy collaborating on art exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art
Well-known artist Marsden Hartley's images of his native state of Maine debut in a new exhibition in March at one of the world's grandest museums — New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. USM Professor Donna Cassidy is the exhibition's co-curator.
Student leader Hamdia Ahmed's journey featured in the Portland Press Herald
19-year-old political science major Hamdia Ahmed shares the story of her family's arduous journey towards American citizenship, and her dreams for the future in a feature article in the Portland Press Herald.