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Sen. Collins praises graduating veterans for ‘determination and excellence’

The University of Southern Maine celebrated its graduating veterans May 5 with a medal ceremony and a keynote speech by Sen. Susan Collins.

More than 40 tons of old gadgets collected at USM’s Community Electronic Waste Recycling Day

People in more than 700 cars emptied gadgets and appliances onto the Woodbury Center parking lot for USM's fourth annuall Community Electronic Waste Recycling Day.

USM's Jalali and Ahmed featured in Forecaster story about Muslims in Maine

A recent feature story in The Forecaster newspaper on Maine's growing Islamic population included interviews with two people from USM: Reza Jalali, a USM coordinator of multicultural student affairs, and Fahmo Ahmed, a Somali student who attends USM's Lewiston-Auburn College.

Press Herald highlights surging enrollment at USM

The Portland Press Herald highlighted rising enrollment numbers at USM in a May 4 story. So far, enrollment for fall 2016 increased by 10 percent and out-of-state students jumped 28 percent, wrote reporter Joe Lawlor.

540 hours of community service completed at 7th annual Husky Day of Service

179 USM volunteers donated around a total of 540 hours of their time to 18 community organizations on USM's annual day of giving back.

USM students helping local children learn about environmental science

Longfellow Elementary School fifth-grader Rachel Martin dipped her hand into a net and squealed, "I touched a bug!" A few moments later, she gazed at her wriggling catch, swimming among the dozens captured in Portland's Capisic Brook. The centimeter-long amphipods are a sign that the water quality is poor, explained Renee Dugal, a University of Southern Maine environmental science major.

USM 2016 Commencement features speaker George Mitchell, student speaker Melissa Bell and honorary degree recipient Meredith H. Jones

On Saturday, May 14, approximately 950 undergraduate and graduate students will gather for USM's 136th Commencement ceremony, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. Former Senator George Mitchell will deliver the keynote address.

Lobster buoys/flags painted by USM and area students installed on Portland campus and at the Portland Jetport

Public artwork created by USM and area students to resemble the flags of their birth countries are now on display inside USM's Alumni Skywalk and in the Portland Jetport. The artwork has been crafted since February, under the direction of artist Natasha Mayers, who served as USM's artist in residence.

Media studies students to present service learning showcase on April 28

Graduating seniors from USM's Media Studies Program will be presenting a showcase of their projects local non-profit groups on Thursday, April 28. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Talbot Auditorium in the Portland Campus' Luther Bonney Hall.

USM's School of Music's performance of "The Coronation of Poppea" reviewed by the Press Herald

The opera follows tradition at the time, and includes two countertenors (one of whom plays a woman) and a soprano (who plays a man), among the colorful characters portrayed.

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