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President Selma Botman
President Botman writes that "USM has an obligation, even in tough times, to ensure that our students leave ... with the intellectual skills essential for a lifetime of personal and professional success."
"Manhattan Bridge" by Rose Marasco
Distinguished Professor of Art Rose Marasco will discuss her latest body of work in which she used a pinhole camera to document Manhattan. She is the current holder of the USM Provost's Research Fellowship.
Amanda Jennifer Pleau
Amanda Jennifer Pleau was chosen to be this year's student commencement speaker. She will share the podium with U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe, who will give the commencement address at ceremonies taking place Saturday, May 12 in the Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland.
USM Professor Wendy Chapkis and Award Recipient Laura Fortman
USM's Women and Gender Studies Program presented the annual “Outstanding Graduate of Women and Gender Studies” and “Friend of Women and Gender Studies” awards recently.
Office of Multicultural Student Affairs is planning a community celebration to recognize the academic achievements of over 100 graduating multicultural and international students beginning with a reception at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 1, in the Abromson Community Education Center, Portland.
The newly released 2012 report of the Maine Economic Growth Council states, in part, “…we must continue to give adults opportunities to pursue higher education throughout their lives.”
The USM Department of Environmental Science is hosting a series of public events this month to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s ground-breaking book, “The Silent Spring.”
“Voices of Pineland: Eugenics, Social Reform and the Legacy of “Feeblemindedness
Stephen Murphy, a professor emeritus of counselor education at the USM, recently published “Voices of Pineland: Eugenics, Social Reform and the Legacy of “Feeblemindedness” in Maine.”
Philippi Hall, Gorham campus
Building on a UMaine System Trustees move to keep undergraduate in-state tuition at current levels, USM plans to do the same for out-of-state and graduate students. Reduced residence hall rates are also planned.
U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe
U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe will be the speaker for the University of Southern Maine’s 132nd Commencement.

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