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USM presents 2017 Academic Film Showcase on May 10
A collection of dramatic short films created by student filmmakers at the University of Southern Maine will be presented on May 10 at the 2017 Academic Film Showcase. The free public event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Talbot Lecture Hall, located in Luther Bonney Hall on USM's Portland Campus.
Aaron Clarke, 2017 Featured Graduate
Aaron Clarke aided USM Associate Professor and Resident Composer Dan Sonenberg in his opera, "The Summer King," which premiered April 29th in Pittsburgh.
Replay: 'The USM Update' 5/1/2017
On the season finale of "The USM Update," learn why "Thinking Matters" at USM, hear about journalism across the generations with alumnus Neil Genzlinger '77 of "The New York Times" and Krysteana Scribner, editor-in-chief of the USM Free Press, and get an update on the master plan process for all three campuses.
Andrew Kiezulas, 2017 Featured Graduate
In 2016, Andrew Kiezulas helped create the Recovery Oriented Campus Center (ROCC) on USM's Portland Campus, which is building a community of students in recovery from substance use and other mental health conditions.
Lauren Lessard, 2017 Featured Graduate
Lauren Lessard plans to continue her education to help athletes prepare for the U.S. Paralympic Games.
Jessica Labbe, 2017 Featured Graduate
Through her work in the Safe Zone Project, Jessica Labbe has worked to educate and identify members of the USM community who are safe and supportive contacts for LGBTQ students, staff and faculty.
Luke Johnas, 2017 Featured Graduate
Luke Johnas joined an effort by USM's chapter of Engineers Without Borders that journeyed to Villa Nueva, Guatemala. During the week-long trip, Johnas and others installed five solar water heaters for an orphanage.
Daniel Del Gallo, 2017 Featured Graduate
In March, Dan Del Gallo became the first national champion wrestler in USM history, winning his class at the 2017 NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championships. He is also a scholar, twice earning elite status from the NCAA as the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grades participating at his finals.
BAFTA award-winning composer, sound designer, guitarist Jim Bonney to premiere concerto during artist residency at USM - May 3-6
The USM School of Music’s spring semester will come to a close with a special guest artist in residence, Jim Bonney, a BAFTA award-winning composer, sound designer and guitarist. The School of Music’s new assistant professor and director of bands, Trae Blanco, will welcome Bonney for the Maine premiere of his concerto,“DARKlightNESS for Electric Guitar and Wind Ensemble,” which premiered at Arizona State University in 2015. USM will be a consortium supporter commissioning this new work.
USM to celebrate 137th Commencement Ceremony on May 13
The University of Southern Maine will celebrate its 137th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 13 at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. More than 900 students will take part in the morning ceremony, beginning at 9 a.m. Award-winning journalist David Brancaccio will deliver the keynote address and will receive an honorary degree. Also receiving an honorary degree will be Mary L. Bonauto, the civil rights project director at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders.