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Organist and USM grad student to perform at Lewiston basilica

Organist Christopher Pelonzi, who is enrolled in a graduate program for choral conducting, will perform July 26 at Lewiston’s grand Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.
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Harold Alfond Foundation pledges $7.5 million to drive transformational change in professional graduate education in Maine

The Harold Alfond Foundation has announced a $7.5 million challenge grant to the University of Maine System to support the Maine Center for Graduate Professional Studies. The grant represents the largest private gift to a multi-campus effort in the University System's history.

USM's Ronald Schmidt says new political campaigns need donations even more then visibility

USM Political Science Professor Ronald Schmidt told WCSH-TV that social media is an effective way for Maine politicians to announce campaigns. But getting early donor support is even more important. "The majority of voters aren't going to remember this week or this month when it comes time to vote in the primaries," Schmidt told the TV station following recent announcements by people planning to run for governor.
Megan Marino and Michael Mayes

USM Music alumna Megan Marino ‘05 and husband featured in Boulder Daily Camera article on international success as opera singers

On July 15, the Boulder Daily Camera featured USM alumna Megan Marino ‘05 and her husband, Michael Mayes, baritone—both internationally touring opera singers who reside in Lyons, Colorado.
USM students and staff at Portland Pride parade 2017

USM Pride - leading the way for diversity and inclusion with Asst Dean of Students Sarah Holmes

University of Southern Maine is at the forefront of efforts to provide a safe environment for the LGBTQ+ community and that work continues on. Led by Assistant Dean of Students Sarah Holmes, USM's campuses strive to be a place where all students can be true to themselves and where their identities can be celebrated.
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USM's Gleason quoted in Boston Globe on August's total eclipse

USM's Edward Gleason, who manages the Southworth Planetarium, was quoted in a Boston Globe story anticipating the Aug. 21 total eclipse of the sun. "This might be the most watched eclipse in human history, that is the claim being made in astronomy circles anyway," he told the Globe.
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USM partners with Maine Med and UVM on $20 million National Institutes of Health project

The University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service is partnering with Maine Medical Center and the University of Vermont on a $20 million National Institutes of Health initiative aimed at quickening the speed at which research makes the ‘bench-to-bedside’ journey from the laboratory to improved patient care.
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USM's Andrew Kiezulas honored as 'Collegiate Recovery Student of the Year'

USM's Andrew Kiezulas was honored as "Collegiate Recovery Student of the Year" on July 12 in Washington. Kiezulas, a founder of USM's Recovery Oriented Campus Center (ROCC), was attending the national Association of Recovery in Higher Education annual conference at George Washington University and helping to hand out awards when he was surprised with the top honor.
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USM historian pens op-ed on Portland's Jewish Community Center for Press Herald

USM Historian Abraham Peck authored a Portland Press Herald op-ed, describing decades of change within the city’s Jewish and secular communities. The piece, “Reflections: How Portland’s Jewish Community Center helped heal tensions,” looked at the center’s founding on the eve of World War II, its development and its sale in 1979.
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USM alumna searching for common ground in gun control discussion with documentary

USM alumna and filmmaker Vickie Morgan hopes to find new insight in the gun control debate by getting people to talk. Morgan plans to direct an as-yet-untitled documentary in which a group of people from both sides of the divisive issue will talk about their differences with each other and Maine psychologist Dr. Kevin Polk.

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