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Weekly Event Highlights

USM event highlights—week of September 21 - 28

Here are just a few highlights of all the USM events from our three campuses in the upcoming week. Please follow the links below for complete event details. Keep up-to-date on all of our events by visiting the USM Calendar of Events.

Jill Osgood


Join us in Portland for a Book Arts lecture with artists Jill Osgood '17 and Frank Turek '90 as they display some of their work on the 7th floor of the Glickman Library at 7pm.

The Southworth Planetarium will host a Science Lecture on the Space Shuttle Program by Edward J. Polewarczyk. Learn about a typical space shuttle flight from vehicle preparation through launch, flight, entry and landing, operations at mission control, a review of benefits received from the space program and more! Admission is by donation.

Friday, September 22 

On Friday afternoon, Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) program will host an Alumni Jobs Panel in Bailey Hall, Gorham. Meet some recent ESP alumni and hear about their job searches and what they're doing now. Learn some strategies to add to your "toolkit" for landing a job in the environmental fields.

Friends and Family // Homecoming Weekend - September 22-24

Friday is the kick-off to Friends and Family // Homecoming Weekend at USM! There are a number of fantastic events planned for you and your family, starting with a Welcome Reception with the Dean of Students and Trivia Night in Gorham. On Saturday, a Family and Friends BBQ Celebration, games and several athletics events will take place in Gorham, and Fall Fest will take place on the Payson Smith green in Portland. Round out the weekend with a Family Brunch on Sunday, followed by the Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots Game Viewing in Gorham. Click here to download the full schedule.

Alumni "Fauxcoming" Weekend - September 22-24

On Friday, join us for the Muskie School Alumni & Friends Open House on the 7th floor of the Glickman Library. Mingle with President Cummings, alumni, faculty and current students and enjoy food, drink, raffle prizes and live music! 

Drop in to one or all of our alumni events on Saturday, the 23rd, including morning coffee from 9-10am at Sister's Gourmet Deli in Portland, Fall Fest on the Portland campus from noon-1:30 and Husky Happy Hour from 2-3pm at Rising Tide Brewing. Stop by to connect, grab a photo with Champ and score some USM swag! Click here for full details.

Tuesday, September 26

The Office of Admissions will host New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) College Fair in the Sullivan Gym. More than 180 colleges and universities will be represented. For an updated listing of participating institutions, please refer to No registration is necessary. Tell your friends and family!

Wednesday, September 27

at workOver 65 job recuiters will be in attendance at the Portland Press Herald's @Work Career Development and Job Expo in the Abromson Center from 12-6pm. RSVP here.

The Women and Gender Studies program will host a Fall Open House at 94 Bedford St. in Portland. They'll be serving lunch and cupcakes from noon until the food is gone. Come meet the students, faculty and community members who make this program great! Get to know the WGS house where we have study space, meeting rooms, comfy couches and gender-neutral bathrooms. All majors are welcome! 

The Intercultural and Diversity Advisory Council (IDAC) will hold an open meeting from 2-4pm in Glickman 423-424. IDAC is made up of faculty, staff, and students who are committed to USM being a more inclusive and welcoming community. The IDAC advises the President and administration on matters related to diversity and campus climate.

Thursday, September 28

Please join the Women and Gender Studies and Sociology programs for a lecture by Özlem Altiok, "The Moral Terrain of Gender: Navigating Work, Family, and Religion in Istanbul." Free and open to the public. Özlem Altıok is a full-time lecturer holding a joint appointment with Women's and Gender Studies and International Studies at the University of North Texas. Her research and teaching interests include gender, politics and religion; international development; environmental and community sociology; and social movements.

The department of English will host Writing is Designing for our Future, a talk that will explain why digital media is taught in writing classes in higher education and why it is important for student-scholars as well as teachers, administrators and the public. This talk will discuss the current research and pedagogical approaches of digital media composition in writing-intensive classrooms in higher education and address questions about why we are bothering in the first place. Free and open to the public. Wishcamper 133.

Coming up...

dowotiMark your calendars for the 8th Annual Patient Safety Academy and the Gloria S. Duclos Convocation Opening, both on September 29. On October 2, please join us for Every Big Dream Starts Somewhere, a special evening featuring Steve Pemberton, Chief Diversity Officer and Divisional Vice President for Walgreens. Learn more about USM's inspirational work with Maine's disadvantaged youth and be part of an exciting announcement to be made by President Cummings.

The Weekly Highlights page is just a brief overview of USM events in the coming week. For a full listing of USM events across all three campuses with complete event details, please visit the USM Events Calendar.