Leslie Odom Jr., a Tony Award winner for his role as Aaron Burr in the musical phenomenon Hamilton, surprised students from the University of Southern Maine (USM) School of Music when he overheard them rehearsing. He listened to their performance of "Alexander Hamilton," and advised them to treat Gershwin "as if it were Hamilton."
Senior Veronica Druchniak, one of Maine State Ballet's principal dancers, reprised a role from 2013 as the title character in their performance of The Little Mermaid. By attending USM, Veronica has been able to maintain her dancing while earning her degree in mathematics.
First-in-state program to help low-income veterans
Our first-in-state Veterans Upward Bound program will be reaching out across Maine this month to help low-income veterans prepare to become college students — particularly those who would be the first in their family to graduate from college.
A team from the Muskie School of Public Service has completed a plan titled "Greater Portland Tomorrow: Choices for Sustained Prosperity" to help Greater Portland thrive by improving aging infrastructure, coordinating regional organizations, and re-focusing an aging and shrinking workforce.
The fifth annual event, a collaboration between USM's Tourism and Hospitality program, the Confucius Institute and Southern Maine Community College, celebrates the diversity of the USM community with food, music and performances from across the world.
In the December episode of "The USM Update," President Glenn Cummings welcomes guests to talk about exciting new research in aquaponics and USM's School of Business, and introduces the festive sounds of USM's School of Music Chamber Singers.