Ellen DeGeneres surprises graduate student with a big gift
University of Southern Maine (USM) student and Americorps advisor Ekhlas Ahmed was stunned to be featured on Ellen after sending the star a letter describing her immigration from Sudan to Maine. She was even more surprised when Ellen DeGeneres presented her with a check for $22,000, enough to erase her student loans.
Engineers Without Borders brings change to Guatemala
USM's Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter recently spent a week in Villa Nueva, Guatemala. Eight EWB students and two professional engineering mentors completed a two-year project far ahead of schedule, installing five solar water heaters for the Hogar Rafael Ayau orphanage.
Sophomore student leader featured in "Portland Press Herald"
19-year-old political science major Hamdia Ahmed was featured on the front page of the Portland Press Herald. The article follows Hamdia's experiences, from her birth in Somalia during a brutal civil war, to a refugee camp in nearby Kenya, to her U.S. citizenship and dream of working for the United Nations.
University of Southern Maine (USM) graduate and undergraduate students and faculty from both our Nursing and Tourism and Hospitality programs recently set sail on a first-of-its-kind winter session trip to Cuba in hopes of learning more about the recently-opened nation's tourism and healthcare industries.
The USM Department of Theatre and School of Music will present their quadrennial opera, Otto Nicolai’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” on Friday, March 3, through Sunday, March 12 on the Main Stage at Russell Hall in Gorham.
USM announces 2017 Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients
Award-winning journalist David Brancaccio will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 Commencement Ceremony. Brancaccio and Mary L. Bonauto, the Civil Rights Project Director at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, will be presented with honorary degrees.
Commencement 2017 will be held on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 in Portland, Maine at the Cross Insurance Arena.
Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Center for Book Arts "Bookbinding and the Pursuit of the Human Touch" exhibit open now through April 30
The Kate Cheney Chappell '83 Center for Book Arts presents "Bookbinding and the Pursuit of the Human Touch: The Work of Gray Parrot," now through April 30 in the UNUM Great Reading Room on the 7th floor of the Glickman Family Library.