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Building a Healthy Community Mural Project Fall 2009
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Community-Based Learning gives students the opportunity to gain valuable experience, explore career directions, develop global citizenship skills, give back to the community, and apply and explore personal and academic interests.  Internships, service-learning courses, practica, and community service are all essential parts of the USM experience.

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Do you enjoy being outdoors, working with children and learning about food and agriculture? Apply to FoodCorps, a year-long service program that is focused on school gardens. You can serve in Maine, or in more than 10 other states across the country!
This class will take a bus tour of upstate New York, exploring food tourism topics in the Finger Lakes region, and then go into NYC at the end of the week to learn about the culinary tourism in various immigrant communities. Anyone interested should attend the informational meeting on Thursday, February 6th at 3:30pm in Bailey 300 - Gorham.
The Husky Harvest is less than two weeks away and here is an update on some of the specific events and vendors that are going to be a part of this wonderful exchange of culture.

5th Annual New Mainers' Day

5th Annual New Mainers' Day

Event Date and Time: 
Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services (CCRIS) and the University of Southern Maine are hosting New Mainers Day to welcome recently arrived refugee and asylee families to the Portland community. The event will be held in the Woodbury Campus Center. Most CCRIS clients attending will have been in Maine for less than one year. The goal of the event is for refugee families to meet one another, to meet community members, and to learn more about USM’s programs. The event will include food from local restaurants and markets, activities for kids, music, academic study information, and campus tours for refugees interested in studying at USM. Recordings and a short demonstration will be provided by Jacob Wolff of Maine Marimba Ensemble. Children’s activities will encourage reflection upon positive experiences during their transition to Maine. CCRIS clients will be picked up by CCRIS staff at various bus stops in Portland and Westbrook, facilitating access to the event. 

April 26, 2014
10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

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Sharmarke Hussain Ali was nominated for and received the USM Dog Pound award in the Fall of 2013 in recognition of his outstanding leadership within the community. 

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