College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

USM Seniors to Present Service Learning Projects for Area Non-profits

April 29, 2013

Contact: Jeanne Curran, (207) 780-4198

PORTLAND, Maine – Graduating seniors in the Media Studies Program at the University of Southern Maine (USM) will present a public showcase of their Service Learning projects later this week.

A total of 11 projects focusing on student work with area non-profit organizations will be presented, according to Dennis Gilbert, Service Learning coordinator.

"Service learning is particularly useful for our majors because it puts them in touch with new audiences and directs their creativity and knowledge of the media out into the community,” Gilbert said.

The details of the event are:  

  • Service Learning Showcase Presentation, 7-9 p.m., Thursday, May 2, Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, USM campus, Portland; free admission, and the public is invited.

The 44 media students worked directly with the organizations, determining what was needed and creating various projects, such as public-service announcements and videos, Gilbert said.

This year's student/community partnerships include collaborations with The Iris Network, Camp Susan Curtis, Winterkids, Casa Inc., The Portland Children's Film Festival, Cultivating Community, and the Portland High School Environmental Science Club.

Each presentation will be about 10 minutes in length and include student-produced videos and website tours, Gilbert said.

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