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USM student with a student from Longfellow Elementary School
Longfellow Elementary School fifth-grader Rachel Martin dipped her hand into a net and squealed, "I touched a bug!" A few moments later, she gazed at her wriggling catch, swimming among the dozens captured in Portland's Capisic Brook. The centimeter-long amphipods are a sign that the water quality is poor, explained Renee Dugal, a University of Southern Maine environmental science major.
Commencement photo - 2015
On Saturday, May 14, approximately 950 undergraduate and graduate students will gather for USM's 136th Commencement ceremony, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. Former Senator George Mitchell will deliver the keynote address.
Buoys at the USM Alumni Skwalk
Public artwork created by USM and area students to resemble the flags of their birth countries are now on display inside USM's Alumni Skywalk and in the Portland Jetport. The artwork has been crafted since February, under the direction of artist Natasha Mayers, who served as USM's artist in residence.
Graduating seniors from USM's Media Studies Program will be presenting a showcase of their projects local non-profit groups on Thursday, April 28. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Talbot Auditorium in the Portland Campus' Luther Bonney Hall.
Poppea and Nero from the opera "Coronation of Poppea"
The opera follows tradition at the time, and includes two countertenors (one of whom plays a woman) and a soprano (who plays a man), among the colorful characters portrayed.
Melissa Bell '16 - featured student Commencement Speaker
Melissa Bell, a graduating student in Economics and English will be the featured student speaker at USM's 2016 Commencement. Bell is a highly engaged student in activities ranging from competitive sports to educating schoolchildren to being a passionate advocate for economic justice and women’s leadership.
Muskie School climate change panel
On April 22nd — on the 46th anniversary of the first Earth Day — environmental leaders including Maine Sen. Angus King praised the clean air and water legacy left by the late Edmund Muskie.
Photo of Gary Palin lecturing EYE 199 in Fall 2015
In USM's innovative Entry Year Experience (EYE) program, students learn problem solving skills and are prepared to read, write and think critically at a college level, all while being empowered to engage in their community.
Photo of Thinking Matters 2015
The piece comes in advance of Thinking Matters 2016, USM's annual student research symposium. Nisetich, director of the Honors Program, took the opportunity to describe the benefits of engaged within the community and strong faculty mentorships.
portrait of Elizabeth Wilson
Elizabeth Wilson, a history and political science double major, was selected as the 2016-2017 Maine Policy Scholar from USM.
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The Guest House, Mask Acting Intensive at USM
The USM Department of Theatre presents students from the Mask Acting Intensive performing THE GUEST HOUSE on May 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. on the Main Stage at Russell Hall on USM’s Gorham Campus.
USM Multicultural Graduation Ceremony - 2014
Several ceremonies are taking place prior to USM's 2016 Commencement, including the Multicultural Graduation Ceremony on May 3, the Lavender Graduation Ceremony on May 4, the Veterans Graduation Recognition Ceremony on May 5, and the Nurse Pinning Ceremony on May 13.
Students in Professor Karen Wilson's Wetlands Ecology class partnered with Longfellow Elementary School 5th grade teacher, Richard Johnson, to teach local children about environmental science.
ESP's Wetlands Ecology students spend a Friday morning exploring a local wetland with 5th graders from Portland's Longfellow School.
Strengthening an already outstanding Athletic Training Services and Staff, Saco Bay Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy will provide USM student-athletes top notch care.
Winners Samantha Davol, Sean Caddigan, and Katherine LaGassie
EHSS seniors are recognized for their academic and extracurricular achievements.
2016 Commencement Student Speaker Melissa Bell
Economics student Melissa Bell will be USM's Student Speaker at the 2016 Commencement Ceremony on May 14.
Meredith H. Jones
Former president and CEO of the Maine Community Foundation, Meredith H. Jones, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the 2016 Commencement.
You are invited to participate in a focus group on the topic of "What's Next? Life after college at USM". Dr. Jeanette Andonian and her interdisciplinary faculty research team is conducting several 1.5 hour focus groups over the next two weeks.
image of economics-related street signs
The Fall 2016 section (#5864) of the ECO 103 Critical Thinking About Economic Issues topics course has been cancelled.
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USM Events

May 4, 2016
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Woodbury Campus Center - Portland Campus
May 4, 2016
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, 314 Forest Ave, Portland, ME
May 4, 2016
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Woodbury Campus Center - Portland Campus
May 4, 2016
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium
May 4, 2016
3:30 PM to 6:30 PM
May 4, 2016
5:30 PM
423/424, Glickman Library, USM Portland Campus
May 4, 2016
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Cohen Center at the Osher Map Library, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland Campus
May 4, 2016
7:30 PM
Russell Hall, USM Gorham Campus
May 5, 2016
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
LAC Campus Room 285