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200-some student scholars marched along with the faculty who nominated them in a highlight of the formal installation on Dec. 2 of Glenn Cummings as the University of Southern Maine’s 13th president.
USM’s School of Music faculty instruct the middle and high school students that make up the youth ensembles. The youth orchestras' recent fall performance was reviewed by the Portland Press Herald.
USM visiting artist Gina Adams recently showed students a variety of methods of painting encaustic -- using pigment and hot wax. The hands-on workshop included several techniques including the basics, relief, and image transfer.
Alex Irvine built a career by morphing media: turning movies into books, comic books into games and games back into books. He's about to begin work on a novelization of Marvel's movie of "Doctor Strange," he's writing a game version of the popular TV show, "The Walking Dead" and he's writing a graphic novel history of baseball. That's in his spare time. The English professor — he teaches classes in fiction writing and world masterpieces — is also morphing in his USM job.
USM Veterans Services, Maine's increasing role in the Arctic and the new Recovery Oriented Campus Center are all discussed on the November episode of "The USM Update."
With more than 160 Japanese and foreign participants, USM's Anju Roy made it to the 14 foreign student finalists. "I love the kimono and have a lot of pride for my culture, so when I was offered a chance to represent my school I was very excited! The girls from the other schools, both Japanese and international, were all amazingly beautiful and kind. It was great getting to know them and uphold a piece of Japanese tradition alongside them."
USM’s first-ever Day of Giving campaign raised $1,492,383 million from 583 donors, far exceeding their original goal of $1 million and 450 donors for student scholarships. Included in the scholarship funds raised over the course of the campaign was a gift of $600k to the School of Music from the William Bingham II Trust.
The Bangor Daily News featured Pious Ali, a community outreach specialist for USM's Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy, in a story on his election Nov. 8 to the Portland City Council.
Three men with USM ties — one who is about to enroll and two graduate students — were featured in a Portland Press Herald column about Maine veterans coping with moments of post-war stress.
USM student Camden Ege's campaign to remind people that veterans excel in the classroom and the workplace was highlighted Nov. 8 in two Portland-area newspapers: The Forecaster and the Portland Press Herald.