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Ellen DeGeneres with Ekhlas Ahmed

'Ellen' embraces USM student's inspiring story

When Ellen DeGeneres began a segment of her TV show by reading an audience member's letter -- describing her immigration from Sudan to Maine as a 12-year-old girl -- USM's Ekhlas Ahmed bent over and buried her face in her hands. "I was going to scream so loudly, but I couldn't," Ahmed said. Moments later, DeGeneres ushered her onto the stage, interviewed her and presented her with a check for $22,000, enough to erase her student loans.

PARKING BAN 2/17/17 - Gorham Campus

A parking ban will start at 8 pm Friday, 2/17/17 for several locations on the USM-Gorham campus, in order to allow for snow removal. Cars left in prohibited lots may be towed at the owner's expense.
Photo of eight students and two professional engineering mentors from the USM chapter of Engineers Without Borders. The group spent a week in Villa Nueva, Guatemala, where they installed five solar water heaters for the Hogar Rafael Ayau orphanage.

USM’s Engineers Without Borders provide hot water for Guatemalan orphanage

Eight students and two professional engineering mentors from the USM chapter of Engineers Without Borders spent a week in Villa Nueva, Guatemala, where they installed five solar water heaters for the Hogar Rafael Ayau orphanage.
USM Professor Michael Hillard

USM Grad Students aid report on hunger in Maine

The report, "Hunger Pains: Widespread food insecurity threatens Maine's Future," was released Feb. 10 by the Good Shepherd Food Bank and Portland's Preble Street agency and featured in stories by both the Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News. The report's authors used a 2,000-person survey and in-depth interviews conducted by Preble Street staff and the USM students to examine why food insecurity persists.
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USM partnering with Maine Historical Society for ‘New England Foodscapes’ lecture series

USM‘s new Food Studies program is working with the Maine Historical Society to offer “New England Foodscapes,” a free and public film and lecture series.
Portrait of Donna Cassidy

USM's Donna Cassidy collaborating on art exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art

Well-known artist Marsden Hartley's images of his native state of Maine debut in a new exhibition in March at one of the world's grandest museums — New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. USM Professor Donna Cassidy is the exhibition's co-curator.
Hamdia Ahmed speaks at USM Opening Breakfast 2016

Student leader Hamdia Ahmed's journey featured in the Portland Press Herald

19-year-old political science major Hamdia Ahmed shares the story of her family's arduous journey towards American citizenship, and her dreams for the future in a feature article in the Portland Press Herald.
Dr. Paula Hodgdon, USM hall of fame coach and administrator addresses a full room at the Feb. 4 celebration of 50 years of women's athletics at USM

USM celebrates 50 years of women’s athletics with a day-long celebration honoring student-athletes and alumni

The celebration of 50 years of women's athletics brought together several generations of USM student-athletes to honor the program's storied beginnings and to celebrate its promising future.
USM President Glenn Cummings on TideSmart Talk with Steve Woods.

President Cummings interviewed on TideSmart Talk

USM President Glenn Cummings spoke of his background in education and politics on TideSmart Talk with Steve Woods.
Baltimore Orioles player Ryan Flaherty at USM youth clinic

Major League Baseball player helps USM youth clinic

Baltimore Orioles player Ryan Flaherty came to USM to help his father Ed Flaherty coach a youth clinic.

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