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April 1, 2019 — USM leads with New England’s first doctoral program in Leadership Studies

The University of Southern Maine will launch a new doctorate in Leadership Studies in the fall of 2020, the first such program in New England. The new program — which will be available online — will build on USM’s growing and highly regarded Leadership and Organizational Studies program which currently offers bachelors and masters degrees, as well as minors and certificates.

March 29, 2019 — USM Visiting Artist Ólöf Nordal discusses Iceland “Experiment on Turf”

The USM Department of Art will host Icelandic artist Ólöf Nordal this spring as a Visiting Artist; Nordal will spend a week at USM in preparation for an artist residency and solo exhibition in 2020. Nordal will present a public talk and slideshow, "Experiment on Turf," on Wednesday, April 10, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., referencing her most recent work researching and experimenting with turf as a material for art making.

March 26, 2019 — “Among Friends: Music for Strings and Winds” features USM School of Music faculty

The USM School of Music presents an evening of string and wind chamber music as the final Faculty Concert Series of the Spring semester. The concert, “Among Friends: Music for Strings and Winds,” features USM faculty Robert Lehmann, on violin, and Thomas Parchman, on clarinet, as well as special guests, and takes place Friday, April 5, 8:00 p.m., at Corthell Concert Hall on the USM Gorham Campus.

March 28, 2019 —USM Ci2 Lab students present innovative projects in virtual reality, augmented reality and more

On Tuesday, April 2, University of Southern Maine Corporate Partners presents "Look what I Made!" Student Innovation Showcase, the second student showcase a the USM Ci2 Lab, an experiential work lab focused on research and learning.

March 20, 2019 — MEMIC Issues $20,000 Access to Education Challenge to USM Community

Financial aid opens the door to higher education for 85% of students at the University of Southern Maine. But there are many aspiring students who aren't eligible to receive federal aid, making college a distant dream. To help these deserving students --- asylum seekers, new Mainers and international students --- overcome financial barriers, the USM Foundation created the Access to Education Scholarship.

March 26, 2019 - Leading expert in biology and gender development, Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling presents Women's History Month keynote 3/26

Acclaimed biologist and gender studies scholar Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling (Professor Emerita, Brown University) will deliver USM’s Women and Gender Studies inaugural Diana E. Long Women and Science lecture, "Gender/Sex, Sexual Orientation and Identity are in the Body: How Did They Get There?" The topic examines how cultural difference becomes bodily difference and exposes the flawed premise of the nature versus nurture debate.

March 15, 2019 - Maine Governor Janet Mills to deliver USM commencement address on 5/11

University of Southern Maine President Glenn Cummings has announced that Maine Governor Janet Mills will deliver the keynote address at the 2019 Commencement Ceremony.

April 3, 2019 - USM Convocation hosts Dr. Yael Danieli speaking on "Memory, Trauma and the Generations of Genocide"

University of Southern Maine Convocation hosts a special event, "Memory, Trauma and the Generations of Genocide," in honor of the April Genocide Commemorations for the Armenian, Jewish, Cambodian, and Rwandan communities. Dr.Yael Danieli, a renowned therapist who's worked with survivors of genocide, along with a panel of survivors will discuss its psychological effects.

March 7, 2019 — Celebrate Spring with the USM Chamber Singers, Concert Band, and more

USM School of Music’s spring concerts, held in Portland, Westbrook and Gorham feature a wide range of music from choral to symphonic. The USM Chamber Singers will perform a concert promoting their spring tour to Vietnam, the Southern Maine Symphony features a piece by a USM graduate conducting student, and the USM Concert Band’s “Applause for Paws” concert proceeds will go to the Portland Animal Refuge League and invites the audience to submit images of their rescue pets.

March 6, 2019 — USM juvenile justice report recommends a shift to community-based services for youth ages 14-25

Maine should invest in a continuum of community-based alternatives for youth ages 14 to 25 instead of facilities like Long Creek Youth Development Center, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine School of Law.