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USM's Alex Irvine
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.
Photo of Lorrie Spaulding, coordinator of USM Veterans Services, senior student-veteran Seth Adams and USM President Glenn Cummings on the set of "The USM Update"
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."
Anju Roy, left, is pictured here during the 2017 Tokyo Kimono Queen Contest
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."
Musical Theater students from USM School of Music
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.
photo by Troy Bennett, Bangor Daily News
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.
photo by Gregory Rec, Portland Press Herald
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.
Forecaster photo of Camden Ege
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.
trees
USM's Maine Center for Business and Economic Research has been awarded a $116,667 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to aid Maine's forest products sector. It was one of 24 EDA grants announced Nov. 7 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. USM was the only school in Maine and one of only two in New England to receive the grant.
CEPH accreditation seal
The University of Southern Maine's Master of Public Health Program (MPH) has earned accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). This five-year CEPH credential extends retroactively three years, and covers the period September 21, 2013 to December 31, 2021.
Cast members from "Avenue "
The musical is a story about young adults dealing with such issues as fidelity, friendship and romantic relationships. It's told with broad humor and songs. And of the 14 parts, only three are humans. The other 11 are puppets: from the loud and overbearing Trekkie Monster to the sometimes shy Kate Monster and her new boyfriend, Princeton.

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