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A group devoted to helping veterans transition to college -- the Student Veterans of America -- has aimed its nationwide spotlight on efforts by the University of Southern Maine. The DC-based SVA recently awarded its first Maine grant to USM's student-led Husky Veterans. And when the national organization holds its national conference January 5th to 7th in Anaheim, Calif, USM will be represented.
On December 7, Elisabeth Marshall ‘02 was awarded a Special Citation from The American Prize Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award in Vocal Performance (women in art song and oratorio, professional division), for "Outstanding Performance in Music before 1800."
Michael Hillard, a USM economics professor and the executive director of its new Food Studies program, was quoted Dec. 10 in a prominent New York Times story on profits among private equity firms.
John Glenn, the war hero turned astronaut turned U.S. Senator, will be remembered as a "luminary of space science," said Edward Gleason, the manager/astronomer at USM's Southworth Planetarium.
The TV program "207" featured Andrew Harris, the chair of USM's Department of Theatre, for a talk about his work as a storyteller. Harris is hosting a benefit reading on Dec. 11 at the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland. It's called "Mince Pies and Welsh Cakes." He'll be reading from Charles Dickens, Dylan Thomas and Kenneth Grahame.
USM leaders joined with more than 20 religious and civic leaders Dec. 7 to declare the school's campuses and its communities to be "a hate-free zone."
Take a walk down "Avenue Q," head to South Africa to learn about "The Montagu Project" and hear a performance from the USM Chamber Singers on the December episode of "The USM Update."
At the Dec. 2 President's Scholarship Gala, Reid Crewe, Director of Grants at the Bob Crewe Foundation, announced a gift of $500,000 in scholarship support for the School of Music and was quickly followed by Daniel Crewe's announcement of his personal commitment of $100,000, also for scholarships. These transformational gifts to support scholarships added to a record-breaking scholarship round held that evening and USM's recent Day of Giving, which raised nearly $1.5M for student scholarships.
WCSH-TV covered the swearing-in ceremony Dec. 5 of Pious Ali, a community outreach specialist for USM's Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy, as a Portland City Councilor. Ali became the first African-born city councilor in Portland history.
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