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A recent feature story in The Forecaster newspaper on Maine's growing Islamic population included interviews with two people from USM: Reza Jalali, a USM coordinator of multicultural student affairs, and Fahmo Ahmed, a Somali student who attends USM's Lewiston-Auburn College.
Portland Press Herald photo
The Portland Press Herald highlighted rising enrollment numbers at USM in a May 4 story. So far, enrollment for fall 2016 increased by 10 percent and out-of-state students jumped 28 percent, wrote reporter Joe Lawlor.
Photo from the 2016 Husky Day of Service
179 USM volunteers donated around a total of 540 hours of their time to 18 community organizations on USM's annual day of giving back.
USM student with a student from Longfellow Elementary School
Longfellow Elementary School fifth-grader Rachel Martin dipped her hand into a net and squealed, "I touched a bug!" A few moments later, she gazed at her wriggling catch, swimming among the dozens captured in Portland's Capisic Brook. The centimeter-long amphipods are a sign that the water quality is poor, explained Renee Dugal, a University of Southern Maine environmental science major.
Commencement photo - 2015
On Saturday, May 14, approximately 950 undergraduate and graduate students will gather for USM's 136th Commencement ceremony, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. Former Senator George Mitchell will deliver the keynote address.
Buoys at the USM Alumni Skwalk
Public artwork created by USM and area students to resemble the flags of their birth countries are now on display inside USM's Alumni Skywalk and in the Portland Jetport. The artwork has been crafted since February, under the direction of artist Natasha Mayers, who served as USM's artist in residence.
Graduating seniors from USM's Media Studies Program will be presenting a showcase of their projects local non-profit groups on Thursday, April 28. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Talbot Auditorium in the Portland Campus' Luther Bonney Hall.
Poppea and Nero from the opera "Coronation of Poppea"
The opera follows tradition at the time, and includes two countertenors (one of whom plays a woman) and a soprano (who plays a man), among the colorful characters portrayed.
Melissa Bell '16 - featured student Commencement Speaker
Melissa Bell, a graduating student in Economics and English will be the featured student speaker at USM's 2016 Commencement. Bell is a highly engaged student in activities ranging from competitive sports to educating schoolchildren to being a passionate advocate for economic justice and women’s leadership.
Muskie School climate change panel
On April 22nd — on the 46th anniversary of the first Earth Day — environmental leaders including Maine Sen. Angus King praised the clean air and water legacy left by the late Edmund Muskie.

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