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Acclaimed poets reading July 12 to benefit scholarship in USM’s Stonecoast MFA program

Martín Espada, the recent winner of the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, will join fellow poet Lauren Marie Schmidt for a public reading to benefit the Writing for Social Justice Scholarship in the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA program.
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USM announces Spring 2018 Dean's List

Nearly 1,200 undergraduate students from across the globe have been named to the Spring 2018 semester Dean's List.
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Nursing student launches health campaign focusing on drinking water awareness

Brent Kraushaar, a USM School of Nursing student has launched an awareness campaign focused on the chemical properties of arsenic and its ability to contaminate Maine’s drinking water wells.
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Rare map collection and new endowments coming to USM in transformative philanthropic gift from Osher family

University of Southern Maine President Glenn Cummings and Dr. Harold Osher announced an extraordinary gift — one of the world’s finest private collections of rare and historic maps and a new significant endowment — combined to become the largest gift in USM’s history and the largest ever to the University of Maine System.
Patsy Thompson Leavitt

Patriots award USM professor $25,000 for the healthcare charity she founded

Nursing professor Patsy Thomson Leavitt received the grand prize of $25,000 for her charity, the Leavitt’s Mill Free Health Center in Buxton, from the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards (named for Patriots team owner Robert Kraft’s late wife).
USM students march in the 2018 Pride Parade

'Educate. No Hate': USM partakes in Pride Portland celebrations

Dozens of USM students, faculty and staff marched in the 2018 Pride Portland parade in celebration of diversity and inclusion.
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Voice student Katie Oberholtzer wins prize at Bay Chamber Concerts' Young Stars of Maine competition

USM School of Music voice student Katie Oberholtzer has been awarded the Nathan E. Corning Jazz Prize of $1000 from the Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School as part of their 2018 Young Stars of Maine competition. She will take part in their concert performance at the Rockport Opera House on June 17.
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Maine Model UN featured on WCSH-TV "207"

The 2018 Maine Model United Nations — hosted on USM’s Gorham Campus — was featured on the WCSH-TV program “207.”

USM researchers contribute to jobs report on offshore wind industry

University of Southern Maine researchers contributed to a new workforce development report which says that the offshore wind industry could support more than 2,000 jobs each year until 2030. The report, “The Maine Jobs Project: A Guide to Creating Jobs in Offshore Wind,” detailed the state’s competitive advantages in offshore wind and was authored by the non-profit American Jobs Project.
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USM alumnus Tony Shalhoub wins first Tony Award

Actor and USM alumnus Tony Shalhoub earned his first Tony Award for his work in the musical, "The Band's Visit" at the 72nd Tony Awards on Sunday, June 10.