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Forecaster highlights USM-Portland partnership on diversity

A new USM-Portland partnership that aims to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to enter teaching was highlighted May 23rd in The Forecaster newspaper. The story by reporter Kate Irish Collins was titled "Portland schools launch initiative to increase staff diversity."
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USM Education alumna awarded Fulbright to teach in Indonesia

After teaching immigrant children from Somalia, Djibouti, Angola, Congo and Kenya in Maine classrooms, USM Education alumna Amy Quirion wants to use her skills as an English teacher abroad. And she's doing it as a Fulbrighter.
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Sen. Angus King greets Model U.N. delegates at Gorham Campus

U.S. Senator Angus King concluded the 2017 Maine Model U.N. Conference — a three-day gathering of 550 high schoolers at USM's Gorham Campus — with a plea for both risks and compromise. "Learn to make a difference," King told Model U.N. delegates gathered in Gorham's Costello Sports Complex. "Do new things. Err on the side of action."
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Southern Maine Children’s Water Festival draws nearly 700 middle school students to Portland campus

On Friday, May 19, USM’s Environmental Science and Policy department hosted its annual Southern Maine Children’s Water Festival for nearly 700 4th, 5th and 6th grade students and their teachers from York, Cumberland, Androscoggin, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Kennebec, Franklin and Oxford counties.
Student Kathryn Letellier

USM Voices: Doors swing open for transfer student

USM offered me a competitive scholarship and invited me into their honors program, things my former school failed to do for me. With the scholarship and financial aid offer, USM gave me the chance to be one of the few college graduates not overwhelmed by debt.
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USM celebrates 137th Commencement with address by award-winning journalist David Brancaccio

The University of Southern Maine celebrated its 137th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday with more than 900 graduate and undergraduate students marching across the Cross Insurance Arena stage following remarks by award-winning journalist David Brancaccio.
USM student presenting his research at Thinking Matters 2017.

More than 200 students present at 'Thinking Matters' 2017

Topics ranged from life in refugee camps and the opioid epidemic to cryptography, hydroelectricity and the use of emoji and other nonverbal forms of communication.
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Tonya Bailey-Curry, 2017 Featured Graduate

Even as her children attended college, Tonya Bailey-Curry worked toward her own degrees, graduating from Central Maine Community College before coming to USM. She earned her undergraduate degree in social work at USM's Lewiston-Auburn College before earning her Master of Social Work on the Portland Campus.
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Professor Rob Sanford’s work on Malaga Island featured on Boston’s WCVB-5

The program discussed Malaga Island, a community located off the coast of Phippsburg, Maine. Residents were evicted by the state of Maine and essentially erased from Maine's history.
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Abdalla Hassan, 2017 Featured Graduate

In his senior year, Abdalla Hassan was selected as the Disability Services Center's Undergraduate Social Work Intern. The former vice-president of the USM Multicultural Center, Hassan organized efforts in 2015 to help several USM students to attend the annual Care National Conference.