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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.
As we move into the winter weather pattern, please visit http://usm.maine.edu/usmalert/ to either sign up or for the USM ALERT system or to ensure that your account is still active.
The USM Office of Multicultural Affairs will host a one-hour "Neighbors Standing Shoulder to Shoulder" community gathering on December 7 to stand together and declare Portland, and Maine, as a hate-free zone.
200-some student scholars marched along with the faculty who nominated them in a highlight of the formal installation on Dec. 2 of Glenn Cummings as the University of Southern Maine’s 13th president.
USM’s School of Music faculty instruct the middle and high school students that make up the youth ensembles. The youth orchestras' recent fall performance was reviewed by the Portland Press Herald.
USM visiting artist Gina Adams recently showed students a variety of methods of painting encaustic -- using pigment and hot wax. The hands-on workshop included several techniques including the basics, relief, and image transfer.
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.
Paul Dresher is an advisor to USM music and theatre students on their spring project: Molded by the Flow.
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."