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Betty Robinson
WCSH-TV honored Betty Robinson, the former dean of USM's Lewiston-Auburn College, with a 2016 6 Who Care award. The award, which recognizes outstanding volunteerism in Maine, spotlighted Robinson for her work at the Tree Street Youth Center in downtown Lewiston. The center was co-founded by USM alumna Julia Sleeper.
Photo of the East Bayside Community Mosaic Mural outside of Coffee by Design in Portland's East Bayside Neighborhood.
Co-sponsored by USM's Art Department and the School of Social Work and by Portland-based Coffee By Design, the community art project has gained attention for its inspirational attempt to bring a diverse community together.
Ryan Wallace
An Auburn company's decision to spin-off a successful niche business into its own division — creating precision environments for growing medical marijuana — drew praise from Ryan Wallace, the director of the Maine Center for Business and Economic Research at USM, in a news story published Oct. 16 in the Lewiston Sun Journal.
The USM Board of Visitors is an active group of volunteers who assists President Glenn Cummings in a range of activities including advocating for the university and raising private funds.
Forest with foliage
The University of Southern Maine along with the University of Maine will receive $115,000 for their University Center Economic Development Program.
The high cost of a college education for Maine residents
Dr. Susan Feiner, a professor of economics and Women Gender Studies, and Dr. Flynn Ross, a professor of education wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News. The article focused on the hardships Maine residents face when it comes to higher education.
USM Political Science Professor,  Dr. Ronald J. Schmidt Jr.
Dr. Ronald J. Schmidt Jr. a professor of Political Science at USM was a guest on MPBN's "Maine Calling". Schmidt was on a segment that analyzed the first Presidential debate.
Photo of the USM Chamber Singers singing at an Oct. 12 event recognizing author W.E.B. Du Bois
An Oct. 12 event recognizing author W.E.B. Du Bois -- featuring a lecture by Assistant Professor Leroy Rowe, poetry readings, and performances by the USM Chamber Singers -- drew praise from Portland Press Herald reviewer Allan Kozinn.
Artist George Longfish
Internationally known Native American artist George Longfish still paints and still teaches a bit. This fall, the USM visiting artist has scheduled a pair of classes with USM students, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 27 and Nov. 15 at the Art Gallery in Gorham.
USM alumnus Justin Levesque's shipping container art display
USM Art alumnus Justin Levesque's unique ICELANDx207 Eimskip shipping container art exhibition is a tribute to his 9-day voyage spent aboard the MV Selfoss traveling the shipping route to Reykjavik and represents the intersections of culture and commerce. His artwork is being showcased in several locations on the USM Portland Campus, and recently appeared in Congress Square Park.

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