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WCSH-TV photo of Pious Ali

USM’s Pious Ali joins Portland City Council in ‘historic inauguration’ says WCSH-TV

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.

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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.
Reza Jalali

USM to host Maine faith communities for unity rally against hate

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.
President Cummings marches in to his formal Installation

USM celebrates installation of Glenn Cummings as 13th President

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.
University of Southern Maine Youth Ensemble

USM’s Youth Ensembles’ Fall performance reviewed in the Portland Press Herald

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.
US Visiting Artist Gina Adams leads a workshop

Visiting artist Gina Adams shares methods of painting with hot wax

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.
USM's Alex Irvine

Professor Alex Irvine on his eclectic career and nurturing USM's game creators

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 and Joel Davel performing as the Invented Instrument Duo

Paul Dresher performed as part of the Invented Instrument Duo

Paul Dresher is an advisor to USM music and theatre students on their spring project: Molded by the Flow.
Photo of Lorrie Spaulding, coordinator of USM Veterans Services, senior student-veteran Seth Adams and USM President Glenn Cummings on the set of "The USM Update"

Replay: 'The USM Update' 11/7/2016

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."
Anju Roy, left, is pictured here during the 2017 Tokyo Kimono Queen Contest

USM Voices: Anju Roy studying in Japan and competing in 2017 Tokyo Kimono Queen Contest

With more than 160 Japanese and foreign participants, USM's Anju Roy made it to the 14 foreign student finalists. "I love the kimono and have a lot of pride for my culture, so when I was offered a chance to represent my school I was very excited! The girls from the other schools, both Japanese and international, were all amazingly beautiful and kind. It was great getting to know them and uphold a piece of Japanese tradition alongside them."

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