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Darien Brahms on leaving music and finding history at USM

About 25 years after Darien Brahms quit school for rock music, the Portlander quit music for school. Now 49, she's a newly minted USM alumna with a bachelor's degree and a new career trajectory. In the fall, the rocker who toured Europe will begin studying U.S. history at the University of Maryland. She plans to earn a Ph.D.

USM's first-in-Maine center for students in recovery, founder/student Andrew Kiezulas featured by local media

The mission of the Recovery Oriented Campus Center, or ROCC, is to help recovering students complete their degrees and encourage others in recovery to enroll in classes.

USM partnering in initiative to fight lung cancer

The Maine Economic Improvement Fund, administered by USM’s Muskie School of Public Service, will contribute $200,000 towards a $5 million statewide initiative to improve the prevention, early detection and treatment of lung cancer.

USM researcher interviewed for Press Herald story about opioid crisis

A Portland Press Herald story about the ongoing opioid crisis included comments from USM's Lindsey Smith, a research associate at the Muskie School of Public Service's Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy.

Hager interviewed in Sun Journal story about rising graduation rates for Somalis

A feature story in Sunday's Sun Journal about rising graduation rates and hard work among Somali students included quotes by Pat Hager, who coordinates the writing center at USM's Lewiston-Auburn College.

USM students looking for healing for Maine's First Nation population

Despite hundreds of years of hostility and neglect towards Maine's First Nation people, a pair of USM graduate students find reason for hope and healing.

USM announces annual Student Leadership Awards at annual Student Involvement Recognition Gala

At the recent University of Southern Maine Student Involvement Recognition Gala, students, faculty, and staff received annual Student Leadership Awards for their various contributions to USM and the surrounding communities.

USM's Jalali addressed crowd remembering victims of Orlando shooting

Forecaster coverage of a Portland vigil to remember victims of the Orlando shooting included comments by USM’s Reza Jalali.

USM researcher working with United Nations group on opioid problem

John Gale, a research associate from USM's Muskie School of Public Service, believes rural communities struggling with opioid addiction can learn from each other, whether they are in Maine, India or Afghanistan.

Sam Dexter '16 selected by Chicago White Sox in MLB First-Year Player Draft

Dexter, a 2016 graduate with a degree in History, is the first USM player to be drafted since the Cincinnati Reds picked Chris Burleson in the 36th round in 2009, and the 12th USM player to be drafted since 1987.

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