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Andrew Kiezulas

Andrew Kiezulas, 2017 Featured Graduate

In 2016, Andrew Kiezulas helped create the Recovery Oriented Campus Center (ROCC) on USM's Portland Campus, which is building a community of students in recovery from substance use and other mental health conditions.
Lauren Lessard

Lauren Lessard, 2017 Featured Graduate

Lauren Lessard plans to continue her education to help athletes prepare for the U.S. Paralympic Games.
Jess Labbe

Jessica Labbe, 2017 Featured Graduate

Through her work in the Safe Zone Project, Jessica Labbe has worked to educate and identify members of the USM community who are safe and supportive contacts for LGBTQ students, staff and faculty.
Photo of featured graduating student Luke Johnas

Luke Johnas, 2017 Featured Graduate

Luke Johnas joined an effort by USM's chapter of Engineers Without Borders that journeyed to Villa Nueva, Guatemala. During the week-long trip, Johnas and others installed five solar water heaters for an orphanage.
Dan Del Gallo

Daniel Del Gallo, 2017 Featured Graduate

In March, Dan Del Gallo became the first national champion wrestler in USM history, winning his class at the 2017 NCAA Division III Wrestling National Championships. He is also a scholar, twice earning elite status from the NCAA as the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grades participating at his finals.
Jim Bonney

BAFTA award-winning composer, sound designer, guitarist Jim Bonney to premiere concerto during artist residency at USM - May 3-6

The USM School of Music’s spring semester will come to a close with a special guest artist in residence, Jim Bonney, a BAFTA award-winning composer, sound designer and guitarist. The School of Music’s new assistant professor and director of bands, Trae Blanco, will welcome Bonney for the Maine premiere of his concerto,“DARKlightNESS for Electric Guitar and Wind Ensemble,” which premiered at Arizona State University in 2015. USM will be a consortium supporter commissioning this new work.
Photo of USM commencement 2016

USM to celebrate 137th Commencement Ceremony on May 13

The University of Southern Maine will celebrate its 137th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 13 at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. More than 900 students will take part in the morning ceremony, beginning at 9 a.m. Award-winning journalist David Brancaccio will deliver the keynote address and will receive an honorary degree. Also receiving an honorary degree will be Mary L. Bonauto, the civil rights project director at GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders.
Three silhouettes of Maine veterans from the Silhouette Project

Silhouette Project exhibit held on USM's Lewiston/Auburn campus

The Silhouette projects seeks to inform the public on the high rate of suicide among veterans.
USM's Muskie School's John Gale

Politico article features quote from Muskie School’s John Gale

Gale's expertise on rural health was included in a Politico article about the relationship between social isolation and health issues.
Maine State House

USM’s Flynn Ross writes op-ed for Bangor Daily News

Dr. Flynn Ross' op-ed is centered around three bills currently being looked at by the Maine House of Representatives and their effects on Maine public schools if passed.