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USM's Cameron talks 'Real Food' in Press Herald op-ed

USM Ardis Cameron wrote a recent opinion piece for the Portland Press Herald about the availability of high quality food. Her piece was titled, "'Real food' shouldn't be hard to get in Maine."
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Andrew King of USM Admissions interviewed for Maine Public story on high school grading changes

USM Admissions Director Andrew King described efforts to keep up with radical changes in high school grading in recent radio interview on Maine Public. The story by reporter Robbie Feinberg was titled, "Maine Families Concerned About Proficiency-Based Diplomas Harming Kids' College Chances."
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Maine Public profiles Portland Empowered on radio program

Maine Public recently profiled the Portland Empowered, which was created with support from USM, in its evening radio show, Maine Things Considered. nThe story by reporter Robbie Feinberg was titled, "To Help Immigrants Succeed, Parents Work With Schools To Overcome Language Barrier.
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Forecaster highlights USM-Portland partnership on diversity

A new USM-Portland partnership that aims to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to enter teaching was highlighted May 23rd in The Forecaster newspaper. The story by reporter Kate Irish Collins was titled "Portland schools launch initiative to increase staff diversity."
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USM Education alumna awarded Fulbright to teach in Indonesia

After teaching immigrant children from Somalia, Djibouti, Angola, Congo and Kenya in Maine classrooms, USM Education alumna Amy Quirion wants to use her skills as an English teacher abroad. And she's doing it as a Fulbrighter.
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Sen. Angus King greets Model U.N. delegates at Gorham Campus

U.S. Senator Angus King concluded the 2017 Maine Model U.N. Conference — a three-day gathering of 550 high schoolers at USM's Gorham Campus — with a plea for both risks and compromise. "Learn to make a difference," King told Model U.N. delegates gathered in Gorham's Costello Sports Complex. "Do new things. Err on the side of action."
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Southern Maine Children’s Water Festival draws nearly 700 middle school students to Portland campus

On Friday, May 19, USM’s Environmental Science and Policy department hosted its annual Southern Maine Children’s Water Festival for nearly 700 4th, 5th and 6th grade students and their teachers from York, Cumberland, Androscoggin, Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Kennebec, Franklin and Oxford counties.
Student Kathryn Letellier

USM Voices: Doors swing open for transfer student

USM offered me a competitive scholarship and invited me into their honors program, things my former school failed to do for me. With the scholarship and financial aid offer, USM gave me the chance to be one of the few college graduates not overwhelmed by debt.
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USM celebrates 137th Commencement with address by award-winning journalist David Brancaccio

The University of Southern Maine celebrated its 137th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday with more than 900 graduate and undergraduate students marching across the Cross Insurance Arena stage following remarks by award-winning journalist David Brancaccio.
USM student presenting his research at Thinking Matters 2017.

More than 200 students present at 'Thinking Matters' 2017

Topics ranged from life in refugee camps and the opioid epidemic to cryptography, hydroelectricity and the use of emoji and other nonverbal forms of communication.