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Mardi Gras at USM

WMPG celebrates Mardi Gras with Cajun food

More than 500 people attended WMPG's 22nd Fat Tuesday celebration.
Sen. Angus King

USM to host public listening session on U.S. Supreme Court nomination with Sen. Angus King

U.S. Sen. Angus King will hold a public listening session on Sunday, March 5, at USM to learn what Mainers wish to know about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch. The session is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hannaford Hall on USM's Portland Campus. It is being co-sponsored by the University of Southern Maine and the University of Maine School of Law.
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science manages the National Science Bowl®, and sponsors the NSB finals competition.

USM to host Maine Regional Science Bowl on March 4

About 100 high schoolers from across Maine will compete at USM's Gorham campus Saturday, March 4, in the annual Maine Regional Science Bowl. The competition matches teams against teams in subjects ranging from biology, chemistry, space science, physics and math. The winning team will compete in the National Science Bowl, held from April 27 to May 1 in Washington D.C.
A USM Engineering Student works on a project in the John Mitchell Center in Gorham

USM Department of Engineering to host Maine Engineers Week Expo

The annual Maine Engineers Week Expo will be hosted by the University of Southern Maine's Department of Engineering on Saturday, March 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Costello Fieldhouse on the Gorham campus.

USM to host U.S. citizenship event March 3 on Portland campus

The celebration — planned by students in a "Global Migration and the Refugee Experience" class — will include the Oath of Allegiance and the awarding of certificates of naturalization, the official proof of U.S. citizenship.
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USM's new food studies program featured by BDN

The Bangor Daily News profiled USM's new food studies program in a feature story published on Feb. 21. The piece, by reporter Lauren Abbate, was featured in the newspaper's Homestead section and included interviews with Executive Director Michael Hillard and visiting professor Kristen Reynolds.
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UN High Commissioner for Refugees speaks at USM

Maine native Kelly Clements, the United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees, met with students and community members during a Feb. 17 discussion at USM's Glickman Library. Clements described the massive challenges created by an estimated worldwide population of 65 million refugees. The session was covered by the Portland Press Herald and Maine Public.
The Merry Wives of Windsor poster

USM’s fully-staged comic opera, ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor,’ opens March 3

The USM Department of Theatre and School of Music will present their quadrennial opera, Otto Nicolai’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” on Friday, March 3, through Sunday, March 12 on the Main Stage at Russell Hall in Gorham.
Ellen DeGeneres with Ekhlas Ahmed

'Ellen' embraces USM student's inspiring story

When Ellen DeGeneres began a segment of her TV show by reading an audience member's letter -- describing her immigration from Sudan to Maine as a 12-year-old girl -- USM's Ekhlas Ahmed bent over and buried her face in her hands. "I was going to scream so loudly, but I couldn't," Ahmed said. Moments later, DeGeneres ushered her onto the stage, interviewed her and presented her with a check for $22,000, enough to erase her student loans.
USM sophomore Ally Little

Bone marrow drive organized by USM women’s soccer team

After USM soccer player Ally Little was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, her teammates organized a potentially lifesaving bone marrow drive at USM.