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USM Announces Annual Student Leadership Awards at Annual Student Involvement Recognition Gala

At the recent University of Southern Maine Student Involvement Recognition Gala, the following students, faculty, and staff received annual Student Leadership Awards. Recipients are listed alphabetically by the towns in which they reside.
Associate Professor of Sociology John Baugher of Cape Elizabeth received the Outstanding Faculty Involvement Award for his commitment to students’ well being.  In addition to his duties as a professor, John is also the Buddhist community advisor on the Religious and Spiritual Life Council.  He has collaborated with The Well and with USM Health and Counseling Services on experiential trainings, a mindfulness group and regular referrals.  Baugher is always eager to engage with students and his innovative programs have benefitted the USM community in many ways.

Mohamed Yusuf of Freeport was the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Campus Diversity Award for his commitment to encouraging cultural diversity and acceptance in the USM community.  Yusuf, an international politics major, has been involved with the International Relations Association, the Multicultural Student Association and the Muslim Student Association throughout his academic career.  He also served as a spokesperson for the local Somali community and in leading a delegation to meet with Maine’s Congressional Representatives.

Tonya Bailey-Curry of Lewiston received the Outstanding Student Employee Award for her work in the Lewiston Auburn College Druker Office of Community Engagement.  She accomplished much during her first few months, creating resource lists of community partners; an informational brochure; and connecting with students and faculty to facilitate engagement projects. Bailey-Curry took on leadership roles with the program and was instrumental in the planning and execution of the “Bringing it Home” Event with Edward Little High School students.
Andrew Donovan of Portland received one of the two Outstanding Contribution to Campus Life Awards presented. Donovan’s contributions focused on participating in and creating wellness-related programming, focusing on mental health and suicide prevention. The central theme of his activities focused on the student-to-student connection being critical to promoting wellness.
Kelsea Dunham of Portland was the recipient of the Senior Husky Achievement Award for her successful term as the 10th Student Body President and her involvement in the Queer Straight Alliance, the Gender Studies Student Organization and as the only student representative to the USM Direction Package. In her nomination, Dunham was described as having been “a force for positive motion and engaged community discussion, a leader in her community and on campus, and excellent student, and on top of it all, a committed mother to a whip-smart, gender-aware son.”
Bryn Gallagher of Portland received the Outstanding Contribution to Community Service (Individual) Award for her involvement in many areas of community and civic engagement.  As president of the Sociology Student Association, she committed to supporting Red Cross blood donation events. As a member of the Portland Welcome Committee, Gallagher was instrumental in creating the new Welcome Ambassador Scarf Program. She also volunteered with local area agencies such as Preble Street Resource Center and Florence House.
Alexandria (Dri) Huber of Portland was presented the Outstanding Student Leader Award. Huber was a senior majoring in social work who proved herself a leader on campus and in the community through her involvement in student organizations, student government, as a resident assistant on the Rainbow Floor. She also was lead resident assistant for Dickey Wood Hall, and was involved in USM Cares and the Student Support Network.
Meaghan LaSala of Portland received one of two Outstanding Contribution to Campus Life Awards for her commitment to environmental and social justice issues. She was the Student Divestment Coordinator for 350 Maine; co-founder of Maine Students for Climate Justice; chair of Divest USM; and worked with the Southern Maine Workers Center. She also was a volunteer with the “Blunt Youth Radio Project” that airs on USM’s community radio station, WMPG. Most recently she was one of the founders of #USMFuture, a student group advocating for public higher education in Maine.
Leila Mohamed of Portland received the Outstanding Graduate Assistant Involvement Award for her dedication to the Student Government Association in which she mentored Student government Association members. As a graduate assistant and team member in the Portland Student Life, her passion for leadership has helped other students become better leaders. Mohamed’s commitment to social justice and civility has helped to create a positive environment where students can address issues and resolve conflict.
Micheline Hagan of Barrington, N.H. was the recipient of the Outstanding Staff Involvement Award for her work as the Coordinator of USM Cares. Hagan has cultivated a group of exceptionally strong, positive students dedicated to supporting their peers at USM. Through her work at USM Cares and the Portland Campus Well, she has worked diligently to provide students with the tools they need to better their community.