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USM Hosting Symposium Demonstrating Value of Community-Service

The University of Southern Maine Office of Community Service Learning is hosting Civic Matters, a symposium featuring community-service projects conducted by students and faculty. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, November 16 in the Wishcamper Center on USM’s Portland campus. For more information, contact Alicia Ines Ethridge at 228-8092, or

Among the projects that will be presented either on posters or discussed are: The recycling perceptions of college students; USM partnerships in K-12 science education; Casco Bay’s clamming industry; tourism development; and USM’s involvement in the Portland Youth Symphony.

President Theo Kalikow, who is committed to expanding USM’s community engagement, will provide opening remarks at 9:15 a.m. in Wishcamper Hall’s Lee Lecture Hall. A panel presentation by faculty will follow, and a community conversation about service learning facilitated by Provost Michael Stevenson will take place at 11:40 a.m. For a complete schedule of the morning see Civic Matters.

In September, USM announced the dollar value of USM student volunteer hours, unpaid student internships and community projects completed for service-learning coursework last year was $6.2 million. During Civic Matters, some of the projects that contributed to those millions of dollars will be presented and explained. Current community partners include HUD, Parkside Neighborhood Center, King Middle School, Portland Mentoring Alliance and others.