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Weekly Event Highlights

USM event highlights
— week of May 10 - 17

May 10

On Thursday and Friday, the Research Integrity Symposium takes place at the Holiday Inn By The Bay in Portland. Hosted by the USM Regulatory Training and Ethics Center, the symposium brings together researchers and professionals from throughout the country and aims to inform and engage participants in regulatory compliance best practices.  

May 11

On the second Friday of each month, Senior College on the Lewiston Auburn Campus offers a Food for Thought luncheon. Join them this week to hear a presentation by Shelley Kruszewski, Executive Director of the Androscoggin Land Trust. The May Food for Thought Luncheon takes place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., in Room 170.

Welcome our Commencement speaker DeRay Mckesson to Portland! Swing by Space Gallery,  538 Congress St. in Portland, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Friday for a meet and greet. This is an informal, no-cost opportunity to meet DeRay and learn about his activism work.

May 12

It’s time! Celebrate our amazing students at the 138th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. More than 920 students will take part in the ceremony, and close to 1400 students graduate this weekend including 1028 undergraduates and 369 graduate students. Congratulations USM graduates!

In addition to Commencement, the USM School of Nursing graduates and their guests celebrate at the Nursing Convocation and Pinning Ceremony, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Holiday Inn by the Bay.

Amos Paul Kennedy Jr picMay 16

Wednesday afternoon is the Employee Recognition Event, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Hannaford Hall on the Portland Campus. Take some time for food and fun with fellow staff to recognize the outstanding work of the past year at the USM! 

As Convocation comes to a close don’t miss a talk Wednesday evening with artist Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., 6:30 p.m., at Space Gallery in PortlandThe evening will also include a film about his life and work, "Proceed and Be Bold." The artist, unafraid to ask uncomfortable questions about race and artistic pretension, left his successful corporate job and now runs a highly regarded letterpress poster shop in Georgia.

May 17

Photographer Barbara Peacock is traveling the far reaches of the U.S. to make diverse and inclusive photographic portraits. There is still time to see her ongoing portfolio project, Selections from American Bedroom and HomeTown, at the Glickman Library on the Portland Campus, through Saturday, May 19.

Art of the Spheres

As summer mode takes over campus, take some time to go see the Art of the Spheres: Picturing the Cosmos since 1600, on view at Osher Map Library through October 6. This exhibit celebrates the manner in which astronomers have organized and comprehended the celestial vault, the planets, and the structure of the Cosmos. Every item in this exhibition was composed from multiple, detailed observations, all are works of both science and art.

Save the date - the next Center for Compassion event is coming up on Monday, May 21! John Makransky, associate professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College, will give a public talk, Uncovering a Wellspring of Compassion, at Wishcamper, Room 102, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Portland Campus.

The Weekly Event Highlights will now be on hiatus until Fall. In the meantime, keep an eye on the USM Calendar and have a great summer!

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