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Weekly Event Highlights

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USM event highlights—week of February 22 to March 1

Here are just a few highlights from the USM Calendar of Events for this week. Please follow the links below for complete event details.

February 22

Do you know the difference between a cape and a cowl? Tonight at 9 p.m. join “Superhero Trivia,” at the Brooks Student Center on the Gorham Campus. The event is free with a student ID or $10 for the general public.

February 23

Join USM faculty cellist William Rounds and soprano Elisabeth Marshall, a USM alumna and former faculty member for “Pairs: A Program of Duos.” The concert, part of the Faculty Concert Series, is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Corthell Concert Hall on the Gorham Campus. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, USM employees and alumni and $5 for students.Rounds will also be joined by Amanda Hardy, the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s principal oboist, and Joseph Holt, the PSO’s principal bassist.

February 26

This week is Commuter Appreciation Week - the Commuter Student Association kicks it off with a Free Bowling Night at Bayside Bowl from 6-8 p.m. in Portland. Besides the chance to bowl for free, USM students with IDs will get shoe rentals. Bring a guest to enjoy food, giveaways and a car wash raffle.

Have a seat at a tabletop and join Game night at Glickman, a monthly event in which people are invited to play new and traditional board games, enjoy snacks and visit with friends. The games include classic games such as Parcheesi and newer games such as Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan and Lords of the Waterdeep. The free event is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. at the Glickman Family Library on the Portland Campus.

February 27

As part of Commuter Appreciation Week, Sodexo is offering students free finger foods, desserts and beverages from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Woodbury Campus Center cafeteria on the Portland Campus. Students may also enter to win $25 Husky Bucks.

The history of participatory democracy will be part of a panel discussion including Political Science Professor Manuel Avalos and History professors Gary Johnson, Jie Zhao, and Lacey Sparks. The talk is titled “Does/Has Participatory Democracy (Ever) Exist(ed)?” It is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 102 Wishcamper on the Portland Campus.

February 28

Author and former Washington D.C. public defender James Forman Jr. will talk about his work and his book, “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America” in an appearance planned for 5 p.m. at Hannaford Hall on the Portland campus. The free public lecture  — part of the year-long Gloria S. Duclos Convocation on race and participatory democracy — will conclude with a book signing.

Triple threat John Cassidy — a comedian, magician and balloon artist — will perform a 9 p.m. show at the Brooks Student Center on the Gorham campus. Cassidy performs nationally and is known for several Guinness World Records including most balloon sculptures completed in one hour and the most completed in only one minute.

March 1

All USM students and alumni are encouraged to attend the USM 2018 Job Fair, featuring more than 100 employers. People are encouraged to develop professional relationships with the companies. Attendees will get the chance to take a free professional photo and talk with people looking to hire qualified graduates. Among the companies attending will be AAA Northern New England, Central Maine Healthcare, Hussey Seating Company, IDEXX Laboratories, MEMIC, Prudential, Spectrum and Tyler Technologies. The event is planned for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sullivan Gymnasium on the Portland campus.


Our School of Music and the Art Gallery have their Spring seasons posted – so check them out to save the dates! And don’t forget to check out the USM Athletics website to cheer on our terrific Huskies teams!