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— May 9 to 22

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

May 9

The Class of 2019 successfully paid it forward and surpassed their fundraising goals! As promised, on Thursday evening, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., they will spray paint President Cummings hair with a little extra blue and gold Husky spirit at the President's Champagne Reception, in the Abromson Center on the USM Portland Campus.

May 10

Myles FelchFriday at LAC, the May Food for Thought Luncheon Series, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., features Myles Felch, geologist and Assistant Curator at The Maine Mineral & Gem Museum. His presentation will cover some of Maine’s most well-known gem minerals including, beryl, quartz, topaz, and the Maine state mineral, tourmaline.

Friday afternoon, 2:00 p.m., join the School of Social Work for their Graduation Celebration in 102 Wishcamper on the USM Portland Campus. At 4:00 the Muskie School Graduation Ceremony takes place at the Woodfords Club, in Portland. Dr. Lisa Pohlmann, alumna of the Muskie School and CEO of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, will be the keynote speaker.

May 11

More than 900 students will participate in the 2019 USM Commencement ceremony beginning at 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the Cross Insurance Arena.  Maine Governor Janet Mills will deliver the keynote address. Get all the details: Commencement 2019.

Catch Stonecoast MFA on the road! Join the Stonecoast MFA community and Boston’s Stone Soup Poetry Series for an evening of poetry, creative nonfiction, and open mic readings, Saturday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Dudley Café in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

May 14

On Tuesday at LAC, the Franco-American Collection is proud to present "Writing for Our Children - Teaching Memory," 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in room 285. In this reading and reflection, Jean-Claude Redonnet will present ways in which heritage and memory can be taught to younger generations by utilizing historical stories. The presentation will be in French and English.

May 16

On Thursday, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., both students and alumni can learn best practices in resume writing from the Career & Employment Hub staff and USM business and community partners at the Career Takeoff Series: Resume Workshop. Lunch will be served and professional headshots will be taken!

2018 Water FestivalMay 17

Friday morning will be busy on the USM Portland Campus for the 2019 Southern Maine Children's Water Festival, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Environmentally-affiliated organizations from across Maine provide classroom activities, presentations, hands-on exhibits, quiz contests and stage shows, all with a water theme.

Be sure to RSVP for the upcoming 2019 Employee Recognition Celebration! The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Hannaford Hall followed by a reception with light refreshments in the Abromson Lobby. The fun will move to Bayside Bowl from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. if you please; bowling lanes have been reserved for USM courtesy of our Colleges!

May 19

On Sunday, recover from a busy semester at the Southworth Planetarium for a “Sacred Sound Journey through Space,” 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; a visual journey through the cosmos accompanied by gong music by Todd Glacy.

May 22-23

The Title III Grant Symposium 2019 is coming up on Wednesday and Thursday, May 22/23 at Wishcamper on the USM Portland Campus. Dr. Kathleen Gabriel will be the keynote speaker on Wednesday; Gabriel is a teaching scholar, a faculty consultant specializing in at-risk and unprepared students, and the author of numerous books on successful teaching and learning. Learn more and register here.

Save the Date! 6/6

Join USM Women Leadership and master career counselor Barbara Babkirk on Thursday, June 6, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., for a networking happy hour and educational session on developing your professional brand. You’ll learn more about how you can convey your professional value, identity, and experience as you move forward in your career.

To see ALL events happening at USM, please go to USM's Calendar of Events


View the webpage — How to Promote your USM Event — for lots of helpful tips in getting the word out on your events. You should always start by making sure your event is added to the calendar through your department’s website, and cross-posted to the USM Calendar (instructions are in the How to Promote page).