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USM event highlights
— December 5 to 19

December 5

Learn about ways successful businesses are inventing new approaches to employee training and development with USM Corporate Partners at “Techniques for Better Employee Performance & Satisfaction,” 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at the Abromson Center.

On the Gorham Campus, enjoy the USM Jazz Ensemble, a 17 piece big band under the direction of Christopher Oberholtzer, performing at 7:30 p.m. at the Corthell Concert Hall.

At 5:00 p.m. at Hannaford Hall on the Portland Campus, historian and author Richard Rothstein will present a public talk and book-signing for his 2017 book, "The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America." 

Also Thursday evening, photographer Jack Montgomery will speak as part of his MMPA exhibition "Appearances," 6:00 p.m. on the 4th floor of the Glickman Library.

December 6

Join the USM School of Music at the 29th Annual Scholarship Gala Friday evening, 6:00 p.m. at Corthell Concert Hall, to help raise funds for scholarships that strengthen their program and give opportunity to young musicians. Buy tickets

Stop into the USM Art Gallery on the Gorham Campus before Sunday, 12/8 to see “Contemporary Responses to Modernism: A New England Perspective” before both of the current exhibitions come down. 

Theater poster promoDecember 7-8

Award-winning singer/song-writer Carolyn Currie will perform at the Southworth Planetarium at 7:00 p.m. Saturday evening. This unique concert is a highlight, combining the ethereal music of the artist with the visuals of the star-adorned planetarium.

Catch a performance of the USM Vocal Program over the weekend! The Opera Workshop presents “Mostly Mozart,” Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, at Corthell Concert Hall on the Gorham Campus. Featuring scenes of Mozart’s most popular operas, works will be staged in the original language, with projected supertitles.

December 9

Starting Monday (through Thursday 12/12) USM Theatre presents a staged reading, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf," in commemoration of the loss of acclaimed African-American playwright, poet, author and performer, Nzotake Shange. Featuring current USM students as well as alumni, the reading will be presented at venues in Portland and Lewiston as well as Russell Hall on the Gorham Campus. 

December 10

Go cheer on USM Women's Ice Hockey vs. Bowdoin, starting at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening! Stay tuned to all things Athletics at their website.

December 11

On Wednesday, bring your lunch to the next Lunch & Learn Research Hour, focused on “Food Truck Training Methods in the U.S.” starting at 1:00 p.m. in Room 128 at the Wishcamper Center. Dessert will be provided at this free event.

USM Art open studioDecember 12

Thursday evening on the Gorham Campus is your chance to see the "Huskapellas" a USM a cappella group performing a free show of seasonal and pop favorites. The group is comprised of both music and non-music majors!

December 13

Head to the USM ART Open Studios on Friday evening on the Gorham Campus, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., to check out all the wonderful work USM Art students have created this semester. Take a tour, enjoy refreshments, and talk with students about their work; there will be a silent auction of student work, and a hands-on T-shirt silk screening demo!

Final Exams — December 14 to 20

December 19

During finals, stop in for a study break at the last Graduate Studies Coffee Hour of the semester, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the atrium at the Wishcamper Center.

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).