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USM's TAH students plan the 2015 Boston to Bermuda cruise
On May 30, 17 students from the Tourism and Hospitality program will be traveling from Boston to Bermuda on Holland America’s ship M.S. Veendam for a week-long cruise as part of a class. The students have also set up social media feeds where the public can follow them on their adventures. People can follow them on Twitter and Instagram at @usmtourism, and can follow them on Facebook by “liking” USM Tourism and Hospitality’s Facebook page. They will be posting with the hashtag #USMB2B2015.
Photo of The Summit Project march from 3-6-15
Watch as a group of University of Southern Maine students, faculty and staff embark on a 6.5-mile march around the city of Portland for The Summit Project (TSP), a living memorial to the Maine's fallen service members.
Photo of Glenn Cummings addressing the crowd at his introductory press conference
Dr. Glenn Cummings has been named the 13th president of USM, University of Maine System Chancellor James Page announced at a May 20 press conference.
Picture of the cover of "Disproportionate Contact: Youth of Color in Maine's Juvenile Justice System"
"Disproportionate Contact: Youth of Color in Maine's Juvenile Justice System," released by the Muskie School of Public Service, reveals a racial bias towards minority youths in Maine's juvenile justice system.
USM MSW graduate Cheri Crossman
Cheri Crossman '15 walked the stage at the Cross Insurance Arena on May 9th to receive her master's degree in social work. The journey to earning her degree was not an easy one, and she shared the story of how she got there in the following Op Ed that appeared in the Maine Sunday Telegram.
USM Chamber Singers
Marking their sixth European tour, the USM Chamber Singers, conducted by Robert Russell, are performing concerts and recitals in Croatia and Slovenia this month. The group began international touring in 1999 and has performed in Austria, France, Italy, Spain, the U.K., the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland.
Photo of Brooke Burkett, Joe Walsh, USM's Tyler Kidder and John Nelson in front of Fix-It Bike Stand
The University of Southern Maine has installed a public bicycle work stand -- the first of its kind in the city of Portland -- to let riders to make simple repairs on campus.
Maine Model UN
More than 500 potential future delegates to the United Nations were on campus this week to brush up on their diplomatic skills. USM Political Science students facilitated the 3-day conference, and they spent the past semester prepping the high schoolers through Global Education workshops.
Photo of the 2015 USM Commencement Proceedings
The University of Southern Maine graduated 900 students at its 135th commencement ceremony held at the Cross Insurance Arena in downtown Portland on Saturday afternoon.
Photo of Bikram Shrestha. Courtesy of WCSH 6 TV
USM students from Nepal are raising funds to help their friends, relatives and neighbors rebuild after devastating earthquakes rocked the country on April 25 and May 12.
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National BCBA test results
Brian Diehl, USM School of Music Artist Faculty in trombone and euphonium
"Mackey's music is very popular these days, and this work is no exception. It's a wonderful piece for trombone and winds and percussion," said Diehl.
USM Chamber Singers perform in Dubrovnik, Croatia
The USM Chamber Singers have returned from their nine-day tour of Eastern Europe. The group performed at churches and cathedrals in Croatia and Slovenia.
The Marshwood Education Foundation Prize Patrol surprised its first Spring Grant recipient, Marshwood Middle School 7th Grade History teacher Andrew Rowe, on Friday May 15th. Mr. Rowe is currently pursuing an MSEd in Literacy at the University of Southern Maine and previously completed the Extended Teacher Education Program.
Picture of the cover of "Disproportionate Contact: Youth of Color in Maine's Juvenile Justice System"
"Disproportionate Contact: Youth of Color in Maine's Juvenile Justice System," released by the Muskie School of Public Service, reveals a racial bias towards minority youths in Maine's juvenile justice system.
Katie Zema
The Women & Gender Studies Program Insight Scholarship recognizes and rewards a Sophomore or Junior major or minor in the USM Women & Gender Studies Program who works for gender equity and justice, either on campus or in larger communities. Its recipient will be continuing academic work at the University of Southern Maine.
USM Composers Ensemble
Daniel Sonenberg's Composers Ensemble celebrated their 10 year anniversary with world premieres by USM undergrads and 10 comissioned pieces by School of Music alumni, some of whom also joined in performance at the concert.
Southern Maine Head Coach Samantha Allen
Huskies' Head Coach Samantha Allen replaces Gary Fifield following his retirement after 27 seasons on the bench. Allen is a former Maine high school and collegiate standout.
USM Art: Finding Home
For the month of May, Finding Home is on display in Westbrook River Park, featuring 12 informational steel house structures on wooden posts. The installation compels the public to regard the Presumpscot River as a home to fish and wildlife, as well as a home to the communities that live along it.
UROP
Two Communication and Media Studies students have applied and received funding for their research with faculty under the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Media Studies junior Colin Cundy will work with Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies Matthew Killmeier. Timothy Sprague, senior in Communication, will work with Professor of Communication Leonard Shedletsky. “Research has always been an intense interest of mine; having the opportunity to work with a consummate professional in Dr. Shedletsky, and in addition to be awarded UROP funding, is an honor to say the least,” said Timothy Sprague, recipient and senior in Communication.
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USM Events

May 27, 2015
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium
May 29, 2015
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium
May 29, 2015
8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Southworth Planetarium
May 30, 2015
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham Campus
May 30, 2015
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium
May 31, 2015
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium
June 2, 2015
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Auburn Public Library
June 9, 2015
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Auburn Public Library
June 9, 2015
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
LAC room 283
June 10, 2015
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Portland campus