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USM students with Leslie Odom Jr.
Leslie Odom Jr, a Tony Award winner for his role as Aaron Burr in the musical phenomenon "Hamilton," met with 18 students from the University of Southern Maine's School of Music.
Women Without Men movie poster
Students from the University of Southern Maine’s Honors program “Cinema in Iran” course, along with their instructor, professor Reza Jalali, will present the 2017 Iranian Film Festival—a first of its kind in Maine—in Portland beginning on October 20.
Boston Globe photograph
USM alumnus Tommy Derrah — who appeared in the movie "Mystic River" — was the subject of a feature obituaries in the Qunicy, Massachusetts' Patriot Ledger and the Boston Globe. He died on Oct. 5.
Downeast Magazine featured USM Alumnus Ryan Wing -- and his comic book creation, "The October Ghost" -- in its November issue.
Scott Davison
The American Council of Life Insurers has reappointed USM alumnus Scott Davison to its board of directors.
USM's Ron Schmidt was interviewed by WGME-TV on Sen. Susan Collins' decision to remain in office rather than run for governor.
USM's Kate Wininger talked about happiness recently with Maine Public's Jennifer Rooks for the radio show "Maine Calling."
Amy Johnson
Amy Johnson, the assistant director of USM's Center for Education Policy, Applied Research and Evaluation, was interviewed for a National Public Radio story about Maine's laptop program.
Lacks family speak at Hannaford Hall
Two descendants of Henrietta Lacks, whose immortal cells have since became one of the most important tools in medicine, speak to large crowd at USM.
A first-in-the-state program at the University of Southern Maine aims to help low income veterans prepare to become college students. By Thanksgiving, USM's new Veterans Upward Bound program will be reaching out across Maine to low income veterans, particularly those would be the first in their family to graduate from college.
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Campus Updates

Maureen Ebben, PhD
Maureen Ebben, Associate Professor of Communication, was recently interviewed on as an identity theft expert for their article, "2017's States Most Vulnerable to Identity Theft Fraud".
University of Southern Maine student-athletes and the Huskies' Department of Athletics will host its most popular annual event of the year, the Huskies' Community Halloween Party, on Sunday, October 29 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Costello Sports Complex Hill Gymnasium in Gorham, Maine. The Huskies' Community Halloween Party, hosted inside at Hill Gymnasium, is free of charge, and open to children in grade five and under.
USM Athletics will recognize its 177 William B. Wise Scholar Athlete at the 30th Annual Wise Awards night on November 5. Eleven Husky student-athletes will be honored with their Wise Award for the fourth time. USM Athletics as a department as a 2.93 GPA, and nearly 36% of its student-athletes have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
The League of Women Voters 2017 Voter guide is here!
Book "Self" by Elizabeth Berkana
Elizabeth Berkana holds a BA in Art from the University of Southern Maine and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School. At USM she concentrated on printmaking, design and art history. She will soon add a Book Arts Minor to her original degree.
Dr. Peter Woodruff Granted U.S. Patent
Heather Shattuck-Heidorn
Alumna Dr. Heather Shattuck-Heidorn to Teach Anthropology Course
Join us for a research presentation and discussion on "Little Ice Age catastrophic storms and the destruction of a Shetland Island community" by Matthew Bampton.
October 19, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 in #133 Wishcamper, Portland Campus. Eric L. Goldstein, Associate Professor of History at Emory University will speak on what it means to be jewish in a nation preoccupied with the categories of "black" and "white".
October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month! The ROCC is helping to raise awareness to end domestic violence. For more information on domestic violence, the signs, how to help, and other resources please visit the National Network to End Domestic Violence's website at
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USM Events

October 21, 2017
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Corthell Hall, USM Gorham Campus
October 21, 2017
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Multi-Purpose Room, Wishcamper Center, Portland
October 21, 2017
9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
University Events Room, 7th Floor Glickman, Portland campus
October 21, 2017
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education, Glickman Family Library, Portland
October 21, 2017
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
October 21, 2017
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
October 21, 2017
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
USM Art Gallery, 37 College Ave, Gorham
October 21, 2017
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
October 21, 2017
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
October 21, 2017
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Southworth Planetarium