Bioscience groundbreaking

Members of the campus community are invited to a ground-breaking ceremony for the Bioscience Research Addition to the Science Building in Portland at 2 p.m. Friday, March 22.

The ceremony will take place at the site adjacent to the Science Building on Falmouth Street. Tours of the building and refreshments will immediately follow.

The new bioscience facility is a major component of the state of Maine’s research and development initiative and will house researchers who seek external grants, and generate teaching and research needed to support this region’s evolving industries, particularly in the biotech sector.

Got something to say?

For those of you graduating seniors who sat through public speaking class and learned all kinds of things you thought you’d never use in real life, here’s your chance to put your skills to the test and make your professor proud.

USM is accepting applications for commencement speakers. Students must be graduating seniors, eligible to participate in commencement.

One speech is accepted per student and must be the original creation of the presenter. The speech must be three to five minutes in length and the topic should address the USM community in general.

It is suggested the focus be a reflection of the University experience and direction of graduating class.

Deadline for submission is 4 p.m. March 22. More specific application information can be found at the Information Center in Portland’s Woodbury Campus Center, Destination Graduation in 107 Payson Smith Hall, and in Gorham’s 100 Upton Hall, the Brooks Student Center and Advising Services on both campuses.

For more information call Helen Gorgas-Goulding at 780-4629.

Get out and stretch the legs

A Department of Sports Medicine research group is conducting a study examining the effects of balance training in older females on improving stability and decreasing falls and potential bone fractures.

The group is seeking women who are 70 years or older to participate in this study. It is an eight-week training study. The group will only accept new people until April 1.

For more information contact Michael Godard PhD Assistant Professor of Sports Medicine at 780-4698 or email [email protected]

Join the Portland Hall crew

The Portland Hall residential life staff selection process for next fall has begun.

Any student who has completed one full semester of classes is eligible to apply. Portland Hall houses international, undergraduate and graduate students from U.S.M., law students from the University of Maine School of Law, as well as students from Maine College of Art, Southern Maine Technical College and Andover College.

Applications are available in both Residential Life offices, Portland Hall and 100 Upton Hall in Gorham. Applications are due on March 29 at 7:00pm to the Portland Hall Residential Life office.

For more information call Joy Britting, resident director of Portland Hall at 228-8701 or email [email protected]

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