GORHAM – USM celebrates its 125th year Friday, Sept. 19, through Sunday, Sept. 21, with a Homecoming Weekend that invites the public as well as alumni and students’ families to campus. Among other festivities, this homecoming will feature a children’s concert by USM alumni Rick Charette, barbecue and a free band concert on the lawn of Corthell Hall.

USM’s Department of Athletics will dedicate the school’s new baseball stadium, followed by an alumni baseball game. Field hockey, tennis and soccer games will also take place over the weekend.

The Department of Athletics will unveil the newest members of the Husky Hall of Fame during a reception prior to the Husky Hall of Fame Dinner on Saturday. The 15th annual Husky Fall Classic Golf Tournament will take place Sunday. The public is invited to many of the weekend events which also include an alumni art exhibit, gallery talk and reception in the Gorham Art Gallery; tours of the School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology in Gorham; and tours of the new bioscience research labs in Portland.

A complete schedule of events can be seen at http://www.usm.maine.edu/studentlife/weekend/schedule.htm.

USM began as a two-year teacher training program in what is now Corthell Hall, the construction of which was partly funded by the town of Gorham. Of the $27,511.71 spent to construct and furnish the building, $15,000 was raised by the town. The Gorham Normal School, as it was then known, was dedicated in December 878.

Over the years, the Gorham campus, which was eventually known as Gorham State College of the University of Maine, merged with the University of Maine at Portland to become the University of Maine at Portland-Gorham. Twenty-five years ago the school was renamed the University of Southern Maine.

USM now has seven colleges and schools with campuses in Portland, Gorham and Lewiston-Auburn. There are more than 11,000 students enrolled in degree programs and USM says it has more graduate students than any other college in Maine. For information on activities, contact Rodney Mondor at 780-4555.

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