Alumni and Friends
2015 Homecoming • September 17 - September 20

Honoring the classes of 1935, 1945, 1955, 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995 and 2005

Tentative Schedule; Subject to Change Weekly

Thursday, September 17, 2015
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Wine Tasting and Cheese
Location: Nowland Hall, Fort Kent, ME 04743, USA
$25 per ticket and $10 for UMFK students 21 and older and with a valid ID.

You may purchase your tickets through the UMFK Student Activities Office located at Cyr Hall.

For more information, please Theresa Biggs at 834-7850.

Friday, September 18, 2015
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM “Paul Cyr Photography” Exhibit
Location: Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes Gallery
“Paul Cyr Photography,” an exhibition of prize-winning photographic works, will be on display at the University of Maine at Fort Kent's Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes through September 30, 2015.

Hamlin native Paul Cyr started taking pictures in the early 1960s and his photography has become a lifetime hobby. Paul spends time every day looking for new photographic opportunities. He takes 99 percent of his photographs in northern Maine, most within ten miles of his Presque Isle home. Late summer aerials, which hold a prominent location at the archives, are some of his favorite scenes to shoot.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during the Archives' regular business hours, Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the summer months.

More than twenty County businesses use Paul’s prize-winning photographs for websites, Facebook pages, covers of reports, tourist guides, to mention a few. People will find his photographs featured prominently in Barcroft media of London, U.K.; Bangor Metro, Boston Globe, Yankee, and DownEast magazines; Pratt & Whitney, and Bath Iron Works. Paul Cyr and his works have been featured twice on “Bill Greene’s Maine.”

Last year, Cyr and author Dottie Hutchins published Acadian Roots: Images of the St. John Valley/Racines acadiennes: Images de la Vallée Saint-Jean.

Visitors may view Paul’s photographs at: paulcyr.zenfolio.com and on his Facebook page, Paul Cyr Photography.

For more information on the exhibit, please contact the Archives at (207) 834-7535.

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Exhibit "Montell the Monster" by Artist Melanie Daigle
Location: Blake Library Gallery
A mischievous, wee imp named Montell will take over the Blake Library Gallery at the University of Maine at Fort Kent during the month of September.

“Montell the Monster: A Destructive Work in Progress” is the brain-child of author/artist Melanie Daigle. Selected frames from Daigle's children's book “Montell the Monster: A Tale of Monstrous Forgiveness” will be on display in the gallery. The exhibit will include interactive mirrors and “live examples” of the main character's destructive force. Daigle also will showcase pages from the book-in-progress, which she said she has been working on for “way too many years.”

An artist's open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 28, which just happens to be the artist's birthday. The public is welcomed to stop by the gallery to enjoy some birthday cake and view the exhibit.

“I started writing the book for my god-daughter Reagan about 15 years ago. It's time I do something with it,” Daigle joked. “Who knows when I'll publish the book, but in the meantime I can still share a large part of my life and encourage others to follow their creative dreams.”

“Montell the Monster” is about a trouble-making little boy who causes much mischief and ends up hurting someone so badly that he believes he has actually turned into a monster and thinks he deserves banishment from the community. The healing power of forgiveness transforms Montell's character, however, and he realizes he can be happy as a productive member of society instead of a destructive beast.

“I've read a lot of children's books in my day, and there are many out there which teach forgiveness from the perspective of the person wronged,” said Daigle. “I wanted to focus on what the power of forgiveness can do to the 'wrong-doer'.”

“'Forgiveness' is a lesson which I have had to learn over the years. I think most people have had to make that same decision for themselves at one point or another in their lives. Sometimes, offering forgiveness is relatively easy... but not always. I find that Montell is still teaching me the value of forgiving those who have caused me pain. I recently saw my offering of forgiveness transform a person. In a way, it releases them to make a change for the better; because everyone has value and deserves a 're-do' from time to time... but it's really hard to make a change when you feel the world is against you. It doesn't always work out, but at least you open up the door to that possibility.”

Daigle created the artwork for her book using digital imaging software to manipulate original photos and scans of objects. “I love taking an image of a random thing and transforming it into something completely different. I guess it kind of is symbolic of Montell's transformation in the story.”

For instance, Daigle took a photo of broken shards of glass and digitally altered it to look like pond water. She used objects such as zippers, button, and wire to create her book's characters. “I'm always on a look-out to see if I can make an inanimate object come to life,” she said.

Melanie Daigle was born and raised in Fort Kent. She earned a Fine Arts degree from New York University in 1995. Upon graduation, she began a successful career as a film and video editor in New York City and the District of Columbia, where she honed her graphic design skills – which she said came in handy to make “Montell the Monster.” After a move to Seattle in 2004, Daigle “retired” from film editing to write and raise a family. When her son Daniel was born in 2007, she moved back to the St. John Valley and opened up Little Daniel's Den, a children's bookstore. Daigle is currently the managing editor of the Fiddlehead Focus, an online news source which covers the St. John Valley and the area known as Acadia of the Lands and Forests.

For more information on the exhibit or library hours, please contact Gallery Curator Sofia Birden at 834-7527.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Welcome BBQ and Pep Rally (Homecoming Event)
Location: Nowland Hall / Powell Hall area
The official kick-off of Homecoming. Meet our nationally ranked sports teams.

Tickets: $10 per person and free for children under 12.

FMI or tickets, contact Susan Tardie at 834-7557 or by e-mail - susan.tardie@maine.edu

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Comedy Night with John Conrey and Paul Hooper
Location: Fox Auditorium, University Drive, Fort Kent, ME 04743, United States
General Admission to the public is $5. Free admission for UMFK students with a valid ID.

For more information, please contact the UMFK Student Activities Office at 834-7850 (Theresa Biggs).

Mature subject matter.

UMFK S.T.E.P.S. will babysit children (ages 3 and up) for alumni who attend.

Proceeds from the event will go to the UMFK Alumni Association Scholarship fund.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 6th Annual Classic & Custom Car Show
Location: UMFK campus
The event is free of charge to the public.

The car show will be an informal gathering of people who enjoy classic and customized vehicles.

UMFK invites all classic and custom vehicle owners from the area to bring their classic or custom cars, trucks, motorcycles, or sport utility vehicles to campus to display them.

Vehicle owner may register the morning of the show.

The classic and custom car show also will include onsite food vendors; face painting by Gert Thibodeau (fee of $2); live music; and plenty of fun for the whole family.

If there are any questions, please call (207) 834-7557 or by e-mail at: susan.tardie@maine.edu

10:00 AM - 10:00 PM Exhibit "Montell the Monster" by Artist Melanie Daigle
Location: Blake Library Gallery
A mischievous, wee imp named Montell will take over the Blake Library Gallery at the University of Maine at Fort Kent during the month of September.

“Montell the Monster: A Destructive Work in Progress” is the brain-child of author/artist Melanie Daigle. Selected frames from Daigle's children's book “Montell the Monster: A Tale of Monstrous Forgiveness” will be on display in the gallery. The exhibit will include interactive mirrors and “live examples” of the main character's destructive force. Daigle also will showcase pages from the book-in-progress, which she said she has been working on for “way too many years.”

An artist's open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 28, which just happens to be the artist's birthday. The public is welcomed to stop by the gallery to enjoy some birthday cake and view the exhibit.

“I started writing the book for my god-daughter Reagan about 15 years ago. It's time I do something with it,” Daigle joked. “Who knows when I'll publish the book, but in the meantime I can still share a large part of my life and encourage others to follow their creative dreams.”

“Montell the Monster” is about a trouble-making little boy who causes much mischief and ends up hurting someone so badly that he believes he has actually turned into a monster and thinks he deserves banishment from the community. The healing power of forgiveness transforms Montell's character, however, and he realizes he can be happy as a productive member of society instead of a destructive beast.

“I've read a lot of children's books in my day, and there are many out there which teach forgiveness from the perspective of the person wronged,” said Daigle. “I wanted to focus on what the power of forgiveness can do to the 'wrong-doer'.”

“'Forgiveness' is a lesson which I have had to learn over the years. I think most people have had to make that same decision for themselves at one point or another in their lives. Sometimes, offering forgiveness is relatively easy... but not always. I find that Montell is still teaching me the value of forgiving those who have caused me pain. I recently saw my offering of forgiveness transform a person. In a way, it releases them to make a change for the better; because everyone has value and deserves a 're-do' from time to time... but it's really hard to make a change when you feel the world is against you. It doesn't always work out, but at least you open up the door to that possibility.”

Daigle created the artwork for her book using digital imaging software to manipulate original photos and scans of objects. “I love taking an image of a random thing and transforming it into something completely different. I guess it kind of is symbolic of Montell's transformation in the story.”

For instance, Daigle took a photo of broken shards of glass and digitally altered it to look like pond water. She used objects such as zippers, button, and wire to create her book's characters. “I'm always on a look-out to see if I can make an inanimate object come to life,” she said.

Melanie Daigle was born and raised in Fort Kent. She earned a Fine Arts degree from New York University in 1995. Upon graduation, she began a successful career as a film and video editor in New York City and the District of Columbia, where she honed her graphic design skills – which she said came in handy to make “Montell the Monster.” After a move to Seattle in 2004, Daigle “retired” from film editing to write and raise a family. When her son Daniel was born in 2007, she moved back to the St. John Valley and opened up Little Daniel's Den, a children's bookstore. Daigle is currently the managing editor of the Fiddlehead Focus, an online news source which covers the St. John Valley and the area known as Acadia of the Lands and Forests.

For more information on the exhibit or library hours, please contact Gallery Curator Sofia Birden at 834-7527.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Brunch served at Nowland Hall
Location: Nowland Hall
Meal cost $7.60 (tax included) Group reservations, call Michael Roy at (207) 834-8704 or roy-michael1@aramark.com

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Homecoming/Scarecrow Festival Parade
Location: Fort Kent Court House Parking area (Market Street)
The parade line-up begins at 10 a.m. at the Fort Kent Court House parking area (located on Market Street). The parade will have a "Scarecrow" and a "Harvest" theme.

The parade will proceed through Market Street, East Main, and up through Pleasant Street, and end in front of the UMFK President's residence, where trophies will be given out.

You may watch the parade on the lawn of the Haenssler Honors Center lawn – Refreshments served.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Co-ed Alumni Soccer Game
Location: UMFK Alumni Field
If you are an alumni and would be interested in participating in the upcoming UMFK Homecoming alumni soccer game, please contact Theresa Biggs at 834-7850 or theresa.biggs@maine.edu

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1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Laser Tag
Location: UMFK Sports Center, School Street, Fort Kent, ME 04743, United States
Free Event

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6:00 PM - 9:00 PM UMFK Homecoming Alumni and Friends Banquet
Location: Bengal's Lair (Social at 6 p.m. ) and Nowland Hall ( 7 p.m. Dinner and Ceremony)
Tickets for banquet and social: $30 per person.

Contact the UMFK Alumni Affairs office to reserve your ticket(s) before Monday, August 31 by calling (207) 834-7557.

Honoring Classes: 1945, 1955, 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, and 2005

Evening Award Honorees: Outstanding Alumnus Award Allen Craft (’80); Outstanding Young Alumna Award to Nicole Nowakowski (’10); and Outstanding Future Alumna Award to Vessa Villareal (’16).

The banquet is open to the general public.

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Drive Inn Movie Night
Location: UMFK Quad
Rain location: Fox Auditorium Free Admission Do not forget your lawn chairs, blankets, or sleeping bags. Free snacks.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Brunch served at Nowland Hall
Location: Nowland Hall
Meal cost $7.60 (tax included) Live music

Group reservations, call Michael Roy at (207) 834-8704 or roy-michael1@aramark.com

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Homecoming Family Fun Day
Location: UMFK Sports Center
Races, games, face painting, pictures/photo booth, arts and crafts. Fun for the whole family. Open to community members.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM UMFK Bengal Women's Soccer Game vs. Fisher College
Location: UMFK Alumni Memorial Field
Half-time competitions and prizes. Tailgating and onsite concessions. GO BENGALS!!

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM UMFK Bengal Men's Soccer Game vs. Fisher College
Location: UMFK Alumni Memorial Field
Half-time competitions and prizes. Tailgating and onsite concessions. GO BENGALS!!

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