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April 19, 2010


With Earth Week as a backdrop, the University of Maine at Fort Kent will hold its first Scholars’ Symposia this Friday, April 23, to celebrate and present the creative and intellectual work of UMFK students.

The theme of the symposia is Life, Work, and Sustainability in Rural Communities.   It is a themerelated to the University's strategic mission and regional interests, as well as to UMFK’s position as Maine’s premier rural public university.
The day-long symposia will include a dozen formal paper presentations, more than 40 poster presentation, a panel discussion, as well as keynote addresses. The symposia will showcase presentations across a broad-spectrum of scholarly disciplines.
The Scholars' Symposium at UMFK is intended to foster a community of engaged educators, researchers, and life-long learners who value academic excellence, scholarship, and intellectual curiosity. It will be a day of stimulating presentations and discourse, focused on issues relevant to the region and to the University’s commitment to experiential learning, responsible citizenship, and environmental stewardship.
Keynote speakers scheduled for the symposia are: Dr. Henrik Lund, professor of energy planning at Aalborg (Denmark) University, and Dr. George Baker, professor of business administration at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Symposia was initiated by UMFK’s faculty to showcase faculty scholarship, to nurture students' in their scholarly development, and to expand the opportunities for experiential learning, consistent with UMFK's mission and strategic plan.
Additionally, the symposia will provide an opportunity to expand scholarly dialogue among faculty, staff, students, and the community. The symposia will be a superb opportunity for students to develop and polish the skills necessary for participating and presenting at professional functions.
The Scholars’ Symposia will highlight and showcase thematic issues and showcase high-quality scholarly work through keynote and special panel sessions. It also will facilitate the exchange of ideas through a range of well-organized activities in varied venues across the campus.
The participation of local residents and stakeholders in the Scholars’ Symposia is encouraged to better meet the region’s needs and to enhance greater collaboration between the University and the community.