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UMFK Board of Visitors to hear latest developments on new residence hall facility at April 11 meeting

April 4, 2003

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent Board of Visitors will hear the latest developments on a new 150-bed, $7 million residence hall that will be constructed in the coming year on the university campus.

UMFK President Richard Cost will discuss how the project is proceeding when he meets with the visiting board on Friday, April 11 at 10:00 a.m. in the Grindle Conference Room of Cyr Hall.

The green light to proceed with the building came from the University of Maine System Board of Trustees two weeks ago. Since that time UMFK campus and system officials have met to review the proposals of five firms that submitted different building designs according to specifications detailed by UMFK and UMS in a request for proposals.

The facility would be constructed adjacent to the University SportsCenter, on UMFK property behind Paradis Shop-n-Save, on the opposite side of Pleasant Street from the main campus.

Incorporated into the design will be a number of suite-style arrangements, and air conditioning in part of the building to accommodate for expanded summer programming at the university. An 80-space parking lot would be constructed behind the facility.

In addition to hearing about the new building project, the Board of Visitors will receive an update on other campus developments in the president's report, which will include information on the recent appointment of Robert Scott to UMFK's chief academic officer post.

Scott, assistant provost for quality management at Fort Hays State University, in Hays, Kansas, will assume the duties of vice president for academic affairs at UMFK on July 1, 2003.

Visiting board members will also hear about progress on UMFK's five-year strategic plan, receive an update on admissions, and be given a preview of the activities planned to celebrate the university's 125th anniversary.

The strategic planning committee, which has been meeting all this semester, has prepared initial drafts on a vision statement and a set of core institutional values. These are currently available for view on a website for broad campus input.

Another committee has been meeting since January to plan for the 125th anniversary of the university. This committee includes participation from faculty, students, alumni and members of the community.

In two final agenda items, the board will elect new members to serve three-year terms, and elect a slate of officers for the year ahead.