August 12, 2005
The University of Maine at Fort Kent Alumni Association will honor a current university student and sitting University of Maine System Trustee with its "Outstanding Future Alumni" award.
Chad Marquis of Fort Kent, will be presented the honor at the annual UMFK "Alumni and Friends Banquet" on Saturday, September 17. The award will be presented by Megan Foreman, recipient of last year's award, following a tribute to Marquis delivered by his father James Marquis, a retired educator.
The annual honor is given by the Alumni Association each year in recognition of exemplary service to the campus community and in acknowledgement of future potential.
Marquis, 29, is currently completing his business internship at Thibodeau's Insurance Agency in Fort Kent. He will graduate in 2006 with a bachelor of science in business management degree and plans to begin work on a master's degree.
On campus, Marquis remains very active. He has performed in and directed many theatre productions including "Bloody Bess", "UMFK 125: The Musical" and recently acted in "Butley". In 2004, Marquis was presented a performing arts award for his outstanding involvement in university productions.
He has been very active in alpine skiing on and off campus. In 2004, he was honored as skier of the year. Along with his success in skiing he became Alpine ski coach for UMFK this past season.
Earlier this year, Marquis was appointed to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees as the lone student trustee representing the student body system-wide.
He is the first student trustee attending UMFK ever to sit on the board.
Marquis is a 1993 graduate of Community High School in Fort Kent.
Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps for five years, where his main duties included motor transport and military policing. He ended his military career with an honorable discharge with the rank of Sergeant /E-5 in 1998.
After leaving the military, he worked as a long haul truck driver for Werner Enterprises in Omaha, Nebraska for a year. Then TNT Road Company of Fort Kent hired Marquis as a professional truck driver, transporting paper chips from Nexfor Fraser's lumber operations in Ashland and Masardis, Maine to Nexfor Fraser's pulp facility in Edmundston, New Brunswick for four years.
During this time, Marquis began attending the University of Maine at Fort Kent to work toward his degree.
UMFK Alumni and members of the public are encouraged to attend the banquet where Marquis, along with Burnette Bowker, the recipient of the 2005 Outstanding Alumni award, and Kevin St. Jarre, the recipient of the 2005 Outstanding Young Alumni award, will be honored.
Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased through the university relations and alumni affairs office by calling (207) 834-7557.
The evening will be followed by a dance featuring the popular County band the Rock Dox.