August 12, 2005
The University of Maine at Fort Kent campus community is gearing up for its annual fall new student orientation to be held September 4 through 7, and according to campus officials, the celebration will have the campus decked out with many smiling happy faces.
"This year's theme "Many Faces Going Places" has everything to do with our students. UMFK will be welcoming many new faces to our campus. Our students are diverse and come from a variety of backgrounds and geographic locations. These students are embarking on a new adventure at UMFK- they're going places." said Scott Voisine, director of student services and coordinator of UMFK's new student orientation program.
Voisine's office recently mailed out invitations and programs to more than 300 freshmen and transfer students, who will comprise the incoming class of 2005.
When they arrive on campus, the students will find a UMFK campus decked out with hundreds of yellow smiley faces.
"Orientation is an important event for all new UMFK students. It is an opportunity for students to meet new people, become familiar with the campus, and have a little fun at the same time," said Voisine.
Organized similarly to a professional conference, with numerous concurrent workshop sessions and afternoon adventures, the events are designed to benefit every new UMFK student.
The orientation program will begin for residence hall students on September 4 and continue for four days. All new students will participate in orientation activities on September 6 and 7.
Many activities are planned including icebreakers, campus tours, workshops, a barbeque, and a comedy night.
One session entitled "The Ultimate Road Trip", coordinated by a national student success firm, will bring an outside expert on campus to discuss the importance of academics, time management, setting goals and maximizing opportunities both in college and beyond.
The high energy program highlights topics such as developing skills and success both in and outside of the classroom.
The community will have the opportunity to interact with the new incoming class at a comedy night, on Wednesday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fox Auditorium.
The event, which is open to the public at a cost of $5 per person, will feature comedian Chris "Boom Boom" Johnson, who has performed at clubs and colleges across the country. The show will contain content appropriate for more mature audiences.
Also on tap are physical activities that include "Go Chasing Waterfalls: Fish River Falls Hike" a trek to Fish River Falls for picture taking and possible swimming.
"Row, Row, Row, Canoe Trip" allows new students the opportunity to paddle the local waterways, enjoying a popular area sport.
"Hedgehog Hike" is a hike up nearby Hedgehog Mountain where students can take pleasure in a view of natural scenery and environment.
Another session entitled "Workin' It All Out" will take place at the UMFK SportsCenter. The athletics staff will open the gymnasium for student use. The workshop will introduce students to the state-of-the-art facilities in the weight room and cardio equipment room. They will also have the opportunity to shoot some hoops or play a quick game of racquetball or volleyball.
"Orientation is always festive, everyone at the university is enthusiastically waiting to welcome the new students," said Voisine.