August 13, 2004
After months of planning and preparation the new residence hall at the University of Maine at Fort Kent will be opening its doors this Thursday, August 19.
The winter-themed dedication ceremonies for the new dormitory will take place under tents in front of the building, and those in attendance will enjoy live entertainment, have the opportunity to tour the three-story, 150-bed facility and see its suite-style rooms, common areas, storage facilities and study areas, and enjoy refreshments immediately following the ceremony.
The building that was used to house 150 athletes for the World Cup Biathlon this past March is now ready to become home to a full capacity of UMFK students.
All who were involved in the planning and creation of this great building are anxiously awaiting the ceremonies that will welcome hundreds of guests to UMFK to see the fruits of their labors.
"The entire UMFK community and the St. John Valley region have been waiting, with much anticipation, for the opening of this wonderful new facility," said UMFK President Richard Cost.
The ceremony is set to begin at 3:00 p.m. with an open invitation put out to the community to join in the celebration. The dedication will feature greetings from President Richard Cost, Senator John Martin, area representatives for Senator Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, and Congressman Mike Michaud.
Other speakers include Fort Kent town manager Don Guimond, mayor of Clair, New Brunswick, Ludger Lang, chair of the UMS board of trustees, Charles Johnson, president of the UMFK board of visitors, Jim Thibodeau, chair of the UMFK faculty Deborah Prignitz, UMFK student senate president Sara Smith, and the director of student services Scott Voisine.
The opening and dedication of the new residence hall will mark one of two such ceremonies on the campus in the coming months. On September 17, the campus community will hold a second ceremony for the new Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes facility.
For more information on the dedication and opening ceremonies for the new residence hall, contact the university relations office at (207) 834-7557.