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UMFK plans unique parent orientation

August 19, 2005

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For students attending college or university for the first time, the traditional freshmen orientation alleviates many concerns and provides a glimpse into the adventure upon which they are about to embark. Recognizing that parents share many of the same questions and have their own anxiety, the University of Maine at Fort Kent has planned a unique parent orientation.

The day-long session on Labor Day, September 5, is designed to ease the transition for parents of first-time UMFK students.

"Parents are an important part of a college student's life and success, and we at UMFK feel it is important to help prepare parents for this role. Our parent orientation has been planned with the parents in mind as there will be many opportunities to ask questions and learn what the life of a UMFK student is all about," said Scott Voisine, director of student services, who is coordinating both the student and parent orientations.

The day will begin with a welcome and program overview by UMFK President Richard Cost.

The session immediately following the president's remarks entitled "UMFK, The Unedited Version", will feature a panel of current UMFK students, who will answer parent's questions on student life, living in the residence halls, student leadership and involvement, class work, and other areas.

After hearing from returning students about their UMFK experience, parents will sit with several faculty members and interim vice president for academic affairs Rachel Albert, to discuss the university's academic programs during an informal luncheon.

Following the luncheon, representatives from student services, financial aid, the business office, student success and academic and counseling services will meet with parents to answer questions about a variety of services and processes at UMFK.

Before departing from the campus, parents will participate in a guided tour of the campus and local sites in the community.

"This program will give parents the opportunity to meet with, and ask questions to department representatives, faculty and current students. Parents will learn the ins and outs of our campus and will also take part in a tour that will help them realize the friendliness and beauty of our campus and community," said Voisine.

The event is being held at the same time as orientation for new students living on campus.

All parents of new UMFK students were recently mailed an invitation to participate in the orientation session. Deadline for registration is August 27.

For more information on the parent orientation, contact Scott Voisine at (207) 834-7526.