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UMFK to honor two alumni at annual banquet September 18

August 20, 2004


The University of Maine at Fort Kent will pay tribute to two individuals whose lives have been touched by UMFK and who have, in turn, made an indelible impact on the campus community.

Patricia Dow, a member of Fort Kent State Teachers College class of 1963 will be presented with the 2004 Outstanding Alumni award, and Troy Jackson, state representative and a 2001 graduate of UMFK will be presented with the Outstanding Young Alumni award. Both will be honored at the annual alumni banquet to be held during Come to Campus Days on Saturday, September 18, 2004 in the Sports Center.

The Outstanding Alumni recipient, Patricia (Michaud) Dow, is a retired teacher who is actively involved in the community. She was born on November 15, 1940 in St. Agatha to Sylvio and Irene Michaud.

Dow graduated in 1957 from St. Agatha High School then attended Fort Kent Normal School where she graduated in 1960. She later went on to graduate from the Fort Kent State Teachers College in 1963.

Dow began her teaching career in 1960 and continued teaching for 39 years before retiring. She taught grades two through sixth spending 35 of those years teaching in Fort Kent.

In 1964 she married Allan Dow. The have three grown children: Jocelyn and her husband Scott Haley, Charles and his wife Erin, and Sylvia and her husband Curt Harvey and three grandchildren: Jonathon Haley, Patrick Dow, and Ian Dow.

Dow remains an active member of the community through many volunteer activities and by being a member of many organizations.

She is currently a member of the St. Agatha Historical Society, the Fort Kent Historical Society, the Aroostook Retired Educators Association, and the UMFK Alumni Association.

Her volunteer activities include the CAN AM International Sled Dog Race, co-chair of accommodations for the 2004 Biathlon World Cup, RSVP Volunteer, member of the board of directors for the Resource for Change, Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program volunteer, and a member of the St. Louis Church Funeral Choir.

The Outstanding Young Alumni recipient, State Representative Troy Jackson, has been a life long resident of the St. John Valley.

He was born on June 26, 1968 in Fort Kent; the son of Colleen Jackson McBreairty of Allagash and Romeo Jackson Jr. of St. Francis.

He graduated from Allagash Consolidated High School in 1986 as salutatorian. Jackson later went on to graduate from the University of Maine at Fort Kent in 2001 with an associate degree in business management.

Jackson is in his first term as State Representative for House District 151. He joined the Democratic Party in January of 2004 after being elected as an Independent to the 121st Legislature.

While in office, Jackson has sponsored many pieces of legislation that cover a wide variety of issues. He is a strong advocate for labor concerns and a number of his bills address issues related to logging, such as, a bill that provides collective bargaining rights to independent forest product workers.

He has also successfully passed legislation related to domestic violence offering greater protection to victims and was influential in passing funding relief for Aroostook County farmers when they needed to dispose of their surplus potatoes.

Jackson continues to work tirelessly to influence legislation that provides affordable health care, development of small business growth, fair school funding, promotion of healthy childhood development, and tax relief.

As representative, Jackson has served on the Labor Committee, and was appointed to the Governor's Task Force on the Sustainability of Forest Products Industry in Maine, which is charged with developing recommendations to improve competitiveness of Maine's forest products industry nationally, as well as globally.

As a member of the community, Jackson remains extremely active. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Rotary Club, the Sportsmen's Alliance of Maine, and is an adult leader with the Boy Scouts.

Representative Jackson, and his partner, Lana Pelletier, a social worker, reside in Fort Kent with their two sons Chace and Camden.

UMFK Alumni and members of the public are encouraged to attend the banquet where Dow and Jackson will be honored.

Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased through the University Relations and Alumni Affairs Office by calling (207) 834-7557.