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UMFK launches trivia contest as part of 125th anniversary celebration

August 29, 2003


As part of its 125th anniversary celebration, the University of Maine at Fort Kent is launching a trivia contest aimed at testing the campus community and interested members of the public's knowledge about the history of the institution.

Each month from September to December, four trivia questions will be posted on the university's web site as well as in the Bengal's Lair on campus. The goal of the contest is to raise knowledge of the school's past and spark curiosity in those that are less familiar with the university.

"This year marks the 125th anniversary of the institution. What better time to encourage alumni, faculty, staff, students, and the community to learn about the people and events that fashioned the university into what it is today," said Jason Parent, chairperson of UMFK's 125th anniversary committee.

The trivia contest is only one of the many events happening throughout the academic year in celebration of the anniversary.

Four new trivia questions will be posted at the beginning of September, October, November, and December at and in the Bengal's Lair on campus. Answers may be submitted online or at Marcy's Kitchen in the Bengal's Lair. Individuals may also mail in their answers to the university relations office at UMFK.

The contest is open to everyone; however each person is limited to one submission per month. Each month the responses will be judged based first on the number of correct answers and then by time of submission. A winner will be chosen monthly to receive a prize.

At the end of the four-month period, the entries will be reviewed for the contestants with the most correct answers overall. Based on these results, eight people will be selected to participate in the final live question and answer round on university trivia entitled, "UMFK's Weakest Link". The game show like contest will take place on January 6, 2004 in the Fox Auditorium on the UMFK campus.

The outcome of the final round will reveal the one person with the right to claim the ultimate knowledge of UMFK history.

The first set of questions for the month of September are:

  1. What was the name of the Madawaska Training School yearbook?
  2. How many students were in the first graduating class of the 20th century?
  3. How much was tuition per week for Canadian students during the 1893-1894 academic year?
  4. Who introduced the bill before the one hundredth legislature which would give the Fort Kent campus a fourth year and a change of name to Fort Kent State Teachers College?

Individuals are encouraged to submit their answers online, in the Bengal's Lair at UMFK or by mailing the answers to the university relations office at 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, ME 04743.

All entries should include the person's name and contact information, including address and telephone number.

For more information, contact the UMFK university relations office at 834-7557.