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UMFK preparing to welcome new students with orientation geared toward enjoying winter

December 26, 2003

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A winter fun night at Lonesome Pines Ski Lodge will be the highlight of a spring semester orientation program that will welcome new students to the University of Maine at Fort Kent. The ski night has been expanded to include the community as the University celebrates its 125th Anniversary.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are all invited to participate in the evening of activity at the ski lodge on January 12, following a series of day-long activities planned to acclimate students to the campus and community.

Those attending the winter fun night will be treated to free skiing, music and dancing, and refreshments.

"The skiing event is a perfect start to a new semester," said Scott Voisine, UMFK's director of student services. "It not only serves as an ideal informal gathering to welcome our new students, but also as a great welcome back event for all, and this year with our 125th a great community event."

Throughout the day, new students will participate in a series of workshops and other events designed to serve as both a welcome and as a campus familiarization.

Planned are a campus computer and library usage session, and a specially designed workshop for International students that will include a presentation by U.S. and Canadian Customs and Immigration Officials.

With a traditionally smaller group of students entering in the spring semester as compared to fall, Voisine sees the upcoming orientation as a more one-on-one experience.

"Because spring orientation is much smaller than in the fall, we can afford to keep it more personal by offering more activities that allow students to really get comfortable," said Voisine.