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UMFK and all four Valley high schools "Making It Count"

February 16, 2002



The University of Maine at Fort Kent and the St. John Valley's four high schools are teaming together to bring to the St. John Valley a national program designed to provide new college and high school students with powerful tips and tools that will help them become successful.


UMFK is serving as the lead organization to bring the free, live, in-school, dynamic, "Making It Count" presentations to the university campus, and high schools in Fort Kent and Madawaska on September 3 and 4.

The session at the university, on the afternoon of September 3, will be geared toward first-year college students as part of the annual campus two-day orientation program. The high school sessions will be presented to Fort Kent high school freshmen at Community High School in Fort Kent during the morning of September 3 and to freshmen attending Madawaska, Van Buren, and Wisdom High Schools the next morning at Madawaska High School.

The "Making It Count" presentation will be based on the theme "Unleashing Your Inner Monster", and will encourage students to reach within themselves to find their own road to success.

"We are please to be bringing this innovative program to UMFK and the Valley High Schools," said Scott Voisine, UMFK director of student services. "Although starting college or high school is an exciting time in life, it can also be a stressful time. The materials and tips the students will receive in this workshop, and the entertaining manner in which it will be presented, will help ease any tension and give the students powerful tools for success."

Among the areas that will be covered in the "Making It Count" sessions are managing time and setting priorities, achieving academic success, capitalizing on opportunities, choosing extracurricular activities, and avoiding typical first year pitfalls.

The dynamic workshop presenter will also share some of the key elements for accomplishment, including information college and high school students know by senior year, but wish they had understood earlier in the process.

The "Making It Count" program travels across the country to colleges and high schools free of charge to offer sessions aimed at empowering students. The program has been offered at more than 5,000 schools in the United States.

It is funded through corporate sponsors including, PricewaterhouseCoopers, AT&T, Peterson's and IBM.

According to Voisine, the program will enhance the first-year student orientation program he coordinates on campus.

"The more valuable information we can provide new students, the better off they will be as they embark on their educational and life experience at UMFK. We are here to serve the students, and I can think of no better service than providing the tools for success," said Voisine.

The UMFK new student orientation is organized similarly to a professional conference with numerous concurrent workshop sessions and afternoon adventures.

This year's program will begin for residence hall students on September 2 and continue for three days. All new students will participate in orientation activities on September 3 and 4.

Other events that will take place are a "Welcome and Icebreaker" get-together, campus tours, six "Blueprints for Success" workshops to choose from, a "Nursing Program Orientation Session", which will include an excursion to Northern Maine Medical Center, a Bengal Barbecue, a Theme Dinner, and a performance by Ronny Romm, a hypnotist who is no stranger to UMFK, having performed on campus seven times. Romm's performance will be open to the general public.