February 6, 2004
Eight contestants, who thought they knew all there was to know about their campus, recently went head-to-head in a contest designed to find the true "expert" on the history of the University of Maine at Fort Kent, during "UMFK: The Weakest Link", a trivia contest modeled after a popular game show.
The competitors, who included UMFK alumni, faculty, staff and students, challenged one another, and like the T.V. version of the "Weakest Link", eliminated one another from the competition in each succeeding round until just one, Scott Voisine, UMFK's director of student services, was left standing and named the trivia champion.
The event, part of the university's ongoing, year-long 125th anniversary celebration attracted about 80 audience members and has since been broadcast on channel four, the local Fort Kent cable access television station.
"We wanted to highlight some of the well-known milestones and lesser-known factoids of UMFK's past at some point during the celebration," said Jason Parent, chairperson of UMFK's 125th anniversary celebration. "This event allowed us to have fun while sharing some of the forgotten details and reminiscing about UMFK's past."
The game show followed a four-month trivia contest, which the 125th anniversary committee launched at the beginning of the school year in September. Campus and community members alike were invited to respond in writing or electronically to monthly questions posted on campus and on UMFK's web site.
Representatives of key campus constituencies were selected by leaders of their respective groups to represent them in the live contest.
UMFK's alumni association competitors included Burnett Bowker, a member of the class of 1960 and Troy Jackson, a member of the class of 2001 who represented graduates of UMFK, the Madawaska Training School, and the other names by which UMFK has been known since it was founded in 1878.
The UMFK student senate sent Leo Trudel from St. Francis, a freshman enrolled in the social science program, and Stephen Dean from Milo, a junior also enrolled in the social science program to represent the current student body in the contest.
University faculty were represented by Scott Brickman, associate professor of music, and Charles "Chuck" Closser, professor of oral communications and performing arts.
The employees of UMFK were represented in the trivia contest by Voisine, from the professional staff, and Joyce Plourde, an admissions secretary from the classified staff, who came in first runner up.