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UMFK Board of Visitors to discuss future plans for campus community

January 16, 2004


The University of Maine at Fort Kent Board of Visitors have a full agenda of issues impacting the future of the campus to discuss when they hold their first meeting of the new year on Friday, January 23, at 10:00 a.m. in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room.

A proposed new course offering in winter sports management, an update on strategic planning, UMFK's preparations for a 2005 re-accreditation visit by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, a discussion on the construction progress of UMFK's new residence hall and campus master plan, and an update on development and fundraising efforts at the university will all be covered at the meeting.

Following a detailed report on campus happenings by President Richard Cost, the visiting board will hear about the University of Maine System strategic planning process, as well as UMFK's progress on its self-study for the approaching NEASC visit. Robert Scott, UMFK's vice president for academic affairs and Cost will provide updates on both initiatives, which will serve as roadmaps for the system and university's future.

"This is an important time in the history of the University System and our own campus. One of the characteristics of UMFK that really sets us apart is an extraordinarily strong supportive bond between the campus and the community. Therefore as we plan the future development of both institutions, the involvement and input of the community leaders on our board of visitors, other friends of the university, as well as our alumni, faculty, staff, and students is very important," said Cost.

The UMFK leader has stressed, on numerous occasions, the need to incorporate the natural and cultural environment of the St. John Valley in any plans for the university's future.

The Visitors will hear about plans to introduce a new concentration in the university's curriculum that will focus on winter sports management.

"One need only look at the upcoming World Cup to see how important winter sports and recreation have become to this area. Our discussions to enhance our curriculum in this direction go hand-in-hand with our mission to serve our region," said Cost.

The future of the university will also be the main topic of discussion when John Murphy, vice president for administration presents an update on UMFK facilities, including the latest construction progress on the new campus residence hall, and the campus master plan.

Campus officials have targeted the addition of a new classroom facility as the top priority on that plan to ensure campus infrastructure keeps pace with enrollment growth.

"As we look to the future and growing this campus to 1,000 full-time students, we must first ensure that we have an institution that supports that growth," said Cost.

Part of that growth will require an increase in giving by alumni and friends of the institution. Cost will detail the latest efforts to implement a more defined development operation at UMFK.

The university undertook its first annual fundraising campaign in over a decade last year and is now in the middle of its second annual campaign.

The 2002-2003 fund raised over $100,000 in contributions from over 120 donors.