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UMFK invites public to join campus for free community ski night at Lonesome Pines January 12

January 2, 2004

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will kick-off the second half of its 125th anniversary celebration with a free, open invitation community ski night at Lonesome Pine Trails on Monday, January 12, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

In addition to free skiing, new and returning UMFK students, as well as adult community members, will be treated to free refreshments and an evening of dancing in the ski lodge.

Although the university annually hosts a winter fun night at Lonesome Pines for new and returning students at the beginning of the spring semester, this year's event is being expanded to include community members.

"As we were planning our year-long 125th anniversary celebration, we asked the campus community to look at some of our annual events and consider how they could be enhanced and incorporated into our celebration. Inviting the community to participate in this annual ski night seemed to be a perfect fit as the St. John Valley community and our own university community share a unique bond," said Jason Parent, chairperson of UMFK's 125th anniversary celebration committee.

For new UMFK students, the winter fun night will cap off a day filled with orientation activities designed to introduce them to the UMFK campus community.

"What better way to acclimate our new students to UMFK than to immediately introduce them to the community. In the coming semester they will see firsthand how important the relationship between campus and community is as Fort Kent prepares to host both the Can-Am Crown Sled Dog Race and the 2004 Biathlon World Cup," said Scott Voisine, director of UMFK's new student orientation program.

In the event the weather does not cooperate for skiing, dancing and the social will go on as planned inside the lodge.