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UMFK Announces Writing Contest Winners

January 20, 2012


The University of Maine at Fort Kent's Presidential Lecture Series committee has awarded three individuals as the winners in the UMFK-sponsored writing contest conducted this past fall.

Donald Levesque, a UMFK alumnus, and resident of St. Basile, New Brunswick, Canada, was selected as the contest winner. Lisa Roop, a UMFK student from Kennebunk, Maine, who completed the nursing program in December, and Teresa Madore, resident of Van Buren and an English teacher from Madawaska Middle/High School, were second and third place winners, respectively.

Levesque (Class of '74), Roop, and Madore were chosen from among the many students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members who submitted entries of a very short story, within 600 words.

Members of the Presidential Lecture Series continue to be excited by the possibilities of the Presidential Lecture Series writing contest. More participants are encouraged to take part in the contest as a way of adding to the diversity of perspectives and backgrounds reflected in the contributions.

The panel of jurists for the writing contest included: Lise Pelletier, director of UMFK's Acadian Archives Acadiennes; Dr. Doris Metz, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction; and, Dorothy Hopkins, retired UMFK writing specialist. Before the entries were sent to the judges, all identifying information about the authors was removed.

After reading all of the entries and giving each careful consideration, the judges selected the winners.

The winning essays will become part of the 2011-12 Presidential Lecture Series Chapbook. The book will be released at the UMFK Scholars' Symposium, to be held on Friday, April 20. The winning authors will be invited to read their essay aloud, as part of the day-long Scholars' Symposium schedule.

The campus community and general public should stay tuned for the spring 2012 Presidential Lecture Series speaker, Kate Braestrup, who will appear on the UMFK campus on Thursday, March 8. Another writing contest will soon be announced.

The Presidential Lecture Series at UMFK provides a platform for intellectual discourse among campus community participants, as part of UMFK's Strategic Plan for Excellence. The Series, which will foster an environment of academic inquiry and excellence, continues to bring to campus a variety of renowned scholars, speakers, authors, and poets.