January 25, 2002
Plans for the renovation of Cyr Hall and a new facility for the Acadian Archives will be at the top of the agenda for the University of Maine at Fort Kent Board of Visitors when they gather for their quarterly meeting on Friday, February 1, at 10:00 a.m. in the Nadeau Hall teleconference center on the Fort Kent campus.
UMFK interim president Donald Zillman will discuss the latest progress on the two major infrastructure projects, which were funded through passage of the $36.7 million higher education bond issue on last November's ballot. University officials have since been exploring options for the most effective use of Fort Kent's $3.2 million funding share.
Zillman will also discuss plans for expansion of the facilities management building, constructed in 1970, which has long since outgrown its office and storage space.
In addition to construction and renovation plans, the interim president will provide the visiting board with an update on other campus happenings, including the latest on the search for a new president for the UMFK campus and chancellor for the University of Maine System.
Also on the agenda, newly appointed interim director of admissions Melik Khoury will present on new UMFK admissions recruitment plans for the year ahead.
John Murphy, vice president for administration, will provide an update on the university's current budget situation and an outlook for the upcoming fiscal year.
Since the board last met in October, two new members have agreed to serve to replace outgoing directors Sandra Scott-Adams and David Putnam. Scott-Adams of Caribou has a long history of service in the health care field and is the current executive director of Visiting Nurses of Aroostook. Putnam of Newton Centre, Massachusetts, is director and president of F.L. Putnam Securities Company, Incorporated.
Steve Levasseur, manager for the Fort Kent branch of MBNA and Cathie Pelletier, acclaimed author and St. John Valley native, will replace the two outgoing members.
Levasseur is a 1993 graduate of the University of Maine, with a bachelor of science in business administration with a marketing concentration. While a student at UMaine, he served as president and lieutenant governor of Circle K, a community service organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. He was also a member of the Senior Skull Honor Society and received the 1993 UMaine community service award. Levasseur has been with MBNA for eight years.
Pelletier, the author of nine novels and an alumna, has earned praise from literary critics throughout the country for her works including The Funeral Makers and A Marriage Made at Woodstock. She has also written two pieces under the pseudonym K.C. McKinnon including Candles on Bay Street and Dancing at the Harvest Moon. She is the recipient of the New England Book Award for Fiction.
Pelletier currently resides in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee with her husband Tom Viorikic. She graduated from the University of Maine at Fort Kent in 1976 and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1990. Pelletier is also a 1994 graduate of Westbrook College and a 1999 graduate of the University of Maine.
Nominated for a second three-year term to the board is James Thibodeau of Fort Kent. Thibodeau is president of Thibodeau's Insurance Agency in Fort Kent, and has been in the insurance business for 28 years. He is a graduate of the University of Maine.