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UMFK NAMES CRISTOVAL AYALA AS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF RESIDENTIAL LIFE & WELLNESS

July 21, 2006

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent has named Cristoval George Ayala, formerly of Cynthiana, Kentucky, as its assistant director of residential life & wellness. Ayala started his new duties on July 10.

Prior to his appointment at UMFK, Ayala held several positions at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. He served as a commissioner on the president's commission on diversity; as a hall director within the office of residence life; as a graduate intern in the university's human resources department; and as a tutor-counselor for the university's Upward Bound program.

"Cris comes to UMFK with a great deal of relevant experience. His energy and enthusiasm for his new position will certainly serve our students and campus well. I'm thrilled to have him as part of the Student Affairs team at UMFK," said Scott Voisine, UMFK?s Director of Student Affairs.

Ayala also has worked as a graduate intern at American University in Washington, D.C. for Housing and Dining Programs and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Resource Center; as a shift leader at Starbuck's Coffee Company in Lexington, Kentucky and Washington, D.C.; as a coordinator for the teen outreach program at Lafayette High School in Lexington, Kentucky; as a program assistant with the National 4-H Council in Washington, D.C. and as an original board member with the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, a national youth organization, also based in Washington, D.C.

Ayala earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Jacksonville, University in Jacksonville, Florida. He later was conferred a Master of Social Work degree from The Graduate School at the University of Kentucky. Currently, he is working on a Master of Science in Higher Education degree, also at the University of Kentucky.