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UMFK planning "Come to Campus Days" Festivities

July 30, 2004



UMFK President Richard Cost along with alumna Sarah Brooks, who owns the covered wagon, steer UMFK's horse-drawn entry through last year's "Come to Campus Days" Parade. The weekend celebration is planned for September 17-18-19 this year.

Three fun-filled days are being planned for alumni and friends of the University of Maine at Fort Kent as the campus prepares to hold its annual "Come to Campus Days" on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 17, 18 and 19.

The weekend of festivities features fun events for all ages, as it is being held in conjunction with Fort Kent's Annual Scarecrow Festival, and promises many opportunities for former classmates to get reacquainted.

The celebration kicks off at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 17 with a Diversity Brunch in Nowland Hall. The brunch will feature specialty dishes representing the nation's and cultures of UMFK students.

Alumni and friends are all invited to join the campus community in dedicating and officially opening the new Acadian Archives building on Friday at 3:00 p.m. on the campus quad. Guided tours of the new facility will be provided.

Friday night's activities include "Bengal Band on the Quad" at 8:00 p.m., sponsored by UMFK's student activities. At 10:00 p.m., alumni and friends are invited to Fort Kent's newest restaurant / bar, the SwampBuck, to reminisce at an event call "The Buck Stops Here".

Saturday, September 18 is an action packed day for all, with activities ranging from soccer games to a UMFK Cabaret.

Nursing alumni begin their day at 9:00 a.m. with tours of the campus followed by a Walk Down Memory Lane Brunch at 10:00 a.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Center. The brunch will feature keynote speaker Dr. Betty Neuman who will talk about "Holistic Perspectives in Nursing".

Tours of campus, which include the new Acadian Archives Building and the new Residence Hall, will be provided at 10:30 a.m. starting in Nadeau Hall for all others interested.

At 11:30 the color of Fort Kent's Scarecrow Festival and Come to Campus Days merge for a parade combining the traditional "Scarecrow Festival" theme with that of "UMFK: Green and Gold".

Nursing alumni are invited to participate in informative sessions with Dorothy King who will discuss "Historical Perspectives in Nursing". These sessions will start at 12:30 p.m. in the Grindle Conference Room.

The two highlight sporting events of the day, back-to-back soccer games between the UMFK Bengals and St. Joseph's College of Vermont will begin on Alumni Memorial Field at 1:00 p.m., when the women's teams go head to head. The men's game will begin at 3:00 p.m. The Alumni Association will be holding a Bengal BBQ at the games, so make sure you come hungry.

Be among the first to receive a copy of UMFK's new 125th Anniversary Book, A Century and a Quarter of Progress, at the official book signing in Blake Library at 2:00 p.m. President Richard Cost will be on hand to sign the prologue he authored on Major William Dickey.

At 5:00 p.m. members of the reunion classes of 1954, 1964, 1979, and 1994, along with alumni and friends of UMFK, will meet for a social gathering prior to the Alumni Association's annual banquet.

The banquet, which will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the SportsCenter, will also feature special recognition of the Classes of 1954, 1964, 1979, and 1994, who will be celebrating their 50th, 40th, 25th, and 10th year reunions.

Included, as part of the banquet will be an awards presentation for both alumni and students.

Tickets for the event are $15.00 each and can be purchased through the University Relations Office.

The festivities will continue on to the Blake Library Art Gallery for an art show reception at 7:00 p.m. The retrospective showing by Artist Scott Voisine, Class of 1994, is entitled "'94 to Now".

At 8:30 p.m., enjoy the sounds of UMFK Alumni, current students, faculty, staff and community friends as the UMFK Cabaret concludes the evening of activities in the Bengal's Lair.

As the weekend winds down, soccer players from the past will come together, Sunday, September 19, to participate in the annual alumni soccer game at 10:00 a.m. on Alumni Memorial Field. For more information contact athletics at (207) 834-7571.

The final events of Come to Campus Days include back-to-back soccer games between the UMFK Bengals and Lyndon State College of Vermont. The women's game kicks off at 12:00 noon on Alumni Memorial Field followed by the men's game at 2:00 p.m.

A complete schedule of Scarecrow Festival Events will be held throughout the weekend, as well, for the entire family to enjoy.

For more information on "Come to Campus Days," or for banquet tickets, call the University Relations Office at (207) 834-7557.