May 11, 2009
More than 40 awards and scholarships were presented to deserving University of Maine at Fort Kent students at the senior class banquet and awards convocation on Friday, May 8, in the UMFK Sports Center.
The annual event, held the evening prior to commencement, is designed to honor graduating students for outstanding achievement throughout their years at the University and to award underclassmen who are continuing their education at UMFK, with financial assistance in recognition of their hard work and campus involvement.
The first awards presented were the outstanding senior honors given by the UMFK Student Senate and the University Alumni Association. Receiving the top student award, voted upon by members of the Student Senate was John Nels Blanchette of New Sweden, Maine. The Alumni Association Outstanding Senior Award was presented to Megan L. Watson of Hermon, Maine and the Alumni Association Scholarship was presented to Danielle T. Dubois of Fort Kent.
The Joan T. Sylvain Award, which honors an outstanding education student who is working on a second degree, was presented to John David Little of Toronto, Ontario and Jason D. Wolfe of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia.
Nathan Leslie Knight of Abbot, Maine was awarded the Hubert J. Thibodeau Award, which is given to an education student who has a record of good scholastic achievement and shows promise to be an excellent future teacher.
The Teacher Education Award, given in recognition of academic excellence and expected future contributions within the area in education, was presented to Jaclyn C. Metz of Fort Kent and Claire Nichole Saucier of Eagle Lake.
Megan L. Watson of Hermon, Maine was named the recipient of the Roland A. Burns Award in the Arts and Humanities. The Burns Award is given in recognition of academic excellence and expected future contributions within the area of the arts and humanities.
Stephanie Aronson of Isanti, Minnesota was named the recipient of the Grindle Award, which is presented annually to a student who shows great promise in the area of social sciences.
The Gretchen Prize in Fine Arts, which recognizes students who show exceptional initiative and industry in the visual arts, was awarded to Kimberly A. Smith of Cross Lake.
John Nels Blanchette of New Sweden, Maine was awarded the Performing Arts Award, which is given to a student who has made major contributions and outstanding achievements in university theatre and musical productions.
Afton Amber Woodson of Brunswick, Maine was honored with the Behavioral Science Award, which is given to academically strong graduating seniors, who have either majored or minored in the area of social science.
Justin Andrew Morin of Madawaska received the Criminal Justice Award for his academic achievement and demonstrated active interest in that field.
Patrick A. Deane of Middleboro, Massachusetts was presented the Environmental Studies award for his outstanding achievement and work in his major area of study.
The Mathematics/Science Award, presented to a graduating senior who has completed a major or field in the subject area and has maintained good academic standing, was presented to Jacob A. Pelletier of Frenchville.
Spenser Ouellette from Van Buren was honored with the Business Management Award for his outstanding work completing the degree program.
Trokon Charles Khoury of Madawaska was named the recipient of the Computer Applications Award, for his high grade point average in computer science courses and future growth and development potential in the computer applications area.
Lee M. Dubois of Fort Kent was presented with the electronic commerce award for his achievement in the area of study.
The top student award in the rural public safety administration program was presented to Kathrine Elizabeth Saucier of Fort Kent.
Two awards were presented to UMFK nursing students. The Outstanding Nursing Student Award was presented to Tiffany Lowelle Melgard of Washington, Maine and the Outstanding RN-BSN Student Award was presented to Judith Barufaldi of New Harbor, Maine.
The Faculty Academic Achievement Award, which is presented to the student with the highest overall grade point average on all undergraduate work, was presented to Megan L. Watson of Hermon, Maine.
Thomas M. Pelletier of Eagle Lake earned the Associate of Arts Academic Achievement Award for his outstanding work toward attaining his two-year degree.
The Dean's Award, which is awarded to a junior or senior student with a high grade point average and demonstrated scholarly attributes, was presented to Heather Lynn DeCotes of Albany, New York.
Three students were awarded scholarships from the Associated Faculties of the University of Maine System, Fort Kent chapter. They were presented to Amanda L. Daigle of Wallagrass; Heather Lynn DeCotes of Albany, New York and Cyndi Anne Tardif of St. Agatha. In addition to awards, students were presented with scholarships at the annual banquet.
The Professor Richard B. Dinsmore Memorial Scholarship was presented to Michelle L. Levasseur of Fort Kent.
Waneta T. Blake Scholarship was presented to Ruth Anne Majka of Fort Kent.
Judith Ann Ouellette of Fort Kent received the Floyd "Red" Powell Scholarship.
The John L. Martin Environmental Scholarship was presented to Benjamin A. Bouchard of Wallagrass.
Presidential Awards for Academic Excellence, awarded to students who have achieved the Dean's List for seven consecutive semesters at UMFK, were presented to John Nels Blanchette of New Sweden; Jordan M. Carmichael of Presque Isle; Sarah Louise Dubay of Fort Kent; Ashley Lynn Pelletier of Wallagrass; Burke Dean Perreault of St. Francis; Claire Nichole Saucier of Eagle Lake; Jenna Lynn St-Onge of Frenchville and Megan L. Watson of Hermon, Maine.
A final scholarship award, the Haenssler Fellowship was presented to Trudy Jane Landeen of Fort Kent.
Aside from students, a faculty member was honored by the senior class with the Outstanding Faculty Award. Dave L. Hobbins, professor of forestry and environmental studies, was named the recipient for the 2008-2009 academic year. ####