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UMFK honored faculty and staff for dedicated years of service

May 14, 2004

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent honored members of its faculty and staff, who have reached milestones of service to the campus community at a recent campus luncheon.

Employees who have been at UMFK for thirty-five, thirty, twenty-five, twenty, fifteen, ten, and five years were presented with special awards at the annual recognition event.

Campus President Richard Cost, presented the honors following touching and humorous tributes paid to honorees by fellow faculty and staff.

"We are a small institution, and that means each of us plays an important role in defining UMFK," said Cost in his remarks to event attendees. "Those who stay here year after year extend the impact they bring by extending that influence over time. You become constants in a changing environment."

Being honored at the ceremony for thirty-five years of service were Naomi Nicolas, administrative assistant to the President.

Thirty-year service honorees included Peggie Bard, administrative assistant to the vice president for academic affairs; Michael Morneault, building and grounds maintenance worker; and Camille Theriault, building and grounds maintenance crew leader.

Fran Picard, administrative assistant for facilities management was recognized for twenty-five years of service.

Twenty-year service awards were presented to Annette Grant, administrative assistant in the registrar's office and to Benita Ouellette, personnel assistant in the human resources office.

Virginia Lausier, associate professor of French was honored with a fifteen year service award and was also recognized as UMFK's only retiree this year.

Ten-year service honorees included Kurt Holzhausen, associate professor of psychology, and Viola Pelletier, cook II in the campus dining hall.

Five-year award recipients were Erin Soucy, nursing resource center manager; Jeffrey Dubis, assistant professor of forestry; Theresa Roode, building and grounds maintenance worker; Arthur Drolet, computer network specialist; and Nicki Ouellette, administrative assistant for information services.

Recognition was also given to Aroostook County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program volunteers and other individuals who donate their time to the University in a number of capacities.