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UMFK alumni association annual meeting will reflect on a positive year of progress and celebration

May 21, 2004

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent Alumni Association will reflect on both a successful year of celebration for the campus community, as well as a positive year of progress for the association, when the organization holds its annual business meeting on Tuesday, June 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Grindle Conference Room of Cyr Hall on the university campus.

All alumni of the University of Maine at Fort Kent, or any of the five other names the institution has been known as since its founding in 1878, are invited to attend the annual session.

In addition to electing new officers and directors for the year ahead, UMFK Alumni Association board members will reflect on the successful 125th anniversary year celebration, which began last fall and officially ended at commencement on May 8.

The association will also assess their own progress over the past year under a new organizational structure adopted at last year's annual meeting.

Alumni attending the June 2003 gathering voted to change the organization's by-laws to more closely affiliate with the UMFK campus community.

Under the new arrangement, the alumni association has gone away from being a dues-paying membership organization, and is now comprised of all graduates of the university and individuals who have attended classes as a full-time student for two or more semesters.

In addition to expanding the association's membership to include all graduates of UMFK and its forerunners, the organization is now officially part of the university's organizational structure, rather than a separate entity.

Alumni association members also went ahead with a proposal presented to them by UMFK President Richard Cost, which called for the creation of University of Maine at Fort Kent Alumni Association Scholarship fund through the UMFK Foundation.

The remaining balance of funds belonging to the alumni association, $7,037.87, was transferred to the Foundation last August to create a permanent UMFK Alumni Association scholarship fund.

President Cost committed to ensuring the account would reach a balance of $10,000 over the next few years. Once the amount reaches that level, interest from the fund will be used to award an annual scholarship. In the interim, the alumni scholarship will be funded through the university's alumni affairs budget.

All alumni programming and other alumni association activities as developed by the association board are now also funded through the university's alumni affairs budget.

Changes to the organizational structure of the alumni board were also instituted at last year's annual meeting. Board member term limits were adopted to ensure more alumni would have the opportunity to serve the association.

Alumni attending the meeting will be asked to elect new members to the board of directors. Raymond Phinney of Murray Corner, New Brunswick is being nominated to fill the unexpired term of Ann Caron of Fort Kent. Norm Fournier of Wallagrass, Burnette Bowker of Fort Kent, Tracie Hobbs of Fort Kent, and Cindy Guy of Fort Kent are seeking re-election to a second year term.

Along with electing directors, the alumni board will elect their officers for the 2004-2005 year.

Nominated to serve in the position of president is Burnette Bowker; vice president, Tracie Hobbs; treasurer Lloyd Soucie of Fort Kent; and secretary Pat Dow of Fort Kent.

For more information on the upcoming annual meeting of the UMFK Alumni Association, contact the university relations and alumni affairs office at (207) 834-7557.