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UMFK REOPENS FOR CLASSES, FINAL EXAMS AND COMMENCEMENT

May 6, 2008

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Classes will resume on Monday, May 5 at the University of Maine at Fort Kent a week after the campus was closed due to the record flooding that impacted the entire St. John Valley. 

The week will include two days of make-up classes, a three-day truncated schedule of final exams, award ceremonies, and the campus’ 126th commencement.  Residence hall students, who were evacuated to Northern Maine Community College and to the University of Maine at Presque Isle on Wednesday afternoon, returned to their rooms on the Fort Kent campus Sunday evening.  Make-up classes for last Thursday and Friday will be held on Monday and Tuesday.  A truncated final exams schedule has been designed to permit all finals to be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.     

The examination schedule is available on the University’s website, at ww.umfk.maine.edu 

Students, faculty and staff on the UMFK campus are being asked -- on a voluntary basis -- to use portable toilets located across the campus grounds, to minimize the impact on the Town of Fort Kent sewer system, which is not yet fully operational.  Students also are being asked to limit showers and campus laundry facilities will be closed until the municipal sewer system is fully operational.

Power was restored to all campus buildings on Saturday. Fire alarms, heat and air exchanges, and emergency lighting all have been checked and are fully operational.   

Faculty and staff were cleared to enter any building on campus by mid-day Saturday, and Blake Library was reopened to students and faculty over the weekend.  

The international bridge between Fort Kent and Clair, New Brunswick, and the Fish River Bridge on Main Street in Fort Kent, reopened Saturday afternoon.  

A nurse pinning ceremony will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m., the Senior Class Banquet and Awards Convocation will be held on Friday at 5:30 p.m.; and the University’s 126th Commencement will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m.   All events will be held in the University’s Sports Center.