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Alumni and Friends Banquet planned for September 18

September 10, 2004

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will honor two graduates and a future alumna on Saturday, September 18 during the school's alumni and friends banquet, which will once again be held to coincide with Come to Campus Days.

The annual event is being planned to honor former students of UMFK and alumni of the Madawaska Training School, Fort Kent State Normal School, Fort Kent State College and the Fort Kent State Teachers College, all earlier names of the institution.

Alumni and friends will join President and Mrs. Cost at the SportsCenter prior to the banquet at 5:00 p.m. for a social.

The social will be followed at 6:00 p.m. with the banquet at the SportsCenter, which will honor all graduates of the institution and pay special tribute to the 50, 40, 25 and ten-year reunion classes of 1954, 1964, 1979 and 1994.

Also honored at the banquet will be the recipient of this year's Outstanding Alumni Award, Patricia Dow, a retired teacher of 39 years from Fort Kent, who graduated with a bachelor of science in elementary education in 1963.

The Outstanding Young Alumni award will be presented at the banquet as well. The recipient, Troy Jackson graduated from UMFK in 2001 with an associate degree in business management and currently is serving his first term as State Representative for House District 151.

The oldest alumni in attendance at the banquet will also be honored with the "Pop Hoyt" award, which is named after former Fort Kent community leader and UMFK supporter Jim "Pop" Hoyt.

The Outstanding Future Alumni, Megan Foreman of Fort Kent, will be presented that honor at the banquet by Meranda Hafford-Castonguay, recipient of last year's Outstanding Future Alumni award.

Foreman graduated from Fort Kent Community High School in 2000. She has been an active member of the UMFK campus through her involvement in soccer, basketball, and the student senate. Foreman will graduate in 2005 with a bachelor of science degree in business management.

Banquet tickets are $15 each and can be purchased through the University Relations Office in UMFK's Cyr Hall or by calling 834-7557. A buffet meal will be served.