September 24, 2004
The University of Maine at Fort Kent paid tribute to five individuals whose lives have been touched by UMFK and who have, in turn, made an indelible impact on the campus community.
Patricia Dow, a member of Fort Kent State Teachers College class of 1963 was presented with the 2004 Outstanding Alumni award, and Troy Jackson, state representative and a 2001 graduate of UMFK was presented with the Outstanding Young Alumni award.
Megan Foreman, a senior at UMFK was honored with the Future Outstanding Almuni award, Myrtle Hoyt, an alumni of the class of 1921, was honored with the Gold Cane Award and Genevieve Bouchard, an alumni of the class of 1926 was honored with the Pop Hoyt Award for being the alumni from the oldest class represented at the banquet. All were honored at the annual alumni and friends banquet held during Come to Campus Days.
The Outstanding Alumni recipient, Patricia (Michaud) Dow, is a retired teacher who is actively involved in the community. Sandra Dubois, class of 1961 and 1972, spoke about her long time friend and Burnette Bowker, president of the Alumni Board, class of 1960, presented Dow with her award.
Dow graduated in 1957 from St. Agatha High School then attended Fort Kent Normal School where she graduated in 1960. She later went on to graduate from the Fort Kent State Teachers College in 1963.
Dow began her teaching career in 1960 and continued teaching for 39 years before retiring. She taught grades two through sixth, spending 35 of those years teaching in Fort Kent.
In 1964 she married Allan Dow. The have three grown children: Jocelyn and her husband Scott Haley, Charles and his wife Erin, and Sylvia and her husband Curt Harvey and three grandchildren: Jonathon Haley, Patrick Dow, and Ian Dow.
Dow remains an active member of the community through many volunteer activities and by being a member of many organizations.
The Outstanding Young Alumni recipient, State Representative Troy Jackson, has been a life long resident of the St. John Valley.
He graduated from Allagash Consolidated High School in 1986 as salutatorian. Jackson later went on to graduate from UMFK in 2001 with an associate degree in business management.
Jackson is in his first term as State Representative for House District 151. He joined the Democratic Party in January of 2004 after being elected as an independent to the 121st Legislature.
While in office, Jackson has sponsored many pieces of legislation that cover a wide variety of issues. He is a strong advocate for labor concerns and a number of his bills address issues related to logging, such as, a bill that provides collective bargaining rights to independent forest product workers.
He has also successfully passed legislation related to domestic violence offering greater protection to victims and was influential in passing funding relief for Aroostook County farmers when they needed to dispose of their surplus potatoes.
John Richardson, House majority leader, spoke about Jackson. Ryan Pelletier, class of 2001 and last year's Outstanding Young Alumni, presented the award to Jackson.
As representative, Jackson has served on the Labor Committee, and was appointed to the Governor's Task Force on the Sustainability of Forest Products Industry in Maine, which is charged with developing recommendations to improve competitiveness of Maine's forest products industry nationally, as well as globally.
As a member of the community, Jackson remains extremely active. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Rotary Club, the Sportsmen's Alliance of Maine, and is an adult leader with the Boy Scouts.
Representative Jackson, and his partner, Lana Pelletier, a social worker, reside in Fort Kent with their two sons Chace and Camden.
Jason Parent, director of university relations and alumni affairs spoke about Megan Foreman. She was presented with her award by Meranda Hafford Castonguay, recipient of last year's "Outstanding Future Alumni" award.
Foreman, who will graduate from UMFK in May 2005 with a bachelor's degree in business management, is the middle child of James and Rilda Foreman of Fort Kent, both of whom are graduates of the University of Maine at Fort Kent.
Foreman has had a distinguished career while at UMFK not only in the classroom but on the soccer field as well. She served as tri-captain and was voted Co-MVP for the Lady Bengals in both her junior and senior years.
In 2003, she earned national soccer player of the week honors by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, was named to the Sunrise Conference 1st team, the National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA)/adidas National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-Region team for Region X, and was named NAIA Women's Soccer All-American honorable mention.
She also earned Sunrise Conference Player of the Week honors numerous times throughout her career. Also in her senior season, Foreman led the Sunrise Conference in assists. At UMFK, she holds the record for number of assists in women's soccer and is second in over-all points.
When Foreman is not on the soccer field, she has made many contributions to the UMFK campus. She was a member of the UMFK women's basketball team and has served as a senator-at-large and president of the UMFK Student Senate.
Foreman spends most of her time volunteering and coaching area youth in both soccer and basketball, having been the girl's junior varsity basketball coach at Wisdom Middle/High School for the past two years.
After graduation, Foreman plans to further her education by obtaining her master's degree in sports business.
Myrtle Hoyt, a graduate of the Madawaska Training School class of 1921, who recently turned 100 years old, was honored with the Gold Cane Award which is presented to UMFK's oldest alumni. Hoyt holds the title as does Irene Pinette Daigle, class of 1922.
Hoyt was pleasantly surprised to find University of Maine at Fort Kent President Richard Cost, along with his wife Ellen, among the family and friends gathered for her 100th birthday party on June 26 in Kittery, Maine.
President Cost became aware of Hoyt's birthday when her son, Russell Hoyt, decided to take a look at UMFK's website after hearing all of the wonderful things that his mother had to say about her alma mater over the years. Hoyt found her name on a list of missing alumni and immediately contacted the university to let officials know of his mother's whereabouts.
President Cost spoke about Hoyt at the alumni awards banquet, and Burnette Bowker, president of the alumni association presented the award to Tom Daigle, grandson of the other current gold cane holder, who accepted the award on behalf of Hoyt.