Stories about University of Maine at Fort Kent

Wilson Hess, president of the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

UMFK president stripped of honorific title by Pacific island school

By Mario Moretto on Dec. 17, 2014, at 5:32 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The College of the Marshall Islands has stripped Wilson Hess, president of the University of Maine at Fort Kent, of the honorific title president emeritus amid allegations he mismanaged college endowment funds while leading an independent nonprofit group dedicated to the college’s support. The 10-member board of …
The Fort Kent Lions have produced a two-year calendar featuring 24 Lions posing in various stages of tasteful undress. The club hopes to raise $70,000 to support LifeFlight of Maine, the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund and the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

Fort Kent Lions bare it all — for the greater good — in 24-month calendar

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 16, 2013, at 12:59 p.m.
Never let it be said the Fort Kent Lions don’t put it all out there for the good of the community. Or, at least all that decency permits. Once again the club has banded together, creating a 24-month full-color calendar in which the participating Lions strip …
The interior of the new Lunder Pavilion at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville. Colby was ranked No. 22 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the best National Liberal Arts Colleges.

US News and World Report ranks Maine schools among top colleges

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 13, 2013, at 2:52 p.m.
PRESQUE ISLE | Several schools across Maine are celebrating after receiving top rankings on U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best Colleges list. This year’s installment offers data on nearly 1,800 colleges and universities, including tuition, acceptance rates, class sizes, graduation rates, and average debt of graduates, according to …

University of Maine System ‘rainy day’ money well short of $177 million, most already assigned to campus projects, officials say

By Nick McCrea on April 27, 2013, at 6:41 p.m.
BANGOR | University of Maine System campuses have plans for their shares of the system’s $177 million in reserves that include upgrading aging infrastructure to lay the groundwork for the future of higher education, according to system officials. Pulling money away from those projects to close current budget shortfalls …

UMFK opens career path doors for high school students from Hancock County to St. John Valley

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 20, 2012, at 3:15 p.m.
FORT KENT | Careers in criminal justice and rural public safety are among the fastest growing in Maine. Thanks to an articulation agreement between the University of Maine at Fort Kent and four regional technical centers, access to the degrees needed to fill those positions just got a bit …

Early tally shows enrollment increase at UMFK

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 19, 2012, at 3:07 p.m.
FORT KENT | As students settle in for another semester at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, college officials are pleased with early figures that show enrollment is on the rise. The university announced Tuesday afternoon that enrollment at the northernmost campus in the UMaine System stands at …
Prospective students and their parents tour the campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick in March 2009.

Maine universities, colleges make the grade as top schools

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 14, 2012, at 6:55 p.m.
FORT KENT | A number of Maine colleges have once again caught the eye of a publication that ranks higher learning institutions across the nation. Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, University of Maine at Farmington, University of Maine at Fort Kent, and Unity College were ranked among the top …

UMFK, John Bapst agreement increases opportunities to learn computer programming

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 29, 2012, at 7:10 p.m.
FORT KENT | It’s a brave new world out there for computer hackers and those engaged in identity theft. A new cooperative agreement between the University of Maine at Fort Kent and John Bapst Memorial High School is preparing the next generation of cybersecurity experts as part of the …
Prospective students and their parents tour the campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick in March 2009.

7 Maine colleges listed among best in the region by The Princeton Review

By Alex Barber on Aug. 21, 2012, at 7:27 p.m.
BANGOR | Seven Maine colleges have been named to The Princeton Review’s list of best northeastern colleges, with Bowdoin College in Brunswick listed as having the best quality of life for students in the region. Bates College of Lewiston, Bowdoin College, Colby College of Waterville, College of the Atlantic …
A white-tailed deer is fitted with a global positioning system/satellite collar as part of a University of Maine at Fort Kent and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife study. Photo courtesy of the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

UMFK collaring white-tailed deer for study

on Aug. 06, 2012, at 12:34 p.m.
FORT KENT | The hunting blogosphere is buzzing with talk of Mainers who have spotted white-tailed deer with “radio collars” around their necks. The collars are part of a study being conducted by research biologists at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. The study is led by Dr. …

Charter schools to be focus of meetings in Presque Isle, Machias

The Associated Press on March 20, 2012, at 5:22 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The commission that will approve Maine’s new public charter schools wants to hear what the public has to say in northern and eastern regions. The Maine State Charter School Commission plans to travel to Aroostook and Washington counties in early April to hear about regional educational needs …

Bradley man with extensive criminal history accused of racial threat

By Julia Bayly on Dec. 08, 2011, at 7:45 p.m.
FORT KENT | The Maine Attorney General’s Office is investigating a possible hate crime in which a foreign student attending the University of Maine at Fort Kent allegedly was threatened on Facebook. The office has filed a civil rights complaint in Aroostook County Superior Court in Caribou seeking a …
Holly and Dennis Violette (seated) sign documents donating a 25-volume set of scrapbooks, compiled by Marcella Belanger Violette, to the University of Maine at Fort Kent'’s Acadian Archives/Archives Acadiennes. Looking on are (standing left) Lise Pelletier, director of the archives, and Wilson G. Hess, UMFK president.

80 years of history donated by Violette family to UMFK Acadian Archives

on Nov. 28, 2011, at 8:39 p.m.
FORT KENT | A 25-volume set of scrapbooks detailing the social, cultural, political and current events of the St. John Valley from 1920 through 2004, have been donated to the University of Maine at Fort Kent. The donation, made on behalf of the family of Justice Elmer Violette and …

Project Canopy trees to help green up town, university in Fort Kent

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 29, 2011, at 6:52 p.m.
An initiative by the University of Maine at Fort Kent will green up the campus and the community while also serving as a training exercise for college students. Officials at UMFK said Thursday that the college and the town will receive almost 100 free trees next …
Gov. Paul LePage took a few moments to meet the students like Chelsea Minson of Winterville, who are participating in the Pleasant Street Academy at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. The pilot program allows high school juniors to take university courses toward both a university degree and their high school core requirements.

State has high hopes for UMFK’s Pleasant Street Academy pilot program

By Julia Bayly on Sept. 03, 2011, at 3:39 p.m.
FORT KENT | Twenty St. John Valley students are on the front lines of a new program combining high school and university classes that may well be the future of education in Maine. A joint project between the University of Maine at Fort Kent and Fort Kent Community High …

LePage meets with Aroostook County students

By Julia Bayly on Aug. 25, 2011, at 11:55 a.m.
FORT KENT | Gov. Paul LePage is in Aroostook County today where he spent about an hour on the University of Maine at Fork Kent campus meeting incoming students and their parents. The governor also met with 20 Fort Kent Community High School juniors participating in UMFK’s early college …

UMFK named best northeastern college for seventh year

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 12, 2011, at 5:06 p.m.
FORT KENT | A winning streak that started at the University of Maine at Fort Kent seven years ago shows no signs of ceasing, as the college once again secured a prestigious accolade from the Princeton Review. University officials declared themselves in “seventh heaven” Friday after they learned that …
Graduates taking part in the 129th Commencement ceremony at the University of Maine at Fort Kent on Saturday, May 7, 2011,  listen as President Wilson G. Hess begins the ceremony in the UMFK Sports Center. Approximately 1,200 people attended the afternoon ceremony. Dr. Douglas Brinkley delivered the keynote address.

UMFK graduates encouraged to be proud of their state, education

By Jen Lynds on May 08, 2011, at 10:26 a.m.
FORT KENT | A noted historian, writer and editor urged the newest University of Maine at Fort Kent graduates on Saturday, May 7, to love and be proud of their country and to take pride in the fact that they were educated in Maine. Dr. Douglas Brinkley delivered his …

College commencement exercises planned across the state this weekend

on May 04, 2011, at 5:14 p.m.
University of Maine commencement exercises will be conducted Saturday, May 7, at Harold Alfond Sports Arena in Orono. Because of the number of participants, a morning ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. for degree candidates from the College of Business, Public Policy and Health, College of Liberal Arts and …

NSF grant to fund study of biomass production in St. John Valley

By By Julia Bayly, Special to the BDN on April 16, 2011, at 3:12 p.m.
FORT KENT, Maine – As the price of home heating oil in northern Maine flirts with $4 a gallon, it makes sense residents are looking for efficient, local and less expensive alternatives. A $45,000 one-year planning grant was awarded to the Center for Rural Sustainable Development at UMFK by Maine …