FORT KENT – The University of Fort Kent is asking the community to help identify deserving individuals to place in nomination for the Distinguished Service Award that is presented annually at the commencement ceremony in May.
First awarded in 1971, the honor is bestowed upon people who have consistently demonstrated extraordinary commitment, dedication and service for the advancement of UMFK.
Alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university may submit nominations for the award. UMFK’s commencement committee will review all nominations and send its recommendation to President Charles Lyons, who holds the authority to confer the award on behalf of the university.
Past recipients of the honor include former state Sen. Judy Paradis, Sen. John Martin, Norman Fournier, Rose Nadeau, former Gov. John McKernan, Dr. Robert Paul Johnson, Gilbert Albert, Emery “Legs” Labbe, Melvin Labbe, Bernice and Ludger Michaud, Rochard Morin, Dr. Roland Burns, James Connors, Nathaniel Crowley, Don Waddell, Harry Etscovitz, Catherine Morneault, James Hoyt, Floyd Powell, Mary Picard, Lucille Pelletier, Paul Bouchard and Carl Theriault, who received the honor in 1999. This year, the university will include for nominations people from Canada.
Distinguished Service honorees are presented with a plaque and a citation during the commencement ceremony.
Nominations must be submitted by Feb. 16 to the UMFK commencement office, 25 Pleasant St., Fort Kent 04743. Nominations also may be submitted online at www.umfk.maine.edu/commencement/serviceform.htm.