The University of Maine at Fort Kent honors employees for years of dedicated service

FORT KENT, Maine – The University of Maine at Fort Kent honored members of its faculty and staff for their service to the University at a recent ceremony on campus. Special awards were given to employees who have been at UMFK for five, 10, 20, 25, and 35 years of service.

UMFK vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Steve Gammon, presented the honors as well as touching and humorous tributes to honorees.

Gammon honored Robert “Bob” Weyeneth, mechanical trades supervisor, and Leslie Kelly, associate dean of information services, for 25 years of service.

For 20 years of service, honorees were Melvin Belanger, structural specialist/carpenter; and Dr. Mariella Squire, assistant professor of anthropology and sociology.

Recognition for 15 years of service went to: Dr. Stephen Hansen, assistant professor of biology and environmental studies; Dr. Joseph Becker, assistant professor of english; Joseph Zubrick, associate professor of oral communication and theater; and Jill Cairns, director of admissions.

Dr. Tanya Sleeper, assistant professor of adult health nursing; Brenda Pelletier, library specialist; and Paul Guimond, security guard, received recognition for 10 years of service.

The following earned recognition for five years of service: Sean Favreau, assistant director of residential life; Jacob “Jake” Theriault, Natural Sciences Lab Manager; Timothy “Mark” Kelly, reading/writing skills specialist; Mark Schenk, registrar; Denise Potvin, nursing clinical placement and testing coordinator; and Sandy Pelletier, assistant professor of nursing.

In addition to honoring employees, Gammon offered a special “Thank you” to retiring employees Vernon Potvin, structural specialist, for his 30 years of service; Dr. Doris Metz, assistant professor of education, for her 10 years of service; David “Dave” Hobbins, professor of forestry, for his 32 years of service; and Peggy Bard, administrative specialist in the academic affairs office, for her 44 years of service.

Submitted by the Marketing and Communication Office of the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

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