FARMINGTON – University of Maine at Farmington recently held its annual President’s Alumni Luncheon at which five alumni and friends of the university were honored for their significant contributions to UMF and their community. Recipients of the awards included, Dana Bullen, of Carrabassett Valley; Dr. David Scribner, of East Wilton; Katy Luke Perry, of Hallowell; and Marilyn and Albert Hall, of Oakland.
Established in 1979, the UMF Alumni Achievement Award honors a graduate who has achieved distinction in his/her field, thus reflecting honor on the institution. Dana Bullen, member of the UMF class of 1988, is president and managing director of Sunday River Ski Resort, and exemplifies Farmington’s creative, flexible, hard-working and people-centered work ethic. Graduating with a degree in secondary education with a concentration in social science, he credits his UMF educational experience for much of his success. Prior to his current position, he was vice president of partnership marketing for American Ski Company. Today, Bullen oversees all aspects of the Newry-based Sunday River ski operation and exemplifies a dedication of purpose and willingness to tackle big challenges on the slopes and off.
Established in 1978, the Friend of UMF Award shows appreciation to a non-graduate who has provided outstanding support or service to the university. Dr. David Scribner, retired professor of mathematics at UMF, has been the longtime volunteer leader of the Arts Institute of Western Maine. His leadership and continuing commitment have been instrumental in helping the organization grow from its modest beginnings to make it possible for people of this community to share in the arts and the rich range of the institute’s musical offerings.
For 23 years, the Florence Hewey Archibald Alumni Service Award has honored an individual or group for outstanding service to the University’s Alumni Association. Katy Luke Perry, a graduate of the Farmington Normal School in 1941, is a loyal and hardworking alumna who inspires others to share her dedication to many causes, UMF among them. Her active support for her alma mater, as shown by her leadership role in the campaign for the UMF Education Center, is an example of her loyalty for her alma mater and her commitment to its future.
The Unsung Hero Award recognizes alumni who, with no expectation of gratitude or monetary rewards, have devoted much time and energy to their communities in ways that are not always recognized or rewarded. Marilyn and Albert Hall, members of the UMF class of 1958, have together shared a life devoted to family, friends, community and the educational preparation of young minds. Their many years of service have met the needs of children from nursery-school to high school age in the Waterville-Winslow area, where they have been teachers, administrators, volunteers and community leaders.
In addition to the recipients of this year’s alumni awards, three distinguished members of the UMF family were also recognized at this year’s luncheon for their noteworthy accomplishments. Viola Osgood, member of the UMF class of 1933, received a yellow rose from UMF President Theodora J. Kalikow in celebration of her 75th class reunion and her presence as this year’s earliest class attendee; Martha Donahue, member of the UMF class of 1958, was honored in recognition of her 50 continuous years as a dedicated classroom teacher; and Martha Wasgatt, retired UMF Professor Emerita, was acknowledged for her years of service to the university—
she will be turning 100 years old later this year.