UMF recognizes alumni at lunch


FARMINGTON – The University of Maine at Farmington recently held its annual President’s Alumni Luncheon, honoring five individuals who have made contributions to the university and their communities. Awards were given to Christine Thibeault of Portland, Richard and Judith Bjorn of Farmington and representatives of the Southwestern Maine Alumni Chapter.

Established in 1979, the UMF Alumni Achievement Award honors a graduate who has achieved distinction in his/her field, reflecting honor on the institution.

A member of the class of ’91, Thibeault, an assistant district attorney and division chief of the Cumberland County Juvenile Justice Division, works at the forefront of some of the most complex issues facing families, communities and society-at-large.

Thibeault majored in psychology at UMF before attending the University of Maine School of Law, where she graduated in 1995. Drawing on her educational background and a compassionate life philosophy, she looks at options to uphold public safety while building competence in juveniles so that when they return to their home communities, they can create meaningful, constructive lives.

Established in 1978, the Friend of UMF Award shows appreciation to a nongraduate who has provided outstanding support or service to the university. Richard, who serves on UMF’s board of visitors, and Judith Bjorn were recognized for their generosity in helping to renovate UMF’s Mantor Library and to build the fitness and recreation center and the education center at UMF.

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.

The Southwestern Maine Alumni Chapter has been devoted to caring for fellow alumni in their group and to supporting current students throughout the decades. Their fundraisers have ranged from yard sales to lobster roll sales, all with proceeds to support scholarships for needy and deserving students at UMF.

Yarmouth resident Charlene Vaughan, class of ’67, and Portland resident Elizabeth Brennan, class of ’42, were present to receive the award.