At the beginning of the Fall semester of 2012, faculty at the University of Maine at Augusta applauded Assistant Professor of Social Science Lorien Lake-Corral for her outstanding service to the university community. Provost Joseph Szakas explained why Prof. Lake-Corral has earned UMA's Meritorious Achievement Award for the year:
"Despite being at UMA for only two years, Lorien has already made many positive contributions tothe social sciences at UMA. This meritorious achievement award recognizes the hard work she has put in -- not only in curricular development, including developing new Social Science program outcomes and articulation agreements with EMCC, but also agreeing to become program coordinator of the Social Sciences program during a period of transition for the program.
Not only has she managed the development of new faculty in the program, she has also successfully guided the program through the program review process last year, including an outside evaluation with her characteristic grace and good humor. This summer she has taken the reins of the YOUMA summer transition program for high school students.
Since coming here, she has amassed pages and pages of overwhelmingly positive student evaluations. One student simply said, 'Enthusiastic, polite, caring and informative.' That's Lorien, and for her achievements, UMA awards her the Meritorious Achievement Award for the College of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations, Lorien."