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December 9, 2008 Jay Finegan, 287-1445
Rep. Tardy Spends Day At Alma Matter As Distinguished Policy Fellow

AUGUSTA – State Representative Josh Tardy returned to his alma mater on December 5th, not as a visiting alumnus but as a Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow at the University of Maine’s flagship campus in Orono. He graduated from the school in 1990 with a degree in political science before entering the University of Maine School of Law.

Rep. Tardy (R-Newport), the House Republican leader in the Legislature, is the most recent recipient of the honor. Those selected for the program are individuals with a past or current career as an experienced and distinguished policy maker in Maine. Typically, fellows come to the campus for a day, teach an undergraduate class, engage faculty about research and public policy, and meet with UMaine administrators and graduate students.

The day began with a meeting with university president Bob Kennedy before Rep. Tardy addressed a public administration class of about 50 students. He also participated in a panel discussion about sustainable solutions to problems facing Maine. After lunch he spent 45 minutes at the Forest Bioproducts Research Initiative laboratory with Professor Hermant Pendse.

Rep. Tardy said a highlight of the day was a tour of the Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center with director Habib Dagher, a professor of structural engineering. “Dr. Dagher and his team are doing amazing and breakthrough work on lightweight composite materials that have real world applications,” said Rep. Tardy. “I left there convinced that Maine has a tremendous resource at the university and our state economy will be much stronger due to the fine work being done there.”

The day concluded with a reception in honor of Rep. Tardy at the University Club at Fogler Library.