May 17, 2012
Sixty-eight University of Maine at Fort Kent nursing students graduated from the program, with 33 of them attending the 2012 Pinning Ceremony on Friday, May 11 at the Fox Auditorium on the UMFK campus.
BSN Students who received their nursing pins were: David T. Adams (Madawaska); Jennifer Julie Albert (Madawaska); Samuel K. Asomaning-Asare (Sugar Land, Texas); Jennifer Marine Bisson (Phippsburg); Thomas C. Brady (Sherman); Terry L. Caron (New Canada); Allison R. Charette (Fort Kent); Julia Peck Coffin (Carrabassett Valley); Casey M. Desharnais (Barrington, New Hampshire); Melissa Laura Davis (East Millinocket); Andrea Donna Dufour (Madawaska); Jon Barry Gough (Fort Kent); Kristen Joy Goupille (Perham); Margaret Marlette Hamilton (Littleton); Donna K. Jandreau (Fort Kent); Sarah Beasley Johnston (Houlton); Carla S. Keene (Fort Kent Mills); Myles Kendall (Westfield); Kelsey Elizabeth King (Perham); Ashley Law (Fort Kent); Emily Jean Willcox Lugdon (Eagle Lake); Nicole Marquis (Fort Kent); Courtney Jo McBreairty (Sinclair); April Dawn Jones McKinney (Augusta); Alan D. McManus (Presque Isle); Bella E. Michaud (Fort Fairfield); Anna Christina Newman (Trenton); Angela R. Norsworthy (Presque Isle); Janet Rowles Paradis (Fort Kent); Christopher C. Perry (Pittston); Callie Rose Rigsby (Temecula, California); Lisa Elliott Roop (Kennebunk); Nicole Lee Saucier (Madawaska); Julie Ann Seehagen (Waterboro); Adam Strishak (Paradise, California); Rebecca Joanne Stokdijk (Beaver Brook, Nova Scotia); Amanda E. Tracy (Buckston); Bernadeta Urban (Lewiston); Chelsea Violette (Brewer); Lyndsi Marie Voisine (Fort Kent); Samantha Ann Weymouth (Millinocket).
RN to BSN students who received their nursing pins were: Barbara Jean Bragdon (Winter Harbor); Robin L. Cummings (Dover, New Hampshire); Donna J. Dugal (Lincolnville Center); Erin Lee Flannery (Houlton); Paulette Lynn Gagnon (Fairfield); Denise E. Gray (Carmel); Kelly L. Hakes (South Berwick); Carol A. Whitney Higgins (Fairfield); Amy Kendall (Westfield); Aimee Elizabeth Lash (Friendship); Kathryn J. Lewis (Bangor); Jeremy Libby (Biddeford); Leah M. Provost (Skowhegan); Roland E. Pushard (Winthrop); Alison Ramsdell (Hartland); Renee Weatherford Roach (Windham); Schari Roy (Waterville); Leane Marie Saucier (Fort Kent); Georgina Schiff (Presque Isle); Kristie Lee Stetson (Readfield); Vanessa M. Tiete (Benedict); Ericka K. Tracey (Calais); Melissa Ann Trahan (Littleton, New Hampshire); Trudy J. Vintner (Pittsfield); and Heather Marsha Whalen (Bangor).
Faculty, staff, and students, along with family members, and friends of the graduates gathered to honor the recipients of the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. University President Wilson G. Hess welcomed attendees and extended congratulations to the students.
The address to the senior class was delivered by Kelsey King. The theme for the pinning ceremony was "Advocating, Leading, Caring."
The keynote speaker for the pinning ceremony was Betty Kent-Conant, director of Eastern Maine Home Care.
Additionally, the Division of Nursing recognized a member of the community who has been a staunch supporter of professional nursing, and of BSN education, particularly within the St. John Valley. Betty Kent-Conant was honored with the Community Leader Award.
Kent-Conant worked at Northern Maine Community College (NMCC) for 30 years, where for half of those years, she served as director of the Nursing and Allied Health programs. She helped to establish the first RN-to-BSN articulation agreement with UMFK. This agreement allows graduates from Northern Maine Community College, who graduate with an associate's degree in nursing, to transfer their earned credits towards completion of a baccalaureate nursing degree.
She distinguished herself as a superb community leader and nurse educator. Indeed, the faculty and staff at NMCC continue to hold her in high esteem.
Kent-Conant was active on the Maine State Board of Nursing, where she advocated for high quality nursing education and standards that promoted safe patient care.
The Division of Nursing also honors an alumna or alumnus during the pinning ceremony. The Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award is bestowed upon a nursing graduate of the UMFK Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, who displays accomplishment in the nursing profession, as well as a commitment to his/her community through volunteer service and humanitarian efforts. This year, the Nurse Award was presented to UMFK AlumnaLara Boudreau from Connor Township.
Boudreau began her nursing career in 1998 as a licensed practical nurse. She earned an associate's degree in nursing at NMCC in 2006. While simultaneously working full-time at Cary Medical Center, she also worked on her RN-BSN degree at UMFK. She excelled in the program and graduated in 2008.
As a member of the Cary Medical Center team, she plays a key role in the education and training of her peers by serving as a staff developer and nurse educator.
Ms. Boudreau is a clinical adjunct instructor for UMFK, instructing both junior and senior level nursing students in a hospital setting. She also has served in a similar capacity at NMCC.
“She has been instrumental in the lives and education of many UMFK nursing students in the last few years, serving as a preceptor, mentor, and role model within the profession. She embodies what it means to serve as an example to others,” noted Dr. Erin Soucy, UMFK Nursing Division director.
During the ceremony, Julie Seehagen was honored with the Student Nurse Citizenship Award. The award honors the diligence, manners, responsibility, conscientiousness, and thoughtful involvement characteristic of an exemplary citizen.
Ms. Seehagen has been on the Dean's List consistently since 2009. In 2011, she was the president of the Student Nursing Organization, where among her many roles, she assisted the nursing students to run a successful Red Cross Blood Drive.
In addition to her academics and work study employment, this student volunteered for the 2011 World Cup Biathlon and later that spring, she served as the student representative on a nursing faculty search, which resulted in the hire of two nursing faculty.
Ms. Seehagen also has been involved in numerous campus events, hosted health information booths, and participated in community walks to highlight the plight of people made vulnerable by their illness.
“Julie Seehagen is a young woman who is organized; she's also reflective, thoughtful, polite, and purposeful. She's committed to excellence in her academic pursuits,” notes Dr. Jenny Radsma, professor of nursing.
During the ceremony, Professor Cheryl Roberts recognized the hospitals that and preceptors who contributed to the education and development of the graduates. Special plaques were given to Cary Medical Center, Northern Maine Medical Center, and The Aroostook Medical Center.
Dr. Jenny Radsma, professor of nursing, brought the evening to a close.
The UMFK Nursing Division faculty and staff are Dr. Erin Soucy, Jacqueline Devoe, Diane Griffin, Larry Nadeau, Dr. Jenny Radsma, Cheryl Roberts, Tanya Sleeper, and Diane Gagne.