April 30, 2003
Seven University of Maine at Fort Kent nursing students were inducted into the UMFK Nursing Honor Society at a recent ceremony on the university campus.
Lisa Lajoie, a senior from Van Buren; Sarrah Morris, a senior from Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland; Emily Blackstone, a junior from Crouseville, Maine; Travis Jandreau, a junior from St. Francis; and Denise Potvin, a junior from St. John, along with Joanne Thibodeau, a senior from Madawaska, and Kimberly Martin, a senior from Caribou, have been officially welcomed into the nursing honor society.
All seven students have excelled in the four-year bachelor of science in nursing program at UMFK. Martin is currently the nurse manager for the maternal child unit at Cary Medical Center in Caribou. Thibodeau is also employed at Cary Medical Center holding the position of staff nurse in the cardiac rehabilitation program.
The UMFK Nursing Honor Society was formed in the spring of 1998 for the purpose of recognizing and fostering academic excellence and scholarship among students, alumni, and community leaders in nursing.
Students with a grade point average of 3.0 or above, and who represent the attributes of scholarship as defined by Boyer (1990) and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nursing, are eligible for induction to the Honor Society.
The Honor Society holds two scholarly events each year in an effort to promote nursing scholarship in the St. John Valley and Aroostook County. Participation in the scholarly activities is not limited to members of the honor society.
In addition to the induction, the ceremony featured a keynote address by Brenda Nadeau-Deveau who spoke about her experience as a Peace Corp volunteer in the central African nation of Gabon.
Nadeau-Deveau is a 1996 graduate of UMFK's bachelor of science in nursing program. She is currently working at Forest Hill Manor in Fort Kent.
Nadeau-Deveau and her husband Clement Deveau spent two and one half years in a village called Koula-Moutou in Gabon, Africa. The village, about the size of Colorado with a population of a little over a million, is located in the tropical rain forest, approximately 12 hours from Libreville, where the capital is.
They served as community health volunteers, focusing on the reduction of HIV/AIDS, malaria, disease prevention, health sanitation and much more.
Nadeau-Deveau discussed the adjustments that her and her husband underwent; climate, culture, language barriers, the lack of health care, and the health conditions as a whole.