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UMFK Alumni Association to present honors

August 23, 2007



The University of Maine at Fort Kent Alumni Association will pay tribute to three individuals whose lives have been touched by UMFK and who have, in turn, made an impact on the campus community at the annual Alumni and Friends Banquet on Saturday, September 15 in Nowland Hall.

Hilda (Berube) Leudenburg, long-time educator and a member of Fort Kent State Teachers College will be presented with the 2007 Outstanding Alumni award, Erin (Carlson) Soucy a 1995 graduate of UMFK will be presented with the Outstanding Young Alumni award and Heather Hartman, who will graduate next spring, will be honored as the Outstanding Future Alumni.

Hilda Leudenburg received a three-year teaching certificate from FKSTC in 1960. In 1961 she earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the Aroostook State Teachers College in Presque Isle. In 1966 she received a Master of Education degree from the University of Hartford, Connecticut.

A long-time educator, Hilda has taught for more than 40 years in varied locations: Connecticut, England, Libya, Africa, Germany and Florida.

She has been in many organizations and offices such as Classroom Teachers Association for over 20 years; Parent-Teachers Association; UMFK Alumni Association lifetime member; School Social Committee chairperson and member; Florida Education Association state convention, school representative for 10 years; and has served on various advisory committees.

Among her many awards, Hilda received the 2002 (Rock Springs Elementary School, Apopka, Florida) Teacher of the Year award; and twice was the winner of Disney’s “Teacheriffic” award.

Hilda retired from education in 2002 and resides in Apopka, Florida.

The Outstanding Young Alumni recipient, Erin Soucy, is a native of Fort Kent.

Erin Soucy graduated from UMFK with a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree in 1995. She later earned a Master of Science degree in nursing education St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine. Currently she is a doctoral candidate, majoring in education, at Northcentral University in Prescott, Arizona.

From 1995 through 2004 Erin worked as staff and charge nurse at Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent. In 1998 she worked at UMFK as a nursing resource center manager.

Erin began working at UMFK as an adjunct clinical and laboratory instructor in 1999. She later managed the Nursing Division’s Resource Center; was a lecturer, and, since 2005, has been an instructor of nursing.

Since May of 2006, she has served as the Acting Director of Nursing at the University.

Erin has served on many UMFK and University of Maine System committees, and holds membership in state, national and international nursing organizations. She has been honored as a member of Who’s Who in American Women 2006), twice as Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2005, 2006), by the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing (2004), and as a member of UMFK’s Honor Society of Nursing (1999).

Erin is the daughter of Shirley Carlson and lives in Fort Kent with her husband, Mark, and their two daughters, Taylor and Leah.

The Outstanding Future Alumni award recipient Heather Hartman of Fort Kent is currently completing her degree in the behavioral science program and she will graduate in 2008. She plans to earn a master’s degree in social work and have her own practice.

Heather is very active on campus, serving as a senator-at-large to the UMFK Student Senate; as an orientation mentor; working with the University of Maine System-wide student government organization; and as a proctor for Praxis testing. Outside of school, Heather volunteers for the Democratic Party.

While attending the University, Heather has worked as a work-study student in the president’s office; for Northern Maine Medical Center as a psych tech in the child unit; and at the Fort Kent Golf Club.

Even though she is busy with her studies and work, she still finds time to be active in women’s soccer (as goaltender), and in women’s basketball (as a forward). Heather was named to the Sunrise Conference All-Conference team for women’s soccer during both the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons. Heather also received soccer honors as the defensive player of the week and as the conference’s most improved player during 2005-2006 season. She holds the UMFK record for most shutouts (11) for a season, set last season.

She is the daughter of Paula Charette and Hugh Hartman. UMFK Alumni and members of the public are encouraged to attend the banquet where Leudenburg, Soucy and Hartman will be honored.

Tickets to the banquet are $20 each, and can be purchased through the UMFK University Relations and Alumni Affairs office by calling (207) 834-7557.