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UMFK ready for upcoming nursing alumni and friends day featuring keynote speaker Dr. Betty Neuman

August 27, 2004

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will be hosting its first ever nursing alumni and friends day on Saturday, September 18, during the school's annual Come to Campus Days celebration.

All the nursing program alumni, as well as all other interested in participating, are being invited back to the university for the special day-long program, which will combine reminiscing with educational opportunities.

The day will also give UMFK a chance to display the remarkable accomplishments of nursing graduates as well as show the expansion and improvement of the program and its facilities over the years.

"Our past, present, and future successes in nursing are, to a great extent, dependent upon the many years of support received by our friends and alumni. Therefore, the faculty and I are looking forward to an opportunity to not only express our gratitude but to reminisce with former students and rediscover the Division of Nursing on Alumni and Friends Day," said Rachael Albert, associate professor of nursing and director of the nursing division at UMFK.

Along with two workshop sessions, campus and facility tours, an alumni banquet, and evening entertainment provided by UMFK faculty, staff, alumni, students and community members, the day will start off with a brunch featuring keynote speaker Dr. Betty Neuman, who will talk on "Holistic Perspectives in Nursing,".

Dr. Neuman is recognized as a pioneer in the field of nursing involvement in community mental health.

She began developing her model while lecturing on community mental health at UCLA. The Neuman Systems model was originally developed in 1970 and the goal of the model was to provide a holistic overview of the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, and developmental aspects of human beings.

In 1972, after a two-year evaluation, her model was first published as a "Model for teaching total person approach to patient problems" in Nursing Research.

Dr. Neuman received her RN diploma from Peoples Hospital School of Nursing, in Akron, Ohio. In 1947, she then moved to California and gained experience as hospital staff and head nurse; school nurse and industrial nurse; and as a clinical instructor in medical-surgical, critical care and communicable disease nursing.

In 1957 Dr. Neuman attended the University of California at Los Angeles with a double major in psychology and public health. She received a bachelors of science in nursing form UCLA. IN 1966 she received a master's degree in mental health, public health consultation from UCLA.

In 1985 she received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacific Western University. In 1998 she received a second honorary doctorate, this one from Grand Valley State University, in Allendale, Michigan.

Students, area nurses, friends and family have been invited to join in on the day's festivities, which feature Dr. Neuman, as well as participate in all of the exciting activities that are planned for Come to Campus Days.

For more details about the upcoming UMFK Nursing Alumni and Friends Day or to register for the events, contact Lena Michaud, administrative assistant at 207-834-7580 or at lmichaud@maine.edu.