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UMFK to host first ever nursing alumni & friends day

July 9, 2004

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will be hosting its first ever nursing alumni and friend's day. The event will be held during UMFK's annual Come to Campus Days on September 18th.

All the nursing program alumni are being invited back to the university for the special day-long program, which will combine reminiscing with educational opportunities.

Some planned events include Dr. Betty Neuman, keynote speaker, opening the day with a talk on "Holistic Perspectives in Nursing," as well as two workshop sessions, campus and facility tours, a brunch, an alumni banquet, and evening entertainment provided by UMFK faculty, staff, alumni, students and community members.

This will be an opportunity for former nursing graduates to reconnect with those who completed the same rigorous program they did.

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.

The day honors the past 20 years of undergraduates from the years 1985 to 2004.

"We are fortunate to have a renowned theorist, Dr. Betty Neuman, join us to celebrate this special day by presenting her holistic nursing theory, which has guided nursing practice and research for many years," said Albert.

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

"In addition, each year the Division of Nursing recognizes an outstanding alumna/alumnus who embodies the professional calling to nursing by demonstrating excellence in professional practice or leading an outstanding career through research, administration, or teaching. During the alumni and friends day we will welcome nominations for the spring 2005 Outstanding Nursing Alumni Award," continued Albert.

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

Graduates of the program living in the area are encouraged to join the Nursing Alumni and Friends Day Planning Committee to help with preparations.