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40 UMFK nursing students honored at pinning ceremony

May 12, 2010




Forty University of Maine at Fort Kent nursing students received nursing pins, signifying their official entrance into the profession, on Thursday, May 6 at the Fox Auditorium on the UMFK campus.                      

BSN Students who received their nursing pins were: Cynthia L. Albert (Madawaska, Maine); Danielle L. Anderson (Seabrook, New Hampshire); Gary Caron (New Canada, Maine);Vicki Conley(Caribou, Maine); Andrea M. Cyr (Madawaska); Lindsay A. Cyr (Presque Isle, Maine); Stephanie P. Cyr (Fort Kent ); Amanda L. Daigle (Wallagrass, Maine); Emily A. Daigle (China, Maine); Michelle M. Deprey (Caribou); Ashley A. Dionne (Madawaska); Priscilla Dionne (Madawaska); Rebecca E. Donahue (Hammond, Maine); Dawn M. Gagnon (Fort Kent); Shana L. Gagnon (Mattamiscontis Township, Maine); Lana K. Helgeson (St. David, Maine); Carla J. Kuptchik (Madawaska); Susan E. Lucey (Bar Harbor, Maine); Margaret R. Mahoney (Fort Kent); Richard Martin, Jr. (Madawaska); April D. Miller (Houlton, Maine); Antonio J. Mosquera (Fort Kent); Sarah L. Nadeau (Fort Kent); Tiffany A. Nadeau (Belgrade, Maine); Danielle M. Ouellette (Fort Kent); Tracey Pelletier (Eagle Lake, Maine); Ashley Picard (Jefferson, Maine);  and Randi Jean A. St. Peter (Cross Lake Township, Maine)
RN to BSN students who received their nursing pins were: Cheyanne Audet (Turner, Maine); Keith Edward Brown (Augusta, Maine); Jennifer Dalton (Saco, Maine); Christie Ewing (Caribou); Julie Fesmire (Harleysville, Pennsylvania); Lisa Heald (Litchfield, Maine ); Brianna Landry (Windham, Maine); Isabelle Markley (Waterville, Maine); Melissa Messer (Gardiner, Maine); Jennifer McGuire (Hodgdon, Maine); Kimberly Newby (Madison, Maine ); and Aimee Thibodeau (Sherman, Maine).
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 Dr. Richard W. Cost welcomed attendees and extended congratulations to the students.
The address to the senior class was done by Stephanie Cyr and Susan Lucey. The theme for the pinning ceremony was "Nurses: Caring Today for a Healthier Tomorrow."
The keynote speaker for the pinning ceremony was Kris Doody CEO for Cary Medical Center.
Recognition of hospitals and preceptors was presented by Diana White, assistant professor of mental health nursing.
During the ceremony, Tiffany Nadeau was honored with the Student Nurse Citizenship Award. The award honors the diligence, manners, responsibility, conscientiousness, and thoughtful involvement characteristic of an exemplary citizen. 
The Division of Nursing also honors an alumna or alumnus during the pinning ceremony. This year, the Nurse Alumna Award was presented to Dr. Rachel E. Albert. Albert graduated from UMFK nursing program in 1985. She currently works at the UMFK as the vice president for academic affairs.

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.  Senator Susan Collins from was honored with the Community Leader Award.