May 19, 2008
University of Maine at Fort Kent students and community members were inducted into the UMFK Nursing Honor Society at a recent ceremony on the university campus.
During the ceremony, the following nine nursing students were inducted: Glenn Bourgoin, from Fort Kent Mills; Keisha Hartt from St. Francis; April Hertlein from Cornville, Maine; Carolyn Lamey from Sailsbury, New Brunswick; Joseph Andrew MacDonald from Halifax, Nova Scotia; Deborah Meisner from Pembroke, Maine; Tiffany Melgard from Washington, Maine; Joanne Nelson from Fort Kent and Ashley Pelletier from Wallagrass.
All students have excelled in the four-year bachelor of science in the nursing program at UMFK and are very active in campus activities.
Community members who were inducted: Jacqueline Devoe, MSN, RN from Caribou; Larry Nadeau, BSN from Fort Kent; Bunny Pound, MSN, APRN, MS from Frenchville and a clinical instructor of nursing at UMFK and Diane White, RN, MS from Fort Kent and assistant professor of mental health nursing at UMFK.
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.
The theme of the evening was “Making a Difference Every Day.”
In addition to the induction, the ceremony featured a keynote address by Tanya Sleeper, MSB, MSN, FNP, RN. Sleeper currently is the executive director of Aroostook Home Health Services where she is responsible for the overall management of the home care, and long-term care services provided by that agency.
The vision of the UMFK Nursing Honors Society is to establish a Sigma Theta Tao International (STTI) chapter on campus.