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Largest number of UMFK students inducted into Omicron-Psi Honor Society

May 9, 2003

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Thirty-two University of Maine at Fort Kent students were inducted into the Omicron-Psi Honor Society, at a ceremony held May 2, in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Center.

The group marked the largest number of inductees into the honor society since the University of Maine at Fort Kent became a chapter member in 1995.

Faculty, staff, and students, along with family members and friends gathered to honor the inductees.

President Richard Cost gave the welcoming address to students, faculty and guests.

Tony Gauvin, assistant professor of e-commerce, who was involved in the formation of the UMFK chapter in 1995 while a student at UMFK, spoke about the history of the honor society. Jim Killarney, professor of psychology and education also addressed the students. Both professors are faculty advisors to many of the inductees.

Five UMFKstudents were inducted as Silver members. The student must be at least 22 years of age and have attained sophomore status with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher. They must currently participate in three community activities, maintain the principles of duty, honor and service and demonstrate high ethical standards in all aspects of life.

Students were Cesar Carrizo of Buenos Aries, Argentina; Larry Nadeau, Jr. of St. Francis; Laurie Sirois of St. David; Sharon Voisine of Fort Kent; and Kimberly Glasscock of Fort Kent.

Twenty-seven students were inducted into a Gold membership. They are Rohan Beckford of Hartford, Connecticut; Marylan Brundy of Fort Kent; Andrew Chamberland of Madawaska; Jason Dionne of Madawaska; John Gagnon of Yarmouth, Maine; Meriem Ghziel of Tangiers, Morocco; Christine Gray of Woodland, Maine; Jennifer Hay of Presque Isle; Tregenza Henry of St. Kitts, West Indies; Craig Kelley of Liverpool, Nova Scotia; Brett Labbe of Eagle Lake; Jay Lee of Madawaska; Dianne Madore of Van Buren; Andrew Marquis of Frenchville; Daniel Marquis of Fort Kent; Judy McLellan of Clinton, Maine; Sarrah Morris of Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland; Frances O'Hare of Van Buren; Karen Ouellette of Fort Kent; Scott Pelletier of Fort Kent; Frances Picard of Frenchville; Brenda Ruest of Madawaska; Peggy Ruest of Madawaska; Valerie Schlesinger of Madawaska; Brian Stoliker of Madawaska; Gloria Stoliker of Madawaska; and Carla Thibodeau of St. Francis.

Criteria for a Gold membership requires the student be at least 24 years of age and a junior in status with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. They also must currently participate in three community activities, maintain the principles of duty, honor and service and demonstrate high ethical standards in all aspects of life.

The National Omicron-Psi Honor Society recognizes the achievements of non-traditional students throughout the United States, and awards these students with a certificate of achievement and insignia pin.

The Society encourages the continuation of educational pursuits, and encourages members to participate in their scholarship program. Scholarships are provided from monies received through membership dues.

Omicron-Psi provides services to members in the way of referrals and references upon request and encourages its members to commit to a life of honor, integrity and service in the home, community and workplace as well as duty to country. UMFK is only one of two chapters in the state of Maine.