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Four faculty; five staff join growing UMFK campus community

September 17, 2004


The University of Maine at Fort Kent is welcoming four new faculty and five new staff members with the start of a new academic year.

Joining the faculty of the campus community are Katharine Harrington, Vladimir Suchan, Geraldine Cannon Becker and Shannon Curran.

Harrington joins UMFK as assistant professor of French. In addition to holding a master's degree in French, she recently successfully defended her dissertation and received her PhD in French studies from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Prior to taking the position at UMFK, she was an instructor in the department of French studies at Brown University, where she created and taught beginner and intermediate language courses for adult education.

She was also a teaching assistant at Brown University where she was responsible for teaching an advanced writing intensive course in the department of French studies and taught accelerated first year French at Texas Tech University.

Harrington was a lecturer at Université Lumière Lyon 2 in Lyon, France where she was responsible for a wide-range of English classes; taught English grammar and writing, and conducted conversational classes for master's students preparing national competitive exams.

She has had articles and papers published and has presented at conferences in Chicago, Illinois, Providence, Rhode Island, Boston, Massachusetts, Lubbock, Texas and Los Angeles, California.

Harrington received the Martha Bowditch Alden Prize for excellence in teaching in the French studies department at Brown University, and has received numerous Fellowships from Brown University and Texas Tech University.

In addition to English and French, Harrington also has an intermediate proficiency in Spanish.

Vladimir Suchan has been appointed to the position of assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies.

Suchan received his PhD in political science and a master of arts in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He also holds a juris doctorate in international law from Charles University, Faculty of Law in Prague, Czech Republic, and a master's degree in international relations from Moscow State Institute of International Relations in Moscow, Russia.

Prior to taking the position, Suchan held teaching and lecturing positions at St. Michael's College, Middlebury College and Norwich University, all in Vermont, Hendrix College in Arkansas, and Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He also held an adjunct faculty position at UMFK in the political science and public safety administration division.

Geraldine Cannon Becker was appointed to the position of Lecturer II in English.

Cannon Becker received a master of fine arts in creative writing: poetry from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She also received a bachelor of arts in English, minor in education from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina and holds an online distance education certification from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Prior to taking this position, she served as an adjunct faculty member at UMFK for the past year. She also held positions as an instructor at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, Virginia, lecturer at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, Arkansas and lecturer and teaching assistant at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

She has had her works published in Riverwind, Nebo, A Literary Journal and will soon have her works published in Appalachian Heritage and the Appalachian Women's Journal. She is also an experienced presenter.

Shannon Curran was hired for the position of clinical instructor of nursing.

Curran received her bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire and an associate's degree in science in nursing from the New Hampshire Technical College.

She has been a practicing nurse in New Hampshire and Texas for the past nine years.

Caroline Williams has joined the professional staff.

She has taken the position of assistant director of residential life and wellness. Williams is a candidate for a bachelor of university studies in secondary education at UMFK.

Williams served as a teacher's aide in the natural and behavioral science division at UMFK, and held the position of residential assistant. She was a member of the UMFK Diversity Club, the UMFK Dorm Council, and was a chorus member in the UMFK 125: The Musical.

She also served as a student representative on the UMFK Tobacco Use on Campus committee and the UMFK math faculty member search team.

Williams received the mathematics/science award from UMFK in May of 2004 and was on the UMFK Dean's List in spring and fall of 2003 and the spring of 2004.

Four classified staff positions were filled. They include Romeo Theriault, Clayton Soucy, Tommy Daigle and Michelle Beaulieu.

Theriault fills the position of microcomputer and telecommunications technician, where he will assist in coordinating daily operations of campus microcomputer repair, of microcomputer hardware and peripherals, installation of software, and programming of the telecommunications switching system.

Theriault received an associate's degree from Southern Maine Technical College's computer technology program. He is a current student at UMFK and will graduate with a bachelor's degree in computer applications.

Prior to taking the position as microcomputer and telecommunications technician he held a work-study position in web services at UMFK. In addition he currently serves as a residential care provider at Northern Maine General Hospital.

Soucy has taken the position of part-time building and ground maintenance worker at the Old Model School. He already has a great deal of experience at UMFK as a temporary employee and a work-study student.

Tommy Daigle will serve as security guard and night watchman. Daigle comes to UMFK with extensive security guard experience from serving in the United States Air Force. In the military, he provided ground and aircraft security of personnel, building, and aircraft.

Michelle Beaulieu will fill the new position of student employment clerk.

Prior to joining the UMFK campus, Beaulieu served as secretary to the principal at Fort Kent Community High School.

She is a graduate of Thomas College, graduating with an associate's degree. In her new position, Beaulieu will be the contact person for all campus student employment, blending the financial aid, budgeting and human resources aspects of hiring student workers.