LEWISTON – The Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing graduated 42 students recently in a ceremony at the Bates College Chapel.

Nancy Jo Ross, RN, BSN, MSN, a faculty member at the School of Nursing, delivered the commencement address. Peter E. Chalke, president of the School of Nursing and president and chief executive officer at Central Maine Medical Center, offered welcoming remarks.

Having successfully completed the school’s two-year, four-semester registered nursing education program, the graduates were awarded associate degrees in the applied science of nursing. A number of graduating students received awards during the ceremony.

The President’s Award for the senior student attaining the highest academic achievement went to Jo F. Elliott of Rumford. She was also recognized as a high honors student.

Sarah L. Leclerc of Lewiston was the recipient of the Dr. Mary Ann Burn Award for service beyond the call of duty and for unusual thoughtfulness, gentleness and kindness.

Phoebe E. Howard of Farmington and Diane L. Reed of Millinocket were co-winners of the Central Maine General Hospital-CMMC School of Nursing Alumni Association Award. The winner of the Alumni Association Award is chosen by members of the graduating class as the person they would most like to have take care of themselves or their families.

Howard was also presented a CMMC Medical Staff Award for Excellence in Nursing in the specialty of obstetrical-gynecological nursing. In addition, she was recognized as an honors student.

Reed was also winner of a CMMC Medical Staff Award for Excellence in Nursing in the specialty of pediatric nursing.

Krista K. Murray of Turner was honored with the CMMC Board of Trustees Award, which is awarded to the student who demonstrates gentleness, independence, understanding, caring, compassion and love in communicating with and caring for people. The recipient must also exhibit excellence in delivering nursing care.

Deborah T. Mallett of Farmington was presented the CMMC SON Board of Trustees Award, which is given each year to the student who demonstrates leadership qualities, displays concern and understanding for others, makes decisions and assumes responsibility for her actions and establishes trust in interactions.

Kimberly M. Foss of Temple was given the Samuel L. Singer and Ruth Small Award, which is presented to a student who will become a credit to herself and her profession, and who shows pride as a representative of the CMMC SON and maintains good academic standing. Foss served as vice president of the class of 2005.

Melanie A. Bolduc of Lewiston was presented the Charles E. Fortier Jr. Memorial Award, which is given to the student whose “behavior as a whole is indicative of a people-oriented person,” who directs “his or her expression in action rather than denying its existence,” and whose “sense of humor permeates all of his or her activities.” She was also recognized as an honors student.

CMMC Medical Staff Awards for Excellence in Nursing were also presented to the following graduates: Melissa L. Cloutier of Lewiston, mental health nursing; Diana L. Eck of Lisbon Falls, medical nursing and honors student; Wanda S. Mitchell of Auburn, surgical nursing.

Also comprising the class of 2005 are: Heather L. Andrews, Temple; Alecia S. Antone, Chesterville; Kerri M. Davis, Oxford, Ga.; class parliamentarian Antonio J. Dumond, Lewiston; Darren M. Dumont, Auburn; Doreen C. Goulet, Wales; Jenna K. Hansen, Redmond, Ore.; Lisa A. Jamison, Roxbury; Peter E. Jordan, Auburn; Lori R. Kincaid, Farmington; class president Gretchen M. Kuhn, Rockland; Ann F. Kurnick, Lovell.

Also, Angela S. Lapointe, Auburn; Erin C. LaRochelle, Hartford; Natalie L. Leveille, Topsham; class treasurer Sarah C. MacMahon, Poland; honors student Dorothy I. Marston, Auburn; Tammy A. Mayo, Peru; Jennifer A.P. Mendenhall, Hanover; Vikky Milledge, Rumford; honors student Nicole L. Nolette, Peru; Christine Poulin, Lewiston; Darcy L. Rogers, Raymond; Erin A.F. Small, West Gardiner; Faye L. Souve, Hanover; Audrey V. Tikander, Oxford; Julie B.M. Tracy, Jay; Sherry Truppa, Augusta; Angela A. Umbro-Hussey, Lewiston; Michael T. Wiley, Buckfield; and Gretchen L. Zeh, Lewiston.

Presenting the awards at the commencement ceremony were the following: CMMC School of Nursing President Peter E. Chalke; Sharon Kuhrt, director of the School of Nursing; Susan C. Baltrus, associate director of the CMMC School of Nursing; CMMC Medical Staff President Dr. Lanny Oliver; Dr. Michael J. Monzel, chairman of the CMMC Nursing Scholarship Committee; Dorothy Crowley-Noel, president, CMGH/CMMC School of Nursing Alumni Association; and Pauline V. Beale, OD, chairwoman of the CMMC Board of Trustees. The Rev. Jay W. Turner, CMMC’s director of pastoral care, gave the invocation and benediction.


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