press release - 2013 Student of the Year

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Release date 04-25-13


KVCC Student of the Year Honored


Fairfield, ME – Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) has named Tammy Jones of Oakland as the College’s 2013 Student of the Year.

Jones, who will graduate in May with an associate in applied science degree from KVCC’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program, was selected for the honor based on her academic success and campus and community involvement.

“Tammy’s energy is contagious and her love for this College is evident in all that she does,” KVCC Dean of Students Karen Normandin said. “She embraces the experience of being a community college student – using resources well, giving back to her community and working diligently to achieve the status of Dean’s List each semester in a competitive health program.”

Jones entered the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at KVCC in the fall of 2011 after taking a number of general education electives in preparation for admittance to the rigorous program.

A shy student initially, she soon became an enthusiastic student leader at orientation and registration events by serving as the “face” of the College for new students – calming their fears and creating a wonderful first experience.

Through her educational journey, Jones has maintained a grade point average of 3.7, achieving the Dean’s List each semester and joining the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society for two-year colleges.

As the president of the KVCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Jones has led the chapter to a new level of membership enrollment and involvement. In the spring of 2012, she was selected to attend the Maine Leadership Institute for Women held at the University of Maine. She was one of 28 women in the State selected to attend the event.

In 2012 Jones was named to the All-Maine Academic Team.The team is part of the Phi Theta Kappa program. Students are nominated and selected for the team by their college based on outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and service.

After graduation, Jones plans to complete her certification exam this summer and then seek employment as an occupational therapy assistant in the local area. She plans to be an active member of the KVCC Alumni Council and to continue to connect with the KVCC community.

Students of the Year from each of the seven colleges in the Maine Community College System (MCCS) were honored April 24 at a special awards ceremony at the Senator Inn in Augusta.

Each award winner was selected by college faculty and staff. Each student was presented with a John H. Lapoint, Jr. Leadership Award in the amount of $1,000.

Mr. Lapoint was president of UF Strainrite in Lewiston and a trustee of the Maine Community College System when he passed away in 1995. Mr. Lapoint’s widow, Jana Lapoint, a former Chair of the Board who served on the Board from 1995 to 2006, helped establish the fund for the annual awards.




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