press release 2015 Student of the Year

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Release date 04-29-15


KVCC’s Keith Sullivan honored as Student of the Year


Augusta, ME – Keith Sullivan of Fairfield was honored today as Student of the Year for Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) at a ceremony hosted by the Maine Community College System (MCCS) Board of Trustees.

One student from each of Maine’s seven community colleges was honored for their academic success and campus and community involvement during the 2015 Student of the Year Awards ceremony at the Senator Inn in Augusta.

Sullivan, who will graduate in May from KVCC’s Medical Assisting program, recalls he was more afraid of beginning college than he was of serving in the first Gulf War as a jet engine mechanic in the United States Navy.

“Serving in the Navy was a known entity, I was trained and comfortable, while coming to college was such a giant unknown,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan seized the opportunity to begin college in the spring of 2013, entering KVCC’s Liberal Studies program. He used this first year in college to work on general educational electives while preparing for admittance to an Allied Health program.

In the fall of 2013, Sullivan began his studies in the Medical Assisting program, emerging as an outstanding student and leader. Throughout his educational journey he has maintained a 3.9 Grade Point Average, achieving the Dean’s List each semester and being inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

In 2014, Sullivan was selected as a member of the MCCS All-Maine Academic Team.

A member of the Student Senate, Sullivan is also the President of the Medical Assisting Club and is the student representative to the Medical Assisting Advisory Board. He has served on several college search committees and pioneered the beginnings of a Veteran’s Club on campus.

KVCC Dean of Students Karen Normandin noted Sullivan has participated in numerous college open houses, served as a student leader at new student orientations, a peer mentor in the TRiO Program, and as a peer tutor when needed.

“Keith has served as the ‘face’ of KVCC to so many new students – calming their fears and creating a wonderful first experience,” Normandin said. “Keith’s leadership is the sort that gathers people together in a common mission. He has a way of influencing a group in a gracious, kind and respectful manner. Keith will always be remembered as the person who appears an hour before an event to see if he can help or who remains long after the crowd has left to help with the clean-up.”

It is noteworthy that Sullivan is not the only member of his family attending KVCC – his wife, Tammy Sullivan, is graduating in May from the Phlebotomy program and was also a nominee for KVCC Student of the Year.

Each award winner for Student of the Year honored today was selected by faculty and staff at their respective college. Each student was awarded 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. After his death in 1995, his widow, Jana Lapoint, served on the Board from 1995 to 2006 and helped establish the fund for the annual awards.



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