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Husson University to Honor Retirees During Fourth Annual Tree Planting Ceremony

Published on: May 8, 2017

Carlena Bean with President Clark

BANGOR, MAINE - Husson University announced today that it would be honoring recent retirees with a tree planting ceremony on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 3 p.m. on its Bangor campus. The tree will be planted in recognition of 11 individuals whose service helped make this remarkable institution of higher learning a success.

The individuals to be honored include (in alphabetical order):

  • Carlena Bean, Director of Admissions - Northern New England Territory
  • Mikal Crawford, Ed.D., Associate Professor, School of Education
  • Suzanne Gordon, P.T., M.A.C.T., Ed.D., Professor, School of Physical Therapy
  • Colleen Grover, M.Ed., C.A.S., Director, International Initiatives
  • Eric Jarvi, Ph.D., Associate Dean, School of Pharmacy
  • Jane Jarvi, Ed.D., Manager, Educational Programming, Experiential Education, School of Pharmacy
  • John Lowe, Executive Director, Academic Services
  • Jeanne-Ann Ouellette, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
  • Joyce Sauter, Cook II, Dining Services
  • Marek Sitarski, Ph.D., Professor, College of Science and Humanities
  • Connie Sprague, B.S.N., M.S.N., Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

“Besides helping to make our campus more attractive, planting trees is a great way to create a lasting tribute to the contributions our retirees made to Husson’s growth,” says Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Lynne Coy-Ogan. “These trees will become part of our retirees’ legacy and at the same time reduce greenhouse gasses, help prevent flooding and create energy-saving shade for future generations of students.”

This is the fourth time a tree has been planted on the Bangor campus of Husson University in honor of retiring employees.  

Celebrants are being asked to gather in Peabody Hall’s Campus Center at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 8, prior to moving outdoors for the tree planting. The tree to be planted this year is a flowering crabapple. Refreshments will be served in the Campus Center at the conclusion of the ceremony. 

For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells, and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit

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