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Husson University to Honor Retirees During Eighth Annual Tree Planting Ceremony

Published on: May 12, 2021

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BANGOR, MAINE – Husson University announced today that it will be honoring recent retirees with a tree planting ceremony on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 2 p.m. on its Bangor campus. The tree will be planted in recognition of six individuals whose efforts helped make this remarkable institution of higher learning a success.

Husson University employees to be honored include (in alphabetical order):

  • Priscilla Bisher, MS, RN-BC, an instructor in the School of Nursing
  • Patricia Bixel, PhD, dean of the College of Science and Humanities
  • Janice Clark, an administrative coordinator for Athletics. 
  • Laurie Eddy, MSN, RN, FNP - BC, WHCNP, an assistant professor at the Wellness Center
  • Mary Ann Haas, the chief of staff in the Office of the President
  • Rhonda Waskiewicz, EdD, OT, dean of the College of Health and Pharmacy 

“Each year, this ceremony honors the dedicated individuals who have helped our students grow and achieve success in a variety of professional careers. It’s an honor to plant these trees and commemorate their contributions to our University,” said Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Lynne Coy-Ogan.

Celebrants are being asked to gather in between the lampposts that border the newly made access road that leads to the Peabody service area, on the Boucher Field side of the road. The new access road is the same one that leads to the Peabody Hall loading dock and the parking area for Husson University Safety and Security vehicles

Two blue spruce trees will be planted this year in recognition of these six retirees. In past years, the University has planted flowering crabapple trees.

Last year’s tree planting ceremony was recorded and celebrated as a virtual event due to the pandemic. Husson University is looking forward to resuming an in-person employee celebration this year. Participants will observe masking and physical distancing protocols established by the state and federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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