Duane Belanger

University of Maine at Fort Kent

Duane Belanger has embraced his role as a non-traditional student, maximizing all he can from his academics as well as contributing in extraordinary ways to the leadership opportunities on campus. He excels in both capacities. With a long history of service in the public interest, including the U.S. military and as elected state representative, Duane readily agreed to serve as president of the student-led organization, Partners for International Relief (PIR). The purpose of this newly-formed organization is to facilitate student participation in humanitarian mission trips, both nationally and internationally. In fall 2016, Duane, still a freshmen student, traveled to Brazil on just such a mission. Upon his return and using his organizational and business skills, he endeavored arranging a similar campus-sponsored trip involving area physicians, dentists, nurses, and students. With his impeccable professionalism, Duane approached the area airline and was successful in gaining a reduced airfare for PIR participants who must travel from northern Maine to Boston to obtain a connecting flight. He has sought innovative ways to fundraise for PIR and has made several polished presentations to service, church, and other area groups on behalf of PIR. Because of Mr. Belanger's commitment, he has assured PIR's viability and sustainability.

John Short
University of Maine at Fort Kent

Personal Statement

My core belief is that every human being is entitled to equal access to healthcare, in line with the patient's needs, respectful of a patient's right to choose, delivered in a culturally congruent and compassionate manner. I am the president of UMFK Partners for International Relief which has the mission to make a difference in the lives of others through education, community health and wellness, and humanitarian relief missions. I have developed and nurtured partnerships with community organizations, businesses, facilities, and community leaders in support of an annual medical relief mission allowing UMFK students an opportunity to bring medical services to the most disparaged areas of the world and experience firsthand the joy of truly making a difference in the lives of others.
In the community I organized an annual Polar Dip to raise funds for Aroostook Special Olympics that has to date raised over $30,000 and brings smiles to those that have for too long been shunned by our society. I serve on boards of various local organizations. I am on the advisory board of Wreaths Across America. I am US Army Veteran and serve in many capacities at the local, state and national level of the American Legion.

Duane Belanger
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Class of Summer / Fall 2018
written 2017

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Erica Cherian, UNC Charlotte Morgan Sweere, University of Central Arkansas Andrew Aboujaoude, University of Central Florida Jaylon Thomas, University of Central Oklahoma Akshayaa Chittibabu, University of Connecticut Marie Spence, University of Denver Nicolette Duong, University of Florida Bobbie Alcanzo, University of Great Falls Eisha Khan, University of Houston-Downtown Alexis Smyser, University of Illinois at Chicago Rudy Amaya, University of La Verne Duane Belanger, University of Maine at Fort Kent Karla Casique, University of Maryland Axel Bayingana, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Sophia Lopresti, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Andrew King, University of Massachusetts Boston Callie Nunez, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Luiza Kinzerska-Martinez, University of Miami Nadine Jawad, University of Michigan Zachary Hayes, University of Michigan - Flint Gemechu Mekonnen, University of Minnesota Madison Bick, University of Missouri - St. Louis Isabel Langlois, University of Montana Shayla McGregor, University of Montana Western Sophie Ramsey, University of Mount Union Jimmy Nguyen, University of Nebraska at Omaha Shannon Bodeau, University of North Carolina Asheville Cristian Ramos, University of North Georgia Karina Judith Ortega, University of North Texas at Dallas Melanie Majeed, University of Northern Iowa Sarah Tomas Morgan, University of Notre Dame Anea Moore, University of Pennsylvania Hashaam Jamil, University of Pittsburgh Wila Matos, University of Rhode Island Edgar Chavarria, University of San Diego Emery Smith, University of South Carolina Isaac Miles, University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) Corinne Tucker, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Richard Lee, University of Utah Rena Newman, University of Wisconsin - Madison Bianca Ruffolo, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Joanna (Jo) Niswonger, University of Wisconsin Colleges Yessenia Santamaria, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
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