On April 27, the All Maine Women Honor Society at the University of Maine welcomed the Class of 2015 to its ranks. Laura Donovan, a 2011 graduate of John Bapst Memorial High School, was one of 13 members inducted.
Donovan is a civil and environment engineering major and participates in a variety of activities on campus. She is the president of Engineers Without Borders, secretary of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, and a member of the Screamin’ Black Bears Pep Band, the Catholic Student Association and the Student Advisory Board for the UMaine Honors College.
After graduation, Donovan plans to take a year off to do volunteer work. She will then work to obtain her Professional Engineering License.
The All Maine Women Honor Society is one of many time-honored traditions at the UMaine which helps to make the university a unique and community-centered campus.
On April 25, 1925, 80 faculty, alumnae, and undergraduate representatives planned a pledging of members to this honorary organization. Ava Chadbourne, a faculty member in education, assisted the founders in forming this organization. These women received support from President Clarence Little and Dean Caroline Colvin, the first honorary All Maine Woman.
Members of the society are distinguished leaders, scholars, and outstanding female role models. These women are also active in community service efforts and display Maine spirit. Its members are pledged to uphold and promote the ideals, standards and traditions of the University of Maine, effectively acting as a balance wheel on the campus and cooperating with all organizations and movements. They are also tasked with carrying on work which will tend to draw faculty, staff, students, and alumnae/alumni together.
All Maine Women is the highest all-inclusive honor society to which a UMaine woman can belong. Donovan and her cohorts join a network of driven individuals who came before them. They will provide another year of enduring tradition, continuing on the custom and practice this society brings to the UMaine campus.