The Twenty-second Annual Maine Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala Celebration will be observed on Saturday, March 19, 2011 in Jewett Hall at the University of Maine at Augusta. Each year’s ceremony is held at UMA during the month of March, in observance of Women’s History Month.
A Silver Tea in honor of the inductees and registration will be held at 1p.m. Contributions will be accepted to augment BPW/Maine scholarship program.
The Induction Ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. for our two honorees: Honorable Susan M. Collins, United States Senator, of Bangor, and Katherine O. Musgrave, DSc, of Orono, Professor Emerita of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Maine, Registered Dietitian, Wife, Mother, Dedicated Teacher of Nutrition, Advocate for Sound Practice of Nutrition for Wellness. The induction of Senator Collins gives the first mother and daughter in the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame. Her mother, Patricia M. Collins of Caribou, was inducted in 2005.
The nomination of Senator Susan Collins was sponsored by Mary G. Canning of Dexter; Darlene Grass and Shelley O’Rourke of Caribou Business and Professional Women; and Geri L. Martin of Fort Kent Business and Professional Women. The nomination of Professor Katherine Musgrave was sponsored by Susan J. Hunter, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost of University of Maine, Orono, and Karen M. Baldacci, former First Lady – State of Maine. The sponsors will participate in the ceremony.
On December 22, 2010, United States Senator Susan M. Collins cast her 4,563rd consecutive roll call vote since taking office in 1997. She is the longest, currently serving Senator to have never missed a roll call vote. This record is about more than longevity. It demonstrates the most outstanding qualities Senator Collins brings to the demanding task of public service at the highest level – integrity, an unsurpassed work ethic, and a steadfast commitment to the people of Maine.
Through the years, Senator Collins has established a strong reputation for another essential quality of leadership – a commitment to achieving results. Her willingness to reach across the aisle and her centrist, moderate approach has earned her the title of “The Most Bipartisan Republican” by her Senate colleagues. When the Portland Press Herald wrote, “As she always does, Senator Collins is working diligently and across party lines to find solutions to the challenges that confront our country,” it was describing her guiding principle of service.
Senator Collins brings these qualities to her work on her four important Senate Committees. As Chairman and current Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Committee, she authored landmark, bipartisan legislation to reform our nation’s intelligence capabilities, secure our seaports and chemical facilities, improve disaster response, and support America’s front-line first responders.
A member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Collins advocates for our men and women in uniform and for a strong national defense. She has consistently worked to restore our nation’s shrinking Navy fleet, to keep our shipyards strong, and to ensure our troops and veterans have the support they need.
On the powerful Appropriations Committee, she is an effective voice for fiscal responsibility and for ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely while working to bring federal funds to Maine for worthwhile job-creating projects.
According to the most recent census data, Maine is the oldest state in the nation. As a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, Senator Collins advocates on behalf of Maine’s seniors and works to raise awareness of the problems and issues affecting older Americans.
Maine people cherish the environment, and Senator Collins brings that ethic to the Senate. In 2010, Republicans for Environmental Protection named her the “Greenest Republican” in the Senate, citing her long record of standing for clean air, clean water, and clean energy.
Senator Collins is a long-time supporter of measures to help small businesses to grow and create more jobs. Year after year, she has earned a 100 percent rating from the nation’s largest small business organization, National Federation of Independent Businesses
Senator Collins has been a leader for education legislation, including authoring the law providing a tax deduction for teachers who spend their own money on classroom supplies. Her goal of expanding access to higher education for all students led her to co-author the 1998 Higher Education Act and to support increases in Pell Grants for our neediest families. She also is a national leader in health care advocacy who has consistently supported programs to expand access to health care and improve health care, particularly for citizens living in rural areas, Senator Collins also founded the Senate Diabetes Caucus, and led the effort to more than triple federal funding for diabetes research. As co-chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, she has worked to develop a federal strategy for Alzheimer’s research and to strengthen support for family caregivers.
And, one would expect from someone inspired to a life of public service by the “Great Lady From Maine,” Senator Margaret Chase Smith, Senator Collins has been a champion and role model for women. She has been a leader on issues of women’s health and domestic violence. She has worked for successful equal pay legislation and is the author of legislation to create a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C.
Senator Collins’ personal history is familiar to many. She was born in Caribou on December 7, 1952. Her family runs a fifth-generation lumber business, founded by her ancestors in 1844, and operated today by two of her brothers. Each of Senator Collins’ parents has served as Mayor of Caribou, and her father served Maine as a State Senator. Her mother was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of her extensive public service.
In 1975, Senator Collins graduated with magna cum laude honors from St. Lawrence University, where she was also elected to the Phi Beta Kappa national academic society. After working for 12 years on the Capitol Hill staff of Maine Senator William Cohen, she joined the cabinet of Maine Governor John McKernan in 1987 as Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation. After five years in that post, she then served as New England Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration from 1992 to 1993.
In 1994, Senator Collins ran her first campaign for public office. She emerged from an eight-way Republican primary in June 1994 as the first woman in Maine history to win a major-party nomination for governor. She lost that fall’s general election, but remained committed to public service.
In December 1994, Senator Collins became the founding executive director of the Center for Family Business at Husson College in Bangor, Maine. She resigned in 1996 to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Cohen. She went on to win both a contested Republican primary and a four-way general election later that year. In 2002, Senator Collins was reelected with 59 percent of the general-election vote. In 2008, Senator Collins was re-elected with 61 percent of the vote.
Senator Collins’s integrity, hard work, and dedication have earned honors from many professional and civic groups. In 2009, she received the University of Maine’s Stillwater Presidential Award in recognition of her achievements on behalf of the University and the State of Maine. That same year, the Secretary of the Navy presented her with the Distinguished Public Service Award, the Navy’s highest civilian award. She has also been honored by families who lost loved ones on September 11th for her work authoring the Collins-Lieberman intelligence reform legislation. In 2006, the American Association of Port Authorities named Senator Collins as “Ports Person of the Year” for her work in helping to secure our nation’s ports. In addition, Senator Collins has been named “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, “Legislator of the Year” by the American Diabetes Association, and has received honors from other groups ranging from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Association to the National School Boards Association.
Katherine O. Musgrave is the consummate teacher/learner. She continues to lead a distinguished career in teaching and service to the State of Maine and the New England region. At 90 years old, she is a quintessential educator who continues to master new technologies in her efforts to reach all students whether down the road or as far away as Austria. She has, for more than a decade, taught through online pedagogy. This dedication has provided educational access to thousands of students including working women or those at home with children who could not commute to campus. Her course evaluations consistently reflect the highest ranking attainable by a University faculty member.
In addition to her work as a University professor, her career has had significant statewide impact through her work as a dietetic counselor at local hospitals and in the offices of three local doctors. She has reached thousands as the nutrition advisor and guest columnist for the Bangor Daily News. Additionally, she has hosted weekly radio talk shows of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. She has given myriad presentations to audiences ranging from Head Start training to Senior Citizen groups as well as with allied health personnel. She has well over 100 publications, papers, and presentations to her credit. The lasting impact and value of good nutrition on health care costs, education, and overall quality of life cannot be overstated. Katherine Musgrave has improved the lives of innumerable Mainers through her commitment to empowering men, women, and children with the tools necessary to live a healthy lifestyle.
The enduring value of her contributions has been celebrated through the multitude of awards bestowed on her during her career. These include the Biological Science Teaching Award at UM (1976), Outstanding Women of Northern and Central Maine – One of Ten (1984), Omicron Nu Award of Excellence (1985), Presidential Award for Service of Maine Dietetic Association (1987). American Home Economics Leader Award (1989), Award for Excellence in Community Dietetics – American Dietetic Association (1991), Maine Nutrition Council Public Service Award (1992), Mary Ann Hartman Award for Women in Curriculum (1995), Fellow in American Dietetic Association (1996), Outstanding Dietitian – Maine Dietetic Association (1998), Outstanding CED Faculty in New England Region (2002), Outstanding Older Worker in Maine from Experience Works Primetime Awards (2003), Honorary Doctor of Science – University of Maine (2006).
In addition to all of Katherine Musgrave’s work related to nutrition and teaching, she also serves as a marvelous role model for the women of Maine. She is a person of high integrity, great compassion, and impressive wisdom. She is tireless in her energy and lives with a mission of making life better for all of those with whom she comes in contact. Katherine Musgrave is truly deserving of inclusion in the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame.
The Maine Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs established the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame in 1990, to honor women who have made an outstanding contribution to improving opportunities for all Maine women. The BPW/Maine Futurama Foundation and The University of Maine at Augusta are co-sponsors.
The three criteria for selection to be inducted are (1) woman’s achievements have had a significant statewide impact, (2) woman’s achievements significantly improved the lives of women in Maine, and (3) woman’s contribution has enduring value for women.
The Maine Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2011 in Jewett Hall at the University of Maine at Augusta. For more information, please contact Sally Ann Parks, chair for Hall of Fame, PO Box 84, Hinckley, ME 04944; 207-453-6004.