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Join fellow alumni, friends and students at Bates for Homecoming this fall. Cheer on the Bobcats in NESCAC match-ups, tour the Museum of Art and enjoy student performances while exploring your favorite campus haunts.

Homecoming Weekend — Schedule of Events

*Schedule is preliminary and subject to change. Check back regularly for updates.

Friday, October 24

7–10am
Breakfast ($6.25 adults/$3.25 children, buy at the door)
Commons

8am-4pm
Selected Classes Open to Alumni
Click here for a schedule of available classes.

8:30am-4pm
Alumni Council Meeting
James Moody Room, Pettengill Hall

9am
Admission Tour
Leaves from Lindholm House, 23 Campus Avenue

10:30am–2:30pm
Lunch ($7.75 adults/ $4.00 children, buy at the door)
Commons

11am
Admission Tour
Leaves from Lindholm House, 23 Campus Avenue

4:30–8pm
Dinner ($8.75 adults/$4.50 children, buy at the door)
Commons

6pm
Bates Outing Club Organizational Meeting and Dinner for Alumni and Students
The 95th Anniversary of the BOC is fast approaching in 2015, as is the 100th in 2020. Please
bring your ideas for activities, events and anything else you would like to add.
Commons 226

7:30pm
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Shown by the Bates Student Film Board. $1 admission.
Olin Arts Center

7:30pm
Men’s Rugby vs. University of New England
Garcelon Field

9–11pm
Rugby Gathering
Join Bates Rugby for pizza and refreshments in the Den. Pizza will be served, cash bar.
The Bobcat Den

Saturday, October 25

7–10:30am
Continental Breakfast ($6.25 adults/$3.25 children, buy at the door)
Commons

8am–4pm
Homecoming Welcome Center
Make the Welcome Center your first stop when you arrive on campus and be sure to enter the raffle for a basket full of Bobcat superfan goodies and gear!
Fraites Dining Room (Rm 131), Commons Building

8:30am-Noon
Alumni Council Meeting

9am
Admission Tour
Leaves from Lindholm House, 23 Campus Avenue

9:30am–2:30pm
Brunch ($8.75 adults/$4.50 children, buy at the door)
Commons 

9:30am
Lewiston-Auburn Downtown Walkabout
Wonderful things are happening downtown! Join Darby Ray, Director of the Harward Center and Hannah Mitchell ’14 for a moderately paced walk through the heart of L/A, with brief narrative stops at several points of interest. Meet at the Lewiston Farmer’s Market lot, across the street from Pedro O’Hara’s on Main Street, and wear comfortable shoes.

10am
Herb Bunker Memorial Celebration
Tree Planting Ceremony in honor of Herb Bunker, former Bates Squash Coach.
Merrill Gymnasium

10am
Admission Information Session
Lindholm House, 23 Campus Avenue

11am
Admission Tour
Leaves from Lindholm House, 23 Campus Avenue

11am
Women’s Soccer vs. Williams
Russell Street Track and Field

11am 
Field Hockey vs. Williams

Campus Avenue Field

11:45am-1:30pm
Celebrate the opening of the new Baseball Hitting Facility
Remarks and ribbon-cutting at 12:30pm
Leahey Baseball Field

 
Noon–3pm
Family-Friendly Fun
Pumpkin decorating, fun activities and autumn snacks for the whole family. Kids can get their face painted like a bobcat, make their own pennant, and then head on over to the Bates v. Colby football game to show off their Bates pride!
Grassy area at the Commons end of Alumni Walk

Noon–2pm
Senior Class and BOLD (Bobcats of the Last Decade) Tailgate and BBQ
Outside Benjamin E. Mays Center

1pm
Football vs. Colby
As part of the halftime festivities Coach William “Chick” Leahey ’52 will be honored and his
Baseball number retired. The ceremony will take place at approximately 2:30pm.
Garcelon Field

2pm
Men’s Soccer vs. Williams
Russell Street Track and Field

3-4:30pm
5th and 10th Reunion Classes Planning Workshop
The Classes of 2005 and 2010 are invited to participate in a reunion planning workshop.
Commons, Penobscot Dining and Meeting Room (201)

3-5pm
Bates Arts Society Student Art Exhibit
The Bates Arts Society invites you to experience Bates student art and to meet featured artists over hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.
Chase Gallery, Chase Hall

3:30-5:30pm
The Fifth Quarter at the Den
Join fellow alumni and students for socializing and refreshments after the games.
The Bobcat Den

3:30-5pm
50th Reunion Classes Planning Workshop
The Class of 1965 is invited to participate in a reunion planning workshop. (Please contact gleslie@bates.edu if plan on attending.)
Commons 211

4pm
Homecoming Weekend Public Debate
Members of the Brooks Quimby Debate Council present a debate on the motion “Resolved: This house believes that the media should show the full horrors of war.” Last year, the BQDC celebrated a brilliant season that culminated in the teams’ first national title.
Muskie Archives, 70 Campus Avenue

4pm
Philosophy Forum
Connect with philosophy majors, alumni and friends to engage in a meaningful discussion on life after Bates and ‘the bigger picture’.
Keck Classroom(G25), Pettengill Hall

4pm
Swimming and Diving Alumni Open Swim Meet and Hall of Honor Dedication
Tarbell Pool

4-5pm
Panel Discussion: Navigating Identity in the Workplace
Come join alumni panelists Alicia Hunter, Ayanna Thornell Quinones, Ben Chin, and Larry Handerhan for a discussion about navigating identity in different professions and cities,
post-Bates. Sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Education.

Office for Intercultural Education, 142 Chase Hall

4:15-5:30pm

Panel discussion: Thinking about applying to law school?
Bates alumni who are current law students will share their experiences preparing for, applying to, and surviving law school. Refreshments. With Panelists:
David Bibb ’11, 2L JD/MBA Northeastern University
Catherine Djang ’13, 2L, Columbia University
Kate Fetrow ’13, 1L, Stanford Law School
Ben McCall ’11, 2L, University of Maine School of Law
Israel Piedra ’12, 3L, Boston College Law School
Sponsored by the Politics Department and Bates Career Development Center
Keck Classroom, Pettengill G52

4:30–8pm
Dinner ($8.75 adults/$4.50 children, buy at the door)
New Commons

4:30-6pm
Reception at the Museum of Art
Visit the Museum of Art to experience Convergence: Jazz, Films, and the Visual Arts and Photographs of Women. Refreshments.
Bates College Museum of Art

5pm
Bates Arts in Action – Homecoming Arts Celebration
Bates student artists collaborate in a multi-arts performance event. Enjoy theater scenes,
dance pieces, improv, a capella, Bates bands, Bates Authors Guild and more.
Schaeffer Theatre

5-6pm
Open House at the Office of Intercultural Education
Come see the new home of the OIE in the center of campus. Meet Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Crystal Williams, the OIE staff and students.
Office for Intercultural Education, 142 Chase Hall

5:30pm
Swimming and Diving Alumni Reception
Fireplace Lounge

6pm
Volunteer Recognition Reception
By invitation. Honoring:
Stuart Abelson ’97
Bruce Stangle ’70 Award for Distinguished Service to the Bates Community

Christopher Murtagh ’11
Distinguished Young Alumni Award

Jeffrey Sturgis ’69
David G. Russell ’66 Alumni in Admission Award

Bates Best Award for volunteer service in the 2013-2014 academic year:
John Amols ’72
Jennifer Lemkin Bouchard ’99
Dana and Heidi Bullen P’16
Thomas Goetz ’90
Pamela Batchelder Johnson ’91
Marsha Larned ’07
Joshua Macht ’91
Mary Henderson Pressman ’78, P’10
Keith Taylor ’77

Perry Atrium, Pettengill Hall

8pm
A Capella Concert and Reception
Enjoy an night of great Bates a capella at the largest and most popular concerts of the year, featuring: Crosstones, Deansmen, Gospelaires, Manic Optimists, Merrimanders and TakeNote.
Peter J. Gomes Chapel

 

Weekend Exhibits

Student Art Exhibit
Experience student art throughout Homecoming Weekend.
Chase Gallery, Chase Hall

Museum of Art
Friday, 10am–9pm
Saturday, 10am–5pm

Convergence: Jazz, Films and the Visual Arts
Jazz, art and film, and the dynamic and energetic interplay between them intersect in Convergence: Jazz, Films and the Visual Arts. This exhibition features works by many innovative artists and filmmakers, mostly African Americans, whose art depicts, is influenced by, or visually parallels jazz music and culture. The array of styles and imagery on view varies greatly, ranging from realistic depictions of specific jazz musicians and ensembles to abstract visualizations of rhythms, melodies, harmonies and improvisation. Convergence explores the abundant contributions to American visual culture by African American artists whose work is in tune with jazz.
Olin Arts Center

Photographs by Women
Photographs by Women is a selection of works added to the collection since 2010. The artists include Kristin Capp (New York), Donna Ferrato (New York), Denise Froehlich (Portland, ME), Sally Gall (New York), Irina Ionesco (Paris), Susan Moldenhauer (Wyoming) and Claire Seidel (New York and Rangeley, Maine). The artists in this exhibition represent a variety of subjects and interests. The work represented here focuses on selections from one series by each artist, all in black and white.

Friday, 8:30am–Noon and 1–5pm
Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Explore Bates’ history through photographs, yearbooks, student newspapers and our collection of honors thesis projects. Since its founding, the Archives has played a vital role in preserving and promoting U. S. Senator and Secretary of State Edmund S. Muskie’s legacy of civic engagement and public service. For the past eleven years, the Archives has also served as the repository of official records of the college.
70 Campus Avenue


Access our archive of online photo galleries and multimedia presentations featuring the festivities from past Homecomings by clicking on the links below.