Alumni and Parent Recognition

Bates is proud to recognize the achievements and volunteer contributions of our alumni, parents, and friends through a program of awards and honors. Below you can learn about these awards and about the Bates people who have made this college — and the world — better through their time, efforts, and talents.

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+Alumni Community Service Award

The Alumni Community Service Award is given annually to an alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated distinguished leadership and commitment to serving the community in which they live or work. The award is designed to recognize the values of service and civic responsibility that are fundamental to the Bates education.

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Recent Recipients | Full Recipient List

2017 Nathaniel Boone ’52, P’82
2016 Sylvia Stuber Heap ’50
2015 Henry C. Myer ’08, Jonathan B. Steuber ’08, and Wiley R. Todd ’08
2014 Esther Rosenthal Mechler ’64
2013 Kendall A. Snow ’62
2012 Craig O. Saddlemire ’05

+Bates' Best Award
+Benjamin E. Mays Medal

The Benjamin E. Mays Medal award was established during Mays’ lifetime, and he was the inaugural recipient of the award in 1982. This is the highest alumni award of the college to honor an alumna or alumnus who has performed distinguished service to the larger (worldwide) community and been deemed a Bates College graduate of outstanding accomplishment. It is an occasional award that has been made only 16 times.

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Recent Recipients | Full Recipient List

2017 Edward J. O’Neil Jr. ’82
2012 Judith Kent Patkin ’57
2009 E. Robert Kinney ’39
2006 Constance Berry Newman ’56, LL.D. ’72
2004 Weston L. Bonney ’50, P’80, P’81, GP’09, GP’12, GP’15
2003 Helen A. Papaioanou ’49, D.Sc. ’97

+Bruce Stangle Award for Distinguished Service

The Bruce Stangle Award for Distinguished Service to the Bates Community was established in honor of Bruce for his decades of remarkable service. It is an occasional award that will be given in recognition of Bates leaders whose body of work has touched countless Bates people and helped them become better professionals in their careers or in their volunteer work.

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Award Recipients

2017 Robert E. Cramer ’79, P’13, P’14
2016 Edmund J. Wilson ’62
2015 Jennifer Guckel Porter ’88, P’15
2014 Stuart B. Abelson ’97
2013 Bradford A. Adams ’92
2012 Bruce E. Stangle ’70, P’96

+David G. Russell ’66 Award

Each year, the Office of Admission presents the David G. Russell ’66 Award to exemplary Alumni in Admission volunteers. Usually presented during Back to Bates: Homecoming & Family Weekend or Reunion Weekend, the David G. Russell Award is named in honor of the late Hartford, Conn., chairperson. David was devoted to the AIA program, and this award is intended to celebrate those in AIA who embody his same loyalty to Bates.

2016 Cat Djang ’13
2016 Jill Kopicki Blankenhorn ’03

+Distinguished Young Alumni Award

Established in 1987, the Distinguished Young Alumni Award is presented to a young graduate (usually not more than 15 years out) for exceptional volunteer service to Bates and distinction in his or her career.

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Recent Recipients | Full Recipient List

2016 Bradley McGraw ’10
2015 Emma A. Sprague ’10
2014 Christopher J. Murtagh ’11
Christian G. Rogers ’04 and Katherine Papdonis Rogers ’04
2013 Julia Rhea Sleeper ’08
2011 Lawrence J. Handerhan ’05

+Helen A. Papaioanou ’49 Distinguished Alumni Service Award

Inaugurated in 1981, the  Helen A. Papaioanou ’49 Distinguished Alumni Service Award is awarded to a graduate or graduates (usually greater than 25 years) for truly distinguished service — both in quantity and quality. Historically known as the Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the 1999 award was renamed the Helen A. Papaioanou Distinguished Alumni Service Award, to honor Helen Papaioanou, M.D., class of 1949, for her decades of service to Bates and to the board of trustees from 1965 to 1999.

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Recent Recipients | Full Recipient List

2017 Judith A. Marden ’66
2016 Leigh P. Campbell ’64
2015 Donald P. Richter ’46 and Joseph T. Willett ’73
2014 William J. Leahey, Jr. ’52
2013 William C. Hiss ’66
2012 Edmund J. Wilson ’62

+Scholar-Athlete Society

The Bates Scholar-Athlete Society honors dedication to excellence in scholarship and sportsmanship. It celebrates the ways in which the game fits into the overall collegiate experience by honoring those who do it best.

2015 Scholar-Athlete Inductees

+Sesquicentennial Prize

The Sesquicentennial Prize was established in 2005 in honor of the college’s 150th anniversary. It is awarded to an alumna/us for a single academic, artistic, or scientific achievement. It is conferred at the discretion of the Alumni Council.

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Award Recipients

2015 Lisa M. Genova ’92
2010 Elizabeth S. Strout ’77, LL.D.’10, P’94
2007 John M. Carrafa ’76
2006 Charles E. Clark ’51
2005 Judith Magyar Isaacson ’65