“A Time of Reflection and Thanks”
Friday, March 28, 2014
Mount David Society Scholarship Luncheon
Each year during the Mount David Summit, members of the Mount David Society are invited to attend a luncheon with scholarship recipients. Students share their Bates experiences and their gratitude for the opportunities offered through the support of generous gifts to the college.
Shannon Griffin ’16 and Charles Donahue ’14 were this year’s student speakers. Below are excerpts from their speeches. To view more photos of the luncheon, visit our flickr page.
|“Things my mother thought were a good “fit” for me: the bright red, itchy turtleneck that was three sizes too big, singing “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” for my elementary Winter concert (when I was missing my two front teeth), and my eighth grade haircut which eerily mirrored that of Justin Bieber’s. So you can imagine my initial reaction when I ventured to meet her on Alumni walk and she exclaimed, “Shannon, Bates is great. I think this is a good fit for you.” However, I could not deny that I was enthralled by Bates. The tour showcased the tangibles, but I was more fascinated by the intangibles. As I interacted with students and faculty there were twinkles in their eyes and the sincerity in their voices was effervescent.As a prospective student I wasn’t able to determine the source of these characteristics, but as a Batesie I have come to realize that it is the foundation of a Bates education- ardor and devotion. A genuine zeal permeates Batesies’ actions whether they are isolating a mixture of compounds in Dana Chemistry Hall or engrossed in Franz Kafka’s the Metamorphosis in a nook in Ladd. At Bates one receives a wholesome education; as students we are not only enlightened about the world around us but what lies within ourselves. However, this journey of discovery and learning would not be possible without your generosity! Thank you for your gifts, support, and thoughtfulness which have provided the opportunity for me and other Batesies to discover our own truth.”||“Why Bates?”
“Coming from a small town and a family mainly comprised of elementary and high school educators, a value that was instilled in me from an early age and all throughout my development was academic excellence; a characteristic Bates is very well recognized for. Additionally, with my involvement in organized sports, I knew I wanted to attend an institution where I would be able to compete athletically at the collegiate level. Bates provided me with the opportunity to do both of these and so much more. My experiences over the past four years have been an adventure to say the least. I feel very fortunate to have had opportunities to give back to the campus community through several extra-curricular activities.
I am proud to say that as a member of the football team, we were able to post the first back-to-back non-losing seasons in over three decades. I will always remember those Saturday afternoons on Garcelon singing our fight song as Hathorn’s Bell chimes in the distance. As a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, we’ve created initiatives to not only bring our campus community closer, but the community of Lewiston as well. With our “Field Day” initiative, all the athletic teams set up a fun, engaging station around campus for K-5th graders to run around and enjoy the day. Additionally, as a Vice-Chair on the Senior Gift Committee, I’ve had a direct hand in generating excitement in regards to the prospect of giving back to Bates and providing future Batesies with their own opportunities to give back to the community in their own way.”