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October-November 2015

In this issue:

  • A Community-Based Approach to Reduce Sexual Violence at Bates
  • Maine Campus Compact Wins Environmental Education Grant from EPA
  • Joe Hall Gets Grant from Endangered Languages Fund for Wabanaki Place Names

Reducing Sexual Violence at Bates with Help from a $300K Department of Justice Grant

Gwen Lexow, Bates College’s Title IX Coordinator, and Dean of Students / Vice President for Student Affairs Josh McIntosh are the co-directors of a new $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women, through their “Grants to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus Program.” The grant will enable Bates to hire a full-time Project Coordinator (see job description at whose primary responsibility will be collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to design a broad-based and effective, four-year curriculum for on-campus education and prevention programs to address sexual violence, stalking, and relationship violence on the Bates campus. It also will provide resources to help broaden the implementation of Green Dot bystander intervention programming, training and technical assistance for key members of Bates staff, and closer coordination between the College, the Lewiston Police Department, and Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services (SAPARS).

Maine Campus Compact Wins $90K Environmental Education Grant from EPA

The Maine Campus Compact (MCC), which is hosted by Bates College, has won a $90,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through their Environmental Education program. The project, entitled “Community Colleges for Environmental Stewardship: a Replicable Model for Environmental Education and Behavioral Change,” will extend to community colleges in New England related work that has begun at 4-year colleges through MCC’s $168,000 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation, and builds upon a prior EPA grant that MCC received in 2012. Efforts at community colleges are scheduled to begin in December.

Joe Hall Gets Grant from Endangered Languages Fund to Study and Map Wabanaki Place Names

Joe Hall, associate professor of History, has received a grant in the amount of $1,750 from the Endangered Languages Fund for his project, “Mapping the Wabanaki Homeland of Western Maine.” With the support of the grant, he will collaborate with Donald Soctomah, a Passamaquoddy tribal historian, to consult with Passamaquoddy elders who still speak their mother tongue fluently. Several place names in the western part of the state are derived from names in historical Wabanaki dialects. They were recorded, however, by European settlers who spoke languages that were very phonetically different from Algonquian languages, and whose own written language tended to be orthographically irregular. It is therefore difficult to reconstruct the historical Wabanaki pronunciation or meaning of those names. Given the history of concourse and linguistic similarities between various Wabanaki peoples, learning the Passamaquoddy equivalents for these place names will provide valuable data for linguists and historians, will aid the Passamaquoddy people in their efforts to keep their ancestral language alive, and will remind Maine residents that, as Prof. Hall says, “we all walk on native ground.”

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