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July 2015

In this issue:

  • Rachel Wray Joining Bates as Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations
  • Bates College Coastal Center at Shortridge Wins NSF Planning Grant
  • Continued Support for Asian Studies at Bates by the Tanaka Memorial Foundation

Welcome Rachel Wray as New Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Wray as Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at Bates, with an official start date of July 27th. Rachel comes to us from The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, where she has served as Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and Foundation Relations Officer for the past seven years, with major accomplishments including two separate million-dollar gifts to name new laboratories. Prior to that, Rachel was a Foundation Grant Writer for the National Audubon Society. She has a BS in Biology from Trinity College and an MS in Marine Environmental Sciences from the University of Maryland. Rachel brings with her extensive grant writing experience as well as a deep understanding of the importance of building and nurturing relationships with key foundation and corporate partners. As detailed in the March issue of GRANTS@BATES, Rachel will be responsible for securing and stewarding private, institutional support for major objectives of the College as a whole, as part of the overall fundraising goals of the Office of College Advancement, while Joseph Tomaras, Director of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance, will continue to work with individual faculty as part of the Dean of the Faculty’s office to secure government and private support of their research programs. Rachel will be situated in Coram 232, with its picturesque view of the Quad, a few short steps from Joseph’s office, and both look forward to working together as a team.

Bates College Coastal Center at Shortridge Wins NSF Planning Grant

Laura Sewall, Director of the Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area and the Coastal Center at Shortridge, has won a planning grant in the amount of $24,952 from the National Science Foundation’s Improvements in Facilities, Communications, and Equipment at Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories program. Developed in collaboration with Caitlin M. Cleaver, the Director of Science and Research at the Hurricane Island Foundation, with the assistance of Damon Gannon, the Director of the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island, the proposal details plans to create an active network of small field stations surrounding the Gulf of Maine, ranging geographically from Cape Cod to Nova Scotia, with input from members of the scientific community on which biological and geological data are most important to track in the face of global climate change. With data showing that the Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99% of the world’s other ocean areas, there is evidence that our local coastal ecosystems, and the industries and communities that depend upon them, are particularly vulnerable to additional change. In the coming months, they will convene two planning meetings of small field station directors and scientific advisors, to be held at Hurricane Island and Shortridge. These will be followed by the development of a strategic plan for the proposed network, and a business planning workshop for field station directors to be held at Shortridge at which implementation plans will be developed.

Continued Support for Asian Studies at Bates from the Tanaka Memorial Foundation

The Tanaka Memorial Foundation has awarded a grant in the amount of $10,000 to Bates College. Their ongoing support of Bates enables three initiatives: 1. Summer research grants to a student traveling to Asia to conduct research in support of a major in East Asian Studies; 2. The Technos International Prize, awarded each year to one or more graduating seniors from the program in Asian Studies who show exceptional academic performance and commitment to service; 3. Travel by a faculty member and two students to Technos International Week in Japan, with preference for faculty and students who have not previously had significant experience with Japanese culture.

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