BatesNews Monthly Update: December 2009

Here is a look back at stories that represent some of the major Bates events and achievements of the past month, selected for Bates alumni and parents.

2009 Otis Fellows expand knowledge of history, culture, environment

Bates awards Otis Fellowships to three or four students each year to encourage their understanding of the consequences of human pretensions to dominion over the rest of nature. This year’s Otis Fellows retraced the trails of the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush; learned crofter history and modern relationships to the land on a Scottish island; and biked Iceland’s 870-mile “Ring Road” to hear firsthand about impacts on the landscape from proposed hydroelectric dam projects.

Video: Lee Abrahamsen and the medical studies program

Each year, close to 90 percent of Bates students applying to graduate programs in healthcare or veterinary studies gain admission. That record of success is due in part to the work by Lee Abrahamsen, associate professor of biology and chair of the college’s Medical Studies Committee.

Slide show and story: Trashion Show 2009

The Bates community gathered Nov. 18 to witness the year’s most stylish “green” event, a fashion show that raises awareness of the trash we produce and the recycling initiatives aimed at minimizing it.

Cold calculations fuel rare Defense Department grant for Bates

Researching atomic behavior at near-absolute zero, Assistant Professor of Physics Nathan Lundblad is the first member of the Bates College faculty to receive a Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) grant from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Video: Renowned South African dancer, choreographer spends week in residence

In its first-ever concert held during the academic year, the internationally acclaimed Bates Dance Festival collaborated with the Bates College Concerts Committee to present “Beautiful Me” by the renowned South African company Vuyani Dance Theatre in Schaeffer Theatre.

Your nominations sought for five alumni awards

The Alumni Council invites your nominations of fellow alumni for one of the five annual awards presented during Reunion and Homecoming: the Benjamin E. Mays Medal, the Helen A. Papaioanou ’49 Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the Bates College Alumni Community Service Award, the Sesquicentennial Award and the Distinguished Young Alumni Award. More information:

Study with Nicoletti? Museum of Art requests your memories

Joe Nicoletti is familiar to many alums, having taught at Bates since 1981. In June an exhibition of his works will open at the Bates College Museum of Art. Although his rich landscapes and psychologically intense still lifes have been featured in Bates exhibitions numerous times over the years, this will be the first exhibition at our museum to show a broad range of Nicoletti’s work. The retrospective will feature paintings and drawings from the museum’s collection, from other museums and private collections, and from the artist himself. A number of events, including a lecture by the artist, are planned for fall 2010. The museum is eager to hear from alumni who studied under Joe or who collect his work. Please forward your memories of Joe to

Friedman ’11 tapped by Sierra student group as Copenhagen climate treaty advocate

Robert Friedman, a Bates junior, is one of 18 college students nationwide set to lobby international climate treaty negotiators this month on behalf of a Sierra Club youth organization.

Winter season promising for Bates athletics

From basketball to squash, skiing, swimming and indoor track, Bates College’s winter sports teams have a good shot at matching or even exceeding the strong winter season of 2008-09.

When was the last time you saw the Bates fight song performed? Check out this rendition by the football team following their 28-24 victory Nov. 7 over Bowdoin:

Bates Outing Club turning 90

2010 is the BOC’s yearlong 90th anniversary celebration. All members of the Bates community are encouraged to join the BOC 90th Committee for activities during this year full of gatherings, trips, sharing, service and stories, on campus and across the country! For more information: http:// Share and enjoy stories, photos and conversation by joining the BOC’s Facebook Fan Page at

College Store offers online gift selection

Don’t forget that special Bobcat during the holidays. Check out the variety of gifts available from the Bates bookstore.

Bates People in the News

Shortly before Veterans Day, the Lewiston Sun Journal profiles Jared Golden ’11, a Marine veteran who returned to Afghanistan last summer as a civilian to teach school. A week later, NBC Nightly News remembers Medal of Honor winner Lewis Millett ’49, who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The Stanford Daily reports on the “Great American Thing,” a two-day symposium honoring Wanda Jones Corn ’62, Stanford professor emeritus of art history, for being “a model in the field of American art history.”

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