BatesNews Monthly Update: March 2010

For Bates alumni and parents, here is a look back at stories that represent some of the major Bates events and achievements of the past month, important upcoming events, and a sampling of Bates people making news.

Bates announces Commencement 2010 honorands, speakers

A pioneering choreographer, leading researchers in the fields of climate change and reproduction, a best-selling novelist and alumna and one of television’s best-known journalists will speak and receive honorary degrees during Bates’ 144th commencement ceremony May 30.

Bates named to presidential honor roll for community service

Bates has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. This is the highest federal recognition available to a college for its commitment to volunteerism, service-learning and civic engagement.

Student research highlighted at annual Mount David Summit April 2

The ninth Mount David Summit, Bates College’s annual celebration of student academic achievement, will take place April 2. Events kick off at 2:30 p.m. in the Perry Atrium of Pettengill Hall.More than 400 students will participate in this year’s Summit, making it the largest ever.

Young alums in March gift participation challenge

The race is on as Bates, Colby, Hamilton and Trinity compete to see who can capture, in one month, the greatest number of gifts from alumni in the classes 2000-2009. The winning school will be rewarded with parties in Boston, New York and Washington, D.C., and most importantly will have bragging rights! Weekly updated standings and more information:

Bates Asian receptions in late May, early June

Receptions for all Bates alumni, parents, current and enrolling students and their families, and friends of the College will be hosted by Advancement officers Bill Hiss ’66 and Hieu Nguyen in Tokyo (May 19-25), Hong Kong (May 25-29), Bangkok (May 29-June 2) and Seoul (June 2-7). If alumni, students and parents will be in any of our cities and would like to attend a Bates reception, or would like to be involved with helping to plan the events, just send Bill an e-mail:

Bates alumna among authors to read for Language Arts Alive

Three established novelists, including the Bates alumna who wrote the acclaimed debut The Convalescent, read from their work in March and April in Bates College’s Skelton Lounge, Chase Hall, 56 Campus Ave.

(Multimedia) NEH grant supports preservation of Hartley collection

The Bates College Museum of Art has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the preservation of the college’s Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection, an assortment of artworks, personal effects and other materials relating to the Maine native and pioneering American modernist painter.

Trustees: Suggestions welcome for future honorands

The Bates Board of Trustees requests your suggestions for future Commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients.

Bates loses two icons, Milt Lindholm ’35 and Bob Hatch

Dean Emeritus of Admissions Milton Lambert Lindholm ’35, whose impeccable fairness, integrity and loyalty in 32 years as head of the Bates admissions program placed him in the hearts of thousands of Bates alumni, died Feb. 27. He was 98.

Professor Emeritus of Physical Education Robert W. Hatch, a coach and athletics administrator from 1949 to 1991 whose contributions encompassed innovation and opportunity, died Feb. 13. He was 85.

Bates People in the News

Acclaimed off-Broadway director Arin Arbus ’99 catches The New York Times’ attention for her gig directing prisoners. Roots musician Corey Harris ’91, MacArthur genius grant” winner, tells the Boston Herald, with a shrug, that “what I’ve done is no different from what other musicians who travel have done. I keep my ears open and I know where I’m coming from musically.” The Portland Press Herald snags an unusual e-mail interview with Bates-bound rapper Snoop Dogg, while down at Bates-Morse Mountain, neighbors and scientists differ on what to do with the meandering Morse River.

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