BatesNews Monthly Update: April 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.

Video: Kroepsch award for teaching excellence goes to economics professor

What makes a great teacher? For the students of James Hughes, the Thomas Sowell Professor of Economics, it’s his keen ability to “see why a student doesn’t understand the topic, show you the reasons you don’t understand, and then teach you how to understand.” Hughes recently won the College’s Kroepsch Award for Excellence in Teaching.

President Hansen lauds Bonney ’80 for philanthropy, education leadership

Cubist Pharmaceuticals CEO and Bates Trustee Michael Bonney ’80, (P’12, P’09) was honored by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council March 31 with its Innovative Leadership Award for his support of community-based organizations and science education to prepare the future workforce. President Hansen introduced Bonney at the Boston event.

Save the Date: May 1 is Bates’ Sixth National Day of Service

On May 1, Bates alumni, current students, parents, families and friends will join together for the sixth annual National Day of Service, providing volunteer service to local organizations coast to coast. We hope you can join us this year! Visit the NDS Web page for updated project information for each site and to register. Please note that several projects are co-sponsored this year with the Bates Outing Club as part of their 90 anniversary celebration.

Students’ Mount David Summit abstracts now online

The Mount David Summit on April 2 is Bates’ annual celebration of student academic achievement. This year’s is the largest summit ever, featuring more than 400 students. Students present posters and short (15-minute) talks, participate in panel discussions, poetry readings and dramatic performances. Here is a link to students’ summit abstracts:

Register for Reunion Weekend June 11-13

It’s time to register for Reunion Weekend 2010! Return to campus Friday, June 11, to Sunday, June 13, to reconnect with old friends, meet new ones, sample intellectual fare, and eat plenty of lobster. Programs and activities are planned for Bobcats of all ages. Children will have the opportunity to make new friends and enjoy a fun-filled program of their own at Camp Bates, on-site childcare for children ages 4 to 13. Visit the Reunion Web site to register and see more information about the weekend:

Barlow Travel Grant recipients named

The 2010 Barlow Travel Grant recipients, Julia Stawiski ’03 and Anne Tommaso ’98, will each receive $3,500 to fund their proposals for summer travel to Japan and England. The travel grants, made possible by David Barlow ’79, offer teachers the opportunity to advance their educational and professional goals. Read about the travel plans of this year’s award winners:

Video: Dean Emeritus of Admissions Milton Lindholm ’35 remembered

Those who gathered at the Bates Chapel on March 21 to honor the memory of Dean Emeritus Milton Lindholm heard remembrances from people who knew Milt as a father, mentor, admissions dean and friend: Karl Lindholm, Edmund Wilson ’62, William Hiss ’66 and Peter Gomes ’65.

Construction commences at Hedge and Roger Williams halls

With the restoration of Hedge Hall (1890) and Roger Williams Hall (1895) Bates will strengthen the College’s academic and social culture, support sustainability and continue the stunning redefinition of the center of campus.

Bates squash teams reap NESCAC postseason awards

Another fine season for both of Bates’ squash teams resulted in a boatload of postseason awards for the Bobcats from the New England Small College Athletic Conference, including second-year head coach Pat Cosquer ’97 being named NESCAC Coach of the Year for both men’s and women’s squash.

Duncan national runner-up in weight throw

Bates senior Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan had her finest day in an already highlight-rich career on March 12 at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships, recording a pair of personal records en route to taking second place in the women’s weight throw with a top heave of 60 feet and 1/2 inch. The next day Duncan placed seventh in the shot put at NCAAs, making her a five-time All-American.

Bates in the News

Allow poet Rob Farnsworth, author of the new book Rumored Islands, to read a poem to you, courtesy of The Boston Globe. A story in the Newton TAB tells about Rachel Segall ’91 carrying a baby for Erik Mercer ’91 and his husband, an act that’s about friendship, love and wonder, she says. Wondrous in a different way is the work of physicist Nathan Lundblad, whose research involves the behavior of atoms near absolute zero — he had a recent experiment featured in the journal Physics, which highlights exceptional papers in the field.

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