BatesNews Monthly Update: January 2011

For Bates alumni, parents and friends, 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 in the news.


In this issue:

1. Bates ‘swing deans’ featured in Chronicle of Higher Education
2. Multimedia: President Hansen’s year-end update
3. Slide Show: A 2010 retrospective
4. Influential figures in older, newer civil rights struggles offer MLK keynotes
5. Chimpanzee ‘doll’ play research makes news worldwide
6. IRA charitable rollover for 2010 now possible through January 31
7. Slide Show: A student’s reflections on Bates Outing Club
8. Annual Report of Giving available online
9. Dental school accepts 3 from Bates
10. Did You Know?
11. Bates in the News


1. Bates ‘swing deans’ featured in Chronicle of Higher Education
Bates’ innovative “swing deans” program has garnered considerable attention on and off campus, and was highlighted this week in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Each of two deans works one year in the Office of Admission recruiting students from underrepresented groups, then spends the following year in the Dean of Students Office, helping the recruited students through the freshman experience. In the third year, the cycle begins anew.
http://http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/01/03/swing-dean-che/


2. Multimedia: President Hansen’s year-end update
Touching on everything from Bates’ new mission statement to an update of the Campus Facilities Master Plan, President Elaine Tuttle Hansen hosted a year-end teleconference Dec. 8. She was joined by Chairman of the Board Mike Bonney for the call.
http://home.bates.edu/chat/


3. Slide Show: A 2010 retrospective
We invite you to look back at some of the major Bates stories, events and achievements of 2010, as published in BatesNews, the College’s monthly e-newsletter to alumni, parents and friends.
http://home.bates.edu/views/2010/12/13/slide-show-2010-retrospective/


4. Influential figures in older, newer civil rights struggles offer MLK keynote
Leaders from two generations of prominent social activists — including a man described by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as “the greatest teacher of nonviolence in America” — offer keynote addresses during the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances at Bates College on Jan. 17.
http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/01/03/mlk-2011/


5. Chimpanzee ‘doll’ play research makes news worldwide
An article published by two researchers from Bates and Harvard in the Dec. 21 issue of Current Biology has captured the attention of media from Brazil to India. In their study, Bates biologist Sonya M. Kahlenberg and biological anthropologist Richard W. Wrangham of Harvard described the first suggestive evidence of a wild nonhuman species playing with rudimentary dolls, as well as the first known gender difference in a wild animal’s choice of playthings.
http://home.bates.edu/views/2010/12/21/chimp-doll-play/


6. IRA charitable rollover for 2010 now possible through Jan. 31
Just-enacted tax legislation may be helpful as you plan year-end giving and tax strategies for 2011. The popular tax-free IRA Charitable Rollover for 2010 and 2011 has been reinstated for people 70 and a half and older. The new law makes the charitable IRA rollover retroactive to Jan. 1, 2010, and also available for 2011. Recognizing that there is little time left to take advantage of this extension, the new law allows donors to initiate their charitable IRA rollovers through Jan. 31 for credit in the 2010 tax year. More information:
http://www.bates.plannedgifts.org


7. Slide Show: A student’s reflections on Bates Outing Club
As the BOC concludes its 90th anniversary year, outdoorsman Matt Baker-White ’13 reflects with pictures and words on the club’s importance.
http://home.bates.edu/views/2010/12/20/outing-club-90th-baker-whit/


8. Annual Report of Giving available online
At the end of the day, we are known by the people we love and the institutions we support. With gratitude, the College offers this report on your many gifts to Bates, which demonstrate your belief in the importance of a Bates education in today’s world. By again publishing the Report of Giving online rather than in print, we continue to honor our many generous donors while saving energy and resources.
http://www.bates.edu/giving


9. Dental school accepts 3 from Bates
It’s hard enough getting a place in the 61 schools of dentistry in 36 states and Puerto Rico. But three Bates seniors — Sean O’Brien of Plymouth, Mass., Justin Giroux of Fairfield, Maine, and Jamie Nickerson of Benton, Maine — have been accepted to the same dental school during the past month, the University Of Connecticut School Of Dental Medicine. At least one of that school’s administrators has first-hand knowledge of the quality of a Bates education: Ed Thibodeau, Bates class of 1971. He says: “As the Associate Dean for Admissions and a Bates alumnus, I have always been very proud of how Bates graduates have distinguished themselves in our extremely demanding curriculum. All have shown a true dedication to acquiring and advancing knowledge, lifelong learning and a commitment of service to others.”


10. Did You Know?
As January began, the number of Bates’ Facebook friends rolled across the 4,000 mark. Happy New Year! Join us at:
http://www.facebook.com/batescollege


11. Bates in the News
Wealth-management startup Dynasty Partners, whose CEO is Shirl Penney ’99, has the Wall Street media buzzing. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout ’77 tells the Syracuse Post-Standard that she was a “really, really terrible lawyer,” while The Wall Street Journal chats with English professor Lillian Nayder, whose new book says that Charles Dickens’ wife, Catherine, wasn’t so terrible after all. And two-time NCAA champ Keelin Godsey ’06 tells the South Florida Gay News that his Bates track coach did an “awesome” job helping him compete as a transgender athlete.
http://home.bates.edu/views/in-the-news/

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