BatesNews Monthly Update: March 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. The Rev. Peter Gomes ’65, Harvard minister and beloved son of Bates, remembered
2. Save the Date: April 1 Mount David Summit highlights student research
3. As Schaeffer Theatre marks 50th, March plays look at sexual politics, French culture
4. Gamelan Orchestra, guests cross musical boundaries with Harrison’s Double Concerto
5. Subscribe to The Bates Student
6. Bates March Mania 2011 challenge
7. Campus Construction Update
8. Seven Bobcats qualify for NCAA Skiing Championships
9. Bates in the News


1. The Rev. Peter Gomes ’65, Harvard minister and beloved son of Bates, remembered
From the Lewiston Sun Journal to The New Yorker, the influential preacher Rev. Peter Gomes was remembered and eulogized following his death at age 68. Be sure to check out Morley Safer’s warm remembrance of his friendship with Gomes and his “60 Minutes” interview with him in 1997.
http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/03/01/gomes-65-obituary/


2. Save the Date: April 1 Mount David Summit highlights student research
The 10th Mount David Summit, Bates College’s annual celebration of student academic achievement, will take place April 1. Events kick off at 1:30 p.m. in the Perry Atrium of Pettengill Hall. The Mount David Summit was launched in 2002 and featured the work of 50 students. Over the last decade, the Summit has grown into one of the premier events in the Bates calendar. More than 350 students will participate this year.
http://www.bates.edu/x225364.xml


3. As Schaeffer Theatre marks 50th, March plays look at sexual politics, French culture
March is a month for theater classics at Bates College. Elizabeth Castellano ’12 directs the college’s production of David Mamet’s Oleanna, a highly charged story of sexual politics in the halls of academe. Performances take place March 10, 12 and 13. Meanwhile, the theater department honors French culture and marks the 50th anniversary of its mainstage venue, Schaeffer Theatre, with a production of Molière’s 1672 satire The Learned Ladies. Martin Andrucki, Dana Professor of Theater, directs. Performances are March 11-13 and 18-20.
http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/02/24/oleanna-learned-ladies/


4. Gamelan Orchestra, guests cross musical boundaries with Harrison’s Double Concerto
The Bates Gamelan Orchestra and special guest artists perform Lou Harrison’s remarkable Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Javanese Gamelan on March 12. Titled Cross-Currents in Bronze, the orchestra’s program of contemporary music for the gamelan also features performances by Balinese dancer Shoko Yamamuro and a world premiere of music by composer Peter Steele. A week later, Hiroya Miura leads the Bates College Orchestra in works by Beethoven and Richard Strauss.
http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/03/01/gamelan-harrison-concerto/


5. Subscribe to The Bates Student
The College’s 138-year-old independent student-run newspaper offers hard-copy subscriptions for Batesies off campus. Interested in keeping up to speed on life on campus? Subscribe to The Bates Student for $20 a semester or $30 a year. Send checks made out to The Student to 56 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240.


6. Bates March Mania 2011 challenge
The rematch is on: Colby, Trinity and Connecticut colleges are competing against Bates to see who can capture, in one month, the greatest number of gifts from alumni in the classes of 2001-10. For more information or to see updates on the race, go to
http://www.marchmania.org/bates/


7. Campus Construction Update
The renovation of Hedge and Roger Williams halls boasts a long list of environmentally sustainable measures. Discarded wood, for instance, was chipped by the ton and burned as biomass fuel (with any nails left in the wood being picked up by magnets so the metal could be reused). But not all the old wood went up in smoke. Some will come back to Hedge and the Bill in the coming weeks: old roof timbers that have been remilled and nicely finished for use as window sills. “They will have some character, with the stains where the nails were and that sort of thing,” says project manager Paul Farnsworth.
http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/03/04/ccu-2011mar4/


8. Seven Bobcats qualify for NCAA Skiing Championships
The Bates alpine and Nordic ski teams qualified seven members to compete in the NCAA Collegiate Skiing Championships, to take place in Stowe, Vt., March 9-12. Nordic skiers Kirsten Gill and Natalie Ruppertsberger will be joined by alpine skiers John Canney, Bump Heldman, Micaela Holland and Ben Manter. Alex Jones also qualified for Bates.
http://bates.edu/x225484.xml


9. Bates in the News
It’s literally all uphill for former Olympic Nordic skier Justin Freeman ’98 as The Boston Globe looks at his chances of winning (for a fourth time) the grueling Ski to the Clouds race up Mount Washington. A book by New York Times reporter David Rohde ’89 about his 2008 capture by the Taliban gets a Portland Press Herald review, while the Concord Monitor covers the 100th birthday party of Elden Dustin ’32. “It’s so kind of everybody to come,” he tells the party-goers. Going further back, The Ledger of Lakeland, Fla., profiles Bates’ first African American graduate, Henry Chandler 1874.
http://home.bates.edu/views/in-the-news/

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