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BatesNews Monthly Update: April 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. Pamela Baker ’70 appointed vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty
2. Commencement speakers announced
3. Dance major approved
4. Multimedia: Mount David Summit 2011
5. Video: Pless ’13 NCAA champ; All-America honors to Waldman ’11, Murtagh ’11
6. William C. Carey ’82 appointed to Bates Board of Trustees
7. Five Bates faculty members, in a variety of fields, awarded tenure
8. Volunteer Leadership Summit May 13-14
9. Reunion 2012 Planning Workshop May 14
10. Give to the future of Bates
11. Campus Construction Update: April 5, 2011
12. Bates in the News


1. Pamela Baker ’70 appointed vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty
President Elaine Tuttle Hansen has announced to the Bates community that Associate Dean of the Faculty Pamela J. Baker, the College’s Helen A. Papaioanou Professor of Biological Sciences, has accepted a two-year appointment as the institution’s vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, effective July 1.
http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/03/29/pamela-baker-70-appointment/


2. Commencement speakers announced
An internationally renowned pianist based at Bates, a leading scholar on the intersection of medicine and race, and a distinguished MIT researcher and inventor will speak and receive honorary degrees during Bates’ 145th Commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 29. The event concludes the undergraduate careers of the approximately 440 members of the Class of 2011, representing 35 states and 42 countries.
http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/04/06/commencement-speakers-2011/


3. Dance major approved
Home of both the renowned Bates Dance Festival and a well-regarded academic-year dance program, Bates this fall will begin to offer Maine’s first major focused solely on dance.
http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/03/16/dance-major/.


4. Multimedia: Mount David Summit 2011
Bates students involved in the 10th Mount David Summit sparked up hundreds of thought-provoking dialogues on April 1, covering topics as diverse as the mournful sounds of Russian poetry, the Africanization of Christianity and the effects of cranberry juice on bacteria. With posters, performances and panel discussions, students turned out en masse to revel in a day of intellectual discovery, sharing and celebration. Text, photos and video:
http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/04/04/mount-david-year10/


5. Video: Pless ’13 NCAA champ; All-America honors to Waldman ’11, Murtagh ’11
In the proud history of Bates throwers on the men’s track and field program, the Bobcats have never boasted an All-American shot putter. Now, they have two: NCAA champion David Pless ’13 and Ethan Waldman ’11. They join Chris Murtagh ’11 (35-pound weight throw) as Bates’ newest track and field All-Americans.
http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/03/14/pless-waldman-murtagh-ncaa/


6. William C. Carey ’82 appointed to Bates Board of Trustees
President Elaine Tuttle Hansen has announced the appointment of William C. Carey ’82 of Lincoln, Mass., to the college’s Board of Trustees. “Bill Carey brings to the board a wealth of experience in business and finance as well as a keen appreciation of the value of higher education and a thorough knowledge of Bates,” Hansen said. “The College will benefit greatly from his range of strengths.”
http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/03/21/carey-new-bates-trustee/


7. Five Bates faculty members, in a variety of fields, awarded tenure
The newly tenured faculty are Helen C. Boucher (psychology); Gina A. Fatone (music); Christine McDowell (theater and rhetoric); Karen Melvin (history); and Hiroya Miura (music). “In the years ahead, the College will be ever stronger because of these young scholars who have achieved so much already and will continue to make great contributions to their students, their fields and our institution for decades to come,” said Jill Reich, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.
http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/03/25/five-faculty-tenured/


8. Volunteer Leadership Summit May 13-14
Bates volunteers are invited back to campus for a celebratory weekend of networking events and briefings about the state of the College. You’ll gain valuable tools and receive in-depth training while acquiring inside information about campus life and academic initiatives. You’ll learn more about what Bates can do for you and and, as always, you’ll find old friends and make new ones among alumni and parents who share your loyalty to Bates. RSVP to the Bates Volunteer Leadership Summit at
http://www.bates.edu/leadershipsummit.xml


9. Reunion 2012 Planning Workshop May 14
Reunion Planning Workshop will be held for the classes of 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007 as part of the Volunteer Leadership Summit. Held on Saturday morning, the workshop is an opportunity for you to join with your classmates to begin planning for your Reunion in June 2012. We need you to get Reunion 2012 off to a great start! For more information about Reunion Planning Workshop, please visit
http://www.bates.edu/x220305.xml


10. Give to the future of Bates
Whether you are an experienced professional or just starting your career, you are likely accumulating assets in a retirement plan. Did you know that you can name Bates as a primary, secondary or contingent beneficiary of these assets? While family comes first for most of us when making plans for our estate, assets from retirement accounts are heavily taxed (up to 70 percent!) when passed to family members. If you don’t have family obligations yet, or have other means of providing for your family, your retirement assets could be a tax-savvy way to leave a gift to Bates while supporting a need of the College that is most important to you. Please visit Bates’ gift planning website at
http://bates.plannedgifts.org/give.html


11. Campus Construction Update: April 5, 2011
A little more than a year after it began, the renovation of Hedge and Roger Williams halls is at its peak — speaking numerically, at least. The counts of both subcontracting firms and workers on site will top out during the next few weeks: The “subs,” as construction folk call ‘em, under lead contractor Wright-Ryan Construction will be up to 19 or so, and about 90 workers will be swinging hammers, slinging slate and stringing cables.
http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/04/05/ccu-11apr5/


12. Bates in the News
Local media interview Bates faculty members Atsuko Hirai and Hiroya Miura, both natives of Japan, after the earthquake and tsunami. In Vermont, The Burlington Free Press learns that Hannah Sessions ’99 and Greg Bernhardt ’99, co-owners of Blue Ledge Farm, first dreamed of combining farming and artistry during their Bates junior year studies in Florence. In the sports realm, Press Herald columnist Steve Solloway says the back story of Bates’ three new All-Americans “begins in sorrow.”
http://home.bates.edu/views/in-the-news/



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