BatesNews Monthly Update: May 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. President Hansen announces departure; Vice President Nancy J. Cable to be interim president
2. Surge in Bates admission numbers creates rare ‘triple crown’
3. Video: Coach Pat Cosquer ’97 gives Bates squash a mind-and-body ethic
4. Video: Is my honors thesis good enough to get published?
5. Symposium speaker: In higher ed, ‘fairly good’ not good enough for diversity effort
6. Bobcat slugger Noah Lynd ’11 looks at the physics of new NCAA-mandated bats
7. Kelsy Ross appointed head coach of Bates women’s soccer
8. Sentiments sweet, feet fleet as dance alumni celebrate Plavins
9. When DIY isn’t the route, Gift Planning can help
10. Register by May 16 for Reunion Weekend June 10-12
11. James Reese’s colorful, chock-full office leads off May slide show
12. Bates is a top school for return on investment, says Bloomberg Businessweek
13. Bates in the News


1. President Hansen announces departure; Nancy J. Cable to be interim president
After nine years as Bates president, Elaine Tuttle Hansen becomes executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth on July 1. “Elaine Hansen has achieved key institutional goals in academic and student life, fundraising, faculty support and innovation, facilities planning, fiscal management and collaboration in college-wide strategic planning,” Trustee Chairman Michael Bonney ’80 said in his announcement to the community. Nancy J. Cable, currently vice president and dean of enrollment and external affairs, will serve as interim president from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012. Trustees Valerie Smith ’75 and Michael Chu ’80 are co-chairs of the Presidential Search Committee.
http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/04/22/president-hansen-jh-ct/


2. Surge in Bates admission numbers creates rare ‘triple crown’
As the 2011 admission season hits the home stretch, Bates is reporting a triple crown of gains: record applications (5,196, a 15 percent increase); a more selective acceptance rate (26.9 percent); and a surge in “yield” — the percentage of accepted students who choose Bates — to 37.5 percent. “In a highly competitive field of top private liberal arts colleges, the message is out that Bates is one of the best,” says Dean of Admission Wylie L. Mitchell.
http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/05/10/admission-gains-triple-crown/


3. Coach Pat Cosquer ’97 gives Bates squash a mind-and-body ethic
Head coach for the successful Bates squash program, Patrick Cosquer ’97, illuminates the powerful mind-and-body ethic that makes his men’s and women’s teams representative yet distinctive in the highly competitive world of college squash.
http://bit.ly/bates-squash-cosquer


4. Video: Is my honors thesis good enough to get published?
After geology major Keegan Runnals successfully defended his honors thesis, he posed a question of his own to the outside examiner, Páll Einarsson of the University of Iceland, taking part via video conference: Is the thesis good enough to be published in an academic journal?
http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/04/25/video-honors-thesis-worthy/


5. Symposium speaker: In higher ed diversity efforts, ‘fairly good’ not good enough
The most comprehensive, durable and unquestioned change in academe has been the adoption of information technology, says Alma Clayton-Pedersen, keynote speaker at the college’s fourth presidential symposium on April 28. And that transformation should be a model for the effort to put diversity at the heart of the academic mission.
http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/04/29/pres-symposium-keynote/


6. Bobcat slugger Noah Lynd ’11 looks at the physics of new NCAA-mandated bats
This spring, new NCAA rules have literally taken the bat out of the hands of sluggers like Noah Lynd ’11. But unlike other collegiate hitters whose bats are quieter this spring, Lynd is a physics major with a scientist’s understanding of why the new NCAA-mandated bats are less lively than the old bats.
http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/04/29/noah-lynd-11-bat/


7. Kelsy Ross appointed as head coach of Bates women’s soccer
Maine native and former Bates assistant coach Kelsy Ross is the new head coach of Bates women’s soccer. Ross succeeds Jim Murphy ’69, who continues as head coach of women’s basketball.
http://bates.edu/x225916.xml


8. Sentiments sweet, feet fleet as dance alumni celebrate Plavins
The standing ovation alone would have been plenty. But, lest there be any doubt about the reason for the April 30 gathering, a few dozen Bates dancers put it into words, too: “We love you, Marcy.” Stories, photographs and video of Modern Dance Company alumni who returned to honor company founder Marcy Plavin and her late husband, Leonard Plavin, the dance company’s longtime photographer.
http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/05/02/plavin-tribute/


9. When DIY isn’t the route, Gift Planning can help
Lots of springtime activities are do-it-yourself, like writing a check to the Bates Fund by June 30. But for other projects, expert help is needed. The College’s Gift Planning Office is ready to help you discover and create convenient, comfortable and effective ways to give to Bates, from the simple (naming Bates in your will or as beneficiary of your retirement fund) to the complex (making a gift in exchange for a Bates charitable gift annuity to supplement retirement income). You can reach the Gift Planning Office at 800-762-3145 or through http://bates.plannedgifts.org


10. Register by May 16 for Reunion Weekend, June 10-12
From Friday to Sunday, June 10-12, the Bates campus is the best place 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. As always, Camp Bates gives kids the chance to make friends and enjoy a fun-filled program of their own, with on-site childcare for children ages 4 to 13. Registration deadline for Reunion is May 16.
http://www.bates.edu/reunion.xml


11. James Reese’s colorful, chock-full office leads off May slide show
The May slide show kicks off with a photograph of a nearly-hidden Associate Dean of Students James Reese, longtime Bates adviser to international students, at work in his Lane Hall office, famous for its huge collection of student gifts from around the world.
http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/05/10/may-2011-images-of-bates/


12. Bates is a top school for return on investment, says Bloomberg Businessweek
The ROI of a Bates education remains strong, according to the second annual joint report by Bloomberg Businessweek and Payscale.
http://home.bates.edu/views/2011/04/14/bates-roi-businessweek/


13. Bates in the News
The national media are keeping count of Dave Cummings ’89 and his patriotic quest to make one million free throws. The Sun Journal explores student religious expression at Bates, while from South Carolina come stories about the dedication of a museum devoted to Benjamin Mays ’20. In Seattle, they’re buzzing about Stopsky’s and chef Robin Leventhal ’88, who tells Salon how to make the perfect recession martini.
http://home.bates.edu/views/in-the-news/

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