BatesNews monthly update: June 2011

For Bates alumni, parents and friends, here is a look back at stories that represent 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 launches Presidential Search website
2. Reunion 2011 report

3. Commencement 2011 report

4. Thirty-one tips from the Bates Career Development Center’s GAME Day

5. For your perusal, the bookstore’s 2011 ‘Non-required Reading List’

6. Video: Bates Fund’s ‘In a Word’ campaign continues with Dean Reese

7. Video: Dick Gregory and the ‘end of recess’

8. Video: Seniors of 2011 reflect on defining Bates moments
9. ‘College Support’ website aids students touched by acts contrary to Bates values

10. Bates professors receive promotions

11. Bates in the News


1. Bates launches Presidential Search website
Moving apace in its presidential search, Bates recently launched a comprehensive Presidential Search website. The site features a Presidential Prospectus that gives a compelling overview of the college today and gives you the opportunity to nominate or send ideas about the next Bates president. View more.


2. Reunion 2011 report
The happy party that was Reunion 2011 is over. Now it’s time for telling stories in words, photographs and video. View more.


3. Commencement 2011 report
“You will fail — you should fail,” Evelynn Hammonds, dean of Harvard College, told the Class of 2011 on May 29. “But if you stick with it, and let your peculiarities become assets, you will succeed.” Words, photographs and video. View more.


4. Thirty-one winning career tips from the 2011 GAME Day program
Here are 31 tips, offered up by alumni panelists at this year’s GAME Day, a Bates Career Development Center program of networking and mentoring for Bates student athletes. The panelists work in careers as varied as environmental consulting, sports marketing, medicine, investment banking, fashion and the food industry. View more.


5. For your perusal, the bookstore’s 2011 ‘Non-required Reading List’
As a gift to the graduating class, the College Store solicits suggestions from the Bates community for interesting summer reading. Here’s this year’s Non-required Reading List, also known as Good Reads for Leisure Moments. View more.


6. Video: Bates Fund’s ‘In a Word’ campaign continues with Dean Reese
As the Bates Fund hits the home stretch, we’ve been asking Bates people to describe the college in one word. A recent Bates-in-a-Word guest was James Reese, longtime associate dean of students (and this year’s College Key Distinguished Service Award winner), who offers his word: “Inclusion.” View more.


7. Video: Dick Gregory and the ‘end of recess’
Comedian and activist Dick Gregory’s first visit to Bates was in 1968, and his energy hasn’t waned. He spoke in Olin Arts Center on the evening of May 23 then visited a Short Term class on the ’60s the next morning, where he expounded on one of his social and educational observations: “Recess is over.” View more.


8. Video: Seniors of 2011 reflect on defining Bates moments
Each year, Bates seniors attending a Trustee luncheon respond to President Elaine Tuttle Hansen’s invitation to offer impromptu comments and insights into their Bates experience. Here’s a selection from this year. View more.


9. ‘Campus Support’ website supports students affected by acts contrary to Bates values
The new “Campus Support” informational website is an online first-aid kit for those victimized by, or witness to, a sexual assault, hate crime or other act of violence or prejudice. The website is collaborative effort between the college’s communications office and the Bates Coalition Against Discrimination, a student organization. View more.


10. Bates professors receive promotions
Receiving promotions in May were Francesco Duina (sociology, to full professor), Baltasar Fra-Molinero (Romance languages and literatures, to full professor), Kirk Read (Romance languages and literatures, to full professor) and Katalin Vecsey (theater and rhetoric, to senior lecturer). View more.


11. Bates in the News
Dr. Howard Scher ’72 attracts media attention for making two major finds about Zytiga, a promising new prostate cancer drug. Aljazeera interviews Mustafa Basij-Rasikh ’12 for a story about whether Afghanistan’s young people can step up to help solve the country’s chronic problems. Lewiston Sun Journal reporter Bonnie Washuk profiles Asha Mohamud ’15, who, along with a graduate of Edward Little High School, will be the first members of the local Somali community to attend Bates. View more.

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