BatesNews June 2012
In this issue:
Online coverage of Commencement 2012 features addresses by honorands Bonnie Bassler, Robert De Niro and Gwen Ifill plus loads of stories in photographs, video and words. Plus, what did the members of the Class of 2012 form on Garcelon Field?
What do an incoming Bates president, a renowned historian of American art, a car enthusiast whose Chevy Coupe burned on Frye Street years ago, and a social-justice activist who works on behalf of post-Soviet Jews have in common? They all attended Reunion 2012 — and had a blast!
Redesigned Bates Magazine, featuring President-elect Clayton Spencer on the cover, arrives in Bates mailboxes this week. The reasons for the redesign go well beyond “Why not?” so please check out these redesign FAQs. In short, we hope you’ll appreciate the magazine’s new approach to the mission it’s had since 1921: helping audiences feel the rhythms of Bates life, on and off campus.
Read about the inaugural edition of the Alumni Legacy Program, which formalizes a service that Bates Admission has provided to alumni for decades, namely professional advice to parents and their children on the college search advice. Also, Bates Communications intern Hallie Balcomb ’14 offers 10 college-search tips gleaned from the ALP.
In the immortal words of Swedish hair metal band Europe, “It’s the final countdown” for the Bates Fund in June. (Or, if you prefer, it’s “The End,” from The Doors, or “Closing Time” by Semisonic.) Your participation with a gift of any size by June 30 helps push alumni participation closer to 50 percent — and achieving that benchmark puts into motion a major gift of $500,000 from a group of alumni leaders.
For more than a generation, Analysis Group Inc. co-founder Bruce Stangle ’70 has advised and encouraged Bates alums of all ages who are making their way in the business world. This spring, Bates said “thank you” to Stangle for his years of career service, making him the inaugural recipient of a new alumni award that carries the Stangle name. In May, Stangle, David Parmelee ’64 and Kathy Whelan P’05 retired from the Board of Trustees and were granted emeriti status.
Director of Admission Leigh A. Weisenburger is the college’s new dean of admission and financial aid, effective July 1. “Leigh brings to this position extraordinary energy, talent and commitment to Bates,” said President-elect Clayton Spencer in her announcement. “She understands the college’s values and aspirations, and she has played a key role these past two years in working to align our admission practices with the dual goals of increasing academic strength and broadening access to a Bates education. Leigh’s charisma and determination to enact best practice will make her a powerful force for Bates on and off campus.”
Sixteen-time All-American Keelin Godsey ’06, the most decorated student-athlete in Bates history, is the centerpiece of Sports Illustrated‘s special report on “The Transgender Athlete.” With a top three finish at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore., this week, Godsey will realize his lifelong dream: to make the U.S. women’s Olympic team.
As an emerging art genre, astrophotography yields images that “are nothing less than overwhelming, depicting humbling, glorious delights that are often invisible to both the naked eye and even the telescope, and are revealed only through photographic means,” says Anthony Shostak, organizer of Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography at the Bates Museum of Art through Dec. 15.
Seven 2012 Bates College graduates received Fulbright grants or related awards for teaching and conducting research in Argentina, Austria, Germany, Poland, the Slovak Republic and Vietnam.
The New York tech media wonders what Jeremy Fisher ’06 is up to with his startup Wander. In Boston, there’s interest in Caitrin Lynch ’89, whose new book offers anthropological insight into a Needham needle company where workers’ median age is 73. BBC News learns from Associate Professor of English Sylvia Federico that women could lead a medieval mob just as well as a man, and on Father’s Day, the Sun Journal profiles father-daughter farmers Doug Chipman and Tomi Chipman ’14.