BatesNews August 2012
In this issue:
Bringing deep experience at leading U.S. universities, including Harvard, Cornell, the University of Chicago and Northwestern, Sarah Pearson ’75 becomes vice president for college advancement at Bates effective Aug. 27, 2012.
From biology labs and sea marshes, Bates students emerge for a Q-and-A session about their funded summer research, including an invitation to dish on their advisers.
With 55 percent alumni participation in the 2012 Bates Fund, ending June 30, alumni roared past the 50-percent Bates Challenge goal, thus securing an extra $500,000 from a group of alumni leaders. Donors surpassed the Bates Fund dollar goal of $6 million with an annual giving total of $6,390,613.
A popular community tradition, the annual green “garage sale” of appliances, furniture, electronics and other goods donated by the college community raised $21,223 for 14 local nonprofit organizations.
Among the college’s most distinctive annual events, Baccalaureate affords graduating seniors an opportunity to create, with guidance from the Multifaith Chaplaincy, a program marked by reflection, festivity and gratitude on the eve of Commencement.
Twenty thousand African American Marines, including Nate Boone ’52, went through basic training at the racially segregated Montford Point facility at Camp Lejeune, N.C., in the 1940s. To honor their pioneering achievements, Congress presented Boone and his fellow 367 surviving Montford Point veterans with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal.
Part of the proceeds from a Maine triathlon on Aug. 19 will create a fund supporting research and internships in the Bates economics department in memory of the late economics professor David Aschauer, who died in 2011.
After 21 people in San Jose, Calif., burned themselves during a firewalk, Slate asked Dana Professor of Anthropology Loring “Danny” Danforth why firewalkers don’t always fry.
Professor Emeritus of Geology Roy Lothrop Farnsworth, who helped make fieldwork a defining part of the Bates geology curriculum, died July 18.
The Canadian rowing team competes in the finals of the Olympics men’s eight on Aug. 1 at about 5:30 a.m. Eastern time. Check your local listings for when the final will be broadcast by NBC.
Boston Globe columnist Brian McGrory ’84 tells a lobster tale about Steve Kingston ’88, proprietor of The Clam Shack in Kennebunk, Maine. Book reviewers enjoy the storytelling in Man of War by Charlie Schroeder ’95, who spent a year with reenactment groups. Comic and juggler Brent McCoy ’03, familiar to Reunion-goers for his routines on Alumni Walk, is profiled by the The Royal Gazette of Bermuda.