Summer Newsletter 2012: Communications Office

Meg Kimmel, assistant vice president for communications, and writer Doug Hubley are shown during a light moment as the Bates Communications Office held a staff retreat in 2012. Photograph by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College.

2012 has been a year of new faces and new looks in the Bates Communications Office.

We started the year off right by hiring Marc Glass ’88 as BCO’s first project manager, a job that means keeping the trains running on time and the passengers happy. This is Marc’s third stint at Bates — he attended the college as an English major, and then worked as staff writer in the College Relations office, predecessor to BCO, from 1997 to 2000.

In between, Marc held communications and advising posts at Colby and UMaine at Farmington, serving most recently as managing editor of UMF’s alumni magazine. He is a dedicated outdoor recreationist and is the husband of Student Financial Services director Wendy Glass.

On May 1, Victoria Stanton joined BCO as advancement writer. In this new position, Tory supports the college’s fundraising and alumni relations efforts. She hit the ground running as the strikingly successful Bates Fund Challenge was nearing its peak as she arrived. Tory worked previously as community educator for Safe Voices of Lewiston (formerly the Abused Women’s Advocacy Project), and remains active with Safe Voices as a member of the board of directors.

A Williams College graduate, Tory practices CrossFit, plays tennis and likes to hike with her husband, Patrick. (And BCO hiring isn’t over yet, as we will soon fill positions for Web developer and photography/video fellow.)

As for new looks, as opposed to new faces, BCO won praise and national recognition for two high-profile products this year. Launched last fall, the latest version of the college website was a smash hit among Bates folks — a verdict echoed recently when won two awards from eduStyle, a Web design gallery focused on higher education sites.

Presented July 31 at the eduWEB Conference in Boston, the fifth annual eduStyle Awards were broadly divided into “People’s Choice” and “Judged” awards. Bates won both accolades in the Best Overall Website category, as well as the People’s Choice award for Best Homepage.

June, meanwhile, saw the first edition of the redesigned Bates Magazine — with yet another new Bates face on the cover, President A. Clayton Spencer. The magazine, produced in collaboration with North Carolina-based Mervil Paylor Design, brings a new look and feel to the long and noble Bates lineage. Drawing deeply on BCO staffer Phyllis Graber Jensen’s superb photography and emphasizing the current life of the college, Bates brings a cutting-edge vibe to Bates.

Readers weren’t shy with their responses to the new magazine. “As a college professor teaching traditional-age students,” wrote Richard Lee Hilliard ’56, professor emeritus of management at Nichols College, “I think the new size, the format and the tight editing are right on target.”

Learn more: Bates Magazine. The Bates Communications Office.

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