BatesNews October 2012
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Watch live coverage of two major Bates events this week: the service for the naming of the Chapel in memory of Peter Gomes ’65 (Thursday, Oct. 25, 4:15 p.m.) and the inauguration of President Clayton Spencer (Friday, Oct. 26, 2:30 p.m.). To watch, go to bates.edu/inauguration/live-coverage.
Post-inauguration, a series of Welcome Events will bring President Clayton Spencer to cities near many Bates alumni, parents and friends. Click on the link above to find the Welcome Event nearest you.
During the first part of October, two different campus gatherings honored the life of first-year student Troy Pappas, who died on Oct. 5, 2012, of injuries suffered in a fall down a Parker Hall stairwell. The first was the Bates football game vs. Williams at Garcelon Field on Oct. 6, which began with a moment of silence for Pappas, a member of the team from Eliot, Maine, and the second was an observance in the Chapel on Oct. 11. Read a story about the Chapel gathering, and view a slide show of game photographs.
Nancy Cable, Bates interim president during 2011–12 and currently a Bates vice president, has been appointed president of The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, a Florida-based philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting education, theological education, public television and health care.
As the U.S. Supreme Court hears a case challenging consideration of race as one factor in college admissions decisions, it will consider an array of “friend of the court” written arguments, among them one submitted by Bates and other selective private colleges and universities.
The emotions and events surrounding the annual visit by Bates parents and families is captured by Bates photographers Mike Bradley and Phyllis Graber Jensen.
Telling the Class of 2016 that there is no higher reward than to work with passion and purpose, President Clayton Spencer offers stories about working for the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, considered a master of compromise. And compromise was the theme of Convocation 2012, echoed also by Stephen Engel, an assistant professor of politics in his Convocation address.
Redesigned in 2011, the Bates website has won top honors in a 2012 competition sponsored by eduStyle, a leading website for higher education Web design professionals.
The renewal of the Bates faculty is seen in the retirements of longtime professors in the spring followed by the arrival of new professors in the the fall. In psychology and neuroscience, for example, new faculty member Jason Castro takes over from John Kelsey, who retired last year. Read staff writer Doug Hubley’s profiles of Castro and five of his colleagues who are new to the Bates faculty.
Chemistry and Engineering News turns to Bates to show how internships boost job prospects for science majors. The aforementioned Bates neuroscientist Jason Castro tells Minnesota Public Radio that our brains make decisions before we’re aware of it. Politics professor John Baughman explains to the Portland Press Herald why a much-anticipated campaign spending war for retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe’s seat hasn’t materialized.