Reunion 2012 Schedule

All Weekend

New on Campus!
During the past five years there have been many exciting changes and additions to the campus! Don’t miss the recently transformed Roger Williams and Hedge Halls, and Garcelon Field. You are invited to explore and tour campus throughout the weekend.

Bates College Museum of Art
Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography
Contemplation of the stars has created a multitude of cultural impacts from ancient creation myths to current cinema. The firmament’s inviting splendor has captured the eye of photographers from the earliest history of their medium. Starstruck is among the first art exhibitions to examine the genre, and it will feature works by Michael Benson, Robert Gendler, Sharon Harper, David Malin, Thomas Ruff, and Hans Christian Schink, and other artists from around the world. Starstruck will include a variety of subjects, from landscapes featuring the night sky to solar system bodies and deep sky objects.

Fitness and Wellness
When you pack for Reunion, don’t forget your golf clubs, running shoes, tennis racquet, swimsuit, bicycle, and yoga mat! All alumni and their guests are welcome to use campus athletic facilities during Reunion Weekend.


Noon – 7 p.m.
50th Reunion Class: Registration
Dining Room 131, New Commons Building

Noon  – 1:15 p.m.
50th Reunion Class: Lunch
New Commons Building

2 – 3:30 p.m.
50th Reunion Class: Campus Tour
A lot has changed in 50 years! Members of the Class of 1962 are invited to attend a tour of campus conducted by a current student.
Leaving from Franks Lounge, 280 College Street

6 p.m.
50th Reunion Class: Welcome Reception and Dinner
Mezzanine, New Commons Building

FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012

7 – 8:30 a.m.
New Commons Building

8 a.m. – midnight
Dining Room 131, New Commons Building

8 – 9:30 a.m.
50th Reunion Class:
Breakfast with Interim President Nancy J. Cable 

Sponsored by the Phillips Society
Perry Atrium, Pettengill Hall

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hike through Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area, Phippsburg led by Conservation Area Director Laura Sewall
Join Director Laura Sewall on a four-mile hike through this wonderful Bates resource! Comprising of some 600 acres, the Conservation Area is private property owned by the Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Corporation, a non-profit corporation with members from the St. John family (which originally conserved the area), Bates College, and the general public. Bates College manages the area for research and educational purposes, and is conducting environmental research throughout the area. The trail provides access to mile-long Seawall Beach, passing through interesting natural communities and varied terrains, with spectacular views from the summit of Morse Mountain.
Trip will depart from Central Avenue behind the Alumni Gym and the New Commons Building
*Please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement for more information if you are interested in this or any of the Bates Outing Club trips during Reunion.

10 – 10:45 a.m.
50th Reunion Seminar: Art History with Wanda Jones Corn ’62
Wanda Jones Corn ’62, retired now from teaching the history of American art at Stanford University, continues to research, write and guest curate museum exhibitions. Based on her own experience, she will talk about the politics and challenges of organizing museum exhibitions on artists as varied as Andrew Wyeth, Grant Wood, Georgia O’Keeffe and Gertrude Stein.
Keck Classroom (G52), Pettengill Hall

11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
New Commons Building

11:30 a.m.
Friends of Bates Athletics (FBA) Reunion Golf Outing (by prior reservation)
Open to all classes and non–reunion alumni
Martindale Country Club, Auburn

1 – 1:45 p.m.
50th Reunion Seminar: U.S. Navy SEALs with David Janke ’62
We are sorry; this program has been canceled. 

– 2 p.m. – new time!
Special 50th Reunion Session: A Conversation with President-elect Clayton Spencer
Please join President-elect Spencer for an informal discussion about the college. She’ll share thoughts about her desire to come to Bates from Harvard, offer insights into the distinctive value of Bates, and take your questions about her career and life.
Keck Classroom (G52), Pettengill Hall

2 – 2:45 p.m.
50th Reunion Seminar: Mental Health – 1962-2012 with Kendall Snow ’62
Join us for an insider’s look at the changes, successes and challenges faced by an evolving system of community-based mental health care over the last 50 years – how far we have come and how far we have to go.
Keck Classroom (G52), Pettengill Hall

3 – 3:45 p.m.
50th Reunion Seminar: Fly-Fishing Demonstration with Kenneth Holden ’62
A fly-fishing enthusiast, Kenneth Holden ’62 will give a demonstration of fly-fishing techniques on the shores of Lake Andrews.
The Puddle (Lake Andrews)

5 – 6 p.m.
Annual Meeting of the College Key
Open to all members of the College Key.
Edmund S. Muskie Archives

5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Reunion Lobster Bake
New Commons Building

7 – 8 p.m.
Check-in for Camp Bates
Ground Floor, Pettengill Hall

7:30 p.m.
Annual Reunion Address
Hear from both Interim President Nancy J. Cable and President-elect Clayton Spencer
Garcelon Field Tent

8:30 – 11 p.m.
Informal Reception and Fireworks (9:00 p.m. start)
Live fiddle music, food and drink, and a spectacular view!
Terrace, Olin Arts Center
(post-poned to Saturday night if it rains)

10 p.m.
25th Reunion Class: “Tent at Ten” Party
Tent on the Quad


7 – 8:30 a.m.
New Commons Building

8 – 9 a.m.
25th Reunion Class: Breakfast with Interim President Nancy J. Cable
Perry Atrium, Pettengill Hall

8 a.m.
12-Step Recovery Meeting
A light breakfast will be served.
Room 204, Pettigrew Hall 

8 – 8:45 a.m.
Yoga Class
Join certified Kripalu Yoga and Yoga Dance teacher Alice Ruvane for a Reunion Yoga class that will reunite you with your breath and your body. Alice is adept at working with people who are new to yoga and those who are long-time practitioners.
Plavin Dance Studio, Merrill Gymnasium

8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Dining Room 131, New Commons Building

8 a.m. – noon
Check-in for Camp Bates
Ground Floor, Pettengill Hall

9 a.m.
Memorial 5K Walk/Run
Join the Class of 2002 for this year’s Memorial 5K Walk/Run of the beloved “3-mile loop” (and a Kids Fun Run across the Bates Quad) honoring the lives of four of our classmates whom have left us way too early in life, Merrick Ryan, Jessie Withrow, Morgan McDuffy, and Adam Thomas. 9 am ceremony at the Muskie Garden (Class of 2002 garden). We will begin the run/walk immediately following the service at the garden, with route maps provided.
Run to depart from Muskie Garden

9 – 9:45 a.m.
Faculty Lecture: “The Dickens Bicentenary and the Other Dickens” by Lillian Nayder, professor of English
Charles Dickens, perhaps the greatest English novelist, was born in 1812, making 2012 the Dickens bicentenary.  How should we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the novelist’s birth in light of his unjust treatment of his wife Catherine?  Addressing that question, this talk focuses on the complex relationship between the couple, the way in which Dickens authored his wife’s story after their separation in 1858, and the consequences of his tale about Catherine for Dickens scholarship.
Room 315, Roger Williams Hall

9 – 10:30 a.m.
Open Court Basketball
Open court pick-up basketball in the legendary Alumni Gym. All ages and abilities welcome! Hosted by the Class of 1992.
Alumni Gym

9 – 9: 45 a.m.
Lecture by Victoria Browning Wyeth ’01
A Personal Perspective on the Art of Andrew Wyeth
Victoria Wyeth ’01, Andrew Wyeth’s only grandchild, offers an illustrated talk with insights on his art, and personal anecdotes from years of conversations with her grandfather. Hosted by the Class of 1977.
Concert Hall, Olin Arts Center
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Olin Arts Center

9 – 9: 45 a.m.
Bates Today: Student Panel
Come listen to a panel of students share aspects of student life and culture on campus today, including academics, athletics, clubs and organizations and social life. This session will afford an opportunity to share stories about life at Bates then and now. Hosted by the Class of 1952.
Room 106, Hedge Hall 

9 – 9:45 a.m.
Campus Tour
Departs from Office of Admission, Lindholm House 

9 – 9:45 a.m.
Bates Outing Club Facilities Tour – Old & New
The Outing Club is moving! The BOC Equipment Room has been in the basement of Hathorn since it moved from Parker in 1968, and the meeting room has been in the basement of Alumni Gym since 1928. This fall, the BOC will move into new meeting room, equipment room, lounge and office space in a renovated Chase Hall. Come tour the tradition-steeped rooms before they are gone and check out the plans for new space in Chase Hall.
Meet your guide at the BOC Equipment Room at the back of Hathorn.

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
A Quick Illustrated History of Bates with William C. Hiss ’66, Executive Director for International Advancement & Lecturer in Asian Studies
“Bates College is not standing in the way of any other institution, but is occupying and cultivating ground which before had lain waste.” Oren B. Cheney
Now in its 157th year, Bates continues to lead. It is remarkable how over the last 40 years many of the best colleges in America have changed themselves to become much more like Bates. A lively collection of photographs of Bates’ history will give us an encouraging, fascinating and sometimes humorous view of the college.
Room 208, Hedge Hall

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Action for Post-Soviet Jewry by Judy Patkin ’57
Judy first traveled to the Soviet Union in 1979 and again in 1989 to visit with refuseniks (Jews denied the right to emigrate). Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, she has traveled almost every year to work with various Jewish communities in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Azerbaizhan and Uzbekistan. She is a founding member of ASJ, which incorporated as a private, non-profit organization in 1975, and has served as Executive Director for the past 23 years. She also serves on the national board of the Union of Councils for Jews in the former Soviet Union. Hosted by the Class of 1957.
Room 215, Roger Williams Hall

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Update from Admission
Admission staff will offer a briefing on Bates admission strategies that have yielded excellence and opportunity in keeping with the college mission.
Room 315, Roger Williams Hall

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Today’s Bates Student-Athlete
Over 60% of students participate in athletics at some level while at Bates. How has the student-athlete at Bates changed since 1997? What is it like to coach at Bates 15 years after being a student-athlete at Bates? Join Pat Cosquer ’97, Head Men’s and Women’s Squash Coach, for a short discussion and Q&A that will explore the answers to these questions and many more. Hosted by the Class of 1997.
Room 106, Hedge Hall

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Architectural Tour of Bates led by Philip Isaacson ’47
As well as being a practicing attorney in Lewiston, Philip Isaacson ’47 has been the art and architecture critic for the Maine Sunday Telegram newspaper for over 45 years. In 2010, Isaacson was honored with the Maine Prize for Architecture, awarded to “an architect, an individual, or an organization that has added significantly to the legacy of Maine building and to the Maine community in the belief that architecture plays a meaningful part in our lives.” On this walking tour, Isaacson will share his perspective on the aesthetic and cultural significance of the wonderful collection of buildings on the Bates core campus. Hosted by the Class of 1947.
Meet in front of the Chapel

10:45 a.m.
Classes line up for the parade
The Quad

11 a.m.
Reunion Parade
The Quad and Alumni Walk

11:30 a.m.
Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association
Reunion 2012 marks the 144th annual meeting of the Alumni Association. At this meeting the new leadership of the association, the Alumni Council, is elected, and alumni awards are presented.
Garcelon Field Tent

Noon – 2:30 p.m.
Picnic Lunch and Live Music
Laid-back picnic lunch for all ages! Live music from The Mallet Brothers Band, lawn games, a bouncy house for kids, and an appearance by the beloved Bates Bobcat!
Ladd Library Quad (rain site: New Commons Building)

1 p.m.
Reunion Road Ride
Enjoy the country roads and rural farmland outside of L/A by bike on this scenic 18-mile no-drop group ride! Hosted by the Class of 1977.
Depart from Alumni Walk in front of New Commons Building

1 – 2:30 p.m.
Documentary Film Screening: “We Still Live Here”
As described by the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, “We Still Live Here” tells the amazing story of the return of the Wampanoag language, a Native American language silenced for more than a century. The Wampanoag Indians’ forebears ensured the survival of the first English settlers in New England – the ‘Pilgrims,’ and lived to regret it. A century ago, after nearly 300 years of contact, their language virtually disappeared. Now, spurred on by an indomitable Wampanoag woman named Jessie Litte Doe Baird, recent winner of a MacArthur genius award for her unprecedented linguistic work, the Wampanoag are bringing their language and their culture back to life. Hosted by the Class of 1967.
Room 104, Olin Arts Center

2 – 2:45 p.m.
The Yankee Lens: The Best of New England
Bates is part and parcel of a distinct New England heritage. And as Batesies, we love New England for its beauty, history and culture. Yankee Magazine has devoted coverage of New England travel, home, food and features since its founding in 1935 and is one of the few remaining family-owned and independently published magazines in the United States. Join Yankee Magazine Publisher J.D. Hale ‘82 as he provides his insights and takes us on a photo tour which highlights New England’s best beach towns. Hosted by the Class of 1982.
Room 106, Hedge Hall 

2 – 2:45 p.m.
Glassblowing…Should It Be an Olympic Sport? A Panel on the Road Less Traveled after Bates
Join Fred Kaemmer ’92, an experienced glassblower, and Amy Bass ’92, member of the NBC research team for the Olympic Games and professor of history at the College of New Rochelle in New York, as they share career challenges and surprises, and their paths to the road less traveled. Hosted by the Class of 1992.
Keck Classroom (G52), Pettengill Hall

2 – 2:45 p.m.
Social Media in the Workplace by Laura Balson ’02
Want to know if your employer can fire you for your Facebook posts? Does your company use social media to promote itself? All classes are invited to a presentation by Class of 2002 employment attorney, Laura Shadle Balson, to discuss what you need to know about the ever-changing landscape of social media in the workplace. With current statistics noting that more than 1 billion people across the globe have used some form of social media, whether you are an expert or a novice, this is a topic you need to learn more about. Hosted by the Class of 2002.
Room G56, Pettengill Hall

2 – 2:45 p.m.
Campus Tour
Departs from Office of Admission, Lindholm House 

2 – 3 :30 p.m.
Alumni Choir Rehearsal
All alumni and guests are welcome to join the Choir, which will provide music for the Memorial Service on Sunday.
The Chapel

2 – 4 p.m.
Bates Outing Club Trip: Discover the L-A Androscoggin River, a paddle and short hike
Take an easy, tranquil paddle upstream from downtown Auburn, disembark at a sand beach and hike under tall pines to the scenic overlook of the David Rancourt preserve. The Androscoggin River Greenway is a stunning centerpiece for the L-A community! Come see for yourself, and gain a new perspective on L-A.  Ed Muskie ‘36’s Clean Water Act, and the Androscoggin Land Trust’s efforts to create a central Greenway, are changing the way we view and use the river.  Bring your own canoe or kayak, life vest (required), water, hat, wind or rain gear. (BOC canoes may be available; check at the Registration desk for more information.)
Trip will depart from Central Avenue behind the Alumni Gym and New Commons.
*You must provide your own canoe to participate in this trip. Please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement for more information if you are interested in this or any of the Bates Outing Club trips during Reunion.

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Stop-time slide show of Olin Construction presented by Gene Clough
Room 105, Olin Arts Center
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Olin Arts Center

3 – 3:30 p.m.
“Drawing with Light,”
a lecture by Weston Naef P’97, Curator Emeritus of Photographs at the Getty Museum
A slide lecture by Weston Naef, curator emeritus of photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum.  From its very beginning, photography has been associated with the universe, and all subsequent visual records of the celestial spheres are dependent on the core principles of photography, which is drawing with light.  This lecture explores light’s–primarily sunlight’s–fundamental importance to the photographic medium through historical references and in relation to the exhibition Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography.
Concert Hall, Olin Arts Center
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Olin Arts Center

3 – 3:45 p.m.
From Bates to the Big Leagues: The Inside Scoop on the Business and Culture of Sports
What is Michael Jordan like away from the court? What’s it like being inside the winning clubhouse at the World Series? How does it feel to have your voice broadcast across the globe? Should college athletes be paid? How has technology altered the recruiting process and redefined the fan experience? How are sports leagues handling the concussion crisis? Have we heard the last about performance enhancing drugs? Before the Olympics get underway in London, come hear from Bates alumni who have spent their careers on the sidelines, in the locker rooms, in meetings with agents and in the front offices of sports; ESPN’s Mark Brown ’87, the NEAC’s Candice Poiss Murray ’92, Sports Illustrated’s Matt Gagne ’04, Babson’s Stephen Brennan ’87 and The Sporting News’ Jeff Price ’87. Hosted by Class of 1987.
Alumni Gymnasium 

3 – 3:45 p.m.
A Biography of the Euro and Its Current Malaise with Bob Harlow ’57
The creation of the euro area was a great technical achievement. However, in light of the recent Greek crisis, it seems to be in a spot of trouble. This presentation aims to apply economic analysis encountered in a basic economics course to the current situation, with some hoped-for illumination of the ways out of the crisis, if any. No previous knowledge of Europe is required. Hosted by the Class of 1957.
Room 208, Hedge Hall 

3 – 3:45 p.m.
Faculty Lecture: “Famous Last Words” by John Cole, Thomas Hedley Reynolds professor of history
When I came to Bates as an inexperienced rookie, I was naïve enough to think that the best way to teach more or less anything was to play the part of a Socratic questioner and, I have to confess, vain enough to suppose that at age twenty-five I was already wise enough to do so successfully. Ha! Silly boy! After forty-five years of teaching, Bates has given me some classroom experience and taken away some of my youthful naïveté. But at seventy, the age of Socrates at his death, I’m still vain enough to suppose that, if I ask the right questions, I can learn something, perhaps even something of interest to others. Plato says that the dying man’s last words were these: “Crito, we owe a cock to Asclepius; make this offering to him and do not forget.” The words are famous enough, but what do they mean?
Room 106, Hedge Hall

3 – 4:30 p.m.
Artists, Artisans and Authors Show
Talented alumni artists, artisans and authors from the Classes of 1967 and 1972 gather to exhibit literary works and handmade goods. Displays include hand-lathed raw wood bowls, poetry, photography, handmade quilts, penned novels and watercolor paintings. Open to all Reunion attendees! Hosted by the Classes of 1967 and 1972.
Olin Arts Center
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Olin Arts Center 

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Exhibition Opening – Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography
Contemplation of the stars has effected myriad cultural impacts, from ancient creation myths to current cinema. The firmament’s inviting splendor has captured the eye of photographers from the earliest history of the medium. One of the first art exhibitions to examine this genre, Starstruck will feature works by Michael Benson, Robert Gendler, Sharon Harper, David Malin, Thomas Ruff and Hans Christian Schink, along with other artists from around the world. Starstruck will cover a variety of subjects, from landscapes featuring the night sky to solar system bodies and deep sky objects.
Museum of Art and Olin Arts Center Terrace
Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Olin Arts Center

3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
Tour of Hedge Hall and Rogers Williams Hall
Take a student-led tour of the recently-renovated Roger Williams and Hedge halls. The two residence halls have been transformed into state-of-the-art academic buildings. Roger Williams houses language programs and resources, including the Off-Campus Study Office, the Language Resource Center and academic programs; Hedge Hall houses Philosophy, Religious Studies and Environmental Studies.
Meet outside main entrance of Hedge Hall on Alumni Walk

4 – 5 p.m.
President’s Reception
(by invitation)
Historic Quad in front of Coram

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
LGBT Reception

This reception is an opportunity for LGBT alumni, faculty, staff, and allies to connect with each other. All are welcome! Hosted by Bates PRIDE.
Whelan Balcony, New Commons Building

5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Class Receptions and Dinners
Various locations

8 – 11 p.m.
Reunion Concert
Dance to the rock and roll band The Waiters, featuring music of all generations on the library quad. Refreshments served, all are welcome!
Library Quad 

10 p.m.
25th Reunion Class Bonfire
Page Field

SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2012

7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
New Commons Building

7:30  – 10 a.m.
Bates Outing Club Trip: Bird and Botany Walk at Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary
Join Tom Hayward (Bates Humanities Reference Librarian and President of Stanton Bird Club) and Susan Hayward (Stanton Bird Club Education Chair) on a hike through Thorncrag.  The highest point in the city, the 357-acre bird sanctuary and wildlife preserve offers great views, spring wildflowers and excellent birding.  Stanton Lodge, BOC’s Thorncrag cabin, was a popular destination for decades of Bates students. Easy to moderate walk: wear sturdy shoes, bring warm clothes and a windbreaker, camera and binoculars.
Trip will depart by van or carpool from Central Avenue behind the Alumni Gym and New Commons. 

10 a.m.
Alumni Memorial Service
The Reverend Bill Blaine-Wallace, Multifaith Chaplain, and Emily Wright-Magoon, Associate Multifaith Chaplain, officiants.
The Chapel

11:15 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. or optionally to 3:15 p.m.
Bates Outing Club Trip: Hike Mt. Pisgah & the shore of Wilson Pond in Winthrop & Wayne
Climb 400 feet along a one-mile trail to the summit of 807′ Mt. Pisgah. The 60′ fire tower offers outstanding views of surrounding forest and lakes, the Western Maine mountains and White Mountains. Return to campus at this point for a 1:45 pm return, or…after a stop for Tubby’s extraordinary homemade ice cream, hike a 1- mile loop trail through majestic pine and oak woods and along the shore of Wilson Pond on land donated by the family of George & Helen Ladd (as in Ladd Library). Easy to moderate difficulty. Bring water, sturdy shoes, wind or rain gear, bug repellent. Limit of 20 people.
Trip will depart by from Central Avenue behind the Alumni Gym and New Commons
*Please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement for more information if you are interested in this or any of the Bates Outing Club trips during Reunion.

1 p.m.
Dormitories Close
Please leave your room key and electronic access card in the key return box at the entrance of your dorm or with your BatesStar host.

New this year! Post-Reunion Programs

Alumni College
June 10 – 12
Please join us to rediscover the liberal arts, revive your passion for learning, and relive old memories on campus. Alumni College participants will be led by Bates’ distinguished faculty members in a variety of offerings including multi-day courses, single lectures, and field trips. Experience today’s state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities. Stay in the beautiful 280 College Street dormitory, play tennis and use Tarbell Pool, and enjoy Bates’ award-winning food in the new dining Commons, before enjoying a Midsummer Concert at Lake Andrews or a stroll in the Historic Quad.

Bates Admission Alumni Legacy Program
June 10 – 11
Bates Admission and Financial Aid invites you to an in-depth series of panels and workshops designed to help you and your high school aged student navigate the college search. We will be joined by our nationally-recognized colleagues, including Deans and Directors of Admission and Secondary School Counselors from around the country.