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Reunion 2013 Schedule

Weekend Schedule


New on Campus
The past five years have brought many exciting changes and additions to the campus!

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Don’t miss the renovated Garcelon Field and the recently transformed Roger Williams and Hedge halls. You are invited to explore and tour campus throughout the weekend.

Faculty Lectures
This Reunion, experience the feeling of discovery in the classroom all over again. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear current Bates faculty – preeminent scholars in their fields – lecture on topics across the disciplines.

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


Thursday, June 6

(50th Reunion only)

Noon – 7 p.m.
Registration for the 50th Reunion Class
New Commons Building

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch for the 50th Reunion Class
New Commons

3 – 4:30 p.m.
Campus tour for the 50th Reunion Class
Departs from 280 College Street

6 p.m.
Welcome Reception and Dinner for the 50th Reunion Class
New Commons Building


Friday, June 7

7 – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast
New Commons

8 a.m. – midnight
Registration
New Commons Building

8 – 9 a.m.
Breakfast with the President for the 50th Reunion Class
Pettengill Hall

9 – 9:45 a.m.
50th Reunion Seminar: My Heart Is Younger Than My Oldest Offspring

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Tom Brown ’63 has the oldest working transplanted heart in the United States. He will talk about his experiences with his “newer” heart. (Open to all classes.)
Keck Classroom, Pettengill Hall

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Bates Outing Club Program: Hike through Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area, Phippsburg

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Join Conservation Area Director Laura Sewall on a four-mile hike through this wonderful Bates resource! The trail provides access to mile-long Seawall Beach, passing through interesting natural communities and varied terrains. Comprised 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 manages this resource for research and educational purposes, and is conducting environmental research throughout the area. Wear sturdy footwear and bring sunscreen, insect repellent, hat, water, day pack, and clothes as warranted by the weather conditions. You may want to bring binoculars or camera. A bag lunch will be provided. Co-sponsored by the Class of 2003 and co-led by Amanda Devine ’03 and Judy Marden ’66.
Depart by carpool from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

10 – 10:45 a.m.
50th Reunion Seminar: My Impressions of Vietnam

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Butch Simpson ’63, Bill Holt ’63, Web Harrison ’63, John Curtis ’63 and Peter B. Hollis ’63 present their impressions from serving in Vietnam. (Open to all classes.)
Keck Classroom, Pettengill Hall

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

11:30 a.m.
Reunion Golf Outing
Open to all classes and non-Reunion alumni!

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Buffet lunch at 11:30 a.m., tee times starting at 12:30 p.m. Hosted by the Friends of Bates Athletics.
Martindale Country Club, Auburn

1 – 1:45 p.m.
50th Reunion Seminar: Who Left The Closet Door Open?

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Ken Woodbury ’63 will discuss his personal experiences as a gay person with that of the culture as a whole. (Open to all classes.)
Keck Classroom, Pettengill Hall

2 – 2:45 p.m.
50th Reunion Seminar: What Ever Happened to Cultural Heritage?

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Bill Hiss ’66 and Professor Emeritus and Dean of the Faculty Emeritus Carl Straub answer the question “What Ever Happened to Cultural Heritage?” They will offer their thoughts on what Cultch offered, the events of the course demise at Bates and the evolution of a substitute curricular model. (Open to all classes.)
Keck Classroom, Pettengill Hall

3 – 3:45 p.m.
50th Reunion Seminar: Bates Women Expanding the Glass Ceiling

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Marion Schanz Ratcliff ’63, Loie Payne Lindner ’63 and Bette Ann Barber Crowell ’63 present their experiences as they expanded women’s roles in the workforce. Dean Randall, former Dean of Women, will also participate. (Open to all classes.)
Keck Classroom, Pettengill Hall

:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Reunion Tennis Festival: Doubles Mixer – Cancelled due to inclement weather.
James G. Wallach Tennis Center

4 – 4:45 p.m.
Bates Today: A Panel with Current Students

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Join current Bates students for a discussion of Bates life throughout the years. Listen as students describe aspects of student life and culture on campus today, including academics, athletics, clubs and organizations, and social life, and share your own Bates stories!
Room 208, Hedge Hall

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

5 – 8 p.m.
Reunion Lobster Bake
New Commons

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Reunion Tennis Festival: Reunion Cup Tournament and Cocktail Reception – Cancelled due to inclement weather.
James G. Wallach Tennis Center

8 – 10 p.m.
NHL Playoff Coverage
Bobcat Den

8:30 p.m.
Fireworks on the Shores of Lake Andrews - Postponed to Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m.
Florence Keigwin Amphitheater


Saturday, June 8

7 – 10:30 a.m.
Breakfast
New Commons

8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Registration
New Commons Building

8 – 9 a.m.
12-Step Meeting (self-led)
Harward Center for Community Partnerships, 161 Wood Street

8:30 – 9 a.m.
Insanity 30-Minute Class: Fast and Furious!

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A fun cardio-based program led by Kai “Kathy” Rose ’83, a certified Insanity Instructor. Bring your sneakers, towel and water and be prepared to go Insane! Sponsored by the Class of 1983.
PE Room (91), Merrill Gymnasium

9 a.m.
5K Run/Walk
Alumni Walk outside of Pettengill Hall

9 a.m.
Reunion Tennis Festival: Adult Clinic – Cancelled due to inclement weather.
James G. Wallach Tennis Center 

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

9 – 9:45 a.m.
Diversity Dialogues
Office of Intercultural Education, 63 Campus Avenue

9 – 9:45 a.m.
The Alphabet Soup of Health Care Reform: How Too Much Health Care is Dangerous to Your Health

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Health care expenditures have become a major portion of the economy of the United States. It is beginning to impact economic growth in this country and has the potential, along with the national debt, to interrupt the current economic recovery. In an attempt to control costs and offer health care to all citizens, President Obama recently signed into law the ACA (affordable care act). Along with the ACA some other alphabets of health care reform are Title VI of the ATRA, the SGR, the CLASS act, IPAB and numerous others acronyms. Dr. Louis Weinstein ’68, Past Bowers Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University, will help to clarify this health care alphabet soup. He will present suggestions for improving the health care system along with tools that can empower the individual to take control of her/his own health care destiny. Sponsored by the Class of 1968.
Room G65, Pettengill Hall

9 – 10 a.m.
Andy’s Animals: Exploring Andrew Wyeth’s Depictions of Animals

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Join Victoria Wyeth ’01, only grandchild of American artist Andrew Wyeth, for an interactive and family-friendly art activity. Victoria draws on her experience leading children’s programs at art museums across the country and offers a unique approach to the creative process.
Skelton Lounge, Chase Hall

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Bates Outing Club Program: New Facilities Tour

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The Outing Club has moved! The BOC Equipment Room was 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 winter and spring, the BOC moved into a new meeting room, equipment room, lounge, and office space in the newly renovated Chase Hall. Come tour the new consolidated space in Chase Hall.
 Enter the door marked “Outing Club” in the back of Chase Hall, near the loading dock.
Chase Hall

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Turkey: From Empire to Nation

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Located at the crossroads of the Middle East and Europe, Turkey is a country of diverse cultural heritage with deep social and political cleavages. In May 2013, Assistant Professor Senem Aslan led a group of Bates students on a short-term class trip to Turkey to explore the ethnic and religious diversity of the country and the current developments in Turkish politics. They visited four different cities of Turkey, (Istanbul, Mardin, Sanliurfa, and Gaziantep) and had the chance to observe wide socio-cultural and political variations in the country. Professor Aslan presents a brief overview of the trip, incorporating a discussion on the recent political developments and identity movements in the country.
Keck Classroom, Pettengill Hall

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Examining College Life

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What is the purpose of a college education? Jill N. Reich, Professor of Psychology, will explore this basic and timely question from the perspective of Developmental Psychology using the Bates mission statement as our foundation. Examining College Life will reference theories of development during the period of emerging adulthood and examine research on cognitive skills and intellectual growth, personality and self-concept, attitudes, values, beliefs and patterns of behavior during the college years.
Room G65, Pettengill Hall

10:30 – 11 a.m.
Classes Line Up for Parade
Merrill Gymnasium

11 a.m.
Alumni Parade
Show your class spirit in the Alumni Parade! March, ride or dance your way through a crowd of cheering Bates alumni and guests.
Merrill Gymnasium

11:30 a.m.
Annual Gathering of the Alumni Association with Welcoming Remarks by President Clayton Spencer
Merrill Gymnasium

Noon – 2:30 p.m.
Barbeque Picnic Lunch
A relaxed barbeque picnic for all ages.
New Commons

1 – 2 p.m.
Wiffleball Game

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A fun, family-friendly game of wiffleball! All ages and classes welcome. Sponsored by the Class of 1993.
Leahey Baseball Field

1 – 2 p.m.
Update from Admission

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Admission staff will offer a briefing on Bates admission strategies that have yielded excellence and opportunity in keeping with the college mission.
Room G65, Pettengill Hall

1 – 2 p.m.
What Will Be Our Legacy? Hi-Tech and High Debt

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While the overall economy has ebbed and flowed over the past 30 years, two trends have grown virtually uninterrupted: The pace of technology advancement and the growth in the national debt. Will technological advancements make workers obsolete? Will the national debt crush all other economic activity? What kind of future are we leaving to our children? Join James Hughes, Thomas Sowell Professor of Economics, as he answers these important questions. Sponsored by the Class of 1958.
Keck Classroom, Pettengill Hall

1 – 2:30 p.m.
Lewiston-Auburn Downtown Walkabout

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Wonderful things are happening downtown! Join staff from the Harward Center for Community Partnerships for a moderately paced walk through the heart of L-A, with brief narrative stops at several points of interest. Please wear comfortable shoes. Co-sponsored by the Class of 2008 and co-led by Julia Sleeper ’08.
Depart by carpool from Campus Avenue entrance to Chase Hall at 12:45 p.m., or meet downtown at the start of the walk in the parking lot on the corner of Main Street and Lincoln Street, Lewiston.

1 – 2:30 p.m.
Alumni Choir Rehearsal

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All alumni and guests are welcome to join the choir, which will provide music for the Memorial Service on Sunday. John Corrie, who has led the Bates College Choir since 1986, will direct the group.
Gomes Chapel

1 – 3 p.m. and 3 – 5 p.m.
Bates Outing Club Program: Androscoggin River Paddle

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Paddle in a Bates Outing Club canoe or your own kayak or canoe on the Gulf Island Pond section of the Androscoggin River. The West shore of this impounded part of the river is the new Androscoggin Riverlands State Park in Turner. Participants will paddle from the Bates Rowing Team’s boat house on the East side of the river in Greene. There are many places to explore — upriver, downriver, and across the bay — with possibilities of seeing eagles and other wildlife. The recreational use of the Androscoggin River is a direct result of Ed Muskie ’36’s Clean Water Act; now it is a popular site for paddle sports, bass tournaments, ice fishing and year-round enjoyment. Please bring sunscreen, insect repellent, hat, water and rain gear. Sponsored by the Class of 1973 and co-led by Betsy Bracken Barrett ’73, Dan Barrett ’74, Karen Price Stewart ’73, Ken Spalding ’73 and Judy Marden ’66.
Depart by carpool from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Reunion Tennis Festival: Reunion Cup Finals – Cancelled due to inclement weather.
James G. Wallach Tennis Center

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

2 – 2:45 p.m.
College 101: A Panel with Current Bates Students for Teens

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Want to know what it is like to be Bates student? Come listen to a panel of current students talk about college life, including academics, athletics, clubs and organizations, and social life. For teens only!
Hirasawa Lounge, Chase Hall

2 – 3 p.m.
A Personal Perspective on the Art of Andrew Wyeth

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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. Sponsored by the Class of 1953.
Olin Arts Center Concert Hall

2 – 3 p.m.
Grey Nuns in the Local Community

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When a million Franco-speaking Canadians immigrated to the United States from the 1860s to the 1930s, working class families did not have access to the social services we have today. In Lewiston and other industrial cities across New England, courageous and innovative women in religious orders like the Sisters of Charity or “Grey Nuns” filled this role. Through oral history interviews, Professor Mary Rice-DeFosse and her students have researched the integral connections between the Grey Nuns and the local community.
Room 106, Hedge Hall

2 – 5 p.m.
Alumni Squash Open Round Robin
Bates College Squash Center, 56 Alfred A. Plourde Parkway

3 – 3:45 p.m.
Can Government Really Help: The Challenge of Legislating Effective Government Programs

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Most government programs designed to cure social ills don’t work in sector after sector…and never could work. Based on his new book, “The Third Lie: Why Government Programs Don’t Work and a Blueprint for Change,” Richard J. Gelles ’68, Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, discusses how current federal programs create their own bureaucracy to monitor participation in the program and an entrenched administrative apparatus whose needs supersede those for whom the program was designed. Against this, he examines universal programs such as the GI Bill, Social Security, and Medicare, which are the most successful, sustained government programs ever established. Can government really work to help? He proposes a blueprint for one such effort. Sponsored by the Class of 1968.
Room 106, Hedge Hall

3 – 4 p.m.
Seeking the Signal in the Noise: Observations of Climate Change in the Norwegian High Arctic

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One of the major problems for climate researchers and the public alike is interpreting the real trend in climate within the noise of yearly and seasonal fluctuations in weather and extreme events. Professor Mike Retelle has been working in the arctic regions for over 30 years conducting research on a variety of problems. Come hear him discuss how the steady recession of the glaciers of Svalbard, Norway, clearly show the response to 20th Century warming despite the ups and downs of seasonal changes.
Room G18, Hedge Hall

3 – 4 p.m.
Peaceful Mind, Compassionate Heart: Meditation and Active Compassion for Personal and Social Transformation in the Twenty-first Century

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Collaborative ground breaking research with Tibetan meditation practitioners in several U.S. institutions of higher education is producing evidence which supports the efficacy of meditation as a transformative practice for both the individual and society. Bates is honored to welcome back to campus as special guest, Ven. Kachen Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan, a prominent Tibetan Buddhist lama who taught at the college in 1989. He is head abbot of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery by appointment of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama and is the founder of the Siddhartha High School in Ladakh, India. Please join him and Lisa V. Blake ’88, founder of the Maine Mindfulness Project, in a lively discussion about the benefits of meditation and to learn a few simple practices you can use anywhere. All ages welcome. Sponsored by the Class of 1988.
Gomes Chapel

3 – 4:30 p.m.
Documentary Film Showing: Neighbor by Neighbor: Mobilizing an Invisible Community in Lewiston, Maine by Craig Saddlemire ’05

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In the summer of 2004, the Mayor of Lewiston, Maine announced a plan to develop a four-lane boulevard across downtown’s low-income neighborhood. This project was called “The Heritage Initiative.” Contrary to its name, this plan was going to eliminate the downtown’s heritage by displacing 850 people from their homes as well as destroy playgrounds, vegetable gardens, and historic buildings. Moving residents out of the city and improving traffic flow was at the heart of this proposal. It was 1960′s Urban Renewal all over again. As tragic as the circumstances were, the threat of a road destroying the neighborhood required residents to rise to the challenge of becoming community organizers. Instead of allowing their neighborhood to be paved over, the residents of downtown organized themselves into a group call “The Visible Community.” They received support from non-residents alike. This movie documents 5 years of development and community organizing in Lewiston, Maine.
Room 104, Olin Arts Center

3 – 3:45 and 3:45 – 4:30 p.m. (two separate sessions)
The Real McCoy Comedy Workshop

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Join Brent McCoy ’03 for a wildly entertaining comedy workshop for children! Brent has performed all over the world since his time here at Bates, traveling to China, Scotland, Canada, New Zealand and even Paris… Maine. A fun and family-friendly event for all ages! Children not in Camp Bates are welcome to join with their parents.
PE Room (91), Merrill Gymnasium

4 p.m.
President’s Reception
For Mount David Society members and Reunion volunteers
A special gathering with President Spencer to recognize alumni who have made significant contributions to the college in their Reunion year. By invitation.
Chase Hall Lounge

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Bates Ski Team Alumni Reception

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A gathering of former Alpine and Nordic Ski Team members, their families and friends of all ages!  Come and enjoy good company and share great memories of your time with the Bates Ski program.
Penobscot Room, New Commons Building

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
LGBT Reception

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An opportunity for LGBT alumni, faculty, staff and allies to connect and network with each other. All are welcome! Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Engagement and Bates PRIDE.
Whelan Balcony, New Commons Building

5:45 p.m.
Class of 1963 50th Reunion Photo
Perry Atrium, Pettengill Hall

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

5:30 p.m.
Classes of 1943 and 1948
Little Room (226), New Commons Building

5:45 p.m.
Class of 1953
Edmund S. Muskie Archives

5:30 p.m.
Class of 1958
Fireplace Lounge, New Commons Building

6 p.m.
50th Reunion Reception and Class Dinner
Perry Atrium, Pettengill Hall

5:45 p.m.
Class of 1968
Benjamin E. Mays Center

6:15 p.m.
Class of 1973
Bobcat Den

5:15 p.m.
Class of 1978
Depart for off-campus reception and dinner from Olin Arts Center at 5:15 p.m.

5:30 p.m.
Class of 1983
Catherine C. Gorayeb Dining Mezzanine, New Commons Building

6 p.m.
25th Reunion Reception with the President followed by Class Dinner and Afterparty

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Toast your fellow classmates and celebrate this milestone Reunion in the company of President Clayton Spencer! Followed by the 25th Reunion Class Dinner and late night fun.
Alumni Gymnasium

5:30 p.m.
Class of 1993
Jarnryd Meeting Room (222) and Room 221, New Commons Building

5:30 p.m.
Class of 1998
Renyi Room (211), New Commons Building

6:15 p.m.
Class of 2003
Memorial Commons, Chase Hall

6:15 p.m.
Class of 2008
Clifton Daggett Gray Athletic Building

8 – 10 p.m.
NHL Playoff Coverage
Chase Hall Lounge

8 – 10 p.m.
Reunion Concert
Dance the night away with The Bob Charest Band! From Motown and R&B, to 80s classics and current hits, they cover it all. Better yet, they are proud Bates parents!
Clifton Daggett Gray Athletic Building

8:30 p.m.
Fireworks on the Shores of Lake Andrews
Enjoy spectacular fireworks while sharing a beverage with friends at the Florence Keigwin Amphitheater.
Florence Keigwin Amphitheater

10 p.m.
Live Music by Guy Fox

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Continue the celebration with live music by Guy Fox. This San Francisco-based, Bates-bred band featuring Greg Waters ’08, Nate Witherbee ’08 and Peter Granquist ’07 promises a high-energy show to close out the night!
Clifton Daggett Gray Athletic Building


Sunday, June 9

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Brunch
New Commons

7:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Bates Outing Club Program: Bird and Botany Walk at Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary

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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 difficulty. Wear sturdy shoes, bring warm clothes and a windbreaker/rain gear, camera and binoculars.
Depart by carpool from Central Avenue behind Alumni Gym and New Commons Building

8 – 10 a.m.
Bates Outing Club Program: Mountain Bike Ride at Riverlands State Park, Turner

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Explore the trails of one of Maine’s newest additions to the State Park system, right in our own back yard. The new park has a network of shared-use and dedicated trails contained within its 2600 acres. Bring your own bike. Alumni trip leader is Halsey Platt ’88 (and sons). Sponsored by the Class of 1988.
Depart by carpool from Central Avenue behind Alumni Gym and New Commons Building

10 a.m.
Alumni Memorial Service

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A time to celebrate the lives of those men and women of Bates who have died during the past year. The Alumni Choir will perform and alumni will be invited to officiate and to participate as ushers and readers.
Gomes Chapel

11:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. or optionally to 3:45 p.m.
Bates Outing Club Program: Hike Mt. Pisgah and Wilson Pond Woods (“Gott Pasture”), Winthrop/Wayne

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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 (first making a stop for Tubby’s extraordinary homemade ice cream!) or hike a 1¼  mile loop trail through majestic pine and oak woods and along the shore of Wilson Pond on land donated by the family of George and Helen Ladd. Easy to moderate difficulty. There will be two groups; one will start at Mt. Pisgah, the other will start at Wilson Pond Woods (Gott Pasture). The trip will be in three phases — a hike, ice cream, and a final hike — and participants can depart after any one of these phases. Wear sturdy shoes, and bring insect repellent, water, sunscreen, day pack, money for ice cream and weather appropriate clothing. Co-sponsored by the Class of 1958 and the Class of 1963 and co-led by Jo Trogler Reynolds ’58, Grant Reynolds ’57, Doug Smith ’63, Judy Marden ’66 and Ken Spalding ’73.
Depart by carpool from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

1 p.m.
Closing of Dormitories
Please leave your room key and electronic access card on your dresser in your room or with your BatesStar host. Safe travels!



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