Reunion 2014 Schedule

The complete schedule for Reunion 2014, June 5 through June 8.

Thursday, June 5
50th Reunion only

11:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
Registration for the 50th Reunion Class

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

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

Friday, June 6

7–8:30 a.m.

8 a.m.–midnight

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

9:15–10:15 a.m.
50th Reunion Seminar: The Last “Cultch” Class with Professor Emeritus Carl B. Straub
The Last “Cultch” Class Taught At Bates. Return to May of 1964 as Professor Emeritus Carl B. Straub teaches the last Cultural Heritage Class given at Bates. Class discussion follows. There is an Immanuel Kant reading assignment (separately provided).
Keck Classroom (G52), Pettengill Hall

10 a.m.–4p.m.
Bates Outing Club Program: Hike through Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area, Phippsburg, ME
Join Director Laura Sewall, Judy Marden ’66, and Judy Keith ’54, 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, with spectacular views from the summit of Morse Mountain. The Conservation Area is about 600 acres of private property owned by the Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Corporation. Bring sturdy footwear, rain/wind gear, hat, daypack, bug repellent, swimsuit (for the hardy), camera, binoculars.
Depart from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

10:30–11:45 a.m.
50th Reunion Seminar: The Legacy of Cultural Heritage
Cultural Heritage was a four semester sequence in the third and fourth years as a graduation requirement for all Bates students from 1946 until the late 60s. The process of readings and discussing classics of intellectual history from Homer to Freud made a deep impression on many. The panel of graduates who went into careers in the sciences, the humanities, and business will share how “Cultch” affected them as individuals and as professionals. The audience will reflect on the value of the courses to them.
Keck Classroom (G52), Pettengill Hall

11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

11:30 a.m.
Reunion Golf Outing
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

1:30–2:45 p.m.
50th Reunion Seminar: Vietnam War Panel
Classmates who were assigned to Vietnam candidly discuss their experiences there with a discussion period to follow. The participants are Scott Wilkins ’64, USN, Dick Andren ’64, USA, Gretchen Ziegler ’64, Red Cross, and chair John E. Meyn ’64, USAF.
Keck Classroom (G52), Pettengill Hall

3–4:15 p.m.
50th Reunion Seminar: Peace Corps Panel
The founding of the Peace Corps was part of Bates experience, and a number of our classmates were among the early volunteers. Join Linda Rolfe Raiss ’64, Pat Parsons Kay ’64, Val Wilson Dupuy ’64 and Ron Green ’64 as they share their experiences and how the Peace Corps impacted their lives.
Keck Classroom (G52), Pettengill Hall

3:30–5:30 p.m.
Reunion Tennis Festival: Doubles Mixer
James G. Wallach ’64 Tennis Center

4–6 p.m.
A Cappella Alumni Reception
Ladd Library Quad

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

5–8:30 p.m.
Reunion Lobster Bake

6:30–8:30 p.m.
Reunion Tennis Festival: Reunion Cup Tournament and Cocktail Reception
James G. Wallach ’64 Tennis Center

8:30–9:30 p.m.
Enjoy spectacular fireworks at the Florence Keigwin Amphitheater on the shores of Lake Andrews.
Olin Arts Center Terrace

8:30 p.m.—1 a.m.
Late Night in Chase
Enjoy a pint in the cozy Bobcat Den, or engage in a game of pool or ping-pong and great conversation with friends in the newly-renovated Chase Lounge.
Chase Hall

Saturday, June 7

7–10:30 a.m.

7–8:30 a.m.
Casual Campus Bird Walk
Join Pat Folsom ’64 for a casual bird walk around campus. The walk will depart from the Gomes Chapel promptly at 7 a.m. Don’t forget your binoculars! Sponsored by the Class of 1964.
Meet outside of Gomes Chapel

8 a.m.–7 p.m.

8–10 a.m.
Road Bicycle Ride (leaving from Rainbow Bicycles)
Enjoy the country roads around L-A on a scenic 25-mile road group ride along with trip leader Brodie O’Brien ’09. The ride is put on by Rainbow Bicycles, located in downtown Lewiston, and is for moderate to advanced cyclists; a rider should be able to keep a pace of 14-15 mph in order to participate. Bring your own bicycle, helmet, and water. Trip will depart from Rainbow Bicycles, 97 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, at 8 a.m.
Meet at Central Avenue entrance of New Commons Building at 7:15 a.m. before riding to Rainbow Bicycles together

8:30–9:15 a.m.
Bates Outing Club Program: New Facility Open House
The Outing Club has a new home in Chase Hall—stop by and tour the space! Enter through the door marked Bates Outing Club in the back of Chase at the loading dock.
Chase Hall

8:30–9:15 a.m.
Memorial 5K Run/Walk
Sponsored by the Class of 1989.
Alumni Walk in front of Commons (rain or shine)

8:30–9:15 a.m.
Campus Tour
Depart from Lindholm House

8:30–10:15 a.m.
Lewiston-Auburn Downtown Walkabout
Wonderful things are happening downtown! Join Julia Sleeper ’08 and Darby Ray, Director of 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.
Depart from Gomes Chapel

9–10 a.m.
Yoga Class
Join Katie Hardy ’04 for a low-key, all-levels vinyasa flow yoga class to start your day. Mats provided, but please bring a bottle of water and towel. Class will be outdoors, weather permitting. Sponsored by the Class of 2004.
Meet outside Merrill Gymnasium

9–10:30 a.m.
Reunion Tennis Festival: Adult Clinic

James G. Wallach ’64 Tennis Center

9:30–10:15 a.m.
Andy’s Animals: Exploring Andrew Wyeth’s Depictions of Animals
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.
Room 259, Olin Arts Center

9:30–10:15 a.m.
Faculty Panel
Bates faculty members from different disciplines share their thoughts on curriculum, community and evolving teaching methods. Featuring Jim Hughes, Thomas Sowell Professor of Economics, Georgia Nigro, Professor of Psychology, and Kirk Read, Professor of French and Francophone Studies and Associate Dean of the Faculty. Moderated by Matt Auer, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. Sponsored by the Class of 1974.
Keck Classroom (G52), Pettengill Hall

9:30–10:15 a.m.
Update from Admission and Financial Aid
Join Leigh Weisenburger, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, for a briefing on Bates admission and financial aid strategies that have yielded excellence and opportunity in keeping with the college mission. Sponsored by the Class of 1984.
Room G65, Pettengill Hall

10:30–11 a.m.
Classes Line Up for Parade
Historic Quad

11 a.m.
Alumni Parade – 100th Anniversary!
Show your class spirit in the 100th anniversary Alumni Parade! March, ride or dance through a crowd of cheering Bates alumni and guests.
Historic Quad and Alumni Walk

11:30 a.m.
Presidential Address and Annual Gathering of the Alumni Association
Tent alongside Garcelon Field

Noon–2 p.m.
Family Lawn Games
Let’s get outside! Join classmates and their families for some fun on the Historic Quad. There will be games for kids of all ages…lawn bowling, frisbee, soccer and more! This is the perfect chance to relax, spend some time together and have fun. Sponsored by the Class of 1999.
Historic Quad

Noon–2:30 p.m.
Barbecue Picnic Lunch
A relaxed barbecue picnic for all ages.
Ladd Library Quad

1–1:45 p.m.
A Personal Perspective on the Art of Andrew Wyeth
Victoria Wyeth ’01, Andrew Wyeth’s only grandchild, offers an illustrated talk with insights on her grandfather’s art and personal anecdotes from years of conversations with her grandfather. Sponsored by the Class of 1959.
Olin Arts Center Concert Hall

1–1:45 p.m.
Bates and Vietnam
Join John E. Meyn ’64, Michael Nolan ’69, Jeff Sturgis ’69 and Scott Wilkins ’64 for a panel discussion addressing how the draft and the Vietnam War affected the decisions and lives of several Bates Vietnam era veterans. Sponsored by the Class of 1969.
Room 204, Carnegie Science Hall

1–1:45 p.m.
Health and Wellness at Bates
Join Christine Schwartz, Assistant Vice President for Dining, Conferences and Campus Events, and Mike Milliken, Wellness Program Manager, for a discussion on what motivates the Bates community to be healthy, including current health and wellness initiatives for staff, faculty and students. Sponsored by the Class of 1974.
Room 106, Hedge Hall

1–3 p.m.
Kickball and Softball Games
Join fun, family-friendly games of kickball and softball! All classes and ages welcome. Sponsored by the Class of 1994.
Leahey Field

1–3 p.m.
Ronj Hangout
The Class of 2004 hosts a hangout at the Ronj. Please stop by and enjoy lawn games, entertainment, and your favorite Ronj treats: coffee, chai, cookies, and herbal popcorn. Sponsored by the Class of 2004.
The Ronj

1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Bates Outing Club Trip: Discover the Androscoggin River
Ed Muskie ’36’s Clean Water Act, and local efforts to encourage recreation on this beautiful resource, have changed the way we view and use the river. We will paddle from the Bates Boathouse in Greene, where the Rowing Team has its dock and headquarters, and explore the Androscoggin Riverlands State Park across the river. Please bring water, hat, wind or rain gear, camera, binoculars. Sponsored by the Class of 1979.
Depart from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

1:30–3:30 p.m.
Reunion Tennis Festival: Reunion Cup Finals
James G. Wallach ’64 Tennis Center

2–2:45 p.m.
Campus Tour
Depart from Lindholm House

2–2:45 p.m.
A Conversation about Diversity and Inclusion at Bates with Crystal Williams, Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer and Professor of English
Room 106, Hedge Hall

2–3 p.m.
Museum of Art Reunion Reception
Upper Gallery: Convergence: Jazz, Films, and the Visual Arts. The exhibition features many works by innovative artists and filmmakers, mostly African Americans, whose works depict and/or are influenced by Jazz music and culture.
Lower Gallery: Maine Connections. Drawing from the museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition features works by important historic and contemporary art and artists associated with Maine, including Marsden Hartley, Carl Sprinchorn, Chenoweth Hall, Eliot Porter, Walker Evans, William Manning, and Gary Green.
Museum of Art

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. John Corrie, who has led the Bates College Choir since 1986, will direct the group.
Gomes Chapel

3–3:45 p.m.
Faculty Lecture: The End of Aging: Ethical and Existential Issues by David Cummiskey, Professor and Department Chair, Philosophy
We will explore the ethical implications of regenerative medicine. A primary goal of medical research is curing disease, and regenerative medicine has the potential to cure the diseases of old age. If these diseases are cured, then dying of old age will no longer be an inevitable end of life. Regenerative medicine challenges our understanding of the core mission of medicine and the meaning and social significance of death itself.
Keck Classroom (G52), Pettengill Hall

3–3:45 p.m.
A Quick Illustrated History of Bates with Curt Lyford ’04, Parents Fund Director in College Advancement
“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 159th 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. Sponsored by the Class of 2004.
Room G65, Pettengill Hall

4 p.m.
Reunion Recognition Reception
A special gathering with President Spencer to recognize alumni who have been involved in their class’s Reunion efforts or made Mount David Society-level gifts to the college in honor of this milestone year. By invitation.

4:30–5:30 p.m.
Bates Ski Team Alumni Reception
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.
Fireplace Lounge, Commons

4:30–5:30 p.m.
LGBT Reception
An opportunity for LGBT alumni, faculty, staff, and allies to connect with each other. All are welcome!
Whelan Balcony, Commons

5:30–8:30 p.m.
Class dinners and receptions

6 p.m.
25th Reunion Reception with the President
A chance for members of the Class of 1989 to toast classmates and celebrate this milestone Reunion in the company of President Clayton Spencer. Followed by the 25th Reunion Class Dinner and late-night fun.
Memorial Commons

6:30 p.m.
50th Reunion Class Photo, Followed by Reception and Class Dinner
Perry Atrium, Pettengill Hall

8–11 p.m.
Reunion Concert
Dance the night away with “The Waiters,” a rock ’n’ roll cover band playing hits from across the generations.
Ladd Library Quad

11 p.m.–1 a.m.
Live Music by Blue & Gold
Continue the celebration with live music by Blue & Gold. This Brooklyn-based band, featuring Alex Kapelman ’09 and Chloe Raynes ’08, promises a high-energy show to close out the night! Sponsored by Class of 2009.
Ladd Library Quad

Sunday, June 8

7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

7:30–9:30 a.m.
Bates Outing Club Program: Bird and Botany Walk at Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary
The 357-acre bird sanctuary and wildlife preserve is the highest point in the city, and 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/rain gear, camera, and binoculars.
Depart from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

10 a.m.
Alumni Memorial Service
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 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 Trip: Hike Mt. Pisgah & Wilson Pond Woods in Winthrop & Wayne
Climb 400 feet along a one-mile trail to the summit of 807′ Mt. Pisgah along with Ken Spaulding ’73. The 60′ fire tower offers outstanding views of surrounding forest and lakes, the Western Maine mountains, and the White Mountains. Return to campus following the hike up Mt. Pisgah for a 2:15 pm return, or stop for Tubby’s extraordinary homemade ice cream first. If you’re so inclined, hike a 1.25 mile loop trail through majestic pine and oak woods 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, day pack, camera, binoculars. Bagged lunches will be provided.
Depart from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

Noon–1 p.m.
Memorial Picnic on Mount David
Members of the Class of 2009 are invited to gather to close Reunion Weekend with a celebration of the life of Kyra Williams ’09.
Mount David

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

Interested in volunteering for your Reunion? Please contact Cristin Bates at or 207-755-5991, or Amy Bureau at or 207-755-5992.