Schedule

Thursday, June 11 (50th Reunion Only)

11:30am – 7pm
Registration for the 50th Reunion Class
Commons

11:45am – 1:15pm
Lunch for the 50th Reunion Class
Commons

6 pm
Welcome Reception and Dinner for the 50th Reunion Class
Commons

Friday, June 12

7 – 9:30am
Breakfast
Commons

8am – midnight
Registration
Commons

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

9am – 4pm
Bates Outing Club Trip: Tumbledown Mt. Hike
A four-and-a-half mile hike up difficult terrain to one of the most beautiful spots in Maine.  The alpine pond nestled amongst three rocky summits, makes this hike a favorite Maine hike for many people.
Vans depart from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

9:15 – 10am
50th Reunion Seminar: 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. Please note that no photography is allowed during this presentation.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

10am – 4pm
Bates Outing Club Trip: Coastal Hike at Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area
A guided hike through Bates’ 600-acre coastal conservation area, boasting spectacular views of the Atlantic and access to Seawall Beach. Transportation provided from campus.
Vans depart from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

Opens at 10am
Bates Museum of Art
The Painter of Maine: Photographs of Marsden Hartley
Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), a native son of Lewiston, is recognized as one of the most important American modernists. This exhibition focuses on a large and rarely exhibited group of photographs of the artist spanning his adult life.

Points of View
This exhibition features new and recent photographs of the Maine landscape from different levels of scale. Each artist explores a different aspect of the interrelationships between human populations and the natural world. The exhibition is part of the Maine Photo Project: mainephotoproject.org

Maine Collected
This exhibition draws from a facet of the collection focusing on contemporary artists living in or connected to the state of Maine.

10:15 – 11:15am
50th Reunion Seminar: Creating the Presidency: Political Campaigns, the Media, and Experiential Learning
In this talk, Stephanie Kelley-Romano, associate professor of rhetoric, will discuss her course “Presidential Campaign Rhetoric” and the ways that experiential learning strategies are incorporated into the overall course through the inclusion of a mock campaign. Samples from past student campaigns will be shown. Kelley-Romano will discuss the difficulties in teaching this socially-mediated, 140-character-limited generation, but also celebrate the creative skills and new ways of thinking the latest generation of Bates students brings to the classroom. She is very excited to have an audience who has a collective memory that predates the Obama administration.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

11:30am – 1:15pm
Lunch
Commons

11:30am
Reunion Golf Outing
Buffet lunch at 11:30 am, tee times starting at 12:30 pm. Hosted by the Friends of Bates Athletics.
Martindale Country Club, Auburn

1:30 – 2:45pm
50th Reunion Seminar: A Quick Illustrated History of Bates with William C. Hiss ’66
“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 160th 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 1965.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

3 – 4:15pm
50th Reunion Seminar: A Trip Down Memory Lane
Continue the conversation started in our 50th Class Book. Join Pete Heyel ’65 and classmates to reminisce and share stories from our time at Bates.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

4:30 – 5:30pm
Bates Ski Team Alumni Reception
A gathering of former Alpine and Nordic Ski Team members, their families and friends. Enjoy good company and share great memories of your time with the Bates Ski program.
Commons, Fireplace Lounge

5 – 6pm
Annual Meeting of The College Key
Open to members of The College Key
Muskie Archives

5:30 – 8:30pm
Reunion Lobster Bake
Commons

7 – 9:30pm
Class of 2005 Beer Garden
Come join your class of 2005 friends for some beer, cider, music, and lawn games on the quad!  We’re featuring Bates-inspired beverages from Allagash, Downeast Cider, and Baxter at our tented beer & cider garden.  We’ll be sure to blast some hits from our college days to get everybody back in the spirit!
College Street side of the Historic Quad

7 – 9:30pm
Class of 1975 Reception
Following the lobster bake at Commons, join your ’75 classmates for a celebration at Sarah Pearson’s home. Relax and reconnect with classmates while enjoying wine, beer and refreshments – plus a great soundtrack from our years at Bates. We can walk across the street to enjoy the fireworks at 9:00. This gathering is open to the Class of 1975 only and their guests.
Home of Sarah Pearson ’75
55 Ware Street – across the street from Page Hall
Class of ’75 Banner will be hanging on the front door

7 – 9:30pm
Museum Opening Reception
Dessert and wine will be served.
Olin Arts Center, Museum of Art

8:30pm – 1am
Late Night in the Den
Order a pint while enjoying great conversation with friends in the cozy Bobcat Den.
Chase Hall, The Bobcat Den

9pm
Fireworks
Enjoy spectacular fireworks at the Florence J. Keigwin Amphitheater on the shores of Lake Andrews.
Olin Arts Center Terrace

9:30pm – midnight
S’mores
Following fireworks over the puddle, come down to Page Field for a late night bonfire, s’mores, and old friends. Sponsored by the Class of 2010.
Page Field

Saturday, June 13

7 – 10:30am
Breakfast
Commons

8am – 7pm
Registration
Commons

8 – 8:45am
Memorial 5K Run/Walk
Come run/walk in memory of beloved Bates community members. Sponsored by the Class of 2005.
Alumni Walk in front of Commons (rain or shine)

8 – 9am
12-Step Recovery Meeting
Harward Center, 163 Wood Street

8:30 – 9:30am
BOC 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 – 10:30am
Bring Your Kids to the (Cereal) Bar!
The Class of 2005 is hosting an open cereal bar at New Commons to introduce bob-kittens to the famous Bates Cereal Bar! Meet, greet, and reunite with other children and new parents over the 30+ different types of cereal that you know and love. Is your favorite still there? What will the next generation choose? Bobcat patches, temporary tattoos, and Bates cereal bowls will be available while supplies last for each child! Everyone welcome, whether you have an infant, toddler, teenager, or are just a kid at heart!
Commons, The Chu Dining and Meeting Room

9 – 10am
Experiencing Purposeful Work
A dynamic overview of the Purposeful Work initiative presented by President Clayton Spencer and students who have experienced Purposeful Work programming firsthand.
Olin Arts Center Concert Hall

9 – 10:30am
Reunion Tennis Festival: Adult Clinic
James G. Wallach ’64 Tennis Center

9:30 – 10:15am
“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. Wyeth draws on her experience leading children’s programs at art museums across the country and offers a unique approach to the creative process. Please note that no photography is allowed during this presentation.
Benjamin E. Mays Center

10:30 – 11am
Classes Line Up for Parade
Historic Quad

11am
Alumni Parade
Show your class spirit in the Alumni Parade. March, ride, or dance through a crowd of cheering Bates alumni and guests.
Historic Quad and Alumni Walk

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

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

12:30pm
Performance by Rob Larkin ’00
Enjoy Rob Larkin’s homespun blend of roots rock, Americana, and funky soul. The lead singer and guitarist for the LA-based band Rob Larkin & The Wayward Ones, Larkin regularly tours the United States as a solo artist as well as with the band.
Den Terrace

Noon – 2:30pm
Class of 1995 BBQ and Trip to Range Pond
Head to Range Pond for a classic Bates BBQ and day at the beach! Parking vouchers and directions are available in our dorm lounge. Open to the Class of 1995 only.
Range Pond
Departs from John Bertram Hall

1 – 3pm and 3 – 5pm
Bates Outing Club Trip: Paddle on the Androscoggin
Enjoy a tranquil paddle from the Bates Boathouse in Greene, home to Bates Rowing, and explore the Androscoggin Riverlands State Park. The Androscoggin River Greenway is changing the way we view and use the river. See for yourself and gain a new perspective on L-A.
Depart from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

1:30pm
Connecting with Lewiston-Auburn
Volunteer in the Lewiston-Auburn community by cleaning Sunnyside Park and the Riverside Trail with the Androscoggin Land Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting, through land conservation and stewardship, the important natural areas, traditional landscapes, and overall outdoor experience in the Androscoggin River watershed. Sponsored by the Class of 1985.
Departs from Milliken House

1:30 – 3:30pm
Reunion Tennis
Join other alumni for a few rounds of tennis in the afternoon. Come play doubles or singles for all skill levels.

2pm
Museum L-A
Visit this special museum in one of the old Bates Mill buildings that “chronicles the history of work, industry, and community in Lewiston and Auburn.” Sponsored by the Class of 1950.
Departs from 280 College Street driveway

2 – 2:45pm
The Recent Work of Jamie Wyeth
Join Victoria Wyeth ’01 for a presentation on the work of her uncle Jamie Wyeth. Her talk will examine the subject matter, technique, and family stories behind the paintings. Please note that no photography is allowed during this talk. 
Olin Art Center Concert Hall

2 – 3pm
Reflections on the Bates Learning Environment
Join faculty and staff members Ryan Bavis, Margaret Imber, Josh McIntosh, and Darby Ray for engaging round-table discussions about current practices on the Bates campus. Topics include community engagement and purposeful work, research experiences, student life, and student centered learning. Time is scheduled for reports from each table. Vice President and Dean of the Faculty Matt Auer and former Trustee Trish Morse ’60 will book-end this hour session. Sponsored by the Class of 1960.
Pettengill Hall, Room G65

2 – 3:30pm
Ruth Slovenski’s 90th Birthday Gathering
Commons, Fireplace Lounge

2 – 3:30pm
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

2 – 3pm and 3 – 4pm
40 Years: Highlights of Campus Construction since 1975. What’s next?
Join John Rasmussen, the college’s energy manager, and Chris Streifel, project manager, as they lead a tour of some of the new and renovated buildings on campus, including Commons, Roger Williams Hall, Hedge Hall and the construction site of the new student residences on Campus Avenue. There will also be a discussion of other changes to the campus environment over the past 40 years that have enhanced the world-class liberal arts experience at Bates. Sponsored by the Class of 1975. Note: This tour is limited to 20 people for each session. There are also multiple student-led campus tours that are offered on Saturday.
Departs from Commons, Milts Lounge

2 – 4 pm
Ronj Games
Nothing says Bates Reunion like lawn games behind The Ronj! Come hang out with classmates you haven’t seen in five years and play some classic lawn games while you’re at it. Sponsored by the Class of 2010.
The Ronj, 32 Frye Street

2:30 – 3pm
LGBTQ Reception
An opportunity for LGBTQ alumni, faculty, staff, students, and allies to connect with each other in the new Office of Intercultural Education (OIE). All are welcome! Please stay for the OIE Open House that follows.
Chase Hall, Office of Intercultural Education

3 – 4pm
OIE Open House
Were you a member of AAsia, Africana Club, AMANDLA, Bates Christian Fellowship, CSA, Hillel, International Club, Latinos Unidos, MASV, MSA, OUTfront, Sangai Asia, SANKOFA, Women’s Advocacy Group, or Women of Color? Did you frequent the Multicultural Center or Office of Intercultural Education? Wondering what happened to the low- and mid-ceiling rooms in Commons? Join fellow alumni, faculty, staff, and student for the Open House. All are welcome!
Chase Hall, Office of Intercultural Education 

3 – 4pm
Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

3 – 4pm
Encounters as a Foreign Correspondent
Kim Gamel ’90 shares her personal and professional experiences covering some of the biggest stories in the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe. Her portfolio includes on-the-ground reports for The Associated Press from Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Egypt. She’ll talk about what she’s learned covering wars and revolutions and how U.S. foreign policy is facing a turning point. Sponsored by the Class of 1990.
Hedge Hall, Room 106

3 – 4pm
The Bates Outing Club Today: Presentation and Panel
Join us for a student and alumni presentation and panel to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the Bates Outing Club. Come share stories and Outing Club experiences from today and years past. Check out some new equipment acquired since you were  a student!
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

4 – 5pm
President’s Reception
A special gathering with President Spencer to recognize alumni who have been involved in their class’s Reunion efforts or have made Mount David Society-level gifts to the college in honor of this milestone year. By invitation only.

5:30 – 8:30pm
Class Receptions and Dinners
Dinner and Housing Assignments

8 – 11pm
Reunion Gala
Dance the night away with the Larry Williams Band, a rock ‘n’ roll cover band playing hits from across the generations.
Tent on Ladd Library Quad

Sunday, June 14

6:30am – 12:30pm
Brunch
Commons

7:30 – 9:30am
Bates Outing Club Trip: Bird Walk at Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary
Enjoy a morning hike through this 357-acre bird sanctuary and wildlife preserve. The highest point in the city, Thorncrag offers great views, spring wildflowers and excellent birding.
Departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

8:30am – 5:30pm
Bates Outing Club Trip: Appalachian Trail Work Trip to Bemis Mt.
Help clear brush and blowdowns from the Bates Outing Club’s 4-mile section of the A.T. on Bemis Mt. Trip led by Lester Kenway ’75, President, Maine Appalachian Trail Club, Christian Barter ’90, Trail Crew Supervisor, Acadia National Park, and Adam Auerbach ’16, BOC Cabins & Trails Director.
Departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

10am
Alumni Memorial Service
A time to celebrate the lives of Bates community members 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

11:30am – 3:30pm
Bates Outing Club Trip: Streaked Mountain Scramble
Led by Justin Schlawin ’05, scramble 700 feet over open rock ledges on this short, steep hike not far from campus. The bald open summit offers great views over the surrounding countryside and out to the White Mountains.  Moderate difficulty because of the steepness of the approach trail, but flat on top. Bring sturdy shoes or boots, a day pack, water, wind/rain gear, bug repellent, camera and binoculars.
Departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

1pm
Closing of Residence Halls
Please leave your access card and/or keys in one of the designated boxes located in your dorm lounge or in Commons. You may also leave your keys with your BatesStar host.