Preliminary Schedule

Subject to change.

Thursday, June 9

50th Reunion Only

Registration for the 50th Reunion Class

Lunch for the 50th Reunion Class

Welcome Reception and Dinner for the 50th Reunion Class
Bonney Meeting Room

Friday, June 10



50th Reunion Seminar: The Rebirth of a River Awakens a Community
Come hear Jonathan LaBonte, Mayor of Auburn, Maine, and former Executive of the Androscoggin Land Trust, speak about the impact that efforts initiated by the late Edmund S. Muskie ’36, long-serving Maine governor, U.S Senator, and U.S secretary of state, had on the rebirth of the Androscoggin River and the potential of the communities that line its banks. Restoration projects, wildlife habitat improvements, and community-based recreation have brought new opportunities and new challenges. This session will highlight those and the potential of what’s to come. Sponsored by the Class of 1966.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

Admission Informational Session
Lindholm House

Bates Outing Club Trip: Hike through Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area, Phippsburg
Join Conservation Area Director Laura Sewall and former director Judy Marden ’66 on a four-mile hike through interesting natural communities and varied terrains to Seawall Beach.  Bates manages this resource for research and educational purposes and is conducting environmental research throughout the area. Sponsored by Class of 1966.
Departs from Merrill Gymnasium lot

50th Reunion Seminar: Up Close and Personal: A View of the Syrian Refugee Crisis from a Small Greek Island and What We Can Do to Help
Kel House ’66 and his wife, Sher, from Harborside, Maine, spend a good part of each year on the small Greek island of Symi in the Aegean Sea. Symi is very close to the coast of Turkey and receives a steady stream of overloaded boats full of refugees from Syria and other countries. As part of a locally formed island charity,, Kel & Sher are working on ways to help with the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Kel will be speaking on this crisis and its influence on Greece, Europe, and America. Sponsored by the Class of 1966.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House


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

Class of 1961 Lunch
Commons, Chu Dining and Meeting Room

Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

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 161st 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 1966.
Pettengill Hall, Keck (G52)

Admission Informational Session
Lindholm House

Class of 1956 Time Capsule
Relive memories with the Class of 1956 at the unveiling of class time capsule.
Muskie Archives

50th Reunion Seminar: 
Revisiting C.P. Snow’s The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution
Fresh perspectives and a framework for discussion of this classic work are offered by professors Thomas Tracy, a philosopher of religion, and John Smedley, a chemical physicist. They have co-taught “Caring for Creation: Physics, Religion and the Environment” for nearly 20 years, puzzling with students over religious and scientific questions of origins and how they influence attitudes toward the natural world. Sponsored by the Class of 1966.
Pettengill Hall, Keck (G52)

4pm, 4:30pm, 5pm
Tour of the Campus Avenue Project
Join Facilities Services project managers as they lead tours of the construction of the new student residences, the College Store, and Post & Print. With construction nearly complete, this is a great opportunity to see the project before the buildings open for the upcoming academic year. Each tour is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-serve, basis.
Meet inside the entrance of Chase Hall

Annual Meeting of The College Key
Open to members of The College Key.

Reunion Lobster Bake

25th Reunion Lobster Bake
Tent alongside Gomes Chapel

Museum Opening Reception
Dessert and wine will be served.
Olin Arts Center, Museum of Art

Tennis Mixer and Clinic Under the Lights
James G. Wallach ’64 Tennis Center

Bobcat Beer Garden
Late Night at the Den — come enjoy each other’s company among favorite local beers and Bates-inspired beverages.
The Den Terrace

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

Saturday, June 11


Welcome Center

50th Reunion Class Breakfast with the President 
Pettengill Hall, Perry Atrium

12 Step Recovery Meeting
Harward Center, 163 Wood Street

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.
Lindholm House

Reve it Up!
Join Stephanie Cabot ’11,  owner of Reve Cycling Studio in Portland, Maine for a 50-minute Tone & Trim ride that will sweat out Friday night and ride you into Reunion weekend with great beats. Sponsored by the Class of 2011. Class is limited to 17 people on a first-come. first-serve basis. All levels welcomed.
Merrill Gym

Bring Your Kids to the (Cereal) Bar!
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 for each child while supplies last. Everyone is welcome, whether you have an infant, toddler, teenager, or are just a kid at heart! 
Commons, Chu Dining and Meeting Room

Memorial 5K Run/Walk
Come run/walk in memory of beloved Bates community members. Rain or shine.
Alumni Walk in front of Commons

Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

“Andy’s Animals” Exploring Andrew Wyeth’s Depictions of Animals
Join Victoria Wyeth ’01, the 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. Please note that no photography is allowed during this presentation.
Benjamin E. Mays Center

Classes line up for the Parade
Historic Quad

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

Presidential Address and Annual Gathering of the Alumni Association
Tent next to Garcelon Field

Barbecue Picnic Lunch
A relaxed barbecue picnic for all ages. Reserved seating available for the classes of 1961 and older underneath Ladd Library Arcade.
Ladd Library Quad/Arcade

Under the Ladd Library Quad

“What I Know Now.”
Class of 1986 presents “What I Know Now.” Come hear your classmates deliver a series of brief, entertaining TED-like talks about what they’ve learned in the 30 years since leaving campus. This event is only open to the class of 1986 and their guests.
Pettengill, Hall, Keck (G52)

1–3pm and 3–5pm
Outing Club: Paddle on the Androscoggin
Paddle in a Bates Outing Club canoe or your own kayak or canoe on the Gulf Island Pond section of the Androscoggin River by the Bates Boathouse.  The recreational use of the Androscoggin River is a direct result of Ed Muskie ’36’s Clean Water Act, the impetus for cleaning up formerly polluted rivers like the Androscoggin, now a popular site for boating, fishing, and year-round enjoyment. The 1 p.m. paddle is sponsored by the Class of 1976.
Departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

A Personal Perspective on the Art of Andrew Wyeth

Victoria Wyeth ’01 offers an illustrated talk on the works of her grandfather Andrew Wyeth. Please note that no photography is allowed during this presentation.
Olin Concert Hall

Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

“So How’s That “End of History” Thing Working for You These Days?”: American Foreign Policy Since 1989
As the communist regimes of the Soviet bloc fell like dominoes in 1989, Francis Fukuyama penned a provocative essay entitled “The End of History?” in which he heralded a new age of liberal democratic peace well into the 21st century. Now sixteen years into that new century, most Americans feel the country is moving in the wrong direction, and many regard the world outside our borders as a source of fear and uncertainty. This presentation discusses how U.S. foreign policy contributed to this new age of anxiety and what it might have done to prevent it. It also considers prospects of the future under a new administration. This presentation by Politics faculty members James Richter and John Baughman is sponsored by the Class of 1951.
Pettengill Hall, Room G65

2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm
Tour of the Campus Avenue Project
Join Facilities Services project managers as they lead tours of the construction of the new student residences, the College Store, and Post & Print. With construction nearly complete, this is a great opportunity to see the project before the buildings open for the upcoming academic year. Each tour is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Meet inside the entrance of Chase Hall

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

B-side: Stories you haven’t heard before
A storytelling event featuring five-minute, open-mic vignettes from Bates alumni and friends. Think of these stories as the B-sides of vinyl 45 records, the often undiscovered gems that are overshadowed by the heavily promoted A-side tracks, but — despite their lack of top billing — leave the listener with a lot to think about. Story submission, guidelines, and samples.
Office of Intercultural Education, Chase Hall

The Co-Curricular Experience of Today
This program offers alumni insight into some of the college’s experiential learning offerings. These opportunities enrich students’ educational experiences while developing skills, knowledge, and relationships that help prepare them to lead productive lives after college. Come learn more about how these opportunities continue to evolve and strengthen the modern student experience.

Joshua McIntosh, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Christina Patrick, Associate Director of Internship Program Design, Purposeful Work
Darby Ray, Director, Harward Center for Community Partnerships and Donald W. and Ann M. Harward Professors of Civic Engagement 
Pettengill, Hall, Keck (G52)

President’s Reception
A special gathering with President Clayton Spencer to recognize Reunion volunteers, leadership donors, and those who have made deferred gifts to Bates. By invitation only.

Class Receptions and Dinners

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 12

Check Out


Bates Outing Club Program: 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

Class of 1966 Gathering to Remember Classmates Who Have Passed Away
Open only ot the Class of 1966 and their guests.
 280 College Street, Frank’s Lounge

Alumni Memorial Service
A time to celebrate the lives of Bates community members whose passing we learned of during the past year. The Alumni Choir will perform, and alumni will officiate and participate as ushers and readers.
Gomes Chapel

Outing Club: Hike Mount Pisgah
Climb along a one-mile trail to the summit of 807-foot Mount Pisgah. The 60-foot fire tower at the top offers outstanding views of surrounding forest and lakes, the mountains of western Maine, and the White Mountains. The two-mile trail is easy to moderate in difficulty.
Departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

Coach George Purgavie Retirement Brunch
Join us in celebrating and honoring Coach and Associate Professor of Physical Education George Purgavie and his more than 30 years of service to Bates. 
Benjamin E. Mays Center

Closing of Residence Halls
Please leave your room key and electronic access card in the designated boxes in your dorm lounge or at checkout in Commons.