Schedule

This preliminary schedule is subject to change. Please check back frequently for updates. 

Thursday, June 8

Thursday activities are only open to the 50th Reunion class. On-campus housing on Thursday night is available to all classes. 

11:30am–10pm
Welcome Center
Your first stop — pick up your name tag, room keys, and schedule.
Commons

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

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

Friday, June 9

7–9:30am
Breakfast
Commons

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

8am–midnight
Welcome Center
Commons

9–10am
Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

9:15–10:15am
50th Reunion Seminar: The Fight of Our Lives
The documentary “The Phantom Punch” explores the controversy surrounding the Ali v. Liston world championship fight held in Lewiston on May 25, 1965 with a focus on the Lewiston-Auburn community. Bates graduates who attended the fight will share their perspectives. Sponsored by the Class of 1967; open to all.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

10–11am
Admission Information Session
Lindholm House

10am–4pm
Outing Club: 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.

10:30–11:30am
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 162nd 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 1967; open to all.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

11am–noon
Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

11:30am–1:15pm
Lunch
Commons

11:30am
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

1–2pm
Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

1:30–2:30pm
50th Reunion Seminar: The Rhetoric of our Current Political Climate
Join Bates politics professors for a panel discussion about the first six months of the Trump administration and the rhetoric of our current political environment. Sponsored by the Class of 1967; open to all.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

2–3pm
Admission Information Session
Lindholm House

Opens at 2pm
Bates Museum of Art

2:45–3:45pm
50th Reunion Seminar: The Art of Living
New England artist Andrew Kusmin ’67 looks back at his creative journey by sharing his watercolors, his mentors, and his new book, “Palette of Dreams.” Enjoy art and anecdotes as you experience the people, places, paths, and practices that inspired his philosophy of life and art. “I am inspired to compel you to stop, look and reflect on the story of life contained in small moments.”
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

3–4pm
Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

5–6pm
Annual Meeting of the College Key
Open to members of the College Key.

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

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

8:30pm–1am
Bobcat Beer Garden
Late night at the Den — come enjoy local favorites and Bates-inspired beverages.
The Bobcat Den

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

Saturday, June 10

7–10:30am
Breakfast
Commons

8am–7pm
Welcome Center
Commons

8:30–9:15am
Memorial 5K Run/Walk
Alumni Walk

9–10am
Adult Tennis Clinic
Come play tennis at an all-levels clinic with Head Tennis Coach Paul Gastonguay ’89.
James G. Wallach ’64 Tennis Center

9:30–10:15am
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. 

9:30–10:30am
Camp Bates: Story Time with Author-Illustrator Matt Tavares ’97

Join award-winning children’s book author-illustrator Matt Tavares ’97 for a reading of Zachary’s Ball, and hear the story of how his senior thesis at Bates became his first published picture book. Matt will also give a behind-the-scenes look at his process of writing and illustrating children’s books, followed by a drawing demonstration and question time.

11am
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

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

Noon–4pm
Reunion Tennis Celebration
Join coaches and tennis alumni for an afternoon of matches and a celebration of Head Coach Paul Gastonguay’s 20 years at Bates.
James G. Wallach ’64 Tennis Center

1–2pm
What’s Your Story?
Your story, your brand. Technology’s impact on telling your story. Learn from a talented group of executives who have leveraged technology to go from branding to storytelling. The discussion will include a focus on the evolution of personal and corporate branding in today’s world. Sponsored by the Class of 1992.

1–3pm or 3–5pm
Outing Club: Paddle on the Androscoggin
Enjoy a tranquil paddle from the new Bates Boathouse in Greene, home to Bates Rowing, and explore the shore of the Androscoggin Riverlands State Park.

1:30–3pm
Friends of Bates Athletics Gathering
Reconnect with fellow Bates athletes at this gathering for all sports.
The Den

1:30–3pm
We Are One: Engaging, Collaborating, and Advocating within Communities
Join the Class of 1982 for a panel discussion about supporting vulnerable, at-risk populations through community-based service, advocacy, organizing, and leadership development. Ann Philbin ’82 speaks about her work with immigrant communities, Lori Norman Campbell ’82 speaks as a licensed social worker dealing with issues surrounding elder care and caregiver support, and Felicia Garant ’82 speaks about her advocacy for Alzheimer’s (and other dementias) awareness, research, and programming. Sponsored by the Class of 1982; all are welcome.

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

2–3:45pm
Kate Gilmore: In Your Way
Join artist Kate Gilmore ’97 for a lecture about her recent work Kate Gilmore: In Your Way, on exhibit at Bates June 9–October 7, 2017. Kate’s multimedia work explores feminist themes and modern and contemporary art tropes. It features eight performances — seven video and one live commissioned by the Bates College Museum of Art. The live performance will follow Kate’s lecture.
Olin Concert Hall and Museum of Art

3–4pm
Tours of the Campus Avenue Residence Halls
Take a tour of the college’s new residence halls, Chu Hall and Kalperis Hall, including the new Bates College Store.

3:15–4pm
Camp Bates: “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 arts museums across the country and offers a unique approach to the creative process.

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

5:15
20th Reunion Baxter Brewing Tour
Head on down to the Baxter Brewing Company located in the Bates Mill along the Androscoggin for a chance to sample the local tap in the tasting room and get a tour of this famed, locally-owned Lewiston/Auburn brewery. Transportation will be provided by the college. The Class Dinner in the nearby Royal Oak Room will immediately follow the tour. This event is only open to members the Class of 1997 and their families. 

5:30–8:30pm
Class Dinners

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 11

7am–noon
Checkout
Commons

7am–noon
Brunch
Commons

7:30–9:30am
Outing Club: Nature Walk at Thorncrag
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.

10am
Alumni Memorial Service
A time to celebrate the lives of Bates community members who passed away during the past year. The Alumni Choir will perform.
Gomes Chapel

11:30–2:30pm (or 4pm)
Outing Club: Hike Mount Pisgah and Wilson Pond Woods in Winthrop and Wayne
Hike an easy-to-moderate two-mile trail to the summit of 807-foot Mount Pisgah. The 60-foot fire tower at the top offers outstanding view of forests, lakes, and the White Mountains. Afterward, you may depart or continue on for Tubby’s ice cream and a hike along the shores of Wilson Pond.

Noon
Residence Halls Close
Safe Travels!