2018 Schedule

This is a preliminary schedule for Bates Reunion 2018. As programs are confirmed they will be added here. A full schedule of events will be available in June. 

Thursday, June 7

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

9am–5pm
Bates College Store
Check out the new College Store in Kalperis Hall and update your Bates gear.
Bates College Store, 65 Campus Avenue

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

5:30pm
Welcome Reception and Dinner for the 50th Reunion Class
Reception: Commons, Fireplace Lounge
Dinner: Pettengill Hall, Perry Atrium

6–8pm
Dinner
Enjoy a meal with early arrivals! Open to those registered for Thursday-night housing.
Commons

Friday, June 8

7–9:30am
Breakfast
Commons

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

8am–10pm
Welcome Center
Commons

9am–5pm
Bates College Store
Check out the new College Store in Kalperis Hall and update your Bates gear.
Bates College Store, 65 Campus Avenue

9am–4pm
Tumbledown Mountain Hike
Hike up difficult terrain to one of the most beautiful spots in Maine.  The alpine pond nestled amongst three rocky summits makes this a favorite Maine hike for many people.  Ascend via the Loop Trail, using iron rungs up through Fat Man’s Misery, to East Peak, then descend to the pond and down Parker Ridge Trail.  Total distance is 5 miles with about 1,800’ of elevation gain.
Carpool departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

9–10am
Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

9:15–10:15am
50th Reunion Seminar: Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke
Richard Gelles, Ph.D., Class President of the class of 1968, will present “Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke.” Rich is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and is internationally renowned for his work in sociology.
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.
Departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

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 163rd 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 1968; 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: Cultural Heritage, As Was But Now Isn’t
The required sequence in Cultural Heritage was the most distinctive part of the Bates curriculum in 1968, as it had been for about a generation.  In the very next calendar year, a wave of liberalizations swept away the requirement. For the better or the worse? That’s a question that you could help us to answer.  Another set of questions is what replaced it then and what the Faculty now thinks about requirements for the Bates degree. You might have opinions on that, too.
John Cole, Thomas Hedley Reynolds professor emeritus of history; Carl Straub, professor emeritus of religion; and Kathy Low interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

2–3pm
Admission Information Session
Lindholm House

2–10pm
Bates Museum of Art
Blue Moons & Menageries: The Art of Dahlov Ipcar. See “Museum” tab for exhibit description.
Olin Arts Center, Museum of Art

2:45–3:45pm
50th Reunion Seminar: Vietnam Panel
The Class of 1968 graduated in one of the most turbulent years in the nation’s recent history.  In Vietnam, the year started with the Tet Offensive and turned out to be the bloodiest for Americans in a long and controversial war.  Before graduation, a U.S. president declined to run for another term, and the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and the ensuing turmoil shook American society. The tumultuous presidential election race that fall was perhaps calmed somewhat by the vice-presidential candidacy of 1936 Bates graduate Sen. Edmund S. Muskie. At the center of all this upheaval was the Vietnam War.

This seminar presents an opportunity to learn about the experiences of several of classmates, whether they ended up in Vietnam or managed to avoid the conflict or whether they supported or opposed the U.S. involvement.  This is a time to reflect on a watershed event in the lives of classmates and the nation. On the panel to offer their observations will be classmates Bill Norris, Dave Doe, Tom Chadbourne, Phil Oakman, John Kingery, and Ron Marsh. The moderator will be Chris Beam, former lecturer in the Bates History Department, former director of the Muskie Archives, and a Vietnam veteran (USMC, 1967-1970, Vietnam, 1968-1969) The comments and reflections of others are encouraged.  Please join in this conversation.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

3 – 4pm
Inspiration. Motivation. Dedication. How a Short Daily Meditation Practice Creates a Happier, Healthier Life.
We often focus on personal hygiene in strict reference to bodily health, but how do we maintain our inner hygiene, a mental hygiene of the mind?  Come and join us for dialogue, discussion, and simple common sense meditation practices to learn and experience the answer for yourself. Session led by Venerable Tenzin Dasel (Lisa “Lico” Blake ’88), who was ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, teaches internationally, and is a happy world wanderer. All ages welcome.
Gomes Chapel

3–4pm
Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

3–5pm
Lawn Games
Fancy yourself a backyard sports athlete? Or just looking to catch up while tossing a Frisbee? Come play lawn games new and old, while listening to music and hanging out with old friends.Outside Commons (136 Central Avenue)

3–4pm
Tour 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.
Meet outside Chu Hall (55 Campus Avenue)

3:15–4pm
Purposeful Work at Bates: A Sneak Peek into What’s New
Meet Allen Delong, the new senior associate dean for Purposeful Work and the Bates Career Development Center (BCDC), and Alexander Martin ’08, a 2018 Purposeful Work short term course practitioner, for a presentation and conversation of Purposeful Work at Bates, with a sneak peek into some exciting changes for 2018-2019.
Chase Hall, Gallery

3:30–5pm
Lewiston-Auburn Downtown Walk
This moderately paced walk through the heart of Lewiston features brief narrative stops at several points of interest. Attendees will gain insight on the development of downtown, as well as Bates students’ interactions with the off-campus community. The final stop will be at Baxter Brewing Co. (libation included). Please wear comfortable shoes.
Meet at Bates Mill No. 5 (16 Lincoln Street). Personal carpools depart from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

4–5pm
Yoga
Diane Handler, from Chill Yoga downtown, will lead a Vinyasa-style yoga class. Intended for beginners and intermediate participants, this class is a great way to feel invigorated and balanced during Reunion Weekend.  A limited number of mats will be available.
Merrill Gymnasium, Large Dance Studio

4–5pm
OIE Open House
Join us for a wine and cheese gathering to honor the stories and experiences of current students and MOSAIC alumni! Mingle, nosh, and learn a bit about recent programs launched by the Office of Intercultural Education and the Office of Equity and Diversity.
Chase Hall, Office of Intercultural Education

4:30 – 6pm
Reunion for Teens: Field Games
Garcelon Field

4:30–5:30pm
“Into the Menagerie” | Gallery Talk for the Class of 1968
Rachel Walls ’99, Principal of Rachel Walls Fine Art, will present a short lecture and lead a gallery talk in the exhibition, Dahlov Ipcar: Blue Moons & Menageries. Highlighting specific artworks and themes, Walls will share her detailed knowledge of Ipcar’s life and art based on both her work representing the artist and their long friendship. Open to the Class of 1968 only.
Olin Arts Center, Room 104 and Museum of Art

4:30–5:30pm
A Conversation and Book Reading with James Owens ’87
Please join University of Southern California professor James Owens ’87, this year’s recipient of the Benjamin E. Mays Medal, for a conversation and book reading about, The World is Just a Book Away, an anthology he edited that captures the stories of how books and reading inspired some of the world’s most prominent people, including Buzz Aldrin, Jane Goodall, Martin Scorsese, Liam Neeson, Senator Edward Kennedy, President Gorbachev, and the Dalai Lama.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)  

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

7–8pm
Reunion for Teens: Games Tournament
Chase Hall, Little Room

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

8–9pm
Reunion for Teens: Sunset Hike up Mount David
Meet in Chase Hall, Little Room

8:30pm–1am
Bobcat Beer Garden
Late night at the Den — come enjoy local favorites and Bates-inspired beverages while listening to live music from The Remedy!
The Bobcat Den

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

9:30pm
Reunion for Teens: Movie and Snacks
Chase Hall, Little Room

Saturday, June 9

7–10:30am
Breakfast
Commons

8am–7pm
Welcome Center
Commons

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

8–9am
Young Family Meet-Up
Are your children too young for Camp Bates? This is an informal opportunity for kids to run around and play together and for their families to mingle. Refreshments available outside the Welcome Center.
Garcelon Field, rain location Commons, Fireplace Lounge

8:30–9:15am
Memorial 5K Run or Walk
Sponsored by the Class of 1993 in memory of Matthew D. Arciaga ’93. Come run/walk in remembrance of beloved Bates community members. Open to all.
Alumni Walk

9am–5pm
Bates College Store
Check out the new College Store in Kalperis Hall and update your Bates gear.  While you’re there, be sure check out the new Post & Print Office!
Bates College Store, 65 Campus Avenue

8-9:30am
Mark W. Paradis Park Clean-Up
Work alongside your fellow alumni on a morning community service project. After the work is finished, enjoy donuts at the Italian Bakery, within walking distance from the park. Personal carpools depart from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot. Sponsored by the Class of 1988.  
Paradis Park, Downtown Lewiston

9–10am
Bates and the Wider World: Perspectives on Society, Equity, and Justice
Bates faculty and their students seek to understand current social issues and work to affect constructive change. In this panel, Alexandre Dauge-Roth, professor of French and Francophone studies, Amy Douglass, professor of psychology, Francesco Duina, professor of sociology, Mary Rice-DeFosse, professor of French and Francophone studies, and Kathy Low, interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, talk about how their teaching and research address some of our most tenacious and complicated issues.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

9:15–10:15am
Yoga
Diane Handler, from Chill Yoga downtown, will lead a Vinyasa-style yoga class. Intended for beginners and intermediate participants, this class is a great way to feel invigorated and balanced during Reunion Weekend.  A limited number of mats will be available.
Merrill Gymnasium, Large Dance Studio

9:30–10:15am
The Road to College: The Honest Truth
What do you need to know as you prepare to begin your college journey? Join Katie Moran Madden ’93, associate director of admissions at Dartmouth College, and Aya Murata ’92, associate director of college counseling at Phillips Academy, and Darryl Uy, director of admission at Bates, for a candid conversation on how to navigate the college search and application process. All ages welcome!
Chu Hall Lounge (55 Campus Avenue)

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 questions. Open to all.
Muskie Archives

10–10:30am
Mimosas on the Quad
Enjoy mimosas and pastries on the Historic Quad before parade lineup.
Chapel Tent

10:30–11am
Classes line up for the Alumni 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 friends.
Historic Quad and Alumni Walk

11:30am
Presidential Address and Annual Gathering of the Alumni Association
With presentation of the Sesquicentennial Award to Louis Weinstein ’68, and the Benjamin E. Bates Medal to James Owens ’87.
Tent next to Garcelon Field

Noon–2pm
Barbecue Picnic Lunch
A relaxed barbecue picnic for all ages. Reserved seating available for the classes of 1948, 1953, and 1958 inside Commons.
Ladd Library Quad

12:30pm
Celebration of Life for Theodore (Ted) Walther
Ted Walthar,  professor emeritus of economics, at Bates College.
Gomes Chapel

1–1:50pm
Friends of Bates Athletics Gathering
Reconnect with fellow Bobcat athletes at this gathering for all sports.
The Den

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.
Departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

2–3pm
Taking the Time to Notice: Photography at Bates
“I spend my days scrutinizing others, often waiting for the most mundane moments when they reveal themselves through gesture,” says Phyllis Graber Jensen, director of photography and video for the Bates Communications Office (BCO). Join Phyllis and BCO Editorial Director Jay Burns, editor of Bates Magazine, for a visual presentation and dialogue as they discuss chronicling campus life through the lens. Sponsored by the Class of 1963. Open to all.
Pettengill Hall, G65 

2 – 3pm
Moving the Kickoff: How Data Around Concussions Led to a Rules Change in the Ivy League
Led by Carolyn Campbell-McGovern ‘83, deputy executive director, The Ivy League has been conducting research on sport concussion for the last five years. Learn about this important study, the data, and hear from Carolyn how the findings have lead the NCAA to make changes to kickoff rules that go into effect next season.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

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

2:30–3:45pm
RAP Session & Workshop, with Hip Hop Theater Creator Postell Pringle ’98
Postell Pringle ’98 (or Jay, as many Batesies knew him) is a playwright, rapper, actor, music producer and director/choreographer based in Brooklyn. Postell’s work as part of Q Brothers Collective, a theater company that specializes in creating hip hop musicals, has traveled him around the world. Enjoy a solo performance of select pieces from the award-winning off-Broadway hit Othello: The Remix, followed by a workshop designed to show how Q Brothers combine hip-hop and classic storytelling. Come prepared to participate and leave inspired. Postell will also share material from a new piece he is developing based on the life of Bates graduate, Benjamin E. Mays ’20.
Olin Arts Center

3–4pm
“Into the Menagerie” | Gallery Talk
Rachel Walls ’99, Principal of Rachel Walls Fine Art, will present a short lecture and lead a gallery talk in the exhibition, Dahlov Ipcar: Blue Moons & Menageries. Highlighting specific artworks and themes, Walls will share her detailed knowledge of Ipcar’s life and art based on both her work representing the artist and their long friendship. Open to all.
Olin Arts Center, Room 104 and Museum of Art

3:30–4:30pm
Inspiration. Motivation. Dedication.
How a Short Daily Meditation Practice Creates a Happier, Healthier Life. 
We often focus on personal hygiene in strict reference to bodily health, but how do we maintain our inner hygiene, a mental hygiene of the mind? Come and join us for dialogue, discussion, and simple common sense meditation practices to learn and experience the answer for yourself. Session led by Venerable Tenzin Dasel (Lisa “Lico” Blake ’88), who was ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, teaches internationally, and is a happy world wanderer. All ages welcome.
Gomes Chapel

3:30 – 5:30pm
Baxter Brewing Tour
Tour a Maine-based craft brewery right here in Lewiston. In 2010, Baxter Brewing Co. opened in the iconic Lewiston Bates Mill along the Androscoggin River. After a tour of the brewery, sample signature beers in the recently expanded tap room. Sponsored by the Class of 1998. Transportation on a looping bus will be provided from campus.
Departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

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.

5:30–8:30pm
Class Dinners
Locations and times vary by class

5:30–9:30pm
Reunion for Teens: Board Game Tournament and Dinner
Chase Hall, Little Room

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 10

7am–noon
Checkout
Commons

7am–noon
Brunch
Say farewell to your classmates over a traditional Commons 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. Carpools depart from campus.
Departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

9am–1pm
Bates College Store
Check out the new College Store in Kalperis Hall and update your Bates gear.
Bates College Store, 65 Campus Avenue

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

12–2:30pm (or 4pm)
Outing Club: Hike Mount Pisgah
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 views of forests, lakes, and the White Mountains. Afterward, you may depart or continue on for Tubby’s ice cream. College transportation is not provided.
Personal carpools depart from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

Noon
Residence Halls Close
Please leave your room key and electronic access card in the designated boxes in your dorm lounge or at checkout in Commons. Safe travels!

Museum of Art Exhibits at Reunion

Thursday………..closed
Friday……………..2–10pm
Saturday…………10am–5pm
Sunday…………..9am–noon

Blue Moons & Menageries: The Art of Dahlov Ipcar

June 8 – October 6, 2017

This exhibition presents a wide array of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures by one of Maine’s best-known artists, Dahlov Ipcar (1917-2017). Drawn mainly from private collections, the works represent periods spanning the artist’s entire career. Many of the works in Blue Moons & Menageries are exhibited publicly for the first time. Ipcar, the daughter of prominent modernist artists, Marguerite and William Zorach, reached a wide audience through the many children’s books she wrote and illustrated. She also maintained a steady studio practice, producing paintings, sculptures, and prints that have been widely collected in public and private collections. In 1939, Ipcar was the first woman–and, at the age of 21, the youngest artist to date–to be featured in a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. An illustrated catalogue, with essay by Sarah Torres, Education Researcher, MoMA, will support the exhibition.

The Bobcat Den
Chase Hall
Thursday 7:45am–2:30pm
Friday 7:45am–2:30pm, 8:30pm-1am
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Peter J. Gomes Chapel
Daily 7am–7pm

Bates College Store
65 Campus Avenue
Thursday 9am–5pm
Friday 9am–5pm
Saturday 9am–5pm
Sunday 9am–1pm

Davis Fitness Center
Underhill Arena
Thursday Noon–7pm
Friday Noon–7pm
Saturday 7am–3pm
Sunday 7am–noon

The George and Helen Ladd Library
Thursday 8am–5pm
Friday 8am–5pm
Saturday 9am–5pm
Sunday Closed

Merrill Gymnasium
Bert Andrews ’74 Room (Cardio Room)
Thursday 8am–6pm
Friday 8am–6pm
Saturday 8am–3pm
Sunday 8am–1pm

Tarbell Pool
(recreational swim times)
Thursday Noon–4pm
Friday Noon–4pm
Saturday 10am–noon
Sunday Closed

Museum of Art
Olin Arts Center
Thursday Closed
Friday 2–10pm
Saturday 10am–5pm
Sunday 9am–noon

Edmund S. Muskie Archives
70 Campus Avenue
Thursday 8:30am–noon, 1–5pm
Friday 8:30am–noon, 1–5pm

Office of Intercultural Education
Chase Hall, 56 Campus Avenue
Daily 9am–midnight

Hindu Shrine, Muslim Prayer Room and Buddhist Meditation Room
Chase Hall, on the main floor near the Office of Intercultural Education
Daily 7am–2am

James G. Wallach ’64 Tennis Center
Thursday 8am–1pm
Friday 8am–1pm
Saturday 8am–4pm
Sunday 8am–1pm

Golf Carts
Golf carts are available for Reunion guests who need assistance with transportation around campus. Wave down a passing cart or ask a Reunion BatesStar or staff member for assistance — or text 207-613-6521 with your name and location.

Health Services
St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Central Maine Medical Center are within a mile of campus if you need medical attention during the weekend. Please call Bates Security at 207-786-6254 if you need assistance. In case of an emergency on campus, please dial 207-786-6111.

Lost and Found
Inquiries about lost items may be made at the Welcome Center in Commons until noon on Sunday and thereafter at the Office of Campus Security & Safety located at 245 College Street. On Monday, all unclaimed articles will be taken to the Office of Advancement. You may call our office at
207-755-5976 with inquiries. Bates is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Meals
Those who have not pre-purchased meals through registration may pay for meals at the Welcome Center in Commons.

Parking Regulations
Cars may be left overnight on the street and in college parking lots, except in posted areas. Please respect handicapped parking signs. Due to preparations for fireworks, the parking lot behind Lane Hall will not be
available for parking until 11pm on Friday.

Security Information
While staying on campus, we ask that you take the same safety precautions you would when you travel elsewhere. Lock your residence hall room when you are not there, and do not leave valuables in your room even if it is locked. Keep track of your room keys and your electronic access card. There is a $25 charge for lost or unreturned keys and cards. Before you leave campus, please leave your access card and/or keys in one of the designated boxes located in your dorm lounge or in Commons at checkout.
Campus Security: 207-786-6254
Emergency only: 207-786-6111

Smoking Regulations
Smoking is prohibited in all campus buildings, including meeting rooms and college residence halls. The smoke detection system installed in residence hall rooms and common areas is quite sensitive. If you are using hairspray or other aerosol products, please step away from smoke detectors.

WiFi (Internet Access)
Please feel welcome to use the kiosks in Ladd Library. WiFi is also available across campus.
To access WiFi:
• Connect to “Bates Open” in WiFi settings.
• Open any browser.
• Enter your name and email address.
• Click submit.
• Complete a 20-second registration process.
• Click login.
• You are now online for 48 hours!