Updates from Student Affairs

Check back here for timely updates on the goings-on and news from Student Affairs.

Announcing HouseCat!

By Vincent Bellina on January 16, 2017

The Office of Residence Life and Health Education is pleased to introduce HouseCat, Bates’ new online housing selection platform. HouseCat enables students to select housing while on campus, off campus, or from Study Abroad, all using an online web-based portal. Whether on campus or off, HouseCat makes the housing selection process less stressful and more flexible. While HouseCat changes the location and mechanism where students select housing, the basics of the lottery remain the same.


The Basics

  • Each student will receive a randomly generated lottery number based on class year
  • Lottery numbers will be used to assign selection times, so rooms are selected in order
  • During your selection time, log in (from anywhere!) and select your room


We Heard…

“That huge room filled with people selecting rooms is stressful!”

“It’s hard to know what to expect if you have never gone through lottery before.”

“I was abroad for the lottery and did not get to chose my own room for next year.”


The Solutions

  • With HouseCat, you can pick your room from the comfort and privacy of your own room.
  • With videos, info sessions, and how to guides, everyone will know what to expect.
  • You don’t need to be on campus or even on this continent to pick your own room.


Stay tuned!

BatesToday and your email account will provide you with more information next week about how to complete your lottery number application.  All students who will reside on campus for fall 2017 will need to complete an application to receive a lottery number.


Got Questions?

Contact Residence Life and Health Education at housing@bates.edu

Tom Carey Retirement Announcement

By Josh McIntosh on November 30, 2016

Tom CareyAfter 13 years of service to Bates, Director of Security and Campus Safety Tom Carey ‘73 will retire at the end of this semester.

During his tenure leading the Office of Security and Campus Safety, Tom has overseen numerous improvements to both the day-to-day operations of the office and the overall security of our campus. Meaningful enhancements to reporting, systems, community involvement, and security protocols occurred under Tom’s leadership.


An Update on Health Services and Counseling & Psychological Services

By Erin Foster Zsiga on October 13, 2016

Over the past few weeks, we have received feedback regarding the many positive enhancements to Health Services and Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS). With these enhancements has come increased confidence in the services and the result has been an increase in usage. As a result, we have heard that wait times for Health Services and CAPS are longer than anticipated and it has, at times, been difficult to reach someone on the phone.


Transforming Student Health Services at Bates

By Erin Foster Zsiga on August 9, 2016

Over the past two years, our campus community has been engaged in a wide range of conversations as part of the Campus Culture Working Group and Institutional Planning. One topic that regularly rose to the surface involved greater student access to high quality medical and mental health services. The retirement of our Director of Health Services at the end of the academic year presented a natural opportunity to review and evaluate health services at Bates.

Campus Safety Update: Possession of Weapons on Campus

By Thomas Carey on November 10, 2015

Tom CareyLast month, a new firearm statute went into effect in Maine. Because of that change, I wanted to reiterate our campus policy at Bates. While the State of Maine has changed some provisions of its firearms laws, our policy has not changed. Bates remains steadfast in our policy banning guns on our campus. (more…)

What a 1980s TV show can tell us about student life and ’80s Night

By Kim Trauceniek on September 16, 2015

150728_Trauceniek_0030In each episode of the classic ’80s TV cop show Hill Street Blues, a sergeant delivers the same line as the officers head out for their shift: “Let’s be careful out there.” (more…)

Bates Today: Announcements and Events in One Daily Email

By Kim Trauceniek on September 1, 2015

150728_Trauceniek_0030With the semester around the corner, I want to take this opportunity to update you on Bates Today, the single daily email with a digest of information for students. It resumes on Tuesday, September 8. (more…)

BatesReach and Student Support Advisors team up to support your success

By Carl Steidel on August 28, 2015

Carl SteidelI write to introduce a pair of new programs, Student Support Advisors and BatesReach, that will work in tandem to strengthen your Bates experience.


Orientation, first days, who you’ll meet, and what you’ll see back at Bates

By Josh McIntosh on August 11, 2015

_JHU1990_a copy copyWe listened to you and learned a lot from last year, and we are making changes in how we communicate with you.

These changes are meant to ensure that student input, participation, and collaboration are at the core of shaping all aspects of student life.

With that in mind, I hope this information is helpful.