Joint resolution passed by the Maine Legislature

Text of the Joint Resolution voted by the Maine Legislature, April 28, 2005, honoring the 150th anniversary of the founding of Bates College.

(4-6) On motion by Senator ROTUNDO of Androscoggin (Cosponsored by Representative MAKAS of Lewiston and Senators: BRENNAN of Cumberland, DAVIS of Piscataquis, DOW of Lincoln, President EDMONDS of Cumberland, GAGNON of Kennebec, MAYO of Sagadahoc, MILLS of Somerset, RAYE of Washington, WESTON of Waldo, Representatives: ADAMS of Portland, BEAUDETTE of Biddeford, BERUBE of Lisbon, BOWLES of Sanford, CARR of Lincoln, CLARK of Millinocket, CRAVEN of Lewiston, CROSBY of Topsham, CUMMINGS of Portland, DAVIS of Falmouth, DRISCOLL of Westbrook,DUPLESSIE of Westbrook, FARRINGTON of Gorham, HANLEY of Gardiner, LINDELL of Frankfort, MAZUREK of Rockland, MILLETT of Waterford, O’BRIEN of Lewiston, PARADIS of Frenchville, PELLETIER-SIMPSON of Auburn, Speaker RICHARDSON of Brunswick, SAMPSON of Auburn, SHIELDS of Auburn, STEDMAN of Hartland, TARDY of Newport, TUTTLE of Sanford, WALCOTT of Lewiston), the following Joint Resolution:
S.P. 588
Joint Resolution recognizing Bates College on its 150th Anniversary

WHEREAS, 150 years ago, education leaders in Maine, including Oren B.Cheney, a former member of the Maine Legislature, saw a great, unmetneed in the State: to broaden the educational opportunities for young men and women through the founding of a new institution of higher learning; and
WHEREAS, citizens of 49 Maine towns, from Biddeford and Portland in the south to Corinna in the north, from Parsonsfield in the west to Brooks in the east, then petitioned the Maine Legislature, requesting that theLegislature incorporate and endow a “Literary Institution . . . of a high order, on a broad basis, and centrally located”; and

WHEREAS, the Maine Legislature on March 16, 1855 granted a charter and financial support for this new school, at first called the Maine StateSeminary, to be located in Lewiston, a choice of location that respected the guidance and support of Alonzo Garcelon, member of the Maine Legislature and leading citizen of that city, who, it is written, “had his heart set on it coming to the city”; and
WHEREAS, Oren B. Cheney and his fellow founders of this school sought to create a college with egalitarian ideals, in keeping with and reflecting the spirit of fairness, independence, hard work and good will of the State of Maine; and

WHEREAS, the Maine State Seminary became Bates College in 1864, its new name honoring the philanthropy of Benjamin E. Bates, an industrialist and early developer of Lewiston manufacturing, who believed in the power of education to benefit the economic and social weal; and
WHEREAS, the motto of Bates College is the Latin phrase Amore ac Studio,”with ardor and devotion,” which complements the spirit evoked by the State of Maine motto, Dirigo, “I lead,” admirable qualities embodied by Bates College graduates who have served the public good of our State and our nation, epitomized by the late Edmund S. Muskie of the Class of 1936, Maine governor, United States Senator, United States Secretary of State and son of Maine; and

WHEREAS, the founders of Bates College were ahead of their time with a belief in coeducation and “a woman’s God-given freedom to do anything for which she has the ability,” and the first female Bates College graduate in 1869, Mary Wheelwright Mitchell of Dover-Foxcroft, worked in the mills to pay for college yet once politely turned down a scholarship from Maine’s governor, requesting that the scholarship be provided to someone more needy than herself; and
WHEREAS, Bates College has stood throughout its history for the pursuit of social justice and equality, broadly defined, reflecting the beliefs of its founders, who were fervent abolitionists. Bates College graduates have linked education with service, leadership and obligations beyond themselves, qualities embodied in alumni such as the renowned civil rights leader Benjamin E. Mays, who graduated in 1920, served as president of Morehouse College and was the teacher and mentor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; and

WHEREAS, many thousands of Bates College graduates, in the fields of business, law, science, medicine, education and the arts and in other fields exercise these qualities of leadership, citizenship and collaborative spirit, helping to sustain and better the communities, careers and endeavors in which they strive; and
WHEREAS, the first class to graduate from Bates College comprised eight students, all native-born Mainers; today the college enrolls 1,700 students who represent 48 states, the District of Columbia and 72 countries around the world and with great pride continues to enroll more than 150 students each year from the State of Maine; and

WHEREAS, Bates College celebrates its presence in Lewiston and Auburn, communities that help to inspire the academic lives of both students and professors. Through Bates College programs that integrate service into the intellectual life of the college and bring campus and community closer together, service-learning students give more than 40,000 hours of service annually to 120 community agencies, schools and institutions; and
WHEREAS, Bates College students and faculty rejoice in the college’s location in the beautiful State of Maine, and they explore from thecoast to the mountains through academic and extracurricular programs, from kayaking trips along the Maine coast for geology courses and research at Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area in Phippsburg to annual orientation trips for new students that introduce each incoming class to the splendor and joy to be found in Maine’s environment; and

WHEREAS, Bates College is today a national college of the liberal arts and sciences that prizes the inherent values of a demanding education and the profound usefulness of learning and understanding and is committed to academic rigor and ensuring in all its efforts the dignity of the individual and, by means of scholarship aid, access to its programs and opportunities by qualified learners; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED: That We, the Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives of the One Hundred and Twenty-second Legislature, now assembled in the First Special Session, join in recognizing BatesCollege upon its 150th anniversary and for its unswerving commitment to providing an education in the liberal arts and sciences, recognizing their critical role in a just and civil society; and be it further

RESOLVED: That suitable copies of this resolution, duly authenticated by the Secretary of State, be transmitted to the President and the Chairof the Board of Trustees of Bates College.