2014 Student Members

The following students were inducted as new members of The College Key during Commencement Weekend 2014.


Kathryn Ailes

Kathryn Ailes, was one of two members of the Class of 2014 inducted into The Key as a junior. Originally from Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, she majored in English and Dance, and minored in Educational Studies. Kathryn’s thesis was entitled, “Scottish Nostalgias: Evocations of Home in the 1990s Poetry of Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, and Kathleen Jamie”. For her Dance major, she composed “Homing”. Kathryn was on the Deans List all of her semesters at Bates, was named a Dana Scholar, and inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She was honored with the William Henry Hartshorn Award from the English department, and received the Marcy Plavin Dance Award for the Class of 2014. Kathryn was awarded a Bates Barlow Fellowship for Study Abroad in the Fall of 2012, and received the Alice Jane Dinsmore Wandke Award from the English department in 2011. Kathryn studied at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland. Kathryn has served as an America Reads/America Counts Tutor at Lewiston Public Library during her time at Bates, and has had several stints as the Harward Center Student Volunteer Fellow for the Lewiston Public Library, as well as volunteering as an Assistant Children’s Librarian at Lewiston Public Library during the Summer 2012. She completed an Americorps Bonner-Webber Term of Service during 2011 and 2012. Around Bates, Kathryn has been a dancer and choreographer for many dance performances on campus, and directed and produced the 2013 Short Term Variety Show. She has served as the President & Treasurer of the Dance Club, Co-founded and served as Co-President of Bates Authors Guild, served as a Peer Writing Assistant for several years, and as a Junior Advisor and Residence Coordinator Team Leader. This summer Kathryn will be an Education intern at the Heathfield Community School in Taunton, England, working with students in English Literature classrooms and facilitating extracurricular activities. In the fall she will begin her Fulbright fellowship pursuing her Masters degree at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, where she will study how performance poetry responds to and drives nationalistic sentiment in Scotland.

Elisabeth Baird

Elisabeth Baird, hails from West Chester, Pennsylvania, and is majoring in Sociology, with minors in Education and Spanish. Her thesis focused on a case study of the youth program at a local non-profit, looking at how storytelling and food can function as tools to create relationships across ethnic, cultural, and racial lines of difference. She received the Harward Center Award for Outstanding Community-Based Academic Work, and has been on the Deans List. Elisabeth studied abroad during fall of 2012 in Buenos Aires, Argentina focusing on education and human rights, including an internship with a non-profit firm of lawyers focusing on civil rights. She has had field placements in local schools every semester during her time at Bates and her thesis was a community-based project. She was a part of the Community-Engaged Research Fellowship program through the Harward Center. She has also spent a large amount of time working with Lots to Gardens, specifically with children and youth-centered programs. Elisabeth was a senior Admissions Fellow this year conducting interviews and information sessions with prospective students. She also was a Junior Advisor her sophomore year, and a Student Volunteer Fellow this year coordinating Bates volunteers for Lots to Gardens. Last summer Elisabeth received a grant from the Harward Center to remain in Lewiston and work with Lots to Gardens as a summer fellow. She spent Short Term 2011 in Tanzania with Professor Aimée Bessire and two other Bates students at a primary school where they worked on developing a school meal program and art projects including painting murals in the classrooms. Elisabeth plans to go into education, whether through a service-based position or through a school directly.

Jennifer Bergeron

Jennifer Bergeron proudly calls Lewiston, Maine home. She majored in Biological Chemistry, and minored in Religious Studies. Her thesis focused on Lyme Disease, more specifically, mRNA processing in the bacterium that causes Lyme Disease. The title is “mRNA processing in the alpha and rpsO-pnp operons of Borrelia burgdorferi is mediated by RNase III.” Jennifer was selected into Sigma Xi (ZI); she was named to the Dean’s List throughout her Bates career, and has received the Rodney F. Johonnot Graduate Award. She studied at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark studying medical practice and policy under Danish physicians. In the Greater L-A community, Jennifer has volunteered as a Special Olympics Skating Coach; been a Big with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization; served as a Lewiston High School Science Fair Judge, and has been a Math Meet Proctor as well as a Track Meet Volunteer. On campus, she has participated on the Ballroom Dance Team, the Bollywood Dance Club, and Team Dana. Alongside the classroom, Jennifer has been an Organic Chemistry TA during her Junior and Senior years.

Jennifer has been accepted into Tufts Medical School, Maine Track Program as a sophomore at Bates, the first Batesie to be accepted into Tufts early assurance program. Published in the Journal of Bacteriology, Jennifer was a Summer Research Assistant for the Biological Chemistry Department for three summers, and spent four years working in Donor Programs raising money for Bates. Jennifer is excited to note that her younger brother, Jake, was accepted to Bates her sophomore year! No rest for the hard-working, Jennifer starts Medical School at Tufts on July 31.

Helen Chyz

Helen Chyz, coming to Bates from Seattle, Washington, Helen majored in Psychology and minored in Spanish, specifically, the Latin American Studies GEC. Her thesis was entitled, “The Enhanced Cognitive Control in Task Switching for Varying Levels of Bilinguals”. Helen studied abroad in Granada, Spain during the winter of 2013. She enjoyed working at a day care in the local community in conjunction with her developmental psychology class. On campus, Helen has been involved with The Bates Student newspaper, the Bates Club Sailing Team, the Chase Hall Committee, and served as a Senior Admission Fellow. Starting as a layout editor her first year with The Bates Student, in her sophomore year Helen was the Managing Layout Editor, and since her junior year she has been the Co-Editor-In-Chief. Through this experience she highlights the experience of seeing firsthand the possibilities for working one’s way up the ranks within a group or organization, and has benefited from the leadership experience she gained as a result. On the sailing team Helen was the team secretary her sophomore and junior years and also received the “most valuable Bobcat” award from the team this year. Helen was the publicity chair of the Chase Hall Committee starting her sophomore year and has valued the chance to plan what activities and events happen at Bates. She learned a lot of things about business and event planning. Helen notes that working in the Bates Office of Admission has shaped her life more than any other experience she has had during her four years. Because of these experiences she wants to continue a career in college admission. She is grateful that the college values the Senior Fellow program as much as it does because the Fellows gain so much from the experience. For Helen, her most important experiences at Bates have been ones where she has learned beyond the classroom and has been able to contribute to the college community. Specifically she cites her work with The Student, our college newspaper, because of the clear impact its work has on the college. Because of her work in the Bates Office of Admission, Helen will continue a career in college admission. She is using the skills she developed as a Senior Admissions Fellow at Bates as an Admissions Counselor at Earlham College is Richmond, Indiana.

Emily Depew

Emily Depew, from Hudson, Ohio, Emily majored in French and Francophone Studies, and Politics. Her thesis in Politics focused on the discrimination of female Muslim Students in French and American Public Schools. Emily’s French thesis was “An Analysis of Abd al Malik a Contemporary Slam Poet highlighting his connection to Albert Camus and metaphysical revolt”. She has been recognized on the Deans List. Emily studied in Nantes, France in the fall of 2012 and at the Middlebury Summer Language School for French in 2012. Around town, Emily has been a Swim lesson instructor, and volunteered at Lewiston High School. An athlete and team leader, Emily has been a four-year member of the Bates Swimming Team, and served as Senior Captain. She was a Senior Gift Committee Co-Chair, a Bobcat Bakery Founder, and served as a Junior Advisor on the Residential Life Staff in 2011 and 2012. Up next for Emily: Teaching English in Bordeaux, France.

Alexandra Desjardin

Alexandra Desjardin, from Auburn, ME, majored in Women and Gender Studies, and minored in Anthropology. Her thesis focused on Ethnic Plastic Surgery. During Alexandra’s 2011 short term, she spent time away from campus on the Shakespeare in Theater program. In the local community, Alexandra has been active in the Lewiston Public Library After School Tutoring program. On campus and on the greens and rink, she has been involved with the Chase Hall Committee, played Varsity Golf, Club Ice Hockey, served on the Residential Life Staff, worked in Admission, and helped organize the Village Club Series of concerts and events. A student-athlete-leader, Alexandra was the Golf Team Captain for two years, the Captain of the Hockey team, and served the Chase Hall Committee as its Secretary. Alexandra highlights making the Dean’s List in the same semester she was writing her thesis. She is working to find a job that she loves, and continuing her education post-Bates.

Destany L. Franklin

Destany L. Franklin, from Seattle, Washington, Destany majored in Neuroscience, with minors in Education and Sociology. Her thesis was entitled: “Neuromodulators of the Feeding Behavior Network in Helisoma trivolvis: Mapping of Immuno-reactivity in the CNS and Digestive System”. Destany was a four-year recipient of the Travelli Scholarship. Community service was a defining element of her time at Bates. She was a Bonner Leader, and volunteered extensively with the Hillview Resource Center as well as with the Trinity Jubilee Center Food Pantry. Her commitment to service was recognized through the Harward Center Student Award for Outstanding Community-Engaged Academic Work in 2013 and the Maine Campus Compact Heart & Soul Award earlier this year. In addition to job shadows to complement her studies, she also participated in Core Physical Therapy & Select Physical Therapy (Winter 2014). Her campus leadership includes serving as Amandla! Co President, an Office of Intercultural Education Student Academic Mentor and on the Search Committee for the Office of Equity and Diversity Resources. She also served as an RC. She looks forward to moving to Los Angeles this summer. On the short term, she plans to continue volunteering and serve as a rehab aide in a neurologic rehab facility or conduct research at a local hospital or university in L.A. In the future she intends to pursue a Masters in Kinesiology, and then a Doctorate of Physical Therapy with a specialty in neurologic physical therapy. Her goal is to own a sports club that includes a physical and occupational therapy clinic and youth programs.

Kara Garland

Kara Garland, from Rindge, NH, Kara majored in Psychology with a minor in Mathematics. Her thesis focused on “The Effect of Framing and Regulatory Focus on Support for the United States Military”. Community service was also a defining part of Kara’s experience at Bates – serving at Tree Street Youth Center and serving as a student teacher at Lewiston High School. Her leadership at Bates extended from the Chase Hall Committee, where she served as Vice President, to the Bates Student, where she served as Managing Layout Editor and Sports Photographer. She played basketball in her early years at Bates and served as a Tutor and TA of multiple Psychology courses. Following graduation she will return to New Hampshire where she will be working for Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Suraj Karmacharya

Suraj Karmacharya, from Kathmandu, Nepal and double majored in Economics and Politics, making the Dean’s List every semester. Completing two theses this year, his economics topic was “The Impact of Caste and Gender in Nepal’s Labor Market: A Blinder-Oaxaca Approach to Understanding Wage Discrimination,” while in Politics he focused on “Conceptualizing the Role of ‘Recognition’ and ‘Redistribution’ in Finding Remedies for Caste Injustice in Nepal: An Individualist Approach to a Dual Perspective”. Both theses’ examined the subject of caste discrimination with an overall goal of capturing the social, political, and economic impact of Nepal’s caste system. Suraj was the recipient of the Freeman Fund and McNulty Scholarship for Internships in Asia. He has said his study abroad experience was here at Bates in Maine! Suraj has been a Bonner Leader during his Sophomore year at Bates and has worked in various organizations and schools throughout the community, including Tree Street, YADA, L/A Chamber of Commerce, and Park Avenue Elementary School. He has been an active member of the Bates College Social Entrepreneurship group.

Suraj has been a Co-chair for the Senior Gift which reached a historical level in total size of the gift and total percentage and number of classmates giving (400+ seniors). He has been a Bates Fund student Caller for all four years soliciting gifts from Alumni and Parents for the Bates Fund; worked as a Career Development Fellow during his senior year helping students through the internship and job process. Suraj helped develop the social purpose business Himalayan Spirit 8848 on the Bates campus by taking the role of a Creative Business Director; HS8848 is an ethical fashion company started by a close friend, whom he brought to Bates. Some of these items can be purchased in the Bates College Store. He has a position at Barclays in the Investment Banking Division starting this summer. Suraj has entrepreneurial plans and would like to start his own business in South Asia in the next decade.

Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy, hailing from Port Washington, New York, majored in Economics. His senior thesis focused on business in Maine, and was an analysis of Rockweed Industry Economic Impact, titled “Knotted Wrack: An Economic Impact Study for Maine’s Rockweed Industry”. Brian has been on the Deans list for several semesters during his time at Bates. He is the recipient of the Stangle Award in economics and the Williams Prize. Brian studied off campus at Yestermorrow Design Build School and University of Otago. He has been an Otis Fellow a Stangle Fellow and now a Watson Fellow. Connecting with Bates and the great out-of-doors in Maine, Brian has been active with the storied Bates Outing Club. Up next, Brian will travel to Japan, Australia, Ireland and Canada to study commercial production of marine algae and its potential for revitalizing coastal economies in the United States.

Bethel Kifle

Bethel Kifle, from Chicago, Bethel majored in Sociology with a minor in Spanish. Her thesis explored the black male nihilistic experience in the United States through an ethno-methodological case study focused on music created before and after the death of Mensa Kifle. Bethel has been recognized on the Bates Deans list during her time studying here. She was named an Arata Scholar, which is awarded to “the man or woman in the junior class who, in the opinion of his or her classmates, best exemplifies the qualities of honesty, clean living, unselfishness and consideration toward others without regard to scholarship or athletics. She was a Truman Scholarship Finalist: The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation supports the graduate education and professional development of outstanding young people committed to public service leadership. Bethel received the Alboin Morse Stevens Award, awarded to student that shows exceptional work in foreign language. She also received the Benjamin E. Mays, Class of 1920, Award: awarded to the senior who most exemplifies the values of Dr. Benjamin E. Mays in academic excellence, service to others, and moral leadership. Bethel has studied in Cuba, China and Puerto Rico. She has been Sankofa’s Director or co-director; a member of Mosaic, the Bates Christian Fellowship, Amandla!, and the Africana Club. Bethel has also served as a Residential Coordinator Team Leader on the student life staff. Up next, she will work as an administrative coordinator for the Freedom Schools summer program under the Children’s Defense Fund in Woodlawn, Chicago.

Andrew Kukesh

Andrew Kukesh is an Economics major and Asian studies minor from Exeter, New Hampshire. Andrew’s thesis topic was, “Modeling the Potential Econometric Benefits of an Australia-China Free Trade Agreement”. He has been honored on the Dean’s list, and received the Ritter Award, which is awarded to the top 10 players on football team with the highest GPA. Andrew was elected football captain senior year. He has been named a three-time all-NESCAC safety, a two-time all-east region selection, a one-time all-ECAC selection and a member of the 2013 New England Football Writer’s Division II/III All-new England football team. Andrew earned preseason all American accolades and collected the Garnet Gridder Defensive MVP and Alan C. Goddard class of 1953 Award (for career improvement) from the team. He organized members of the football team to volunteer at a food pantry in Auburn, and participated in the Bates College annual Field Day for area schools. Andrew was a four year member of football team, was a Friends of Bates Athletics student-athlete agent, and a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Following commencement, he will work as a financial advisor for ING.

Alyssa Morgosh

Alyssa Morgosh is one of two juniors inducted this year, which is quite an honor. Alyssa comes to Bates from Carlsbad, California. She is majoring in Chemistry and Psychology, with a focus on Public Health. Alyssa has been recognized with NESCAC All-Academic Honors, and the Bates the Dean’s List, as well as the Bates Scholar Athlete Academic Honor Roll. She studied contemporary culture in Cuba during Short Term her first year. Alyssa is a Big Sister with Bates Buddies to a local nine-year-old girl and a Longley Elementary School afternoon enrichment volunteer. She regularly volunteers with her soccer teammates at Tree Street Youth afterschool program and Good Shepherd Food Bank, and is a summer volunteer in childcare at Grace Community Church in Auburn. She is a trained Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services advocate, works on the SAPARS hotline every week and volunteers for SafeVoices.

Alyssa is passionate about medicine and healthcare and works on local public health through a campus club, Public Health Initiative, including a projects on breastfeeding in the workplace, zero-sugary drinks (both through partnership with Healthy Androscoggin), and a weight-loss challenge (with Central Maine Medical Center). She is also a National Registry Emergency Medical Technician and works as an EMT on a volunteer basis. She is a goalie on the women’s varsity soccer team, and has earned three varsity letters in soccer, is a thrower on the women’s varsity indoor and outdoor track & field teams with six varsity letters, and serves on the student-faculty Athletics Committee, charged with building bridges between academics and athletics and have founded and chaired events including the Bates Amazing Race.

Alyssa works in the Advancement Office as a Summer Annual Giving Office Intern and a Bates Fund Student Caller. She also is the coordinator of Camp Bates, the children’s program at Alumni Reunion Weekend. She is a sports writer for The Bates Student, and has been serving on the Search Committee for the new Dean of Students. Alyssa has been the President of Bates Christian Fellowship, and a member of the Residence Life staff for several years. She is the inaugural Vice President of Active Minds of Bates College, a student club dedicated to mental health awareness. She has been active in the student government on its executive council, and in the student judicial process. Alyssa enjoys mentoring other students, and cherishes the time spent in the Lewiston community. With a year to go at Bates, Alyssa is planning to pursue medical school and to practice pediatrics.

Tenzin Namdol

Tenzin Namdol, our second junior inductee, calls Falls Church, Virginia home; but originally is from India. An Economics and Environmental Studies major, Tenzin is minoring in Chinese. Tenzin’s Thesis will expand on her work with NASAP farmers, and seek to extensively explore and unearth the various inequalities that prevent the refugee/New Mainer community from accessing and/or consuming the foods they require, need and/or want and seeks to address how the refugee farmers under NASAP can minimize these barriers to access and consumption.Tenzin has been on the Bates Deans list. Tenzin has been part of the Bonner Leader Program, Technos International Week Fellowship, Harvard Kennedy School Public Policy and Leadership Conference.
In a gap year before coming to Bates, Tenzin spent a year writing and publishing stories of political prisoners and refugees in India and continued my work as the Mid-Atlantic Coordinator of Students for a Free Tibet, carrying out political activism in D.C..

Tenzin’s work in Lewiston-Auburn is largely focused on food security issues in the New Mainer and refugee community. She has worked with Healthy Androscoggin and currently conduct research for the New American Sustainability Agriculture Project (NASAP) on food consumption patterns and consumer buying habits to determine how CSA farmers can improve their production process. Also, during her sophomore year a fellow Bates student and Tenzin initiated a community-wide student-led Stand Against Racism movement with over 150 participants. Tenzin has worked with the Somali Bantu Youth Association of Maine, the College Access Mentoring Program to expose middle school students to higher education, St. Mary’s Nutrition/Lots to Gardens, the Lewiston Public Library After-School Program for 3 years tutoring middle and high-school students, and met with elders at Blake Street Towers. As a student leader, Tenzin has served as an Environmental Sustainability Coordinator (EcoRep), has been a Multifaith Fellow, served as International Club President, and been the Student Government Vice President of Student Committee(s).

Caroline O’Sullivan

Caroline O’Sullivan is from Andover, Massachusetts and has majored in Psychology. She has a concentration in Public Health and Chemistry. Her thesis was about Psych and Law, and titled, “Effects of “Not There” – Disconfirming feedback in eyewitness identifications with biased and unbiased lineup instruction”. Caroline has been on the Dean’s List, and received NESCAC All-Academic Honors for Track and Field. She has been a Four Year varsity letterwoman on the Women’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams, president of the Chase Hall Committee, on the student programming board on campus, served as a residence coordinator for two years as a member of the residence life staff, and worked as a research assistant in the psychology department and as well as a teaching assistant in the Biology department. Caroline organized this year’s Bates Night in Town, an event where local Lewiston/Auburn businesses offer discounts to Bates students as well as host student performances and art displays. Her long term goal is to pursue a career in sports psychology. In the meantime she will be working in Cambridge Massachusetts at EF Education First.

Matthew Record

Matthew Record, from Berlin, New Hampshire, majored in Physics and minored in Mathematics. He wrote a thesis on “The Properties of Photovoltaic Cells and the Design of an Off-Grid House”. Matthew has been a Bates College Arata Scholar. He studied in Wellington, New Zealand during the fall semester of his junior year. Matthew has been part of the a cappella group the Bates College Deansmen, and was the business manager and president of the Deansmen for three years. He was a lead employee at the Bates Package Center training new hires. Matthew also spent time working on the Village Club Series. He has a job lined up in Waltham, Massachusetts in sales and marketing for a home remodeling company that specializes in green energy houses. He plans to pursue a degree in composite materials engineering with a focus on renewable energy applications within a couple of years.

Simone Schriger

Simone Schriger is from Los Angeles, California. Simone majored in Psychology, and had focused studies in English and Philosophy. Her honors Psychology thesis focused on “Chilean University Students’ Understandings of Dating Violence”, and she will be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Simone received The Robert S. Moyer Award for Prevention of Domestic Violence, and was a LADD Intern. She spent Spring semester abroad in Valdivia, Chile through the C.V. Starr Middlebury program. Simone was a Community-Engaged Research fellow this past semester and volunteered on the helpline at Safe Voices. She Directed an SAT-prep program at Lewiston High School. Simone was Co-chair of the student conduct committee, and worked as the Research Assistant of Professor Michael Sargent. Up next for Simone is a Davis Fellowship to Rwanda followed by a year-long Watson Fellowship beginning in July of 2014, where she will study the implications of the trade in human body parts, such as blood and hair, in India, South Africa and Costa Rica.

Noah Sleeper

Noah Sleeper, from Portland, Maine majored in Classical and Medieval Studies. Writing two theses, one in History that analyzes the role that white pine and arable farmland, states’ rights, and Anglophobia played in shaping the Northeast Boundary Conflict between Maine and British Canada, and a Classics thesis which examined the motivations behind Julian the Apostate’s pro pagan reforms in the 4th century Roman Empire. Noah received the Forrest K. Garderwine Award in History.

Noah studied abroad in Nantes, France and has been active with the: Bates Democrats, Fencing Club, served as a Senior Class Representative to the Representative Assembly, Special Collections Assistant at the Muskie Archives, the Bates College Foreign Affairs Campus Coordinator for the U.S. State Department, and has been an Intern for the Office of the Historian at the State Department for the past academic year. Additionally, Noah has served as Co-President of Bates Model United Nations Club for the past three years, the Treasurer of Bates Mock Trial Team for the past three years and has been a Member of Residence Life Staff, both as a Junior Advisor and as a Residential Coordinator. Not all Medieval all of the time, Noah served as a member of the Information Services Advisory Committee that determined which areas of campus will receive upgraded Wi-Fi connections. This summer, Noah will be working as a Resident Counselor at a pre-college enrichment program, and hopes to pursue a career in the archival studies field.

James Smith

James Smith, from Camden, Maine, is a Psychology Major with General Concentrations in Archaeology & Material Culture and Hazards in Nature. He was the other member of the class of 2014 inducted as a junior. He was selected three times for the Bates College Dean’s List, and during the fall semester of 2013, James wrote his Senior Thesis on The Effect of Induced Positive Emotions on Self-Other Overlap in Introverts and Extraverts. On campus, he worked for the Bates College Students for Campus Planning committee, and he worked as the Student Supervisor for Bates College’s Pettengill Hall. Through Bates College, James has traveled to Iceland and The Netherlands to study Geology during Short Term, and he also traveled to Scotland and the Shetland Islands to study Archaeology and History during two consecutive Short Terms. Also through Bates, he visited Montreal, Toronto, and London, and he volunteered in Zambia and Tanzania for the Kachlite Foundation, founded by Bates College alumnus, Chomba Kaluba ‘10. Returning to college in his late 20’s James is a non-traditional student. He is also an alumnus of the Universal Technical Institute of Norwood, MA, where he studied Automotive Technology and graduated at the top of his class. At UTI-Norwood, James received Director’s Honor List recognition 20 out of a possible 20 times. For his achievements at UTI-Norwood, he was accepted as a member of the prestigious Alpha Beta Kappa, National Honor Society in Applied Arts, Epsilon Chapter of Massachusetts, and he was a finalist, one of eight students across the country, selected to compete for the Roger Penske Outstanding Student Award. After graduating from Bates College, James plans to settle in Maine and pursue a career in human resources, likely within the health care field or possibly within a liberal arts college setting. He also plans to resume his contributions to the Kachlite Foundation as a board member.

Rachel Spence

Rachel Spence, from Edmonds, Washington, majored in History with a minor in Anthropology. Her Honors Thesis topic was “Sex Scandals in Victorian Britain: Moral Codes and National Reputation in Crisis”. Rachel is graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and has been a Charles A. Dana Scholar. She studied abroad in Sri Lanka where she conducted independent ethnographic research on all night healing rituals called yak-tovils. Rachel completed two Habitat for Humanity trips with Bates Builds. She has spent four years on the Ballroom Team, participated in the Northfield Folk Singing Society, has been part of Outfront, Hillel and a member of Mosaic. Rachel helped found the Queer Peer Mentors program and this year served as one of the mentors. She and her colleagues created a supportive environment in which to build and celebrate a queer community by holding bi-monthly dinners and offering confidential mentoring. They also organized events to educate the greater Bates community about queer issues. A trekker and a builder, she has Summited Katahdin twice, and worked for four years as a carpenter for the theater department.

Joshua Sturtevant

Joshua Sturtevant, A native of Freeport, Maine, has been an active trip leader for the Bates Outing Club throughout his years at Bates. Josh was the co-leader for the AESOP Program, part of the new student orientation program at Bates.

He received the Harold Norris Goodspeed Senior Award in recognition of the high esteem he is held in by the other Council members. Josh served as Outing Club President during the Fall semester, and has continued to be one of the most active trip leaders on the council, paying particular attention to making his outings inclusive.

Sarika Subramaniam

Sarika Subramaniam, from Providence Rhode Island , Sarika majored in Rhetoric and minored in French and Education. Her thesis focused on a Frame analysis of the CNN Boston Marathon Bombing Coverage. Sarika is in the process of publishing her thesis with her advisor in an academic journal. She studied abroad in Paris France. Sarika has been recognized as a Bonner Leader. She has served as a Trustees Advisory Committee member, and a member of the Budget Committee. Sarika has also been a Residence Coordinator, and Mock Trial team Vice President.
Sarika will be working at Digitas, an ad agency in Boston.

Brenton Talbott

Brenton Talbott, from Menlo Park, California, majored in Politics, and minored in Mathematics and Chinese. Brenton has been the Captain of the Varsity Alpine Ski Team in 2012-2013, served as the Business Manager of the Bates Student 2012-2014, and served as the Student Body President in 2013. He has completed an internship through Bates at Larkin Trade International in Beijing.

Devin Tatro

Devin Tatro, from Haverhill, Massachusetts has majored in Anthropology. She wrote her thesis on perceptions of “tribal” identities in Eastern Uganda. Devin was a Class of 2014 Dana Scholar, received the Hamill Prize for Fieldwork in Anthropology and also received NESCAC All-Academic Honors. Devin has been inducted into the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society. She received the 2014 Davis Project for Peace Recipient; and was a 2014 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Finalist. Devin went to Saudi Arabia Short Term 2012; participated in the Developmental Studies Program: Kampala, Uganda Fall Semester 2012; conducted Independent fieldwork with a Barlow Thesis Grant: and studied in Kapchorwa, Uganda Short Term 2013. She was an English as a Second Language tutor at Lewiston Adult Learning Center and Lewiston High School and participated in Service Learning at Martel Elementary School and Blake Street Towers. Devin was part of the Bates NCAA Cross Country and Track teams, was a Bates Fund Student Caller, worked as a Library Services Aid and Dining Services Worker, and sang in the College Choir.

Devin was also a Junior Advisor on Residential Life Staff. She wrote an Honors Thesis presented at 2014 Bates Mount David Summit and Second City Anthropology Conference, in Chicago. She was part of the Theater production: The Poet and the Assassin 2011, 2012; completed a CDIP Job Shadow with Inspiration Corporation, Chicago IL; and had many adventures with the Outing Club. Following commencement, Devin will serve with the Americorps VISTA Program then head onto graduate school.

Caroline Richards

Caroline Richards, is a double major in Mathematics and Psychology. She conducted an empirical psychology research thesis entitled “The Priming Effect of Religion on Students’ Attitudes Towards a Failure of Self-Control in the Behaviors of Peers”. Caroline also participated in a Mathematics capstone seminar: Advanced Topics in Biomathematics, was a Career Development Fellow at the Bates Career Development Center, and served as a Committee Member of the Purposeful Work Initiative. Caroline has also tutored at the Lewiston Public Library for local middle school and high school students. She served as a tutor in the Mathematics and Statistics Workshop at Bates in the past. This short term, Caroline conducted research for the Bates Medical Studies Committee. After graduating, Caroline will be joining the Risk Control Graduate Training Program at UBS in New York.