Bobcat Connection: October 12

Alumni Council Seeking Member Nominations

(Hint: You can nominate yourself!)

The Alumni Council is composed of alumni from across the decades who represent a broad range of interests and perspectives. Members are committed and engaged volunteer leaders for Bates who want to help deepen alumni connections with the college.

Confronting Our History—Justice for Coming Times

The Bates Martin Luther King Jr. Day Planning Committee invites alumni to submit program proposals for the annual MLK Day observance, which will be fully remote in 2021. This could be a lecture, panel discussion, art installation, performance, or any other creative idea.

Learn more about the January 18 observance, and submit your proposal by October 21.

Bates in the Fall (in Puzzle Form)!

Need a break? Calm your mind and sharpen your skills by completing this 72-piece jigsaw puzzle of the scenic Gate to the Quad in full fall colors


In this unusual year, on-campus panels, talks, and events at Bates are now virtual, and many are open to our alumni community. We hope you can join us at a few of these upcoming discussions. 

October 13 • Bates in the City — Icebreaker (remote)
October 14 • Softball Alumnae & Athlete Gathering — remote
October 14 • COVID-19 Science Cafe – remote
October 15 • Bobcat Reads Book Club — remote
October 20 • Rock Your Profile: Tips from LinkedIn — remote
October 21 • Election Series: Congressional Abdication – remote
October 21 • COVID-19 Science Cafe – remote
October 22 • Football Networking Night — remote
October 28 • Election Series: Immigration Policy & Politics – remote
October 28 • COVID-19 Science Cafe – remote

Back@Bates—On Demand!

Weren’t able to tune in last week for our virtual Homecoming & Family Weekend? You can now watch it all online at our website.

Hear directly from current Bates students and faculty on what it’s like to be on campus this fall, get great tailgating recipes from Commons Executive Chef Owen Keene, and watch the presentation of this year’s Alumni Awards to some of our most dedicated Bobcats. 

Plus, remarks from President Spencer and a special alum-and-student edition of the Village Club Series. 

Bates Reaccreditation

As part of the reaccreditation process, Bates will undergo a comprehensive evaluation/virtual visit November 8-11 by a team representing the New England Commission of Higher Education. The Bates community is invited to learn more and submit comments.

2020 Report of Giving

This year, your contributions helped Bates stay true to its mission and values even as it faced the challenges of a global pandemic. Whether for financial aid or flights home in March, your support has meant so much this year. 

Read more about all you made possible.

Democracy Quickbites

In this short video, actors Paul Giamatti and Maggie Siff discuss “What is the Connection Between Art and Democracy?”

Videos are released on a weekly basis, and other recent posts include:  President Clayton Spencer: Register and Vote!Joyce Vance ’82: Good Leadership, and Joseph Jackson: Challenging Unjust Structures. Check them out!

Alumni Updates

Arsalan Suhail ’09, director of operations and business development at TrueLearn and recent MBA graduate from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, wrote an article on why It’s ‘Time for Men to Lean In—for Gender Equity’Read Arsalan’s article.

Tune in to watch Jason Perkins ’97, Brewmaster/VP Brewing Operations, Allagash Brewing Company interview with Bates’ Aaron Morse during Back@Bates Weekend.

Watch the interview.

Do you have deep knowledge of a given subject, a hidden talent, or passionate hobby?

  • Are you a teacher with tips to help families navigate homeschool and e-learning?
  • Are you a chef who would like to do a cooking demo? Or a home baker with a killer red velvet cake recipe and mad decorating skills?
  • Are you wellness expert? Time management guru? Life coach? Career advisor?
  • Can you share advice about creating a blog or podcast? Or about writing short stories?
  • Are you a community organizer or advocate working for change?

Let us know about it and you could be included in a future installment of Alumni Experts!

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