Week of October 18, 2021

Below please find a summary of recent announcements and upcoming events.

Megan McHenry in the Registrar’s Office shared the most recent edition of For the Record.  Included in the message were deadlines and information that might be of interest to you.

  • Please submit all edits to the winter 2022 draft schedule by Wednesday, October 20, 2021.
  • Friday, October 22 is the last day for students to drop a fall course or to change from pass/fail back to a letter grade.
  • The winter 2022 schedule will go live for students no later than Friday, October 29, 2021.

Christine Schwartz, Associate Vice President for Dining, Conferences and Campus Events announced that effective Monday October 18, 2021 Bates community groups who book space in meeting rooms in Commons ( 201,221/222,226,225) may take advantage of the through the line catering option. This option allows meeting participants to make meal selections in Commons and return to their reserved space to eat– meals can not be consumed in the Commons dining room.  Please remember that masks must be worn at all times while in the building except when seated and eating.  Groups interested in the through the line option must book space in Commons through EMS and receive approval from Bobcat Catering at Bobcatcatering@groups.bates.edu.   Please be sure to include an account and numbering of individuals attending when you reach out to Bobcat Catering. Please don’t hesitate to reach out should you have any questions.

Kristen Cloutier of the Harward Center reminds us that Students interested in applying for a 2022 Davis Projects for Peace award should plan on attending an informational meeting on Monday, November 8th at 4pm via Zoom.  Those who RSVP that they will be in attendance will be sent a Zoom link on 10/29.  RSVP HERE  This is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the world.  Information and particulars on the project are available at the project website:  http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org/   PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE INFO SESSION ON 10/25, YOU DO NOT NEED TO ATTEND THIS ONE.

The MLK Committee writes with a friendly reminder that workshop proposals for this year’s MLK day are due on October 25th. 

Each January, Bates College observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This is a day on campus that our work transforms from the regular classes to a series of events on this day. With the pandemic still around us, we are still planning for 2022 MLK Day observance-which may be via Zoom, in person, or via a hybrid format on January 17, 2022 .  

An important part of the day consists of morning and afternoon workshops. These workshops are typically organized by Bates faculty, staff, students, and administrators, but sometimes also local community members, and they offer a rich diversity of formats and ideas. The success of MLK Day depends heavily on our having a full program of workshops, and so the success of the day depends on people such as yourself. 

The theme for MLK Day 2022 is “Decolonization and Liberation.”  We look forward to reviewing your proposal for your workshop/film/performance etc. 

Please note: you may propose a workshop that is in-person, via Zoom, or in a hybrid format.

Click here to submit Workshop Proposal

Next, upcoming events.

“Turing Patterns: The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis”
Dr. Irving Epstein from Brandeis University

October 22, 2021 | 4:10pm

Bonney Science Center | Room 180

For more information about Dr. Epstein and his work, please see: http://hopf.chem.brandeis.edu/

Racial Justice and Housing Inequity:  An Interdisciplinary Roundtable
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Commons 221

More information here.

Lunch discussion with renowned photographer and physician, Dr. Jon Kolkin!

Thursday, October 21st – 12:00pm

Benjamin Mays Center

Dr. Jon Kolkin is an internationally recognized artist with a lifetime of experience pursuing his passions of medicine and photography.  His new book “Inner Harmony:  Living in Balance” includes a forward by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama and features 200 award winning photographs that capture the calm and mindfulness of modern Buddhist practices.  Join us for lunch to engage in a robust Q & A, view some of Dr. Kolkin’s stunning work, and hear his reflections on gaining practical strategies to live a balanced and less stressful life.  RSVP here. 

Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning open information sessions
10/27, 10:30-11:30, (in person) New Commons 226

10/28, 1:00-2:00, (online) https://bates.zoom.us/j/91991430585

Faculty and staff are welcome to stop by to learn more and share feedback about this ongoing work.  More information on CITL can be found in this update.  

Curious about retirement?
A panel of recently “liberated” faculty will discuss/learn about diverse ways to navigate life and work beyond Bates.
Monday, October 18, 2021
4:15-5:15 p.m.  Zoom link:  Curious About Retirement?
From ongoing academic engagement, to creative reinvention, to graceful disappearance, our panelists will describe how it is all possible!  

FMI: Contact Margaret Creighton, Leslie Hill, or Darby Ray

Lunchtime Book Circle
Thursday, October 28, 12:00-1:00pm AND
Thursday, November 4, 12:00-1:00pm
Lunch and small-group discussion 
Harward Center backyard

The Last Nomad: Coming of Age in the Somali Desert by Shugri Said Salh (Algonquin Books, 2021).
Books and lunch provided. 15 spots available. Please register here.

Ideally, participants will attend both book circle discussions and the author’s virtual talk on November 9th @ 7pm

Technology Showcase
Thursday, October 21

Ladd and Coram Libraries
Please see the program here.  Refreshments will be served!

Women in Entrepreneurship Bates Alumnae Panel
Monday, October 18
7 pm ET

This event will happen via Zoom webinar
Please register here via Handshake or directly via Zoom

In celebration of Women Entrepreneurship Week 2021, Bobcat Ventures is honored and excited to host a discussion about women in entrepreneurship with an impressive panel of Bates alumnae founders and innovators! For more details about Women Entrepreneurship Week 2021, and to access other virtual events taking place, please visit https://www.montclair.edu/entrepreneur/women-entrepreneurship-week/.