November 28, 2022

Greetings, Colleagues,

I hope you have had a restful and restorative break. First, announcements.

Kristin Cloutier from the Harward Center wrote with a link to the Harward Center’s recent blog post, featuring a first-hand account of Election Day at Bates from Jenna Dela Cruz Vendil, the Harward Center’s Associate Director of Democratic Engagement and Student Activism. From sun-up to sun-down, Jenna and her team of students and campus partners brought organization, information, and unflagging energy to the day’s pursuit of “informed civic action” (Bates mission statement).  The blog post can be found here.

Steve Engel from the Dean of the Faculty’s office wrote to with regard to the Fall 2022 Advising Workshop Series which has concluded. All sessions were recorded, and all recordings as well as related materials such as powerpoints or handouts are posted to the Academic Advising Portal for Faculty and Student Support Advisors under the drop-down labeled “Advising Workshop Series 2022-23.”

Darren Gallant from the Center for Global Education wrote to announce information on three courses that will be available to students for the 2023 Short Term period. Students interested in these programs should review the course descriptions, attend information sessions, reach out to the faculty leaders, and submit completed applications by January 19, 2023.

Access to the application, information on extra costs, and more details are available at the links below. Please do share as appropriate.

Central European Theater and Politics

Prof. Kati Vecsey & Prof. James Richter
Enrollment: up to 22
Dates: April 25 to May 18
Costs estimated around $5,000, to be updated by January.
Locations: Hungary and Czech Republic
Learn more and apply here.

Earthquakes & the San Andreas Fault

Prof. Shreya Arora & Rebecca Minor
Enrollment: up to 18
Dates: May 2 – 23
Costs estimated around $3,500, to be updated by January.
Location: California, USA
Learn more and apply here.

Travel, Medicine, and the COVID-19 Pandemic in Chile

Prof. T. Glen Lawson and Prof. David George
Enrollment: up to 24
Dates: April 30 – May 20
Costs estimated around $4,000, to be updated by January.
Location: Santiago, Chile
Learn more and apply here.

Upcoming Info Sessions: November 16, 7-8pm, Location: Roger Williams G18

Information on each course and links to their applications is available online here:

Financial aid is available for eligible students. Please be aware that committing to one of these courses does involve extra costs that students are responsible for upon confirmation of enrollment. Questions about individual courses should be directed to the appropriate faculty member. General questions about off-campus short term can be directed to

Megan McHenry from the Registrar’s Office wrote with information on optimization for Winter 2023.  Optimation has been run and you can view your class rosters in Garnet Gateway.  Accepted petitions are due to the registrar’s office by Wednesday, November 30 at 4:00 pm and all accepted students will be registered prior to add/drop opening on Monday, December 5 at 7:00am.  Please remember that only students with an Eligible to Petition status can petition for a course.

Couple of notes:

  • If your course didn’t oversubscribe, everyone got in.  Class mixes don’t apply to courses that don’t oversubscribe.
  • If you entered a class mix or you’re teaching a course with a lab or discussion, you may have more open seats than you expected.  This is normal, and you can feel free to accept petitions to fill in those open seats.
  • This is the first petitioning period since we transitioned to the standard way of crosslisting, so make sure to take your time when reviewing your petitions to be sure you’ve seen everything that’s been submitted, that you’re not accepting more petitions than you mean to, etc.
  • Submitting petitions is a one-shot deal per section, so please be sure that you’ve selected everyone you want to before submitting.  If you accept more petitions than you have open seats, we will assume that you want all of those students to be in your course, so please be mindful of your enrollment limit if you mean to stick to it.
  • If your course oversubscribed last week and you have a petition list, you have the option to set your course to require instructor permission when add/drop opens so that you can control access to seats that open up.  If you’d like to do this for your course, please email to that effect by Wednesday, November 30 at 4:00pm.   If your course did not oversubscribe and/or if you end up accommodating everyone on the petition list, this isn’t an option.  

Michael Hanrahan from ILS wrote with information on a series of workshops to showcase the virtual reality and fabrication resources available in the VizLab.

VizLab I: 3D Printers 

Tues, Nov 29th, 12:00-12:45 in Coram 103

This session will demonstrate the VizLab’s 3D printers (including how to locate and send models to print, resources for modeling, and some of the many materials that can be used in 3D fabrication). 

VizLab II: Laser Cutter and Cricut

Fri, Dec 2nd, 12:00-12:45  in Coram 103

The VizLab recently acquired a Glowforge Laser Cutter along with a small CNC device called a Cricut. This session will demonstrate some curricular uses of these cutting tools.

VizLab III: VR 

Tues, Dec 13th, 12:00 – 1:00 in Coram 102

During this session, we’ll set up several VR headsets in the XR space in the VizLab to enable the experience of VR.  We’ll have several headsets available to try, including the Vive Pro, Vive Focus 3, Oculus Rift S, Oculus/Meta Quest 2, and the latest Meta Quest Pro.

VizLab IV: Generative AI

Fri, Dec 16th, 12:00 – 1:00 in Coram 102

The VizLab now has Generative AI resources, including DALLE-2 and Midjourney, which use machine learning algorithms to create images autonomously (see the Colorado State Fair for a recent example). We’ll walk through the abilities of each of these programs, as well as tips for prompt engineering.

To register for any of the sessions, please use our online Registration Form.

Caitlin Lamplan from the Muskie Archives wrote to share our new digital collection, Maine and the Environment: A Collection of Archival Resources with us.  The Maine and the Environment digital collection brings together material from across the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library relating to the environment and environmental issues. The exhibit currently pulls from four collections, including the vast collection of Edmund S. Muskie. The digital exhibit will grow as more material is digitized so it can better capture and represent the breadth of environmentally related materials held within the archives.

Please go to for all our current archival material in SCARAB

In addition to the digital content listed above, the links below will bring you to digital content directly related to Bates history. The documents list and link to available material with short descriptions and how to use/search material if necessary. Please note some links go to Bates resources digitized by other institutions, and we will be adding material as we continue to digitize. 

Bates History material and resourcesThe Bates Student and Mirror, and well beyond. 

Bates Founding documentsIncludes early documentation of the college as well other material. Please see Bates History list above for more Bates resources. 

We are excited to share our digital content and I hope you find the resources helpful. I am happy to answer any questions about the online collections or the archives’ collections. 

Hoi Ning Ngai, Darby Ray, and Daphne Comeau wrote to us about the Community Giving Campaign.  At this time of year, when many of us are focusing on what we’re thankful for, our team welcomes you to consider how you can contribute to our wider community by participating in this year’s Community Giving Campaign

The organizations we’re partnering with – Community Health Charities of Maine, United Way of Androscoggin County, MaineShare – are on the front lines of meeting the needs of our neighbors, many of whom are especially pressed this year. Won’t you consider making a gift as part of this year’s Campaign? No amount is too small – truly. 

Our goal is to raise $40,000 from 225 Bates donors by Friday, December 2nd. As of November 18th, we have raised $19,242 from 108 donors. With your support, we can make it happen! 

We can’t emphasize enough that the amount you give is much less important than simply participating as a donor. After all, small amounts add up. Together, we can make a big difference in our community. Please consider joining your Bates colleagues and friends in this year’s Community Giving Campaign. We need you!

Make a Gift in 3 Easy Steps

  1. Login to Garnet Gateway
  2. Click Community Giving campaign within your To-Do list
  3. Select your cause(s)
  4. Your gift of any size can be made as a one time donation or a recurring monthly gift through payroll deduction
  5. Feel good and be entered for a chance to win!

The Office of Intercultural Education Team wrote to invite you into a Community Circle to reflect on the shooting at Club Q in the college town of Colorado Springs.  We condemn this hateful act and stand with the LGBTQIA+ community. We are heartbroken after learning that five people were killed and many more were seriously injured last weekend, on the eve of Transgender Day of Remembrance. 

We stand with those affected by this attack on the LGBTQIA+ community. Please join us for this opportunity to engage in reflection: 

  • Wednesday, 11/30 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Community Circle (students, faculty, and staff) in partnership with Multifaith Chaplaincy at Gomes Chapel 

In addition to this opportunity to gather, the following are additional support resources available to the campus community:


  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) – to schedule an appointment please visit CAPS Here 
  • SPARQ Peer Mentors – sign up to be connected with a Mentor Here

Faculty and Staff:

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for confidential counseling services Here 


The OIE continues to live the core values of our mission statement which embodies Belonging, Community, and Education. Please feel free to contact any of our Team members for further support.

Next, upcoming events.

“To Be Fat, Black, Young and Female: Why Fatphobia Puts Black Girls at Risk”
Lecture by Amy Abugo Ongiri, Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of Portland
Monday, November 28th, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Pettengill G65
All are Welcome!

“High-Throughput Trace-Level Non-Target Screening for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in Environmental Waters”
Dr. Gordon Getzinger, Research Scientist at Biobot Analytics, Lecturer at Tufts University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Candidate
Monday, November 28, 2022 | 4:10PM

Bonney Science Center 180

Upcoming CITL Events:

LAVA Lunch Bunch 
(LAVA = Lecturers, Assistants in Instruction, Visiting Professors, and Applied Faculty)
Tuesday, November 29th, 12-1 pm, Commons 211

Lament for the Earth
November 30 – 12-1 p.m.
163 Wood Street (Lunch Provided)
Join together to name our collective climate despair, contemplate with poetry, and create hope.

On the Menu: Inclusive Group Work
Wednesday, November 30th, 12-1 pm, Commons 221

“A Tale of Two Environmental Perspectives”
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 | 4:10PM

Bonney Science Center 180

Dr. Rebekah Gray, Postdoctoral Scholar, Faust Group at The College of Wooster
and Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Candidate

Healthy Substance Use Group
every Thursday – 11:30-12:30
Commons 211

Looking for a supportive space to talk about your relationship with substances and have regular thoughtful check-ins?  Professor Stephanie Kelley-Romano (SKR), Bates Health Services, and the Multifaith Chaplaincy are holding a Healthy Substance Use Group once a week.  Faculty, staff, and students are all welcome. Drop in for any amount of time you can.  Whether you are in recovery or simply looking to redefine your relationship with substances, feel very welcome to come and join this warm community as you process! 

IMPACT 21st (Innovation, Media, Process, Arts, Collaboration and Technology for the 21st Century) and Bates Arts Collaborative
Thursday, December 8 – 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Coram Library
All faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the Sherman Foundation Arts & Technology Grant.  This grant will promote new approaches to teaching and learning in the arts, support Bates faculty, students, and staff in collaborative endeavors, and build on Bates’ commitment to the transformative integration of technology and the arts. Hors d’oeuvres, beverages, interactive technology, and plans for the new IMStudio (Immersive Media) will be shared.  Please register in advance.

The Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies invites you to 
“Materials of Time: Recent Intermedia Art and Research in Sonic Histories, 
a lunchtime conversation with Professor Asha K. Tamirisa

 Thursday, December 1  –  11:45-1:00
*Now in Muskie
All are welcome.  RSVP for bag lunch by 11/27 at:

“Mexico’s Violent and Criminal Politics go North:  The Case of Ruben Gil Campos in Izúcar de Matamoros Puebla, Mexico”
Clarisa Pérez-Armendáriz, Associate Professor of Politics
Monday, December 5, 2022 (following the Faculty Meeting)
Commons 221/222
Dinner at 6:15 p.m. followed by Clarisa’s Presentation.  Registration Required.  Register for the event here by 11/30/22.

Candles and Carols
Sunday, December 11, 7:00 p.m.
Peter J. Gomes Chapel
An annual tradition celebrating the season with multifaith readings and music including Christmas hymns, Bates acapella groups, and the College Choir.