We submit these images as evidence: Spring has arrived, albeit a bit late, to Bates. You’ll see it on the Quad, Alumni Walk, and the playing fields. Anywhere there is grass, trees, or water, you’ll experience the season.
It’s Short Term, and work in and out of the classroom continues with energy and purpose. And there’s a crescendo coming, too, as students begin to receive end-of-the-year recognition for their work.
Spring Catch Up
“We’re enjoying the first day that actually feels like Short Term,” says Anais Ranque ‘21, a double major in music and psychology from Vesenaz, Switzerland, as she tosses a tennis ball with Jake Bart ’21, a psychology major from New York City.
The two sophomores, and many others, took to the lawn outside 280 College Street to soak up the afternoon sun.
During a campus symposium showcasing the work of Bates education students, Sarah Rothmann ’19 (right) of Andover, Mass., listens to Anais Gonzalez ’20 of Hanford, Calif., talk about her internship with KIDS Legal, a program of Pine Tree Legal Assistance that addresses the needs of low-income Maine children.
The internship, part of a Purposeful Work infusion course in education, allowed Gonzalez to create a proposal to local school districts on diversity, tolerance, and inclusion.
Spring rain and mountain snowmelt create a roaring Androscoggin River at the Great Falls between Lewiston and Auburn.
The Raking Begins Here
“It’s nice to be outside. And it’s nice to give back to the campus too,” says economics major Mike Somma ’19 of Colts Neck, N.J. Somma has signed on to help Facility Services with a huge job: the annual spring work to rake flowerbeds, lay down mulch, and do general campus cleanup during Short Term.
50 Years of Dance
In Gannett Theater, Sara Hollenberg ’19 of Stamford, Conn., makes last-minute adjustments to costumes that she and Rebecca Howard ’19 of Snowmass, Colo., curated for an interactive dance archives exhibition. The project left Howard impressed by “both the depth and the breadth of what the Bates dance program has been.”
Hollenberg is a double major in dance and mathematics; Howard is a double major in art and visual culture and religious studies with a minor in dance.
A beautiful May day on Alumni Walk finds Charlotte Collins ’22 (left) of Woolwich, Maine, and Catherine Butler ’22 of Galax, Va., enjoying “the perfect opportunity to read books for pleasure,” says Butler.
Let the Building Begin
President Clayton Spencer (left) joins Michael Bonney ’80 and Alison Grott Bonney ’80 for a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site of the new Bonney Science Center, now under construction on Campus Avenue at Nichols and Bardwell streets.
Later the Bates community gathered in Memorial Commons for a celebratory reception to honor the Bonney family.
As part of a Shark Tank–style presentation, So Kim ’21 of Thornhill, Canada, and Jack Arend ’20 of Newfields, N.H., pitch their idea for a rewards-based recess program at a local elementary school.
Their presentation was part of a course on sport and exercise psychology, taught by lecturer Su Langdon, in which students engaged with community partners to created viable and relevant programs for each partner.
Cause for Celebration
Christian Beal ’21 (No. 2) of Flossmoor, Ill., and his baseball teammates celebrate a 3-2 win over Bowdoin in April.
The Harward Center for Community Partnerships honored Ellijah McLean ’20 of Providence, R.I., with one of its 2019 Outstanding Community Volunteerism and Student Leadership awards.
McLean has displayed “extraordinary commitment” in his work to have a “transformational effect on young men in this community,” said Ellen Alcorn, director of the Harward Center’s Bonner Leader Program and assistant director of community-engaged learning.
All-American Jacob Kauppila ’20 of Chesterfield, Mo., defeated his Middlebury opponent in straight sets in a home match at the Wallach Tennis Center.
“For me, it’s like being a coach,” says April Hill, Wagener Family Professor of Equity and Inclusion in STEM, as she works with young biology students, including Sara King ’21 of Newton Center, Mass., in her Carnegie Science lab.
Taking the Higher Ground
Bates students in a Short Term course examining sea-level rise along the East Coast visit Damariscotta, Maine, to meet with Town Manager Matt Lutkus (at left center, wearing a green shirt) to discuss the impact of rising water on this community situated on a tidal river. The course is team-taught by Elmer Campbell Professor of Economics Lynne Lewis and Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Francis Eanes.
Floating Their Boat
Hanging out in their inflatable craft are first-years Jackson Elkins, Nic Stathos, Matt Clayton, and Max Bartley. They plan to take their boat onto the water each warm and sunny day during Short Term.
Dodge That Ball
Jared Schell ’21 of Media, Pa., lets loose during a student-vs.-faculty dodgeball tournament in the Gray Athletic Building. The fundraiser netted $536 for the food pantry at Farwell Elementary School.
Walking and Talking
“Community-engaged learning and working with the Harward Center have been central to my time at Bates,” says Dylan Metsch-Ampel ’19, an environmental studies major and Bonner community leader from Montclair, N.J., as he leads a walking tour of historic downtown Lewiston for newly admitted members of the Class of 2023.
Lewiston, he says, offers the “chance to meet, interact with, and learn from an amazing group of people. I’ve met some of my closest friends and mentors by working and living in such a welcoming community.”
“It’s a dream,” says Peter Steenstra, head rowing coach at Bates, of this stretch of the Androscoggin River in Greene that Bates rowers call home.
The late-April practice session led to a victorious President’s Regatta for the Bobcats three days later.
Ayden Eickhoff ’19 of Corvallis, Mont., won the 400-meter dash in a personal-best time of 57.64 seconds. She’s now No. 3 on Bates’ all-time performance list and, in 2019, among the top 30 athletes in NCAA Division III in the 400, 800 and 1,500 meters.
Hanging on Alumni Walk
The hammocks were out in full force on a May afternoon as the sun warmed hearts and minds.
Tom Twist, the college’s sustainability manager, attends a recent Committee on Environmental Responsibility meeting in Commons.
“I love pottery because it gives my brain a creative outlet,” says biology major Bobby Dee ’19 of White Horse Beach, Mass., who set up outside of Commons to sell his ceramic arts.