Welcome (and welcome back) to BatesNews for 2021–22

Welcome to the first edition of BatesNews for 2021–22, and a special welcome to parents, students, and families of the incoming Class of 2025, who are receiving BatesNews for the first time.

Yesterday, I was interviewing an assistant dean for a story about Orientation, which kicks off with the arrival of the new class on Aug. 26.

Acknowledging a tough and disjointed 2020–21 year — masking, distancing, in-person events on hiatus, no sit-down Commons — he expressed hope.

“We’re hoping we can come back stronger than before. And I think we can. Building community, building relationships — that will be an even deeper part of our work than ever before.”

As we kick off another year of BatesNews, the dean’s words reminds me what hasn’t changed. A commitment to telling the stories and news about Bates people, our community and college, and our neighbors in Lewiston.

BatesNews editor Jay Burns interviews 101-year-old alumna June Lovelace Griffin, Class of 1936, for a story in September 2015. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)
BatesNews tells stories about Bates and Bates people. Editor Jay Burns interviews 101-year-old alumna June Lovelace Griffin, Class of 1936, for a story in September 2015. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)
What you’ll see in BatesNews

In addition to news and features about Bates people and college life, BatesNews offers these continuing series:

  • This Month at Bates, the monthly slideshow of Bates photography by Phyllis Graber Jensen and Theophil Syslo.
  • Campus Construction Update, a witty and detailed chronicle of Bates facilities projects, now focusing on the emerging Bonney Science Center, by writer Doug Hubley.
  • Voices, brief video profiles of members of the senior class.
  • Bates in the News, an aggregation of Bates- and alumni-focused stories in the news media.
  • Say What?, an occasional showcase of captivating Bates quotes from here and there.
  • From the Archives, stories and facts behind objects and ephemera from the Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
  • Library Lost & Found, an occasional photographic dive into the Lost and Found collection at Ladd Library
  • What’s in a Lewiston Name, An occasional Bates News feature, “What’s in a Lewiston Name” explores the stories, facts, and figments behind common place names in the Lewiston-Auburn area.
When you’ll see BatesNews

BatesNews is emailed every Friday except during college breaks and the month of July.

The Bates community also receives a Tuesday companion email, Sports Update, with the latest results, honors, and stories from Bobcat sports.

Let’s get social

You can also follow Bates College on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Sports enthusiasts can follow Bates Athletics on the web, and @BatesCollegeAthletics on Facebook, @BatesSports on Twitter, and @GoBatesBobcats on Instagram, plus many sport-specific team sites on various platforms.

Lots of other Bates programs and departments often have social media outlets, too.

Bring a friend

Have a friend or other family member who wants to receive these weekly Bates emails? Here’s how to subscribe.

Have questions? Feel free to contact the editor.

— Jay Burns, P’17, P’19

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