Jay Burns

Jay is editor of Bates Magazine, editorial director for select Advancement and President’s Office projects and editor of BatesNews.

Stories by Jay Burns
Donald Lent, artist, teacher, and mentor who built the visual arts program at Bates College, dies at age 86

Thursday, July 9, 2020 11:13 am

The architect of the college's studio art program, Lent mentored and instilled "a sense of possibilities" in generations of Bates art students.

‘We got you. We got each other:’ Words of encouragement to the Class of 2020, from a millennial professor

Thursday, July 2, 2020 10:01 am

Take it from millennials and a multitude of Black authors, writes English professor Therí A. Pickens: Class of 2020, you are not alone.

Announcing the 15 most-viewed Bates stories of 2019–20

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 4:51 pm

Reflecting a momentous and historic Bates year, here are the 15 most-viewed Bates News stories of the 2019–20 academic year.

‘Wow!’ Bates Admission video series wins national communications award

Friday, June 26, 2020 12:20 pm

Produced in-house at Bates, the award-winning video series sheds light on the college search, application, and financial aid process with wit, warmth, and candor.

From a Distance: The meandering Sprague River at Bates–Morse Mountain

Friday, June 19, 2020 11:51 am

Check out this aerial photo of Bates–Morse Mountain Conservation Area and fun facts from Bates geologists Bev Johnson and Dyk Eusden '80.

Staff gather in the College Store to pack and ship diplomas to graduates from the Class of 2020. The diplomas were dropped off by Mike Adams, Tim Kivus, and Adam Wright.Those who volunteered to pack the pre-taped and assembled boxes that included tissue paper, all academic society/departmental honors/athletic certificates, alumni letter and CMH/CHS letter, printed and labeled theses, bumper stickers, and diplomas:Judith OtimGail St. PierreDonna DuvalCheryl LaceyClaire SchmollChristine SchwartzBrenda PelletierHeather TaylorMichelle ZuehikaMichelle LewisKerry O'Brien
Video: ‘Boxing day’ is the final chapter of historic Commencement 2020

Thursday, June 18, 2020 3:19 pm

Collaborating on the mass mailing of diplomas, a staff team helped write the final chapter of Bates' most unusual Commencement.

Items from the Bates artifacts collection, 1860s to 2011.See: bates.edu/muskie-archives/EADFindingAids/MC098.htmlIncluding: peace pipe used during class day; banners;Cornet used by Levi Washington Ballard who organized the Maine State Seminary Band; conk found by Outing Club; Paperweight with drawing of a scene from Bates vs Bowdoin football game of Oct. 29, 1898 showing William A. Saunders '99 with the ball and a score of Bates 6 and Bowdoin; nurse pin; shaving set; white cane used by President Phillips.
From the Archives: Bates nurses, Julia Child, and a German ace

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1:52 pm

Historical items from the Muskie Archives and Special Collection Library and elsewhere.

It fits: A traditional ivy stone for the unique Class of 2020

Friday, May 29, 2020 12:48 pm

"I want our class to be remembered as the Class of 2020, not as the COVID class," says Hazel Simpson '20, who designed the Hathorn-focused ivy stone.

Slideshow: 17 happy, proud, wacky Bobcat portraits

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:17 pm

During their sports photo session, these Bobcats let it all hang out — "the more absurd the better" — celebrating both self and team, creating a spectacle of sports portraiture.

Bates Magazine: Spring 2020

Friday, May 15, 2020 11:51 am

Here’s a flip version of the spring 2020 issue of Bates Magazine,...

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