Jay Burns

As the editorial director for the Bates Communications Office, Jay guides Bates Magazine and BatesNews.

Stories by Jay Burns
Images of Bates faculty and students from the 1800s focusing on those with beards and moustaches. Images sources from yearbooks of the era in Muskie Archives and Special Collections LibraryThomas Singer, Class of 1890
Slideshow: 11 great beards and mustaches of 19th-century Bates

Friday, September 24, 2021 2:29 pm

Beards, mustaches, and sideburns were all the rage at Bates in the late 1800s.

Bates in the News: Sept. 24, 2021

Friday, September 24, 2021 12:25 pm

An alumnus explains the push to exonerate one last Salem witch, and a professor shares his fright (and bias) during a post-9/11 flight.

$175,000 NEH grant signals Diverse BookFinder’s growing national reach

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 2:10 pm

On its fourth anniversary, the Diverse BookFinder is expanding to help educators use picture books to engage children in cross-cultural conversations built around curiosity, compassion, and understanding.

‘Love persevering’: 9/11, Peter Goodrich ’89, and a legacy of hope

Thursday, September 9, 2021 11:51 am

When Peter Goodrich ’89 died on Sept. 11, 2001, grief enshrouded his family and his Bates friends. Twenty years later, love has persevered, providing a path forward to honor his legacy at Bates.

10 pieces of advice, for all of us, from a wisdom-filled Bates College Convocation

Friday, September 3, 2021 11:53 am

Convocation and Commencement bookend the year with a similar look and feel. Similar, too, in offering sound advice, useful to far more than first years.

Q&A: Pandemic-driven Admission changes are ‘smart and long overdue’

Friday, August 20, 2021 11:50 am

With the Class of 2025 on the college’s doorstep, Dean of Admission Leigh Weisenburger talks about the implications of successfully recruiting and enrolling a new Bates class without ever leaving home.

Meet the 97-year old World War II vet who helped reopen the Bobcat Den

Friday, August 20, 2021 11:03 am

Shortly after the Bobcat Den reopened after its 516-day closure due to the pandemic, 97-year-old Ralph Sylvester ‘50 arrived for breakfast.

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

Friday, August 13, 2021 12:18 pm

Welcome to the first edition of BatesNews for 2021–22. Here's what we're all about.

What’s in a Lewiston Name: Sabattus

Friday, August 13, 2021 10:47 am

This occasional BatesNews feature explores the stories, facts, and figments behind common place names in the Lewiston-Auburn area.

Bates in the News, Aug. 12, 2021

Thursday, August 12, 2021 2:43 pm

An alum-founded Lewiston nonprofit celebrates 10 years, a professor explains the rise of the celebrity political candidate, and the media honors the memory of a trailblazing Black alumna.

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