Jay Burns

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

Stories by Jay Burns
Say What? Quotable quotes from Bates folks: Nov. 17, 2023

Friday, November 17, 2023 3:28 am

Our latest in an occasional roundup of quotable quotes about the fall theater production, our Veterans Day observance, and the painful aftermath of the Lewiston shootings.

Bates faculty member Kati Vecsey helps give voice to a fellow Hungarian’s right-to-die case

Thursday, November 16, 2023 11:33 am

Dániel Karsai, a Hungarian human rights lawyer, has ALS and wants the right to die with dignity. Vecsey, a Bates faculty member and voice expert, is helping him voice his case before the European Court for Human Rights, Nov. 27–28.

Ladd Library Lost & Found: October 2023

Thursday, November 9, 2023 2:40 pm

As we were setting out items for this edition of Ladd Library Lost & Found, retired math professor Bonnie Shulman stopped by because a venerable Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus calculator caught her eye.

Last night was a sweet treat. The kids had an absolute blast and we think the trick-or-treaters had fun too. Thanks to the @batesharward Center, the City of Lewiston (@officiallewistonme), and The American Red Cross for helping us host such a special event for our community. We could see on our students' faces how healing it was to help bring some joy to our beloved city and home. President Garry W. Jenkins and his husband Jon Lee also joined in on the fun helping Bates students hand out the many pieces of candy made available at the event. We also want to thank all the families for coming out and sharing your Halloween with us.
‘We appreciate this so much:’ a gift of smiles on a frosty Halloween evening

Friday, November 3, 2023 10:37 am

Pain and worry had ruled days and nights since the Lewiston shootings. But now, at twilight on a frosty fall day, there could be, and were, smiles everywhere as children and families flocked from the Lewiston community to the Bates campus.

FAQ: What to expect at the inauguration of Bates College President Garry W. Jenkins

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 10:55 am

Bates will install a new president for only the eighth time in its 168-year history.

Picture Story: ‘Excited and proud’ to be Back to Bates

Friday, October 13, 2023 3:20 pm

“Bates is a place I am excited — and proud — to show my parents around,” said a first-year student as he toured his chemistry classroom in Dana Hall.

Q&A: Tom King ’58, the last Bates bell ringer

Friday, October 13, 2023 10:40 am

Here's an interview by Chris Bond '81 with Tom King ’58, who is believed to be the last in a long line of students who lived in Hathorh Hall and rang the Hathorn bell by hand up to 19 times every class day.

Timeline, fun facts, and did-you-knows from past Bates inaugurations

Thursday, October 12, 2023 11:29 am

Here are facts, stories, and did-you-knows from all past Bates presidential inaugurations — plus world and Maine events.

Video: Behind the scenes at Bates volleyball’s sportrait session

Friday, October 6, 2023 12:50 pm

The volleyball team gathered for their team and individual marketing photos, known as “sportraits,” and had some fun along the way.

For Bates students, a trip to the Appalachian Trail is a trip back in time

Friday, October 6, 2023 9:32 am

During Orientation, a group of first-year Bates students paid a visit to…

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