Stories about "Purposeful Work"
A panel of Bates alumni discuss entrepreneurship: from building their own businesses, supporting their communities, and more!They will share stories of entrepreneurship, managing failure and adversity, and offer advice on how to develop these skills so vital to making a difference in any setting or industry. This event also kicks off Bobcat Ventures, Bates’ entrepreneurship program that provides students with skills, training, and mentorship culminating in a pitch competition. Students of all majors, years, and interests are invited to participate!Introducing the panel is Allen Delong, Senior Associate Dean, Center for Purposeful WorkPanel from left:Moderator, Chris Barbin '93, Bates Trustee and Serial Entrepreneur, Venture Partner at GGV Capital ;Mbali Ndlovu '12, Founder of LukafitMichelle Pham '15, Account Manager at Google Julia Sleeper '08 Founder and Executive Director of Tree Street Youth
Advice from Bates entrepreneurs: Find a need, talk to customers, and get a return

Friday, November 8, 2019 8:59 am

A Google account manager, a founder of an activewear brand for women of color, and a founder of a Lewiston youth center — all Bates alumnae — share their stories.

“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.”.— Russell BakerSummer on campus
Slideshow: This Summer at Bates

Monday, August 12, 2019 3:26 pm

Have a taste of summer at Bates: campus scenes plus off-campus portraits of students engaged in summer work all over.

Boats made at Bates, all the way from Japan

Thursday, May 23, 2019 10:58 am

Salt, sake, and sparks anoint the vessels made by students in the Short Term course “Apprentice Learning: Building the Japanese Boat.”

In a simulated ‘mole’ hunt, students learn about real-life intelligence work

Friday, May 17, 2019 9:49 am

Two spies, a schoolteacher with a side job, and some glasses of Scotch make for an interesting Short Term course.

Bates in the News: April 12, 2019

Friday, April 12, 2019 12:00 pm

Media outlets take notice of a new Gallup study on the value of purposeful work; and former Garcelon gridder Sam Francis ’17 now has a job crunching numbers for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals.

“It was rewarding to start as a kind of blank slate and work my way to where I am now.”.— Ben Lyons ’19, an economics major from San Rafael, Calif., posing in front of the dramatic Nasdaq MarketSite overlooking New York City’s Times Square..Lyons is concluding a 10-week Purposeful Work internship at Nasdaq Private Market with the company’s head, Eric Folkemer ’02..Working on a long-term project under the guidance of Nasdaq Private Market staff, Lyons has gained practical understanding of data analysis, financial documents, and Nasdaq trading and technology. In the spirit of Purposeful Work, the experience has helped Lyons both explore and refine his interest in finance.
Bates-Gallup study finds ‘purpose gap’ between what college graduates seek and find in their work

Thursday, April 11, 2019 2:14 pm

The new study also suggests that Bates Purposeful Work offers ways that colleges and universities might better prepare students for the future of work.

‘Airbnb for storage’ idea takes $10,000 top prize in Bobcat Ventures competition

Thursday, March 28, 2019 3:42 pm

George DeLana ’19, the cofounder of a marketplace for renting summer storage space, says the secret to success is pitching, pitching, pitching.

Video: Don’t just accept what you’re told, says Carlyle Turner ’19 — ‘challenge it’

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 9:13 am

A psychology major, Turner talks about the "mental sweat" and professors' guidance needed to gain essential skills for today's world.

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Bates College ranks fourth in the nation in Fulbright U.S. Student awards

Friday, February 15, 2019 10:22 am

With 13 awards this academic year, Bates has now earned Fulbright Top Producer honors for eight straight years, including a No. 1 ranking in 2017-18.

Video: Washington Post interviews Clayton Spencer about Purposeful Work innovations

Friday, January 18, 2019 10:44 am

Purposeful Work meets a major — though not always fulfilled — responsibility of a liberal arts college: helping students find jobs that feel meaningful.

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