Meet the Coordinators

AESOP is a student-led with support from the Office of Residence Life and Health Education. We are free to explore new trip ideas and keep the program fresh and student-focused! We love our school and we love what we do: a wonderful combination that allows us to infuse our own joy about AESOP, Bates, Maine, and Lewiston into the beginning of your four years here.

We are dedicated to making this the best AESOP possible! We work steadily throughout the school year to prepare for the upcoming AESOP program and will work continuously throughout the summer in preparation for your arrival on campus in August. We look forward to meeting each of you and hope you are all excited about coming to Bates. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at We’ll answer your questions as quickly as possible, but bear in mind that there are many of you and only a few of us, so please be patient!

Erik Malm ’22 – Head Coordinator

Hometown: Batavia, IL

What AESOP did you participate in as a First Year? Baxter Bushwackers II

Hey there bobcats! How goes it?! I cannot emphasize how excited I am that each and every one of you gets to be a part of AESOP 2021! I can confidently say that AESOP is among the most memorable experiences you will have at Bates, and even beyond your days as a bobcat—scratch that: Once a bobcat, always a bobcat…

I was born and raised in Batavia, IL—a town nobody has heard of, so I tell people that I’m from Chicago instead. The Midwest is impossibly flat, which (if you’re a hiker like myself) makes it quite difficult to take advantage of the great outdoors. For me, AESOP was the perfect introduction to the plethora of mountains in the beautiful state of Maine, and I encourage each of you to take advantage of them during your time at Bates!

As a Biochemistry major at Bates, I spend plenty of time in the lovely Carnegie Science Hall. I hope to attend medical school after my time at Bates—helping people is my passion! Prior to my aspirations of becoming a physician, I hoped to become a musician: I used to play the piano and the trombone, but have since given up playing both instruments. I’m a La La Land fanatic and have no shame in crying every time I watch this musical masterpiece.

I look forward to seeing your happy faces on campus in the Fall!

Alix Zabin ’22 – Head Coordinator

Hometown: Greenwich, CT

What AESOP did you participate in as a First Year? Saddleback II

Hey there, Batesies!! The countdown until your first days at college has officially begun! I am looking forward to meeting you and sending you off on your AESOP trip, where you’ll have a great experience with new people in New Hampshire, or in “Vacationland,” the wonderful state of Maine. I’m excited to answer all of your questions about AESOP and support you on your journey. Get pumped for a fun adventure!!

I hail from the great mountains of southeastern Connecticut, where you can find me conquering the massive 15-foot peaks on my bike or open-water swimming among 6-inch major waves. Now that I live in Maine, I enjoy slurping clam chowder at the Sunday River ski lodge, jogging on the River Walk, or reading murder mysteries on the historic quad. When I’m not gallivanting in the great outdoors, I’m most likely watching Planet Earth, volunteering in the Lewiston-Auburn community, or scarfing down the vegan chocolate coconut creams in Commons. At Bates, I am studying Psychology and Spanish, so you can find me camped out in Ladd Library muttering to myself ~en español.~

AESOP is such a unique experience; I can’t wait for all of you to have the orientation trip of a lifetime! I loved my own AESOP experience as a First Year, and I hope that you all will love your experiences too. Enjoy the rest of your summer, see you soon!!

Jack Fruechte ’22 – Head Coordinator

Hometown: Edina, MN

What AESOP did you participate in as a First Year? Moosehead Lake

What’s up First Years! Welcome to the amazing class of 2025. I’m so excited to welcome you to our big Bobcat family. As you figure out which classes to take and what pairs of socks to bring to school for move in day, know that we have the on campus planning covered. We are busy getting AESOP ready for when you arrive on campus and are so excited to send you out on your own Bates adventure. We’ve got everything covered involving canoeing, backpacking, volunteering, farming, and biking to name a few AESOP activities.

Hailing from the great state of Minnesota, I am very familiar with the cold and snowy weather that blankets campus in the winter months, and love exploring the great outdoors whenever I can. While home in the summer months, I enjoy golfing, adventuring, and traveling. When I’m not back home in the bold north, you can find me in a variety of places on campus. In the fall and spring months, you can find me floating down the Androscoggin as a member of the men’s rowing team. When the Scog freezes, I hit the ergs with the team in Merrill gymnasium for what seems like an eternity. I am a double major in studio art and history, which means lots of time spent in Olin and PGill. When I’m not throwing a pot or writing an essay, you can find me lingering in commons with a big plate of chicken nuggets or bowl pad thai from the vegan bar. When I get the chance to venture out of the den, you will find me shredding the slopes at Sunday River or eating as much seafood as possible down in Portland.

As move in day creeps closer and closer, I hope you are getting excited for AESOP. I know I’m getting pumped to meet you all this fall and send you out on your own Bates AESOP adventure. Don’t forget, it’s always a great day to be a Bobcat!