Schedule

This preliminary schedule is subject to change. Please check back frequently for updates. 

Thursday, June 8

Thursday activities are only open to the 50th Reunion class. On-campus housing on Thursday night is available to all classes. 

8:30am–4:30pm
Bates College Store
Check out the new College Store in Kalperis Hall and update your Bates gear.
Bates College Store, 65 Campus Avenue

11:30am–10pm
Welcome Center
Your first stop — pick up your name tag, room keys, and schedule.
Commons

11:45am–1:15pm
Lunch for the 50th Reunion Class
Commons

6pm
Welcome Reception and Dinner for the 50th Reunion Class
Commons

Friday, June 9

7–9:30am
Breakfast
Commons

8–9am
Breakfast with the President for the 50th Reunion Class
Pettengill Hall

8am–midnight
Welcome Center
Commons

8:30am–5pm
Bates College Store
Check out the new College Store in Kalperis Hall and update your Bates gear.
Bates College Store, 65 Campus Avenue

9–10am
Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

9:15–10:15am
50th Reunion Seminar: The Fight of Our Lives
The documentary “The Phantom Punch” explores the controversy surrounding the Ali v. Liston world championship fight held in Lewiston on May 25, 1965 with a focus on the Lewiston-Auburn community. Bates graduates who attended the fight will share their perspectives. Sponsored by the Class of 1967; open to all.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

10–11am
Admission Information Session
Lindholm House

10am–4pm
Outing Club: Coastal Hike at Bates–Morse Mountain Conservation Area
A guided hike through Bates’ 600-acre coastal conservation area, boasting spectacular views of the Atlantic and access to Seawall Beach. Transportation provided from campus.

10:30–11:30am
50th Reunion Seminar: A Quick Illustrated History of Bates with William C. Hiss ’66
“Bates College is not standing in the way of any other institution, but is occupying and cultivating ground which before had lain waste.” Oren B. Cheney
Now in its 162nd year, Bates continues to lead. It is remarkable how over the last 40 years many of the best colleges in America have changed themselves to become much more like Bates. A lively collection of photographs of Bates’ history will give us an encouraging, fascinating and sometimes humorous view of the college. Sponsored by the Class of 1967; open to all.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

11am–noon
Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

11am–noon
Rare Books and Manuscripts Petting Zoo
Stop by Ladd Library to see (and hear) a selection of musical treasures from Bates’ Special Collections, including composer’s manuscripts and letters, Mozart first editions, early American music and hymn books, campus concert programs, and Bates ensemble recordings!
Ladd Library

11:30am–1:15pm
Lunch
Commons

11:30am
Reunion Golf Outing
Buffet lunch at 11:30am, tee times starting at 12:30pm. Hosted by the Friends of Bates Athletics.
Martindale Country Club, Auburn

1–2pm
Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

1:30–2:30pm
50th Reunion Seminar: The Rhetoric of our Current Political Climate
Join Bates politics professors for a panel discussion about the first six months of the Trump administration and the rhetoric of our current political climate. Panelists include: John Baughman, associate professor of politics; Stephen Engel, associate professor of politics; and Stephanie Kelley-Romano, associate professor of rhetoric. Sponsored by the Class of 1967; open to all.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

2–3pm
Admission Information Session
Lindholm House

Opens at 2pm
Bates Museum of Art

2–3pm
Rare Books and Manuscripts Petting Zoo
Stop by Ladd Library to see (and hear) a selection of musical treasures from Bates’ Special Collections, including composer’s manuscripts and letters, Mozart first editions, early American music and hymn books, campus concert programs, and Bates ensemble recordings!
Ladd Library

2:45–3:45pm
50th Reunion Seminar: The Art of Living
New England artist Andrew Kusmin ’67 looks back at his creative journey by sharing his watercolors, his mentors, and his new book, “Palette of Dreams.” Enjoy art and anecdotes as you experience the people, places, paths, and practices that inspired his philosophy of life and art. “I am inspired to compel you to stop, look and reflect on the story of life contained in small moments.”
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

3–4pm
Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

3–5pm
Lawn Games
Fancy yourself a seasoned corn hole player? Mastered the art of badminton and looking to show off your skills? Or just looking to catch up while tossing a frisbee? Come play some new and old lawn games while listening to music and hanging out with friends you haven’t seen in a few years!
Outside Commons

3:30 – 5pm
Lewiston-Auburn Downtown Walkabout
Wonderful things are happening downtown! Join Darby Ray, director of the Harward Center for Community Partnerships and Donald W. and Ann M. Harward Professor of Civic Engagement, for a moderately paced walk through the heart of L-A, with brief narrative stops at several points of interest. Please wear comfortable shoes.
Personal carpools depart from Merrill Gymnasium lot

3:30pm, 4pm, 4:30pm
Tours of the Campus Avenue Residence Halls
Take a tour of the college’s new residence halls, Chu Hall and Kalperis Hall, including the new Bates College Store. Each tour is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-serve basis.

5–6pm
Annual Meeting of the College Key
Open to members of the College Key.
Benjamin E. Mays Center

5:30–8:30pm
Reunion Lobster Bake
Commons

7–8:30pm
“One Mic”
Please join us for a wine and cheese gathering to honor the stories and experiences of current students and MOSAIC alumni! Mingle, nosh, and learn a bit about recent programs launched by the Office of Intercultural Education and the Office of Equity and Diversity.
Chase Hall, Office of Intercultural Education

7–9pm
Museum Reception
Dessert and wine will be served.
Olin Arts Center, Museum of Art

8:30pm–1am
Bobcat Beer Garden
Late night at the Den — come enjoy local favorites and Bates-inspired beverages.
The Bobcat Den

9pm
Fireworks
Enjoy spectacular fireworks at the Florence Keigwin Amphitheater on the shore of Lake Andrews.
Olin Arts Center Terrace

Saturday, June 10

7–10:30am
Breakfast
Commons

8am–7pm
Welcome Center
Commons

8:30–9:15am
Memorial 5K Run/Walk
Alumni Walk

8:30am–5pm
Bates College Store
Check out the new College Store in Kalperis Hall and update your Bates gear.
Bates College Store, 65 Campus Avenue

9–10am
Adult Tennis Clinic
Come play tennis at an all-levels clinic with Head Tennis Coach Paul Gastonguay ’89.
James G. Wallach ’64 Tennis Center

9–10:30am
We Are One: Engaging, Collaborating, and Advocating within Communities
Join the Class of 1982 for a panel discussion about supporting vulnerable, at-risk populations through community-based service, advocacy, organizing, and leadership development. Ann Philbin ’82 speaks about her work with immigrant communities, Lori Norman Campbell ’82 speaks as a licensed social worker dealing with issues surrounding elder care and caregiver support, and Felicia Garant ’82 speaks about her advocacy for Alzheimer’s (and other dementias) awareness, research, and programming. Sponsored by the Class of 1982; all are welcome.

9:30–10:15am
A Personal Perspective on the Art of Andrew Wyeth
Victoria Wyeth ’01, Andrew Wyeth’s only grandchild, offers an illustrated talk with insights on her grandfather’s art and personal anecdotes from years of conversations with her grandfather. 

9:30–10:15am
The Road to College: The Honest Truth
What do you need to know as you prepare to begin your college journey? Join Aya Murata ’92, associate director of college counseling at Phillips Academy, and Karen Finocchio Lubeck ’92, higher education analyst and former admissions director, for a casual and candid conversation on how to navigate the murky waters of college preparation. All ages and all questions are encouraged! For members and guests of the Class of 1992 only.

9:30–10:30am
Camp Bates: Story Time with Author-Illustrator Matt Tavares ’97

Join award-winning children’s book author-illustrator Matt Tavares ’97 for a reading of Zachary’s Ball, and hear the story of how his senior thesis at Bates became his first published picture book. Matt will also give a behind-the-scenes look at his process of writing and illustrating children’s books, followed by a drawing demonstration and question time.

11am
Alumni Parade
Show your class spirit in the Alumni Parade! March, ride, or dance through a crowd of cheering Bates alumni and friends.
Historic Quad and Alumni Walk

11:30am
Presidential Address and Annual Gathering of the Alumni Association
Tent alongside Garcelon Field

Noon–2pm
Barbecue Picnic Lunch
A relaxed barbecue picnic for all ages.
Ladd Library Quad

Noon–4pm
Reunion Tennis Celebration
Join coaches and tennis alumni for an afternoon of matches and a celebration of Head Coach Paul Gastonguay’s 20 years at Bates.
James G. Wallach ’64 Tennis Center

1–2pm
Friends of Bates Athletics Gathering and Retirement Celebration for Coach Todd Goewey
Reconnect with fellow Bates athletes at this gathering for all sports and celebrate the retirement of Coach Todd Goewey.
The Den

1–2pm
What’s Your Story?
Your story, your brand. Technology’s impact on telling your story. Learn from a talented group who have leveraged technology to go from branding to storytelling. Join Scott Kelliher ’92, president of technology and telecommunications at Time Inc.; Emily Volpone ’92, vice president at Razorfish; Brad Peacock ’92, president of Peacock Nine; and Greg Guidotti ’92, vice president for meal solutions at Kraft Heinz, for a discussion on the evolution of personal and corporate branding in today’s world. Sponsored by the Class of 1992; open to all.

1–3pm or 3–5pm
Outing Club: Paddle on the Androscoggin
Enjoy a tranquil paddle from the new Bates Boathouse in Greene, home to Bates Rowing, and explore the shore of the Androscoggin Riverlands State Park.

2–3pm
A Conversation with Elizabeth Strout ’77 and President Spencer
Please join Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout and President Spencer for a conversation about her creative process, the role played by Bates and Maine, and her latest book Anything is Possible.
Commons, Fireplace Lounge

2–3:30pm
Alumni Choir Rehearsal
All alumni and guests are welcome to join the choir, which will provide music for the Memorial Service on Sunday. John Corrie, who has led the Bates College Choir since 1986, will direct the group.
Gomes Chapel

2–3:45pm
Kate Gilmore: In Your Way
Join artist Kate Gilmore ’97 for a lecture about her recent work Kate Gilmore: In Your Way, on exhibit at Bates June 9–October 7, 2017. Kate’s multimedia work explores feminist themes and modern and contemporary art tropes. It features eight performances — seven video and one live commissioned by the Bates College Museum of Art. The live performance will follow Kate’s lecture.
Olin Concert Hall and Museum of Art

3–4pm
Immigrant and Refugee Integration in Lewiston-Auburn
Join moderator Ben Chin ’07 and panelists Kristen Cloutier, Lewiston City Councilor; Nate Libby ’07, Maine District 21 Senator; Fowsia Musse, Community Health Outreach Worker at Healthy Androscoggin; and Abdikadir Negeye, Assistant Director at Maine Immigrant & Refugee Services, for a discussion about immigrant and refugee integration strategies in Lewiston-Auburn. Panelists will be available for questions at the end of the program. Sponsored by the Classes of 2012 and 1957; open to all.

3–4pm
Innovation at Bates
Join Bates faculty and senior staff for a panel discussion about innovative programs at Bates — Digital and Computational Studies, Purposeful Work, and Student Life — and how they impact academics and enhance the student experience. Panelists include: Matthew Auer, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty; Rebecca Fraser-Thill, director of Purposeful Work and lecturer in psychology; and Josh McIntosh, vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

3pm, 3:30pm
Tours of the Campus Avenue Residence Halls
Take a tour of the college’s new residence halls, Chu Hall and Kalperis Hall, including the new Bates College Store. Each tour is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-serve basis.

3:15–4pm
Camp Bates: “Andy’s Animals” Exploring Andrew Wyeth’s Depictions of Animals

Join Victoria Wyeth ’01, the grandchild of American artist Andrew Wyeth, for an interactive and family-friendly art activity. Victoria draws on her experience leading children’s programs at arts museums across the country and offers a unique approach to the creative process.

4–5pm
President’s Reception
A special gathering with President Spencer to recognize Reunion volunteers and alumni who have made Mount David Society-level gifts to the college in honor of this milestone year. By invitation only.

5:15
20th Reunion Baxter Brewing Tour
Head on down to the Baxter Brewing Company located in the Bates Mill along the Androscoggin for a chance to sample the local tap in the tasting room and get a tour of this famed, locally-owned Lewiston-Auburn brewery. Transportation will be provided by the college. The Class Dinner in the nearby Royal Oak Room will immediately follow the tour. This event is only open to members the Class of 1997 and their families. 

5:30–8:30pm
Class Dinners

8–11pm
Reunion Gala
Dance the night away with the Larry Williams Band, a rock ‘n’ roll cover band playing hits from across the generations.
Tent on Ladd Library Quad

Sunday, June 11

7am–noon
Checkout
Commons

7am–noon
Brunch
Commons

7:30–9:30am
Outing Club: Nature Walk at Thorncrag
Enjoy a morning hike through this 357-acre bird sanctuary and wildlife preserve. The highest point in the city, Thorncrag offers great views, spring wildflowers, and excellent birding.

8:30am–1pm
Bates College Store
Check out the new College Store in Kalperis Hall and update your Bates gear.
Bates College Store, 65 Campus Avenue

10am
Alumni Memorial Service
A time to celebrate the lives of Bates community members who passed away during the past year. The Alumni Choir will perform.
Gomes Chapel

11:30–2:30pm (or 4pm)
Outing Club: Hike Mount Pisgah and Wilson Pond Woods in Winthrop and Wayne
Hike an easy-to-moderate two-mile trail to the summit of 807-foot Mount Pisgah. The 60-foot fire tower at the top offers outstanding view of forests, lakes, and the White Mountains. Afterward, you may depart or continue on for Tubby’s ice cream and a hike along the shores of Wilson Pond.

Noon
Residence Halls Close
Safe Travels!

Museum of Art Exhibits at Reunion

Kate Gilmore: In Your Way

June 9 – October 7, 2017

Kate Gilmore ‘97 is an artist who synthesizes multiple mediums including performance, video, sculpture, and painting. Kate Gilmore: In Your Way features eight performances—seven video and one live commissioned by the Bates College Museum of Art. Her videos focus on women, usually herself or a small group of women, wearing stereotypical feminine clothing and footwear while persistently performing difficult, labor-intensive tasks within self-constructed spaces. These works explore feminist themes, modern and contemporary art tropes, and relentless determination.

The videos in this exhibition include her performance My Love is an Anchor (2004), which features Gilmore struggling to remove her foot from a bucket filled with cooling plaster, Standing Here (2010), which features her trying to climb out of a tall narrow column of plaster, and Like This Before (2013), in which she carries white paint-filled vases up a large black structure with troughs, then kicks the vessels over to create an expressionistic, striped painting object. The Bates performance, which is under development, will take place at scheduled times throughout the exhibition. Gilmore’s performances often combine minimalist structures with the performance of difficult actions such as the destruction of paint-filled objects. The spilling and splattering from her work are an ode to Abstract Expressionism or 1950s stripe paintings. Her works are mischievous and political, as well as humorous and critical of the heroic language and absence of women in these artistic movements. The physical situations and actions Gilmore creates for herself and her performers are metaphors for challenges women face culturally and socially.

Kate Gilmore was born in Washington, DC in 1975 and currently lives and works in New York City. She graduated from Bates College in 1997 and the received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2002. Gilmore is trained as a sculptor, but began working in performance when she observed that studio visitors were interested in her process and materials as much as the work. Gilmore is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Design at Purchase College, SUNY, Purchase, NY. She has had solo exhibitions at numerous institutions including Bryant Park/Public Art Fund, New York, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Parasol Unit, London, and Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Boston. Gilmore has participated in many acclaimed exhibitions including the 2010 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Who’s Afraid of Performance Art?, Fonds d’art contemporain de la Ville de Genève, Geneva, Hothouse Video: Harder, Glorious, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C, and the 2011 Moscow Biennial, Moscow. Her numerous awards include the Rome Prize (2007), and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2009), Rauschenberg Residency Award (2013) and Art Prize (2015). For more: www.kategilmore.com


At Home and Abroad: Works from the Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection

June 9 – October 7, 2017

Drawn from the museum’s renowned Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection, as well as select loaned works, the exhibition At Home and Abroad explores aspects of Hartley’s life and artwork, from his childhood in Lewiston, Maine and some of the influences from his youth, to his time spent in Europe, particularly his visits to Germany and France, between 1912 and 1930. These were important years for Hartley, during which he absorbed the influences of numerous artists, artistic movements and expatriates.

Born in Lewiston, Maine, in 1877, Edmund (Marsden) Hartley is considered to be one of America’s most important modernist painters. Although he left Lewiston in his teenage years and lived an itinerant life, Lewiston was integral to the artist’s identity, manifesting itself in his travels, art, and writing. Maine remained a touchstone for Hartley, who declared himself “the painter from Maine” shortly before his death in Ellsworth, Maine, in 1943.

In 1951, the heirs of the Marsden Hartley estate left as a gift to Bates College, in compliance with his wish, the last remaining effects from Corea, Maine, where he lived and kept a studio. In 1955, Hartley’s niece, Norma Berger, made an additional gift of the artist’s work to the College. This gift included ninety-nine drawings from two sketchbooks, considered the largest collection of the artist’s work in this medium. The entire collection, over 400 objects, includes early oil sketches by Hartley, works by other artists in Hartley’s personal collection, Coptic, Mexican and Asian textiles, a variety of cultural objects such as pre-Columbian pieces, Luristan bronzes and antiquities, photographs, the artist’s personal library, and ephemera. The variety of the collection is part of what makes it significant, allowing comparisons among artworks, textiles, objects, and written works and providing opportunities for insight into this important American modernist. The Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection has enormous value to the artistic and cultural heritage of the State of Maine and the collective body of American Art.