2019 Reunion Schedule

Please note that this preliminary schedule is subject to change.

Thursday, June 6

50th Reunion Only

Bates College Store
Check out the new College Store in Kalperis Hall and stock up on the latest Bates gear.
Kalperis Hall (65 Campus Avenue)

Welcome Center
Your first stop — pick up your name tag, room key, and schedule.

Lunch for the 50th Reunion Class

50th Reunion Seminar: Getting Answers to Family Mysteries, Unlocking Family Secrets, and the Amazing Resources that Make It Easier
There are so many resources now to help you with your quest for information about your family tree. Norrine Abbott Williams ‘68 and George Peters ‘69 will share examples of their research and the family histories they unearthed.
Hedge Hall, Room 106

Welcome Reception and Dinner for the 50th Reunion Class
Pettengill Hall, Perry Atrium

Enjoy a meal with early arrivals! Open to those registered for Thursday-night housing.

Friday, June 7


50th Reunion Class Breakfast with President Spencer
Pettengill Hall, Perry Atrium

Welcome Center

Tumbledown Mountain Hike
A strenuous hike up difficult terrain to one of the most beautiful spots in Maine. The alpine pond nestled amongst three rocky summits makes this hike a favorite for many people. We will hike to the pond and the summits of Tumbledown Mountain. Total distance is about 6 miles with approximately 2,000 feet of elevation gain.
Carpool departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

Bates College Store
Check out the new College Store in Kalperis Hall and update your Bates gear.
Kalperis Hall (65 Campus Avenue)

Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

50th Reunion Seminar: The Emancipated Life: Benjamin Mays, Bates College, and the Practice of Freedom  
Benjamin Elijah Mays, Class of 1920, is remembered for his outstanding leadership and service as a teacher, preacher, mentor, scholar, author, and activist in the civil rights movement. Professor Charles Nero, Benjamin E. Mays ’20 Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies, will help us understand how Dr. Mays — and the role he played as a civil rights leader — was shaped by his Bates education.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52) 

Admission Informational Session
Lindholm House

Outing Club: Coastal Hike at Bates–Morse Mountain Conservation Area
Join Conservation Area Director Laura Sewall and former director Judy Marden ’66 on a four-mile hike through interesting natural communities and varied terrains to Seawall Beach. Bates manages this resource for research and educational purposes and is conducting environmental research throughout the area. Transportation provided from campus. 
Departs from Merrill Gymnasium lot.

Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House


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

Commons, Fireplace Lounge 

BWell Reunion Bootcamp
The B-Well program strives to provide encouragement, motivation, and education for the Bates community. The Reunion Bootcamp class will offer a mix of aerobic, strength, and core conditioning.
Merrill Gymnasium

Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

50th Reunion Seminar: What’s Behind the Headlines About Climate Change? Personal Reflections About the Fundamentals.
Whether or not you believe that human endeavors are making a significant impact on our environment, it is clear that global temperatures are increasing. Christopher Bertelo ‘69 will join Professors Lynne Lewis, James Richter, and Carl Straub to discuss this timely topic—come with questions!
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

Admission Informational Session
Lindholm House

Alumni in Admission (AIA) Meeting
What a year! Join us for a round-table discussion on the new Alumni Portal, training, the role of interviews and fairs in our admission process, and updates in the larger world of admission work. Feedback is encouraged! Not a current volunteer? No worries – join us for an opportunity to learn more about AIA.
Commons, Room 211

Campus Tour
Departs from Lindholm House

Lawn Games
Fancy yourself a backyard athlete? Or just looking to catch up while tossing a Frisbee? Come play lawn games new and old, while listening to music and hanging out with old friends.
Outside Commons 

Life Architecture Mini-Workshop
Join Rebecca Fraser-Thill, Visiting Instructor in Psychology and Director of Faculty Engagement and Outreach for Purposeful Work, as she shares design thinking skills taught in her Life Architecture Short Term course and discusses the hands-on steps any of us can take to build more meaning, purpose, and fulfillment in our lives, no matter our age, stage, or type of work.
Chase Hall, Office of Intercultural Education

Around the World and Back to Bates: Global Education Open House
Stop by the newly designed Center for Global Education to connect with fellow alumnae, staff, and faculty that influenced your time at Bates, on campus or around the world. Former staff, faculty, and FSA leaders have been invited to participate. 
Roger Williams Hall, Room 124

Lewiston-Auburn Downtown Walk
This moderately paced walk through the heart of Lewiston features brief narrative stops at several points of interest. Attendees will gain insight on the development of downtown, as well as Bates students’ interactions with the off-campus community. The final stop will be at Baxter Brewing Company (libation included). Please wear comfortable shoes. 
Meet at Bates Mill 5 (16 Lincoln Street). Personal carpools depart from Merrill Gymnasium lot.

50th Reunion Seminar: Equity, Evidence, and Evolution
Bates’ Digital and Computational Studies program is committed to an approach that’s fundamentally inclusive and equitable for all students — a mindset that could be considered radical compared to many computer science programs in the U.S. In this seminar, DCS faculty will discuss this unique approach, their work, and the values they bring to Bates.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

Purposeful Work: Theory to Practice
A Gallup-Bates survey recently found that four in five college graduates believe it is important to derive a sense of purpose in work, yet less than half of them succeed in doing so. Come find out more about what we call “the purpose gap,” and how Bates uses a philosophical and practical approach to prepare students for the world of work. Join Rebecca Fraser-Thill, Visiting Instructor in Psychology and Director of Faculty Engagement and Outreach for Purposeful Work; Peter Osborne, Associate Director for Employer Relations at the Bates Center for Purposeful Work; Emily Daughters Hunsicker ’94; Monika Wirtz ’94; Margaret Dever ’19; and Lebanos Mengistu ’21 to learn about how Purposeful Work is being taught in the classroom and experienced in the field.
Chase Hall, Office of Intercultural Education

Annual Meeting of The College Key
Open to members of The College Key.
Muskie Archives

Reunion for Teens: Field Games
Garcelon Field 

Reunion Lobster Bake

Museum Opening Reception
Join us for a reception to celebrate the Museum’s latest exhibit and featured artist, DeWitt Hardy: Master of Watercolor. Dessert and wine will be served. 
Olin Arts Center, Museum of Art

Reunion for Teens: Games Tournament
Chase Hall, Little Room 

Reunion for Teens: Sunset Hike up Mount David
Meet in Chase Hall, Little Room

Bobcat Beer Garden 
Late Night at the Den — come enjoy local favorites and alumni band The Remedy.
The Den Terrace

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

Reunion for Teens: Movie and Snacks
Chase Hall, Little Room 

Saturday, June 8


Welcome Center

12-Step Recovery Meeting
Harward Center (163 Wood Street)

Young Family Meet-Up
Are your children too young for Camp Bates? This is an informal opportunity for young children to run around and play together and for their parents to meet one another. Refreshments available outside the Welcome Center. 
Garcelon Field
Rain location: Commons, Fireplace Lounge

Memorial 5K Run/Walk
Come run/walk in remembrance of beloved Bates community members. Sponsored by the Class of 1994. 
Alumni Walk in front of Commons

Bates College Store
Check out the new College Store in Kalperis Hall and stock up on the latest Bates gear.
Kalperis Hall (65 Campus Avenue) 

Meet the Artist: Emily Buchanan ’89
Emily Buchanan ’89 will be honored with the Sesquicentennial Prize at Reunion for her career and painting the 2014 White House holiday card. Buchanan works primarily around her native New England when weather permits, painting regularly in Northeast Harbor, Maine, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Squam Lake in NH, and the Adirondacks. In winter, she paints in Palm Beach, FL, Malibu, CA, and the Bahamas. Meet Emily and view her works on display at this special gathering.
Commons, Fraites Dining Room (131)

Camp Bates: Games and Activities on Garcelon
Campers will participate in outdoor games and activities.
Garcelon Field 

Mimosas on the Quad
Enjoy mimosas and pastries on the Historic Quad before parade lineup.
Coram Tent

Classes line up for the Alumni Parade
Historic Quad

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

Presidential Address and Annual Gathering of the Alumni Association
With the presentation of Alumni Community Service Awards to Patricia S. Doyle ’79, P’09; the Helen A. Papaioanou ’49 Distinguished Alumni Service Award to Rachel Harper Garcelon ’62; the Sesquicentennial Prize to painter Emily Buchanan ’89; and Bates’ Best to David Longdon ’14.
Tent next to Garcelon Field

Barbecue Picnic Lunch
A relaxed barbecue picnic for all ages. Reserved seating available for the Classes of 1959 and earlier in upstairs Commons.
Ladd Library Quad

Friends of Bates Athletics Gathering 
Reconnect with fellow Bates athletes at this gathering for all sports.
The Den 

1–3pm or 3–5pm
Outing Club: Paddle on the Androscoggin
Enjoy a tranquil paddle from the Traquina Boathouse in Greene and explore the shore of the Androscoggin Riverlands State Park. Transportation provided from campus. Limited spaces are available.
Departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

Bates Alumni in Congress
Representatives Ben Cline ’94 and Jared Golden ’11 will engage in a discussion about how their Bates experiences shaped their careers and road to the United States House of Representatives. Associate Professor of Politics John Baughman and Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies Stephanie Kelley-Romano will moderate a conversation examining their year as members of the congressional freshman class of 2019.
Pettengill Hall, Keck Classroom (G52)

5th Annual Class of ’94 Scavenger Hunt
Dust off your J. Crew barn jacket, grab your tool box, and get ready to scavenge like it’s 1994! Open to the Class of 1994.
Departs from the ’94 class lounge.

Square and Contra Dance with Dottie Kinraide Welch ’69
Dottie Kinraide Welch ’69 is a square and contra dance caller from Nova Scotia. She and her husband call and dance at the Canadian and U.S. national festivals. Come celebrate Dottie’s first Reunion back on campus  with some dancing! All are welcome. Children age 10 and older do not need a parent present.
Ladd Library Terrace
Rain site: Gray Cage

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

Interactive Leadership Forum: “Can Alumni Experiences Help Bates Prepare Students for Leadership Success?”
Join Beth Tener ’89, Principal and Founder of New Directions Collaborative; JJ Cummings ’89, Commanding Officer USS GERALD R FORD (CVN 78); and the Bates Center for Purposeful Work for an interactive discussion about overcoming leadership challenges in today’s workforce and preparing the next generation of Bates leaders. Your participation will be encouraged and facilitated using the 1-2-4-ALL methodology. Sponsored by the Class of 1989 and open to all Reunion attendees.
Muskie Archives 

Book Talk with Amy Bass ’92: ONE GOAL: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together
One Goal, the timely and inspiring story of how the longtime Lewiston community and its newly arrived Somali immigrants came together on the soccer field to capture the first state soccer championship in Lewiston history and ultimately chase dreams of national glory. Sponsored by the Class of 1959.
Books will be available for sale and signing at the end of the program.
Pettengill Hall, Room G65

Baxter Brewing Tour 
Tour a Maine-based craft brewery right here in Lewiston. In 2010, Baxter Brewing Co. opened in the iconic Lewiston Bates Mill along the Androscoggin River. After a tour of the brewery, take the opportunity to sample signature beers in the recently expanded tap room and The Pub. Sponsored by the Class of 1999. Transportation will be provided from campus.
Departs from behind Alumni Gym

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.
Coram Tent

Class Receptions and Dinners
See inside cover for a listing of all class receptions and dinners. It will include starting times and class-specific locations. 

Reunion for Teens: Board Game Tournament and Dinner
Chase Hall, Little Room 

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 9


Say farewell to classmates over a traditional Commons brunch. 

Outing Club: Nature Walk at Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary
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. Carpools depart from campus.
Departs from Merrill Gymnasium parking lot

Bates College Store
Check out the new College Store in Kalperis Hall and stock up on the latest Bates gear. 
Kalperis Hall (65 Campus Avenue) 

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

12pm–3pm (or 4:30pm) 
Outing Club: Hike Mount Pisgah
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 views 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.
Personal carpools depart from Merrill Gymnasium lot 

Residence Halls Close
Please leave your room key and electronic access card in the designated boxes in your dorm lounge or at checkout in Commons. Safe travels!