Summer Update – 2017
With the beginning of the fall semester on the horizon, I thought it would be helpful to provide you with some updates.
I want to bring to your attention three important communications that were sent to you from colleagues in Student Affairs earlier this week. Please take a moment to carefully read these communications:
- Insurance Billing at Health Services
- Progress in Security & Campus Safety
- Living Respectfully in Lewiston
Below are some additional updates for your consideration.
New Center for Global Education
The former Off-Campus Study office and International Student Programs have joined forces as the new Center for Global Education. James Reese has moved to Roger Williams Hall to join Tina Mangieri and staff to provide a central location for all aspects of global education at Bates: from off-campus study advising, to international student support, to their ongoing work with faculty to provide Bates-specific study opportunities around the world. They have a renovated space and new website, so please check these out in 124 Roger Williams Hall and online here. This team has already developed some new programs for students, including:
As part of the new Center, they will be hiring four Global Fellows with whom to collaborate on programming, media outreach, and peer mentoring. They are seeking students who have studied on a Bates-approved semester or year abroad program and/or international students. Please consider applying if this describes you and you’ll be on campus for the full academic year.
The Center for Global Education will host a series of workshops and discussions to best prepare students for going abroad, to draw upon the knowledge and resources of those of you with first-hand experiences at our 200+ approved sites, and to add new perspectives to the globally-focused conversations happening on campus and in our community. These events will be announced in Bates Today and on the CGE website as the semester begins.
Expanding Weekend Nightlife on Campus
The Office of Campus Life continues to invest in collaborating with student leaders to expand late-night weekend programming on campus. There are numerous resources available to clubs, organizations, and even individual students, who have programming ideas they would like to see implemented at Bates. I encourage you to check out Late at Bates and Wind Down Weekends for more information. The student-led Chase Hall Programming Board (CHPB) coordinates most of the large-scale annual events on campus. You can get involved directly or share your ideas on what social programming you would like to see on campus.
This academic year, Campus Life will begin offering more student events at which alcohol will be available to those 21 and over. These events will be designed to bring students together in a fun, social environment. This will be a pilot program to gauge student interest in these types of events on campus.
Also, look for new Senior Class Events designed to bring the class of 2018 together throughout the year. These events will be coordinated by the Senior Class Co-Presidents, in collaboration with Campus Life, starting this fall.
New Departmental Leaders
Two new leaders have been hired to lead important areas:
- Aileen Park, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Park, a psychologist, brings many years of experience in college counseling, including leadership roles at Bowdoin College, and most recently at the University of Washington.
- Jason Fein, Director of Athletics. Fein joins us from Drew University where he was the director of athletics from 2008 to June 2017. At Bates, Jason will oversee the development and execution of a long-term strategic vision for Bates athletics.
I look forward to welcoming you back to campus over the next couple of weeks. Please travel safely.
All my best,
Joshua G. McIntosh, Vice President for Student Affairs