As thousands of high school seniors across the country wait to exhale, there is a collective sigh of relief among those working within Bowdoin’s Admissions Office. With the lion’s share of the work behind them, they mail decisions to prospective students tomorrow. Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Scott Meiklejohn reflects on the process, the sea of numbers those who cover college admisions will be talking about — and the one he calls his favorite.
Casey Grindon ’13 recently learned that he had been selected out of roughly 180 applicants to be an equity-trader intern at Fidelity Investments this summer, joining a growing list of Bowdoin students and alumni who’ve worked for the financial services company.
Last summer, Katie Herter ’12 completed the same internship. Colleen Sweeney ’11 was hired in 2011 to participate in the company’s two-year business associate training program. Ingrid Anid ’08 participated in the business associate program and then was hired as a primary trader, and will soon move to work in the company’s London office. And Mike O’Neill ’04, a sector trader, was hired by Fidelity after graduating from Bowdoin.
Behind this line of successful hires is E.J. Coveney ’91, who heads up the global technology, media and telecom trading sector for Fidelity.
Christopher Hill ’74, formerly U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia, writes of why understanding the details of foreign policy should matter to you — and to the presidential candidate for whom you cast your vote. Hill says the intellectual foundation required to truly understand these challenges is more important than the emotional fortitude touted in so many political debates.
Hill, described as “one of the main architects of American diplomacy” during the past two decades, is currently dean of the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and shares his commentary on Project Syndicate.
Bowdoin students are mad about Ocarina, a mobile app that turns their iPhones into an ancient flute. To play simple melodies, users blow into their phone microphone while fingering keys, or buttons, that appear on the touchscreen.
The app is so popular that it’s “becoming a potential Wi-Fi network hog as students share their tunes wirelessly and listen to tunes in real time from players around the world,” according to Computer World, which covered Bowdoin’s exploding Wi-Fi use and the college’s response to it in a recent article. Bowdoin recently invested in a massive upgrade to its system, with help from Cisco.
While other CIOs might look at the rising popularity of video and music streaming as a daily network challenge to stress about, Bowdoin CIO Mitch Davis doesn’t view people’s desire for connectivity as a problem. The Ocarina app “is just a small device, but you can tap into 100,000 people practicing with it all over, and it is sort of changing the way we use the network,” Davis said. “Why shouldn’t we see what the world is doing?”