Alumni and student ambassadors are speaking out about Reunion. From travel plans to housing accommodations and kick-off events, Polar Bears are using social media to share their experiences, just follow the hashtag #BowdoinReunion on Twitter or the photo-sharing app Instagram.
This year, reunion participants are also invited to join a social media scavenger hunt. The mission: complete six tasks that include capturing a photo of themselves with the Polar Bear mascot, a long-lost friend and a Bowdoin icon. Finishers can pick up a souvenir at the Welcome Center. On campus this weekend? Join the scavenger hunt.
After a 135-mile trek up from Portsmouth, N.H., more than a dozen intrepid members of the Class of 1957 arrived on campus to a warm welcome of cheers Thursday afternoon. This is the third time in as many ’57 reunions that a group led by David Webster ’57 has made the journey by pedaling up a coastal route while raising money for the Charles Chapman ’57 Scholarship Fund. Webster, announcing that the fund now stands at $75,000, said they make the ride for two reasons. ”The Old Guard has never done it, so this is a first,” saying he prefers the name “Golden Bears,” and added with a smile, “and it’s a training run for our 60th when we’re all 82!”
From the special luncheons celebrating multiple generations of Bowdoin graduates and first-generation college students, to Baccalaureate and the epic lobster bake that follows, to the the pageantry and jubilation of Commencement itself, see the images that shaped this memorable weekend.
Galleries of photographs taken by Michele Stapleton are on view and available for purchase until June 25, 2012.
In the wake of Smithsonian magazine’s pronouncement in its May 2012 issue that Brunswick was “more than just a small fishing town,” and indeed one of the “Best Small Towns in America,” Down East takes a closer look at what the magazine calls “a wealth of possibilities” opened by the closure of the Brunswick Naval Air Station.
The article, “Ready for Take-Off,” in the June issue cites the redevelopment plan for the base and the arrival of the Amtrak Downeaster, but also the important role played by the College — a point underlined in the article with insight from President Barry Mills and Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration & Treasurer Katy Longley.