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  • 1981 : Director of Athletics Ed Coombs ’42 retires after 34 years of service to the College. At various times, Coombs coached basketball, baseball, golf, and football.


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International Educator Shanna Crofton ’01 Returns as Brunswick Principal


After graduating from Bowdoin with a double major in history and legal and government studies, Crofton said that at age 22 she was uncertain whether to pursue a career in education or law. (She had taken some education classes at Bowdoin.) Quickly, however, at her first job out of college at Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut, she made up her mind. Her decision set her down a unique career path that has taken her to Switzerland, Canada, Kyrgyzstan, India, and now, finally, back home. Read the full story.

Saturday Scoreboard



Women’s Rugby – The Bowdoin women’s rugby team posted another shutout in improving to 3-0 following a victory over the University of Maine-Orono on Saturday.

Women’s Cross Country - Bowdoin Invitational #2: 2nd/7.

Men’s Cross Country - Bowdoin Invitational #2: 2nd/8.

Women’s Golf - Middlebury Invitational (Ralph Myhre GC): 9th/11.

Men’s Golf - NESCAC Championship (Hamilton): 7th/10.

Football - Amherst: 30, Bowdoin: 7.

Women’s Soccer - Brandeis: 1, Bowdoin 0.

Women’s Volleyball – Keene State College: 3, Bowdoin: 0. Bowdoin: 3, Eastern Connecticut State University: 0 (at Keene State College).


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Student Travelers Reflect on Global Service


This summer, seven Bowdoin students received Global Citizens Grant travel funds to work with grassroots organizations in communities around the world. Their destinations included Ghana, Cambodia, Vietnam, Nepal, Nicaragua, South Africa and Zambia.

Before leaving on their 10-week trips, the grantees participated in an Omprakash seminar series coordinated by McKeen Center staff and educator that looked into issues Americans face when they go abroad to volunteer. In the seminar sessions, run by past Global Citizens Grant recipients, participants discussed issues such as disparities in privilege, the problems of dropping in briefly to work with vulnerable people, such as children, and whether “voluntourism” might do more harm than good.

“We focus on what the students will learn from their experiences, and we emphasize humility,” said Janice Jaffe, the McKeen Center’s interim director. “It’s hubristic to think you’re going to somehow save the world, but it’s not hubristic to want to learn about another part of the world and engage with a community in an ethical manner.”

 Read about the students’ international experiences in their own words.

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Friday Scoreboard

Full bear256Women’s SoccerIn a battle of streaking teams, the host Brandeis University women’s soccer team defeated the top-ranked squad in New England from Bowdoin College, 1-0, on Gordon Field today.

FootballThe Amherst College football team scored twice in a span of 47 seconds in the third quarter to pull away from Bowdoin in a 30-7 victory Saturday at Whittier Field.

Women’s and Men’s Cross CountryThe Bowdoin men’s and women’s cross-country teams both took runner-up finishes at their second home invitational of the fall on Saturday.

Women’s VolleyballThe Bowdoin College women’s volleyball team split a pair of matches played at Keene State University on Saturday.

467 Volunteers Take Part in Common Good Day

IMG_4565-1 (dragged)In an enduring and popular 15-year-old tradition, 432 students and 35 staff, faculty, alumni and family members fanned out across the region last weekend to accomplish good deeds. Each year the McKeen Center organizes Common Good Day to give many people an opportunity to do community service with a Bowdoin team. Read the full story and see photos from the day.

104 Bowdoin Students Join NYC Climate March

DSC_0183One bus and eight cars were needed to carry the 104 Bowdoin students who traveled to New York City last weekend to join the People’s Climate March.

Organizers of the march, which drew over 300,000 people, are calling it the largest climate change demonstration in history. The event preceded the U.N. Summit today, Sept. 23.

The student group Bowdoin Climate Action raised money and organized logistics to send students the city. Read the full story and see photos of the event taken by Bowdoin students.

Bowdoin Football Opens Home Campaign Against Amherst Saturday

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Bowdoin’ football team will host Amherst in the 93rd meeting between the schools Saturday at Whittier Field.

Amherst opened its season with a 14-6 win over Bates on Saturday while the Polar Bears suffered a 36-0 setback at Williams. Read more.

Bowdoin’s Kolster Opens Photography Exhibition at PhoPa Gallery

“River St. 2., Lewiston, ME” (Michael Kolster, 2010)

“River St. 2., Lewiston, ME” (Michael Kolster, 2010)

An exhibition by photography professor and recent Guggenheim Fellow Michael Kolster is on view in the PhoPa Gallery in Portland, Maine. PROVING GROUND opened on September 17 and runs through October 25, with an opening reception to be held on September 26 from 5-7 p.m.

“Featuring images from bodies of work not previously shown in Maine, PROVING GROUND brings together a variety of processes from one-of-a-kind color collages and photograms to silver gelatin panoramas and “hand-colored” digital prints,” according to the gallery. “Kolster probes the representative nature of photography by experimenting with different methods to manipulate the shapes, tones, and colors of the images.”

Kolster will also present an artist’s talk at PhoPa Gallery (which is overseen by gallery manager Rachel MacDonald ’12) on October 5 at 3:00 p.m. Click here for more information and a sneak peek of images from the exhibition.

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New Student Multicultural Coalition Aims to Make Broader Impact

IMG_2500-1 (dragged)Two students have partnered with Bowdoin’s dean of multicultural student programs to create a new coalition designed to strengthen the collaboration among the College’s many multicultural student groups.

Symone Howard ’15 and Evelyn Sanchez Gonzalez ’17, with Associate Dean Leana Amaez, are crafting the coalition to increase the impact of the groups on campus and to shine light on the diversity of the student body.

“Up until now, there’s been some collaboration, but student groups have been operating largely independently,” Amaez said. “By creating this coalition, we can really create a meaningful connection to shift campus culture and infuse this place with more diverse perspectives.” Read the full story by Elina Zhang ’16.

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Alumni ‘Speed Network’ With Students

IMG_0122The office of Career Planning took advantage of the presence of 28 alumni on campus last week to arrange its job-related version of speed dating, or “speed networking.”

Speed networking between alumni and students offers students the chance to practice talking about their interests and career goals. “They’ll gain comfort interacting with new acquaintances, and they can also ask about potential contacts in the professional world,” Associate Director of Employer Relations Todd Herrmann ’85 said. Read the full story and see photos of the event.

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