Night Shift Brewing founders Mike O’Mara, Michael Oxton ’07 and Rob Burns ’07
When they were students at Bowdoin, they shared a passion for cooking and beer making. A few years later, Michael Oxton ’07 and Rob Burns ’07 teamed up with third partner Mike O’Mara to co-found Night Shift Brewing in Everett, Mass. After a successful first two years of operation, Night Shift is now expanding from a 3,000-square-foot facility to a 16,000-square-foot building. A $700,000 MassDevelopment loan will finance equipment and renovations in the new space, which will house the brewing operations and taproom. Read more about Night Shift’s expansion.
In this month’s column, John Cross ’76 warms us with tales about the history of steam at Bowdoin.
In a winter that has brought Arctic vortices of cold air swirling through Brunswick, the College’s central steam-heat system and the facilities staff that operate and maintain it are in for some well-deserved recognition. The original coal-fired steam boiler was installed in the old Sargent Gymnasium in 1900 (the current heating plant building), and a network of steam pipes ran through underground tunnels to buildings on the campus. The tunnels measured a little more than five feet in height and about four feet in width, enough room to allow maintenance activities, but requiring great caution to avoid getting burned by touching the pipes during heating season. Stories abound about unauthorized visits to the steam tunnels by students, and I hope that alumni will share some of their own recollections in response to this column.
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(L. to r.) Richard Bail ’64, Ed Lee ’74, Mike Poor ’64, Tracy Burlock ’81, Patricia Pye
Awards honoring outstanding leadership and service to the College will be presented May 31, 2014, during Reunion Convocation.
The Common Good Award, selected by the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees, this year has three recipients, each of whom embody a profound and sustained commitment to the common good: Communities Without Borders co-founder Dr. Richard Bail ’64, San Francisco’s first Asian-American mayor Ed Lee ’74, and Forest Foundation founder Mike Poor ’64.
The Alumni Service Award and the Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff, chosen by the Alumni Council, recognize members of the Bowdoin community for their exemplary achievement and dedication. The Alumni Service Award will be presented to Bowdoin College Trustee Emerita Tracy Burlock ’81, and the Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff goes to 40-year Dining Service veteran Patricia Pye.
Registration for Reunion 2014 (May 29-June 1) opens in March.
In a recent episode of the series Sea Rescue, ABC TV featured the tale of a stranded harbor porpoise named Noodle and his remarkable journey of recovery back into the wild. The original heroes of the story? A group of Bowdoin students, who discovered the porpoise trapped in a Brunswick, Maine, salt marsh during a Biochemistry lab last year.
Watch a preview of the Feb. 1 episode “Locked and Found!” (Noodle’s segment starts at 0:18) and read the full story of the porpoise rescue by Catherine Yochum ’15.
Noodle, the harbor porpoise found by Bowdoin students in 2012 and featured on ABC’s Sea Rescue this month (Image credit: Riverhead News-Review/Carrie Miller)
Geoffrey Canada ’74
Geoffrey Canada ’74, a tireless advocate for providing educational opportunities for the impoverished, is stepping down as CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, a nationally recognized full-service community organization geared toward improving the lives of low-income children and families in New York City through education. Canada will remain as president of the board. He will be succeeded as CEO by HCZ’s current chief operating officer, Anne Williams Isom. Read more in The Wall Street Journal.
Canada was most recently on campus in May 2013, when he, along with investor Stanley Druckenmiller ’75, participated in the discussion “Generational Theft: How Entitlement Spending is Stealing Opportunity from America’s Youth,” moderated by President Barry Mills.
Ken Chenault ’73 and Karen Mills
Ken Chenault ’73 and Karen Mills have been elected to become members of the Harvard Corporation, known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College — Harvard’s principal fiduciary governing board and the smaller of Harvard’s two boards, the other being the Board of Overseers.
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In this month’s column, John Cross ’76 recounts the implausible story of Bowdoin’s first winter Olympian, Geof Mason of the Class of 1923.
As the world turns its attention to the games of the XXIInd Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, I find myself being drawn to the story of Bowdoin’s first winter Olympian, Geof Mason of the Class of 1923, who competed in the 1928 games in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The 1928 games featured 15-year-old Sonja Henie, who captured her first gold medal in women’s figure skating. The Canadian hockey team outscored three opponents by a combined score of 39-0 to claim the Olympic title. The U.S. did not field a hockey team, after Chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee (and Major General) Douglas MacArthur rejected the selection of a team from Augsburg College in Minnesota because it was “not sufficiently American” – the five Hansen brothers on the team had spent several years in Alberta, Canada. Demonstration sports included skijoring, a race on snow in which horses tow skiers behind them. The 1928 games also marked the only time that five-man (rather than four-man) teams competed in the bobsleigh/bobsled event.
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Leaf surface (Image credit: Bruce Kohorn’s Cell Biology and Biochemistry class).
“One thing that many biologists do is revel in the beauty of what we see,” says biology department chair Bruce Kohorn — and right now there’s an entire art exhibit to prove his point, on view in the Fishbowl of the Visual Arts Center.
“The Art of Cell Biology” showcases a stunning series of fluorescent microscopic images of plant and animal cells, a sample of those taken by a decade’s worth of students in Kohorn’s Cell Biology and Biochemistry class.
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Credit: AP/Robert F. Bukaty
Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell ’54, at the Maine State House January 28, 2014, for the unveiling of his official portrait, told those gathered that among the many awards and honors bestowed upon him through the years, the greatest were serving the people of Maine in the U.S. Senate, as a U.S. Attorney and a U.S. District Judge. His portrait now hangs in the Hall of Flags with those of others considered to have made significant contributions to the state. Mitchell addressed a joint session of the Maine Legislature, talking about the path his career has taken and urging lawmakers to learn to listen in order to better work together. Listen to coverage by MPBN Radio News Director Keith Shortall ’82 and read coverage by the Portland Press Herald.
Rick Ganong ’86
Richard J. Ganong of Boston and Brunswick, Maine, has been named senior vice president for development and alumni relations at the College, effective immediately.
A Bowdoin alumnus with deep ties to the College and community, Ganong has more than 25 years of experience and achievement as a leader in the investment management industry, including demonstrated success in fundraising, strategic thinking, and organizational development.
The announcement was made Monday by President Barry Mills. Read more of the announcement about Rick Ganong ’86