Dozens of students hit the road for the third-annual BizTech Trek. Led by Bowdoin Career Planning and organized by Sean Marsh ’95, the traveling group was hosted along the way by alums eager to help fellow Polar Bears. Jordan Fliegel ‘08 showed students around CoachUp, a company he started recently. Kevin Petrie ‘95 hosted the visitors at EMC, as did Mike Volpe ‘97 at Hubspot. A trip to Eze Software was made possible by Peter Adams ’95. Marsh hosted the end-of-day panel discussion, which brought together the day’s hosts, as well as Robby Bitting ’11, at MassChallenge. View a slideshow.
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Last year, Ashley Fischer ’09 and Julie Seltzer ’09 founded BUSS, a nonprofit that funnels used goods — e.g., laptops, desks, notebooks — from private schools in New York City to less fortunate schools in desperate need of supplies. BUSS (which stands for ‘Bringing Under-resourced Schools Supplies’) in its first year transferred over $100,000 worth of supplies, and the founders are expanding their operation this year.
Alexander Gardner, Ruins of the Arsenal, Richmond, Virginia, April 1865, Albumen print. Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund.
The exhibition “This Mighty Scourge of War: Art of the American Civil War” brings together paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s collection, depicting the diversity of ways in which artists responded to the Civil War.
Curated by museum co-director Frank Goodyear, the exhibition features six of Winslow Homer’s many wood engravings, which became the dominant illustrations of the war through widely-read publications such as Harper’s Weekly. While Homer portrayed poignant scenes of daily life (both on the front lines and at home), other artists such as Martin Heade and Jervis McEntee infused the war into the their paintings metaphorically through storm-filled skies and other symbols of unrest. Continue reading This Mighty Scourge of War
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee ’74 (left) presents the keys to the city to Batkid (Photo by Jeff Chiu/AP)
The first time a mayor of San Francisco handed out the keys to the city, the honor went to a Russian-born American businessman and candy-maker for inventing a machine that mechanically inserted sticks into lollipops. That was in 1916. The most recent recipient is a five-year old kid dressed up as a bat. Mayor Ed Lee (Bowdoin Class of 1974) presided Friday as the City by the Bay came together to make a child’s dream come true.
Read more about Mayor Lee in the current issue of Bowdoin Magazine.
On Thursday, former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen ’62 became the third Bowdoin alumnus to be honored with a Freedom Award from the U.S. Capitol Historical Society (George J. Mitchell ’54 and Ken Burns H’91 are the others). Cohen, who represented Maine in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate for two-dozen years, used the ceremony as an opportunity to warn members of Congress in attendance that the American people are fed up with “paralysis and dysfunction” in government.
Bowdoin professors and alumni present a panel conversation on careers in science
Scientists are used to following rigorous procedures and predicting specific outcomes — and yet even in the most controlled environment, in science and in life, an element of uncertainty always remains. That uncertainty is something to embrace, according to participants in the Nov. 11 panel conversation “What Can I Do With a Degree in Science?” in Main Lounge, Moulton Union.
Co-sponsored by Bowdoin Career Planning, the Office of Health Professions Advising, and several academic departments, the six-person panel comprised professors and alumni representing a variety of science-related pursuits in academia, industry, biotechnology, finance, and more. The theme of the night, said Director of Health Professions Advising Seth Ramus in his introduction, was “happy accidents.”
Read the full article by Raleigh McElvery ’16.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee ’74, interviewed by Andy Serwer ’81 with photos by Brian Wedge ’97.
The fall 2013 issue of Bowdoin Magazine hits the mail this week. It features San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee ’74 on the cover, and within the accompanying article, writer Andy Serwer ’81 mention’s the mayor’s penchant for cooking homemade casseroles, including Lee’s “‘no-longer-secret’ recipe for Poongaloong.”
Readers will notice a few changes when they pick up the fall edition of Bowdoin. We’ve refreshed the look and reorganized the content to give you more of what you said you want —a compact, easy-to-read volume, to be published with greater frequency (thank you, those of you who completed our readership survey).
Continue reading Bowdoin Magazine, Fall 2013
Mark Swann ’84
Preble Street, a Portland agency serving homeless people, has received a $400,000 federal grant to establish services for sex trafficking victims in Maine.
“We started hearing from our clients, mostly young women and girls, about horrific events in their lives, stories of being lured and coerced into prostitution, having no choice, being forced to trade their bodies for drugs and money,” said Mark Swann ’84, founder and executive director of Preble Street.
Many people don’t think sex trafficking is happening here, according to Daniella Cameron, supervisor of Preble Street Teen Service. The victims, many of them young homeless girls coerced into prostitution by men, often don’t talk about their experiences unless they are asked the “right questions in the right way,” she said.
Preble Street will use the first $200,000 installment of the two-year Department of Justice grant partly to develop a statewide network of housing and shelter options for victims. The money will also be used to pay for legal assistance and health and mental health programs for victims, according to the paper.
Chengdu writer Liu Xianwen in July introduced General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (aka 乔舒亚 劳论斯 张伯伦）to Chinese readers with his book The Lion of Gettysburg — the Memoirs of the Legendary American Civil War General Chamberlain, published by Sichuan People’s Publishing House.
This is the second book by Xianwen, a scholar of American culture and history. His first book, America From Tolerance to Greatness, is a meditation on American values as seen through outstanding people in U.S. history, American movies and literature. Xianwen is currently working on his next book on the Normandy landings of June 1944.
Xianwen, who often goes by his English name Jefferson, has a deep interest in what makes Americans tick, writes his friend David Cowhig ’77. “I met Jefferson several years ago when I worked from 2007-2012 as a political-economic officer at the U.S Consulate General in Chengdu, Sichuan,” Cowhig reports. “As a Bowdoin grad I was happy to hear of his fascination with Joshua Chamberlain.” Chamberlain, who graduated from Bowdoin in 1852, taught at the College and served as its president from 1871 to 1883.
Geoffrey Canada ’74
Harlem Children’s Zone President and CEO Geoffrey Canada ’74, received the Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn.
An annual tradition since 1991, the Freedom Awards honor individuals who have made significant contributions in the battle for civil and human rights, and who have helped create opportunity for the disenfranchised both in the U.S. and around the world.
“We’ve allowed failure to become the norm in schools across this country and nothing changes,” said Canada upon receiving the award. “We’ve got to do something about that.”