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Slideshow: A Night Mingling With Art

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In what has become a fall tradition, Student Activities last Friday threw its annual evening soiree at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and invited the entire student body.

About 450 students came out for the semi-formal party to see friends, check out the museum’s exhibitions and listen to a cappella performances. Check out the slideshow.

Foraging for Careers in the Locavore Economy

locavore panelThe locavore economy doesn’t just offer artisanal cheeses, craft brews, and other delicious food to please palates — it makes jobs, jobs that Bowdoin students might want to consider.

Career Planning recently invited to campus four graduates who are building careers from people’s increasing interest in eating local food. The panelists, who work in a range of sectors, told their stories to a group of students gathered in Moulton Union. Read the full story by Cordelia Zars ’17.

Student Travelers Reflect on Global Service

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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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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.

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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New Research Vessel Joins the Bowdoin Coastal Studies Fleet

R/V A.O.K.With big expansions underway in Coastal Studies facilities and programming, Bowdoin has made a valuable acquisition: the R/V A.O.K., a 28-foot research vessel with a twin outboard hull.

Donated anonymously to the College, this new resource “has really increased our ability to get students to a variety of study sites, including offshore,” said David Carlon, director of the Coastal Studies Center and its newly renovated Marine Lab.

“We’ve set the boat up with a winch to deploy and retrieve sampling gear, and there’s a special rail on the back so we can run nets and dredges over the outboard motors,” Carlon said. “There’s also quite a bit of deck space on the boat – we can bring a class of eight to ten students aboard.”

Carlon, along with Coastal Studies staff Mark Murray and Marko Melendy, piloted the vessel from Yarmouth Boat Yard (in Yarmouth, Maine) to its new home at Orr’s Island. See a slideshow of the trip.

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Visiting Reverend Asks, What Does it Mean To Be an Adult?

strasburger2A group of students gathered recently in the upstairs chamber of Massachusetts Hall, Bowdoin’s oldest building, to hear a talk by Rev. Frank Strasburger. Over the decades, hundreds of young people have gathered in this room, which as used as a seminar room and meeting place, to discuss all sorts of challenging questions.

On this night, Strasburger addressed a query that likely has crossed the minds of many college students: When were they finally adults?

Strasburger, the author of Growing Up: Limiting Adolescence in a World Desperate for Adults, was Princeton’s chaplain for 10 years and is the parent of three Bowdoin graduates. Read the full story.

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Career Planning Director Timothy Diehl: Preparing Seniors to Transition

Timothy DiehlAs soon as the new school year kicks off in September, Bowdoin’s office of Career Planning is off and running. The clock, after all, is ticking for the seniors, who graduate in mere months. To prepare the graduating class for life after Bowdoin, Career Planning offers a number of programs on such necessities as writing successful resumes, interviewing, networking and more.

We sat down with Timothy Diehl, Bowdoin Career Planning’s director, to ask him about what his office is doing now to help seniors plan for the next stage of their lives. Read the Q&A.

A Cappella Groups Sing For New Members

All six of Bowdoin’s student a cappella groups performed recently in the Bowdoin Chapel to show off their talents and attract inspiring vocalists to audition. The groups — The Longfellows, Bellamafia, BOKA, Miscellania, Ursus Verses and the Meddiebempsters — sang two songs each in the concert.

By the Books: A Hawthorne-Longfellow Party Leaves Them Dancing in the Stacks

 

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Last Friday evening the library should have been filled with industrious students tucked away studying in its many nooks. Instead they were dancing in the stacks. The class of 2018 was gathered in Hawthorne-Longfellow Library for a Bowdoin College first: a dance party with DJs, disco lighting and Top-40 hits. Read the full story by Erica Hummel ’16.