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BACK TO BATES

Homecoming and family weekend was one rollicking good time

Story by Bates College October 14th, 2016

'Proud to wear it'

The rousing college song “The Garnet” says, “We are proud to wear it. Far and wide to bear it. In its trust we’ll never fail.”
The field hockey team engages in its pre-game huddle. It defeated Connecticut College 1-0 in overtime.
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Frank Williams '18 was named NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week for his nine-catch, three-touchdown effort in Bates' win vs. Willliams.

Express Yourselfie

The effort to communicate through social networking starts here.

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Exchange of ideas

Conversations both in and out of the classroom proliferated, including a faculty symposium on teaching about current issues, a Black Lives Matter activist demonstration in the form of a mock funeral procession, a discussion of Purposeful Work, a summer research poster presentation, the first-ever celebration of women’s athletics at Bates, and a reception at the Office of Intercultural Education.

Associate Professor of Rhetoric Stephanie Kelley-Romano and Assistant Professor of Sociology Michael Rocque speak during a Saturday panel.
Students lead a mock funeral procession on Alumni Walk to protest racial injustice and police brutality against African Americans.
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Fall for the arts

The weekend offered a mainstage play, Tomorrow in the Battle, and the annual Back to Bates Weekend Dance Concert, featuring music, theater, and dance by students, faculty, and guest artists.

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powerful voices

Friday evening’s a cappella concert featured TakeNote, the Merimanders, Deansmen, Manic Optimists, and Crosstones.

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OK, time for a dog photo

Canine friends on campus such as Bob, a seven-year-old chocolate lab, took time to observe and participate.

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About Faces

Many were happy to pose for the camera, and we feature some of their beautiful smiles here.

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Remembering Atsuko and Marsha

Two ceremonies honored the generosity of Bates faculty members who have recently died: Atsuko Hirai, the Kazushige Hirasawa Professor Emerita of History who passed away in 2014, and Marsha Graef, professor emerita of physical education who died in 2015.

Each left bequests to Bates. Hirai’s bequest funded the Atsuko Hirai Lantern and Garden outside the Olin Arts Center and supports financial aid for Bates students. Graef’s bequest funded renovations to the women’s loccker room in Alumni Gym for volleyball and basketball.

Dean of the Faculty Matt Auer speaks at the dedication of the Atsuko Hirai Lantern and Garden at Olin Arts Center.
Professor Emeritus of History Dennis Grafflin reads the plaque for the Hirai Lantern as colleague Hilmar Jensen watches.
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Professor Emerita of Physical Education Marsha Graef served Bates as a coach and administrator for nearly 30 years.
Marilyn Bamber, a cousin of Marsha Graef's, greets Eric Fouchee of the Advancement Office. Her husband, Dave, is at center.
Volleyball co-captain Chandler McGrath '17 of Seal Beach, Calif., checks her stuff in the renovated women's locker room in Alumni Gym.

Bates is, always has been, open

Welcome back.

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upside down, you turn me

An assortment of weekend moments suggests connection and warmth.

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Footnote: Produced by the Bates Communications Office with photography by Durotimi Akinkugbe '19, H. Jay Burns, Max Huang '18, Phyllis Graber Jensen, and Josh Kuckens.
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