Parents and Families
This year Columbus Day fell on a glorious autumnal Monday here — the kind where the air feels as crisp and sweet as a fresh Braeburn apple. A few students took advantage of their time off from classes to go apple picking at Orchard Hill Farm in Cumberland.
Seven members of the student groups Bowdoin Food Co-op and the Green Bowdoin Alliance ended up picking seven bushels of apples. After returning to campus, three students spent the afternoon baking the green apples into pies.
At 5 p.m., the students dropped off 11 pies at the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, which runs a soup kitchen and food pantry in Brunswick. MCHPP Director Karen Parker said she had never received a gift of so many fresh apple pies. “In the three years I’ve been here, it’s a first,” she noted. The pies were served at lunch the following day.
Club Rowing: At the Head of the Charles Regatta Saturday, Bowdoin rowers once again showed speed and determination to post impressive 5th and 6th place finishes in extremely fast fields.
Cross Country: Coby Horowitz and Lucy Skinner came away with individual crowns and the Bowdoin men’s cross country team came away with first-place overall at the Maine State Championship meet Saturday at Colby.
Field Hockey: The Bowdoin College field hockey team continued to roll, winning its ninth straight match in a 4-0 victory over Connecticut College.
Football: The Trinity College football team totaled 302 rushing yards on its way to a 40-21 win over Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon at Jessee/Miller Field.
Men’s Soccer: For the second straight game, Cedric Charlier netted the game-winning goal to lead the Bowdoin College men’s soccer team to a conference win – this time a 2-1 triumph at Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon.
Women’s Rugby: The Bowdoin women’s rugby team cruised to a 66-0 win at Williams Saturday afternoon.
Women’s Soccer: Molly Popolizio scored the game-winning goal with 26:09 remaining to lift the Bowdoin women’s soccer team to a 2-1 win at Connecticut College Saturday afternoon.
Women’s Volleyball: The Bowdoin College women’s volleyball team celebrated Senior Day at Morrell Gymnasium with a 3-0 win over Trinity on Saturday afternoon.
The Wall Street Journal‘s Robert Freeman sits down with renowned money manager Stanley F. Druckenmiller ’75 to discuss entitlements and a college tour aimed at waking up America’s youth.
The Boston Globe recently asked museum directors across New England — including Anne and Frank Goodyear at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art — to share a favorite artwork in their institution’s collections. Here’s what the directors said.
Life in New York City can be pretty noisy, and it’s been that way for a long time. Today, iPods and noise reducing headphones can help to block it all out, but in the early 20th century, barking dogs, steam shovels, news boys, and radio speakers defined the “sonic culture” of one of the noisiest places on earth. A new interactive website allows visitors to “mindfully listen to” the historical soundscape of the Roaring Twenties.
Family, friends, and former colleagues of Don Zuckert ’56 gathered in Old Greenwich, Conn., on Friday to say farewell and to remember a man who served the College and the arts at Bowdoin for more than four decades. President Barry Mills remembered Zuckert—who passed away Sunday, October 13, at the age of 79—as a “dear friend” who “did everything for Bowdoin.”
Good afternoon. I am honored to speak to you today as the president of Bowdoin College. And, I am personally honored because I also have the opportunity to reflect on my good friend Don in my own personal way.
Don loved Bowdoin College and Bowdoin College loved Don. And, it is especially difficult for me to stand before you today because of the depth of the personal loss I feel now that my dear friend Don has passed away.
Don was a trusted advisor and good friend to more than one president of Bowdoin College. Last week at Bowdoin, we dedicated a new studio arts and dance center named to recognize President Emeritus Robert Edwards and Blythe Edwards. The guest list was created by Bob and Blythe, and Don and Sue were at the top of their list. We talked about Don at dinner that night and noted that the evening was just a bit more sedate because Don and Sue weren’t among us.
Don was a citizen of our College—a person of influence and authority who was well liked, loved, and deeply respected by his fellow trustees, by students and faculty, and by our staff.
I have spent all week talking and remembering Don with others. J. Crandall and I talked about the Bowdoin trustee meetings of the 90’s, when what happened in Brunswick stayed in Brunswick. Ellen Shuman and I shared our deep sense of loss for a man who inspired both of us. Professor Mark Wethli and I remembered Don’s profound impact on the College and the arts. Professor Trisha Welsch stopped me yesterday crossing Bath Road to talk about Don. Rick Disch, the person from Bowdoin Dining who manages our trustee dinners in Main Lounge, talked with me about how much fun he had with Don at some of those events (that is, when Don wasn’t out at Cook’s Lobster House playing hooky with Barry Wish!). And with some members of the Class of 2003, we joked about how at Commencement, Don introduced the governor of Maine, John Baldacci, as John Balducci—not once, but three times. Don was the ad guy and he couldn’t get the brand name out of his head.
So, trustees, faculty, staff, and students knew Don and counted him as a friend—and remember, this is a guy who graduated from Bowdoin 57 years ago who had years and years of a day job and a lively retirement far away from Brunswick.
Don was a pro at pulling people together and at getting things done, and he tried his best to teach the rest of us what he had learned during a lifetime as a creative force and as a leader.
Don did everything for Bowdoin. He was incredibly active in all that we do at the College. He recruited students, he helped students get jobs, he advised presidents of Bowdoin, led capital campaigns, worked for his class, and raised money. Don loved to raise money. I am not sure who instilled more fear in our alumni base by showing up at their doors— Karen and me, or the team of Zuckert and Torrey.
In 2002, Don became chair of the Board of Trustees at Bowdoin. “You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar,” Don would remind me time and time again. For those who know me, I’m sometimes not the best at spooning out honey (not to mention the fact that I’m more likely to swat the flies than to try to catch them!). But Don was a pro at pulling people together and at getting things done, and he tried his best to teach the rest of us what he had learned during a lifetime as a creative force and as a leader.
I think these skills that Don demonstrated time and time again came as a surprise to some. At first glance, Don might appear gruff. He wasn’t. He might appear to be a practical joker. That, he was.
Don once confided in me his concern that at Bowdoin he would never be board chair because he wasn’t viewed as the “serious” leader of the Board. Don was a very, very funny guy. But I knew that Don was also as determined as anyone I’ve ever worked with on behalf of Bowdoin, and that he was deceivingly bright, imaginative, tough (although a real softie at heart), and a person who had no problem telling a very confident—maybe overconfident—president where he or the College were stepping off the rails.
Don took his role as Board chair very seriously and intentionally, telling me often that he modeled himself after another Bowdoin giant, Paul Brountas—a contemporary of Don’s who is a brilliant man and also a lawyer like Don, and who, with elegance and grace, led Bowdoin’s board in the 90’s.
Don helped to lead us through some very tough decisions with confidence and judgment, and above all, with a dedication to Bowdoin.
Don loved Bowdoin and he was ambitious—deeply ambitious—for its future. Over these past years, while chair and as an advisor to me from New Castle and Florida, Don helped to lead us through some very tough decisions with confidence and judgment, and above all, with a dedication to Bowdoin. I will always be grateful to Don for his confidence in me, no matter how hard some of these decisions were for the College—and some were very hard. Don was a true leader.
His love for art and his talent—with Sue—for collecting art are well known. And Don decided a long time ago that Bowdoin was going to meet some very high standards for art and art education. He loaned works to our museum, made substantial gifts to the College that continue to allow us to bring world-class performers, speakers, and artists to Brunswick. And Don kept us moving forward when the College sought to renovate, expand, and upgrade our historic art museum. He and Sue recognized the true mission of this teaching museum when they established the Zuckert Seminar Room in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art—a critical space that allows students and faculty access to our collections and the opportunity to learn about and appreciate art up close.
If Bowdoin had a Mt. Rushmore for the arts at the College, it would be a mountain with Don, David Becker, and Linda Roth. Sadly, we also lost David too soon, and I commit to both Don and David that Bowdoin will continue to seek to reach the heights they so richly envisioned for our College.
So why was Don so committed to Bowdoin? How did this small College in Maine become so important to Don? I believe it was because of the people of Bowdoin. Don was a people person. Certainly, it was due to his time here as a student. He often spoke to me about the ATO house, his studies, and how well prepared he was for law school. But, in truth, it was his time as an overseer and trustee.
Through his work for Bowdoin he built friendships that helped to define his life. His love affair with Barry Wish happened because of the Bowdoin trustees. Those years formed his connections to Whitey, Debbie, and Tracy; his shared passions with Linda, David, and Lisa; and the closest of close bonds with Bill and Pam Torrey.
And, I hope my time with Don meant as much to him as it did for me—they were truly great years. The measure of our College is the enduring value of personal friendship. That was embodied in Don Zuckert.
Sue, Andy, Tim, Carol, Karen, Owen, and all the grandchildren, the Bowdoin community has never had a better friend or a more effective leader than your husband, father, brother, and grandfather. We are so grateful to him for his work and his loyalty, and we are grateful to each of you for lending him to us all these years. We will miss him very much, but he will always be in our hearts and he will always be in the fabric of our College.
Students are capturing the beauty of Bowdoin and Maine again this fall. Using the popular smartphone app, Instagram, students are tagging their best fall photos with the hashtag #BowdoinFall. See what campus looks like right now through the Bowdoin students lens. Follow Bowdoin on Instagram @BowdoinCollege.
Associate Professor of Film Studies Tricia Welsch talks about her book Gloria Swanson: Ready for Her Close-Up with Associate Professor of English and Film Studies Aviva Briefel (director of Bowdoin’s film studies program).
Keeping consistent eye-contact, making a strong argument, and speaking in person are all things that you should not do when trying to negotiate. Can this be right? The Smithsonian explains the finding of 10 studies on the things you should — and should not do — when trying to successfully negotiate.
The Bowdoin College rowing team will compete at the Head of the Charles in Boston this weekend, October 19-20. The largest two-day regatta in the world, the Head of the Charles is the pinnacle of the fall racing season and the Polar Bears will be looking to add to their growing collection of medals.
Bowdoin will have one boat competing in the Men’s Collegiate Fours (Saturday, 4 p.m.). The crew will look to continue its recent string of success as the squad has earned medals in each of the last two years, including a fifth-place finish last year.
The Polar Bears will also have a boat in the Women’s Collegiate Fours (Saturday, 4:14 p.m.). Bowdoin’s first varsity women will look to defend their gold-medal performance of 2012 and continue their undefeated season.
Bowdoin will also compete for the first time in the Men’s Lightweight Fours (Sunday, 4:15 p.m.), an event filled with international talent. Additionally, two alumni boats will compete in the Club Fours events on Saturday.
Complete details on the Head of the Charles are available here. Fans can follow along via a live webcast here. Results, when available, can be found here.
The Yeti. The Abominable Snowman. “Terrifying mythical creature?” asks CNN — or ancient Polar Bear? Research by an Oxford University professor of human genetics says the latter is closer to the truth.
What’s the big deal about scallops? According to Dr. Meredith White of Maine’s Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, who presented her research at Bowdoin on Oct. 10, these shelled invertebrates are more than just a gourmet delicacy.
Scallops also improve water quality, play a crucial part in the food chain, and provide fisherman with a source of income. But these bivalves are under threat as rising CO2 emissions contribute to ocean acidification.
It’s a simple equation: carbon dioxide plus water equals carbonic acid, which lowers the ocean’s concentration of carbonate ions — leaving too few of these particles available for building shells. Here’s where White’s research comes in. She performed a series of experiments subjecting scallops of different ages to varying amounts of CO2, to identify the developmental stage in which CO2 exposure had the greatest impact on bay scallop larvae.
The bad news? Heightened CO2 levels before shell-building resulted in mysterious indentations in the bivalves’ shells, and CO2 exposure during initial shell-building stunted shell growth.“The good news is that exposure to high CO2 after the first day does not negatively impact the larval size,” White said. One implication is that hatcheries could save resources by reducing monitoring after that period.
White’s presentation was part of a weekly series sponsored by the Bowdoin College Biology Department.
By Raleigh McElvery ’16
While, of course, we know, you would never butcher the English language this way, there is solidarity in the knowing look we can share in commiserating about these verbal felonies. (If you’re tempted to respond, “I know, right?” we are coming after you next, but I digress.)
Read The Huffington Post‘s “11 Commonly Used Made-Up Words That Drive Us Insane” here. And there is a crisp $10 bill for the person who can stop a local TV reporter from saying “expecially.”
Fortune sought out Professor of Economics Rachel Connelly for a recent article looking at which tech companies offer the best child care. Connelly, who co-authored the book Kids at Work: The Value of Employer-Sponsored On-Site Child Care Centers, says that a weak labor market makes in-house childcare even less of a priority than usual for most companies, despite the costs saved through higher productivity levels and fewer absences.
It’s one whopper of a fish story, but Connor Gallagher ’12 has the pictures, if not news coverage, to prove it. Gallagher works in California for the Catalina Island Marine Institute, and had a front-row seat when an 18-foot oarfish washed into their bay recently. Gallagher is sixth from the right in the group shot.
On a recent chilly fall morning, three birders set out for a mindfulness bird walk in the amber light and muted tones of the Bowdoin Pines. The first noise they heard as they approached the forest path was the trill of a chickadee.
“As soon as you walk into the woods, you hear that,” Ben West ’16 said appreciatively. (West started the Huntington Bird Club on campus last year as a first year at Bowdoin.)
Organized by Bowdoin Counseling Services staff clinician Bobby Carnicella, the mindfulness nature walk was a chance for students or staff to look for birds — mostly warblers and crows this time of year — while practicing the skill of staying in the present. Read the full story here.
How exactly do you guard yourself from existential despair when you’re stuck in a highway long traffic jam or trapped within hoards of people fighting to get onto the subway? The Wall Street Journal looks to people who enjoy their commute in order to understand what they do differently during the 45 minutes to and from work. While this time could be wasted, many happy commuters find ways to be productive, whether it’s getting work done or reading a book. Studies also find that 37% more people enjoyed their commute in 2010 compared to 2004. This could be due to the advent of smartphones, which allow passive commuters to listen to music and podcasts, or browse the Internet in the palm of their hand — for the rest of you: two hands on the wheel, and both eyes on the road, thank you very much.
The College learned Monday of the passing of former chair of the Bowdoin Board of Trustees Donald M. Zuckert ’56. In a message to the Bowdoin Community, President Barry Mills describes Don Zuckert’s life and career, and his many contributions to the College.
To Members of the Bowdoin Community,
We were saddened to learn yesterday of the death of former chair of the Board of Trustees Don Zuckert ’56, who died Sunday at the age of 79 after suffering a heart attack. Few alumni have given so much of their time, talent, and resources over the years for Bowdoin’s benefit.
Don was born on April 3, 1934, in New York City, the son of Sidney and Doris Zuckert. He graduated from the King School in Stamford, Connecticut, and entered Bowdoin as a member of the Class of 1956. Following his graduation, he entered the law school at New York University, served six months on active duty in the U.S. Army, and completed his law degree in 1959. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves for nearly ten more years.
Don’s brilliant career in advertising began in 1960 with an executive vice president position at Ted Bates & Co. in New York. There he was responsible for crafting slogans, jingles, and brand identification for many major accounts (remember Alka-Seltzer’s “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is”? – that was Don’s playful creativity at work).
He modestly summed up his business career for his 50th Bowdoin reunion in this way: “Stayed at the agency [Ted Bates & Co.] from 1960 to 1988 when the firm was sold to Saatchi & Saatchi. Started a niche marketing firm, Arcature, with former Ted Bates pals and acquired a frozen vegetable firm in California in 1991. Over the next 13 years helped build that company into the market leader on the Pacific Coast and sold it to a major competitor in 2004. Simultaneously joined in the acquisition of a direct marketing company in a buyback from the Saatchis and assisted in building that firm into an industry leader, and sold it to a NYSE listed communications conglomerate.”
Both within the industry and at Bowdoin, if Don was involved, then everything seemed to work out with a minimum of anxiety. Don loved people, and he had a keen sense of humor that he used to encourage and inspire those around him. He also had an ability to see the big picture and ask tough questions, traits that served him well as a member of the Governing Boards at Bowdoin. He was elected an overseer of the College in 1987, a trustee of the College in 1995, chair of the Board of Trustees from 2002-2005, and trustee emeritus in 2005. He assumed leadership roles in the Campaign for Bowdoin in the 1980s and served as Chair of the New Century Campaign Steering Committee from 1996 to 1998.
Despite the demands of a career at the highest levels of the advertising industry, Don was always among the first to put the shoulder to the wheel for Bowdoin’s benefit and bring about a positive outcome, whether the need was for the renovation of Cleaveland House, establishing the Donald M. Zuckert Visiting Professorship and the Zuckert Career Services Technology Fund, donating the funds for the construction of the Zuckert Seminar Room in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, loaning works of art to the Museum, or bringing promising students to the attention of the Admissions Office. For his generosity of spirit and his record of outstanding service to the College, he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Bowdoin in 2006.
Don is survived by his wife, Susan, whom he married in 1957, two sons, Andrew and Timothy ’86, five grandchildren, a brother, Owen ’54, and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Don will be held on Friday, October 18, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at the Innis Arden Golf Club (120 Tomac Avenue) in Old Greenwich, Conn. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Donald M. Zuckert Visiting Professorship Fund at the College, and sent to Secretary of the College, Bowdoin College, 4100 College Station, Brunswick, Maine 04011-8432.
Each of us who knew Don will miss his guidance, sense of humor, creative imagination, and his leadership. Our hearts go out to Sue and the entire Zuckert family at this very sad and difficult time.