News Archives

Orientation Trips: First Years Get a Taste of Maine Before Busy Semester

From Wednesday to Saturday, all incoming first year students are exploring a part of Maine with their Orientation Trip groups, either doing community service or outdoor activities. A few of the groups are based near campus at Bowdoin's Coastal Studies Center on Orr's Island, or are staying on campus.

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McKeen Center Orientation Trips Learn About Immigrants and Refugees, Other Social Issues

The excursion, one of fourteen orientation trips organized by the McKeen Center this week, aims to introduce first-years to different aspects of the immigrant and refugee experience in Maine.

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Bowdoin Senior 'Gleans' Surplus Farm Produce to Help Feed the Hungry (Forecaster)

Shannon McCabe has spent the summer working on a fellowship program that redirects surplus farm produce to food pantries.

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Orientation Trips to Take Off to Maine Points Near and Far

To get a sense of where the students travel for their orientation trips, we've made a map showing where all the trips are based. Some groups will camp in one spot and make day trips; other trips — like the backpacking and some canoeing trips — will start and finish in different locations.

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Summer Fellows Do Good in Maine

This summer, 22 Bowdoin students received Community Matters fellowships to work for Maine-based nonprofits in a number of different areas, from hunger and homelessness to economic development. The group of students is divided between those who focus on social and civic issues and those who work with environmental organizations.

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Student Fellows Focus on the Social Side of Health

This summer a good number of students sought out public health internships, including several who received fellowships from Bowdoin.

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Five Years Out: Kyle Dempsey ’11 Merges Medicine and Business to Improve Healthcare

Kyle Dempsey was on track to become a physician — until he discovered a better way for him to to do the most good, and affect the most change.

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Five Years Out: College-access Champion Zully Bosques ’11

The series “Five Years Out” catches up with Bowdoin alumni to learn what they’re up to and where they’ve been since earning their diploma.​ Here we profile Zulmarie "Zully" Bosques and her work with students.

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Join us for the 18th annual Common Good Day!

Calling all students, faculty, staff, and alumni: find out how you can be involved in our annual celebration of community service! This year's Common Good Day is Saturday, September 17th and will connect members of the Bowdoin community with over 50 local partner organizations.

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Map Locates Student Summer Projects From the Cook Islands to Brunswick

When Senior Interactive Developer David Francis looks at the Bowdoin Summer 2016 map he built, he says it's obvious the "Bowdoin bubble" is a myth. The interactive map allows students to post their summer location and a brief description of what they're doing.

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McKeen Symposium Highlights Link Between College and Community

Each year the McKeen Center for the Common Good invites students to present the work they've done over the past year—whether for classes, independent studies, or extracurricular community service—that has involved the people and organizations in Brunswick, the local region, or elsewhere in Maine.

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Faculty, Students, Staff, and Community Members Given Common Good Awards

President Clayton Rose, along with staff from the Joseph McKeen Center, came together on May 5 to honor members of the Bowdoin community for their dedication to advancing the common good.

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Common Good Grants Awarded to Nine Local Nonprofits

The McKeen Center recently announced nine Brunswick area non-profits would be receiving Common Good Grants, of up to $2500 each

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Students Gain Perspective on Alternative Spring Break Trips

In March, over 70 Bowdoin students spent their first week of spring vacation participating in intensive public service initiatives as part of Alternative Spring Break.

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'What Matters' Campus Conversations: Diversity in the Science Classroom

'What Matters' campus conversation discusses diversity in the physics classroom.

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Maggie Acosta ’16 Presents Birthing Research at Development Conference

Senior Maggie Acosta applied to present her findings on reproduction in northern India at the International Development Conference held outside of Toronto in early February. Her submission was accepted, and she gave a talk at the event, which is geared toward students, academics and professionals engaged in international development and aid work.

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Alternative Break Participants Connect and Reflect

A part of the Alternative Break program brings back the trip participants several weeks after they return to the routine of Bowdoin life.

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Students Tackle Poverty, Human Trafficking, Other Issues in Alternative Winter Break

"Alternative Winter Breaks are unique because they allow us to really see the kinds of work we can be doing outside of school. It makes the ideas that we talk about at Bowdoin concrete and not so abstract."

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Speak Up: New Campus Series Encourages Dialogue Around Difficult Issues

To respond to and generate discussion around current events as they come up, the McKeen Center has launched a “nimble” new community discussion series called What Matters.

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What Matters: A Global Conversation at Bowdoin About Syrian Refugees

In between classes last week, a group of faculty, staff, students and community members gathered in Hubbard Hall to discuss the millions of displaced Syrians fleeing their violent country.

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A Campus Debate About Anonymous Speech

To hear from students, staff and faculty about the role of anonymous speech at Bowdoin and more widely in the world, the McKeen Center for the Common Good held a conversation last Friday about whether postulating without outing oneself has a place in civil discourse. Professor of Anthropology Sarah Dickey and Assistant Professor of Government and Legal Studies Jeff Selinger moderated the discussion.

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Local Filmmaker To Show Doc About Brunswick's Spindleworks

The film, I Dream the Colors: The Artists of Spindleworks, will be shown to the public Dec. 1, in Kresge Auditorium, at 7 p.m.

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Global Citizens Share and Reflect on their Worldly Experiences

Every year, Bowdoin’s Global Citizens program sends several students to do service and volunteer work around the world at locations they choose. This year, nine students were awarded Global Citizen grants, and several of them met to discuss their experiences over dinner at Frontier Cafe.

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Constitution-Day Speaker Addresses Same-Sex Marriage

In celebration of Constitution Day on Sept. 17, Bowdoin welcomed Steve Engel, associate professor and chair of politics at Bates College, to lecture on the research and theory of his forthcoming book, Fragmented Citizens: Changing Recognition of Gay and Lesbian Lives.

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Bowdoin in the Community on Common Good Day

On Saturday, more than 500 students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends volunteered to help 60 local service agencies. The volunteers gardened, did trail maintenance, visited the elderly, painted, cleaned up yards, assisted with grant research and played with children.

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Service and Adventure at the Coastal Studies Center

This year, the Outing Club and McKeen Center organized 30 orientation trips for approximately 500 incoming first years. Reporter Talia Cowen '16 shadowed one of the hybrid service and adventure trips at the Coastal Studies Center to to see what the trips, and the Class of 2019, are all about.

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Bowdoin’s 17th Annual Common Good Day

Join 500 of your fellow students, faculty, staff and alumni to pitch in and learn about your local community. Dozens of partner organizations will host projects including outdoor cleanup, painting, office support, recreating with seniors and kids, and more.

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'Community Matters' Fellows Work on Social and Environmental Problems

More than two dozen students this summer have grants from Bowdoin to intern for local organizations working on environmental, humanitarian or policy issues. The Community Matters in Maine Summer Fellowship program places students in a range of Maine-based organizations for 10-week internships, from town agencies and art organizations to housing authorities and environmental nonprofits.

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Housekeeper Hope Marden Receives McKeen Award

In one of his last acts as president of Bowdoin College, Barry Mills on Monday morning presented Hope Marden with an award recognizing her contributions to the community.

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McKeen Center Shines Light on Students Engaging with the Community

Each year, students majoring in subjects that span the curriculum incorporate community projects into their studies, partnering with local agencies from across the street to organizations in places as far away as Asia and Africa.

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