This summer, several students took advantage of Bowdoin grants to pursue professional experiences with organizations that work closely with refugees and immigrants, both in Maine and around the country.
Each summer, a plethora of grants and fellowships ensures that Bowdoin students have an opportunity to pursue what they are passionate about. Ben Pallant ’16, Aviva Mattingly ’15 and Jordan Lantz ’15 tapped three of these grants to dedicate their summers to addressing public health issues in Cambodia, Kenya and Maine, respectively.
Twenty-two students had 2014 Community Matters in Maine Fellowships this summer to work on a range of social and environmental issues in the state. They recently gathered to present on their internship experiences.
Libby Szuflita ’15 and Violet Ranson ’16 are mapping parts of Topsham and Brunswick this summer to help local administrators make land-use decisions that improve town life and reconcile the sometimes conflicting needs of residents, businesses and wildlife.
The McKeen Center has recognized the work of 11 people who are striving to end hunger, to bring art to the community, to help refugees and immigrants set up new lives in Maine, and to help preserve historic buildings.
At a recent town council meeting in Brunswick, McKeen Center Director Sarah Seames and Bowdoin junior Courtney Chuang described some of the many ways in which Bowdoin's community gives back to the local community.
Last week, junior Courtney Payne invited a panel of experts to campus to weigh in on the future of cars. This future, they all agreed, would have to be one in which not just oil but other types of fuels were available on the market.
NerdScholar, a division of the personal finance website NerdWallet, has called Bowdoin's spring break trip to the Passamaquoddy reservation one of the best school-sponsored alternative spring break programs that colleges have to offer.
Ellen Baxter ’75, the founder and executive director of an innovative low-income housing organization in New York City, returned to Bowdoin recently to share her wisdom with students about leadership and making a difference.
This year, America Reads and Counts tutors have worked in wide variety of schools across the Greater Brunswick area, including Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary, Coffin Elementary, Brunswick Junior High, Harpswell Community School, Bowdoinham Community School, Mt. Ararat Middle School, and Durham Community School.
After witnessing students scrambling to spend their polar points before they expired, Caroline Moore ’14 decided to encourage students to use some of their leftover polar points to donate to the local food pantry.
In the year he's volunteered with hospice clients, Alex Doering ’14 has become better conditioned to weather some of the stresses he will one day face as a physician. "If you can handle hospice, you can handle anything. If you can deal with pain and suffering inherent with hospice patients, you can handle most situations with any patient," he said.
Two-and-a-half years in the making, a mural by Lucy Walker ’14 — designed as a project in Mark Wethli’s Public Art class — has been installed in the Mid Coast Primary Care & Walk-In Clinic at Brunswick Station.
Matthew Potoski of UC Santa Barbara presented a lecture at Bowdoin proposing a system of voluntary membership in "green clubs" for tackling environmental challenges in the corporate world - an approach inspired by the family dinners of his childhood.
Twenty Bowdoin College students who constitute the Common Good Grant program participated in a daylong retreat to encourage the participants to get to know each other better and think critically about philanthropy.