News Archives

Students Extend a Hand to Refugees

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.

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Three Students Tackle Public Health In Maine, Cambodia, and Kenya

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.

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Community Matters Fellows Tackle Social, Environmental Issues

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.

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Bowdoin Environmental Fellows Work for a Healthier Maine

This summer, 11 Bowdoin students with environmental fellowships are working in Maine and contributing, in a range of ways, to protecting our natural resources.

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Townies: Students Work for Brunswick, Topsham

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.

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Collecting Oral Histories from Maine Fishermen

Sitting on a trove of oral histories from fishermen, a Brunswick-based association this summer hired Audrey Phillips ’16 to put together videos based on these recordings.

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Mentoring Middle School Girls Teaches Lessons All Around

FFLY, short for Fostering Female Leadership in Youth, is a student mentoring organization created and developed entirely by Bowdoin college students.

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Annual McKeen Symposium Celebrates Community

At the McKeen Center's annual symposium, held last week in Morrell Lounge, students presented projects they had worked on over the past year that linked the College with the community.

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Making Global Connections Local

Through the McKeen Center, Bowdoin students have found a number of ways of bursting out of the bubble and connecting with residents in the surrounding communities.

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Students, Staff, Faculty Honored for Commitment to Common Good

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.

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The McKeen Center's Local Impact

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.

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A Campus Discussion on the Cars of Tomorrow

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.

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Back at Home, Students Reflect on Alternative Spring Breaks

The 72 students who participated in the McKeen Center’s Alternative Spring Break program gathered for a special dinner at Daggett Lounge recently to reflect on their week of service.

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Creating in Community

During the fall of 2013, students in Mark Wethli’s community-based Public Art course (Visual Arts 3804) turned their artistic vision toward the Brunswick and Bowdoin communities.

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Watch the Online Book Talk with Author Anne Fadiman

In case you missed the live chat with author Anne Fadiman on April 1, you can still watch the recorded online book discussion of her book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.

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Bowdoin's Spring Break Trip a 'Favorite' (NerdScholar)

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.

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Bowdoin's 2014 Global Citizens Prepare for World Travel

Seven Bowdoin students, this year's group of Global Citizens, have each crafted a unique plan to travel to a foreign country this summer to do grassroots work.

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Affordable Housing Entrepreneur Baxter ’75 Speaks to Aspiring Leaders

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.

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Bridging Educational Communities

Bowdoin students build relationships with students from the island school, exploring the intersection of local culture and education.

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Making Winter Break Matter

Students who participated in 2014 service-based Alternative Winter Break came together recently for a dinner to reflect on their winter service.

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Campus Bone Marrow Drive Signs Up 821 Potential Donors

A one-day bone marrow drive on campus last week registered 821 people as potential bone marrow donors, the majority of them students.

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ARAC Tutors Discuss Technology in Classrooms

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.

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Caroline Moore ’14 Drives Food Donations at Bowdoin 'C Store'

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.

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Maine Tribal Members Visit Campus to Speak of Painful History

Bowdoin recently invited people involved in the Maine Wabanaki State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission to speak about the history of removing Native children from their families.

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Alex Doering ’14 Inspires Students to Volunteer for Hospice

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.

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Brunswick Clinic Adopts Mural by Lucy Walker ’14

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.

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Green Clubs as a Corporate Environmental Solution

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.

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Common Good Grant Program Participates in Daylong Retreat

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.

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