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Breckinridge Center Happenings

Story posted May 28, 2002

Bowdoin's Breckinridge Public Affairs Center in York has a busy summer of bookings ahead.

On May 23-24 the Breckinridge Center hosted the Campus Compacts of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont — statewide consortia of college and university presidents committed to promoting civic responsibility as a critical component of higher education, and to supporting service learning and community service on their campuses.

The two-day workshop, with 22 participants in attendance, was devoted to advanced faculty consultant training.

The state Compacts are affiliates of Campus Compact, a national organization which has grown to include over 750 institutions of higher education across the nation. Campus Compact is an organization actively engaged both on and off campus in community service, and strives to create supportive academic environments for community service and service learning.

At more than 80% of Campus Compact's member schools, students can take advantage of courses which link community service with academic content, and the percentage of schools offering service-learning courses continues to multiply each year.

The Campus Compacts of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are collaborating to better support campuses across northern New England striving to offer service-learning courses. The faculty-consulting program provides training and support for a team of faculty service-learning experts who will be available to member campuses in the three states at a minimal cost to the campuses. The consultants come from a broad array of disciplines, are experts in the use of service learning in their disciplines, and are available to provide service-learning consultation and training to campuses.

The program will be available to campuses beginning in August 2002. For more information, contact Alice Elliott, Associate Director, Maine Campus Compact, 207-786-8217, or

More About the Breckinridge Center

The Breckinridge Public Affairs Center is located on the tidal York River at 201 U.S. Route One in York. Owned and operated by Bowdoin College, the center is used for classes, seminars, and meetings of educational, cultural, and civic groups. Business and professional organizations also use the facility for planning sessions and staff development activities.

The 23-acre estate includes a 25-room main house, a clay tennis court, and a 110-foot circular saltwater swimming pool. River House, which accommodates 19 overnight guests, was designed by Guy Lowell in 1905, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The estate was given to Bowdoin in 1974 by Mary Marvin Breckinridge Patterson, whose husband was the Honorable Jefferson Patterson of St. Leonard, Md. Named in honor of Mrs. Patterson’s family, the estate is available for use April 1 through July 25, and September 17 through Thanksgiving, each year.

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