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Breckinridge Center Hosts Alumni Relations Professionals

Story posted June 26, 2002

Bowdoin's Breckinridge Public Affairs Center in York hosted a meeting of The New England Alumni Relations (NEAR) membership June 24 and 25.

NEAR was formed in 1999 to bring together alumni relations staffs from small, liberal arts colleges in the region to collaborate on program strategy and development.

In the summers of 1999 and 2000, a group of about 20 professionals from ten schools met at Breckinridge to gain a better understanding of their alumni relations programs, build relationships with peers, and recharge the creativity batteries. They returned to Breckinridge this June for another day-and-a-half of sessions on specific program areas such as leadership, recruitment and retention of volunteers, and data mining.

The Breckinridge Center has had the opportunity to expand its calendar for this year, and will be available for bookings all summer, and through Thanksgiving. Next summer the facility will return to its regular schedule of April 1 through July 25, and September 17 through Thanksgiving.

More on 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. The estate is named in honor of Mrs. Patterson's family.

Read more about the Breckinridge Center, including its history, by clicking here:
http://breckinridge.bowdoin.edu/index.shtml

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