Story posted August 11, 2006
The Bowdoin College Class of 2010 arrived on campus Tuesday, August 22, 2006, for Pre-Orientation activities, and Orientation for the class was held August 26-30. On Wednesday, August 30, President Barry Mills officially opened the 2006-07 academic year at the 205th Convocation ceremony, which featured a keynote address by Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd. Classes began Thursday, August 31.
The Class of 2010
The incoming first-year class numbers 475 students (a record 5,401 applications were submitted for the Class of 2010). Of the 475, 222 are men and 253 are women.
Students of color represent 24 percent of the incoming class, numbering 116 (67 Asian American, 27 Latino/a, 18 African American, and four Native American).
Geographically, 42 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia are represented in the class. Nine countries are represented among the 19 international students
Nearly 80 percent of the incoming first-year class began their Bowdoin careers with a variety of pre-orientation -- or "pre-o" -- trips August 22 through August 26.
Some 336 students participated in 38 trips that focused on the Maine outdoors. Put together under the direction of the Bowdoin Outing Club, the trips serve to build community and leadership among the incoming class, as well as introduce students to the beauty, geography, and natural resources of Maine.
"Pre-Os are a wonderful experience," said Oliver Cunningham '07, student coordinator of the outdoor trips. "They provide a way for students to get to know people outside their usual social circles, allow us to explore the natural wonders of Maine, and prepare first-years for their introduction to life at Bowdoin. I can say that for many students, pre-os wind up being one of their most cherished memories and offer friendships that last through the next four years."
Activities included the first-ever pre-o voyage of The Wendameen, an 88-foot schooner owned by the Portland Schooner Company. Student deckhands steered the boat and hauled the gaff-rigged sails as they sailed up the coast of Maine. The Wendameen, designed by the famed yacht designer John Alden and built in East Boothbay in 1912, is listed as a National Historical Place.
Other excursions included mountain biking in Acadia National Park, backpacking the Saddleback and Mahoosuc sections of the Appalachian Trail, canoeing the Penobscot River in the shadow of Mt. Katahdin, sea kayaking on Casco Bay, and trips to the Bowdoin Cabin in Monson and the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada.
Click here for a description of each trip.
Instead of hiking, rock climbing, or canoeing, 40 first-year students worked up a sweat participating in two "Community Immersion" pre-os.
The three-and-a-half-day community immersion experience familiarizes new students with greater Brunswick, Portland, Lewiston, and nearby island communities, and serves to foster a commitment to volunteerism and community service.
"The Community Immersion Pre-O gives students with an interest in service an intensive, hands-on introduction to social issues facing our local communities," explained student coordinator Lisa Peterson '07. "About 70 percent of all students participate in community service while at Bowdoin. The immersion pre-o is a great way for new students to learn about local communities and begin service work before the start of classes."
A group of 10 students volunteered in the tiny island community of North Haven, about 12 miles offshore of Rockland in Penobscot Bay. (At 380, the year-round population of North Haven is about three-quarters the size Bowdoin's first-year class.)
The Community Immersion trip was tailored to introduce Bowdoin students to island culture and a lifestyle vastly different from their own. Students boarded lobster boats for some hands-on experience with an activity central to the community's livelihood. Other activities included meeting with island teenagers and senior citizens, trail work, cemetery clean up, and community center maintenance.
While their classmates are volunteering in North Haven, 30 other Bowdoin first-years spent their immersion pre-o in greater Brunswick, Portland, and Lewiston.
Students spent their first day focusing on outdoor and environmental volunteer activities in the urban gardens run by Cultivating Community and on trails at Wolfe's Neck and Bradbury Mountain state parks.
Day two they volunteered in Lewiston and Portland, working with such organizations as Lots to Gardens, Portland Housing Authority, and Ronald McDonald House.
Day three they worked with some of the more than 50 non-profit organizations in greater Brunswick, including Spindleworks, the Tedford Shelter, Merrymeeting AIDS Support Services, Senior Spectrum, and Habitat for Humanity.
The group's final service project involved setting up the "Lazy Games," a fund raiser for the Brunswick Teen Center.
Click here to read more about community service at Bowdoin and community immersion.