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Bowdoin in the News: The Year in Review

Story posted January 01, 2010

Alumni accomplishments, professorial expertise and research, and current students' contributions to society are among the stories putting Bowdoin in the news in 2009.

Government professors Christian Potholm and Michael Franz were in demand for their insight as President Barack Obama took office and then again, as the debate over national healthcare took center stage.


The College was mentioned again and again as former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell '54, Ambassador Christopher Hill '74 and Karen Gordon Mills, wife of President Barry Mills, took positions within the Obama administration.

The outstanding success of the Harlem Children's Zone repeatedly thrust its CEO, Geoffrey Canada '74, into the national spotlight

The Today show's Al Roker with Peary doll in hand after speaking with alumni (in background) April 6, 2009.

The year brought the centennial of Robert E. Peary's attainment of the North Pole, and the Today show's 6 million viewers saw the celebration unfold on Rockefeller Plaza as Al Roker, the program's weatherman, spoke with alumni while playing with a plush Peary doll.

The College also made its way onto a number of top-rated television shows including Mad Men, The Good Wife and Grey's Anatomy.

Click below for a month-by-month account of Bowdoin in the News.

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