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Bowdoin in the News: May in Review

Story posted May 31, 2010

The Chronicle of Higher Education holds up Bowdoin as an exemplar of campus planning.

The Financial Times also has flattering words for the College, while alumni appear in The New York Times and on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer.

These are a few of the stories that put Bowdoin in the news in May 2010.

Remembering Richard Steele
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Richard E. Steele

The Bowdoin community mourned the death of Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Emeritus Richard E. Steele, who passed away May 11, 2010, at the age of 71. The Portland Press Herald honored Steele's memory with a feature article.


Military Times Edge (May 31, 2010)

Alex Cornell du Houx '06, Maine state representative and U.S. Marine Corps reservist, is the subject of the profile, "My Great New Life: From Leatherneck to Lawmaker."

The Philadelphia Inquirer (May 30, 2010)

Barry N. Wish Professor of Psychology and Social Studies Barbara Held, author of Stop Smiling, Start Kvetching: A 5-Step Guide to Creative Complaining, is quoted in "The Power of a Positive Thinker," a lengthy feature profile of Martin Seligman, said to have fathered positive psychology.

"We didn't get into 9/11 because of too much pessimism," says Held in the article. "We didn't have the Great Recession because of too much pessimism. These catastrophes didn't happen because too many people were thinking about what could go wrong." Read the article.

The New York Times (May 23, 2010)

An American Type, a posthumous novel by Henry Roth, who died in 1995, came to publication largely because of the editing of Willing Davidson '99, a fiction editor at The New Yorker, as detailed in the article, "Breathing Life Into Henry Roth." Read the article.

ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer (May 20, 2010)

Saudia Davis '00, owner of GreenHouse Eco-Cleaning, an organic residential and commercial cleaning service whose goal is to help its clientele achieve a healthier lifestyle, was included in a segment about the influx of Americans starting small businesses. Read the text of the segment.

The Chronicle of Higher Education (May 17, 2010)

America's college campuses have a whole lot of new buildings that were designed to blend in with earlier architecture, and according to Lawrence Biemiller, most of them miss the mark and some are "cartoon-grade terrible." He suggests campus planners look to a few special campuses — including Bowdoin's — for a primer on how to do it right. Read the article.

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Inside Higher Ed (May 10, 2010)

The Quick Takes section item, "Sharing the Art," includes Bowdoin in a roundup of colleges whose museums are exhibiting works on loan from the Yale University Art Gallery. Read the article.

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Christian Science Monitor (May 10, 2010)

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Chris Potholm

DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government Christian Potholm is quoted in the article, 'Tea Party'-Backed Platform Sails Through Maine GOP Convention."

"If youíre not a moderate, you donít get elected in Maine," says Potholm in the article.

"Any candidate who gets nominated is going to ignore that platform, or he or she is going to lose.Ē

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Dhiraj Murthy

Read the article.

The Huffington Post (May 9, 2010)

The article, "Allure of the Hive: Experts on Connectivity, Social Networking and Social Change," quotes Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Dhiraj Murthy. Read the article.

Telegraph-Journal [New Brunswick, Canada] (May 7, 2010)


Gordon Weil '58, president of Standard Energy Company of Maine, who served as top aide to George McGovern in the U.S. Senate and during McGovern's presidential campaign, provided the commentary, "Give Energy Market A Watchdog." Read the column.

Fortune (May 3, 2010)

As part of a lengthy profile, "The Other Guy You Need to Know at J.P. Morgan," Jes Staley '79, college trustee and chief executive of the investment bank at JPMorgan Chase, is pictured running in Manhattan wearing a Bowdoin T-shirt. Read the article.

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From the May 3, 2010, issue of Fortune. The magazine's accompanying caption notes that Staley is a 1979 graduate and a financial supporter of the school.


Chronicle/WCVB [Boston] May 3, 2010


The Bowdoin College Museum of Art and its director Kevin Salatino were featured as part of the segment, "A Tank Away," showcasing easy getaways for those in the greater Boston area. Watch the segment.

Financial Times May 1, 2010

The virtues of Brunswick are extolled along with flattering words about the College, including that it's "one of the top liberal arts schools in the U.S.," in the article, "Maine Attraction." Read the article.

Museum in Maine Sunday Telegram

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art was in the May 30, 2010, edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram twice — once for its process of scanning its collection of Winslow Homer memorabilia, and again amid reviews of two current exhibitions, and Methods for Modernism: Form and Color in American Art, 1900 to 1925.

Learn where Bowdoin has made headlines anytime of the month by going to Bowdoin in the News.

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