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The Bowdoin Bears, Bowdoin’s participation society, recognizes and thanks loyal alumni who support Bowdoin year in and year out.

To become a member of the Bowdoin Bears, alumni must have a history of five or more years of continuous giving to Bowdoin's annual funds, or continuous giving since graduation for the youngest classes. Bowdoin’s mascot, the Polar Bear, is described by alumni as “fiercely loyal,” “dependable” and representative of strength, characteristics which also describe our donors who, through continued support, guarantee Bowdoin’s margin of excellence. Out of those who give to the Alumni Fund each year, over half are loyal members of The Bowdoin Bears.

Bowdoin sincerely appreciates the steadfast commitment of The Bowdoin Bears.

Geoff Flint ’94

Geoff Flint ’94
August 30, 2016 06:08pm

Geoff Flint ’94 finds it difficult to narrow down his reasons for coming to Bowdoin.  “I chose Bowdoin for a variety of reasons including its high academic standards, its small size, its shared love of the outdoors, the beautiful campus with New England charm, and my own love for coastal Maine.”  He adds, “I also [ ]

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Geoff Flint ’94 finds it difficult to narrow down his reasons for coming to Bowdoin.  “I chose Bowdoin for a variety of reasons including its high academic standards, its small size, its shared love of the outdoors, the beautiful campus with New England charm, and my own love for coastal Maine.”  He adds, “I also loved the fact that so many people at Bowdoin participated in the Outing Club and shared my love for the outdoors. I could list a million other reasons for coming to Bowdoin including the lobster bake, the excellent food, the fact that L.L. Bean is only 10 minutes away, the amazing pre-orientation trips, the beautiful coastline, or the winter activities on the Quad.”

The impact that Bowdoin had on his life, however, is easier to pin down.  “It helped to open up my mind to the world that lies before us,” Geoff explains. “Aside from the incredible number of things that I learned while at Bowdoin, it was the approach to learning and social interactions that probably made the greatest impact and shaped who I am today. Bowdoin helped to make me a free thinker who can think outside the box, lead a company, and interact with others in the business community.”

After graduating from Bowdoin, Geoff pursued a master’s degree in atmospheric science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  The combination of his meteorology training, business acumen and Bowdoin-honed ability to think critically helped Geoff  land a position with WeatherLabs, a small company that soon was purchased by media giant The Weather Channel.  Next, Geoff explains, “I then co-founded a weather company of my own, CustomWeather, Inc., back in 2000 and have been focused on that ever since. We currently work with over 200 different companies around the world and have 20 employees and contractors working for the company. We provide a wide variety of weather forecasting services to those companies.”

As a student, Geoff played intramural soccer, was a mentor to a local elementary student through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program – “an extremely rewarding and fulfilling experience” – and was particularly active with the Outing Club.  “I spent a lot of time hiking and skiing the mountains of Maine. I had a season ski pass at Sunday River Ski Resort all four years. I particularly loved hiking along the coast of Maine.”  Bowdoin nurtured Geoff’s love for the outdoors, an interest that remains integral to who he is professionally and personally.   Not surprisingly, his favorite of many fond Bowdoin memories involves a trip in the outdoors:  “my pre-orientation mountain biking trip to Acadia National Park. It was a wonderful experience and a great way to meet future classmates. It was also a wonderful introduction to Maine and its great outdoor activities.”

According to Geoff, the Class of 1994 was special not just for being the bicentennial class, but for the changes on campus that were happening in housing, grading and facilities, and the close friendships that classmates formed with each other.  “Our class at Bowdoin was a tight-knit one with high participation in outdoor activities and a big concern for the environment.”

Geoff sums up his Bowdoin experience, and his subsequent involvement with the College, as being fun, but also making a deep and lasting impression.  “Bowdoin College played an important role in both my career and who I am as a person,” he notes.  “I thoroughly enjoyed my four years at Bowdoin and enjoy giving back as a way to thank Bowdoin and provide the same opportunity to others.”

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Peter Logan `75

Peter Logan `75
August 19, 2016 06:33pm

I believe in Bowdoin. As a student in the 1970s, it opened me up to unlimited possibilities and afforded me academic and extracurricular opportunities that helped shape me as a person. I have always felt it was important to give back to the college to insure that it can continue to shape the leaders of tomorrow. For the past decade, my annual gifts have gone toward funding a summer internship with the Maine Nature Conservancy for a student interested in environmental studies.

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Bowdoin Bears Society member Peter Logan '75 cares deeply for both Bowdoin College and the environment. Peter is an attorney specializing in civil litigation and leads the Logan Law Group in Novato, California. When asked why he gives to the Alumni Fund every year, Peter said:

Peter is most proud of his children (his daughter Caroline graduated from Bowdoin in 2014), his service as mayor of Tiburon, California, and his forthcoming biography of John James Audobon. Peter fondly remembers many Bowdoin accomplishments including helping found the water polo team, his weekly WBOR radio program, being part of Bowdoin's first co-educational class, and his two years on the Judicial Board. In his spare time, Peter pursues his dream of seeing at least 700 different bird species in North America.

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Jenny and Joe Adu `07

Jenny and Joe Adu `07
August 18, 2016 08:36pm

"Bowdoin is a special place for us. Our Bowdoin experience benefited us tremendously," they explain, noting that Jenny traveled abroad for the first time courtesy of a French Department endowment, and Joe traveled to Asia as part of a Sociology class.Giving to Bowdoin is important to us, because we want current students to have similarly meaningful experiences. We decided to use the Sundial Circle to make sure that we never forget to donate to Bowdoin!"

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Bowdoin is a special place for us. Our Bowdoin experience benefited us tremendously, they explain, noting that Jenny traveled abroad for the first time courtesy of a French Department endowment, and Joe traveled to Asia as part of a Sociology class.Giving to Bowdoin is important to us, because we want current students to have similarly meaningful experiences. We decided to use the Sundial Circle to make sure that we never forget to donate to Bowdoin!

Visiting the campus as high school students was transformative for both Jenny and Joe: It just felt right when we visited. They were energized by the differing viewpoints and the intellectual engagement of the students. When they arrived as students themselves, they were not disappointed.

After graduation, Joe and Jenny found that their Bowdoin education not only opened professional doors to them, but helped them find their vocational passions. After a couple of years of working in marketing, Jenny decided to answer her true calling and work with kids. She attended graduate school and is now a speech-language pathologist working in the public school system. Joe worked for a consulting firm that recruited on campus, and he later decided to pursue his interest in information technology an interest cultivated while working for the Bowdoin IT department. After joining a Bowdoin-powered non-profit, Joe later worked at a tech startup, and is now the Director of Technology at a private school.

Joe and Jenny are proudest of being parents: our two year-old future Polar Bear is the best!

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