Upcoming Virtual Events and Programs
For the time being, all in-person gatherings have been canceled. Please visit the COVID-19 FAQ page for Alumni for more information about Bowdoin events and visitors to campus.
Celebration of Opportunity
Please join President Rose virtually for Bowdoin’s first Celebration of Opportunity. The Celebration will include brief remarks from President Rose, students and alumni as well as some student musical entertainment.
This celebration will highlight a fundamental purpose and ambition of the College: to provide the life-changing educational and other opportunities that are central to the Bowdoin experience. Some of you have attended the Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon, an event held for many years to recognize the critical role of financial aid in creating opportunity. Our new event continues our appreciation for the resources that support financial aid while expanding our recognition to underscore the impact every donor makes on the experience of every Bowdoin student, in ways large and small.
Thursday, May 20 at 3:00 pm EDT
A Conversation with Claudia Marroquin ’06: The College Search and Admissions Process
Claudia Marroquin ’06, incoming senior vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid at Bowdoin, discusses how to go about conducting a college search and the admissions process. Open to all and geared toward families with students completing their sophomore or junior year in high school. The event will be a Zoom meeting format with a live question-and-answer session.
A 2006 graduate of Bowdoin and a first-generation college student, Claudia currently serves as director of admissions at the College. Beginning in July she will oversee Bowdoin’s highly selective admissions program and a financial aid program that this year is distributing more than $43.6 million in need-based aid to more than half of the student body.
Claudia is originally from the Koreatown neighborhood in central Los Angeles, California, where she lived after immigrating to the United States from Guatemala with her mother and two sisters. She discovered Bowdoin through her association with the One Voice College Scholars Program, an organization that prepares and supports low-income students from Los Angeles who are seeking a college education. An art history major with a minor concentration in government and legal studies, Claudia joined the Bowdoin admissions staff in 2010 as assistant dean following four years with EF Educational Tours in Boston. In 2012, she was named associate dean of admissions and director of multicultural recruitment, responsibilities she retained when she was named director of admissions in 2016. She completed the Harvard Institute’s Management Development Program and is currently working toward a master’s degree in higher education at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Claudia is a member of Northeast Counselors of Color Bridging Access to College, where she has served as chair of the finance committee; Coalition for College; the National Association of College Admissions Counseling; the International Association of College Admissions Counseling; and the Council of International Schools. She is a past member of the Institute for Civic Leadership and a past board member at Hardy Girls, Healthy Women, both in Portland, Maine.
Tuesday, June 1 at Noon EDT
How to Make the Perfect Lobster Roll with Bryan Holden ’09 and Maggie Seymour ’16
Lobster is an essential ingredient of an on-campus Bowdoin Reunion Weekend celebration. Join Bryan Holden ’09, chief development officer of Luke’s Lobster, and actor Maggie Seymour ’16 to learn how to make Luke’s Lobster’s famous lobster roll at home. Bryan will do a live demonstration and share everything you need to know about lobsters, and Maggie will moderate a live question-and-answer session with event attendees.
If you want to make a lobster roll along with Bryan and Maggie, an ingredient list for the session will be sent with your registration confirmation email. Luke’s Lobster is offering a special Bowdoin Reunion discount code, BOWDOIN10, valid for 10% off your order, which you can use to purchase ingredients directly from Luke’s Lobster Online Market. Place your order by Sunday, May 30, to have the items delivered in time for the demo.
To make your meal complete, Bowdoin’s Dining Service has shared recipes for campus lobster bake favorites: corn, cucumber, and blueberry salad and blueberry cake. Bon appétit Polar Bears!!
Thursday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m. EDT
A Conversation with Artist Shaun Leonardo ’01
Acclaimed artist Shaun Leonardo ’01 will offer a presentation about his work and his new role as codirector at Brooklyn-based Recess, a nonprofit organization dedicated to partnering with artists to build more just and equitable creative communities. His presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by Shelley Langdale ’85, curator and head of modern prints and drawings at the National Gallery of Art. Shaun and Shelley are both members of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art Advisory Council.
Shaun’s multidisciplinary work in drawing, painting, and performance negotiates societal expectations of manhood, namely definitions surrounding Black and Brown masculinities, along with its notions of achievement, collective identity, and experience of failure. His performance practice—anchored by his work in Assembly, a diversion program for court-involved youth at Recess—is participatory and invested in a process of embodiment.
Shaun earned his AB in visual arts at Bowdoin and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He is a recipient of support from Creative Capital, Guggenheim Social Practice, Art for Justice, and A Blade of Grass; and he was recently profiled in The New York Times and on CNN. His work has been featured at The Guggenheim Museum, the High Line, and the New Museum. A solo exhibition, The Breath of Empty Space, was recently presented at the Maryland Institute College of Art and MASS MoCA, and is currently on view at The Bronx Museum. For more on Shaun, visit elcleonardo.com.
Friday, June 4 at 3:00 p.m. EDT
The Bowdoin Endowment, with Paula Volent and Stan Druckenmiller ’75, H’07
Join us for a conversation with two of the driving forces behind Bowdoin’s endowment strategy and success – Paula Volent, Bowdoin’s chief investment officer, and Stan Druckenmiller ’75, H’07, investor, philanthropist, and chair of Bowdoin’s investment committee. President Rose will host the conversation and welcome questions from our community.
Thursday, June 24 at Noon EDT