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Thursday noon: Susan Wegner and Nathaniel Wheelwright speak on "The Object Show" [Suzanne Bergeron]

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 23:46

Multiple Perspectives in "The Object Show: Discoveries in Bowdoin Collections"

Thursday, April 17 | noon | Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Susan Wegner, associate professor of art history, and Nathaniel Wheelwright, professor of natural sciences, lead an interdisciplinary discussion of select works in "The Object Show: Discoveries in Bowdoin Collections."

Third in a series of three gallery talks during the Spring 2014 semester.

RSVPs are kindly requested, but not required. Contact Christine Piontek:
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Student Summer Housing lease agreements are available online [Events Office]

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 23:46
2014 Summer Housing lease agreements are available online. Please have your Student Employee or Research Fellow visit the Student Summer Housing website for details and to download a copy of the writeable PDF lease agreement at: [Link]/

As a reminder, supervisors are required to sign the lease and students must work a minimum of 20 hours per week – this minimum may be met by working more than one job on campus.

Completed lease agreements should be returned to Michelle Morin in the Office of Events and Summer Programs (first floor, Coles Tower) by Friday, May 2, 2014 at 5:00pm. Anyone with questions about Summer Housing should contact Michelle at or x3433.
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Breakfast for History Buffs [Mary Kennedy]

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 23:46
Would you like to learn more about "The Mills of the Androscoggin"? Architectural Historian Scott Hanson will address this topic at the next Brunswick Downtown Association (BDA) breakfast on Thursday, May 1st from 7:30-9:00a.m. The location at Fort Andross Gallery will set the appropriate mood! More information and online registration is available on the BDA website at Rate for Bowdoin employees is $18.00.
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Would you like to see a change? [Kristin Steinman]

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 23:46

Tell us what you think…

We are always looking for ways to improve the service and programming of the Wellness and Fitness classes to students, faculty and staff. We value your input and welcome the opportunity to hear from you. Please take a moment of your time to assist us with future programming by taking a brief, confidential survey. Please click on the link below to begin. Thank you in advance for your time


Bowdoin Store Caption Contest Winner [Mary Foye]

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 23:46
Congratulations to Teresa Swain, winner of the Bowdoin Store's admissions open house caption contest!
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David Stork Lecture - Computer Vision in the Study of Art: New Rigorous Approaches to the Study of Paintings and Drawings, Monday, APRIL 21st [Martha Janeway]

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 23:46
Monday, APRIL 21
Beam Classroom, VAC

- Open to the Public -

What can computers reveal about images that even the best-trained connoisseurs, art historians and artists cannot? How much more powerful and revealing will these methods become? In short, how is the "hard humanities" field of computer image and analysis of art changing our understanding of paintings and drawings?

David Stork's lecture will include computer vision, pattern recognition, and image analysis of works by Jackson Pollock, Vincent van Gogh, Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, Lorenzo Lotto, and several others. You may never see paintings the same way again!

Dr. Stork, Rambus Fellow at Rambus Labs, is a graduate in physics of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Maryland at College Park. He studied art history at Wellesley College, was Artist-in-Residence through the New York State Council of the Arts, and is a Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition and a Fellow of SPIE, in part for his work on computer image analysis of art.

Sponsored by Bowdoin's Digital and Computational Studies Initiative.
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Room for rent in Queens, NYC [Sandra L. Martinez]

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 23:46
Hi! I have the master bedroom of a family home available for rent, available as of July (and possibly June). Looking for a Bowdoin student/alum to get first dibs on the space.

A little bit about the area:

The family home is located in Hollis, Queens: a residential area that is very quiet yet accessible to many shops and businesses. We are a block away from over 5 major bus lines, many of which go to the F train into the city. Getting into the city takes about 40 minutes. Shops/ businesses only a block or two away include: Dunkin Donuts, Foodtown Supermarket, Gas station, Subway Fast Food, 99 cent store, Chase Bank, Pizzeria, pharmacies, McDonalds, and other small business just to name a few. We are a 8 minute busride from the popular Jamaica Avenue shopping center filled with stores such as the Gap, Old Navy, Nine West, and a movie theatre (It is similar to Freeport but closer!)

A little bit about the home:

This family home has on the first floor a large living room, dining room, kitchen, nook and half bath. Upstairs we have a full bath, 3 bedrooms, and attic. We also have an attic with laundry available two days out of the week Outside we have a nice backyard for entertainment and pets, garage, and front yard for light gardening.

A little bit about the housemates:

I am a Bowdoin alum from Class of 2013 working in the Marketing field. I live in the basement of the home and am the homeowner of the residence. Upstairs in one of the three bedrooms lives Zach Perez '12 a theatre producer in Manhattan. We are both fun and relaxed people looking for another Polar Bear to share this special home.

A little bit about the prices and fees:

Rent is at $775 plus utilities. You must have first month's rent and last month's rent available upfront ($1550) to secure the room. If you want to bring in a pet such as a cat or dog, the pet MUST be potty-trained and not damage any floors, walls, furniture, or any other aspects of the house or room. We ask for a refundable $200 deposit for the pet upfront. Any and all damages will acquire a charge to fix or replace. Other pets that are kept in tanks such as fish, hamsters, or reptiles do not carry on this fee.

A little bit about the room: The room is the master bedroom with it's own closet with a front view of the home. It has two windows and is a quiet space.

We hope to hear from you! If interested feel free to contact me (Sandra) at
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Securitization of Water, Climate Change, and Migration Linkages in Israel, Jordan, and Syria: Wed 4/16 @ 7:30 PM [Rosemary Armstrong]

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 23:46
Securitization of Water, Climate Change, and Migration Linkages in Israel, Jordan, and Syria
Wednesday, April 16 7:30 PM
Searles Hall, room 315

Please join us for this presentation by Erika Weinthal, Associate Professor of Environmental Politics, Duke University. Dr. Weinthal specializes in global environmental politics and natural resource policies with a particular emphasis on water and energy. Her research on water politics in conflict regions (e.g. the Gaza Strip in the Middle East) focuses on how the environment might be harnessed for peace building.

Protracted droughts and scarce water resources combined with internal and cross-border migration have contributed to the securitization of discourses around migration and water in much of the Middle East. This presentation will examine how Israel, Jordan, and Syria frame issues of water, climate change, and migration as national security concerns in different ways. Dr. Weinthal and her colleagues identify two different framings of the water-climate-migration nexus, depending on whether migration is largely external or internal. In Israel and Jordan, concern with influxes of external migrants elevated migration as a security issue in part through impacts on already-scarce water resources. In Syria, where severe drought in the early 2000’s prompted large-scale internal migration, officials downplayed connections between scarce water resources, drought, and internal migration, part of a broader pattern of rural neglect.

Dr. Weinthal is Associate Professor of Environmental Policy and Associate Dean for International Programs at Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment. She earned a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University.

Co-sponsored by the Government Department and Environmental Studies Program with support from the John C. Donovan Lecture Fund.
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Fidelity Representative Coming to Campus [Kristin Steinman]

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 23:46
Janet Kelsey, Fidelity Representative will be on campus for individual consultations. Please call Human Resources x3837 to schedule your appointment.

Thursday, April 17
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Athletic Department Promotions – Opportunity To Provide Comments [Tim Ryan]

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 23:46
This spring, several members of our coaching staff are in the process of completing a significant review under the terms of our Appointment, Promotion and Review Procedures guidelines in the Athletic Department. Members of the community that would like to provide comments regarding Nathan Alsobrook (Nordic Skiing), Karen Corey (Volleyball), Paul Holbach (Women’s Tennis), MaryBeth Mathews (Women’s Rugby) or Frank Pizzo (Sailing) are encouraged to provide a written statement to Tim Ryan ( prior to May 1, 2014. Thank you in advance for your assistance with our review and promotion process.
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Nominations DUE this Friday, April 11 [Shawn Gerwig]

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 23:46
Dear Bowdoin staff,
The McKeen Center Staff Award for Commitment to Community recognizes and honors the significant contributions of Bowdoin staff members who give their time, talent, and expertise to benefit their community beyond Bowdoin.

Please submit a paragraph describing the way in which your nominee gives their time, talent, and expertise to benefit their community. Be sure to include the name(s) of the organizations they work with and the community(s) they serve.

Past recipients include:
2009 - Mike Roux (IT)
2010 - Steve Lavoie (Housekeeping)
2011 – Gary Weaver and Steve Joyce (both from Student Aid)
2012 – Judy Montgomery (H&L Library)
2013 – Tim Diehl (CPC) & Shana Stewart Deeds (BIO/ES)

Read about last year’s recipients:

The 2014 McKeen Center Awards will be announced on May 2, 2014.

Please send your nominations to Shawn Gerwig,, by April 18, 2014

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College Counseling/Savings - Lunch Series [Kristin Steinman]

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 23:46

If you have a child who is thinking about college, these lunch sessions are for you! Three informal Q&A Sessions hosted by Whitney Soule, Director of Admissions and Michael Bartini, Director of Student Aid.

• Wednesday, April 16: Creating a list, 12th grade course selection, testing, visiting (Moulton Dining, North/South room) Whitney Soule

• Wednesday, May 14: Interviewing and essay writing (Thorne Dining, Pinette Room) Whitney Soule

• Wednesday, May 21: Current student aid system, building a plan, resources (Moulton Dining, North/South room) Michael Bartini

All sessions will run from 12:00pm-1:00pm. You will have to purchase your lunch at the checker station.

Please RSVP Human Resources x3837.
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Will I Be Able to Retire? - Lunch Series [Kristin Steinman]

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 23:46

Join Tama Spoerri, Director of Human Resources & Mary Cote, Benefits Coordinator for 3 different interactive discussions on savings and retirement.

• Tuesday, April 29: Generation X & Y: I’m still paying off my college loans, why should I worry about retirement & healthcare?

• Tuesday, May 20: 403(b) learn about Supplement Retirement Accounts which are completely separate from the College’s Retirement Plan.

• Wednesday, June 4: What does it mean to be a Retiree of Bowdoin College?

All sessions will run from 12:00pm-1:00pm in Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union. Lunch will be provided.
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Talk: What is in Your Cabinet of Curiosities?-Thursday, April 17, 4 pm [Kristi Clifford]

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 23:46
Susan A. Kaplan, Director of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, will give an illustrated talk titled, "What is in Your Cabinet of Curiosities?" on April 17, 2014 at 4 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.

In her lecture, Kaplan will explore people’s fascination with collecting all sorts of objects from ceramic figurines of cows to impressionist paintings. Also, she will discuss the many lives of an object that, over the years, has had different owners.

The talk is in conjunction with the opening of a new exhibit at the Arctic Museum titled, "Cape Dorset and Beyond: Inuit Art from the Marcia and Robert Ellis Collection."

A reception and chance to view the new exhibit will take place in Hubbard Hall following the talk.

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Join Us! The 2014 Kemp Symposium Presents Visions of Reality: Science and Other Means of Seeking Knowledge [Rebecca Banks]

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 23:46
Modern science enjoys a prominent place and enormous authority in our age. Such prestige is the outcome of a long historical process, during which scientific knowledge and method have been gradually promoted over other forms of knowledge and methods of inquiry. This symposium will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to examine the diverse means of creating technical knowledge before and after the birth of modern science. The keynote address and the panels will highlight the latest scholarship on a range of issues from scientific transference between traditional China and the West to nuclear power during the Cold War period.

Visions of Reality: Science and Other Means of Seeking Knowledge
April 17−18, 2014
Open to the Public and Free of Charge

7:30 p.m. -9:00 p.m., Thursday, keynote address by Don J. Wyatt - Main Lounge, Moulton Union

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Friday, panels, “The Peripatetic,” “The Encyclopedic,” “The Reflexive,” “The Pious,” and “The Mathematical” - Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union

Sponsored by Robert J. Kemp Lectureship Fund, Department of History, Department of Asian Studies, Department of Religion, Department of Chemistry, Department of Earth and Oceanographic Science
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Sustainable Bowdoin and Yellow Bike Club to offer free bike tune-ups this Friday! [Keisha Payson]

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 23:45
This Friday, April 18th Sustainable Bowdoin and the Bowdoin Yellow Bike Club are teaming up to offer free bicycle-tune ups on a first come, first serve basis. From 10am to 3pm bring your bike by the polar bear statue in Hyde Plaza where a mechanic will be on hand to offer the following basic services: chain lubrication, tire pressure check, brake tightening and patching of flats.
This is not for major repairs, but should help prepare your bicycle for the beautiful riding weather ahead!
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Play Frisbee for FUN! [Sarah E. Johnson]

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 23:45
Join fellow faculty/staff members for a game of pick-up Ultimate Frisbee Tuesdays and Thursdays for your lunch break! No experience necessary (throwing tips are available). This is fun! Play is from 1-2pm at the Farley fields. This is a fair-weather affair. See you out there!
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Thursday noon: Susan Wegner and Nathaniel Wheelwright speak on "The Object Show" [Suzanne Bergeron]

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 23:45

Multiple Perspectives in "The Object Show: Discoveries in Bowdoin Collections"

Thursday, April 17 | noon | Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Susan Wegner, associate professor of art history, and Nathaniel Wheelwright, professor of natural sciences, lead an interdisciplinary discussion of select works in "The Object Show: Discoveries in Bowdoin Collections."

Third in a series of three gallery talks during the Spring 2014 semester.

RSVPs are kindly requested, but not required. Contact Christine Piontek:
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Soccer camp--last call! [Brianne Weaver]

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 23:45
The women's soccer team will host their annual April Vacation soccer camp from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, April 21-25.

Registration is open to boys and girls in grades K-8. Current members of the women's soccer team will deliver age- and skill-appropriate instruction in a fun and positive learning environment.

Cost is $125 for the week.

To register, please visit: [Link]
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ANNOUNCING the Winners of the 2014 English Department Writing Prizes [Laurie Holland]

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 23:45
Each year, Bowdoin students submit their works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in competition for the English Department Writing Prizes. Over 70 submissions were received this year.

Congratulations to this year's winners:

Academy of American Poets Prize for best group of poems: Raisa Tolchinsky ’17

Philip Henry Brown Prize for extemporaneous composition: Monica Das ’14

Hawthorne Prize for best short story by a sophomore, junior, or senior: Stephanie Lane ’15

Nathalie Walker Llewellyn Prize for best work of original poetry: Owen Haney ’14

Non-Fiction Prize for best work of creative non-fiction by an undergraduate: Danielle Freeman ’17

Poetry Prize for best poem evocative of life at Bowdoin: Violet Ranson ’16

Pray English Prize to a senior for excellence in English literature scholarship and original English composition: Erica Berry ’14

Forbes Rickard Jr. Poetry Prize for best work of original poetry: Alexander Cheston ’16

David Sewall Premium to a member of the first-year class: Hassaan Mirza ’17

Mary B. Sinkinson Short Story Prize to a member of the junior or senior class: Amanda Minoff ’14

Bertram Louis Smith Jr. Prize for excellence in scholarship to a member of the junior class who has completed two years’ work in English literature: Molly MacVeagh ’15

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