December 2021
Work is well underway on Barry Mills Hall and the John and Lile Gibbons Center for Arctic Studies, innovative buildings both for their style and for their building materials.
When Studying Abroad Means Learning a Whole New (COVID) World

Thirty-three students studied away during the fall semester, witnessing regions around the world as they cope with the effects of the pandemic. In the coming spring semester, 132 students—mostly juniors—are planning to study abroad.
A Semester-Ending Feast for the Senses

The end of semester brings exams and final papers, yes, but also a cascade of student art and music. Musicians, dancers, and a cappella groups perform works they've been practicing for weeks; comedians stage antics to get people to laugh; and artists fill the halls and studios of the Edwards Center with their projects.
All A Cappella Winter Holiday Concert

Listen to all six of Bowdoin's a cappella groups perform for the end-of-semester holiday concert.
"Completers" Dinner Celebrates Mid-Year Graduates

Largely due to the disruptions of the pandemic, Bowdoin graduated many more seniors halfway through the academic year than it typically does. Thirty-nine Bowdoin students were celebrated for completing their bachelor degrees mid-year.
A Return to Play: Athletics Director Tim Ryan on the Fall Semester in Athletics—and What Spring May Bring

Tim Ryan '98, Bowdoin's Ashmead White Director of Athletics, reflects on athletics' return to action this past semester—first-years and sophomores who had not previously participated in collegiate competition, seniors returning to their sports for the first time since their sophomore year, and the challenges associated with competition amid COVID-19.
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Fall All-NESCAC Awards
With the conclusion of the fall sports season, 138 Polar Bears were recognized in the New England Small College Athletic Conference’s All-Academic and All-Sportsmanship awards handed out earlier this month. 
Polar Bear All-Americans
An exclusive group of Polar Bears received their sports’ highest honors following the conclusion of their fall seasons by being named All-Americans. Cori Gray '22 and Sophia Pahl '22 were named All-American for the volleyball team, Drake Byrd '21 collected All-American honors for men’s soccer, and Faith Jennings ’23 and Georgie Coetzer '23 were recognized as All-Americans for field hockey. 
Winter Sports Underway 
With a number of winter sports underway—and some about to start in January—complete schedules and links to live coverage can be found on the Composite Schedule page at
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Class of 1825 silhouette portrait imposed on 1950-era photograph of the “Rainy Day Room” in the poet’s childhood home in Portland, Maine, from the Collections of the Maine Historical Society.

Remote Learning in Remote Times

Online learning descended upon the Bowdoin campus with precipitous speed in Spring 2020, a necessity wrought by COVID-19, which brought normal campus life as we all knew it to a screeching halt. At the time, this style of learning struck us as completely foreign to the Bowdoin residential experience. And yet, distant learning was not new to Bowdoin, just another forgotten aspect of the College’s long history. A full third of Bowdoin's famous Class of 1825 studied remotely their first year.
Denise Gitsham '99 Channels Mr. Rogers

The latest episode of the democracy-themed inaugural season of the Bowdoin Presents podcast features Denise Gitsham '99, veteran of the Department of Justice, the White House, and US Senate. Grisham is a conservative who believes we all need to talk to and strive to understand our neighbors. Check out this episode and many others here.

An earlier edition misspelled Gitsham's name.
Yarbrough Awarded Claremont Institute’s Salvatori Prize

Jean Yarbrough, Bowdoin’s Gary M. Pendy Sr. Professor of Social Sciences, has been awarded the Claremont Institute’s Henry Salvatori Prize.
Trustees Recognize Contributions of Retired Senior Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity Michael E. Reed 

The Bowdoin College Board of Trustees recognized the valued contributions of Michael E. Reed, who retired at the end of September as senior vice president for inclusion and diversity, during meetings held virtually October 14–15, 2021.
Young Alumni Happy Hour Series

Calling all young alumni! You're invited to connect with fellow Polar Bears at a happy hour near you in February 2022. We’re coming to Boston, New York City, Portland, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

Meaning-Full Technology: A Discussion with Eric Chown

Sarah and James Bowdoin Professor of Digital and Computational Studies Eric Chown discusses how, through mobile technology, basic concepts like “friendship,” “conversation,” and even “memory” are being redefined, changing how we interact with each other and even how we think. 

Nominate Alumni Council Members

The Alumni Council helps build and strengthen relationships among alumni and increase engagement with the College. We’re looking for alumni who are connected to other Polar Bears and who can represent varied perspectives and experiences. 

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