March 2022
2022 Honorary Degree Recipients Bring Forth Inspiration, Imagination, and Business Acumen

In recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of women at Bowdoin, the College will bestow honorary degrees to five women who have soared to the top of their fields in athletics, art, economics, journalism, and storytelling. This year’s honorary degree recipients include contemporary artist Katherine Bradford, best-selling children's author Raquel Jaramillo (R. J. Palacio) P’18, economist and president of Thomas College Laurie Lachance ’83, P’13, award-winning journalist and social activist Janet Langhart-Cohen, and decorated marathoner Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79, P’12.
Shining the Spotlight on Stellar Volunteers

Bowdoin offers many opportunities for lifelong involvement with your classmates, friends, and alma mater. We turn the spotlight on those who have stepped up for a chance to hear why they do what they do.
Bowdoin Announces Class of 2026 Amid Largest-Ever Applicant Pool

Bowdoin has admitted a total of 843 students from 9,446 applicants, the largest applicant pool the College has seen.
Four Juniors Receive Goldwater Scholarship

This year all of Bowdoin's Goldwater finalists, Clara Benadon ’23, Seamus Frey ’23, Ari Geisler ’23, and Kellie Navarro ’23, received the prestigious scholarship. The Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 in tuition support to sophomores and juniors who show promise in the natural sciences, engineering, and math.
Two Seniors Receive Watson Fellowships to Explore the World

Marie (Mary) Nzeyimana ’22 and Radu Stochita ’22 have been awarded Thomas J. Watson Fellowships to journey around the globe, studying caregiving by women and labor activism in different nations and cultures.

Arthur Brooks: Fear, Love, and the Need for (Civilized) Argument

Arthur Brooks, Bowdoin's inaugural Joseph McKeen Visiting Fellow, returned to campus in March and gave two public talks—on life lessons from COVID-19 and the role of faith communities in public life.
Happy Birthday to Bowdoin's Oldest Living Alumnus!

Philip B. Thomas, a member of the Class of 1937, celebrated his 106th birthday earlier this month. After Bowdoin, Thomas went to the Boston University School of Medicine before going on to practice family medicine in Monson, Maine. He was later an anesthesiologist at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor until his retirement in 1983.
Ronald C. Brady ’89, P’19 to Receive Distinguished Educator Award

For his devotion to providing “transformational opportunities for underserved students” Ronald C. Brady ’89, P’19 has been chosen to receive the Distinguished Educator Award, which will be presented during Reunion Convocation amid Reunion Weekend along with other Alumni Council awards and the Common Good Award.Consider highlighting products or services, sales or promotions, personal bios, and more. Use images that complement your message, and link your images to supporting resources.
Busy Times Return for Faculty Research Grant Activity

There are currently nearly forty active research grants from the likes of NASA, NEA, NIH, and NSF that support individual labs and research projects led by Bowdoin faculty.
Bowdoin Athletics 

Winter Wrap-up
At the NCAA Division III Indoor track and field championship in Winston-Salem, NC, triple jumper Lydia Pitts and sixty-meter dasher Kianne Benjamin both earned All-American honors in a fantastic weekend for the Polar Bears. The very same weekend in Midway, Utah, Renae Anderson capped her career with an All-American showing at the NCAA Nordic skiing championship. The Polar Bear swimming and diving teams rounded out the month with record-setting times and more All-American finishes in Indianapolis. Additionally, over one hundred Polar Bears were recognized as the New England Small College Athletic Conference announced its winter All-Sportsmanship and All-Academic award recipients.

Spring Season Kicks Off 
A number of Bowdoin teams are off to fast starts to their spring campaigns, and none more so than the men’s lacrosse team, which has sprinted to a 7-0 start (the program’s best since 1989) and rocketed to number eleven in the latest USILA Division III rankings. The men’s tennis team opened its year with seven wins in eight matches to vault to number seven in the ITA Division III poll. Meanwhile, strong performances by Karlye Pallotta of the softball team and Sophia Sudano of the women’s lacrosse team have earned early-season recognition. All teams have returned north from spring break and will begin their home seasons in earnest beginning the next week. For a full schedule of contests, visit the Composite Schedule page on
Celebrating Women’s History: US Patent Office Highlights Bowdoin Professor’s Work
The government agency takes to social media to draw attention to economist Zorina Khan’s research on America’s first female patent lawyers.
Herstory Month in the Year of Women at Bowdoin

March is Women’s History Month—known as Herstory Month at Bowdoin—and was marked with a slate of programming to recognize the contributions of women in the past and examine the experiences of women today.
Faculty Insight on Ukraine Crisis
Emily Peterman's Research into the Potential of Starfish Graces Cover of "Science"

Emily Peterman and her collaborators are discovering how starfish skeletons, sea urchin spines, and eggshells form, hoping to reveal new methods for constructing materials that are both strong and lightweight.
Bowdoin Magazine, Winter '22

Professors Chown and Nascimento discuss metaphor; alumnae share stories of their Bowdoin experiences; the tilting perspective of artist James Michalopoulos '74; and much more inside the new issue.
Podcast: Bowdoin Presents

Binge the inaugural season of the Bowdoin Presents podcast. It's centered on topics related to democracy, and guests include alumni and Bowdoin faculty subject matter experts. Check out the episodes here.
Michael Cato Finalist for Technology Leaders Award

Michael Cato, Bowdoin’s senior vice president and chief information officer, has been nominated as a finalist for the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) Technology Leaders Award in the education category.
Young Alumni Happy Hour Series

April 2022

Join us in Portland, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Boston, and New York City for happy hours with fellow Polar Bears.

Reunion 2022

We look forward to welcoming back to campus friends and alumni from class years ending in two and seven, Old Guard, and the milestone fiftieth reunion classes (1970, 1971, and 1972). Registration opens Wednesday, April 6.

Join the Team

An exciting opportunity exists to join Bowdoin’s development and alumni relations division. The newly revised vice president for alumni relations role will be part of a great group and will lead an awesome team.

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