September 2022

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Homecoming 2022: A Weekend to Remember

From cider and local craft beer to bouncy houses, live music, lawn games, and home sporting events, alumni were treated to a full slate of Bowdoin-style festivities this year during Homecoming Weekend 2022.

President Clayton Rose questions US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy about the mental health

crisis in young people today.

US Surgeon General Joins Youth Mental Health Forum Organized by Bowdoin and Bank of America 

US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy joined Bowdoin, Bank of America, and a couple of dozen other colleges, universities, high schools, and corporations to discuss the mental health of young people.

Musing on the Common Good While Interning with a Venture Capital Firm

Yordana Gerdzhikova ’23 interned with Koa Labs, a venture capital firm founded by Andy Palmer ’88 that invests in startup companies other financial firms might overlook.

Musing on the Common Good While Interning with a Venture Capital Firm

Yordana Gerdzhikova ’23 interned with Koa Labs, a venture capital firm founded by Andy Palmer ’88 that invests in startup companies other financial firms might overlook.

New Faces in Athletic Department

Over the summer, Bowdoin welcomed two new head coaches for two of its most prominent athletic programs. In May, Megan Phelps ’15 was named the new head coach of the Bowdoin women’s basketball team and, in July, Ben Guite joined the Polar Bears as head coach of the men’s ice hockey programBoth are very familiar to the state of Maine with strong roots in the Pine Tree State. In the videos below, hear from Coach Phelps about her new role on campus and learn more about Coach Guite’s outlook for his team.

Fall Sports Seasons in Full Swing

A number of Bowdoin teams got off to quick starts as September proved to be one of the busiest months in recent memory for the Polar Bears. The latest scores and headlines can be found at and October’s schedule of events can be found on the composite calendar page.

More Book Honors for Rudalevige’s By Executive Order

Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin's Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, snags a prestigious Brownlow Book Award from the National Academy of Public Administration for bringing fresh insight to the field of public administration.

Exploring America’s Persistent Use of Torture Over the Last Century

Visiting Assistant Professor of Government William d'Ambruoso examines a disturbing pattern in US foreign policy in his latest book: the persistent use of torture in armed conflict.

Economist Zorina Khan Wins “Outstanding Book” Prize—Again 

Professor of Economics Zorina Khan’s latest book, which explores incentives for economic growth and technological innovation, recently won one of most prestigious prizes in the field of economic history—the same prize, in fact, that she won with her first book.

Back in Germany, Lionel Welz ’24 Helps Ukrainian Refugees

Originally from Munich, Lionel Welz ’24 felt a profound need to return to Europe this summer. As a German citizen, he describes “what a horrifying thing it is to be witnessing war on European ground again.”

J.R. Harris Elevates Black Explorers in Arctic Center Lecture

Elijah Ober '15 and Ian Trask '05 Have Simultaneous Shows at Rockland Museum

Carolyn Brady ’19 Joins Peace Corps After Two-Year COVID Hiatus

Paulina Morales ’24 Awarded Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service

With Khalil Kilani ’25's Help, Peruvian Villagers Will Launch Online Alpaca Wool Business

New Solar Array is Live

The 17,000-panel solar array on Bowdoin land in Brunswick, a mile from campus, is now generating enough renewable electricity to meet approximately 45 percent of the College’s annual electrical energy consumption.

A New Academic Year, a New Location

The offices of two academic disciplines—Asian studies and Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx studies (LACLas)—have found new homes this semester, as part of an ongoing multiyear campus evolution plan.

Young Alumni Gatherings This Fall

Join us in October for gatherings with fellow Polar Bears in San Francisco, Boston, and New York—and stay in the know about upcoming gatherings by visiting the alumni events page.

Learn more and register.

Men’s Basketball at Swarthmore and Postgame Gathering 

Saturday, November 12

Alumni, families, and friends are invited to show up in Polar Bear gear to cheer on Bowdoin men’s basketball as they take on Swarthmore College on the road. Immediately following, join the team and coaching staff for a postgame gathering at the Inn at Swarthmore.

Learn more and register. 

Reunion Weekend 2023–Save the Date and Get Involved!

June 1–4, 2023

We look forward to welcoming back to campus friends and alumni from class years ending in three and eight and members of the Old Guard—and invite you to get involved in your Reunion Committee.

Learn more.

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