Archives for December 27, 2011

Mariya Ilyas ’13 Among Times Record ‘Newsmakers’

Mariya Ilyas '13


Mariya Ilyas ’13 spent last summer launching a high school newspaper in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Ilyas lived there as a child, before it became known as the location where Osama bin Laden was killed. Ilyas shared her experiences in her blog Multiple Lenses and in an essay she wrote for the Bowdoin Daily Sun.

The Times Record interviewed Ilyas for its year-end series, Newsmakers 2011, in which she speaks candidly about the unexpected challenges she encountered on the trip back to her hometown. Read the article.


Conversation in Poetry Features Coffin’s ‘Winter Friends’ (Portland Press Herald)

Robert P. Tristram Coffin, Class of 1915. Photo: George J. Mitchell Dept. of Special Collections & Archives


Robert P. Tristram Coffin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning volume of poetry Strange Holiness was praised by The New York Times for its “finely chiseled verses” and “manifold perfections.”

Coffin’s poem Winter Friends is spotlighted in the Maine Sunday Telegram/Portland Press Herald feature Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry, a collaboration with the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance.

A native of Brunswick and resident of Harpswell, he graduated from Bowdoin College in 1915 and returned to campus as professor of English from 1934 until his death in 1955.

On Task and Having Fun: Secrets to a Successful Off-Site Meeting (Fortune)


You were so good on the office holiday party committee, you’ve been asked to organize the retreat this summer. Before you make the mistake of scheduling too much and not leaving enough downtime, or the tragic error of ordering those doodads with the company logo on them, read Fortune‘s “Secrets of Planning a Terrific Off-Site Meeting.”

Ho! Ho! Whoa! Getting Rid of That Those Five Extra Holiday Pounds (Active)


Once you’ve stabilized from the shock of putting on the extra five or 10 pounds the American Heart Association reports that most folks gain during the holidays, you can do something about it.

You’ve heard about the importance of drinking water, but did you know about the metabolism-boosting qualities of green tea?

Check out these tips for burning off that holiday belly.