Tom Davidson ’94 Launches Baseball-Themed Summer Learning Platform

Tom Davidson ’94, photo credit: EverFi

Tom Davidson ’94—CEO of educational technology company EVERFI—aims to stop the so-called “summer slide” experienced by school kids at this time of year, according to Roger Groves in Forbes.com. EVERFI has teamed up with Major League Baseball to launch a new learning platform described by Groves as “carefully disguised teaching vehicles.”

The program, called “Summer Slugger,” features thirty six interactive baseball-themed computer games designed to boost math and literacy skills. According to Davidson, “each fall teachers spend an average of six weeks re-teaching their students old material that was lost during the summer months.”

What Chamberlain’s Behavior at Appomattox Could Teach Today’s Politicians (Desert Dispatch)

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

When Confederate General John Brown Gordon surrendered his forces to Union General Joshua Chamberlain at the Battle of Appomattox Court House in April 1865, Chamberlain’s men gave their beaten foes “a soldierly salute — a token of respect from American to American,” writes Brian A. Cook in the Desert Dispatch.

Such honorable behavior, said Cook, could offer an important historical lesson for some of today’s politicians. Cook is the former vice president of the American Civil War Society. Chamberlain, a member of the Bowdoin class of 1852, went on to become president of Bowdoin College and state governor of Maine.

Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 Featured in Art Show on Women’s Sports

Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79

A cereal box displaying an image of Olympic marathon runner Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 is featured in an art show at Radcliffe College, writes Harvard Magazine. The exhibition, Playing Fair: Title IX at 45, runs until mid-September and takes its name from the 1972 federal law guaranteeing equal rights for women in all educational activities, including athletics.

“The exhibit uses Title IX as a lens to tell a focused narrative about women in sports,” explained curator Susan Ware. Samuelson won the first Olympic women’s marathon gold medal at the 1984 games in Los Angeles.