McKeen Center Orientation Trips Learn About Immigrants and Refugees, Other Social Issues


Neoma Daniel ’20, one of eight first-years on the trip

Students from the Bowdoin Class of 2020 began their orientation trips Wednesday morning, August 24, 2016. Some have headed into the wilderness, backpacking or canoeing; some are working with Native American communities in Washington County; and others have chosen to stay based on campus and learn more about the communities on their doorstep. The Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good has organized several excursions to nearby communities to examine socially important issues. For example, one group of ten students—eight first-years and two student leaders —is looking at the problems facing immigrants and refugees in Maine. Read more

Video and Slideshow: Class of 2020 Arrives on Campus

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Class of 2020 arrives on campus

Friendly student volunteers were on hand Tuesday morning, August 23, 2016, to lend a hand and welcome carloads of incoming first-years and their families. The Class of 2020 arrived on campus from all corners of the country, and beyond, laden with luggage to move into their new dorm rooms. For many it was a bittersweet occasion, a chance to say “goodbye and good luck,” as these new Bowdoin arrivals prepare for “the best four years of their lives.” Read/see more

President Rose Welcomes Family and Friends of Incoming Students

clayton speechPresident Clayton S. Rose welcomed parents, families, and guests of the Class of 2020 to the Bowdoin community in an address delivered August 23, 2016, in Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall. Click here to read more and see video of Rose’s speech.

Orientation Trips Take Off To Maine Points Near and Far

On Wednesday, a day after the class of 2020 arrives on campus, all the first years will head out for Maine adventures in small groups. Some will go north or west to backpack, canoe, or do trail work. Others will drive up the coast to Washington County to work with Wabanaki communities. Still others will stay on campus and make daily trips to volunteer with local nonprofits.

For much of this summer, two students—Olivia Bean ’17 and Diana Furukawa ’18—have been planning and organizing the orientation trips.

To get a sense of where the students travel, the map above shows where all of 54 of the trips will be based, or where they will start their trip. Some groups will camp in one spot and make day trips; other trips—like the backpacking and some canoeing trips—will start and finish in different locations. The blue markers indicate Bowdoin Outing Club trips, the purple ones mark McKeen Center community engagement trips.

The students return on Saturday to start orientation at Bowdoin. Classes begin Wednesday, August 31.