Archives for November 2011

Bowdoin’s Mike Linkovich: ‘Trainer for all Seasons’ (Forecaster)

Mike Linkovich


Known around Farley Field House as “Link” or “Big Daddy,” Mike Linkovich has been a pillar of Bowdoin Athletics for more than a half century, serving as athletic trainer from 1954 until his so-called retirement in 1994 (he still volunteers many hours each week in the field house).

Bowdoin originally drew Linkovich away from Springfield College to serve as athletic trainer and soccer coach, but he would go on to become an honorary member of the Classes of 1958 and 1959, recipient of countless honors, and a trainer for the 1980 U.S. men’s “Miracle on Ice” hockey team in the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid.

Further proof that he is the link to all things Polar Bear, Linkovich trained Miracle on Ice team member Jack O’Callahan, whose son Aaron O’Callahan ’12 plays on Bowdoin’s hockey team.

David Treadwell ’64 pays tribute to this unsung hero and his 57 years at the College in this story for The Forecaster.

‘Focus Groups are Dead’: Dana Stanley ’91 Interviews Mike Volpe ’97 on Marketing Analytics (Research Access)

Dana Stanley '91 (left) and Mike Volpe '97

It’s social media, Polar Bear style: Dana Stanley ’91, editor-in-chief of Research Access, interviewed Mike Volpe ’97, chief marketing officer for HubSpot, after Volpe had delivered the keynote address at the Social Media For The Win conference this fall in Portland.

Volpe says focus groups are dead and that today’s market information is better than ever, because it’s based on actual behavior.

“I’ll take the status update that someone wrote from the couch in the comfort of their own home as more accurate than the comment they made in a focus group room when they are given a $100 gift card to show up,” says Volpe in the article.

Museum’s Chinese Bronze Exhibition: ‘Impressive, Ancient, Fun’ (Portland Press Herald)

"Nao with Animal Face Design," Late Shang period, 12th-11th century BCE, Hunan Provincial Museum.


In a review of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art‘s exhibition of Chinese bronzes, art historian Daniel Kany calls Along the Yangzi River: Regional Culture of the Bronze Age from Hunan “extraordinary” and goes on to write, “I don’t recall ever seeing a show in Maine with this historical depth, and I have seen few exhibitions of antiquities that are so fun or satisfying.”

Read the review in its entirety.

The show is on view through January 8, 2012.


Polar Bear Scoreboard

Women’s Basketball — The women’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season in a 63-49 setback to the University of Southern Maine Tuesday evening.

Men’s Basketball — Despite a season-high 32 points and 18 rebounds from Will Hanley, the men’s basketball team came up just short in an 80-79 loss at Southern Maine Tuesday night.