After More Than Three Decades, Michael Perry ’74’s Kayaking Odyssey Nears Completion

If all goes according to plan, October 18, 2017, should mark the end of a 3,200-mile adventure for Michael Perry ’74—an adventure that has spanned more than three decades. Perry, along with his friend and fellow traveler, Tom Armstrong, plan to kayak 120 miles from Hudson, N.Y., to the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Bowdoin Students Take Modern Dance Production to Northampton Spring Dance Festival

Aoki and her eight students were part of MAYDANCE, a month-long festival of contemporary dance in Northampton, MA. Photo: Peter Raper

Assistant Professor of Dance Aretha Aoki concluded the spring semester by taking her Modern Dance III: Repertory class to Northampton, Mass., to perform their work, Well-drawn fields.

The performance took place May 20, 2017, at the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT), “a highly reputable studio and performance space with national and international connections,” said Aoki. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Bowdoin Instructor Takes on ‘Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!’ Listener Limerick Challenge (NPR)

Shana Stewart Deeds

Shana Stewart Deeds, a laboratory instructor in biology and environmental studies, was a phone-in guest on NPR’s Wait, Wait.. Don’t Tell Me!

On the quiz show’s July 15, 2017, broadcast, hosted by Peter Sagal, Deeds took part in the Listener Limerick Challenge, in which she was asked to complete three rhymes dealing with some of the more unusual stories in the news recently.

Topics addressed include gluten-free communion wafers and snortable chocolate. Listen to Shana Deeds on Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell  Me!

Whittier Field Achieves National Historic Status

Hubbard Grandstand (circa 1910)

Class of 1903 Gateway

Bowdoin’s Whittier Field Athletic Complex has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. According to Kirk F. Mohney of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, it was entered into the register on June 26, 2017. The complex consists of Whittier Field itself, built in 1896, the Hubbard Grandstand (1904) and the Class of 1903 Memorial Gate (1928).

“The grouping of the three major components,” said the Commission on its website, “creates an identifiable historic district at the local level.” Construction of Whittier Field, considered one of the most storied football venues in the nation, began seven years after Bowdoin’s first inter-collegiate football game against Tufts in 1889. Competitive sports were expanding across the nation at that time, and had developed in popularity to the point where grandstands and stadiums were needed for spectators.

Earlier this year, Bowdoin announced plans to renovate Whittier Field and Magee Samuelson Track in a two-phase project. The initial $4.5-million phase began in early May 2017 and is on track to be completed in September, 2017.