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.


Bowdoin Basketballer Returns to Israel to Represent US in ‘Jewish Olympics’ (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Ally Silfen ’17

Former basketball forward Ally Silfen ’17 is among thousands of athletes gathering in Israel for the 20th Maccabiah Games, known unofficially as the Jewish Olympics. Joining Silfen in Israel is fellow basketball player Danny Janel, a graduate of Connecticut College.

According to an article in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the two first met when they competed at the last Maccabiah games in 2013—that’s when they fell in love. Silfen and Janel are one of at least ten couples who have been brought together by the game, reports the JTA. The event runs through July 18.

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.”

Bowdoin Crews Compete at Prestigious Henley Regatta in UK

Members of the Bowdoin Rowing Club at King’s College Boathouse, Putney, London.

The Bowdoin Navy has been in action across the pond, competing at the famous Henley Royal Regatta west of London on Friday, June 23, 2017.

Bowdoin’s two fours raced in the qualifying races with twenty nine crews needing to finish in the top eight to advance to the Prince Albert Cup. The A Boat finished 10th and the B Boat 17th, so Bowdoin did not advance. Coach Birney said, “Both our crews raced their hearts out in a very talented field and finished ahead of both Williams and WPI.  We are disappointed not to advance but thrilled to have raced so well in such deep competition, on such a storied course.”

Coach Welling agreed the boats raced at a new level of intensity. “Finishing in the A level finals at Marlow was a thrill and the men built on those great finishes in Friday’s competition. Watching the upcoming races at Henley will be an opportunity to observe more great rowing at the international level.”

The Henley Royal Regatta has become one of the highlights of the British sporting and social calendar since it was established in 1839.