News Archive 2009-2018

Alumni Profiles

Remembering Helen Spaulding, Descendant of Bowdoin’s Founder

A descendant of James Bowdoin II, the second governor of Massachusetts and the man for whom the College is named, and part of the Kennedys’ bridal party in 1953, Helen Spaulding led a fascinating life—and that’s just the beginning.

‘Audubon’s Canadian Epiphany’: A Review of Peter Logan ’75’s Biography of John James Audubon

Peter Logan ’75 focuses on John James Audubon’s Labrador period in his biography, “Audubon: America’s Greatest Naturalist and His Voyage of Discovery in Labrador.” Read about what The Weekly Standard calls “Audubon’s Canadian epiphany” in its review.

Becca Selden ’06 Looks to the Sea to Study Climate Change

Becca Selden ’06 described evolving from an idealistic young girl focused on conservation—and saving animals like leopards at any cost—to a seasoned scientist who is mindful of how important natural resources are to sustaining people throughout the world.

Five Years Out: ‘Kindness Advocate’ and Motivational Speaker, Houston Kraft ’11

Schools invite Houston Kraft to speak to their students not because he rails against bullying or cyberbullying, but because he advocates for kindness. He speaks about such themes as how to make kindness an everyday practice and how to choose to love.

Five Years Out: Grant Easterbrook ’11 Launches Financial Firm

Grant Easterbook ’11 started his first job after Bowdoin at Corporate Insight, a small family-owned consulting firm in New York City. In his free time he began looking around for a topic or field in which he could become an expert.

“I was looking for a topic that hadn’t blown up yet, but was something that would become hot within a few years time,” he said. “And I thought I’d become the expert in that space before the big firms like McKinsey, Oliver Wyman, and Bain started covering it.”

Five Years Out: A Criminal Defense Lawyer in the Making, Coco Sprague ’11

An English major and a government and legal studies minor, Coco Sprague ’11 said her interest in law was nurtured by several classes she took at Bowdoin.

Five Years Out: A NYC Midwife, Natalia Richey ’11

If someone had told Natalia Richey ’11 during her first year at Bowdoin that she would one day be working as a midwife at a big city hospital, she would have scoffed. She has just delivered her 150th baby.

Five Years Out: H.S. English Teacher Will Cogswell ’11 Heads to Salt Lake City

“The general Bowdoin academic culture has influenced me a lot,” Will Cogswell ’11 said. “Academically Bowdoin is rigorous, but it’s also collaborative, which aligns with my values and is a central part of my classroom and classroom culture.”