Student Life


Student Film on Boat Builder Dick Pulsifer ’62 to Air on MPBN

A film that follows wooden boatbuilder Dick Pulsifer ’62 as he works on his 111th boat will be shown on MPBN Oct. 8, at 10:30 p.m., and again on Oct. 10, at 11:30 a.m. The film is by three Bowdoin students who graduated last May.


Five Energy Experts Speak to Students About Future Careers

Three alumni (plus a Bowdoin parent and a non-Bowdoin graduate) who work in the energy field returned to campus last week to speak to students about careers in energy and sustainability.

A Museum Evening with Friends, ‘Night Vision’ Art, Music

Fall Night at the Museum, now an annual tradition at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, drew more than 500 students — and President Clayton Rose — out last Friday for a slightly more-fancy-than-usual evening of art, music and socializing.

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Revamped Bowdoin Craft Center Opens for Fall Classes

Laurel Varnell ’14 spearheaded a revamp of the Bowdoin Craft Center this fall, a project that included clearing out the space, hiring new instructors (all students) and restocking basic crafting supplies that had run low.


Global Citizens Share and Reflect on their Worldly Experiences

Every year, Bowdoin’s Global Citizens program sends several students to do service and volunteer work around the world at locations they choose. This year, nine students were awarded Global Citizen grants, and several of them met to discuss their experiences over dinner at Frontier Cafe.

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Julianna Lewis ’18 Launches ‘Bowdoin Inklings’ to Explore Christianity

Julianna Lewis ’18 said she launched Bowdoin Inklings this year because she felt the college needed a space in which students could explore their religious beliefs and their questions.

Bowdoin in the Community on Common Good Day

On Saturday, more than 500 students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends volunteered to help 60 local service agencies. The volunteers gardened, did trail maintenance, visited the elderly, painted, cleaned up yards, assisted with grant research and played with children.

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Cement and Landscapes: Two Art Students Show Their Summer’s Work

Two students opened exhibitions in the Edwards Center for Art and Dance last week to display works from independent art projects they pursued during the summer.

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Bowdoin Student Government’s Annual 9/11 Tribute

It has become a tradition for members of Bowdoin Student Government to wake up early on the morning of the 9/11 anniversary and plant small American flags across Coe Quad.

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Filmmaker Wilder Nicholson ’16 to Screen New Iceland Documentary

Wilder Nicholson ’16 received a Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain scholarship last spring to fund the making of a documentary about geothermal energy in Iceland. He will screen the film Sept. 10 in the Beam Classroom.


Service and Adventure at the Coastal Studies Center

This year, the Outing Club and McKeen Center organized 30 orientation trips for approximately 500 incoming first years. Reporter Talia Cowen ’16 shadowed one of the hybrid service and adventure trips at the Coastal Studies Center to to see what the trips, and the Class of 2019, are all about.


President and Deans Welcome Incoming Students to Bowdoin

Continuing a Bowdoin tradition, students new to Bowdoin gathered before the Museum of Art steps on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. to hear from the president of the college and deans.


Move-In Day Impressions from the Class of 2019

On Wednesday, Bowdoin welcomed approximately 500 incoming first years to campus. Reporters Talia Cowen ’16 and Elina Zhang ’16 caught up with a few members of the incoming class of 2019 during their first day on campus.


First-Year Students Arrive, Park, Unpack, Hug, Begin Next Chapter

The Class of 2019 arrived on campus yesterday, and with help from other students, their families and Bowdoin staff, they unpacked their luggage and met their roommates before setting off on their orientation trips.


Nicole Von Wilczur ’18 Researches the Parental Roots of Human Temperament

This summer, Nicole Von Wilczur ’18 split her week between research on toddler temperament and working at the Children’s Center where she often had to to moderate the temperaments of toddlers.


Passamaquoddy Frances Soctomah ’14 Weaves Together Past and Present

When Frances Soctomah makes traditional Wabanki baskets, she uses softened wood cut from ash trees and sweetgrass collected from salt marshes. As she weaves, she carries on a tradition practiced for centuries by the Passamaquoddy people.


Arctic Student Staff Sorts Through the Past, Designs for the Future

Two of the students who worked for the Arctic Museum this summer — Tanisha Francis ’18 and Will Brockett ’18 — explored the museum archives, inspecting old objects for damage. Two others — Wildon Kaplan ’17 and Inho Hwang ’16 — designed new technology to enhance the museum experience.

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Spending a Summer on an Island of Birds

Stratton Island, a National Audubon bird sanctuary located off the coast of Old Orchard Beach, is part of Project Puffin, a longterm bird restoration project in Maine. This season, Browning-Kamins was past of the island’s four-person crew that lived on the island for the entire summer to protect and monitor its bird nest colonies.

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Food Scan: Students Collaborate on Local Farm-to-People Project

For the past two months, four students have been collaborating on a project to track where food comes from, and where it goes, in Brunswick and 13 nearby towns. After their food assessment is complete, it will be used by local advocates to figure out how to provide more healthy food for schools and low- and middle-income households.


In Chicago, Michelle Kruk ’16 Researches Gardening-Gentrification Link

This summer, Michelle Kruk ’16 is volunteering at several urban gardens located in predominantly low-income, African American communities to explore the encroachment and process of gentrification in her home city of Chicago.