Bowdoin Magazine

Helen Midney ’12: Leading by Example

Helen Midney is working in her hometown of Immokalee, Florida, at the Guadalupe Center. She runs a tutoring program for high school students who aspire to go to college. For the vast majority of them, they will be the first in their family to obtain a college degree. I work with 100 high school students […]

Vir Kashyap ’02: Creating Opportunities in India

Ten years ago, Vir Kashhyap cofounded Babajob, a venture that revolutionized the jobs market in India, helping bluecollar workers find better jobs and better earning opportunities by connecting them with potential employers using mobile technology. Over eight million job-seekers and hundreds of thousands of employers have used Babajob since. India’s leading classified ads platform, Quikr, […]

Kerry McDonald ’99: Learned Inspiration

With a long-standing passion for education and an accomplished professional training background, Kerry McDonald has become an outspoken advocate for schooling alternatives. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and four children. During my time at Bowdoin, I spent summers working in Boston at Arthur Andersen. I began to lead employee-training programs, mostly focused […]

Renata Merino Bregstone ’95: Woman Power

After reading the book The Stiletto Network by Pamela Ryckman, Renata Merino Bregstone decided to found a formal women’s professional network in her area. I graduated with a government and Spanish double major and a minor in women’s studies and no clue what I wanted to do. I took an entry-level job in banking and […]

Dan Spears ’81: A Career in Music That is All Play

The soundtrack to Dan Spears’s career began playing at Bowdoin radio station WBOR. He was music director with his own show all four years—an experience that propelled him further into the industry where he worked in news, programming, sales, and ultimately ownership. Spears is now vice president for industry relations and licensing at performing rights […]

Ted W. Verrill ’71: Turning the Tide

Ted Verrill—son of W. David Verrill ’50, brother of Dana P. Verrill ’72 and David L. Verrill ’83, and uncle of Emma Verrill ’10—lives with his wife in Southport, Connecticut. After having worked as an attorney for many years, he changed careers and is now the president and CEO of Halcyon Tidal Power. I spent […]

Ambassador David Pearce ’72: A Life of Meaning

With storied careers in journalism and the Foreign Service, David Pearce has traversed the globe. Today, he spends most of his time in Yarmouth, Maine—not far from where he was raised—with his wife, Leyla. Bowdoin’s impact on my life has been profound. I gained a portal to wider worlds— first, through the Twelve College Exchange […]

Greg Smith ’87, Just Like the Poster: Seeing the World

Greg Smith '87

Greg Smith, a native of Ipswich, Massachusetts, says his path to the Navy was just like the poster: “Join the Navy, See the World.” Smith had only been out of the eastern time zone once before he joined, and then he was off to Japan for his first duty station. “Initially, I joined thinking I […]

Carl Hopkins ’66: Shocking Discoveries

Carl Hopkins '66

After studying physics and math at Bowdoin, Carl Hopkins earned his doctorate in animal behavior and neurobiology at Rockefeller University. He went on to teach at Cornell for over thirty years. I was in the second class to move into the Senior Center. It was an extraordinary community of students, faculty, and visitors. This experiment […]

Ellen Chan ’97: Following Her Heart

Ellen Chan '97

I was one of those kids who had always wanted to be a doctor. I did a lot of research in labs during my summers in high school. I ended up getting a master’s degree in neuroscience right after Bowdoin because I wanted to know how much research I wanted in my life as a physician. Although I really like asking the questions, research was not what I was interested in.