2007 Induction Ceremony

The third annual ceremony honored 31 students, four alumni, and a former faculty member.

The third annual ceremony of the Bates College Scholar-Athlete Society was held May 26 during Commencement Weekend, honoring four alumni, a former faculty member and 31 members of the Class of 2007. Sean Tuohey, co-founder of Peace Players International, delivered the keynote address and received honorary membership to the society. This year's alumni inductees to the society included Susan Doliner '81, a former multi-sport standout who is now vice president for development at Maine Medical Center; Adrienne Shibles '91, a former basketball player who is currently dean of co-curricular programs and head girls' basketball coach at Gould Academy;Benjamin Robinson '86, a former soccer and track athlete who is now a senior vice president at Bank of America Corporation; and William "Buddy" Schultz '81, a former tennis and basketball player at Bates who went on to a successful pro tennis career and is currently the owner of the Cohasset (Mass.) Tennis Club. The faculty member inductee was retired professor George Wigton, former coach of men's basketball and tennis at Bates from 1965 to 1999.

Keynote speaker and honorary society member Sean Tuohey has garnered publicity from major media outlets around the world as co-founder of Peace Players International.

The Bates College Scholar-Athlete Society Class of 2007

Meredith Anderson

Meredith is a neuroscience major from Swampscott, Mass. She is a dean’s list member and received a thesis grant for travel to Dartmouth Medical Center. Her thesis title is "The Involvement of the Anterior Cingulate Cortex in the Cognitive Dysfunction of Patients with Multiple Sclerosis A Structural MRI Study." Meredith is a member of the indoor and outdoor track teams. She is a NESCAC All-Academic team member and a conference and regional qualifier her junior and senior years.

Martin Benes

Martin is a classical and medieval studies major from Oakland, Calif. He is a dean’s list member and a four-year letter winner in Nordic skiing. He is also a team captain. Martin’s thesis is titled "The Metamorphoses and Ovid’s View of the Roman World in the Augustan Age." Martin is a NESCAC All-Academic team member and an Academic All-American. He is the 2007 recipient of the Lloyd Lux Ski Award.

Mary Bucci

Mary is a political science major from Norfolk, Mass. She is a member of the dean’s list and the NESCAC All-Academic team; she is a four-year member of the women’s soccer team. The title of Mary’s thesis is "One Size Doesn’t Fit All: The Public Opinion of Women in the 2000 and 2001 Presidential Elections." Mary earned ECAC and NESCAC Player of the Week honors on Oct. 30, 2006.

Jennifer Caban

Jennifer is an environmental studies major from Bedford, Mass. She is a cross country, indoor and outdoor track team member. She is a dean’s list member and an All-NESCAC, All-New England and All-American performer in track. Jennifer holds the school record in the outdoor 800 meters, the indoor distance medley relay and the indoor 4X800 meter relay. Her thesis is titled "Possibilities for Mine Closure in Chile: Are Environmental Financial Assurances Always Appropriate?" Jennifer is co-president of People Eating Plants, and a member of the Environmental Coalition.

Laura Clarkson

Laura is a mathematics major from Beverly, Mass. She is a three-year member of the rowing team. She is a member of both Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. Laura’s thesis is titled "Wallpaper Groups: Art and Abstract Algebra."

Patrick Conway

Patrick, an English major from Portland, Maine, is a member of the dean’s list and a three year tennis team member. Patrick’s thesis is titled "The 'White' Psyche." He is also the 2005 recipient of the George L. Wigton Scholarship.

Katherine Farmer

Katherine is a biology major from Madison, Conn. She is a three-year member of the lacrosse team. The title of her thesis is "An Analysis of Efficacy and Induction of IgG Sublingual Immunotherapy." Katherine is a Phi Beta Kappa member and a Dana Scholar nominee, an IWLCA academic honor role member and the recipient of the Hughes Student Travel Grant Award.

Griffin Finan

Griffin is a political science major from Bethesda, Md. He was captain of the baseball team and a four-year letter winner. He is an Academic All-NESCAC honoree and a recipient of the David Nash Memorial Baseball Award. Griffin’s thesis title is "The Impact of Redistricting Commissions: An Analysis of State Senate Elections from 1998-2004."

Katherine Forester

Katherine is a psychology major from West Windsor, N.J. She is a four-year letter winner in field hockey. She is a member of the dean’s list and also the NESCAC All-Academic team and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Academic team. Katherine’s thesis is titled "The Prevention of Substance Abuse in Androscoggin County: Data Collection and Planning Stages of a Public Health Campaign with Healthy Androscoggin."

Katherine Franklin

Katie is an economics major from New Preston, Conn. She is a four-year letter winner in both basketball and softball. She is also a team captain in both sports. Katie is also a dean’s list member and a member of the College Key. The title of her thesis is "Salary Inequality in Major League Baseball: A Study on the Effects of Pay Dispersion on Team Performance." Katie earned All-NESCAC honors in softball three times, including recognition as a First Team outfielder twice. In addition, she earned a spot on the NFCA All-Region First Team. Katie has also been named to the NESCAC All-Academic team four times (two times each for basketball and softball) and was awarded the Senior Scholar-Athlete Award from the New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association.

Sara Harris Gips

Sara is an anthropology major from Cape Elizabeth, Maine. She is a three-year member of the women’s soccer team, a dean’s list member and a NESCAC All-Academic team member. Her honors thesis is titled "The Production of Children for Intercountry Adoption: The Commodification of Guatemalan Women’s Bodies." Sara received the Anthropology Hamill Senior Thesis Prize. She is a member of the College Key Club, a Dana Scholar and the 2007 Recipient of the Harward Center Award for Outstanding Community Volunteerism and Student Leadership.

Sara Harris Gips represented the Scholar-Athlete Society's Class of 2007 with her address at the ceremony.

Laura Harris

Laura is sociology major from Mercer Island, Wash. She is a member of the dean’s list and a four-year letter winner on the women’s tennis team. She is also the team captain. Laura’s thesis title is "Single-Sex Education in Public Schools and the Use of Sociological Data in Determining Legality and Efficacy." Laura earned Second Team All-NESCAC honors in doubles in 2006.

James Hauschild

James is an economics major from Marine on St. Croix, Minn. He is a four-year letter winner in soccer and a team captain. He is a member of the dean’s list and a NESCAC All-Academic team member. The title of James’ thesis is "Mexico’s Comparative Advantage Before and After NAFTA."

Lauren E. Jacobs

Lauren is an English major from Winthrop, Maine. She is a three-year member of the Nordic ski team, an NCAA Academic All-American and a NESCAC All-Academic Team honoree. Her honors thesis is titled "The English and French Versions of the Tristan and Isolde Legend: An Inclusive Approach to the Literary Community."

Gary Kan

Gary is a physics and Chinese double-major from Hong Kong. He is a four-year member of the squash team and a team captain. He completed two separate theses, entitled "The Study of Polarization Dynamics of a Multi-Mode Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser" (for Physics) and "Translation of a Ming Dynasty Vernacular Story" (for Chinese). Gary is ranked 42nd in the country in squash.

Gregory Little

Greg is an economics major from Hampton, N.H. He is a three-year tennis team member. He is a member of the dean’s list. The title of Greg’s thesis is "Share Repurchases."

Ann Lovely

Ann is a chemistry major from Marblehead, Mass. She is a four-year member of the cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams. She is also a team captain in all three sports. The title of Ann’s thesis is "Chiral NMR Discrimination of Secondary Amines Using (18-crown-6)-2, 3,11,12-tetracarboxylic Acid." She has been elected to both Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. She is the 2007 recipient of the Athletic Department Senior Sportsmanship Award and has earned distinction on the NESCAC All-Academic team. Ann is also a Dana Scholar and the recipient of the Chemistry Department Senior Research Award.

Jacob Mark

Jacob is a biological chemistry major from Los Alamos, N.M. He is a three-year soccer team member. He has been elected to both Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi honor societies. Jacob’s thesis title is "Multiplex Pathogen Detection Technologies: Review of Current Methods and Presentation of a Novelty Technique MOL-PCR."

Peter Meisel

Peter is a biological chemistry major from Newtown, Conn. He is a four-year member of the baseball team and a member of the dean’s list and the NESCAC All-Academic team. He is the 2007 recipient of the David Nash Baseball Award. Peter’s thesis is titled "Investigation into Beat Rate and B2 – Adrenergic Receptor mRNA Expression of B-Naphthoflavone Exposed Primary Chick Cardiomyocyte Cultures."

Hannah Meyer

Hannah is an environmental studies major from Concord, N.H. She is a four-year letter winner in lacrosse and a team captain. She is a dean’s list member and received the Coaches Award for lacrosse. Hannah’s thesis is titled "Improving the Water Quality of the Androscoggin River: Efforts and Effectiveness of the Natural Resources Council of Maine and the Androscoggin River Alliance." Hannah is a recipient of the Barlow Enrichment Grant.

Kathryn Moore

Kathryn is a biology major from Pelham, N.H. She is a four-year member of the cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams. She is also a team captain for all three sports. The title of Kathryn’s thesis is "Quandary of the Ethical Zoo." Kathryn is the 2007 recipient of the Bates College Female Athlete of the Year award. She has received All-American honors in cross country, indoor track and twice in outdoor track and she is a NESCAC All-Academic.

Megan Petry

Megan is a psychology major from Crestwood, Ky. She was the 2006 recipient of the Vincent Mulford Service learning grant. She is a NESCAC All-Academic team member and a four-year field hockey letter winner. Megan’s thesis title is "The Relationship between Parental Substance Abuse and Child Welfare: An Examination of the Lewiston, Maine Family Treatment Drug Court Program." Next year Megan will be working for Teach for America in Washington, D.C., and working towards her master's degree in Early Childhood Education at George Mason University.

Gabriel Plourde

Gabriel is a political science major from Concord, N.H. He is a three-year member of the soccer team. His thesis is titled "Globalization and Sovereignty: Lessons of Migration in the United States." He is a dean’s list member and earned faculty honors from Trinity College while studying abroad. He is also a pre-med student.

Alissa Praggastis

Alissa, a biological chemistry major from Sun Valley, Idaho, is a three-year member of the Nordic ski team. The title of her thesis is "Purification of Encephalomyocarditis Viral Proteins 3CD and 3D Polymerase." She is an NCAA Academic All-American and a NESCAC All-Academic team member. She is the 2006 recipient of the Lloyd Lux Ski Award.

Kyle Rushton

Kyle is an economics major from Windham, N.H. He is a four-year letter winner in soccer and a team captain. He is a member of the dean’s list and a NESCAC All-Academic team member. The title of Kyle’s thesis is "Convergence in Transition Economies: A Neoclassical Approach."

Julia Shelkey

Julia is biology major from Conway, Mass. She is a four-year member of the indoor and outdoor track teams and a team captain. She is a dean’s list member and a NESCAC All-Academic team member, and as a pole vaulter she has earned All-New England and All-ECAC honors. Her thesis title is "Cranberry Juice Decreases Adhesion Properties of AAS Expressed by Staphylococcus Saprophyticus In Vitro." Julia will be doing clinical research at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City for the next two years and hopes to attend medical school in the future.

Sarah Sprague

Sarah is a psychology major from Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She is three-year letter winner in field hockey. She is a dean’s list member and she received the Bechtel Award for being a senior psychology major involved in positive community works. The title of Sarah’s thesis is "Pediatric Perspectives on Asthma, Anxiety, and Education: A Comparative Case Study." Sarah is the President of Within Reach as well as a member of Wellroot and the Robinson Players; she is also a production manager for the theater and dance department and a volunteer at Trinity Jubilee Center.

Andrew Tibbetts

Andrew is an economics major from Dedham, Mass. He is a member of the dean’s list and a member of the indoor and outdoor track teams. The title of Andrew’s thesis is "The Degree of Price Efficiency in Emerging Markets: Implications for Fundamental Indexing. Andrew is the State of Maine Outdoor Champion in the High Jump and the 400 Meter Hurdles. He is a three-time member of the All-NESCAC team and the 2007 male recipient of the Lindholm Scholar-Athlete Award.

Gabrielle Voeller

Gabrielle is a chemistry major from Littleton, Colo. She is a three-year letter winner in rowing and a team captain. Gabrielle’s thesis is titled "Atmospheric Deposition in Acadia National Park: The Use of Ion Exchange Resin as a Measurement Technology." Gabrielle is also a member of Sigma Xi and the College Key.

Rebecca Westlake

Rebecca is an English major from Goldens Bridge, N.Y. She is a four-year member of the indoor and outdoor track teams. She is also a team captain. She earned NESCAC All-Conference and All-Academic honors and is the 2005 recipient of the Robert Plumb Award. Her honors thesis is titled "Voicing and Silencing Death: The Unspeakable in DeLillo’s Running DogThe Names, and White Noise." After graduation, Rebecca will be working for Teach for America in Washington, D.C., teaching high school English.

Emily Williams

Emily is a psychology major from Harvard, Mass. She is a Phi Beta Kappa member and received NESCAC All-Academic honors in three different seasons. Her thesis title is "Vaginal Birth or Cesarean Section? Age and Gender Effects." She was a member of the cross country and indoor and outdoor track teams. She is the female recipient of the 2007 Lindholm Scholar-Athlete Award. The Bates Scholar-Athlete Society was created in 2005 to underscore the College's commitment to the scholar-athlete ideal. The Society includes seniors nominated by their coaches who have compiled a 3.5 grade point average or have received a special nomination from faculty and staff for distinguished academic achievement in their junior and senior years. To be eligible for induction, student-athletes must participate in a varsity sport for at least three years.




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