2009 Induction Ceremony

The fifth annual ceremony honored 28 students, four alumni, and a faculty member. The fifth annual ceremony of the Bates College Scholar-Athlete Society was held on Saturday, May 30, 2009, during Commencement Weekend, honoring four alumni, a faculty member and 28 members of the Class of 2009. Investigative reporter and ESPN correspondent Tom Farrey delivered the keynote address and received honorary membership to the society. This year's alumni inductees into the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society include: Karen A. Harris '74, a former field hockey player and skier at Bates, a highly successful organizational consultant, former member of the Bates Board of Trustees and former Bates assistant dean of admissions; Milton L. Lindholm '35, the Dean of Admissions at Bates for 32 years, a former center on the Bates football team that famously tied Yale 0-0; James L. Moody'53, a four-year member of the Bates men's basketball team, a philanthropist, the former CEO and Chairman of the Board of Hannaford Brothers and the Chair of the Bates College Board of Trustees; and Joanne Trogler Reynolds '58, a lifelong athlete, a highly successful real estate broker and a former member of the Bates Board of Trustees. The faculty member inductee was Dr. John Cole, Thomas Hedley Reynolds Professor of History.

The Bates College Scholar-Athlete Society Class of 2009

Isabel Smith Alexander Isabel is a psychology and Spanish double major from Harvard, Mass. A four-year letter winner in cross country, indoor and outdoor track, she is a five-time All-American and a captain of the indoor and outdoor track teams. She holds nine indoor and outdoor track and field school records. This past spring she received the President’s Award from the Lewiston-Auburn Sports Hall of Fame and in 2008 she was named First Team Academic All-District by CoSIDA and ESPN The Magazine. In addition, she is a member of the College Key and Phi Beta Kappa. She completed two theses. The title of her psychology thesis is: “What Do Civil Rights Mean to You? Conceptions of Civil Rights at the Lewiston Middle School.” Her Spanish thesis title is: “Las dos Caras del Diablo: Como Seis Documentales Representon a la Mara Salvatrucha (The Two Faces of the Devil: How Six Documentaries Portray the Mara Salvatrucha).” 
Mark Richard Andrews Mark is a Spanish major from Cumberland Foreside, Maine. A four-year member of the swim team, he was a member of the 800-yard freestyle relay team that set the school record. He is also a Dana Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. His thesis title is: “Una Visita con las Musas: La Ciudad de Malabo en la Literatura de Guinea Ecuatorial (A Visit with the Muses: The City of Malabo in the Literature of Equatorial Guinea).”
Megan Sarah Arnold Megan is a geology major from Jericho, Vt. A three-year member of the Nordic ski team, she also played on the women’s club ice hockey team. She is a member of Sigma Xi. The title of her honors thesis is: “Sedimentation in High-Artic Lake, Linnevatnet, Svalbard: A Modern Process Study Using Sediment Traps.” 
Caryn Lynn Benisch Caryn is a political science major from Huntington, N.Y. A four-year letter winner in tennis and a team captain, she was the 2008 George L. Wigton Award winner for her work designing and directing a tennis workshop for underprivileged children in Cairo, Egypt, a project dependent on her proficiency in Arabic. The title of her thesis is: “Pawns in the Midst of Political Conflict: An Inquiry into Life in the Occupied Golan Heights.” 
Thomas Marshall Bowden Thomas is a history major from Falmouth, Maine. He is a four-year member of the golf team, and a member of the 2009 NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team and a two-time member of the NESCAC All-Academic Team. The title of his thesis is: “Through the Eyes of Colonial Masters: A Gendered Analysis of Bondwomen in Colonial Chesapeake and Low Country Slavery.”
 Deacon Howard Chapin Deacon is an English major from Cambridge, Mass. A four-year letter winner in squash, he is a two-time member of the NESCAC All-Academic team. The title of his thesis is: “Something Dark to Shine In: Outsiders in Twentieth Century Literature.”
Leah Alexandra Citrin Leah is a psychology major from Rye Brook, N.Y. A four-year letter winner in softball, she is a member of the 2009 NESCAC Spring All-Sportsmanship Team and a two-time member of the NESCAC All-Academic Team. In addition, she was voted Academic All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association in 2007, 2008, and 2009. The title of her honors thesis is: “Determining the Function of Aggressive Behaviors: A Case Study.”
Samuel Tyler Evans-Brown Sam is a Spanish and politics double major from Gilmanton Iron Works, N.H. A four-year member of the Nordic ski team, he was a 2009 NCAA Division I Championships Qualifier and a member of the 2008 and 2009 NESCAC Winter All-Academic Teams. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. The title of his thesis is: “Las Dos Mafaldas-La Critica Politica en las Obras de Quino: Pre y Pos 1973 (The Two Mafaldas - Political Criticism in the Works of Quino: Pre and Post 1973).”

Hope Pearce Fleming Hope is a Spanish major from Guilford, Conn. A four-year letter winner in swimming, she was also a member of the club water polo team. She is a 2008 and 2009 member of the NESCAC Winter All-Academic Teams, as well as a member of the 2008 women’s club water polo All-Academic Team. Her thesis title is: “La Representacion de la Persona Marginada en el Cuento Latinoamericano: La Artificialidad de las Divisiones Binarias y la Culpabilidad del Sistema Partriacal en la Construccion de Genero.” 

 

Samuel Myles Geller Sam is an American Cultural Studies major from Berkeley, Calif. A three-year letter winner in lacrosse, he is a member of the 2008 and 2009 NESCAC Spring All-Academic Teams. The title of his thesis is: “The Evolution of a Poor Man’s College: Local Student Enrollment at Bates College and its Effect on Town-Gown Relations since 1855.” 

 

 

Alexandra Deanne Goldstein Alexandra is an English major from Needham, Mass. She is a four-year letter winner in cross country and a three-year letter winner in indoor and outdoor track. She served as a team captain for all three sports. The recipient of the 2009 Milton L. Lindholm Scholar Award, she is also a four-time member of the NESCAC All-Academic Team, a Dana Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. The title of her creative writing thesis is: “Amelia and Other Stories.” 
Tara Marie Higgins Tara is a sociology major from Jeffersonville, Vt. A four-year letter winner in indoor and outdoor track and a team captain in both sports, she is a four-time member of the NESCAC All-Academic Team and was also named to the 2008 NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. Her thesis title is: “The Effects of Smoking Cessation Treatment on Breastfeeding Duration.”
Bailey Marie Johnson Bailey is an English major from Gardner, Mass. A four-year letter winner in swimming and a team captain, she is a member of the 2008 and 2009 NESCAC Winter All-Academic Teams. Her thesis title is: “Multiethnic Literature in Adolescent Classrooms: Analysis and Pedagogy.”
Nathan Sill Kellogg Nate is a rhetoric major from Natick, Mass. He is a four-year letter winner in lacrosse and soccer and served as a team captain for both sports. He is a four-time member of the NESCAC All-Academic Teams and is the 2009 recipient of the Bates Senior Sportsmanship Award. The title of his thesis is: “The Reality of No Child Left Behind in Schools: A Cluster Analysis of Teachers’ and Principals’ Experiences.”
Jennifer Mary Marino Jennifer is a chemistry majorfrom Methuen, Mass. She is a four-year letter winner in soccer and indoor and outdoor track and field, and a captain for indoor and outdoor track. Jen is a member of the relay team that holds the school record in the 4x400 meter relay and she holds the individual school record for the indoor triple jump, the outdoor triple jump and the outdoor long jump. She is a six-time member of the NESCAC All-Academic Team and a two-time member of the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Academic All-American Team. The title of her thesis is: “Raman Spectroscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy.”
Matthew Patrick Martone Matthew is a political science major from Concord, N.H. A four-year letter winner in rowing, he is the 2009 recipient of the Milton L. Lindholm Scholar Award. In addition, Matt is a hip hop enthusiast and a two-time intramural basketball champion. The title of his thesis is: “Interest Group Access and the Maine Clean Election Act: Black French Identity in the Age of Obama.”   
Caitlin Jean Murphy Caitlinis a rhetoric major from Duxbury, Mass. A four-year letter winner in rowing and a team captain, she is a member of the 2008 and 2009 NESCAC Spring All-Academic Teams and the 2008 NESCAC Spring All-Sportsmanship Team. The title of her thesis is: "'Sassy' Sarah: Analysis of Governor Sarah Palin's 2008 Republican National Convention Address through the 'Feminine Style.'"  
Christopher James Murray C.J. is a philosophy major from North Andover, Mass. A four-year letter winner in cross country, indoor and outdoor track, he is a team captain in all three sports and a six-time member of the NESCAC All-Academic Team. In addition, he is a member of the relay team that holds the school record for the 4x800 meter relay. The title of his thesis is: “Fregean Phenomenal Content.”
Timothy Doyle Natriello Tim is a politics major from Princeton, N.J. He is a four-year participant in cross country, indoor and outdoor track. The title of his thesis is: “Grounding Administration in Communication.”
Duane Maj Pelz Duane is a mathematics major from Boulder, Colo. He is a four-year letter winner in soccer, a team captain and a two-time member of the NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team. Duane was also named to the NESCAC Men’s Soccer All-Conference Team in 2006.
Nicole Claire Ritchie Nicole is an environmental studies major from Putney, Vt. A four-year letter winner in both Nordic skiing and rowing, she is a team captain in both sports and a member of the 2008 and 2009 NESCAC All-Academic Teams. She earned First Team All-American honors from the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and was also named as a CRCA National Scholar-Athlete in 2008. The title of her thesis is: “Chemistry at the Sediment Water Interface in Middle Range Pond and Pleasant Lake, South-Central Maine, Late Summer 2008.”  
Charles Alexander Russell Chip is an economics major from West Hartford, Conn. A four-year letter winner in squash and a team captain, he is a member of the 2008 and 2009 NESCAC Winter All-Academic Teams and the 2009 NESCAC Winter All-Sportsmanship Team. He was voted a Scholar Athlete by the College Squash Association for the 2009 season. The title of his thesis is: “Why Don’t We Save for Retirement?”
Jessie Katherine Smith Jessie is a political sciencemajor from Farmington, Maine. She is a three-year letter winner in outdoor track and field and also a member of the cross country and indoor track teams. She is a six-time member of the NESCAC All-Academic Team. The title of her thesis is: “The Ethnicization of Political Competition in Sri Lanka.”  


Dillon Bingman Tung
 Dillon is an economics major from South Pasadena, Calif. He is a four-year letter winner in cross country and indoor track and a three-year letter winner in outdoor track. He is also a six-time member of the NESCAC All-Academic Team. The title of his thesis is: “An Analysis of Spending for Various Consumption Categories from 1984-2004.”  

Leslie E. Wade Les is a physics major fromRandolph, N.J. A four-year letter winner in lacrosse, he is a two-time member of the NESCAC All-Academic Team. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. His thesis title is: “Electromagnetically Induced Transparency in Rubidium Vapor.”  
Walter Ricardo Weisskopf Ricky is an economics major from San Salvador, El Salvador. A four-year letter winner in squash, he is a four-time All-American, a four-time men’s squash team MVP, the recipient of the Bates Male Athlete of the Year award in 2005 and the recipient of the 2008 College Squash Association Skillman Award, the highest honor in collegiate squash. In addition, he was the recipient of the 2007 George Wigton Scholar Athlete Award and a member of the 2007 and 2008 NESCAC Winter All-Academic Teams. The title of his thesis is: “Returns to Human Capital Investment: The Effect of the Choice of Field of Study in Labor market Earnings.” Ricky is a December graduate who served as an assistant squash coach for the 2009 season.
Amy Laurel Werblin Amy is a psychology major from Huntington Beach, Calif. She is a three-year letter winner in soccer and a member of the 2007 NESCAC Fall All-Academic Team. Her thesis title is: “God for President: Religiosity, Policy Content and Political Endorsement in Voting Behavior.”  
Sarah Kerlin Young Sarah is a psychology major from Charlemont, Mass. A four-year letter winner in lacrosse and a team captain, she is a member of the 2008 and 2009 NESCAC Spring All-Academic Teams. She completed a service learning thesis where she designed and administered a health intervention to at-risk girls in Lewiston. The title of her thesis is: “A Health Intervention’s Impact on Well-Being in At-Risk Girls.”

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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