2011 Induction Ceremony

The seventh annual ceremony honored 28 students, four alumni, and one former coach.

The seventh annual ceremony of the Bates College Scholar-Athlete Society was held on Saturday, May 28, 2011, during Commencement Weekend, honoring four alumni, a former coach and 28 members of the Class of 2011. Dan Lebowitz, the executive director of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University, delivered the keynote address and received honorary membership to the society. This year's alumni inductees into the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society comprised: Ted M. Beal '64, a former school administrator in New Jersey who moved into a successful business career with AXA/Equitable Financial Companies; Nancy Ingersoll Fiddler '78, Bates' first female Olympic athlete, who skied for the U.S. at the Winter Olympics in 1988 and 1992, who remains active as a Bates alumna and in the sport of cross-country skiing; Candice Poiss Murray '92; a track and field and field hockey athlete at Bates who is now Commissioner of the North Eastern Athletic Conference; and Ira Waldman'73, a former football player at Bates who is now a highly regarded real estate lawyer in southern California and a dedicated alumnus and father of two Bates student-athletes. The faculty/coach member inductee was William "Chick" Leahey'52, the head baseball coach at Bates from 1955 to 1990 and a longtime assistant coach with Bates' football and men's basketball programs.

Dean of Faculty Jill Reich offers opening remarks during the seventh Commencement Weekend Scholar-Athlete Society ceremony.

 

The Bates College Scholar-Athlete Society Class of 2011:

Alexandria R. Alberto Hailing from Concord, Mass., Alexandria Alberto was a member of the cross country and track and field teams. A cross country team captain, she once finished ninth out of 95 runners at a meet at Wesleyan. Alex has earned distinction as a Bates Athletic Department Academic Honor Roll honoree and as a two-time NESCAC All-Academic Team member. A French major, her thesis is titled "The French Indentity: An Exclusive Collectivity."
David A. Beck A track and field athlete from Okemos, Mich., David Beck earned both the Bates Athletic Department Scholar-Athlete Award and NESCAC All-Academic Team recognition. He has also been inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. A politics major, his thesis is titled "Nationhood Across the Wine-Dark Sea: Ethnic Outbidding in the Mediterranean and Violence in Cyprus, 1964 and 1974."
Tristan T. Black-Ingersoll A history major from Concord, N.H., Tristan Black-Ingersoll is a four-year letter-winner in cross country, indoor and outdoor track. Tristan has earned distinction as a Bates Athletic Department Academic Honor Roll honoree and as a NESCAC All-Academic Team member. His thesis is titled "PARADOX: The Ultimate Incompatibility of the Amateur Sporting Philosophy with the World Record Culture which Developed in the Sport of Modern Running."
Chloe E. Bourne A member of the cross country and track and field teams, Chloe Bourne is an environmental studies major from Litchfield, Conn., Chloe has been recognized as a Bates Athletic Department Scholar-Athlete, as a two-time NESCAC All-Academic Team member and once as an All-State selection at the Maine State Cross Country Championships. She also earned a place on the NCAA All-Academic Team in 2008. Her thesis is titled "The Effect of Landscape Features on Throughfall in the Washington-Monroe Col, Mount Washington, New Hampshire."
Rachel L. Colby A two-year captain of the volleyball team, Rachel Colby is a mathematics major with an educational studies minor from Willimantic, Conn. The four-year letter-winner also earned distinction as a Bates Athletic Department Scholar-Athlete and Academic Honor Roll honoree. Rachel is a two-time winner of the Nellie Bannister Burrill Volleyball Award and a two-time NESCAC All-Academic Team member. Her senior seminar presentation was titled "Chaotic Dynamical Systems."
Douglass M. Compton, III An economics major from West Hartford, Conn., Douglass Compton is a four-year letter winner and a captain of the men's squash team. Douglass earned recognition as a Bates Athletic Department Scholar-Athlete, a NESCAC All-Academic Team member, and as a College Squash Association Scholar-Athlete. His thesis is titled "The Determinants of Health Care Expenditures."
Zoe A. Donaldson A four-year letter-winner and captain of the field hockey team, Zoe Donaldson is an English major from Mt. Vernon, N.Y. Zoe has been recognized as a Bates Athletic Department Scholar-Athlete, a two-time NESCAC All-Academic Team member, and a four-time National Field Hockey Association Academic Squad member. She has also been awarded the Nellie Bannister Burrill Field Hockey Award. Zoe has been inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. The title of her thesis is "Nonesuch, Poems."
Kirsten M. Gill A studio art and French double-major, Kirsten Gill is a Nordic skier from Jackson, N.H., who earned selection to, and competed at, the 2011 NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championship. Kirsten also earned distinction as a Bates Athletic Department Academic Honor Roll honoree and as a NESCAC All-Academic Team performer. Her thesis in French is titled "Inventing Difficulty: An Exploration of the Practice and Theory of Literary Translation." Her studio art thesis is "A Study in Painting, Exploring Ideas of Femininity and Sexuality."
Sara Ellen Godek A standout thrower on the women's track and field teams, Sara Ellen Godek is a biological chemistry and studio art double-major from Gilford, N.H. A captain of both the indoor and outdoor track and field teams, Sara Ellen is a NESCAC champion in the hammer throw, a five-time All-ECAC performer, an All-New England honoree, and a four-time NCAA Championship qualifier. She has earned recognition as a Bates Athletic Department Academic Honor Roll honoree, as a member of the NESCAC All-Academic Team, and as a U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Academic All-America Team member. Her thesis titles are: "Tangier Disease: ABCA1 Mechanisms and Treatments of Reverse Cholesterol Transport" and "Bone Fears."
Charlotte A. Green An English major from New Canaan, Conn., Charlotte Green is a four-year letter-winner, captain, and the MVP of the women's swimming and diving team. The winner of both the Bates Athletic Department Senior Sportsmanship Award and the Wigton Scholar-Athlete Award, Charlotte has also earned a place on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team, the NESCAC All-Academic Team, and the NESCAC All-Conference Team. An NCAA national championship qualifier and a seven-time Bates record holder, she was once named the National Swimmer of the Week by collegeswimming.com. In addition, Charlotte has earned distinction as a Bates Athletic Academic Honor Roll honoree and as an Academic All-American. Her honors thesis is titled "Ultimate Weapons: The Persistence of Knighthood in Medieval and Modern Literature."
Peter N. Gurney A four-year participant in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field, Peter Gurney is a music major from Arlington, Va. A NESCAC All-Academic selection, he also earned All-ECAC recognition in cross country. Peter is also a Bates Athletic Department Scholar-Athlete and Academic Honor Roll honoree. His thesis is titled "Music for Piano, Cello, Bassoon, and Clarinet."
Anna C. Hogeland A history major from Williamstown, Mass., Anna Hogeland is a four-year starter letter-winner and as a senior became the captain of the women's squash team. In addition to earning recognition as a Bates Athletic Department Academic Honor Roll honoree, Anna has been named a NESCAC All-Academic selection, a National All-Academic Team member and a College Squash Association Scholar-Athlete. Her thesis is titled "The History and Evolution of the Receptions and Settlement Experiences of Immigrants to Lewiston, Maine, from 1850 to the Present." Anna will be attending the Smith College School for Social Work this summer.
Emily A. Howe A four-year letter winner in lacrosse, Emily Howe is an English major from Carlisle, Mass. A NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team member, Emily also earned the Bates College Lacrosse Coach's Award and NESCAC All-Academic Team recognition. She is a Bates Athletic Department Academic Honor Roll and an IWLCA Academic Honor Roll honoree. She has also been awarded the Phillips Student Fellowship. Her honors thesis is titled "Perceptions of Disease in Victorian Fiction."
Jessica D. Igoe Hailing from Lexington, Mass., Jessie Igoe is a four-year letter-winner and two-year captain of the women's basketball team. An economics major with a minor in educational studies, she was a two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection in addition to her Bates Athletic Department Scholar-Athlete recognition. She has also been awarded the Maine Campus Compact’s Heart & Soul Award. Her thesis is titled "Valuing the Economic Impact of Tourism: Evidence from the Great Barrier Reef."
Jennifer M. Krupski A track and field athlete from Foxborough, Mass., Jennifer Krupski is a philosophy major. A member of the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship and All-Academic teams, she is also a Bates Athletic Department Academic Honor Roll honoree. Her thesis is titled "Responsibilities and Rights of Procreation: What Do Parents Owe Their Future Children and Can Society Interfere?"
Kirsten H. Laaspere A rhetoric major from Londonderry, N.H., Kirsten Laaspere is a four-year member of the rowing team. A two-time College Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete, she is also a Bates Athletic Department Scholar-Athlete. Her honors thesis is titled "The Dyadic Nature of Human Language: A Logological Analysis of Genesis 1-3."
Dae Ro Lee A four-year letter-winner in both men's soccer and squash, Dae Ro Lee is a mathematics and economics double-major from Yongin, South Korea. Dae Ro earned recognition as a Bates Athletic Department Academic Honor Roll honoree and as a four-time NESCAC All-Academic selection, and he once was named NESCAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week. He presented his senior seminar in mathematics on "Chaotic Dynamical Systems." His thesis in economics is titled "The Empirical Analysis of the Stock Market and Investment."
Kerri L. Leonhardt A mathematics and economics double-major from Milford, N.J., Kerri Leonhardt is a member of the cross country and track and field teams. A captain of both the cross country and outdoor track teams, she was an All-New England performer in cross country. She has earned recognition as a Bates Athletic Department Academic Honor Roll honoree, as a member of the NESCAC All-Academic Team, and as a US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Academic All-American Team member. Her thesis is titled "Risk Forecast Modeling."
Dana E. Lindauer A four-year letter-winner and captain of the track and field teams, Dana Lindauer is a classical and medieval studies major from Needham, Mass. A member of the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team and four-time NESCAC All-Academic selection, she was also named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Track and Field Team. She is a Bates record-holder in four different events and a two-time NCAA Championship competitor. A Bates Athletic Department Scholar-Athlete, she received the 2011 Milton L. Lindholm Scholar-Athlete Award as the female varsity athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average. Dana has also been inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Her thesis is titled "Classical Perceptions of the Volcanic Landscape: A Study of Mount Etna."
Cody H. Newman A chemistry major from Montclair, N.J., Cody Newman is a four-year letter-winner and captain of the lacrosse team. A Bates Athletic Department Scholar-Athlete and two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection, Cody received the 2011 Milton L. Lindholm Scholar-Athlete Award as the male varsity athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average. In addition, Cody has been named a Dana Scholar and a Beckman Scholar, and has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. His honors thesis is titled "Evaluating Ruthenium Catalysts for the Hydrodeoxygenation of Fast Pyrolysis Oil."
Ellen C. Patterson A four-year letter-winner and two-year captain of the rowing team, Ellen Patterson is a pyschology major from St. Louis Park, Minn. A NESCAC All-Academic selection, she also earned recognition on the NIRC Stewards' All-Academic Team. Ellen was awarded the Jon W. Brayshaw Award and has competed at the NCAA Division III Women's Rowing Championship in each of her four years at Bates, helping the team finish as the national runner-up in each of the past three years. In addition to her athletic accomplishments, she has also been recognized with a Helen A. Papaioanou Community-Based Learning Grant. Her thesis is titled "Food Issues Somali Immigrants Face in Lewiston, Maine."
Natalie M. Ruppertsberger A biology major from Plainfield, N.H., Natalie Ruppertsberger is a four-year letter-winner and captain of Nordic skiing. A Bates Athletic Department Academic Honor Roll honoree, she has also been named to the NESCAC All-Academic Team and to the Academic All-American Team. A three-time NCAA National College Skiing Championship competitor Natalie earned All-East recognition in 2010 and this year was named Bates' female athlete of the year. Her thesis is titled "Exploration of the Cyanobacterium Gloeotrichia Echinulata's Effect on Nutrient Limitation by Ammonium and Phosphate in Freshwater Mesotrophic Mesocosms: A Bottle-Assay Nutrient Enrichment Response Experiment."
Nicholas P. Schmiemann A four-year letter-winner and captain of the basketball team, Nick Schmiemann is an economics major from Weymouth, Mass. A two-time NESCAC All-Academic Team and NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team member, he was also named an NABC Academic Honors Court Member. Nick's thesis is titled "Do Government Grants to Not-for-Profit Colleges Crowd Out Fundraising?"
Jacob C. Simon A chemistry major from Waterford, Conn., Jacob Simon is a four-year letter-winner in baseball. A Bates Athletic Department Academic Honor Roll honoree and a NESCAC All-Academic Team member, he has also earned NESCAC All-Conference Team honors and holds multiple Bates baseball records. Jacob has also been awarded the Scott Peura Memorial Prize for achievement in chemistry and athletics. His thesis is titled "Characterizing Surface Plasmon-Polarition Near Field Enhancement Through Atomic Force and Fluorescent Microscopy."
Alexandra B. Steverson A cross country and track and field team member, Alexandra Steverson is a biological chemistry major from New London, N.H. She is a Bates Athletic Department Academic Honor Roll honoree and a two-time NESCAC All-Academic Team member. Her thesis is titled "A Study of Metallothionein-3, Brain-Specific Protein, and Lead(II) Binding Affinity."
Benjamin S. Taska A music major with a German minor from Lowell, Vt., Benjamin Taska is a four-year letter-winner in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field. He is a Bates Athletic Department Academic Honor Roll honoree and a four-time NESCAC All-Academic Team member. His thesis was an orchestral film score to the film Little Otik.
Luke L. Wamboldt A four-year letter winner in baseball from Sunderland, Mass., Luke Wamboldt is an English major with mathematics and economics minors. He earned distinction as a Bates Athletic Department Academic Honor Roll honoree and as a two-time NESCAC All-Academic Team member. In addition, he was awarded the David R. Nash Memorial Baseball Award in 2011. His thesis is titled "The Speculations of Margaret Atwood: Identity, Gender, and the Posthuman."
Emma E. White A double-major in biological chemistry and Russian from Bainbridge Island, Wash., Emma White is a four-year member of the women's rowing team. She has been recognized as a Bates Athletic Department Academic Honor Roll honoree and as a two-time NESCAC All-Academic Team member. Emma has competed at the NCAA Division III Women's Rowing Championship in each of her four years at Bates, helping the Bobcats finish as the national runner-up in each of the past three years. Her theses are titled "Alpha Kinase Anchoring Protein (7) Localizes to Neuronal Axons in the CA3 Region of the Mouse Hippocampus," and "An Investigation of the Baikalisk Pulp and Paper Mill, Lake Baikal, Russia." 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 3.5f 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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