2012 Scholar-Athlete Society Induction Ceremony

Second Team All-America rower Haley Sive is one of 33 members of the Bates Class of 2012 who were inducted into the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society on Saturday, May 26. (File photo courtesy of Mason Cox '07)

The eighth annual Bates Scholar-Athlete Society induction ceremony honored 33 students, four alumni, and one former administrator. The eighth annual induction ceremony of the Bates College Scholar-Athlete Society was held on Saturday, May 26, 2012, during Commencement Weekend, honoring four alumni, a former administrator and 33 members of the Class of 2012. The event's keynote speaker was Steve Fuller ’82, the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at L.L. Bean, who is also a Bates parent and trustee. This year's alumni inductees into the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society comprised: Karen Holler ’83, a clinical neuropsychologist at Brown University and former track and field standout at Bates, who remains the team’s record-holder in the indoor high jump; Katie Moran Madden ’93, former associate dean of admissions at Bates and an All-American swimmer with the Bobcats; Howard Vandersea ’63, Bates’ first football All-American, who coached football teams, and many other coaches to be, at Springfield and Bowdoin colleges, and who was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame last weekend; and Kim Wettlaufer ’80, the executive director of the Trinity Jubilee Center in Lewiston and one of the all-time great distance runners on the Bates men’s track and cross country teams. The faculty/coach member inductee was Leigh Campbell ’64, Bates’ longtime Director of Financial Aid, who has kept the scorebook at Bates men’s basketball games for 43 seasons.

The Bates Scholar-Athlete Society Class of 2012

Kiely Irene Barnard-Webster A French and politics double major from Hartford, Connecticut, Kiely is a three-year letter winner in softball, as well as a two-year participant in soccer. She was elected to the NESCAC Spring All-Sportsmanship Team in both 2011 and 2012 and received recognition twice as a NESCAC All-Academic Team member and NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete. Kiely’s French thesis title is: “Les Pauvres Fils deCham,” and her politics thesis is titled: “Aggressive Vindicationist Neoconservatism: A Story of Reconstruction Failure in Iraq.” Next year, Kiely will be volunteering in Managua, Nicaragua, with a non-profit called the Manna Project. She will be a program director for their women’s fitness program. 

Mariah Marilyn Clarke Barstow A biology major from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mariah is a three-year letter winner in women’s soccer. She has earned distinction as a NESCAC All-Academic team member, as a member of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Her honors thesis title is: “Working Toward Pragmatic and Sustainable Exclusive Breastfeeding Practices Among Somali Mothers in Lewiston, Maine.”

Erika Brace Blauth Erika is a psychology major from Camden, Maine, and a four-year letter winner in tennis. A team captain during her junior and senior years, Erika was voted team MVP in 2011. She was also named to a NESCAC Spring All-Academic selection. Erika’s thesis title is: “Through the Eyes of a Somali: A Study of Religious and Ethnic Identities, Acculturation Attitudes, and Academic Beliefs of Somali-American Students at Lewiston High School.” Next year, Erika will be working for the Schuler Scholar Program in Chicago.

Nicolle Hyun Bugajski Hailing from Brookline, Massachusetts, Nicolle majored in sociology and played tennis for three years at Bates. She is the co-editor for the Bates Sociology Journal, a Baccalaureate Diversity Pledge Committee member, a peer writer, and a community-based research fellow. Nicolle’s honors thesis title is: "'That was all me. I did it. And the government helped me, definitely, but if I didn’t put forth the effort, I wouldn’t have come anywhere. It was a mix.' Perceptions of Individual Versus Government Responsibility to Help the Poor." Nicolle is in the process of applying for research associate/operational positions in Boston and New York.

Elizabeth Elaine Carleton Elizabeth is a psychology major from Westborough, Massachusetts, and a member of the indoor and outdoor track and field teams for four years. A team captain, she is the school record holder in the 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400-meter relays. Elizabeth has been named to the NESCAC All-Academic Team two times and is also a member of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. The title of Elizabeth’s thesis is: “Incubation of Nicotine Craving as Evidenced by Locomotor Sensitization.”
Sean Michael Colligan Sean is a team captain and four-year member of the cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field teams. A neuroscience major from Goffstown, New Hampshire, Sean is a six-time NESCAC All-Academic selection. His thesis title is: “Alexithymia and Working Memory: Performances on ta Recency-Probes WM Task.”
Jenna Elisabeth Dannis A politics major from Dalton, New Hampshire, Jenna is a four-year letter winner and captain in lacrosse and a two-year letter winner in field hockey. Jenna earned All-NESCAC honors in 2010, 2011 and 2012, as well as NESCAC Spring All-Academic selection. In addition, she was named an ECAC All-Star, a Division III All-Rookie Team member (2009), a four-time All-Region player, and a national All-American. The title of her thesis is “The EMU’s design and policy flaws: The role of national politics.” After graduation, Jenna will be working as an investment banking analyst at Raymond James.
Devin Matthew Dilts Devin is a history and Spanish double major from Roscoe, Illinois. A four-year letter winner and captain in cross country and a three-year letter winner in track and field, Devin was recognized with the Athletic department’s Milt L. Lindholm Scholar Athlete Award as the male student-athlete graduating with the highest cumulative grade point average. He has earned All-NESCAC, All-State, All-ECAC, and All-New England honors, as well as being recognized as an Academic All-American in cross country this past season, and he ran in two NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. His Spanish thesis is titled: “La Virgen de Guadalupe y su posición como el símbolo mexicano;” and his thesis in history is: “The Power of the Individual Relative to the Athenian Assembly during the Peloponnesian War.”
Allison Oliver DiSalvo Allison is a biology major from Lowell, Massachusetts, and a captain and four-year letter winner in women’s rowing. A two-time NESCAC All-Conference selection in rowing, she is also two-time NESCAC Spring All-Academic selection. In addition, she has earned National Scholar Athlete accolades three times and was named to the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. Allison also was a member of the NCAA national runner-up crew in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. An Arthur Vining Davis Grant Recipient, her thesis title is: “Effects of Developmental Hyperoxia on Spiracle Opening in Drosophila Melanogaster.” She will attend chiropractic school in the fall of 2013.
Lauren Elizabeth Dobish A psychology major from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Lauren is a four-year letter winner in softball and basketball and a three-year letter winner in soccer. She served as a team captain for both basketball and softball. She has been recognized as a NESCAC All-Academic Team member for both basketball and softball and an All-NESCAC Team member in softball. In addition to being named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar Athlete, Lauren holds two softball program records. Her thesis title is: The Collective Impact of the Dud Effect and the Appearance-Change Instruction on Eyewitness Confidence.”
Casey Anna Dropkin Casey is a four-year letter winner in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field. A biochemistry and mathematics double major from Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, she is a five-time NESCAC All-Academic Team member and a Phi Beta Kappa honoree; she will graduate magna cum laude. Casey’s thesis title is: “Creating Tools to Elucidate the Mechanisms of Regulating the Long Transcript Form of RpoS in Borrelia burgdorferi.” This fall Casey will begin pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.
Rebecca Anne Dugan Rebecca is an environmental studies major from Port Murray, New Jersey, and a four-year letter winner in cross country, indoor and outdoor track. She was a captain of all three teams as a senior, and has received two NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team selections. In addition, Rebecca earned NESCAC All-Academic honors six times. The title of Rebecca’s thesis is: “Healthy Neighborhood Stores: Lewiston Community Member Preferences Regarding Food Access and Selection.” After graduation, Rebecca hopes to become a FoodCorps member.
Jacqueline Louise Easton A psychology major from Lexington, Massachusetts, Jacqueline was a member of the soccer team for three years and received NESCAC Fall All-Academic honors. The title of her thesis is: “Parental Decision-Making When Selecting a School for a Child with Autism and the Resulting Post-Decision Satisfaction.” Jacqueline will begin work in August at the New England Center for Children, teaching children with moderate/severe autism.
Brian Jared Goldberg Brian is a four-year member of the soccer team and a history major from New York City. He is a two-time NESCAC Fall All-Academic selection and received the Men’s Soccer Alumni Award, as well as the Forrest K. Garderwine Award from the history department. While at Bates, Brian also served as the Chief of Service of Bates Emergency Medical Services. The title of his thesis is: “Inoperable Freedom: The Journey of Southern African American’s Healthcare from Slavery to Freedom.”
Abigail Susan Hanson Abigail is a French and politics double major from Sudbury, Massachusetts, and a four-year member of the swimming team. She was a team captain and holds the team record in the 1,000-yard freestyle. A two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, she also received the swim team’s Coach’s Award and Most Improved Award. The title of her politics thesis is: “Service or Empowerment: The Impact of Donor Funding in Non-Govermental Organizations Working on Health Care in Haiti.” Her French thesis title is: “La folie franco phone au feminin: Une analyse des textes de trois femmes.” Abigail will work for Wilderness Ventures in the Adirondacks this summer and is currently looking for work in the non-profit sector.
Luke Hanson Harmeling Luke is a biology and psychology double major from North Reading, Massachusetts. He is a four-year member of the cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams, and has received both NESCAC All-Academic and NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team honors. He has also been elected to Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. The title of Luke’s thesis in biology is: “The Effects of Chronic Hyperoxia on the Metabolism of Neonatal Rats.” The title of his thesis in psychology is: “The Effects of Electrolytic Lesions of the Medial Habenula on a Nicotine-Induced Conditioned Taste Aversion in Rats.”
Jessica Anne Howard A biochemistry major from Cumberland Foreside, Maine, Jessica is a three-year letter winner in swimming. She is the recipient of the Milton L. Lindholm Scholar-Athlete Award as the female student-athlete graduating with the highest cumulative grade point average. In addition, she received the Merck Award in Chemistry (for excellence and achievement in academic performance), the Undergraduate Award in analytical chemistry and an Undergraduate Award in inorganic chemistry, and the Scott Peura Memorial Prize in Chemistry. She was in the top ten at the NESCAC Championships in 2012 in the 1M and 3M springboard diving. The title of Jessica’s thesis is: “Using (+)-(18-Crown-6)-2,3,11,12-tetracarboxylic Acid as Chiral NMR Solvating Agent to Discriminate Isoxazoline-fused B-amino Acid Derivatives.” Jessica will be working as a research scientist with Albany Molecular Research Inc. at the Eli Lilly headquarters in Indianapolis.
Michael Xin Jiang A political science major from Madison, Connecticut, Michael is a three-year member of the men's indoor and outdoor track and field teams, as well as a one-year member of the men's varsity soccer team. He has earned a place on the NESCAC All-Academic Team three times and was the State of Maine indoor champion in the 55-meter dash. His thesis title is: “The Role of Political Risk in FDI.” Michael will be working in Washington, D.C., for Chevron Corporation this summer.
Gwynneth McBride Johnson Gwynneth is a four-year letter winner in indoor and outdoor track and field, and an environmental studies major from Portland, Oregon. She is a three-time NESCAC All-Academic selection. The title of her thesis is: “Immune Cell Identification in Liver Lesions of Mice Developmentally Exposed to Arsenic.” Gwynneth will be participating in the AmeriCorps program City Year in Boston next year.
Juliana Marie Kirkland An anthropology and religion major from Greene, Maine, Juliana is a three-year member of the indoor and outdoor track teams and a NESCAC All-Academic selection. She also received a Harward Center for Community Partnership Summer Grant for her work in the local community. The title of Juliana’s thesis in anthropology is: “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: College Perceptions of Romantic and Sexual Relationships.” Her thesis in religion is titled: "'Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose:' An Assessment of Ritual and Reciprocity in the Show Friday Night Lights." Juliana will be working for Gordon Research Conferences this summer and will be attending the University of Maine School of Law in the fall.
Carole Louise Lupi A history major from Branford, Connecticut, Carole is a four-year member of the swimming team. She is a two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection and received the swim team’s Most Improved Swimmer award. The title of her thesis is: “Greater than Matrimony: The Influence of Victoria and Albert’s Relationship on the Transformed Role of the Sovereign in Britain’s Modern Constitutional Monarchy.” Carole will be working this summer with AmeriCorps' VISTA program, in which she will help in creating and implementing a summer youth program for children living in low-income areas in New Haven, Connecticut.
Leah Elaine Maciejewski An English and Spanish double major from Tewksbury, Massachusetts, Leah is a four-year letter winner and a two-year team captain in softball. This past season Leah earned CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-Region Team, as well as all-region honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and the New England Softball Coaches Association. A two-time NESCAC All-Academic Team member and a winner of the NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete Award, she is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship awardee. The title of her theses are: “A Prophetic Vision: The Narrative Authority of Merlin in Three Arthurian Texts” and “Y Wendy crecio’: La inertextualidad de los mitos y los cuentos de hadas en la trilogia de Esther Tusquets.” In October, Leah will be traveling to Szczecin, Poland, to serve as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant for nine months.
Sarah Lauren Merullo Sarah is a four-year letter winner and a team captain in field hockey. A Spanish major from Essex, Massachusetts, she was a two-time selection to the NESCAC All-Academic Team and member of the NFHCA Academic Honor Roll from 2009 to 2012. The title of her thesis is: "La creacion de la identidad puertorriqueria en el tercer espacio en las novelas 'Nilda' and 'When I was Puerto Rican.'" Sarah taught Spanish at Lewiston High School during winter semester 2011 and would love to teach high school Spanish and coach field hockey full-time.
Tessa Marie Pals A chemistry major from Wilmette, Illinois, Tessa is a three-year letter winner and team captain in golf, as well as a two-time NESCAC Fall All-Academic selection. In addition, she received the Excellence in Service and Leadership Award in chemistry and is a Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society member. The title of her thesis is: “Synthesis of Ashitabaol A: A Recently Discovered, Natural Compound.” After graduation, Tessa will be a research technician at Elevance Renewable Sciences.
Caroline Winthrop Pierce Caroline is a four-year letter winner and team captain in lacrosse and a women and gender studies major from Weston, Massachusetts. She is the 2012 recipient of the lacrosse team’s Coach's Award and a two-time NESCAC All-Academic Team honoree. In addition, Caroline has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa. The title of her thesis is: “Cutting Open Health: Understanding the Health-Morality Dilemma Through C-sections.”
Taylor Rachael Piers A biology major from Falmouth, Maine, Taylor is a four-year indoor and outdoor track athlete and served as the captain of both teams. She is a four-time NESCAC All-Academic selection and a school record holder in the long jump. Her thesis title is: “Reduction in dys-1 by Induction of RNAi Causes Hypercontracted and Hyperactive Phenotypes in C.elegans.”
Margaret E. Reilly A mathematics and economics double major from Wellesley, Massachusetts, Margaret is a four-year letter winner in lacrosse. She is a two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection and a member of the Bates College Key Honor Society. Her thesis title is "Willingness to Pay for Fair Trade Coffee: A Hedonic Model." After graduation, Margaret will work as an analyst at Analysis Group in Boston.
Amanda Elizabeth Sirianni An economics and French double major from Holliston, Massachusetts, Amanda is a four-year letter winner in soccer. She is a two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection and received the Albion Morse Stevens Award, given to the best first-year foreign language student, as well as the winner of the Envie d’Ecrire Award, a French department writing award. The title of her economics thesis is: “Health Risks and New Mercury Rules.” Her thesis in French is: “Le marriage dans deux romans champetres de George Sand.”
Haley Russell Sive A geology and French double major from Glenville, New York, Haley is a four-year letter winner and team captain in women’s rowing. She was a three-time First Team All-NESCAC honoree, and received Second Team All-America honors from the College Rowing Coaches Association this week. Over four years, Haley helped Bates qualify for the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships four times and finish as the national runner-up all four times. Haley is an Arata Scholar and member of both Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society and Phi Beta Kappa. Her thesis title is: “The Structure and Stratigraphy of Small Point, Maine: D3 Inverted Transtensional Map-Scale Folds of Neoacadian Provenance.” Haley is also part of the College Choir, Bates Christian Fellowship and the Gospelaires. This summer she will be coaching rowing at her high school boathouse in Niskayuna, New York. She would like to study scientific journalism in graduate school.
Richard Keith Sullivan III Richard is a politics major from Westfield, Massachusetts, and a four-year member of the swim team. "Kick" received the swim team’s Coach’s Award in 2010 and the Most Improved Award in 2011, and is a two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection. His thesis title is: “Playing by the Rules: Social Movements and the American Political System.” Richard will be attending Western New England School of Law in the fall.
Karen Marie Ullmann An environmental studies major from Ramsey, New Jersey, Karen is a four-year letter winner in softball. The holder of seven program records, she was the named the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2011. Karen earned recognition on the NESCAC All-Academic Team and was named a NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete. Her thesis title is: “Direct Producer-to-Consumer Marketing: A Feasibility Study for Increasing Local Food Access to Limited Income Communities in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine.”
Alix Elizabeth Vandeventer Alix is a four-year letter winner in soccer and a biology major from North Attleboro, Massachusetts. She is a two-time NESCAC Fall All-Academic selection and a member of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. Alix’s thesis title is: “Gestational Diabetes in Pregnant Somali Females: Addressing the Problem.” Alix hopes to attend graduate school and become a clinical medical practitioner.
David Bennett Wood A psychology major from Hopkinton, New Hampshire, David is a four-year letter winner and team captain in soccer. He is a member of the 2011 NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team and a two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection. His thesis title is: “Behavioral Tracking for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.” 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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