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The Campaign is $8IM toward a $I00M goal for Driving Academic Excellence, including STEM programs.

The Campaign is $I2M toward a $65M goal for Catalyzing Student Success, including student life.

The Campaign is $46M toward a $60M goal for Building Financial Sustainability, including Bates Fund.

THEOPHIL SYSLO

STEM Support Two major contributions to the college — one from a Bates family and one from a philanthropic foundation — are funding a key goal of The Bates Campaign: better support for any and all students, including students from underrepresented groups, who aspire to pursue studies in fields related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

April Hill is the inaugural Wagener Family Professor.

Howard Hughes Grant

Wagener Chair Announced A $3 million gift to The Bates Campaign has funded a new professorship dedicated to bringing greater equity and inclusion to the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at Bates. The inaugural appointee to the Wagener Family Professorship in Equity and Inclusion in STEM is April Hill, an evolutionary developmental geneticist who joined the faculty in 2018. “April is a distinguished scientist, outstanding teacher, and successful academic leader who believes that creating diverse, inclusive, and equitable STEM communities is a prerequisite to redefining excellence in the sciences,” said President Clayton Spencer. Hill is a former member of the faculty at the University of Richmond, where she led high-profile efforts to improve STEM education at the university. “Helping to build communities of students who thrive in STEM is my vocational cornerstone, so it is a great honor to be the inaugural holder of the Wagener Professorship,” said Hill. The Wagener Professorship has been endowed by a $3 million gift from Deborah Heitz P’17 and Shaw Wagener P’17. “The idea for our gift came through our family’s experience at Bates,” said Shaw Wagener. “We are so pleased to see the convergence between our goals for this professorship and the college’s plans to create a more inspiring and effective experience for all students who wish to pursue studies in STEM fields.” About April Hill bates.edu/wagener-chair

A $1 million grant to The Bates Campaign will support the college’s efforts to better support all students in fields related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant will fund new strategies aimed at transforming how the faculty approach their work with students; expanding programs for student mentoring and leadership; and redefining the first-year science curriculum to introduce research experiences. “A Bates offer of admission has always stood as a vote of confidence in a student’s talent and potential to make important contributions to our world,” said President Clayton Spencer. “This grant will deepen our capacity and speed our progress toward making good on this promise for all students interested in science.” The largest private supporter of science education in the U.S., HHMI funding initiatives and grant choices are considered resounding endorsements of an institution’s potential for transformative impact. In receiving the grant, Bates joins the institute’s Inclusive Excellence initiative, a network of 57 U.S. colleges and universities committed to removing barriers to STEM — especially for students who arrive via nontraditional pathways, including underrepresented ethnic minorities, first-generation students, and working adults with families.

Up We Go $300M GOAL $190M

As of October 2018, The Bates Campaign has topped $190 million in gifts and pledges toward its goal of $300 million.

Fall 2018

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Profile for Bates College

Bates Magazine, Fall 2018  

The issue's cover story looks at Bates alumni and their cool Antarctic doings. The photo, by Billy Collins ’14, shows an equipment operator...

Bates Magazine, Fall 2018  

The issue's cover story looks at Bates alumni and their cool Antarctic doings. The photo, by Billy Collins ’14, shows an equipment operator...