By Brian Sobotko '16

Bates announces Catalyst Fund
Bates College announced last week a gift of $11.5 million from former and current members of the Board of Trustees. The gift will allow the college to “strengthen core academic programs and embrace transformational change,” according to college President Clayton Spencer.

The chair of the Bates Board of Trustees, Michael Bonney, announced the gift, called the Catalyst Fund and told the Bates community it would represent “new financial resources that Bates can spend, over and above our annual operating budget, in the next five years to move forward on key college initiatives—not tomorrow, not next year, but now.”

At the event last week, Spencer noted the passionate ideas people working at Bates have.

“You won’t be surprised to hear that it takes great resources to achieve ambitious goals. It takes resources to bring strength to strength — to position Bates both to strengthen core academic programs and to embrace transformational change.”

Amherst trustees approve development
At a Board meeting last weekend, Amherst Trustees approved a facilities plan to build a new science center completed by the end of 2018 and new residence halls ready for occupancy by the fall of 2016. The new projects, both located on the college’s East Campus, will also form a new green space that include a landscaped walkway and open space which will encourage outdoor gatherings.

This development plan has been in the works since last spring when Amherst decided to scrap another science center plan because of concerns over costs and disruption to the campus. The school estimates the cost for the science center at $214 million and the residence halls at $60 million.

During the planning stages, a team from Amherst visited new science facilities at many schools including Hamilton.

“The facility will ensure that, among liberal arts colleges, Amherst remains a leader in undergraduate science,” the College says.

Middlebury receives grant for sexual violence prevention and response
Middlebury College received a grant recently from the Department of Justice to enhance efforts for sexual assault prevention and response. The three-year grant for $272,528 will support education, training, and increase the college’s collaboration with local organizations.

“This financial support will enhance our capability to fundamentally change campus culture regarding sexual violence,” said Associate Dean for Judicial Affairs and Student Life Karen Guttentag, who is the grant’s project director.

According to Guttentag the grant will allow the college to revitalize its bystander intervention program and implement new workshops on healthy relationships and consent.

“One of the exciting aspects of the grant is how comprehensive it allows us to be, both in the type of programs we offer and the audiences we reach,” said Guttentag.


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