Susan Danforth, associate director of communications and College editor, died on Sunday at Maine Medical Center after suffering a stroke at her home in South Portland on Friday. She was 53 years old. In an email sent to all College employees on Sunday evening, President Mills wrote, “Sue was a diligent professional whose careful work touched every corner of our campus for more than a decade...This unexpected and sudden loss of a truly talented and dedicated colleague touches so many of us, and reminds us of the fragile nature of life.”
Bowdoin’s 13 most highly paid employees saw salary increases in the fiscal year ending in 2011, according to the Form 990 tax document filed by the College for the 2010-2011 calendar year. As a non-profit organization, the College is required to disclose the compensation packages of its highest-paid employees. The 2011 Form 990 is the most recent statement available. Senior Vice President for Investments Paula Volent was the highest-paid administrator, earning a total compensation package of $781,166. This figure includes a base salary of $416,456, plus retirement and deferred compensation ($42,890), nontaxable benefits ($19,615), other reportable compensation ($2,205) and a bonus and incentive package of $300,000.
Shortly after being sworn into office on January 3, Senator Angus King had already begun making the political rounds in Washington, meeting with at least 30 of his new colleagues on Capitol Hill and appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” opposite Newt Gingrich. Since winning the Senate seat in November, King and his team have been busy setting up the Senator’s Maine and Washington offices, reviewing hundreds of applications for only 35 positions.
The men’s ice hockey team has been hot since the weather got colder, winning seven out of its eight games, including all its road matches. The Polar Bears have managed to remain undefeated on the road this season.
Last week, Robert Ives ’69 was appointed Bowdoin’s new director of religious and spiritual life, which inspired us to think about the nature of spirituality at Bowdoin. When asked about the College’s religious culture, David Smick ’15 replied, “I think it’s personal, if noticeable at all. The only time I really saw that there was religious interest here was last year at Easter time; half the people I know, including myself, went home to celebrate.” A variety of students we spoke with echoed Smick’s observation. At a secular institution like Bowdoin, it is no surprise that religion is not outwardly prominent on campus. However, this does not imply that students do not contemplate their spirituality.