Trustees to talk budget, writing at yearly meeting
This weekend Bowdoin will host a trustees meeting scheduled to last from Friday night through Saturday morning. The meeting will include all branches of the standing committees to discuss financial planning, proposals for a new academic building, reconstruction of the Chapel Towers and issues pertaining to the importance of writing at Bowdoin.
Beginning with a plenary session Friday afternoon, the financial committee will discuss issues regarding: investment, audits, development and financial planning with a review of the budget.
"The branch of the financial committee will meet to discuss reports concerning the present and future financial health of the college" said Dick Mersereau, Secretary of the College. The plenary committee expects to continue Saturday morning with a meeting about the newly instated Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, an act passed only for public institutions in the wake of the Enron/Arthur Anderson fallout.
Meetings commence Saturday morning with the third consecutive annual trustees meeting with faculty at 7:45 a.m. With the intent of bridging the gap between trustees and faculty, the meeting will be fairly open and informal. "The 'No Agenda' format was initially set up to open the dialogue between trustees and faculty creating clearer lines of communication" said Mersereau.
Afterwards, trustees will discuss on the importance of writing at Bowdoin, and how the college can expand its emphasis on writing beyond the Writing Program initiative. Speakers will include Craig A. McEwen, Dean for Academic Affairs; Kathleen O'Connor, Director of the Writing Project; and Marilyn Reizbaum, Professor of English and Chair of the Department.
Finally an 11:30 a.m. gathering in Thorne will feature Joan Benoit Samuelson's induction into the Athletic Hall of Honor at the inaugural ceremony. Ms. Samuelson won the Boston Marathon in 1979 while still studying at Bowdoin and eventually made her name in history as the first woman to ever win the Los Angeles Marathon in 1984. Other inductees include C. Nels Corey '39, Jill Bermingham Isenhart '86, Ken Martin '69 and Sidney J. Watson.