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BSG hears from Dean Lohmann, discusses plans for next year

April 12, 2024

Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) met with Senior Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs Janet Lohmann on Wednesday ahead of her retirement at the end of July. BSG also welcomed next year’s president and vice president—Eisa Rafat ’25 and Elliot Ewell ’27—and began planning for next year’s assembly.

Lohmann expressed her admiration for the Bowdoin community as students have continued to care for one another during recent times. She also highlighted the advancement of student leadership over the past 20 years, noting BSG’s Polar Pause and full-week Thanksgiving Break initiatives as examples.

Reflecting on her time at the College, Lohmann emphasized the impact of her personal motto—grace, growth, gratitude—on her career and time at Bowdoin. She also recalled how her experience as a first-generation college student informed her priorities and achievements as a dean today.

After Lohmann’s visit, BSG congratulated Rafat and Ewell for winning their respective elections.  BSG also heard from Sadie New ’25, Vincent Chen ’27 and Nyla Danzy ’27 about the student government conference they attended at Tufts University, where they connected with representatives from other colleges’ student governments and learned about initiatives happening at other schools.

BSG also voted on budget authorization for the Earth Day table it will host next week. Members discussed how the $750 of funding would be allocated, suggesting free giveaways of gelato, merch and plants as potential options.

BSG touched on its revised Constitution, which is still being drafted and will include BSG’s budget for next year.

The meeting concluded with a discussion on hosting onboarding events for new BSG members next year.


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