Scholar-Athlete Society inducts 40 new members

Keynote speaker Diane Boettcher addresses the crowd during the 2014 Scholar-Athlete Society Induction Ceremony. (Photo by Sarah Crosby/Bates College)

The 10th annual induction ceremony of the Bates College Scholar-Athlete Society was held on Saturday, May 24, 2014, during Commencement Weekend, honoring four alumni, former women's cross country and track and field coach Carolyn Court, and 35 members of the Class of 2014. The event’s keynote speaker was former Bates women's soccer coach Diane Boettcher, who was also inducted into the society.

This year’s alumni inductees into the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society include: James F. Callahan, Jr. '65, a former Bates football player who became a 23-year Trustee of the College and has shown lifelong leadership in and dedication to academics and athletics; David N. Hild '84, a football and lacrosse standout at Bates who remains a dedicated alumnus along with his wife, Susan Miller Hild '84; Julie Roche Simplicio '91, a Bates star in both volleyball and basketball who remains vitally active with her alma mater, as a class agent and member of the College Key, among other ventures; and Elizabeth "Liz" Wanless '04, an All-American athlete in both track and field and volleyball at Bates who became one of the top female shot-putters in the world, and now is an instructor of sport administration and Coordinator of Undergraduate Sport Administration at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Court, who retired as Bates' women's cross country and track and field coach in 2004 after a remarkable, pioneering 25-year career, was this year's staff inductee.