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Strength and Spirit

Overcoming adversity, the Classes of 2020 and 2021 celebrate with a very special commencement

Also in this issue: Students Come Back to Campus, Alumnae Educators Reflect on Teaching During Pandemic, New Additions to Campus

President's Perspective

President Frederick W. Clark Jr., Esq., ’83

"I’d like to think this issue of Bridgewater stands as a testament to what we can accomplish when we work together, care for each other, and face off against a threat that was and remains all too real."

Read President Clark's full letter »

Student Perspective

Student Perspective

Maya Elysse, ’22
Faculty Focus

Faculty Focus

Dr. Joseph Seggio / Biological sciences

Featured Stories

Crossing the Goal Line
Gillette Stadium becomes literal field of dreams for thousands of Bears
Safe Return
Students celebrated a sense of normalcy as the new academic year began
Chris Frazer
How Dr. Christopher Frazer, his staff and volunteers rose to the COVID challenge
Brand New Lessons
Three alumnae reflect on teaching during the pandemic, the challenges and triumphs
Matthew Patey
Beginning my BSU career during a year unlike any other
Those Who (Also) Served
Student's project shines a light on the service of female veterans
Candid Cameras
Survey project produces photos of campus creatures
Sounds Like Team Spirit
Student and alumni pen new athletics fight song

While You Were Away

By Brian Benson and Heather Harris Michonski

See what’s new on campus

The pandemic may have brought much of life to a halt on and off campus, but Bridgewater State University moved forward on several fronts.

Funding was secured for an extensive renovation of Burnell Hall, which will be the new home for the College of Education and Health Sciences. Construction of a new athletic facility, the Bear Paw Pavilion, was completed in time for the fall 2021 sports season. Also ready for the fall semester is a cutting-edge photonics lab housed in the Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center, where students will be prepared for work with industry leaders and other top universities around the world. A new bear sculpture sits outside the Park Street entrance of the renamed Rondileau Campus Center, now known as the Rondileau Student Union. And, spanning the space between the student union and Maxwell Library is the Greg and Fay Wyatt Sculpture Garden, which enhances the beauty of the campus and provides a place for quiet contemplation and aesthetic appreciation.

Check out the new additions to campus in the following stories.

Burnell Hall
College of Education and Health Sciences receives over $39 million for new home
Bear Paw Pavillion
New athletics facility opens in time for fall semester
Photonics Lab
New lab opening this fall, ribbon cutting set for Spring 2022
Rondileau Student Union
Recently renamed student union receives new Bear Sculpture
The Greg and Fay Wyatt Sculpture Garden
Sculpture Garden nearly complete

Alumni Update

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