Ross Van Horn, Bates College

Ross Van Horn had the distinction of becoming the inaugural winner of the Bates SAAC's Student-Athlete of the Month award. A quick look into his hands-on style of learning reveals why.

A politics and classics double-major from Highland Park, N.J., Van Horn is a two-time NESCAC All-Academic award winner and College Key member. He was also inducted into the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society and was honored with both the team's Ritter Academic Award and the Garnet Gridder (MVP) award on offense. Van Horn was the Bobcats' starting tight end for three seasons, and won 2007 NESCAC Second Team All-Conference laurels, after registering career-high receiving totals, with 20 receptions and 220 yards. Ross was cited for his superb participation in class discussions, and was nominated by the politics faculty to write an honors thesis, for which only 20 percent of students in the department are eligible.

Van Horn is an active presence in the world's classroom as well. In the winter 2007 semester he went abroad to Brazil on a Bates College Phillips Fellowship, where he conducted an independent study on land conflict with the indigenous people of certain areas. The title of his thesis is: “The Crisis of Corporatism: The Politics of Identity Shifts and Indigenous Resurgence in Northeastern Brazil."