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ALUMNI/AE ADMISSIONS NEWS FEBRUARY/MARCH 1984 FROH THE EDITOR We're feeling cautiously optimistic at Admissions these days as interest in New College rises. The numbers of initial applications, completed applications, and admitted students have increased over last year's. Thus far, we have admitted 182 students, which represents an increase of 33.8%. Steve's "New Direction" plans continue to be as productive as we had hoped. Besides the quantity of applicants, we are seeing quality as well. It is rewarding to know we are enticing the National 1erit Semi-Finalists and valedictorians once more, but we're not celebrating yet. Data acquired from previous years indicate the yield from admitted students is between 52% and 62%; therefore, present efforts are being directed toward encouraging the newly admitted students to enroll. The plans call for a bombardment of mail from various representatives of the colleee: the Director, Provost, and an alumnus, to begin with. Additionally, currently enrolled students (acting as liaisons) are reaching out directly with personal letters of welcome. Further still, in a joint effort called "Open Lines," students and professors will be available in the evenings during a three-week period in Harch to clarify information regarding the curriculum, student life, and/or other concerns prospective students and their families mipht h8ve. This year's approach is intended to be more sensitive to the candidates's wishes regarding coMmunication (whether he or she wishes (Cont. on page 2) Vol. 3 No. 3 HID WINTER Enthusiasm merged with nostalgia as Lynndon Clough addressed the plenary meeting of the MHC at Hamilton Center on February 23rd. The Conference brought together faculty, students, alumni, administration, and staff in a community effort aimed at assessment and recommendation. Reviewing the past twenty years, participants analyzed the school's accomplishments in relationship to internal and external environment. And looking ahead at the next twenty years (with the first three years as the short-term ideas, visions, and dreams were explored with an eye toward the future. Groups and subgroups met to propose and debate the merit of suggested innovations. Although divergent views were the order of the day, most agreed that CHANGE of some sort was necessary. To that end, the intense efforts of many produced proposals directed at moving New College ahead without sacrificing the school's liberal arts credentials. The Admissions Office was particulary gratified that a special emphasis was directed toward boostine enrollment. There was general agreement concerning an increase in student population but varied opinions regarding an size (suggestions ranged from 600 to 800). All concurred, however, in the need for an increased budget. Because ongoing recruitment effort is multifaceted, appropriate financial backing is required in order to implement and support relevant plans. The Admissions Office is counting (Cont. on page 2)
A UMNI/AE ADMISSIO N S NE W S FEBRUARY/HARCH 1984 Page 2 EDITOR (cont. from page 1) CONFERENCE (cont. from page 1) to be called by us or prefers to initiate contact). In addition to the choice regarding solicitation, candidates will also be able to identify preferred contacts (i. e professor, staff, student, or alum). I guess you know just where you come in; do not be surprised if we call upon you to help with this effort. It will, after all, be the prospective students' wishes we will be honoring! A special two-day program for admitted students from Florida is also on the calendar. Chris Salter is coordinating this event which begins with a campus tour and is followed by dinner and a panel discussion. The evening continues in a mellow mood with New College students (their musical instruments in tow) leading the way. Hhat better \vay to begin to "feel at home?" The next day's agenda provides ample opportunity for candidates to attend classes and talk with professors. Another theme in the wings centers on potential transfer students. A two-day program, similar to that just described, has been designed for Phi Theta Kappa sponsors and selected students from Florida community colleges. Many of these students continue in education after attaining an A.A degree, and New College would like to attract their numbers to our program. Apropos this last, you might want to consider if you know of potential students in your community. Just a reminder: New College is on rolling admissions. The Admissions Office is still reviewing applications for the Fall 84 semester, and we are always eager to receive those from QUALIFIED applicants. Looking forward to our next "Admissions Ne\,rs"--where I hope to convey the positive results of our current projects. **-!;;t..* on the support of such funds to ensure the success of the community's wish for a larger student population. Time will tell just how successful the illYC was, but most agree that the committee-headed by Bob Knox--orchested an impressive tour de force. NATIONAL CITES NC The march 1984 issue of Money magazine lists New College as one of "Ten Top Colleges at Bargain Prices. The article supports what we of New College have known all along--namely--that quality education at an affordable cost really does exist. Harvard sociologist David Riesman, one of the experts consulted by Money, says it is still possible to find a good school with high standards, available financial-aid money, and more. Here are Riesman' s criteria: "Basics should include a climate that makes demands without being too aggressive or competive; a senior faculty that regularly teaches undergraduates, not just graduate s tudents; a president with vitality and imagination; an international exposure, with U .S. students working abroad and f oreign students on campus; and an atmospher e of civility that tends to prevail more in a residential college than in a commuter school." We were pleased about this exposure and thought you would like to pass the good words along.
ALUMNI/AE ADMI S S ION S N E W S FEBRUARY/MARCH 1984 TO ... Peter Arnade, who will graduate this May, has been accepted by the Peace Corps. Carol 1ahler ('82) is one of three poets who presented readings of "Voices of Floridan on March lOth in Cook Hall. The readings were sponsored by the National Endmvment for the Arts, the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the NC Fine Arts Council. Dr. Justus Doenecke (History) has just published his third book, When the Rise, the Bucknell University Press. Dr. Hargaret Bates returned to the NC campus after completing the fall term in London teaching. In addition to Dr. Bates, we welcome back three students who participated in the London experience: Jeff Swanson, Ellen Fredericks, and Helen Kessler. Dr Lee D. Snyder (History) directed the Fourth Biennial NC Conference on HedievalRenaissance Studies on March 8-lOth. Dr. Sandra Gilchrist (Biology) has been awarded a Research and Creative Scholar ship grant from the USF Division of Sponsored Research in support of her project "Shell Use and Learning in Juvenile Hermit C rabs." Dr. James Moseley (Religion) served as respondent to a panel of papers on "Scrip ture and Sacred Texts in Comparative Perspective" at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Dallas, Dec 19-22. Page 3 Alumni Mark Martindale, Denny Galileo, and Andrew Ransick contributed papers in the Developmental Biology Sessions on Cell Surface Interactions, Dr, John Morrill (Biology) contributed to the Cell Surface Interaction sessions and chaired a section of contributed papers in Developmental Biology. Dr. Al Beulig presented a paper on "Imprinting: The Effect of Context and Arousal" in the Animal Behavior Section. Dr James Hoseley (Religion) has been selected as one of a core group of ten nationally known scholars and authorities for a project on "Re-Visioning America: Religion and the Life of a Nation," sponsored by the Lilly Foundation and held at Indiana University in Indianapolis. * NEW LIBRARY Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new library will take place on Thursday, March 16th. The N C community is expected to attend en masse along with a host of invited guests and dignitaries.
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