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New College Nimbus Volume 4, Number 1 Fall1987 Nimbus: a type of raan cloud; at ,. also used 1.11 reference to the flowing halo that surrounds the bead or a saint. '!be connotations u they refer to NC: a glow of memory, a rain of fertility. PHOTOJPOlA SOMMERS May 23, 1987 Reunion barbeque at the beach PHaTO/POlA SOMMERS Special Edition Reunion '87 more pictures Pages 8-11 Andrea Deeb '82, Reunion Interview New College 1964: Be with NCAA Charter Classmates Mavericks President Look Back Graduation Dan sheech by Chambliss by Susan Bums Jo n Cranor Page 2 Page 4 Page 3
Page2 New President Speaks Dan Chambliss recently discussed his vision for the alumni association with the Nimbus editor. What do you see as the most im portant goals for the alumni as sociation? The most important long-term goal for the alumni association is to provide a sense of principled direc tion to the college. New College is perpetually in danger of losing its sense of purpose, of having its prin ciples gradually whittled away. Alumni, because they have a special understanding of the benefits of the program and because they have the objectivity to see what's going on, are in a unique position to speak on be half of the fundamental ideals of New College. Obviously, an alumni association exists to serve alumni as well, but in my opinion--and I'm only one mem ber of the board--service to the col lege should come first. But what is the New College Alumni Association doing this year? First, we're building up our or ganization substantially: creating new chapters, expanding the size of Nimbus, bunting down "lost" alums, setting up working groups for various projects, running a much more elaborate fund-raising campaign, getting involved in new student orientation and organizing bigger and better class reunions. Second, we are targeting our fund-raising effort to benefit faculty projects which directly involve stu-Alumni Association Board Elected Another "first" in the history of New College took place last April when alumni voted for the first elected members of the New College Alumni Association Board of .. "Our goal is to provide a sense of principled direction to the college." dents. New College faculty are not well paid, and this is one very effi cient way for us to show them that we care about their work. You've spent a good bit of time this summer meeting with alums in different cities about organizing local chapters. Why are chapters important? Chapters provide alumni with face-to-face contact with other alums. That's invaluable because it reminds people in a visceral way of what was special about New College. You can see that these people are not like everybody else; they have a dif ferent view on life. So chapters are the best way to organize a grassroots alumni association. Concretely, they can help with ad missions, provide contacts with alums who are new to the area, help tors. The election ffturnout" was bet ter than some local elections. One of every four of you took the time to vote and return your ballot. The candidates elected to sel'Ve a two-year term on the board Jof Barnitz '74, Dan Chambliss '75, Andrea Deeb '82, Stephen Hall '69 Jono Miller '74, Gary Montm '7i. Nimbus, Falll987 in finding missing alumni, host facul ty who are visiting the city and be a continuing source of class notes for Nimbus. They also provide an or ganized setting for discussion of alumni concerllS about the college, a sort of caucus. What can alumni do to get in. volved? > First, make sure we have your correct address. > Second, send to the Alumni Office addresses for alums you know who aren't listed in the directory. > Third, if you live in a city with a chapter (see page 16) call the chapter head and volunteer to do something. Chapter heads have lists of jobs. > Fourth, donate some money .. and the amount is not so crucial as the fact that you give--to the annual fund drive. We are trying this year to more than double our participation rate. NCAA Officers At its May meeting, the New College Alumni Association Board of Directors elected new officers to serve for 1987-1988. Dan Chambliss '75, assistant professor of sociology at Hamil ton College in Clinton, N.Y., was elected president. Mary Ruiz '78, director of program development for Manatee Glens Corp., in Bradenton, Fla., is secretary. Ken Misemer '68, an attorney in New Port Richey, Fla., is treasurer. Mark Mudge '79, Mary Ruiz '78, arid Adam Tebrugge '82. The' alumni board also includes all alui:nni members of the New College Foundati9n Board of They aie Bob Allen '78, John Cranor '67, Ben Ford '87, Sean Lincoln: '85, Ken Miseiner '68 and Carla Schroer '86.
Nimbus, Fa111987 Page3 Cranor to Grads, .. Be Mavericks .. John Cranor '67, president of the foun tain beverage division of Pepsi USA, spoke at the May New College com mencement. Here are excerpts from his text. John D. MacDonald was one of In our New College experiences we New College's early trustees. Speak-have prepared ourselves to be ing through his fictional character mavericks Travis McGee, MacDonald had this So, after I became a maverick, I to say about mavericks: went to business school--at Harvard. "All mavericks ever do, anyway, is And in that citadel of conservatism Greetings, graduates. Or, if you make the sane, normal, industrious and during the business career that prefer, welcome alumni. Frankpeoplefeel uncomfortable. They ask has followed, I found out that ly, that's really all I'm obligated to do the wrong questions. Such as-What mavericks can thrive in any environhere this eveningbring to you, the is the meaning of all this?"... ment. I also found out that we have graduates ofthls New College _____________ ..___, an advantage. of 1987, greetings from the New Because we are unreasonable College alumni. But if you think enough to want to assume inthat any New Collegian from any dividual responsibility, we set class -even from any era -ourselves apart from the crowd. would be satisfied simply to meet Because we are comfortable with the minimum requirements, then confrontation, with debate, with you really haven't learned as expressing our points -ofviews, much here as I thought. ... we often find ourselves thrust You know, graduations tradiinto positions of leadership tionally mark a change ... But I Because we are blessed with want to suggest that you ignore first class minds, we will always that traditional notion. I want to ask questions And we can often suggest that you go through this find answers that elude others. ceremony tonight and then keep Because we are restless, crearight on going --without changtive curious, we are never satising. John Cranor1987 Graduation fled with things as they are We You see, the fact that we came wonder constantly what might to New College marks us as different. ks be. And so we tinker We mess with ... Wewereattractedbyaneducation mavenc can order. We make others uncomfortal philosophy that was founded, able. We ask the wrong questions nearly 30 years ago, on two central thrive in any We want to know: what is the meanthemes: ing of all this. First, the idea that "in the final ... When we leave New College, we analysis a student is responsible for environment." go to a world that John D. Mac-his or her mm education" and Donaldhasdescribedasbeing "inthe second, the notion that "the best bands of the unaware, the incurably, education comes from the active con -ft find unconsciously, second class (people) frontation of two first-class minds." we can 0 en with second class minds and that in -Why in the world would any effably second class goal of reasonable person assume responansw-ers that elude reasonable competence, reasonable sibility for his or her own education? security, reasonable happiness. Why would any reasonable person If we allow the ceremony of Others. k h want to engage in confrontation --or graduation to ma e a c ange or us, seek out a first-class mind? we can join that world .... The world around us doesn't enOr,wecango,unchanged,intothe courage anyone to assume respon You see, during the years we world and remain the mavericks that sibility -but we were attracted to spend here at New College, we have the New College experience has alNew College by the promise that we the opportunity to ask all kinds of lowed us to become. We can concould be responsible for our own questions. We have the chance to tinue to be, somehow, different and education. immerse ourselves in research as well assume individual responsibility; we The world around us preaches acas in searches. Searches for self, for can relish confrontation We can be commodation, but we were attracted meaning, for direction, for goals. John D. MacDonald's mavericks. to New College by the promise of At New College, we have pursued On behalf of my fellow maverick confrontation. To be so out of step passions __ personal, political, alumni, I welcome you as re-enforcewith the world marks us-marks you pedagogical, or even PCP's -and ments. -as mavericks. we have learned from those pursuits. Don't ever change.
Page4 Nimbus, Fa111987 New College 1964: Charles Raeburn, left, during 1967 "Great Issues" seminar Susan Bums '80, an admissions coun selor at New College, talked about New College's early years with five charter class students who attended the 20th class reunion this past May. Press clippings and back issues of the school's first newspaper, The Catalyst, filled in some other blanks. The five classmates may not be able to speak for everyone, but their experiences are similar enough to paint a picture of New College's birth. New College always has been a walk on the wilder side of scholarly pursuits. It attracts the kind of students who arc willing to take a risk. Nonetheless, it is hard to fathom why the 101 students who formed New College's charter class were willing to risk as much as they did on that hot and muggy day, Sept. 14, 1964, when they arrived on New College's doorsteps as idealistic 17-and 18-year-olds. Most of these students could have gone anywhere. They had exception ally high scores on the SAT. Many were National Merit fmalists or semi finalists. Twenty were high school valedictorians, and quite a few had already begun research or excelled in an extracurricular area. They were touted as "the finest young minds in America," "top scholars," "the best and the brightest; and, of course, the catch phrase that first year, "first-class minds." Despite their outstanding academic credentials, many of the "You see so many divergent types at New College, and you develop an appreciation for the individual." charter class studentsfrom 28 states and three foreign countries were different from the kind of student who goes on to highly selective private colleges or the swank Ivy Leagues. New College's first director of ad missions, Robert Norwine, recruited Midwesterners rather than Nor theasterners, rural and small-town teens instead of society-savvy subur banites. Many did not have a tradi tion of higher education behind them. The times also favored ex perimentation. These were the post Sputnik days when America was dedicated to educating its youth to compete in a scientifically-advanced superpower age. In addition, during the early 1960s, America was a country on the verge of social change in civil rights and human relations. But, even given the favorable so cial and political climate, the stu dents were taking a risk. The school was a very expensive blank slate. Tui tion was on a par with Harvard $3,900 to be exact. (Remarkably, out -of-state tuition at New College is not much more today $4,263 for the 1987-88 academic year. New College was also unac credited, somewhat vague in its goals, and very uncertain of its finan ces. All the students knew of the school was what they were told by an adroit admissions staff ("They could have sold the proverbial icebox toEs kimos," one charter class graduate said) and what they read in the college's own literature. The pocket sized college catalogue was so idealistically written that it still in spires dreamers and true believers in the liberal arts. In the press, New College was am bitiously described as "the Harvard of the South."
Nimbus, Fall1987 PageS Charter Classmates Look Back "The aim of New College is to make Spanish moss the prestige equivalent of New England ivy," said a Time magazine article. What did all this promotion do to the students? Charter class students knew a lot was expected of them, but many said they did not feel like a group of high strung thoroughbreds that needed pampering. "I don't remember a feeling of elitism," said John Cranor, the first student chair of the charter class and now president of the fountain beverage division of Pepsi USA. "I think we found out after the fact, when we went to graduate schools and on to work, that we had been with extraordinarily bright people. At the time, I assumed New College stu dents were what all college students were supposed to be." Ray Bennett, another charter classmate who is now a psychologist at AT&T Bell Labs near Chicago, agreed. "I didn't think we were any dif ferent," he said. "I remember thinking there was a range of opinion and ability represented here, but I didn't think of us as remarkable." In fact, the lofty descriptions of students served to intimidate some.Take Esther Lynne Barrazone, for example. She was a small-town "I never stopped believing in these ideals despite the problems." Florida girl who was a National Merit semifinalist, a high school valedic torian and the first student admitted to New College. It seemed her photograph was in more publica tions, including Time magazine, than any other coed that year. She was one of five chosen that first year as a Charter Scholar, and as a result, received a full tuition scholarship to New College. But she remembers having "a rough go of it" when she arrived in Sarasota. 1965 photo of Esther Lynn Barrazone studying in library "I felt I was one of the students that they took a risk on," she says." I didn't go to a New Trier school (a Chicago high school well-known for its rigorous academics). I was not as well educated. I came from a poor family with no educational tradition. In fact, I was what you would call a redneck southerner. To be with people who would march in Selma was hard for me." Barrazone should have given her self more credit. After she graduated from New College, she won a Fulbright Scholarship to Columbia where she did her Ph.D and is now dean of academic affairs at Philadelphia's College of Textiles and Sciences .. Carol Ann Wilkinson, another small-town Floridian, also remem bers being somewhat daunted by the description "first-class minds." "I think some of us felt we must have got in here by mistake. Charles Raeburn, who is now a corporate lawyer for Union Carbide, recognized that there were some very brilliant people at New College. For Raeburn, it was a shock to come to a school where everyone was bright. "I was the salutatorian of my high school class, but it was a shock to get to a school where a lot of the people were a hellava lot smarter than you were, or at least you thought they were. I remember being in my cal culus class with these certifiable geniuses who took off like FX 70s. It was very discouraging. But that feel ing wasn't prevalent. Especially after the first year when we diversified and began to specialize." If the students were exceptional the campus left a litlle bit to be desired. As elegant as Charles Ringling's baronial mansion and grounds might be, some things were missing dorms, for example. In fact, a lot was missing. There was no development at all on the east side of campus. There was no student cen ter, no labs, and barely a library. Just about everything took place in College Hall, the Ringlings' old mansion. Meals were cooked in the Ringling's kitchen and then served in the dining room. Classes took place -.some things were missing -dorms, for example. in the Music Room and other wings, and the library was upstairs. Students lived in the 12-story tower of the Landmark, a luxury hotel on Lido Beach the first semester. The 43 girls with their sleeveless shifts and teased coifs in habited the top three floors, and the 58 men with their buttoned-down collars and Dennis the Menace hair cuts the bottom seven. In between was a no man's land where a minister and his wife sup posedly chaperoned the brilliant
Page6 Nimbus, Falll987 ... :::. Charter Classmates cont'd. ::: teens and tried to make sure the twain would never meet. Rumors linger however, that the bridge be tween the sexes was gapped by inven tive New College students. Dinner at the Landmark was a for mal affair held in the hotel's dining room. Girls wore dresses and heels and boys were required to wear coats and ties. The hotel's club became a sandwich and soda shop, and a shut tle bus ran frequently enough to get the students to class on time. The stay on the white sands of Lido Beach was only temporary be cause the hotel needed its room for winter guests and snowbirds. When students came back from Christmas break they were set up in makeshift dorms on campus until the Pei dorms were finished in March and April. The girls occupied what are now the science labs. The middle room was filled with irons and ironing boards. The other rooms contained army cots, three drawers for each girl, (huge, bubble-cap hair dryers sat on top of almost every set), dress racks on wheels, and old portable tin showers lined up against the inside walls. "I remember if someone took a shower at night it was deafening," Wilkinson, formerly Childress, said. But I remember having a great time there." "I liked the idea of being responsible for my own education." Lights had to be out by 11 p.m. and there was a midnight curfew for girls and a 1 a.m. one for boys. Those boys who didn't find lodg ing with sympathetic Sarasotans, stayed in The Barn under similar conditions. Apparently, not everyone was as good-natured about the living condi tions as Wilkinson. "It was cold as hell that winter and The Barn had no heat," Cranor remembers. "I luckily found a place to live with a family, but I remember the students being really inconvenienced," Raeburn said. "It was the absolute down point of the year. The school was not prepared for us." J school was unaccredited and looked like it might never graduate its first class? "I was all fired up about the ideals of the place," says Barrazone. "I never stopped believing in these ideals despite the problems." "It was the idea of doing some thing for the first time," said Cranor. "New College appealed to me from the first. I liked the idea ofbeing respon sible for my own educa tion. It never crossed my mind to worry about not being accredited." Wilkinson, a former teacher and now the alumni coordinator for New College, thinks being 17-years-old had something to dQ with students' staying power. The difftculties were not confined to the physi cal facilities. Campus politics proved to be as big a breeding ground for dissatisfaction. Dr. John Gustad, the college provost, was fired during the second semester by college president George Baughman who wanted more of a say in the academic program. Faculty were resigning right and left and students were often treated as pawns in the war over control of the school. PIIOTO/MARY RUJI: "I don't think we thought about the problems," she said. "The big draw was learning for Ray Bennett '67 at 1987 reunion "It was a very difficult period," remembers Bennett, one of the students who was reluctantly drawn into the battle. "I remember being asked to sign petitions and write letters of support for various faculty members. It seemed that many of us were drafted into a war that had nothing to do with learning and everything to do with power." Indeed, the first issues of the Catalyst, the campus news organ were filled with articles, editorials, and letters about the campus crisis. Most of the student input were rally ing cries to withstand the storm and put aside ideas of transferring. "We students realized in coming to New College that perfection was not here. We have been given the op portunity to build the New College ideal...," wrote one student. The article implored students to keep the faith. flSecond year up perclassmen wanted. Try transfer ring yo.ur from the thought of leavtng to the reality of studying." What kept most of the students here (two-thirds of the charter class graduated from New College) when faculty were deserting and the learning's sake and most of us believed in that." Looking back over 20 years, these five students say they wouldn't have traded the experience for anything. "I really believe in New College," Cranor said. "It gave me a liberal arts educationsomething I really believe in. You're conversant and can com municate. More importantly, you develop a tolerance, a willingness to see the other person's point of view. You see so many divergent types at New College, and you develop an ap preciation for the individual. I took these values into the business worlq. I treasure what I got at New College to this day." Barrazone, that self-described southerner, now laughs and calls her self "a liberal Democrat with strong feminist ideals and married to a University of Pennsylvania faculty member and composer." New lege definitely changed her. Barr razone adds, "New College ex panded my world and provided me with a new set of ambitions and a complete set of values. I'm glad I went. In retrospect, it's the best thing I could have done."
Nimbus, Fall1987 Page? Student Attends Undergraduate Research Conference New College student Leslie Smart's paper, "The Move ment of the Masses in Potempkin and Triumph of the Will.," earned a "Best in Ses sion" award at the first annual National Conference on Un dergraduate Research. Smart read her paper, written for Prof. Cris Hassold's seminar onfJ.Jm history and criticism, at the conference in Asheville, N.C., last spring. The conference revealed that New College's stress on undergraduate research is taking hold elsewhere. "I found that the mentor system was flourishing at many other colleges besides New College. Students from University of Minnesota, University of Maryland, University of California at Riverside -all fairly large schools --spoke of their (faculty] mentors." Over 400 students from 130 colleges and universities attended. Smart, a transfer to New College from Rice University, believes New by Jim Feeney Professor Cris Hassold and Leslie Smart College participation in the national conferences is crucial. At such gatherings, we demonstrate that our approach to education works A few articulate papers speak better for the college than pages of statistics. I got a more realistic sense of what was happening at other schools and discovered ways that I, as a student, could improve I also gained a lot of self-confidence... The feed back I got...helped me see my potential as a strong influence on American education." She believes that conference par ticipation helps novocollegians see themselves as spokesmen for important concepts of education. Ironically, in this student centered college, there have been virtually no funds for faculty or student participation in conferen ces such as the one Smart at tended. This year the college's ability to send students to conferences has been enhanced by a new grants program using New Col lege Foundation scholarship funds. The alumni association is creating a faculty development grant program which will fund projects such as joint faculty / student research and participation in conferences. Feeney is director of special project development for New College. New New College Admits In a day in which the pool of high school graduates is declining, New College admitted its largest class of freshmen and transfer students in eight years -179 This fall's class is up 63 percent from 1981, when only 110 new stu dents enrolled. And the new class is not only bigger; it's better. The average SAT score is 1242, up 10 points from last year and up more than 50 points from 1981. Nationally, students average 902 on the SAT. One in nine of the new students is either a National Merit Scholarship Finalist or Semifinalist. Eight of the recruits graduated number one in their high school class. T_he new class averaged 3.77 for its high school grade point average. "Our recruitment successes show that New College is one of the best by Chris Eversole buys in education and the word is get ting out," says Robert Thornton, director of admissions. New College is receiving regular mention as a place to get an outstand ing education while paying the low tuition of a public institution. The college has been featured in People, the New York Times Guide to Higher Education, the best-selling book The Public Ivys and Peterson's Annual Guide to Undergraduate Study. The interest among bright high school graduates shows that a liberal arts education has appeal despite the tendency of many students to focus on training for careers as profes sionals, says Provost Robert Benedetti. "The students we attract are serious about finding a challenging learning environment, he says. Interest in New College is so high that it can be more selective each year. "We admitted only 44 percent of the 635 students who applied. Very few schools in the country admit less than half their applicants," Thornton says. The new class has 95 women and 84 men. While 129 of the new stu dents are freshmen, 50 are transfer ring from another colleges or univer sities. Students come from throughout the United States and from three foreign countries Singapore, Spain and Bolivia Eversole is public affairs director for.. USF!New College
PageS REUNION '87 PHOI'O/MARY RUIZ Ken '68 and Abby Misemer at 1987 graduation Nimbus, Falll987 New College alumni gathered in Sarasota May 22-24, 1987, for reunion festivities which included graduation, a PCP, a babeque at Lido Beach, an alumni associa tion general meet ing, a dinner and dance in Hamilton Center and three brunches planned by the target classes --1967, 1972, 1977 and 1982. PHOTO MARY RUIZ Frazier Carraway '76 and Beverly Brown '77 A gathering of novocollegians guarantees spirited discussions.
Page9 Nimbus, Fall1987 PHOTO /POlA SOMMERS More than 170 alums, family friends and faculty were at the beach barbeque Andrea Deeb '82 --It's good to see old friends again. Bill Chadwick '67 and lnge Fryklund 67
Page 10 Nimbus, Fall1987 Ginger Lyon '74 and Hal Piercy '70 Bill '72 and Patricia Barrand Herman '72 PHOTO/MARY RUIZ Dan Chambliss '75 and Jono Miller '7 4 Fay Clayton, Esther Barrazone, Ken Hammond, lnge Fryklund, unidentified, Bill Thurston and Rachel Findley Thurston were some of the Charter Class members at the reunion.
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Page 12 Nimbus, Falll987 '88 Reunion --May 20 22, 1988 by Janet Weisenford '77, Reunion Coordinator I'm sure there ate many New College alwrtrli who have never at tended a New College reunion. To you, I issue a special invitation to this year'S reunion, .Reunion events will pattern those ofpa.st years'. There will be a dinner, barbecue, alumni association meeting, brunch and, of course, a Palm Courl Party or two. The reunion takes place on gradua tion weekend, so, if you would like to do so, you can attend graduation. class agents are: 1968 Laurie and Edna I have attended two reunions and have enjoyed both. Reunions provide the opporlunity to learn directly about the status of New College how the school is ooiitg financially, academi cal(y, socially and physically. Of course, reunions also give you the chance to get in touch with "lost" friends. Faculty participate, so reunions offer some time to talk with your fomwr faculty and to meet "new" faculty. During the weekend, espe cially if you attend graduation, you will also meet other New College graduates, including the most recent ones. Each reunion has target classes. The target classes for the 1988 reunion are 1968, 1973, 1978 and 1983. Each target class has a class agent who will be contacting class members to solicit input for the reunion and to locate missing members in order to issue in vitations to all class members. 17te New College Added to Eminent Scholars Act During the 1987 Florida legislative ses sion, State Senator Robert M Johnson was successful in having the New College Foundation added to the legislation pertaining to the Eminent Scholars Act. This legislation recog nized the New College Foundation on a co equal basis with the foundations of the nine state universities. The Eminent Scholars Act offers a broad array of state matching situa tions to fund endowed chairs within the State Universily System. The Foundation has already qualified for its first matching grant of $420,000 which will be used with $600,000 from the estate of the late Vilma Francies Slingerland to fund the Leonard S Aorsheim, Sr. Chair at New Col lege Provost Robert Benedetti is initiating actions to select a Florsheim Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts for the 1988-89 academic year. In announcing the good news, Rolland V Heiser, president of the New College Foundation, stated, "In my judgment, this action is Another second generation novocol legian was welcomed on campus this fall with the the admission of Ann Dwyer, daughter of Sharon Landesman '68. Fay Clayton '67 is heading up the alumni chapter in Chicago. She's being assisted by Stott Sachnoff '75, Steve Jacobson '75 and Dan Stults '81. Chicago area alumni are get tremendously important to the future of New College. It offers a positive way to maintain ew College' s 10: 1 student/facul!y ratio while the student body grows We believe that endowed chairs established with private funds and leveraged with state matching funds will be attractive to donors who wish to memorialize a loved one. Because the New College program is more expensive than the standard univer sity program, the Foundation provides the funds e.ach year which allow New Col lege to continue to function For 1987-88, the grant to USF will amount to ap proximately $2,000 per student.This is in addition to $150 000 awarded by the Foundation in individual scholarships The endowed principal for the scholarship program has grown to the point that one goal of the Foundation for the future is to make New College a full tuition scholarship institution. ling together on Nov 14th. The event will be hosted by Rhoda Pritzker, a New College Foundation trustee. Barbara Hanna Sheldon '69 was elected to the Banning, Calif City Council in Novem She ran against 12 men for two posi uons and was the topvotegetter. In addition Barbara cha i rs the city's redevelopment agency. F. Mark Whittaker w67 is now vice president for university relations at Stetson Universily DeLand, Fla Walker Paulson > 1973Judy Kaye Lentini > 1978 Lori Hoffman Smolker > 1983Dan Ryan If you're iit the target classes, you may already have heard from your class agent. Everyone will be receiving specific infomtation on the reunion alongwith registration forms in January. Please note that due to a change in the academic calendar this year, gradua tion and the reunion are the week before Memorial Day weekend. I hope that all ofyou will be al)le to join us in lovely Sarasota for the 1988 New College Reunion. The Gateway to Excellence Community Hosts The Community Host program, sponsored by the New College Foun dation, was revived during this year's Orientation Week. Alumnus Dennis Kezar '67 and his wife and Mark 72 and Rhonda Evans '72 were among the 22 Sarasota/Bradenton families who efltertained members of the enter ing class on Sunday, August 30. Gary Williams '69 visited on campus last spring on his way to Miami for the an nouncement ceremonies for the new IBM software he'd been programming. Gazy is a senior design engineer for Computer As sociates Inc. in San Jose. Gazy and Rose Stet ler '71 have two children. Rose received her masters in public health from San Jose State and works for a private non-profit agency specializing in grant administration relating to child-care programs and child development. She's written a book about childhood illnesses which is being published by the agency
Ellen Ballard w73 has just completed ner M.D. at University of Kentucky. She visited Sarasota this summer before beginning a residency in rehabilitative medicine at Sinai Hospital in Detroit. Lila Bricklin '78, assistant director of development at Villanova University, is the Philadelphia alumni chapter head. She's being assisted in organizing the chapter by Ellen Glessner '77, a commercial litigation at torney at White and Williams, and Robin Mc: Entire '75 and Judy Schatz '76. Robin is a computer scientist working in artificial intel ligence research and development at Unisys. Judyisafree-lance medical editor, which gives her time to spend with their 3-year-old son. Jeanne Bojarski '74 is director of techni cal writing and proposal coordination at Con trol Systems International in Kansas City. She also continues to write poetry and short stories. Her plans include an extended vaca tion in Florida. Ken Bowermeister '70, music and or chestra teacher at Pine View School in Sarasota, has been selected as one of 10 out standing music teachers in the United States to be featured in a videotape for Oberlin College's Conservatory of Music. Prof. Peggy Bates sent word that Mary Burfisher '77 and Bruce Jac:obs '76 welcomed their second child, Neva, on April 27. Peter Bynum '79 is the president of Voter Access, a political consulting firm in New York City. Peter docs fundraising for non profit organizations, and is using computers to help candidates running for state legisla ture and Congress. He lives in Manhattan. "Labours of the Medieval Mouse Months," an illustrated calendar by Terry '79 and Robyn Curtis-Sullivan '79, was displayed during August in Sarasota's Selby Public Library. Verse meditations captured the frolics and tasks of authentically costumed mice. Marcy Denmark Manning '73 has just been awarded a Full Merit Fellowship for her final year at George Mason University. She works part-time for Sallie Mae, the Student Loan Marketing Association. "The summer is a welcome break from school since 1 have the graduate student equivalent of a massive case of senioritis -i.e., I still enjoy learning but would rather not have to demonstrate it on tests and in papers." Lisa Feige lis Goldring '73 has been work ingfor the past two years at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville on the in stallation and maintenance of NASA's en supercomputer complex, but has JUSt moved to the D.C. area. Emily Feigenson '76 is assistant rabbi at Temple Solei in Scottsdale, Ariz. She's eager to meet people from outside the congrega tion. Do you know anyone in the Phoenix area? Robert Fish '75 investigates human-com puter interaction for Bell Communications Research. He'sa frequent sailor ofr-;cw York Bay and Long Island Sound and wonders if any other NC people are doing the same .. Pat Bryant, formerly of New College L1brary, IS now IS the doctoral program in library science at Simmons College. She passed on the news that Franc:ine '77 lives in Brooklyn, is married to Getz Obstfeld and has a baby boy about a year old. Jean Graham '71 recently finished her M.F.A. at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received the Dybvig Award for outstand ing graduate art student and a grant to study the arts and artists of the Baoule and Scnufo peoples in the Ivory Coast, West Africa. News of Sociologists ... Dan Chambliss '75 sent word he met six other NC alums at this summer's meeting of the American Sociological Association--Jennifer Glass '77, Greg Brooks '7'\ Amy Howard '78, Nancy Reichman '75, Mary Jo Neitz '72, and Dan Ryan '83. Visiting with NC's contingent was Glass's fellow professor from Notre Dame, David Hachen, brother of Debbie Hachen '74. and Environmentalists ... Several New College graduates, staff, students and fonner staff were active in the Sarasota Bay Area Scientific lnfomlation Symposium (SARABASIS) held at Sztdakoff CenterlastApril. Ruth Folit '75 was the symposium coordinator. Mark Evans '77, Rhonda Evans '77, Jonathan Miller '74, Julie Morris '74 and Steven Sauers '80 were among the invited speakers. Edward Greenfield '78 has finished graduate school at UNC, Chapel Hill, and is now working in the pathology department of Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis. Sylvia Greenwald Stella '73 writes, "After spending 10 years first teaching school, then in techmcal wntmg animal photography (reptiles and amph1b1ans mostly), then in medical research .(auth?red and co-authored papers in internatiOnal JOUr nals), I have finally (a physician) and am a full-time houseWife and mother of two wonderful children, Adam (born 8!85) and Miriam (born 6/81)." Alexis Simendinger '81 nottced a fam1har New College name in an announcement in the June 12, 1987, Weekend section of the Washtngton Post and sent it along. Herb Guggenheim '78, a teacher, writer and James Joyce fan, was the organizer of Washington's fourth annual marathon reading of Ulysses. Thirty-eight readers including O.B. Har dison, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, and actresses Joan Durante and Bar bara Carter--read in shifts for 34 hours non stop. Congratulations to Lee and Teresa Harshman Harrison '75 whose second daughter, Hannah, was b0rn this summer. Lee is back at New College, taking time from his real estate business to be a student. Teresa was recently elected president of the local chapter of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers. Charles (Chuck) KiJiney '73 stopped by the campus last spring while visiting family in Englewood. From his conversations with Chris Martin, director of Sudakoff Center, and Jim Feer.ey, director of special project development, we learn that Chuck, whose senior thesis on population drew from off campus study experiences in Ireland and Africa, went to the University of Michigan, where he earned an M.S. in population plan ning. Since 1983, he's been director of com puting services at the University's School of Business Administration. He also has an M.B.A. from Michigan. He and his wife, Kathy, have two daughters, Lisa (8) and Ellen (4). Kathy is a health services administrator in Ann Arbor. No sooner had Chuck Kinney passed through town than sister Leslie Kinney '73 dropped by. Brattleboro, Vt., has been home since graduation. She has a master's in inter national administration from the School for International Training, part of the Experi ment in International Living. While at New College Leslie interned with an ElL project in Guatemala, beginning a long association with the Experiment that includes four years plac ing foreign high school exchange students in American homes. Leslie is Community Ser vices Director, Franklin County (Mass.) As sociation for Retarded Citizens. She is active in the Sanctuary Program for Central American refugees and is a founder of a shel ter for the homeless. Prof. Laz.lo Deme passed on an an nouncement from Harry Liebersohn '73 and his wife, Dorothee SchneiderLiebersohn, of the birth of their son, Carl Jacob, on June 24. Harry has a Ph.D. from Princeton and is now an assistant professor of history at Claremont College, teaching graduate students. Harry has just finished a book, Fate and Utopia in German Sociology, which will be published by MIT next spring. Judy Lentini '73 sent word of a bittersweet gathering of Atlanta alums at a farewell party for Jim Loc:k '75, who's moved to Los An geles. "Most of the local NC community was there, along with a cast of thousands of non News. Quite a send-off, though I wish we had been partying for a different reason. Jim is an Atlanta NC institution --we're really going to miss him." Judy also included a copy of an article from the June 7, 1987 Atlanta Weekly, "Profile on Peachtree," by Helen C. Smith, featuring Lisa McGaughey Tuttle '74. Lisa, former director of Nexus Gallery in Atlanta, is now director of
the Atlanta College of Art Gallery in Woodruff Arts Center. Lisa was quoted about her new job, "It's a fine balance between admmistrative tasks, manual labor and intel lectual acrobatics, always keeping in perspec tive that art is the original love." Glen Merzer '78, a writer for film television and theater in Los Angeles, won the 1987 Illinois State University Fine Arts Fes tival Pla}Writing Contest for his play, "Two Subjects to Avoid Over Dinner." His plays, including "The Cashier," "Taking Comfort" and "Amorphous George, have won several national awards. Glen played the role of a stand-up comic when "Amorphous George was presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1986 He received a master's degree in creative writing from Bos ton University in 1983. Congratulations to Julie Morris '74 and Jono Miller '74 on the birth of their son, Cor ley Arthur Miller, on August19. Ellen Muratori '84 participated with the Tallahassee Peace Coalition in the Janual)' protest against testing of the Trident 2 missile system at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. She also sent an article from the Jan/Feb 1987 issue of 'uclearTimes which had a picture of William "Chip" Reynolds '77, executive director of the Freeze Voter PAC, and mentioned his participation in the Freeze Campaign's Seventh National Conference in Chicago in December 1986. Candice Relfe '75 was named a poet!)' fel low in the 1987 Massachusetts Artists Fellow ship Program of the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities. Leslie Reinherz '74 lives in the Boston area and has been in the film and television business since getting a Ph.D. in zoology from Duke. For the past five years she's been a documentary producer, working mostly on public television science programs. Rirhard '73 is a professor of music at the University of South Dakota School of Fine Arts, teaching cello, bass and music theol)'. Mary Ruiz '78 is the new director of program development for Manatee Glens Corp., a private, nonprofit provider of com munity health services. Her responsibilities include the areas of planning, evaluation and marketing. Samuel Sapp w70 says he enjoys doing retail work, everything from accounts receiv able on the computer to stock merchandising, inventory, pricing and ringing the cash register. Andrew Saxe '71 owns a data-base market ing company in New York City. John Scholl '79 "I received my M.S. in teaching English to speakers of other lan guages from Florida International University in 1983 and taught ESL at Bafl)' University, Miami. I improved my Spanish by living in Argentina for four months in 1984 and am presently completing my first year at the Wil liam M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago." Neil Shechtman '79visited with Mary Tip pens w80 in the Campus Books hop this sum mer, and she sent word he's finished medical schQOI now and doing his residency in Jack sonville. David '77 and Lori Holtman Smolker '78 proudly announce the birth of their second son, HaC!)' Robert on May 29. Lori is plan ning to become a student again in January to complete her elemental)' education certifica tion. Amy Louise Sparks 78 received her Ph.D. from University of Florida this summer. In Memoriam Jean Graham '71 sent a clipping from the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman telling of the death on March 21, 1987 of Molly tynde Conway, who attended New College in the fall of 1965At the time of her death Molly was a national Ph.D. Met ton Fellow in the Humanities, Woodrow Wilson Foundation and was writing her dissertation in applied linguistics. She is survived by her husband, John Conway, and three children. Shanna Ratner '75 relayed news of the the death of Deborah Rabinowitz '70 in September of cancer. Deborah was a professor of zoology and systematics at Cornell University. Dorothy Bobb Massey sent word that Mary Regina Puckett '70 also died of cancer several years ago. Bill Swanson '79 has moved to Dallas, where he is a research scientist in charge of the Visual Disorders Laboratol)' for the Retina Foundation of the Southwest. Eric Thurston '70 is a con tractor for vaca tion and solar homes, one of which was fea tured in the North Carolina Governor's Show case of Solar Homes. He also works with a sm.all consulting firm that markets microcomputer accounting and management systems to small businesses and government agencies Jacqueline Wade Thurston '71 is a real estate agent, has a licensed nurse!)' is a member of the local volunteer fire department and helps Eric raise their two daughters, ages 6 and 14. The Thurstons say they've definitely become RUMPlES and are enjoying the mountains thoroughly. Vogel '77 is a research fellow at the University of Stockholm's Institute of Com parative Religions and an affiliated researcher with Sweden's National Ethnographic Museum, where she isworkingon plans for an international touring exhibition of Anishnabe (Chippewa) contemporal)'traditional art with the Canadian Indian Art Centre. Nimbus, Falll987 Terry Weber '75 is now vice president of marketing for Purolator Corp. in Tulsa. Marc Weinberg '74 will be back on the ew College campus this fall as the campus physician. Polly Adema '86 and Austin Work '86 are at Indiana University, Bloomington, after a year "off" in Sarasota. Polly is studying folklore; Austin is studying political science. Madeline Altabe '87 is in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at USF. Aaron Baum '84 is finishing his master's in communications at the Annenberg School of Communications at USC, after which he plans to work in communications and management counseling while still searching for the "perfect 10." Nancy Be(ker '87, Valerie Gutchen '87 and Chris Amade '87 were planning to celebrate their graduation by spending the summer travelling in Europe. Nancy plans to go to Anchorage on her return. Rob Bilott '87 is attending Ohio State University Law School in Columbus. "Top Happy" on the Twin Tone label is Paul Cebar's '80 new album. with the R & B Cadets. The R & B Cadets have made a name for themselves working out of Milwaukee with an updated version of classic rhythm. and blues, according to current student Dave De Luc(a, who reviewed the album for a campus publica tion. John Conley '80 had a show of his works, "Musical Sculptures, as a part of the Ringling Museum Children's Art Festival in April. Mark Bondurant '83 and John O'Hara Church '84 both served for two years as Peace Corps volunteers in Cameroon and both were assigned to the same town. Mark was a fisheries specialist; John was an English teacher. John writes, "I guess they knew about New College people, and wanted to keep a close eye on us." Mark is now doing a second tour in the South Pacific nation of Tonga and John is searching for another way to escape Dallas Ben Ford '87 is the student activities coor dinator for the housing office this year while researching graduate schools. Bob Freedman '87 is in a masters program in public administration at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. Adam Front '80 worked for the past year with adult chronic mentally ill clients with chemical dependency issues in a group hom.e in Minneapolis. In the spring he moved to the San Francisco Bay area to begin Ph D. study in clinical psychology at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Men l o Park. He's looking forward to getting reacquainted with other area alums. Lisa Fus(o '86 has been accepted into Yale's M .F. A./Ph D. program in dramaturgy, according to a note from Prof. Glenn Cuomo
Deni Galileo '83 was in town in early May to give a talk at the Association for Research in Vision and Opthamology He'll get his Ph.D. at University of florida this December in medical sciences, with a major in anatomy and cell biology. Deni was also the winner of the Best Graduate Student Poster award at the 29th Annual Southeastern Developmental Biology Conference in St. Augustine, Florida, in February. Heidi Ganser '87 is in the M A. program in expressive therapies at Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass William (fy) Giltinan '87 is in the masters program in computer science at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prof. Cris Hassold sent a copy of an article featuring Kevin Goehring '80 from the June/July 1987 issue of ArtsNews. Kevin's specialty is painting on different shapes and surfaces. He works through an organization called Art Bridge to take exhibitions overseas. They've already exhibited in Bonn and West Berlin. Lisa Gordon '87 is at University of South Carolina at Columbia. Derrin Gottlieb '87 is enrolled in the mat. hematics program at Brandeis University. Greg Hall '87 has returned from six months working on-the largest commercial development in Western Europe. He's now an architectural trainee for Skidmore & Merrill in Chicago Rachel Hamilton '87 plans to pursue a Ph.D. in archaeology at Tulane University with the ultimate goal of directing ar chaeological projects in Mexico and Belize. Lucie Hostalek '87 says she hopes to decide on a graduate school as soon as pos sible. She's tired of the working world. Sarah Leslie and her husband, Michael Tilse, are both counselors in the Church of Scientology in Los Angeles. She is also a free-NEW COLLEGE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 5700 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243 lance legal secretary and a volunteer with the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, wh1ch works to protect the civil rights of men tal patients. Susan Jones Mannino '81 was a member oft he Asolo State Theater's resident Summer Equity Company in Sarasota She appeared in "Our Town and "All My Sons." She made her off-Broadway debut last spring in a new PHOTO/POlA SOMMERS Cindy Marchant and Bill Memory at graduation. What's Gnu? We'd like to hear from you. Send us news, com ments or address changes. Thank you. play, "Blood," and has been teaching acting and stage speech at the Booker Visual and Performing Arts Center in Sarasota Ann McKinley '87 spent the summer traveling in the United States. Judilh Mendelsohn Rood '80 received an M.A. in Arab studies from Georgetown in 1982 and is working on a Ph D in Middle Eastern history at University of Chicago. In September, 1985, she was the first American since 1966 and the first Western woman ever to gain permission to work in the Islamic Court in East Jerusalem, where she spent 15 months reading the court records for the 1&30s. Judith and husband, Paul, live in Oeveland Cindy Merchant '87 spent the summer travelling along the East coast before moving to San Francisco where she lives in New Moon Collective House teaches Spanish and is beginn i ng the Transparental/FischerHof fman Process Dave "the Rave" Mitchell '84 says he's a fine cabinetmaker nowadays in Silver Spring. Mark Page '87 is doing research in a psychiatric hospital this year. Bregitte Pracht '87 worked at New Col lege this summer and is now in the M .S. program in computer science at University of Florida. Philippe Seminet '87 is planning to work for a year in France or Switzerland perhaps in a vineyard. Jonathan Vladi-Siava Schwartz '87 took a 1,500 + mile walking tour of Great Britain before training for forestryseJVice in southern Asia/Pacific with the Peace Corps Susan "Spozy" Sapoznikoff '87 is a student at Florida State University College of Law. Gabriele Stalinski '87 said her post graduation plans were to vacation, build her studio produce more work and try to find gal leries (USA and Europe) to present her work. Johan Suyderhoud '80 writes, After finishing my intership in internal medicine at Bellevue Hospital in New York City in July New College Nimbus Editorial Board Robert Benedetti, Ed Custard, Chris Eversole, Jim Feeney, Pat Rozar, Mary Ruiz '78, Rab Thornton, Carol Ann Wilkinson '67, editor This issue initiates a new format for Nim bus By taking advantage of different print ing and typesetting methods, we've enlarged Nimbus, yet decreased the cost. Special thanks go to the New College Admissions Of fice for the use of their desktop publishing program. We welcome your comments and suggestions Ed1tor
1986 and dealing with all the devastating manifestations of AIDS and IV drug abuse in general, I'm now a resident in anesthesia at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Bos ton, where life is a little more sedate. I'd like to eventually wind up in critical care medicine." Roy Tedesco '83 has become an associate of the law firm Sachs and Sax in Boca Raton fla. Douglas 'lUcker '87 is in the graduate program in astronomy at Yale. John Vande Walle '84 received an M .B.A. and an M .A. in arts administration this year from the Center for Arts Administration at Southern Methodist University. He is now as sistant to the managing director at Milwaukee Nimbus, Fall1987 Repertory Theater, which is opening in a new building this fall Patrica Vaughn-Brown '87 has been honing her fiction skills at writing workshops at the University of Arkansas. Julie Viens '86 had a surprise when she took a Spanish class this year. Her teacher was another New College alum, Mary-Lee ;'* Sullivan Lewis '75 They're both in the Bos ton area now Contact Persons For Chapters Dan Chambliss, new president of the Alumni Association, suggests volunteering to help if you live in an area with an alumni chapter. Use the following list to contact chapter heads. Atlanta Judy Lentini '73, 833 Countryside Court, Marietta, GA, 30067, 404-984-0175 Chicago Fay Clayton '67, 1044 Lakeshore Blvd., Evanston, IL,60202,312-328-1913 The New College Foundation New College Alumni Association 5700 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FLorida 34243 DC/Baltimore David Parsons '75, 316 E. 33rd St., Baltimore, MD, 21218,301 Miami Jennifer Hurst Kroner '73, 401 W. Rivo Alto Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305-1054 New York Virginia Phillips '82, 215 E. 76th St., Apt. 2-A, New York, NY, 10021, 212-879-7247 Bill Dudley '74, 88 Bleeker St., Apt. 5-H, New York, NY, 10012, 212-677-5453 Philadelphia Lila Bricklin '78, 440 W. Sedgwick St., Apt. C, Philadelphia, P A, 19119, 215-438-6983 San Francisco C. Mark Humbert '78, 1617 Dolores St., San Franciso, CA, 94110 Tallahassee Ellen Muratori '84, P.O. Box 1521, Talahassee, Fl, 32302, 904-878-7834 Tampa Emmy Acton '77, 3104 River Grove Drive, Tampa, FL., 33610, 813-272-5670 Non Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Permit No. 56 Sarasota, FL Address Corection Requested