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new coLLeGe n 1 BUS VoLUME 10, NUMBER 2 WINTER 1994 Back to the Future College reaffirms mission, sets sights on 21st century. By Mike Michalson New College Dean and Warden 0 ne product of the faculty planning session held dur ing the summer of 1993 is the document entitled New Col lege of USF in the Twenty-First Centnry: A Growth and Enhance ment Plan. This plan is based upon a thorough, critical examina tion of New College s mission and academic program. In many re spects, the most significant fea ture of this document is not so much its projections into the fu ture as its confirmation of the past. The Growth and Enhance ment Plan enthusiastically en dorses the basic soundness of New College's academic philosophy and re-states the college's central mis sion: "The mission of New College is to provide the highest quality liberal atts education within a con text of individualized and active learning ." Accompanying this document is a new brochure The Liberal Arts at New College: A Primer for New Students, that is the distilled product of faculty views on the aims and value of a liberal arts education. This brochure makes clear that, although there is no lock-step, required track to a lib eral education at New College, there are deep convictions within faculty ranks about the basic con tours and content of such an edu cation. In other words, the absence of "core" requirements at New College does not imply the ab sence of a "core" educational vi sion, which various teacher/scholars are keen to articu late and promote. Rather, the ab sence of such things as a core curriculum and distribution re quirements denotes the strongly held view that "each student is responsible in the last analysis for his or her education Enrollment Growth Consequently, the Growth and Enhancement Plan recommends a 20 percent growth in enrollment, not in order to change what we do, but in order to strengthen an al ready strong program. The growth plan dovetails with campus aspira tions to diversify our student body and to diversify and enlarge the size of the faculty. Chronic prob lems familiar to alums-such as one-person academic disciplines and an inadequate resource base for student life activities-am be best addressed if New College is slightly larger Moreover, all par ties are agreed that the perverse size of the New College faculty ( 53 ) tempts us to aspire to cover the full liberal arts curriculum when, in fact, we cannot. Curricular gaps here are serious, which is why the Growth and Enhance ment Plan includes a list of de sired new faculty positions, as determined last year by the aca demic divisions Obviously, being a bigger col lege is easy, but getting there is not. There are, for example, cer tain straightforward physical plant issues to face, beginning with the need for more student housing. New Dorms Since we are currently housing only about 60 percent of our stu dents, New College has needs in this area even without growth Happily there have been some tre mendously helpful initiatives from within the New College Founda tion regarding the planning and funding of new dormitory space, perhaps involving a bond issue to underwrite the project. Current in terest rates make this an oppor tune moment for such an idea, as does the fact that planning for new dorm construction has been integral to the campus Master Planning process that we have been undergoing this year. Growing FacultiJ More serious in some ways is the problem of protecting New Col lege's student/faculty ratio (of about 10/1 11/1) during a poten tial period of growth from about 530 to roughly 650 students. the state formulas for additions to the faculty are not only based on a far less generous ratio, but kick in only after enrollment growth has been established. One promising way to protect our student/faculty ratio during the growth phase in volves the burgeoning Alumnae/i Fellow Program, which under writes the presence on campus of New College alumnae/ito teach modular or even semester-long courses. This program also offers the obvious potential for curricuContinued on next page
Growth (continued from page 1) lar enrichment and enjoys the wide support of current students and faculty alike For the longer term, support ing a larger faculty will require on going cooperation between New College Foundation and the Uni versity of South Florida It would appear that the arrival of new USF President Betty Castor who shows a keen and knowledgeable interest in New College, is a timely development She has already been enthusiastic in her praise of our Growth and Enhancement Plan and has offered the resources of her office in support of our ef forts In the current, confused under financed environment charac terizing American higher education New College is extremely fortunate in several re spects. We have a clear sense of mission, with a track record to sup port our rhetoric The college re mains a magnet for talented, innovative people-students, teachers, and staff-who display amazing loyalty to the institution We enjoy a distinctive niche within the wider world of liberal arts col leges, which is no doubt one rea son shy our "yield70; of admitted students-admitted students who actually enroll-remains uncom monly high (about 52 percent ) Support for the college from alum nae/ i is so strong that it elicited a special commendation from the re cent accreditation team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Finally the ongoing cooperation between New College '93 9tudent Grants and New College Foundation em bodies the unique strength of our public/private character and pro vides a context for institutional ambitions that exceed state fund ing formulas The growing influ ence of New College alumnae/i who sit on the Foundation Board ofTrustees is symbolic of this spe cial strength. I hope all of you reading this is sue of Nimbus will find occasion to return to campus soon and wit ness firsthand this stimulating mo ment in the history of New College Dr. Gordon (Mil z e) Michalson is in his second year as Dean and War den of New College Contact the alumnae / i office if you d like a copy of the report. Word gets around! In the second year of the Stu dent Grants program, the alumnae / i association nearly doubled the amount of money available for grants; but, the students than doubled the amount of money requested For members of the se lection committee, the problem remained that of allo cating limited resources among many deserving projects. Committee members Mark Mudge '74, John Klein '69 Alexis Simendinger 75 Barbara Ceo '66 Professor Gordon Bauer (psychology ) and current stu dent Martin Daugherty met in November and awarded the following grants: Kimberly Krohmer, ISP participation in an Outward Bound Program in the Everglades; Todd Allen, thesis research at the Institute for the Economic Transition in Moscow; Lisa Cheby instructor' s fees for a three-module tutorial in Hungarian; Rebecca Clarke, ISP internship with alum Julie Viens '82 at Harvard University's Project Zero; Lotus Ramana Fragola ISP studying Spanish language and culture in Guatemala; Robert Holzler, ISP photographing indigenous Florida snakes; Oliver Luby ISP studying Spanish language and culture in Guatemala (see report on page 4 ) ; Gregory Mann, senior project producing ArtRag, a visual and performing arts magazine involving NC, Ringling School of Art and Design and F.S .U. Asolo Conservatory students; Leif Meneke honoraria for speakers during the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Studies Symposium; Catherine Sarisky and 11 other students, travel to the University of North Carolina/Glaxo chemistry and medicine symposium at Chapel Hill ( see comments from alum Tom Sorrell on page 7); Robin Stockseth, ISP in Chile to improve Spanish fluency and research the role of the woman in Chilean families; Jyl Sutherland, ISP studying at the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina; Nimbus, Winter 1994 Page 2
Student Grants (continued from page 2) Nicholas Tampio, ISP studying Spanish language and culture in Costa Rica; Ton Van, thesis experiment investigating the effects of various acid concentrations on the growth and development of dwarf pea seedlings; Angelyn Hayes, senior thesis research at Big Bend National Park. At press time, only a few projects were finished; even fewer had reached the reporting deadline But listed below is a sampling from the final reports already submitted : Spanish Study in Costa Rica, Guatemala & Chile Nick Tampio's ISP began in December with an intensive study of Spanish grammar and a variety of readings in Spanish in prepara tion for immersion in his Costa Rican experience Describing his trip, Nick says, "When life is as sweet as a juicy mango dripping down your chin, the Costa Ricans love to exclaim Pura Vida! For three weeks this January I lived the pura vida in an adventure that was both educational and exciting. For two weeks, I studied at alan guage institute in small classes that helped my Spanish tremendously During this time, I lived with the Bolanos family and learned about another culture as I helped Luz cook beans and rice and watched soccer with Eduardo. During one week of independent travel, I visited the Monteverde Cloud Forest, Braulio Carrillo Rain Forest, Volcanoes Irazu, Poas and Arena! and ended my adventure on the beaches of Montezuma Back in the U.S., Nick concluded his ISP by writing an essay in Spanish and taking a test on his studies. Lotus Ramana Fragola says she went to Guatemala primarily to learn Spanish but along the way learned and saw much that was of as great a value as the Spanish she acquired "I saw so much, met so many new people, tasted, smelled, felt, and experienced so many new things. I was uncomfortable at times I had difficulty communi cating with others, but most people were patient with me and will ing to help me in whatever way I needed She had five different teachers in her classes and enjoyed the different teaching methods and variety of perspectives on the issues Concerning the study of the political history of Guatemala, Ramana says because I learned from people intimately involved with he country the events related to me were real for me, and not just stories in a newspaper about some distant country, the fate of which has no bearing on my life ... We watched the return of busloads of Guatemalan refugees who had fled their country in the 1980's .... I received a firsthand ac count of what it is like to be a woman, wife, and mother in Guate mala .... I watched a ceremony being performed in which a live chicken was burned and prayers offered to a now ex-communicated local saint ... .I also realized how difficult it is to become accus tomed to another culture, ... (and ) am now able to understand much more Spanish . Robin Stockseth sent us a seven-page report in Spanish on her ISP project in Coyhaique, Chile, studying the differences in family structure and the roles of the women. For those of us not conversant in Spanish, Robin says she learned a lot of Spanish and about topics such as the cultural differences in family cohesion versus indi vidual autonomy. Nimbus Jtlinter 1994 Page 3 An19P Sampler By Sonia Wu Working in Admissions, I've found that prospective students consider the ISP one of the most attractive aspects of the New Col lege program It' s an exciting pros pect for them-having the time to immerse themselves in one project and fulfill a school requirement at the same time. I spoke with several New Col lege students about their recent ISP experiences and was pleased to learn of some of the exciting things they're doing both on and off campus Here's a brief recap of some assorted projects : 9tud1J of the Sarasota Amish and Mennonite Communities John Denning had a career in the military as a medic before start ing his college studies. He trans ferred to New College from Gulf Coast Community College in 1992 John' s project was sponsored by anthropology professor Maria Ves p e ri. Initially John's aim was to com pare the Sarasota Amish and Men nonite communitie s with the long-established communities in Pennsylvania Indiana, and Iowa ( as described in the literature) His fieldwork included windshield surveys and observation and inter views at churches and other neigh borhood gathering places The project gradually focused on health care practices John found that the local communities are open to a wide array of possi bilities for medical treatments. He says that this is due partly to the importance traditionally placed on being productive (which is obvi ously difficult if you're sick) BeContinued on next page
19PS (continued from page 3) cause the community maintains certain cultural boundaries it re mains homogeneous, and thus change is slow For example, the culture "remembers" a time when medicine was far less scientific and reliable Since there are no cultural sanctions against modern medi cine, the local Amish and Mennon ites are likely to rely on a variety and/or combination of home reme dies homeopathy, chiropractors, and modern diagnostic procedures At the same time that they main tain their faith in treatments that have been passed on by family and friends, they are also willing to fol low modern courses of treatment ( such as antibiotics) This reflects their interest in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms John discovered that there is far more interesting research possi ble than he could finish in a month's time. As he expressed it toward the end of January (and on into the month of February) "At this point, it's the ISP that won't die I'm trying to kill it." He fully expects the project to act as a springboard for his thesis. Biochemistr\j 9tud\j of Red Mangrove Toxins Dorothy Hoppe is originally from Poland, but went to Boone High School in Orlando Her ISP was co-sponsored by biology profes sor Sandra Gilchrist and chemis try professor Suzanne Sherman. Dorothy's project is part of a more extensive study that is still being carried out by thesis student Marissa Mapa (and is linked to past work done by New College graduates including Mark Carroll '93, Noel Horton '91, and Mary Wu '91) Essentially, her work has involved isolating toxins from the red mangrove (Rizophora man gle), and performing bioassays on fish to study how water salinity af fects potency of the toxins The various toxins provide self-protection by discouraging fish, other plants, and the trees' own offshoots. The project was designed to be based largely in chemistry but its interdisciplinary nature caused it to expand deeply into biology As a result of the project, Dorothy has reflected further on her plans for graduate study. She cites learning how to do research as possibly the best outcome, however-through discovering the advantage of work ing with others (faculty, alums, and students) who offer support and different areas of expertise, and through the commitment of spending innumerable hours in the lab. 9panish Language and Cul ture 9tud\j in Guatemala Oliver Luby came to New Col lege in '91 from DeLand (Fla.) High School. Spanish professor Terry Palls sponsoredhis project, which was funded in part by a grant from the New College Alum nae/i Association. Oliver's ISP involved studies in the not-so-stable country of Guate mala, where he lived with a family and attended class at a special school five hours a day, five days a week. His arrival was less than for tuitous; while half asleep on a bus he saw a woman walk by with what he swears was a bowl of fire on her head, and later a soldier with a seriously large assault rifle boarded the bus for what amounted to a "routine check" He later learned that it is not un known for soldiers to take prison ers or even shoot passengers who are deemed subversives. Trips were planned by both the language school and by students. Two trips in particular stood out: one entailed hiking up a volcano where there was evidence oflocal witch cult practices; the other took students to hear Guatemalan In dian activist Rigoberta Menchu speak on the oppression of Indians Nimbus, Wznter 1994 Page 4 in Mexico. Because her life is in danger, Rigoberta Menchu always travels with a foreigner for protec tion from the government and mili tary. Though he expected his time in Guatemala to be quite stressful, it was surprisingly less so than being at New College. Oliver found that his two years of language study had prepared him to function in a Spanish-speaking culture, and he even dreamed in Spanish once. An other trip to Latin America is a likely prospect 9panish Language Teaching Project Amanda Samuelson is a first year student from Highland High School in Iowa. Her ISP was also sponsored by Dra. Palls Amanda taught her brother, Scott, the equivalent of the first se mester of beginning Spanish to prepare him for entry into the sec ond semester of Spanish at his col lege (Grinnell). Since Amanda was a summer exchange student in Venezuela during high school and is in the advanced Spanish course at New College, one of the more challenging aspects of the project was going back to basic stuff that she now uses automatically Her brother was an enthusiastic stu dent, and was generally well able to follow and respond in Spanish conversations with Amanda; Dra. Palls was impressed with his profi ciency. Scott hopes to be reading Spanish philosophy and poetry soon, and both he and Amanda have plans to exercise their lan guage skills through traveL With all the national press the college has been getting, it's fun to revel in the glitter of our statistical success. But it's far more satis fying to see students digging into work they find exciting and mean ingfuL Sonia Wu '81 is an admissions counselor for New College
Alumnae/i Fellow Program Expands First Alumnae/i Fellow approved as adjunct f acuity member. By Mike Campbell This year marks the fourth an niversary of the Alumnae/ i Fellow Program. Sixteen al ums have visited campus thus far, sharing their expertise and talents with hundreds of students in short-term seminars, collaborative projects and ISPs. As you would expect we have brought an tic group to campus, including uni versity researchers, writers ( fiction and non-fiction), business persons, and performing artists. The program has become one of our most popular, and we have es tablished an endowment to pro vide sustained financial support. A number of alumnae/ i have visited during the past year. Susan Mannino '79 worked with stu dents to develop their public speak ing skills. Randall Moon '73 worked with students and Prof. John Morrill during an ISP on gene splitting. David Schwartz '66 spoke to Prof. Penny Rosel s stu dents on socialization and the dis abled Alexis Simendinger 75 and Henry Smyth 76 offered a work-shop on resume preparation and internship opportunities. Julie Vi ens '82 came to campus for a four day educational psychology project with Prof. Charlene Callahan (Levy) and her students. In Janu ary, pianist Marc Silverman 70 conducted a series of master classes with students, culminating with a concert for the entire New College community. We are now ready to expand the scope of the Alumnae/i Fellow program to include formal course offerings This year, the Associa tion will fund for the first time a course for contract credit. Candice Reefe '71 will teach a poetry work shop during spring semester. This course is a pilot and we anticipate funding subsequent classes on a regular basis. Although we are delighted to supplement the formal curriculum at New College, we do not wish to do so at the expense of shorterterm activities Indeed we hope to continue sponsorship of varied and innovative projects, not all of which need be academic in a for mal sense. With this in mind, we ask alums to submit proposals for activities they'd like to offer New College students. Items you should include in your proposal are listed below Keep in mind that formal course offerings must be approved by the faculty and, thus, may require additional sup porting documentation. If you have previously submitted a pro posal, please let us know if you 're still interested. Response to our first solicitation of projects far ex ceeded our funding capacity and we have a backlog of excellent pro po s als The Alumnae/ i Fellow Commit tee thanks all who have partici pated in the past and all who provide financial support for this and other NCAA programs. If you have any questions or comments regarding the Alumnae/ i Fellow Program, please write or call the NCAA office Mike Campbell '87 chairs the Alumnae/ i Fellow Committee and is in the couns eling psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Florida Two Ways to Apply Formal Course Proposals: 1 Contact information: Please include your name, address, and daytime and evening phone numbers. 2. De8cription: Describe the couree as fully as possible Would you like to teach a module ( 7 weeks) or full semester (14 weeks)? Include potential topics and, if appropriate, a preliminary reading list. Please indicate any contact you have had with faculty or students regarding y<>ur co urea 3 Relevant experience: Indicate your experience or qualifications in this area.. A resume or vita is required. 4. Budget estimate: a preliminary budget for all ex. penses requiring NCAA funding Include travel to and from Sarasota, materials, publicity, printing, and a per diem of $150 for each day spent in town Please list funding sources extemal to the Association, including any in kind donations 5 Additional reBource11; Include required access to New College facilities and equipment (e.g audiovisual equip ment, laboratory space) 9hort-terrn Projects: 1 Coniact information: Please include your narue, address, and daytime and evening phone numbers. 2 Description: Describe the project as fully as possible Specify any planned or potential collabora tions with other alumnae/i, students, faculty or others. 3. Relevant experiencf!: Indicate your experience or qualifications in this area. A :resum.e or vita is optional 4. Budget estimate: a preliminary budget for all expenses requiring NCAA funding !nclude round-trip travel to Sarasota. materials, publicity, printing, and a per diem of $150 (110t to exceed five days). Please list funding sources external to the Association, including any in kind donations. = 5 Include aceess to New College facilities and equipment (e.g audiovisual equipment, laboratory apace). Nimbus, Winter 1994 -Page 5
'64 '66 66 67 68 '69 70 71 72 73 '74 76 76 '77 '78 '79 '80 '81 '82 '83 84 '86 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '91 '92 '93 '94 Class Notes (listed alphabetically by entering year) 9ixtie s Fay Clayton' 64 (Evanston, Ill.) represented NOW in National Organi zation for Women v Scheidler, No. 92780, which was heard by the U.S Supreme Court this year. In January, the Court agreed with NOW and ruled that the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ( RICO ) could be applied to ideologically moti vated crimes as well as economically motivated crimes, opening the door to prosecution under RICO of anti-abor tion groups who engage in unlawful acts. Kenneth Moore '65 moved from Tampa to Newcastle, England, this past April trading sweat for goose bumps. He reports that the good trek king country has rekindled his inter ests in hunting down wild edible mushrooms Luke Salisbury 65 ( Chelsea, Mass .) will be the keynote speaker at the First Annual Spring Training Con ference on The Historical and Socio logical Impact of Baseball in Phoenix, Ariz the first week of March. The conference is sponsored by NINE: A Journal of Base bail History and Social Policy Perspectives Barbara Sieborowski Ceo '66 is a speech language pathologist at Easter Seals of Southwest Florida serving the birth through 5-year-old population She is living in Sarasota with her husband, Frank Ceo '66, and their three sons, Frank 13, David -10 and Brian 8. All three boys are students at Pine View School for the gifted Frank Sr. has his own telecommunications business Steven Harris '68 is an archi tect in New York City and teaches at Yale John Klein '69 and Anne Fisher, the campus counseling center direc tor, tied the lmot! They were married on January 22 on Captiva Island, Fla. Yes, they did meet here at NC and happily reside in Sarasota. Rob Phillips 69 has been pro moted to associate professor of medi cine and assistant director of cardiovascular training at the Mt. Si nai School of Medicine in New York City. Sixties and early seventies alums will be happy to hear news from Mary Elmendorf. Mary, along with former NC president John Elmendorf, was friend, mentor and instructor to many early novocollegians. Mary celebrated her 75th birthday last April She and her husband, John Landgraf, divide their time among their homes in Sarasota. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and Washington Interspersing multiple trips last year to visit fam ily and friends, Mary found time to give a professional paper and serve as a representative to the Environmental Summit in Rio, participate as a dis cussant on a panel, Global Change and Prospects for Peace, at the International Congress of Anthropologists and Ethnologists in Mexico City, pre sent, thanks to a Ford Foundation grant, research materials on "The Many Worlds of Women : Mexico t<> El Colegio de Mexico, and receive the Dis tinguished Alumni Award from the University of North Carolina at their bicentennial celebration in October All of this and time to recover from a rib broken in a auto accident in Mex ico during the SUll1lller! 9eve nties Debra Bonino Frances 70 (Boulder, Colo.) has moved from being a starving poet to having a successful career in corporate sales and is now working to turn an avocation into a vo cation Debra raises reptiles in her spare time, many of them endangered species. Her large collection includes a five-foot iguana that likes to sit on her lap Debra is in the process of seeking grants or other types of support which will allow her to spend all her time breeding a wide variety of reptiles Bryon Reid 70 works for a new firm, Clogne Reinsurance in Stamford, Ct. He and his wife, Joyce, have two children Bryan ( 7 ) and Maggie ( 4 ) Tom Sorrell '70 actually saw the eleven NC students ( see page 2 ) attending the UNC / Glaxo "Frontiers in Jerry Houston Dec 10, 1955 -Jan. 17, 1994 Jerry was born in Vero Beach, Fla. and lived there until moving toNebraska after the untimely death of his parents in early 1959 He spent the rest of his childhood in Tekamah, Nebraska, graduating from high school in 1974 He entered New College later that year, and studied the history of art and architecture He also wrote a column for the New College student newspaper under the nom de plume "Ash Tre. Jerry moved to San Francisco in 1982. Jerry divided his work life between running an antique business in San Anslemo, California, and pursuing his interest in many forms of artistic ex pression, especially the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Arts and Crafts furniture and pottery. Jerry spent long hours assisting in the production of the In the Realm of Ideas exhibition of the Marin County Civic Center's ar chives of Wright material and in doing archival work for the architectural offices of Aaron Green, the Taliesin West representative in San Francisco. Jerry volunteered his time and energy for years to 12-step programs and to the Shanti Project, an AIDS support organization where he served as a practical support volw1teer for several clients and eventually as a coordinator/ facilitator of training workshops During his years in San Francisco, Jerry developed a wide network of friends who relied on his warmth and spirit and appreciated his irrepress ible wit. He is survived by family in Nebraska and California He was well loved, and will be deeply missed Mark Humberl '75, San Francisco, wrote this memorial note. Nimbus, Winter 1994 Page 6
'64 '65 66 67 68 '69 70 71 72 73 '74 75 76 '77 '78 '79 '80 '81 '82 '83 84 '80 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '91 '92 '93 '94 Class Notes (listed alphabetically by entering year) Chemistry and Medicine" symposium in Chapel Hill this past November. He's become involved in arranging a Study Abroad program in chemistry between twelve European universities and seven colleges and univers ities in the U.S an interest that grew out of his own study in Germany during his third year at New College He continues to write an organic chemistry book (expected publication 1996). His wife, Liz Moore, is a clinical research scientist at Burroughs-Wellcome Co. Although she has never been to NC, she was most impressed with the NC students that visited Chapel Hill She said they were the most interesting students she's met in years His daughter, Courtney, 16, i s now driving, and s he hopes to become a jazz musician Christine Wynne '70 ( Oakland, Calif.) and her husband, Robert Ander son, recently suffered the trauma of a failed adoption (hopes and anxieties raised over the months and through the birth, then heartbreak when the mother changed her mind) They continue to hope for a successful adoption Steven Kaplan '71 moved from DC to the 'burbs. Three car thefts in s ix years convinced him it was time. He is still a corporate and securities lawyer at Arnold & Porter in Washing ton, where much of his work involves financial institution mergers, acquisi tions and finance He tries to spend much of the boating season cruising and fishing on Chesapeake Bay Helen Kesler 79 (Sarasota) wrote about the marriage of Rick Doblin '71 and Lynne Jones in Little Switzerland, N.C., in October Lynne, a Harvard schoohnate of Rick's, is a community development manager working on inner city revitalization in Charlotte, N C Rick is completing his Ph. D at Harvard, investigating the medical use of marijuana, the regulation of drug taxation once legalized, and the beneficial use of psychedelics. Other NC guests for the three-day celebration were: Ron(' 71) and Cheryl (' 73) F1ax-Davidson, whose daughters, Devora and Skylar, served as flower girl and ring bearer; Flossie Werner Foster '72; Tom Mayers' 70; Mark and Kate Schwettman Sorenson' 74 and their son, Miles; Matthew Reynolds '87; Phil Manhard '72; Dawn Haseman '85; Robin Berwick True 80 and her daughter, Julia; and Athena Baldwin. Helen is com pleting her first year toward an M S in public health at U S F exploring al ternative, unconventional medicine and its impact on public health education and continues to teach aerobics and stretching Lisa McGaughey Tuttle '71 runs the visual arts program for the Atlanta Arts Festival After practicing governmental and trial law for 17 years, David Nevel 71 was appointed executive director of the Miami Beach Housing Authority in Oct 1993. He lives on Miami Beach with his wife, Dana, and their two sons, Shaun and Jesse. Amy C. Willis '71 moved to West Chester, Pa. where she s working as a psychologist on the PTSD unit at the Coateville V.A. Medical Center. She would love to hear from other NC grads in the area. Congratulations to Ann Joyner '72 and Allen Parnell (Mebane, N C ) n the birth oftheir daughter, Hannah, on April21, 1993 Anne Riggen Colella 72 ( McGraw, N.Y. ) and her husband, Frank, welcomed a third son, Alexan der, into the family this past June. Rob Fish' 72 (Gillette, N .J.) and his wife, Beryl, and daughter, Rebecca, welcomed the newest addition to their family, Benjamin, in April1991. Yvonne Crocker Cook '73 (Hurst, Texas) is pleased that one of her students from Tarrant County Junior College, Shaoon Daskin, is a student at New College Yvonne has two daughters, Jasmine (13) and Jac quelyne ( 7 ) B. Hibbs 73 and Earl Marsh (Philadelphia) celebrated the birth of their second child, William Hibbs Augustus Marsh, on Nov 3, 1993 Mary Ruiz '73 has been named acting director of the specialized serv ices division at Manatee Glens, Bradenton. The position includes administration of Glen Oaks Hospital, the crisis unit, partial hospitalization program, pharmacy and professional counseling center outpatient services. Luc Cuyvers 7 4 (Annapolis, Md.) completed a new book, Sea Power : A Global Journey, published by the Naval Institute Press, that is now in bookstores as a companion to a sixpart public television series to broad cast in July 1994 Luc's text and his photographs defme sea power as a global issue that has shaped the politi cal and economic fate of nations. Luc served as executive editor of the televi sion documentary. His last documen tary, The Blue Revolution, appeared in eight parts on The Discovery Channel in the spring of 1990 Nancy Feyler '74 (Philadelphia, Pa. ) is executive director of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania Eugene Rivers' 74 has relocated to Hurricane Andrew de stroyed his business in Miami, but he Continued on next page Alum Connections We at the alumnae/ i association are in the formative stages of putting together an information network. We intend that the services offered by this network will include, but not be limited to: alumnae/i networking; e-mail commu nication between alums, students, fac ulty and administrators; facilitation of internships and mentoring programs; and, identification and mutual com munication between alums with shared interests (information and technol ogy, the art oflearning, fun stuff, etc.) We want people with e-mail addresses and those with ideas on how to implement this fectively to contact us at NCALUM@SAR.USF.EDU or cal.Vwrite/fax the alumnae/i office Alumnae/i association board members heading up this project are Mark Mudge (Mountain View, Calif ) and Bill Rosenberg (Springfield, N J.). Nimbus, 1Jiinter 1994 Page 7
'64 '65 66 67 68 '69 70 71 72 73 '74 75 76 '77 '78 '79 '80 '81 '82 '83 84 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '91 '92 '93 '94 Class Notes (listed alphabetically by entering year) reports that he is doing well. Paul Cebar '75 and his band, The Milwaukeeans, were guests on a segment of the The Prairie Home Com panion, which was taped before a live audience in Chicago in November Gary Berkowitz' 76 (Bar rington, RI.) is an attorney in Paw tucket, doing mostly trial work and real estate. He' s a co-operating attor ney with the local ACLU. After being chairman of the Rhode Island Bar As sociation Civil Liberties Committee in 1992-93, Gary recommended to the bar that the Committee be disbanded ( which they did ) because of their own resistance to anything resembling con troversy "My next project is to dis band the Bar." Arnall Golden & Gregory, an At lanta law firm recently announced that it had elected a new partner, Glenn P. Hendrix 76. Glenn prac tices in the areas of health care law and international trade law He is a litigator and also handles administra tive and regulatory matters. Most re cently, he has been involved in alternate dispute resolution of legal conflicts Frank Montaniz '76 is on the verge of finishing his M S from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in in dustrial/organizational psychology, having defended his thesis on Hallow een. "Just a few more revisions," he says He welcomes e-mail from any alums ( email@example.com ) particu larly those in computer-related fields Scott Thompson 76 travelled from Johnson City, N .Y., to speak on "National Health Care Reform at the October 22 meeting in Akron ofthe So ciety of Teachers of Family Medicine, Mary Elizabeth Clark Jan 27, 1956 -Oct. 16 1993 She saw with her heart !Uuminating souls with the power of her mind. Her spirit of love and this life lived in deepest compassion ripples outward and touches us all Before losing a five-year battle against cancer Mary was a managing attorney at Gulfcoast Legal Services in Sarasota, pro viding legal assistance for disadvantaged people with health and other problems Desperate Journey: The Allison Wilcox Story was aired on ABC on Dec 5 The fact-based movie starred Mel Harris as Alison Wilcox 76 ( Austin, Tex.) and recounted the events surrounding the siege at sea and rescue of Alison and two compan ions who were shipwrecked off the coast of North Carolina during Hurri cane Bob Gloria Carson 77 set up her own pottery studio and was juried into the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair. She says that starting over is slow, but that her work is appreciated in N.M Delamor Enterprises, owned by Steve Delamater '77 ( Chambers burg, Pa.), recently received the Ronald Award Its eight McDonald' s franchises in Pennsylvania were hon ored as the "best of the best170 ; for their community involvement excel lence of operations and service to the needy Steve has a five -year old daughter, Monica Elise, and still enjoys composing music and playing piano drums and guitar. Tom Hamby' 77 completed seventeen years of higher educa tion and fmally fmished his mas ter's degree in science and planning from the Urban and Re gional Planning division of FSU Just in case you re curious about the seventeen year math: ten years to get the bachelors and seven years to get the masters. Elaine Hyder 77 and Bur ton Hollifield were married in May 1992 in Maitland Fla. Bur ton has already completed his studies at Carnegie Mellon Uni versity and works at the UniverWhen her health forced her to retire and she discovered her health insurance cov erage would be reduced from $1 million to $250,000, she embarked on a four year crusade Consequently, arguing her case against the insurance industry in the courts, before editorial boards and in legislative meetings resulted in a change in Florida law guaranteeing a minimum lifetime benefit of$500,000 for others in her situation. sity of British Columbia Until Elaine finishes her Ph.D. ("let it be soon," she says) they're com muting between Pittsburgh and Vancouver Lisa Siegfried Bohn '77, her husband, David, and their children were able to come to the wedding Mary came to New College in 1973 graduating with an American studies concentration in 1976 She continued her American studies at University of Sus sex, England, receiving an M.A. in 1979, then completed a law degree at the Uni versity of Virginia Mary is survived by her husband, Keith Westerberg of Sarasota, her parents, Bill and Dorothy Clark of Arlington, Va and her brother, John Clark of Sara sota A memorial service was held on the New College campus on Nov. 7, 1993 Mary believed education is the most powerful force in shaping the world and her family has requested that any memorial gifts be made to the Mary E Clark Memorial Fund, c/o New College Alumnae/i Association Nimbus, JJ!inter 1994 Page Congratulations to Renee Reinhardt Boehm '78 (Sara sota) on the birth of her daugh ter, Kristin Brietta, in October Christine Hamilton '78 (Bronx, N .Y.) married Michael Cunningham over the last Hal loween weekend Carol Wheeler Esparza 78 (graduated as Carol W
'&1 '66 66 67 68 '69 '70 71 '72 73 '74 75 76 '77 '78 '79 '8() '81 '82 '83 84 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '91 '92 '93 '94 Class Notes (listed alphabetically by entering year) Meyer) is interested in hearing from other New College alums. Her two boys, ages 9 and 11, are in a primary school with a system similar to NC She says that she'd like to get them fired up for early admissions some time next century. She reports that classmate Lincoln Diaz-Balart '72 has been oft mentioned in the local newspaper ( Siglo 21, a Spanish-lan guage Guadalajara daily ) Congratulations to Melissa and Guy Germanio 79 (Sarasota) on the birth of their daughter, Amanda Lyne, June 25, 1993 Michael Lacqua '79 is chief resi dent in general surgery at Nassau County Med i cal Center, Long Island, N.Y. Jacqueline Marina 79 received her Ph. D in religious studies from Yale University in December and i s working as an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at Pur due University Roy 78 and Susan Mayfield '80 Tedesco are expecting a baby. Cindy Laks McCan 79 and David McCan' 83 ( Waltham, Mas s.) are expecting another addition to their family to join their 3 1 / 2 year-old daughter. Cindy is teaching at Montess ori Preschool, and David works at the Public Library. Michael Webb '79 (Tampa) is now a daddy Dorothy Srygley Wells '79 and her husband, Dan, ( Louisville Ky.) have been coaching their son and his classmates as they perform a scene from The Iliad for competition "An cient Greek is finally coming in handy!" she says She also heard from Chris Rovero '75 who lives in Wa s h ington, D C Andy Workman' 79 finished his doctorate in American h istory and is now employed as a tenure-track assis tant professor at Mills College in Oak land, Calif He and his wife, May Beth Faustine, are expecting their second child this spring. Eighties Cynthia Gray '80 was promoted to manager of media relations at the David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, N J She recently won a Sarnoff Achievement Award for her work in publicizing Sarnoff's higb-deflnition television ( HDTV) project Frank '80 and Munn Hammell '80 are living in Cheatham, N Y with their seven-year-old daughter, Martha Ann Munn is working on the computer network for National Starch and Chemical Frank writes for Supermar ket Business James Shore' 80 and his wife, Beryl, are "movin' on up. They've bought a farm in Oregon Charlie Brown '81 represents Freedom House, a U.S -based human rights organization in Washington, at the United Nations This summer he was a member of FH's delegation to the World Conference on Human Rights in Geneva, where he helped or ganize non-governmental organiza tions in opposition to the Conference s decision to ban the Dalai Lama. Flo Gagliostro '81 is taking a muchneeded break from social work at a Mental Health Center in upstate New York. She's living in St. Peters burg, Fla. and attending the Suncoast School of Massage Therapy in Tampa. "It's a totally enjoyable experience and reminds me a lot of my New Col lege days when people were extremely close, intimate and couldn t keep their hands off each other! She plans on re turning to New York upon graduation in February and, depending on which way the wind blows, to work on restoring an 1840's farm house with her friends Bill and Arnie or set up shop on her own. Jeff Edenfield' 82 is in the Army doing his medical residency in Jessup, Md We also beard that be's going to be a daddy soon Heidi Ganser '83 is in her first year of teaching kindergarten at Is land Children's School in Cilmark, Mass on Martha's Vineyard Judy Newton '83 and Ben Ford 83 moved to Seattle in September af ter Judy finished her second bache lor's (pre-med) and Ben his Ph. D (mathematics) at the University of Oregon. Ben is a faculty member in the Math Department of the Univer sity of Washington, and Judy hopes to enter the U W Med School next fall. Most excitingly, they became parents on Feb. 16 when their son, Corey, was born. After nearly a decade of premarital bliss, Gabrielle Vail' 83 and Wil liam (Ty) Giltinan '83 were mar-Nimbus, Winter 1994 -Page 9 ried last June in Glenside, Pa. Two New College alums participated in the ceremony-Brian Zimmerman '83 as best man and Robert Freedman '83 as usher. Ty, with a master's de gree in computer science, is currently a partner in a software engineering firm based in the Philadelphia area, and Gabrielle is completing her Ph.D. in archaeology at Tulane University Sandra Englert '84, now of Sherman Oaks, Calif., had the dubi ous distinction of living in Northridge directly above the epicenter of the Los Angeles earthquake. She escaped without serious physical injury but her apartment and all her belonging were totally destroyed Sandra says her life in getting back to normal She's found a nice house with a female roommate, two dogs, two cats and two birds Her roommate, also an actress, volunteers for the Guide Dogs of America She's particularly impressed that the house has not one crack! Concerning the earthquake itself, Sandra says, "The good thing about those haunting im ages is that I will be able to use them in my acting They are frightening enough to use in a murder or rape s cene ... David Russell '84 is working on his dissertation at University of Flor ida, expecting to be fmished in May. Beverly Stanton Sudnik '84 and John Sudnik were married last April on Lido Beach They live in Wheaton, Md Frank Cooper 85 received his M.A. in special education from U S.F. He is currently teaching SLD classes at Baypoint Middle School in St. Pe tersburg. AnneMarie Succop 85 is work ing as a telephone operator for the University of Washington in Seattle. Her e-mail address is succop@u washington. edu. Dan Catalano 86 has moved to NYC Bonnie Gorla '89 and Tracy Rahn 89 have joined Dana Lock wood 89 in Brooklyn Bonnie works for Prudential, Tracy is "temping" and Dana is a bartender. John Hill 86 (Mascoutah, Ill.) writes that Daniel lducovich 86 (Kensington, Ill.) completed his poli tics, philosophy and economics degree at Baliol College of Oxford University this summer. John knows because, in Continued on next page
'6-1 '65 6G 67 68 '69 70 71 72 73 '71 75 76 '77 '78 '79 '80 '81 '82 '83 81 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '91 '92 '93 '9J Class Notes (listed alphabetically by entering year) June, he personally met Mr. Iducovich walking out of his very last exam in cap and gown John was in London working at the Royal College of Music as assistant director for a production of The Queen of Spades The last John heard, Dan was off for France to visit the Alps and learn French in Paris. John then headed out to the eastern Kazukhistan, near the Chi nese border amid gorgeous mountains, rivers and forests Back in Moscow, John surv1ved the uprising-hearing one (possible) gunshot, seeing seven ar mored personnel carriers race down the street and having classes at the Academy of Theatrical Alts canceled briefly because of snipers. He says it was the first time he's ever regretted not having a television Karina l\iertzman 86 ( orthampton, Mass. ) is in a master's program for teaching English as a second language Evan Owens 86 is back from In dia, living in Atlanta with Robin Kirkpatrick '87 and Gwen Davies '87 and working as a credit mla.lyst. Laurie Pedersen 86 is a student in the sociology graduate pro gram at U.S F. in Tampa. She is managing editor of the journal Visual Sociology Laura Branstetter 87 has been appointed curator of col lections and exhibits at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton. She completed a master's in museum science at Texas Tech University and internships at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the Rogers (Arkansas) Historical Museum before returning to Florida Mike Campbell '87 received his M S in geography from Florida State a.nd is now a Ph.D. shtdent and teaching as sistant in the counseling psychology program at University of Florida. He lives with Altom Maglio '90 and Andy Cohen '89. Joanne Dramko Synaptic Gap, pictured above, is a neon and polychromed wood sculpture by Vince Koloski 75. who had a solo show at the University of the Pacific Gallery in Stockton, Calif., in November. Bob Benedetti, former NC provost, who's dean of the college at the university, sent us news of the show. Bob, who's still teaching political theory and "dean ing, "says he misses the close contact with alums, but the job is a good challenge for him. 87 is still shaken up after the big L.A quake but says she'll be okayher apartment needed rearranging anyway. Also, she caught a glimpse of the President on his visit. She's working as an artist in a serigraph studio and is taking classes at the American Animation Institute. She recently got together with Amy Vince had a solo show at the City 2000 Gallery in Reno, Nev., in January, followed by displays at the Davis Art Center and the Glass Art Society confer ence in San Francisco. An installation piece Vince did for the Burning Man Event can be seen now on a PBS featurs which is supposed to air on HBO before long Hale who is also okay and attending graduate school at UCLA Denny Genovese 1\lmlms, Hinter 199.J Page 10 '87 is the executive director of the Southeast Just Intonation Center, Inc., a non-profit organization in Gainesville, Fla., devoted to the evolution of music and world culture. The organization sponsors performances, composition, research, instrument de sign and construction, festivals, ali brruy, a museum, and tutorials. Andy Gottlieb '87 and Robert Pacheco '88 live next door to each other in Miruni; both are graduate students and teaching assistants at Florida International University-Robert in Latin American history and Andy in international studies. Martin Haggblom-Payne '87 is starting his very own skateboarding company, Florida Skate Board This Sarasota company will feature a line of skateboards Mmtin has created. Tom 1m her 87 recently de fended his thesis, "Spectacle and Spectatorship of the Silver Age m1d Screen: The Satyrica of Petronius and Fel lini," and received his M .A. in classics from the University of Florida. Before Tom's departure on an extended visit to France, Ann McKinley 84 hosted a bon voyage party at her house in Gainesville New Collegians who attended included: Tom Hamby' 77, Carrie Kastner Hamby' 82, Chris Ellis 83, Mike Wells '85, Ben Carter Razee '84, Jennifer Tompkins Razee '87, Pete Cerny' 84, Tom Ronca' 81, Lucia Nutting, Josh Benjamin' 87, Lee Johnson' 87, Matt Davidson' 87, and James Schmidt' 89. Victor Mangome '87 and his wife, Alyce, (Tmnpa) celebrated the birth of their first child, Victor III, last SU11llller. Kibby Munson' 87 spent a week in NYC over the holidays with Amanda Henry' 89, who is burning down the house in critical fUm study at the Tisch School of NYU Amanda, Dana Lockwood '89 and Mark Sanders 89 have all become very glamorous from the big city living. Kibby spent New Year's with Jamie Peacock 87 and John White 87 in D C., where they live with some very mean cats. Jamie and John hosted a fabulous party and put Kibby, Tom Lashar '86, Joe, Van and others up in their channing one-bedroom apartment. Kibby says that she finally feels like she lives in Seattle, where she
Give Yourself a Pat on the Back! NC Alums and Alumnae/i Association Commended in SACS Review. By David Smolker Alumnae / i Association President To My Fellow Alumnae / i : I report good news! We offer com711ndation to New Col lege for the extraordinary quality of its Alumni Affairs Association New Col lege Alumnae/i Association, which has records you might be interested in knowing for 2,250 of its 2,500 alumni. Nearly a 95% completion rate which is absolutely extraordinary That s not the only reason for the com Tn.ndation. Their publications pro duced on a shoestring are extraordinary They play a hey role in fact, in the assess711nt ofthe effective ness of New College by virtue of the wa y they collect and analyze data An extraordinary tiny effective organiza tion fu.Uy deserving of com711ndation. So said Dr. Daniel Poteet, provost of Guilford College and chair of the New College/USF at Sarasota reaf firmation visit team, in January in his oral report for the Southern Associa tion of Colleges and Schools accredita tion study. We all share in and can be ex tremely proud of these accolades We should be especially grateful to Carol Ann Wilkinson, our alumnae / i coordi-nator, for it is, in signillcant part, through her efforts that we have be come what we have become But, in the final analysis, it is your support and commitment that make it all pos sible On behalf of the Association, I thank you As gratifying as Provost Poteet's words are, I can't help but beg (under the heading "what have you done for us lately" ) the ultimate question : why have a tiny extraordinary, effective alumnae/ i organization? Here's what others say : From Charles H Webb executive director of the University of Michigan Alumni Association : Alumni constitute perhaps the greatest single resource on which an institution can depend They offer the richest potential as resources for ad vice advocacy student recruit711nt, and financial support As the products of the institutional effort alumni are in a better position to understand the educational mission needs and goals of their academic institutions than any other single constituency As stu dents they are the receivers of a quality education and as graduates they be coTn. the givers. There is a consensus today that an institution of higher edu cation cannot reach its fu.Uest potential without the active involve711nt and commit711nt of its alumni. From John A DiBaggio, president of Michigan State University, East Lansing : One funda711ntal premise I have learned in my years in higher educa tion administration is that no group is more critical to a university than its alumni. I believe it is very difficuU to run a university successfu.Uy without the support and commit711nt of alumni. It all boils down to support and commitment ; to keeping the faith Suc cess breeds expectations of greater suc cess Greater success depends upon greater support and commitment So I ask you : what have you done for New College lately? Or more to the point, what are you willing to do? We can use financial support and help with fund raising, alumnae/i fellows, peo ple to organize chapter events and re unions or arrange internships for students, writers for Nimbus, board members, mentors, ... I'm sure you can expand the list Please let me know You can call David at home (813996-4977) or work (813-221-6600) or contact him in care of the alumnae/i office. '64 '65 66 67 68 '69 70 71 72 73 '74 75 76 '77 '78 '79 '80 '81 '82 '83 84 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89 '00 '91 '92 '93 '94 Class Notes (listed alphabetically by entering year) sees too much of Julie Osterling' 85 and not enough of Patty Frew '85. She is applying to grad school at the Univeristy of Washington and plans to stick around there for a while Steve Bar beaux '88 is working for the Peace Corps in eastern Cama roon. He is working with fish farming and has developed a taste for palm wine Steve welcomes mail to: Corps de la Paix, B P 817, Yoouande, Cama roon. Julie Hansen 88 graduated from Asolo Film Conservatory, Sara sota, with an M F .A.. Her movie "Bath ing Beauty" won the Student Showcase Award at the Independent Feature Film Market and will be shown at a filin festival in France. Stacey Parks '88 is working on her second bachelor's degree at USF focused on emotionally handicapped education., and is trying to flgure out what direction to go with master's work. Susan Rutherford' 88 has been working for the U S Forest Service since June. She spent the summer building hiking trails and plans to spend the winter doing biological sur veys for an endangered species of bat. She "hunkered down for a long harsh Nimbus, Winter 1994 -Page 11 winter" in her ranger station in the mountains above Salt Lake City with no phone or TV For entertainment, she read the Book of Momwn. For rest Neiberg '88 dropped by on his way to California. And she ran into Ned Clark '88 during her trip to Boulder, Colo Van Choojitarom 88 came to stay a few weeks as well Chad Goldberg 89 spent three weeks exploring his roots in Poland and Israel this summer. The trip was organized by the American Zionist Youth Foundation in commemoration Continued on next page
LETTERI TO THE EDITOR Nimbus welcomes letters to the editor, including the writer's name, address and daytime telephone number Letters accepted may be edited for length and clarity. Dear Folks, As always, I read the Nimbus with great interest. The following thoughts are offered in response to the articles titled "More News from Alums in Poli tics" and "Novocollegian Meets the President .... (Fall Issue, 1993) In the first, the author asks us to imagine a Republican congressional primary in which "4 out of 5 ... ran on a pro-choice platform. Regrettably," he continues, "we split the vote and the pro-life nominee won Are we to infer that the "pro-choice" label is a badge of honor or that the author's po sition on this issue was somehow of special relevance to all the rest of us New College graduates as "kindred spirits" on this issue? If that is what he thinks, then it might be of interest also that the only two other New Col lege graduates who have run for Con gress (as far as I know), myself and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (who won) are both "pro-life To be "pro-choice" without reserva tion is to be against biological human life and in favor of irresponsibility Life that is known biologically as hu man -I think I learned in class some where begins at conception Conception, in turn, occurs among peo ple who don't want it -in the vast majority of cases as a result of irre sponsibility As far as the author's suggestion that Lincoln was a "liberal Democrat" while at New College and then was elected to Congress as a "conservative Republican," I can only say that he is off the mark entirely Lincoln was a "Scoop Jackson Democrat" who had campaigned for Richard Nixon While in Florida's Senate, he had a 100% AFL-CIO rating. Regarding student Lisa Yamaoka's meeting with President Clinton, I com mend her and thank her for her work with VISTA. She shows an admirable commitment to making the world a better place. But with regard to her statement that "The President is a charming character and a great im provement over the previous adminiClass Notes (continued from page n) of the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Then he worked for the Massachusetts Public Interest Re search Group (MassPIRG) as a cam pus organizer. He, Steve Waldman '82 and Phil Gregory returned to NC for the 1993 Halloween PCP. Re cent Sarasota sightings lead us to be lieve that he's living in Sarasota Harry Gould 89 spent the fall teaching English and tending bar in Osaka, Japan. Now in Port Richey, Fla., he is applying to graduate programs in international relations. Mark Sanders' 89 is chillin' in Brooklyn, workin' in Manhattan, dig gin' on the phunkee 718-vibes, and bustin' his butt as a barback in the 212's He suggests that everybody should check out the new DeLa, "it's the shiznitz for real. Many thanks to thesis student Dawn Chaney for compiling the notes. 1J!inter 1994 Page 12 stration,'' I have a question. As Tina might have put it, what's charm got to do with it? Bob Allen '74 4945 Orduna Dr. Coral Gables, FL 331466 A call for rationality and foresight (the two elements which cause all economic models to fail): I read the Fall 1993 issue ofthe Nimbus with great interest. However, I approached Jono Miller's Space Re port and the articles about progres sive funding and enrollment by John Cranor and James Feeney with mild trepidation. As a student of economics for nine years and as a resident and visitor of Sarasota for twenty-two years I have observed a few hazards that we at New College should be care ful to avoid The rapid growth Sarasota has ex perienced over the last two decades has caused more than a few problems. Roads are an easy example. As NC grows, we want to carefully plan how we will handle the logistics of automo bile traffic, people flow, housing, food, water, electricity, and other services One of the most intriguing fea tures of NC's campus is the architec tural design of the buildings and the campus in general. We have benefit ted from owning old and beautiful es tates and work (however much modified) of I.M. Pei I have not had the opportunity to see the newest ad ditions, but I was disappointed with the library (though nice enough out side, it seemed a dimly lit warehouse inside), Hamilton and SudakoffCen ters, and the Hanson-Selby buildings. They just had little to offer in the way of beauty or design. I would only ask that care be taken to incorporate the new additions to our landscape, so they may blend with the surrounding buildings and not interrupt the flow of the land.
Most importantly, I urge NC tore member at all times its educational priorities. This seems obvious but it is easy to fmd instances when institu tions in need of money to improve have sacrificed their good qualitie s to pursue funding I fear most for NC s reputation as a school that can offer flexible education programs ISPs, tu torials, in-depth faculty involvement with each student's development the insistence that students learn to think (not just regurgitate what they have read or heard ) and a social atmos phere that encourages the sharing of ideas across disciplines Let us not strive to be Harvard or Oberlin Let us allow and guide NC to grow in its own special way William Groben 84 P O Box973 Micanopy FL 32667 Dear Nimbus Editor, Well, I can only say, imagine my surprise (Actually, I can and usually do say far more Many, and perhaps even yourself, opine that I often say far too much, but of course too much for one may be nowhere close to suffi cient for another and just right for a third, and perhaps a third of what I say needs saying, and perhaps less.) Yes, just imagine my double surprise t o receive the latest Nimbus and dis cover that not only was New College rated #1 by Money Mag, but I myself in that selfsame publication am given some historical notice I had barely fmished marveling that New College should be receiving such national attention and wonder ing how I had missed this. I soon real ized that the answer to this sentence fragment was in the question Since I read Money when sitting under the hair dryer at the beauty parlor, the lat est issue I had seen was 1991 with much reveling about the prospects of a Second Bush Term and Oprah's weight loss Without the Nimbus, I (MORE) LETIERJ" TO THE EDITOR would not have known about the eleva tion of New College for a couple of more years, too late to gloat anywhere but at the beauty parlor So you can imagine my feverish de voural of the article by my good friend James Feeney his careful research an scholarly work apparent throughout And then, there at the end, an allega tion that Mr. Feeney had taught sociol ogy to me This is an unvarnished attempt to besmirch Mr. Feeney s ex cellent and unblemished repu . . tation by association I must deplore such tabloid tech niques And besides, I have already de nied all of those charges repeatedly I would even have been willing to sub mit to a lie detector test except my al lergie s make that impossible I know that many in the academic professions were askance when I signed on as a research assistant to Dr. Hunter Thompson on his Hell s Angel study, and, when Thompson got the glory and I got 5 to 10 for exces sive participation and insufficient ob servation, remarks were made in certain quarters. Racing the combines seemed like a good idea at the time And there was that independent study project on the s ociology of relig ion T ent Revivals : Where are the Snakes? I will again say that when Mr. Feeney approved the project he knew nothing about the bible sales And I returned almost all of the money from the sales of the Fire cracker Bible ( "guaranteed to blast you up the straight and narrow "). I think an apology to James Feeney is called for and I must again deplore this lapse in journalistic stand ards. But before you return to your usual higher standards would you be interested in publishing my current monograph : Skating on Fiber Optics: A Study of Deviant Behavior on the In formation Superhighwa y ? It includes access codes to all major defense instal lations and the first interactive Madonna CD/ROM George Kane 67 1525 Bridgeport Dr. Merlin Mann Resigns from Board The New College Alumnae / i As sociation Board of Directors ac cepted with regret the resignation from the board of Merlin Mann '86. Citing "personal and business obligations [that] make it difficult for me to give this important work the attention and energy that it de serves Merlin asked to be ex cused from further duty. He did promise to participate in New College activities on a less formal basis Merlin first joined the board in Nimbus, Jl!inter 1994 -Page 13 1990 doing double duty as the graduating class representative on the New College Foundation Board of Trustees and a member of the alumnae/i group. Following a revision of the By-Laws two years ago which eliminated auto matic membership on the alum nae/i board as a result of appointment to the foundation board, Merlin was appointed for a two-year tenn as an alum director. Merlin is a graphics editor with Terra, Inc., in Tallahassee, Fla.
Therapist's Gift Nurtured at New College Lesley Koplow 7 4 directs programs for emotionally disturbed children in New York City ByRonFaig multiple foster care placements I n the sixth grade in Cleveland, Ohio, Lesley Koplow's teacher asked for volunteers to help out with a kindergarten class Koplow raised her hand. Her books recount similar stories. Where Rag Dolls Hide Their Faces: A Story of Trou bled Children tells of Lesley Koplow '74 with one of the children at Karen Horney Clinic. At the end of the school year, the kindergarten teacher pulled her aside and told her she had "a gift. Koplow eventually took that gift south -to New College. While there, she did" a zillion internships" in Sara sota Her zeal reflected the '60s desire to change the world She designed a playroom at a magnet school for kids preoccupied with family problems; or ganized a partner program for New College students and needy children and a similar program mvolv ing the students with elderly, blind people Today Koplow, who has master's degrees in early childhood special edu cation and in social work, is director of programs for emotionally disturbed children at the Karen Horney Thera peutic Nursery in New York City. She is an acclaimed author, has her own psychotherapy practice and is an adjunct professor at Bank Street Col lege in New York City. She also spent seven years working in the Head Start Program in East Harlem. The city-funded Nursery, which accommodates up to 12 families at once, combines an early childhood education setting with clinical intervention for the families. The experiences faced by these children at such an early age are disturbing and horrifying "One toddler witnessed her mother's murder," says Koplow "Some are abused Many have had her experiences while at Head Start. The Way Home: A Child Therapist Looks at the Inner Lives of City Chil dren examines the impact of homeless ness on her young clients, while helping them to recover from poverty and despair She also te!Js of a !?'?UP. of kindergarten-aged children livmg m a world of crack addiction, violence and death The book underscores the resilience of the human spirit embod ied in these vulnerable victims of society's darkest side "I like to write in an anecdotal way That way people can hear-from the kids' own language and interactions-what happens to children and what healing potential there is," Koplow explains Despite all of the despair Koplow has seen she has witnessed enough success to maintain her life time commitment. Her favorite recollection is a boy she worked with when she fJ.rSt came to New York. "He was a five-year-old with many autistic features from a low-income family," she recalls, ''He was either to tally frantic-running all around-or very self-involved, staying with cut and-dry activities like ordering letters or numbers for hours. He couldn't re late to anyone Now he is grown and attending Syracuse University on a Nimbus, Winter 1994 Page 14 math scholarship ." Koplow stresses the need for early intervention if children who have had a traumatic experience are going to have any hope for normal, happy lives ''If someone close to the kid is physically hurt, or the child observes violence between parents, or has a ter rible or intrusive medical procedure, don't assume that a child will forget," says Koplow ''It affects them pro foundly Get them attention so it doesn't stay buried and little by little interfere with their development." She sees a new priority among goverrunent officials for emotional nourishment programs, but feels there must be a commitment to do more Koplow says she will continue to write so people better understand what troubled kids go through And she will keep guiding children who have, in many cases, seen and expen enced more in just a few years than most adults ever will. This was one of a series of articles about New College its program, its students and its graduates, in the fall issue of USF magazine The article is reprinted with the pennission of f!SF magazine. Reunion registrants wtU. receiue a copy of the magazine; other zn terested alums may request a copy from the alumnae/i offtce.
Proposed: Alumnae/i Mentors By John Hansen The New College Alumnae/i Asso ciation desires to introduce an Alum nae/i Mentorship Program in the fall of 1994 The program would provide New College students the opportunity to establish and benefit from on-going contact with a New College alumna/alumnus of the student's choosing. Toward this end, we are cur rently soliciting interest among alum nae/i to serve as mentors for the program. The program offers students the ability to link up with alumnae/ i men tors who share academic, career, social and/or cultural interests. Students can be expected to seek advice and/or feed back from their mentors on a wide range oftopics, including : New Col lege courses of study, professors, etc .; graduate schools /programs; and, ca reers/internships Career-related advice appears to be of particular concern and impor tance to students. New College cur-New College Nimbus Published by New College Alumnae / i Associat i on, 5700 N Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243 (813) 359-4324 Produc tion/distribution cost per copy is $1.40. Editorial/Production Committee: Alexis Simendinger '75, Chair; Susan Burns '76 ; Mike Campbell '87; Jim Feeney; Ben Ford '83 ; John Hanse n 76 ; Matt. Posner '87; Carol Ann Wilkinson '64, editor Unless otherwise noted, opin ions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent offi cial policy of the Alumnae/i Associa tion or the opinions of the editors. In fact, the editors rarely even agree with each other! Photo Credits: p 8 Keith Westerberg; p 10, Vince Koloski; p 11, Leslie Koplow Graphic Design: p 16, reunion, Jonathan Srnjga. 0 Printed on recycled paper rently lacks a career development posi tion on campus Such a position has been authorized at least twice in the recent past; however, in each instance, it was withdrawn due to budget con straints. (The lack of career develop ment staff was noted by the SACS accreditation review team that re cently visited the New College cam pus. Their sense of urgency and concern is reflected in their statement that: "some way be found, if humanly possible, to restore the recently-lost position in career development."). The Mentorship Program will provide a mechanism by which alum.nae/i can as sist students in this important, yet ne glected area. (Please note that this program places no expectation upon the mentor to provide internship or ca reer opportunities, though they would certainly be welcome.) Alum.nae / i expressing interest in being mentors will, in the next few mnths, be asked to complete an "Alumnae / i Mentor Profile". The infor mation provided will be available to students in hard copy and/or com puter-accessible formats These forms will be the primary mechanism by which each student who desires a men tor will learn about, and ultimately choose, a mentor. Once a student chooses a mentor, he/she will receive a copy of the men-tor's profile. Likewise, the chosen men tor will be sent a copy of the student' s "Mentee Profile Beyond that, it's re ally up to the initiative of the mentor and mentee to move things forward and to establish "ground rules" con ceming the frequency and nature of interaction If you are interested in participat ing in the Alumnae/i Mentorship Pro gram, please contact Carol Ann Wilkinson, alum.nae/i coordinator, by phone or fax ( 813 359-4324), or by re turning the information form below Over the next few months, you will receive more information about the program from the New College Alu mane/ i Association, along with an Alu mane/ i Mentor Profile for you to fill out. Please note that your expression of interest at this time in no way obli gates you to follow through on the pro gram, though we certainly hope that the vast majority of you will do so Your help in making this program a success is greatly appreciated. John Hansen '76 (Oakland, Calif) is a member of both the New College Alumnae/i Association Board of Direc tors and the New College Foundation Board of Trustees He's a conszdtant with Edgar, Dunne & Co. in San Francisco Applications are being accepted through March 28 for a (live-in) Resident Advisor To Students (supervises RAs). For more details, contact Mark Johnson, director of housing, at 813-359-4259 We'd like to Hear from You ... Send your newest news or address changes to New College Alumnae/i Association, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sara sota, FL 34243 or call/fax at 813-359-4324 Vimbus Jllinmr 1994 -Page J S
1994 ALUMNAE/I REUNION WEEKEND APRIL 8. 9 & 10 TARGET CLASSES: 1974:1976 & 1984:1986 Need SomeR & R? ?Jtl Register Now (or Sun & Flln at the New College Alumnae/i Reunion '94 Registration for weekend is $40 per adult. You can pay by check or credit card (include name on card, acct # and expiration date.) Individual activities are as follows : 0 Renion & Ari Show OpeningFriday, 7:30 p m., College Hall (cash bar) 0 Registration -$4/ aduli 0 Sat. picnic -noon by the pool $7.50; ($5 / child) 0 Sat. party9 p m College Hall $10 0 Sun. brunch -noon, Royal Marine Room (2 N. Trail)$20 ($10/ child 3-10) For child care on campus on either Saturday eve ning or Sunday, please specify the event and num ber and ages of children Reunion Events Alumnae/i Art Show Family picnic by the pool Sunday brunch at the Royal Marine Room overlooking Sarasota Bay (jointly sponsored with the New College Foundation to give special honor and recognition to the New College faculty) Saturday night party hosted with the students Diversity Convocation (Minority and other interested alums are especially encouraged to attend and share views and ideas about diversity -or the lack thereof-at New College) Volunteers are needed-( 1) If you would like to recognize the efforts of any individual faculty member or perhaps all of them, please contact the alumnae/i office soon ( 2) The following alums have graciously agreed to contact fellow class members, encouraging them to come : Spozy Foltz, Caroline Chambliss, Denise Neville, Mike Owens, Diane Godzinski, Ann McKinley, Erma-Paula Sanders, John Mullen, Annemarie Succop, Scott Broeder, Dana Newman-Evans, Henry Smyth and Debra Jenks. If you would like to join this effort, please contact Spozy Foltz (904656-2787) or the alumae/i office Alumnae/i Association Directors Meeting (9 a.m., Sat. Rm 214, College Hall) and Annual General Meeting (11 a.m., Sat., Rm214) New College Foundation, Inc. NEW CoLLEGE ALUMNAE / I AssociATION NIMBUS 5700 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243-2197 FORWARDING POSTAGE GUARANTEED ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED Nou-Prolil Org US. Postage Paid Permit #56 Sarasot.o, FL Fund Raising Update Thanks to your generosity, contributions to the Alumnae/i Asso ciation are running ahead of this time last year, totaling just over $77,000 We're still working to increase our participation rate and need more of you to contribute! If you've not paid your pledge or made a contribution for 93/94, there's still time. If you made a pledge during the phonathon but didn't request (or receive) the premium you wanted (T-shirt, mug, kite, etc.), contact the alumnae/i office