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_ /NEW COLLEGE NEWS RELEASE FOR RELEASE: Sunday, April 19, 1964 NEW COLLEGE, SARASOTA, FLORIDA FURMAN C. ARTHUR INFORMATION Students entering College in September rate among t.he outs tanding in the country, said Robert J. Norwine, Dean of Admissions. His basis for comparison comes from 10 years as Director of Admissions at vJesleyan University, he matched his students with those goin9 'co other outstanding colleges and universities in -the nation. Nhat makes the Charter Class of Ne\'7 College unusual, said Dean Norwine, are the students who have an excellent academic record ,..,ith a fine school and coramunity citizenship record. Dean Nonline said he uses as a comparative group the first 15 students in New College's Charter Class and he cites some of the statistics that make them outstanding. Each studen t ranks consis'cently high in test scores and mos c. are among the tops in their class, \'lith a number of them ranking first. Of this 15, composed of 8 girls and 7 boys, 11 different states are represented. They are: Ohio, Maine, Pennsylvania, Florida (2), Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Illinois (4), Sout:h Carolina, and New Jersey. This brings to the class regional differences in speech, customs, and thinking which is part of the educational process, he said. "Beyond their fine academic and activities records, our students (more)
-2 -have in common only one thing they all will be different.," said the dean. He said that telling about members of the class would help to describe t.he type of st.udent coming to Ne\'17 College. One student from a southwestern s tat.e, Bob, is a member of the National Honor Society, president of a reen Club, an officer of his church fellowship, an Explorer .scout, a member of the class advisory board and the Student Senate, and holds membership in the Chess Club the Rocket and f'lissile Club and is on the Debate Team of his school. His teachers say he has an extraordinary interest in science, often constructing his 0\'17n equipment. He has desi'Jned anc built high temperature furnaces, an oxy-hydrogen torch, air liquefaction apparatus, an electron accelerat.or, and a gas discharge tube. Built by Bob, although not designed by hiln, were a cloud chamber, a solar furnace, a strobe light, and a spectroscope. Dean Norwine said that. a typical young woman who will be in the first class might. be called Betty. She has been a member of her student council, a member of the Latin, French and German Clubs, a Junior Representative, active on the Debat.e Team and 'i:.he History Club, and active in her church and Young Women's Christian Association work. This young lady noted that her grades slipped a little at one time during her schooling, bu t tha t '"as only because she had spent. too much time on her writing and st.udy of history. She helped wr i t.e a play, authored a novel of her own and also has written a number of short. st.ories. (more)
3 -Dean Non1ine said that these two students, whose records he cit.ec, are typical of chose applying for and being accepted at Ne-v1 Colleg-e. said at t.he outset thai:. \ le '"ere interested in students who were leaders as well as those wi'i::h fine academic records. Those who have been admitted are generally both. "Most of our students have been very in stuoent affairs ranging from government: co athle'i::.ics, from honor classes to dramatics. One student is president of the National of Student Councils, anot.her heads the same association in his state,., said the Dean. He said that the books the students are reading show that there is more serious reading being done today in the high schools among the top students. "While most students list good fiction among the recent books they have read, few list a fiction wor1t as their favorite. Teachers confirm that students are reading seriously and reading serious books." Reading of the applications confirms also that the students are readers by listing this as a prime hobby. But hobbies are as widely ranging as 'cropical fish and international affairs.