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COLLEGE NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NEW COlLEGE, SARASOTA, FlORIDA FURMAN C. ARTHUR INFORMATION Mayors A. Sterling Hall of Bradenton, David Cohen of Sarasota and Smyth Brohard of Venice today became the first honorary alumni of New College. At a ceremony in College Hall on the New College campus, the three mayors were presented with special membership cards designating them as honorary alumni. President of New College, Dr. George F. Baughman, and L. W. Horning, chairman of the Friends of New College, made the presentations to the mayors. Horning, a former vice president of the New York Central Railroad, simultaneously announced the formal activation of the Friends of New College as an organization to help provide support and resources to assist the college, particularly during its founding years. He said that the honorary alumni pro-gram would be part of his group's responsibility. President Baughman said, in making his presentation to the mayors, that the memberships 11symbolized the thanks of New College to all citizens \rho were active in the founding of the college 11 -more-
Page 2 "These men represent the efforts of thousands of people to see that New College ,.,ould have a sound foundation on which to build," said Dr. Baughman. He said that the three men have given much assistance, both personally and officially, to help guide the founding and building of the college. Horning pointed out that the Friends of Ne'" College was created last year in order to sponsor the January white tie benefit which featured the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus. The group also backed a performance of playwright-actor Emlyn Williams appearing as Charles Dickens. All funds from both events were turned over to the college to help provide operating funds during the college's critical early years. Noting that the Friends of New College is an independent organization, Horning said that it would work closely with the college to introduce many new people to its concepts and to involve them in a program of support. Horning said that Edward W. Beattie Jr., Hell known writer and former foreign correspondent, would serve as vice chairman of the Friends of New College. "It will be many years before New College will be able to have an effective alumni group from its o'm students ,11 said Horning, '1 since it is such a neto7 institution."
Page 3 He said he believes that people who are interested in helpinn New College may do so through a program which will involve them as honorary alumni. The new organization is now incorporated as a non-profit institution and already has a number of projects in mind in addition to the alumni group. 11\.J'e hope to sponsor a number of outstanding cultural events in the ManateeSarasota area for residents and visitors, and where any profits will assist NeH College," said Horning. He mentioned that under consideration now is the possibility of bringing here a symphony orchestra and a national ballet company. In addition to providing financial resources for the college, Horning said that the Friends of New College also would be an organization ohich lwuld provide human resources. 11Many of us in this area attended other colleges and universities and we arc loyal to them, 11 said the Indiana University graduate. 11NO"' we have an opportunity to help one of the fine new colleges in the country get its start and keep going in the wonderful direction in which it is started.n He said that the communities in the area have many outstanding persons who could devote their energies and minds to helping the college.