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/ NEWS RELEASE EW COLLEGE SARASOTA, FLORIDA 33578 1 -59 -11/24/67 813 / 355-7131 Ref.: Furman c. Arthur FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SARASOTA--Two New College faculty members fly to Colombia Tuesday to take part in the second annual Florida-Colombia Alliance conference in Barranquilla. Leaving from Miami with other educators and officials from Florida will be Dr. Corinne G. Wilson, librarian, and Woodruff w. Bryne, tutor in Spanish. Joining them in Barranquilla will be Richard Ogburn, a third-year student who is on academic leave from New College and serving as a teaching fellow at the Bi-National Center in Bogota. The Florida-Colombia Alliance was founded in 1963, under the sponsorship of the Organization of American States, to help to develop the potentials of both areas by cooperation and mutual assistance. Sessions of the conference open Wednesday and by Friday will include working meetings of Alliance committees on education, public health, trade and commerce, Sister City, and civic organization matters.
COLLEGE Page 2 Both Dr. Wilson and Bryne have visited Colombia during the past few months on special projects and each is expected to make a proposal for cooperative programs involving New College and Colombia. Guiding the participation of the two faculty and the undergraduate is Mrs. John Elmendorf, consultant in Latin American Studies, who also visited Colombia this year to help to set up cooperative programs. Following her visit, six students engaged in special projects in Colombia including two who received Ford Poundation grants to do research at the Universidad del Valle in Cali with Dr. Irving Webber, representing the Rockefeller Foundation and the University of Florida. Involvement of New College faculty and students came at the invitation of Florida Secretary of State Tom Adams, through whose office Alliance affairs are coordinated. Dr. Wilson will present to the Alliance a proposal for a library exchange program between Florida and Colombia Following her last visit to the Latin American country she arranged for a professional librarian, Martha Luz Orozco, to spend six months on the library staff of New College. Bryne's proposal includes an opportunity for Florida students to do independent study work in Colombia and also to take an intensive language study course while there. Fifteen graduate level scholarships for Colombian students have been offered by Florida universities, including one at New College. Junior colleges have offered 45 scholarships for Colombian high school graduates. The conference officially ends December 4. 30 -