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ALUMNI NEWS + A Special Report Published for the Alumni of New College by the Public Affairs Office of the University of South Florida, Sarasota Campus PART 1: What Has Happened New College, the private, liberal arts college founded in I 960 and opened for classes in J 964, became New College of the University of South Florida on July 1,1975. This change took more than a year, entailed a tremendous amount of work by a number of people, created some alienations among students, faculty, alumni, staff, and trustees, saw many moments of despair, and in the end turned out very much like the original idea of May 1974. Here's the situation, in brief, following the change; The New College campus has been acquired by the state and is now known as the Sarasota Campus of the Univers1ty of South Florida. On this campus are four separate programs, all functioning simulta neously: L New College of the University of South Florida, with the same educa tional program, the same level of stu dents and faculty. 2. The upper division program of the University of South Florida, offering jun1or and senior level courses primarily to commuting students in a variety of fields tailored to meet local needs. 3. Beginning graduate courses in similar patterns to the upper division courses. 4. Continuing education courses. A carefully-worded Statement of Intent worked out between the college and the State University System specifies that the educational programs of New College of USF will be characterized by the goats of the private New College program; that a selective admissions policy for cw Col lege of USF will be maintained; that stu dents in New College of USF will pay the same tuition and fees as other students in the State University System: and that the University of South Florida will consult with the administration and the faculty of New College of the University of South Florida and With the New College Foundation Trustees in formulating edu cational policy and in planning affecting the College. "To the extent permitted by funding provided by the New College Foundation, Inc. in the future, the State University System intends to continue the New Col lege of the University of South Florida as an undergraduate enrichment or honors type college characterized by the goals set forth earlier ... ," the statement reads. Entry of New College into the State University System was a step not taken lightly by the campus community, the higher education system the legislators, or the government of Florida From the trustees' point of view, the step repre sented the onJy reasonable solution that was presented that would preserve New College. Some people advocated that New College should have been allowed to perish; that it would have been better to remember the college for what it was rather than to face the prospect of a dilution of the pro gram within the state system. This view was held mostly by some alumni and by some seniors; it was also held by some faculty who advocated the the college close, sell its assets, and distribute them to meet obligations, which included faculty contracts. Many of the undergraduates held the view that the college could be saved if the proper public appeal was to be made. A special student committee was formed to do this, worked hard for about a month without too much success in actual funds raised, and then quietly dissolved. What brought about the idea of the absorption into the state system was quite simple MONEY or lack of it. When Dr. Arland F. Christ-Janer took the presidency in September 1973, he quickly discovered the desperateness of the situation. In his first trustee meeting, he noted the financial difficulties that lay ahead. In his second meeting, he urged that the trustees immediately make an effort to establish a special $2,000,000 fund to allow the college to turn itself around. By the third meeting, in May, he had two proposals in hand when the meeting opened: the idea of acquisition by the state, or closing within 60 days. There was nothing sudden that occurred that led to this state of affairs. Rather, it was a slow and inexorable working of several different pressures. Pressure I: Falling enrollments. In 1972, with an entering class of 322, campus enrollment was 612. In 1973, new stu dents dropped by almost 100 to 234 and the total student body began to drop, to 586. ln 1974, there were only 175 in the entering class and the on-campus enroll ment dropped below 500. As each smaU entering class moved upward, the total student body decreased. With an average tuition income per student of $2,400, each 100 students made a difference of nearly $240,000 in the college's financial affairs. Pressure 2: Inflation. Everything that goes to provide an education had gone up, with one exception: salaries. From fuel oil to teaching supplies, costs rose dramatically. With falling student income, and with fund raising efforts holding fairly level there remained only the device of trimming the budget and holding the line on salaries to meet bud gets. Faculty and staff had averaged only a 5 per cent salary increase since 1972-73 while at other colleges and universities, salary increases since then have averaged 17.3 per cent and inflation has increased by 23.4 per cent. Operating budgets were trimmed, too, until the campus began to look shabby and there were signs that further cuts would seriously affect the quality of the program and the quality of life on campus that helps make the pro gram work. Pressure 3: Fund-raising problems. With reasonable consistency, New College has been raising about $1 million a year for some years. One of the problems was, not all of this had been in cash, or in assets immediately convertible to cash. The col lege had been aided by two substantial grants from the Ford Foundation and by conversion to cash of some of its real assets. In the final crunch, almost every tiling was used up. Trustees, knowledge able about giving levels, felt that over the long haul, about all that could be reason ably expected to be raised annually by the college would be about $750,000. There was no way to budget for the New College program with that amount added to tuition income without incurring sub stantial deficits. Facing that prospect, the Trustees agreed to the merger proposal and stipulated that they would continue to try to find the large amounts of money that would continue to be needed even to fund New College as a part of the Univer sity of South Florida. As of July 1, New College is part of the University, Dr. Cecil Mackey is president of USF. He has given great support to New College, has said that he wants it to continue, has assigned vast amounts of his time and his staff's time to trying to unravel the immense tangle of problems that a new program such as this causes. He has, both in writmg and in public


2 ALUMNI NEWS statements, agreed to consult with tht Trustees of the New College Foundation on rna tters affecting the educatiOnal goals and policies of the College. Even if he did not, Trustees have the simple option of terminating the support of the program should it ever be altered in ways they feel would be detrimental to the reputation of the College. Dr. Mackey told Trustees at their May meeting that the University of South Florida is committed to the concept created by the Board of Regents and the Board of Trustees of New College and to the type of program New College has. The faculty who elected to remain, about 70 per cent, are being retained. Recruiting for replacement faculty was carried out actively during the summer and most positions were filled. Admissions has the right to apply the same standards of selection to new stu dents as those which have governed all classes previously. There will be some changes. Almost PART II: anyone will concede that there have to be changes on becoming a part of a state system. But no one has yet been able to perceive any changes that will be forced on sub tantive matters in the educational programs and few in the matter of stu dent life. A big one is that the campus will have to be shared, largely in the evenings, with the students in the other parts of the USF program. There will be other changes but those who are charged with governing various areas of the campus life, see those as being only moderate. Two important concessions have been given by the State University System. First, they aJiowed the name of the college to ramain intact, as long as it is followed by "of the University of South Florida." Second, diplomas will continue to have the designation of New College, with the same notation, "of the Univer sity of South Florida." This continuing identity was felt by everyone to be important. The idea of melding New College into the State University System is one that never drew overwhelming enthusiasm from large numbers of students or faculty. They just did not feel that it was neces sary. Many of them believed that the college had resources which could be tapped or that there were people in the world who would support the idea if only they knew about it. Those who had realist1cally tried to find such resources, those who searched for those potential supporters, knew that the route of merger with the state system represented the only way to preserve the New College educational program. To make the whole idea jeU took an extraordinary amount of work and persuasion. President Christ-Janer spent almost all of his time during the entire past year making it work, convinced that the program was worthy of perpetuation. He began with only the support of the Board of Trustees and President Mackey. Eventually, the Board of Regents, the Chancellor, the Chancellor-designate, the powerful chairmen of the Education Committees of the House and Senate, presidents of colleges and universities all over the country, a U.S. senator, and even an advi or to President Ford supported the idea The Meaning of the New Relationship What Will New College be !Ike in 1975-76? As it entered its 12th academic year, New College was much the same. And different. The program was the same. So were the students. Most of the faculty. Much of the staff. Changed was the tuition. About $746 for first-year Florida students and $1 ,924 for out-of-state students. Substantial savings in either case. There was no president on campus. Tfiere was a director of the Sarasota Campu and a provost of ew College. From about five o'clock on there are increasing numbers of people on campu taking part in the other USF programs on campus. (Those courses do increase the range of offerings available to New Col lege students, though.) The campus looks better simply because the State budgets funds to do a better job of maintenance than ewCollege could do. To the casual eye, though, there should be little difference. The New College Foundation has offices on campus and its own staff dedicated to raising funds to support the educational program. The Foundation will have a president, probably WIth personnel in the areas of development, public relations, and finance. Although the Foundation has as 1ts major concern finding funds, trustees will continue to have a strong interest in the academic life of the college. The same Board of Trustees that served the college will serve the Foundation. The Trustees' Educational Policy and Personnel Com mittee will continue to be among the strongest and most distinguished of that board. There is a subtle change in the student body. There are more of them from Florida and most upper-classmen will probably declare a Florida residence to qualify for lower tuiuon. Largely becaus-e of cost factors, on l y about 10 to IS per cent of New College students have come from Florida in the past. With lowered tuition, New College IS expected to become more attractive to larger numbers of Florida students. While no one can predict with any certainty how much of a change there will be, there are some predictors of how little change there will be. Before Trustees would commit them selves to the decision that New Co llege would enter the state system, they first 1nstructed President Christ-Janer to design, with the State, a set of documents that would be agreed upon by both sides as operating guidelines for the new arrangement. Those documents took six months to work out and sign. ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT: This is largely a legal document governing the details of the exchange of assets. STATEMENT OF INTENT: The heart of the entire concept. This statement began with a series of letters exchanged between Chancellor Robert B. Mautz and President Christ-Janer and it spells out the major philosophical points such as the preservation of the educational goals, the retention of the faculty, the continuation of the selective admis:s1ons policy, the "consultative" relationship of the Foun dation Trustees on educational policy and planning, and the commitment to con tinue the college in its present mission. STATEMF T OF OPERATING PHJLOSOPHY: This document, drawn up by the University of South Florida, speaks to the broad intent of that univer sity insofar as the cw College of the University of South Florida is concerned. It was meant as a beginning document, to cover broad areas that can be filled in later by agreement between the University and the Foundation. THE GRANT AGREEMENT: Funding of the New College of the Univers1ty of South Florida is on a basis referred to by the university system as "grant line." This is a special category that allows the New C'ollege Foundation to provide supple mentary funding in support of a special program. This grant agreement spells out what the fundtng will be and how it will be paid. As an added protection, the agreement also repeats the major educa tional goals of the college and refers to them as what the grant agreement is supporting


PART III: The Outlook for 1975 -76 Three areas will govern how New College will fare during its initial year in its new relationship: enrollment, faculty recruit ment, and fund raising. Of these, probably the most critical is enrollment. State funding of New College after the first year is expected to be tied directly to numbers of students. The state uses a formula which ties dollars directly not only to the numbers of students on a particular campus, but what year of study they are in as well and what they are stu dying (they logically figure that an upperclass natura) science student takes more support dollars than a freshman taking genera1 studies). Thirty-four of the faculty committed themselves to continuing with New College of the University of South Florida. Several left because of personal plans or exceptional opportunities. Some found other positions simply because they were either not philosophically in agreement with the new arrangement or could not wait through the anxiety states that preceded the fina1 decision. Provost Mayer said that the faculty numbers 45 full time members this fall which provides a very satisfactory 1 1 to 1 faculty/student ratio. Dr. Riley announced in late July that he had accepted a new position as Dean of the Arts and Sciences at the University of Richmond. Nominations were made by the faculty and the provost. The director of regional campuses, Dr. Lester W. PART IV: ALUMNI NEWS 3 Tuttle, Jr., announced on August 15 the selection of Dr. George H. Mayer as provost for 1975-76. Dr. Mayer, who joined the New College faculty in 1965, later moved to the history faculty of the University of South Florida, a1though he continued to teach one course at New College. Two years ago he accepted a one-year appointment as chairman of the USF History Department, and for the last year has been on leave working on a new book on American nationalism with Dr. Justus Doenecke of the New College faculty. This fall, a faculty-student search committee will begin a nationwide search for candidates for the provost position. These numbers are only for this year. To make the college function within the support levels of both the State and the Foundation, the student body may be pushed up to around 800 and the faculty/ student ratio may rise to about 14 to l. Those are simply economic realities, according to present figures. rreett111ntics of the fate of New College extended past the last day of classes in the academic year and many students left without knowing for sure of the fate of New College. A large number had already made alternative plans to transfer. Because of the small entering class of last September and the record-size graduating class of 182, the number of returning stu dents was only 229 plus 50 more on option or leave. Highlights of the Past Year The number of new students in the entering class (213) may be considered exceptional considering the problems that acting admissions director Millie Ellis and her small staff had to face. Given the fact that they could not even begin act1ve recruiting until last December and that at no time up until late June could they give prospective students positive assurance that there would be a New College (since there was no assurance at all until the end of June), the class that Millie and her staff held together represents a special triumph. At the formal opening of the Sarasuta Campus of the Unil'ersity of South F l o rida, which also marked thC' start of classes for New College of USF. Cecil Mackey and M rs. Mackey (cente r ) The I 974-75 academic year probably should be starred in the record books. The star would simply denote that the times were not normal. This past year definitely was not normal. It began under a cloud of uncertainty and proceeded along a cyclical path that included some highs and many lows. Consider: -September 1974: Faced with the smallest entering class in years, the college opens filled with anxieties. Regent Chairman Marshall Criser says the were special guests along with Dr. Lester rv. Tuttle, Jr., Di r ector of Regional Campuses (left) and A. TI'C'rk Cook. chaimum of the board of tntstees of the New College Foundation. Regents and New College have reached substantial agreement on the merger, but definite word is slow in coming from Tallahassee. December 1974: Trustees and Regents give their final approval to the basic documents governing the merger; but then it is discovered that the Cabinet of the State of Florida needs to give its approval to the transfer of funds. A severe revenue downturn has struck Florida and anxious Cabinet officers covetously eye the $4.1 million com nutted to the New College project. April 1975: After the item had been stricken from several Cabinet and the College borrowed to near its limit to continue operating, the Cabinet finally gives its approval. The legal closing is held and ew College is officially acquired by the state. Formal takeover is set for Jul y I. When the Legislature opens in April, there is considerable doubt whether New College of USF will be funded. The State University System faces severe funding cuts and any new program is promised considerable opposition. Pres1dent Christ l aner mount an effective legislative campaign to win favor for the idea. Funding passes both the House and Senate and survives the Conference Committee. J une 1975: Trustees Executive Com mittee meets in June and learns that according to the grant agreement proposed, it must raise and pay to the State University System approximately $850.000, including an unanticipated


4 ALUMNI NEWS $100,000 for financial aid most of it due before the peak of its fund-rai s ing season. They agree to go ahead The first Foundation payment of $187,500 is made on June 27, and the second on August 15, plus the first one-third of the scholarship fund. I n another sense, though, the year was a normal one for New College and was treated that way by students and faculty alike. Signs of an on-going college : Students all year continued to struggle to find a reasonable way to deal with pets on campus as they have done almost every year since the college was founded. A $2,000 detleaing fee was the aJ ternative offer to a ban on pets. No solution was discovered. -Steve Duprey, a member of the class of '74, was..elected to the Board of Trustees of New College representing that class. Steve. while still an undergraduate, was elected to the New Hampshire Legislature from his district. Josephine Martin, a second year student from New Hampshire, joined Steve there during this past spring. Steve is serving a second term. -Cathy Krall won first prize for the best undergraduate original paper in P hilosophy in a competition sponsored Serious air of the 19 75 New College Com mencement, with its record 182 gradu ates, was broken when Joseph Haaf came across the to_ receive his diploma and brought wuh hun Baia, who Joe said by the Florida Philosophical Association. Phys ici s t Dr. Peter Kazaks received a $3,800 research grant for work on Meson Nucleus Scattering theory. -Fourteen undergraduates formed the New College Air Force to learn how to fly'. reminiscent of the New College Flymg Club of the early years. As with the original club, tragedy struck when two members of the club and a third stu dent were in a plane that crashed. Two of the students died and the third was criti cally injured. Students organized a Lyceum to present student academic and creative work to campus and non-campus audiences. Held weekly and oftener during the winter and spring terms, they consisted mainly of students discussing their senior research projects. -New Collage, the New College literary magazine in its fifth year under the Irec tion of Dr. Arthur MeA. Miller, celebrated a 1,000 copy issue The maga zine now attracts subscribers and contributors from all parts of the country. A New College student delegation to the General Assembly of the Model United Nations won the best delegation award PoJJy Morris and Paul Castelhto won honorable mention in the Danforth had shared all of his college days. President Arfand F. Christ-Janer tried to present a diploma to the dog without suc cess. Watching are Nancy Ferraro and Trustee Mark Burlingame. Foundation Fellowship program. Daniel F. Chambliss and Polly also won Herbert H. Lehman FeJJowships taking two of the 30 offered throughout the country. Dr. David Reisman, familiar to most graduates. of New College, wrote a lengthy about New College which was published m the May issue of Change Magazine. Two faculty alumni came into the news. When Prescott College in Arizona announced its closing, the acting presi dent who made the announcement was Dr. Robert Harrill, formerly a member of the chemistry faculty at New College. When Eckerd College announced its new provost, it turned out to be Dr. Richard Hallin, formerly a political science faculty member here. President Christ-Janer was selected in January as president of Stephens College a womans college rn Columbia, Mo. At the start of the merger talks he had made it clear that there would be no position for him in the new arrangement and he did not want his future to be a factor in the negotiations. Perhaps the one action that signalled the go-ahead attitude of the college was the election of eight new members to the board of trustees and some officer changes. Elected to be chairman of the Board of Trustees was A. Werk Cook, formerly chairman of the Executive Com mittee, replacing Dallas W. Dort who resigned from that post after nine terms as chairman and one year as acting presi dent. Mark V. Burlingame was elected chairman of the Executive Committee. Elected to the Board of Trustees were: John H. Cleary, president and director of Gulfstream Land and Development Corp.; Dr. Irving S. Cooper, one of the world's leading neurosurgeons; Dartmouth College president emeritus Dr. John Sloan Dickey; James J. Heagerty, president of the First Federal Savin s and Loan Assn. of Manatee County; R hode I sland Univer sity President Frank Newman; Chicago journalist Mrs. Jack Pritzker; Robertson Distribution Corp. Chairman Louis M. Robertson; and Sarasota developer Harry Sudakoff. -The Class of '75, with 182 members, the largest in the college's history was graduated in ceremonies in June. Dr. Nell P. Eurich, former academic officer of New College during its first year and a long-time trustee was selected as the com mencement speaker. Of the 57 members of the graduating class who chose to go on to graduate and professional schools received 92 acceptances at 80 different schools. Ten were admitted to law school, three to medical schools. There was one definite sign of abnor mality. Students entered three teams in the City Basketball League and two of them had winning records.


PARTY: Conclusion At this point, a report like this could be expected to end with a conclusion There can be no conclusion simply because this is only the beginning. We have said goodbye to the private New College that we all know. Now we say hello to the public New College. Some of those who worked for the private New College will continue to serve the public institution; others will be employed by the foundation. All will be working to see that New College of the University of South Florida is as exciting an educa tional experience as the private New College was. There are many eyes on this experiment. There have been many watching during the past year and a large number said it could never happen. There remain a few who say it can't work, but fortunately the majority say now, "We will make it work." Alumni reactions are invited and we once again extend to you an invitation to tell us where you are and what you are doing. Furman C. Arthur Status of Alumni All graduates of ew College of USF, beginning in 1976, will be alumni of the University of South Florida and eligible to participate in all alumni programs, to receive alumni publications, and to share in other benefits extended to USF alumJ1i. The University wishes also to extend the same privileges to all present alumni of New ollege. Whether you accept is a matter of free dom of choice, naturally. For the next year. though, your name has been placed on the USF Alumni List to receive copies of USF Today and other alumni announcerne nts. Some of the programs that this larger alumni association has to offer: A lifelong placement service. USF alumni clubs in various cities in the country with hosts who have volunteered to assist wi lh career, economic, social and entertainment information. Continuing education service. The Alumni Association sponsors several con tmuing education programs on the Tampa campus. At least one tour abroad each year with special group rates. Group rate term life insurance. ALUMNI NEWS 5 ALUMNI NOTES DR. ROBERT BAUGHMAN, '68, re search associate in neurophysiology of Harvard Medical School's Department of Neurobiology, was one of three persons from Harvard invited to make a special presentation at a Natural Science Research Seminar on campus in April. BRUCE M. ALLEN, '70, was on campus in May seeking material for a historical novel about New College. Bruce has his own business consultant firm and is taking six months off to do research for his novel. DAVID C. MOORE, '70, completed his work at the School of Theology of the University of the South and is assistant rector at St. Boniface Episcopal Church on Siesta Key in Sarasota ROBIN GLENN, '72, graduated from law school at the University of California at Davis, began a clerkship in Point Reyes Station in California and will enter pri vate practice after the bar TOM LESURE, '67, stopped on campus in May to say that he is now living in San Francisco, is married, formerly owned a restaurant there, and now is self-New Provost of New College of USF is Dr. George fl. Mayer. A former full-time member of the New College faculty, Dr. Mayer moved to the faculty of USF in 1969 and since has taught part time at New College. He succeeds Dr. Gresham Riley who is Dean of the Faculty of the Arts and Scie11ces at the University of Richrnond. Dr. Mayer's appointment will be for one year. During 1975-76 a com mittee will be formed to lead the search for his successor. employed as a housepainter and carpenter. MARGUERITE BRYAN, '70, earned her Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University in May. GAYLE COONS, n, became involved with direct home aid to the elderly in Fort Lauderdale and then last fa1l entered the Aging Studies Program at the Univer sity of South Florida, attending New College's new parent institution. BARBARA SIEBOROWSKI, '70, moved to Belleville, Ontario this past year to attend courses in preparation for her new job as teacher of the deaf. LYNN HOSTETLER, '70, is now Lois Charbonneau, living in Juliaetta, Idaho. ILKKA LAUKKONEN, '67, an exchange student from Finland, returned last April to Sarasota to visit with friends made here and borught along his wife and five month-old daughter. Word was received in February that ALEX "TONY" VORSTER, '72, died at Montreal-on-the-Lake, Ark. DANIEL RAFF, '73, attended Prince ton's Woodrow Wilson School of Interna tional Affairs tllis year with a fellowship from the Robertson Foundation. The articles on which Raff worked have been published, one in Trial Magazine and one in the Texas /,aw Review. TOM ATCHlSON, '74, and NANCY HAMMOND, '74, wrote in July that they were employed by the National Endow ment for the Humanities. On graduation Tom won a university fellowship at Yale. Nancy had a research assistantship at the University of Minnesota. DAVID H. NEVEL, '71, was awarded the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University ofMiami Law School. LARRY R. HUNT, '71, is chief psycholo gist at Western Memorial Hospital, Corner Brook, Newfoundland. WENDELL WAGNER, '74, had an article in the Journal of Undergraduate Mathe matics, March issue. This was a piece that Wagner, who was at the University of Texas at Austin last year studying linguistics, wrote while at New College. This public document was promulgated at a cost of $350, or $ .234 per copy, to inform alumni of events affecting to,Jew College of USF. [6044] Programs, ac/Miies and facilities of I he Univer siry of South Florida are to all on a non-discriminatory basis, withou r regard to race, color, creed, re/i/(ion. sex, age or national origin. Tlte l niversity IS an affirmative action Equal Opportunity Employer.


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