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Alumni Admissions News (January 1984)


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Alumni Admissions News (January 1984)
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Alumni/ae Admissions News (Vol. 3, No. 2)
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New College Alumnae/i Association
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Sarasota, Fla.
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January 1984


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ALUMNI/AE ADMISSIONS NEWS JANUARY, 1984 FROM THE EDITOR Chance encounters with various members of the New College community lately have resulted in the question: So, what's happening over there in Admissions? A valid query, this, but not easily answerable with just a sentence or two. There's lots happening here--some of which is uplifting, but not all. We cannot entirely escape from the realities of today's college market. Enrollment is big business today, and the competition i s fierce. What can we do about it? In the November Admissions News, the issue was clearly outlined by our director, Steve Colee, in his message, "A New Direction." Steve's evaluation of the problem and his proposed solutions constitute the major game plan of the 1983-84 recruitment period. "The First Steps" having been augmented then, this is what's happening in Admissions today: On the positive side, we are starting to see some of the results of this year's campaign. Applications are rolling in from many of the areas visited by our counselors, which included: Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Long Island, New York City, Rochester, Buffalo, Chicago, Atlanta, New Jersey, and Minneapolis. At the same time, huge mailings to search students are also beginning to pay off. Over 30,000 personalized letters from the Director and the Provost, plus tons of literature, were directed to high school students of academic quality. Needless to say, our computers and our ONE secretary succeeded in pulling off a monumental project. The ensuing responses entail scheduling appointments to our campus for tours, info sessions, and interviews, as well as (cont. on page 2) Vol. 3 No. 2 STAY-IN-TOUCH It's always a good feeling to hear from alumni/ae. We appreciate the time you take to write. One recent letter echoed an oftheard lament regarding inconsistent (sometimes nonexistent) contact from us to you. Verily, we empathize with the problem. Logistically, we wonder how it can be resolved. New College staff is limited in terms of actual numbers. Few persons process the jobs of many. Lack of funding, alas, can restrict the joys in life, and a ew College Alum Representative falls into the luxury category. For your edification: Angela Postlethwaite ('82) is the NC Foundation Alumni Coordinator. A designated Admissions Counselor, representing the college, sends news of this office, plus other relevant school happenings. Traditionally, at least one of the positions of Admissions Counselor is held by a recent grad; subsequently, he or she "volunteers" to tackle--along with other duties--the responsibility of maintaining current contact with alums. This job includes the following: keeping tabs on NC graduates' ever-changing addresses; determining their interests (with regards to helping out Admissions); as well informing alumni/ae of current NC doings via this newsletter. Last year Andrea Deeb ('82) held down the fort. Andrea visited recently, incidentally, looking enormously happy with her present grad-school progress at Duke. The two years before that, Nat Martin ('77) ran the show. As you can see, this has been somewhat of a transient position, all of (cont. on page 3)


ALUMNI/AE ADMISSIONS NEWS JANUARY 1984 EDITOR (cont. from page 1) processing those highly-treasured application forms. In addition to the staff's efforts, students have enhanced this year's recruitment drive by visiting high schools in their own home towns over Christmas break. There's nothing quite like a happy, CURRENTLY ENROLLED student to help spread our message. "A New Direction" is synonymous with action, and we have all been caught up in the fever to see this plan succeed. Steve and Bob Benedett are no exceptions. They made special trips to targeted areas in the state, and, in conjunction with the Miami network, they organized two major undertakings in that area. Thanks to this cooperative effort, the drawing-board plans of "A Breakfast for Counselors" and "An Evening With New College'' became successful realities. The former brought influential educators and counselors together in a pleasant, early-morning atmosphere conducive to furthering the lines of communication between Miami high schools and New College. The "Evening," sponsored by the New College Alumni of Miami, gave prospective candidates an opportunity to meet and talk personally with the Provost, Director, and alum representatives. Both events served to reemphasize the extraordinary opportunities at New College. The object of "Direction" is, of course, increased enrollment. Our hopes are that the efforts of all will lead eventually to this prize. Hopes are fine, but where do we really stand in the current college competition?-and--What actually is the state of today's market? In dealing with today1s picture, we are presented with the following truths: The so-called "baby boom'' of the 60's, which resulted in the college enrollment bonanza of the past few years, has seen its heyday; thus, the numbers of eligible high school graduates seeking college entrance are fewer. In addition, the realities of rising inflation and extensive unemployment have forced many families to reevaluate priorities. Consequently, education has had to take a hack seat in some cases. To that end, availability of financial-2 aid mone is often the deciding factor. Altogether, then, fewer students and monetary considerations form the major obstacles in college recruitment today. Alongside these, New College must also consider the issue of selectivity. Of ALL the college-bound applicants, how many measure up to New College standards? Shall we sacrifice numbers for quality? Those who would consider compromise should be aware of the following facts: MOST colleges are looking for numbers; MOST are better known than New College; and MOST are in a position to offer substantial monetary incentives. Additionally, a liberal arts education is neither desired nor appreciated in today's economy. And finally, New College must continue to battle the problem of identit Generally known and appreciated by graduate schools, New College remains an enigma to many high school guidance offices. We are often lumped together in a proup known as ''Southern" schools or even, the "Coppertone" circuit. For others, the experimental aspect of the 60's has left a question, in terms of credibility. Our image must be redefined and our philosophy clearly communicated, so that our name once more symbolizes the high ideals and excellence in education envisioned by the original pioneers of New College. We at Admissions are a determined lot, and optimistic that these goals will be achieved. With this in mind, we direct our energies forward. Future plans, according to Steve, should include informative seminars--both on and off campus--for prospective students, their parents and educators. Alumni should be encouraged to have a more active voice, and to join forces by forming networks such as the Miami group (headed by Bob Allen). In addition, the long term plan calls for a program of "sophisticated research," which incorporates the ski 11 of professionals whose expertise is geared specifically for resolvement of our special prob ems. We are beginning to see the fruits of our last (cont. on page 3)


LUMNI/AE ADMISSIONS NEWS JANUARY, 1984 EDITOR (cont. from page 2) five months' labors in the slow but sure procession of incoming candidates and applications. But the reality of progress is that it is a slow process .. So, there you have it--a sumnation defining the current state of our 1983-84 recruitment period. What is happening here at Admissions? Consider this report our mid-year response to that question. * "GATEWAY TO EXCELLENCE" A recent article in Sarasota's Herald Tribune outlined the forthcoming plans for "Gateway to Excellence," an exciting expansion program for lew College Which includes a new library and lecture hall.* Describing the calendar of events for this ambitious project, the article explained that construction for the $750,000 Sudakoff Conference Center will start later this month, and in March, work will begin on our new $7 million library. Joining the east and west campuses will be the proposed landscaped pedestrian overpass. Altogether, the envisioned "Gateway" concept provides a dramatic metaphor in which New College becomes the entranceway into Sarasota's cultural and intellectual environment. Mark Zaloudek, Jan. 3, 1984 * Page 3 STAY-IN-TOUCH (cont. from page 1) which might explain the resultant lack of continuity. Some of you have voiced disappointment at not having received a copy of Admissions News --or expressed disillusionment because an offer of assistance was not acknowledged. These grievances are certainly valid, and I ask you forbearance. My predecessors have made a brave attempt to balance this portion of the job with a variety of other chores (easier said than done!). It is definitely tricky keeping track of increasing numbers of active alumni/ae as they move from NC to grad schools and/or into the "real" world. Some of you folks have crisscrossed the country several times(not to mention the oceans). SOON, however, this data WILL be assimila ed and put to use accordingly. Dan Ryan ('83), in-house computer doctor, has promised to help launch the first computerized NC ALUM file. Yes, soon you can move from Massachussets to California and back again; this office will still know where to send those newsletters. I'll keep you apprised as to the progress of this program, and only ask that you, in turn, keep-in-touch! All communications are welcomed. Best wishes for the New Year. Joanne Meyer ('83) *


ALUMNI/AE ADMISSIONS NEWS JANUARY. 1984 TO WIT Robert Cottrell ('82) has been chosen project director for a Florida Endowment for the Humanities funded project to develop a community portrait of the rural Myakka area. Cottrell is the director of the Crowley Museum and Nature Center. A film, "Our Vanishing Beaches in Southwest Florida," was shown for the campus community by its producer-director, NC student Grover Champion. A minute, 16 mm documentary about the beaches in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, the film was sponsored by the En vironmental Studies Program and Gordon Kerckhoff Productions. Grover, who has just completed his undergraduate work (in November), has accepted a job as a graphics coordinator with the Central Florida Regional Planning Council in Bartow. Nancy Marchetti ('83) is now a staff writer with the Sarasota Berald Tribune, Alexis Simendinger ('81) is a staff writer with the Tampa Tribune, and Jose Diaz-Balart ('83) is on the staff of Radio Station WQSA. Dr. Gary McDonagh (anthropology) presented a paper, "Other People's Nations: Catalonia and Ireland in 1916," at the Congress of European Studies Conference of Europeanists in Washington, D.C. on Oct 14th. Sam Zamarripa ('75) was the subject of a long story SBC Today, a magazine of the Southern Baptist Conference, following his six-week, church-sponsored trip to Beirut, Lebanon to study the effects of the war on the disabled. Page 4 Dr. Justus Doenecke (history) has recently had published in The Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 17, Twentieth-Century American Historians articles on "Forrest McDonald'' and "John A. Garraty." Articles on "Wendell Wilke," "Edwin Montefiore Borchard," John Francis 0'Ryan," and "Edgar Ansel Mowrer" have been published in Biographical Dictionary of Internationalists, F.Kuel, ed. Doenecke also delivered a paper on the civil service policy of Grover Cleveland, at a conference on "Politics in the Gilded Age: The Reform of the Spoils System;" sponsored by the Rutherford B. Bayes Presidential Center, Fremont, Ohio. Provost Robert Benedetti recently presented a paper, "Family and Politics in Republican Cities," and participated in a panel discussion at the Southern Association Political Science Assn. meeting in Birmingham, Alabama. Sherri Lee Mcinroe Condon ('75) has completed the requirements for the degree Doctor of Philosophy with a major in linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. Thomas Luhrmann (170) had his first book published by Wesleyan Press last year. The title of the book of poems is, The Objects in the Garden. *

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