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NEW COLLEGE A publication of the New College Alumnae/i Association Soy It's Not Sol After five years as dean and warden, Gordon E. Michalson Jr., returns to teaching By Carol Ann Wilkinson "Life is short, so you ought to do what you like; and the best time for a change in leadership is during a peri od of stability." With these words Mike Michalson announced at the january faculty meeting his decision not to pursue a second five-year term as Dean and Warden of New College ofUSF. In the fall, he will assume his appointment as professor of humani ties full-time The demands of teach ing, research and writing will replace "the combination of numbing banal ity and incredible stress" he says characterizes academic administra tion "I feel an incredible need to focus my attention, and this job does not allow for focus; this job demands that you spread yourself thin across many tasks, many of which have nothing to do with my Ph.D.," Michalson told The Catalyst, a stu dent newspaper. Charles Choi, a Cata lyst reporter, continued, "Last summer, Dean Mike made some prog ress on a current project about Kant and his concept of divine Mike Michelson has been New College's dean and warden since 1992. transcendence. The feedback that he received was encouraging, to say the least: two separate publishers offered him advance contracts for his work." The fact that Michalson completes his term held in uniformly high regard by all constituencies of the college-students, faculty, staff, alumnaefi, Foundation and other Issue 37, Spring 1997 supporters speaks volumes about Michalson's "people" skills as well as his administrative ingenuity. NCAA President Alexis Simendinger, writing to him on behalf of the alumnaefi association said, "We will greatly miss your advocacy. your diplomacy, your adept merger of good manage ment with New College's unique edu cational challenges, and your ever present, always welcome humor. Continued on page 3 Inside this issue Alumnae/i Fellow Ross Borden 28 14 Bones Win Championship 20 BOOKNotes 7 Rita Ciresi CLASS Notes Election Results Faculty talk about teaching Internationalizing NC Letters to the Editor President's Letter Two New Colleges 9 11 6 13 4 25 2 6


NCAA President's Letter New College through the years has attracted superior and even visionary academic leadership. With this early spring issue of Nimbus, we sadly report that Dean and Warden Mike Michalson, who has earned kudos from all walks of New College life since his arrival in 1992, is step ping down in August to return to his first loves teaching and writing. Michalson's decision is good news for New College students, who will place new demands on him as professor of humanities. But his departure as dean and warden means a transition for New College in its relationship with the Univer sity of South Florida, the New Col lege Foundation and its benefactors, and the Sarasota community. The New College Alumnaefi Asso ciation has offered its support to those conducting the search process for a new dean and warden who will understand at least as well as Mike did what New College is all about. We invite you to read the cover article about Mike and pass along any suggestions you may have about successors. Also in this issue, we explore the theme of teaching at New College in several ways. Economics Profes sor Fred Strobel provides a vivid account of his four-week research visit in 1996 to New College, Oxford University. and compares the experi ence to the academic requirements at New College, Sarasota. Strobel reports that traditions bred over six centuries of academic life in Oxford contribute to marked distinctions compared with New College's nearly four decades by Sarasota Bay. Which offers the superior academic experi ence? Read and see what you think. We also have a report by Jim Feeney, director of special project development at New College, about efforts to enhance the college's international outreach. As alums, you have a part to play through your donations to the NCAA Student Grants program, which helps sup port student research projects abroad. In addition, New College theoretical microeconomist Cather ine Elliott offers her insights about interdisciplinary teaching at New College. Prospective students who read her article will be intimidated. Finally, a little NCAA business: You have just elected a new board of directors, which will convene for Student callers Sarahjane White and Jessica Chap man at work during the fall phonathon. its first meeting to coincide with the April 18-20 reunion in Sara sota. Incumbents re-elected include Mike Campbell, Caroline Chambliss, Maria Fernandez, Susan Sapoznikoff Foltz, Dan Ryan, David Smolker, and me. Newcomers, we are happy to Alexis Simendinger, NCAA president report, are Margee Ensign '73, Dale Hickam '65, and Robert Lincoln '77. We look forward to welcoming them, and we thank the four other excellent candidates who threw their hats into the ring this year for their desire to be involved. The board also thanks each and every one of you who responded to our annual phonathon or made pledges of financial support by mail. We broadened our horizons in 1996 to invite you to contribute to the NCAA operating funds, an endowed chair in mathematics in honor of Soo Bong Chae, and/or the Gateway Scholars endowment to help secure New College's annual payment to the state of Florida. To date, 28 per cent of New College's alumnaefi have pledged $148,050 to support those endeavors. If you didn't make a pledge late last year, it's never too late. Please contact us by phone, mail, E-mail or fax. As always, we need to hear from you! See you at the April 18-20 reunion ....


M i c h a Is 0 n Conti nued from page 1 Michalson's tenure as dean and warden has been characterized by growth and change. During his first year on campus he commissioned and found funding for a faculty committee which spent four weeks during the summer preparing a growth and enhancement plan for New College. That document helped guide the growth and changes. Students, Faculty and Stoff The student body now numbers 596, an increase of 20 percent since Michalson's arrival in 1992. Quantita tive measurements of entering classes such as SAT scores and class rank have increased over the same time period as has the retention rate. Five full-time faculty positions, not including Michalson's professorship, have been added, bringing the total to 55 Foreign language and literature disciplines are being increased to two faculty members. The addition of an anthropologist in the fall will give each social science discipline at least three faculty members. By August, people who came to the college in 1992 or after will make up over a quarter of the faculty. New College's student affairs and housing offices now report to the dean and warden, as does a grants consultant paid by the New College Foundation. Brood-based Funding New College has aggressively reen tered competition for federal and pri vate foundation funding to support program and facility enhancement. The college received over $2.6 million from such sources as National Science Foundation, Dreyfus Foundation, National Endowment for the Humani ties, NEH-FIPSE-NSF Leadership Opportunity in Science and Humani ties Education, and RJSCORP. office may be i n one of Cook Hall's towers but 1t s defm1tely not 1vory. He's known for act ive i nvolvement in cam pus and community l ife. Above, he's shown talking with Charlene Bredder '90. Notional Visibility New College has achieved major growth in national visibility and rec ognition, highlighted by Money Guide's citation of New College as "Best College Buy" in the U.S. for three consecutive years. Self Study The first thorough institutional self study since the early 1970s was con ducted. In three areas (faculty, alumni development, overall excellence) New College received exemplary perform ance citations from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Reaffirmation Committee. Bricks and Mortar The physical facility is undergoing rapid change as well. New athletic fields and a newly-remodeled building housing the psychology program are already in service. Plans are under way for two apartment-style resi dence halls, a natural sciences complex, a marine science facility and a painting studio, all approved and in varying stages of the design and construction pipeline. Michalson, the first academic head of New College to carry the t i tle "dean and warden," has been an elo quent champion and dynamic leader of New College. Thank you, Mike. There will be a national search for Michalson' s successor with an interim dean, probably from within the New College faculty, serving until a new dean is appointed. Dan Chambliss '70, who is teaching a course at New College this term as an Alumnae j i Fellow, will talk with Michal son about New College's fUture for the summer Nimbus.


I nternotiono I izi ng New College College makes new commitment to international diversity By Jim Feeney New College has had international aspirations from the beginning. An early brochure describing a college as yet without students or faculty pic tured New College as "midway down Florida's Gulf coast and so near to South America ... that close con tact with educational institutions and intellectual leaders in Latin America" is assured. Working with real stu dents and faculty, John and Mary Elmendorf actually forged linkS between New College an tin America, placing student interns at a people's health clinic in Guatemala and with radical eduaators in Mexico. But a long period of low enrollment and austerity budge discouraged international activity. and by the mid eighties, even after enrollmtnt recov ered and funding stabiled, aff campus study had declined from an enterprise of the majority t one c:ho sen by only eight percent of the tu dent body. Today, though, internationalism is back on the agenda. In 1993, a fac ulty task force convened by Dean and Warden Michalson took a close look at the college A major commitment, later affirmed by the whole faculty, was made to restore the role interna tional activity once played in the curriculum. The Palm Court and Hamilton Center are pictured in Aileen Reid's I. M. Pei, published by Crescent Books. Thanks to Jimmy Pritchard '72 (Annandale, Va.) for sending a copy. French and Spanish are no longer one-person disciplines; first French was expanded to two faculty pos i tions, and now Spanish follows, with a second Spanish professor to join the faculty i n August. Longboat Key resident Alice Ham mond, a longtime Associate of New Colle uoondation, has donated funds for a $20,000 satellite system that enables students to watch the news and cultural programming as they are broadcast from Paris and MontrMl, Bonn and Berlin, Moscow 8nd warsaw. Using this new resource, which was aup and running" less than a month after Mrs. Hammond's gift, will be a fa.tlllty that is international in its outlook and experience. Since 1993. New College bas added a British-born, Oxfordand U. of Pittsburgh-educated who does field research in China; a Greek mathematician trained in En ologist; and a Pakistan-born, US educated anthropologist specializing in Middle Eastern culture. All the finalists for the Spanish language and literature position at this writing are Hispanic American native speakers of Spanish. Reviewing needs and setting priori ties for fundraising to support inter nationalization efforts is a newly established standing committee of the faculty, the International Studies Committee. It identified the satellite as a need, and grants consultant Suzanne Janney, a member of Mike Michalson's staff, made the link between the need and Mrs. Ham mond' s long-standing interest in international communication. So it continues, with the committee, Jan ney, and other staff developing pro posals for foundations and donors built around identified priorities Faculty committee members are Fred Strobel who holds the Selby Chair in economics, Terry Palls, Span ish nguage and literature professor and Al d Beulig, professor of biol ogy. Palls s twice held Fulbright lectureships in Latin America and Beulig's research has taken him to such far-flung fi ld sites as the South Pacific and Belize (accompanied by his students). C mittee chair Strobel, an inte ational economist, has taught in Moscow Alumnae/i tive internationally are highligb ed in the case statement that int uces donors and foundatio to the New College internation alization initiative This concrete testimony to New College's effective ness in fostering an international outlook was made possible by alums who responded to the appeal in a recent Nimbus for personal accounts of their international activities. The alumnaefi association's Student Grants Program provides assistance for academic projects abroad, with the Mary dark Memorial Student Grant Fund designated specifically for international projects. jim Feeney is director of special project development for New College and was the director of the off campus study pro gram in the 1970s.


A Tole of Two New Colleges by Frederick R. Strobel Five days before leaving to be an exchange scholar at New College, Oxford, two colleagues and I con ducted a two-hour baccalaureate examination of a New College senior based on her 156-page thesis, her final requirement for graduation. We were in the Solarium, at the south end of Cook Hall, a stately building on Sarasota Bay constructed in 1929 for the daughter of Charles and Edith Ringling. The first week in Oxford, I met with Chris Allsopp, a "1\J.tor in Economics," in his office in that New College's 600-year-old "Great Quadrangle." At the conclusion of our visit, he excused himself to join two other colleagues to examine a student in mac roeconomic theory. The exams take place in about the same manner, on the same subjects, and involve the same rigor in both colleges. Age and tradition are, of course, substantial differences in a 617-year old college and a 36-year-old one. But putting this aside, there were a sur prising number of similarities between the schools. Consider: New College-Sarasota, 570 students and 53 faculty and New College-Oxford, 570 students and 50 faculty, some fairly close numbers, with the exception that at Oxford the composition is 420 undergraduates and 150 graduate students. Another similarity is that for both colleges, undergraduate degrees are supposed to be taken in less than four years. However, there is still a differ ence here. The Oxford student-with few exceptions--either completes the program in three years or is out with no degree and no opportunity to return. The student must start over elsewhere. The Sarasota student, as at other American colleges, can take considerably longer to finish. The principle of individualized teaching is present at both colleges. At Oxford, a faculty member (Fellow) will have six to 12 one-hour tutorials per week, with no more than four stu dents per tutorial; the norm is two. Depending on faculty rank, there will be some lecture responsibilities. How ever, the Admissions Prospectus states. "For all the Fellows, academic research constitutes one of the most important aspects of academic life." The NC-Sarasota counterpart has at least 12 hours of student contact, with a mix of lectures and tutorials. On balance though, the faculty work load looked about the same, with preparation time a considerable ele ment for both. To "read economics" at New Col lege, a student must first be admitted to Oxford University, then be exam ined and interviewed by the Politics, Philosophy and Economics Department, since the program is generally a joint one of three disci plines. The number of students admit ted each year is limited to two or three per faculty member to preserve the individualized mode of instruc tion. Competition for admission is intense. Fees are mostly covered by payments from the student's Local Education Authority, which is granted a yearly amount of money from the national government and also raises money on its own. By contrast, a student admitted to New College-Sarasota may or may not speak to a professor prior to Professor Fred Strobel was a visiting fellow at New College, Oxford, i n July 1996. enrolling. Nonetheless, it is a highly competitive process. Students take a selection of courses in the first year, and may, if they decide not to major in say, economics, choose another course of study. Changing a course of study this way is difficult, if not impossible, at Oxford. Further, the Sarasota student can choose many different majors or double majors, almost "designing" them-with fac ulty approval-as he or she pro gresses through the program. Although some "joint" majors are available at Oxford, the flexibility is much more limited, and, as men tioned, the three-year time frame to complete studies is almost never violated. The close relationship that a student has with faculty is probably the greatest similarity between the two Continued on next page


schools. This aspect, more common in the traditional British universities, is what makes New College-Sarasota unique in the American system. The American NC student, however, has more flexibility in designing an aca demic program because of the greater number of lectures and courses given and a more flexible time frame. Both schools draw students from the high est achievement ranks of their coun try's secondary school systems. The results thus produced confer on the graduates the benefits and privileges reflected in high level professional achievement andfor in substantially higher admissions rates to top gradu ate professional schools. A great tradition at New College oxford is a nightly meal, served to both students and faculty but with the professors seated at a perpendicu lar uHigh Table." While the students pay, the faculty can eat 20 meals per week, free, if they want. Both NCM EJection Resu1ts Ten alumnaefi were elected to the New College Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors. Following each name is the number of votes received and the percentage of vot ers: Dan Ryan-248 {700.4); Alexis Sim.endinger-222 {63%); caroline Chambliss -217 {62%); Susan SapoznikoffFoltz-213 {61 %); David Smolker 196 {56%); Margee Ensign -175 {50%); Maria Fernandez-169 (48%); Mike Campbell-162 (46%); Dale Hickam-151 (43%); Robert Lin coln-147 (42%). Their two-year terms begin at the April18-19 board meeting in Sara sota. Appointed board members who are continuing on the board are Foster, Don Goldberg and Ken Misemer. The other members of an excep ionally well-qualified slate of students and fac ulty wear aca demic gowns. Professors will be served wine at the meal; stu dents will not. However, stu dents can then retreat to the jun ior Common Room Bar, which is open seven nights per week, and which the Admissions Pro spectus charac terizes as "the A New College, Oxford fellow wearing an academic gown is o common sight. In Sarasota, professors may don their academic regalia for graduation. most popular stu-dent bar in Oxford." Back to Sarasota, some students will take their meals-cafeteria style-in Hamilton Center, without their professors staring at them. Oth ers will cook for themselves or use candidates were Matt Posner, Kath leen Plunkett Baker and Doug Appleton. The "turnout" for this election was slightly lower than in 1995-13% (352) of you took the time to vote and return your ballot. The following alums each received one write-in vote: Kevin Arlyck, Lisa Bohn, Laney Bruner, Danielle Chynoweth, Andrew Cohen, Frank Cooper, Carla Eastis, Carol Flint, Scott Giese, Julia Giordano, Chad Goldberg, Don Goldberg, Ann Hart, Amy Kimball, Roland King, Altom Maglio, Matthew McCarthy. Joseph McGurty, Jono Miller, Lance Newman, Christian Perez, joni Pirnot, Joe Quick, Matthew Rogge, Michael Rose, Mary Ruiz, Christina Trent, John Van Ness and Steve Waldman. their food allowance to shop at a con venience store near the cafeteria. And, if they want to have a beer somewhere afterwards, well-it won't be college-sponsored or subsi dized. Faculty will receive three or four meals per year, courtesy of the college and related groups. Near the end of my four-week stay at Oxford, the number of faculty still around and taking an evening meal had dwindled and one Sunday night, it was just me. Rules say that it will be a "cold plate" when there are less than three for dinner. Malcolm, the porter in the 458-year-old Chequers Senior Common Room, asked me for a favor. "I'd like to leave you a bottle of 1993 california Cabemet Sauvignon. We'd like your opinion on it for our wine cellar as we are about to make a decision on ordering some more. would that be all right, sir?" "Thank you. Anything I can do to help," I replied. After all, research is research. Fred Strobel, the Selby Professor ofEco nomics at New College, Sarasota, was a Visiting Fellow at New College, Oxford University, in]uly 1996. His four-week research visit was sponsored by the sociates of the New College Foundation.


BOOKNotes New College alumnae/i and faculty publications Serbia's Secret War: Propaganda and the Deceit of History by Philip J. Cohen, Texas A & M University Press, 1996 (forward by David Riesman) Serbia' s Secret War: Propaganda and the Deceit of H i story examines the prominent role of h i storical revisionism in the current cycle of war in the Balkans. with particular attention to Serbia s extensive wartime Nazi collaboration and Serbia's postwar campaign to conceal this history through a carefully propagated mythology of resistance. Cohen argues that the existence of such a propaganda campaign, ema nating from Belgrade, began in the earliest days of t he post-Wor l d War II era and, since then, has been reflected in the world media as well as in popular commentary and schol arly analysis More astonishing is that this campaign has been widely successful, particularly in IsraeL Serbia's Secret War draws heavily on documents that have been previously unavailable to the West. Some of the written record has been translated and is published for the first time. In his forward, David Riesman cites Cohen's "remarkable ingenuity in finding source materiaL" Serbia's Secret War is the second in a series on Eastern European Studies Now entering its third printing, the book was endorsed by Lady Margaret Thatcher. Philip Cohen '72 is a physician engaged in clinical practice and medical research in Springfield, N.J. During 1993 and 1994 he was an advisor to the Bosnian Mission to the U.N., a position he served in a voluntary capacity. Fighting For Faith and Nation: Dialogues With Sikh Militants Cynthia Keppley Mahmood, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996. Fighting For Faith and Nation: Dia logues With S ikh Militants is an ethno graphic study of Sikh separat i sm contextualizing the violence of Khal istani militants in their cultural and religious traditions Extensive inter views with Sikh fighters form the basis for a fresh look at concepts like "terrorism" and "fundamentalism," which can obscure rather than illumi nate the human realities of people involved in violent conflict. Mahmood is editor of a new series of books at the University of Pennsyl vania Press on the ethnography of political violence. In this series, anthropologists and other scholars using participant observation will provide grass roots accounts that complement, challenge and expand conventional perspectives on conflict. The first book of the series is about civilian responses to war in Mozam bique, the second on the Muslim insurgency in the Philippines, and the third on Irish Republican guerrillas. Cynthia Keppley Mahmood '73 is profes sor of anthropology at the University of Maine. Abortion: A Reader by Lloyd Stef fen, Pilgrim Press, 1996 The first volume in the Pilgrim Press Library of Ethics, Abortion: A Reader is a collection of diverse relig ious and moral perspectives on the abortion issue. Although it encom passes in its balance of views per spectives that include papal pronouncements as well as radical feminists, it is unique in offering an inter faith perspec tive. Scholarly essays on the Hindu, Buddhist, Mus lim, Jewish and Christian perspec tives are included as well as statements from such organizations as "Feminists for Life" and "Catholics for Choice." The book was commis sioned by Pilgrim Press as a source volume for students of ethics and as a background supplement for Stef fen s 1994 book, Life/Choice, which argued for a moderate, "common ground" position on the abortion issue. Lloyd Steffen '73 is university chaplain and associate professor of religion stud ies at Lehigh University. He also is chair of Lehigh Valley Common Ground, which is seeking to create opportunities for more civil conversation on contro versial and divisive social issues. Literary Charleston: A Lowcountry Reader edited and introduced by Curtis Worthington, Wyrick & Company, Charleston, SC, 1996. Curtis Worthington has assembled a chronological selection of generous excerpts from some of the best writ ers who have been based in Charles ton or have used it as a locale, including William Bartram, William Continued on next page


Continued from previous page Gilmore Simms, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry james, Amy Lowell, Owen Wister, DuBose Heyward, josephine Humphreys and others. Curtis Worthington '70 is a neurosur geon in Charleston, S.C., and a member of the clinical faculty of the Medical Uni versity of South Carolina. Dead Season: A Story of Murder and Revenge on the Philippine Island of Negros Alan Berlow, Pantheon Books, New York, 1996. Dead Season is an investigation into the massacre of a sugarcane worker and his family in a Philippine barrio with the unlikely name of Mambagaton literally "the place of the ghosts." The story uncovers the surprising connections between this incident and a series of puzzling deaths: the assassination of the town's most powerful landowner, the shooting of a member of the mili tary's elite corps, and the disappear ance of a suspected military informer. Berlow first became aware of the acre of the De los Santos family m 1988 when he was on the island of Negros working on a story for NPR's "All Things Considered." In 1991 he received a grant from the Fund for Investigative journalism in Washing ton to examine this case further. Berlow "resurrected" the story of a single individual from the anonymous heap of human rights body counts that were a staple in Manila's morn ing papers, then subjected it to a rig orous and thorough inquiry. During the next three years he interviewed victims and survivors, as well as some of the murderers themselves and attempted to figure out how all of these players had been brought together at the moment of this one horrific crime, and what the synthesis of their experiences might say about life in the Philippines in the years im mediately following the fall of the Marcos dictatorship. Dead Season is a story about a soci ety with no functioning system of law or justice, where government is either absent or irrelevant, and the rules regulating everyday life are dictated by a revolving cast of vigilantes, fanatical cultists, Communist revolu tionaries, private armies, and the military. The book is, finally, an alle gory about the difficulty of attempting to create a democracy at the end of the twentieth century in the poisoned soil of colo nialism and dictatorship. In his review in The New York Times Book Review (Oct. 20, 1996), Seth Mydans character izes Dead Season as "a book filled with some times shocking detail and personal intimacy, the kind of book about life in the Philippines that so many reporters wished they could leave their daily routines to write." Alan Berlow '70 is a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. His articles have appeared in Harper's, The New Re public, The Nation, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. Who Cares: Rediscovering Community David Schwartz, Westview Press (HarperCollins) $16.00, February 1997. Foreword by Ivan lllich. How have modern caring systems in disability, social services, medicine and other fields become ductive for the people served? Why is systematic reform of these systems so rarely successful? Is caring a product of social machinery or an aspect of intact human cultures? Drawing upon social phi losopher Ivan Illich's work on the history of hospi tality, and diverse other WHO R IIICil!R 16 COU LII r CARES? sources, Schwartz makes an analysis of the fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of care which permeates modern Western helping forms and the neglect of culture and community which it has caused. Using many examples, the author makes this com plex historical analysis accessible to the average reader and suggests alter natives for practice and public policy which were demonstrated in Pennsyl vania state government. "You can allow his stories to touch your heart and wake you from the 'dream of reason.'" Ivan Illich David B. Schwartz '66 has been inter ested in the power of human cultures ever since he was part of the fermenting New College culture in its early years. A finally deinstitutionalized public offi cial, he writes and practices psychother apy in Harrisburg, Pa., where his wife, Beth '66, has a great job. Who cares is his second book. Environmental Compartments E. K. Duursma and Jolynn Carroll, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1996 Achieving viable solutions to Continued on page 10


'Strange' Florida is Writer's Paradise By Gary Sprott New job, new home, new beginnings. The current circumstances of Rita Ciresi's [NC '78]life could well belong to one of the characters who people her stories. Take, for instance, Tom Zogg, the "skinny little surveyor" of Ciresi's short story "Dutch Wife." His long fascination with the "mysterious north" is realized-with unantici pated results -when he leaves his native Miami for Shy Beaver, S.D. Or perhaps Rosa Salvatore, who, in Ciresi s debut novel, Blue Italian, must deal with a fatal intrusion into her young marriage. Ciresi is just a few months into a new beginning of her own. The 36year-old author, who is on the faculty of [the] 25th annual Florida Suncoast Writers' Conference, left Virginia last fall to teach creative writing at the University of South Florida .... The native of New Haven, Conn., "loved Sarasota" and wanted to return to a state that has provided the locale for several of her stories. "There's just something so exces sive about Florida," said Ciresi, who lives in Wesley Chapel with her hus band and their 7-year-old daughter. "It's just such a strange world. And the fact that people come from all over the place, it's just so interest ing." Ciresi's debut work, the 1993 short story collection, Mother Rocket, won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, presented annually by the University of Georgia Press. It was followed by Blue Italian, published last fall by the Ecco Press. Both books, she says, are about "love and the way it fails us but is all that we really have." Ciresi recently completed Deep Six, the first installment in a planned tril ogy of novels It traces the relation ship of two cousins growing up in an Italian American community. One cousin is straight; the other is gay. "I'm waiting to hear where and when it's going to be published," she said, "so I've been biting my nails for two weeks." Ciresi is the daughter of firstand second-generation Italian-Americans Her stories revolve around family, marriage and religion issues she calls typical of immigrant literature. "That's the stuff of everyday life," she said. "I really consider myself a nuts-and-bolts writer .... I'm real interested in memory and how it affects people's lives." Ciresi first was attracted to litera ture in the public libraries of New Haven. "I always loved to read," she said. "I guess when I was about 13 or 14 I thought, I could write ... or at least try.' After graduating from New College, Ciresi completed her master's degree in English at the University of Iowa Mother Rocket was written as a gradu ate thesis for her master of fine arts degree from Pennsylvania State University. Following a stint writing and edit ing for a scientific publication, she began teaching creative writing, a position she held at Hollins College in Roanoke, Va., before coming to USF's Tampa campus. Ciresi sets aside two or three morn ings a week for writing and ekes out extra time whenever possible. Deep Six took about a year to write; Blue Italian about six months longer. "I love to rewrite and edit," she said. "Once I get past that first draft, I'm a happy camper." In addition to teaching and writing, Ciresi is director of the Florida Sun coast Writers' Workshop, an offshoot of the writers' conference. The work shop, which this year runs April 17-20 on USF's Tampa campus, offers small group seminars and manuscript read ings by authors, agents and teachers. Ciresi is working on the second installment of her trilogy. Her writing process, she said, begins with a char acter-perhaps seen in a dream. From there, the story unfolds. "It is kind of like putting people on a blind date and then seeing what will happen," she said. "Will they click and stay together? Or will they not click and get on each other's nerves?" Reprinted with permission from The Tampa Tribune.


Continued from page 8 present-day environmental problems requires understanding the spatial and temporal link between the differ ent environmental compartments of biota, air, water, land and aquatic sediments. Environmental Compart ments explains many of the seminal theories used to identify links and predict the movement of natural and anthropogenic chemical compounds. New insights into theories regarding accumulation of contaminants such as radionuclides, DDT and PCBs are presented, challenging the passive acceptance of previously proven dogma. The book is primarily directed to university education, environ mental scientists and policymakers. 1\vo demo models are given on disk ette, one ofradionuclide transport from dumped nuclear waste in the Kara Sea and one illustrating the role on biodiversity in coastal zone management. ]olynn Carroll '78 is investigating the human and environmental impact of ra dioactive wastes released by the former USSR into the Arctic Sea at the Interna tional Arctic Seas Assessment Program of the International Atomic Energy Agency's Marine Environment Labora tory in Monaco. Blue Ito/ion Rita Ciresi, Ecco Press, 1996. Rita Ciresi's first novel, Blue Italian, chosen by Barnes and Noble for their "Discover New Writers Series," traces the courtship and marriage of Rosa Salvatore, a social worker who hails from an Italian-American neighbor hood known as Pizza Beach, and Gary Fisher, a nice Jewish Lawyer from Flushing, New York, with a great butt, a terminal illness, and plenty of angst of his own. Publisher's Weekly said: "There is real substance in this tragicomic story of two people with smart mouths and starved hearts groping their way towards a love they don't get much chance to enjoy." See article about Rita Ciresi '78 on the previous page. Blue Eden luke Salisbury, The Smith Publishers, 1996, 69 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Reviewed by Alexis Simendinger '75 Almost as much fun to read as the three interconnected stories of Luke Salisbury's Blue Eden is the Preface (which I argue really should be the Afterword). In it, we learn how Salisbury came to tum American legends into a rich, entertaining and instructive fiction that drifts through Washing ton, D.C.'s unassuming Eden Diner for almost four decades. The American legends that fascinate Salisbury are the testosterone-laden tales of outlaw john Dillin ger, FBI's feared J. Edgar Hoover, baseball great Ty Cobb, and the assassina tion of john F. Kennedy. Salisbury explains that American myths have familiar ingredients: "A gun, fast car, fast woman, violence, and the road," even "race and sex." Hoover's power, he asserts, was aided by "his ability to manipulate myth." And the Eden Diner is a natural set ting to bring Hoover's era to life, he says, because "Diners are the roadside American womb. There's no better place to eat and talk or give birth to a myth." At the end of Salisbury's three tales -"Twenty-Seven Inches 1934," "The Number of the Beast 1947," and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 1972 .. you have to agree that the Eden Diner served up a feast of egos and intrigue lively enough to bring you back for more. Salisbury '65, a professor of com munications at Bunker Hill Commu nity College in Massachusetts, has done his homework. Whether it's the mournful description of segregated life in Washington, D.C., the assertion that the "woman in red" was really a woman wearing neon-enhanced orange, or the evidence of Cobb's dark, violent heart, the author makes us see and feel the complexity of characters we think we already know. At the center of these stories, how ever, is an unlikely hero, Grover jones, who is an artist with a pork chop and a shrewd observer of life as it passes through his tiny Washington diner. "Grover knew many stories because many people wan dered in the Eden regulars. cops, tour ists, lost white folk tricked down D Street by circles and one-way streets, so he had to choose, and choose well from rumors, lies, lonely talk, the anx ious conversation of frightened tour ists." Grover's 38-year acquaintanceship with Hoover tells a story of an America fascinated with the allure of outlaws like Dillinger in the 1930s, and sickened three decades later by the renegade hatreds that killed two Kennedys and Martin Luther King. In between at the Eden Diner we meet Communism, the inte of baseball. Malcolm X, and the blight of drug-related crime. Salisbury has a deft ear for dia logue, a taste for the ironic, and an Continued on next page


CLASSNotes LISTED ALPHABETICALLY WITHIN ENTERING YEAR 6 4 Jeff Rubin (Evanston, Ill.) has moved to the Chi cago area whe r e he practices family medicine. He and his wife, Ruth have three children and a fourth on the way. Henry Thomas {Ypsilanti, Mich. ) is R & D manager for Cogitate, Inc ., in Brighton His wife, Rusty, passed her specialty boards in internal medicine 6 5 Our sympathy goes out to julie Means Kane (New York City) and George Kane '67 (Raleigh, N.c.). Their daughter Megan died in an automobile accident in November. Leslie Schockner (Portland, Ore.) will soon graduate law school and will take C o ntinu e d from page 10 appetite for characters -both fic tional and historical -who are at once ambitious and insecure, mag nanimous and petty, sought-after and alone. ry sensed the change and blew a long, slow stream of smoke toward the ceiling. Hoover leaned forward, and in a voice influenced by the radio program Crime Busters, said, "How do you see China, I}'? You betting on Generalissimo Chiang Kai-sheck or the Red?" "Mao." "Why?" "Sheck has too much issimo and not enough general." Hoover laughed in spite of himself Cobb laughed too. Later I}' wondered if he should have made that remark, as anyone who kept a dead man's hat and the bar exam this summer. Leslie is con sultant on an exciting, community based workforce project She invites NC folks in the area to stop in and say hello. Margaret SpurreD Okere (Ames, Iowa) is the mother of two teenage children, has returned to college teaching part time is enjoying experimenting with cooperative learning methods and has run for City Council. 6 6 Don Aronoff was elected president of the Santa Claus {Ind.) Town Board with the active suport of the Christmas Lake Village Hebrew Aid Society. glasses, probably had his share of issimo. In Salisbury's telling, Hoover, in the name of law enforcement, exploited and abused the power and tools of his office for self-glorification until his death in 1972. At the Eden Diner, however, the man who hunted Dillinger, cowed presidents, and vio lated the civil rights of thousands of people is undone by Grover Jones, a poor, black Everyman. Grover kept smiling and thought, Hoover think he so smart. Think he beat everybody. Think he know everything. He looked at Hoover thinking, You was never there. Not in the war. Not when they shot Dillinger. Not when they got the Panthers. But you here. And I can do better than killing you. ... Grover knew he might be the only man in America who ever talked to]. Edgar Hoover like he had, but it wasn't enough. It wasn't enough to fire away about the Zapruder film, the magic bul let, the car, or Fred Hampton, which was Dillinger except drugged. Stay cool! Talk smooth! Grover turned down the juke boxes and looked at the darkness Barbara Sieborowska Ceo is director of speech pathology at the Florida Ear and Sinus Center in Sarasota. Her boys are now 17, 13, and 11. Visi tors are al ways welcomed. K. Linda Moeller-Mansour (Cleve land, Ohio) writes that parenting two soon-to-be adolescent sons is challeng ing but fun. She is working part-time for the first time since the kids were in preschool. Gary Moriello married a fellow Chi cago public school principal in March 1996 Dan Boehmer '67 was a grooms man. Gary is in his 10th year as princi pal of a 113-year-old inner city Continued on next page beyond the neon. Malcolm's way was argument and fact. Bessie and King's way was love. His way was talk. lmagineering Atlanta: The Politics of Place in the City of Dreams by Charles Rutheiser, Verso Press, 1996 "Anyone who has stayed in Atlan ta's convention-maximized down town cannot but be struck by the deserted streets and fortress-like hotels, says Edward Ayers in his jan. 26, 1997, Book World review of Rutheiser's new book. He continues, "Charles Rutheiser, who lives in Atlanta, chronicles the process by which that city has been shaped by boosters, businessmen and their allies in the decades since the Civil War, and he does so with admirable research and suiting bitterness. He dwells on the damage to the poor, the hypocrisy with which progress has been pro moted, the emptiness it has created." Chuck Rutheiser '79 is an associate pro fessor of anthropology at Georgia State University.


CLASS Notes LISTED ALPHABETICALLY WITHIN ENTERING YEAR elementary schooL His oldest child is considering applying to New College. Carlene Valentine Borchert's daugh ters are both in college. Gretchen is studying veterinary medicine at North Caroline State and Cynda is at WVU, preparing to be a physical therapist. Rye Weber Gerry (Albuquerque) di rects a site-based program for blind and visually-impaired high school students. 6 7 Congratulations to David Burck (Minneapolis) who is happily remarried and has quit smoking. Betsy Brooks Tisdale's son, Chris, is a senior in film studies at Pomona Col lege. Betsy, a quilt dealer in Potsdam, N.Y., says she enjoys working with the Amish. living in the frozen north though, she misses sailing and watch ing pelicans skim the bay. Carol Butler (Marietta, Ga.) says she's a happy, faintly eccentric nerd who teaches physics, raises dogs, does volunteer work with rape victims, and helps run a Zen and meditation pro gram in a maximum security prison. Christine Hope chairs the sociol ogy/anthropology department at the College of Charleston. Laurence Hunt works primarily in the area of community mental health with Aboriginal people in Northwestern Ontario. He visited with NC alums Jan Bruckner and Michael Kuracic in Lac Seul First Nation on a recent trip there and would look forward to hearing Kaese Fisher Klein, son on John Klein '69 and Anne Fisher-NC Class of 2018? from/visiting with other NC stu dents/alums. Pictures of his new home with its spectacular view of Longbow Lake will appear soon on the alum home page. Sharron Shelton Arbuckle's (Okanogan, Wash.) oldest son, Daniel, is currently in a program whereby he will complete his first two years of college during his last two years of high school. Sharron is home-schooling her younger two boys, Ian and Joel, using a New Col lege style approach. Sharron, a profes sional stained glass artist, has com pleted eight of fourteen windows for a local church. She would enjoy hearing from fellow Novo Collegians. 68 David Adams (Grass Valley, Calif.) and his wife have recently moved to the Sierra foothills. He is writing a book on organic functionalism in modern architecture under a grant, teaching part-time at Sierra College, playing in a recorder orchestra, helping guide the local Green Party organization, and starting a freelance writing/editing business. David recently visited Nathaniel Powers in Oakland, who is still operating his own housing construction/design firm, composing computerized music and getting over the chicken pox. Congratulations to Andy Bemay Roman (Palm Beach, Fla.) and his wife, Lynne, who will complete their two year supervised practice and sit for their licensing exams in social work and mental health counseling respec tively, in September. Andy's daughter, Kaia Roman Tickell is a prospective graduate at New College. After their son graduates high school, Andy and Lynne will begin their search for a new community. Good luck! Alexander Hagerty (Arlington, Va.) has retired and gone back to school. He's working on his M.A. in writing at Johns Hopkins University. John Van Ness (Washington, Va.) is the happy and very busy father of two baby girls. Lucy Arden Van Ness was born November 1, 1995 and Harper Van Ness was born December 5, 1996. Con gratulations! 6 9 Mark Andrews is taking his green chemistry research from Brookhaven National Lab to his new job at DuPont in Wilmington, DeL His family does foster care and his daughter, Kristin, is starting her college search. Jeanne Bojarski won the Missouri Libertarian Party's primary and car ried their banner as candidate for lieu tenant governor in the general elec tion. She writes, "As you can see, I'm up to my usual political rabble rousing. So far, it hasn't gotten me into any big trouble." Malcolm Brenner (Gallup, N.M.) was appointed the religion editor of The Gallup Independent. Malcolm be lieves he is the only neo-pagan relig ion editor of a daily newspaper in the United States of America. Lewis Dalven works for 1\veeter, Etc., in Arlington, Mass. He and his wife, Gina, have a two-year-old son, Eli. Stephen Davidson (Phoenix) is en joying an early retirement and change of careers. Ellen Dierdorf Destray-Kane (Ran cho Santa Fe, Calif.) left Jenny Craig af ter 11 years. She's doing management consulting, riding her horse and thoroughly enjoying life. Thomas Goodridge (New York City) has a cooperative apartment where Harlem meets the Upper West Side. He teaches special education in a Harlem elementary school. Rob Phillips(New York City) was awarded the 1997 City University of New York Ph.D. Alumni Achievement Award. Diane Scaro Kramer (Germanton, N.c.) has opened her own freelance copywriting business. She is buried in assignments, working crazy hours, but glad to be home with her children more. Diane is trying to track down Continued on next page


Faculty Talk ABouT TEACHING AT NEW COLLEGE In a college where students are motivated and talented, bringing valuable experience to college, teaching itself becomes a subject of reflection. Here, a New College faculty member talks about aspects of her teaching at New College. By Catherine S. Elliott Helping students learn to ask the "right" questions is central to devel oping critical thinkers. I believe criti cal thinking is a skill, learned with practice just as any other. That belief defines my dual method-to provide students with thinking tools, tools that can be used over and over until practice has generated mastery, and to provide students with a foundation of knowledge necessary to apply those tools. In my early courses with students, I work on the foundation. We study the models and techniques underly ing work in economics. We tip the models over, tweak them, consider them from different angles, discover ing how they frame our analysis. We learn how to control the models and techniques so that they do not con trol us, knowing when and where they can be applied, and when and where they cannot. With this foundation, I encourage students to start asking their own hard, serious questions. Critical thinking skills cannot be learned by only watching me think. Students must get in and get their own minds dirty. I help them learn how by giving them practical "thinking tools," such as the "analytic response paper" and the "problem-creation and analysis project." Each helps generate ques tions appropriate to two contexts: the critique of someone else's work or arguments, essential to being able to decide what to believe; and the gen eration of new and exploratory ques tions. I believe strongly that: "The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution ... (Albert Einstein). In an analytic paper, I require stu dents first to identify the authors' questions, answers and assumptions. Before the students can criticize someone's work, they must under stand it. Next, I encourage them to ask any and all kinds of questions, and then, to answer them. With problem-creation and analysis projects, students not only state a problem of their own making, they identify and justify the analytic tools used to solve their problem. In addi tion, they critically evaluate their solutions. After the written work, the verbal work begins. The analytic response papers form the basis for informed group discussion in a "think tank" setting. I use the "think tank" anal ogy to introduce an atmosphere of cooperative dialogue, as opposed to verbal sparring. There is no substi tute for the learning that occurs when ideas are shared and responded to in an active, collaborative environ ment. Students can discover if they have answered a good question poorly-or have even actually asked the "wrong" question. For the problem-creation projects, the authors present their work formally to their peers before writing the fmal draft. At this point, the task of critique moves to the audience, with each listener required to submit written responses to each talk. All this may sound old-fashionedhard work, discipline, no steps skipped. But it can be the most fun you'll ever have-it certainly has been for me. And once the skills have been learned, I'm happy to say "You're on your own." Reprinted from a collection of six essays by New College faculty members discussing teaching at New College. Prof. Elliott is a theoretical microeconomist who enjoys working in the fields of behavioral economics and socio-economics, which draw on other disci plines and non-economic factors to help explain actual behavior. This interdisciplinary approach to studying decision making allows her to investigate such questions as: What is rational choice? Why do I do what I do when I know I'll regret it later? Currently she is studying situation-specific norms, such as fairness and cooperation, and their impacts on economic and non-economic activities.


Coowan Arthur Ross Borden Jr. an aenlic wismonn Arthur Ross Borden Jr., charter pro fessor of literature and New College's first Dean of Humanities, died September 29, 1996, in Sarasota. He was 79. A Harvard graduate and deputy director of the OSS during World War II, Borden left a department chair manship at Washington and Lee Uni versity to teach at New College. He helped assemble the first faculty and develop the curriculum. Borden retired from his position in 1982, but not from teaching One of his 1983 thesis students, Lindsay LaBurt LoFrisco of Chicago, wrote, "I was very lucky to have had Dr. Borden as my thesis sponsor. He agreed to stay on past his retirement in order to guide me. "I found him to be an inspiration to all with whom he came into contact. His knowledge base was so great, yet Professor Ross Borden he was so open, that he inspired me to learn more and explore more instead of causing the perception (which leads to procrastination) of not measuring up. It was once said to me that he 'forgot more in one day than many of us learn in a lifetime.' If New College students, past and present, were as driven with one-tenth as much passion for a subject as Dr. Bor den, what a legacy we could leave." For 25 years Borden collected and checked the meanings of Old English words. His A Comprehensive Old English Dictionary, published by Uni versity Press of America in 1982, pro vides as introduced by Borden "as nearly complete a list of Old-English words as could be recovered, and to list them in all discernible shades of meaning in as simple and clear an order as possible.'' Carol Mahler '78 wrote that even more impressive than the 1,606-page dictionary itself, was his research data-"boxes of index cards, containing not only the word and definition, but all text citations in which the word was found. That data base-as antiquated now as Medieval manuscript-is lost with the index cards and their writere." Mahler remembered translation ses sions with Borden: "We would meet in his office in South Hall early in the morning and I always clattered up the stairs and rattled through the hall so he would be prepared. I had heard rumors of his eccentric habits-some said he sat in his office naced-but by the time I reached the doorway, he would be puffing on his pipe, with his shirt on but often unbuttoned, and a book opened on his desk. Throughout those tutorials, we consulted the index cards, because his dictionary was not yet printed. "Sometimes I could get Ross to tell stories: decoding messages during World War II, writing questions for the SAT, enjoying the bachelor club of Sarasota. Invited to his home, I was shown his stamp collections and treated to the story of how he bought a home on Bird Key before it was the exclusive enclave it is today. He shared that hamstede with his mother, caring for her until her death. Even then, he still took time to critique my translations." Borden was a co-founder of the New College Music Festival, which started on campus as a one-week workshop and concert series. "Without Ross Borden we wouldn't have had the administrative know-how and the enthusiasm," to get the festi val off the ground, said Paul Wolfe, recently retired conductor of the Flor ida West Coast Symphony and fellow co-founder of the festival. New Col lege students were encouraged to observe the workshops and listen to the professional musicians prepare for their concerts. Borden's most lasting and farreaching contributions are in the lives of his students. "I leornode more than Old English from Ross Borden: I learned thoroughness, patience, dig nity, and kindness from one who prac ticed such qualities daily," said Mahler. "If any gast haunts the second floor of South Hall, I hope it is Ross: an eccentric dedicated to what he loved and who he loved. He was a unique wise man.''


CLASS Notes LISTED ALPHABETICALLY WITHIN ENTERING YEAR Geraldine Sosnowski, so Geraldine if you re out there, drop a line to Diane carmelcom @ 7 0 Anita Allen has been named associate dean for research at Georgetown University Law Center. In addition, she and her husband, Paul Castellitto, have a daughter, Ophelia, born May 7 1996. Paul Becker (Escondido, Calif ) is the president of Dynamic Church Planting International, and their vision is to im pact the planting of 1000 Dynamic Churches by 2020 Bill Conerly (Lake Oswego, Ore.) has started a new investment advisory firm, Conerly Whelan Inc. in Portland. He manages stock and bond portfolios for individuals, pension funds, and charitable foundations Bill is still mar ried, has two sons, enjoys sailing and is involved in the l i bertarian movement. Ellen Goldhammer Bollinger (Atlan tic Highlands, N.J.) is vice president of marketing for Asbury Park Press in Nep tune, N.J. Richard Kahn moved to Atlanta last year He invites any alum interested in molecular biology, cell biology, bio chemistry or genetics to contact him, rkahn @ Robert Lemmon (Wagener, S.c.) re tired in 1995. He has disposed of all computer equipment and is devoting the rest of his life to fine wine, good lit erature, and dogs. William Quay (Kintersville, Pa.) switched careers, to the design and im plementation of web sites through his consulting firm, Web Savvy Produc tions. His son, Bob, is in his second year at Millersville University, and his daughter, Megan, graduated from high school last spring. Thomas Sorrell's organic chemistry textbook is in the design stage and should be published late this year. He's a professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His daughter, Courtney, is a student at Emory Univer sity's Oxford campus. SUsan Wolf Swartz (Highland Park, Ill. ) had two large beaded sculptures in "The Rebellious Bead," a juried show held in conjunction with the third Inter national Bead Conference in Washing ton, D.C. The show is now on a three year tour around the country Erika Walker (Minneapolis) is enjoy ing life enormously with her husband, Don, and two-year-old son, Stephen. She is working part-time teaching busi ness management and creative problem solving at St. Mary's University. 71 Greg Bullock of Hampton Bays, N.Y., is working as a production manager in a printing plant. He is painting and showing his work in the Hamptons. He asks anyone who knows the whereabouts of Gail Johnson to please let him know Rob Brunger (Tallahassee) says this might be the year for his long-awaited Great American Novel. but he has not yet given up the day job Jim Cahalan (Indiana, Pa.) published articles in recent issues of Western American Literature and Pittsburgh His tory on Edward Abbey, author and champion of wilderness. Jim also spon sored a state historical marker for Ab bey at Home, Pennsylvania, where Ab bey grew up and ten miles from where Jim lives and works. John Corrigan (Columbus, Ohio) and his wife, Angela Dombrowski, and son, Timothy, welcomed Abigail Marie into their family, a healthy daughter born in July 1996. Congratulations to Rick Doblin and Lynne Jones (Charlotte, N.c.) on the birth of their second child, Lilah, in June 1996. Ron FlaxDavidson (Washington, D c.) established the International In vestment Group, Inc. in 1993. The firm acts as financial advisor to several in ternational clients. At year-end 1996, IIG successfully arranged for the invest ment of $22 million for construction and startup of a 74 megawatt power plant in Jamaica. The plant provides the cleanest, most environmentally safe en ergy for Jamaica. Steve Jacobson is back in Evanston, Ill., after two years in Hong Kong. He's starting his own business which will in clude some contractual design projects as well as the manufacture and sale of the recumbent bicycles he's been work ing on for the last 15 years. Todd Jamieson (Seattle) produced Hamlet for Fool's Cathedral and played the role of Hamlet. The production won Seattle's SPT Award for Best dassical Play 1996 David Lipsey (McLean, Va.) and his wife, Dianne just returned from a tour of classical Egyptian sites They partici pated in a "Chicago House" study pro gram in Luxor, and invite others to con tact them if planning a similar trip Karen Rembold lives with her hus band and two boys in an old farmhouse in Edinburgh, Ind They've enjoyed the fruits of country living. Several decades after New College marti al arts training, Marc Rudow (Asheville, N.c.), has been promoted to the level of brown belt in Shotokan ka rate. He finds it to be extremely useful in raising three boys ages 13, 10, and 4. 72 Allison Atkinson (Riverside, Calif.), a pediatric physician s assistant, works in a poverty medicine clinic. Chela (Connie) Blitt (Berkeley) has a daughter, Dorianna Blitt, born in May, 1996. Chela's recently produced video, Sisters and Daughter Betrayed, has re ceived awards and is being distributed by the University of California. Leslie Boxer Glass (Lexington, Ky.) was diagnosed with chordoma, a rare form of cancer in the spine in 1995. She is proud to report that now, in 1997, her work and family life have rebounded and returned to normal. David Burkhart is an assistant pro fessor of family medicine and associate director of the Dayton Community Fam ily Practice Residency program. His wife, Chris Holmes. is a pediatrician. That should come in handy with their daughter, Rebekah Grace, born in Dec. Continued on next page


CLASS Notes LISTED ALPHABETICALLY WITHIN ENTERING YEAR (CONTINUED) Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (RFla.) is one of 10 rising political stars identified on MSNBC's list of people who show evidence of gaining national prominence as we move into the 2000s. Janet Heck Doyle (Bethesda, MD) and her husband are now the happy but exhausted parents ofLucal Cal laghan Gustav Doyle. Janet says raising him takes more energy than they ever expended in competing in races and tri athlonsl Adam KemanSchloss (Arlington, Va.) has started a second company, A Plus Communications, which specializes in helping educators communicate more effectively with their communi ties. He is the proud father of four kids, ages 12, 8 (twins), and 5 three girls and a boy. James Lock (Palo Alto, Calif.) and his partner, Brian, also a child psychiatrist, have adopted a daughter, Elena Clare Locke, who is now two-and-a-half years-old Congratula tions! Bill Luker has a fantas tic new job as a project director at the Center on Wisconsin Strategies He will be working with Dr. joel Rogers, a recent recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, as well as joining his friend Stuart Levitan. and-a-half years ago to complete our family.We continue to subsist here in Honolulu, sometimes sunburnt and al ways scrambling to keep up with the high cost ofliving." Justin West (Northampton, Mass.) has developed a program which teaches electronic media as a literacy skill. Sam Zamarripa was recognized by the Atlanta Journal Constitution re cently for his leadership in the estab lishment of the Mary Lin Trust, a fund that has built a $30,000 playscape at the Mary Lin Elementary School in Atlanta's Candler Park and will continue to fund improvements to the local pub lic school. 73 Emmy Acton received the Ethics in Government Award from the Florida Association of County Attorneys and the Best of the Bay Award in Social Ecology from the Weekly Planet Newspaper for her work as Hillsborough County Attorney. She is president of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. She also fmds time for her 12 -yearold twins, Richard and Chris, and husband, Michael Maher '72. Carol Foster (Sunderland, Mass.) and husband, Bob, have had a baby! Brendan Foster Drinkwater was born Nov. 4 at their home with the two midwives of River Valley present. Carol would like to hear from other who have had or are interested in home births. Bill Rosenberg married Mary Chris tine Reiley June 6 1996. Chris is an English professor. completing her masters at Midwestern State. Bill is senior computer engineer at VMS, Inc. in Richmond, Va. Bill says they are truly happy and blessed-and really busy. Mary Ruiz (Bradenton) was visited in jan. 1997 by (former NC professor) Jan and Martha Brooks Vander Veen '76 who have retired from their overseas life with USAID and settled in Washington State Jan teaches at Evergreen Col lege and Martha is writing her first novel. 7 4 Hannah, Luke and Mark Davis (Oakland) welcomed Paul Schuler into their family on March 25, 1996. Jim Geiger is an assistant professor of chemistry at Michigan State Uni versity in East Lansing. He and Kathy Foley were mar ried in May. Michael Maher (Tampa, Fla.) has been elected chairman of the Children's Board ofHills borough County and is close to completing a handmade, wooden 18-foot lightning sailboat. He and Emmy Acton '72 have 12-year-old twin boys. Seth Reiss writes, "I take pleasure in report ing, rather belatedly, that my daughter, Angela Karina Bianca, joined my son, Dominic Seth, twoPolly Adema '83 visits with Bill Swanson '70 at the Texas Roundup held in Houston last fall. The long distance award to Jennifer Grannick '86 (San Francisco); she was visit mg Weibke Breuer '86 in Dallas. Good company and lively made for a pleasant evening. Thanks to Polly, Leslie Smart '84 and Bret Pettichord '83 for organizing this first Roundup. Margaret Hall (Waukegan, Ill.) is crisscrossing the North American continent this whole year on a "personal quest" and reconnecting with many NC alums along the way. Continued on next page


CLASS Notes LISTED ALPHABETICALLY WITHIN ENTERING YEAR {CONTINUED) Lori Hoffman Smolker (Land O Lakes Fla.) is engaged to Sarasota architect, George Palermo and will be relocating to the Sarasota area in June Lori is en rolled at USF-Sarasota s graduate pro gram in educational leadership. Lesley Koplow's (New York) book, Unsmiling Faces: How Preschools Can Heal, is in its second printing. Her 15-month-old daughter, Yoela, is in daycare and loves it jonathan Kroner, a Miam i attorney, represents employees with respect to overtime minimum wage, whistle blower and anti-retaliation claims. His clients recover what they are owed and the employer pays his reasonable fee when he wins If the suit is not won, there is no charge to the employee. Glen Merzer (Santa Monica) was married to Joanna Samorow of Lublin, Poland. Glen worked on a documentary about Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski of Lublin and discovered deceased relatives in a death camp outside of Lublin. As far as he knows, it's all a coincidence Linda Mitchell Thompson sends news from Greenbelt Md. Her hus band Bill, is a contractor at NASA' s Goddard Space Flight Center Most re cently he has worked on the launch of the SOHO, or Solar and Heliospheric Ob servatory satellite. SOHO is a joint proj ect between NASA and the European Space Agency. Now that the satellite is in space, he is collecting and analyzing data transmissions. The web site ad dress of the project is: http:lfso howww.nascom gov Linda has been a teacher specialist in a magnet school program for 10 years. She developed an introductory Latin program for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. She plans to be gin work on a Ph .D. in comparative lit erature soon. News of Liz Fackleman also comes from Bill and Linda She and her 13year-old son, Folke Simons, live in Ann Arbor, Mich. Liz is working on her Ph.D. in French at the University of Michigan. She may test for her first-degree black belt in Aikido next summer! Matt Reynolds is still building boats and playing the violin in Sarasota Barbara Stabin Nesmith (Philadel phia) married writer Nathaniel Graham Nesmith in New York City, August 1993 NC alums Ivan Myjer '77 and Devora Tulcensky '75 attended and graced the dance floor with their spouses, keeping the Palm Court spirit alive. Barbara completed her masters in City andRe gional Planning at MIT; a Ph.D. in the same field is in progress at the Univer sity of Pennsylvania. Their daughter Gabrielle Virginia, was born in June 1995. Gabrielle's endless curiosity, ap petite for books, and high daycare tui tion inspire Barbara to keep going when the Ph.D. seems a far-off goal. She hopes to follow in the footsteps of the NC faculty who inspired her to explore environmental planning issues in a rigorous and comprehensive manner Tab Uno (Salt Lake City) completed a one year term in January as chair of Mobilization Against Gang Violence in Communities, and two years as editor of "The Scoop", a quarterly prevention newsletter. 7 5 Karen Grady Ford and her family have done aU-turn and are back in Florida, living in St. Augustine and enjoying the weather. Congratulations to daudia Harsh (Cincinnati, Ohio) who is board certi fied in obstetrics and gynecology. Vince Koloski (San Francisco) be came public relations director for the Pacific Rim Sculptors Group. PRSG is an artist association based in California and extending around the Pacific Rim. Spencer Uoyd is chief financial offi cer for United Fuels Corporation in Gainesville, Fla. He has two sons, Spencer Kevin (3) and Wesley David (1). Bach McComb plans to add an M D to his other degrees. He's in medical school at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale. After getting a M.A. in musicology from the University of Kentucky, Dwight Newton stayed and worked in Lexington for 15 years, mostly doing media library work. He moved to the beautiful Gulf Coast of Alabama two years ago and works as the office man ager for the Baldwin County Library Co operative. Peripheral activities include building a prototype electric cello (among other instruments), starting an online newsletter for collectors of musi cal instruments, freelance desktop mu sic publishing work, and designing web pages. He lives with Julie, a massage therapistfreiki master, and two cats, Pearl and Henrietta. Randy Winchester moved to St. Louis with his wife, Mimi, and two year-old daughter, Anne-lise They are Continued on next page Kevin Goehring 175 Feb. 191 1957 -Sept. 121 1996 Kevin Goehring's ceramics celebrated life with their bold, joyful yellows, blues and greens. Emmy Acton '73 says Kevin "chose to make functional artwork. He wanted people to eat off of it and pour into it and hold flowers with it." When Kevin had to close the gallery, Square One, in which he made and dis played his nationally-recognized ceramics, he moved to the Flying Dog Farm near Parrish, Fla., where he died in September after a long battle with AIDS. "The world will miss his art," Acton said, but his friends will miss the way he saw the artist-and the poet-in everyone." Kevin's partner, Tom Heitzman, who can be reached at 10824 Erie Rd. Par rish, Fla has asked that memorial donations be made to New College Alumnaefi Association.


CLASSNotes LISTED ALPHABETICALLY WITHIN ENTERING YEAR (CONTINUED) enjoying living in the Lafayette Square historic district, spending their free time getting to know St. Louis and rid ing a tandem towing Anne-lise in her trailer as she screams, "Faster, faster!". Peter Russell is living, loving and having fun in San Francisco. 7 6 Gary Berkowitz (Swansea, Mass.) and his wife are expecting their third child soon. Kate Chandler (St. Mary City, Md.) is an assistant professor of English at St. Mary's College of Maryland. It's similar to New College-a small, liberal arts and public honors college in the Maryland State system. Robert Glazier (Miami) co-authored a book, Handbook of Florida Evidence, pub lished an article in Trial magazine, and was elected chair-elect of the Appellate Practice Section of the Academy of Flor ida Trial Lawyers. Mike Lasche (Marianna, Fla.) is back in the U.S. after three fun years in Italy. He is a partner in an Internet service provider and runs a web design agency. Larry Lewack is eagerly awaiting the birth of his second child. He is vice chair of the Burlington (Vt.) Planning Commission. Michele McCauley (Malvern, Pa.) is the proud mother of Conrad jan, born December 5, 1995, two months early. Michele writes that neonatal care is one area where modem medicine has tri umphed. Happily, Conrad is now a chunky, toddling, and very healthy 14-month-old. Douglas Schmidt (Longboat Key, Fla.) continues to help people with real es tate needs in Sarasota and thrives on giving advice on adventure travel, eco tourism and great deals-air, ship and shore. Donald Thieme (Athens, Ga.) works professionally with Geoarchaelogy Re search Associates in the New York City area. He would like to hear from other alums in Georgia or New York. 77 Mark Bondurant (Tuckasegee, N.c.) is developing a working farmstead David Johansson '80 (above with a student) spent six weeks in summer 1996 teaching English in war-torn Bosnia Most of his students at the Berlitz Language School in Ljubljana, Slovenia, were refugees. Johansson is an assistant professor of Engl ish at Brevard Community College in Melbourne, Fla. in western North Carolina on eight-and a-half acres. He is preparing to launch a business building energy-and resource efficient homes. jennifer Davis (Collinsville, Conn.) is married, has three children (Hannah 9, Ethan-7, Grace-4), practices child pro tection advocacy law, and raises cor gies. Pauline (Chi) Kang married Martin Fiennes in August and has moved to London Alan Kraus is no longer "lost" to the alumnae/i association He's living in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and can be reached at Claire Robinson has moved to Los Angeles to enter U.C.L.A.'s executive M.B.A. program. With an architecture degree from Cooper Union and her mas ter's in European studies in architecture from the University of East London, Claire plans to continue her work in community development both while at U.C.L.A. and after graduating. June was an eventful month for tisa Siegfried Bohn (Myakka City, Fla.). She and her family moved into a new house and she gave birth to Nicholas, her third child, all in the same week Catherine Winn Hartley (Jackson ville, Fla. ) has a son, Mikey, (5) and a daughter, Sarah, (3). Michael Wujtowicz works at RISCORP i n Sarasota. He and his wife, Carol Leigh, have a beautiful 9-year-old, Dan ielle. The discipline and self-motivation he learned at New College helped him complete professional self-study pro grams in the insurance industry that, in turn, were accepted in lieu of core course requisites when he was accepted to an FSU on-site MBA program at RISCORP. 78 Congratulations to Frank Dopp and to his wife, Loni Warren, on the birth of their third child, Kayla. Kayla joins Ken and Alana in the Dopp-Warren household. Jose Diaz-Balart was mentioned in the January 13 issue of The New York Times. jose was one of the lucky few who were told that there would be a new doorman on duty at Chaos, home of what the Times calls "the double A fashion crowd." Armed with this infor mation, Jose called the doorman by name, handed him his card, and was ad mitted. Molly Hoopes (Baltimore) just bought a house, and invites alums to stop by if they're in the neighborhood. Marie Wolfgang (Seaford, Del.) is en joying private practice in internal medi cine in a brand new office she helped design. She will be welcoming a new partner summer 1997 to join her, a nurse practitioner and the new busy practice. Marie also wrote in news of Michael Lacqua '79 who is completing his surgical training and is the proud fa ther of one-and-a-half-year-old triplets in Kansas City. 79 Diane Dittmann Manchester (Delray Beach, Fla.) will be moving with Continued on next page


CLASS Notes LISTED ALPHABETICALLY WITHIN ENTERING YEAR (CONTINUED) her family this spring to Charlotte, N.C.. She continues to pray for New College and the young minds which are devel oping there Laura George Gitlin (Las Vegas) is the proud mother of Kelsey Melissa (1), "smart and scrappy, the perfect child Chris and Lindsay LaBurt LoFrisco (Chicago) celebrated their marriage last May 11 with a honeymoon in Ireland. We've heard there may be a move to Florida in their future Cynthia Laks McCan (Fairfield, Iowa) has a daughter, Amanda McCan born in New Zealand in 1990 and a son, Mat thew Sabal McCan. born in Miami in 1994 Her family has just recently relo cated to Iowa. Michael McDuffie teaches philoso phy at Cal State University at San Mar cos. He sends word that Peter Arnade is there as well. Congratulations to Adam Tebrugge and Gina Cosper. They were married on Dec. 8 at the Houlihan Stadium in Tampa. Robert Wilson (Naples. Fla.) is mar ried with two boys (four-and seven years-old). He is chairman of pediatrics at North Collier Hospital and fishes whenever he can. 80 Congratulations to Grover Champion and Sue Miklos who were married on Nov. 22. They've built a new home in Gunter, Texas, a town of900 about 50 miles north of Dallas. Grover continues to commute to his job at GTE Directories at the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport. Cynthia Merchant (Berkeley) is in graduate school and loving it She is teaching Hoffman Quadrinity Process in U.S., England and Spain. Leslie Morris Godwin (Calabasas, Calif.) will have her article "Business Family Partnerships" published in the spring 1997 edition of the International journal ofPsychohistory. Howard Smith is a managing con sultant for EDS Government Consult ing Services, with the INS as his primary client He writes, "Our group is always hiring, so if there are any alums or new grads interested in work ing in government-federal, state, or local-drop me a line." His wife, Paula Rask, is a writer (still unpublished, but not for long). They live in Reston, Va., with their sons Conrad (8) and Trevor (3). Lori Shoemaker, a U.S. State Depart ment officer, is serving at the U.S. Em bassy in Seoul, Korea. She will work one year in the Consular Section, one year in the Economic Section, and then move to another foreign post. She would love to hear from other alums in the foreign service or who live in Southeast Asia. Her e-mail address is LShoeShoe @ Julie Skoby. a dentist in Sanderson, Fla .. built and moved into a house in Gainesville last summer. Michele Tauraso (Durham, N.c.) re cently completed a master's in library science and is looking for a full-time li brarian position. 81 Jennifer Coberly, a civil litigator with Zuckerman, Spaeder, Taylor & Evans in Sarasota is president-elect of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Susan Dauer (Austin) writes that the Texas Roundup was great fun. Sherry Schreck is living in Vista, Calif. and has two children, Nicole Tay lor and Lorin. She works in technical recruiting 82 Laura Coogan invites anyone on the way into or out of Florida to visit her in Jacksonville. She is a transportation analyst for Crowley American Transport. Sydney Frederick (San Francisco) is the senior research associate for the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinics. Inc. She would love to hear from other N.C. alums in the San Francisco area-for business or pleasure. Jeff Edenfield announces the birth of his second child, Nathaniel Reed, born August 9, 1996. Carol Kearney High is a features writer for the Naples (Fla.) Daily News She has written with a serious request for information from alums. Her hus band has been diagnosed with a glio blastoma multiforme brain tumor. Any one with information to share, please write to her at 2461 11th Street North Naples, FL 34103 Cynthia Linke says living in New York City is giving her a whole new ap preciation for Sarasota! She is regional director of loss prevention for Saks Fifth Avenue. Mark Page joined Sarasota's Flor ida Studio Theatre as the head of all marketing and public relations ac tivities. Rey Sia received his Ph. D in microbi ology in 1995 and is doing postdoctoral research on molecular cancer cell-cycle check point at Duke Continued on next page Lady with a Fan (mixed media and wood) was one of the works in Lisa McGaughey Tuttle's exhibition, Her Place Within the Order of Things, at the Sandier Hudson Gallery in Atlanta last December and January.


CLASS Notes LISTED ALPHABETICALLY WITHIN ENTERING YEAR (CONTINUED} 83 Robert Freedman (Vancouver) is attorney for First Nation in a land claims case, which will be the longest trial in Canadian history. Scott Hines (Hopewell, N.J.) got his master of library service degree in 1996. He also realized his lifelong dream of becoming a Sophist when he landed a job as a teacher of rhetoric and oratory. Susan Hirshberg (Santa Fe, N.M.) in corporated Urban Habitat for Wildlife, an organization which designs and con structs micro-habitats for wildlife in yards, parks, and schools. Bret Petticord (Austin, Tex.) is a vol unteer with the Austin Free-Net ( providing Internet access to all members of the community. Philippe Seminet {Austin) is plug ging away at his Ph.D. He's writing his dissertation on the Marquis de Sade. Never a boring day! Gabrielle Vail graduated from 1\llane University with her Ph.D. in anthropol ogy in May 1996 Her 700-page disserta tion focuses on the deity figures in the Madrid Codex, one of four pre Columbian manuscripts from the Ma yan Era. She also works as a research specialist at the University of Pennsyl vania Museum. 84 Walter B. Duque de Estrada (Revere, Mass.) is a fellow in medical informatics at the computer science lab of Massachusetts General Hospital. Kathryn Galt (Alexandria, Va.) is returning to Bosnia-Herzegovina's Re publika Srpska for the World Bank, to assess the impact of social welfare pro grams for three months. She welcomes calls or e-mail {CIETwashing ton@ from alums/stu dents interested in economic develop ment or in corning to Washington D.C. Congratulations to Uz Pare and jim Tietsworth (Tampa, Fla.) whose son, Bailey, was born in March. Jim will fin ish his residency this summer. Curtis Press (Belvedere, Calif.), who received his D.V.M. from the University of Massachusetts, and his wife, Mary Connolly Press, have opened a small ani mal hospital Larkspur Landing Veteri nary Hospital, in Larkspur, Calif. Bones Win Championship James Rogaukas (Springfield, NJ.) has a second cat, Indy, a job in demoli tions and a Chevy that is running great. Abbi Taylor no longer is paid to do pro bono work but she can va cation when she wants. She left the public defender's office to be a partner in Peters, Roberts, Borsuk & Taylor in Tucker, Ga. Abbi visited Sherry Conger Robinson in Massa chusetts and got to see the fall col-First Ever League Victory by RickCoe Yes, you read that right. After 28 consecutive seasons spanning 12 years, the New College Bones ended their post-season frustration with a thrilling 9-8 win in the league playoff -our first ever league championship. The victory did not come easily. The opposition, who finished first .in the regular season, had crushed its semifinal opponent 24-2, hit ting five home runs. The Bones have never been a home run threat (apologies Rick, Lawrence, and Bruce), and appeared hopelessly outgunned. We jumped in front with a seven-run first inning, withstood an attempt at physi cal intimidation as the dugouts emp tied in the second, and watched as the opponents chipped away and eventu ally took an 8-7 lead in the top of the fifth. But a clutch two-run rally in the bottom of the fifth enabled us to bring horne the championship trophy. The players on the Bones include stu dents, faculty, staff and alumni. We are the longest running extracurricular activity that combines these various elements of the New College commu nity. As always, the emphasis is on team spirit and good sportsmanship (and a few beers). We've had a lot of fun over the years, and we share the sweetness of this championship with the many alumni bones out there -you were part of this too! ors. Lisa Whalley '87, and jesse White have returned to Florida! Jesse is working for TIA Solid Waste Management Consultants in Tampa. Lisa graduated in August from the Smith School for Social Work. They are inviting everyone to come and visit. 85 Ty Hathaway-Bevington (Columbus, Ohio) is completing managed health care professional accreditation and licensing, and has moved on health care building plans. Charlee and Ty now have seven cats. Laura Ericson has permanently relocated to Pensacola, Fla. to con tinue her work for the federal judiciary. Continued on next page


CLASS Notes LISTED ALPHABETICALLY WITHIN ENTERING YEAR (CONTINUED) Bruce Fagen was married in March. john Sherlock, Chris Patton and Marc Kruger were in attendance. Bruce, who is completing his residency at Emory University Hospital, will begin as anes thesiologist at Suncoast Hospital in Largo, Fla. In June. Margie Knauf is electronic services librarian for a law firm in Washington, D.C. Grace Roegner Freedman (Brooklyn, N.Y.) sends news that she is ABD in her Ph.D. in sociomedical sciences from Co lumbia. Michael Freedman '84 is work ing for a digital design firm in Soho de signing stuff for the www. Hit on www.pepsimax,com. Their son, Jacob, is one-walking and talking and babbling. Grace also sent word of the New York alum chapter party at their home last August. There was lots of food and beer (and lots of beer left over which may be a sign of the times or age or some thing). The class dates ranged from the early 70s to just graduated. Everyone had fun. Some won Tshirts to take horne; others took pictures. They're talking about next time-maybe an outside place-like a picnic in Central Park. Any volun teers for host? Congratulations to Kevin and Kristina Graves Hourigan (Valrico, Fla.) on the birth of their daughter, Grace, on August 15. in the residence halls at TASIS England (The American School in Switzerland -the first boarding school for Americans in Europe). It is located 20 miles from London in the picturesque town of Thorpe. Keith will miss the Florida climate, American football and periodic tennis games with Richard Giardino 85 but will return for the Christmas and summer breaks. While in the UK he will see more of Denise Neville McCann '85 and her husband, Derek, at their lovely home in Edinburgh, Scotland. Keith welcomes all correspondence from old N.C. friends/enemies/acquaintances. Steve Prenner is back in Florida (Pompano Beach), finishing licensing requirements to be a massage therapist. Prior to this move, Steve completed a master's in contemplative psychother apy from the Naropa Institute and lived at Karme Choling, a Buddhist meditation center in Vermont. Ben Prescott (Sarasota) marked his five-year anniversary with GTE Directories in January 1997. In February he was awarded GTE Directories "Award of Excellence" in the category of inno vation, which is the company's top honor for individual achievement. As the marketing communications ana lyst for his company's east region, Ben serves as GTE Directories' spokesper son and handles marketing communi cations (public relations, media rela tions, community relations and pro motions) for GTE. Benny Shum has moved to Palo Alto, Calif., and is working as a re search assistant at Stanford. Annemarie Succop (Seattle) is working for a hepatitis B project for an STD clinic. She is learning to pro gram and recently started hand sewing stuffed animals. She would prefer to not have to live through another year like 1996 again. Elise Navidad Wadle (Sarasota) returned to New College in 1995 to complete her undergraduate study. Elise will graduate in May. Her thesis is mixed media art and fiction. Eric Howard received his Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Rochester in June 1996 and has begun work as a postdoctoral re search associate with the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) project at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Sara Kuppin '91 and Bobby DeVito '93 are shown above with alums who attended their wedding in Clearwater, Fla., lost Oc tober. Big Soul, the rock group led by Caroline Wampole and Kelleth Chinn '84 has returned to San Francisco after a year of concerts and promotional activities in Europe. Their self produced CD, which is licensed to Sony Music, hit number two on the French album charts in February and was certified gold over the summer. They are recording a new album before returning to Europe! Samantha Kavky spent last year in Paris, France, on a research grant. She's back in Philadelphia writing her dissertation. Keith Mills having given up on teaching in South Florida, has skipped town and taken a position in England. He is teaching western civilization and American history and serving as an advisor/warden Soon after the wedding, Sara, Bobby and Natalie Arsenault visited Ashtyn Mukherjee '90 at CUNY's graduate center. They also met up with Margaret Blackstock '91 for Vietnamese food at Tom's Diner. Congratulations to Bobby's band, LYX NOVA, which has signed officially with Mi ramar and BMG They're booked to play at the BMG convention in July. 8 6 Grant Balfour (Gainesville, Fla.) says that now that he's found love, he's looking for funding for a feature-length independent film. Michael Burton (Palmetto, Fla.) Continued on page 24


USF OutFoxed I by Pat Griffin Classes in College Hall were moved last week for a 1Wentieth Century Fox television shoot that never happened. The specifics of what did in fact happen have been in debate before and since. The only things that every one seems to agree on are that New College didn't want Fox, from (USF at Sarasota/New College Campus] Dean Schenck on down to the student body, and that the State of Florida thought differently. Fox planned to shoot a 60-minute pilot for a show called Automatic Ave nue, a project headed up by David Burke, formerly of Sea Quest. The story is this: two out-of-work actors, Bill Campbell and Steven Lange, audition for and get roles in a Miami Vice clone, then have to deal with the pressures of success. james Earl jones will guest star as the ftlm producer. The Tampa Bay area is doubling for California, which, in the show within the show, was in turn doubling for South Beach. Originally the plan was to have South Beach double for Cali fornia doubling for South Beach, but the plan fell through. Sarasota was to be the locale of the faux film studio. Ca' d'Zan was to serve as the exterior, with the interior at College Hall, to match the architecture. As well informed as Fox appeared to be about our buildings, they weren't so informed about us. In a case of execu tive dyslexia, Fox thought it was deal ing with FSU, not USF, and had planned to use the FSU film school for interns. The FSU-USF mix-up was glossed over, but larger problems could not be. Dean Schenck, making good on his pledge to keep College Hall from being interrupted for the remainder of the year, opposed the project from the start. Fox received a letter, which Democratic State Representative Shir ley Brown described as "terse," declining the proposal. When Fox called to further discuss the matter, according to Brown, Schenck's secre tary informed them that it was a closed issue, and that Dean Schenck felt there was nothing to talk about. When Fox appealed further up the chain of command, Schenck was instructed to, in Brown's wording, "make it happen," although she insisted that Betty Castor (USF presi dent], who was home sick at the time, had not instructed him to give in to every demand. The instruction to Schenck was made in accordance with a policy by the governor and the Florida Enter tainment Commission to promote what is now the fourth biggest state film industry. Brown had previously gone with the governor and the com mission to entice David Burke to move SeaQuest to Sarasota. A group of business and community leaders also spoke with the heads of Universal and Disney about the town. Brown put the fiscal impact of such a project as the one Fox is working on at approxi mately $2 million for the state of Florida. Reprints from the student newspaper The objection, though, has not been that the Fox project wouldn't be profitable, but that monetary con siderations were yet again going ahead of Florida's commitment to higher learning. Social Sciences Chair and Professor of Psychology Gordon Bauer said, "I just thought [it sent] a terrible message about what the pri orities were for education." Conser vative student Pete Kezar was more directly damning, commenting that "I think it's a shame that the mone tary benefit of the few comes at the expense of education." .... Rep. Brown thought that Fox would film around classes and activi ties, even if it meant filming late into the night. Bauer believes differ ently, pointing out that the shoots as they were reported to him were scheduled at our peak hours .... When Brown was informed that classes had in fact been moved she countered by charging "that was never something that was required, asked for, [or] needed. That was somebody's decision to prove that they were right." ... Negotiations, when they were insisted on by higher authorities than Dean Schenck, bogged down quickly. ... Whatever the case, no deal could be reached, despite a call from the governor and Film Commissioner Pam Klein. Student Rob Scopel's plan, "if the pilot sucks, we disavow Continued on next page


Reprints from the student paper Faculty 'Spanks' Students in College Bowl Match by Rocky Swift In my opinion, any New College event can be defined by the quality of the free snacks given away to the participants and spectators. By that criteria, the college bowl challenge between the New College students and the faculty last Wednesday cer tainly stands up with the best. There was a large table decked out with chicken wings, cantaloupe and water melon slices, little bits of cheese, and these little sandwiches with some kind of sausage or something inside of them with sprouts and stuff. And, last but not least, free Coke. Always the Real Thing, cool and refreshing Coca Cola. But as always with these shindigs, the time for pigging out on free good ies ends, and then the important stuff begins. The first of three matches got underway with Mike Cosper, Hugo Brown, Robert Brayer and Thomas Heisler heading up the varsity squad and Mark "the Mangler" Johnson [director of New College Student USF OutFoxed continued all knowledge," turns out to be unnecessary. Dean Schenck appears to have won out. An office building in downtown St. Petersburg was substituted for Col lege Hall. Affairs]. "Dangerous" Doug Langston [professor of philosophy] and "Mean Dean" Mike Michalson comprising the faculty team. The faculty was short one player, so the underrated dark horse superstar Robert "Big Daddy" Knight filled the vacant slot. "It's going to be a bloodbath," snarled captain Hugo Brown as he prepared for the contest. The action got underway with Dar ius Ahrabi-Asly calling the questions and Alena Scandura [student activi ties coordinator] keeping time. The faculty struck first when "Dangerous" Doug Langston exhibited his exper tise on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List, but it all went downhill from there for the faculty team. When the smoke cleared, the students had trounced their mentors, 210-55. The second match was a true nail biter that saw the faculty make a tre mendous comeback to win 180-160. The students were stunned but deter mined to take the third and decisive game. "Revenge is a dish best served cold, Mark Johnson," warned Evan Garfinkel to the Student Affairs Direc tor at the intermission before the third match. "We're slow starters," "The Man gler" meekly added. The final match was not as kind to the students, unfortunately, as the faculty team soundly whupped their uppity asses. When the carnage had finally come to a merciful end, Alena Scandura announced that the faculty had pummeled the students 290-115. "That's why they teach the classes," conceded Garfinkel. "I think it makes for good sport," commented Brown. "Langston spanked us," said Heis ler, commenting on the professor's particularly powerful finish. Reprinted with permission from the Feb ruary 18, 1997, issue of The Catalyst. Rocky Swift is a fifth-term student. Autmatic E-Mail Forwarding If you have an alum account on virtu and would Excerpt from March 4, 1997, is sue of The Catalyst. Reprinted by permission. Pat Griffin is a first-year student at New College. like to have your E-mail for'"'"r'"'" automatically to another E-mail account, send a message giving the forward ing address to Duff Cooper (coo For information about obtaining an alum account, contact the alumnaefi office (nca


CLASS Notes LISTED ALPHABETICALLY WITHIN ENTERING YEAR (CONTINUED) hosted an international youth confer ence in Sarasota for Rotaract, a world wide community service organization. Other NC alum involved with Rotaract include Lars Olson '88, Cheryl jacob, Scott Pittenger, and Lee Imrey Mi chael will be marrying Traci Kanaan on july 26, 1997 in develand, OH. Michael invites any alum to contact him if they would like to attend, michaelbur ton @ Rosser Goodman's (Los Angeles) in dependently produced short film, Top of the World, hits lesbian and gay film fes tivals in 1997 worldwide. Rosser co wrote and starred in the film. Ashley Kaufmann (New York City) now goes by William Kaufmann. He works for Goldman Sachs and Company as a technical analyst. News from Tallahassee: Merlin Mann's band, "Bacon Ray", has a CD coming out this summer. Karina Mertzman (Cotonou, West Af. rica) is teaching at the University in Co tonou and working with the Minister of Education on a program to introduce English language teaching into primary schools Karina also wrote news of the wedding of Stephanie Digeon '85 and Allen Henderson. NC alums Tim Magill, Phi Do, Lauren Dockett, Pam Fetterman '87 and Tracy Lutz '88 were guests. 87 justin Bloom (Key West) passed the bar exam and is an associate at a law firm where he can wear sandals to work He works primarily in environmental law. Arlynda Boyer (Springfield, NJ) re cently completed a book on the legisla tive history of Social Security. She is also still madly in love with james Rogaus kas '84. Ann Burget (Arlington, va.) has left the White House Office of Management and Budget after five years and taken a newly-created position as manager of digital broadcast development for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She will be directing the transition to digital technology. Merrill Cole (Seattle) has forthcoming publications in Discourse, Literature Interpretation Theory, and the Columbia University Press anthology, The Psychoanalysis of Race. Gwen Davies (Atlanta) went to Guat emala last summer in an attempt to es cape the Olympics. Her former place of employment, Atlanta Northside Family Planning, was blown up in January. Dennis E. Genovese (Gainesville, Fla ) is working with the world harmony project and hopes to work with current NC students for internships or ISP's. Chelsea jones will receive her mas ters in library and information services from the University of Texas at Austin this summer. She also manages a food safety web site for the USDA. Gina Lanier (Tampa) is engaged to Michael Griffin, and the wedding is planned for this fall. Amy SWackhamer Nugent (Mat thews, N.c.) is expecting her first child in July. She is still seeking her "dream career" by trial and error, a slow but, she hopes. effective process. Kibby Munson (Seattle) is engaged and will wed in June. Liz Rudow Vemaglia begins a pre doctoral psychology internship at Cam bridge Hospital this summer. The posi tion includes an academic appointment at Harvard Medical School. She and Larry have moved to Medford, Mass. 88 Sarah Boorman (Orlando) has entered the mental health counseling masters program at UCF. She is researching issues of brain development at work. Sarah intends to practice play therapy when she is licensed. jack Collins (Houston) is completing an internship in internal medicine and pediatrics Since moving to Houston, he's run into Noel Horton '88 in Austin and Mark Hastings '86 in San Antonio. Nicolas Cook is completing his M.A. in African area studies at muc and is currently organizing the 2nd Annual Midwest Graduate Student Conference Continued on next poge "We're not here just to admit or deny; we're here to help students make informed decisions about enrolling," says Sonia Wu (above), recently appointed assistant direc tor of admissions for New College In announcing the appointment, Kathy Killion, director of admis sions, described Wu as "an experienced admissions profes sional who brings to this position an acute insight into identifying students who are likely to succeed at New College. She is distin guished in her ability to communicate New College's unique educational philosophy, academic program and social scene The assistant director has specific responsibility for recruiting in Flor ida, evaluating and selecting candidates for admission to the college, directing campus visit pro grams, and managing the alumnae/i admissions network. An accomplished artist, Wu brightens_ the Admissions Office with her animol sculptures and an ever. changing array of delightful on gami creations. Alums can contact Sonia or find out more about the alumnae/i admissions network by phone at 941-359-4269 or by e-mail at


CLASSNotes LISTED ALPHABETICALLY WITHIN ENTERING YEAR (CONTINUED) in African Studies. The first was held, very successfully; at Northwestern Uni versity last May, where Nicolas pre sented a paper titled "Ethno-regional Fragmentation, Resource Demands, and Presidential Style: The Dynamics of Con temporary Kenyan Politics." He will be in Tanzania next year to top off his Kis wahili and do research. Harrem Monkhorst (Gainesville, Fla ) plays in a band, Squeaky, which is en joying moderate success. He says he works a lot but life is good. Stacey Parks lives in Pensacola, where for over two years she has been the program director at Pensacourt Health dub. She is currently buying and restoring a late 1800's house with her friend, Angela Nelson. She is a licensed To New College Alumnae/i Association : massage therapist. Shannon Payne is working on her Ph.D. in genetics at the University of Washington. She researches the molecu lar genetics of breast and ovarian can cer. She recently received a predoctoral traineeship from the Department of De fense Breast Cancer Research Program which will support her last two-three years of graduate study. Michael Reese (Brooklyn, N.Y. ) is an assistant D .A. in the Manhattan district attorney's office. Susan Rutherford has moved to Salt Lake City, where she's a research analyst in the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget. She had a nice chat at the Sun dance Film Festival with what turned out to be another NC alum, Matthew CUrtis '75, who is with the Florida Film Festival. She attended the an nual Burning Man Festival in the This past summer, I participated in the Amer ican Studies Institute at the University of California at Berkeley as an independent study project My stay there would not have been possible without the very generous hospitality of a recent NC grad .. [I] contacted desert of North Reno with Tony Bolante '86, Dan Catalano '86, Dave Minkoff '87 and Michael Fer guson '86. Aaron Hillegass '89 was camped nearby, and Susan ran into Athena Bald win '86 in the sani-hut line NC alum Kendra Bowman simply to ask if there were any avail-able apartments in her building. She immediately offered me and my two kids free use of her apartment while she was on vacation plus eleven days after she got back .... Kendra even loaned me some clothes when the cold Bay weather surprised me and offered me money to tide us over on the train trip home. Perhaps none of this would be amazing if Kendra had tons of money floating around, but she is a struggling grad student, working 80 hours a week and going without a lot of things that most people would consider necessities That she would offer me so much in the midst of her own sacri fices has impressed me deeply .. My experi ence this summer has made me doubly grateful for New Collegei not only was I academically prepared for the rigors of Berkeley, but I was also surrounded by a supportive and gener ous community of students who truly care about each others' needs Sincerely, Tracy Hayes (prospective '97 graduate) Congratula tions to Kristi Coulter (Grass Lake, Mich.) and John Sindelar '87 who were married September 21, 1996. Jennifer Whit ten (Oberlin, Ohio) received her M.A. in art ther apy in May 1996, and is working as an art therapist in the psychiatric unit of a state prison. She writes that the work is exciting, in tense and interesting. 89 Carrie Carrel Loewenherz (Seattle) graduated from the University of Washington in environmental health, has been working at a local wastewater treatment plant and is beginning a new job at Boeing. Franz '88 is working on a $3.9 billion rail and bus plan for the Puget Sound Region. Franz is finally as "planty" as Carrie (Yea!). They're enjoying watching their garden grow and cultivating their orchids. Also in Seattle is Jamoul Uames Whetzel of James and the Giant Peach), who produced his second CD recently. James, Carrie and Franz got together for a Baaba Mal concert. Andy Cohen, who received his J.D. from the University of Florida, is prac ticing with Kanestsky; Moore and De Boer in Sarasota. Karen Eagen (Miami Lakes) enjoys her student teaching internship with third graders She looks forward to graduating with a master's in early childhood education from Florida State University in May. Sandra Englert fell in love and moved to Barcelona, Spain, where she plans to act, write and produce. Carla Funk (Indiatlantic, Fla.) has been working as curator of education at Brevard Museum of Art, staying busy at an under-funded, understaffed, non profit institution. She would love to hear from old friends. Jeannine Garon is marrying a Nor wegian in July. For now she's a project coordinator for CMSYO Telecommunica tions in Bethesda, Md. Bonnie Gorla (Kennesaw, Ga.) is sad because her good buddy Maria Fernan dez '90) moved to Chicago to be with her fiance. Bonnie will keep herself busy with school at Southern Polytech nic University where she studies civil engineering. Cindy Hill Ford was married on july Continued on next page


Alumnae/i Fellow Program If I don't go to grad school right away, is there anything I can really do with a degree from New College? I want to contribute to sodety and make a difference. How can I do that and not starve? These concerns of current New College students may sound familiar. Can you help provide answers? The Alumnaefi Fellow Program funds teaching or service projects for NC students by bringing alums with diverse academic or professional backgrounds to campus for proj ects ranging in length from one day to one semester. The selection process is competitive. Alums must submit a proposal detailing their proposed project. The Alum Fellow committee reviews proposals and tries to match alumnaefi projects to the current needs and inter ests of students. The committee asked Karen Patriarca, career services coordinator, to identify some topics or issues which are of particular interest to students. Areas she identified included: sustainable development; intentional community; international development/education; creative writing; environmental careers; medical college admissions; educational policy; teaching; NEW COLLEGE A publication of New College Alumnae/i Association New College Foundation, Inc. 5700 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota FL 34243-2197 FORWARDING AND RETURN POSTAGE GUARANTEED ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED liBNonprofit Organization U.S. Postage Paid Permit #500 Although these areas have been identified as particular needs, all proposals are welcome. The committee will work to facilitate the best match of student and alum interests. For more information, contact Mike Campbell, Alum naefi Fellow Committee chair, by e-mail at or at 307-766-2187. Prof. John Moore, Lisa Whalley-White '87, and Alumnae/i Fellow Suzanne McDermott '85 (1-r) at the reception following Suzanne's concert in Sainer Auditorium. Alumnae/i Fellow Conducts Songwriting Workshop Suzanne McDermott's students from her songwrit ing workshop were impressive. On Sunday, Feb. 2, before Suzanne presented a concert of her songs, four of the workshop participants performed their songs-the ones they began composing during the workshop on Saturday morning. The audience was captivated by the professional and highly entertaining debuts of these aspiring songwriters: Jeff Roberts, The Housewife Song; Karsten Henckell, Feline Felicity; Dylan james, Sascha; and Robert Plutchik, The Cave. It was obvious Suzanne was a skilled and demand ing taskmaster during the intensive workshop.

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