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NEW COLLEGE A publication of the New College Alumnae/i Association Volume 43 Fall 2000 New College looks to Alums for Support os Change Approaches Mike Campbell NCAA President Dear New College Alums: I wrote to you in the last issue of Nimbus to describe our strategic plan and the NCAA's vision for its future role in support of New College. At the same time, the College itself continues to grapple with its future, to plan for growth, and to consider opportunities for change in its organizational relation ship to the State University System (SUS). 2000 marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of New College and the 25th anniversary of the merger with the State University System. This fall and spring are likely to see critically important decisions that will chart New College's course for the next twenty-five years. and New College needs the support of every one who cares about the place--no one more so than alums. What's the context? The Florida legislature considered a proposal in its last session to reconstitute the Sarasota Campus of USF as an independent unit of the SUS. That proposal was ultimately not ap proved but did receive considerable political support. The prospect that this year's legislative session might pass a similar version of this legisla tion challenged the College and USF as well as the NCAA and Foundation with important questions. How has the relationship of New College and USF fared in the twenty-five years since the merger? Should the campus be further decentralized from the mother ship in Tampa? Whether or not this campus remains an administrative division of USF, what becomes of the University Program educational activities on this campus? More importantly for New College, what's the best way to achieve our aspirations: to preserve the core principles of New College as we address changing needs of novo collegians. and to grow to 800 students while preserving the student faculty ratio? How has the administration responded? New leadership (Dean and Warden Michael Bassis, at New College since 1998, and President Judy Genshaft, at USF since July of this year) has put forth a proposal to restructure the relationship of the College to the University. While New College would remain an academic unit of USF in this proposed scenario, its status would be considerably enhanced. How? The University Program would move to a separate campus. perhaps near the interstate, and New College would become the sole academic program in its historic home. The University Program would have the opportunity to construct a state-of the-art commuter campus designed to support its mission and to


develop a local identity clearly distinguished from that of New College; New College would enjoy increased administrative autonomy as a residential liberal arts college. This decentralized authority would increase the College's direct control over budget and policy formulation and implementation; New College would pursue separate accreditation, a move that should ensure our presence in guidebooks that currently do not distinguish us from USF. That's a critical component of maintaining our status as a national institution. These developments seem to offer the prospect of positive change for New College, perhaps a chance to refme some of the more troubling aspects of the original merger agreement. Nothing is set in stone, of course, and the wishes of the legislature in the next session could produce a considerably different picture. Moreover, the details of implementa tion are yet to be worked out, and the changes to the total administra tive process and infrastructure would be complex. There's hope of a better future, and the realization that considerable uncertainty remains. There are risks, of course, in this kind of change. For example, with a decreased USF influence on our State-funded budget, would New College continue to receive the same funding as it has in the past? With the increased presence of FSU in Sarasota including the assumption of control over the Ringling Museum, could New College be "lost in the shuffle?" The Alumnaefi Association was participating and reacting, on a daily basis, this past Spring as the various legislative iterations were produced. We will continue to stay on top of this crucial issue. The NCAA has made our voices heard in this process, but we can do more. We've produced, at the request of Michael Bas sis, a thorough white paper highlighting the contri butions of New College and our alumnaeji to the State of Florida. The document is a message to legislators and other decision-makers that New College's positive impact on the state is remarkable. We've produced political, community, and business leaders. Our alums have contributed research and community action that has tangibly benefited the lives of Floridians. New College attracts talented out-of-state students who eventually make Florida their home, and we provide a springboard for Florida students who make contribu tions at the national or international level. Our impact is disproportionate to our size, and you all are the proof. What can you do? Let your voice be heard. Your best ideas can shape this process, and the NCAA wants to make sure they are strongly and clearly present in the discussion. The administra tion has asked for our reaction to these proposals, and we've got a chance this year to influence the course of events for many to come. Show your support for New College. This really matters-not only to politicians, but also to funding agencies, who consider enthusiastic alum support a sign of institutional vitality, not to mention political or social influence. The NCAA has an impressive record in this area, and we've reached important milestones in the past few years. The successful campaign for the Chae Professorship was our first effort to endow a faculty position. Additionally. we're beginning to see major gifts from alums. Norm Worthington ('77) and Susan Keating ('76) generously dedicated a $1 million charitable remainder trust to the NCAA in 1998. Their generosity was the first alumnaefi contribution of this scope, a heretofore matchless contribution to the future security of New College. In our best years, your participa tion in the annual campaign has approached 54%. That's a remark able figure, one that places New College in an elite peer group in higher education. Participation has lagged a bit in the last few years, perhaps because the NCAA is grow ing so quickly with larger recent classes. We'd like to revitalize participation this year, and our fall campaign has set a goal of 35% participation. Help New College increase its visibility. Here's just one example: The NCAA and NC Admissions piloted a joint recruiting effort last spring in Miami. NC Admissions Director Kathy Killion and I hosted a luncheon for prospective students, parents, and local alums. We were joined by Bob Allen ('74), Craig Brown ('78), Cheryl Star ('65), Robert Glazier ('76), Mimi Donnay ('66), and Sonia Wu ('81}, who made a powerful impres sion on the students and their parents. The enthusiasm of alums is infectious. One of our prospectives put it best: "You guys are great. No other college did anything like this for me." Look for more joint events this year, especially in Miami, Tallahassee, Washington, DC, and New England. Have some fun with this issue of Nimbus. Meet the new faculty and our latest graduates. Read tributes to those who shaped the College in the "heroic days." Find out new news about old friends. As you're reading, I hope you'll take some time to think about New College's future. We've got the chance to make the essential New College more secure than ever before. And we hope you'll help. Best to All, Mike Campbell '87-'91


NCAA Elections 2001 Elections for the NCAA Board of Directors are quickly ap proaching. We'll hope you'll consider offering your talents to the Association for a two-year term beginning in April2001. If you are not available, encourage an alum you think would do justice to the job to run. Ten members-at-large are elected in the spring of oddnumbered years. Any member of the NCAA is eligible to run. We are a working board and seek candidates who are willing to make a commitment to participate personally in board pro-gramming and fundraising, as well as to attend twice-yearly board meeting at their own expense. Self nominations from candi dates are due in the alum.naefi office by January 15, 2001. Each candidate may submit a statement of not more than 200 words to be printed on the ballot. The Alumnae/i Office will send out ballots in early February; and the winners will be notified in time to make travel arrangements for the April meeting. If you'd like to find out more before throwing your hat in the ring, contact president Mike Campbell, or any other board member. Their addresses are on the Association website, Please send nominations and statements to: New College Alumnaefi Association, 5700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243-2197; ncalum(; (941) 351-4915 (fax). Mike McDuffie ('79), Adam Tebrugge ('79), Andy Brown ('78), and Guy Germanio ('79) together again.


Commencement 2000 Robert Meyers, Elissa Mendenhall, and Guy Menahem enter Commencement 2000 2000 Graduate Margaret Hughes shakes hands with Richard E. Peck, Interim President of USF Congratulations to the Class of 2000, the third largest class in the history of New College! On Friday, May 26th, 121 former students were awarded diplomas and celebrated their hard earned graduate status. By design, the first event of the 2000 reunion was held at the Four Winds Cafe at 4:30, and by 7:00 p.m. alums walked to the bay and became a part of the crowd that cheered for each one of the newly graduated and welcomed them as the newest members of the New College Alurnnaefi Association! The remarks of this year's graduation speakers retiring professors Douglas Berggren and Laszlo Deme made Graduation 2000 a special, memorable ceremony. (L-R): Ushma Mehta, Kelly McCarthy, Corrie Mortell, and Erik Moki in the Commencement 2000 procession Michael Goltermonn, Sarah Goff and Pooia Gehi proceeding to Graduation 2000.


New Col ege Bids Farewell to ouglos Berggren ond laszlo Deme By Malena Carrasco, Associate Dean and Warden This past year's graduation It is often the case that one's first unnecessary or excessively opaque. ceremony marked the retirement of impressions of people are the most I'm sure you can imagine the various two of New College's most respected long-lasting, and that was certainly associations the term "clients" and most influential faculty. Douglas the case with these two. I can still conjured up in my mind. But as I Berggren, professor of philosophy, vividly recall my first conversation soon realized, "clients" was Laci's retired after 36 years of service. with Laci. It was at a Friday own personal term for New College Laszlo Deme, professor of history, afternoon Ad Lib, which in those students. Perhaps he was inspired by retired after 34 years at New College. days was assigned to new faculty as the quaint medieval custom whereby Douglas arrived as a founding a means of socializing us into the students traveled from one member of the faculty in 1964, the College. (Now we have an Associate university to the next in search of year the College welcomed its ----------------famous and charismatic teachers, flrst class of students. He had and paid them directly for their been educated at Carlton, Oxford, services. I do know that using the and Yale, and he had taught at term "client" had the effect of both Carlton and Yale. Laci putting the focus on the student, arrived two years after Douglas, where it has always been at New in 1966, having earned two College. It also gave the faculty a doctorates, from the University of dignity and a professional status Budapest and from Columbia far beyond what their modest University, and having taught at salaries would suggest. Both of SUNY Geneseo (which is now, like these fundamental points are still New College, a member of the vitally important today. Laci was Council of Public Liberal Arts really just ahead of his time-the Colleges). rest of the world has now It is a daunting task indeed to discovered what is often termed come up with a few words that "student-centered education." will help place their contributions And as the academy is subjected in perspective. While most of you to increasing pressure from a probably think of me as an oldculture obsessed with the values timer, when I arrived at New laszlo Deme, Professor of History. of the marketplace, the concept of College over 20 years ago, the faculty as an honorable Douglas and Laci were already Dean to take care of such things.) profession needs to be reaffirmed. I respected senior faculty. As the most After a stern admonition not to hesitate to say that the Social junior of faculty, it seemed to me neglect my scholarship amidst the Sciences is the most respected of the that Laci, then chair of Social pressure and excitement of teaching three Divisions, because that would Sciences, guided the faculty with a my own classes for the first time, get me into too much trouble with firm hand worthy of Bismarck. Laci asked me how many clients I my colleagues, but one could easily Douglas was described to me as the had, and how they were doing. Well, argue that case, and, if true, it is key player in the invention of the I must confess that I was completely because of Laci's work as Chair. He is contract system, explained to me by baffied. I was still struggling to learn a shining example of how much a student in a tone that suggested all of the College's idiosyncratic good can be accomplished dedicated the contract system was one of the academic jargon, its flood of and hardworking administrators. few acts God had neglected to acronyms and circumlocutions, many My memories of Douglas take me include in the six days of Creation. of which seemed to me totally back to that most critical of all


experiences, the talk given by a candidate as part of the job interview. By any objective standard, mine was a miserable effort: I desperately needed the job, I was terribly nervous, and I completely misjudged my audience. But what I remember most is being peppered with questions from, of all things, a philosopher, and a philosopher wearing shorts and sandals (Reeboks and Nikes hadn't been invented yet; yes, this really was a long time ago!). And, impressed as I was by Douglas's intellectual energy, I couldn't help irrelevant and arrogant questions, and to begin to find some answers to them. Those questions were not just a rite of passage for new faculty-they were also the core of Douglas's identity as a teacher, and the core of New College's identity as an educational institution. Douglas didn't just teach philosophy as a subject of history and analysis. He did philosophy, he was a philosopher It was this constant interrogation and challenge that made his classes so vitally appealing to students. Right from the start, but notice that it was fueled by alarming amounts of nicotine and caffeine (in those days, one could still both drink and were required to smoke in the classrooms). Instead of focusing on some arcane point of art historical methodology, the sort of Douglas Berggren and Dean and Worden thing I was Michael Bassis lead fhe faculty procession to accustomed Graduation 2000 on the Boyfront define and to defend their own positions on critical issues, and to question everything They, too, could aspire to be philos ophers But more than thatall the questioning, the constant interrogation of assump tions, is also an essential part ofNew to in ----------------College itself. graduate seminars at Yale, Douglas's questions challenged the fundamental assumptions of my discipline, and of my dissertation. At the time, I thought this was extraordinarily arrogant Why should I be forced to defend what seemed to me to be obvious, particularly to someone who looked nothing like my notion of an academic, and who worked at a tiny, little-known College in the midst of mosquito infested swampland? Well, it has taken me over 20 years, but I have finally come to understand the value and the importance of all those seemingly Admittedly, this process can be tiresome, and there were times when I would have been happy for more of what philosophers call "givens." But it is the essence of New College that each individual, faculty as well as students, must trace their own path, find their own way, through this recurring process of challenge and interrogation. Contracts, tutorials, ISPs, theses these are all means to an end, not an end in themselves. This is why the best answers to questions about what goes on at New College are all Berggren / Deme continued on page 16 JOB OPPORTUNITY C o or d inat o r Research Programs/ Services New College of the University of South Florida a highly selective nationally recognized residential liberal arts college, seeks applications and nominations for the position of Coordinator Research Programs/Services. Responsible for the identification of grant opportunities and the preparation of grant proposals to support research projects and curricular development. Assists the preparation of applications for nationally competitive student scholarships and fellowships. Provides administrative support for and reports to the Associate Dean & Warden of New College. Minimum qualifications: Bachelor' s degree in an appropriate discipline and 2 years relevant professional experience Preferred qualifications: Appropriate background in grantsmanship including know ledge of and experience with fellowship and grant opportunities for higher education offered by public agencies and private foundations Salary range: 37,500 40 000 excellent benefits To apply: Submit cover letter explaining interest in and qualifications for the position, resume the names addresses, and phone numbers of at least three professional references to Associate Dean & Warden s Office, New College of USF, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL 34243-2197 Review of applications will begin on September 30 and will continue until the position is filled. Women and minorities are particularly encourage d to ap ply. Visit our web site : . Of die niv=lty of South F l orida


Reunion 2000 Best Attended By Caroline Chambliss ('79} More than 60 alumnae/i returned to campus for the 2000 reunion, bringing spouses, children and friends to make this the best attended NCAA reunion on record. It took place over Memorial Day weekend, May 26, in conjunction with the commencement activities taking place on campus, including the ceremony itself on Friday night. Reunion coordinator Catherine Loose ('84} deserves a great deal of thanks and credit for organizing the weekend. She and husband Shawn Fletcher worked tirelessly. The weekend began at the student-run Four Winds Cafe. The Cafe featured a striking photographic exhibit, the black and white photography of Cara Hutchinson ('97}. Alums from entering years spanning 1964 to 1999 found long-lost friends, new friends and did what New College folks do so well-talked! just before 7:00 p.m., alums joined students, parents, faculty, staff and friends behind Cook Hall for the graduation of the class of 2000. The weather was perfect and the view of the Bay at sunset brought back vivid memories for many graduates, some of whom had not been back to campus in more than 30 years. The ceremony was illustrative of the transitions taking place at New College. The remarks of retiring Professors Berggren and Deme brought onlookers to their feet as did Dean and Warden Bassis' high praise of Nancy Ferraro, sitting on the platform for her final New College graduation in the position of Director of Records and Registration. Later, (much later), a group gathered on the other side for Graduation PCP. Many were surprised to learn that Palm Court parties don't really get started until at least midnight. The theme of the (L-R, from rear): Bruce Allen ('66), Luke Salisbury ('65), Steve Waterman ('65), former faculty member David Gorfein, Cynthia Gates ('66), Mary Elmendorf ('65), Denby Barnett ('65), Mim1 Donnay ('66), Paul Adomites ('66), Kenny Misemer ('64), and Jet Lowe ('65). PCP, "Down the Rabbit Hole," appeared in many forms. The Mad Hatter, Alice and the White Rabbit were all there, and an enormous rabbit-hole slide was erected in the center of Palm Court. It was an irresistibly long night. For some, Saturday morning began very early at the Spring meeting of the New College Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors. For others, there was a breakfast on the bay and a tour of campus given by alum Kelcey Burns ('94}. Everyone who took advantage of the tour was amazed by the changes on campus (and very happy that Admissions now has an eight passenger covered golf cart so they didn't have to walk in the heat)! Luke Salisbury ('65) took the tour and commented, "There was something interesting, mystical and exciting about hearing somebody so much younger than we are tell us about New College which is at once so familiar and unfamiliar. The College is the same and the College is totally different. It is very interesting and you kind of have to be there to enjoy it, see it and feel it. More people should have been there and hopefully will be there in future years." There was a barbecue at the pool Saturday afternoon and that night alums took full advantage of every inch of College Hall. More than 120 alums and their guests enjoyed the sunset behmd what had been the library for many, enjoyed cocktails, dinner, and listened to the music of alum Bobby DeVito ('93). There was music to dance to later in the evening, but many were content to spend time together talking. Sunday's brunch was a warm, heartfelt tribute to retiring faculty members, Professors Douglas Berggren, Lazlo Deme, jane Stephens, and Humanities Professor john McDiarmid. In addition, Nancy Ferraro, Director of New College Special Projects Development, jim


(L-R): Chris LoFrisco ('79), Cally Waite ('82), Mike Campbell ('87), John Hansen ('76), Martha Eisenberg ('87), and Jerry Felz ('81) gather at the reunion. Catherine Loose ('84 ) MaH Rogge ('85) and Ginger Lyon ('70) ;ust before dinner in College Hall. Feeney, and Director of New College Admissions, Kathy Killion were all honored for their remarkable contributions to New College. Months before the reunion, three alums began organizing a tribute to the three senior faculty members. Michael McDuffie ('79} wrote to former students of Professor Berggren, Larry Vemaglia ('87) sent a letter to Lazlo Deme's former students. while Clairellen Catalano ('85) contacted those that had worked with Professor jane Stephens. Each letter invited alums to both join the reunion and to contribute books, articles, and other text written since their graduation from New College Books and articles, e-mail and personal greetings were assembled for each and presented at the brunch. Presentations were made for all retiring staff and faculty. Andy Brown ('78) came to Sarasota from Puerto Rko to join Mike McDuffie and Lynne Berggren ('75) in honoring Professor Berggren. Tony Lenzo ('91), offered the first showing of his film celebrating Dr. Berggrens' life and scholarship. Tony was awarded an Alumnaefi Fellow grant from the NCAA for the production of the film. Larry Vernaglia spoke to Dr. Deme and presented him with a three-inch thick compendium of the published work of his thesis students. Current Professor Steve Miles celebrated the work of Professor John McDiarmid. Mary Ruiz ('73) spoke warmly and with tremendous admiration as she described the remarkable contributions made to New College by Nancy Ferraro in her 34 years on campus and by Jim Feeney, retiring after beginning his career at New College in 1966 and retiring in 2000. NCAA President Mike Campbell recited the very long list of accomplishments made by Kathy Killion in her position of Admissions Director. There were toasts all around with champagne graciously donated by Bob Schiffman ('75). Everyone lingered ... to talk Sharon Ramey ('65), describing the reunion writes, "This was truly an historic NC reunion. Reflections about the times before, during, and after the 'Charter Years' filled the air and reminded many of us about why we chose NC and why our lives have been so enriched by our NC experiences. Who says that ideals and great aspirations don't count?! A group of us from the 1965 class have committed to writing 'a' history of NC -focusing on the intellectual and social side of NC. Mary Elmendorf inspired us, yet again, offering the informal working title of 'The College that Was Not There'. We'd love to hear from alums who are willing to share thoughts, memories, photos, etc.! Our goal is to share the excitement and the essence of NC with others who believe in innovation, excellence, and idealism in education. We'll probably also allow ourselves to indulge in nostalgia, express our gratitude to the founders and faculty who shared so generously with us, and re-establish (and newly establish) contacts from others who continue to live life as though learning and exploration were at the center of existence."


Murder, Sex, Political Intrigue: Revealing Photos of Alums and Faculty NCAA's FY 2000 Unrestricted Fund Drive By Larry Vemaglia ('87), NCAA Secretary We did a good job last year! Our members' activities demonstrated that alumnae/i remain committed to promoting a quality education and experience for current New College students, as well as building the future of the College. The resources we contributed over the past year were truly impressive. To mention just some of last years' highlights, which are addressed in other sections of this Nimbus: The NCAA operated its traditional on-campus programming, such as Alumnaefi Fellowships, Student Grants, and Chapter events for alumnaefi around the country. The Association sponsored its first Music Series, for the benefit of the College and the Sarasota/ Manatee communities. The internationally renowned Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, recognized for their classical guitar technique and imaginative arrangements, performed in their only scheduled Florida appearance following the release of their CD "Air & Ground". By popular demand, The NCAA website was completely redesigned as We hope to make the website your easiest source of information about other alums, the New College campus, and the Alumnaefi Association activities. The 2000 Reunion, held in conjunction with Commencement in May, was a terrific success, attracting more than 60 Novo Collegians as well as family and friends. Alums organized a funny, sentimental Luke Salisbury ('65), Lorry Vernoglio ('87), Mark Mudge ('74) in Co/lege Hot/ tribute for retiring faculty members Laszlo Deme, Douglas Berggren, Jane Stephens and John McDiarmid and retiring staff members Nancy Ferraro, Jim Feeney, and Kathy Killion. Certainly the most outstanding effort by the Association this year was our completion (ahead of schedule) of our pledge through 2002 to fund, from alumnae/i sources, the Soo Bong Chae Professorship in Mathematics. This grant to the College was begun by a generous challenge gift from an anonymous alum, and was matched with contributions and pledges of approximately $300,000 raised from the alumnaefi community. The college is using this $600,000 achievement to tap into an anticipated $420,000 in matching funds from the State of Florida to complete the Chair. A related project, the Soo Bong Chae Mathematician in Residence Program, brought Dr. Eamonn Gaffney and his associate, Dr. Philip Maini, from the University of Oxford to campus in january. Their work with students resulted in an enriching experience for math concentrators, culminating in several ISPs, senior theses, and NCAA Student Grants applications for further research. For a college with just 3000 alumnaefi, of which a fraction can be said to have met their career (and financial) potential, this year included some real accomplishments.


Austin Works ('82) gives some attention to his daughter Alono Gen. Rolland V. Heiser, President of the New College Foundation, congratulated the alumnaeji, noting that the Chae Professorship signaled a new era for the Association. We are now able to begin making a substantial impact on the life of the College, both financially and in terms of leadership. Dean Michael Bassis, now in his second year and recognizing that the Chae Professorship grant was "no small accomplishment," legitimately asked us, "what's next on the agenda?" That's a fair question. While we had some great successes in 19992000, the ongoing needs of the Association require our continued attention. This is the year to go from targeted, big-ticket projects back to more general, bedrock needs. The Unrestricted Fund Drive is a critical component to the strength of the Association. It is key to things as simple as keeping the lights burning, as well as permitting us to respond to the dozens of entreaties for help on campus that we now routinely receive during any given month. Our success is also our biggest challenge. It is from unrestricted funds that the Association is able to maintain its presence on campus through a full time office staffed with Executive Director Caroline Chambliss, who, while just two years into the position, has become a priceless "customer service representative" for the Alums. Unrestricted funds also finance our many core programs like Student Grants, Alumnae/i Fellows, and the Nimbus. This year, we will produce a new Alumnae/i Directory. fill our restructured website, host several NCAA Chapter events around the country. develop a new partnership between the Association and New College Admissions to increase the number and quality of new students, and host an on-Betty Ann Heinsohn ('83), Jerry Felz ('81) and Gino Hobermos ('83) reunite campus reunion in 2001. This is an ambitious schedule. Still, our Association's budget is very small. We only need about $100,000 to run everything we have planned for this year. That means that every contribution we receive makes a big difference. By way of example, lf you gave $50 this year to the NCAA, it would be 100 times more significant than if you gave the same $50 to, say, Harvard or Yale. So, give S50 this year, and know that it will be appreciated as much as a $5,000 gift to your graduate school or your brother or sister's alma mater. It is also extremely important that every alum make a donation this year. New College has been recognized for the depth of its alumnaefi participation. This benefits the College in numerous tangible and intangible ways. For example, last year the Dean's office hired an admissions consultant, George Dehne & Associates, Inc., to evaluate the strengths of the College. One of the key points mentioned in the final report was the special relationship the alums have to the College. In addition, like it or not, undergraduate programs are rated on, among other things, the percentage of alums who give. If every New College alum gave even S 10 this year, the effect would be noticed nationally: Here are three easy ways to contribute this year: (1) mail a check to the New College Alumnae/i Association, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243-2197; (2) call Caroline Chambliss at (941) 359-4324 and give her your credit card number over the phone; or (3) e-mail your credit card information to the Association at ncalum@ If you would like to send information by fax, send It to (941) 351-4915. Thanks for your help. Your Board promises to work hard, and use our resources thoughtfully, to keep New College the special place you remember. -


Mary Elmendorf ('65), Denby Picnic of the Pool Barnett ('65) Catherine Loose ('84). John Hansen ('76). Sharon Landesman Ramey ('65). Professor Doug Berggren, Keith Professor Laszlo Deme Berggren ('79). Professor John McDiarmid. The aftermath of the mayhem in Palm Court following Graduation PCP '2000 Doug and Barbaro Berggren. -


Student Gran s Through the Sh1dent Grants Program, the New College Alumnae/i Association gives d1rect financial support to students for outstanding student re earch and independent tudy projects like that of Catherine Heath, who recalls her experience in Germany below. By Catherine Heath Using the grant money obtained from the New College Alumnae/i Association and the Mary Elizabeth Clark Memorial Fund Student Research and Travel Scholarship, I was able to conduct a total of ten formal interviews and countless informal interviews in Germany with former East German citizens about the changes in government that they experienced. Catherine Heath, an Anthropology major in her fourth year, conducting interviews with an East German family about the former GDR government These interviews were conducted in order to place my thesis research mto the actual experiences of people. Of the ten people interviewed, all were glad that reunification of the two Germanys took place. yet many saw the problems that reunification brought. For women, the number one problem encountered after reunification is unemployment. Most women worked in the former East German government; now, women are the largest group of unemployed people. Even the youth of Germany are dissatisfied because they grew up in a time of socialist rule and have been forced to readjust in a short time. Many people, both young and old, have not been able to readjust and have little or no hope for what the future may bring. Another problem is the fact that most former East Germans hold no faith in the government system. The process of reunification was speedy and the idea of reunification was accepted as the only proper solution. This caused detriment to the new government. It is for these reasons that many East Germans are not active in politics, lessening the chance of their concerns being heard. This research took place in Lostau. Germany and all those interviewed live in Saxony-Anhalt, the providence of Germany with the highest unemployment rate. The interviews covered a broad range of questions about the former and current government and the impact of the EU. New England NCAA Chapter Update The New England Chapter of the NCAA enjoyed a "New England Wall" at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute on Cape Cod. Alums gathered at the dwelling of extremely hospitable current fourth year student Adam Rivers, who was studying for the summer at the Institute. DJ Bob Cronin ('92} (operating his Star Trekian DJ machine) spun a perfect collection of music to complement Adam's barbeque in the woods. The New England Chapter is beginning to plan a holiday party for December. If any alums would be willing to help, or just want to be sure to be invited, call Caroline or Larry Vernaglia at (617) 345-9000 or email ( L toR): Lorry Lewock ('76), Liz Rudo"':" ('87), Lorry Vernoglia ('87), John 5 Vernag/10 (exp. 1 8), Som Daves ('93), Juliana Pore-Biogoeb. ('89), Blogoeb, Bob Cronin ('92), Elioro Doblrn (exp. 1 6!, Rick Doblin ('71), Eden Doblin (exp. '14), Adam Rtvers (exp. '01)


Introducing New Faculty for 2000-2001 Introducing six new faculty members for the 2000-2001 academic year : Don Colladay ------Assistant Professor of Physics Ph.D. Indiana University (1998) M.S., Indiana University B.S., Renselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Colladay received his Ph.D. in theoretical high energy physics He has done research on the question of modifications to the equations of basic physics due to so far undiscovered effects at very small length scales. Professor Colladay is a specialist primarily in quantum mechanics. In addition to teaching a number of courses in the traditional physics curriculum, Professor Colladay offers a course directed at the general student on basic high energy physics, and its connection to modem cosmology. Previously, Professor Colladay was Faculty Fellow in Physics at Colby College. April Flakne ------Assistant Professor of Philosophy Ph.D., New School for Social Research (1999) B.A., Augustana College Professor Flakne comes to us from Harvard University, where she was a Lecturer for the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies. Professor Flakne specializes in twentieth century continental philosophy, particularly the work of Hannah Arendt and the phenomenological tradition. David Harvey _____ Assistant Professor of History Ph.D. Princeton University (1999) M.A., Princeton University B.A., Rice University Professor Harvey studies the history of modem France and Germany. His recent research addresses the interplay of class and national identities among the workers of Alsace. Professor Harvey recently held the position of Lecturer at the University of Texas. Malkiat Johal _____ Assistant Professor of Chemistry Ph.D., University of Cambridge (1997) B.Sc., University of Warwick Professor johal is a physical chemist and skilled spectroscopist who teaches courses in physical chemistry and analytical instrumentation, including molecular quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. For his doctoral research at Cambridge, he produced some of the first spectroscopic evidence of molecular structure and interactions in mixed surfactant films at the solid/liquid interface using Sum Frequency Generation Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy. In his postdoctoral research at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dr. Johal extended his expertise in Nonlinear Optical Surface Spectroscopy to study several new systems including self assembled monolayers and Langmuir-Blodgett fllm.s. He plans to conduct research with students at New College related to these topics. Previously, Professor johal was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pomona College. David Rohrbacher----Assistant Professor of dassics Ph.D., University of Washington (1998) M.A., University of Washington B.A., Tufts University A scholar of fourth-century historians of Imperial Rome, Professor Rohrbacher is completing a book, The Historians of Late Antiquity, for publication by Routledge. He has taught at the University of Washington, the University of Puget Sound and most recently at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville Mariana Sendova -----Assistant Professor of Physics Ph.D., Sofia University (1989) M.Sc., Sofia University Professor Sendova received her Ph.D. in Experimental Solid State and Laser Applied Physics. She has done research on the effects of laser light on polymer surfaces. Professor Sendova is a specialist in the areas of optics and solid state surface physics. In addition to teaching a number of courses in the traditional physics curriculum, Professor Sendova offers a course directed at life sciences students interested in applying principles of physics to biological systems. Previously, Professor Sendova held the position of Senior Laser Scientist at Hi-Stat Manufacturing Company.


New College Students Receive Notional Recognition and Awards By suzanne Janney. Director of Special Projects Once again, as in so many past years, New College students have been recognized nationally for their academic achievements. By competing successfully for major national fellowships during the 1999-2000 year, these five students have demonstrated the success of the New College approach to higher education. Goldwater Scholarship R. Sidney Cox R. Sidney Cox:, a junior from Tallahassee, received a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2000-2001 academic year from the Goldwater Foundation established by the U.S. Congress to foster excellence in science and mathematics. He was selected on the basis of academic merit from students nominated by more than 500 collegesand universities for this award. The award provides up to $7,500 for two years. This is the second Goldwater Scholarship Sidney has received. He also holds a National Merit Scholarship. Sidney is concentrating in Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry at New College. Last semester he studied combinatorics, graph theory, and cryptography at the Budapest Mathematics Semester in Hungary. Eventually he plans to pursue graduate work in computational physics. His advisor is Professor of Physics George Ruppeiner. Andrew K Mellon Fellowship in the Humani t ies Edin Hojdorposic Edin Hajdarpasic, from Palm Harbor, received a highly competitive Andrew W Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Edin was one of 85 students nationwide selected for this prestigious award, which recognizes exceptionally promising students and supports their preparation for careers of teaching and scholarship in the humanities. Edin has decided to pursue a doctoral degree in Eastern European History at the University of Michigan, after receiving offers from Columbia and Yale. He and his family fled war-torn Sarajevo in 1992. After spending 18 months in Croatia, they came to the United States as refugees. Both on and off campus at New College, Edin pursued his interest in understanding the dynamics of the Balkan conflict with the help of his advisor Laszlo Deme, Professor of European History. F irst British Marshall Scholarshi p for New College S Eben Kirksey with Rhodes Scholar Gregory DuBois-Felsmann ('77) at New College Commencement 1999. S. Eben Kirksey, an Anthropology/Biology major from Rockville, Maryland, was awarded a British Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in the United Kingdom. More than 800 students apply annually for the 40 Marshall Scholarships avallable each year. Next fall, Eben will enroll at the University of Oxford's Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, where he will earn a Doctor of Philosophy degree. Throughout his 11 Eben excelled career at New Co ege,


in highly original field research, conducted in both Central America and Indonesia, and has had several articles published. He has received grants from the New College Foundation, the New College Anthropology Fund, the Explorers Fund, the U.S. Indonesia Society, and the National Security Education Program. Eben was featured in the 1995-1996 USF Office of Research Annual Report, "Research Through the Eyes of Students." Most recently, he was named to the USA Today "First Academic Team." His numerous extracurricular activities include serving as an instructor at the Manatee County Outward Bound School in Myakka City for adjudicated youth, and as a New College orientation leader and member of the Slavic Vocal Ensemble. This summer he planned to lead a Discovery Channel film crew to the wilds of Irian jay a, Indonesia, under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution. His advisor was Maria D. Vesperi, Associate Professor of Anthropology. French Government Teaching Assistantship Kathryn "Zoe" Roman Kathryn "Zoe" Roman, of Tampa, has been selected for a French Government Teaching Assistantship by the Institute of International Education, which administers the program for the French Government under the Fulbright competition. Zoe, a Romance Languages and Literature major, will teach English to French students next year in Paris, an indication that she was at the top of the list for these national awards. Her previous awards include a Florida Academic Scholars Award and an Alliance Award for Excellence in French. She spent a semester in Aix-en-Provence during her junior year. Zoe plans to meld her international teaching experience with her competence in web technology and photography to design interactive Internet resources for the study of foreign languages. Her advisor was Jocelyn Van Tuyl, Assistant Professor of French Language and Literature. Seventh Fulbright in Seven Years Sean B. Wilson Sean B. Wilson was awarded a Fulbright Travel Grant/ Padogogischer Austauschdienst (PAD) Teaching Assistantship for a year in Germany. A resident of Sarasota, and a graduate of Pine View School, Sean majored in Economics/Germanic Languages and Literature at New College, where he held a four-ye_ar Florida Bright Futures Scholarship and a New College Foundation Matching Grant. He spent a semester at the Goethe-Institut in Murnau, Bavaria, interned at a Sarasota securities firm, and wrote his senior thesis using sources in the original German on the Volkswagonwerk during the third Reich. Next year he will teach English to German secondary school students in Schulpforte, the former cloister where Nietzsche was educated. Sean is the seventh New College student to receive a Fulbright grant in the past seven years. His advisors were Frederick R. Strobel, Selby Professor of Economics, and Glenn Cuomo, Professor of German Language and Literature. New College Named One of the Nation's Best Values Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has named New College number 4 in its annual ranking of the nation's best values among public colleges and universities. Rankings and overall "value" were based upon graduation rates. student-faculty ratios, amount spent on instruction and library materials, tuition costs and financial aid. The only schools ahead of New College at USF in the rankings were the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the University of Virginia; and the College of William and Mary. See the rankings at .


New College Focul1y Receive Grants By Suzanne Janney. Director of Special Projects Assistant Professor of Music Maribeth dark received double recognition from the National Endowment for the Humanities this spring. She was awarded a grant to participate in a six-week NEH Summer Seminar at Princeton University, "Opera: Interpretation between Disciplines," directed by Carolyn Abbate, and she was selected to receive a highly competitive NEH Summer Stipend ($4000) to support two consecutive months of scholarly work on her book project, "Dance and the Popularization of French Grand Opera." Professor dark, who has just completed her second year at New College, holds a Ph.D. in Music from the U. of Pennsylvania, an MA. in Music Literature from the U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.M. from Rice University. 1\vo USF Instructional Technology Awards were awarded to New College faculty members in the annual competition sponsored by the USF Center for Teaching Enhancement. Assistant Professor of Anthropology Uzi Baram received $4,000 to enable him to use the new Geographical Information System (GIS) for the campus to organize textual and visual information on Florida's archaeological sites (the major sites for the state and a more complete survey for Sarasota and Manatee Counties) for his North Amercian Prehistory course. Using the GIS will enable his students to see more clearly the present state of knowledge on the archaeological past. Assistant Professors of French Language and Literature Amy Reid and Jocelyn Van Tuyl received a $9,200 grant to provide for increased use of computer-based technology by students, undergraduate teaching assistants, and faculty in the teaching of French at all levels at New College. It will fund the purchase of three interactive instructional software programs and a Macintosh computer dedicated to French language learning, the training of two TA's in the use of the software, and the development of new strategies and assignments to encourage independent learning by students in accordance with New College's educational mission. A collaborative effort by both New College French professors, this undertaking will benefit students at all levels, from beginning language through advanced seminars in literature, and will serve as a model for similar programs in other modern and classical languages. William G and Marie Selby Professor of Economics Frederick R. Strobel was awarded a Sasakawa Fellowship by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for participation in the National Faculty Development Institute on "Incorporating Japanese Berggren!Demi ... cont. from page 6 highly individualized stories told by proud faculty about the accomplishments of their students. Each new faculty member, and each entering student, engages in this same process. By doing so, they make the College their own. New College will continue to evolve, as it has over the past four decades, enriched and enlarged by the aspirations of each new generation of faculty and students. But our values, and our mission. will always remain rock solid. We will always center on the "clients," and we will continue to uphold the Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum," this past June at San Diego State University. Assistant Professor of Political Science Katherine Tegtmeyer Pak received a Short-Term Travel Grant from the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies for a research visit to Japan this summer. Professor of History Lee Snyder received a USF Research Council International Travel Grant to attend a conference in Antwerp, Belgium. Assistant Professor of Spanish Language and Literature Jose Alberto Portugal received a $7,500 Research and Creative grant from the USF Research Council to support his travel to Peru for research on the contemporary Peruvian writer, Mario Vargas Llosa. and a project titled Contexts of Literary Reception and Spheres of Influence in Peruvian Literature." Assistant Professor of Art Leslie Fry received a Research and Creative Scholarship from the USF Research Council for her project, "Creating a Public Sculpture: A Contemporary Ruins highest academic standards. And we will always maintain that those standards are best achieved by allowing each individual the freedom to forge his or her own path. we will remain a distinctive intellectual environment that both challenges and nurtures those fortunate enough to fmd their way here. We are all enormously grateful to Douglas, and to Laci. for their careful craftsmanship, and their tenacious defense, of a College that has given each of us such enviable opportunities for professional and personal growth. Thank you.


1 BOOK Notes 1 Grant For College Hall An Uncertain Currency Clyde Lynwood Sawyer and Frances Witlin, Avocet Press, Pearl River, NY, 2000. "This is not the first novel to feature a psychic as an amateur sleuth, but it is one of the better ones. Sawyer and Witlin have crafted an intricate story (it begins with a suicide that might not be suicide, but that's just the jumping off point) that challenges not only their fictional sleuth but his readers as well" -David Pitt, Booklist Lynwood Sawyer ('69) and co author Frances Witlin have combined murder mysteries, clairvoyants and Southern mill towns to craft a compelling tale, abetted by a fine and fiercely drawn cast of characters. Mario Castigliani. an aging European aristocrat and widower with a genuine psychic gift, teams with a Georgia mill town's young police chief, the rawboned Beau Tyler. to investigate a series of strange suicides. The book provides great insights into everything from psychic phenomena to race relations. College Hall, the former Charles Ringling Residence, will have its pink marble facade repointed, thanks to a recent $30,000 grant-in-aid from the Florida Department of State's Bureau of Historic Preservation. Division of Historical Resources. assisted by the Historic Preservation Advisory Council The state grant, which will be matched by USF/Sarasota Manatee and New College campus funds. will enable the campus to complete the repair and sealing of cracked masonry joints on the outside walls of the building to protect it against weather damage and structural deterioration. Soon College Hall will be covered with scaffolding as the work gets underway. The former Ringling residence, originally constructed in 1926 by the brother of drcus magnate John Ringling, is one of the most architecturally significant structures of the Caples-Ringling Estates National Register Historic District. It served as the New College library until Cook library was opened in 1986. The Neoclassic Revival building continues to be heavily utilized by the campus population and the local community. including the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, which holds classes for its after school outreach program for children at risk in the Music Room. This is the third state preservation grant for USF at Sarasota-Manatee and New College. Campus Architect and Facilities Planner Richard B. Lyttle has been project director for all three grants. (Rear, L to R): Richard B Lyttle, Campus Architect and Facilities Planner; Robert DeWarren, CEO and Artistic Director, Sarasota Ballet of Florida; Suzanne Janney, of Projects ; Richard Kendrick, Campus Director of Business, Finance Admtmstroftve S e Dr MichaelS. Bossis Campus Dean and Warden ; Ray Dtzon, Ballet Instructor, ervtc s, h h k 1 Donee The Next Generation," and three students from the program w tc to es P ace m College Hall.


I Cl.ASSNotes 69 Malcolm Brenner has relocated from Gallup, N.M., where he worked as a reporter, to Albuquerque, where he has formed his own public relations and media production company named Eyes Open Communications. His prime client is Zuni Pueblo, which is fighting a battle to keep a coal mine from draining its sacred Zuni Salt Lake. Last year he completed his novel WET GODDESS: Recollections of a Dolphin Lover, based on his experiences with a dolphin while at New College. Malcolm is now seeking a publisher for the novel; he can be reached at: Dr. Dennis Saver has now been back in Florida for 10 years, as a family physician in Vero Beach. He is the principal founder of We Care, a Vero Beach indigent care clinic. His volunteer work was featured on the front page of the November 30, 1999 edition of the Wall Street ]oumal's business section, and he was honored this July by the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, named him as its "Florida Family Physician of the Year." Dr. Saver reports that having three teenage sons means that he has no stress at home, and will be resting on his laurels for the forseeable future, or until tuition bills arrive. Lynwood Sawyer has finished his Thackeray-novel-inthe-guise of a mystery, An Uncertain Currency, released by Avocet Press. Lynwood adds that the book germinated in Mac Miller's creative writing classes and an interesting journal class taught by Bob Knox. He credits Chris Van Dyk ('70) who also had a tremendous influence on his writing in general, especially as he has spent the last two and a half decades hammering Lynwood on the art of fiction, and John and Judy Lentini ('69), who were invaluable in technical and forensic aspects of the novel, particular! y as they related to Georgia criminal law. Lynwood would like to say ''hey" to the gang, especially 11 that old rogue," John Klein ('69). 7 0 Vivian S.Y. Tseng was featured in an article from the Massachusetts Lawyers' Weekly. She is never bored with her position as Vice President and General Counsel with Welch Foods Inc. in Concord, where she has been since 1986. She notes that, unlike the specialization required in private legal practke, her in house work allows her to remain as a general practitioner-something she finds professionally and intellectually much more satisfying and interesting. I Jay P. White's latest collection of poems, Wind and Distance, has been accepted for publication by the University of Illinois Press. The book is scheduled to appear in hardcover next spring. Jay was among the founding contributors of Neu.1 CollAge Magazine. His previous books include In Pursuit oJWings (1978) and The Pomegranate Tree Speaks from the Dictator's Garden (1988). His work appears widely in major magazines of verse, including The Nation, The Ontario Review, Poetry, and The North American Review. 73 Mary Ruiz has been elected chairperson of the Tallahasee based Florida Council of Behavioral Healthcare, an advocate for Florida's community mental health and Mary Ruiz ( 72) substance abuse service providers. She is also president and CEO of Bradenton's Manatee Glens Corporation, a not-for-profit mental health and addictions treatment provider. M.L. Vanessa Vogel now runs an art gallery coffee house and owns a 11 computer


CLASS Notes CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE everything" store in Wyoming that sits on top of three T -1s so she "can do cool web sites for folks." She is planning to design internet courses in RS, native studies and gender issues and invites any former New College students to stop by the coffee house-the first one is on her. You can reach her by email at: mlvogel @ Sam Zamarripa was inducted as chairman of the Latin American Association of Atlanta in June at the organization's Com pan eros Award luncheon. Sam is currently serving as Chief Marketing Officer at Hi 7 4 Maggie Hall is living back in Sarasota and working for The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies-as the Director of Operation She is doing outreach and n tworking, coordinating local and global projects, as well as volunt ers, and editing the MAPS Bulletin, the publication which goes out four times a year to the MAPS membership. Maggie is still involved with nutrition and healing and welcomes any qu ries you may have P rtaining to same. She is al o d signing and creating her own line of jewelry. Sh is curr ntly living in a cottage near Sarasota Bay, with two cats and a dog, and is loving being back and working with both New College Alumni and students. She can be contacted at: Home: 941-360-3243 Office: 941-924-6277 or 888-868-6277 (MAPS) Email: Tom Kapostasy has joined the ational Future Farmers of America (FFA) Organization in Indianapolis as Director of Business and Information Service as uming responsibility for finance and administration, information technology, product marketing and communications. The FFA provides leadership and agricultural education programs to 450,000 students in secondary schools and colleges. 7 5 William Knopf and his wife of 15 years, Lisa, have two children, Jeff (10) and Marissa (7). After leaving ew College, Bill earned an MBA from St. Louis University and worked in not-for-profit organizations in Washington, DC and St. Loui He is Executive V.P. of the A sociated General Contractors of Iowa, the state's large t trade assoc iation of construction firm and manages the state's econd largest political action committee. Come summer, the family can be een "tooling around Iowa's cornfields and minor league baseball fields in a silver-blue '65 Mustang convertible, lovingly restored." Elena Mura t ori love her job as state park ranger on Key Bi cayne. She rarely has a weekend off, let alone a holiday, but would have loved to have been a part of this year's reunion sine it was the 25th anniversary of her coming to ew College. Elena is still searching for Chenoweth Moffatt ('75) and would like to get in touch with her. If you would like to keep in touch with Elena or you can help her contact Chenoweth, she can be reached at: Donald Richmond and his wife, Beverly Wallace, welcome their first baby, Elizabeth Anastasia, born January 20, 2000. Her vital statistics were length, 19.5 inches and weight, 6 pounds 4 ounces. Both mother and infant are doing very well. David Sassian is working as a book editor for John Wiley & Sons Publishers, and is a doctoral student in English at the Graduate Center, CU Y (where alum Crystal Benedicks ('94) is also a student). David transfcred to CU Y after previous graduate study at Yale, and describes himself as "a happily long-time ew Yorker."


I CLASS Notes 7 6 John L. Connelly wrote to tell us that he has completed his third year as an Instructor in Computer Science and Computer Graphics and Design at Keiser College in Sarasota. Congratulations go out to John, who was named Teacher of the Month by the Keiser College staff in August. Bruce Glassford met with Karen Lind ('76) and reports that all is well with her. Bruce would like to hear from Marcia Williams ('76), Carol Flint ('76), Laura Young ('75) and Chenoweth Moffatt ('75). Bruce can be emailed at: dccx @ mindspring. c om Robert S. Glazier is an attorney in Miami. He recently represented the Temple Shir Ami in a dispute over the employment of clergy. R. Scott Thompson sends his warmest possible regards to fellow New College alumnae/i and students. He is the South Pole physician for 1999-2000, replacing Dr. Jerri ielsen who made international news when she treated herself for breast cancer while waiting months until she could be evacuated. Along with his fellow "Poley's," Dr. Thompson will be unable to leave the frigid minus 100F temperatures and 24-hour darkness before aircraft can return in October In his (oNnNUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE spare time, Dr Thompson writes a column on n ews.c om under "SciTech," and is writing a book about his "Year on Ice." Dr. R Scott Thompson ( '76 ) 7 8 Elaine Feder has recently written a book with her husband Bernard, titled TI1e Art and Science of E valuation in the Arts TI1erapies. This is a long delayed sequel to the book that came out of her New College thesis, The Expressive Art s Therapies: Art, Music and Dance as Psychotherapy. She lives in Gainesville, after leaving the University of Georgia where she taught in the dance department and was coach of the ballroom performing group. To pick up on old times, email her at: e lainfed e r @ aol co m. Molly Hoopes stillli ves in Baltimore with her four children, ages 9 through 16, and her two dogs. She keeps busy with her new job as Art I Activities Counselor for mentally ill adults in a day program called People Encour aging People, and serves on the board of directors of the Herring Run Watershed Association, chairing their Reforestation Committee as well. Molly has received citations from both the mayor's office and the governor s office for her volunteer efforts working with Boy Scouts to increase the buffer zone along the stream. She adds that HRWA welcomes interns from the Baltimore area 8 3 Bryan Flood and his wife Jodi bought a house last year about 50 miles west of Washington, D.C., in rural Fauquier County He says the benefits of this location include "an acre of grass, a riding mower, and being able to play Springsteen as loud as I want the whole deal!" His job as Vice President of The MPGH Agency involves his working as Senior Consultant and Spokesman for the Rick Lazio 2000 Senate campaign in New York. Bryan adds, "it is especially rewarding to be running a campaign against Hillary Clinton." JoniBurnette Pirnot recently visited ew Co11ege in Oxford, England. She wonders why our New College


lcLASSNotes does not provide students with the same sage advice (see photo). Joni Burnette Pirnot ('84) at New College, Oxford Brian Sullivan and other members of the Celtic band Emerald Rose were featured at the annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration in Helen, GA. The band's debut CD, containing a mix of traditional music and original songs based on Celtic Bnan SulliVan ('84) culture, myth, and legend, was released in January, 1999. A second is due for release sometime this year. 85 David A. Branson completed his MAin English at the University of South florida in the Spring of 1997; he now works at the National Endowment of the Humanities in Washington, D. C. CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE 86 Ed Freeman received the Sierra Club's Osprey Award, presented for "extraordinary effort by a governmental staff person to promote or affect changes in policy or practice to protect or preserve Florida's environ ment." Ed works for Sarasota County's Environmentally Sensitive Lands Advisory Committee and volunteers with the Native Plant Society and the state Exotic Pest Plant Council. Amy Hale received her Ph.D. from UCLA in May 1998. She works for the University of Exeter as a Research Fellow, publishing articles on contemp orary Celtic issues. She lives in Cornwall. VJ Viqueira and his wife Josefina write from the Phillippines to tell us that they are always interested in hearing VJ Viqueira ('86) and his wife Josefina at home in the Phillippines I from New College alums. They encourage anyone interested in visiting their island horne school, which is being built at Virgin Beach Resort, to contact them at They welcome ideas for a poet's exchange or student teaching perhaps an ISP for current students. VJ and Josephina were married in February of 1998 and they plan to come to Sarasota this Christmas. 8 7 Sharon Mitchell has announced her candidacy for the Sarasota County School Board elections on Sept. 5. Sharon has been with the "Partners in Policymaking" program funded by the Florida Disabilities Council since 1997. She works with families whose children have special needs to receive the services required to be successful students. Michele Volkle-Noberini was married in March 1998 to her husband Frank, a physical therapy student. Her maid of honor was her New College roommate, Monica Lewman ('87). Michele and Frank live in Spring Hill, Florida, where Michele is working as a children's therapist in the local community mental health agency and considering her options for a master's program.


I CI.ASSNotes 8 8 Nicolas Cook spent the summer of 1999 researching information access, libraries, and the introduction of the internet with the resulting effects on the African country of Malawi. After completing a second master's degree in Library and Information Science, at the University of Illinois, he is an analyst in African Affairs, working for the Library of Congress. Erin Calhoun Davis is a Ph. 0. candidate at the University of Virginia and is currently finishing up her dissertation exploring the construction of gender and sexuality within the transgender community. She plans to move with Gare Calhoun and their two cats to Yellow Springs, Ohio, to teach sociology at Antioch College. 89 Karen Eagen-Kreis is teaching kindergarten at Peters Elementary in Plantation, Florida. She married Benjamin Kreis on July 1st. Brides-maids included Jeanie Mann-Hoehn ('89) and Megan Cytron ('89). Also in attendance were Greg Mann ('91), Christian Perez ('89), and Rudy Hernandez ('90). 90 Charlene Bredder has decided after teaching 4th grade for two years that, despite JE-(ONTlNUEO FROM PREVIOUS PAGE the wonderful aspects of teaching, disciplining is nul for her. ow living in San Diego, Charlene is working as a secretary for ProfitLine, a company that audits phone bills for large firms, while thinking about what she will do next. Jon a than Darr sent a brief message to inform everyone that he is living in Washington, DC, and is working as the Production Coordinator for the National Organization for Women. Michael Rodriguez was married on ovember 27, 1999 in Boca Raton and ju t finished having a house built in Palm City. The couple is expecting their first "little Rodriguez" in October. Michael continues to work for the Martin County Attorney' office as an Assistant County Attorney, concentrating on litigation regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. 91 Gary Richard Kirk has earned a Master of Public and International Affairs degree from Virginia Tech. He will continue working at Virginia Tech as a budget analyst while working towards a Ph.D. in onprofit Organizational Management. 92 Lei Meneke graduated with an MS in Human Resources Management I and a postgraduate certificate in Organizational Development. He has accepted a "killer job" at American Express in New York. 93 Julie R. Allen is living in Tuc on while working on an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona. She updated us regarding the whereabouts of some other former New College Sending greetmgs from Tucson ore Jim Moore ('94), Malo Ghoshol ('93), Erin Skelly ('95), Joe Bauder ('92), Moff Spitzer ('95), Colleen Butler ('94) and Julie Allen ('93) students living in Tucson-Jim Moore ('94), Erin Skelly ('95), who is working at a Montessori school, and Matt Spitzer ('95), who brews beer to kill time before grad chool. Julie also updated us on some other people she met with earlier this year-Joe Bauder ('92) is living in Oakland, CA, Colleen Butler ('94) is living in Madison, WN and recently became engaged to Jon Broad ('93). The couple plan to get married during the summer of 2001. Julie also met


I CLASSNotes with Mala Ghoshal ('93) who is in the midst of a year-long U.S. tour of friends and intentional communities, with a view toward picking a place to settle down. Mala is trying to visit as many old friends as possible during her tour. You can reach her at: malaghoshal Bobby Devito won a "JAMMY" award-the Florida statewide music award-in 1999. He spent the summer of last year touring Europe with Texas blues guitarist Sherman Robertson and has been performing in Florida quite a bit as a solo artist since then. After two years with Miramar Recordings, Bobby is a 11 free agent" with an II authorized bootleg" CD compiled from hundreds of hours of live shows, and has a new love in his life named "Dora" -a custom made Gibson "Dobro-style" resonator guitar. If you would like to contact Bobby, he can be reached at: Lisa Downey finished her third semester of graduate work in agriculture at Colorado State University. The program includes a stint in the Peace Corps-Lisa expected to leave for Panama in February to work in agroforestry. Her New College senior thesis data is used in an article, "Invasion of Carrotwood (Cupaniopsis CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE anacardioides) in Florida Natural Areas," which appears in The Natural Areas Journal 19:254-262. Sarasota Alum Ed Freeman ('86), put Lisa in touch with lead author Chris Lockhart when Lisa was looking for a senior thesis topic at New College. Ed works for the Sarasota County Department of Natural Resources, doing many things including worrying about invasive exotic plants on spoil lands in the local bays. Joshua Tickell spent the past year consulting to the biodiesel industry, working on biodiesellegislation in Arizona and D.C., and gathering footage for an upcoming documentary about biodiesel. In August, he and a group of friends traveled to Guatemala to install solar panels in the first episode of a new venture called e Voyage ( The purpose of e Voyage is to show web visitors a series of ongoing, true stories about environmental, educational, or ecologically centered travels. Joshua is current! y enrolled in Florida State University's Film School MFA program and will graduate in 2002. 94 Jessica Falcone has been attending George Washington University and plans to complete her second year of grad school at Jawaharlal Nehru University in India. She's also been actively involved with the National Policy Association (NPA). Matthew Grieco wrote earlier this year to let us know he is working as a copy editor for the Bradenton Herald as he contemplates grad school. I Claudia Lukas is now working as a Medical Assistant at the Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and has been applying to several graduate programs to become a Physician Assistant. She has 11 grown very close" to several other New College alums in Chicago, adding that "it's great to know there are other alums out there to network with and that are there to help." Kevin Unrath has moved to Morganton, a small city in the western part of NC, about 30 miles east of Asheville, having earned a Master's degree in Library Science. He is working for the City of Morganton as its electronic information services librarian. Although he is "the Computer Guy" at the library, he tells them that he likes to read books as well. Kevin hopes to make it back to New College when people are here-this past year he could only get Christmas off. Sarahjane White is an Assistant Editor for the online web building publication CNET builder. com.


CLASSNotes 95 Jason Evans is proud to inform the ew College community of his acceptance to the University of Florida's Interdisciplinary Ecology Master's and PhD. program for this fall. His studies will be funded by t he E.T. York Presidential Fellowship-the most prestigious fellowship available to graduate students at UF. Jason would like to thank Dr. Berggren, Dr. Edidin, and Dr. Gilchrist for t h eir support in he l ping him achieve t h e fellowship and for providing him with guidance t hroug h out t he application process. He adds, "th e advan t ages of the New College community certainly do no t stop with graduation Jennifer Rehm spent the past year working for The Family Source of Flori da, a nonNEW New College Alumnae/i Association 5700 N Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243-2197 MAIL SERVICE REQUESTED (oNnNUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE profit child abuse prevention and family resource network, while taking classes at Florida State University. Jennifer's work includes connecting people in need with the agencies and people that can make a difference in their lives and the lives of their children. She acknowledges that this is sometimes a frustrating task, but states that "overall-! love it." Jennifer would also like to inform readers that Family Source is actively searching for interns to work in its Public Policy Network, which l obbies the state l egislature on chi ldren and family issues. The Family Source of Florida has a 24-hour toll free hotline, available to any parent in need, which can be reac hed a t 1-800-FLA-LOVE Nonprofit Organizat i on U.S. Postage Paid Permit #61 Manasota FL NIMBUS Published by New College Alumnoe/i Association, 5700 N Tomi omi Trail, Sarasota FL 34243-2197; Telephone 941 -359-4324; n calum@ sor usf edu ; http I / www new; Produ c tion / dis t r ibuti on cosl s $1 .50/copy. Editorial/Production Committee : Alexis S1mendtnger ('751 Mike Campbell ( 87 ); Chns Lofrisco ('79) ; Jim Feeney, Ben PrescoH ( 85}, Susan Burns ('7 6}. Layout a n d Design Steve Nelson ('99), Bill Thomas ( 991. Unless otherwise noted, o p inions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent official policy of the Alumnae/i association or the opinions of the editors In fact. the editors rarely even agree with each other. Photo and graphic credits : Nimbus logo ond design Elome Simmons; p 1 Ben Prescott, p 3, Christopher Bunn; p 4 Jim Harmon; p S Stephen Waterman; p.6 Jirn Harmon ; p 7 Ben Prescott; p.8 Bettyonn Heinsohn and Ben Prescot1; p 9 Ben Prescot1, p l 0 BeHyonn Heinsohn; p .11 Ben Prescott and Stephen Waterman; p 12 Courtesy of Catherine Heolh and Rebecca Lee; p. 14 and 15 Courtesy of Suzanne Janney; p.17 Courtesy of Suzanne Janney; p.18 Jock Elko courtesy of Manatee Glens Corporation ; p 20 Courtesy of R Scott Thompson Joni Burnette Pirnot and Brion Sullivan ; p .21 Courtesy of VJ V1queiro; p .22 Courtesy Julie Allen To All AIU/118 who /llwfJ llllldtl pltJt/tJW and 6tlnt g/1'18. 11Nink you. Jbur CIIIJI/DgB txrltJnlm btJ/ng 11161/tld nd will anfrlrl StiDII.

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