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new COLLeGe nimBUS Volume 7, Number 2 Spring / Summer 1991 History Project Seeks Alwn Contributions New College's history is a remark able story of extraordinary achievement against formidable odds. Moo: of this story has not been told, but the New College History Project, launched in April, plans to change all that The History Project, directed by Glenda Cimino '64 will produce a narrative of the college's history from its inception in the ftfties until the present day. The Project will be based in the New College Archives at the New College library, and Glenda may be contacted there by phone (359-4301) or letter. "In addition to the narrative," Glenda said, I hope to produce two companion volumes. One would be an anthology of key articles written about the college over the years pub lished and unpublished, possibly in cluding some student ISP or thesis work. The third volume, inspired by the discovery of a similar book about Black Mountain College (193356), would be a book of memoirs: anecdotes, stories, poems, per sonal accounts reflecting different individuals and their personal ex periences at NC over the years." While we welcome alumnae/i contributions in any area, we espe cially are looking for contributions to the book of memoirs. We need your reflections now, looking back, on what ways New College has af fected your life, whether you left or graduated one year ago or twen ty; personal accounts of all kinds: anecdotes, persons who influenced you tragedies, myths and legends of your time, subcultures, daily life, sex, breakups of relationships, grievances, cliques, friendships and loneliness, what it was like for you being a student here; whether and how you studied, whether, how and what you learned, on curriculum, just Alumnae/i Election Results 5 Incumbents, 4 New Directors Elected to Alum Board Congratulations to the nine newly elected members of the New College Alwnnae/i Association Board of Direc tors. Their twcryear terms of office began at the April meeting of the board The nine elected directors will join the seven alums who serve on the board by virtue of their position as trustees on the New College Foun dation Board of Trustees: Anita Allen '70, John Cranor '64, Monica Gaughan '86, Drew Howlett '84, Merlin Mann '86, Ken Misemer '64 and Sharon Landesman Ramey '65. Many thanks to all thirteen candi dates for their willingness to donate their time and energy to help New College. The first nine candidates listed below are the new directors: 1. J ono Miller 2. David Smolker 3. John Klein 4. Susan Sapoznikoff 5. Mark Mudge 6. Allen Hopper 7. Adam Oler 8. Julian Kaplin 9. Robert Westerfeldt 10. Jonathan Smiga 11. Mark Humbert 12. Frank Ceo 13. Howard Smith Votes were also cast for 75 write in candidates, but none received more than three votes. Glenda and Gaia Cimino living -or write on whatever themes you think are important. Be creative. "These contributions can take the form of a paragraph or two, or 1,000 words; a poem, essay, letter, frag ment, article. The keynote is personal experience. We do not want abstrac tions and generalizations. We do want recollections or remembrances of some New College experience that retains significance for you." "We also will consider your sugges tions: e.g., your favorite piece from the student rag of your day. Also, letters you wrote, that friends wrote to you, documents, memorabilia-things you wrote as a student or something you now write from the benefit of hindsight or even both." But, please, please, sit down and do it today. Thanks to Dallas Dort, the history project has been granted one year of life. Send your contribu tions, written or on cassette, to Glenda Cimino, History Project Director. This could be a great book. It's up to you. P.S. Ui1 are also interested in the same kind of memoirs from anyone who had any kind of involvement with the college.


Current Board Members Anita L Allen 70 (74) 4707 Connecticut Ave. NW,. # 209, Washington, D.C. 20008, (h) 202-966-0548, Harvard University Law School-Visiting Professor, (w) 617496-8262 John M. Cranor Ill '64 (67) Kentucky Fried Chicken, 1441 Gar diner Lane, Louisville, KY, 40213, (h) 502-896-1979, Kentucky Fried Chick en President, (w) 502-456-8508 Monica M. Gaughan '86 (89) 7523 Westmoreland Or. Sarasota, FL, 34243-1839 (h) 813351-4928, Coastal RecoveryCase Manager M. Allen Hopper '83 (88) 904 Drake Drive, Davis, CA. 95616, (h) 916-758-2246, U.C., Davis-Law Student Andrew L Howlett '84 (88) 9655 Utchfield Lane, Naples FL, 33942, (h) 813-598-9847, High SchoolTeacher Julian M. Kaplin, Jr. 73 (76) 250 W. 24th Street, # 3EW, New York, NY, 10011-1703, (h) 212-6270798, Arnold & Porter-Attorney, (w) 212-207-1341 John F. Klein '69 (73)-5116 Admiral Place, Sarasota, FL, 34231, (h) 813-923-44, 5, Producer/Director/Cameraman, (w) 813-923-4415 Merlin 0. Mann '86 (90)1433 Grape Street, Apt. A, Tallahassee FL, 34231, (h) 904-222-7471, Terra, Inc.Technical Editor Jono Miller '70 (74)P.O. Box 627, Sarasota, FL, 34230, (h) 813922-1645, New College of USF Environmental Studies Coord'r, (w) 813-359-4390 Kenneth R. Mlsemer '64 (68) Allgood and Misemer, 5645 Nebraska Ave., New Port Richey, FL, 34652, (h) 813-849-5235, Allgood and Misemer-Attorney, (w) 813-848-2593 Mark C. Mudge '74 (79) 575 S. Rengstorff Ave, # 183, Moun tain View, CA. 94040 (h) 415-9682016, Bronze Sculptor Adam Oler '86 (90)-1401 61st St. South, St. Petersburg, FL, 33707, (h) 813-345-0896, Stetson University Law student Sharon Landesman Ramey '65 (68)1330 33rd St. S, Birmin gham, AL, 35205-1414 (h) 205-2515151, Civitan Intern'! Resrch Cen ter-Director, (w) 205-934-8900 Susan J. Sapoznlkoff '83 (87) 957 Millard Ct., Daytona Beach, FL, 32117, (h) 904-258-2227, Kinsey Vin cent PyleAttorney, (w) 904-252-1561 David Smolker '71 (77) -574 Parkway Boulevard, Land 0' Lakes, FL, 34639, (h) 813-996-4977, Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn Attorney, (w) 813-221-6600 Robert C. Westerfeldt '79 (87) 88 Morningside Drive, Apt. 13W, New York, NY, 10027, (h) 212-9329602, Columbia University Graduate student April Board Meeting The New College Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors spring meeting was April 26-Z7, 1991. Members present were: Monica Gaughan, Drew Howlett, Julian Kaplin, John Klein, Merlin Mann, Jono Miller, Ken Misemer, Mark Mudge, Susan Sapoznikoff and David Smolker. Also attending all or part of the sessions were: Peggy Bates, interim provost; Glenda Ci.mi.ato, New College history project director; John Harshman; Doug Schmidt; and Carol Ann Wilkinson, alumnae/i coordinator. Actions taken: 1) Elected officers for 1991-92: Jono Miller, president; Mark Mudge, secretary; and Ken Misemer, treasurer. 2) Approved 1991-92 budget ($96,751): 49% for staff, office maintenance & general services to alums; 7% for fund raising expenses; 26% for ad ditions to endowments; 18% for special projects (Alumnae/i Fellows, History project, Faculty Development Grants, Alumnaeli Art Show, etc.) 3) Approved concept for an Honorary Alum program. 4) Approved concept for an Alumnae/i Forum, details to be worked out with appropriate campus officials. 5) Set 91-92 fund raising goal: $100,000. 6) John Klein to organize fund raising planning committee. 7) David Smolker and John Klein will organize the toast to new graduates. Thornton Honored The alumnae/i association board of directors voted to present Rab Thornton, former New College direc tor of admissions, a gift in apprecia tion of his contributions to New Col lege. Jono Miller, association presi dent, wrote, "It was your vision, skills, and leadership that started a continu ing phenomenon, one that appears to be a self propagating wave, but which, in fact is the result of numerous strategic decisions. The ad missions success story you set in mo tion continues to this day. Your professional management of the Ad missions office made our school the envy of other institutions .... Rab, we noticed your contribution, and thank you for your gifts and service." Remembering Rab's love of the Southwest, we contacted Debra Col burn '70 about buying one of her Alexandra and Rab Thornton admire Many Winds by Debra Co/bum. limited edition prints, Many Winds. Debra generously donated the preparation, framing and shipping costs. Judy and Jay Lentini delivered the print to Rab when he couldn't come to the reunion dinner for a public presentation. In his response Rab commented, "Life takes some fascinating roads and I leave with a profound love of your alma mater and that for which it stands. While in admis sions, Bob Benedetti allowed me responsibility for my own job. Like many of you, I flourished in that freedom. And the NCAA was a wonderful by-product of many working together .... Take care, con tinue to question, and grow into the organization you deserve to be. Both Rose Anne and I will be watch ing from afar with pride!" NIMBUS Spring/Summer 1991 -Page 2


Neither war, nor cold weather, nor procrastination kept 95 alums from respond ing to reunion coordinator John Esak's pleas to call some friends from back when, then come meet them at the 1991 reunion. Students who came to Col lege Hall for the debut of an NC "Seawall" (publicized by John Klein as "see how you'll look in 20 years") seemed to take the sight in stride as they talked to alums and danced to the music provided courtesy of John Esak and friends. A few alums and students braved the reality of Saturday morning to gather in the Ham Center courtyard and discuss the ISP symposia on "Rein venting New College." Most everyone else managed to ar rive by lunch time. Despite the cold weather, alums filled the (enclosed) top deck of the Marina Jack Dinner Boat for a cruise of Sarasota Bay. After dinner everyone had a chance to hear the New College Fact or Fable submissions. Following Sunday brunch in College Hall, the bright sun and the bayfront gradually lured everyone outside. As always, the people who were there were the best part of the reunion. 1991 Reunion Relaxing by the bay after Sunday brunch -L to R, front group: Laurel Roth Patton '68, Alexis Finlay '69, John Klein '69, John Van Ness '69, Carol Gaskin '70, Smitty '70, Nancy Kriegel '71, Matthew McCarthey '69. In rear, L to R: Jono Miller '70, Dennis Saver '69, David Pini '64. The long arms of the Alumna eN Association! Bruce Cleary '68, Harold Shallman '67, John Van Ness '68, John Klein '69, Lisa Kernan '70 and Nancy Kriegel '71/n a final gathering on Reunion coordinator John Esak '67 (r) greets Harold Shallman '67 and Lisa Kernan '70. Monday morning. NIMBUS Spring/Summer 1991 Page 3


NC Students are Outward BoWtd JSP on Environmental Ethics and the Florida Everglades includes an Outward Bound-sponsored canoe trip in the Ten Thousand Islands by Charlene Bredder During the January Independent Study period, 10 New College students, accompanied by Professor Russ Sizemore and environmental studies coordinator Jono Miller, participated in an eight day canoe trip with Outward Bound in the Florida Everglades. The trip was preceded by environmental studies with specific emphasis on the Everglades. The alumnae/i association, New College Foundation, student government and provost's office all provided support for the project. The name "Outward Bound" conjures up images of fighting nature, grueling exercise, bard challenges, and frightening new experiences. Our experience contained elements of this impression in surprising ways and deviated considerably in others. We never fought nature, but instead communed and learned a great deal about our environment. A big challenge was learning to get along as a group. Our challenges were physical as well as mental; our experiences, al though new, were never frightening and always safe. Our flfSt day was spent familiarizing ourselves with the equipment and getting organized. All of our per sonal clothes were transferred from duffel bags to "voyager bags," big, blue, waterproof canvas bags. They were wonderful kept everything dry but no matter what it was, or how the bag was arranged, what you wanted was always at the bottom. We put our seven canoes into Turner Canal and started our journey late in the day. This was the only part of the trip where seeing an al ligator was a possibility because we went through fresh water. Our group constantly scanned the banks and water, but we never did see one. The canal joined a winding river, and we learned to watch the current for direction when we came to a fork in the river. It was an extremely slowmoving river, and for about a half mile, we canoed under a labyrinth of mangroves so thick and twisted together that the sky became infre quent patches of blue. Spiders and air plants in habited this winding root tunnel. Students, NC sponsor s and O utward B ound g uides on the steps o f Smallwood' s Stor e The sun set as we canoed and we made the decision to reach a cove down the next stretch of river. Canoeing at night as the moon reflected on the glassy water was an NIMBUS Spring/Summer 1991 -Page 4 almost surreal experience. We reached our cove just above Hell's. Half Acre, an extremely inappropnate name as the sun rising over the mangroves the next anorniog was more like heaven than hell. We drew up our canoes, lit the lanterns and passed around a drawing of how our raft would look when fmisbed. Each canoe had two boards in the bottom which had to be pulled out and laid across the top of the canoes. We had to rearrange the gear and organize what should be on top of the raft and what could be left under the boards. All of this movement was done while floating in the cove. We bad 14 boards, 12 forming a square for our sleeping, eating, and sitting area, and two boards for the "kitchen." We all lost our inhibitions on that raft there was no place to go if you wanted to change or go to the bathroom the raft was our world. We fell asleep, cozy in our sleep ing bags, while watching shooting stars and listening to the crickets. The sun rose with subtle pinks and people started to stir on our floating island. No alarm clock. No time schedule. The chilly, moist air hit our warm, sleepy bodies as we crawled out of our sleeping bags. We bad a healthy breakfast of warm oatmeal, bagels, coffee, hot chocolate or tea, rearranged and stored our gear, and headed for Watson's Place. We canoed through large bays and waterways, surrounded on all sides by mangrove islands had mushy soil as a base from which tangled roots formed a labyrinth too thick to walk on. We had to stay close together the whole way across in case anyone had any trouble or tipped over. Staying together was a challenge, as some canoes were slower than others. The leaders. would have to slow down or wrut until the rest of the group caught up. We would set a goal, canoe there, raft up, pick a new goal and canoeing again. I learned patence with group decisions


Professor Russ Sizemore and students Ann McGinley and Richard Mills canoeing in the Everglades. We reached Watson's Place before sunset and set up our tents, started cooking and getting organized. Jono described the different vegetation on the island. We also saw the remains of Watson's house and read from Peter Matthiessen's Killing Mr. Watson. The is land is on Chatham River and has an elevation of alx>ut four feet, a high point of land in this area. It is a shell mound formed by the Calusa Indians piling up the Conch shells they discarded There is soil, although we easily found many shells left by the Indians. It was a strange feeling to have land under my feet again after about 30 hours of being on the water. My footing was uneven, and I saw the land gently moving, as if I were still on the water. We had canoed rough ly 15 miles and were dead tired. We watched the most spectacular show of colors as the sun set over the mangrove trees at the river's bend. Our next day was a short trip only three miles -because we were all so tired. We explored Watson's Place in the morning, and landed at Mormon Key by the afternoon. Conch shells the size of my forearm washed up aU along the beach, which was open to the Gulf. We had time for journals, watching the waves, and exploring the island. I started learn ing the difference between the three types of mangrove trees, and learn ingjust how much I am unaware of my environment. I now notice things I never looked at before. The next day was another long day of canoeing, partly in open Gulf waters, with a strong current and waves. I could identify birds and mangroves we saw along our route. Our goal was to get to a certain point or campsite by the end of the day; but this campsite usually was no dif ferent than many places we had al ready passed during the day. To go all day with only the thought in mind of getting to camp was causing me to miss the experience at hand -the ocean breeze on my cheeks, the sun's warmth on my legs, the paddle push ing water back, our group decisions, pelicans resting in the trees. I made up my mind to enjoy the moment. We headed for base camp the next day, and did a ropes course, for many of us the most challenging aspect of the trip. Four 30 foot poles supported the ropes. We bad a safety lesson first and learned how to "spot" each other. Then we practiced on the lower ropes to become familiar with the safety precautions. Only four people were allowed on the course at one time. The hardest aspect was crossing a balance beam at the top of the poles. We learned to support each other while in dividually meeting our own challenge. At sunset we shoved off in two 26foot North canoes. We canoed 10 miles in four and a half hours over glassy water. OccasionaUy someone's paddle would stir up some microor ganisms that would glow bright green, illunUnating the paddle's movement through the water. I was so dead tired I could barely con centrate enough to paddle in synch with everyone else. We fmally reached Panther Key and dragged the 900 pound canoes up on the beach. I reached for my gear, opened my sleep ing bag and crawled in. Our 24 hour solo time began the next day, with each of us at a dif ferent site along the beach. I had 50 yards to call my own: a private cove, with trees and a swamp behind me; a bagel, two oranges and trail mix to eat; and water (with refills available from a cooler between my site and my neighbor's). We were supposed to reflect on the trip, but I felt I was still on the trip and couldn't reflect or analyze yet what I had ex perienced So instead I watched three rare reddish egrets who played in my cove the whole afternoon, darting here and there as they saw something in the shallow water to eat. It was wonderful to have my own camp of sorts, to fol low my own whims, and to enjoy having absolutely no schedule or plans. Peace. Back at school, civilization was a shock. We all had trouble sleeping in a bed, hearing the television, and taking society's problems so seriously. Our Outward Bound experience gave us a new perspective on life, one which will influence us for a long time to come. Chmiene Bredder is a second-year New College student NIMBUSSpring/Summer 1991 -Page 5


Do Not Go Gently "Reorganization" Sparks Student Concern by Carla M. Eastis, former NCSA President Maybe you've been away from New College for a while and you wonder what the big issues are, what has students and faculty riled up. For the past several months, most of the campus has had the same con cern USF President Borkowski's plan for the administrative restruc turing of the Sarasota campus. At each stage of the two-year process to identify a better governance struc ture for the campus, a web of miscommunication, cynicism, and nose diving morale in faculty and students has tightened. The preliminary draft of the plan was delivered to the New College community in November 1990. This document provided no substantive changes to the "two towers" ap proach currently in operation, in which the New College Provost has complete control over the New Col lege academic program, but makes no direct decisions regarding auxiliary services such as space al location and student affairs. tion Board of Trustees, Borkowski fmally had an answer for us. It was worse than the November document. Snide comments about the role of the New College Founda tion had been inserted, auxiliary ser vices still remained under the aegis of the USF-Sarasota dean, and, in the move that has become the focus of the most heated responses, the title of the New College Provost was to henceforth be Dean and Execu tive Officer of USF New College. Memos zoomed to Tampa from stu dents, faculty, aJumnae!J, and the Foundation. The provost search com mittee met for the first time with Meisels before Borkowski had responded to any of the protests; the committee was led to believe that the title of provost would be retained and that a search could and should be car ried out posthaste. A few days later, Borkowski sent letters in the most patronizing of tones to the students and faculty explaining that the title was only a symbol and that he had "too much respect for the faculty of New College to believe that you view this as a meaningful and substantial issue." At its March meeting, the faculty directed the New College members of the search committee to not allow the search to continue until Borkow ski and Meisels had spoken with faculty and students about the con tinuing controversy. What is the big deal, then? Why are we in such uproar? The title change is a symptom of the bigger problem, which, depending on one's world view, one will call either naivete or malice on the part of USF Tampa administrators. Since the task force began its work in the fall of 1989, every move on the part of the New College community has been delayed by inaction in Tampa. Objections have not been answered in a way that reassures us that the ad ministrators do understand New Col lege and that these are honest dis agreements between informed par ties; the answers instead indicate that the ethos of New College has been sorely misinterpreted Students feel the effects of low morale among faculty members directly and indirectly. We are dis mayed by the loss of funding for a faculty line due to budget cuts (see article on p. 14), by the continuing lack of support for faculty research and development, by the slapdash searches for new faculty members whom we can afford to pay. We are continually frustrated by the lack of control over campus space and stu dent affairs; even New College hous ing technically reports only to the dean. As alumnae/i, I urge you to in form yourselves about the urgent goings-on. Use whatever resources you can to keep the situation from sliding down that slippery slope, at the bottom of which we'll be just another honors program in Florida. The New College faculty and other constituencies represented on the task force (which bad presented its report with several options for the president's consideration in March 1990) responded to USF Provost Meisels and President Borkowski that this was not acceptable to them, as maintaining New College's nation al reputation would require strong candidates to fill the Provost posi tion. As currently structured, the position is rather weak compared to the leadership of comparable schools in that the Provost has no control over facilities that are essential to the entire New College program. Reorganization U{Xiate: Changes Promised, Most on Hold We asked for a quick resolution to this, as the time to begin searching for a permanent Provost to replace Dr. Peggy Bates was already growing short. We waited--put together a provost search committee--and con tinued to wait. At the February 1991 meeting of the New College FoundaSince Carla's article was written, President Borkowski has agreed to modify some of the more controver sial statements in his February memo, but has not yet published the amended version. He also agreed not to insist on the title "Dean and Chief Executive Officer, New Col lege of USF' as the replacement for "Provost." Faculty and students voted to suggest consideration of "College Provost" or "Warden" for the new NIMBUS Spring/Summer 1991 Page 6 title. They're still awaiting a final answer to their suggestions. The search committee for the un titled position is chaired by Profes sor Doug Langston and includes rep resentatives of various groups, in cluding faculty, students and alums. The search for a chief academic of ficer for New College is on hold for the summer, but will be pursued in the fall, with or without a fmal decision on the title.


Emmy Acton '73, Tampa, Fla, has been named Hillsborough County at torney. Emmy is the first woman and youngest person ever to serve in this position. She began as a litigator for the county attorney's office in 1982. Before that she was the central re search supervisor for the 2nd District Court of Appeal. Anita Allen '70, visiting professor of law this year at Harvard, spoke during USF's Spring Lecture Series about the current controversy sur rounding the lack of minority women on higher education faculties. In November, Ed Custard, NC director of admissions, reported he'd picked up the International Herald Tribune during a trip to Vienna, Austria, and saw Anita quoted in a story about civil rights issues at Harvard. Rob Bilott '83 passed the Ohio and federal bars last November. He spe cializes in environmental law for Taft, Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati. Hank Blumenthal '76 was coproducer of Return of Supeifly, line producer for Misplaced (airing 6/25 on P.B.S.'s American Playhouse) and Whispers of White (out in Spring '92), and co-writer of the screenplay for Lowact. Hank lives in New York City where he's producing filins, painting and developing prospects. Gretchen Brodtman '86 is waiting tables in a yuppies place in Washington, D.C., while looking for a real job. She would welcome any visitors to the city for lunch. Beverly Brown '74, Lauderhill, Fla., received her Master of Arts in library and information science from USF in Dec. 1990 and was recently appointed head of reference services at the South RegionaVBroward Community College branch library of the Broward County library system. Congratulations to Joni Burnette '83 and Steve Pirnot '79, Sarasota, Fla., on the birth of Zena Burnette Pir not on Dec. 5, 1990. Joni says Zena gave a whole new meaning to the words "natural childbirth"! Joni is a teaching assistant while working on her masters in mathematics at USF. Steve owns a millshop specializing in architectural woodwork. Congratulations on their marriage to Michael and JoLynn Butts Carroll '78. They live in Fairbanks, Alaska, where JoLynn works at the University of Alaska's Institute of Marine Science. Grover Champion '80 bas moved to Euless, Tex, where he's enjoying the challenges of corporate beadquarters as a production staff analyst for GTE Directories Corporation, and the beautiful scenery in nearby state and national parks. Grover's ad vice to students thinking about future employment: develop computer, people and written/oral communica tion skills; set goals; join a good, reputable, established company. Glenda Cimino '64 has moved from Dublin to Sarasota to be direc tor of the New College history project. She's working in the NC archives, doing interviews and writing. New Col lege Foundation Trustee Dallas Dart has been instrumental in promoting the project and seeing it funded. Rita Ciresi '78 celebrated the first birthday of her daughter, Celeste Lipkis, in February 1991. Rita is a science writer and editor. Her stories and poems have appeared in several magazines and she recently was awarded a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowship to work on a collection of short stories. Her hus band, Jeff Lipkis, teaches in the English department at Penn State and is finishing his dissertation in his tory at Princeton University. Freddie Clary '70 is back in the New York City area (Hartsdale) and enjoying a new job in advertising ("the one thing I would predicted I'd do while at NC"). Congratulations to Natalie Com pagni '78 and Stephen Portis (B.A. Cornell and MBA Stanford) who were married May 11th. Natalie, who lives in Oakland, Calif., is a psychotherapist in private practice in Berkeley. Susan Alkema DaSilva '68, Lafayette, Calif., says her business travel as a systems manager for Bank of America will continue for as long as there are failed S & Ls and banks around. Susan and her daugh ther Maria (14) are recovering okay from Susan's second divorce and daughter Diana's suicide in 1989. They love California. Debi DiMauro-Reeder '82 has moved back to Englewood, Fla. Her husband, Buddy, is a pilot with USAir. Debi gave up her catering business, Food for Flight (feeding corporate types on chartered jets,) but brought with her a brand new baby boy, Zachary Maxwell, born March 17,1990. She says they're both healthy and well; he's already nearly half her size. They're enjoying learning to sail the North Bay. David '72 and Meredith Miller Dis end '73 have moved to Yellow Springs, Ohio. David was named vice president for development at Antioch College in May and will be respon sible for the effort to complete Antioch's $44 million capital campaign and other fund raising activities. Meredith will be doing her residency on her way to licensure as a clinical psychologist. New NCAA ChapterAlaska Rainforest by Nancy DeChcrney '70 The Alaskan Rainforest Chapter of the New College Alumnae/i Association met on March 18, 1991, at the Fiddlehead Restaurant in Juneau, Alaska. Arian na Young '76 recently moved with her family to Haines, hometown of Nancy Hopper DeCherney '70 who now lives in Juneau, and made a trip to Juneau to research alternative preschools and elemen tary school programs. Robert Cohen has lived in Juneau for the past three years, playing the piano and teaching music and Hebrew. It seemed like a good excuse to go out for lunch. We all had the Thai Fish Soup with homemade bread and enjoyed it very much. Another meeting was planned for sometime at the end of March, first of April, during the Southeast Alaska Folk Music FestivaL NIMBUS Spring/Summer 1991 -Page 7


Sandra Englert '84, New York, N.Y., works at People magazine, sell ing photos to other publications worldwide, and also takes acting les sons at N.Y.U. She's vacationing in Los Angeles in April to look at the city in anticipation of a move next January and a break into The In dustry. Lucie Hostalek '83 is still in Toronto, but also looking to move. In October 1990, Gina Habermas '83, Craig Bolin '83, Rob Bilott '83, Leslie Miller '83, Sandy Seay '83, Bill Memory '84 and Sandra all went to Long Island for the wedding of Betty Ann Heinsohn '83 and Eric Drucker. ing an authentic person and eating like an ascetic." Bryan Flood '83, Lansing, Mich., has joined the staff of the Michigan Republican State Party as press secretary and assistant director of communications. Bob Freeman '83, Kingston, On tario, graduated from Queen's Univer sity Faculty of Law in May. This fall he'll begin work for an LL.M. in oceans law and policy at the Univer sity of Virginia. Holly Exner '70, Lawrence, Kan., writes, "I'm nursing a beautiful tod dler on my remaining breast, and refusing chemotherapy. I figure I have a good chance of surviving by becomElaine Goldenberg Katz '75, West Los Angeles, owns Kids On Stage, a musical theater training program, em phasizing self-confidence, self-esteem and social consciousness in learning. She recently was hlred as an acting coach for Disney Studios for the se quel to Honey I Shrnnk the Kids. This sounds like New College ... Keith Mills '85 sent us a clipping from the Dec. 2, 1990 issue of Miami Herald's Tropic magazine. Several prominent South Floridians had been asked about their best party memories. Keith says he began reading and thought, "Gee, this sounds like NC!" Sure enough, even though the college wasn't named, he recognized the sub mitter, Jose Diaz-Balart '78, weekend anchor at WTVJ-Chan nel 4 in Miami. "Wh en I was in col lege, there was a huge outdoor Hal loween party and everyone came dressed as current events I got a one inch strip of transparent tape 15 feet long, bought 2,000 little rubber plastic soldiers and tape them together one-by-one Then I wrapped myself head to foot in this long strip of sol diers That was the year we invaded Grenada. 1 was the in vasion "You remember how the Army talked about 'pockets of resistance' in Grenada that had to be mopped up? Well 1 had huge pockets full of soldiers and every now and then 1 would find little pockets of resistance and throw them out in the middle of the party. in Natural Sciences had got this huge tank of nitrous ox1de -laughing gas They filled trash bags full of the gas, and as people walked by the bags on the way into the party, the gas was let out. 'So here I was dressed up as the invasion of Grenada talking to a woman dressed as a huge Tam pax about Iran-Iraq war and giggling uncontrollably and not knowing why. Elaine also performs in children's home videos and just finished one for Good Housekeeping magazine. After eight years together and with a new century on the horizon, Mark Got tlieb '82 and Julie Viens '82 will tie the knot at the end of August in Vermont. Any friends inter ested in attending should drop a line to Mark and Julie in Cambridge, Mass. Bill Groben '84 recently sent us an update on his post NC life. After a stint at managing a software store in Sarasota, he suffered through the coldest winter in Syracuse, N.Y., history, work ing as a bill collector. That convinced him to accept the full fel lowship being of fered by Georgetown University to work on a Ph.D. in economics. Bill says it's exciting living in the bankrupt capital city, alongside the inept federal government. "Any of you who have never watched a session of Congress, really ought to do so." Bill also sent news of Darrell '84 and Carol Kienzle '85, who are both en rolled in Ph.D. programs at Univer sity of Virginia -computer science and biology, respectively. Bill said Nathan Pfluger '85 was able to take time out from his graduate studies in computer science at U Diversity of Texas, Austin, to win some sort of na tional Sega video contest and, conse quently, spent the holidays in Hawaii, all expenses paid. Nancy Grossman '84 stopped by the office to say hello recently. She lives in Boston and is office manager for Soundmirror, Inc. Congratulations to Steve and Guita Guity Keshtgar '79 on their marriage last October. They live in Dix Hills, N.Y. Guita is a specialist for beauty and skincare fragrances for House of Chanel accounts all over New York. The fourth book edited by Chuck Hamilton '64, Carmel, Ind., has just been published: The State of the Union: Essays in Social Criticism by Albert Jay Nock. Nock was an impor tant political and social commentator of the 1920s through the mid-1940s. Jacques Barzun recently wrote of the collection: "In a time ofraucous and often mindless debate, it is a double pleasure to read Albert J. Nock-for what he says and for the way he says it." Chuck says he continues to learn more, though, from his five-and two year-old boys than from most anyone else. Professor Mac Miller sent us a copy of an article, "Seeing Atoms" by James Trefd, from the June 1990 issue of Discover magazine, in which Paul Hansma '64, a physicist at University of California, Santa Barbara, was described as one of the pioneers of atomic-force microscopy. The article is a fascinating discussion of work done with scanning-probe micro scopes. Paul and his crew have con. centrated on imaging complex orgamc molecules, and they've even made NIMBUS Spring/Summer 1991 Page 8


movies that capture the molecules in the act of chemical combination. Paul is now researching a way to use a scanning-probe microscope to map the three billion base pairs in the human genome and also developing a microscope designed to study living cells. Professor Miller also sent word that Melanie Hubbard '84 has completed her Masters' work in literature at Columbia University and has been awarded a fellowship to continue toward her Ph.D. Congratulations to Louis '74 and Fredericka Fleener Joyner '74 on the birth of Joseph Winfield, their second son, on October 18, 1990. In January they left the West Coast behind and moved to Centerville, Ind .. Thanks to Professor Jack Cartlidge for sharing the good news with us. Congratulations to Pat '85 and Lis Emmanuel Keller '85 who were mar ried on Feb. 2 in Boulder, Col. Pat is plant manager of the main branch of Tredit Tire, Inc. in Mishawaka, Ind., and Lis is finishing thank-you notes and looking for a job. In January, while moving from Texas, they stopped in Kansas to visit Berkley Miller, former NC sociology profes sor, and Claudia Lawrence, former NC admissions counselor, and their two boys. Margie Knauff '85 is engaged to a Welsh steelworker named Andrew Brown. They met through a pen pal club advertised on a buJletin board in a classroom in E Building while Mar gie was at New Co!Jege. The wedding will be in January, after she finishes her masters' degree and they decide in what country to live. Vicky Kolakowski ryg received an M.S. in bio-medical engineering from Tulane University in 1987, a J.D. and M.P.A. from Louisiana State Univer sity in 1989 and an M.S. in electrical engineering from University of New Orleans in 1990. She and her partner, Leslie Katherine Addison, now live in Berkeley. Vicky is an associate patent attorney for McCubbrey, Bartels, Meyer & Ward in San Francisco and president of the East Bay Les bian/Gay Democratic Club. Class Notes Third Alum Argues Before US Supreme Court Joan Fowler 74, West Palm Beach Aa., wrote recently to tell us that the num ber of New College graduates presenting oral argument to the United States Supreme Court has now grown to three. an February 26, 1991, I represented the state of Aorida before the United States Supreme Court at oral argument in the case of Florida v. Bostick no 89-1717 At issue was whether police officers are precluded from having citizen contact without probable cause or reasonable suspicion within the confines of a bus The Supreme Court of Aorida had held Herman Kopecek '84 is in the Ph.D. program at the University of Washington in Seattle, specializing in Eastern Europe history. Again this summer he will teach English in a small city in Czechoslovakia. Herman says the Czechs and Slovaks are very eager to study Western languages; vir tua!Jy any educated native Englishspeaker could spend a few weeks in the country as a tutor. Knowledge of Czech or Slovak is not really neces sary; German would help. Allen Levy '72 recently joined the administration of The Center for Advanced Group Studies in Manhattan where he'll be working under the direction of a foremost group analyst, Dr. Louis Ormont. Congratulations to Larry Lewack ..,-6 and Peggy MacDonald of Winoos ki, Vt., on the birth of their son, Forrest L. MacDonald, on January 30, 1991, during the full moon and a soft snowfall. Larry says Forrest is very healthy and shows promise to be as big a loudmouth as his dad. Suzanne McDermott '85/88 is working in the president's office at M.I.T. as the senior staff assistant for the analytical studies and planning group. She loves the job. The onset of the war meant two bomb scares, a power loss, a Geiger counter and numerous fascinating and eerie warn ing signs. Suzanne sends news of several alums: She saw Greg Hall '84/87 over Thanksgiving while visiting her mother in Philadelphia. Greg is working diligently on his master's in architecture and urban planning at that any interaction between police and persons on a bus would be a 'seizure' within the meaning of the Fourth Amend ment. The Attorney General's office dis agreed, and I filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the United States Supreme Court This writ was granted in October. Joan sald, rm very proud of this accomplishment, as well as those of my fellow alums. The United States Supreme Court is accepting less cases than ever on a yearly basis; less than two hundred out of five or six thousand petitions. University of Pennsylvania and thoroughly eschewing meat. She spent Christmas Eve in Cohasset, Mass., with Caroline Wampole '85/88 and her family and Kelleth Chinn '84/88. Conrad MacKerron ..,-7, Washington, D.C., is writing a book about the links between multinational corporations and tropical deforesta tions. The book will be published later this year by the Investor Respon sibility Research Center in Washington, D.C., which provides in formation for socially concerned in vestors. Conrad spent six weeks in Brazil and Costa Rica late last year re searching the topic. Merlin Mann '86 performs inter pretive dance and other mime-related activities with Terra, Inc., a Tallahas see toxicological flrm. His bus is still broken but his dog is doing fme. Merle and Dan Catalano '86 are cur rently developing an alumni journal. Judith Mendelsohn '76 and Paul William Rood, Oak Park, Illinois, proudly announce the birth of Joshua on August 10,1990. Joshua was two months premature, but is now thriving and having fun with his big brother, now two. Keith Mills '85 is looking for a teaching job in the public schools in Ft. Lauderdale. He fills his lazy, un employed days with thoughts of NC. He recently traveled north and visited Clairellen Catalano '85 in State Col lege, Penn., and Margie Knauff '85 and Lisa Speckhardt '85 in Washington, D.C. Robin Mowery '85, Lakewood, NIMBUS Spring/Summer 1991 Page 9


Col., is working in a non-traditional residential treatment center for adolescents which emphasizes family therapy versus behavioralism. Her roommate is Stacy Moore '85. Robin contacted Marilyn Talmage-Bowers '71 and Nancy Winfrey '77 who were both very helpful in orienting her to the area's mental health services. Robin and Nancy plan to extend their great phone-friendship to an in-per son meeting soon and also to organize a Colorado NC reunion some time this summer. If you're interested in corning, contact Robin or Nancy. Keith Mills also passed on the news that Denise Neville '85 is in teacher training at the University of Canterbury, in Kent, England. Denise sent word she's fmished her first term and spent five weeks in practice in Folkstone, England. Lance Newman '82, will be heading to Providence, R.I., this fall to begin work on a Ph.D. in English literature at Brown. He's spending the summer at home in Albuquerque, N.M. Professor Peter Kazaks had a visit from Joe Murphy '81 in December. Joe is a full fledged junior officer in the State Department. He's spent four months in Addis Abbaba and is about to leave for his first regular posting which will be in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Tom Newman '69 is teaching as head of the Video Lab at the Univer sity of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, a graduate school with a frightening proportion of New College alums. He's still running the New York Expo, the nation's oldest annual festival of short film and video, consulting/writ ing/producing in the interactive media field for major industrial client such as Prodigy and ICI. Tom and his wife, Jo, are the proud parents of Michael, born in November 1990 and Tom plans to be an almost full-time father for a while. Jimmy Pritchard '72, Annandale, Va., is leaving his job as a Russian lan guage editor and translator for the federal government and beginning work in August on a law degree at University of Virginia. Jimmy con tinues his avocation of collecting and disseminating information about New College. Most recently he sent us a copy of a book, More Mathematical People, edited by Donald Albers, Gerald Alexanderson and Constance Reid which contains a fascinating in terview with Princeton mathematician Bill Thurston '64. Luc Reid '87 runs an in describably ornery adver tising machine at all the 76ers home games at the Spectrum arena in Philadelphia. He's plan ning an European tour Erika (9) and Patricia Hadley Hansen '78 (Miami, Fla.) enjoy a visit from Carilyn and Amy Weinstein Miller '78 (Portland, Majne) in 1989. Pat, a research assistant and il lustrator at the University of Miami Medical School, says, "Before I entered the study of human medicine 1 pursued a career as a marine biologist. I found the shimmering iridescent tropical reefs as alluring as many women find jewelry store windows .... The ocean still remains a wondrous this summer ending with a month in Veszprem, Hun gary. Luc is working with Andrea Luxoo, 88-89 Canadian exchange stu dent, to start an importing company specializing in Hungarian goods. They'd love to talk to anyone in volved in international trade or interested in get ting involved. Andrea p/aca to me, but recently I have found another world to ex plore; a world full of myriad curvilinear shapes, convoluted physiologic functions, and biochemical pathways. runs a couple of gay publications, mainly The Pink Pages, busi ness listings in the gay scene in Toron to. Maureen and Andrew Sacks '70 are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Eric, on November 19, 1990. Andrew is an anesthesiologist in Buf falo, N.Y., where, contrary to public opinion, the weather is every bit as nice as Sarasota. Of course, it's also true that anesthesiologists have access to a lot of drugs ... Erma-Paula Sanders '84, Cincin nati, will be beginning work on her masters in library science this fall at Northern Kentucky University. She is still writing for the local newspaper and working on a book about all of her bad dates at New College. Kim Scalia 84, Gainesville, Fla., graduated from University of Florida College of Law and will be joining a Washington, D.C., law ftrm, Baker and Butts. Leslie Schockner '65 visited in January when her daughter, Alyssa, made an admissions visit to campus. Leslie is a social services adminis trator in San Antonio, Tex. John Scholl '76 will complete his podiatric residence at North Chicago VA Medical Center in Dec. 1991. Jim Shoemaker '70 is now director of the Metabolic Screening Labor atory at St. Louis University. They use gas chromatography and mass spec trometry for the diagnosis of nutrition al and genetic metabolic diseases. David '76 and Desiree Howell Smolin '78, Birmingham, Ala., are very happy to announce the birth of their third son, Levi Judah, on Sep ternber 24, 1990. Levi was born at home after much research, many struggles, and much prayer because, as Desiree said, "After two Caesareans on dubious ground, I was just tired of being messed with." Fami ly, midwife and friends were in atten dance at Levi's birth. Desiree would be happy to talk with, share research or correspond wtth others considering a VBAC and HVBAC. Michael "Moju Bean" Spalletta '72, Rockville, Md., sends greetings to NIMBUS Spring/Summer 1991 -Page 10


Mark F., Emily A., Jackie A. and Randy P. and wonders if anyone remembers him. He says he was the short, dark one with three antennae who sat on the last row. William Hamilton, former NC pro fessor of religion was the invited speaker at Uoyd (71) Steffen's installa tion this year as university chaplain at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Penn. Alan Stonebraker '87 is doing photography and working on exhibits for Montgomery County (Md.) Department of Parks. The pay's low, but where else can someone get paid for shooting animals, people and landscapes (photos, that is) and be out in the parks most of the day. He's also trying to get into graduate school for medical illustration. Annemarie Succop '85, Seattle, Wash., is working towards a master's in developmental psychology. She is still intensely homesick, but is, in some sense, enjoying being a part of the New College Diaspora. Kirk Sullivan '79 has reappeared, in Glendale, Calif. Friends may con tact him at 411 Cameron Place, #12. After 10 years in New York City, Devora Tulcensky '75 and her hus band, Eric Mumford, have moved to Princeton, NJ. Eric is in an architec tural history Ph.D. program there. Devora is still painting oil on wood panels and works with hearing-im paired infants and their parents in an excellent aural program at the Sununit Speech School. Ross Ackerman Vachon '72, Santa Monica, Calif., writes his black Bur mese cat, Debonnaire, glided majesti cally through two segments on the Playboy channel. "Her preternatural calmness inspires me, pays the bills." Tish Webster '74 is living in New York City and teaching photography. Amy Willis '71 is leaving Texas and moving to Silver Spring, Md. She'll be working at the Washington, D.C., Vet erans Administration Medical Center. Carol Worby Holder '64 is in her 22nd year at California State Polytech nic University, Pomona, where she's a professor of English and director of faculty development. Cal Poly has about 20,000 students and 1,100 facul ty, so Carol says there's always plenty to do. Her husband, John Mallinck rodt, also teaches physics at Cal Poly. They live in Claremont, with their cat, Rosanna, and enjoy having the moun tains, the desert, the beaches and L.A. all accessible in about an hour. Carol still plays the piano on occasion, but no recitals recently. Congratulations to Mary Beth Faustine and Andy Workman '79, Car rboro, N.C., on the birth of their son, Alexander, in January. Andy will be able to be a stay-at-home dad while working on his dissertation and proud ly reports Alexander has inherited his sneer. Austin Works '80 and Andrea Blum '84, Bloomington, Ind., have im petuously (he says) become engaged. Ann Winorowski '86 is assistant manager at the Gap in downtown Jacksonville, Fla., while patiently wait ing to go to law school in Memphis, Tenn., this fall. Gregory Yim '77 is an orthodontist in Redding, Calif. He just opened a new office in June 1990 and says busi ness is booming! Correction: Brian Albritton '75 called to say he was SEC chairman at the time and the source of the now infamous quote ("We're New College ... ") attributed to Mark Mudge in Tod Gentille's article in the last Nimbus. Foundation Matches Faculty Development Grants Double the Money = Spring and Fall Awards In the midst of budget cuts on campus this year, there was at least one bright spot. The New College Foundation matched the Alumnae/i Association's budget for Faculty Development grants with a one-time gift. The additional money not only made possible larger grants this spring, but also will allow the selection committee to make grants this fall. The following faculty members received grants this Spring: Anthony Andrews ($1,150) Ar chaeological Feasibility Reconnais sance in Northern Quintana Roo, Mexico Glenn Cuomo ($610) Present paper, "Official and Private Reaction Within the Third Reich to Exile Literature," at The International Sym posium on the Reception of German and Austrian Exile Literature at Van derbilt University, April 18-21, 1991. Catherine Elliott ($760) Pur chase software for summer 1991 re search project, "Implications of Un collectibles for Optimal Group Hospitalization Insurance. Karsten Henckel! ($600) -Attend 1991 Marquette Symposium on Semigroup Theory and Its Applica tions, March 14-16, 1991, in Mil waukee, Wis. Stephen Miles ($600) -Summer 1991 research project, "Edition of Johannes Ockeghem's Missa Prolationum," at University of Illinois. Sarah Ransdell ($640) -Attend American Psychological Society con ference, June 13-16, 1991, Washington, D.C. George Ruppeiner ($1,000) At tend the Physics Computing '91 Con ference in San Jose, Calif., June 10-14. Paul Scudder ($684) -Attend 32nd National Organic Chemistry Symposium held at the University of Minn., Minneapolis, June 16-20, 1991. Suzanne Sherman ($1,000) Funding for expendable laboratory supplies and travel to the Fifth Inter national Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry in Oxford, England, August 4-10, 1991. NIMBUS Spring/Summer 1991 Page 11


Jazz guitarist Joshua Breakstone '72 {Cin cinnati, Ohio) presented a three-day jazz workshop and a jazz concert. The workshop topics were "Improvisation," "Bebop" and "Improvisers in Jazz as Composers." Joining Josh in the concert were Michael Stryker on piano, Ernie Willford on bass and Louis Ferkovich on drums. A special treat for the capacity crowd in the Music Room was a special appearance by two New Col lege students and Professor Ron Riddle. Alunmae/i Fellows Students had a wide variety of opportunities to meet and work with Alumnaeji Fellows on campus during Spring Term. Casey Green '69, former as sociate director of UCLA's Higher Educa tion Research Institute and now director of the Center for Scholarly Tech nology at the University of Southern California, gave two talks and met with a variety of facul ty, students and administrators. Nancy Ferraro, Records and Registration director, and Casey Green during his visit to campus. In an upcoming Nimbus you will read some of Casey's conclusions about New College students based on their participation in the UCLA project in the seventies and eighties. George Fifield '69 (Jamaica Plain, Mass.) an artist and graphic designer who works in small format video art, and John Klein '69 {Sarasota, Fla.) a producer and cameraman for network and syndicated video productions and documen taries, presented the workshop "AU Things Video Great and Small." They discussed and demonstrated a wide range of video equipment and techniques. George and John, like a number of other fel lows discovered the "trade show format" seems appealing to New College students. Their contacts included not just New College stu dents, but at one point, an entire class from our neighbor, FSU's Asolo School of Performing Arts. Student Tom Mayers talks to Alum Fellow George Fifield. NIMBUS Spring/Summer 1991 Page 12


Stanley Herwitz '74 (Worcester, Mass.) is associate professor of geography and adjunct associate professor of biology at Clark University Graduate School of Geog raphy. He met with students and faculty in small groups as well as with several scheduled classes and presented lectures on "Tropical rainforest hydrology the evapora tion of intercepted rainfall," "Plate tectonics and histori cal biogeography," and "Continental and oceanic islands." He discussed the biogeography of Cayo-Costa Island and the usefulness of aerial photogrammetry and satellite imagery. He led a group of students on a full-day field trip to Cayo-Costa Island where they explored the island's habitat diversity and collected specimens of vascular plant species. Participants followed up the trip with a variety of lab sessions and discussions. Stan says his par ticipation in academic life at New College, both formal and informal, was extremely satisfying. "It appears that the atmosphere and the student mentality at New Col lege have not changed significantly over the last 14 years." the clown's permis sion to play and the joys of stupidity as well as the giddy freedom of folly and simplicity. To cope, to mimic, to trick, to be very angry one moment and in awe the next; these are the vagaries of clowndom we traced. Students Soph "Flip" Davenport, Michelle "Daisy" Khaw and Melanie Moo "Ducky'' Young pose with Alum Fellow Jeanne "Pippi" Thomas before heading out for their performance. "Like everyone else, the students loved to fall down and seemed to love the creative stretch of the balloons. The endless pos sibilities, the beautiful colors, the flexibility and complexity of the Jeanne Simmons Thomas '69 (San Francisco, Calif.) presented a four day Clown and Professional Theater Class followed by a performance at the annual student/facully baseball game (the faculty won again!) and BBQ. "I found an enormous amount of enthusiasm for the practical craft of clowning: the make-up, costume, movement, juggling, gags and, espe cially, for the balloon sculpture. In class we explored the ephemeral but practical reality of the clown painted on but revealing some deeper level of one's own psyche and of social consciousness. Through our work on classic gags we discovered designs and the in stant gratification all seemed like a soothing counterpoint to the stress of student life. I loved the students' perspective, 'Why diddle about with the small stuff when you can totally blow it out on the really hard stuff!' And indeed, so it was ... maybe a lit tle rough, but the real thing." NIMBUS Spring/Summer 1991 Page 13


A Step Forward, A Step Back NC psychologists consolidate program, then lose faculty position by David Smillie Psychology at New College bas long been separated into two quite distinct "departments" in two dif ferent academic divisions. This began, as best I can tell, in 1967. Over the years it has seemed to me that we would function more effi ciently and more happily as a single department again, and Charlene Levy and I have, in the past few years, been working toward this end. This year (1990-91) we have brought it off. Psychology is now a single "department" in the Social Science Division. Two experimental psychologists, both nationally recog nized for their work, are new this year. Sarah Ransdell is a cognitive psychologist particularly interested in the development of computers as a tool for teaching psychology. Chris tine Johnson's field is comparative cognitive psychology with a par ticular interest in research on dol phin cognitive functioning. The change has been positive. There is a cooperative spirit among the four of us (Levy, Smillie, Ransdell and Johnson) and we are working toward establishing a balanced and integrated curriculum. Student enthusiasm is high and we are all looking forward to a produc tive future as a single department. An important aspect of the unification has been the agreement to represent experimental psychology as a significant aspect of the depart ment. This is important for students majoring in this area since psychol ogy, as a discipline, has charac teristically been a science with ex perimental underpinnings. Students planning to attend graduate school in this field need a grounding in statistics, in experimen tal approaches, in sensation and per ception, and in physiological or biological psychology, as well as ex perience with empirical research methods. Without these offerings we would become, not a real department of psychology, but a branch of humanistic studies, as has happened in some colleges in the United States. I am particularly pleased with the combination we have now achieved. My background is in developmental psychology and I have also developed an interest in evolutionary founda tions of psychology (and, indeed, of the social sciences in general). Charlene Levy, who started here in 1975, has a background in ex perimental social psychology and she has become increasingly interested in a philosophical perspective on the field. Sarah Ransdell's emphasis is on computer techniques in psychology, a field that has blossomed over the past twenty years and is now a significant part of this ever changing discipline. Christine Johnson bas brought both a biological background and an interest in field studies and ex perimental work with animals to the department. Rather than expressing the older behavioristic view that laboratory animals are simply models for the understanding of such issues as general learning systems, she looks closely at species patterns. A Step Back There is a flaw in the pretty pic ture however. The State of Florida has, like most other states, been suf fering fmancial woes and thus has been imposing budget cuts on the University System. However, here at New College we have very little we can give up without interfering in a major way with our educational effort One of the two new psychologists, Sarah Ransdell, has a regular tenure track appointment. Chris Johnson has a one-year, visiting appointment. Chris has been recommended by the Social Sciences Division for a tenure track position, but the University has decided to make its cutbacks by not filling "empty" permanent positions. That means the fourth position in our new psychology department will go unfunded next year. From my point of view that repre sents a serious danger since our new synthesis of experimental and social psychologists cannot survive as a vi able area of concentration unless we can offer a full range of experimen tal courses. We tried to secure private funding for the fourth position. Indeed, alerted by a recent graduate, a generous local donor interested in dolphin research pledged a substan tial portion of the needed funding. But during the time delay, we lost Chris Johnson, who accepted an ap pointment at University of Califor nia, San Diego. At this writing, it seems the position will remain vacant. Alums Can Help I'll be pressing for an active search for a cognitive psychologist next year, hoping State funding will be available. Alumnae/i can help by alerting friends and acquaintances to our needs and to the opportunity for a psychologist to participate in our unique educational enterprise. Another way alumnae/i can help our newly integrated psychology department is to let us know about opportunities in psychology graduate programs. Psychology has become in creasingly competitive in recent years. Our students, without a net work of contacts, have found it dif ficult to get into graduate schools. Alums can help by letting us know of their experiences and by alerting us to faculty members who would be interested in working with students who have their own ideas, their own research interests. Our graduates have had a good record for completing Ph.D. degrees. But we need help in fmding ways of informing graduate schools about what New College students can ac complish despite their lack of point averages and recommendations from faculty with extensive publica tion records. Let us know what you know about graduate programs in psychology and about faculty who are interested in thoughtful, independent students. Professor David Smillie has taulfflt psychology at New College since J9(f}. NIMBUSSpring/Summer 1991 Page 14


Biologist Demski is New Florsheim Professor Marine animal researcher says New College offers 'the ideal situation for education" by Marsha Pottier Dr. LeoS. Demski has been named to the Leonard S. Flor sheim, Sr. Endowed Chair in Natural Sciences. Professor Demski is a biologist and the author or co-author of ap proximately 50 scientific papers and several edited books. He received a Ph.D. in anatomy and neuro-biology from the University of Rochester in 1%9 and has a B.A. in zoology and psychology from Miami University (Ohio). Previous to his appointment at New College, Dr. Demski was professor of biological sciences at the University of Kentucky and adjunct professor at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Cincinnati Zoo. In announcing the appoint ment, Dr. Margaret Bates, interim provost of New College, said, "We are delighted to welcome this dis tinguished biologist to our faculty and to the Sarasota-Bradenton community. Leo Demski brings teaching and research together in creative ways and I know he will open many doors to learning for our students. His many ties to scientists throughout Florida will certainly enhance New College's visibility and expand opportunities for our students." Dr. Demski said he was at tracted to New College because "it offers the ideal situation for educa tion: small classes, motivated stu dents with high ability, and freedom from emphasis on grades." In his consideration of a move to Sarasota, he cited the impact of two New College biology students who presented papers at a recent international scientific conference he attended. Much of Demski's work has been on marine animals, particularly sharks, sting rays and sex changing sea bass. Demski pointed out that sharks and rays, although ancient animals, have very advanced forms of reproduc tion. "They can help us understand bow the advanced systems in mam mals like ourselves evolved," Demski said. Demski finds the evolution of the brain mechanisms that control reproductive physiology and be havior of great interest. His studies range from molecular en docrinology to underwater obser vation of animal behavior. Marsha Fottler handles public relations for the New College Foundation. We'd like to hear from you. Send news, comments or address changes to New College Alumnae/i Association, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243-2197. Professor Leo Demski Announcements : Write? H you're interested in working on an NC alum ni journal of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc., please contact Merlin D. Mann or Dan Catalano. Please do not send manuscripts yet we're still in the earliest planning stages and want to find out if people are interested. Contact Merle at 1473 S. Grape St., Apt. A, Tallahassee, FL 32303 or Dan at 438 Oakdale, Apt. B, Atlanta, GA 30307. Housing Needed: Professor Peter Kazaks will be a visiting scholar in the Physics Department at Harvard in Fall 1991 and is hoping to trade houses with someone in a good school district. He'll need at least three bedrooms. His Aorida house has four bedrooms and a pool. H you are interested or know someone who might be, contact Peter c/o Natural Sciences Division, New College. Student Archives The New College Student Alliance is creat ing a student archives in the new student government office. This will serve as an informal history albeit an incomplete one -of the College. The archives will occupy a con spicuous place in the office and will be easily accessible for students and visiting alumni. As an alum, you can help us put together the archives. Please submit any items which you believe might be of interest. Ideas include copies of wall tapes, posters from PCPs, publi cations, signs, photos, interesting contract or ISP forms, tunny memos or documents, essays about or relating to New College. Send submissions to NCSA-Archives, Box 1, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243. Your participation in the creation of the archives is most appreciated . from 1991 graduate Eric Schickler


Fact or Fable? Alumnae/i Reunion 1992 In 1968-69 we picked up a hitch hiker named Ed Stress from Plan now for Apri/3, 4 & 5, 1992 Consider yourself targeted. Yes, YOU! If you entered New College between 1975 and 1980, if you were there then, or if you just happen to really like those of us who were, we want you to participate in the 1992 New College Reunion, April3-5. That's two weekends before Easter. Plan on it. Come enjoy familiar faces and warm surroundings. See old friends and make some new ones. We can promise that the place has changed enough to be interesting and that it has stayed the same enough to be fun. We can promise that the sunsets are still spectacular, that the conversation is still spirited, and that the Bai Hai still mixes a 'mean' Mai Tai. Most of all we promise you a weekend to remember. April 3rd through the 5th. Mark your calendar. We want to see YOU. We also want your input-as creative or practical as it may be. A postcard/questionnaire will be heading your way soon. Do take the time to respond with your ideas/sugges tions/concerns. Be on target. And remem ber, we aim to please. Your reunion targeteers, Susan Keating and Jodie Yeakel California and he lived with us at NC for a year and a half -we brought him food from the cafeteria and sup ported him. (Andy Roman'68) An NC alum was ar rested on a bicycle fleeing from the scene of a bank robbery he had just committed. (John Klein '69) John Esak '67 was almost machine-gunned to death in a foreign country. (anon.) One night in the wee hours some charter class students and a professor [still teaching] liberated some "old" airplane propellors from storage. Hanging one from a balconey facing U.S. 41 soon brought the police and the sight of the group rolling the propellers back again. (Barbara Sieborowski Ceo '66) Atlanta alums gathered in October 1990 at Kamp Kanna, home of Ginger Lyon. Enjoying themselves are, above, Rhonda Evans 75, Nancy Haber '72, Leon Hicks 71, Liz Rider '87 and Tina Trent '83. At left are Bill Witherspoon '71, Andrea Zucker 70 and Leonard Mon teith '71. NC's wrestling team once won the Florida State AAU team championship. (Wendell Wagner, Jr. '71) New College Nimbus Published three times per year by New Col lege Alumnae/i Association, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243, (813) 359-4324. EDITORIAUPRODUCTION COMMITIEE: NEW COLLEGE FOUNDATION Alumnae/i Association Nimbus 5700 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243-2197 Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage Paid Permit#56 Sarasota, FL Ben Ford '83, Chair; Susan Burns 76; Jim Feeney; Merlin Mann '86; Jono Miller '70; Carol Ann Wilkinson '64, editor. Special thanks to Donna Bagnall for production assistance. PHOTO CREDITS: p. 1, Glenda Cimino; p. 2, Jay Lentini; p. 3 (top), Usa Kernan; p. 3 (bottom left), Carol Gaskin; p.3 (bottom right), Cindy Gates; pp. 4-5, Charlene Bredder; p. 10, Pat Hansen; p. 12 (top left), Josh Breakstone; p. 16 (top right & bottom) & p. 17, Carol Ann Wilkin son; p. 15, Ron Lerner; p. 16, Ginger Lyon. GRAPHICS: Class Notes, Micki Roenspiess '79; p. 10 Miami Herald '-.I PRitm:D ON 100" RECYCLED PAPER

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