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NEW COLLEGE A publication of the New College Association Volume 41 Spring 1999 Planning The Future of New College Comments by Dean & Warden Michael S. Bassis Since August 1998, Dr. Michael Bassis has been Dean ofthe University of South Florida at SarasotaManatee and Warden ofNew College (See Nimbus Winter/Spring 1998 issue). A former president of Olivet College in Michigan, Dr. Bassis has both administrative and academic authority over New College, and administrative and shared academic authority for the University Program in Sarasota. The merger of what had been discrete responsibilities into one was the innovation ofUSF President Betty Castor. Since arriving in Sarasota, Dr. Bassis has initiated an all-campus effort to develop a "Blueprint for the Future" for both the college and the University Program. Nimbus submitted a series ofwritten questions to Dr. Bassis in early April. His responses reflect both initial conversations with NCAA staff and a more recent opportunity, which he requested, to make written edits. Q: From your experience at Olivet, you imported to New College and the University Program in Sarasota a process of organized introspection and strategic planning that you call the "Blueprint." The process ("to chart the future of this campus") has engaged most of the central players on campus for several months. In concrete terms, what do you hope to accomplish and implement at the end of the process? A. The process of planning that is occurring at New College and on campus does not come directly from my experience at Olivet. The plan ning process at Olivet was developed in response to unique issues in the history of that campus and the same is happening here at New College and the campus as a whole. ... One of the chief rationales for doing this kind of planning at this point in time is that it is clear that New College, the University Program and the campus as a whole need more resources, and I am convinced that the best way to engage the interest and support of people in a position to support the campuswhich includes the University of South Florida, the state of Florida, and the philanthropic community, both local and national-is to have them buy into our dreams and our realistic strategies for realizing those dreams. So, beyond the program matic ideas that come out of the planning process, an important goal is to be able to leverage more resources for the campus. Q: You have said you believe the "campusn at Sarasota has an "identity problem" that you would like to fix. Can you expklin how you perceive the problem-how it manifests itself-and why it's important to you to address it early in your tenure? What kind of direction or input on this issue have you received from USF President Betty Castor and/or Provost Thomas Tighe? A. I think that the campus does have an identity problem. It is clear from a variety of different surveys in the Sarasota/Manatee metropoli tan area, as well as from the kinds of confusion that we see in press coverage of the campus, that what is Continued on page 4


Blueprint Perspective By Alexis Simendinger '75 What does New College want to be when it grows up? How should an academically competitive liberal arts college and the branch campus programs of a major state university fit together on the same campus? Deja vu questions? Maybe. But they've been asked again, pondered, discussed, and answered (sort of) during the last six months on the New College campus. Dr. Michael S. Bassis, the new dean and warden for both New College and the University Program, arrived in Sarasota from Michigan's Olivet College in August last year, and by October, had launched a process he titled "Creat ing a Blueprint for the Future." The strategic planning process has involved directly or indirectly nearly all the New College and University constituencies (including the NCAA), and the results could have a significant impact on New College, both administratively and academically, as it heads into the next decade. As a newcomer to both New College and the University Program in Sarasota, Bassis brought an outsider's perspectives along with a mandate from his bosses in Tampa to nurture cohesiveness on the Sarasota campus while preserving two distinctly different educational missions. It's a tall order. Even before he launched the "Blueprint" discussions, Bassis made moves toward creating "a clear identity for the campus as a whole," in part through a proposed campus name change, new signage and a new logo. The NCAA, among others, expressed reservations about the specific proposal (see Bassis on page 1). For the time being, it's an idea on hold. Bassis also believes New College has become too insular in the world of higher education, putting it at a disadvantage to compete for funding and the quality of students it must attract. "Some may assume that we can continue on our present course, doing what we do more efficiently ... with added resources won through aggressive advocacy and astute fund raising. This presumes, however, that little around us is changing ... Unfortunately, such is not the case," stated the 25-page draft "Blueprint" report circulated in March. Tampa envisions New College growing from about 600 students now to an eventual 800 students, while retaining the 10:1 student faculty ratio. The University Pro gram in Sarasota currently has 1,300 students. Its eventual size is depen dent on demographics, competition and the University offerings on campus. In a nutshell, the campus-wide strategic report includes five gener alized priorities: 1) Make the entire campus an intellectual center for the local community; 2) "Continue to develop the Univer sity Program as an upper division, graduate and continuing profes sional education center" for the Sarasota-Manatee community; 3) "Continue to develop New College as a residential, public, liberal arts honors college of national distinc tion characterized by individual ized and active learning, high expectations for student perfor mance, and a balance between personal freedom and community responsibility"; 4) Give faculty and students the tools necessary for effective teaching and learning; and 5) "Enhance the visibility. image and support for the campus among external groups," particularly organizations in and around Sarasota. In the report, each priority is accompanied by slightly more detailed "objectives." For example, the report's attention to New College includes some it-goes without-saying suggestions, such as "develop, fund and implement a plan to increase the national visibility of New College and to recruit students from diverse backgrounds." But there are others that have raised a few eyebrows among current and former students: "Increase opportu nities for student learning through collaborative arrangements with USF and other educational institutions"; and "Re-examine the academic calendar and curriculum in light of aspirations of the College." Which ideas will fall by the wayside, and which have legs? Where are the opportunities and risks for New College? The report calls for implementation of initia tives for the entire campus by autumn 2000, beginning with heavy spade work by "Blueprint" commit tee members in May and june, a Bassis status report in September, and multi-year resource planning in December. In addition to plotting future "growth and development" at New College and the University Program, two new ideas will be fleshed out for consideration by the campus as a whole. The first is the creation of "interdisciplinary centers and institutes" (clearinghouses for common needs and services on campus) and the second, a "center for the improvement of student writing, math and computer skills." Continued on poge 10


NCAA President's letter Dear New College Alums: This issue of Nimbus follows a year of important changes on campus and with the NCAA. You'll get an update of the details as you read through the articles and features printed here. As we reported in a previous issue, the campus is now led by a single officer with combined authority over New College and the USF University Program. Michael Bassis became Dean of USF at Sarasota and Warden of New College in August 1998. As you might imagine, this new ar rangement has precipitated a great deal of discussion about the implica tions for the future of New College, and Bassis has initiated a campus wide strategic planning process resulting in the publication of a Blueprint for the Future. Nimbus submitted written questions to Bassis for this issue. You can find his responses to our questions about his vision for New College, the planning process, and future plans for campus on page 1. The piece is the product of initial conversations with NCAA staff and Dr. Bassis' more recent opportunity, at his request, to make written edits. Therefore, the content represents Dr. Bassis' most current thinking. The NCAA is your voice on campus. Many of you have con tacted the office or board members to make known your views, and we hope to hear from more of you this year than ever before. Our influence on campus has increased as our numbers and our financial contribu tions have grown It's especially important to make a strong showing in the coming year, as New College's needs are put on paper and change is proposed. You can help by donating your time to contact a prospective student, organize a chapter event, serve on an Association committee, or work with a current student on an internship or ISP. You can also help by donating money. Historically, the percentage of alums giving to New College has compared very favorably to that of other institu tions. We hope you'll contribute this year, when our goals are the most ambitious in the 13-year history of the NCAA. First, we need to sustain our annual fund, which provides pro grammatic support to New College, including funding for student grants, alumnaeji fellows, alumnaeji men tors, and external review of aca demic programs. The general fund also supports our services to mem bers, including the Nimbus, the directory, reunions, and the NCAA web site (which will be completely revamped in the next couple of months). Our office operations, which are almost entirely self supporting, also depend on annual giving. Second, we're working hard to complete the endowment for the Soo Bong Chae Professorship in Mathematics. You may remember that an anonymous alum provided a $300,000 seed donation to New College Foundation. The NCAA was challenged to raise an additional $300,000. The $600,000 will trigger a 70 percent match from the State of Florida, which will fully endow the position. We've received cash and pledges totaling about one-half of our goal, and we've committed to finish by summer 2002 We had a record number of candidates in our last elections for the board and the best voter turnout in four years! You'll fmd the election results on page 7. We also elected new officers at our spring meeting. am honored to succeed Alexis Simendinger '75-'81 as president. Alexis chose to pass the gavel this year. and she's a tough act to follow. I'm fortunate to have the continued assistance of John Hansen '76-'82 as treasurer and the help of newly elected board member Larry Vernaglia '87-'91 as secretary. We hope you'll appreciate the information in this issue of Nimbus. Take some time to catch up on the latest developments on campus. to find out about old friends in the Class Notes, and to check out the NCAA's ongoing support of New College. And let us know what you think. We'd love to hear from you. Mike Campbell '87 President


PLANNING THE FUTURE continued from page 1 here and how it is named is not well understood in the local community. Some people point to USF activities and think [they are] New College. Others point to New College activi ties and think [they are] USF. Those who do know that this campus is home to two separate and distinct entities, each with its own separate external support groups, also know that these two groups have not always communicated with one another very well. This makes it more difficult for people to embrace the place and embrace it comfort ably. I know of a number of in stances where potential support for the campus has been lost because of these issues. I have talked to both President Castor and Provost Tighe about this issue on a number of occasions and they strongly support the need to establish some common identity for this campus. Q: Some New CoUege representatives have said they perceive the identity problem to rest more with Umversity Program activities on campus than it does with New College, which has a definable, !iJJJ-service undergraduate mission. How do you respond to that observation? A: I think it is largely true. But New College is not this entire campus, and unlike national institutions that raise money nationally, most of the money that New College raises is raised locally. Having a confused identity locally cannot help with fundraising for the campus. Most colleges and universities in this country have a number of different constituent parts that live happily under one label-and that doesn't seem to confuse people. For example, johns Hopkins has multiple campuses and schools on those campuses that have radically different missions from one another, and yet no one seems to be confused about johns Hopkins' mission or stature in American higher educa tion. I think that we would take a major step forward by clarifying this issue, and as you know, I think that the identity for the campus as a whole ought to come from its historical underpinning, which is New College, and not the other obvious choice, which is the Univer sity of South Florida. Q: These same New CoUege representa tives suggest that what New CoUege reaDy needs is additional resources to do the same job it's doing, only better. If New College had more resources, would it help aUeviate the "identity problem" you speak about, or are they two separate issues? A: New resources would help New College, there is no question about that. But I do think that these are two separate issues, and that a clear identity for the campus as a whole would help New College in countless ways. Q: You have said you intend to protect the discrete educational missions of both New College and the University Pro gram, but to create a more unified campus. How would you like to change New College in the near-term, or within the next five or 10 years, to accomplish that? What about the umversity Program? (Please discuss both adminis trative and academic modifications you envision.) A: I do not want to change New College or the University Program. would like to help both of them develop, to become stronger and more viable, to become more powerful places for learning. I think the best way to do that is to create a set of circumstances where the faculty, staff and students and other stakeholders in the institution are able to sit down and thoughtfully and creatively plan for their futures. They need to move their programs to the next stage of development, rather than have some administrator "change" them. That is critical because they must have ownership over the direction of the changes. That is what our current planning process is designed to do, and I think it is making great headway. And, at least at this early stage, I am very enthusiastic about what might come out of the "Blueprint" proposal for New College, for the University Program and for the campus as a whole. ... One of the problems with a small liberal arts college is that the educational opportunities that the faculty can provide for students are limited-the depth and breadth of the academic program is limited by its size. And especially at a place like New College-with bright and creative and energetic studentsyou run the risk of having them use up the institution before it's time to graduate. The more New College can use all of its resources, including strategic alliances with other educational entities to create more opportunities for student learning, the more attractive we'll be to prospective students, and the richer the educational experiences are going to be for the students who study here. Q: In january, in purswi: of a more uniform campus identity, you proposed to the faculty and students of both New College and the University Program that the name of the Sarasota campus be changed fivm "umversity of South Florida at Sarasota-Manatee and New College of USF" to "New College of the University of South Florida" and you also proposed that the umversity Program be renamed "The School of Continuing and Professional Studies at New College. Your idea encompassed common signage, common letterhead and a common a logo that you Continued on page 10


David Dykstra: A Rememberance By Matt Posner 87 Dr. David Dykstra, Professor of literature, started teaching as an associate professor in 1966. He retired 26 years later in 1992. David Dykstra died on February 9, 1999. This article was submitted in his honor by one of his many devoted students. This is a tribute to David Dykstra, Professor of literature, whose manner and mind will carry on in those who learned from him. I studied with Prof. Dykstra from 1989-1991, and at that time he always taught in the conference room of C building. A solid man with straw-colored hair and beard, he wore colorful clothes: guayaberas and tropical print shirts, bright Florida pants. His voice was high-pitched but even. He entered the classroom, with its bright fluorescent lights, its massive side windows, its intimidating, long, broad conference table, carrying usually one or two well-worn books extensively bookmarked with slips of colored paper. His movements were modest he always sat still in the same spot at the head of the table he never raised his voice. Much of class time was conducted as question-and-answer. He did a lot of listening and spoke only when he could do so with precision and care. David Dykstra was an exceptional teacher of literature because he was a living model of calm, patient, deliberate thought. I will always remember Prof. Dykstra as "the man who taught me Robert Frost." He made me aware of a darker, more subtle Frost than I had ever imagined. In presenting this subject, however, he taught something more broadly useful how to look at a poem slowly and patiently. We were assigned to DESCRIBE Frost poems to look at their features carefully rather than rushing toward interpretation. Since it is human nature to react quickly and make hasty errors as a result, a conditioned. slowness of judgment is a powerful tool for making sense not just of poems, but of all the crucial and stunning experiences in life. In several even more demanding classes I took with Prof. Dykstra, I absorbed his unspoken way of unrushed, focused analysis. Now I try to pass on his strategy to my own students, to get them to focus slowly rather than hastily leaping toward a conclusion. In class, David Dykstra evaluated problems by breaking them into parts and testing a variety of perspectives. His lessons had the illusion of spontaneity because he moved at the slow, subtle pace of a guide. Like an expert equestrian on a youthful steed, he steered the impulsiveness or timidity of each student with nudges and deceptively casual gestures. He was a teacher in the best sense a model in action. He didn't force or command a pattern of thought. He just exhibited it, according to the highest standards of Socratic apprenticeship. Looking back, I realize that in some ways I have intellectually become David Dykstra. My thoughts move through the filter of his mind. The legacy of his mind will not perish. We, his students, will pass on that legacy to our own students and to our children. Rest well, Professor Dykstra, and live on in us.


2nd Court Named n Honor of Peggy Bates On February 5, 1999, a naming ceremony was held m Palm Court to recognize Dr. Margaret Bates for the achievements of her long academic career and her tireless, dedicated service to New College and the Sarasota community. Those who attended the ceremony witnessed the renaming of the Pei Residence Hall, formerly known as 2"" Court, to the Peggy Bates Residence Hall. Peggy's New College career spanned 24 years. 1971 until 1995. Peggy served with distinction as political sdence professor, student mentor, division chair, and interim provost. Peggy Bates, Rolland Heiser, and Beryl Block, Foundation Associate. In the summer of 1989, when Dr. Robert Benedetti accepted the deanship of a college in California, Peggy. was named interim provost, the title that preceded dean and warden. Her interim appointment lasted three years. Dean and Warden Michael S. Bassis welcomed the group that attended the ceremony and presented remarks recognizing Dr. Bates' accomplishments and dedication. Remarks were made by Rolland V. Heiser, president of the New College Foundation, Rachael Morris, president of the New College Student Alliance, and finally by Peggy Bates, professor emerita of New College. The new name is prominently dis played on the outside wall of the court and is visible from the apart ment that Peggy lived in for so many years. Classical Serenade On February 14, in the Mildred Sainer Music and Arts Pavilion, the internationally renowned Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ) played before an audience of more than 200. The concert, made possible by an alum, was hosted jointly by the New College Alumnaefi Associa tion and the New College Foundation. The music was extraordinary. A quote describing LAGQ taken from Guitar Player Magazine reads, "If you haven't heard a classical guitar quartet before, this one won't just show you what you've been missing,-they'll blow you away!" The audience was enthusiastic and appreciative. Most stayed to meet the members of the quartet -John Dearman, William Kanengiser, Scott Tennant, and Andrew York, and their special guest, Caterina Lichtenberg -at a champagne reception following the performance. A wonderful mix of alums, New College Foundation trustees and associates, students, faculty, and members of the community were drawn to campus for the performance and the reception that fol lowed.


Bay Area Alumni Chapter Revitalized By Nicole Wood, '90 On january 30, 1999, the San Francisco Bay Area Colony of Alum naefi re-awoke and gathered in the home of Vince Koloski and daudia Willen. Approximately 60 alumni were present, representing years 1974-1998, including Mark c. Davis, josh Armstrong, Malcolm Maclachlan, Sharon Corwin, Cindy Roessler, jeff Pittman, Brian Lincoln, Mark Humbert, Ben Harth and julie Herrod-Lumsden. Alums from the 1960s were greatly missed! Present as a guest was the new Dean and Warden of New College, Dr. Michael Bassis, who took the opportunity to introduce himself and present his hopes and goals for the college. A vigorous discussion ensued on the direction of New College, and alums asserted their voices concerning an institution they care deeply about. Many enjoyed meeting alums from different eras, and conversation and laughter seemed to be in abundant supply. Comments regarding the evening were resound ingly positive, and many asked when the next gathering would take place. This event was largely coordinated through e-mail and networking. Future events will include a physical mailing to include those alums without e-mail addresses. If you live in the Bay Area and would like to participate in future Bay Area alumni events, please be sure to forward your contact info to the NCAA or contact Nicole Wood at nwood @ There are tentative plans in the works for a picnic in Golden Gate Park this spring/summer, coordi nated by Mark Humbert and Nicole Wood. San Francisco Boy Area "Colony of Alumnae/i" Gathering in January Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors Election Results This year, 22 alums submitted statements to qualify for the NCAA election. This was the largest slate of candidates in the Alumnaefi Association's history. Below are the 10 alums elected to the NCAA Board of Directors. Following each name is the number of votes and percentage of votes received: Alexis Simendinger 267 {67%); Michael H. Campbell-251 {63%); David Smolker 230 {58%); john Hansen-221 {56%); Cally Waite 195 {49%); Rick Doblin-182 {46%); Robert Lincoln-176 (44%); Andrea Ginsky-169 {42%); Lawrence Vernaglia-169 {42%); and Stephen jacobson-155 {39%). Their two-year term began at the April 16-17, 1999, board meeting in Sarasota. Appointed members, continuing on the board, are Kenny Misemer '64 and Don Goldberg '68. Newly-appointed members are Chris LoFrisco '79 and Ben Prescott '85. The other members of this excellent slate of candidates were Patrick Moscatello, Diann Inge, Tina Vrablic, Grant Balfour, Matt Posner, Nathan Allen, Christopher LoFrisco, Ansel Webb, john Esak, Kelly Samek, Ben Prescott, and Tom Mayers. The "turnout" for this year's election was substantially greater than previous years' -20% of you took the time to vote and return your ballot. Thank you for your support.


Alums and Admissions Team Dine with Dolphins in Indy By Natalie Arsenault '91 NC Admissions Counselor Last October, I found myself sitting across from Louis Joyner '74 at a table of high school guidance counselors marveling about New College and watching the dolphins swim in the Dolphin Gallery of the Indianapolis Zoo. The room was filled with tables of counselors and New College reps, including alumnaefi Karen Rembold '71, Nat Schwartz '70, and Tom Kapostasy'74, and parents of current students. Back L-R. Michael S. Bassis, Tom Kapostasy, Louis Joyner, Nat Schwartz Front: Karen Rembold, Natalie Arsenault. tive student names. I invite you to send us the names and contact info for local students who may be a good match for New College. You may know these students through friends, work acquaintances or family from reading about their accom plishments, or through church or civic connections. Help us ensure that New College remains a national and Florida-wide college by alerting us to Ironically, several members of the Admissions Team (Kathy Killion, Director; Susan Rothfuss, Assistant Director; Jim Feeney, Director of Special Project Develop ment; honorary team-member; and myself,) and campusdean and warden Michael Bassis, all of whom have offices overlooking Sarasota Bay, had traveled to Indianapolis to dine with the dolphins. The event: a reception and dinner for counselors attending the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) annual conference. The outcome: increased awareness of New College in the college counseling community and strengthened ties between Admissions and our Indiana alums. With Tom Kapostasy as our cohost and Dean & Warden Bassis as our distinguished speaker, "Dining with the Dolphins" was a tremendous success. The guidance counselors have already started recommending us to some of their best students. Our alums helped Admissions while having a good time themselves. I personally left Indianapolis with renewed enthusiasm for a school that has remained true to its vision for over 30 years -a point made clearer by my interaction with alums whose experiences at New College very closely reflected my own. The Indy event foreshadowed our enhanced "Alumnaefi Volunteer Program." With their geographic diversity and natural enthusiasm for New College, alumnaefi can be a great source of assistance to Admis sions. Currently. we are mobilizing alumnaefi through a call for prospec-student prospects across the nation and throughout our home state of Florida! This call for names is only the first step. With the beginning of our next recruitment cycle in Septem ber, we will be expanding our program to include more personal contact with prospective students. Perhaps you'll be invited to attend a reception in your town and to share your stories of life at and after New College! Contact Admissions at (941) 359-4269 or ncadmissions@virtu.sar.


Oxford Mathematicians Teach at New College By Prof. David Mullins '81 The Mathematician in Residence (MiR) program was created to generate publicity for the New College Alumnae{i Association's fundraising efforts for the Soo Bong Chae Chair in Mathematics. Each year, the New College Mathematics faculty selects an area of mathemat ics outside their areas of expertise and invites a visiting professor to lecture and hold sessions with students. Students might structure ISPs around the visitor's area of expertise, or the visitor could offer a "short course" and advise students on research projects. For this year's MiR program, the mathematics faculty decided to focus on biomathematics. We invited two mathematicians, Professor Philip Maini and his post-doctoral student, Dr. Eamonn Gaffney. Both are faculty at the Mathematical Institute at Oxford. Eight New College students participated in January: Jake Byrnes, Mike Carlisle, joe Comeli, Sidney Cox III, Rachel Labes, Barry Liebowitz, Rob Myers and Doug Wahl. The program started with a week of lectures and problem sessions presented by Professor Maini on biomathematics and excitable systems. The material loosely followed several chapters of James Murray's book, Mathematical Biology. For the next three weeks, students separated into two groups to focus on two different projects. One project dealt with ocean plankton as excitable media. The students, with the help of Dr. Gaffney, studied three prominent papers on plankton outbreaks. Their research involved expanding the work in these papers as well as a field trip to the Mote Marine Labora tory to understand additional factors not accounted for in the original results. You can see the results of the project on the web at: plankton.html. For the second project the students, also with the help of Dr. Gaffney, used three chapters from Albert Goldbeter's book, Biochemical Oscillations and Cellular Rhythms, as a starting point for their experiments in excitable systems. Both groups used the numerical analysis tools of Mathematica and Maple to help develop and test models. It is likely that two thesis projects have emerged from this program. In addition to airfare and room and board for Professor Maini and Dr. Gaffney, the Mathematician in Residence program induded funds for a student lunch with the visitors, and student copies of Mathematical Biology. The students who partici pated have responded positively to the experience. While no visiting faculty member has been named for next year's program, the mathematics faculty is discussing a program on the joint area of mathematics and chemistry. Professor Philip Moini from the Mathematical Institute at Oxford.


Fundraising Underway In early February the NCAA 1999 fundraising appeal was mailed to every alum with an address on flle. If for some reason the appeal did not reach you, please contact the NCAA office. As of late April, a total of 30 alums (10%) have donated $36,000. This represents 31% of our $115,000 goal. As we move forward the end of the fiscal year, we will be looking for an increase in the dollar amount raised as well as in the level of participation. The number of alums who give is closely scrutinized when the overall health and vitality of New College is evaluated. A healthy, functioning alumnaefi provides institutional money for New College, a continually growing link between the past and present. PLANNING THE FUTURE continued from P a ge 4 said would be "in h'ne with the Univer sity of South Flonda style." You received mixed reactions from New College faculty and students, from University Program faculty and stu dents, as well as from the New College Alumnaeji Association Board and the New College Foundation Board of Trustees. Can you give us an update on your name-change, logo-change proposal? A: Well, it's clear that the name change as proposed was disconcert ing to too many people. They hadn't thought in these terms before, and consequently-while there were many who embraced it enthusiasti cally, the New College faculty in particular, others clearly needed more time to think about these issues and the implications. So I decided not to forward my proposal Our historical knowledge and anecdotal information are impor tant to maintaining the New College spirit. Our presence on campus is well known and respected as we con tinue to fund the Student Grants Program, the Alumnaeji Fellows Program, and the Mathematician in Residence Program. The NCAA also structured a model program by sponsoring the first independent appraisals of the Fine Arts and Natural Sciences Programs in 30 years. You may elect to target a dona tion to: Unrestricted funds, allowing the Board of Directors to determine where the money is most needed; Restricted funding which to the [USF] President. But I do expect that the campus will revisit this issue of campus identity and the name change at some point in the not-too-distant future after we have gone through our "Blueprint" planning process and after we have a sense of what those plans might contain. Q : The NCAA board of dli'ectors enjoyed an infOrmal conversation with you at its November 1998 meeting, at which you confided that your experience with the alumni association at Oh'vet had not been inspiring. In your view. how can the nearly 3,000 New College graduates and former students best help you accomph'sh your goals for New College? Continued on page 11 allows you to designate your gift for the program, discipline, or need of your choice. We are focusing our efforts this year on the endowment of the Soo Bong Chae Professorship in Mathematics. This ambitious fundraising effort is now 30% closer to a $300,000 goal. We would love to be able to count a donation from every alum. The NCAA hopes to raise endowment funds in the future and success in this, our first effort, is critical. The campaign is continuing and your donation is important. We are gearing up for, you guessed it, the Phonathon. No one who has donated within the year will be called. If you want a call from fellow alums or current students, just let us know. BLUEPRINT PERSPECTIVE continued from page 2 As might be expected, New College faculty have greeted the "Blueprint" experience with mixed reactions. Some find fault with the process itself, as well as its sub stance. Others focus their attention on proposals they think might benefit New College. A few others privately predict that nothing much will come of the entire enterprise. No matter what, the NCAA intends to keep you informed Alumnaefi interested in reviewing the March report to assist the NCAA in representing alumnaefi input are invited to contact NCAA President Michael Campbell,, or NCAA Executive Director Caroline Chambliss Bunn, (941) 359-4324, J


PLANNING THE FUTURE continued from page 10 A: I don t know that there is a simple answer to that question. There is a balance between preserv ing the essence of an institution, and, at the same time, encouraging it to go forward and respond in what is a rapidly changing world. Alumnae / i need to keep both those issues in mind as they comment on things that happen on campus and as they make decisions about how they can lend a hand. New College students and I am presuming alums, [see themselves] in no small part as change agents or at least change advocates for our society, and so sometimes [it is] surprising to see them take a very conservative and traditional stance when it comes to their institution. The landscape of higher educa tion is changing dramatically and no institution can afford simply to look backward in time. Mark 1\vain said once, "Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there In many ways, New College is extremely vulner able-it must be as creative as possible in meeting all of the challenges that it faces [It is important] to have alums defend the core academic values of the college but, at the same time encourage the college to adapt creatively to a changing environ ment ... When I went out and talked to the alumni group in San Francisco [in January], many of them had lots of questions and concerns about the relationship between New College and the University Program on this campus, and one young woman who had graduated four or maybe five years ago described how she had a wonderful set of opportuni ties through the University Program that she never would have had if those programs had not been on this campus. She described those in great detail. And when she fmished the conversation continued as though she had never opened her mouth. Q: Do you think the NCAAs autonomy i s a plus for New College, or would you prefer to see a different relationship take shape with the coUege or the "campus"? A: I don't know. Perhaps i t doesn't really matter It s the spirit with which the Alumnae/i Association and the college work together that's most important Q: Since August, the campus dean and warden (that's you) has enjoyed adminis trative authority over both campus programs. Do you think it would be a positive change for the dean and warden to also have academic authority over both the University Program and New CoUege? A: Well, you know I do have aca demic authority within New College. And I share academic authority for the University Program with the deans of the other colleges of the University of South Florida That kind of shared authority isn't easy to manage. It can get cumbersome. Q: You have said that you would not have accepted the job you now hold if not for New CoUege, but that if the job encompassed only New CoUege, you wouldn't have taken the job, because New CoUege has a lot to gain through its association with the University system. Why do you think the public private partnership between New CoUege and the USF system is important for New College as you look to the fi.Jture? A: Small private colleges and universities are extremely vulner able-especially ones that want to preserve a distinctive mission, like a church-related school or a liberal arts honors college. It's clear that New College has benefited from its almost 25-year-old affiliation with the University of South Florida. The University has supported New College s academic autonomy and its distinctive mission, and it has invested substantial resources in the College and the campus. Beyond serving as a source of financial stability, the University can provide both faculty and students with an expanded array of opportunities for learning that otherwise would be impossible to obtain. This access to intellectual as well as financial resources gives New College an enormously valuable advantage as it confronts the challenges ahead. The challenges to New College don't come from the University of South Florida; they don't come from the University Program with which it shares the campus. The chal lenges come from the enormous competition in this country for top flight honors students. They have a host of choices available to them Schools large and small, public and private, famous and not so famous, are competing for these students in every state in the country. The critical question is, why should a student choose to come here to study? We have to provide good, compelling reasons for students to be able to answer in the affirmative. That's the challenge. New College has to be a powerful educational experience that really does meet the needs of the kinds of students the institution wants to attract. And mobilizing the College and its alumnae/i around that fact is the critical issue. New College's vulner ability [arises] when it can't attract students to its distinctive program. And that's where our energy and creativity ought to be focused.


I Cl.ASSNotes 64 Glenda Cimino (Dublin. Ireland) is now working for Goodbody's, one of Ireland's major stockbrokerage firms, as well as writing, directing, produc ing, and acting in programs for Irish community radio. Glenda has joined a group of haiku writers in Wales, and has been published in an Irish journal, Haiku Spirit. She writes that Ireland is still her base and that anybody from New College is welcome to drop in for a chat or a place to stay. Paul Ukleja (New Bedford, MA} is finishing his fourth year as chair of the Physics Department at UMass and is looking forward to a year's sabbatical starting in July 1999. He will work at the Univer sity of Leeds with polymer scientists (Prof. Ian Ward) and at the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Polymer Science and Technology, and with scientists at the Centre for Self-Ordering Molecular Systems. 65 Sharon Landesman Ramey and her husband, Craig, just published a new book for parents, Right from Birth: Building Your Child's Foundation for Life. They try to share all the exciting scientific news about early brain development and experience, and help parents put this new knowl edge to good practical use. They are also the proud grandparents of Kate Andre, born November 27, 1998 (whose mother, Ann Dwyer Andre, is class of'87). They're hoping Kate and her sister might be third generation New College alums someday! 6 7 Cindy Cumfer (Portland, OR} contin ues to practice law half-time while a PhD candidate at UCLA. She is all but done and having a ball! After reading Luke Salisbury's ('65} article in the last issue of Nimbus, she found herself dreaming of Palm Court Parties and New College. "Thanks, Luke," Cindy writes. Susan Kuntz Sawyer is still working full time as a naturalist-teacher-artist for the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and teaching in the adult degree program at Vermont College on weekends. There she works with adults who design their own independent studies, especially in art or ecology. In her spare time, she's been doing some monitoring of calling frogs, mapping vernal pools, hunting for Jefferson salamanders and fairy shrimp. No time for quilting. Her kids growing up-in the spring they'll be 20, 17, and 141 68 Roger Klurfeld started an Internet business called Nutrition News Focus. The product is a free daily newsletter designed to clarify news about nutrition. See Http:// to subscribe to the free newsletter. Alexander Hagerty (Fairfax Station, VA), has completed his MA in writing at John Hopkins. Paz Cohen (Washington, DC}, has returned to journalism after a two-year hiatus as spokes person in the US and Caribbean for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Tim Kohler is in Calgary temporarily on a Fulbright. 69 Diane Kamer has joined a Winston Salem-based graphic design and marketing fiiill as senior copywriter. She is a specialist in print advertising and collateral materials develop ment. Daniel Raff is a newly-tenured faculty member in the department of management at the University of Pennsylvania. I Drucilla Bell became one of the first 63 civil law notaries in the state of Florida in December 1998. This class of attorneys not only draft important legal documents, but "authenticate" them, perform due diligence, verify facts and allegations, supervise signing and keep the original of the document. 7 0 Anita Allen-castellitto is a newly tenured faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Leslie Reinherz has enjoyed re establishing her relationship with New College while watching the progress of her stepdaughter. Rachael Herrup-Morse, who will graduate this May from New College. Tom Sorrell is a professor in the chemistry department at UNC, Chapel Hill, and has written an introductory textbook Organic Chemistry (University Science Books, Sausalito, CA}. It is scheduled to be published on March 10, 1999. 71 Susan Zilber has just moved back to New York and has started a new job as director, new business development, Buena Vista Books at the Walt Disney Company. NCAA Board member Rick Doblin would like to introduce a new alumnaefi baby. On Novem ber 18, 1998, his wife, Lynne, gave birth to their daughter Eliora Blaze. who weighed 9 lbs 3.2 oz. David Upsey and his wife, Dianne, recently returned from a two-month trip around the world,


I CLASS Notes "which we took courtesy of a com pletely unexpected telephone call from United Airlines informing us we won a Star-Alliance trip 'anywhere in the world to any destination that any of the Star-Alliance carriers fly, five stops, business class, no rules except be back 12/31/98 ... "' They visited Egypt, including two days in the eastern Egyptian desert, a tour of Abydos (a site north of Qena and long off limits to Westerners), and a rare chance to see the tomb of Seti I in Luxor; Syria; Hong Kong; Krabi and Chiang Mai (Thailand); Siem ReapfAngkor Wat (Cambodia); two weeks in Nepal; and finally a week in New Zealand before heading back home to McLean, VA. He says, "In the 15 months of planning for this trip, we were grateful for the assistance of an early New College alum, Nancy Tingley." Nancy is a widely known expert in Asian art living in San Francisco. Uoyd Steffen, university chaplain and professor of religious studies at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, has just published a new book, Executing justice: The Moral Meaning of the Death Penalty. 7 2 judy Schatz is in her second year as assistant director of admis sions at a Quaker pre-through-12th grade school in Abington, PA. "The school is based on many of the values that brought me to New College and remain with me still: respect for students, a love of learning (defined in many ways), and a strong sense of community. It is a wonderful place to work-and the fact that our three sons are students there (in ninth, fifth, and first grades) makes it better yet. Best regards to the New College community!" writes judy. CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE joshua Breakstone left in early April for a nine-week tour of japan. His new CD was also released in early April. Sally Stephens now works as a free lance science writer. 73 Robert (alias Bob "Sparky") Watts and his wife, Linda, both foreign service officers, have moved back to DC with their 3-year-old daughter, Sally, after a four-year tour in Ottawa, Canada. Robert and Linda are both working in the Economics and Business Bureau of the State Depart ment. They are expecting a son in March. Robert Uoyd will be on tour across America from mid-March through May with the folk-pop singer, john Wesley Harding. Check your local listings. 7 4 David Altfeder (Cary, NC) has been named VP of software develop ment for Printware Solutions in Apex, NC. Printware Solutions is the developer of FormsPartner, an elec tronic forms application which enhances the print capability of Legacy systems. Kate Schwettman Sorensen is coordinating the Native American Trauma Project on the Navajo Reserva tion (ongoing) and the International Energy Psychology Conference in Las Vegas (April 22-24). She and her family moved back to the Gateway Ranch outside of Flagstaff last May. The ranch demonstrates straw bale, "super adobe," and traditional Navajo building techniques, all run with alternative energy sources. The Spirit of New College is alive! All alums are invited to a Year 2000 New Year's Eve Party or to visit any time. Her e-mail address for info on either topic is: Marisa Mujica just finished a 200page collectible series of 'fascicles' (full color) on pre-Columbian cultures that she will sell to a local newspaper so that people can collect it free. The last 'fascicle' is on La Continuidad Cultural. She says, "It has taken me two years! But I enjoy doing it and learned a lot doing it. Someone has asked me if I want to translate it, put it in CDs and sell it to US universities ... but first I want to publish it here." The last series (on history) is at www.magicperu.comf atlas. I 75 Vince Koloski (San Francisco, CA) will have exhibitions of his artwork at St. johns University in MN, Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, and Northern Arizona University Museum in Flagstaff, AZ in 1999. Claudia Willen had a Portuguese edition of her book of Microsoft Outlook 91' come out in 1998. Jeff Marmaro is the research manager for a startup biotech com pany called Molecular Innovations. He and his wife have adopted four children from an abusive home, adding to their own four teenagers. 7 6 Linda Mytinger-Tyson says, "I hope to finish my Ph.D. in environ mental engineering at the University of Florida this summer thanks to an NSF fellowship. I have just finished my first year in a tenure-track position at Santa Fe Community College teaching ecology/biology. My four year-old, Dylan, is doing well at school although they don't always let me survive enough." Robert Hans and his wife, Patti, and


CLASSN o tes CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE their four kids returned from their long term assignment in Burkina Faso and bought an old house in Coral Gables He started a new company with some friends-lOS Partners Inc., (iosinc1 @ in honor of that wonderful Greek island in the Aegean. He continues to work in economic development and privatization around the world, currently as advisor to the govern ment of Madagascar for economic liberalization and privatization. He invites you to visit "exciting Miamithe vibrant capital of Latin Americaonly 1/2 hour by car from the United States no passport necessary, but bring your Spanish phrase book You can reach him at rhans@' jeff Karon is finishing his PhD at USF in Tampa. 77 Cindy Roessler is the field trip chair for the Society for Ecological Restoration's September 1999 interna tional conference in San Francisco. This means she gets to travel all over the state of California looking for interesting projects at beautiful locations like Yosemite National Park, Monterey Bay, and Point Reyes National Seashore. NC environmental studies grads and students are welcome to contact her at: skaantics@' for more informa tion. 7 8 Rita Ciresi (Wesley Chapel, Florida), is announcing the publication of her new novel, Pinks lip, by Delacorte, in January of this year. Keith Losh (Sarasota, FL), and his wife, Tess, will be making their third trip to Europe in March This time it's Vienna, Prague and Budapest. He has made a career change over the last three years He is now an engineering technician (CAD drafter). Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? craig Brown recently completed requirements for the Ph. D degree in marine biology and fisheries 7 9 Diane Dittman Manchester has relocated to North Carolina -the Southern Pines, Pinehurst area She is currently boarding horses and working in stained glass. as well as maintain ing her part-time job with the Drug Abuse Foundation. Diane is truly telecommuting The frrm is based in South Florida! Alums Chris LoFrisco and tindsay LaBurt LoFrisco have moved back to New York from Chicago and are now living in Nanuet. Lindsay has accepted an offer at her company's headquar ters in White Plains They are also the proud parents of Elise a healthy alum baby. Kirk Sullivan wrote to tell of the unexpected death of his wife Thia, who died on December 17, 1998. He sent us a beautiful, moving account of Thia's life and death. Condolences can be sent to Kirk, P.O. Box 1581, Venice, CA 90191. Kirk has friends and a very strong and supportive church group helping him through this difficult time. 80 Bailey Kessing sent a high priority e-mail to announce the arrival of daughter Emile Paige Kessing Martin Emile was born on October 6, 1998 Jim Shore (Bainbridge Island, WA) writes that being a full-time daddy was the hardest job that he had ever had, so he quit To kick back he returned to practicing law at Graham & Dunn in Seattle Jim chairs the firm's labor and employment law department. He and his wife Beryl, love living on Bainbridge Island and exploring tidepools with their family. Leslie Morris Godwin is living in Southern California with her husband, dogs and cats. She has been a psycho therapist for 15 years and an entrepre neur for 6 years, and has combined the two to create this synergy she calls Career & LifeTransition Coaching She is writing a book for professionals who want to discover and follow their calling. She says it is the most fun she's ever had working. She would love to hear from ex New College folks, and can be reached at: GodwinPSS @ 81 Tom Ronca (Los Angeles, CA) is working as an AVID editor and / or assistant. 8 2 Mark Nuckols sends greetings from Moscow He has moved from Ljubljana, Slovenia, to Moscow After two years of the good life in the former Yugoslavia, he plans to explore Russia and the Republics of the former USSR; in particular : Georgia, Armenia, Uzbekistan. and the Baltics. He extends an offer to anyone from NC visiting in the area ... drop him a line ... he is the best guide to the region ever born. His E-mail address is: markNuckols @ Madeline Altabe's family grew by one last June with the addition of another girl, Kestrel Ray Altabe Sanocki. Sydney Frederick got married in July and has a new name, Sydney Frederick-Osborne. She has moved from psychology to network adminis tration and database programming, working mostly for social service


I CLASS Notes agencies (Haight-Ashbury Free dinics and Family Mosaic Project), but would love to get professionally connected with NC folks if there are any in the San Francisco bay area. 84 Brian Keith Sullivan and band, Emerald Rose, announce the release of their debut CD. Unique arrangements of traditional Celtic music are combined with stirring original songs inspired by Celtic folklore and mythology. Information on the band and the CD can be found at emeraldrose. Leslie Smart and Bret Pettichord ('83) are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Ella Patricia Pettichord, born on the 4th of July. They also want everyone to know that their son, Zach, who was born while they were students at New College and who often made appearances in Palm Court, is now in 7th grade. Patrika Vaughn is thoroughly enjoying life as the world's first author's advocate ... teaching, lecturing, writing and producing audio books that show writers how to get pub lished in today's changing publishing climate. Book excerpts from The Writer's Tool Box and How to Write Your Own Life Story can be found at 85 The engagement of Carol Anne Zygar and Jeffrey Donald Plautz was announced in the December 14th edition of the Sarasota Herald-n-tbune. Carol is employed by Stanford Univer sity as a post-doctoral researcher. A February 13'b wedding is planned. Keith Mills is in his third year of teaching and being a dorm resident at TASIS England, an American school in CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE the small village ofThorpe, County Surrey, just west of London. He is teaching Western Civilization, US History, Intra to Government and Intra to Economics to high schoolers. Keith writes that the best part is the travel opportunities. He has visited Israel, China, Norway, 1\lrkey, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, and Scotland (where he sees Denise Neville McCann ('85) and her husband, Derek, in Edinburgh). Keith would love to hear from any old friends anywhere and fellow Novo Collegians in the UK. E-mail Keith at: kmills @ I On February 3, 1999, Susi Hauger and her husband, Dinko Gonzalez Trotter, became the proud parents of a baby boy, Bruno Andres Gonzalez Hauger. Susi is on maternity leave for a few months, after which she will be returning to work at the Duke Univer sity FEL Lab. Grace Roegner Freedman and her husband, Michael Freedman ('84) are pleased to announce the birth of their Mathematics professor David Mullins '81 and NCAA board member Andrea Ginsky '75 were married on Valentine's Day at that Sarasota landmark, "The Old Hickory."


I CLASSNotes second child, Sylvie Florence Roegner Freedman, on january 26, 1999. In April, Michele Gregoire (Gainesville, FL) presented a paper, "Using the Rasch Model to Assess the Implementation of Exemplary Middle School Practices: A Pilot Study of Florida's Middle Schools, at the American Educational Research Association meeting in Montreal. Interestingly, the second author of the paper is Ed Wolfe, whom she met initially because he was a friend of Leon Porter ('85), when they both worked at Acr together. 86 Monica Gaughan married Barry Bozeman on December 11, 1998 in Atlanta, GA. Gwen Davies f87) and Ginger Lyon ('70) attended. Grant Balfour is still dealing with his fears of permanent commitment by refusing to marry his longtime girlfriend Rowan jacobsen and his wife, Mary, are celebrating the birth of their son, Eric, on October 15. They are enjoying the Vermont winter and trying to rig the perfect infant ski harness Lauren Dockett's new book, Facing 30: Women Talk about Constructing a Real Life and Other Scary Rites of Passage, was published by New Harbinger. If you are interested in contacting Lauren, please e-mail her at: amy @ newharbinger com 8 7 john Hover (Pl ymouth, MA, for now), and his wife Erika are embarking on a year-long (perhaps longer) sailing cruise aboard their sailboat, Saros. Interested alums can follow their progress on their website: http: f fwww pobox com f saros joanne Dramko has moved out of LA CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE and up the coast a bit She has been accepted into the graduate program at the University of California in Santa Barbara She is now a student in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management She has a new e-mail address: jdramko @ Sung-Yoon Lee (Medford, MA) has spent the past six years as a master 's! doctoral student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and does find herself acting professorial and slightly more purposeful She writes that her New College experience was invalu able as she muddled through her "dissertortion Susan Stone (Washington, DC), has a new jobas the producer of National Public Radio's (NPR) Sounds Like Science, a weekly science show heard nationally and internationally. Her new e-mail address is: SStone @ Craig Herndon and his wife, Cathy, are the proud parents of a son named jack. Craig is an attorney in Brookline and they live in Dedham, MA. Mike Campbell was recently elected into Phi Beta Kappa and had research cited in the October 1998 issue of The Bulletin of Higher Education Administra tion, published by the Association of College Administration Professionals (ACAP). 8 8 tisa Milot (Charlottesville, VA) is a first-year law student at the University of Virginia and is happy to be out of New York City. Carla Eastis and Michael Serulneck ('89), are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Sarasota Eastis Serulneck. Sara, as she is known, was born on TUesday, December 22, at 12:34 a.m She weighed 8lbs., 8.5 oz. at birth and was 20.5 in long I Kristi Coulter is working as a senior editor at the AllMusic Guide and will have a story in the Virgin Fiction 2 anthology, forthcoming this summer from Rob Weisbach Books. justin Graham is still working on a Ph.D. in economics at FSU and is also working full-time at the dean's office on a Florida welfare reform research grant. 8 9 Dayna Ayers Baumeister (Missoula, MT) and her husband, Thorn are currently nailing the last nail in their new house and invite all to come for a visit They are looking forward to having Steve Witt ('89) and Lori Harger-Witt ('90) return from Bisbee, AZ, where Lori is studying herbal medicine. If you are heading west, stop in for a visit with Tammy Hogaboam f89), who is answering 911 calls in St. Louis, MI. Keith Coker (Sarasota FL) is spending his time as a Mac OS com puter consultant, practicing massage therapy and playing flute occasionally with a band called Native Descended Nation. They play two Fridays a month in the Opera House courtyard in downtown Sarasota. The group is a world-culture, inclusive flute and percussion group Chad Goldberg (Brooklyn, NY) is still a sociology grad student at the New School for Social Research, currently trying to get his dissertation started. (It's like writing a senior thesis all over again.) He backpacked all through TUrkey and Israel last summer with Daphne Gabrielli ('91) and went to Game 2 of the 1998 World Series to root for the New York Yankees with Mark Sanders ('89) and Kevin Arlyck ('90) Look for his review of jon Elster's Deliberative Democracy in


CLASSNotes the next issue of Constellations. You can e-mail him at: Kelly Green would like to announce the birth of her daughter, Chloe Margaret Duckart. She was born on April 1, 1998. She is beautiful and growing and on the web at http:// dingonline.comfchloe. 90 Aubrey Fox received the Warren Weaver Fellowship with the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City. He now lives in a studio apart ment in the upper West Side that is "bigger than my B-Dorm room." Asbtyn Mukhetjea is happy in her sixth semester at the City University Graduate Center and still extremely happy in New York ... Karin Breuer is doing dissertation CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE research in Jena, Germany. She plans to be back in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in August. 91 Marcy Osborne {Gainesville, FL) writes that she is enjoying her third year of medical school at the University of Florida and is very happy about her plans to marry jonathan Verduin in August 1999. They plan to live near Jacksonville until she graduates in May 2000. Mandy L. Heddle has just com pleted her master's degree and will pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Hawaii. She is currently taking classes at Mississippi State. Mandy plans to be in Sarasota in the spring, around graduation, and is looking forward to catching up with old friends. Loyal alum and television personality Jose Diaz Balart '78 flaunts his New College wardrobe, with Dr. Suess accents, at Universal Studios in Orlando. This memorable five-minute-segment aired on CBS This Morning on March 29. Suzie Meltz married Tom Phipps in San Antonio, TX, in August 1998. Both Matt Brockman ('91) and Raymonda Burgman ('91) attended the western ceremony. Suzie and Tom currently reside in Austin (and plan to be there for a while). Currently, Suzie is taking a semester off from school, as she's received a fellowship at the Governor of the State ofTexas' Budget and Planning Office. She is working through the legislative session and will be finishing up school in the fall. She is working on her professional report on mandated health insurance benefits, which will be completed this summer. As a side note, if anyone is interested in finding out more about Texas, or UT, please contact her at: lpba David Onley will be moving to Charleston, SC, from Stanford, CA, and invites any alumnaefi in the area to contact him at David will be working at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston as well as continuing with his web company, MetaSites. David is looking for other alums who are interested in building an alumnae/i website at Those interested in contributing should e-mail him. 92 Neil Israel is working for Sprint as a market analyst and is enrolled in the MBA program at the University of Kansas. Paula Fetterman has completed her masters' in public policy from William and Mary and is now working at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Arlington, VA. Kate Chapman {Seattle, WA) is continuing yet another project for alum Rick Doblin's f71) non-profit organiza-


CLASS Notes CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE tion. MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. Kate is reading through and posting online every medical abstract ever written in the English language on the topic of LSD. The project will be complete in mid-November and Kate will move on to event planning, stage lighting, and sculpture building. On November 29 of this year, Kate will marry Hiro Obata in Osaka, japan, and will become known as Kate Obata. Kate and Hiro will live in Seattle after the wedding. Gaia (formerly Paltrinieri) Goldman and Damon Goldman (Sarasota, FL) are working together as a team for ERA Mount Vernon Realty. They recently received an award at the regional ERA convention for selling $1.5 million in six months and have been named as the top producers. year to date, in their office. They are preparing for a trip to Europe. Patricia Strickler is studying vector transmitted disease at Yale University in the microbiology program, 9 3 Mala Ghoshal (Berkeley, CA) is enjoying being out of school so much that, "I've lost all interest in going back to school." Mala is working at a company that makes furniture out of recycled materials and is involved in activism for prisoners' rights and against prison expansion. Lizzie Dobbin writes that she is marrying Damon Agosto on New Year's Eve '99. Lizzie is working on mosaics in Tampa and is listed in the yellow pages. She adds, "We built our house, finally." Canie DeLong is in her second year of graduate school at the University of Hawaii. She is working towards her master's degree in the Human and Animal Cognition Program. Her research on dolphin echolocation takes place at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology on Coconut Island in Kaneohe Bay, Oahu. She is also working on getting grants for a non-profit group she and three friends started in 1998...-Qceanwide Science Institute. 94 Nathan Gibbs currently lives in Honolulu, HI, and is hard at work on both his flrst novel (based on his thesis) and a master's degree in education. He spends his spare time biking, swimming, and hiking. He'd like to hear from any alums he knows, especially if they're traveling to the islands. You can reach him at: Go Bones! Altom Maglio has begun his own law flrm in Sarasota. He is practicing exclusively in the area of civil litiga tion, focusing on medical malpractice, serious injury cases, and commercial litigation. He is putting his former experience defending doctors in malpractice cases to good use by now representing the victims of medical malpractice and their families. Altom also claims that he ftnished second place in the 1998 Sarasota County Bar Association 100-yard ambulance chase. 95 Dan Imaizumi is teaching English in the Republic of Cape Verde, West Africa. He writes that it is strange to be in "this not-so-exotic, hot, dry place. Melissa Andrews is back in Sarasota for a few months before going to grad school. She is the coordinator of public events in the office of Campus Advancement. She says, "I came back to soak up the magic of New College, and speciftcally, of the dance tutorial." Send your latest news or address changes to New College Alumnae/i Associa tion, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL 34243; (phone/fax: 941-359-4324;;


Bigger, Better Reunions The New College Spring Reunion, held each year in April, has become an institution; however, the NCAA board of directors and staff feel that the reunion could benefit from some changes. Unfortunately, each year a smaller and smaller number actually sign up to attend events that are offered and more alums come to campus to casually join in the reunion festivities. While the spontaneity creates an atmosphere of expectation, "I wonder who will be there?" It makes it difficult to plan events best suited to everyone. Last year, for example, 38 alums registered to attend the reunion, and many more joined for a single event, making it difficult to reserve rooms, cater meals, or organize an entire weekend of well-attended activities targeted to those who were there. What would entice you to attend a reunion? Is it time to abandon target years in favor of recognizing, for example, the 30th anniversary of the entering class of '69? Is there a better time of year to hold a re union? We have often heard from alums with children that it might be a more convenient time to travel with their families during holidays, or if we could find a magical time when schools are all out at the same time. Would alums like to attend yearly reunions in their cities or regions and travel to Sarasota every other year? We would love to hear your comments. Any ideas for reinvigo rating New College reunions will be considered. If you have an idea for an event, time, or place, please e mail the NCAA executive director:, or call 941-359-4324. Thanks! NIMBUS Published by New College Alumnae/i Association 5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243-2197 941-359-4324 (vooce/fax);; http;/ / Production/dostribuhon cost is S 1.50/cofYY. Editorial/Production Committee: Alexis Simendinger 75, Chair; Susan Burns 76; Mike Camp bell '87, Caroline Chambliss Bunn '79; Susan Foltz '83, Jim Feeney, Matt Posner '87, Carol Ann Wilkinson '64. Unless otherwise noted, opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent official policy of the Alumnaefi association or the opinions of the editors. In fact, the editors rarely even agree with each other. Photo and graphic credits: Nimbus logo and design Elaine Simmons; p. 1 (Bassis), p. 3, Christopher Bunn; p. 5 NCAA Archives (Dykstra); p. 7 Nicole Wood; p.O 8 (Admissions); p. 9 David Mullins; p 10. Jim Harman; p. 12 (LAGQ); p. 16 -(Mullins-Ginsky); p. 18 (CBS This Morning, March 29, 1999); Bock CoverRick Coe Maior Campus Proiects Under Construction R.V. Heiser Natural Sciences Complex Budget: $6,602,290 Construction is 60% completed and on schedule for completion in December 1999. Construction buyout is 96% completed. New College Residence Hall Phase ll (Goldstein Residence Hall) Budget: $3,138,945 Construction is 79% completed and on schedule for occupancy in fall 1999. Construction buyout is 100% completed. Sarasota Campus Utilities Infrastructure Project Budget: $3,800,000 Construction is 45% completed. Construction of the new utility plant south of the library is 75% com pleted and start-up of new chillers is scheduled for early June. Domestic water line, storm water and drain age work is completed. Chilled water line work is completed easy of US41 and is complete to the Heiser Natural Sciences Complex. Chilled water line work to Pritzker Marine Biology Building will begin in early June. Rhoda & jack Pritzker Marine Research Center Budget: $1,923,980 Construction Notice to Proceed has been issued effective June 1, 1999. Construction buyout is 60% complete. Asbestos sampling/ abatement is in progress and will be completed prior to demolition of the pump house building.


Bones Win league Title By Prof. Rick Coe The New College Bones men s softball team accomplished some thing in the fall season that they haven't been able to do in almost ten years-win a regular season league title The Bones finished first in the 12-team "E" Division on the strength of a 10-4 league record. The team was led by the hitting of Mike Cosper, whose .667 average was second best in the league. Also hitting well for the Bones were students Brian 1\lrk (.571). and faculty member Gordon Bauer and student Josh Husziger (both .530). A highlight of the season was when Evan Garfinkel '93 returned for one game and hit one out of the parkthe only Bone to accomplish that feat this season. Other team members were faculty members Rick Coe, Doug Langston, and Mike Michalson, students Ed Moore, Aaron Gubin, Josh Grigsby, Paul Crowe, and Jim Moore, alumni Jeremy Collins '98, NEW COLLEGE New College Alumnae/i Association 5700 N Tomi am i Trail Sarasota, FL 34243-2197 MAIL SERVICE REQUESTED The Illustri ous Bones and Andy Estes '73, ex-Director of Student Affairs Mark Johnson and long-time New College supporter Jay Stutzman. The playoffs were not as kind, as the Bones lost in the semifinals 9-6. Non-Profit Organization US Postage PAID Permit#61 Manasota, FL The loss was especially difficult in that the Bones gave up five runs in the top of the seventh inning after taking a two -run lead in the bottom of the 61 h inning. The Bones continue to be the longest-running extracurricular activity that combines the various elements of the New College familyfaculty, students, staff and alumnaeji. The Bones are now beginning their 15th year spanning 35 seasons. If any New College alums are back in town on a Sunday night, come out to the 17th Street park and catch a game. To All Alums who have made pledges and sent gifts. Thank you. Your catalogue orders are being mailed and will arrive soon.

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