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A publication of the :\V ColJege J\ lutnna vi Association No. 55 Spring 2007 On pages 14 and NCAA PRESIDE NT'S LETTER 15, Ginger Lyon '70 Dedicating the Palm Court goes back to the to New College alumnae/i archives to tell the story of the 1971 takeover of New College President John Elmendorf's office by the South Hall22. In this issue 3 Social networking and the new CAA Web site 5 College receives two extraordinary donations 6 How alumnae/i fellow foster educational diversity 1 1 Dr. Mike speaks out on college growth 17 Class Notes In the time since I last wrote to you, there have been some major developments both at our college and in our association. New College continues to garner national attention, and this is reflected in our growing admissions numbers. The college has also achieved a higher per capita produc tion of Fulbright fellows than Harvard or Yale. Construction of the new dormitories is moving along nicely and the dorms will hopefully be ready for occupancy in time for the entering class of 2007. Our Mentoring, Faculty Development and Alumnae/i Fellows pro grams under the able leadership of Adam Kendall have been reener-continued on p. 2 New College's iconic Palm Court, once described as a pelftct e.: rpression of the college's Apollonian and Diony. ian elements, will be dedicated to under the CAA's Palm Court Initiative.


Contributions will be used to establish NCAA Palm Court Scholarship Endowment continued from p. 1 gized and are flourishing. Adam is collaborating do ely with Provost Samuel M. avin to define program matic guidelines and establish goals and metrics so that we can evaluate program effectiveness. You can con tribute by volunteering to be a men tor or by applying for an Alumnae/i Fellowship. Please contact Jessica Rogers in the NCAA office or Adam Kendall for further information. The all-new alum Web site will be launched this summer, thanks to the tireless efforts of Adam Rivers and the members of the Web ite Com mittee. We've listened to your com ments and suggestions and have made many improvements to the look, feel and functionality of the site. Just a couple of the new features of the revamped NC Alum site are personal e-mail addresses and social networking. You can claim your free e-mail for warding address and check out the ease with which you can develop extended networks of friends and as ociates. Watch for further announcements. Our regional get-togethers are bigger and better than ever before, with events being held in many loca tions around the country. These events are a great way to stay in touch with other alums in your area and to keep up with happenings on campus. I hope you'll plan to attend or sponsor one soon. Reunion this year will be spectac ular! Ginger Lyon, reunion planner extraordinaire, with h elp from many others, has put together a calendar full of parties and special events. Bob Benedetti will be the guest of honor, and we will give him special 2 1MB S Spring 2007 recognition at the dinner/dance. There'll be a reenactment of Student Court, sailing on the bay, a barbecue, a Palm Court Party, a Wall and more. Don't miss this one or you'll be sorry you did! In conjunction with reunion, we hope you'll join us in welcoming the graduates of 2007 to our ranks. The graduation speaker promises to be remarkable. Amy Goodman, creator and moderator of the radio and tele vision show Democracy Now! and author of numerous books-most recently, Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People VVho Fight Back-will give the keynote address to the graduating class. Many of you will remember that during a recent appearance on The Colbe1t Report, Ms. Goodman made reference to New College, and was about to go further \vith it until Mr. Colbert changed the subject in mid sentence. We will now have the opportunity to hear her unabridged remarks to the new grads. Thanks to your generosity, the percentage of alum giving is on pace to exceed last year's number of 31 percent. And in addition to our annual fund drive we have perhaps the most extraordinary opportunity ever to contribute to the success of New College students! With the many construction projects currently under way on campus, there are a number of new naming opportuni ties. One of them is a place near and dear to all of us: Palm Court. Palm Court bas always symbol ized the spirit and c h aracter of New College, so what better place on campus to dedicate to Novo Colle gians past, present and future, than Palm Court? I am p leased to Bill Rosenberg, NCAA announce that New College Alum nae/i Association has undertaken a special campaign to raise $250,000 over and above our normal annual giving to dedicate Palm Court on behalf ofNC alums. The money raised will trigger state matching funds for a total of $375,000 This money will be used to establish the New College Alumnae/i Association Palm Court cholarship Endow ment, thus benefiting New College students in perpetuity. Your contributions to the endow ment will enable each of you to have permanent recognition in Palm Court. Contributions of $100 to $499 will be recognized by an engraved brick in the wall around Palm Court. Gifts of $500 to $1,499 will be acknowledged by an engraved paver in Palm Cou rt. Gifts of $1,500 to $4,999 qualifY for a go l d paver in the court while gifts of $5,000 and continued on p. 3


New NCAA Web site built around idea of social network, including career development by Adam Rivers '97 Internet use has changed drasti cally over the last three years. Rather than being a one-way conduit for information, the Web has transformed into an interactive medium that allows users to gener ate content and communicate directly with one another. The Web site of the NCAA,, has not kept up, but that will be changing in the coming months, with a redesigned public face and a large alumnae/i only community built around letting alums share photos, com ments, jobs and men to ring oppor tunities with each other. The NCAA also will offer alums permanent e mail addresses that can be forward ed to any e-mail account in the future. Redesigned by Rob Oates, New College's Web designer, the new Web site will be cleaner, with a more integrated look and more intuitive organization. For the first time, the college will be hosting our site, a change that should provide a more re l iable, up-to-date Web site. The biggest change is our new online community for alumnae/i built around the idea of the social network. The NCAA has teamed up with Affinity Circles, a dynamic Sil icon Valley company, to offer this secure online community. The com pany already provides services to 87 colleges and universities, ranging from large schools like UC Berkeley to smaller schools like Caltech and Dartmouth. At the heart of the system is the social network. Each person has his or her own profile where he or she can share pictures, contact infor mation, personal updates and more. Users can link up \vith peo ple they know and share informa tion that they choose to share. This is a great way to informally contact old friends or meet new Novo Col legians. The site also has interactive features standard to most alumnae/i Web site including a discus sion forum and an events calendar. This online community lets alumnae/i start groups based on shared social or professional inter ests. It also has a number of other features to help users find jobs and receive career advice from other alums. Detailed search functions Show your commitment to NC continued from p. 2 above will be recognized on a brass plaque in Palm Court. You will be receiving full details about the proj ect in the coming days. I've pledged my support to the Palm Court Initiative, and I'm plan ning to stretch in order to give the most that I can possibly afford to this signature project. I ask you to do the same and show everyone in the NC community our commitment to the college we all care about so much. Each of you can take great pride in what we have accomplished over the past year. We couldn't have done it without your time, expertise and continued generosity Let's continue to strive to do even more in the years ahead. Until next time, I wish all of you health, happiness and prosperity. help graduates find other alum nae/i at specific organizations or in specific fields, and the site maps your connection to that person through mutual friends and can list whether that person has signed up as a mentor. There i also an extensive listing of jobs from alumnae/i of New Col lege and alumnae/i at other schools that use the software from Affinity Circles. Career development is an important goal for the alum associ ation and the new Web site will enable alumnae/i to help each other. For years we have been request ing permanent e-mail forwarding. Our new service all ows alumnae/i to create an e-mail address that for wards to an e-mail account they already use. You can change jobs, schools or Internet service providers and continue to use the same address. Using the service will highlight New College and s h ow your con nection, because the e-mail \vill end in "@alum". We will be pro viding this service to alumnae/i when the new Web site is officially launched We know that the Web site is the most frequent way many alumnae/i interact with New College. These improvements should m ake your connection to the college more use ful and, we hope, entertaining. We are l ooking for volunteers to try out the site before its official launch, so if you're interested p l ease contact the Alumnae/i Association. Rivers is chair of the NCAA Web Site Committee and is a PhD candi date in biological oceanography at MIT and Woods Hole Oceanograph ic Institution. NIMBUS Spring 2007 3


NEW COLLEGE NEWS Fulbrights set record Six soon-to-graduate students and one alumna of New College of Florida have received 2007-2008 Fulbright Fellowships for a year of research and teaching in the international exchange program for U.S. students. The seven 2007-2008 Fulbright awards nearly double the four received last year and bring New College's total to 31 Fulbrights earned by tudents in the past 13 years and to 35 since New College was founded in 1960. In 2005, New College placed third nationally among all liberal arts colleges for Fulbright recipi ents by per capita percentage. New College was also the only public liberal arts college on the Chroni cle of Higher Education's list of leading Fulbright-recipient institu tions in 2005-2006. Receiving Fulbrights were: Trevor Caughlin, who will study the link between seed-dispersing animals and tree-population changes in the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary of Thailand; Karlye Dilts, who will study barri ers to formal market entry in Peru; Michael Powers and Alia Schultz, who will teach English as a foreign language in Germany; Meghan Rimelspach and Eleanor Vekert, who will teach English as a foreign language in South Korea; and Bryson Voirin, who will research ferret-like steinmartens and baummarders, animals that nor mally nest in trees but, drawn to car engines, gnaw on electrical wires and other components. He also will do field work at the Uni versity of Ulm, Germany. Voirin was named to USA Today's 2006 4 NIMBUS Spring 2007 Academic All-Star Team, the annual list of America s 60 best undergraduates, and won a 2005 Udall Foundation Scholarship. Two win NSF fellowships A senior student and an alumna of New College of Florida have each received 2007-2008 Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation, and three other New College alumnae/i received honorable mentions from NSF. The nationally competitive awards support outstanding grad uate students who can contribute significantly to research, teaching and innovations in science, tech nology, engineering and mathe matics. About 1,000 fellowships, which carry a stipend of $30,000 for a 12-month tenure period, will be awarded by the NSF this year. All awards are for a maximum of three years usable over a five-year period. Trevor Caughlin, a senior the sis student who will graduate from New College in May with a double major in biology and environmen tal studies, will do graduate study toward a doctorate in ecology at the University of Florida with his NSF fellowship. Before beginning his graduate study, however, he will first do research in Thailand under the Fulbright Research Grant he also received this spring. Sarah A. Stamper, a May 2006 graduate of New College, also received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Stamper will pursue a PhD in experimental psy chology at Brown University, where she currently is a laboratory technician in the Bat Lab in Brown's Department of Neuro science working on several behav ioral and anatomical studies of the big brown bat. Three New College graduatesWilliam J. Werner (in Germany this year as a Fulbright Research cholar) Timothy H. Sanchez and Julia A. McReynoldsearned honorable mentions from the National Science Foundation. Though they do not receive fellow ships, the designation is consid ered a significant academic achievement. Breidbord wins Gates Jonathan Breidbord, a thesis student at New College of Florida, is the state honors college's first recipient of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and one of only 48 college students in the nation to be selected for the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarships, awarded annually to highly talented men and women around the world. The scholarships, established by the Bill & Melinda Gates Founda tion in 2001 \vith a $210 million endowment to the University of Cambridge, provide for graduate study at the distinguished English university, one of the world's oldest. The scholarships, which cover all expenses plus round-trip air fare, are valued at about $40,000 a year. Gates scholars may pursue one-or two-year master's programs, a second bachelor's degree or a three-or four-year PhD. The seventh contingent of Gates scholars, including Breidbord, will continued on p. 5


New College to gain almost $10 million from Searing and Pritzker gifts by Michael Milton '98 New College of Florida received two extraordinary donations last fall: a $2 million gift from The Libra Foundation to establish the Rhoda Pritzker Endowed Fund for Academic Excellence and a $2.7 million gift from Ulla Searing to establish the Ulla Searing Fund for Academic Excellence. Both of these gifts will trigger matching funds from the State of Florida, effectively doubling their size. Endowment funds pay a small portion of their value to the col lege every year and grow over time to keep pace with inflation. For the donor, these gifts represent an opportunity to make a permanent impact on New College of Florida, with every new generation of students benefiting from the income generated by the funds. For the college, the gifts provide a stable income stream that increases the institution's independence and ensures its ability to achieve academic excellence. Although the specific disburse-ment policies of new endowments vary, endowment gifts like these have an enormous impact on the experiences of current and future students. Every $1 million of endowment used for academic purposes can, for example, pay the salary of an assistant professor, fund three substantial out-of-state scholar ships, fund 13 or more full-tuition in-state scholarships, or fund the research of more than 50 students. The Libra Foundation gift, which was announced on Sept. 12, was made in honor of Rhoda Pritzker, a longtime friend and benefactor of the college. One of the campus's five new residence halls will bear Mrs. Pritzker's name in honor of her support. The gift of another longtime supporter of New College, Ulla Searing, was announced on Dec. 12. When matched by state funds, this gift will be the largest in the college's history. Mrs. Searing is the widow of the financier Arthur Searing and NEW COLLEGE NEWS (continued) continued from p. 4 begin study at Cambridge in Octo ber. This spring, Breidbord, who is from Livingston, N.J., is completing his New College senior thesis before graduating in May. In his study of neurochemicals, Breidbord found evidence in the scien t i fic literature of relative l y high levels of copper in the blood of autistic children. Combining his interests in chemistry and childhood develop mental disorders for his senior project, he designed and is synthe sizing a compound that is expected to bind tightly to copper and thereby reduce its levels-a potential therapy for autism. At Cambridge, Breidbord p lans to begin master of philosophy a major donor to a variety of Sara sota institutions, including the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and the Florida State Uni versity Asolo Theatre and Conser vatory. Her gift comes in the form of a charitable remainder annuity trust, a popular planned-giving and estate-planning vehicle in which funds are placed in an irrev ocable trust that pays income to the donor during her lifetime, with the remaining principal passing to the charity upon her death. Planned-gift donors enjoy membership in the New College Foun dation's Four Winds Society. Indi viduals interested in planned gifts should contact the New College Foundation at 914-487-4800. Milton served as the director of annual giving for the New College Foundation dU1-ing 2004-2005 and is a new member of the NCAA bomd. He CU1-rently works for One to One Gulfcoast, aji1m specializing in nonpTOjit annual fund-raising. studies in medical sciences, a yearlong program to be completed within Cambridge's Department of Psychiatry and at its Autism Research Centre. After Cambridge, Breidbord's goal is to complete medical school before ulti m ately doing clinical and research activity as a developmental pediatrician in a university setting. NIMBUS Sp1;ng 2007 5


Alumnae/i Fellows foster educational diversity by Chris Pettit '98 When I was a student at New College, I had the opportunity to take classes with then alumnae/i fellow Dan Harrison. Taking class from a New College alumnus who knew the New College experience and understood us as students was a great opportunity. After graduating from New Col lege, I went on to get degrees in law, travel the world and begin my lecturing career at the University of Cape Town. I decided that I wanted to return to arasota and settle down for a bit. As I contemplated my future as an academic or legal practitioner, I realized what a fantastic foundation had been laid for me in my academic career by my time at New College. I wanted to help contribute to the building of educational foundations for the students who came after me. I thought that the Alumnae/i Fel lows program might be a great way for me to give something back to my alma mater while continuing to enhance my lecturing experience. Alumnae/i Fellowships give alumnae/i the chance to return to New College as lecturers to offer tutorials, ISPs and mod or full semester courses. The fellowships serve a very important role in keep ing the educational diversity of New College thriving by ensuring that unique and useful courses not offered in the normal course of administration can be made avail able to the student body. Alumnae/i are able to give back to the New College community by offering their scholarship on topics that may not be normally broached by current New College faculty. For instance, with the retirement of the venerable Professor Eugene Lewis, students will not have the opportunity to joust with the brilliant doctor over issues of constitu tional law and civil liberties in preparation for a possible advancement into the law school ranks. Since a large percentage of students from liberal arts colleges head to law school, it seems as though offering a few law classes for stu dents would be a great idea. As an a l umni fellow lecturing in law, I can only hope that I am contributing in continued on p. 7 ALUMNAE/I fELLOWSHIPS: THE STUDEN T PERSPECTIVE by Benjamin Wolski '04 This past year I have been privi leged to take two courses offered by an alumnus, both of which have proved to be unique and crucial to the comprehensiveness of class offerings. I feel it is very important for current students to have access to successful past students, giving real-life examples of paths avail able after college. It is undeniable that we Novo Collegians graduate with a different outlook on life from the general population. We need some friendly guidance as much as anyone. Wide gaps in the curriculum, such as in law and rights theory, can easily be fill ed wit h outside expertise. Having taken both Foundations oflnternational Sus6 NIMBUS Spr i ng 2007 tainab l e Development Law, offered in spring 2006, and Basic Founda tions of Law and Rights, currently being offered in spring 2007, both taught by Chris Pettit, I can attest to the relevance and uniqueness of alumnae/i fellowships. Since I and many of my fellow students have entertained the idea of applying to law schoo l it is nec essary that we be exposed to law's scholarly foundations and profes sional alternatives. Law theory also provides very relevant historical context for those of us studying political science, economics and other p h i l osophy-based disci plines. As an alum, Chris Pettit under stands the imp o rtance of conduct ing discussion-led classes where students are encouraged to offer personal opinion and perspective. This is necessary because the courses being offered tackle diffi cult and novel ideas and argu ments with very practical applica tions. This approach differs from mo t philosophy courses, in which I have had a difficult time connect ing back to the real world, and from economics and political sc i ence courses, in which both the students and the professors have fairly obvious predetermined opin ions and biases. Thank you very much for p ro viding students with alumnae/i professors through the founda tion's program. T h ese courses are increasing l y necessary for a com p rehensive New College c o urse sched ule. I sincerel y hope the pro gram continues.


To protect college's unique qualities, possible drawbacks to growth must be examined by John F. McDiarmid Last summer, Nimbus printed an "Open Letter on NC Growth Pro-po als" from Michael Campbell, Alexis Simendinger and Lawrence Vernaglia. It has been on my mind ever since to respond to this, but the task kept getting pushed back because of other commitments. I hope it's not too late now to offer a comment I start off from my sense of what Continue support for alum fellows continued from p. 6 a manner that lives up to the New College tradition of excellence. I encourage the entire New Col lege community to continue to sup port the Alumnae/i Fellows and the alumnae/i who come back to con tribute. It has been a great privilege for me to lecture here, and I look forward to filling a niche as a fellow in the semesters to come. I hope that alumnae/i continue to step forward to contribute to the unique educa tional experience that is New Col lege, and that the fellow hip contin ue to receive the support and fund ing it needs from the foundation and alumnae/i association. Pettit is teaching Basic Founda tions of Law and Rights this semes ter as an adjunct professor of jurisprudence. He has previously offered the courses Sustainable Development Law and Human Rights in Islamic Law. You can reach him at or 941-284-6733. distinguishes the college from other excellent liberal arts institutions. I remember that in the fall ofl983, my first semester of teaching at the col lege, I asked Jay Moseley, then chair of the Humanities Division, for his take on what New College students were like. I Ie said something like, "Well, they're the kind of students you would expect to be attracted to a place like this," by which he meant students who valued having a lot of independence in planning and pur suing their studies. I found this to be true, and I also valued the independence faculty were given-for instance, to try out new courses. The contract system is also part of this, with its basic assumption that what constitutes a semester's worth of college education can legitimately be determined by an individual faculty member advising an individual student. Obviously in these circumstances a great deal of responsibility rests on individual fac ulty members to represent their dis ciplines comprehensively and rigor ously and genuinely to pursue what is best for students. That responsibil ity was not always fulfilled But New College's distinctive identity, I think, has much to do with trying to induce individuals to regulate them elves, and trying to deal individually with cases where they won't, rather than trying to set too many rules. I only gradually discovered what for me is the other distinctive charac tei; tic of New College: the degree of mutual respect and regard of stu-continued on p. 8 At the Boston, alum gathering March 31: left to right, Trinallofreiter '97, Lua Pytka '01, Sarah Stamper '02, and .David Johansen '98. 1MB S Spri n g 2007 7


Could growth threaten individual autonomy? continued from p. 7 dents and faculty. Students at New College in my experience were typically "kids who did well in school," kids for whom chool itself was important, a source of not just intellectual but personal growth and affirmation of their worth. They came to the college hop ing to respect and be liked by their teachers, and most New College teachers responded with a highly unusual amount of concern. There can be problems here too, but one of the most refreshing things about the college is that there is not too much of the tired, boring, "us against them" di tance and amused cynicism that often appears between students and faculty at other institu tions. If an extraordinary degree of individual autonomy and an extraordinary degree of mutual respect among the members of the community distinguish New Col lege, would increasing its size threaten these characteristics? It certainly would if class sizes or advising loads get larger. 'frying to guide students to exercise autonomy productively takes a lot of time and attention. It's hard to know, respect or like individual students if they come at you as members of an importunate crowd. In particular, the advising func tion at New College is supposed to be, and often in fact is, something quite different from what it is at other colleges (for instance, the form-signing function my advisors performed when I was an under graduate at Swarthmore), and it would lose its quality if faculty mem bers had too many advisees. Even if the line is held on classes and advising, I'm not sure that growth might not be harmful in some ways. At least in my first years Ilostsfor Marc h 25 O,t'IUtrd, Cal if., alum gath ering Jo h n Mallinckrodt antl Caro l Ho l der '61,. 8 NIMBUS Spring 2007 as an advisor, I got to know, or at least know a good deal about, most of my faculty colleagues and what they taught, including in other divi sions. I could give students good advice on whether a particular course or instructor would be good for them at the point where they were in their studies. Within my dis cipline, all of us on the faculty knew all the students who were concen trating in it pretty well, and could consult and advise one another about them. With a larger faculty and student body, these possibilities might be diminished or losl On another and perhaps less important level, my most rewarding committee service at the college was on the PAC. I doubt that this college wide committee could develop the kind of knowledge and give the kind of intensive, nonroutine attention to individual cases that it did in my experience if the facu l ty were too large The feel of governance at the college would alter. I appreciate the advantages of growth. Students I knew suffered, in both their undergraduate and post graduate careers, because, for instance, the college was too small to support even one facu lty member in theater Faculty members sometimes felt they had to postpone vitally needed research assignments because they had too few colleagues to carry on the instructional program in their absence. I hope, though, that the possible drawbacks of growth, at l east to 1,2 0 0 stu d ents, are also being closely examined I love New College; it was the best academic experience of my life. I wish t h e very best to it and to my friends who are still there. McDiarmid is associate professor emeritus oflitemture.


NC can grow without sacrificing uniqueness by Chris Pettit '98 With the opening of the new USF Sarasota/Manatee campus, which has moved most of USF's students and campus activities off the New College campus, the con struction of New College s new dorms, and the hiring of new facul ty the suggestion of expanding New College's student body, facili ties and faculty has begun to be debated and analyzed. Concerns about maintaining the uniqueness of New College, ensur ing that the school does not come to be run like a business and main taining the education of students as our highest goal are at the fore front of the position articulated by those skeptical of the possibility of growth. These concerns are not to be taken lightly, but if we as the New College community meet this chal lenge with our talents and ingenu ity, it seems as though the inevitable growth ofthe school can be managed and the uniqueness of the community preserved. In the end, we should keep in mind the best interests of present and future generations of students and their ability to get the best education instead of substituting our own self-interested ideas of being a profitable business entity or maintaining a high ranking in a subjective publication such as U.S. News eJ World Report. If we ensure that present and future generations of students are guaranteed the highest level of education, the rankings and prof itability should follow. In order to do this, New College must be able to adapt to a changing academic climate. In the past couple of years, as the student population has crept higher, we have seen shortages of classes for first years students wanting to pursue a wider variety of academic focuses, and further evidence of the need for the hiring of academics \vith certain special ties that are required by students to enter graduate educa tion Our unique community has changed as we have become inde pendent ofUSF but more dependent on Tallahassee for funding, resulting in a slightly more rigid, political and conservative New Col lege administration at times. The nostalgic NC that we remember as alumnae / i and for mer faculty has been altered with time, but has not lost its soul due to the quality of our faculty and student body as well as the pres ence of Novo Collegians in key positions on the admissions staff. If we continue to re ist bringing in too many outsiders to make us more business friendly or political ly correct, we can maintain the unique community that drew most of us to the west coast of Florida for our higher education. There has not been a call to do away with the Walls, PCPs, alternative events, evaluation systems or any number of other aspects that make NC the community that it is. A responsible expansion of the faculty, student body and campus would ensure that these aspects are maintained while moving NC for ward into a position where stu dents would be guaranteed a high quality education in more areas than are currently offered. The administration has worked up a \vish list of scholars and academic areas they would like to add. New College would have the ability to function better in the area of preparing students for graduate studies, law school, government and private internships and other post NC endeavors by bringing in specialized faculty and associations with various institutions in aca demic areas currently underrepre sented on campus. Alumnae / i fellows, adjuncts and student chairs are currently doing a fantastic job filling some of the gaps in the makeup of the faculty, but in order to truly guarantee the highest quality of education for the students, as well as the best possi ble preparation and foundation for future endeavors, NC will need to develop and bring in more scholars and affiliations without compro mising the core of what it means to be a Novo Collegian. We can then look forward to future generations of students having the education and connections to be able to leave a lasting impression on our chang ing world in many areas of study. The NC personality and lifestyle can have a positive influence on the world and make it a better place for all future generations. In order to increase the impact of that unique personality on the commu nity at large, we need more stu dents and faculty, while ensuring enough of a more nostalgic NC influence to guarantee that the uniqueness is preserved and nurtured. Pettit is teaching a Ba,sic Founda tions of Law and Rights this semes ter as an adjunct professor of jurisprudence. He has previously offered the courses Sustainable Development Law and Human Rights in Islamic Law. You can reach him at or 941-284-6733 1MB S Spring 2007 9


President Michalson on money and other issues Susan Burns, coeditor ofNimbus, recently talked to New College of Florida President Gordon "Mike" Michals on Jr. about what it's felt like having USF off campus, increasing the size of the student body and the challenge of attracting out-oftate students. Q Even though New College became independent of the Univer sity of South Florida in 2001, we're coming to Lhe end of the first year of having the campus to ourselves. What has that been like? A. The reality of independence didn't fully sink in until the moment we were physically independent. Just in terms of dealing \vith quality of life issues like finding a parking space, the effects have been great for morale and day-to-day convenience and great for our sense of institu tional purpose. On the other side of campus, the specter of five dorms going up is a dramatic indication of how we're moving forward and transforming student life. The physical transfor mations symbolize strategic initia tives to link academic life and student life more closely, to show that learning is seamless, whether it's part of a class or part of a donn dis cussion or part of a disciplinary incident in the residential-life setting. For a variety of reasons, which have a lot to do with our connections with USF in the past, we haven't been able to capitalize on that. The biggest historical problem in that regard is that the director of student affairs here for years and years reported to the USF dean. Student affairs seemed like part of the USF bureaucracy. There was no heritage at New College associated with link ing student life with the academic mission of the school. Student life 10 NIMBUS Spring 2007 was associated with food, housing and disciplinary stuff being imposed by "the Man." Now we have a dean of students, Wendy Bashant, a PhD and an experienced faculty member as well as a student affairs profes sional, and our efforts are enhanced further by designing these new dorms with small classroom seminar settings. When John Cranor and I go to alurnnae/i groups around the coun try, we emphasize to people that if they haven't been back to campus for a while, come back. First of all, USF \vill be gone, and second of all, you'll see these transformations occurring on the east campus, and they're not just buildings. They're manifestations of a concerted effort to link in-class and out-of-class experience so people understand better why they came to a residential liberal arts college. Q How does the 2007-2008 budget look? A. We're succeeding the second year in a row in having the state leg islature add $1.8 million of recurring money to our base budget. The Board of Governors in its draft leg islative budget request for 2008 has already put us in for our third installment. These instal lments come out of a consultant's [MGT America] report. We asked them to study how funding for New College would have gone if we had started in a deliberate, planned way like Florida Gulf Coast University instead of being split from USF in the middle of the night before the end of the legislative session of 2001. We were short-funded by close to $6 million. We conferred with the legislative staff and members of the chancel lor's staff and said, "Look at this report; and they agreed it was a compelling study and recommended that we parse out [the funds] in three stages of $1.8 million per year. That's a cumulative amount of $5.4 mi1lion that's added to a base budget of around $20 million. That's like the income of an extra $100 million in endowment. Q. How many students do we have currently? A. We have 761 but we'll be going to 800 in two or three years. The new dorms will hou e 80 percent. We could have that number right now but we need to refurbish the Pei dorms and we need to add faculty. This is my biggest headache right now. We originally designed the bond issue for the dorms with some excess cash so that the money could refurbish Pei and Ham Center. Since the bonding occurred, the price of materials has gone up 30 percent, so our major fund-raising effort right now is based upon getting people to pay a million and a half dollars to have their names on each of the three dorms that are not named. One dorm, of course, is named after Ulla Searing and the other after Rhoda Pritzker. It's not a bad deal, by the way. There have been anumber of asks out and there have been a number of no's that have come in. We've been slow to make progress on that. I'd be hopeful there'd be something to announce at the next foundation board meeting later this month. There is a need for a more national approach to fund-raising. We're a national liberal arts college, in the national rankings. It's no secret we've been parochial in our fund-raising. Q You've rolled out the contro versial idea that we should look at growing the student body to 1,200. What's your argument? A No official recommendation continued on p. 11


No pressure from state for college to get bigger continued from p. 10 has been made to grow beyond 800. If one was to reread my State of the College Report of 2005 when I raised this, I said the whole point of broaching the subject of growing to an enrollment past 800 now is that we're nowhere near the point in time when we're in a position to make that decision, so let's have a robust discussion-debate, if you willabout the issues in the absence of the need for a decision because this will allow for a freer-flowing, less pressurized discussion. In my 2006 State of the College Report I emphasized that with the pressures we're now facing to get these new dorms up, were we to rush to a judgment about going beyond 800 any time soon, like in the next three or four years, the first thing we'd have to do would be to start yet more dorms or else back off on our sense of what percentage of students we want to have on campus People would lynch me if I said, "Guess what? We're going to add dorms." It would be the wrong pressure to impose on this school at this time. We need to get our student-faculty ratio to 10:1. It's between 11:1 and 12:1 now. We're adding four tenure track lines right now, two in Chinese language and culture, although we've only successfully hired in one; one in cultural anthropology with an African specialization; and a new line in developmental economics with a specialization in Latin America. We may not have the one Chinese stud ies person by this fall. We're going to redo the search. We had three people we wanted, but all three had high powered professional spouses who couldn't find the right situation quickly enough. The is ues brought forth in Nimbus ("Three Alums' Thoughts on the Growth of New College," summer 2006] are exactly the kinds of issues I wanted to have brought forth by thoughtful people. Our campu mas ter plan consultants met with us last year, and based upon their prelimi nary assessment of the size of our campus and the nature of us as a residential liberal arts campus, they said we could physically sustain at least 5,000 students. I about fell out of my chair and thought right away, "Of course, we'll never be that num ber. That would destroy New Col lege." And then I realized the number 1,200 has a similar effect on other people and it just matters where your buttons are. At the same time, my ingle most important reason for wanting it big ger is to add more faculty. You'll have a deeper, 1icher curriculum, fewer students leaving because their interests change or because they can't get along with the one person in their field, and more opportuni ties for collegiality and professional growth for the faculty. Q. How will this decision be made? A. When we have these new dorms up and running for a year or so the administration, presumably the president, whoever that is at that point in time, would administer some more formal modes of con stituency-wide discussion about the pros and cons of a larger enrollment. There would be some structured way of having everybody who had a stake in the matter participate in discus sions prior to any formal recommen dation that went to the Board of 'Ihlstees. The endgame is a Board of 'Ihlstee action. It's not going to come in a vacuum. It will come as a rec ommendation from the administra tion. I can't imagine this or any future administration cooking up a New College President Gordon "Mike" MiclwUion :fr. recommendation out of the blue, just based upon some number, without some formal process for getting the greatest views. We've had zero, I repeat, zero pressure on us from the Board of Governors, the legislature or any statewide entity to get bigger. When I've had informal discussions with the chancellor and others about potential enrollments down the road, the attitude basically is, "You guys decide because no matter how big you might decide it \vill never be big enough to affect our access issues in the state of Florida. New College is in a class by itself." Q You mentioned earlier that a future administration may be deal ing with this issue. Do you have future plans that you need to discuss with us? A. No, it was an indirect way of saying that discussion, that deci ion, is probably so longer term that it continued on p.l2 NIMB S Spring 2007 11


Luring students: The 'loosey-goosey factor continued from p. 11 may be a subsequent admini tration that undertakes them. My immedi ate goal is to get the discussion going. Q. How have the high-profile ran kings by U.S. Ne:ws eJ World Report, Princeton Review Kiplinger and Lauren Pope book, Colleges That Change Lives affected admis sions? How competitive is New Col lege and what is our long-term out look statewide and nationally? A. One good argument for not growing beyond the 800 is that we could make admissions more com petitive. Applications last year, for fall of'06 class, went up 31 percent. I think it was mostly due to our first-time appearance in U.S. News eJ World Report. This year we went from No. 3 to No. 1 and applications are only up 11 or 12 percent, but coming on the heels of a 31 percent increase we're happy that they went up at all. Our biggest concern is the volatility of yield of out-of-state stu dents. We would like to get back to a 50-50 ratio ofin-state, out-of state. ltight now in-state is in the high 70s, pushing 80 percent, because of the success of Bright Futures [the State of Florida's schol arship program that pays full or partial tuition for high-achieving students]. A lot ofthe increases last year in that 31 percent and the increase in applications this year was in out-of-state students, and we've been targeting that, but we re not getting a very accurate yield on them. I think Kathy Killion [New College dean of admissions] inherit ed a financial aid and scholarship packaging program which may have diverted too much of our aid money to students with Bright Futures. Kathy has astutely decided that is not money well spcn t, but she's 12 N I MBUS Spring 2007 come into a situation where com mitments were made for four years. The reality is it's hard for us to recruit out-of-state students without making it very affordable. Out-of state tuition is about $18 ,000 now; in-state is about $3, 400. Q. Is money the biggest factor in attracting out-of-state students? A. It's the biggest. New College is not for everybody. It can be harder to articulate the fit for that student who is some distance away The parental factor is important, and one reason we re investing in public affairs we ve added additional staffers-is to develop a clearer pro file for not just the student but the student's family so that coming here rather than going to Bowdoin because Bowdoin is sending so much money to them, doesn t seem crazy to them. The trick is not to sell our soul by eliminating the loosey goosey element that makes us what we are, but by showcasing the loosey goosey element to illustrate that this kind of education really turns into something, that it's transformative education. Reasons to come to reunion by Mwy Ruiz 73 Memorial Day Weekend (May 25 27) is a fine time to head to the 2007 New College reunion because it coincides with graduation. At this very moment, New College seniors are deciding whether to walk half naked or fu Uy costumed in medieval garb to accept their diploma. Count on us raising a glass to these newest members of the New College Alum nae/i Association. We are welcoming alums from every entering class but especially those from years '67, '72, '77, '82, '87, '92, '97 and '02. If you have any doubts about whether it is a good idea to come back, I submit to you that your Zoo College classmates are very likely the only peop l e who rea l ly understand you. There is also the prospect of enjoying the bay, the water, the sun and the beaches of subtropical Flor i da with these same people. There is yet another reason to come to the New College reunion this year. I confess it is the reason you will see me there. Dr Robert Benedetti is joining us Those of you who entered in '72 will remember seeing Bob on his bicycle as a new political science professor. Those of you who entered in 82 saw Dr. Benedetti appointed as provost in '83 after the six-month tenure of his prede cessor ended. Before Provost Benedetti left New College in '89, he took great pains to found and foster the New College Alumnae/i Association in '85. Yes, it is a fine time to head to the 2007 New College reunion for a lot of reasons. I am looking forward to seeing you and thanking Bob for believing in us as students and as alums. Ruiz serves as president and CEO of Manatee Glens, a $25 million nonprofit in Bradenton, Fla., that helps families in crisis with mental health and addictions services She is also the founding president of the New College Alumnae/i Association.


LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR What an exciting time to be New College alums! New College has gained much national recogni tion over the past year and the NCAA has been working hard to increase the ways in which you stay connected. Over the past year, the NCAA leadership has set goals for gaining more alumnae/i involvement. This summer, the NCAA will be launch ing an entirely new Web site geared to keeping you informed of the great things happening at New College and the programs that we offer. It will also give you as alum nae/i the opportunity to network with each other through profes sions and interests. Please see Adam Rivers's article in this issue for more information. This year, the NCAA has organized a record number of chapter events across the United States. The purpose of these events has been to provide infor mation about current initiatives, give updates on programs and create an atmosphere where alumnae/i can reconnect with their classmates. Since our last issue, we have had 11 gatherings in cities throughout the country from Boston to San Francisco. As we begin to wrap up the spring season, our last major event for the 2006-2007 year will be taking place on the New College campus. Alumnae/i Reunion Weekend May 25-27 is one you do not want to miss! There will be a New College Campus Master Plan panel discus sion on Saturday led by Jono Miller '70. Don't miss this oppor tunity to find out more about the future plans of New College from New College professors, staff and students. Come early on Friday and take part in a tour of the new dorm con struction on the east end of cam pus. There will also be tours offered of the Jane Bancroft Cook Library and the Pritzker Marine Lab. New College Political Science Professor Emeritus Bob Benedetti will be honored at this year's fes tivities. Larry Vernaglia and Dave Smolker will hold an organization al meeting for New College Alum nae /i in law professions on Sun day. The law meeting will follow the NCAA State of the Association meeting on Sunday, where you will have the opportunity to find 'jessica Rogers, NCAA e ; recutive director out more about the Palm Court Scholarship Initiative President Bill Rosenberg outlines in his letter in this issue. I would like to take this oppor tunity to say a special thank-you to the 398 alumnae/i who con tributed over $55,000 in the past year through our student-led Phone-a-Thon. Your contributions continue to support the NCAA's core programs and help us provide you with continued benefits like the Nimbus and the Web site. Ultimate Frisbee team a New College first NimlnLS reported in its fall 2006 issue that NC's Sailing Club was in line to be the first intercollegiate team in New College's history. The ultimate Frisbee team, New College Fun, begs to differ. New College Fun was founded in fall 2000 by Mike Cenzer and Chris Limburg, both fourth years at the time. The team competed in the fall and spring of 2001. Today the team has about 10 to 15 regular players and competed recently at University of Florida's Florida Winter Classic Tournament. New College Fun is competitive against smaller schools and larger schools' B teams. This year the Fun has been rebuilding with mostly first-year students, but the team still wins at least a couple of games in any given tournament and nearly upset Georgia's B Team. But, as the name implies the team's principal objective is to have fun and hopes to play another sea son ofleague and additional tourna ments this semester if it receives funding from the New College Ath letic Reserve Committee. NlMBUS Spring 2007 13


FROM THE ARCHIVES: 1971 South Hall22 Takes Over NC President's Office There are archives, and there are memories. Memories and viewpoints differ from person to person, and jostle with the passing of time. In telling the story of an event that rocked the campus long ago, I gathered all these elements. Readers, you will add your own. It's all part of the story that we call New College. Ginger Lyon, NC '70. Protesters, including Ly a Anders on, C '69 (back row, center), camping out in the President's outh Hall office. In 1971, the Women's Liberation movement was gaining team. The VietNam and Civil Rights movements had just peaked. The ew College campu wa in the word of Pre ident John Elmendorf, mall i olated and inten e", one that was-particularly in contra t to the campus of today-decidedly rna culine in tone Robin Morgan, editor of the anthology, Si terhood i Powerful, came to campus as a vi iting in tructor. Invigorated by her presence and teaching, a group of women tudents rai ed i ues. Their concerns, they felt, were ignored There was al o a cultural clash between the aggre ive stance of Robin Morgan and the more laid back paternalistic style of the New College of that day. A group of femini t student presented Pre ident Elmendorf with a set of demands including availability of birth control, inc rea ed lighting and security, provision of. elf-defen e classc hiring of more women professors, and payment of a minimum 2 per hour wage for female per onnel working on campu n ati fied with the Pre ident' re pon e, the group returned to hi office, and remained there for 5 days The group was determined to stay in the President's office until they got a reply to their demands Dr. Elmendorf said, "The girl can tay indefinitely but their tactic arc hurting the very cau e they e pou e." Balcony of South Hall. The fist-in-female ymbol was fir t widely cen on the cover of isterhood is Powerful. John Elmendorf likened the school to a premature infant "ahead of its time, full of promise, and facing great challenges''. 14 NIMB S Spring 2007 The prote ters, oon known as the South Hall 22, lepton the Pre ident's couch and Oriental rug and ate food brought in by runners Mary Elmendorf, the President' widow and C Honorary Alumna recalls John Elmendorf being grateful that they were not destructive of his per onal belongings, although he hrewdly took the tep of di connecting the phone, Ie t any l ong di tance calls be made In the student body there were mixed reaction : amu ement, support for the i ues, di dain for the tactics and hurt feeling that such a divi ivc action was taken in a etting that saw it elf a family. Newspaper, TV and radio reporter poured in. The Sarasota community---the prime source of financial and intellectual upport to the College --reacted har hly.


The di ruption and media attention inten ified. Acting on her own, student Sheila Roher, C '70, petitioned the Student Court to bring an injunction again tthe prote tors for interfering with education. A Town Meeting wa held in Hamilton Center, and the student body voted overwhelmingly in favor of the injunction. TI1e it-in ended. But the repercu sions did not. The protesters faced anger and ostracism: many did not continue at New College. The president seemed haken, despite the generally good reaction to the way he handled the cri i Robin Morgan came to be ecn as a somewhat misleading figure, one who stirred thing up then departed with nary a backward glance. An alternative women's negot1atmg group was formed, taking up many of the issues the outh Hall 22 had rai ed. Voice were rai ed for gay liberation. A cycle of ocial change had begun. The South Hall 22 knocked down doors that others later walked through. Music Room, library (now College Hall). In a press con!erence held after the sitln, activist Kim McCutcheon reads a statement from lhe group. For more information on the sit-in and the community respon c, go to hi e/. it.htm Thank you, Gail ovak, of the ew College Library for a embling and po ting the archive Ly a Ander on recall the year of the sit-in and its aftermath "to be a time of awakening, and good practice for when I have had to stand up for my elf, unafraid of my own voice." Laura Breeze, NC '70, a supporter of the prole t who served a a messenger during the sit-in, peak of "learning that I could be part of a collective action without losing my individuality." Protc ter Colleen Clark C '70 (mother of Selena Clark Lee, NC '98), recalling both the pain and the empowerment, states, "The deepe t le on wa that true independence i built with trong loving interdependent connection with other -women and men." New College Reunion, 2004: AI lhe dedication of the Keating Center, home ot the NCAA, Mary Elmendorl (second from left) gathers Ginger, Laura and Lyssa under her wings. NIMBUS Spring 2007 15


Julian Clancy Frazier '98 Julian Clancy Frazier 98, 29,

CLASS NOTES 1964 Carol Davis writes My maiden name is Braginsky the name my classmates will remember. I retired from the U .S. government service after 33 years, most of it as an intel ligence analyst. I am now working on a history project. 1965 Cheryl White Hoffman and lawrence Paulson have opened A Tangled Skein a yarn store at U.S. 1 and Gallatin Street in Hyattsville, Md. just a few miles north of the D.C. line. Edna Walker Paulson is OBITUARIES continued from p. 16 She was the statewide coordinator for the Florida Kinship Center at the University of South Florida School of Social Work and formerly a senior health educator with the HRS Health Department in Perry, Fla., where she was the teen-pregnancyprevention coordinator and was very active in community out reach with teens. She was a l so the former chair of the Taylor County Health Department's Step Up Florida program. At New College, which she entered in 1992, she was a psychology major. She was also New Col lege's first "super RA" and was well known on campus for her bubbly personality. She moved to Tampa from Perry in January 2005 and married Bill Carver there on March 11, 2006. the weekend crochet expert. They'd love to see New College knitters and crocheters as well as the merely curious. Their Web site is 1 96 9 Joh n Lentini writes, Forensic scientist specialist in fire investigations. Spent 32 years in Atlanta, then relo cated to the Florida Keys. Traveling and speaking often on the subject of fires and standardization in forensic sciences. Don t believe what you see on CSI. Married the lovely judy Kaye ('68-'72) and the proud dad of Julia and Jerald. Jerald is a double legacy who will graduate NC in 2007. Julia is lawyer in Springfield Mass. 1970 Willia m Coner l y writes "A native Oregonian since 1984! Working for myself as economic consultant, after a lot of grad school, a little teaching, and lots of corporate work. Married, two boys (one in college, one nearl y t here). Web site: www.ConerlyCon suiting. com." Tom Sorr ell writes, "The second edi tion of my textbook Organic Chem istry was publ ished last year. This year, I plan to retire from my posi tio n as p r ofessor of chemistry at t h e University of North Caro lina at C h apel Hill after 30 years I am moving to To l edo, Ohio, and intend to pursue a secon d career as an artist after getting married on 07-07-07. Attac hed is a p h oto taken at Badlands National Park of me and my d og Tseyi ( pronounced 'shay'; Navajo for 'in the rock'). We were on Tom Sorrellmul his dog, Tseyi a painting trip through the Midwest and West last May. 1972 Seth Reiss is married to Patricia Reiss, nee Podevin, and has two children, Dominic, 15, and Angela, 12. He is a lawyer with Godbey Grif fiths Reiss Chong LLP a Honolul u firm specializing in intellectual property, Internet law and civil liti gation, www.lex-ip .com and 1973 J uli a n K apla n writes, "Still living in NYC. Recently celebrated our lOth anniversary with my partner oflO years, Walter Mullin. Working as general counse l of S iemens Real Estate Inc. and as a private investor." 1974 Willi a m Dudl e y former advisory director of Goldman Sachs & Co., NIMB S Spri ng 200 7 17


CLASS NOTES (CONTINUED) became the executive vice president for markets for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Jan. 1, 2007. 1975 lonnie Draper is still practicing medicine part time while he works as the founding CEO of Avocare. This company invented an ATM machine that dispenses prescription medicine directly to the patient in a pharmacy, doctor s office or ER. The company also developed the soft ware that runs the Regional Health Information Exchange. Lonnie was the gracious host of the Tallahassee alum gathering on March 7 honor ing Keith Fitzgerald. Vince Koloski writes, Still doing sculpture using neon, LEDs, and other illuminated materials." Koloski recently created and installed an enormous illuminated book for the first San Francisco branch library A Lib-rary Book, Koloski s first public art commission, is an accordion-fold book with eight massive pages that is suspended from the 25-foot ceiling of the reading lounge in the Mission Bay branch library at Fourth and Berry Streets in San Francisco. Koloski has been a San Francisco r ident since 1985. He and Claudia Willen '75 celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in March. Koloski's art has been shown throughout the United States and have been acquired for private and corporate col1ection For more infor mation, see 1976 David Smolin, a professor of law at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Ala., and Desiree Howell Smolin '78 recently celebrated their 25th wed-Vince Koloski's illuminated book hangs in a San .Franci

treatise Mental and Errwtional Injuries in Employment Litigation (BNA Books 2001) and author of more than 50 published articles on labor and employment law. He is former chairman of the board of directors of the Irvine, Calif., Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as vice chair and general counsel of that organization. 19 79 Eric Walzer writes that he is cur rently the finance director for the Caribbean and Latin America for Avaya Inc. Eric Gottshall writes, "Recently posted to London doing technology surveillance in Europe for the Office of Naval Research. Had drinks with May Wu Gibson '79 recently and motivated to contact old friends." 1980 Ron Rostow writes, "Personal status is: Gratefully Single. One son, Sam, fifth grade age 11 (born 1995). CFO of a not-for-profit organization, a skilled nursing facility in We tchester County, N.Y." 1983 E lisa Carlson writes, "I have two kids, 10 and 13, and a husband. I am a senior librarian at East County Regional Library in Lehigh Acres Fla. I run, and home school one kid for now." Mine Og ur a writes, "I'm living in LA, the town I swore I'd never move to. I remember a few jokes about Mexico .... Spend 3-5 weekends a year visiting friends in Maui ... work like ... well, work like a typi cal software slave who's left the Bay Area. I miss San Fran." 1985 Meg Davis writes, "I finished my BS at Florida State in 1988 and earned my PhD from the State University of New York at Albany School of Public Health in biomedical science. I am currently a scientist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., doing research in neurophar macology and brain development." Donal Martin writes: "I just wanted to inform you that I have dedicated my fine art black-and-white photo graph gallery Imagenoir to my dear deceased friend [Professor of Math ematics] Soo Bong Chae. I was a student at New College from Dublin, Ireland, and it was becau e of Soo Bong that I went to NC as one of the first exchange tudents from Ireland to visit NC. I was one of two Irish students, both named Donal. During my time at NC I became a close friend of Soo Bong and also his lovely \vife. In 1993, I got married at NC outside Cook Hall, and Soo Bong was my best man at my wedding. Sadly, Soo Bong died four months later. I have dedicated my fine art Web photo gallery to the memory of oo Bong, as he was my mentor, friend and guru and hero. Here is the Web site: www.imagenoir.neL I hope that you will be able to make fellow alumni aware of my dedication to Soo Bong Chae." 1986 Karen Williams (Stasiow ki) writes, "Justin and I have a beautiful baby girl, Lyora Bryanna, who was born on May 2, 2006. She is a precious miracle baby who survived four months of bed rest for Mom to come into this world an absolutely amazing bouncy baby." Molly Olah (Malloy) writes, "I am a professional violini t and violist who teaches and gigs in the Raleigh, earthquakes and beaches in New Professional mu3ician Molly Olah (center) plays in the Rakigh, NC., area. IMB S Spring 2007 19


CLASS NOTES (CONTINUED) N.C., area. I'm married to a fellow professional musician who plays the trombone, and we have two cats Cletus and Clementine I have attached my photo I'm the one in the middle with the violin. We have a Web site 1987 Arlynda Boyer has had quite a year. In an episode that aired March 29 she appeared as a contestant on Jeopa1dy! The month before she read her tribute essay, How Dale Earnhardt Made Me a Better Bud dhist, on National Public Radio s sports show, Only a Game. She is development operations manager of the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton Va. Chelsea Jones has settled into the position of international documents librarian at the University of Florida. Larry Vernaglia is a partner and member of the health care industry team at Foley & Larnder LLP, in Boston Massachusetts. He is mar ried to Liz Rudow Vernaglia '87 and is the past president of the New Col lege Alumnae/i Association. 1988 Kristi Coulter writes, "I'm living in Seattle and working as head of edi torial for Amazon s books and media businesses." Jennifer Whitten is an artist, board certified art therapist and profes sional clinical counselor. 20 NIMBUS Spring 2007 Corey Remile writes, I am current ly a sociology professor at Wake Forest University. My wife Kather ine and I have a three year old daughter named Natalia. Nicolas (Nic) Cook and wife Jill had a boy, Lars Leonard-Cook, in late December 2006. Nic still works deep in the salt mines of the Con gressional Research Service, where he covers Africa issues for the U.S. Congress. He's sometimes let off leash to travel to the continent. Email him at niccook @ Nic Cook and son Lars 1989 We don't know if it's coincidence or a conspiracy, but two New College alums appeared on Jeopardy! in shows that aired in March. Carla Ea tis, assistant professor of sociolo gy at Catawba College, appeared in a show that aired March 8, three weeks before the airing of an episode featuring Arlynda Boyer '87. Malcolm Maclachlan writes, "I'm a reporter and photographer covering California politics for a paper called the Capitol Weekly. My girlfriend Hanh and I are also getting mar ried, though we haven t set a date yet. Ed Edsten '89 is going to be my best man. 1990 Scott Pesetsky writes, Hi. I just got engaged to Jennifer Marshall. We have poker games with New College alums Seth Clou Agne Farr and Devin Coleman-Derr." 1991 David Bryant writes ince leaving the New College Alumnae/i As oci ation in May 2005, I mo ed to Tampa and now work as member ship manager at the Florida Aquarium ( It's a great place to work ... we have pen guins! My wife and I had a beautiful baby girl named Jackie on Decem ber 9, 2005. She's the cutest baby ever." Mary Osburn writes, "Since gradu ating from NC as a SOTA; I have been a public assistance specialist and a psych rehab counselor, then a family/crisis intervention counselor, in Northern Florida. I retired in '05 after the death of my spouse and returned to SRQ. I found a home in the Tampa Bay area, moved again, and am currently exploring the joys of retirement, single living, and con sidering what to do with the many 'blank pages' in my redefinition process." Graham Strouse writes, I could tell you, but then I'd have to kill you. Again." Richard Butgereit has become the GIS administrator for the Florida


Division of Emergency Management after 14 years with the Florida Department of Environmental Pro tection. Located at the tate Emer gency Operations Center, Richard leads a team of GIS analysts plan ning for and responding to the state's emergencies. He continues to work on the side with his own GIS consulting company, recently under taking projects with submerged cul tural resources within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and heritage-park planning in the Bahamas. When interviewed for his new job at DEM and asked to de cribe himself in three words, he quickly responded, "hard drinking womanizer," demonstrating that despite his professional success, nothing else much has changed. 1992 Lisa Yamoaka writes, "My husband and I bought Chinqua Penn in Rei-Lisa Yamoaka and son dsviJle, N.C., back in October and are operating it as a museum and getting ready to cater to weddings and functions this summer. There's more info on our website www.chin" 1993 Dave White has a PhD from the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a founding member and play wright-in-residence of Generous Company, a not-for-profit corpora tion dedicated to creating a gener ous, collaborative environment for the development and production of new works for the stage. Dave has worked as the literary manager and dirrctor of educational outreach for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn., for the 2004-2006 seasons. He works as a play wright, dramaturg, director, produc er and performer; his work has been seen in New York and on regional and university stages around the country. 1994 Alison lomaka writes, "My husband has made a career change into the video game industry, so we've relocated to Seattle. I drove all 3,600 miles-fortunately with the company of Kelly Samek '94! I'm working from home as a soft ware engineer for St. Pete-based Freedom cientific. We're enjoying exploring the Pacific Northwest and have also recently caught up with alums Adam Clark '94, Kim Heiman '96 and Meike Nieder hausen '94, all of whom live in Oregon." Michelle Wolper writes, "I am an assistant director of a nonprofit organization with a concentration in development and implementa tion of community restorative justice programs. I am married-new last name is Lanier." 1995 Julia McReynolds received her MA in Latin American studies at UT. McReynolds is now starting a PhD program in sociology at the Uni versity ofWisconsin-Madison. 1996 Gabrielle Finckbone writes, "I can't seem to stay in one place very long ... my latest home i the Columbia City district of Seattle where I work as a public Montessori elementary teacher." Danny Gonzalez writes, "Recently moved to the Miami Project to Cure Paraly is. It' incredible. Check us out at!" Erik Maki writes, "Just a few months shy of getting my license, I decided to join the global educa tion program Up With People. I was scheduled to tour just after graduating from NC in 2000, but they closed their doors in January 2001. This year they resumed their tours. Since July of 2006, I have been touring with over 80 people (ages 17-30) from over 23 different countries. We have traveled through the Midwest U. .; we are currently in Japan for six weeks, and we will be spending six weeks in Europe. Please check out if you are interested in more information NIMBU Spring 2007 21


CLASS NOTES (CONTINUED) about the program. Or you can email me. Take care y'all." Mario Rodriguez writes, "Hi! I'm an entering doctoral student at the Annenberg chool for Communi cations at the University of Penn sylvania. I was a general studies major at N and wrote on the Catalyst for over two years. I al o have a master's in journalism from UF. If anyone would like to talk about a potential future in the field of communications, whether that be as an academic or as a journalist, I'd be happy to discuss it with you! In particular, I'm interested in fostering forms of online democracy, surveillance, and qualitative research methods. I also love writing fiction, and wrote science fiction for my New College thesis. In my spare time I have a keen habit of searching for lost children on the Internet and counseling them. I am so Adult Contemporary Industrial. I am harmles Please don't hesitate to call or write ... 941-284-6054," Shannah Smith writes: "I'm a civil rights lawyer in North arolina (graduate d from UNC Chapel Hill chool of Law in 2004 ). I got engaged in November 2006. Web site: smith." 1997 Karen Halperin has been named the deputy policy director for John Mueller '70 mul John Cranor '64 at the March 31 alum gathering in Bo. ton, 22 NIMBUS Spring 2007 health and human services for Florida Governor Charlie Crist. 1998 Jane Klevin writes, "I am currently serving in Peace Corps Senegal. My address here is PCV Jane Klevin, B.P.83, Boki Diawe, enegal, West Africa." Jessica Frasure writes, "I am cur rently attending the University of California at Berkeley, pursuing a master's degree in public health in the epidemiology and biostatistics program. I am living in a commu nity in San Francisco and am blessed to have such a strong and loving support network." Shawn Yuskaitis writes, "Since leav ing New College I have lived and managed businesses throughout Europe, Latin America, and the U.S. I would love to reconnect with old classmates and professors." Steven Wheeler is currently doing postdoctoral research in computa tional organic chemistry/computa tional biochemistry at UCLA. Marylee Bussard writes, "I moved here to Chicago to pursue music. I am recording an album of original music and playing in a Brazilian jazz duo ( bo saaureo ). I'm also teaching Pilates, and will likely/hopefully start working for the Old Town School of Folk Music (which I wrote about in my New College thesis) within a few weeks."


1999 Sarahjayn Kemp writes I currently teach fifth grade at Tampa Bay Boulevard Elementary School. I have applied for national board certification this year, so I feel like a real teacher now. I have two cats named Hamlet ( Hammy") and Schminkie. I am really afraid of becoming 'the crazy cat lady.' I am still working on my art, and I have started an online political discus sion group: http:/ / .com/groupjabetterwaytampabay/. I also moderate an online teaching group in Tampa: http:/ /groups.yah /group/teachersintampa/, but I seriously doubt anyone's interested in that. Alicia Windsor-Svanstedt is an American human rights lawyer liv ing in London. She writes, Love to talk to alums from all years but sorry I am not a free place to stay in London. Katie Helms writes, "Jeff Huber '04 and I are living in Richmond, Va. lie is working towards a master' s degree in acupuncture at Tai Sophia in Maryland. I am studying for a master's in art education and am working as the assistant editor for Art Education Joumal. We'd love to hear from any NCers who are passing through RVA!" Matt Mazzuckelli writes, "I am still working at Motricity as a mobile-device specialist, but have gone back to school and obtained CompTIA and Microsoft certifica tions. I am currently pursuing additional security and Cisco certi fications. I am living \vith Kate Pritchett '98." 2000 Matt Mazzuckelli and Kate Pritchett Amelia Bird is currently attending the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing MFA Program. lawrence Bowdish is a PhD candi date following the successful defense of his master' s thesis about women and credit policy. Sascha Mohr is a PhD student of economics at the University of Edinburgh. Heather Normandale is currently a musician and kid s club teacher at a sports club Katie Solli writes "Proud owner of a pair of cowgirl boots! David Savarese writes Going to the New School. Working at the Long Term Care Community Coalition. Living the Dream. 2001 Nathaniel Burbank writes, I'm cur rently working in software develop ment for the Harvard Business School. Megan Rimelspach writes, "I gradu ated and moved ten time zones away, but somehow I got sucked back to the 'center of the universe; where, daily, I try to fulfill my role as a sketchy alum/NCF coordinator of student volunteering." NC President Mike Michalson (lift) with Pwzeet San.lllw a prospectil>e 8tudent, an.ll her parents in Tampa Feb. 25. NIMBUS Spring 2007 23


CLASS NOTES (CONTINUED) 2002 Erica Haas is a grad student / t e ach ing assistant in the Univ e tsity of Georgia s Department of Germanic and lavic Languages. Heather Williams is working at New College in care e r services and off campus studies. She speaks Spanish and is a pianist. Heather has be e n to Ecuador and wants to see all of South America and perhaps t e ach English as a foreign language. She writes, "New College is the bomb! Crystal Dawes writes, i\.fter gradu ating in 2005 I moved to the Himala yan Institute ( a yoga center in Honesdale Pa.) where I began working on the national magazine Yoga and Joyful Living as editorial assistant. Two months ago I was promoted to managing editor and I am also the cover model of the JanuaryFebruary 2007 issue. New College Alumnae/i Asso c iation New College Foundation Inc. 5800 Bay Shore Road Sarasota FL 3424 32109 24 NIMB S Spring 2007 2004 Paul Reynolds writes I run an investment company called Good Steward Financial. All information pertaining to the company can be found at I am happily married and have one child who will be a year old in June. My wife and I bought our first home in 2004. I work as a budget counselor for anyone as part of my ministry. Erin Carter writes, "Wheeee! I have an apartment and a cat and I'm going to live in Dublin for a few months starting in January. Whee ee!" 2005 Brian Constantine is an undergradu ate at USF earning a psychology degree. N o nprofit Organiz a t io n U. S Pos tage Paid Permit # 500 M anasota, FL NIMBUS Publ i s hed by New College A l um n ae/i Association, New College Foundat io n 5800 Bay Shore R oad, Sar asota, F L 34243-2 1 09; tele pho n e 941-487 -4900; alum@ncf .edu; www.newco ll E d itors: S usan Burns ('76), C h eryl lloffman ('65) and L awre nce Paul son ('65) Un less othe r. vise n o t e d o p i n ions expressed a r e t hose of th e a u t ho r s a nd d o not represe n t off i cial po l i cy of t h e Alumnae/i Associa t ion or the opi nion s of the edi tors. N i mbus logo d esigned by E lain e Simmo ns. ew College Found,Hion, In<.. is an inde pendent not-fotprofit rlo ricJa corpor,llion that has been qualified by the federa l I nternal Revenue Service as an IRC 501 (c)(J) o r ganization. The IRS has a lso determined ew College Foundatio n Inc. is n ot a priva t e founda t ion with in t h e meaning of 509(a) of t h e Code. The tax-exempt statu s of ew Col lege Foundation, I nc. has not been revoked or modified. ew Co llege Foundat i on, I nc. is l isted as a q u a l ified organi zati on in IRS pub l icat i o n 78 ( R evised Sept. 30. 2000), Cum ul ative List of OrgJ n i n t ions, Catal og Numbe r 70390R, page 852. A copy of the official regist ration and financial i n formation may be ob t ai ned from the Divis i o n of Co n s umer Services by calli n g to ll -free 1 -800-4357352 wit h i n t h e state. Registr ation does n o t im pl y endo rsement a p p r oval, o r rec ommenda t ion by the Stille. Since t\ew College Foun dation does not e ngage p rofessional solicito rs, 1 00 per cent of all g ifts are recei ved by t h e F oundation. T h e S t a t e u mb e r f or New Col lege r ounda t ion is SC-00206. The Feder a l IR I den t ifica t ion N u mbe r is 590911744. N 1 mbus I S pu b lish e d t hree times a year S usan Burns, C h ery l Hoff man, L awre nce Paulson E d i t o rs-ew Co llege Alumnae/ i Associat i o n 5800 Bay S h ore Ro,1d, rL 342113-2109.

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