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The State of Writing at New College By Alexis Orgera '95 I'm reading On the DoumhiU Side, a book of poem by ew College alum William Hedrington '66. I can't put it down. Hedrington, who died at age 23 when hi car lid off a road in upstate New York nearly 40 years ago, was the real deal. His poem ing; they are at once of-the-moment and out-of-time. In ''To One keleton in One Indian Mound," Hedrington seems to conjure an early ew College archaeology dig, addressing questions of time and con ciousne : ... all your awry bones and a round skull full of cobweb thought undock my day, and the dig's quarrel of shovels disappear ... Despite his youth, Hedrington never settled for ea y answer Like a true Novo Collegian, he pondered the "work of stars," and the "confusion of tongue." His poem are the products of ew College' mo t enduring l egacy-the willingne s of it students, like budding archaeologists, to grab a shovel and dig. On the Downhill Side, edited and with an introduction by alum and friend Michael Smith '67 and published in 2002 by a lum Laurie Paulson '65 and Cheryl White Hoffman '65 of Shambling Gate Press, i a collected works of orts. Hedrington' is a tragically small oeuvre, an J thi sing l e volume of indelible verse serves as both evidence of his precociousness and a tantalizing suggestion of what might have been. But while Hedrington's poetic gifts are of the rare t kind, his inqui itiveness i bared by many Novo Collegians. His concerns extended beyond routine re p n ibilities, and becau e he insisted on eeking difficult answers to complex question he produced a work of honest beauty. ew College is a place for writerbecause it' a place for thinkers, for people like Bill Hedrington We're not all poets, of course, but many of us write for a living or as part of our daily lives. We're technical writers, letter writers, copyeditors, travel writer journali ts, grant writers, WELCOME TO OUR WRITING ISSUE! NCF'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY: PAGES 5-6 NCAA'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY: PAGES 22-23 cholars, young adult novelists, science writer erotica writers, graphic novelists, proof writers, collaborative writers, publi hers, book editor novelists, and poets. Formal steps have recently been taken to furtl1er nurture and support writing at ew College. As part of the Quality Enhancement Plan, or QEP, new discipline-specific writing cour es help students build skill and confidence. "Too many tudents struggle with core writing is ue when they get to the thesis rage," says As ociate Profes or of English and QEP Director Miriam Wallace. "The idea here i that rather than a content-empty cour e in compo ition, we're focusing on taking cour es directed to beginning level student -fir t and econd year mo tly-and retooling them so that writing in truction in the relevant eli ciplinary tradition becomes part of the focus." "We've had a wonderful range of courses so far," Wallace continues, "including seminars on music and place, Grimm' fairytale uban history and culture, writing about environmenta l cience for a public audience, faith & reason, moral reasoning, socia l problem social justice & the city. I'm teaching one myself mis term mat's not a traight literature cour e, called 'Rhetoric in Action: Law and Literature."' By implementing such cour e the QEP intends to elevate writing beyond a mere means of communication and into a process of active learning. Complementing the QEP' efforts, the New College Writer-in Residence program is now in its tenth year pring 2010 Writer-in Residence Wendy Call has already joined cw College's longstanding tradition of boundary-breaking by addre ing the suppo eel divide between art and the academy. "As a nonfiction writer, I don't ee such a high wall between 'creative' and 'academic' writing," Call ay "Both camp would be better served if that wall were dismantled." An editor and nonfiction writer, Call is teaching two cla es this semester. Early reviews are all raves. Say Call: "In my Making Life Tnto Art course-an introduction to creative writing-we're wrmng fla h fiction in pired by the art of the Ringling Mu eum. Later in the term, we're going to write poetry in pired by the sound and scents of ew College and memoir that connects to political and ocial i ues. In Tr's Not About You (a course in advanced literary nonfiction), we're writing Sara ota Stories. Every student has chosen a arasota subcultu re in which to immer e her or himself. At the end of the term, we'll hare all thi creative output at public events." Call has also orchestrated severa l writing-related events outside the Continued on page 4 ...


We are now well into 2010, and I hope that it is treat ing everyone well. Your loyal members of the Board of Di rector of the CAA have been hard at Cindy Hill Ford '89 work planning and preparing for all of the oppornmities and fun that 2010 and 2011 will bring. We have the 25th anniver ary of the CAA and the 50th Anniver ary of ew College to celel rate! With the talents of Vice Pre ident of Alumnae/ i Affair Jes ica Rogers and Alum oor Au tin McCann to a ist u we are confident that the e celebrations wtll be exciting and memorable-you will not want to be left out! I am fir t plea ed to announce our new est Board member, Katie McAuley, '04. Kati wa appointed to the AA board at our February meeting. She re ide in ara ota and erve a databa e and vol unteer coordinator, ocial networking manager, and special events a i tant for Planned Parenthood of outhwe t and Central Florida. Katie is a delight to talk with, and she i enthusiastic to join the Board. he has excellent ideas for future social events, and we anticipate that a a recent graduate, he will be of great a isranee in encouraging our younger alums to get involved with and benefit from the CAA. Welcome Katie! I next want to again congratulate Bill Ro enberg '73 for being elected CAA Trea urer. Our previous treasurer, Adam Kendall '9 ha I gone above and beyond by erving a treasurer since 2006. Adam provided con istently thorough and ea ily under tandable report that allowed even our mo t math-challenged member (that IN THIS ISSUE 5 David L. Smith interview 6 50th Anniversary Archives 8 Wr ite On! ( A lum Wr i ters ) 1 1 Community jou rnal i sm 12 College News 1. ,\1 NCAA CHAIR'S LETTER would be me) to underlitand our fund We we Adam thanks for all of his hard work. We are pleased that Adam remains a member of the Board, and that we have not lost our access to all of hi talents. Bill i more than capable of following in Adam' footsteps, o we gladly welcome him back to the Board' executive com mittee. ext, make your plan now to celebrate the 25th Anniver ary of the CAA May 21-23, 2010. Thi weekend will not just in lude parties that you will not want to mi s-it will at o offer the opportunity for each of you to share in preserving and memorializing the hi tory of the CAA and our hared memorie of our time at ew ollege. We have planned an oral hi tory project of the NCAA during the weekend with a photographer and a vid cographer. You can also sign up for a time to be interviewed for C Tell Your tory. o come and bring your photo and your memories-we want to ee and hear them. Alternatively, if life' circumstances will not p rmit you to join u in May, please feel free to forward tho e photo and to ries to the CAA. We want to hear from you! Look for detail of the event ched uled, hotel availability, and R VP detail in thi is ue of the imbus. Finally, ave the date now for the cele bration of ew College's 50th Anniver a ry on Feb. 11-13, 2011. New College, the Foundation, and the CAA are working together to make this an exper i ence not to be mi ed. There will be art showing, live mu i c of multiple variet i e and lec ture to enjoy, as well a a celebratory tribute dinner and an evening on the Bay with mu ic and firework I n hort, this i to be a weekend celebration the like of which ew College ha never seen. Drop everything and plan to be a part of 14 16 17 18 22 Program Updates Arts lnitative Merlin Mann' s advice Obituaries & Class Notes 25th Anniversary it now. l want to thank our Board mem berpast an l pre cnt, and I encour age ea h of you to thank them too. The NCAA ha come a long way in 25 years, and I could not be more plea ed to work with all of you to preerve irhistory and plan for its future. Cindy Hill Ford 8 9 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE : Cindy Hill Ford Chair Robert Lincoln ViceChair William Rosenberg Treasurer Colin Boyle Michael Burton Carla Eastis Cindy Hill Ford DeeAnn Garey -Roy Robert Hans Cather i n e Heath Adam Kendall Stuart Levitan Robert Lincoln Katie McAuley William Rosenberg Susan Sapozn ikoff EX OFFICIO MEMBERS: Andrew Walker President & CEO New College Foundation Gordon "Mike" Michalson Jr. President New College of Florida STAFF: Jessica Rogers NCAA '89-' 95 86 '90 '88-'92 89-'93 '78-'82 '76 '79 '97-'01 '98-' 02 '72-'75 '77-'83 04-'08 73-' 80 83-'87 Vice President, Alumnae/i Affairs Austin McCann NCAA Alumnae/i Coordinator 04 '09


MEET THE l\CSA Meet the New College Student Alliance! NCAA introduces the student body's new co-presidents, Matt and Chelsea i a third-year philosophy student, born and raised in Clearwater, FL. As some erstwh1le high chool graduates feel, Matt wanted to leave his tate. He ettled, fortuitously, on a small liberal art college in an exotic location: Deep pring College. Placed in the high de errs of Cahfonua, it 1s a di rant cousin to New ollege in everal respects.There he learned several thing : how to butcher an animal, Robert' Rules of Order, and the meaning o( community, among others. Ala the college v.a designed a a two-year experience, and though he wa orry to leave his compatriots on the ranch, he wa equally excited to expand his intellectual horizon e\\ College appeared to him to be the perfect fit. In 2007, Matt slipped on Pei rile for the first time. In time, he figured out contract evaluations, and profe or relationship and finally found him elf studying philo ophy under the direction i a third-year double area of concentration 111 Chtnese L mguage and Culture under Jing Zhang and International Area tudie under Barbara Hicks. Chelsea wa born and raised an Air F o rce "brat," and o she had many chmces when it came to eektng higher education. A ltttle overwhelmed by tho e choices, Chel ea ought out a school that offere I the military life tyle he wa u ed to. After reading Colleges rhar Change Lives, Chelsea visited, interviewed, and only applied to 1ew College. After experiencing the ectatiC wonder that i the natural state of the human pirit, Chel ea found her elf deeply involved in the buddmg Chinese program at ew College. With the help of Anthony Chircaro '0 Chcl ea helped found the ew ollege Chme e American A oc1ation (or China Cluh), where he had her first l eadership experience helping to connect hine e AO tudent with volunteer opportunitie in the Sarasota community. This of Apri l Flakne. He is currently trying to wrap hi head around the connection between the European continental tradition and Amencan Pragmatism. Hi hunch is that it involves technology and democracy. New College Cabinet Members (L tor): VP Green Affairs : Arielle Vicari a Arch i v i st: Zoe Kenney VP Academic Affairs : Kathleen McQueeney, Co President : Chelsea Dye, VP Public Affairs: Alex Cline Co President Matt Broerman Executive VP: Kate Boeyen VP Student Affairs: Jordan Martin, Foundation Rep: Tristan Zucker involvement then led her to eek study outside of the country, where he wa the fir t Chine e AOC to rudy abroad at the Beijing Language & Culture niversity. (Photo courtesy of Jason Meadows) A Note f rom t h e Co-P r esi dent : As With many things at New College, Chelsea and Matt' hasty co-prestdential candidacy grew surprisingly quickly into a beautiful working relationship. Supported by a tremendous cabinet they have b1g plans for the Student Alliance. For one, as the student body grou. Chelsea and Matt bel1ete that it must "come to an understanding of ttself." To this end, the cabinet and a team of volunteers recently conducted a zeitgeist of the student body on a comprehensive set of issue addressing all aspects of the college. A two-pronged approach, it involted a door-to door census and a techno-utopian polling trategy courtesy of Google Moderator (the same roo! the Obama Admmistration used in their "Citizen Policy Propo als"). They aim to represent the current i sues of the college not only in a studenru ide context, but also in historical one, especially A photo from the pre administrative brainstorming session called the Great White Board Project as the college approaches its 50rh ann1versary. To achieve th1s goal, they will dtgitize the student body archites, and encourage students and the NCAA co collaborate on comtructing a social h1story of the college. If you have ideas about how this might come to fruition, or items to contribute to tt, they u:ould love to hear from you. Finally, Chelsea and Matt will be preoccupied uith addressing the opportunities and challenges that arise with the completion of the neu academic bwldmg next Febniary. For example, the Four Winds, the student run cafe started in 1996, may expand its operation to a new cafe pace in the building. The building will change the center of gravity on campus, so the cafe 1s looking for ways to ensure the bam remains functional. Again, if you have 1deas or resources to contnbute, Chelsea and Matt would love to hear from you !MBl PRI c, 2J ('


TATE OF WRIT! Continued from page I ... collaborating with the Hermitage Retreat in Englewood to bring an internationally known writer to campw; for a public reading. AnJ every week l'm ho ting a Freewriting ircle for any ne who i interested. Alumnae/i, taff, and community members arc especially welcome at the circle. Please contact me at for more information." Despite the different contexts in which they work, both Prof or Wallace and Call reco.r,lizc the cntical Importance of clear, insightful, intelligent writing. "To write well i to expr s oneself well," says Call, "regardl of whether the result is labeled creative, academic, or else altogether ... tudent:> in my creative writing classes learn how to do library research, conduct interviews, represent people's ideas fuirly, speak publi ly, analyze literary work, and put the commas in the right places." As Pro or Wallace points out, "Writing has alway been central to what we do. Although we really value fuce-tcrface interaction and actual hands-on fieldwork and lab work, our thesi requirement u ually mean that every student ha to figure out how to present a long-tenn proje t largely in writing." The thesis experience i rare at the undergraduate level, and it is one of the reasons that o many ovo Collegian go n to uccccd in graduate program Whether the goa\1 an adv-anced degtt.'C, an acaclem1c e y, or a book of poetry, writing i a fundamental part of both student and faculty work at New liege. imbus highlights evera l writer-alum in the pages of thi i ue, but these arc only nap hots of a much larger mosaic. Our tiny school has indeed produced a taggering array of writer and we h o pe to bring you many more profiles in future ues. Check out newcoliegewrites .... for writing updates! In addition ro serving as Assistant Dm? ctar of the Writing Resource Center, Ale:ru Orgera help edtt the imbus, u'Yites and blogs here arul there. he is a contributor to HTMLG/ANTcom Jackie Wang is a 4th year Humanities AOC working in Gender Studies and Cultural Studies. Her thesis explores the potential of writing as a feminist and anti-racist practice through an interrogation of the relationship between writing and identity. Jackie is most passionate about experimental memoir. travel writing. lyrical essay writing, poetic theorizing, and epistolary stories. 4 You zinc-makmg U.'(lrbhops to '\'OUr pcm C.tln wu. talk about the prcx:N uf ;::tne: arc the .mrlchop )'OU uffa to utdrnts hkt7 I ha\ al\-..,1) l en [nterc ted m hanng my work. I haw been lf.pullish mg :mcc l w ltftecn, ...reatmg arti k bo0kler combming text and tmag .. I al o oonmburcd ro rher people' :in udl a,, /3arderL.m&, which 1 a compilation ot tone by mix<..-d-ran: \\Titers. lt-puhlL IK'CI zm haH' cir<..ulated through a range of mdepcn :lent li tributt rs and 1 >Ok,tores. In m\ zme ,I wnte a! ut bmtl), the per onal dimcrult\115 uf metal I knnry the l 1), e :ualtt). gender 1dennt) and adventure t<\rt while w mg ul jcctivc e.xpcnence a me::ms ot Ji \ "rtng life k on. When making a zme, I u,ua\h collect a ot draw mgs, notebook:;, and scraps fmm various pia es and tart rraru :ribing and scannmg For layout, l nught use a computer, or do 1t t) le w tth glue c ors. After C\'crything 1 fm1 hed, I u e a COp) mach me ur pnntcr to reprodu e the zme whKh I then I mat! them to ztne distro and book: tores for on ,ltlon. Alth >Ugh I ha\c [('(:cnrl been >ellmg m) zin at Jackie Wang '06 torcs and dt tr m} real JO) om fr m hanng them din.>erl) 1: rradmg \\1th other ztne wnters, mailing them to frien l !,'Mng them out at <..onferences and g1\ ing them to p<..'Ople and strangers I meet while tra,-eling. In m work.! hops, I c -er ltftcr nt technical sklll ud1 a t)-pe:; ot binJmg, !a} lllts, md 1 nnt makmg tc hmqu but I also tT) to prOVtd em:ouragc ment because l thmk everyone ts Glpablc of making something .m l partici pating in' ream-e projects. I want people to feel in pi red and energiz<:: I alx1t1t makmu omethmg themsd\L's-it' tragt<: wh n 1 or le don't make thm1,os bccau d1ey .1rc tnse<."llre ,,l ut the1r capabilm I lo\'e the "anyone-<:an.Jo it" attitude th 1t mes w tth zm What u rt about mak ng lu ndmtade books that exures you1 !love the unmediacy and tacnliry ot handmade lx10ks-you can reall) ec the \1 ual a thenc of it, rarher than onlr focusing on the te.xt. 1l1ey be time-consuming to assemble, lur 1t' ., Llbor of 10\'l' Creanng .md hanng bookleb G \'Cry lOC:lli:ed and intimare. Th pnnted worJ eem kind ut rctro mour rechnolS? l11 re is ,ldimtel) a lor of creative L'ner1,y at 1 cwCollcg e pcn,1ll) for a hool \\1th no creame wrinng pn>rrnm. It's n( r cx,tctly ,1 unifted effort, bur thcre are dcfmitd) a lot ot stu l nrs who m ry ma:,:azine' and a few zme wnters. There .1

Arts and Politics D : I guess I would break it into eparate considerations: on d1e one hand, there i-the role we wish for poetryand I think a lot of us would wish for poetry to have the kind of tam Poet, professor, & alum David L. Smith '71 on political poetry, New College students, and the pains of encyclopedia writing By Austin McCann 04 CAA: Whr do you use the name D.L. rockett Smith when writing poetry, a opp ed to your profes orial identity as David L. mith? D :Well, the name rockett is my mother's fam ily name. In one ense, it's literally reclaiming both sides of my fami l y as a name for my poet self. Why do 1 use a eparate name altogether? I decided early on that 1 wanted to try to keep some separation between what 1 did a a creative writer and what I did as an aca iemic. I wanted to protect my creative sitle from the p r essures of me other side of my life. That's why I decided to sort them our in a very literal way-to publi h poem under one name, and to publi h academic piece under another version of my name-and when I wa doing a lot more polemical writing, I would use a third vedon of my name. I wanted to let each one of them have its own identity that' not answerable to the others. AA Do you consider yourself a political poet? D :Yes. I've always been a political poet. I've also always been a lyri c poet I ee the two things as bound up together. One i not prima r y or sec ondary to the other; they're j u st two th ing: that are part of my own make-up. For me, being a political poet tloesn't mean having a prog ram-a ten-point plan or omething of that ort, a fixed ideology mat' always going to be trottetl out; it' going to be u ed as a template for talking about all issues and answering all that Percy helley talked about an acknowledg ment in the tatu of me world: for poetry to be central to the life of people, and to provide a kind of guiding vi ion for people. The reality of poetry is naming like that, and I think that in our time, it i clearly a declining art. 1 don't think most Amencans could name a single living poet, and irs influence is profoundly di mini hed. Ab to whet! er that could be turned around, I t it. I don't think it' goi ng to vani h as an art form-it's going to remain impor tant to a certain peop le-but poetry does not have the cu l tural centrality or the prest ige that it has had in the past. CAA: Avant-David L. Smith '71 garde poet harle Bernstein has v.Titten, "The poetic authority ro challenge dominant ocietal values, including conventional manner of communication, i a mode l for the individual political participation of each citizen." Do you question What it means more to me is a passionate involve ment w i th the way that power works in ociety, with the i ues of ownership and opportunity anti striving and frustration in the puhhc world. To think of it in that way, to descr i be it in that way clear l y open up a lor "I've always been a political poet. I've also always been a lyric poet. I see the two things as bound ee art practice a omething that enabb po l itica l understanding? D : Well, I would not \.\<-ant to take what Bernstein aid and make a uni versal of it. l think what was true for him is true for many people: that is, that developing discipline, becom ing th ughtful & self.aitical in the he up toget r .... of po ibilities for writing anti for having com plex emotional cxper i en e. NCAA: W hat do you think poetry has to con tribute to Americ.'ln ociety? proce of makmg a poem allow one ro develop the perceptions-the intcllccntal di cipline-ro think pansively about the r est of the world. But I think obviously the ppo ire is true for other people. I n any ca e, we want to ee poetry and other art engaged with the world of ARTS AND POLITICS common experience. Engaged in a way that 1 meaningful and compelling to other people-anti how we come to that-to be able to produce work that helps u understand our expenence-can't be reduced to a formula. NCAA: Can you talk about The Encyclopedia of Afncan-American Culture and History and how thi huge project got tarred? D :The idea of an encyclopedia of African-Amer ican experience goes ba k into the 19th cenntry: it was a lifelong dream ofW.E.B. DuBois, who wanted to create an Encyclopedta Afnama, which wasn't really plausible dunng mo t of hi lifetime. There were really brilliant African Americ.'ln holars, of cour c, in many di i pline, but d1e were mall, and the availability of resources was lim ited. The fact of segregation, for example, meant that scholar couldn't get access to ome of the materials they needed. Anti in terms of capital outlay, the amount of finan ial upport you would neetl to tlo a project like that was not forthcoming. o, there' a long hi tory of de sire for tht kind of work. What was exciting to me wa that thlli project that we did made it pos sible to make that dream come true, to realize that work finally. We reached a point where the ommunity of black cholars wa large enough; rhe availabil ity of and access to res urce:r-all the thing were i n p lace, and all it re quired was doing it. Encyclopedia v.'Titing i very demanding, and there isn't very much acaJemic reward for it-it's kind of a nui ance to do, a rually. The real challenge wa to get the who l e thing to fit together properly o it would have an organi unity and balance about it. And l think we accompli hed that. AA: Does your interest in Wcntlell Berry come from your rural upbringing? D : Well, 1 guess as a point of en ibtlity it does. I'm very interested in the precise proce b which Berry has reflected upon his pia e in the world, hi relationship to hi per onal hi tory in Kentucky ... the ten iot between the hi tory of which he is a part-having grown up in a particu lar p lace-and the education that he acquired, Conunued on page 23 PRJ 2"11


"You Have to Know the History" New College archivists reconstruct history in anticipation of the 50th Anniversary By Austin McCann 04 I mon mr nncmvrs ''I'm rea II y glad you're thinking along thee lines." ew College reference librarian and archivist Gail 1ovak plea ed by Roger Filmyer's '09 tdeas for the New College trivia game planned for the college's upcommg semicentennial anniver ary. urrently, New ollege's archival efforts arc organized through a historical ubcommittee managed by uzanne Janney. The subcommittee's effort were greatly aided thts past January by the e\\ College Hi torical Archi\es Group I P, compri ed of nine students. ovak, who humbly summarize her work as "gathenng materials," enthu ed about the up port: good way to build a connecnon to the school and to its hi tory in a way that is more lasting." Max focused broadly on what he call ew College' "Toddler Years": 1968-1970. His research has gone deep and uncovered fascmating matenal: "Then! wa a lot of rrife between the tudents and faculty. The dean of tudents resigned because he \\Ia under a lot of pre were being expelled for variou reasons. I think that the student felt the faculty were trying to be paternali tic toward them, and they wanted to be on more equal footing. They were trymg to fir:urc out alternatives.'' While there arc substantial differences between then ami now, such as the absence of the contract system (now an e tabli hed part of ew College's alternative redtgree), he ees imilar intellectual & social investments being made through the years. "There have been so many hour: of volunteer hdp for thts. On my own it would've taken me weeks to accompli h even imple ta ks, like New College students in the New College Historical Archives Group ISP discuss ideas for the College's 50th Anniversary Max' intere't in hi tori cal method is hared hy some of the students, but most partictpate on the basis of gaining more knowledge about thetr alma mater. Fifth-year filing thing or putting thing> together, ltke old new paper clippings or Catalysts. I have a warm place in my heart for all of the hours that the students have done as part of domg thi For tht I P, students were charged with piCking an ht torical ubject to focu on, and re earching, organizing, and documenrin_g their work. ubjects ranged from restdential life com pari on to the complete digital documentation of past faculty, from a study of the first campus master plan to rc earch into LM. Pei' relationship to College. Fin-year Max lmberman '09 aid, "I took this I P becau e I'm a tentative History Hall oween PCP c. m i d 1970s AOC, and I figured I would gain :orne good kill from it. But also," he continued, mce I'm a fir. I thought that it would be a .MI' ?RI 2 Brittney Buckley '05 told me, "! thought maybe every cia thinks that they're the last cla> to ee the 'real 1ew College,' o I guess I wanted to get a ense of what the old ew allege actually was and make sure that I could contribute to the pre ervation of that, you can feel that we're starting another 50 years." Ofcour e, ew College is celebrating its 50th Anniver ary this year, and the college i at a critical juncture in its hi torical preservation and recover} effort as it takes thi opportunity to pu h beyond the uperficialities of no talgia into a reengagemcnt with ew College's mi sion These efforts inevitably tart to raise que tions: What were the origina l design for New College? What changes have happened since then, driven by what change


50TH A IVER SARY agents? How did the Internet affect life on campus? orne of the finding had students amu ed, a Brittney told M, "I think rhe mo t con i rent thing has been-I mean, this sound bad-there's always been something that's gotten the tudenr angry, or something to complain about." There was on. ensus on that point TI1e ub ommittee has a number of outlets for this large and varied r' earch project: there willl e an official timeline of ew College, a cross hi toncal campus walking tour, and display cases full of hi tori cal material among other plan Students may get a special view of the resulting Headphone Dance Party 2007 on Lido Key effort as well, as student, you have to know the history." 'CM ha a unique role in thi process. Gail told CM that it 45th Charter las Anni,ersary Reunion of October 2009 wa an important catal} t-and trca ure trove-for this work. Aside from the collective indbpensabiltty of this seminal group, many charter clas individuals have stepped up in their pr ffermg of priceless mementos. David Pini '64 has a famed cw College film archive; Glenda Cimino '64 worked for the library in the 1990s garnering memOir. Although tudents pur ued indtv1dualized projec it \vas definitely a group I P. econd year Alexandra Vargas-Fournier '08 told CM, "We've been able to help each other a lot. Along the way, we ome aero things that connect Ito others' projects]. Maybe there' a folder of pictures of Palm Court that I Students in Palm Court c. mid1960s Max told Nimbus, "I was thinking of doing an 'IX] Years Ago' thing where I would an an old publication, an old Cataly t, or an old faculty paper in the archiv and send it out through the forum to the entire tudent boJy, because that would lea cool thing to d People could make a c nnection. Ltke, 'oh, people were having ti11S i ue on February 20th.' It would be a cool way to connect u -." And, a give to someone who' focu ing on Palm Court. We collaborate." The experience of colic tively recon rructmg New College hi tory mu t have re em bled the proc scs the early college pioneers adopted a they formed what would become !-lorida's esteemed public liberal fir t-year James Epps '09 put it, "I thmk that to be a true ew College arts college. Celebrating Fifty Years of New College: Jan.2010 May2010 Fall2010 Oct. 22,2010 Oct. 23,2010 Nov.2010 Feb. 11-13, 2011 May2011 50th AnniversaryTimeline NCAA Celebration of Alum Fellows Program Commencement & NCAA 25th Anniversary Reunion Weekend NCAA Anniversary Alum Directory Published Start of"Lunch at the College" (faculty & student organized) Start of New Topics New College '1\lumnae/i Lecture Series" Founders' Day Celebration Campus wide NCAA National Make a Difference Volunteer Day NCAA Celebration of Student Grant Program Day Dedication of Academic Center and Plaza Tentative Unveiling of Four Winds Sculpture Signature Anniversary Events Campus wide Alum Reunion Weekend NCAA Palm Court Dedication Commencement I 1Bl PRJ, 1. I 7


ALUM WRITER Write On! New College creativity spans the decades. (But we didn't have to tell you that.) profes or Bryan orton and biology profe or John Morrill. In 1979, he moved to Anchorage, Ala ka, a move that corresponded with hi fir t fiction they are ut in the field-paleontologists uncovering dinosaur kin at the Hell Creek Formation in orth Dakota, for instance, or geologi ts digging up woolly mammoth D A out in the Yukon. ln one harrowing in tance, hi work to k him Paul Adomites '66 thought he wa a writer when he wa a ew College student, even though he till had a lot to l earn. o when he graduated, he l ooked for places that hired writers and wound up writing adverti tng for Pittsburgh's econd-large t department store chain. He tumbl ed through that and other ad writer jobs for year One day old cw College pal Luke Sali bury '65 mentioned The ociety for American Baseball Research and e\erything changed. Paul joined the ociety, became it publications director and oon was writing ba eball history Paul Adomites '66 books. To date, he has authored or co-authored half a dozen of them, and last year expanded his scope to write Pennsylvania Crude: Boomtoons and Oil Barons, a histt ry of the Penn ylvania petro leum experience. In addition to hi eriou writing, Paul also write radio comedy play for a l ocal theatre groups, and has publi heJ article on bridge jazz and cience fiction. Michael Armstrong '74 completed h1 econd l SP by attending attended the Clarion c1ence Fiction Writers Workshop at Michigan State. tudying with writers such a Joe Haldeman and Damon Knight, Michael learned the rigorou di cipline necessary to be a writer. Hi enior project, Environmental Themes in cience Fiction: An Anthology, came out of rhe Humanitie sale, to the Magazine of Fantasy and cience Fiction. In Alaska, Michael has worked a an archaeologist, a techmcal wnrer, an instructor of writing, English, and Jog mushing, and a journalist. In 1986 he graduated with an MFA in creative writing from the Univer ity of Alaska Anchorage. Hi thesis, After the Zap, was published by Warner Books / Popu l ar Library. He a bit close for comfort past gunmen in the tropica l fore ts of Guatemala. He writes, "But the researchers' sto ry, about how they brave those danger regu l arly to try and save the land and has had two other Charles Q Cho i '95 life there, i really important, and hou l d be to l d. The entire novel publi hed, Agviq; Or, the Wlutle, and The Hidden War, in addition to over 20 short stories. His mo t recent novel i Truck Stop Earth, a novel editors have yet figured our how ro pub lish. He was a finalbt for the Compton Crook award for best first novel, and has won numerous awards from the Ala ka Pre Club Mo t recently he won the Morris Communications Excellence in Journalism award for be t commentary, for hi monthly column in the Homer Neus, where he works as a general assignment reporter, covering cop anti courts, arts, the environment and anything else that come up. point of journali m i to go others won't or can't go by them elve and l et other know what is going on. That kind of work on their part is what inspire me." Reed Curry '68 write I n 1968, ew College Pre ident John E lmendorf taught me a hard, but val uable, le on in writing. I had gone to John's office to interview him on a en itive subject for the Catalyst without properly researching t h e matter beforehand. Michael i married to Jenny Srroyeck, co-owner of the Homer Bookstore. Ree d Curry 68 seen fishing in Within a minute his usual manner John recognized my Charles Q. Choi 95 i a cience reporter who has written for cientific American, The Neu, York Times, Science and Nature, among others. In his pare rime, he ha traveled to all even lazy, lap-cia h approach to what should have been honest enquiry. A few well cho en words from President E lmendorf sent me scurrying away, ears burning, to acquire a proper background for the next interview. Le son o. 1 for me: 'Do there earch.' Lesson No 2, 'Learn to l isten,' took lon ger. In fact, four year of tramping acres orth America and the Environment course taught by Mac Miller, philosophy Michael Armstrong '74 continents. He endeavor e pecially to venture in the early 1970s wer e necessary to teach me that words were given us for communication-the true meeting and ro report on cienti ts while comming l ing of mind -not j u st for IM PR ( l 1


intellectual play. Ri ing at dawn from a bed in deep grass beside the highway, slinging my pack over my hou l der with no expectation of the day ahead, I tuck my thumb out and entered, briefly, the live of my co-traveler l learned to listen. When, decades later, I needed t write clearly in order to communicate complex te hnical information, hath these le sons bore fruit. Whether l was sitting in a hotel room in Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, t!raftit'lg the Functional Specification of a sy tern integration, or in a NH county prosecutor's office, writing a lega l motion, the need to touch the mind of others came to rule my writing. These days my writing is a mix of humor and science For example, The New Scientific AnglingTrout and Ultraviolet Vision (2009, Buckram Publishing) ha a strong component of the cience of vi ion in vertebrates, with all the attendant citing and footnotes required. In the opposite vein, Eric Reaves, the lead cartooni t of the Garfield comic trip, injected clever drawings and whim ical cartoon to comp lement the humorou I hope, margin notes scattered throughout by my altered-ego Overmywaders (www. overmywader .com). Fiona Lewis '94 writes "As 'Fiona Zedde,' I write erotic romance novel novella and hort stories that de lve into the live f women and the women and men who love them. At New College, I devoured works by Michelle C l iff, J ewelle Gomez, and Audre lorde. Through their word these women taught me the power of the erotic, the privileges and pleasures of the body, and about how word can transform. With them as my inspiration, [ was ab l e to forge ahead as a writer. In 2004, I wa l ucky enough to get my first tory published nationally in the Best Lesbian Erotica collection (put out by F iona Lewis 94 Cleis Press) for that year. The next year, my first novel hit the helve So far, my books include the Lambda Literary Award final i sts Bliss and Every Dark Desire, as well as A Taste of Sin and Hungry for It. The fifth n vel, Dangerous Pleasures, i due for release in February of 2011. After the publication of thi fifth novel, my work will take a s l ightly different direction. Writing a 'Fiona Valerie Lewis,' I plan to Luk e Salisbury '65 publlsh Language of the Broken, a novel dealing with i ues of exual identity, famt y, and the ways in which grief can irrevocably shape Live To find out more, l og on to Luke Sal is bury '65 is the author of rhe non-fiction The Answer Is which the Chicago Tribune called the Best Baseba l l Book of 1989, and three works of fiction, The Cleveland Indian (which is nominated for a Casey Award in 1992, studied in a graduate American literature course at Indiana State University, and to which a chapter i devoted in lrrw.ginmg Baseball: America's Pastime and Popular Culrure by David McGimpsey), Blue Eden (three torie on of which was called a "gem" by Ellery Queen Mysrery Magazine), and Hollywood & Sunset, which was selected as 2006 Fiction Book of the Year by Online Review of Books & Current Affair Best Historical Fiction 2006 from USABookNews, ALUM WRIT E R S Long I land ) After New College, Mr. ali bury spent much of the 1970s "living by hi wits." Luke has taught third grade in the Bronx, been a social worker in Chelsea, and attended the Bo ton University Creative Writing Program. He has taught at Bunker Hill Community College in Bo ton (depicted in the film Good Will Hunting) for the pa t twenty five years. His fir t fiction was published in the Catalyst and edited by Laurie Paulson '65. His most recent novel was published and edited by the ame Laune Paul on, and Cheryl White Hoffman '65. In his end is his beginning. Davi d Sch wartz '66 How can communities and relationships heal people? That que tion was born of Davit!'s experience at New College as a member of the charter clas e About hi econd book, Who Cares? Rediscovering Community, the Bloomsbury Review wrote: "Our society has many official, paid, credentialed experts working on the problem of the world. Instead, according to thi blueprint for radical, direct, and l oving action, we each need to do what we can and not wait for officia l s L ution By creating connection with each and a finalist for three other award David B Schwartz '66 other-friend, tranger, neighbor, and There's a tory circu l ating that and Sunser is referenced in Thoma Pynchon's novel Against The Day (Mr. alisbury and Mr. Pynchon grew up in the same town on relative-we can discover untapped resources. This book is filled with the pas ion of a man who live his vision of active, l oving commitment to the well-being of all sou l s ... What is IMRL S PRI G 20ll 9


ALCM WRITERS most important is that the ,\:! helping relation hips are peer relationships, where the boundarie between gift and gratitude, giver and recipient, vanish. A practi al and magical book." David' fir t book is Crossing the Rtt er: Creating a Conceptual Retolution in Community and Dtsability, which i avai!al: le in Japan e tran lation. The author of numerou Eleanor Stanford '95 e ay on community p ychology, caring, and social change, he is currently at work on a new book with the workmg title The Sideu.alk P chotherapist. A recent es ay on the creation myth of New College sntJent culture can be found at / nimbu His website i : aboutdrchwartz. com. Eleanor Stanford '95 began writing poetry eriou ly when she wa a tudent at ew Colleae he write "After I graduated, I served in the Peace Corp in the Cape Verde Islands. I continued writing while I was there, and when l returned, enrolled in an Engli h Ph.D. program at the University of Wtsconsin. I figured that serious writer were profes or I realized very quickly, however, that academia was not for me. I tuck around long enough to get a ma ter then did an MFA at the Univer ity of Virginia. By then I had no rretensions of writing as a career path; it was a generous fellowship and a chance to work with some amnzi ng poet and teacher My in piration indudt> the natural world, hi toricnl text my children, Fernando Pe oa, Louise Gluck, unu ual tropical fruit', and Hank Williams. I've trained a a doula and a holi tic health counselor and been a stay-at-home mom to my three sons (ages 6, 4, and 10 month). [ currently live in a!vador, Brazil, and work as a guidance coun elor at an J.P. White 70 international chool. My poems have appeared in numerous journal mduding Poetry, Ploughshares, and The Harvard Revieu.. My fir t book, The Book of Sleep, wa published by Carnegie Mellon Pres in 2008." Eleanor blogs at and i al o learning to surf. J.P. White '70 ha published es ays, article fiction, reviews, interviews and poetry in over a hundred publication including The Nation, The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Getty burg Revtew, American Poetry Retiew, and Poetry (Chicago). He is also a graduate of Colorado State Univer ity and Vermont College in Fine Art He is the author of four book of poem and a novel, Every Boat Turns South. His fifth book of poems, All Good Water, will be published in ep. 2010. He write "I spent the summers of my childhood on Lake Erie, a shallow body of water given to -udden violent torm That first immer ion in beauty, violence, and island travel defines much of what I'm drawn to a a writer. Once you enter water, you can move anywhere-o my fiction and poetry travels to Russia, Bermuda, Mexico, France, Germany, Africa, the Bahamas and the Caribbean, among other places. One reviewer wrote of my work, 'Hi poems are brightly lit with with a searching out of i land distant citie and for those thin places where the truth of our woundand our wonder hine through.' If that tatement i true, then I'm decidedly a modernist and taoi t, eager to navigate through order and chao and find meaning and direction in both." BECOME A VOLUNTEER WITH NCAA'S BOOK AWARD PROGRAM Interested in helping talented students reach their dreams at New College? Check out the NCAA Book Award Program! The Book Award Program brings students excelling i n academics and leadership in contact with New College Alums, who present the award at their student s chosen High School's Awards Ceremony Contact NCAA if you would like to present at one of these schools or a school near you! Pine View School, FL I Eastside High School, FL I Riverview High Schoo l FL I Sarasota High School, FL I St. Petersburg Sr High School, FL I Louisiana School of Math and Science Arts, LA I Indi ana Academy for Science Mathematics & Humanities IN I Il l i no i s Math & Science Academy, IL I Phillips Exeter Academy NH I South Lakes High School, VA 10 IM l PRI (, 2l 'l


OURNALISM Forming a democratic space she work to improve the lives of tho e around her. "It'about service and it' about getting people there ource and Alumna Kara Andrade '95 on community journalism information that they need, whether By Graham Clark 07 Kara AndraJe had a traightforward goa l when he and her husband packed up their gear anJ road tripped from California to Guatemal a City. he'd been awarded a Fulbright fellow hip to tudy and develop open pace online: "blog forum -anything where peopl e are online in Guatemala and forming a democratic space," he aid in a telephone interview. But she ended up with mething a lot bigger than she cou l d have possib l y imagined. In the country, he worked to de\'elop ( peak Guatemalan), a site that give anyone with a text-ready mobile phone the ability to be heard online. "Ju t from sending a it' social work or public health or journalism-anything you really want to call it, I feel like a lot of my role in life and my community, about ervice." While at New Col l ege Andrade took advantage of tudent 'abiltty to "call your own hots," and found time to volunteer extensively while completing a degree in literature. "I have a real pas ion for public health and for ocial work. And o when 1 wa at arasota health department, I wa alr ady writing grant for implementing HIV outreach program to migrant workers and doing a lot of volunteer work at Planned Parenthood." he laughed, ay111g, "I don't think I lept very much at New College." me age from their cell phone to The vitality of community radio in Guatemala ttKe her graduation in 1999, thi number," he explained, "their me sage will reach the website automati ally. And o you've got someone able to join the g l obal conver ation without having to have the re ource that the re t of the world doe or that more developed nation have-they can till be part of the conver ation, haring and making their new ." It didn't take long for HablaGuate to get noticed. "We tarred the site basically with about 30 people, and now it ha about 200 people. I t just took on a life of its own: it ha about 5,000 contributions, about 4,000 comments." The project ha even gone multinational : late one night, Andrade wa conta ted by a group of people who aw the need to foster open communication in their own country. "They aid, 'we need a Hall a Hondura can you do it?'" "I said, ure!'" Kara And r ade '95 After e rabli bing a Honduran branch of the project, he led the con truction of web ires for three more countrie "l had a feeling that it w uld take off quickly, t ut I never expected o ta Rica, Venezuela (and El akador]. It'a nice urpri c. I don't adverti c-It's a community-driven process, and that' what 1 l ove." Andrade' life has long been guided by a commitment to erving the c mmunity around her. Wherever she goes, she's kept up the pace, garnering a Ma ter of Journali m from the Univer ity of California at Berkeley and produ ing multimedia content for dozen of acclaimed publications And he' still finding way to get involved with her community any way that he can. "E\'ery day i different-ome Jays I'm covering torie here in Guatemala ometime I'm all1n Engli h, sometime I'm all in pani h." he fini hed, "I did a pre entation ye terday on Modernism." For now, Andrade' raying in Guatemala and staying ommitted to her value no matter what comes next. "I remember standing in front of a huge burch, and one of the keeper of the church wa like, 'you know, that church took 2,000 year to make' ... you have to think about it, e entially more than 10 generation would get up every day of their live and they may never ee the reult, but they tru tin the vision that one day there will be something big there, omething constructed, omething olid. omething that will rand the te t of time. "That's inspiring to me." Kara Andrade '95 can be found at and 1MB PRI ,z I II


COLLEGE EWS New Academic Center in the Works On Tu day, Jan. 26, ew College hi ultimate death at the hands of the azi The event was ponsored by the ew ollege Library Association, which rai funds to up port the Cook Library, a shared res urce of Florida broke ground on the $11 million A ademic Center and Plaza at the corner of 41 and College Drive. The Academic Center i a key component of the 2006 Campus Master Plan developed following the College' designation of ew College and New College breaks ground on the new Academic Center the University of outh Florida, ara ora-Manatee. as the tate' independent honor college in 2001. D igned by internationally acclaimed architects and urban planner Maule Polyzoid of Pa adena, CA, and con tru ted by Ajax Building Corporation of Florida, the new 35,000 quare-foot, LEED-certified facility will ontain cia room faculty offic and a courtyard cafe that will be open to the public upon the building' completion. Funding for the project wa provided by the tate of A rida The building is cheduled to be completed by late fall 2010. Butterfly Boy Stands Tall at JBC Library On Jan. 28, culptor idney Fagin unveiled hi bronze tatue, "Butterfly Boy," to commemorate children lo t in the Holocau t, outside the entrance to the Dr. Helen H. Fagin Holocau t, Genocide, New College Celebrates Ground breaking for Public Archaeology Lab More than 150 faculty, students, taff and visitor celebrated the groundbreaking for cw College' new Public Archaeology Lab. tled among Hong Kong orchid trees and towering pines, the new lab will feature more than 1,600 quare feet of cl, room, office, and torage pace for faculty and rudent re earch on local and regional history. The facility i expe ted to open in July 2010. In addition to the traditional gold shovel moment, tudents, buried a time cap ule at the ite. Included in the cap ule were item celebrating the moment, such as map and photo of th campus in its current configuration, plu an as ortrnent of fun item celebrating current ew College and Humanitarian Studies Collection room at the library. The name of the culpture, ButterfLy Boy, was inspired by a 1942 poem written by young Pavel Friedmann during hi incarceration in the Terezin Concentration Camp, prior to his deportation to Au chwit:z and ulrure. The latter included letter Sculptor Sidney Fagin with "Butterfly Boy fr m current tudents to tudents of th future, foam football IMBt PRI (, l l caring ew allege' trademark" till Undefeated" logan, and a bottle opener. The tirne cap ule i cheduled to be opened in 2060. "Today, we celebrate the con truction of a facility that will allow the bright, motivated students of ew College the opportunity to analyze and interpret th data of archaeology. But a lab for proce& ing the r ults of archaeology is nly a building," aid ew College anthropology professor Uzi Baram in his remarks t the r wd. "Through thi building, students aL o will have the chance to s c the contemporary ethics of archaeology in action." bell hooks Ushers in Women's History Month oted author bell hooks recently visited the ew College campus, giving a publi presentation and me ting with tudcn.ts and faculty. Her presentati n, held in the ainer Pavilion in honor of ational Women' Hi tory Month, wa entitled "Ending Domination-The truggle Continues." The talk, which wa open to the public, filled the auditorium: after all of the eats were filled, tudents crammed in the aisles and climbed onstagc, at hooks's encouragement. A reception and book signing followed the pr entati n. The event was co-span ored by the Office of the President, the Gender tudies Program and the Offic of rudent Affairs at ew College. The author of more than 30books and numerou arti les and bell hooks lectured in honor of National Women's History Month essays, bell hooks i recognized a one of the leading intellectuals of our time. Both prov cative and insightful, her works l


explore the intersection of race, class, and gender in ways that have ignificantly haped everal fields of rudy and that have earned her widespread acclaim. Her 19 1 book, Ain't l a Woman: Black Women and Feminism, wa nam d "On of the Most Influential Women' Books in the L1StTwenty Years" in 1992 by Publisher' Weekly. Her newest book is Teaching 0-iricaL Thinking: Practical Wisdom (2009). Much in demand a a peaker and campu visitor, hooks previously vi ited ew College in 1992. All Power to the Imagination! The third annual All Power to tl1e Imagination! Conference wa held on the ew College campus, March 5-7, 2010. The conference brought together community organizer activists, and academics to hare tactics, experiences, and skills, a well a theori cholar hip, and research in an attempt to bridge the gap betv;een radical theory and practice. The third annual All Power t the Imagination! Conference wa by the ew College Info hop/Radical Alliance. The focus wa on attempting to bridge the gap between "radica l the ry and practice." The weekend feantred a range organized methodologies of those actively engaged in efforts to make the changes they want to ee in the world. For more information, g to: 2010 Commencement Speaker Announced William Dudley, a 1974 graduate of ew College with a concentration in economics, will deliver the keynote addr at the College' 44th Annual Commencement on May 21, 2010. Dudley ucceeded Tim thy Geithner last year a the president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank when Geithner became Secretary of the Trea ury. Matola, a New College alumna who has been referred to as the "Jane Goodall of Belize" by ABC ightline, gave the commencement address last year. New College Makes the Grade ha once again cited ew College of Florida a one of the nation' leading undergraduate in titution thi time in its recently-published 1i ts of "The 20 Best Colleges in The outh" and 'The 10 Best Public College in the outh." The online report ranked ew College o. 9 overall among all public and private colleges in the outh and o. 3 among all public colleg and univer itie in the region.The e top ranking !low on the heel of ew College's Following his ew College career, Dudley earned a Ph.D. in economics from the Univer ity of California at Berkeley. He was with Goldman President of the New York Federal Reserve Bank William Dudley '71 o. 5 pot among the top public colleges in America published in' annual ach from 1986-2007, when ecretary Geithner tapped him to manage the ew York Federal Reserve's Markets Group, which oversees dome tic open market and foreign exchange trading operations. eedle to ay, Bill has tremendou in ight into our nation' current economic woe a topic I'd expect him to touch on in his ommencement remarks," aid Pr ident Michalson. report on "America's Best Colleges" (Augu t 2009). In the Jan. 19 report on outhern college lew allege wa one f only three public chool to appe.:1r on the "Best in the outh" li t. "For th e unable to handle the ometimes hefty price tag of a private in tinttion, everal public college fare well, including the College of William ancl Mary (No.5), the ew College of Florida (No. 9) and the Univer ity ofVirginia ( o. 11)," cited Forbes reporters Chri tina Ferro and Archana Rajan. of presentation workshop and activities geared toward illuminating variou kind of alternative/ gra roots theorie practices, and real life examples 2010 All Power to the Imagination! Conference poster This is the 14th occa ion otably, ew College was the only Florida undergraduate instinttion ranked among the top 20 chools in the uth, and one of only two in Florida cited in the top 1 public chools category. The Univer ity of Florida was number 10 on that list. of organized resistance again t abusive power. API was organized around the premi e of creating a forum in which anyone interested in po itive action can di cu contribute to, and learn from the di cour e, experiences, ancl on which a di tingui bed ew College graduate has given the commencement peech. The fir t alum to addr tl1e graduates wa Fi ld Medal winn r and mathematician William Thur ton, in 1984; baron IMBl ?Rl G


PROGRAM UPDATES Alumnae/i Fellows 20th Anniversary Reception On Jan. 20, CAA and the Office f the Provost ho ted an Alumnae/i Fellows commemora tive campu reception at the Keat ing Center. The econd Annual Reception wa held in recogni tion of CAA' 2010 Alum Fellow in addition to celebrating the 20th Anniver ary of thi outtanding program. Approximately 25 faculty, taff, tudent and alum were in attendance. 2010 Alumnae/i Fellows: Adam Rivers '97, Ayla Samli '95, Associate Provost Maribeth Clark, Olga Ronay '77, and Vijay Siva raman 97 ince 1990, the Alumnae/i Fel low program ha provided ew College Alumnae/ i the oppor tu nity to upplement the academic and co-curricular experience of ew College tudents by teaching an I P, a erne ter or half-seme ter (mod) cour e for credit, or leading a not-for-credit work hop or eminar. The tenure of Alumnae/i fel lows pan either January inter term or the Spring seme ter each academic year. Applicants may ap ply a often a they wish but will not be awarded an Alumnae/i Fellow h i p more than twice in three academic year At the reception, A sociate Pr vost Maribeth Clark poke about the program' impact on 4 IMI PKI l 2 I the curriculum at ew College over the pa t two decade and ex pre ed the college' commitment to continuing this wond rful and fruitful partner hip with NCAA. Four alum were awarded Alum Fellow hips for 2010: Adam Riv er '97 and Vijay ivaramon '97 led a joint ISP, Microbes in Hosts and the Environment; Ayla amli '95 i teaching a pring erne ter course, Gender, Islam & Modernity in Turkey; and O l ga Ronay '77 led the I P Community Planning in Theory and Practice. 2010 Alumnae/i Fellows Vijay Siva raman '97 (L) and Adam Rivers '97 (R) with their ISP students 11 r ''7 0 -. .. ,, NCF students take part in a Spring 2007 Alumnae/i Fellowship yoga workshop offered by Heather Normandale '00 and Craig Schuetze '01 APPLYFORA1 ALUM FELLOWS GRAYr In the spirit of the continued success of bringing alums to the New College campus to enhance the co-curricular experience of students, NCAA is now taking Alumnae/i Fellows applications for the 2011 January interterm and Spring 2011 semester. To download an updated application, please visit our website at: alum.ncedu Alums are required to submit a faculty recommendation form as part of the application process. The deadline for applications is August 1, 2010. All Alumnae/i Fellows committee recommendations will be forwarded to the provost and appropriate divisions for final approval. Please submit your applications via email to NCalum@ncedu or snail mail to: NCAA The Keating Center 5800 Bayshore Road Sarasota, FL. 34243 WRITE US AN EMAIL AND LET US KNOW ll'! WE'RE COMPILING A FULL LIST OF PAST RECIPIENTS FOR OUR ARCHIVES!


Coffee Talk Mentor Sessions The ew College of Florida mentoring program provide enrolled ew College tudent the opportunity to establi h a one-to-one relationship with a ew College alum or alumnu or community member profe ional. The purpo e i to provide ew College student with additional guidance, expo ure, and contact related to their pur uit of life goal. PRO JRAM UPDATES Alum Discusses "Life in Two Genders" ew College alum uzanne Clayton vi ited campu on February 25th to d i cu her male to-female g nder confirmation in a public pre entation at the Hamilton Center Teaching Audit rium entitled "My Life in Two Gender The lecture wa well-attended by tudent faculty, taff, and the ara ota community. The entire piece can be viewed on ew College's Youtube page at: youtube. com/ u er/ ewCollegeofFL. oting The value of the program i in the le son learned, and this education can occur in a v(lriety of format Mentors can provide u pport on a regular ba is, that he wa Suzanne Clayton '88 (r) post-gender confirmation u nco m for tab 1 e di cu sing the e offer to be available "a needed," or hare their experti e in a group etting. pring 2010 is playing ho t to a number of exciting Coffee Talk Mentor e ion Contact CAA at CAlum@n f. edu or vi it u ort the web to learn more about how you can get involved! is ue while a tudent, uzanne found a warm return and an engaged audience at her lecture. Thi event wa coponsored by CAA, the Gender & Diver ity Center, and Queery, a New College tudent organization. Emma Cassidy '06 writes to us about student grants: characterization of MDH in C. elegan -a commonly used model organi m for Clentific expenmentation-i important m I would like to thank the ew College Alumnac/i Asso iation that it may offer insight into the enzyme's activtties tn higher for the in their tudent Grants program I am a fourth year tuJent, graduating this spring with a concentration in Biochemistry. Earlier this year I received a generou tuJent Research & Travel grant, which has made all of my thesiresearch possible. The project, which contmues the research of several other New College the is students, involves the expression, purification, and activity of the C. elegans enzyme malate dehydrogenase. Malate dehydrogenase is an enzyme present in almost alllivmg cells. The Thesis student and Student Grants receipient Emma Cassidy 06 organi m. I am so thankful for the opportunity to complete this type of independent laboratory research in an undergr1.Juate setting. My thesis or, Dr. Kathenne Walstrom, has been an incredible resource for knowledge and upport and has helped make the experience so rewarding. Thb would not have been 1 ossible without the generosity of 'CAA and the tudent Grant' Committe. Thank you again for your upport. 1MB PRI l lLI IS


ARTS TASK FORCE Task Force for the Arts Professor and alumnus Aron Edidin '73 discusses the Provost's New College arts development initative By Au stin M c C an n '04 In 2009, the Prcx.o>t's Ta. k Force for the Arts u:as fonned. The mitial committee mcluded former Prot osc am at'in, faculty from the Humanirie and ocwl S..:iences, three student rcprc encatites (includ ing the author), and taff The Task Force currently meet monthly as It cooard the publicauon of a "uhue paper" m!ling for an increased prioritiza tion ro am det elopmenc on campus CAA: Can you de -cribe the mis-ion and / or function of the Arts Ta k Force? ED!Dl : In the cour e of developing the Academic Master Plan a couple of years ago, that committee noted the condition of the arr at ew College, and the fact that there wa a great deal of intere t among student:. at the col lege. Over the year [there' been) a great deal of interet in trengthening program hared by a number f faculty members, bur it hasn't been adopted a a priority by the college a whole And o, the Master Plan mcluded the s pecification that there would be a planning process pecifically directed toward [guiding) the future development of the art:. at ew College; to con ider que tions: what orr of strengthening i appropriate, how be t to pursue that, what kind of time frame to consider. o the Task Force for the Arts was set up by the Provost, a college wide initiative, and we've been doing the thing that I've described: we've taken the arts at ew College and looked at them by artbtic area or dbciplme: mu sic, \ i ual arts, creative writing, theater, and dance. We've looked at what we're offering, where we\-e been successful, where there are gaps, and trying to come up with a plan in each of those area for strengthening what we're able to offer. 1 that m ju t about all the other di cipline at 1ew ollege, the focu is on a certain ort of un ler tanding of some thing or another which i: primarily articulated di cursively. Whether you're doing experimental work in the natural ctences or work i n philo ophy where it's sort of all word from beginntng ro end, or what have you-what the student i doing i pro duc i ng, at the end, an articulation of claims and conclu ions; an articulation ()f the under tanding that the student ha developed in the area that the tudent i studymg, in di cu r sive prose. The a r ea that are cia sified as "the arts" aim to produce a different kind of articulation. You can talk about whether what's getting expre ed is a similar sort of undertanding or things that are more rooted in experience or feeling or what have you, bur the fundamental articulation i in ... what we identify a creative products rather than discursive products. ow, if you recognize the ign i ficance of arti tic a ttvtty as a part of education, then what you're look ing for is a way to think about the articu la tion of tho e two of thing together, rath er than [integrating] the arts into something which i fundamentally different. T he r e a r e a tion / plan ning/ preparation / analy i / rigo rou discipline that goes into seriou arti tic wmk, and what goes into other kind of academic work. A econd clement of articulation is that a very large range of academic rudy in the Hu manitre w1th discur 1ve product i aimed at working with artistic products discur:.ively-the rudy of literature, art history, and musico logy are obviou example CAA: Do you think ew College is ready for an init i ative promising a revival of the art ? AE: I think so! The demand on the part of tudents is clear and con i tent ove r a pe r iod of many years. We have a strong basis to build 011. We have the begmnings of very strong program in many of the area which have developed, which are doing orne very good things. And I think as the comm i ttee' been working, we're finding good way to develop from tho e starting point to a trengthened p r ogram. There's a ense in which the col lege isn't ready for anythmg, jtn based on the lim i tation of the pre ent economic ituation. Expen ive pa rts of mo t plan arc going to be c ntingent on finding funding source and for the next couple of year that' going to be tough-but to the extent that we're ahle to do that, we're in a po it ion to make good u e of it, and to the cxrcnt that we do les expen ive thing in the next couple of years, we're in a po ition to make good use of the additional resource wh i ch will be ome available when the economic climate changes. [Much of the current arts infrast r ucture) happened ince I joined the faculty in 1989. ln that en e, they're all pretty recent. Having aid that, what we'r e ta lkin g ab ut is mo tly in rruction by ad junct faculty; the core faculty in art and mu ic, which i s the only core fac ulty pecifically in c r eat ive a rea that we've got, is the same now that it wa back then, and [think it's time to get beyond that. 'CAA: What are the challenges in legitimizing and integratmg the e non discur ive pr ducts into an environment that b primarily focused on that kind of work? A m u sical co ll abora t ion between NCF's S keleton Warri o r an d Flo ri d a Symphony t ubist Jay Huns b erge r a t C r ossro ads, par t o f New M us i c Ne w C o lle ge's 1Oth season ( 2009 ) Aron Edidin came to ew College from Evanston, IL, in 1973 and graduated m 1977 w1th a substantia[ AOC in Philosophy and a minimal AOC in mathematics. After marrymg fetlou alum Robm Hoffmruter '73, attending graduate school at Princeton and AE: I guess the implest way ro talk about it 16 l\1Bl PRJ l 0 bunch of di r ection for which the a r ticulati n comes: one is recogn i tion that there' a real tg nificance in the continuity in the orr of cogni-spending eight years on the facHlty at ocre Dame, he returned in 1989 as the first ru College alum to houl a regular faculcy posilion here. He tS presently Professor of Ph1wsophy and Chair of the Dzu sion of Humanities.


Real Advice Hurts Merlin Mann 86 has a painful lesson to teach Republished with permission from 43, Merlin Mann's website about finding the time and attention to do your best creative work. In the wonderful Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott talks about the incredible, rip ping pam he felt after having her ton ils removed. All he wanted to do wa hug pain killer and let the stupid thing heal, but, Anne's doctor gave her orne advice that he found as unbelievable as it was painful: he told her to chew some 1-,rum. Turns out that, a with a lot of inju ries, the entirely en ible impul e to pro tect and baby a wounded area was the opp ite of what Anne actually needed in order to fix the problem. o, by en luring the excruciating pain of chewing gum for ju t a few minutes, the mu des in her throat suddenly unclenched, and Anne's pain went away forever. The advice Anne wanted wa n't the advice she needed. And, like we all even tually learn, the best advice you'll get in life hurts like hell at the time. Because it ha to. And, maybe that's part of what what bug me about all the "tip ." Today, the web i littered with ites Mer l in Mann '86 pumping out a high volume of advice on every conceivable topic. And a lot of the pathological patrons of the e ite will tell you that a daily surfeit of nack-sized information help them with what they really need in order to be ucces ful and happy in life-tO be better at their job or to be a well-rounded pers nor to be ome a more talented programmer. I don't doubt for a moment that the right tip at the right time can make all the difference in the world. And l have certainly b en both a (reformed) producer a well a an ardent con umer of "tips," by any definition of the word. But, here' the prob l em: In more in ranees than we want to admit, tip not only won't (and can't) help liS to improve; they will actively get in the way of funda menta l improvement by obscuring the advi ewe need with the advice that we enjoy. nd, the advice that' ea y to take i so rarely the advice that could really make a differen e. A tip i l ike ... what? A l ittle scrap of a map. ot only i it not the actual destination, but the part you can hold in your hand will only make sense when you understand its place in a much higger picn1re. o, ure, you might get a kick out of gazing at the pretty color and reading the funny names to your cat, and, heck, once you've collected enough little map you may even tart fancying your elf a gifted 0 PI I ON cartographer. But, never for a minute start fanta izing that being a map collector mean you've visited all the locations on th e p1ece of paper. If you ever decided to attempt them, your actual travels would very much benefit from a competent (and whole) map of where you're heading, but it neces arily require movement, change, and enduring poten tially long rretche in which you'll have to find your own bearings in three tip-free dimen ion At their best, "tip are a fine way to incre mentally improve a process that you're already dedicated to practicing on a regular basis And, in that context, tip work. For example, a tip on your golf swing may be very u eful if you're already playing three tim' a week and hitting a bucket of ball after work every day. But a ub cription to a magazme about taekwondo will only be as u eful a your deci ion to drag your fat a into a dojo and tart actually kicking people. Over and over. Otherwi e, you're just buying shiny paper every month. In my opinion, the problem with tip ulture on the web are many, not least the evidence that mo t of the page-view-ob e ed pooper of online tip cern to have zero real interest in olving any problem beyond their own need to generate repeat traffic from dazed information touri ts. But, the common problem of all tip fixation trace back to a mi understanding of how anybody ever got great at doing anything. We can't get good at omething lely by reading about it And we'll never make giant leaps in any endeavor by treating it like a snack fo d that we munch on whenever we're getting bored. You get good at omething by doing it repeatedly. And by listening to specific criticism from pe pie who are already good at what you do. And by a dedication to getting better, even when it' inconvenient and may not involve a handy bulleted li t. If thi trik you a fancy talk, may I uggest that you approach the woman in your life who mo t enjoy exua l intercour e, and, in the nicest way po sible, ask her whether he'd prefer to have congress with: l. A confident parmer who has had a long career of afe and mutually ati fying romps with a range of people who liked different thing; or, 2. A 50-year-old virgin who like reading b log about ex tip You know the an wer, and o doe he. There' probably m re than one rea on that poor 1 o 2 i till ju r a well-read dilettante, but a trong candidate for the top spot would be how he's allowed h1 ardor for acquiring "tip '' ro rake the plac of getting tarred in the actual, complicated, and sometimes very confu ing raft of making ladypart happy. You should an I will con ume the web however you plea e, and if Continued on page 23 ... IMBl PRJ c, l I 17


OBITUARIES Alumnae/i Debra Debbie Olsen '71 1953-2009 Debra 01 en died Augut 25, 2009 in St Petersburg after a short illne Debbie i urvived by her mother, with whom he hnred a home for many year Doug Barbara Berggren write: "We have known Debbie since he came to ew College. he graduated in philosophy, and our daughter Lynne remembers attend ing numerou Florida philo ophy conferenc e with her. We remamed in touch br e-mail to the very end, e pecially about politics. Debbie wa an ardent Democrat. he became part of our family when she spent a ummer with us after graduat ing from ew College. Debbie wa a free 'Pirit, who followed her own path While living tn ara ora, he developed an intere t in biorhythms and astrology, which he ap plied to the dog at the local track with orne considerable ucce s. Afrer she moved to r. Peter burg, he taught her elf genealogy and re earched family trees for u and many oth ers. In recent years, she took up day trading, and was doing quite well. Her real passion, however, was her work a a talented doll art i r and miniaturi t. Many buyer reque ted her portrait dolls, which she did with amaz ing kill. "Debbie wa a hy but courageous woman. ome time ago, when he got her first car, she drove up north by herself to attend a na tional philosophy conference, even though she wa very apprehensive about doing so. At one time, she even drove a taxi at night in ome dangerous parts of town. he wa al way te ting herself. We will mi s her friend-hip and her cheerfulnes Our family cel ebrations won't be the ame without her." Susan Susie Harris '74 19552010 usan usie" Harris, 54, of arasota, formerly of Brooklyn, .Y., died March 2, 2010. Packer Funeral Home wa in charge of arrangements. usan will be remembered for her devo tiOn and 10\e for all children of the rainbow. he had an enormou heart. Her patience and unconditional love for the young, and e pecially the learning-disabled, was unprec edented. For 30 year. he followed her dream M i l to teach, which he did at Orange Ridge Bullock and Bay hore Elementary chool in Bradenton. Her su !den death of cancer i deeply felt by her urvivor : her mother, Helga Harri ; a daughter, Ali Harri ; Karim Ghazli, her mo t devoted, loving partner; a brothu, Jef frey Harri and his partner, Laura Jones; and cou in Jay Haa and Mona arp. usan al o leaves behind other couin and many dear friend especially Dennis Franklin, who were by her ide throughout this journey. Above all, her love for her 14-year-old daughter, Ali, i beyond word u an and her mother traveled to China together in 1996, to br i ng Ali to arasota. u an blazed the trail and wa in trumental in numerou people adopting children from China. usan wa lorn in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to ara ota in 1973 (where he at tended ew College of Florida). he earned a B.A. in education from Florida Atlantic niver ity and an M.A. from ova. he wa a strong-willed woman from a long line of strong-willed women one who could fix you with a look and "set you traight." he al o dedicated much time and energy to the Lau rel Park Neighborhood Asociation. In lieu of flower please upport children's causes. Published in the Herald Tribune March 5-6, 2010. Muriel Avellaneda 96 1977-2010 Muriel Avellaneda, born in Argentina in 1977, pa sed away on Jan. 3, 2010 in Gaine ville. She moved to Gaine ville with her par ent Andre and Margarita 111 1979, and did all her chool ing, elementary through high chool, at Oak Hall chool. he obtained a B.A. at ew College of Florida and an M.A. at Florida rate University. he was an expert in oller and con temporary rock mu ic, read American and international literature and philosophy in three language wrote poetry and fiction, loved cat hoe, book and crub''. othing human wa alien to her. In her unending earch for piritual fulfillment, in recent year he i m, and was con idering conver ion. Bicultmal and bilingual, she had recently moved to Bueno Aires, where he wa tarti ng a career in tran !arion and the teaching of Engli h a a foreign language. he is urvived by her parents, Andre and Margarita, her grandfather Andre L. Avellaneda, her step mother Geraldine ichol and stepfather Jorge Martinez, her stepbrothers Jeremy and Wesley Nichols, rep ister Joanne Marttnez von Gonten and Christine M. Jacobus, and an extended family in Buenos Aire A Memorial ervice wa held on Jan. 8 at the Mausoleum Chapel in the Fore t Meadow emerery. In lieu of flower donation may be made to the Alachua ounty Hu mane ociety ( or to the ational Alliance on Mental lllnesses (nami. org). Publrshed by the un. E r ik "EFF" Rimm Hew itt '98 19792009 Erik Rimm-Hewitt, better known a "EFF," died unexpectedly in hr sleep on Aug. 2 2009. An avid fan of the natural world, he had ummited Mount Katahdin in Maine with his brother only one week earlier. ubequent to his oraduation from ew College, he pur ued many outdoor activities, and achieved certification in massage therapy. He leaves behind hi mother Patri ia Rimm of Delray Beach, FL; his father Kent Hewitt of Belmont, MA; and three sibling: cott Rimm-Hewitt of Lake Peekskill, Y; Paige Rimm-Hewitt of Boynton Beach, FL; and Brooke Rimm-Hewitt of Boynton Beach, FL. He is also survived by innumerable be reaved friends with whom he hared ex traordinary bonds. Erik' love of the outdoor world was fo tered from child hood on by a remark able camp to which memorial donations may be made: Camp Jewell YM A Our door enter, 6 Prock Hill Road, P.O. Box Colebrook, CT. ("Erik Rimm-Hewitt Memorial cholar hip Fund"). had turned to a tudy of Juda-Muriel Avellaneda '96


tudents Jessica Wantz '09 1991-2010 Je sica Wanrz, 19, had just completed her first emester at ew College and had traveled home to visit family when she was tragically killed during a ledding accident on Jan 9. A cording to report from the Ass o ciated Pres and other Wantz and her boyfriend, Jame Bowling, were enjoying a fun evening in ew Castle's Memorial Park when the sled they were riding on crashed into a water well build ing. Je 1ca uffered evere injurie to her head and brain a a re ult of the accident and died s everal hour later at an Indianapolis ho pita!. Bowling, 17, uffered a concussion and hip 1966 David B. Schwartz is livin g with his son ate in Ithaca, 1Y and is practicing psychotherapy. Often, he ami John Hart '65, Creighton mith '67, Richard Waller '64, and Drew Douglas '66 meet at hi hou eon eneca Lake to tour the Finger Lakes (which Drew has termed "a motorcycle amusement park") each ummer. 1972 Ross (Ackerman) Vachon provided vo1ceover narration -along with oam Chomsky and Briti h film director Ken Loa h for a new docudrama on The Goldstone Report, the U. .-mandated examination of I rael and Hama action during Israel' inva ion of Gaza ("Operation Cast Lead") in late 200 2009. The video can be accessed at wv.w. goldstonefact .org, and right now Ken Loach i working to have the docudrama pre cnted at Cannes thi spring. 1978 James McDonald, managing partner at Fisher Phillip LLP's Irvine, CA, wa' selected for inclu ion in 2010 outhern alifornia uper L'lwyers by Law & Politics magazine. For more than 25 years, he has practiced labor and employment law exclu ively repre enting fracn1re but is expected to recover fully. Jessica was a 2009 high chool graduate of the prestigiou Indiana Academy for c1encc, Mathematic and Hu manltles in Muncie, Indiana, a school that ha sent numerous highly-qualified stu dent to ew ollege. oted by friend and admmistrators a being compa sionate, kind, and extremely bright, Jessica Wantz '09 she was heavily recruited by ew College and wa one of the inaugural recipients of the 1ew College Mathematics and Science Award, an achievement award for managemenr. outhern California uper Lawyer are cho en by their peers and through the independent re earch of Lau & Pol1t1cs magazine, with the top five percent of outhern California attorney elected for the recognition. Thi year' honoree will be featured in the February i sues of Los Angele magazine, Orange Coast magazine, and the Lo Angeles OBITLJARIE outstanding student in the science and math that wa introduced this fall. To honor Je ica's memory, rudent held an informal mem o rial ervice in Palm Court. On atun.lay. Feb. 20, ew College had a Cele beration of life ervice for Jcs ica in front of the Keating enter. In atten dance were member of ]es ica family, Pre ident "Mike" Michal on, Dean Wendy Basham and Kim ewsome, Direc tor of tudent Affairs Konnie Kruczek, ew College students, alums, and members of the arasota community. CLASS NOTE eminole children began to attend public chools after World War ll, LaBree made life time friendships with them, witncs ing their transformation from a traditional to a modern life tyle. He began painting their life, history, and legends, a nd rwo of his images now hang in the mith onian ational Museum of the American Indian. He has upported h1m elf and hi family for nearly 20 years by painting, so mo t of hi works are in private collecnons. Thi book contain 42 of LaBree's paintingand Mahler' e 'ay about each one, ba ed on interview and research. 1984 ami Orange ounry distribution li 'ts of The New York Times. Guy LaBree: Barefoot Artist of the Florida Seminoles by Carol Mahler '78 Traci Ardren i now Director of the Program in Women' and Gender rudie at the Univer,ity of Miami McDonald i lead editor of the treatise Mental and Emotional Injuries m Employment Litigation (B A Books 2001) and author of more than SO publi hed articles on lahor and employment law. He i former chairman of the board of director of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce and currently erves as vice chair and general coun el of that organization. Carol Mahler's book Guy LaBree: Barefoot Armt of the Honda emmoles was recently published by Univer ity Pre of Fl rida. As the fir t where she i also an As ociate Profe s or in Anthropology. he enjoy thi new po ition and getting to know the large number of UM fa ulry working in the field of gender wdie Traci's fieldwork i centered at the ancient Maya center ofXuenkal in Yucatan, Mexico, a site n1died by her awesome ew ollcge mcnt r, Tony Andrew he i is in the mtddle of a two year grant from the ational Science Foundation to look at how agricultural and craft intensification went hand in hand within the region controlled by hi hen ltza. he was happy to meet tudenr Ju tin uinn IMBl PRJ ( 1 I


'07 at a 4th of July party when both took shelter from the rain in a falling down palapa tn Piste, Yucatan thi ummer. he reports Michael Owens 4 i till aving NOTES a piece about the peril of parenting, whether humorous or poignant (or both, or whatever), 1 may be able to help! lt has been a life adjustment of greater ferocity (for me) than all four of my years at New College! Yeah 1t' been hard. But !love it!" the planet from polluters and they are rill going trong together. John Vernaglia's winning Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby "rat race car (son of Larry Vernaglia '87 and Liz Rudlow Vernaglia '87) 2000 1987 Larry Vernaglia has been named the Chair of the national Health Care Ind u try Team at Foley & Lardner, LLP. Larry and Liz Rudow Vernaglia' 7 report that their son John '1 won hi Cub cout pack' Pinewood Derby in Medford, MA, on February 28, 2010. Hi winning car proudly ported a rul ber rat glued to the roof, thus ignifying hi official entry into the rat race 1997 Shannon O'Malley i livmg in Austin, TX, where he works a an adverti ing copywnter. You can check her out at shannonomalley. com. 1998 Andrea Sommer wntes, "After graduanon, I married a U F computer grad in Fall of2002, we Daina Crafa and David Higgins '01 live in Washington. D and are engaged to be married. 2001 Jade Fang has opened her own low cost community acupuncture clinic in the town of Winona, M he i working with other com munity acupuncturi t through the nonprofit community acupuncture network to do a nationwide Free Acupuncture Day on May Day 2010. For more information check out com muni tyacu pu ncru 2004 Sam Greenspan returned to ew College Ia t January to teach an l P on do umentary radio production and audioethnography. After re-a climating to the weather, he went back to his home in nowy Washington, DC, to begin working as a production a si tant at a tiona! moved to Fort Lauderdale to arrend Bible College from 03-06 We Sam Greenspan '04 (second from left) teaching an ISP on radio production and audioethnography in the Anthro Lab at New College Public Radio. You can also li ten for am on Pacifica Radio' Free peech Radio ews, had our on 1oah in Nov. 2006, then moved back here to the ara ora area where my took a job as the Princ1pal of Calvary Chapel hool. We had our daughter, Anastasia, in August of 2009. 1 ha\'e been a stay-at-home mom for the last three years, and [ love it. peaking of that, if you ever need 1MB PR: 2 and alums in ide the Beltway can periodically hear him on WAMU 88.5's Metro Connection. am also teaches radio production and media literacy to high choolers. Jordan Clark is currently working in Washmgton, D in Propo al Development for a con ulting firm that pecialize in humanitarian mine clearance. The company works worldwide, clearing landmincs and training imligenou demining capacities in various countric where the presence and threat of land mme have inhibited development and growth in post-confhct zones and developing countrie Clients include organization like the United ations and ATO. he spends a lot of time at work, but when he' not there, he get to take advantageD 's abundance of free mu eums and other neat tuff. She ha recently taken up knitting and joined a book club. he can't wait for the cherry blo som and warm weather to come back! 2005 Michelle DiPietro is an Archives and pecial C llection intern at the ational Univer ity of Ireland, Galway. After graduating in 2009 with a degree in Mediev::tl and Renai ance rudie she m ved to Galway, Ireland, the ite of much of her undergraduate re earch. For her current archival project, she identifie and catalogs articles, pamphlets, and per onal effects c the 19l0s-1960 that belonged to the late lri h folklorist James Delargy. The library hopes this collection will illuminate the life and work of Profe sor Delargy, a proponent of folkloric studies in lri h univer ities. "When w rking with a per onal collection like thi you witne both the historical importance and the humanne f the indi, idual," he writes. ''I've found everything from Chri tmas cards in lcelandi to applications for pr fe sor hip by people who, fifty years later, are now con idered renowned cholars." Michelle plan to arrend e ither U C Chapel Hill or Cl Urbana-Champaign this fall for Library and Information Science, and to continue her edu arion 111 Medieval rudie o as to work with medieval manuscript profe sionally. Keep us updated! We are alway working on the next Nimbus, and we want to hear from you! Tell us what you've been up to, and we will announce it in the Class Notes Section. Don't forget to send us your photos too! -


CHAPTER EVENTS NCAA Chapter Events Brownie the Dog says, "What's up wit h NCAA's Chapter Events this year?" W ell, B r ow n ie, NCAA plans to have an increased number of alum gat h er i ngs across the countr y as we get clo e r to New College s 50th Anniversary, in hopes of galvaniz i ng a lum par ti c i pa t ion! W e're bringing College Presiden t Mike M ichalson & Foundation CEO A n dy W alker along wit h us too! Upcoming Chapter Events PHILADELPHIA REUNION December 3, 2009 At the 2009 American Anthropological Association Conference ,..nlo..._ Mo..,..,_""" r ....... ,..,"'...,.' '""' .,.....,, w ..,......_p!tr,.-,;: .. llor"'--ftr-nl_,._.. I 1'\t--lor'IIC ............. ... ...,_... "-,., ..,._ St w .JecoDson '71 &. ... .,.._ ......... Mot:" .... 1M!...-.. ..$ \nh,.. bw50m.ll C.olllZ 1. Roxanne Sawhiii 06, Jessica Anne Wheeler 05, and Prof. Maria Vesperi share a laugh 2. Foundation & NCAA staff faculty, students, and alums gather to celebrate Prof. Maria Vesperi s 2009 Oxford Award for Excellence in Un dergraduate Teaching at the 2009 AAA Conference 21 NIMBt SPR!"\:G 2C'll


NCAA ANNNERSARY ICAA Celebrates Its Anniversary MAY 21-23, 2010 Questions? Call Austin McCann at 941-487-4676 or amccann@ ncf-edu. Check alum. ncf-edu for the anniversary link! Mail completed forms with payment to: New College Alumnae/i Association 5800 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL 34243 Make checks payable to NCAA. Notate NCAA 25th Anniversary in the memo line. Check ou our 2 sh Anniversary paae a alum.ncf.edut -----------------Alum Name(s) -------------------------::J-10 PM: PCP-Palm Court I Year Entered NCF 1 Guest Name( ) Addre s I City _________________ tate ___ Zip _______ Saturday, May 22, 2010 ::J9:00am-4 PM: Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center open house ::J-11 AM: Class of 1985 Reunion Brunch $20 ::J12:00..3:30 PM: Oral History of NCAAJane Cook I I I 1 Phone ________________________________ Library (By appointment) I ::J2:00PM-4:00PM: 50th Anniversary Planning Discussion E-ma1l ______________________________________ I Friday, May 21, 2010 I -::1-ll AM-6 PM: Regi rration-pick up your weekend map, calendar of events and PCP wristbandsKeating Center 1 ::J-11 AM-12:30 PM: Toast to New Graduates-College Hall ::J11 AM-5 PM: Oral History of CAAJane Cook 1 Library (by appointment) ::JAnytime: Campus Walking Tours pick up walking tour 1 map at the Keating Center -::1-7-9 PM: Commencement Ceremonies (Bill Dudley '71, I Commencement Speaker)College HAll Bayfront -::1-9 PM: Post-Commencement Alum ReceptionTKC-$10 ::l6:30 PM: NCAA 25th Birthday Party/Dinner-College Hall I -$40 Sunday, May 25, 2010 ::l-10 AM-3 PM: NCAA Board Meeting T o t a l w ee k e n d cos t : $ 5 0 (Excludes Class of 1985 Reunion Brunch) HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NC;\A! I I I I I --------------------IMBl PRI 'U ZC'I


co UED ... Come Celerbrate: Clas agent Dav1d Branson '85 writes: The 25th Anniversary of the Class of 1985! Dear fellow Novo Collegians of '85, I would like to invite you all to our 25th Anniversary Celebration at College Hall on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 11 :00 AM. Come see old grads (and old undergrads) back in the place many of us still regard as home. There will be excellent food, memories, and of course your old classmates! Please feel free to bring old photos, Facebooks (we had Facebook before the Internet did!), and any other memorabilia you have on hand. I look forward to seeing you there! To RSVP, please contact Austin McCann at amccann@nc edu. If you would also like to volunteer to help, or have additional ideas or questions, plea e please drop me a line at chastmastr@ Conti ned from page 5 ... which took him away from there and made htm a part of a quite different and thoroughly cos mopolitan world. And his ttuggle to balance who he i as a cosmopolitan intellectual with who he is as a de cendant of farmers who ha gone back to farm. It' an interesting problem, and it resonate with me, even though I've nev er been contemplating in any literal ense going back to rural life in the old-fashioned en e, as Berry has done. I don't know anyone el e who ha thought in uch careful detail about what it means to be emotionally committed to the lan I and to make that part of everyday life, and not to do that in a nostalgic way or as a mode of retreat, but rather to do it ciou ly and with real intellectual sophistication. Conti ned from page 17 ... CM: How wa your recent experience teach ing at ew College? 0 :Well, reaching wa wonderful. I liked ew ollege smdenrs; I was really happy to find rhat, after all the e year -I graduated from ew College in 1974, so it's been a while-! found that ew College srudent now are tem peramentally intellecnmlly like student of my own time. I enjoyed the conversation I wa able to have with them, and I found them en gaging and inqut ttive and very smart and fun to work with. Datid L. mitlt 1ms born in Mount Meigs, AL, and attended Stdney Lanier High school in nearby Mont gomery. He received his BA degree from New College Sincerely, David Branson '85 and hts PhD from the Unit ersity of Chicago. Smce 1980 he has caught at Willwms College, uhere he is the John W Chandler Professor of English ancl Chair of African Americ an tudies. From 1996-2000 he serted as D ean of Faculty. From 1994-2000 he was on the board of the Massachusetts Foundmion for the Humamues. He was Its Chatr from 1998-2000. At present he ts Dtrector of the W Ford Performmg Arts Endowmem at Williarru. He Is edtor \uith lack Salzman and Cornel West of The Encylopedia of African American Hi tory and Culture a fite-1-olume u ork published by Ma.:mtl. lian. He is currendy 1wrking u ith Wahneema Lu btano on a Blackwell Companton to African American Literature. As the poet D.L. Crockett Smith, he has published Cowboy Amok and Civil Rite both from The Black .:holar Press. He lio.oes in Berkshire, MA u tth hts wife, Vi\tan. walked through: well, more power ro you and the tip that helped you get good. canning li t of tip i a relaxing pa time for you, I'm the last person to begrudge you your fun. But, it's time to top pretending But, if the countle dreary hours of resource-hunting and tip-scarfing have primarily produced more R ub criptions and a giant a print n your couch, maybe 1t' time to stand up, and tart chewing some gum. that practical expertise at anything can take place in an R reader. Next time you find yourself staring at another re-packaged post about all the "resources" f, r becoming great at whatever you're theoretically excited abour, a k your elf for specific evidencethings you can point to that you've done or made-that reflect the improvement all those thousands of rips and re ource brought you. If you can hut me down with a hundred satisfied lover a pile of well-kicked opponents, or a passport full of countries you've Merlin Mann is an inde pendent riter, speaker, and broadcaster based in an Francisco. He created 43 Foklers, co-hosts the podcast You Look ice Today, appears on MacBr e ak Weekly, and speaks and consults about dungs ltke email, time & attention, and creatit e work. ure, he also makes and doe other stuff, includin g kinda-famous things !tke lnbox Zero, the Htpster PDA, the Procrascmacion Da h and That Phone Grty :\1Bl PRI (, 2


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