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NE"W COLLEGE A publication of the Ne\N College Alumnae/i Association Volume so. Summer 2004 NEw CoLLEGE ExPLORES NEw AcADEMIC STRATEGIC PLAN Charlene Callahan, Ph.D. New Colle g e Provost Introduction Several years ago responding to the NCAA Board's concerns regarding a governance restructuring at the College, a former New College dean suggested that certam alumnae/i can be paranoid narrow-minded backward-looking and rude." It wasn t true ; but it was and re mains true that New College alums through our Alumnae!i Association do care deeply about any proposed changes to the historic character of New College. So when shown any strategic plans for the future of New College al ums want to ensure that any recom mendations are in the best interests of the College and not at the expense of its special mission. We are also real istic enough to know that not all change is bad and the College must be respon sive to the evolving needs of its stu dents Provost Charlene Callahan' s thoughtful presentation of the College's strategic planning process offers some bold recipes for the New College cur riculum. The plan has been designed by the faculty, with input from students, administrators and alumnae/i. Charlene herself is a long-serving and universally-respected professor of psy chology at New College We thought it important that you our members have a thorough understanding of the issues involved which is why we asked the Provost to provide us with such a com prehensive discussion We want you to read this material carefully and let us know what you think Not all of the con cepts will go forward and new ideas will be incorporated A few of the recom mendations require the active partici pation of the alumnae/i most notably in encouraging far more Alumnae/i Fel lows to offer specialized and cutting edge programs for students on Cam pus. -Larry Vernagfia President, NCAA ic Plan There is a story about Albert Einstein that seems apropos to New College's recent strategic planning efforts Shortly after he earned international fame for his revolutionary ideas in physics, Einstein was traveling on a train from Princeton to New York When the conductor approached him for his ticket Einstein rummaged through his briefcase, searched in each of his pockets even looked under the seat but could not find his ticket. The conductor like everyone else on the train, immediately recognized the famous theorist. He said, "That's alright Charlene Callahan, New College Provost and Psychology Professor Professor Einstein I know you must have purchased a ticket. Don't worry about it. Later when the conductor again walked by he noticed that Einstein was still anxiously searching for his ticket. Once more he said, Professor Einstein, I don t need to see your ticket please don t bother.'' Einstein anxiously replied, You don' t understand, if I can't find my ticket, I won t know where I m going." Not that New College as an institution might be characterized as "absentminded," but, as you know most of us are so absorbed in the intensity of the moment, in the business of being or becoming scholars, that we are reluctant to invest precious time exploring or planning for the College's future There's much to be said for our concentrated focus Yet it is crucial that we also pause to take stock of where we are and to carefully plan for what we intend to become See Strategic Plan, Page 2


Strategic Plan, Cont. from P. I But do we really need a "strategic plan"? The notion of "strategic plannmg'' has its roots in military science, and has been a staple of business organizations for over 50 years. The intended outcome of strategic planning is change. Ideally, such changes are carefully planned to achieve the most advantageous position in a dynamic and competitive business environment. So why would an academic institution like New College, with its emphasis on individual freedom and its distinctive and highly successful educational program, need or want to change? Why should we participate in such a time consuming, potentially divisive exercise in order to position ourselves competitively? Where's the competition? Aren't we in a class by ourselves? Won't there always be the kind of students and faculty who appreciate New College? New College's niche in a rapidly changing environ ment Yes, it is true that New College does occupy a unique niche in higher education, and it is likely that we will always attract the kind of students and faculty that appreciate our particular (or is it peculiar?) character. Nevertheless, we are situated within a larger context of change that bears careful monitoring. With the development of new information technologies, changing political and economic climates, and even shifting values, the environment in higher education is rapidly and dramatically changing in ways that are not entirely predictable. In order to assure its continued success, New College must be open to adaptation while, at the same time, fiercely protecting its core values. Until recently, New College had little incentive to alter its academic program significantly, other than to add faculty in existing disciplines and expand its student body. As an honors college within the University of South Florida, we were the little college that could we succeeded despite our low profile and scarce resources. Now as one of the eleven state institutions, New College must succeed in a state university and legislative milieu that values bigness, rapid growth, workforce development, and quantifiable "returns on investments." Many of our sister Florida public institutions almost routinely field athletic teams that win national championships, annually garner hundreds of millions of dollars in research funding, offer degrees and certifications in a broad array of professions, and provide highly visible successful business "incubators" that yield measurable dividends for the state. These are results that state legislators easily understand and appreciate. Our uniqueness... requires constant explanation, justification and validation You are well aware of the outcome that New College offers: an educational experience of singular character and quality not easily measured or quantified. Yet independence has meant new layers of oversight and ever increasing levels of scrutiny (e.g., by the Legislature, the Department of Education, the Board of Governors, the accreditors, and the press). This means strict accountability, greater emphasis on quantitative assessment and evaluation, and more direct competition for funding. (It is also important to note that at the same time the levels of accountability and expectations are rising, the portion of the state's budget devoted to higher education has declined significantly.) In fact, now our uniqueness our small size, our contract system, our graduation requirements, our narrative evaluations, and the lack of direct articulation of our courses with those of the state university system requires constant explanation, justification, and validation. And not only is New College expected to demonstrate its pre-eminence, it is expected to grow and to show evidence of continual improvement. We still have reason to be proud, but we no longer can afford to rest on our laurels and presume that our small size and relatively small price tag will guarantee state support. To be fair, increased accountability isn't necessarily bad it gives us an opportunity to examine our current practices, to address our weaknesses, and to improve and refine what we do best. Yes, it might be frustrating to have to literally "draw them a map," in order to justify our existence, but New College can use that map to steer a course while the institution's focus remains on providing the very best learning environment available. In other words, like Einstein, once we've mapped out an itinerary, we can become fully engaged in the ride. On the national level we face different sorts of challenges. No longer is New College's emphasis on studentcentered and inquiry-based learn ing exceptional. Rather, it is the declared goal of most institutions of higher education. Innovative approaches to learning, many of which New College pioneered, are becoming more mainstream. Novel pedagogies and enhanced learning environments vie for attention and funding across the country. Of course we remam special, but we now compete with a wider spectrum of programs-not just the elite liberal arts colleges for recognition and for the most talented students and faculty. Please forgive such a long answer to a simple question, but yes, we do need a strategic plan. Instead of merely reacting to change, we should take steps to "strategically" position ourselves to adapt and to continue to thrive as a model for liberal arts programs of the highest quality. The strategic planning process: A collective effort The planning process commenced in late spring of 2003, when members of the Board of Trustees' Strategic Planning Committee (in response to a request they in turn had received from


the Board of Governors) asked the faculty to develop an academic strategic plan The plan would address the College s anticipated growth to at feast 800 students and 77 full-time faculty within the next five years Despite the fact that we had just (successfully!) completed the grueling chore of applying for independent accreditation, the New College community rose to the challenge. Faculty and staff have spent the last two semesters working toward consensus and developing a conceptual set of guidelines for growth. Armed with reams of background information including historical enrollment and graduation data and i nformation about our peer institutions, a majority of faculty participated in discussions that took place in both large and small group settings As people are prone to do, we generally enjoyed talking about ourselves among ourselves. In fact, the planning process may have been just as important as its outcome. Members of the community took time from their busy schedules to share ideas and concerns, and to collaborate in producing a template for growth We talked we listened, we learned and we worked together to explore and refine possibilities As a result we share a sense of ownership in the plan A thorough list of strengths and weaknesses of the academic program was generated, which led to collaborative and productive explorations of curricular possibilities outside of the usual disciplinary and divisional constraints. We actually succeeded in "thinking outside of the box." The planning challenge: innovation and curricular enhancement on a shoestring budget Our discussions were guided by four basic principles: Protect our core values and characteristics: Although we plan to grow we should always maintain our low studenUfaculty ratio, and remain committed to the contract system with its essential components narrati ve evaluations and the senior thesi s project. Efficient use of resources: In this era of declining bUdgets we should make the best most efficient use of what always are likely to be inadequate resources This efficiency principle involves taking full advantage of our existing strengths, adding resources in ways that promote "synergy," and seeking tactical solutions that simultaneously impact quality of life improve the curriculum, and enrich campus diversity College-wide perspective: Partic ip ants were encouraged to envision the needs of the academic program from the perspective of the College's distinctive mission and shared interests, rather than via the narrower lenses of divisional discipline, or individual preferences. Openness to change: We explored alternative innovative approaches and encouraged self criticism Successful programs at other institutions provided inspiration and perspective These principles naturally directed our attention to multi-disciplinary areas of the curriculum. It made good sense to take advantage of our considerable strengths by combining them We soon discovered many common, overlapping academic interests that could collaboratively produce innovative and viable new directions for the College Five areas were eventually developed, and their basic components were arranged along a strategic timeline The five areas that evolved from the discussions were: Environmental Studies: This is an existing area of concentration that has been a New College success story despite a chronic shortage of resources. The ESP has been targeted for significant growth and enhancement International/Area Studies: With growing emphases on diversity, multiculturalism and globalization, New Instead of merely reacting to change, we should take steps to ustrategically' position ourselves to adapt and to continue to thrive as a model for liberal arts programs of the highest quality. College students require enhanced exposure to non-Western cultures and thought. Many faculty in a wide range of disciplines share interests in internat i onal areas Quantitative/Computational Studies: These days a liberal arts and sciences education must include the development of basic competencies in statistics, applied mathematics and computing ; New College needs to step up its efforts to provide adequate exposure and training to its students. Creative/Expressive/Performing Arts/ Writing/Film: The disciplines in this broad category share a core focus of the liberal arts. New College has for too long counted on the ingenuity of students and the kindness of local artists to sustain our minimal offerings in these areas. Gender Studies: This focus has consistently generated broad-based student and faculty interest at New College With additional coordination and support the area will become further integrated into the curriculum.) The Divisions meeting separately also identified many existing disciplines that require additional faculty. These included Anthropology, Chemistry, Literature, Economics, Physics (Astronomy), and Sociology. Of course many of these new hires can be folded into the multidisciplinary templates outlined earlier. Our "strategic" plan will recognize and incorporate these overlapping needs in ways that make the best use of limited resources. See Strategic Plan, Page 9


I FAREWELL TO MAc: MILLER RoAsT & ToAST I Josh Orr The Cata(yst Literature Professor Arthur MeA Mac Miller one of New College s wackiest and most dedicated personalities was the guest of honor February 6 at a roast in celebration of his May 2004 retirement. The College Hall Music Room filled with all the revelry, humor and free booze deserving of Mac s 40-year New College career What really documents the history of New College, a school without no year book? roast co-organizer Jono Miller ('70) asked the crowd It's not faculty minutes not student publications, it's the course catalogs And only one name has been in every catalog since the be ginn i ng, and that's Mac s," he said United States Army Reserves Lieuten ant Colonel Mac Miller first learned of the yet unopened school in 1964 from reading a Denver Post editorial while stationed in Colorado Springs CO. The Ruskin FL, native remembers thinking to himself "Sarasota-that' s only 45 minutes away from where I live where my parents live I think I will take my leave and go check it out. Forty years later he' s still around, and the only remain ing faculty member of the New College charter class. He has been Dean of Student Policy, helped open and run the Media Center, lived with his family in the Pei 100 dorms served as Humanities Chair argued' for New College's rights within its 1975 merger with University of South Florida formed New CollAge creative writing journal-which he still headsand taught countless students the craft of poetry. Students and colleagues spanning bur decades of New College history met to praise chide and muse on the cher ished professor I would like to be able to say Mac fa thered a child with me, but I cannot," "There is never a day that I don't go into a classroom with Mac Miller by my side. Everything I do is a Mac Miller rip-off in some way." --Daniel Bosch ('82) began New College alum and creative writing professor Daniel Bosch ('82) Such ribbing drew laughs from Melanie Hubbard ('84) Mac's wife and former student as the two sat hand-in-hand on a s ide stage. In typical roast fashion speakers re counted events and candid quotes to make guests laugh and the man of the hour blush Mac s affection for New College students libations tall tales his trademark bolo neckties and his new steel hip were all targeted through out the night. Bosch continued There is never a day that I don t go into a classroom without Mac Miller by my side. Everything I do is a Mac Miller ripoff in some way. I should put up the golden f ing arches I've sold more Big Macs than anyone else. Poet and alum Phil Lumsden ('76) who hadn t been back to New College in over ten years said later Mac Miller turned my poetry upside down I came to New College to study journalism but when I took a verse class with Mac I knew this was it for me." New College alum and former Cata lyst editor Kat Dow ( '98) wrapped her arms around the loung ing professor and said, Without this man I would not be a college graduate I disbelieve anyone else could have squeezed a thesis out of someone as scatterbrained or well lazy as me." Mac was visibly moved by his friends efforts I was glad to see the people around me so touched. [Roast orga n i zer and New College alum] Ginger Lyon ('70) was indominable She's a psychiatric nurse, so she knows crazy when she sees it," he said Poetry naturally abounded all evening in both odes to the professor and rec i tations of his favorite works. Lumsden Jed a group of poets and former stu dents in musing on Mac leaving Mac leaving they said, is like a Palm Court Party, where you don t remember it all Phil and Julie Lumsllen, Stacy Forest, Andrea Ginsky, and Carol Flint rattle off "Mac leaving is like ... similes.


Mac leaving is like a Palm Court Party, where you don't remember it all, but you know you had a good time; like negotiating with a schizophrenic; like Ice Nine in reverse; like Ezra Pound pitching a sitcom; like making elaborate plans to quit smoking; like ending with a bang, not a whimper; like jamming a twelve-pack into the Igloo cooler. but you know you had a good time; like negotiating with a schizophrenic; like Ice-Nine in reverse; like Ezra Pound pitching a sitcom; like making elaborate plans to quit smoking; like ending with a bang, not a whimper; like jamming a twelve-pack into the Igloo cooler. Mac later recalled how "In the early days of the institution the drinking age [in Florida] was 18. It was very unusual to have a late afternoon poetry class with out a six-pack of beer or a jug of wine on the table." His Igloo cooler was for many years synonymous with the Professor Miller experience. Mac moving on, according to Mac, will include spending time with his wife and their four-year-old daughter, and con ducting research. He is currently work ing on a history of Ruskin, one of Florida's first planned communities co founded by Mac s grandfather. Though he will be officially retired, Mac does not plan to leave New College behind. Next fall, he hopes to start work ing with the New College Foundation to install historical memorials on campus. "I think it's absolutely shameful that there's no place on this campus you can go in and see the teachers who have graduated to the angels. There's no way you can go see defunct past presidents of the institution. Since we now have the new Foundation building [the Keating Center], I want to work on [such memo rials there] first term next year. I want to see if there will be space to keep New Col/Age magazine alive. I'd be inter ested in keeping it up myself until the momentum gets rebuilt and I can pass it on, or get too tired and can't do it." As he works to maintain the history of the campus, Mac Miller further im presses his own place in it. As poet J P White ('70) noted, "Mac Miller is one in a million. No. that's wrong-a million in one." Reprinted from The Catalyst with permission from the editors. Copyright 2004. The crowd of alwns, students, and friends reacts to some of the Mac testinmonials during the Roast at College Hall Professor Emeritus Bob Knox regales the crowd with his Mac Miller stories. Mac Miller dances to student band Stone Soup after tire Roast at College Hall


NCAA President's Report Larry Vernaglia (NC '87) NCAA President The new editors of N1mbus, Jonathan Oarr and Maggie Phillips, asked me to use this President's Letter to bnng the alumnae/i community cur rent on College politics How boring, I said, there is nothing new to report. But as I was reading the first issue of New College Magazine (on newsstands now), I realized that there probably are many changes which will seem quite new to our alums, particularly those who may not have been fully aware of the big developments of the last couple of years. Indeed, the publication of the College's first new glossy. general read ership rag, the New College Magazine, is in itself a pretty significant accom plishment considering that it is being published by the College administration with very significant input from the Foun dation and Alumnae/i Association. The thing that struck me the most in New College Magazine was the College tirheline m the article, "Birth of a Col lege," (page 15) written by Jim Feeney I would guess that New College has had more dramatic reorganizations and restructurings in its short 40-year his tory than most colleges have had in hundreds of years. The good part is, and 1 can say this with confidence, de spite these dramatic shifts in govern ment, the core miss1on of New College, and the values that brought us all to m this new environment. These groups Sarasota as 18-year old idealists, have included the New College Foundation not just remained over that time, but have the Alumnae/i Association, the faculty, the served as the road map to guide each of students. and the College administration these changes The various people who One of the first things we realized is that cared enough to volunteer their time to while each of these organizations has a help New College have always done so valuable, and often different, point of view with a near religious devotion to the ide-to bring to various discussions, 11 made als that New College must remain a place a lot of sense to coordinate their activi of academic excellence, experimentation ties and operations more thoughtfully. and individual accomplishment. So what's new on campus? Well, much has changed, starting with the state legislation making New College indepen dent. Independence does not mean that New College is now a private college In dependence means that New College is no longer part of the University of South Florida (USF) Now New College is one of the dozen or so stand-alone public col leges in the state of Florida (along with the University of Floridd, Florida State Uni versity, and USF) Being free of USF has been liberating in many ways, but it is also a little scary. While USF probably held New College back for many years, inhibiting our ability to take our place in the national academic universe, they provided a financial cush ion, or safe harbor, to protect our small enterprise against the powerful budget ary winds of state finance. Now the little college has to learn not just to protect it self against those winds, but also to sail with them. We have had to quickly learn how to play the political and budgetary game that the other b1g colleges have for many years. So far, we seem to be doing great. and state government has enjoyed hearing the story of New Collegein many cases for the first time; under USF that story really wasn t able to be told. After Governor Bush signed the legis lation making New College independent in the summer of 2001, those groups that cared about the future of New College came together in a very conscious effort to make sure that we came out stronger The first steps in this collaboration were made by the three outside support organizations for the College : the Foun dation, the NCAA, and the Library Asso ciation. Each of these organizations de cided to affiliate while maintaining their existing core missions The Alumnae/i Association is now much more function ally a part of the Foundation What this means is that our NCAA office is in the new shared Keating Center Facility (which is really nice by the way), our Ex ecutive Director has access to Founda tion staff to help with mailings, programs, and other operational aspects of the job Most of the fundraising responsibilities that the NCAA had handled independently, are now coordinated with, and carried out by, the Foundation' s professional fundraising staff. However, our affiliation agreement with the Foundation guaran teed that the Alumnae/i Association's core programming (students grants, alumni fellows, the Nimbus, our website, our alumnae/i chapter events, and faculty development grants programs) would continue to be operated by the NCAA Board of Directors. Moreover, the Foun dation pledged to support and grow these core programs. The Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors remains as an independent body, democratically elected by the alum naeli of New College The Board main tains an independent editorial voice over all NCAA media (such as this Nimbus, the NCAA website at, and any other publications or letters we put out under


our signature) We think this is a happy marriage and hope the atumnae/i at large has seen only improvements in service or quality of our work. In all this we strived to let the NCAA keep its unique vision and the edge" which our alums demand Next we have pledged to help the College administration advance its op erational objectives. This year, the fac ulty and administration undertook an ambitious strategic planning process evaluating the College s curriculum new academic needs meant to accom modate students' desires, and what new resources will be necessary. Alum nae/i are playing an important role in helping to make the strategic plan be come real. Here is one example of how alum nae/i will help. The strategic plan rec ognizes that i n a College of our size it is hard to offer a very diverse course load We simply don't have enough faculty or students to support as many courses as a larger college could. This is where we come in. For many years the Alum nae/i Association has maintained an Alumnaeli Fellows Program Under this program the Alumnae/i Association supports bringing scholars back to campus for a day a week a January inter-semester a module or a full se mester We can teach a class, partici pate in a workshop or help put on a performance that directly enhances the lives of the students and enriches the College s academic offerings Under the strategic plan the College is actively seeking out the NCAA's assistance in this regard Provost Charlene (Levy) Callahan addresses this issue more fully on pages 1-3 and 9 of the Nimbus The alumnae/i must come to the aid of the school and volunteer to bring some of the weird learning we have acquired in our travels back to campus This President's Letter is much too long but there really are a lot of impor tant things happening at New College all for the better from where I stand which we thought you should know about. Your big take-home is that the College and its supporters have come together i n a meaningful way in the few years since New College became in dependent and these efforts are start ing to bear fruit. We all want you (us) the alumnae/i to be more involved in the ongoing life of New College Unlike other colleges while we do need your financial re sources we also want your intellectual and spiritual resources, too, to keep advancing the mission of New College. If you want to participate be it through our Alumnae/i Fellows Program help ing to develop a local alumnae/i chap ter in your area or in any other way please reach out to one of the mem bers of your Board whom you know and if you don't know anybody write to me ( or David Bryant ( See you in Palm Court! Letter from The Editors We hope you are enjoying this issue of Nimbus. We 've heard feedback saying that the people want to see more p ictures, more information about what is happening on campus, and have a Nimbus with a b i t more bite and zing. Have a look and tell us what you think. What stinks? What do you want to see more of? Better yet, send us an articl e or an idea for an article. We d love to expand the number of people contributing! Email Maggie and Jonathan at alum@ncf .edu and let us know. We ve also taken this o n temporarily a n d are looking for some folks who' d like to run the show. Send your inquiries to and we'll get back to you Be sur e to include your ideas on what a fresh Nimbus would look like. --Jonathan Darr ('90) & Maggi e Phillips ('99), NCAA Boar d of D irectors


Simply Mahvelous! A Tribute to NC Officer Hugh Roarty Chris Martin (NC '95) NCAA Board of Directors My very first trip to New College be gan in a very New York way. My dad and I packed his large Toronado Olds, friends waved to me as we passed their stoops, and the oldies station played Leaving on a Jet Plane while we drove away from Lady Liberty's Harbor and over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. It was how I expected to go, but what I didn't expect was a New York greeting 1200 miles later. "Where ya' from in Brooklyn?" said the middle aged officer in a green and yellow uniform with just a little bit of an artificial brogue Per haps he recognized my accent, perhaps he saw the Toranado, and maybe you just get a sense for these things after a while. Clearly he was from Long Island's glorious tip as well Dad knew right away and said, "This is a guy who will look out for you." And Dad knows the type; he's cut from the same cloth. I was never surprised that Officer Roarty and I got along well After all, we had a lot in common. He could have been my neighbor. We had the same favorite restaurants, he knew the schoolyard rhymes ("all the monkeys in the zoo go to PS102"), and, of course, we both knew why Blarney and Bologna sound the same. What still surprises me however is that I wasn't any differ ent than any other student. I entered New College in 1995. Hugh had been there five years, and he was already the Don of the campus. Ex changing insults with the guys, compli ments with the girls, and giving cam pus survival tips to the first-years He was a great comfort to parents; he had something to say to each one (usually something like "Don't worry; at least half survive"). I remember thinking, maybe this place on Florida's southwest coast isn t that far away from the Verrazano after all, and maybe I might just fit in, given some time. Ofc. Roarty (L) and Parking Patroller Dick Farrell at their campus retirement party on June 16, 2004. For four years, PCPs, walls, and campus strolls were tit up by his dry wit. He'd smile as he watched us, not be cause we were different, but because he was proud we were different. He'd tell us about wanting to get home to his dear wife, ask us to play the Everly Broth ers, and I even saw him dance once Sometimes he'd let us vent, about how life's fair, and then we'd hear about be ing an NYC narcotics cop and then we'd know life isn't fair At the end of those four years, one of the last voices I heard was Officer Hugh Roarty as he roasted each one of us before graduation. That's right, before graduation the College threw us a din ner party and the keynote speaker was Hugh. And he had something to say about every graduate. That's right--1 said EVERY graduate. I doubt that feat was ever accomplished before, and I'm not sure it will ever be matched. In a campus known for talkers, standing out for your gab is something After graduating, I stayed in touch with Hugh the best I could. I had the narrow streets of NYC back, but NC was still alive in my heart. I was happy to know that some things were the same back in the South. The sun was still shining, the students were still barefoot, and Officer Hugh Roarty was still the cop shop philosopher, giving each new group of kids his street lessons Our world changed: NC gained indepen dence another Bush was in the White House, and the Dortstein dorms took over as the center of the world. But in March, the latest change took me by sur prise. After fourteen years, our Hughie was stepping down to enjoy retirement. How would we go on? His last days were full of parties and ceremonies, tearful goodbyes, and plenty of jokes. In April, the NCAA Board of Directors voted unanimously to make Hugh an honorary alum of New College. We thanked him for his dedication and for giving extra to our community. He'll be trying to find things to do in retire ment, but my guess is NC will be a tough act to follow. I had the pleasure of telling Hughie in person that he had joined our ranks. He remarked in response: "Anything I've given to the students of New College is nothing compared to what they have given me."' Good luck as an alum, Of ficer Hughie Roarty.


Strategic Plan, cont. from pg. 3 It is important to note that another prominent theme emerged and was often reinforced as our discussions progressed : New College s curricular needs cannot be met by simply adding more faculty to the roster. Instructional support must be a top priority As you probably recall, New College tends to make do with minimal levels of academic support and has routinely done without many of the instructional services that other institutions take for granted We all agreed that increased funding for adjunct instructors more New College's curricular needs cannot be met by si1nply adding more faculty to the roster. Institutional support must be a top priority. direct support for the library and information technology, additional research and instructional equipment, enhanced funding for visiting speakers increased support for faculty and student travel and staffing for the writing and quantitative resource centers are required to ensure the success of the academic program. These needs were built into the templates as much as possible More to come This overview focused more on the context and process of New College s strategic planning efforts. Stay tuned for more detailed descriptions of the area profiles that were developed by groups of faculty Each of these areas offers exciting opportunities for students and faculty alike, adding to what is already a remarkable learning environment. And each step we take toward expanding and enriching the academic program makes it even more likely that New College will continue its journey toward becoming one of the finest colleges in the nation Please let us know about your impressions of the plan and any ideas you may have for the College's future growth and enhancement. Your informed perspectives as New College alums and as citizens of the real world will be very helpful as we proceed. New College of Florida Website: Planning Timeline April2003 The New College Board of Trust ees Strategic Planning Committee requested the development of an aca demic strategic plan for growth. Check out the official NCAA Website at www! Featuring a searchable alumni directory, message boards, links to alum websites, news and events, and much more! October 2003 Nine separate small groups met for focused discussion sessions Par ticipants identified the College' s strengths. shortcomings and poten tial areas of growth and enhancement. January 2004 Five groups of faculty further refined and developed the themes that emerged in October. Five multidisciplinary areas were identified for further refinement. February 2004 Volunteers collaborated in produc ing written profiles of each of the five multidisciplinary areas These in cluded a needs assessment/rationale, a description of links or intersections among current disciplines, and a cur ricular overview. These were presented at the February Faculty Meeting. March 2004 A summary of the outcomes of the planning process which integrated and synthesized the profiles was dis tributed to the campus community Early April 2004 Divisions met to discuss their fac ulty line priorities; these discussions focused primarily on growth in exist ing disciplines. Late April 2004 A progress report was presented to the Strategic Planning Committee and at the full Board ofTrustees meeting. The report outlined both the content and timing of curricular enhancements.


REuNION 2004 WAS A GREAT TIME To COMPARE HAIRSTYLES COMPLETE THE CIRCLE Dorothy Wells (NC '79, in foreground), Jim Klopfenstein (NC '68), Janet Gusukuma, Lyssa Andersson, and Bob McGarey (all NC '69) at Four Winds Cafe, Reunion Headquarters Moonlight shines through Palm Court Professor Mac Miller and Phil Lumsden (NC '76) at Poetic Roast Toast and Reception at College Hall DANCE BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON Jim Gutner ('72) and Cheryl Johnson dance at the Sarasota Classic Car Mu eum JOIN FORCES ACROSS THE DECADES WITH THA K TO CLASS GE TS CAROL WORBY HOLDER ('64), LY A A DERS 0;'11 ('69), MICHAEL AR" TRO G ('74), JA F:T BOW\1 ('79), JE E WHilE ('84), CHAO GOLDBERG ('89), .KARl ELu G TAD ('94), A!'.D R1 GLEADER G1:-..GER Lvo-... ('70).


Adam (NC '79) and Regina Tebrugge and Mark Winston (NC '79) at the Town Hall Meeting LIGHT SOME FIRES TAKE REFUGE IN EACH OTHERS' HEARTS Lyssa Andersson (NC '69), Mary Elmendorf (Honorary Alum), and Laura Breeze (NC '70) at opening of Keating Center The "Burning Bush" vehicle visited New College on the night of the alum Palm Court Party RENEGOTIATE YOUR CONTRACT Professor (Emeritus) Robert Knox and Ginger Lyon (NC '70) at College Hall GET LOST AT SEA SEE YOU AT REUNION 2005! MAY 20, 21, AND 22: COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND TARGET CLASSES (BY YEAR ENTERED): '70 '75 '80 '85 '90 AND '95 ' College Hall as viewed from the deck of the Lady Sarasota in Sarasota Bay


IBookNotes Lisa Bourbeau's ('73) first book of poetry, Cuttings from the Garden of Little Fears (ISBN 188996008X; $12.00 ; Paperback) was published in May 2003 Lisa is a Poet who resides in Francestown, NH. The book re ceived the following praise: Lisa Bourbeau s elegant in sightful poems carefully track the imprint of the invisible on what we see and feel. On almost every page there is the s i gnature of sensual intimacy in the verbal rehearsal of small flames which when ignited, entice the elements to touch and part like hidden lips. -Charles Borkhuis Bourbeau s complex yet precise music, syncopated and often dis sonant, manifests a struggle never to compromise, insist or intend. The perfect clarity that results places her work among the most ambitious poems of our time and the most difficult to write poems of immutable fact. Few poets working toward this end could approach Bourbeau s achievement in the poems collected here -Edward Foster Kathleen M. Capels ('67) re cently co-edited Volume 25 of the Flora of North America Series [Magnoliophyta : Commefinidae (in part): Poaceae, part 2] (ISBN 0195167481 ; $95 .00; Oxford Uni versity Press; Hardcover). This is one of two volumes on grasses to be published in this series. To gether they provide a comprehen sive, authoritative, illustrated ac count of this important group of plants Most of the species are ei ther native to North America north of Mexico or are introduced spe cies that are now established in the region but there are many that do not fit into these categories. Kathleen is the Associate Editor of the Manual of North American Grasses at Utah State University. James H. Kurt's ('78) new book of poetry Silence in the City is now available (ISBN 141 0735613; $11. 50 ; 1st Books Library; Paper back) This is a book of contem plative poetry. A series of captured moments revealing the quiet at the heart of even the noisiest and most distracting circumstances-and in the most serene-unperturbed even by death, even by terrorism. From his sister's grave to 9/11, from the middle of Manhattan to the middle of the night, in prayer and in the parking lot, with the mystical poet the silence remains God Is. The book's principle pur pose is to lead the reader (by ex ample) into the sacred silence of God that exists in every place and circumstance. It is hoped all who truly seek the transcendent yet imminent presence of the Creator will find this work of sincere inter est and genuine belief. A hermit in his native Jersey City, James Kurt lives a life of prayer, writing, and (part-time) teaching ESL/Writing at a local university. His complete works may be found online at -worksofjameskurt I J 1


1 j 1 j IBookNotm Judith Mendelsohn Rood ('76) recently published a new book titled Sacred Law in the Holy City: The Khedival Challenge to the Ottomans as seen from Jerusalem, 1829-1841 (ISBN 9004138102; $111.00; Brill Academic Publishers; Hardcover). The Muslim community's political and socio economic role in Jerusalem under Ottoman administration during 1830s is analyzed in this volume from a natural law perspective. A bitter political contest between Sul tan Mahmud II and Muhammad Ali Pasha resulted in the military oc cupation of Syria and imposition of a brutal new political and legal re gime which crushed the indigenous elites of southern Syria. Through a careful analysis of the archives of the Islamic law court of Jerusa lem the study offers a fresh ap praisal of how the Ottoman Empire ruled Jerusalem and considers the Muslim response, elucidating the reasons for the breakdown of their relations with non-Muslim Ottoman subjects and differentiating the Ottoman understanding of law and government from that of their en emies, the Wahhabis. Judith is an Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Depart ment of History, Government, and Social Science at Biola University in La Mirada, California. Lloyd Steffen ('71) has recently published his fifth book, The De monic Turn : The Power of Religion to Inspire or Restrain Violence (ISBN 0829815635 ; $20.00; Pil grim Press ; Paperback) Arguing that people enact their religion in either life-affirming or demonic ways, Steffen addresses the prob lems of religious violence, examin ing in detail the life-affirming and demonic possibilities of pacifism, holy war and just war. Steffen, who is Professor of Religion Studies and University Chap lain at Lehigh University in Bethelem, PA, has been reap pointed to another term as Chair of the Religion Studies Depart ment. As Vice-Chair of the Board of the Religious Coalition for Re productive Choice, Steffen represents the organization at the United Nations and recently mod erated a program on AIDS and South Africa at the UN's annual NGO Conference in New York. NIMBUS Published by New College Alumnae/i Association New College Foundation 5700 N Tamiami Trail Sarasota FL 34243 2197 ; Telephone 941-359-4324 ; alum@ncf. edu ; www .newcollege. org ; Production/distribution cost is $1. 50/ copy Printed by Coastal Printing. Sarasota FL. Editors : Magg1e Phillips ('98) and Jonathan Darr ( 90) Layout and Design David Bryant ('91) Unless otherwtse noted opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent official policy of the Alumnae/i association or the opinions of the editors Photo and graphic credits: Nimbus logo and designElaine Simmons: Pg. 1 : New College Public Affairs (NCPA): Pg. 4 and 5 : David Bryant; Pg 6 : Larry Vernaglia ; Pg. 8. NCPA Pg. 9 and 10 : Bill Rosenberg and David Bryant ; Pg 12 : Small Press Distribution Oxford Univ Press ; 1st Books Library Pg. 13: P1lgrim Press; Pg. 14 Alba Aragon; Christa Craven ; Pg. 15 : Bobby Devito ; Pg. 17 : McGee Young ; Pg. 18: Sam Kraegel ; Pg. 19 : Martha Alter ; Pg. 22 and 23: Dav1d Bryant. Check out the official New College of Florida website at Featuring employment opportunities, the complete college catalog, news and events, and much more!


I CLASS Notes '64 Glenda Cimino writes : I am a wri ter / actor / director working occas i onally in theater and film l am currently a stu dent of Bull Alley Theater Training Com pany i n Dublin I reland in stage man agement and directing I recently won second place i n a Dublin poetry com pet i t ion, and I had a one-act play pro duced on Irish radio I also worked re cently on the musical City of Angels w ith a theater company I graduated from the Rebillot School of Gestalt and Exper i ent i al Teach i ng running workshops l ink ing myth drama and conflict resolution. I m currently l i ving in Dublin with my 19year old daughter Gaia who i s pursu ing an art course." E-mail : glendacimino@eircom net. Charlotte Willis Mann writes : My ( second) husband is Guy Huse We both finished the traditional Tibetan three-year retreat i n 2003 Before going into retreat I worked in high tech in soft ware quality assurance and testing Now we travel a lot. frequently back to the monastery in New York and to India once a year. I have a daughter Leigh who is now 35 years old." Charlotte lives in Littleton MA. E mail : Alba Aragon ('95) i leaving Sarasota for Cambridge to attend Harvard's Romance Language PhD Program Jeanne Rosenberg wrote the screenplay and i s Co-Executive Pro ducer for The Young Black Stallion a large-format IMAX film released i n December 2003. She also wrote the screenplay for the original Black Stal lion fi l m released in 1979 along with severa l other TV and film screenplays. Jeanne lives in Topanga CA E-ma il: Christa Craven ('93, at center) with her partners Teo Owen and B Murphy in Takoma Park, MD. 65 David Allen i s Founder and Presi dent of the David Allen Company pro viding management tra i n i ng and coach i ng programs in personal product i vity primarily to Fortune 500 companies He i s the author of Getting Things Done : The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (Vi k ing, 2001) and Ready for Anything : 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Life (Viking 2003). E mail : '66 Bruc e A llen writes : Pataphysician father of two teenage girls Enrolled Agent active Mensan pre Revolution ary Dutch home. Interests include the ater Shakespeare, travel reading the nature of consciousness Kerouac art et al. Looking for Roland. In memorium see Alfie s Quilt Panel #02299." Bruce lives in Castleton on-Hudson NY. E-mail : I From Lee Crawfort: Lee cont i nues h i s hugely successful quest to push back the frontiers of human knowledge of knots As the quest permits Lee ties some of h i s discover i es so others may enjoy the beauty which otherwise onl y Lee sees Lee encourages lost NC f r i ends and all seriously interested in knots to phone 1-859-277 -9434." Lee l i ves i n Lexington KY. Eric Thursto n writes : My w ife and I are currently looking for land in the Eu gene OR area hav i ng relocated from Asheville NC." E mail : '67 David Burck works as an Indepen dent Sales Representative in the inte rior furnishings industry He lives in Min neapolis MN. E-mail: 69 Rich (Rico) Dorfman's art i cle on Ex tensible Markup Language (XML) was recently published in The Internet En cycloped i a (John Wiley and Sons Inc 2004) and is available online via www mrw .i nlerscience ticles/tie062/frame.html. Rico also writes : My New College education was the perfect preparation for my caree r in the cyberspace where I ve been de signing webs since AI Gore invented the I nternet. Bes i des running WebFeats! (www web-feats com) I also teach com puter stuff part-time at Waukesha County Technical College Read all about a recent WebFeats! Project at www. kiomag com/museumjf04." Rico lives in Oconomowoc WI. E-mail : webhead@web feats com 70 T om Ble e s writes : I have a wife and two wonderful kids (ages 17 and 20). My first novel is coming out in June 2004 written to publicize and bankroll a hu manitarian NGO I founded some years back. I am incorrigibly peripatetic!" E mail :


I crASS I to UCLA and Harvard as a Visiting Pro fessor. It was a new experience going back to the States after so long ._ ___________________________ _._ Ramon I ives in Lima Peru Jono Miller writes: "I am still working She is survived by her husband Chester E-mail: as a Director of the New College EnviRider. She was a former Botanical 11ronmental Studies Program I was first lustrator for Selby Gardens in Sarasota employed by New College in 1971, so I and was an avid lover of animals. may just be the non-faculty member with the longest employment record at the College. I speak for the trees, and I'm also a local volunteer activist. I am a former President of the New College Alumnae/i Association." E-mail: Linda Squillace writes: "I am mar ried w ith a 14-year old son. I work in Pasadena, CA, at Huntington Memorial Hospital as the Executive Assistant to the PresidenUCEO." E-mail: Betsy Wells writes: "I married Gerald Allen in 1971. We brought our daughter, Leah Allen, home from China in 1995 (her birth date is 11/16/94 ). I work as a Research Professor at the University of Washington's School of Social Work. My research area is substance use etiology, prevention, and treatment." E-mail: bwells@u.washington edu '71 Todd Jamieson died of cancer on April 29, 2004 at age 51. He is survived by three children: Amanda, 17, Harry, 16, and Georgia, 11. Todd was a versatile actor/director in the Seattle area. Memo rial gifts should go to the Todd Jamieson Scholarship Fund at Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas Street, Seattle, WA 98109-0640. For more information on the Theatre, please check this website: John A. (Jack) Massa was recently named an Associate Fellow of the Soci ety for Technical Communcation. Jack is president of Guidance Communica tions, Inc. (, an Atlanta-based consulting firm. For more information. check out this website: showtechlinksnew.cfm?prid=9293. E-mail: Sharon Boothe Rider died on April 27, 2004, in Tampa General Hospital. '72 Carolyn Hayes writes: "I have two young boys (ages 5 and 9). I recently became single again after 20 years, and I'm living in Baltimore (until the boys are in high school). After that, I plan to be in the mountains." E-mail: Seth Reiss writes : "I'm married to Patricia Reiss, nee Podevin, and we have two children: Dominic (age 12) and Angela (age 1 0). I am a partner in the Honolulu law firm of Godbey, Griffiths, and Reiss, specializing in intellectual property, Internet law, and civil litigation." Website: E-mail: 74 Sam Patterson writes: "I am an in-dependent inventor (see, and, and I love to travel in second-world countries. In addition, I m interested in commercial izing the "Smart Piug ignition device for alcohol-burning vehicles. I'm also inter ested in rational drug laws (i.e. legal ization), and medical and health uses of ozone (i.e. cures cancer, AIDS, etc.)." E-mail: Mitchel Rossman writes: "I was at New College in 1974-75 I presently live in Boulder, CO, and work as a geriatrician."E-mail: m itchel rossman@comca st. net. '75 Ramon Mujica writes: "After my New College experience, I specialized in Spanish (South) American baroque art (iconography and iconology) and the thorny questions of Andean religious syncretism. I have published four books on the field and was invited in April 2004 Donald Richmond writes: "I am mar ried to Beverly Wallace, and our daughter, Elizabeth was born on January 20, 2000. I am currently between jobs and returning to Louisville, KY." E-mail: Richmond '76 Michael Alcott writes: "I am married with two children: Allegra, age 10; and Marco age 5 I am the Principal ofTeachers Preparatory School in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. I opened the school two years ago as a New York City public secondary school." E-mail: John Connelly writes: "The logo that I designed last year for the first annual National Ayurvedic Medical Association's National Conference held in St. Petersburg, FL, has been chosen as a permanent logo for the annual con ference. It is being used this year to rep resent the second annual conference on October 21-24 on the Queen Mary, docked in Long Beach Harbor at 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802." John lives in Sarasota. E-mail: Bobby De Vito ('92) continues to perform guitar throughout Florida and the U.S. Check out his new website at www. bobbydevito. com.


I Eric Nolte wr i tes : I wo r k as a 737 I Capta i n for Cont i nental A i rlines and I ClASS 7\ I tes am based in New York C ity. I am mar VO r i ed to Jan Malthaner once an actress / 1--=--==--------------------------theater ent r epreneur but now a corpo '77 Kathy Luke Alexander writes : "I' m di vorced and have three great daughters Azure (age 18) Angelica ( age 13) and Violet (age 12) We share our home with one turtle two dogs and seven cats I 've worked i n everything from specia l edu cat i on to managing my ex s chiropract i c office. Currently I am spending most of my time becommg a tycoon on the Internet. Kathy l ives i n Owosso MI. E-mail: Bonnie Sehenuk Fitzgerald writes : I am married to Kenneth Fitzgerald and we have one child a daughter named Stephanie Fitzgerald. We currently live i n Oakton VA (a suburb of Washington DC) and we own and operate a mosaic art studio." E-mail: Web : Adam Front writes: I m married and have a delightful s i x-year old son who attends a bilingual English-French school. 1 am in private practice of psy chology in the East Bay of the San Fran cisco Bay area. I'm also owner of Arche types (www e-archetypes com), a mostly web-based source for ethnic artifacts and cultural arts from around the world (many items that are appropriate in Sandplay Therapy) I still play blues har monica and I m in periodic contact with Lenny Russo (NC '76) and Dan Moore. E-mail: afrontphd@pacbell net. Cindy Roessler writes : I manage 50,000 acres of open space for Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in the Santa Cruz mountains south of San Francisco where there is lots of room to hike bike and botanize 1 am raising a teenage son named Reed." E-mail: '78 Luther Peacock was recently pro moted to the position of Executive Di rector by Morgan Stanley Based in New York, he is currently the global credit of ficer for real estate and other securitized lending E-mail: '79 Maggie Hall wr i tes : I am l i ving back in the Southwest-this time in Taos NM. 1 am working with Bridgeway Academic Booksellers and Publishers dealing in rare books and edi ting some new pub lications During the season I work up at Taos Sky Valley at the store Andean Software specializing in i tems from Peru and Brazil. I am also fundraising for Laura Huxley s organization Chi l dren: Our Ultimate Investment ( www children-ourinvestment qrg) and I m keeping busy with sta i ned glass commissions." E-mail : otterservices@earthlink net. Jacqueline Marina writes : I am cur rently an Associate Professor of Phi losophy at Purdue University I am mar ried to Franklin Curtis Mason and we have three children : Katherine Anne Mason (age 5); Franklin Curtis Mason Ill (age 5), and Gabriel Franc1s Mason (age 2)." E-mail : Daniel Prosser writes : I am work ing as a Unix/Linus system administra tor for ISO New England Nights and weekends I work on my farm raising llamas sheep chickens and heritage turkeys. Daniel is married to NC alum Ellen Berman Prosser (NC '79) and they live in Colrain MA. E -ma1l: QQ[Qsser@mtdata com Kirk Sullivan writes : "I am living in Fullerton CA, with three dogs and a wonderful girlfriend and hopefully, for a little while a quiet life." E-mail: '80 David Johansson recently lectured on Textual Intervention and Symbolic Fiction at Oxford University Sponsored by the British Council, Johansson joined colleagues from over twenty coun tries for a residential seminar at Cor pus Christi College where his American teaching style was a b1g hit He also visited our alma mater s name sake where the gatekeeper welcomed him like a lost cousin David i s Profes sor of Literature at Brevard Community College in Melbourne FL. E-mail : QjQbansson@cfl.rr com. rate consultant for media and persona l presentation sk1lls. I am a fully and hap pily engaged parent to two daughters Devon (born 1991) and Kyra (born 1994 ) 1 also continue to write words and compose and perform music." E mail : ericnolte@compuserve.&QID. '81 Carla Schroer and her husband Mark Mudge (NC '74) are currently in corporating Cultural Heritage Imag ing, a nonprofit corporation to provide digi tal documentat i on services train i ng and consulting in the areas of archae ology and anthropology. The website http://www.c-h-.L.QrgL, will be available soon E-mail : Carla and Mark live in San Francisco CA. '82 Carrie Kastner Hamby performs in a folk band named Singi ng Biscuit ( which tours throughout Florida She writes : I m proud to announce that a song from Stand for Eight [a new CD] has been chosen for Before Their Time Volume Ill a multiple-CO album with a planned release for September 2004 The BTI collections are designed for those ex periencing grief, or hospice workers helping families work through grief af ter the death of a loved one. I also had a song included i n the 2003 Oasis Acous tic Sampler: One Man in Hell a song inspired by an interview between fellow alum Dennis Gephardt (NC '85) and a Ruskin resident named Georgia Grace." Carrie and her husband Tom Hamby (NC '77) live in Tallahassee FL. E-mail : '84 Melanie Hubbard writes : I am mar ried to soon-retiring NCF Professor Arthur M. ("Mac") Miller. Kylie F MeA Miller is our 4-year-old daughter I am a writer and English professor, currently at University of Tampa Poetry creative nonfiction essays take up my playtime (when I m not with Kylie at the Zoo ... ) (the house is a zoo .. )." E-mail : melhub2001


I I Cindy Hill Ford writes : I completed a CLASSJ ASS 7\ I0,-1-/Yl Masters of Studi es at Oxford University iJ V{ i n 1 996 and a JD from Flor ida State l aw schoo l i n 2001. I am currently work ing ._ ____________________________ .. i n Sarasota at Kirk P i nkerton as a com-McGee Young t92) and his wife Ann Vermut celebrated the birth of their daughter Malena Helen Vermut-Young on Feb. 17, 2004 '85 George Beaver wr i tes : I am married to Dawn Beaver, and we have two chil dren : Paul (born July 20 1998) and Holly (born December 24 2001) When I' m not working or w ith family I can be found at my local animal shelter working with cats or working on the bui lding systems Pets : too many to list here." George lives i n Leetonia OH. E-mail : Singer/composer Suzanne McDermott i s pleased introduce her new website : The site features COs paintings photos Roswell and more Suzanne lives in Charlotteville, VA E-mail: www.rosemared,com, or feel free to get in touch via the website contact page '86 Jennifer Granick writes : I teach a course on civil liberties on the Internet at Stanford Law School. I married a lovely man we own a spectacular cat and we live in one of the most beautiful cities i n the world [San Francisco] with many brilliant friends. E-mail : jeonifer@granick,com. Karina Mertzman writes that she is living i n Brazil and [is] happy as a clam." She works as a t r anslator E mai l: '87 Chelsea Jones writes : I married Mark Dinsmore in 1999 and we had our daughter Frances Elo ise D i nsmore in 2001. I moved back to Gainesv i lle FL from Austin TX in October 2003 I' m cur rently a consulting librarian on a grant project. E mail : chelsea@awumba.Q!:9.. '88 Sharon Corwin works as the Lunder Curator for American Art at the Colby College Art Museum. Sharon lives with her husband Martin Kelly (NC '87) in Waterville ME. E mail : Shannon Payne writes : I received my PhD i n Genet ics from the University of Washington and currently study mouse models of colon and gastric can cer as a postdoctoral fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center i n Seattle When I m not working I m riding my bike." E-mail : '89 Tracy Eaton and her husband Tomas Hook are happy to announce the (somewhat) recent birth of their daughter Ella Margareta Hook (4/8/03) Tracy received her MSW from the University of Mich i gan in 2001 and i s a Research Coordinator w ith the Univ of Michigan Dept. of Internal Medicine/ Hematology-Oncology Tomas is a U of M PhD student with the School of Natural Resources Tracy Tomas, and E l la live with their 100 lb. Great Pyrenees Elsa in Ann Arbor mercial lit i gator. My husband Doug and I have two children : Maeve (born 10/28/ 99) and Ewan ( born 8 / 25 / 02)." E-mail : Tricia Hopkins is working as Man ager of Arcadia' s Weekly News (in Arcadia FL). She also manages sev eral apartments in Sarasota In Novem ber 2003 Tricia returned from a 10month st i nt i n Japan where she taught conversational Engl i sh E mai l: Machykeen2004@earthlink,net. Jennifer Landsman-Ayres recently moved to Fairfax VA. She writes : I also recently sw i tched jobs and I m back at my old company McNeil Technologies," where she works as an Energy Policy Analyst. E-mail : Juliana Pare-Biagoev writes : O K Really I m a Developmenta l Psycholo gist in training I'm sure I m closing in fast on my degree [from Harvard] ... re ally I m also expecting baby number two in June 2004 Hooray!'' E-ma i l : Douglas Segal writes: I m a cardi ologist living in Denver I m marr ied with two kids and a third on the way I m plan ning to do an interventional fellowship in Washington DC i n July 2004." E-mail : '90 Alex Slawson is working as IT Sup port Consultant/Software Training Spe cialist for Millsaps College in Jackson MS. He is also involved with the Jackson Free Press as a new music re viewer and with the Crossroads Film Festival as a judge and music coordi nator. His hobbies include : computers science biotechnology, numerology music movies stream of conscious ness poetry modern literature writing, surreal and modern art photography cooking traveling camping and hiking. E-mail : alex.slawson@millsaps,edu.


'91 Simeon Berry writes : My day job IS Contract Specialist for the National Park Service Northeast Office saving trees and such which serves as good cover for my night vocation of publishing poems and essays." Simeon lives in Quincy MA. E-mail : gradytripp@yahoo com David Bryant writes: I was married to the lovely Anastas1a Morano at Col lege Hall on January 10, 2004 For some reason we picked the coldest day of the year to have the wedding so we couldn't have the ceremony outside by the bay as planned. (However, we scared the guests by setting up the cha1rs outside in advance.) Nonetheless College Hall Music Room served as an excellent stand-in! Several alums were in attendance, including Doug Perry ('90), Konnie Kruczek ('91), Mike Campbell ('87), Molly Robinson ('98), John Cranor ('64), Brad Bryan ('96), Alba Aragon ('96), Ezequiel Williams ('99), Stephanie Moorhead Lott ('92), John Denning ('92), Bill Wood ('92), and Jake and Myriam Thomas (both 98) Anastasia works as a Chemical Engi neer in Tampa and I continue to plug away as Executive Director of the New College Alumnae/i Association. E-mail : dbryant25@yahoo com. Leo Demski marned his lovely wife Michelle at College Hall on January 31, 2004 Several alums were in atten including Doug Perry ('90), Kruczek ('91 ), Oliver Luby ('91 ), S1meon Berry ('91), sister Karen Demski ('95), David Bryant ('91), Tony Lenzo ('91), and many more. Leo and Michelle had a Mardi Gras-themed wed ding, and College Hall was filled with colorful decorations and accordiontinged dance music Leo works as a Computer Technician for Sarasota MeSam Kraegel ('98) in Mongolia for the Peace Corps morial Hospital and Michelle works as a Wedding Photographer E-mail. Tanya Hollis is working as an Archi vist for Environmental Collections at the Bancroft Library at the University of Cali fornia at Berkeley E-ma1l: tmhollis@mindspring.corn. Christine Longo writes : I spent two years at New College in the early 90s before leaving academia to begin a ca reer in the culinary arts I relocated to Seattle in 1997 and am currently the Pastry Chef at a luxury resort/lodge in the wine country' just outside Seattle A brief bio/profile of my career (along with photo) was recently posted at I dabble in writing (mostly food-related) m my Infrequent spare time I would love to hear from some of my long-lost peeps! E-mail : '93 Christa Craven rece1ved her PhD in Anthropology from American University in Fall 2003 Her dissertation was en titled Expectations of Motherhood: Citi zenship and Political Mobilization for Midwifery in Virginia." She s continuing her research on women's grassroots organizing and is currently teaching at the University of Mary Washington. Christa and her partners Juli Dubitsky writes : People call me Rivka Leah or Jade these days, depending on whether they 're fr i ends from the U S or Israel I currently live at Midreshet Berot, Bat Ayin Gush Etz i on Israel 90316 My phone number is 011-972(0)67-546-938. Basically, I'd been living in the San Francisco area for four years studying massage/Ayurveda/counsel ing/labor coaching/samba drumming and dancmg/improvisational theater working in the healing arts performing with the BANTU mystic family circus helping run my friends' nonprofit school/ clinic/woman s empowerment group/ artisans co-op in Ha1ti, living in my car and on friends floors, and traveling around America/Turkey / Haiti/Israel. 1 started studying at an all-women s Or thodox Jewish Seminary two years ago revisited America for nine months and came back to Israel in June 2003 with the intention to become a citizen 1 was almost married my sister s pregnant with twms, and I m trying to catch a boat to India in Spring 2004. I welcome old souls I ve known to contact me; I always wonder who everyone is and what they're up to. Blessings from the Holy Land." E-mail: soulspiritbody@yahoo com Elijah Mermin writes : "I plan history exhibits at the Connecticut Historical Society Museum in Hartford, CT. After graduating NC in 1998 I taught middle school science in LA for two years. I en tered JFK University for Museum Stud ies in 2000 graduating in 2002 I now work as Exhibit Developer for a new ex hibition at the Old State House of CT." E-mail : Sara Steetle writes : I m getting old and nostalgic, so I thought I'd flesh out this description By 'lawyer,' I mean I m a law clerk for Judge Browning at the First District Court of Appeal. It's nice


I N I Peter Kezar writes: "I'm up here in ClASS 'r\tes Jacksonville [FL], married working hard V1 and enjoying life I miss New College, though and would love to hear from -----------------------------anyone! Peter works as an attorney because it's nine-to-five, with no bill able hours or clients In my spare time I like to-do crossword puzzles I used to hate them and the people who did them but ever since I trie d that New York Times one last fall, it's been an obsession. I m sure next month I'll have moved on to something else. E-mail: apollo c '94 Jesse Abrams writes : "I'm finishing up grad school at Oregon State Univer sity in Corvallis. I'll have an M.S. in For est Resources (Forest Policy) come this spring or summer and then will hopefully find work with an agency or nonprofit here in the northwest. Stop by if you 're 1n the neighborhood. Oregon is a wonderful place, even in the midst of a rainy winter." E-mail: Jessica Falcone writes: "I'm in my second year of a PhD program in An thropology at Cornell U It s mad cold in Ithaca, and I miss the balmy Sarasota weather with every fiber of my being But with that said, I'm actually pretty happy here. Alums should feel free to look me up in passing through Ithaca we can do lunch at the Moosewood and reminisce about profs and PCPs gone by! E-mail: Martha Alter ('95) with her fiance, Taylor Hines, in the sequoias of California Aaron Gustafson is Senior Web De signer/Developer for Cronin and Com pany, an advertising firm based in Glastonbury, CT He also speaks a good deal on Web Standards and Accessibility. In his free time he does freelance web work through his company Easy! Designs LLC (, works as the webmaster for the Con necticut Green Party and raises Bearded Dragons with his wife Kelly McCarthy (NC 96) Aaron and Kelly have a won derful home in Hamden, CT just out side of New Haven E-mail : Anna Stevens writes : I work for a small actuarial consulting firm in down town Washington DC. I am living with fellow New College grad Judy Ng ('96) and our two adorable cats Che and Versace." E-mail Rocky Swift writes: I went from JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching pro gram) to a Japan-focused MBA program in Hawaii It's done through the Univer sity of Hawaii and the Japan America Institute of Management Science (JAIMS). The program has been pretty good so far but only time will tell if it will result in bigger better opportunities for me." E-mail: rockus1@hotmajtcom '95 lan Hallett writes: "I am studying at LBJ School of Public Affa1rs at Univ of Texas-Austin. I am married, and my wife is in the linguistics doctoral program at UT Austin. I am an avid cyclist and sailor, and I also volunteer with the Humane Society of Austin." E-mail: hallett Rachael Herrup-Morse is currently working in the Middle East as a Tactical Satellite Communications Operator with the U S. Army. E-mail: E-mail: Robert Scope! writes: I work for Raymond James Financial in St. Peters burg FL. I'm currently working on a short story that may become a full length novel. And I m engaged to be married on September 23, 2004. More later ... E-mail: Keith Teelucksingh writes: "I gradu ated on May 1 from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy with my Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) I have accepted a residency position with the University of California San Francisco for the next year, where I will be a clini cal pharmacy slave for all intents and purposes. I also was voted by my class to be keynote speaker at graduation (which is really funny for a lot of rea sons I won't get into here) and (on a much lighter and more ridiculous note) was voted the best dressed in the class ... I think that s the accomplish ment I am most proud of." E-mail: roti '96 Alba Aragon will be moving to Cam bridge, MA, this fall to begin a Ph.D. pro gram in Romance Languages and Lit erature at Harvard University She s spent the last four years as publishing assistant and book editor at Sarasota's Pineapple Press. This summer she'll travel to Miami, Mexico and Nicaragua She'd love to hear from other alums : Ia Kimberly Heiman writes : I am cur rently working on a PhD in Marine Biol ogy from Stanford University. I am study ing the impacts of humans and invasive species on a local soft-sediment sys tem. E-mail: heiman@stanford edu. Sara Irwin was married to Noah Evans at the General Theological Semi nary in New York City on February 15, 2003. Sara is an Episcopal Seminary Student at GTS E-mail: sara@irwinevans com.


ICI ASSNofRJ3 I Sam Kraegel writes : After graduating from New College i n 2002 I joined -____________________________ _j_ the Peace Corps and traveled to Mongolia in June of 2003 Here I teach Erik Maki wr i tes : I am as busy as ever Currently I am fini shing my Mas ters i n Counseli ng Psychology at Fram i ngham (MA ) State College and interning as a cli n i cian for a commu nity-based counseling program called Wayside Youth and Family Services 1 am also working full time as a teacher at New England Center for Children at a residence for children diagnosed with developmental disorders. Free t i me? What's that? It shou l d be no surp r ise that I still h i t the clubs every week. Life is good, but I defin i tely yearn for those New College days. E-ma i l : Erica Pape writes : Greet i ngs girls and squirrels. Yes I graduated [Georgetown) law school finally! Now on to bigger and badder thi ngs : the bar the Bar ,' and t he hours of grueling s lave labor doing g r unt work for large pay checks Grunt. Life-it goes ." E mail eap8@ law georgetown edu Michael Shannon writes : So it's fina ll y official. I have heard from all of the schools that I applied to this spring, and I am on my way to Portland OR to start at Portland State Univers i ty s School of Soci al Work." E ma i l. p i sces i r i sheyes@yahoo com Douglas Wahl works as a Financial Adv i sor (with CRPC and CFM certifica tions) at Merrill Lynch Global Private Cli ent Group in Myrtle Beach SC. E-mail: Alum couple Ken and Cecili (Thomp son) Williams wr i te : Piper Wake Will iams was born February 15, 2004. She is a very big girl. Ken is playing stay at home-daddy while Cecili works until when she will be quitting her JOb and attending school at night at American University Ken will then work as a Realtor until Cecili finishes her academics. If anyone out there knows us drop us a line. E-mail: dekenstructor1 @yahoo com '97 Mollie Lee writes : After graduating from New College I earned a master s degree i n Environmental Anthropology from the University of Georgia I lived i n San F rancisco and worked for the League of Women Voters for two years I later spent five months traveling around South America and sailing across the Pacific before beginn ing law school at Yale in Fall 2003 I live w it h my lovely fiance and two fantastic doges (one of whom Rabbit a l so attended New Col lege )." E -mai l : moll ie lee@yale edu Judd Wilson writes: "God has blessed me w i th many good things since graduating from New College in 2001 I have just graduated from the Robertson School of Government at Regent University with my Masters De gree i n Public Policy. I will be moving soon and taking a job. You all have been on my mind and in my prayers over the past three years Feel free to send me an e mail anytime. May you find strength and eternal salvation in Jesus Chri st and H i s word, the B ible!" E -mail: judd allen W i lson@yahoo com Lori Zurkuhlen and Emilee Baum {'99) recently moved to the Atlanta area. Lori writes : I m working for an Emilia Reggio early childhood education cen ter A specialized daycare I m a teacher in a classroom of two-year olds The school is for the children of the employ ees of Emory University and the Cen ters for Disease Control. Emilee is an Account Executive for Deep Blue Insight a qualitative market research firm that does studies for Fortune 500 compa nies It's really interesting work and it's right up her alley." E -mail:; emileebau m@hotmail com '99 India Harville is currently in Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship. E-mail : annabearlee@hotmail com English i n a small town (soum) called Olziit as close to the geographical cen ter of the country as one can be It was a big shock, moving from the balmy hu mid clima t e of Florida to Mongolia, where the temperature regularly drops below 35 but I think my Florida blood is getting used to the cold fairly well 1 don t often have the opportunity to check my e-mail-my soum doesn t have run ning water or 24-hour electricity, so Internet access is out of the question but I love getting e-mail, and I 'll be happy to answer questions anyone might have Peace Corps, Mongolia, etc (It JUst m1ght take me a while to get back to you ) E-mail: kuangmo36@yahoo com Gregg Sanford and his wife Emily celebrated the birth of their daughter Hannah on May 7 2004 Gregg recently began a Masters Degree in Agronomy at the University of Wisconsin E-mail : gsanford@wisc edu Nicole Burris writes : I m a graduate student in Child Development and Fam ily Studies at Purdue University ... in In diana which is the most boring place EVER. But it s purdy." E-mail: nicoleburr i s@yahoo com '00 Bill Outlaw writes : I just graduated, and walked away from my copyeditor s position with the Emerald Coast Insider due to issues surrounding the non-pro fessional work environment and pos sible physical danger due to story re prisals Long story that. I m a devotee of Mac Miller and I m about to attend FSU s Creating Writing program I'm also beginning my Fulbright application process (UK program), making final re visions to what will be my first book of poetry, and am currently co-authoring a graphic novel entitled Mars Hill, which uses my memories and notes from New College to create a pseudo-angsty In telligentsia story set in a spaced-out lib eral arts college environment .. ." E-mail: ghost@globalfrequency org


New College Radio: Call for Help New College of Florida and the Sarasota community have teamed up to start a local radio station, and we need help! The station will broadcast local programming that serves the needs of the Sarasota community and is scheduled to begin airing next year (2005). We need to accomplish many things before that time! Specifi cally, we are looking for an engineer who would be willing to help us plan the station's construction, but we could also use anyone who has experience in radio or wants to lend their special skills. We recently received our construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission and are currently making plans for the physi cal station and dealing with permits and other legal matters. We are also preparing a makeshift intranet station so that interested students and community members can practice working with their equipment on their own shows before it is broadcast on the airwaves. If you are interested in community radio, there are many ways you can help! Please contact Sarah Kell (NC student) at 941-360-9054, or e-mail UllWi Do you know someone who you've always thought would be perfect for New College? The Office of Admi ions invite you to add your favorite bright, passionate, moti ated, independent, eccentric, {insert your own adjective here} high chool student ( frc hman through enior) or community college tudent to our mailing list. Plea c fill out the Pro pective tudent' full name _________________ Mailing Addre -----------------------ity tate Zip _____ Phone number E-mail addres __________ High chool I Community ollege. ____ Year of Graduation Pos ible tudy lntere tv ___________________ Your name ______ Relation hip to tudent _____ Please return form to: ew College of Florida, Office of Admi sions, 5700 Tamiami Trail, arasota, FL34243 Phone: 941-359-4269 I Fax: 941-359-4435 I E-mail: I Web:


PROFESSOR DoENECKE DEPARTS FROM NEw CoLLEGE Josh Orr The Catalyst As Justus Doenecke beacon and baritone voice of American history at New College for the past 35 years wraps up the final classes of his teach ing career he entertains many possi bilities for new research topics and travel destinations. At least two things however are certain I will miss the students. I won t miss the paperwork," he said But the close of his 41-year teaching career does not mean the end of his tory scholarship for Justus Doenecke as he views the pursuit of history as a path to better knowing himself I don t think we can understand one s own identity without understand ing one' s past," he said We don t study history to learn lessons but to see how we have evolved to where we are What has gone i nto creating an indi vidual how a society or nation evolved to what it is at the present time I do all I can to recover i e Doenecke on arriving at New College in 1969: uLet' s put it this way: we had anarchy and called it innovation. I was a Calvinist in Eden. But it was nothing I couldn't handle." Doenecke has watched New College history unfurl since his 1969 arrival when the College Hall corner office he currently occupies was still the American and British Literature section of the school library. It was a time, Doenecke recalled when the student body was Prof Doenecke lecturing before his final class at New College more radical but not necessari ly more conscious It was politically m inded in the sense that it protested the [Vietnam] war and whatever but i t was also very much in the maximizat ion of exper iences ... sometimes psychedelic ones w i thout a part i cular sense of commonwealth or to use the term in the classic way-citi zenship," he said Let' s put i t this way: we had anarchy and called it innovation," he added I was a Calvinist in Eden But it was noth ing I couldn't handle." While the young college was still feel ing out its academic identity Doenecke stuck to its tenets of formal scholarship and his trademark lecture style: a col lage of prepared narrative dense infor mational content and entertaining his torical color "Justus Doenecke' s lectures are enthralling because of the amount of humor that he puts into them," noted second-year student Brian Van Valkenberg. They present more infor mation but at the same time he makes individuals in history much more per sonable as well," he said Doenecke claimed he learned the value of the written word and anecdotal elaboration from his Princeton Univer sity graduate school professors. His toric impersonations of icons like Theodore Roosevelt Winston Churchill assassin Charles Guiteau and Lyndon Baines Johnson are now popular fix tures of the Doeneckian lecture Before he does Lyndon Johnson he apologizes in advance for using bad lan guage then usually says something offensive involving farm animals," said recent graduate and Doenecke advisee Brewster Mitchell. I thi nk all of us have a bit of ham actor in them Unfortunately the class room encourages i t ," Doenecke said It's also a way to of keeping people awake or trying to when you re with them for an hour and twenty minutes The six foot-two former track star s presence behind a lecture podium, combined with his booming and oft imitated voice also keeps students and neighboring classrooms alert. "As time has progressed I 've gotten used to it but still I can walk into Col lege Hall when he has a class and hear him ," said recent graduate and Doenecke adv i see Lawrence Bowdish He s the only professor I 've had where if the door s open when he s lecturing someone will come [from another room} and close the door in the middle of class. And the students are expected to madly scribble notes which in a way is a very old-fashioned [method] but it's old fashioned because it's long-surviv ing and because it's exceptionally ef fective for certain areas of expertise, said Professor Arthur Mac Miller. "Of


course, history is one of them. People will stagger out of Doenecke's lectures with 15 or 20 pages of notes," he added. While Doenecke attributes his ora torical skills to his doctoral mentors, his love for history has been growing since age nine, when he was given a stamp collecting album after an agonizing ap pendectomy left him bedridden and antsy. "He's the only professor I've had where, if the door is open when he's lecturing, someone else will come and close the door in the middle of class" --Lawrence Bowdish (fOO) "I wanted to know whose pictures were on all these stamps, and what they signified. It gave me an interest in ge ography, in monarchs and rulers, and in various movements," Doenecke re called. He also cited the nightly political proclamations of his "extremely conser vative, very anti-Roosevelt, very anti-New Deal" father as the cause of voracious interest in politics and current events. But young Justus "sure didn't set the world on fire" in high school classes, despite a love for literature and history. It wasn't until his first year at Colgate University, studying under inspiring pro fessors in classes of his own choice, that he realized his academic calling. "My first history course made me think of becoming a university profes sor, because I said, 'Gee, this is some thing I'd like to do all the time,' and then I realized you could do it and be paid for it. After that first year, a Ph.D. was never even a question," Doenecke recalled. Constant observation of quality of teaching he received between high school and attaining his doctorate gave Doenecke a grasp on the kind of pro fessor he wanted to be. "Sometimes you get someone who's a very good lecturer, but not a good writer at all, and vice versa," he said. "I try to take the best from each sort." Doenecke cited his college journal ism experience and early affection for American fiction as major influences on his historical narratives, of which he has written nine on topics ranging from the presidency of Chester A. Arthur to Americas entrance into World War II. Colleagues admire his productivity, though New College faculty did not al ways. "Justus has really defined the his tory program for most of the college's existence," said History Professor David Harvey. "He has maintained the re search profile of the college since the early days when it seemed you didn't get much encouragement for doing that And now it seems that research is more the priority among faculty than it was in the early days, but Justus has been do ing it all along." Political Science Professor Barbara Hicks with Dr. Doenecke Felici.a Si/pa (NC '00) pre ents Doenecke with an "1 Survived Dr. Doe11ecke s Class" T-shirt. Doenecke plans on finishing up two more works-on Roosevelt's role in pre venting World War II, and critics of Woodrow Wilson's foreign policy respec tively-while on research leave for all of the 2004-2005 school year. He will offi cially retire during Spring 2005, shortly after his 67th birthday. The search for a tenure-track Ameri can history professor to take Doenecke's place begins this fall as well. "We're expanding the [history] pro gram. One cannot help but be optimis tic," particularly in regard to the recent additions of Professors Kathryn Dungy and Carrie Benes, Doenecke said. As for life after New College, Doenecke sees it filled with more re search, traveling, sailing, and bike-riding with wife Carol around their Bradenton home. He said he expects to be around campus doing research after retirement, but his lecturing voice will no longer reso nate through the walls of College Hall. "It's the end of an epoch," said third year student Brian Cody. "Because Justus Doenecke doesn't just teach his tory, he doesn't just know history, he is history. Our history." Reprinted from The Catalyst with per mission from the editors. Copyright 2004.


Charter Class Reunion: October 15-17 Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Charter Class Alums from Entering Years 1964, 1965, and 1966 are invited Schedule Friday, October 15 4:00 pm: Check-in Opens (Keating Center) 5-6 pm: Campus Tour led by John Cranor (NC 64) NC Foundation President 7-9 pm: Welcome Dinner (Keating Center) Saturday, October 16 9 : 00 am: Check-in opens (Keating Center) 9 :30-11 :30 am : Brunch at John Cranor s home Noon-3:30am: Beach Picnic at Coquina Beach 3 : 30-5:30 pm: Alum Discuss i ons (Keating Center) 7-10 pm: Dinner/Dance at C l assic Car Museum Sunday, October 17 10 am-1 pm : Farewell Brunch and Town Hall Meeting (College Hall) For More Information and Frequent Updates, Please Check the Reunion Website: NEW New College Alumnae/i Assoc iation New College Foundation Inc 5700 N Tamiami Tra i l Sarasota FL 34243 2197 Nonprofit Organ izati on U S Postage Pa i d Perm i t #SOO Manasota FL !'e" Foundation. Jnc 1ndcpcndcm not-for-profit Flor1d3"P<)tation thou bcc:n quahlkd lhc I cdc.rallntemal Revenue S..:rvtcc 3"an JRC' 501(l)(3} organu;Jtion. 11lc IRS has. thatl\ew (olkgc h,undJtion.lnc. nota po\all.: roundauon '''lhin !he-mcamng of509(a) Code. l1tc uxcxempl \latus of '\c\\ C0lli!f!C Foundauon, lm:. ha' not bt.'l!'n :'toked or mt.ldJiie:J College F ound3uon. I nc. is il" a qua.lilk"\.1 organit.a.tion in IRS publicat ion iS (Rt:' Scrt. 30. 2000), Cumulati\ t: Ll'!-.1 of0rganvati4ln". Cat

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