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publication of Open letter on NC growth proposals b.IJ Michael H. Campbell '87. Ale..risA. Simendinger '75 and Lawrence W. Vernaglia '87 Does the ize of the student population make a difference? Histori cally, proponents of dramatic growth at New College were shy about publicly advocating how big or how fast. But President Gordon "Mike Michalson put the question quarely before the ew College community in hi September 2005 State of the College report, writing: "I believe an ultimate figure of between 1,000 and 1,200 students continued on p. 2 In this issue 7 Options for giving to ew College of Florida 11 ew College alums save civi I ization 13 Influential art professor Jack Cart l idge dies 17 Psychology professor David Smillie dies at 81 21 C lass Notes oil g Alutnnae/i As ociation No. 53 Summer 2006 INDEPENDENCE DAY NC is soon to be free of USF by Jono Mille r '74 As you may know or remember, on December 9, 1974, title to the New College campus was transferred from New College to the State of Florida. My favorite graphic from the era was an er twhile Univer ity of South Florida consumer contem platively holding (or po sibly shak ing?) a box labeled New College with a thought bubble along the lines of "I wonder what's in here?" USF may still be wondering, but barring unforeseen circumstances, USF and USF Sarasota-Manatee this summer will relinquish all interest in property on the New College foot print, ending an 11,500-plus-day experiment dUling which USF, and not New College, held ultimate authority regarding the campus. But, hey, who's counting? continued on p. 4 Worker8 apply.finishing touches to nero USF campus, just up U.S. 4-lfrom ew College.


If NC has to grow, why not strategically? continued from p. 1 and 100 to 120 faculty would make for a stronger New College without any loss of the pecial qualitie that small institutional size still make possible." We under tand the arguments supporting the growth of New Col lege from the 400 or o when we were students (1975-1991) to the 1,200 target level that Michalson and others have proposed. The e benefits include expanded curricu-1 urn and more diverse educational opportunities, as well as enhanced infrastructure to upport scholar ship. A more robust community promotes recruiting and retention of the best students, faculty, and taff Economies of scale are important-vital in some cases-for creat ing u tainable facilities infrastruc ture and the health of New College's auxiliary operations. We value and endor e achieving these benefits. Nonetheless, we are concerned that the growth of New College may jeopardize the special character of the school. This letter is an effort to contribute to a necessary campus dialogue about this topic and join the debate about the pros and cons. It is our understanding from peak ing with a few faculty members that an organized discussion has not taken place on campus. Yet. So, this is a collection of ques tions and worries about doubling or tripling the size of the New College student body. To be clear, we do not advocate the maintenance of status quo size for its own sake. We care deeply about the college and wanted to talk about what graduates identify as o valuable-and why New College's "special character" is worth pre erving and could be lost within a student body twice as large. 2 NIMBUS Summer 2006 1. Why grow? If growth to 1,200 would be best, we'd like to hear President Michalson, the provost, the faculty divi ion chairs, the student leadership and other key administrative taff identify specifically-\vith numbers, facts and expectations-exactly how the benefits shake out. We have heard the hypotheses; let's see the data. 2. If we h ave to grow, w h y not grow strategicall y? Has any thought been given to growing larg er, but in particular directions to resolve particular issues already present on campus? For example, could New College respond to its difficulties in attracting national and international students by grow ing very specifically to become the recognized magnet for a pecific branch of study or studies, for instance in environmental studies or urban planning (whatever fits)? Could New College grow, but do so to attract only a specific demo graphic of students? What about restricting a certain proportion of enrollment only to out-of-state low income honors students and give them full-freight tuition, room and board (and by aiming at them, try to attract new national donor for that purpose)? 3. What's good for faculty? We don't presume to speak for faculty, and we understand that in general, there is faculty support for a larger college that lhey assume would develop with all the bells and whis tles of planned and proportional workloads, departmental engage ment, new office and research space, faculty development funds, salaries, etc. 4. H o w would we fina nciall y s u stain a 1 ,200-stude n t enroll m e nt? This is a big challenge. How equipped is the New College Foun dation this minute to sustain the size of the college today? The State of Florida could not be expected to finance New College's growth with taxpayers' money, not entirely. What plans would the New College Foun dation, or the college president, put in place to dramatically enhance the college's financial picture? Without considerable private financing, 1,200 students and additional facul ty could eem irresponsible to pur sue. 5. Should New C oll ege become a bigger libe ral arts co ll ege for Florida students? In the context of fundraising, the New College Foun dation has stated that New College alumnae/i are essential to the future of a private-donor base. If the "New College of Florida" expands to 1,200 students, and 60 percent, 70 per cent or 80 percent of the students come from Florida, some of the wealthiest out-of-state alums will not want to support the college. If the "old New College" doesn't quite exist anymore, and a well-off alum is living in New York City and enlered New College from a high school in the Northeast, and he or she notes that "New College of Florida" is enrolling mostly Florida high school kids, why would that alum want to give 1 million to NCF? He or she might not. What's the emotional/charitable tug for Florida high school students? And even for local alums, if New College of Florida changes into an unrecog nizable entity sharing little except the name (and for many alums, not even the same name) with the "New College" of their memories, will they financially support the college? 6. Which stude nts would a continued on p. 3


Growth: What's best for New College students? continued from p. 2 larger New College benefit? Here is the tough question: What about everybody else? Could the college unwittingly create a second tier of students who have more distant working relationships with faculty? We have always had some students in that position. But will a bigger New College generate an "honors college within the honors-college"? We worry that it might-even though the faculty, administration and alumnae/i will not want that to happen. Consequently, as the school grows, the faculty would need to work considerably harder to main tain the personal connection with students that is a defining quality of New College education. 7 What's good for students in the end? Why do students come to New College? Most are seeking an alternative to more "traditional" higher education. For our part (and what we know of friends' experi ences), we really were looking for an environment of intellectual experi mentation, rigorous in-depth study and independence. Granted, our understanding of what those things required and produced wasn't par ticularly well developed at the out set. The point is that we were attracted by the challenge. And we got what we came for (in some cases, perhaps more than we bar gained for!) Each of us sees that experience as fundamentally forma tive in our professional and personal lives. As New College grows, we want the administration and the Board of Trustees to we i gh at every turn the essent i al elements that make students' expe1ifmces excep tional. These final two concerns are the most difficult to quantifY but are, to us, among the most crucial to address. That is, if the fundamental nature of the New College education is lost due to growth, it wi1l be a great waste. As we contemplate a 1,200-student New College, we have significant doubts about whether faculty will be able to follow the growth and development of any one student. Perhaps a thesis sponsor could, but that would be contingent on workload-a clearly heavier workload. Of course some students are more effective in seeking guid ance and mentorship than others. Some are real stars, standouts who impress a faculty member and enhance his or her work. This underscores the importance of the contract advisor role. It has been too easy for some students to drop one advisor for another You can't just fire your manager or supervisor when you fail to perform at the office-it shouldn't be so easy at New College. We suspect that un l ess the faculty redoubles its dedi cation to advising, that crucial rela tionship will become more of a bureaucratic hassle than it already is for some. We have heard about (and, at times, experienced) the disadvan tages of the small faculty size. And we know that the advocates of growth pledge to maintain the 11:1 student-faculty ratio (and that's slippage form the "old days" of 10:1). But the ratio alone does not generate the intellectual intimacy that is a hallmark of the New Col lege education The closeness is a value in itself. There is accountabili ty in the small size. Professors really know students. If a student disap points one professor in a department of three, there are repercus sions We have found that the ability to get along with a small group of colleagues is a critical skill for the world away from New College. In a college with 1,200 students and 120 faculty members or so, who would be watching if a student fails to suc ceed with one or two faculty mem bers? The burden would be on the faculty, then, to create a sense of urgency to help each student recog nize that impressions formed about his or her work matter to the stu dent's outcome in the entire disci pline. Are we romanticizing New Col lege? Maybe. A former dean once referred to alumnae/i associations as "paranoid, backward-looking and rude." He may have had had a point. At least we have tried not to be rude. But we hope that we are more objective than romantic, at least in this regard. At its core, the smallness of New College fosters intensive relation ships between teacher and tudent. Even better, students in New Col lege's charter class as well as stu dents decades later were able to form the same such relationships with many of their professors. That's part of the "special character" every one talks about at New College. Fac ulty remember individual students' work from year to year. Similarly, students benefit from the intimacy of their relationships with each other. Student-to-student learning among such accomplished under graduates is a large ingredient in that "special character" of the place. Finally, "smallness" and accounta bility kept the New College educa tion rigorous and meaningful. We think these values are worth preserving. They have made New College different from the hundreds continued on p. 5 NIMBUS Summer 2006 3


New College and USF: Conjoined twins should lead more meaningful lives after separation continued from p. 1 That footprint is no doubt different than the one you recall. Over the years New College has added the Zinn's triangle and the former Circus Hall of Fame site as well as several house on 58th Street (south of B Dorm). But the college has let go or traded away the historic bookstore southeast of University Parkway and U.S. 41, all the HoJo's or Viking property along the west side of 41, and the Manatee County portion of the Uplands bay front, which links the area north of the Bonseigneur house with the Crosley estate. Our portion of the Uplands bay front will still be under orne joint management with USF, which to date has meant no real management other than mowing the grass and some exotic plant removal. This transfer has been made pos sible by the relocation of USF to the Cro ley Campus, an unlikely tale that involves, among other thing such disparate elements as the man who first thought to put shelves on refrigerator doors, the idea for a water theme park, a remnant popu lation of gopher tortoises and a con tentious legal challenge to the relo cation. The separation of USF Sarasota Manatee from New College has been compared to a divorce, with the situ ation-comedy twist that the estranged coup l e still shared an apartment. The show ran for five years, full of all the predictable tiffs, lovable high jinks and embarrassing situations one might expect. Who can forget the "Culture Clash" episode not so long ago when USF scheduled a big bash with '70 rock ers Three Dog Night for the same evening as the Halloween PCP? You 4 IMBUS Summer 2006 remember Three Dog Night: "From 1969-1974, nobody had more Top 10 hits, moved more records, or sold more concert tickets." Momma told me not to come, indeed! USF Sarasota-Manatee will still have access to Cook Library, Sudakoff Centel/ and campus recreational facilities. Despite the immense popularity of the awkward divorce model, I've personally grown increasingly fond of the analogy in which USF Sarasota and New College are seen as con joined siblings who would lead more meaningful lives apart-if only the realities and exigencies of divvying up shared organs can be accom plished. Delicate surgery is called for. The reality is that, even after surgery, New College of Florida and USF Sarasota-Manatee will continue to hare at least three-and maybe more-organs. USF Sarasota-Mana tee "'ill still have access to Cook Library, Sudakoff Center and cam pus recreational facilities. In addi tion, discussions are ongoing (as of April) about the possibility of con tinued shared-service agreements regarding the Cop Shop. But such offices and departments as the Copy Center and Information Technology have been split off, with each institu tion fielding its own, more modest, incarnation. For optimists, New College's Golden Age tends to be a rolling average that coincides with their tenure here; for pessimists, it i either the era immediately preced ing or following their stay. As for my elf, an optimist, I ha,e always pre umed I caught the last flight out before the border closed. My 1974 diploma makes no mention of USF, a fact of which I've been most proud. But here's the kicker. Thir ty-two years out of NC, I've applied to a ma ter's program: Florida Stud1e at the St. Pete campus of ... USF. Jono Miller is a 1974 New College graduate, a director of the Environ mental Studies Program, a former alumnae/i association president, and adviser to the vice president for finance and administration about matters related to campus planning. A princess, a witch, a mermaid and a merman were among the l:JO NCF .<;I ude n ts recehi ng at the sclwo/:<;J,.Oth annual commencement Ma.IJ 19.


Dr. Samuel M. Savin named NCF provost After a national search, New Col lege of Florida May 2 named Dr. Samuel M. Savin, former dean of the College of Arts and Science at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, as the college's new provost and vice pre ident for aca demic affair Th holder of the position, the number two administrative post at the college, is responsible for faculty administration as well as develop ment and oversight of all academic programs Savin's appointment began on June 30. Savin, who was the Je e Earl Hyde Profe or of Geological Sci ences at Case Western Reserve, succeeds Dr. Charlene Callahan, who announced last spring that she was stepping down to return to full-time teaching. Callahan, an associate professor of psychology, joined the New College faculty in 1975 and served as provost and vice president for academic affair since New College gained inde pendence in 2001. Savin is a Phi Beta Kappa gradu ate in chemistry from Colgate Uni versity who went on to earn a PhD in geochemistry from the California Institute of Technology. While at Case Western, Savin served as asso ciate dean (1993-2000), interim dean (2000-2001) and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (2001-2003). He is the coauthor of one book and coedit r of another and has Growth needs rigorous exploration continued from p. 3 of other small liberal arts colleges around the country-public or private-particularly as so many col lege truggle to survive, let alone remain relevant and differentiate themselves from peer institutions. New College has always reached out to a specific market. It is already differentiated-and it produces con sistently outstanding results. For these reasons, and there are many more, we would like to encourage a traditionally rigorou "New College" exploration about whether (as we argue) size makes a difference. President Michal on e>.:pressly called for thi in hi 2005 State of the College report. We encourag all who are interested in the succes of New College to par ticipate. The writers are the thTee immediate past presidents of the New College Alumnae/iAssociation, serving col lectively for the past decade. Camp bell also served as New College's director ofresidentiallifefrom 1999 to 2005. He is now afaculty membe1 at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados. Simendinger served as a member of the Board of Trustees of New College ofFloridafrom its inception through 2006. She is White House correspondent for the National Jour nal. Vemaglia is a pm"tner in the law firm of Hinckley, Allen ef Snyder LLP. While Campbell and Ver naglia are current members of the NCAA Board of Director and Simendinger i a member of the Board ofTrustee of the New College Foundation, their remarks here rep resent their per onal views and not neces. arily those of the NCAA or the NCF. written nearly 100 scholarly and popular articles. He has also held po ition as a consultant evaluator for the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the ew England As ociation of Colleges and Schools, both academic accrediting agencies, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Geo logical Society of America and the Ohio Academy of Science. NC ties begin with mentoring program How often have you experienced omebody using their college con nections to get ahead? Shouldn't New College have an "Old-Boy" (or "Old Girl") Network? Well, we do. We want you to participate in the New College Alumnae/i Association Mentor hip Program. The New College Alumnae/i Association knows that your knowl edge and experience are invaluable, and we want you to share that knowledge and experience with New College tudent Although we are a small group of alumnae/i, we have uccessfully placed ourselves in accomplished and enviable posi tions throughout the world, and whatever a student's goals might be, you can help him or her in achieving tho e goal Many of u are already mentor ing someone-why not mentor a ew College tudent? The mentor ing that you can give a student can be as effortless as providing job continued on p. 9 NIMBUS Summer 2006 5


RECRUITING TALENTED STUDENTS New College Admissions could use your help by Sonia Wu '81 No doubt you've asked yourself how you might help in the effort to recruit talented students for New College. "Perhaps admissions could use a nice koi pond." "Maybe I should offer to take all the National Merit Scholars out to dinner.'" "We could invite all the area prospective students to our New Year's Scrabble bash!" We've studied this issue carefully here at admissions and determined the three activities that will best mesh with our efforts to recruit effectively by giving excellent customer service to all prospective stu dents without pinning great hopes, time and resources on any one stu dent. Here are the three ways you can help: 1. Refer talented students to us. Use the referral form on this page to send us the name and contact details for a student you think would find New College a great fit. We can't promise admission, but we promise to get these students plenty of information to pique their interest and get them to think about applying. Once we have a student's contact information, we assign that student to an admis sions counselor who is that stu dent's primary contact for informa tion on the college, admission and scholarship consideration. 2. Underwrite and coordinate an event when theNACAC conference is in your area. NACAC is the National Association for College Admission Counseling, basically a professional organization for high school guidance counselors and col lege admission counselors. When 6 NIMBUS Summer 2006 NACAC was in Indianapolis, Tom Kapostasy '74 underwrote a New College reception for guidance counselors at the local aquarium. If you and fellow area alums can underwrite and coordinate local arrangements for a great event like this, we can boost our out-of-state recruitment by inviting local guid ance counselors as well as those in town for the conference. These events take a fair amount of lead time, so keep these conference dates in mind: Austin, Texas, Sept. 27-29, 2007; and Seattle, Sept. 25-27, 2008. Baltimore ,"fill be the site in 2009. Contact NCAA Execu tive Director Ellen Goldin if you and your local cohorts want to commit to a conference event. 3. Donate and coordinate a book award program for your local high school. On the surface, continued on p. 9 Do you know someone who you've always thought would be perfect for New College? The Office of Admissions invites you to add your favorite bright, pas sionate, motivated, independent, eccentric (insert your own adjective here) high school student (freshman-senior) to our mailing list. Student's name--------------------Mailing address ___________________ City ____________ State ___ Zip ___ Phone ---------------------------------------High school ____________ Year of graduation ____ Possible study interests __________________ Your name __________________________________________ Relationship to student----------------Please fill out this form as completely as possible and return it to New College of Florida Office of Admissions 5800 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL 34243-21 09 Phone941-487-4269 Fax941-487-4435 admissions@


Open up those wallets Whether you/re a newly minted alum or a charter-class grad/ a guide to giving to New College of Florida by John Cranor '64 President and CEO New College Foundation There are nearly as many rea sons for making a gift to your alma mater as there are alums. Each of us takes into consideration a multitude of factors: our experience at New College; the value we feel we gained from that experience; the need of the college, its students, even professors; whether our employer provides gift matching; whether our alum friends are donors; a simple desire to give back-or feel good However you reach a deci ion, I hope you will choose to support New College with a gift. But the considerations and choices don't end there. You also have to decide how to support New College. Opportunities to contribute are almost limitless. You can tailor a gift to meet both your areas of interest and the col lege's areas of need. ew graduates who are in grad school or struggling to start their own careers and paying back col lege loans may contribute relative ly modest sums. No amount is too small. The foundation operates The 100% Initiative, which b uilds alum donor participation, a key measurement in severa l college rankings (and one in which New Col lege has made dramatic progress over the last several years!). If you graduated recently, you've probably been solicited to offer up as littie as a dollar toward the fund. More mature alums may want to explore opportunities for making a deferred or planned gift in conjunction with making their estate plans. Currently, there are nearly three dozen donors who have affirmed such plans with New College as beneficiary; they are members of the Four Winds Society. Here's a rundown of choices: Restricted or Unrestricted? One of the first choices to make is whether you wish to make a restricted or unrestricted gift. A restricted gift can only be applied to an area or activity expressly specified by the donor-student scholarships, for example. An unrestricted gift can be u ed to fund area of greatest need, regardles of program type. Organization like the New Col lege Foundation process both types of gifts; the unrestricted gift provides more flexibility, while the restricted gift provides more speci ficity. But specificity can also be a handicap. Let's say a donor speci fie that cholarship funds can only be awarded to a student from Lorretto, Ky., with a concentration in Mandarin Chinese. The e funds may sit around a long time before such a student comes along. Alternatively, the donor might restrict fun d to cholarship ," a n d several students may benefit from a single gift. John Cranor Endowed or Operating? An endowed gift is permanent. To endow a fund requires a minimum gift of 25,000, although there are no limits on the upside. An endowed fund allows for the earnings generated from inve tments to be paid out at a specified level. Currently, the New College Foundation pays 5 percent of principal in its endowed accounts. Many colleges and univer ities pay less-some as low as 3.5 percent, but many between 4 and 4.5 percent. Your 25,000 endowed gift wi ll generate $1,250 in annual payouts. The gift may produce inve tment income above 5 per cent, in which case the income is continued on p. 8 NIMB S ummer 2 006 7


A G UIDE T O GIVI G T O NEW COLLEGE O F fLORIDA Program The 100% Initiative Annual Fund Operating Gifts Bartram Societ) Adopt A-Scholar Endowed Funds aming O p portunities P l anned Gifts Majo r Gifts Purpose A yearly initiative at graduation that encourages all graduating students to donate to the college (and hopefu l ly to continue as lifelong donors) Annua l campaign for funds to help operate the foundation and the college (money goes to scholarships, facu l ty development, faculty salary augmentation a n d student research funding) Gifts that provide operating funds for the college and/or foundation and are usually spent in the year in which t h ey are received Provides funds for campus l andscaping and beautification Annual scholarship for a desi gnated student (cove r s all in-state tuition or nearly one-fourth of out-of-state tuition) Permanent funds that allow the college to earn annua l interest ove r mu l tiple years (includes chairs, scholarships, and student research funds) Each space on camp u s is a gift o p portu n ity. I ncludes after death estate dis trib ution as we ll as estat e gifts tha t cont inu e t o d istrib ut e a nnu a l i n co m e to t h e d o nor (alum donors become part of the F our Winds S o ciety) Gifts are det er min e d by the do nor a nd fo undation. 8 11..TJMBUS Summer 2006 Minimum Amount one one one Non e $4,000 a year for 4 years $25,000 Varies by s p ace (e.g., resid e nce h all, $ 1 millio n ; CAA executive di r ec t o r's office, $20, 0 00) Often begin at $25,00 0 $10 0,00 0 + Options for giving to New College continued from p. 7 added to the principal amount. Giv e n the marvels of compounding, a $ 25 ,000 initial gift could grow to 30,000, 40,000 or more over time. Then the annual payout would be $ 1 ,500, $ 2 ,000 or more. The important thing about endowed gifts is that they keep on giving permanently, when properly managed. An operating gift is one that is received by the foundation, then spent on support for the college usually all in the same year. Oper ating gifts can be either restricted or unrestricted. New College Foundation Gi ving Opportunitie s The foundation conducts solici t ations for Annual Fund giving. Funds collected from this effort are unrestricted and fuel the operation of the foundation and fund important needs of the college in basic areas. These needs include student scholarships, faculty development, faculty salary aug mentation and student research funding. In addition, at least once every y e ar, the foundation solicits desig nated funds" for these needs. Des ignated funds help meet specific college needs as well as the intere sts of donors. Alums may designate a gift for scholarships, research, etc. Once a gift is designated, it is treated like a restricted gift and only directed to the u e specified by the donor. Major gifts are those of $100,000 or more. Typically, these are restricted-use gifts but they do not have to be. In the past, alums have pooled contributions to make continued on p. 9


Planned gifts worth required preparation continued from p. 8 up a major gift contribution. The Soo Bong Chae endowed chair in mathematics is an excellent exam ple of such a pooling arrangement. Spurred by a single major contribution of $300,000, alums raised an additional $300,000 to endow a chair in honor of the late profes sor Chae. Each space on campus al o rep re ents a gift opportunity. Should a donor want to have a re idence hall named for him or her, the cost Mentors don't need to come to Florida continued from p. 5 leads for short-term or full-time positions or as involved as partici pating in a joint alum/ tudent ISP or workshop. And you don't need to come to Florida to be involved. Simply tak ing a few minutes to talk to a student on the phone to share your experiences with your area and/or profession, or the hobby that would be your profession if you had a trust fund, will provide a student with invaluable assi tance. To learn more about the program and to get form you can fill out if you're interested in becoming a mentor, contact NCAA Executive Director Ellen Goldin at 941-4874900, or Also, if you can help New College tudents locate jobs or opportuni ties for internships, please contact Cathy Cuthbertson, director of career services and off-campus tudies, at 941-487-4425, or cuth bertson is $1 million-and the naming must be approved by the New Col lege Board of Tru tees. Other places and spaces can also be named. Some, including the office of the executive director of the New College Alumnae/i Associa tion, are available for as little as $20,000. While endowed scholarships require contributions of $25,000, there is a program called Adopt-A Scholar that provides annual scholarship support for a designated student. This program covers Consider high school book award continued from p. 6 this is nothing more than showing up at a high school awards ceremo ny to pre ent a gift book to a deserving student (designated by the school). Behind the cenes, it requires a fair amount of coOIdina tion with the school, the student and your schedule. Check with Ellen Goldin if you'd like to consider doing thi A book award program is e pe cially effective if you can go back to your high chool as an alum who has done well, to make the most of a strong connection vtith both New College and your old high school. Even better, it make an impression on everyone at the ceremony (not ju t the de erving recipient). Each of the e is a terrific way of promoting ew College and me hes particularly well with what we're already doing here back on the home front. Although a koi pond would be nice ... all in-state tuition or, alternatively, helps offset nearly a quarter of out-of-state tuition. A 4,000-a year commitment for four year i required to adopt your own schol ar. Contact between student and donor is both encouraged and facilitated by the foundation. Planned Gifts Planned gifts generally refer to deferred giving. In many ca es, a planned gift is part of an estate distribution after the donor' death. In recent years, however. it has become possible to structure gifts so that they benefit from favorable tax treatment during the donor's lifetime, provide the donor with an annual income and still convey ignificant gift income to a designated beneficiary-like New College. Planned giving can be a com plex undertaking; the Internal Revenue Service regulations are extensive. The benefits to both donor and beneficiary institution, however, are significant and worth the careful consideration and preparations required. Consulting an attorney, tax advi er and/or financial planner is recommended prior to making planned gifts. Please contact John Cranor at New College Foundation Inc .jor fwther information on an,y donor program in which you har.Je an interest. John M. Cranor III, president and CEO, New College Foundation Inc. Keating ew College of Florida 5800 Bay Shore Rd., Sam ota, FL 34243; 941-4874801 or 941-487-4800 jcranor@ ncfedu. NIMBUS Summer 2006 9


NCAA PRESIDENT'S LETTER Bill Rosenberg '73 As I watched the 130 members of the New College graduating clas of 2006 walk aero s the stage to receive their diploma to the accompaniment of beaming fami lies, cheering graduates, and proud faculty, I wa all at once transport ed back to that day in 1980 when I wa a member of the graduating class. As I reminisced about that day, and contrasted it with the happy cene unfolding in front of me, I realized that, indeed, little ha changed about New College. Twen ty-ix year later, I am still o very plea ed and proud to be a member of one of the coolest and mo t select peer groups in the worldthe nearly 4,000 New College alumnae/i. I'm happy to say that the gradu ate of today-mermaids and mer men, tarfleet officer and all the colorful rest-share with u imilar joy and disappointments, succe s es and failures, and the admirable achievement of completing one of the most difficult and rewarding undergraduate programs in the country. Despite all that has tran pired in and around New College over the year the college ha survived intact and, in fact, has thrived. That realization helped me to put in per pective many of the tumul tuous event in New College's his tory. It also allows me to say that we can all have great confidence in the future of our alma mater by the bay. It i vital to remember this, particularly whenever we face the cri es du jour that arise at the col lege every so often. The members of the Alumnae/i 10 IMBUS ummer 2006 Association Board of Directors know that we repre ent all of you as the guardians of the flame as New College move into the future. We are grateful for your trust and sup port, and our goal are to be your advocates and to be the collective conscience of New College. Over the pa t ix months, the NCAA has held regional get togethers in Tampa Bay, San Fran cisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Wash ington, D.C., Atlanta and Mor risville, North Carolina. Each of the e events had its own unique character and flavor, but they all had one thing in common: the coming together of New College alums in friendship and enjoy ment. We also celebrated the 42nd year of New College's existence. The annual reunion in May was attended by approximately 40 alum spou e and significant other Tho e of us who had the stamina attended the graduation PCP on Friday night. The survivors of the party were able to enjoy event on Saturday, including a panel di cussion enti tled "Life After New College-Sex and Gender Work." The panel, moderated by New College Profes sor Miriam Wallace, featured Craig Wilse '93, Kim Kroflich '93 and Marcy Murray '98. There was a pool party and barbeque, followed by a talk by Jeff Sugar '71 about his experiences in Banda Aceh following the tsunami last year. Dinner wa held at Trevi so, the new restaurant at the Rin gling Mu eum complex. That was followed by a party on the bay front, with DJ Michael Brown pinning tunes from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980 and 1990s. Bill Rosenberg, NCAA president To wind up the weekend, a brunch was offered at the Sarasota Cay Club on Sunday. All in all, it was a great weekend, and I hope to see many of you at next year' reunion. The Student Grants Program, directed by Steve Jacob on '71, funded 20 of the 38 application thi spring, and again, an interest ing group of projects was submitted. The Alumnae/i Fellows Pro gram, led by Eric Hinton 'oo, con tinued to fulfill its mission of bringing alums back to campus to teach a course, mod or ISP. The a lum fellow for the spring term was Chri Pettit '98. Chris offered two cour e on international sus tainable development law and Islamic law The New College Master Plan consortium published the draft campus Master Plan, and it is both


broad in scope and elegant in design. It's posted on the NCF Web site, and I urge you to take a look. Fundraising continues at a strong pace. We are ahead of last year's dollars by a significant amount, thanks to you, and we continually examine our fundrais ing efforts with an eye towards making those efforts even more effective. (Hint: you can help by sending us money.) We need your ideas and partici pation now more than ever. One of the exciting ways in which you can be a part of keeping New College strong is to help the Admi sions Department. In this issue of Nimbus, there is a great article by Sonia Wu of admissions in which she out lines some ways in which you can participate. Please take a look at the article, and contact admissions if you want to get involved. During the remainder of 2006 we will be working on more and even better regional events. Look for announcements in the near future, and keep your comments, ideas, and criticisms coming in. Be heard, and be a part of keeping New College strong, challenging and exciting for tho e future generations of the best and the brightest! I'd also like you to join with me in congratulating Adam Kendall '98 on his election as treasurer of the NCAA. Adam is a great addi tion to the Executive Committee and we look forward to working with him as we get our financial house in order. How alums Mark Mudge and Carla Schroer are saving civilization, image by image by S. Law1ence Paulson '65 Mark Mudge and Carla Schroer are helping to preserve the world's cultural legacy, one digital image at a time. Mudge '74 and Schroer '81 are president and executive director, respectively, of Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI), a California-based nonprofit whose mission is to use cutting-edge digital techniques to document what Mudge refers to as "humanity's treasures"-culturally significant objects and places-so that they can be studied and admired by more than just a rela tive handful of archaeologists or curators. CHI's job, however, is not to carry out this documentation but to teach others-the archaeologists and curators themselves-to do it. Schroer u es the "teach a man to fish" analogy to explain this strategy, and the phrase seems anything but hackneyed. How CHI Began Schroer and Mudge met at New College in 1983, when Mudge returned to campus for a visit. They were married in 1989. 'We had an idea early on that we didn't want to work for a corporation, that the corporate lifestyle, while a fine place to get experience and get going, wasn't our ultimate goal," Schroer says. "So we both had the idea of doing something to make the world a better place.'' They weren't sure what that would be until Mudge, who majored in philosophy and sculpture at New College, got the idea that the new field of computer graphics might help him "vith his art. "I was sculpting bronze and that's a notoriously slow proces you make a mold and then you make another one and another one. When computer graphics started to exist in any meaningful way in the 1980s, I thought, 'My God, that's the solution!"' So Mudge went to one of the first community colleges that had a computer graphics workstation and started taking classes. "I became more and more interested in it," he says, "and I really liked it. Except for the ound and smell, it had all of the same qualities as the foundry." Schroer is also an artist, having studied both sculpture and ceram ics, but her major at New College, "as shocking as that may seem;' was computer studies, so her apprecia tion for the possibilities of comput er graphics was both artistic and technical. All of that, added to the pair's interest in travel and archaeology, set the stage for CHI's founding in 2002. "We really started to become aware of the problem with our cul tural heritage, getting the stuff doc umented, making it available, help ing "vith the preservation," Schroer says. "We realized we have the continued on p. 12 NIMBUS Summer 2006 11


Cultural Heritage Imaging tries to bridge gap between graphics advances and practical uses continued from p. 11 skills, we both have interest in the area, we love to travel, we love his tory." Doing It Themsehes Both chroer and Mudge use the phrase "bridging the gap" when describing CHI-the gap between "what's being developed in the computer graphics laboratory and mak ing it practical and u able by archaeologists and cultural heritage people on the ground," in Schroer's words. Mudge emphasizes that CHI is not a service bureau that individu als and groups can hire to do cul tural documentation. "If the archives and mu eums of the world had to pay a ervice bureau to digitally document their stuff, it would never get done," he say "The only way it' going to get done is to demonstrate to them, within their culture, u ing their skills, which are usually limited to shooting good-quality digital pho tographs, that they can do this themselves." Sometimes this means adapting equipment that teams or institu tions already have, and sometimes it means breaking new technologi cal ground. In 2005, Mudge, along \'.rith CHI volunteers, designed the world's first automatic, fiber opti cally illuminated reflection trans formation image acquisition device and is now working with partners from Hewlett Packard Laboratories to develop new cultural heritage application for the technology. He explains, "It allows you to look at cultural objects from many directions, and in any direction you 12 1MB S Stmlmer 2006 look at it, it moves the light around it like a flashlight, changing the reflection properties." While the emphasis i on teaching others to use technology, "we may do orne of the work as a pilot project or as a way of training people or trying some technique that's never been done before," Schroer says. Last year, for example, Mudge, Schroer, and CHI Imaging Director Marlin Lum spent 16 day in S\vitzerland documenting 114 objects from three collections. The team captured 186 reflection trans formation images of ancient coins, \Vax and lead document seals on medieval manuscripts, an eigh teenth-century oil painting, sculp tures, ceramic epigraphy (writing or drawing on objects or other sur faces) and a 3,700-year-old Bronze Age torque, or metal collar. The team also shot seven object movies and a great deal of video and numerous photographs. 'Incredible Generos1ty' In the ab ence of outside fund ing, CHI doesn't charge for its imaging work. Often CI II's collabo rators will pitch in to help with travel expenses. "We have to work both side talk to the technology p ople and figure out what's going on there, and then talk to the cultural her itage people," Schroer says. "I think the nonprofit notion works because we're not trying to sell anything. We're solution oriented." So where doe the money come from? Mudge says right now CHI relies on private donations and the "incredible generosity" of volun teers. (Besides Mudge and Schroer, CHI has one contract employee.) But efforts are under way to get funding from foundations, and a $1.6 million grant proposal is now pending. To pay the household bills, Schroer works three day a week at Sun Micro ystems-she played a major role in the creation of Sun's licensing and compatibility testing model for Java-while Mudge works full-time for CHI. The goal is for both of them to earn enough from CHI so they can both spend full time on their nonprofit work. "I think that "vill be possible," Mudge says. the number of col laborations has increased, word is getting out." To learn more about Cultural Heritage Imaging and to see exam ples of CHI's work go to www.c-h Cl.lrla Schroer and Mark Mudge


jack Cartlidge, influential sculptor and retired NC professor, dies May 1 after long illness Retired art profes or Jack E. Cartlidge, 81, died at a Sara ota nur ing home May 1 following a long illness. He is survived by his wife Erlaine, two grown children, Randy Cartlidge and Dory Lock, and four grandchildren. Known for the artistry of his monumental beaten copper sculptures as well as the delicacy of hi welded steel and stained glas windows and other pieces, Cartlidge leaves behind a legacy of works that can be found throughout the local community and across the state. His most famous piece, Nobod:y's Listening, which Cartlidge designed to commemorate the turmoil of the 1960s civil rights movement, ha stood at the doorway of Sarasota City Hall since 1967 Additional works of hi can be found at Temple Emmanuel in Sarasota, the Sarasota bay front across from Island Park, the Sara sota Administration Building on Ringling Boulevard, Clearwater City Hall, Lakewood Methodist in St. Petersburg and the Reform Temp l e of Orlando. A Band of Angels, affectionately known as Big a work created by students at New College under Cartlidge's direction, is located in the courtyard of the Palmer buildings on campus. Cartlidge received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the Uni versity of Tampa in 1948 and a master' degree in fine arts from the Univer ity of Alabama in 1949. After he fini hed hi master's, he Sarasota, where they worked as paper carrier at night for the Sara ota Herald-Tribune o that Cartlidge could work on his sculpture techniques during the day. He taught painting and sculpture at the Ringling Museum of Art from 1955 to 1962 and estab-ished Cartlidge Architectural Art, which produced thousands of square feet of stained gla s and translucent mosaic windows for churches throughout Florida. Heal o wa active with the Sarasota Art Association in the 1950s and erved as art supervisor for the Sarasota County Public School ystem from 1962 to 1967. In addition to his own work, he always loved teaching. He found a wonderful opportunity to do that at New College. Between 1966 and 1998, he served first as a part-time instructor, then as assistant profe sor and finally as associate profe sor of fine arts and was instrumen-tal in developing the college' s fine arts program. During that time he completed nearly 20 commissioned works, as well as many others that remain in his private collection. He also established techniques for sculpture design and construction that are still used by artists around the country today. Most of all, he gained a loyal following among students, whether they were interested in pursuing art as a career or simply as a pas time. 'Jack was one of the best teachers I've ever met," said Professor of Political Science Eugene Lewis, a longtime friend. ''He wa outspoken but compassionate. You could see that in the way he worked with his student He wa truly a remarkable example of both an artist and a teacher." His outspokenne s and compa continued on p. 14 and his wife Erlaine returned to Studentsfini.<;hing Band of Angels, aka Big Mother. IMBU Summer 2006 13


jACK CARTLIDGE REMEMBERED 'He not only had students, he saved students' (This remembrance was ent to Ca1Za Schmer '81for a memorial se1vice organized by Schroer and held at the Embarcadero in San Francisco, near ClauB Oldenberg's sculpture Cupid's Span.) Like others, I e>.:pect, my heart and my body are in different places today. Would that I could be at your Embarcadero remembrance or in Sarasota. I have to be at a memorial service here at [University of the] Pacific for one of our campus' better teachers, but will stray long enough to send a part of me to you and Jack. Jack was truly the big man on campus during my nineteen years on the Gulf. He not only had stu dents, he saved students. From him I learned that facilities did not mat ter, vision did. Not that it was fun falling through the holes in the "temporary Quonsets" where he first brought ceramics and sculpture into the New College world. But such things were only worth fighting about with administrators. Other wise, there was always something that could be done to get to a new creation launched. Jack was a man of legendary shortcuts. He also took them with people. To be sure, the NC community, even the art neighborhood, did not always see eye to eye. But conflicts never stopped Jack; he moved around them If there is a spirit that explains why NC lives, it is the spirit that animated Jack: just let all those four winds blow us ever forward, ever better. Clearly, Carla, students are who he would want to remember him, and I Cartlidge was civil rights activist continued from p. 13 sian extended beyond the New College campus, as well. Cartlidge was active in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, working with the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP when Sarasota was still a largely segregated com munity. "Dad's artwork is filled with the human struggles that he saw around him," recalled Cartlidge's daughter Dory Lock. "He believed that man is basically good and he was passionate about it. He also believed strongly in the spirit of New College and felt that it was far better to try something new and fail than never to have tried at all 14 NIMBUS Summer 2006 Lock's daughter Chelsea, Cartlidge's oldest grandchild, is scheduled to begin classes at New College this fall. Cartlidge's family has asked that donations honoring his life be sent to the ACLU Foundation of Florida in his name. Checks and contribu tions should be mailed to ACLU Foundation of Florida, 4500 Bis cayne Boulevard, Suite 340, Miami, FL 33137. The foundation can also be contacted by telephone at 305-576-2336. A solo exhibition of Jack E. Cartlidge's work is on display at the Selby Gallery at the Ring l ing School of Art and Design until Aug 4. know you always will. Again, he sym bolized what all of the rest of us sim ply strived to be with lesser degrees of success: the teacher who helped students be several steps beyond what they ever expected they would achieve. He was the best! -Robert Benedetti, former New College provost I met Jack Cartlidge in Septem ber of 1971, during my first few days as a student at New College. I walked up to his table at the Meet the Faculty morning, and said, ''I'm not really interested in sculpture, but I want to learn to weld, and I'm told you're the only person here who can teach me to weld." Imagine how some of the chemistry or literature professors might have responded to an 18-year-old kid walking up and asking for help while expressing lack of interest in his or her subject, but Jack reacted by saying, 'Well, in order to learn to weld, you'll need to practice. In order to practice, you'll have to make some things. If you're going to make things, you might as well try to make them look nice, so why don't we call it welding and sculpture?" Jack wasn't teaching his intro ductory sculpture class until winter that year, so I had to wait, but by the middle of winter term his influ ence had already profoundly affect ed me. When he told me to "think bigger!" as he threw 30 pounds of clay on my two-pound piece, it changed my life. I not only thought bigger in terms of my sculpture, for continued on p. 15


Delivering papers at 3 a m. to keep making art continued from p. 14 which I had developed considerable interest, despite my earlier state ment, but I thought bigger, and in different ways, about the direction of my life and my education. I start ed thinking about what I wanted to do with my life, and realized I want ed to make things, not teach high school biology. Jack became my sponsor, my mentor, my friend, and my torturer for the rest of my college career, and mentor and friend for life. He didn't take any crap from me, and if I did n't perform up to his expectations, he didn't hesitate to say so. How many of you have ever received an evaluation at school or at work that described you as "buttheaded" or one that said of your work, "I'd like to see less of the inevitable, and more of the ineffable?" Jack wrote those words on my evaluations and, even tually, I did become less buttheaded, and my work did show more of the ineffable, even though it wasn't sculpture. He encouraged honesty, self-criticism, freedom to experi ment, freedom to fail and learn from failure, and the self-consciousness to find my own motivations, desires, hopes, dreams and directions. He didn't do it just for me, but for many others. But Jack was no fan of hagiogra phy, so let's not leave him on a pedestal that he would never have stood on. It couldn't have been easy to live with a man who needed to drive around in an open tation wagon at 3 a.m., delivering newspa pers in order to keep enough money coming in to work on his art, but Erlaine not only put up with it, she was in the car working with him. It couldn't have been easy growing up in a house with a jungle I sculpture studio for a front yard and trees growing inside the house, not to mention the occasional frogs, pos sums, snakes and other creatures wandering through, but Dory and Randy grew up in that house, and Cartlidge and some objects awaiting transformation came out of it as good people. And it couldn't have been easy living with those damn cigars! Jack couldn't have been the man he was without the support and tolerance of his family, and I want to thank them for letting us have him, and I particular ly want to thank Erlaine for all the lima beans, which I suspect the rest of the family didn't like, but which I truly enjoyed. The rest of you can wonder what that means, or just let it go. Now I have to say goodbye to a man who has meant more to my development as a person than any body except my parents. I'll be in Sarasota in another coup l e weeks, and, for the first time in 35 years, I won't be able to visit Jack, to share with him, laugh with him, and learn from him. He leaves behind him tons, literally, of beauty and mean ing in his art, but even more impor tant, he leaves behind hundreds of students who are better people for having known him, and have made the world a bit better because of it. It would be hard to imagi n e a b etter legacy. Goodbye, Jack. -Steve Jacobson, '71 I just found out to day that one of my favorite professors in college died. Jack Cartlidge was a genius inventor. Among other things, he developed a method of doing stained-glass windows that he taught me when I di d an independent study project. He and his wife once had a bunch of the art students over for dinner They had a tree growing continued on p. 16 NIMB S Summer 2006 15


'Creativity influenced everything he touched' continuedfrom p. 15 through the roof in the living room; I was entranced. It reminded me of a Richard Brautigan poem, and I mentioned it and aid, "All you're missing i the river running through the hou e." He hastened to tell me that they used to have a river run ning between the kitchen and the living room, but it kept mildewing the carpet so they rerouted it! He was feisty. In his 40s, he developed a pituitary tumor and grew four inches in height and ev eral shoe sizes over a summer. He told me that he'd been irradiated to stop the tumor, but in tead of doing a radial method that targeted the tumor and reduced the damage to the rest of the brain, he'd received the full dosages directly to the same spot over and over again and never again had the stamina he'd had pre viously. After that, he worked only a six-hour day. He finally retired, and he was 81 when he died. He was a crusty man, given to smoking tinky cigars, ifl recall correctly. But he was full of heart and generosity, and I'm grateful I knew him. Outside his house in Sarasota, Florida, was a mountain of stained glass pieces. He did commissions in churches, etc. I made a stainedglas window at his house and it had a wine glass and a dove with olive branch and the sun. I made it (with his help, by his method) for the cabin of the parents of a friend of mine. They loved it, and as far as I know, it's still there. All this was so long ago, 34 or 35 years ago. One time, we had a luncheon (at Phil Bandt's house overlooking the water) that included Jack, Gail Mead (the art teacher with whom I u ually worked), and a fellow stu dent, Dave Lipsey, and Dave's mom, who had to catch a plane after-16 NIMBUS Summer 2006 wards. We all drove her to the air port, and Jack and I waited in the car. That's when he told me about the pituitary tumor. He'd come back after summer vacation, and his col leagues kept aying, "Jack, have you grown?" After the fourth per on said that, he decided something was weird and checked it out. Also, his shoes had become tight (his feet had grown too). He was on hi way to being a giant. But he was already a giant on another level. Some people have hearts bigger than usual. They give more. Per hap if we actually meas ured their physical hearts, they'd seem normal in size. But there's a different quality, perhaps, that of stepping in and helping others. Jack supported the ACLU and the family asked that donations be given to them. It just figures that he'd have been interested in the rights of oth ers. That's what people with big hearts do. -Marcy Manning '71 Jack was an artist. His creativity infiltrated everything he touched: his work, his teaching, hi personal relationships, his citizenship, his bathroom fixtures. His house is the house that Jack built. Jack taught that creativity never came when it was called. It came on its own. If you demanded its pres ence, it went fishing. It wasn't "yours." It was something a per on could make room for. When it came, it could transform thing in unlooked-for ways. Some people thought Jack' tudio at New Col lege was full of junk. If you looked at it Jack's way, the studio was full of things patiently awaiting their transformation of being. Jack had courage. When no black person would head the NAACP in Sarasota for fear of death, Jack Jed it. He got a cro s burned in front of his hou e for it. He had courage at New College, too. He stood up for what he thought education was all about. The kind of education New College offers at its best has always needed, and alway will need, its champions. Jack was one. Mostly, Jack led by example through his teaching and actions. He infrequently attended faculty meetings due to his well-known belief that much of what went on there was nonsense. He was right about that. He also thought that some of what was being taught about the fine arts at New Co11ege during that time was nonsense. He was right about that, too. He spon sored the student projects that should have been sponsored even when some said he was shaming New College. He stood up for stu dents he thought could succeed. He saved students. Some said he was undercutting the academic disci pline of New College. As Jack was living the life we are celebrating and providing some of the best educational experience ever offered at New College, he was dogged by a faculty clique that employed an appalling level of peranal and professional viciou ness to both impede his progress and get him fired. They almost succeeded. The tory of how they failed is one of the finest moments in New Col lege hi tory. By early 1978 the campaign of what Jack called the Harpies had resulted in a recommendation for denial of his tenure from the faculty Academic Status Committee. The


Overcoming the Harpies with Mayer's help continued from p. 16 recommendation was on the desk of the provo t, George Mayer, for what was expected to be a pro forma endorsement. A similar fate befell music profes or Ron Riddle, who shared many of Jack's virtues. This was too much for many New College students, including me, to take. The students organized a march, billed as a "convergence," with the call, "Converge on George for Jack and Ron." Two hundred eleven students, almost half the student body at that time, crossed the Trail-traffic stopped by Sarasota County heriff's deputies-and walked to the provost's office by the bay to speak with George. George met us on the first floor of what is now called Cook Hall. He was nervous and uncertain. What happened was astonishing. One after another, people stood up and told stories of how Jack and Ron had enriched their lives. Within moments, the room filled with an authentic atmosphere of respect and caring that I have never seen repeated at any other gathering. After two hours of shared experi ence all of us, and particularly George, left the room with a feeling of joy and awe. The nex-t day George reversed the faculty committee deci sion and recommended tenure for both Jack and Ron. The Harpies never stopped doing their thing, but that afternoon with George turned the tide. Their power wa diminished. Eventually, Jack and Ron got tenure. With help from the foundation, the fine arts pro gram flourished. Jack loved his new sculpture studio at Caples. For many years New College was richer for his presence, not to mention all the young eyes that saw, for the first time, creative transformation, infus ing what had been, second earlier, a piece of junk. -Mark Mudge, '74 Cartlidge and student Psychology professor David Smillie dies at 81 David Smillie, profe sor of psy chology at New College from 1969 to 1993, died April 6 in Chapel Hill, N.C., of multiple systems atrophy, a degenerative nerve disease He was 81. Born in New York City, he grew up in Essex Fell N.J. After gradu ating from the Taft School in 1943, he served in the Army during World War II. He graduated from Yale University in 1949. He received a master's degree from Wayne State Univer ity in 1951 and a doctorate in developmental psy chology from Cornell University in 1953. He taught at the Merrill-Palmer Institute, where he met his wife-to be, Anna Kirkman. In 1959, accom panied by his wife and two young children, he traveled to India as a Fulbright Scholar to study person ality development of children in a village near Delhi. Pursuing his interest in existential phenomenol ogy he took a position at Duquesne University in 1961. He spent a year at Harvard University in 1962 studying the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. During his twenty-three year tenure at New College, Dr. Smillie was known for his commitment to his students and his insistence that they think deeply and critically about ideas. He often rode his bike to work, swam every day throughout the year, and was dependably one of the first and the last on the dance floor at faculty dances. He was a jazz enthusiast and particularly loved Dixieland and Sidney Bechet. In 1972, he took a sabbatical year in Geneva, Switzerland, with his family to study at the Jean Piaget Institute. After his retirement from New College, he was a visiting scholar at Duke University in the zoology department until 2003, pursuing his interest in evolution ary biology. Ginger Lyon '70 said of Dr. Smil lie, "Whether the field was develop mental psychology, evolutionary biology or epistemology, he was driven by one question: how do we know what we know? His teaching style reflected profound respect for the student and for the process of discovery. His innate curiosity invit-continued on p. 18 NIMBUS Summer 2006 17


'Our relationship was that of kindred spirits' (Thi.s is the text of a remembrance given by Steve Parsch '74 at the memorial celebrating David Smillie's life, April15, 2006.) It is difficult to know where to begin and where to end when I tell you about David. There are so many memories I want to convey, so many stories I could tell. Our friendship reaches back over 30 years, when we first met at New College-me the brash new student, he the man who became my greatest teacher, my mentor. Our relationship was that of kindred spirits on a par allel course of intellectual pursuit. Throughout the years of our intellec tual friendship, he displayed a rare character, honesty and integrity, as well as an equally rare willingness to let our relationship evolve from stu dent and professor to equals We were, over the years, colleagues, coauthors and sounding boards for each other's ideas, while always friends and brothers in the life of the mind When he thought his position strong, well-thought-out and sup ported by data, David was more than willing to stand his ground. I remember him leading a discussion Contributions to honor Smillie continued from p. 17 ed it and his rigorous discipline demanded it." Contributions in Dr. Smillie's memory may be made to either the Carter Center Peace Programs, One Copenhill, 435 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307; or the National Resource Defense Counsel, 40 W 20th St., New York, NY 10011. 18 NIMBUS Summer 2006 on Julian Janes's new work at a con ference where he defended his view point against another professor. The debate was active and complex, yet the tone was always gentlemanly. David defended his position with a characteristic marshalling offact, reference and well-reasoned theory of his own. But we both knew, at times, all it takes is one nasty, ineluctable fact to shatter a well-rea soned argument. I remember our studying neuronal habituation for several weeks to see if a small but critical part of a supposition held true. One of my key memories was a discussion we had on the Smillies' creen porch in Sarasota, itself a model of biodiversity. David showed me a homemade polyhedron and gestured to the labeled points on its surface: culture, society, individual, biology, environment. At the time he was leaving Piaget and developmen tal psychology behind, in favor of evolutionary theory. The polyhedron began several years of discussion that moved us through genic and individual selection with Dawkins and Maynard-Smith, to group selec tion with Wynn-Edwards and evolu tion beyond the species level. Slowly we developed and expanded our ideas into a more comprehensive study of selection levels from the molecular to the clade. We were lost in thought but always looking for the data, not only to support but also to refute the argument that could not hold. The requirement, to critically attempt falsification of a hypothesis, came out of our study of Karl Popper and the philosophy of science. But David's integrity was far more than just intellectual. We may have often resided in a world outside continued on p. 19 Psychology profe.ssor David Smillie and Stete Parsch '74 enjoyed a colla bom tivefriend s hip t h a t l asted i n to t h e sclw lar'sfinal yea r s


John Roewert, hit by car while bicycling on Tamiami Trail, would have graduated in May Philosophy major John Roewert '01 was killed Jan. 18 when the bicycle he was riding was struck by a motor vehicle on U.S. 41 just south of campu He would have graduated in May. A ceremony in memory of Roew ert was held Jan. 22 on the bay front behind College Hall. New Col lege President Mike Michalson offi ciated at the ceremony, which drew family and friends from across the campus community and from throughout the Tampa Bay area, including several faculty members from St. Petersburg College, which Roewert attended prior to transfer ring to New College in 2003. All remembered Roewert as a dedicat ed student, a compassionate and forgiving friend, an aspiring actor and chef, and a loving son. "There can be no explaining the awful happenstance that has led to John's sudden accidental death, and this is not a time for glib words and easy consolations;' said Michalson in opening the ceremony. ''What happened is a reminder of the terri ble truth that, quite frankly, life is not fair. I suspect John him elf would take a great interest in how the college community that he loved would respond to this unfair ness, and it is only fitting that we begin that process by sharing recol lections of him in this setting that meant so much to him." As a philosophy major, Roewert had a special interest in the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche and Michel Foucault. But friends and family also remembered him for his love of acting, his accomplished culinary skills, his often flamboyant dress (a variety of hats and a brown suede jacket were trademarks), and his absolute passion for the pursuit of knowledge and new challenges. During his time at New College, Roewert would use the summer break as an opportunity to travel to New York and pur ue his interest in acting. He landed roles as an extra in the award-winning film A Beau tiful Mind and in the television show Dawson's Creek. He also trav eled to Spain and made the pil grimage to Santiago de Compostela. continued on p. 20 Telephone calls that created 'intellectual joy' continued from p. 18 time, a world of complexity, but he never really forgot the important aspects of personal relationships and the world around him. Because of our ability to become lost in ideas, he once looked at me conspiratorially and said, "You and I aren't very well socialized, are we, Steve?" Yet even when he didn't recall a name in 10 seconds, he remembered the essence of the relationship One time in his office he was signing my transcript and didn't recall the year. But whether it was for the people and causes he cared about, or our planet for which he had the deepest con cern, I believe he was in the moment when it truly counted. In more recent years I looked forward to our regular phone calls and visits to North Carolina. Interactive levels of selection were a part of our theory now as we mailed and faxed articles, notes and writing back and forth. We talked nearly every Satur day, 10 a.m. Eastern time. In the hour or so of our talks, David and I lived for the intellectual joy that infuses a well-formulated argu ment. We moved through the molecular to the macro, beyond synthesis to symbiosis, incorporat ing the importance of a single strand of RNA, while we thought about the fundamental nature of Gaia, the evolution of the planet as a living system. We began to formu late an alternative to standard selection theory, incorporating mul tiple levels of selection with symbio sis as the key component. These were some of the happiest intellectu al moments I ever experienced. I believe he felt the same. When I would visit David and Anna in North Carolina, my little travel suitcase was always stuffed with notes, articles and ideas. Each time I visited, Duke University, which was across the road, had a fireworks display the first night. I may have usually visited during alumni week. But I think, perhaps, that it was Anna who arranged the welcome. The heights, colors and variation seemed l ike a mirror of the day's discussion. Yet one of my strongest memmies continued on p. 20 NIMBUS Summer 2006 19


Roewert remembered as charming, studious continued from p. 19 Following graduation thi May, he hoped to travel to France, where he planned to travel the French coun try ide by bicycle and hone his cooking and travel \\Titing skills. "John lived his life more fully in 24 years than I could ever hope to;' said his father Raymond while fighting back tear during the serv ice. "I can proudly say that we were more than just father and son; we were be t friends." Roewert's mother, Rochelle, and numerous childhood friend and family members from the Clearwater area also attended the ceremo ny Many of them, along with stu dents and faculty from New Col lege, shared tbei r memories of John's life. "John Roewert was one those men you meet and you just know you have met a masterpiece of a human being;' wrote his friend Marina WiUiams '02 in a remembrance for Nimbus. "A charming personality, studiou mind-set, and with dance moves that would make any man jealous and any woman want to kip a trot with tbi jack-of-all-trades, Mr. Roewert was one of a kind. Always adventurous, be traveled through Spain on a pilgrimage, had brushes with fame in the Big Apple as an actor, and was famou for wearing a brown jacket, telling corny jokes, and calling his father Pop The charisma of such a dynamic friend to New Col lege and the world at large will never be forgotten.'' In his honor, and at the request of Roewert's family, New College ha established the John Roewert Memorial Fund to support theater and drama programs at the college. For information on how you can contribute to the fund, please contact the New College Foundation at 941-487-4800. Checks and money orders for the fund may also be sent directly to the foundation at the fol']ohn Roewert lowing address: New College Foun dation, John Roewert Memorial Fund, 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sara sota, FL 34243-2109. David and Anna Smillie's graceful dance recalled continued from p. 19 is of another side of David, the David who loved life, loved his family, loved Anna. I remember a warm evening under the stars and royal palms at New College. It was a midterm party, which at New College was always a bit more Bacchus than Bertrand Russell. Rock music burst through the speakers as a couple approached the edge of the dance. Elegantly untouched by events around them, he offered hi arm. She accepted with a nod barely perceived by any one, save them. Their hands lightly touched. He held her gently at the waist; she rested his shoulder with 20 li\1BUS Summer 2006 her fingertips. Moonlit, they danced acros the water of the courtyard, their long necks graceful in the night, a dance of swans. Their wake rippled among us. We were drawn to their private symphony, though we could not hear. When their music opened to silence, he offered his arm once again. They walked from the courtyard into the embrace of night. David never believed in life after death. He held to the idea that there was nothing beyond these few moments of consciou ness. But when we last talked I told him I believed that eminent scienti ts are tho e who unlock the great and sub tle mysteries I encouraged him to take the attitude of an empirical sci entist when he experienced the deep est mystery of all. We talked about the openness to scientific progress that characterized our lives, and how that intellectual attitude might be a bridge for him soon. Not a belief but an experience. Not a theory but an event. He pointed to hi fingerboard: "Good Always open to our di cu sion of alternatives, even when he held a firm belief. Just a day or o ago, as I was missing my dear friend, I thought I heard him say in a voice younger than I am now, ''Don't be sad, teve, for it is, after all, rather glorious."


CLASS NOTES Faculty Arthur MeA Miller write : ow retired as profe sor emeritus of literature from the Divi ion of Humanities of ew Col lege of Florida, 'Mac'-together with his wife NCF grad Melanie Hubbard and ix-ycar-old daughter Kylie-keep bu y fighting for historic preservation and justice in the South Shore area of Hills borough County, where their home i on the ational Regi ter of Historic Place and the list of Landmarks of Hillsbor ough County. Mac also edi occasional i ues of New CollAge magazine, a liter ary-art journal now in its 31 t year of publication. Contact Mac for back i sues or subscriptions. 1965 Robin Day Glenn '65 writes: "Looking back, I realize that attending ew Col lege and meeting the people I met there was the be t thing that ever happened to me-next to meeting and marrying my husband, Forrest Beeson, in 1988. Forrest manages my law firm, which specializes exclusively in transactional franchise law and which is located one mile from our home. Please call or email us-we'll be happy to hear from you." leslie Schockner '65 i living in Oregon and writes, "I am always interested to make contact with other ew College alums, and curious to know and share what kind oflife the C experience has engendered for its survivors." luke Salisbury '65 received word that his new novel, Hollywood and Sunset (reviewed in the Winter 2006 Nimbus), wa nan1ed a finalist for the Benjamin Franklin and ForeWord Magazine awards for fiction. The book al o received an honorable mention from the Independent Publi her Book Awards. In May, Luke autographed his book in Washington at BookExpo America, the nation's large t publishing trade show, and helped Edna Paulson '65 run the booth of hi publi her, Shambling Gate Press, while Shambling Gate's propri etor laurie Paulson '65 and Cheryl Hoffman '65, were in Sarasota attend ing the NCAA board meeting. 1966 Steven Marsden '66 has been temporar ily employed at the Iowa City Public Library since 1982. Don Aronoff '66 writes, "I have retired after 24 years as executive director of Southern Hills Counseling Center and 35 year in the wonderful world of men tal health. I am looking forward to explormg my curiosity." 1968 We received word that Dorothy M. Robertson '68 has pa sed away. We have no information beyond that. 1969 Gary Howell '69 write "Was a math professor at Florida Tech in Melbourne from 1986-2001. Filthy lucre drew me away to industrial high-performance computing, but have reverted to acade mia to the extent of doing computational science at .C. tate. Wife, adia; children, oura and Zach. oura is cur rently a student at the orth Carolina High School of Science and Mathemat ics and has New College on her li t of possible Dennis Saver '69 \vrite : 'Thank to the ational Health Service, I spent 10 years doing family medicine in rural We t Virginia. I moved back to Vero Beach, Fla., in 1990 and have had all three sons graduate and move on to college. I was president of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians in 2004-5, and lucky enough to have been the American Academy of Family Physician Family Physician ofthe Year in 2000. I gave a medical torie lec ture at a C alumni weekend a few years ago to a crowded room of at least six people in Hamilton Center. Home comings are like that." 1970 john Mueller '70 writes: "I recently received an EdM from HGSE and am teaching a graduate cour e in Human Behavior in Organizations at Southern New Hampshire University. I moved to N.H. and went back to commercial real estate brokerage in Port mouth in order to pay the bills, but the teaching helps keep me ane. My daughter is a poet and dance-floor maven at Reed College in Portland. Her enior intern hip will be with Copper Canyon Publi hing in Port Townsend, Wash. Drop a line and come vi it our home on the Exeter River. Lots offun and relaxation!" 1971 Steve jacobson '71 write : "I've been divorced ince 2002, my daughter Emily is a fresh person at Grinnell College, and I'm mo tly fini hed with the refurbi h ment and modifications to the condo I bought over the ummer. I'm till work ing on getting my recumbent bicycle on the market, and I'm very close, but orthwe tern keeps sucking up my time, damn them. If anybody' intere ted in inve ting in what should be a lucrative business, I'm looking for funding. I'm happy to hare the profits with orne body who can help me get off the ground. Write or call." Douglas Stinson '71 writes: "My current job i director of new product development for Laserscope Inc. Laserscope 1MB S Summer 2006 21


CLASS NOTES (CONTINUED) develops and manufactures surgical lasers and other light-based treatment system I am chair of the 'creative' sec tion of the regional photographic society 6C and active in the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), specializing in providing communica tion in a disaster through amateur radio. I am starting to be involved with the wedenborgian Church of an Fran cisco, which, in addition to having an interesting theology, is located in a building which was recently named a National Landmark for its influence on the development of the California Arts and Crafts 1973 Darryl Myer '73 writes, "I recently completed a master's degree in history at Florida State University and am cur rently progressing toward a PhD in the same ubject at the arne university. I love to hear from people! E-mail me at" 1978 Ander on Brown '78 write am a phi losophy professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. Wife, Grisell; daughter, Sophia." 1979 Valerie Alger '79 is living in Del Mar, Calif., and work for Oxford University Pres, Higher Education Division. Elizabeth Mackenzie '79 writes: wAfter several years of doing research and administrative work at Penn's School of Medicine, I defected to the School of Arts and Science where I design and teach undergraduate cour es in human istic medicine. I have a 10-year-old daughter, Maxine, and am expecting my ALUM IN PRINT John J. Lentini '69 Scientific Protocols for Fire Investiga tion (CRC Press, 2006) The first book of its kind in full color, this new text describes the rela tionship between science and fire, and how that should translate into scientific fire investigations. The author distills thirty years offorensic science laborato ry and fire scene investigation experi ence into a textbook that contains the obligatory chemistry and physics, as well as actual instructions for approaching the problem of how to determine the cause of a fire and exam ine evidence collected at fire cenes. The text goes beyond protocols and procedures, describing the myths that 22 IMBUS Summer 2006 have plagued arson investigation and the major ources of error in fire inves tigations. Real cases, demonstrating the effects of myths and errors on real people, make much of the text acce i ble to nonscientists, who are the ulti mate consumers of the profession's work product. second child, a boy, any day now! I am active in community theater (under the stage name Mackenzie Reid) and pro gressive politics (secret identity-just kidding!) time and energy permitting, and am a student of yoga and qigong. I have adopted the following mottoes for the decade of my forties: 'If you always do what interests you, then at least one person i pleased' (Katherine Hepburn); and 'There is no try' (Yoda). I end my affectionate regards to my old friends from C." 1980 Carolyn Meerzo '80 writes: "I'm cur rently a software engineer, re ponsible for networking device driver software at Intel. I'm married with two children and a dog. We all live near Portland, Oregon, halfway to the coast." 1982 Mark l. Nuckols '82 writes"For what it's worth, I likely will graduate in June with my MBA. My busine created a media circu for a while, and in June I leave the U.S. for a trip to orth Africa, Balkans, Ukraine, Caucasu Central Asia, China, Korea, Japan." (Editor's note: Hufu is tofu that tastes like human flesh, providing the experience of cannibali m without actu ally eating anybody.) Austin Works '82 writes that he i a tro phy husband in splendid isolation behind gates in a college town. He has three partially housebroken children, an Internet habit, and endless DIY projects. 1983 Carolyn Miller '83 has returned to the United States after living in Japan and England for several years. She worked


in IT suppott for five years, but now has her own business as a freelance writer. Thomas Graef '83 writes, "I now work as a chaplain at the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, working with the homeless, mentally ill and addicted. I still do medical illustration, video production and art on the 1984 Allen Hopper '84 wtites: "I left my job at the California Appellate Project, doing death penalty defense work, in August 2004. I am now at the ACLU's Drug Law Reform Project (DLRP), which recently relocated to Santa Cruz from New Haven, Conn. It's a small but growing office, 10 people now, including six attorneys. We are a project of the ACLU's national legal department, and are the only national litigation program addressing civil rights and civil liberties violations arising from the government's drug policies. The DLRP's mission is to end punitive policies that feed an unprecedented level of incarceration and result in widespread violation of constitutional rights. The DLRP seeks especially to address the racial and con stitutional impacts of current drug poli cies. We litigate cases in federal courts across the country, challenging restric tions on medical marijuana, violation of students' rights to privacy in schools, drug testing, racial profiling in drug enforcement, religious freedom, government benefits policies and rave promot er prosecution by the DEA. We also pro vide legal support to drug reform efforts at the local, state and national levels. We have both undergraduate and law student internship opportunities. I am coordinating our school-year and sum mer law student internship program, and encourage New College students and alums in law school to apply. More information is available at our website, On a more personal note, I'm learning to surf, still rock climbing, and riding my mountain bike as much as I can get away \vith on some of the most beautiful trails in the world, with amazing panoramic views of the Pacific. And the biggest news is that I'm getting married in October 2006. Life is good!" 1985 Keith Mills '85 is dean of students and a teacher of government at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Vir ginia. Eric Howard '85 graduated from New College in physics/math, then earned his MA at the University of Rochester in 1991. He received his PhD in physics from the University of Rochester in 1996. He did postdoctoral work in astrophysics >vith the 2MASS project at UMASS Amherst from 1996 to 2001. He ha.c; taught high school physics (along with astronomy and robotics) at Longmeadow, Mass., since 2001 and lives with his long-term partner (since late 1996). Eric Siegel'85 w1ites: "Looking for 'what's next.' Have been reviewing jobs overseas, in other cities, etc. This is a necessary search that may lead me else where or back to where I am. I'm sure others have experienced this process. Feel free to email me about your search at" Vanya Pryputniewicz '85 writes: "I've been back at Grand Canyon National Park since December 1993. In 1997, I passed tvvo milestones: I began my new career \vith the National Park Service trail crew and I got married. The trail crew career was a success; the marriage ended amicably in divorce in 2003. I continue to enjoy endless hours on the trails of Grand Canyon National Park, hiking and riding mules for the purpose of trail maintenance. I am training in historic preservation skills for a possible career shift in coming years from the intensely physical occupation of trails worker to something that still allows working with my hands outdoors but with less vigor required!" 1986 Michael Lundy 86 writes: "After return ing to college on 1/06, I find myself thinking about NC days-what I learned, what I missed, what I miss about NC. I an1 looking now to finish the job of becoming a writer, a process I began prior to NC, but perfected listening to professors at College Hall, living in the Pei Donns, visiting Sarasota Bay, playing ball with The Bones and, a few times, meeting with Ms. J. B. Cook in her place of business. Strangely beautiful how good memories pervade and defeat times of personal struggle. That is what NC is." Warren "Curt" Leimbach '86 married Kana Harada in 2000. They have two dogs and are happy doing the domestic thing. Samples of Curt's work can be seen at\vw.war 1987 Gina Lanier '87 has been working at USF in Tampa since 2002. Her personal webspace can be found at www.mind -ginalanier. Mike Campbell '87 writes, "I am cur rently working as a faculty member in behavioral science/psychology at the School of Clinical Medicine and Research, University of the West Indies-Cave Hill." We note "vith pleasure the flow of post cards from Cheryl Horner Sirulnick '87. Cheryl is the owner of Gigantic! Produc tions and produced Fat Camp, an MTV movie documentary, and produced and directed True Life: I'm Moving to New York. Both pieces aired this winter. Air ing May 4 was 'lhle Life : I'm Getting My Big Break, the second in this series. NIMB S Summer 2006 23


CLASS NOTES (CONTINUED) larry Vernaglia '87 chaired the Seventh Annual Hospital and Health Care Law Conference in May in Bo ton. William Ansel Webb '87 died October 2 2005. Ansel graduated with a degree in political cience and cultural anthropology. He was a music therapi t and enjoyed being a tutor of the Internet and computer program He worked as an independent real estate title examiner. He i urvived by his parents and four siblings. Condolence may be sent to the family at 1988 lara Step Ieman '88 i a member of the faculty at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga., Department ofP ychia try and Health Behavior. Keith Forbes '88 writes: "After leaving grad school at IU, I got married and pent a year and a half in a village in Zambia. I then worked for USAID in Washington, D.C., for four year Follow ing that, I worked in Portugal for three years, and have now returned to the D.C. area. I work at my first corporate job. and it is not so different from other thing I have done. My field is global climate change. I have a son and two cats." Kristi Coulter '88 write "John ( John Sindelar '87 ) and I recently relocated to cattle, Wash., where I direct U.S. and Canadian editorial operation for Ama's book and media product lines and John continues to run SeedCode, hi software company. We'd love to hear from old friends in the cattle 1989 Malcolm Maclachlan '89 is a reporter and photographer for the Capitol Week l;IJ, a new paper covering California state politics in Sacramento. In recent 24 NIMB S Summer 2006 months he has written about topics from tem cell research to the pecial election, and was on the California Sen ate floor when it became the first state,vid legi lative body to approve a gay marriage bill (later vetoed by Gov. chwarzenegger). Anthony Salveggi '89 graduated with an MA from the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at USF St. Peters burg in May 2006. "IIello to my feliO\\ ovo Collegians." Gilda Saakes '89 writes, "Our daughter Reese is almo t three years old and love hanging out \vith fellow alum off spring Domenic and Lily lisa Reedich '89 is a full-time student at Bryn Mawr College's Graduate chool of Social Work and Social Re earch and remain employed part-time as a linguist on a grant-funded re earch project. 1990 Sylvia Youssefi '90 writes: ''Hey Kiddies! How doe it feel to be all grown up?! I live in Stamford, Conn.,ju t 40 minutes from NYC, in a little wild pocket of hills. We have turkeys, coyotes and deer aplenty in the backyard and the roads are all curvy and hilly around here. I work in wealth management now, man aging and trading equity portfolios, but I promise I am still nice and don't bite. In my spare time I write a lot of poetry and am working on a memoir, or I just mountain bike or do some good old yoga. I am getting married this Decem ber, take a look at our Web ite if you're mighty curious: www.javierandsylvia .com. I'd love to hear from y'all!" Michael Rodriguez '90 is currently prac ticing law with the firm of Gun ter, Yoakley & Stewart PA, in Fort Laud erdale, I<1a. He i a member of the Leisure and Re orts Practice Group, focusing on condominiums and hotel condominium real e tate development and re ort management in the United States and Latin America. Sean Healy '90 married Kirsten Cooke in 1999. Daughter Corinna joined up in 2003. Sean works for the Fore t Service as an ecologi t when not skiing. Michael Rothbaum '90 writes, "I will be officially ordained as a rabbi from the Academy for Je\vi h Religion in ew York City on May 25, 2006. Yay!" lila Ellen Gray '90 writes: ul completed my PhD in cultural anthropology at Duke in 2005. I am currently an assi -tant professor of music at Columbia University and teach cour e in per formance studies, the social science of mu ic and ethnomusicology. I welcome contact from alum in the NYC area!" 1991 Gregory Mann '91 is married to ew College alum Jeanie Hoehn '89. He recently graduated from Univer ity of Georgia-Athens with a master's in pub lic administration. They have six cat and no kids yet. Gregory began working at NASA headquarter in Washington in July 2004 on a two-year Presidential Management Fellowship. He is currently as igned to the Office of the Chief Information Officer, coordinating e-gov ernment activitie for the agency. Richard Butgereit '91 is living in Talla hassee and working as a biologist. Nick Tampio '91 writes: "Things are going well for me professionally. Last year, I received my PhD in political the ory from Johns Hopkin and took a vis iting position at Hamilton College. I received trong teaching evaluation and they extended my position for another year. In the fall, I'll be back on


the market. In the meantime, I'm revis ing several articles and working on my book manuscript on Kant' legacy in contemporary political theory. Personally, things couldn't be better. Gina and I were married two years ago and in December our son, Giuliano, was born. Ile is happy, healthy, curious, and a constant source of joy." 1992 Kate Chapman '92 received her BA in neurobiology and worked for Rick Doblin '71 as a psychedelic re earchcr, then received an MFA from Pratt Institute (2004). Po t-ew College habitats: LA, Seattle, NYC. She i currently mak ing fine art sculptures using high-tech rapid prototyping equipment, 3D scan ning and 3D animation software. Kimberly Krohner '92 writes, "After graduating ew College, [ moved to Colorado and worked for the Colorado Outward Bound School in their moun tain program. Currently, I live in Alaska and work as a pilot in the United States Air Force." 1993 Alex Manning '93 writes, "Hey y'all! I'm working as a movie trailer editor in L.A. Look me up if you live in that uburban hell that is Los Angeles." Edmond (Ned) Byrne '93 writes: ''Life has changed much. I am married and, consequently, sport a mustache. This is my beth year teaching middle school. This year, I'm teaching Engli h to 120 inspiring students in the eighth grade. Thanks to o Child Left Behind legis lation, their ages run from 12 to 17. I do enjoy the challenge, though. I'd love to hear from old friends. Give me a ring or drop me an e-mail." Annette Maddox '93 write "I got mar ried, changed my name from Mulhol land to Maddox. I now live in Cortez "vith my husband, Rick, and my two sons, Christopher Mulholland and 'Tres' Richard C. Maddox, III." Jennifer Fox Wareham 93 is living in New Zealand and loving it. She is work ing with racehorses at the track as well as playing vet nurse at a local clinic. Jennifer says, "More cows than people out here, o come have a glass of milk with me." Shelly Denkinger '93 i a PhD student in comparative philosophy at University of Hawaii-Manoa 1994 Stephen Wilder '94 writes, "If it weren't for my horse, I wouldn't have spent that year in college." Matthew Grieco '94 expects to graduate from law school in May and to take the New York bar exam in July. This fall he "vill begin a two-year law clerkship "vith the staff attorney's office of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in ew York City. He can be reached at jesse Abrams '94 is living in Flagstaff, Ariz., in the pines on the edge of the de ert. He works all over Arizona and New Mexico, and says, "Give me a shout if you're in the Southwest!" Sara Graham '94 has been very busy. In her day job she work as a ustainable de ign specialist at HOK, where she researches sustainable design strategies and materials, tracks and document HOK's LEED projects, and markets HOK's su tainable projects and philo ophy. She has also created a road map for ustainable operations for all of HOK's 22 offices and tracks progress yearly. She is currently the vice pre ident and communications chair of the St. Louis Sustainable Buildings Co-op. In Sara's other life he works a a belly dancer using the dance name of Sumaiya; she began belly dancing in 1996. She is now dancing in private engagement and cultural events in t. Loui She teaches beginning belly dance and offers a Girls' ight In group belly dance elas e\'ent. 1995 Robert Scopel '95 is working at Ray mond James Financial in St. Petersburg, Fla. He is enrolled at Capella Univer ity (online) pursuing his MBA in market ing. He and Li a married on September 23, 2004, and their son, Robert Jo eph, was born June 9, 2005. Evan Gunter '95 attended New College for two years, and then bounced around schools in Alabama and Germany, earn ing his degree in contemporary art, eco nomics and German from the ew Col lege of the University of Alabama. He currently works in PR and i in charge of press relations for Jacob Pillow Dance Festival, America's oldest dance festival, which features contemporary dance companies from around the world. Dave Doherty '95 is in the dissertation tage of a PhD in political science at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He recently taught at ew College as an Alumni Fellow. T. Jay Brown '95 writes: "Hi everyone! I have recently associated with Money Consultants Inc., a private money lender in Sarasota, Florida, as in-house coun sel. I've been living in Sarasota for a lit tle over a year and a half now with my fiancee, Alexis. We are both planning on ome big moves forward over the next year or so. I would love to hear from any fellow NC types who would like to catch up." Sara Stein '95 write ''While at Tew College I was heavily involved with the Dance Tutorial. I recently moved from LA to Austin, Texas, to dance \vith Calyx NIMBUS Summer 2006 25


CLASS NOTES (CONTINUED) Dance Company." Calyx was founded by Meg ( Rodenbusch ) Glascoff '95 Phil Levie 9 5 i heading to UCLA to enter one of their film program 1996 Ethan Hirsch-Tauber '96 \vTites: chang are happening in my life. In June I returned from five amazing month of traveling in India and South east Asia. I am ju t moving to Washing ton, D.C., to tart a po ition as a build ing science specialist for D&R Interna tional, an energy and environmental consulting firm. Mo t importantly, I have ju t become engaged to my won derful partner, Kate." Jes sica Turner '96 is happily living in Exuma, Bahamas. Kimberly Franklin '96 wrote to her pro fe sor Sandra Gilchrist and Elzie McCord: thought I would \\Tite to you both to let you know that I am doing well and, in particular, that I received a Fulbright grant to go to Mexico! I am tudying land-u e change and its effects on ant communities in the Sonoran De ert of northern Mexico. I'm in my third year of a PhD program. It's like doing a senior thesis, just on a much larger cale!" Anne Ooten '96 writes, currently working as a grant writer at Vizcaya Mu cum and Gardens in Miami. I al o recently got married on January 21, 2006." Michael Palmieri '96 is attending the College Student Affairs MEd program at USF (graduation: May 2007). He i the graduate hall director and i glad to be back in Florida. Sarah Young (Deweese) '96 writ "I'm in my third year of a P yD program at JFKU. I was married in 2003 to Tony Dewee e. I have a Bassett hound named Molly. I find out where I \vill do my pre doctorate internship in about two weeks!" Marisa Gerstein Pineau '95 sent in the e wedding photos. he wTites: "The alums in the fir t picture are (in order of appearance): Dave Doherty '95 and A viva Maid man '95 in front, and Phil Levie '95, Jon Spector '97, Nicole Ganzekaufer '96, Kathryn Prosch '97, Elizabeth Elia '97, and Jeremy Collins '92. Jon Cooper '96, Maggie Ray '97, Gabe Pacyniak '97, Pooja Gehi '96, and Oliver luby '91 were there as well. I've also attached a picture of myself and my husband (still weird to ay that word), who e name is Bernard Pineau. The wedding was June 4 at my synagogue in Falls Church, Va. So, the update are that I am now Ma1i a Gerstein Pineau, and I am leaving the ::-J"ational Academies to enter UCLA's graduate program in sociology thi fall." 26 1'-.!MBUS Summer 2006 Alisdair lee '96 v.Titcs: "In 2005, the rock band that I led, Jessie Diamond and The Thousand, won be t independent band in NYC in the College Music Journal. I am now working on other mu ical projects while serving as an administrator in the field of investor relation Having developed good rela tion hip \vith temp agenci in Manhat tan, I have been able to assist fiiends, including ome New College grad in obtaining decent temp work in NYC. So any new or long-standing grads in NYC can feel encouraged to contact me as a resource for temp Sara Irwin '96 i. living near Boston and \\Tites, Ml'm the priest at an Episcopal church in Waltham, where I live. I have tvvo cats and a husband named oah." 1997 Kathryn Prosch '97 and Jon Cooper '95 are happily living in London, but are not married, as we erroneou ly reported in the last Nimbus. Oops. lauren Payne '97 write MHey kids! I ju t got Becky Schaaf '97 has returned from Ghana, We t Africa, where h was working as a Peace Corps volunteer, and is now working for an international nonprofit development organization, CHF International. Jason Grimste '97 sends his Web site, \VV.' Elizabeth Epstein '97 is working on a doctorate in clinical pharmacy and i pur uing manife t de tiny. Michael Kane (Botzenmayer ) '97 i till doing well in Atlanta \vith his \vifc, Sarah Kane. "I took her name when we married (from Botzenmayer to Kane), not the other way around. Her name is


not Sarah Botzenmayer! I am traveling a lot for my con ulting job-Canada, Denmark, Chile, possibly Au tralia and India later this year. Hello everybody!" Kim Walker '97 writes: "So here s a quick update. I've recently received my doctorate in clinical p ychology in the fall of 2005 from the California School of Professional Psychology, and I am working as a psychotherapist with foster children and families. In other big and exciting news, Dan Miller '97 and I are officially engaged as ofNYE 2005, and we're aiming to have a pring 2007 wed ding! Dan and I live together in San Francisco. He works in the video game industry as a designer. We would love to hear from long lost C friends, especially if you're in the area. E-mail me at" Austin Eliazar '97 writes, "I married Rachel Eliazar '99 (nee Mintz) at New College in January 2005. I graduated from Duke with a PhD in artificial intel ligence December 2005. I am working for a startup in RTP, designing robotic overlords." lisa Kuhn '97 writes, "After graduating New College, I went to UWF in Pen sacola and obtained a BS in medical technology. I'm currently in Jack on, Miss., working as a medical technolo gist I'm considering going back to chool for a master's degree in biotech nology or maybe medical school, but right now I'm enjoying finally being out of school." 1998 Shanon Ingles '98 resides in the liberal oasis of Au tin, Texas, where he works in film, journalism and marketing. Shanon run her O\vn electronic magazine called Recharge ( and is currently inteming for Detour Film Pro ductions (Richard Linklater's tudio). Recently, she received a James A. Mich ener Fellowship of $5,000 from the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a mas ter of fine arts in screenwriting. She is the author of two unproduced feature-length creenplays and reports for Austin's Downtown Planet. To reach Shan on email her at Ayleen Perez '98 w1ites: "I've been in Austin, Texas, since graduating from New College in 2001. In many ways, this city hare the values and community found at ew College so my transition was relatively seanlless. I'm currently working and plucking away at a master's program in maniage and family therapy at Texas State University. I'm really happy here and encourage anyone to top by and vi it on your way east or west." Christie DeBoer Ferguson '98 writes, "I am currently working as a zookeeper and educator at Bear Mountain State Park. I will begin a dual graduate degree program at Bard College in environ mental policy and teaching." 1999 Nicole Burris '99 i an academic coordi nator at a distance learning high school. ''We totally advertise during Jerry Springer. James Madi on High School 4 eveh!" SarahJayn Kemp '99 i teaching fifth grade language arts and social studies at Dunbar Magnet School in Tampa, Florida, her hometown. She loves working \vith the little ones. Hanyi Zhuang '99 wrote Sonia Wu '81: "As you might know, I am working on a PhD in genetics and genomics at Duke right now. I am a second-year, doing a lot of lab stuff every day. I am also look ing into going to med chool after my PhD. I know that sound like a long education, but I am really interested in both of them. I wasn't very crazy about lab work when I first started, but now I am eeing more and more fun in ci ence. I wanted to tell you that I started an origami club at Duke this semester! I thought Duke should have something like we have at New College. I still haven't held any meetings yet, since I have been ex'tremely busy lately. But I wi\1 be holding an origami workshop at Duke's Student Health Center." Rachel Eliazar '99 write "I married Au tin Eliazar at College Hall in January 2005. I graduated from Georgeto\vn with a master's in physiology July 2004. Cur rently temping and playing as much pool as pos ible." 2000 lawrence Bowdish '00 i enrolled in the PhD program in American history at Ohio State Univer ity. Jessica Mazza '00 is a graduate student in public health (behavioral health). She is also working at the USF Department of Psychiatry as a clinical research coor dinator. Robin Jacobs '00 write "I am living in Baltimore, Maryland, and working at a nonprofit called the Parks & People Foundation. In the fall, I tart law school at the University of Maryland-Baltimore, where I am hop-CHANGES New addres New College of Florida 5800 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL 34243-2109 New phone numbers NCAA office: 941-487-4900 Foundation: 941-487-4800 John Cranor: 941-487-4801 Other NC phone numbers change from 941-359-xxxx to, retaining their old final four digits. NIMBUS Summer 2006 27


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