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new COLLeGe nimBUS Volume 10, Number 3 New College Slavic Vocal Ensemble Chorus helps build community by Marsha Fottler Seven members of the New College Slavic Vocal Ensem ble went to Bulgaria during the first three weeks of August to gather singing material purchase instruments, and add to the collection of authentic costumes the group uses in performances Led by Professor Laura Olson who teaches Russian at New College, the group lived in a rural village near Sofia Summer-Fall 1994 Members of the ensemble took up residence in the homes of village grandmothers, some of whom do not read or write but all of whom are well versed in the folk music and traditions of the area. The New College singers hope to aug ment their musical repertoire and experience the kind of daily life that inspired Slavic songs and dances They also attended a professional singing workshop where they met with individual singers and groups from several regions of Bulgaria Continued on page 6 Laure/Isbister (left) and Kelly Harris (center) prac tice with Professor Laura Olson (right) for the New College Slavic Vocal Ensemble's trip to Bulgaria. CAA Seeks To evive Alumnae/i Chapters by Alexis Simendinger '75 When Robin Kirkpatrick 87 wanted to move to Atlanta a few years ago, she got in touch with the New College alumnae/i chapter in Atlanta and coordinator Ginger Lyon '70, whom she had never met. Lyon put Kirkpatrick up for a weekend while she hunted for a job and apartment, and through no special interven tion, Kirkpatrick wound up working where Lyon worked The two women-more than a decade apart in their New College experiences-remained in close contact while Kirkpatrick lived in the city. When Kirkpatrick this year de cided to attend graduate school in California, she and her fiance (a non-novocollegian) said they looked forward to tapping into an immediate social network through the New College alumContinued on next page


Chapter Revitalization rcontinuedfrompageJJ nae/i chapter in San Francisco, ac cording to Lyon, who is a psychiat ric nurse. Professional networking and so cial hob-nobbing are just two of the important roles played by for mal as well as informal regional "clans" of New College alums. Years ago, when the alumnae/i population was smaller, it was eas ier to keep in touch. "It's no longer just a little club of your buddies, Lyon said. Believing that alumnae/i chap ters benefit both former and cur rent students, New College and the New College Alumnae/i Asso ciation are gearing up to reinvigor ate the organization of chapters around the country. NCAA Presi dent David Smolker '72 and New College Dean and Warden Gordon "Mike" Michalson plan to visit a chapter near you in the near fu ture to talk about old times, new times and the importance of be ing true to your school. They will be contacting active and inactivE> chapters in a handful of cities to offer themselves up as guest atten dees at alumnae/i gatherings. If you are interested in playing host to a chapter reception in their honor, they ask that you tele phone or fax the NCAA office ( 813/359-4324) In addition to bringing news of New College directly to former students, Smolker and Michalson hope to revive the network of alumnae/i chapters dotted around the country. A number of once ac tive chapters are in a dormant phase, largely because they need one or more alums to organize an annual get-together, according to an informal survey conducted for this article. Tallahassee and Atlanta chap ters are thriving, but New York, Miami, and Chicago chapters are in search of alums willing to serve as coordinators and/or party hosts. Washington, D.C. has two willing coordinators for a chapter, but has experienced several sched uling misfires this spring and summer and plans to try again in the fall The San Francisco New College clan hasn't gathered in about four years ("Not a whole heck of a lot is going on out here, admitted chapter coordinator Mark Humbert '75, an attorney) and information about the Raleigh/Durham chapter in North Carolina is about three years old The NCAA would like to jump start chapters in Los Angeles, Denver, Philadelphia, Boston, and any other domestic or interna tional region that plays home to a collection of alums. Why is it important to have a strong chapter network? -/Chapters help current and fu,tztre New College students Stu dents interested in graduate edu cation and career advice often look to alums for support and ad vice Chapter events strengthen links between New College s heri tage and current campus life that can support its students. Chap ters are a political power base. For instance, Smolker this sum mer used the Tampa chapter or ganization to invite alums to meet with University of South Florida President Betty Castor to pro mote the needs of New College. Chapters also help New College admissions in its student recruit ment efforts by offering a ready organization capable of promoting their alma mater to high school students. New College is only as good as the quality students it at tracts. -/Chapters help former New Col lege students. You often hear it said that for such a small school, New College students seem to be everywhere. Tallahassee chapter coordinator Susan Sapoznikoff Foltz '83, an attorney discovered the truth in this when an emer gency room doctor she had de posed for a case turned out to be fellow alum, Lonnie Draper '75. Draper quickly was inducted into the chapter fold, and Foltz says she contacts him for informal advice when her work deals with medical subjects. Professional networking is a natural by-prod uct of chapter gatherings -/Chapters help the New College Alumnae/i Association The NCAA relies on the Nimbus news letter as its primary form of com munication to more than 2 400 students who have attended New College But unless you 're a dedi cated reader, or have served on the NCAA board it's unlikely you feel especially plugged in to New College in the 1990s. Chapters are a great conduit for NCAA out reach and a way to build alum nae/ i support for and feedback about specific NCAA programs such as alumnae/ i fellows and New College student grants. The more you know about the NCAA s good works, the more likely you are to contribute and/or participate That's why Smolker and Michalson will be taking to the road. -/Chapters are a good time. The coordinators of New College's most active chapters agree that 90 percent of their organization's rationale is social. "We like see ing each other and seeing the kids grow up," Lyon says of her core group At least once a year, chapters are an excuse to bring together al ums who may not travel to the Sarasota reunions who may not be of the same vintage, but who share a regional proximity and a sense of comraderie. Lyon re members meeting a man at an At lanta Braves game who intro duced himself because of the New College t-shirt she was wearing Having found a previously un known member of the fold, Lyon put him on the mailing list for the next Atlanta chapters pa1ty. For those who may be inter ested in starting or restarting chapters in your ruea, here are Continued on page 24 (back cover) Nimbus, Summer-Fall1994 -Page2


Plans Underway for New Dorms New College seeks to enhance its position as a residential college by Maria Fernande-z '90 and Carol Ann Wilkinson '64 From the earliest students, who reminisce about life in a Lido Beach hotel and on cots in the sci ence lab or Barn, to a recent stu dent government president, who described the Palm Court as the "Center of the Universe," novo collegians identify campus resi dence as an integral part of the New College experience. Yet the facts speak for themselves: there's space for barely 60 per cent of current students to live on campus. With the proposed en rollment increase to 650, the pre sent residence halls would accom modate less than half the student body. New College, from the begin ning, has affirmed its belief in the value of residential life in a liberal arts program Maintaining a high percentage of on campus residents, generally in the 70 80 percent range, enhances and devel ops a strong sense of community To accommodate the projected growth in student population while maintaing and enhancing the residential nature of the pro gram, campus planners have been seeking commitments for the con struction of a new dormitory These efforts have become more urgent as the occupancy rate in the existing dorms has exceeded 95 percent, with lotteries held each year to allocate the few avail able single rooms. Frequently, first-year students are temporarily housed in lounges until a room opens up. Matters are complicated by an increased interest in living on campus among returning students. That interest is one of the crucial fac tors fueling confidence that a new residence hall will be successful. Other factors encouraging the coalescence of efforts at this time include: strong support from in coming USF President Betty Cas tor, who hand delivered related documents to Tallahassee, expe diting movement along the bu reaucratic path leading to legisla tive approval for the issuance of $1.4 million in revenue bonds; a committee of New College Foun-New residence hall will have 20 apartments, each with four single bedrooms grouped with a living room, kitchen/dining room and two bathrooms. dation trustees headed by Thomas Brown of Sarasota, which developed a feasible financ ing plan; and an anonymous dona tion of $500,000 to pay for the preliminary architectural plans and help subsidize some of the construction costs, which will help keep the dorm rates competi tive. Through the combined efforts of the administration, students, trustees and numerous others, New College will have a new 20apartment residence hall to house 74 students, two resident assis tants (students) and one resident counselor Current plans call for construction to be completed by fall 1996. The new dorm will sup plement the housing available on campus now in three locations -the original Pei dorms, B-dorm (the only "letter" building still used for housing) and the Viking (the former Howard Johnson mo tel which provides single rooms at a premium rate) The dorm's location has been a much disputed issue. While there was considerable student senti ment for a site outside of the Pei complex that could make its own cultural statement, many student were concerned bout dividing the campus and weakening the sense of community at New College. Three sites considered. A west campus site west of the science buildings on the service road paralleling Dort Drive was ruled out because of insufficient physical plant infrastructure as well as uncertainty over the ex act configuration of academic and administrative additions planned for the Palmer campus. Additionally, some faculty mem bers expressed concerns about having classes so close to a large residence hall. On the east campus, the area between the Pei dorms and Bellm's Cars and Music ofYster day was considered. But uncer tainty over the future ownership and use of the Bellm's property made construction in that area unadvisable at this time. The other east side location, and the one chosen for the new dorm, is the area east of the ten nis courts and northeast of the swimming pool/fitness center, ad jacent to the oak grove. novo col legians who worked to save the oak grove a few years ago will be interested in knowing only lim ited removal of vegetation is be ing planned. The proposed floor plan has 20 apartments with four single bed rooms, each about the size of the B-dorm singles, grouped with a living room, kitchen/dining room and two bathrooms. There also will be a communal lounge area, laundry facilities and complete wiring for hook-ups to campus computing as well as for tele phone and cable. The plan was Continued on next page Nimbus, Summer-Fall1994 -Page 3


Experientia Education and the Liberal Arts An alum and a current student discuss experiential education in general and its practice as service learning at New College. by Nat Schwartz '70 When I began my first year at New College, I had no particular intention of doing an internship. One year later, fueled by a desire to explore the world, I headed off to Washington for a year's internship with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. During that year I had the chance to work with terrific lawyers and field workers. After a long break-in period spent showing them what I could do, I became active in a project that aimed at cutting off water and sewer funds to communities that didn't live up to civil rights requirements. Our test case was in then-Vice President Agnew's territory-which he was not happy about. In those wonderfully paranoid days I got anonymous calls from civil servants with confiden tial information, gained backdoor access to files I wasn't supposed to see, and participated in acrimoni ous meetings with powerful politicians. A wonderful year. It changed my vocational interests and helped me develop my own sense of what I needed to learna considerably broader set of questions than I had started with. As important as "experiential education" was for me, it is potentially more important for students to day. Today's world is much more hostile to the stu dent as job-seeker, and ever more requires the job holder to be an innovator, taking risks in both what is done and how it is done, as organizations seek to find the forms that will keep them vibrant, efficient and competitive. How a liberal arts by Amy Stultz Service-learning is the latest trend in higher educa tion. Colleges are turning to service-learning as the next best thing to rev up their education programs. New College also is working on making service-learning a part of the educational experience thanlls to the efforts of a student organization, the Center for Serv ice-Learning (CSL). The center recently received an $1100 grant from the Florida Office of Campus Volun teers and we working on expanding our operations by sinlling roots into the campus community. One way CSL promotes service-learning is through matching students with activities and professors to form tutori als. As "service-learning" is an up and coming buz zword it's time to explain just what service-learning actually is. Service-learning is an educational philosophy which stresses experiential education, critical think ing and community involvement. Experiential educa tion requires students to by doing." Common examples include internships, hands-on training, and apprenticeships Critical thin/ling is the vital element students must master if they are to be truly educated. The ability to analyze and dissect dispassionately what would otherwise by accepted at face value is vi tal to any one who intends to be a social leader Bind ing these two elements is the value-laden term "com munity involvement." Essentially, it is CSL's goal that when a student pursues a service-learning project s/he will feel a connection to the peo education contributes to the student's Continued on next page ple and/or environments/he is workPlans for New Dorm (continuedfrompreviouspageJ developed to take into account a number of sometimes competing considerations: students' increasing desire and willingness to pay for individual space; a recognition of the value of readily accessible, enclosed com munal space; student demand for alterna tives to cafeteria meals; and the construction cost contin uum which has full single aprutments at one end and tra ditional multi-bed/hall bath dorms on the other. Mark Johnson, New College di rector of residential life, says dorms similar to this preliminary plan on other Florida campuses all have waiting lists. He feels it would be equally as popular at New College, appealing particu larly to upper-level students. Stay tuned for news of the spe cifics of architectural plans, sale of the revenue bonds and, at long last, ground-breaking and con struction. Maria Fernandez and Carol Ann Willlinson collaborated on this arti cle while staffing the alumnae/i of fice this summer. Nimbus, Summer-Fall1994 -Page 4


Experiential Education (continuedfromprevwuspageJ ability to enter this world as a creative, capable player is not clear. The stance of elite educational institutions that they are successful because they send their graduates on to other schools where they are trained for the world begs the question. The traditional stance of professional schools that education is the acquisition of a bundle of discrete skills (and a prestigious old school tie) is now seen as inadequate (although the contrary view that specific skills are unnecessary may be fatal). For the student, the strength of the liberal arts institu tion may be its very indeterminacy the lack of definition of what knowledge is most important, leaving it to the student to make important and creative connections between knowledge and the world However, we also know that the divide be tween the classroom and the world is very wide; even very bright students find it difficult to take those intellectual abili ties into an uncertain world The challenge to the college, now greater than ever, is to help students integrate intellect and ac tion, bringing their intellectual abilities, regardless of disci pline into the world in a critical and creative way. Encouraging students to gain experience off campus and to reflect on that experience in the course of their formal studies is one important way for colleges actively to integrate liberal arts education into the students' lives The integration of knowledge intellectual skills, and action has to be accom plished by the individual student. Thus experience along with the building of knowledge and intellectual skills, must be ac quired first-hand. Integrating academic endeavors with the real world How does the college setting help the student integrate tradi tional academic endeavors with this new world? There is a set of elements that I see as important. Multiple experiences The first is to allow students to gain multiple experiences in the world; learning includes reflection on prior experiences ac quisition of knowledge from the classroom, and application of that reflection and of new knowledge to new situations Multiple methods A second is to encourage students to seek experiences in dif ferent kinds of organizational settings Students often seek ex periences tied to their substantive interests (law, environ mental science, etc.); but they should be also encouraged to seek out different forms of organization ( hierarchical, team-ori ented, etc. ) so that they can better think about not simply "what" should be done, but how" it should be done. An under standing of how different types of human organization function may be more important to the student's creativity as an actor in the world than the mastery of a particular subject matter. Encouraging interaction A third element is to encourage students to interact with other students interested in the integration of experiential and campus-based learning, as well as interacting with faculty We ing with-a connection which will establish passion for social change The community is the textbook, school and medium through which service learning is accomplished Why should a student bogged down with labs, papers, and classes spend time on a service-learning project or tutorial? Service-learning enhances the student' s service, education and career. Service is a controversial subject which is being continuously debated in classrooms, agencies, and civic offices across the country When is the server doing more harm than good? Isn' t this just another trick of the establishment to perpetuate oppression? Does anything else matter besides humanitarian concerns ? What better way for a student to decide what to support and what politics to fight for than through learning the system inside and out? Experience goes beyond all theory in that it affects the student on the emotional as well as the ra tional plane-allowing the student to malle an educated decision If the student is truly r e sponsibl e for his or her own edu cation the n s / he understands the necessit y of critical thin/zing skills. Through practical application the student examines theory through a much bet ter lens than isolated thought-reality. As the student discovers what zs true and what is not in specific sitc1-ations s /he cre ates his or her own theory and continuously modifies it as new information is ex perienced Not only does this benefit the student' s e ducation, it also leads to top performance in the job market. For stu dents who are concerned abocd their ca re e rs the practical Jmowledge provided in hands-on training not only enhances the resume, but also gives e h student an edge over his or her peers Critical analysis of the sponsoring organization enables the student to move beyond fear of change and loolz towards improving whatever or ganizations s /hejoins. After combing the ory with practice the student will !mow how organizations worlz and will create ideas to solve the problems which plague them. Service-learning provides schools with the ability to improve community relations, give their students a boost in the job or gradz1-ate school market, and lzeep up their cutting edge Service-learning builds an eleneed to recognize that in this rapidly chang ing world, students with fresh experience Continued on next page vator in the ivory tower and gives students the opportunity Nimbus, Summer-Fall1994 -Page 5


Experiential Education (continuedfromprevwuspageJ are carriers of new primary knowledge. For faculty, in teraction with these students can be a source of new knowledge and insight although such interaction may be disruptive of existing disciplinary boundaries to grow from inexperienced idealist to experienced problem-solver You wiU definitely be hearing more abort! this next wave in education. Encouraging diversity A fourth aspect is to recognize the diversity of stu dent interest. Students interested in experiential educa tion will quite properly, have different disciplinary back grounds, different views of their own futures, and different interests in bringing the world into the class room: experiential education may be viewed by some in strumentally as a set of skills to be mastered, by others as offering the prospect for exercise of their creativity and by others as a way of generating better knowledge If you have any questions or comments or any ideas for service-learning projects, please contact the Center for Service Learning (call 813-359-8009 or write CSL, 5700 Norlh Tamiami Trail, Sara sota, Florida 34243). Amy Stultz is director of the Center for Service Learning at New College and a thesis student in humanities in the realm of the academic If it works well, students will blur those lines Integrating academics with experience gained off the campus presents a challenge to both faculty and admini stration: the results are not easily categorized in tradi tional terms. But the aim includes the traditional goal of fostering students' abilities to think and communi cate their thoughts, as well as helping make them more critical and creative participants in human organiza tion. One measure of the success of a liberal arts college would be the ability of its graduates to create institu tions that transcend the forms assumed in their upbring ing and by the college itself. Nat Schwarlz is associate professor of political science at the University of Louisville Slavic Ensemble (c01dinuedfrompageiJ P rof. Olson and Martin Daughtrey a 94 graduate, organ ized the ensemble in October 1993 for a simple reason They wanted to sing and share the mu sic Prof. Olson brought to New College from ten months of field research in Russia and Eastern Europe. The response to their ear liest public performances was en thusiastic and led to more re quests for them to perform, both on and off campus. Assistance to help defray the cost of the trip has come from the Student Allocations Committee, New College Foundation, and a benefit concert sponsored by the Sarasota Slavic Society In t he coming year the ensem ble has bee n a s ked to l ead work s hops i n Sarasota grade schools and to plan workshops / concerts for h i gh schools in Sarasota and Orlando as well as to perform for a variety of community groups The group also hopes to be ready for a tour of other college cam puses. Martin says I think the chorus can become a powerful community-building tool increas ing outside interest and participa tion in New College affairs .... As representatives of New College we could demonstrate the creative po tential of the school to potential students. The Slavic Vocal Ensemble will continue their efforts at building community as they present the first program in the 1994-95 Town & Gown Salon Series, sponsored by the Associates of New College Foundation on October 23rd. The purpose of this series of four pro grams presented over the next aca demic year is to combine the edu cational resources of New College with the cultural resources of the Sarasota community in programs designed to entertain and to stimu late thought and discussion Marsha Fottler is director of pub lic relations for New CoUege Foun dation. Nimbus, Summer-Fall1994 -Page 6


Nothing But Gifts Alum fellow teaches poetry workshop as adjunct faculty member by Candice Reffe '71 Cold and rainy, bundled up, looking out the window at this de ciduous landscape I now call home. Deciduous by the sea, at least. Going back to New College was entering a world slowed down, gardenias saturating the hot air, jacarandas spilling their blossoms, congregations of butte flies slipping over spikey Blue Porterweed in someone's yard (an alum returned to live in that lush town). Sandspurs and mosquitoes as resilient as ever, the Gulf of Mex ico as warm (remember swimming at night?, the water alive with phos phorescence illuminating each movement oflimb). Evenings, sit ting in the Florida room of old New College friends, our talk infused with the symphonic buzz of birds and insects, it was hard to differen tiate between outside and in. Be tween now and then, nearly twenty years since I'd graduated, and ten since I'd been back What was it like to go back? A little like getting to do it over again, but without the anxieties and "who am I" turbulence of that time. Shockingly familiar, de spite the many physical changes to the campus (though I am here to report that students still risk their lives dashing across 41, the covered walkway notwithstanding). Despite arriving at the "revi talized" airport, the shock of car peting and controlled air, escalators and fast food, the shoe shine man the only vestige of the era I last touched down. Familiar despite my leather briefcase, my two shades of lipstick, my rented car and credit cards that recorded at least outward signs of adult hood. Despite returning an adult. What are they like? The stu dents in my class seemed much more worldly than we were at their age (or at least than I was). Otherwise: they were us, we were them. I'm not sure I could easily articulate why there's a strong connection among novo collegians of various generations, but I can tell you I felt it. Like we'd ceremo niously cut our skin and rubbed blood long before we'd ever met. We'd share a past in the future, had already shared a past since we'd all been compelled by New College, the merger aside (it hasn't affected the feel of the place, the kind of student it at tracts, the potentially thriving life in the classroom-at least in my experience). As students, they're a challenge and a pleasure. Curi ous, surprisingly sophisticated about poetry (and I would guess any subject they've immersed themselves in), intellectually aroused. They're used to think ing, to think, root around in ideas, pull them apart, find their intellectual place in a territory. They're already quite opinionated-and forced me to think about my own by now strong aesthetic stance, clarify it, argue on its behalf. .. and in the end leave room for theirs too. Humbling to remember, important to remember, strangely relieving to discover, they were, after all, the new generation. Make way. The evaluation system is intact (with the addition that students also evaluate faculty performance, as they should). I just finished writ ing evaluations: I know as a stu dent I never appreciated the work involved in preparing for a course, or that writing evaluations was a teacher's "homework" I don't be lieve I actually thought of teachers as working: they were creatures of knowledge, they merely opened their mouths and out it spilled. Well, yea and no. Being "on" the faculty While I felt like faculty I can't say much about being "on" the faculty. Apart from a few stimulat ing and for me mildly nostalgic lunches and breakfasts with fac ulty I'd known, I didn't meet many of the current faculty. Partly because of the time of year (theses due, baccalaureates every ten minutes), partly my own teach ing schedule (I was "conunuting" to Sarasota, so I was very student focused on my trips down, and al ways back on a plane before some interesting sounding party).I'd en rourage other alums who return as adjuncts to ask the Dean's office, or their Division, to arrange a way to ronnect with faculty, meet the com munity of New College "adults." Carol Ann Wilkinson, who handles the alumane/i program, made com ing down to Florida in the midst of an already complicated life, possi ble. And Norma Singleton, the Hu manities Division secretary, must have been a saint in a previous life. But all previous lives enddon't they? What was it like to go back? A lucky and fateful chance to replenish the well from which I drew. Lewis Hyde says "When the gift moves in a circle no one ever receives it from the same person he gives it to .. .its motion is be yond the control of the personal ego, and so each bearer must be a part of the group and each dona tion is an act of social faith." When it moves in a circle, its en ergy is also, unexpectedly, returned to us. The poet, Czeslaw Milosw: ... there are nothing but gifts on this poor, poor earth." For the gift of returning in a teaching capacity, my deep thanks to the Alumnae/i Association. For what was re turned to me: I thank each one of my students. Candice Reffe '71 has an MF.A in poetry from Columbia. She has received numerous awards and fellow ships for her poetry, including the Grolier Poetry Prize in 1990. Nimbus, Summer-Fall1994 -Page 7


Student Grants Alumnae/i funded student grants helped recipients travel, do research, take specialized classes Following are excerpts from reports submitted by some of the 1993-94 recipi ents of Alumnae/i Associa tion student grants. Grants totaling over $6,000 were awarded this year. Field work in Belize (Kelly Keefe's student grant helped with travel ex penses to Belize to do field worlz during ISP.) "Meg Lowman, an ad junct professor at NC and the director of research at Selby Botanical Gardens, and I identified and labeled the many species of trees. Also we delineated three 5x5 meter plots in which we conducted biodiversity sur veys These surveys may turn into a thesis for me: which helped me get the position in Hungary." Bioassays: Physiological Effects of Five Plant Growth Regulators Upon Growth of Pea Seedlings Ton Van was awarded a grant for supplies for his thesis project, studying the effects of plant growth regulators upon growth of pea seedlings. He plans to pursue this subject further in graduate school. Internship at Harvard's Project Zero I've got the notion that I may go to Belize this sum mer to do a comparison of the biodiversity and ecosys tems of rain forests and of coral reefs." Composing with Cloth (Jyl Sutherland tooh an eight weeh course at the Pen land School of Crafi in North Carolina.) "The Gregory Mann's senior thesis was publication of six monthly issues of a magazine of the visual and per forming arts at New College, Ringling School of Art and Design and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory -ArtRag. His student grant helped bridge the gap between advertising income and total production costs. Shown above is the cover of the first issue. (As a result of contacts with alum fellow Julie Vi ens "82, Rebecca Clarhe ar ranged an internship at Harvard's Project Zero Her student grant helped with her travel expenses.) "During my stay with Har vard Project Zero, I was able to get a glimpse of the many different sides of education reform and get a better understanding of the types of reforms going on at Project Zero The first two weeks of my inbody of work contains two full table cloths, nine smaller tablecloths, two sarongs, a wall hanging, and a rug. All are hand dyed, pigmented, stamped, discharged, embroidered, appli qued, beaded, and stitched." "Class discussions examined what it is to be a working studio artist/craftsperson. My primary concern during the session was to combine simple visual content, di rect emotional information, and utilitarian form. I concentrated on fabrics with defined textures and solid form that invite warmth, comfort, and intimacy ." Hungarian Language (Lisa Cheby's student grant helped pay for a Hungarian tuto rial.) "Recently, I found out that I will have a teaching position in Hungary as a teacher of English as a foreign language Thus, in the upcoming year, this tutorial will gain use and meaning for me. Thank you for this opportunity ternship I spent the major ity of my time reading ma terial on the different reform projects at Project Zero. Two of the projects I focused on for my research were Teaching for Understanding, a program to aid teachers in designing a cur riculum which gives students an understanding of concepts, and APPLE, which is designed to help teachers implement portfolio as sessment into the classroom .... Continued on next page Nimbus, Summer-Fall1994 Page 8


Student Grants (continued from previous page) "During the third week of my in temship, I was able to visit the Ross School, which provided an example of schools implementing education reforms and a focus for my research. While there I was able to observe and interview the teachers and students." "During my stay with Project Zero, I sat in on many group meet ings and was able to get a feel for how the different projects interact with each other and what some of the common philosophies of the projects are. I also got a first hand idea of how statistical data is coded by helping one of the re searchers type in and average data from one experiment. Research in Moscow (Todd Allen's grant helped him go to Russia for thesis research.) "My goals were to complete my thesis on Russian politico-eco nomic reform and to improve my ability to speak Russian. The data I was able to gather in Moscow (data which is not available out side Russia) substantially contrib uted to the quality of my thesis and to my understanding of the Russian political and economic situation in general. Beyond this, my daily life in Russia and my con tact with the Russian people helped me to improve my Russian language skills significantly and enhanced my understanding of Russian life and culture tremendously "My experiences on the trip gave me insights into what it means to be Russian in a way classroom instruction could never have done. I saw the despair and hopelessness of Russian life mani fested in the often violent Nation alist and Communist rallies. Long walks in sub-freezing temperature to the poorly stocked, if not almost entirely empty, local food stores taught me how hard and bitter life in Russia can be. Witnessing a gun battle in the small park be hind my apartment brought home to me the reality of growing crime in Moscow. These and countless other experiences afforded me the opportunity not simply to study Russian life, but to live a Russian life for thirteen weeks Glass Closets (Glass Closets: A Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Studies Symposium was held on campus in November Leif Menelle received a Student Grant to help pay the honorarium for Michealangelo Signorile, the heynote spealler for the ten-day event ) "Signorile, a nationally knowu journalist, concluded Glass Closets with a discussion of the necessity for all GIL!B to "come out" so as not to add to the already oppres sive environment of the G!L/B expe rience The noto riety he's gained from his contro versia outing of public figures elicited a packed Sudakoff audi ence from both the university and surrounding communities (many from Tampa and St. Petersburg). amendment' to the Florida consti tution invoked much community debate and discussion about the 'place' of sexuality in society Outward &und (Kimberly Krohmer's student grant helped her participate in an Outward Bound program in Big Cypress State Park.) The program began with an Everglades wilder ness experience, included three days of solo existence, and con cluded by re-introducing civiliza tion through workdays in a home less shelter and on a Habitat for Humanity project "Other events in the sympo sium were: a Les bian/Bisex ual/Gay Film Festival; presen tation of student papers; speakers with local and na tional acclaim, in cluding Tampa Bay area profes sors, Nadine Smith of the Hu man Rights Task Force and Todd Simmons, whose discussion of the proposed 'privacy The Corn Snake, above, Florida's only true "climbing" snake, is commonly found in trees. Bryan A/taker and Robert Holzler took the photo as part of their ISP, Rep tiles of Florida and Their Habitats Their goal was to locate and photograph as many of Florida's native snakes (over twenty non-venomous and six venomous species) and their habitats as possible. An Alumnae/i Association student grant paid for some of the photo graphic supplies used during the field work. Nimbus, Summer-Fall1994 -Page 9


Soo Bong Chae nsoo Bong, in his own quiet, dignified way, was central to the life of New College for a quarter of a century .... He loved the place. He loved the people who associated here. He loved his field."-Dean & Warden Michalson A tribute and remembrance by James Foster '73 I signed up for New College without meeting Soo Bong Chae He was on leave. But everyone from Millie Ellis in Admissions to Roger Renne in Arcadia said "He's the one! So I found myself star ing at the office door with the calli graphic Soo Bong Chae hoping for some evidence of the kind of person who resided there. I saw: Math announcements, banter with students, jokes cartoons and bits of poetry Hmm. Then orienta tion came and I was assigned to Professor Chae. We met in Hamil ton Center at a big rectangular ta ble where Servomation ruled the day I soon discovered contracts, tutorials, ISP's, and the correct pronunciation of Professor Chae"Soo Bong" -and began to detect what the fuss was all about. Soo Bong's excitement about our new adventure was infectious. He made us feel like anything was pos sible We eagerly signed up for the first year courses in mathematicsreal analysis ( Chae ) and abstract algebra ( Renne). I found them dif ficult Only later did I discover that the equivalent courses are typically third-year courses at other schools ... From our first day in class, we could see that Soo Bong was sim ply a great teacher. His message each day was clear and direct: See these theorems. They are beautiful. You too can understand them." Just read through a few pages of his textbook Lebesgue In tegration to get a sense of his style Precise but incredibly friendly to the uninitiated. "The following definition may seem rather strange to those who are used to calculus and analysis texts which extensively employ functions but never actually define them. .. Yet he would studiously avoid lectur ing to us in class ; it was more a conversation between equals (apart from a few years' training) in the language of science I soon noticed that Soo Bong would make various trivial "errors" in class, which had the effect of drawing us even more into the dialog And then there were the problem sets that made us understand ( indeed! ) the meaning of the old oriental proverb" he frequently invoked: "I hear and I forget; I see and I re member; I do, and I understand." All this was done with a deep con cern for students, a level of caring that was-and is-endemic at New College, and reached its peak in SooBong. Soo Bong s interests extended beyond mathematics to "soft sub jects like photography and gar dening ( especially cactus in the greenhouse behind Nat Sci where he often held impromptu tutori als), and other "hard subjects like computers and inve stments. HE willingly gave tutorial s on any topic that was i n t eresting to him, treating the 24 hou rs of hi s day as if they were infinite He seemed al ways to be available. "Not in his office? Then try the greenhouse If not there, then try the math reading room If not there, then ride your bike to his home ." In deed the Chae residence intro duced many of us to the pleasures of rice wrapped in heated seaweed paper dipped in soy sauce or the flavor explosion of Korean barbe que (bulgogee ) or the all-powerful heat of pickled bok choi and chili buried for a month and served as a salad ( kimchee). We were all fed by Sookkyung, well entertained by little Dusan and Nabin, and had all vestiges of homesickness re moved by the warmth of Soo Bong's family in the little house on Acacia Drive. As an advisor Soo Bong pre ferred gentle suggestions and haiku to stern warnings His ad visees were indeed "responsible for their own education." So imag ine my shock when I found myself two contracts behind at the begin ning of my third term, a condition that seemed to visit me all too often He was trusting and pa tient, like the loving parent who sees the child make the same mis takes over and over again and gen erously attributes it to the child s youth-not the character flaw the child fears it to be. "You' ll grow out of it Being highly disci plined himself, he seemed not to be concerned when the lack of dis cipline delayed contracts even to the gates of the SASC "You'll fin i sh ... Only Nancy Ferraro knows the truth about how I was rescued by a contrite Soo Bong who wrote that it was all his idea for me to fo cus on "saving the school instead of my studies The effect of his ever-present guidance was unmis takable. His suggestion that I s tudy fixed point theorems for my math thesis allowed me to write half of my economics Ph. D disser tat ion in the summer of my first year at Cornell. In a similar way, he helped to guide New College through the troubled years following the merger with USF While other professors who could bailed out, he was steadfast in his commit ment to New College He found even more time to devote to con vincing students, faculty, adminis trators and trustees of the newly Continued on next page Nimbus, Summer-Fall1994 -Page 10


.. Chae Remembrances (conti1Wed from previous page) formed Foundation that before long all would indeed be welleven better than before His hon esty and reasoned strength of con viction brought him the greatest respect from all segments of the New College Community. The Col lege and his many students will long bear witness to the accom plishments of his modest leadership It may come as a sur prise to many that Soo Bong did not have an easy life. He was born in Manchuria in what the Chinese term "interest ing times ." The family was dispossessed of their lands by Mao s troops, which led to a forced mi gration through Korea at the height of the Ko rean War Soo Bong once recounted without any resentment the time that bombs from the US B-52 s knocked him senseless-and broke his jaw ( I later found out his stepmother died in the same bombing runa fact he somehow never mentioned. ) The injured child eventually made his way to Seoul and, in time, found himself in the top of his class in the best uni ver sity in Korea: Seoul National University But his studies were interrupted by student protests which ultimately toppled the presi dent, Sigmun Rhee Soo Bong was a key student leader at that time, who saw his compatriots shot dead in the street. His slogan against ex pensive imports of coffee "A drop of coffee a drop of blood," became the battle cry of the movement As are sult of his revolutionary activities he was cautious about returning to Korea It took him many years for him to feel entirely safe when a new generation-the very friends he marched with-became the new leadership in Seoul He went back in 1988 to a red carpet treatment and an offer from Seoul National He later was invited to head a dele gation which, for the first time in many years would bring together Chinese and South Korean mathe maticians It was upon his return from the conference in Manchuria that he discovered he was gravely ill with hepatitis. Professor Soo Bong Chae I came to know of the serious ness of Soo Bong's condition from my parents in Hollywood with whom he stayed when he under went tests and treatment at the University of Miami. He fought back from his frail condition in typical Soo Bong fashion: rigid ad herence to a vegetarian diet and fresh vegetable juices This rem edy seemed to win back his strength for a time, allowing him to resume his normal teaching du ties and even take on the daunting task of Division Chair in fall 1993, while teaching an overload of classes and finishing a textbook for his Gems of Mathematics course Then over the winter vaca tion he suffered a severe setback and had to be rushed to the Uni versity of Pittsburgh for emer gency treatment. The gravity of Soo Bong s condition became ap parent toward the end of the trip; doctors say it was by sheer willpower that he survived the trip home to Sarasota. Then a small miracle occurred: Despite the predictions of the Pittsburgh special ists Soo Bong contin ued to survive This window of grace al lowed many of his friends and loved ones to speak with him. His phone line was busy, his tempo rary "office was filled with a variety of students, colleagues friends and adminis trators-just like usual. And despite the pain, the caring person we all know a s Soo Bong was with u s-for example in s i sting that we wash our hands after visit ing him to ward off potential infections After saying good byes to Soo Bong and his family I somehow found myself in Nat Sci-staring at an office door with math announcements student messages jokes, cartoons and bits of poetry Soo Bong, you will be sadly missed. James Foster '73 is professor of economics in Vanderbilt s Depart ment of Business Administration and Economics and a partner with Dana Stevens, a former NC eco nomics professor, in Foster Stevens, L.L.C, an international business consulting firm. You can contact the Chae family at 456 Acacia Dr, Sarasota FL 34243 or 813-355-3087. Nimbus, Summer-Fall1994 -Page 11


'94 Reunion Spozy Foltz '83 and Caroline Chambliss '79 were reunion coordinators. Pictures from ten-and twenty year-old face books adorned the patio walls. Paintings, sculpture and visions of virtual reality by alumnae/i artists were exhibited in the Music Room. The first visitors arrived, their most frequent comment an expression of surprise at bow large and empty the first floor of College Hall (the old library) looks when not filled with books. Sixty-some alumnae/i from around the country gathered in Sarasota during the weekend of April 8-10, 1994. In addition to such customary reunion activities as a reception, a picnic by the pool and the annual meeting of the alumnae/i associa tion, several new events took place. quested additional student input. As a follow up, the alumnae/i asso ciation will be working with social sciences faculty members to de velop a paper project for students. The asso ciation will offer a prize, probably in the form of a bookstore credit. Bill Rosenberg '73, assisted by Anita Allen '70, organized aMinority Convocation for Friday afternoon Approximately 25 al ums, students, faculty and staff members gathered for dialogue concerning ethnic diversity on campus. The student paper, YO!, reported on the discussion and re-Students, under the energetic and creative leadership of Gilda Saakes and Deborah Goodwin, worked all day Saturday to transform College Hall into the site of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party for their annual "Semi Normal Dance ." Alums, who were invited to share the festivities and even the choice of music, were welcomed by a variety playing cards, Cheshil e cats Gregory Mann at New College's annual Semi-Normal Dance, held during reun ion weekend and attended by alums and students. Stanley Herwitz '74, who shared his remembrances and appreciation of faculty members, Hahn Nguyen Herwitz '74 and professor John Morrill reminisce during the Faculty Recognition Brunch. Standing in the back ground, are NCF President Ron Heiser and former NC public aHa irs direc tor Brud Arlhur, who is writing a history of New College. and Alices-in-Wonderland. The students, who appreciated not only the alums' presence but also their financial contribution, accom plished all this under budget and donated the balance to the Student Grant program! One of the new additions to the reunion schedule was a Faculty Appreciation Brunch on Sun day, sponsored jointly by the Alum nae/i Association and the New Col lege Foundation. The importance of the warm relations between faculty and students which exist at New College was attested by the large turnout of faculty as well as the comments of alums. Stanley Herwitz '74, Bob Allen '74 and Mary Ruiz '73 spoke for all of us as they paid tribute to the men and women who were their faculty mentors. Nimbus, Summer-Fall1994 Page 12


More Reunion Photos: Prof Peggy Bates and Bob Allen '7 4 visit during the Faculty Recognation Brunch c Anita Allen '70 and Paul Castellitto '70 at the Faculty Rec ognition Brunch Caroline Chambliss '79 (right) greets their son, Adam, who's obviously enjoying his vantage point Admissions Update by Sonia Wu 81 Through the good graces of la s t year s Money Guide to Best College Buys we ve received an unusual amount of national exposure. We also have a number of alums to thank for participating in the admissions volunteer program. Clarice Bell '82 will be helping us recruit students from underrepresented racial back grounds Mike Campbell '87 has done off-campus applicant interviewing and comes to the office several times a year for late afternoon recruitment brainstorming sessions Judy Lentini '69 sends us in formation on hot prospects and covers college fairs in the Atlanta area, helped to edit the last edi tion of the Admissions Alumnae/i Volunteer Handbook, and helped with the volunteer training dur ing reunion weekend David Mitchell '80 talks with anyone form the D C area who needs it. Dana Newman-Evans 75 at tended volunteer training during alum reunion weekend Bill Rosenberg' 73 has been extremely instrumental in coordinating feedback on diversity is sues and i s one of our primary New Jersey/New York contacts Dan Ryan 77 interviewed a student for us on the Yale campus ( heh heh). Erma-Paula Sanders '83 at tended volunteer training and submitted feedback on her experi ence at New College for the up coming minority brochure. Susan Sapoznikoff Foltz '83 staffed the Tallahassee col lege fair Lynn Tarakan 71 David Goldman 71, Dan Chambliss 71 and Steve Jacobson 71 all attended the first alum volunteer training session and provided helpful feedback for organizing t he second. These and a number of other alum volunteers graciously wait in the wings for local recruitment demands to come their way. Many thanks to all of you you 'll be hearing from u s soon Admissions Director David Anderson was selected as a member of the judging panel for selection of the 1994 USA Today All USA High School Academic Team, garnering additional national exposure for New College. David was also invited to make presenta tions to the 1994 Southern Re gional Meeting of The College Board in February and the Annual conference of the Southern Association of College Admission Counselors in April. Sonia Wu is a senior admissions officer at New College Nimbus, Summer-Fall1994 -Page 13


'61 '65 'fW 67 '(>R 'fi!J '70 '71 '72 '73 '71 75 '76 '77 '78 '79 so '81 'H2 '8:J st '85 '81J '87 '88 'H9 '90 91 92 9 : 1 91 CIa ss Notes (listed alphabetically by entering year) lJlU Glenda Cimino has been working in the editorial depart ment of the Longboat Observer (Fla.) for the last year. 1966 Alums! Editor's Note: Those of you who worked with psychologist Jack Rains at New College in the late sixties and early seventies may be interested in a collection of his writings, Play ing in the Traffic, which was just pub-Barbara Hanna Sheldon has been working as an assistant project manager for the city of Riv erside, Calif. for 4 years. She is or ganizing a major regional festival for April 22-23, 1995, the Orange Blossom Festival, Your classes are the tar get classes for the 1995 Reurnon in Sarasota on April 21 23. Begin plan ning now to come lished. A copy is avail able for a donation of $25 or more to the Jack Rains Memorial Fund at Dawson Col lege. Order from the Dawson College Book store or the Rains family at 4059 Hamp ton Avenue, Mont-If you' d like to help plan events or would help contact your classmales, please call the / i office real, Quebec, Canada H4A2Ll. which celebrates Riverside's rich multi-cultural turn-of-the-century heritage. She says that she loves orange blossom time: "it reminds me of riding my Honda 90 through the fragrant Sarasota Or ange groves." Her son, Michael, graduated from Grinnell College this May. Barbara and her girls' father are venturing into divorce with shared legal and physical cus tody of Caroline, 11, and Judy, 9, with homes two blocks from each other. 1967 Elisha Piller Renne will be a visiting Fulbright lecturer in so ciology at Ahmadu Bello Univer sity in Zaria, Nigeria, in 1994/95. 1968 Don Goldberg, who stopped in Sarasota on his way to a confer ence in Miami in March to give a talk to NC math students, has been appointed associate dean of the faculty at Occidental College beginning the next academic year. He reports that he's still a com mittee junkie: "As when I was SEC Chair, 'if it's a farce, we'll make the appropriate scene.'" 1970 Ellen and David Cray are faculty members at Carleton Uni versity, Ottawa, Canada. Ellen is teaching linguistics and David is teaching in the School of Busi ness. Their son, Sebastian, is ten years-old. 1972 Kathleen Smith was ap pointed recently to head up the Dade County (Fla.) Bar Associa tion's "Put Something Back" Pro ject. The program involves there cruitment of Dade County attorneys who will donate their le gal services and work with the Depattment of Health & Rehabilita tive Services in representing HRS in contested and uncontested Ter mination of Parental Rights ac tions. David Smolker (Land O'Lakes, Fla.) announced the for mation of Blain Bricklemyer & Smolker, P.A. The Tampa firm will concentrate its practice in the areas of environmental land use real estate and water and in' eminent domain and other prop erty rights litigation. David Sprayberry will finish his Ph.D. in astronomy at the University of Arizona this fall. He has a job waiting in Holland at the Kap teyn Institute of the University of Groningen. 1973 Hillsborough County Attor ney Emmy Acton (Tampa, Fla.) has been elected president of the Florida Association of County At torneys. Her duties will include reviewing "friend of the court" briefs and attorney general re quests filed by counties and advis ing the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Counties on legal matters. Michael Tam menga just married the former Jackie Schrage, and they are mov ing into a new house in St. Louis, Mo. The hospital he worked for as an information systems ana lyst for the past 6 years has ex panded through mergers into a full blown health care provider or ganization, BJC Health Systems. In the same department is Danny Kuehn' 67, who man ages a point-of-care workstation system for computerized clinical records management. Michael is lead analyst for a client-server project and would welcome feed back from novo collegians in volved in similar work (or really anybody from the Old School any time). 1974 After a 7 year hiatus in Wash ington, D.C., Cheri Belz and family, Steven Engbak, Race and Coda, have headed back to Boul der to reestablish their architecture office. They missed the West and the mountains. Wendy Ben nett is working as the Director of the Space Marketing Division of MiGs, etc., headquartered in Sara sota and Moscow, Russia. MiGs, etc. has an an-angement with the Russian Air Force and the Rus sian Space Agency to assist them with their de-militarization proc ess. They market "High PerformContinued on next page Nimbus, Summe;:-Fall 1994 -Page 14


'61 '65 '66 67 '68 'b'9 '70 '71 '72 '7:J '71 76 '76 '77 '78 '711 'HO 'HI '82 '8.'J '81 '85 '86 '117 'HH 'H9 'II{) '91 '92 '!J.'J '91 CIa ss Notes (listed a .lphabetically by entering year) ance Flying Holidays" where you can go to Russia and learn how to fly a MiG or Sukhoi series fighter jet, some of the fastest and most maneuverable jets in the world For the two preceding years, Wendy was marketing director for the Russian Czars American Football Team, a football team comprised of former Russian Olympic athletes playing American football in the European Foot ball League Kevin Flynn is liv-ing in Paris now (his wife is French). He became a CFA ( Char tered Financial Analyst ) in 1992 and works for a small U S invest ment bank. He, along with Paul Wendt, who's teaching in Fin-land this year, are both Life Mas-ter in bridge Kevin says that should be a shock to some of the folks be used to play bridge with on campus. Kevin also passed on news of Bruce Whittlesey' 72 (tenured in chemistry at Texas Tech, Lubbock ) Bryan Sachse, Adam Ginensky, and Fred Golding ( all doing well and Mar ried With Children") and Lesley Scheele (running an Indonesian artifact import business). Ginger Lyon is back in Atlanta full-time, the best rewards of any adventure are the deepening of friendships ." Mark Mudge ( Mountain View, Calif.) is teaching a course, "Com puter Tools for Sculpture, at San Francisco's Academy of Art Col lege In the course, students will create a "fully visualized, three-di mensional sculptural form, com plete with surface materials, light ing, and a surrounding environment. Mark will be host ing a TECHshop in Computer 3D Presentation at the Fifteenth In ternational Sculpture Conference this August in San Francisco His workshop will include the use of Silicon Graphic workstations and Cyberward 3D scanners to scan sculpture into the computer to create a 3D database Paul Wendt is teaching economics to business students in Mikkeli Fin land, a town of 40,000 most fa mous as wartime headquarters. 1975 Claire Bailey Carraway and Frazier Carraway 72 ( Tampa, Fla.) welcomed a new daughter, Bailey Elizabeth, on March 3rd Mark Humbert ( San Francisco) is a partner in Magee, Lafayette, Willis & Green which is on the way to becoming one of the largest multi-cultural law firms in the county Mark rec ognized a familiar voice on NPR during June. Pete Tepley ( Co lumbia, S.C. ) was being inter viewed about one of his cases, a military man being prosecuted un der the "don't ask, don t tell" pol icy It seems the man was experi encing panic attacks, went to see a Navy psychologist and, during the treatment, told the doctor he thought he might be gay. So much for doctor-patient confiden tiality Donald F. Richmond is a contract programmer with HAS, Inc. in Indianapolis. His current assignment involves work ing for the Department of Public Aid in Springfield, Ill as a senior programmer analyst His bigger news : Donald tied the knot with Beverly J. Wallace on June 25, in Elizabethtown Ky 1976 Mike Lasche sent an e-mail message from Milan Italy, where he' s teaching. His wife Pam Levin '82, is a translator ( four languages! ) and they're both an ticipating the arrival of their first bambino in December Mike said Glenn Haake 77 vis ited last year and en joyed a skiing vacation at Mike s ski club. 1977 working as a PRN su pervisor (" Den Mother to the float pool and pinch bitter for the evening and weekend supervisors" ) at Ridgeview Psychiatric Ho s pital. She contin ues to be an avid Braves fan and is work ing on her book (the one about Nurse Gin ger and the MPD s). A stint as yard sign cap tain for a successful candidate for the At lanta City Council taught her "bow much of any great enterprise boils down to staple guns, photocopiers and elbow grease and bow In April, John Cranor '64 (above left) completed his term as chairman of the New College Foundation Board of Trus tees Pictured with him are Betty Castor, president of USF, and Art Wood, new board chairman. John's photo was spoHed recently in U S News & World Report. He was in Shanghai for the grand opening celebration of the 9,000th KFC outlet Joe Melnick 76 and Stephanie Gillespie Melnick (Pleasant Ridge, Mich.) are doing their part to fill the New College class of 2011. Their triplets Kevin Jameson, Natalie Eliza beth and Christopher Joseph -were born worldwide. Continued on next page Nimbus, Summer-Fall1994 Page 15


'61 'li!l 'li(i 67 'l>H 'tifJ '70 '71 '72 '7.'1 '71 7fi '7fi '77 '7H '711 'HU 'HI 'H2 'H.'I 'HI 'tlf; 'Hii 'H7 'HH '11!1 'IHJ 'Ill '!12 '!l.'l 'IJI Class Notes (listed alphabetically by entering year) Aug. 20, 1993. They write, "Need less to say, things are very busy at our house! Even so, we are having lots of fun and truly enjoying the plunge into parenthood. We're still wondering how come it was so much easier to stay up all night when we were at New Col lege? Joe is director of client de velopment for one of Detroit's big gest law firms. He's contemplating a second job to start saving for college tuition. Stephanie is enjoying her sabbati cal from social work, and adjust ing to her transformation into so cial director for three kids They wonder if there are any other New College triplets. Steven DaVerne (Lutz, Fla.) recently presented former first lady Rosa lynn Carter with one of his paint ings, At Work. She accepted the painting during the Florida Men tal Health Institute's Seventh An nual National Research Confer ence on March 1. The painting was one of a series created while Steven was doing research with emotionally disturbed children. 1978 Robert Cottrell was pro moted to collections manager at the Conner Prairie Living History Museum (Fishers, Ind.) Con-Career Choices Alumnae/i Voices by Jim Gutner '73 In February and March of this year I put together a program of alums talking to stu dents about various careers. Over a period of five Wednesday nights, local alums gathered to provide information about the realities of different professions. I've always felt that New College students, including myself, don't fully understand the sacrifices and re wards that come with their decisions. When we live in a idealistic society such of N .C;, it is hard to focus on pragmatic long-term direc tion. It is here that alum's experiences can serve to enlighten our junior colleagues. The cost of providing this information is nominal, yet the information is priceless. I look forward to continuing this program in the future. I'd like to give special thanks to those alums who participated: Susan Burns Carola Fleener Jean Huffman Ken Honnick Suzanne Key worth John Klein Scott Lukeman Gary Montin Tim Redman Dave Smolker Adam Tebrugge We'd all agree that these sessions were as valuable to the alums as they were to the students. Jim Gutner is a vice president of Prudential Securities in Sarasota. gratulations to him and his wife, Debbie, on the birth of their son, on June 3. Robin Maddox Tondra and Phil Tondra 77 have moved to downtown Atlanta. Robin has discovered commu nity theatre and has been in three plays this summer. She'll begin work on an M.S W at the Univer sity of Georgia this fall. She says they still have lots of ani mals -dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, but no fish. Jim McDon ald (Newp01t Beach, Calif.) and Francine Kulick are editors of a new reference book, Mental and Emotional In)ctries in Employment Liti gation, published by BNA Books, Wash ington, D.C. Harry Moulis (Daytona Beach, Fla.) is board ce1tified in gastroen terology. Here cently gave a lecture titled "Abnormal Liver Tests: To work-up or not to work-up" at the 11th Annual Family Practice Con ference. 1979 Congratulations to Angela Ward-Beulig (Postlethwaite) and NC biology professor Alfred Beulig who were married January 2, 1994, on board their sailboat, Celebrity. lJl.Q James Shore and his wife, Beryl, have a new addition to their family, Emma, born Septem ber 23, 1993 1Jl& Elizabeth Clough called to say Joseph Murphy and Lynne Tressler 85 were married re cently. Joe was recently assigned by the State Depa1tment to a tour of duty in South Mrica. 1982 Just as we went to press we re ceived word of the arrival of Cath erine Alexandra Andrews on August 3 The word is her mother, Mary Jan is Andrews, is fine and her father, Tony (NC anthro pology professor), is cheerful and vaguely coherent. Carol Kearney High and her hus band, Kevin, just had another son Brooks, on March 7th. Brooks joins brothers Samuel, 3, and Kevin, 10 Currently, Carol is working as a copy editor/out doors writer for Scripps Howard's Naples (Fla.) Daily News. Randall Lanier and Amy Smoker '84 are alive and well in Raleigh, N.C. Amy is managing a Book star ( 40% off books & CDs very cool), while Randall has found real work as an AIDS researcher at Burroughs-Wellcome Co. 1983 Douglas Tucker has com pleted his Ph.D. in astronomy at Continued on next page Nimbus, Summer-Fall1994 -Page 16


'1>1 '65 'filj li7 'Wl 'fj!J 70 '71 '72 '7.'1 '71 75 '71i '77 '78 '79 'HO '81 '82 'H.'J '81 'H: j '81i '87 'HH 'HfJ '!JU 'fll '92 '9.'1 fJI CIa ss Notes (listed alphabetically by entering year) Yale and accepted a post-doctoral position at the Astrophysikalis ches Institut at Potsdam. To any of you in the Berlin area after Au gust Douglas says, "Please stop by." 1984 Michael Freedman and Grace Roegner Freedman '85 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) are keeping busy. Michael is painting and sell ing his work as well as writing a book for the Princeton Review, Culture Scope, a guide to cultural literacy for high school students. Grace is pursuing her doctorate in political science/public health at Columbia and has already writ ten a guide book to the history of the Achievement Test for the Princeton Review. Cynthia Get tinger (Bradenton, Fla.) was honored this spring by the Mana tee County and Bradenton branches of the AAU.W. with a Women's Leadership Award for her activities in the sports world (state, national and international awards in the wheelchair division events in track and swimming, in cluding four gold medals at the Paralympics in Seoul) and as a volunteer counselor for the Sun coast Center for Independent Liv ing and coordinator of the Mana tee County Special Olympics. JeffreyS. Winder, a '92 gradu ate from Tulane Law School, fi nally ended a long, tedious job search by opening up his own law office in Metairie, La., Gust out side New Orleans). Patricia Vaughn (Brown) recently re turned to Sarasota from a Califor nia ghostwriting assignment. She also announces the publica tion of an earlier ghostwriting job, Riding the Winds of Change, lean Press, 1994. Jesse White and Lisa Whalley 87 were mar ried in Sarasota on March 13. Joining them for the ceremony at Phillippi Estate Mansion were other NC folks: Jono Miller '70, Julie Morris '70, (& Corley), Brian Lin coln '87, Chris Blomquist 89, Cindy Dauer '87, Jake Short '87, AI Leonard '71, Sharon Mitchell '87, Rick Farmer (& Mitchell), Matt Reynolds 87 (&Karen & Erica), Jennifer Cooper 86, Jen Pakarthy, JamesRo gauskas '84, HenryWulf '86,Monica Lewman '87, Alex Fish berg '86, Jeri White 88, Tim Red man '76, Melanie Hub bard '84, Mac Miller, Gene Le wis, and Amy Waller' 87. Jesse and Lisa have been living in New Hamp shire, while Jesse David Land '70 (graduation speaker and president of the Natural Resources Group for Collier Enterprises in Naples, Fla.), Rolland Heiser (New College Founda tion president), David Schenck (USF campus dean) and Mike Michelson (NC dean and warden) prepare for academic procession. David suggested New College graduates are uniquely suited to be "bridges" in our society. "In a world, in a country, that all too frequently becomes polarized, where people all too frequently can accept as right only their own view to the exclusion of all others, we need bridges over which reason can pass. Ideally, some of us can be even more. Business people who become environmentalists and social workers; social workers and environmentalists who become business people" is finished up work toward a M.S. in resource management and administration at Antioch New England Gradu ate School. In June, they moved to Northampton, for Lisa to begin the M.S.W. program at Smith Col lege School of Social Work. 1985 Lib Aubuchon is in her sec ond year of teaching at The Chil dren's School in Atlanta, Ga. She recently returned from a 4-day ca noeing trip in the Okefenokee Swamp. Her class was accompa nied by Tom Todd '64, "whose bright, inquisitive and utterly charming daughter, Lila," is one of her students. Lee Cohen is en joying his second year of law school at Stetson University Col lege of Law; he is excited about serving Jesus Christ as president of the Stetson chapter of the Christian Legal Society; and he and his wife recently celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary. Suzanne McDermott has been spending a lot of the time away from her work in the Media Lab at M.I.T on the folk club/folk festi val circuit this year. She's a singer and songwriter. She's booked for a Sarasota gig Jan. 1995. This spring she added certi fication in Red Cross lifesaving, water safety instruction, first aid and CPR to her repertoire and is waiting to take the course for water aerobics instructor. Continued on next page Nimbus, Summer-Fall1994 -Page 17


'61 'lil1 'li!i fl7 'flH 'fifl '70 '71 '7:! '7: 1 '71 7 : ; '71i '77 '7H '7!1 'HO 'HI '142 'H:J 'HI 'Ht; 'Hfi 'H7 'HH 'Hfl '!KJ 'fit '!1:! '!I : J '!II CIa ss Notes (listed alphabetically by entering year) 1986 Clarice Bell has joined Fam ily Practice Associates in Sara sota Her practice includes in fants through adults. David Martini and his wife, Kimyen are living in Gainesville where he is attending U.F. graduate school in urban and regional plan ning/computer science He is also working for Geofocus, Inc. as a programmer in mobile comput ing Victor Viqueira sent greet ings from the Conch Republic de Manila in March while enjoying, thanks to the erroneous routing of hi s luggage by Northwest Air line, an unanticipated stopover at the Westin Philippine Plaza. "Es spiritu de acti v ico pax. 1 98 7 Alex Haggblom-Payne com pleted her M.S in mental health counseling at Nova University this summer. Martin Haggblom-Payne finished his M.B.A, also at Nova. They're working together to establish two Sarasota businesses: Florida Skat boarding which produces wooden skateboards; and The Family, a retail clothing/sports outlet. Leigh Holcomb, a doctoral stu dent in pharmacology and thera peutics at USF, is the 1994 recipient of the USF Alumni Association s Graduate Scholar ship Award for outstanding aca demic achievement Her interests include biomedical research in Alzheimer s disease and how the brain is affected during aging and after injury Gina Lanier has been managing editor of Visual Sociology at USF for the past year ( following fellow alum Laurie Pedersen '86). She'll be giving up the position this fall since she s been awarded the 1994-95 University Fellowship for sociol ogy. Gina says the house she re cently purchased in Tampa gives here a wonderful sense of comfort and freedom NC friends and acquaintances are in vited to call or visit. V i s itin g Fulbr ight Scholar Chris "Luc" Reid is earning his "money developing relational database applications with Microsoft Access ( which leads to friendly high-pow ered, and memorythirsty applications ) ." His projects include everything from a cus tomer' s database to Abdul-Nabi lsstaif, professor of tive literature in the Department of Arabic at the University of Damascus will spend this year at New College under the FuJ .. bright Scholar-in-Residence Program. Professor Isstaifreceived his B A and Graduate Diploma in literary studies from Damascus University and his Ph. D from Ox ford He' s completing his sixth book We and Orientalism : The Opt i on of Positive Confrontation, and hopes to carry out re search in the U.S for a new project on An glo-American orientalism. Professor Isstaifwill co-teach "Islam and Modernity" with Professor John Newman in the fall. During ISP he will offer a seminar on cross-cultural issues for faculty. Suzanne Janney, New College's grants consultant, formerly worked for Fulbright. Her efforts in coordinating the faculty and staffinvolved in preparing the grant pro posal deserve much of the credit for generat ing this opportunity for New College an artificial intelli gence He also re ports that he will be marrying Molly Mey ers on September 18. They currently live in Haddonfield, NJ, where they have three cats, three computers and a small but affec tionate itinerant popu lation of squirrels and birds. Karen Volk-man ( Brooklyn, N .Y.) has poems appearing-or forthcoming -in Poetry, Paris Review, APR, and Western Humanities Review and is working on her first book. 1988 Kristi Coulter and John Sindelar' 87 (Ann Arbor) sur vived one of the worst Michigan winters of the century stunned but intact. Kristi is teaching at the University of Michigan, where she recently won the Avery Hopwood Award for creative writ ing. John is working for an art conservatory restoring old paint ings To their shock they actually love the Midwest and frequently find themselves reading real es tate classifieds Congratulations to Lisa and Noel Horton ( Lex ington, Ky.) on the birth of Anna Jane on May 18th. Noel is finish ing his Ph.D in chemistry at the University of Kentucky Kendra Lawrence (Ann Arbor Mich. ) works days for Parke-Davis (the people who give you Benadryl and Cognex for Alzheimer s ) and eve nings on her M.B A in finance and accounting at the University of Michigan She says George King is up there (law school) and so was Forrest Neiberg until left for South Mrica recently JJJB1!. Tricia Hopkins ( Tampa, Fla.) is working for LifeLink Tis sue Bank and taking public health courses at USF. After working for two years in Senator Bob Graham' s Washington office Jeannine M. Garon accepted a job as special assistant to the Am bassador of Morocco in Washing ton, D C Steve Witt is banging out in the Italian sector of Boston with Lori Harger. She's baking muffins and trying to change the world. Steve is feeding ESL to the world and trying to change his ca reer. "Does anybody out there work with an emergency relief agency? Please identify yourself." Nimbus, Summer-Fall1994 -Page 18


I 'UI 'li!i 'lifi li7 'WI 'li!l '7() '71 '72 '7:1 '71 7 : i '71i '77 '78 '7!1 'HO 'HI 'H2 'H:J '81 'H!i 'IW '87 '8H 'H!J '110 'Ill '!12 '!!.') 'Ill Ne\N Grad Notes (listedalphabeticallybyenteringyearJ Scott Abrams 90 will be attending Florida Atlantic Univer s ity. Keith Albury '90 is working in the human genetics lab at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Todd Allen '91 will be attending John Hopkins University, continuing his work in economics and Russian studies and politics Arnoldo Bertoncini '91 will be attending Emory University, School of Public Health. Taylor Brady '90 was working as a substitute teacher in Lutz, Fla. but has moved to Brooklyn He's looking for a publisher for his book of poems, The Extravagance of a Rounded Edge Leigh Braslow '91 (Talla hassee, Fla.) is an instructor for Women Empowered Inc. self-de fense classes During June, she went on an Outward Bound trip to Montana and will be attending FSU's College of Law in the fall. Karin Breuer 90 ( Pensacola, Fla) won a Fulbright Student grant to underwrite the full cost of a year' s study at Universitat Tries ( Germany) She' ll concentrate on German intellectual history, literature and philosophy When she returns to the U.S., she plans to enter a graduate program in history and pursue an aca demic career. Sabrina Burmeister '90 will be attending the University of Texas Austin, for behav ioral neuroscience in the psychology department. Ariel Cannon '90, Amy Enslow 90, and Jeff Pittman 90 say that they are now riding camels i n Egypt. Some suspect otherwise. In September, Dawn Chaney '92 (Bradenton, Fla. ) will start an legislative internship with the Illinois Research Agency in Springfield She's spending the summer in New York City working as an account analyst for Chase Manhattan Bank. Lisa Cheby '91 (Clearwater Fla.) will be teaching English in Hungary this fall. Nari Choi '91 will be attending New York University Renee Crain' 90 will be a graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the biology and wildlife department. Martin Daughtry '90 is in the graduate program of The Russian School at Norwich University in Vermont. Karen Eagen '89 is working at a preschool in Sarasota teaching four-year-olds this year. ''Next year, just call me Miss Karen! Ellice Engdahl 90 will be attending Florida State University, in the Asian studies department. Deborah Flanagan '92 (Longwood Fla.) will be attending Florida State University Roddy Grant '90 reports that he' s painting walls and stuff in Canada, and that he plans on attending art school somewhere come fall. Mandy Heddle 90 is returning to Aberdeenshire, Scotland, for at least a year. She welcomes letters, calls and especially visits from NC students and alumni. Carlos Hernandez' 91 will be attending the State University of New York at Binghampton. Continued on next page Richard Butgereit '91 is working for the Florida Park Services in the panhandle region Also, he's engaged to Ra chel Min des 89. Graduation is fun. Just ask Adi Abiose, Scott Abrams, Kristine Anderson, Leigh Braslow, Keith Albury, Todd Allen and Mark Baxter. Nimbus, Summer-Fall1994 -Page 19


'ol 'I;Jj 'Oli li7 'liH 'li!l '70 '71 '7:-t '7:1 '71 7ii '76 '77 '7H '711 '110 'HI '82 '8.1 'HI 'H!i 'Hii 'H7 'HH 'HII '110 'Ill '112 '11.1 'Ill N e vv Grad Notes (listed alphabetically by entering year) Paul Hibbeln 89 will be a student at Northwestern Univer sity. Kate Jennings '90 (Ponte Verde Fla.) will be in the history program at the University of Illi nois at Urbana-Champaign next year Dominique Keller 91 (State College, Pa.) will be in a graduate psychology program at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.. Devra Kiewit' 92 (Palm Har bor, Fla. ) won an Austrian Gov ernment Teaching Assistantship from the Austrian Fulbright com mission. She'll be teaching Eng lish in two towns south of Linz Austria for the next year Stanley Krane '90 ( Tampa, Fla.) will be attending Penn State. Todd Leonhardt '90 is enter ing the applied physics Ph.D pro gram at Carnegie Mellon Univer s ity. Brandon Lewis '88 is work ing at Camp Wildwood in Bridgton Maine, as a counselor this summer. Student Wins ,Poetry Prize & Virtue" Professor Mac Miller sent along the news that a New Col lege student, Wendy Coulter, is the author of a prize-winning poem. Wendy's poem Long Divi sion, was honored in a contest sponsored by the magazine Half Tones to Jubilee The award car ries not only honor, but also a $300 award Congratulations! Wendy, who will be returning for her second year at NC from Boca Raton, Fla. is a sister of alumna Kristi Coulter '88, an other prize-winning author. Erin Lipp '91 will be a stu dent in the University of South Florida marine science program in St. Pete. Gene McMullan '90 will be attending the Pacific School of Religion Department of Queer Religious Studies, in Berkeley. Camilla Mortensen '90 will be enrolling in UCLA's graduate program in folklore and mythol ogy Yes you can get a Ph.D. in folklore! Bob Phelps 91 (Ft. Myers Fla.) will be attending the Naropa Institute. Rachel Poynter '90 is plan ning to take a year off then en roll in the School for Interna tional Training for the master' s program in intercultural manage ment in 1995 Douglas Robertson 90 is enrolled in the English Ph. D programat John Hopkins University Juliana Pare 89 is working as county housing director for the Community Housing Corpo ration of Sarasota Duncan Steward 88 ( Land O'Lakes, Fla. ) is begin ning a chemistry program at Cal Tech. George Wade Swicord '91 will be enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin Department of Government Tina Terrill '89 has been in Alaska since early spring (Tina says the Alaskan spring lasted five days), working at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and leading backpacking trips and day hikes at Camp Togowoods in Wasilla She s interviewing for a Peace Corps nomination for an environmental education posi tion in a French-speaking Afri can country for 1995 Forest Turbiville '91 will be attending the graduate program in geography at the University of South Florida Ton Van 90 will be continu ing his plant studies in the horti-Rosa Greenbaum '90 and Roddy Grant '90 just received their diplo mas. culture department at the Uni versity of Illinois. Jennifer Veser '91 plans on becoming an active Quaker while studying classics at the Univer sity of Wisconsin, Madison Hillary Waterman '92 will be attending the University of Pennsylvania Steven Wetter '91 is beginning law school at the University of Miami Douglas Zare 90 is coauthor ing a mathematics paper on graph theory with Don Gold berg 68, and will be attending CalTech in mathematics Doug, the youngest member of the class of '94, began college at the age of 13 graduating in four years with a double major in math and eco nomics. Nimbus, Summer-Fall1994 .:... Page 20


A Student ewsrag Ever wonder what's news at New College? Below are excerpts from a weekly student paper, YO!, selected by its editor, Ken Burruss. Health Care Reform: Whose Plan is the Best? by Ari Goelman Everywhere you look in New College, health care reform policy is being heatedly debated. Surpris ingly enough, although it is prob ably the most talked about subject on campus, aside from room draw, the R.A selections, late term pa pers, obscure South American po etry, and early eighties television adventure serials such as ''Mani mal" and "Automan," a lot of peo ple are still pretty confused about it. For instance, earlier today, I heard someone sobbing in Ham center, "but under article 29 of the Clinton health plan my precinct 59 health insurance card might not let me see a urologist until twelve days after the ailment begins. Then, where will this universal health care leave me? What are they trying to do?" The answer, of course, depends on who you ask. The Clinton Plan The main emphasis of Clinton's plan is providing medical coverage to everyone who wants it. This is surprising to anyone who paid at tention to the presidential cam paign, in that Clinton is actually attempting to make good on a cam paign promise his promise to pro vide health insurance to every citi zen, regardless of finances or preexisting medical conditions. Like every other plan, Clinton's plan would have sick people pay a premium i.e. the sick people or their employers would have to pay up to a certain amount of any medical costs he/she incurs. How ever, Clinton's plan limits the costs of premiums in two ways: if a person or family is very poor, the premiums would be paid by the government, and the total amount any sick person would pay in a year would be limited. Clinton's plan also offers every state the op tion of establishing their own health care programs, as long as they provide universal coverage. On the Death of Nixon by Ken Burruss An editorial in the St. Peters burg's Times titled "An American tragedy" ran the day after Richard Nixon's death last Friday In it, you could read, "There are those who will not weep today for Richard M Nixon. Yet his death is still, for all of us, an occasion of sadness ... That same day, in the National Writer's Workshop in St. Peters burg, Philadelphia Daily News Editorial Page Editor Richard Are good spoke. He took a few mo ments to remark on Nixon, stating, "I didn't think the son of a bitch would ever die," and, "I think the next ceremony in the Ro tunda should be where they drive a stake through his heart." You don't have to agree with Aregood to know that what he said was a great deal less hypocritical than what the St. Pete Times ran. Nixon did have his successes, mostly in foreign affairs. He also participated in witch hunts while serving on the House Committee on Un-American Activities. One need hardly mention Watergate, the scan dal which destroyed the public's trust in government. He's the only president to ever resign, and he did that to avoid being impeached. It is only natural for sentimental reasons to speak well of a per son recently after their death. That does not mean the facts should be obscured, especially in a newspaper. The truth is, Nixon committed crimes and did more than anyone else to hurt the nation's faith in its leaders He'll be remembered for that. Florida Legislature Considering New Tuition Bill by Leslie Shaffer According to the March 31, 1994 issue of The Oracle, a variable tui tion bill is presently being consid ered in the State House and Senate. The bill seeks to give Florida's nine public university presidents the authority to set tuition at up to 10% above or below a base rate. Advocates of the bill claim that he extra money raised will help provide more class sections, computers, and other resources to shorten the amount of time it takes students to earn a degree. Critics, however, claim that this conclusion is not logical, as, for ex ample, a student who works full time may require more time to graduate anyway. Greg Bradley, a lobbyist for the Florida Student Association, says the bill does not provide a guarantee that the money raised from the differential tuition will go to providing more services for students. He said that instead legislators could use the money generated to offset further cuts in university funding. This year, YO! and The Orifice, have merged and rww publish un der a name from the past, The Cata lyst. The paper, written and produced by students, is distributed free on campus. If you'd like a mail subscription, send your name, address and a check payable to New College Foundation to Ken Bur russ, Box 139, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 34243. One semes ter, 14 issues, is $10 (specify fall or spring) and a full year is $1 Nimbus, Summer-Fall1994 -Page 21


Elections for ten members-at large of the Board of Directors are scheduled for early 1995. We en courage any interested alums to run. Representation of the full spectrum of class years and geo graphic location is important. The board meets twice a year in Sarasota, once in the fall and once at the time of the spring reunion. Teleconferences may be scheduled at other times. This is a working board. Mem bers are asked to help identify the goals of the association through an ongoing strategic planning process and then work to accomplish the identified goals. Because the asso ciation is self-funded, board mem bers will be asked not only to con tribute personally, but also to assist in fund raising efforts. The first meeting of the newly elected board will be held the weekend of April 21-23, 1995 Di rectors will serve until spring 1997. Nominees are required to submit a statement indicating their willingness to participate in board activities and to attend board meetings at their own expense. Nominees may also include a statement (200 words) to be included on the bal lot. Send nominations to the alumnae/i association by mail (5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 34243), fax (813-359-4324) or 3mail ( They must be postmarked no later than December 16, 1994 (lfyou nomi nate someone other than yourself, the nominee is still required to submit, by the deadline, the state ment described above ) Please consider placing your name in nomination. We need all the talent you wish to offer. Nimbus welcomes letters to the editor, including the writer's name, address and daytime telephone number. Letters accepted may be edited for length and clarity. (Correspondence continues concern ing Steve Duprey's original letter in Fall '93 and Bob Allen's response.) Bob, I am genuinely glad to see that you are doing well, but please do lighten up a bit. I really think that very few of us care to have the abortion rights debate in our alumni newsletter. And by the way, about Lincoln Diaz Balart, my regards to him as well, but you left out the fact that he was quite the vigorous cam paigner for Jimmy Carter back in '76! And I seem to remember you helping him, you fire-breathing con servative. Regards, Kevin Flynn Paris, France Dear Folks, Bob Allen wrote recently to ar ticulate his view on the abortion de bate, and why anyone who dis agreed with his view was "against biological human life and in favor of irresponsibility." An interesting view, and proof positive I would ar gue, that to graduate from New College does not guarantee either an open-mindedness or at least a healthy tolerance for those with dif fering views. In the fall '93 Nimbus I noted that in my primary race for Con gress four out of five candidates were pro-choice, which any student of Republican politics knows is ex tremely unusual I also pointed out that as a result, four of us split the vote and the one candidate who was pro-life won No editorial comment about either view was offered, save my remark that from my perspective (1500 votes short out of 90,000 cast) it was re grettable. As a member of the Republican National Committee I have had the chance to observe what a first rate job Lincoln Diaz-Bart does as a Congressman However, for Mr. Al len to argue that Lincoln was a con servative in the Florida State Sen ate with a 100% AFL-CIO rating concedes my point. He is more con servative now than when he was a student. Regards, Stephen M. Duprey Concord, N.H. Nimbus, Summer-Fall1994 Page 22


NIMBUS Published by New College Alum nae/i Association, 5700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243, (813) 359-4324 Produc tion/distribution cost per copy is $1.58 Editorial/Production Commit tee: Alexis Simendinger '75, Chair; Susan Burns '76; Mike Campbell '87; Jim Feeney; Ben Ford '83; John Hansen '76; Matt Posner '87; Carol Ann Wilkinson '64, editor. Special thanks to Dawn Chaney, Maria Fernandez and Donna Bagnall for their assistance with this issue of Nimbus Unle,. otherwue noted, opinion. expreed are thou of the author and do not repre ent official policy of the Alumnae/i A,.ociation or the opiniom oft he editor. bJ fact, the editor rarely even agree with each other! Photo Credits: p .1, Rebecca Baxter; p.8, Gregory Mann, ArtRag; p. 9, Robert Holtzer; p. 10, David Smolker; p 12 and 13, Carol Ann Wilkinson; p. 15, New College Foundation; p .17 & p 19, Susan McConnell; p.20, Joyce Alsplaugh .... \.I Printed on recycled papet Women' s Awareness Month by Katherine Knapp '90 Greatly enlarged in scope from last year's one-week observance, Women's Awareness Month (WAM) was celebrated at New Col lege during March with a variety of activities, speakers, performers, and student exhibitions. Featured were women of national stature, ranging from Dr. Rhonda Hughes, speaking on women in math and science, to pianist Virginia Eskin, to Catherine Byrne, who per formed her one-women adaptation of Virginia WooirsA Room of One's Own. Dr. Susan Parenti of the University of Illinois Perform ers Workshop Ensemble gave a per formance/workshop on language and gender, and a second lecture on the medicalization of the politi cal. Also speaking throughout the month were faculty from New Col lege, Boston University, Eckerd College, and Manatee Community College, on topics ranging from im ages of women in science fiction to women in Tibet and China. WAM incorporated many exhibi tions of student talents, showcas ing local writers, poets and artists. Throughout the month of March, a Know Your Faculty contest kept people guessing about such intrigu ing bits oftrivia as, "Which New College faculty member went bungee-jumping in New Zealand?" (Charlene Callahan) WAM ended up overlapping, by happy (or maybe not-so-happy, for the sleep-deprived person trying to attend many events) coinci dence, with both the New College Race and Gender Symposium, which featured films, student pres entation, and speaker Michele Wal lace, and the Ninth Biennial New College Conference on Medieval Renaissance Studies, which had several lectures on various aspects of gender in the time period. WAM was an overwhelming, al though very informative and valu able, experience for both the organ izers and those who attended the events. Plans are already in the works for next year. Katherine Knapp was one of the students who joined other women from the faculty and staff in organ izing Women's Awareness Month. The events were funded by grants from USF and donations from a wide variety of individuals and non-profit groups, including the New College Alumnae/i Associa tion We'd Like to Hear from You ... Send your newest news or address changes to New CoUege Alumrw.e/i Association, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243, call/fax at 813-359-4324 or e-mail ncalum@sar.usfedu. Nimbus, Summer-Fall1994 -Page 23


Chapter Revitalization _,. some tips from the Tallahassee and Atlanta chapter coordinators: The NCAA will help you Asso ciation Director Carol Ann Wilkin son will happily provide you with a regional list of alumnae/ i names, addresses, phone num bers and occupational identifiers to you started. The associa tion also will help foot the bill for the party supplies used for a get together ../Find sorneone willing to offer the location of a gathering, and decide on a date-weekend dates appear to be best. Lyon said she always invites alum offspring to her parties and plans activities for them, and Foltz said her gath erings generally don t include chil dren. ./Mail i nvitations with enough lead time and follow them with phone calls Don't be deterred 1f you start small; you will build from there. Lyon said her core group in Atlanta numbers about a dozen, while most of her annual parties have attracted more than 20 people. Foltz said the Talla hassee crowd schedules parties at least twice a year, and can count on about 20 people, although one party in recent memory had 40 at tendees, while a quieter version turned up fewer than 12. Hum bert in San Francisco said the last chapter bash there attracted at least 70 people. Locations of active and chapters ../Decide on a formal Foltz said her most successful gatherings have been potluck lunches some of which have extended into the evening, or Sunday brunches Lyon said she provides food and drinks at her house, and asks peo ple to come in the early evening Humbert said he had good atten dance in the past with a simple outdoor "reception ./Flaunt those school colors Ex perienced chapter coordinators en courage the wearing of those New College t-shirts, the conspicuous display of the latest issue of the Nimbus, and the casual perusal of archival New College photos to distract the guests. Foltz said she's gotten many laughs with the showing of a circa 1970s New College promotional video she found somewhere The NCAA New College Foundation, Inc. probably could supply some party favors, such as New College bumper stickers or decals ./Follow up. Make sure everyone who comes to a party gets an up dated copy of the regional chapter directory of names and phone numbers. Try to pick a date for the next party, and get someone to volunteer the location if the co ordinator's house needs a break. Good luck! 1994 Active C h a pter Contacts Include: Tallahassee Susan Sapoznik off Foltz '83 (h) 904-656-2787 (w) 904-385-3862 Atlanta-Ginger Lyon '70 (h) 404-577-3014 San Francisco -Mark Hum bert 75, ( h ) 415-821-1317 ( w ) 415-495-4747 w Tampa-Emmy Acton '73 and Michael Maher '72, (h ) 813-2544050 ( w ) 813-272-6124 Washinton, DC-Hazel Brad ford 75, (h) 301-320-3988 and Terry Hoopes 74, (h) 703-7501168 (w) 202-523-9782 Alexis Simendinger is a writer, covering the White House for The Bureau of National Affairs. She's on the alumnae/i board of direc tors and serves as chair of the Nimhus committee New CoLLEGE ALUMNAE/I AssociATION NIMBUS NooProfit Org. U S Posmge Paid Panrit#56 s.asota, FL 5700 N Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243 2197 FORWARDING POSTAGE GUARANTEED ADDRESS CORRECTION REQUESTED

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