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NEW COLLEGE A publication of the New College Alumnae/i Association Volume 42 Winter 2000 Nimbus Talks With .... Daniel Bosch '82-'85 By Alexis Simendinger '75 Daniel Bosch has had a single minded desire since his youth in California: to be a poet Which is what he is, although his keep is earned as an instructor in expository writing at Harvard University, where he's also a resident tutor in aca demic writing and an instructor in advanced poetry writing for Harvard's open-admission extension school. His work is not yet on bookstore shelves, but a year ago he won the first -ever $1,000 poetry prize offered by the literary maga zine, Boston Review-an accom plishment that landed him on the "Arts" pages of People magazine. The reason the mass-market celeb rity bible showed an interest? Because his winning series of four complex poems written in 1997 had beguilingly accessible titles: "Phila delphia Starring Tom Hanks," "Big Starring Tom Hanks," "Apollo 13 Starring Tom Hanks," and "Forrest Gump Starring Tom Hanks." [Boston Review's website has links to Bosch's prize-winning verse at www] Q. In today's marketplace, can anyone make a healthy living as a poet? No, you have to find something else. The obvious thing for most people is to teach, but anyone who could possibly make a living doing something else while being a poet should do so. The academic poetry world is ugly. It's full of backbiting and climbing and lying and sly smiles. It's very costly, and I think the more you can stay out of it, the better. Q. How did Tom Hanks and his movies get into your poetry? It all began as an experiment where I was trying to do what {New College Professor] Mac [Miller] taught me. It's called the negative image experiment. I was doing these negative images of an (Osip) Mandelstam (20th century Russian] poem. He mentions the City Taurida [ancient Greek reference]. I needed a word that had the feel of a contem porary American word, and I chose Philadelphia. I ended up submitting the poem, as Mac would sometimes do in his workshops, to my own summer workshop at Harvard summer school, an anonymous workshop. This poem was picked for discussion and the people fixed on the term "Philadelphia," and thought it must refer to the Tom Hanks movie. At that time it had no Tom Poet Daniel Bosch '82-' 85 Hanks title. They loved that and used it to interpret the poem. And I thought, "Geez, that works." So I thought, I'll call this, "Philadelphia Starring Tom Hanks." Then I thought, since people liked that so much, why don't I do some more Mandelstam versions, directly going after Tom Hanks' movies, since they seemed to think that was so fun? I did three more [and) had a lot of fun doing it. The final one, "Forrest Gump," has some of my best writing in it, even though, in some sense, it's very difficult to understand. Q. What's important about your approach, described in one article as your "commitment to the measured line


The Crucible by Daniel Bosch After virtue, under the eye of the clock, Patterns of culture in our time, our bodies, Ourselves, let us now praise famous men, Invisible cities, pride and prejudice. After Babel, to the land of the cattails, Tender is the night of grammatology, The well-wrought urn, silence in the snowy fields, Paradise lost from here to eternity. Other criteria hopscotch on liberty, On deconstruction, on dreams. The separate notebooks cry "the beloved country." Mimesis travels with Charley, islands in the stream Marry me. Far from the madden ing crowd, the possessed Bang the drum slowly against interpretation, Pale fire, men and women, labyrinths, the best Short stories of 1988, civilization And its discontents. Language of art, I know why the caged bird sings: To have and have not a part of speech, Of time and the river, and the order of things. First Appeared in Harvard Review ofpoetry as the fundamental unit"? If I didn't like lines, I would write paragraphs. I think that's the question to ask any contemporary American poet: Why are they writing lines that aren't any good, and what do they have against paragraphs? The difference between poetry in prose and poetry in verse is that the verse is written in lines and written in good lines. Q. Who are some living poets whose work you would recommend to readers, and why? Boston was a destination for me because of Derek Walcott being here. I had intended to move here and work with him somehow. He's phenomenal and in a sense, has really raised the standards for poetry in recent times. There's an Irish expatri ate who teaches at Princeton named Paul Muldoon, who is wonderful and writes some of the most alive verse that's going now. The language is speaking through them. Their work is not only personal and vivid in its imagery, but it also ends up being about bigger things, and that's what art is supposed to do, I think-to not express itself but, rather, to connect itself to things that are bigger than that. Q. What did you do with the $1,000 poetry prize? I gave $300 to New CollAge. New CollAge magazine was a great opportunity for me. I got to read all these submissions that really helped ground me as a poet. Mac, also, used to be so supportive of me. And I bought a telescope for my daughter [Michaela, 6]. Q. How do you think that being a parent has affected your writing? It's been a tremendous thing for me. Children are authentic, and my daughter models for me ways I'd like to be. I also think that when one has a child, one can't help but get excited about language again in a rawer way. I have, since I've been a parent, been more concerned about accessibility. I've written a series of poems about fruit in this period that are really accessible and fun and complex. I definitely don't want to be an academic, dusty, musty poet. Q. If asked what her father does, would your daughter say, "he teaches," or "he' s a poet"? She'd say I was a poet. Q. What was important about your time at New College? Having been to three other undergraduate schools, I used to think that New College is wasted on people who aren't transfers because they don't see the enormous possi bilities. But I could see the freedom and the chance to get engaged with professors. It was extremely exciting to me-the freedom to design my major and just sit at the beginning of every semester and say, "What do I want to do?" I was quite ready to do aesthetics and ethics and poetry. [After moving with his family to Florida from California at age 17, Bosch decided to give college a try, although he didn't believe college was necessary for a poet.) My first year at USF con vinced me that ordinary education was not going to be good for me. So, I maintained my residency in Califor nia and transferred to UC-Santa Cruz. On the plane to California, I sat next to [a woman]. and the first thing I noticed was that she was barefoot. I struck up a conversation with her, and she said, "You're going to Santa Cruz? I go to this college kind of like that. And that's how I first heard of New College. When I ended up moving back to Florida, there was this idea that there was this other place that was non-traditional. I took a course from [alum] Carol Flint on reading poetry. That was a nice thing at New College. I find no one who's studied poetry, even at a master's degree level, has taken a whole course in reading poetry aloud. That was a very rare gift from New College. Q. What are the prospects of seeing a book published of your work? I put out little chapbooks Bosch continued on poge 22


NCAA President's letter Mike Campbell NCAA Pres ident Dear New College Alums: When I last wrote to you, New College remained in the midst of a year-long transition-one of leader ship, of faculty, and of administrative structure. The Blueprint for the Future, a collaborative effort of students, faculty, and staff from both New College and the University Program, had offered a number of suggestions for the future of the College and the campus While New College creates a clearer picture of its future, it faces transitions result ing from the passage of time and shifting trends in higher education. This year, for example, will mark the retirements of Doug Berggren, Lazlo Deme, Jim Feeney, and Jane Stephens. These latest retirements are the culmination of the graying of faculty, a national trend made more palpable here by the intimate scale of the place. At the same time, the campus continues with the Blueprint, and you'll find in this issue some examples of how plans might look in practice. In a parallel but independent process, the NCAA has revisited our strategic plan. We've done so in an effort to keep pace with the College and, especially, to provide a clear voice for alums as New College moves forward. Many thanks to John Hansen '76-'82 for leading the Strategic Planning Committee Here, for your consideration and comment, are our key priorities. Develop, define, and implement a comprehensive communications and community building strategy and leverage technology in its implementa tion. We know that fostering links among alums and between alums and campus is the cornerstone of a healthy alum association and a healthy college The Nimbus and biennial directory are our traditional means of promoting these relation ships, but we're continuing this spring to enhance the content and functionality of our web site. Cur rently or in the very near future, you'll find the Nimbus, program descriptions, directory information, NCAA message boards, and the ability to make donations via internet at our website, Develop programs aligned with our constituents needs and with the NCAA mission and program evaluation criteria; establish an operational foundation for routinizing these programs. During the past decade, we've incrementally expanded our programs for alums (reunions, chapter activities, Nimbus, and the directory), students (Student Grants, Alumanefi Fellowships, Alumnaefi Mentors). and faculty (Faculty Development Grants, support for external program review, provision of data for institutional research). We've undertaken, and are near completion of, a major challenge campaign to fund a memorial faculty professorship (the CHAE Chair). We've been presented with even more opportunities in the past year, including sponsorship of the Alum naefi Music Series and increased support for admissions efforts. As we continue to grow, the NCAA will need to think in terms of integrated portfolios of programs for our key constituencies. We' ll need to establish clearer benchmarks of success for current programs and distinct evaluation criteria for future programs And, we'll need to find creative solutions to fund, staff, and administer programs as we expand. Advance NCAA's fUndraising capabilities and results to the next level. Here's the motivation: both New College and the NCAA need financial support to grow in a way that will enhance the recognized strenghts of the College and the Association. Increasing average gift amounts is key to this effort, but increasing the percentage of alums who provide annual support is critically important as well. Why? Breadth of alum support is a univer sal metric by which external con stituencies (charitable foundations accreditation agencies, and college guidebooks) judge educational institutions. Our support translates directly into increased grant funding and enhanced national image. Proclaim the past and current contributions of alumnae j i to New College and the broader community, and advocate their perspective on the College's fUture. Alums embody what's wonderful about New College, and the NCAA is best positioned to showcase, locally and nationally, the diverse achievements of our members. At the same time, we want to provide strong voice to the passion and commitment of New College alums. whether to champion the College's future or to let NC leadership know that the Emperor has forgotten where he left his clothes. Improve the efficiency and effective ness ofNCAA Board and staff opera tions. We're likely to have growing pains as our membership increases continued on page 23


The Career Center ot New College: Isn't thot on Oxymoron? By Karen Patriarca When I interviewed for a posi tion as a career development coordinator here almost five years ago, I was amazed to discover that New College, a nationally known "Best Buy" in higher education, did not have a career center. To be perfectly honest, I thought every college had some type of career development or placement office. After all, wasn't college a prepara tion for the future? And, didn't that future usually include work? While lack of an existing career center was actually one of the things that attracted me to the position, nevertheless, it was curious. I was told that, at several points in time, the campus had discussed and agreed on the need for a career center. A career services position had even been approved and funded. But with budget problems year after year, the position was left unfilled. Finally, in 1995, the campus made a firm commitment to career develop ment: the Career Center was created. The Center is designed to serve both New College and USF students. From the beginning, it was clear to me what interested the USF students-they wanted assistance with finding professional jobs in the local area. The Novo Collegians, however. were a different story. My problem was not in trying to understand what one could do with a liberal arts degree. I could articulate the value of a liberal arts education as well as anyone. After all, I had spent the previous four years as director of internships at the public honors college in Maryland, which, like New College, offers only liberal arts programs. It was just that most New College students did not seem interested in discussing career-related issues. As time went on and I got to know more students, I realized how committed NC students were to their studies and to improving the world around them. For most, going to graduate school was the only option they had ever considered, and New College was a great place to prepare. I also discovered that many students had "Fear of Leaving New College" syndrome. New College was the first Wont to be a Mentor? Please contact e i ther: e New College Alumnae/ i Assoc i ation : 941-359-4324 ncalum@ virtu sar usf .edu;or e New College Car ee r Center 941359-4261 place that many of these talented and gifted students had ever felt truly comfortable. Not only were they accepted: they were encouraged to excel, no matter how offbeat their interests seemed. But, to a good number of New College students, the world of work was viewed with anxiety and fear. I'm not saying that in four short years the Career Center has com pletely quelled these fears. And I'm not saying that, at times, work shouldn't be feared (after all, I have certainly had my share of dreadful workdays). Nor am I implying that every New College student should skip graduate school and go directly into a career. But after working with students, I often hear them say, "what a relief, I didn t know I had this many options." Another discovery I made is that New College graduates can be found in just about every profession and career field, but few found their way easily Most took a circuitous route to get where they are. An opportunity for career guidance and advice could have prevented confusion and anguish for more than a few New College graduates. So, what exactly are we doing at the Career Center to help students overcome the "Fear of Leaving New College"? Our services include indi vidual career counseling and job-search preparation, job and internship listings, graduate school advising and resources, studyfwork abroad advising and resources career-related work shops, and a comprehensive career library. Some of the books that appeal to current students are The Career Guide for the creative and Unconven tiona!, Making a Living While Making a Difference, Create a Life Worth Living, and Offbeat and Unusual Careers. (By the way if you're wonder ing how to become an executioner and how much it pays, the last book can tell you.) Some of our services are available via the web and can be accessed through the New College homepage at (double-click on Career Center). By the way, most of our services are also available for free or at a low cost to alums, so if you are in need of career assistance, feel free to contact me at (941) 359-4261 or career@' I have found that some of the most valuable career resources for New College students are people like youalumni and alumnae who are success fully navigating the world of work. Career Center continued on page 9


Alumnoe/i Mentor Success Story Henry ... Alum Mentor Tracy ... Recent Alum Henry Smyth ('76) good indicator of the In a previous issue of quality of the New College the Nimbus a couple years education.) back, I wrote about Bonnie Over the course of the Gorla, a New College next several months and student who called me out telephone conversations, it of the blue looking for an became clear that despite internship. She my best arguments to the subsequently came to work contrary, Tracy was headed for me as an intern in New to public sectorville USA. York. I think the point of She ended up at the my article was something International Finance about the value of that Corporation {IF C) as an experience not only to analyst. Over the next few Bonnie but also to me. years we would speak Based on my experience every few months. The with Bonnie, I went back conversations usually to New consisted of her College and 1"1 went back to New telling me put together College and put about the a workshop together a workshop valuable for students for students ... experience she on making was the transition from New accumulating and her plans College, the importance of for graduate school and me internships, resumes, urging her to abandon interview skills, that sort Sodom-on-Potomac for of thing. I've done two of some hardcore private these workshops, and am sector experience here in about to do a third. Sodom-on-Hudson. Just During the first of these when I thought poor Tracy workshops, I was was doomed to the fate of introduced to Tracy Rahn. an IFC Hfer or worse, an She was an economics economics Ph.D. gulag, I get student and highly a call from her saying we recommended by her need to talk because she advisor. I believe we spoke was moving to New York. a bit about what she was About this time, our interested in and planned Senior Economist let it be to do upon graduation. I known on our trading floor gave her my card and told that he was looking for a her to call me if she needed junior economist for his someone to talk to about team. Tracy by this time her plans or help with her had moved to New York and resume. (New College was working as an analyst students almost without on a short-term assignment exception write lousy at S&P and had resumes. To me, this is a Henry continued on page J 2 Tracy Rahn ('90) I think it was the phone tag between Henry and my roommate Bonnie Gorla that made me feel like I'd known him forever without even meeting him. Bonnie had done an internship at the bank where Henry worked the summer before (1992) and was now being a huge help with Bonnie's thesis on telecom privatization in Latin America. So every morning (ok, that's an exaggeration, but it started to feel that way), Henry would call looking for Bonnie to tell her of a good research source, find out about her progress, or encourage her to seek out more internships. And because Bonnie was hardly ever there (early classes), and I was (procrastinating on my own thesis). we would get to chatting about the thesis progress (or lack thereof) of both Bonnie and myself. When Spring came and Bonnie and I could actually envision the end of our thesis torture, Henry came down to New College to give a seminar on "Entering the Real World" --advice on resumes, cover letters, interviewing, etc. Before the seminar, several of my friends and I hustled around trying to get a draft resume together (required for the seminar) it all seemed like so much work and something so trivial next to the thesis that was ruling our lives So we put down anything just to have something and headed for the Fishbowl. That was probably a mistake as Henry immediately caught on when he called on my friend Dana Lockwood and asked her how and when she became fluent in Portuguese. He was interested, as he had spent a semester off-campus in Brazil to learn Portuguese. After a long pause but short enough to stop Henry from conversing in Portuguese, Dana fessed up that she just placed it there to fill up her resume. Well at least he knew we tried! After giving us all great comments on the resumes we submitted, as well as general rules of thumb, and a sense of what to expect in the process, he was nice enough to make himself available in the future by phone/fax, saying that he would be happy to critique further drafts. I don't think he had any idea when he made that offer that he might still be critiquing my drafts six years later! But here we are in the year 2000 and I have to say that Henry has made good on his word and Tracy continued on page 23


The Changing Campus Scene The Betty Isermann Fine Arts Building was the first of five new fin de siecle structures. The 5,600 sq. ft. building, part ofthe Caples Fine Arts Complex, was dedicated in january 1998. It houses two large studios and a teaching gallery. The building complements the Felsmann studio building, and together they define the west side of the Caples Fine Arts quadrangle. TWO RESIDENCE HALLS Opening just one year apart, the adjacent Dallas and Elizabeth Dort Residence Hall (1998) and the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Residence Hall (1999) on the East Campus add 150 rooms for New College students, ensuring that at least 80 percent of the students are able to reside on campus. A palm-lined walkway will connect the new halls with the Pei complex, creating a New College residential neighborhood that includes the Palm Court, the Pei three residence courts (now bearing the names Peggy Bates Hall, Bob johnson Hall, and Elaine and Harvey Rothenberg Hall), Hamilton Center, and the Hamilton Classrooms. .:


,. MARINE BIOLOGY RESEARCH CENTER Progress continues on the 9,300 sq. ft. Rhoda and jack Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center, located on the north side of the Bayfront Campus, near psychology's Bonseigneur Hall. The new facility replaces inadequate and obsolete laboratories of the established marine biology program. The center is scheduled to open late in 2000. NATURAL SCIENCES COMPLEX Construction of the R.V. Heiser Natural Sciences Complex nears completion. The 36,000 sq. ft V-shaped facility will house biology and chemistry in the Selby wing, physics, mathematics, and computer science in the Hanson wing, and the Soo Bong Chae Memorial Auditorium at the structure's vortex. Dedication of the complex is scheduled for Friday, February 4, 2000, at 11:30 a.m. The old Selby and Hanson buildings, constructed as temporary quarters in 1964 and 1973, are to be demolished.


NC Students and Local Interests, Buoy 'Theatre of the Community' Proied By suzanne Janney Eleven New College students are leading a weekly workshop this fall at nearby Booker High School on the theory and techniques of participa tory theatre applied to community issues. This "Theatre of the Commu nity" undertaking may sound ab stract, but to the students involved, helping to address social issues of immediate concern on stage and in a spirit of camaraderie and shared enterprise, it is learning at its potent best. The students presented a workshop at the October '99 Planned Parenthood State Conference in Tampa, and staged a presentation for Healthy Start, a local organization advocating good care for expectant mothers and infants, at Emma Booker Elementary School in Sarasota in December. The New College tutorial of 11 is sponsored by Associate Profes sor of Literature john McDiarmid and led by student Lori Eisenberg; the 15 Booker students, who meet for the workshop after school, are organized by Jeremy Lourde, history teacher and former Asolo actor. "Theatre of the Community" is based on the theories of interactive theatre developed by Dr. August Boal, an internationally recognized Brazilian dramatist, whose work was first introduced to New College by Associate Professor of Spanish Language and Literature Terry Palls. Student initiative with faculty support is the connector between Baal's work and its applica tion to the Sarasota community. In a 1997 course taught by Prof. McDiarmid, literature student Robert Brayer became fascinated with Baal's techniques of inviting audience Dr. Augusto Boal explaining "Theatre of the Community" techniques to a capacity crowd of students and community members on February 20th, 1999. members on stage to try out different solutions to human problems por trayed by trained actors. Within a few months, Brayer had read all of Baal's work and various critical essays, and met Dr. Boa! at a conference of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education in Chicago. Brayer orga nized a course on Boal with Prof. McDiarmid, attended the 1998 Peda gogy and Theatre of the Oppressed (or Community) conference, and decided that Baal's methods could be applied locally. While writing his senior thesis on interactive theatre and Dr. Boal, Brayer realized his dream of bringing Dr. Boal to Sarasota. An $8,000 grant from the Florida Humani ties Council and the cooperation of New College Foundation and numer ous community partners made it possible. A "Theatre of the Commu nity" Workshop was held at New College in February 1999, in which Baal himself directed New College students (including Lori Eisenberg, this year's tutorial leader), who had been prepared by Brayer and fellow student Arkady Medovoy. The follow-ing day, the scenes based on everyday issues from life on the North Trail were performed by student actors from New College, Booker High Schdol and audience volunteers. The reception by a community audience of over 100 at the Ringling School of Art and Design was wildly enthusias tic. Local TV covered the event and Dr. Baal's photo was on the front page of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Planned Parenthood's Pat Diodati was in the audience; she was so impressed with the impact of the "Theatre of the Community" tech niques that she arranged for the Theater continued on next page Florida Humanities Council Project Director, Prof. John McDiarmid


Theater contiuned from poge 8 group to present some of Planned Parenthood's own issues at the state conference mentioned earlier. "Theatre of the Community" promotes new, creative approaches to difficult and sensitive community issues, and is flourishing, just as Robert Brayer hoped it would. We are a better community for it. CareerCentercontinued ... Hearing from New College graduates who are happy and successful gives current students the confidence that "yes, indeed, you can become a __ even if you don't have grades and a GPA''. The New College Alumnaefi Mentoring Program has been a tremendous asset for students. The program is a simple one: New College graduates agree to share their expertise and assist current students. Could you offer a student an intern ship or summer job? Could you help with an ISP or research idea? Could you offer a student doing off-campus study a temporary place to stay? Would you be willing to talk with a student about your career? Could you offer a soon-to-be graduate a full time job? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you're ready to become a mentor! One of my favorite mentor stories concerns Malcolm Brenner, class of '69 and jennifer Campbell, class of '93. During january break in 1996, Malcolm visited his family in Sara sota. Malcolm stopped by the Career Center and spent some time talking with me about what he was currently doing. Malcolm was living in Gallup, New Mexico, and working for The Gallup Independent as a reporter editor covering the local reservation. Thinking that at the very least, some students might be interested in chatting with Malcolm, I asked him if he would consider becoming a mentor. On the spot, he completed a mentor form. During the january ISP, I was walking down the hallway in PME. noticed a student working in the career library. As I often do, I asked her if she needed any help. jennifer Campbell told me she was hoping to find a journalism internship for the summer. In an effort to assist her, I asked if there was any particular publication that she was interested in interning with. As long as it was a newspaper, jennifer was open. I then asked if she had any particular issue or topic she would like to cover. jennifer told me it would be ideal if she could cover Native American issues. Well, bells and whistles went off in my head! I told her about my visit with Malcolm, and we searched out his mentor form. The result was that jennifer spent the summer working for The Gallup Independent and living with Malcolm and his family. The last time I saw Jennifer, she was headed off to a graduate school of journalism. It didn't hurt her application to have a portfolio with articles and by-lines from a regional newspaper. With the help of the New College Alumnaeji Association, this year the Career Center will sponsor a series of alumni career panels titled "From New College to a Career in The first in the series, Thursday, November 4'h, discussed communications careers. Three alumni generously partici pated: Alexis Simendinger, Susan Burns, and Gilda Saakes-Dennis. As you know, New College students have varied interests. In my work with students, they have inquired about environmental issues, consulting, sustainable development, social justice, medi cine, radical education, law, and international careers, to name a few. If you have a desire to come back to campus and share your hard-earned wisdom with New College students, an alumnaefi career panel could be your chance. Contact me and we can easily make convenient arrangements. As you read this issue of the Nimbus and reminisce about the good old days at New College, think about what the transition to the world of work was like for you. Maybe, just maybe, you can make it easier and a little less stressful for the next generation of Novo Collegians. The Four Winds Cafe The New College Student Coffeehouse Work in an alternative environment! Help make a New College dream come true. Positions Available: Full-Time Manager Starting$7.25/hr Assistant Manager (part-time) Starting $6.15/hr l For more information: Cafe at (941)359-4488 Elissa at (941)360-9054


New College Student Wins Fulbright Grant to Ecuador: Sixth Fulbright for New College in Six Years By suzanne Janney Bridget Emily chcttler, Denver, Colorado, wa elected in the pring for a highly competitive Fulbright grant upporting a year tudy in Ecuador The Fulbright Program, ponsored annually by the Information Agency. is the U .. Government' flag hip international academic exchange activity. In the last ix year ix 1ew College enior have received Fulbright grants which provide international travel, tuition and e pen e for a year oversea The campu Fulbright Advi er is Profe or of Gem1an Glenn Cuomo. chettler graduated from ew College in May, 1999 with a major in Romance Language and Literature and aspire to a career in literary tran lation. The Fulbright year will be her third experience in Ecuador. While in high school, he spent a ummer there on an American Field Service homestay program, and in January 1997 she returned to conduct a month-long ew College I P on informal language use, partially supported by a Travel Grant from the ew College Alumnae / i As ociation. This year Ms. chettler will enhance her familiarity with the linguistic and ociopolitical complex ity of Ecuador and develop strategies for effective Engli h translation of Ecuadorian literature. An interdisci plinary Certificado program at the Univer idad Andina imon Bolivar in Quito will provide grounding for an analy is of ociopolitical themes in contemporary Ecuadorian literature and a period of field work in Cuenca, observing the regional and cultural characteristics of language, will help her develop trategies for representing the Ecuadorian etting a well as the Briget Emily Schettler '99 country's linguistic diver ity in Eng! i b translation. chettler's fa cination with foreign languages stemmed from a desire to understand the speech of the growing Hi panic population in her hometown. Her study of French began at ew College, where he received the Alliance Francaisc Award for Excellence in French in 1997. She pent her junior year at the University Haute Bretagne in Rennes, living with a French family. While at ew College, M Schettler organized and participated in pani h and French discu sion groups. he erved as a volunteer panish tutor to high chool tu dents, a tutor for elementary students at the ewtown Re ource Center, a teaching as istant to ew College French classe an intern in the Admission Office, a study abroad adviser, and a student representative to the International Studies ommit tee. Her senior thesis, under the ponsorship of assistant profe ors Amy Reid (French) and Alberto Portugal (Spanish), explored the ways in which four twentteth-century Caribbean novels present individual responses to colonial and neo colonial conflict. Grant News: October 1999 By Suzanne Janney (I.) Explorer 'Club Youth Activity Grant upport The i Research in Corn Island Elis a Mendenhall, fourth-year student at ew College from Omaha, ebra ka, received a 700 grant from the Explorer Club to support her thesis research on the anti-malarial propertie of a plant found m the Corn I land 40 miles off the coast of icaragua. As a biology / chemistry major interested in natural medicine, she is intrigued with natural product pharmochemi try and finds that under tanding the context of a plant's medicinal use, both cultural and physical, is integral to under tanding the plant's efficacy and mechanism of action. Elis a report that traveling to Central America last January to conduct her own re earch wa more exciting and rewarding than practically anything else she had ever done. Eli a plans to attend naturopath school after gradua tion and hopes to work toward integrating cultural sources of information with medicinal research. he transferred to ew ollege from Smith. (2.) Rotary International Amba sadorial Scholarship Goe to ew ollege Senior Ian Hallett, an economics/biology major who will graduate from ew College in May. Ian ha won a Rotary lnternational Amba sadorial cholarship from Rotary District 6890 to upport three month of language tudy in Quito, Ecuador, starting in January 2001. A graduate of the International Grants continued on page 22


Student Grants Through the Student Grants Program, the New College Alumnae j i Association gives direct financial support t o students for outstanding student research and independent study projects. This fall the Alumnae j i Association funded the following projects (partial list): Travel to Salvador, Brazil to study Lavagem do Bonfim: a modem celebration Lavagem do Bonfim is a modern celebration which occurs on the second Thursday in january on the Streets of Brazil. This celebra tion demonstrates the combined expression of Catholicism and Candomble in Brazilian culture. Historically, Candomble was a mixture of African Religions and indigenous animism. It is only recently that the religious practices of Candomble have been legitimized. Lavagem do Bonfim demonstrates the combined expression of Catholi cism and Candomble in Brazilian culture. Kate Chandler a third year student, will travel to Salvador, Brazil during the Lavagem do Bonfim to focus on the role of public space during the celebration, and the way in which public space is used and mediated by the various groups involved. Art Hi tory Thesis Research on: Difference and the Body in Late 181h Century Images Brit Dunn, a fourth year thesis student, will travel to Britain to study popular images of the body Fourth year stude n t and NCAA Stude n t G r ant r e ci pient Elissa Mendenhall i n the Cova Isl ands of Nicaragua in the UK during the late 18'h century. Given the historical expansion of the British into Africa and India during the 18th century, Britons were able to formulate new explanations of racial difference to constitute their own civilized identity in contrast to the savage, and to justify much of the mother country's activities in the colonies. In this project Brit will investigate images available only in the Na tional Gallery in London, the National Portrait Gallery, and in archives of the British Museum. There, he will examine how these images established patterns of representation that involved in the signification of otherness. Finally, Brit will consider how differences may have been conceptualized and how this perception of difference translated into images of the late 18th century. Presentation of the is work at the 13th Biennial Conference on the Biology oCv1arine Mammals Wendi Fellner, a fourth year thesis student, will be presenting groundbreaking research on syn chronous behavior among dolphins at the 13th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals held in Kahului, Hawaii. Although cetacean researchers have been commenting for years on the synchrony as a species typical behavior, no one has attempted careful study. While synchrony may appear as a rather simple behavior, since fish also school, in dolphins it may be considerably more complex Dolphins are the only mammalian species to demonstrate both vocal and motor mimicry. The import of this lies in the fact that imitation is a source of cultural transmission of behavior Synchrony may be one of the foundations of dolphin's sophis ticated mimetic capabilities. Wendi has studied the development of delphinid synchrony through pains-taking analysis of videotapes of a mother and calf bottlenose dolphin. The student's research has been recognized by the acceptance of three papers at up coming conferences. She has also recently co-authored a paper with the Chair of the Division of the Social Sciences and Psychology Professor, Gordon Bauer, on mana tee vision. Bauer will also present the paper at the Marine Mammal Conference. Student Grants continued on page 15


Remembering George Moyer By Luke Salisbury ('65) It was with the greatest sadness I heard the news George Mayer had died. My wife and I visited George in Vermont in October, and though he looked frail, George was just as precise, warm, entertaining and as much George as ever. A guest at dinner complained that President Clinton was the only President to be impeached, and George in that wonderfully emphatic voice, ex plained that Andrew Johnson was not only impeached, but the vote was so close, "They brought Grimes of Iowa in on a strecher." George Mayer was one of those George Moyer Henry continued ... negotiated a permanent position. I gave her resume (suitably doctored} to our economist with a strong recommendation. He brought Tracy in to interview and she beat out three other candidates and was offered the people who made life more interest ing, who saw the most difficult or irritating things in your life, or his, or Bill Cinton's, with an ironic twinkle of that sharp eye, and a chuckle in that clipped, distinctive voice, which put everything in perspective. George made you feel there was an intellegent and humane way to look at things, and if you did, nothing could be that bad. He was that way about his health, saying, "In India, at dinner parties, people used to complain about their servants. In Sarasota, we sit around and complain about our bodies." George Mayer arrived at New College from Purdue in 1965, driving a yellow Corvette Stingray, wearing bow ties and trim suits that looked like they should have been part of Henry Truman's Whistlestop cam paign in 1948, not the emerging world of long hair and love then arising on the American horizon. I remember George striding across campus from the old circus-baron buildings to the Palm Court, looking for "scholars" as he used to call us, to "encourage" us to do some work. He seemed to be an ambassador from a country of discipline and manners, a country quite removed from the bursting, free-loving, drug experimenting, booze-soaked world some of us made. We needed George Mayer. We needed someone who knew what excellence and prepara tion and hard work were. We needed someone who knew all along the world wasn't New College, and knew that pleasant as New College was, one had better be ready to leave. job. To my amazement, she took it. To my utter amazement, she actually likes it. Which is good, as the alternative is too horrible to contemplate. Like most alums, I give money each year to the NCAA. I think it's money well spent. But the visceral feeling of giving something back I George's teaching was a delightful mixture of cynicism, anecdotes, and superb learning. George knew and loved history in a way that made you want to know and love it. His lectures were crisp and amusing. He was masterful at picking details to make the past come alive, or simply spice his conversation, like when he told me an essay was "entertaining, but probably not as entertaining as a prize fight between a miner and a Kodiak bear during the Alaskan Gold Rush." I can still hear the mock anguish in his voice describing the night President McKinley said he was told by God Almighty the U.S. should annex the Phillipines, or illustrating the passion FDR stirred with the example of a Purdue colleague who disliked the man so much "he wouldn't even accept Roosevelt dimes." New College, like the sixties, was an experiment in freedom. There was no blueprint for all the wild ness, craziness, license and trouble you could get into. George was one of the people you could turn to if you're life spiraled out of control. In 1968, when I had been kicked out and passed a draft physical, George was instrumental in helping me get back in. It was a time in my life when I needed help and George gave it. He was a refuge for many of us. The novelist Robertson Davies said, "Every man who amounts to a damn has several fathers," and "the fathers you choose for yourself are the significant ones." There are many of us, men and women, who chose George. We could hardly have done better. get when I can do something with my time and/or experience for an individual student. I hope Bonnie and Tracy and those poor souls who endured my workshops will do the same in turn. That's what makes New College well ... New College.


Frank Cooper (1967-1999) By Samantha Kavy ('85) It is impossible to sum up a life. Frank Cooper gave New College (and me) his love and devotion from 1985 to 1989. And while the three of us eventually separated; the love and devotion remained intact. Frank died this july at Woodstock. The follow ing words are adapted from some reflections I presented at his funeral in August. They seem very inad equate to me, and will certainly seem so to those who knew Frank. I never had quite his way with words-Frank was a teacher; I consider myself lucky to have been one of his students. In fourteen years of love and friendship, Frank taught me many things. For one thing-how to speak. And subse quently, how to argue. After five years of intensive training followed by nine years of refresher courses-! feel I can now win any argument with anyone, anytime. Mark Weiser (1953 -1999) ByTom Newman ('69) Mark Weiser ('70) attended New College before being directly admitted to graduate school without a degree. He contributed much to the intellectual quality of the school in the time he was a student and he had a profound influence on those who knew him. In an analogous manner, his life was too short, but his legacy will resonate through friends, family, When I met him, I was a shy, insecure 19 year-old with issues. Frank was only 18-but he had the confidence and assurance of a much older man. It wasn't just the arro gance of youth-although he had plenty of that too. Frank had no time for insecurities, no tolerance for self pity. He taught me the equation between self-doubt and self-absorp tion. Frank never wasted time on his failings; he had more important things to do-like trying to make the world a better place. Frank taught me that kindness consisted of actions rather than words. The victim of Frank's acerbic and irreverent tongue one day would be the beneficiary of his helping hand the next; for, from Resident Assistant to Social Worker to Special Education teacher, Frank's occupations always consisted of helping and teaching others. That says volumes. Frank taught compassiondon't let his abrasiveness fool you. Frank cried at movies. Frank taught generosity-he gave all of himself. Frank taught openness, honesty, integrity. He was never a hypocrite. He was who he was-take him or leave him, no concessions, no apologies. He lived in this world Frank Cooper ('85) 1995 and Wendy Hoon ('88) at Fronk's 30th Birthday Party more fully, more richly, more expan sively than anyone I know; after all, it was Frank's World. Everything he did he did well-the best. Always he strove to be the best, the smartest, the fastest, the winner of every contest-but he wanted everybody he loved to be so too. He was my best friend. I believe his greatest lesson and gift to me was to teach me how to laugh. Frank laughed a lot and he laughed loud! And the sound of it will resound in my psyche for the rest of my life. So when I laugh to ease the pain, I thank him. and his field of computer science. today's hand-held digital devices, Mark died at his home in Palo Alto in as well as the evolution of April, 1999, of cancer after a short embedded technologies which give everyday appliances a measure of intelligence, illness. at the age of 46. Mark was a wellknown figure in Silicon Valley, where he was chief technology officer at Xerox PARC, a bona fide visionary, and an authority quoted in publications as diverse as Wired and the Wall Street are outcomes of Mark's approach. journal. He coined the term "ubiquitous computing" around Mark D. Weiser '70 Many have predicted that the third computer revolution (mainframes was the first, personal computers the second) will come as a result of this kind of radically distributed computing which emerged a paradigm of highly specialized, low-power, miniaturized technology. The development of power. A web site http:/ / I dedicated to his work and Weiser continued on page 27


I Book No1es traditionally faced by women in their twenties must now be postponed until a women enters her fourth decade ... when the pressure to make them has greatly increased. Facing Thirty is available at bookFacing Thirty: Women stores or by calling New Harbinger Talk about Constructing Publications at 800-748-6273. a rea/life and other scary rites ofPassage Lauren Dockett and Kristen Beck, New Harbinger Publications, Inc., Oakland Ca., 1998. The grunge generation grudgingly turns thirty. Are they ready to be grown?" Press release "Thoughtfully written advice on how to deal when people start calling you 'ma'am' instead of'miss'. Funny, refreshingly direct, and tremendously helpful" ___Jancee Dunn, Rolling Stone As a woman who recently turned forty, I was more than slightly reluc tant to confront the issues and questions raised by Lauren Dockett ('86) and Kristen Beck. After reviewing this honest appraisal of the fears of women turning 30, I am actually looking forward to a sequel. In Facing Thirty Dockett and Beck have identified fears confronting women turning thirty and have interviewed an impressive sampling of women. Their work reveals shared feelings of unfulfilled expectations, difficulty saying goodbye to their twenties, and indecisiveness and uncertainty regarding relationships and child bearing. One compelling topic revealed as common to women turning thirty is the anxiety created by the increased pace of educational and career goals. Many decisions that have been The Danger of Dreams: German and American Imperialism in Latin America Nancy Mitchell, The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill and London, 1999. Nancy Mitchell ('72 ) is assistant professor of history at North Carolina State University. The Danger of Dreams is an epic work described by one of her colleagues as ... a genuine intellectual landmark, completely recasting our understanding of U.S. German rivalry in the early twentieth century." Nancy Mitchell has drawn from a tremendous amount of research and documentation to demonstrate that American imperialism in Latin America was as much paranoia with regard to German activity as it was any actual action taken by the Germans. It is Mitchell's firm contention that the United States consistently exaggerated the threat that Wilhelmine Germany posed to Latin America. America was able to respond to boastful proclaimed threats and intervene in Latin America perceived as protector rather than imperialist. For copies of The Danger of Dreams please contact: The University of North Carolina Press PO Box 2288, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2288/ Queer Family Values: Dubunking the Myth ofthe Nuclear Family Valerie Lehr, Temple University Press, Pennsylvania, 1999 I In Queer Family Values, Valerie Lehr ('79) reviews conservative arguments against lesbian and gay rights as part of the ongoing debate ofwhat constitutes "family values." She asks what many may perceive to be a disturbing question: "Why, Valerie Lehr asks, debate over the right of gays to take part in a socially defined institution designed to perpetuate inequalities among people?" (Temple University Press New Titles '99). Valerie contends that the model of the nuclear family is flawed and calls for changes in family issues and individual liberty within a family that challenges power and inequalities rather than demands access to the perceived privileges of the nuclear family. Publisher's Weekly writes: "Throughout, Lehr cogently argues that the 'traditional' concepts of marriage, family, gender roles and sexuality that conservatives are trying to defend are unstable and often detrimental to those involved." Valerie is associate professor of Government and Coordinator of Gender Studies at St. Lawrence University.


L-------J P ink Sli p Rita Ciresi, to be published as a Delta Trade Papeback by the Bantam Dell Publishing Group on January 4 2000 I t is refresh i ng to find a female narrato r w i th an au t hent i cally lusty voice ... Rita Ciresi has created just such a cha r acter in Pink Slip." -The New York T imes Book Revi ew Rita C i resi ( '78) is the recip i ent of the Flannery 0 Connor award for short fiction for her collection of short stories Mother Rocket. She has also been awarded the Pirate s Alley Faulkner Award for Fiction for Pink Sli p T he heroine of Pink Slip, Lisa Diodetto, busy ducking bridal bouquets while entangling herself in Manhattan s s i ngles life, decides to make a change She leaves her underpaid job in New York for a much more lucrative position at a more conservat ive company. Lisa begins wri ting a novel that satirizes corporate life. Enter new boss Eben Strauss, love interest that brings out the best and worst in Lisa. "Breezy, irreverent humor .. unexpectedly moving remarkably accomplished. Ciresi keeps the humor flowing while never shying away from the painful emotions the fear and the regret, that intimacy brings." __ Booklist A Delta book published by Dell Publishing a division of Random House Inc., 1540 Broadway New York, New York, 10036 212-7828664 (phone) 212-782-9341 (fax). Student Grants continued ... T h esis r esea r ch on the Antima l ar ial P ro p erties of"Sorosi ": A Biochemical Analys i s Last spring Elissa Mendenhall a third year thesis student, was awarded a grant from the NCAA to travel to the Com Islands of Nicara gua to research the medicinal use of sorosi." Her ethnobotanical study has led her into the lab to analyze the chemical properties of the extract of the plant, Momordica charantia, or "sorosi, as the Island ers refer to it. Sorosi has been found to have a number of therapeutical and medicinal activities in the laboratory, these include: immune system cell production and prolifera tion, blood sugar level regulation; and protein-denaturing constituents that act on a microbial level. For the second phase of research Elissa will have to travel to the Tampa USF campus to use laboratory equipment which is not available at New College in order to complete her research Archeological xcavations at Gilund Robert Rollings, a third year student of Anthropology has been invited to work on 'The Gilund Project an archeological project led by Professor Possehl of the Univer sity of Pennsylvania. The archeologi cal excavations at the Indus Valley border village of Gilund aim to uncover clues toward the Indus Valley Civilization's internal work ings and relations with its neighbors The Indus Valley Civilization occu pied more than double the territory of the ancient Egyptian state and populated more cities than any other Bronze age culture, yet little is known about this enigmatic civiliza tion. Previous excavations have focused nearly exclusively on the Indus Metropolises, and virtually nothing is known about the relations between rural and urban sectors ; the Gilund Project hopes t o rectify thi s overs ight. Robert has participated i n three previous digs i n diffe rent geographic locations As a part of the Gilund Project's excavat ion in january 2000, Robert will be work ing with the team to unearth the remains of the site He will also be involved in the mapping and plot ting of architectural features, and prelimina r y written and photo graphic record ing of the excavation s finds. WolfEcology o f the M i nne s ot a/ Wisco n si n Bord e r and th e orth S h o re Heather Trew a first term transfer student, will be working with the Wolf Ecology Program at the Minnesota/Wisconsin border and the North Shores during the January ISP interim. As a part of the Wolf Ecology Program, Heather will work with a team of students, who will be instructed by special ists at the Audubon Center of the North Woods in Sandstone, MN. THE SPLENDORS OF SOl 'TH,VEST FRANCE J oi n A elect Gro u p of Colleg-e Alumnae /i, and F riends o f the College M Y l G TO 29, 2 000 Visit Dord ogne an d outhwes t F r ance l,'lt ide d by J ean Rcnoux o w ne r o f A r t

I ClASS Notes 6 4 Carol Holder, was appointed in January 1999 as the facultv director for the California State Univer ity's Institute for Tea hing and Learning (ITL). From 1990 to 1998, as director of faculty development, Holder assisted faculty individually as well as in work hop group with all facets of profession alism 6 6 Larry Desmond is currently teaching the second grade in Philadelphia, PA. In the past 25 years he ha held a wide variety of jobs including beta probe technician in a silicon chip factory, executive secretary for the vice president of a bank, organic farm hand, educational oftware tester, bartender, travel agent and night auditor in a resort hotel. He says, "I hope omeday to have the opportunity to return to the studio to concentrate on painting and sound recording. For a limited time my e-mail address is pdesmond @ phila.k12 pa us, I would like to hear from patrons of the fine arts and fluent Japanese conversa tionali ts and of course my ew College friends!" Robin Day Glenn i the incoming chairperson of the Califor nia State Bar's Franchise Law Committee She speak and writes extensively on franchise law and has served for the past nine years as contributing editor for franchises of the California Business Law Reporter. She was sucked into the Internet a couple of years ago and has recently urfaccd to redecorate the somewhat frivolous Franchise Law Team web site that she designed. She and her husband Forrest Beeson visited B r u c e Bradb ury (' 6 5)in apa. If anyone is interested in helping to organize a SoCal alumni event they should call Robin(949) 459-7474 or (949) 589-5359. 6 7 Michael Smith will be editing and writing a collection of the late Bill Hedrington's poems to be published by Lawrence "Laurie" Paulson ('65) and Cheryl Hoffman ('65) Mike is hoping that the book will appear at the end of this year He is also hoping to write a memoir of Bill as his college friends knew him but he would like it to be based more than on his own recollections He says," I would be especially grateful to have copies ( ot origi nals!) of letters and anything else that he might have written ... I will gladly veil any sources who request confidentiality for those who want to tell their stories but who don't want their youthful indi cretion blazoned to the world." Mike can be reached via his e-mail address: m (Q)gf org, as well as at his home: 276 Riverside Drive, Apartment 8B; ew York, Y 10025. His phone number is (212) 316-1850. To preview Bill Hedrington's poems on the Web go to: www. hedrington org. 6 8 Andy Bernay-Roman and his wife, Lynne, have been practicing their trades as licensed mental health counselor and licensed clinical social worker in Florida for the last two years. "After our son graduated from high chool we thought we were going to relocate up orth, but when we went looking it wa too damn cold!" Andy contin ues in his position as Head of the Psychological and Emotional Sup port Department at the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach Stay tuned for his forth coming book True to the Core: Deep Feeling/ Deep Healing with Mind/Body Therapy. For a preview go to http:// .com/allspiccl/ book .html 6 9Henry "Pat" Patterson has become president of Upton Tea Imports ( after Upton acquired his tea distribution company. I Craig Evinger i s a professor in the Department of Neurobiology al SUNY Stony Brook. He would love to hear from C alums in th ew York area 7 0 Ruth FolitWeinburg has created s oftware that will help people organize their life chronology and give structure to the writing process. There are lots of easy to use features, including a daily journal; dream journal; daily pulse for monitoring mood, health, energy, and stres levels; inspira tional quotes; prompt questions; entry search and a timeline for building an autobiography in words and pictures. If you want to find out more about Ruth's new software please go to J ono Miller has been named a recipient of the Florida Chapter of the ature Conservancy's "Grassroots Leadership Award" honoring "individuals who have demonstrated leadership in develop ing broad-based support for conser vation projects." The Fall1999 Conservancy newsletter reports : "Jono Miller pressed for a decade to see the county protect it's most environmentally sensitive lands." The award was made at the Con ervancy's Annual Meeting on May 21. Julie Morris is the first chair of the newly formed Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The commission was formed last year when the former Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission and the Florida Marine Fisheries Commission were merged through a constitutional amendment approved by Florida voter's. Morris, coordi n a tor of the Environmental Studies Program at ew Col l ege, was appointed by Gov. Lawton Chiles to the Game and Fresh Water Fish ommission in 1992. She was reappointed in 1997 t o a fiveyear t erm. During tha t t ime she served as chairwoman to the panel for 1 year and as vice chairwoman for two


I CLASS Notes years. She was the second woman to be named to serve on the Game and Fish Commission. 71 Dan Chambliss, after an unusually long bachelorhood, has finally entered into a blessed :nar riage with Susan Morgan, a bwchem ist he met while teaching at Hamilton College. Susan is a wonderfully forgiving, generous, gold-hearted mother of four (who are now, happily, Dan's stepchildren). She is both smarter than Dan and better looking. He takes this opportunity to express both his thanks and his sincere apologies to a number of [unnamed] ew College women, who over some years tolerated Dan's somewhat extended journey to adulthood. You were, in truth, amazingly kind to him, wishes you all of the best m hfe. 7 2 Jim Gutner says that business is great at Paine Webber, in Sarasota. He's still playing and winning Florida tennis tournaments. David Smolker, NCAA Board Member, and his wife Pam welcome Adam Jacob, born Decem ber 22, 1999 Adam is David's fifth son, a complete basketball team! 7 4 Lila Bricklin was appointed in April as the director ?f development at the Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia. ECA is a nonprofit that helps low-income people become energy via a host of programs, mcludmg conservation, public education and renewable resource promotion. The funding stream is public/private partnership, including federal, state and city support, as well as grants from private foundations. Lisa McGaughey Tuttle's art work was exhibited from August 27 until October 15, 1999 at the City Gallery at Chastain, Atlanta, Georgia. Her work encompasses many CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE mediums, ranging from painting to collage, and installations to single channel video. Tuttle typically uses old photographs, texts and illustra tions in her visually delicate, concep tually acerbic collages. With her use of subtle color, beautiful images, and symbolic associations, Tuttle often displays a harsh wit about Southern society-it's inability to reconcile pride and past, and the constant divisions of gender, class, and race. 7 5 Peter Tepley has joined the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in Montgomery, Alabama, as a staff attorney after working for two years with the Center attorneys as the South Carolina counsel in the Center's law suit against the Chris tian Knights of the Klu Klux Klan. The Center won a multi-million judgement against the Christian Knights in 1998 for its in the burning of a black church m rural South Carolina. Pete is currently working with Center chief trial counsel Morris Dees and legal director Richard Cohen on a civil suite against another white supremacist hate group, the Aryan Nations, for allegedly assaulting and terrorizing an Idaho woman and her son. 7 6 Robert Hans is now working in the Solomon Islands and welcomes contacts from New Collegiates with South Pacific interests His new.e-maJJ address ts Judith Mendelsohn Rood has been recently promoted to associate professor of History Middle East Studies and appomted director of the Global Studies Program at William Tyndale in Farmington Hills MI. Tyndale IS a small, regional liberal arts co.llege, with a Christian core of studtes. Rood teaches a foundationa 1 course in World Civilizations, as well as upper level courses in a number of disciplines-history, geography, religion. She says, "One of the most I difficult courses has been the seminar on world Jewish/Christian/ Muslim relations which last year I taught at the Holocaust Center in West Bloomfield. I've just returned from leading a study tour of Israel, Egypt and Jordan for the college-it was excellent. On the home front my boys Sam and Josh and their dad, Paul are raising chickens and we've just had our first dricken hatch a chick of her own. It's a life of never ending surprises and challenges." Robert Scott Thompson published his grant-funded, original research on "Hospitalization and Mortality Rates in Nursing Acquired Pneumonia" in Apn_l issue of Tlze Journal of Family Practice. He says, "If our hypothesis is confirmed by larger studies, we project savings to Medicare of around a billion dollars per year.' Scott also wrote about his locum tenens practice in the June issue of Family Practice Manageme_nt, has been working and travehng m Alaska during the past summer. On October 17r11 Robert Scott accepted a one year assignment as the lone physician for the 41 re. searchers who discovered the hole m the earth's ozone layer at the Na tional Science Foundation's Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. 7 8 Steve Vornov has moved with his family to a church on the Northern Neck of Virginia. He says, "the ministry is a blessing." He's working on a doctorate in pastoral psychotherapy and is now an elder in the Virginia Conference United Methodist Church. I lis wife Susan is teaching adult education while his son Sam is in the first grade. He and his family have a German Shorthaired Pointer named Plato. He said, "we enjoy long trips afield, whether we get birds or not. Now that the Commies are kaput, I need something to do for fun."


I CLASS Notes 7 9 Keith Aretha is now a shareholder of the law firm of Dean & Fulkerson Keith was a share holder at Eames Wilcox until it joined Dean & Fulker on. Keith specializes in taxation, business and corporation law, international tran actions and estate planning He also ha significant experience in negotiating and litigating tax dis putes with federal, state, and local agencies. Jacqueline Marina and her husband Franklin Curtis Mason are plea ed to announce the April 16th birth of their twins, Franklin Curtis Mason the III and Katherine Anne Mason. Jacqueline was also pro moted to associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at Purdue University and has received tenure. 80 Cynthia Merchant completed her Masters Thesis in Counseling Psychology and gradu ated from Pacifica Graduate In titute in May, 1999. 8 2Mark Nuckols was married on April23, 1999 to atalia ikoleavna Loubnina in Petrozavodsk, Russia. atalia is an associate for Hogan and Hartson, a D.C. based Jaw firm. They plan to move to the U.S. where Mark will attend law school at the Indiana University School of Law. Mark says, I will pursue a ]D at Indiana. My personal goal right now is to complete a JD-MBA and then move to Belgrade in the post-Milosevic Yugoslavia. If l can convince my wif ... 84 Patrika Vaughn pre sented a seminar to the Marketing Institute of Finland in Helsinki in May on "How to Get Published in the International Markets." She's been invited to create an online cour e for the Institute. Other online courses in writing/ marketing/ publishing can be found at wwvv .acappela .com CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE 8 5 Lee Cohen and Tosha Fernandez Cohen ( 88), would like to announce the birth of their son, Shane Aaron, their fir t child Shane was born on the 4th of July. He is happy, healthy, hungry, and handsome. Lee and Tosha are both currently employed as attorneys at the Public Defender s Office in Polk County, Florida. Their e-mail address is stete7@ea rthl ink. net. Edward Knighton (Wiedamann) tripped through the U.S. and Mexico after leaving ew College and fell into teaching in Waldorf Schools in 1989 After ten year of teaching he is beginning to consult and train teacher at Rudolf Striner College in Fair Oaks, CA, where he resides with his wife Jennnifer. 8 6Deanna Rieder Dezzi and her husband, Paul welcomed the birth of their twin son Ryan and icholas, in February 1999. They were born nine weeks early but are now doing just fine! Merlin Mann has accepted a position as the Senior Web Designer for Homes. Com. He joins Michael Ferguson ('86), Tony Bolante ('86), and the rest of the Sarasota Diaspora in San Francisco starting in early September. Merlin' band, Bacon Ray, released their swan song, The Swab," on August 31st. His adamant determination to continue drinking watery domestic beers will be undeterred by the Bay Area rnicrobrew conspiracy. 8 7 Laura Beth Branstetter was married to Edward Andrew Wolanksi on August 1, 1999 in Jacksonville, Florida Laura's marriage to Edward has also brought her three stepchildren. Laura would love to hear from old friends. Please e-mail her at: laurabcth@gorny com Liz Rudow Vernaglia earned a Ph.D in Counseling Psy chology at Boston College in ovem ber. Her dissertation was "Parents as I Straight Allies: A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Heterosexual Parents in the Gay Rights Move ment." She continues her practice at Somerville Mental Health Clinic, Somerville Massachusetts Liz and Larry Vernaglia ('87) also proudly announce the birth of their first son, John Solomon Vernaglia. 8 8 Sharon Corwin is a Ph .D. candidate at the University of California Berkeley and a ational Endowment for the Humanities grant recipient. Sharon has recently been named as one of the College Art Association's 1999 Fellows to help her complete her doctorate. ln her graduate studies she has addressed issues of consumer culture and visual representation. She is cur rently engaged in the research and writing of her dissertation, "Selling America: Precisionism, Consumer ism, and the Formation of an Ameri can Identity, 1919-1939," in which she examines the themes of consumer culture, mass media produc tion, and the American landscape as they relate to Precisionist art. Her dissertation has been supported by the Hemy Luce Foundation/ Ameri can Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, a Smithsonian Institution predoctoral fellowship, and a Mabelle McLeod Lewis Memorial Fund dissertation fellow ship. Corey Remle now works at Duke University in Durham, C coordinating research for a Center studying the relationship between religion, spirituality, and health. He will also soon receive his license to be a Religious Science Practitioner. He said, "I started in December and T am thoroughly enjoying my position. We are currently interviewing elderly patients about religious and spiritual beliefs and about involvement in a congregation or a spiritual community and how thi may relate to functional abilities and use of hospital services over the course of a year. I am very satisfied that my job


I CLASS Notes fits into my personal vision as I will be licensed as a Religious Science practitioner by the end of the year." 8 9Mary Tyll is currently working in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami as senior research She said, "We are studying the effect of HIV seroposi tivity on alterations in cognition among asymptomatic individuals Life is good in Miami Beach!" 9 0 Steve Barney is working as a eighborhood Planner at the City of Austin Planning Department. This year's highlight included sampling 100 different kinds of hot sauce with Leo Demski ('91) and Sam Field ('91), touring an aban doned subdivision in Houston with Jeff Morton ('88) and Sally Alt ('87), and having a visit from Bill Chase ('88) and Michelle Miller ('89) on their transcontinental journey. The cats are fine. Kristine Adams graduated from FSU College of Law in May 1999 and is now back in her home state, California. She says, "f am getting ready to take the bar in February 2000. I haven't decided which area of law I will practice; I'm still reeling from the nasty law school experience. The only experiences worthy of mention are my internship at the Florida Supreme Court (I clerked with justice Shaw) and my summer job at the 12th Judicial Circuit in Sarasota (I worked on criminal appeals and civil cases)." Sabrina Burmeister has become the best known citizen activist in Austin She spearheaded the eighbors of Triangle Park, a group that successfully opposed an auto-oriented, strip mall develop ment in Central Austin. The new development plan, created with extensive citizen input and the assistance of Cal thorpe As ociates, will likely include significant green space, reduced parking, and a mix of residential and commercial uses. CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE I New England Chapter's Memorial Day Brunch Rick Doblin ('77) with son and Steve Horwitz ('77) Read about it at http: //www. is ues / vo ll8/ issue 15/ pols.naked.html Jason Coleman and his wife Kathryn have a new addition in their family. On August 31, at 1:00 p.m. Kathryn gave birth to a healthy, happy, 7lb, 9oz baby girl: Lena Isabel Coleman. To see pictures of Lena on line go to: http:// wwW:memeber .home.nct/ ja on.coleman!Lena / Rosa Greenbaum has relocated to Tallahassee, Florida, where she has begun working as an investigator for the Capital Collateral Regional Counsel. This state agency is a part of the judiciary branch, and handles post-conviction appeals for death row prisoners in the northern Florida region. Melissa Williams continues to work for the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Menta] Health Services Research Program. She said, Lourey Bwner Couhoto ('87) and Cathy Herndon (Craig's wife) ''I'm in my first semester of the MEd program at UIC to pursue a degree in zoo and museum education. I literally "ran into" Tony Lenzo ('91) on a corner downtown and hang out with him often. He's making a lot of progre getting into th film indus try. 91 Raymonda Burgman has begun teaching economics full-time at Santa Fe Community College in Cainsville, FL. Cynthia Harington has been accepted to the University of Wiscon sin at Madison to study conservation biology and Sustainable Develop ment. She will also be studying environmental journalism. Suzanne Krasny (formerly Waterman) would like to announce the birth of her son, Alexander Calder Krasny (Zander). He was born at home on May 24,1999.


I ClASS Notes Konnie Kruczek received her MEd from the University of Florida. he currently t aches Language Arts and at a charter middle chao! m arasota. She and Doug Perry ('90) were married in 1ovember at Ne':" College. Doug works as a n _twork pecialist at Sara ota 'v1.emonal Hospital. Yonina" ina" Smuckler has rcc ntly graduated from Georgetovvn Univers_ity Law and is working in a f1rm in telecommunications law. She has entered a happy marriage with Jim Mrose on ovcmber 14, 1999. She will be changing her name to Yonina Mro c. 9 2 Terry Glenn is planning to finish up law school at F U in December of 1999 and then sail back to Fort Myer after graduation. Karin Skougard i heading to Erasamus lJniversit\' in Rotterdam to get an \ttBA after >vorking in Abidjan as head of the documenta tion department for Maer<>k Line thi last year. Anyone who want to keep in touch can contact Karin at: 9 3Lizzie Dobbins would like to announce her engagement to Damon Agosto. She and Damon plan to marry on ew Years Fve 1999/2000. Lizzie is working on mosaics in Tampa and she and her fiancee have finally built their house. You can reach Linie at: Anne Tazewell has ju t completed a vear of traveling around the CS and Mextco. She said, "My family and I have moved to (OHTINUEO FROM PREVIOUS PAGE 9 4 Anjna Chauhan, is currently attending her fir t year at the Univer ity of Florida College of Law. he wrote, "I am inter sted in working with a ew College Alumna who practices law or who ts in any bu inc that incorporates law into her field. I will be seeking a ummer as ociate position for the year 2000. I can nd/ my re ume if intere ted partiC would e mail me atanjna75 @ Thank you." Sara Graham is currently working a the administrative a istant at a fine dinning restaurant in t. Louis, 'vli ouri's We tEnd. She says, "This i a great job for me right now, a I have always to open up my own restaurant. Thts job is teaching me the bu ines side of it allI always tended to focu more on cooking! lam thoroughly enjoying life in the city, especially w1th Forest Park practically in my backyard! I will be going back to school part time in the fall to start a Masters in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Education. J still intend to return to the moky Mountains some day ... I 9 5 Wolf Bowden has been recently appointed the "Official ArtExpo Arti t of the Millennium" and will pearhead a multi-million dollar adverti ing campaign for ArtExpo South Miami 2000. Thi can1paign has chosen his painting Autumn Ma s k to appear on 22 billboards, 350 airport/public tran<>portation advertisements, 350,000 Sun-S ntinel Po ters, Festival Banner and in multiple film and media formats. A media party, featuring Wolff and the subject painting Autumn Mask will be held in early January, followed by the two day how on January 7 and 8. Ben Hodge has been shooting a lot. 1 he evidence i available at www. sit.8k com Autumn Mask orth Carolina. I'm enjoy ing my new job a a Hou e hold 1 iazardous Waste Program Administrator." Matt Posner('87) and Julie Gupta were married March 12, 1999 in Syosset, New York. Matt ond Julie ore living happily in Miami, FL. Other alumni present include James Rogauskas '84, Arlynda Lee Boyar '87 and Mattew Rogge.


lcLASS Notes 9 6 Yasmina Sonya-Chloe Ramian was recently featured on the CBS morning news show for her work in environmental education for the United States Peace Corps operation in Jordon. (ONTINUEO FROM PREVIOUS PAGE lWE' D LIKE T O EAR FROM YOU Send your latest news or address changes to New College Alumnae/i Associa tion, 5700 N. Tomiomi Trail, Sarasota FL 34243; (phone/fox: 941-359-4324;; NIMBUS Published by New College Alumnoe/i Associolion 5700 N. Tomiom1 Trail, Sorosolo, fL 34243-2197 941-359-4324 (voice/fox);; http I / Production/distribution cost is $1 .50/copy. Editorial/Production Committee: Alexis Simendinger '75; Mike Campbell '87, Chns Lafnsxa '79, Caroline Chambliss Bunn '79, Jim Feeney, Ben Prescott '85. Layout and Nicole Gonzekaufer and Ben Hodges '95. Unless otherwise noted, opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent official policy of the Alumnae/i association or the opinions of the editors. In fact, the editors rarely even agree with each other. Photo and graphic credits : imbus logo ond des1gn Elame Simmons; p.1 Don1el Bosch; p. 3, Christopher 8unn, p. 6 ond 7, Jim Harmon; p.OB Rod Millmgton of the Sarasota Herold Tri bune; p.B Susanne Janney, p. 1 O, Suzanne Janney; p 11, Elissa Mendenhall; p.l2, Luke Salisbury; p.13, courtesy of Ed Freemen; p.l3 courtesy of the New York Times, p.19 courtesy of Lorry Vernoglio; p.20 courtesy of MattPosner, p.26, Malcom Hall. Save this Date New College Reunion 2000 May 26, 27 & 28 Graduation Weekend Weiser continued ... contributions includes links to other memorial sites. I It was at New College that Mark gained the foundation of his work in computers through the study of philosophy, especially Heidegger. Mark believed that computers could function in a transparent way, playing a tacit role in the process of thinking and knowing, an insight he attributed to Heidegger and Wittgenstein. Mark was highly respected and held in deepest affection, a status only enhanced by his role as the drummer in the band Severe Time Damage, which was the first group to give a live concert on the Inter net, appearing before the Rolling Stones as a surprise opening act. Mark's memory is cherished by his family, by the computer scientists he mentored and collaborated with, and the many friends whom he inspired with his inte lligence, wit and heart.


Grant News continued ... Baccalaureate Program at Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Ian has held a New College Founda tion Scholarship for eight semesters That support enabled him to pend an academic term participating in a Global Stewardship Study Program in Belize. (During an earlier sojourn in Belize, Ian worked at the Belize Zoo, which wa founded by Sharon Matola, ew College '81.) More recently, he was one of 16 college students selected to participate a ational Science Foundation-funded Re earch Experi ence for Undergraduate Program in ew Mexico on Southwe t Earth Studies. Thi eight-week program took place in the desert and focused on tudy of a phenomenon in which minerals in the mountains exposed to water and air, produce acid that dissolves heavy metals and carries them into the water supply. Ian was able to draw on hi background in both biology and economics to fathom the many cientific issue and govern mental policie that affect this situation. His senior thesi "An Overview of Acid Rock Drainage" resulted from thi experience. After the Ambassadorial cholar hip in Ecuador, Ian is thinking about further work in Latin America before going on to veterinary school or graduate school in economics, focusing on environmental economics or national economic development in Latin America. (3.) Professor of Anthropology Anthony P. Andrews recently received a $27,000 grant from the National Geographic Society's Committee for e.arch and Exploration. Hi project wtll mvestigate the changing relation ships between the coast and the interior of the prehispanic northern Maya lowlands of the Yucatan Penin sula, and how these relationships were affected through time by regional processes of environmental change, shifting commercial patterns, and broader pan-Mayan and Mesoamerican political develop ments. Professor Andrews has conducted archaeological fieldwork and ethnohistoric research on the Maya coast for 30 year and participated in 16 field projects in the Maya area. This project, his fourth funded by the ational Geographic Society, will run from February to June 2000 under joint sponsorship with the lnstituto Nacional de Anthropologia e Historica ( AH) of Mexico. Through a program of survey, surface collections, and mapping and test excavations at selected sites, Professor Andrews hopes to obtain new data on coastal adapta tions and coastal-inland exchange at tbe micro-regional level in several different areas of the north coast of the Yucatan, hawing evi dence of economic and political ties between major Bosch continued ... myself whenever I feel like I have one. I've put out two: One called "Passion Fruit" and another called "Homages and Elegies.'Tm not going to wait around for this system [of winning poetry contests that interest publishers] to work for me. I'll save my money and selfpublish books and mail them out to people I care about. And there's the Internet, too. I've got some things coming out in some print magazines. And I do readings in Boston, infrequently. Q. What's the most unpoetic thing you enjoy doing these days? A. Hmmmm [laughs]. You caught me. Basketball! inland centers and coastal communitie Hi preliminary JOH DEARMAN & BERG work on this project was supported by a grant from the USF Latin American and Canibean Studies Center, which brought hi JNAH co director to Sarasota last spring, and a USF Re earch and Creaitve Scholarship Program grant, which funded an archeological reconnais sance ofthe northwest corner of the Yucatan last swnmer. CATERINA LICHTE 1kut.SI2 OCT 24. r-JW NOV 21; Scou Tf1lllll'll. 8flll1ll' WI 16 John o..m..o t Ctlt'l'lna Lichtnbo<'g. l ,..l!ldohn fD 13: n.. l!randri$-Bonlln l!.wmbl IMIII2: A>""-Yctl.fld-AI'II 9 : Los AtwrJo1 Quar1"' New College Alumnae Music Series advertise ment for the January concert and all remaining performances.


Tracy continued ... then some. In fact, Henry has served as resumejcover letter critiquer, career path adviser, morale booster and occasionally, the kick in the pants I needed to get going! He has always been ready and willing to go over my career ideas -with perfect timing (he's almost telepathic, calling me the very same day I started contemplating a career move!)and always interested to hear of the progress of other alums in my class. It was so helpful to have someone with a both a New College and financial sector background who knew how to transform our unique educational experience into something the private sector could relate to. Of course, Henry and I haven't always agreed on all my career path choices. Until 1999, I had been living in Washington, D.C., working as a research analyst at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank (perhaps, in part, due to my wonderful resume skills!). And while I loved my job and the international work environment I felt I still lacked some skills I thought I could get out of a business school program. Henry felt that was just pure nonsense and partially a result of 1) being surrounded by Harvard Business School grads and 2) working too long in the "bubble" of the public sector. He was adamant that a taste of the "real world" of financial markets would do me good. And so, when I finally decided to make that step and move up to New York City, Henry finally got the call he was waiting for I was ready to try the real thing. And fortuitously, the economists he works with at NatWest were looking for a junior economist. So now Henry sits just a few feet away from me at NatWest Global Financial Markets and can give me a push anytime he thinks I need it even today he was yelling at me about getting business cards in time for this seminar. I am eternally .for Henry's never-tiring mterest m my career and his eagerness to help. Of course, I'm not entirely sold on this private-sector thing (but what New College student besides Henry could be?), but I have gotten great exposure to the nitty gritty in fmancial markets and have learned a great deal in these last six months. At Henry's invitation, I will soon be traveling to New College to participate in his third seminar on "Real World Skills." My "career" only began about six years ago, so the transition from NC is still fresh in my memory. I know how important what I learned at New College was to my professional development and I look forward to coming back now as an alum and communicating this value to students. President's Letter continued ... and the College asks for greater levels of support. We'll need to revisit our staffing and budget needs as we expand the scope of our operations. The Board must continue to recruit talented and energetic members (there is no shortage in the pool) and to increase focus on strategic priori ties. We're also working to establish more consistent means to assess our progress. Define the ideal nature of our working relationship with New College Foundation, campus administration, and other constituencies (e.g., faculty, students). We want to ensure that our fundraising goals and strategies complementand augment-the work of New College Foundation. As the administration of New College increasingly relies upon us for program support, institutional research, and public relations efforts (especially admissions visibility), the NCAA will need a clearer understandPresident's Letter continued on poge 24 Soo Bong Chae Chair Endowment Update The campaign to raise S600,000 needed to endow a professorship in mathematics began in 1994 with a generous challenge donation of S300,000 from an anonymous alum. The campaign to raise the $300,000 needed to match the pledge is ongoing and has received support from many of you. One alum alone gener ously donated $108,000. We are now very close to meeting our goal. The Soo Bong Chae Audito rium will be dedicated in early February and it would be a credit to all New College Alumnaeji to announce that we have raised the funds to endow the Chair. In early November of this year two New College alums together offered $35,000 as a challenge match to gifts and pledges raised for the Chae Chair in the same amount. The NCAA thanks everyone that has contributed to this endeavor. This will be a tremendous success for an organization of our size. We hope to be able to announce soon that we have raised the necessary funds and have endowed a mathematics chair. Please contact us if you would like to send a gift, make a pledge, or fulfill an existing pledge.


1999 Action Auction The 1999 New College Foundation Action Auction was the first ever Chaired by a New College Alum. Charlie Lenger ('78) chaired the event which was well attended by Alums from across the country. The 2000 Auction will be on March 18. For informa tion call NCF at 941-355-2991. President's Letter continued ... ing of how best to collaborate with others working with like purpose. We must also think about how to marshal the individual talents of our members most effectively and efficiently in support of the College. There you have it. What this means for alums and for New College itself ultimately depends on you. That's no cliche, since the NCAA is supported almost entirely by its NEW COLLEGE New College Alumnae/i Association 5700 N. Tamiomi Trail Sarasota, FL 34243-2197 MAIL SERVICE REQUESTED From Left to right, front row: Altom Maglio ('90), Mike Cambell ('87); second row: Jenny Gore Maglio ('89), Shown Richardson ('88), Gaia Goldman ('92), Aaron Gubin ('95), Andy Cohen ('89), and Christine Hamilton-Hall ('78); back row: Caroline Chambliss Bunn ('79), Steve Borbeaux ('88), Jeff Cianci ('76), Charlie Lenger ('78). From Left to right: Chris Hamilton-Hall ('78), Bruce Chrissy, and Caroline Chambliss Bunn ('79) members. Please let us know what you think of the strategic plan (the entire text will be available on our web site). And let us know how you'd be willing to help. Your money is important, but no less so than your talent. We're particularly eager to have alums from outside the Board take a greater role in helping to develop and to implement our programs and activities. Nonprofit Organization U.S. Postage Paid Permit #61 Manasota FL Do you have particular expertise, experience, or just the willingness to get your hands dirty in one of the areas of strategic emphasis noted above? Interested in hosting a chapter event? How about volun teering for NC Admissions, serving on a program committee, or offering your expertise as an Alumnaefi Fellow? You've got creative ideas of your own? Send those along too. We'd love to hear from you. Enjoy the Nimbus. I hope you'll meet old and new friends in this issue. Sincerely, Mike Campbell '87-'91 President To All Alums who have made pledges and sent gifts. Thank you. Your catalogue orders are being mailed and will arrive soon

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