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NEW COLLEGE A publication of the New College Alumnae/i Association Volume 51, Winter 2005 BEARING THE WEIGHT OF THE UNIVERSE A BRIEF HISTORY OF wALLS David Higgins ('01) The Tangent (NC student publication) Special to the Nimbus "When I finally started showing up to walls as a participant, they began to change my life," said New College alum Guy Jara ('89). "Walls, to me, were like poor man's group therapy." Walls, the informal parties that take place in Palm Court every weekend, are perhaps the oldest and most entrenched New College tradition. Students in the early '70s were dancing and sweating to the Rolling Stones and Motown just as students today get down to Justin Timberlake and OutKast. The tone of the wall may vary week to week just as easily as it does from de cade to decade, but one thing has remained the same, according to alums and current students alike: walls are completely student run; intellectually and emotionally chal lenging; informal and debauched; occasionally alienating; a distilla tion of the freedom and equality at the core of the school's founding. "The lessons I learned at walls were at least as important as the classes I took, and, in some ways, perhaps more so," wrote Jara. "Well, how did I get here?" asks David Byrne in "Once In a Lifetime," a favorite wall song about the pas sage of time. The short answer is, nobody really knows. The true his tory of walls is locked away in the fond and foggy memories of alums who may or may not have been there, depending on whom you ask. The only thing that seems consistent is nostalgia for the end less dancing, the community spirit, the feeling of absolute freedom and maybe a little substance use. Walls were not always called "walls," nor were they always held exclusively in Palm Court. Nobody knows for sure, but the term "wall" seems to have come into use some time in the earlyto mid-'80s. Be fore then, most parties were called Palm Court parties, if they were called anything. ''The atmosphere was Baccha nalia," said Steve Jacobson ('71 ). The benefits included "lots of mu sic and dancing, interesting sub stances to imbibe, possible sex." The drawbacks: "music was loud, substances aren't necessarily good for you, sex usually didn't happen." Little has changed. nThe lessons I learned at walls were at least as important as the classes I took, and in some ways, perhaps more so" --Guy Jara ('89) The idea was generally the same, but procedures were more informal and spontaneous in the earlier days. There was no signup sheet, very few themed parties, and little advance planning. Things just tended to happen, and the re sults varied depending on who was taking the initiative. Compiling a digital playlist via laptop as stu dents do today is much easier than exhaustively recording songs to a reel-to-reel tape, as they did in the '70s-though perhaps not quite as easy as dropping the needle on a Rolling Stones or Bob Dylan LP, as the charter class did in the '60s. According to New College Foundation President and alum John Cranor ('64), in the earliest days there were no such nighttime public gatherings in Palm Court. Cranor noted that campus secu rity then tended to be "more pre ventive than protective. At that Continued on Next Page


History of Walls Cont. from P. 1 time alcohol on campus was strictly prohibited. So if you wanted to drink beer or anything else you did so in the privacy of your room. Music was also played pr i marily in the rooms leading to "smaller gath erings inside, rather than large gatherings outside," said Cranor In 1971, the legal drinking age was lowered to 18 in Florida, which may have allowed students the freedom to party in public more fre quently Robert Lincoln ('77) re membered many parties starting as "happy hour when "a bunch of folks would arrive on the wall with a six-pack and see if something grew. Although the school has owned and updated periodically its own sound system in the '70s mu sic was generally played from the balconies of students with good speakers. Occasionally competing music factions would develop in dif ferent corners of the court lead ing to such epic showdowns as Motown vs. New Wave, and Reggae vs. Classic Rock. If Palm Court seems perfectly suited for the social hub i t has be come, that's because i t was de signed that way. In the earliest planning of the college, Founda tion trustee emeritus Nell Eurich and her husband Alvin consulted the philosopher Ortega e Gassett for suggestions for the ideal mod ern college. "Gassett said that a college should never have long corridors, Cranor recalled. There should instead be a version of the Greek Stoa, or a forum where people could come together and informally meet as scholars and discuss. That was worked into I.M. Pei's resulting design as Palm Court. According to Cranor, spe cific palm tree species were per sonally selected by Pei to resemble Greek columns as closely as pos sible. It s such a free and open space," said Dav i d Bryant ('91), Alumni Association Executive Direc tor I can t think of another college where there s a central space like that where everybody parties to gether like that. "Unl ike other colleges where parties are mostly segregated by dorm fraternity or sports team Palm Court is unifying. I believe it makes New College students feel a great sense of connectedness to each other which other colleges alums must not have," Larry Vernaglia ('87) wrote via e-mail. And because Pei dorms can be isolating this i s and was impor tant. "Pei is super-modern very an gular. If you notice it's a little bit difficult to comfortably sit and look i nto somebody s eyes just about anywhere in Pei," said Director of Residence Life Mike Campbell ('87). Campbell also noted that walls are potentially alienating when the music is too loud or the lighting is too dark. Apparently the greatest threats to walls throughout h i story have been noise complaints called in from as far away as Longboat Key. Campbell and Bryant both agreed that in earlier decades parties tended to be inord i nately loud It was physically painful to stand in front of those speakers when they were cranked up, said Bill Rosenberg ('73) Bryant claimed the music was sometimes so loud that nothing came from the speak ers but distortion In perhaps the biggest crisis in wall history, noise killed walls for an entire year in 1991, after months of escalation and threats of clos ing all Palm Court parties at 10 p.m by the governing University of South Florida Sarasota campus dean. Walls had been shut down by noise complaints so often that students hackles were up and nerves were frayed," sa i d Jara. One late September night Jara claims he went into the eerily s i lent Palm Court after a wall had been shut down began howling a full throated wolf-baying-at-the moon howl and shooting off some bottle rockets. Slow l y students re emerged from the i r rooms and joined Jara in creating noise some of them banging together the lids of trash cans. Their protest esca lated "In what might be described as a spectacular jackass move," said Campbell, "the students kind of collectively decided to go march ing down Bayshore." Jara de scribed it as a critical mass of sev eral dozen folks howling, screaming, banging whatever they could get their hands on, and gen erally raising a ruckus. By all ac counts the noisy crowd was at least 50 or 60 students strong and the neighborhood promptly called the Sarasota Police Department. The paddywagons came," 11 students were arrested "people spent the night in jail-it was a fi asco It was a horrible fiasco! said Campbell. "We knew the shit was hitting the fan and that we, the students were probably going down as a result. But we were going out with a bang," said Jara. This was known as the New College Riot," Campbell pro claimed. I think calling it a r iot imbues it with more danger than it actually presented to the neighbor hood. But nonetheless, the neigh borhood didn't know that." As a result "the police chief announced that henceforth there would be no more outdoor walls. Period," said Jara. For the remaining 1991-92 school year, there were no walls. According to Campbell attempts to play music in Palm Court were


squelched by the cops. According to Bryant, attempts to hold parties in Ham Center just weren't the same. "Man, it was rough," said Campbell. The administration had taken away students' best and sometimes only social outlet. "No body knew what to do. And you can imagine what happened. People retreated to their rooms and, uh ... engaged in self-destructive behav ior generally, is what happened," Campbell said. "From a community mental health standpoint, it was terrible. God, it was terrible." Walls were reinstated in Fall of 1992, following an administrative split with USF, the addition of Gor don "Mike" Michalson as the new Campus Dean and Warden, and a rigorous examination of noise poli cies, according to Bryant. But the consequences were far-reaching. "I know for a fact based on sta tistics that I've seen that there was a big peak in attrition that year'' when there were no walls, said Bryant. ''The students were just not happy. Our graduation rate for that entering class was below 50 per cent. It was really low." "Without walls serving as their initiation into the tribe, the new stu dents still conceived of themselves as atomistic individuals, and their behavior reflected that," said Jara. Even when walls returned, "there simply wasn't the same sense of camaraderie because there were now essentially two years' worth of students at the school who, in a very real and important sense, had not had a full experience of own ing their own freedom" at walls. Though they may not be as pas sionate at Jara, most alums give the sense that regardless of what walls may have been in the past or are now, the most important thing is that they continue to be. "Stupid policies come and go, but the plea sures and beauties of New College life and relationships are not go ing away," said Vernaglia. "Everyone has a different New College," said Ginger Lyon ('70). Although many alums related the pleasures of "their" New Col lege, when it came to the "most im portant" or "most vivid" memories, the recurring theme was the threat of destruction. In addition to the many alums who commented on the New College Riot of 1991, Bryant related stories about the Sarasota Fire Department extin guishing a bonfire in Palm Court that threatened the trees. He also told of extreme vandalism, from carving and painting on some of the palms, which ultimately killed them and is now responsible for the few missing trees. Leslie Smart ('84) emphasized the gentle right of Novo Collegians to protect the values embodied by walls, which are not always under stood by those who do not live through them. She recalled the "great sport in watching a non-New College guy try to get a New Col lege woman to dance with him." She said fondly that, at the best walls, students knew they did not have to pursue anything or try too In perhaps the biggest crisis in wall history, noise killed walls for an entire year in 1991, after months of escalation and threats of closing all Palm Court Parties at 10 pm by the governtng USF Sarasota campus dean. hard. ''Then, as I assume it is now, you just danced-with everyone and no one." In addition to those mentioned above, the following alums contrib uted to this article: Jono Miller ('70), James D. Shoemaker {'70), Ellen Goldin ('74), Nik McCrory ('87), Matthew Reynolds {'87), SuJ'n Chon ('91 ), Ken Burruss ('92), Kristin Benson ('74), Joven Carandang {'97), and Colleen Powell ('98). Reprinted from The Tangent with permission from the editors. Copy right 2004.


I ELECTIONS FOR NCAA BoARD oF DIRECTORS I Mike Campbell (NC '87) NCAA Board Secretary This issue of the Nimbus in cludes a ballot for election of the members of the Board of Directors for the New College Alumnae / i As sociation for the 2005-2007 term (This was also sent by mail in late January ) As required by the By laws of the Association notice of this election was made in the last issue of the Nimbus as well as on the Associati on s website, newcollege. org. The Board i s compr i sed of up to 10 elected ("at large ) members and up to 8 ap pointed members This ballot is your opportunity to vote for the elected members and recommend to the Board the select ion of the appo i nted members for the next two ears. As noted in the Bylaws of the Association 2005 marks a t r ansi tion period for the Board elect i ons from a bi-yearly model to a yearly one To allow for staggered elec tions the top five vote-getters will rece i ve two-year terms on the Board The next five vote-getters will rece ive one-year terms. These rules are in effect for 2005 only Winners in future Board elections will receive two-year terms start ing in 2006. With this ballot we would also like to invite inquiries i nto volun teering to serve on certain Asso ciation committees or to help with other activities of the NCAA Since we are an all-volunteer Board we need a ll the he l p we can get. Please return both the bal lot and the recommendation sheet to: New College Alumnae/i As sociation, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243. Your envelope must be postmarked by March 15, 2005, for your vote to be counted. (If you miss the deadline please still feel free to return your recom mendati on sheet for inquiries about volunteer opportunities. ) You must sign the recommendation sheet for your vote to be valid. Your ballot will be separated from the recommendation sheet before tabulation in order to promote se cret ballots NCAA Candidate Statements Brandy Doyle ('97) Just weeks before I graduated as I worked on my thesis late one night word went out on campus that we had officia l ly separated from USF Amidst champagne bottles popping in the center of Palm Court that night marked the beginning of a challenging time for New College. The impact of all the changes over the past few years is not totally clear but it is clear that the changes are not over yet. As an NCAA Board member I hope to help make this ongoing transition a positive one and to build the NCAA as a source of support for the school and of community for the alumnae/i. For the past three years I've worked for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Stud ies (MAPS), a New College alum run non-profit focused on funding research into the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana I am excited to bring the skills I've gained in organizational strategizing community-building and fundraising to the NCAA Board. Since the NCAA's merger with the Foundation, we are left with new questions about our role in managing funds, communicating with members, and working with the school. I look forward to helping the alumnae/i network continue to define and expand our role in supporting New College. Cindy Hill Ford ('89) I attended New College (as Cindy Hill) from 1989 to 1993, and I went on to attend graduate school at both Florida State University and Oxford University in England, and then law school at Florida State's College of Law. I moved back to Sarasota with my husband and two children about a year and a half ago. I am currently working as an attorney with the law firm of Kirk Pinkerton, and my husband is a professor at Manatee Community College. With my connections to the Sarasota business, legal, and education communities, I believe


NCAA Candidate Statements (cont.) that I am in an excellent position to assist New College both in obtaining financial assistance and in increasing its recognition in this community Additionally, because I am local, I can offer New College a very high level of commitment. As a high school graduate of a Sarasota school (Pine View), I am particularly interested in assisting New College in obtaining locaL students. My brother, Eric Hill ('96), is also a graduate of New College. Robert S. Hans ('80) It i s w ith great enthusiasm and s i ncere interest that I present my self as a candidate for the Asso ciation Board I look forward to working with the other board mem bers to make the Association a more dynamic organization serving the needs of the alumnae / i and the school. I studied l i terature and philoso phy (B.A Humanit i es) at New Col lege and received a Master of In ternational Management degree from Thunderbird (Arizona) in 1981. Since then, most of my work has been focused on internationa l economic development assistance and I have had the wonderful op portunity to have lived and worked throughout Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. While I have been interested in serving the New College commu nity for some time now, I only now have the necessary time to take on such a responsibility. Over the past few years, I have been actively in volved in educational activities, having served on the Boards of both the Henderson International School (Solomon Islands 19992000) and the International School of Ouagadougou ( Burkin a Faso 1996-97) as well as on the Educa tional Excellence School Adv i sory Councils of Mast Academy and Carver M i ddle School in Florida. I am the founder and currently Chief Executive Officer of lOS Part ners, Inc. (, an international economic development firm headquartered in Florida. I live in Miami with my wife Patti (originally from Bolivia) and our four kids and I welcome this opportunity to serve the New Col lege community. John Hansen ('76) I have been an NCAA Board member for most of the period from 1992 to the present. I would like to extend my service into the future to help drive the Association's con tinuing evolution, particularly as it works more closely with the New College Foundation and the ad ministration of New College of Florida. My experience on the NCAA Board, as well my six years of service on the New College Foundation Board of Trustees, pro vides me with a solid background and base of relationships to be ef fective in shaping this ongoing evo lution. My formal business training and 17 years of business consulting experience provide me with a range of strategy market ing and financial skills that I can bring to bear on issues facing not only the NCAA but also New Col lege of Florida more broadly. I ask for your vote to enable me to con tinue my work on the NCAA Board. Thank you. Employment: Founder & President, John L. Hansen & Associates (Management Consultants) Education : BA, Economics New College of Florida (1976-82) ; MBA, Haas Schoo l of Bus i ness Univer s i ty of California at Berkeley (198284) Daniel M. Harrison ('89) I am running because I want to be an advocate for New College and the pedagogical approach that had such an impact on me I at tended New College from 1989-93 and also taught there in 1998. An other half-decade on, I am feeling the urge to get back to my New College roots. I have many con tacts w ith New College alums (and some folks who attended but never graduated) in New York, Tallahas see San Francisco Colorado, Wash i ngton D C., and Sa r asota I am i n touch with alums who started New College in the mid-80s and also folks who just graduated a couple of years ago. Because of this I have a good sense of both the history of New College and also how the campus is chang i ng. I have exper i ence with administra t ive bodies having served on the executive board of KBUT radio in Colorado and also with the Inter national V i sual Sociology Associa tion. New College is important to me and I and continue to rave about it to anyone who will l isten. I feel it is crucial that the experi ences and opportunities that were so important to me personally and professionally also get passed on to the next generation. Catherine Heath ('97) As a member of the class of 1997 I remember hanging out in Palm Court waiting for information Continued on next page


NCAA Candidate Statements ccont.) Catherine Heath Continued on the decision on whether New College would become the 11th i nstitut ion in the State of Florida university system As the news ar r i ved via cell phone a cry went out. Students ran to tell others and lighted sparklers to celebrate New College l i berat ion. New College i s still a young in st i tution whose educational hall marks remain unique in Florida and rare nationally. Yet it i s strengthened by the talents and resources of its graduates. The NCAA should encourage opportu nities to put those strengths into action through alumnae/i leader ship volunteerism network i ng, and life-long learning. I share in the vision of the NCAA as the ma jor facilitator and susta i ner of those i mportant lines of communication and continuing relationships to alumni living nearby in Florida and fo r those living a world away. My personal engagement w ith New College has cont i nued past graduation i n recruiting prospec tive students I believe that similar opportunities should be afforded to as many alumnae/i as are inter ested New College inspires in many life-long commitments. The NCAA should continue to support that commitment and promote the New College concept in the period after graduation. Steve Jacobson ('71) I m now finishing my third term on the board, and I d like to serve again if you'll have me. Over the past six years, my primary respon sibilities have been Student Grants and the NCAA website. I think both programs have been successful though not perfect and I d like to continue working to improve them If you have been pleased with my work i f you think the website is getting better you should consider voting for me If not you should vote for some body else. I 'll wait patiently for your decision Adam Kendall ('98) The r eason I wish to assist the alumnae / i population by serving on the NCAA Board of Directors is due to the vital role that all alumnae/i play in our community. Numerous changes have been implemented at the College since I graduated two years ago New College is in a criti cal transition period It is imperative that we as alumnae/i, are kept abreast of these changes and are able to vocalize them with confidence in our own neighboring areas I have been working as a financia l advisor since I was a second year at New College Upon graduation, I have worked with the New College Foundation to establish an Adopt-A Scholar program, which is designed to help incoming students with finan cial aid and to promote investment from local businesses. I have also established an Internship Program with Morgan Stanley and New Col lege in which several students have been trained on what it takes to suc ceed in a competitive specialized work environment. I will work on behalf of all alum nae/i to keep us well-versed on the issues well-respected within the community and well-supported as an independent honors college. Employment: Partner Wealth Advisor Team, Morgan Stanley Sarasota FL Robert Lincoln ('77) I have had the pleasu r e of serv ing on the NCAA Board of Trustees since 1997 During that time we have undergone a number of changes in leadership and direc tion We are now in the process of making the merger' of the NCAA and Foundation work and will be experiencing another change in our staff when David Bryant leaves the Execut i ve Director post this spring Some longstanding Board members are leaving or have left in the last year We also are changing the election process to one in which half of the Board is elected each year in an effort to support continuity while embracing the chances that come with new membership. I hope to continue to serve and support the Board through this pe riod of change and provide some of the institutional memory to help guide the Board through these next transitions. I hope to have your vote and support to do so Ginger Lyon ('70) I love being on the NCAA Board. !love it for lofty reasons, and for low: The active confrontation of first class minds and the fellowship; The excuse to visit Sarasota and the i n comparable New College campus ; Being in the know about what is go ing on with the powers that be, and with the students All this is great. But the best thing about serving on the Board is having projects and platforms that I can really sink my teeth into (planning a reunion, mak ing sure that publications and pro nouncements never lose that par ticular New College spice) and then, being able to see the results of my efforts. I have been in a love affair with New College for over thirty years now. Like all such affairs it is com plex changing and ultimately,


NCAA Candidate Statements ccont.) nourishing My wish for each of you is to be similarly swept away And that is my role on the Board. Chris Martin ('95) I would like to be considered for election to the NCAA. I have been active in this body since 2001, and I feel that I have been able to con tribute to the NCAA's development as the college moved from USF to NCF. I was also here for the last negotiations of the merger be tween the NC Foundation and the NCAA. My greatest contribution however, has been to the New York community, where I have put to gether some of the largest alum meetings to ever take place. I hope to expand the scope of these events over the next few years If elected I will continue my work in the city and try to increase the alumni giving rate which is a fig ure that I feel is below what it could be. Ultimately more reunions and oft campus meetings will naturally lift that rate and we can have a good time doing it. As we continue to grow as a body, I hope we will become more active in the school and increase the size and scope of our network. We can achieve this by allocating more resources to funding campus activities and improve the NCAA board's commu nication with other members Maggie Phillips ('99) I have just finished my second year as an appointed member of the NCAA. Before this I had served as the NCSA representative to the NCAA and a member of the student grants committee My most visible role, currently is as co-editor of the Nimbus. It has been a sincere plea sure being part of this great group of people as we continue to address the challenges and rewards encountered with the College s separation from USF and merger with the Foundat ion. I would like to continue learning from all the won derful people that are part of this association and working with the rest of the NCAA board to make this association and this college even better Molly Robinson ('98) I have been a part of the New College Alumnae/i Associat i on Board as an appointed member for a year now. I enjoy working with the board and would like to con tinue as an act i ve board member connecting my work with the New College Admissions office with Alum Board activities. I have had past experience as NCSA president and have been a member of the New College Foundation Board since 2002. Thank you tor your consideration. Bill Rosenberg ('73) As New College alums we are privileged to be members of a unique thriving community that celebrates the mind and encourages lifelong learning. The College s distinctive educational philosophy has had a profound impact on my life and inspired me to dedicate a significant amount of my time and resources to the sup port of its mission As a member of the Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors (1993-1997; 2004) I have had the pleasure of working to create the NCAA web site plan ning and photographing alum events, and serving on the student grants committee. I remain firmly committed to keeping New College at the forefront of innovative higher education. Our voices have been heard regarding a key decis ion on campus and as a resul t the Pei dorms will not be demol ished as had been planned ; i n stead they w ill be kept and reno vated We have accompl i shed a great deal in the past forty years but there i s much still to be done as the College evolves and ex pands I ask for your vote so that I may continue to insure our collec tive knowledge and w i sdom w ill be effectively applied to achieving our shared goals : a vibrant and exciting New College community. Lawrence W Vernaglia ('87) Being President of the NCAA for the past several years has been a real honor and great pleasure. In my view for the NCAA s mission to flourish we must meet two ambitious goals: (1) meaningfully contribute to the life of New College enr i ch ing the experience of current and future students and (2) help alums stay connected with the College and each other in ways entertain ing stimulating constructive and broadening New College needs our assistance and we have responded to every request made by the Administration while keeping watch that the College stays true to its history and mission This is a critical balancing act for our Association being effective enough to be taken seriously but not afraid to be critical of decisions that un necessarily jeopardize our special vision and values This sounds heavy and there is real business to be done But at the same time we can t take ourselves too seri ously because this is all sup posed to be fun. If this approach to running the Association strikes you as the right way to continue, then please vote for me again If not don t but please call me anyway so we can talk about it! Thanks for your con fidence and support


BALLOT FOR ELECTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS The follow i ng individual have been certified by the Executive Committee as meeting the requirements of the Bylaw to be candidates for election as at large members of the Board of Director You are referred to the preceding per onal statements ubmitted by each candidate for at large membership for details about the candidate Every member of the As ociation is entit led to cast up to ten (I 0) votes (no more than one vote per candidate). You may ca t fewer than ten (1 0) votes However, if you cast more than ten ( 1 0) vote your ballot will be invalidated Votes may he for any of the candidates listed below or for any write in candidate you indicate on thi ballot. Pur uant to the Bylaws. write-in candidates may take office if they meet the requirements set forth in the Bylaws with respect to Board member (including the requirement that they agree to attend at lea t two Board meetings in Sarasota, F l orida each year). Votes for any write-in candidate count toward your maximum of ten ( 1 0) votes. Plea. e ca. t your vote by checking the box preceding the name of the candidate for whom you wish to vote. As noted in the Bylaw of the A ociation. 2005 marks a transition period for the Board elections. from a bi-yearly model to a yearly one. To allow for. taggered election the top five vote-getters will receive two-year terms on the Board The next five vote-getter will receive one-year terms. The e rule are in effect for 2005 only. Winners in future Board election will receive two year terms ta11ing in 2006 D D D D D The Candidates for at large members of the Board of Directors are: Brandy Doyle D Catherine Heath D Chri s M a rtin Cindy Hill Ford D Steve Jacobson D Maggie Phillip s RobertS. Hans D Adam Kendall D M oll y Robin s on John Hansen D Rob ert Lincoln D Bill Ro s enberg Daniel Harrison D Ging e r Lyon D Lawr e nc e W. V e rnaglia If you wi h to vote for (a) write-in candidate( ), please fully complete the following section: (Y ou m ay includ e additiona l s h eets if y o u wis h to cast vo t es f o r a ddition al write -in candida t es.) D NameofCandidate __________________________ Ca n didate's Telephone N u mber ______________________ D Name of Candidate __________________________ Candidate's Telep h one Number ______________________ ---------------------------------------Ballot Verification Your Name Signature Phone Number I E-mail Address Date Signed YOUR SIGNATURE ON THIS FORM IS REQUIRED FOR YOUR BALLOT TO BE CO U NTED.


---------RECOMMENDATIONS FOR APPOINTED MEMBERS OF THE BoARD OF DIRECTORS AND SoLICITATION oF VoLUNTEERS The Board of Directors may appoint up to eight (8) members to the Board. The Executive Committee of the Board would like your advice on Alumnae/i whom you believe would make a valuable contribution to the Board. If you are interested in volunteering to help with a specific Association committee, please indicate that as well. IF YOU IDENTIFY YOURSELF, YOU ARE UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO SERVE, rather you will be contacted and the responsibilities of the position will be explained to you. You do not need to make recommendations or volunteer for an NCAA activity to have your vote for at large Board member to be counted, BUT YOU MUST SIGN AND RETURN THE FORM ON PAGE 8 WITH YOUR BAL LOT FOR YOUR BALLOT TO BE VALID. Recommendations for Appointed Board Members I would like to recommend that the Board consider appomting the following per on( ) to the Board of Directors of the cw CollegcAiumnae/i As ociation: Name _______________________________________________ ___ Telephone Number I -mail ________________________________________ Name ________________________________________________________ __ Telephone Number I E-mail ________________________________________ ___ (You may include additional hects if you wish to recommend additional alums for appointment to the Board.) Volunteer Inquiries I would like to volunte rlreceive more information about volunteering for the following A ociation committee or activities: D Student Grants D Development D Other Activities (please specify) D Alumnae/i Fellows D Website D Nimbu D Annual Reunions D Admissions/Recruiting D Regional Reunions D Mentoring Please send your ballot and appointment recommendation forms to: New College Alumnae/i Association 5700 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243 Ballots must be postmarked by March 15, 2005 to be counted!


CHARTER CLASS REUNION: OCTOBER 15-17 CELEBRATING THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY John Cranor ('64), Jerry Neugarten ('65), and Kenny Misemer ('64) drink beer and reminisce at Palm Court. Mimi Cosgrove Pate ('64) and John Daugherty ('64) take a smoke break outside the Classic Car Museum. Nancy Flatter Hall ('65) and Paul Adomites ('66) share a laugh at John Cranor's home on Sarasota Bay. ''NC to me was a smorgasbord of educational delights, many totally new to me, and I wanted to learn everything!" Glenda Cimino (NC 64) Frank Ceo ('66) and Steve Romero ('66) reminisce at John Cranor's home. SPECIAL THANKS TO OuR CLASS AGENTS! JOHJ\ CRA!'\OR, JEA:>mE RosENBERG, JoHN PETERS, AND ToM Tooo: 0 R ORGA IZATIONAL "Q AD-u:\IVERATE!" THA KS TOO TO JERRY NEUGARTEN, CLAUDIA BLAIR, ROBIN DAY GLENN! YA'LL ARE TilE COOLEST!


Sam Treynor ('64) and Kathleen Dively Raskin ('64) at the reunion headquarters, the Keating Center. Memories from Prof. Mac Miller: "Charter males in the 'Barn,' females in the Natural Sciences lab --as 'dorms' when the Landmark Hotel threw 'em all out! Inventing a Pei Dorm (and B-Dorm) room numbering system so complex that cops can't write a correct search warrant without entering the complex first." Claudia Blair ('66) and Tim Dunsworth ('64) at the Classic Car ''No one makes rational decisions at 16 years old. "Marie Bryhan (NC '66) Winners of the "Furthest Distance Traveled for Reunion" Award: Kenneth Moore ('65) and Glenda Cimino ('64), from England and Ireland respectively. Favorite NC Memories from John Hart (NC '65): "Friends for life; Full moon rising, gelatinous and gigantic; Three years of violent oscillation between heaven and hell (much more pleasant in retrospect).


IBook f\t:S I Rob Atkinson's (NC '74) new book, The Past and Future of America's Economy: Waves of Innovation that Power Cycles of Growth, will be released in Feb ruary 2005 (ISBN: 1843769557; $85.00; Hardcover; Edward Elgar Press). From the publisher: "Throughout American history, pe riodic cycles of economic change have fundamentally reordered the way we work, the organization of business and markets, the role of government, and even the nature of politics. If we are to control our future, we must understand this process of change. These eco nomic transformations are pow ered by the emergence of waves of new technologies. In the 1890s, the development of electricity and cheap steel led to a new, factory based economy. In the 1940s and 1950s, automation and advances in electronics and chemicals cre ated a new national corporate, mass-production economy. Since the 1990s, an information technol ogy revolution has again created a robust New Economy. Robert Atkinson examines this process of change over the past 150 years and explores the responses of people and institutions. The book then analyzes today's New Economy, including the technology system, and effects on markets, organizations, workers, and gover nance. Taking into account the his torical record, the book discusses the shortcomings of prevailing lib eral and conservative economic doctrines and lays out a new growth economics agenda aimed at maxi mizing the productivity-enhancing forces of the New Economy." Margie Knauff (NC '85) contributed two chapters to Amelia Peabody's Egypt: A Compen dium, which was published in the fall of 2003 (ISBN: 0060538112; $29.95; Hardcover; William Morrow Press). The Compendium is a companion volume to Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody mystery series. For those who don't know about Amelia, she is an Egyptologist/archaeologist who happens to solve murder myster ies. The series is set in the Victo rian era, with most of the action taking place in Egypt. The com pendium expands on issues which are mentioned but not explored in the series (i.e., Egyptian history, Victorian inventions, women archaelogists, pyramids, fashion, etc.). Margie's contributions were "Upstairs Downstairs: A Skillful Overview of Victorian Servants and their Duties" and "Seen but not Heard: A Sympathetic Scrutiny of the Victorian Philosophy of Childrearing." Lisa Kernan's (NC '70) new book, Coming Attractions: Read ing American Movie Trailers, was released by University of Texas Press in November 2004 (ISBN: 0292705581; Paperback; $22.95). From the publisher: "Movie trailers-those previews of coming at tractions before the start of a fea ture film-are routinely praised and reviled by moviegoers and film crit ics alike: 'They give away too much of the movie.' 'They're better than the films.' 'They only show the spectacular parts.' 'They lie.' 'They're the best part of going to the movies.' But whether you love them or hate them, trailers always serve their purpose of offering free samples of a film to influence moviegoing decision-making. In deed, with their inclusion on videotapes, DVDs, and on the Internet, trailers are more widely seen and influential now than at any time in their history. Starting from the premise that movie trail ers can be considered a film genre, this pioneering book explores the genre's conventions and offers a primer for reading the rhetoric of movie trailers. Lisa Kernan identi fies three principal rhetorical strat egies that structure trailers: ap peals to audience interest in film genres, stories, and/or stars. She also analyzes the trailers for twenty-seven popular Hollywood films from the classical, transitional, and contemporary eras, exploring what the rhetorical appeals within these trailers reveal about Hollywood's changing conceptions of the moviegoing audience."


I Book NiB John Sorrell' s (NC '73) new book, Openings to Lighten the Way, is now available via special order at John' s website: or call 1-866 336-0pen (6736). From the publisher: "Openings to Lighten the Way teems with over two hundred unique Openings for every day and every turn of our lives Page after page you 'll find Openings that shed fresh l ight on the road ahead. Openings to wake with take meals by and sleep on. Even Openings that give everyday chores a fresh depth So whether you 're heading toward some big change, getting over rough ground or just sweep ing the floor, Opening by Opening, you'll keep coming beautifully back to why we're here and how we can make the most of each day on this earth. This deluxe hardcover gift edition from World House Publish ers comes with not only a rich range of photographs but the innovative exclusive An Opening A Day bookmark display stand. Slide it in the book to mark your next Open ing. Then slip it out at home, at work even on the road, and stand your Opening wide on any shelf, desk or night table to inspire you as you go." London (NC 65) was published by Feral House Press in October 2003 (ISBN : 0922915938 ; $16.95 ; Pa perback). From the publisher: "Vampires have frightened and fas cinated readers for centuries. This illustrated book examines real vam pires whose crimes have contrib uted to the mythos. Ripped from today s headlines and mined from historical records True Vampires invades the minds of real blood sucking k i llers from Romania, Rus sia France Wales Brazil South Africa the Kentucky hills and the streets of Los Angeles. Part I The Undead Zone traces the history of vampirism, from Jesus to Dracula to Vlad the lmpaler Part II, 'Vampire Crime describes gory histoncal events in grisly detail. Part Ill, 'Interview with a Vampire, is a conversation between the au thor and an unindicted spokesvampire and his consort, who report on the lifestyle of vam pire role-players as practiced to day in New York City." NCAA President Larry Vernaglia (NC '87) recently edited a two-vol ume treatise entitled Massachu setts Health and Hospital Law Manual. The book is published by MCLE, Inc (website :; True Vampires: Blood-Suckphone: 800-966-6253; $165; 818 ing Killers Past and Present a pages in 2 volumes book written by Sondra Stewart looseleaf I hardcover). From the publisher: Taking an interdiscip l i nary industry based approach MCLE s Massachusetts Health and Hospital Law Manual presents the many business and legal issues facing health care providers pay ers and other participants in the health care industry along with the regulators overseeing them. This comprehensive manual focuses on health care delivery in its legal business regulatory advocacy and personal aspects. Practice pointers and hypotheticals provide concrete guidance as you navigate the federalization consolidation bureaucratization and increasing regulation of this dynamic area of practice." Conversations with Don DeLillo a new book edited by Tho mas Depietro (NC '72) was pub lished by the University Press of Mississippi in January 2005 (ISBN: 1-57806-703-0 and 1-57806-7049; $20.00 in paper; $50. 00 in cloth}. From the publisher: "In Con versations with Don DeLillo, the renowned author makes clear his distinctions between historical fact and his own creative leaps, espe cially in his masterwork Under world. There it seems the true events are unbelievable and imagi nary ones not. Throughout long profiles and conversations--rang ing from 1982 to 2001 and pub lished in the New Yorker the Paris Review, and Rolling Stone--De Lillo parries personal inquiries. He counters with the details of his work habits, his understanding of the novelist's role in the world and his sense of our media-saturated cul ture. A number of interviews detail Delillo' s less-heralded work in the theater, from The Day Room to a recent production of Valparaiso, itself a stinging satire on the inter viewing process.


I CLASS Notes '64 Tim Dunsworth writes, "I am currently working as a research analyst (i.e., number cruncher) in the institutional research office of Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN, the latest in a series of analytic jobs. In my free time, I am an avid recumbent bicyclist and enjoy traveling (including to Sarasota for our 401 h reunion!)." E-mail: tim.dunsworth@ David Rollow says, "I'm twice divorced, and have three children from my second marriage: Delia (20), Lucia (18), and William (15). I have an MFA and Ph.D. from Cornell University, and have worked as a technical writer in the computer industry since 1977. I've lived in Boston/Cambridge since 1974. I have a second career, of modest success, as a painter of realist(ic) landscape and still life paintings." E-mail: David_Rollow@ csgsystems. com. '65 Kenji Oda writes, "I got married and divorced, and had a career in information technology. I became a workaholic and rose to Program Manager for a defense contract ing firm. I had a mid-life crisis in 1992 and later quit my job to pur sue other interests. I now work part-time as a consultant and pro posal writer. The other half of my time, I do freelance writing and art criticism. I'm also working on a non fiction book project. My hobbies include art collecting (contempo rary prints), stock trading, bar hop ping, and playing the electric guitar (classic rock)." E-mail: kenoda@ Sandra Stewart writes, "I'm di vorced with one daughter and one grandson. I work as a technical writer and true-crime author, and I'm interested in graphics and photographics, websites, and mem oirs. I hope to contribute to the New College History Project, and I al ways love to hear from Novo Col legians." (See page 13 for a book note on Sandra, too ) E-mail: '66 Barbara Sieborowski Ceo says, "Contact with other New Col legians is always welcome. I have enjoyed sitting on the alumni grants committee and employing students. Since my divorce 6 years ago, I have been in private prac tice as a Speech Pathologist in Sarasota, setting my own hours and welcoming visitors. I still like the beach, dance, the theater, and travel." E-mail: aimtherapy@ Michael Macy ('70) and lnge Fryklund ('64) at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan '67 Laurence Hunt writes, "My wife Susan and I now regularly travel to Scottsdale, AZ, and Carlsbad, CA. We'd be happy to contact any alums in these areas. We don't see I many alums in northwest Ontario, but it does happen. Our last chance encounter with alums with was Jan Bruckner and Michael Kuracic in Kejick Bay, Lac Seul First Nation, in northern Ontario about 1996. Michael was then at Brandeis, working with desert people in Ari zona, and we just happened to be passing through Kejick Bay at the same time. I would love to track down Jan and Michael again, per haps in Arizona this time. We are most often in Arizona in November December, and in Carlsbad in March." E-mail: '69 Marie Blanche Benedict Gojon writes, I now live near the Alps and work as an IVF (in vitro fertilization) biologist in Geneva. We have 2 kids: Benedicte {born 1976), who is doing a thesis in Medieval French, is teaching in Lyon, and married a nice Irishman this summer; and David (born 1979), who is still studying." E-mail: Bob Danielson is the Vice President for the Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, WV. E-mail: savoyard@ charter. net. Gordon Marsh says, "I trans late Japanese to English, mostly boring business and technical stuff. I have dreams every now and then that I am arriving back at New College, starting over once again. It is always an exciting and fright ening moment. I also have recur ring dreams that I am walking across campus at the end of the term and I realize I haven't been to class yet. Ah, the New College ex perience. I wouldn't trade it for any thing. I've been married to Yuki, a


I I Benjamin Louis Paul Xavier Van Dyk and Emerson Paul Donald Zachary Van Dyk. He says "Please -----------------------------visit us the Pacific Northwest anyfigured it was a good time to have time! native of Tokyo for 23 years. Our 3 kids are all off to work or college. E mail: '70 Freddie Clary says I have made the switch from consumer packaged goods to publishing and am now the Associate Director for Corporate Marketing Information at Time Inc in New York. I m loving it! Lisa Kernan is still a librarian (and now also a lecturer) in film and television at UCLA. Since complet ing her Ph.D in 2000 she has a new book out (see book notes on page 12) and an article in the cur rent issue of Cineaction (No 64). She says, Looking back I think I have been following Cary Grant s strategy in Holiday to 'retire young and work old .' I feel like I m just getting started." E-mail: lkernan@ library ucla edu. Robert Lemmon writes, I board horses every now and then fiddle with old pickups, and drive new Mercedes regularly at 1 00+ mph in the middle of Nowhere, SC It s SOOO much fun humiliating BMW owners." E-mail: rtl@pbtcomm net. Michael Macy and lnge Fryklund (NC '64) convened the first meeting of the Afghanistan chapter of the New College Alumni Association, which was recently held at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. The meeting was on the margins" of the inauguration of President Karzai the first elected president of Afghanistan Since both members of the chapter were taking a break waiting for the ar rival of Vice President Cheney they their first meeting. lnge is the Rule E-mail: of Law Advisor to the USAID mis sion to Afghanistan. She was re sponsible for arranging meetings between Dr Karzai the First Lady of Afghanistan and the American delegation to the inauguration. Michael Macy is the Counselor for Public Affairs at the U .S. Embassy in Kabul and was working with the media covering the inauguration. E-mail:; lnge fryklund@hotmail com Janet Cohen Miller is currently teaching Exceptional Student Edu cation for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She is also work ing on Project Victory, a transitional school-to-work program for learn ing-disabled high school students at Baptist Hospital. E-mail: jjr3@ Christopher Van Dyk is work ing in creative advertising and pub lic relations for politicians organi zations, and commericial businesses He's also a Principal in Bainbridge Media Group Inc. Christopher is married to Jeanne Swenson Van Dyk and is father to '71 Bill Mizelle writes: I attended New College from fall term 1971 through winter and spring term of 1972. I didn't return because I joined a traveling rock and roll band. Finally, after about ten yea r s of going to college and p l aying jazz and whatnot I got a BS in math." E-mail: radicularscreen '72 Rick Lathrop is living in south ern California and would love to hear from students of 1972-73, especially the C Dorm Encoun ter Group. E-mail : Ross Vachon says, "I' ve written a few polemics the last year or so just for fun and a night-in-a-good hotel money. The polemics are available at Counterpunch, AI Jazeera, and The American Con servative if anyone wants to check them out." E-mail: americanpatriot54@ Luther Peacock (NC '78) married Julie Bacon on May 23rd in South Salem, NY. Other New College alums in attendance were (left to right) best man Christian Fusca (NC '77), Wendy Appleton (NC '79), Hans Peter Werner (NC '78), Felice Schulaner (NC '78), and Christine Hamilton-Hall (NC '78) (Luther is pictured second from right).


I CIASSNotes I '73 Thomas DiPietro writes, "Dor othy Hey I (NC '71) and I are now married 26 years, and have a teen aged daughter, Regina, who is in her second year at Choate Rose mary Hall. After 17 years as a trial attorney at the New York office of the SEC, Dorothy has joined the Manhattan firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley, and McCoy. A book I've edited, Conversations with Doo Pelill_Q, comes out in January 2005, and is published by the University of Mississippi Press." (For more details on the book, see the Book Notes section on page 13.) E-mail: thomasdepietro@ Julian Kaplin says, "I was in L.A. recently, where I saw Emily Feigenson (NC '72) and her three lovely children. We celebrated Emily's 501 h birthday. She and her husband, Dennis Perluss, have a lovely home in L.A. Emily is work ing at a school as its rabbi and spiri tual counselor. Robert Lloyd (NC '73) also dropped by; he hasn't changed a bit (aside from some grey). He is writing for the L.A. newspapers and seems very happy. I myself am doing very well these days. I still live in Chelsea (NYC), which feels like a new place since it has improved so drastically over the last 5 years. I continue to work at Siemens as a senior counsel in charge of its U.S. real estate and as a member of the manage ment team of its real estate sub sidiary. Walter Mullin and I have been together for over 8 years, and we happily (for the most part) co-exist with two irascible parrotsa demanding Grey and neurotic Panama Amazon-who are our surrogate children." E-mail: julian.kaplin@ George Phillip Reno says, "My last professional work was a con tract to write a HUD grant applica tion for a non-profit. Lately, we've been buying old homes in the his toric district, fixing them up, and putting them back on the market. It's not exactly scintillating academ ics, but hey ... it pays the bills, and when the market's right, it buys baby new shoes!" E-mail: backhaul1 Bob Watts writes, "My family and I returned this summer from a three-year tour with the State De partment in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and we are back in the DC area." E-mail: '76 Larry Lewack writes, "I'm living and working in the People's Repub lic of Burlington, VT. In 2004, I com pleted an MA in Nonprofit Manage ment. I'm now director of a small nonprofit serving victims of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) in northern New England. I'd welcome hearing from any alums who share the above interests, or who are pass ing through Vermont and would like to say hello." E-mail: larry.lewack@ '79 Eric Gottshall writes, "I'm an ac tive duty Navy Commander in the 'Special Duty, Geophysics' field. I work for the Space and Naval War fare Systems Command as a Pro gram Manager for the Navy's En vironmental Satellite Programs. I have the best job in the world: byzantine politics, challenging management, and cutting edge science and technology, and all the while spending other people's money!" E-mail: eric.gottshall@ '80 Dr. Elizabeth Osuch writes: "I will be moving to London, Ontario (Canada) in the summer of 2005 to accept the Joseph Rea Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Western Ontario University. It's a research chair position to begin a program studying mood and anxi ety disorders." E-mail: eosuch@ Lori Shoemaker is working in Washington, DC, as an Economic Officer for the Department of State's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. She has two chil dren: Michael (age 3) an Elizabeth (10 mos.). E-mail: shoemakerla@ '81 Martha Eisenberg says, "My big news is that my son Joshua was born February 18, 2004! His dad Carl Martel and I took him to Fenway Park when he was 3 1/2 months old, and we're convinced that his presence there was cer tainly one of the good luck charms that ultimately led to the long awaited Red Sox World Series vic tory. He is handsome like his dad, but he sings like his mama! (Seri ously, the reports from his daycare document this as well.") E-mail: marthaeisenberg@ '84 Allen Hopper says, "I recently left San Francisco and death pen alty defense work to take a new job with the ACLU's Drug Law Reform Project in Santa Cruz, CA. Looks like I'll have to learn to surf ... Email: Molly Olah teaches performing arts and strings to gifted students at the Academically and lntellectu-


I I plies content to online retailers and CCJJ ASS i\ digital distribution companies. I've U. been married since 1996 to John ._ _______________________ ____. Sindelar (NC '86), and we live in Sebastian Gavin Brown, son of Margie Knauff ('85), was hom on February 9, 2004. ally Gifted Center for Johnson County Schools (in North Carolina). She is a professional violinist/vio list with a large studio of private students. E-mail: Brian Sullivan and his band Emerald Rose were the guests of honor at the Lord of the Rings Convention in Pasadena, CA, in January 2005. For more information, check out this website: www.oneringcelebration .com. E-mail: sullivan@ '85 Margie Knauff and her hus band Andrew Brown welcomed their son Sebastian Gavin Brown to the world on February 9, 2004. Margie and Andrew live in Arling ton, VA. (See page 12 for a book note on Margie, too.) E-mail: KnauffM@ '86 Jennifer Cooper says, "I'm working as a labor and delivery nurse at Stanford. I married Gavin Cockayne and moved out of San Francisco to our South Bay home in 2004. I gave birth to our son, William 'Liam' Cooper Cockayne, two months early on November 6, 2004." E-mail: jencooperinsf@ Victor Viqueira writes, "Long time no hear? How's it going? As for us (Josefina, James, and my self), we very well! The new house is almost finished (by Filipino stan dard not to shabby)! We are start ing a new travel consultant /agent business based out Bogo RP. We plan to expand our family next year (if the bustness connects at all). We just sold house: 2365 Floyd St in Sarasota. E-mail: fsarasota@ '87 Gwen Davies writes, "I got mar ried to John Wuichet in 2002. In July 2004, we had a little girl, Eleanor Griffith Wuichet. I am a psychologist and serve as Clinical Director for Positive Impact, a non profit providing mental health ser vices to people infected with HIV." E-mail: Ann Burget Tucker and her husband Chris Tucker celebrated the birth of their second daughter, Ava, on September 23'd, 2004. Chris writes, "Ava edged out her older sister, Lily (who turned two in September) by 1 oz., but Lily didn't seem to care, especially once we told her that Ava wanted to give her a Tootsie Roll. Now she likes Ava a lot." E-mail: '88 Kristi Coulter says, "I run the film and DVD division of the All Music/All Movie Guides, which supthe Ann Arbor, Ml, area with our golden retriever Abby." E-mail: kricou@ '89 Dayna Baumeister (nee Ayres) is self-employed in the field of biomimicry. She is married to Tho mas, a German, and they have two kids: Xander, age 4, and Anya, age 1. She lives in Montana and is al ways looking for other Montanans! E-mail: daynab@ Soph Davenport writes, "I'm astonishingly married in a radical sort of way, to my life partner in crime, Laura, whom I met through queer union activism. I never did finish grad school, but careered into the building trades, which has paid off my loans and has lots of opportunities for progressive learning. I'm still spinnin'!" E-mail: Laura Rosenbluth writes, "I am working in adult social work and fi nally on the quest for California li censure (since they didn't recog nize my Florida license), and will likely pursue practice. I'm loving home improvement and my two cats, but tolerating dating ... E mail: orchid_lover@ '90 Melissa Williams writes, "My husband and I have relocated to the Southwest. I recently started a job at the Flandrau Science Cen ter at the University of Arizona at Tucson. As a Senior Instructional Specialist in the Education Depart ment, I will be building bridges be tween the science center and the community through community and school partnerships. Look for


our brand new facil i ty opening in 2008! E-mail : melissawilliams@ earthlink net. '92 Josh Armstrong writes: I re cently married Eliana Saxon and completed my work as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Plant Gene Expresssion Center. I am now employed at Mendel B i o technology Inc., and look forward to several more years in the Bay Area. E-mail: josh @ Tracie Merritt recently moved back to Tampa She says I ac cepted a job as Statewide Coordi nator for Human Services at the Florida Kinship Center, at the USF School of Social Work E-mail : tracie_merritt@ '93 Stacey Lucas says "I am a de signer for an architecture firm in downtown Boston. When I'm not working, I m hanging out with Bobby! Give us a ring if you 're in Beantown." E-mail: sbluca@msn com Coree White recently moved to Tennessee from Hawai i and is now working as an organ i c farmer. She also recently got married and her last name is now Entwhistle. E-mail : coreekaleseed@ '94 Lara Glasgow Corey says, I currently work as a lawyer in New York and was recently married. We live happily in Manhattan with our beloved mutt, Otter." E-mail: laracorey@ Sarah Parshall (NC 99) married her childhood sweetheart Shawn Goff on May 8, 2004. Vallerye Anderson (NC '02, far right) was the maid of honor. Rebecca Dinger Hassell writes: Brant {NC '93) and I just moved to DC in June 2004. We're still married: he s a veter i narian and I'm the assessment specialist for a not-for-profit organizat ion de veloping alternative teacher certi fication. I'm also doing stained glass art in my spare time We love it here! Feel free to look us up. E-mail: jrdhassell Rachel Sgaglio says I just moved back to New York and took a job as a psychologist at Westchester Medical Center I work on a children s inpatient unit, as well as private practice." E-mail: sgags24@ Tony West writes, "I' m teaching English privately on a small island in southern Japan. I m surfing and boardmaking, too Drop a line if you 're in Japan, or in Dunedin Florida!!!" E-mail: underseas75@ '95 Thomas Barnard recently graduated from George Washing ton University Law School. He current l y works as a public defende r in sou t hwest New Hampshire E-mail : tbarnard @ law gwu edu Jessica Hickmott writes I j ust graduated f rom medical school at the University of Me l bourne woo hoo! I will be working as an intern at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Austral i a starting i n January My partner Xavier has also graduated (with honors!). I would like to ex tend an invitat i on to New College students who need a p l ace to s t ay if they a r e eve r traveling this way One at a time thanks, and offer val i d from September 2005. I have already had two other students stay with me over the last few years: Margaret Hoppe {NC '96) and Sarah Young (NC '96) and we all had a blast." E -mail: Peter Kezar writes I am now a JAG (or mil itary attorney) for the U.S. A i r Force. My first duty station is Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage, AK where my wife and I are now living E-mai l is the best way to reach me at the moment, as we will likely move a few times before we secure permanent housing. As al ways I miss New College and would love to hear from anyone." E-mail: peterkezar@ '96 Ira Do writes, After graduating from NC in 2000, I attended the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy where I graduated with my Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree in June 2004 Afterwards, I accepted a fellowship position with Rutgers University and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation in Drug Regulatory Affairs. I currently work in the Neuroscience Business Unit at Novartis and have a Clini cal Adjunct Faculty appointment with the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University." E-mail: ira .do@ pharma novartis com


Sarah E. Goff is working as a fashion designer in New York City. She writes, "I designed a contem porary t-shirt line that is being launched now for Spring 2005. I'm pretty excited to see how it does." E-mail: sayrah21 '97 Jessica Campese recently moved to Durham, NC, to attend the Master in Public Policy pro at Duke University. She says: NC grads and alums interested in MPPs and/or Duke are welcome to write." E-mail: jesscampese@ Mandy Malloy writes, "I am very interested in exploring new opportunities in NYC, in the world of print and design production. 1 am currently working for an inde pendent press specializing in lim ited-edition books, high-end stationery, and luxury desk accessories. I also have experi ence in private label brand devel opment, corporate identity develI and more ... any tips or tip efts 1n the NYC are appreciated!" E-mail: '98 Evangeline Thorp and Shane Linkous (NC '93) were married in Tampa on January 1, 2005. The wedding party included New Col lege alums Meredith Thorp (NC '99), Jessica Chapman (NC '97), and Jason Hackney (NC '97). Van and Shane live in Philadelphia, where Van IS a Ph.D. candidate in and Regional Planning at the Umvers1ty of Pennsylvania, and Shane is a Masters candidate in Theory at Temple University. E-ma1l: vanthorp@ April Wagner is a student at the Clown Conservatory at San Fran Circus Center. She says, "I love 1t. Come see a show ... E-mail: apeswagner@ Jesse Weiner writes that he is climbing in Thailand through March 2005. E-mail: jessedestructo@ Taeko Kajihara (NC '73, third from left) visited New College from Japan. She met with students to discuss life in Japan. '99 Danielle Fischer writes: "I am currently living in Gifu Prefecture Japan, in small city called Kakamigahara. I'm interested in finding other New College alums in Japan so '1-!e can network, meet up, share stones and advice, and visit each other so we can see other of the country. Drop me a lme 1f you are in Japan." E-mail: toeballoon '00 Mark Hengge says, "I'm cur rently working as the Paymaster for the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, 1351 h Ed. I will be traveling the country for at least the next two years. If the circus is com through your town, drop me a line." E-mail: Liz Mathews says, "I'm cur rently working at the ACLU Repro ductive Freedom Project in the national headquarters in NYC. I'm still bumming around with Novo Col legians, and bumping into others in the city!" E-mail: In Memoriam Laurence Hunt noted that Marc Weiser, who briefly attended New College in the late 60s, died of can cer on April 27, 1999. Mark was a director at the Xerox Palo Alto Re search Center, and his father was of Faculty at Shimer College 1n Mt. Carroll, IL, in the 50 and 60s. Frances (Franny) Winslow Gardner (NC '67) died on Novem ber 20, 2004, at a health care fa cility in Asheville, NC. She was 56 years old.


RITES OF REAGGREGATION: NEW COLLEGE ALUMNAE/I Assoc ATION REGIONAL EvENTS Ginger Lyon ('70) NCAA Board of Directors They danced to Paul Cebar and The Milwaukeeans in Tampa and played h i s CD i n San Francisco They squeezed into a tight r estau rant in New York and langu i shed by the poo l in Atlanta. They re sisted wearing nametags until they started making the connec tions Regional NCAA gatherings have flourished this year, and more events are in store Since no two events are al ike, we can only present you w ith a composite and let you know that the predominant responses of those attending are gratitude and surprise Where: Boston New York San Francisco Los Angeles Tampa Anita Allen (NC '70), host of the Philadelphia regional reunion held on Nov. 21, discusses her new book The New Ethics, with NC President Mike Michalson. Tallahassee Atlanta Washington D C., Miami Where next: All of the above plus Sarasota Philadelphia Aus tin Seattle and more And there is a rumor the Boston alums will be holding a winter event on Sarasota's famous North Trail at the Bahi Hut. Keep posted via the website, -Venues: Homes, hotels, a candlepin bowling alley and salsa nightclub the state Senate cham bers a fine arts museum a pool clubhouse a harbor cruise boat a Tibetan kitchen workplaces. Food: Potluck, fine d i ning pic nic barbeque Drink: Cockta ils by candlelight Braz i lian mate tea in a gourd Goodies: New College water pistols admissions and foundation publications student publications. Prizes for oldest alum youngest alum those from tar or near NC mugs t-shirts. Special guests: NC President M ike Michalson NC Foundation President John Cranor current and former professors. Prospec tive student and parents. Repre sentatives from admissions and alumnae/i office. Becky Schaaf (NC '97), Judy Ng (NC '96), and host Kathy Leavitt Suyderhoud (wife of Johan, NC '75) at the DC Reunion on Nov. 20 in Arlington. VA.


Honorary Alum Hugh Roarty and Mike Lasche ('76) at the Sarasota Alum Reception. Music: Groove and lounge CO' s, satellite radio, old dance tapes live music by student or alumni bands. Conversation: Spirited politi cal discussion, passions and projects past and present connec tions. Artwork: Tour of the Rembrandt exhibit kids drawings photos of neon crop circle. And memorabilia: old face books stu dent handbooks images in the heart and mind "Whenever you get NC folks together, you have a group of intelligent and self-starting people with a wide range of interests. It doesn't seem to take much of anything to get people talking and connecting. There was lots of laughter, some tears, and there are always moments of high weirdness in an NC environment." Nikki Cohen ('87), Fred Bowen ('99), and Prospective NC Student Scott Ross at the Philadelphia reunion.


NEw CoLLEGE ALUMNAE/I AssociATION STUDENT GRANTS UPDATE Bill Rosenberg ('73) and Steve Rosenberg ('71) NCAA Board of Directors Simone Harbas is a 7th term NCF student who wants to study the reintroduced wolf population in Yellowstone this January. She's going to be looking for a specific topic for her senior thesis, prob ably involving some aspect of population dynamics in the wolf community. She's hoping to use her wit and charm to get around while she's there, but she has a backup plan. Trevor Caughlin is a 3ro term stu dent who wants to spend an off campus study term in Auroville, In dia, studying fruit trees and environmental sustainability. He spent last Summer on campus, and planted over 50 fruit trees, but he wants to get more hands-on expe rience with fruits more suited to Florida's climate than what one typically finds in the US. Auroville is an ecovillage in southern India, with a climate similar to Florida's, where they grow the kinds of sub tropical fruits Trevor is interested in. Lara Drizd is a 7th term student who's planning to head into the Everglades "snail country," where she'll be studying a species of tree snail in relation to the Everglades Restoration Plan. Much of her work there will be done up in the trees. Lara has already taken a tree climbing course to learn how to do this work safely. What do these students have in common, other than New College? They're all going to be able to do their work partly with help from you! They are among the students receiving grants from the Student Grants Committee during our Fall 2004 grant cycle. At our November meeting, we awarded over $5,600 to 21 out of 32 applicants, in amounts ranging from $50 to $500. Lara Drizd is a 7th term student who's planning to head into Everglades "snail country," where she'll be studying a species of tree snail in relation to the Everglades Restoration Plan. Among the other students who received grants, three students, Tawnya Hersha, Bryan DeBono, and Cristina Beno, will have an opportunity to present their research projects at professional conferences. Mary Hill will be trav elling to China to study "which cur rent social problems in China arise from the inherent nature of a com munist structure and which of these troubles stem from specific devel opment decisions made during the application of the ideology." Jonathan Schaan will be working on his Senior Thesis, "Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in Bo livia." His project involves inter viewing Bolivian Government and NGO officials regarding "their thoughts and strategies to fulfill their obligations to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)." In many cases, these are follow-up interviews, as Jonathan has al ready spent time in Bolivia, on work leading up to this project. As you can see, the projects reflect a wide range of studies and interests, and some of them are very expensive, especially for an undergraduate. In many cases, we are funding a small portion of a much larger project, with additional funding coming from several other possible sources, including Foundation Research and Travel Grants. The Student Grants Com mittee has recommended to the NCAA Board, and to the Founda tion, that we increase the maximum grant amount from the current $500 to $1 ,000. This is largely a response to the inflation which has occurred over the past fifteen years or so, during which time the maximum NCAA grant has never been increased. In order to pro vide roughly the same opportuni ties to current students, we must provide more dollars. At the same time, if we're going to provide for the same number of students, we'll need to increase the total funding available for student grants by a proportionate amount, i.e. double what we now have. If you'd like to help support stu dent research, travel, and special projects, you can make a donation to the NCAA. You can do it on the website,, or by mail or phone. You'll be helping to maintain the spirit and substance of New College, and you'll feel good doing it, so go ahead.


FuNDRAISING UPDATE: WHY SHOULD You GivE To NEw CoLLEGE? John Hansen ( C '76) NCAA Board of Directors With the academic year two thirds complete, now is a good time to provide an update on the NCAA's fundraising sources and various uses of alumnae/i funds. The NCAA has transferred its day to-day fundraising operations to the New College Foundation but remains an active participant in ensuring the success of those op erations, especially as they relate to alumnae/i giving. Moreover, the need for the Foundation and Alum nae/i Association to be indepen dent checks on USF during the post-1975 period has given way to a need for both organizations to be fully aligned with and financially supportive of the College. By pro viding greater transparency to the College's needs and our sources and uses of alumnae/i funds, we hope to encourage each and ev ery one of you to take a more ac tive role as a "steward" of New College of Florida. Goals and Objectives: Fundraising goals and challenges for New College and hence the NCAA and Foundation focus on two key measures of success: "partici pation rate" and dollars raised. We and other institutions of higher education define "participa tion rate" as the percentage of graduates who have made a finan cial contribution within the most recent two academic years under review. Our success in raising our participation rate is critical for two reasons: first, to build a viable fundraising base for current and future educational initiatives; sec ond, to provide an indication of the "success" of the college in its mis sion, whether being measured by the accreditation committees or college ranking organizations (US News, Barron's, Princeton Review and the like). In fiscal year (FY) 2003-04, the alumnae/i participa tion rate was 27%; midway through FY2004-05, the rate was at 16%. The fundraising cycle operates on a fiscal year similar to the academic year, running from July 1 to June 30. The participation rate is driven by both our ability to generate new donors, including new graduates and past graduates who have never donated, and to activate "lapsed" donors who have given at some point but have not con tributed in recent years. We have made significant progress in increasing the partici pation rate among recent gradu ating classes. A key contributor to this success is the "1 00% Initiative" campaign aimed at generating donations from each member of a given year's graduating class. The success of these initiatives is borne out by participation rates of 50%-70% for several post-2000 graduating classes. The donations of graduating students have had a meaningful impact on participa tion rates. Thanks to all who have participated! The NCAA and Foundation have sponsored particularly noteworthy and successful regional visits by NCF President Mike Michalson and Foundation President and charter class member John Cranor. These visits have provided a unique op portunity for alums to reconnect with the college and learn first-hand about the innovative initiatives that continue to provide a valuable, rel evant and differentiated under graduate experience. They have also been useful in our effort to educate alums about the impor tance of giving, which has led to increased numbers of new donors and reactivated lapsed donors. We encourage each of you to use any or all of these opportunities to learn about and re-connect with the college and its exciting work, and to commit to being a financial stew ard of the college to the extent you are able. Beyond increasing our alumnae/ i "participation rate," our second fundraising goal is to increase the absolute dollars we raise from al ums each year. In FY2003-04, al ums contributed $233,000, with roughly half of those contributions made to the Annual Fund. Through almost the first six months of FY2004-05, alums have contrib uted roughly $86,000, with $54,000 of that going to the Annual Fund. The keys to achieving growth in total dollars raised are: growing our donor base (as de scribed above), retaining past do nors and encouraging donors over time to increase their donations in proportion to their ability to give. One particular challenge the Faun-Continued on Page 27


WHAT'S NEW AT NEW COLLEGE? RECENT CHANGES TO YOUR ALMA MATER Eric Hinton (NC '00) NCAA Board of Directors and NC Admissions Counselor WELCOME TO In the last two years, there have been several changes on campus, although the last major change was definitely the opening of the Keating Center, the new home of the Foundation, Alumnae/i Associa tion, and Library Association, in February 2004. The most dramatic change since then has been the installation of lights all over the campus from College Drive to Palm Court. The campus welcome sign reflects the recent split between USF and NC in spite of still sharing the campus. For all those who remember making out in some dark corner of the campus, these are memories that will not be relived. For the last three years, the campus police have insisted on keeping Palm Court lit, even during Walls. From there, we have seen overhead lights installed along the walkway from Ham Center to Palm Court and along the entire length of College Drive. For those of you who remember being concerned about the lack of lights on campus and the safety issues that spurred, take heart that the current students have much less to worry about as they roam around campus at night. On the other hand, I think the cam pus has lost some of its intimacy and charm. This process is in This sign otz the site of Crosley Estate i defaced with graffiti, reflecting community opposition to con truction on the site because of environmental concerns. progress and additional lighting surveys are to take place in order to identify other areas on campus that should be better lit. The other project that has reached a plateau is the installa tion of wireless routers around campus. Campus Computing has installed them so that people with laptops can access the internet from the Dortstein lounges and the benches at the baseball diamond, Palm Court, the Pei lounges, Ham Center, the Jane Bancroft Cook Library, and the Four Winds Cafe. Simply from walking over from Ad missions to the Cafe from time to time, my impression is that the router in the coffee shop sees pretty heavy use. Despite the addition of the Heiser Natural Sciences Complex and the Pritzker Marine Science Laboratory, and the eventual ad dition of new dorm space (which could happen as soon as this sum mer) on the east side of campus, there is still a large amount of un developed land on campus. Much to the consternation of the people who spent the last couple of years


fighting the University of South Florida s plans to break ground at the Crosley Mansion ground has been broken and they will eventu ally move most of their operations to the estate. While this is poten tially destructive for the land and wildlife that exists there i t does atlow USF to go ahead with its plans to physically split from New College. As far as the next few years go I think USF's exit and the new dorms are going to be the next b i g ohvsi cal shocks to the campus SOO ON CHAE UOIT IU The Soo Bong Chae Auditorium is located in the Heiser Natural Sciences complex and is named in honor of the late mathematics professor. -The walkway between the Pei Dorms and Hamilton Center now sports these new lights, featuring signs that say ((There is only one New College." The Heiser Natural Sciences Complex sports an interesting new mosaic sculpture, a result of the State of Florida's Art in Public Buildings program. The Keating Center, the new home of the Foundation, Alumnae/i Association, and Library Association, is located on the west side of campus near the Pritzker Marine Biology Lab.


NCAA President's Report Larry Vernaglia (NC '87) President, New College Alumnae/i Association Our last President's Letter con cluded with a brief, but real, invita tion: New College wants you! Not your moneywell, we do want that, but it's not what we are talking about here-but YOU. We want your time, expertise, memories, ideas, and your commitment to the value of the New College educa tion and the New College experi ence. Some things about New College, I'm pleased to report, don't change. One of these is that this little school is always trying to be stronger. Another thing is that we never have enough resources to do it; and so we use creative problem solving to try and get us there. I guess a third thing along this line is that we think that New College students and al ums have a pretty good sense about how to find such solutions. What this all means is that the Col lege relies on the volunteerism of its alums to a degree that no other university, of which I am aware, does. Where do we need you? Here are a few examples: Plan and/or host a local event. We need people with good ideas about hosting events in their cities and towns for New College alums, traveling students, admissions can didates and visiting faculty. These are not terribly high-stress, but they are critical to maintaining the connections of the College to the broader community. Teach a course or class at New College. Our Alumnae/i Fellows Program is more important than ever. New College is attracting many more talented students than in the past. The College's Strate gic Plan calls for more outside cur riculum support. (See Nimbus Vol. 50, Summer 2004, p. 1.) If you have something to offer that you think the College will need, and you are in the market for a teach ing experience, let us know. Help organize the on-campus reunion. May 20-22 is the next re union. We need a broad group of people from all years to (1) prom ise to come, (2) help make sure their friends do to, and (3) maybe take part in planning some of the festivities. Offer to help with admissions. Last year, we sent out a request for help from the Admissions Of fice they still need us. In fact, the College is actively encourag ing alums to talk-up the New Col lege experience with their friends who have high school age kids and encourage them to apply. This is very important at helping the school reach out to the most prom ising young students. Mentor a New College student. We are reinvigorating our NCAA mentor program. Fill out the mentorship form in the back of the New College Directory or on-line. Consider New College students for a job with your company. has a link for job postings. The College Career office is regularly looking for recommendations for work placements for our students. Please let us know if you have an opportu nity so we can keep business in the family! Volunteer to help with fundraising. The Foundation is working to create a network of "friends" to help strengthen the financial status of the college. These friends will be asked to help find money. Are you good at that? If so, ask Michael Milton ( ) at the Founda tion how you can do it. Write an article for the Nimbus. Do you have story to tell about life after New College? We are actively listening for new voices for our Nim bus. Send our editors an e-mail ( if you have a con tribution you would like to offer. Help with other NCAA Commit tees and projects. The NCAA Board is all volunteer. Our profes sional alumnae/i office is 1 person with some part-time help. Conse quently, everything carried on by the NCAA (and a lot you don't see) is done by volunteers. This in cludes the Student Grants Commit tee, Nimbus publication, merchandise development, website development, faculty development grants, and a slew of other projects. We need your help in all these areas to keep the Associa tion alive and growing. The NCAA has now moved to annual elections (instead of elec tions every two years). We are try ing to keep a steady flow of "new blood" in the Association's leader ship. But the value of fresh per spectives is every bit as important in these many other programs of the NCAA. So please think about making this year the year you get reengaged in New College -we need you!


Do you know someone who you've always thought would be perfect for New College? The Office of Admjssions invites you to add your favorite bright, passionate, motivated, independent, eccentric, {insert your own adjective here} rugh school tudent (freshman through senior) or community college student to our mailing list. Please fill out the attached form as completely as possible and return to us. Prospective Student's full name ___________________ Mailing City _________ State. _____ Zip ________ Phone number ________ E-mail address. __________ High School I Community CoJiege ___________ Year of Graduation __ Possible Study Intere ts. _____________________ Your name ___________ Relationship to student ______ Please return form to: New College of Florida, Office of Admissions, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL34243 Phone: 941-359-4269/ Fax: 941-359-4435 I E-mail: I Web: FuNDRAISING UPDATE: WHY SHOULD You GivE To NEw CoLLEGE? (CoNTINUED FROM PAGE 23) dation and NCAA have faced has been in having donors renew their gifts on a yearly basis. Among New College alums, roughly 40-60% of donors in any given year do not contribute in the subsequent year, while national benchmarks suggest that yearly donor turnover should be closer to 30%. To be sure, in dividual donors face changing fi nancial circumstances that impact their ability to donate from year to year, but sometimes we plan to donate and simply don't get around to it. Please try to make a donation every year! Every dona tion, whether large or modest, has a meaningful impact on the lives of students today. For those of you who would ben efit from the convenience, please think about having your bank ac count debited or your credit card charged automatically once a month, once a quarter or annually. Please contact the Director of An nual Giving of the Foundation, Michael Milton ('98), at mmilton@ncf edu, to learn more or to initiate this process. From the NCAA Board, thank you to all who have supported New College this year and in the past. While the high standards and unique academic program of New College have affected us all deeply, it is truly the people of New College that make it special. The support and goodwill of alums are vital to New College, and we truly appreciate your participation in our alma mater's future!


New College Reunion: May 20-22, 2005 Celebrating the Classes of (Entering Years) 1970, 1975 1980 1985, 1990 and 1995, BUT ALL ALUMS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND! IN CONJUNCTION WITH NEW COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES NEW COLLEGE ALUMNAE/I ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETING OPEN TO ALUMS MORE DETAILS COMING SOON! NEW ( New College A lumnae/i Associat ion New College Foundation Inc 5700 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota FL 34243-2197 Nonprofit Organization U.S. Postage Pai d Permlt#500 Manasota FL NIMBUS Published by New College Alumnae/i Associat ion, New College Foundat ion, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243-2197; Telephone 941-359-4324; alum@;; Production/distribution cost is $1.50/ copy. Printed by Coastal Printing, Sarasota, FL. Editors : Maggie Phillips ('99) and Jonathan Darr ('90) Layout and Design : David Bryant ('91) 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 Photo and graphic credits: Nimbus logo and design -Elaine Simmons; Pg. 3: New College Public Affairs (NCPA); Pg. 10-11: David Bryant ; Pg 12: William Morrow Press Univ. of TX Press ; Pg. 13: John Sorrell ; Feral House Press; Pg. 14: Michael Macy; Pg. 15: Luther Peacock ; Pg. 17: Margie Knauff ; Pg 18: Sarah P Goff; Pg. 19-20: David Bryant ; Pg. 21: David Bryant, John Peters ; Pg. 24 -25: David B ryant; Pg. 26: Larry Vernaglia. l'\.!'W College Foundauon, In c Ill. an mdtpcndem notlor-protn I ond. lcOrf".'ratmn that has j,cen quahf1cJ b) h:dcrJ.IIntcm I Rrvenue en11 .. c a.-.. an JRC orl!anli..atwn The JRS ha' al'('dl.'lcnnmcd lhat New Collci!t: Found;ltaon lnc-.1 notapn\atl' ruu.ndation within Lhe of 509!a> of thf Code. ta.A e:\tmpt '-lalu" of Collegt' Foundation. Inc hoh not ix"Cn rc oked or College foundJLion. Ill\:. b a."

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