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A publicatio ollege cJa on unmae/iAs No. 52 Winte r 2006 MASTER PLAN Transforming the New College campus by Bill Rosenberg '73 The New College campus you remember from your student days is about to undergo a major transfor mation. A world-renowned team of archi tects, planners and urban designers is creating a new master plan for the New College campus. This is the first major revision of the campus master plan since the early 1960s, when I. M. Pei designed the com plex of buildings that includes the Pei dorms, Palm Court, the H class rooms and Hamilton Center. In this issue 4 Profile of Ellen Goldin, new NCAA executive director 6 Dr. Michalson goes to Tallahassee 12 A look at the 2005 entering class 15 Term limits for CAA Board? The plan, expected to cost $250,000, \vill encompass all aspects of campus development and use for the next 50 to 100 years and bring a new and environmentally sustainable look to our alma mater by the bay, a look that will be very much in keeping \vith our status as one of the preeminent liberal arts colleges in the nation. Over the years, a number of new buildings have been built on campus that have served either as replacements for outmoded facili ties or as new spaces for students, faculty and staff. Of these, the most notable are the Jane Bancroft Cook Library, the Mildred Sainer Music and Arts Pavilion, the Keating Center, the Dort and Goldstein Dormitories, the Recreation Center, the Pritzker Marine Biology Re earch Center and the R. V. continued on p. 2 Frank Ji'olom Smith, director qfNew College project, points to proposed 20 Class Notes master plan during charettefor ero College communi(IJ


Plan for new residence halls for 200 students being developed concurrently with master plan continued from p. I Heiser Natural Science Complex. The new master plan, however, marks the first time in over 40 years that new buildings and open spaces will be integrated to provide a cam pus that will complement our uniquely Novo Collegiate world view. After an exhaustive search and election process, the Folsom Group of Sarasota and Charlottesville, Va., was cho en to lead the master plan ning initiative. The Folsom Group is a noted consortium of architecture, de ign and planning firms from throughout the United tates. The team consists of orne of the world's leading experts in campus design, urban de ign, transportation, land scape planning and environmental su tainability. The New College project \vill be under the direction of Frank Folsom Smith, one of the few remaining members of the Sarasota chool of architecture. Smith provides a local historical and cultural perspective that aligns well with our goals and with New College's historical role within the local community. A key member of the Folsom Group's team is the firm of Moules & Polyzoide Stefanos Poly.wide an expert in New Urbanist plan ning, is one of the firm's principals and \>\ill be re ponsible for a great deal of the master plan develop ment. New Urbanism is a movement that advocates the restoration of existing urban centers and towns \vithin coherent metropolitan areas. This paradigm, coupled with a trong emphasis on preserving the environmental integrity of a project area, will serve as the basis for New College's master plan. Moules & campus design, having won awards for their work at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., and University of California at Santa Barbara. Being developed alongside the overall master planning project is a plan for new residence halls that will provide an additional 200 beds for students who want lo live on campus. This project is under the direction of the firm of Harper Aiken Partner Inc. Like Moules & Polyzoides, Harper Aiken is committed to envi ronmental sustainability and has extensive experience in school building project Harper Aiken will coordinate closely with the Folsom Group as the overall master plan ning process progTesses. The new dormitories are scheduled to open in August 2007. During the Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors meeting in early November, I had the good fortune to be able to attend one of the discovery charettes at which the teams preented preliminary ideas and solicit ed input from the campus commu nity as to the final design of the new dorms. In attendance were teams from Harper Aiken, the Folsom Group, and approximately 50 cur rent students. The session was a lively exchange between the design teams and the tudents, who asked a great many pointed and thoughtful questions. The design teams handled all of the questions and comments in a focu group-like manner. The students were the key contributors to thesession and were recognized as such by the design teams. The input of alums is needed in addition to that of current students, faculty and staff. I strongly encour age all of you to visit the master plan website at for more details about the project In addition to master plan infotmation and updates, there is a form there that \vill allow you to submit your own thoughts and ideas to the design teams if you wish to do so. Polyzoides are also experts in college ."fono Milia (l<:fl) and Stepha nos Po(IJzoides at master plan charette 2 '1MB S Winter 2006


INTELLIGENT DESIGN COMES TO NEW COLLEGE by Steve Jacobson '71 Does the idea of a master plan for the New College campus raise your antennae? Does a shiver run down your spine when you think of a small group of men in suits deciding how to stack the concrete blocks in such a way as to destroy the maximum number of trees? Do you believe the only color a committee knows is gray? I sat in on some of the planning sessions for the new dorms, and I was surprised and delighted that there were no suits, no committee, and no thoughts of destroying trees. Instead, I witnessed a design process that was exactly the process we teach our students at North western University, a process pio neered by IDEO, one of the premier design firms in the world today. The most important part of this process, which we call user-centered design, is to engage the clients and the end users in a multipart dia logue. The dialogue starts by asking the clients what they want, why they want it, and many other questions that arise as the process continues. The same process is repeated with the users, whose needs and desires may be very different from those of the client. In a dorm, for example, the client-the administrationmay be most concerned with minimizing costs, ease of maintenance, and using the least amount ofland. The users-the students-may be most interested in having large enough rooms, adequate bathrooms, and spaces that maximize the possibility of interaction with other students. Other groups or stakeholders should also be engaged in these discussions. The goal of the designers is to take all of the information they can gather, some of which should come from observations rather than just questioning, and to determine the real needs of the clients and users, which may be very different from their e>..'Pressed desires. It is by figuring out the needs that the best designs can be developed. (Ad dressing the wishes and desires without meeting the real needs leads to poor solutions, such as SUVs and McMansions.) The dia logue becomes an iterative process, in which one set of questions leads to potential solutions, which can then be used as a basis for asking more questions to refine the needs and desires, leading to better solu tions, etc. What I saw and heard in the meetings I attended was a small team of designers engaging a group of 25 to 30 students, with questions and answers flying. (The difference between a team and a committee is that the only color a committee knows is gray.) I entered at a stage where some preliminary designs were already being discussed and students were being interrogated about strengths and weaknesses they saw. This process relies on the users being willing and able to express their thoughts, concerns, opinions and biases. Fortunately, New College students, as a group, aren't particularly shy, and there was no difficulty getting them to speak their minds. The design team, for its part, also displayed one of the most important characteristics of good design: lack of ego and defensiveness. It's not that they don't have big egos, but, during the process, it's critical that designers accept questioning and criticism without constantly defend ing their designs. This team readily acknowledged its misunderstandings and misinter pretations of what they had previ ously heard, and explored with the students how to improve the pro posed designs. Even better, when contradictory needs or desires arose, the design team presented the stu dents with choices: Would you be willing to give up A in order to get more of B? Would you be willing to live here without B? Is it just a wish, or is it a deal breaker? Having just moved into a new building at Northwestern, where these options weren't presented, I was very pleased to see the process being conducted in this way. (When options aren't presented, we end up with results like a freight elevator that isn't big enough to carry some of the equipment that's supposed to move into the new building. This leads to anger, frustration and dam aged equipment, and ends up cost ing much more than the bigger ele vator would have cost in the first place.) Will the team come up with bril liant designs? Will the college be able to build them? Will everybody live happily ever after? Who knows? Keeping in mind that you can't please everybody, the best we can hope for is buildings that work well, are affordable, are maintainable, and make some sizable portion of the community feel like they fit and serve the students well. The designers are only one part of the whole enterprise, and they can't guarantee success. In this case, however, I feel very confident that they are at least going to get started in the right direction, and, if the col lege, the state and the foundation can do their parts, we should end up with some dorms that will meet the needs of our students for many years to come. NIMBUS Winter 2006 3


BREAKING THE MOLD Meet NCAA's new executive director by Cathy Heath '97 Ellen Goldin, NCAA's energetic new executive director, has taken what she refers to as a "bumper car approach to life." A Providence, R.I., native, Ellen entered New College in 1974, con vinced she'd found a place that allowed her to confront new ideas. She studied primarily with Dr. Peggy Bates and Dr. Bob Benedetti and remembers when "walls" were spontaneous gatherings and Tuesday night meant teas at Dr. Bates's apartment on campus, socializing and discussing big ideas. One of Ellen's big ideas was that she could challenge, and even tually change, women's health choices. After leaving New College, Ellen moved to Tampa and began training as a midwife, becoming one of 14 women who participated in a law suit against the State of Florida for the right to sit for the examination for midwife licensure. Along with other women's advocates, Ellen eventually founded two schools for midwifery in Florida. Although these schools no longer operate, this initiative led to the establishment of birthing rooms in Florida hospitals. Ellen has deliv ered more than 150 babies, many of whom have returned later in life to meet her. In fact, Ellen delivered the baby of a fellow New College alumna and that baby went on to become a New College student and alum. The daughter of her midwife partner also is an alumna. Ellen moved to New York City in 1987 to study art at New York Studio School (the New College of the art world) and received her 4 NIMB S Winter 2006 MFA in sculpture from Parsons School of Design. She taught as an adjunct professor at several New York colleges and universities and worked in a variety of fields, includ ing as a gardener of rooftops and terraces. In one of her incarnations, she was the caterer "on location," driv ing her truck, the Urban Frontier Kitchen, to feed the stars in such feature films as Sabrina, The Pallbearer, Extreme Measures, and In and Out. (Admitted l y "celebrity blind," she thought Harrison Ford "he was so nice and down to earth"-was a carpenter who was hanging around her truck and unsuccessfully tried shoo him away; Kevin Kline, she reports, was a gentleman who helped carry her heavy coolers up the stairs.) As a teacher, she once took a group of 25 college students in her art history class to a New York gallery showing Yoko Ono's work. Ono happened to be at the gallery at the time and opened up a box of chocolates, passed them around, and began discussing her work. "She's very gracious and lovely," says Ellen. That chance meeting eventually led to several projects with Yoko, who is a conceptual artist. "I was doing freelance body casting and mold making for the 'Odyssey of a Cockroach' show, and later remak ing some of her work that had been lost or ruined," Ellen says. While she continues her associa tion with Ono, Ellen now balances her life as NCAA executive director with making her own art. Throughout her life she has found fellow Novo Collegians to be not only some of the brightest people but individuals who put activity into their intel lectual being. "I've got all sorts of brilliant friends who delight in the intellect, but I can't get them to dance. I have friends who love to party, but haven't a thought in their heads. New College people put it all together-they can do some serious thinking and follow up with some serious fun." Ellen hopes to strengthen exist ing programs of the NCAA, such as the Student Grant and Alumni Fellow programs. One of her top goals is to increase the funds avail able to the Student Grant program. Ellen has found that alumni who received these grants often remember how these grants influenced their research interests She would also like to enhance and formalize the networking/ mentoring program among alumni, and between alumni and current continued on p. 5 NCAA Executive Director Ellen Goldin


Goldin aims to enhance alum networking continued from p. 4 students, through the new NCAA Web site. Ellen imagines a place where alumni can support one another within their fields and also find professionals within their geographical area who went to New College, strengthening the alumni community and promoting alumni businesses in the process. Furthermore, students seeking internships, ISPs or thesis topics or who are exploring graduate programs will be able to communicate with alumni in their field of interest. Ellen believes regional events are extremely important and plans to attend all of them this year as well as offer support to local chapters. She d also like to improve the Nimbus and "throw some great parties especially reunions with lots of dancing. LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR Dear Alumnae/i, I can't believe I've been here since August! How time flies Original ly, I was to write a letter introducing myself to all the alumni who have no clue who I am, and where I came from Then, the Nimbus group decided to interview me instead. Frankly I was relieved. I entered New College in 1974 and, well a lot has happened since then. When I came to New College the school was in a time of great transition; we were broke. It was a difficu l t year. In addition to the changes that the association with USF would bring, we suffered a number of student deaths, including a plane crash. There was shock and hurt feelings Anumber of students l eft for other schools. Now we are again independent, and p lanning for the future. It is a far happier transition to witness phoenix from the fire. Recently, master plan charettes were held right outside my office in the Keating Center. It was an amazing event! Teams of archi tects assembled to design a campus that reflects the needs and the spirit of New College. Students, faculty staff, and neighbors stopped by during working ses sions and for presentations, giving feedback and making sugges tion -and the teams responded. They listened to students and found out how the campus was actually used, which often was far different than anyone imagined. Much of what was designed wil l not see form for many years, but we will have an even more pleasant campus, with areas for work, play, and reflectio n For my part, I am hoping to hear from a lumni, certainly from anyone I know or knew but also from the majority that I have yet to meet. I want to know what I can do, what the NCAA can do to serve you better. What are you r needs as alumni? What would you like to see happen? How can we serve current students and the unique institution we have in common? We have a new Web site that is the culmination of years of planning; we have a series of regional events planned, and of course the reunion. I would like to see more regional events that are locally based, and will help anybody interested in sponsoring an event We have existing programs that are running strong: Student Grants and Alumni Fellows. The mentoring program is developing and we hope to start a networking program to find each other where we live and work, and develop professional bonds that strengthen our community. Nimbus will be changing too We are working on a new design and format, and you wil l see these changes in this and coming issues. Hope you like it. I l ook forward to hearing from anyone and everyone We have much in common and a wealth of ideas and opinions. Don't keep them to yourself We need you, your vision, and your critiques. We need you now. All the best, Ellen NIMBUS Wmtcr 2006 5


Lobbying: Dr. Michal son goes to Tallahassee Interviewed by David Higgins When New College separated from USF in 2001, its relationship with Tallahassee was rocky. Governor Jeb Bush vetoed the $1.5 million allocated for the school's new administrative infrastructure because it bad been sponsored by a political rival, former Senate President John McKay (R-Braden ton). New College has since made up for the loss with special appro priations of about $2.4 million in recurring funding as well as one time funds, but remains underfund ed by estimates of$ 6 million, according to a study by MGT of America. The school also received $550,000 on a one-time basis in 2005. President Gordon "Mike" Michalson says New College's lob byists are going into 2006 with an agenda to make those funds recur ring. He also weighed in on the deli cate politics of dealing with the state's conservative lawmakers. Q How have the school's rela tions with the state legislature changed since independence? A They were a bit rocky for the first six months, but they gradually improved to the point where we received formal resolutions and commendations from both the House and the Senate. These recog nitions were a culmination of the college's success in continuing to bring good [academic] news to the state, and more critically, the administration's success in getting our local legislative delegation to feel a sense of ownership of this good news. Our board chair, former Sen. Bob Johnson, was a crucial element in this transformation. Our strategy was from day one to generate ways for our legislative del6 NIMBUS winter 2006 egation to feel a shared sense of bragging rights about New College. In addition to hosting campus visits by legislators, one way we've done that has been to write letters to House and Senate members from the districts that new students come from, saying, "Congratulations, Joe Smith from your district has been admitted to the state's honors col lege." Then if the student later receives an award or a summer grant from NSF [National Science Foundation] or some similar agency, we send another letter to their local legislators. And then when people graduate, we go through the whole drill again. And at graduation time, we send these letters to their congressman and both [U.S.] senators as well Q I've heard anecdotes about you using humor to disarm legisla tors. Do you try to disarm them? A Well, I've learned that famil iarity goes a long way. You know, I've got this running joke that actu ally started with the governor, when he was having one of his lunches with the presidents. The presidents ofthe University of Florida and FSU were joking about who was going to beat the other one in foot ball that season. I wasn't paying much attention, and suddenly to my horror I hear the governor say, "President Michalson, how's that New College football team doing?" All I could think to say spur-of-themoment was, 'Well, governor, I'm proud to say we're still undefeated Q Does the leftist reputation of the school cause problems for you with conservative leadership in the capital? A No, I wouldn't say that. I was a little worried that we would look like we had a spot on the politica l spectrum that would leave us disadvantaged, but it hasn't been that way at all. I've always said that qual ity liberal arts education is not a partisan matter, and our true friends in the political world seem to understand that. One of those friends, [Senator Mike] Bennett, who's pretty conser vative, was meeting with a group of students in the conference room a couple years ago, and was getting hit over the head with our students saying business interests are taking the country to hell in a bandwagon. He said, "I understand your posi tion. My view is if you're not a bleeding-heart liberal at the age of 20, you don't have a heart. But if you don't become a fiscal conserva tive by the time you're 45, you don't have a brain." And some version of that view seems to be in play with a lot of these folks One of my disarming jokes, by the way, is when this kind of issue comes up, people say, "Oh, New College, isn't that kinda ... [ wrin kling their noses]. And I say, "I know what you're thinking: green hair, nose rings and wild parties. But I want to assure you, that's only the faculty So you kind of make a little fun of your own situation and it goes a long ways. At the same time, people appreciate that some of these l iber al-looking symptoms are associated in their minds with really bright kids and not necessarily with a fixed political position. Q Could Jeb ever visit campus without being embarrassed by protests? A Actually, he has a standing invitation. And I've invited him a couple of times to be commencement speaker, though he couldn't work it into his schedule. Whatever continued on p 7


Michalson says 'pleasant surprise' has been quality of people working in Florida's capital continued from p. 6 the mixture of views toward him there may be here on campus, I'm confident that by and large we would handle a visit from him in a respectful way and welcome him to campus. He's the governor. Incidentally, at first I was disap pointed and even a little bit insulted that with all the things I'd shared with him and written to him about our academic program-the Fulbrights and all the rest -the only thing he could connect to and relate with was this goofy joke about the football team. But then I real ized, any hook is a good hook, and if it's a benign, creates-a-smile kind of hook, even better. Overall, I think people in Tallahassee were prepared for us to be a little snooty and arrogant, because we're the state's honors col lege. And the critical way of breaking the ice on that right away was to befriend, take out to lunch, send notes to the legislative staffers. If somebody told me before I became president, "Down the road, you're going to have to devote an inordinate amount of time to meet ing, befriending, taking out to lunch, writing notes to legislative staffers," I would have said, "Ugh. I got my PhD for this?" To my great delight and surprise, those staffers are wonderful people, some of whom are dear friends now. Q What has most surprised you about the legislative process? A The pleasant surprise has been the quality of the people, which includes not just the staffers, but most of the elected peoplethoughtful and smart, and they're not driving agendas so much as they're trying to promote the public good in a sort of horse-trading envi ronment. I think some of that horse-trader quality to the Florida political atmosphere victimizes the politicians themselves as much as anybody. I have been stmck by the role and power of the lobbyists, which I think has grown since term limits. Q Who are New College's lobby ists? A In addition to myself, we have a man named Hugh MacMillan, whom the alums initially hired in the summer of 2001. He had primarily worked for agricultural inter ests; he's a Princeton undergraduate and graduate of UF's law school. The other is a woman named Pat O'Connell, who at the time we iden tified her was the government-rela tions person for a big law firm, and has since switched over to a firm that is simply devoted to lobbying efforts. She's very prominent in areas such as health care. She is extremely professional, detail-ori ented, and knows all the players. Hugh's great strength is schmoozing and befriending, becoming a pleasant face in proxim ity to people who can help us, and working very closely with the other lobbyists. They are both extremely bright and have tremendous personal integrity. And both of them keep me very well informed. Q What's been the single biggest frustration in the last year in dealing with legislators? A I think the fact that the legis lature and the Board of Governors don't have their act together regarding their relationship and how a real sense of forward momentum and progress on the part of the state university system is being held hostage to that power stmggle. The presidents attend all the Board of Governors meetings, but it's an atmosphere designed to keep us a little timid or at least circum spect. It's hard to speak up in a totally principled way on these larger issues because you're bound to piss somebody off, and you don't yet know how the politics are going to play out. And yet we all ought to be on the same side with respect to educating the people of the state of Florida. At the end of the day, we're a public system dedicated to educating the population of our state and those who come from other states, and it's hard to have a sense of corporate endeavor when there's this political fragility and suspicion lurking around. And it doesn't affect New College directly on a day-to-day basis, but I worry that it could affect our long-term health in serious ways if the whole system isn't func tioning better. The Catalyst New College President Gordon "Mike" Michalson NIMBUS Winter 2006 7


-----------------------------------------------NCAA PRESIDENT'S LETTER Bill Rosenberg '73 It's a real pleasure to write to you for the first time as the newly elect ed president of the NCAA. I've inherited the job from Larry Vernaglia '87, a tireless and talented advocate for New College, and we all owe him our gratitude and thanks for a job more than well done! I'd also like you to join me in eA'tending a warm welcome to Ellen Goldin 74 as the new executive director of the NCAA and Cindy Hill Ford 89 as the secretary of the Board of Directors of the NCAA. When I first came to New College as a student in 1973, NC was transi tioning from being a private college to one affiliated with a large state university. We survived that time difficult as it was, and emerged with our ideals and goals intact, becom ing a strong independent college once again. Positive change does seem to be our hallmark, and I think that's as it should be. If New College is to remain a dominant force in public liberal arts education, we should be evolving constantly. Indeed, change is once again in the four winds. The first compre hensive reexamination of the cam pus master plan in 40 years is under way, a project that will shape the character of the college for the next 50 to 100 years. We alumnae/i have an opportu nity to become involved in this process. You should have recently received an e-mail with information on how to keep up with the progress of the master planning process and how to provide your input to the 8 NIMBUS Winter 2006 planners. If for some reason you have not gotten this e-mail, please contact Ellen at the AA office in Keating Center, 941-359-4324, and she'll be happy to update your contact information. Please take the time to contribute to this important work and send along any thoughts and ideas you have for the campus. In his last report to you, Larry outlined some of the core programs of the NCAA and the ways in which you can make a difference. I want to echo his statement that New College wants and needs you! And you have answered the call in magnificent fashion. The rate of alum giving currently stands at over 30 percent. This is a 19 percent increase over the last two years, and is the highest percentage of alumnae/i giving in the history of New College. As you know, the percentage of alum giving is an important criterion used by many of the major col lege guide publications and ranking bodies; therefore, it is vital that we continue the upward trend of our financial contributions, in numbers as well as dollars. We are good, but we can be better yet. The alum-giving percentages at the top-ranked liberal arts col leges in the U.S. range from a low of 15 percent to a high of 67 percent according to the 2005 U.S. News and World Report rankings, and any contribution you make will increase our giving percentage. We also sponsor the 100 Percent Initiative, the drive to have every member of each new graduating class make a gift to the college, and results thus far have been excellent. Also please consider becoming an associate and including New College in your estate planning activities. End of naked plea for your money. I'd like to share with you now some of the activities and events sponsored by the Alumnae/i Association. Recent regional get togethers have met with great suc cess. Two events were scheduled this year in New York. In July, Justin Bloom '87 organized a party on a barge in the Hudson River. There, a group of 30 old and new friends enjoyed a great party and watched a beautiful sunset. Foundation President John Cranor also traveled from Sarasota to attend this festive evening. In October, New College Associate Professor of Music Stephen Miles performed his own composition at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. The reception that followed at the nearby Mark Hotel was attended by approximately 50 peo ple, including New College President Mike Michalson, alumnae/i, faculty, musicians, and well-wishers. Also in October, New College benefactor Rhoda Pritzker hosted a Chicago event at her lakefront home. Forty alums from across the generations enjoyed magnificent views of Lake Michigan and the Pritzkers' impressive art collection. Mike Michalson spoke about the campu master plan, John Cranor talked about financial issues, and


Ellen Goldin addressed current and future Alumnae/i Association pro grams and activities. Upcoming events are tentatively planned for these cities. We hope to see you there! Tampa/Sarasota January 2006 Miami, February 2006 Los Angeles & San Francisco, March 2006 Boston, April 2006 Atlanta, April 2006 Research Triangle, North Carolina, April 2006 Austin, Texas, May 2006 The annual reunion will once again be held in conjunction with commencement activities in May 2006. We are celebrating the Classes of (entering years) '71, 76, '81, 86, '91 and '96, but all alums are invited to attend. Planning is in progress and notices will be mailed and posted on the Web site. Speaking of the Web site, it is being redesigned and will be relaunched in the very near future. The site will have updated content and a completely new look and feel. Watch for it soon. I'm delighted to report that thanks to your generous support, the Student Grants Committee, chaired by Steve Jacobson '71, awarded $5,129 55 to help fund 14 outstanding student projects in the fall2005 grant cycle. As always, the projects ran the gamut from Canopy Mammal Studies, Radio Tracking of Bradypodidae to Rehearsal and Performance of Le rythme de la vie, and as ever, requests far outpaced available funds. For furtlter details, see Steve's Student Grants Committee report on page 13. The Alumnae/i Fellows Program under the able leadership of Eric Hinton '00 is in high gear, with alums coming to campus to conduct ISPs and teach courses. One of the Alumni Fellows for this ISP period is Angel Torres '00, currently at Yale University, who is offering an ISP course entitled The Evolution of Childhood, which has been approved by the Division of Social Sciences. The project will combine data from biology psychology, and anthropology in a cross-cultural approach to the topic. Other proj ects are in the planning stages and awaiting final approval. We have even more plans in the works to enhance our services to you. Mike Campbell '87 has volun teered to head up the first New College Alurnnae/i Affinity Group. Mike will be organizing the gradu ates who work in the mental health field to share common interests, internship opportunities and men toring possibilities If you are in any of the mental health professions, contact Mike at Dr.Mike.Campbell to become a part of this pioneering initiative. Looking to the future, I'll be working to ensure more and better communications among alums and between alums and the college. I'm working to expand the scope and numbers of the Affinity Program and expand and revitalize the Alum Mentorship Program. The future of information tech nology at New College will be another of the areas I'll be focusing on as I explore with Erich Matola, the new campus chief information officer, ways in which we can affect how IT is implemented at New College. B i ll Ros enberg NCAA presi dent As our numbers grow and our influence is felt in more and more fields of endeavor, we should always be thinking of ways in which we can use our collective wisdom and expertise to keep our organization a strong and vital force in the New College community. As I begin my time as your presi dent, my commitment to you is that I'll work as diligently as I'm able to make our Alumnae/i Association the best it can be. With your contin ued participation and support, the future looks bright indeed. Please let us know what s on your mind and share with us any thoughts or ideas you have on ways to make our association the best it can be. Think about running for the Board of Directors. Your new ideas and perspectives are what give us the impetus to excel. Get involved. We need you! NIMBUS Winter 2006 9


36 YEARS AT NC Justus Doenecke says farewell at graduation [Editors' note: Professor Doenecke's speecl1 at the May '05 graduation was such a delight, we've reprinted it in its entirety.] Let me just begin by saying it's a privilege to be here on this podium, and my thanks to so many good friends-students and faculty-who are here. You've made my 36 years at New College something most profes sors can only envy. But as I am the last remaining impediment to your degree, I plan to be brief. Otherwise I had hoped to give a speech as long as Fidel Castro would. Commencement is always a time for celebration, and, judged by the festive garb of our graduates, this event is no exception. There are many such graduation moments. Once I attended a commencement at which the president's wife spoke. She said. "I can't believe all this is happening, here, now tonight, that all this is taking place, that all this is going on." I couldn't believe it either. At the same event, the valedicto rian spoke. She said to her class mates, "Where I come from, they say 'yee-ha' when they feel good," and everyone responded ... Then there was the commencement of a state university north of here. The president noted that the youngest graduate was 19 and the oldest 79. The president also noted the class included students from 33 states of the union, from 77 different countries The president said, "As this diversity indicates, [our univer sity] has brought together the best minds in America and in the world." So New College, eat your heart out! Then there was the New College 10 NIMBUS Winter 2006 commencement when the student walked up to the platform with his dog. The provost simply asked him, "Which one gets the degree?" Or take the New College commencement when the provost gave the student his diploma and said, "I had a hand in admitting this student several years ago. I admitted him because he could spell the word 'del icatessen:" Or take the New College commencement where the speaker didn't know how to end his address So he just kept easing and easing back from the platform and finally, as he was halfway to his seat, told the assembly, "Hang in there:' And at such moments there is a kind of pseudo-profundity. One is reminded of a former provost who said about New College, "New College stands for excellence in leadership and leadership in excellence." This confused me. So I asked my friend David Schatz what we really stood for. Was it leadership in excellence or excellence in leader ship? David replied: "Why not have both? You only go around once." The same provost said at a convo cation, "It's not the idea of power; it's the power of the idea:' Note I haven't even mentioned Foucault yet. What can one say on a more seri ous note? My who l e professional life, which began in 1963, has been devoted to the study of pol i tical power as exer cised in history Many, many of the problems facing our world, our country, and even our college arise from the fact that we abuse power Indeed, in so many different ways we treat others as instruments, as objects or devices by which we Retired projesso1 of history Justus Doenecke advance our own welfare. And we often rationalize s u ch dehumanizing behavior by stressing the nobility of our end. After all, we are the good, the true, the righteous. Here at New College, we are the ones who personally oppose racism, sexism, exclusion of any kind. We certainly don't live our lives following the advice of such books as Winning Through Intimidation or Looking Out for Number One actual book titles, by the way It's those people-over there. And our leaders claim to be the ones to eradicate the evil powers of the entire world, and they are not afrai d to use the language of the crusader in so doing For those who dif fer with us-personally, politically, internationally-must be the evil, the false, the wicked. Nobody says: "I think I will lie to myself today." Rather we deceive ourselves, all the while convincing ourselves that we could never deceive ourselves. Yet it was the fifth-century theologian Augustine who said, "Never continued on p. 11


Doenecke: If you want peace, seek justice continued from p 10 fight evil as if it were something that arises totally outside of yourself." Augustine also said there are as many wolves within the fold as there are sheep without. The Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn put it differently : "If only there were evil people somewhere, insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?" People are at their worst, nations are at their worst, when they start to crusade against the vices of others. And the same time, they are at their best when they sense a kinship with others. So if you want peace in a world or on a college campus, ask yourself what is just, what is equi table in this situation, and not sim ply just what's in it for me in the way of wealth or by the way of ingratiat ing oneself to the more powerful. It was the 20th-century French writer Simone Wei} who said, "To empty ourselves of our false divinity, to deny ourselves, to give up being the center of the world in imagination, to discern that all points of the world are equally centers and that the true center is out side this world-this is to consent to the rule of free choice at the center of each soul. Such consent is love. The face of this love is the love of your neighbor." And all this involves a justified anger against the dehumanization we see in our plunder of our natural resources, for we act as if we are not stewards of a creation bestowed upon us. It involves a justified anger against a tax system weighed in favor of wealth, and a health system unaffordab l e for many, and a military system that disdains internationallaw, and a value system that worships the material, and a politi cal system where money buys access to influence and power. It involves an intolerance of easy answers, the cliche, the sound bite, the slogan, and of the effort-and May 2005: Pomp and circumstance, New CoUege tyle I've sometimes seen this here at New College-to shock for its own sake. That is, we must have an intoler ance of the simplistic, and this intol erance must hold true for all of us who would gladly teach as well as gladly learn, and it must hold true for those of us who consider ourselves liberals or radicals as well as those of us who consider ourselves conservatives or traditionalists. So let me conclude with an old Irish rallying cry: "No surrender! No surrender!" Justus Doenecke retired in 2005 as professor of history at New CoUege of Florida. NEW NIMBUS EDITORS INVITE COMMENTS We're your new Nimbus editors: Susan Burns '76, Cheryl (White) Hoffman '65 and Lawrence "Laurie" Paulson '65. You've already noticed some changes in the look of the publi cation, but the redesign of the Nimbus is a work in progress. Our intention is to make your alumnae/i publication more readable, more informative-in short, better. We need your help. Please let us know how you like the changes we've made so far and what you'd like to see in the future, in terms ofboth design and content. You can e-mail Susan at susanb@sarasotam, Cheryl at brico and Laurie at !paulson We look forward to hearing from you. NIMBUS Winter 2006 11


Admissions: Profile of NC Fall Class 2005 by Molly Robinson '98 Coordinator of Admissions This past August, 246 first-year and transfer students arrived on the New College campus, bringing enrollment to approximately 760 students for the fall semester. While not the biggest class in the school's history, it was a very compet itive one. The size of the applicant pool increased by 11 percent, with 708 applications complete for fall 2005, compared to 639 for fall 2004. The students who enrolled for the first time this year hailed from 26 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Overall, 51 students were out-of-state residents this year compared with 40 out-of-state resi dents in the 2004 fall class. This year 16 percent of deposited first-year students-students who paid their deposits and attended ori-entation-came from exceptionally rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) programs and National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science & Technology schools, including the Anglo-American School of Moscow, the United Nations International School in New York, Hockerill Anglo European College in England, and the Bronx High School of Science. The remainder challenged themselves with advanced placement(AP) and honors courses whenever possi ble. The majority of our deposited transfer students came from community college honors programs and prestigious institutions such as St. John's College. The most important factor in admission to New College is the level of difficulty of course work, followed by grades in academic classes and AP and IB art and music classes, writing ability, test scores, recommendation letters, and activities. Interviews are optional but are taken into considera tion if a student chooses to interview. Each application is reviewed indi vidually, and there is no formula for admission. The middle 50 percent of this year's admitted first-year students had weighted GPAs as calculat ed by New College of 3.73-4.21 (3.97 average), SAT scores of1240-1390 (1314 average) and ACf scores of 26-30 (28 average). In addition, 20 of our deposit students are National Merit or National Hispanic scholars and 41 are students of color. If you have any questions about the admissions process or know of a student who would be perfect for New College, please contact me in the Office of Admissions, mrobin The charts below provide graduation statistics. Graduates by Year of Entry -of _.,..of Po""'"'oge -" --TOUIJNew Petcentege of """"""'"'Cohon FoiNew Fa ,.,..,. of FOil Spong Spnng of Spong ..,.. .. lot ofAcadomic Gtlduates For Spong 2005 Admits G.-ed ---v .. Ac:8demic Year EM>IImern Graduated Admits Grlduated Graduated Cohon 200'2005 232 18 250 242 Cumulative New College Graduates By Year 2003-2004 199 I OSO'llo 23 222 I 0.45% 11!3 Year Number Cumvloll Total 2002 192 tS 20 4 20 .lo 2000 121 3168 1968-6i 178 84 47 .19'% 2001 173 3341 1987-68 128 75 59..,. 2002 120 3-461 1986-<17 112 59 5288% 2003 138 3599 198U

GIVING THEM THE MONEY How the NCAA Student Grant Program Works by Steve Jacobson '71 As a New College alum, you're probably aware that the NCAA awards student grants twice each year. You may not be aware of the process we go through in order to distribute these grants to students, since requests far exceed our limited funds. Preliminary hint: No darts are used in the process. Before the Student Grants Committee can make any decisions, there have to be grant proposals. These are prepared by students who have projects for which they don't have sufficient funding. The projects can be anything a New College student might imagine, whether aca demic or not, though they are often related to a contract, thesis, or ISP. A grant application must include a project description, a personal state ment, a budget, a copy of the current contract, a copy of the tran script and the signature of the pro ject's faculty sponsor. Though not required, a letter of recommenda tion from the project sponsor is also recommended. All of the applica tions, anywhere from about 20 to 40 per grant cycle, go to the execu tive director of the NCAA, who dis tributes them to the Student Grants Committee several weeks in advance of the awards meeting. The Student Grants Committee is made up of several board members, a few non-board alums, a student representative and a faculty repre sentative. Each member of the com mittee reads all of the proposals, then provides a rating from one to five (one being "no way do we fund this" and five being "absolutely!") and some comments. The ratings and comments are circulated to all members of the committee, so that countercomments and a conversa tion about each proposal can occur. (I can't speak for anybody else, but I typically read four to six proposals an hour. When we have 35 propos als, this can take several full evenings. Circulating the ratings takes another hour or two, so we each make a significant time investment in the process every grant cycle.) The rating and comment process continues until the commit tee finally meets, either in Sarasota or by conference call. The ratings are compiled on a spreadsheet along with information about the stu dents, the projects, the funds continued on p. 14 FAll 2005 GRANT RECIPIENTS Jennifer Pollack Determining Chemical Abundances of earby Extreme Galaxies Sarah Stamper 16th Biennial Conference on Biology of Marine Mammals Bryson Voirin Canopy Mammal Studies, Radio Tracking of Bradypodidae Lauren Funderburk Semester in Switzerland: International Organizations and the Environment Taylor Briggs Rehear al and Performance of Le rythme de Ia vie David Anderson Presentation of Summer Research at Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Heather King Teachers' Perceptions of ense of Community School Ethical Climate, and Student Bullying Behavior and Victimization Molly Thompson Antarctic Ornithology: Adapting to an Extreme Environment Megan Jourdan Distribution of Expired Medicines in Impoverished Communities Ceara Lucille Riggs Oxford Study Abroad Programme Amanda Croteau Visitor Impact Study of the Galapagos Islands lauren Grant D i xie Street Justin Crowe! The Ecuadorian Government and the U in the Galapagos Islands Powell Burke Change in Interactions on the London Underground NIMBUS Winter 2006 13


Awards meeting final step in grant process continued from p. 13 requested and the funds we have available. The awards meeting is usually the final step in the process, though there are sometimes adjustments made afterwards. The first thing we normally do in the meeting is to filter out the proposals that a consen sus tells us won't be funded. A glance at the average of the ratings for each proposal will often lead us to decide that any proposal with an average under, say, 2.5 won't be funded, leaving us to work through the remainder. Next we look at the top end, where proposals heavy on fives usually get funded close to their requests, though we sometimes won't fund portions of a proposal we consider inappropriate, such as office supplies or driving expenses to Tampa. Finally, we run down the rest of the proposals one at a time, reaching a preliminary agreement on how much we'd like to fund each one. When this is completed, we look at the total we'd like to fund and compare it to our available money. If we've tried to spend more than we have, we go back through the list and decide where and how much to cut until we're within our limit. If, on the other hand, we've spent less than we have, we may go back and increase some of the grants, but we often decide to keep the remaining money for the next grant cycle and let our decisions stand. These numbers then go back to the executive director, who sees to it that checks get sent to the appropri ate students. Finally, the chairman of the com mittee, which is me, writes a letter to each of the applicants. For those receiving funding, this is a fairly simple letter of congratulations. For those who didn't receive funding, I explain that we don't have the money to fund everybody at the level they request, and that some people won't be funded at all. I also encourage these students to apply again, and try to recommend ways for them to improve their proposals the next time. The reward for all of this work comes when we see what our stu dents have done with the money. When they make presentations at professional conferences or do origi nal research or install exhibitions of unique art works, we know that we've helped to keep the essence of New College alive and healthy. That's why I do this, and I think I can speak for the rest of the com mittee when I say that's why we all do this Starstruck: Student grant recipient jennifer Pollack heads to Hawaii to study chemistry of galaxies by Susan Bums '76 Finding your life's passion, as most Novo Collegians know, is rarely a straight, upward path. Jennifer Pollack, a fourth-year New College student and one of this fall's student grant recipients, started out at the University of Central Florida, transferred to Evergreen State College in Washington and finally made her way to New College before she felt at home intellectually. Along the way, she considered a career in communications, philoso phy, computer science and then physics after reading-no kidding!-"In Search of Schrodinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality." At New College, an ISP on Isaac 14 NIMBUS Winter 2006 Newton and a class in descriptive astronomy convinced her of her life's work-astrophysics. Pollack received two highly com petitive National Science Foundation grants to participate in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program in physics and astronomy at Brigham Young University and the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii. At Brigham, Pollack spent a summer studying variable stars, which required her to track one star across the sky from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. "We watched a lot of movies in between rotating the dome," she says. "The result was the discovery of four new variable stars, which I presented at the prestigious 205th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in January 2005 in San Diego." Last summer she went to Hawaii to study the formation of stars and galaxies. Her winning grant proposal, "Determining Chemical Abundances of Nearby Extreme Galaxies," allowed her to spend an additional two weeks this past November at the University of Hawaii, measuring heavy elements in galaxies. Her research will be pre sented at the 207th AAS meeting in Washington, D.C. Pollack's parents are thrilled about her choice of careers: "They were a little concerned about me studying philosophy," she says l l


Is it time for term limits for NCAA Board? by Larry Vernaglia '87 The Board of Directors of the NCAA regularly examines whether its internal operations advance our mission and provide the best service to our members. We make little changes behind the scenes that rarely amount to anything interesting enough to report to the membership. These sorts of changes may seem quite familiar to those inured to the regular hurricanes of irrelevant con stitutional revisions at the New College Student Alliance (e.g. chang ing Captain Kirk to Grand Poo Bah etc.). However, one issue has been the subject of considered discussion among our board members for two years and we thought it appropri ate to invite you to weigh in if you have an interest. This issue is term limits. NCAA bomd member selection Any member of the NCAA is eli gible to run for the Board of Directors ( A member is any per son who has completed at least one New College contract.) We have 10 elected board members and the board is able to appoint an addi-Survey to plumb New College experience As Novo Collegians we all recog nize the Four Winds as a lasting icon that defines memories of our New College experience. But what if we had to represent that iconic experience in words or ideas? In other words, what are the core con cepts or beliefs that bind us all together, whether we graduated in the charter classes the 1970s, 19 80s, 1990s, or even just last year? The NCAA, New College Foundation and the college will be attempting to answer these ques tions in January when they conduct a series of alumnae/i surveys with noted education consultant Ian Symmonds. Alum John Hansen '76 has agreed to act as an adviser on this project. Symmonds, who has more than 20 years' experience working with and for liberal arts colleges to help them better define their institution al messages, will be conducting focus groups, telephone interviews and an online survey of Novo Collegians to help New College better position itself among peer insti tutions. The idea is to merge the perspec tives he gains from talking with alums to those gathered in earlier surveys of current students and fac ulty, as well as prospective students. The result will help the college, the foundation, and even the NCAA in shaping its recruitment, marketing and fund-raising efforts. Survey collection begins in early January, when Symmonds will trav el to campus to meet with current students and alums from the Sarasota and Tampa Bay areas. Then, during the rest of the month, he and his staff will be busy calling and e-mailing alums to gather information on just what makes New College so special to each of us. We hope the entire NCAA community will enthusiastically support these efforts, so please keep an eye on your e-mail and make sure to check those answering machine messages during January. If you want more information on New College's alumnae/i survey, contact Ellen in the NCAA office or Jake Hartvigsen in public affairs (941359-4312; tional eight members. We have used these appointed board members to fill in gaps regarding skill sets, ages and geographical distributions. Board members serve for two-year terms. We have no nominating commit tee, and any member who submits the appropriate paperwork is gener ally eligible to be placed on the ballot for election before the full body of the members -all4,400. Conse quently, there is very little control that insiders can exert to prevent a large change of personalities or iden tities on the board. (While it is true that the board' s ability to appoint previously elected members can be a way to perpetuate existing board members, appointees are always in a minority. Moreover, in recent memo ry we have never resorted to using the appointment process to reinstall board members appropriately tossed out of office by the members.) Officers -the president, secretary and treasurer-on the other hand, are elected by the Board of Directors. Our officers can serve an unlimited number of years but always at the pleasure of the board. Thrnover among officers is rarely the subject of heated disagreements and most presidents have served for one to five years. (I have served as NCAA president since 2002 and before that was secretary of the board.) Issues that may favor term limits While we have received no com plaints from our members, we won der if there may not be some benefits to imposing mandatory term limits on either the Board of Directors or the officers, or both The benefit I see to imposing term limits on board members would be a regular supply of new ideas from enthusiastic new board members. continued on p. 16 NIMBUS Winter 2006 15


Would term limits discourage volunteers? continued from p. 15 Under the election process, incumbents with some name recog nition have an advantage over new candidates. This effect should become more powerful over time as the ability of any one New College alum to know a large percentage of candidates shrinks while the NCAA total membership grows. We have attempted to address this problem through the appointment process, and even amended our bylaws to add a greater number of possible appointees in recent years. However, it is not lost on us that without a concerted "throw the bums out" campaign, incumbents generally get reelected. The drawback of term limits for board members is that we may run out of volunteers willing to serve. In recent years this has not been a problem, and this year for example we had more than 20 candidates running for 10 elected slots, which is, in my view a great show of interest among our members. Nevertheless, there could be a time when an insuf ficient number of qualified candi dates are seeking election, and term limits may force willing volunteers to leave the board before they are ready. I think there may be a better case for mandatory term limits for offi cers. Although it is a great pleasure, and a real honor, to be an officer of the NCAA, it is difficult work and it is sometimes challenging to keep up your energy level for many years. Ideally, officers would agree to step down and let new people take over when they viewed their own time was up. These discussions are hard to start, though, among friends. If, on the other hand, it was understood that an officer's term was only for, say, two years, then the existing board members would always have to be thinking about the 16 NIMB S Winter 2006 next president, secretary and treasur er. Again, while this should happen on an informal basis, it tends not to. Similar downsides in mandatory retirement of board members are also true in mandatory retirement for officers. It is easy to imagine a lack of volunteers willing to serve as officers, thus creating a formalistic pain in the neck H1latareyourviews? The board sincerely wants your input on these issues. Please make your views known either on the new message board or in a letter to the editors of the Nimbus. My thinking is that term limits for board members would be a potentially dangerous proposition but that term limits for officers could bring a refreshing change of perspective to the association. Therefore, regardless of what we choose to do with our own bylaws, I let the board know last fall that our November 2005 meeting would be my last as president of the NCAA. We elected Bill Rosenberg to serve as new president and Cindy Hill Ford as our new sec retary. The Alumnae/i Association has been pretty successful in the projects we have chosen to undertake, and that is due in large part to the great spirit of volunteerism among our members, some of whom have chosen to serve on the Board of Directors and others who serve on committees or undertake various tasks and projects, often without designation. Considering the small size of our budget and staff, I am proud of the work the NCAA accomplishes. I hope that as we look at our own internal workings, and share some of them with you, you will feel all the more enthusiastic about getting involved with the activities of the Alumnae/i Association and the life of New College. I hope you will come to our next reunion and local chapter event. See you in Palm Court! CALL FOR NCAA BOARD NOMINATIONS The ew College Alumnae/i Association seeks nominations for its Board of Directors. ominations should include a 200-word state ment that explains why you are running for the CAA Board and describes your level of commitment. These statements will be included on the ballot, which will be sent to all alums in mid February. (For information on board member responsibilities, visit Nominations must be postmarked ore-mailed no later than january 31, 2006. E-mail: Mail: ew College Alumnae/i Association, The Keating Center, 5700 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243. Questions? Comments? Contact the NCAA office: egoldin@ncfedu, 941


Timothy A. Kohler '72 "Stimulating Ancient Societies, Scientific American, July 2005, with George J. Gumerman and Robert G. Reynolds Only a small fraction of human history is known through texts. For the rest, archaeology is the main source. By examining ruins, artifacts and remains, archaeologists have constructed a series of pictures showing societies as they existed. It is much more difficult to determine the processes that produced and changed these societies and to understand the long chain of cause and effect that brought us from our hominid ancestors to the communities and cultures we see today. With the advent of computers, archaeolo gists have begun to experiment with simulation as an aid to exploring human history. Timothy A. Kohler is professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at Washington State University. Lance Newman '82 Our Common Dwelling: Henry Thoreau, Transcendentalism, and the Class Politics of Nature (Palgrave, 2005) When the New England Transcendentalists spiritualized nature, they were reacting to intense class conflicts in the region's industrializing cities. Their goal was to find a secular foundation for their social authority as the intellectual elite. The works of great authors, including William Wordsworth, Henry Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller and Nathaniel Hawthorne, interpreted ALUMS IN PRINT in historical context, show that both environmental exploitation and conscious love for nature coevolved as part of the historical development of American capitalism. Lance Newman is assistant profes sor of literature and writing studies at California State University at San Marcos. David Johansson '83 "Homeward Bound;' chapter 3 of Reading the Sopranos, edited by David Lavery (I. B. Tauris, 2006) David Johansson is assistant profes sor of English at Brevard Community College in Melbourne, Florida. Donald S. Moore '85 Suffering for Territory: Race, Place, and Power in Zimbabwe (Duke University Press, 2005) Since 2000, black squatters have forcibly occupied white farms across Zimbabwe, reigniting questions of racialized dispossession, land rights and legacies of liberation. Moore probes these contentious politics by analyzing fierce disputes over territory, sovereignty, and subjection in the country' s eastern highlands. Combining fine-grained ethnography with innovative theoretical insights this book illuminates the complex interconnections between local practices of power and the wider forces of colonial rule nationalist politics and global discourses of development. DonaldS. Moore is assistant profes sor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Fiona Zed de (Lewis) '94 Bliss (Kensington Books, 2005) After giving readers appetizers of her writing skills in anthologies including Best Lesbian Erotica 2004 and Va-Va-Voom: Red Hot Lesbian Erotica, Zedde serves up a full course helping in her debut novel, Bliss. The novel chronicles the self-discovery of Bliss Sinclair, whose world is dramatically altered after she is seduced by a woman in high heels. It is a story about self-acceptance, living an authentic life, and the importance and endurance of family. Says Zedde, "There are so few books out that are written by or about black lesbians. It's an untapped market, and an underserved community, and I feel it' s important that we put out some of our experiences as black lesbians." Fiona Zedde lives in Atlanta. NIMBUS Winter 2006 17


Hollywood and Sunset, a novel, by Luke Salisbury '65 Reviewed by Larry Vernaglia '87 The production set of Intolerance, a redemptive epic for early filmmak er D. W. Griffith, is the backdrop for Luke Salisbury's study of a man's feelings on the breakup ofhis family and his own plummeting self-worth. The parallel stories of a director struggling to make amends with his legacy and a detached and distant father and husband doing the same with his wife and son are well sewn together by New College alum Salisbury in his fourth book, a his torical novel titled Hollywood and Sunset When publisher Laurie Paulson (NC 65) shared a copy of Luke's new book at our last NCAA Board meet ing in Sarasota, I expected a good baseball read for my flight back to Boston. Luke had mentioned his topic to me before, but I had forgot ten it. Hollywood at the dawn of the talkies is a setting easily overshad owed by the roaring, flapping, pre war American anxiety era. In 1916 Tinseltown, a handful of burgeoning moguls who invented the media ran the movie business. Stars were about to fall, as the ability to speak on film would become as critical as the physicality of the silent screen actor. Salisbury's short novel offers glimpses into life in California's young 20th-century boomtown without losing sight of the human account that is its centerpiece. Grounding the drama in the aftermath of Griffith's simultaneous ly acclaimed and reviled Birth of a Nation (The Clansmen) adds color and literary effect to what really is a very modern story. Henry Harrison, Harvard-educated Brahmin owner of the marginally successful minor-18 NIMBUS Winter 2006 ALUMS IN PRINT league baseball club the Rochester Hustlers, serves as the narrator and central character. Howard Gaye, a failing English actor who dresses as Jesus to attract women, is Harrison's guide through the two-day personal journey. Harrison's adventure begins as he prepares to meet and interview Griffith, the villain excoriated in an article Harrison wrote for the Atlantic. Harrison's views were formed not just by the film itself, but also from witnessing Boston police viciously beat African-American protesters outside the Tremont Theatre's show ing of Birth of a Nation. Many groups, including the NAACP, deliv ered scathing reviews and stood in picket lines in attempts to counter the movie's obvious racism in a cul ture where lynchings and Jim Crow segregation were still very present. White audiences failed to appreciate the harm done by the film, shower ing the producers with record ticket prices and box-office sales Harrison is now preparing a book-length version of the article in which he will land a coup de grace on Griffith's reputation and expose the director as a racist hatemonger. But hours before his critical meeting with his nemesis, Harrison's wife, Edith, admits to a three-year affair with tl1e general manager of the Hustlers-Harrison's employee Michael Murphy. Believing the meeting with Griffith is essential to the book (and, more importantly, to himself), Harrison is unab l e or unwilling to focus on his crumbling marriage or the fallout it is visiting on his young son, Harry. In the span of a few days that include deep encounters with an also-suffering Griffith, an idealized Lillian Gish, an adoring Harry, and a letter from a doomed friend off to fight in the war, Harrison is forced to face his own responsibility for his wife's defection and his professional setbacks. Harrison reveals a tenderness toward his son and wife that is senti mental but also authentic. It is easy to imagine that the author's role as a father of an only son aided his ability to show the reader how Harrison may have felt at the prospect of the trauma that would be experienced by Harry. Painted with vivid descrip tions of people, scenes and sex, Hollywood and Sunset delivers both an entertaining narrative and a wor thy, introspective presentation of one man's midlife insecurity and its role in a struggling marriage. Good book reviewers (unlike me) would not review a friend's work, but this is New College and we're not getting paid. People who know Luke will hear his voice loudly in the dia logue and narration. I stayed engaged in the book until its unex pected conclusion. Hollywood and Sunset (Shambling Gate Press, 2005) can be purchased in bookstores, from or directly from the publishers at www.shamblinggate .com. Shambling Gate Press is owned and run by Paulson and Cheryl Hoffman ('65), NCAA Board members and editors of the Nimbus. (How's that for a disclaimer of impartiality? No, but seriously, one of the other Nimbus editors approved this review and, heck, they even made me pay for the book!)


S t even Linsner '69 by Jono Miller, Julie Morris and Ginger Lyon, all '70 Perhaps no Novo Collegian has embodied the mystical connection between the campus and the circus quite as fully as Steve Linsner, poet, playwright, artist and philosopher, a man willing to run away and join the circus in his search for the heart and soul of human expression. Steven Linsner died suddenly this past summer of a heart attack. He is survived by wife Nancy and daughter Rosie He was 53. Just about anyone at New College from '69 until '73 will remember him. A friend describes him as "intense, creative, enthusias tic, chal l enging an energetic and provocative thinker who loved taking ideas for a walk, if not a wres tle:' Another remembers arriving at New College and seeing in Steve Meredith Michal Carlson '81 Meredith Michal Carlson, a Sarasota homemaker and artist who wrote that she was "compelled by a world of symbols, colors, paradoxes and relationships;' died June 18 at the age of 43. Her artwork was shown at Paradise Gallery in Sarasota under the name of M. H. White Her dau ghters, Sarah Till and Hannah White, have donated one of their mother's paintings, an untitled abstraction, to New College. It is now hanging in the Keating Center lobby Car lson once explained how she OBITUARIES "the perfect 'John Sebastian' hippie, upbeat and carried away." His senior thesis, "The Exchange of Gifts: A Study in Metatheater," examined the distinction between selfless and selfish poetry. One of his important ideas was that gifts must travel, that giving gifts is not an exchange, but gifts will circle back to you indirectly. His emotions were always big and infectious to those close to him. Back in the day, when the Sarasota airport was no bigger than a bus station and one walked on and off the airplane from outside, the incoming thick sea air reached Steve in the back of the plane. He announced gladly, "It's always such a rush to come back to this place!" New College students still gaze at a large (8-foot-by-8-foot) stained glass window Steven created for the home Rick Doblin (NC '71), built on Robinson Avenue in Sarasota (now approached her work. "I lose memory of holding a brush and standing on the floor," she wrote. "I become a sculptress gently pushing, pulling and patting clouds, creating fine transparencies and emotionally placing thick realities. I surprise that tiny kernel of my being left by placing colors in fields that the logi cal me didn't think of, or didn't real ize the necessity of' She wrote, "I yearn to express these inductive and emotional shadows which play across our lives, dancing with and around us. I wan t to create the action of these ideal tides and forces, not my personal reaction to them." Besides her d aughters, she is survived by her husband, Nicholas, and the home of MAPS-Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, Part of the window is the March image for the 2006 MAPS calendar, www.maps .org/calendar. After New College, Steve attended Ringling Brothers Clown College in Venice, Fla., an e:ll.'])erience that led to his observation that "a clown is a poet who was also an orangutan." He cofounded the In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre, www.hea, in Minneapolis. His obituary in the Minneapolis Star Tribune stated: "Among his most recent projects was the development of "Perfor mance Painting,' real-time, impro visatory computer graphic painting, projected as visuals for music, poetry and dance performances." The fact is, in his life, he explored nearly every form of human communication-and he most likely still is. her parents, Robert and Dorothy Hawkins. She was a member of Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota. NIMBUS Winter 2006 19


CLASS NOTES Faculty Mac Miller is now retired as profes sor ofliterature, though he's keeping on for a while with editing new CollAge magazine, now in its 30th year. Poems are welcome by snail mail. His wife Melanie is an NCF grad, and they have "a most unlikely five-year-old daughter," Kylie. Big house, lots of room, but visitors should give long lead-time, as life is still, yeah, hectic! 1967 Richard de Koster '67left New College in 1969 and traveled to New York to do some research at Frick Art Reference Library. While there, he was offered a position as vice president of a major Madison Avenue art gallery. So instead of returning to New College, he spent most of the 1970s in various museums and art collections in New York and Europe. In the late 1970s and early 1980s he did a great deal of work with the retarded and the developmentally disabled. Although he loved this work, he found himself back in the art world as director of a contemporary art gallery in the East Village in New York in 1983 He is now executive director of Constitution Island at West Point. He is also on the board of the Lower Hudson Council of Museums and arbitrator of fine arts and securities disputes for the American Arbitration Association and NASD. 20 NIMBUS Winter 2006 1969 Robert McGarey '69 is founder and director of the Human Potential Center, a nonprofit educational organization in Austin, Texas, that is dedicated to tapping the creativity, love and playfulness of the human spirit. 1970 Arthur Woodworth '70 is still crazy after all these years. "Between thought and expression lies a life time. Situations arise ... because of weather." He can sometimes be found furtively scribbling poems on postcards in museum gift shops. 1971 Joan Verizzo '71 has been employed for over 20 years as a law enforcement officer with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office and is currently the highest-ranking female officer. She graduated from the University of Florida with a JD in 1983. Dorothy Pugh '71 put in 20 intense years as a scientific programmer and now is in a semiprofessional orchestra performing at weddings and special events. She spends some of her off time doing wildlife pho tography, displayed at dpughphoto .com. Christine Jochem '71 is head of spe cial collections and archives at the Morristown Library in New Jersey. She has traveled the state over the last 10 years, speaking extensively on preservation and conservation of library and archival materials. She is also president of the Thomas Nast Society, a nonprofit organization that publishes an annual journal on the life and work of the 19th-century political cartoonist. 1972 James (Frazier) Carraway '72 and Claire (Bailey) '75live in Tampa and have two middle-school-aged daughters, Margaret and Bailey. Sheri Katz '72 wrote to Ginger Lyon '70: "Thank you for passing on the sad news about David Smillie. I've been out of touch for a few years but never go that long without a thought of him. My thesis on childhood understanding of death stayed an interest of mine and I wrote a couple of papers on it (one was reprinted with papers of Melanie Klein and Sigmund Freud) .... I reread the thesis and realize that with David's and Penny's inspiration and support, it was a piece of work that really made me question, analyze and write. I am a reading/ learning disabilities specialist in New York, married to Asher Kahn, who was briefly at NC, though he got kicked out and then went to Columbia (too much tennis for him in Sarasota). We have two great kids, Zach, who is a junior at Hamilton College, and Alexandra, who is in the fifth grade."


1975 Dory lock '75 wrote in to tell us that her father Jack Cartlidge, former faculty member in art (sculp ture), will have a solo exhibition of his work in summer 2006 at the Ringling School of Art and Design's Selby Gallery. It will be the first of a series of local artist exhibitions. Of course his large pieces won t be in the gallery, but there will be a lot of photographs, small pieces and maquettes and a map with descrip tions of the public pieces. Elena (Ellen) Muratori '75 is cur rently park ranger at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. A child she helped raise had a baby in 2004, so she considers herself a grandmother. She has been co counseling for the past 20 years. She had to give up scuba, but keeps on snorkeling for her love of the ocean and had her 50th birthday celebration this fall. Dwight Newton '7 5 writes, "Since earning an MA in musicology from the University of Kentucky (1981), I've held several positions, primarily dealing with cultural management and technology. I'm currently back at the University of Kentucky as the marketing/PR coordinator for the School of Music, where I also manage the school's website. I am also a technology consultant and web developer for arts and cultural organizations. I am an internation ally recognized authority on organology (the study of musical instruments). I receive around 1,000 visitors daily to my website [], where I provide information and resources about all sorts of instruments. I have a help desk where I have fielded over 1,200 obscure musical instrument ques tions from over 50 countries and nearly every state." 1978 Stevenson Williams '78 is living in Rochester, Minn., with Jane Bisel and three cats named Io, Phoebus and Hector. He coowns a company, Blue Planet Logistics LLC, which specializes in art and curatorial services, museum communications, cultural resource management, exhibition and lighting design, logistics planning and project management. Molly Hoopes '78 is taking oil painting classes at the Seattle Academy of Fine Art. I recommend the Cascades and SAFA to anyone who wants to experience the Pacific Northwest:' 1979 Birgitte Mygind '79 wrote: "After some good fun years at New College, I went back to Denmark and took a master's degree in politi cal science. I worked for Save the Children in Denmark, for various NGOs in Nepal, for UNDP in Vietnam, as a consultant for the Danish Foreign Ministry and Ministry of the Environment, for the EU Commission in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. My last job was working as a manager in Montenegro for the Danish Refugee Council. Presently I am staying in Denmark, and thinking of what to do ne>..1:." Kirk Sullivan '79 was married to Marianne Shearer on October 17, 2004, at Valhalla in Lake Tahoe. Kirk is a public relations director. Marianne is a wedding gown designer and owner of a bridal bou tique. They live in Fullerton, Calif., with their four dogs. Kirk writes, Marianne has designed wedding gowns for 25 years, but this is the first time she was able to make a gown for herself:' 1980 Kimberly (Hood) Suffi '80 complet ed her B.A. and master's at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1992. She is currently teaching at Kuwait University and comes home to the U.S., where she and her husband have purchased a home in Bradenton. David Johansson '80 writes that he "rather enjoys referring to himself in third-person, and so rues the loss of this self-effacing if transparent device, this license to mead-hall boast and preen. In any event, despite remaining an 'assistant' pro fessor (causing his mother to infer he helps a real professor), he did in February 2005 find himself at the Robinson Jeffers poetry conference at the University of Nevada, in Reno of all places, where he read at the Record Street Cafe, before present ing 'Bukowski's Only Hero; an aca demic paper." This summer he leeNIMBUS Winter 2006 21


CLASS NOTES (CONTINUED) tured at Lund University, in Sweden, warming over Dr. Knox's lectures on American literature. 1981 Robert lavelle '81 spends time at both ends ofl-10. He lives in St. Augustine and works in Los Angeles, Calif. He has a dog. Craig Gabriel '81 has published his first book: Prison Conversations: Prisoners at the Washington State Reformatory Discuss Life, Freedom, Crime a.nd Punishment. Through a series of oral history-style inter views, the book takes the reader inside a maximum-security prison, and inside the minds of nine prison ers. See www.prisonconversations .com for much more information about the book and a sample chap ter. Craig lives on the Central Coast of California and remains in touch with some of the prisoners inter viewed for the book His most recent previous project was a series of private documentary films based on his travels across the country interviewing friends and acquain tances about their lives and their stances on issues including work, God, the afterlife, the state of the world and prospects for the future, depression and suicide, and love. 1982 Professor lance Newman '82 has published a book of literary criti cism, Our Common Dwelling: 22 1\TJMBUS Winter 2006 Henry Thoreau, Transcendentalism, a.nd the Class Politics of Nature (New York: Palgrave, 2005) (see Alums in Print, p. 17). Carrie Kastner '82 is working as a full-time musician-teaching, play ing, touring. Check singingbiscuit .com for upcoming shows and events. 1983 Robert Bilott '83 has won the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation's 2005 Trial Lawyer of the Year award. The award is the single most prestigious award for trial lawyers, and was shared by six lawyers in two states "for achieving a groundbreaking settlement ... in a class action lawsuit in which cor porate giant DuPont was sued for damages and medical monitoring, stemming from its leaking ofperflu orooctanoic acid or "C8"-a chemi cal used in producing nonstick cookware-into the drinking water of Mid-Ohio Valley residents" living near the plant. The award is bestowed annually upon lawyers who made the greatest contribution to the public interest by trying or settling a precedent-setting case. Bettyann Heinsohn '83 has finally moved back to SRQ with her son and mother. "I'm so happy to be back! I'd love to hear from NC alums who might be in the areabonus points if I know you!!" 1984 Sandra "Dya" Englert '84 is living in Paris and recently graduated from USC with a master's in professional writing (MPW) with a concentra tion in fiction. She gives private Kundalini yoga classes as well as writing and translating (www.dya She writes, "I also recently became engaged to a man I met through another New College alum, Caroline Wampole '85, who also lives in Paris and is a terrific portrait painter! Who else lives in Paris? I'd love to find other New College alums." Allen Hopper '84 ha.s recently moved to Santa. Cruz, Calif., from New Haven, Conn. Allen is learning to surf, is still rock climbing and is riding his mountain bike as much as he can get away with on some of the most beautiful trails in the world, with amazing panoramic views of the Pacific. He is working at the California Appellate Project, doing death penalty defense work This is a project of the ACLU's national legal department and is the only national litigation program address ing civil rights and civil liberties vio lations arising from the govern ment's drug policies. The Drug Law Reform Project's mission is to change the punitive policies that feed an unprecedented level of incarceration and result in wide spread violation of constitutional rights. The DLRP seeks especially to address the racial and constitutional impacts of current drug policies. It


also provides legal support to drug Marty Kelly '87 and Sharon Corwin reform efforts at the local, state and '88 are the proud parents of national levels. The project has both Finnian Corwin Kelly, born January undergraduate and law student 20, 2005, in Augusta, Maine. internship opportunities. Allen is coordinating the school-year and summer law student internship pro gram and encourages New College students and alums in law school to apply. More information is available at 1985 Wayne Totin '85 is living in St. Petersburg and sent in the follow ing: "Married since 2001, my wife Andrea and I have been heavily involved in local and national political movements (MoveOn and F APSJ) as well as the antiwar move ment. On the professional front, I've been involved in the local spoken word scene since 1994 and have been published in Xero, NakedPoetry com and the Weekly Planet (twice winner of the Extremely Short, Short Story Contest of 2004). 1987 Michele Volkle Noberini '87 got married in 1998 to Frank Noberini, a physical therapist. Their daughter, Alexandra Michele, was born July 5, 2002. Michele earned her MSW in 2003 and is working as a therapist in the Specialized Therapeutic Foster Care Program in Hernando County, and working toward her licensure as an LCSW Chelsea Jones '87 married Mark Densmore in 1999. They had a daughter, Frances Eloise Dinsmore, in 2001. They moved back to Gainesville from Austin, Texas, in October 2003. She is currently a consulting librarian on a grant proj ect. Family pictures are at Mike Campbell '87 is in a faculty position at University of West Indies-Cave Hill and relocated to Barbados. Krystin Draper '87 writes, "On October 6, 2004, my husband, three-year-old son, and I welcomed a baby girl into our family. I continue to live in Portland and practice law." 1988 Ned Clark '88 is completing his res idency in Bethesda in psychiatry and engaged to be married ne:x.'t summer. Anthony Lewis '88 relocated in January 2005 to Los Angeles with his wife, Alexa, and two dogs, Riley and Cordy. He is continuing to prac tice law as of counsel to the Sarasota fum Dooley & Drake. He writes, "Would love to hear from NC alum nae/i!" 1989 Eaddy Sutton '89 teaches at Waldorf, going into seventh grade with the class she's had since first grade in 1999. "A true Renaissance profession-music, art, literature, history, mathematics, theater, the true, the good and the beautiful." She has been married for 10 years and lives in a log cabin on a dirt road in Vermont, with a woodstove for heat. Her 8-year-old son brings in the logs when asked. "Spring arrives in late May some years." She returns to SRQ often to visit her mother, Julie, who still takes three classes a semester at NC. Anthony Salveggi '89 and his wife, Andra, gave birth to their son, Alexander, on April15, 2005 (a fit ting date, considering Andra is a CPA). He came in at 9 pounds and 1.7 ounces. Anthony is halfway toward earning his master's degree in journalism from the University of South Florida. He interned with the St. Petersburg Times and the Tampa Bay Business Journal. He is also editor of the USF St. Pete campus newspaper. 1990 Ananya Mukherjea '90 has finished her PhD in sociology from New York University. She now is doing the strange reverse commute to Staten Island from Manhattan where she lives with her partner and two cats on the Lower East Side. She sees Craig Willse, Brad NIMBUS Winter 2006 23


CLASS NOTES (CONTINUED) Wier, and Konnie Kruczek on a quasi-regular basis. Alex Slawson '90 is currently work ing with Millsaps College in the Department of Computing and Telecommunications as an IT support consultant and software training specialist. He recently collaborated on creating a virtual computer basics class for all incoming freshman to complete as part of the required course curriculum at the college. "I live in the historic Belhaven area of Jackson, Miss., with my life partner, Jerry Landry. Please feel free to stay in touch-cheers." His personal web site: http:/ slawsav/. Kevin Arlyck '90 has started a dual degree program (JD /PhD) in law and history at NYU. He writes "Some days I'm in heaven, some days I wonder what I've gotten myself into. Having been a teacher since graduating from NC, it's nice to be a student again." 1991 Gary Kirk '91 has finished his PhD in environmental design and planning at Virginia Tech. His disserta tion was entitled "Constructions of Scarcity and Commodification in University Strategy." He is teaching in Vermont while he is working as associate director for planning and operations, Institute for Distance and Distributed Learning. 24 NIMBUS Winter 2006 Jackie Bryant, the brand-new daughter of David ('91) and Anastasia Bryant, weighed in at 6 pounds, 14 ounces upon delivery on December 9, just in time for the holidays. David writes, "She's the cutest baby ever! She definitely resembles me, more so than Anastasia." New David Bryant with daughter Jackie. Aarown Lampman '91 is working at Fort Lewis College, a sister school of New College, in Durango, Colo. He is developing a field school in ethnobotany (actually rebuilding the one that the New College anthropol ogy scholarship funded for his own attendance years ago) and is teach ing primarily environmental/ecolog ical anthropology. Alissa Branham '91 finished her PhD at Notre Dame and is now in law school at the University of Michigan. 1992 Patricia Strickler '92 has finished her PhD at Yale University in 2005. Also, she married Dr. Rhoel David R. Dinglasan on May 1, 2004, in Negri!, Jamaica. leslie Shaffer '92 has been transferred to the Dow Jones Singapore office. If any other alums are in Singapore, feel free to look her up. Elizabeth jensen '92 had her second baby (Emma Rose) in June 2004. After her maternity leave she joined the March of Dimes, where she manages a grant for pre/interconceptional health awareness and multivitamin distribution. Ben Wolkov '92 is happy to report that he is taking a sabbatical from Hunton & Williams to take advan tage of an exciting opportunity to work as an international legal consultant for a top Mexican law firm, Galicia y Robles S.C., in Mexico City. He has worked closely with this firm on past deals and is pursuing this opportunity to expand his international corporate experience and further develop his Spanish language skills in order to better serve existing and future clients. To learn more about Galicia y Robles, visit 1993 Bobby Devito '93 writes, "I was lucky enough to be the first person from NC to get a major label record deal with my thesis, played in a very fun NC band, and continue to take my thesis (on ambient music) into the 21st century. My thesis has


ended up as required reading for a few college courses, which is interesting. Visit my links to my ambient electronic music at and my singer-songwriter music at" Matthew McHorris '93 is an inter national lawyer and former Marine, working in a firm outside of Washington, D.C. He is an active climber and traveler and is always glad to hear from old friends. Sofia Zander '93 gave birth to little Molly on March 4, 2005, and works as a landscape architect. 1994 Meg Moore '94 is a law student at Georgetown doing environmental law. She is married to Griff Parrish. Mathew Grieco '94 is currently attending law school in New York City. Previously he worked as a copy editor/wire editor at the Bradenton Herald. Erika Dakoff Greelish '94 and husband, Sean, are overjoyed to announce the arrival of her first child, Kaylee Rose Greelish. She was born January 21, 2005. Jessica Falcone '94 is MIA in Ithaca due to a trip to India through 2006; she states, "Look me up if you're in South Asia!" Hawkeye Norman '94 is a sergeant in the Marine Corps infantry. He is currently trying to move into the field of counterintelligence. He still calls Sarasota home, though he rarely gets to see it. "I hope this message finds you all well if you are reading this." He would love to get in touch with old friends, class mates, and party animals. "Life is short, make yours matter and have fun along the way." Michael Hutch '94 writes, "Hola chicos. I am still alive and kicking. Just moved to Charlotte two years ago and am still working for the newspaper industry ( oh so glam, not!). Hope everyone is doing well." Daniel Berke '94 returned to Israel in August 2005 to teach English in Tel Aviv for two years. He is also pursuing an MA in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) at Tel Aviv University. 1995 jessica Hickmott '95 graduated from the University of Melbourne and is working at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Melbourne, Australia Christopher Martin '95 got into Duke University School of Business. Tjay Brown '95 is currently working for the East West College of Natural Medicine as a corporate consultant in Sarasota. He also works as a corporate consultant for Semilla de Estrella, S.A. in Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica. He has been in Sarasota for a year now with his girlfriend, Alexis. "I would love to hear from any fellow NC type who would like to catch up." Adriel levine '95 got married on May 28, 2005, to Josh Barrish, whom she met in law school. She graduated from George Washington Law in 2004 and is now an attorney in D.C. Robert Brayer '95 is in Long Beach, Calif., working as a bankruptcy attorney. 1996 Erica Pape '96 passed the Maryland bar exam and is planning to com mission in the U.S. Navy as a naval officer judge advocate (JAG). She writes, "It is likely that I will be sta tioned in the Washington Naval Yards .... I'll keep you guys posted about basic training misery GO NAVY! I also got married to SPC Steven Jacobik, U.S. Army Drill Team. If Army and Navy don't spon taneously combust we'll be ok. ... We can even try to promote recruiting on campus (ha, ha, ah, yeah, sure ... if I want to get egged)." Michael Shannon '96 has finished two quarters of course and field work at Portland State University's Graduate School of Social Work and is attending a third. "I owe many of you responses and you will get them, I just wanted to throw an update and an invitation to all of you at once to come visit .... Portland is beautiful; I have lots of space at my apartment (complete with a view of Mt. Hood) and I love visitors!" S Winter 2006 25


CLASS NOTES (CONTINUED) Nicole Cordier '96 is currently working full-time on youth market ing for the communications department of the national ACLU. Also, she is attending graduate school at New School University, master's in media studies anticipated in May 2006. "New York has its perks, but I miss New College!" Michael Palmieri '96 is attending graduate school at University of South Florida in the College Student Affairs program and is par ticipating in an assistantship with the residential life and housing office. Mario Rodriguez '96 is currently enrolled in University of Florida's journalism master's program (2006). Martha Wehling '96 is now a lawyer working for the district attorney in Seattle, and she's getting married to Kevin Tracy, also a New College archaeology grad '90, in July. 1997 Kristen Hagenbuckle '97 reports, "I finished my MA in anthropology at the UA, spent a few years doing contract archaeology, and now am working here at the [University of Arizona] Press. My husband (who is also an archaeologist) and I are expecting our first baby in May." Kathryn Prosch '97 and her hus band, jon Cooper '95, are living in London, where he is working for a 26 J\"'IMBUS Winter 2006 new hedge fund called Omnis, cur rently under the Deutsche Bank umbrella. Kathryn joined a compa ny in the fashion industry and is enjoying being part of a successful creative team. Mandy Malloy '97 is proprietor and head designer of MOXBOX in Brooklyn, N.Y. a one-stop shop "from classical typography and book design to straight-up production using your style sheets." She can be reached at moxboxdesigns@yahoo .com. judd Wilson '97 graduated last May from Robertson School of Government at Regent University with his master's degree in public policy. This Easter weekend, he graduated from Officer Candidate School at Quantico, Va., and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He is a full-time, active duty officer. "You all have been on my mind and in my prayers over the past three years Feel free to send me an e-mail anytime May you find strength and eternal salvation in Jesus Christ and His word, the Bible!" Maame Nketsiah '97 is currently preparing to come back to the States for graduate school. She will be studying public health. Elizabeth Epstein Gelber '97 is cur rently working toward her doctorate in clinical pharmacy. "Doing plenty of lab work, in the area of pharma ceutics, so that I may someday beat Ben Sherman in the race towards publication." She is married and lives with a solid sweetheart of a Labrador retriever. 1998 Alison Fremont '98 earned her mas ter's in library and information sci ence from FSU in the summer of 2005. "If you're in the area, or visit ing, feel free to contact me!" Chris Pettit '98, a human rights lawyer and academic, is based in Cape Town, South Africa He has been doing human rights work worldwide while pursuing his JD and LLM, and is currently working toward a PhD in law and history, specializing in the universalization of customary law. Rachel (Mintz) Eliazar '98 writes that she got married on January 22 to Austin Eliazar '96, and wanted to let you know her name is now Rachel Eliazar. Ginny Vitiello '98 spent two years in Rome teaching English and is cur rently in an MA/PhD program in applied developmental psychology at the University of Miami. Emily Kearney '98 has been accept ed into Oregon State in Corvallis and is studying anthropology with a specia l ization in health and culture. It is a two-year program that is geared toward training for work in nonprofits and NGOs. Once fin-


ished, she is probably going to apply in their anthropology program. She for the PhD program at UW or is in a research position at UK. SantaCruz. Jennifer Yang '98 is currently work ing at Hoover Institute at Stanford University doing research for a political scientist. "If there arc any alums who are looking for a job in social science re earch in the Bay Area, I can forward your resume on to the right people there." 1999 Matthew Williams '99 took a couple of years off after graduation and worked in the president's office at NCF. This fall he entered American University's Washington College of Law in D.C. Ezequiel Williams '99 is living in Washington, D.C. He works as a grant specialist for the D.C. Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs 2000 Alison Quinn '00 i training in cul tural tudies/anthropology at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College of Memorial University of Newfound land and hopes to pur ue her mas ter's in urban planning at F U. Meg Whedbee '00 is working on her master' in public policy at American University' School of Public Affair in D.C. Carrie Todd '00 is att nding grad chool at the University of Kentucky Jessica Mazza '00 is a graduate tudent in public health (behavioral health). She also works at the USF Department ofP ychiatry as a clini cal re earch coordinator. Thomas Patteson '00 has been living with hi parents in Vero Beach and traveling, including his first trip to Europe since graduating. He was a Fulbright Fellowship winner for 2005-2006. As a Fulbright scholar he will be studying at the Musikwissenschaftliche Institut (Musicological Institute) at the University of Cologne, Germany. Kristin Ma el '00 is in Jamaica until August 2007 for Peace Corps volun teer service. 2001 Sarah Zeit '01 is erving with the Peace Corps in the Philippine until the summer of 2007 as a coastal resource manager. Erica Slotter '01 was awarded the National cience Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 2005-2006. The fellowship was awarded in upport of her graduate re earch in eros -cultural emotional difference and romantic relation ships, to be conducted al North western Univer ity under the tute lage ofWendi Gardner, PhD. 2002 Julia Burch '02 is the land protec tion specialist at the Sarasota Con ervation Foundation. Both the foundation's mi ion and Julia's objectives correspond with long term efforts in Sara ota County to protect and preserve environmen tally sensitive land. Julia can offer conservation easements to landown ers who want to permanently pro tect their property without giving up ownership. She spends most day identifying pro pective land acquisitions and matching them with appropriate partners. A um mer intern hip with the Coastal Resources Group while she was a student provided her with valuable county contacts. Julia and Michael Milton '97 were recently married. They live in Sarasota. Henry Chiasson '02 is attending Stephen F. Austin State Univer ity' clinical p ychology master's degre program. He is a teaching assi tant in the p ychology program and works for professors in various courses. Want to see your name in print? Submit information for Class otes to egoldin{{1)ncf.cdu or by mail to CAA c/o 'ew College Foundafon, The Ke<1ting Center, 5700 famiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243. Photos are al o most welcome, either digital or hard copy. If you have published something, send a much info as pos sible, preferably with cover art. Also, plea e visit NCAA's redesigned Web site,, and update your information. NIMBL T S Winter 2006 27


Alumni Fellows share life experiences with students by Eric Hinton '00 How many times has your internal monologue turned to speculating about how you can positively affect your alma mater? I'm sure it happen all the time! You've led an interesting life and done great things since leaving New College and you are probably thinking to yourself, "Self, wouldn't it be great if there were a way to go back to Sarasota and talk to current students about some of the great things I've learned along the way?" Luckily, there is such a program. The Alumni Fellows Program is designed to give alums a chance to get back in touch with the community and add to it in whatever way they are able. ew College Alumnae/i Association New College Foundation, Inc. 5700 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243-2197 This year we have two graduate students, one from the University of Colorado and the other from Yale, coming to teach ISPs on the role of law in society and to present an interdisciplinary look at human development, respectively. Other people have done presentations that weren't for credit and only lasted a day or so. The point of contact is me. I am currently working in the New College Admissions office. If you think you might be interested, we have a budget that can cover a range of materials and traveling expenses. Funds are limited so the process can be competitive. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at ehinton@ncf .edu. Nonprofit Organization L .5. Postage Paid Permit .1"500 Manasota FL NIMBUS Published by New College Alumnac/i Association, New College Foundation, 5700 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243-2197; telephone 941;; Editors: Susan Burns 1'76), Cheryl Hoffman ('65) and Lawrence Paulson ('65) Unless otherwise noted, opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent official poli cy of the Alumnac/i Association or the opinions of the editors. imbus logo designed by Elaine cw College Foundation, Inc. is an independent not-for-profit Florida corporation that has been qualified by the federal Internal Revenue Service as an IRC501 (c)(3) organ1zation The IRS has also determined that ew College Foundation, Inc. is not a private foundation within the meaning of 509(a) of the Code. The tax-exempt status of 'ew College Foundation, Inc. has not been revoked or modified. ew College Foundation, Inc. is listed as a qualified organization 111 IRS publication 78 (Revised Sept. 30. 2000), Cumulative List of Organtzations, Catalog 1\iumber 70390R, page 852. A copy oi the official registration and financial information may be ohtainl'd from the D1vision of Consumer Services by calling toll-tree 1 \Vithin the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State. Since f';ew College Foundation does not engage professional 100 percent of all gifts arc recC'ived by the Foundation. The State Registration umber for '\lew College Foundation s SC-00206 The Federal IRS ldentifitation Number is 59-0911744. imbus is published three limes a year. Susan Burns, Cheryl Hoifmc1n, Lawrence Paulson, Editors-New College Alumnae/ Association, 5700 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, fl 34243-2197.

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