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NEW COLLEGE A publication of the New College Alumnae/i Association Volume 39, Winter/Spring 1998 Two Deons Become One New College and the University Program will be under the charge of one person In early September, Betty Castor, the president of the University of South Florida, called a meeting of the New College and the University Pro gram faculty to announce a reorgani zation of the two key positions that have controlled campus life in Sara sota for some time: the dean and warden of New College and the dean of the Sarasota campus. These two positions are being merged to create one chief executive office with responsibility for two dis tinct academic entities on one piece of real estate. The new dean and warden will be responsible for cam pus operations and will be the aca demic leader both of New College and of the University Program. The new position was created to reorganize the various operating units of the campus to yield more effident, accountable services sup porting the academic missions. The merging of academic responsibilities has generated much discussion on campus regarding the implications for New College. The restructuring is planned for the 1998-1999 academic year. David Schenck, the current campus dean, has announced his resignation effec tive in August. New College's Dean and Warden Mike Michalson left his administrative post and returned to teaching at New College in August of last year. The interim dean and warden is Doug Langston, professor of philosophy and religion. The situation of one campus with two executive officers focused on two very different academic programs always was awkward. The existing arrangement places the University Continued on poge 4 The Betty lsermann Fine Arts Building, was dedicated on Jan. 24. This addition to the existing Caples Fine Arts Complex houses three studios for two-dimensional art, a central gallery (shown above), a seminar room and faculty office. A gift from Howard lsermann of Sarasota in honor of his wife, Betty, and a matching state grant provided funding for the building. Mrs. lsermann is an accomplished artist who special izes in watercolors.


NCAA President's Letter Money! Every charitable organiza tion asks for it, and the NCAA is no different. This letter is meant to say thank you, because we asked, and you gave. We don't have a lot of members to tap (3,000) and we don't have sophisticated fund-raising tech niques, but we do have a lot of former New College students out there who are willing to support higher education at their alma mater. As you may remember, we have a challenge running through May that we've almost met, we're happy to say. We have an anonymous alum donor who will contribute $20,000 in matching funds if we raise an equal amount by May 31 from alums who either did not give at all in the last year, or upped their contribution from the previous 12 months by at least S40. If you made a pledge in response to our mailing, many thanks, and please don't forget to make good on your commitment by May 31. As of the beginning ofMarch, our alum donors have given $101,488.86 Fourth-term student Shannon Zelitch concentrotes on her pointing in the new lsermann studio. in cash and pledges. and the NCAA board is absolutely delighted! Of that amount. you dedicated S21,009 to our campaign to endow a chair in mathematics in honor of the late Professor Soo Bong Chae. We have to raise $300,000 by 2002, and we are at 26 percent of our goaL For Chae, we had a mini-challenge from Prof. David Mullins to match $10,000 this year, and your help meant we matched that amount and exceeded it by 60 percent. (See facing page.) Other contributions ($25,909) went to the Gateway Scholars cam paign to help New College endow its required annual payment to the State of Florida. That effort is 90 percent of the way to the goal of qualifying for a S2 million state match at the end of April. Alums also dedicated their contributions to the library new book fund, student grants, environmental studies, and the Mary dark and joseph Haaf Memorial student grant funds. If you were generous to us in 1996 (and 892 ofyou were), but didn't repeat your generosity for 1997-1998, is there anything we can say to change your mind? We are immensely. hugely grateful for every gift:. We are trying to increase the total percentage of alums who sup port the NCAA, so can we ask you one more time to give a token amount to up our favorite statistic? Right now. our giving rate is 20 percent of a.ll grads and former stu dents on our mailing list. That's about 530 people In an ideal world, we'd like to double that number to at least 1,100 people, or 40 percent. We think it bears repeating that the strength of alumnae/i suppon for New College, as measured by its financial backing, swings a lot of weight on the Sarasota campus and in Tampa. Trust us. And at a time when USF President Betty Castor has imposed a new administrative structure on New College in the form of a single dean and warden to run both the college and the University Program, we think New College needs all the dedicated friends it can muster to make that change a success. It's a point we tried to make in our last fund-raising letter, but we may not have been clear enough that a vigor ous alumnae/i associatton, with generous and numerous back ing, protects its seat at any table where people are gathered to influence campus policy. We need each and every one of you. and we'll be reaching out to some of you by telephone this spring (note to those who frown on telephone solicitations: your help now will head off that call). We don't want you to think that the NCAA is only about money, because it's not. It's about creative hands-on support for New College's unique aca demic program. But without alum contributions, we couldn't award special grants to stu dents, or bring alums back to campus to teach. or organize a mentors program. or send you this copy of Nimbus. So our apologies if we have our hand out, but let's face it, money is an important assist in carrying on the New College tradition in your absence. We hope you approve. Alexis Simend.inger '75 NCAA President


Alums lead Choe Choir fund-raising effor By Don Goldberg As many of you know, an anony mous donor has challenged the Col lege, its graduates, and its friends to match a $300,000 gift. When we raise the additional $300,000, the State of Florida will grant the college an addi tional $420,000. The combined amount will establish the Soo Bong Chae Chair in the natural sciences division at New College. Under a revised fund-raising plan adopted last fall by the challenge donor, the New College Foundation and the New College Alumnaeji Asso ciation, the alumnaeji association is taking the lead in meeting the chal lenge to fully fund the Soo Bong Chae Chair no later than Dec. 31, 2002. At the present time our contributions and pledges of $78,770 represent 26% of our goal. We've raised $56,420 in cosh and $22,350 in pledges-26% of our goal. Special thanks go to David Mullins '81, associate professor of mathematics at New Col lege, who issued a dou ble challenge this year. First, he chal lenged NCAA board mem bers to make and pay new pledges total ing at least $5,000 by May 31. Then he challenged other alum naeji to match the match with at least $10,000 in the same time period. To date, board members have met the new pledge portion of their chal lenge. The rest of you have already exceeded David's challenge by 60 per cent. Soo Bong Chae Mathematician-in-Residence To provide an immediate benefit to New College the Association has instituted a program, beginning in the 1998 99 academic year, to aug ment the mathematics offerings on campus. Since the earnings generated by the collected donations to the Chae Chair cannot be counted for the state matching funds, the Association has established the Soo Bong Chae Mathematician-in-Residence program to be funded from the income. The college will invite an outstanding mathematician to the campus for the January ISP or a semester. The Soo Bong Chae Mathematician-inResidence will allow students, both math concentrators and others, to study intensively in areas not within the current faculty's expertise. Stu dents might structure ISP projects around the visitor's expertise, or the visitor could offer a "short course" or advise students on research projects. A collateral benefit will be for the New College mathematics faculty, who will strengthen their ties with the larger mathematical community. At the conclusion of the fund raising campaign, the mathematician-in-residence program will end and a new faculty position, the Soo Bong Chae Chair, will be established. Alumnae/i Help Needed The Chae Chair campaign is the most ambitious fund-raising effort Soo Bong Chae joined the New College faculty in 1970 and con tinued as professor of mathematics until his death in 1994. His contributions to the mathematical education of many students were complemented by his deep personal concern for students. Soo Bong's love of fine photography, horticulture, and Korean culture also enriched the college community. His sensitive and dear-minded leadership helped the College survive and thrive through its first three decades. undertaken in the Association's history. Not only will we need contri butions from alumnaeji, we'll need your assistance in identifying and approaching other prospective major donors. To volunteer your help or discuss a gift for the Chae Chair campaign, please contact one of these Chae Chair Committee members: Don Goldberg '68,Chair (213-664-1525; don@; James Foster '73 (615356-3237; fosterje@ cctrvax.vander; Dan Ryan '77 (510-430-3242; danryan@; David Mullins '81 (941-359-4378; mullins@ and David Smolker '72 (813-223-3888; Ji


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Student-run coffeehouse opens NCAA helps with financing By Mollie Lee Many of you may have heard a rumor about a coffeehouse opening on campus. Well, it is my great pleas ure to be able to confirm that rumor! For those of you who have not been listening to the grapevine, the Four Winds Cafe, a student-run, self supporting coffeehouse located on Dort Drive, is an ongoing project resulting from the hard work of many New College students. Two years ago a team of students spent the Independent Study Period investigating the possibilities of opening a coffeehouse. In 1996 the C.I.T. (Capital Improvement Trust) Allocations Committee awarded us approximately $124,000 for the reno vation of the historic Ringling barn and for fixtures, furniture and equip ment. A $2,750 grant from the Stu dent Activities Committee and a $10,000 loan from the New College A1umnaefi Association are funding the initial inventory and payroll expenses. The Four Winds Cafe, a student-run coffeehouse, opened for business in February in the old Barn During the past year, three student managers-Mollie Lee, Beth Faichney, and Heather Lazar-have been work ing hard to bring coffee and other goodies to New College. Along with a full service coffee bar, products on our menu include selected teas, juices, sandwiches, baked goods, and specialty coffee products. The Cafe is intended to be self supporting. Prices for coffee start at $1.00 and baked goods range from $.60 to $4.95. Students Samantha Doves and Bridget David place on order with Keith Bentele at the Four Winds Cafe. We hope to see the Cafe serve the commu nity in a variety of ways. Besides provid ing coffee and other necessary nutrients, it will be a space for stu dents to showcase their talents by dis playing art and per forming at Open Mike Nights. For the managers and the employees, partici pation in this project is proving to be an invaluable learning experience. Last, but not least, the process of set ting up the Cafe has fostered interac tions among groups in the community that are too often iso lated from each other. As a student manager, it has been wonderful to work with and gain a new apprecia tion for many administrators, staff, faculty members, UP students, and members of the Alumnae/i Association. The Four Winds Cafe has been designed to be a place for a meeting of minds between students and fac ulty, students of New College and the University Program, as well as the New College and Sarasota communi ties. We also hope to see many alumni there! Mollie Lee is a sixth-term New College student.


/ViJttbus ?:nlks About .... At New College, Paul Cebar often could be found in Hamilton Center playing his guitar and singing in a voice not as deep, but just as distinc tive, as the one you hear today, 20 years later. His band just released its third CD, "The Get-Go,"on Don't Records and was aslzed to contribute to a showcase Springsteen tribute al bum. Last November, Cebar was the subject of a National Public Radio profile, which Nimbus excerpts here in case you missed it. He and his band, The .\filwaukeeans, will be the fea tured entertainment April 18 on the New College campus at the annual NCAA reunion. Paul, whose NC the sis was titled The Blues What Am: An Appropriate Inquiry Into the ature and Development of the Blues Idiom, says it will be the first time he's re turned to campus since graduation. NPR: Paul Cebor says his ideal song would blend leonard Cohen's word ploy with Smokey Robinson's vocals, and the calypso rhythms of Trinidad. Cebar: I would play anything, you know--calypso, '40s music and '50s and '60s music-kind of to try and fmd my own voice and also to make people aware of, you know, the riches of what was out there, you know, if you looked under the right rocks. NPR: Cebor built his own ladder for success out of the sounds he found under those rocks music he chased from obscure library record collections in his native Milwaukee to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Cebar: And seeing that, you know, I was-14 years ago or something and seeing Zydeco bands. And it's wild. You know, black Americans singing in French and playing accor dions? I mean, that was very differ ent than anything I'd seen in Milwaukee, Wisconsin And you know, I became very, very intrigued with that. NPR: So Cebor bought a few Pan ama hots, some thrift-store sport coots, and created his own exotic Paul eebar '7 5 world music donee bond with the very unexotic nome, The Milwau keeons. By 1993, Cebor says he'd written enough material for two albums He signed a perky female singer and found a small label will ing to record them. The bond called its debut CD "That Unhinged thing It wasn't exactly pop. It wasn't jau. It wasn't strictly R&B. The record company billed Cebor as the "King of Whatcha macallit." The Iobei's executives saw The Milwaukeeons os a pop bond, with the MTV-friendly female singer as the star. But with limited air play, "That Unhinged Thing" sold a modest 15,000 copies. The female singer quit and the label promptly dropped The Milwoukeeons. Cebar: They didn't want to pursue the second album. They didn't feel they could-that they had done as well as they had hoped with the first, and so they didn't think with less-supposedly less-to sell, you know, that it would work for them. So 1-you know, we're hoping to stuff it in their face at some point. NPR: Cebar wasn't ready to give up. He pumped his savings from record sales and local gigs into The Milwaukeeans' two vans and put the band on the road. The musicians toured until the money ron out, hitting clubs and festivals across the U.S. and Canada ... Last year, the persistent touring paid off Milwaukee-based Don't Records took a chance on Cebor and released his second CD, "Upstroke for the Downfolk." And the king of whatchamacallit finally found o niche on radio. But once again, bod luck intervened. Cebar was picked up by Triple-A radio stattons just as that format was beginning to see its num bers decline. Yet it gave Cebar enough cachet to interest Capitol Records. Cheryl Pavelsky is manager of A&R for EMI-Copitol. She says she's been waiting for years to sneak Cebar into the majors. Pavelsky: I've been o fan of Poul's -we actually went to the some high school. He's always had great bonds, you know. Anytime you go out and see Paul, you know you're going to see a great show. He's just a fabulous song writer. He's got one of those voices that draws you in right owoy. And I'm surprised he hasn't been scooped up by a major yet. N PR: Pavelsky tapped Cebar for a high-profile tribute album to Bruce Springsteen Cebar chose to record what become the title track, "One Step Up, Two Steps Back." The title could describe Cebar's career. He admits there are days when he won ders if it's all pointless. Then there ore other times, like a recent night in a Milwaukee restaurant Cebar: A young couple pulled me over and quizzed their little two year-old, and said: 'What was that song you were singing?' And he starts singing my song. You know, and that kind of thing is pretty pre cious. What are you going to do, you know? That's been the success that I've had. Copyright National Public Radio, Inc. 1997. This news report by NPR's Quinn Klinefelter was originally broadcast on National Public Radio's "Morning Edi tion" on November 5, 1997, and is used with the permission of National Public Radio, Inc. Any unauthorized du plication is strictly prohibited.


BOOKNotes New College alumnae/i and faculty publications Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat by Howard F Lyman with Glen Merzer, Scribner, New York, 1998 Reviewed by Prof. Robert Knox I flrst had the pleasure of reading Glen Merzer's work when he was a student in a Novellas course in 1974, and that pleasure increased through out his writing in other undertak ings, including his senior thesis novel, Laughingstock Then I went to Washington in 1982 to see his prize winning play The Cashier performed at the Kennedy Center. Now I have seen his work in a new avatar, in which he continues to give the pleas ure and satisfaction that John Dryden said flows from prose that is intelli gent, lucid, and graceful. Mad Cowboy is the life experience of Howard Lyman, who began as a beef rancher and transmuted into a vegan, and who now offers a scien tifically justified appeal for vegetari anism. His grounds range from our history as a species to the effect of cow flatus on the atmosphere to the gross practices of feeding ground-up cow parts and feces back to the cows, with the resultant possibility of dis ease, including the mad-cow disease that has involved Oprah Winfrey in litigation. Glen is the writer of Lyman's expe rience and co-researcher of his views. I was reminded by this book of Mel ville's remark about his task of mak ing poetry out of blubber, and I can Students In Action By Sarahjane White Marching in Selma, standing every Sunday in protest to the Vienam War, sitting in South Hall with radical feminists, tying their bodies to endangered trees. New College stu dents have a history of turning their passions into action. This fall, stu dents put feet on their social scien tific research and became community activists. Students in a community action research tutorial sponsored by Prof. David Brain participated in the Sarasota North Area Plan (SNAP). New College and Ringling School of Art and Design students joined groups such as the Newtown Com munity Redevelopment Corporation, the Newtown Taskforce, the Sarasota city government, and the Florida House Institute m SNAP's "visioning" charette. The one-day charette drew together community members to begin the process of developing a 50-year plan for sustainable living in the North Sarasota area. Sustainable planning recognizes and takes into account the interactions of an area's environment, society. economics and architecture when planning for the future. Kate Chandler, a student particiant, said, "This meeting was an amazing opportunity to watch the develop ment of ideas through community participation." Kate and other stu dents hope their tutorial will be the flrst step m more closely bonding the social research and activism of New College students with the surround ing community. They plan to report that Glen makes good reading out of cow-rendering. He knows from our Joyce seminar that he is now in the company of Stephen Dedalus, who could be teased in Ulysses as the "bullockbefriending bard," but Glen is also a befriender in this book of all of us. Glen Merzer '74, Santa Monica, Calif, is a writer for stage and television. Reviewer Robert Knox, retired profes sor of literature, now spends only winters in Sarasota, living the rest of the year in Washington, D.C. He is of fering this season a literary ad libi tum, a series of free-form discussions. continue exploring ways informa tion can be made accessible and can contain practical applications for different communities. They've already begun to publish newsletters and develop a web site dedicated to community-oriented research. While most New College students are more than capable of thinking globally, this tutorial has shown what can happen when students choose to act locally. For additional information, contact Kate Chandler (kchandle(g Sarahjane White is completing her the sis, "Peep Show," an interactive, multi media video installation. The show will open April17 in the Fishbowl.


CLASSNotes LISTED ALPHABETICALLY WITHIN ENTERING YEAR 64 Fay Clayton attorney for the National Organization for Women (NOW), filed a civil lawsuit in Chicago. OW is suing the leaders of two anti-abortion groups, Operation Rescue and the Pro-Life Action League, under the provisions of the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law. According to the Associated Press on March 5, Clayton said the defendants were not accused of engaging in arsons and bombings but of creating an atmosphere in which others carried out the acts. Tom and Kay Todd (Atlanta) are thankful Carol Worby Holder and her husband, John, are close enough to the Claremont McKenna campus to provide a home away from home to ease the transition to college for their daughter Claire. 6 5 An article by Sharon Landesman Ramey and Craig Ramey, "Early intervention and early experience," was published in March in a special issue of the "American Psychologist." The article should prove useful for anyone interested in applied cognitive development. Sharon and Craig are directors of the Civitan International Research Center, affiliated with the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Alert alums may have heard Craig on NPR a few months ago, contributing to a show on time-series fluctuations in American IQ scores. Congratulations to jet Lowe who married Sarah Wolfe last fall. They live in Washington, D.C., where Jet is a photographer for the Historical American English Record of the National Park Service. New College student volunteers help unload 3.5 cubic yards of compost from the Earth Tub be hind Hamilton Center. this green machine has a 2 hp. motor, stainless steel shredder and biofil ter that helped turn over 4,000 lbs. of campus food waste into a nutritious soil amendment this past semester. This project is made possible through a grant from the Florida Deportment of Environmental Protection and the collaborative work of New College, the City of Sarasota, the Florida House Institute and Michelle Harvey of Solid Resources. Anne Tazewell'93, USF/NC re source conservation coordinator, is overseeing the campus effort. Since January 1995, Lawrence Paulson and Cheryl White Hoffman have been partners in Hoffman Paulson Assoc., Hyattsville, Md. They specialize in writing, editing, public rela tions, and desktop publishing. 67 Marian Bussey is a research analyst for the American Humane Society in Englewood, Colo. Zelia Ells hoff is back at work in Region 3 of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after an extended legal battle led to a ruling in July by the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) in Zelia E. Ellshoffv. Department oflnterior that the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act is "silent regarding the employee's notice obli gation when the need for leave is unforeseeable." SUsan Kuntz Sawyer is a naturalist/ artist with the Vermont Institute of Natural Science. She teaches, writes curriculum, and has been studying vernal pools and benthic macroinver tebrates for the last few years. She is also teaching at Vermont College in the Adult Degree Program, a nontra ditionallow residency undergrad pro gram. She is showing her art (fiber and drawings) regularly. Her oldest son is attends Marlboro College. Demian 'Pat' Wood (Kailua, Hawaii) is in private practice as a marriage, family, and child counselor. She also works with emotionally impaired and special education kids for the state. 68 Russell Humphrey (Redmond, Wash.), a solutions architect at Analysts International Corp., was in Sarasota earlier this year for a series of training sessions on Opal, the new computer interface program developed by Infresco. In addition to attracting alums back to Sarasota, Infresco, headed by Norman Worthington '77, is consistently one of the companies employing the highest number of alumnae/i. 6 9 Kenneth (Casey) Green authored the lead article in the October issue of American Association for Higher Education Bulletin, one of the most widely read newsletters in higher Continued on next page


C ASSNotes LISTED ALPHABETICALLY WITHIN ENTERING YEAR (CONTINUED) education administrative circles. Ca sey is director of the Campus Com puting Project, a nationwide annual survey of computer use on campuses, and a visiting scholar at the Center for Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University. Vince Peck (Sea Bright, N.J.) works on the technical staff at AT&T Labs in Middletown, N.J. 70 Joy Barnitz and Doug Stin on '71 have moved to the San Francisco Bay area. Doug has accepted a position at Seagate Technology in Fremont, Calif., where he will be starting a new group to evaluate the properties and recording performance of magneto-optic materials for data storage applications. He will be working with Kevin Coffey '72 -another New College physics alum. Small world ... Bill Conerly (Lake Oswego, Ore.), former economist for First Interstate Bank of Oregon, and Bob Whelan opened their investment manage ment company, Conerly Whelan Inc., in fall 1996 in Portland. 71 Congratulations to Steve and Kim Pauly Irish (Gaithersburg. Md.) on the addition to their family in Dec. 1997 of Samuel a toddler abandoned in a Hong Kong orphanage. Kim says the two years spent filling out paperwork, dealing with government agencies. and traveling halfway around the world and back was a small cost for the blessings Samuel ha aheady brought to their family. Wendy Smith has been appointed interim vice provost for undergradu ate education at Northeastern Univer sity (where she has been a faculty member in biology for the past 12 years). Wendy reports that so far, the view from the other side of the fac ulty/administrative fence has been interesting, although it does make lab work trickier. 72 Kevin Coffey has moved back to Silicon Valley, and is working for Seagate Technology developing magneto-optical recordin6 media. He and his wife, Shelly, have a baby girl, Alaine, born July 23, 1997. Daughters Aidan (4) and Aubrey (2) help keep the hou e lively. His daughter Alexandra, whose mother is Randi Payne Slaughter '69, is a model in ew York. Tom Mayers, owner of Land End Marina in Longboat Key, Fla., advocates a system using a single epoxy resin with different hardeners for cu tom boat construction and repairs in an article in the Feb. 1998 is ue of "Composites Fabrication." Tom has developed his system while building boats as large as a 54' motor sailer. Tom frequently captains sailboats racing in Tampa Bay. In one race, the owner was washed overboard when a storm hit. Fortunately, Tom and hi crew retrieved the owner, who became famous among local sailers by coming on board, pre ing his stopwatch and Continued on next page Jerry Simmons '79 inspects a cryo genic sample holder for performing electrical measurements on the quan tum mechanical transistor developed by his team at Sandia Notional Labo ratories. Not science fiction any more A new transistor that uses a technique called quantum mechanical tunneling of electrons was developed at Sandia Notional Labs in Albuquerque by the nonoelectronics group headed by Jerry Simmons '79. The new transistor is ex pected to be as much as ten times foster than the fastest transistor circuits currently in use, yet runs on much lower power. Expected benefits include in creased computer speed and sensor accuracy. The flurry of mainstream press cover age surrounding the announcement about the DELTI (Double Electron Loyer Tunneling Transistor) has given Jerry in creased sympathy for politicians who claim to have been misquoted.lf you want on accurate description, he sug gests the one on Sandia's own web page,


CLASSNotes liSTED ALPHABETICALLY WITHIN ENTERING YEAR (CONTINUED) commenting, "Four minutes and 32 seconds. Nice job, crew." Christmas arrived early this year for Dave Smolker (Land O'Lakes, Fla.). Congratulations to Dave and his wife, Pam Ross, on the birth of their son, Eric Allen, on Dec. 18. 73 Best wishes to Irene and James Foster (Nashville Tenn.) on the safe arrival of their third child, James Eric, Jr., last fall. Chris and Bill Rosenberg (Richmond, Va.} made their long-awaited trip to Ireland in August. They saw much of Counties Kerry and dare, slept in a 12th Century castle, watched a hurling match, did some marvelous pub crawling in Dublin, and saw all the treasures oflrish art at the National Museum "in their native habitat." M. L. Vanessa Vogel has moved back to Wyoming (Buffalo) to be near family and to restore painting to a higher priority in her life. It was get ting lost along the way. 7 4 While working out at his San Francisco gym Mark C. Davis, spotted what appeared to be a familiar face. Sure enough, that face belonged to Tom Dayton who works for Sun Microsystems. Davis, a lawyer, exclaimed "even after some two decades I was able to recognize Tom.' Davis was further shocked when selling his motorcycle to find the buyer to be another NC alum, Joe Bauder '92. Davis remarked "the high frequency of such random alumni contact is most irregular." Stao1ey Herwitz (Worcester, Mass.), a professor of biogeography and earth science at dark University, is on sabbatical tl:}is year. He's a science team member of Changes in Alum E-Mail Accounts NASA's ERAST (Environmental Alums wil have permanent e-mail addresses with automatic forwarding After long discussions with the folks who maintain Internet services on campus, the NCAA technology committee has recommended a change in the alum naefi e-mail account policy. The campus computing center is no longer able to service shell accounts with dialup or telnet access for alumnae/i. All alumnaefi accounts are now permanent e-mail accounts with automatic forwarding. When you change service pro viders, you need only notify the alumnae/i office and all mail addressed to your New College address will be redirected to your new account. Most alums with existing accounts have already provided a forwarding address. We appreciate the cooperation and patience of alums during the transi tion period. Any alum who did not retrieve informa tion (addressbook. old mail files, etc.) stored in a virtu account before jan. 1 should contact the alum naeJi office immediately. For a limited period of time, we can download your files and forward them to your new address. Research Aircraft & Sensor Technol ogy)/Pathfinder Sci ence Project, conducting research on orthorectification of airborne imagery for the analysis of forest canopies as part of the project's Hawaii Mission. In summer 1997, Stanley received a NASA-ASEE (Ameri can Society of Engineering Educa tion) Stanford Faculty Fellowship for research based at the NASA/Ames Research Center in California. Lori Hoffman is an educational consultant in Sarasota. She's also doing graduate work at USF and planning to marry Sarasota architect, George Palermo. Tom Kapostasy (Carmel, Ind.) has joined Brightpoint, Inc., an Indian apolis based provider of wireless communications distribution solu tions as vice president for technical services. For the past two years, Scott Luke man (San Diego) has run a consulting company; DSL Biotechnic Inc., while pursuing various entrepreneurial ven tures in biotechnology. He recently created and designed a new company; Armadillo Pharmaceuticals Inc., focused on the discovery and devel opment from plants of natural prod ucts, including pharmaceuticals and other fme chemicals. Psychologist Eric Mart lives in Con cord, N.H., with his wife, Kay McCal lion, and son, Jonathan. Eric is president of Ballyvaughan Associates, Inc. 7 6 Mary Cox Makkas (Athens, Greece) announces the birth of her second child, Victor Athanasios Makkas, on May 23, 1996 She and her husband, Haris, also have daughter, Helen. Mary enjoys windsurfing in her spare time. judith Rood (Walled Lake, Mich.) is an assistant professor of history and Middle East studies at William Tyn dale College. This small, private college has fewer students than New College and allows a lot of one-on one work. Judith says she, has "a blast teaching everything from world civilization to geography, the Renais sance and Reformation to Michigan history. focusing on the abolitionist Continued on next page ..


CLASSNotes LISTED ALPHABETICALLY WITHIN ENTERING YEAR (CONTINUED) movement." She has reached her two-year anniversary as a cancer sur vivor. During her recovery she became involved in a grassroots effort to save a house that had served as a station in the Underground Rail road and in the process established a community foundation called "The Lakes Area of Oakland County Com munity Foundation for Children, Youth, and Families." Her husband, Paul, and sons Sam (8) and josh (9) are her biggest helpers and fans. 77 Dan Ryan has moved to Oakland, Calif., and Mills College as an assistant professor of sociology. His office is just down the hall from another novocollegian, Andy Workman '79, who teaches history at Mills. 78 Rita Ciresi's novel, Blue Italian, was published in a new paperback edition by Dell Books in December, according to the New York Times Book Review's recommended listing of new paperbacks. The book is available at a 20 percent discount with imm diate shipment through and Robin Maddox Tondra has resigned as director of social services at Brawner Psychiatric Hospital in Atlanta. She and Phil Tondra '77 have moved to the mountains and a farm with the picturesque mailing address of Talking Rock, Ga. Robin is pursuing her art, indulging her love of horseback riding, and making plans to open a counseling cente. r80 David Leonard (Bethesda, Md.) is a physician in the United States Navy. After serving as a flight sur geon with a U.S. Marine Corps heli copter squadron, he completed a residency in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. David obtained board certification and is assigned to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. Beth Osuch (Cockeysville Hunt, Md.) has completed medical school and a psychiatry residency. She is a fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health doing work on mood disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder using transcranial magnetic stimulation. Very exciting! Chris Prescott (Portland, Ore.) mar ried Anne Kalliomaki in Aug. 1994. Chris works on ecosystem restoration of the Columbia Slough, trying to transform it from a highly degraded water body into a thriving urban greenway. Anne graduates from chi ropractic school this summer. Chris gets together semi-regularly with Marcella Kolmeier '80 and David Tomlin '72. He hopes to organize a Portland-area NC gathering soon with Oliver Luby '91. Chris says Oliver's "Palm Court Party" T-shirt made their connection obvious when they met at the Oregon Brewfest. Elizabeth Sterman Richardson vis ited campus during a trip to Florida at Thanksgivmg. She lives in Rockville, Md., with her husband, Jim, and children, juliet (7) and Ethan (3). 81 Terri Brown Mueck i now Terri Avalon. he's still married to Joe Mueck '80. Th y live in San Antonio where Terri is an R.N. in labor/delivery at University Hospital. Cindy Wong (Haverford, Pa.) com pleted her Ph.D. last year at the Uni versity of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communications. 82 Jonathan Vladi-Slava Schwartzi working for the National Zoo in Washington, D. Chicago Component Holds Two Meetings in as Many Months After a long hiatus, the Chicago chapter of the New College Alum naefi Association is once again active. An organizational meeting held by local alums at a downtown hot-spot resulted in a reunion of several old friends and even more new acquaintances at the Evan ston home of Fay dayton '64. Highlights of the evening included good food, excellent wine, fine fel lowship, and a resolution to con tinue same. Chicago alums interested in meeting other NC alumnaefi should contact Lindsay LoFrisco '80 at 312-587-9571 or Steve Jacobson at jacoUnltd Contributed by Chris LoFrisco '79. Nick Eversole is working for UCLA extension as a senior program man ager for the Dept. of Business and Management. 83 Maripat Metcalf (Pittsburgh) ha been bu y. he and her husband, Brad Tanner welcom d th ir on. Brian. into the world on ept. 12, 1996. Maripat also managed to finish her dissertation, graduate in May '97, and land a teaching po ition as a visiting assistant professor of anthropology at Carnegie M lion University. Susan Montgomery and Colin Boyle '89 were wed in a Ska cere mony on the New College campus at Cook Hall on Nov. 1. Ska, according to a Sarasota Herald Tribune article which included photos of Susan and Colin's wedding, is not just the musi cal style derived from jamaican dance Continued on next page


CLASSNotes LISTED ALPHABETICALLY WITHIN ENTERING YEAR (CONTINUED) Marsha Pool Piter visited her The Broken Image music, but also a way of dressing and thinking. The clothing mostly black and white, frequently with checked patterns, and featuring porkpie hats for the guys, symbolizes harmony between the races. 84 Traci Ardren received her Ph.D. from Yale University last May, with a thesis based on her excavations at the archaeological site of Yaxuna, in Yucatan. Traci is teaching anthropology at Florida State University. She and her husband, Michael Owens, an attorney in Tallahassee, have two small children. "When you call a book Crash's Law that sug gests that things are not all right," Karen Volkman '87 told Mario Rodriquez in Novem ber. Rodriquez was interviewing the 1995 National Poetry Series winner during her three-day sojourn in Sarasota as an Alumnaefi Fellow. But things were certainly all right dur ing her visit to New College. Volkman, who teaches writing at N.Y.U. and has had poems included in both the 1996 and 1997 Best hometown and alma mater in September, while on sabbatical from her position as director of records and registration at one of the nation's newest campuses, California State Univ. San Marcos. Open less than a decade, San Marcos is adding students at a furious rate and Marsha keeps track of them all. Her first records position was at New College, where she was mentored by longtime records director Nancy Ferraro and American Poetry anthologies, gave a reading of her poetry; presented a seminar on modern poetry and worked with student poets in a two-day workshop. directly supervised by Kathy Killion, now director of admissions for New College. Michael Freedman is execu tive producer for Plumb Design, a newly-formed Internet design and development company that specializes in building applicaVolkman's seminar, "The Broken Image," looked at four contemporary poets who respond to old fears and new threats in origi nal and innovative ways. The poetry reading included poems from her book and her days at New College as well as some of the prose poetry which will be the focus of her new book. David Russell earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida in 1996 and now teaches at Bentley College in Waltham, Mass. Eric Siegel is a licensed social worker at The Allen Group in Orlando tions. See a sample ofMichael's work at the National Geographic's Forbid den Territory site (www.nationalgeo The site was created as a companion to the National Geographic feature film of the same name which aired on ABC in December. It uses magic lantern slides from the 19th century to graphically depict the lives of famed explorers Stanley and Livingston. Nancy Grossman lives in the Neth erlands and does music copying work out of her home whenever time allows. Lucy Laudie, age 3, now has a baby brother named David Philip, who was born Aug 9. Gregory Hall has moved to Belgium with his partner of five years, Christopher Clyde, a statistician with a U.S. pharmaceutical company with a branch in Antwerp. While in Belgium, Greg will be working under a consulting contract with the U.S. Alzheimer's Association to identify and study innovative models of home and community-based care for elderly people in the European Union. In january; Melanie Hubbard (Ruskin, Fla.), at long last, married Mac Miller, NC professor of English literature. The wedding was a big bash with many Novocollegians pres ent, including Sharon Mitchell, Amanda Oswald, Lisa Whalley, Jesse White, Chris Hubbard and various professor-types and apparatchiks. Melanie recently received her Ph.D. in English from Columbia University and is teaching a course on Emily Dickinson at New College as an Alum nae/i Fellow. She's given up flying and boxing for now, enjoying her cats, fish and garden and Claire, Mac's 14-year-old daughter. Darrell Kienzle has completed his Ph.D. in computer science at the Uni versity of Virginia and is working as a senior scientist for The MITRE Corpo ration. He and his wife, Elena Heyer, live in Falls Church, Va. jesse White (Tallevast, Fla.) is proj ect manager for Resource Management Group. He specializes in planning, implementing and oversee ing recycling and solid waste man agement programs around the country. 85 Michele Gregoire is in her first year of a doctoral program in educational psychology at the University of Florida where she received a Presidential Fellowship. She was married jn August to Tracy Gill, who works for NASA They see each other at their home in Merritt Island, Fla., on weekends. john Wong completed his Ph.D. in biochemistry at Rice University in 1995. He's a research assodate at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. Continued on next page


CLASSNotes LISTED ALPHABETICALLY WITHIN ENTERING YEAR (CONTINUED) 86 We've received word from Nancy Broeder, mother of Scott Andrew Broeder, that Scott died on August 12, 1997. Friends may contact Ms. Broeder at Linwood Ave., Old Greenwich CT 06878. Curt Leimbach is a photographer at Booth Studio in Sarasota. Congratulations to Kim and David Martini on the birth of their daugh ter, Lauren Nicole, on August 13, 1997. Michael Mishler (Guerneville, Calif.) is involved with the Mendocino Environmental Center, helping with their newsletter collective. He's been covering the Headwaters activities of Earth First, a nonviolent, direct action group of young people working to protect the old-growth redwoods. As part of their advocacy, members of the group setup and stay in light weight pods above the canopy as they attempt to stop the logging. janette Morris (White Bear Lake, Minn.) is enrolled in the prosthetic technician program at Century College. Marnie Savage (Palmetto, Fla.) is a therapist at Manatee Glens in Bradenton. Geoffrey Schaffer-Barris and his wife, Lisa, (Midland, Texas) recently purchased their first home. Lisa is a speech-language pathologist and Geoffrey is a chemist at Benchmark Research and Technology. Gene Witmer has completed his Ph.D. in philosophy from Rutgers New Brunswick and is now an assis tant professor of philosophy at the University of Florida. 87 Sally Alt taught English in Spain after finishing an M.A. in East West psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Now she's moved to Austin, Texas, and says she' s planning to put down roots. She and Steve Barney '90 have adopted two stray kittens, Nutmeg and Fennel. Congratulations to Larry and Sherri Lea dements Bunch '88 (Rich mond, Va.) on the safe arrival of their daughter, Mairian Lea (Mai), on Aug. 22. Mike Campbell has completed his Ph.D. in counseling psychology and is working as a therapist in the New College Counseling and Wellness Cen ter. Since returning to Florida, he's enjoyed the climate almost as much as visits from Paddy Quinn '91, Alex Ferrrell '91 and Allison Purcell. Nikki Cohen {Amherst, Mass.) has discovered a clue to what she wants to be when she grows up. She's pur suing a master's in costume design at the University of Massachusetts. Since sheepskin runs fast, it'll take her three years to catch it. Accord ingly, she's stockpiling the sweaters, and contemplating her first set of snow tires. Donations of parkas and electric socks will be gratefully appreciated. Lara Farinholt and her dog, Dirk, are adjusting well to Gainesville and settling in for the five years or so it will take her to earn her Ph.D. in math at the University of Florida. Mark Franz has joined the Sarasota office of Biological Research Associ ates ofTampa as an ecologist. john Hover is a computer system administrator for Harvard University. He and his wife, Erika Newton, live in Cambridge. Kibby Munson (Seattle, Wash.) sent news of attending Shelly Bonas (88) wedding to Mark Stella at Opal Creek, Ore., on Aug. 2. Shelly and Mark live in Portland, Ore. Tom Nocerino (Bloomfield, N.J.} is completing his dissertation for a Ph.D. in industrial relations at Rut gers University and working as an associate manager in Prudential's business intelligence tools division in Roseland. Matt Posner is a full-time English instructor at International Fine Arts College in Miami, Fla., teaching nine to 10 courses per semester. Matt wel comes e-mail from anyone who wishes to commiserate or pass on encouraging words .... Tom Anerine '87(Montclair, N.J.) and his fiancee, Ukgil, visited with Matt in Miami over the holidays. Tom is finishing up his master's degree in ESL and plan ning to teach overseas. Matt also sent news of Troy Winfrey, who's working for Executive Fit, a company which uses the Internet to recruit engineers and computer experts for corporate positions. Troy's companion, Cathy Guierrez, is teaching several religion courses at Sweet Briar College this spring. Angela Vierling (Tallahassee) has been working as a database manager for a hotline, but will soon be in the mathematics Ph.D. program at Flor ida State. Susan Woodhouse married Rob Barber, an illustrator and artist, on June 21, 1997, in Santa Cruz, Calif. Joe Orzehoski, Jon Mohr and Terri Drake '82 were guests, Jon and Terri gave beautiful blessings during the ceremony Susan and jon are both in the counseling psychology program at the University of Maryland at Col lege Park. Ansel Webb (Cary, N.c.) is writing his political science masters thesis on "web hate site.s" and taking Ph.D. courses in public administration at Continued on next page Like to subscribe to a student newspaper? $8.00 a semester. Con tact The Catalyst, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 34243


CLASSNotes LISTED ALPHABETICALLY WITHIN ENTERING YEAR (CONTINUED) North Carolina State University. He's received his second patent, for CDFreed, and is negotiating with an investment group for rights to his Soapsock patent. 88 Nic Cook worked in Lesotho, Africa, as a sum mer intern at the U.S. embassy. He plans on traveling north for several months toward Uganda once his internship is over, then heading back to the states unless he finds another interesting job. Steve Waldman is working for Machinery for Change, Inc., in Balti more, Md. 89 Taylor Brady invites you to visit the web site for Buffalo Small Press Collective, for which he administers online publications. Taylor edits one of those publications, Cartograffiti, an electronic magazine devoted to recent work in poetry, criticism, and the visual arts, taken as a kind of cultural mapping in a "minor key." The address is glishlpubs/spc. Taylor is a grad student at S.U.N.Y. Buffalo Thomas Cook is active in the Tampa Bay chapter of the United Nations Association. He recently con ducted a series of in-service seminars titled "Internationalizing Your Curriculum" with some 45 Hillsborough County secondary social studies teachers. In March Tom will join Brian Sutliff '93, a political science grad student at the University of Cali fornia, Berkeley, at the Nineteenth Annual Florida High Schools Model United Nations in Orlando. They'll work with some 400 students from 20 high schools representing almost 65 countries. The student delegates will meet in eight UN committees to consider and write resolutions on real UN topic agenda items. Karen Eagen (Davie, Fla.) reports that she lovs her new job as the pre kindergarten teacher at St. Gregory School in Plantation, Fla. She likes four-year-olds because she is still taller than they are. Gregory ('90) and Jeanie MannHoehn '89 have moved Keoje-Shi, South Korea, a small island south of Pusan, where they enjoy teaching Eng lish at ECC Foreign language Institute Jeanie is shown above passing along a little "Western culture" to her students at Halloween. 1997 was a busy year for Ronnie Frankel and Steve Wetter '90 (Tampa, Fla.). Ron nie graduated from USF with her M.D. in May, started an ob/gyn residency and gave birth to jacob on Dec. 6. Steve also graduated in May, with a J.D. from the University of Miami. Steve works in Bradenton in the Manatee Country Attorney's office. Ronnie also passed on news that Karen Abrey Boscoe received her master's in ani mal behavior from Duke and, with her husband, Jim, has moved to Pasadena, Md. Erin Davis '88, who's in a Ph.D. program at the University of Virginia, is married and living in Charlottesville. jen Landsman earned an M.P.A. from the University oflndiana's School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 1995. She is an energy pol icy analyst for McNeil Technologies in Arlington, Va. Kathleen Plunkett (Boca Raton, Fla.) is now Kathleen Davis, having eloped with Rodney Davis in Decem ber after a whirlwind two-week courtship. Laura Rosenbluth (Decatur, Ga.) completed her masters in education with a concentration in professional counseling at Georgia State in March 1997. She says she loves her job as program director for adolescent serv ices in a day treatment program. Gilda Saakes and Scott Dennis were married in October in College Hall on the New College campus. Gilda and Scott both work for Chan nel 40 in Sarasota Gilda as promo tions producer and Scott as news anchor. 90 Fritz Casper (St. Augustine) is completing pre-med requirements at the University of North Florida and plans to enter medical school in 2000. Kim McCUtcheon. changed her name to jesse Cougar. She lives in the mountains of Northern California. Jesse is a sex educator and writer, and is "dedicated to promoting new paradigm relationships and radical gender and sexual identities." Ashtyn Mukhetjea was in Florida in August to help with celebrations commending the 50th anniversary of independence for India and Pakistan (and Pakistan's founding). She's in grad school in New York, working in an Asian HIV/AIDS organization, and doing sexuality/identity based Continued on next page


CLASSNotes liSTED ALPHABETICALLY WITHIN ENTERING YEAR (CONTINUED) advocacy and activism with South Asian kids. Alums Influential in. Environmental Rest1tut1on Fund Michael Rodriguez (Boca Raton, Fla.) graduated from Vermont Law School last May and returned to Florida to prac tice law. He is an assistant county attorney for Martin County where his duties include zoning enforce ment/regulation and land usefenvironmentallaw. scott Pesetsky, a law student at Santa Clara University, has a cool internship with the Fed eral Reserve Bank of San Fran cisco. As a result, he's developing an interest in emerging systems of electronic "cash." New College's Environmental Studies Pro gram (ESP) Coordinator jono Miller '70 was appointed by the u.s. Attorney's Office to. serve as an advisor regarding the expenditure of a new Environmental Restitution Fund, as announced by Charles R. Wilson, United states Attorney for the Middle District of Flor ida. This fund is the first of its kind in the country and was developed by Teri son '81, a prosecutor for the Middle D1stnct. jono will contribute to the process of evaluat ing proposals for restoration projects. The funds will be administered by the jacksonVIlle community Foundation. Look for more details after the procedures are developed and the first restitution payment has been ordered. enrolled there she worked as an interpreter and translator on a UNICEF-sponsored docu mentary, SOS Children's Village in Morocco. She's living in Sarasota, preparing to enroll in law school next year. 92 Robert Cronin is working in the freshman dean's office at Harvard. He is also a disk jockey (he says he was inspired by doing walls) and staff writer/publicist for Sweety's I Entertainment, producers of Strickly Hip Hop (uncensored rap video program). 91 Jose Cabrero was one of five USF medical students who celebrated the New Year in El Salvador as part of a medical mission helping clinic workers and gaining hands-on experience in a medical setting rarely experienced by U.S. students. The trip was sponsored by a student organization, One Hand, One. Heart, organized to help prov1de items such as medical tools and vaccines needed in the El Salvadoran clinic. Laurel Isbister is back in the U.S. after a year in Bulgaria, where she studied the tradition of folk choral music on a Fulbright fellowship. Lau rel began a graduate program in eth nomusicology at UCLA in the fall. Devra Kiewit, who went to Austria on a Fulbright teaching grant after graduation, has married Hans Dwor schak and lives in Linz, Austna. Suzie Meltz (Austin) is at the Uni versity of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs, working on a master of public affairs degree. Patrick Quinn visited friends in Sarasota on his way to his new post ing in Germany after completing Army officer's flight training and qualifying as a helicopter pilot. Paddy says the two-year posting will include time in Bosnia as well as Germany. George-Wade Swicord (Gainesville, Fla.) works at LeamiT Corp. as an instructional developer and is teach ing a course in American government at Santa Fe Community College. George-Wade also sent the follow ing for alums who are job-hunting. Contact him at gdub@learnit We will need a few folks strong detail-orientation, writing skills and basic computer savvy to help us cre ate instructional CD-ROM's for users of major PC applications and operating systems. I have told my employer that I am confident that nearly any New Col lege graduate who possessed the desire would be able to do the job well. I believe that to be true, even for those who might not have considered the info tech sector yet. Qinghua Xu studied French lan guage and civilization a: the bonne University in Pans. While congratulations to Christine Gramer who just passed her prelims for her chemistry Ph.D. at Berkeley. Deborah Goodwin has received her masters in the international politics of Asia and Africa from SOAS, a part of the University ofLondon. She's working on a Ph.D. in war studies at Kings College, Oxford. She reports that this is all basically Middle East ern studies and that she is beginning to learn Arabic. joy Kanwar is in her second yea: at vermont Law School and jason Spit zer started there this year in the J.D./M.S. environmental law program. Before beginning law school, Jason worked on an 80-foot schooner in Long Island Sound and traveled around the eastern states. Rich Knepper (Klodzko, Poland) teaching English in a Polish school m Lower Silicia, an area known as the Black Triangle because of its extremely high levels of pollution. Sophia Memon, Vik Kanwar '93, and Geoff Kurtz are sharing an apart ment in Boston. Sophia and Vik are students at Northeastern University's law school and Geoff is hoping to


CLASSNotes LISTED ALPHABETICALLY WITHIN ENTERING YEAR (CONTINUED) continue work as a political party organizer. LeifMeneke (Kailua, Hawaii) has been admitted to the University of Hawaii's joint degree program, which leads to a J.D. and a Ph.D. in psychology. Aimee Placas is a graduate student in the anthropology department at Rice University in Houston. Christopher Robinson is studying cognitive science at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Kavi Sadhwani is coordinator of the USF/NC Fitness Center. Leslie Shaffer (Silver Spring, Md.) was promoted (same job, same pay, same title, more hours) and worked on the 1998 Wall Street Journal Alma nac with alum John Wilke '76. Look for it in bookstores. She is looking for a publisher for her first completed novel and has almost finished a sec ond one. Leslie in the proud mother of two kitties-Bailey, a fluffy, ten pounder, and Masha, a former mascot of the Viking dorms. Susan Sparling (Richmond, Va.) is public services/periodicals librarian and assistant professor at Virginia Union University. She enjoys her job, which includes teaching biblio graphic instruction classes. The library is beautiful but with 1300 undergrads the pace is hectic. 93 Jill Doran (Silver Spring, Md.) is doing fundraising and development for the American Association of University Women's Legal Advocacy Fund. Brian Sutliff will take a year off from his international relations doc toral program at the University of California, Berkeley. He's been awarded a Rotary Foundation Ambas sadorial Scholarship for 1998-99 to fund a full year at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Carolyn Ward helped organize the opening of the new Saks Fifth Ave. store in Houston and is now working as a special event designer in New York City. 94 Trent Apple is a secondyear student at the Tulane Law School, and works for the United States Attorney's office in the civil division for the Eastern District of Loui iana. Jake Small (Silver Spring, Md.) is a clinical psychology grad student at Catholic University. Seiichiro Yasuda (Sarasota) has been accepted at the University of Chicago. He'll present his research on cross-cultural differences in the per ception of emotion at the American Psychological Society meeting in May. 95 Kelly Barrington (Sarasota) is teaching at the Achievement Center (a tutoring place and alternative school) and is an after-school counselor at the YMCA Friends of New College David Gorfein, professor of psy chology at New College from '65 '75, has left Adelphi University and is a psychology research scholar and guest lecturer at the University of Texas, Arlington. Peter Fazio, former head ofNC stu dent affairs and financial aid, is try ing to get in touch with Paul Brockway '80. Anyone who has a notion of where Paul is can e-mail Pete at Universally known as Paddy, Cam pus Police Officer Patrick O'Boyle was friend and confidant to a generation of students. He died while on a cruise shortly after his retirement last fall. His wife, Mildred O'Boyle, can be Depending on when you were at New College, you may have known her from the Records Of fice or Student Affairs or Sudakoff Center. Chris Martin worked in all those places during 28 years at New College. In the photo above Chris tries out the USF rocking chair presented at her retirement party in August. reached at 1001 Gondola Dr., N., Venice FL 34293. Kay Todd '64 sent news of the death of Earl Helgeson in October in Atlanta. Earl was a major part of the early admissions effort and was instrumental in the graduate school admission process for a number of NC alums, including several who went on to Yale Law School. Kay fondly remembers Earl and his wife, Janet, as providers of a home away from home for many in the charter class. "When holidays left some of us in Sarasota, they extended their family to wrap us in and, of course, feed us wonderful home cooking. Their chil dren, Anne, Epc and Judy, sometimes seemed like our own siblings." Jan's address is 3543 Cherokee Rd., Dora ville, Ga.


New College Star Shining Bright Bobby DeVito ;93; guitarist and composer, and his recording act; LVX Nova; land a major label record deal. An interview by Aaron Gustafson How did this project start? LVX Nova started out as a thesis project on ambient music. I had a vision of uniting my experiences in rock and blues guitar with the elec tronic music I also loved, such as Tangerine Dream, System 777, and progressive rock such as Marillion. I got "the ok" from my thesis sponsor, Dr. Steve Miles, to collaborate with Mike Meengs, as he is VERY skilled with sequencing and sampling, as well as being very knowledgeable about electronic music in general. What were you thinking/expecting going into it? Well, I didn't think it would end up being a commercial project. LVX was generated long before the big industry-wide "push" of electronica, whatever THAT is. All I hoped was that I could create something beautiful and unusual and unique-a CD that I could be proud of, as well as a cohesive artistic statement that was not aimed at the "pop" market. Has LVX Novo changed since you began working on it? Yes, especially since we signed with a label (Miramar). I envisioned LVX as a recording entity more than a "tour ing act." But our label wanted us to tour to promote the CD. The reality of the situation is that the electronic gear we need is quite expensive and very touchy to tour with. Rather than go out and do it with less than ade quate support and equipment, we decided to remain a recording act only at this point. What inspired you to take up the guitar? Hmmmmm ... I guess I was destined to play guitar. I remember put ting rubber bands on a shoe box in some sort of tonal order when I was three, and attempting to make music with that. My grandfather, Slim Henderson, was a gui tarist was well. He played with one of the fathers of country music, the "Singing Brakeman" Jimmy Rodgers. My mom was a singer and even appeared at the Grand 01' Opry in Nashville. I guess I was sort of des tined to sing and play Cover from Bobby DeVito's CD LVX Novo (Latin for "first flight"). More information is available at his web site: something! What gave you the ideo of m1xing your brand of blues guitar with such lush electronics? Basically because it hadn't been done! Also, I felt that what a lot of electronic music really lacked was heart and feeling, something that the blues seems to have a lot of. It always amazes me how the blues has infil trated so many genres of music, and seems still to be alive and well today. What plans do you have for the future of LVX Novo? We are contracted with Miramar to do two more CD's. I am doing the pre-production for my solo CD and working up a solo live show that I will be doing in the near future. It should be interesting, old-school acoustic blues mixed with a more postmodern approach, some looping and signal processing, and an ethe real sort of sound. If I can get the sound I hear in my head out onto a CD and into my live performance, I will be QUITE happy! Aaron Gustafson, a fourth-year New College student, is on the staffofthe student newspaper The Catalyst, and editor of the fritz, a monthly music magazine serving Florida's colleges. You can visit the fritz's website at


Priming the Pump New College faculty receive prestigious awards, involve students in research projects By Carol Ann Wilkinson Among America's many thousands of humanities professors, only 90 per year receive National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships for College Teachers. This year, two of those recipients were New College faculty members: David Brain, associate professor of sociology. and Jocelyn VanTuyl, assistant professor of French language and literature. The prestigious fellowships give each recipient a stipend of up to $30,000 to permit a full-time research leave. David Brain calls on his training in both architecture and sociology for his research on "The Architecture of Community: The New Urbanism and the Postmodern Suburb in the United States." He is examining the significance of recent trends in suburban architecture, focusing on the implications of design practices associated with the New Urbanism and the contemporary communities it has influenced. Communities he will examine include Rivendell and Lakewood Ranch near Sarasota, Seaside in the Florida panhandle and Celebration near Orlando, plus Kentlands in Gaithersburg, Md., Civano in Tucson, Ariz., and Playa Vista in Los Angeles. Brain's proposal also landed a $7,500 travel grant from The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in Chicago. Jocelyn VanTuyl is studying "Andre Gide and the Second World War." She will trace Gide's circuitous intellectual itinerary from the fall of France through the postwar purge, examining his political ambivalence and his system atic efforts to reinvent himself over the course of the war. Van Tuyl says her study reveals a manwhowas a master of "spin control," publish ing both acco mmodationist essays and coded resistance mes sages. In Paris last summer, Van Tuyl worked at the Bibliotheque Nationale and the Gide archives. "I actually got to hold the note books of Gide's manuscript diary -a big thrill for nerdy types like me," she said. New College natural and social An article in the Jan. 9 issue of Science, the widely read research weekly published by the "American Association for the Advancement of Science, will be no surprise to former students of John Morrill, professor of biology, (shown above with students Mie Hagiwara and Carlos Victorica). The article, "Scien tists Who Fund Themselves," profiled the entrepreneurial funding strategies of Morrill and others who raise money for their labs without harnessing themselves to the whims of foundations and university bureaucracies. Morrill dedicates money he earns consulting to his lab, providing support for many of his students as well. sciences faculty also are attracting research funding and recognition this year. Leo Demski, Florsheim Professor of Natural Sciences and natural sciences division chair, received a three-year, $229,998 National Science Founda tion Division of Integrative Biology Research in Undergraduate Institu tions grant to fund his investigation of the evolution of forebrain systems in large-eyed squirrelfish. Squir relfish are common coral reef fishes whose highly developed visual and acoustic systems make them a good model for neurobiological and ana tomical research. At least three New College students each year will be members of Demski's team. Demski has been responsible for over a mil lion dollars in NSF grants since com ing to New College in 1990. Sandra Gilchrist, professor of biol ogy. is one of several co-principal investigators on a two-year, $160,000 Continued on next page


National Science Foundation grant for "A Modular, Integrated, College Sci ence Course for Pre-Service Elemen tary Teachers and other Non-Technical Majors." These scien tists are creating and testing a pro gram to educate elementary school teachers about major science con cepts. Gilchrist is currently complet ing the module "From the Mountains to the Sea: A Sedimentary Journey,'' that looks at sediment formation and transport, along with how sediments are critical in understanding distribu tions of organisms. NIMBUS NIMBUS Published by New College Alumnoe/i Association 5700 N. Tomi omi Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243-2197; (phone/fox) 941-359-4324; ncalum@sor ; http ://www.sar. usf .edu/-ncolum2/ Production / distribution cost is $1.65 /copy. Editorial/Production Committee: Alexis Simendinger '75, Choir ; Susan Burns '76; Mike Compbell '87; Caroline Chambliss '79; Susan Foltz '83; Jim Feeney ; Matt Posner '87; Carol Ann Wilkinson 64, editor. Unless otherwise noted, opinions ex pressed are those of the authors and do not represent official policy of the Alum naeji Association or the opmions of the editors In fact, the editors rarely even agree with each other Photo and graphic credits: Nimbus logo and design Elaine Simmons ; pp 1, 2 & 5Jim Horman; p. 3 Choe self portrait; p 6 Brian Malloy, Mongrel Music; p 8 Anne Tazewell; p. 9cour tesy of Sandia Notional Lab; p 14 Gregory Mann-Hoehn; pp 16 & 18 David Glaser; p. 1 7 Miramar Music Printed on recycled paper George Ruppeiner, professor of physics, received a $37,876 Cottrell College Science Award from Research Corporation, Tucson, Ariz., for his proposal on "Geophysical Applica tions of Low Frequency Magnetic Fields." The award, with matches from both New College and USF's Division of Sponsored Programs, will fund two summers of research for Ruppeiner and two to four students. Using custom-designed electric coils built at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, they will design and build lab mockups of underground vaults, aquifers, and other subterra nean structures, perform lab and field experiments, and develop software for use in the field of electromagnetics. Gordon Bauer, associate professor of psychology, and Heidi Harley, assistant professor of psychology, received logistical support from Dolphin Aviation in Sarasota when they convened representatives from a number of the Florida scientific and educational agencies that work with marine mammals. The Consortium for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (CREMM) founded at that meeting will foster research, public education programs, opportu nities for students to participate in ongoing research, and better commu nication among people working with marine mammals. 1\vo New College thesis students are already involved in CREMM projects. Debi Colbert is working with Mote Marine, studying the behavior of a dolphin who is begging from boats in the Intercoastal Waterway. Ana Klega is collecting data for her thesis on tool use and problem solving in river otters at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Please keep us up-to-date. New College depends on the Alumnaefi Association for information about alums' ad vanced degrees and work information. Help us provide a statistically accurate picture of New College graduates for grant applica tions. surveys and other institutional activities. WE'D LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU Send your latest news or address changes to New College A lumnoe/i Association, 5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL 34243; (phone/fox) 941-359-4324;;


The NCAA Strategic Planning Committee needs to hear from alums Dear Alumnaeji: As you know from page one, New College is in a major state of transi tion with the State of Florida. In the spring a new dean will be chosen who will oversee both the New Strategic Planning Survey College and USF programs on the campus. While it is difficult to pre dict how this arrangement will work out, it is an important time for alum naefi to be aware and involved. The Alumnae Board is in the process of developing a strategic plan for the next five years and we would very much appreciate your input. Margee Ensign '73, Chair Strategic Planning Committee Please send your response to the following questions to the alumnae/i office (5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL 34243-2197, (fax) 941-359-4324, or ncalum@sar.usfedu}. The survey can also be .filled-in and sent from the alum home page (www.sar.usfeduj-ncalum2). 1. In your opinion, what are the most important functions the Alum naeji Board members should be work ing on during the next five years? 2. How willing are you to support these activities? NEW COLLEGE 3. What have we done in the past that you have liked/disliked? 4. These are some of the objectives alumnaefi have supported in the past. Please rank the ones (or others you add) that you think should be alum naeji board priorities (1 =highest). providing targeted financial support; encouraging academic excel lence by complementing Bulk Rate U.S. Postage Paid Pennit #61 New College Alumnae/i Association 5700 North Tamiami Trail ManasotaFL Sarasota Fl 34243-2197 ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED existing programs or generat ing ideas for new programs; utilizing the skills and experi ences of alumnaeji to enrich student and faculty life; strengthening alumnaeji involvement and representing alumnaeji within the New Col lege community; serving as a communication link between alumnaefi and the current New College commu nity, including service as a repository for records and a source of institutional memory and vigilance; clarifying the association's rela tionship with the New College Foundation. _Other: 5. How involved have you been in alumnae/i activities? 6. Would you like to be more involved? 0 Yes 0 No If yes, please tell us in what sorts of activities you would like to participate? Thank you for your participation/

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