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News Release (September 1, 1965)


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News Release (September 1, 1965)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW COllEGE, SARASOTA, FlORIDA FURMAN C ARTHUR INFORMATION September 1,' 1965 New College today has deep, strong roots in the soil of higher edu-cation, reported the founding president today in the first five years of operation. Dr. George F. Baughman, first president of New College, summed up the founding years of the college as he took over the full time duties as presi-dent of the New College Foundation. Dr. John van G. Elmendorf today became the second president of New College. He is due to arrive on campus Thursday. Dr. Baughman said that New College now has vital strength in every area of its operations, justifying the faith of its founders and its many supporters. In three weeks, he said, a strong new class arrives on campus for their first year studies, to be followed in a few days by returning members of the first year group who will become the first upper classmen. "He are seeing across the nation a shift in student attitudes and a grasping by students for more responsibility," observed Dr. Baughman. "We be-lieve that as students express a desire for added responsibility, they also recognize the duty toward and the accountability for their own citizenship both on and off campus." -more-


-2-The Net-t College faculty has been greatly strengthened as the col lege begins to offer second year subjects. Fourteen additional faculty have been added to the twenty-two of the first year, maintaining consistently exceptional ratio of students to faculty, Dr. Baughman noted. Experience of the first year has given New College a valuable in sight into its ability to provide students with a highly individualized education, he said. Both the curriculum and the college calendar are be ing modified to reflect this. "t-Ie said at the outset of College that always would strive to be new," said Dr. Baughman, "and we should alt.;rays be 'flexible t:;nough to take advantage of the lessons of our otm In addition to regular faculty, a number of visiting lecturers will be on campus for periods varying from one day to several weeks. Dr. Baughman also noted that this year the Fine Arts Institute, the New Perspectives lectures, and the Summer Music Festival would be expanded and repeated, thus offering to a of educational and cultural experiences. The Net.;r College lj.brary, grotm now to 25,000 volumes, is bei;ng ex panded to meet new needs of faculty and students. Already this year the li brary facilities in College Hall were expanded_and by next year should occupy most of this historic .-more-


-3-Construction is well under way on a new reading room for the library accommodating about 100 students and also providing them with a magnificent view of the campus waterfront. Dr. Baughman said that there are now fourteen buildings on campus housing both the academic and administrative operations of the college. He said that construction is virtually completed on Phase I of the East Campus. Both classes of returning students will be housed in the new I.M. Pet-designed residence courts there with additional space for a third class. "These three buildings were specifically designed to enhance the educational experience at New College and they succeed admirably in this effort," said Dr. Baughman. Soon to be under construction on the East Campus will be the second phase of the building program, a striking new multi-purpose building, the Carl and Hamilton Court. This building will provide space for student and guest dining, meeting rooms, reception area, offices, assembly and entertainment space, and a snack bar. An Olympic size swimming pool is now under construction to provide recreational space for all students and will be part of the East Campus com plex. Planning has started for the West Campus and funds are already in hand for the first unit of the science complex, the initial structure to be built there. -more-


-4have moved deliberately in the planning of new construction for College so that we may build with a long providing the finest facilities possible as tve gro\.;r 4 Dr. Baughman said that he \vas pleased to be able to announce that as of the close of the fiscal year, August 31, N etv College was free and clear of operating debt for the fourth successive year. ''This has been a most difficult task for L!e\v College because in our founding years there has been so much extra cost in operations without any offsetting income. Through the generosity of many friends, we have again met all of our obligations and begin the year free of operating debt, a very necessary condition for our consideration for accreditation when we have operated long enough to be eligible," said Dr. Baughman. During the first five years, New College has accumulated assets valued at $10 million and has a healthy start on building its endowment. Dr. Baughman also noted during the first five years, a number of items of significance: --The large number of friends of New College--numbering now more than 2,000 who have provided the necessary support for the founding of the college. This group has been led by the pace-setting gift of $1 million by the late Honore Palmer and Mrs. Palmer. --A substantial number of great corporations such as Rexall Drug, Florida Power & Light, General Telephone Co. and Electronics, Walgreen Drugs, International Business Machines, Sunbeam Electric, and Sears Roebuck providing a business and industrial support. -more-


-5growing number of foundations, led by the Selby Edu cational Facilities Laboratories of the Fdtd tQurtdatioQ, Schlumberger Foundation, Hamilton Charitable Foundation. tn1and Foundation, and others who have assisted New College. --A dedicated Board of Trustees, whose members have serve4 1oag and selfleasly in dedication to the founding and building of New College. --Campus visitors such as Dr. John Gardner, now Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, and Ford Foundation president Dr. Henry Heald. Such visitors form a continuous stream to the campus and include many educators, businessmen, young people, as well as visitors who me-rely come to see this new college. --Constant reaffirmation of the of New College which were first stated at its founding. "Our efforts to begin College as a vital institution,. declfeated to excellence, amount to only a beginning.. It is as though we a'!'e participating, in the sunTise of a full and hea-rty day/' observed Dr. Baughman. "We have created New Colle1e as we promised five years ago, bete in the midst of the ou&y Man:ate-e-sar asota area; and we have a st.rong team it's purposes .. He said that the purpose of the New College Foundal!ion whie.n he noted is now fully act.tve, willl be to' help to bu-Ud the base of supp()'ft!. for tthe long term and development of th-e' colllege -mo'l!e-


-6,.The sole purpose of the foundation is to give support and ment to New College, to help provide the needed resources of people, ideas, and assets so necessary today to creating a college of consequence." "The very basis of excellence must be a firm foundation. Hany hands have joined to build such a foundation for New College and those of us who have worked thus far, pledge our continued efforts toward this end," said Dr. Baughman. -30-

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