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Private, independent, co-educational Liberal arts and science curriculum Small enrollment -All students in residence -Full year academic program leading to Bachelor of Arts degree in 3 years Seminar and tutorial study Student progress individually paced Flexible programs for individual students -Faculty evaluation instead of grades Outstanding teaching faculty Unusual academic and personal strengths and talents, diverse geographic origin of students Scholarships and financial aid awarded for academic achievement, future promise and need


Student Handhook New College 1965. 1966 Sarasota, Florida


NEW COLLEGE STUDENT HANDBOOK This handbook is to help you feel quickly at home at New College and to answer many of your questions before and after you arrive on campus If it does not answer all questions, we hope it tells you where to find those answers easily. Important New College dates for you are the founding October 1 I, 1960 and the en tering of the Charter class of students in September I 964. There are a number of sources where you can read about the brief but fascinating history of the development of the college. New College is so young, though, that you are a part of its history. We hope you will help to make it rich in meaning. What is important is that its founders created New College to fulfill high educa tional goals in the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences Those goals are expressed in the college's educational policy and they guide all of its academic activities. You will be given a copy of the educational policy statement during your first week.


Section I Section II Section III Section IV General Day To Liberal education is designed t o nurture and advance human wisdom. INDEX PAGE Information --------------6 Day Living ---------------21 When Classes Start ---------------27 Money Matters -------------------32


6 College Structure Policies of the college are fixed by a self perpetuating Board of Trustees, made up of outstanding men and women in many fields of endeavor and from many parts of the nation. They meet in November and May while the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees meets monthly or as ne cessity dictates. The President serves as both administra tive and academic head of New College and he reports directly to the Board of Trustees at their meetings. There are three academic divisions of the college-Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences-and each has a chairman and faculty members. At New College there is much crossing of division lines in teach ing and in pursuit of individual study inter ests on the part of students. Administratively, there are offices for stu dent affairs, admissions, business and finance, buildings and grounds, resource de velopment, and public relations. More about some of these later.


How to Get to New College You may reach New College easily by al most every form of transportation. The Sarasota-Bradenton airport, adjacent to the campus, is served directly by Eastern and National Airlines. Direct connections with other major airlines may be made at Tampa International Airport 50 miles away. Both limousine service and charter flights are available from Tampa if needed. Sarasota and Bradenton are served by Trailways National Bus System on a fre quent schedule. The Sarasota terminal is slightly closer. Atlantic Coast Line and Seaboard Air Line Railroads both serve Bradenton and Sarasota, with the Sarasota terminal closer. By car it is advisable to route your travel toward Bradenton by any of several major north-south routes. From Bradenton take U.S. 41 for the short ride directly to the campus. The campus lies on the north edge of the city of Sarasota. From the south it is also advisable to take U.S. 41 and follow it directly to college. 7


8 What You Will Need You will be furnished by the college with linen, towels, and pillow-cases for your room. You should plan to furnish your own pillow and blankets. Bedspreads, selected to match the room decor, may be purchased at the Bookstore. Bring your own toilet arti cles, of course. You probably will need a desk lamp, a waste basket, wash cloths, and always clothes hangers. You may bring a ra dio or record player, television, iron, hair dryer, or similar small appliances. Do not bring appliances for cooking or those appli ances that require heavy current for they cannot be used in the residence rooms. Geographically, Sarasota is in the sub tropical zone so do not put away your sweaters, for they will be needed. There are few extremes in the weather, with the high est official reading at 98 and the lowest at 27 degrees. Girls should bring plenty of cottons, shorts, slacks, and leisure clothing, dress clothes, plus sweaters, and certainly a rain coat. Men should have slacks, jackets, a suit, shorts, and sweaters as the basis of their wardrobe. Also bring a raincoat. A general rule to observe about clothes in winter is to be ready to shed warm outer


layers after the sun burns off the early chill. In summer clothing should be light for all day wear. Do not forget to bring warm clothing to wear home at Christmastime Officially the average mean temperature for the coldest month, December is 69.2 de grees for the high and 54 degrees for a low. August runs an average high of 90.5 degrees and a low of 73. 1 degrees. July, August and September are consid ered the rainy season and there are frequent showers. Umbrellas and raincoats should be kept handy during these months "Freedom to study on your own as you wish is learn ing. You learn what you are looking for. Don't just stick to suggested reading for a course or seminar. Use the library reference room; look up a subject from other angles. Varied reading is very important. It is up to you to take advan tage of this opportunity. It is not easy to get used to but the sooner you do the more you will get out of it and enjoy it." CAROL WORBY Class of 1967 Eau Claire. Wisconsin 9


10 Orientation Week During your first week on campus you will have an opportunity to acquaint your self with New College, with the nearby com munities of Sarasota and Bradenton, and especially with your classmates. During this week you will be given tests under the direction of the College Exam iner. These tests are to help evaluate your ability and interests so that the fullest possi ble academic experience for you can be ar ranged with your help. Do not try to study for these tests. You will also meet many of the faculty and the administration, and you will be in troduced to the campus by members of the second-year class. Look forward to enjoying yourself dur ing this initial period. There will be social events and opportunities for you to learn to know others in your class and for you to become acquainted with your new sur roundings.


What to Expect There are two main parts of the campusEast and West. The map on pages 12-13 shows these and also designates the Ringling Museums and the Asolo Theatre. The Caples Estate, which is bequeathed to the College, is not formally a part of the campus. The Buildings and What Is ln Them: Residence Courts: Court 1 : Room 131, Guest Room 133, Mailroom and reception center 141, Resident Faculty Court 2: 201, Laundry 209, Tutorial Suite 219, 221, 223, Dispensary 23 J, Television (204 Model Room) Court 3: 309, Tutorial Suite College Hall: Music Room, Library, Pompeii Room, Dining Hall, Language Laboratory, HumamtJes Division Office, Main Lounge Robertson Hall and Annex: President's Office, Student Affairs Office, Dean of Admissions, Aca demic Affairs, Public Rela tions, and Resources 11


N Airpon 1. College Hall D 2. Administration Bldg (Robertson Hall) 3. Resources Annex 4. Bookstore 5. Social Sciences Bldg. 6. Student Recreation (Barn) 7 Natural Sciences Laboratory 8. Natural Sciences Offices 9. Hamilton Court (to be completed 1966)


------SARA SOT A BAY 10. Hobl.sing Court ]-Rooms in 100 series 11. Housing Court 2-Rooms in 200 series 12. Housing Court 3-Rooms in 300 series 13. Caples House-Future NC prop. by bequest 14. Ringling Art Museum 15. Asolo Theatre 16. John Ringling Home (Museum) 17. Circus Museum 18. Crane Estate-New College Student Retreat and Recreation


14 Social Sciences Building: Social Sci ences Faculty, College Ex aminer The Barn: Student Lounge, Refresh ment Center, Activities Loft Science Building: Physics, Chemistry and Biology Laboratories, Science Classrooms, Faculty Offices of Natural Sciences, Darkroom Bookstore: Books, supplies, sundries Carl and Marjorie Hamilton Court: When completed in 1966 will be the main student and dining center with reception area and lounge, meeting rooms, guest dining rooms, and offices. Calendar Arrival of Class of 1968-September 21st Arrival of Class of 1967-September 26th Alpha Term-September 27-December 18 Christmas Holiday-December 18January 2


What Is In A Title You will hear much about professors, ad junct professors, associate professors, deans, tutors, trustees, college examiner, division chairmen, business officers, planning officer, and others. You will be given an up-to-date list of faculty and staff and then make a point to learn the duties and responsibilities of each. Here are some helpful guides: Course Counseling __ Faculty member as signed to you Student Activities _____ Student Affairs Office Athletic Activities Athletic Coordinator Academic Questions ___ Division Chair-man or your Faculty Adviser Academic status, transcripts, test results _______ College Examiner Employment ---------Student Affairs Office Health Matters ____________ Infirmary Housing and Meals _____ Student Affairs Office Payment of College Bills Business Office Prospective Students __ Admissions Office Publicity ____ Director, Public Relations Religious Life_ Religious Life Committee Scholarships, Loans _____ Financial Aid Officer Vehicle Registration ____ Student Affairs Office 15


16 Dress Campus dress for students is left as a matter of personal choice and good taste. The student body has set Friday evening meal as a special dress affair when guests, speakers, or entertainers ordinarily are pres ent. Saturdays are casual dress days. Stu dents should understand that their dress. like their conduct, reflects directly on the college whether on or off campus. Meals Three meals are served daily in the col lege dining hall, with the exception of Sun day when a brunch is served at mid-morn ing and then an evening meal. Social Activities Student social life is organized by the student body with the assistance of various offices of the college. There are no tradi tional events because of the short history of New College. However, during the first year there were teas, dances, hayrides, beach parties, folk dancing, and a number of off-campus trips scheduled for events such as the Sebring races, nearby meetings, concerts, and other activities. You will help to determine the character of the social life by your own organizational ability and your own participation.


Religious Life The responsibility of New College for its students includes their religious and spiritual maturation. Participation in local services of worship is encouraged and in fact is quite extensive. A committee of religious life has been organized by the students for on campus worship services. New College as sumes that liberal education cannot be com plete without a thorough inquiry into the belief system of the major religions of the world and provides for this inquiry in the regular curriculum. The college maintains a free relationship with the United Church of Christ which permits it to be nonsectarian but deeply committed to the association of faith and learning. "The time 1 considered for myself 1 usually spent either in the field of music or reading in my field of interest. 1 did some office work on campus and I had to find out how much I could afford to do Learn your own limitation if ,. you plan. to work." JUDITH RUNYON Class of 1967 Smithtown, New York 17


18 Atlzletics and Recreation You will find encouragement from the college to participate in physical activity. The New College program seeks to develop a sound mind in a sound body, but in ath letics and recreation meaningful participa tion is a student responsibility. There are opportunities for swimming, tennis, golf, sailing, water-skiing, fishing, wrestling, weight-lifting, and basketball. Emphasis on college-sponsored sports is on informal intramural and individual partici pation until sufficient students may be brought together for some inter-collegiate competition. Student Activities All student activities are generated by the students, while faculty and staff lend coun sel and assistance where needed. Some ac tivities which have been a part of the first year at New College have been publication of a newspaper and a literary magazine, tutoring culturally handicapped children, drama, Friday night formus, a classic film program, and a religious life committee. There are numerous off-campus activities you may enjoy, including participation in the New College Fine Arts Institute, the an nual Ringling Museum Art Symposium,


' u Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestra, or the Players Theatre. During the year the communities of Sarasota and Bradenton have an extensive season of such affairs as concerts, major and minor league baseball, lectures, opera, ballet, and Olym pic gymnastic tryouts. Frequently trips are scheduled to events at colleges and uni versities in the Tampa Bay area, four of which are within a fifty-mile radius. Customs One of the privileges and responsibilities of the founding classes at New College is the establishment of customs and traditions. In the first year, there could be little tradition. In the second year students will repeat certain of the occasions they began, thus the first traditions. This is one of the ad vantages of being an educational pioneer. "First, don't put ofJ studying what you don't like until the last few weeks. Second, take advantage of what the community has to offer in art, theater, and music. Learning is not a 9 to 5 thing; it goes on all of the time and becomes a part of your life." GLENDA CIMINO Class of 1967 Atlanta, Georgia 19


Day-to-Day Living Code of Consideration You will find that the underlying philoso phy of student life at New College has been established as "the consideration of others." In this sense students have been entrusted with the development and administration of their own regulations. These include suc h points as the observation of all public laws, the acceptance and fulfillment of responsi bilities, appropriate dress, residence court rules, and these govern leaving campus overnight. For instance, students must sign out if absent from the campus after 1 a.m., overnight, or longer, indicating where they are going and how long they intend to be absent. This code will be presented to you by charter class students during Orientation Week. Student Government Avoiding haste in setting up a rigid for mat of government which might prove later to be unworkable, New College experi mented during their first year with various systems, while their own special research committee concluded the year by recom mending that two committees be set up to provide student government. One would be a New College Counci l which has broad ad-21


22 visory power over all inter-related areas of the college. The second would be a Student Executive Committee which deals with day to-day student affairs. Elections would be held to provide stu dent members for both groups. Faculty and staff members would be appointed to serve with the students on the New College Coun cil. Rules You Need To Know While the Code of Consideration governs much of your existence at New College, necessarily in certain areas specific rules must apply for your own safety and well being, for the preservation of valuable property. or because there are applicable public laws. Library Available in the library is a handbook which tells about book borrowing, books on the reserved list, inter-library loan and other matters. Avail yourself of one of these for it will help you use the library. Fe.el free to consult with members of the library staff; they are happy to brief you on library tech nique and to help you in researching or writing papers and making up reference lists.


.. Athletics The Athletic Coordinator has established regulations governing use of the college athletic equipment. The Athletic Coordina tor maintains a bulletin board in College Hall on which rules are posted. Housing When you enroll in September you will be provided with a list of regulations gov erning your occupancy of your room. They deal with use of appliances, decorating rooms, air-conditioning, and such matters. A little study of these will help you and perhaps save your contingency fee. Alcoholic Beverages Florida law forbids anyone under 21 to possess or consume alcoholic beverages. Students have ruled that roommate knowl edge of possession of alcoholic beverages in a residence hall room is tantamount to personal possession. Firearms and Explosives For the safety of all, students cannot be permitted to keep operable firearms, fire crackers, or other explosives in rooms. Please see Buildings and Grounds for stor age of firearms 23


24 Vehicles Students are permitted to have automo biles, motorcycles, motor scooters, and / or bicycles on campus. All must be registered with the Dean of Students within 48 hours after they are brought on campus. Under Florida Law students of private educational institutions are exempt from having a Flor ida driver's license or plate. New College regulations require motor ized vehicles to be covered by a minimum liability insurance of $50,000 / 100,000. Authorization may be withheld or withdrawn if a student has a history of acci dents, or if campus regu lations in regard to vehicles are violated. Hitch-hiking Hitch -hiking may seem a handy way to move about the surrounding area without paying bus fares. However, the campus lies within the City of Sarasota, where hitch hiking is unlawful. Buses into Sarasota leave the College gate every hour on the half-hour. Marriage Because all students at New College are in residence and no provisions are made for married students, they are not admitted to the co llege at the present time.


Guests You may have guests of the same sex visit overnight in your room provided you have the permission of your roommate. Gener ally, during the week a guest may stay only one night. Guests may stay overnight on Friday and Saturday nights. You must reg ister guests on guest registration forms which are in the residence hall reception room. Visits for longer than three days should be approved by the Student Execu tive Committee. You are responsible for the cost of all meals eaten by your guests in the College dining hall. "I would definitely recommend participation in some sport, not necessarily strenuous but some physical activity. My experience is that sports is a good way to clear the mind so that it will be receptive to thoughts which you will be getting from books." BRUCE LAMARTINE Class of 1967 Naples, Florida 25


When Classes Start Counselors Members of the faculty serve as advisers to student committees and other student organizations. You will be assigned a fac ulty adviser to whom you can take a variety of problems, either academic or personal. Should you require more help, the college has qualified personnel available for con sultation. Basic Class Load During your first year you are responsi ble for a core program in Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Humanities. For most students the core programs occupy about sixty per cent of the time. You are also responsible for making satisfactory progress toward proficiency in at least one modern foreign language. You may enroll in language courses and also in one or more seminars in subjects of special interest to you. If work becomes too heavy, after con sultation with your adviser, you may with draw from any extra course in which you have enrolled, without penalty. Class Hours Length of particular classes depends largely upon the instructor, student interest, and the amount of time available. Class lengths vary from forty-five minutes for lee-27


28 tures, to as much as two hours for seminars, and three hours Jor Laboratories. Classes frequently run overtime if the subject be comes involved. Grades and Examinations New College students are not subjected to the pressures of frequent course tests and examinations. A comprehensive examina tion at the conclusion of the year is the primary measure of your year's work. Teachers may, however, offer occasional tests and will require frequent papers to help you measure your own progress. Qualitative comments on this work are made and re corded to help you and your adviser. Except when a student's work is unsatisfactory in a given area, or when there is no evidence of participation in two out of the three divi sions, he will receive a formal report only on the comprehensive examination at the end of the year. How You Stand In order to ensure your satisfactory prog ress you are urged to complete all assigned writing projects and to participate in all other evaluations offered in your subjects during the academic terms. These tests and papers are regarded as important opportuni ties for you to find out what you should be learning and how well you are succeeding. A student who fails the comprehensive


examination in one division must make up the failure at a later date but wilt not ordi narily be deprived of academic good stand ing. A student who is deficient on any part of a comprehensive examination will be re quired to make up the deficiency as directed by the Chairman of the Division. A student who fails two of the three comprehensive examinations may be asked to leave the col lege. However, each case will be reviewed and settled individually. Advanced Placement New College approves and encourages the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board and other college-level programs of the secon dary schools. If upon entrance you have had the equivalent of first-year college work, you may, with the consent of your adviser and the teachers concerned substitute seminars or individual tutorial work for appropriate parts of the core divisional programs, but you will be responsible for passing the com prehensive examinations in each division at the end of the first year. There is no ap proved program for graduating in less than three eleven-month years. Independent Study During the year, three periods several weeks each are devoted to independent study. With the help of a faculty adviser you wilt choose a meaningful project and spend 29


30 the entire period on special study in this area. You must submit a written report OJ; other appropriate evidence of your study at the conclusion of the independent study period. Under special arrangements, you may spend some of these periods at home or elsewhere away from campus Attendance at Classes All students are expected to take full op portunity of the instructional resources of the college by regular attendance at lec tures, classes, services and tutorials. Even though attendance is not regularly recorded, you should realize that much of the material upon which comprehensives are based comes from lectures and class discussions. Transfer Students are not accepted with advanced standing as transfers from other colleges but transfers may be considered at the first year level. Students wishing to transfer from New College can request the College Ex aminer's Office to forward a copy of their academic record and recommendations for course credits to the desired college. Transcripts Before you have taken your series of comprehensive examinations, an informal record of your term grades will be made available as a transcript. After you have taken the comprehensives, your grades on these examinations will constitute your full academic transcript.


32 Money Matters Tuition Payment The tuition of $4200 includes room, board, tuition, and general fees. There will be an additional charge for individual in struction in music and a contingency de posit. The Music Instruction Fee depends on type and hours of instruction and will be determined individually. A contingency fee of $25.00 covers pos sible breakage in laboratory equipment, damage or loss of library books, damage in the residence halls, or key Joss. The amount remaining in this fund will be refunded on graduation or upon withdrawal. A $50.00 deposit is payable in early sum mer to reserve a room for the succeeding year and is applicable to the first tuition payment of the year. Your fellow students have levied a $I 5 student activities fee upon themselves to cover such services as the newspaper, liter ary magazine, social events, and similar ac tivities. The amount will be collected by the college but managed by the students.


Tuition payments must be received in the Business Office by the following dates: $2300 by September 1, 1965, and the bal ance by January 1, 1966. New College does not have a deferred tuition payment plan of its own. If you wish to follow such a plan, there are several about which the college will supply infor mation through the Financial Aid Officer. Refunds New College expenses and costs are budgeted on an annual basis and there is no provision for midyear entrance of stu dents. Students are considered to be enrolled for the entire year and are liable for tui tion, room, and fee charges for that year, less any scholarship awards made by the college. The $300 enrollment fee is non-refund able in all cases. The schedule of refunds of tuition, room, and fee charges for which the student is liable, upon withdrawal (vol untary or involuntary) is as follows: 90% during registration week 80% during the first week of classes 60% during the second week of classes 40% during the third week of classes 20% during the fourth week of classes No refund after the fourth week Refunds on board charges will be on a pro rata basis. 33


34 Employment There are various work opportunities at the college for those qualified. They will be mostly waiting on table, assisting in the library or laboratories, grounds mainte nance, or clerical work. Maximum work time for any one student is recommended as 15 hours per week. If you wish employ ment, apply through the office of student affairs. Off-campus work is not encouraged. The student affairs office should be consulted be fore a student undertakes such employment. Banking You will find numerous excellent bank ing facilities in the area. Your Health When you arrive at New College you should have a completed health form from your family physician. This includes proof of your immunization against smallpox, tetanus and poliomyelitis, and the results of a tuberculin skin test. New College has its own student health center in Residence Hall B, Room 219, with a registered nurse on duty during the week from 8: 30 to 5:00 p.m. The Student Health


Center provides only first aid and treatment for minor ailments. Students must pay for any medication ordered by a physician. For other than minor illnesses, or for diagnosis, you will be referred by the nurse to one of the college consulting physicians who may in turn refer you to a local hos pital, a local specialist, or to your own family doctor. There are excellent medical facilities in the community. An infirmary provides limited facilities for bed care of students under the joint direction of the college nurse and the con sulting physician. Insurance To provide for your own protection you are required to be covered by college-spon sored health insurance, or you must submit a signed college-furnished waiver exempting the college of responsibility in this area. You are requested to provide the college with information of any existing insurance coverage. 35


36 Notes


The Challenging Nature of the New College Program Each student is responsible in the last analysis for his own education. The best education results from the active confrontation of two first class minds. The greater the degree of flexibility, the greater is the likelihood that students will reach the highest levels of which they are capable. Student progress should be based on demonstrated competence and real mastery rather than on the accumulation of credits and grades. The best liberal education derives from mastery of a small number of vital ideas, principles, and modes of analysis. Students should have from the outset opportunities to explore in depth areas which are of interest to them.


It would be easy to apply tradi tional heraldic symbols to a new college seal, but in time they become diluted and obscured. For New Col lege, we sought a timeless symbol that would be representative of New College and yet would express an eternal truth. The sun which domi nates the landscape becomes the cen tral pivot, symbolizing the light of knowledge and the source of life and energy. The gentle and con tinuously moving lines represent the sea and the wind, the controlled waxing and wan ing of the four seasons, and the four points of the compass. We know that for at least 2500 years the flowing movement of this design has had symbolic meanings of continuity and variety; so it does for New College. For us these never ending forms imply that New College will always move forward; that it will forever be what its name was chosen to portray: the constant newness of the searching for knowledge and truth

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