A publication of New College of Florida
# 74 Winter 2014
New leaders eager to make a difference
Course to the Court
Alum Mollie Lee takes a front-row seat in gay marriage case
Educate for Change
Daughters for Life & NCF team up to improve the world
Managing Editor Jessica Rogers NCAA Communications Committee Chair - Hazel Bradford '75 Colin Boyle '89 Mitch Silverman '91 Jordan Clark '04 Michael Dexter '07 Nimbus Editorial Review Subcommittee Hazel Bradford '75 Frazier Carraway '72 Robert Lincoln '77 Design Jessica Moats Art Director Contributors Kim Butler, David Gulliver, Jessica Rogers, Sarah Thompson, Abby Weingarten
Course to the Court
A slate of new leaders are eager to make a difference.
Alum Mollie Lee takes a front-row seat in a landmark gay marriage case.
Publisher Office of Communications & Marketing New College of Florida 5800 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL 34243-2109 941.487.4153 email@example.com NCAA Board of Directors Executive Committee: Susan “Spozy” Sapoznikoff (‘83-’87) - Chair David “Thomas” Knight (‘03-’07) - Chair-Elect Maia Hinkle (‘05-’07) - Treasurer
27 Educate for Change Daughters for Life and NCF team up to improve the world.
Also inside this issue: Reunion Weekend > 3 Upcoming Events > 4 We Heard You > 5 In the Family > 6 Annual Report > 16 Your Money At Work > 23 Alumnae/i Fellows > 24 Chapter News > 29 Class Notes > 31
Colin Boyle (‘89-’95) Hazel Bradford (‘75-’80) Frazier Carraway (‘72-’76) Jordan Clark (‘04-’08) Michael Dexter (‘07-’11) Carla Eastis (‘88-’92) Cindy Hill (‘89-’93) Robert K. Lincoln (‘77-’83) Mitch Silverman (‘91-’94) Ex Officio Members Shannon Duvall VP of Advancement & Executive Director of the Foundation Dr. Donal O’Shea President of New College
For a full board listing visit ncf.edu/bot and ncf.edu/foundation-bot
Greetings Alums! As your new board chair, I wanted to share with you how excited I am about this upcoming year. I feel honored to have an amazing board composed of diverse and dynamic alums committed to New College. We have an ambitious agenda, but I know we will achieve it! I want this to be a year of improved interaction, not only between the board and alums, but also among the alum body itself. By this time next year, I want every alum: ► To have a better understanding of who your board is and what we do. ► To feel like your board is more approachable than ever before. ► To better believe that your board is responsive to the needs of alums. I want to create opportunities for alums to reconnect in person. To assist with that, the Board has made revitalizing our local chapters a priority! But to make this work, we also need alums in the chapter cities to help us plan and reach out. If you would be interested in welcoming new alums to your area, posting on the chapter FB page about
upcoming events and news of interest to your local alum or maybe even meeting with prospective students and their families, please let us know. Finally, I want to substantially improve the percentage of alums who donate, no matter the size of the gift. There is no doubt that New College played a fundamental role in our personal development and we all share a special affinity from as a result of our experiences. A recent grad can meet a charter class member, and despite the many differences—in age, place in life and, to some extent, their individual New College experiences, there is still a connection—a tribal bond—that transcends all factors that would otherwise divide them. Every alum I have met has shared their love of New College with me; however, only 21 percent of us supported New College financially in the last fiscal year. For New College to remain New College, and not just another state university, we depend on private support; state funding is far
from sufficient. And our alumnae/i programs that benefit both alums and the college are wholly dependent on private funding: ► Alumnae/i Fellows which brings alums back to teach in areas that bridge the gap between current faculty offerings and course needs ► Student Travel and Research Grants which assists our students with the important research necessary to complete their thesis ► Scholarship funds for out of state students ► Chapter events, reunions and commencement events Your engagement and support is not about competition. It is about maintaining something special that we as alums have the responsibility to foster for future generations of NovoCollegians. Thank you and I look forward to connecting with you on campus, in your area and on social media this year! In service, Spozy Susan Sapoznikoff ‘83
THEN & NOW
NCAA 2014 Alumnae/i Reunion Weekend Preliminary Schedule of Events
► Panel Presentation from Charter Class alumnae/i and emeriti faculty ► Children’s activities, including trick-or-treating on campus Saturday November 1 ► Morning mini-classes, times and subjects TBA ► Lunch with former faculty and staff ► Dinner: New College Foundation Clambake ► Evening: Historical Ghost Tour of Caples Campus with Emeritus Professor Mac Miller. Thursday October 30 ► Evening Welcome Reception at Isermann Gallery ► New Topics Lecture Series Event, speaker TBA
Friday October 31 ► Open Houses at Public Archaeology Lab and Pritzker Marine Biological Research Center.
Charter Class 50th Anniversary 2014 Preliminary Schedule of Events Thursday, October 30 ► Welcome reception at home of Kathleen '64 and Stephen Raskin Friday October 31 ► Panel presentations from Charter classmates ► Candlelight vigil/remembrance ceremony at bayfront for deceased alumnae/i and faculty. Reception to follow. Saturday November 1 ► Morning mini-classes, times and subjects TBA ► Lunch with former faculty and staff ► Dinner: New College Foundation Clambake
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Sunday, November 2 ► Brunch hosted by John '64 and Kitty Cranor
Sunday, November 2 ► Brunch in College Hall with NCAA board.
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01 “Economic Outlook” with Eric Rosengren, President/CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston February 6 5:30 p.m. Mildred Sainer Pavilion Eric Rosengren is president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and currently a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee. He has written extensively on macroeconomics, international banking, bank supervision, and risk management, including articles in leading economics and finance journals. Much of his recent research has focused on how problems in the financial sector impact the real economy. This event is brought to us by the Global Interdependence Center.
02 “Our Bodies, Ourselves: Four and a Half Decades of Advancing Women’s Health and Human Rights” with Judy Norsigian, women’s healthcare expert February 25 5:30 p.m. Mildred Sainer Pavilion Judy Norsigian, executive director of Our Bodies Ourselves, will reflect upon more than four decades of advocacy and activism especially in the spheres of reproductive health and justice. How has advancing medical technology in cosmetic surgery and assisted reproductive technology affected attitudes and choices? “Our Bodies Ourselves” was recently named by The Library of Congress as one of the 88 books that has helped shape America.
03 The DIY Ensemble Concert March 15 8:00 p.m. pre-concert talk 7:00 p.m. PepsiCo Arcade Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Mark Dancigers will lead a group of New College students in an odyssey during the January Interterm, where they will build, modify, and/or transform musical instruments, then use them in new works composed for the occasion. The results will be heard at this concert, outdoors in the open, welcoming space of the PepsiCo Arcade. Expect sounds ranging from purely electronic to organically acoustic, and get a close look at (and possibly hands-on experience with) the creations of the DIY (Do It Yourself) Ensemble.
04 “Contemporary Afghanistan” with David Staats, former U.S. consul in Peshawar, Pakistan March 19 5:30 p.m. Mildred Sainer Pavilion The United States strategic goal for Afghanistan is to defeat and prevent the return of Al-Qaida and its affiliates. To achieve this goal, the US initiated in 2001 an integrated counterinsurgency campaign: military operations against the insurgents, creation of a representative government, and economic assistance. David Staats, former U.S. consul in Peshawar, Pakistan will discuss the application of U.S. policy in Afghanistan. He is personally acquainted with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Jalaluddin Haqqani (head of the Haqqani Network terrorist organization) and other Afghan leaders.
05 Miranda Cuckson and Christopher Burns Concert April 19 8:00 p.m. pre-concert talk 7:00 p.m. Mildred Sainer Pavilion Miranda Cuckson has emerged as one of new music’s great explorers, a violinist who brings imagination, insight, and formidable technique to music from Bach to today’s most adventurous composers. At NMNC Cuckson will perform Luigi Nono’s La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura, one of the last major works by this influential figure of musical modernism. The Cuckson/Burns recording of La lontananza was named one of the top classical recordings of 2012 by the New York Times.
We Heard You Here's what we learned: The New College Alumnae/i Association works hard every day to empower our proud network of alumnae/i around the world. Last fall, The Office of Institutional Research and the NCAA partnered on an alumnae/i information survey, and more than 1,300 of you responded, providing us with an unprecedented look into the opinions, needs and concerns of our alumnae/i community. Because we are dedicated to supporting your engagement with New College and with other alums, the Alumnae/i Association has incorporated the information you provided into our plans for the upcoming year and beyond.
1: 3 93% 33% of alums would like to provide career mentoring opportunities for students.
67% of alums reported being pleased with the Nimbus Newsletter, in particular the alumnae/i updates section. Participants also indicated they would like to receive more information about what other alums are doing and more stories on current students.
84% 95% claimed their experience as an alumnus is good or excellent.
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shared that they recommend New College to others.
of respondents said they would choose to attend New College again.
You want to be connected … to campus Alumnae/i said they want to know what’s happening on campus, and recent graduates feel a particularly strong connection to their individual classmates and professors.
You want to be connected … to each other 76% of alums responding are connecting with other alums via email and social media. Overall, 56% of responding alums reported that they visit other alums at least occasionally.
VOLUNTEER / PROFILE VOLUNTEERS / PROFILE
In the Family M.J. Dexter followed her son to New College By Abby Weingarte n
M.J. enjoys keeping ties with New College, as the school was such a satisfying part of her son’s life. Michael learned about New College through the Duke TIP program and the College faculty helped him find his passion. “Meg Lowman (former professor of biology and environmental studies) really got him excited about the environment,” M.J. said. Michael started the College’s flag football team, became vice president of green affairs, participated in student government and volunteered for organizations like Mote Marine Laboratory. After he graduated in 2011, he attended Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and now works in the Water Security Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. He is now a member of the New Much of what M.J. Dexter does to help New College is “I’m probably as College Alumnae/i Association behind the scenes or decidedly low-profile. She works at the excited to see the board of directors. front desk at the New College Foundation and assists with the students every week With her son and daughter foundation’s community events, like the New Topics New as they are to see me,” Jacqueline, a University of College lecture series. But sometime she’s the center of attention, like at the M.J. says. “People talk Florida alumnus, both in the nation’s capital, M.J. has more College’s orientation for first-year students, when she brings about volunteering along her 11-year-old golden retriever, Casey. and how rewarding it time for volunteering. In addition to her New College “It’s pet therapy for the students. The freshmen who are is, and you don’t efforts, she works with autistic homesick surround Casey and talk about their dogs and how realize how much it is children at area schools three much they miss them,” M.J. said. “ An architect by trade with a talent for stained glass art and until you really do it.” to four times a week. She also brings Casey a psychology degree from the University of Connecticut, M.J. to Oak Park School and understands the importance of cultural and academic fulfillment. Dreams Are Free Catholic School for pet therapy and reading When her son Michael enrolled at New College, she saw an programs—a passion she has had for seven years. opportunity to contribute to a local cause. “I’m probably as excited to see the students every week as “I started volunteering a little when Michael was at New they are to see me,” M.J. said. “People talk about volunteering College, doing brochures, and helping out with last-minute and how rewarding it is, and you don’t realize how much it events and lectures,” M.J. said. “Michael has graduated, but whenever New College calls me, I’m always happy to help out.” is until you really do it.”
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LOOKING FORWARD A slate of new leaders are eager to make a difference By DAV ID GULLIV ER
PH OTO GR APH Y BY K I M B UT LER
In a sunny Cook Hall office, Robert Zamsky meets with students. Across campus in Sudakoff, Suzanne Sherman is running a faculty meeting, a bigger audience than she normally has in her inorganic chemistry classes. // It’s hard to say just where Shannon Duvall is at the moment – she could be at the home of a donor, talking to alumni on the phone, recruiting new staff or working the room at a reception. And the newly unpacked Jessica Rood is likely in her Palmer D office. // Donal O’Shea arrived with a splash some 18 months ago, and now that can be seen in ripples across campus, with a new wave of leaders taking up the new president’s ideas. Here are portraits of those key people and what they’re doing. 7
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Shannon Duvall / / It’s been seven months since
Shannon Duvall came from Michigan to New College, and only now – a relatively brisk morning in early winter – does she say the weather is starting to feel familiar. But if she’s had any trouble acclimating to Florida, she’s hardly shown it. Duvall, the new vice president for advancement and executive director of the New College Foundation, is virtually omnipresent around Sarasota and Manatee counties. Even before her official May 13 start date, she met with an anonymous donor and attended the College Board of Trustees meeting. A review of her daily planner shows she attends about a dozen community or alumnae/i events every month, in addition to meetings with College administration, private donors and others, in workdays that often run from 7:30 AM into the evening. Duvall’s busy schedule stems from her understanding of the needs of both small liberal arts colleges and major universities. Before coming to New College, she was associate vice president for development at Albion College. She previously worked in development for 10 years at Michigan State University. >>
Clockwise from top left: Robert Zamsky, Suzanne Sherman, Jessica Rood, Shannon Duvall
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Although she already knows how important alumnae/i are, she is learning the crucial roles they play for New College. “Our alums are a tremendous resource,” she said. “They are incredibly talented. They provide internships and mentoring for our students. They participate in our Alumnae/i Fellows program. They help with recruitment of new students.” One of her priorities is to remind alumnae/i of the importance of supporting the College financially. President O’Shea and the Board of Trustees have said it is critical for the College to build its endowment, which has held at about $30 million for several years after financial markets collapsed and drastic cuts in state funding forced the college to spend virtually all income from investments. “Fund-raising is critical to this college’s future,” O’Shea said. “It’s clear that how we perform over the long term will depend on bringing in some more revenue streams.”
Building that stronger financial foundation, Duvall said, starts with donations that many alumnae/i may not think are significant.
“Fund-raising is critical to this College’s future” “Large gifts are vital, and have the ability to be transformational, but I would venture that our students, as well as our alums, probably don’t know the impact that even a small gift has on the campus,” she said. “A small gift to the New College Fund provides things like beakers and test tubes in the labs, clay in
sculpture class, music stands in a studio, books and electronic journals for the library, funding for guest speakers.” That has Duvall and the Foundation board working on two projects. They plan to start a student philanthropy initiative, to create awareness of the importance of even the smallest gifts. They also will re-invigorate the New College Promise, the capital campaign supporting the New College Fund. “The New College Fund is able to support our areas of greatest need and greatest impact, whether that’s social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, faculty support like endowed chairs and professorships, or student scholarships. It’s that flexibility that makes the New College Fund so important.” She notes that alumnae/i giving also affects the College in other ways, such as national rankings, state support and foundation grants. College guides, like the well-known U.S. News and World Report special issue, use the percentage of alumni who give any amount to their college as a component of their ratings. And Florida’s new funding formulas, as well as some foundations, look at the giving rate as they determine what aid to provide. Other goals are developing collaborations like Educate for Change. In June, New College announced an agreement with the Daughters for Life Foundation to bring women from the Middle East to the College on full scholarships. Duvall has been helping recruit the initiative’s steering committee and donors to provide the scholarship funding. “All of these initiatives fit with our core values and principles,” Duvall said. “That’s one of the things President O’Shea has done very well – to make sure that within his vision we’re not experiencing ‘mission drift’ – we’re sticking to our core missions.”
/ / Like Duvall, the College’s new director of communications and marketing also comes from cooler climes. Jessica Rood was director of creative services at St. Lawrence University, in Canton, N.Y., just 10 miles from the Canadian border. While she had an impressive track record there – leading award-winning redesigns of the college’s academics and athletics marketing, and the college’s website, all in two years – Rood has even bigger tasks ahead here.
“N ew College is this gift that hasn’t been unwrapped yet.” New College, like most other places in higher education, is trying to draw more applications, and in particular from outside Florida. The College needs to find ways to appeal to prospective students and parents far from its home turf, and at the same time stand out from thousands of competitors. Rood also will be working closely with Duvall to promote the New College Promise campaign, in how best to get across the message of the College’s need for alumnae/i support. The hardest part of crafting that message may be capturing the diversity of New College students and their paths after graduation. “One of the biggest challenges that New College faces is that you have to qualify to a huge audience – people under 18 to people over 85 and their different experiences along the way. An alumnus from 1985 has different experiences than an alumnus from 2006,” Rood said.
At St. Lawrence, she developed the college’s new identity by getting to know everyone with a relationship to the institution, though series of meetings and focus groups. Doing that, she said, will help her find the images and words that define New College. “You’re trying to find out what’s the tie that binds, the secret sauce, what makes the place unique – okay, the word unique is thrown around a lot – but what’s really important is what does that mean, and who tells us that? The alumnae/i, the staff, the faculty, people from the community,” she said.
During her career, Rood has visited many colleges, with her eye for imagery and sense for spirit always engaged. Many of them would be a hard sell, she thought. “There are so many places that I saw, and thought, ‘How am I going to make this place look great?’” She had no such qualms when she visited Sarasota, toured the campus, met faculty and students and her soon-to-be colleagues. “New College is this gift that hasn’t been unwrapped yet,” she said. “It’s this passionate and interesting community and it’s in this beautiful location – how can we not make this place look great?” >>
// Suzanne Sherman’s office is lined with chemistry books, and journal articles and papers cover much of her desk. But one new addition, atop a pile on the corner of her desk, is as daunting as any organic chemistry text: a copy of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised. The thick little book, full of protocol for conducting meetings, is a tool of her new role as chair of the faculty. Not all new leadership is new to the college—Sherman has been on the New College faculty since 1989 – and not all are administration appointees. Sherman was elected by a faculty vote, and her role is liaison between the two. She takes on the role as President O’Shea and the administration propose ideas like increasing the College’s enrollment, and as higher education itself confronts challenges like a smaller pool of applicants and competition from online learning.
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“Don has lots of ideas of directions the institution can go in, and I think it’s important that he has those ideas, because the landscape of higher education is changing,” she said. “That means we need to have a president with creative ideas, moving us in directions that will allows us to be more stable financially. I think a lot of the faculty gets that. The trick here is moving in directions that we think are beneficial to the mission of the College.” Sherman is a chemistry professor by training, but now finds herself part political scientist, part psychologist, even part attorney, as the book of procedural arcana attests. She sees her job as learning what both her teaching colleagues and administrators want, and making sure they understand each other. “Don is one person, Steve (Miles, College provost) is one person. The faculty is almost 80 people. Problems get solved in a better way when there are a lot more smart people thinking about them. So I really think it’s important to improve that level of communication between the faculty and the administration.” In their few months of working together, O’Shea says she has succeeded in that. “She helps move an agenda that she perceives is in the faculty’s interest,” he said. “She’s also been a source of really good counsel of what will work and what will not work.”
Among Sherman’s priorities for her tenure as faculty chair is developing a system for how New College hires and evaluates faculty in interdisciplinary areas, and conducting a data-driven assessment of the College’s success of getting students into graduate school. At this point, she said, it’s far too early to tell how the faculty – hardly a monolithic group – feels about administration initiatives, which are still evolving and receiving comments and suggestions. And that’s how it should be: “We have
“P roblems get solved in a better way when there are a lot more smart people thinking about them.” shared governance,” Sherman said. “Our faculty members are invested in this place, and they need to have a say.” That investment comes from the College’s academic traditions, virtually unique in the United States and requiring professors especially dedicated to teaching. “It’s a very intensive type of job for a faculty member, to be so involved with students, writing narrative evaluations, doing tutorials on top of our courses, advising students – this doesn’t happen in this way at very many institutions,” she said. “The product is great and that’s why we do it. That’s why we spend all of our waking hours working, basically. That’s not really true,” she said, laughing, “but it’s close to the truth.”
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/ / In his six years of teaching poetry and American literature at New College, Robert Zamsky has advised hundreds of students with areas of concentration in literature and English – and virtually no two have followed the same path. That flexibility and student selfdetermination is part of what makes New College unique, but it also poses challenges for students. “There are not a lot of hard and fast rules. There are not a lot of clear boxes to check for students to just march their way through a program,” Zamsky said. For example, even within the same AOC, students may take vastly different pathways – different courses, different ISPs, dramatically different thesis projects, he said. “All of this happens successfully only with a well-functioning student-advisor relationship. Students need to be motivated and self-disciplined, but at the same time, they really can’t just go it alone,” he said. “This is a place that really runs on relationships.” Making those relationships more effective is the goal of Zamsky’s new position, dean of studies. College leadership sees the post as key to helping students stay at New College and complete their degrees. “When students don’t succeed, when they leave, it’s often because they fall through the cracks. They haven’t formed as close a link with their advisor as possible,” President O’Shea said. “The dean of studies position should really help that, by improving advising overall, and by backstopping individual students for whom the advising isn’t working as well as it should.” Zamsky’s efforts have been focused on both on the technical and personal sides of the advising process. Taking a page from engineering and medicine, he developed a set of checklists for students and advisors, for all four years
of a typical student’s career, to make sure both are looking ahead. For example, in the first-year checklist, the items range from the obvious to the complex. It directs them to gather each other’s contact information, and decide the best ways to schedule meetings. It also ensures they talk about long-term items.
“This is a place that really runs on relationships.” That includes planning for terms abroad and for the thesis project, in hopes of defanging the daunting topic and building the skills students need. He recalled the commencement speech given by Bill Dudley ’71, now president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. “Among the things that he retained, that were most important to him from
New College, was the process of executing a long-term project. Not the content of it, but learning how to manage that kind of thing,” Zamsky said. “If a student learns to plan and execute a long-term project, that’s what will transfer to whatever that student does after graduation.” Zamsky also is rebuilding the orientation process for new faculty, from a one-day program to a series of weekly lunch meetings all year. It’s an important job, with five new tenure-track professors arrived this fall. The position represents dramatic shift for Zamsky, who himself just received tenure the previous spring. He hadn’t planned to swap his classroom for Cook Hall, but talks with Provost Stephen Miles persuaded him to apply for the position. “I think Steve is a very good provost, he’s a very smart guy, and he has a good chance to really get some things done. Don’s also a very smart guy, and one thing I like about the both of them, is that they are game to try things. They refuse to get caught in analysis paralysis. We’re small. We’re agile. We should be able to try things. And so I wanted to be a part of that.”
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Course to the Court Alum Mollie Lee takes a front-row seat in landmark gay marriage case By Dav id gulliver
When Mollie Lee got her New College degree in anthro-
pology and biology in 1999, she expected it might take her back to field work in the rainforest. Instead, it took her to the U.S. Supreme Court as an attorney with a front-row seat in a landmark gay marriage case. Lee was part of the team from the San Francisco City Attorney’s office that fought for the rights of same-sex couples for nearly a decade. They were rewarded June 26 with a ruling that in effect legalized gay marriage in California. She joined the team midway through the fight, but in time for a crucial stage: The challenge in federal court to California’s Proposition 8, which had banned gay marriage in the state. They won a major battle in August 2010, when U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the voter initiative violated the U.S. Constitution. That triggered an appeal and legal maneuvering that eventually sent the case to the U.S.
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Supreme Court in March. Lee and her colleagues traveled to Washington for the oral arguments. “It was awe-inspiring to be in the highest court in the land and hear arguments on a case I’d been on since the beginning,” she said. It started with her arrival that morning, seeing crowds of people outside, many of whom had camped out all night in the snow, hoping for a seat or simply wanting to be on hand for the historic case. Inside the court, she said, it was a study in contrasts. “On the one hand, it’s very solemn, with the high ceilings and the justices in their huge chairs. And yet they seemed very much like real people, genuinely wrestling with the issue. They are nine people who are doing their best.” Her journey to that day began in many ways at New College, where Lee studied anthropology and biology with her advisor
Her New College experience of delving into complex issues and her training in critical thinking were keys to succeeding in law school, she says. (Left): Mollie Lee, outside the San Francisco City Hall, where she works in the City Attorney’s office. (Right): People line up outside the Supreme Court on the morning of arguments in a historic gay marriage case.
Prof. Anthony Andrews, and did field work in Guyana. She planned to be an ethnobotanist, researching medicinal plants and isolating compounds that would cure disease. She moved on to graduate school at the University of Georgia, where her research led her to realize there were complex intellectual property issues involved in the field – and realized she found those issues interesting. She never studied law at New College, but after getting her master’s degree in anthropology, she moved to San Francisco, worked for the League of Women Voters, and applied to Yale Law School. “I sent in the whole packet of my written evaluations,” she said. “I was a little worried about applying to law school, with no letter grades, but one of the great delights was that it didn’t matter,” she said. In fact, she believes it helped. Yale Law doesn’t give letter grades, and most classes are seminars with only a few students – much like her alma mater. “One the one hand, I felt very odd there, my first experience in the Ivy League. But the academic experience made me feel very much at home,” she said. Her New College experience of delving into complex issues and her training in critical thinking were keys to succeeding in law school, she says. After graduating in 2006, she returned to San Francisco, where her mother lived, and clerked for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for the Judge James R. Browning, who died in May 2012. Browning served 50 years on the Ninth Circuit, the longest tenure in the court’s history, and wrote more than 1,000 opinions. In her office, Lee has a picture of Browning, holding
the Bible at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Browning liked his clerks to write short opinions, which also played to Lee’s New College-honed skills of analyzing and summarizing information clearly and concisely. She moved on to a job defending death penalty cases, work she loved but found difficult, and then in June 2008 moved to an opening with the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office specializing in election law, building on her experience with the League of Women Voters. She joined at an exciting time: There was a brief window in summer and fall 2008 where gay couples could marry, and some 18,000 same-sex couples did so. “There was something profoundly moving about all of the same-sex couples marrying, when they never thought they could,” she said. The California Supreme Court had ruled that the state’s marriage statutes violated its constitution – a decision prompted by City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s efforts. But in November 2008, voters approved Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment, with 52 percent of the vote. That closed the window. But the City Attorney’s team quickly picked up the fight again, first challenging the motion on procedural grounds. Chief Deputy City Attorney Therese Stewart came into Lee’s office with an election-related question. They started talking and before long, Lee was on the team. It’s an issue that touches Lee personally. She had two uncles, both gay, who died of AIDS in the 1980s. “I grew up really feeling the loss of my two wonderful uncles,” she said. >>
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“Once you start thinking about why you’re treating a group of people differently, you realize that there’s no good reason for it. I’m very confident that in a matter of decades it will be resolved nationally. I hope it’s sooner.”
“I think the work on these cases has been particularly meaningful to me because if they were still around, I’d want them to be able to be married and raising kids.” Her office quickly joined what became known as the Perry case, supporting plaintiffs represented by renowned attorneys Theodore Olson and David Boies. Judge Walker scheduled a relatively quick trial, in January 2010. Fall and winter of 2009 turned into a hectic few months, packed with document discovery, taking and defending depositions and preparing witnesses. Lee worked with economists from the city and from University of Massachusetts, and with “factual” witnesses, like Ryan Kendall, a young gay man who had been subjected to conversion therapy and suffered from depression. Kendall now is pursuing his degree at Columbia; Lee finds him inspirational. The trial lasted 10 days, and the ruling, in August 2010, provided just what they had wanted: It said that Proposition 8 denied same-sex couples equal protection and violated their fundamental right to marry. The trial court entered a detailed order finding that samesex couples are the same as opposite sex couples in every way that matters for marriage– they fall in love, form long-term relationships, raise children together and would benefit from the stability and dignity of marriage in the same way as heterosexual couples. Predictably, Proposition 8 supporters appealed and the case went to the Ninth Circuit. Lee worked on the Ninth Circuit briefing and helped prepare attorneys for oral argument. In February 2012, a three-judge panel of that court
granted same-sex marriage supporters a narrowly defined, 2-1 victory. That led to the appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Despite the big-name attorneys on the case, the San Francisco team’s efforts gained notice. The New York Times featured them in a front-page story and photo on March 19, with lead attorney Olson praising the “superb” quality of the team’s work. “My mother was very excited,” she said, “And I got a nice outpouring of support from New College alums, a lot of Facebook posts and shoutouts.” After the oral arguments, both the San Francisco team and many observers predicted a victory, again on narrow grounds.
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In an April interview, Lee said she expected the court would push the issue back to the states. She noted Justice Anthony Kennedy’s remarks, asking why the Court took up the case in the first place. That type of result would leave the trial court ruling in place – “and we won in the trial court,” she said. And on June 26, that’s just what happened. Lee and her colleagues came in to the office early to be ready for the announcements from the East Coast. They crowded around a computer watching SCOTUSblog, a popular website for coverage of the Supreme Court. “We all got the office realty early, six-thirty California time. We’d been on watch for over a week, because the Supreme Court doesn’t announce in advance when they’re going to release a particular ruling,” Lee said. But it was the last day of the session, and the two major same-sex marriage cases, Perry and the Defense of Marriage Act, remained undecided. “We were there huddled around the screen,” she said. But being attorneys, and close to the case, they saw the results coming. Justices Kennedy and Roberts were the only ones who had not written an opinion from the March sitting when those cases and others were heard. The attorneys expected that one would write the decision on the case of the Defense of Marriage Act, and the other one would write the Perry decision. The DOMA case came up first, with Kennedy as the author. That left Perry for Roberts, and given the chief justice’s interests, they expected him to say the Proposition 8 supporters had no legal standing to appeal the trial court ruling – essentially making gay marriage legal in California. But as the decision appeared on the screen, there was a lot of yelling, rushing to print copies and see the actual ruling, and start writing their own analyses of the decision. While the Supreme Court decision was not the definitive answer on same-sex marriages many had hoped for, Lee believes it’s just a matter of time. “Once you start thinking about why you’re treating a group of people differently, you realize that there’s no good reason for it,” she said. “I’m very confident that in a matter of decades it will be resolved nationally. I hope it’s sooner.”
NEW COLLEGE FOUNDATION, INC.
2012-2013 Annual Report & Honor Roll of Donors
Direct Support Funding for New College of Florida
Jane Bancroft Cook Library $48,996
(For the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2013)* Scholarships
Academic Programs and Enhancements
Grants and Other Support
Jane Bancroft Cook Library Total Support
Grants and Other Support $375,427
Faculty Positions $295,609 *Based on audited financial statements
Academic Programs and Enhancements $353,127
New College Foundation, Inc.
2012-2013 Honor Roll of Donors On behalf of New College of Florida we wish to thank and recognize our many donors who gave from July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013. Your gifts not only demonstrate your belief in and commitment to New College; more importantly they make a difference in the lives of our students, faculty and staff each day. President’s Circle $10,000 and above Mrs. Geraldine Aaron Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous The Beverly Beall and R. Kemp Riechmann Foundation, Inc. The Estate of Ms. Heidi H. Boothe* Dr. Raymonda L. Burgman '91 Community Foundation of Sarasota County Mr. Mark P. '72 and Mrs. Jennie L. Famiglio H. Gladstone and Betty Pritchard McKeon Charitable Trust George A. and Gertrude E. Goepfrich Fund Gulf Coast Community Foundation Mrs. Renée Hamad
Dr. Christine L. Hamilton-Hall, DMD '78 and Mr. Malcolm Hall Mr. John L. Hansen '76 Dr. Patrick J. Hennigan Herald Tribune Media Group Mr. Howard and Mrs. Betty Isermann and The Isermann Family Foundation Mr. William R. and Mrs. Elizabeth Johnston Mrs. Beverly L. Koski and The Koski Family Foundation Ms. Ashley Kozel The Rita B. Lamere Memorial Foundation Trust Mrs. Jean M. Martin Mattison's Catering The Met LLC Mr. Keith and Mrs. Linda L. Monda
Mr. Stanley Newmark The Observer Group Mr. Robert G. and Mrs. Anne V. Orth Mrs. Lee M. Peterson Mr. James W. Pritchard III '72 and Ms. Elizabeth L. Tucker Dr. Vicki P. '65 and Mr. Charles F. Raeburn '64 Mrs. Kathleen '64 and Mr. Stephen Raskin Mr. Kenneth J. and Mrs. Mary Jane Reilly Sarasota County Tourism & Economic Development Board Sarasota Magazine Scene Magazine Ms. Felice C. Schulaner '78 and Mr. Dennis Rees Mrs. Ulla R. Searing*
Condensed Statements of Activities and Changes in Net Assets
William G. and Marie Selby Foundation SNN6 SRQ Magazine Wells Fargo Foundation
(Years Ended June 30, 2013 and 2012)
PUBLIC SUPPORT AND REVENUE Contributions and Grants*
Fund raising events: Support and revenue
Academic Programs and Enhancements
Student Scholarships and Grants
Other New College Programs
Chairs and Professorships
Other Indirect support to New College
Investment income Unrealized gain (loss) on investment Gain on sale on investments Other revenue Total public support and revenue
EXPENSES Program services:
Capital Improvements Total program services
General and administrative
Changes in value of trust agreement
Changes in value of pledges and bequests
NET ASSETS - BEGINNING OF YEAR
NET ASSETS - END OF YEAR
Provostâ€™s Circle $5,000 - $9,999
Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous Appleby Foundation Mrs. Fay Clayton '64 and Mr. Lowell Sachnoff Ms. Beata Cook Mrs. Bette Jo Creighton Cumberland Advisors, Inc. Ms. Ruth I. Dreessen '73 and Mr. Thomas Van Laan Ernst & Young Foundation Ms. Diana J. Graves '67 Helios Education Foundation Mr. Robert and Mrs. Deborah Hendel Mrs. Elaine Keating and The Keating Family Foundation Ms. Lori Lawson Ms. Charlene J. Lenger '78 and Mr. Bruce Crissy Dr. Gordon "Mike" E. and Mrs. Susannah Michalson, Jr. Mrs. Gloria Moss Robert Orth Mr. Michael R. and Mrs. Marie L. Pender, Jr. Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program Sara Roberts Foundation, Inc. Schwab Fund for Charitable Giving Mr. David Smolker '72 and Mrs. Pam Ross Smolker Mr. Scott Hammond and Ms. Elizabeth Steele Mr. Bernard Vroom WEDU Mr. Thomas M. White '67 and Ms. Linda D. Schwartz White
Other changes in net assets
Write off of uncollectible pledges and bequest Total other changes
INCREASE (DECREASE) IN NET ASSETS
*Searing Bequest of $2 million was recorded in 2012 for audit purposes but funds were received and recorded in 2013 on the Foundation's internal Financial Statement
The 1960 Society $1,960-$4,999
Anonymous Mr. Donald M. '66 and Mrs. Sandra R. Aronoff The Estate of Mr. Robert B. Asprey* Dr. Esther L. Barazzone '64 Barnes & Noble, Inc. Mr. John Bean and Ms. Alexandra Jupin Mr. Robert and Mrs. Burma Blekicki The Boscia Family Foundation Dr. John H. Buchanan '72 Mrs. Lynne V. Buchanan '75 Ms. Susan C. Burns '76 and Mr. Lawrence Eger John and Patricia Buster Fund Ms. Maureen T. Cannon '73 and Mr. Arnie Levy Mr. Ric and Mrs. Kathy Coffey Mr. John M. '64 and Mrs. Catherine Cranor III
Ruby E. and Carole Crosby Family Foundation Ms. Elizabeth A. Crosby '66 Dismero Dollar Bank Foundation Ms. Kimberly Dunn Fawley Bryant Architects, Inc. Mr. Marshall Feldman and Ms. Karla Steele Mr. Cope and Mrs. Anne Garrett Ms. Robin D. Glenn '65 and Mr. Forrest M. Beeson III Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, Ltd. Dr. David L. Goldman '71 and Ms. Linda Blackwell Mr. Stephen and Mrs. Polly Green Dr. Dean Hautamaki Mr. Peter J. and Mrs. Katherine A. Hayes Lt. General Rolland V. and Mrs. Gwenne Heiser Helios Foundation Clarence Hoeper Fund IBM Corporation Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. IShares The John Family Foundation Mr. Robert M. and Mrs. Patricia Johnson Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key, Inc. Ms. Paula J. Deutsch '77 and Mr. Roger J. Klurfeld '68 Ms. Dorothy E. Lawrence Mr. John J. Lentini '69 Reverend Lawrence Levine '92 Mr. Sean A. Lincoln '81 and Ms. Holly House Mr. David H. Lipsey '71 and Mrs. Dianne Chasen Lipsey Maglio Christopher & Toale, PA Law Firm Mr. John U. and Mrs. Judy M. Martin III Mrs. Nancy Martin Wagner Mr. J. Richard and Mrs. Cornelia L. Matson Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC Mr. Jonathan and Mrs. Cynthia McCague Dr. Richard G. Wharton and Dr. Lou Bertha V. McKenzie-Wharton Mrs. Joan A. Mendell Mr. John and Mrs. Mary Ann Meyer The J. Stuart & Elizabeth Moore Charitable Foundation Mr. G. Lowe Morrison Northern Trust Bank Dr. Donal and Mrs. Mary O'Shea Dr. Robert A. Phillips '69 and Mrs. Julia Andrieni Mr. Jonathan E. Pickhardt '89 Plush Smith PA Robert Graham Ms. Mary L. Ruiz '73 and Mr. Dennis B. Wilkison Sabal Trust Co. Mr. Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Ms. Barbara Brizdle Mr. Paul Sewall Mr. Jonathan S. Smiga '75 Mrs. Jane T. Smiley
Report of Independent Accountants Condensed Statements of Financial Position (Years Ended June 30, 2013 and 2012)
Cash and cash equivalents Investments
Bequests receivable Due from other funds Contributions receivable from trusts Internal note receivable Notes and other receivables Building - Keating Center, net Office equipment, net Total Assets
LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS LIABILITIES Accounts payable and accrued expenses
Funds held on behalf of others Notes payable Internal note payable
Due to other funds Liabilities under trust agreements Total Liabilities
NET ASSETS TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS
These statements are condensed from the report on the audit performed by Kerkering, Barberio &Co., P.A. dated September 12, 2013
Scholarship Statistics (2012-2013)* Number of Foundation scholarships awarded: Value of awarded scholarships: Percent of need met of students awarded any need-based aid: Average aid package from all sources: * Information provided by Tara Karas, Financial Aid and 2012/13 Fact Book
208 $452,243 80% $12,186
Asset Growth 5 Year (In millions)
Smitty '70 and Dr. Gail Smith Smolker, Bartlett, Schlosser, Loeb & Hinds, P.A. State College of Florida SunTrust Bank, Gulf Coast Tandem Construction Ms. Marcia Jean Taub The Coca-Cola Company Mr. Thomas H. Towler and Mrs. Nancy Lyon Ms. Susan D. Traynham Joseph '82 Tropex Plant Sales, Leasing & Maintenance Inc. Ms. Dorothy G. Waldron Mr. Gilbert and Mrs. Elisabeth Waters William Morris Endeavor Entertainment Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. Mr. William C. Wolfe '82 Mrs. Alyson R. Haley Woodworth '70 and Mr. Arthur V. Woodworth III '70 Zonta Club of Sarasota
Sustainer $500-$1,959 $10.0
* 2013 decline in assets is due to implementation of FUPMIFA which no longer requires endowments to be recorded at historical dollar value
Alumnae/i Giving (Fiscal Years)*
Number of Alum Donors Percentage of Participants Change in Revenues
$2009 * According to VSE Survey and COPLAC
A New Approach Financial Planning Mr. Kenneth J. and Mrs. Margaret Abt Ajax Building Corporation Ms. Lynne Allen '72 American International Group, Inc. Mrs. Linda Anderson-Little Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous Dr. Anne G. Arsenault Mr. Bradford B. Baker Ms. Joy T. Barnitz '70 and Mr. Douglas G. Stinson '71 Mr. Steven C. Barre Dr. Robert R. and Mrs. Susan N. Benedetti Mr. Charles and Mrs. Nancy Blackburn Mr. Robert G. and Mrs. Marlene Blalock Ms. Deborah J. Blue Mr. Paul Bowman Mr. Edward L. and Mrs. Margaret A. Breslow Bright House Networks Ms. Colleen E. Butler '94 and Mr. Jonathan M. Broad '93 Mr. George D. Brooks '70 Mr. Michael A. Burton '86 and Ms. Tracy Kanaan Dr. Michael H. Campbell '87 Ms. Ariel P. Cannon '90 Mr. Robert J. and Mrs. Kathryn Carr Mrs. Claire E. Bailey Carraway '75 and Mr. James F. Carraway '72 Mrs. Clairellen R. '85 and Mr. Michael L. Catalano-Johnson '85 Mrs. Sookkyung J. Chae Dr. Jeffrey P. Chanton '71 Mr. Tom and Mrs. Ann Charters Mr. J. J. Cianci '76 and Mrs. Margaret Casplar Cianci
Mr. Theodore E. Clark and Ms. Suzanne Kindervatter Mr. Christopher and Mrs. Aimee Cogan Coldwell Banker Mr. William and Mrs. Audrey Coleman Mr. Dean Colson Dr. William B. Conerly '70 and Ms. Christina West Mr. Robert A. M. Coppenrath Ms. Lara J. '94 and Mr. David Corey Ms. Kathleen Cornell Dr. John D. Corrigan, Ph.D. '71 and Ms. Angela Dombrowski Costco Wholesale #350 CSX Good Government Fund PacMatch Dart Foundation Mr. Chris and Mrs. Karen Deichman Mrs. Jean DeLynn Ms. Dorothy Heyl '71 and Mr. Thomas M. DePietro '73 DSDG, Inc. Ms. Jane C. Dudley '72 Mr. William C. Dudley '71 and Ms. Ann Darby Mr. John E. Dunn III '75 and Mrs. Irene Siegrist Dunn Mr. Stephen M. '71 and Mrs. Susan Duprey Mrs. Lisa Eding Ms. Kelcey J. '94 and Mr. Michael Edwards Mrs. Mildred P. Ellis Dr. Mary L. Elmendorf Ergo Research Inc. Jim and Pati Ericson Mr. Thomas Esselman Mr. Harry '65 and Mrs. Sharon Felder III Ms. Nancy Ferraro Ms. Carol Flint '76 and Mr. Stephen Jones Mr. Bryan W. '83 and Ms. Jodi Flood Flory, Holly & Co. Mr. Michael E. and Mrs. Kathleen C. France Mr. Robert C. Freedman '83 Mr. Reid and Mrs. Claire Friedman Ms. Inge Fryklund '64 Mr. Carlos Galarce Ms. Alison Gardner Dr. Gerald N. '79 and Ms. Joanne Gaul Mr. Chip Gaylor and Mr. Jody Fountain Mr. Jackson J. George '95 Mr. Dennis M. Gephardt '85 and Ms. Ansley Samson Ms. Francine R. Gerace '72 and Mr. Getz Obstfeld Dr. Alfred R. Goldstein and Mrs. Jean Weidner-Goldstein Mr. Kenneth C. Green '69 Mr. Nels R. and Mrs. Karin E. Gustafson Mr. James W. Gutner '72 and Ms. Cheryl Johnson Ms. Regina A. Habermas '83 Mr. Robert and Mrs. Noelle Haft Mr. Robert S. Hans '76 and Ms. Patricia W. Barrientos Hans
Mrs. Eleanor Harding Mr. Michael S., Esq. and Mrs. Ruth Harshman Harvard Club of Sarasota, Inc. Ms. Amy Haskell '68 Mr. Robert R. and Mrs. Martha A. Heath Reverend Edward J. '69 and Mrs. Sheryl M. Henley, Jr. Mr. Keith Herndon and Dr. Jill Herndon Mr. Steven High Ms. Cindy A. Hill '89 Dr. Carol R. Holder '64 and Mr. Albert J. Mallinckrodt III Mr. Dennis L. and Mrs. Janice L. Holly Mr. Kennard R. Honick, CPA '68 Mr. John E. Horn '69 and Mrs. Helen E. Kelley Horn Dr. Peter and Dr. Beth Horowitz Mr. Ke Ching and Mrs. Martha W. Hung Image Skincare iUniverse, Inc. Ms. Sue A. Jacobson Mr. Oliver J. and Mrs. Suzanne Janney Mr. Allen N. Jelks, Jr. Ms. Christine Jennings Mr. Mike and Mrs. Roxie Jerde John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Dr. Gilliam Johnston '75 and Ms. Cathleen E. Morrow Mr. Joel S. Judd '69 June Simmons Jewelry Mr. Julian M. Kaplin '73 and Mr. Walter Mullin Mr. John R. and Mrs. Suzanne J. Kelly Mr. Adam S. '98 and Mrs. Judith Kendall Dr. Ronald S. Kendall Dr. Darrell M. Kienzle '84 and Ms. Elena Heyer Mr. David T. Knight, Jr. '03 Dr. Robert H. Knox, Jr. Mr. Andrew A. '80 and Mrs. Stacey G. Kroll Mr. George W. and Mrs. Lorraine A. Kupper Ms. Diana Lager and The Peterson-Lager Education Fund Mr. Robert J. Lane Let's Create Art Gallery Mr. Arthur L. and Mrs. Marcella Levin Mr. Stuart D. Levitan '72 Mrs. Melissa A. Dodge Lewis '91 and Mr. Victor Lewis III '89 Mr. Harold Libby and Ms. Wanda Rayle Mr. Robert K. Lincoln, Esq. '77 Long & Associates LTA Engineers, LLC Mrs. Lynn A. Luken Mr. Lee R. and Mrs. Lisa M. Lumpkin III Ms. Shannon L. Ross '00 and Mr. Jeffrey D. Lundy II '00 Mrs. Barbara J. Lupoff Mr. John D. and Mrs. Linda S. Macaskill Ms. Carol MacLennan Macy's Inc. Ms. Rebecca Magella
Mrs. Dorothy E. '67 and Mr. David Ted Massey Dr. Peter and Mrs. Janice Mattina Mr. James J. McDonald, Jr. '78 Mr. Robert C. and Mrs. Olivia McKean Mr. Frank A. McKenney '68 Mercedes Medical Mr. Douglas Messineo '94 Ms. Jan Miller Mr. Robert Slackman and Dr. Joelle D. Miller Mrs. Mary A. Allgood Misemer '65 and Mr. Kenneth R. Misemer '64 Moody's Foundation Mr. Neil B. and Mrs. Margaret Mooney Mrs. Marianne Morris Mrs. April Morrow Dr. Richard A. Neff '68 Reverend James and Mrs. Nikki Nilon Mr. Richard and Mrs. Betty Nimtz Ms. Andrea M. Martz Norfleet '74 and Dr. William T. Norfleet '73 Mr. Ian J. M. '88 and Mrs. Wendi J. Norris Dr. Sarah H. and Dr. George Pappas Mr. Todd D. Pietruszka '93 Dr. Iren J. and Mrs. Valerie R. Pober Mr. John T. and Mrs. Marnette Price III Ms. Sharon Prizant Mrs. A. K. Prosch Cooper '97 and Mr. Jonathan D. Cooper '96 Publix Super Markets Charities Mrs. Alice W. Rau Ms. Nancy J. Reichman '71 and Mr. Charles Gwirtsman Mr. Norman and Mrs. Pam Reiter Renaissance Charitable Foundation Inc. Renker Eich Parks Architects Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott Ms. Pamela W. Revels Mr. Jefferson F. and Mrs. Julie Riddell Rimon Law Firm Ringling College of Art and Design Mr. Michael L. and Mrs. Jessica R. Rogers Mr. William H. and Mrs. Marjorie Sandy Sarasota Architectural Salvage Sarasota Office Solutions Mr. Edward and Mrs. Shelley Sarbey Mr. Michael R. and Mrs. Dianne C. Saunders Dr. Dennis F. '69 and Mrs. Jeannie Saver Dr. Samuel M. and Mrs. Norma Savin Mr. Richard and Mrs. Clare Segall Mr. Russell B. Selman '72 Mr. Paul H. Shaphren '73 Mr. R. Gardner Sherrill and Mrs. Danielle Blalock Sherrill Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. Mrs. Felicia B. '00 and Dr. Daniel Silpa Ms. Alexis A. Simendinger '75 Mr. Sam and Mrs. Jane Skogstad Mr. Kenneth and Dr. Roberta M. Slater Mr. James and Mrs. Diane Slattery Mr. Steven and Mrs. Inna Snyder
Mrs. Anne Snyder Mr. Stephen S. '72 and Mrs. Martha Sparks Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Lucia Spotte Mr. Harvey and Mrs. Arlene Steinberg Mrs. Jocelyn Stevens Mr. Dennis Stover and Mr. Phillip King Mr. Kurt and Mrs. Charlotte Stringfellow Mr. Rory J. Sutton '72 and Ms. Donna Thomas Dr. Johan P. Suyderhoud '75 and Dr. Kathleen A. Leavitt Mr. Jon F. and Mrs. Janey Swift Ms. Elizabeth T. ParĂŠ Tietsworth '84 and Dr. James H. Tietsworth '84 Mrs. Kay M. Moller Todd '64 and Mr. Thomas R. Todd, Jr. '64 Ms. Michelle Toro TPC Prestancia Mr. George S. '64 and Mrs. Carolyn Treynor Mr. Jonathan C. Tucker '86 Mr. Robert E. '74 and Mrs. Patricia Turffs Mrs. Margarete van Antwerpen Dr. Elizabeth A. Rudow Vernaglia '87 and Mr. Lawrence W. Vernaglia '87 Mr. Robert M. Watts, Jr. '73 and Ms. Linda Recht Ms. Elizabeth A. Wells '70 and Mr. Gerald Allen Mr. James D. and Mrs. Gina R. Wells, Jr. Ms. Patricia C. '78 and Mr. Dana West Mr. Norden Wetstone Ms. Karla Wheeler Ms. Lisa E. Whalley White '87 and Mr. Jesse White '84 Mr. Lawrence I. Wolf '68 Mr. Jerome P. '72 and Mrs. Tammy Wood Ms. Susan M. Keating '76 and Mr. Norman A. Worthington III '77
Ms. Sonia Wu '81 Ms. Teresa del Carmen Zerpa For a list of Contributors ($1-$499) please visit ncf.edu/who-gives.
Four Winds Legacy Society Members have generously included New College in their estate plans. Anonymous Anonymous Donald M. Aronoff "66 Dr. Esther L. Barazzone "64 Dr. Robert R. Benedetti Mr. Leon Bloom Mrs. Elizabeth Booth Mrs. Nina Bossert Dr. Raymonda L. Burgman '91 Dr. Michael H. Campbell '87 Mr. Douglas K. Chapman Mr. Victor J. Ciskowski Mrs. Dorothy Jean Clark Mrs. Fay Clayton '64 Mr. John M. Cranor III '64 Ms. Catherine Jones Davies '67 Mrs. Ruth E. DeLynn Ms. Marguerite M. Donnay '66 Dr. Mary L. Elmendorf Mr. Mark P. Famiglio '72 Mr. Cope Garrett Mr. Chip Gaylor Robin Day Glenn "65 Kenneth C. Green '69 Christine L. Hamilton-Hall, DMD '78 John L. Hansen '76 Carol L. Hoshall '77
Dr. Laurence R. Hunt '67 Mr. Howard and Mrs. Betty Isermann Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Johnson Jane Summerville Kiebitz Dr. Robert H. Knox, Jr. Mrs. Beverly L. Koski Charlene J. Lenger '78 Mr. Louis E. Levy Virginia B. Lyon '70 Dr. Gordon E. "Mike" Michalson, Jr. Randall T. Moon '73 Mr. Kevin Mulcahy Mrs. Helene Myers Mr. Patrick K. Neal Mr. J. Robert Peterson James W. Pritchard III '72 Charles F. Raeburn '64 Vicki Pearthree Raeburn '65 Sharon Landesman Ramey '65 Mr. Staunton B. Richards Mr. Deane L. Root '65 Mr. William A. Rosenberg '73 Ms. Mary L. Ruiz '73 Samuel D. Sapp '67 Felice C. Schulaner '78 David B. Schwartz, Ph.D. '66 Mr. Mitchell L. Silverman '91 Mrs. Randi Payne Slaughter '69 Mrs. Jane T. Smiley Mr. William Steigerwaldt Mr. Akgun T. Temizer Mr. Thomas H. Towler Mr. William R. Wallace Mr. Gilbert Waters Mr. Michael and Mrs. Polly Williams Dr. Robert E. Windom Mr. Norman A. Worthington III '77 Ms. Christine A. Wynne '70 *Deceased
YOUR MONEY AT WORK
Hereâ€™s How You Did! Great things happening for great students
of New College students receive some form of financial aid.
of the students from this yearâ€™s incoming fall class are from out-of-state. (Thanks for all your referrals!)
$15,000 scholarships are received
by out-of-state students in addition to need-based financial aid.
Phone-a-thon student fundraisers surpassed their goal, garnering more than $75,000 in gifts for The New College Fund in the fall of 2013.
of the 2013 graduating class gave a donation to New College in honor of their graduation.
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In the fall of 2013, nearly $19,000 was awarded for students to study anywhere from Guatemala to Tunisia through the student research and travel grant fund.
New College Alumnae/i Fellows Alumnae/i get the chance to shape the next generation Since 1990, the Alumnae/i Fellows
program has been accepting proposals to allow New College Alumnae/i the opportunity to teach an Independent Study Project (ISP), a semester-long or half semester-long (mod) course for credit, or leading a not-for-credit workshop or seminar. 2014 Alumnae/i Fellows Selection Committee: Adam Kendall (chair and
alumnus), David Banks (alumnus) Catherine Cottrell (faculty) and Emily Brown (student) 2015 Alumnae/i Fellows Selection Committee: Adam Kendall (chair and alumnus), Frazier Carraway (alumnus), Catherine Cottrell (faculty), Alina Wyman (faculty) and Carlos Santos (student) To submit for Spring semester 2015, e-mail proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by
May 1, 2014. All alumnae/i fellows committee recommendations will be submitted to the appropriate divisions for final approval. For more information, visit ncf.edu/alum-fellows.
To support this effort contact 941.487.4900 or email@example.com
Meet our 2014 Alumnae/i Fellows:
Kari Debbink graduated from New College in 2000, where she studied biology. Kari is currently finishing up her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation work involves studying the mechanisms involved in norovirus evolution as well as norovirus vaccine design and therapeutic discovery.
Michelle DiPietro graduated from New College in 2009 with an AOC in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She went on to receive her master’s degree in Medieval Studies from the University of Oxford and publish her master’s thesis on Irish sacred tree traditions. She is primarily interested in pseudohistory and perceptions of the natural world in medieval Ireland.
Marcy W. Murray graduated from New College in 2002 with a major in British/ American Literature and Gender Studies. She worked at The Ringling’s Circus Museum for two years prior to attending University of South Florida to complete her M.A. in Literature. Marcy is currently an adjunct instructor at State College of Florida.
Jennifer Lemmer Posey is a 1998 graduate of New College with a concentration in Art History and she received her master’s degree in Art History from Florida State University. Jennifer returned to Sarasota in 2002 to begin working with The Ringling’s Circus Museum's wonderful, quirky, and fascinating collections. She is currently the Assistant Curator of the Circus Museum.
Matthew Reynolds graduated New College in 1990. He currently resides in Sarasota and his work alternates between computer programming and building things, mostly boats. Matthew sails regularly and remains deeply connected with close friends made at New College.
PROFILE / FRIENDS
Making Creative Commitments Across Campus Howard and Betty Isermann
With Howard Isermann’s
groundbreaking success in chemical engineering, his creation of a New College scholarship program for promising science students makes perfect sense. But he and his wife Betty have gone far beyond that one program, with a commitment to New College that dates back to the 1990s and has left a ubiquitous stamp on the campus. “New College has come a long way since I became involved with it and I’ve enjoyed watching it evolve,” Howard Isermann said. “The College has always had such a high level of academic achievement, and I’m someone who is interested in furthering and supporting that kind of education.” While with Van Dyk & Co., he developed an ultraviolet absorber that became the most effective and widely distributed sunscreen in the world. That technical achievement, and its impact in reducing the prevalence of skin cancer, placed him the alumni hall of fame of his alma mater, the prestigious Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He went on to found Novarome, a manufacturer of chemical compounds used in soaps and fragrances, in 1980 and moved to Sarasota a year later. “He adopted New College as if it were his own alma mater,” said Felice Schulaner, chair of the New College Foundation Board of Trustees. “He and Betty have been unswerving in their support of the school, investing in programs near and dear to their hearts.”
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While science was her husband’s forte, Betty Isermann is an accomplished painter with an affinity for all visual arts. Their varying interests dictated what types of programs they would ultimately nurture at the College. The Isermanns’ generous endowment gifts have funded academic initiatives, scholarships, the construction of the Keating Center, and the dedication of the Betty Isermann Fine Arts Building, a teaching facility and gallery on the Caples Campus. In 2007, Howard Isermann donated significant funding to help establish the Isermann Science Medal Program, which provides scholarships for outstanding science students to attend the College. He also devoted his time and energy to the College, serving on the New
By A bby W e ingarten
College Foundation’s board from 1998 through 2012, concluding with a term as chair. “As chair of the Foundation board, he focused attention on his science initiative and the need to infuse New College with out-of-state scholars. He provided wise leadership in a time of organizational change,” Schulaner said. “Despite other demands on their time and treasure, and in sickness and in health, they have never flagged in their appreciation for New College and in their commitment to contribution to its success.” In 1997, the Isermanns were recipients of the Foundation’s Archie Award—an honor for individuals whose gifts greatly contributed to the College’s success. When the Isermanns are not giving to New College, they are extending their philanthropic efforts to Art Center Sarasota and to Ringling College of Art and Design’s causes, such as the Sarasota Museum of Art, the Longboat Key Center for the Arts and the Englewood Art Center. The Isermanns are also Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation trustees, and have helped the mental health field through the Isermann Family Foundation for years in Sarasota and New Jersey. “We’ve enjoyed our experience with New College and with many of Sarasota’s wonderful organizations,” Howard Isermann said. “We try to do as much as we can.”
Bringing High Finance to New College David Kotok
By Dav id Gull iv e r
David Kotok is some 40 years removed
from his graduate work, but this fall he took to a New College classroom like it was yesterday. The economist ambled about the front of ACE 115, clicking through slides, flowing through topics such as state university salaries, the international labor market and the effects of Federal Reserve policies. He tossed out questions, probed the answers and kept a crowd of 30-plus students engaged and entertained for an hour, seemingly calm, collected and in control. That appearance, it turns out, was a complete façade. “I was terrified!” he said later. “They intimidated me! They’re smart!” Of course, Kotok already knew that. As the chairman of Cumberland Advisors, a well-connected national investment advisory with about $2 billion under management, he has been finding creative ways to support New College students and programs since the firm moved to Sarasota three years ago. Kotok also is a director of the Global Interdependence Center, a non-profit that encourages expansion of global dialogue and free trade to improve living standards. The Center frequently sponsors international conferences on a variety of economic issues, and twice Kotok’s firm has paid all the costs for a New College student to attend. In 2011, that was Kathleen McQueeney. She attended a program in Stockholm, Sweden, where she met a number of economists, including Brandeis University professor Catherine Mann. A year later, McQueeney was awarded a Fulbright research grant, but turned it
down in favor of a scholarship to the doctoral program at Brandeis. “If I had not had David’s support to go to Sweden, I likely would never have made a connection with Brandeis University and be pursuing my goal of becoming an international economist,” McQueeney said. He also has brought leading economists and policymakers to the campus. The GIC sponsors a long-running public lecture series on the U.S. central banking system, and two years ago, Kotok offered to bring one of the speakers to New College. The inaugural New College event, in 2012, was a presentation by Dennis Lockhart, chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, as part of the College’s ongoing New Topics speakers series. Kotok also asked Lockhart to have a private talk with New College students, and so for an hour, more than 30 students spoke with one of the most powerful people in American finance, about everything from monetary policy to job opportunities and career paths. Events like that have a special value for the College’s students, Kotok said: “As an undergrad, I never in a hundred years thought I could spend time like that with someone who’s at that level – and actually have a dialogue.” McQueeney agreed. “Attending conferences and meeting people in your field are important opportunities for your future career,” she said. “I got a chance to do that during my time at New College, and it really changed my life. I hope that other New College students get opportunities like the one that I got in the future.”
The lecture series and student talks continued last year with Harvey Rosenblum, director of research for the Dallas Fed, and on Feb. 6 the series brings Eric Rosengren, president of the Boston Fed, to the campus. The firm also has brought two panel discussions to the College, on state and local finance and on housing issues. Kotok’s firm also is a financial sponsor of the New Topics lecture series, which brings six speakers to the Sainer Pavilion for public events each year. Both lecture series help build New College’s reputation as an intellectual center for the region, while bringing in visitors – perhaps parents of future students, or future donors – who had knew little if anything about the College. It stems from his belief in the value of a liberal arts education, especially the flexible and intensive program at New College. Kotok studied business at University of Pennsylvania. (He returned to get master’s degrees, in organizational dynamics and philosophy.) From the start, he had to concentrate on classes in his major, to the exclusion of history, art and literature, he said. “At 19 or 20 you don’t have a clue as to what you want to ask or study, or how you even want to think about the world,” he said. “Isn’t the outcome at age 22 or 23 strengthened by not having such a rigid, required road map? The serious graduate schools respect the output from a place like New College. And New College has enough cachet – after 50 years of being new – to attract students of high caliber. At least it looks that way to me.”
Educate For Change Daughters for Life and NCF team up to improve the world BY DAV ID GULLIV ER
In December 2008, three sisters spent a day with their
family, splashing in the waters of the Mediterranean, picnicking on the beach, writing their names in the sand. Bessan, 21, was growing up quickly, both finishing her studies in business school and filling the role of her mother, Nadia, who had recently died from leukemia. Mayar, 15, was the top math student in her school and planning to study medicine. Aya, 14, was pretty and clever, quick to smile and laugh, and thinking about a career in journalism. A month later, all three were gone, killed when an errant Israeli shell struck their home.
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Their father could have struck back in anger or withdrawn in despair. But Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish was different. Born and raised in the Gaza Strip, he practiced medicine both in his homeland and in Israeli hospitals. He sees good in all people. So instead, he wrote â€œI Shall Not Hate,â€? a book calling for forgiveness as a catalyst for peace. It has been translated into 17 languages and read around the world. He also created the Daughters for Life Foundation, which educates women from across the Middle East, irrespective of nationality, ethnicity or religion, in the belief that they can improve their communities and bring peace to the region.
“New College has always been about giving students an education that enables them to take a stand and improve their world, and that is precisely aligned with the purpose of the Daughters for Life Foundation,” said Dr. Donal O’Shea, president of New College. Now, New College of Florida and Daughters for Life have launched an initiative, called Educate for Change. With support from community partners, the institutions will bring young women from across the Middle East to New College for a transformational education that will help them become the experts and leaders their homelands need. The partners hope to bring up to 10 women a year to New College on full four-year scholarships. “New College has always been about giving students an education that enables them to take a stand and improve their world, and that is precisely aligned with the purpose of the Daughters for Life Foundation,” said Dr. Donal O’Shea, president of New College. “We are honored to be working with Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, the founder of Daughters for Life, who has so eloquently made the case for peace and the education of women as the way to resolve conflict and strengthen the institutions of the nations of the Middle East.” Dr. Abuelaish said the New College partnership would benefit the world and the immediate community. “Education is the greatest tool for fighting the injustice in the world,” he said. “These women who will come to New College will be a great asset and you will be proud of them. And they will be proud of you.” Since its launch in June, Educate for Change has built a steering committee of community leaders, including
clergy from all faiths, and begun fundraising for the scholarships. Daughters for Life and the New College Admissions Office plan to identify applicants for the program by early 2014. The first slate of students, to be known as Daughters for Life Scholars, will be admitted in Fall 2014. They will have to meet all academic requirements of other New College students, including the provision of SAT or ACT scores, and will have to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Scholars will participate in the College’s orientation programs and will live on campus with other students. A local Host Committee will help each Scholar adjust to the community and provide housing over school breaks. President O’Shea met two Daughters for Life Scholars at an event in Toronto and came away impressed with their intelligence and resilience. “The extraordinary thing about these women we met is the odds they overcame to get to college, and sort of tradeoffs they had to face,” he said. O’Shea sees great value in fostering the relationships between the Daughters for Life Scholars, the College’s traditional students and the community: “Not only will this benefit the women we bring here, it will benefit our students from Florida and the United States, who will need to take their place in a multicultural and highly diverse world.”
CHAPTER NEWS / Alumnae/I EventS MIAMI BEACH, FL
October 5, 2013 Gathering at the home of Duncan and Renea Dayton. Hosted by Barbara Junge ’81, Alicia Windsor ’99, Jonathan Kroner ’72, Rob Hans ’76, and NCAA Board Member Mitch Silverman ’91
Jasmine Zeki '07, Taylor Briggs '02, and Lauren Fields '06
November 1, 2013 Prospective student and alumnae/i gathering at The Crown in the Tribune Tower. From left to right, back row: Peter Zorn, Gera Peoples '91 (host), Leo Ferretti '07, Brian Stewart '96, Ben Merlino '09, Juan Elias '08, Jonathan Kroner '73 (host) From left to right, middle row: Barbara Junge '81 (host), Kathleen Zorn '72, Kotu Bajaj '06, Leandra Lyniuk '07, Paul Vrablic, Angelica Vrablic '86, Marissa Krumm '03, Alicia Windsor '98 (host), Dorothy Wells '79, Natalia Real '04, Isabel Thompson '98, Becky Katz, Mitch Silverman '91 (host) From left to right, front row: Vice President of Advancement & Executive Director of the Foundation Shannon Duvall, Vice President of Alumnae/i Affairs Jessica Rogers, and Alumnae/i Coodinator Sarah Thompson '06
NCAA board member Colin Boyle ‘89 and Amy Coates ‘93
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The New College Alumnae/i Association is making chapters our focus this year. We began the season September 6, 2013 with Gainesville Chapter New College Night Out, hosted by Morgan Boecher ’06, NCAA Board Chair Susan Sapoznikoff ’83 and NCAA Board Chair-Elect Thomas Knight ’03 on September 6, 2013. This fall the NCAA also helped organize events across the East and Midwest, and is at work planning the spring chapter events schedule to cities including New York, Boston, St. Louis, Tallahassee, Los Angeles, Denver, and Seattle. If you would like to learn more about becoming a chapter leader and help host a chapter gathering in your area, please let us know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-487-4900.
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Susan Spozy Sapoznikoff ’83, Thomas Knight ’03 and Morgan Boecher ’06
September 6, 2013 New College Night Out hosted by Susan “Spozy” Sapoznikoff ’83, Thomas Knight ’03 and Morgan Boecher ’06.
From left to right, back row: Mike Serulneck '89, Ken Klehm '87, Carla Eastis '88, Robin Kirkpatrick '87, Jerry Landry, Alex Slawson '90, Olga Ronay '77, Gary Howell '69, Sara Seidel Beall '97, Daniel Beall, Michelle Wilder and Adam Rivers '97. From left to right, front row: Mark Evans '75, Vice President of Alumnae/i Affairs Jessica Rogers, Jenny Bennett '72, Amber Roux '01, Bryan Norton, Sandy Payson '75
October 11-13, 2013 Alumnae/i gathering and potluck. Hosted by Olga Ronay ‘77 and former Prof. John Moore.
October 24, 2013 Chapter event at The Tampa Club. Hosted by Frazier Carraway ’72, Claire Bailey Carraway ’75, Dave Smolker ’72 and Ron Christaldi ’89.
From left: Host David Smolker ‘72, Jeffrey Karon ‘76, Host Claire Bailey Carraway ‘75, Sarah McKnight ‘09, Ann Goldenberg ‘80, Melanie Hubbard ‘84, Nick Outman ‘01, President O’Shea, Professor Mac Miller, VP of Alumnae/i Affairs Jessica Rogers, Taryne Hallett, Ian Hallett ‘95, Jeb Lund ‘97, Elaine Lund ‘96, Jefrey Hagy ‘01, Jacqueline Hargis ‘04, Neal Hargis ‘08, Host and NCAA Board Member Frazier Carraway ‘72.
John Hart ‘65 received the 2012 Outstanding Educator Award for teaching excellence at the Thompson School, University of New Hampshire.
Richard Christian Matheson ‘75 is president of Matheson Entertainment and has been a screenwriter and producer in Los Angeles for many years.
Hart '65 (phot0 by Perry Smith)
(Ross Borden turned slightly in his grave, Hart writes.) John’s two sons, Will, 30, and Ben, 27, have achieved part-time work, to which John aspires. Malcolm Brenner ‘69, author of the 2010 novel Wet Goddess: Recollections Of A Dolphin Lover, has published a second book, Growing Up In The Orgone Box: Secrets Of A Reichian Childhood. The book is a memoir of Brenner’s youth in a pseudo-scientific cult based on the theories of discredited psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich. It covers the time from Brenner’s first concrete memories, around age 5, through his parents’ breakup and divorce to his leaving for college at 18, and addresses his fears, social stigmatization and post-traumatic stress disorder. The 336-page illustrated trade paperback, is available for prepublication order from indiegogo.com.
He has written or produced episodes of 30 network television series and eight films, including the 1987 cult favorite “Three O’Clock High.” He also has written three books: “Created By,” a thriller about Hollywood, and “Dystopia” and “Scars and Other Distinguishing Marks,” both collections of short stories in the genre of psychological horror and magic realism. His stories have been published in many horror and fantasy anthologies. Richard recently published a novella, “The Ritual of Illusion,” which he called “a dark thriller about where Hollywood stars really come from.” He also is producing a miniseries version of “The Time Machine” for the TNT network. He writes, “It seems like a million years ago but my time at New College leaves some of the most essential memories of my life.”
Robert Lincoln ‘77 and James J. McDonald, Jr. ‘78 have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a national publication based on a peer review survey of more than 36,000 attorneys. Lincoln is a member of Sarasota firm Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. His practice concentrates on complex application, litigation, and appeals involving land use and local government issues, including code enforcement, development order/zoning approvals or denials, development agreements, comprehensive plan amendments, impact fees/special assessments, public records, and claims under the Bert Harris Act. Mr. Lincoln’s background also encompasses academic and professional experience in public planning and growth management policy. His inclusive client base consists of developers, affected landowners and neighbors, and local governments. McDonald is managing partner of the Irvine office of Fisher & Phillips. His practice involves litigation of all types of employment disputes, including jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations, with special emphasis on wrongful termination, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, Americans with Disabilities Act, mental health issues in the workplace and trade secrets and unfair competition matters. He also counsels employers on labor and employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions. McDonald is lead editor of the treatise Mental and Emotional Injuries in Employment Litigation and more than 50 articles on labor and employment law.
1980s David Branson ‘85 is proudly starting his fifth year teaching Composition I and II at St. Petersburg College.
1990s Jonathan Darr ‘90 began work in 2012 as director of development for The Estria Foundation, an international mural making and cultural engagement organization based in Emeryville, Calif., and Honolulu, Hawaii. Since 2011, he and his husband TC have served as advisors and volunteers for The People’s Kitchen, a pop-up restaurant event rooted in social justice movements and political education. The project has recently expanded to New York City. The couple writes a weekly food column for a local news site in their hometown of Oakland and enjoys catching up with NC alums when the opportunity arises. Cathy Sarisky ‘91 is newly tenured in the chemistry department at Roanoke College and busily parenting Dalton, 7, and Joule, 1, with husband and fellow biochemist Tim Johann. Christa Craven ‘93 recently received tenure at the College of Wooster and was promoted to associate professor of anthropology and chair of Craven '93 women’s, gender & sexuality studies (WGSS). She also published Feminist Activist Ethnography: Counterpoints to Neoliberalism in North America (coedited with Dana-Ain Davis, Lexington Books, 2013). The book is available through amazon.com. Christa lives in Wooster, Ohio with her partner and their twin toddlers, and enjoys telling her students about all things New College! Eric S. Piotrowski ‘93 has published his first book, This Ain’t What You Rung For, a collection of short stories about life, prison, video games, electronic music, war, metaphysics, and chewing tobacco. For details visit www.just-text.org.
Allie Marini Batts ‘96 had her first collection of poetry, You Might Curse Before You Bless, published in April 2013 by ELJ Publications. Her second poetry collection, Unmade & Other Poems, is forthcoming from Beautysleep Press. Allie’s work was nominated in 2013 for both the Best of the Net Award and the Pushcart Prize. She is completing her MFA in creative writing, specializing in fiction and translation, at Antioch University Los Angeles, where she serves as managing editor of AULA’s Lunch Ticket magazine. Katie Helms ‘99 quit her self-described “soul-crushing corporate job” and started a business doing arts enrichment for homeschool groups and creativity coaching for adults. She calls it “terrifying and wonderful,” with a lot of side jobs to make those proverbial ends meet and more focus on her own studio practice. For pictures and information, visit RADLabs on Facebook.
2000s Jeff Hubber ‘00 is studying Chinese herbs as he works as an acupuncturist for human and animal patients. In October
he celebrated six years of marriage to his “brilliant, incredible bride.” The NCAA congratulates Kevin Law ‘06 and Sarah Gregory ‘07 on their recent wedding. According to friend Molly Sharp ‘07 their marriage “is one of the many love stories that began at the best place on earth.” Morgan Boecher ‘06 graduated from the Columbia University School of Social Work this past May, having completed a major in social enterprise administration and a minor in business. Morgan’s current projects include publishing his comic What’s Normal Anyway (at whatsnormalanyway. net), traveling around the country to host workshops on artistic expression and the transgender experience, and creating an online art marketplace for the LGBTQ community. Morgan also continues to build a nonprofit-focused, freelance business in marketing, graphic design and illustration (portfolio at behance.net/ mboecher). For the time being, he is calling New York City and Gainesville, Fla., home. Courtney Smith ‘08 and David Belew ‘07 are getting married in April 2014 in Baltimore, Md.
IN MEMORIAM David Pini ‘64 (1946-2013) David John Pini, 66, of San Francisco, Calif., passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 24. David was born November 16, 1946, in Aurora, Ill., the son of John O. and Jacquelyn R. (Wyllie) Pini. He graduated from Batavia High School in 1964 as valedictorian and attended New College. David lived his adult life in San Francisco and had a successful career with the McFarlin Insurance Agency. He was an extremely caring
intellectual who was always willing to help someone in need. He enjoyed traveling to Europe, reading, walking, history, activism, photography, film and especially writing.
David “Scott” Lukeman ‘74
Scott Lukeman, who studied natural science at New College, died Oct. 10, 2013. Scott went on to get his doctorate in pharmacology and cellular and molecular biology from University of Miami, and worked in life sciences for more than 20 years, specializing in cardiac pharmacology. He later moved into consulting, advising biotechnology start-up firms and serving on the boards of several companies and
Terence John “TJ” Evens ‘88 On October 5, 2013, a memorial service for Terence John Evens (TJ) was held under the live oak between College Hall and the bayfront. It was fitting that TJ’s life was celebrated under this tree: His love for learning and asking the critical question began at New College and remained a core value in his life. TJ graduated from New College in 1992. He was taken quickly by a very aggressive cancer and passed away on September 21 after a three-week illness. He was 46. He was born to Chris and Gerald Evens on May 1, 1967, in Detroit, Mich. He was the middle child between his brother, Scott, and his sister, Dawn. TJ spent his child and teenage years in Tennessee, where he graduated from Hendersonville High School in 1985 and joined the Army as a paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne. He was deployed in Korea during his tour of duty. TJ was scheduled to enter West Point, but realized that a military career was not a path he wanted to travel. It was at this time that he matriculated to New College and began his new endeavor. The rest is history. TJ fell in love with science, with higher education, and the thirst for more of everything. Books, music, travel, food, family, and friends – all of life was TJ’s love. At New College, he met his advisor and longtime mentor, Al Beulig; his long-term phytoplankton fan and overall best geek friend, Gary
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charitable non-profits. Scott is survived by his children Christina and Bobby. His friend Jeff Cianci ’76 writes: “Scott was that type of friend you could always count on, always positive, always helpful, and would still act like your best friend even if you haven’t spoken in a while. He had a zest and enthusiasm for life like few others, and always knew how to live the happy life in beautiful places like Sarasota, Miami and San Diego. He had unique passions for both bioscience and music, in a complete personality that his New College experience allowed him to maximize. He will be sorely missed. Scott, just keep on truckin’ on the other side.”
Kirkpatrick from Mote Marine Lab; and his restaurant server buddy and now New College alumnus, Kendra Bowman. TJ went on to obtain a doctorate in marine biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in phytoplankton ecology. For the next 12 years, TJ worked as a research scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His dedication to making the world a better place pushed him to leave the security of his federal position for a new and energizing position with Algenol, a cutting-edge biofuels research company. His rigorous understanding
of experimental design was a seminal contribution to the company. Some people talk adventure; TJ lived it. A few of his more notable adventures included riding a bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific, working as a biological observer on commercial fishing boats on the Bering Sea, and doing research in Antarctica. It was in Antarctica that he met his soulmate, Carol. They married in 1995 and added to their happiness over the next three years with the birth of their two daughters, Kayla and Jordan. TJ was a devoted and wonderful husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. He was completely overjoyed and humbled to see Kayla choose New College for her undergraduate work. In August of this year, he was fortunate enough to see her set out to define her own path at New College. TJ instilled in his daughters the love of learning, the importance of social justice, and of not believing everything you hear. He was an adventurous, selftaught chef who also loved throwing pottery, woodworking, reading, and planning his next big adventure: travelling the world via sailboat. Throughout the years, TJ made lifelong friends, from simple “hellos” at a hostel to intense scientific explorations. This world was a much better place with TJ in it. There is a brick in the Palm Court in TJ’s memory. It reads: “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
Natalie “Penny” Rosel
(1944 - 2013)
her intelligence, and her generous spirit,” said Provost Stephen Miles. Former students still marvel at the enduring impact of her courses. Rosel was the faculty sponsor for 121 senior theses during her tenure Professor Natalie “Penny” and many of her students Rosel anchored and guided worked with elders in the the discipline of sociology Sarasota community. Her at New College for more humility was exceeded only than 30 years, a beloved and by the difference she made respected member of the in the lives of her students. faculty from 1971 until her Rosel published profesretirement in 2005. sional papers on topics ranging from “Doing for “Penny’s dedication to New College was enormous, Others: A Neighborhood and those of us who had the Support Network” to “Toward a Social Theory of privilege of working with her will recall her kindness, Dying.” Rosel was a
member of the American Sociological Association, the American Gerontological Association, Delta Society and the American Society on Aging. She obtained her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from Indiana University, where her dissertation topic was “Self-Concepts of Institutionalized Older People.” Penny was always one to walk the talk, and spent her retirement years volunteering for hospice, Habitat for Humanity and Southeastern Guide Dogs. A memorial service was held on campus at Sainer Pavilion on Nov. 9, 2013.
Rev. William E. “Jake” Jacobs Rev. William E. “Jake” Jacobs, who passed away on September 30, 2013, served as campus minister at New College in 1990 until 2005. He also served as campus minister and taught a course on diversity at Ringling School of Art and Design until 2009. Often present in Ham Center with a corny joke and a big smile, he enjoyed the time he spent talking with students trying to find meaning in life. During this time, he supported local studentled efforts, including after-school tutoring at the Newtown Community Center. He was active in both the civil rights and peace movements. “It is difficult to imagine the world without Jake. He was a kind, strong, and deeply committed man, complete with a wry sense of humor,” said Gordon “Mike” Michalson Jr., professor of humanities and past president of New College. Michalson recalled Jacobs’ wit in a story about the cancellation of the official prayer at the New College commencement. “I gently told him that
I just found it inappropriate for a public institution and, though he understood, I could tell he was disappointed. Then he suggested as an alternative that he could lead the audience in a silent prayer instead. ‘I have a really good one of those,’ he said.” Prior to New College, he served as campus minister at Kent State. There, he defended the students shot and killed protesting the Vietnam War and helped organize memorials for those students for years afterwards. He was ordained as a United Church of Christ minister, and always remarked that he went into seminary an atheist. His granddaughter Robin Jacobs graduated from New College in 2003. He is also survived by his wife of 62 years, Lydia, four children, six grandchildren and a great-grandson.
Furman Cannon “Brud” Arthur (1922-2013) “Brud” Arthur was the first employee of New College, appointed its public relations director in 1960 and serving in that position until his retirement in 1985. He was the author of “New College: The First Three Decades,” the book that chronicles the College’s early history. He stayed involved with the college up to his passing, conducting historical archival interviews. Soft-spoken, kind and a respected mentor to many New College students and staff, he was known for his integrity and professionalism. A WWII veteran, Brud served from 1942-1944 in the 3rd Photo Squadron, 20th Air Force as a bombsight and automatic pilot specialist on Saipan and Guam. After graduating from Bethany College in 1948, and later graduate work at Syracuse University, Brud became a journalist and public relations professional. He worked at Bethany College, NYC Cities Service Oil Company and as managing editor of the Sarasota News. Following his career at New College, he free-lanced as a columnist and feature writer for newspapers in Pittsfield, Mass., Reno, Nev., and San Miguel, Mexico. Brud also was devoted to community service, having served as past president of the Sarasota Art Association, Selby Library League and the Ringling Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. He was also a member of the UnitarianUniversalist Church of Sarasota.
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