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5 Five New College Traits 1 Imaginative. We collaborate with faculty to develop creative approaches to learning. 2 Hard-working. We are not afraid to apply ourselves in the search for knowledge. 3 Inquisitive. We are encouraged to ask questions and to voice our opinions. 4 Passionate. From poetry to politics, we get fired up about the things we believe in. 5 Idealistic. We want to change the world, and we know that we can.
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(Story? New College) Smart. Independent. Self-directed. Passionate. Free spirited. Socially conscious. Politically active. Idealistic. Adventurous. Open minded. Ready to be challenged. Sound like you?
Welcome to New College, where we understand that education is about a lot more than just what happens in the classroom. It’s about an active and engaged academic community where faculty act as mentors, challenging you to grow and develop intellectually in ways you never before dreamed possible. It’s about making new friends and building relation-
ships with students from around the country and even around the globe. It’s about seeing the world through others’ eyes, embracing new ideas and opening your mind to new approaches and ways of doing things. It’s about late nights studying, talking, playing music and contemplating just how you and your fellow students are going to change the world. It’s about accepting a challenge, meeting it head on and then conquering it, even when others, sometimes yourself, weren’t sure you had it in you. At New College, we provide the flexibility to learn the things that excite you, the expertise to guide you on your journey, the foundation for lifetime learning and the tools to turn your passions into possibilities. This is the New College story, and it can be your story. The future starts here.
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31 welcome to our campus
4 How do we learn? 8 Independent work 9 Senior thesis
44 Admissions at New College
33 LIVE HERE 34 Where do we live & play?
10 Then what?
36 What keeps us active & engaged?
14 What do we study?
40 What do we do around town?
20 Who guides us? 25 Where do we explore?
43 APPLY HERE 46 Scholarships & Financial Aid 48 Come visit New College
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Learn here As an honors college, we expect our students to be smart and selfmotivated, capable of mapping out their own intellectual journey. While there is a great deal of academic freedom on the campus of New College, there is also a partnership. Our model empowers students to design a course of study that one student calls “self-education” — a process that evolves under the guidance of experienced teachers and mentors. Our program requires that students develop self-reliance, but also that they learn how to work with others in a collaborative process. There’s a joy of learning here that’s both infectious and energizing. Perhaps this positive energy has something to do with our sunny, water-edged setting on the former estate of Charles Ringling, a member of America’s foremost circus family. More likely, it’s the right combination of learning resources, mind-expanding research projects and engaging outside activities that gives our students their wings. If you choose to learn here, we will encourage you to appreciate and understand the world in which you live. We will teach you how to make informed judgments based on sound critical thinking. And we will do everything we can to help you realize your full potential — in work, in relationship to others, and in service to your community.
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Name: Megan Jourdan Concentration: Biology Hometown: Vicksburg, MS CENTRAL AMERICAN TRUTHS. When Megan was in Honduras to study corals, she was overwhelmed by the degree of poverty she encountered. One day, she visited a free clinic run by an American nurse, who explained how diarrhea is the number one killer of children in that country. Megan returned to the United States with an interest in pre-med, determined to learn Spanish so that she could practice medicine someday in a Central American country. The New College Office of Career Services helped her find an opportunity to study in Mexico, where Megan worked with a Spanish teacher and took classes in Spanish at the University of Yucatán.
How do we learn?
If I had been primarily concerned with protecting a sacred GPA, I would never have taken classes such as organic chemistry or attempted to study three languages — German, Spanish, Hieroglyphic Maya — at the same time.” –Bill Werner An education that evolves along with your interests sounds too good to be true. But at New College, it is true. When you learn here, your course of study each semester will be different from that of every other student. Guided by your faculty advisor, you’ll develop your own course load and choose your independent study projects, tutorials, internships, research and other academic experiences. You’ll sign an academic contract that includes your short and long-term goals and the work you register to complete for credit that term. And you’ll get detailed written narrative evaluations about your progress in each course. And did we mention that there are no grades?
The absence of conventional grades doesn’t seem to matter when it comes to getting into the top grad schools. On the contrary, we have one of the highest rates of graduate school acceptance in the country. (Read about it on page 10.) Graduate school admissions representatives tell us that they love the detailed letters of recommendation that our faculty write, because they really get to know the applicant in a way that traditional grades can never reveal.
Small Classes, Large Conversations
The New College academic program is designed to promote depth in thinking, free exchange of ideas and individualized interaction with faculty. You wrestle with ideas and produce original works of your own. This is simply not possible in large lecture-style classes offered at many other leading colleges and universities. Our 10:1 faculty/student ratio pays off in the form of small, interactive classes centered on informed discussion. At times, our classes are broken down into even smaller groups of three or four students who put their heads together in spirited conversations that take place in the hall, on the lawn or in the Music Room. Then they all get back together again to share their discoveries…and talk some more. Our students tell us time and again how thrilling it is to be with others who are deeply engaged in what they are studying. Flexible Curriculum
At New College, you choose courses and academic activities based on your own academic interests and goals. Although higher-level courses often have prerequisites and students are encouraged to take a broad range of liberal arts courses, to a remarkable degree you will choose what to study on the basis of your interests. You may select from more than 30 defined Areas of Concentration (our term for “majors”) or design a multi-disciplinary or special Area of Concentration within the limits of the expertise of our faculty or consultants in the community. New College is a dynamic, active learning environment where the faculty can adapt the curriculum based on the interests and needs of students. Sometimes a tutorial offered one semester will morph into a brand new course the next, or a professor will adapt his or her current research to create a relevant course. Check out our list of courses offered each semester at ncf.edu/courseofferings.
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Contracts to Keep you on Track
Beyond the Classroom
Our academic contract is the written agreement you make each semester with your faculty advisor about your academic goals and the work you will do that term. You’ll probably have at least two or more talks with your contract advisor as you decide on the courses you will take for that term. To help you learn more about your options, we hold miniclasses before the beginning of each semester.
At New College, what goes on outside the classroom is just as important as what happens inside. This ‘co-curricular’ work may take the form of laboratory, field or library research, an internship, or a creative project or performance. Our faculty are active researchers, artists and writers who involve students as collaborators. You might travel to Honduras with your marine biology professor to conduct coral reef research and present findings at a national conference, work alongside your music professor to create an experimental music concert, or join your anthropology professor on an archaeological excavation.
Narrative Evaluations Instead of Grades
At New College, faculty members assess your coursework, independent study projects, tutorials and other activities for academic credit through narrative evaluations. These assessments lay the groundwork for continuing conversations with faculty from whom you’ve taken classes. They articulate your strengths and your weaknesses, suggest further avenues for study, and evaluate your performance.
By doing public archaeology…I came to understand that archaeology cannot be just a personal endeavor; the public also plays a crucial role. We invited them to be more than mere onlookers and their eyes lit up with enthusiasm. When prompted they had questions; when invited to speak they had stories. As we shared our research with them it became clear that they were able partners in our endeavor to protect and learn from the past.” –Sherry Svekis
You can also intern at a world-class museum, instill a love of science in local elementary students, or assist in the pathology lab at an Alzheimer’s research center. You can shadow a physician, conduct manatee research at a leading marine laboratory, submit a film for discussion at the Filmmaker’s Forum, or guide visitors on the Myakka State Park tree canopy walkway. These activities develop skills for a lifetime: leadership, teamwork, consensus-building, productive methods of opposition, creativity, and the ability to make do with limited resources (or invent resources of your own). Surveys show that these qualities are prized by prospective employers. They are the underpinnings of a liberal arts education that prepares our graduates for what life has in store.
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One Studentâ€™s Personal Path to
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Adam Roca “So many times as a high school student, I thought to myself: Why am I learning this stuff? I’d rather be out doing this or learning about that. Then the answer came to me: New College.” Name: Adam Roca Concentration: Social Sciences Hometown: Gainesville, FL First jobs: Researcher at a labor union; AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer coordinator at New College Dream: Teach at an alternative school, stay involved in the community and collectively struggle for a better world
You know that horrible burning feeling when you aren’t able to figure out something, and worse, you have no idea where to begin? That’s the general feeling I had when I graduated from high school.
After years of sharing frustrations with some fellow activists, we got together and decided to create a new organization and a new place that would be useful to other activist organizations. The New College Community Infoshop was born. In addition to bringing speakers to campus, we spearheaded the organization of the New College Voter Bloc and put on two skillshares for the New College community.
Dr. Sarah Hernandez’s Introduction to Sociology course both introduced me to New College academics and changed my life in one fell swoop. Introduction to Sociology gave me that place to start and gave me the basic tools that allowed me to begin to shake off my blindness. Tutorials
I have done more tutorials than I can count. No, actually that’s not true. I’ve participated in exactly 11 tutorials, the majority of which I personally set up. In a way, I feel as though tutorials are the lifeblood of the academics at New College. From the History of Bolivia to writing for our school’s newspaper The Catalyst to The Theory of Anarchism and all the way to Spanish Linguistics, not only have I had the opportunity to learn exactly what I wanted, I have been able to do it in an intimate setting with other passionate students and professors.
The philosophy behind skillshares is a fundamental opposition to the overwhelmingly technocratic nature of society which increasingly differentiates between a class of experts who have accumulated a particular set of skills and knowledge and the masses who are dependent on this expert class. Skillshares says that all knowledge should belong to the community, not isolated in certain individuals for personal gain. In our skillshares, there have been a series of workshops run by various students: bike repair, papermaking, bookbinding, massage, computer repair, and how to make biodiesel fuel for your car. The greatest thing about the skillshares is that you see so many students getting together on a Saturday and learning things from one another outside an academic setting and without the aid of professionals. I think it speaks volumes about New College and the value of learning as a community. Advising
My faculty advisor, Dr. Hernandez, is simply awesome. It would be a profound understatement to say that she significantly shaped my academic development and progress throughout the years. More importantly, she has helped me grow intellectually and as a person.
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Independent Work Follow Your Passion Requirements for graduation include satisfactory completion of: Seven Full-Semester Academic Contracts Three Independent Study Projects Liberal Arts Curriculum Math and Computer Literacy Courses Senior Project or Thesis Oral Baccalaureate Exam College-Level Academic Skills Test (exemptions may apply)
New College is a community of self-motivated students who are comfortable with (and crave) independent work, through which they are able to focus on their academic interests and goals. Independent work encompasses independent reading projects, tutorials and independent study projects. These are all undertaken in conjunction with faculty, who must approve Examples of Independent Work Tutorials Independent Reading Projects Independent Study Projects Advanced Film Study
American Cities and Urban Theory
AIDS Clinic Shadowing
Advanced Screen Printing
Greek and Roman Drama
African Cultural Festival
Darwin and the Argument from Design
American Regional Planning
Photography in Morocco
History of Florence
Buddhism in America
Sacred Trees of India
Marine Mammal Law
Chronology of Hip-Hop History
Problem Solving Strategies
Pharmacology of Addiction
Mormons and Archaeology
Data Acquisition in Chemistry
Slavery in the West
Dream Content and its Origins
Small Hive Beetle
Financial Crisis in Equador
Theater of the Absurd
French Immersion in Quebec
Mollusk Shell Pattern and Formation
Video Analysis and Editing
all projects. This is a great opportunity to study topics not taught in the classroom. Tutorials are academic experiences proposed by students, and supervised and evaluated by faculty. “I’ve often begun with a small group tutorial on a special topic that the students and I negotiated, and later worked that into a formal course offering,” says Miriam Wallace, associate professor of English. “I took an environmental studies tutorial on grant writing,” says student Meredith Gilman. “Every day we had to come with a project or an idea, then come up with a budget to fund it. My idea was to introduce solar-powered golf carts. I even got a grant to implement my idea.” Independent reading projects (IRPs) let you explore subjects of interest in depth, from Marx to meteorology. These generally also involve writing a paper or creating an annotated bibliography. The readings may be on a specific topic, by a certain writer, or in a certain genre. An IRP is considered the equivalent of a classroom course. One student’s IRP on biofuels spurred his invention and advocacy of an alternative energy source for automobiles.
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Senior Thesis Original Work Examples of Senior Thesis Topics Economic, Social and Political Rights in Bolivia Fiction Writing: Trying and Teaching Fun with Elliptic Curves Housing Politics: What Went Wrong? Hypnosis and Remediation of Pain Personal Identity and Free Will Nuclear Nation: The Full Cost of Electricity in the U.S. An Environmental History of Florida Citrus Twinkle: An Original Musical for Children Vocal Productions of Rhythm by the Bottlenose Dolphin Transitions to Democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa Advanced Physics Lab Experiments The Secret Life of Science
The senior thesis — original research or a creative project in your major or area of concentration — marks the culmination of your New College experience. By the middle of your sixth semester, you propose the plan for a thesis in your academic concentration. With approval by the professors who have agreed to form your baccalaureate committee, you’ll probably complete your senior thesis during your final two semesters. Once accepted, your original work will be made available for future generations of Novo Collegians. You also get to present it to your peers and the community at a Senior Thesis Showcase at the end of the academic year. Our senior thesis is intense, demanding and rewarding. Looking back, you will be impressed at what you have been able to accomplish. So you can imagine how impressive it is to graduate schools and professional programs!
A mission and four principles Every institution of higher learning should have a clearly-articulated vision of what it wants to be. (If they don’t, better look elsewhere.) The New College mission is to offer an undergraduate liberal arts education of the highest quality in the context of a small residential public honors college with a distinctive academic program. We believe that we do that very well. Four principles define our educational philosophy. These principles will serve as guideposts along your New College path.
Here’s what physics student Raul Briceño (a native of Venezuela) says about his thesis experience:
Oh, man, my thesis project has been without a doubt my most stimulating academic experience. I’ve been studying symmetry violations in quantum field theory alongside my professors and another physics student. Not only do I love the material being studied, but I also love the teamwork that goes into the research.” –Raul Briceño
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Each student is responsible in the last analysis for his or her own education.
The best education demands a joint search for learning by exciting teachers and able students.
Students’ progress should be based on demonstrated competence and real mastery rather than on the accumulation of credits and grades.
Students should have from the outset opportunities to explore areas of deep interest to them.
Samantha’s Story DEAD SEA SCROLLS — ALIVE! Independent study projects (ISPs) have allowed Samantha to take what she has learned and apply it in the real world. Her second year, she did an ISP at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a real immersion to study Hebrew with Rabbinic students. Last summer, she traveled to Jerusalem again, where she was invited to catalog original photos from the Dead Sea Scroll excavation. Four years ago, Samantha never imagined she’d be studying ancient texts in the original.
Name: Samantha Samson Concentration: Religion Hometown: Tampa, FL
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Then what? Life After New College Check out our website for a list of top-ranked graduate schools our alumni attend ncf.edu/grad-school
What We Become
Where you end up has a lot to do with where you begin. Whether your goal is to teach agriculture in Africa, attend law school or do field work in Australia, New College is a good place to start. The skills you learn here — independent thinking, problem solving, teamwork, creativity, the ability to focus — are precisely the attributes that prospective employers, grad schools and professional programs prize most.
alumni kudos and honors
Explorers & Inventors
Business Owners & Entrepreneurs
Fields Medal (Math)
Para-Olympics Gold Medal
Aldo Beckman Journalism Award
Poets & Playwrights
Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award
Authors & Journalists
British Marshall Scholarship
Scientists & Mathematicians
Biological Physics Prize
James Beard Award (finalist)
Graduate School Success
When you graduate from New College, you can look back on having planned an individual academic program, read and written extensively, done original research and completed a major thesis based on research or creative work in your Area of Concentration. These accomplishments are looked on favorably by the nation’s most prestigious post-graduate programs. • Since 1996, approximately 80 percent of New College alums have gone on to graduate school within six years of graduation. • Acceptance rates for grad school are very high. From 2004 to 2008, for example, 87 percent of New College students who applied to a Masters/Ph.D. program were accepted, and 85 percent of applicants were accepted into law school. • Of all science graduates since 1967, roughly one-third have earned an M.D. or Ph.D. • The Wall Street Journal has ranked New College the nation’s No. 2 public feeder school for elite law, medical and business schools.
Professors & Teachers Lawyers & Bankers Psychologists & Therapists You name it!
Where We Work
Outstanding Outcomes for Alums who Graduated Between 1996-2007
Grad School and Employment Stats in Select Areas of Concentration Education
Research, Science, Conservation 9% Technology
Government/ Politics 5% Arts Journalism/ Advertising/ Media
Percent who attended or are currently attending graduate or professional school Anthropology 70%
Percent who received graduate school financial support (assistantships, fellowships, scholarships, tuition waivers) 63%
Percent currently Employment: employed or pursuing Major career higher education fields represented
Education 31% Health 31% Professional 15%
Biology 78% 51% 93% Chemistry 86% 57% 100% Literature 64% 65%
Philosophy 65% 64% 94% 3% Psychology
Source: New College Alumnae/i Association database of 2,200 alums (1967 to present)
Health 37% Education 26% Professional 23% Government 9% Professional 50% Education 40% Health 15% Education 50% Communication 18% Arts 14% Government 11% Education 41% Professional 19% Info Tech 15% Health 41% Professional 31% Education 29%
Source: New College Office of Institutional Research & Assessment; respondents to a 2007-08 survey of alumni who graduated between 1996-2007, with an overall return rate of 44%.
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Alums through the Decades Uncommon Lives. Each of our graduates has followed a unique path — many with distinction, all with integrity. From the charter class of 1964 to students of the new millennium, New College alums have followed career paths as diverse and rewarding as you can imagine. Novo Collegians prove time and again the value of a New College degree and the almost infinite career possibilities open to liberal arts graduates.
Learn more about our alums ncf.edu/alum-jobs
The 1960s Esther Barrazone, Ph.D. ’64 is president of Chatham University. A former Fulbright scholar, Esther has guided the private college through a period of major institutional renewal and expansion leading to national recognition and elevation to university status in 2007. “New College was probably the most formative influence in my life,” she states. (AOC: Philosophy and History) Thomas Bell, Ph.D. ’64, is a scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center at NASA, where he has worked since the late 1970s. Currently, he is a senior meteorologist in the Laboratory for Atmospheres, where he is using satellite data about rainfall on the earth to conduct climate research. “New College prepared me for the kind of free-ranging, self-directed thinking that is such an essential part of the research world,” he says. (AOC: Physics)
Lincoln Diaz-Balart ‘72 was born in Havana, Cuba, and went on to build a distinguished career in American government. First elected to the Florida house in 1986, then the Florida Senate in 1989, Lincoln now represents the 21st Florida District from Miami in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he has served since 1992. He was the first Hispanic in history named to the powerful Rules Committee in the House. (AOC: International Relations) Sharon Matola ’78 is often referred to as “the Jane Goodall of Central America.” She is founder of the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center, begun in 1983 to protect exotic animals. Sharon’s life story — in particular her struggle to stop the Chalillo dam — is documented in the book, The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman’s Fight to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Bird (2008) by Bruce Barcott. (AOC: Biology and Environmental Science)
The 1980s Jennifer Granick ’86 is a nationally recognized expert in Internet law. She is the Civil Liberties Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit digital civil rights law firm. Before EFF, she was a Lecturer in Law and Executive Director of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, where she taught Cyberlaw and Computer Crime Law. In 2003, Jennifer was elected by Information Security magazine one of 20 “Women of Vision” in the computer security field. (AOC: Political Science) Michael R. Lepore, Jr., M.D. ‘85 is a partner in Sarasota Vascular Specialists. Dr. Lepore is the Medical Director of Peripheral Vascular Surgery for Sarasota Memorial Hospital Heart & Vascular Institute and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Vascular) for Florida State University Medical School. (AOC: Biology/Chemistry)
The 1990s Charles Choi ’95 is a freelance reporter with some impressive bylines in his portfolio, including The New York Times, Scientific American, Newsday, The San Diego Union-Tribune and Science Magazine. He earned an MA in journalism from the University of Missouri in 2001. In keeping with the New College spirit of adventure, he has traveled to all seven continents. (AOC: Biology and Humanities) Raymonda (Ray) Burgman, Ph.D. ‘91 is associate professor in the Department of Economics and Management at DePauw University in Indiana, and Special Advisor to the President for Faculty Strategic Initiatives. She has also been the program coordinator for a Consortium for Faculty Diversity in Liberal Arts Institutions. Ray is a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. (AOC: Economics)
Aidan Delgado ’04 has authored a book about his experience as a reservist mechanic in Iraq entitled The Sutras of Abu Ghraib: Notes from a Conscientious Objector in Iraq. Today, he is an active member of Iraq Veterans Against the War and the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. (AOC: Religion) Lisa Pytka ‘01 is the lab manager at Harvard University’s Cognitive Evolution Laboratory, an interdisciplinary lab that studies the mind. She has worked with several non-human primate species and is now setting up a new canine research program. Taking full advantage of New College’s emphasis on experience-based education, Lisa studied humpback whales, Hawaiian monk seals, sea turtles, lemurs and coastal marine environments in Hawaii and Florida, all before her graduation from New College. (AOC: Biological Psychology)
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Alumnus, Professor, David Lionel Smith New College degree: B.A., Literature, 1974 Advanced Degree: Ph.D., University of Chicago Current Position: John W. Chandler Professor of English, Williams College Scholarly Interests: Race and Culture Black Arts Movement Mark Twain Wendell Berry
As a New College alumnus, recent Visiting Professor David Lionel Smith said he was “very glad” to be back on campus to teach classes on African-American writers and the Black Arts Movement. He observed that New College had retained its sense of character and mission. “It’s still a place, he says, “designed to develop very independently-minded students.” Professor Smith is on the faculty at Williams College in Massachusetts, where he served several terms as chair of African-American studies and was Dean of Faculty from 1996 to 2000. A poet writing under the pen name D.L. Crockett-Smith, he is also an astute essayist and lecturer. He is especially proud of his work for public humanities institutions, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian, the Southern Humanities Media Fund and the Massachusetts Foundation
for the Humanities, where he served as president. Co-editor of the ground-breaking Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History, Professor Smith is finishing a translation project covering several works by Pablo Naruda and Frederico Garcia Lorca. He is also working on a ‘rumination’ on the expressive traditions of African-Americans. In his spare time, he hosts a weekly radio show, “Let the Music Speak.” David Smith describes students today as more “intellectually alert” than at any other time since early in his teaching career. Concerns over the environment, the war and the economy, he believes, have made students more politically attentive. “They’re better listeners and observers,” he says, “which makes their academic experience all the more powerful.”
Hey parents, where were you in the ’70s? Just look at what our generation of Baby Boomers has achieved. Then imagine what your own child can accomplish 20 years hence. Anita Allen ’70 is professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked at Georgetown and Carnegie Mellon and has been a visiting professor at Yale, Harvard, Villanova, Princeton, Hofstra and Johns Hopkins. Susan Burns ’76 is the founding editor of Biz941, an award-winning monthly business-to-business magazine. She started her career as a daily newspaper reporter for the Bradenton Herald and a writer and editor for Sarasota Magazine. Gregory Dubois-Felsmann ’77 was the College’s youngest ever graduate after completing degrees in both mathematics and physics. At age 23, he became the first New College alumnus to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. Today, he is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in the field of high energy physics. William Dudley ’71 is president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He has also had major management roles at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Guaranty Trust Company and as an economist at the Federal Reserve Board.
Carol Flint ’76 is a Hollywood scriptwriter and producer. Over the last two decades, she has regularly written and produced episodes for such acclaimed and successful television shows as China Beach, L.A. Law, ER and The West Wing, all shows for which she received Emmy nominations. Janet Goldwater ’73 is a film director and producer. She was the 2005 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and since 1990 has been collaborating on award-winning documentaries for national and international broadcast. Robert Hans ’76 is founder and senior managing director of IOS Partners, an international economic development and financial services firm. He is a recognized expert in privatization and private sector development. Nancy McEldowney ’78 was named U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria in April 2008. She previously served as the deputy chief of mission in Ankara, Turkey, and as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Randall Moon ’73 is director of the University of Washington’s Institute of Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. His goal is to coax stem cells into heart, liver, brain and other organs to replace diseased cells. Sam Patterson ’74 created the KL Grip Shift system for road and mountain bikes. His bicycle part manufacturing company has grown into a multi-million dollar company with a global reach. Felice Schulaner ’78 held management positions for Jordan Marsh, Macy’s and American Express before becoming senior vice president of human resources for Coach Inc., where she helped bring the company public in 2000 in one of the most successful initial public offerings of the decade. Bryna Siegel ’71 directs the Autism Clinic and codirects the Autism Neurodevelopment Center at the University of California, San Francisco. She helped develop the nationally used diagnostic standard for autism in DSM-III-R and DSM-IV and published the first early screening test for autism, the PSDDST-II.
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â€œNew College has retained its sense of character and mission. Itâ€™s still a place designed to develop very independently-minded students.â€?
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What do we study? At New College, academics are organized into three main divisions: Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. Within those divisions and between them, we offer more than 30 different Areas of Concentration (majors), including several established Interdisciplinary Concentrations.
Are you double-jointed (intellectually)?
If you have multiple interests, you may be able to complete a Double Area of Concentration (or double major), for which you complete all the requirements for two different Areas of Concentration. You can also design a Joint-Disciplinary Concentration (we sometimes call this a “slash major”) in which you work with faculty from two different disciplines to design a coherent course of study. Examples include political science/ international and area studies, music/ philosophy, English/gender studies, and chemistry/environmental studies. In addition, we offer concentrations in three areas that can be completed only as part of a combined Area of Concentration: computational science, gender studies and theater. With the approval of faculty, you can even create your own Special Program Area of Concentration in an area that is not regularly offered at New College, but in which New College faculty have competence. Examples include cultural studies, entomology, and gender and ethnic studies. Usually these special areas are modeled on similar programs offered at other colleges and universities.
If you want to be a teacher or pursue a career in business, we have good news. In cooperation with Manatee Community College, we help facilitate our graduating seniors’ participation, during the summer following graduation, in a post-graduate K-12 teacher certification program offered by MCC. You can also get a business certificate through
I consider myself lucky because during my first semester here, I got to take a class with President Michalson. He is extremely knowledgeable and the class, A Survey of Religious Existentialism, kept me enthusiastically attentive from the first day.” –Tyler Whitson
a summer program offered in conjunction with the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Collaboration with local civic, scientific and cultural organizations adds richness and depth in many areas of study, both inside and outside the classroom. Some of these community education partners include the FSU/ Asolo Conservatory of Actor Training, Mote Marine Laboratory, the Roskamp Institute of Alzheimer’s Research, the Sarasota County School System, Carlton Wildlife Reserve and the Sarasota Orchestra. Preparing for graduate school and Professional programs
We can help you prepare for professional school in the context of most Areas of Concentration. Faculty and the Office of Career Services provide guidance for students preparing for medical, dental or veterinary school, law or business school, and other advanced degree programs. Of all science graduates since 1967, nearly onethird currently possess an M.D. or Ph.D. The Wall Street Journal has ranked us the No. 2 “feeder school” for elite law, medical and business schools.
Areas of Concentration leading to a Bachelor’s Degree Political Science
German Language & Literature German Studies
Biology Marine Biology Neurobiology
International & Area Studies European Studies Latin American Studies
Russian Language & Literature
Chemistry Biochemistry Chinese Language & Culture Classics Economics English Environmental Studies French Language & Literature French Studies
Literature Mathematics Applied Mathematics
Social Sciences Sociology
Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Spanish Language & Literature S panish Language & Culture
Natural Sciences Philosophy Physics
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ct lle te A small sampling of courses offered in each of our divisions Humanities
Logic, Sets and Recursion
Human Origins & Evolution
The Cuban Revolution through Literature and Film
Cell Biology Lab
Self and Identity
Current Issues in Human Genetics
The Universal Experience of Aging
The Writing of the Strange in Chinese Literature
Science of Science Fiction
Public Finance Taxation
Global Environmental Issues: Science Education
Elementary Spanish Victorian Fiction Crossing Cultural Borders The Poetry and Poetics of Place Contemporary Music
From the conventional to the experimental, New College offers more than 250 courses each year. Visit our website to get the complete picture.
Games and Decisions Islam in America Jewish Mysticism Buddhist Visual Art American Paintings of the 20th Century
Seminar: Race, Class & Gender in the Americas
Modern European History
Intro to Scientific Computing
Contemporary Latin America
American Environmental History
Modern Physics Lab
International Law & Politics
Structure of Nature
The American Regime
New College Capitol Semester in Tallahassee
Mathematics Modeling Intro Botany Lab Invertebrate Zoology Lab
Russia in Transition Developmental Psychology
Examples of Courses Offered in Interdisciplinary & Combined Areas of Concentration Environmental Studies: Advanced Plant Ecology, Coral Reef Ecology, American Environmental History, Urban Sociology, Urban Environmental Issues Medieval & Renaissance Studies: The Gothic Cathedral, Medieval Monasticism, Theaters of Social Change, Early Music in its Social Context, Masterpieces: Renaissance to Rococo Gender Studies*: Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, Topics in Feminist Philosophy, Current Issues in Human Genetics, Ancient North America, Sustainable Development Computational Science*: Great Ideas, Discrete Math, Theory of Computation, Data Structures & Algorithms *Must be completed as a Combined Area of Concentration
Anthony’s Story Next stop, the world. As co-president of the New College Student Alliance, Anthony put the diplomatic skills he learned as an international studies major to good use working with our board of trustees and with student leaders from around the state. But why stop there? With some help from his advisor, political science professor Barbara Hicks, he devised two ISPs in China and received a Fulbright Grant to conduct research there. He is currently studying the ways in which think tanks influence foreign policy development in China. Anthony’s future plans include grad school and then landing a job either with the State Department or with an international organization. Follow Anthony’s adventures at anthonycircharo.com.
Name: Anthony Circharo Concentration: International Relations Hometown: Bradenton, FL
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Name: Michelle Brown Concentrations: Literature and Spanish Hometown: Houston, TX
A Doctorate and a Dream
While at New College, Michelle’s academic interests included African-American literature and the city in American literature and film. After graduation, she taught English, Reading and Spanish in New Orleans Public Schools through Teach For America. Her experience as part of the post-Katrina educational community inspired Michelle to enroll in graduate study at the Stanford School of Education, where she is pursuing a doctorate in literacy, curriculum and teacher education. She intends to return to the Gulf Coast, where she hopes to contribute to the intellectual lives of children in the region. In her teaching and research, Michelle attempts to incorporate New College’s four principles, which she says “reflect a true belief in the possibility of student growth and self-development.”
Examples of Student Awards & Honors New College students receive many prestigious awards. • Rhodes Scholarship • British Marshall Scholarship • Gates-Cambridge Scholarship • USA Today All-USA Academic Team • Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship • Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarships • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education scholarships • Andrew Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships & Honorable Mentions • Fulbright Scholarships for Study Abroad (26 Fulbrights since 2004) • Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, U.S. Department of State, Institute of International Education • Florida Gubernatorial Fellow
Josh’s Story The Right Equation. Josh admits that his initial calculations were a bit off when it came to choosing a college. But after searching for answers at Penn State and Humboldt State, he finally found the perfect solution at New College. Working with math professor Pat McDonald, a graduate of MIT and former Florida College Math Teacher of the Year, Josh is developing the code for a genetic algorithm related to networks as part of his senior thesis. For his research, he was awarded a 2008 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, one of only 321 students nationwide to be selected for one of these prestigious prizes in mathematics, engineering and the natural sciences.
Name: Josh Abbott Concentration: Mathematics Goldwater Scholar Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
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Mariah’s Story Name: Mariah Arnold Concentration: Biology Fulbright Scholar Hometown: Apopka, FL A concern for the environment. Fascinated by the impact of hormones on the environment, Mariah gained hands-on experience in marine biology field studies in the Galapagos Islands, Panama and Honduras. Her senior thesis examined the biological impacts of estrogens threatening the ecosystem of Florida’s Caloosahatchee River. She received a Fulbright to travel to Malaysia for a year to study sustainable aquaculture and plans to get her Ph.D. in integrated toxicology and environmental health. Her goals include pursuing a research career in marine toxicology, and through her work, to bring about positive change to the environment and the global community. Mariah says that New College gave her the tools to pursue a career path that makes her heart “pound with excitement.”
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t least that’s the case if you’re the world’s oldest manatee. Snooty, who turned 60 in 2008, is the subject of affection and study by a number of New College students interested in marine sciences and animal rescue. Manatees, large underwater mammals also known as sea cows, are listed as an endangered species by the World Conservation Union. Their slow-moving, curious nature, coupled with dense coastal development, makes them susceptible to injury from boat propellers, and many manatees have the scars to prove it.
“There’s a partnership between New College and the South Florida Museum where Snooty lives,” says Meredith Gilman, a friend of Snooty. “Every morning, students go and visit Snooty and feed him. He has a couple of favorite foods: strawberries and pineapple. Students also get the chance to take part in ongoing research about manatee olfactory reception, using food concealed in milk cartons to see if manatees have a sense of smell.”
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Ticked Off When I was a sophomore in high school, I was diagnosed with Lyme disease, which probably sparked my interest in vector-borne diseases. My professors know about my struggle with Lyme disease, so they understand my passion, and they’re always pushing me to go out into the community and do something that relates to it. My first year, Dr. McCord told me, ‘Boy, that tick didn’t know what she was getting herself into.’ In high school, I hosted a support group for tick infections, and I’m still hosting support groups today at the College. Basically, I’ve been able to educate others who think they may have a tick-borne disease.
Independent Study in Africa I went to South Africa my first year as part of my first independent study project. I studied the South African health care system and helped with AIDS and tuberculosis relief. I visited local clinics and helped orphans. That was the most life-changing experience. When you see orphaned children in magazines, it’s one thing, but to land your plane in South Africa and actually look outside and see the millions of children who have nothing, it’s shocking.
Biting Back To get more experience with vector-borne diseases, I applied for an internship with Sarasota County Mosquito Management. I collect samples of water lettuce and lay mosquito traps. There are two species of Mansonia mosquitoes that, in their larval stages, attach to water lettuce and water hyacinth, and my hypothesis was that the more water lettuce a state has, the larger the mosquito population.”
Name: Meredith Gilman Concentration: Entomology/ Environmental Studies Hometown: Sarasota, FL
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Name: Dr. Uzi Baram Associate Professor of Anthropology Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst How did they once live? Professor Uzi Baram’s principal area of research has been the eastern Mediterranean, but since 2005, he has been engaged in a locally-based, collaborative public anthropology program called Looking for Angola. The project employs the dual disciplines of archaeology and ethnography to find the material remains of a community of escaped slaves that once lived on the south side of the Manatee River. The Angola project has involved students and alums in public outreach, land and river surveys, and excavation. In March 2008, they unearthed intriguing evidence for a structure, possibly from the abandoned community. Professor Baram believes that a project like Angola presents an opportunity for students to engage in primary research as well as to observe how an active researcher engages in the research process.
Dr. Baram’s Story
WHO GUIDES US? Our Faculty At the heart of what makes New College a learning community where critical thinking and true mastery thrive is our inspiring faculty. Keen and compassionate, our professors blend a traditional appreciation of the arts and sciences with an emphasis on active learning and individual responsibility. Whenever possible, faculty members link their own research and creative activities to their teaching, involving students in truly unique learning experiences. At New College, our professors not only excel at research but at teaching as well. Each of our more than 70 full-time faculty acts as an academic advisor and mentor for students in his or her area, and since all of our classes are taught by faculty (not teaching assistants) they get to know you personally. They will help you build upon your strengths and identify ways to improve your weaknesses. And unlike many smaller colleges and universities, 99 percent of New College’s full-time faculty members hold the most advanced degree in their fields.
Faculty are Mentors, too
A unique relationship exists between students and faculty at New College. In addition to being expert teachers and researchers, our professors serve as academic advisors and mentors, personally guiding students through a challenging liberal arts program. Through our contract negotiation process, your faculty advisor talks with you every semester about your goals and how they relate to your academic and co-curricular activities. As a student at New College, you will meet numerous times per year with your faculty advisor — not just once or twice in four years as happens at many colleges. During these visits, he or she will discuss not only your current progress but also help you choose the right classes to develop your academic strengths and achieve your educational and career goals. And since your faculty advisor knows you both inside and outside of class, he or she also acts as a career mentor, helping you locate opportunities for off-campus research or study abroad to broaden your experiences and better prepare you for graduate school or work after New College.
Working with my advisor is like working with a good friend who has my interests in mind. He’ll recommend classes that he thinks will help me, but will also listen to my input. He wants me to get as much as possible out of my college experience.” –Jason Buchanan
No. 5 p ublic Liberal Arts College in America —U.S. News & World Report
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sp Dr. Meg Lowman aka “Canopy Meg” Professor of Biology & Environmental Studies Director, Environmental Initiatives Ph.D., University of Sydney (Australia) Interests: Forest Canopy Ecology Science Education Conservation Biology
As a researcher-educator, Meg Lowman has taken the path less traveled — as a scientist in outback Australia where women usually worked in the kitchen; as a single parent juggling a research schedule that required sojourns to remote tropical areas; as a researcher in tropical canopies that required new techniques for access; as a teacher teaching teachers in the Amazon; and as a public scientist teaching kids via satellite telecommunication. She strongly believes that students today must develop new skill sets as compared to the last generation, and that they need to experience real-world experiences outside the classroom. “I hope that my international and national network of colleagues and initiatives can provide a resource from which students can seek opportunities to train as excellent scientists, conservationists or educators,” she says. “I believe that professors serve as role models for students as well as practitioners of their respective professions.”
Professor Lowman knows that teaching environmental studies benefits from a strong out-of-classroom component. This has ranged from creating an economic plan for local sustainable architecture to championing a recycling program, leading nature hikes in local preserves, surveying tropical trees in a world heritage area and, most recently,
Having had over 25 years in tropical research, education and conservation, I aspire to share my wealth of experience and adventures with students, thereby instilling them with a passion for environmental stewardship.” –Dr. Meg Lowman
engaging her students in fulfilling a contract with Sarasota County to ferret out and capture non-native reptiles such as iguanas, monitors and pythons. In 2008, “Canopy Meg” was selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board as a member of their Specialist Roster. This highly competitive distinction allows her to work with overseas academic institutions in countries where needs for conservation, forest ecology or science education are requested. In February 2009, she had an important article published in Science Magazine entitled “ECOLOGY: A National Ecological Network for Research and Education.” The article is the culmination of the four years that Dr. Lowman spent with a team of national ecologists to fund an innovative science education program (the National Ecological Observatory Network or NEON) that will keep tabs on the nation’s forests, streams and wetlands. In 2009, Dr. Lowman was elected a Fellow of Wings WorldQuest, an organization that supports and celebrates extraordinary women explorers. You can read more about her ongoing work at canopymeg.com.
Dr. Miles’ Story Name: Dr. Stephen Miles Professor of Music D.M.A., University of Illinois Interests: Music as Social Process Where’s the music? Professor Miles is active as a composer, performer, and scholar. His music has been performed throughout the United States, and he regularly presents papers at the Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts and at the Society of Composers. His recent article in Perspectives of New Music, the premiere journal in the field, focuses on a performance of New Music New College, a contemporary music series that he initiated and has nurtured for over a decade. Professor Miles says that New Music New College is a laboratory for interdisciplinary research, connecting music with sociology, philosophy, and psychology. “The students and I ask basic questions: What is music? What is performance? What is their value? What is the value of tradition? These are questions that must be pursued experientially, not simply in the abstract.”
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Name: Dr. Wendy Sutherland Assistant Professor of German Language & Literature Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania Interests: German Drama and Film Gender Studies Issues of Race & Culture
Is that on film?
With a bachelor’s degree from Smith and a master’s from Middlebury, it’s fair to say that Professor Wendy Sutherland understands the rigors and rewards of attending a small liberal arts college. She also understands that learning happens both inside and outside the classroom. That’s why she regularly assists students in exploring research and study abroad opportunities in German language, culture, literature and filmmaking. She has helped bring Afro-German filmmakers to campus to discuss their craft with students.
Examples of recent Faculty Awards & Honors Since 2001, New College faculty have garnered honors that one might expect to find only at much larger universities. • Fulbright Fellowships • Prix de Rome (Rome Prize) • NAACP Education Freedom Award • National Endowment for the Humanities grants • National Science Foundation grants • Department of Education grant • Environmental Protection Agency grant • Florida Humanities Council/NEH grant • American Philological Association Award of Excellence in Collegiate Teaching • Association of Psychological Science Fellow • Geochemical Society Fellow
Dr. Harley’s Story How do dolphins think? How do dolphins process sensory input and create a map of their environment? What is the dolphin model of the world? These are all questions New College Professor Heidi Harley asks as a cognitive psychologist. Professor Harley researches bottlenose dolphins in captivity with a focus on dolphin cognition, observing dolphin behavior in controlled experiments and deducing the perceptual and conceptual basis their behavior implies. Her research has been published in Nature and featured on CNN, NPR, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and multiple newspapers and magazines around the world.
Name: Dr. Heidi Harley Professor of Psychology Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa Interests: Comparative Cognitive Psychology
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Independent, But Not Alone
At New College, we believe that each student is responsible for his or her own education — guided, of course, by experienced teachers and compassionate mentors. But while we expect you to take the tiller of your ship, we don’t leave you without a rudder and a compass. There are many useful ways in which we support and nurture your educational journey.
When I came to New College, my resumé was far from sophisticated, but after an hour at the Career Services office, we just sorted the whole thing out and reorganized my entire CV. That gave me a lot of confidence to seek out opportunities.” –Elsie Morales
Career Services & Off-Campus Studies
The Office of Career Services & Off-Campus Studies helps students pursue creative, fulfilling and socially responsible lives and careers. Our skilled staff will help you with career decisions, graduate school information, resumé and cover letter writing, job searches and networking with New College alums. Writing Resource Center
The Writing Resource Center is an extension of the classroom. The director and students trained as peer tutors work with students at all levels on writing organization, content and mechanics. They can help you brainstorm for ideas, form a thesis and back up your opinion in a paper. They also know how to overcome writer’s block and can help you organize your thoughts or make your writing flow smoothly.
Your Librarian Librarians are a helpful and friendly resource at New College, answering about 5,000 reference questions annually in person, by phone, by email and instant message. There’s a program called “My Librarian” for first-year enrolled students, in which we invite you to meet one-on-one with a librarian to learn all about the Jane Bancroft Cook Library. Professors frequently invite librarians to come to classes to show students how to use resources in specific subject areas. Librarians also work with thesis
students to demonstrate how to properly research and annotate their work, and to create standard bibliographies. A cool new feature is the ability to use your cell phone to text yourself the call number of a book, so you have it handy when you look for the book. The Library even has a Twitter Profile. Check it out at twitter.com/jbclibrary. (Below: reference librarian Caroline Reed with Cindy Li, an environmental studies major from Pittsburgh, PA.)
Counseling and Wellness Center We understand that college life can be stressful at times. That’s why the mission of our campus Counseling and Wellness Center is to provide services related to the development of the whole person, including your emotional and physical well-being. Counselors at the center can also help address your academic concerns. We adhere to a wellness philosophy that helps students be more responsible for their lives and understand the factors that affect their well-being. We believe that
students are more resilient to meeting demands and challenges when they make informed and reflective decisions. In the fall of 2008, the Counseling and Wellness Center moved to a spacious, newlyrenovated building nestled among the pines, conveniently located across from the library.
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Where do we explore?
d iv id u al iz ed
Commitment to their studies leads many New College students to leave campus for first-person observations and research across America and around the globe. Internships, grants, independent study projects and collaborative work with professors give you the opportunity to expand your horizons well beyond the classroom. Independent, highly individualized research and real-world experiences are encouraged by professors and advisors, who often help their students locate funding for the best programs. Here at New College, we invite you to become an explorer.
Can you remember the last time you just saw something or walked into a situation you didn’t expect that evoked that roller-coaster, childlike excitement? Not just the spinning in the head kind of excitement, but the whole body tingling sensation type…the kind of excitement when you witness a truth in life that is both beautiful and intoxicating? This is what I had felt in Honduras…everyday! When I go back next year, Dr. Gilchrist will expect more of me and that makes me feel respected, that she thinks that I am capable of more. But, for that first time out there, in retrospect, I believe that she just wanted me to experience that RAW excitement. And it worked!” –Alberto Fenix
Expedition: Coral Reef Research in Honduras
Natural sciences professor Sandra Gilchrist has been taking biology students on research trips to Honduras for over 20 years. On a recent expedition to study coral reef diseases, she and three of the four students made a pit stop en route to attend the International Coral Reef Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, which was a great bonus. In Honduras, Philippines native Alberto Fenix conducted a snorkeling survey of the major sites around Cayos Cochinos and created educational texts in both English and Spanish to be used by the Hondurans and other visitors. Alberto, who eventually wants to return to his native country and work in coral conservation, describes his research experience as “raw excitement.” Professor Gilchrist believes that trips like this present valuable life lessons. “The students discover what they do and do not want to do in life,” she says. “They learn about small group dynamics, since they are literally trapped on a tropical island together. From a research perspective, they have a ‘saturation’ experience in science that includes underwater photography and videography. They learn how to be scientists in a remote location.”
THE WORLD IS OUR CLASSROOM Here are a few examples of research and internship opportunities students have had recently. • Observe government in action with your New College professor, a state legislator • Study the South African health care system and help with AIDS and tuberculosis relief • Travel to Belize to conduct research on coral reef bleaching • Intern with the National Zoo and Jane Goodall Institute • Work with the Wolf Ecology Program at the Northern Minnesota Audubon Center • Assist with an Early Intervention Program in Massachusetts • Work in the Air and Pollution Lab at the Chinese University of Hong Kong • Conduct field research in Mexico, Panama, Cuba, Honduras, Japan or Brazil
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Name: Stephanie Hudey Concentration: Biology/Chemistry Hometown: Bradenton, FL
SEEKING A CURE
Before being diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis as a young woman, Stephanie knew little about autoimmune diseases that affect millions of Americans each year. Now, as a New College student she is working with researchers who may one day find a cure, not only for JRA but for lupus, HIV and other autoimmune diseases as well. As the only undergraduate in the state invited to participate in a $500,000 NIH research grant, Stephanie is working with scientists and researchers from the University of South Florida and All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg studying how B-cells act and react to autoimmune diseases. The research may one day lead to cures for these devastating illnesses. Following graduation, Stephanie plans to attend medical school.
The unique curriculum at New College has allowed me this amazing independent research opportunity working on pediatric HIV and autoimmune disease at All Children’s Hospital. My professors have always been supportive in sponsoring this research for academic credit. What I have learned in the classroom has provided a great foundation for what I have yet to learn about the medical field. At New College you learn problem solving and critical thinking skills that are extremely useful in the real world. I have found that when I mention to doctors and researchers that I go to New College, they have an eagerness to work with me because they understand the work ethic of our students. My goal for the near future is getting into medical school.” –Stephanie Hudey
Paolo’s Story INTERNING AT OXFAM. Paolo (shown here with his advisor, Frank Alcock) was able to get an internship doing research in the development department at Oxfam, the international development and relief organization. Oxfam gave him a pretty hefty project, restructuring the database, researching prospective donors and analyzing giving trends. With typical New College initiative, Paolo restructured the way that Oxfam could search out companies that might be prospective donors. Oxfam liked his work so much that they adopted some of his ideas. He felt good about contributing to such a large organization in a small way, especially in his first year in college.
Name: Paolo Mastrangelo Concentration: Political Science Hometown: Celebration, FL
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Maryâ€™s Story Name: Mary Hill Concentration: Art Hometown: Seminole, FL AN ARTIST ABROAD. Mary Hill had two phenomenal experiences abroad while at New College. One summer, she attended an intensive contemporary art program in France and discovered that she was ahead of most of the other undergraduate art students because they didnâ€™t have to defend their work on a one-toone level with their professors or in really intense critiques. Then, for an Independent Study Project, she researched political and economic reform in China, followed by a month-long, selfguided tour of the country. Mary documented her trip by taking video and photographs and, when she returned, teamed up with two other students to create a show about being displaced.
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Bioadventure in the Amazon
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The summer between her freshman and sophomore years, Jesse Wheeler traveled to Peru, where she studied the behavior of insects in the Amazon rain forest. This was just the first of many adventures the ecology major from Sanibel, Florida has had since arriving at New College. Now in her fourth year, she’s been to Mexico to learn new research methodologies and to Thailand, where she conducted thesis research at Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary and organized ecological day camps. After she graduates, Jesse hopes to do an environmental internship in the American west. After that, she will either apply for graduate school or work for a year or two on a tropical forest restoration project. For someone who studies tiny things like seeds and bugs, this New College student has big plans. Here’s her story from the Amazon. In Peru, we traveled down the Amazon River to the Amazon Conservatory for Tropical Studies. I did a canopy study looking to see when insects ate. I went out several times throughout the day and at night to see when insects feed, assuming they would feed more commonly at night to avoid predation. We were staying at very primitive lodges (really they were huts), open rooms with a thatched roof. You lie underneath the mosquito netting and there’s just complete silence except for the insects and different animal noises. You go to the bathroom in pit toilets. Of course, there’s no running water in the middle of the Amazon, so the pit toilets were also a nice kind of cave replica for bats to live in. So, it was a lot more difficult than I expected, but I learned a lot. My faculty sponsor, Meg Lowman, helps students look for funding because she really wants you to go places. And because there is such a nice oneon-one relationship with your faculty sponsor, you really are able to explain to them the things you’re excited about, and they can bring you into all of the different things they’re working on. You become a part of the projects they’re doing. You get to go to fantastic places and if you can’t find the funding from New College, your faculty sponsor will help you find other sources of funding.
Not all my adventures have been as far away as the Amazon. In Sarasota, I participated in the SOS program, which stands for Science Outreach for Students. This is a program that Professor Lowman developed in conjunction with the Sarasota County schools. We taught lessons on sustainability, ecosystems and ecology, tree canopy research and native plants. We even got an award from Sarasota County government for our work! Our goal was to replicate the SOS model around the country, which is why we brought it to the Ecological Society of America Conference. We found a lot of people interested in having science outreach programs at their schools, but they just weren’t sure how to start. I worked on a grant with several other students to help create a curriculum and a method that others can use in their schools. It’s just a great way to get kids excited about science. Name: Jesse Wheeler Concentration: Ecology Hometown: Sanibel, FL
Our five new “green” dorms feature apartment-style rooms with internet access and common areas with abundant natural light. Other dorms have balconies and outdoor patios, and most have communal kitchens open 24-7. Each dorm has a unique personality, and each has its loyal following. And did we mention fun? The dorms are the place where students socialize in each other’s rooms and gather in the common spaces. You might join a video-guided musical jam session, a game of giant outdoor chess or a late-night cook-a-thon — anything to relax and unwind.
It should come as no surprise that outdoor activities are part of the lifestyle at New College. Almost any afternoon there will be students playing pickup games of Frisbee and basketball, enjoying the pool or doing yoga by the bayfront. Our professionally-managed indoor Fitness Center is the centerpiece of campus recreation, offering new workout equipment and a wide variety of classes.
Hamilton Center. Affectionately known as “Ham Center,” our student union was designed by I.M. Pei in the 1960s. Its bone structure is fabulous, but a facelift has been ordered that will include a new “black box” theater. Ham Center is where students hang out, pick up their mail, play billiards and eat together. A full-service cafeteria/ dining hall serves meals seven days a week, with selections for omnivores, vegetarians and vegans. Adjacent to the dining hall is a Boar’s Head Deli and a small grocery store.
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to our campus
property in Sarasota. Located right on the bay, the New College campus
Our blueprint for growth is a visionary campus master plan that incorporates green building practices, sustainable design and progressive ecology.”
blends handsome landmark buildings with modern facilities.
–President Mike Michalson
On our Palmer Campus, you will find state-of-the-art science facilities,
building our future.
Back in the 1960s, our founders were wise to arrange for the purchase of what was — and arguably still is — the most beautiful piece of waterfront
research laboratories, classrooms, faculty offices, a student-run café, historic mansions and the water. Further south is the Caples Campus, with its fine arts complex and historic bayfront property, home to the environmental studies and sailing programs. The East Campus is the place where students live, gather, exercise and play. Our goal is to create the very best environment where students can learn, live and thrive.
The most significant facility to be built on campus in 20 years, our new Academic Center and Plaza will contain 10 classrooms and 45 offices for faculty members from all three academic divisions. Spilling out from the classrooms, there will be great gathering spaces for students and original art. A lush central plaza with outdoor café will be landscaped with Florida native plants and is certain to become a vibrant center of campus life.
Academic Center and Plaza Opening Fall 2010
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This showcase facility boasts seven research labs and over 100 aquariums, anchored by a 15,000 gallon research and display tank. Each tank in the Living Ecosystem Teaching and Research Aquarium features a different captive ecosystem, several with a camera to send images to a streaming video server. Through a natural filtration system designed by students, the center draws and recycles water from Sarasota Bay.
Heiser Natural Sciences Complex. This 34,000 square foot facility includes teaching and research labs for chemistry, biology, computational science, physics and mathematics. Special equipment includes a scanning electron microscope in biology, a 24-station chemistry teaching lab with transparent fume hoods, and a High-Resolution Raman Spectrograph that has been used to analyze pigments in ancient vessels and paintings. We have a greenhouse, herbarium and sampling equipment for field ecology. The Soo Bong Chae Auditorium is a state-of-the-art tiered lecture hall for the natural sciences.
e. Caples Fine Arts Complex. Built around a central courtyard, this quadrangle of buildings is the heart of music, sculpture and the fine arts on campus. The 257-seat auditorium is used for music, theater and dance performances by students and visiting artists. The art and sculpture buildings include a printmaking studio/arts lab with Mac computers and peripherals, plus woodworking and welding shops. Music students have access to the latest computer technology and software.
Jane Bancroft Cook Library
The heart and soul of any college campus is its library, and thatâ€™s certainly true at New College. We offer electronic linkage to libraries worldwide and a web-based system that delivers state-of-the-art information with the personal guidance of a small college. The library provides hundreds of print and electronic-reserve materials to students annually, as well as ready access to material throughout the State University System of Florida. The Dr. Helen N. Fagin Holocaust Collection was established in January 2008.
Historic Buildings. Built in the 1920s and set directly on Sarasota Bay, College and Cook Halls were part of the original Charles Ringling estate. College Hall now houses classrooms and faculty offices, and is the site of many events for students and the general public. The beamed, wood-paneled Music Room is used for recitals, performances, meetings and receptions, and contains a vintage 1926 Aeolian pipe organ. Cook Hall is currently used for administrative and faculty offices, and is home to the Division of Humanities.
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Live here Learning here may be intense, but living here is fun. The bike is the preferred mode of transportation. Sports on campus are laid back and inclusive. Where some colleges have a Quad, we have the Bay. There’s interesting architecture, too. College Hall was a mansion owned by circus magnate Charles Ringling. Many students live in dorms designed by I.M. Pei, the architect of the Louvre Pyramid in Paris. Of course, it’s the character of the people that makes New College what it is. As Miriam Schwartz from St. Louis, Missouri says, “It’s just a beautiful place — so many amazing, intelligent, open-minded people. New College could well be the most fun and unique college in the world.” The hub of student life is our East Campus, connected to the main campus via pedestrian bridge. This is where we sleep, socialize and gather — on the green, in the open spaces, at Palm Court (“the center of the universe”), at the Fitness Center and at Ham Center, the student union and dining hall. Student Affairs is located on East Campus, along with a few classrooms. The Sudakoff Center is a great place for lectures, concerts and special programs. We love our “student village” where academics and campus life seamlessly intertwine and learning occurs around the clock.
is a spontaneous experience.
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Where do we live & play?
The Four Winds Café
Student-run and self-supporting, the Four Winds Café began as an Independent Study Project around the concept of a campus coffee house, and evolved into a popular gathering place for the meeting of the minds between students and faculty, who sometimes hold tutorials there. A favorite Four Winds activity is the Poetry Slam.
WE ARE a community
Whether we cook together, study together or huddle together on the lawn at sunset, New College students are a community in every sense of the word. Everyone has his or her own quirks and traits, but we learn to grow together and complement each other. Says alumnus Justin Clarke-Doane: “There is a sense of wonder and excitement that so many people at New College seem to share. I miss the open, unpretentious spirit of the place. I miss the random conversations with the varied, beautiful members of the College community.”
New College is a small school, so building a true community is important to us. That’s why all of our students are required to live on campus unless they have been released to live off-campus by the Office of Residential Life and Food Services. With the opening of five, state-of-the-art residence halls in the fall of 2007, we can provide housing for the majority of the student body. Our newest dorms were designed according to “green building” standards and offer both lodge and urban-style accommodations for more than 200 students. The four lodge-style halls feature studio, three and four bedroom apartments, each with its own kitchenette and bathroom, opening onto a two-story, timbered-ceiling common area. Each of the buildings also includes its own laundry facility, well-equipped community kitchen and educational seminar rooms. A fifth new dorm offers urban-style apartment accommodations, each with a bathroom en suite, and features an open-air lounge and amphitheater as part of its common spaces.
Designed by internationally-renowned architect I.M. Pei, New College’s original dorms accommodate more than 250 students in double-occupancy rooms, each with its own private bathroom. Public rooms and community space are located in each quad of the Pei buildings, and the outdoor Palm Court around which the rooms are grouped is a focus of New College student life. Two additional residence halls provide accommodations for approximately 150 students in apartment-style suites, each including its own living room, kitchenette and bathroom facilities. For those living off campus, we are located adjacent to the “Museum District” neighborhood, named for its proximity to the Ringling Museum of Art and its arty character. Our residence staff can put you in touch with rental opportunities in nearby neighborhoods. Explore our living arrangements at ncf.edu/student-life/residential-life
No. 1 Small City in America (Sarasota) —Money Magazine
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Have Fun Staying Fit Almost everyone at New College is involved in some kind of recreation, such as cycling, sailing, kayaking, tree-climbing, Frisbee, beachwalking or pickup games of softball. Students have clubs for fencing, sailing, aikido, archery, water sports, soccer and lacrosse. All of these activities are free and provide a way to create community without competition. The joke on campus is that our football team is “undefeated.” (Yeah, you guessed it; we don’t have a football team.) Whether you want to get in shape, relieve stress or just socialize with your friends, the Fitness Center is the place to be. The facility features brand-new strength and cardiovascular equipment, including a complete line of Cybex VR3 selectorized weight machines and free weight equipment lined with urethane-coated
dumbbells and plates. In the cardio section, we have 4 Cybex Arc Trainers, True treadmills, a Concept 2 Erg machine, and 2 Octane ellipticals. The Fitness Center offers a wide variety of classes each semester, including belly dancing, juggling, SCUBA, Yoga, Tai Chi and African dance, in addition to workshops and sessions on health and nutrition. Our outdoor facilities include a 25-meter swimming pool and hot tub, two basketball courts, four lighted tennis courts, a multi-purpose playing field and softball diamond, fitness path, kayaks and sailing vessels, and bike shop for members to use. Camping, SCUBA and sports equipment are available for rental.
Sailing on Sarasota Bay
The Outdoor Life
The New College Sailing Program teaches you how to sail and maintain boats — plus it’s a great way to get outside and explore Sarasota and its beautiful bay. Students can take out boats without supervision, but members must pass a basic seamanship test and be checked out on the boat that they wish to use. Weekly meetings are held Saturdays at noon on the College’s historic Caples Campus behind the Mildred Sainer Arts Pavilion. New College is a provisional member of the Inter-collegiate Sailing Association.
• Participate in the annual Kickball Tournament • Move pawns around on a giant outdoor chessboard • Swim in our outdoor pool • Play tennis, basketball or softball • Join the Uglies women’s soccer team • Breathe and stretch with yoga on the bay
Ultimate Frisbee: Serious Fun The Ultimate Frisbee team was started in the fall of 2000 by a few enthusiastic players who wanted to share the sport with their school. We’ve traveled to tournaments in Florida, Georgia and Louisiana. The team loves to play and compete, but never at the cost of good sportsmanship and the pursuit of fun (the spirit of the game). No tryouts are required — just show up with your enthusiasm and willingness to learn and participate!
You Won’t be Bored • Attend a touring production of the American Shakespeare Theater • Listen to a free concert on the East Campus Green • Attend a showing of an avant-garde film in the teaching auditorium • Hear guest lectures presented by scientists, adventurers and authors • Listen to a poetry reading while sipping cappuccino in the Four Winds Café
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What keeps us active & engaged? Recent Clubs at New College Aikido Dojo Club Anime Club Archery Beekeeping/Apiculture Club China Club CODEPINK College Bowl/Quiz Bowl Fencing Club Food Not Bombs Foreign Artsy Rare Film Society Forward Escape — weekly documentary night focusing on social issues and alternative culture German Club Improv Troupe Japanese Club Men’s Soccer New College Climate Justice Squad New College Democrats New College Libertarians New College Service Club Origami Club
While New College students are devoted to their studies, they also know how to live fully. The free flow of spontaneous energy is evident in the eclectic nature of our clubs and organizations, in the activities that enrich student life and in the ways we give back to the community. For example, the Climate Justice Squad is committed to environmental justice through activism and community outreach programs. The Anarchy Death Sticks are a group of students who love to knit hats and scarves for cancer patients at our local hospital. The Foreign Artsy Rare Film Society (FARF) hosts themed movie nights. Faith and spiritual life occupy an important place in the lives of many New College students. There are several faith groups on campus, including Hillel, Jesus Club and the Multi-faith Council. We have a Campus Ministry program that guides students in discovering every resource that is available
to support an individual’s spiritual journey. Numerous local congregations and religious organizations support the participation and membership of individuals from the New College community. If you love to perform, you can sing in the New College chorus or act in our theatrical productions. If you love to write, you can work on the literary magazine or the student newspaper. If you want to educate young minds, you can tutor at local after-school programs, collect books for Africa or inspire elementary students to love science through faculty-supervised outreach programs. You can train as a mechanic at our Bike Shoppe, which repairs and maintains campus bikes and is the oldest continuing club on campus. The list of clubs and activities changes from year to year, because it’s driven by the interests of currently enrolled students. This is another way in which New College students shape their own experiences.
Pre-Med The Radical Alliance (Infoshop) Radical Cheerleading
Meeting of the Minds Our student governing body is known as the New College Student Alliance (NCSA). It is based on the “town meeting” model, which gives every student the right to call a meeting on any subject deemed pertinent to the College community. There is an elected executive cabinet and several key committees. Student clubs and activities are supported financially by a student activity fund that is managed by student government. Through the NCSA, students are empowered to control their own destinies through an active form of direct democracy.
Sam’s Story Best Buddy. The first in his family to attend college, scholarship recipient Sam Chillaron organized a New College chapter of Best Buddies International, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for mutually enriching oneto-one friendships. Sam matches these individuals with New College students. The volunteers offer a buddy the chance to improve social skills and explore life in a new and exciting way.
Name: Sam Chillaron Concentration: Biology/Anthropology Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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In ed lv vo Student Clothesline Project This annual student event raises public awareness of violence against women and children, particularly in areas of domestic abuse and rape. The Feminist Majority Leaders of America (FMLA) at New College gather T-shirts from anonymous victims of domestic and sexual violence. They depict their stories on the shirts, and for one full day more than 100 shirts hang in the middle of campus as a grim reminder of what horrors still occur in civilized society.
I’ve been involved in the Feminist Majority Leaders of America, which sponsors the Clothesline Project. We distribute information to students on the causes and contributing factors of abuse and provide local resources so that victims can obtain the help they need.” –Jackie Wang
read more about our award-winning community outreach projects ncf.edu/student-life/ community-outreach
Lending a Helping Hand
It’s not hard to see why New College students are so involved in community service: they’re doing what they love. Nationwide, volunteerism by college students has been on the rise, reflecting the re-emergence of civic duty and engagement. Volunteerism has always been a priority at New College. We believe that community service develops the next generation of caring, active and aware citizens. More than half of all graduating seniors consistently report that they have engaged in volunteer activities. Nearly one-quarter of them participate in tutoring, teaching and other educational activities with children during their time at New College. The New College Service Club works closely with community organizations such as Habitat for Humanity to organize student volunteers.
Dr. Hernandez’s Story Name: Dr. Sarah Hernandez Associate Professor of Sociology Ph.D., University of Michigan Fulbright Fellow to Mexico, 2008-09 Interests: Work Organization, Social Movements, Latin America focus on volunteerism. Dr. Hernandez has worked with students in various venues to combine academic work and community service. Through tutorials that she has supervised, students have volunteered in organizations such as a soup kitchen and the Hispanic American Coalition, while doing research about related issues such as homelessness, hunger, social service organizations and labor unions. Her academic research explores the organization of work at production cooperatives, union collaboration across the U.S.Mexico border and the changing relationship between U.S. and Mexican labor unions. She is the third New College professor to receive a Fulbright Fellowship grant since 2005.
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good How did we spend our Fall Break?
By Rebecca Ryan Keenan
Alternative Fall Break is a growing movement among colleges across the country to involve students in community organizing and outreach. First-year student “Ryan” Keenan was among a group of New College students who volunteered to spend their fall break in New Orleans, helping to rebuild houses that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Part of the experience involved learning about the challenges displaced residents must face in order to return home. Here are excerpts from the article she wrote for The Catalyst (our student newspaper) in October 2008.
Three years after Hurricane Katrina, the residential areas of New Orleans can be described as progressively rotting away. Rehabilitation of homes appears as though it is coming to a standstill. It’s evident that most of the houses still suffer from water damage since the paint-chipped siding and roofs on houses sag. The most structurally sound buildings that can be seen are painted with golden arches, a dancing burger or some other mascot of a major fast-food chain. NCF alums Mia Brezin and Adam Roca are two AmeriCorps Vista Volunteer Coordinators based at New College and together they organized the Alternative Fall Break trip to New Orleans in order to get students to help relieve the devastated homes. While in New Orleans, Brezin was stationed with a group of New College volunteers in Common Ground Relief and Roca stayed with another group of students in the Lower 9th Ward Village. The Lower 9th Ward Village and Common Ground Relief are organizations whose mission is to provide immediate aid to hurricane victims and long-term support in rebuilding homes in New Orleans that have been affected by natural disaster. During the storm, Fox News found that an estimated 80 percent of New Orleans was submerged in water as deep as 20 feet in some places. In an interview with The Catalyst, first-year Dave Baker explained that he chose to spend fall break in New Orleans “because community is the thing that holds humanity together and… this is it. This is what we have to do. We have to service our humanity and help each other out as brothers.” Third-year Jessica Plante said that the most interesting thing from her trip to New Orleans was “hearing peoples’ stories and what they went through, what’s important to them, how much the community means to them, and how much they’re willing to give back and work to make things right again.” According to second-year Lindsey Shields, “volunteering in New Orleans made me realize that I want to help people for the rest of my life. I want to get my education and go to the Peace Corps and maybe run a non-profit [organization]. I feel like I could get a lot of gratification out of seeing the immediate effects of helping a lot of people.” New Orleans is still trying to rise out of the ruins of Hurricane Katrina three years after this major natural disaster, and through Alternative Fall Break, New College students came together in service to the community.
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Name: Megan Rimelspach Concentration: Humanities Hometown: Findley, Ohio IMPROVING THE HUMAN CONDITION. In 2006, seventeen
students spent their Alternative Fall Break in at a migrant farm camp in Immokalee, Florida, where they worked with Habitat for Humanity and other social service organizations. The trip was planned by Megan Rimelspach, a 2005 graduate who had returned to campus to serve as our AmeriCorps VISTA community service coordinator. “I was proud of the students for giving up their break to help other people,” says Megan. “I was impressed by their willingness to help people they had never met before. They were able to use the intensity and energy they usually direct towards academics to step outside of their comfort zones and really make a difference, while also growing as people.” Megan is making service her life’s work. In 2005-06, she was a Peace Corps volunteer working on community development projects and teaching English in Bangladesh. In 2007-08, she traveled to Korea under a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to teach English as a foreign language in a Korean secondary school. She wants to pursue a graduate degree in international development and public health.
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What do we do around town? Cool Links for a Hot Town 4sarasota.com myakkariver.org ringling.org sarasotafl.org sarasotafilmfestival.com thisweekinsarasota.org sarasotaorchestra.org sarasota.creativeloafing.com
Plenty! Sarasota is a great little town — the best small town in America, according to Money Magazine. It boasts an exciting arts scene, white sand Gulf beaches and acres of protected wetlands and state parks. You can spend a day at the Sarasota Folk Festival, watch a play featuring professional actors or conservatory students, take in your favorite band, catch a comedy show, or simply go out with friends for sushi or ribs.
Frank Lloyd Wright-designed performing arts hall and the historic Sarasota Opera House has recently been restored. For more world-class museums and popular entertainment, St. Petersburg and Tampa are less than 50 miles away.
If you love the arts, you can attend live theatre, orchestra, ballet and opera performances, most of which offer student discounts. Adjacent to campus are the world-renowned John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which includes a new visitor center and a beautifully restored historic theater, and the Asolo Repertory Theater. The Van Wezel is a
The beach is maybe 10 minutes away, so it’s a popular place for students to go. If I can get a ride there on a weekend night, I like to watch the gathering of the drum circle on Siesta Key and stay for sunset.”
The heart of Sarasota is located just two miles from campus and easily accessible by bike or public bus. Downtown is peppered with restaurants, bookstores, art galleries, antique stores and consignment shops. You can buy fresh veggies at the weekly Farmer’s Market, watch children play near the dolphin sculpture at Bayfront Park, broaden your horizons at our monumental Season of Sculpture, drink cappuccino at a cozy bookstore, dance to live music or enjoy a great sunset on a swing made for two.
Myakka River State Park protects one of the state’s most diverse natural areas. The designated “wild and scenic river” flows through 58 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands. Students can enjoy wildlife viewing from a boardwalk that stretches out over the Upper Myakka Lake, then take to the treetops with a stroll along the canopy walkway. There is boating, freshwater fishing, canoeing, kayaking and exploring trails that cross large expanses of rare Florida dry prairie.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art welcomes visitors from around the globe with fine art, an historic mansion, two circus museums and a jewel-box theater. Since this resource is right next door to our campus, the museum is a special treasure for New College students. Beyond internships, students collaborate with art professors in presenting public art talks and conduct physics research using advanced diagnostic equipment to identify pigments in paintings and ceramics.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens has 10 acres of lush tropical vegetation, winding jungle trails, bird and reptile shows and colorful flamingos (who love to be fed). Some of the animals were rescued from adverse or inhumane conditions. Many of the rare and endangered exotic birds were given by various rescue organizations nationwide. The native Florida Crocodiles, which are a “species of concern,” are on loan from the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm and a local breeder to use for educational and conservation purposes.
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a “reel” film mecca
The beaches here are awesome. To the north, Anna Maria Island has many public beaches and a very distinctive, funky culture. A few miles to the south, there is Lido Beach, adjacent to the trendy St. Armands Circle, where you can eat Cuban food at the Colombia Restaurant, buy natural cotton clothing, or enjoy jazz concerts and art fairs. Further south is the magnificent Siesta Beach, with a wide swath of white sand contributing to its top international ranking. Water sports of all kinds are readily accessible in the waters off our own campus — from sailing, canoeing and kayaking to the more adventurous wind surfing.
Held each spring, the Sarasota Film Festival is one of the nation’s premier showcases of new domestic, foreign, independent and studio films. The stars, directors and producers often introduce their own films. Film Festival programmer Holly Herrick is a New College alumna. Holly and her colleagues spend months working, researching, screening films and meeting with filmmakers, producers and distributors to create the festival’s film program. They visit the Sundance Film Festival to find films that will inspire audiences.
Myakka State Park, about 15 miles from campus, is Florida’s largest state park, and it’s a good place to view birds, alligators and other wildlife. The park has a fresh water lake, river, wetlands, pine flatwoods and prairie. There’s also canoeing, picnicking, hiking and camping, as there is at Oscar Scherer State Park. Mote Marine Laboratory on City Island offers an informative introduction to Gulf Marine life. Selby Gardens is a leading center of epiphyte research and micropropagation with over 10,000 species of orchids and lots of native plants.
I’ve been into dance since I was 16. So when I came to New College, I got in contact with some freelance choreographers and dancers in the community. I’ve become a member of the Fuzión Dance Artists modern dance troupe, which has been really exciting.” –Tim Murray
Independent and foreign films can be seen year-round at two theaters operated by the Sarasota Film Society — one in Burns Court downtown, the other in Lakewood Ranch. If you become a member, films are only $5, and students can also get involved in educational outreach. The 20-screen megaplex, Hollywood 20, is conveniently located downtown and is the home of the Sarasota Film Festival. The nearby $2 movie house is a popular hangout for students. On campus, films and related talks are shown under the auspices of the student-run Foreign Artsy Rare Film Society, the Office of Student Affairs and the Gender and Diversity Center. Professor of German Language and Literature Glenn Cuomo screens films as part of his courses on post-war German film, Professor of Art History Cris Hassold teaches a course on film noir, and Assistant Professor of German Language and Literature Wendy Sutherland has brought Afro-German filmmakers to campus to discuss their craft.
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apply here Choosing the right college involves finding a school that matches your lifestyle and personality, as well as one that offers top quality academics. If what you’ve read about New College has inspired you, then this may be the place for you. The next step is to apply. The fastest and easiest way to apply is to use the online Common Application. You’ll find a link for this, and tips for applying to New College, at ncf.edu/admissions/apply. If you prefer, you can print your Common Application or the New College Application from our website and mail it to us. (We can even send you a paper application form, on special request.) In keeping with New College’s educational philosophy, we seek highly capable students eager to take responsibility for their own education. Your application will be reviewed for your potential for academic success, and for the contributions you may make to the College community. We limit offers of admission to keep our class sizes conducive to discussion, and to facilitate maximum individual attention from faculty. This close connection between faculty and students is a big reason why the New College experiment has been such a success.
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Admissions at New College Everything you want to know about the admissions process at New College is a click away ncf.edu/admissions
Writing, Reference, Involvement
The State of Florida expects certain college preparatory work of all freshmen and most transfers. (See “Course Requirements” on the facing page.) We prefer that you complete an average of at least five solid academic Carnegie units — essentially, yearlong courses or the equivalent — in each year of high school. All applicants must meet the foreign language requirement. Occasionally we may make minor exceptions for requirements in other subjects. If you have questions, please contact one of our admissions counselors.
Our application contains a substantial writing requirement, because writing is strongly emphasized across the New College curriculum. We also value what your school thinks of you (as reflected in your academic recommendation), and how you choose to use your time beyond the classroom.
We strongly recommend that all students follow a challenging curriculum. For our calculation of the high school grade point average (GPA), courses in core academic subjects earn extra weight if they are Honors, Dual Enrollment, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Advanced International Certificate of Education. Generally, our entering freshmen have a weighted high school GPA of 3.7 or higher. (The state expects a minimum of 3.0 for most students.) Graduation from a regionally accredited high school (or the equivalent) is typically required, but we’ll also consider applications from students with the GED, and from students who would like to begin college early.
SAT & ACT Scores
If you’ve taken a test more than once, the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid will consider your best scores. Most (not all) of our admitted freshmen have scores in the 600s or higher for the SAT Critical Reading, Math, and Writing sections. Most (not all) of them who took the ACT have earned a composite score of 26 or higher. How Interested Are You?
We may consider your demonstrated interest in New College, as well as availability of our guaranteed scholarship funds, as factors in admission. This is because we must 1) enroll the number of students we are intended to serve and 2) be fiscally responsible with our scholarship dollars.
Name: Adam Schafer Concentration: History/Literature Hometown: Boise, ID
Choosing personal freedom. Adam is one of our Student Admissions Representatives. He says that he chose New College because of its unique blend of vigorous, self-directed academics and its small, closely-knit community. Adam’s favorite thing about New College is the personal freedom it affords the students. He also appreciates the fact that if you put the effort into something, you can accomplish it and reap the many benefits of our unique educational philosophy.
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Adam’s Story When Should You Apply? February 15 — that’s our Fall class deadline for priority scholarship consideration. It’s actually a better idea to get us all of your application materials at least a few weeks in advance, to give us a bit more time to review. If you’re a high school student, we recommend you begin to apply in the first semester of your senior year. If you’re a transfer, we recommend applying at least one semester before the term in which you’d like to enroll.
Our transfer students’ average GPA is usually 3.6 or higher. (The state requires at least a 2.0 cumulative college GPA, good standing, and — unless you’re earning the AA from a twoyear college — eligibility to return to the last institution attended as a degree-seeking student.) Transfer applicants should be enrolled in challenging courses for at least 12 semester hours per term, but we recommend 15 or more. If you’re earning the AA from a Florida public community college, contact us to speak with the Transfer Coordinator about the foreign language entry requirement, and how to waive requirements for the high school transcript and entrance exams. International Documents
For work done at schools abroad, we typically require a transcript evaluation — courseby-course with grade equivalents — by a NACES-member credential service such as www.jsilny.com. For any documents in a language other than English, arrange to have a professional translation done for us. If you’re seeking the F-1 international student visa, you’ll need to prove you can cover all of your expenses (after any scholarship funding that we might offer). If you’re already in the
Course Requirements The State of Florida requires, at minimum, successful completion of a certain number and distribution of units (i.e., years) of college preparatory high school courses, including the ones listed here. In total, 18 academic units are required, although we prefer that you complete at least 20 solid academic units by the end of high school.
U.S. on an F-1, we’ll need a visa clearance form, too. To help us keep track of what you need to send, please work closely with us. Go to ncf.edu/admissions/apply for more on these topics: • Frequently Asked Questions • Scholarships • Contact Us (to get in touch directly with our visit coordinator or your admissions counselor) • Alumni Graduate Studies and Careers QUESTIONS? Contact an Admissions Counselor today. Office of Admissions and Financial Aid 5800 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL 34243 (941) 487-5000 email@example.com
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4 units of English
3 units of mathematics (algebra or higher) for entry through 2010*
3 units of science (including 2 years of lab science)
3 units of social studies
2 consecutive units of the same foreign language
*Beginning with admission for the Fall 2011 entering class, we’re requiring four years of college preparatory math.
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Scholarships & financial aid IMPORTANT DATES January 1 Complete the FAFSA and submit it electronically, as soon after January 1 as possible February 15 Priority deadline for scholarships March 1 FAFSA processing deadline to receive priority consideration for need-based aid programs
New College has been recognized repeatedly for both academic quality and low cost. The Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance have made New College a top contender in their best values lists. (For recent rankings, including “Students Happy with Financial Aid,” go to ncf.edu/rankings-for-new-college.) Excellent value. Free? Alas, no. SCHOLARSHIPS
The good news is that we have a very competitive guaranteed freshman scholarship program — guaranteeing scholarship funding to all admitted freshmen who apply for the fall class by our priority deadline. We offer an ambitious array of both merit and need-based scholarships and grants. In fact, over 90 percent of our students receive some form of financial assistance. More good news: For our 2007 class, students who took out a loan graduated with an average
The financial aid I’ve received has helped me stay at New College and afforded me wonderful opportunities. I’m graduating with a double concentration in music and political science. I’ve gotten to work with members of the Sarasota Orchestra, which is a rare and priceless benefit for a student composer.” –Alejandro Castaño
debt that was $8,000 below the national average (source: The Project on Student Debt). There is no separate application form required for scholarship consideration. Fall scholarships for transfer students are assigned by the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, with special scholarship consideration for students earning the A.A. in a Florida public community college honors program. We invite you to visit our website at ncf.edu/admissions/financial-aid to see our scholarship details, important deadlines and tips on applying for scholarships. WORK STUDY PROGRAMS
New College of Florida offers part-time student employment through the New College Work Study (NCWS) program. This program is similar to the Federal Work Study program, which was authorized in 1965 for students with a documented need for help with college expenses. Most jobs include flexible schedules that consist of two or three consecutive hours, four or five days per week.
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The main objective of student employment programs is financial support, but on-the-job experience is also important. Ideally, students find jobs related to their interests, talents, and vocations and leave school with valuable work experience.
“Since my first year, I have been working in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid,” says John Emanuello, a mathematics major from Hollywood, Florida. “I have a flexible work schedule and am learning practical skills. Additionally, I have been able to serve New College and its community in a positive way. Overall, it has been a rewarding experience, not just fiscally speaking.”
Hometown: Blackwood, NJ
Jamie’s Story Name: Jamie Valentine
Out-of-state scholar. Jamie Valentine was interested in attending a college with innovative programs, but it needed to be an education that she and her family could afford. She loved the energy she felt during her campus visit and liked New College so much that she applied right away. The scholarship she received from New College made it possible for her to attend. Jamie’s financial support came from the Rhoda Pritzker Endowed Fund for Academic Excellence managed by the New College Foundation. An avid reader who is “crazy about literature,” Jamie has been a work-study student in the library for the past four years.
We encourage all U.S. Citizens and U.S. Permanent Resident Aliens to apply for need-based aid, using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. Think you won’t qualify for help? The only way to know is to apply. Here are some other good reasons to file a FAFSA: 1. If you have a change in financial circumstances, it gives you a baseline reading to start documenting that change. If you or your family have an unexpected medical bill or job loss, a baseline can be especially helpful. 2. If you’re offered anything you don’t want to accept, you don’t have to accept it. 3. If you’re offered a loan that’s bigger than the amount you want to borrow, you can reduce the amount of the loan.
My mom is a waitress and my father is disabled. I’m the first in my family to attend college. The First Generation Scholarship that I received from New College has been a blessing for all of us. My dad says that this is the American dream fulfilled.” –Ron Overing III
If you need a loan to afford college (especially a college in your top five list), accepting the loan — or part of it — may be one of the best investments you can make in yourself. To make sure you don’t borrow more than you can handle, or spend more than you can afford, work with our financial aid staff to learn how to make good budget decisions while you’re in school and when it’s time to begin repaying your loan. If you receive aid, it may be in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and/or campus job opportunities. Please visit ncf.edu/admissions/ financial-aid for a detailed listing of our financial aid sources, and helpful links to the following: • Cost of Attendance • Scholarship Search Engines • Out-of-State Scholarships • Florida Resident Programs (including Florida Prepaid and Bright Futures Scholarship Programs) • Applying for Aid (a step-by-step guide) • Expected Family Contribution Estimator (through finaid.org) • Award Comparison for your packages from other schools (through collegeboard.com) QUESTIONS? Office of Admissions and Financial Aid 5800 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL 34243 (941) 487-5000 firstname.lastname@example.org ncf.edu/admissions/financial-aid
No. 8 Best Value in Public Education —Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
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come visit new college Go to this link for directions and maps to New College, along with a list of area accommodations ncf.edu/admissions/visit-us
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A campus visit is the best way to get to know New College. While you’re here, you can stroll through our historic buildings, tour our Living Ecosystems Teaching and Research Aquarium, have lunch in our student-run café and meet fellow students and professors. Plan Ahead
It’s best to contact us in advance to arrange your visit. We offer information sessions and tours Monday through Friday. Current students lead most of our tours. (Walk-in visitors are welcome on a space available basis.) Sarasota •
No, it’s not a pinwheel. New College’s Four Winds emblem symbolizes the constant newness of the search for knowledge and truth. The central sun represents the light of knowledge and source of life and energy. The flowing lines represent the sea, the wind, the four seasons and the four points of the compass. This timeless symbol captures the essence of a New College education: always fresh, always moving, always on the verge of discovery.
You can also request additional appointments to visit classes, tour special facilities and speak personally with your Admissions and Financial Aid counselors. To arrange your campus visit, contact our Visit Coordinator at email@example.com or call us at (941) 487-5000.
Traveling to New College
By plane: If you’re flying into SarasotaBradenton International Airport (SRQ), ask your local hotel if it provides transportation to and from campus. Shuttle service from Tampa International Airport (TPA) or St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) is also available. By car: Via Interstate 75, use Exit 213 and travel west on University Parkway until you reach U.S. 41, North Tamiami Trail. Turn right (north) onto U.S. 41 and then left onto College Drive at the next stoplight. Go straight (west) at the stop sign and enter our bayfront campus. Continue along College Drive, following signs to College Hall. The Admissions Welcome Center is located on the first floor of College Hall. Park in a designated visitor space or ask our Visit Coordinator for a parking permit.
There are hotels and motels near campus, plus many near the beach. Check with our Visit Coordinator for details, including which ones offer special rates to our visitors. (Be sure to ask about your New College discount when you make your reservation.)
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