Vir Sondhi, a founding board member of the Sarasota World Affairs Council, recently made a special gift to New College. In memory of Genella, his beloved wife of 60 years, he has established a named endowed scholarship for undergraduate students that are the first generation to attend college. In recognition of his leadership with SWAC and his generosity toward impacting student success, New College’s Center for Engagement and Opportunity community area, located in the Cook Library, will be named the Sondhi CEO Lounge.
On Nov. 9, President Don O’Shea and several staff members attended the SUS Board of Governors meeting to report on the implementation of the first round of our growth plan, for which we received $5.4 million of recurring funding.
The growth proposal, which the BOG unanimously approved, set goals of increasing enrollment to 1,200 students by 2023-24, and increasing four-year graduation rates to 80 percent for that cohort.
The College reported significant progress on its most important goal, creating and filling 15 multidisciplinary faculty positions. Faculty developed and evaluated position proposals that build on our strengths, capitalize on our location and meet student demand.
New College also has increased support for students through hiring a health educator and a coordinator, case manager, and assistant director of Student Disability Services. The College also invested in an Office of Diversity and Inclusion, with a director and programming, and added new positions in admissions, student activities and engagement, and other areas.
Points of Pride
On Nov. 17, New College Trustee Audrey Coleman was honored by the Westcoast Black Theater Troupe for 18 years of service. It was a lovely honor for Audrey and speaks to her community service, not just at WBTT but at New College as well. She was also recently honored by Jewish Family and Children Services.
On Nov. 19, students’ soccer and flag football teams recently played a round-robin against teams from Ringling College and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee in a revival of the Turkey Bowl. Congratulations to our students – both teams went undefeated, and New College reclaimed the Turkey Bowl trophy from Ringling!