March 2017


Points of Pride

Assistant Professor of Biology Jayne Gardiner’s proposal has been selected for funding by the Mote Scientific Foundation to expand a network of tag receivers within Sarasota Bay and increase the capacity to detect animal movements in and out of the Sarasota Bay passes. This will allow Jayne and the team at Mote to determine residency time in Sarasota Bay and also to monitor animal movements from creek to Gulf.

Emily Saarinen was selected by the Minnesota Zoological Garden to partner with them in performing research on the native Minnesota butterfly species. In addition to strengthening ties with external institutions, the project provides undergrad research opportunities for select New College students.

Dr. Keith Kokseng in the Counseling and Wellness Center has obtained his Florida license as a psychologist.

Outside New College

Samantha Burns gave a lecture at the University of Tampa discussing the collaborative multi-media installation, “Day by Day,” currently exhibited at “Electronics Alive.” The work is an interactive sculpture and animation in collaboration with animator/artist Naghmeh Farzaneh, who is a visiting artist at RIT in New York. “Day by Day” was installed as a solo exhibition at 621 Gallery in Tallahassee from Jan. 4-28. It was most recently exhibited at the University of Tampa’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, as part of the “Electronics Alive IX” exhibition from Jan. 24 to March 3.

Humanities Librarian Theresa Burress and Professor Maribeth Clark presented as part of a panel “A Framework for Collaboration: Engaging faculty in information literacy through the ACRL Framework,” at the Music Library Association Annual Meeting on Feb. 23 in Orlando.

Mark Dancigers composed a new work for the NOW Ensemble and the rock band San Fermin this past December, and the music was performed in January at the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Hall in New York City. The performance received a critic’s pick feature in The New York Times.

Science Librarian Alyson Gamble was named to the planning committee for the 2017 Digital Library Federation Forum, to be held in October in Pittsburgh.

The American Librarian Association has named Humanities Librarian Theresa Burress a 2017 Mover and Shaker, in the Educator category, for her innovative work on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) and digital humanities initiatives. — you can read more here.

Andrea Knies has been invited to serve on the CareerSource Youth Committee. This committee works on initiatives and programs that help local students reach their full potential in colleges and careers.

On Jan. 17, New College hosted a reception for the National Council of Jewish Women’s Women in Power honorees and luncheon supporters. Two of the four honorees are revered members of the New College community, foundation board member Sue Jacobson and adjunct faculty member Lisa Merritt. The reception celebrated 35 years of powerful, female leadership in the Sarasota and Manatee communities. Over the past three and a half decades, many recipients have had close connections to New College including our current Board of Trustees Chair Felice Schulaner ‘78, current Foundation Board Director Renee Hamad, former Foundation Board Director Christine Jennings and the late Prof. Peggy Bates. The following day, Sue and Lisa were honored at Michael’s on East with a large New College contingent in support of their achievements. Jessica Rogers, associate vice president for advancement, played a key role in both events by serving on the Women in Power luncheon committee and debuting a new video for the NCJW’s local chapter that she produced for the organization.

In Print

Miriam L. Wallace was among experts invited to write for a Roundtable Panel on “Affect and the Short Story” just published in the Journal of the Short Story in English, Double Issue: Part I: Affect and the Short Story and Cycle, Spring 2016, pp. 163-213. (Universite Presse de Rennes).

Amy Clore had a chapter published in the text Plant Cells and their Organelles, (Chapter 12: Vacuoles and Protein Bodies, William Dashek and Amy M. Clore.) See more here.

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