May 2018


Points of Pride

Jas Marie

Jas Marie

On April 28, New College student Jas Marie took second place in the local portion of the Toastmasters International Spring 2018 International Speech and Evaluation Contest – a great showing in the region’s premier public speaking competition.

Student Charlotte Levengood ’17 has earned a spot at the Young Playwright’s Festival, hosted by the Blank Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The festival will produce her play, “The Gentile’s Song,” along with 11 others to be performed next month. This is her second play chosen by the Festival — When she was 16, her play “Lazy Boy,” was also performed in L.A. Playwrights are assigned a mentor, a director, and actors who are active in the acting scene in Los Angeles. Past winners include Stephen Karam who won a Tony in 2016 for his play, “The Humans.” Learn more at

Katrina Carlin has been awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at the Engineering Laboratory operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Professor Steve Shipman served as Katrina’s sponsor, while Courtney Hughes, director of student success programs, helped Katrina prepare and submit her proposal.

Thesis student Naimul Chowdhury and third-year Lorelei Domke received competitive Critical Language Scholarships from the U.S. State Department. Both will attend intensive Chinese language programs this summer, Lorelei in Tainan, Taiwan, and Naim in Xi’an, China. Lorelei is currently studying in China on Gilman and Freeman Asia scholarships.

Student Ozan Gokdemir will be working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this summer as a Learning Science Undergraduate Researcher in the MIT Teaching Systems Lab. He will be using his programming skills to design games and learning tools for teacher education.

On April 25-27, New College hosted the Environmental Summit 2018, presented by the Science and Environmental Council (SEC) of Southwest Florida. The conference drew more than 600 attendees. Julie Morris, associate vice president of academic affairs and a member of the SEC board, was a panelist and “Viewpoint” presenter at the Summit. Frank Alcock, associate professor of political science and environmental affairs, and Brad Oberle, assistant professor of biology, were panel discussion moderators. Alum Jono Miller gave a “viewpoint” talk, and alum Melissa Nell was a panelist. Professor of anthropology Uzi Baram and Emily Saarinen, associate professor of biology and environmental studies, and a number of students contributed posters. Students also managed the compost and recycling for this zero waste conference. They served as session timers and provided drumming to signal the start and end of sessions. A special thanks to Elizabeth Moore for her support of the conference.

In Memoriam

On April 14, a memorial service was held for Professor of German Glenn Cuomo. It was a lovely and well-attended event, with friends including Mike Michalson, Steve Miles, Miriam Wallace, Alberto Portugal, Wendy Sutherland, John Martin, Suzanne Janney, George Ruppeiner, Malena Carrasco, Cris Hassold and student Alexis Pujol sharing their memories of Glenn.

Sgt. Michael Mahaney, a 14-year veteran of our Campus Police Department, died on April 4. He often worked the midnight shift on campus. Sgt. Mahaney was dedicated to, and much liked by, our students, and he will be missed.

In Print

“A Companion to Medieval Genoa,” a new collection edited by Carrie Beneš, associate professor of history, has just appeared. In addition to editing the 520-page essay collection, Carrie contributed an introduction, an essay on civic identity, a glossary of technical terms and careful notes.

Anthony Andrews, professor of anthropology, recently published chapters in “Pathways to Complexity: A View from the Maya Lowlands,” a volume edited by Kathryn Brown and George Bey, and published by the University Press of Florida. The Anderson et al. chapter is a summary of their research on the Preclassic period (800 BCE to 250 CE) of NW Yucatán, which has been a major focus of many of their projects over the last 19 years.

Congratulations to Carl Shaw, associate professor of Greek language and literature for his new book, “Euripides: Cyclops – A Satyr Play,” which was published by Bloomsbury in February.

Fang-yu Li, assistant professor of Chinese language and culture, has an article titled “To Be or Not to Be a Playwright: The Dialogical Self and the Function of Theater inChi Wei-Jan’s Novels” in the April issue of American Journal of Chinese Studies.

Xia Shi, assistant professor of history and Marian Hoppin Chair of Asian Studies, has published a new book, “At Home in the World: Women and Charity in Late Qing and Early Republican China.” The book was released in March by Columbia University Press. The book is available at our Jane Bancroft Cook Library, and information is available here.

Outside NCF

A team of professor of mathematics Necmettin Yildirim’s students took second place in a regional mathematical modeling competition. Third-years Zach Hanna, Daniel McGinnis and Kathryn Van Etten participated in “SCUDEM 2018,” the Student Competition Using Differential Equations Modeling.

Students in Leymis Wilmott’s Modern Dance and Performance and Urban Dance Technique classes participated in the National Water Dance event on April 14 on the Bayfront. It was part of a national, simultaneous performance at individual water sites across the United States, intended to bringing attention to water crises.

At USFSM’s Financial Literacy Day on April 5, three of assistant professor of economics Sherry Yu‘s students, YoungKeun Oliveira, Julia Godfrey, and Kenneth Kent, received Bloomberg certificates.

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