June 2018


Inside New College

New College has hired Kristie Harris as the College’s first associate vice president for administration. She has served as director of university budgets for the State University System since 2008. Harris will oversee New College’s budgets and prepare its legislative budget requests, and provide executive leadership to several units in the Finance & Administration division. She also will oversee acquisition of land and management of property leases, serve as the College’s liaison with the shared campus bookstore, and staff certain Board of Trustees’ committees as well as the New College Development Corporation Board.

Associate Professor of Chemistry Suzanne Sherman has agreed to serve as Associate Provost, beginning July 1.

Associate Professor of English Robert Zamsky is stepping down after serving as dean of studies. He will be taking leave for a year and then will return to the English faculty.

Douglas Langston, professor of religion and philosophy, retired at the end of this academic year after a long and distinguished career (41 years) of teaching and administrative duties at New College. At a reception May 2, he was also presented with President Don O’Shea’s letter naming him faculty emeritus.

General Counsel Mike Pierce departed on May 25 for a position with Florida State University in Tallahassee. A search is underway for his replacement; the position is expected to be filled by the end of the year.

Garin C. Hoover, a Sarasota-Bradenton real estate broker, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of New College of Florida by Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Points of Pride


All staff of the Campus Police Department have completed a course titled “Tactical Communication and De-escalation Techniques.” It teaches officers and dispatchers to recognize the underlying conditions which create conflict; to anticipate resistance based on verbal and non-verbal cues; to avoid language which increases resistance; to demonstrate active listening skills; and to use intervention strategies and persuasive phrases to successfully guide, persuade and negotiate with verbally combative individuals.

For the 15th year, Sandra Gilchrist, professor of biology and director of Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center, has secured external funding from different sources such as Publix Supermarket Charities and the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program for her PUSH/SUCCESS program. The summer program, which returns June 10-22, provides a comprehensive set of environment education activities on campus and on the Bay linking the environment to health issues. As in previous years, the program focuses on under-represented middle school and high school students from across Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Steve Miles, professor of music, and Ron Silver, producer of New Music New College have again secured funding from the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County through the Tourist Development Cultural/Arts Program to support NMNC’s 2018-2019 season.

Jayne Gardiner, assistant professor of biology, received funding from the Mote Scientific Foundation to participate in phase 3 of “Wiring the Bay: Developing an Acoustic Sensing Network for Sarasota Bay and Surrounding Waters.” She and New College students will perform acoustic telemetry over the summer to detect animal movements in and out of the Sarasota Bay passes, along the coast and offshore.

Third-year student Lorelei Domke and thesis student Naimul Chowdhury received the highly competitive Critical Language Scholarship. Lorelei and Naimul are attending intensive Chinese language programs this summer, fully funded by the scholarship. Lorelei is scheduled to attend the program at Tainan, Taiwan, while Naimul will attend at Xi’an, China.

Third-year Katrina Carlin was awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to perform research at the Engineering Laboratory at Gaithersburg, Maryland. This award is granted to outstanding undergraduate students to pursue careers in science and engineering. Katrina was sponsored by Steve Shipman, associate professor of physical chemistry and Leonard Florsheim chair.

Thesis student and Fulbright recipient Miles Iton‘s short documentary film Sincerely, the Black Kids had a screening in Sainer on May 12. The movie, initially an extension of Miles’ senior thesis, chronicles the experiences of black student government leaders throughout the country. Miles and Paul Loriston, the first black student government presidents of the NCSA, represent New College in the movie. Both Miles and Paul graduated in May.

On May 8, students in Professor Erin Dean’s Anthropology of Food and Professor Mecca Zabriskie’s Cultural Politics and Performance in the African Diaspora courses held an open viewing of documentary performances and videos they created. These courses are connected to “Our Common Threads: Oral History and Arts Integrated Teaching and Learning Faculty Seminar” that NCF and USF/SM professors have been participating in during the 2017-18 academic year, sponsored by the Mellon Foundation grant.

Thomas McCarthy, associate professor of history, is on sabbatical in Munich at the Monumenta Germaniae Historica, the German national institute for medieval studies, continuing his research into the early twelfth-century chronicles that stem from the writings of a German monk.

Director of Philanthropy Michael Foley has secured a $100,000 bequest from a longtime Sarasota community member and friend of the College. The bequest will endow a scholarship fund for students in need.

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