Fall Traditions Make For a Happy Halloween
Halloween manifested itself at New College in many ways. The most visible, probably, was the annual Pumpkin Patch festival at the Counseling and Wellness Center. About 275 students stopped by on Oct. 25 to paint pumpkins, have a caricature drawn, grab a snack or try their hand at Hula-Hooping.
Another tradition continued with the pre-schoolers from the New College Child Center going Trick-or-Treating on ACE Plaza and in the Library. Cuteness, cheer and a bit of high-pitched shrieking from the costumed kids (a robot, fairy, fire department Dalmatian, ladybug and assorted superheroes) were the order of the day.
Halloween also brought a local TV news team from Sarasota’s ABC 7 to campus. The Paranormal Society of Bradenton visited College Hall, which they claim is haunted by the spirits of the Ringling family.
Professor Glenn Cuomo Remembered as Dedicated Teacher
Dr. Glenn R. Cuomo, Professor of German Studies, passed away suddenly on October 25, 2017, after a valiant four-year battle with an extremely rare and hard-to-cure cancer. Professor Cuomo was a beloved teacher of German literature, film, and culture, ranging widely from Goethe to Gὕnther Grass. He was known for his popular Weimar film course, his generosity with tutorials, and his impassioned love of the German language. He taught here for 35 years, from 1982 until this October, and relished his engagement with students.
Professor Cuomo was an active and brilliant intellect, a scholar, and a dedicated teacher who also provided great service to the College. He chaired the Division of Humanities twice, from 2000-04 and from 2006-07. He was co-director of the College’s accreditation efforts from 2006 to 2016, and served as Campus Fulbright Program Advisor from 1995 until his death.
Survived by his wife, Claudia, and by his mother, Gloria Avalon; three sisters, two brothers and numerous nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, Professor Cuomo touched many students’ lives over the years with his caring, endless patience and will be long remembered by our community. A celebration of his life may be held at a later date.