Dear World Comes to Campus
The Dear World project, born in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2009, came to New College Aug. 31, where dozens of students, faculty and staff shared their personal messages to the world through unique portraits.
Gathering in the ACE Lounge, participants were asked to share a specific moment or experience from their lives. “It could be something that motivates you, haunts you, makes you smile,” the instructions read. They were then guided through a series of questions to refine a short message that was written on their bodies.
The Dear World project has taken more than 50,000 portraits worldwide.
Counseling and Wellness Center Welcomes Students Back At Luau
The Counseling and Wellness Center hosted a luau Sept. 6 to welcome students and staff back to campus for the Fall term.
It was a chance to meet the staff and learn more about the CWC's services and programs for the year. Students enjoyed tropical treats and many had a nameplate hand-drawn by Pippi's Asian Art Name Painting.
'New College Cares' Assists in Community Cleanup Efforts
On Aug. 26, teams of students braved the rainy weather to participate in "New College Cares," a community service program.
For the program, organized by New College's VISTA coordinator Josh Merced, students from all cohorts chose to spend four hours of their Saturday morning doing clean-up and organizational work at one of three sites.
At Turning Points, a Bradenton homeless assistance center, their task was to spruce up the facility's grounds. Most of the debris was found off of the property, in nearby fields and abandoned buildings where many displaced individuals congregate.
At the Coquina Beach clean-up, the students picked up trash and removed invasive plants under the watchful eye of Michelle Leahy, the volunteer coordinator with Manatee County's Park and Natural Resources Department.
In addition, some students stayed on campus to renovate the Gender and Diversity Center. In all, 37 students took part in New College Cares.
"The students who participated in this year's event showed agencies we served the true meaning of community here at New College," Merced said. "Whether new or returning, everyone came with an open mind to learn, meet someone new, and most importantly, have fun."