March 2017

On Campus

Black History Month Explores The Intersection of Blackness and Social Activism

Students listen to poet and activist Kavindu Ade at the Symposium on Redefining Activism: Navigating Identity and Self-Care on March 4.

Students listen to poet and activist Kavindu Ade at the Symposium on Redefining Activism: Navigating Identity and Self-Care on March 4.

Black History Month at New College was the brainchild of alumnus Nasib McIntosh ‘12 and sociology professor Queen Zabriskie. Three years later, the Black History Month (BHM) planning committee has become a subsect of the College’s Black Student Union. This year, funding for Black History Month came from the $750,000 Andrew W. Mellon Grant, which was generously awarded to the College in support of the humanities program.

“My first year, [Black History Month] was very limited in the scope of events because it was only a few people,”New College Student Alliance co-President Paul Loriston said. “As black people, we only get one month of recognition. Even in school curriculum, they don’t teach about blackness and, when they do, it’s constrained into the shortest month of the year. We deserve so much more than just a month."

Read more here.

Heiser Expansion on Track for Fall Opening

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The expansion of the Heiser Natural Sciences Complex is taking shape. The $9.7 million project will add a third wing to the Heiser complex, housing labs, classrooms and faculty offices, and increasing space by more than 50 percent. Construction is expected to be complete by fall 2017. Read more about the project here.

New College Foundation Announces Three New Board Members

The Board of the New College Foundation welcomed three new members and appointed new officers at its Feb. 3 meeting. Joining the board are Karin E. Gustafson, Charles H. Hamilton ‘64 and William R. Johnston.

Gustafson is a retired nonprofit executive who has worked with many charities across the region and is a resident of Bradenton. Hamilton is a former philanthropy executive whose career has focused on the importance of civil society and a resident of Sarasota. Johnston is retired from the financial sector after a long and distinguished career on Wall Street and a resident of Bradenton.

Read more here.

Disability Awareness Month

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Campus Disability Services has been sponsoring events on campus throughout the month of March to raise awareness of different types of disabilities that students deal with on a daily basis. The first event was a Diversability Wall, where students were able to write about experiences with their own disabilities or issues that friends may have. Upcoming events include being able to play with therapy dogs from the Humane Society on March 23.

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