Wells College News Archives 1997

News stories from the College's archives.

Wells students join discussion with corporate leaders

Four students from Wells were selected to attend the ninth annual Foundation for Student Communication International Conference held November 23 through 25 in New York City.

Amy Hawkins of Spencerport, New York, Christin Schaaf of Webster, New York, Marnie Reusser of Ithaca, New York, and Anne Dean of Crestline, California were among the 200 students from across the country who participated.

This year's conference was entitled, "Rising to the Modern Challenge: Corporate Public Responsibility," and provided a forum for college students to discuss pertinent issues with some of the nation's top executives. Issues addressed included how the corporate community can effect societal change and how business can be more responsive to community needs.

New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman gave the keynote address. Among the corporate executives who participated were Frank Popoff, chairman of Dow Chemical; John Ong, chairman and CEO of B.F. Goodrich Company; Dennis Strigl, CEO of Bell Atlantic NYNEX; Albert Dowden, chairman and CEO of Volvo North America; and Denise Weiner, vice president of The Prudential Corp.

The Foundation for Student Communication is a non-profit organization based in Princeton University whose mission is to create a forum for discussion between students and corporate leaders. Students are nominated to attend by an administrator at the college where they are enrolled.

December, 1997

 


Panel and open forum examine academic freedom

The Wells College Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) will present a panel presentation and open discussion, What Gives You the Right: Free Speech in the Academy, on Friday, December 5, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in Main Building's Chapel on the Wells campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The moderator will be A. Thomas Vawter, professor of biology at Wells. The panel will consist of Wells faculty members Scott Heinekamp, professor of physics and president of the Wells chapter of AAUP; Bruce Bennett, professor of English and vice president/recruitment chair of the Wells chapter; Crawford Thoburn, professor of music; and Milene Morfei, assistant professor of psychology. A Wells student will also participate on the panel.

The discussion will deal with such issues as free speech in an academic community, rights and responsibilities of members of the community, governance structures, confidentiality and access to information, and the function of tenure. Readings (available to students beforehand) will include excerpts from the Wells College Collegiate Constitution, the American Association of University Professors' Red Book, and the magazine Academe.

The Wells College Chapter of the AAUP was formed in 1996 and has been officially recognized by the association's national office in Washington, D.C.; it was formally inaugurated at a public ceremony at the college during February 1997.

The American Association of University Professors was founded in 1915 in order to promote academic freedom for faculty members, a new idea at the time. The AAUP remains the leading organization primarily dedicated to protecting the academic freedom of professors.

December, 1997

 


British government program established

A new affiliation established by Wells enables students to spend a semester in London interning with a member of the House of Commons or House of Lords. As part of this program, they also study political science and public policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

The first two Wells students selected for the program are Christin Schaaf '99 of Webster, New York, and Rebecca Good '99 of Bradford Woods, Penn. They were selected as the result of a rigorous interviewing process, and will spend spring semester 1998 in London. Both are public affairs majors with a concentration in government and politics.

Nan M. DiBello, assistant professor of political science at Wells, and Nancy Karpinski, the college's director of career development services, were instrumental in establishing the affiliation. One or two students from Wells will be selected for the program each semester, said Karpinski.

Through this affiliation, Wells students participate in the Hansard Scholars Programme in Parliamentary and Public Policy Studies. They spend at least three days each week working for a member of the House of Commons or House of Lords or they may select an internship with a political party or political organization. Their internship responsibilities include writing speeches, researching political issues, preparing briefs, and taking part in the member of Parliament's constituency work.

Students also take three political science courses at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Included is a substantial research project based on work done in the internship. The London School of Economics and Political Science is the only British university specializing solely in the study of the social sciences and has a worldwide reputation in the field.

The Hansard Scholars Programme is administered by The Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government, which was established in 1944. It takes its name from "Hansard," the official record of parliamentary proceedings in Britain. Winston Churchill and Clement Attlee were its first two members. The program was established to help students appreciate differences as well as similarities between the political cultures of the United Kingdom and the United States.

Wells' involvement in The Hansard Programme is the result of its membership in the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) in Washington, D.C. PLEN is a consortium of women's colleges dedicated to providing women with leadership opportunities in government and public policy.

December, 1997

 


Undergraduate research project leads to scholarly publication

Students conducting scholarly research side by side with faculty members has a long and distinguished history at Wells. An ongoing undergraduate research project at the college has received international recognition with the publication of an article in a major scientific journal, Biochemistry (Vol. 36, No. 33, 1997). This project exemplifies a spirit of collaboration and reveals the benefits of this distinctive aspect of the college's liberal arts curriculum.

Associate Professor of Chemistry Christopher T. Bailey co-authored the study with a group of his former students: Cheryl Byrne '96, Kristi Chrispell Forbes '93, Catherine Molkenbur-Newman '93, Marcy Sackett '92, Katherine Reid-Birch '90, Kärin McCollum 91, Denise Vibbard 90, and Rose Catelli West '89. Entitled "Effect of a Covalently Attached Synergistic Anion on Chelator-Mediated Iron-Release from Ovotransferrin: Additional Evidence for Two Concurrent Pathways," the publication is the result of students from different class years sharing their knowledge.

Bailey's research group has been studying transferrin, a protein which is responsible for shuttling iron around the human body. He explains, "Transferrin is also implicated in the treatment of iron-overload disorders. The condition is treated by injecting the patient with a small, iron-binding molecule called a chelator. The chelator removes the iron from transferrin and allows it to be excreted by the body. Our research has focused on determining the mechanism by which the chelators remove the iron from the protein."

The chelator currently used clinically is toxic and slow acting. "When patients require chelation therapy they have to go into the hospital where the chelator is administered by continuous, intravenous infusion over many hours, usually overnight," says Bailey. "Because this treatment may be required several times a week, the biggest obstacle to its success is patient non-compliance. By helping to decipher the mechanism by which the chelator works with the protein to remove iron, we hope our research will allow others to design and develop more effective chelators."

This research, which has been a part of the education of Wells science students for nearly a decade, is an extension of work Bailey did while he was in graduate school at the University of Vermont. He brought the project to Wells when he began teaching, and a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in 1989 enabled the first wave of Wells students to join him during the summer.

Rose Catelli West '89 was the first student to work on the project. She is now a project scientist at Triangle Laboratories, Inc., in North Carolina, which is a leader in the field of testing environmental samples for highly toxic dioxins and related compounds. Her contribution to the research was getting basic procedures to work properly in the Wells lab. Looking back she recalls, "I was a junior when Dr. Bailey arrived at Wells fresh from graduate school. At the time, I hoped it would not become the long-term project that it has; however, I left Wells secure in the knowledge that the natural gumption of the Wells woman would win out over the initial difficulties and the sheer amount of work involved."

Marcy Sackett '92 is in her sixth year of graduate school at Indiana University and plans to finish her Ph.D. in biochemistry this May. She takes great satisfaction in viewing the research as the cumulative effort of several different "generations" of Wells students. "The generations aspect of the project is exemplified by the fact that we were each trained by the generation before us. Then, before we graduated, we passed our experience and protocol on to the next generation. This gave each of us an opportunity to learn and then give our knowledge - like the college motto 'To have and to share,'" she says.

Kristi Chrispell Forbes '93 is working on her Ph.D. in the department of genetics at the Harvard Medical School in Boston. She views the use of generations of students as a way to overcome natural time constraints facing undergraduate researchers. Forbes says, "I didn't realize it at the time, but now that I have worked full-time on projects, I can see Dr. Bailey is doing a great job integrating the limited amount of work each student has time to do during a couple of semesters at Wells into a full-scale, scientific investigation. At the time, I also didn't realize how many of us would be involved in the project as it progressed."

Currently a first-year graduate student at Cornell University in the field of animal science, department of reproductive physiology, Cheryl Byrne '96 joined the project in its latter phase and used her work as a senior thesis project. The right balance of challenge and support in Chris's approach to teaching made the experience meaningful for her. Byrne says, "Once I was familiar with equipment and procedures, Dr. Bailey only came into the lab if I asked him. He let me have all the autonomy I felt I needed. The confidence and appreciation for accountability I developed have already been important factors in the current phase of my life."

Nearly all the co-authors have pursued careers in science or attend graduate programs in the sciences. While they have come away with different perspectives, they are in agreement that involvement in the project gave them a competitive edge. Sackett says, "My undergraduate research with Dr. Bailey prepared me for graduate school because I had the opportunity to learn about research and to gain confidence in the laboratory. Wells is a wonderful setting for a woman to develop into a scientist."

November, 1997

 


Alumna named annual giving officer

Margaret J. Thomas, who graduated from Wells in 1984, is the new associate director of development, annual giving at the college.

Her primary responsibility in this position is to work with an extensive network of alumna, student, and parent volunteers that generates financial support for the college. She coordinates direct mail campaigns, phonathons, and makes personal visits and solicitations to raise funds for the college.

Before beginning her current position at Wells, Thomas spent three years working in the Annual Giving Office at St. Bonaventure University where she held positions of steadily increasing responsibility, first as assistant and then as associate director of annual giving. As the manager of St. Bonaventure's telephone outreach program, she trained and supervised a large staff of student workers.

Thomas also gained valuable fund-raising skills working for Telecomp Inc., a Rochester, New York-area telemarketing company that provides support for colleges, hospitals, and other non-profit organizations. She began her career at the Chase Manhattan Bank in Rochester and held a number of positions during her six-year tenure.

She studied in the graduate program in literature at the State University of New York College at Brockport and received her bachelor of arts degree in English from Wells.

"It is an exciting time to be working in the development area at Wells," said Thomas. "As the direct result of fund-raising efforts, the use of technology in the liberal arts curriculum has been greatly enhanced since I was a student. Generous donors keep Wells current by providing key academic resources for students today. I am pleased to be a part of this effort."

November, 1997

 


New vice president for external relations will lead college's $50 million comprehensive campaign

Cornell University administrator Jan Kennedy Olsen has been named vice president for external relations at Wells and will begin the new position in January of 1998, according to Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson.

Olsen will lead the college's comprehensive campaign to raise $50,000,000 by the year 2000. The campaign entered its public phase in 1995 and has raised $37,000,000 toward the goal. "Jan brings to Wells a wealth of fund-raising and management experience," says Ryerson. "She is well-suited to lead our campaign through its final and most challenging phase."

For the last 15 years, Olsen has served as director of the Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell. During that time Mann has become a premier institution receiving international recognition for its remarkable collections and technological innovations. Under her leadership, the library won the first ALA/Meckler Library of the Future Award and the John Cotton Dana Award; it is the only library to have had a complete issue of Library Hi-Tech devoted to its achievements.

Olsen has been extremely successful at generating the considerable resources needed to support Mann Library. She quadrupled the library's endowment, initiated a five million dollar endowment campaign and successfully persuaded the State of New York to provide $17 million for an addition that will double available space. A government and corporate grants writing program she created generates $750,000 annually.

"Jan is coming to Wells at a time when the college is establishing new initiatives to increase the use of computers and information technology in the liberal arts curriculum. I am sure her knowledge and enthusiasm in this area will help us raise the funds we need to become an innovator in the application of technology in the women's college setting," said Ryerson.

While Olsen has played a central role opening the gateway to the Information Age at Cornell, she remains dedicated to the human factor. Her exceptional skills as a manager have been recognized through numerous honors. She has received the State University of New York Chancellor's Award For Excellence in Professional Service and the National Honor Society for Agricultural Science Award for Innovative Administration, among others.

In addition to her years of service to Cornell, she has worked as a Planning and Analysis Librarian in the Office of Information Resources Management at the U.S. Department of the Interior; Chief of Public Services at the National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture; and Director and Associate Professor of Steenbock Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin.

Olsen has a strong commitment to agricultural development and works extensively in the Third World. She has represented abroad the United States government and institutions of higher education and carried out consultancies in Brazil, Peru, the Philippines, Spain and Africa. One of her major projects at Mann Library, supported through a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, has been the identification of the world's most significant literature on food and agriculture so it can be shared with developing nations.

She has conducted a number of research projects exploring the application of electronic technology to the use and storage of scholarly information. As a librarian, she is concerned that scholars and scholarship will be effectively served by the emerging electronic library. One of her most recent accomplishments is a book published by the Meckler Press on electronic journal literature and its implications for scholars.

Another aspect of her professional experience makes her particularly suited to her new position at Wells: She served as director of the library and chairperson of the department of library science at Alverno College in Wisconsin - a four-year liberal arts college for women. At Alverno, she taught, chaired the Faculty Senate and participated in extensive reform of the liberal arts curriculum. As a result, she is acquainted with and has developed an appreciation for single-sex education for women.

Born in Australia, Jan Kennedy Olsen completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Adelaide with a concentration in library science. She completed a master's degree in library science at the University of Wisconsin. At Cornell, she earned a master's degree in education and a Ph.D. in administration in higher education.

November, 1997

 


President participates in Washington, DC press conference on pay equity for women

With more than 60 million women working at all levels of the workforce and millions of families depending on the income of working women, college-educated women earn, on average, $11,000 less than college-educated men, reported Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD) at a pay equity press conference held on Tuesday, September 23 in Washington, DC.

Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson was among the political figures and educational leaders who were part of the press conference held in the Capitol Building. The group sought to call national attention to the role of higher education in improving pay equity and the idea that pay equity is not only a women's issue but a family issue.

In addition to Senator Daschle, Ryerson was joined by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Susan Bianchi-Sand, executive director of the National Committee on Pay Equity. Leaders from the field of higher education were Sister Diana Stano, president of Ursuline College; Lea Williams, executive director of the Leadership Institute at Bennett College; and Jadwiga Sebrechts, president of the Women's College Coalition.

The women's college representatives announced their institutions will provide leadership in discussing the issue of pay equity for women as well as the sister issue of gender-based job segregation. Women's colleges are already leading a public service advertising campaign that encourages adolescent girls to broaden their horizons and set their occupational sights higher.

The educators concurred that women's college campuses will host fora on these important issues. They will invite their communities to discuss how to expand opportunities for women and vaporize the barriers that still sex-segregate many of the nation's jobs.

Senator Mikulski, a graduate of Mount Saint Agnes College when it was a women's college, reminded attendees how important pay equity is throughout a woman's lifetime and what a direct impact it has on her retirement. After describing the benefits of women's education, she encouraged women to stand up and have their voices heard and refuse to accept anything less than equality.

October, 1997

 


Are you thinking about applying to graduate school? 
Placement expert will present strategies at Wells College

Donald Asher, nationally known speaker and writer in the field of career change and advancement, will present tips from his book, Graduate Essays: What Works, What Doesn't and Why on Monday, November 3 at 4:30 p.m. in Macmillan Hall's Art Exhibit Room on the Wells campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The program consists of strategies for gaining admission to the most competitive programs in the nation, both graduate and professional. Anyone thinking about attending graduate school as well as professional advisors and counselors will find both the presentation and the question and answer period valuable.

Asher will talk about questions you should ask yourself before applying, how the admissions decision is made, writing tricks that make great essays and what to do during the summer before you apply.

Based in San Francisco, Asher is a contributor to the National Business Employment Weekly and Managing Your Career magazines. He is also the author of From College to Career, The Foolproof Job-Search Workbook; The Overnight Resume; The Overnight Job Change Strategy; The Overnight Job Change Letter and Asher's Bible of Executive Resumes.

His visit is sponsored by Wells' Career Development Services, the dean of the college and leadership programs.

October, 1997

 


Fulbright Scholar discusses feminism in India at Wells College

Dr. Anita Nahal Arya, a Fulbright Scholar from New Delhi, India, and the first in a new program of visiting scholars at Wells College, will give a series of talks and show films about India. All events are free and open to the public:
  • Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sommer Student Center the film Ghandi will be shown. On display will be an exhibit of materials from the 50th anniversary of the Indian independence celebration.
  • Wednesday, October 15 at 4:30 p.m. in Macmillan Hall's Art Exhibit Room, Arya will discuss "Contemporary Feminism in India."
  • Thurssday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sommer Student Center the film Arth will be shown. (Arth is an Indian word for meaning.)
Arya teaches in the history department of Sri Venkateswara College in New Delhi where she coordinated the Women's Development Center. She has worked in New Delhi on issues related to poor women, especially literacy, domestic violence, population control and dowry. She developed seminars on AIDS and other subjects especially designed for women. In conjunction with the Crimes Against Women Cell of the Delhi Police, she organized a women's protection camp teaching martial arts.

Published widely in India, she is the author of the book, Hawaii: An Ethnic Synthesis, and her articles appear regularly in The Hindustan Times newspaper. Her reviews, commentaries and poems have been printed in National Herald, Choice India, Women's Era and The Humanities Review. She is also the author of a volume of poetry entitled Initiations.

Arya received her Ph.D. in American history from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She earned her M. Phil. and M.A. from Delhi University, both degrees in American history, and her B.A. from Lady Shri Ram College with a major in history. She has traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, Canada and the United States presenting papers at international conferences.

Currently, Dr. Arya is conducting research in American women's history. "Being a woman from a Third World country and one who has been involved both at the personal and organizational level in women's development in India, I have always been deeply interested in comparative studies of women in different parts of the world," she explains.

As a visiting scholar at Wells, she will visit classes as a guest lecturer, meet individually with students and work with faculty members to bring her perspective into the college's liberal arts curriculum.

October, 1997

 


Open house offers views of college life

Students involved in the college search and their families are invited to attend an open house at Wells College on Saturday, October 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This free event is designed to give prospective students a view of everyday life at a women's liberal arts college, address academic and career interests and present information on the application and financial aid process. Call 1.800.952.9355 for reservations and information.

Sponsored by Wells' Admissions Office, the open house will offer a variety of presentations and panels throughout the day for students seeking information about majors in the arts, humanities and social sciences within the context of a women's college. Wells faculty members, students, alumnae and administrators will participate in the program. Academic areas represented will include psychology, sociology, education, dance, political science and visual arts, among others. Current students will offer their perspective on studying the liberal arts and college life.

A number of sessions will address the relationship between college study and careers. Representatives from Career Development Services will discuss internship opportunities. The benefits of study abroad will also be explored. A number of alumnae are scheduled to return to campus for the event to talk about how their majors have translated into careers. Members of the admissions staff will offer presentations about the college application process and financial aid.

"This open house will serve the needs of a wide variety of students," says Wells' Associate Director of Admissions Meredith B. Cook. "If you know you want to attend law school or if you're interested in a number of different majors, you'll be able to get the appropriate academic information. The day will also provide numerous opportunities to learn firsthand about clubs and activities, campus safety and what Wells women do after graduation." 

October, 1997

 


New CD gives life to the work of neglected women composers

What were Anne Boleyn's thoughts as she awaited execution in the Tower of London? How did women view the rituals of courtly love in medieval Europe? A newly released CD by the early music performance trio Elizabethan Conversation offers a view of medieval and renaissance life from the perspective of the women composers who lived during those times. Entitled The Medieval Lady, the album was recorded and produced by Leonarda Records in New York City, a label internationally known for its work with women composers.

The compositions found on The Medieval Lady were gathered from reference books and original manuscripts by Elizabethan Conversation instrumentalist Susan Sandman. A professor of music at Wells who received her Ph.D. in musicology from Stanford University, Sandman became interested in early music by women composers in 1975. "I traveled to Harvard to find some of the pieces and made my own edition of all the music Elizabethan Conversation performs," she explains. "I think our real contribution has been performing the music."

The women composers on the CD span from the 12th through 17th centuries in Europe. Included are compositions by the German visionary Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1170) who is also known for her writings on natural science, theology and medicine. Anne Boleyn's (1507-1536) "O Deathe, rock me asleepe," is part of the collection; she was the second wife of the notorious King Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I. The song is said to have been written while she was in the Tower of London awaiting her execution.

The music of medieval women offers a different perspective on an era that has been mythologized and, unfortunately, too often stereotyped based upon male models. "Medieval women wrote very personal tales of love and love lost," says Sandman. "Songs by males are more formal and more likely to be filled with intellectual tricks and games because that was part of the medieval style; they're not as personal. The actual melodies and music are the same as far as I can tell." These fragments of experience and emotion are all the more valuable because they are so rare: Sandman reports that nearly all the music that has survived by women of that era is found on The Medieval Lady.

Sandman has come to know the work of these distant composers intimately. Where the historical record or musical notation is unclear, she has reconstructed their music. When asked about her personal favorites on the new CD, she immediately names the first track, "A Chantar" by the 12th century composer the Countess of Dia. "I find it very moving. The melody is haunting and beautiful. I like the text because it seems so much like a love song that could have been written today." Thinking a little longer she names the pieces by Hildegard of Bingen.

Elizabethan Conversation was formed in 1982 by Sandman and musician and instrument craftsman Derwood Crocker. They began playing as a lute duet specializing in the music of Shakespeare's time. The addition of soprano Andrea Folan broadened their performance range, and the group has given many concerts and received much positive acclaim.

The trio's move to a national label began in 1988 when Sandman met a producer from Leonarda, Marnie Hall, at the International Congress on Women in Music at Brooklyn College. "Most of Marnie's recordings were works by 19th and 20th century women composers, and she really liked the early music. She played our tape for people and received positive feedback. She thought it would provide a really nice balance to her line," says Sandman.

Elizabethan Conversation members had a particular vision for the recording which has been realized. "We didn't want it to sound like it had been done in a recording studio where each instrument was monitored and processed; we wanted a natural, acoustic sound with the instruments balanced the way they really are. That was very important to us," says Sandman.

The Medieval Lady also features several instrumental pieces including "Greensleeves" (17th century, anonymous) and "Tower Hill" by Giles Farnaby (1563-1640), which briefly moves the album out of the exclusive domain of women composers. "We did one piece by a male, Giles Farnaby, because we wanted to record the lute duet 'Tower Hill'; it adds a connection to the Anne Boleyn song. Also we have no surviving instrumental pieces by women - except if Anonymous was a woman - and we wanted to include some instrumental music."

Elizabethan Conversation will appear in Little Bear's Magic Playhouse Orchestra, an original production with music, puppets and dance on Friday, December 5 at 8:00 p.m. in Alice Barler Recital Hall on the Wells campus. Also appearing in this free event will be the Wells Consort.

For information on The Medieval Lady, contact Leonarda Productions, Inc., P.O. Box 1736, New York, NY 10025-1559, phone 212/666-7697 or visit the website: http://music.acu.edu/www/iawm/leonarda/ The CD can also be purchased at the Wells College Bookstore.

October, 1997

 


Chronicle of Higher Education rates Wells #1 in alumnae giving

Wells has been named the number one institution in the United States for alumnae support per student according to the August 29, 1997, issue of the Almanac, published by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The rating is based on 1995-96 fundraising information gathered from a wide variety of colleges and universities. For the 1995-96 academic year, Wells received $12,004 per student from alumnae. Wells is also ranked seventh among colleges and universities in the nation for total support per student; the college provided $33,477 per student during the 1995-96 academic year, according to the Almanac.

"We are exceedingly pleased by these rankings," said Arthur J. Bellinzoni, director of planned and leadership giving at Wells. "They reflect the wonderful generosity of the alumnae and friends of the college."

Also included among the top 20 institutions for alumnae support per student are Bowdoin College, Princeton University, Smith College, Stanford University and Williams College. The Almanac is an annual compendium of facts about higher education in the United States.

Wells is currently in a comprehensive campaign to raise $50,000,000 by June 30 in the year 2000. To date, the college has raised approximately $37,000,000 in gifts and pledges toward the goal.

September, 1997

 


Television program features investment strategies class

Wells will be featured on Spotlight on Industry, a nationally syndicated business and technology television program. A crew from the show visited campus on Tuesday, September 16 to conduct interviews, visit classes and gather views of the campus.

The segment will examine how a Wells education prepares women for leadership in the business world and, in particular, the college's Corporate Affiliates program. The crew will conduct interviews with Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president of the college; Alfred Ntoko, lecturer in economics; and his students in the investment strategies class.

Spotlight on Industry celebrated its inaugural airing August 2, 1997, in 15 of the top 20 national markets including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago. The show features accomplished executives and figures from top colleges and companies across the United States to lend definition and to share the latest trends and innovations within their fields. The Wells segment will air sometime this fall.

The Wells Corporate Affiliates program was founded in 1986 by the college to prepare women for leadership in the corporate world and provides unique opportunities for pre-professional training. The program has three components: upper-level internships in America's top corporations, an investment strategies class in which students manage a real financial portfolio currently valued at over $670,000 and a corporate guest lecturer series.

Corporate Affiliates sponsors who currently provide internships for Wells students are American International Group, The Bank of New York, Citibank, Executive Female magazine, Fidelity Investments, Merck & Co., Inc., Wells Fargo Bank History Department and Xerox Corporation. The internships are offered annually, and students are selected through a competitive process.

The Corporate Affiliates financial portfolio is managed by students in the investment strategies class under the supervision of Professor Ntoko. Students research investments and make buy, sell or hold recommendations. Funds generated by the portfolio are used to fund Corporate Affiliates internships.

Spotlight on Industry is co-hosted by Sara Lee Kessler and Alan Mendelson. Kessler is an Emmy Award winning television journalist and currently the health and medical correspondent for NJN News, the New Jersey network affiliated with PBS. For many years she was a popular news anchorwoman on New York's WWOR-TV. She received an Emmy Award in 1993 for anchoring the coverage of the World Trade Center bombing. She developed and taught a course entitled Ethics of Broadcast Journalism for Montclair State University.

Alan Mendelson currently writes, produces and anchors Mendelson's Best Buys on KCAL-TV in Los Angeles. In 1992, he received a Golden Mic Award for Best Economic Reporting and for Best Newscast Writing. His articles have been published in Washington Journalism Review, Columbia Journalism Review and Barron's.

September, 1997

 


Wells College receives high marks in U.S. News college rankings

Wells College is ranked #2 in the nation among liberal arts colleges as a best value in the 1998 edition of America's Best Colleges, the #1 selling college guide in the United States published by U.S. News & World Report. "These are schools that offer quality education at a relatively reasonable cost," according to a statement issued by U.S. News.

Additionally, Wells has climbed to the second tier of national liberal arts colleges in the rankings which first appeared in the September 1 (1997) issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine. Last year, the college was ranked in the fourth tier. These rankings are also published in the America's Best Colleges guide.

Wells College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson comments, "This recognition is an indication of the extraordinary work done by our community in recent years as well as the quality of our students. At Wells, students learn the best that has been thought and said in the past while at the same time experiencing the technological revolution that is changing the world. Society needs women who can meaningfully interpret information, find solutions to complex problems and express these solutions effectively orally and in writing. A Wells education is more relevant than ever before."

The U.S. News best values rankings relate the cost of attending an institution to its quality. The best values are calculated in relation to a school's discounted price (tuition plus room, board, fees, books, and estimated personal expenses, minus the average of need-based grants.)

Because U.S. News believes that the best values are found among colleges that are above average academically, only the top half of national institutions in the quality rankings are considered.

"It is thrilling to have earned this ranking, but in many ways not surprising," says Professor of Physics Scott Heinekamp. "Wells' mission is now, and has always been, to provide an excellent education in the liberal arts. There is no finer credential - whether for a career, or for post-graduate training, or indeed for lifelong participation in human affairs - than a degree from Wells College."

Grinnell College received the #1 ranking in the best value liberal arts category. Another women's college, Mount Holyoke, was rated #3. Other institutions on the top 25 list for best values are Amherst College, Colgate University, Middlebury College and Swarthmore College.

September, 1997

 


Wells enhances exchange program with Japanese women's college

Most reports on women's education in the American press limit themselves to discussions of the 81 remaining women's colleges in this country. In this context, it is easy to overlook the fact that single-sex education for women is a global phenomenon. Wells is strengthening its international affiliations with women's colleges in order to share resources and ideas.

On Friday, September 12, Dr. Sanehide Kodama, the president of Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts in Japan visited Wells. He was accompanied by Mr. Kenichi Takemura, professor of English and director of Doshisha's International Exchange Center, and Mr. Yoshihiro Kuroda, administrative coordinator of the International Exchange Center.

Their visit included meetings with Lisa Marsh Ryerson, Wells' president; Ellen W. Hall, dean of the college; Nancy Gil, lecturer in French and advisor to Doshisha students and representatives from the Admissions Office.

Wells' Director of Career Development Services Nancy Karpinski visited the Doshisha campus in May. "Doshisha is a new campus with impressive modern architecture. They are known in particular for a very strong music program," she said. In Japan, Karpinski met with Doshisha student Eriko Iguchi who is studying at Wells this year.

For nearly a decade, two or three Doshisha Women's College students have studied on the Wells campus each year. The recent meetings were held to further develop an exchange program. "We want to have more Japanese students at Wells, and we want to encourage our students to study in Japan," said Karpinski.

Doshisha has developed classes and programs to accommodate students who have not studied the Japanese language, and there is a strong interest in American culture, Karpinski reported.

Doshisha Women's College is part of a large, private institution named Doshisha which was established in 1875. A kindergarten, four junior high schools, four senior high schools, a junior college, two universities and two graduate schools comprise the organization.

The women's college has two campuses: the Imadegawa Campus for the faculty of human and life science in the city of Kyoto and the Tanabe Campus for the faculty of the Liberal Arts in the southern part of Kyoto Prefecture.

Japan has 64 colleges and universities for women, according to information compiled by Nara Women's University.

"It was important for representatives from Doshisha to see Wells," said Karpinski. "They were impressed with the natural beauty on and around the campus and came away from the visit knowing this is a wonderful place to send their students."

September, 1997

 


Funds will support genetic studies conducted by a faculty member and students

A grant of $47,718 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will enable a Wells professor and her students to continue research begun in 1992 that could have implications for agricultural production worldwide.

The one-year grant awarded to Candace Collmer, associate professor of biology, will fund her ongoing research that seeks to understand the interactions between a particular group of plant viruses, called potyviruses, and the bean plant they can infect. Potyviruses are the largest group of plant viruses and cause serious economic losses on a global scale through crop destruction.

Wells students have collaborated with Collmer on the research from the beginning. "So far we've had one paper published in an international journal from that work, and five Wells students have presented their findings at the annual meetings of the National Conference for Undergraduate Research since 1992," she says.

This current grant will support Collmer's research during a sabbatical leave and will allow her to explore new directions, learn new techniques and then bring them back to Wells and her classes. She will pursue her new studies in the laboratory of Dr. Molly Kyle at Cornell University this fall and then at the laboratory of Dr. Andrew Maule at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, England in the spring.

A particular cultivar of the bean plant contains a single gene, called the I gene, that confers resistance to the bean plant against infection by some of the different potyviruses. This gene is used in beans grown commercially and is very important in protecting beans from viral infection and thus crop loss. However, the I gene does not stop all of the different potyviruses from infecting bean plants.

"We have been studying the various viruses that are affected by the I gene, trying to find common features of the viruses that allow them to be recognized by the plant - thus stopping infection. We have cloned and sequenced the coat protein from three of these different viruses, trying to find common structural features," says Collmer.

The grant comes from the USDA's Strengthening program which is targeted to support research in agriculture at smaller institutions. Collmer received a three-year research grant from that program in 1992 that allowed her to begin the potyvirus studies.

Candace Collmer received her B.S. degree from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. She joined the Wells faculty in 1990.

September, 1997

 


Christie's Auction House vice president is Leader-in-Residence

Polly J. Sartori '77, senior vice president and senior director of the 19th-century European paintings department at Christie's Auction House in New York City, will speak in Main Building's Chapel at Wells College on Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Sartori, who joined the international auction house in 1984, will speak on "The Pleasures of Collecting 19th-Century European Painting: One of the Best Kept Secrets in the Art World." Under her direction, Christie's 19th-century painting sales have received greater recognition with sales tripling in recent years.

Sartori has cultivated widespread interest in Barbizon, realist and French landscape painting by introducing an annual auction devoted solely to the genre. The sale, held every May since 1989, has established Christie's as the premier source for works by the great French masters such as Corot, Rousseau, Millet and Courbet.

Prior to joining Christie's, Sartori was a member of the European paintings department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1977 to 1983.

A frequent guest lecturer, Sartori has spoken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Taft Museum in Cincinnati, the Flagler Art Museum in Palm Beach, New York University and throughout South America. She is a regular contributor to Christie's International Magazine and Auction News from Christie's.

Sartori received her B.A. from Wells College and an M.A. from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. She is visiting Wells as a leader-in-residence. Sponsored by the college's Leadership Connection group, the leader-in-residence program brings outstanding women who are recognized leaders in their fields to campus each semester to teach, meet with students informally and present public lectures.

September, 1997

 


Weekend college program unveiled

Wells will add a program of concentrated classes for women and men offered on weekends this fall as an extension of its traditional liberal arts curriculum, according to Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson.

Named Wells on the Weekend (W.O.W.), the new program will begin September 12 and conclude on October 25, 1997. Classes are offered on Friday evenings, all day on Saturdays and on Saturday evenings. "Wells on the Weekend has an array of our regular courses taught by our regular faculty in a different format," says Ellen W. Hall, vice president for academic affairs at Wells.

The schedule includes classes in the arts, sciences, economics and management, communications, environmental studies, international studies and philosophy. Physical education courses are also listed; many of them, such as sailing and canoeing, utilize the college's location on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake.

Hall believes Wells on the Weekend is distinctive and responds to a need in the region. "W.O.W. is different from many other local programs because it is so concentrated," she says. "An entire semester-length college course is taught in a seven-week period, and it's done at a convenient time."

The college has initiated its first-ever advertising campaign to announce the program using print, radio, television and direct mail advertising to reach potential students in Central New York.

In their message, college officials are emphasizing that Wells on the Weekend is offering its classes to women and men - a necessity given Wells' identity as one of the nation's oldest women's colleges.

"Wells offers a program to grant degrees to women; however, men are able to take classes at the college. There are no plans to award degrees to men through Wells on the Weekend at this time, but men certainly can transfer Wells credit to other institutions. Women taking courses at Wells for the first time through the weekend program may apply for degree status after successfully completing the first class at Wells," says Hall.

In June, President Ryerson announced her plan to make a Wells education more accessible to all women in an address to visiting alumnae: "As we work to strengthen academic and student life areas, we must also offer innovative new programs for all women - not only those the college has traditionally served."

Several courses will meet on weekday evenings during the fall semester (September 1 through December 18), and they are included in the schedule with the weekend classes.

The cost of Wells on the Weekend is $500 per semester hour, and course offerings range from half-credit to four credit classes. Most academic classes listed are offered at three semester hours.

For information call 800.952.9355, e-mail wow@wells.edu or write to Wells on the Weekend, Wells College, Aurora, New York 13026.

August, 1997

 


Assistant dean of students appointed

Edith Patterson Brown has been named assistant dean of students at Wells College, according to Dean of Students Susan H. Ryan.

In her new position, Brown works primarily in the residence life area. Her responsibilities include training and overseeing 19 student resident advisors. She also works in the activities office and provides general counseling for students.

Brown received her master's degree in counseling from New York University in 1996. She graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1994 where she majored in fine arts and minored in psychology. As part of her undergraduate studies, she spent a semester in England at the University of Westminster.

She gained practical experience in the field of higher education before coming to Wells. At Georgetown University she helped establish the career center in the School of Foreign Service and provided career counseling. During the 1995-96 academic year, she worked at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, New York, where she taught a new student seminar and served as an academic advisor.

"I'm familiar with Wells because I grew up in this area, and I've always believed in the college's philosophy of education," says Brown. "I am looking forward to the many opportunities I'll have to work with students to create programs and serve as a mentor. I am very interested in student activities."

July, 1997

 


Henry Wells Scholarship recipients announced

Five students selected through a rigorous, national competition have been awarded prestigious Henry Wells Scholarships. The students, all recent high school graduates, will begin their studies as members of the Wells Class of 2001 in the fall.

"A Henry Wells Scholarship covers the full cost of a student's tuition during her four years of study. Each of the five awards we have made this year will pay for approximately $70,000 in tuition costs," says Susan Sloan, Wells' director of admissions. "These scholarships are the highest honor the college can bestow upon an entering student, and we are very pleased with the quality of the students who have received the award."

The following students are the Henry Wells Scholarship recipients of the Class of 2001:

Meg A. Devoe, daughter of Christine and Richard Devoe of Pasadena, Maryland, is a June 1997 graduate of Chesapeake High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society and named to the Honor Roll throughout high school. She has been captain of her school's cross country team, vice president of the service club and a member of the environmental club. Her sister, Mollie Devoe, is a member of the Wells Class of 1998; and her cousin, Janelle Durrett, graduated from Wells in 1990. Meg plans to pursue pre-medical studies at Wells.

Jennifer L. Ellsworth, daughter of Lisa and Richard Ellsworth of Geneva, New York, is a June 1997 graduate of Geneva High School. She is recipient of the American Chemical Society Award and the RPI Medal for math and science. Her diverse school activities include acting in plays and musicals, playing on the varsity lacrosse team and editing the literary magazine. Jennifer is interested in Wells' environmental studies program.

Faye E. Justicia-Linde, daughter of Patricia (Adams) and Jose Justicia-Linde of Orchard Park, New York, is a June 1997 graduate of Orchard Park High School. Her mother is a member of the Wells Class of 1970. Faye is a National Merit Commended Student and received a Gold Medal for her performance on the National Latin Exam, Level II. She held lead roles in high school drama productions and also appeared in musicals. Faye plans to pursue pre-medical studies at Wells.

Zivile Maciukaite is the daughter of Alina Maciukiene and Alvydas Maciukas of Birzai, Lithuania. As an exchange student at Plymouth Regional High School in New Hampshire, she was encouraged by her teacher Madeleine J. Miller, Wells Class of 1971, to apply to Wells College. In high school, Zivile participated in drama club, guitar club and school plays. Her artwork was chosen for exhibition in the Lithuanian Art School. She intends to major in psychology at Wells.

Indira Nelson, daughter of Gisele and Georges Nelson of Deer Park, New York, is a June 1997 graduate of St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School. She was a member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society and National Math Honor Society. Her activities include serving as co-editor of her school's newspaper and co-editor of the literary magazine. Indira plans to study law and engineering at Wells.

To encourage and reward academic excellence and outstanding scholastic achievement, Wells offers full-tuition Henry Wells Scholarships to incoming students each year.

The scholarships, named for the college's founder, are awarded during the Henry Wells Scholarship Competition, a respected tradition that brings young women of outstanding academic ability to the Wells campus. The awards are made solely on the basis of academic achievement. A Henry Wells Scholar receives the award for four consecutive years of study at the college.

A student must rank in the top 10% of her high school class, have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or higher and have correspondingly strong scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (S.A.T.) or the American College Test (A.C.T.) in order to be nominated for the competition.

July, 1997

 


Wells announces Aurora Inn re-opening

The historic Aurora Inn, owned by Wells College, will soon be re-opening, according to Wells' Vice President and Treasurer Diane Hutchinson. Rooms will be available beginning June 17; the tavern and restaurant will begin serving in mid-July. 
The Aurora Inn will be managed by Tania Condon and Benjamin Lawrence, both recent graduates of the Cornell University Hotel School. "They are thoroughly trained in every aspect of running and managing hotels and restaurants, from finances to preparing menus. We are very pleased with this arrangement," says Hutchinson. 

Condon and Lawrence say their primary goal during the next several months is to rebuild confidence in the Aurora Inn. "We want the inn to be a reflection of Wells College as it is today. Everything at the college is well-maintained, and the campus looks great. We want the inn to have that same new, fresh quality," says Condon. 

The Aurora Inn will feature an upscale restaurant serving dinners, a tavern serving lunch and dinner, and rooms; it will continue to host special events including banquets and weddings. Non-alcohol programming for Wells students will include coffeehouses and entertainment events. 

Lawrence has a background in creative cooking and says he has gourmet surprises planned for the menu. He also says he wants to connect the Aurora Inn to an important Finger Lakes-area industry: "We're really interested in working with local wineries and plan to serve many of the finer Central New York vintages." 

As students in Cornell's internationally known hotel school, Condon and Lawrence took marketing, finance, and human resource courses which have prepared them to manage hotels and restaurants. They also bring with them practical experience gained from working at Cornell and in other related jobs. 

Lawrence was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, and graduated from Cornell in December of 1996. In Indonesia, he interned as an assistant food and beverage manager. He has worked as a teaching assistant in creative cooking classes, wine tasting classes, and guest chef classes which showcased internationally known chefs. 

A native of Newbury, Mass., Condon graduated from Cornell this May. She worked at the Statler Hotel throughout her four years of study at Cornell. She has extensive experience with banquets and private functions and has trained, supervised, and scheduled workers in the hotel setting. 

By becoming managers of the Aurora Inn, Condon and Lawrence are not following the usual path for Cornell Hotel School graduates. They have already turned down job offers from large restaurant chains and hotel companies in favor of what they consider to be the more satisfying role of running a historic Finger Lakes inn. "This is a great opportunity for us, and the Aurora Inn will benefit from our new ideas and energy," says Lawrence. 

The Aurora Inn, originally called the Aurora House, was built in 1833 by E. B.. Morgan, an entrepreneur who shared many business ventures with the college's founder, Henry Wells. Morgan was one of the original founders of the New York Times. 

The building underwent extensive refurbishment and expansion in 1881: a rear wing and a two-story piazza were added. When Main Building burned at Wells in 1888, the college chartered the Inn as a dorm. 

The Aurora Inn was given to Wells College in 1943 by Robert L. Zabriskie. The building was remodeled extensively in 1958; a dining room, terrace, and bar were added. The most recent renovations took place in 1992.

June, 1997

 


Wells names staff and faculty award recipients

Wells College has announced the recipients of its annual awards that recognize outstanding contributions made in student life and academic areas by faculty, staff, and administration. 

The recipient of the 1997 Student Life Award is Research Assistant/Office Coordinator for Development Cindy Avery of Aurora. She began working at Wells in 1993 and received her B.S. degree from the University of Bridgeport.

This award is given to the member of the Wells staff, faculty, or administration who through her or his enthusiasm and campus involvement has had an encouraging and positive influence on student life. 

In addition to her fundraising work for the college, Avery has worked closely with Wells students to coordinate community service activities that have created new relationships between the village of Aurora and Wells.

The recipient of the 1997 Excellence in Teaching Medal is Assistant Professor of History Michael Groth of Aurora. Groth joined the Wells faculty in 1994 and earned his B.A. from Williams College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Binghamton University. He teaches Interpreting U.S. History, Topics in American Social History, and The African-American Struggle for Human Rights, among other courses. 

The Excellence in Teaching Medal is awarded to the instructor who exemplifies enthusiasm for teaching, is impartial and willing to share time outside of class, encourages students to think critically and act independently, and best embodies the spirit of a Wells education in addition to having a strong command of a given field of study. 

The recipient of the 1997 Excellence in Academic Advising Award is Professor of German Waltraut Deinert of Ithaca. She joined the Wells faculty in 1972 and earned her B.A. from Queens College, her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and her Ph.D. from Yale University. She is chair of the international studies major and teaches German Romanticism and Issues in Contemporary German Society, among other courses. 

The intention of the Excellence in Academic Advising Award is to recognize the fundamental importance of academic advising to Wells students and to support the faculty in their advising work. 

May, 1997

 


Wells students present research findings at a national conference

Five Wells College seniors and one faculty member attended the 11th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), a celebration of undergraduate scholarly activity, at the University of Texas at Austin April 24 through 26. This is the ninth NCUR conference in which Wells has participated. All five students gave presentations based on their original research. 

Kathrine E. Ehrlich's presentation was entitled, "For Better or for Worse: The Case for Gay Marriage." A public affairs major from Weedsport, New York, Ehrlich worked with Wells Professor of Philosophy Laura Purdy on the research. 

Robyn E. Greener's presentation was entitled, "The Role of Water-Soluble Alkaloids in the Biological Activity of Three Medicinal Plants." A biological and chemical sciences major from Centereach, New York, Greener collaborated with Professor of Chemistry Linda Schwab and Professor of Biology Margaret Flowers. 

Jennifer C. Kappeller's presentation was entitled, "Phenotypic Expression of Cowpea Aphid-Borne Mosaic Virus in Bean Plants Containing the I Gene Belies Viral Genotype." A biological and chemical sciences major from Red Hook, New York, Kappeller worked with Professor of Biology Candace Collmer. 

Melissa Sayre Miller's presentation was entitled, "Self-Perception of the Efficacy of Physical and Drug Therapy in the Treatment of Post-Polio Syndrome." A biological and chemical sciences major from Pleasant Valley, New York, her research was sponsored by Professor Schwab. 

Tuesday M. Tamburri's presentation was entitled, "Confucianism and the Sexual Oppression of Women in South Korea." A sociology major from Riverside, Conn., her research was sponsored by Professor of Sociology Leslie Miller-Bernal. 

Professor of Chemistry Christopher Bailey attended the conference with the students and participated in the Undergraduate Research Network Symposia, a forum for faculty discussions. He is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research. 

Funds for Wells' participation in this year's conference were provided through a grant to the college's Presidential Discretionary Fund by the Hewlett-Mellon Foundation. 

More than 1,600 undergraduate students and 400 college faculty members from across the United States gathered for the conference. 

Undergraduate research has a long and distinguished history at Wells. The research experience allows each student to apply what she has learned in the classroom to an original problem in collaboration with faculty. This experience gives students an edge in graduate school and professional involvement. 

May, 1997

 


Actress Kathryn Walker is Wells' Commencement speaker

Advance story in Wells College Campus Events

Text of Kathryn Walker's Commencement address

May, 1997

 


Wells swimmers named to All Conference Swim Team

Four members of the Wells College swim team have been named to the Atlantic Women’s College Conference All Conference Swim Team, according to Wells' Athletics Administrator Lyn LaBar. 

The swimmers received the honor following their first-place finish in the 200 meter freestyle relay at the AWCC Championship competition held at Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland on February 9. 

The team consisted of sophomores Lindsay Harvey of Scotia, New York; Molly Moen of Wausau, Wisconsin; Lori Kabelac of Aurora, New York; and Anne Williams, a first year student from Essex Junction, Vermont. The relay team finished with a time of 2:07.56.

In addition to the winning relay, the students competed in a variety of solo and other relay events, including the 400 meter freestyle relay. Kabelac finished third overall in the 50 meter freestyle with a time of 31.09. The Wells College team finished in fourth place with 197 points. 

The AWCC is made up of teams from women’s colleges in the mid-Atlantic region. The conference is committed to promoting the highest level of excellence for women in academics and athletics through organized regular and post-season competition among its members.

March, 1997

 


Young women of color invited to participate in Wells College program

Wells is seeking 10th and 11th grade high school girls for participation in the spring session of 21st & Wells - a pre-college planning program for African-American, Latina, Asian, and Native American young women to be held on Thursday and Friday, April 3 and 4.

Twenty-first & Wells participants will stay overnight on the Wells campus and experience college life firsthand. Workshops offering valuable information on college planning and life as a college student will be presented to the high school guests by Wells students, faculty, and staff.

High school students from Cayuga, Onondaga, Ontario, Seneca, Tompkins, and Wayne counties and the cities of Auburn, Corning, Elmira, Ithaca, Rochester, and Syracuse are encouraged to apply. Young women who meet the outlined criteria will be accepted into this free program.

Applications are available at area high schools or from Cynthia Oliver, Project Coordinator, Macmillan Hall, Wells College, Aurora, New York 13026. Telephone: 800/952-9355, or e-mail admissions@wells.edu.

The application deadline is Friday, March 14.

The 21st & Wells program is funded by a grant from the Christian A. Johnson Foundation in New York City.

March, 1997

 


President of American franchise of The Body Shop to speak at Wells College

Helen Mills, president of the Soapbox Trading Company, will speak about the development of self and the individual's relationship to society on Monday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Main Building's Chapel at Wells College. The event is free and open to the public.

Mills has received national media attention for her leadership in the business community. She has been featured on Good Morning America, Oprah Winfrey, CNN, Wall Street Journal TV, Business Week, and the New York Times.

As the president of the Soapbox Trading Company, Mills was instrumental in establishing the first American franchise of the U.K. based retailer, The Body Shop. Currently, Soapbox Trading Co. operates six Washington, D.C. area stores.

Mills is also senior vice president of Aon Consulting, formerly The Mills Group, which she sold in 1996. She specializes in employee benefits, risk management, and competitive positioning in the marketplace. Mills serves as a vice president of City Works, a company co-founded by Soapbox Trading and Jubilee Jobs to create jobs in the inner city of Washington, D.C.

In 1992, Mills received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the women owned business category for the metropolitan Washington, D.C. region. The award is sponsored by Ernst and Young, Merrill Lynch, and Inc. Magazine. In 1996 she was a recipient of the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce Rudd-Turner Award for Inspirational Leadership.

As a founding member, Mills serves as co-chair of the board of directors of a national trade association, Business for Social Responsibility. Additionally, she serves as a director of the Social Venture Network, Rights, and Resources. In 1994, she was appointed to the National Advisory Council to the Small Business Administration. She has also served on the Business Leadership Council of the Points of Light Foundation and the Franchise Advisory Board to The Body Shop USA.

Mills received her bachelor of science degree from Chatham College, and is visiting Wells as a leader-in-residence. Sponsored by the college's Leadership Connection group, the leader-in-residence program brings outstanding women who are recognized leaders in their fields to campus each semester to teach, meet with students informally, and present public lectures.

March, 1997

 


Wells student documents immigrant children

Wells junior Jennifer Fayocavitz is stepping out of the classroom this semester to work as part of a team documenting the struggles of immigrant children in the United States.

She is spending this semester at the Salt Center for Documentary Field Studies in Portland, Maine. Wells recently established an academic affiliation with the Salt Center that has made this experience possible for Fayocavitz and other students.

Fayocavitz is part of a Salt Center team doing documentary research at the Reiche School in Portland - one of the most culturally diverse elementary schools in Maine with a large immigrant population. She is interviewing students about their backgrounds, homes, and how and why their families came to the U.S.

"English is not the first language of 20 percent of the students at the Reiche School," says Fayocavitz. "They have to learn a lot more than the basics; and while the population of the school is diverse, the overall population of Maine is not. This project is a study of how the children overcome cultural obstacles as well as more typical childhood dilemmas."

Each team consists of a writer and a photographer who work together on a documentary. Upon completion of the project, the students' work will be published in the Salt Center's semi-annual magazine.

The Salt Center program is an approach to studying people. The students attend courses, lectures, and receive individual coaching to enhance the student's understanding of issues in her research.

Vic Muñoz, assistant professor of psychology at Wells, worked on establishing the affiliation between the college and the Salt Center. "This is a great opportunity for our students once they've studied research methods here at Wells. The documentary work is a kind of research and a real foundation for graduate work," she says.

Muñoz says the Salt Center is particularly beneficial because students are able to work on one sustained project for an entire semester. Additionally, work is produced through a collaborative process.

Jennifer Fayocavitz is the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition Henry Wells Scholarship. Named in honor of the college's founder, the scholarships are awarded solely on the basis of academic excellence and scholastic achievement.

March, 1997

 


Leadership Adventure for Girls '97

Wells College is accepting applications now for this summer's Leadership Adventure for Girls. Nature is the classroom without walls. Through exciting outdoor activities 7-12th grade girls can learn: 
  • Teamwork 
  • Problemsolving 
  • Self-reliance 
  • Self-confidence 
  • Trust 
  • Leadership skills 
Participants can attend a two-week session July 6-19 or one-week sessions July 6-12 and July 13-19. 

Leadership Adventure for Girls revolves around the 360-acre Wells campus which provides a variety of settings for a summer experience - from seminar rooms to lake to woods. Campers will reside in the college residence halls, and meals will be catered by Marriott Corporation in the Tudor-style dining hall. The campers will have supervised access to all Wells College facilities.

Activities include hiking, orienteering, survival training, canoeing, ecology hikes, and a ropes course. These experiences teach the Leadership Adventure for Girls' philosophy of cooperation and girls helping other girls. 

Leadership Adventure for Girls provides campers the experience of living and learning leadership skills on the shores of Cayuga Lake. The summer programs are designed to reflect the mission of Wells College: to expand every girl's horizons by providing the resources, opportunities, and support needed to prepare young women leaders for the 21st century. 

The evenings are filled with exciting, interactive workshops: photography, personality collages, making musical instruments, shirt painting and tie-dying, and mask making. Additional activity options include supervised waterfront activities, the college golf course, an indoor swimming pool, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, playing fields, lakeside biking and jogging, horseback riding, field trips, and bon fires. 

Each staff member at Leadership Adventure for Girls is committed to being a supportive role model. They are chosen for their solid communication and listening skills, an interest in nature, and proven ability to work effectively with girls. 

The cost for either of the one-week sessions is $450 and $800 for the two-week session. Tuition is all inclusive except for transportation to the camp. To apply, call 315/364-3441; write to Leadership Programs, Wells College, Aurora, N.Y. 13026; or e-mail: leaders@wells.edu

April, 1997

 


Wells professor's latest book examines abortion, reproductive freedom, and surrogate parenting

Cornell University Press has published Reproducing Persons: Issues in Feminist Bioethics, by Laura M. Purdy, professor of philosophy at Wells. This book contains a major retrospective of her writing in the field of bioethics over the last 20 years. 

Purdy received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University. For most of her career, she has been a pioneer in feminist bioethics, a field that, among other pursuits, seeks to find ethical models to address the complex, human dilemmas that arise as the result of advances in reproductive technologies.

Purdy's new book takes an ethical perspective on a wide range of issues including reproductive freedom, abortion, and surrogate parenting. She has never been shy about addressing emotionally charged issues; and her views, at times, have been highly controversial. Throughout her career, she has insisted upon placing the interests of women at the center of all discussion. 

When asked about the ideas behind this major literary undertaking, Purdy said, "I noticed that a lot of my articles fit together, without much overlap or, despite being written in 20 years or so, any real contradictions. I guess I had unconsciously moved on to the next logical issue in each new paper. I hope it signifies being at the midpoint of my career, taking stock of what I've done so far, wondering where to go from here."

Putting together Reproducing Persons gave her the opportunity to locate and sharpen themes, many of which began to emerge in her earlier book, In Their Best Interest? The Case Against Equal Rights for Children, published by Cornell University Press in 1992. In Their Best Interest? was reviewed in Education Week, Medical Humanities Review, Law and Social Inquiry, and American Political Science Review, among others. 

"Actually, the most surprising moment was when I realized that there is an over-arching theme in most of my writing, including the book on children's rights: parental responsibility. It was very much on my mind when I did the first book. Although the ostensible topic is equal rights for children, it is really about children's place in society and about parents' responsibility for and to children. This is a recurring theme in the pieces published in Reproducing Persons, especially the ones on genetic issues, and the new reproductive technologies. The other big theme, of course is thinking about what feminism means in bioethics," she said. 

The first section of Reproducing Persons examines reproductive rights. Purdy believes that while a legal right to reproduction has benefits, a moral right to reproduce regardless of the circumstances is more problematic - a stance which has not pleased many conservative thinkers. 

The essays in the book's second section are centered on the subject of abortion and examine such specific points as the moral status of the fetus and women's rights. The third part of the book is about new reproductive technologies including a broad discussion of the morality of the new technology and a look at more specific issues in the chapter, "Surrogate Mothering: Exploitation or Empowerment?" 

Laura Purdy also edited the book Feminist Perspectives in Medical Ethics, published by Indiana University Press in 1992; it was reviewed in the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, the Times Literary Supplement, the San Francisco Review of Books, and the Women's Review of Books. 

"I hope that Reproducing Persons is helpful to those who want to get beyond sound bites and Time magazine treatments on these issues," she said. 

March, 1997

 


Wells College announces 1997 Alumnae Award recipients

The Alumnae Association of Wells College has announced the recipients of its 1997 award: Ithaca, New York resident Jane Marsh Dieckmann, Wells Class of 1955, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania resident Martha Mavon Friday, Wells Class of 1956.

Ms. Dieckmann is being recognized for her work as an author and scholar in diverse areas including literature, history, music, and art. In 1995, her major academic work in French was published - the introduction to and critical text of Denis Diderot's Paradoxe sur le comedien, which appeared in volume xx of the author's Oeuvres Complètes.

She has written numerous reviews and feature articles on music and literature as well as five popular cookbooks. She is also the author of Wells College: A History, the first full-length narrative of the college, published in 1995 by the Wells College Press.

At Wells, Ms. Dieckmann received her bachelor of arts degree summa cum laude with distinction in French. She was the first Wells student to receive a Fulbright grant for graduate study abroad. After spending a year at the Sorbonne in Paris, she entered graduate school at Harvard University where she earned her master's degree and doctorate in Romance languages and literatures.

Martha Mavon Friday is being honored by Wells this year for her pioneering work in the area of women's and children's advocacy. She is the executive director of the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, one of the first organizations in the United States to provide assistance to the victims of family violence.

She has become a national consultant and spokesperson on the subject of family abuse, and in that role, has helped to bring the problem of family abuse into the light of public scrutiny. She has become an expert witness before state and national committees investigating domestic violence and services for victims. Based largely on the success of her work with the shelter, the State of Pennsylvania has been recognized as a national leader in the area of treatment services for victims of abuse.

At Wells, Ms. Friday majored in English. She is a member of the Pittsburgh Wells Club and has volunteered in several fund raising initiatives for the college.

Ms. Dieckmann and Ms. Friday will be honored at a campus ceremony in May that will be attended by alumnae from across the nation as part of Reunion 1997.

The Alumnae Award was established in 1968 by the Wells College Alumnae Association in honor of the Centennial of the college. The award is presented annually and honors those alumnae who have given outstanding service to their alma mater, either directly or by service and accomplishment in a field of endeavor that reflects distinction on Wells College.

February, 1997

 


Leadership Week at Wells College: Educating women for life

Wells College students were on campus from January 20-24, the week before the official start of spring semester classes, to participate in Leadership Week. Throughout the week they attended workshops and panel discussions designed to prepare them for leadership roles in the 21st century.

Leadership Week emphasizes career and life skills training. Workshops are offered that teach resume writing, public speaking, how to successfully apply to graduate school, computer skills (including the Internet), and financial management, among other topics. This year, the students had an opportunity to prepare for entry into the professional world by participating in mock job interviews.

Alumnae involvement is part of the Leadership Week tradition. Wells women working in many different fields return to campus to participate in panel discussions and meet with students. Alumnae who majored in English, foreign languages, the sciences, social sciences, and the arts visited Wells for this year's session.

Leadership Week is also a community-building activity. All students had a chance to learn about women's history through a visit to The Women's Rights National Historical Park, The National Women's Hall of Fame, and The Urban Cultural Park, located in nearby Seneca Falls, New York. A series of ethnic dinners were offered to increase multi-cultural understanding.

All Wells students who are not completing internships or engaged in off-campus study participate in Leadership Week.

February, 1997

 


Littlefields' $1.2 million challenge gives a boost to Wells' technology initiative

A pledge of $1.2 million from California residents Mr. Edmund and Mrs. Jeannik Mequet Littlefield will enable Wells College to connect all students and faculty to the information superhighway and improve the quality of foreign language instruction.

"This gift benefits students who are with us now and who will be arriving in the years to come. Wells prepares women for the role they will play in the new century, and hands-on use of technology is an important part of that education," said President Lisa Marsh Ryerson.

The funds will enable the college to network academic buildings and residence halls for Internet access and to install a new high tech, state-of-the-art language laboratory in Cleveland Hall, the college's foreign language building. Plans are also in place to computerize the catalogue for the library and purchase additional hardware and software.

The Littlefields are honorary Wells trustees. Mrs. Littlefield was born in France and prior to World War II attended the International School in Geneva, Switzerland, where her father worked for the League of Nations. She attended the Sorbonne before completing her education in the United States where she spent her senior year at Wells and received her degree in 1941.

Mr. Littlefield was general manager of Utah International and later, for many years, director of General Electric. He earned his master of business administration degree from Stanford, and that university's graduate management center is named for him.

The Littlefields' gift will provide $400,000 per year to Wells for three years, under the condition that the college raise an equal amount each year. "Improving instruction with technology is a high priority at Wells. We know our supporters are aware of this, and we are very confident that the matching funds can be raised," said Professor of Religion Arthur J. Bellinzoni, who is also director of planned and leadership giving.

February, 1997

 


Wells announces board of trustees appointment

Alain Seznec, a scholar of French literature and administrator from Cornell University, has been named to the Wells College Board of Trustees, according to Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson.

Upon completion of his studies at the University of Paris, Seznec began his teaching career at Harvard University in 1953. He joined the Cornell faculty as an assistant professor of French in 1958, was promoted to associate professor in 1963, and became a full professor in 1969.

Seznec has published numerous articles on French literature and two critical editions: La Princesse de Clèves and Diderot and Pope's Essay on Man. He has received a French National Fellowship and The Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching.

In addition to writing and teaching, Seznec has held many administrative positions at Cornell. His appointments include director of undergraduate studies in Romance literature (1960-65), associate dean of the college of arts and sciences (1969-73), chairman of the department of Romance studies (1976-78), and dean of the college of arts and sciences (1978-86).

Since 1986, he has served as the Carl A. Kroch University librarian in Olin Library; and he plans to resume teaching during the fall 1997 semester.

Seznec has been chairman of Cornell's Council for the Performing Arts, the University Commission on Residential Colleges, and the Museum Board. He has also served on the President's Commission on Undergraduate Studies and the President's Ad Hoc Committee on University Budget at Cornell.

February, 1997

 


Women's sports columnist and author is leader-in-residence

Mariah Burton Nelson, the first and only nationally syndicated woman columnist to write about women's sports, will speak about giving young girls the courage to compete on Thursday, February 13, at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel inside Main Building on the Wells campus. A book signing will follow the presentation. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Nelson is the author of The Stronger Women Get, The More Men Love Football: Sexism and the American Culture of Sports. Her first book, Are We Winning Yet? How Women are Changing Sports and Sports are Changing Women, received the Amateur Athletic Foundation's Book Award.

A former columnist for the Washington Post, and editor of Women's Sports and Fitness magazine, Nelson has written for the New York Times, USA Today, Ms. Magazine, Glamour, Shape, Fitness, and Cosmopolitan magazines. Her syndicated women's sports column for Knight Ridder/Tribune, was distributed to 320 newspapers across the United States.

In 1996, she received the National Association of Girls and Women in Sports' Guiding Woman in Sport Award and was inducted into the National Girls and Women in Sports Symposium Hall of Fame. In 1995, she was presented the National Organization for Women's award for excellence in sports writing.

Currently, Nelson competes in masters swimming events, specializing in the 1500 meter free-style; her time is in the top five nationally for her age group.

She is a graduate of Stanford University, where she averaged 19 points per game on the basketball team and was captain and leading scorer and rebounder her last three years. One of her rebounding records is still unbroken. She played for pro teams in France and the United States and later received her master's degree in public health from San Jose State University.

Nelson's family has strong ties to Wells. Her mother Sarah Burton Nelson graduated from Wells in 1946; and her grandmother, Mary Pew Burton, graduated from the college in 1922.

Mariah Burton Nelson is visiting Wells as a leader-in residence. Sponsored by the college's Leadership Connection group, the leader-in-residence program brings outstanding women who are recognized leaders in their fields to campus each semester to teach, meet with students informally, and present public lectures.

February, 1997

 


Martinez will expand conference services and leadership programs

Terry Martinez, associate dean of students at Wells, has been promoted to the position of director of conferences and leadership programs, effective March 1.

Martinez will expand conference services at the college, building on the success of summer leadership camps and conferences for girls offered in the last two years.

The Wells Conference Center offers its programs and facilities to diverse groups in addition to providing leadership training for young women. "I will be responsible for getting businesses and organizations to use our facilities, and I will develop programs for groups. I hope to do some teaching myself," she says.

Conferences at Wells, which have been viewed primarily as a summer enterprise, will now become a year-round part of college services, she says.

President Lisa Marsh Ryerson says, "Terry's experience developing leadership programs, her ability to work closely with students, and her managerial skills make her the ideal candidate for this important position."

Martinez joined the Wells student affairs staff in 1991 as director of residence life. In 1995, she was promoted to associate dean of students. In addition to counseling students and overseeing residence life, she was responsible for supervision of the transportation office, security office, and the community service office.

At Wells, she also coordinated the 21st & Wells Program, a regional minority recruitment workshop and program for high school girls; and she developed the Rainbow Connection, a multicultural education series.

Before coming to Wells, she worked as interim director of counseling and career services at St. Joseph's College and residence hall director at the SUNY College at Old Westbury.

She earned her bachelor's degree in social work from the SUNY College at Buffalo and her master's degree in counseling and applied psychology from New York University.

February, 1997

 


Chanting workshop featured at Wells Women's History Month symposium

A chanting workshop led by Norma Gentile, an early music specialist whose study of esoteric healing influences her singing and teaching styles, will be offered at Wells College as part of a symposium entitled Women: Education/Space/Expression, on Saturday, March 1. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the college's Macmillan Hall. The event is open to the public.

Included on the program are presentations on women in literature, history, and the social sciences as well as workshops on expression and a screening of the documentary Hillary's Class. Gentile's chant workshop, "Singing the Songs of Hildegard von Bingen," will be held from 2:45 to 4:00 pm in Alice Barler Recital Hall. To close the day Gentile, Alex Raykof, and the early music group Elizabethan Conversation will perform "Hildegard's Spirit, A Medieval Concert."

Norma Gentile earned her master's degree in voice performance from the University of Michigan. As a soloist, she has sung with Cuadro Musical in Europe and Oriana in the United States, making appearances at the Stravinsky Festival (Spain) and the Boston Early Music Festival.

Also at ease with the operatic repertoire of the Baroque and Classical eras, Gentile has sung roles such as Poppea from Monteverdi's "Coronation of Poppea," and the Sorceress from Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas." She has recorded for Radio Espana, and her American concerts have been broadcast regularly by National Public Radio stations since 1983.

Gentile's focus since 1990 has been on the music of Hildegard von Bingen. Hildegard was founder and abbess of two monasteries for women in 12th century Europe. She composed chants, wrote poetry, and authored nine books on theology and medicine.

Gentile has given numerous workshops and concerts from California to Colorado to Michigan featuring the chants written by Hildegard. Her first solo CD, Meditation Chants, is a live recording of a Candlelight Meditation Concert using Hildegard's music.

An Attunement Practitioner for many years, Gentile explores healing as a process of aligning emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of ourselves. She studied Attunement extensively through the International Emissary program, and supplements it with studies in Alexander Technique, the MerKaBa, overtone chant, and psychic perception.

Advance registration is recommended. The cost of the symposium is $10 for students, and $15 for all others, and includes dinner. There is an additional $10 charge for non-student participation in the chants workshop. Send checks payable to Wells College to Career Services, Wells College, Aurora, New York 13026. For more information, contact 315/364-3225, or e-mail careers@wells.edu.

February, 1997

 


U.S. Retirement Communities vice president named to Wells College Board of Trustees

John R. Woolford III, vice president and chief operating officer of U.S. Retirement Communities, L.P. in Media, Pennsylvania, has been named to the Wells College Board of Trustees, according to Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson.

Woolford is a registered architect who has more than 16 years of experience with Continuing Care Retirement Communities. He was previously a senior project manager and senior living specialist with Ewing Cole Cherry Brott Architects in Philadelphia.

He has been responsible for the design and construction oversight of senior living projects nationally and has worked closely with both development and marketing groups. He has extensive experience in land planning and zoning, as well as the management and design of large complex projects.

Woolford attended Middlebury College and received his bachelor's degree in architecture from Cornell University. He also studied in Staufen, Germany and the Technische Hogeschool in Delft, Holland. He is NCARB-certified and a member of the AIA/Aging Network.

U.S. Retirement Communities, Inc. is a full-service retirement housing management and consulting firm providing a spectrum of support services for sponsors and owners of housing and services for the elderly, including: adult communities, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living residences, long-term care facilities, and subacute facilities.

U.S. Retirement Communities, Inc. projects include The Arizona Senior Academy in Tucson, Arizona; Peconic Landing in Southold, New York; and Laurelwood in Galloway Township, New Jersey.

February, 1997

 


Professors form AAUP Chapter

A group of Wells College faculty members met in December and voted to form a local chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

The chapter, to be known as the Wells College AAUP Chapter, has been officially recognized by the association's national office in Washington, D.C. The Wells Chapter will be formally inaugurated at a public ceremony to be held at the college during February and currently has 14 members, according to campus AAUP officers. The college has 45 full-time faculty members.

Scott Heinekamp, associate professor of physics, has been elected the Wells AAUP Chapter's President. He says, "AAUP is our national professional organization, one that fearlessly supports the spirit and meaning of academic freedom in the United States. We hope that this new professional connection will enhance the prestige and public image of Wells College. We sincerely believe that a stable and well-informed faculty is any administration's best hope for institutional growth and constructive change. The Wells College AAUP Chapter looks forward to working with the faculty, the administration, and the Board in ways that will benefit the college and the entire community."

Wells' Vice President for Academic Affairs Ellen W. Hall says, "For more than 80 years, the AAUP has been involved with colleges and universities to help faculty and administrators establish sound academic practices in their institutions. AAUP policy statements and documents often serve as procedural guides for the academic community nationwide."

In a congratulatory letter, Mary A. Burgan, AAUP General Secretary, wrote to the Chapter: "Faculty have advanced the standards and practices of the academic profession through the AAUP for more than 75 years.... The 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure prevails as the vital and enduring expression of the values and practices of the profession. Today, the statement is endorsed by more than 150 disciplinary associations and educational organizations and the number continues to grow."

The American Association of University Professors was founded in 1915 in order to promote academic freedom for faculty members, a new idea at the time. The AAUP remains the leading organization primarily dedicated to protecting the academic freedom of professors.

February, 1997

 

 
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