Wells College News Archives 1999
News stories from the College's archives.
Wells College and Eric Mower and Associates communications partnership receives awards
The Wells College/Eric Mower and Associates communications partnership swept the annual Central New York Public Relations Society of America's Silver Shaker Awards ceremony in Syracuse, New York, on Tuesday, November 9.
- Wells/EMA were given a "Best of Show" award for the recruitment campaign announcing the 30% tuition reduction.
- Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson won the "Communications Advocate Award," which recognizes the CEO who best supports the public relations function in the workplace. In the citation, she was praised for her commitment to an integrated strategic communications plan and enthusiasm for open communication with key audiences.
- The Wells website, redesigned by EMA, was awarded a Bronze Shaker.
- The research project conducted to provide information for institutional planning received a Bronze Shaker.
National radio broadcast and webcast from Wells spotlights women entrepreneursThe national radio show, Entrepreneurs! Living The American Dream hosted by Richard Tavener, broadcast/webcast live from Wells College on Friday evening, October 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Smith Hall's Sommer Student Center.
At Wells, Tavener interviewed guests including Lisa Marsh Ryerson, the college's president, and Wells alumna Kitty Van Bortel of Rochester, New York, owner of the top-selling Subaru dealership in the state. The show was two hours live, followed by a one-hour live webchat.
The Entrepreneurs! Living the American Dream crew is on the road for 100 days visiting 46 cities - counting down each day to the end of the century. Their goal is to document and celebrate the state of entrepreneurship in the United States through live, daily interviews with entrepreneurs in a multitude of fields.
Universities and colleges with innovative programs that encourage students to learn about entrepreneurship have also been selected as stops on the tour. "Wells is known for its experiential learning programs and has many successful alumnae entrepreneurs," said Faith Rossi, the show's producer." This is an ideal location to focus specifically on women entrepreneurs and how higher education can support them."
CNN plans to join the tour in several cities to broadcast their Entrepreneurs Only television show in conjunction with Tavener's show.
The Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, is the primary sponsor of the tour. With their goal clearly stated: "To accelerate entrepreneurship in America," The Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership is one of the largest and most active foundations focused exclusively on entrepreneurship.
Other sponsors of the tour include Apple Computer, Visa USA, AllBusiness.com, and Investors Business Daily.
Entrepreneurs! Living The American Dream is produced by YES! and is distributed on national radio by the Radio America Network and webcast on the Internet through www.broadcast.com. Central New York listeners could listen to the webcast by visiting www.sayyes.com
Study finds Wells is among 13 Central New York private colleges and universities that generate $5.1 billion in economic activity
Thirteen private colleges and universities in the 16 counties of Central New York generate $5.1 billion in economic activity each year, according to a new study by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU).
The study included Cazenovia, Elmira, Hamilton, Hartwick, Ithaca, Le Moyne, New York Chiropractic, Utica, and Wells Colleges, St. Elizabeth College of Nursing, and Colgate, Cornell, and Syracuse Universities. Their 19,734 employees earn salaries of $652 million; and for their 51,300 students, they annually spend $912 million on instruction, student services, and financial aid. Statewide, the annual economic impact of the 100+ independent colleges and universities is $36.4 billion, exclusive of construction employment.
"Independent higher education is an important New York industry. We employ137,000 New Yorkers commanding a payroll of $4.6 billion annually," said James C. Ross, president of CICU. "What's more, our private colleges and universities fuel other businesses and industry in the state by providing the highly educated work force so vital to New York's competitiveness."
The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) represents New York's 100+ independent (private, not-for-profit) colleges and universities on issues of public policy. Member colleges compose the largest private sector of higher education in the world and enroll more than 400,000 students, including 300,000 New York State residents.
Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson said, "I am pleased to be an active member of CICU. My colleagues and I know these institutions are necessary in shaping a prosperous future for New York. Faculty, staff, and students at area colleges are eager to connect in new ways with the communities around them."
The study analyzes the most recent available data from the State Education Department, adjusted to the current year. Economic impact was projected using a multiplier of 2.5 to account for dollars spent and re-spent in the economy.
Wells names vice president for external relations
Former Alfred University and Hobart and William Smith Colleges administrator Ann Schmidt Rollo is Wells College's new vice president for external relations, according to Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson.
Rollo brings with her extensive experience in the areas of college anduniversity fundraising, volunteer management, staff development, communications, and community relations. In her new position, she servesas a member of the senior administration and oversees the college's alumnae affairs, development, and public relations offices.
"It is my great pleasure to welcome Ann Rollo to Wells," said Ryerson."She is a dynamic leader with a depth of experience that will greatly enrich our campus community. As a William Smith College graduate, she has personalknowledge of the power of women's education."
Before joining the Wells administration, Rollo served as director of annualand special gifts at Alfred University where she played a significant role in that institution's comprehensive campaign. During her tenure, shecreated a Baccalaureate Scholarship Program, an alumni luncheon series in NewYork City connecting younger and established professionals, and aPresident's Weekend Program bringing together faculty members and major giving prospects in support of campus priorities.
Rollo began her higher education career at Hobart and William SmithColleges where she held several administrative positions, most recently director of annual support. She also served as director of parentprograms and was involved in community relations activities to build Geneva Scholarship Associates.
"Wells' recent successes are impressive, and I am pleased to join aninstitution with the respect and sense of momentum that this college enjoys," said Rollo. "I have a strong belief in the importance ofwomen's colleges and their positive message. Being given the opportunity to lend my support to this unique community is indeed an honor."
She earned her bachelor of arts degree from William Smith College with a major in political science and a minor in economics. As a student, shewas a Geneva Scholarship Associates Scholar and the recipient of the Harriett Janet Smith Memorial Scholarship.
Her community service affiliations include the Prattsburgh CommunityHistorical Society, Geneva Red Cross, and Geneva Generals Youth Hockey, among many others. She and her family have recently moved fromPrattsburgh and are now members of the Aurora community.
Wells completes Littlefield Challenge
Students at Wells this fall have more opportunities than ever before to use technology in the learning process, thanks to the completion of the Littlefield Challenge - the most successful fundraising effort fortechnology in the history of the college.
In 1997, Burlingame, California, residents Mr. Edmund and Mrs. JeannikMequet Littlefield '41 pledged $1.2 million to help upgrade and expandtechnology on campus over a three year period. In order to receive the $400,000 annual gift, Wells was asked to raise matching funds.
As of June 30, 1999, alumnae and friends of the college met thechallenge. A total of 1,744 gifts (including the Littlefield pledge) generated over $2.4million which has contributed directly to the improvement of thecurriculum through information technology. The following list presents the highlights of advancements at Wells during the years of the Littlefield Challenge:
- The college networked academic buildings and residence halls forInternet access. Students and faculty members have access to top-level computersand software.
- Louis Jefferson Long library received the wiring and software neededto provide students and faculty with full access to any type of multimediadata available from anywhere in the world.
- A social sciences computer lab was created in Macmillan Hall whichenables students to use sophisticated statistical software as well as editdigital video and photography for documentary research.
- A digital imaging classroom was created in Morgan Hall where studentsare learning computer video editing, digital photography, andcomputer-assisted, three-dimensional design.
- The renovation of historic Weld Residence Hall also includedtechnological innovation. Weld was the first residence hall on campus to have computer network connections in every room. The first floor now hastwo, state-of-the-art computer labs (one Mac and one IBM). The entire building is cabled for access to information technology including e-mailand the Internet.
- New computer/video projection systems were installed in ClevelandHall, Zabriskie Hall, and the social sciences lab. Wells now has a total of 11computer projection systems.
- Wells is exceptionally rich in the number of computers available forstudent use; the student/computer ratio is 3/1. More and more faculty areusing technology in teaching, giving students the chance to create webpages, construct sophisticated simulations to test theories, and usedigital images in the art studio and theatre.
Among the highlights:
- The Class of 1957 funded a computer lab in Weld House for their 40thReunion gift.
- The Class of 1972 equipped the Resource Room in Louis Jefferson LongLibrary with computers for their 25th Reunion.
- The Class of 1949 completed the challenge by making a gift of $125,000for their 50th Reunion.
- In addition to the generosity of alumnae and friends, corporate supportwas provided by Hewlett Packard, IBM, Xerox Corporation, and the EarlKnudsen Foundation.
Martinez appointed Dean of Experiential Learning
Terry Martinez, formerly director of conferences and leadership programs at Wells, was promoted to the position of Dean of Experiential Learning effective August 1, according to Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson.
In her new role at the college, Martinez will work with the campus community to maximize student access to experiential learning opportunities that enhance a liberal arts education. Wells currently offers students these experiences through internships, community service, study abroad, off-campus study, and undergraduate research.
"The degree to which the college connects experiential learning with the curriculum is unusual and innovative," said Martinez. "I look forward to working with faculty and staff members to develop and implement systems that will create even more possibilities for our students."
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 1997, she was named director of conferences and leadership programs and designed a broad range of learning experiences for girls and women of all ages.
Before coming to Wells, she was 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.
"Terry's vision, energy, and commitment to excellence will help Wells move forward with this important initiative," said Ryerson.
An award and a website
Wells College Professor of Music Crawford R. Thoburn received a tribute from his alma mater last June when the Alumni Association of AlleghenyCollege awarded him its Gold Citation honoring his professional achievements in music.
In addition to recognizing his academic career at Wells, the citation focused on Professor Thoburn's published body of choral music. To date, over 100 of his compositions, arrangements, and editions have beenissued by a dozen different firms. Professional and student ensembles have recorded his work, and his music has been performed throughout the UnitedStates as well as in Canada, Europe, and the United Kingdom.
Alumnae of the Wells Concert Choir and friends of the Wells music programcan now visit Choral Music by Crawford R. Thoburn on the web: http://home.att.net./~langburn. The site contains reviews, performance highlights, repertoire suggestions, public information, and a completeclassified works list. This visibility on the web has immeasurably broadened the reach of Professor Thoburn's music. In a year ofexistence, the site has drawn over 2,500 visits from around the world.
Crawford R. Thoburn joined the Wells faculty in 1960. He earned his B.A.in music from Allegheny College and his master's degree in music from Boston University.
Wells College ranked #1 for "Best Profs at Teaching"
by The Princeton Review college guide
Wells is ranked #1 nationally among top colleges for "Best Profs at Teaching" in the new edition of The Princeton Review's annual guidebook, The Best 331 Colleges, published by Random House.
Using rankings based on candid student views of the college, the guide describes Wells faculty members as "'amazing," "extremely intelligent," and "approachable." Wells professors are also praised for their genuine interest in students' lives.
Wells College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson said, "Excellent teachers are central to learning in a liberal arts environment, and Wells has a long tradition of attracting extraordinary scholars committed to teaching. I am gratified The Princeton Review has brought an awareness of our mission and our outstanding faculty to a large audience."
In preparation, The Princeton Review surveyed 59,000 college students at the nation's top colleges and universities. At each institution, a random sample of students (about 175 per campus on average) answered 70 questions about their school's academics, campus life, and student body, according to Jeanne Krier, a spokesperson for The Princeton Review.
The survey is done exclusively for this book (annually published since 1992). The 331 colleges in it represent less than 10% of the nation's four-year colleges.
The Best 331 Colleges also has praise for Wells' liberal arts curriculum: "The reportedly 'excellent' academic experience here includes a core curriculum and a required thesis or senior project. 'Discussion-oriented' classes are small, 'women-centered,' and amazing 'alumnae connections' await students upon graduation."
The book contains 60 categories and ranks the top 20 schools in each area. Wells received high marks in a number of categories including positive town/gown relations (#2), access to professors (#3), interaction among students from different racial/class backgrounds (#3), beautiful campus (#6), comfortable residence halls (#7), and happy students (#16), among others.
Teaching, advising, and student life award recipients announced
Wells recognized outstanding contributions made in teaching, advising, and student life by faculty and staff members during the 1998-99 academic year through its annual awards presented this month.
Associate Professor of Political Science and Herbert J. Charles and Florence Charles Faegre Professor of Political Science Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo is the recipient of the 1999 Wells College Excellence in Teaching Medal. He earned his B.A. from the Université Libre du Congo, his M.A. from Harvard University, and a second master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Professor Lumumba-Kasongo joined the faculty in 1993 and teaches Politics of Developing Countries, Old and New Paradigms in World Politics, and Approaches to International Relations, 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 this year's Academic Advising Award is Assistant Professor of History Michael Groth. He joined the Wells faculty in 1994 and earned his B.A. from Williams College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Binghamton University. Professor Groth teaches Interpreting U.S. History, Topics in American Social History, and The African-American Struggle for Human Rights, 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.
Erna Coon, assistant to the dean of the college, received the Student Life Award. Before coming to Wells in 1991, she worked for 10 years as superintendent's secretary in the public school system.
This award is given to the member of the 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.
Wells president receives state award
President Lisa Marsh Ryerson has been named a Woman of Distinction by the New York State Senate. Nominated by Senator Michael F. Nozzolio, she will be recognized in a celebration in the Legislative Office Building in Albany, New York, on Tuesday, May 25.
Senator Nozzolio said, "Lisa Ryerson has not only set a positive example for our young people, her extensive involvement in both the college and surrounding communities has made an immeasurable impact on making the Finger Lakes Region a better place to live."
Launched last year, the Women of Distinction program is designed to recognize women who make our community a better place to live and set a positive example to young people.
Wells students excel in math competition
"You really don't want to get out of a burning building, do you?" was the title of a mathematics project which earned an honorable mention for three Wells College students who competed with 478 teams representing 229 colleges and universities from nine different countries. The competition was sponsored by the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP), and award recipients were announced in April.
The Wells team was made up of Thy An Bui, a sophomore from Syracuse, New York; Jennifer Ellsworth, a sophomore from Geneva, New York; and Siu Lan Zhang, a junior from Brooklyn, New York. Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Carol C. Shilepsky served as the team's advisor.
Students selected one of three open-ended modeling problems to research which required an optimal solution. The Wells team chose to develop a linear optimization model of maximum room capacity for deciding what number to post on a "maximum capacity" sign as being the "lawful capacity." Students were asked to construct models considering different room types and compare and contrast what might be done for a variety of environments.
This was the 15th annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM). COMAP's MCM is unique among modeling competitions in that it is the only international contest in which students work in teams to find a solution. Centering its educational philosophy on mathematical modeling, COMAP uses mathematical tools to explore real-world problems.
Former Assistant to President Jimmy Carter and advocate for leadership by women is Wells Commencement speaker
Nationally known attorney and spokesperson on leadership and public issues Sarah Weddington will be the 1999 Commencement speaker at Wells College. Her topic is women and leadership. Ceremonies begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 22 outside Macmillan Hall on the Wells campus.
After serving three terms in the Texas House of Representatives, she went to Washington in 1977 as USDA General Counsel. From 1978 to 1981, she served as Assistant to President Jimmy Carter. From her office in the west wing of the White House, she directed the administration's work on women's issues.
In 1973 she successfully argued the landmark Roe v. Wade case before the U.S. Supreme Court. She is considered to be the youngest woman ever to win a case in the Supreme Court. Her first book, A Question of Choice, details the historic event.
Currently a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Weddington is also a popular speaker and commentator. She has been a guest on television programs including Today, Good Morning America, and the CBS Morning News.
Time magazine named her one of its Outstanding Young American Leaders. Ladies Home Journal presented her with its Woman of the Future award. She has been featured in such publications as Working Woman, People, the Washington Post, and for a number of years she wrote a regular column for Glamour magazine.
Ms. Weddington has received numerous honors and awards. In 1998 she was the recipient of Leadership America's Hummingbird Award for contributions to the advancement of women's leadership. She is also the recipient of the Colby Award for Public Service from Sigma Kappa Sorority, the Woman Who Dares Award from the National Council of Jewish Women, and a Best College Lecturer Award from the National Association for Campus Activities, among others.
She holds honorary doctorates from McMurry University, Hamilton College, Austin College, and Southwestern University. She received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.
Grant will aid in creation of entrepreneurial internships
Wells is the recipient of a grant from the 1999 Kauffman Entrepreneur Internship Program provided by the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. The $18,000 grant will help the college establish paid, credit-bearing internships with smaller companies, according to Christine Franquemont, director of corporate and foundation support at Wells.
Through these internships, any interested Wells student who successfully applies and regardless of her major, can learn firsthand about the rewards and risks of entrepreneurship.
Placements will be made in companies with fewer than 200 employees and less than $25 million in annual revenue. The Kauffman Center grant, along with additional financial contributions from Wells and the host businesses, will fund five interns during the summer of 1999 and another five during the January 2000 intersession.
Additionally, the college plans to bring an outstanding business leader to campus as an entrepreneur-in-residence during the fall 1999 semester who will meet with students, visit classes, and present a public lecture.
With headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership is the largest organization solely focused on entrepreneurial success at all levels - from elementary school students to high-growth entrepreneurs.
Companies interested in participating or learning more about entrepreneurial studies at Wells are encouraged to call the college's Career Development Services Office at 315.364.3225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wells College president will join strategic effort to advance economic growth in central New York
President Lisa Marsh Ryerson has been named a member of the Metropolitan Development Association of Syracuse and Central New York Inc. With a membership comprising CEOs of the most prominent businesses in Central New York, the MDA is the region's principal economic development, planning, and research organization and primary private-sector vehicle for implementation of key development projects.
President Ryerson is a vocal advocate for the development of partnerships in the business, education, and government sectors that will promote economic expansion. She said, "I am pleased to have this opportunity to contribute to the good work the MDA is doing. New York State is undergoing profound economic and social changes. As we enter the new century, we will maintain our historic reputation as one of the most prosperous and innovative regions in the nation. Indeed, we will grow - if we work together to assess our strengths and build upon them."
Among its many initiatives, the MDA is currently working on major redevelopment efforts in Electronics Park and Hancock Airpark, the $8.4 million renovation of the Regional Market, and a cooperative effort with the city of Syracuse to redevelop 800 acres separating downtown from the Onondaga Lake waterfront. The MDA is also a principal partner in Advance Upstate New York, an alliance of the business leadership organizations in Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo that will work together to push business friendly reform through the state legislature.
The MDA has also initiated Vision 2010, a blueprint for regional economic development. The plan balances programs for strategic growth in eight industry clusters with concerted efforts to reduce regulatory costs on business. Over the next 11 years, those industry clusters have the potential to bring the region more than 50,000 jobs, a 15% growth in wages, and an annual one percent growth in population while enhancing the quality of life in central New York. According to the New York State Department of Labor, the region comprising Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison, Oswego, and Cortland counties has seen the addition of 7,100 jobs and a 2.4% growth in real wages over the first two years of the Vision 2010 program.
The Wells College Press will publish a recently rediscovered manuscript
A children's story, The Magic Key, by noted scholar, author, and former Wells faculty member Else Fleissner, will be published later this year by the Wells College Press, according to Book Arts Center Director and Professor of English Bruce Bennett.
The manuscript was found in the Fleissner family home in Aurora by the author's son, Robert F. Fleissner of Springfield, Ohio. The revival of the Wells College Press and its growing list of literary publications caught his attention, and he showed the manuscript to Bennett. Fleissner and his brother, Erwin J. Fleissner, have written a preface; Wells Printer-in-Residence Robert Doherty is the book's designer.
The Magic Key, probably written circa 1943, is a short novel which tells the story of two young children, a boy and girl, who have wonderland-like adventures involving a magic key the boy obtains from a magician. They meet a number of well-known characters from children's literature classics, get the opportunity to make mistakes and be brave, and learn much about themselves as well as their friends and enemies.
"I would describe the book as well-written and entertaining and the style as charming. Love of traditional children's literature shines from every page," said Bennett.
For 44 years, Professors Otto and Else Fleissner helped build Wells' strong German and European literature programs. They co-authored many college texts. According to the preface, "She also composed a book on the great inflation (1923) in Germany, a short biography of Hermann Hesse, and numerous articles."
The Magic Key is expected to be released for the 1999 holiday season. A special price is available for those who subscribe before September 1, 1999. To learn more contact: Jocelyn Webb, Book Arts Center, Wells College, Aurora, New York 13026.
Wells College has an incomparable resource in the Book Arts Center which consists of the Wells College Press and the Class of 1932 Bindery. The center offers classes, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and symposia in the fine arts, literary arts, bookbinding, printing, publishing, and related fields.
Nine students present research findings at national conference
Nine students from Wells College have been selected to present the findings of their original research at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) which will be held Thursday through Saturday, April 8 through 10 at the University of Rochester. The following are descriptions of the student projects, excerpted from research abstracts, including the names of faculty advisers:
"Movements Towards Rebuilding Jewish Life in Post-Cold War Poland" by Alexandra V. Collier '00 (adviser: Associate Professor of History Cynthia J. Koepp): After the Holocaust and 50 years of anti-Semitic communist rule nearly destroyed Polish Jewry, Jewish life is emerging again in Poland. Ms. Collier's paper is based on oral interviews, observations, and archival research she conducted in both Poland and the United States. She analyzes the resurgence of interest in Jewish culture and the effects this movement may have on the future of Jewish communities in Poland.
"The Role of Dance in the Diaspora: Its Impact on the Perceptions of Dis-ease in the Afro-Brazilian Religion Candomble and in Haitian Voodoo" by Laurephile Desrosiers '99, Disha Mookherjee '99, and Leslie St. George '00 (adviser: Visiting Instructor of Dance Augusto Soledade): An analysis of the relationship between dance and religion in Brazil and Haiti leads the authors to conclude that dance in these cultures serves as a vehicle for understanding complex concepts such as self, spirituality, body, and health. In contrast, Western medical culture often fails to even acknowledge the personal and spiritual factors. Utilizing HIV as an example, the researchers have designed literature and other resources which have a culturally relevant focus in an effort to bridge the gap between these viewpoints in the conceptualization of dis-ease.
"Three Strikes and You're Out' Sentencing": The Politics of Policy Formation by Rebecca R. Good '99 (adviser: Assistant Professor of Political Science Nan DiBello): In an attempt to target habitual offenders, Congress passed the Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which requires mandatory sentences for felons convicted of a third violent crime. The adoption of "three strikes and you're out" as federal policy is a prime example of policy formulated at the state level becoming national policy. Ms. Good argues for the repeal of "three strikes and you're" out laws which, she contends, have negative impacts on state and local courts and correctional systems.
"Urban Greenways and Corridors as Tools for Habitat Conservation and Preservation of Species" by Sarah Hatfield '99 (adviser: Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Niamh O' Leary): Loss of biodiversity and habitat are problems that have grown in magnitude over the past century due to expansion of suburban and urban areas. Urban greenways have been suggested as a means to allow species dispersal through these unsuitable habitats. Using EcoBeaker 1.0 software, the author designed various scenarios for wildlife corridor systems through urban and suburban areas using birds and small mammals as indicators and referred to past studies. She concludes that wildlife corridors are an effective means to slow or combat habitat loss, genetic isolation, and species extinction.
"Investigating the Relationship Between Canine Abuse and Canine Behavior" by JoAnne L. Johnson '00 (advisers: Professor of Biology Margaret Flowers and Professor of Chemistry Linda Schwab): Implications of canine abuse were studied through post-traumatic evaluation. Owners who adopted dogs (previously abused) answered questionnaires concerning canine background, behaviors, and treatments. Preliminary analysis indicated that both genders had similar occurrences of abnormal eating habits (females: 35% and males: 34%) and abnormal drinking habits (17% and 14%, respectively). There was more variance for snarling, growling, or hackle-raising (females: 56% and males: 49%) and hiding, whining, or whimpering (65% and 55%, respectively). Strangers, loud noises, and other animals were primary behavioral triggers for both sexes. Eighty-six percent of owners who worked with their animal saw improvement in behavior, regardless of gender.
"The Ecosystem Management Planning Model: An Implement to Aid Sustainable Development and Conserve Biodiversity" by Carolyn J. Meier '99 (adviser: Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology Niamh O'Leary): This research examines an Ecosystem Management Planning Model (EMPM), which was constructed as a conceptual system to aid in multi-variable, non-linear decision making. EMPM is based partially on the Holistic Resource Management (HRM) model developed by Allan Savory. The HRM has several shortcomings which were corrected in the EMPM by the addition of new ecosystem growth tools, new management and testing guidelines for these tools, and an interface which emphasizes the cyclic nature of all ecosystem processes. The EMPM allows better management of public lands by reducing errors in the application of tools and misidentification of problems.
"The Susceptibility of Nocardia Species to Trovafloxacin and Linezolid" by Disha Mookherjee '99 (advisers: Michael Cynamon and Linda S. Schwab): Pulmonary nocardiosis causes a tuberculosis-like infection in immunocompromised patients. New agents are continually sought to treat this condition because of the development of resistant strains of Nocardia. The susceptibility of 24 strains of Nocardia spp. to trovafloxacin, a fluoroquinolone, and linezolid (PNU100-766), an oxazolidinone, was determined by an agar dilution assay. While both drugs were active against Nocardia, linezolid was more active, inhibiting 20 out of 24 strains at less than or equal to 2 micrograms per milliliter.
"Discovering Why: Understanding Domestic Violence through Non-traditional Battering Situations" by Lynn Sawicki '99 (adviser: Professor of Sociology Leslie Miller-Bernal): The gender role socialization theory of domestic violence attributes battering to behavior based on social conceptions of masculinity and femininity, finding men more likely to batter. The power inequality theory attributes violence to power imbalances caused by the different resources each partner brings into the relationship. This paper tests these theories by applying them to available research on two types of non-traditional battering: battering in homosexual relationships and in adolescent children's abuse of parents. The author's findings support power inequality more than gender role socialization theory.
"Beyond Pharmacology: The Psychological Management of Insomnia" by Shelly L. Larson '99 (Assistant Professor of Psychology Vic Munoz): This study provides a compelling argument for a multicomponent psychological approach rather than pharmacological intervention when treating insomnia. The research focuses on case studies and analyzes current psychological treatments; the results indicate these treatments produce enhancement of both sleep patterns and subjective experience of sleep, with stimulus control techniques being more effective. Compared to pharmacological agents, psychological management produces fewer side effects and is more effective on a long-term basis.
Through its annual conference, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship, and helps to improve the state of the undergraduate education.
Established in 1987, NCUR seeks to enrich undergraduate teaching and learning by providing opportunities for students to experience firsthand the processes of scholarly exploration and discovery that characterize academic life, to assist the professional development of faculty and others in these areas, and to understand and appreciate the goals, methods, and results of diverse areas of inquiry and ways of knowing.
GirlQuest program named in guidebook for achieving girls
One of Wells' innovative summer programs for girls has been profiled in The Girl Pages: A Handbook of the Best Resources for Strong, Confident, Creative Girls by Charlotte Milholland. Released in February 1999 by Hyperion, the book contains a foreword by famed entrepreneur Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop.
This guide connects girls and their parents to what the author has identified, after extensive research, as the nation's best programs for developing leadership and life skills. Wells' Leadership Adventure For Girls (now known as GirlQuest) is profiled. The program teaches girls through outdoor activities such as ecology hikes, orienteering, canoeing, and ropes courses.
GirlQuest also includes writing workshops and discussions with guest speakers on topics such as how to care for the environment and preparing for college. "The emphasis is on teamwork, leadership skills, and building self-confidence," reports the guide.
Wells' Director of Conferences and Leadership Programs Terry Martinez said, "To have been chosen for such a select group from among all the programs for girls across the nation is certainly an honor, especially since the author conducted such exhaustive research. This recognition is an indication that we are doing something unique to support and encourage girls."
Top students from 18 states visit campus for Henry Wells Weekend
A surprise snowstorm only intensified the friendly atmosphere at Wells for the 74 prospective students who have been named Henry Wells Scholars of the Class of 2003. They visited campus as honored guests Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8.
The prospective students traveled to Wells from 18 states: Alabama, California, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.
"This geographic diversity reflects our stature as a national liberal arts college. Wells is also known for the lifelong connections that form between graduates and the institution," said President Lisa Marsh Ryerson in her address to the students.
Changes in the prestigious Henry Wells Scholars program this year have strengthened connections between the curriculum and real world experience. Students are now guaranteed a hands-on learning experience during their freshman year at Wells.
They will also each receive $3,000 to fund academically oriented and career-related projects during their upper-class years. The program's new focus allows more students to gain a high-quality liberal arts education accompanied by experiential learning - a winning combination, according to employers of college graduates.
During the weekend, current students, alumnae, faculty, and the administration joined the scholars and their families in activities that explored how Wells' unique experiential programs can lead to exciting careers and graduate study.
Wells names 1999 Alumnae Award recipient
In 1999, the 125th anniversary year of the Wells College Alumnae Association, Carolyn Bunn Wood, Class of 1952, has been named the recipient of the college’s annual Alumnae Award. She is being honored for her service to the college and to her community.
A resident of New Jersey, Ms. Wood has been involved with every major fundraising effort at Wells since her graduation. As a result, she has helped ensure quality education in the liberal arts for several generations of students. She is currently one of the co-chairs of the $50 million Campaign for Wells College which has raised over $44 million to date.
In 1967, only 15 years after graduation, she was invited to join the Wells College Board of Trustees. In addition to her leadership role on the board, she has helped advance Wells’ recruitment effort and hosted students, faculty, and alumnae. She has held many positions in the New Jersey Wells Club, including president.
Her service activities are by no means limited to Wells. Ms. Wood has been president of New Eyes for the Needy, Inc., whose main purpose is to help provide better vision for the poor in each of the 50 states and in 25 countries.
As a member of the board of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary in Short Hills, New Jersey, she was involved with extensive renovation and expansion projects.
From 1979 to 1985, she served as trustee of the Pingry School, an independent primary and secondary country day school in Elizabeth, New Jersey. During her tenure, she oversaw the planning and creation of a new middle and upper school campus.
Carolyn Bunn Wood will be honored at a campus ceremony on Saturday, May 29, 1999 at 10:30 a.m. in Macmillan Hall’s Phipps Auditorium; the event will be attended by alumnae from across the nation.
The Alumnae Award was established in 1968 by the Wells College Alumnae Association in honor of the Centennial of the college. The award 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.
Wells president speaks in Maryland about the Seneca Falls experience
President Lisa Marsh Ryerson was a featured speaker in Hood College’s program "Woman’s Rights = Human Rights: 150 Years After Seneca Falls" held on Tuesday, February 2, in Frederick, Maryland.
In her presentation, "Seneca Falls Revisited: Reflections on the 1848 Women’s Rights Convention," President Ryerson discussed the history of the women’s rights movement in Seneca Falls, her experiences as a participant in Celebrate ‘98 activities, and the important issues facing women in the 21st century.
"When we visit Seneca Falls, with its streets shaded by ancient trees and stunning examples of 19th-century architecture, we are reminded how far women have come in a very short time in gaining political freedom, influence, and power," she told the audience. "We can and should meditate on the fact that much work remains to be done. I encourage everyone to visit Seneca Falls. It is a way to become connected with a great historical continuum of visionary women."
By reviewing work done by many women’s groups during Celebrate ‘98, she identified a number of key issues that she urged the audience to explore and, where appropriate, take action.
The issues she discussed included the attainment of gender equity in our education system, the increasing feminization of poverty on a global level, the portrayal of violence against women in the media, the need for more women in leadership positions, and equal pay for equal work.
Experiential learning - a vital link to careers and graduate school
Involvement in experiential learning activities - internships, research, and off-campus study - provides a distinct advantage for college students today when they seek employment or entrance into graduate and professional school.
The Wells Internship Program enables students to earn academic credit while gaining practical experience in a wide variety of work settings over January break or in the summer months.
During the January 1999 intersession, more than 30% of Wells students held internships in 18 different states and three foreign countries. The students made selections from over 1,000 internships available through the college’s Career Development Services.
Director of Career Development Services Nancy B. Karpinski said, "Students typically complete two or three internships during their four years at Wells. It is an excellent way for them to start a job search, gain experience, and make contacts which are absolutely essential in the current job market."
A number of students selected sites in New York City and worked at HarperCollins Publishers; Christie’s, an international auction house; Newsweek magazine; the Frick Art Reference Library; the United Nations; and the Albert Einstein Medical Center.
Other students worked at the Capital Group in Los Angeles, California; the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports in Reston, Virginia; and U.S. Senator Arlen Specter’s office in Washington D.C.
Wells and nearby Cornell University have an active cross-registration program, so many Wells students arrange internships at Cornell - students interned in agricultural and biological engineering, the ornithology laboratory, the Johnson Museum of Art, and the music library.
Internships outside the U.S. are growing in popularity, and this year Wells students traveled to the Dominican Republic, China, and Kenya to gain cross-cultural as well as work experience.
Since 1986, Wells’ Corporate Affiliates Program - a selective partnership between Wells and high-profile companies - has also prepared students for rewarding careers through internships in leading corporate settings. This year The Bank of New York, American International Group in New York City, Wells Fargo Bank Historical Services in San Francisco, and Boston’s Fidelity Investments hosted Wells students.
Wells’ redesigned Henry Wells Scholars Program will now provide support for experiential learning. Students who are selected annually as Henry Wells Scholars are guaranteed a hands-on learning experience during the January intersession of their freshman year. They will receive $3,000 to fund internships, research done in collaboration with faculty, or study abroad, among other options, during the upper-class years.
Professor Bennett's book reviewed in prominent literary journal
A book of poems by Wells College Professor of English Bruce Bennett was reviewed in the fall 1998 issue of the Georgia Review, one of the nation's leading literary journals.
The Georgia Review has been described in the London Times Literary Supplement as the journal that "sets the standard of literary, editorial, and graphic excellence."
Professor Bennett's book, It's Hard to Get the Angle Right (published in 1997 by GreenTower Press), receives high praise from reviewer Andrea Hollander Budy for its masterful use of the villanelle: a form which originated in France centuries ago and which has been revisited by many modern poets.
Budy writes, "I read the entire collection through in one sitting, an approach that with a lesser volume would have certainly put me to sleep, for the villanelle contains repetition of whole lines and of just two rhymes. But the form was the only predictable element I encountered. The rest was variety, intrigue, comedy, trauma - in short, I was unquestionably entertained."
In her review she reprints the complete text of Professor Bennett's poem "An Astrologer Awaits Your Call" which appears in It's Hard to Get the Angle Right.
Leadership Week at Wells: The many contributions of women
For some Wells College students the spring semester is a little bit longer, but the benefits are designed to last a lifetime. Beginning Monday, January 18, these students will participate in Leadership Week, a program designed to prepare them for the changing roles of women in the 21st century.
The theme this year - the many contributions of women - gives students the opportunity to learn more about women in history and how women like Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and many others, paved the way for women today.
Keynote speaker MaryAnn Krupsak, former Lieutenant Governor of New York, and president of Celebrate ‘98, will discuss the celebration last summer and the important role women have played in the political arena. Also scheduled to speak is MaryEllen Burt, basketball coach at Union College and director of the New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association.
Leadership Week is designed to emphasize career and life training. In addition to hearing the addresses, students participate in workshops designed to enhance skills such as resume writing, public speaking, time management, research and personal finances.
Wells alumnae play an important role in Leadership Week by participating in panel discussions, meeting with students, and sharing their contributions to family, community, and society.
Community involvement is a key component to Leadership Week. Students will have the opportunity to contribute their time and talents through service to others. Students will visit the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge, work with troubled women at Hannock House, and work alongside other volunteers at Habitat for Humanity.
Wells honors novelist Mildred Walker Schemm
In 1960 the attention of the literary world turned to Wells when novelist Mildred Walker Schemm, a professor of English at the college as well as a graduate, published her 11th novel which was immediately nominated for the prestigious National Book Award.
In honor of Mrs. Schemm’s distinguished career as a writer and teacher, Wells is pleased to announce the creation of the Mildred Walker ‘26 Visiting Fiction Writers Fund. This endowment will help aspiring writers and students of literature learn about the art of fiction from visiting writers who will give readings and visit classes at the college.
The establishment of the fund was made possible by a generous gift from the author’s daughter, Ripley Hugo, and her two sons, Dr. George Walker Schemm and Dr. Christopher Marlowe Schemm.
Mrs. Schemm published 12 adult novels and one novel for young readers. Ten of the books were published between 1933 and 1955. (The 11th is entitled The Body of a Young Man.) Currently, all her fiction is being reprinted by Bison Books, the paperback imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, with new introductions by contemporary authors.
She was born in Philadelphia in 1905 and graduated magna cum laude in literature from Wells College in 1926. She married cardiologist Ferdinand Schemm in 1927. They lived in Michigan where she earned her master of arts degree in English in 1933. Her first novel, Fireweed, received the Hopwood Award from the University of Michigan - one of the most influential academic literary awards of that era.
The Schemms moved to Great Falls, Montana, in 1933. Four of her novels are set in that state: Unless the Wind Turns, Winter Wheat, The Curlew’s Cry, and If A Lion Could Talk.
Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Schemm returned to Wells in 1955 as a professor of English. In 1961-62 she was a Fulbright lecturer in Koyoto, Japan, and traveled to Sicily for a sabbatical in 1964. She also taught at the Breadloaf Writers Conference in Vermont. Her work The Southwest Corner inspired a play and television show.
She retired from Wells in 1968 and went to live at her family home in Grafton, Vermont. She moved to Missoula, Montana, in 1986 and then to Portland, Oregon, in 1990 where she died in 1998 at the age of 93.
Mrs. Schemm received the Wells College Alumnae Award in 1968 for her service to the college and in recognition of her distinguished career.
Wells professor takes leadership position with People For the American Way
Dr. Arthur J. Bellinzoni, an Aurora resident and professor of religion at Wells, has been named to the board of directors of the People For the American Way (PFAW) in Washington, D.C. The appointment was announced by Carole Shields, PFAW president.
PFAW is a not-for-profit organization devoted to promoting and defending the democratic values of freedom, opportunity, tolerance, and diversity. Founded in 1980 by Norman Lear, the organization has over 300,000 members nationwide.
Among the current members of the PFAW board are Alec Baldwin, actor; Christopher F. Edley, Jr., professor of law at Harvard University; Bianca Jagger, activist; Norman Lear, writer and producer; Judy McGrath, president of MTV: Music Television; Kweisi Mfume, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); and Kathleen Turner, actress.
Through research, publications, education, training, litigation, and advocacy, PFAW works to promote those values and liberties embedded in the First Amendment and to defend them from attack by political or religious extremists. The organization's lobbying wing works to monitor the Religious Right's activities and to counter them by lobbying and organizing hard-hitting political action, according to Shields.
Dr. Bellinzoni received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University and his master's degree and doctorate from Harvard University. He has served on the board of the United Way of Cayuga County and was president of the board of the Cayuga County Community College Foundation.
(Please click on photo for enlarged photograph of Dr. Bellinzoni, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Wells president Lisa Marsh Ryerson.)
College will host celebration for new Henry Wells Scholars
At Wells, students don't have to sacrifice a valuable internship experience for a job they need to pay their way through college. Response to the newly redesigned Henry Wells Scholars program has been extremely positive - more than 50 students selected from across the country will be guaranteed a hands-on learning experience during their freshman year at Wells.
They will also each receive $3,000 to fund academically oriented and career-related projects during their upper-class years. The new focus of the program allows more students to gain a high-quality liberal arts education and still participate in "hands-on" professional preparation - a winning combination according to employers of college graduates.
Changes in the prestigious Henry Wells Scholars program this year have strengthened connections between the curriculum and real world experience. Early results indicate that as many as 40% of the incoming class will benefit from these opportunities, said Susan Sloan, Wells' director of admissions.
"Wells College is committed to making more women aware of the benefits of our national liberal arts program. To do this, we are aggressively focusing on making sure students know that a private college with a national reputation for high-quality academics is affordable and accessible. Last May, Wells reduced its tuition by 30%," she said.
To celebrate the new scholars, the college will host a weekend event in their honor on Saturday, March 6, 1999. Wells students, alumnae, faculty, and the administration will join in activities that explore how Wells' unique experiential programs can lead to exciting careers and graduate study.
Henry Wells Scholars are named annually. To be eligible for the program, students must be nominated by guidance counselors or Wells College alumnae and have a 90% cumulative high school grade point average. They also must have scored 1150 or higher on the S.A.T. or 28 or higher on the A.C.T. Guidance counselors and alumnae may nominate more than one student.
According to Wells' Director of Career Development Services Nancy Karpinski, "Students typically complete two or three internships during their four years at Wells. The Henry Wells Scholars Program is exciting because of the financial benefits. It is an excellent way for them to start a job search, gain experience, and make contacts which are absolutely essential in the current job market."