Wells College News Archives 2005
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Wells College Adds Men’s Lacrosse to Sports Cadre
Wells College announces plans to add a men’s lacrosse team beginning in Spring 2007. Men’s lacrosse will be offered at the club level during the first year, and will elevate to the intercollegiate level in the 2007-2008 season.
“I am pleased by this latest addition to our athletics program,” says Director of Athletics Lyn LaBar. “Central New York is a hotbed for men’s lacrosse, and we hope to attract a talented pool of student-athletes who will contribute to the Wells community and the new lacrosse program.”
Wells is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III member. The College currently offers six varsity women’s sports teams: field hockey, soccer, tennis, swimming, lacrosse, and softball. All six are members of the New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSWCAA), while field hockey, soccer, swimming, softball and lacrosse compete in the Atlantic Women’s Colleges Conference (AWCC).
In fall 2005, Wells introduced men’s soccer and swimming teams at the club level, and an intercollegiate cross-country team for both men and women. When these new programs elevate to varsity status next year, they will participate at the NCAA Division III level. The College continues to develop plans for additional sport sponsorship that are inclusive of both men and women, and meet the needs of college students today.
Wells offers a variety of indoor and outdoor facilities. The Schwartz Center houses a swimming pool, gymnasium, and two tennis courts. Renovations for a new state-of-the-art fitness center are taking place with an expected spring 2006 opening. Outdoor facilities include four newly rebuilt tennis courts, softball field, boathouse, a 9-hole golf course, and game fields for field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse. New cross-country running trails have been designed and will be developed this spring.
For more information about men’s lacrosse and athletics at Wells College, please contact Communications Director Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260.
Wells College Winter Break Calendar
Important dates for January intersession
Wednesday, December 7, 2005 Classes end
Thurs – Sunday, December 8 – 11 Study period
Mon – Thurs, December 12 – 15 Final exam period
Friday, December 16 Residence halls and dining services close
Friday, December 23 – Sunday, January 1 College closed*
Monday, January 2, 2006 College reopens; staff return
Sunday, January 29 Students return
Monday, January 30 Spring classes begin 8:10 am; Opening Convocation 4:45 pm
* For assistance while the College is closed for the holiday break, please call Campus Security at #315-364-3229.
Ring in the Holidays at the Wells Book Arts Center
Student exhibition and handmade items for sale
Celebrate the holiday season with a visit to the Wells College Book Arts Center. On Thursday, December 1, the Center, located in Morgan Hall, will host a holiday sale and exhibit from Noon – 9:00 pm. Refreshments will be served, and the public is warmly invited to enjoy this special free holiday treat.
Talented Wells students will exhibit their work in letterpress printing, bookbinding, and calligraphy. An opening reception will be held from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. The show will remain on display through December 10 in Morgan Hall.
From Noon – 9:00 pm, unique handmade books, cards, ornaments, wrapping paper, and other gifts will be available for purchase. The sale will feature items created by book arts students and instructors, as well as productions by the Wells College Press. Work includes hand-printed broadsides and artists’ books, journals, historic book structures, fine press edition books, knit scarves, and a variety of hand-made holiday merchandise. The prices of these items are affordable, and they make perfect holiday gifts for family and friends. Guests are welcome to tour the Book Arts Center studios and shop for distinctive holiday gifts.
Inspired by Victor Hammer, an internationally renowned calligrapher, painter, printer and type designer, the Wells Book Arts Center was established in 1993 to instruct in all areas of book arts and technologies. Students in book arts classes at Wells learn the history and philosophy of their craft as they develop hand skills in the fabrication of books. They gain international perspective on book arts with visits from accomplished lecturers, writers, and artists, and with field trips to the area’s remarkable collection of libraries, presses, paper mills and binderies. Current classes teach design, typography, the evolution of letterforms, letterpress printing, bookbinding, and the history of the book. Though it embraces historical arts and technologies, the Center also actively investigates and incorporates innovations of our digital age. The Wells Book Arts Center supports the mission of the College by revealing the essential role of the book in Western culture and the liberal arts.
For more information about the holiday sale and exhibit and the book arts at Wells
College, please contact the Wells Book Arts Center by phone at 315-364-3420 or by
email at email@example.com, and visit the web: www.wells.edu/bookarts.
46th Annual Holiday Choir Concert at Wells College
Festive tradition replete with evergreens and candlelight
All are welcome to enjoy a long-standing holiday tradition at Wells College. On Sunday, December 4, the Wells Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will present their 46th annual holiday performance at 7:30 pm in Barler Recital Hall on the Aurora campus. The public is warmly invited to enjoy this special free holiday treat. Donations of canned and boxed foods will be gratefully accepted for a local food pantry. Refreshments will be served after the concert.
Pine trees and candlelight will create a festive atmosphere for this 46th annual holiday concert presented by the Wells College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Featured work on the program this year will be Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols,” one of the great classic 20th century works for treble voices. Also included will be works by Bach, Brahms, and Schubert, as well as traditional holiday music such as “Silent Night” and “Carol of the Bells.”
The Wells Choral ensembles are directed by Professor of Music Crawford R. Thoburn, and will be accompanied in this concert by Nancy Gilbertson, instructor of music at Wells. Student soloists will include: Rachel Gaskill, Stephanie Pultorak, Anna Radlowski, Kathryn Slusher, and Catherine Walker.
The Wells Choir and Chamber Singers have concertized extensively throughout the Northeast, and have been featured on national network radio and public television. The Chamber Singers have sung by invitation for national and regional meetings of professional musical organizations, and have won prizes for excellence in international choral competition.
For more information about the concert and music offerings at Wells College, please contact professor Crawford Thoburn at 315/364-3347.
Roots, Rock, Revival Concert at Wells College
Kh’mi to perform in Long Library
Wells College presents Kh’mi in concert on Friday, November 18 at 8:00 pm in the Long Library. The concert is free to all; donations will be accepted at the door. The two-hour set will take place on the top floor of the library in the main stacks; dancing is encouraged!
Kh’mi (pronounced “Kuh-my”) is an eclectic group of regional musicians playing an even more eclectic selection of original songs. They have been described as “funky, jazzy, soulful swamp music.” Their hypnotic rhythms and groovy melodies are sure to have the crowd dancing in the library aisles.
Kh’mi consists of Wells Assistant Professor of Music Victor Penniman on ruby gamba and background vocals; Brian Francis of Union Springs on guitar and lead vocals; the guitar and vocals of long-time Aurora area resident Phipps Avery; Richard Curry of Jordan on washtub bass and background vocals; and Wells Assistant Dean for Residential Life Dan Van Vechten on percussion.
For more information, please contact Wells music professor Victor Penniman at 315/364-3346
Wells College Exhibit Features Wildlife Art
Paintings by Bruce North on display through December 16
The Wells College Art Department is pleased to announce its third exhibition of the 2005-2006 academic year. The outdoor paintings of Ithaca artist Bruce North will be on display in the String Room Gallery from November 16 through December 16, 2005. The exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited to view the artwork on display. An opening reception to be held on Wednesday, November 16 from 7:00-9:00 pm offers an opportunity to meet the artist; refreshments will be served.
Bruce North is associate professor of art at Ithaca College. A noted landscape, sporting, and wildlife painter, his work has been featured in American Artist magazine, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Kaatskill Life, and The Art of Fly Fishing. North received his bachelor of professional studies in studio art from Empire State College, and his M.F.A. from Vermont College. He teaches painting and drawing at Ithaca, and was elected a life member to the Grand Central Galleries in Manhattan in 1983.
The String Room Gallery is located in Main Building. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information about the exhibit, please contact art professor and String Room Gallery director William Roberts at 315/364-3237 and visit the college’s website: www.wells.edu. More on the artist may be found at http://faculty.ithaca.edu/bnorth/.
The Iraqi Resistance and the U.S. Anti-War Movement
On Thursday, November 10, reporter Bill Weinberg will speak on “The Iraqi Resistance and the Politics of the American Anti-War Movement.” This talk will take a look at the Iraqi resistance and discuss the political alliances and strategies of the anti-war movement in the U.S. The lecture begins at 7:30 pm in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall.
Bill Weinberg is an award-winning investigative journalist and author of two books: War on The Land: Ecology and Politics in Central America (Zed, 1991), and Homage to Chiapas (Verso, 2002). His articles have appeared in such publications as Native Americas and The Nation. He is the producer and host for WBAI's The Moorish Orthodox Radio Crusade. In the aftermath of 9/11, Weinberg founded the World War Four Report (WW4Report), and continues as its editor. WW4Report compiles stories forgotten by the mainstream press. It especially covers the "forgotten" wars worldwide. Learn more at www.ww4report.com
Sponsored by the Division of Social Sciences, Women's Studies, International Studies, Sociology/Anthropology, Economics and Public Affairs.
For more information, please contact Laura McClusky, Assistant Professor of Sociology 315/364-3252.
Wells College Stage Production Wins Tanys Awards
Stories Told excellent in direction, ensemble work
The Wells College Theatre Department has been recognized by the Theatre Association of New York State for excellence in its spring 2005 play. The Wells production of Stories Told has been awarded two Roving Adjudicator Merit Awards: Excellence in Direction to Siouxsie Grady, and Excellence in Ensemble Work and Acting to the company of Stories Told.
“Our students really worked as a team on this production. It is so exciting when actors get recognized as a whole, because ensemble work is what the theatre is all about,” said Siouxsie Grady, Wells’ visiting theatre professor and director of Stories Told.
Annually, TANYS reviews stage performances statewide, and makes merit awards in three categories: “Outstanding,” “Excellence,” and “Meritorious Achievement.” Awards of excellence are “issued to the whole or part of the whole of a theatrical event or production considered by the adjudicator to be of exceptional merit surpassing the norm.”
Stories Told is an enchanting collection of classic and modern folk tales adapted for the stage by renowned author and director Paul Sills. Last March, under the direction of Siouxsie Grady, the student actors brought these stories to life; each presented multiple roles ranging from farmers to dancing caterpillars. The actors performed without the use of props or costumes of any kind, instead relying solely on their bodies to create the reality of the stories.
Of Stories Told, adjudicator Paul Nelson said “Ms. Grady and her production team were able to weave together an evening of entertainment that was both delightful and truly engaging.”
The 2005 TANYS Festival will be held November 18 - 20 at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, New York. Formal award presentations will take place on Saturday, November 19, during the awards banquet at Highland Country Club, Auburn. Several of the Wells students who performed in Stories Told will be present to accept the award on behalf of the College.
For more information about the TANYS award and theatre productions at Wells College, please contact Siouxsie Grady at 315/364-3232. Additional information about TANYS may be found at www.tanys.org.
Wells College Students Present Fall Drama Production
A Piece of My Heart commemorates 30th anniversary of Vietnam War
The Wells College Theatre Department proudly presents A Piece of My Heart as this fall’s student drama production. The performance will be featured on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall. There will also be a Sunday, November 6 matinee at 2:00 pm. Prices are $3 for students and children, $5 for senior citizens and the Wells community, and $7 for the general public. Tickets are available from the box office the week preceding the show, and at the door the night of the performance. Please call 315/364-3456 to reserve.
Written by playwright Shirley Lauro, A Piece of My Heart speaks to the human effect of war, lending an inside look at combat from a woman's perspective. The production was specifically selected in observance of the end of the Vietnam War 30 years ago.
A Piece of My Heart focuses on the challenges that were particular to women in Vietnam. The play follows the story of three nurses, a Red Cross worker, a Women’s Army Corps member, and a USO entertainer as they volunteer for, serve in, and return home from Vietnam.
The first act takes us to various military bases in Vietnam where the young women are “thrown in” to the life of a war nurse - 15 hours a day and no training. We watch as a USO entertainer is loved by some military men and put in danger by others. A Red Cross worker learns what it is like to be a “Donut Dolly,” in charge of keeping up the men’s morale.
The second act focuses on the women’s return home. Welcomed by their families, spurned by protesters, the women try to fit into a vibrant 1960s life that went on in the United States without them.
Several Wells students have leading roles. Izzie Chacchia ’07, Rebecca Cooper ’07, Patricia Neal ’07, Laura Tennen ’07, Meggy Hai Trang ’06, and Lynne Sanchez-Fries ’06 portray the nurses, Red Cross workers, and USO entertainers that were so vital to the troops in Vietnam. Marshall Anderson ’09 plays "The American Male," depicting more than 15 different characters in the play.
Angie Azevedo ’07 is the stage manager; Oren Robinson ’09 is assistant stage manager. Christina Miglino ’07 serves as assistant director, and Grace Hansen ’09 is the understudy.
Joe DeForest, Wells’ technical director, creates a multi-purpose stage that includes platforms and ramps, sandbags and hanging nets. Along with the painted camouflage colors and Mr. DeForest's lighting design, changes in time and place appear in front of the audience’s eyes in seconds.
Shirley Lauro is an award winning playwright, professor, and novelist. She has been nominated for both Tony awards and Drama Desk awards. A Piece of My Heart won The Susan Blackburn Prize (finalist) as “Best English Language Play by a Woman”; The Barbara Deming Prize for Women Playwrights; and The Kittredge Foundation Award.
A Piece of My Heart is directed by visiting assistant theatre professor Siouxsie Grady of Ithaca. Grady received her Master of Theatre Education in Drama from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a B.A. in Speech and Theatre from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. Siouxsie has taught theatre workshops and classes across the country and most recently at Ithaca’s Kitchen Theatre Company and the Hangar Theatre. A Piece of My Heart is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
For more information about A Piece of My Heart, please contact director Siouxsie Grady at 315/364-3232.
Wells College Increases Awareness of Racial and Cultural Issues
Dr. Oliva Espín lectures on ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality
The Wells College Psychology faculty are pleased to welcome Latina psychologist Dr. Oliva Espín to the Aurora campus for a two-day residency and public lecture. She is the last of three multicultural experts who were invited to the Wells campus this fall to share their insights into the psychological aspects of diversity. Dr. Espín will speak on “Multicultural Approaches in Psychology: Intersections of Race, Ethnicity, Class, Gender, and Sexuality” at 12:30 pm in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall on Thursday, October 27. All are invited to hear her free talk. A question and answer session will conclude the lecture.
Dr. Oliva M. Espín is Professor Emerita of Women's Studies at San Diego State University and Professor Emerita of Psychology at Alliant International University. She specializes in the psychology of Latinas, immigrant and refugee women, women’s sexuality across cultures, and qualitative research methodology. A native of Cuba, Dr. Espín received the 1991 Award for Distinguished Professional Contribution to Public Service from the American Psychological Association; the Distinguished Career Award from the Association for Women in Psychology in 2001; and distinguished publication awards from the AWP in 1993 and 1999. Dr. Espín has recently turned her attention to the study of women saints from feminist and psychological perspectives.
While on the Wells campus, Dr. Espín will also give a classroom talk on integrating culture, race, gender, class, and sexuality in qualitative methods; hold open dialog workshop sessions with students and faculty on several different occasions; and will speak to students in the Indigenous Women’s Experiences class.
Dr. Espín’s residency at Wells College is sponsored by the Department of Psychology, and is made possible by a grant from the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training (CEMRRAT) and matching funds from the Dean of the College. This is one step in fulfilling the Psychology Department’s commitment to diversifying the psychology curriculum to be more relevant and welcoming to ethnic minority students. This effort is central to the recruitment and retention of all students, and especially students of color.
For more information about Dr. Oliva Espín and her residency and lecture at Wells College, please contact Kelly Tehan, Communications Director, at 315/364-3260.
Wells College Hosts Poetry Reading
Poet, editor, short story writer Peter Makuck to read from his work
The Wells College Visiting Writer Series presents a reading by short story writer and poet Peter Makuck. The reading will take place at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 27 in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. The free event will be followed by a reception with the author; refreshments will be served.
Peter Makuck is the editor of Tar River Poetry and has written several short story collections. His story “Filling the Igloo” from Breaking and Entering, published by the University of Illinois Press, was selected for publication in The Best of the Southern Review. He also co-edited An Open World, a collection of essays about Welsh writer Leslie Norris, a former Wells College Visiting Writer.
In addition to fiction, Dr. Makuck is a distinguished poet. His latest collection, Off Season in the Promised Land, was recently published by BOA. Other publications include Where We Live (1982), The Sunken Lightship (1990), and Against Distance (1998). Dr. Makuck received the Zoe Kincaid Brockman Award for his book of poems, Pilgrims, in 1989. His poems have also appeared in Poetry, The Yale Review, The Nation, The Southern Review, and The American Scholar. He received his Ph.D. in American Literature from Kent State University.
This poetry reading and the Wells College Visiting Writer Series are made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. Poets and writers are invited to campus throughout the academic year to meet with students, present writing workshops, and read from their respective works.
For more information, please contact English professor Bruce Bennett at 315/364-3228.
Wells College Native American Scholar Leads Discussion on School Sports Team Mascot Debate
Professor Michael Taylor presents movie screening, lecture on University of Illinois case study
Wells College’s first Juliana James Native American Visiting Scholar will lead a case study discussion on sports team mascots that are used to represent Native American peoples. On Wednesday, October 12, Professor Michael Taylor will present a screening of “In Whose Honor,” a documentary on the University of Illinois and the mascot issue, then lead a discussion about the ongoing debate portrayed in the film. The screening begins at 4:45 pm in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall, followed by the discussion at 5:45 pm. Both events are free and open to the public.
For more than 30 years, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has worked to eliminate the stereotypical use of Native American images in sports team mascots and nicknames. In 1989, Charlene Teters, a Native American graduate student attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, initiated efforts to eliminate that school’s Chief Illiniwek mascot. Her cause was highlighted in Jay Rosenstein’s 1997 documentary film “In Whose Honor: American Indian Mascots in Sports,” which aired nationally on the Public Broadcasting System television show Point of View. Professor Michael Taylor will review the film and discuss the ongoing debate.
Michael Taylor received his B.A. and M.A. from State University of New York at Buffalo, and is a Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse University. He has been a Scholar-In-Residence at Ithaca College and has taught at the State University of New York at Oswego and Buffalo, Syracuse University, and Cayuga Community College. Professor Taylor has been the recipient of many fellowships and grants to support research on Native American mascot issues and to support tribal members in their academic pursuits.
The Juliana James Native American Visiting Scholar fund was established last year to bring a scholar from the Six Nations or Haudenosaunee to the Wells campus. The fund supports broader campus diversity initiatives such as Native American Day and the new First Nations and Indigenous Studies minor, offered for the first time this fall. While on campus, Mr. Taylor is teaching a seminar entitled “A Survey of Iroquois Society,” serves as an academic mentor to the Student Diversity Committee, and will be giving two public talks, which will be open to the public.
For additional information about this screening and lecture, and Professor Michael Taylor’s residency, please contact Communications Director Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260.
Wells College Hosts Lecture, Book Signing on Alcoholism
Koren Zailckas, author of Smashed, looks at trends in abuse by young women
The Wells Colege Arts & Lecture Series Committee welcomes author Koren Zailckas to the Aurora campus for a lecture and book signing on Friday, October 21. Zailckas, author of Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood, will discuss her book, based on personal experience, at 7:30 p.m. in Barler Recital Hall. Prices are $6 for students, senior citizens and the Wells College community and $10 for the general public; free for Wells College students. Tickets are available at the door the night of the performance or from the box office the week preceding the show. Please call 315/364-3456 to reserve seats. Special group rates are available by calling 315/364-3232.
At age 24, just a few years after graduating from Syracuse University, Koren Zailckas wrote Smashed: Story of A Drunken Girlhood, a searing memoir about her decade-long struggle with alcoholism as a teenager and college student. Lauded by Entertainment Weekly as “one of the best accounts of addiction,” Ms. Zailckas’ book is vivid and cogent, offering a startling and insightful account of a battle that begins at age fourteen and culminates in her waking up in a stranger’s Manhattan apartment almost eight years later. Smashed is a wake-up call that poignantly reveals the disturbing trend of increased alcohol consumption and abuse by young women.
During her talk, Ms. Zailckas shares some of her personal experiences with binge drinking, and describes her first sip at fourteen, alcohol poisoning at sixteen, a blacked out sexual experience at nineteen, and the total disorientation and panic she felt after a drunken encounter left her in an unfamiliar apartment in New York City at twenty-two. Realizing that her life was at stake if she didn’t quit drinking, Ms. Zailckas kicked the bottle and went on to pen Smashed as a way to increase awareness of the alarming statistics surrounding young women and alcohol abuse.
Copies of Smashed will be available for purchase and signing following the lecture.
The Wells College Arts & Lecture Series features professional guest artists and performers who are brought to campus to enrich the cultural and academic components of Wells as a learning community. The acts are selected annually by a committee comprised of Wells faculty, staff, administrators, and students.
For more information about Koren Zailckas’ lecture and book signing and the Wells Arts & Lecture Series, please contact Siouxsie Grady, chair of the Arts & Lecture Series Committee, at 315/364-3232.
Former Nader VP Running Mate Winona LaDuke Lectures on Native American Issues at Wells College
Activist speaks on American Indian struggles for environmental, social justice
Wells College is pleased to welcome Native American environmental activist and former vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke to campus for a lecture on Wednesday, September 21. Ms. LaDuke will speak in the Chapel in Main Building at 7:00 pm. Her talk is free and the public is invited to hear her lecture on Native American struggles for environmental and social justice. She will also discuss her latest book, Recovering The Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming. A reception and book signing will follow the talk; refreshments will be served.
Winona LaDuke, the two-time vice presidential running mate of Ralph Nader, is an acclaimed Native environmental activist and author. She is a member of the Mississippi Band of Anishinaabe and resides on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. LaDuke became involved in Native American activism while a student at Harvard University. At the age of 18, she spoke in front of the United Nations regarding Indian issues and since has become known internationally as a voice for American Indian economic and environmental concerns.
She is the program director of the Honor the Earth Fund and founding director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project. Ms. LaDuke has authored several books, including All Our Relations: Struggles for Land and Life, Last Standing Woman, and her most recent, Recovering The Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming.
In 1995, she was named one of "50 leaders for the future" by Time magazine. Ms. LaDuke continues to be a spokesperson for the Chippewa people of northern Minnesota, remains active with the Indigenous Women's Network, an agency which she founded, and teaches Native Environmentalism at the University of Minnesota.
Ms. LaDuke's presentation on the Wells College campus is sponsored by the Office of the President and the Dean of the College.
For more information about Winona LaDuke and her lecture at Wells College, please contact Anthropology professor Ernie Olson at 315/364-3206.
Wells College Receives Grant to Host Speaker on Racial and Cultural Issues
Dr. Janet Helms to lecture on “Racial Identity and Hurricane Katrina”
The Wells College Psychology faculty are pleased to welcome multicultural competence expert Dr. Janet Helms to the Aurora campus next week for a two-day residency and public lecture. Dr. Helms will speak on “Racial Identity and Hurricane Katrina” at 4:45 pm in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall on Thursday, September 22. All are invited to hear her free talk. A question and answer session will conclude the lecture.
Dr. Janet E. Helms is the Augustus Long Professor of Counseling Psychology and director of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College. Dr. Helms is a Fellow in Division 17 (counseling psychology) and Division 45 (ethnic diversity) of the American Psychological Association (APA). She is also a member of the Association of Black Psychologists.
While on the Wells campus, Dr. Helms will also give a classroom talk on “Integrating Race and Culture in Qualitative Methods,” and will hold open dialog workshop sessions with students and faculty on several different occasions.
Dr. Helms’ residency at Wells College is sponsored by the Department of Psychology, and is made possible by a grant from the APA’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training (CEMRRAT) and matching funds from the Dean of the College. This is one step in fulfilling the Psychology Department’s commitment to diversifying the psychology curriculum to be more relevant and welcoming to ethnic minority students. This effort is central to the recruitment and retention of all students, and especially students of color.
For more information about Dr. Janet Helms and her residency and lecture at Wells College, please contact Kelly Tehan, Communications Director, at 315/364-3260.
Social Iroquois Dance Presented at Wells College
Sherri Waterman Hopper leads youth dance group
Sherri Waterman Hopper returns to Wells College on Friday, September 23. At 7:00 pm in the Sommer Student Center, Smith Hall, Hopper and her 12 member Native American youth dance group will lead a social Iroquois dance. The public is invited to join in this free event.
Sherri Waterman Hopper, a Haudenosaunee educator and member of the Onondaga Nation - Beaver Clan, leads the Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers. She will bring the group’s youth to Wells for this special event. Such social dances of the Iroquois, or Six Nations, acknowledge our natural surroundings and celebrate friendship. The group has performed at the New York State Fair, the Empire State Games, the Native Dance & Friendship Festival, and at Wells College.
In 2003, Hopper was the recipient of the Wisdom Keepers Award, presented in Syracuse by the Native American Society Agency in recognition of Women’s History Month. She has long been actively involved in outreach efforts in the regional Native American community.
For more information about Sherri Waterman Hopper and the social Iroquois dance at Wells College, please contact Kelly Tehan, Communications Director, at 315/364-3260.
Wells College Kicks Off Annual Arts & Lecture Series
Actress Deb Margolin presents Index to Idioms one-woman play
The Wells College Arts & Lecture Series Committee is pleased to announce that Index to Idioms will be presented on the Aurora campus. The one-woman show, performed by New York City actor Deb Margolin, will take place on Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Barler Recital Hall. Prices are $6 for students, senior citizens and the Wells College community and $10 for the general public; free for Wells College students. Tickets are available at the door the night of the performance or from the box office the week preceding the show. Please call 315/364-3456 to reserve seats. Special group rates are available by calling 315/364-3232.
Index to Idioms is a solo performance piece inspired by the title of a grammar book that once belonged to Margolin’s son. In the play, she performs a series of twelve lyrical segments in which a woman reflects upon her femininity, sexuality, domesticity, and motherhood. Each monologue, pulled from a list of idioms projected over the performer, pieces together a narrative from episodes of epiphanies and emotionally charged snapshots in this woman’s life. Described as “taking place on the collapsible boundary between fiction and memoir,” Margolin’s one-woman show paints a wide-angle portrait of life punctuated by profound yet ordinary events.
Margolin is an Obie-winning playwright and performance artist. She has toured throughout the United States and was recently commissioned by the Jewish Museum of New York, the Joseph Papp Public Theater/NYSF, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and other theaters. Currently, Margolin is a faculty lecturer in Playwriting and Performance at Yale University.
The Wells College Arts & Lecture Series features professional guest artists and performers who are brought to campus to enrich the cultural and academic components of Wells as a learning community. The acts are selected annually by a committee comprised of Wells faculty, staff, administrators, and students.
For more information about Index to Idioms and the Wells Arts & Lecture Series, please contact Siouxsie Grady, chair of the Arts & Lecture Series Committee, at 315/364-3232.
Wells College Introduces New Faculty Members
Three new scholars arrive in Aurora to share their expertise with students
Wells College’s Vice President for Academic Affairs Ellen Hall announces three new
full-time faculty appointments for the 2005-06 academic year:
|R. Joseph Hoffmann has been appointed to the tenure-track position in Religion. Previously he was a visiting professor of religion at Wells. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from Florida State University, M.T.S. from Harvard University, Th.M. from the Harvard Divinity School, and D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. His areas of specialization are religions of late antiquity; early Christianity; early medieval studies; and interdisciplinary studies in history, literature, and religious thought. He has taught at the American University of Beirut, Westminster College (Oxford), and Africa University in Zimbabwe, among others. This fall he is teaching “Ancient and Medieval Philosophy,” “Hebrew Bible and Jewish Tradition,” and “Faith, Culture and Modernity.” Professor Hoffmann is the recipient of Wells’ Excellence in Teaching Award, chosen by the students and presented during Honors Convocation in May 2005.|
|N. André Siamundele holds a tenure-track position in French. He will also serve as the director of Wells’ off-campus study program in Dakar, Senegal. He received the Ph.D. in French, the M.A. in French Literature, and the M.Phil. in Francophone Studies from Yale University, and the M.A. and B.A. from the University of Zaïre. Professor Siamundele has taught previously at Colby College, Louisiana State University, Yale University, Gateway Community College, Université de Genève, and the University of Zaïre. He has also been a language trainer (French and Lingala) for the U.S. Peace Corps Training Center in Zaïre. Dr. Siamundele is teaching “Topics in French” and “Topics in European Language, Literature, and Cultures” this fall.|
|Xiaoliang (Leon) Zhu has been hired for the tenure-track position in Physics. He received the B.S. from the University of Science and Technology of China, and the M.S. in Computer Science and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Georgia. He has taught and been a research assistant at the University of Georgia. In addition to his academic awards, Dr. Zhu was the recipient of the Most Helpful Income Tax Assistant award at the University of Georgia. He is teaching “Applied and Computational Math” and “Fundamentals of Physics III” this semester.|
“We are very pleased to have recruited such talented and dedicated professors to Wells’ excellent faculty,” says Dr. Hall. “Each of these professors brings special expertise that will enrich student learning and the entire Wells community.”
Wells College has a national reputation for offering excellent academic programs at an affordable price. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Wells 12th among national liberal arts colleges on their 2006 “Great Schools, Great Prices” list.
For more information about these new faculty appointments at Wells College, please contact Kelly Tehan, communications director, at 315/364-3260.
Wells College Welcomes New Associate Dean
Kelly Michael Moselle joins administrative team; leads several student programs
Wells College’s Dean of Students Karen R. Green is pleased to announce that Kelly Michael Moselle will join the Wells community in mid-September as the new associate dean of students. As associate dean, he will be part of the leadership team that oversees programs and services for students that encompass cross-cultural programming, residential life, campus involvement, safety and security, athletics, and student counseling.
Before coming to Wells, Moselle was the assistant dean of students at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. There, he oversaw student and volunteer activities, and orientation; promoted student development through education, accountability, and personal interaction; presented awareness educational programming; and provided leadership of living and learning environments.
“I am excited about the appointment of Kelly Moselle as associate dean of students,” says Green. “His extensive experience in the field of student affairs will be an asset to the work we are doing in creating a thriving co-curricular environment at Wells College. He shares our student life philosophy of providing students with the best educational experience we can offer.”
Moselle received his B.A. in political science from Syracuse University, a Master of Science in Teaching from SUNY-Potsdam, and a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in student affairs administration from Syracuse. He previously served as residence hall director at Valdosta State University in Georgia and Cazenovia College in New York, coordinator of judicial affairs and director of student activities at Cazenovia, and has taught social sciences and social studies.
In his new role at Wells, Moselle will share management of the day to day operation of the Division of the Dean of Students, and provide direct leadership and supervision to several program areas, including cross-cultural programming and training initiatives that pertain to student life, international student orientation, and advisement for the non-resident student population. He will also serve as an advocate for student interests and encourage student development.
For more information about Kelly Moselle’s appointment at Wells College, please contact Kelly Tehan, communications director, at 315/364-3260.
Wells College Responds to Students Affected by Hurricane Katrina
Provides at no charge tuition, room and board to displaced students
Wells College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson expresses her deep concern for the Gulf region colleges and universities devastated by Hurricane Katrina. In keeping with Wells’ commitment to making higher education accessible, the College will assist displaced students. Through September 12, Wells College will accept as many as 15 students for the Fall 2005 semester into its undergraduate liberal arts programs with no application, tuition, or room and board fees, providing these costs have already been paid to an accredited college or university located in the Gulf region. In addition, Wells will make room and board available to neighboring upstate New York colleges and universities who are enrolling displaced students but may need assistance with housing. Interested students should contact Vice President for Academic Affairs Ellen Hall via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 315/364-3241.
For more information about how Wells College is assisting students displaced by Hurricane Katrina, contact Kelly Tehan, communications director, at 315/364-3260.
Wells Greets First Coed Class
The days are a bit cooler and students are settling into their residence halls and daily routines. Wells prides itself on being an open, accepting campus, and this year, the College is welcoming 33 men as matriculated students, a first in its 137-year history.
To celebrate the beginning of the new academic year, the entire campus community was invited to Opening Convocation on the first day of classes – Thursday, August 25. Opening Convocation is a venerable tradition that has been observed since the College first opened in 1868. Wells’ reputation for academic excellence is reflected in this event. Professors and administrators march in a formal procession wearing academic regalia and colorful hoods that denote their fields of study and the many colleges and universities where they earned their degrees, reminding those present of Wells’ place in the wider higher education community.
Members of the senior class made their first official appearance in their robes, a tradition that anticipates their graduation in May. Students in the first-year class expressed their identity and made their presence known by wearing their new class shirts, black T’s which read “Got Clues?,” a reference to the ambitious four-day orientation program they had just completed. Their sophomore and junior classmates were present as well, as were many staff members. All were greeted by President Lisa Marsh Ryerson, who officially opened the new academic year.
Following the event, the entire assemblage gathered on the lawn in front of Macmillan Hall to participate in a pass the flame ceremony. The candlelight ritual was practiced in the College’s early days, faded away for a time, and then was revived in 1991. In it, each person is given a candle and everyone joins together in a large circle. President Ryerson lights her candle, then lights those of two guest alumnae, who in turn pass on the flame. In this moving and powerful observance, a wide ring of light illuminates some 300 participants in the darkness, connecting each to the other. Following the singing of the alma mater, the president reminded all that the flame symbolizes the spirit of Wells College: community, commitment, compassion, and support of one another throughout life.
A sense of excitement, school spirit, and unity set the tone at opening convocation as the College entered a new era full of promise. The school’s many time-tested traditions will clearly not be forgotten: immediately following convocation, the senior class sprinted down to the College’s dock for a jump in the lake, just as they have been doing for years.
U.S. News Ranks Wells College Among the Best
12th for a great value; in the top 100 liberal arts colleges overall
Wells College has once again been recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report. The 2006 edition of America’s Best Colleges ranks Wells 12th in the nation as a best value in the “Great Schools, Great Price” section. According to the report, this determination compares “a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its U.S. News ranking, to the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in the top half of their categories are included, on the premise that the most significant values are among colleges that are above average academically.”
Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson is pleased and not surprised by the ratings. “Our long standing commitment to providing access to higher education at an affordable price has been recognized yet again by U.S. News,” she says. “These rankings place Wells among the top schools in the country, and will inspire even more students to learn about our college.”
Wells was also ranked in the top 100 Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the country. Wells received a 94th place listing along with such schools as Goucher College in Baltimore and Washington & Jefferson College near Pittsburgh, Penn. Data were collected from 215 liberal arts colleges across the United States, measuring academic quality in seven areas: peer assessment; retention and graduation of students; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; alumni giving; and graduation rate performance.
Students use these rankings to create an initial list of schools to consider, to narrow down that list, and to compare overall academic quality. They can also use the data underlying the rankings to identify schools with specific characteristics that are important to them.
New Sports Information Director Joins Wells College
Amanda Alnutt to work with press, promote athletics
Wells College Athletics Director Lyn LaBar announces that Amanda Alnutt has joined the athletics staff as sports information director. Alnutt began her new duties on August 22.
“As the new sports information director, Amanda will play a key role in helping to spread the word to both the Wells and outside communities about the accomplishments of our teams and the development of the intercollegiate athletics program,” said LaBar. “Amanda is motivated and ready to tackle the varied responsibilities of this position. I'm confident that she will make a great addition to our athletic staff team.”
Alnutt, originally from Union Springs, earned her B.A. in journalism and English, with an emphasis on sports journalism, from the University of Connecticut. While at UCONN, she was a senior sports writer and copy editor of the daily campus newspaper, and worked in the Office of Athletic Communications as a communications assistant for women’s basketball.
“One of my primary goals is to boost athletics at Wells through media contact and management of our website,” says Alnutt. “Athletics offer important opportunities for student involvement on campus. As enrollment numbers grow, I hope to see our sports programs flourish as well.”
For more information about athletics at Wells College, please contact Communications Director Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260.
Wells College Announces First Art Exhibit of the Year
Sculpture, book art, and ceramics on display through October 6
The Wells College Art Department is pleased to announce the opening of its first exhibition of the 2005-2006 academic year. A selection of ceramics, book art, and sculpture by present and former Wells faculty members will be on display in the String Room Gallery from September 7 through October 6, 2005. The exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited. An opening reception to be held on Wednesday, September 7 from 7:00-9:00 pm offers an opportunity to meet the artists; refreshments will be served.
Tricia Bishop was raised in the Caribbean island nation of Grenada. She first expressed her artistic talents through oil and acrylic paintings; one of her works hangs on permanent display at the Embassy of Grenada in Washington, D.C. As a student at Howard University, she changed her artistic focus to three-dimensional works in clay. She holds a B.F.A. from Howard and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University, and spent time in Italy studying under renowned ceramist Giovanni Cimatti. Tricia was a lecturer in ceramics at Wells during the 2004-05 academic year. She maintains a studio in Fillmore, New York.
Margot Ecke is the Victor Hammer Fellow at the Wells Book Arts Center. Margot received her B.F.A. from Cornell and her M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. She recently completed the book conservation program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, the only full-time hand bookbinding program in the U.S. She spent a year in the Tamarind Master Printing Program at the University of New Mexico and held a summer residency at the Carolina Redivival Library in Uppsala, Sweden. She teaches book arts classes at Wells and holds an apprenticeship at the Bixler Press and Letterfoundry in Skaneateles, New York.
Theodore Lossowski received his B.A. in studio art with a concentration in ceramics, and a double minor in photography and art history from Brockport State College. He went on to earn an M.F.A. in ceramic sculpture with a minor in glass blowing from the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology. There, he was classically trained in all phases of ceramics, including both sculpture and wheel-thrown and hand built pottery. Since leaving school, he has been both a practicing artist and college professor of fine arts at Geneseo State College, Monroe Community College, and Finger Lakes Community College before coming to Wells College in 1989. His latest interests have been in multi-media abstract sculpture, work that combines various hard woods, metals and ceramics in the minimalist tradition.
The String Room Gallery is located in Main Building. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, please contact art professor and String Room Gallery director William Roberts at 315/364-3237.
Wells College Hires Field Hockey Coaches
Co-position best serves athletes, College
Wells College Athletics Director Lyn LaBar announced last week that two Wells coaches have been appointed as co-coaches for the field hockey team. Former assistant hockey coach Amy “Ace” Dolan and Sandra Jones, past assistant softball and swim coach at Wells, will manage the field hockey program together.
“I am excited that Ace Dolan and Sandra Jones will serve as co-head coaches for the Wells field hockey program,” says LaBar. “For the past few years, both have been closely associated with the squad. I am confident that they will work well together to build upon the hockey program’s strong foundation and achieve new levels of success both on and off the field.”
For the past two seasons, Ace has served as the assistant field hockey coach under LaBar, and has worked primarily with the goalkeepers. As a result of her instruction and guidance, Wells goalkeepers have led, in overall save percentage, all Atlantic Women’s Colleges Conference (AWCC) goalkeepers. She also is Wells’ head softball coach. Ace received a B.S. in natural resources from Cornell University in 2001. This will be her fourth year coaching for Wells.
Sandra, Wells Class of 2004, was a member of the field hockey team for three years while a student, and served as captain during her senior season. She was an AWCC Second Team All-Conference selection. Sandra received the Lesley Wead Zabriskie Express Award for field hockey during her senior year. In addition to field hockey, she was a member of the softball and swim teams, and was active with the Wells Student Athlete Advisory Committee, serving as a hockey team representative.
This past spring, Ace and Sandra worked together as head and assistant coach, respectively, for the softball program.
“It will be great to work alongside Ace again, this time as co-coaches of the Wells field hockey team,” said Sandra. “Thanks to the opportunities I had to work with some amazing coaches as a student here, I am eager and confident that I have the skills necessary to lead the squad successfully. I am looking forward to another wonderful season.”
Ace too is excited about the new appointments: “I am confident that we will continue to maintain the high quality student athlete that Wells has become known for. I also look forward to working with Sandra in this new role.”
Wells College Hires Coaches for Swimming and Cross-Country
Wells College Athletics Director Lyn LaBar is pleased to announce that two coaches have been hired. Jack Eckhardt will be the College’s swimming coach, and Tim Ingall will lead the newly formed cross-country teams.
John “Jack” Eckhardt of Homer, New York will begin his full-time duties as head women’s and men’s swim coach on August 1. He will be responsible for managing and developing all aspects of the women’s and men’s club swim programs, will serve as aquatics coordinator, and will teach aquatic-related physical education classes.
“Jack brings to Wells a great sense of enthusiasm, determination, and positive energy surrounding his plan to develop the Wells swim program,” says LaBar. “His background and experience will assist him in taking our women’s program to the next level and starting a men’s program. I’m confident that Jack will provide some much needed stability to the program, and I am excited that he will be joining us at this pivotal time for Wells athletics.”
Eckhardt most recently taught physical education and was head modified lacrosse coach for the Horseheads School District in Horseheads, New York. He has also served as assistant swim coach for the Kingston Swim Club in Kingston, New York and for the SUNY-Cortland swim team. He is the founder and head coach of the Cortland Adapted Swim Team, and is a Certified Adapted Physical Educator (CAPE). He received his B.S. and M.S. in physical education from SUNY-Cortland.
“I’m looking forward to working with a great group of students, and guiding them to athletic excellence over the next few years,” says Jack. “I’m also really excited to have the chance to continue building the women’s swim program, and to developing a new men’s program.”
Also starting in early August is part-time women’s and men’s cross-country coach Tim Ingall of Lansing, New York. Tim will organize practices, prepare runners to participate in meets, recruit student-athletes, and assist with meet scheduling and the development of new running courses for the cross-country program. Because Wells does not yet have its own courses, student-athletes will participate in away invitationals in this inaugural year.
“We are most fortunate to have secured Tim Ingall as head coach of our newly established cross-country program,” says LaBar. “Tim has extensive knowledge in the sport, has a great passion for running, and is very active in local running clubs and track communities.”
An avid runner and sports enthusiast for 30 years, Ingall holds a USATF Level I certificate in track and field coaching. In addition to being a member of the High Noon running group at Cornell University, he is on the executive board of the Finger Lakes Runners Club, where he organizes several track meets and races each year. Through the FLRC, he introduced and coordinates the annual Family Fun Run each March, and the “Forge the Gorgeous Trail” race at Fillmore Glen in August. Tim received a Higher National Diploma from Writtle Agricultural College in Essex, England, and is also employed as general manager of Sheffield’s Seed Company in Locke, New York. He now competes at the Master’s level in running competitions.
“This is an exciting opportunity for me to start up a new sport at Wells,” says Ingall. “I expect that the new cross-country program will attract more students and be successful. I’m pleased to be an active leader in this process.”
Athletics plays an important role as Wells seeks to recruit and retain more students. In March, Michael Paolini was hired as Wells’ men’s soccer coach. The new soccer team will play the 2005-06 season at the club level and will elevate to varsity in 2006-07. Starting out as a club program will allow Paolini time to develop a recruiting base upon which to build before elevating to varsity status in 2006.
Wells’ athletic facilities are also undergoing significant renovations. A men’s locker room is being expanded, and cardio and weight rooms are receiving upgrades. A new entrance to the Schwartz Student Union will welcome athletes, the sports medicine training room will be moved and enlarged, and coaches’ office space enhanced. Outdoor projects include resurfacing existing tennis courts and the development of cross-country running trails. The improved facilities will be available to student-athletes arriving on campus for the Fall 2005 semester.
Wells College Trustees Elect Leaders to Executive Committee
At their spring meeting in Aurora, the Wells College Board of Trustees elected officers to top board leadership positions for 2005-06, effective July 1, according to President Lisa Marsh Ryerson.
Wells graduate Suzanne Grey of New Canaan, Connecticut, was named board chair. Sue was appointed to the board in 2001 and currently serves as vice chair and member of the executive committee. She was instrumental in guiding the Board of Trustees through a planning process that included the 2004 decision to move to coeducation.
A philosophy major and mathematics minor, her first appointment to the Wells board came in 1972, the year she graduated, when her classmates nominated her to serve a two-year term as collegiate trustee.
Ms. Grey has more than 30 years of experience in business. She has spent the last 23 years with Pitney Bowes, a Fortune 500 company, most recently as a corporate vice president of business planning and chief of staff for its Global Enterprise Solutions group. This is a portfolio of businesses with $1.4 billion in annual revenues and 15,000 employees worldwide. Ms. Grey has focused on resolving strategic and operational issues confronting the business units, establishing effective planning processes, and working closely with home office and field management. She also served as vice president of strategy and product development for Dictaphone Corporation, a subsidiary of Pitney Bowes.
Prior to Pitney Bowes, Ms. Grey held positions with Quantum Science Corporation, William E. Hill & Company (a Dun & Bradstreet Company) and the JCPenney Company. In addition to serving her alma mater, she has been board president of St. Luke’s LifeWorks (a social services agency in Stamford, Connecticut) and volunteered at the Waveny Care Center (New Canaan, Connecticut).
Pat Parnie Purcell Wahlen of St. Petersburg, Florida was elected vice chair. A philosophy major, she received her bachelor’s degree from Wells in 1966 and began her fundraising career at the College shortly after graduation, eventually being named Wells’ Vice President for Development. She joined the board in 2003 and chairs the External Relations Committee.
Ms. Wahlen has also held top-level fundraising positions at Goucher College and the University of Maryland. She made national headlines when she raised a record-breaking $40 million for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. During her seven-year tenure with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, she raised nearly $200 million. Since 2000, she has been a fundraising consultant.
Ms. Wahlen was named one of Northern Ohio’s top ten most influential women in 1998 by Northern Ohio Live magazine. She received the Wells College Alumnae Award in 2004 in recognition of her career achievements and service to the College.
Gail L. Kitch, of Charlottesville, Virginia, will continue in her current position as board secretary. She joined the Wells board in 1999 and is chair of the Enrollment Committee and a longtime member of the Campus Affairs Committee, which encompasses administrative leadership in both student life and academic affairs.
Ms. Kitch is currently executive director of By the People: America in the World, an initiative of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions designed to energize the national conversation on America’s global presence through work with local PBS stations. Previously, she was president of the Federation of State Humanities Councils.
She earned her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and her law degree from the University of Chicago.
For additional information, please contact Communications Director Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260.
Preparing to Greet the First Coed Class
Campus excited to welcome the Class of 2009
As high school seniors across the nation make final college choices, Wells will be greeting more new students than it has seen in many years.
Last October, trustees announced that Wells would admit men beginning in the fall 2005. Wells had been a women’s college since its founding in 1868. This year, as the College transitions to coeducation, Wells received 1,012 applications for the entering freshman class that can accommodate about 130 students. Sixty-eight transfer students have also applied.
To date, 134 students, 22 of them males, have sent in their deposits, indicating their intention to enroll as freshmen this fall. Additionally, the College has received deposits from 28 transfer students, 23 of whom are women.
“We’re extremely pleased with our success this year,” said Director of Admissions Susan Sloan. “The freshman numbers are likely to change a little over the course of the summer; we’ll probably see a few withdrawals and receive a few more deposits. Transfer students are accepted on a rolling basis, and we are very likely to see more enroll for the fall semester.”
Sloan said 20% of deposited first-year students have self-identified as persons of color. Thirty-five percent are from outside New York; they come from states including California, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Two percent are international students. Four students are the children of Wells alumnae.
In the previous five years, when Wells identified as a women’s college, the College received an average of 396 applications annually. The College expects to raise total enrollment from 425 to 600 students over the next five years.
Among the students planning to attend Wells next fall is Stephanie Redmond of Camas, Washington. Class valedictorian, a student leader, and athlete, Stephanie was accepted by Cornell University and the University of California at Berkeley, but chose Wells. Redmond is Wells College founder Henry Wells’ great-great-great-great-granddaughter.
Redmond said, “I chose Wells because of the intimate attention given to the students. The opportunity for internships built into the curriculum and the connection with Cornell were also very significant draws.” She plans to participate in Wells’ engineering program affiliated with nearby Cornell.
Honors Convocation & Commencement Awards 2005
The following students were recognized for their achievements during the 137th annual Commencement ceremonies held on Saturday, May 28, 2005.
THE PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
The Presidential Leadership Award is given annually to a student who has demonstrated outstanding initiative and responsibility in service to this community.
AWARDED TO: PATRICIA CASTRO-VEGA ’05
KOCH PRIZE FOR THE BEST SENIOR RESEARCH PAPER
This prize was established and endowed in 1953 by Albert and Ruth Koch, parents of Elizabeth Koch Darlington ’35. The Koch Prize Committee reads senior essays representing the fields of English, European studies, French, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Russian studies, Sociology, and Spanish.
AWARDED TO: Jin Joo Yun '05
THE FRANCES TARLTON FARENTHOLD LEADERSHIP AWARD
The Frances Tarlton Farenthold Leadership Award was established in 1980 by friends of the Wells faculty in honor of former President Farenthold who served from 1976 to 1980. The award was endowed in 1985 and is made each year to a senior who has consistently demonstrated qualities of commitment and service in the campus community and in the wider world.
AWARDED TO: NICOLE PELLEGRINO ’05
Students, faculty, and staff members who have excelled in academics, leadership, the arts, service, or on the athletic field are recognized each year at Wells’ Honors Convocation. In the early days, prizes and awards were given during May Day festivities and at Commencement ceremonies. As part of its centennial celebration, the College combined elements of these events and held its first Honors Convocation in May 1968. Today, the College presents 40 awards annually; 23 of them are endowed.
The following students were recognized for their achievements at the 37th annual Honors
Convocation, held on Wednesday, May 11, 2005 in Phipps Auditorium.
KATE CLUGSTON PRIZE IN THEATER
Awarded annually to a member of the senior class who, apart from on-stage performance, has made an outstanding contribution to the theatre at Wells College, either by one striking achievement or through continuous dedication.
AWARDED TO: ZOE MALINCHOC ’05 and LAUREN NOYES ’05
THEATRE/DANCE PRIZE FOR CHOREOGRAPHY
Awarded to a senior who has distinguished herself in the creative, teaching and performing facets of choreography.
AWARDED TO: MICHELLE RAY ’05 and WHITNEY SAMPSON ’05
CAROL STULL PRIZE FOR DANCE PERFORMANCE
Awarded to a graduating senior who has excelled in dance performance, both in technical accomplishment and expressive range.
AWARDED TO: A senior Foreign Languages major from Vermont*
ANNE REESE PUGH PRIZE
Awarded to the member of the Junior or Senior Class who is recommended by the faculty in French and Foreign Languages and Literatures as having acquired, in at least three years of advanced work in the department, the most thorough knowledge of the French language, and the greatest proficiency in its use.
AWARDED TO: ANNA GRACE SCHURMAN ’05
FLEISSNER GERMAN PRIZE
Awarded to the student who has acquired the greatest knowledge of the German language and literature in at least two years of college work in German.
AWARDED TO: A senior Foreign Languages major from Vermont*
CARTER A. WOODS PRIZE
Awarded to that member of the graduating class, majoring in sociology, whose actions most typify the ideals and scholarship of Mr. Woods in his 41 years at Wells College.
AWARDED TO: ARIEL MERKEL ’05 and also to a senior Sociology/Anthropology major from
EDWIN B. MORGAN PRIZE
Awarded to the student who has acquired the greatest knowledge of the Spanish language in at least two years of college work in Spanish.
AWARDED TO: HEATHER MEAD ’06
M. HELENA ZACHOS PRIZE
Awarded to the student who has submitted the best English prose written during the year.
AWARDED TO: HANNAH SALOMON ’05 for her story “Cluster Flies”
HONORABLE MENTION: KRISTIN JACQUES ’07 for her story “Waking”
CLASS OF 1905 PRIZE IN POETRY
Awarded for the best poem or poems written by an undergraduate during the year.
AWARDED TO: KRISTIN JACQUES ’07 and HANNAH SALOMON ’05
HONORABLE MENTION: JILL PARSONS ’05
CATHERINE B. DePAU PRIZE (ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS)
Awarded for the best poem or group of poems submitted by a student.
FIRST PLACE: HANNAH SALOMON ’05
SECOND PLACE: DOROTHY BITTNER ’06
ONYX PRIZE IN STUDENT JOURNALISM
Awarded to the member of the newspaper staff who has made the most outstanding contribution to the Wells community through her journalistic writing.
AWARDED TO: SARAH ALEXANDER ’06
JULIA TAYLOR MARTIN PRIZE IN AMERICAN HISTORY
Awarded to the student who, during the college year, has submitted a superior essay within the field of American History.
AWARDED TO: FAHERTY NIELSEN ’06 for her paper “The Inherent Racism of Vietnam:
The Logic Behind the Extension of the Civil Rights Movement into the Anti-War Movement”
THE HISTORY/POLITICAL SCIENCE PRIZE
Awarded to that student of high standing in history or political science who has shown the greatest ability to use her training in promoting the intellectual and social life of the College, as well as the greatest promise of usefulness in the future.
AWARDED TO: JULIA WEISS ’05
WALL STREET JOURNAL AWARD
Awarded each year for excellence in work in economics and the Corporate Affiliates Investment Fund.
AWARDED TO: NDEYE MAIMOUNA FALL ’05
THOMAS KNUTH INTERNATIONAL STUDIES PRIZE
Awarded to that member of the graduating class who has demonstrated both academic excellence in the area of international studies, and commitment to the improvement of international understanding.
AWARDED TO: ANNA GRACE SCHURMAN ’05
JEAN S. DAVIS PRIZE
Awarded to that member of the graduating class, majoring in either economics or sociology, who has shown both the fine understanding of facts, and the social implication of the subject involved, so characteristic of Miss Davis.
AWARDED TO: RALEIGH BROWNING ’05 and PATRICIA CASTRO-VEGA ’05
MARGARET SCHWARTZ PSYCHOLOGY PRIZE
Awarded to that member of the graduating class who has demonstrated consistent excellence in her work in psychology.
SABRINA JOHNSTON ’05
KATHERINE McLAREN ’05
NICOLE PELLEGRINO ’05
THE DOROTHY ALLISON RAZOR’S EDGE PRIZE IN WOMEN’S STUDIES
Established in 2005 by the Women’s Studies faculty and made possible by the generous donation from Dorothy Allison of proceeds from the sale of the booklet printed by the Book Arts Center to honor her visit to Wells College in October, 2004. Awarded annually to a graduating Women’s Studies major or minor who has demonstrated a commitment to and understanding of the political, social, intellectual, and transformative goals of Women’s Studies and/or feminism.
AWARDED TO: BRITTANY CAMPESE ’05 and CARRIE ELLIOTT ’05
NANCY ANN REED CHEMISTRY PRIZE
Awarded to a member of the graduating class for excellence in chemistry.
AWARDED TO: SARAH BRYCE ’05
RUTH M. DUNLAP PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY
Awarded to the student who, at the end of her senior year has established the best record in her class in chemistry courses.
AWARDED TO: ALESSANDRA SARRICA ’05
THE CRC PRESS FRESHMAN CHEMISTRY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Recognition for outstanding achievement by a freshman in the introductory chemistry courses.
AWARDED TO: JESSICA KELLER ’08
THE WELLS WOMEN IN SCIENCE PRIZE
Awarded to the member of the graduating class who has done outstanding work in at least two of the sciences, and who has demonstrated an interest in and an ability for a career in graduate work and research, and/or teaching, together with a commitment to the advancement of women in science.
AWARDED TO: ALESSANDRA SARRICA ’05
JOHN D. WILSON-RALPH H. POOLE, JR. CUP
Awarded annually to a member of the senior class who - in the spirit of liberal education - has made a distinguished contribution during the four years to the athletic program of the College.
AWARDED TO: KATHERINE McLAREN ’05
KATHRYN S. MALONEY SENIOR SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD
Awarded to the member of the senior class who has participated on a varsity team for a minimum of three seasons, and has exemplified academic excellence throughout her career at Wells.
AWARDED TO: ARIEL MERKEL ’05
LESLEY WEAD ZABRISKIE EXPRESS AWARDS
Awarded annually to a member of each intercollegiate team who embodies the true ideals
team commitment: leadership, discipline, dedication, and sportsmanship.
FIELD HOCKEY KATHERINE McLAREN ’05
SOCCER ANGEL RABUS ’05
TENNIS JILL PARSONS ’05
SWIMMING A freshman from Minnesota*
LACROSSE REBECCA NUNN ’05
SOFTBALL KRYSTLE BOUCHARD ’07
MARIANNE QUATTROCCHI ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Awarded annually to the junior of senior who exhibits all the following characteristics: 1) scholastic excellence; 2) service to the Wells Community; and 3) appreciation of athletic competition. These are the characteristics reflecting the style, enthusiasm, warmth, and Wells spirit epitomized by Marianne Quattrocchi.
AWARDED TO: JHAN HALL ’06
KOCH STUDENT LIBRARY PRIZES
Awarded to the seniors who have the best, not the largest, collections of books. Each collection will be judged on its value as a practical working library in relation to the major interest of the owner; as a nucleus for a permanent personal library; as indication of discriminating judgment in collecting books and of a growing interest in books through the college years. Rare editions and fine bindings are of secondary importance in this contest.
First Prize: HEATHER TURNER ’05
Second Prize: JILL PARSONS ’05
First Prize: KIRSTEN GRESKO ’04 for her collection in the areas of science and education
Second Prize: JANINA FISHER ’05 for her collection in the area of Art History
THE ADALAIDE BALL KIRBY ’34 GLOBAL LEARNING SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship provides the opportunity for a Wells student to participate in a study abroad program for two semesters. The award is based on three criteria and judged by a group of off-campus study directors. The three criteria are an essay, academic achievement, and demonstrated financial need.
AWARDED TO: BLYTHE UNTIET ’07 for the 2005-06 academic year
ANNE J. RUSS PRIZE FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
This prize is awarded to the member of the Wells College community who in the course of the year has made the most significant social, political, or ethical contribution, especially involving matters of human diversity and inclusiveness.
AWARDED TO: CARRIE ELLIOTT ’05
* These students have asked that their names not be published
Wells College Receives Grant Renewal Notification from NYSCA
New York State Council on the Arts supports College’s Visiting Writer Series
Wells College vice president and treasurer Diane Hutchinson is pleased to announce that Wells has received notification that its five-year grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has been renewed for the third year.
“Receiving this grant provides an opportunity for Wells College to show its continued support of the arts and allows the College’s Visiting Writers Series to bring well known poets and lecturers to campus,” said Hutchinson. “These NYSCA funds enable the greater community, not just the Wells campus, to be exposed to a variety of literary readings, workshops, and discussions.”
NYSCA is a state-funded agency that provides support for activities of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in New York State and helps to bring artistic programs of high quality to the citizens of the state.
Wells College has received grants from NYSCA to support the Visiting Writers Series since the early 1980s. Bruce Bennett, professor of English and director of the Visiting Writer Series, is pleased by the grant extension as well. “We are exceedingly grateful to NYSCA for its continuing support,” he says. “This funding makes it possible for us to bring exciting and diverse writers to Wells and the extended community.”
The list of writers brought to Wells through NYSCA funding includes poets, fiction writers, writers of non-fiction, and children's authors; many are nationally known. Among those that have recently visited Aurora are Pushcart Prize winner Judith Kitchen and award-winning poet and Spanish translator Rhina P. Espaillat.
To learn more about the Visiting Writer Series, please call English professor Bruce Bennett at 315/364-3228 or visit the college’s website: www.wells.edu. Additional information about the New York State Council on the Arts may be found on their website: www.nysca.org.
Wells College is a four-year, private liberal arts college located in Aurora, New York, on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake. It was established in 1868 by Henry Wells, founder of Wells Fargo and the American Express Company. Wells boasts small class sizes, an extensive experiential learning program, a diverse off-campus study program, and cross-enrollment with both Cornell University and Ithaca College. The academic program allows students substantial freedom to create individually unique educational experiences. In addition to becoming coeducational in Fall 2005, the College is strengthening its off-campus study programs, introducing new initiatives in its Book Arts Center, and expanding its athletic programs.
Wells College Honors Five Trustees for Exceptional Leadership
Board members retire; applauded for their service to college
At the annual spring meeting of the Wells College Board of Trustees, five retiring board members were honored by President Lisa Marsh Ryerson and the campus community for their leadership and service to the college.
Board Chair Stephen Zabriskie, an Aurora resident, retired after nine years of outstanding service. Elected chair in 2003, Zabriskie has continued a family tradition of leadership at the college dating back to the 1860s. His ancestor, E.B. Morgan, was Henry Wells’ friend and business partner. Morgan assisted Wells in the founding of the college and oversaw its growth after Henry Wells’ death. Previous to being named chair, Zabriskie served as the board’s secretary and then vice chair. Throughout his tenure, he has been involved with strategic planning work.
President Ryerson said, “The word ‘vision’ is used so often today and in so many different contexts that we tend to forget it is a rare gift. I place Steve Zabriskie in the category of true visionary. He sees the strength in our traditions, and long before many others saw it, he envisioned the shape of a new Wells College.”
Nancy Barton Barclay, Wells Class of 1956, completed a three-year term as Alumnae Trustee. She is a resident of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
“Nancy has been a dedicated Wells volunteer for many years, serving as class agent, class secretary, chair of her 45th Reunion, and a member of the Science Campaign Committee,” said Ryerson. “She has fulfilled her board responsibilities with characteristic dedication and care, representing alumnae in the life of the college.”
In addition to Wells, many organizations have benefited from Barclay’s leadership, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Medford Leas Lewis W. Barton Arboretum. Currently, she is a trustee of Medford Leas, a continuing care retirement community, and a commissioner of the historical society in Cherry Hill.
Thomas J. Espenshade completed a three-year term as trustee. A resident of Princeton, New Jersey, he is a professor of sociology at Princeton University. Espenshade also directs the National Study of College Experience, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, that is comparing the experiences of minority and non-minority students applying to selective colleges and universities.
President Ryerson said, “Tom understands both faculty and administrative perspectives and has a broad understanding of the complexities of American higher education. His insights have been invaluable, and he has brought distinction to our board.”
As a senior at Wells, Meghan McCune ’03 was elected by her classmates to serve on the board for two years as Collegiate Trustee, and this spring she completed her term. She graduated from Wells summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with distinction in anthropology and sociology, and is currently a graduate student in anthropology at Michigan State University. In the spring of 2004, she won first place in a graduate student paper competition sponsored by a consortium of Big 10 schools.
“Meghan aspires to a career in higher education. Both her experience on the board and studies at Wells have given her excellent preparation, and we have benefited from her perspective as a recent graduate,” said Ryerson.
John (Jay) R. Woolford III of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, has completed three terms on the Wells board. He is a principal with Third Age, Inc. in Philadelphia and is president of Springton Development Services, LLC.
Jay’s expertise as an architect was highly valued by the board. As chair of the Physical Plant Committee, he made important contributions to the development of a campus facilities plan.
“Jay is an ideal person to have provided leadership in campus planning because he is a talented and accomplished architect,” Ryerson said. “We are especially grateful for his tireless work with the village renovations and planning for the new science building.”
For more information, please contact Communications Director Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260.
Wells College Offers New Minor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies
This spring the Wells faculty approved the addition of a minor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies to the college’s curriculum, according to Ellen W. Hall, Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The primary focus of the minor is on peoples of North and South America while also inclusive of indigenous peoples in other parts of the world such as Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia.
“The First Nations and Indigenous Studies Minor is part of a comprehensive effort that demonstrates the college’s developing commitment to indigenous peoples on a local and global scale,” said Assistant Professor of Psychology Jill S.H. Hill, who has been appointed coordinator of the program.
The minor is multidisciplinary and students will be exposed to a wide range of viewpoints from the fields of anthropology, psychology, religion, and women’s studies, among others. Required courses include Indigenous Peoples of North America, Maya Ethnography, Native Americans and the Environment, and The Global Clash of Cultures.
Hill said students will also benefit from internships, off-campus study, and service opportunities already available at the college. These include the Hawaii Field Experience, research in Belize, cross-registration in Ithaca College’s Native American Studies Program, a link with the Onondaga Nation School through Wells’ teacher education program, and involvement in the Peachtown Native American Festival held annually in Aurora.
“Wells’ location within the heart of Cayuga Nation Territory strengthens the importance of this minor within our curriculum,” Hill said. “We are in a prime position to offer exposure and opportunities for learning that students normally would not have access to at other colleges. Our location provides the foundation for critically examining current Native American issues.”
Hill joined the Wells faculty in the fall of 2004 and earned her B.A. and M.A. from Loyola College (Maryland). She is completing her Ph.D., which will be awarded by the University of Oklahoma. She has taught at San Diego State University, University of California at Irvine, University of Oklahoma, and Loyola College. Her desire to aid typically under-served and marginalized populations and communities motivated her to pursue her studies in the counseling psychology field.
For more information about the First Nations minor and other courses of study at Wells College, please go to www.wells.edu or contact Communications Director Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260.
Wells Book Arts Center Introduces Summer Institute
Two week-long workshops provide new insight into the art of the book
The director of book arts initiatives at Wells College, is pleased to announce the inaugural Book Arts Summer Institute. The Institute will be offered in two, one-week sessions this summer: Session I is June 19 – 25, and Session II is June 26 – July 2. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to work with nationally recognized book artists in a personalized focused setting. The workshops, which will teach letterpress printing, hand book binding, and calligraphy, are limited to 8 - 12 people; advance registration is required. More information may be found at www.wells.edu/bookarts or by contacting the Wells Book Arts Center at 315/364-3420.
Beginners, experts, and everyone in between are welcome to participate in the Wells Book Arts Summer Institute classes. Participants will enjoy outstanding personal instruction from distinguished faculty, 24-hour access to well-equipped studios, and ample time to exchange ideas and enjoy camaraderie with fellow book artists. In addition to daily classes, there will be slide shows, field trips, and a farewell dinner.
“For years, we have had requests for summer book arts workshops,” says the director. “We are very pleased to offer our first season of classes open to the general public. We want the Summer Institute to be accessible and educational for everyone.”
Session I, which runs June 19 – 25, will focus on non-traditional approaches to printing and book binding. Book artists Julia Leonard and Sara Langworthy will lead these classes. Session II, scheduled for June 26 – July 2, will explore the creation of narrative using either calligraphy or printing. These classes will be taught by Nancy Leavitt and Walter Tisdale.
The Institute is offered on the Wells College campus, a beautiful lakeside setting in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York. Tuition for each week is $600. Meal and lodging packages are available for an additional cost.
The Wells College Book Arts Center was established in 1993 to instruct in all areas of book arts and technologies. Students in book arts classes and workshops learn the history and philosophy of their craft as they develop hand skills in the fabrication of books. They gain international perspective on book arts with visits from accomplished lecturers, writers, and artists, and with field trips to the area’s remarkable collection of libraries, presses, paper mills and binderies.
For more information about the Wells Book Arts Summer Institute and to register for the workshops, please call 315/364-3420 or visit www.wells.edu/bookarts.
Wells College Establishes New Residency Fund
Fund creates annual residency for a Native American scholar
Wells has received a gift of $4,000 which will be matched by the College to establish a fund that will bring a Native American scholar to campus each academic year for a residency.
The Juliana James Native American Visiting Scholar fund will support broader campus diversity initiatives such as the Peachtown Native American Festival and the new First Nations and Indigenous Studies Minor, which will be offered for the first time next fall.
Nine friends and family of Juliana James have contributed funds in her honor. She was an artist who lived much of her life in New Mexico and was widely respected as an advocate for women’s reproductive rights and social justice. Among her many contributions, she founded Santa Fe Woman’s Services, which focuses on serving minority mothers, and was a fundraiser for the Women’s Health Clinic. She was an anti-Vietnam War activist, risking her life to express her beliefs. James is the grandmother of Wells psychology professor Vic Muñoz.
According to guidelines established by the donors, the Juliana James Native American Visiting Scholar will be selected annually by a group of Wells faculty, students, and staff, who identify as Native American, and will be convened by the academic dean.
The donors’ statement reads in part, “Since Wells is located within the Cayuga Nation territory, one of the six nations of the Haudenosaunee [Iroquois], it is right to develop and sustain mutual respect, understanding, and knowledge between the college and the Haudenosaunee. This would be what Juliana would do.”
The Juliana James Native American Visiting Scholar may be an artist, musician, academic scholar, leader, or teacher from the six nations of the Haudenosuanee. Faith-keepers, Clan Mothers, educators, storytellers, and chiefs of the Six Nations are named by the donors as possible visiting scholars.
The Juliana James Native American Visiting Scholar, depending on her or his areas of expertise, may offer workshops, lectures, art exhibits, or performances. The scholar may also offer a course for a full-semester or for a shorter period.
Juliana James (1913-2000) was born in Old Bennington, Vermont and studied art at Bennington College. She moved with her husband, William, to Santa Fe in 1968 where her reputation as an artist blossomed. William (1913-1995) was born in Boston and studied at the American Academy in Rome; he was known for making fine violins. He was the grandson of philosopher William James and great-nephew of author Henry James. In 1991, Julie and Bill were named “Living Treasures of Santa Fe.”
For additional information about the Juliana James Native American Visiting Scholar fund, please contact Communications Director Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260
Photo credit: Joanne Rijmes
Senior Vice President of CBS News Speaks at Wells College
Marcy McGinnis to lecture on women leaders
The Wells College Arts & Lecture Series Committee is pleased to announce that senior CBS News officer Marcy McGinnis will speak on the Aurora campus. Ms. McGinnis will give an address entitled “She Leads Just Like a Woman: How Women Are Changing the Rules so Everyone Wins” on Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall. Prices are $3 for students and children, $6 for senior citizens and the Wells College community, and $10 for the general public. Groups will receive a special flat rate of $50 for between 20 and 40 attendees. Tickets are available at the door the night of the performance; please call 315/364-3428 to reserve.
Marcy McGinnis was named senior vice president of CBS News in June 2001. She manages worldwide news-gathering, breaking news, hard news and crisis coverage, as well as the operation of all national and international bureaus.
Ms. McGinnis was at the helm during the tragic events of September 11 and the subsequent war in Afghanistan. She oversees coverage of the war with Iraq, and the 2004 presidential campaign, including the political conventions, also fell under her direction. Ms. McGinnis received three Emmy Awards for CBS News’ coverage of the death of Princess Diana.
A native of Allenhurst, New Jersey, Ms. McGinnis graduated with honors from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She holds an honorary doctorate from Hofstra University’s School of Communication and is on the boards of Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communications, and the International Women in Media Foundation.
The Wells College Arts & Lecture Series features professional guest artists and performers who are brought to campus to enrich the cultural and academic components of Wells as a learning community. The acts are selected annually by a committee comprised of Wells faculty, staff, and students.
For more information about Marcy McGinnis’ lecture and the Wells Arts & Lecture Series, please contact Meagen Mulherin, assistant dean for campus involvement, at 315/364-3428 and visit the college's website: www.wells.edu. Additional information about Ms. McGinnis may also be found at www.cbs.com.
Wells College Announces 2005 Commencement Speaker
President of Trinity University to address graduates on May 28
Wells College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson is pleased to announce that Patricia McGuire, president of Trinity University in Washington, D.C., will be Wells’ 2005 Commencement speaker. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 28 on the Aurora campus.
“I am delighted the senior class has selected my colleague Pat McGuire as their Commencement speaker,” said Ryerson. “Her understanding of contemporary higher education and commitment to women make her an ideal speaker for this Commencement as we celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2005.”
A board member of the Women’s College Coalition and widely acclaimed for her commitment to women-centered education, Patricia McGuire also writes and speaks about a wide range of higher education issues and Catholic education. She has been a legal affairs commentator for the award-winning CBS children’s newsmagazine 30 Minutes and the Fox Television program Panorama in Washington. Her articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, and Current Issues in Catholic Higher Education, among others.
McGuire received her bachelor of arts degree cum laude from Trinity College and went on to earn her law degree from Georgetown University. Before becoming president of her alma mater in 1989, she was assistant dean for development and external affairs at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she also taught. Previous to that, she was project director for Georgetown's D.C. Street Law Project.
During the Clinton Administration, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin appointed her to serve on the first citizen’s advisory panel on coinage, which chose Sacagawea’s image for the new dollar coin. Anthony Williams, mayor of Washington, invited her to join the Education Advisory Committee that oversees D.C. public schools.
McGuire is currently on the board of directors of three prominent D.C. organizations: Greater Washington Board of Trade, Washington Hospital Center, and Washington Metropolitan Consortium of Universities. She serves on committees of the American Council on Education and the National Capital Girl Scouts. Previously, she has been on the boards of the Middle States Accrediting Association and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
Founded in 1897, Trinity is a comprehensive university enrolling more than 1,700 students in degree programs and another 3,000 students in continuing education programs. In 2004, Trinity College adopted the name “Trinity University” to describe the full scope of the school’s educational enterprise. The name “Trinity College” still refers to the historic women’s college at Trinity, which is part of Trinity University along with the coeducational School of Education and School of Professional Studies. Among Trinity’s many core mission values is a deep-seated commitment to the education of women.
For more information about 2005 Commencement exercises at Wells College, please call Kelly Tehan, communications director, at 315/364-3260. Additional information about Patricia McGuire may be found at www.trinitydc.edu.
Wells Theatre Department Hosts V-Day Lecturer
Allison Prouty speaks about ending violence against women, girls
The Wells College Theatre Department is pleased to announce that stage director and producer Allison Prouty will lecture on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 pm in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall. Prouty has long been associated with Eve Ensler’s original stage production The Vagina Monologues. Prouty will speak on her involvement with V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls which grew out of Ensler’s play. The lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.
In preparation for Ms. Prouty’s talk, there will be a free screening of the movie “V-Day: Until The Violence Stops” in the Sommer Student Center on Wednesday, April 27 at 8:00 pm. The film chronicles how The Vagina Monologues grew into V-Day, an international grassroots movement to stop violence against women and girls. More than just a group testimonial, “Until The Violence Stops” is a moving celebration of community awareness that leaves us with the hope that change can happen.
Allison Prouty is associate artistic director for V-Day, founded by playwright and performer Eve Ensler. Prouty has been working with Ensler and V-Day for the past three years producing events such as Vaginas Vote, Chicks Rock at The Apollo Theater (in conjunction with MTV’s Rock The Vote), and many other V-Day events, fundraisers, marches, productions and tours around the world. Since 2002, over eight hundred cities have participated in V-Day celebrations by staging benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues.
Prouty’s other directing credits include Boston Marriage, How I Learned to Drive, Mother, The Maids, Miss Julie, and Keely and Du. She most recently served as associate producer for Ensler’s new Broadway play The Good Body. She has worked with the Hartford (Connecticut) Stage Company, the Hangar Theater in Ithaca, Icarus Theatre Ensemble, Williamstown Theater Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and O’Connor Casting in Chicago. She is a graduate of Skidmore College.
For more information about Allison Prouty’s lecture, please call visiting Theatre Professor Siouxsie Grady at 315/364-3232.
Wells College Students Selected to Present Research Findings at National Conference
2005 marks 17th year Wells scholars have participated in NCUR
Seven Wells College students were invited to present the results of their original research at the 19th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held April 20 – 23 at Washington & Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. Wells scholars have attended and presented at every NCUR conference since 1989.
This will be the 17th time Wells Professor of Chemistry Christopher Bailey has accompanied students to the conference.
“Undergraduate research is the ultimate teaching tool,” says Bailey. “No matter what the student’s interests, Wells helps to foster faculty/student partnerships that allow for advanced and independent exploration of those areas. Student participation in NCUR bears this out - the 90 or so Wells students who have participated in NCUR over the past 17 years have represented all of the divisions at the college, and almost every discipline. This interaction occurs in all areas, not just the sciences, and NCUR is not just a science conference.”
The student presenters for 2005, their research topics, and their faculty advisor(s) are:
Kathryn Fong ’06, “Queer Media as Public Discourse.” (Spencer Hildahl)
Katherine Gero ’05, “Using Bioinformatics Tools to Visualize the Ligand-Receptor Complex of the Mel-1A Receptor in Gallus gallus.” (Christina Wahl, Christopher Bailey)
Sabrina Johnston ’05, “Religious Coping and Psychological Health.” (Jill Hill)
Melissa Patterson ’05, “The Effect of Reduced Gas Exchange on Hematocrit and Body
Weight of Chick Embryos.” (Christina Wahl)
Nicole Pellegrino ’05, “Student Satisfaction at Wells College and Its Link to Retention Rates.” (Deborah Gagnon)
Karen Stangl ’05, “Proteomic Profiling of Three Penicilium Species to Investigate Fungal Dimorphism.” (Christina Wahl)
Jin Joo Yun ’05, “Role of Vision in Mating Behavior of Male Nasonia vitripennis.”
Professor Bailey attributes Wells’ success in this area to the large number of faculty members at the College who believe in and support undergraduate research. Wells students have extraordinary opportunities to work closely with their professors on original research. Most majors offer academic credit for research activities, and students are required to complete a senior thesis or research project before graduation.
This emphasis on research in the undergraduate curriculum at Wells, similar to graduate-level studies at other colleges and universities, gives students an advantage, whether they plan to continue their studies or enter a career immediately after graduation.
The mission of NCUR is to promote undergraduate research scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education.
Each year, NCUR participants come from over 300 colleges and universities representing almost every state in the nation. Since its inception in 1987, NCUR has become a major annual event drawing over 2,000 undergraduates, faculty, and administrators to hear and discuss undergraduate creative and scholarly work. In addition, NCUR presents an opportunity to hear nationally prominent speakers and for faculty to discuss educational policy, programs, and funding for undergraduate scholarly work. More information about NCUR may be found at: www.NCUR.org.
For more information about Wells’ participation in NCUR or research possibilities at Wells, please call Chemistry Professor Christopher Bailey at 315/364-3286.
Wells College to Offer New Sport in Fall 2005
Cross-Country to be added to athletics offerings
The Wells College Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is pleased to announce the addition of cross-country to its list of athletic opportunities for students beginning in Fall 2005. Cross-country will be sponsored for both women and men. In response to the Board of Trustees’ October decision to begin accepting men to the historically women’s college, Wells has already introduced men’s soccer and swimming teams at the club level.
“We are in the midst of preparing for cross-country, and are excited about this latest addition to our cadre of sports offerings at Wells,” says Director of Athletics Lyn LaBar. “Student applicants have shown interest in cross-country and a search will begin immediately for a part-time coach to lead the women’s and men’s programs.”
Cross-country will be offered at the intercollegiate level in Fall 2005 and the team will compete at away meets and invitationals during the first year of the program. Plans are underway to develop running courses on the Wells campus.
Wells is an NCAA Division III member and currently offers six varsity women’s sports teams: field hockey, soccer, tennis, swimming, lacrosse, and softball. All six teams are members of the New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSWCAA), while field hockey, soccer, swimming, softball and lacrosse compete in the Atlantic Women’s Colleges Conference (AWCC). The intercollegiate men’s programs will also participate at the NCAA Division III level.
Wells offers students a variety of indoor and outdoor facilities. The Schwartz Student Center, which houses a swimming pool, gymnasium, weight room, a cardio room, and two tennis courts, will be renovated this summer to enhance existing spaces and accommodate the growth of programs and personnel. Outdoor facilities include four tennis courts, softball field, boathouse, a 9-hole golf course, and both practice and game fields for field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse.
Wells plans to further expand intercollegiate athletic program opportunities for women and men during the next few years.
For additional information about new developments in athletics at Wells College, please contact Director of Athletics Lyn LaBar at 315/364-3410.
A Rockin’ Spring Weekend Planned at Wells College
“Springshine” rolls into Aurora
The Wells College Programming Board is pleased to announce Spring Weekend 2005. Scheduled for Saturday, April 23, this rockin’ event is sure to please everyone, especially the college crowd. Springshine will take place on the Wells College campus on Route 90 in the village of Aurora. The general public gets in for $5 at the gate; children 10 and under are free. Springshine is free for the Wells community.
Gates open at 11:30 and the fun begins at 12:00 noon on the lawn in front of the Sommer Student Center. A four band line-up promises lots of awesome live music. Local talent The Bottom Feeders of Aurora fire it up at 12:30 with their distinctive acoustic folk style. At 2:00, Ohio rockers Nemesis 3 hits the stage with their hard driving sound. A hip-hop band will play at 3:30. Wrapping up a great day of live tunes, renowned singer-songwriter Dar Williams brings her special brand of pop-folk to the stage from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. A brilliant fireworks display will cap off Springshineat 9:00 pm.
General admission is $5.00 at the gate the day of the event. Special novelty activities include alien laser tag, gladiator jousting, spin art, a bungee run, sand art, key chain making, and airbrush tattoos. The public is invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy vendor booths, games, dancing, a barbeque, craft tables, and more. Beer, soft drinks, and food will be available for purchase. No recording devices, coolers or outside food or beverages permitted.
Springshine will be held rain or shine. More band information may be found at www.darwilliams.com.
Wells College Celebrates International Studies Day
NYU professor Teboho Moja speaks on higher ed in South Africa
Wells College will observe International Studies Day with a special guest speaker. Professor Teboho Moja of New York University will speak on “Democratization of Higher Education in South Africa within the African and Global Studies Contexts.” Her talk will take place on Thursday, April 14 at 4:45 pm in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. The public is invited to attend this free lecture.
Professor Moja is a member of the graduate faculty at NYU’s Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology in the School of Education. There she teaches a wide variety of courses, including International Perspectives on Reform, Diversity in Higher Education, the American College in a Global Context, Globalization and Higher Education, and Leadership and Women.
Professor Moja received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, a master’s in Education from University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of the North in South Africa. She has participated in international higher education, including a recent appointment as one of three reviewers for the Partnership Project on Africa. This assignment was funded by four American educational foundations: Ford, Rockefeller, MacArthur, and Carnegie. Moja has also been a researcher and consultant with UNESCO at the Institute of International Education Planning and the Forum on Higher Education. In South Africa, Professor Moja has been a special advisor to the Minister of Education, as well as the general manager for educational broadcasting at the South African Broadcasting Corporation, and the executive director of the National Commission on Higher Education. She has published widely on issues of gender, pedagogy, globalization, and other topics in higher education.
For more information about International Studies Day and Professor Moja’s lecture, please call Wells History Professor Cynthia J. Koepp at 315/364-3224.
Wells Book Arts Center Presents Semi-Annual Lecture
David Pankow of RIT talks about the art, business of printing
The Wells College Book Arts Center is pleased to announce that David Pankow will present the 21st Susan Garretson Swartzburg ’60 Memorial Book Arts Lecture this spring. His lecture, entitled “The Paper Chase: Learning the Art, Craft, and Business of Printing,” will be presented at 8:00 pm on Thursday, April 21 in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. A reception will follow in Morgan Hall, offering attendees the opportunity to meet the speaker; the public is cordially invited to attend.
David Pankow is the curator of the Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. The Cary Collection is one of the country’s premier rare book libraries on the history and practice of printing. The collection also includes holdings on papermaking, bookbinding, type founding, and the art of the book.
A professor in the graduate program of RIT’s School of Printing, Mr. Pankow has written and lectured extensively, and is currently the editor of Printing History, the scholarly journal published by the American Printing History Association. In June 2000, he organized Bookbinding 2000, a conference attended by over 400 international bookbinders and conservators, followed that October by On the Digital Brink, a conference exploring the ways in which digital technologies are being used by scholars to study the history of the book.
His talk at Wells College will focus on the degree to which art and craft are still relevant in today’s highly automated and commercially driven printing industry. He will look at where the book arts fit into printing education, and how they can be used to inspire students in a business- and digitally-oriented curriculum.
David Pankow’s lecture is part of the Susan Garretson Swartzburg ’60 Memorial Book Arts Lecture Series that is made possible through the Heiland-Garretson Book Arts Lecture Fund, established by Susan Garretson Swartzburg ’60 and sustained through the generosity of her family.
The Wells Book Arts Center was established in 1993 to instruct in all areas of book arts and technologies. Students in book arts classes and workshops learn the history and philosophy of their craft as they develop hand skills in the fabrication of books. They gain international perspective on book arts with visits from accomplished lecturers, writers, and artists, and with field trips to the area’s remarkable collection of libraries, presses, paper mills and binderies. The Center is currently developing the inaugural Book Arts Summer Institute which will consist of two, one-week intensive courses to be offered June 19 - 25 and June 26 - July 2.
For more information about David Pankow’s lecture and the book arts at Wells College, please contact director Terrence Chouinard at 315/364-3420 and visit the website: www.wells.edu/bookarts.
Wells College Alumna to Give Public Reading
Playwright and author Christie Perfetti presents her work
The Wells College Visiting Writers Series welcomes back Christie Perfetti, Wells class of 2000. Perfetti will read from her book Revolutions Per Minute at 7:30 pm on Thursday, April 14 in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public. A reception will follow, giving guests an opportunity to meet the speaker. Refreshments will be served.
Born and raised in Oswego, New York, Christie Perfetti now lives and works in Manhattan. While a student at Wells College, she received several theatrical and academic awards, was selected for Who’s Who in American University Students in 1999 and 2000, and earned a Kaufmann Entrepreneurial Scholarship which led to an internship with singer Joan Jett and music producer Steve Leber in New York City.
After graduation, she worked with singer/songwriter Paul Simon, assisting with his 2003 reunion tour with Art Garfunkel. She then returned to work for Leber at Lifestyle Communications as a writer for rap singers Jay-Z and 50 Cent, and the hit TV series American Idol, as well as for several television pilots and Broadway shows.
Perfetti wrote, directed, and produced Carnival Girls, a full-length off-off-Broadway production which debuted at the Pantheon Theatre in July 2004. Its run was extended, and reopened at the Kraine Theatre in August 2004.
Her first novel, Revolutions Per Minute, was released by PublishAmerica in 2004. A culture novel for the post-9/11 era, Perfetti creates a male protagonist in his early thirties, John Atlas, who faces a tragic turn of events and twist-of-fate from which he seeks to free himself of all obligation. John fights to wipe the slate clean and create a different life-all the while loving, hurting, and learning.
For more information about Christie Perfetti’s reading and visit, please contact Bruce Bennett, Professor of English, at 315-364-3228.
Wells College Presents Lecture by Gay Activist
Amber Hollibaugh talks about sexuality’s role in society
Amber Hollibaugh will speak at Wells College on Monday, April 11. Hollibaugh’s talk, “Creating the Possibilities for Desire: Engaging Our Feminism with a Radical Politics that Builds Hope for the Future,” will begin at 7:00 pm in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. The lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.
Radical movements of all kinds have debated sexuality’s role and importance in their vision of a new society. The women’s liberation movement and later feminism have long been split over differing understandings about sex and power, sex and the erotic, sex and race, sex and class, and sex and possibility. Hollibaugh’s talk will explore these differences.
A well-known activist, artist, writer, and community organizer, Amber Hollibaugh has been working on cutting edge issues of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered liberation movement since its beginnings in 1969. Hollibaugh is a senior strategist at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Previously, she worked at SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) where she served as the Director of Education, Advocacy and Community Building. SAGE is the first national organization dedicated to providing services and advocacy for LGBT senior citizens. For many years, she created innovative national HIV and AIDS programs and was the first director of the Lesbian AIDS Project at Gay Men’s Health Crisis. She is author of My Dangerous Desires: A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home.
Hollibaugh is co-producer and director The Heart of the Matter, a documentary about women’s sexuality and HIV risk, which won the 1994 Sundance Festival Freedom of Expression Award and ran on the PBS series, P.O.V. Hollibaugh is on the advisory panel of the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, is a board member of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), and is a founding board member of Queers for Economic Justice. She is one of the nation’s leading experts on LGBT senior issues and HIV in women.
The lecture is sponsored by the Women’s Studies and Psychology Departments, the Division of Social Sciences, WRC, LBQTA, and the Dean of the College. For more information contact Professor Vic Muñoz at email@example.com or 315/364-3248.
Wells College Displays Ithaca Artist’s Work
Karen Allaben Confer’s birds on exhibit through May 12
The Wells College Art Department is pleased to announce the opening of its latest exhibition. A selection of paintings and illustrations of birds by Ithaca artist Karen Allaben Confer will be on display in the String Room Gallery from April 13 through May 12, 2005. The exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited. An opening reception to be held on Wednesday, April 13 from 7:00-9:00 pm offers an opportunity to meet the artist; refreshments will be served.
Karen Allaben Confer was first introduced to the world of birds by her husband John, an Ithaca College professor, aquatic ecologist, and ornithologist. She learned how to sketch and paint birds from life at the Asa Wright Nature Center in Trinidad. Now, birds and all that relate to them consume the couple’s professional and personal lives. They travel extensively to Canada, Maine, and the far north to learn and gain inspiration.
Born and raised in Ithaca, New York, Karen received a B.A. in biology from Ithaca College. “I have come to believe that nature tells its own story, that science is tied inexorably to art,” says Karen. “…I hope my art reflects the knowledge, responsibility, and passion that…influence my interpretations of birds in art. All that I have learned and achieved…enters into the visual and musical realm of birds and other beings of nature - filling my life and art with song, color, texture, light, and shadow - and always - wonder!”
Karen was invited to census birds for the Canadian Ministry of Natural Resources in the Hudson Bay Lowlands, and for 30 years has canoe-trekked through remote wilderness areas of Ontario and Saskatchewan. In 2000, she took over “Backyard Birding,” a monthly column featured in the Ithaca Journal. She plans to gather her articles and stories into an anthology one day.
Confer is an active member of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca. She has won numerous art awards and exhibited her work across the northeast and Canada. She won the George Miksch Sutton Award for Ornithological Art; the prize-winning work was featured as the frontis piece of The Wilson Bulletin, an international journal for professional ornithologists. Her entries have also been accepted by the esteemed Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, and with other selected works, have traveled with the “Birds in Art” tour for nine years.
In 2001-02, “Birds in Art” came to Wells College through the generosity of alumna Alice Woodson Smith, Wells class of 1970. Karen Confer was the invited guest speaker at a special opening reception in the String Room Gallery.
The String Room Gallery is located in Main Building. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, please contact art professor and String Room Gallery director William Roberts at 315/364-3237..
Wells College Announces New Communications Director
Kelly Tehan no stranger to Wells; takes on new duties
Wells College Vice President for External Relations Ann Rollo has announced that Kelly Tehan has been appointed Communications Director. Kelly was most recently Rollo’s assistant in the External Relations Office at Wells. She began her new duties on March 16.
“I am delighted that Kelly Tehan will be Wells’ new Communications Director,” says Rollo. “Her strong writing skills, dedication to quality and timeliness, and professional disposition will serve the college well.”
In her new role, Tehan will share the college’s mission and news with internal and external audiences; promote Wells’ academic, recruitment, development and alumnae relations programs; manage publications; and continue to oversee cultural enrichment event publicity.
She holds an A.A.S. degree in Hotel Management from Paul Smith’s College, and graduated summa cum laude from Ithaca College with a B.S. in Corporate Communication. At the time, she worked in the School of Business at Ithaca College as the associate dean’s assistant.
“I am pleased to be serving Wells College in this new role,” says Kelly. “I had been handling some of the responsibilities since the college began the transition to coeducation. It is gratifying that my work was recognized, and I am excited to be given the chance to step up and help guide Wells into a new time in her history.”
Kelly is actively involved in the local community. She currently represents Wells in the Leadership Cayuga class of 2005; serves on the executive board of the Aurora Arts & Merchants Association; directs the King Ferry Presbyterian Church youth group; was elected vice chair of the Wells College Staff Forum; is a member of the American Association of University Women, and is a class agent for Paul Smith’s College.
For more information, please contact Ann Rollo at 315/364-3416.
Wells Book Arts Center Presents Papermaking Workshop
Artist Carol Blinn shows participants how to decorate paper
The Wells College Book Arts Center is hosting a creative papermaking workshop weekend Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10 on the Aurora campus. Entitled "Decorating Paper with Colored Paste, or Finger Painting for Adults," workshop participants will have the opportunity to work with Massachusetts artist Carol Blinn from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm both days. The workshop is limited to 10 people; advance registration is required. Cost is $150 per person and includes materials. More information may be found at www.wells.edu/bookarts or by contacting the Wells Book Arts Center at 315/364-3420.
"Decorating Paper with Colored Paste, or Finger Painting for Adults" will loosen up creative energies and unleash the need to get messy. Using paste, acrylic paints, and basic tools, participants will learn to design and create attractive papers that can be used for a variety of purposes. Students will leave the workshop with samples of a dozen different patterns and methods. Both professional book artists and those who wish to learn a satisfying and beautiful craft are welcome.
Carol J. Blinn has been making and using decorated paste papers in her own book making work for more than thirty years. She is the proprietor of Warwick Press in Easthampton, Massachusetts, and is known for her typographic design, letterpress printing, limited edition books, and her decorative papers. One can see the range and scope of her work on-line by going to: www.warwickpress.com.
The Wells College Book Arts Center was established in 1993 to instruct in all areas of book arts and technologies. Students in book arts classes and workshops learn the history and philosophy of their craft as they develop hand skills in the fabrication of books. They gain international perspective on book arts with visits from accomplished lecturers, writers, and artists, and with field trips to the area’s remarkable collection of libraries, presses, paper mills and binderies. The Center is currently developing the inaugural Book Arts Summer Institute which will consist of two, one-week intensive courses to be offered June 19 - 25 and June 26 - July 2.
For more information about the decorative papers workshop or the Summer Institute, please call 315/364-3420, or visit www.wells.edu/bookarts.
Poetry Reading at Wells College
Wells English professor Bruce Bennett reads from his latest book
The Wells College Visiting Writer Series is pleased to welcome back published poet Bruce Bennett. Bennett will read selected poems from his latest book Web-Watching at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, April 6 in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. The public is invited to attend this free reading.
This reading by Wells College English professor and poet Bruce Bennett will feature poems from his new chapbook, Web-Watching, which won the 2003 Bright Hill Press Poetry Chapbook competition. Bright Hill’s founder and director Bertha Rogers will introduce Professor Bennett.
Web-Watching is a collection of 24 poems which examine the ordinary phenomena of life while raising questions about the nature of design in the world. In her comments on the book, author and critic Judith Kitchen observes: “Web-Watching addresses large issues by looking at the small worlds of moth and loon and dragonfly. Form mediates: it delights and instructs.” Editor Peter Makuck writes: “At the heart of Bruce Bennett’s work is wonder of vision and rigor of craft. These brilliant poems repay our attention with dramatic images and luminous moments; they wear their wisdom lightly and quickly connect in a human and intimate way. Bennett makes us see and feel a mysterious web of infinite connectedness.”
Professor Bennett is the author of numerous books of poetry and poetry chapbooks. Booklist cited his Navigating the Distances: Poems New and Selected as “one of the top ten poetry books of 1999.”
This reading and the Wells College Visiting Writer Series are made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. Poets and writers are invited to campus throughout the academic year to meet with students, present writing workshops, and read from their respective works.
For more information about Bruce Bennett’s reading and the Visiting Writers Series at Wells College, please contact Bennett directly at 315/364-3228.
Wells College Announces Named Professorships
New Endowed Faculty Appointments Span Fine Arts to Physics
Wells College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson announces the appointment of five faculty members to named professorships. These five-year positions have been established to reward excellence in both teaching and scholarship. Endowed chairs and professorships at Wells are made possible by generous gifts from alumnae and friends of the college given specifically for that purpose.
Wells’ excellent faculty are skilled teachers, dedicated to rigorous intellectual
development and actively committed to pursuing new knowledge and learning strategies.
Endowed professorships represent a commitment to faculty and to the academic core
of the college, demonstrating the institution’s dedication to achievement in a given
|Professor of Physics Scott Heinekamp - Mary Perley Wakeman ’23 Professor|
|Professor Heinekamp is the coordinator of Wells’ engineering program and also teaches
physics and engineering at Cornell University. He conducts research on liquid crystals,
which, among other activities, led to his appointment as a visiting scientist at AT&T
Bell Laboratories. His scholarly work has been published in Physics Review and the
Journal of Physical Chemistry. Courses he teaches include Fundamentals of Physics,
Modern Physics, Approaches to the Liberal Arts, Introduction to Astronomy, and Theoretical
Mechanics. Professor Heinekamp has also been extensively involved in strategic planning
for the college. Most recently, he served as chair of the Sustainable Wells Action
Team. He earned his B.S. and M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Ph.D.
from Brown University.
This professorship was fully funded in 1996 in honor of Mary Perley Wakeman, Wells Class of 1923. Mary’s son, Peter Storer, is president of the George B. Storer Foundation, which administers the fund. The professorship may be awarded to a faculty member in any discipline.
|Professor of History Cynthia J. Koepp -
Frances Tarlton Farenthold Presidential Professor
|Professor Koepp joined the Wells faculty in 1992. Last spring, she was promoted to
full professor and selected to receive Wells’ 2003-04 Excellence in Advising Award.
She teaches Popular Culture in Early Modern Europe, Writing History: Theory and Practice,
Introduction to the History of Science, and The Growth of Industrial Society. She
co-edited (with Steven Laurence Kaplan) Work in France: Representations, Meaning,
Organization and Practice, published by Cornell University Press. Her scholarly work,
including translations, has been published in the Journal of Modern History, Industrial
and Labor Relations Review, and Diacritics. She is also the recipient of several research
grants that have enabled her to pursue her research interests in France. Professor
Koepp earned her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Toledo and her Ph.D. from Cornell
This professorship is endowed to honor former Wells President Frances Tarlton Farenthold’s leadership (1976-80). The income is used for the support of a senior faculty position.
|Professors of German Diane Koester and Kenneth E. Larson -
Ida Dorothea Atkinson Professors
|Drs. Koester and Larson share a position as professors of German. Professor Koester is currently the college’s associate dean for academic and learning resources and director of academic advising, in addition to her teaching position. As part of her administrative work, she developed and maintains an online advising website for the college. She has taught German Women Writers, Gender and Language, Introduction to Women’s Studies, and 19th Century German Literature. Her scholarly writing has appeared in the German Quarterly and the Lessing Yearbook, and she has made many presentations and delivered lectures both on and off campus. She received her B.A. from Valparaiso University and M.A. and Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University.|
|Co-recipient Professor Larson has taught 18th Century German Literature, The Origins
of Romanticism, and Issues in Contemporary German Society. Also manager of Wells’
computer and network operations, he has team-taught Internet Architecture and Programming,
and Social and Cultural Implications of the Internet. His writing on the reception
of Shakespeare in Germany has been published in Michigan Germanic Studies and German
Quarterly. He received his A.B. from the University of Kansas and Ph.D. from Yale
The Ida Dorothea Atkinson Lectureship was established in 1994 by Ida M.G. Sharkey ’62 in memory of her mother. These endowed funds are designated to be used to enrich the interdisciplinary character of Wells’ academic program and augment the humanities curriculum.
|Professor of Art William Roberts - John D. Wilson Presidential Professor|
|Professor Roberts has been teaching art at Wells College for more than 30 years. In
addition to managing the String Room Gallery, he teaches Life Drawing, Oil Painting,
and Basic Concepts of Advertising Design. In 2001, Wells hosted a retrospective show
of Professor Robert’s paintings (1971-2001). Recently, he has been a media photographer
for the Syracuse Post-Standard, covering Breeder’s Cup Thoroughbred Championship races
in California and Illinois; that newspaper also published serially a collection of
his race track drawings as a feature entitled “Saratoga Sketchbook.” His work continues
to be exhibited widely in galleries, and he has provided illustrations for several
publications of the Wells College Press. Professor Roberts earned his B.F.A. and M.A.
from Kent State University.
This professorship honors former Wells President John D. Wilson’s leadership (1969-75) and was originally established by alumnae and friends of the college. The income from the endowed fund is used to support a senior faculty position.
For more information about these endowed professorships, please contact Dean of the College Ellen Hall at 315/364-3241.
Wells College Hires New Men’s Soccer Coach
Michael Paolini joins athletics staff; recruits, trains athletes
Wells College Athletics Director Lyn LaBar is pleased to announce that Michael Paolini is the college’s new men’s soccer coach. In addition to coaching men’s soccer, Paolini will oversee event management of spring sport contests, assist with management of athletic and physical education facilities, and teach a course within the department of physical education.
“I am very excited that Mike will serve as Wells’ first men’s soccer coach,” said LaBar. “As we evaluate how we can best move forward with developing our overall inter-collegiate athletic program, it was crucial for us to secure an individual who has the energy, motivation and drive to begin from scratch our men’s program. As an assistant coach at LeMoyne, Mike was involved extensively with recruiting, coaching and development of the total student-athlete. I am confident that our men’s soccer program and those young men associated with our program will benefit greatly from his leadership.”
Paolini comes to Wells from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, where he was the assistant soccer coach. He helped lead the Dolphins to playoff berths in each of his four seasons. Paolini played four years of soccer at Plattsburgh State, captaining the squad his junior and senior years. He was an All-American, graduating with a bachelor of science in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management in May of 1999. Since graduation, he has served as the soccer director at the Central New York Family Sports Center in Baldwinsville, New York. He now serves as director of the Junior Salty Dogs Futbol Club, and is owner and director of Pao’s Soccer School of Excellence in Syracuse. Mike has played professionally with the New Hampshire Phantoms.
“It is a real honor to be selected as the first men’s soccer coach at Wells College,” says Mike. “This is a transition period for the college and it is a good one. I am happy to be a part of such a strong institution that really seems to be dedicated to the students.” A four-year starter at Plattsburgh, Paolini was named first team all-SUNYAC, all-region and team Most Valuable Player.
Men’s soccer at Wells will play the 2005-06 season at the club level and will elevate to varsity in 2006-07. Starting out as a club program will allow Paolini time to develop a recruiting base upon which to build before elevating to varsity status in 2006.
“The main goal at first for me is to get the name of the college out to the parents and students in high schools,” says Paolini. He plans to achieve this through intensive recruiting activity. “I did recruiting when I was at LeMoyne College, and with all the national contacts I made playing professionally, I’ve got a broad range of future recruiting possibilities. Many of my days will be spent on the road, using the networks I have established to make sure that potential student athletes know what Wells College can offer them. All I have to do is get recruits to Aurora, and I fully believe they will fall in love with the campus as I did!"
Athletics plays an important role in Wells College’s transition to coeducation. For more information, please contact Athletics Director Lyn LaBar at 315/364-3410.
Book Artist to Lecture at Wells College
Poet and visual artist Jen Bervin presents her work
The Wells College Visiting Writers Series and the Wells Book Arts Center will host poet and visual artist Jen Bervin at 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 31 in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. Jen will read from her work, show slides of her artwork, and discuss her working process as a writer and visual artist. The presentation is free and open to the public. A reception will follow, giving guests an opportunity to meet the speaker. Refreshments will be served.
Jen Bervin is the author of A Non-Breaking Space (Ugly Duckling 2005), Nets (Ugly Duckling 2004), under what is not under (Potes & Poets 2001), and numerous artists’ books. Her work has been published in Aufgabe, Chain, Denver Quarterly, Fell Swoop, How2, Insurance, Poets & Poems (a collaboration with Alystyre Julian), and Web Conjunctions.
In her book Nets, Jen Bervin strips Shakespeare’s sonnets “bare to the nets,” chiseling away at the familiar lines to reveal surprising new poems. Using visual compositional strategies as effectively as verbal ones, Bervin allows the unchosen text to remain on the page as a ghostly presence. A broadside of a poem from Nets will be published by the Wells College Press and will be for available for purchase at her reading.
Bervin received her B.F.A. in Studio Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, her M.A. in Poetry from the University of Denver, and the Edward M. Lannan Prize from the Academy of American Poets. She teaches writing at New York University and Pratt Institute. While on campus from March 30 to April 1, Bervin will also participate in classes and conduct a poetry-writing workshop.
For more information about Jen Bervin’s reading and visit, please contact Margot Ecke, Victor Hammer Fellow, at 315-364-3420, or Bruce Bennett, Professor of English, at 315-364-3228.
Pulitzer Prize Nominee to Lecture at Wells College
Journalist Susan Jacoby looks at secularism, values, faith-based America
Renowned author Susan Jacoby will speak at Wells College on Tuesday, April 5. Jacoby’s talk, “The ‘Values Issue’ vs. Real Values: A Skeptical Look at Faith-Based America,” will begin at 4:45 pm in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. The lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.
In May 2004, Bill Moyers of PBS radio’s NOW program interviewed Susan Jacoby on the separation of church and state in America today, and why she believes preserving the sanctity of American secularism is fundamental to democracy and to the benefit of both religion and government.
The public has heard a great deal about the religious right’s supposed stranglehold on the “values issue” in American public life. Susan Jacoby, the author of Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, will challenge this view in her lecture. In Freethinkers, Ms. Jacoby details the contribution of secularists and freethinkers from the Age of Enlightenment through the 20th century civil rights and women’s movements. She believes there is a critical need today for secular thinkers and activists to stand up for humane and humanistic values.
Susan Jacoby began her writing career as a reporter for The Washington Post. Awarded fellowships by the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, she has been a contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, TomPaine.com and the AARP Bulletin, among other publications. She is director of the Center for Inquiry-Metro New York, a rationalist research and advocacy organization, and lives in New York City. Jacoby is the author of seven books, including Wild Justice: The Evolution of Revenge, a Pulitzer Prize nominee. Her books will be available for sale and signing after her lecture.
Ms. Jacoby’s talk is sponsored by the Wells College Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, the Dean of the College’s office, and a variety of majors in the sciences, social sciences and humanities divisions. For more information, please contact Professor of Religious Studies Joe Hoffmann at 315/364-3294.
Poetry Reading at Wells College
Linda Allardt of Rochester will read from her work
The Wells College Visiting Writer Series is pleased to welcome Linda Allardt to the Aurora campus. Allardt will read selected poems from her latest book Accused of Wisdom at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, March 16 in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. The public is invited to attend this free reading.
Experienced poet and small-press editor Linda Allardt grew up in Ohio and the Southern Tier of New York, where many of her poems are set. She has published four books of poems, including River Effect (State Street Press, 1998) and the latest, Accused of Wisdom (FootHills Publishing, 2004). River Effect is described by the Comstock Review as “well-wrought lyrical free-verse, gentle and elegiac in tone.” Her poems have appeared in many magazines, including West Branch, Midwest Quarterly, White Pelican, and Sulphur River Review.
Linda teaches advanced poetry writing regularly at Writers & Books of Rochester, and she has taught poetry and creative writing at St. John Fisher College, the University of Rochester, and the Eastman School. Copies of her books will be available for purchase at the reading.
A broadside of Allardt’s poem “Ask Her” was hand-printed by the Wells College Press in honor of Allardt’s reading on the Wells campus in February 2000. Artwork was done by then-Victor Hammer Fellow Jocelyn Webb.
This reading and the Wells College Visiting Writer Series are made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. Poets and writers are invited to campus throughout the academic year to meet with students, present writing workshops, and read from their respective works.
For more information about Linda Allardt’s reading and the Visiting Writers Series at Wells College, please contact English professor Bruce Bennett at 315/364-3228.
Wells College Greens Partner with Sierra Club
Screening of “Oil On Ice” looks at fate of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
The fight to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge comes to Aurora next weekend when the Wells College Campus Greens, in association with the local chapter of the Sierra Club, host a screening of the new award-winning documentary “Oil on Ice.” The public is invited to view this free film, presented at 7:00 pm on Sunday, March 13 in Cleveland Auditorium.
“Oil on Ice” is an intimate portrayal of the native Gwich’in Indians’ fight against powerful global energy interests to prevent invasive oil operations threatening the Arctic Refuge’s fragile caribou calving grounds, upon which the Native people’s subsistence has always depended. The screening is part of a larger discussion about proposals to drill in the Arctic Refuge.
A Dale Djerassi/Bo Boudart Production in association with Lobitos Creek Ranch, this compelling and thought-provoking film presents the struggle over the sacred land that the Gwich’in call “the place where life begins.” It vividly brings home how our energy decisions - both individually and as a society - critically impact the future of our global economy, wildlife, and the environment as well as the survival of an extraordinary traditional culture.
The film is currently being shown across the country including screenings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the documentary, please visit www.oilonice.org.
The goal of the Wells College Campus Greens is to increase environmental awareness on campus. The group is not politically affiliated.
For more information about “Oil on Ice” and the Wells College Greens, please contact environmental studies professor Niamh O’Leary at 315/364-3279.
Wells College Students Present Spring Drama Production
Stories Told features fairy tales in the improv style
The Wells College Theatre Department proudly presents Stories Told as this spring’s student drama production. The performance will be featured on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall on the Aurora campus. There will also be a Sunday, March 13 matinee at 2:00 pm. Prices are $3 for students and children, $5 for senior citizens and the Wells College community, and $7 for the general public. Tickets are available from the box office the week preceding the show, and at the door the night of the performance. Please call 315/364-3456 to reserve seats.
Stories Told is an enchanting collection of classic and modern folk tales adapted for the stage by renowned author and director Paul Sills, with help from Wells junior Lynne Sánchez-Fries, class of ’06. Under the direction of Siouxsie Grady, visiting assistant professor of theatre, the student actors bring these stories to life; each presents multiple roles ranging from farmers to dancing caterpillars. The actors perform without the use of props or costumes of any kind, instead relying solely on their bodies to create the reality of the stories. The show features highlights such as original music composed by Jessica Kreutter ’05 and original choreography by Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Jeff Rebudal. Joe DeForest, Wells’ technical director, combines a traditional raked stage with fairy tale symbols to create the magical world of the stories. Rachel Lloyd ’08 compiled slides of classical folk images to accompany the tales, and Rebecca Miles-Steiner ’07 and Rachel Crosbie ’07 make up the stage management team.
Stories Told is directed by visiting assistant theatre professor Siouxsie Grady of Ithaca. Grady works as audience services manager in Cornell’s Theatre, Film and Dance Department. She received her Master of Theatre Education in Drama from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a B.A. in Speech and Theatre from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. Siouxsie has taught theatre workshops and classes across the country and most recently at Ithaca’s Kitchen Theatre Company and the Hangar Theatre. Scenery and lights are designed and presented by technical director Joe DeForest.
Paul Sills is an established author, director, teacher and performer. He was the original director of The Second City (1959-65) and creator of Story Theatre (1971), both of which played on and off Broadway. He is co-founder of Compass, The Game Theater, Sills & Co., and the New Actors Workshop. Sills’ mother is the late Viola Spolin, acclaimed teacher and writer whose ground-breaking work in theatre improvisation was Sills’ life inspiration. Paul Sills currently directs the Wisconsin Theatre Game Center in Door County, Wisconsin. His show is produced at Wells by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
For more information about Stories Told, please contact theatre professor and director Siouxsie Grady at 315/364-3232.
Wells College Displays Syracuse Artist’s Work
“The Spaces of My Childhood” exhibit opens March 9
The Wells College Art Department is pleased to announce the opening of its latest exhibition. A selection of photographs by Syracuse artist Lori Brown will be on display in the String Room Gallery from March 9 - April 7, 2005. The exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited. An opening reception to be held on Wednesday, March 9 from 7:00-9:00 pm offers an opportunity to meet the artist; refreshments will be served.
Lori Brown’s most recent installation, “The Spaces of My Childhood,” examines issues of domestic space and their construction through gender. This project begins with an interest in the female space within the domestic sphere. In Brown’s experience, “The kitchen is the female space, the center of our household, my mother’s domain. She would spend most of her time there: cooking, talking on the phone, or spending time with my brother and me. This changed once my mother passed away. With time, I eventually realized the feminine spaces and associations of my childhood home had been reclaimed, distorted, even erased.”
Her exhibit at Wells College contrasts old photos from the family album with a new reality, one without the feminine influence.
“A series of recent photographs of my childhood home are exhibited against others selected from my family archive,” says Brown. “I am interested in revealing the passage of time and its effect on the spatial hierarchy of the house - specifically, the loss of the feminine. I believe that this loss, once captured, can be reclaimed.”
Lori Brown has been an assistant professor at the Syracuse University School of Architecture since 2001. She received a Masters of Architecture degree from Princeton University in 1994 and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991, where she spent her final year studying at the Ecole d'Architecture in Paris.
Brown’s professional experience includes design work on several projects for award- winning New York City firms. She is also the founder of ArtStart, a program teaching art to elementary and high school students through the nonprofit organization New York Cares.
During the past year, Brown was an architect/artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony (New Hampshire), Jentel Artist Program (Wyoming), and Caldera Artist Residency Program (Oregon). Her work has appeared in 306090 and Women and Environments international magazine; she has several exhibitions scheduled for 2005.
Wells art professor and String Room Gallery director William Roberts coordinates the installation of the show.
The String Room Gallery is located in Main Building. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information about the show and art classes at Wells, please contact William Roberts at 315/364-3237.
Wells College Presents Bioethics Lecture
Michigan State professor looks at ethics, surgery, children
The Wells College Philosophy Department will sponsor a bioethics lecture on Thursday, March 10. Michigan State University professor Hilde Lindemann will speak on “The Power of Parents: Surgically Shaping Children” at 4:40 pm in the Art Exhibit Room in Macmillan Hall. The lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.
Professor Hilde Lindemann will discuss the ethical ramifications of elective surgery on children. While authorizing surgery for children is always a significant exercise of parental power, when parents request surgery for the purpose of normalizing the appearance of children with physical deformities, they are at special risk of using their power irresponsibly.
“The social norms that inevitably form some part of a parental conception of what life is about are embedded in widely circulated and socially shared stories, which I have elsewhere called ‘master narratives’, ” says Lindemann. “These are stories that people use to make sense of their social worlds.”
In this lecture, Lindemann describes “…three narratives that might put parents at particular risk of misusing their power over their children as they contemplate body-normalizing surgery: the master narrative of the Self-Promoting Consumer, the master narrative of the Ugly Outcast, and the master narrative of the Scientific Fix.”
Hilde Lindemann is associate professor of philosophy at Michigan State University. She is the editor of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, and coeditor (with Sara Ruddick and Margaret Urban Walker) of Rowman and Littlefield’s Feminist Constructions series. Her books include Damaged Identities, Narrative Repair and, with James Lindemann Nelson, Alzheimer’s: Answers to Hard Questions for Families and The Patient in the Family. She has also edited two collections: Feminism and Families and Stories and Their Limits: Narrative Approaches to Bioethics. A Fellow of the Hastings Center, her ongoing research interests are in feminist bioethics, feminist ethics, the ethics of families, and the social construction of persons and their identities. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Georgia and her Ph.D. in philosophy from Fordham University in 2000.
For more information about Dr. Lindemann’s lecture, please contact Wells Professor of Philosophy Laura Purdy at 315/364-3244.
Wells College Offers Fourth Annual Activism Symposium
“The Activist’s Toolkit” is this year’s theme
Wells College continues its tradition of academic excellence and student leadership by presenting the 4th annual Activism in the Academy symposium on Friday, March 4. Under the direction of Assistant Professor of Sociology Laura McClusky, students have organized this campus-wide event entitled “The Activist’s Toolkit.” The symposium is free for the Wells community; a $10 fee for all others includes lunch. Interested parties are asked to pre-register on-line at aurora.wells.edu/~symposium; payment may be made upon arrival.
The day will begin with a keynote address at 9:00 am in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall. Human rights activist and writer Marjorie Agosin will speak on “Threads of Memory: Women and Resistance Movements in Latin America.” A professor of Spanish at Wellesley College, Ms. Agosin is recognized in North and South America as a versatile and provocative Latin American writer. She lived in Santiago, Chile until age sixteen, when she came to the United States to escape the military coup that overthrew the Socialist government of Salvador Allende.
Activities continue all day with more than 25 workshops, demonstrations, lectures, and break-out sessions; individuals may attend one or all. Following Agosin’s talk, participants may choose from workshops offered in two morning sessions (starting at 10:30 and 11:30) and three afternoon sessions (beginning at 1:45, 2:45, and 3:45). Issues addressed include nuclear power, transgender rights, responsible consumerism, pro-choice activism, art and activism, non-violence training, media activism, and more.
Ron Casanova, vice president of the National Union of the Homeless in New York City, will be the luncheon speaker. Beginning at 12:45 pm in the college’s dining hall, Mr. Casanova will speak on “Each One, Teach One: Learning About and Fighting For Homeless Peoples’ Rights.”
The activism symposium will wrap up at 4:30 pm with an endnote address by Ms. Agosin.
Started by the Collegiate Association (student government) in 2002, the purpose of the student-centered symposium is to promote civic engagement, encourage critical thinking, and find links between the academy and the world at large. One objective of the day is to empower Wells and local community members to use the college as a resource for advancing social justice and community development through interdisciplinary study. As a liberal arts institution, Wells College recognizes the value of service and activism as part of the learning process.
McClusky is excited about the symposium. “This year we have sessions that deal with an amazing array of issues: women and resistance movements in Latin America, animal rights, marginalization on campus, the School of the Americas, and so much more,” she says. “The students have done a remarkable job organizing this opportunity for the community to learn more about how each of us can work responsibly to change the world.”
“The Activist’s Toolkit” is intended to bring activists and academicians together in raising issues, raising consciousness, and finding answers. For more information about “The Activist’s Toolkit” symposium and for workshop descriptions, please contact Professor Laura McClusky at 315/364-3252, visit the symposium website aurora.wells.edu/~symposium.
Wells College Presents Piano Duet and Two Piano Recital
Concert features husband and wife duo from Moravia
The Music Department at Wells College is pleased to offer an evening of piano music. On Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 pm in Barler Recital Hall, music lecturer Nancy Gilbertson will be joined by her husband Kim in a performance of piano duets and two piano music. The concert is free and the public is cordially invited to attend. A reception with the pianists will follow the recital.
The evening's musical program will showcase music by composers Aaron Copland, Maurice Ravel, and Gabriel Faure, as well as a Latin American jazz duet by Brian Dykstra and the Paganini Variations for Two Pianos by Witold Lutoslawski.
Nancy Gilbertson also received her M. M. from Kent State University in 1981, and was an active performer as soloist and accompanist in the Northeast Ohio area. She has been a Lecturer in Music at Wells College, teaching piano and music theory, since 1987. In 2000, she recorded and produced a compact disc of exotic and eclectic piano music from Spain, Italy, Greece, Egypt and Israel titled Mediterranean Magic. Ms. Gilbertson has been teaching private piano lessons since 1973 and is now a frequent performer in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.
After receiving a Masters degree in Music from Kent State University in 1981, Kim Gilbertson taught piano at Mount Union College, taught piano privately and was a Dance Accompanist at the University of Akron in Ohio. Moving to New York was also moving to a new life. Mr. Gilbertson has taught Chemistry at Moravia High School since 1986. He continues with musical activities by performing with his wife, Nancy, and playing violin with the Cortland University Orchestra.
For more information about the performance, please contact Nancy Gilbertson at 315/364-3343.
“Learning From Renoir” Memorial Poetry Reading
Given in tribute to the late Bonnie St. Andrews
The Wells College Visiting Writer Series is pleased to welcome three writers and professors from SUNY-Upstate Medical University to the Aurora campus. The three will read selected poems from Learning from Renoir in tribute to the late poet Bonnie St. Andrews. The memorial reading will be held at 7:o0 pm on Tuesday, March 1 in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. The free reading will be followed by a reception with an opportunity to meet the speakers; refreshments will be served.
Dr. Bonnie St. Andrews, a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at Upstate Medical in Syracuse, was also an accomplished poet and writer. Dr. St. Andrews passed away on October 21, 2003. This memorial reading is given in her honor by three of her colleagues: Drs. Deirdre Neilen and Catherine V. Caldicott, both associate professors of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, and Dr. Kathy Faber-Langendoen, professor and chair of the same department.
The women will read poems from St. Andrews’ book, Learning from Renoir, which was published in spring 2004 by the Wells College Press. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the reading.
This reading and the Wells College Visiting Writer Series are made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. Poets and writers are invited to campus throughout the academic year to meet with students, present writing workshops, and read from their respective works.
For more information about “Learning From Renoir,” Bonnie St. Andrews, and the Visiting Writers Series at Wells College, please contact English professor Bruce Bennett at 315/364-3228.
“The Poets’ Grimm” Poetry Reading at Wells College
20th century poems feature rewrites of old favorites
The Wells College Visiting Writer Series is pleased to welcome poets and editors Jeanne Marie Beaumont and Claudia Carlson to the Aurora campus. The authors will read from their edited volume “The Poets’ Grimm” at 7:30 pm on Thursday, February 24 in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. The free reading will be followed by a reception with an opportunity to meet the speakers; refreshments will be served.
“The Poets’ Grimm” is a wide-ranging compilation of fairy tales and poems which features the work of more than 100 poets. All pieces in the anthology are based on the classic Brothers Grimm folk stories of almost 200 years ago. Margaret Atwood, Hayden Carruth, Galway Kinnell, and Anne Sexton are just some of the literary stars represented in this collection.
“Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White - they’re all here, dusted off and freshened through revision. ‘The Poets’ Grimm’ welcomes you back to childhood with a sly modernist twist,” says reviewer Billy Collins.
Readers for the evening will include the volume’s editors Jeanne Marie Beaumont and Claudia Carlson, and contributors Bruce Bennett, professor of English at Wells College; Barbara Crooker; Charles Martin; and Katharyn Howd Machan of Ithaca.
For more information about “The Poets’ Grimm” and the Visiting Writers Series at Wells College, please contact English professor Bruce Bennett at 315/364-3228.
Indiana Soul Revue Rolls onto the Wells College Campus
Dynamic R & B ensemble rocks Aurora
The Wells College Arts & Lecture Series Committee is pleased to announce that the Indiana University Soul Revue will perform on the Aurora campus. The all-student group will take the stage on Friday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sommer Center, Smith Hall. Prices are $3 for students and children, $6 for senior citizens and the Wells College community, and $10 for the general public. Tickets are available at the door the night of the performance; please call 315/364-3428 to reserve.
High energy, impeccable musicianship, and sizzling soul - the IU Soul Revue delivers the sounds of timeless R&B, soul, funk, and contemporary urban black popular music. Everyone is invited to this performance featuring original compositions along with arrangements recorded by Stevie Wonder; Earth, Wind and Fire; Patti Labelle; Kelly Price; D’Angelo; Mary J. Blige; Eric Benet and more.
The Revue hails from Indiana University, and is a full ensemble featuring male and female lines, horns, and rhythm section. Directed by Tyron Cooper, the Revue has maintained its reputation as one of the finest collegiate popular music ensembles in America since 1971.
The Soul Revue is managed by the African American Arts Institute of Indiana University (AAAI). Founded in 1974, the AAAI is one of the premier university performing arts programs in the nation. AAAI seeks to promote and preserve African American culture through performance, education, creative activity, research, and outreach.
The Wells College Arts & Lecture Series features professional guest artists and performers who are brought to campus to enrich the cultural and academic components of Wells as a learning community. The acts are selected annually by a committee comprised of Wells faculty, staff, administrators, and students.
For more information about I.U. Soul Revue and the Wells Arts & Lecture Series, please contact Meagen Mulherin, assistant dean for campus involvement, at 315/364-3428. Additional information about Soul Revue may also be found at www.indiana.edu/~aaai.
Early Music Concert Presented at the Aurora Inn
The Frogwork Consort will perform “Table Musik”
The Frogwork Consort will present Table Musik, an evening of early music on period instruments, on Sunday, February 27. The recital will take place at 4:00 pm in the Lakeside Room of the beautiful Aurora Inn, 391 Main Street, Aurora. The public is warmly invited to enjoy this special recital. Admission is $10.00 at the door.
In Elizabethan times, music was often played at home after a meal, providing the evening’s entertainment. The gentry would sing and play while sitting around the table; thus, this type of intimate and often intricate chamber music was called “table music.” The concert features The Frogwork Consort, a period instrument trio that performs on viols, a family of string instruments popular before the string quartet and which was the preeminent ensemble for chamber music in Elizabethan England.
The Frogwork Consort has played together for more than ten years. The name of the group, Frogwork, has two origins. It is derived from the small piece of wood called a frog that separates the bow hair from the neck of a stringed instrument. The name also describes the frog-like position of viola players who hold the instrument between their legs. In fact, another name for the viol is viola da gamba, which means “viol of the leg.”
The Frogwork Consort is comprised of three extraordinary area musicians. The organizer of this program, Dr. Susan Sandman of Aurora, is professor emerita of Wells College. She earned her B.A. in music from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in musicology from Stanford University. She has won several National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships and other grants for performances and recordings. Professor Sandman retired from Wells College after 26 years to devote her time to performance. In addition to Frogwork, she performs with the Aurora early music ensemble Elizabethan Conversation.
Lee Johnston of Nedrow is a print music specialist with Hickey's Music of Ithaca, and organist and choir director at the First English Lutheran Church in Syracuse. Frequent performances on organ and viola da gamba include Crouse Early Music Ensemble, Schola Cantorum of Syracuse, Hendricks Chapel of Syracuse University, and the Marcellus Chorale.
Alexander Rakov of Cortland received his music training in conducting, composition and performance from the Leningrad Conservatory of Music in Russia, and holds a performance diploma from Syracuse University. Formerly a professor of early music at St. Lawrence University and director of the early music program at Syracuse University, he now teaches privately and performs on lute and the viola da gamba with the New World Renaissance Band and Cantiga.
The fine acoustics of the Aurora Inn’s Lakeside Room has a special appeal for the trio, and the setting is historically appropriate for the type of music featured. Performed will be fantasies and dance suites by the English master composers Simpson, Gibbons, Locke and Hingeston. Various combinations of viols, including trebles, tenors and basses will be used; two were built by the Crocker Workshop in Aurora.
For more information about Table Musik and The Frogwork Consort, please contact Susan Sandman, professor emerita of music, at 315/364-8406 or the Aurora Inn at 315/364-8888.
New Lecture Series Spotlights Wells College Faculty
Seneca Falls Library program features four professors in 2005
Wells College and the Seneca Falls Library are collaborating to bring the public a new lecture series this year. The Wells Lecture Series began last fall, and will continue in 2005 with four professors speaking on a variety of topics. Talks will begin at 7:00 pm in the meeting room of the Seneca Falls Library, located at 47 Cayuga Street. The lectures are free of charge and open to all members of the community.
“The library is working hard to provide programs and information that will broaden the scope of our mission and provide a valuable resource to our neighbors,” says the library’s director of development Jacqueline Grey. “We hope that these new offerings will increase the library’s visibility in the community while enhancing the lives of our residents on a daily basis.”
The 2005 Series will be held on Thursday evenings and features the following:
“Cultures of Collecting” by visiting assistant professor of foreign languages, literatures,
and cultures Raul Delgado-Rodriguez.
“Toni Morrison, Author” by associate dean Carolyn Denard. Carolyn is the founder and board chair of the Toni Morrison Society. This talk will kick off the library’s “Everybody in Seneca Falls reads Beloved” campaign; Beloved is one of Morrison’s many award-winning books.
“Women’s Spaces and Women’s Lives in 19th Century America” by assistant professor
of art history Sara French.
Poetry reading by professor of English Bruce Bennett. Bruce is an award winning published poet and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Wells. He will read from his new work, including his newly published Bright Hills chapbook “Web-Watching.”
“Professors and those who teach have so much knowledge to share,” continues Jackie. “I wanted to begin a series where there would be a forum for sharing their specialties. In Seneca Falls we have an interested audience who will take advantage of these offerings. It seemed to me that there was a logical connection between Wells College on the west side of the lake and Seneca Falls on the east side that celebrates itself as the home of women’s rights. We are excited at the prospect of all the interesting topics we have scheduled for 2005.”
The mission of the Seneca Falls Library is to serve the community's educational, informational and leisure needs through the provision of literary materials, programs, meeting venues and multimedia services.
The Wells Lecture Series is supported in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, which is administered locally by Finger Lakes Arts Grant and Services, Inc.
For more information about the Wells Lecture Series and other programs at the Seneca Falls Library, please call Jackie Grey at 568-8265, visit the library on-line: www.senecafallslibrary.org or go to the Wells College website: www.wells.edu.
Fourth Annual Gospel Workshop and Concert at Wells College
The fourth annual Wells College Gospel Workshop and Concert Weekend will be held February 18 and 19, 2005. The workshop is a two-day event in which the Wells College community and the local Aurora community come together to learn about and engage in singing this uplifting genre of music. No auditions are required and the event is free and open to the general public. Everyone is warmly invited to lift up their voices during this inspirational weekend event.
The Gospel Workshop Weekend is coordinated by Wells’ Gospel choir Appointed and the Dean of Students Office. All rehearsals and the concert will be held in Barler Recital Hall. The weekend schedule is as follows:
Friday, February 18
Rehearsal 7:00-9:00 pm
Saturday, February 19
Rehearsal 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Concert 7:30 pm
Interested parties are encouraged to show up for rehearsals; no advance registration is necessary. Participants must attend both rehearsals. The culminating concert is free and open to all.
Gospel Weekend and Appointed are the brainchildren of Wells’ Dean of Students Karen Green, who will coordinate the weekend. L. Kirk Hatcher of Montgomery, Alabama will be choir director, and Ed Menifee of Atlanta, Georgia serves as music director.
For more information about Gospel Weekend and the concert, please contact Jenn Bell in the Dean of Students Office at 315/364-3311.
President of Wells College Joins CIC Board Of Directors
Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president of Wells College, has been elected to the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Board of Directors. President Ryerson will serve a three-year term from January 2005 to January 2008.
The election was held during a meeting of the Board of Directors at CIC’s 2005 Presidents Institute in Marco Island, Florida, on January 4, 2005.
Among the responsibilities of the CIC Directors are providing fiduciary oversight for the allocation of CIC’s assets and approving operating budgets; participating in the development and approval of long-range plans; and advising on the direction of the council’s programs and services.
“The Council is pleased to have Lisa Ryerson as a Board member,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “Her wealth of experience and expertise will help guide CIC through the planning and execution of many exciting new projects, and thereby benefit all of independent higher education. I am certain that Lisa will serve the Council admirably, and look forward to working with her.”
The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 540 independent liberal arts colleges and universities and higher education affiliates and organizations that work together to strengthen college and university leadership, sustain high-quality education, and enhance private higher education’s contributions to society. To fulfill this mission, CIC provides its members with skills, tools, and knowledge that address aspects of leadership, financial management and performance, academic quality, and institutional visibility. The Council is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.
In addition to her CIC service, Ryerson advocates for higher education through her work on several other boards, including the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of New York State (board chair), the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Public Leadership Education Network in Washington, D.C., and the Independent College Fund of New York. She also aids in regional economic development through her efforts with the Metropolitan Development Association of Syracuse and the Aurora Foundation.
A native of Jamestown, New York, Ryerson earned her bachelor’s degree in 1981 from Wells cum laude and her master of science degree from the State University of New York at Cortland. She resides in Aurora with her husband, George E. Farenthold, and their four daughters. She is the daughter of Murray and Carol Marsh of Jamestown, NY and Naples, FL.
Wells College Sponsors Foreign Film Series
“Berlin to Barcelona” is part of foreign languages, cultures seminar
The Wells College Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is offering a foreign film series this semester. Kicking off on February 10, “Berlin to Barcelona” features films from German and Spanish/Catalan cinema. Screenings will be held every Thursday evening through May 12 at 7:00 pm in Cleveland Hall Auditorium. The public is invited to attend one or all of these free screenings; many will be in German or Spanish with English subtitles.
Professor Raul Delgado-Rodriguez has selected the following films for February:
February 10 Berlin Babylon (2001; 88 minutes)
A documentary by Hubertus Siegert that presents a reflection on the history of Berlin through an examination of its architecture ranging from elaborate scale models to long panoramic shots of the great construction sites of recent years. The film follows the work of several leading architects as they seek to come to terms with the rebuilding of the great city.
February 17 Der letzte Mann/The Last Laugh (1924; 90 minutes)
Emil Jannings plays the lead role in this story of the downfall of an aging hotel doorman in a luxury hotel. The collaboration of director Friedrich Murnau (Nosferatu, Faust) and screenwriter Carl Mayer (Das Cabinet des Doktor Caligari) results in one of the first films to deal with the issues of social hierarchy and national identity.
February 24 M (1931; 110 minutes)
Fritz Lang's retelling of the story of serial killer Peter Kuerten (“the vampire of Dusseldorf”) sets the crimes and final manhunt in the German metropolis. The film explores the sinister within the ordinary, everyday life of the city and draws meaningful parallels.
The remainder of the series’ films are listed below; please call for descriptions:
March 3 Der Himmel ueber Berlin/Wings of Desire (1988; 128 minutes)
March 10 Die Architekten (1990; 102 minutes)
March 17 Lola rennt/Run Lola Run (1998; 93 minutes)
March 31 Lola und Billy the Kid (1998; 93 minutes)
April 7 Berlin is in Germany (1999; 91 minutes)
April 14 Goodbye, Lenin (2003; 121 minutes)
April 21 Barcelona (1994; 102 minutes)
April 28 En Construccion (2001; 125 minutes)
May 5 La Casita Blanca (2002; 80 minutes)
May 12 Pau i el seu germa (2002; 110 minutes)
For more information about the “Berlin to Barcelona” film series and for film descriptions, please contact Professor Raul Delgado-Rodriguez at 315/364-3304
“Roses Red, Lillies Whyte”
Chamber music performed by Elizabethan Conversation
The melodious notes of Elizabethan music will once again fill the crisp air in Aurora. On Sunday, January 30, at 4:00 pm, Elizabethan Conversation will present Roses Red, Lillies Whyte, a concert at the beautiful Aurora Inn. Admission is $10.00; tickets are available at the door. All are warmly invited to enjoy the splendid live acoustics and intimate setting of the Inn’s Lakeside Room, located at 391 Main Street. Aurora is on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake, halfway between Ithaca and Auburn on local Route 90.
Elizabethan Conversation is Susan Sandman and Derwood Crocker of Aurora. They will be joined this day by tenor Gary Aubin, also of Aurora. Started in 1982 as a renaissance lute duet by Sandman and Crocker, Elizabethan Conversation has gained a national reputation through recording and performance. It now performs diverse programs, frequently with guest artists. Last fall, Elizabethan Conversation was invited by Cornell University’s Johnson Art Museum to create and present a “concert of old music” played in 1908 at Byrdcliffe, an artists colony in Woodstock, New York. The performance focused on the work of early 20th century Elizabethan music pioneers Arnold and Natalie Dolmetsch.
An expansion of the Cornell recital, the Roses Red, Lillies Whyte program includes such well-known art songs for tenor, lute, and bass viola da gamba as “Gather Your Rosebuds” and “Have You Seen but a Whyte Lillie Grow.” The concert features Elizabethan popular music for treble viola da gamba and lute, variations by Christopher Simpson for bass viola da gamba, and solo recorder variations by Jacob van Eyck. Featured composers are John Dowland, Thomas Campian, William Byrd, and Diego Ortiz.
Early music performer and musicologist Susan Sandman earned her B.A. in music from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in musicology from Stanford University. Her publications include a column on the performance practice of early music for Continuo, and articles in professional journals. She has won several NEH Fellowships and other grants for performance and recordings. Now a professor emerita at Wells College, Dr. Sandman devotes her time to music performance. She also serves as the researcher and organizer for all programs offered by Elizabethan Conversation.
Derwood Crocker’s interest in design, sculpture, and music led him to making musical instruments. He has been a full-time craftsman and musician for almost 40 years. The Crocker workshop has produced hundreds of instruments, some now found in private and public collections. The three viols used in Roses Red, Lillies Whyte were produced in his workshop. Crocker also practices art restoration.
Tenor Gary Aubin has trained under Renata Carisio in New York City. Aubin holds an M.S. in Voice from The College of St. Rose, and has performed in numerous engagements in the U.S. and Canada. Gary is currently a general manager for Sodexho Campus Food Services at Wells College.
As Elizabethan Conversation, Crocker and Sandman have performed together at many venues around New York State, including Hamilton, Elmira, Heidelberg, and Wells Colleges; SUNY at Binghamton, New Paltz, Potsdam, and Buffalo; Cornell, Colgate, and St. Lawrence Universities; Tompkins County and Liverpool public libraries; the Everson Museum in Syracuse, the Johnson Art Museum at Cornell, and the Plattsburgh Autumn Festival.
Another ensemble of Sandman’s, The Frogwork Consort, will perform Table Musik, chamber music trios for violas da gamba, at the Aurora Inn on Sunday, February 27 at 4:00 pm.
For more information about these chamber music concerts, please contact Susan Sandman at 315/364-8406. Additional information about the Aurora Inn, including directions to the concert, may be found at www.aurora-inn.com or by calling the Inn directly at 315/364-8888.
Annual Student Art Show Opens at Wells College
An eclectic mix of art will be on display in Wells College’s String Room Gallery from February 2 - March 3, 2005. Artwork produced by students enrolled in studio art classes during the Fall 2004 semester will be shown. The exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited to view the show. An opening reception with refreshments on Wednesday, February 2 from 7:00-9:00 pm offers an opportunity to meet the student artists and view and discuss their work.
Nearly 50 students are exhibiting this year. Such mediums represented include advertising art, painting, ceramics, photography, design, drawing, and more. Students from the “Basic Concepts of Advertising Art” class will be showing a variety of graphic design projects, including shopping bag and business card designs. This class participated in a national competition for The One Club Foundation in New York City, which sponsors an annual college contest for advertising students. This year, students were required to create ads which promote the sugar industry, an enterprise that has sustained significant losses due to the national fitness trend as well as the new low-carb craze. These ads will be exhibited in the show. Members of the painting class are presenting large-format portraits, landscapes, and natural object studies.
Art professor William Roberts oversees the students’ work in the studios and coordinates the installation of the show. Visiting instructor Tricia Bishop guided and instructed the ceramics students during the fall semester. Tricia is a recent graduate of the MFA program in ceramics at Syracuse University. Kristin Merola, who received her MFA in digital photography from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, was the instructor for the photography students.
The String Room Gallery is located in Main Building. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information about the show and art classes at Wells, please contact William Roberts at 315/364-3237.