Wells College News Archives 2008

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Wells College Announces New Management of Dorie’s 

Coffeehouse to be run by Aurora Inn, Inc.; new menu to feature fresh baked goods, paninis, and late night munchies

Dorie's - Aurora NYIn order to create a more student-centered dining and gathering spot in the village of Aurora, Wells College’s popular sandwich shop, Dorie’s, will now be managed by Aurora Inn, Inc.  Dorie’s closed its doors today with an anticipated reopening in February 2009.  During this time, the Aurora Inn staff will transform Dorie’s into a coffeehouse and bakery - a warm and comfortable place open late into the evenings where students, faculty, staff and the community can gather to study, meet, and relax. 

“As Wells continues to seek ways to provide excellent food service to our students and the greater community, we looked at different options and are pleased that Aurora Inn, Inc. will manage Dorie’s,” said Ann Rollo, vice president for communications and college relations. “Sodexo has managed and staffed Dorie’s for the past two years, and we are grateful for their help during that time.”

The new Dorie’s will feature made-to-order salads, homemade soups, panini sandwiches on fresh focaccia bread, and pastries, cookies, cakes and pies by Aurora Inn pastry chef Trina Myers.  In addition to the new menu, improvements will be made to décor, lighting and furniture to create a relaxed, cozy atmosphere and will extend the hours of operation into the evening to better serve Wells students. Dorie’s will be staffed primarily by Wells student workers. 

Pleasant T. Rowland, Wells Class of 1962, purchased Dorie’s – the former Mack’s Drugstore – in June 2001. After a million dollar renovation, she continued oversight of the 35-seat café until the summer of 2006, when, in a magnanimous gesture, she gifted Dorie’s to Wells College.

For more information about Dorie’s and Aurora Inn, Inc., please contact General Manager Sue Edinger at 315/364-8814. 

December, 2008


Wells College and Aurora Inn Offer Winter Institute 

ElderHostel-type learning adventure combines education with vacation on the lake

Due to less than optimal reservations, Winter Institute has been cancelled for this year. Please check back this summer for more information and to make your reservations for Winter Institute 2010!

Winter Institute 2008This January, Wells College and the Aurora Inn will present the first Winter Institute. The series of three week-long learning adventures will combine thought-provoking classroom discussion and exciting regional excursions led by Wells faculty, with delicious meals and luxurious accommodations provided by the Aurora Inn. Some spaces are still available, and a Winter Institute get-away would make a wonderful holiday gift for the artist, intellect, or adventurer in your family. Interested parties should call 315/364-8815 now to learn more and make reservations.deled after the educational travel adventures offered by ElderHostel, Winter Institute features three unique weeks of relaxed study in a peaceful lakeside setting: 

Week One:
January 5 – 9 
Experience New York’s Cultural Legacy
Art and architecture of the region with Professor William Ganis 

Week Two:
January 12 – 16 
The Most Precious Gift: The Natural History of Lakes and Lake Districts
“Go green” with the environmental program presented by Professor Thomas Vawter 

Week Three:
January 19 – 22 
Religion & Power: An Examination of Religion’s Influence on Space, Community and Politics
Explore this timely topic with Professor Sarah Malena 

Details on each program are available online at www.aurora-inn.com/winterinstitute. Each program lasts four days, kicking off with a champagne welcome reception at the chic E.B. Morgan House – where guests will be introduced to program faculty – followed by a fireside dinner at the Aurora Inn.  The following days will be filled with thought-provoking classroom instruction, interactive discussions, and field trips to cultural, historical and natural sites in the region. Guests will be treated to award-winning cuisine and luxury accommodations, all provided by the Aurora Inn and E.B. Morgan House.

It is recommended that guests make reservations as soon as possible as space is limited for this inaugural event; rooms will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Tuition is $1,000 for single occupancy and $1,700 for double occupancy, including all taxes and gratuities. Tuition includes registration, lectures and course materials, transportation and admission for all cultural excursions, four nights at the Aurora Inn or E.B. Morgan House, and all meals (provided by the Aurora Inn with the exception one lunch and one dinner). Please call 315/364-8815 for reservations, and visit www.aurora-inn.com/winterinstitute for event details, schedules and information.

The College owns the historic Aurora Inn and E.B. Morgan House, set on the shores of Cayuga Lake and recently restored with understated elegance to appeal to today’s most discerning guests. The 4-diamond properties offer 17 luxury guestrooms and waterfront dining. 

For more information about Winter Institute, please contact Aurora Inn Sales and Marketing Director Lauren Tillapaugh at 315/364-8815 or by email at ltillapaugh@aurora-inn.com, and go online to www.aurora-inn.com

December, 2008


49th Annual Holiday Choir Concert at Wells College 

Festive tradition replete with evergreens and candlelight

Wells College ChoirAll are welcome to enjoy a long-standing holiday tradition at Wells College. On Sunday, December 7, the Wells Choral Ensembles will present their annual holiday concert at 7:30 pm in the Barler Recital Hall. Admission to the concert is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend. Members of the audience are invited to contribute an item of canned or packaged food which will be donated to a local food pantry.

Pine trees and candlelight will create a festive atmosphere for this seasonal program which will feature holiday music as well as selections of a more general, wide ranging nature by each of the three College singing groups.  The women's and men's ensembles will each present music from their particular repertoires and then combine as the mixed voice concert choir. Traditional carols and folksongs will be performed as well as works by composers Johann Sebastian Bach, Eugene Butler, John Carter, Maurice Greene, Franz Joseph Haydn, Alessandro Scarlatti, and Crawford R. Thoburn. 

The Wells choral ensembles are directed by Professor of Music Crawford R. Thoburn, and will be accompanied in this concert by pianist Russell Posegate of Ithaca, lecturer in music at Wells. The concert choir has concertized extensively throughout the Northeast, and has been featured on national network radio and public television. 

For more information about the concert and music offerings at Wells College, please contact Professor Thoburn at 315/364-3347.

November, 2008


Wassa Afrika Dance Ensemble Performs at Wells 

Touring West African group performs traditional, contemporary African drumming and dancing

Isaac Kwasi AnimWells College is pleased to bring Isaac Kwasi Anim and the Wassa Afrika Dance Ensemble to campus on Friday, November 21. The performance will take place in Macmillan Hall’s Phipps Auditorium at 7:30 pm. Prices are $10 for the general public, $5 for students, senior citizens and the Wells College community; free for Wells students with ID. Tickets may be purchased at the door the night of the performance.

Begun in Ghana and now based in Rochester, NY, the Wassa Afrika Dance Ensemble tours internationally and has grown to include, at times, up to 35 dancers who present traditional indigenous Ghanian music and dances. They have participated in Ghana’s National Festival of Arts, and the opening and closing ceremonies of the Confederation of African Football’s Cup of Nations soccer tournament co-hosted by Nigeria and Ghana.

Nana “Isaac” Kwasi Anim is a highly trained traditional African dancer, drummer, instructor, performer, choreographer and professional bamboo flute player.  He was born in Accra, Ghana, West Africa to a royal family where drumming and dancing is common; he began dancing and drumming at the age of six.  For many years he trained and traveled with several dance troupes until forming his own company, Wassa Afrika Dance Ensemble, in 1998.  He has traveled throughout West African countries, studying the dance and the culture common in those areas.

In addition to performing, Anim has taught traditional dance at Ghanian educational institutions and community centers, and is a member of the Ghana Cultural Ballet and the Dance Factory based at the National Theatre of Ghana.

For more information about Wassa Afrika Dance Ensemble’s performance at Wells, please contact Rebecca Cooper at 315/364-3330.

November, 2008


Art Exhibit Opens At Wells College 

Ceramic artist, photographer join forces for dual exhibition

Richard Zakin - Angular TorusThe Wells College Art Department is pleased to announce the final exhibition of the fall 2008 semester. SUNY-Oswego artists Julieve Jubin and Richard Zakin join together to present “Repetitive Structures.”  The show opens in the String Room Gallery on Wednesday, November 12 and runs through December 19; the public is cordially invited to view the free display. The opening reception from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on November 12 offers an opportunity to meet the artists; light refreshments will be served.

“Repetitive Structures” features the ceramics of artist Richard Zakin and the pictures of photographer Julieve Jubin. Former colleagues at the State University of New York at Oswego, this is the first time the pair has exhibited together.

“I first met Richard Zakin in 1975 at the New York State Craftsmen exhibition in Ithaca, NY,” said Wells Professor of Art Theodore Lossowski. “Richard’s critique of my work had a profound effect on me—he is an excellent ceramic artist, author and teacher. He is considered to be the American guru of oxidation firing techniques, and is a master of color and design. One of the most respected ceramic artists in America, we are very fortunate to have him show at Wells.”

Richard Zakin earned a B.F.A. in painting from Syracuse University and an M.F.A. from Alfred University in ceramics. His key interests lie in exploring the nature of the ceramic medium with concentrations on glaze application strategies, translucent clay bodies, terra sigillatas (highly refined clay slips), colored clay, clay bodies, and ceramic drawing and painting strategies. 

In addition to ceramics, Zakin has written a number of articles and four books on ceramic subjects. He recently retired from teaching ceramics at Oswego. In his retirement, he has revived a strong interest in drawing both on ceramic surfaces and on paper, and has begun explorations in digital image making. 

Julieve Jubin - Bed-GrayJulieve Jubin, associate professor of art at SUNY-Oswego, received her M.F.A. from Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. She is a photo-based artist working with digital and experimental approaches to the photographic image. She has been an artist-in-residence at The Banff Centre in the Canadian Rockies, the Kimmel Harding Nelson in Nebraska, the Vermont Studio Center, and most recently at camac centre d'art in Marnay sur Seine, France. Her work is in the collection of the New York University Law School, the Peddler Foundation, and several private collections. She has worked and taught at The Cooper Union School of Art, the International Center of Photography, and Purdue University.

“I have been using experimental photographic approaches to explore challenging subject matter,” says Jubin in her artist statement. “Currently, I’m exploring the theme of violence, pain, and illness in society and how these conditions manifest in forms of institutional practices such as war and modern medicine.”

Jubin photographs such common objects and materials as hangers, beds, chairs, clothing, coal, glass, and ammunition and makes them into large format photographic prints.

“Ms. Jubin’s photography is captivating—the forms are recognizable and familiar, set in an ethereal space,” said Lossowski. “Her work utilizes the craft skills of painting and drawing while bridging the worlds of realism and abstraction. This juxtaposition begins to reduce the dissimilarity between these disciplines and helps to create a universal ideal. We are very pleased that Professor Zakin introduced Ms. Jubin to us and that she has agreed to show her work at Wells.”

The String Room Gallery is located in Main Building. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information about the show at Wells, please contact Professor Lossowski at 315/364-3344 or String Room Director William Ganis at 315/364-3465, and visit www.wells.edu/stringroomgallery/

November, 2008


Wells College Hosts Poetry/Non-Fiction Reading 

DeWitt Henry, founder, editor of Ploughshares, reads, speaks on campus

DeWitt Henry - Safe Suicide coverThe Wells College Visiting Writer Series is pleased to announce that DeWitt Henry, founder and editor of the well-known poetry journal Ploughshares, will be on campus for a reading next week. On Monday, November 10 at 7:30 pm in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall, Dr. Henry will read from his latest book, Safe Suicide. The free event will be followed by a reception with an opportunity to meet the writer; light refreshments will be served. 

DeWitt Henry is the founding editor of Ploughshares poetry journal. He served as the journal’s executive director for its first twenty years; he has recently returned as interim director and editor in chief. 

Dr. Henry is also a prolific writer, authoring Safe Suicide, a memoir-in-linked essays, and The Marriage of Anna Maye Potts, winner of the inaugural Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel in 2000. He has edited the anthologies Breaking into Print; Sorrow’s Company: Writers on Loss and Grief; Fathering Daughters: Reflections by Men (with James Alan McPherson); Other Sides of Silence: New Fiction from Ploughshares; and The Ploughshares Reader: New Fiction from the 80’s (winner of the Editors’ Book Award). 

Dr. Henry received his A.B. from Amherst College, his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. He is a professor of writing, literature, and publishing at Emerson College in Boston. His childhood autobiography, Sweet Dreams: A Family History will be published in 2010 by Red Hen Press. 

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 this and other readings at Wells, please contact Professor Bruce Bennett at 315.364.3228. Additional information about the author may be found at: http://members.authorsguild.net/dewitthenry/

November, 2008


Fall Dance Concert Presented at Wells College 

“Balancing Acts” is collaborative student thesis choreographic work

Balancing Acts - Wells College Student Dance ConcertThe Wells College Performing Arts program is pleased to present “Balancing Acts,” a concert of original choreography by faculty and students. The annual performance will take place on Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1 at 7:30 pm in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall, on the Wells College campus. Prices are $3.00 for students and children; $5.00 for seniors and the Wells community; and $7.00 for the general public. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the box office at 315-364-3456.

“Balancing Acts,” an exploration of texture, asymmetry, flow, falling and rebounding, features senior student thesis choreography by performing arts majors Iivy Murphy ’09 of Brooklyn, NY and Tiffany Orellana ’09 of West Islip, NY, as well as new and repertory work by faculty members Jeanne Goddard and Elizabeth Wilmot Bishop. Responding to themes suggested by Ms. Murphy and Ms. Orellana, all of the dances on the program explore in some way the maintaining, losing, and regaining of balance, from the delicate poise of the dancer en pointe, to the physical risk of dancing on ramps and pedestals, to the asymmetry of choreographic and scenic design.

Murphy’s and Orellana’s quartet, “Requiem,” has been developed collaboratively with elements of balance and loss of balance, extreme level changes, risk-taking and kinesthetic challenge. Its dark, agitated tonality is heightened by Clint Mansell’s haunting “Lux Aeterna,” scored for strings. Dancers Brittany Bouchard ’11, Sara Chiochetti ’11, Eden Kostick ’10, and Jennifer Miller ’12 perform both on the stage floor and on a two-layer ramp that cuts across the space.

Wells’ guest artist in dance Elizabeth Wilmot Bishop has restaged “Caged Fear,” her 1993 emotionally charged reflection on abuse, identity, and transcendence, set to the music of Mannheim Steamroller and performed by Chiochetti, Megan Claxton ’12, Mary Gooding ’10, Catherine Marshall ’11, and Miller. In complete contrast, Ms. Wilmot Bishop will premier “Moonlight Waltz,” a classical double pas de deux set to Johann Strauss’ beloved waltz, “Wine, Women, and Song.” Gooding and Kostick will perform en pointe, partnered by Mac Hopkins ’10 and Dmitry Liapitch ’10. 

Professor of Dance Jeanne Goddard’s newest work, “Assignations,” is a large group piece composed of haiku-length sections, sometimes overlapping, and employing a variety of scenic elements to explore the juxtaposition of motion and stillness, delicacy and strength, distance and proximity. Steven Stull of Ithaca has designed an ambient sound score for the piece, which will be augmented by live sound effects provided by Allison Salvatore ’11. Dancers Eliza Bassett-Wilson ’10, Arianna Bickford ’12, Bouchard, Chiochetti, Claxton, Marshall, Miller, and Anastasia Zygarowicz ’11 will begin their performance in the outer and inner lobbies of Phipps Auditorium, and make their way through the auditorium, before reappearing on a stage subdivided by screens and pedestals into a series of shifting environments.

Costume and scenic designs for “Balancing Acts” are by Lecturer in Performing Arts Roberta Kolpakas, with lighting design by Technical Director Joe DeForest.

For more information about “Balancing Acts,” please contact Professor Goddard at 315/364-3213. 

October, 2008


ACLU Director to Speak at Wells College 

Civil liberties expert Barrie Gewanter speaks on student rights

Barrie GewanterBarrie Gewanter, director of the Central New York chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), will speak at Wells College on Thursday, October 30. Her talk, “Students’ Rights: They Don’t Disappear at the Schoolhouse Door,” will take place at 12:20 pm in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. The public is invited to hear the free presentation.

As director of the CNY chapter of the ACLU, Ms. Barrie Gewanter is the local spokeswoman and contact point for the ACLU throughout the region.  She has been actively involved with the ACLU since 1996, serving on staff and as a regional board member. 

Ms. Gewanter describes herself as “a professional who works for equality, civil liberties, and social justice.” She holds a B.F.A. in theatrical stage management from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. and a master’s in sociology from Washington University in St. Louis. She spent several years teaching college level courses in sociology and women’s studies. 

As the executive director of the Central New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health from 1999-2002, Ms. Gewanter wrote and managed state and federal grants, worked closely with labor unions, organized and presented at conferences, managed outreach and fundraising events, and provided information and training on workplace safety topics, OSHA regulations, and the workers compensation system. 

Ms. Gewanter has worked as an advocate for women’s rights, gay and lesbian rights, voting rights, workplace health and safety, solidarity with workers and unions, economic justice, civil rights and civil liberties.  She is the recipient of the 2004 Peace Action of Central New York’s Peacemaker Award, and received a Community Service Award from the Syracuse/Onondaga County Branch of NAACP in May 2008.

For more information about Barrie Gewanter’s lecture at Wells, please call Visiting Professor of Sociology Christine Iacobucci at 315.364.3240.

October, 2008


Wells College Hosts Jennifer Brice for Reading 

Author of “Unlearning to Fly” comes to Aurora; special dinner at Aurora Inn precedes reading

Jennifer BriceWells College is pleased to announce that Alaskan author Jennifer Brice will be on campus this Monday, October 20 to host a discussion and give a reading of her book Unlearning to Fly. The free event will take place at 7:30 pm in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. A reception will follow with an opportunity to meet the writer; light refreshments will be served.

Jennifer Brice returns to the Wells campus to discuss the often harrowing tales of her life in Alaska, such as growing up during the oil boom, and learning how to be a pilot and navigate the Alaskan skies. Her latest book is Unlearning to Fly, essays recounting “deadly, near-deadly and occasionally comic encounters” in Alaska. Her previous publications include The Last Settlers and essays in such journals as the Gettysburg Review, Manoa, and River Teeth. 

She received her M.F.A. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and now teaches English and creative writing at Colgate University. 

In addition to her reading at Wells College, Ms. Brice will be the featured guest at the Aurora Inn’s new “Intimate Conversations” dinner the same evening, beginning at 5:30 pm. The special event features a four-course dinner themed around Alaskan delicacies and an up close and personal conversation with the author.  This unique event is open to all, and is an opportunity for the audience to get to know Ms. Brice personally. 

Set up as an intimate “fireside chat”-style conversation, Ms. Brice and Wells College Professor of English Bruce Bennett, who will serve as moderator, invite the audience to shape the discussion with their comments and questions.  The interactive event includes a gourmet meal featuring fresh Alaskan seafood.  There will be a book signing following the event. 

It is recommended that guests make reservations as soon as possible as space is limited.  Tickets are $35.00 per person plus tax and gratuity.  Please call the Aurora Inn directly at 315.364.8888 and go to www.aurora-inn.com. 

For more information about Ms. Brice’s free Monday reading on campus, please contact Professor Bennett at 315.364.3228. 
October, 2008


Wells College Pledges to Work Towards Climate Neutrality 

President Lisa Marsh Ryerson signs American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment

President Lisa Marsh Ryerson signs Climate CommitmentWells College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson today signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment during a ceremony attended by College trustees, students, faculty, and staff. 

In signing the Presidents Climate Commitment, Wells becomes a leader in the effort to reduce global warming emissions. The College also joins an expanding national movement in which institutions of higher learning pledge to set a positive example in the fields of environmental ethics and sustainability.

“Today, our nation and our world face overwhelming evidence that the climate of the planet is changing, and scientific consensus says that human beings are largely responsible for that change,” said President Ryerson in her remarks. “Experts have pointed to the devastating social, political, economic, and ecological consequences of unchecked climate change. In signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment today, I acknowledge, on behalf of Wells College, that something needs to be done—and that this something can, and must, begin with us.”

To date, nearly 600 institutions of higher education across the country have signed the agreement. After pledging to the Climate Commitment, colleges and universities develop an action plan to become carbon neutral over the course of two to three years. President Ryerson will guide Wells College in the formulation and implementation of such a plan. 

“In signing the Climate Commitment, I am pledging to lead Wells in the development of a comprehensive plan for campus climate neutrality—meaning that the College will have no net greenhouse emissions,” said President Ryerson. “We will complete that plan within two years, and we will initiate actions during those two years of planning in order to reduce greenhouse emissions in the short term. Finally, we will make our plan, and our progress, available to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, who will make both available to the public.”

Wells College is already on the road to climate neutrality. As part of ongoing environmental efforts, the College has reduced the use of paper through strategic printing and electronic filing of documents, instituted a single strain recycling system, uses biodegradable and recyclable food containers in campus dining outlets, and purchases a portion of its electricity from renewable sources. The College has also submitted two national grant proposals for support in implementing additional sustainability initiatives.

For more information about Wells’ commitment to climate neutrality, please contact Director of Publications and Media Relations Kelly Tehan by calling 315.364.3260. Additional information about the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment may be found online at www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/html/about.php

October, 2008


Art Exhibit Opens at Wells College 

Mark Iwinski’s work addresses losses in our natural and cultural history

Mark IwinskiThe Wells College Art Department is pleased to announce the second exhibition of the 2008-09 academic year. “Terrains of Absence” by artist Mark Iwinski will be on display in the String Room Gallery from October 8 through November 5. The exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited to view the show. An opening reception to be held on Wednesday, October 8 from 6:00-8:00 pm offers an opportunity to meet the artist; light refreshments will be served.

Mark Iwinski is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who works with urban architectural history and environmental concerns. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Growing up in the 1960s in Milwaukee, he became aware of a dramatic shift in city planning and the plague of urban renewal. He observed firsthand over the decades the lost and changing fabric of the city and began to think about urban architectural loss and renewal and its implications for the cultural heritage and health of our cities. This fascination with the architectural history of place resurfaces in “Terrains of Absence.”

“Iwinski's prints offer a seductive beauty that stops us long enough to pose the question – ‘what do we lose under the rhetoric of progress’?,” said Assistant Professor of Art History and String Room Gallery Director William Ganis. “His sensual colors and papers are ultimately betrayed by the effects of the chainsaw and wrecking ball. This tension creates a powerful statement about the ambiguities many of us feel when replacing the old with the new.”

“Terrains of Absence” features two kinds of works: huge prints made from large tree stumps on paper; and photographs that layer images of the same place, past and present. Each series respectively deals with natural and cultural history; both suggest absences in the landscape.

Iwinski’s prints and sculptures have been exhibited nationally. His artist’s book Crosscuts has been part of the recent internationally traveling exhibition Aracdia id est Artists’ Books, Nature and Landscape in 2007. 

He has taught art at Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Colby College, and the College of William and Mary. Iwinski has been awarded grants from the Vermont Council for the Arts and the Cornell Council for the Arts; he is the recipient of a 2006 Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts grant for his printmaking and site specific environmental work with old growth forests. This year, he was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Photography for his photo-performative series, This was now, which is planned for a major exhibition in Ithaca in 2010; and some of which will be included the Wells College exhibition. He currently lives and works in Durham, North Carolina.

The String Room Gallery is located in Main Building. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information about the show at Wells, please contact Professor Ganis at 315/364-3465 and visit www.wells.edu/stringroomgallery..

September, 2008


Wells Drama Department Presents Outdoor Theatre Festival 

“A Fall Through Time” features historical forms of theatre

A Fall Through TimeThe Wells College Theatre Department presents A Fall Through Time, an outdoor drama production. The performance will take place on Friday, October 3 at 5:00 pm in the amphitheatre adjacent to Macmillan Hall, weather permitting, or in Phipps Auditorium in the case of rain. The show is free and the public is warmly invited to attend. 

The brainstorm of Lecturer in Performing Arts Roberta Kolpakas and Assistant Professor of Theatre Siouxsie Grady, A Fall Through Time is an outdoor festival presenting scenes from plays written throughout the history of theatre, including Medea by Euripides from ancient Greece; the improvisational form of Commedia D’ell Arte from the early Italian renaissance; dance in the style of Isadora Duncan; and Dadaist performance art. 

The production, under minimal direction from the theatre department faculty, will feature several different scenes and performances taking place simultaneously in different venues.  Afterwards, the student actors will come out in full costume along with the student technical and design staff to mingle with attendees, share refreshments, answer questions, and let the audience get a closer look at their costumes. There is no formal seating in the amphitheatre; the audience will be invited to wander from stage to stage while enjoying cider and doughnuts.

The concept of A Fall Through Time meets two goals — to provide students of history, art history, and theatre history with a visual reference for what has been or is being taught at Wells; and to offer the audience a showcase of abridged theatrical productions that changed the world.

“We are trying to make all the costumes as period as we can, which means French pannier dresses, Greek chitons, and Commedia masks,” said Kolpakas. “It is rare that we get the chance to see historical theatre done in its original form, and I think it is worth reflecting on.  Theatre has always filled a need in one form or another, often acting as a social commentary or conscience. Sometimes we need to look back to be able to see forward.” 

A Fall Through Time scenes were chosen and researched by students under the supervision and direction of Assistant Professor Grady. The scenic and costume designs were researched by Roberta Kolpakas and constructed by students in the Production Practical class.  Ms. Kolpakas is a relatively new addition to the Wells faculty, returning for a second year as lecturer.   In addition to Wells College, she works as an artist and designer for such theatre companies as Tri-Cities Opera, Binghamton University, and Salt Lake Acting Company. 

For more information about A Fall Through Time and other theatrical productions at Wells, please contact Ms. Kolpakas at 315/364-3232

September, 2008


A New Fire Engine for Aurora and Wells 

Wells partners with Village of Aurora to purchase quint fire truck

Recognizing the importance of the “town-gown” relationship between Wells College and the village of Aurora, the College and the Aurora-Ledyard Fire District have collaborated to purchase a new fire truck. 

“I am delighted that Wells and the Aurora-Ledyard Fire District have joined together to take this important step in fire prevention and safety,” said Wells College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson. “So many in our community will benefit from this investment.”

The new multi-purpose vehicle, known as a “quint” because it meets five essential firefighting needs (pump, water tank, hoses, ground ladder, aerial ladder), was delivered to the Aurora fire house late last spring. Local fire departments have been strained in recent years due to a decrease in volunteers, budget cuts, and rising equipment costs. The new quint helps ensure increased safety for fire personnel and accessibility to blazes in taller buildings throughout southern Cayuga County. Wells was a key contributor towards the purchase of the quint.

“The new quint gives us more capabilities than we have ever had,” said Aurora Fire Chief Mark Bailey. “It is also safer for our firefighters as well as the people we serve.” Bailey and his crew are working with Wells to increase fire safety awareness and recruit student volunteers. 

September, 2008


Concert at Wells Features Early Spanish Music 

The renowned Baltimore Consort joined by counter tenor José Lemos

The Baltimore ConsortThe Wells College Arts & Lecture Series Committee is pleased to present the award-winning Baltimore Consort on Friday evening, September 26. The concert, entitled “¡Cancionero! A Songbook for the King of Spain,” features counter tenor José Lemos. The performance will take place in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall, at 7:30 p.m. Prices are $6 for students, senior citizens and the Wells College community, and $10 for the general public; free for Wells students with ID. Tickets are available at the door the night of the concert or from the box office the preceding week; call 315/364-3456 to reserve seats. 

A virtuoso ensemble, the Baltimore Consort specializes in the courtly and popular music of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, as well as traditional music rooted to earlier times. Their variety of instruments – lute, viol, flute, cittern, early guitar, recorder, and more – and their lively performances have delighted audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and earned them recognition as Billboard magazine’s 1993 “top classical crossover artist.” 

The Baltimore Consort was formed in 1980, and has toured widely in the U.S. and abroad, appearing in concert halls, schools and festivals, as well as on syndicated radio broadcasts on the BBC, CBC, Performance Today, and others. While in Aurora, they will also offer a master class for Wells students.

The concert at Wells, “¡Cancionero! A Songbook for the King of Spain,” features early Spanish music. Prior to the final defeat of the Moors and expulsion of the Jews in 1492, Spain was a land of three cultures.  This story is told in anonymous works in palace cancioneros (songbooks), music by the influential courtly composer Juan del Encina, and in the books of the vihuelistas (early guitar players). The Baltimore Consort, with counter tenor Jose Lemos, presents the stirring and lively melodies from this turbulent period in Spain’s history. 

Each year, the Wells College Arts & Lecture Series brings professional artists to campus to perform, to speak on relevant issues, and to represent the disciplines of theatre, music, and dance. Groups and individuals are selected annually by a committee composed of Wells faculty, staff and students.

For more information about Baltimore Consort concert and the Wells Arts & Lecture Series, please contact Rebecca Cooper, coordinator of the Arts & Lecture Series Committee, at 315/364-3330. Additional information about the Baltimore Consort may be found on their Web page: www.baltcons.com

September, 2008


Wells College Revives Peachtown Native American Festival 

Education day celebrates indigenous peoples and culture of central New York

Peachtown Native American FestiivalWells College is pleased to announce that the Peachtown Native American Festival will return to campus on Sunday, September 21. The formerly annual event is making a comeback and will be held rain or shine on the front lawn of Main Building from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on the beautiful Wells campus in Aurora. The festival is free and the public is invited to join in the fun.

In conjunction with the Native American Homecoming Festival taking place at Tutelo Park in Ithaca the day before, Wells is pleased to offer this important educational event as an opportunity to honor the First Nations people of the area, increase awareness and unity, and to recognize the past and present contributions of Native American culture and the history of Aurora, or Deawendote: “village of constant dawn.”

Chonodote, or “Peachtown,” is another original name of Aurora, named after the Cayuga people’s 1,500-tree peach orchard which was destroyed in 1779 during the Clinton-Sullivan campaign. The first Peachtown festival took place on the Wells campus in 1998, the first local celebration to recognize native culture in nearly 200 years. The festival is purposely planned for the end of September in keeping with Native American traditions, the timing of the fall harvest, and the approximate date of the Clinton-Sullivan campaign’s destruction of the area.

This year, participants will gather on the College’s front lawn for the festival, which will feature dancing, demonstrations, crafts, food, music, and more. Confirmed vendors, artists, and performers are listed below; more are expected on festival day:

  • Dan Hill of the Cayuga Nation will be the day’s master of ceremonies and will play traditional native flute throughout the day
  • Sherri Waterman-Hopper of the Beaver Clan organizes and dances with the Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers, a social, non-ceremonial dance group consisting primarily of members of the Onondaga Nation
  • Mohawk Mike Tarbell will perform bow and atlatl demonstrations, and sell his wares
  • Buffalo burgers, Indian tacos, fried corn bread, and other authentic foods will be available for purchase from Rhonda Powless of Iroquois Kitchen and Pam Ramsey of Happy Eating Grounds
  • Southwest Collections by Sharon Livingston include authentic handmade jewelry, art, wood furnishings, and gifts
  • Distant Drums by Doug and Mickey Sky Jones present pieces that respect Mother Earth and are themed around sustainability
  • T Whirlwindhorse Native Creation by Thea Whirlwindhorse, an Oglala Lakota of South Dakota, features traditional beadwork, stone sculpture, and drawings
  • Mohawk artist Albert White’s paintings depict the sensitivity and power in wildlife, people and the land
  • Moccasins, beadwork, and jewelry by Ann Green
  • Dave Green of Early Rising Sun Studio will demonstrate his stone carving methods and sell his works
  • Rights for All Indigenous Nations, Inc. (RAIN) is a non-profit educational/action-oriented organization that works with and in support of the traditional native peoples for self-determination and sovereignty
Featured artist and master of ceremonies Dan Hill is best known for his recordings of Native American flute music. Hill is an accomplished musician and live performer whose credits include film and television appearances.  He is a much sought-after lecturer, storyteller and teacher, and has traveled extensively across North America and beyond. Hill makes flutes and is a talented silversmith who specializes in traditional Iroquois and exquisite original designs.

The Peachtown Native American Festival is featured in partnership with the Tutelo Native American Homecoming Festival taking place the day before, on Saturday, September 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Tutelo Park, Bostwick Road (off Route 13A), in Ithaca. The weekend’s kick-off concert, featuring award-winning Native American R & B band Corn Bred, will be held on Friday, September 19 at 9:00 pm at Pancho Villa Restaurant, 602 W. State St. in Ithaca. Call 607.272.2292 for details, or go to www.multicultural-resource.org.

For more information about the Peachtown Native American Festival at Wells College, please call Director of Campus Involvement Elly Ventura at 315.364.3428.

September, 2008


Wells College Hosts Reading by Georgian Author 

Georgian fiction writer, human rights activist Irakli Kakabadze visits campus,  discusses life’s work

Irakli KakabadzeThe Wells College Visiting Writer Series welcomes Georgian fiction writer and human rights activist Irakli Kakabadze, who will read from his work and give a talk on “Polyphonic Blues: Democracy and Diversity Within Music, Arts, and Life.” His presentation will take place on Thursday, September 11 at 7:30 pm in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. Kakabadze is writer-in-residence at Ithaca’s City of Asylum Project. The event is free and will be followed by a reception with an opportunity to meet the writer; light refreshments will be served. 

This reading is part of Wells’ new Inclusive and Intercultural Excellence Series, an annual year-long event. The series aims to engage the greater Wells community in considering issues of interculturalism and inclusiveness at the institutional, local, national, and global levels. For the 2008-09 year, its theme is Transcending Boundaries through Democratic Practice.

Born in Georgia (former Soviet Union) in 1969, Irakli Kakabadze is one of the leading contemporary Georgian writers.  He is the author of five books and scores of short stories and poems, and was one of the first in Georgia to write about the painful issues of drugs and violence. 

A writer, scholar, and peace and human rights activist, Kakabadze is a founding member and chairman of the Egalitarian Institute, a well-known human rights advocacy organization in Georgia.  By the age of 20, he was the youngest member of the National Forum of Georgia, the leading national liberation movement. He was one of the leading members of the student movement against Soviet domination in 1989-90; together the group of writers and intellectuals founded the civic disobedience committee that led to the Rose Revolution, a non-violent change of power in Georgia in November 2003. 

Kakabadze’s numerous articles and stories have been published in Georgian, Russian and English newspapers and magazines; his novel Allegro, or the Chronicle of One Year received the 1990 Best Literary Debut by a Young Author Award from the Georgian magazine Tsiskari; he was 21 years old. He has served as editor for George Mason University’s journal of critical essays on peace studies, and was an editor-in-chief from 2001-04 of the bilingual social science magazine Peace Times in Tbilisi.

Kakabadze was arrested by Georgian authorities four times in 2006 and forced to leave his home country. A graduate of Tbilisi State University, he was an adjunct professor of conflict resolution at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs. He holds an M.S. in conflict resolution from George Mason University, and now works at Cornell University as a visiting scholar through Ithaca’s City of Asylum Project.

Kakabadze has worked as a correspondent for the Voice of America’s Georgian Service at the United Nations, and as a language and culture instructor for the Foreign Service Institute. 
In 2007, he was awarded the Hellman/Hammett Prize by Human Rights Watch for his work against authoritarian government.

The Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) Project is part of an international network of cities of refuge that supports the freedom of expression and human rights of writers exiled from their home countries. ICOA welcomes these writers to Ithaca for a two-year period. During that time, the writer is employed part-time by Cornell, which provides a living stipend, health insurance, and visa sponsorship. ICOA provides housing, furnishings, and social support to the writer and his or her family.

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 works.

For more information about this and other readings at Wells, please contact Professor Bruce Bennett at 315/364-3228 and visit the College’s Web site: www.wells.edu.

September, 2008


Senior Political Analyst from Time Speaks at Wells 

Mark Halperin provides expert’s guide to the 2008 presidential election

Mark HalperinThe Wells College Arts & Lecture Series Committee is pleased to bring Time’s senior political analyst Mark Halperin to campus on Friday evening, September 5. Halperin, creator of Time’s online publication The Page: Politics Up To The Minute, will speak on “Navigating the 2008 Presidential Election.” The lecture will take place in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall, at 7:30 p.m. Prices are $6 for students, senior citizens and the Wells College community, and $10 for the general public; free for Wells students with ID. Tickets are available at the door the night of the lecture or from the box office the preceding week; call 315/364-3456 to reserve seats.

Mark Halperin is an editor-at-large and senior political analyst for Time. His talk at Wells, “Navigating the 2008 Presidential Election,” provides a political expert’s guide to the issues and debates facing voters in this year’s national election. He will examine the candidates’ biographies, policies, political skills, and presidential prospects, with sharp analysis and his trademark accessible, often humorous style.

In addition to extensive coverage in the media, Halperin has given lectures at such national organizations as the YMCA and American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He is the author of two books: The Undecided Voter’s Guide to the Next President (Harper Perennial, 2007) and The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008 (Random House, 2006). 

Halperin is the creator of Time’s online publication The Page: Politics Up to The Minute. He also founded and edited The Note on abcnews.com, which has been characterized as the most influential daily tipsheet in American politics by such publications as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker.

Prior to joining Time in 2007, Halperin worked at ABC News for nearly 20 years, where he covered five presidential elections and served as political director from November 1997 to April 2007. In that role, he was responsible for political reporting and planning for the network’s television, radio, and Internet political coverage. He also appeared regularly on ABC News TV and radio as a correspondent and analyst, contributing commentary and reporting during election night coverage, presidential inaugurations, and State of the Union speeches.

Halperin received his B.A. from Harvard University, and resides in New York City.

Each year, the Wells College Arts & Lecture Series brings professional artists to campus to perform, to speak on relevant issues, and to represent the disciplines of theatre, music, and dance. Groups and individuals are selected annually by a committee composed of Wells faculty, staff and students.

For more information about Mark Halperin’s lecture and the Wells Arts & Lecture Series, please contact Rebecca Cooper, coordinator of the Arts & Lecture Series Committee, at 315/364-3330 or visit the College’s Web site: www.wells.edu. More information on Halperin and The Page may be found at http://thepage.time.com/

August, 2008


Art Exhibit Opens 

Lenticular prints by NYC artist Mary Ann Strandell

The Floating Bridge by Mary Ann StrandellThe Wells College Art Department is pleased to announce the first exhibition of the 2008-09 academic year. “The Floating Bridge: A 3-D Print Installation,” by New York City artist Mary Ann Strandell will be on display in the String Room Gallery from September 3 through October 1. The exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited to view the show. An opening reception to be held on Wednesday, September 3 from 7:00-9:00 pm offers an opportunity to meet the artist; light refreshments will be served.

Mary Ann Strandell is a recent recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge fellowship, and an Art Omi International residency award. Ms. Strandell received her M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico after a fellowship at Tamarind Institute, and a B.F.A. from the University of South Dakota cum laude. She has also studied abroad in London and Ireland, and taken courses in psychology at Syracuse University. 

Ms. Strandell’s artist statement best describes “The Floating Bridge” exhibition: “…continues my interest in historical interaction between Eastern and Western imagery layered in a tsunami of OP-art patterning. The works have an attitude, which engage cultural consumption and the collision of historic spaces. The graphic and dream-like renderings are a parallax world alluding to present day shifts of power and changing economic values. These works include drawings on paper and Mylar and the optical media of 3-D lenticular prints, which reveal layered information through a lens. Thus, the viewer is in a constant state of looking and activating the image.”

Ms. Strandell shows her work nationally and internationally. Her Manhattan venues include Bravin Lee Projects, Michael Steinberg Fine Art, and Bitform Gallery. Look for her upcoming exhibitions at Realform Project Space in Brooklyn, The Kansas City Museum, The Bridge Art Fair in Miami, and Deborah Colton Fine Art in Houston.

This is the first exhibition curated by Wells’ Assistant Professor of Art History William Ganis. “We’re excited to bring Ms. Strandell’s work to the Wells campus, especially since few have seen prints like this—she fuses drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and digital technologies to create pieces that simply transfix viewers,” said Ganis. “The artist uses the lenticular print—basically, a series of hundreds of tiny lenses—to create viewer-activated illusions, spatial ambiguities and movements. Her show offers an opportunity to introduce Wells students to new approaches and media that complement their studies in studio practice, book arts and art history.”

The String Room Gallery is located in Main Building. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information about the show at Wells, please contact Professor Ganis at 315/364-3465.

August, 2008


Winter Institute

In partnership with the Aurora Inn, Wells offers the first Winter Institute, a series of three, week-long learning adventures that combine thought-provoking classroom discussion and exciting regional excursions led by Wells faculty with delicious meals and luxurious accommodations provided by the Aurora Inn. Modeled after the educational travel adventures offered by ElderHostel, Winter Institute features three weeks of relaxed study in a peaceful lakeside setting.

July, 2008


Wells College Becomes Smoke-Free

New policy considers health and wellness of constituents

In its continual effort to promote the health and well-being of its community, Wells College becomes a non-smoking campus today.

“Our discussion and research led us to the conclusion that Wells College will be a healthier, more comfortable living and working environment as a smoke-free campus,” said Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson. “In doing so, we join many other colleges, universities, hospitals and workplaces in recognizing the public health and safety benefits of a smoke-free environment.”

Associate Dean of Students for Residence Life Joel McCarthy attended the Central New York College Tobacco Policy Summit at LeMoyne College in Syracuse earlier this spring. Representatives from about 30 New York colleges and universities were present to discuss campus tobacco and smoking polices, and to learn more about national trends. 

“Many schools currently do not allow smoking in their residence halls or academic buildings, and more and more campuses have begun implementing smoke-free and even tobacco-free polices,” said McCarthy. “Cazenovia College, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and Onondaga Community College have all recently implemented smoke-free policies on their campuses, and Wells will become non-smoking this summer. I attended the Tobacco Summit to explore ways to make this transition a successful one for students, staff, and faculty alike.”

Wells College has a long-standing commitment to health and wellness. The College offers “healthy lifestyles” living options in its residence halls, boasts a state-of-the-art fitness center, created the Coalition for a Sustainable Wells this year, and will introduce a Sustainability Learning Community model in the 2008-09 academic year; eight students selected to participate in the Learning Community will focus on civic engagement, social responsibility, and the environment.

“Our new smoking policy reflects the College’s commitment to wellness and its mission to ‘think critically, reason wisely and act humanely’,” explains McCarthy. “Numerous programs and resources will be available for students, faculty, and staff who wish to quit smoking, and off-campus smoking areas will be identified for individuals who choose to smoke.”

For more information about Wells’ new non-smoking policy, please contact Director of Publications & Media Relations Kelly Tehan by calling 315.364.3260 or emailing ktehan@wells.edu

July, 2008


Wells Welcomes Cayuga Lake Watershed Network to Aurora 

Wells partners with regional agency; CLWN makes new home on campus

Zabriskie Hall at Wells CollegeIn keeping with its commitment to the liberal arts and in recognition of the need for leaders in scientific and environmental studies initiatives, Wells College and the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network are collaborating in new ways. Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson recently announced that the Watershed Network will move its offices into Zabriskie Hall this summer. The three-story building on the College’s campus will provide the Network and its staff with office space and a central location with ready access to Cayuga Lake.

“This is an exciting time in the history of our relationship with the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network,” said President Ryerson. “Wells has been actively involved with the Network for a number of years, and we are delighted that they will bring their headquarters to Aurora. I look forward to welcoming my Network friends and colleagues to the Wells campus, and am excited about continuing our collaboration as we seek ways to protect one of our most valuable regional assets – Cayuga Lake.”

The Cayuga Lake Watershed Network (CLWN) was founded in 1998 in Ithaca, and is currently operating from Interlaken. CLWN seeks to protect and improve the ecological health, economic vitality, and overall beauty of the watershed through education, communication, and leadership. The Cayuga Lake watershed covers more than 850 miles and is spread over seven counties: Cayuga, Seneca, Tompkins, Cortland, Ontario, Schuyler, and Tioga.

As CLWN enters its second decade of water resource stewardship in the Finger Lakes, it was determined that a change of location was necessary for the community-based, not-for-profit organization.

“I am delighted to have this opportunity to expand our services and move to the Aurora and Wells community,” said CLWN treasurer and founding director Bill Shaw. “We look forward to enhanced collaboration with the broader community and are deeply grateful for Wells’ generosity and support of our programs.”

Wells’ collaboration with CLWN began several years ago. Professors of Biology and Environmental Studies Thomas Vawter and Niamh O’Leary are both engaged with CLWN and its partner group, the Cayuga Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization, which bring together representatives from the counties that comprise the Cayuga Lake watershed. 

One of the most popular programs offered by these agencies is the The Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom Project. The M/V Haendal, a 43-foot steel boat also known as “the floating classroom,” provides direct access to Cayuga Lake for middle school, high school, and college students to learn about the lake and directly interact with the natural world in intellectually and experientially rewarding ways. The Haendel stops frequently at the Wells College dock to take students out on the water for ecological studies and water monitoring, coupled with shoreline activities focusing on stream ecology, watershed concepts, storm-water runoff, global climate change, and other topics.

The CLWN is expected to move into Zabriskie Hall at Wells College on August 1. New contact information for the organization will be released at that time.

For more information about Cayuga Lake Watershed Network’s move to Wells College, please contact Kelly Tehan, director of publications and media relations, at 315.364.3260. Additional information about Wells College may be found at www.wells.edu; go to www.cayugalake.org to learn more about the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network.

May, 2008


Wells College Announces 2008 Alumnae Award Recipients 

Two Wells women honored for their dedication to Wells, service to community

Carrie Bolton, president of the Wells College Alumnae Association, has announced the College’s two 2008 Alumnae Award recipients. Karen Smith Rosenbaum, Class of 1960, of Arlington, Va., and Joanne Lowell Johnson, Wells Class of 1970, of Newbury, Mass., will be honored on Saturday, May 31 during Wells’ annual Reunion Weekend. 

This is the 40th anniversary of the Wells College Alumnae Award. The award honors Wells women of high achievement in professions and careers, in volunteer and community work, in service to their alma mater, or in some combination of these endeavors. 

Karen RosenbaumKaren Rosenbaum has been selected for her distinctive contributions in the field of education and technology; she has been actively involved with education for over forty years. After receiving an M.A.T. from Oberlin College, she taught secondary school English in Ohio and Massachusetts, and received a Ph.D. in education from The Johns Hopkins University in 1973. Four years later, she was appointed chair of the Arlington Schools Task Group on Responsible Student Conduct and Attendance, whose recommendations are still in force in the Arlington (Va.) schools. She worked for the Vice President’s Task Force on Youth Employment during the Carter Administration as project director for Making Youth Programs Work, a 1980 publication which showed how to coordinate the efforts of schools, labor unions, and businesses on behalf of out-of-school, out-of-work youth. It is distributed to 16,000 school districts across the U.S.

In 1982, Karen founded Technology Instruction Corporation (TIC) and set up a day camp in Washington, D.C. for 7- to 16-year-old campers. When “computer camps” were all the rage, Karen’s vision was to offer a place where learning technology was balanced by active athletics. TIC summer camp uses classrooms and sports facilities on college and school campuses to offer a unique “spontaneous curriculum” developed for and by each individual camper. TIC has a 1:4 ratio of counselors to kids, and its motto is “Kids learn by having fun!” After two weeks at TIC, every camper takes home a project they have designed themselves—a computer game they programmed, a brilliant video, a dazzling website.

TIC celebrated its 25th anniversary last year and has two locations, Bethesda, Md. and McLean, Va., serving the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. Creating and leading this unique program requires strong business skills and a deep understanding of education. Due in large part to Karen’s vision, enthusiasm, and ability, the camp was awarded accreditation by the American Camp Association (ACA) in its first season. She later served two terms as president of the ACA Virginias Section.

Karen majored in English at Wells, and was also active in music and the performing arts. These interests continue. She is an avid photographer and was for 20 years a member of the Master Chorale of Washington, which performs at the Kennedy Center several times a year. She is married to Dr. David Mark Rosenbaum. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.

Joanne JohnsonJoanne Johnson was selected in recognition of nearly four decades of remarkable service to her alma mater and her community. 

A career banker and a leader of the Alumnae Association, Joanne has contributed her time and expertise to reinforcing the position of Wells College during a pivotal period in the College’s history. She has also shared her wisdom and leadership with other organizations she loves, in particular, the Girl Scouts of Spar and Spindle Council and the Newburyport Choral Society. 

In 1970, when Joanne graduated from Wells Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude with distinction in economics, she was elected Wells’ first-ever collegiate trustee. In this position, she served a two-year term on the College’s board of trustees. Joanne has served Wells in positions of leadership and support ever since, both as a member of the Alumnae Association board and as a full member of the College board for three terms. She was elected an honorary trustee in 2004.

Joanne began her career as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and in late 1971, was hired as Essexbank’s first woman management trainee. In 1983, she was named senior vice president of marketing and administration. Over the next two decades, she was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility—with the Bank of New England, Fleet, and the Bank of America—from which she retired as a change management executive in personnel technology. She received a degree in credit and loan administration from the American Institute of Banking in Boston, and a master’s degree in retail bank management from the University of Virginia. She was one of 50 outstanding professional women in the Boston area selected for the Vanguard Award. 

She is a lifelong resident of Boston’s North Shore and has been active in the Wells Club of Boston. Involved in the Girl Scouts since her youth, Joanne has served on the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of Spar and Spindle Council (northeastern Massachusetts) for over 20 years, including terms as vice president and president. As a member of the council realignment committee, she recently helped complete the merger of the three Girl Scout Councils in her area.  She is currently chair of the board of that new entity, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts.

Joanne and her husband, Ralph, are longtime members and generous supporters of the Newburyport Choral Society, and have served in nearly every leadership position in that group. 

The Wells College Alumnae Award was established in 1968 as part of the Wells Centennial Celebration, and is presented by the President of the College at a convocation ceremony held during Reunion Weekend each spring. 

For additional information about Joanne Johnson, Karen Rosenbaum, and the annual Alumnae Award at Wells College, please contact Director of Publications & Media Relations Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260.

May, 2008


Concert Choir Performance at Wells College 

“Music for a Royal Occasion” presented Sunday, May 11

Wells College Concert ChoirThe Wells College Music Department proudly presents “Music for a Royal Occasion,” performed by the Wells Concert Choir. The concert will be held in the Sommer Center at 4:00 pm on Sunday, May 11. Admission is free and the public is cordially invited to attend.

This regal program features the Coronation Mass in C Major, K.317, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for full chorus, soloists and orchestra. In addition to the joint performance of the Mozart mass, the College’s women’s and men’s ensembles will sing works from their respective repertoires. The concert will be conducted by Wells Professor of Music Crawford R. Thoburn.

Soloists in the Mozart Mass will be soprano Mary Gooding ’10, alto Jillian Kline ’09, tenor Justin Zehr ’11, and bass Marshall Anderson ’09, all of whom are from Professor Thoburn’s vocal studio. The orchestra will consist of Wells students and professional players from the Ithaca area, led by concertmaster Meyer Stolov.

The Coronation Mass is the most popular of the sixteen works by Mozart that set the ancient words of the Latin mass to music. Written in 1779, it may have been composed to accompany a celebratory springtime crowning of a venerated image of the Virgin Mary in a pilgrimage church near Salzburg, Austria. Later, the work was performed at the coronation of two Austrian sovereigns, Leopold II and Francis I.

“The music is very festive and energetic, but it’s also infused with some of the composer’s richest, most lyric melodies,” said Professor Thoburn. “It wonderfully encapsulates, in a fairly short and highly accessible work, the genius that is Mozart.”

This is the first academic year, following the College’s move to coeducation in 2005, that the full Wells Concert Choir is performing as a mixed-voice ensemble.  Previously, for several decades under Professor Thoburn’s direction, the Concert Choir annually performed major choral works with men’s ensembles from other colleges and universities. “The enthusiasm the students have shown in expanding the choral program here at Wells is very exciting,” said Thoburn. 

For more information about the concert and music offerings at Wells, please contact Professor Thoburn at 315/364-3347.

May, 2008


Wells College Presents Senior Art Exhibit 

Three graduates display paintings, sculpture as part of thesis project

Wells College Senior Art Exhibt Spring 2008The Wells College Art Department is pleased to present the spring senior thesis exhibit featuring paintings and sculpture by graduates June Lesney, Annie Ryerson, and Nicole Blum. The show opens on Monday, May 12 in the String Room Gallery, Main Building, and will run through May 25. The public is cordially invited to view the free exhibit. An opening reception on May 12 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. offers an opportunity to meet the student artists and discuss their work; light refreshments will be served.

June Lesney of St. Paul, Minn. is a visual arts major with a concentration in studio arts. Her focus on three dimensional, found object sculptures came about fairly recently, beginning with independent study and developing during an internship at the New York Student Art League. Her thesis explores the aesthetic and practical problems of the accumulation of consumer by-product. The challenge lies in consuming the rest of that by-product into her work. This idea originates less in the environmental movement than in the depiction of the Native American practice of using “every part of the buffalo.” As June explains it, “Essentially, I am taking the refuse of my own consumerism and turning it into something meaningful.”

This summer following graduation, June will begin an internship with the Rogue Buddha Gallery in Minneapolis.

Aurora native Annie Ryerson also holds a concentration in studio art and a minor in French.  Her love of the arts in addition to the French language led her to spend a year in Paris studying under several accomplished artists and art historians.  It was through her painting professor, Betsy Castleman Damez, Wells class of 1964, that Annie became a copyist in the Louvre Museum.  That experience transformed her general love of art to a deep passion for painting. 

Annie has completed an internship at the Sherry French Gallery in Manhattan, taken courses at the Student Art League, and studied abroad at the University College of Cork, Ireland. After graduation, she plans to take a year off to work and exhibit her paintings before attending the Art Institute of Chicago. She hopes to one day be a professor of art.

The bright colors in Nicole Blum’s paintings flow smoothly in work that is non-representational and free flowing, yet calls to mind organic forms. Nicole, who comes from Rochester, likes to leave her work open to interpretation by those who are experiencing it.
Senior theses are the culminating requirement of study at Wells College. Art seniors are expected to plan and implement the entire exhibit, including the creation of the artwork to be shown, hanging the pieces and preparing the gallery, coordinating the reception, and promoting the show. Art professor and gallery director William Roberts, along with Associate Professor Ted Lossowski, guides the students’ work in the studios and oversees 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.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, please contact Professor Roberts at 315/364-3237.

May, 2008


Jim Crow Memorabilia Exhibit Comes to Wells 

Travelling show features representative anti-Black and racist items

Hateful Things - Jim Crow ExhibitA traveling exhibition of Ferris State University’s Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia will visit Wells College from April 23 – 28, 2008. The exhibit, entitled “Hateful Things,” will be on display on the second floor of Long Library between the hours of 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, and is free and open to the public.

“Hateful Things,” a sampling from the museum’s 4,000 pieces, represents nearly 150 years of anti-Black racist objects and images. The exhibit was created by David Pilgrim, the university’s chief diversity officer and museum curator, and Carrie Weis-Taylor, coordinator of FSU’s Rankin Center Art Gallery. The museum is located in Ferris’ College of Arts and Sciences in Big Rapids, Mich. It addresses the relationship between Jim Crow segregation and everyday objects that belittle African-Americans. Examples vary from Jim Crow memorabilia to caricatured images of Blacks on postcards, games, ashtrays and drinking glasses.

Dr. Pilgrim views the collection of images and artifacts not as a traditional museum, but as a learning and teaching laboratory. He seeks to use the images of intolerance to teach tolerance. As a youth, Pilgrim purchased and disposed of racially insulting items wherever he found them. The sheer volume of merchandise forced him, eventually, to change his tactic. “I found them at flea markets and garage sales as a kid,” said Pilgrim. “Items would offend me, and I'd buy them to destroy them. I got older and recognized the historical significance of these items. I stopped destroying them and started collecting them.”

“Hateful Things” is brought to the Wells campus through the sponsorship of the following student clubs and organizations: Amnesty International, Appointed gospel choir, Collegiate Cabinet, POWER, the Programming Board, the Publications Board, Student Diversity Committee, and the Wells International Students Association.

For more information about the “Hateful Things” exhibit at Wells College, please email coordinator Emma Henry at ehenry@wells.edu. Additional information about the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University may be found at www.ferris.edu/htmls/news/jimcrow/menu.htm.

April, 2008


Wells College Celebrates Earth Day 

University of Buffalo professor gives public lecture on Native American role in environmental policy

Donald GrindeDr. Donald Grinde, professor and chair of American Studies at the University of Buffalo, will give a lecture at Wells College in celebration of Earth Day. The free talk, “Native American Eco-centricity in the Environmental Movement,” will take place on Wednesday, April 23 at 4:45 pm in Stratton Hall 209. All are invited to attend. 

Donald Grinde's research and teaching center on Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) history, U.S. Indian policy since 1871, Native American thought, and environmental history and policy.  He is the author of several books, including The Encyclopedia of Native American Biography: Six Hundred Life Stories of Important People; Apocalypse of Chiokoyhikiu, Chief of the Iroquois; and The Iroquois and the Founding of the American Nation, among other texts.  A Japanese translation of his book Exemplar of Liberty (co-authored with Bruce Johansen) was published in Japan in 2006.

Dr. Grinde received his B.A. in history from Georgia Southern University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. His talk at Wells College is co-sponsored by the Campus Greens, the Environmental Studies major and the First Nations and Indigenous Studies minor.

For more information about Dr. Grinde’s Earth Day lecture, please contact Assistant Professor Jaclyn Schnurr at 315/364-3274.

April, 2008


New Art Exhibit Opens at Wells College 

Featuring lithographs, paintings by late Ithaca artist Arnold Singer

Arnold Singer - Seated FigureA memorial exhibition of paintings and lithographs by the late Arnold Singer of Cornell University will be on display in Wells College’s String Room Gallery, Main Building, from April 9 – May 8, 2008. An opening reception with refreshments will be held on Wednesday, April 9 from 7:00-9:00 pm; the public is invited to attend.

A master of the art of lithography, Arnold Singer, professor emeritus of art in Cornell's Department of Art, devoted his life to printmaking, painting, and drawing. His subject was often the human figure, and his imagery was marked by strong, simplified forms, graceful contours and large areas of solid color. 

Before coming to Ithaca in 1966, he lived and worked in New York City, printing at the Art Students League and teaching lithography at the Pratt Graphic Arts Center, where he was a master printer. He printed works of art by such well-known artists as Rufino Tamayo, Stuart Davis, Larry Rivers, Ellsworth Kelly, Adolf Gottlieb, and Barnett Newman. 

A 1957 woodcut collage by Singer appeared on the cover of Fortune magazine, and another Singer print was selected for the 1966 UNICEF calendar. He went on to teach lithography, painting and drawing in Cornell's College of Architecture, Art and Planning for 22 years, becoming emeritus in 1988. 

Singer died in January 2005 at the age of 84.

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.

April, 2008


Wells College Announces 2008 Commencement Speaker 

College Trustee, Executive Director of “By The People” to address graduates on May 24

Gail KitchWells College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson has announced that Wells trustee Gail Leftwich Kitch, executive director of MacNeil/Lehrer’s By The People, will be Wells’ 2008 commencement speaker.  This year’s ceremony will take place at the Aurora Inn on Saturday, May 24.

Gail Kitch is the executive director of By The People, an initiative of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions which uses public television to encourage and support informed non-contentious citizen dialogue around policy issues. Prior to joining MLP, Ms. Kitch served as president of the Federation of State Humanities Councils following service as director of Cambridge Forum (Mass.), and principal of Strategic Business Consultants, an international business consulting organization. Ms. Kitch established SBC after serving as associate director of the Program on South Africa at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

“As a member of Wells’ Board of Trustees, the College community has had the pleasure of talking with Gail over the past decade and know her to be a passionate and articulate advocate of liberal arts education and of Wells,” said President Ryerson. “We are deeply honored to welcome Gail Kitch as our 2008 commencement speaker.”

Ms. Kitch earned her B.A. cum laude from Bryn Mawr College and law degree from the University of Chicago.  A lawyer by training, she practiced for a number of years with large firms in Washington, D.C. and Boston, where she was a board member and chair of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, and a Radcliffe College Public Policy Fellow from 1997-1999. 

Among her many leadership roles, Ms. Kitch sits on the executive committee of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group; is a board member of the American Bar Association Museum of Law in Chicago; serves on the National Advisory Group to The State of the USA, Inc.; and is a member of the Advisory Commission to the Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. She joined the Wells College Board of Trustees in 1999, and now serves on the executive committee as secretary of the board; she is also chair of the enrollment committee and a member of the student affairs and academic affairs committees. 

Wells College expects to confer degrees on more than 90 students this spring. Commencement ceremonies will take place at 10:00 am at the Aurora Inn, Main Street, on Saturday, May 24.

For more information about Ms. Kitch’s commencement address and general commencement activities at Wells College, please call Director of Publications & Media Relations Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260.

April, 2008


Spring Faculty Dance Concert at Wells College

“Dances Then and Now, Again” is collaborative choreographic work

Wells College Spring Dance ConcertThe Wells College Performing Arts Department is pleased to present its annual faculty and guest artist dance concert, “Dances Then and Now, Again,” with performances on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 at 7:30 pm in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall.  “Dances Then and Now, Again” features choreography by Wells Professor of Dance Jeanne Goddard of Ithaca and guest artist Elizabeth Wilmot Bishop. Prices are $3.00 for students; $5.00 for seniors and the Wells community; and $7.00 for the general public. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the box office at 315-364-3456.

The third in a series of retrospective concerts developed by the Wells College dance faculty in recent years, “Dances Then and Now, Again” juxtaposes new choreography and seasoned repertory pieces by Goddard and Wilmot Bishop in a wide array of styles. Such concerts showcase the long-term and current accomplishments of faculty choreographers while expanding the stylistic range and technical skill of student performers. Musical selections range from Boccherini to Donovan, and from commissioned score to the spoken word.

The April program features a number of exciting large ensemble pieces, including Goddard’s driving 1982 creation, “The Closer We Get,” with a commissioned score by Paul Briggs, and her premier of “Whispers,” an exploration of secrecy and things unseen, accompanied by baroque strings. Wilmot Bishop’s lyrical neoclassical piece, “The Sea is Calling,” contrasts with her high energy jazz-tango fusion “Fire Dance” as well as “The Box,” set to John Denver’s sobering anti-war text.

Goddard offers three more intimate dances to round out the concert. “One Who Was Working,” a suite of three solos set to piano transcriptions of DeFalla guitar pieces, draws inspiration from the paintings of Pablo Picasso and the writings of Gertrude Stein. Finally, Goddard sounds a lighter note with the premier of “Your Lovin’ Mind,” a playful duet nostalgically pairing youth and age, and “Maud,” a solo caricature portrait of the 19th century handkerchief-wafting, fainting female. “Maud” was originally choreographed in 1988 for Goddard’s first dance concert at Wells College. 

Lighting design for “Dances Then and Now, Again” is by Wells technical director Joe DeForest, with costume designs by Roberta Kolpakas.

Student members of the Wells College Dance Ensemble are: Ryan Addario ’10, Brittany Bouchard ’11, Megan Chamberlain ’08, Michelle Chase ’11, Sara Chiochetti ’11, Mary Gooding ’10, Janin Hendry ’08, Eden Kostick ’10, Catherine Marshall ’11, Iivy Murphy ’09, Tiffany Orellana ’09, Julia Swisher ’09, and Michaela Wilson ’11.

For more information about “Dances Then and Now, Again,” please contact Professor Goddard at 315/364-3213.

April, 2008


Joseph Heller’s "Catch-22" Comes to Wells College 

Aquila Theatre Company to present dynamic, timely play about war

Catch-22The Wells College Arts & Lecture Series is pleased to welcome the award-winning Aquila Theatre Company to campus on Friday, April 18 for a stage production of Joseph Heller’s important play, “Catch-22.”  The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall. Prices are $6 for students, senior citizens and the Wells College community; $10 for the general public; free for Wells students with ID. Tickets are now on sale; call the box office (315/364-3456) to reserve seats. Any tickets remaining will also be available at the door the night of the performance.

The Aquila Theatre Company’s dynamic and humorous new production of Joseph Heller’s own stage adaptation of his classic novel “Catch-22” will explore the important and timely questions surrounding the nature of war and its impact on American society. 

Joseph Heller himself was a bomber pilot during World War II; he created his novel and his play in response to his own experience. “Catch-22” is set on an island off the coast of Italy, where World War II bombardier Yossarian is caught in a world of bureaucratic absurdity and irrational madness. Determined to keep the squadron active and on the front line, Yossarian’s superiors abuse their authority by increasing the number of required flying missions, making it impossible for anyone to complete these missions and be discharged from duty. Yossarian’s efforts to plead insanity fail, as his superiors realize that active avoidance displays a healthy mental state. Yossarian avoids the missions by creating ridiculous excuses, but in doing so prolongs his duty as the missions continue to accrue. A maze of inter-related “Catch-22’s” develops as the play unfolds.

“Catch-22” is a great American classic, and the term itself has become embedded in our everyday vocabulary. This will be the first-ever professional production of “Catch-22” to tour nationally.

This tour engagement of Aquila Theatre Company is funded through Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Mid Atlantic Tours program in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.

Each year, the Wells College Arts & Lecture Series brings professional artists to campus to perform, to speak on relevant issues, and to represent the disciplines of theatre, music, and dance. Groups and individuals are selected annually by a committee composed of Wells faculty, staff and students.

For more information about Aquila Theatre Company’s performance of “Catch-22” and the Wells Arts & Lecture Series, please contact Rebecca Cooper, coordinator of the Arts & Lecture Series Committee, at 315/364-3330 or visit the College’s Web site: www.wells.edu. Additional information on Aquila may be found at www.baylinartists.com/artist/aquila_theatre/

April, 2008


Wells College Prepares for Basketball with New Portable Floor

View slideshow on the installation of the new portable basketball floor (Auburn Citizen)

As Wells College prepares to launch its inaugural basketball season this fall, it has invested in a portable gym floor for use by the entire campus community, especially the newly formed men’s and women’s basketball teams. The new floor is expected to arrive on campus in mid-April.

“This gym floor shows the commitment that our administration is making to support our athletic programs,” said Head Men’s Basketball Coach Joe Wojtylko. “The new floor will allow us to make maximum use of our facilities and will enhance our play at the NCAA Division III level. We are very excited about it.”

Wells has contracted with Praters Incorporated of Chattanooga, Tenn.  Prater has recently constructed gym floors for the University of Florida, the NBA 2008 All-Star game, the 2004 Olympic Games, and the Atlanta Hawks, as well as numerous other college and professional teams. 

Once on campus, the floor will be installed in the Farenthold facility attached to the Schwartz Athletic Center, which will serve as the home venue for the Wells basketball teams starting next season. 

“Bringing in a portable floor for our students is a wonderful investment in the future of athletics at Wells,” said Director of Athletics Jamey Ventura. “Not only will our student athletes be able to practice and compete on our own campus, the floor will be available to all Wells students and the entire community to participate in extra-curricular activities.”

Along with the floor, there are plans in place to add over the summer a new scoreboard, bleachers, and scorers table to the Schwartz Athletic Center. These improvements will complete the renovations necessary to launch Wells’ inaugural basketball season in fall 2008. 

For more information about the new portable gym floor and athletics at Wells College, please call Director of Athletics Jamey Venture at 315/364-3409.

March, 2008


Art Exhibit Opens at Wells College 

Etchings, engravings by Giovanni Piranesi on display

Wells College Piranesi ExhibitThe Wells College Art Department is pleased to announce its March exhibition. A selection of engravings and etchings from the Wells College art collection will be on display in the String Room Gallery, Main Building, from March 12 through April 4. The exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited to view the show. There will be no opening reception, but a talk on Piranesi is being planned for later in the month; check www.wells.edu soon for more information.

This special exhibition, pulled from Wells’ own collection, will feature 22 framed engravings and etchings by Italian neoclassical engraver Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778). Piranesi is famous for his etchings of Rome and of fictitious and imaginary “prisons” (Carceri d'Invenzione).

Piranesi’s work is on permanent display in some of the world’s finest art museums, including the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Hermitage, the National Museum of Warsaw, and many more. The portfolio of prints in Wells’ possession came to campus in the mid-20th century and was once used in classroom art instruction.

Wells alumna Pleasant Thiele Rowland, class of 1962, salvaged the prints when they were discovered tucked away on campus in 1995. Recognizing their decorative and historical value, she underwrote the cost of having the prints archivally matted and framed.

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, please contact gallery director William Roberts at 315/364-3237. Additional information about Piranesi may be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Battista_Piranesi.

March, 2008


Wells College Presents Seventh Annual Activism Symposium 

“The Anatomy of Change” is the theme of this year’s student-run event

Wells College Activism Symposium 2008Wells College continues its tradition of academic excellence and student leadership with the seventh annual Activism Symposium on Friday, March 28. Under the direction of Associate Professor of Sociology Laura McClusky, students have organized the campus-wide event, entitled “The Anatomy of Change,” which captures the global theme of “the body.” The symposium is free for all; a deli lunch with vegetarian options will be available during the luncheon talk. Interested parties are requested to pre-register online at http://athena.wells.edu:6080/special/symposium/.

The day will begin with a keynote address by Andrea Ritchie, a New York City activist representing INCITE! (www.incite-national.org). INCITE! is a national organization of feminists of color that is mobilizing to end all forms of violence against people of color, especially women. Ritchie’s lecture is “Insight into Women of Color and the Prison Industrial Complex: INCITE! on State Violence Against Bodies on the Margins,” and will take place at 9:00 a.m. in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall.

The day continues with more than 20 workshops, lectures, demonstrations, and break-out sessions; individuals may attend one or all. Following Ritchie’s talk, participants may choose from two morning sessions (starting at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.) and two afternoon sessions (at 2:30 and 3:30, with a brief wrap-up at 4:30 p.m.). The sessions are offered by Wells students, faculty and staff, and outside presenters, and address a wide range of activist-related topics. Some sessions this year will focus on international reproduction rights, sex trafficking, energy and renewable power, sexual assault, homelessness in Swaziland, ’zines, how to be an activist in 10 minutes, transgendered rights, and the School of the Americas.

Members of the Beehive Collective (www.beehivecollective.org) of Maine will give this year’s lunchtime talk. The artist/activist group creates collaborative, anti-copyright images that can be used as tools to educate the public about complex geopolitical issues. They are especially interested in Latin American – U.S. relations with a particular focus on trade relations. The presentation, which takes place at 12:30 p.m. in Cleveland Hall auditorium, is entitled “Dismantling Monoculture: Tales of Ants and Economics in the Americas.”

Started by the Collegiate Association (student government) in 2002, the purpose of the student-centered symposium is to promote a bridge between activists and scholars, and to celebrate the connections that already exist. 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 experiential learning process.

This year’s Activism Symposium theme “the body” was specifically chosen as part of Wells’ year-long celebration of the sciences. The College dedicated its new 45,000 square foot science building, Ann Wilder Stratton ’46 Hall, last fall.

For more information about the Activism Symposium, please call Professor McClusky at 315/364-3252 or email symposium@wells.edu.

March, 2008


Lecture on Darwin and Evolution Held at Wells

Dr. Kenneth Miller of Brown University is preeminent biologist

Dr. Kenneth R. MillerThe Wells College Dean’s Council has invited Dr. Kenneth R. Miller to deliver this year’s Beckman Lecture. During his two-day residency, Miller, a renowned spokesperson on the importance of teaching evolution in the public schools, will speak on “God, Darwin, and Design: Thoughts About America’s Continuing Problem with Evolution” on Friday, February 29. The lecture will begin at 4:45 pm in Stratton Hall 209, and is free and open to the public. 

Kenneth R. Miller, a professor of biology at Brown University, is a preeminent evolutionary scientist and the co-author of the most widely used high school biology textbook in America. He is also the author of the acclaimed Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution, now in its second printing.

He was the lead witness in the 2005 Dover trial in Pennsylvania (sometimes called “Scopes II”), a case that challenged the legitimacy of public schools teaching “intelligent design” as an alternative to evolution to explain the origin of life.

During his two-day residency on the Wells campus, Dr. Miller will meet with faculty and students, and present the weekly science colloquium talk. That presentation, “Time to Abandon Darwin? Meeting the Challenge from Intelligent Design,” will take place in Stratton Hall 209 on Friday, February 29 at 12:30 pm and is free and open to all.

The Dean’s Council selected Dr. Miller to be part of the College’s year-long celebration of the sciences. Wells opened its new 45,000 square foot science building, Ann Wilder Stratton ’46 Hall, last August.

“I could not be more excited that Kenneth Miller is coming to Wells in this year of celebrating the connections between science and all the liberal arts,” said Professor of Biology Candace Collmer, chair of the sciences division and member of the Dean’s Council. “Not only is Ken Miller an excellent biologist, he has become known as a respected and reasoned speaker who addresses issues surrounding the teaching of ‘intelligent design.’ He himself is a religious person, and in Finding Darwin’s God, he contends that ‘properly understood, evolution adds depth and meaning not only to a strictly scientific view of the world, but also to a spiritual one.’ I urge anyone interested in these topics to come to his talk(s) to hear a fair, articulate, accessible, and thought-provoking presentation.”

Dr. Miller received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Colorado, and has taught at Brown University since 1980; he has also taught at Harvard University. Dr. Miller holds membership in a range of professional associations such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Special Instrumentation Study Section of the National Institutes of Health, and Sigma Xi. He is an editor of three scientific journals—The Journal of Cell Biology, The Journal of Cell Science, and Advances in Cell Biology—and was the scientific advisor to the WGBH/NOVA television series on evolution (1999-2001).

The Beckman Lecture Fund was established in 1952 by three Wells alumnae.  The Beckman sisters endowed the fund “with sincere appreciation of the enduring character of a Wells education.” They desired that Beckman lecturers “be distinguished for creative work and the ability to teach. The lecturer should be an original thinker, an artist in his or her field who can communicate easily and with enthusiasm.” 

For more information about the Beckman Lecture and Dr. Miller’s residency at Wells, please contact Kelly Tehan, Director of Publications & Media Relations, at 315-364-3416; to learn more about Wells, visit the College’s Web site at www.wells.edu. Additional information about Dr. Miller may be found at www.millerandlevine.com/km/.

February, 2008


Wells College Receives President’s Honor Roll Award for Service

School Honored for Distinguished Community Service

Wells College Gospel ChoirThe Corporation for National and Community Service has named Wells College to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service learning programs.

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovativeness of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

Wells was among the 12% of colleges and universities honored in this way. In total, 528 schools were recognized. A full list is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

“I am delighted that Wells College has been nationally recognized for our commitment to community service,” said Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson. “Wells has long been a leader in instilling the principles of community service in students as we provide opportunities for their active involvement, both domestically and abroad.”

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. CNCS administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service learning in schools, institutions of higher education, and community-based organizations. 

“College students are tackling the toughest problems in America, demonstrating their compassion, commitment, and creativity by serving as mentors, tutors, health workers, and even engineers,” said David Eisner, chief executive office of CNCS. “They represent a renewed spirit of civic engagement fostered by outstanding leadership on caring campuses.”

In congratulating the winners, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said, “Americans rely on our higher education system to prepare students for citizenship and the workforce. We look to institutions like these to provide leadership in partnering with local schools to shape the civic, democratic and economic future of our country.”

The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service, through its Learn and Serve America program, and the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. 

For more information about Wells’ recognition by the Corporation for National and Community Service, please contact Kelly Tehan, director of publications and media relations, at 315/364-3260; to learn more about Wells, visit the College’s Web site: www.wells.edu. Additional information on CNCS may be found at www.nationalservice.gov.

February, 2008


Wells College Hosts Reading

Poet Karen Anderson to read from her new book Punish Honey

The Wells College Visiting Writer Series is pleased to announce that poet Karen Anderson will read from her work on Thursday, March 6 at 7:30 pm in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. The event is free and will be followed by a reception with an opportunity to meet the writer; light refreshments will be served. 

Karen Anderson graduated from the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop and is completing her Ph.D. in English at Cornell University. Her work has been published in Verse, The Indiana Review, The Colorado Review, The New Republic, and other journals. Her first book, Punish Honey, is forthcoming from Carolina Wren Press. Ms. Anderson currently teaches at Cornell and Wells College. 

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 this and other readings at Wells, please contact Professor Cynthia Garrett at 315/364-3250.

February, 2008


Acclaimed Paul Taylor Dance Company Comes to Wells College

Internationally renowned troupe offers exceptional modern dance

Paul Taylor Dance CompanyThe Wells College Arts & Lecture Series is pleased to welcome the award-winning Paul Taylor Dance Company of Manhattan to campus on Saturday, February 16. The internationally recognized dance troupe will perform in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall, at 7:30 p.m. The show is expected to sell out. Prices are $6 for students, senior citizens and the Wells College community; $10 for the general public; free for Wells students with ID. Tickets are now on sale; call the box office (315/364-3456) to reserve seats. Any tickets remaining will also be available at the door the night of the performance.

Now in its 53rd year, the Paul Taylor Dance Company is one of the world’s most exquisite modern dance ensembles. Founder Paul Taylor first presented his choreography in Manhattan in May 1954.  That modest performance marked the beginning of a half-century of unrivaled creativity.  In the decades since, Mr. Taylor has become a cultural icon and one of history's most celebrated artists. 

His two dance companies (Taylor 2 was created in 1993) have traveled the globe many times over, bringing his ever-changing repertoire to theaters and venues of every size and description in cultural capitals, on college campuses and in rural communities. His choreography, once considered experimental, avant-garde and even “painful” to sit through, has become the gold standard of modern dance.

Taylor 2 has been in the Finger Lakes region this January, offering master classes at Wells College, Cornell University, Ithaca College and a number of area schools and dance venues. Over the next two weeks they are presenting ten classes at Wells featuring ballet and modern dance technique, Taylor repertory, and a lighting design class, all of which are open to the entire community.

“We are so fortunate to have these talented young artists in residence in our area, particularly as we kick off the new semester,” said Wells Professor of Dance Jeanne Goddard. “Their energy, enthusiasm, discipline, and passion are an inspiration for both students and faculty. The extended exposure to the Taylor repertory and style are of great value to our educational program, and provide a shared experience with other area institutions and the wider community. Furthermore, their teaching will pave the way for a full performance by the Paul Taylor Dance Company, the flagship company and one of the most beloved dance troupes in the United States today.”

The Paul Taylor Dance Company will perform three dances at Wells on February 16 – “Cloven Kingdom,” “Equinox,” and “Promethean Fire.”

Paul Taylor and his company are the subject of the Oscar-nominated film Dancemaker, hailed by Time magazine as being “perhaps the best dance documentary ever.”

MetLife Foundation is the official tour sponsor of the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Additional support is provided by the National Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the board of directors and donors of the Paul Taylor Dance Foundation, Inc.

Each year, the Wells College Arts & Lecture Series brings professional artists to campus to perform, to speak on relevant issues, and to represent the disciplines of theatre, music, and dance. Groups and individuals are selected annually by a committee composed of Wells faculty, staff and students.

For more information about Paul Taylor Dance Company’s performance and the Wells Arts & Lecture Series, please contact Rebecca Cooper, coordinator of the Arts & Lecture Series Committee, at 315/364-3330. More information on Paul Taylor Dance Company may be found at www.ptdc.org.

January, 2008


Seventh Annual Gospel Workshop Weekend At Wells College

Community members invited to join in uplifting workshop, concert

Wells College Gospel ChoirThe seventh annual Wells College Gospel Workshop and Concert Weekend will be held February 15 and 16, 2008. The workshop is a two-day event in which Wells College’s gospel choir Appointed and singers from the surrounding communities come together to learn about and engage in singing this inspiring genre of music. No auditions are required and the event is free and open to the general public. Everyone is warmly invited to lift their voices during this inspirational weekend event.

The Gospel Workshop Weekend is coordinated by the Department of Students Life and Appointed, led this year by Emma Henry ’08 of Springfield, Mass. Professional gospel virtuosos L. Kirk Hatcher of Miami, Fla. and Ed “Chief” Menifee, Jr. of Atlanta, Ga. have been invited once again to serve as choir director and music director, respectively. Gospel choirs from Chatham University and Hamilton and Muhlenberg Colleges have been invited to attend as well.

All rehearsals and the concert will be held in Barler Recital Hall on the Wells campus. The weekend schedule is as follows:

Friday, February 15
Rehearsal/workshop 7:00-9:00 p.m
Saturday, February 16
Rehearsal/workshop 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 
Warm-up  4:00 p.m.
Concert  5:00 p.m.

Advance registration is recommended; participants must attend both rehearsals. Those needing more information or who are interested in participating in the workshop may contact Rebecca Cooper at 315/364-3330 by February 8 if they’d like their name included in the program.

January, 2008


Annual Student Art Show Opens at Wells College

Work by more than 50 students to be featured 

String Room Gallery at Wells CollegeAn eclectic mix of art will be on display in Wells College’s String Room Gallery from February 6 – March 7, 2008. Artwork produced by students enrolled in studio art classes during the Fall 2007 semester will be shown. The annual student art exhibition is free and the public is cordially invited to view the show. An opening reception with refreshments on Wednesday, February 6 from 7:00-9:00 pm offers an opportunity to meet the student artists and view and discuss their work.

More than 50 students are exhibiting their work this winter. Media represented include painting, ceramics, photography, drawing, two- and three-dimensional design, and more. 

Professor of Art William Roberts and Associate Professor Theodore Lossowski guided and instructed the students during the fall semester. They oversaw the students’ work in the studios and coordinated 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.

January, 2008


Wells College Introduces Women’s and Men’s Basketball

New teams expected to attract additional student-athletes

basketballWells College announces plans to add women’s and men’s basketball teams beginning in the 2008-09 academic year. The men’s basketball program, led by head coach Joe Wojtylko, will begin competing at the intercollegiate level in October 2008. The women’s program will be offered at the club level during the first year, and will elevate to the intercollegiate level in the 2009-2010 season.

“I am pleased by this latest addition to our athletics program,” says Director of Athletics for Recruitment and Retention Jamey Ventura. “Adding basketball to our athletics program provides more opportunities for our student-athletes and introduces an exciting spectator sport for our entire community to enjoy during the cold winter months.”

Wells College is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III member and joined the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) in Fall 2007. The College currently offers intercollegiate teams for women in field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, and tennis. In fall 2005, as Wells transitioned to coeducation, the College introduced men’s soccer and swimming, and a cross country team for both men and women. Men’s lacrosse will debut at the intercollegiate level this spring. 

“This is a great time for athletics at Wells College,” said Ventura. “We have a dedicated coaching staff that is working hard to recruit the best student-athletes to Wells. At the Division III level, student-athletes are choosing a college that can provide them with an excellent education; when we add in the opportunity to continue playing varsity athletics, we enhance their overall college experience. The bond these student-athletes will form at Wells College with their teammates, coaches, professors, and peers create a tremendous learning experience and memories that will last a lifetime.”

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. 

To advance its athletics programs, Wells offers a variety of indoor and outdoor athletic facilities. The Schwartz Athletic Center houses a swimming pool, gymnasium, and two tennis courts; a state-of-the-art fitness center opened in fall 2006. 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 year. 

Student-athletes interested in playing basketball for Wells should contact Coach Joe Wojtylko at 315.364.3479 or email jwojtylko@wells.edu

January, 2008


Wells College Launches New Study Abroad Program

Gender Studies and Development now offered in Mumbai, India

Mumbai, IndiaIn keeping with its promise to connect students to the world around them, Wells College has developed a new study abroad program in Mumbai, India. Designed to help students appreciate the differing impacts development can have on women’s and men’s lives, the new Gender Studies and Development Program welcomes its first students this spring.

“This is an excellent example of a study abroad program which combines classroom learning with cultural immersion,” said John Wells, director of off campus study. “Students combine courses which are specifically designed for them with a service learning experience at a social service organization in Mumbai.”

According to Mr. Wells, Wells College’s partner institution in India, the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), is the ideal host for the new program. “Alongside faculty who conduct research on issues related to women’s health, the environment, and child poverty, students in the Gender Studies and Development Program will be able to combine classroom learning with their own experience volunteering in Mumbai,” he says. 

Program participants will live on-campus with five hundred TISS students from across India, providing an invaluable experience for informal learning about one another’s cultures and countries.

Six Americans are participating in the inaugural semester, said Mr. Wells. “I’m pleased that this initial group represents students from Wells College, St. Mary’s College (Indiana), Notre Dame University, and the University of Mary Washington. The group is solid, and we expect interest in the program to grow.”

Two of the Wells students going to India, Nicole Fambo ’09, a public affairs major from Schenectady, NY, and women’s studies major Krystal Cleary ’09 of Eastlake, Ohio, have received the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to participate in the new Mumbai program. The Gilman Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education. Its mission is to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go.

For more information about Wells’ study abroad programs, please contact Director of Publications & Media Relations Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260 or by email at ktehan@wells.edu.

January, 2008


Dance in January

Paul Taylor Dance Company
January 7 – 23, 2008
Wells College Dance Studio
Schwartz Athletic Center
$12 per class; $55 per week / 5 classes

All classes are taught by Emma Batman, who holds a degree from Goucher College with a concentration in dance and advanced coursework in ballet and modern technique and composition. Emma has worked with such guest artists as Nilas Martins, Michael Vernon, Heather McArdle, and Roger Jeffrey.

Creative Movement(ages 4-7)
MWF 3:15 – 4:00 pm

Modern & Ballet (ages 8-12)
MWF 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Adult Stretch & Tone
T, Th 4:30 – 5:30 pm
$10 per class

Modern, intermediate/advanced
MWF 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Ballet, intermediate/advances
T, Th 5:30 – 7:00 pm

The last week of classes will be offered in conjunction with a two-week residency by Taylor 2 of the internationally acclaimed Paul Taylor Dance Company. Go to www.ptdc.org to learn more about Taylor 2. The Paul Taylor Dance Company will also perform at Wells College on Saturday, February 16; click on www.wells.edu and then call the box office (315-364-3456) to reserve tickets.

To register or for more information, please contact Emma Batman at 315-406-8557 or email ebatman@goucher.edu

Sponsored by Peachtown Elementary School

January, 2008