Wells College News Archives 1998

News stories from the College's archives.



College unveils new intercollegiate team

Wells will add an intercollegiate softball program beginning in the spring semester of 2000, according to Lyn LaBar, the college's athletics administrator.

"This is an exciting step for Wells and demonstrates the college's commitment to the athletic program. We believe participation in intercollegiate competition greatly enhances the overall educational experience of our students," said LaBar.

Wells currently offers the following intercollegiate sports: field hockey, soccer, tennis, swimming, and lacrosse. The college competes at the NCAA Division III level and is a member of the Atlantic Women's College Conference (AWCC) and the New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSWCAA).

"We are excited to add softball because both high school students considering Wells and current students have expressed enthusiasm for the creation of a softball team," said Dean of Students Susan H. Ryan.

Kristy Baley, a first-year student at Wells from Waterloo, New York, is pleased the college has announced this new program. She currently is a member of the college's soccer team. "I think adding the softball team is a very good idea especially because it will increase students' athletic options in the spring semester," she said.

December, 1998


Open house at Wells offers views of college life

Students and their families who are involved in the college search process are invited to attend an open house at Wells on Sunday, December 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This free event is designed especially for students who have not yet selected a major and are interested in learning about different academic areas. Students and their families will also be able to learn about everyday life at a women's liberal arts college, career connections, and the financial aid process. Call 1.800.952.9355 for reservations and information.

Sponsored by Wells' Admissions Office, the open house will offer a variety of presentations and panels throughout the day. Wells faculty members, students, alumnae, and administrators will participate in the program. Current students will offer their perspectives on college life.

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

"This open house will serve the needs of a wide variety of students," said Wells' Associate Director of Admissions Meredith B. Cook. "Students and their parents can learn about different majors. The day will also provide numerous opportunities to learn firsthand about clubs and activities, campus safety, and what Wells women do after graduation."

November, 1998


New publication will benefit Wells College Book Arts Center

Clandestine Press of Ithaca, New York, is pleased to announce the publication of Maneuvers, a new chapbook of poems by Bruce Bennett, professor of English at Wells. All proceeds from the sale of this high-quality, limited edition will help support the Victor Hammer Fellowship in the Book Arts Center at Wells College. 

Maneuvers contains 27, eight-line poems which explore the possibilities of the form as they carry out or speculate on a variety of philosophical and psychological "maneuvers." Professor Bennett has chosen to write most of the sequence in rhyming quatrains that complement the playfully discursive content. For instance, "Biology Lesson" uses an unusual method to link stanzas which heightens our awareness of the parable embedded in the poem: 

The wildebeests, you tell me, know
when one is singled out to die.
Since they are not the ones to go,
they keep on grazing while the li- 

on, focused and intent, gives chase
till he brings down his hapless prey.... 

Professor Bennett has been praised for his sharp imagery and extended metaphors, and Maneuvers presents fresh, new examples of his skill. The chapbook also offers work drawn from a different rhetorical tradition and is an essential addition to the collections of his readers. These poems are filled with gems of insight about human interaction and the intricate rationalizations we weave in order to survive. "Its Own Place" is a marvelous lyric which captures the tone of this chapbook: 

If misery were at an end
and all the world appeared
complaisant as a happy dream
with nothing to be feared 

The mind would quickly set to work
constructing woe and bane
until it felt itself besieged
and quite at home again. 

Robert Doherty, printer-in-residence at Wells, is the owner of Clandestine Press. Maneuvers is set in Monotype Bulmer digital type on Rives mould made paper in an edition of 100 copies, numbered and signed by the author. The book sells for $20.00. An edition available to students costs $10.00. Checks should be made payable to the Wells College Press. For more information and orders, write to the Book Arts Center, Wells College, Aurora, New York 13026 or call 315.364.3420. 

October, 1998


New scholars program funds paid internships

Wells has reconfigured its long established Henry Wells Scholarship program now guaranteeing eligible students a paid internship of $3,000 during their college career, according to Susan Raith Sloan, director of admissions at Wells. 

During the first year of study at Wells, program participants will receive hands-on experience in a work setting that matches their academic interests during the January Intersession. 

The paid experience, which will take place during the upper-class years, can be in a variety of settings including the workplace, in collaboration with faculty on research, or studying in a Third World country, among other options. 

Wells' Director of Career Development Services Nancy Karpinski said, "Many students cannot explore their top internship choices due to financial pressures; the Henry Wells Scholars Program is designed to relieve those pressures. Students will receive guidance from faculty advisors throughout the process to ensure they take maximum advantage of the opportunities." 

The program is guaranteed to all nominated and admitted students with a 90% cumulative high school grade point average. They also must have scored 1150 or higher on the S.A.T. or 28 or higher on the A.C.T. 

Nominations may be made by guidance counselors or Wells College alumnae. Guidance counselors and alumnae may nominate more than one student for these prestigious awards. The deadline is February 1, 1999. 

Internships have always been an important part of undergraduate study at Wells. Recently students have held internships at ABC Television, Amnesty International, Citibank, Fidelity Investments, Habitat for Humanity, HarperCollins Publishers, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seven Hills School, and Xerox Corporation, among other locations. 

The new Henry Wells Scholars program formalizes this important Wells experience and guarantees access for eligible students. All Wells students can participate in the college's internship program, but they are not guaranteed payment, said Karpinski. 

For more information about the Henry Wells Scholars Program call 1.800.952.9355. 

October, 1998


Wells professor establishes $700,000 trust to support faculty and staff research

A professor of religion at Wells has established a $700,000 trust that will provide financial support for faculty and staff members at the Upstate New York women’s college. An additional share of the trust will also benefit People For the American Way in Washington D.C.
"The portion of the trust I am giving to Wells will be used for an endowment, the income from which will support both faculty and staff research and development," said Professor of Religion Arthur J. Bellinzoni.

Professor Bellinzoni has taught at Wells for the last 37 years. He is an authority on Biblical studies and contemporary Middle Eastern history, culture, and politics. A widely published author, his books include The Sayings of Jesus in the Writings of Justin Martyr, Intellectual Honesty and Religious Commitment, and The Two Source Hypothesis: A Critical Appraisal.

"Although Wells is primarily a teaching institution, we recognize and applaud publication and research. I think the college needs to provide more resources to support travel and materials needed for various research projects," he said.

For the last 15 years he has stepped out of the seminar room to take on additional responsibility in the college’s Office of Development where he oversees planned giving - the branch of fundraising that involves wills, trusts, and estate planning. He has also taken a leading role in The Campaign for Wells College, the largest fundraising effort in the college’s history, which has raised $41 million toward a goal of $50 million by the year 2000.

"I know teaching is Arthur’s greatest passion," said Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson. "All the same, I continue to call upon his natural abilities as a fundraiser to support the college in other ways. He is truly a successful example of someone who can ‘wear two hats.’ This gift he has made is special and reflects his belief in the strength of the Wells community."

Working outside his academic area at the college has helped Professor Bellinzoni develop an appreciation for the role the staff plays in support of education at the institution. His contribution has also been designated to provide funds for college staff members to attend national conferences, take time off, conduct research, and participate in professional development activities so they can serve the college better.

As a fundraiser, he realizes that giving a gift of this nature sets an example. He hopes others will be inspired to give by his belief in the college’s future. More generally, he hopes people will consider making charitable contributions to support causes they believe in.

An additional share of Professor Bellinzoni’s trust goes to People For the American Way. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., the organization was founded by Norman Lear and has received much recognition for its challenges to the radical right’s vision of America.

"As a professor of religion, I have developed a clear understanding of what I believe is the best function of religion in American society. I certainly have in my own mind a clear understanding that religion speaks to our personal values, and we ought not to impose particular religious agendas on the whole of society. When I came upon People for the American Way, I was able to identify immediately with its mission."

Carole Shields, president of People for the American Way, said, "We are truly grateful for this gift. Professor Bellinzoni understands our mission at its very deepest level. At Wells College, he connects with his students and teaches them to think clearly and critically about complex issues involving religion and society. Through his involvement in our organization, he brings his knowledge and insights into the public arena - it is a way to make a difference."

Professor Bellinzoni received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and his master’s degree and doctorate from Harvard University.

October, 1998


Victor Hammer Fellowship announced

The Wells College Book Arts Center has established the Victor Hammer Fellowship in the Book Arts with the aid of a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, according to Bruce Bennett, the center's director and professor of English at Wells.

Jocelyn Webb has been named the first Victor Hammer Fellow for a one-year term beginning in the fall 1998 semester. She will teach a class on printing and publishing, as a counterpart to the already existing course in fine binding. "The course will cover how to set type, typography, and ways art can complement text," she said. "During the spring semester I will teach a class on the history of the book."

Her other responsibilities include executing printing assignments for the college, working on printing projects with visiting writers, and arranging for two book arts workshops per year. She will also be affiliated with the Press and Letterfoundry of Michael and Winifred Bixler located in nearby Skaneateles, New York, where she will serve as an apprentice.

Ms. Webb earned a graduate certificate in the book arts from the University of Iowa this year where she worked in the university's Center for the Book. "I worked closely with writers in the writing workshop compiling manuscripts for possible publication. Jorie Graham and James Galvin were very supportive and helped me connect the Iowa writing program to the Center for the Book," said Ms. Webb.

Ms. Webb collaborated with fiction writer Peter Orner to publish Seep , a collection of his stories and her artwork which she submitted as her final thesis project at the University of Iowa. This book was published under the imprint of Sierras Press - a publishing enterprise Ms. Webb created and plans to expand.

Before she began her studies at Iowa, she was an apprentice with the Yolla Bolly Press in Ovelo, California, where she set type by hand for publication of El Pan de los Dias: The Bread of Days, a folio-sized book of Mexican poetry edited by Octovio Paz and Samuel Beckett with etchings by Enrique Chigoya. She was also an apprentice with Turkey Press in Santa Barbara.

She earned her B.A. in English literature from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She has published poems in 100 Words: A Literary Magazine for the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

August, 1998


Xerox Corporation VP named Wells College Board Chair

Margie Filter Hostetter, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Xerox Corporation in Stamford, Connecticut, has been named to a one-year term as Chair of the Wells College Board of Trustees, according to Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President of Wells College.

A resident of Westport, Connecticut, Ms. Hostetter began her career in 1966 with Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. in New York City as a security analyst in the Trust and Investment Division. In 1970 she joined G.A. Saxton & Co., also in New York, as a Senior Technology Analyst.

In 1973 she became a member of the Corporate Control Staff of Xerox Corporation, beginning her distinguished career in that organization. From 1979-84 she served as Director of Investor Relations for Xerox. In 1984 she was promoted to Vice President and Secretary. She assumed her current position as Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer in 1990.

Ms. Hostetter is a member of the Board of Counselors of the Board of Trustees of Peoples Bank in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and is also a member of the Investor Relations Association of New York, the National Investor Relations Institute, and the Financial Women's Association of New York.

Her study, "Accounting Practices of Major Computer Companies," published in the Financial Analysts Journal won a Graham and Dodd Scroll Award, presented by the Financial Analysts Federation for Excellence in Financial Writing.

She attended Wells for three years and received her B.A. in economics from the City College of New York. In 1990, she was named a Wells College Trustee and has served continuously in that capacity for the last eight years.

August, 1998


Wells receives grant for Visiting Writers Series

Wells has been awarded a $2,850 grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to fund the college's Visiting Writers Series, according to Professor of English Bruce Bennett who coordinates the series.

The Visiting Writers Series has been bringing distinguished literary figures to Wells and the Finger Lakes Region for the last 23 years. The writers have included Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners. Galway Kinnell, Lucille Clifton, and W. S. Merwin are among the guests who have visited campus.

"On average, eight writers visit campus each year," said Professor Bennett. "In addition to readings, they visit classes and meet individually with students. The writers are very much a part of the liberal arts curriculum."

This year Professor Bennett has scheduled a group of well-known writers including Katherine McAlpine and Gail White, editors of The Muse Strikes Back: A Poetic Response by Women to Men; Laure-Anne Bosselaar, author of the poetry collection The Hour Between Dog and Wolf; Edward Hower whose most recent novel is The Queen of the Silver Dollar; and a return visit by Lucille Clifton, one of America's most celebrated writers.

"It's wonderful that NYSCA has once again generously supported literature and the arts in this area through its grant to Wells," said Bennett. "The grant makes it possible for the college to continue to be a vital cultural center."

Professor Bennett is also director of the Wells College Book Arts Center which consists of the Wells College Press and the Class of 1932 Bindery. The center offers classes, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and symposia in the fine arts, the literary arts, bookbinding, printing, publishing, and related fields. It is a classroom, laboratory, and a library for information and inspiration and serves as a magnet for all who wish to study the art of the book. Visiting writers frequently participate in Book Arts Center activities.

August, 1998


Wells president named to board of the Women's College Coalition

President Lisa Marsh Ryerson has been named to the board of the Women's College Coalition in Washington, D.C., according to Jadwiga Sebrechts, the coalition's director.

"I am delighted that President Ryerson has agreed to join our board," said Sebrechts. "The Women's College Coalition will benefit from her vision and energy. She is an exemplary college president, and we are looking forward to her involvement."

President Ryerson will attend her first board meeting at the end of September. She will serve a three-year term, joining 11 other board members who are also presidents of women's colleges.

The Women's College Coalition is an association that advocates in many arenas on behalf of both two-year and four-year women's colleges in the United States. With headquarters at Trinity College in Washington, D.C., it also serves as a clearinghouse for research on women-centered education.

Coalition public policy initiatives include attaining gender equity in education for girls and women, advancing leadership by women in a wide variety of settings, and increasing the number of women who enter professions related to the study of math and science, according to Sebrechts.

The Women's College Coalition and the Ad Council are leading a national, public service campaign for gender equity in schools entitled Expect The Best From A Girl: That's What You'll Get. "The campaign encourages us to let our daughters and female students know we expect more from them. In turn, we must offer the support and encouragement they need to reach the highest levels of achievement," said President Ryerson.

August, 1998


Director of corporate and foundation support appointed

Christine Franquemont, a resident of Ithaca, New York, has been appointed Director of Corporate and Foundation Support at Wells, according to Dr. Jan Kennedy Olsen, Wells' Vice President for External Relations.

In this position, she will work with members of the Wells faculty and administration to match corporate and foundation resources with college priorities - including an aggressive plan to enrich academic programs which accompanies the college's policy to lower tuition costs by 30% beginning in the fall semester of 1999.

Dr. Franquemont comes to Wells with a strong record of success in fundraising both for higher education and her own research projects. She has served as Associate Director of Foundation Relations at Cornell University, and she is the recipient of two Fulbright awards as well as grants from the National Science Foundation and the Social Science Research Council.

She earned her B.A. from Radcliffe College in anthropology and her Ph.D. from Cornell University. She has taught at Cornell University, Ithaca College, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the School for Field Studies, and was a visiting scientist in Japan. Her publications include monographs and articles on the ethnobotany of the Andes.

"As a graduate of a women's college, I am very pleased to join the Wells community at this moment when the college is strengthening academic programs and institutional planning. I am delighted to be able to put my skills and energies to work for the cause of women's education," said Dr. Franquemont.

August, 1998


Seminar participants draft new Declaration of Sentiments

One hundred fifty years ago a group of visionary women convened in Seneca Falls, New York, for the first women's rights convention. Since that public declaration of their determination to vote, women have worked continuously to make their voices heard and to increase their influence in the public policy arena.

Following in this spirit, women college students gathered at Wells College Saturday, June to participate in The Seneca Falls Seminar: A History of Women's Leadership in the Public Arena.

The Seneca Falls Seminar gave students a unique opportunity to commemorate the struggle for women's rights in the United States. Seminar participants visited the places where Stanton, Anthony, Gage, and other early proponents of "woman suffrage" gathered, discussed, and developed the ideas and strategies that launched the movement for women's political rights.

Using the 1848 Declaration of Sentiments as a model, the students identified the central issues facing women who will live and work in the 21st century and made recommendations to achieve full gender equity. The Seminar culminated in the development of Making Our Voices Heard: A Declaration of Sentiments for the 21st Century. 

This document calls for social, economic, and political changes that will make the ideas and aspirations of early suffragists and contemporary advocates for women's rights a reality. Making Our Voices Heard is a testament to the 150 years of struggle for full equality for women that was launched when the Declaration of Sentiments was signed in Seneca Falls on July 20, 1848.

Wells offered the seminar with the support of the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. PLEN is a consortium of women's colleges with headquarters in Washington, D.C., working together to prepare women for public leadership.

PLEN was created in 1978 by Frances Tarlton "Sissy" Farenthold who was then serving as Wells' president. Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson was recently named the PLEN board chair.

Seneca Falls Seminar 1998 Web site

July, 1998


A Seneca Falls Celebrate ‘98 Event: Wells College presents Educating Women for the Future

As part of this summer’s celebration of the historic 1848 Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, Wells College will present Educating Women for the Future on Friday, July 17. This program is open to the public and will take place in the Academy Square Auditorium in Seneca Falls beginning at 10:00 a.m. and concluding at 4:00 p.m.

Educating Women for Leadership is a gathering of women college presidents and other educational leaders who will discuss the vital issues related to the attainment of gender equity for women in higher education and throughout the educational system. Highlights of the day include:

10:00-10:05 a.m. - Welcome and introductions by Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President of Wells College.

10:05-11:00 a.m. - Panel Session - Educating Women for Opportunity: The Women’s College Difference with Lisa Marsh Ryerson; Gloria Nemerowicz, President of Pine Manor College; Jadwiga Sebrechts, President of the Women’s College Coalition in Washington, D.C.

1:30-2:00 p.m. - Panel Session - Women College Presidents: Two Women’s Stories with Peggy Williams, President of Ithaca College; Mary Norman, Retired President of Allegheny Community College and Orange County Community College.

2:00-2:30 p.m. - Leadership for Women with Lisa Marsh Ryerson and Gloria Nemerowicz.

2:30-3:00 p.m. - Educating Women for the Future - Educating Women About Our Choices by Betsy McCaughey Ross, New York State Lieutenant Governor.

3:00-3:30 p.m. - Smart Girls/Smart Choices: How to Pick the Perfect College by Christina Page, Editor of The Smart Girls Guide to College.

Throughout the day, participants will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the featured guests.

"Women must have knowledge, skills, and the opportunity to develop fully as individuals if they are to emerge as the professionals and leaders we need in the decades ahead," said President Ryerson. "For this reason, the attainment of gender equity in education is a key issue in any discussion of women’s role in the future. I am confident that the ideas generated during this program will break important, new ground."

Wells College is proud to be a sponsor of Celebrate ‘98. For more information call 315.364.3265.

July, 1998


A Seneca Falls Celebrate '98 Event: Wells College presents Financial Day for Women

As part of this summer's celebration of the historic 1848 Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, Wells College will host Financial Day for Women: Your Money and Your Life on Tuesday, July 14. All financial day events are open to the public and will take place on the Wells campus beginning at 9:15 a.m. and concluding at 3:15 p.m.

"For 130 years, Wells College has been a place for women who change the world," said Jan Kennedy Olsen, Wells' Vice President for External Relations. "It is fitting that Wells should be a sponsor of Celebrate '98, an event which turns the eyes of the nation on the contributions of women to the quality of our society."

Women need particular skills to enable them to take their place confidently in today's world. The ability to control their finances is fundamental. Financial Day for Women sets out to remove the mystique from money management through practical presentations by outstanding women business leaders, investment professionals, and entrepreneurs who will explore the often mystifying issues related to women and their finances. Highlights of the day will include:

  • An address by Margie Filter Hostetter, a Wells graduate and Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer of Xerox Corporation, entitled "From 1848 to the New Millennium: A View of Women in Finance." Ms. Hostetter is the highest ranking woman at Xerox.
  • A presentation on entrepreneurship by Victoria MacKenzie-Childs, co-founder of MacKenzie-Childs Ltd., the world-famous designers and manufacturers of spirited furnishings, majolica dinnerware, glassware, and linen.
  • A panel discussion with women leaders in the field of investing and finance entitled "Dollars and Sense: Your Money Can Work for You."
Throughout the day, participants will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the featured guests along with other women in business, investing, and other fields.

The college is located in the village of Aurora on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake in New York State's Finger Lakes resort region - a 30 minute drive from Seneca Falls. For information and reservations call 315.364.3416 or e-mail careers@wells.edu. There is a $10.00 fee for participation in the day's activities which includes lunch and refreshments.

Schedule of Events of Financial Day for Women at Wells College

June, 1998


Wells College awards full scholarships

Seven students selected through a rigorous, national competition have been awarded prestigious Henry Wells Scholarships. The students will begin as members of the Wells Class of 2002 in the fall.

"A Henry Wells Scholarship covers the full cost of a student’s tuition during her four years of study. Each of the seven awards we have made this year will pay approximately $60,000 in tuition costs," says Susan Sloan, Wells’ director of admissions. "These scholarships are the highest honor the college can bestow upon an entering student, and we are very pleased with the quality of the students who have received the award."

The following students are the Henry Wells Scholarship recipients of the Class of 2002:

Michelle Bunny, daughter of Lisa Bunny of Santa Rosa, California, is a 1998 graduate of Ursuline High School. She served as a member of the Link Crew and on an Indian Health Project where she was a nurse’s aid.

Charlene Holmes, daughter of Virginia and John Holmes of Auburn graduated from Skaneateles High School. She served as the vice president of her class, and editor of the school’s literary magazine. Charlene was named to the National Honor Society, and Who’s Who Among Students in American High Schools three consecutive years. She received a gold medal of excellence on the National Latin Exam.

Rebecca Manning is the daughter of Marianne and Andrew Manning of Bridport, Vermont. She is a graduate of Middlebury Union High School. She is a member of the 4H Club and the Student Coalition on Human Rights. Rebecca also serves as a peer counselor and a Special Olympics coach. She spent this spring studying in Japan.

Elizabeth Miller is the daughter of Frankie and Glenn Miller of Bangor, Maine. She is a graduate of Bangor High School. Elizabeth served as a member of the Young Democrats and the National Honor Society. She is the editor-in-chief of the school paper and principle cellist in the Bangor Symphony Youth Orchestra. Elizabeth was named to the All State Orchestra.

Elana Napolito is the daughter of Elpha and Frank Napolito of Setauket, New York. She is a member of the National Honor Society and received the Board of Elections Student Recognition Award. Elana is an accomplished poet. Her work was published in the 21st Century Poetry Journal in the Spring 1996 and Winter 1997 editions.

Kristen Powlick is the daughter of Candace LaRue of Liverpool. Kristen was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American High Schools. She is a member of the St. Joseph’s Choir, where she plays the flute, bassoon, saxophone, and piano. She is the editor and co-founder of "Mr. Sparkle," Liverpool High School’s web site. Kristen is also in the Model UN Club and a member of the LHS Jazz Band.

Janna Pulver, daughter of Patricia and Bernard Pulver of Canandaigua. She is a graduate of Canandaigua Academy. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the drama club, and the French club. Janna is also editor-in-chief of the school yearbook.

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

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

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

June, 1998


One million dollar renovation project leads to re-dedication of Weld Residence Hall

Historic Weld Residence Hall on the Wells campus will be re-dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, May 29 which starts at 5:00 p.m. The renovated facility will house Wells students beginning in the fall 1998 semester.

The building is named in honor William Ernest Weld - the college's eighth president who served from 1936-46. Before coming to Wells, he was a professor of economics and dean of the arts college at the University of Rochester and also taught overseas. He received his bachelor's degree from Wooster, his M.A. from Princeton, and his Ph.D. from Columbia.

Members of the Weld family will be present for the celebration including his daughters Helen Weld Nesbitt of Clinton, New York, and Frances Weld Shaffer of Potomac, Maryland - both are Wells College graduates. Speakers from the college will be President Lisa Marsh Ryerson, Professor of Religion Arthur J. Bellinzoni, and Board of Trustees Chair Shirley Schou Bacot.

The renovation project began in 1996 when the college received a gift of $250,000 from an anonymous donor. In order to receive the donation, the college had to raise an additional $750,000. "Within six months, alumnae and friends helped us reach this goal," said Ryerson.

Weld is the first residence hall on campus to have computer network connections in every room. The first floor now has two, state-of-the-art computer labs. The entire building is cabled for access to information technology including e-mail and the Internet.

The building is completely handicap accessible. The facilities have been remodeled, and heating, ventilation, plumbing, and electrical services have been refurbished. The living spaces have been updated, and public spaces have been renovated and decorated. Three student rooms have been named in honor of Dr. Weld and his family.

May, 1998


Wells names faculty and staff award recipients

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

The recipient of the 1998 student Life Award is Assistant Dean of Students Edith Patterson Brown. She began working at Wells in the fall of 1997. Brown is a native of Port Byron. She received her master's degree in counseling from New York University in 1996. She graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1994.

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

The recipient of the 1998 Excellence in Teaching Award is Assistant Professor of Psychology Vic Munoz. Munoz joined the Wells faculty in 1994. She received her B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, and her Ed.D. from Harvard University. Munoz teaches classes on the psychology of women, human sexuality, and development in adolescence, among other courses.

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

The recipient of the 1998 Excellence in Academic Advising Award is Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Carol Shilepsky of Aurora. She joined the Wells faculty in 1974 and earned her B.A. from Connecticut College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Shilepsky is coordinator of the computer science minor and teaches programming, software engineering, and database systems, among other courses.

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

May, 1998


Students present research findings at a national conference

Eight Wells students and a professor participated in the 12th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), held at Salisbury State University in Maryland, April 23 through 25. This is the tenth NCUR conference in which Wells has participated.

Mansi Amin of Vestal, New York, and Jody Weinstein of Wassaic, New York, both senior biology majors, presented their collaborative work on "The Use of Macroinvertebrates to Determine the Water Quality of Two Streams Located in Cayuga County, New York." This research was performed under the direction of A. Thomas Vawter, professor of biology.

Jessica Barnes, a senior history major from Little Meadows, Pennsylvania, presented her paper, "A Comparative Analysis of the Prison Experiences of Two Russian Women in Two Eras of Russian History - Vera Figner in Tsarist Russia and Evgenia Ginzburg in Stalinist Russia." This work was performed under the direction of Beatrice Farnsworth, professor of history.

Christina Barone, a senior public affairs major from Holmes, New York, worked with Nan M. DiBello, assistant professor of political science, on the topic: "Dependence vs. Independence and Welfare Reform: The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1995."

Heather Houseman, a senior biology major from Syracuse, New York, presented her work on "Germination Ecology of Three Economically Important Species of Eupatorium." This work was done under the supervision of Margaret Flowers, professor of biology.

Dorothy Shand a senior chemistry major from salt Lake City, Utah, presented her research performed with Professor Flowers and Linda Schwab, professor of chemistry, on "Phenolic Constituents of Eupatorium maculatum, an Unexamined Member of a Medicinally Significant Genus."

LiMing Tseng, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major from Plattsburgh, New York, also worked with Professors Flowers and Schwab on "Quantitation of Active Ingredients in Commercial and Wild-crafted Extracts of Plantago Major."

Laura Wawrousek, a senior sociology major from Ft. Drum, New York, presented her paper, "Families in Fatigues: An Analysis on the Effects of Frequent Relocations and Separations on Military Families." This paper was written under the direction of Spencer Hildahl, professor of sociology.

Also attending this year was Christopher T. Bailey, associate professor of chemistry. Professor Bailey, a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research, also participated in the Undergraduate Research Network Symposia, a forum for faculty discussions.

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

More than 2,000 undergraduate students and faculty members from 270 colleges and Universities across the United States gathered for the conference.

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

May, 1998


Wells continues partnership with Walter Reed research institute

A visit by two professors to Washington D.C. has helped strengthen a bond between Wells College and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research which is contributing to the study of tropical diseases and science education for women.

For several years, Professor of Biology Margaret G. Flowers and Professor of Chemistry Linda S. Schwab have included research components in their college science classes that allow students to test various medicinal plants for their ability to fight tropical diseases. Their current work involves dogwood and the roadside plant, Joe Pye Weed.

"Parasitic diseases are endemic in about 80% of the world," explains Schwab. "We're lucky in North America not to be hounded lifelong by the debilitating diseases that plague the Third World. There are not many places in this country that specialize in the study of tropical diseases - Walter Reed is one of them. It's a very select group of institutions in the First World studying Third World diseases."

During their visit to Walter Reed, Flowers and Schwab met with Colonel John Scovill who directs Walter Reed's division of experimental therapeutics and Dr. Nancy Roth who works in the division as well as other scientists. They discussed internships for Wells students, research, and other possibilities for collaboration.

Schwab said, "I was very impressed with both Colonel Scovill and Dr. Roth. They are interested in education and understand what makes meaningful experiences for undergraduates. People who are actively in an important area of tropical medicine research shared with us very important, new developments that have a place in our undergraduate teaching. Some of the ideas we talked about with them we put immediately into play in a biochemistry course."

Flowers said, "My interest in the visit was more generally as a biologist. The research we're doing at Wells involves looking for potential therapeutics in local plants. It was interesting for me to see what plants they were finding useful at Walter Reed as potential anti-malarials and also how you can bring this work into the lab in a way that can be safe for students to actually make a useful contribution."

During the last two years, Schwab and Flowers have worked to establish formal and informal relationships with Walter Reed. One important outcome is a testing agreement: "We can send them compounds and micro-organisms for testing and they can send us their compounds," said Schwab. An increasing number of Wells students are looking at Walter Reed for its internship possibilities, and both Wells students and faculty members are able to keep abreast of cutting edge developments in science through the connection.

Margaret Flowers believes this partnership between Wells and Walter Reed shows students how the scientific process of discovery really works: "They see collaboration, which is the norm in the scientific world. They don't see science being done alone in some cold, dark laboratory; they do see a lot of collaboration and sharing of ideas."

May, 1998


Wells College drives affordability of private education

Wells College has joined other institutional leaders who are responding to public concern about the affordability of higher education. After a long and thoughtful process, the Wells College Board of Trustees voted on Saturday, May 2, to set the college's tuition and fees at $12,300 beginning in the fall 1999 semester, down from a current $17,540 - a 30% reduction.

President Lisa Marsh Ryerson said, "Along with this tuition reduction, we have made a decision to increase our investment in academic program enrichment in the months and years ahead. We know these decisions will make a Wells liberal arts education more valuable and affordable to students and their families."

This innovative action places Wells in a leadership position with Princeton, Yale, and Stanford: top universities that have also recently addressed the problem of educational access through new financial policies. Wells is the first liberal arts college for women to join this current effort.

Ryerson said, "The college is in a unique position to set the standards for affordable pricing. We are able to take these actions due to the success of our ongoing comprehensive campaign through which generous alumnae and friends of the college have demonstrated their commitment to educating women.

"Women's colleges continue to serve a critical role in the landscape of higher education. Wells intends to accelerate its commitment to academic programs that will prepare women for leadership in the new century."

May, 1998


Wells and Southern Cayuga High School form partnership to celebrate Take Your Daughter to Work Day

To share in the spirit of national Take Your Daughter to Work Day, Wells and nearby Southern Cayuga High School combined forces on Thursday, April 23 to offer young women a unique mentoring experience.

Through the program, students from Southern Cayuga High School spent the day at Wells learning about a wide variety of professional areas represented at the college. Approximately 15 Southern Cayuga students attended, reported Terry Martinez, director of Wells' leadership programs and an organizer of the event.

Students interested in teaching careers observed faculty members. Jeanne Goddard, associate professor of dance; Rosemary Welsh, associate professor of art history; and Bird Stasz, director of elementary education, were among the faculty members who brought a Southern Cayuga student to work.

The visitors also learned about jobs in other parts of the college including the library, career services, student activities, fundraising, and academic administration.

"I appreciate the value of taking an active part in serving our local community," said Martinez. "I am excited the women of the Wells family were eager to reach out to share stories about life options, challenges, and what it takes to succeed in the world of work."

April, 1998


Why Wells? presents an intimate view of college life

Students accepted as members of the Class of 2002 at Wells are invited to visit campus on Saturday, April 18, for the Why Wells? program. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. in the lobby of Macmillan Hall, and activities are scheduled to conclude at 3:45 p.m.

Participants will meet with professors, learn about student life, experience the beauty of the campus, and discover the opportunities that await them after graduation - all in a daylong program devoted exclusively to their needs and interests.

The Why Wells? program gives students the chance to experience college life with their families and independently. A session for students only, "All You Really Wanted to Know About Student Life," will be offered while other family members can attend, "What Parents Really Want to Know About Sending Their Daughter to Wells."

Sessions will address academic issues of importance; students will be able to examine specific areas of study and styles of teaching. Guests will hear presentations by faculty, participate in discussions, and meet with professors informally.

Included in the program is a presentation by Professor of Chemistry Linda Schwab and Professor of Biology Margaret Flowers about the college's pre-med and pre-vet programs. Associate Professor of Spanish Pilar Greenwood will discuss opportunities for off-campus study. Director of Career Development Services Nancy Karpinski will talk about how to take advantage of the over 1,000 internships offered annually by the college.

Sessions and individual meetings with Wells alumnae are another important part of the day's activities. Alumnae will be present to share memories of Wells and discuss graduate school and careers. Current Wells students will lead tours and answer questions.

The college search process grows more complex with each new year. Why Wells? is an innovative program that emphasizes personal relationships. In a time when the higher education experience can often be impersonal, accepted students and their families are able to join a learning community and discover the essence of the liberal arts.

The Why Wells? program for accepted students is free. For more information, contact 800.952.9355.

April, 1998


Professor will co-edit international journal

Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, associate professor of political science at Wells, has recently accepted an invitation to serve a four-year term as co-editor of the International Journal of Comparative Sociology (IJCS), which is published in Leiden, Netherlands.

The journal was founded in 1961 and presents a detailed and scholarly account of studies made in different cultures and societies. Using an interdisciplinary approach, IJCS publishes work by criminologists, political scientists, economists, anthropologists, psychiatrists, and other related social scientists. Topics found in its 36 volumes cover everything from Alienation to Zar cult, representing diverse nations from Australia to Zanzibar.

IJCS is published quarterly, and one issue each year is dedicated to a special topic. Last year's theme, Justice in Controversy: A Comparative Analysis of Injustice and Inequality, was compiled by Pat Lauderdale and Randall Amster of Arizona State University's School of Justice.

The issue presented an outstanding analysis of the alternative ways in which historically marginalized peoples have come to define the concepts of justice and injustice; how such peoples have fared in utilizing various means to attain justice; and the role of discourses surrounding class, race, ethnicity, and gender in shaping conceptions of what is just or unjust.

A resident of Ithaca, New York, Professor Lumumba-Kasongo joined the Wells faculty in 1993. He earned his B.A. from the Université Libre du Congo, his M.A. from Harvard University, and a second master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. At Wells, he teaches Politics of Developing Countries, Old and New Paradigms in World Politics, and Approaches to International Relations, among other courses.

April, 1998


Wells participates in partnership to advance girls

Wells is sponsoring three author-lecture fund-raisers in Syracuse, New York, this year which will help support various girl-focused programs of Girls Incorporated of New York.

The first lecture will take place on Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Everson Museum's Hosmer Auditorium. The lecture will feature writer Miriam Grace Monfredo who will present Was It In the Water? Those Fabulous Women of Upstate New York. She is best known for her highly acclaimed Seneca Falls historical mysteries. Ticket prices are $15.00 for adults and $9.00 for those 21 and under.

"We are delighted that Wells College, one of the pre-eminent women's colleges in the nation, shares our vision of advocating for and meeting the unique needs of girls," said Girls Incorporated Executive Director Sharon W. Alestalo.

"By bringing our author lectures to the Syracuse community, Wells is making it possible for people to hear and meet women whose writings remind us of the special stories of women, including their struggles and accomplishments," she said. "Miriam Grace Monfredo, our first author presenter, inspires a cross-section of women readers as well as high school and college-age females because she masterfully casts fictional heroines in plots that deal with actual historical events and social movements. Fictional heroines such as Glynis Tryon become real to many Monfredo readers."

Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson said, "Wells is pleased to join with Girls Incorporated in bringing to Central New York women authors capable of instilling a great appreciation of the triumphs of women and their contributions to social justice, literature, the arts, science, and business. We share Girls Incorporated's goal of bringing women's stories and issues of importance to girls and women more to the forefront in literature, the mass media, and in society as a whole."

Established in Syracuse in 1950, Girls Incorporated today serves 1,800 girls, boys, and family members who live in Onondaga County and surrounding areas. The agency's four core service areas are in youth development, child care, preventive education, and counseling.

Girls-focused programs are central to the agency's vision and mission. Enabling girls to become more media savvy through Girls Re-Cast TV, and encouraging girls to learn about entrepreneurship through Mini Society, are recent cutting-edge programs developed by the Girls Incorporated national organization and implemented in Central New York.

For more information, call 315/364-3260 or e-mail pr@wells.edu

April, 1998


Students lobby for increased higher education funding

Two Wells students, Emera Bridger '01 from Cooperstown, New York, and Jennifer Clark '01, from Canandaigua, New York, joined students from private colleges across New York State to participate in Student Lobby Day 1998 on Tuesday, March 31 in Albany, the state capital.

The event was organized by the Independent Student Coalition, a non-profit, non-partisan organization representing the higher education public policy interests of more than 300,000 students enrolled at New York State's 109 independent colleges and universities.

The purpose of the advocacy effort was to encourage leaders to raise the maximum Tuition Assistance Program (T.A.P.) award to $5,000 from the current $3,100 level and to increase Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) funding to $24.7 million.

The students met with assembly member Daniel Fessenden, who represents Cayuga County, and three other members of the legislature. They visited the offices of their local legislators and delivered advocacy postcards. They also met with Syracuse newspaper reporter Erik Kriss who was gathering student views on higher education funding.

The students protested against a steady decline in support for those who choose to attend private colleges. According to information from New York's Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities:

  • Only a few years ago, New York was #1 among all states - now it is ranked 10th in the amount of the maximum award provided by each state for student assistance.
  • Eight years ago, independent college students received 58% of New York's T.A.P. dollars, but that share of the funding has now declined to 40%.
  • The governor and legislature have not improved independent college T.A.P. for eight years. In fact, the maximum award has decreased $225.
  • When T.A.P. was established in 1974, a maximum award covered 60% of average tuition in independent colleges. That percentage has shrunk to only 25% today.
The students were accompanied by Wells' Dean of Students Susan H. Ryan and Director of Alumnae Affairs Sue Jones. Before returning to Aurora, they were the guests of honor at a reception held by Wells alumnae from the Albany area.

April, 1998


Wells / Bonaire collaboration showcases marine ecology

A new affiliation established by two Wells College professors will provide students with the opportunity to learn firsthand about the marine environment and the native flora and fauna of the Southern Caribbean.

The first offering of the new tutorial is scheduled for two weeks in January of 1999, according to Professor of Biology Margaret Flowers and Professor of Chemistry Linda S. Schwab, both of whom pioneered this affiliation for the college. It is offered through the Wells College Biological and Chemical Sciences Department.

The two-credit tutorial, entitled "The Natural and Cultural History of Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles," will explore in detail the coral reefs and arid terrestrial environments of Bonaire, an island protectorate of the Netherlands located off the coast of Venezuela.

Professor Flowers said, "Bonaire has pristine coral reefs and a very unusual land environment. All of the surrounding reefs and 20% of the island itself are a national park. Because of this commitment to conservation, it is easy to observe unusual and endangered species like flamingos, sea turtles, and Caribbean parrots in their natural setting."

The island's overwhelming response to the planned tutorial came as a pleasant surprise, reported Professor Schwab. "Everyone we met - officials, scientists, business people, and acquaintances - offered their most enthusiastic support to the project; there were even articles about the tutorial and the college in two of the local papers. Bonaireans are eager to share their natural resources and their cultural history with visitors."

Lily Anne Stewart-De Geus, an official of the Tourism Corporation Bonaire, commented on the affiliation with Wells: "This is without a doubt something tremendous for Bonaire and offers an opportunity for educational exchange."

April, 1998


Young Women of Color Invited to Participate in Wells College Program

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

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

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

Applications are available at area high schools or by contacting Leadership Programs, Wells College, Aurora, New York 13026. Telephone: 315/364-3311.

The application deadline is Friday, March 20.

March, 1998


New trustee appointment

Kenneth D. Williams of Naples, Florida, has been named a new member of the Wells College Board of Trustees, according to Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president of the college.

Williams is a retired partner from the Syracuse, New York, office of Coopers & Lybrand, where along with significant client responsibilities he served as the associate chairman of the firm's National Higher Education and Not-For-Profit Industry Group. He is recognized as an expert in college, university, and not-for-profit organization accounting and auditing.

He has served as chair of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Not-For-Profit Organizations Committee during the development of the Not-For-Profit Audit Accounting Guide, the authoritative reference source for all accounting and auditing issues affecting the Not-For-Profit industry. He has authored a number of articles and papers and frequently speaks at conferences.

Williams has served as treasurer, president and chair of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and on a number of other cultural and civic organization boards.

March, 1998


Book gives new angle to poetic form

It's Hard to Get the Angle Right, a new chapbook by Wells Professor of English Bruce Bennett, is a collection of 23 villanelles that explore the nuances of this enduring form and reveal a spectacular tonal range.

The poems "An Astrologer Awaits Your Call" and "What Makes a Song" are trademark Bennett pieces that maintain his identity as a leading satirist and fabulist in the world of contemporary letters. It's Hard to Get the Angle Right also offers many poems that abandon irony and poetic artifice in favor of direct experience. References are made in the collection to contemporary events, relationships, learning, and all are connected to a process of degeneration that paradoxically and relentlessly keeps the world in motion.

While the range in content is a notable achievement, many readers will probably be most intrigued by the poet's masterful, sometimes playful, use of form. A villanelle is a 19-line poem consisting of five, three-line stanzas and a four-line conclusion. There are only two rhymes. The first and third lines of the poem are repeated throughout the poem at regular intervals.

A form which originated in France centuries ago, the villanelle has been revisited by many modern poets. Bennett says he has noticed more interest lately in writing in all different traditional forms. "For myself," he explains, "I love the way villanelles repeat phrases and lines with a subtly, or maybe not so subtly, different meaning with each repetition, and also the way they build toward a conclusion. It's very satisfying when it all somehow falls into place. I guess I just have a fondness and affinity for the form. I haven't even considered writing a lot of sonnets, for instance, though other contemporary poets have written whole books of them."

He says he admires and often teaches the villanelles familiar to most college English majors: Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," Theodore Roethke's "The Waking," Elizabeth Bishop's "One Art," and W. H. Auden's "If I Could Tell You."

As an editor at State Street Press in Brockport, New York, Bennett has had the opportunity to read many chapbooks. This experience has made him keenly aware of the ways shorter sequences of poems can be arranged to enhance meaning and develop themes. "I did try to arrange the villanelles so that the separate poems talk back and forth to each other and also lead somewhere. They're related by mood as well as by theme, and I hope they work well as a group, so the effect of the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. It's lots of fun to put them into a meaningful order," he says.

However, the poems in It's Hard to Get the Angle Right were not all written with a sequence in mind. Bennett says the oldest of the pieces is "Somehow," written as early as the beginning of the 80's. "Then I don't think I wrote any villanelles, or very few, for at least 10 more years. Some were written within a few weeks of the completion of the manuscript. I find that if I'm working on a specific manuscript, poems tend to come to fill in the blanks. Or they get written in a particular form because I'm already working in that form."

While Bruce Bennett will no doubt continue to work in the modes that have established his reputation, It's Hard to Get the Angle Right stands as a fascinating view, as the title suggests, from a different poetic perspective.

It's Hard to Get the Angle Right was published by GreenTower Press, Maryville, Missouri. Copies can be obtained through the Wells College Book Shop, Aurora, New York 13026.

Other books by Bruce Bennett include Taking Off (Orchises, 1992) and Straw Into Gold (Cleveland State, 1984). He co-founded and served as an editor of Field: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, a ground-breaking literary journal, and was also editor of the journal Ploughshares.

March, 1998


Wells women help create new definition of competition

Wells College is a winner in Embracing Victory, the new book by acclaimed author and athlete Mariah Burton Nelson.

In the book Nelson, also author of The Stronger Women Get, The More Men Love Football, urges women to stop denying their competitive spirit. She presents a model of female competition that she believes can contribute to increased success at work, home, and in sports as well as enhance intimacy.

Her claims are built on an impressive foundation of 200 interviews she conducted and a survey involving 1,000 girls and women nationwide. Included in the book are interviews with Lisa Marsh Ryerson, president of Wells, and Vic Muñoz, assistant professor of psychology at Wells.

Additionally, Nelson presents a tribute to her mother, Sarah Burton Nelson, who entered her first swim meet at the age of 70 and won Gold medals in the 1996 Arizona Senior Olympics and went on to compete in the 1997 National Senior Olympics. Sarah Burton Nelson graduated from Wells in 1946.

Mariah Nelson presents two models of competition: the "Conqueror's way" rooted in domination and a single-minded quest for victory and the "Cheerleader's way" where competitors are sidelined and celebrate the triumphs of others, not their own. Then she offers an alternative, the "Champion's way."

"The Champion competes openly, aggressively, joyously, with respect for her opponents, and without apology for her own desire for excellence," writes Nelson. "She competes honestly and ethically. She refuses to conquer anyone, but she also refuses to accept the second-class status of Cheerleader."

In her interview Ryerson talks about women in the workplace: "For women the perception is, if you want to go off and have a career, you must be a bad mother. Or you must be a workaholic. I say I want both, and I'm going to have both. It is a lot of work. But what I'm showing my three daughters is that they too will have many options."

Professor Muñoz talks about Hispanic culture and competition: "I have a hunch that Latina women can redefine the concept of competition but still be successful. We want to be the best we can be, but not at the expense of other people," she tells Nelson.

Embracing Victory is published by William Morrow and Company. Mariah Burton Nelson, a former Stanford and professional basketball player, has written for the New York Times, U.S.A. Today, and Ms. magazine. She has appeared on Good Morning America, Dateline, and Larry King Live.

March, 1998


The Seneca Falls Seminar at Wells

One hundred fifty years ago a group of visionary women convened in Seneca Falls, New York, for the first women's rights convention. Since that public declaration of their determination to vote, women have worked continuously to make their voices heard and to increase their influence in the public policy arena.

Following in this spirit, women college students will gather at Wells College from Saturday, June 13 through Thursday, June 18, 1998, to participate in The Seneca Falls Seminar: A History of Women's Leadership in the Public Arena. The seminar will give students the opportunity to:

  • Visit historic sites including various locations associated with women's history in Seneca Falls and Susan B. Anthony's home in Rochester, New York.
  • Meet with women leaders in communities, the state house, and the Congress.
  • Learn from women scholars, both historians and political scientists, about women's past and present public leadership goals.
  • Network, share experiences, and voice a vision for the future with women college students from across the country.
  • Return to their campuses to organize an observance of the 150th anniversary of the first women's rights convention at Seneca Falls.
Using the 1848 Declaration of Sentiments as a model, the students will identify the central issues facing women who will live and work in the 21st century and make recommendations to achieve full gender equity. "The key piece is a set of goals for the future to be developed by the students who attend. These goals will become the centerpiece for a document we will release nationally," said Nan M. DiBello, a political science professor and chair of the public affairs major at Wells who is an organizer of the seminar.

Wells is offering the seminar with the support of the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. PLEN is a consortium of women's colleges with headquarters in Washington, D.C., working together to prepare women for public leadership.

PLEN was created in 1978 by Frances Tarlton "Sissy" Farenthold who was then serving as Wells' president. Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson was recently named the PLEN board chair.

For registration material and information call 315/364-3399 or e-mail conferences@wells.edu. The registration deadline is May 15.

March, 1998


Wells responds to AAUW report

In a new report, Separated by Sex: A Critical Look at Single-Sex Education for Girls, released on March 12, the Association of University Women (AAUW) concludes that single-sex classes for girls are not a solution to gender equity problems in education.

Ironically, many recent public school experiments in single-sex education for girls were inspired by the AAUW's 1992 report which drew attention to the plight of girls in coed schools. "Girls and boys begin school with equal skills, the [1992] report said, but by high school girls fell behind, particularly in science and math," wrote Tamar Lewin in the March 12 issue of the New York Times.

The new AAUW report is an analysis of numerous studies on single-sex education. "Where research cited in the report did find evidence of positive effects from single-sex settings, it tended to be in single-sex schools, not just in single-sex classes within coeducational schools. But in many cases the difference dwindled or disappeared when researchers took into account the family income and educational levels of the girls in single-sex schools," reported Lewin.

In a statement released nationally on March 13, President Lisa Marsh Ryerson stated, "As the president of one of the nation's oldest women's colleges, I must voice my concern about the recent AAUW report. The authors, reversing a six-year trend in their own research, claim that single-sex classroom experiences for girls do not provide a remedy for gender equity problems.

"It seems to me very likely these findings will have repercussions for single-sex learning environments at the higher education level and in the private sector of education. An impressive body of research points to the fact that women's colleges are more beneficial to students when compared to the coed setting. How are we to resolve the contradiction between the higher education research and the new AAUW findings?

"Single-sex 'experiments' throughout our educational system offer a diversity of choice. While the vast majority of students will continue to receive an education in coed settings, the single-sex classroom offers a life-changing option for girls and women when the 'fit' is right.

"I believe the conclusions stated in the AAUW report encourage us, no doubt unintentionally, to turn our attention away from issues of gender equity in education and away from searching for creative solutions. If anything, teachers and professors today need greater awareness of gender in teaching, and parents need more strategies and options when it comes to educating their daughters.

"I encourage educators, parents, and students to continue exploring single-sex learning options. By offering alternatives, we will improve the education system for everyone. Only after we have tested these approaches much more thoroughly will we generate the research that truly and accurately measures their effectiveness."

March, 1998


Commencement speaker announced

Pioneering medical geneticist Dr. Margaret Pericak-Vance, Wells Class of 1973, will be the 1998 Commencement speaker at Wells. Ceremonies begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 23.

Dr. Pericak-Vance was named one of the 100 people to watch in the next century in the April 21, 1997 issue of Newsweek magazine. She and her team at Duke University have built one of the world's largest DNA data banks and found genes for three major diseases: Lou Gehrig's, Huntington's, and Alzheimer's, according to Newsweek.

Her team's research on Alzheimer's disease, published in 1993, received widespread media attention. They reported discovering a connection between a gene, previously identified as having a role in heart disease, and the most common form of Alzheimer's disease.

Scientists have searched for more than a decade to find genes linked to Alzheimer's. They have concluded the disease exists in several forms with distinct genetic attributes that can be inherited.

Dr. Pericak-Vance and Jonathan Haines of Massachusetts General Hospital have been searching for genes related to other forms of Alzheimer's disease. In 1997, they unveiled further discoveries indicating they are close to isolating another gene believed to be responsible for the type of Alzheimer's disease that strikes people very late in life.

An article in the February 5, 1997 issue of the Wall Street Journal reported: "The researchers said they have discovered the gene's existence and have tracked down its approximate location after four years of tedious sifting through DNA gathered from 52 families in which Alzheimer's disease often strikes those in their late 70s."

One of Dr. Pericak-Vance's important contributions to the research is computer software she developed that reveals inheritance patterns in families from data previously considered too weak to indicate the presence of the gene.

These discoveries will most likely lead to the creation of a genetic screening test that can indicate who may run a higher risk of developing the brain disorder after age 75.

Dr. Pericak-Vance was a biology major at Wells. She received her Ph.D. in medical genetics from Indiana University in 1978. She is a founding fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics and serves as editor of the journals Genetic Epidemiology and Neurogenetics.

March, 1998


Scholarship will aid nontraditional age students

Women helping other women to achieve their goals has long been a central part of the Wells experience.

Helen Holler Fultz, who graduated from Wells in 1975, has shown her support for this educational ideal by establishing a special scholarship at Wells with a gift of $25,000 that will assist nontraditional age women in their pursuit of a liberal arts degree.

Mrs. Fultz, currently a resident of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, is well aware of the challenges facing adult students. She was a nontraditional student at Wells and participated in the college's Women In Lifelong Learning (W.I.L.L.) program which was created to meet the needs of nontraditional students. She earned her bachelor's degree with a major in Italian studies.

Her husband, Daniel Fultz, was vice president and treasurer at Wells while she was a student. He is currently executive vice president and treasurer at Lycoming College.

February, 1998


Research examines generative behavior in parents

Milene Z. Morfei, assistant professor of psychology at Wells, has had a paper accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association this summer, and she is sharing this honor by naming two students who worked with her on the research as the paper's co-authors.

Entitled "Generative Behavior in the Lives of Midlife Parents," the paper is co-authored by Wells seniors Jamie Carpenter of Sherburne, New York, and Carolyn Mix of Ithaca, New York. "Jamie and Carolyn are co-authors on the paper because they played an integral role in the research process," explains Professor Morfei. "They did all of the data coding, working from a coding scheme I had developed."

The research examines how generative behavior - a shift in behavior from self-interest to support for the next generation - is expressed in different areas of adult life such as parenting, occupation, volunteer, and leisure activities. Morfei also examines the role of gender in generative behavior and how generative behavior relates to the participants' well-being.

Participants in the study were 48 men and 50 women with children between the ages of 15 and 22. They were interviewed about why they decided to have children and what they found satisfying and unsatisfying about being parents. Similar questions were asked about occupation, volunteer work, and leisure activities.

Professor Morfei says, "I asked Jamie and Carolyn to work with me because they are excellent students whom I thought would benefit from some 'real,' hands-on research. Working with them was a pleasure; they were extremely professional and dedicated to doing a superlative job."

The Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association is APA's premier national, annual event. This year's (the 106th) conference will be in San Francisco in August.

Professor Morfei received her B.A. in psychology from Wells and her M.S. and Ph.D., also in psychology, from Syracuse University. 

February, 1998


Students lead national women's education conference

Students at Wells have organized the first annual All Women's College Conference which will be held Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8 on the Wells campus.

"The number of women's colleges in the United States is dwindling," says conference co-chair Mimi Hawkins, a Wells senior from Spencerport, New York. "We've recently gone from 81 to only 79 women's colleges left. I will be committed to women's education after I graduate. I want to take this opportunity to explore fully why single-sex education is good for women."

The keynote speaker is Jadwiga Sebrechts, president of the Women's College Coalition in Washington, DC. Conference sessions will cover gender and sexuality, safety and security at single-sex institutions, mental health issues related to women and their complex life roles, and women in sports.

"It's a student-run conference, and we're making sure the program reflects the needs and concerns of students who are attending women's colleges," says Hawkins who has worked with co-chair Jess Barnes, a senior from Little Meadows, Pennsylvania, to identify topics and contact speakers.

"I think the main topic the women of Wells and the students of other colleges would like to examine is the role of women in higher education. We want to make sure other young women have the same options we've enjoyed," says Hawkins.

Commenting on her involvement in the conference Jadwiga Sebrechts says, "The Women's Coalition, which represents the nation's women's colleges, is very pleased to participate in this forum and help to foster the development of a network of women's college students across the country. A collaboration such as this will become a model for other colleges and will establish a foundation for future joint efforts among students and hence, among colleges."

Representatives from Mount Holyoke College, Chatham College, College of Notre Dame (Maryland), and Marymount College plan to attend, and the list continues to grow, reports Hawkins.

For a complete schedule and conference registration information, call 315/364-3322 or e-mail collegiate@wells.edu

February, 1998


Director of transfer admissions named

Donald W. Young, a resident of Hammondsport, New York, has been named director of transfer admissions at Wells, according to Susan Sloan, the college's director of admissions.

Young has worked as director of admissions at the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, director of transfer admissions at Clarkson University, and admissions transfer counselor at Roberts Wesleyan College.

He is currently president of the New York State Transfer and Articulation Association. Young has also served on the executive board of the New York State Association of Two-Year Colleges and was chair of the National Transfer and Articulation Committee of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

"I am pleased Don has joined our team," says Sloan. "He brings with him a great depth of experience, and he is very active professionally. Even more important, he is known in the field as an advocate for the needs and concerns of nontraditional and transfer students."

Young says, "When I worked at Clarkson University, I had contact with Wells as a result of the 3/2 engineering agreement between the two schools. I quickly learned to appreciate the high quality of the academic programs at Wells, and I've always admired the beautiful campus. I am extremely glad to be here and look forward to the challenge."

Young earned his bachelor of science degree in history with a minor in business administration from Roberts Wesleyan College.

February, 1998


Wells establishes History and Archives Fund

The establishment of a College History and Archives Fund at Wells will help preserve and make more accessible to students, professional researchers, and the public the college's holdings. Included are Henry Wells' papers documenting the opening of the American West and extensive material covering the history and development of Wells as an institution for women. The archives are housed in the Louis Jefferson Long Library.

This endowed fund began with a gift of $2,000 from Jane Marsh Dieckmann of Ithaca, New York, Wells Class of 1955, in June of 1997. Shortly thereafter, her classmate Ann Taylor Rodewig of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, added nearly $10,000 in honor of Dieckmann. The current level of the fund is $13,912.

"The Wells archives contain papers, photographs, and other items of interest to researchers all over the world," says Helen Bergamo of Seneca Falls, New York, who has been the college archivist for 12 years. A growing collection of material related to printer and artist Victor Hammer includes rare books produced by the legendary Hammer Press and correspondence between Hammer and Thomas Merton. Scholars of women's history in particular can enjoy digging deeply into a voluminous collection assembled by Emily Howland. "These consist of articles about Native Americans, slavery, and women's rights from which she developed many of her ideas," says Bergamo.

The papers of 19th-century American entrepreneur E.B. Morgan who was a founder of The New York Times are an untapped treasure of the Wells collection. He corresponded frequently with Henry Wells and William Henry Seward. Included in the Morgan collection are Civil War documents.

The archives also offer primary materials for the study of corporate history pertaining to the early days of the Wells Fargo and American Express companies.

The letters and diaries of Helen Fairchild Smith, the first dean of Wells College, present a view of women's education from the perspective of a pioneer in the field.

Alumnae and others who are interested in the history of Wells can explore yearbooks, student organization records, and song books as well as a solid collection of faculty and alumnae publications. A look at the unique collection of scrapbooks compiled by Wells women dating back as far as 1868 is fascinating and poignant. "You'll find dried flowers, dance programs, and lots of pictures," says Bergamo.

Those interested in the history of the Finger Lakes region can mine a rich vein of local lore, fact, and observation. "It's amazing what we have about Cayuga County," says Bergamo. "The Temple Hollcroft papers contain a wealth of information about the county, Aurora, and Wells Fargo."

According to Bergamo, the most frequent users of the archives are Wells students. "Our faculty members encourage them to use it so they can gain experience with primary source research material. Women's studies classes use it regularly." The next largest group is researchers who come to Wells from other institutions.

The area that receives the largest amount of research inquiries is by far Wells College history followed by local/regional history. Senior theses written by Wells students are housed in the archives, and many of them are requested, says Bergamo.

Jane Marsh Dieckmann is the author of Wells College: A History, the first, published narrative of the college's history. The book was published in 1995 and Dieckmann conducted extensive research in the college archives in preparation.

The income from the fund will be used for support of archival programs and displays. Funds may also be used to assist with student research work requiring use of the archives. 

February, 1998


Wells meets Fred L. Emerson Foundation challenge

Wells has successfully completed a challenge grant from the Fred L. Emerson Foundation of Auburn, New York, that has raised a total of $2 million for scholarship funds, according to Arthur J. Bellinzoni, director of planned and leadership giving at Wells.

The challenge was issued in 1994 by the Emerson Foundation to grant Wells $500,000 if the college raised $1.5 for endowed, merit-based scholarships from other sources.

An additional stipulation was that Wells' ongoing comprehensive campaign to raise $50 million by the year 2000 had to reach the $39 million mark by September, 1998. That goal was reached ahead of schedule in January of this year.

"The Fred L. Emerson Foundation has been a significant source of very generous support for Wells for many decades," said Bellinzoni. "We are especially grateful for this challenge grant because it has strengthened our relationship with our alumnae and friends even as it has generated endowment funds that will support merit-based scholarships in excess of $100,000 per year in perpetuity."

February, 1998


1998 Alumnae Award recipients named

A leader in Jewish philanthropy and social services from Boston, Massachusetts, and an art educator from Potomac, Maryland, have been named the recipients of the 1998 Alumnae Award from Wells College.

Lenore Elman Asher, Wells Class of 1949, is a recipient of the annual award for her leadership of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) of Greater Boston and for her volunteer efforts on behalf of CJP's large and comprehensive network of social services.

In 1994, she assumed the position of president of the board of Jewish Vocational Services, a CJP agency. She is the first woman to serve in this position and through it has been instrumental in helping immigrants to the United States acquire needed job skills.

Currently, she sits on the National Women's Campaign Board of United Jewish Appeal and works to involve more women in the Lion of Judah Endowment Fund, a group of women who are honored for their significant contributions to CJP. She has also helped to secure an endowed center for Holocaust Studies at Clark University.

Ann Skerratt Richardson, a member of the Wells Class of 1949, is being honored for her outstanding career in art education and administration. She has been a leading art educator in the state of Maryland for more than 25 years.

She coordinated the nationally known Interrelated Arts Program in the Montgomery County public school system now integrated system-wide. Using all styles of creative and performing arts and drawing upon multicultural themes, the team developed seminars and workshops for use throughout Maryland. The program was cited as a model for discipline-based arts education by the Getty Center for Education in the Arts.

Richardson also has responsibility for high school drama and art education programs in Montgomery County public schools, whose students are regularly represented among those winning top art awards and scholarships.

She has held executive roles in the Maryland Alliance for Art Education and the Maryland Art Association and is the recipient of the award for Maryland Outstanding Arts Educator.

Ms. Asher and Ms. Richardson will be honored at a campus ceremony on Saturday, May 30, 1998, that will be attended by alumnae from across the nation.

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

January, 1998


Women's education network names new board chair

Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson has been named chair of the board of the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), according to Marianne Alexander, PLEN's executive director.

PLEN is a consortium of women's colleges with headquarters in Washington, D.C., working together to prepare women for public leadership. Through the organization, students study the policy process with women leaders in seminars held in Washington and abroad.

Seminar speakers include congress-women; and students observe sessions of the House and Senate, attend committee hearings, and learn about interest groups that lobby Congress. They explore public policy careers through internships and mentoring sessions.

PLEN was created in 1978 by Frances Tarlton "Sissy" Farenthold who was then serving as Wells' president. She was also the first woman to have her name placed in nomination for vice president of the United States.

"President Ryerson brings vision, energy, and enthusiasm to her new position," says Alexander. "As we begin celebrating PLEN's 20th anniversary, I am pleased our board chair also represents our founding college."

Presidents of member colleges sit on the PLEN board including representatives from Agnes Scott College, Chatham College, Douglass College, Hood College, and Sweet Briar College, among others.

On the campuses of PLEN colleges, students learn and practice leadership in the classroom, public leadership forums, student government, and community service projects.

January, 1998


Leadership Week at Wells: Gaining through giving

Wells students will arrive a week before the start of spring semester classes to participate in Leadership Week. Throughout the week of January 19 through 24, they will attend workshops and penel discussions designed to prepare them for leadership roles in the 21st century.

Leadership Week emphasizes career and life skills training. Workshops are offered that teach resume writing, public speaking, personal finance management, how to successfully apply to graduate school, and computer skills (including the Internet).

Alumnae involvement is a part of the Leadership Week tradition. Wells women working in many different fields return to campus to participate in panel discussions and meet with students. 

Leadership Week is also a community-building activity. On Saturday, January 24, students will volunteer for various projects in Auburn, New York. 

January, 1998