Wells College News Archives 2003

News stories from the College's archives.

Wells College Students Present Fall Dance Concert

Desires of a Dancer features an eclectic evening of mixed styles 

Wells College Fall Dance Concert 2003The Wells College Dance Collective proudly presents Desires of a Dancer, this fall’s student dance concert. The show will run Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6, beginning promptly at 7:30 pm in the Schwartz Student Union dance studio. The public is warmly invited to attend this free performance.

With a splash of color, back-bending twists, and quick hips, Dance Collective’s Desires of a Dancer will feature jazz, ballet, hip-hop, modern, Hula, and work from graduating seniors. There will be original choreography by Kjrstn Barranti in Fire Dance, and a sneak peek of Margaret Irving’s Photographic Images, a pre-thesis project showing. The program will run 90 minutes with a brief intermission, followed by a question and answer session with the dancers. Associate professor of dance Jeanne Goddard of Ithaca supervises the students in their efforts.

Dance Collective, a student-led organization, has lit the stage each year with a performance supported solely by the efforts of its members. The organization has continued through the years to preserve its artistic excellence with annual showings of varied dance forms. Students from first year to senior year bring an exciting mix of their own favorite tunes and turns. Dance Collective co-president Lindsay Connor states, “In the past, Dance Collective has served as a vital part of the Wells community and we hope to continue that tradition.” The club is open to all interested in dance, and actively coordinates activities on campus, supports dance performances and workshops, sponsors films, and brings guest artists and master classes to Aurora.

For more information about Desires of a Dancer and dance classes at Wells, please contact dance professor and director Jeanne Goddard at 315/364-3213.

November, 2003

 


Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson Honored by N.O.W. for Leadership in Education

Wells College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson received the 2003 Unsung Heroine Award for Leadership in Women’s Education from the Central New York Chapter of the National Organization for Women (N.O.W.). She accepted the award at a ceremony held at LeMoyne Manor in Syracuse on Saturday, November 15.

“President Ryerson is a regional, state, and national leader known for her higher education advocacy, her work on behalf of women and girls, and her commitment to creating sustainable communities,” said Jean Kessner, television news reporter for WIXT in Syracuse and MC of the award ceremony. “She carries with her everywhere the all-important message that through quality education we can unlock human potential.”

In the award citation, N.O.W. recognized President Ryerson for her leadership on the national level as chair of the Women’s College Coalition in Washington, DC and as a board member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), among other positions. 

According to the citation, “She contributes to the betterment of life in our state as a director of the Independent College Fund of New York and vice chair of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities.” 

President Ryerson was also praised for her work as a member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Development Association (MDA) of Syracuse and Central New York, her support of economic development in the Finger Lakes region, and her accomplishments at Wells College. 

“At Wells, women are the leaders, the policy makers, the artists, and the athletes. President Ryerson has ensured that Wells remains responsive to the rapidly changing roles of women,” said Kessner.

In her acceptance remarks, President Ryerson said, “We are blessed with incredible human potential in Central New York. We walk in the footsteps of women who gave of themselves to open the world to us. It’s the least we can do to share the talents we are given and work on behalf of others, on behalf of the young, and on behalf of people who want to see their communities flourish with hope and humane values.” 

President Ryerson was chosen by N.O.W. for the award along with 10 other outstanding Central New York women that have made outstanding contributions in a variety of fields to advance women and improve the quality of life in the region. 

November, 2003

 


Holiday Book Arts Open House to be Held at Wells College

Hands-on demos, exhibits, tour, and items for sale

Celebrate the holiday season with a visit to the Wells College Book Arts Center. On Friday, December 5, the Center will host a holiday open house from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. Refreshments will be served throughout the day. The public is warmly invited to enjoy this special free holiday treat.

Talented Wells students will exhibit their work in letterpress printing, bookbinding, and calligraphy. Unique handmade books, cards, ornaments, and gifts will be for sale at affordable prices. Tour the Book Arts Center studios, print your own keepsake, and witness the christening of our newest (and largest!) press. 

The Book Arts Center is located on the first floor of Morgan Hall on the Wells College campus in Aurora, New York. For more information please call 315/364-3420, email bookartscenter@wells.edu, or visit our website at www.wells.edu/bookarts.

The Wells College Book Arts Center was established in 1993 to instruct in all areas of book arts and technologies. Students in book arts classes learn the history and philosophy of their craft as they develop hand skills in the fabrication of books. They gain international perspective on book arts with visits from accomplished lecturers, writers, and artists, and with field trips to the area's remarkable collection of libraries, presses, paper mills and binderies. Current classes teach design, typography, the evolution of letterforms, letterpress printing, bookbinding, and the history of the book.

November, 2003

 


Annual Holiday Choir Concert Performed at Wells College

Festive tradition replete with evergreens and candlelight 

Wells College Concert ChoirAll are welcome to enjoy a holiday tradition at Wells College. On Sunday, December 7, the Wells Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will present its annual holiday performance at 7:30 pm in Barler Recital Hall on the Aurora campus. The public is warmly invited to enjoy this special free holiday treat. Donations of canned and boxed foods will be gratefully accepted for a local food pantry. Refreshments will be served after the concert.

The Wells Concert Choir and Chamber Singers are conducted by Professor of Music Crawford R. Thoburn, and will be accompanied by pianist Nancy Gilbertson, lecturer in music at Wells.  This merry annual tradition takes place in an atmosphere of pine boughs and candlelight.  The two groups will sing a wide variety of festive music for the holidays, featuring Gustav Holst's "Four Old English Carols." 

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

November, 2003

 


Native American Artist-Activist Will Speak at Wells College

Rick Hill of the Tuscarora will speak on stereotypes and history

As part of the Wells College Social Science Colloquia series, Native American artist, writer, curator, and activist Rick Hill will present a talk and slide show entitled, “How Stereotypes Have Kept Us From Understanding History.” The event will take place on Wednesday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. in Macmillan Hall’s Art Exhibit Room on the Wells campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Through his work, Hill has contributed inestimably to the critical discourse and advancement of First Nations art and artists across North America. He has held numerous museum positions, including the directorship of the American Indian Arts Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a consultant for the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. and is a founder and active member of numerous North American Indian political associations.

Hill taught American studies at SUNY Buffalo. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago and earned his master’s degree from SUNY. A Tuscarora, he resides at the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario. 

The Wells Social Science Colloquia series is coordinated by Wells Assistant Professor of Sociology Laura McClusky, who works with her colleagues to bring speakers to campus whose perspectives connect to current classroom topics. “Wells students are also invited to share their research, especially if it has been selected for a national conference presentation,” says Laura. 

Previous speakers include peace studies scholar Robert K. Dentan from SUNY Buffalo; a transgendered person who led a panel discussion on the family; documentary photographer Donna Galluzzo; Chinese dissident poet Yi Ping; and investigative reporter and author Bill Weinberg.

“The Social Science Colloquia let our students hear from specialists in the social sciences,” says Laura “Visiting scholars and other guests enrich the Wells curriculum and provide information about graduate school and careers, in addition to academic knowledge. I’m pleased our students can learn about giving public presentations through this venue. I’ve found many of the topics attract a larger audience beyond Wells students and faculty”

Hill’s lecture is sponsored by the Wells College Office of Intercultural Programs and Services and the Social Sciences Division. For more information on the series, including upcoming events, please call Laura McClusky at 315/364-3252..

November, 2003

 


Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  Wells College Early Music Ensemble Presents an Evening of Ribald Music

Special guests join in for a night of naughty English pub songs 

Wells College Early Music EnsembleHear ye! Hear ye! The Wells College Early Music Ensemble will partner with members of The Bottom Feeders to bring a night of naughty English songs and other ribaldry from the 16th - 18th centuries to Aurora. Join them for “Come, Let Us Drink” on Friday night, November 21. The fun starts about 8:00 pm at the newly renovated Fargo Bar and Grill on Main Street.  There is no cover charge; 18 and over admitted but proper identification is required for bar service.

“Come, Let Us Drink” is the brainchild of early musician G. Victor Penniman, assistant professor of music at Wells College. Violist da gamba, guitarist, and award-winning music director, Victor is currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Operation of Early Music Programs, with minors in music history and conducting, at the Indiana University School of Music’s Early Music Institute. He was music director for the Tygre's Heart Shakespeare Company in Portland, Oregon, and has performed with The Oregon Renaissance Band, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, the Waverly Baroque Ensemble, the Tallahassee Bach Parley, and countless other individual projects and performances.

Victor is joined by seven students who make up the Wells College Early Music Ensemble: Jennifer Allen - harpsichord; Stephanie Bancroft - voice; Melayne Karnitz - viola; Jessica Kreutter - voice; Meghan Roberson - recorders; Allison Rodney - violin; and Katie Slusher - voice. Special guests include Wells professor emeritus Alan Clugston and two members of local band The Bottom Feeders, Scott Heinekamp and Tom Vawter. This hilarious, naughty spin-off of Olde English pub-style entertainment is not for the sensitive or tender of ear!

For more information about “Come, Let Us Drink,” please contact Victor Penniman at 315/364-3346 or the Fargo Bar and Grill at 315/364-8005.

November, 2003

 


Wells College Science Colloquium Series Presents GeoBiotics Corporation President

Cutting-edge mining technologies will be explored 

Steve Brady, president of the Colorado-based GeoBiotics corporation, will be the featured speaker in the Wells Science Colloquium Series on Friday, November 21. He will talk about the company’s cutting-edge technology for extracting metals from ore using bacteria and his experiences with the African mining industry. The presentation starts at 12:40 p.m. in Zabriskie Hall, Room 102, on the Wells College campus in Aurora. The event is free and open to the public.

Brady joined GeoBiotics in 1996 and has recently been promoted to president from his previous position as vice president for marketing and business development. He is still primarily responsible for marketing of the company’s technologies and for business development. He has more than 25 years experience in the mining industry and holds an engineering degree in metallurgy from the Colorado School of Mines.

The Science Colloquium Series is organized by two Wells faculty members: Niamh O’Leary, associate professor of environmental studies, and Carol Shilepsky, professor of mathematics and computer science. Other faculty members in the sciences contribute by inviting speakers and organizing colloquia that focus on internships.

According to Professor O’Leary, the series brings scientists and speakers in a variety of science-related fields to campus. “These presentations keep students and faculty up-to-date with current scientific research and connected with the wider scientific community. It also serves as a venue for students to explore possible careers,” she says.

Wells alumnae in the sciences are frequently invited to make colloquia presentations. The series also provides an opportunity for members of the Wells community to share their work. All science majors present the results of their senior thesis projects through these events. Information about internship opportunities and outcomes are disseminated, and audience members are able to network with professionals in many fields.

Recent speakers include Wells alumna Anna Jensen ’98 of Ithaco Space Systems; Dr. Robert Smith, department of bioengineering and neuroscience, Syracuse University; summer research and internship presentations by Wells students; and Dr. M. Todd Walter, senior research associate in biological and environmental engineering, Cornell University.

For more information about the Wells College Science Colloquium Series, please visit <http://aurora.wells.edu/~science/> or call 315.364.3212. 

November, 2003

 


Wells College Financial Aid Director Receives State Service Award

Cathy Bellomo is also elected to regional leadership position 

Cathleen BellomoCathleen Bellomo, Wells College’s director of financial aid, received a special service award from the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA) in recognition of her work with students and contributions to the financial aid profession. She accepted the award in October at the organization’s annual conference held in Saratoga Springs.

This particular NYSFAA accolade, The Sister Bernadine Hayes and Rusty Hopkins Service Award, has a special meaning for Cathy and the Wells community. One of the women for whom the award is named was a Wells College administrator and Cathy’s mentor.

The award was established in 2000 to recognize outstanding women financial aid professionals. Mary “Rusty” McDowell Hopkins graduated from Wells in 1942. She joined the staff of her alma mater in 1960 and served the college for decades in various administrative roles, including the financial aid area.

In the 1970’s and ‘80s, Rusty’s efforts helped countless students in New York State gain access to higher education through increased financial aid awards. Among other contributions, Rusty testified before the New York State Senate and Assembly, advocating for increased funding. 

Cathy served as NYSFAAA president from 2000-02. During her tenure, she encouraged the organization’s participation in Education Day at the New York State Fair and created a viewbook for the organization, among other contributions. Previously, she served as NYSFAA treasurer and led many workshops for financial aid professionals. 

She has served on the leadership council of the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) and the Tuition Assistance Program (T.A.P.) Modernization Committee. She is currently state representative to the financial aid council of the National Council of Higher Education Loan Programs (NCHELP). 

Cathy is now moving from the state to regional level of professional leadership. This year she was elected treasurer of the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (EASFAA), which represents professionals in 13 states in the Northeast. 

November, 2003

 


Early Music Concert Presented at the New Aurora Inn

The Frogwork Consort will perform “Table Musik” 

Frogwork ConsortThe Frogwork Consort will present Table Musik, an evening of early music, on Sunday, November 16. The recital will take place at 4:00 pm in the Lakeside Room of the beautifully renovated Aurora Inn, 391 Main Street, Aurora. This performance is the second in a series of early music concerts presented in the Inn. The previous concert, given by Elizabethan Conversation on October 5, was described by one audience member as “great playing, great music, and a great setting.”  The public is warmly invited to enjoy this special recital. A $5.00 donation is requested at the door.

In Elizabethan times, music was often played at home after a meal, providing the evening’s entertainment. The gentry would sing and play while sitting around the table; thus, this type of intimate and often intricate chamber music was called “table music.” The concert features The Frogwork Consort, a period instrument trio that performs on viols, a family of string instruments popular before the string quartet and which was the preeminent ensemble for chamber music in Elizabethan England. 

The Frogwork Consort is comprised of three extraordinary musicians. The organizer of this program, Dr. Susan Sandman, is professor emerita of Wells College. She earned her B.A. in  music from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in musicology from Stanford University.  She has won several National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships and other grants for performances and recordings. Professor Sandman retired from Wells College after 26 years to devote her time to performance.  In addition to Frogwork, she performs with the Aurora early music ensemble Elizabethan Conversation. 

Lee Johnston is a print music specialist with Hickey's Music of Ithaca,  and organist and choir director at the First English Lutheran Church in Syracuse.  Frequent performances on organ and viola da gamba include Crouse Early Music Ensemble, Schola Cantorum of Syracuse, Hendricks Chapel of Syracuse University, Syracuse Chorale and Marcellus. 

Alexander Rakov received his music training in conducting, composition and performance from the Leningrad Conservatory of Music in Russia, and holds a performance diploma from Syracuse University. Formerly a professor of early music at St. Lawrence University and director of the early music program at Syracuse University, he now teaches privately and performs on lute and the viola da gamba with the New World Renaissance Band and Cantiga. 

This is the first time the Frogwork Consort will appear at the Aurora Inn.  The fine acoustics of the Inn’s Lakeside Room has a special appeal for them, and the setting is historically appropriate for the type of music featured. Performed will be fantasies and dance suites by the English master composers Simpson, Tomkins, Locke and Jenkins. Various combinations of viols, including trebles, tenors and basses will be used, and one piece features the lute as well. Three of the viols used were built by the Crocker Workshop in Aurora. 

For more information about Table Musik and The Frogwork Consort, please contact Susan Sandman, professor emerita of music, at 315/364-8406 or the Aurora Inn at 315/364-8888.

November, 2003

 


Wells College Welcomes Renowned Muslim Feminist

“Women in Islam: Beyond the Images” - Dr. Riffat Hassan will lecture on November 17 

Dr. Riffat HassanThe Wells College Arts and Lecture Series committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Riffat Hassan will speak on women in Islam as part of the 2003-04 series offerings. Dr. Hassan will address members of the Wells community and the public on Monday night, November 17 at 7:30 pm in Barler Recital Hall on the Wells College campus in Aurora. The talk is free for any and all students; others are asked to make a $2.00 donation at the door.

One of the pioneers of feminist theology in the context of the Islamic tradition, Dr. Riffat Hassan will speak on “Women in Islam: Beyond the Images.” Her talk, particularly apropos at this time in our history, will give an overview of the normative teachings of Islam relating to women and the situation of women in Muslim culture. She will discuss how theology can be utilized for empowering Muslim women, and how Muslim women are portrayed in Western media particularly since September 11. Dr. Hassan will also address the debate on women's rights in the contemporary Muslim world.

Dr. Hassan was born to a Saiyyad Muslim family in Lahore, Pakistan. She is the granddaughter of well-known playwright, poet and scholar Hakim Ahmad Shuja. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Durham, England, and wrote her thesis on the philosophy of modern Muslim poet-philosopher Muhammad Iqbal. Dr. Hassan has been professor of religious studies and humanities at the University of Kentucky at Louisville since 1976. In 1999, she founded the International Network for the Rights of Female Victims of Violence in Pakistan, a non-profit organization with a worldwide membership (www.inrfvvp.org). She consults for a number of international agencies and women's organizations on matters pertaining to human and women's rights, and was a spokeswoman at the Fourth U.N. Conference on Population and Development in Beijing in 1995. She has been extensively involved in interreligious dialog with Jews, Christians, and Muslims, with a particular focus on human rights in religious traditions.

For more information about Dr. Hassan’s lecture and the Arts and Lecture Series at Wells, please contact associate dean for campus involvement Meagen Mulherin at 315/364-3428. 

November, 2003

 


Wells College Announces Endowed Professorship Appointments

Five outstanding faculty are honored in the arts, social sciences, and humanities 

At their October meeting, acting upon the recommendations of Wells College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson and Vice President for Academic Affairs Ellen Hall, the college’s Board of Trustees approved the appointment of five faculty members to endowed positions at Wells that support excellence in teaching and scholarship:

Professor Laura PurdyProfessor of Philosophy Laura Purdy has been named to the Albert C. and Ruth C. Koch Professorship in the Humanities. A prolific author as well as an exemplary teacher, Professor Purdy has published numerous essays, a number of which have been re-printed in anthologies. 

She has written books on children’s rights and healthcare ethics, including, Reproducing Persons: Issues in Feminist Bioethics (Cornell University Press), which is a retrospective of two decades of her work. Professor Purdy earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University and joined the faculty in 1979. 

The Koch endowed chair was established in 1972 by the Albert and Ruth Koch family. Their daughter, Elizabeth Koch Darlington, is a member of the Wells Class of 1935.

Professor of Economics and Management Muin Uddin has been appointed the Herbert J. Charles and Florence Charles Faegre Professor of International Relations. He teaches Economics of Developing Countries and the Advanced Internship in Economics and Business, among other courses. 

Last summer he was selected by the German Academic Exchange Service, as part of a team of North American scholars, to attend a series of conferences that took him across Europe. The meetings addressed political, socioeconomic, and cultural realities in Europe with special emphasis on globalization and demographic challenges. Professor Uddin received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University and joined the faculty in 1990. 

This professorship was established in 1986 by Florence Charles Faegre ’38.

Professor Victoria MunozAssociate Professor of Psychology Vic Muñoz has been named the Patti McGill Peterson Professor of Social Science. She is currently involved in a study that explores the intersection between gender identities and sexual orientation, making use of Cornell University’s Human Sexuality Collection. 

She has presented numerous papers at conferences, including an overview of her current research at the 16th World Congress of Sexology held in Havana, Cuba. Professor Muñoz is the author of the book, Where “Something Catches”: Work, Love, and Identity in Youth (State University of New York Press). She earned her Ed.D. from Harvard University and joined the Wells faculty in 1994. 

This chair is named in honor of Wells’ 14th president and was established in 1987 by Mrs. Robert D. Campbell (Henrietta Titzell ’12) whose daughter is Mrs. John T. Bailey (Katherine Gerwig ’52).

Associate Professor of Theatre Susan Forbes and Professor of Dance Jeanne Goddard have been named National Endowment for the Humanities Preceptors in Women’s Studies. 

Professor Forbes has directed numerous Wells student plays and has performed in professional productions of King Lear, The Good Woman of Setzuan, and The Rose Tattoo, among others. She earned her M.F.A. in acting from Ohio University and joined the Wells faculty in 1988. 

Professor Goddard teaches a wide range of dance classes and coordinates the annual student dance concert. A choreographer as well as a performer and director, she has contributed her talents to dance productions at the Provincetown Arts Association (Mass.), Cornell University, and the Northeast Regional American College Dance Festival. She recently performed and taught in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Professor Goddard earned her M.A. from S.U.N.Y. Brockport and began teaching at Wells in 1987. Goddard was also promoted from associate to full professor at the board meeting.

The preceptor positions were created in 1983 at Wells by the National Endowment for the Humanities with generous support from alumnae and friends of the college.

All appointments, except Ms. Goddard’s promotion to full professor, are for a five-year term (2003 - 2008). Endowed chairs and professorships at Wells have a long history of receiving generous support from alumnae and friends of the college. These positions provide a direct source of funding to professors that encourages excellence in both teaching and scholarship. 

For more information about these endowed professorships, please contact Vice President Ellen Hall at 315/364-3241.

November, 2003

 


Wells College Welcomes University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop Poetry Professor 

Cole Swensen will read from her work, give poetry writing workshop 

Dr. Cole SwensenThe Wells College Visiting Writers’ Series and the Wells Book Arts Center are pleased to announce that poet, scholar and translator Cole Swensen will give a public reading of her poetry at 8:00pm on Wednesday, November 12 in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. The free reading will be followed by a reception with an opportunity to meet the speaker; refreshments will be served.

Dr. Cole Swensen is the author of seven books of poetry, many of which address her interests in western art, French language and culture, and translation. She is the recipient of several awards, including the 1998 Iowa Poetry Prize for Try; the 1995 New American Poetry Series Award for Noon; and the 1987 National Poetry Series for New Math. Her work has appeared in numerous distinguished literary journals, including the American Poetry Review and Ploughshares. She also translates contemporary French poetry, individually and in group translation projects at the Fondation Royaumont near Paris. Swensen, who holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz, was formally director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Denver, and is now on the permanent faculty of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 

Swensen’s latest collection, Such Rich Hour, is based on a lavishly illuminated 15th century book of hours, the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. The book reflects on the art, politics and society of the period in vivid and potent poems. Critic Barbara Guest notes that “Swensen achieves a rare poetic task of assembling from the medieval past the stones of its identity.” Swensen is currently working on a collection of poems about formal French gardens.

While on campus November 12-14, Swensen will participate in classes and conduct a poetry writing workshop. The Wells Book Arts Center will publish a broadside of her poem, “Ours: The Gardens of André Le Nôtre“ which will be available for purchase at her reading. 

Dr. Swensen comes to Wells as part of the college’s Visiting Writers Series, which brings several distinguished writers of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction to campus each year. The Visiting Writer Series is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Virginia Kent Cummins Writers-in-Residence Fund, and the Mildred Walker Fiction-Writer-in-Residence Fund.

For more information about Cole Swensen’s reading and visit, please contact Bruce Bennett, Professor of English, at 315/364-3228 or Sarah Roberts, Victor Hammer Fellow, at 315/364-3420.

November, 2003

 


Wells College Library Expands Resources for Students and Faculty

Wells is now “NOVEL-Ready” 

The New York State Education Commissioner Richard Mills recently praised the Louis Jefferson Long Library at Wells College for being “NOVEL-Ready.” The library has joined over 4,200 other New York Online Virtual Electronic Libraries, putting access to vast sources of knowledge at the fingertips of students and faculty members in the campus community.

The New York Online Virtual Library (NOVEL) is more than just the Internet; it greatly expands access to bibliographic resources and full-text information that is organized, reliable, up-to-date, and evaluated by expert librarians.

“With NOVEL, users can now access information from a variety of electronic connections before unavailable,” says Wells’ Head Librarian Jeri Vargo. “With our computer technology and networking capabilities, we have exciting new opportunities to meet the information needs of the college community, and without charge.”

The Long Library became an Advanced Electronic Doorway Library (EDL) in September 1998. As an EDL, the library goes beyond its walls to obtain useful, reliable information. Now, as a NOVEL-Ready library, users have access to journals, magazines, newspapers, and other resources available through a suite of NOVEL electronic collections. 

“The official designation of NOVEL-ready recognizes the Long Library is expanding delivery services,” said Janet M. Welch, State Librarian and Assistant Commissioner for Libraries. “Wells is better serving its students and faculty and is also offering opportunities that will give every New Yorker in any community - regardless of geographic, economic, or physical barriers - access to vast electronic resources.”

To learn more about the Louis Jefferson Long Library and NOVEL, please call library director Jeri Vargo at 315/364-3356.

November, 2003

 


Wells College Announces Group Art Exhibit

Four regional artists display a variety of media

Eileen Pleasure O'Brien: Feel the Shock, 1996The Wells College Art Department is pleased to announce the opening of its latest exhibition. A selection of work by four regional artists will be on display in the String Room Gallery from November 12 - December 12, 2003. The exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited. An opening reception to be held on Wednesday, November 12 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. offers an opportunity to meet the artists; refreshments will be served.

A variety of media will be presented by an eclectic group of artists. Brian Elder will show his abstract paintings. Brian is a professor of art at Central Michigan University who received his MFA from the University of Indiana at Bloomington. Born in Germany, Eileen Pleasure O’Brien paints in the abstract expressionistic style. She currently teaches and paints in Buffalo, and received her master’s degree in behavioral psychology from the University of Buffalo. 

Mark Iwinski: Cosmonopetry, 2002Mark Iwinski is a sculptor who works in both wood block printing and abstract wood sculptures. He is a visiting professor of art in the sculpture department at Cornell. Damon McArthur, a recent graduate of Hobart College in Geneva, NY, teaches painting at Western Illinois University. He will be displaying his still life paintings.

String Room Gallery 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 art professor and String Room Gallery director William Roberts at 315/364-3237.

October, 2003

 


Wells College Students Present Fall Drama Production

Anton in Show Business - Three Independent Women…One Stage 

Wells College production of Anton in Show BusinessThe Wells College Theatre Department proudly presents Anton in Show Business as this fall’s student drama production. The comedy will be featured on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall on the Aurora campus. Prices are $3 for students and children, $5 for senior citizens and the Wells College community, and $7 for the general public. Tickets are available from the box office the week preceding the show, and at the door the night of the performance. Please call 315/364-3456 or email  boxoffice@wells.edu to reserve seats.

Anton in Show Business is based on Anton Chekhov’s famous The Three Sisters classic, yet reveals writer Jane Martin’s own edgy twists. The play features an all-female cast, and tells the tale of three unique independent women who come together to mount a stage production of The Three Sisters in San Antonio, Texas. They encounter every imaginable obstacle and confront many controversial issues of modern life, from plastic surgery to racism. 

The hilarious comedy, rated PG-13 for strong language and adult content, presents three Wells College students: freshwoman Beth Anne Nelson plays Lisabette Cartwright, a hapless third grade teacher and newcomer to the stage; glamorous television star Holly Seabe is played by freshwoman Rebecca Cooper; and junior Lauren Noyes portrays the jaded, off-off Broadway actress Casey Mulgraw. These women comically contemplate their different relationships with the stage, and poke tongue-in-cheek fun at the stereotypes and revealing backstage realities of the world of theatre. At the end of the day, they realize they have more in common than they ever dreamed.

Anton in Show Business is directed by visiting assistant theatre professor Siouxsie Grady of Ithaca. Grady works as audience services manager in Cornell’s Theatre, Film and Dance Department. She received her Master of Theatre Education in Drama from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a B.A. in Speech and Theatre from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. Siouxsie has taught theatre workshops and classes across the country and most recently at Ithaca’s Kitchen Theatre Company and the Hangar Theatre.  Scenery and lights are designed and presented by technical director Joe DeForest. 

In addition to the three lead characters, Wells College students comprise the rest of the cast and crew: Rachel Crosbie (cast), Dana Finegan (cast and props), Margaret Irving (props), Zoe Malinchoc (board op), Rebecca Miles-Stiener (board op), Isabelle Ramos (cast), and Whitney Sampson (cast). Deborah Dhuy is assistant director, and Angela Azevedo and Cindy Cicarell serve as stage managers. Cast member Lauren Noyes also doubles as costume designer.

For more information about Anton in Show Business and performing arts classes at Wells, please contact theatre professor and director Siouxsie Grady at 315/364-3232 or email sgrady@wells.edu

October, 2003

 


Friends & Family Weekend 2003

Each fall, students invite their families and friends for a festive weekend. This tradition usually includes a reception with the president, a special dinner dance, campus activities, and field trips to regional locations of interest. The Office of Campus Involvement coordinates the weekend. For more information, please contact Meagan Mulherin, assistant dean for campus involvement, at 315/364-3428.

Schedule

Friday, November 7

1:00-5:00pm  Check-in       Main Lobby
(5pm-on, check-in will be located at the Office of Campus Safety) 

5:00pm  Welcome by class officers    Chapel

6:00pm  Dinner on own (please see “Dining Options”) 

8:00pm  Family Movie “Finding Nemo”   Sommer Center
 

Saturday, November 8

7:00-9:00am  Continental Breakfast    Main Lobby

10:00am-12 noon Class receptions 

  • Senior Class Mother/Daughter Brunch AER
  • Junior Class     Faculty Parlors
  • Sophomore Class    Sommer Ctr.
  • First-year Class    Main Smoker 

11:00am  Historical walking tour of Aurora with Ann Mathieson  Meet at Main Lobby

12 noon  Lunch on own

1:00pm  Friends and Family Weekend Trips:
(Sign ups will be located at check-in, and then at Campus Safety after 5:00pm on Friday.  This is first come, first served, however, you may take your own vehicle to the various locations.)

    • Winery Tour        Front of Main 


Visit King Ferry and Long Point Wineries

       
    • Historic Homes     Front of Main


Visit the historical sites of the Harriet Tubman and Seward Homes 

     
  • Women’s Hall of Fame of Seneca Falls    Front of Main

5:00pm   President’s Reception   Taylor House (across the street from the Aurora Inn)

6:30-11:00pm  Dinner Dance    Sommer Center
           (Open to pre-registered friends and families only)
 

Sunday, November 9

7:00-9:00am   Continental Breakfast   Lobby of Main

9:30-11:00am  Morning Tea & Tours of the Newly Restored Aurora Inn   Meet at Aurora Inn

12:00 noon     Lunch on own
Concert with Whirligigs, Henry’s VIIIs and Gospel Choir          Dining Hall
 

Other events and activities going on during the weekend:

The Wells College bookshop is open on Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm, and on Saturday from 10:00am-2:00pm

7:30pm on both Friday and Saturday: Wells College Theater Dept. presents: Anton in Show Business       Phipps Auditorium 

11:00am, Saturday  AWCC Swim meet w/College of Notre Dame 
Schwartz Student Union

2:00pm, Sunday: The Wells College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers Fall  Concert         Barler Recital Hall

Original Quilt Show 
“Stitch, Color, & Cloth” will be shown through December 15
The quilts will be shown in the lobbies of the Long Library from November 1 – December 15, 2003. The exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited to view the installation.   Long Library lobby hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm, and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 9:00 p.m. 
 

Dining Options:

In an effort to leave your dining options open, and keep your registration costs to a minimum, The Friends and Family Weekend Committee has not included meals other then the Dinner Dance in the weekend’s programming.  There will however be a continental breakfast served both Saturday and Sunday morning at no charge.  Please see below for dinging hours and prices.  By doing this, there is no obligation to stay on campus and you have the option to leave Wells freely for your dining pleasure at any of the local restaurants.

The $30 registration fee goes toward all of the weekend’s programming that was designed collaboratively by the Officers of the Classes of 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007 and the Office of Campus Involvement. 

Dining Hours and Prices

Full Breakfast/Brunch Saturday & Sunday 8:00am-1:00pm  $4.25

Dinner    Friday 5:30-7:00pm     $7.00 
             Saturday 5:00-6:00pm 

October, 2003

 


Original Quilt Show on Display at Wells College

“Stitch, Color, & Cloth” will be shown through December 15

Joe and Kathy DeForestThirty original quilts will be exhibited at Wells College this fall. Created by Wells’ technical director Joe DeForest and his wife Kathy, the quilts will be shown in the lobbies of the Long Library from November 1 – December 15, 2003. The exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited to view the installation. A reception with the quilters will be held on Sunday, November 9 from 4:00-6:00 pm in the library lobby; refreshments will be served.

The quilt show, titled “Stitch, Color, & Cloth,” is presented by Joe and Kathy DeForest of Genoa. Kathy, an operating room nurse and a life-long seamstress, began quilting in 1989 when she enrolled in a class. Her Mariner’s Compass quilt “Sun Burn” was published in the Fall 1996 edition of American Quilters Society magazine. She has taught classes in machine quilting in Skaneateles, and was the guest curator for the antique quilting show held in 1998 at the Cayuga Museum of History and Art in Auburn.

Kathy’s husband Joe was bitten by the quilting bug in 1992 when the two of them worked together on a piece dedicated to Kathy’s mother called “Tucson Ruth.” Joe is a three-time judge at the annual Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center’s "Quilts = Art = Quilts" show in Auburn, and serves as technical director and facilities manager for Wells College’s theatre department. 

Now nationally recognized for their textile art, Joe and Kathy’s quilts have received ribbons at many shows, and have been featured in several magazines, calendars, and industry newsletters. The couple works independently and collaboratively to create original quilts in their studio, located in the loft of their restored Greek Revival farmhouse. Flamboyant color is their trademark, used with abandon as they explore various designs and themes in their work. Together, they are also owners and operators of Shakelton Hardware in Aurora.

The dates for “Stitch, Color, & Cloth” have been intentionally chosen to coincide with the Quilts=Art=Quilts show which runs November 1 – January 4 at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, and with the Amish quilt exhibit to be displayed at the Cayuga Museum of Art from November 2 – January 11.

October, 2003

 


Stephen L. Zabriskie Named Wells Board Chair

Stephen L. ZabriskieContinuing a family tradition of service to the college going back nearly 150 years, Aurora resident Stephen L. Zabriskie has been elected chair of the Wells College Board of Trustees. His responsibilities in this new position began this summer. 

Steve joined the Wells board in 1996. Previous to being named chair, he served as the board’s secretary and then vice chair. He was chair of the Critical Issues Action Committee that first convened in 1997 and is now a member of the college’s Sustainable Wells Action Team. 

“I enjoy working with faculty, staff, and administration on many different projects. Most of the professors are personal friends, and it’s been good to make common cause with them in trying to mold the future of the college,” he says.

Since graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in English, Steve has distinguished himself through extensive public leadership and service. He was supervisor for the Town of Ledyard, a past president of both the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Cayuga County and the Auburn Memorial Hospital, and has been a board member of the Cayuga Lake National Bank for 28 years.

Currently, he is president of the Auburn Hospital System Foundation. He chairs the Cayuga County Planning Board, the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, and was also recently appointed a trustee of the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory in Utica, New York. 

The Morgan/Zabriskie tradition of service to the college began in the 19th century when entrepreneur Edwin B. Morgan helped Henry Wells establish Wells. Zabriskie Hall is named in honor of Steve’s grandfather, Nicholas Lansing Zabriskie, who was a Wells trustee for 50 years. Wells’ elegant guest house (formerly known as French House) was a gift given to the college by Steve’s parents, John L. and Lesley Wead Zabriskie. 

Steve says, “My first recollection of Wells is coming to the campus in the fall with my mother, trampling through the amphitheatre and woods, gathering leaves. The college seems like a home to me, and I think of it now as I’ve known it for 30 or more years – a fine institution for women..”

Steve and his wife, alumna  Randi Shaw Zabriskie ’74, have a daughter, Haley, who recently graduated from Colby College in Maine; their son Charlie attends Middlebury College in Vermont. 

October, 2003

 


Renaissance Scholar And Poet Gives Reading at Wells College

Linda Gregerson will read from her work, give poetry writing workshop

Linda GregersonThe Wells College Visiting Writer Series is pleased to announce that well-known poet and scholar Linda Gregerson will give a public reading of her poetry at 8:00 pm on Thursday, October 16 in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. The free reading will be followed by a reception with an opportunity to meet the speaker; refreshments will be served.

In addition to being a celebrated poet, Linda Gregerson teaches Renaissance literature and creative writing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her poems have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Ploughshares, the Yale Review, and many anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2001. Her most recent book of poetry, Waterborne, was published in 2002. She is the author of two previous volumes, Fire in the Conservatory (1982), and The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep (1996). Gregerson is a recent Guggenheim fellow.

Poet Edward Hirsch has called Waterborne Ms. Gregerson’s best book yet, and says that in it "…we are borne along by a language that is at once rich and luminous, lyrical and discursive, reckless and well crafted, ancient and new." Another critic, Grace Schulman, has written: "In Waterborne, Linda Gregerson portrays nothing less than the soul of America, from the Massachusetts colonists to residents of a contemporary town. She writes of people whose dreams and sorrows become our own, capturing their idiom in lines enlightened by biblical and historical truths. The grit of daily life enters her vision, but so does its beauty…."

Ms. Gregerson comes to Wells as part of the college’s Visiting Writers Series, which brings several distinguished writers of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction to campus each year. The Visiting Writer Series is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Virginia Kent Cummins Writers-in-Residence Fund, and the Mildred Walker Fiction-Writer-in-Residence Fund.

During her two-day visit, Ms. Gregerson will participate in classes and conduct a poetry-writing workshop in addition to her reading.

For more information about Linda Gregerson and the Visiting Writers Series at Wells College, please contact English professor Bruce Bennett at 315/364-3228.

October, 2003

 


Wells Professors: Students Say “Caring, Dedicated, and Phenomenally Knowledgeable”

Professor Susan TalbotSusan Talbot, elementary and secondary education director and education instructor, received the college’s 2002-03 Award for Excellence in Teaching. Eleven professors were nominated for the honor by Wells students.

She is described as energetic, innovative, willing to help, caring, and phenomenally knowledgeable. To quote one student, “Professor Talbot comes into class excited because she can teach what she loves. She uses her enthusiasm to get us motivated and on our feet to solve problems. She is always eager to hear what we have to say.” Another wrote, “I want to be this professor when I grow up.”

Susan earned her B.A. from S.U.N.Y. Oswego and her M.S. from Syracuse University. She teaches Introduction to Teaching, The Inclusive Classroom, and Elementary Methods: Teaching Math and Science, among other courses.

Professor Ernie OlsonAssociate Professor of Anthropology and Religion Ernie Olson was chosen from among eight nominees to receive Wells’ 2002-03 Excellence in Advising Award.

In her nomination a student wrote, “This year I became aware of the time and effort Professor Olson devotes to advising. I cannot even count the hours he spent providing feedback on my thesis and coaching me through graduate school applications.” Another student commented, “Good students don’t just appear; they are coached by attentive faculty. My academic accomplishments at Wells are a direct reflection of this professor’s wonderful mentoring skills.”

Ernie received his B.A. from the University of Montana and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. The classes he teaches include Indigenous Peoples of North America, Cultures and Religions of the Pacific, and Ritual Studies and Anthropology. 

October, 2003

 


Papermaker Gives Book Arts Lecture at Wells College

Peter Thomas presents slide lecture on the books as aesthetic art

California papermaker Peter ThomasThe Wells College Book Arts Center is pleased to welcome California papermaker Peter Thomas to campus. Thomas will give a slide lecture at 7:00 pm on Monday, October 6 in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. All are invited to hear this book artist’s presentation. The free lecture will be followed by a reception with an opportunity to meet the speaker; refreshments will be served.

Papermaker Peter Thomas will present a slide lecture entitled “The Literary Book as a Work of Art: Books as Four-Dimensional Art.” The talk will focus on his understandings of the book as art, using selections from his 25-year career as a designer, painter, lettering artist, and collaborative bookmaker.

As a student in the mid-1970s, Thomas’ heartfelt longing was to be a book artist, yet he was perplexed by the then-accepted dogma of book as container and art as something else. He sees the advent of computerized text as liberating the book from its time-honored function as information storage and allowing it to be enjoyed solely as an aesthetic object. Thomas graduated in 1978 from the University of California – Santa Cruz with a degree in Aesthetic Studies. He and his wife Donna have worked collaboratively and individually since 1976, making paper, letterpress printing, and book binding to create books. 

Inspired by Victor Hammer, founder of the Wells College Press and an internationally renowned calligrapher, painter, printer and type designer, the Wells Book Arts Center was established in 1993 to instruct in all areas of book arts and technologies. Students in Wells book arts classes learn the history and philosophy of their craft as they develop hand skills in the fabrication of books. 

They gain international perspective on book arts with visits from accomplished lecturers, writers, and artists, and with field trips to the area's remarkable collection of libraries, presses, paper mills and binderies. Current classes teach design, typography, the evolution of letterforms, letterpress printing, bookbinding, and the history of the book. Though it embraces historical arts and technologies, the Center is not an atavistic curiosity; it actively investigates and incorporates innovations of our digital age. The Wells Book Arts Center supports the mission of the College by revealing the essential role of the book in Western culture and the liberal arts.

October, 2003

 


Elizabethan Conversation & Friends Offers Two Baroque Concerts

Susan Sandman and ensemble present a musical tour of Europe

Susan SandmanA program of late baroque music will be presented on two separate occasions in October. Dr. William Cowdery of Ithaca and Dr. Susan Sandman of Aurora, with Derwood Crocker, also of Aurora, will offer an evening of early music delights on Friday, October 3 at 8:00 pm at the First Congregational Church in Ithaca, and again on Sunday, October 5 at 7:00 pm in the Lakeside Room of the Aurora Inn. 

The concerts, entitled European Holiday, will take the audience on a musical tour of Europe through France, Germany, England and Spain. The recitals feature late baroque music performed by Sandman on recorders and bass viola da gamba, William Cowdery on the harpsichord, and Derwood Crocker on lute.

The music is chosen to illustrate the variety of national styles in Europe, and to be a good introduction to the varied sounds of the music one might have encountered while visiting European homes of the 17th and 18th centuries. Presented will be pieces by composers Charles Dieupart, J.S. Bach, Diego Ortiz, and William Babell. 

Elizabethan Conversation & Friends is delighted to play at two new venues this fall. The First Congregational Church of Ithaca is located at 309 Highland Road in Ithaca (607/257-6033). A $5.00 donation is requested. The newly renovated Aurora Inn is found on Main Street (Route 90) in the village of Aurora (315/364-8888). The Inn will be open for dinner before the concert, and for dessert, coffee, and cocktails following. Admission is $7.00 for adults; seniors and children are free.

Harpsichordist William CowderyHarpsichordist William Cowdery serves as musical director and organist of the First Congregational Church of Ithaca, and as an adjunct instructor at Cornell University. A frequent soloist, accompanist, and lecturer at Bach festivals in the Northeast, he has been a three-year fellow of the Bach Aria Festival at Stony Brook. Cowdery holds a Ph.D. from Cornell, and was a Fulbright Fellow in England. He has authored numerous articles in the New Harvard Dictionary of Music and the Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (1996). Recently he co-edited The Compleat Mozart with Neal Zaslaw (Norton). 

Derwood Crocker’s interest in design, sculpture, and music led him to making musical instruments. He has been a full-time craftsman and musician for almost 40 years. The Crocker Workshop has produced hundreds of instruments, some now found in private and public collections, most notably in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and in numerous college and university collections. He also practices art restoration. As Elizabethan Conversation, Crocker and Sandman have performed together at many venues around New York State, including Hamilton, Elmira, Heidelberg, and Wells Colleges; SUNY at Binghamton, New Paltz, Potsdam, and Buffalo; Cornell, Colgate, and St. Lawrence Universities; Tompkins County and Liverpool public libraries; the Everson Museum in Syracuse, the Johnson Art Museum at Cornell, and the Plattsburgh Autumn Festival.

Early music performer and musicologist Susan Sandman earned her B.A. in music from Vassar College and a Ph.D. in musicology from Stanford University. Now a professor emerita from Wells College, Susan devotes her time to music performance, particularly with the viol consort of the Syracuse-based Schola Cantorum and with Aurora’s Elizabethan Conversation, as well as solo recitals. She also serves as the researcher and organizer for all programs offered by Elizabethan Conversation & Friends. 

This is the first recorder recital presented by Sandman since retiring from Wells two years ago. She and Cowdery have worked together in several recitals; this will be their first with music for gamba, harpsichord, and recorder. For these two concerts, Sandman will play a Bach gamba sonata in G major on a gamba that was handmade by Crocker in his workshop.

For more information about the European Holiday concerts and Elizabethan Conversation, please contact Susan Sandman at 315/364-8406.

September, 2003

 



Note: the following event has had to be postponed until spring; please check back for information on rescheduling.

Popular Poet Returns for Public Reading at Wells College

Welsh writer Leslie Norris to offer poetry-writing workshop

Poet Leslie NorrisThe Wells College Visiting Writer Series is most pleased to welcome back to campus Welsh poet and short story writer Leslie Norris. Norris will give a public reading of his poetry and fiction at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 8 in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. All are invited to hear this inspiring author. The free reading will be followed by a reception with an opportunity to meet the speaker; refreshments will be served.

From October 7 - 10, author Leslie Norris will be at Wells College as the 2003-4 Virginia Kent Cummins Writer-in-Residence. During his campus visit, Mr. Norris will give a reading, participate in classes, and conduct a poetry-writing workshop. Mr. Norris is one of the most popular authors invited to Wells. His readings are increasingly well-attended. 

Mr. Norris, a celebrated reader of his own work, ranks among the most distinguished contemporary writers. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Welsh Academy, and recipient of numerous awards for poetry and fiction, he recently retired from Brigham Young University, where he served as professor of creative writing since 1983. He is the author of more than 20 books of poetry and fiction; his Collected Stories and Collected Poems appeared in 1996.

“Leslie is among the visiting writers we most like to have back. He is a great favorite here - not just a wonderful writer, but a wonderful reader as well,” says professor of English Bruce Bennett. “It is a treat to introduce him and his work to new people, and it is an added bonus that the Wells Press has published a few of his books.”

The Wells College Press published a volume of his poems, Holy Places, in 1998, and has reprinted Norris’s Ark (1988), a delightful collection of poems for children which he originally read over the BBC. During an earlier visit to Wells, he read aloud for the first time his children’s book, Albert and the Angels, before the volume was printed. Following this reading, the book was published by Farrar Straus in 2000. 

In honor of his much-anticipated visit, the Wells College Press will publish a new poem by Mr. Norris as a broadside. The broadside will be available for purchase at his reading.

The Visiting Writer Series is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Virginia Kent Cummins Writers-in-Residence Fund, and the Mildred Walker Fiction-Writer-in-Residence Fund. Several writers will be on campus during the academic year. 

For more information about Leslie Norris and the Visiting Writers Series at Wells College, please contact English professor Bruce Bennett at 315/364-3228.

September, 2003

Note: this event has had to be postponed until spring; please check back for information on rescheduling.

 


Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton Visits Wells College

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton visits Wells CollegeOn Thursday, August 28, 2003 the Wells College campus buzzed with excitement in anticipation of a visit from one of the country’s most recognized women leaders, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) visited Wells College as part of her annual tour through Central New York and to the New York State Fair. Clinton’s visit coincided with the first day of classes for Wells students.

Senator Clinton was greeted by about 200 Wells students, staff, faculty, Aurora community members and friends of the college. Collegiate president Tazeem Pasha '04 made remarks on behalf of the student body stating, “Senator Clinton personifies an ideal for me and gives a rookie leader like myself inspiration.” Tazeem had the pleasure of first meeting Senator Clinton when as First Lady she visited Tazeem’s school in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton visits Wells CollegeWells College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson recognized Senator Clinton for her ongoing support of women’s issues and referred to her as a sister in the women’s college movement.

In her remarks, Senator Clinton encouraged Wells students to become involved in their communities and to use their years at Wells wisely: “…so there is much to be learned during these four idyllic years you have to enjoy at Wells College that will stand you in good stead for the rest of your lives.” The Senator’s remarks were well received by the Wells Community. She ended her visit by signing books, shaking hands and greeting those who attended the event. 

September, 2003

 


George Gee's Big Band Swings onto the Wells College Campus

george geeThe Wells College Arts and Lecture Series proudly presents George Gee’s Jump, Jive, and Wailers, straight from New York City. This 10-piece big band will swing into Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall, on Saturday, October 4, 2003 at 7:00 pm. All are warmly invited to enjoy this high-energy performance; expect dancing in the aisles! Prices are $3 for students and children, $6 for senior citizens and the Wells College community, and $10 for the general public. Tickets are available from the college bookstore or the box office the week preceding the show, and at the door the night of the performance. Please call 315/364-3456 or 364-3428 to reserve seats.

Bandleader George Gee fires up the crowds with his campy antics as his Jump, Jive & Wailers big band bring rollickin’ roadhouse boogie to Aurora. This electrifying 10-piece unit allows George’s world-class cats plenty of room to let loose and really blow, resulting in stunning, high-energy rockin’ grooves. Tenor sax highlights the jump swing vocal traditions of Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway and Jimmy Rushing, while lead trumpet delivers solid renditions of Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, and Louis Armstrong favorites. Straight from the Big Apple, this concert is sure to be a swingin’ good time!

In anticipation of George Gee, free swing dance lessons will be offered at Wells on Tuesday night, September 30. Beginners and experts are invited to come to the Sommer Center at 8:30 pm. Well-known Ithaca swing dancers Iska Zivier and Kurt Lichtman will give instruction and offer tips. All are welcome; appropriate footwear is required.

For more information about George Gee, the Jump, Jive, and Wailers and their Aurora performance, please contact assistant dean for campus involvement Meagen Mulherin at 315/364-3428 or visit the college’s website at www.wells.edu. Additional information about the swing band may also be found on the group’s website - www.georgegee.com

To arrange for an interview or photo session with bandleader George Gee, contact director of communications Gwen Webber-McLeod at 315/364-3260 or via email at gmcleod@wells.edu

September, 2003

 


Solo Performance at Wells College Takes a Look at Gender Boundaries 

Ex Post Papa: Life as a Freelance DadWells College is pleased to announce that Ex Post Papa: Life as a Freelance Dyke Dad is returning to campus on Thursday, October 2, 2003.  The performance by transgendered Boston-based artist S. Bear Bergman is free and will begin at 7:30 pm in Cleveland Auditorium on the Aurora campus. The public is warmly invited to attend. A reception and talk back with the artist will follow the show; light refreshments will be served.

An "Ex Post Papa" is the father that you find for yourself when it becomes clear that the gap where your real dad left off and where you want to be is too wide to jump. Solo artist Bear presents this funny, challenging, and heartwarming performance about LGBTQ-mentoring and the ways in which queers create families in order to make safe space for themselves in the world. Dealing with romantic relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, coming out to blood relatives, taking care of the great gay tribe, and trying to use a public restroom, Ex Post Papa is redolent with an honesty about friendship and love that touches people of all genders, sexual orientations, and stages of the coming out process.

The show has played at Emerson College in Boston, New York University, and at the National Gay/Lesbian Theatre Festival in Columbus, Ohio. Ex Post Papa is sponsored by the Wells College Dean of Students and the Offices of Campus Involvement and Intercultural Programs.

For more information about Bear and the performance, please contact professor of psychology Vic Muñoz at 315/364-3248 or via email at vmunoz@wells.edu .  More information about the play may also be found at www.expostpapa.com

September, 2003

 


Wells College Hosts Fourth Annual Peachtown Native American Festival and Education Day 

Peachtown Native American FestivalThe fourth annual Peachtown Native American Festival and Education Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 27. The festival will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on the beautiful Wells College campus in Aurora. The event is free and the public is invited to join in the fun. Wells is pleased to offer this important, exciting festival as an opportunity to build community, and to honor the past and present contributions of Native American culture and the history of Aurora, or Deawendote: “village of constant dawn.”

This year, the festival will be held in two parts. From 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, participants will gather on the front lawn of Main Building for the main part of the festival featuring dancing, demonstrations, crafts, food, music, and more. From 4:00 - 6:30 pm, everyone is invited to move to the Sommer Center lawn for a buffet-style dinner featuring Native cuisine. Sodexho Campus Food Services will prepare the meal, and a nominal fee will be charged. Providing dinner and dance music will be Corn Bred, central New York's only all-Native American rhythm and blues band. Direct from the Onondaga Nation, Fire Keepers of the Iroquois Confederacy, Corn Bread plays a lively mix of rock-a-billy, R & B, and original tunes.

Sherri Waterman-Hopper will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies this year.  She represents the Onondaga Nation of the Beaver Clan. Norman Hill will provide the opening and closing remarks for the festival in his own native language. Wells College president Lisa Marsh Ryerson, Aurora mayor Tom Gunderson, and Wells student body president Tazeem Pasha ’04 will also be speaking at the festival.

Festival highlights include the Haudenosaunee Singers and Dancers, a social, non-ceremonial dance group consisting primarily of members of the Onondaga Nation. Another musical group, the Thunder Lizard Singers, represent members of the Laguna Pueblo/Navajo, Cherokee/Kickapoo/Lakota, Mohawk, and Cree Nations. The Thunder Lizard Singers bring songs from the Plains, pueblos, and the Diné as well as Southeastern-style Stomp Dance songs.  In addition to traditional powwow singing, the group will also perform original songs accompanied by rattles, hand drums, chants and Native American flute as influenced by their various tribal backgrounds.

Dan Hill, another featured artist, is perhaps 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 has become a much sought-after lecturer, storyteller and teacher, and has traveled extensively across North America and beyond. Dan Hill makes flutes and is a talented silversmith who specializes in traditional Iroquois and exquisite original designs.

The paintings of artist Eli Thomas will be on display throughout the day. His work depicts the stories and symbols of his native heritage, blending with and connecting to the natural world. Thomas’ paintings invoke feelings of appreciation, thanks, peace, and respect for all living things. “To experience his paintings is to discover the oral traditions and cultural  symbols of the Onondaga Nation.”

Other festival participants include Lillian Kane, who will share indigenous stories while conducting a Seneca corn husk doll-making workshop; and Mike Tarbell, a Mohawk, who will perform bow and atlatl demonstrations. Educational displays and exhibits including the archaeology of the Cayuga homeland will be available for the public to view.  Special Native foods will be offered, as well as social dances and craft booths.

For more information about the festival, S.H.A.R.E., and Wells College, please contact Wells’ assistant dean for intercultural programs Carolyn Morales at 315/364-3312 or by email at cmorales@wells.edu.

September, 2003

 


Returning Alumna Gives Reading/Performance

Nicole Brending ’02 performs as part of the Visiting Writers series

brendingAurora, New York – The Wells College English Department welcomes back one of its own when Nicole Brending ’02 returns to campus for a reading and performance. Brending will speak on “A Regular Night at the Strip Club: Writing Story for the Stage.” She will perform three of her play’s monologues to support her talk about how one goes about writing a piece intended for the stage. The performance will be held on Tuesday, September 16 at 8:00 pm in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. The event is free and the public is invited to attend and meet the artist. 

Writer and entertainer Nicole Brending graduated from Wells College in 2002 with a degree in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. After leaving Aurora, she returned to Minnesota, where she wrote “A Regular Night at the Strip Club. ” The solo performance was shown at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage in August as part of the annual Minnesota Fringe Festival. The Fringe Festival features theatre, performance arts, puppetry, spoken word, dance, and visual arts in more than 160 performances each summer. 

“A Regular Night at the Strip Club” centers on a talkative stripper who, while imbibing in cocktails and becoming progressively intoxicated, tries valiantly to uphold the fantasy and illusion of the club. As the alcohol takes effect, though, she can’t help but give a dark glimpse into the psychological pitfalls of the sex industry. Brending stars as Vivian, the exotic dancer with a story to tell, and she does it in a funny, yet ultimately disturbing way which leaves the viewer unsettled. 

For more information about the performance and the Visiting Writer Series at Wells, please contact English professor Bruce Bennett at 315/364-3228 or visit the college’s web site at www.wells.edu. The Visiting Writer Series is sponsored in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.

September, 2003

 


Wells College Welcomes Multicultural Educator 

Sonia Nieto gives annual Beckman lecture on education

nietoThe Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wells College is pleased to announce the annual Beckman Lecturer for 2003. Dr. Sonia Nieto, professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will speak on “Keeping Good Teachers for the Public Good,” which addresses Nieto’s work with Boston teachers. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, September 23 at 7:30 pm in the Wells College chapel, Main Building. The talk is free and the greater community is welcome to come hear this educator speak.

For over 36 years, Dr. Nieto has taught students at all levels, from elementary grades through graduate school. Her research focuses on multicultural education and on the education of Latinos, immigrants, and students of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. She received her B.S. in Education from St. John's University, M.A. in Spanish Literature from New York University, and her Ed.D. from UMass-Amherst.

She serves on several national advisory boards that focus on educational equity and social justice, including Facing History and Ourselves (FHAO) and Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR). She has received many awards for her scholarship, advocacy, and activism, including the 1989 Human and Civil Rights Award from the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the 1996 Teacher of the Year Award from the Hispanic Educators of Massachusetts, and the 1997 Multicultural Educator of the Year Award from NAME, the National Association for Multicultural Education. She was an Annenberg Institute Senior Fellow (1998-2000) and she received an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts in May 1999. In 2000, she was awarded a month-long residency at the Bellagio Center in Italy. More recently, she was named to the Críticas Journal Hall of Fame as the 2003 Spanish-Language Community Advocate of the Year. She is married to Angel Nieto, a former teacher and author of children’s books, and they have two daughters and eight grandchildren.

Dr. Nieto’s books include Affirming Diversity:  The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education (4th ed., 2004), The Light in Their Eyes:  Creating Multicultural Learning Communities (1999), Puerto Rican Students in U.S. Schools, an edited volume (2000), and What Keeps Teachers Going? (2003). She has also published dozens of book chapters and articles in such journals as Educational Leadership, The Harvard Educational Review, Multicultural Education, and Theory into Practice. 

The Beckman Visiting Lectureship was established at Wells College in 1953 by the Bernard C. Beckman family of Naperville, Illinois, who believe in the lifelong inspiration of creative teaching.  The Beckman lecturers are selected annually by the Dean of Wells College and are distinguished for their creative work, original thought, and the ability to communicate and teach with enthusiasm.

September, 2003

 


Student Leadership Conference 2003

High school girls learn leadership skills this summer

Wells College Student Leadership ConferenceFor the past ten summers, Wells College has hosted the Student Leadership Conference to encourage the development of leadership potential of select high school girls.  This summer’s conference took place during three consecutive weeks in June and July.  Students who attended were nominated by their high school guidance counselors, sent a letter of invitation, and, once accepted, chose one of three sessions to attend.  Each session lasted for three days and two nights on the college’s beautiful campus overlooking Cayuga Lake.

Conference attendees spent their time learning the basic principles of leadership.  The students were first introduced to collaborative leadership styles.  They spent their first night getting to know one another, as well as themselves, by taking a personal social style inventory, learning the language of communication, and participating in a team adventure.  During the following days, the girls attended sessions on goal setting, conflict resolution, Power Point, and communication.  They also took part in a ropes course to create bonding amongst the students.

Wells College Student Leadership ConferenceDuring their stay, the young leaders formed groups to work on a final presentation which focused on a problem affecting their high schools.  The students were expected to use knowledge gained during the conference to agree on the issue, define the problem, create goals, and produce an action plan to achieve these goals, thus resolving the challenge.  Some past topics have included drug and alcohol abuse, limited funding for the arts, problems with cliques, teen pregnancy, racism, and cultural awareness.

Upon completion of the conference, these young women have an entire action plan ready to bring back to their school, plus more confidence in themselves so they can start making necessary changes within their high schools.  According to feedback from previous years, many of the attendees take advantage of what they learned at the conference to facilitate impressive changes in their high schools and communities. 

August, 2003

 


Aurora Inn Reopens on June 4 After Year-Long Renovation

New Village Market, Pizzaurora and Fargo Bar & Grill also Open

Aurora Inn and MarketAs part of the revitalization of this tiny, heritage village on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake, a sparkling new Village Market also was built in a handsome mahogany  storefront next door to the Inn, the Fargo Bar & Grill across the street has had a major renovation and a new pizzeria called Pizzaurora recently opened in a renovated 1940s garage adjoining the Fargo building.

Built in 1833 in the Federal style, the Aurora Inn was refurbished from top to bottom to create 10 luxurious guest rooms, a charming new restaurant with lakeside veranda dining, and banquet room for weddings, private parties and meetings. A stone terrace, lawn and gardens that roll down to the water also are planned.

“Today is the dawn of a new day for Aurora,” said Aurora’s mayor Tom Gunderson at an official ribbon-cutting ceremony held here on May 29. “Our village now has the focal point that it has been missing since the inn closed nearly three years ago. The Aurora Inn and its commercial neighbors are vital to the economic strength of our village and their refurbishment signals a bright future for our community.”

Fargo Bar and Grill and PizzauroraThe Aurora Foundation, a partnership of Wells College and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation, undertook the renovation of the Inn and other properties to support the college’s mission through economic development in Aurora. A 1962 graduate of Wells College, Pleasant Rowland created American Girl® dolls and has become a committed philanthropist since selling her Wisconsin-based Pleasant Company to Mattel in 1998.

The Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation contributed all funding required to renovate the commercial buildings.  The Aurora Foundation will help manage the operation of the Inn, Village Market and Pizzaurora.  Jim Orman will remain proprietor of  Fargo Bar & Grill.  Income from the businesses will benefit Wells College, which will continue to own the buildings.

“We are very fortunate to have Pleasant Rowland as a benefactor,” Ryerson noted at the ribbon cutting.  “Her belief in Aurora’s value as a historic American village, her experience as an entrepreneur and her unwavering support of Wells will make an enormous difference to the college and the community.”

Inn to Become Focal Point in the Finger Lakes

Artist's conception of restored Aurora Inn, as seen from the front“I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make today possible,” commented Pleasant Rowland at the ceremony. “Our aim was to help breathe new life into Aurora by creating a comfortable country inn and neighboring businesses that will be warm and welcoming to both locals and visitors from afar. Through the efforts of countless people and the patience of the community, I think we have succeeded in restoring the inn as a true focal point in the Finger Lakes and the centerpiece of Aurora.”

The Inn renovation team included Holt Architects of Ithaca, McGlynn Interiors of Skaneateles and Northeast Construction Services of Syracuse. Original fireplaces, woodwork and other architectural details were reused as much as possible or were reproduced.  Historic photographs and etchings informed the exterior alterations, returning the Inn to its original appearance.  Inside, the Inn was remodeled to appeal to today’s travelers and to meet current code requirements. 

The public rooms are decorated in an eclectic mix of antiques and Oriental rugs with designer fabrics, comfortable furnishings and wall coverings in hues of caramel, red and charcoal. The Inn also features an unusually fine collection of historic and contemporary art.

Restaurant Offers Rare Find In Finger Lakes: Outdoor Lakeside Dining

Artist's conception of restored Aurora Inn, as seen from the backThe restaurant, which will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, has a bank of windows and French doors that open onto a porch and tree-shaded veranda offering outdoor dining during warmer months. “The Aurora Inn has one of the only restaurants in the Finger Lakes where one can dine outdoors right on the water,” Rowland remarked, adding that she believes that will make the Inn a “don’t-miss destination” for visitors to the Finger Lakes.

Inside the restaurant, there is an appealing mix of banquettes, intimate booths and tables that offer fireside dining.   The menu will feature traditional, American country food prepared with fresh regional products.  The bar, which also has a fireplace, will serve spirits from around the world, including a selection of wines from the Finger Lakes.

The guest rooms blend charm and comfort with high-tech amenities such as high-speed Internet access and flat-panel televisions.  The eight rooms on the second and third 
floors all have private marble bathrooms and deep balcony porches furnished with rocking chairs, benches and swings that overlook the lake or village. Four of the rooms have gas fireplaces.  The two large suites on the fourth floor have cozy seating areas, well-equipped kitchenettes and marble bathrooms with deep-soak whirlpool baths. Rates range from $125 to $225, depending on the room and season.

The banquet room features a restored 1958 mural showing scenes of the village and Wells College as they appeared in the 19th century. Designed with special events in mind, the room can accommodate up to 90 guests for a sit-down dinner or 125 for a cocktail reception. French doors extend the space out to a stone terrace with sweeping views of the lake.  The Inn also offers lawn weddings for up to 200 guests under pristine white tents. In addition, the room is equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual systems for business meetings, seminars and corporate retreats.

Sue Edinger, who has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and holds a degree in hotel administration from Cornell University, has been appointed as general manager of the Aurora Inn.   Holly Zoba, who also has worked in the hotel business for more than two decades, has been named director of marketing for the Inn, as well as other village establishments managed by the Aurora Foundation.

A Little Bit of History

Aurora Inn as seen in 1848The Aurora Inn was built by Colonel E. B. Morgan, a native of Aurora and co-founder of The New York Times. In the mid-19th century, Aurora became a major stop on the Erie Canal for boats carrying agricultural products from area farmers to New York City.  Henry Wells, of Wells Fargo stagecoach fame and the founder of American Express, established Wells College in Aurora in 1868. 

During its colorful past, the Inn was a favored overnight destination for travelers borne by barge, stagecoach and rail, and it has long been a popular spot for students from Wells, Cornell University and other nearby colleges. The inn was deeded to Wells College in 1943 and despite several additions and renovations, it struggled financially until it closed in 2000 in need of major restoration. 

For more information on the Aurora Inn., please call (315) 364-8888 or visit www.Aurora-Inn.com.

June, 2003

 


Nationally Recognized Women’s Historian to Deliver Wells College Commencement Address

Dr. Sally Roesch WagnerPresident Lisa Marsh Ryerson is pleased to announce that Wells College’s 135th annual commencement activities will take place on Saturday, May 24 beginning at 10:00 am. The ceremony will be held on the lawn in front of Macmillan Hall. In the case of inclement weather, the gathering will move indoors to Phipps Auditorium. One hundred and six degree candidates, along with their families and friends, are expected to attend the ceremony.

Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, renowned for her work in the field of women’s rights history, will give the commencement address this year. Wagner, the executive director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation in Fayetteville, New York, is a nationally recognized lecturer, author and performance interpreter of women’s rights history.  One of the first women to receive a doctorate in the United States for work in women’s studies (UC Santa Cruz), and a founder of one of the country’s first college women’s studies programs, (CSU Sacramento), Dr. Wagner was named the Jeanette K. Watson Women’s Studies Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities at Syracuse University in 1997. She has also been a research affiliate of the Women’s Resources and Research Center at the University of California, Davis and a consultant to the National Women’s History Project.

The theme of her work has been telling the untold stories. Her monograph, She Who Holds the Sky: Matilda Joslyn Gage, reveals a suffragist written out of history because of her stand against the religious right 100 years ago, while Sisters in Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists documents the influence of Iroquois women on early women's rights activists. 

Wagner is currently the executive director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation. Gage, a 19th century suffragist, abolitionist, and supported of Native American sovereignty, worked side by side with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, yet is the lesser known of the three. The trio wrote The History of Woman Suffrage together in Gage’s Fayetteville home, where Wagner now resides. Wagner is in the process of restoring the old home and creating extensive programming on the subjects of anti-slavery, women’s rights, Haudenosaunee relations, and more.

Wagner appeared as a “talking head” in the Ken Burns PBS documentary, “Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony” for which she wrote the accompanying faculty guide for PBS.  She was also an historian in the PBS special, “One Woman, One Vote” and has been interviewed several times on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Democracy Now.” Her essays have appeared in more than a dozen publications. 

For more information about Sally Roesch Wagner and Wells College’s commencement activities, please contact director of communications Gwen Webber-McLeod at 315/364-3260 or by email at gmcleod@wells.edu.. Additional information about the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation may be found at www.nyhistory.com/gagepage/index.htm.

May, 2003

 


Early Music Concert at the Wells College Boathouse

Second annual recital brings to mind love, springtime

Elizabethan ConversationElizabethan Conversation will present a concert “Doulce memoire (sweet memory) and other Renaissance Songs” on Wednesday, May 28 at 6:00 pm in the Wells College Boathouse on Route 90 in Aurora.  Admission to this varied program of madrigals and instrumental music is $5 for adults; children are free. The public is invited to enjoy an evening of music on the lake.

This second annual May-time concert in the historic boathouse overlooking Cayuga Lake aims to bring music of earlier times to the community. The selections include 16th century Spanish, French, and English songs of love and springtime, and instrumental dances by composers Diego Ortiz, Orlando Lassus, John Dowland, Pierre Sandrin, and Jacob Arcadelt.

Of the five musicians, four are from the village of Aurora: Susan Sandman, the organizer of this program and professor emerita of Wells College, will play recorder and viols; her musical and life partner, Derwood Crocker, will play the lutes. Together in 1982 they founded Elizabethan Conversation. Also performing are Gary Aubin, general manager of Sodexho food services at Wells, as tenor soloist; Rick Bogel, a professor at Cornell, on trombone; and John MacClellan of Union Springs on recorders. 

Two viols and one lute used for this program were hand-built by Crocker, who, in addition to his musical talent, is also an art restorer and an instrument maker for early music. Elizabethan Conversation achieves musically pleasing and exciting performances on period instruments by combining scholarship in historical performance with individual judgment, and mixing in the magic of the moment. The concert will be accompanied by informal conversation explaining the music and instruments. 

For more information about Elizabethan Conversation and the concert, please contact Susan Sandman at 315/364-8406. 

May, 2003

 


Gopher Award - May, 2003

Wells College Housekeeping StaffIn an effort to improve communications in the community and help people better understand and appreciate the work of their colleagues, the Staff Diversity Committee announces the first recipients of their "You're All Right" honor. Committee representatives tell us this prestigious award comes in the guise of a singing gopher. Individuals that receive this tribute will have the privilege of displaying The Gopher for one month in their respective office or department.

The first area the committee is honoring is the Grounds Department. According to a committee representative, “Members of this area have over the past few months kept our streets and sidewalks clear of ice and snow during a very cold winter. We thank the following individuals for their necessary but often unnoticed contributions to our safety: Don Bunn, Richard Coleman, Gary Gamlen, Jeff Radcliffe, Harold Van Horn, and Kevin Van Orman.”

May, 2003

 


Annual Senior Thesis Art Show Opens at Wells College

Senior Art Show - Amanda HestdalenThe Wells College Art Department is pleased to announce the annual senior thesis art exhibit. The show opens on Monday, May 12 and runs through Saturday, May 24 in the college’s String Room Gallery in Main Building, and in Long Library. The exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited to view the show. An opening reception with refreshments provides an opportunity to meet the student artists on Monday, May 12 from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Gallery.

Seven visual arts majors, all from New York, will show their work. Art forms that will be represented include painting, digital imagery, charcoal sketching, sculpture, and mixed media. All graduating seniors, regardless of major, are expected to present a culminating thesis of their academic work while at Wells.

String Room Gallery 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 College, please contact art professor William Roberts at 315/364-3237.

Other images from the senior show:
Christina Wilde 1
Christina Wilde 2
Elaine Waldschmidt Construction
Elaine Waldschmidt Studio

May, 2003

 


Wells Gospel Choir to Present Worship Service and Concert

All are welcome to enjoy the sweet sound of Appointed, the Wells College Gospel choir. The student group will present this special Mothers' Day worship service and concert in Barler Recital Hall on Sunday, May 11 at 7:30 pm. The event will feature readings by students plus the wonderful singing voices of this newly formed yet accomplished Gospel group. Led by Dean of Students Karen Green and senior Afua Boahene '03, Appointed is sure to add an uplifting grande finale to Mothers' Day. Everyone is invited to this free celebration.

May, 2003


Wells College Students Are First to Utilize “Floating Classroom” on Cayuga Lake

Environmental Studies and Biology students ship out on research vessel

Floating ClassroomEnvironmental studies and biology students at Wells College are the very first to hire out the new "floating classroom" boat on Cayuga Lake. On Monday, April 28, environmental studies professor Niamh O’Leary led a group of lab students from Long Point State Park aboard the Haendel to collect data from the lake. Additional groups of Wells science students will also take advantage of this new learning opportunity on Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1.

Captained by Dennis Montgomery of Ithaca, the Haendel is the first educational boat of its kind on Cayuga Lake. The goal of the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom Project is to provide a traveling shipboard classroom that gives educators the necessary tools to learn about Cayuga Lake and its watershed. Until now, Cayuga Lake had no such vessel, which will provide hands-on experience to students and will link with present school curricula for all ages. The 43-foot steel vessel can accommodate 32 passengers and two crew members. Captain Montgomery will also offer to tourists narrative tours of the lake with an ecological and historical twist.

O’Leary has helped facilitate the project's development for the past year. “I became involved through my connections with the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network. Dennis wanted to get a floating classroom going on Cayuga after he saw something similar in action elsewhere. Our organization was all for promoting this exciting program, and Wells is pleased to be the first to try it out.”

Wells College is a planning partner of the Floating Classroom Committee, along with Cayuga Wooden Boatworks and the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network. The FCC is a subcommittee of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization.

“Access to the lake will provide us with the opportunity to learn the tools and techniques of deep water collection and analysis,” says O’Leary. “Students will have the opportunity to take horizontal and vertical profiles of the lake, and data can be compared with other studies to determine the lake's condition and the impact of various natural and human factors on it. The lake is the most prominent natural feature of our local landscape. Since the inception of the environmental studies program at Wells we have used the Cayuga Basin, or the Cayuga Watershed, as a natural laboratory. These experiences on the lake will add to our capabilities to understand and protect the local natural environment.”

Specifically, science students will gather data measuring the transparency of the lake water, algal levels, nutrient content, oxygen content, ph, temperature, the effects of zebra mussels on the lake’s ecosystem, and more. Samples will be brought back to the college’s laboratories for testing and analysis. The Wells College Environmental Studies and Biology Departments plan to incorporate the floating classroom program into many levels of the science curriculum in coming semesters. 

For more information about Wells College’s use of the floating classroom, please call environmental studies professor Niamh O’Leary at 315/364-3279 and visit the college’s website at www.wells.edu. Journalists wishing to cover the event should contact director of communications Gwen Webber-McLeod at 315/364-3260 or gmcleod@wells.edu.

April, 2003

 


Wells College Presents Senior Thesis Voice Recital

Senior Nandani Sinha sings soprano

Nandani SinhaSoprano Nandani Sinha '03 will present her senior voice recital entitled "I Hate Music! But I Love to Sing" on Friday evening, May 2. The concert begins at 6:15 pm in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall, on the Aurora campus. Admission to the recital is free and the public is cordially invited to attend. A reception with the vocalist and accompanying musicians will follow the performance.

Ms. Sinha, of Montauk, New York, is a Performance major with a concentration in music. The recital is her senior project. She has studied voice at Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music and is currently a student of Professor Crawford R. Thoburn at Wells. Ms. Sinha will be accompanied in her recital by Wells music instructor Nancy Gilbertson on piano, and fellow senior Kimberley Olmstead of Gansevoort, New York, on viola.

While at Wells, Ms. Sinha has performed with the concert choir, of which she is president, and with the chamber singers. She has been featured soloist with the concert choir and orchestra in major works by Beethoven, Handel, Vaughan-Williams and Weber, and has performed with the Wells Early Music Consort. She also was the musical director of Henry's VIII, the college’s student a cappella group.

The recital will demonstrate Ms. Sinha’s vocal capabilities in a variety of musical styles encompassing works from the 17th century to the present. Songs and arias in Italian, German, French and English by such diverse composers as Scarlatti, Mozart, Debussy, Brahms, Bernstein, and Victor Herbert will convey many human emotions ranging from joyfulness, exultation, and love to humor and satire.

For more information about Ms. Sinha’s performance or the music program at Wells College, please contact professor of music Crawford Thoburn at 315/364-3347.

April, 2003

 


Wells College Students Selected to Make National Research  Presentations

Wells College students presenting at NCUR, 2003Seven Wells College seniors were selected to present their research at this year’s National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City March 13-15. They were accompanied by Wells Professor of Chemistry Christopher Bailey. 

“I enjoy taking Wells students to the NCUR Conference because it gives them a chance to compare themselves to their peers nationally,” says Professor Bailey. “Without fail they come back with a greater appreciation of a Wells education. They find their research endeavors are more profound and more analytic than those of most students from other colleges. With this contrast they come to realize their close interactions with faculty, combined with the autonomy given to them in performing their research, are unique features of Wells.”

This is the 15th consecutive year Wells students have participated in the conference. Below are the Wells students who participated in this year’s conference, their research topics, and their faculty advisors:

Brooke Andersen of Albany, New York (sociology): “Harmony or Discord: An Analysis of the Symphony Orchestra as a Subculture” - advisor Professor of Sociology Spencer Hildahl.

Tracy Flynn of Rockland, Massachusetts (English): “’Set the Window Open Unto Licence, Lust and Riot’: Sexual Conduct and Samuel Daniel's The Tragedie of Cleopatra (1594)” - advisor Associate Professor of English Catherine Burroughs.

Megan McCarthy of Gouverneur, New York (sociology): “A Generation in Transition: Modern Juvenile Delinquency in Japan” - advisor Professor of Sociology Spencer Hildahl.

Meghan McCune of Detroit, Michigan (anthropology): “Rural Monocultural Ideology: The Cultural Famine of Monocropping in Cayuga County, New York” - advisor Associate Professor of Anthropology and Religion Ernie Olson.

Sarah Steinkamp of Altamont, New York (sociology/anthropology): “Re-evaluating the Simplistic Paradigm of Man as Enemy, Woman as Victim: The Intersectionality of Gender, Race, Class and Sexuality” - advisor Assistant Professor of Sociology Laura McClusky.

Yuko Takagi of Fuso, Aichi, Japan (biological and chemical sciences): “Hormonal Effects on the Scleral Venus Sinus in Relation to Optical Development of Chick Eyes” - advisor Assistant Professor of Biology Christina Wahl.

Tara Venezio, Highland Lakes, New Jersey (biological and chemical sciences): “Courtship and Mating Behavior of Four Hybrid-inbred Strains of Nasonia Wasps in Comparison to the Two Parent Strains” (co-written with Adrienne Loero of Union City, Calif.) - advisors Professors of Biology Candace Collmer and Thomas Vawter.

Through its annual conference, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship, and helps to improve the state of the undergraduate education. 

Established in 1987, NCUR seeks to enrich undergraduate teaching and learning by providing opportunities for students to experience firsthand the processes of scholarly exploration and discovery that characterize academic life, to assist the professional development of faculty and others in these areas, and to understand and appreciate the goals, methods, and results of diverse areas of inquiry and ways of knowing.

April, 2003

 


Kauffman Grant to Wells College Supports Book Arts and Science

Wells College has received a grant totaling $39,982 from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, to encourage the introduction of entrepreneurship in the college’s curriculum. 

The Book Arts Center has been awarded $15,000 of the grant to support a national book arts symposium to be held on campus at the end of April 2004. The symposium, Matter & Spirit: The Genesis and Evolution of the Book, will include a panel discussion of entrepreneurship in the book arts. This gathering of national artists, scholars and experts will be open to Wells students and the general public.

Professor Candace CollmerThe grant is also enabling Professor of Biology Candace Collmer to research ways the field of bioinformatics can be included in the curriculum. When implemented, this will expose students to a hot new field and enable them to explore expanded options for career opportunities in the sciences.  Two additional goals of the Kauffman grant are to make students aware of entrepreneurial opportunities in this growing field, and to connect Wells students with entrepreneurs at companies engaged in bioinformatics.

To begin her research on bioinformatics, Professor Collmer attended the third ASM (American Society for Microbiology) and TIGR (The Institute for Genomic Research) Conference on Microbial Genomes in New Orleans. She will continue to explore the field and learn more about companies developing and using sophisticated computer tools for the analysis of biological data. 

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City works with partners to encourage entrepreneurship across America and improve the education of children and youth. The Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman.

April, 2003

 


The Ahn Trio Performs on Violin, Piano, Cello at Wells College

Internationally recognized chamber music ensemble to play in Aurora

The Ahn TrioThe Wells College Arts and Lecture Series proudly presents The Ahn Trio, internationally acclaimed musicians. The ensemble will perform in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall, on one night only, Saturday, May 3, 2003. All are warmly invited to enjoy this extraordinary chamber performance; a reception will follow. Prices are $3 for students and children, $6 for senior citizens and the Wells College community, and $10 for the general public. Tickets are available from the college bookstore or the box office the week preceding the show, and at the door the night of the performance. Please call 315/364-3456 or 364-3428 to reserve tickets.

The Ahn sisters, originally from South Korea, are hailed as a brilliantly distinguished ensemble gifted with extraordinary powers of communication and an exquisite blend of sound. Each of the artists exhibit superb technique and contagious excitement. The Juilliard-trained trio has toured the world, performing over 100 shows a year in such well-known venues as the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie's Weill Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and Singapore's Victoria Concert Hall. Violinist Angella and the twins, pianist Lucia and cellist Maria, capture the intellect, hearts, and souls of all who hear them.

The beauty, passion, and vitality of the Ahn’s playing has them in high demand. Their music has a life of its own, both in the concert halls and in numerous master classes and workshops offered to children and adults worldwide. The sisters’ most innovative project, “Ahn-Plugged,” has enabled them to reach out to new audiences all over the world. This project grew from the Ahn Trio’s passionate dedication to the commissioning and performance of contemporary music and has led to significant additions to the piano trio repertoire. The May 3 program at Wells College includes pieces by the famous Maurice Jarre and violist and composer Kenji Bunch, in addition to a specially transcribed rendition of The Doors’ Riders on the Storm by Michal Rataj.

For more information about The Ahn Trio and their Aurora performance, please contact director of student activities Meagen Mulherin at 315/364-3428. Additional information about the ensemble may also be found on the group’s website - www.ahntrio.com.To arrange for an interview or photo session with the Ahn sisters, contact director of communications Gwen Webber-McLeod at 315/364-3260 or via email at gmcleod@wells.edu.

The Wells College Arts and Lecture Series features professional guest artists and performers who are brought to campus to enrich the cultural and academic components of Wells as a learning community. The acts are selected annually by a committee comprised of Wells faculty, staff, administrators, and students.

April, 2003

 


A Rockin’ Spring Weekend Planned at Wells College

“Springapalooza” rolls into Aurora on April 26
 

Wells College Spring Weekend 2003

The Wells College Programming Board is pleased to announce Spring Weekend 2003. Scheduled for Saturday, April 26, this rockin’ event is sure to please everyone, especially the college crowd. Springapalooza will take place on the Wells College campus on Route 90 in the village of Aurora, halfway between Ithaca and Auburn on beautiful Cayuga Lake.

The fun begins at 1:00 on the lawn in front of the Sommer Student Center. A three band line-up promises lots of great live music. Missing Marcus out of Ithaca fires it up at 1:30 with its blend of folky pop. At 3:30, groove to the Afro-reggae tunes of Tribe of Djembe. Wrapping up a great day of live music, The B-Sides, a talented young indie group out of Chapel Hill, NC will perform their funky, eclectic sound from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. A brilliant fireworks display will cap off Springapalooza at 9:00 pm.

Juston McKinney will serve as Master of Ceremony for Springapalooza. McKinney has appeared on the "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, and on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and "Reel Comedy."  He recently performed his one-man stand-up comedy routine at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. While there, he was presented with the Listerine "Clean Mouth" Award, which honors his talent and clean style of comedy.  He delivers a funny, original, high-energy performance, which has made him a huge hit all over the country. 

General admission tickets are $5.00 and will be available at the gate on the day of the event. Other activities will take place throughout the day as well. The public is invited to bring a blanket and enjoy local vendor booths, games, dancing, a barbeque, craft tables, and more. Beer, soft drinks, and food will be available. No coolers or outside food or beverages permitted. 

In addition to all the fun, the Programming Board will be accepting donations for Matthew House. Located in Auburn, Matthew House is a not-for-profit non-denominational comfort care home for the terminally ill. The Programming Board hopes to collect various toiletries, non-perishable food, and household items such as sheets, towels, pillows, trash bags, writing paper, postage stamps, detergent, etc. in support of the House’s mission. 

Springapalooza will be held rain or shine. For more information, please contact the Student Activities Office at 315/364-3428. 

April, 2003

 


Nationally Recognized Women’s Historian to Deliver Wells College Commencement Address

Dr. Sally Roesch WagnerPresident Lisa Marsh Ryerson is pleased to announce that Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner, renowned for her work in the field of women’s rights history, will give the commencement address at Wells College on Saturday, May 24. The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. outside Macmillan Hall.

Sally Roesch Wagner, the executive director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation in Fayetteville, New York, is a nationally recognized lecturer, author and performance interpreter of women’s rights history.  One of the first women to receive a doctorate in the United States for work in women’s studies (UC Santa Cruz), and a founder of one of the country’s first college women’s studies programs, (CSU Sacramento), Dr. Wagner is a pioneering feminist and social justice advocate in her own right. 

Wagner appeared as a “talking head” in the Ken Burns PBS documentary, “Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony” for which she wrote the accompanying faculty guide for PBS.  She was also an historian in the PBS special, “One Woman, One Vote” and has been interviewed several times on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Democracy Now.” 

The theme of her work has been telling the untold stories. Her monograph, She Who Holds the Sky: Matilda Joslyn Gage, reveals a suffragist written out of history because of her stand against the religious right 100 years ago, while Sisters in Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists documents the influence of Iroquois women on early women's rights activists. 

Named the Jeanette K. Watson Women’s Studies Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities at Syracuse University in 1997, Wagner has been a research affiliate of the Women’s Resources and Research Center at the University of California, Davis and a consultant to the National Women’s History Project.

Wagner’s essays have appeared in: Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1800-1925; Indian Roots of American Democracy; Iroquois Women: an Anthology; and Handbook of American Women's History. Published articles include: National Women’s Studies Association Journal, On the Issues, Northeast Indian Quarterly, Indian Country Today, Hartford Courant, Women's History Network News, National NOW Times and the Sacramento Bee. Recent books include: She Who Holds the Sky: Matilda Joslyn Gage (Sky Carrier Press, 2003); Woman, Church and State. Introduction to reprint of Matilda Joslyn Gage’s 1893 classic.(Humanity Books, 2002); and Sisters in Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists (Native Voices, 2001). 

Wagner is currently the executive director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation. Gage, a 19th century suffragist, abolitionist, and supported of Native American sovereignty, worked side by side with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, yet is the lesser known of the three. The trio wrote The History of Woman Suffrage together in Gage’s Fayetteville home, where Wagner now resides. Wagner is in the process of restoring the old home and creating extensive programming on the subjects of anti-slavery, women’s rights, Haudenosaunee relations, and more.

For more information about Sally Roesch Wagner and Wells College’s commencement activities, please contact director of communications Gwen Webber-McLeod at 315/364-3260 or by email at gmcleod@wells.edu. Additional information about the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation may be found at www.nyhistory.com/gagepage/index.htm.

April, 2003

 


Students Present Annual Spring Dance Concert at Wells College

A Decoupage of Dance comes to Aurora

Wells College Spring Dance Concert 2003The annual student Spring Dance Concert will be held at Wells College on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 this year. Beginning at 7:30 pm in Barler Recital Hall on the Aurora campus, the Dance Collective presents A Decoupage of Dance, a collection of student-created choreography. The show is free and the public is cordially invited to attend. A reception with the dancers will follow the Saturday evening performance. 

The concert this year features a diverse array of techniques and personalities. Among the many movement styles are jazz, modern, color guard, and traditional Japanese dance. All six pieces are choreographed and performed by Wells students.

Free admission to the show represents the community service component of the Dance Collective’s charge. Each year, the group traditionally offers a “Let’s Get Moving” class to youngsters. “This semester, the program did not have enough participants, so the Dance Collective is pleased to offer this performance free of charge for the enjoyment of the local community,” says club president Shelly Ray ’05. 

For more information about A Decoupage of Dance or the dance program at Wells College, please contact dance professor Jeannie Goddard at 315/364-3213. 

April, 2003

 


You're All Right, or The Traveling Gopher

Wells College Buildings and Grounds StaffIn an effort to improve communications in the community and help people better understand and appreciate the work of their colleagues, the Staff Diversity Committee announces the first recipients of their "You're All Right" honor. Committee representatives tell us this prestigious award comes in the guise of a singing gopher. Individuals that receive this tribute will have the privilege of displaying The Gopher for one month in their respective office or department.

The first area the committee is honoring is the Grounds Department. According to a committee representative, “Members of this area have over the past few months kept our streets and sidewalks clear of ice and snow during a very cold winter. We thank the following individuals for their necessary but often unnoticed contributions to our safety: Don Bunn, Richard Coleman, Gary Gamlen, Jeff Radcliffe, Harold Van Horn, and Kevin Van Orman.”

April, 2003

 


Juried Photography Exhibit Opens at Wells College 

photographyThe Wells College Art Department announces the opening of its latest exhibit. Simply entitled “Photography - A Juried Competition,” the show will be on display in the String Room Gallery from April 9 through May 8, 2003. The exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited to view the show. An opening reception with refreshments provides an opportunity for artists, photography buffs, and the general public to meet with several of the artists on Wednesday, April 9 from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Gallery.

This exhibit represents the 14th annual juried photo show, on loan from the State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca, New York. Each year, more than 50 photographers’ work is chosen for the show. The subject matter covers a broad spectrum and the level of work ranges from amateur to professional. The exhibit is judged by Nicolai Klimaszewksi, chairman of the photography department at Tompkins-Cortland Community College in Dryden, NY. He was named one of the “Top 100 Photographers” by the Ernst Haas International Photography Competition in 1997, and has won other top awards in various exhibitions throughout the Finger Lakes region.

photographyDuring the opening reception, Robert Doherty will speak briefly about photography and its roots. Doherty is the former director of the Eastman House of Photography in Rochester, New York, and is presently the printer-in-residence at the Wells College Book Arts Center.

The String Room Gallery is located in Main Building on the Aurora campus. 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 photography show and art at Wells College, please contact art professor William Roberts at 315/364-3237.
 

March, 2003

 


Award Winning Ensemble Performs Early Music on Electric Instruments at Wells College 

discontinuoThe Wells College Music Department is pleased to welcome discontinuo to the Aurora campus. The ensemble will perform at 7:30 pm on Friday night, April 4 in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall. The concert is free and the public is cordially invited to this special performance. 

discontinuo, an award-winning electric Baroque ensemble, is the result of collaboration between three early music performers who began experimenting with the possibilities of playing 17th and 18th century music on 20th century electric instruments. The trio discovered an apparently endless range of sonic variation that seemed to lend itself perfectly to the kaleidoscope of colors the group uses to bring out the inherent drama and expressiveness of the music.

The group began rehearsing much like today's traditional rock-n-roll garage-bands, and many of the trio's impromptu jam sessions led to highly unique interpretations of pieces that are standard repertoire for many early music groups. However, discontinuo has taken the term “interpretation” a step further by taking some of the raw and gritty effects of current popular styles, and fusing them with music that originally was intended for a more courtly and elegant era two centuries ago.

The band's demo CD was recently featured on Angela Mariani's nationally syndicated early music public radio broadcast Harmonia on a program entitled, "New Music, Early Music" [program #00-42].

discontinuo is Martin Davids on electric violin, G. Victor Penniman on viola da gamba, and keyboardist David G. Yearsley. Davids received his B.M. from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and a Masters degree from the University of Michigan in violin performance. He also earned a Performer Diploma from the Early Music Institute at Indiana University. Davids has performed, among others, with The Toronto Consort, the Rochester Early Music Festival, Publick Musick, La Belle Danse, and Brandywine Baroque, and is a founding member of discontinuo. He currently resides in Chicago.

Victor PennimanViolist da gamba, guitarist, award-winning music director and co-founder of discontinuo, G. Victor Penniman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Marylhurst University near Portland, Oregon, and a Masters of Music in historical musicology from Florida State University. He is currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Operation of Early Music Programs, with minors in music history and conducting, at the Indiana University School of Music’s Early Music Institute. He was music director for the Tygre's Heart Shakespeare Company in Portland Oregon, and has performed with The Oregon Renaissance Band, the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, the Waverly Baroque Ensemble, the Tallahassee Bach Parley, and countless other individual projects and performances. He has also studied Indian classical music in the Hindustani tradition. Victor is currently a visiting instructor of music at Wells College.

David Yearsley was educated at Harvard and Stanford, where he received his Ph.D. in music history. Since winning first prize at the 1994 Bruges Early Music Festival, Yearsley has enjoyed an active recital career throughout the United States and Europe as an organist, harpsichordist, and clavichordist.  His scholarly work has appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Music & Letters, Early Music, and the Journal of 17th Century Music.  His book, Bach and the Meanings of Counterpoint, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.  His latest recording, The Great Contest: Bach, Scarlatti, Handel, is available on the Loft label. A member of discontinuo and the synthesizer trio, Mother Mallard’s Portable Masterpiece Company, Yearsley teaches at Cornell University.

For more information about discontinuo and the concert, please contact Victor Penniman at 315/364-3346. 

March, 2003

 


Lettering Artist Presents Slide Lecture at Wells College

Suzanne Moore: Everything Begins with AThe Wells College Book Arts Center is pleased to announce that Suzanne Moore will present this spring's Susan Garretson Swartzburg '60 Memorial Book Arts Lecture at Wells College. The lecture, entitled "Everything Begins with A: Alphabets, Architecture, and the Art of the Book," will be given at 8:00 pm on Monday, March 31 in the Art Exhibit Room of Macmillan Hall on the Aurora campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Ms. Moore’s slide lecture will focus on selections from her 20-year career as a designer, painter, lettering artist and collaborative bookmaker. The Book Arts Center will host a reception in Morgan Hall immediately after the lecture so that guests may see a display of Ms. Moore’s work and speak with her informally. 

Suzanne Moore is a lettering artist and designer who combines contemporary vision with traditional scribal techniques, painting and drawing in manuscript books, limited edition books, and broadsides. Subjects of Suzanne’s painting and drawings include Sequoyah and the Cherokee writing system, the history and spirituality of gardening, and non-Latin alphabets. Ms. Moore has taught lettering and arts-related subjects throughout the United States and in Europe, Hong Kong and Japan. Her work is exhibited widely, and her manuscript books have been acquired for major private and public collections in the United States and Europe, including the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York; The Library of Congress; the James S. Copley Library, La Jolla, California; and the special collections of Harvard University, Wellesley and Smith Colleges.

Suzanne currently art directs the lettering design and font design group at American Greetings in Cleveland, Ohio, and she is one of seven artists (and one of only two Americans) illuminating with gold leaf the St. John’s Bible, a manuscript Bible commissioned by the Benedictine St. John’s Abbey, in Collegeville, Minnesota. This monumental work is overseen by Donald Jackson at his scriptorium in Wales, UK.

The lecture series is made possible through the Heiland-Garretson Book Arts Lecture Fund, established by Susan Garretson Swartzburg '60 and sustained through the generosity of her family.

For more information about this event, please contact the Wells Book Arts Center by phone at 315/364-3420 or by email at bookartscenter@wells.edu, or visit us on the Internet at
http://aurora.wells.edu/~wbac/bookarts/index.html.

March, 2003

 


Wells College Hosts Lesléa Newman, Writer

Author focuses on the transgender experience and butch/femme relationships

Lesléa NewmanWells College welcomes author Lesléa Newman to campus on Tuesday, April 1. Newman’s appearance is sponsored by the Wells College English, Psychology, and Women’s Studies departments, as well as by the Visiting Writers Series and LBQTA, among others. Her lecture, entitled “Girls Will Be Boys!” is scheduled for 12:00 noon in the Art Exhibit Room in Macmillan Hall. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. 

Ms. Newman is the author of over 40 volumes, including Heather Has Two Mommies and Out of the Closet and Nothing to Wear. The themes for several of her books are based on lesbian identity, Jewish identity, and the intersection and conflicts between these two identities. Ms. Newman also explores issues surrounding AIDS, eating disorders, sexual abuse, and butch/femme relationships. Ms. Newman is a popular guest lecturer, and has spoken at numerous colleges and universities including Harvard University, Smith College, and the University of Judaism. She also attended in 1984 a series of Women's Writing Workshops taught by Kathryn Machan Aal in Aurora.

For more information about Lesléa Newman’s lecture on the Wells College campus, please contact Professor Vic Muñoz at 315-364-3248. There is also information at Ms. Newman’s website at www.lesleanewman.com.  To arrange an interview or photo session with Ms. Newman, please contact Gwen Webber-McLeod, director of communications, at 315-364-3260. 

March, 2003

 


President Ryerson Honored with National Award

Girls Incorporated of Central New York has named President Lisa Marsh Ryerson as the recipient of their national Expanding Your Horizons award. The award will be presented on March 26 at the annual Spirit of American Women dinner. This event builds on the strength, wisdom, and resources of the honorees and supporters, ensuring that girls are not alone in their quest to become strong, smart, and bold. 

President Ryerson was selected for her national leadership of the Women’s College Coalition Board of Directors as well as her commitment to gender equity in education and society, teachings about women in leadership, and commitment to carving out a new and exciting future for the students at Wells. 

President Ryerson will appear as a guest on the Syracuse-based television show "Women's Voices" on March 11 to discuss her selection as the national Girls Inc. honoree and the Spirit of American Women dinner.  She will focus on the importance of positive female role models for girls. 

An outstanding list of nationally recognized women have also received the national Girls Inc. award: former First Lady Barbara Bush; former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Donna Shalala; and former White House Bureau Chief for UPI Helen Thomas.

March, 2003

 


Digital Image Art Exhibit Opens at Wells College  Ron Broida
The Wells College Art Department is pleased to welcome Rochester artist Ronald Broida to the Aurora campus. Broida’s large digital images will be on display in the String Room Gallery from March 5 - April 4, 2003. The exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited to view the show. An opening reception with refreshments provides an opportunity to meet the artist on Wednesday, March 5 from 7:00-9:00 pm in the Gallery.

A 1973 graduate of RIT’s School of Art and Design, Ron Broida worked in traditional media until his transition to the digital medium 18 years ago. Photography, both digital and film, continues to be an important component as well. Broida’s work is represented in several private collections and in the permanent collection of the Rochester Institute of Technology. His most recent exhibition was in March 2002 at the Center at High Falls Fine Art Gallery in Rochester.

String Room Gallery 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 Broida and the show, please contact art professor William Roberts at 315/364-3237.

March, 2003

 


“The Essence of Ebony” Brings Students, Staff, Faculty Together in Celebration of Black History Month 

The Essence of EbonyThe Wells College Office of Intercultural Programs and Services, together with the student organization POWER (Praising Our Work, Ethnicity, and Race), is sponsoring a special program in observance of Black History Month. The Essence of Ebony is scheduled for Thursday evening, February 27, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm in the Sommer Center on the Aurora campus. The public is invited to join with the students in celebrating Black History Month.

The Essence of Ebony focuses on black identity as defined by music, hair, language, dance, and food. The evening begins with a sampling of soul food, followed by various spoken word presentations of literature and poetry. Appointed, the Wells gospel choir, will perform, as will the Ithaca College step team and a hip hop dance group from Syracuse University. The Essence of Ebony is the culmination of a month-long series of activities designed to heighten awareness of Black History Month and to celebrate all that the African-American culture has brought to America. In addition to The Essence of Ebony, POWER has also sponsored a film series and art exhibit on campus. 

For more information about The Essence of Ebony and Black History Month at Wells College, please contact Gwen Webber-McLeod, director of communications, at 315/364-3260 or email gmcleod@wells.edu.

February, 2003

 


Sissy Farenthold Speaks on Impending War in Iraq 

Sissy FarentholdWells College is pleased to present Sissy Farenthold as a special guest speaker Thursday, February 20. The lecture, which will focus on the impending war in Iraq, will take place in the Art Exhibit Room on the second floor of Macmillan Hall at 4:45 pm. All are welcome to attend this free presentation.

Frances “Sissy” Tarlton Farenthold is one of the most dynamic and inspiring woman political figures in the United States to emerge in the post-World War II era. Throughout her career, spanning numerous political and social shifts, Farenthold has remained an unwavering champion of human rights and dignity. In particular, she has been a forceful advocate for the attainment of gender equity - even when her views did not necessarily guarantee votes and public popularity. Her commitment continues today. 

While her contributions are numerous, she already has a permanent place in history as a pioneer who opened the door for women’s leadership in the American political system. Her name was put forward as a possible vice-presidential candidate at the 1972 Democratic National Convention. It was the first time a woman’s name had ever been brought forth in that capacity. 

In 1968, she gained a seat in the Texas legislature, taking a bold pro-choice stand on abortion in the conservative climate of Texas politics. Her fearless stand on the issues enabled her to revolutionize politics and brought her into the national spotlight. She served as the 13th president of Wells College from 1976-80 and was the first woman to be named the college’s president since its founding in 1868. 

For more information about Sissy Farenthold and her lecture, please contact dean of experiential learning Terry Martinez at 315/364-3404.

February, 2003

 


Family-Oriented Literacy Stage Production Comes to Wells College

Features original music and puppetry to engage audience

How Do You Spell Hope?The Wells College Arts & Lecture Series is proud to present How Do You Spell Hope?, a celebration of reading and the power of literacy, for one night only, Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 pm in Barler Recital Hall. The public is welcome to attend this vibrant, family-oriented presentation. Prices are $3 for students and children, $6 for seniors and the Wells community, and $10 for the general public. Tickets are available from the college bookstore or the box office the week preceding the show, and at the door the evening of the performance. Please call the box office at 315/364-3456 to reserve tickets.

How Do You Spell Hope? combines actors, puppets, and original music in celebration of the culture of the book and the power and rewards of literacy. The play intertwines three inspiring stories of courage and compassion in the face of illiteracy: the historical narratives of the great orator Frederick Douglass, the true story of a teenage star athlete who overcomes dyslexia, and the struggles of a contemporary Hispanic immigrant family. Written by Melinda Lopez, a nationally recognized playwright, Hope combines laughs, learning, and theatre into an inspiring piece sure to please young and old alike.

The production is presented by the Underground Railway Theater of Boston. The troupe became interested in creating a play about reading after doing research about the amazing ways that African Americans during the slave era taught themselves to read, even though they were denied literacy by law. The challenge was to craft something that would catch and hold the interest of the audience, since reading is such a still and private activity. The troupe settled on the idea of making a play about people who had to overcome great obstacles to learn to read, hoping the inspiration that gave such people the energy to struggle to read would in turn inspire viewers with new feelings about the power of books and literacy. Through the use of imaginative over-sized props, original music, and puppets, the play expresses the theme of hope: hope for the future, faith in each person’s special abilities, and belief in our desire to help and inspire each other.

For more information about How Do You Spell Hope?, please contact the Office of Student Activities at 315/364-3428. Information about the Underground Railway Theatre may be found on their website, www.undergroundrailwaytheater.org. To arrange an interview or photo session with the troupe, contact Gwen Webber-McLeod, director of communications, at 315/364-3260.

How Do You Spell Hope? Poster (PDF format)

February, 2003

 


Media Ethics Professor Lectures at Wells College

Jane KirtleyThe Wells College chapter of the American Association of University Professors and the Dean of the College’s Office are co-sponsoring a special guest lecturer, Jane Kirtley, on campus. The talk is scheduled for Monday evening, March 3 at 8:00 pm in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. This event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Jane Kirtley’s talk is entitled “Secrecy Does Not Equal Security: Fighting the Information Shutdown after 9/11.” She speaks frequently on First Amendment and freedom of information issues, both in the United States and abroad, including the Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Mongolia, Hong Kong, and Chile, and writes the First Amendment Watch column each month for American Journalism Review. 

Kirtley has been the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota since August 1999. She was named director of the Silha Center in May 2000. Prior to that, she was executive director of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Arlington, Virginia, for 14 years. Before joining the Reporters Committee staff, Kirtley was an attorney for five years in Rochester, New York and Washington D.C., and is a member of the New York, District of Columbia, and Virginia bars. Kirtley also worked as a reporter for the Evansville (Indiana) Press and The Oak Ridger and Nashville Banner (Tennessee).

Kirtley received her J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1979. She holds bachelor's and master's of journalism degrees from Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism. She has received many awards and honors, including induction into the Medill School of Journalism's Hall of Achievement in 1999; the FOI Hall of Fame in 1996, and the John Peter Zenger Award for Freedom of the Press and the People's Right to Know from the University of Arizona in 1993.

For more information about Jane Kirtley’s lecture on the Wells College campus, please contact the Wells AAUP representative, Niamh O’Leary at 315/364-3279. To arrange an interview or photo session with Kirtley, contact Gwen Webber-McLeod, director of communications, at 315/364-3260.

February, 2003

 


Lara Kimber Joins Wells College External Relations Team

Lara KimberAnn Rollo, Vice President External Relations announces the appointment of Lara Kimber to the position of Wells College Director of Development. She joins the External Relations team after many years in the fields of education, development work and owning a small business. 

As the Director of Development, Lara will develop and execute comprehensive programs to support the college's fundraising goals.  Her work includes: 

  • overseeing donor relations with the college
  • soliciting and stewarding leadership level donors 
  • identifying and cultivating new donors 
  • supervising program staff in the Annual Fund, Research and Records departments 
  • developing comprehensive communications efforts in support of the development program 

Kimber comes to Wells with a diverse professional background. Most recently she worked at Cornell University in the Alumni Affairs and Development division. She served as a Leadership Gifts Officer in the annual fund area at the university. In this role she coordinated the annual Tower Club campaign. The campaign is a volunteer driven fundraising entity focused on raising annual gifts of $5000.00 or more. 

Prior to her work at Cornell Kimber was the founder and President of Fertile Minds, Inc., an educational consulting company that developed garden based learning programs for public schools, botanic gardens, and not-for-profit agencies. 

Lara Kimber holds a B.A. in Biology from Amherst College and a M.S. in plant pathology from Cornell University and is a published author on topics in her academic area of expertise. She is actively involved in community organizations and resides in Dryden, New York. 

February, 2003

 


Wells College Recognizes Long-Time Employee with Diversity Award

President Lisa Marsh Ryerson and Alice BradleyWells College president Lisa Marsh Ryerson announced December 5 that Alice Bradley of Aurora is the recipient of the first On the Path: Exceeding Expectations award. The award was presented by the President’s Committee on Diversity (PCD) as part of a campus-wide celebration of diversity. It will be given each year to a campus community member who, with integrity and intentionality, demonstrates that respect and civility are intricately woven throughout his or her actions, words, and deeds.

On December 5, the entire campus community gathered together at a reception hosted by the PCD to strengthen bonds and celebrate Wells’ commitment to diversity in all areas of its purview. “The President’s Committee on Diversity exists to ensure that Wells College demonstrates commitment to valuing diversity in all areas of its work,” said President Ryerson. “The overall goal of the committee is to make certain that Wells' programs and services operate effectively in support of this commitment. This special event enabled us to celebrate our successes and to engage the entire campus community in this important work.”

To achieve its goals, the PCD meets monthly during the academic year. In the course of its work, the Committee established the On the Path: Exceeding Expectations award to recognize those on campus who embody the characteristics that promote diversity awareness at the college. Ryerson stated that the individuals considered for the award “express their beliefs by living, working and acting with respect, civility, and honor each day at Wells College. We could think of no one more deserving of this inaugural award than Alice Bradley.” 

Alice came to work on campus in August of 1975. She began her career at Wells as a secretary in the Admissions Office, and was promoted to office manager in 1985, the position she still holds today. Her husband, Dick, was also a loyal Wells employee, serving the college for 34 years before retiring last year. Alice grew up in a household that occasionally had a hard time making ends meet. Her parents did not belong to social clubs or prestigious organizations, and Alice felt she was never really accepted. 

“Since I was a young girl, I have tried very hard not to be judgmental of others, even on a bad day,” says Alice. “Everyone has worth and I try to see the best in all people. I hope people will remember me as someone who doesn’t judge others by what they’ve done, but by who they are. I believe each person is a good person.”

To learn more about Wells College’s diversity initiatives and the On the Path: Exceeding Expectations Award, please contact Gwen Webber-McLeod, director of communications, at 315/364-3260. 

January, 2003

 


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