Wells College News Archives 2006

Stories from the College's news archive.

New Director of Institutional Diversity Joins Wells College Community

Dr. Stephan Hiroshi Gilchrist will develop, implement diversity policy and programs

Stephan Hiroshi Gilchrist - Wells College Director of Institutional DiversityDr. Stephan Hiroshi Gilchrist joined the Wells College community this fall as the new Director of Institutional Diversity. 

Dr. Gilchrist has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels on topics including conflict resolution and community, multicultural and urban education, conflict management for educators, and intercultural conflict resolution.  At Wells, he will work collaboratively with the president, dean of students, the dean of the college, and other community members such as the President’s Committee on Diversity to design, monitor and implement diversity policy and programs and to oversee resources related to diversity. He will also supervise programs and units working with diversity initiatives.

“Steve is making many contributions to Wells College, not only in the area of assessing diversity needs and helping us become a more inclusive and tolerant community, but also in teaching us how to handle conflict better,” said Interim Dean of the College Leslie Miller-Bernal. “His background in both diversity and conflict management, and the intersections between them, are very valuable to Wells as we undergo transition.”

As the Director of Institutional Diversity at Wells College, Dr. Gilchrist envisions Wells becoming a leader on diversity issues locally, nationally, and internationally. Part of this vision entails creating an environment that fosters awareness and life long learning of the skills and knowledge necessary for all to live effectively and peacefully in a pluralistic democracy, and as part of a global society. This includes having an understanding of cultures and groups different than one’s own; developing the skills of dialogue, intercultural communication, and conflict resolution; and developing systems and structures that work for all people.

Gilchrist earned his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and M.S. in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University, M.S. in Environmental Education from Southern Oregon University and his B.A. in International Business and Japanese from California State University Fullerton. 

In addition to his teaching and leadership experience, Gilchrist has served as an interracial dialogue facilitator for Oregon Uniting.  He runs his own consulting practice in Oregon serving clients by designing and facilitating trainings on dialogue, conflict resolution, and intercultural competency, and works as planning committee member, trainer, mediator, and facilitator for the Student Center for Dispute Resolution at Portland State University.

For more information about Stephan Gilchrist’s appointment at Wells College, please contact Communications Director Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260 or by email at ktehan@wells.edu

December, 2006

 


Science Building Roof Nearly Complete

Wells College Science Building December 2006Recent snowfall has not slowed down work on the new science building. Brick work on the east and north sides of the building is complete, and much has also been done on the west elevation facing Zabriskie Hall. The atrium roofing and window installation is in progress; roofing on the north and south sides is 95% finished. Drywall boarding has begun on the first- and second-floor soffits. Concrete steps in the north stair tower have been poured, and the stairs, railings and landings are in place. 

During the month of December, the elevator installation will be in progress and brick work will begin on the south end (facing Macmillan Hall). Wood window installation will be in progress on the north and east elevations. Return to www.wells.edu for future updates.

December, 2006

 


Winter Break – January 2007 Intersession  

 

Wednesday, December 6, 2006 Last day of classes
Thurs., Dec. 7 – Sun., Dec. 10 Study period
Mon., Dec. 11 – Thurs, Dec. 14 Final exam period
Friday, Dec. 15 Residence halls close; students depart
Mon., Dec. 18 – Fri., Dec. 22 Offices open
Sat., Dec. 23 – Mon., Jan. 1 College closed
Tuesday, January 2, 2007 Offices reopen
Sunday, January 28 Students return
Monday, January 29  Classes begin 8:10 am; 
Opening convocation 4:45 pm

December, 2006

 


47th Annual Holiday Choir Concert at Wells College

Festive tradition replete with evergreens and candlelight

Wells College choirAll are welcome to enjoy a long-standing holiday tradition at Wells College. On Sunday, December 3, the Wells Concert Choir and Sine Nomine will present the 47th 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 treat. Donations of canned and boxed foods will be gratefully accepted for a local food pantry. 

Pine trees and candlelight will create a festive atmosphere for this seasonal favorite presented by the Wells Concert Choir of women’s voices, and Sine Nomine, the newly formed mixed voice chamber choir.  Featured work by the Concert Choir this year will be “Four Old English Carols” by Gustav Holst, one of the great classic 20th century works for treble voices. Also included will be works by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Praetorius, and Eccard as well as traditional holiday music such as “Silent Night” and “Carol of the Bells.”

The Wells choral ensembles are directed by Professor of Music Crawford R. Thoburn, and will be accompanied in this concert by Nancy Gilbertson, instructor of music at Wells. The Concert Choir has concertized extensively throughout the Northeast, and has been featured on national network radio and public television. The recently formed chamber choir of men’s and women’s voices, Sine Nomine, has already established a reputation for excellence and will be making their first holiday appearance in this concert.

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

December, 2006

 


Holiday Book Arts Show and Sale at Wells College 

Exhibit, tours, and handmade items for sale

Celebrate the holiday season with a visit to the Wells College Book Arts Center. The Center, located in Morgan Hall, will host a holiday sale and student exhibition on Thursday, November 30 from 4:00 – 9:00 pm in conjunction with Christmas in Aurora.  The event continues on Friday, December 1 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Refreshments will be served, and the public is warmly invited to enjoy this special free holiday treat.

Unique handmade books, cards, ornaments, wrapping paper, and other gifts will be available for purchase. These items were created by book arts students and instructors, as well as productions by the Wells College Press. Work includes hand-printed broadsides and artists’ books, journals, historic book structures, fine press edition books, knit scarves, and a variety of hand-made holiday merchandise. The prices of these items are affordable, and they make wonderful holiday gifts for family and friends. Guests are welcome to tour the Book Arts Center studios and shop for distinctive holiday gifts. 

For more information about the holiday open house and the book arts at Wells College, please contact the Wells Book Arts Center by phone at 315-364-3420 or by email at bookartscenter@wells.edu, and visit the web:  www.wells.edu/bookarts.

December, 2006

 


Wells College Presents Senior Art Exhibit

Two December graduates display their paintings as part of thesis project

Painting by Yuko Nishide, Wells CollegeThe Wells College Art Department is pleased to present a fall senior thesis exhibit featuring paintings by December 2006 graduates Yuko Nishide and Valerie Piascik. The show opens on Wednesday, November 29 in the String Room Gallery, Main Building, and will run through December 14. The public is cordially invited to view the free exhibit. An opening reception on November 29 from 7:00 – 9:00pm offers an opportunity to meet the artists and discuss their work; light refreshments will be served.

Originally from Japan, Yuko Nishide’s family now resides in Rye, N.Y. Yuko was first introduced to landscape painting by Wells Professor of Art William Roberts. Her oils on canvas reflect the sense of distance she learned in class, depicting misty forests with a mysterious, dream-like quality. 

“My work expresses who I am at the moment,” said Yuko, a Studio Art major. “The colors I use in each painting reflect the mood I’m in at that time.” Although always an art enthusiast, Yuko expected to pursue a different major, until she met Professor Roberts. “He had a big influence on me,” she said.

Painting by Valerie Piascik, Wells CollegeValerie Piascik of Weedsport, N.Y. transferred from Cayuga Community College knowing she wanted to study art at Wells. Valerie paints with oils on canvas paper and regular paper that she pre-treats with gesso.

“Gesso is a treatment used by artists to protect the paper from saturation,” explained Valerie. “I use this special paper and bold unblended crayon colors in my abstract landscapes.”

Describing herself as a “fast, sporadic painter,” Valerie has experimented with ballpoint pen and paint, combining the two media to “contrast the distinct differences between the bright colorful paint and the runniness of the pen.” Several of these pieces will be on display in this exhibit.

A Studio Art major with a concentration in painting, Valerie hopes to be a volunteer docent at Cornell’s Johnson Museum of Art next semester. 

Both student artists plan to find work in the arts and stay in the Finger Lakes area after graduation.

Senior theses are the culminating requirement of study at Wells College. Art seniors are expected to plan and implement the entire exhibit, including the creation of the artwork to be shown, hanging the pieces and preparing the gallery, coordinating the reception, and promoting the show. Art professor and gallery director William Roberts guides the students’ work in the studios and oversees the installation of the show. During Roberts’ sabbatical leave this semester, Visiting Art Instructor Melissa Roberts and Associate Professor of Art Ted Lossowski have assisted the student artists in preparing this show.

The String Room Gallery is located in Main Building. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, please contact Associate Professor Ted Lossowski at 315/364-3344

November, 2006

 


Science Building Almost Enclosed

Wells College science building constructionProgress on the new science building remains on schedule. The main exterior of the new science building will be enclosed by mid-November, so that interior work can continue uninterrupted during the cold winter months. The flat metal roof pieces were installed this week and the remainder of the shingle portion of the roof will soon begin. The center is expected to open in time for the beginning of classes in Fall 2007. Return to www.wells.edu for future updates.

November, 2006

 


Amazingly Lifelike Puppetry at Wells College

Award-winning Cashore Marionettes troupe to perform “Life in Motion”

Cashore MarionettesThe Wells College Arts & Lecture Series Committee is pleased to present the Cashore Marionettes. The inventive performance will take place in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall on Friday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m. Prices are $6 for students, senior citizens and the Wells College community, and $10 for the general public; free for Wells students. Tickets are available at the door the night of the performance or from the box office the week preceding the show. Please call 315/364-3456 to reserve seats. 

The Cashore Marionettes are unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement. The performances, stunning in their intensity and simple beauty, have astounded audiences in North America, Europe, and the Far East, including stops at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia, and many others.

In “Life in Motion,” Joseph Cashore presents his collection of marionette masterworks. Characters of depth, integrity, and humanity are portrayed in a full evening unlike anything else in theater today. The performance is a series of comic and poignant scenes taken from everyday life and set to music by R. Vaughan Williams, Vivaldi, Beethoven, J. Strauss, Haydn, Wagner, and other composers. The original vignettes celebrate life and explore a range of emotions, from comic to tragic, with characters and actions that are amazingly convincing and engaging. 

The performance is appropriate for children 12 and older. Running time is approximately 90 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission. The taking of photographs or operating of recording devices during the performance is strictly prohibited.

Cashore MarionettesAward-winning visual artist and puppeteer Joseph Cashore graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1971, and also studied portrait and figure painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He has been making marionettes for more than 30 years and has performed on a full-time basis since 1990. His talent in sculpture and portraiture is evident in his creations; all of the marionettes, clothing and props are made entirely by Mr. Cashore. 

Among Cashore’s awards and grants are a Pew Fellowship for Performance Art, a Henson Foundation Grant to promote puppetry to adult audiences, and a Citation of Excellence awarded by the Union Internationale de la Marionnette (UNIMA), the oldest international theater organization in the world. UNIMA says that its citations are “awarded to shows that touch their audiences deeply; that totally engage, enchant, and enthrall.”

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

Other performances in the 2006-07 Arts & Lecture Series include a lecture on Brown v. Board of Education by Leon Bates on February 9, 2007; and a concert by Irish rock-punk band The Prodigals on April 14, 2007.

For more information about the Cashore Marionettes performance and the Wells Arts & Lecture Series, please contact Siouxsie Grady, chair of the Arts & Lecture Series Committee, at 315/364-3232 or visit the College’s Web site: www.wells.edu. Additional information on Joseph Cashore and his troupe may also be found at www.cashoremarionettes.com.

November, 2006

 


Wells College Native American Scholar Gives Second Public Lecture 

Kevin White talks about the Iroquois White Corn Project, provides samples

Wells College’s Juliana James Native American Visiting Scholar Kevin White will discuss the Iroquois White Corn Project on Monday, November 13. The lecture will begin at 8:00 p.m. in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. A reception will follow the free talk.

In this second public lecture of his residency, White will discuss his role in the Iroquois White Corn Project, the most popular and widely used rare heirloom corn grown by members of the Iroquois Nation. He will also provide tasting samples of some of the different signature dishes he makes using the corn.

Kevin White is a Mohawk of the Akwesasne nation, located in northern New York and southern Canada. He received his B.S. in philosophy from SUNY Brockport and an M.A. from the University at Buffalo, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in American studies at UB. He has taught a variety of Native American studies courses at the State University of New York at Oswego, Brockport, and Buffalo. 

The Juliana James Native American Visiting Scholar fund was established last year to bring a scholar from the Six Nations (or Haudenosaunee) to the Wells campus. The fund supports broader campus diversity initiatives such as Native American Day and the new First Nations and Indigenous Studies minor, offered for the first time this fall. 

For additional information about this lecture and Kevin White’s residency, please contact Communications Director Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260. Additional information on the Iroquois White Corn Project may be found at www.prophecyandsurvival.com.

November, 2006

 


Wells College Students Present Fall Drama Production

Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit brings comedy hit to Aurora

Blithe SpiritThe Wells College Theatre Department proudly presents Blithe Spirit as this fall’s student drama production. The performance will be featured on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall. There will also be a 2:00 matinee on Sunday, November 5. Prices are $3 for students and children, $5 for senior citizens and the Wells community, and $7 for the general public. Tickets are available from the box office the week preceding the show, and at the door the night of the performance. Please call 315/364-3456 to reserve.

In this smash comedy hit by Noel Coward, protagonist Charles Condomine invites into his English country home an eccentric medium to teach him about the occult. Little does Charles or his second wife dream that a séance staged by the medium will summon back Charles’ first wife, now “passed over” for seven years. Hilarity ensues as wife #1 tries to make a ghost of Charles so he can be with her in the spirit world. Mistakes occur, however, and it is wife #2 who takes a fatal automobile ride and passes on to the ever-after. Now, two blithe spirits return to bedevil the utterly bewildered Charles. 

Several Wells students have leading roles in the play. Oren Robinson ’09 is Charles; BethAnne Nelson ’07 stars as second wife Ruth; and Elizabeth Chacchia ‘07 is mischievous first wife Elvira. Madame Arcati is played by Lindsey Cahoon ’09 and Nate Boggess ’10 and Corinna Rogers ’08 portray Dr. and Mrs. Bradman. A number of other students make up the crew. Lights and set design by Wells technical director Joe DeForest.

Blithe Spirit is directed by visiting assistant theatre professor Siouxsie Grady of Ithaca. Grady received her Master of Theatre Education in Drama from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a B.A. in Speech and Theatre from the University of Montevallo. She has taught theatre workshops and classes across the country and most recently at Ithaca’s Kitchen Theatre Company and the Hangar Theatre. 

Blithe Spirit is produced at Wells by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. 

For more information about Blithe Spirit and other theatrical productions at Wells, please contact Assistant Professor Grady at 315/364-3232.

October, 2006

 


Wells Hosts Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

University of Arizona Distinguished Professor of Astronomy Chris Impey to give lecture, visit classes

Dr. Chris ImpeyDistinguished Professor of Astronomy Chris Impey will be on the Wells College campus October 24 and 25 for a two-day residency as the 2006-07 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar. As part of his campus visit, Dr. Impey will give a public lecture on Tuesday, October 24 entitled “The End of the World: Astronomy meets Eschatology.” The lecture will take place at 4:45 p.m. in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall.  The event is free and the public is invited to attend. The public is also invited to a community coffee with Dr. Impey that morning at 10:00 a.m. in the Art Exhibit Room.

Dr. Chris Impey is a University of Arizona Distinguished Professor in the department of astronomy. His public lecture will discuss the biggest question of them all – the ultimate purpose of human kind on earth – and will compare and contrast the beliefs of eschatologists and astronomers as they ponder the meaning of “the end times.” 

Eschatology, from the Greek meaning “last,” is the study of last things and is primarily concerned with the final prophetic events mentioned in the Bible. Eschatology is a part of theology and philosophy concerned with the final events in the history of the world or the ultimate destiny of human kind, commonly phrased as “the end of the world.” Awareness of Biblical prophecy has increased in recent years as a result of the turn of the millennium.

Astronomers and cosmologists study the structure and origins of the entire universe and provide scientific insight into the eventual challenge Earth will face when the Sun exhausts its nuclear fuel. Impey will talk about the threat to life on Earth, the cycle of star birth and death, the passage of our solar system through the Milky Way, and the conclusion that ultimately, seemingly wild theories played out in popular movies and fiction may not be that far off the mark.

During his time on campus, Impey will also make several classroom appearances and meet informally with Wells faculty and students. 

“We are pleased and fortunate to have such a distinguished scholar at Wells,” said Professor of Physics Scott Heinekamp, who helped organize Dr. Impey’s visit to Wells. “Dr. Impey comes from one of the most prestigious university astronomy departments in the country.”

Impey is the recipient of eleven teaching awards, including being named the National Science Foundation Distinguished Teaching Scholar in 2002 and Arizona Teacher of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. In 2005, he was selected a Galileo Circle Scholar, the College of Science’s highest honor. He created the Astronomica Web site which provides students with interactive tools and instructional technology, and has been instrumental in curriculum development in astrobiology.

Professor Impey’s research interests are in observational cosmology, gravitational lensing, and the evolution and structure of galaxies. He is co-author of two textbooks, The Cosmic Journey and Universe Revealed, and currently serves as vice president of the American Astrological Society and on the editorial board of Astronomy Education Review. Impey earned his B.S. at the University of London and a Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Chris Impey’s visit is part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program. Each year, the program makes available 12 or more distinguished scholars who visit 100 colleges and universities with chapters of Phi Beta Kappa. They spend two days on each campus, meeting informally with students and faculty members, taking part in classroom discussions, and giving a public lecture open to the entire academic community. Now entering its 51st year, the Visiting Scholar Program has sent 529 scholars on some 4,500 two-day visits. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society, with chapters at 270 colleges and universities and over 600,000 members. The Wells College chapter was formed in 1932.

Impey’s residency is sponsored by the Wells Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and the Office of the Dean of the College. For more information, please contact Professor Deborah Gagnon, president of the Wells chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, at 315/364-3307 and visit the College’s Web site at www.wells.edu. For more information on the Phi Beta Kappa Society, visit www.pbk.org.

October, 2006

 


Wells College Native American Scholar Leads Discussion on the Iroquois Creation Story 

Kevin White lectures on Haudenosaunee history, beliefs

Kevin WhiteWells College’s second Juliana James Native American Visiting Scholar will present a lecture on “The Iroquois Creation Story: Making the Published Narratives Come Alive.” On Monday, October 30, visiting instructor Kevin White will discuss the Iroquois creation story at 8:00 p.m. in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. The talk is free and open to the public; a reception will follow.

By examining the published creation stories of the Iroquois, White illustrates the complexity of traditional narratives and suggests that each version is a free-standing account reflective of four key elements: the era in which it was told, the storyteller’s perceptions, the Iroquois nation from which it came, and the gatherer who obtained the written version of the original oral story. 

Between 25 and 40 published versions of the Iroquois creation story exist, with approximately nine to 15 common plot points. Some scholars have reduced those plots to streamline the study of the creation story as a cultural curiosity or artifact of a vanishing race, thus missing the intellect and wisdom of the narrative.  It is through study of these varying accounts that more is revealed about the Haudenosaunee worldview. 

Kevin White is a Mohawk of the Akwesasne nation, located in northern New York and southern Ontario. He received his B.S. in Philosophy from SUNY Brockport and an M.A. from the University of Buffalo. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Buffalo. He has taught a variety of Native American studies courses at the State University of New York at Oswego, Brockport, and Buffalo. 

White will also give a lecture on the Iroquois White Corn Project at Wells on November 13. Go to the College’s calendar of events for more information.

The Juliana James Native American Visiting Scholar fund was established last year to bring a scholar from the Six Nations (or Haudenosaunee) to the Wells campus. The fund supports broader campus diversity initiatives such as Native American Day and the new First Nations and Indigenous Studies minor, offered for the first time this fall. 

For additional information about this lecture and Kevin White’s residency, please contact Communications Director Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260.

October, 2006

 


Wells College Welcomes a New Dean of Students

Anne Lundquist to manage division of student life

Wells College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson recently announced that Anne Lundquist has been named Dean of Students. Lundquist is an experienced college administrator with a broad knowledge of the liberal arts and recognized expertise in student affairs.

Before coming to Wells, Lundquist served as dean of students at three small private liberal arts colleges – Guilford and Greensboro Colleges, both in North Carolina – and most recently, Green Mountain College in Vermont. She has a national reputation in her field, and has presented on a wide range of topics across the country.

“Dean Lundquist brings extensive higher education experience to the position - both as a dean and a faculty member,” said President Ryerson. “I am delighted Dean Lundquist has joined my senior management team. She is a dynamic leader who has first-hand knowledge of what is necessary to develop and sustain excellent co-curricular programs for today’s college students. Her strong background in student leadership, first-year programming, and enrollment management are important assets as the College grows.”

In addition to her administrative leadership positions, Lundquist has also served as a faculty member – she taught at Elon College and was an associate professor of English at Green Mountain College.

She received her Bachelor of Arts from Albion College and Master of Fine Arts from Western Michigan University. Lundquist is in the process of completing a book entitled, “Essential Policies and Best Practices for Student Affairs Officers.” In addition to her student affairs expertise, she is also a published poet.

Lundquist says, “I am very glad to come to Wells at such an exciting time in the College's history. The faculty, staff and students are dedicated to one another and to the College and I am looking forward to rich connections and opportunities. I am particularly pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with students so committed to their own learning and growth. Wells is a special place and I feel honored to be welcomed so warmly into the community.”

As dean of students, Lundquist will be responsible for developing and implementing a student life plan that supports the College’s overall mission. She will serve on the President’s senior staff; be a key member of the College’s Enrollment Management Team; and will oversee the areas of athletics, campus safety, residential life, health services, clergy, and student counseling.

Lundquist succeeds Karen R. Green, who left Wells in May to pursue a similar position at Muhlenberg College.

For more information about Anne Lundquist’s appointment at Wells College, please contact Communications Director Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260 or by email at ktehan@wells.edu.

October, 2006

 


Wells College Introduces New Faculty Members

Two scholars bring their knowledge in chemistry, art to campus

Amy GodertTo support Wells College’s academic program, two full-time tenure-track faculty appointments have been made for the 2006-07 academic year:

Amy Godert has been appointed to the tenure-track position in Chemistry. A bioorganic chemist, Dr. Godert recently completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Cornell University. As part of her degree program, she conducted an internship at Roswell Park Cancer Research Institute in Buffalo, funded by a grant awarded from the National Institutes of Health. The study on the synthesis of an anti-cancer drug appeared in Cancer Weekly in July. 

Dr. Godert earned a B.A. in chemistry and computer science from Canisius College, and has taught at both Cornell and Canisius. She is the recipient of a number of awards and honors, including the Chemistry and Biology Interfact NIH Training grant.

Before joining Wells, Dr. Godert spent time tutoring girls in the sciences, and interned at a forensics lab in Buffalo. She will teach a forensics class to non-science majors in the spring; this fall semester, she is teaching organic chemistry and physical chemistry.

William GanisWilliam Ganis has been appointed to the tenure-track position in Art History. Dr. Ganis comes to Wells from the New York Institute of Technology where he was an assistant professor of art history. In addition to teaching all areas of art history, he was the content manager for the Fine Arts Department’s Web site project; a senior consultant for the development of an art history survey course for Ellis College, NYIT’s online division; and a principal organizer of the “New York: City in Motion” interdisciplinary conference. 

Dr. Ganis also has extensive curatorial experience including appointments at the S.R. Guggenheim Museum and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Prior to teaching, Dr. Ganis served as a marketing manager at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and later Polshek Partnership Architects. He was managing editor for Art Criticism at Stony Brook University. He has written exhibition essays for galleries and museums that include P.S.1 and the Institut Mathildenhöhe, and has contributed numerous articles and reviews to Sculpture Magazine, Glass Quarterly, Contemporary Visual Arts, and Art in America. His book, Andy Warhol's Serial Photography, was published in 2004 by Cambridge University Press.

Dr. Ganis received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, where he completed three majors in art history, business, and studio arts. He earned his Ph.D. in art history and criticism from Stony Brook in 2001. He is teaching Ancient to Renaissance Survey, Modern Art Survey, and the senior seminar this fall.

For more information about these faculty appointments at Wells College, please contact Communications Director Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260 or by email at ktehan@wells.edu.

October, 2006

 


Science Building Takes Shape

Roofline starting to appear

Wells College science building constructionThe placement of steel girders continues at a rapid pace at the site of the new science building. In the last few weeks, the shape of the roof has started to become a reality as workers installed the girders on the building’s top floor. The first phase of bricklaying will start within the next few weeks as well.

Construction of the new Wells College science facility began in March 2006 and an official groundbreaking ceremony took place on April 28. The center is expected to open in time for the beginning of classes in Fall 2007. 

October, 2006

 


Juliana James Residency Fund Brings Second Native American Scholar to Wells College

Professor Kevin White teaches on Iroquois culture; increases awareness

Kevin WhiteKevin White has been named Wells College’s second Juliana James Native American Visiting Scholar for the 2006-07 academic year. White, of Oswego, is teaching “History & Culture of the Iroquois” this semester. The residency, established in 2004, brings a scholar from the Six Nations or Haudenosaunee to campus. 

Kevin White is a Mohawk of the Akwesasne tribe, located in northern New York. He received his B.S. in Philosophy from SUNY-Brockport and an M.A. from State University of New York at Buffalo. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at Buffalo; his dissertation topic is “An Understanding of Haudenosaunee Cosmologies.” 

White was selected for the residency based on his expertise and commitment to educating people about the Haudenosaunee and fostering relationships between peoples of various groups. He has taught a variety of Native American Studies courses at the State University of New York at Oswego, Brockport, and Buffalo, and was director of the Rochester City school district’s Native American Resource Center. In addition to numerous presentations and publications, he is the recipient of several awards and fellowships, including the Yale Travel Grant for Pathways 2006, graduate and teaching assistantships at SUNY-Buffalo, and Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges (Monroe Community College). 

The Juliana James Native American Visiting Scholar fund supports broader campus diversity initiatives such as Native American Day and the new First Nations and Indigenous Studies minor, offered for the first time last fall. While on campus, Mr. White will also be giving two lectures, which will be open to the public.

Juliana James (1913-2000) was an artist who lived much of her life in New Mexico and was widely respected as an advocate for women’s reproductive rights and social justice. Among her many contributions, she founded Santa Fe Woman’s Services, which focuses on serving minority mothers, and was a fundraiser for the Women’s Health Clinic. She was an anti-Vietnam War activist, risking her life to express her beliefs. James is the grandmother of Wells psychology professor Vic Muñoz.

The Juliana James Native American Visiting Scholar may be an artist, musician, academic scholar, leader, or teacher from the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee. Faith-keepers, Clan Mothers, educators, storytellers, and chiefs of the Six Nations are named by the donors as possible visiting scholars. The resident, depending on his or her areas of expertise, may offer workshops, lectures, art exhibits, or performances. The scholar may also offer a course for a full-semester or for a shorter period.

For additional information about Professor Kevin White’s residency and the Juliana James Native American Visiting Scholar fund, please contact Communications Director Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260.

September, 2006

 


Wells Has New Interim Dean of the College

Dr. Leslie Miller-Bernal will now serve in administrative position; has taught at Wells since 1975

Interim Dean Leslie Miller-BernalAt Opening Convocation in late August, Wells College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson introduced the campus community to its new interim Dean of the College for the 2006-07 academic year. Dr. Leslie Miller-Bernal of Ithaca, long-time Sociology professor and senior faculty member at Wells, will serve in this capacity while the College conducts a national search. 

In her new role, Miller-Bernal will be responsible for administering the educational policy and curriculum of Wells College. She will oversee all academic components of the College, working with the President and faculty on academic planning and programming, curricular development, and implementing strategic initiatives. 

“In her 30 years at Wells, Dean Miller-Bernal has provided exemplary service in a variety of leadership capacities,” said President Ryerson. “In addition to her exceptional teaching and prior service as associate dean of the College, she has served as both chair of the division and chair of her department. She has been active on several faculty committees as well as on important campus-wide planning committees, and I am delighted she will be joining my senior administrative team in this role.”

One of the nation’s leading scholars in the field of women-centered education, Miller-Bernal is widely published in her area of expertise. She uses case studies, interviews and historical evidence to track the evolution of both single-sex and coeducational learning. Included in her extensive body of work are such books as “Separate by Degree: Women’s Experiences in Single Sex and Coeducational Colleges” (2000); “Going Coed: Women’s Experiences in Formerly Men’s Colleges and Universities, 1950-2000” (2004); and the upcoming “Challenged by Coeducation: Women’s Colleges Since the 1960s” (2007). 

Miller-Bernal received her B.A. and M.A. at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her Ph.D. at Cornell University. She joined the Wells faculty in 1975 and was promoted to full professor in 1991. Her husband Martin Bernal is professor emeritus at Cornell University.

“Serving as interim dean of the College at this time of transition and growth at Wells is both an honor and a challenge,” said Miller-Bernal. “My long association with Wells as a faculty member has made me care deeply about the College's welfare. I hope to help Wells flourish in the 21st century as a gender-equal coeducational college.”

In addition to other honors in her field, Miller-Bernal held the distinguished Frances Tarlton Farenthold Presidential Professorship from 2000 to 2005. She is currently chair of the publications committee of the Eastern Sociological Society in Boston. 

Miller-Bernal succeeds former dean Ellen Wood Hall, who served Wells for 11 years.

For more information about Leslie Miller-Bernal’s appointment at Wells College, please contact Kelly Tehan, communications director, at 315/364-3260.

September, 2006

 


Wells College Joins New Athletic Conference

North Eastern Athletic Conference extends invitation

North Eastern Athletic ConferenceWells College has received an invitation to join the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) beginning in Fall 2007, according to Wells College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson. The NCAA Division III conference currently has 12 members from New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

“I am delighted that we have been invited to join the NEAC,” said President Ryerson. “It is a great opportunity for Wells students to compete in a conference whose members share a commitment to supporting talented scholar-athletes. I look forward to working with the other college presidents who make the NEAC such a strong conference,” Ryerson said.

The North Eastern Athletic Conference was founded by five original members in 2004 as a way for formerly independent institutions to provide better overall experiences for student-athletes and athletic staff. NEAC membership provides automatic qualification to NCAA Division III status. Currently, the NEAC is an NCAA-recognized conference with six members from New York (Bard, Cazenovia, D’Youville, and Keuka Colleges and Polytechnic University), five from Pennsylvania (Baptist Bible College, Chestnut Hill College, Keystone College, Penn State–Berks, and Philadelphia Bible University) and one from Maryland (Villa Julie College). 

In addition to Wells, two other institutions — Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa., and Penn State-Harrisburg — were invited to join the NEAC starting in the 2007-08 academic year.

The NEAC and its member institutions operate intercollegiate athletics programs that are consistent with NCAA Division III philosophy. The NEAC recognizes that intercollegiate athletics are an integral and essential part of the collegiate experience and should operate in harmony with the educational mission of its member institutions, and uphold the highest ethical standards of athletic competition.

“I am thrilled to be announcing the addition of Wells College to the North Eastern Athletic Conference,” said NEAC Commissioner Candice Poiss Murray. “We are excited to have Wells join the conference because it brings strong leadership, quality women's programs with new rising men's programs, and an enthusiasm that can be heard clear across Cayuga Lake. We welcome them and look forward to their membership.”

This year, the conference will have automatic NCAA qualification in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball. The conference also sponsors men’s and women’s cross-country and men’s volleyball.

Teams from Wells College that will participate in the NEAC include men’s and women’s soccer, softball, women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s cross-country. It will mark the first time that the Wells men’s teams have participated in conference play. The Wells field hockey, men’s and women’s swimming and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will compete as NCAA Division III independents. Several of the women’s teams currently compete in the Atlantic Women’s Colleges Conference (AWCC), which will dissolve at the end of the 2006-07 academic year. The College is also considering offering men’s and women’s basketball beginning with the 2008-09 academic year.

“Wells is very pleased to accept the invitation to join the NEAC,” said Wells Director of Athletics Lyn LaBar. “The NEAC is fully committed to providing outstanding opportunities for student-athletes and fits very well within our geographical location.  The NEAC is a solid match for our expanding athletics program and our student-athletes will benefit on many levels as they will have the opportunity to compete for individual, conference, and NCAA honors. Wells looks forward to becoming a full member beginning in Fall 2007,” LaBar said.

For more information about athletics at Wells College, please contact Sports Information Director Christian Gondek at 315/364-3479 and visit the College’s Web site: www.wells.edu. To learn more about the North Eastern Athletic Conference, please contact NEAC Commissioner Candice Poiss Murray at 518/320-7354 or cpoiss@nycap.rr.com, and visit its Web site: www.neacsports.com.

September, 2006

 


2006-2007 Arts & Lecture Series

The Wells College Arts & Lecture Series committee is pleased to announce this year’s schedule. Tickets for each performance will be available at the door the night of the show, or from the box office the week preceding the performance. Call 315/364-3456 to reserve.

Wells students    Free
Seniors, students, Wells community $6
General admission    $10

The Wells College Arts & Lecture Series features professional guest artists and performers who are brought to campus to enrich the cultural and academic components of Wells as a learning community. For more information, please call 315/364-3232.
 
 
 

Saturday, September 23, 2006
LEAH STEIN DANCE COMPANY
7:30 pm Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall

The Leah Stein Dance Company is a well-seasoned group of movement artists that creates dance works for the stage, outdoor landscapes, and unusual sites. With invention, humor and surprise, Stein’s improvisational, spontaneous and all-inclusive approach to dance sparks synergy between performers and audience, highlighting the interconnectedness of people, culture and the physical environment.

Leah Stein Dance Company
   

 

Friday, November 10, 2006
CASHORE MARIONETTES
7:30 pm Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall

Unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement, the Cashore Marionettes define the art of European puppetry. Award-winning artist Joseph Cashore creates and manipulates these amazingly life-like marionettes in a performance entitled “Simple Gifts.” Appropriate for children 12 and older.
 
 

 

Cashore Marionettes
   
Friday, February 9, 2007
A LECTURE BY LEON BATES
7:30 pm Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall

World-class pianist Leon Bates speaks articulately and with an historical perspective on Brown vs. The Board of Education. A child when this landmark Supreme Court decision was handed down, declaring “separate but equal” as unconstitutional, Bates reviews the sweeping, far-reaching benefits to minorities, especially African-Americans. He will also perform on the piano.
 

Leon Bates
   

 

Saturday, April 14, 2007
THE PRODIGALS
7:30 pm Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall

The Prodigals are one of the most successful bands to emerge from the East Coast Irish music scene. Their original songs, sometimes called “jig-punk,” blend a funky and anarchic energy that is pure New York with a genuine passion for the traditional music of Ireland. They have played throughout the United States as well as abroad in Canada, Germany, and Ireland, but remain firmly rooted in Manhattan.
 

 

The Prodigals

September, 2006

 


Wells College Welcomes Flutist / Lecturer Galen Razzaq

Galen RazzaqWHAT: Galen Razzaq’s keen ability to transform an audience with the smooth, rich sound of his flute leads to the common conclusion that he is indeed a master musician. A former student of the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a graduate of Rutgers University - New Brunswick, New Jersey, Galen holds a master's degree in fine arts and education. He is an arranger, composer, director, educator, and writer.

Razzaq has performed with such artists as pianist Billy Taylor, Sonny Philips, Gwen Guthrie, Jimmy Heath, Melba Moore, Freda Payne and Sun Ra.  A New Jersey native who began playing the flute at the age of 10, Razzaq performs at more than 150 colleges and universities each year. 

For more information, please contact Alyssa Binns in the Office of Campus Involvement at 315/364-3428 or visit www.wells.edu.

WHEN: Friday, September 8, 2006
9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Wells College
Sommer Center, Smith Hall
170 Main Street (Route 90)
Aurora, N.Y.  13026
www.wells.edu

PRICE:  Free and open

MEDIA CONTACT: Kelly Tehan, Communications Director, 315/364-3260, ktehan@wells.edu
August, 2006

 


Pleasant Rowland Gives Dorie’s to Wells College

Like the cherry atop an already exquisite sundae, Pleasant Rowland will give Dorie's to Wells

WIn a magnanimous gesture that tops her already extraordinary generosity, Pleasant Rowland will give Dorie’s – a charming Main Street luncheonette and soda fountain – to Wells College. 

“Wells College is once again the beneficiary of Pleasant Rowland’s singular generosity.  With the gift of Dorie’s we will be able to provide our students and Village visitors and residents with a unique dining experience, ” said College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson.

Ms. Rowland privately purchased Dorie’s – the former Mack’s Drugstore – in June 2001.  In addition to serving homemade soups, sandwiches, salads, fresh-baked breads, ice cream, pastries and desserts, Dorie’s is a popular Wi-Fi hotspot. 

Sodexho Campus Services will manage the operations of Dorie’s beginning October 1.  According to General Manager Gary Aubin, “Our expertise in serving college students allows us unique insight into what students want and what current trends in college dining are.  However, the menu at Dorie’s will be entirely different from all of our on-campus dining centers.  The Sodexho staff and I are really excited for the opportunity to have a presence on Main Street – especially now that the Village is so active.”

Aurora resident Winnie Murphy, who will stay on as Dorie’s manager, said, “From the time I managed the Aurora Inn to my time here in Dorie’s I’ve enjoyed working in the Village.  I’m sure this will be one more great experience. I’m looking forward to working with Gary and the folks at Sodexho – just as I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Pleasant Rowland and her team.”

“It has been my pleasure to help revitalize Aurora’s Main Street and the College’s beautiful historic properties,” said Ms. Rowland. “I am confident that the College and the Village will prosper as a result of our work.” 

“Pleasant Rowland has truly taken to heart the College’s motto ‘to have and to share,’ and she has more than graciously shared her creativity, her intelligence and her dollars to help our College and our Village thrive,” said President Ryerson. 

For more information, please contact Vice President Ann Rollo at 315/364-3416.

August, 2006

 


Wells College Hires Associate Dean of the College

Dr. Cindy Speaker oversees experiential learning programs, assessment and planning

Associate Dean Cindy SpeakerWells College is pleased to welcome Dr. Cindy J. Speaker as its new Associate Dean of the College. Speaker brings to Wells broad experience as a faculty member in building curriculum, planning and assessment, organizational development, and working with students. As associate dean, she is responsible for seminars for first-year students, assessment and planning, and experiential learning programs. 

Dr. Speaker comes to Wells from Elmira College, where she was associate professor of psychology. While at Elmira College, she also served as a member of a collaborative team that redesigned the Freshman Core Program, a set of two interdisciplinary courses that draw upon literature, the arts, and the natural and behavioral sciences. Speaker received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon’s Rock College of Bard, and her master’s and doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Prior to her term at Elmira College, Speaker held teaching positions at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the University of Maine at Machias. At UM-Machias, she oversaw the restructuring of the behavioral science major and, as a member of the Women’s Studies Steering committee, developed a minor in that field. She also developed and re-designed web-based courses for the Behavioral Science External Degree and Integrated Liberal Studies programs for the University of Maine system.

“I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Wells community, and I am especially looking forward to working on the assessment initiative,” said Associate Dean Speaker. “Engaging in assessment allows us to ensure that all of our students are successful throughout their Wells experience.”

For more information about Cindy Speaker’s appointment at Wells College, please contact Communications Director Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260.

August, 2006

 


Wells College Hires Women’s Field Hockey, Softball Coach

Kimberly Faust of Syracuse will strengthen programs

Wells College Athletics Director Lyn LaBar is pleased to announce that Kimberly Faust of Syracuse will be the College’s new field hockey and softball coach beginning immediately. 

“I'm pleased that Kim has accepted our offer to coach at Wells,” says LaBar. “She brings a great deal of enthusiasm to this position and is excited about further developing the field hockey and softball programs.”

Kimberly Faust earned a B.S in Health Fitness magna cum laude from Frostburg State University, and received an NCAA Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics to Syracuse University; she is in the process of completing her M.S. in Exercise Science from SU. While at Frostburg, she was an exceptional scholar-athlete, participating in field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. She also served as assistant coach for Frostburg’s field hockey team.

Kim has earned numerous academic honors, including being named to the National All-Academic Squad by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and selection to the Allegany Mountain Collegiate Conference All-Academic Team.

“My primary goals are to bring to both teams my enthusiasm and knowledge, and to help the players grow into a solid team whose members support one another both on and off of the athletic field,” said Faust. “I admire the traditions of Wells and hope to maintain the spirit of the school in both programs so we can represent the school well in our athletic competitions. Throughout each season we will grow as individuals and will become one unit working toward common goal.”

For more information about athletics at Wells College, please contact Athletics Director Lyn LaBar at 315/364-3410.

August, 2006

 


Wells College Hires Men’s Lacrosse Coach

Michael Eighmey of Geneva to recruit, build new program

Wells College Athletics Director Lyn LaBar has announced that Michael Eighmey of Geneva, N.Y. has been hired as the College’s men’s lacrosse coach. Wells will introduce men’s lacrosse as an intercollegiate sport in 2007-2008.

“In order to develop this new program and get it fully up and running in a successful manner, it was necessary for us to bring aboard someone with unyielding energy and enthusiasm; we’ve found that someone in Mike Eighmey,” said LaBar. “Mike has coached and played at a variety of levels, and understands that this area is a hotbed for men's lacrosse. With his initiative, perseverance, character, and solid leadership skills, I'm confident that Mike will do a great job of building the lacrosse program and serving as an excellent role model for the young men on the team.”

meighmeyEighmey is recruiting student-athletes who are interested in entering Wells in Fall 2007 and playing on the inaugural team.

“It is a distinct honor to be chosen as the first head coach for the Wells College men’s lacrosse program,” said Eighmey in a recent interview. “I cannot envision a better time to bring men's lacrosse to the student-athletes at Wells. The great game of lacrosse is finally surfacing as a premier sport in collegiate athletics, enjoying amazing growth and widespread popularity throughout the United States. It is my goal to build a program that mirrors and enhances the existing pride and tradition of Wells College as it grows and competes in NCAA Division III athletics.”

Eighmey was a standout lacrosse player while at Penn Yan Academy. He graduated from Finger Lakes Community College, and is currently enrolled at SUNY Empire State College pursuing a degree in Business, Management and Economics.  He has served as assistant coach for Hobart College’s club lacrosse, coached in the Geneva Youth Lacrosse Program, and participated on the Crooked Arrow Lacrosse Club in Boulder, Co. and the Norwalk Lumberjacks (U.S. Club Lacrosse Association) in Norwalk, Conn.  He was a Department of Defense deep sea diver for ten years in Naval Special Warfare Operations.

July, 2006

 


Science Construction Continues

New science facility moving along on schedule

strattonIn mid-July, LeCesse Construction Co. used an enormous crane to erect the first of many steel beams at the science building site. Pouring of the concrete footers and foundations is more than 90% complete, and the rest of the site has been fully excavated with the exception of the loading dock area. 

Regular updates will be posted here in the coming months. Construction of the new Wells College science facility began in March 2006 and an official groundbreaking ceremony took place on April 28. The center is expected to open in time for the beginning of classes in Fall 2007.

July, 2006
 


Wells College Hires Cross-Country Coach

Kevin Murphy of Ithaca to fill spot

Wells College Athletics Director Lyn LaBar announced last week that Kevin Murphy of Ithaca has been appointed as coach for the College's cross-country team. The sport was introduced last year for women and men. 

Kevin Murphy comes to Wells College with four years of coaching experience and ten years of competitive running experience. He most recently was assistant coach of track and field at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, where last season 100% of the team achieved personal bests. Also under his direction, the Ithaca High School varsity cross-country team was undefeated the past two seasons.

"Kevin brings a wealth of experience to our new cross country program and we're excited and fortunate to have him on board," said Director of Athletics Lyn LaBar. "He has enjoyed varied experiences and successes in the sport as a competitive runner, coach and educator, and I am confident that he has the skills and motivation necessary to develop a top quality program in a short period of time."

Kevin earned a B.S. in human movement and a M.Ed. in human movement and health education from Boston University, where he was a three-time all-American runner and captain of the team, setting two school records in 800m and distance medley relay. He is a professional runner, competing in the Reebok International in Washington, D.C. from 1998 - 2000; he is ranked in the top 15 in the U.S. for the 800m. Kevin holds Level 1 and 2 Track and Field certifications, was a 1996 Olympic trials quarterfinalist in the 800m, and has also worked as a personal trainer, real estate salesperson, and construction manager.

"The cross country program at Wells is young and very promising," said Murphy.  "I am proud and pleased to be given the opportunity to build a tradition of running excellence at Wells."

Wells College is a Division III member of NCAA, offering sports for women and men each season. In addition to renovations to indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, there are plans to sponsor additional intercollegiate sports over the next few years.

For more information about athletics at Wells College, please contact Athletics Director Lyn LaBar at 315/364-3410.

June, 2006

 


Wells College Hires Assistant Athletic Trainer

Deborah Pickering of Camillus will also be fitness center director

Wells College Athletics Director Lyn LaBar has announced that Deborah Pickering of Camillus has been hired to serve as assistant athletic trainer and director of the College’s new fitness center. She will begin her duties on August 1. 

A certified athletic and personal trainer, Deb Pickering is also a physical therapy aid. She recently served in this capacity at Fitness Forum in Syracuse, and as a fitness coach and exercise science intern at Health Links in Oneonta. She earned a master’s in exercise and wellness promotion from Slippery Rock University and a B.S. in athletic training from Alfred University. 

“We are excited that Deb will join our athletic department staff this summer,” said Julie Swain, head athletic trainer. “She will be a great asset to us now and as we expand the number of teams here at Wells.  She has solid athletic training experience which will help assure good medical care for our student-athletes.”

Pickering is a member of the national, Eastern, and New York State Athletic Trainers’ Associations, and won the Outstanding Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences Graduate Student award from Slippery Rock in 2004.

Wells College is a Division III member of NCAA, offering sports for women and men each season. In addition to renovations to indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, there are plans to sponsor additional intercollegiate sports over the next few years.

For more information about athletics at Wells College, please contact Athletics Director Lyn LaBar at 315/364-3410.

June, 2006

 


Wells College Bestows Faculty Excellence Awards

Three are recognized for advising, teaching, increasing diversity awareness

Wells College Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Ellen W. Hall announced recipients of the 2005-06 faculty awards during Honors Convocation held on May 10. The awards given this spring include the Excellence in Teaching medal, Excellence in Academic Advising Award, and the Anne J. Russ Prize for Social Responsibility.

Professor Laura McClusky
Professor Laura McClusky
Professor Victor Penniman
Professor Victor Penniman
Professor Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasango
Professor Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasango

Assistant Professor of Sociology Laura McClusky was awarded the Excellence in Teaching medal. 

“Excellence in teaching is highly valued at Wells College, and we are pleased to recognize the outstanding contributions of our faculty through the award,” said Dean Hall. “The intention of this award is to recognize the fundamental importance of the quality of teaching to the mission of Wells College and to support faculty in their pursuit of excellence in teaching.”

The award committee, which consisted of Hall, two former recipients, an alumna, and the president and vice president of the student body, selected Professor McClusky for her “love for students, for her love for teaching, and for her passion for what she teaches.”

One student nominator wrote that McClusky “started our semester out with laughter and has continued to keep us engaged during the whole semester.”  Another shared that, “Just her presence gives me the motivation to work hard and achieve my goals.” 

Assistant Professor of Music Victor Penniman is the recipient of the 2006 Excellence in Academic Advising Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize the fundamental importance of academic advising to the students of Wells College and to support faculty in their advising work. 

Said Hall upon presenting the award to Penniman: “He understands that to be a good advisor one has not only to help students pick their classes, but to help them think for themselves and foster the notion that trying something different can lead to the creation of a more meaningful life.”

One nominator stated that the attributes that make Professor Penniman worthy of the award include “helpfulness, willingness to give advice, encouragement to think for yourself, and genuine care for the students.” Another student said that Penniman “understands that to succeed in one’s studies, one has to succeed as a person.”

Professor of Political Science Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo was presented with the 2006 Anne J. Russ Prize for Social Responsibility. The award committee chose Professor Lumumba-Kasongo for his “leadership and work with the faculty to engage in the challenging but important conversations about diversifying the curriculum [and for his] keen understanding and appreciation for the complexities of the dialog coupled with compassion for colleagues.”

The Anne J. Russ Prize for Social Responsibility was established in 2001 in memory of Wells Sociology Professor Anne J. Russ. The award annually recognizes that member of the College community who in the course of the year has made the most significant social, political, or ethical contribution, especially involving matters of human diversity and inclusiveness, values that were of great importance to Professor Russ.

For more information about 2006 faculty awards at Wells College, please visit call Communications Director Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260.

June, 2006

 


Honors Convocation & Commencement Awards 2006 

Commencement Prizes 

The following students were recognized for their achievements during the 138th annual Commencement ceremonies held on Saturday, May 27, 2006. This year at Commencement, the College presented four awards, two of which are endowed.

THE PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
The Presidential Leadership Award is given annually to a student who has demonstrated outstanding initiative and responsibility in service to this community. 
AWARDED TO:  CARRIE COLLINS ’06

KOCH PRIZE FOR THE BEST SENIOR RESEARCH PAPER
This prize was established and endowed in 1953 by Albert and Ruth Koch, parents of Elizabeth Koch Darlington ’35. The Koch Prize Committee reads senior essays representing the fields of English, European studies, French, History, Natural & Mathematical Sciences, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Russian studies, Sociology, Spanish, and others. 
AWARDED TO:  ELIZABETH BROWER ’06 for her paper, “Visual Tools of Subversive Representation in Contemporary African-American Art”

HONORABLE MENTION:  STEPHANIE JONES ’06 for her paper, “New Building Blocks for Colloid-Based Materials by Imprinting Peanut Shape”

THE FRANCES TARLTON FARENTHOLD LEADERSHIP AWARD
The Frances Tarlton Farenthold Leadership Award was established in 1980 by friends of the Wells faculty in honor of former President Farenthold, who served from 1976 to 1980. The award was endowed in 1985 and is given each year to a senior who has consistently demonstrated qualities of commitment and service.
AWARDED TO: MEGHAN HAWLEY ’06

ALBERTO J. VARONA PRIZE IN HISPANIC CULTURE
This endowed prize serves as a memorial to Professor Varona, a member of our community from 1966 to 1979 who was a community leader, teacher, and scholar. The prize is awarded to a Wells student who, in the estimation of appropriate faculty members, wrote the best senior essay relating to Hispanic culture during the past academic year.
AWARDED TO: EMILY ROSE SMITH ’06 for her paper, “Who Would Have Thought? An Examination of Chilean Political Culture and the Election of Michelle Bachelet Jeria”
 

Honors Convocation

Students, faculty, and staff members who have excelled in academics, leadership, the arts, service, or on the athletic field are recognized each year at Wells’ Honors Convocation. In the early days, prizes and awards were given during May Day festivities and at Commencement ceremonies. As part of its centennial celebration, the College combined elements of these events and held its first Honors Convocation in May 1968. This year, the College presented 33 awards, 14 of which are endowed.

The following students were recognized for their achievements at the 38th annual Honors Convocation, held on Wednesday, May 10, 2006, in Phipps Auditorium. 

GERTRUDE H. FREIERT PRIZE IN FINE ARTS
Established in 1961 and endowed in 1987 by Charlotte Dalton Boline ’61, in honor of her mother, Gertrude H. Freiert. Awarded to a member of the graduating class who, in the opinion of the art faculty, has produced a body of creative work of high quality during her College career.
AWARDED TO: STEPHANIE ACHILLE ’06 

ANNE REESE PUGH PRIZE
Awarded to the member of the Junior or Senior Class who is recommended by the faculty in French and Foreign Languages & Literatures as having acquired, in at least three years of advanced work in the department, the most thorough knowledge of the French language, and the greatest proficiency in its use.
AWARDED TO: SARAH WOODWARD ’06 

FLEISSNER GERMAN PRIZE
Awarded to the student who has acquired the greatest knowledge of the German language and literature in at least two years of college work in German. 
AWARDED TO: CHELSY HARN ’06

CARTER A. WOODS PRIZE 
Awarded to that member of the graduating class, majoring in sociology, whose actions most typify the ideals and scholarship of Mr. Woods in his 41 years at Wells College. 
AWARDED TO: SARAH BISHOP ’06 

SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY MAJOR FIELD AWARD
The Sociology and Anthropology Major Field has submitted to the American Sociological Association the names of two outstanding seniors to be honored with a special department prize student membership in this association. ASA membership includes a subscription to one of its professional journals. Wells faculty members hope that this honor will encourage recipients to consider pursuing an academic career in sociology and anthropology.
AWARDED TO: LISA GIBSON ’06 AND NICOLE LAMARRE ’06

EDWIN B. MORGAN PRIZE
Awarded to the student who has acquired the greatest knowledge of the Spanish language in at least two years of college work in Spanish. 
AWARDED TO: EMILY ROSE SMITH ’06 

M. HELENA ZACHOS PRIZE
Awarded to the student who has submitted the best English prose written during the year. 
AWARDED TO: DOROTHY BITTNER ’06 for her story, “Initiation”

CLASS OF 1905 PRIZE IN POETRY
Awarded for the best poem or poems written by an undergraduate during the year.
AWARDED TO: CAITLIN RICE ’07

CATHERINE B. DePAU PRIZE (ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS)
Awarded for the best poem or group of poems submitted by a student. 
FIRST PLACE: CAITLIN RICE ’07

ONYX PRIZE IN STUDENT JOURNALISM
Awarded to the member of the newspaper staff who has made the most outstanding contribution to the Wells community through her journalistic writing. 
AWARDED TO: MEREDITH BURKS ’05

HELEN & PETER DOCHERTY PRIZE IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Established in 1970 by the Arthur J. Bellinzoni Foundation. Awarded to the member of the graduating class who has shown the greatest proficiency in religious studies.
AWARDED TO: ARIANA BLOSSOM ’06 

JULIA TAYLOR MARTIN PRIZE IN AMERICAN HISTORY
Awarded to the student who, during the college year, has submitted a superior essay within the field of American History. 
AWARDED TO: CHRISTINE BANKERT ’06 for her paper, “Nadine Love: A Conversation with the Past”

THE HISTORY/POLITICAL SCIENCE PRIZE
Awarded to that student of high standing in history or political science who has shown the greatest ability to use her training in promoting the intellectual and social life of the College, as well as the greatest promise of usefulness in the future. 
AWARDED TO: EMILY ROSE SMITH ’06 

WALL STREET JOURNAL AWARD
Awarded each year for excellence in work in economics and the Corporate Affiliates Investment Fund. 
AWARDED TO: JENNIFER CHIENG ’08 

THOMAS KNUTH INTERNATIONAL STUDIES PRIZE
Awarded to that member of the graduating class who has demonstrated both academic excellence in the area of international studies, and commitment to the improvement of international understanding. 
AWARDED TO: EMILY ROSE SMITH ’06 

JEAN SCOBIE DAVIS PRIZE 
Awarded to that member of the graduating class, majoring in either economics or sociology, who has shown both the fine understanding of facts, and the social implication of the subject involved, so characteristic of Miss Davis. 
AWARDED TO: MEGHAN HAWLEY ’06 

MARGARET SCHWARTZ PSYCHOLOGY PRIZE
Awarded to that member of the graduating class who has demonstrated consistent excellence in her work in psychology. 
AWARDED TO: RACHEL PORTER ’06, COURTENEY RICE ’06, AND (a senior Psychology major from Brooklyn)* 

THE DOROTHY ALLISON RAZOR’S EDGE PRIZE IN WOMEN’S STUDIES
Established in 2005 by the Women’s Studies faculty and made possible by the generous donation from Dorothy Allison of proceeds from the sale of the booklet printed by the Book Arts Center to honor her visit to Wells College in October 2004. Awarded annually to a graduating Women’s Studies major or minor who has demonstrated a commitment to and understanding of the political, social, intellectual, and transformative goals of Women’s Studies and/or feminism. 
AWARDED TO: KATHRYN FONG ’06 AND ELIZA HEPPNER ’06

NANCY ANN REED CHEMISTRY PRIZE
Awarded to a member of the graduating class for excellence in chemistry. 
AWARDED TO: MEGAN MILLER ’07

RUTH M. DUNLAP PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY
Awarded to the student who, at the end of her senior year has established the best record in her class in chemistry courses. 
AWARDED TO: STEPHANIE JONES ’06

WOOD PRIZE IN PHYSICS AND ITS APPLICATION
Established in 2004 in memory of Wells Seminarians Cornelia Louise Wood Conger 1873 and her sister Mary Della Wood Dey 1873, and Cornelia’s daughter Alice DeCamp Conger Fell ’11, who attended Wells College. Awarded to a member of the graduating class who has shown outstanding interest and ability in physics or its application to closely related disciplines, particularly engineering.
AWARDED TO: MELANIE JONES ’06

CAYUGA BASIN PRIZE IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Awarded to a member of the graduating class with an outstanding academic record in environmental studies, who has engaged in significant professional activities during her or his undergraduate years and who shows promise for future professional development in the field.
AWARDED TO: JENNIFER COLE ’06 

THE CRC PRESS FRESHMAN CHEMISTRY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Recognition for outstanding achievement by a freshman in the introductory chemistry courses. 
AWARDED TO: KELLY SHEPARDSON ’09

THE WELLS WOMEN IN SCIENCE PRIZE
Awarded to the member of the graduating class who has done outstanding work in at least two of the sciences, and who has demonstrated an interest in and an ability for a career in graduate work and research, and/or teaching, together with a commitment to the advancement of women in science. 
AWARDED TO: MELANIE JONES ’06 AND STEPHANIE JONES ’06

JOHN D. WILSON-RALPH H. POOLE, JR. CUP
Awarded annually to a member of the senior class who -- in the spirit of liberal education -- has made a distinguished contribution during the four years to the athletic program of the College. 
AWARDED TO: KIRSTEN WEEKS ’06

KATHRYN S. MALONEY SENIOR SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD
Awarded to the member of the senior class who has participated on a varsity team for a minimum of three seasons, and has exemplified academic excellence throughout her career at Wells. 
AWARDED TO: LaREINA BATES ’06 

LESLEY WEAD ZABRISKIE EXPRESS AWARDS
Awarded annually to a member of each intercollegiate team who embodies the true ideals of team commitment: leadership, discipline, dedication, and sportsmanship. 
AWARDED TO: 
    FIELD HOCKEY – AMANDA LESCARBEAU ’06 
    SOCCER – KIRSTEN WEEKS ’06 
    TENNIS – NICOLE LAMARRE ’06 
    SWIMMING – JULIE WITTENZELLNER ’08
    LACROSSE – AMY MORRIS ’06
    SOFTBALL -  NICOLE MARYJANOWSKI ’07

MARIANNE QUATTROCCHI ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Awarded annually to the junior or senior who exhibits all the following characteristics: 1) scholastic excellence; 2) service to the Wells Community; and 3) appreciation of athletic competition. These are the characteristics reflecting the style, enthusiasm, warmth, and Wells spirit epitomized by Marianne Quattrocchi. 
AWARDED TO: KRYSTLE BOUCHARD ’07

DISTINGUISHED ATHLETE AWARD
Award to a sophomore, junior or senior who has brought distinction to Wells College Athletics and who exemplifies excellence through her athletic ability, dedication, intensity and commitment.
AWARDED TO: ALIYAH BRANDT ’06 AND LISA GIBSON ’06 

KOCH STUDENT LIBRARY PRIZES
Awarded to the seniors who have the best, not the largest, collections of books. Each collection will be judged on its value as a practical working library in relation to the major interest of the owner; as a nucleus for a permanent personal library; as indication of discriminating judgment in collecting books and of a growing interest in books through the college years. Rare editions and fine bindings are of secondary importance in this contest. 
GENERAL
     First Prize:  SARAH BIRNS ’06 
     Second Prize:  EMILY BEAN ’06 
SPECIAL INTEREST 
     First Prize: FAHERTY NIELSEN ’06 for her collection in the areas of history 
     Second Prize: KATHRYN SLUSHER ’06 for her collection in the area of literature, poetry and drama 

PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN BOOK ARTS
Established in 2006 by the faculty and staff of the Book Arts Center, the prize is awarded to the graduating senior who has completed the Minor in the Book Arts; has developed outstanding skills in at least one area of the Book Arts; and has shown creativity and aesthetic sensibility, as well as excellent craftsmanship in the projects for each class.
AWARDED TO: LOK-YAN FUNG ’06 

THE ADALAIDE BALL KIRBY ’34 GLOBAL LEARNING SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship provides the opportunity for a Wells student to participate in a study abroad program for two semesters. The award is based on three criteria and judged by a group of Cff-Campus Study directors. The three criteria are an essay, academic achievement, and demonstrated financial need. 
AWARDED TO: TIMOTHY JACKSON McCARTHY ’08 for the 2006-07 academic year 

ANNE J. RUSS PRIZE FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
This prize is awarded to the member of the Wells College community who in the course of the year has made the most significant social, political, or ethical contribution, especially involving matters of human diversity and inclusiveness. 
AWARDED TO: Professor of Political Science Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo

* This student has asked that her name not be published 

June, 2006

 


Wells College Announces 2006 Alumnae Award Recipient

Kaffie White McCullough is honored for her work with young girls

Kaffie White McCulloughCarrie Bolton ’92, president of the Wells College Alumnae Association, has announced the College’s 2006 Alumnae Award recipient. Katherine “Kaffie” White McCullough of Atlanta, Georgia, will be honored on Saturday, June 3 during Wells’ annual Reunion Weekend. The award will be presented by Wells College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson.

The Wells College Alumnae Award honors Wells women of high achievement in professions and careers, in volunteer and community work, in service to their alma mater, or in some combination of these endeavors. The Award was established in 1968 as part of the Wells Centennial Celebration, and is presented by the President of the College at a convocation ceremony held during Reunion Weekend each spring.

A leader, scholar and athlete at Wells, Kaffie White McCullough is being honored for her service to Wells and for her leadership work with young girls. Kaffie graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wells in 1967 with a double major in Chemistry and the History and Philosophy of Religion. While on campus, she was active in student government and served as senior class president, sang in the choir, and was an unparalleled athlete. 

As an alumna, Kaffie has held a number of different volunteer positions, including Alumnae Council delegate, class secretary, class fund chair, Atlanta Wells Club officer, Alumnae Association Admissions Representative and southeastern regional representative. For six years she served as 1st vice president of the Wells College Alumnae Association and as chair of its Nominating Committee.

Kaffie received her master’s degree in community counseling in 1986 and launched a successful 10-year career as a licensed professional counselor, focusing her work on female clients and issues of self-esteem. Through her experience in her own private therapy practice, in which she saw a number of middle school age clients, Kaffie identified that age as the pivotal time when the decline in self-esteem begins. Drawing on experience gained volunteering in a week-long outdoor leadership camp for young girls at Wells, Kaffie founded the not-for-profit organization, Girls’ Opportunities for Adventure and Leadership (GOAL). Started as a week-long summer camp, GOAL now offers a number of programs primarily for girls in grades 6 through 9. The mission of GOAL is to promote self-esteem, self-awareness and a respect for individual differences in girls and young women, resulting in an enhanced capacity for leadership. 

In addition to their signature summer camps, GOAL has offered numerous other programs including team-building workshops with school athletic teams, a Women Author Series, half-day workshops for teachers and youth workers, wilderness backpacking weeks, mother/daughter weekends focused on communication and conflict resolution, and many more. 

Along with her entrepreneurial successes, Kaffie serves the Atlanta community as a speaker, resource and advisor for other groups working on programs for girls and young women. Over the last year, Kaffie has worked to develop a consortium of nonprofit consultants to support new groups and organizations that are preparing to move to the next stage of their development. 

Kaffie is now working with the Juvenile Justice Fund, overseeing a program aimed at combating the criminal sexual exploitation of children.  The Juvenile Justice Fund works cooperatively with existing agencies in Fulton County, Georgia to strengthen and build programs that serve at-risk children, provide advocacy for youth in the juvenile justice system, and increase public awareness of child welfare and juvenile justice issues. 

For additional information about Kaffie White McCullough and the annual Alumnae Award at Wells College, please contact Communications Director Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260.

June, 2006

 


Wells College Observes Commencement Exercises 

Eighty-five graduates to receive diplomas

Dr. Antonia Coello NovelloWells College’s 138th Commencement exercises will take place at the Aurora Inn on Saturday, May 27 at 10:00 am. The College will confer degrees on 85 members of the Class of 2006. The graduates and their guests will hear remarks by Dr. Antonia Coello Novello, New York State Health Commissioner. 

Administrator, physician, researcher, lecturer, and author, Dr. Novello became the 14th Surgeon General of the United States in 1990. Her appointment made her the first woman and the first Hispanic ever to hold that position. As Surgeon General, she advised the public on health matters, such as smoking, AIDS, diet and nutrition, environmental health hazards, and the importance of immunization and disease prevention. She held the position until 1993, when she went on to serve as UNICEF Special Representative for Health and Nutrition.

In June 1999, she was nominated by Gov. George Pataki to be the 13th New York State Health Commissioner. Dr. Novello now manages one of the leading public health agencies in the nation.

“I am delighted to welcome Commissioner Novello as our 2006 Commencement speaker. Dr. Novello is an extraordinary woman leader and a powerful example of the contributions women are making to science,” said Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson.  “It is also exciting to have her here during construction of our new $18 million science building.”

For more information about 2006 Commencement exercises at Wells College, please call Communications Director Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260. 

Photo from Commencement 2006

May, 2006

 


Athletic Center Open 

Renovated facility offers new fitness equipment, memberships

Schwartz Center at Wells CollegeThe Wells College Physical Education and Athletic Departments are pleased to announce that the new state-of-the-art fitness center in the Schwartz Athletic Center is now open.  During a special four-day preview period from Monday, May 22 through Thursday, May 25, the Aurora community is invited to view the new facility, and for a $5 fee, try out the new workout equipment. From 7:00–10:00 pm each evening, Wells athletics staff will give tours of the fitness center and offer training on the new equipment, which includes:

  • Six Precor ellipticals* 
  • Six Precor treadmills*
  • Two Precor stationary bikes*
  • Four Cybex arc trainers*
  • A SciFit arm machine
  • A First Degree rowing machine
  • A Cybex Universal gym
  • A free weight area
  • A Cybex strength systems circuit for weight training

* These pieces of equipment are connected to a cardio theatre. Headphones are required; you may bring your own or purchase them at the circulation desk for $6.00.

Beginning September 1, Wells will be offering individual 9-month memberships to the fitness center. Membership is $300, and also includes the indoor swimming pool, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, locker room use (no permanent lockers), and gymnasium. Applications will be available in August.
 

Wells College Fitness Center Wells College Fitness Center
   

We invite you to stop by the Schwartz Athletic Center this week and check out what the new fitness center has to offer you! For more information, please contact Chris Perkins at 315.364.3409 or email cperkins@wells.edu.

May, 2006

 


Wells College Holds Science Groundbreaking Ceremony

Community looks forward to a new era of science education

Rendering of new Wells College Science FacilityOn Friday, April 28, Wells College officially broke ground on a new science education facility.

The groundbreaking ceremony drew more than 150 people including several elected officials. Congressman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), New York State Senator Michael Nozzolio, and Assemblyman Gary Finch were in attendance, as well as many Wells trustees, faculty, students, staff, and local residents.

The new facility will allow Wells to more fully participate in meeting a crucial national need to educate more scientists, science and math teachers, and people literate in scientific inquiry, critical reasoning and exploration skills. In addition, it will offer greater opportunity for cross-disciplinary learning while providing state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities for faculty and students. 

“This is indeed an exciting day for Wells College as we break ground on our new science education facility,” said Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson in her opening remarks. “Today, only 11 percent of American undergraduates are receiving four-year degrees in the natural sciences or engineering. Our investment in this new facility prepares talented students for careers in the sciences and technology. We will also educate educators – women and men who will go on to be the next generation of science teachers. Through their learning experiences at Wells, they will bring higher levels of knowledge and excitement to elementary and secondary classrooms. In this way, Wells will play its own part in perpetuating a new cycle of science education in the United States.”

The College raised more than $18 million to fund the construction of the building. Additional funds are being raised to endow the facility and science programs. The new building is expected to be open for the start of the 2007-2008 academic year.

Congressman Boehlert, chair of the House Committee on Science, discussed what America must do to maintain its standing among the global powers, especially in the sciences, technology, and engineering. 

He said, “Here in America, we’ve got our hands full.  Our economic competitors are real and growing stronger by the day…One thing we can do…is to increase our investment in research and education … Throughout its history, Wells College has bridged the liberal arts curriculum with linkage in the study of science. This rich cross-disciplinary education serves all students, those in science and the liberal arts. I am so pleased that a leader in liberal education like Wells College understands that science has to be a central part of that education.  And I am so proud to have that recognition of science in our own backyard.”

Boehlert concluded by saying “I am confident that this new science center will contribute significantly to this region's economic and social prosperity. With this new building, Wells College is making a very tangible commitment to the study of science that will benefit this college, our community and indeed the entire nation.” 
 

Groundbreaking for new Wells College Science Facility
Wells board chair Suzanne Grey '72 (left), President Lisa Marsh Ryerson, and honorary trustee Shirley Bacot '58 break ground at the construction site
Panel discussion celebrating groundbreaking ffor new Wells College Science Facility
Professor of Physics Scott Heinekamp and Professor of Biology Candace Whitmer Collmer respond to questions during the panel discussion "A New Century of Science for Wells College."

Abraham Lackman, president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu), addressed the important role of education in preparing our citizenry for the challenges our nation faces. 

“I think this new building has historical significance. Given the educational needs of New York State and our nation, Wells is addressing the right priority,” he said.

Additional remarks were made by Vice President of Academic Affairs Ellen W. Hall, Professor of Chemistry Christopher Bailey, and Collegiate Association President Carrie Collins ’06. 

Dan Hill, a member of the Heron clan of the Cayuga Nation (Iroquois), provided a musical Native American blessing to consecrate the land upon which the new building is situated, and to ceremonially join Wells College and the Haudenosaunee nation in respectful partnership. Hill treated the assembly to two hauntingly beautiful songs on his hand-made wooden flute. 

Nozzolio and Finch then joined Ryerson, Boehlert, and Lackman at the staging ground, along with Wells board chair Suzanne Grey (class of 1972), honorary trustee Shirley Bacot (class of 1958), and Edward Matthews, a key campaign contributor. With golden shovels and specially made hardhats emblazoned with the Wells logo, the group dug into the earth, officially breaking ground on the first new campus building in 30 years.

Following the ceremony, a panel discussion on the importance of science education featured Wells science faculty and other experts in the field, including Professor of Physics Scott Heinekamp, Professor of Biology Candace Collmer, Congressman Boehlert, Mr. Lackman, and Dr. Robert Ross of Ithaca’s Paleontological Research Institution.

Moderated by President Ryerson, the panel addressed questions on America’s prosperity as it relates to research, development, and the sciences; what we can do to engage and excite today’s students in the sciences; how we can advocate for the support and funding needed to nurture science programs and education in our area; and how corporate sponsorship may or may not affect research, and the types of challenges researchers face in the context of the profit-driven model of scholarship.

Groundbreaking activities concluded with a gala community reception.

The new 45,000 square foot science facility is a three-level, L-shaped building that will be set into the hillside behind Zabriskie Hall, which currently houses science programs.  The new structure will include flexible classroom and lab spaces to support courses developed for science majors and non-majors, as well as faculty offices, special-use rooms, and a multi-functional, 92-seat lecture hall. The lecture hall and several other major spaces were designed to accommodate needs across academic disciplines, such as introductory course lectures, college symposia and public presentations and events.

The building’s concept and design was a collaborative effort – the Wells science faculty identified needs for teaching space and HOLT Architects of Ithaca designed the facility. The College has contracted with LeCesse Construction Company of Rochester to erect the building.

For more information about the new science facility and groundbreaking ceremony, please contact Kelly Tehan, Communications Director, at 315/364-3260 

May, 2006

 


Wells College Opens Annual Senior Art Exhibit

Graduate displays ceramics, drawings, lithographs

Stphanie A. AchilleThe Wells College Art Department is pleased to present the annual senior thesis art exhibit. The show opens on Monday, May 15 and will run through the summer in the College’s String Room Gallery. Artwork produced by graduating visual arts major Stephanie A. Achille will be shown. The exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited to view the show. An opening reception with refreshments on May 15 from 7:00-9:00 pm offers an opportunity to meet the student artist and view and discuss her work.

Stephanie A. Achille of Erie, PA will mount and display her original drawings, raku ceramics, and lithographs. She is the daughter of Betsy G. Achille and Joseph L. Achille.

Says Stephanie of her work: “I have been design-driven for as long as I can remember.  The act of taking ordinary objects and creating them into something visually different has always appealed to me.  My approach to art is oftentimes a bit different to the eye, usually with something running off the page, being off center, or adding a certain twist here or there.  For instance, looking at autumn leaves has been a favorite past time of mine.  I view them differently than others do, and so my impression of that basic form comes out differently in design, composition, and color.  If I personally feel an image is not interesting, I move it around until I am more interested as the viewer.”

Stphanie A. AchilleWells art professor Ted Lossowski is looking forward to Stephanie’s show. “Stephanie Achille is one of the most diligent students that I have encountered here at Wells. She is extremely disciplined… and as a result, her work has grown tremendously over the past year. She is one of the best ceramics coil hand builders I have ever encountered at Wells. Her skills in this area are superior to those of some of the graduate students I went to school with. I am absolutely certain that this young and shining star will be very successful in whatever area of the arts she decides to choose as her future occupation.”

Senior theses are the culminating requirement of study at Wells College. Art seniors are expected to plan and implement the entire exhibit, including the creation of the artwork to be shown, hanging the pieces and preparing the gallery, and coordinating the reception. Art professor and gallery director William Roberts guides the students’ work in the studios and oversees the installation of the show. Stephanie also received invaluable assistance from ceramics professor Ted Lossowski.

The String Room Gallery is located in Main Building. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, please contact art professor and String Room Gallery director William Roberts at 315/364-3237.

May, 2006

 


Spirited Dance Concert at Wells College

Two NYC dance troupes perform together

freespaceThe Wells College Arts & Lecture Series Committee is pleased to present a contemporary modern dance concert titled “An Otherside,” presented by two New York City-area companies, Rebudal Dance and Donna Scro Gentile/Freespace Dance Company. The event will take place in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall on May 5, 2006 at 7:30 pm. Prices are $6 for students, senior citizens and the Wells College community, and $10 for the general public; free for Wells students. Tickets are available at the door the night of the performance or from the box office the week preceding the show. Please call 315/364-3456 to reserve seats. 

Freespace Dance and Rebudal Dance are well known for their distinct yet complementary styles. Based in Manhattan, RD is a professional contemporary modern dance company known for innovative choreography that comments on contemporary society in a multicultural context.  The New Yorker describes RD’s work as a “beautiful meld of contemporary dance with Filipino folk forms.” 

In contrast, the Donna Scro Gentile/Freespace Dance Company of Montclair, NJ, creates dances that have, according to the Star Ledger, “sculptural shapes, intricate partnering and athletic lifts.”  This aesthetic complements and balances RD’s Asian-fusion flavor.  When the two come together, the choreographic combination explodes in exciting forms of movement, strength, and grace. 

Respective artistic directors Donna Scro Gentile and J.M. Rebudal have over 15 years of combined professional experience in modern dance in the national and international arenas. Both have collaborated on “An Otherside” in addition to presenting their respective eclectic repertoire that includes “Mercurial Relapse” with original music by Marty Beller, and “Reciprocal Motion” commissioned by the Dodge Foundation with music by Peter Jones.  Other works include “Desires,” an exhilarating group piece performed by Freespace, and a world premier of a new work-in-progress by RD danced to French pop music.

siloFilipino-American J.M. Rebudal is a former visiting dance professor at Wells College, and the artistic director of Rebudal Dance since 1998. He is an original founding member of the critically acclaimed Seán Curran Company in which he performed and toured throughout the nation and abroad from 1995 to 2003. Prior to moving to New York City in 1993, Rebudal performed professionally in Honolulu, where he has born and raised. He received an M.F.A. from The American University and a B.A. the University of Hawaii-Manoa, and is currently an assistant professor at Wayne State University in Detroit. Dance Insider describes his choreography as “athletic movement with a flair for dramatic phrasing.”

Donna Scro Gentile founded Freespace Dance in 1997 at her alma mater, Montclair State University, and is a former member of Alwin Nikolais/Murray Louis Dance Company and Seán Curran Company.  Her choreography has been commissioned by Steffi Nossen School of Dance, Montclair High School, Montclair State University and been presented at Danspace Project and Joyce SoHo in New York.  In addition, she currently teaches Anusara yoga at Yoga Montclair in New Jersey. In describing her choreographic style, critic Robert Johnson of the Star Ledger remarked on Gentile’s “recognizable human element that goes straight to the heart.”

For more information about “An Otherside” dance concert and the Wells Arts & Lecture Series, please contact Siouxsie Grady, chair of the Arts & Lecture Series Committee, at 315/364-3232. 

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

April, 2006

 


Wells College Announces 2006 Commencement Speaker

New York State Health Commissioner to address graduates on May 27

Dr. Antonia Coello NovelloWells College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson announced this week that Dr. Antonia Coello Novello, New York State Health Commissioner, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., will be the College’s 2006 Commencement speaker. This year’s ceremony will take place at the Aurora Inn on Saturday, May 27.

“I am delighted that New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Antonia Novello has accepted our invitation to deliver the 2006 Commencement Address,” said Ryerson. “Among her many leadership roles, Dr. Novello was the 14th Surgeon General of the United States. She has also served as a longtime mentor for the Public Leadership Education Network, begun at Wells College, and she is a National Women’s Hall of Fame inductee. Dr. Novello is a great woman and a terrific speaker, and I am looking forward to welcoming her to the Wells campus.”

Administrator, researcher, lecturer, and author, Dr. Antonia Coello Novello is first and foremost a physician whose motto is “Good science and good sense.” Born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, she received her B.S. and M.D. from the University of Puerto Rico, then went on to earn a masters in Public Health with a concentration in health services administration from the Johns Hopkins University in 1982. In 2000, Dr. Novello was awarded a doctorate in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, with a concentration in public policy and management.

A trained pediatric nephrologist, Novello worked in private practice and for the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) before serving in various capacities at the National Institutes of Health, where she rose to deputy director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and was named coordinator for pediatric AIDS research. While at the NIH, Dr. Novello was detailed to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. There, she made significant contributions to the Organ Procurement Transplantation Act and to drafting the warning labels relating to the health risks of cigarette smoking. 

Dr. Novello was sworn in as the Surgeon General of the United States by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on March 9, 1990. Her appointment made her the first woman and the first Hispanic ever to hold this position. As Surgeon General, she advised the public on health matters, such as smoking, AIDS, diet and nutrition, environmental health hazards, and the importance of immunization and disease prevention. She held the position until 1993, when she went on to serve as UNICEF Special Representative for Health and Nutrition (1993-1996).

In June 1999, she was nominated by Gov. George E. Pataki to be the 13th New York State Health Commissioner. Dr. Novello now manages one of the leading public health agencies in the nation.  She is responsible for a $49.4 billion budget, and oversees Medicaid; Child Health Plus and Family Health Plus; regulation of hospitals, nursing homes and home health agencies; youth tobacco enforcement and prevention; managed care; bio-terrorism preparedness; and professional medical conduct.  As State Health Commissioner, Dr. Novello also serves as the President of Health Research, Inc.

A board-certified pediatrician, Novello is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Society of Nephrology, the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, the American Pediatrics Society, the Society for Pediatric Research and the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Novello is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medallion and Medal; USPHS Distinguished Service Medal; the U.S. Army Legion of Merit; the American Medical Association Nathan B. Davis Award; the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Medal; the National Council of Alcohol and Drug Dependency Golden Key Award; Hispanic Hero Award; the National Governor’s Association Distinguished Service to State Government Award; and the Elizabeth Blackwell Award from Hobart & William Smith Colleges. She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national honorary medical society; has published extensively; and holds more than 45 honorary doctoral degrees. 

For more information about Dr. Antonia Novello’s 2006 Commencement address at Wells College, please call Communications Director Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260. Additional information about Dr. Novello may be found at www.nyhealth.gov.

April, 2006

 


Wells College Announces New Science Education Facility

Special groundbreaking ceremony planned

Artist's rendering of the new Wells College Science BuildingWells College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson announces that the College has recently broken ground on a new 45,000 square foot science building. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Friday, April 28 at 1:00 pm on the Aurora campus. The public is invited to attend.

Congressman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), chair of the House Science Committee, and Abraham Lackman, president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu), will make remarks.

Following the ceremony, attendees are invited to a panel discussion on the critical importance of science education. The panel will feature Wells science faculty and other experts in the field, including Professor of Physics Scott Heinekamp, Professor of Biology Candace Collmer, Congressman Boehlert, Mr. Lackman, and Dr. Robert Ross of Ithaca’s Paleontological Research Institution.

The new science facility is a three-level, L-shaped building that will be set into the hillside behind Zabriskie Hall, which currently houses science programs.  The new structure will include flexible classroom and lab spaces to support courses developed for science majors and non-majors, as well as faculty offices and a multi-functional, 92-seat lecture hall. The lecture hall and several other major spaces were designed to accommodate needs across academic disciplines, such as introductory course lectures, college symposia and public presentations and events.

“I am thrilled that we are moving ahead with construction this spring,“ Ryerson said in a recent campus announcement. “I expect the building to be in use as a wonderful teaching and learning environment in the 2007-08 academic year.”

Creation of the building’s concept and design was a collaborative effort – the Wells science faculty identified needs for teaching space and HOLT Architects of Ithaca, NY designed the facility. The College has contracted with LeCesse Construction Company of Rochester, NY to erect the building.

For more information about the new science facility and groundbreaking ceremony, please contact Kelly Tehan, Communications Director, at 315/364-3260.

April, 2006

 


Artist and Designer Gives Video Presentation

Susan Skarsgard discusses four different artists’ approach to type design

Susan SkarsgardThe Wells College Book Arts Center is pleased to announce that Susan Skarsgard will present the 23rd Susan Garretson Swartzburg '60 Memorial Book Arts Lecture. Ms. Skarsgard’s unique visual presentation, “The Hand in Type,” highlights the work and style of four well-known type designers. The lecture will be given at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, in the Cleveland Hall Auditorium on the Wells campus in Aurora. The event is free and open to the public. A reception at the Book Arts Center in Morgan Hall will follow the lecture, offering attendees the opportunity to meet the speaker.

Susan Skarsgard is an artist and designer from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who uses letters to create image and meaning in her work. She is known internationally for her original fine art works, as well as for her graphic design and lettering, which have been widely published in books, catalogs and magazines. As a lecturer and teacher, she has given presentations to organizations and conferences throughout North America and Europe. Currently, Skarsgard works as lead product designer at the GM Design Center where she designs emblems and nameplates for General Motors vehicles.

In a unique format, Ms. Skarsgard will present video footage of each of four lettering artists (Margo Chase of Chase Design Group in Los Angeles; Jerry Campbell of Detroit; Rick Cusick of Hallmark in Kansas City; Michael Clark of Washington D.C.) at the drawing table, demonstrating how their type designs were initially developed from writing or gestural marks. The visual presentation of skillful hands at work, particularly in our digital age, is especially meaningful and aids in understanding this unique and specialized art.

Susan Skarsgard’s lecture is part of the Susan Garretson Swartzburg ’60 Memorial Book Arts Lecture Series, a semi-annual event at Wells College that is made possible through the Heiland-Garretson Book Arts Lecture Fund, established by Ms. Swartzburg in 1994 and sustained through the generosity of her family.

Inspired by Victor Hammer, an internationally renowned calligrapher, painter, printer and type designer, the Wells Book Arts Center was established in 1993 to instruct in all areas of book arts and technologies. Students in book arts classes at Wells learn the history and philosophy of their craft as they develop hand skills in the fabrication of books. They gain international perspective on book arts with visits from accomplished lecturers, writers, and artists, and with field trips to the area’s remarkable collection of libraries, presses, paper mills and binderies. Current classes teach design, typography, the evolution of letterforms, letterpress printing, bookbinding, and the history of the book. Though it embraces historical arts and technologies, the Center also actively investigates and incorporates innovations of our digital age. The Wells Book Arts Center supports the mission of the College by revealing the essential role of the book in Western culture and the liberal arts.

For more information about Susan Skarsgard’s lecture and the book arts at Wells College, please contact the Wells Book Arts Center by phone at 315/364-3420, by email at bookartscenter@wells.edu.

April, 2006

 


A Rockin’ Spring Weekend Planned

“That Spring You Do” rolls into Aurora

Spring WeekendThe Wells College Programming Board is pleased to announce Spring Weekend 2006. Scheduled for Saturday, April 22, this rockin’ event is sure to please everyone, especially the college crowd. That Spring You Do will take place on the Wells College campus on Route 90 (Main Street) in the village of Aurora. The general public gets in for $5 at the gate; children 10 and under are free. That Spring You Do is free for the Wells community.

Gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the fun begins at noon on the lawn in front of the Sommer Student Center (or inside in case of inclement weather). A four-band lineup kicks off promptly at noon when The Bottom Feeders of Aurora perform their brand of distinctive acoustic folk.  John Rush, a singer-songwriter and “human iPod” who can play more than 55 hours of music upon request, will play at 1:30 p.m.  Ill Natural, a hip-hop crew from Portland, Maine, hits the stage at 3:30 p.m. And the headlining act, InPulse – a five-member a cappella group from the Twin Cities – wraps it up at 5:00 p.m.  A brilliant fireworks display will cap off the festivities at 9:00 p.m.

Special novelty activities include “sumo wrestling” in inflatable suits, airbrush tattoos, caricature drawing, sun catcher art, and “strike a pose” photography. The public is invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy vendor booths, games, dancing, a barbeque, craft tables, and more. Beer, soft drinks, and food will be available for purchase. No recording devices, coolers or outside food or beverages permitted. 

That Spring You Do will be held rain or shine. For more information, please contact Melissa Hutson, director of campus involvement, at 315/364-3428 or visit the College’s events calendar at www.wells.edu/calendar. More band information may be found on their respective web sites:  www.johnrush.com, www.illnatural.com, and www.inpmusic.com.

April, 2006

 


Wells Students Travel to Present Original Research

Four students, faculty advisor to attend 20th annual conference in North Carolina

Wells College students presenting their researchEvery spring for the past 18 years, Wells College Professor of Chemistry Christopher Bailey has escorted Wells students to the annual National Conference for Undergraduate Research. NCUR will celebrate its 20th anniversary at the University of North Carolina, Asheville this year from April 6 – 8; a Wells contingent has been present at all but the first two meetings.

The student presenters for 2006, their research topics, and their faculty advisor(s) are:

Jennifer Cole ’06, Environmental Studies, "The Impact of Runoff and a Wastewater 
Treatment Facility on Fecal Contamination in Paines Creek, Aurora, N.Y." Faculty: Niamh O'Leary

Lisa Gibson ’06, Sociology, “Changes in Agriculture: An Analysis of Small- and Large-Scale Farms.” Faculty: Leslie Miller-Bernal

Melanie Jones ’06, Physics, "Imaging Buried Monolayers at Atomic Resolution Using Electron Channeling." Faculty: Dr. David Muller from the Department of Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University.

Stephanie Jones ’06, Chemistry, "New Building Blocks for Colloid-Based Materials by Imprinting Peanut Shape."  Faculty: Dr. Chekesha Liddell from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University.

Melanie and Stephanie performed their research at Cornell through the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

Professor Bailey attributes Wells’ success in this area to the large number of faculty members at the College who believe in and support undergraduate research. Wells students have extraordinary opportunities to work closely with their professors on original research. Most majors offer academic credit for research activities, and students are required to complete a senior thesis or research project before graduation.

This emphasis on research in the undergraduate curriculum at Wells gives students an advantage, whether they plan to continue their studies or enter a career immediately after graduation.

“I studied the water quality in nearby Paines Creek, looking specifically at nitrate and coliform bacteria,” said Jennie Cole before the conference. “At NCUR, I am looking forward to seeing research projects in other fields, especially those I don't have much exposure to. I am also hoping to gain experience and confidence in presenting my own work in a situation where I am not surrounded only by my friends and professors.”

The mission of NCUR is to promote undergraduate research scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education.

Each year, NCUR participants come from over 300 colleges and universities representing almost every state in the nation. Since its inception in 1987, NCUR has become a major annual event drawing over 2,000 undergraduates, faculty, and administrators to hear and discuss undergraduate creative and scholarly work.  In addition, NCUR presents an opportunity to hear nationally prominent speakers and for faculty to discuss educational policy, programs, and funding for undergraduate scholarly work. More information about NCUR may be found at: www.ncur.org

For more information about Wells’ participation in NCUR or research possibilities at Wells, please call Professor Christopher Bailey at 315/364-3286.

April, 2006

 


Wells College Presents Spirited Group Reading

The Powow River Poets bring upbeat style to Aurora

The Powwow River AnthologyThe Wells College Visiting Writer Series is pleased to welcome the Powow River Poets to the Aurora campus. The group reading will take place at 7:30 pm on Thursday, April 13 in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. The free event will be followed by a reception with an opportunity to meet the dozen poets who will participate; refreshments will be served.

This reading will showcase the work of an American phenomenon that has been attracting the attention of readers for over a decade: the Powow River Poets, a spirited, varied and gifted group of some two dozen men and women who have won a surprising number of national awards. Ranging from strict formal work to carefully crafted free verse, traditional to experimental, contemplative to exuberant, their poems delight the audience.

“What I’m most excited about is how well this group works together and how they help each other with their poetry,” says Professor of English Bruce Bennett. “Their latest publication, ‘The Powow River Poets Anthology,’ contains a number of outstanding poems. I anticipate that they will bring an energized reading to the Wells campus.”

Formed in 1991 as an outlet for pursuing a passion for well-crafted verse, the Powow River Poets provide aspiring poets with a monthly forum in which to share and critique their work. The geographic reach of the group extends from Boston north to Concord, N.H.

This reading and the Wells College Visiting Writer Series are made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.  Poets and writers are invited to campus throughout the academic year to meet with students, present writing workshops, and read from their respective works.

For more information, please contact English professor Bruce Bennett at 315/364-3228.

April, 2006

 


Wells College Faculty Host Dance Concert 

“Dances Then and Now”

Dance ConcertThe Wells College faculty dance concert, “Dances Then & Now,” will take place April 7 and 8 in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall. Tickets are $3 to $7 and will be available at the door. (See below for prices.)

The program will feature former Wells dance faculty member Barbara Dickinson, who will perform “Sort of a Sestina (in partial fulfillment of the requirements” and “Quatrain Suite,” both set to texts written and read by Professor of English Bruce Bennett. Dickinson will also perform a new solo, “Footsteps to Heaven,” choreographed by Jim May, artistic director of the Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble. Dickinson is associate professor of the Practice of Dance at Duke University and director of its dance program, and also artistic director of the Ways and Means Dance Company in Durham, N.C.

Professor of Dance Jeanne Goddard performs two premieres: “Forces,” which features a cast of 15 dancers and a score by Oregon and Arvo Part; and “Primavera,” which expresses the vibrant energy of spring, accompanied by Vivaldi’s Concerto No. 1 in E Major (“La primavera”). Goddard will also present her 2002 solo, “Something about a lamp…” which presents a whimsical dialogue between dancer and prop, with the voice of Professor Emeritus Hugo Theimer.

Wells ballet instructor Elizabeth Wilmot-Bishop will restage her 1989 neoclassical work, “Serenade,” to the music of Tchaikovsky, and performing arts major Elizabeth Chacchia performs her new solo, “Interlude for Paper Times,” for which she has created choreography, original text, and a transformable environment constructed of paper.

The concert is presented by the Wells College Theatre and Dance program. For more information, please contact Professor of Dance Jeanne Goddard at 315/364-3213 or visit www.wells.edu.

WHEN: Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, 2006 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Wells College
Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall
170 Main Street (Route 90)
Aurora, N.Y.  13026
www.wells.edu

PRICE:
$3 for children, students from other schools, and seniors; 
$5 for the Wells community; 
$7 general admission

MEDIA CONTACT:
Christopher Pollock, 315/364-3209, cpollock@wells.edu

April, 2006   

 


Wells Hosts Visit by Noted New York Times Reporter

Linda Greenhouse has covered U.S. Supreme Court since 1978

Linda GreenhousePulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse, who has covered the Supreme Court of the United States for nearly three decades, will present the 2006 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture on Thursday, April 6, at Wells College. The lecture will take place at 4:45 p.m. in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall.  The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Greenhouse’s lecture, entitled “Court, Country & Culture,” will look at the relationship between the Supreme Court and the rest of the country. Decisions on gay rights, affirmative action, federalism, and civil liberties will be discussed in detail in order to understand how a “conservative” Court could produce notably non-conservative decisions. Questions that will be considered include: How do the justices, in their ivory tower, learn about the world and how does that knowledge shape their opinions? What is their relationship to the “constitutional culture” in which they function?

The public is also welcome to hear her speak the following day (April 7) at 9:30 a.m. in 321 Macmillan Hall, where she will discuss “Civil Liberties & National Security.” The events are part of a two-day residency sponsored by the Wells College chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. During her time on campus, Greenhouse will also make several classroom appearances and meet informally with Wells faculty and students. 

“What could be more timely at this juncture in American political history, when the makeup of the Supreme Court and its decisions are so critical, than to have an astute  observer of the court, Linda Greenhouse, sharing her insights with us?” said Professor of History Beatrice Farnsworth, a member of the Wells College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa who helped organize Greenhouse’s campus visit.

Greenhouse has covered the U.S. Supreme Court for the Times since 1978, except for two years in the mid-1980s when she reported on Congress. In the last year, Greenhouse has written about Supreme Court decisions regarding military recruiting on college campuses; using racketeering laws against abortion protestors; and the use of eminent domain to seize private property for economic development projects.

She won the Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting in 1998 for her “consistently illuminating coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court.” In 2004, she received the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Greenhouse is also the author of Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun’s Supreme Court Journey, published last year by Times Books. Blackmun is perhaps most remembered for authoring the majority opinion in the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision.  Booklist praised Greenhouse’s book as “an absorbing look at the personal and official concerns of a man who helped to shape American law and society.”

Since 1980, she has also been a regular guest on “Washington Week,” the longest-running public affairs show on PBS. She received a B.A. degree from Radcliffe College and a Master of Studies in Law from Yale Law School.

Linda Greenhouse’s visit is part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program. Each year, the program makes available 12 or more distinguished scholars who visit 100 colleges and universities with chapters of Phi Beta Kappa. They spend two days on each campus, meeting informally with students and faculty members, taking part in classroom discussions, and giving a public lecture open to the entire academic community. Now entering its 50th year, the Visiting Scholar Program has sent 518 scholars on some 4,500 two-day visits. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society, with chapters at 270 colleges and universities and over 600,000 members. The Wells College chapter was formed in 1932.

Greenhouse’s residency is sponsored by the Wells Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and the Office of the Dean of the College. For more information, please contact Professor of History Beatrice Farnsworth at 315/364-3239 or bfarnsworth@wells.edu, or visit the college’s web site at www.wells.edu. For more information on the Phi Beta Kappa Society, visit www.pbk.org.

March, 2006

 


Wells College Welcomes Paul Simon’s Bass Player 

Bakithi Kumalo brings fusion of jazz, Latin, African beat to Aurora

Bakithi KumaloThe Wells College Arts & Lecture Series Committee is pleased to host musician Bakithi Kumalo on the Aurora campus for a special concert on Friday, April 14. Kumalo will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall. Prices are $6 for students, senior citizens and the Wells College community, and $10 for the general public; free for Wells College students. Tickets are available at the door the night of the performance or from the box office the week preceding the show. Please call 315/364-3456 to reserve seats. 

South African composer, vocalist, and bassist Bakithi Kumalo is renowned for his indelible bass licks on Paul Simon’s 1986 “Graceland” album. Kumalo’s musical style reflects world influences, including South African traditional folk, jazz, salsa, and electronica. 

“Bakithi Kumalo is one of the finest bass players I’ve worked with in all my years as a musician,” said Paul Simon in an interview with SC Entertainment. “The first time I heard his fretless bass, it sounded more like the soulful horn of Africa than a stringed instrument. Bakithi and his musicians complement each other beautifully.”

Kumalo grew up in the notorious Soweto township of Johannesburg, surrounded by relatives who loved music and actively performed. By the time he was 7 years old, he had learned enough to fill in for his uncle’s bass player when that gentleman had had too much to drink. Soon he was performing regularly, and went on an 18-month tour in Zululand when he was ten. 

Despite financial hardship and the oppression of apartheid, Kumalo achieved a reputation in South Africa as a fine musician. About the same time, a music producer in Kumalo’s neighborhood was conferring with Paul Simon about musicians for his upcoming album, and recommended Kumalo for the job. 

As Kumalo tells it, “[The producer] told me ‘Do you know Paul Simon? [He’s] looking for a bass player, and I think you’re the guy for the music.’ I thought ‘This is great! Paul Simon from America!’ ”

The two collaborated in the studio, and the rest is history. “Paul liked my playing and that made me so comfortable. He really loved the music and we started working with some other musicians and Paul told me that we were going to New York and finish the rest of the record. This had been my dream – to go to New York!”

Often referred to as “world music,” Kumalo’s compositions are evocative of his South African heritage and the various genres he has encountered working professionally in the United States. He has recorded and/or toured with such artists as Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Jon Secada, Harry Belafonte, and Cyndi Lauper.

He has also produced two solo albums, “San' Bonan” (1998) and “In Front of My Eyes” (2000). 

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

For more information about Bakithi Kumalo’s concert and the Wells Arts & Lecture Series, please contact Siouxsie Grady, chair of the Arts & Lecture Series Committee, at 315/364-3232

March, 2006

 


Poetry Reading and Writing Workshop at Wells College 

Christina Pugh will read from her work; meet with students

Christina PughThe Wells College Visiting Writer Series is pleased to welcome award-winning poet and educator Christine Pugh back to the Aurora campus. Pugh will read from her work at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, April 5 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.

Christina Pugh (B.A. Wesleyan University, Ph.D. Harvard, M.F.A Emerson College) is the author of Rotary, a book of poems which received the Word Press First Book Prize in 2003. The Wells College Press published a chapbook of her poems, Gardening at Dusk, in 2002. She has received Poetry magazine's Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, the Grolier Poetry Prize, a Whiting Fellowship for the Humanities, and three nominations for a Pushcart Prize. 

Ms. Pugh’s poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Ploughshares, and in the anthology Poetry 180.  She has taught literature and creative writing at Harvard University, Emerson College, and CUNY-College of Staten Island, and is currently an assistant professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Ms. Pugh’s reading and the Wells College Visiting Writer Series are made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Virginia Kent Cummins Writers-in-Residence Fund, and the Mildred Walker Fiction-Writer-in-Residence Fund. Poets and writers are invited to campus throughout the academic year to meet with students, present writing workshops, and read from their respective works.

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

March, 2006

 


Wells Students Participate in Alternative Spring Break Trip to Georgia 

Wells College is sending 17 students on an alternative spring break trip to work with Habitat for Humanity in Augusta, Georgia, from March 18 through 25.  Associate Dean of Students Kelly Moselle and Director of Campus Involvement Melissa Hutson will lead the trip.

Since its founding in 1976, Habit for Humanity has built and rehabilitated more than 200,000 houses with families in need, becoming a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing. Wells students will work with the future homeowner to complete the house’s framework.

The trip is the result of a “Collegiate Challenge” that offered students the opportunity to help people in need, improve their carpentry skills, and put their faith into action by making a real difference in helping Habitat’s mission of eliminating substandard housing. 

Students will also learn about the area by visiting sites such as the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, the Woodrow Wilson home, the Augusta Museum of History, and Artists’ Row.

For more information about alternative spring break at Wells, please contact Kelly Moselle at 315/364-3312

March, 2006

 


Wells College Announces Next Art Exhibit 

Paintings, silk-screened prints on display through April 21

Painting by James PappasThe Wells College Art Department is pleased to announce the next art exhibition of the 2005-2006 academic year. A selection of paintings and silk-screened prints by Buffalo artist James Pappas will be on display in the String Room Gallery from March 15 through April 21, 2006. The exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited. An opening reception to be held on Wednesday, March 15 from 7:00-9:00 pm offers an opportunity to meet the artist; refreshments will be served.

James Pappas is an associate professor in the African-American Studies Department at the University at Buffalo, where he is a specialist in Applied Media Aesthetics. He has an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Buffalo, where he served as chair of the Black Studies department for 13 years. He was also co-founder and director of the Langston Hughes Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Buffalo's Inner City. Pappas' work has been featured in over 50 exhibitions and he has lectured widely in the field of applied media aesthetics.

The String Room Gallery is located in Main Building. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm; and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, please contact art professor and String Room Gallery director William Roberts at 315/364-3237.

March, 2006

 


Wells College Presents Reading and Booksigning 

Former Wells faculty member Bird Stasz returns for literary visit

The Wells College Visiting Writer Series welcomes back former faculty member Bird Stasz for a book reading and signing. The reading will take place at 7:30 pm on Monday, March 13 in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. The free event will be followed by a reception and book signing with an opportunity to meet the author; refreshments will be served.

Professor Bird Stasz returns to Wells to read from her new book And That’s The Way Of It: A Maine Village Life. The volume is a creative non-fiction documentary that grew out of Stasz’s work as an ethnographer. Published in November 2005, it is an oral history of Dorothy Carney Chase, a lifelong resident of the village of Sheepscot, Maine.

When Bird Stasz met 94-year-old Dorothy Carney Chase in the summer of 2001, she embarked on a remarkable journey:  one that took her back in time in a very special place, the picturesque village of Sheepscot, at the confluence of two rivers in mid-coast Maine.  The journey begins in the 17th century, when Sheepscot was one of the first settlements in Maine; takes us into the 19th century, when Chase’s great-grandparents moved from Boston to the thriving village; and through the 20th century, when Dorothy was born and raised in an environment that offered the challenges of farm life, a tolerance for the curious characters who made the village home, the security for children to explore their own unique spirits, and encouragement to grab life and live it to the fullest.

“Chase talks about a world of rural Maine that no longer exists except in the remembered and imagined cultural landscape of her stories,” writes Tom Rankin of Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies. “Through this book, the places exist again, in the minds of us, the readers and listeners. That magical process -- from her memory, through her playful stories grounded in history, and then on to us -- reconstructs what once seemed gone, invisible, forgotten.”

Stasz is currently teaching documentary courses as an associate professor of education at Elon University in North Carolina. She taught at Wells College for nine years, and earned a B.A. in anthropology/sociology from Middlebury College, an M.Ed. from the University of Vermont, and an Ed.D. in Adult Education from Syracuse University.

This reading and the Wells College Visiting Writer Series are made possible in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts.  Poets and writers are invited to campus throughout the academic year to meet with students, present writing workshops, and read from their respective works.

For more information, please contact English professor Bruce Bennett at 315/364-3228.

March, 2006

 


Wells College Presents Free Play: “Mrs. Stanton & Susan” 

Stage performance in recognition of Women’s History Month

Miriam Reed in Mrs Stanton and SusanOne-woman play “Mrs. Stanton and Susan” will be performed at Wells College this Sunday, March 12 at 7:00 pm in Barler Recital Hall as part of the school’s Women’s History Month observances. The play is free and the public is cordially invited to attend. 

Miriam Reed Productions brings “Mrs. Stanton and Susan” to the stage. Miriam Reed, a highly trained actor from California, portrays both Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in a 90-minute play that depicts the beginnings of the women’s suffrage movement and the committed women behind it. 

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony have long been criticized, even labeled racists, because they were white, middle class women who believed that women deserved the same rights and liberties as men. They chose to dedicate their lives, their money, talents, and energies to a cause in which they passionately believed. 

The difficulties faced by Elizabeth Cady Stanton as the mother of seven children in isolated Seneca Falls, New York galvanized her to action in 1848. With the blessing of fellow activist Lucretia Mott, Cady Stanton organized the first Woman's Rights Convention, where she shocked most of those present by demanding that women be given the right to vote.

Three years later, she was introduced at an anti-slavery meeting to Susan B. Anthony, who became her “friend and co-adjutant;” together they pursued a lifetime of courageous work for women’s rights.

Reed has a Ph.D. in English, German, and French 19th Century Dramatic 
Literature, a Master of Arts in 20th Century English and German Literature, and a Bachelor of Arts in Language in the Performing Arts from UCLA. She has also studied at the Yale University/British American Drama Academy Midsummer in Oxford Program, England and with UCLA’s Graduate Abroad Program in Goettingen, West Germany.

For more information about “Mrs. Stanton and Susan,” please contact Melissa Hutson, Director of Campus Involvement, at 315/364-3428.

March, 2006

 


Wells College Assumes Management of Village Properties 

Aurora Foundation’s work in Aurora nearly complete

Wells College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson announced today that effective June 1, 2006, management of the College’s commercial properties in the Village of Aurora will be transferred from the Aurora Foundation to Aurora Inn, Inc., a subsidiary of the College. The properties include the Aurora Inn, E.B. Morgan House, Village Market, Pizzaurora, Fargo Bar & Grill, and Posies. The current operating team will remain in place under the direction of Sue Edinger. Ms Edinger has served as the General Manager for the past three years.

Since 2001, the historic properties, which comprise most of the commercial district of the small village, have been restored and managed by the Aurora Foundation.  The purpose of the Foundation was to restore the College’s commercial properties, oversee the operation of businesses in them, and thereby enhance economic development in the Village of Aurora. The College has retained its ownership of the commercial properties and, as a gift to the College, Ms. Rowland, a Wells alumna, provided all of the funding for restoration of the properties and has absorbed any losses from the operations within them. Now that the projects are nearing completion and businesses are fully operational, the Foundation will turn over management to the College’s Aurora Inn, Inc., as planned. 

One project remains to be completed, namely the post office and parking lot. Ms. Rowland will continue to fund that, assuming the necessary Village approvals are received by March 31, 2006, a date agreed upon between the College, the Village, and the Foundation.  Katie Waller, Executive Director of the Aurora Foundation, will oversee completion of the post office and parking lot project.

Ms. Rowland has established a fund of $2,000,000 for use by the College to maintain the restored facilities and support their operations. “It has been my pleasure to restore these beautiful historic properties, and to put in place a first-rate management team to operate them,” said Rowland. “These funds ensure that the facilities will be well-cared for in the future, and that the fine reputation the Aurora Inn and its related properties have earned will continue.  I am proud of the work the Aurora Foundation has done and feel confident that the College and the Village will prosper as a result of our work.”

“Wells College can never adequately thank Pleasant Rowland for her extraordinary gifts of money, time, energy, expertise and vision that she has given to us and to the Village,” said President Ryerson.  “That she will continue her philanthropy in Aurora with the completion of the post office and parking lot project and the establishment of a fund for the ongoing maintenance and operation is yet another example of the remarkable generosity and sincere stewardship she has consistently exhibited in her work in Aurora.  Few colleges and fewer communities have ever received a gift of such magnitude. Because of Pleasant Rowland, Wells College and the Village of Aurora will continue to thrive for generations to come.” 

March, 2006

 


Chamber Music Concert Series Announced 

Elizabethan Conversation, Frogwork Consort to play at Aurora Inn

Susan Sandman and Derwood CrockerDr. Susan Sandman, professor emerita of music at Wells College and organizing musician in two baroque-era ensembles, announces a series of chamber music concerts.  The first, “Purcell’s London,” is a program of songs for the lute and viol presented by Elizabethan Conversation with special guest tenor Gary Aubin. The concert will be held on Sunday, March 12 at 4:00 pm. 

The second in the series will present Christopher Simpson’s “The Months” performed by The Frogwork Consort on Sunday, March 26 at 4:00 pm. Both performances will take place in the Lakeside Room of the Aurora Inn, 391 Main Street, Aurora. Tickets are $10, available at the door the day of the performance.  This is the third year this successful chamber music series has been presented by Elizabethan Conversation and friends.

Elizabethan Conversation and its sister ensemble, The Frogwork Consort, 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.  Shared music of early times brings us to a meeting of the minds surpassing that possible by words alone, and allows a communication with the past unlike any other.

The first program on March 12, “Purcell’s London,” features solo songs by Henry Purcell, the most famous English composer of the 17th century, in settings to lute and viol arranged by Dr. Sandman.  Best known for his operas and theatre music, Purcell’s music was widely performed at court and in private homes.  Also included are recorder and lute duets from The Division Flute, one of many tutors for the recorder, a favorite choice of wind instrument by highly skilled amateur musicians of Purcell’s time.  Additionally, solo lute music by Anthony Holborne and solo dances for viol played lyra-way (“with chords”) by Tobias Hume will be performed.

Christopher Simpson, author of The Division Violist (1659), playing a bass viola da gamba.The instruments heard in “Purcell’s London” - lute, viol, and recorder - were common court and household instruments in the 17th century baroque period. Lutes, pear-shaped plucked instruments, typically had 7 to 10 pairs of strings.  Viols, also called viola da gamba (viola of the leg) because of how they are held, usually had 6 or 7 strings.   The recorder is an end-blown flute often made of boxwood or other fruitwoods.  Instruments of earlier times were designed to produce subtle and varied sonorities, and are heard best in intimate chamber spaces as experienced in the Lakeside Room.

“The Months,” the second concert on March 26, was written by Christopher Simpson (image attached) specifically for a viol consort, the foremost string ensemble before the 18th century string quartet. Each of the 12 movements is a fantasie named after a month of the year, starting with January and ending with December. The set takes just under an hour to perform, and contains lovely melodies organized in polyphony and decorated with flourishes, giving us a catalog of musical descriptions sure to surprise and amuse. 

Started in Aurora in 1982 as a renaissance lute duet by Dr. Susan Sandman and Derwood Crocker, Elizabethan Conversation has a national reputation through recording and performance.  It now performs diverse programs, frequently with guest artists. 

The Frogwork Consort grew out of the viol consort of Schola Cantorum of Syracuse.  Its members include Lee R. Johnston, organist and choir director of the First English Lutheran Church in Syracuse and sheet music specialist for Hickey’s Music (Ithaca); Alexander Rakov, a prize-winning performer trained in St. Petersburg, and former collegium director at Syracuse University and St. Lawrence College; and Dr. Susan Sandman. All the violas da gamba played by the Frogwork Consort are strung with silk strings developed by Alexander Rakov which are now gaining international recognition. 

Susan Sandman, early music performer and musicologist, earned her B.A. in music summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Vassar College, and a Ph.D. in musicology from Stanford University.  Her publications include a column on the performance practice of early music for Continuo, and articles in professional journals. In addition, she has won several National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowships and other grants for performance and recordings.  Now a professor emerita from Wells College, Dr. Sandman devotes her time to music performance.  She is the researcher and organizer of the programs by Elizabethan Conversation and The Frogwork Consort. 

Frontpiece from The Division Flute (1600s)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 in Aurora has produced hundreds of instruments, some now found in private and public collections, most notably in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  During this series, the audience will hear a treble and bass viola da gamba built by the Crocker Workshop. 

Guest artist Gary Aubin, tenor, is a native of Lake Placid, NY and earned a M.S. in voice from the College of St. Rose. He has studied opera under Renata Cariso in New York and in Florence, Italy, and has performed in numerous engagements in the U.S. and Canada.  He sings for fun as a soloist with area groups, and enjoys his work at Wells College, where for eight years he has been general manager of Sodexho Dining Services. 

CDs by Elizabethan Conversation and The Frogwork Consort will be available for sale at the concerts.

For more information about the concert series, Elizabethan Conversation, and The Frogwork Consort, please call Dr. Susan Sandman at 315/364-8406. To reserve concert tickets, contact the Aurora Inn directly at 315/364-8888.

March, 2006

 


Wells College Presents Fifth Annual Activism Symposium 

“Food for Thought, Fuel for Action” is this year’s theme

Anna Blythe LappéWells College continues its tradition of academic excellence and student leadership with the presentation of the fifth annual Activism in the Academy Symposium on Friday, March 10. Under the direction of Assistant Professor of Sociology Laura McClusky, students have organized the campus-wide event, entitled “Food for Thought, Fuel for Action.” The symposium is free for the Wells community; a fee of $15 for all others, payable at the door, includes a vegetarian lunch.  Interested parties are strongly encouraged to pre-register online at http://aurora.wells.edu/~symposium.

The day will begin with a keynote address, “Fat, Famine & Froot Loops: What’s Democracy Got to Do With It?” from author-activist Anna Blythe Lappé, a Food and Society Policy Fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The talk will take place at 9:00 a.m. in Phipps Audtorium, Macmillan Hall. Along with her mother, noted activist Frances Moore Lappé, she is the co-author of Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet (Tarcher, 2002), which chronicles social movements on five continents addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty. The book is a follow-up to Frances Lappé’s 1971 bestseller, Diet for a Small Planet, which “challenged Western assumptions about hunger,” according to Publishers Weekly. They are also the founders of the Small Planet Institute, based in Cambridge, Mass.

The day continues with more than 20 workshops, lectures, demonstrations, and break-out sessions; individuals may attend one or all. Following Lappé’s talk, participants may choose from two morning sessions (starting at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.) and three afternoon sessions (at 1:30, 2:30, and 4:00 p.m.). The sessions will address a wide variety of topics, including reproductive rights, the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program, prisoners’ literacy, diabetes among the indigenous, and poverty in the upstate New York area. In addition, two exhibits on display throughout the day will focus on anti-war activist art and “the human cost of war.”

This year’s lunchtime speaker, Gyude Moore, will give a talk at 12:00 noon.  Forced to flee his native Liberia at an early age, Moore completed high school in while living as a refugee in the Ivory Coast. He is now a senior political science major at Berea College in Kentucky and was one of 43 college students selected to participate in Oxfam America’s CHANGE Initiative, a leadership training program.

Started by the Collegiate Association (student government) in 2002, the purpose of the student-centered symposium is to promote civic engagement, encourage critical thinking, and find links between the academy and the world at large. One objective of the day is to empower Wells and local community members to use the college as a resource for advancing social justice and community development through interdisciplinary study. As a liberal arts institution, Wells College recognizes the value of service and activism as part of the learning process.

For more information about the Activism Symposium, please contact Assistant Professor of Sociology Laura McClusky at 315/364-3252 or symposium@wells.edu, or visit the symposium’s official web site at http://aurora.wells.edu/~symposium.

March, 2006

 


“No Blood for Oil” Lecture at Wells College 

Local activist, musician Nancy Gilbertson speaks out about America’s dependency

No Blood for Oil demonstrationWells College music instructor and local activist Nancy Gilbertson will speak at Wells on Thursday, March 9. Gilbertson’s talk, “No Blood For Oil: America’s Dependency and Alternative Energy Options,” will begin at 7:30 pm in the Art Exhibit Room, Macmillan Hall. The lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.

A professional musician from Moravia, Nancy Gilbertson considers herself to be a “fledgling” anti-war activist. In 2000, she joined the Green Party and worked on Ralph Nader’s presidential campaign. The following year, she ran for Cayuga County Legislature as a Green, backed by the Democrats.  She has participated in numerous anti-war demonstrations, as well as marches against the IMF and World Bank, and the World Trade Organization.  She “discovered” bio diesel fuel (an alternative fuel made from waste vegetable oil) while listening to NPR’s program “Unwelcome Guests” in 2002.

“I was propelled into making bio diesel when, in my research, I discovered that the U.S. military is the world's largest consumer of bio diesel,” said Nancy.  “I was incensed by the irony of our military using bio diesel, which seemed virtually unknown to most of us at the time, to fight wars to secure more fossil fuels.”

Nancy and her husband Kim now drive a vehicle that is powered by a combination of bio diesel, waste vegetable oil and a minimal use of petroleum diesel.  They also mix bio diesel in with their home heating oil. 

Nancy Gilbertson received her Masters in Music from Kent State University. She has been a Lecturer in Music at Wells College since 1987, has been teaching private piano lessons since 1973, and is now a frequent performer in the Finger Lakes region.

Ms. Gilbertson’s talk is sponsored by the Wells College Campus Anti-War Network. For more information, please contact Communications Director Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260.

February, 2006

 


Wells College Hires Director of Campus Involvement 

Melissa Hutson will manage student activities, many campus events

Melissa Hutson - Wells College Director of Campus InvolvementWells College’s Dean of Students Karen Green announces that Melissa Huston has been hired as the College’s new Director of Campus Involvement. Melissa began her duties on February 6.

Melissa Hutson comes to Wells from Loyola University - Chicago, where she was resident director. Previously, she was involved in college student personnel recruitment at Western Illinois University. She earned her B.S. in Business Administration – International Management from Shippensburg University, and her Masters in Education – College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University.

“I am pleased about the addition of Melissa Hutson to the Division of Student Life,” says Dean Green. “She is an enthusiastic advocate of student development and the expertise she brings to campus involvement will afford many opportunities for students to grow their understanding of responsible leadership and civic engagement.  She has hit the ground running and has already availed herself to student groups seeking advice and guidance.”

As Director of Campus Involvement at Wells, Melissa will be responsible for leadership within the Office of Campus Involvement to coordinate, supervise, and evaluate a full range of activities and programming for the entire campus community.  She is also responsible for developing a comprehensive co-curricular program that seeks to further the educational mission of the College. 

Melissa is excited to be at Wells: “The Office of Campus Involvement has a large role in shaping the social life of the College, and I hope that we can offer programming and services that are valuable to all students and staff. The small community environment here encourages frequent interaction, and I hope that my office can contribute to the retention of students by offering great ‘out of the classroom’ leadership experiences.”

For more information about Melissa Hutson’s appointment at Wells College, please contact Communications Director Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260.

February, 2006

 


Fifth Annual Gospel Workshop and Concert at Wells College 

Wells College Gospel Choir - AppointedThe fifth annual Wells College Gospel Workshop and Concert Weekend will be held February 17 and 18, 2006. The workshop is a two-day event in which the Wells College community and the local Aurora community come together to learn about and engage in singing this uplifting genre of music. No auditions are required and the event is free and open to the general public. Everyone is warmly invited to lift their voices during this inspirational weekend event. 

The Gospel Workshop Weekend is coordinated by Wells’ Gospel choir Appointed and the Dean of Students Office. All rehearsals and the concert will be held in Barler Recital Hall. The weekend schedule is as follows:

Friday, February 17
Rehearsal 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 18
Rehearsal 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 
Warm-up 6:30 p.m.
Concert 7:30 p.m.

No advance registration is necessary, but participants must attend all rehearsals. Those interested in participating in the workshop should contact Jenn Bell in the Dean of Students Office at 315/364-3311 by no later than Monday, February 13.

“I’m especially pleased that the gospel choir weekend at Wells takes place during Black History Month, given gospel’s far-reaching influence on contemporary music,” says Wells College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson. “I sing with the choir during the weekend, and it is one of the most uplifting and rewarding experiences of the academic year for me. We certainly encourage singers from the community to join us, and I can guarantee that anyone who makes the trip to Aurora for the weekend will have a wonderful time.”

Gospel Weekend and Appointed are the brainchildren of Dean of Students Karen Green, who will coordinate the weekend. L. Kirk Hatcher of Montgomery, Alabama will be choir director, and Ed Menifee of Atlanta, Georgia serves as music director.

For more information about Gospel Weekend and the concert, please contact Jenn Bell in the Dean of Students Office at 315/364-3311.

February, 2006

 


Two Wells College Faculty Members Receive Tenure 

French and Biology teachers are tenured, promoted to associate professor

Christina WahlWells College’s Vice President for Academic Affairs Ellen Hall recently announced that two faculty members were granted tenure, effective August 2007, by the College’s Board of Trustees. In addition, both were promoted to the rank of associate professor, which will take effect in August 2006.

Assistant Professor of Biology Christina Wahl received her B.S. in biology and her M.S., and Ph.D. in physiology from Cornell University. She has taught at Wells for six years, leading students through Principles of Biology, Animal Physiology, Developmental Biology, Cell Biology, and a course for non-science majors on The Biology of Women. She is an active scholar, engaged in research at both Wells and Cornell University. Her research interests lie in the physiological mechanisms of development, including embryonic regenerative processes and patterning of the retina, eye, and oculomotor system. 

“Professor Wahl is an animated and creative teacher who is also enthusiastic about teaching across disciplines; she’s currently co-teaching a new course on Sensation and Perception with Assistant Professor of Psychology Deborah Gagnon. But many of us in the sciences feel that Dr. Wahl’s greatest gift to our students is her passion for research and her commitment to making the student research experience at Wells a meaningful one,” says Candace Collmer, Chair of Biological and Chemical Sciences.  “In working side-by-side with students on independent research projects, she shares the joy and excitement of actually doing science while also preparing them for diverse opportunities beyond Wells. For many, these research experiences at Wells will stay with them for a lifetime.”

Professor Wahl also serves the broader Wells community as secretary of the faculty, coordinator of the biology minor, and a member of the President's Committee on Diversity. 

Amy StaplesAssistant Professor of French Amy Staples’ areas of expertise are in French and francophone literature, history, and culture; literature written by women; feminist criticism; and issues in women's studies. She earned her B.A. in French from the University of Vermont, an M.A. in French Literature from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in Romance Studies from Cornell University with a minor in Women’s Studies.

Dr. Staples has taught a number of courses during her five years at the College, including Introduction to French Literature I & II; Conversation on French Civilization; Stylistics and Advanced Composition; The Splendid Century; Reason and Sentiment in 18th Century France; Romanticism and Realism in the 19th Century; and The Contemporary Literary Scene. She is valued for her work in the community, most notably as Director of the Program for the Arts in Paris, and as an active member of the Academic Program and Policy Committee. 

Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Diane Koester supported the decision to promote Dr. Staples: “Professor Staples is both exacting and energetic in her teaching, expecting work from students at a high and professional level while remaining good humored and available to help them.  She is an active scholar, especially in light of her commitment to teaching and the Wells community.  Her articles are informative, spirited and enjoyable to read, in their complex feminist analysis of important works of French literature. Wells College is privileged to have Professor Staples’ breadth and good work.”

For more information about these tenured faculty positions at Wells College, please contact Communications Director Kelly Tehan at 315/364-3260 

February, 2006

 


Student Art Show Opens 

Artists from Fall semester display their work

Painting by Oren RobinsonAn eclectic mix of student artwork will be on display in the College’s String Room Gallery from February 8 through March 10, 2006. The exhibit is free and the public is cordially invited to view the show.

On display will be artwork produced by students enrolled in studio art classes during the Fall 2005 semester – including courses in painting, ceramics, and two- and three-dimensional design.

An opening reception with refreshments on Wednesday, February 8, 
7:00-9:00 p.m., offers an opportunity to meet the student artists and view and discuss their work.

Art professor William Roberts oversees the students’ work in the studios and coordinates the installation of the show. 

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 
Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., 
and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 

February, 2006

 


Wells College Presents Faculty Flute and Piano Recital 

Program includes a tribute to New Orleans

Nancy GilbertsonThe Music Department at Wells College is pleased to offer an evening of flute and piano music. On Saturday, February 11, music lecturers Nancy Gilbertson and Laura Campbell will present a free concert at 8:00 p.m. in Barler Recital Hall. The public is cordially invited to attend. A reception with the musicians will follow the recital.

The program includes Robert Muczynski’s Sonata for Flute and Piano; “Flying Lessons” for solo flute by Robert Dick; Brian Dykstra’s “A Rag for New Orleans, September 2005”; and César Franck’s Sonata in A major for Flute and Piano. Three out of the four composers are still living: Dykstra is the music department chair at the College of Wooster in Massachusetts; Dick has been called the “Hendrix of the flute” because of his aggressive playing style; and Muczynski, a professor emeritus at the University of Arizona, has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Nancy Gilbertson has taught music at Wells College since 1987. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance from Kent State University in Ohio. She has been a dedicated private piano teacher since 1973, and an active soloist and accompanist in central New York since moving to Moravia in 1986. Nancy released her first recording, Mediterranean Magic, in 2000. 

Laura Campbell is instructor of chamber music at Wells College and instructor of flute at Colgate University, where she is also the principal flutist of the Colgate Symphony. She completed her B.M. in Music Performance and Education from Southern Illinois University and her M.S. in Music Education from the University of Illinois. Her recording of Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy's “Windrider/Final Ascent” is available on the CD Evocations from Capstone Records, Society of Composers, Inc. and she has recently released a CD of flute and harp music with harpist Myra Kovary entitled Morning Light.

For more information about the performance, please contact Nancy Gilbertson at 
315/364-3343.

February, 2006

 


Spring Convocation

Wells will open the spring 2006 semester with the traditional convocation ceremony on Monday, January 30 at 4:45 p.m. in Phipps Auditorium. The entire campus community is invited to help usher in the new semester during this special occasion. The theme, “How can Wells shape your future beyond Aurora?” offers an opportunity to focus on each individual student and address the unique learning environment found at Wells.

Anne Parker Taylor ’55, recipient of the Wells 2005 Alumnae Award, will give the keynote address. Dr. Taylor is Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Planning, and founder and director of the Institute for Environmental Education at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. She has worked for 40 years in the combined fields of education, design, architecture and planning, and continues to be influential and innovative in the design of architectural education and learning environments for children. 

Collegiate Cabinet, with the help of the Dean of Students and the President’s Offices, organizes Spring Convocation each year by choosing a theme, selecting a speaker, planning the order and content of the program, and coordinating the many details that make a successful event..

January, 2006

 


A New Post Office for Aurora 

Agreement between Wells College, the Aurora Foundation and the Village of Aurora paves the way for a new post office, parking, and village park

Old Post Office Building Aurora NYAs the result of a cooperative new agreement among Wells College, the Aurora Foundation and the Village of Aurora, village residents will be able to look forward to a new lakefront park, an improved post office and more parking and green space in the center of the village.

Wells College, the Aurora Foundation and the Village of Aurora are pleased to announce an agreement that will provide land for use as a new village park; substantially improve parking and green space within the village; and, contingent upon approval of the United States Postal Service, relocate the Aurora post office to its historic location in the “Old Post Office” building, also known as the Heary Building (pictured). In the spirit of a true partnership, each party will contribute unique assets and assume specific responsibilities for the ultimate benefit of the village and its residents. 

Following a special Village of Aurora Board meeting on December 29, 2005, an agreement is expected to be signed by Wells College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson, Pleasant T. Rowland of the Aurora Foundation, and Village of Aurora Mayor Tom Gunderson later this week.  The three Aurora entities have jointly endorsed a memorandum of understanding that expresses their shared intent to proceed with the project cooperatively and expeditiously. 

The Aurora Foundation will renovate space in the Old Post Office building and relocate the post office to it. The Foundation will also remove the current building and create a new parking lot and green space in the center of the village with improved access to the existing downtown village park. The Foundation will underwrite all of the costs associated with the post office/parking lot project. For the past several years, the Village has been coordinating with the USPS regarding a potential move and is amenable to the relocation of the post office as well as the demolition of the current building. If all goes according to plan, that project will be completed in 18 months. 

In addition to improved access to the small existing park in the center of the village, residents will also gain land for a second new lakefront park at the southern edge of Aurora. Wells College has agreed to make available approximately 1,000 feet of the College's shoreline lands so that the Village can develop a new park and waterfront area for recreational use. Building the new park at the south end of the village will be the responsibility of the Village; plans and a timeline for it have not yet been developed. 

The Village will retain ownership of the land on which the current post office sits, as well as the current downtown village park just south of the Aurora Inn.  The College will retain ownership of its commercial properties in the village, including the parking lot. 

According to College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson, “While the College, the Foundation and the Village each contribute their unique assets and assume appropriate responsibility, this agreement ultimately benefits the real stakeholders – our community.  A new lakefront park will benefit our families and our children’s families for generations to come.  I am especially grateful to Pleasant Rowland for her continued and extraordinary philanthropy in the renovation of the downtown area and for her deep sense of caring for our community.”

Village of Aurora Mayor Tom Gunderson agrees.  “This is a real win-win for the village and its residents.  Thanks to the unprecedented generosity of Pleasant Rowland, the village has been and will continue to be significantly improved.  We are grateful to Wells College for making lands available for us to develop an extensive waterfront recreation area.  This is something our residents have needed and wanted for a long time.” 

Pleasant Rowland states, “I am very pleased that this agreement has been reached between the Village, the College and the Foundation.  With the relocation of the post office project and an improved parking lot with good access to the downtown village park, we will have completed our projects in the heart of the Village of Aurora.  In the focus groups held in 2001, we learned that improvements to the post office, improved parking and access to the village park were priorities for village residents, and I am glad that we will now be able to address those important aspects of village life.  It is especially fitting that all of these projects will provide greater access to one of Aurora’s most spectacular assets – Lake Cayuga.” 

For more information, please contact Kelly Tehan, Communications Director, at 315/364-3260.

January, 2006

 

 

 
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