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Commencement Speaker Will Discuss Women,
Values, and Public Life
Constance H. Buchanan, author and scholar
of religion at Harvard University, will be the Commencement speaker at
Wells College on Saturday, May 25. The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. outside
address, about women, values, and public life, will be based on her book
entitled Choosing to Lead: Women and the Crisis of American Values,
recently published by Beacon Press. The book presents a new analysis of
the relationship between women, motherhood, and the welfare of American
society. It argues that women have an important role to play in leading
the nation out of its values crisis and explores the barriers - practical,
historical, and especially moral - they must overcome to do so.
Among Buchanan's other publications
are "The Anthropology of Vitality and Decline: The Episcopal Church in
a Changing Society," in Episcopal Women: Spirituality and Commitment
in an American Mainline Denomination (1992) and "The Fall of Icarus: Gender,
Religion, and the Aging Society," in Shaping New Vision: Gender and
Values in American Culture (1977). She is co-editor with Clarissa
Atkinson and Margaret Miles of Shaping New Vision: Gender and Values
in American Culture and Immaculate and Powerful: The Female in Sacred
Image and Social Reality (1985).
Buchanan is currently associate dean
of the Harvard Divinity School where she has been on the faculty since
1977. She is also founding director of Harvard's internationally recognized
women's studies in religion program which supports pioneering research
and teaching on the interaction of religion, gender, and culture in societies
around the globe.
She is a participant in the inter-faculty
initiative at Harvard on Rethinking America's Commitment to Children and
in the Divinity School's program on renewing civil society. In 1992, she
received the Abigail Adams Award in honor of outstanding Massachusetts
women from the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus.
After studying for two years at Wells,
Buchanan went on to earn her bachelor of arts degree from Barnard College
and her master of arts degree from Brown University.
April 26, 1996
Wells Students Present Findings at National
Five Wells College students and one faculty
member participated in the 10th National Conference on Undergraduate Research
(NCUR), at the University of North Carolina at Asheville April 18-20. This
is the eighth NCUR conferences in which Wells has participated.
More than 1,900 undergraduate students
and 400 college faculty members from across the United States gathered
for the conference.
conference is a celebration of undergraduate academic scholarship and achievement,
where the students have an opportunity to present the results of their
research to a national audience. According to conference organizers, 86%
of the students at the conference plan to attend graduate or professional
Wells student Cheryl Byrne, a senior
biology concentration major from Aurora, New York, presented her work on
"The Effect of a Covalently Attached Synergistic Anion on Iron-Release
from Transferrin." This work was performed under the direction of Christopher
T. Bailey, associate professor of chemistry and chair of the biological
and chemical sciences major program at Wells.
Yvonne Lavalley, a senior chemistry
concentration major from Middleborough, Massachusetts, presented research
on "The Influence of Chain Length on Liquid Crystal Properties for a Series
of N-Alkylpridinium Bromides." This work was done under the direction of
Linda S. Schwab, professor of chemistry at Wells.
Katherine Lowe, a senior political
science major from Liverpool, New York, gave a presentation entitled, "When
Sex is a Felony: The Continued Dispute Over the Right to Privacy." This
work was done under the direction of Nan M. DiBello, instructor in political
science at Wells.
Porter, a senior philosophy major from Akron, Ohio, presented her paper
on "Violence in American Film." This work was done under the supervision
of Rosemary Welsh, associate professor of art history at Wells.
Stephanie Walker, a senior biological
and chemical sciences concentration major from Groton, New York, presented
research done with Professors Margaret Flowers and Schwab on "The Isolation
and Taxonomic Significance of Bioactive Cryptic Alkaloids from Amaryllidaceae
and Related Families."
Professor Bailey attended the conference
with the students and participated in the Undergraduate Research Network
Symposia, a forum for faculty discussions. He is a member of the Council
on Undergraduate Research.
Funds for Wells' participation in this
year's conference were provided through a grant to the college's Presidential
Discretionary Fund by the Hewlett-Mellon Foundation.
Undergraduate Research at Wells
Undergraduate research in the sciences
has a long and distinguished history at Wells. The research experience
allows each student to apply what she has learned in the classroom to an
original problem in collaboration with faculty. This experience gives students
an edge in graduate school and professional involvement.
At Wells all students are encouraged
to work on research projects. Several of the college's science programs
require original student research from all of its majors. Students regularly
present their research findings at the National Conference on Undergraduate
Research and other national conferences.
About the Conference
The University of North Carolina at
Asheville started the conference in 1987 with 400 participants. The conference
then moved to a different U.S. campus each year, returning to UNCA for
its 10th anniversary. What makes the conference so remarkable is its sole
focus on undergraduates, providing students the chance to present results
of their original research.
According to conference organizers,
the academic disciplines with the largest number of presentations this
year were biology, chemistry, psychology, physics, literature, and history.
April 26, 1996
American Book Award Winner Gives Book
Arts Center Lecture
The Renaissance literary figure Aldus
Manutius who invented the prototype of the modern printed book, the "pocket-sized"
book, and inexpensive classics was the subject of a lecture by author and
editor Helen Barolini at Wells College on the evening of Wednesday, April
The event is one in a series of semi-annual
lectures offered by the college's Book Arts Center and was made possible,
in part, through the generosity of Susan Garretson Swartzburg, Wells Class
of 1960, and the Garretson family.
Helen Barolini is the author of Aldus
and His Dream Book, published in 1992 by Italica Press, Inc. Her lecture
presented biographical facts, a historical context, and personal reflections
on this important literary figure.
Aldus Manutius lived in the late 15th
and early 16th centuries and founded the Aldine press around 1490 in Venice.
Building upon the innovations made by German printers, he revolutionized
the art and industry of printing. During his lifetime, he published approximately
132 editions of books; the average size of an edition was 1,000 copies.
He printed the first editions ever
of the Greek classics. "Aldus revived the classics while opening the way
to democratic learning," said Barolini. In measuring his historical significance,
she called him "a kingpin in the diffusion of Western civilization."
Barolini said he also published "modern
classics" by Dante and Petrarch as well as travel books. Aldus pioneered
the printing of smaller books which could be carried easily and conveniently
and lowered the cost of books.
A central part of the lecture was her discussion of the Aldine edition
of Francesco Colonna's Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, considered by
many to be the most beautiful book published in the Renaissance. "This
and the Gutenberg Bible are the masterpieces of printing," said Barolini.
In addition to his contributions to
the evolution of the modern book, Aldus invented italic type, and many
type designs that still exist today.
Speculating on the subject of literature
in the Information Age, Barolini said she believes books still have an
important role. "Have you ever tried reading a novel on a computer screen?"
she asked the audience. If Aldus Manutius were alive today, she believes
he would be enthusiastic about the Internet. "His great concern was the
expansion of knowledge. He would agree with the electronic age because
it opens new channels for the dissemination of learning."
Barolini, a member of the Wells College
Class of 1947, is also the author of two novels, Umbertina (1979)
and Love in the Middle Ages (1986). In 1985 she won an American
Book Award for editing The Dream Book: An Anthology of Writings
by Italian American Women.
About the Wells College Book Arts Center
The Book Arts Center is a teaching
and publishing component of Wells College that houses the Victor Hammer
Press and continues Hammer's work in the literary arts. Hammer is recognized
by the printing and book arts communities as one of the great type founders
and printers of the 20th century.
Fleeing the Nazi encroachment of
his native Austria in 1939, Hammer came to the United States where he joined
the Wells faculty as a professor of fine arts and established the Wells
College Press. He remained at Wells until his retirement in 1948.
Hammer was an architect, painter,
musician, type founder, and printer. He did some of his most important
work at Wells - cutting the punches for and casting his American Unical
Type, which has had widespread usage throughout the world since its introduction
in the 1940s.
Summer Leadership Adventure for Girls
Wells College will help prepare young
women for leadership this summer by offering an outdoor adventure camp
for girls in grades seven through 12.
Leadership Adventure for Girls '96
provides the opportunity for girls to experience the value of teamwork
and expand their leadership abilities while fostering self-esteem.
The young women will explore leadership
through outdoor, team-based activities and interactive workshops on the
Wells campus. Each of the programs and activities will focus on girls supporting
and helping each other.
Campers will participate in daily waterfront
activities, wilderness experiences, orienteering, and hiking. A full day
will be spent mastering the ropes course. In addition, fine and performing
arts sessions and evening workshops will stimulate creativity and lead
each camper to develop new interests and discover talents.
Two one-week sessions are offered;
the fee for a one-week session is $450. The first session is held July
7-13, and the second session is held July 14-20. Campers have an option
of enrolling in both sessions for a fee of $800. A limited number of scholarships
For more information, a brochure, and
application materials write to Director of Leadership Adventure for Girls,
Dean of Students Office, Wells College, Aurora, New York 13026, call 315/364-3441,
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wells College is located on the eastern
shore of Cayuga Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes resort region of
New York State. Leadership Adventure for Girls takes place on the 360-acre
campus which provides a variety of settings for the experience - from classrooms
to lake to woods. Campers stay in the college residence halls, and meals
are catered by Marriott Corporation in the beautiful Tudor-style dining
hall. Campers have supervised access to all college facilities.
April 26, 1996
Wells College Receives Grant From Hearst
Aurora, New York... Wells College has
received a $35,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation to
endow the William Randolph Hearst scholarship.
The scholarship will be used to support
the Women in Lifelong Learning (WILL) program. WILL students are those
age 24 and older. Students attend Wells both part time and full time and
must meet the same degree requirements and follow the same program as traditional
April 26, 1996
In the April
Issue of the Wells College Express:
A New Resident at Taylor House.
President Ryerson gave birth to her third daughter on March 28. She is
the first president of a women's college to give birth while in office,
and in this article she talks candidly about the experience of balancing
pregnancy with the challenges of a demanding career.
A Special Staff
Working Together. A collaborative
leadership model guides the six members of the senior administration. In
this piece they discuss the challenges facing the college today and institutional
strengths. By Sue Frackelton Jones '78
The Senior Thesis. This extensive
report looks at the past, present, and future of a distinctive academic
tradition at Wells. Professor Cynthia Koepp explains how the thesis process
works in the history department; the history of the Koch Prize for the
Best Senior essay is presented; and Koch Prize winners offer commentary.
By Kimberly Beach '97, Sue Frackelton Jones '78, and De Villo Sloan
Career Connections. Nancy Karpinski,
career services director, talks about ways alumnae can help current students
make the transition from college to work. The interview also includes information
about how career services can help alumnae at different stages of professional
development. By Brigid Sheehy '92
From the Archives. Matt Swingly
and Pleasant Rowland '62 have assembled a photo narrative representing
all decades of history at Wells which is on permanent display in Macmillan
Hall. A sampling of these photos, some never before published, are the
subject of this issue's photo essay and cover.
Reflections. In her regular column,
President Ryerson writes about a partnership between Wells and the Women's
College Coalition that is bringing national attention to gender equity
What's New at Wells. News about
the elementary education program, the hit production of Nunsense, and the
"working woman's poet" are included in this section.
Transitions. Jeanne Dalton '89
profiles new trustees Stephen Zabriskie and Ronald A. LeGrand.
AWARE News. Susan Raith Sloan
'86 introduces the Henry Wells Scholars of the Class of 2000.
Arts Forum. An acclaimed sculptor
is this year's Beckman lecturer. Plus a poem by Cathy Clark Gibbons '69.
News from Wells women across the world
along with responses to the question, "What campus space is connected to
your favorite Wells memory?"
April 5, 1996
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