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One million dollar renovation project
leads to re-dedication of Weld Residence Hall
Historic Weld Residence Hall on the Wells campus will be re-dedicated in
a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, May 29 which starts at 5:00 p.m. The
renovated facility will house Wells students beginning in the fall 1998
The building is named in honor William
Ernest Weld - the college's eighth president who served from 1936-46. Before
coming to Wells, he was a professor of economics and dean of the arts college
at the University of Rochester and also taught overseas. He received his
bachelor's degree from Wooster, his M.A. from Princeton, and his Ph.D.
Members of the Weld family will be
present for the celebration including his daughters Helen Weld Nesbitt
of Clinton, New York, and Frances Weld Shaffer of Potomac, Maryland - both
are Wells College graduates. Speakers from the college will be President
Lisa Marsh Ryerson, Professor of Religion Arthur J. Bellinzoni, and Board
of Trustees Chair Shirley Schou Bacot.
The renovation project began in 1996
when the college received a gift of $250,000 from an anonymous donor. In
order to receive the donation, the college had to raise an additional $750,000.
"Within six months, alumnae and friends helped us reach this goal," said
Weld is the first residence hall on campus to have computer network connections
in every room. The first floor now has two, state-of-the-art computer labs.
The entire building is cabled for access to information technology including
e-mail and the Internet.
The building is completely handicap
accessible. The facilities have been remodeled, and heating, ventilation,
plumbing, and electrical services have been refurbished. The living spaces
have been updated, and public spaces have been renovated and decorated.
Three student rooms have been named in honor of Dr. Weld and his family.
Wells names faculty and staff award recipients
Wells College has announced the recipients
of its annual awards that recognize outstanding contributions made in student
life and academic areas by faculty, staff, and administration.
The recipient of the 1998 student
Life Award is Assistant Dean of Students Edith Patterson Brown. She began
working at Wells in the fall of 1997. Brown is a native of Port Byron.
She received her master's degree in counseling from New York University
in 1996. She graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1994.
This award is given to the
member of the Wells staff, faculty, or administration who through her or
his enthusiasm and campus involvement has had an encouraging and positive
influence on student life.
The recipient of the 1998
Excellence in Teaching Award is Assistant Professor of Psychology Victoria
Munoz. Munoz joined the Wells faculty in 1994. She received her B.A. and
M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, and her Ed.D. from Harvard
University. Munoz teaches classes on the psychology of women, human sexuality,
and development in adolescence, among other courses.
The Excellence in Teaching
Medal is awarded to the instructor who exemplifies enthusiasm for teaching,
is impartial and willing to share time outside of class, encourages students
to think critically and act independently, and best embodies the spirit
of a Wells education in addition to having a strong command of a given
field of study.
The recipient of the 1998
Excellence in Academic Advising Award is Professor of Mathematics and Computer
Science Carol Shilepsky of Aurora. She joined the Wells faculty in 1974
and earned her B.A. from Connecticut College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from
the University of Wisconsin. Shilepsky is coordinator of the computer science
minor and teaches programming, software engineering, and database systems,
among other courses.
The intention of the Excellence
in Academic Advising Award is to recognize the fundamental importance of
academic advising to Wells students and to support the faculty in their
Students present research findings at a national conference
Eight Wells students and a professor
participated in the 12th
Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), held at Salisbury
State University in Maryland, April 23 through 25. This is the tenth
NCUR conference in which Wells has participated.
Mansi Amin of Vestal, New
York, and Jody Weinstein of Wassaic, New York, both senior biology majors,
presented their collaborative work on "The Use of Macroinvertebrates to
Determine the Water Quality of Two Streams Located in Cayuga
County, New York." This research was performed under the direction
of A. Thomas Vawter, professor of biology.
Jessica Barnes, a senior
history major from Little Meadows, Pennsylvania, presented her paper, "A
Comparative Analysis of the Prison Experiences of Two Russian Women in
Two Eras of Russian History - Vera Figner in Tsarist Russia and Evgenia
Ginzburg in Stalinist Russia." This work was performed under the direction
of Beatrice Farnsworth, professor of history.
Christina Barone, a senior
public affairs major from Holmes, New York, worked with Nan M. DiBello,
assistant professor of political science, on the topic: "Dependence vs.
Independence and Welfare Reform: The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity
Act of 1995."
Heather Houseman, a senior
biology major from Syracuse, New York, presented her work on "Germination
Ecology of Three Economically Important Species of Eupatorium." This work
was done under the supervision of Margaret Flowers, professor of biology.
Dorothy Shand a senior chemistry
major from salt Lake City, Utah, presented her research performed with
Professor Flowers and Linda Schwab, professor of chemistry, on "Phenolic
Constituents of Eupatorium maculatum, an Unexamined Member of a Medicinally
LiMing Tseng, a senior biochemistry
and molecular biology major from Plattsburgh, New York, also worked with
Professors Flowers and Schwab on "Quantitation of Active Ingredients in
Commercial and Wild-crafted Extracts of Plantago Major."
Laura Wawrousek, a senior
sociology major from Ft. Drum, New York, presented her paper, "Families
in Fatigues: An Analysis on the Effects of Frequent Relocations and Separations
on Military Families." This paper was written under the direction of Spencer
Hildahl, professor of sociology.
Also attending this year
was Christopher T. Bailey, associate professor of chemistry. Professor
Bailey, a member of the Council on Undergraduate
Research, also participated in the Undergraduate Research Network Symposia,
a forum for faculty discussions.
Funds for Wells' participation
in this year's conference were provided through a grant to the college's
Presidential Discretionary Fund by the Hewlett-Mellon Foundation.
More than 2,000 undergraduate
students and faculty members from 270 colleges and Universities across
the United States gathered for the conference.
Undergraduate research has
a long and distinguished history at Wells. The research experience allows
each student to apply what she has learned in the classroom to an original
problem in collaboration with faculty. This experience gives students an
edge in graduate school and professional involvement.
Wells continues partnership with Walter Reed research institute
A visit by two professors to
Washington D.C. has helped strengthen a bond between Wells College and
the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research which is contributing to the
study of tropical diseases and science education for women.
For several years, Professor
of Biology Margaret G. Flowers and Professor of Chemistry Linda S. Schwab
have included research components in their college science classes that
allow students to test various medicinal plants for their ability to fight
tropical diseases. Their current work involves dogwood and the roadside
plant, Joe Pye Weed.
"Parasitic diseases are endemic
in about 80% of the world," explains Schwab. "We're lucky in North America
not to be hounded lifelong by the debilitating diseases that plague the
Third World. There are not many places in this country that specialize
in the study of tropical diseases - Walter Reed is one of them. It's a
very select group of institutions in the First World studying Third World
During their visit to Walter
Reed, Flowers and Schwab met with Colonel John Scovill who directs Walter
Reed's division of experimental therapeutics and Dr. Nancy Roth who works
in the division as well as other scientists. They discussed internships
for Wells students, research, and other possibilities for collaboration.
Schwab said, "I was very
impressed with both Colonel Scovill and Dr. Roth. They are interested in
education and understand what makes meaningful experiences for undergraduates.
People who are actively in an important area of tropical medicine research
shared with us very important, new developments that have a place in our
undergraduate teaching. Some of the ideas we talked about with them we
put immediately into play in a biochemistry course."
Flowers said, "My interest
in the visit was more generally as a biologist. The research we're doing
at Wells involves looking for potential therapeutics in local plants. It
was interesting for me to see what plants they were finding useful at Walter
Reed as potential anti-malarials and also how you can bring this work into
the lab in a way that can be safe for students to actually make a useful
During the last two years,
Schwab and Flowers have worked to establish formal and informal relationships
with Walter Reed. One important outcome is a testing agreement: "We can
send them compounds and micro-organisms for testing and they can send us
their compounds," said Schwab. An increasing number of Wells students are
looking at Walter Reed for its internship possibilities, and both Wells
students and faculty members are able to keep abreast of cutting edge developments
in science through the connection.
Margaret Flowers believes
this partnership between Wells and Walter Reed shows students how the scientific
process of discovery really works: "They see collaboration, which is the
norm in the scientific world. They don't see science being done alone in
some cold, dark laboratory; they do see a lot of collaboration and sharing
Wells College drives affordability of private education
Wells College has joined other
institutional leaders who are responding to public concern about the affordability
of higher education. After a long and thoughtful process, the Wells College
Board of Trustees voted on Saturday, May 2, to set the college's tuition
and fees at $12,300 beginning in the fall 1999 semester, down from a current
$17,540 - a 30% reduction.
President Lisa Marsh Ryerson
said, "Along with this tuition reduction, we have made a decision to increase
our investment in academic program enrichment in the months and years ahead.
We know these decisions will make a Wells liberal arts education more valuable
and affordable to students and their families."
This innovative action places
Wells in a leadership position with Princeton, Yale, and Stanford: top
universities that have also recently addressed the problem of educational
access through new financial policies. Wells is the first liberal arts
college for women to join this current effort.
Ryerson said, "The college
is in a unique position to set the standards for affordable pricing. We
are able to take these actions due to the success of our ongoing comprehensive
campaign through which generous alumnae and friends of the college have
demonstrated their commitment to educating women.
"Women's colleges continue
to serve a critical role in the landscape of higher education. Wells intends
to accelerate its commitment to academic programs that will prepare women
for leadership in the new century."
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