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appointed Dean of Experiential Learning
Terry Martinez, formerly director of conferences and leadership programs
at Wells, was promoted to the position of Dean of Experiential Learning
effective August 1, according to Wells President Lisa Marsh Ryerson.
In her new role at the college, Martinez
will work with the campus community to maximize student access to experiential
learning opportunities that enhance a liberal arts education. Wells currently
offers students these experiences through internships, community service,
study abroad, off-campus study, and undergraduate research.
"The degree to which the college connects
experiential learning with the curriculum is unusual and innovative," said
Martinez. "I look forward to working with faculty and staff members to
develop and implement systems that will create even more possibilities
for our students."
Martinez joined the Wells student affairs
staff in 1991 as director of residence life. In 1995, she was promoted
to associate dean of students. In 1997, she was named director of conferences
and leadership programs and designed a broad range of learning experiences
for girls and women of all ages.
Before coming to Wells, she was interim
director of counseling and career services at St. Joseph's College and
residence hall director at the SUNY College at Old Westbury. She earned
her bachelor's degree in social work from the SUNY College at Buffalo and
her master's degree in counseling and applied psychology from New York
"Terry's vision, energy, and commitment
to excellence will help Wells move forward with this important initiative,"
award and a website
College Professor of Music Crawford R. Thoburn received a tribute from
his alma mater last June when the Alumni Association of AlleghenyCollege
awarded him its Gold Citation honoring his professional achievements in
In addition to recognizing his academic
career at Wells, the citation focused on Professor Thoburn's published
body of choral music. To date, over 100 of his compositions, arrangements,
and editions have beenissued by a dozen different firms. Professional and
student ensembles have recorded his work, and his music has been performed
throughout the UnitedStates as well as in Canada, Europe, and the United
Alumnae of the Wells Concert Choir
and friends of the Wells music programcan now visit Choral Music by Crawford
R. Thoburn on the web: http://home.att.net./~langburn.
The site contains reviews, performance highlights, repertoire suggestions,
public information, and a completeclassified works list. This visibility
on the web has immeasurably broadened the reach of Professor Thoburn's
music. In a year ofexistence, the site has drawn over 2,500 visits from
around the world.
Crawford R. Thoburn joined the Wells
faculty in 1960. He earned his B.A.in music from Allegheny College and
his master's degree in music from Boston University.
College ranked #1 for "Best Profs at Teaching"
Princeton Review college guide
Wells is ranked #1 nationally among top colleges for "Best Profs at Teaching"
in the new edition of The Princeton Review's annual guidebook, The
Best 331 Colleges, published by Random House.
Using rankings based on candid student
views of the college, the guide describes Wells faculty members as "'amazing,"
"extremely intelligent," and "approachable." Wells professors are also
praised for their genuine interest in students' lives.
Wells College President Lisa Marsh
Ryerson said, "Excellent teachers are central to learning in a liberal
arts environment, and Wells has a long tradition of attracting extraordinary
scholars committed to teaching. I am gratified The Princeton Review
has brought an awareness of our mission and our outstanding faculty to
a large audience."
In preparation, The Princeton Review
surveyed 59,000 college students at the nation's top colleges and universities.
At each institution, a random sample of students (about 175 per campus
on average) answered 70 questions about their school's academics, campus
life, and student body, according to Jeanne Krier, a spokesperson for The
The survey is done exclusively for
this book (annually published since 1992). The 331 colleges in it represent
less than 10% of the nation's four-year colleges.
The Best 331 Colleges also has
praise for Wells' liberal arts curriculum: "The reportedly 'excellent'
academic experience here includes a core curriculum and a required thesis
or senior project. 'Discussion-oriented' classes are small, 'women-centered,'
and amazing 'alumnae connections' await students upon graduation."
The book contains 60 categories and
ranks the top 20 schools in each area. Wells received high marks in a number
of categories including positive town/gown relations (#2), access to professors
(#3), interaction among students from different racial/class backgrounds
(#3), beautiful campus (#6), comfortable residence halls (#7), and happy
students (#16), among others.
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