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College Students Are First to Utilize “Floating Classroom” on Cayuga Lake
Studies and Biology students ship out on research vessel
studies and biology students at Wells College are the very first to hire
out the new "floating classroom" boat on Cayuga Lake. On Monday, April
28, environmental studies professor Niamh O’Leary led a group of lab students
from Long Point State Park aboard the Haendel to collect data from
the lake. Additional groups of Wells science students will also take advantage
of this new learning opportunity on Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May
Captained by Dennis Montgomery
of Ithaca, the Haendel is the first educational boat of its kind
on Cayuga Lake. The goal of the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom Project
is to provide a traveling shipboard classroom that gives educators the
necessary tools to learn about Cayuga Lake and its watershed. Until now,
Cayuga Lake had no such vessel, which will provide hands-on experience
to students and will link with present school curricula for all ages. The
43-foot steel vessel can accommodate 32 passengers and two crew members.
Captain Montgomery will also offer to tourists narrative tours of the lake
with an ecological and historical twist.
O’Leary has helped facilitate
the project's development for the past year. “I became involved through
my connections with the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network. Dennis wanted to
get a floating classroom going on Cayuga after he saw something similar
in action elsewhere. Our organization was all for promoting this exciting
program, and Wells is pleased to be the first to try it out.”
Wells College is a planning
partner of the Floating Classroom Committee, along with Cayuga Wooden Boatworks
and the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network. The FCC is a subcommittee of the
Cayuga Lake Watershed Intermunicipal Organization.
“Access to the lake will
provide us with the opportunity to learn the tools and techniques of deep
water collection and analysis,” says O’Leary. “Students will have the opportunity
to take horizontal and vertical profiles of the lake, and data can be compared
with other studies to determine the lake's condition and the impact of
various natural and human factors on it. The lake is the most prominent
natural feature of our local landscape. Since the inception of the environmental
studies program at Wells we have used the Cayuga Basin, or the Cayuga Watershed,
as a natural laboratory. These experiences on the lake will add to our
capabilities to understand and protect the local natural environment.”
Specifically, science students
will gather data measuring the transparency of the lake water, algal levels,
nutrient content, oxygen content, ph, temperature, the effects of zebra
mussels on the lake’s ecosystem, and more. Samples will be brought back
to the college’s laboratories for testing and analysis. The Wells College
Environmental Studies and Biology Departments plan to incorporate the floating
classroom program into many levels of the science curriculum in coming
For more information about
Wells College’s use of the floating classroom, please call environmental
studies professor Niamh O’Leary at 315/364-3279 and visit the college’s
website at www.wells.edu. Journalists wishing to cover the event should
contact director of communications Gwen Webber-McLeod at 315/364-3260 or
Additional information about
the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom Project may be found at their website
College Presents Senior Thesis Voice Recital
Sinha sings soprano
Nandani Sinha '03 will present her senior voice recital entitled "I Hate
Music! But I Love to Sing" on Friday evening, May 2. The concert begins
at 6:15 pm in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall, on the Aurora campus.
Admission to the recital is free and the public is cordially invited to
attend. A reception with the vocalist and accompanying musicians will follow
Ms. Sinha, of Montauk, New
York, is a Performance major with a concentration in music. The recital
is her senior project. She has studied voice at Juilliard and the Manhattan
School of Music and is currently a student of Professor Crawford R. Thoburn
at Wells. Ms. Sinha will be accompanied in her recital by Wells music instructor
Nancy Gilbertson on piano, and fellow senior Kimberley Olmstead of Gansevoort,
New York, on viola.
While at Wells, Ms. Sinha
has performed with the concert choir, of which she is president, and with
the chamber singers. She has been featured soloist with the concert choir
and orchestra in major works by Beethoven, Handel, Vaughan-Williams and
Weber, and has performed with the Wells Early Music Consort. She also was
the musical director of Henry's VIII, the college’s student a cappella
The recital will demonstrate
Ms. Sinha’s vocal capabilities in a variety of musical styles encompassing
works from the 17th century to the present. Songs and arias in Italian,
German, French and English by such diverse composers as Scarlatti, Mozart,
Debussy, Brahms, Bernstein, and Victor Herbert will convey many human emotions
ranging from joyfulness, exultation, and love to humor and satire.
For more information about
Ms. Sinha’s performance or the music program at Wells College, please contact
professor of music Crawford Thoburn at 315/364-3347.
and white photo of Ms. Sinha
College Students Selected to Make National Research Presentations
Wells College seniors were selected to present their research at this year’s
National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) held at the University
of Utah in Salt Lake City March 13-15. They were accompanied by Wells Professor
of Chemistry Christopher Bailey.
“I enjoy taking Wells students
to the NCUR Conference because it gives them a chance to compare themselves
to their peers nationally,” says Professor Bailey. “Without fail they come
back with a greater appreciation of a Wells education. They find their
research endeavors are more profound and more analytic than those of most
students from other colleges. With this contrast they come to realize their
close interactions with faculty, combined with the autonomy given to them
in performing their research, are unique features of Wells.”
This is the 15th consecutive
year Wells students have participated in the conference. Below are the
Wells students who participated in this year’s conference, their research
topics, and their faculty advisors:
Brooke Andersen of Albany,
New York (sociology): “Harmony or Discord: An Analysis of the Symphony
Orchestra as a Subculture” - advisor Professor of Sociology Spencer Hildahl.
Tracy Flynn of Rockland,
Massachusetts (English): “’Set the Window Open Unto Licence, Lust and Riot’:
Sexual Conduct and Samuel Daniel's The Tragedie of Cleopatra (1594)” -
advisor Associate Professor of English Catherine Burroughs.
Megan McCarthy of Gouverneur,
New York (sociology): “A Generation in Transition: Modern Juvenile Delinquency
in Japan” - advisor Professor of Sociology Spencer Hildahl.
Meghan McCune of Detroit,
Michigan (anthropology): “Rural Monocultural Ideology: The Cultural Famine
of Monocropping in Cayuga County, New York” - advisor Associate Professor
of Anthropology and Religion Ernie Olson.
Sarah Steinkamp of Altamont,
New York (sociology/anthropology): “Re-evaluating the Simplistic Paradigm
of Man as Enemy, Woman as Victim: The Intersectionality of Gender, Race,
Class and Sexuality” - advisor Assistant Professor of Sociology Laura McClusky.
Yuko Takagi of Fuso, Aichi,
Japan (biological and chemical sciences): “Hormonal Effects on the Scleral
Venus Sinus in Relation to Optical Development of Chick Eyes” - advisor
Assistant Professor of Biology Christina Wahl.
Tara Venezio, Highland Lakes,
New Jersey (biological and chemical sciences): “Courtship and Mating Behavior
of Four Hybrid-inbred Strains of Nasonia Wasps in Comparison to the Two
Parent Strains” (co-written with Adrienne Loero of Union City, Calif.)
- advisors Professors of Biology Candace Collmer and Thomas Vawter.
Through its annual conference,
NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of
undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research
and scholarship, and helps to improve the state of the undergraduate education.
Established in 1987, NCUR
seeks to enrich undergraduate teaching and learning by providing opportunities
for students to experience firsthand the processes of scholarly exploration
and discovery that characterize academic life, to assist the professional
development of faculty and others in these areas, and to understand and
appreciate the goals, methods, and results of diverse areas of inquiry
and ways of knowing.
Grant to Wells College Supports Book Arts and Science
Wells College has received
a grant totaling $39,982 from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas
City, to encourage the introduction of entrepreneurship in the college’s
The Book Arts Center has
been awarded $15,000 of the grant to support a national book arts symposium
to be held on campus at the end of April 2004. The symposium, Matter &
Spirit: The Genesis and Evolution of the Book, will include a panel discussion
of entrepreneurship in the book arts. This gathering of national artists,
scholars and experts will be open to Wells students and the general public.
grant is also enabling Professor of Biology Candace Collmer to research
ways the field of bioinformatics can be included in the curriculum. When
implemented, this will expose students to a hot new field and enable them
to explore expanded options for career opportunities in the sciences.
Two additional goals of the Kauffman grant are to make students aware of
entrepreneurial opportunities in this growing field, and to connect Wells
students with entrepreneurs at companies engaged in bioinformatics.
To begin her research on
bioinformatics, Professor Collmer attended the third ASM (American Society
for Microbiology) and TIGR (The Institute for Genomic Research) Conference
on Microbial Genomes in New Orleans. She will continue to explore the field
and learn more about companies developing and using sophisticated computer
tools for the analysis of biological data.
The Ewing Marion Kauffman
Foundation of Kansas City works with partners to encourage entrepreneurship
across America and improve the education of children and youth. The Kauffman
Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and
philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman.
Ahn Trio Performs on Violin, Piano, Cello at Wells College
recognized chamber music ensemble to play in Aurora
Wells College Arts and Lecture Series proudly presents The Ahn Trio, internationally
acclaimed musicians. The ensemble will perform in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan
Hall, on one night only, Saturday, May 3, 2003. All are warmly invited
to enjoy this extraordinary chamber performance; a reception will follow.
Prices are $3 for students and children, $6 for senior citizens and the
Wells College community, and $10 for the general public. Tickets are available
from the college bookstore or the box office the week preceding the show,
and at the door the night of the performance. Please call 315/364-3456
or 364-3428 to reserve tickets.
The Ahn sisters, originally
from South Korea, are hailed as a brilliantly distinguished ensemble gifted
with extraordinary powers of communication and an exquisite blend of sound.
Each of the artists exhibit superb technique and contagious excitement.
The Juilliard-trained trio has toured the world, performing over 100 shows
a year in such well-known venues as the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall,
Carnegie's Weill Hall, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, and Singapore's Victoria
Concert Hall. Violinist Angella and the twins, pianist Lucia and cellist
Maria, capture the intellect, hearts, and souls of all who hear them.
The beauty, passion, and
vitality of the Ahn’s playing has them in high demand. Their music has
a life of its own, both in the concert halls and in numerous master classes
and workshops offered to children and adults worldwide. The sisters’ most
innovative project, “Ahn-Plugged,” has enabled them to reach out to new
audiences all over the world. This project grew from the Ahn Trio’s passionate
dedication to the commissioning and performance of contemporary music and
has led to significant additions to the piano trio repertoire. The May
3 program at Wells College includes pieces by the famous Maurice Jarre
and violist and composer Kenji Bunch, in addition to a specially transcribed
rendition of The Doors’ Riders on the Storm by Michal Rataj.
For more information about
The Ahn Trio and their Aurora performance, please contact director of student
activities Meagen Mulherin at 315/364-3428. Additional information about
the ensemble may also be found on the group’s website - www.ahntrio.com.To
arrange for an interview or photo session with the Ahn sisters, contact
director of communications Gwen Webber-McLeod at 315/364-3260 or via email
The Wells College Arts and
Lecture Series features professional guest artists and performers who are
brought to campus to enrich the cultural and academic components of Wells
as a learning community. The acts are selected annually by a committee
comprised of Wells faculty, staff, administrators, and students.
Rockin’ Spring Weekend Planned at Wells College
rolls into Aurora on April 26
The Wells College Programming
Board is pleased to announce Spring Weekend 2003. Scheduled for Saturday,
April 26, this rockin’ event is sure to please everyone, especially the
college crowd. Springapalooza will take place on the Wells
College campus on Route 90 in the village of Aurora, halfway between Ithaca
and Auburn on beautiful Cayuga Lake.
The fun begins at 1:00 on
the lawn in front of the Sommer Student Center. A three band line-up promises
lots of great live music. Missing Marcus out of Ithaca fires it up at 1:30
with its blend of folky pop. At 3:30, groove to the Afro-reggae tunes of
Tribe of Djembe. Wrapping up a great day of live music, The B-Sides, a
talented young indie group out of Chapel Hill, NC will perform their funky,
eclectic sound from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. A brilliant fireworks display will
cap off Springapalooza at 9:00 pm.
Juston McKinney will serve
as Master of Ceremony for Springapalooza. McKinney has appeared
on the "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, and on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend"
and "Reel Comedy." He recently performed his one-man stand-up comedy
routine at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. While there,
he was presented with the Listerine "Clean Mouth" Award, which honors his
talent and clean style of comedy. He delivers a funny, original,
high-energy performance, which has made him a huge hit all over the country.
General admission tickets
are $5.00 and will be available at the gate on the day of the event. Other
activities will take place throughout the day as well. The public is invited
to bring a blanket and enjoy local vendor booths, games, dancing, a barbeque,
craft tables, and more. Beer, soft drinks, and food will be available.
No coolers or outside food or beverages permitted.
In addition to all the fun,
the Programming Board will be accepting donations for Matthew House. Located
in Auburn, Matthew House is a not-for-profit non-denominational comfort
care home for the terminally ill. The Programming Board hopes to collect
various toiletries, non-perishable food, and household items such as sheets,
towels, pillows, trash bags, writing paper, postage stamps, detergent,
etc. in support of the House’s mission.
will be held rain or shine. For more information, please contact the Student
Activities Office at 315/364-3428.
Recognized Women’s Historian to Deliver Wells College Commencement Address
Lisa Marsh Ryerson is pleased to announce that Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner,
renowned for her work in the field of women’s rights history, will give
the commencement address at Wells College on Saturday, May 24. The ceremony
begins at 10:00 a.m. outside Macmillan Hall.
Sally Roesch Wagner, the
executive director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation in Fayetteville,
New York, is a nationally recognized lecturer, author and performance interpreter
of women’s rights history. One of the first women to receive a doctorate
in the United States for work in women’s studies (UC Santa Cruz), and a
founder of one of the country’s first college women’s studies programs,
(CSU Sacramento), Dr. Wagner is a pioneering feminist and social justice
advocate in her own right.
Wagner appeared as a “talking
head” in the Ken Burns PBS documentary, “Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story
of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony” for which she wrote the
accompanying faculty guide for PBS. She was also an historian in
the PBS special, “One Woman, One Vote” and has been interviewed several
times on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “Democracy
The theme of her work has
been telling the untold stories. Her monograph, She Who Holds the Sky:
Matilda Joslyn Gage, reveals a suffragist written out of history because
of her stand against the religious right 100 years ago, while Sisters
in Spirit: Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists
documents the influence of Iroquois women on early women's rights activists.
Named the Jeanette K. Watson
Women’s Studies Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities at Syracuse
University in 1997, Wagner has been a research affiliate of the Women’s
Resources and Research Center at the University of California, Davis and
a consultant to the National Women’s History Project.
Wagner’s essays have appeared
in: Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1800-1925; Indian Roots
of American Democracy; Iroquois Women: an Anthology; and Handbook
of American Women's History. Published articles include: National
Women’s Studies Association Journal, On the Issues, Northeast Indian Quarterly,
Indian Country Today, Hartford Courant, Women's History Network News, National
NOW Times and the Sacramento Bee. Recent books include: She
Who Holds the Sky: Matilda Joslyn Gage (Sky Carrier Press, 2003);
Woman, Church and State. Introduction to reprint of Matilda Joslyn
Gage’s 1893 classic. (Humanity Books, 2002); and Sisters in Spirit:
Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Influence on Early American Feminists (Native
Wagner is currently the executive
director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation. Gage, a 19th century suffragist,
abolitionist, and supported of Native American sovereignty, worked side
by side with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, yet is the lesser
known of the three. The trio wrote The History of Woman Suffrage
together in Gage’s Fayetteville home, where Wagner now resides. Wagner
is in the process of restoring the old home and creating extensive programming
on the subjects of anti-slavery, women’s rights, Haudenosaunee relations,
For more information about
Sally Roesch Wagner and Wells College’s commencement activities, please
contact director of communications Gwen Webber-McLeod at 315/364-3260 or
by email at email@example.com. Additional
information about the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation may be found at www.nyhistory.com/gagepage/index.htm.
Present Annual Spring Dance Concert at Wells College
A Decoupage of
Dance comes to Aurora
annual student Spring Dance Concert will be held at Wells College on Friday,
April 11 and Saturday, April 12 this year. Beginning at 7:30 pm in Barler
Recital Hall on the Aurora campus, the Dance Collective presents A Decoupage
of Dance, a collection of student-created choreography. The show is
free and the public is cordially invited to attend. A reception with the
dancers will follow the Saturday evening performance.
The concert this year features
a diverse array of techniques and personalities. Among the many movement
styles are jazz, modern, color guard, and traditional Japanese dance. All
six pieces are choreographed and performed by Wells students.
Free admission to the show
represents the community service component of the Dance Collective’s charge.
Each year, the group traditionally offers a “Let’s Get Moving” class to
youngsters. “This semester, the program did not have enough participants,
so the Dance Collective is pleased to offer this performance free of charge
for the enjoyment of the local community,” says club president Shelly Ray
For more information about
Decoupage of Dance or the dance program at Wells College, please contact
dance professor Jeannie Goddard at 315/364-3213.
All Right, or The Traveling Gopher
an effort to improve communications in the community and help people better
understand and appreciate the work of their colleagues, the Staff Diversity
Committee announces the first recipients of their "You're All Right" honor.
Committee representatives tell us this prestigious award comes in the guise
of a singing gopher. Individuals that receive this tribute will have the
privilege of displaying The Gopher for one month in their respective office
The first area the committee
is honoring is the Grounds Department. According to a committee representative,
“Members of this area have over the past few months kept our streets and
sidewalks clear of ice and snow during a very cold winter. We thank the
following individuals for their necessary but often unnoticed contributions
to our safety: Don Bunn, Richard Coleman, Gary Gamlen, Jeff Radcliffe,
Harold Van Horn, and Kevin Van Orman.”
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