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Field Hockey Achieves New Heights in 2004 Conference Rankings
Lyn LaBar Voted Coach
of the Year
Wells field hockey team - the Express - made college history in the 2004
season earning second place in the Atlantic Women’s College Conference
(AWCC). This is the highest level the Wells team has attained since
joining the conference in 1996. The Express finished the season with
a 5-2 conference record and a 5-8 record overall.
also received high honors for individual contributions to the sport:
Coach Lyn LaBar was voted 2004 AWCC Coach of the Year. Captain Kate McLaren
’04 received the AWCC Most Outstanding Player Award. Midfielders
Nicole Maryjanowski ’07 and McLaren were named to the All Conference First
Team. Rookie Goalkeeper Ali Formicola ’06 was named to the All Conference
Second Team along with leading scorer Samantha Schultz ’06.
LaBar said, “It is an honor to be recognized by my peers as AWCC Coach
of the Year. I thank the team members and assistant coach Ace Dolan for
their hard work and contributions. We enjoyed a very successful season
in AWCC play, and I had a great time working with this squad. Their level
of dedication, determination, and effort made my job very easy.”
AWCC Championship was held in early November at Trinity College in Washington,
DC. Coming in as the number one seed for the first time ever, Wells’
3-2 overtime defeat of the Wilson College Phoenix kept them in the championship
bracket and guaranteed them first or second place in the conference.
win pitted Wells against the Gators of the College of Notre Dame in the
championship game. The Express started the game slowly with two quick
scores by the Gators in the first half but then held off the rush for the
remainder of the game. Offensively, the team came alive later in
the second half making strong marches to the goal but could not get the
ball in the back of the net and ultimately lost the game to the Gators
is Lyn LaBar’s 16th season as the head coach of Wells’ field hockey program.
She arrived at the college in 1989 as head field hockey and head lacrosse
coach. In 1993, she was named athletic director and relinquished lacrosse
coaching responsibilities. Prior to coaching at Wells, she was the head
field hockey coach at Montclair State College from 1985-87 and assistant
field hockey and lacrosse coach from 1984-85.
is a 1984 graduate of Syracuse University where she played field hockey
for four years and served as captain her senior year. She earned
her master's degree in physical education from Montclair State College
in 1987, specializing in coaching and sports administration.
has also been active outside of Wells serving the New York State Women’s
Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSWCAA) as treasurer and executive council
member (1994-97). Currently, she serves as President-Elect of the AWCC.
She was also a regional committee member of the National Collegiate Athletic
Association (NCAA) and president of the AWCC (1997-98).
in 1995, the AWCC has been recognized by the NCAA as a conference since
1999 and conducts conference championships in eight intercollegiate sports.
The eight members of the conference are: Chatham College, Chestnut Hill
College, Hood College, Mary Baldwin College, College of Notre Dame of Maryland,
Trinity College, Wells College, and Wilson College.
Book Arts Open House to be Held at Wells College
Hands-on demos, exhibits,
tours, and handmade items for sale
the holiday season with a visit to the Wells College Book Arts Center.
On Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4, the Center will host a
holiday open house from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm each day. Saturday’s festivities
coincide with the annual Christmas in Aurora celebration. Seasonal music
and refreshments will set the mood, and the public is warmly invited to
enjoy this special free holiday treat.
Wells students will exhibit their work in letterpress printing, bookbinding,
and calligraphy. Unique handmade books, cards, ornaments, wrapping paper,
and other gifts will be on sale at affordable prices. Guests are welcome
to tour the Book Arts Center studios, watch a printing demonstration, print
a keepsake to take home, and shop for unique holiday gifts.
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. Hammer also founded
the Wells College Press. 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
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 email@example.com,
and visit the web: www.wells.edu/bookarts.
College Begins Recruitment for Men’s Athletics
New athletic teams
to be added for 2005
Wells College Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is pleased to announce
the addition of athletic opportunities for male students beginning in Fall
2005. In response to the Board of Trustees’ October decision to begin accepting
men to the traditionally all-women’s college, Wells is now developing men’s
soccer and swimming teams at the club level.
plans to expand intercollegiate athletic program opportunities for women
and men during the next few years. “In the very near future, Wells will
conduct a national search to secure a head coach for the men’s soccer program,”
says Director of Athletics Lyn LaBar. “We are in the midst of preparing
for that search, and are very excited about the addition of men's teams
to our department.”
head swim coach and aquatics coordinator David Warner will handle the responsibilities
of recruiting for and coaching the men’s swim program. Once a soccer coach
is hired, both will recruit prospective student athletes to Wells’ new
athletics staff has been working continually since the coeducation decision
was announced to develop plans that are inclusive of men. These plans are
expected to enhance male student recruitment efforts, which will contribute
to overall enrollment growth.
is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III member
and currently offers six varsity women’s sports teams: field hockey, soccer,
tennis, swimming, lacrosse, and softball. All six teams are members of
the New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSWCAA), while
field hockey, soccer, swimming, softball and lacrosse compete in the Atlantic
Women’s Colleges Conference (AWCC). When the men’s programs elevate to
varsity status, they will participate at the NCAA Division III level.
offers students a variety of indoor and outdoor facilities. The Schwartz
Student Center houses a swimming pool, gymnasium, weight room, a cardio
room, and two tennis courts. Outdoor facilities include four tennis courts,
softball field, boathouse, a 9-hole golf course, and both practice and
game fields for field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse.
additional information about new developments in athletics at Wells College,
please contact director Lyn LaBar at 315/364-3410.
Dickinson Appears on Stage at Wells College
One-woman play “The
Belle of Amherst” gives look at poet’s life
Wells College Arts & Lecture Series Committee is pleased to announce
that The Belle of Amherst will be presented on the Aurora campus
next weekend. The one-woman show will take place on Saturday, November
20 at 7:30 p.m. in Phipps Auditorium, Macmillan Hall. 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 at the door the night
of the performance. Please call 315/364-3456 or 364-3428 to reserve seats.
on the life and poems of Emily Dickinson, The Belle of Amherst is
an inspiring biographical portrait of a famous and eccentric spinster,
who just happens to be one of America’s greatest literary figures. Ginger
Grace stars as the passionate and mysterious poet in this moving theatre
by William Luce, directed by William Roudebush, and presented by Windwood
Theatricals, The Belle of Amherst seamlessly weaves poetry and prose
together in an entertaining and anecdotal revelation of Dickinson’s life
and art, creating a portrait of the poet as a woman of deep sensitivity
and lively intelligence with a wicked sense of humor. The audience will
enjoy getting to know Emily, who remained secluded within the house and
gardens of her father’s Massachusetts estate “The Homestead” for the last
30 years of her life while she wrote more than 1,700 unpublished poems.
Grace was most recently seen performing opposite Rich Little in the tour
of The Presidents, playing all of the first ladies from Jackie Kennedy
to Hillary Clinton. Her off-Broadway credits include Gretchen in Faust,
Anitra in Peer Gynt, and Ophelia in Hamlet.
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.
more information about The Belle of Amherst and the Wells Arts &
Lecture Series, please contact Meagen Mulherin, assistant dean for campus
involvement, at 315/364-3428. Additional information about Belle
may be found at www.windwoodtheatricals.com.
the Symbol: Women in the Muslim World Today”
Wells College students,
Islamic scholar present panel discussion on women in Islam
College Vice President for Academic Affairs Ellen Hall announces that visiting
Islamic Professor Nadia Al-Bagdadi and several Wells students will present
a roundtable discussion on Monday, November 15. This special event, entitled
“Bearing the Symbol: Women In The Muslim World,” will start with refreshments
at 3:30 p.m. outside Cleveland auditorium. The discussion will begin promptly
at 4:15 p.m., followed by a question and answer period. The public is warmly
invited to attend this free event.
part of her class “Islam in the Modern World,” Professor Nadia Al-Bagdadi
has worked closely with her students to plan and execute the panel discussion
“Baring the Symbol: Women In The Muslim World.” Topics will focus on several
different contemporary issues affecting Islamic women today.
the current political atmosphere, it is important to enter an engaged academic
and public debate on Islamic matters, not only about but also with people
from various parts of the Muslim world,” says Professor Al-Bagdadi. “The
students in my class chose to research contemporary women in Muslim societies,
a topic that is spotlighted perhaps too often in the media. Their goal,
however, is to present another perspective by examining oversimplified
stereotypes and exploring similarities and differences from their own experiences
as young women in a modern world.”
panel discussion presenters and topics are:
A Riley ’08 will be presenting “Unveiled: A Glance At Religious Symbols
- The Cross And The Veil.” This portion of the program will take an in-depth
look at the recent ban on the veil in France, and compares and contrasts
the meaning of the veil to a Muslim to the significance of the cross to
deSupinski ’08 will cover “Searching for an Islamic Identity in Turkey:
Navigating the Labyrinth.” She will also speak on the formation of a woman’s
identity through Islam, and the many false assumptions which currently
exist surrounding Muslim tradition, women and the Islamic religion.
Ndiaye ’05, Karima Bungudu ’06, and Amina Bungudu ’06 are foreign students
from Senegal and Nigeria. They have teamed together to discuss “Understanding
Western Conceptions of Muslim Women.” Their presentation will analyze the
factors leading to Western misconceptions of Muslim women and how the media
plays a role in creating this stigmatization. They will also touch on how
existing Islamic customs and traditions have impacted the lives of Muslim
Campese ’06 will conclude the event with a multimedia presentation entitled,
“Iranian Feminist Film: Portrait of the Invisible.” She will be discussing
transnational feminism, cross-cultural perspectives, and the social movements
of the post-Islamic Revolution in Iran, comparing the correlation between
filmmaking and feminist activism in Iran.
Al-Bagdadi will serve as moderator for the panel discussion. Assistant
Professor of Biology Christina Wahl will assist in facilitating this event.
is so fortunate to host Dr. Nadia Al-Bagdadi as our visiting scholar of
Islamic Studies for the fall semester," says Hall. "Dr. Al-Bagdadi has
engaged her class fully in the study of modern Islam, and this panel discussion
will be the culminating event in their collaborative work.”
Al-Bagdadi is a specialist in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies of the
modern period. She earned her D. Phil. in Islamic Studies at the Free University
Berlin. Her main field of research focuses on modern socio-cultural history,
including literature, religion and print culture, in the Arab world, as
well as on vision and visuality in classical Arab civilization. She is
presently a long-term visiting professor at Central European University
in Budapest, Hungary, where she teaches in the History and Sociology/Social
Al-Bagdadi’s fellowship is sponsored through the “Understanding Contemporary
Islam” program of the American University of Beirut in partnership with
the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. The AUB has served
as a bridge between East and West for more than 125 years. The University
recently implemented the new “Understanding Contemporary Islam” program
to expand the University’s existing emphasis on cross-cultural dialog.
The program aims to increase the level of knowledge and understanding between
Muslims and the West by sending scholars from the Islamic world to universities
and colleges in the United States as visiting fellows who will serve as
resources on Islam and life in contemporary Muslim societies.
panel discussion is presented in honor of Dr. Abdul Hamid Hallab, director
of the Understanding Contemporary Islam program and special advisor to
the president of the American University of Beirut. Dr. Hallab is
touring the East Coast, visiting the scholars, including Al-Bagdadi, who
are conducting residencies this semester through the CIES. He will be present
at the panel discussion and may address the audience. Dr. Hallab also serves
as special advisor for higher education to the ruler of Sharjah.
more information about the panel discussion “Baring the Symbol: Women In
The Muslim World” and Professor Al-Bagdadi’s residency at Wells College,
please call her directly at 315/364-3247.
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