BACC week is in full swing at New College, but things are a little different this year
Presentations look a bit different this year, as COVID-19 has limited in-person baccalaureate exams at New College. This is a photo of a pre-COVID conference presentation unaffiliated with the college.

BACC week is in full swing at New College, but things are a little different this year

Thesis students were forced to adapt to the unique challenge of completing their theses in the midst of a pandemic, with some battling the negative mental and physical effects of isolation, having to find different resources to complete their research. Then, they had to make…

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President Donal O’Shea’s retirement honored with a surprise “O’Shea Day” parade
O'Shea poses on a makeshift throne in front of Cook Hall, bearing a framed print of himself that says, "The Don."

President Donal O’Shea’s retirement honored with a surprise “O’Shea Day” parade

Staff, students and faculty jovially marched down College Drive from the campus bookstore to Cook Hall on the afternoon of Friday, April 23 to celebrate President Donal O’Shea’s retirement with a surprise parade, which was replete with prizes, extravagant costumes and even a pair of…

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Dr. Patricia Okker named as New College’s first female president
Dr. Patricia Okker speaks to the New College student body at a livestream student forum at the Sudakoff Conference Center on Tuesday, April 7, 2021. NCSA president Sofia Lombardi, who moderated the forum, is seated to the left of Dr. Okker.

Dr. Patricia Okker named as New College’s first female president

After three hours of deliberation, the Board of Trustees (BOT) decided on Tuesday, April 20 to name Dr. Patricia Okker as New College’s first-ever female president.

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Staying on campus for the summer
The upstairs interior of one of the Letter Dorms, as shown in the Housing Selection instructional video.

Staying on campus for the summer

While it is not typical for NCF to offer long-term housing during the summer, Student Affairs has opted to allow limited on-campus housing for the summer, from May 24 to August 17.  To be considered eligible, a student must have a housing assignment for Fall…

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NCF not mandating COVID vaccinations in the Fall
A vaccination table at the April 19 walk-in vaccine clinic for New College students.

NCF not mandating COVID vaccinations in the Fall

New College has not yet required students to receive  COVID-19 vaccinations in order to return to campus in the fall, but will require negative COVID-19 tests before returning to campus, as well as shortly afterwards. This policy is similar to many other colleges across the…

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Caples Mansion renovations to improve indoor air quality soon underway
The deck of the Caples Mansion faces towards the West, making it a perfect spot to watch the sun's descent.

Caples Mansion renovations to improve indoor air quality soon underway

Caples Mansion—located on Caples Campus south of the Ringling Museum—has been best defined for the past few years not through its own use, but by what surrounds it. More recent NCF students are usually familiar with the Caples Boathouse or the New College Food Forest…

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Fourth presidential candidate Michael Sosulski focuses on faculty involvement and student support
Sosulski gestures as NCSA President Sofia Lombardi looks on at the livestreamed student forum at the Sudakoff Conference Center.

Fourth presidential candidate Michael Sosulski focuses on faculty involvement and student support

On April 7 at 4:58 p.m., presidential candidate Dr. Michael Sosulski was not sitting on stage at the Sudakoff Conference Center, waiting to give his mini class presentation, but was instead in the audience chatting with the handful of students present. Three minutes into his…

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Duane Smith launches new event to recognize students efforts in applying for fellowships and scholarships
On April 27, 2018, alumni of the Gilman Scholarship and Critical Language Scholarship Programs (not from New College) gathered at the U.S. Diplomacy Center for an introduction to the life of a diplomat.

Duane Smith launches new event to recognize students efforts in applying for fellowships and scholarships

Dr. Duane Smith was hired in February 2020 for scholarship and fellowship advising for the Center of Career Engagement and Opportunity (CEO). There were plans for a luncheon last year for students who applied but those were cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic. This year,…

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