2020 New College of Florida reunion is a success

By Su Byron

New College’s global alumni community joined together to celebrate the College’s 60th anniversary, mingle with faculty and students, and rekindle connections.

Alumni had the opportunity to attend lectures and talks, take guided campus tours, revisit academic divisions, and break bread together at the convivial New College/New Table community dinner in College Hall on Friday night.

“It was a remarkable celebration of everything New College,” said Dan Stults ’77, co-chair of the event. “Several generations of alumni joined to share stories, reconnect, celebrate their alma mater’s 60th anniversary, and enjoy the natural splendor of our beautiful campus. It was a powerful affirmation that our roots run deep, no matter where our individual journeys have taken us.”

According to Stults, the reunion afforded multiple opportunities to be inspired by New College alumni.

“An amazing number of graduates have gone on to lead lives of great achievement in the arts, the humanities, science, medicine and the law,” Stults said. “Their accomplishments are awe-inspiring.”

Stults added that alumni also learned about the legislative bill that is currently under consideration, which proposes combining New College with the University of Florida. Many alumni took advantage of the opportunity to write directly to their state legislators and express their support for preserving New College’s status as an independent, public liberal arts honors college.

Reunion highlights included a town hall event on Saturday morning with New College President Donal O’Shea; Felice Schulaner ‘78, chair of the New College Board of Trustees; Sue Jacobson, chair of the New College Foundation board; and Steve Jacobson, chair of the New College Alumni Association. During the event, alumni asked a variety of questions related to admissions, career preparedness, the academic curriculum, the importance of alumni giving, and the pending legislation in Tallahassee.

Many reunion participants also attended mini classes on Saturday morning, led by faculty members Miriam Wallace (“Extraordinary Bodies and Performing Humanness: From the Archives to Contemporary Disability Writing”); Emily Saarinen ‘97 (“Visual Arts and Spatial Ecologies”); and Matthew Lepinski (“How the Internet Works”).

O’Shea led a festive “Cheers to 60 Years of New College” on Saturday night, during which everyone raised a toast to retiring faculty member and former New College president, Gordon E. “Mike” Michalson Jr. The two-day event concluded with a fabulous sunset party on the Sarasota bayfront.


Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 800 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

Inquiries about this article can be made to 941-487-4157 or to email us.

Do you know of an event or story we should share? Tell us about it.


Related News

Campus News

Lessons in Resilience: Novos Adapt to Virtual Teaching and Learning

May 11, 2020

Though we may be living in a period of seemingly endless question marks, we have found a way to create…

President's Message

Staying safe and healthy as we move forward

April 6, 2020

Now that we have transitioned to remote learning during the pandemic, safety and health continue to be paramount for students,…

Campus News

New College alumni earn prestigious fellowship

April 6, 2020

One of the most competitive science-based fellowships in the nation has selected four New College alums as recipients this year.