Our Graduates in Humanities

Carol Flint ’76 (above) is a Hollywood scriptwriter and producer. Over the last two decades, she has regularly written and produced episodes for such acclaimed and successful television shows as China Beach, L.A. Law, ER and The West Wing, all shows for which she received Emmy nominations. After sharing in ER’s Emmy win for “Outstanding Drama Series,” Flint both wrote and produced the long-running TV drama’s 1997 season premiere. The much-publicized episode was broadcast live — a TV genre thought to be extinct. More recently, she has produced and written for Royal Pains, Six Degrees and The Unit.

“My New College experience helped me professionally, because as a writer and producer, everyone counts on you to be an independent thinker. Writing for TV is creative work with a lot of exciting people. It’s hard work, with long hours of writing and rewriting, staring at notes trying to solve problems or being locked up in a room with eight or 10 other writers.”

New College is proud of the many Humanities graduates who have contributed to the field. Here's a sampling of some of our graduates:

Charles Choi is a freelance science reporter with bylines in The New York Times, Scientific American, Wired magazine and LiveScience.com with regular syndication on MSNBC, Fox News, USA Today and the Christian Science Monitor. He graduated from New College in Humanities and Biology.

• Cynthia Gray is an engineer at the Walt Disney World Corporation.

Elaine Hall founded The Miracle Project, the first theater arts program for children with autism spectrum disorders. A feature-length documentary about the project called Autism: The Musical, won an Emmy in 2008. She says, “I learned who I am, what I want, and how to achieve it at New College.”

• In 2013 Nancy McEldowney was appointed by the Secretary of State to take over all training for the U.S. Department of State as director of the Foreign Service Institute. She is a former U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria and also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and at the White House as Director of European Affairs on the National Security Council staff. She earned graduate degrees from the National Defense University and Columbia.

Jonathan Smiga is CEO of Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen (formerly Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Company) headquartered in Orlando. He is also a managing member for Dept. C Wines and a managing partner of Natural Growth Ventures, a venture fund dedicated to the natural products industries. His more than 25 years in the food and beverage, hospitality and related retail industries have included work for Robert Mondavi, Illy Espresso, Williams-Sonoma, Olive Garden, General Mills, Disney, Culinary Institute of America, Cheesecake Factory and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. He specializes in venture investments, including startups, early-stage companies and turnarounds. His New College thesis was on “The ‘Art’ in the Culinary Arts.”

Sample of Graduate Schools Attended by NCF Students in Humanities

• Columbia University
• Tufts University
• University of California, Berkeley
• University of California, Davis
• University of Chicago
• University of Florida
• University of Massachusetts
• University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Journalism
• University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill
• University of Virginia
• University of Wisconsin, Madison


U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks New College among the top 10 of all public liberal arts colleges in its rankings of the best national liberal arts colleges in 2013.

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