Meet our student fundraisers
Each year, the phone-a-thon student fundraisers raise important unrestricted dollars in support of the New College Fund. In addition to calling alums and parents to ask for gifts, the team also supports student philanthropy by educating their classmates about the importance of giving back to New College and helping to secure matched student donations for the giving challenge each year. Please meet our 2013-2014 phone-a-thon student fundraising team.
Alan Sachnowski (Phone-a-thon Manager)
At New College, Alan holds two jobs as the Student Intern for the New College Alumnae/i Association and Event Assistant for New College Campus Space Scheduling. He also manages the fundraising database for LegalAid of Manasota and serves on the Steering Committee for New College’s Educate for Change Initiative. Last year Alan published two scholarly articles: "The Biomedicalization of Cardiac Risk" in the Stanford Journal for Science, Technology, and Society as well as "The Grotesque Fetishism of the Overcoat" in the UCLA Slavic Studies Journal.
After New College, Alan will continue to work for LegalAid of Manasota until he applies to graduate school for Science, Technology, and Society Studies.
Asked about what New College means to him, Alan said: “I am the first member of my family to attend college, and so I see every new experience and opportunity as a privilege and am grateful for my success here thus far. With the freedoms and privileges of being a student here, I am able to find out more about myself, my heritage, and the world at large.”
Last year, Catherine worked with local Neighborhood Association Presidents and Vice Presidents to design an ISP exploring how perceptions of crime and safety differ depending on the homogeneity of the neighborhoods’ racial and class makeup. Both of these ISPs have informed Catherine’s current senior thesis on perceptions of crime.
In addition to her job as phonathon manager, Catherine also works on campus as a Student Writing Assistant (SWA) and on student government as a Student Representative on the Education Policy Committee (EPC). She volunteers at the local library and in the past has served as a volunteer counselor to inmates at the Sarasota County Jail.
She hopes after New College to continue to fight for legal justice by pursuing a career in public policy, crime, or equal rights for marginalized groups.
Catherine believes that the New College liberal arts curriculum “creates an engaging space that challenges students. This type of curriculum encourages students to grow. I know that I have grown and benefited from my education and I want the same to happen for every student. I support New College. You should too.”
Lauren hopes to continue working for Planned Parenthood, and also to pursue a joint degree in Social Work and Public Health, with a focus on Maternity and Early Childhood, at the University of South Florida.
When asked why someone should give to New College Lauren responded: “New College is a small school which holds very unique opportunities for its students. Overall, I would say that students are much more active within both our community (evident by our various student run social justice groups) and our academics (evident in our Fulbright awards and graduate school entrance rates) than other larger universities. I believe every dollar that is given to New College goes further here, than it would at other schools.”
After New College, Alex wishes to go to law school and work on Capitol Hill. He will be following in the footsteps of his sister (and New College alumna) Audrey Nicoleau who worked as the Communications Advisor to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and as the Program Officer for the National Democratic Institute of International Affairs before striking out her own as an independent political communications strategist.
Alex says that his New College education is valuable because it has provided an opportunity for him to “focus on academics without competing with other students in the class or taking a class just to get an A”. Instead, he says it has been allowed him to focus on his own self-improvement.
Alex's research experience is not limited to New College. She has spent two summers researching at the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (LRRI) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At LRRI she worked on a project aiming to understand the molecular mechanisms contributing to an acquired resistance to chemo-therapy that many lung cancer patients exhibit. This work has resulted in a publication that is currently under revision at Cancer Research, and will lead to a second publication in the coming year. Her time spent researching at New College greatly prepared her for these experiences at LRRI and she plans to write her senior thesis on the data she collected at LRRI over the past summer.
During the school year, Alex serves as the teaching assistant for Dr. Gilchrist's Introduction to Genetics. Additionally, she serves as the 4th year student representative to the Student Allocations Committee. In previous years she has served as both the secretary and the chair for this allocating body. Alex has also volunteered as an orientation leader for 3 years, helping to introduce new students to the New College environment.
After New College, Alex plans to pursue a Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology, with the ultimate goal of continuing cancer research in either academia or in industry. Currently she is applying for two Fulbright Grants: one that would allow her to conduct breast cancer research at the University of Alberta, and the other that would fund her entire graduate education (leading to a Ph.D.) in Canada. She is also applying to various graduate schools in the U.S.
Amanda’s passions come together in her thesis, which she will write in her fourth year. This thesis will focus on Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, and examine Tolstoy’s depiction of women and the laws that affect women in Russia during that time period, particularly in regards to divorce and childcare laws. After New College, Amanda hopes to go to Law School and either work in publishing or as a lawyer for international nonprofits.
When asked about her experience at New College, Amanda responded: “New College has given me the chance to help those who are disadvantaged, while giving me the education to better my life through my own means.”
Upon graduating from New College, Cliff plans to further his education at graduate school where he wishes to receive his masters in clinical social work or pursue a degree in mental health administration. From there, he plans on becoming either a counselor or an administrator and manager in a mental health facility. Eventually, he desires to become a licensed battlefield guide in Gettysburg, PA.
When asked about his favorite aspect of New College, Cliff replies with "the strong academics of the school and its ability to help students mature and become independent." He enjoys the overall community and ambiance of the school.
In addition to her position in student government, Emily has worked as an intern for ACHIEVE in which she assisted Health Department officials, community leaders, and businesspeople to pilot special exercise, diet, and tobacco-cessation initiatives in Sarasota, FL.
In January 2012, Emily completed an Independent Study Project in Honduras where she served as a Unite for Sight Global Impact Fellow. During a month long stay, Emily helped run a pre-clinic, distributed eye glasses, and found free cataract surgery candidates in poor, rural communities.
After New College, Emily hopes to continue to work in public health and receive her MD/MPH from Stanford University or University of California, Berkeley.
Asked what she loves about New College, Emily responded: “I love New College's uniquely small community. I love knowing every face I see on the overpass in the morning, and I love the comfort of being in classes with my friends and neighbors. When all of the students know each other, all of the professors know us too, and I love that I am held accountable for my actions by this intricate web of relationships.”
In addition to her research assistant position, Erin serves as the New College Student Alliance Vice President for Academic Affairs, Student Representative to the New College Educational Policy Committee, Student Representative to the New College Academic Standing Committee, Student Representative to the New College Board of Trustees Committee on Academic Affairs, and Chair of the New College Student Council for Academic Affairs.
After New College Erin plans to pursue a Master's in Public Health. Upon completion of her Master's, she would like to enter medical school to study obstetrics and gynecology. Ultimately, she plans to work in public healthcare policy.
Asked what she enjoys about New College Erin responded: “My New College education gives me the freedom to pursue the subjects I love. I have to be able to engage both my analytic and creative abilities and that is not possible at other institutions. It means that I get the well-rounded education of a liberal arts college along with intensive research training from professors who truly know and value me. These are experiences that will benefit me all my life.”
Jake hopes to intern with Sea World and plans on starting volunteer work at the Big Cat Sanctuary in Sarasota. His dream is to study non-domestic Veterinary Science and one day work with polar bears.
Jessica is passionate about education, which is reflected in her extensive volunteer work in the Sarasota community. She has volunteered for Next Step, the Museum of Discovery and Science, and the Y Young Achievers Mentoring Program. Jessica also completed an internship at St. Stephen's Episcopal School observing and participating in middle and high school classes, teaching, tutoring, and creating lesson plans.
In her spare time, Jessica runs the New College Unitarian Universalists Club and is an active member of the Interfaith Club Council, Students Fighting for Equal Rights, and Food Not Bombs.
After graduating from New College, Jessica hopes to obtain a Master’s degree in Education and become a public high school English teacher.
When asked her feelings about New College, Jessica stated, “New College's education has allowed me to truly unlock all the potential both intellectual and personal I always had inside me. Professors at New College give students a wealth of freedom and personal responsibilities, and I have responded by meeting those challenges with equal zeal. New College has not only taught me how to read, write, speak, and think critically, but also how to be a citizen of the world and a passionate human being.”
Katie is passionate about advancing medicine and alternative resources with the use of Nanotechnology. She plans to go on to graduate school to study engineering. After completing her degree she hopes to travel around the world teaching different cultures how to synthesize their own medicines and electricity.
When asked why someone should support New College she responded: “If you want to be a part of a community that will change your life then you want to support New College. Learning shouldn’t be about putting a number to a name and leaving you to fend for yourself. Learning should be about helping to shape a member of society who may eventually shape the entire world. A New College education provides that opportunity.”
This past summer, Kellie spent two months at the University of Cambridge studying International Management and Ethics, Finance and Quantitative Methods, and Globalization. In her past ISP, she has interned at Gulfcoast Legal Services, a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to vulnerable individuals. After completing her education at New College, Kellie would like to travel the world before attending graduate school where she intends to further her studies in Economics. After receiving her degree, she hopes to one day work in international business or law.
When asked why she loves New College, she responded: “I love that I am challenged and encouraged to grow on so many levels here: academically, intellectually, socially, and personally. I feel that New College is directly responsible for helping me discover and hone my independence and courage to make a difference in my school, community, and in myself. The people at New College are all so unique and supportive that it feels like a family and I’m inspired by them every day. I don’t think there’s any other place like New College and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
In his spare time, Niko volunteers with Students Working for Equal Rights, Food not Bombs—a local organization aimed at ending hunger in Sarasota, and All Power to the Imagination—a yearly student run conference held at New College which aims to bridge the gap between radical theory and practice.
After New College, Niko says he would like to continue his involvement in the grassroots struggle against resource extraction using community organizing, nonviolent direct action, and civil disobedience to impinge on the fossil fuel industry. He is especially interested in tar sands extraction, hydrofracturing, mountaintop removal, and Arctic oil drilling.
He says that New College is “a rare gem that has given me the wherewithal to back my opinions and approach social change from a critical yet radical perspective.”
This past summer Madeleine worked at a summer camp in New York where she realized her passion for teaching. Recently Madeleine participated in her first ISP "Speech and Presentation" with New College Writing Resource Director John Gillette where she gained critical speech skills and confidence in her ability to engage an audience. Madeleine is currently working on spending the fall of her 3rd year in a Spanish speaking country.
In her spare time, Madeleine enjoys playing Capoeira, soccer, volunteering, and salsa dancing. After graduation Madeleine plans on spending a year abroad in Brazil teaching English and then going to graduate school for International Relations and Education.
Madeleine credits New College with giving her the confidence to have a voice in her community and in her education. She says she has never felt more welcomed, loved, challenged academically, or accepted than at New College.
Michael is currently a member of the White House National Campus Leadership Council Executive Committee in which he helps organize a national summit attended by over 150 student body presidents across the United States. He is also as member of the National Youth Association Inc. Board of Directors in which he helps advocate for youth-related issues in politics and businesses across the U.S.
Mike has received numerous awards and recognition for his work in student policy. In 2012, he received an invitation to a National Youth Leadership Dinner by President Barack Obama and received a National Kremlin Fellowship from the Center for American-Russian Engagement of Emerging Leaders where he was one of sixteen students selected from around the country to meet with high-ranking officials of the Russian Federation and young emerging leaders to bridge U.S.-Russia relations.
In his spare time, Michael serves as a mentor for the New College first-year mentoring program and works as a volunteer and motivational speaker for AMI Kids, an at-risk youth program. He is also captain of the New College sailing team and volunteers as a Member of Circle K International (Kiwanis).
When asked his thoughts about New College Michael responded: “New College taught me how to think, and particularly how to problem solve. My liberal arts education from New College gives me comfort as I enter an uncertain and intimidating workforce. With the skills and knowledge I have built while at New College, I feel confident in my ability to adapt to a changing workforce and prepared for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”
Paige is also actively involved in the performing arts programs on campus, taking part in the Windmill Theatre Company and various dance clubs. She hopes to start her own show choir (a simultaneous choral-dance group) during her time here.
After New College, Paige wishes to obtain a Master's degree in International Relations. She hopes to work for the federal government as a political leadership analyst specializing in Middle Eastern government diplomacy.
When asked about her experience at New College, Paige responded: "It has been an adjustment, but New College has helped tremendously with the transition for first years. Though I'm new to the school, I already enjoy the independence allowed to students in their studies. I am looking forward to my first Independent Study Project (ISP) on campus as the first test of my innovation and perseverance as a researcher and true Novo Collegian. This college is so conducive to creativity in the classroom and out. I already know I'll love these next four years."
After graduation, Sami plans to hike the Appalachian Trail before receiving a Masters in Early Childhood Education. Her dream is to one day direct a Montessori Preschool.
Asked about her New College experience, Sami said that she believes New College is “like a small family. We’re all so different but it really is a community, and no one is left out.”
Claude says that “New College has been an excellent place for me to develop both creatively and constructively. Its openness in terms of fields of study and the accessibility of it are unmatched in my opinion. This year I am in my fourth year and expect to be saying goodbye soon, but the experiences I have had here will stay with me for the rest of my life. “
In her free time, Elizabeth tutors students ages 8 to 18 in english, math, french, and the ACT. She is a strong advocate for sexual health education and sexual equality. Going back to her younger years, she has an undying love for soccer, and finds a way to play whenever she can fit it in her schedule. Perhaps most importantly, she loves to binge watch Dr. Who, eat copious amounts of food, and sleep for extended periods of time.
Elizabeth has something called an ideal world plan, where if the stars aligned and she got everything she wanted, she would be an international human rights lawyer and international human rights expert. Her ultimate dream is to be the first person the UN thinks of to call when they have to deal with issues pertaining to human rights.