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Liliana Solomon is a second-year student from New Jersey and the recipient of a scholarship sponsored by trustee Keith Monda and his wife, Linda. She was originally a literature major, but has also enjoyed classes in philosophy and classics and changed her AOC to humanities to allow her to take all kinds of classes.

She plans to write her thesis on the anthropology of literature and how writing has been shaped in our society. Last summer, she traveled to Dublin via the James Joyce Scholars program, sponsored by donors Tom and Maureen Steiner, was an intern at a literary agency in New York City. She hopes to go into publishing upon graduation.

While not studying, Lily likes to hike in Myakka State Park and volunteer at Cat Depot.

Isermann Medal winner to focus on environmental science

Elena Meyer is one of three 2015 recipients of the College’s Isermann Medal, an award that provides research opportunities for talented math and science students from outside Florida. The Isermann Medal is generously funded each year by Howard Isermann and his wife, Betty.

Elena is from northern Virginia and plans an AOC in biology, possibly with a concentration in environmental science. Her main academic interests are in ecology, ecological restoration and botany and her long-term plans are to work or research in ecological restoration and conservation.

“I chose New College for a couple of reasons,” she said. “Mainly, I’d been looking for a college that had both a good biology and environmental science program, and also a college that had a strong enough Chinese department to allow me to study Mandarin Chinese throughout college, which was a pretty tall order, because I’d already had up to third-year Chinese at a college level. In addition to that, I really liked the class I sat in on when I visited, the surrounding area, and the fact that I’d have access to nature year-round.”


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