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College of the Atlantic Association
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

May 1988 Edition, Vol. 3, No. 3

COAA Mentor Program
Gains Momentum

Question: What do public health, wilderness educa-
tion, mediation, Waldorf education, microbiology, genetics,
architecture, homemaking, peace, social work, massage,
NOLS, landscape architecture, visual art, law, construction,
community fund raising, field biology, finance, real estate,
business, graphic art, land use planning, pubUc housing
pohcy, journaUsm, advertising, elementary, secondary and
post secondary education have in common?

Answer: All are career areas in which COAA Mentors
are currently working.

To date, 34 Mentors including alumni, trustees and dis-
tinguished friends of College of the Atlantic have registered
in the Alumni Office, making themselves available to COA
students and recent graduates interested in their line of
work. Hailing from Alaska to Bar Harbor and VEU^ious lo-
cales in between, Mentors will become a valuable resource

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COA student Phil Lichtenstein participates in Alumni phonathon.
See story on page 3.

Pioneer Alumnus Remembers COA's Pilot Program

Last spring I happened to strike
up a conversation with a fellow
traveler on the Eastern Express fhght
between Boston and Rockland. He
turned out to be BUI Janes, one of
COA's first students, from the Pilot
Program of the summer of 1971.
Recently, I spoke with him by phone
in his office at the Lincoln Property
Company in Washington, D.C.

It turns out that Bill was lured

Meeting Set

The COAA Annual Meeting is
scheduled for the morning of May
28, Graduation Day, from 10-12
a.m. in the COA Auditorium. The
agenda will include a brief annual
report, elections, an open discus-
sion and a light lunch. Please
come and participate. COA
graduation will be at 1 p.m.

into that first hopeful summer by a
neighbor from Lincoln, Mas-
sachusetts, by the name of Ed Kael-
ber. Bill had worked for the previous
two siunmers for the Appalachian
Mountain Club near Echo Lake, and
one day had run into Ed on the Island.
And that was that. Having just
finished his jimior year in high school.
Bill turned out to be the youngest stu-
dent at COA, out of a total group of
about 15 students, including, among
others, Edwin Geisler. Two out of the
three original professors never made
it back to the COA faculty, but one
did: he was Bill Carpenter, on loan
that summer from the University of

"That summer was a great intel-
lectual experience for me," Janes
reminisced. "The thing that I really
liked best was that the College
approached the environment not from
the scientific point of view only, but

fi-om all others as well: philosophical,
literary, historical, a multi-viewed

"I guess I took greatest advantage
of Bill Carpenter, the English profes-
sor. I had always wanted to read
Tolstoy, so Bill and I read War and
Peace, and met to discuss it twice a
week. We'd meet to talk right out
fi"ont on the porch, well what used to
be the porch, of the old green man-
sion. It was fantastic.

"The girls all lived in the mansion
that siunmer, and the guys were over
in the carriage house. It was a really
good group of people — incredibly
diverse. Some were in college, some
were taking time off, some were
graduate school students, and some
were recent high school graduates.
I've stayed in touch with a few people:
with Alex and David Payne and also
with Ed Geisler.

"I returned to my senior year in

(continued on page 4)

Editor's Note

This issue marks my third as Editor, and completes another cycle for COAA
News. In the year just passed, we have continued the good work of earUer newslet-
ters, and made a few improvements. We have a new logo, a new crisp, computer-
aided layout, a stapled binding, are using more pictures, and are negotiating with
suppliers to start printing on recycled paper. We still do not have a new name so
we have decided to extend the "Name that Newsletter Contest" until the nest issue,
hoping that you will continue to suggest names! We still are laboring imder an ex-
tremely slow printing process, the snail's creep of bulk mail and the inability to af-
ford two colors.

This year's five COAA Board members Uve in Portland, New York and
Washington D.C. and Becky Buyers-Basso lives in Bar Harbor. Since we take
turns hosting the bi-monthly meetings, there is a certain amount of travel involved.
As a board, we meet not only to put out this newsletter but to work on Col-
lege/Alumni relations. We sponsor the Mentor Program, encourage special events
such as the Tenth Reunion last year and we help coordinate fund raising cam-
paigns such as Annual Giving. Attempting to represent a cross section of the COA
Association, we also represent you to the Trustees and Administration of the Col-
lege. The newsletter serves as a conduit for your letters, for the "Campus Store"
and for forums such as our ongoing Readers' Forum, in which faculty and As-
sociates can share important books and articles with one another. It is interesting
to note that both faculty member Craig Greene and alumnus Bruce Bender have
recommended James Gleick's book Chaos: Making a New Science.

At the Tenth Reunion last year we began to talk together about what human
ecology means to each of us in our Uves now, ten years after COA. I'd Uke to see
that conversation continued in upcoming issues of this newsletter. Please write to
me, or to Becky, and tell us how the real world and human ecology converge in
your life today. When we put a few of these together, they will make a fascinating
and helpful statement.

For the Fall Issue we are also looking for photos of your children. More jmd
more alums and associates have children now, both large and small. We'd like to
run a gallery of faces, beaming out from the page. Please mail them directly to
Becky at the College.

I have recently been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Cathedral of St.
John the Divine, in New York City. Not only has this huge and active Cathedral
been thoroughly commited to the problems of the urban poor, to interfaith rela-
tions, and to the world of the arts, but it has long had a deep involvement with is-
sues of human ecology as well.

Its preachers have included Bishop Tutu and Wendell Berry. It is associated
with the Gaia Institute and with people like Lynn MaguUs, James Lovelock and
Roy Rappaport. The Cathedral sponsors the Lindisfarne Association which has
recently established a program for Biology, Cognition and Ethics. I'd Uke to see
whether a Cathedral/COA connection of some kind might be found. My point in
mentioning this now is to ask you what other connections might be out there, wait-
ing to be made? Those yet-to-be-made interconnections are part of what makes
our membership in COAA so filled with promise!

Hoping to see many of you at the COAA Aimual Meetmg on May 28.

Philip B. Kunhardt, III

College of the Atlantic Association
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

COAA NEWS is pubUshed Fall,
Winter and Spring by College of the
Atlantic Association, COA's alumni
organization since 1982.

May 1988 Edition, Vol. 3, No. 3


Philip B. Kunhardt, HI '77
Production Editor,

Rebecca Buyers-Basso '81

Jamien Jacobs '86

COAA 1987 ^ Board Members

Michael Kaiser '85, Secretiuy
Jean McHugh '81, Treasurer
George Benington '82
Joy Knowlton '82
Philip B. Kunhardt, m '77

The college logo combines three runic symbols:

^rV^ for ocean, intertwined in a circle
symbolizing the earth and universe.

Table of Contents

Mentor Program page 1

Pioneer Alum page 1

Editor's Note page 2

Phonathon page 3

Readers' Forum page 3

PersonjJ Notes page 4

Campus Store, Notices
and Update Form page 7

Phonathon Raises $4,600 From 87 Alumni

Using President Lou Rabineau's
office in the Turrets as a base of
operation, 16 COA seniors and alum-
ni made hundreds of telephone calls
April 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th to
COA alumni across the country. Th
purpose of the phonathon was to seek
100% participation of alumni in the
College's 1987-88 Annual Fund. Over
the four nights of calling, eighty-seven
alumni made pledges totalling $4,611.

The phonathon effort was
laimched by a fundraising sub-com-
mittee of the COAA Board, which
conceived the "Work a Day for COA"
campaign. Between November and
April, eighty-seven gifts totalling just
under $8,000 were received by the
College in response to a letter of ap-
peal that was sent to all alumni in Oc-
tober. Including the phonathon
pledges, $12,440 has been raised so
far this year from 174 alumni, repre-

senting about 40% of COA

Most colleges rely heavily upon
Trustees and Aliunni for fmancial
and moral backing. The success of
the phonathon has been a boost to
the Annual Fund and it is also the
voice of a collective vote of con-
fidence in COA's past and future suc-

At the COAA Board's meeting
last July members unanimously
agreed to target an increase in An-
nual Giving as a fundraising priority.
At that time a graph outlining the
source of gifts to the College was
presented; unanimous too, was the
Board's astonishment upon realizing
that Alumni contributed 1.1% of the
total amount during fiscal year 1986-
87. Trustees provided 61.1%.

The COAA Board then took up
a first time challenge from the

College's Trustee Development Com-
mittee to set an objective for alumni
annual giving — $12,000.

It cannot be overemphasized
that the main goal of the alumni ap-
peal is to realize an increase in par-
ticipation, at any level of contribution.
The idea of "working a day for COA'
and donating that day's pay was
merely to attach a tangible dollar
figure to an open request. The
COAA Board's goal is still to receive
100% participation on behalf of
alumni. Currently, at the 40% level,
participation is higher that ever
before, and the Board hopes that
more alumni will contribute before
June 30, the end of the College's fis-
cal yesu.

Joy Knowlton
Member of the COAA Board
Fundraising Sub-Committee

Readers' Forum

Recommended by Craig Greene-

Chaos: Making a New Science, by James Gleick. Viking Press, New York. 1987.
Alumnus Jim Senter brought this book to my attention. In it, Gleick describes our preoccupation with stability and
equilibrium models in the physical and Ufe sciences - a preoccupation that blinds us to the pervasive, orderly and
possibly more significant pattern of chaos in natural systems. The new science of chaos represents a paradigm shift,
a scientific revolution in the Kuhnian sense, that challenges widely accepted dogma in physics, biology, economics,
astronomy, etc. How comforting to think that all the chaos in the life around us is only natural!

Recommended by Bruce Bender:

Chaos: Making a New Science, by James Gleick. Viking Press, New York. 1987.
I had been wondering what use Benoit Mandelbrot and fractals were to land use planning ~ surely some - but
didn't have a clue where to begin. Gleick's book is where: it presents an overview of the history and personalities of
the whole chaos thing.

QED, by Richard Feynmann.
I have been reading about quantum physics, since I wonder if it isn't down a reductionist bUnd alley and in need of a
basic paradigm change. Well, I don't understand enough to tell, but this book is a gem. It consists of four lectures
Feynmenn gave to explain quantum electrodynamics to laypersons. There are no such things as waves, he says. The
Heisenburg uncertainty principle is uimecessary and irrelevant (!).

High Output Management, by Andrew Grove.

Compared to some of the classics of business management this book is bold, brassy, succinct, and very good. (Grove
is the head of Intel, the computer manufacturer.)

Parkinson's Law, and Other Studies in Administration, by C. Northcote Parkinson.
"Work expands to fill the time available for its completion." Here is a whole book full of corollaries and further ob-
servations of equal wit and truth. The book is so relentlessly tongue in cheek it's hard to know what's up, but then,
that's often true of life in general.

Personal Notes

Kirsten Backstrom '84 is now living
in Seattle where she has access to
other artists and women's com-
munities. She is working as a bar-
tender in a women's bar part-time to
pay the rent and continues making
baskets and woven sculpture for sale
(Temperwork Baskets") and to show
in local galleries. She is also studying
to become a therapist but writing is
still at the center of her activities. She
has completed her second novel (the
first she called a learning experience)
and is working on a third as well as a
book of essays. She reports that she is
not making much money but that she
is happy with the diversity of her life.
She plans to move back to Maine
when she is ready for a permanent

Bruce Bender '76 has a new job as
Executive Director of the Upper Val-
ley/Lake Sunapee Reginioal Coimcil
in Lebanon, New Hampshire. The

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region consists of three towns in Ver-
mont and 28 towns in New
Hampshire, including Hanover
(where Dartmouth is) and some
resort areas. The council does all
sorts of land use related planning in
the area, most of which is growing
rapidly. There is a very interesting
mix of people, including old Yankee
families and many outsiders who've
moved there by choice, sort of like
Mount Desert Island. The new job
means a move for Bruce. He writes:
"Mo\Tng becomes a bit more of an or-
deal with a family. The moving com-
panies say that the average American
family has between 12 and 20 tons of
stuff - and we have 17! Ye gods and
little fishes! Seventeen tons of stuff!
Thoreau was right."

Ann Seymour and I got married in
July 1985, after a bike trip across
country and before our trip to the
South Pacific. We figiu-ed if we still

liked each other after camping
together nonstop for seven months,
we were meant for one another. Ann
plans to graduate from COA this
spring to conclude her nearly epic
seven year undergraduate career. She
is working on her Senior Project here
while I study graduate level Ecology
and Behavioral Biology at the
University of Miimesota. This is a
BIG school - 50,000 students. The
general biology class that I am help-
ing to teach has a mere 1100 students!
I am starting to recognize faces, at
least in my department, so things are
looking up. We would love to see any
one of your s milin g familiar faces. We
have a carpeted floor to share and
would really like to hear from you.

Shan Burson '83/ Ann Seymour
Dept. of Ecology, 109 Zoology
318 Church St. SE
MinneapoUs, MN 55455
(H) 612-489-6866, (W) 625-0670

(more notes on page 5)

high school and ended up graduating
early because of COA. I went on to
choose Hampshire as my college, but
quickly transferred to Bowdoin,
where I stayed until graduation in
June of 1976. Why didn't I choose to
come to COA? Maybe because I
thought it would be too small, or per-
haps too unstructured. And I'm sad
to say I've had almost no ties
whatsoever with COA since."

Now Bill works for one of the
largest development companies in
the U.S., of which he is part owner. A
recent project of his in Arlington,
Virginia, involved the creation of two
entire office buildings, with a total of
one half million square feet of floor
space, at a cost of one hundred mil-
lion dollars.

Bill and I talked about his
philosophy of the land and its proper
development. I asked him specifically
if his COA experience, or an environ-
mental ethic in general had had any
influence upon the way he conducted
himself in business.

"Without wanting to sound trite,
I think yes. I would say that I bring an
environmental ethic to the business
of land development. Take an area
like Washington, D.C., a highly
developed area. It's important to
determine where there should be fu-
ture development, such as within an
office corridor around the beltway,
and where there should be only
residentijd buildings, and where there
should be park land. It is essential to
have strong zoning in place in order
to keep some areas completely un-
touched. For instance, I belong to the
Piedmont Environmental Council,
whose object is to protect farmland
from being gobbled up.

"You can blame developers for
everything, but when you come down
to it, it is people who zone the land.
It's easy to see what is going on in
Maine right now, as far as land
speculation and development is con-
cerned. And it's essential that areas
be protected. There need to be
places where you can still get away

from cars and people, and get a sense
of being completely lost."

Bill is married to Alice Rowley
Janes ("Missy") and they have a boy,
"Pack" and a girl, "Max". For the past
several years they have sought out the
beautiful isolation of North Haven,
Maine for their summer vacations.

The things Bill remembers best
about College of the Atlantic are
people: Bill Carpenter, Sam Eliot, Ed
Kaelber ("He just inspires me."), Mel
Cote ("who I thought was great") and
Tibby Russell, who taught a seminar
based out of the Jackson Laboratory.

"I have very fond memories of
my sunmier at the College. What
those people were trying to do, I
thought would be a great success."

Philip B. Kunhardt, III

Personal Notes

June Tuson DufTord 78, her husband, Jim, and their two children left their home
and construction business in Alaska for a two month vacation in Connecticut.
Two-and-a-half years later, they have still not returned because of the downturn
in Alaska's economy. They are prospering in CT where Jim finds plenty of work,
June is taking paralegal classes and they are building their own home. The Duf-
fords (with the exception of their newest addition) are pictured above.

Letitia Brewster 76 and her husband,
David Walton, have a baby daughter
named Ahce Fytte Walton, born
February 19, 1988.

Anne W. Goodwin 74 has been
making her home in Sonoma, Califor-
nia where she finds herself happy with
the weather, people and all the ele-
ments. She teaches a class on
creativity and works with her
husband's "Bright Builders" business.
Anne also reads tarot, hikes, enjoys
hummingbirds, travel and writing.

Matt Hare '84 writes from the
University of Alaska where he is
working on his Master's Degree: "I'm
nearly a year into my program, taking
ever more classes, teaching and
squeezing little Aleutian song spar-
rows for their DNA in order to study
their population genetics. Who would
have thought that counting whale
respirations would lead to this? . . .

Fairbanks doesn't have an ocean, but
it is feeling more like home each day
that the sun goes higher and the snow
remains on the ski trails. I have just
returned from a sea kayak trip to
Columbia glacier in Prince WiUiam
Sound. These are the things that keep
me excited about being here, and I
hope I will attract some of you to
come play. Always an open door ~
P.O.B. 84771 CoUege, AK 99708.

Katherine Wade Hazard 76 has been
appointed clerk to Judge Harry Ed-
wards of the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia. Her one
year clerkship will begin in August,
1989, following her graduation from
the Law School of Boston University.

Suzanne Franklin Hellman '82 is

working as an "employment specialist"
for the developmentally disabled. She
does both community PR work and
on-the-job training in Essex Coimty,

NJ. Project H.I.R.E. is currently
looking to fill two or three positions
similar to Suzanne's. She says it is a
diversified and rewarding job, and
possessing a human ecologist's
perspective is ideal.

If you are interested in applying,

Suzanne at 4 De Witt Ave.

BeUeville, NJ 07109

Patrick Hunt '80 has moved to White
Flower Farm in Litchfield, CT where
he is an apprentice grower. The farm
is owned by EUot Wadsworth,
publisher of Horticulture magazine.
Pat is currently looking for a
reasonable rent in the area. Any
alums in Litchfield? He can be
reached at (203) 567-0801.

Katrin M. Hyman '83 married
Eugene Tchana on January 22, 1988
in Maraoun, Cameroon.

Than James '84 and his wife, Alison,
are teaching at the North Country
School in Lake Placid, New York.
Than earned his Master of Education
in 1987 for which he wrote a thesis on
"Using the Word Processor to En-
hance Writing Skills in the Middle

Joy Knowlton '82 plans to be married
to her fiance Tom Field on July 16 at
a ceremony by the sea in South
Dartmouth, Mass.

Paul Kozak '86 appeared in two short
plays at Portland's Tree Cafe in
February, "The Talking Dog" by John
Guare and "The Unsung Human" by
Paul himself. Paul is a graduate of the
prestigious Trinity Square Acting
Conservatory in Providence, RI
where he studied acting and playwrit-
ing. "The Unsung Human" was
described by the author as being "a
very male play" based on a conversa-
tion between Paul and a childhood

(more notes on page 6)

Personal Notes

Adele Lupo "86 is temporarily back on
the coast of Maine being a nanny to
her newborn nephew. She has
returned from a wonderful year in
Scotland where she was housesitting,
waitressing, exploring and falling in
love. . . She plans to rejoin her fiance
in northern Scotland in the spring.

Greg Merrill '79 wrote us from the
Italian Riviera where he found him-
self after telemark skiing in the Swiss
Alps and touring Milano, Venezia,
Firenze and Roma. He will returm to
Seattle and a new job as director of a
maximum security unit within a
juvenile prison. Greg will be doing
cognitive/behavioral and group
therapies with adolescent sexual of-
fenders. Last year he completed a
Masters of Social Work at the
University of Washington. Then,
prior to his trip to Europe, he served
as a treatment specialist with street
youths in a downtown Seattle crisis
residential center.

Greg has enjoyed living in the
Seattle area where he has access to
both cultural and wilderness outings.
He encourages visitors to the west
coast to look him up. His work phone
number is 624-6514 ext. 321.

Shosahana (Susan) Perry '83 is cur-
rently studying at Hebrew Union Col-
lege where she has only one year
remaining of rabbinic school. She
reports that she will be the rabbi in
Bangor next year on a monthly basis
and feels like she'll be coming home.
Friends may reach her at:

235 W. 102nd Street #16B
New York, New York 10025
(H) 212-663-5475

Para Stone "87 is serving as Co-Direc-
tor of Vandcrbilt University's Student
Environmental Health Project in

John Tapper '83 has won a Christa
MacAauliffe Fellowship to implement
a junior high school curriculum he
designed entitled "Stars Over Ver-

mont". John is the only recipient of
the national award in the state of
Vermont. He will receive a year's
salary ($26,000) and $10,000 to pur-
chase equipment for his program.
"Stars Over Vermont" combines the
study of astronomy with a treatment
of some of the larger philosphical
questions of life. John is currently a
third grade teacher at the
Westminster School.

Jo Todrank 76 has been admitted to
the Ph.D. program in Experimental
Psychology at Northeastern Univer-
sity. She is planning a visit to Mount
Desert Island before diving into the
program in September.

Michael Weber '83 studied at the
Rhode Island School of Design after
graduating from COA and now lives
m the East Village of Manhatten
working as a designer for a mid-town
firm, doing communication, product
and packaging design.

Compiled by
Rebecca Buyers-Basso

MentOrCcontinued from page 1)

to the 40 to 50 COA seniors an-
ticipating graduation this spring and
entry into the world of work.

Jean McHugh '80, the COAA
Board Member who first envisioned a
mentor program for COA, says she is
pleased with aliunni response to the
Mentor Program. Jill Barlow-Kelley,
COA Career Services staffer and the
administrative "liroker" of the
program, says she would like to see
100 Mentors registered. She noted
that, even before the program was ad-
vertised in OFF THE WALL, she
had requests from students wanting
to talk to alumni working in
groundwater quality assessment,
recycling and forest research.

For more information on the
Mentor Program, feel free to contact
the Alunmi Office.

Rebecca Buyers-Basso

Kaelber Hall in Process

Campus Store

For those of you who have been
wondering how to get your hands on a
COA sweatshirt, want to buy the
latest edition of VOICES or have been
thinking about ordering a COA chair
for your office, this is the place to


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