New House, Random Find HousemastersBy Brett Altschul
Two dormitories, New House and Random Hall, received new housemasters this fall. The pair follows Burton-Conner House, MacGregor House, and Senior House, which received new housemasters this summer.
Professor of Chemistry John M. Essigmann PhD '76 and his wife Ellen M. Essigmann PhD '80 have taken the New House positions.
The Essigmanns "enjoy being housemasters enormously," John said. "We have tried to attend as many of the house meetings and functions as possible," he said.
"Many of the pressures the undergraduates feel and the problems they face are ones Ellen and I experienced earlier in our lives," Essigmann said. "Even though we have been here less than a month, we have found almost daily that our experience in dealing with problems has been of value."
The Essigmanns see the culturally distinct New House living groups like Chocolate City and the language houses as an advantage. They also present a challenge when working "on those issues on which the house must some together," Essigmann said.
The Essigmanns replaced Professor of Mechanical Engineering Derek Rowell.
Random gets new housemasters
Librarian Nina J. Davis-Millis and her husband, Christopher Millis, have become Random's new housemasters. The two replace Halston W. Taylor, head coach of the men's track and cross country teams, and his wife Cathy.
The Taylors left Random Hall because they have a baby and needed more space than the Random housemasters' apartment offered. They are now to the housemasters at Burton-Conner House.
The new housemasters feel "very comfortable and really lucky to be there," Davis-Millis said. "Random really fits with our personality."
The couple has found that Random Hall "attracts people who are very self-sufficient and have a lot of resources," Davis-Millis said.
"We were very involved during rush, but since then we've had less contact with the students," Davis-Millis said.