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The Guilford Edge Enlightening Experiences Abroad
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Friends, THE GUILFORD EDGE HAS ARRIVED — ushering in an exciting new era in the life of the College. Our totally reimagined and unsurpassed educational experience offers great promise in driving Guilford to new heights of national distinction. We are excited to report on the long-anticipated early returns from the unsurpassed student experiences with the Edge. In the cover story for this issue of Guilford College Magazine, Jed Edwards ’20 and Aaron Eisenburg ’20 write about student experiences with the Learning Collaboratively component of the Edge in the U.K., Germany, Spain, India and Norway, as well as domestically during our inaugural 3-week term. As
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
senior honors students, they participated in the U.K. program at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England, which was the Hogwarts Castle in the Harry Potter series. Our curriculum has been transformed along with the academic calendar, and the positive changes do not stop there. In this issue, you will read about the multitude of recent facilities improvements, including the restoration of Binford and Milner Halls to provide an outstanding residential experience for students. The restoration of Rachel's Rose Cottage was funded by trustee Fred Taylor '77, creating a beautiful gathering space. Meanwhile, the remodeled Founders Dining Center is bright and welcoming and Hege-Cox Hall has seen upgrades that enhance our Art programs. Philanthropic support is fueling Guilford’s upward trajectory. To date, nearly $5 million has been raised for the Edge from trustees, alumni and other individuals and organizations. The Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation of Greensboro provided a large grant
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impacting curricular redesign, facilities, scholarships,
The Guilford EDGE in Action
Collaborative Learning: Enlightening Experiences
faculty development, internships and fellowships.
And Steve Trout ’82 and Athena Trout created a fund supporting internships for rising seniors in honor of Paul Zopf, Professor Emeritus of Sociology & Anthropology,
New Fund Opens Up
Steve’s academic and thesis advisor at Guilford. Guilford is a remarkable community of students, faculty, alumni, parents and friends. In this issue you
Internships for Students
will read about Exel Estrada ’21 and his application of ethical leadership to his studies and his career plans. You will find profiles of recent alums who are doing
Guilfordians, and those whose lives we celebrated with their passing in recent months. Our new Volunteer Program is the cornerstone of our updated alumni engagement model and our commitment to an active and robust Alumni Association that models Guilford values and pride. Volunteers will support Edge-related career preparation for students as well as the planning, promotion and execution of College events, including sharing their Guilford stories with prospective students and their families.
Ethical Leadership: Leading by Example
Rallying Campus Spirit: A Rejuvenated Campus
amazing work in their communities, as well as news about alumni awards presented to distinguished
Teaming for Success:
Where Are They Now?
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Introducing the Guilford Volunteer Program
There is so much for alumni, parents and benefactors to be enthused about at this moment in time at Guilford College. For that reason, I am excited to invite you into a new level of engagement with the College as we build our sustainable future together.
Jane K. Fernandes President
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HOMECOMING & FAMILY WEEKEND
PHOTOS BY JENNA SCHAD
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hroughout Homecoming & Family Weekend, alumni, family and friends of Guilford College returned to campus, celebrating reunions, dancing in the quad and cheering on the Quakers. Members of the Classes of 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1994, 1999 and 2009 all returned to campus to celebrate the anniversaries of their graduation. While the Class of 1964 met up at a farm for a pig pickin’, the Class of 1974 enjoyed brunch at Print Works Bistro. These reunions allowed classmates to reconnect with members of their own classes while also meeting alumni from other decades. At the second annual Neck of the Woods music festival, cover band Night Years opened with hits spanning the years while attendees enjoyed freshly made funnel cakes, fried fish and ribs from food trucks. Carnival games, a craft fair and a beer garden rounded out the offerings. National recording artist Bas followed Night Years’ danceable set, performing tracks from his recently released album. Armfield Athletic Center remained busy throughout the Saturday of Homecoming & Family Weekend. Although the football team fell to Shenandoah earlier in the day, the women’s and men’s soccer teams triumphed over Sweet Briar and Ferrum. Just outside, alumni, families and students congregated for tailgating and Quakerpalooza, snacking on chicken wings and bouncing on giant inflatables. Homecoming & Family Weekend is an opportunity to see former professors, learn about students’ experiences studying abroad and tour the campus renovations. Join us Oct. 9-10, 2020, for the fun!
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Class of 1969 Celebrates 50th Anniversary THROUGHOUT HOMECOMING, members of the Class of
for the first time to wear pants to class and the first black
1969 celebrated their 50th reunion and their induction
student organization, Brothers and Sister in Blackness,
into the Golden Circle. This special weekend gave class
members the opportunity to see the many parts of
At the Golden Circle Induction Ceremony, Gertrude Judd
campus that have changed since their graduation.
Upperman ‘69 spoke about these changes and struggles and
The Class of 1969 attended Guilford during a time of
how they shaped the class. “Through all of these conditions,
national upheaval and change, including the Civil Rights
we emerged as young adults understanding the Quaker
Movement and the Vietnam War. There were also many
values of community, diversity, equality, excellence,
changes on campus: College convocation was no longer
integrity, justice and stewardship and how these values
mandatory for all students, women students were allowed
would follow us and impact us in life,” said Gertrude.
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Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation: A Gift That Keeps On Giving “The investment in Guilford College by the Tannenbaum-
THIS FALL, THEATRE TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Brian Coleman joined with Don Smith, Associate Professor of Physics,
Sternberger Foundation will have a significant impact on our
to offer a course titled “Lights at Full: The Science of Theatre
ability to provide an education that is truly transformative for
Stagecraft.” Covering circuitry, optics and color, the course
our students,” said President Jane Fernandes.
taught how to make light plots and implement designs to evoke
Jeanne Tannenbaum had similar sentiments. “The Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation board
psychological reactions from an audience. For educators like Brian, The Guilford Edge has provided not only opportunities like this, but also a more enjoyable teaching process. “My class is project-based, and meeting students on consecutive days for longer class periods tightens the feedback loop, which helps us reach our goals quicker,” said Brian. And thanks to a significant gift by The
“The 3-week semester’s
immersive nature let me focus on the subject better than I ever could have with a 15-week one.”
Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation of
— Elizabeth Dizon '22
future of Guilford College and its students. Contributing to an excellent experience for students and faculty aligns with our values and mission,” said the Board Chair. As part of the Edge initiative, the College updated its curriculum for the first time in more than two decades and instituted a unique calendar that includes 3- and 12-week terms each semester. The 3-week term features
Greensboro, the impact is sure to continue.
an intensive, single-course, team-based
Launched this fall, The Guilford Edge was designed to ensure that students can thrive through uncommon
is pleased to be able to support the bright
opportunity for every student every semester.
engagement in real-world learning. More than 400 first years
The Edge has four focus areas: learning collaboratively,
started at Guilford this fall and will be the first class to have a
teaming for student success with integrated advising and
four-year Edge experience.
post-college planning, developing ethical leadership and
The Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation made a $175,000
rallying campus spirit. Additionally, the College has restored
gift to Guilford College to support this innovative Guilford Edge
Binford and Milner residence halls, remodeled its dining
program. This type of giving falls in line with the Foundation’s
center and added gathering spaces.
commitments to improve the quality of life in Guilford County.
“The Guilford Edge is a bold, comprehensive plan based upon
Potential areas to be impacted by the Foundation’s grant
the results of extensive research. We are excited to help fund
include curricular redesign, facilities, scholarships, faculty
such a worthy project, ” said Bob Klepfer, Executive Director of
development, internships and fellowships.
BRIAN COLEMAN INSTRUCTS ELIZABETH DIZON ’22 AND JOENN LANZA ’21 ON THE PRINCIPLES OF S TA G E L I G H T I N G D U R I N G T H E J O I N T T H E AT R E / P H Y S I C S 3 - W E E K C O U R S E “ L I G H T S AT F U L L : T H E S C I E N C E O F T H E AT R E S TA G E C R A F T ”
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President’s International Philanthropy Council Established as New Leadership Group THE GUILFOR D COLLEGE President’s International Philanthropy Council has been established, comprised of alumni, parents and friends who are among Guilford’s most devoted benefactors. “We have selected council members for leadership in this capacity because I firmly believe
PRESIDENT’S INTERNATIONAL PHILANTHROPY COUNCIL
that they have the commitment, wisdom, integrity and foresight
that is necessary to ensure we are successful in realizing our vision for Guilford to be a college of rapidly growing distinction and value,” said President Jane Fernandes. Council members will serve as independent advisors for the President and provide guidance on strategic issues as requested. They will be asked for expertise on projects and programs, to give of their philanthropy for the College’s
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priorities that align with their interests and to assist
3 Preserves your savings and cash flow.
3 Allows you to be more generous that you ever thought possible.
The generosity of benefactors enables Guilford to develop innovative academic and co-curricular programs that enrich the student experience, makes first-rate facilities possible and helps ensure the College is fiscally strong. Philanthropic commitments to The Guilford Edge, including those by benefactors among College trustees, alumni and foundations — some noted in this issue of Guilford College Magazine — are fueling Guilford's positive trajectory. The new council will meet in conjunction with significant benefactor events twice a year, coinciding with the President’s Dinner in April and the Celebration of Scholarships, Internships & Professorships in September. The council succeeds the Board of Visitors, which was a volunteer leadership group at Guilford from 1968-2018. Individuals or organizations who are interested in becoming part of the council should contact Vice President for Advancement Ara Serjoie at firstname.lastname@example.org or
3 Easy to arrange. A simple paragraph added to your will is all it takes to make a bequest. 3 Provides you a steady stream of retirement income while providing a tax deduction with a charitable gift annuity. I’m glad to collaborate with your financial advisors to structure your special gift. Sharon Gaskin, Director of Charitable Gift Planning, 336.316.2167 or email@example.com
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MAKE A DIFFERENCE. EVERY GIFT. EVERY YEAR. Each gift to the Guilford College Annual Funds offers more than financial support for the College — it helps provide the students of today and tomorrow with unique and innovative educational opportunities to grow into leaders who will promote positive change in the world.
Join Marcy in making a difference for Guilford students today. Office of Advancement 5800 West Friendly Avenue Greensboro, NC 27410 336.316.2321 firstname.lastname@example.org www.giving.guilford.edu
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“I support Guilford College because my experience provided me with critical thinking and writing skills that helped carry me to success in my career and personal life. This was Guilford’s gift to me, and I am grateful for the ways Guilford continues to impact my life.” MARCY MAURY ´74
With Honors In her opening remarks at the 2019 Guilford College Alumni Awards, President Jane Fernandes called this year’s recipients the “cream of the crop” of the Guilford
F R O M L E F T T O R I G H T, G E R T R U D E U P P E R M A N ’ 6 9 , W E S G AV I N S ’ 9 2 , D I YA A B D O O N B E H A L F O F E V E R Y C A M P U S A REFUGE, MARIGNY BOSTOCK ’01, HELEN WOMACK, MARTHA T YSON ON BEHALF OF VERNON T YSON ’53 , BEN SNYDER ’ 0 7, R I C H I E Z W I E G E N H A F T, J O H N G O O G E ’ 5 0 , A N D J A N E F E R N A N D E S / P H O T O B Y J U L I E K N I G H T
community, noting that each of the distinguished Values of Guilford, such as
Young Alumni Achievement Awards
stewardship, integrity and
Immigration Law Specialist
Ben Snyder ’07 is a Partner
winners embodies the Core
“All of our awardees were
at Charlotte Immigration
nominated by someone who
Law. Ben studied Peace
saw the work they do and
& Conflict Studies and
the driving force behind
Philosophy and says that
their actions to make life
law has given him an outlet
better for other people,”
to practice his passion
Jane explained at the April
for social justice in a
24 ceremony in Founders
Hall. “We hope stories of our honorees will make an impression on our current students and inspire them.” Here’s a brief round-up of the 2019 recipients. To learn more, visit www.giving.guilford.edu.
Marigny Bostock ’01 is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Tulane University Innovations in Positive Parenting Study. Marigny and her husband, Jon ’99, fund the part-
skills in interdisciplinary
thinking, Wes also
who started teaching at
Guilford in 1974, is the
Through the Googe Family Scholarship Fund, John Googe ’50 has culminated a long entrepreneurial career by providing students with
Receiving the award posthumously was Vernon Tyson ’53 for his work as a champion for racial justice throughout his 60-year career as a Methodist Minister.
’69 was among the first
is Chief Information Security Officer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. Known for his
Only the fifth person to be
major and former Marine,
in establishing the school’s
Honorary Alumna Award
Wes Gavins ’92, a History
he was also instrumental
to a Guilford education.
Coordinator position within
Alumni Excellence Awards
Professor of Psychology,
financial need easier access
Charles C. Hendricks ’40 Distinguished Service Awards
time Immigrant Student
faculty member. Dana
African American students at Guilford College. She helped to charter the first African American student organization, Brothers and Sisters in Blackness, and the Black Alumni of Guilford College.
named an honorary alumna/ us of the College, Helen Womack proudly accepted this year’s distinction. Helen and her husband, Winslow Womack ’50, established the Helen and Winslow Womack Award in 1997 to support academic endeavors for Physics students.
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Walking the Walk The 2019-20 Bryan Series season begins with two inspiring voices. Education, the environment and trusting your gut were some of the hot-button topics addressed by the kick-off speakers for the Guilford College Bryan Series. On Sept. 10, former First Lady Laura Bush shared thoughts about family and
P H O T O S B Y J U L I E K N I G H T / LY N N H E Y
the “afterlife” — meaning life after the White House — to a crowd of 2,600 at
She also candidly discussed her
the Greensboro Coliseum. She said that
struggle with identity. “Do what
she and former President George W.
you think is right,” Laura recalls
Bush are enjoying life in Dallas, Texas,
her mother-in-law, Barbara Bush,
and shared updates on their daughters
and grandchildren. Laura said her passion for education
On Oct. 2, The Honorable
going to go away … when do we meddle
Stephen Breyer and CBS News’ Chief
and when do we not?”
guided her time as First Lady and
Legal Correspondent Jan Crawford had
continues to play an important role
an intimate conversation about politics,
then addressed a full gamut of
in the “afterlife.” She talked about
family, Stephen’s latest book and the
questions — from conservative versus
her career as an educator in Texas
inner workings of the Supreme Court.
liberal justices to how to achieve a long,
and how her experiences shaped
The Associate Justice said through
In a Q&A session led by Jan, Stephen
happy marriage. His advice for the
her values regarding literacy and
his book, The Court and the World:
next generation of change-makers?
education. Additionally, Laura
American Law and the New Global
“Read. Think. Talk. Listen.” And liberal
continues to devote time to global
Realities, that he wants to educate
arts helps. “Anything that tells you
women’s issues and the preservation of
people on the impact of the law beyond
about the lives of people you might not
U.S. borders. “Local versus global isn’t
GUILFORD COLLEGE BRYAN SERIES SPRING 2020 The Guilford College Bryan Series invites you to be our guest for the Spring 2020 events, now at the new state-of-the-art Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Greensboro.
Sally Field MARCH 24 The two-time Academy Award winner is one of our most celebrated and
Colson Whitehead APRIL 23 Author of six novels, including The Underground Railroad, he is a Pulitzer
enduring actors who has played
Prize and National Book Award winner
notable and memorable TV and film
and a significant voice on slavery and
roles such as Gidget, Sybil, Norma Rae and
segregation. As our society grapples with
Mary Todd Lincoln. Her intimate memoir In
lingering race issues, unpacking this history
Pieces was a 2018 New York Times Notable Book of
together is an important exercise. His newest book,
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The Nickel Boys, was released in May.
Be the wellspring of
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See concerts, plays, dance, lectures, movies and more in our new theatre.
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Socialize in our new lounge.
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EXPLORE Learning Collaboratively Guilford students will experience the power of collaboration working side-byside with peers and professors. They will take a deeper dive into their interests as they benefit from hands-on learning in their community and beyond.
REIMAGINING EDUCATION Introducing the
DISCOVER Teaming for Success Led by an expert Guilford Guide, students will discover their own path to success with the help of their own dedicated personal team of advisers. Students will design their education with an eye towards a rewarding career.
Debuting in the fall semester of 2019, Guilford College redesigned its entire educational experience with its students in mind. The Guilford Edge is comprised of four intersecting points of distinction, which work together to serve a central focus â€” uncommon engagement in real-world learning for every student, every semester. The compelling result is exceptionally prepared graduates who will excel and thrive in a world of change.
Learn more at
Rallying Campus Spirit
At Guilford, learning is connected to gaining insights about oneâ€™s purpose and potential. Students will be challenged to develop the ethical leadership that will help them live a life of integrity.
Through a welcoming, inclusive community, Guilford students will receive all the best of college life combined with a highly personal and practical experience-based education.
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Enlightening Experiences Abroad B Y J E D E D WA R D S ' 2 0 A N D A A R O N E I S E N B U R G ' 2 0 PHOTOS BY JENNA SCHAD / MICHAEL CROUCH
Thanks to The Guilford Edge, some of the College’s most collaborative learners spent part of the fall in Spain, Germany, Norway, India and England. One of the most impactful parts of the initiative is the partitioning of semesters to include a 3-week session. Many students took advantage of study abroad options during this time. Some programs were derivatives of already popular areas of study, while others were conceived from a variety of disciplines. Here’s a sampling of student experiences. >>
S T U D E N T S AT T E N D E D C L A S S A G A I N S T T H E BACKDROP OF ALNWICK CASTLE IN ENGL AND.
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LEARNING COLLABORATIVELY Galicia, Spain Honors 200: Fantastic Journeys — Pilgrimage & Hospitality: El Camino de Santiago de Compostela This year the Honors program introduced the redesigned Honors 200: Fantastic Journeys with director Heather Hayton taking a flagship group of 22 students to Spain. After a week of reviewing the components of pilgrimage and hospitality on campus, the group spent four days walking the Camino de Santiago, visiting cities like Lisbon, Pontevedra and Santiago. One of the major Christian pilgrimage routes of the Middle Ages, the Camino de Santiago and the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela have attracted guests for more than 1,000 years. the Brothers Grimm, Thomas Mann
and Psychology Professor Eva McGuire
challenging, magical, full of joy and
and Marlen Hauschofer, among others.
for their team-taught course comparing
camaraderie,” Heather said. “We
The movies followed the same theme,
prisons in the United States and Norway.
discovered things about ourselves and
including Die Weiße Rose (The White
The course began locally with the study
the larger world, and were humbled
Rose), a 1982 film about a group of
of the American prison system. From
by the small towns along the Camino
Munich University students who lead a
there, the students traveled to Norway
that have dedicated themselves to
resistance against the Nazi Regime.
to compare its structure, which is widely
“Our journey was at turns exciting,
welcoming poor or tired strangers.” Heather, who has led seven Guilford study abroad programs, remarked that the new semester schedule has
Additionally, the Guilford group trekked the beautiful trails and mountains of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Senior English and German double-
considered more humane. On campus, the class took field trips to the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women, Central Prison
great potential for study abroad
major Lana Heltzel ‘20 says that “there
and Wake Correctional Center, and met
opportunities. Designed for second-year
was a lot of satisfaction in knowing no
with North Carolina Department of
Honors students, the new Honors 200
day was wasted. One day we would hike or
Public Safety leaders.
component will shift its focus every year
take a cable-car to the top of a mountain,
but always include a “fantastic journey.”
and the next we would be seeing a ferry
women’s maximum-security prison,
ride across stunning lakes — always with
a men’s maximum-security prison,
the mountains in the backdrop.”
as well as a men’s minimum security
Once in Norway, students visited a
Alp Dreams – Forest Tales and Mountain Trails
of Guilford’s study abroad programs is
responsible for the prison’s operations.
Guilford has been sending students to
now an ideal fit for The Guilford Edge.
The group also met with a Professor in
Germany for 41 years. For this term’s
Indeed, what may have been the gem
prison where the incarcerated are
the Department of Criminology at the
3-week session, Professor of German
Dave Limburg led 20 students on a quest
Norwegian Prison Administration.
while traveling the countryside. The
Justice and Policy Studies & Psychology: Comparison of Prison Systems in Norway and the USA
syllabus largely consisted of what Dave
Eighteen students joined Justice and
the current North Carolina Commissioner
refers to as “dark mountain tales” by
Policy Studies Professor Sherry Giles
of Prisons, says he plans to share these
to study German literature and cinema
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University of Oslo and leaders from the Back at Guilford, students gave presentations to the NC DPS. Todd Ishee,
For a photo gallery from other 3-week courses, visit www.guilford.edu/ Edge3Week
S T U D E N T S S T U D I E D I N A N U M B E R O F FA R AWAY P L A C E S , S U C H A S E N G L A N D , S PA I N A N D I N D I A , F O R THE INTENSIV E 3-WEEK COURSE.
Jamkhed, CRHP’s system includes helping
the Harry Potter series — and studied
and improving local farming efforts. “We
medicinal practices in the western
chose this organization because it takes a
world with an emphasis on the role and
holistic and multi-dimensional approach
perception of magic.
to addressing its mission,” says Lavon. As part of their studies, students
findings with other directors. Maya Brown ‘21 spoke on the value of using the 3-week as an opportunity for
“The space we were using was probably best known for its commercial
interacted with locals. Translators
or theatrical popularity,” says Michele.
helped conduct interviews and focus
“That was the backdrop for a more serious
groups about community issues that the
conversation about causal systems to
students had been studying.
make a rich cultural exploration.”
“It was interesting to hear what they
From studying the medicinal properties
students to travel for shorter periods of
had to say and compare it to our own
of local herbs, to re-enacting 19th century
time: “I wasn’t sure if I would like a full
prior knowledge,” says Alec McMahon
England’s reaction to Charles Darwin’s
semester abroad. The three weeks were
‘20, a Biology major. “It was truly an
Origin of Species, to discussing the beliefs
a good way of testing my interest.”
behind sympathetic magic in the gardens
Michael and Lavon’s biggest goal in
of Medieval priories, combining two
creating this course was to provide an
Business & Public Health: Community Health & Development
experiential learning environment.
the classes more engaging, noted
Emma Chaiken ‘20, a Theatre major, says
Chloe Wells ’20, a Religious Studies
Eleven students took part in a community
that was achieved. “If it weren’t for this
major and recipient of the CPPSET
health and development course during
trip or The Guilford Edge, I never would
Endowed Scholarship. “I was really glad
The Guilford Edge’s 3-week session.
have gone abroad.”
to see all the ways religion and biology
Following one week of on-campus
seemingly different disciplines made
study, the group traveled to Jamkhed,
India, with Business Professor Michael
Biology & Religious Studies: Mechanisms of Magic & Medicine
neighboring towns and castles, including
Dutch and Public Health Professor Lavon Williams to work alongside the
Biology Professor Michele Malotky
Edinburgh. Hannah McKinnis ‘20
Comprehensive Rural Health Project, an
and Religious Studies Professor Eric
particularly enjoyed scenic hikes along the
organization that provides healthcare
Mortensen’s course was the only one
northern sea. “The community-building
options to India’s marginalized and poor.
to spend the full three weeks abroad.
aspect was incredible,” she says. “We all felt
The group lived in Alnwick Castle — one
a bond after having gone through living in
of the famous filming locations for
a new place for three weeks together.”
Working to improve the overall health quality of the rural area surrounding
Students enjoyed day trips to Lindisfarne, Bamburgh, Craster and
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TEAMING FOR SUCCESS
S I E R R A M E N D E Z- N E F F ' 2 0 I N T E R N S F O R T H E G R E E N S B O R O FA R M E R ' S M A R K E T, L E A R N I N G H O W T H E GROW TH OF LOCAL FOOD AND ARTISAN GOODS BUSINESSES IMPROVE GREENSBORO'S ECONOMY AND BUILD SOCIAL AND COMMUNIT Y CONNECTIONS.
NEW FUND OPENS UP INTERNSHIPS FOR STUDENTS THE CHANCE TO GAIN real-world work experience just got a little easier for students at Guilford College, thanks to the new Annual Internship Fund created by Steve Trout ’82 and Athena Trout. “Financial constraints often impede a student’s pursuit of internships, as many internships are unpaid or pay a wage that does not cover living expenses,” says Karrie Manson ’82, Director of Integrated Career Advising. “Thanks to the support of Steve and Athena, this fund will provide financial assistance to help mitigate these financial hurdles.” The fund will be awarded to one rising senior per year, chosen through an application process. This is part of the reinvigorated
“Steve, a Dana Scholar, has
remained one of the most authentic, kind, intellectually curious and successful people I have ever met. He values greatly the education and relationships made at Guilford, which is so consistent with the ways he exhibited that in his friendships and academic work as a student.” — Karrie Manson '82
Steve created the fund as a way to reciprocate the financial support he received during his own academic career. “When I visited Guilford as a senior, I was blown away by the engaging faculty and staff and the friendly and inspired students,” Steve says. He has seen first-hand the value of work experience. “My employer, Wintrust Financial, invites 100 college students to explore careers in banking as summer interns, and we hire many of our interns upon graduation,” Steve says. “Having professionally relevant work experience offers graduates a significant advantage in securing employment and admission to graduate and professional schools.” Steve says he also created the
emphasis on internships and
Annual Internship Fund in honor of
networking created by Guided
Professor Emeritus Paul Zopf, who
Discovery. The new advising program connects students with Guilford
in engaged learning, and allows students
has always been dedicated to helping
Guides, academic and career advisors
the ability to gain basic workplace
students achieve their goals. “He
that help them explore and prepare
proficiencies such as adaptability,
not only was a great lecturer, but
for internships. The newly launched
collaboration, communication skills
supported me in following my ideas
Advancement Volunteer Program also
and the ability to solve complex
and helped me grow as a student, and
connects students with alumni to find
problems,” Karrie says. “Guilford
this fund will help other students
internship opportunities and mentors.
remains committed to supporting the
pursue their passions.”
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development of these proficiencies.”
— K. Alley
LEADING BY EXAMPLE WALKING ALONG THE TR EE-LINED sidewalks of Guilford, Exel Estrada ’21 looks like any other college student. But just six years ago in Guatemala, he was working as a carpenter’s assistant and going to night classes. “I told my classmates I wanted to be in school forever because I really enjoy learning, and they thought I was crazy,” Exel says. “If you’re a carpenter you stay a carpenter all your life. I wanted more.”
“I have not encountered
another student as dedicated to helping out on the campus and in the community as Exel is. He is able to identify a need and really drill down to find out how he can help specifically.” — Liz Torres Melendez
At the age of 14, Exel’s life changed
California with an Immigrant Student Coordinator. Liz Torres Melendez serves as a resource for Exel and all of Guilford’s immigrant population, helping navigate the world of FAFSA applications, health services, residency determinations and much more. “At a campus without this service these students have to do the leg work themselves, and it’s a big emotional and mental strain,” Liz says. Exel, who is interested in working
dramatically when he was able to join
in the healthcare field, also volunteers
his mother in Baltimore, Md. “High
with Cone Health, Hospice and the
school was a struggle in many ways,”
Alzheimer’s Association. “I am really grateful for the
Exel said. “I was having to learn English,
Sciences major volunteers as a guide
take a full load of classes and work to
for an after-school assistance program
scholarships that enabled me to attend
help the family.” With the support of his
at Northeast Guilford High School,
college here,” Exel says. “They have not
teachers and guidance counselors, Exel
helping students explore post-high
only given me the opportunity to pursue
not only performed well in high school
school options, and is developing a
the education I always dreamed of, but
but was able to earn a number of merit-
website of resources for immigrant
also opened my eyes to so much more.
based scholarships to help him attend
students. “I know first-hand how
I have the opportunity to give back to
Guilford College, including the Bonner
important it is to have a support system
others through volunteer work, and
Scholarship, the Eugene Thompson
in place to help you succeed in school,”
also have met many new mentors and
Scholarship and the Mirabelli-Heller
developed strong friendships. I was
Natural Sciences Award.
That support system doesn’t stop with
looking for a college with diversity and
Today, Exel uses his experiences to
high school. Thanks to a gift from Jon
a great sense of community, and I found
help others struggling to find their way
Bostock ’99 and Marigny Bostock ’01,
that here at Guilford College.”
in America. The Biology and Health
Guilford is the only school outside of
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RALLYING CAMPUS SPIRIT
A REJUVENATED CAMPUS BY K AREN ALLEY
State-of-the-art-demonstration kitchens, glass-windowed lounges full of natural light and large-screen TVs are just a few of the exciting new features around Guilford College’s campus. “It’s really important for our students to have updated spaces for living, studying, learning and coming together as a community,” said Len Sippel, Vice President for Administration and Finance. “We found a need for more gathering places around campus, and it’s exciting to see how these restorations are making historic old buildings new and vibrant for our students.”
BINFORD HALL When Binford Hall was built in 1962, the new dorm was a class act with terrazzo flooring and marble in the bathrooms. Now, almost 60 years later, beautifully refurbished marble and terrazzo flooring are still star features in the restored building. After over a year of construction, students moved into Binford Hall in 2018 to enjoy updated bathrooms and dorm rooms, all freshly painted and furnished with new mattresses. In addition, the glass-walled Orangerie was built next door. “The Orangerie is a fantastic place for studying or having meetings,” said Henry Freeman ’22.
RACHEL'S ROSE COTTAGE MILNER HALL
This year, one of the oldest buildings on campus found new
Like Binford Hall, Milner Hall was built
life. Rachel’s Rose Cottage was
in 1962 and has undergone a much-
built in 1903 to house the power
needed restoration, with construction
plant for the campus. And while
finishing up just in time for students
the building has seen many
to move in the fall of 2019. Walnut
different uses over the years
paneling, hidden for many years under
after the power plant expanded,
drywall, has been uncovered and
its most recent transformation
restored, along with terrazzo flooring
into a coffee shop and hangout is
similar to Binford Hall. One of the
bringing new life to the building
highlights of the Milner restoration
most recently known as the Hut. A
is the lower level. “We put in a large
fresh new whitewash brightens up
demonstration kitchen, as well as
the exterior, and inside has great
large-screen TVs and a foosball table to
gathering space. Grab a locally
create a gathering space for students,”
roasted coffee, tea, cupcake or
snack and enjoy the music.
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To see an online photo gallery of each renovation, visit www.guilford.edu/ EdgeRefresh
FOUNDERS DINING HALL Gathering together to share a meal is an important part of community and renovations to Founders Dining Hall, completed in the fall of 2019, brought a new light to Guilford's central gathering space. The new facility is in the same building, but is a total renovation, adding stations and creating a space where people are excited to sit down and eat together. The nine stations include the traditional hot line, along with pizza, a chef’s station where foods are prepared in front of the students and the beloved vegan station to accommodate different preferences of the Guilford College community.
HEGE-COX HALL Arts have always played a large part in the life of Guilford College, and now the Art Department has a building worthy of the students and faculty’s time and talents. Hege-Cox Hall underwent a complete renovation, opening up with grand fanfare in it and created an entirely new space dedicated to art,” Len said. Two buildings that
WOMEN'S LOCKER ROOMS
share an internal patio and outdoor teaching space provide plenty of space for
Building campus spirit means
students to work and create. Other additions include a new art gallery, fully equipped
supporting the whole gamut of college
ceramics and sculpture studios and senior art studios.
life, from academic to the arts to
the fall of 2018. “We took what was a residence hall turned art building, and gutted
athletics. With the recent renovations to the women’s locker rooms, each women’s sports team has its own space. “The renovation took the old racquetball courts, which were used as a dance studio and storage, and created a two-floor area with locker rooms on the first floor and a dance studio on the second floor,” Len said. “It’s a great design that allowed us to keep the dance studio and give every sport their own space, which helps immensely when recruiting athletes.” W W W. G U I L F O R D . E D U | 1 9
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? MARK EDWARDS '90
CHAKA STEWART '01 “During my time at Guilford, I experienced growth, change, love, challenges and community. Guilford rewarded me with my wife, Stephanie Melesky Stewart ’01, as well as life-long friends and a top-notch education.” About Chaka >> Since graduating from Thurgood
“Guilford College was the perfect place for me to attend college. The small college setting with challenging and attentive professors served to encourage me and push me when I needed it. Now, Guilford has an even larger role in my life. This year, my daughter, Avery Edwards '23, is enrolled as a student. She had her choice of schools to go to, but she picked Guilford for reasons all her own. I couldn’t be more proud as a father, and as an alum, I’m excited that the Guilford family has added another amazing new member.”
Guilford introduced me to the power of possibility! During my time as a student, I was challenged to be a critical thinker and a creative doer. When those forces combine, anything can be achieved and a possibility becomes a project.”
Marshall School of Law in
About Natalie >> Natalie is the CEO of Rudy's
2010, Chaka’s primary focus
Girl Media located in Martinsville, Va. She
has been entertainment
holds a Bachelor's degree in Justice & Policy
law, with clients including
Studies and African American Studies from
artists, musicians, music
Guilford College and a master's degree in
African American Studies from Cornell
screenwriters and authors.
University. Natalie has over a decade of
Additionally, he has been
experience in the higher education field and
working with Guilford alums
entertainment industry and is currently
Pierre Cadore ’03 and Isa
a Project Director for Ross Innovative
Stokes ’05 on building Isore
Employment Solutions. She oversees the
Records, an independent
successful administration of the Workforce
record label based in
Innovation and Opportunity grant for the
Greensboro. Chaka loves
West Piedmont region of Virginia. The grant
what he does and enjoys
provides federal funding for individuals
being a part of the growing
with barriers to employment including but
entertainment scene in
not limited to Returning Citizens. Discover
more about Natalie's multimedia offerings at nataliehodge.com.
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About Mark >> Mark serves as
LEON PINKETT '93
the Deputy Secretary at the North Carolina Department of
“I’m grateful for my time at Guilford. The friends I made and the memories that I had will endure forever. I hope that I can be a part of carrying on the rich legacy of leadership established by generations of Guilford alumni who prioritized service, integrity and a genuine concern for the welfare of others over all else.”
Administration. In this position, Mark oversees the state’s catalog of real property, managing the State Property Office, the State Construction Office, State Facilities Management and the State Parking Office. He also serves on Governor Roy Cooper’s Climate Change
About Leon >> Leon studied Economics while at Guilford College and credits his
Interagency Council and the
education with helping him gain a deeper understanding of how economic systems
Governor’s Task Force Connecting
impact communities across the nation. While he rarely finds himself discussing
North Carolina. In addition, Mark
Keynesian economics, Leon says he finds himself “looking at the problems that face
is a member of the Department’s
our city from the perspective of how economic opportunities or the lack thereof
Executive Team and advises the
are a driver to much of the disparities that we see in urban centers, like Baltimore,
Secretary on matters involving the
throughout the nation.” Leon was elected to the Baltimore City Council in 2016 and
North Carolina General Assembly,
currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Budget and Transportation Committees.
the Council of State and the media,
Recently, Leon announced his candidacy for Baltimore City Council President in next
NICOLE ZELNIKER '17 “Guilford really prepared me for what I'm doing now. The Guilfordian has helped me a lot in my journalistic writing, but it also allowed me to explore different components of journalism. Through the Bonner Center, I developed a voice, became a leader and gained a community that has stayed with me past graduation. I learned so much through the folks there, and from the professors in the English Department, who encouraged me and taught me to think in new ways.” About Nicole >> Nicole published Mixed, a non-fiction book about race and mixed-race families with The Nasiona, and is working on a podcast about the same topic. Her second book, a collection of short stories with Atmosphere Press, will be published in early 2020. Four of the short stories in the collection were written at Guilford with Professors Jennie Malboeuf and Mylène Dressler. Nicole is currently an editor at The Conversation US, an online outlet that commissions academics to write about their expertise for the general public. Nicole was a Rachel Lindner Leahy ’14 Award recipient as a Guilford student.” W W W. G U I L F O R D . E D U | 2 1
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INTRODUCING NEW TEAMS This spring, Guilford will compete in
Over the summer, National championship appearances, conference tournament berths, new varsity staff and teams, plus renovated spaces highlighted a banner calendar year for Guilford Athletics. The College’s continued commitment to excellence and equity in the fields, gyms and diamonds bears fruit in the over 500 studentathletes competing for 22 varsity teams, the most in school history. After hiring the School’s first full-time director of athletics since the mid-1990s, President Jane Fernandes teamed with senior leaders to pave the way for two new teams, renovated athletics facilities and a softball field. The investments showed early dividends as the Quakers’ basketball teams enjoyed successful seasons and Guilford’s golf team turned in another top-five national finish.
Tier 2 of the National Intercollegiate
Rugby Association (NIRA) under the auspices of USA Rugby. Emily
Record, a former Assistant at Queens
rugby and women’s triathlon to the Quakers’ list of varsity offerings. Since
E M I LY R E C O R D
University in Charlotte, was named the team’s Head Coach.
2002, women's rugby has been considered
"Emily is ideally suited to lead and build
an emerging sport by the NCAA, which means it is intended to help schools provide
an outstanding rugby program as we usher
more athletics opportunities for women
in a thrilling new era in women's athletics,"
and more sport-sponsorship options for the
said Jane. "The experience and enthusiasm
institutions, and also help that sport achieve
she brings as a highly respected coach and
NCAA championship status.
mentor will be a winning combination."
Also an NCAA emerging
Aquatic Center. Cycling training will take
sport, women’s triathlon
place on bike-friendly roads in Guilford County.
Marty Owens, Guilford’s Director
in the fall of 2020.
of Track and Field and Cross Country
“We are proud to welcome Guilford to the women's collegiate
Operations, serves as the Quakers’
triathlon family, as the sport
first Director of Triathlon. Marty is
achieves another milestone on its way to full NCAA inclusion," said Rocky
MART Y OWENS
a certified triathlon coach, a 2015 USA Triathlon All-American and has twice competed in the IRONMAN World
Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. "Guilford
Championships in Hawaii.
is well-placed to compete regionally
Brad Herndon, in his second
while offering an education that will
season as the Quakers’ Women’s
attract talented student-athletes."
Swimming Coach, serves as the
Guilford received a three-year grant from USA Triathlon in support of
triathlon team’s Head Coach. He has
the new program. The Quakers will run on
three IRONMAN finishes under his belt and
campus trails and swim at the Greensboro
is a Level 4-certified swim coach.
Guilford Strong After unveiling new locker rooms in August 2018, the College embarked on a renovation of the Mary Ragsdale Fitness Center in 2019. The $250,000 giftfunded project titled ‘Guilford Strong’ provides new flooring, equipment and branding in the College’s primary fitness space for the benefit of all community members.
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JENNIFER KING ’06
Tackling Stereotypes and Pushing Boundaries learned how to relate to people of different backgrounds and experiences.
After basketball season, Jennifer joined the Quakers’ softball team, where
“Entering college you come from
she was a four-year starter. She was
motto used by the College’s admissions
your little bubble in high school, and
more than an athlete at Guilford and
office in the early 2000s: “Be the change
then you’re suddenly somewhere where
developed administrative and relational
you wish to see in the world.”
there’s all types of people,” Jennifer
skills through participation in different
said. “Guilford laid the groundwork for
campus organizations. A resident
diversity, which is huge in coaching.”
advisor and Judicial Board member, she
GUILFOR DIANS MAY R ECALL the
Jennifer King ’06 lives out that slogan, some 13 years after her graduation, as a football coach. The former two-sport
After a decorated high school career
coordinated musical acts for Serendipity
standout started coaching college
at nearby Rockingham County High
and participated with the Blacks
basketball, but her love and hunger for
School, the accolades continued to
Unifying Society club. Jennifer was
football, plus the willingness to risk and
pile up in Greensboro. Jennifer earned
chosen for a developmental coaching
grind for a dream, have her on the cusp
Guilford’s top athletics honor, the
program sponsored by the Women’s
of a full-time coaching position in the
Nereus C. English Athletic Leadership
Basketball Coaches’ Association of
National Football League (NFL).
Award, along with the school’s 2005 Best
America, which helped crystalize her
Undergraduate Female Athlete Award.
Jennifer didn’t play or coach football at
After graduation, she assisted the
Guilford, and instead starred in basketball
As a senior, she was named Best Female
and softball. The Sport Management
Athlete and received the Jack Jensen
women’s basketball team at Greensboro
major built a network of friends and
Ideal Student-Athlete prize.
College. She spent nine seasons with
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B Y D AV E WA LT E R S / AT H L E T I C S
the Pride, during which time the
security of her JWU post for work as the
school made four NCAA Division III
Arizona Hotshots’ Assistant Receivers
Coach. Moving across the country wasn’t a risk to Jennifer, who had worked as
Jennifer’s Greensboro experience led to her 2016 appointment as Head
a police officer in High Point before
Women’s Basketball Coach at Johnson
taking the Greensboro College post. The AAF folded after eight games,
& Wales University (JWU). She guided her team to the 2018 United States
and Jennifer returned to the Panthers
Collegiate Athletic Association’s
to intern with the team’s running
Division II title, the Charlotte school’s
backs through the 2019 preseason. She
first national championship of any kind.
coached all-star Christian McCaffery
Meanwhile, her football fever grew. She studied the game, connected with the Female Coaching Network and played in the Women’s Football Association. Jennifer quarterbacked the Carolina Phoenix for nine years and earned All-America honors five times. She played with the New York Sharks in 2018 and commuted from Charlotte for weekly practices. Jennifer claimed her second national crown in less than a year as the Sharks won the WFA’s Division II title. Her experience as a player and a winner connected her with those she coaches.
“It’s kind of surprising to me
because I started out doing this because I love football and I love coaching. It was a great opportunity for me. I didn’t set out to be any type of role model. I didn’t even think about the weight. I had no idea it would affect so many people, but it has.” — Jennifer King
and company in a preseason game when the wife of Carolina’s full-time backfield coach went into labor. “I wasn't expecting it, but I was able to show what I'm capable of — capable of having a position," Jennifer said afterward. "I've run things before (with the Hotshots), and it was cool to get to run things with the backs.” Jennifer now works as an Offensive Assistant at the Ivy League’s Dartmouth College. But don’t be surprised to find her back with an NFL team in the nottoo-distant future. The rise of talented women and professional football’s growing interest in gender equity has
“Once they learn you’ve played, I think
led to a handful of women working in
it adds another level of validity to you,” Jennifer said. “You’ve been hit. You’ve hit
2018 minicamp and impressed the
full-time roles with NFL organizations,
people. (Players) are like, ‘OK, maybe she
Panthers enough to earn an extension
including Tampa Bay and Atlanta.
knows what she’s doing.’”
through the full training camp. The
Jennifer’s love for football and passion for coaching increased with each new opportunity. It didn’t hurt that
Jennifer keeps in touch with the
experience gave Jennifer confidence to
growing community of female football
pursue her dream of coaching in the NFL.
coaches, which is no different than the
"It's time," Ron said on WSOC-TV. "We're
networking and camaraderie found
JWU’s campus sits next door to Bank
in a game that's very popular, and it's
in most coaching communities. She’s
of America Stadium, home to the NFL’s
watched by everybody, and so it should be
committed to learning more about the
Carolina Panthers. When she was one
coached and managed by everybody."
profession, expanding her network and
“That’s one thing that people don’t
preparing for the next opportunity. She
of 50 women chosen for the NFL’s 2016 Women’s Careers in Football Forum,
really realize — it’s not just something
wants to make her players better and
Jennifer seized the opportunity to make
that just happened for me,” Jennifer told
help her team to victory. She also wants
the Panthers’ Will Bryan. “I didn’t just
to inspire the next generation of women
get this opportunity out of nowhere.”
who want to coach football.
She met Panthers' Head Coach Ron
“I’ve had people come up to me or
Rivera there, and the relationship
Others noticed Jennifer as well.
between the downtown Charlotte
She coached at JWU until a startup
message me saying that their little girl
neighbors led to her hire as Carolina's
professional football league, the
wants to coach football or wants to play
first female coaching intern. She worked
Alliance of American Football (AAF),
football now,” Jennifer told WSOC-TV.
with the team's receivers during their
called. Jennifer left the success and
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Making an Impact: Guilford College’s Physics Reunion BY K AREN ALLEY
IN MARCH, ALUMNI, STUDENTS and
robotics, Biology and Physics and showing what machine
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
learning can do to help us solve all sorts of problems.” In anticipation of the
Physics Reunion, March 27-28, 2020
reunion, Guilford talked with William and Don about their thoughts on Physics, a liberal arts education and the Guilford experience.
professors associated with the Physics
GC: What do you feel is one of the things
Department will converge on campus
that makes Guilford College unique?
for the bi-annual Physics Reunion,
Don: For me, it’s the Quaker heritage.
which is a chance for students to
I believe Quakerism is a faith that
present their research and get a glimpse
focuses on the journey more than the
of how a degree or classes in physics can
destination. There’s a very strong
lead to a multitude of careers.
synergy in figuring out where I am in
It’s also an opportunity for alumni to
the universe as a physical being and
reconnect with colleagues and former
where I am in the universe as a spiritual
professors and learn about the impact of
being. Here at Guilford College I can
philanthropic support on the experience
honor that, with me and my students.
of current Guilford students.
William: One of the most important
“As a student at Guilford College, the
things I got out of my years at Guilford
physics reunions were one of the most
was the relationships and the focus on
important experiences I had, meeting
the human endeavor. You didn’t just
alumni and hearing about their work,”
take a class with a professor, you got to
says William Hahn ’08. “They were at
know them and work alongside them in
NASA, in labs at Chapel Hill, at national
research. It was extraordinary to have
labs doing medical physics -- changing
their faith in us that we would go out
the world in 100 different directions.”
and change the world.
At the reunion, William will give the 18th Sheridan A. Simon Distinguished Alumni Lecture, funded by the philanthropy of Sheridan’s family and friends. An Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Florida Atlantic University, William is founder and codirector of the Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics Laboratory. “William is doing really exciting interdisciplinary work at FAU, and has created a very hands-on, interactive, student-centered research lab,” says Donald Smith, Associate Professor of Physics. “The reunion is the perfect opportunity for him to share with others his innovative way of bringing together 2 6 | W W W. G U I L F O R D . E D U
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GC: Why is Physics an integral part of a liberal arts education?
Don: There’s a long history of science and math being
part of the liberal arts. It’s all a part of figuring out who we are as human beings (humanities) and figuring out our part in the world (sciences).
William: One thing that really made an impression on me was in a Physics class the professor read a poem written by Richard Feynman, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965. I realized these physicists I was studying were more than just two-dimensional scientists, they had all the passions and desires that I had. It really opened my eyes that there could be physicist humanitarians. I believe that in a nutshell is the goal of a liberal arts education, to help us learn to be well-rounded, thoughtful and compassionate human beings.
Astrophysicist and Quaker to Receive Honorary Degree AT COMMENCEMENT on May 16, Dame Susan Jocelyn Bell Burnell will add yet another credit to her achievements: honorary degree recipient from
P H O T O C O U R T E S Y O F R O YA L S O C I E T Y O F E D I N B U R G H
Guilford College. Born in Northern Ireland, she attended The Mount School, a Quaker girlsâ€™ boarding school in York, England, where she discovered an aptitude for physics. She graduated from the University of Glasgow with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Philosophy (Physics) and obtained a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge. While a postgraduate research student at Cambridge in 1967, Jocelyn co-discovered the first radio pulsars. This finding is credited as one of the most significant achievements of the
Empire for services to Astronomy and promoted to Dame Commander in 2007. Currently, Jocelyn is Chancellor of the University of Dundee, Visiting Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Mansfield College. Since her time at The Mount School, Jocelyn has been an active Quaker and served as Clerk to the sessions of Britain Yearly Meeting. In 2013, she gave a lecture which was published in a book titled A Quaker Astronomer Reflects: Can a Scientist Also Be Religious?, where she addressed the merger of science and faith. Jocelyn lives out Guilford Core Values. In 2018, she was
20th century and was awarded the 1974 Nobel Prize in Physics.
awarded the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental
In addition to multiple visiting professorships at renowned
Physics, and she decided to use the prize money to create
universities across the globe, Jocelyn has served as President of
the Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund to help female,
the Royal Astronomical Society and the Institute of Physics. In
minority and refugee students to become Physics researchers.
1999, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British
Commencement will take place on Founders Lawn.
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We want your news Share your news with classmates and friends! Go to www.giving.guilford.edu to submit your community notes online through our Alumni Directory. Note: Community notes may appear in print or online. Please share information that is appropriate for all audiences. Roy Cuneo ’48 was recognized as a 2019 Honoree for Distinguished Service to the Union by New York State United Teachers for his participation in the 1970 teacher strike and for serving as Secretary of TAL from 1973 until 1985, when he retired from teaching.
Richard Arculin ’69 was recently recognized by the Chesapeake Sports Club in Virginia and inducted into the club’s Legends of Honor.
John Batchelor ’69 retired his restaurant critique column for the Greensboro News and Record after over 20 years. Linda Mercer ’69 and three Mary Hobbs friends, Patricia Davis Crenshaw ’69, Susan Hester ’71 and Brenda Smith ’71, visited New York City for a few days.
Tanya Feagins ’71 was installed as President of the Greensboro Airport Rotary Club.
Jay Terrell ’72, who taught at Southern Guilford High School for 30 years, is to have the new agricultural complex named after him. World B. Free ’76 is one of 12 individuals selected for the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame.
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Lisa Hayes ’80 has been named President of the Board of Directors for Executive Alliance, a statewide not-for-profit organization that promotes the advancement of women in professional and executive roles.
Robert Linville ’80 was named to the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame. Darlene Joyner ’81 retired from her role as coach at Northwest Guilford after 33 years. Robert Katz ’83 joined commercial real estate services company Avison Young as a Principal focusing on office tenant and buyer representation and advisory services in the Washington Metro area and across the U.S. Jeffrey Schreiber ’88 joined FinanceIt, a Toronto-based financial technology firm,
as their U.S. Director of Risk Management. He also qualified and competed with Team USA Triathlon in the 2019 age-group world championship in long distance swim and bike in Pontevedra, Spain. Donna Newton ’89, Director of Workforce Initiatives at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, received the Vision Award from Guilford Apprenticeship Partners.
David Hopkins ’91 was appointed CEO of the Urban League of Greater Hartford.
Elizabeth Voltz ’91 was named Chair of the Board of the North Carolina Triangle-area nonprofit housing development organization DHIC. Heidi Waddell ’91, former Guilford tennis and basketball standout, was profiled by The Boston Globe. She is
Jon Bostock '99
currently working as a teaching professional for the U.S. Tennis Association and was recently inducted into her high school athletics hall of fame. Michael Waddell ’91 was named the Chief Operations Officer for the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, held in Orlando, Fla. Jeffrey Albright ’94 has been named to the 2019 class for the Eastern Randolph High School Hall of Fame. David Heggie ’98 will fill the role of Interim CEO/President of the YMCA of Greensboro during their search to identify a permanent CEO. Lori Khamala ’99 has been named the Director of Partnerships for Code the Dream. Lori will be helping to develop new partnerships and expand programming.
In February of this year, Jon and a colleague founded Truman’s, a revolutionary cleaning supply provider based in Lexington, Ky. Truman’s has grown exponentially since the company’s introduction, and Jon leads the company as CEO. Prior to launch, more than 10,000 people signed up to become the first to experience a new, more sustainable way to clean. Today, the company has fans across the globe. Truman’s was recognized by Fast Company as part of its “World Changing Ideas” Awards program and has been featured on Digital Trends Live, Inhabit.com, Forbes.com and Better Homes and Gardens, among others. Most recently, Truman’s announced a significant investment partnership with consumer products giant Henkel, the maker of brands like Dial, Purex and Snuggle. Keep an eye out for Truman’s!
Anna Lena Phillips Bell ’00 was appointed the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for eastern North Carolina for 201921 by the NC Poetry Society.
Rebecca Gibian '13
The RBG Way: The Secrets of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Success, Rebecca’s first book, was released in November. Offering wisdom from Justice Ginsburg based on comments she’s made on topics like women’s rights, overcoming hardship and creating lasting change, the book comes from a seasoned journalistic perspective. Rebecca is an international freelance journalist and author whose work focuses on issues affecting women and children, such as crises in education, reproductive rights and immigration. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and ABC News, among others. In the book, the experiences of “RBG” are translated into life lessons we can all apply to our own lives. The RBG Way is available for purchase through Sky Horse Publishing.
Jimmy Lamour ’00 graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a Master's Degree in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention. Colin Berry ’01 has been named the new Executive Director of the Human Society of Washington County. Molly Gochman ’01, an experiential artist, will create a 350-foot-long trail of red sand across a field at the SeattleTacoma International Airport. She hopes Red Sand Project: Border US-MX will inspire conversations about immigration and human trafficking. Bradley George ’02 is a Reporter and Host at WUSF, a public radio station in Tampa, Fla. Merritt Johnson ’02 has been selected for Women in IT Networking at The International Conference for High Performance Computing Networking, Storage, and Analysis to help build SCinet at SC Conference 2019. Merritt was selected for the wireless team. Christina Repoley ’02 joined the Forum for Theological Exploration as its new Director of Strategic Partnerships for organizations serving young adults. Erin Wamsley ’02, Furman University Assistant Professor of Psychology, received a grant from the National Science Foundation to research how
daydreaming might work to form long-term memories. Crystal Waitekus ’03 recently organized a Guilford alumni "Happy Hour" in Washington, DC. James Tatum '03, Peter Morscheck '00, Jenny Akman '01, Naz Urooj '03, James Norton '00 and Crystal met at Cantina Bambina in the new District Wharf area. Kenneth Gamble ’04 was hired as the new Town Manager of Denton, N.C. Robert Mallonee ’05 joins Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia as the Battlers’ next Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach. Evan Welkin ’07 and his wife, Federica, are excited to build an ecovillage and folk school this year on their eco-tourism farm and bed-and-breakfast in central Italy. Emily Sullivan Burnett ’09 successfully defended her dissertation and earned her Ph.D in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Clemson University.
Shaina Machlus ’09 released her first book, La Palabra Más Sexy es Sí, a Spanish-language guide to consent.
Matt Reid ’16 has accepted the position of Director of the Greensboro Youth Jazz Ensemble.
Casey Blake ’10 has been honored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists with first place in column writing among publications with 50,000 circulation or less for two of her 2018 opinion pieces.
Stephanie Sides ’17 and Mason Morrison ’19 are engaged. Mason asked Stephanie, his Guilford College sweetheart, to join him in marriage during a Fourth of July parade in Faith, N.C.
Wendy Poteat ’10 joined nonprofit organization Say Yes Guilford as its new Chief Executive Officer. Tonya Baldwin ’11 published her debut book of poetry, Freedom: A Southern Girl’s Truth. Rebecca Sullivan ’11 and Suzanne Cole Sullivan were married on March 23 in Jackson, Miss. In attendance were Kieran Brackbill '12, Grace Sullivan '14, Chandler Zirkle '15 and Damian Romney '11. Jack Haymore ’15, CPA, has been promoted to Audit Supervisor at Cannon & Company, LLP. He has been with Cannon since 2015.
Maureen “Sunshine” Smith ’17 graduated from UNC Greensboro with her Master's in Applied Arts and Sciences. Holly Kozak ’18 is attending Wake Forest University Law School. Yasmain Rice ’18 has been promoted to Decedent Affairs Coordinator and has begun a Master's program at Wake Forest University Law School. Mitchell Stumpo ’19 signed a free-agent contract with Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks and headed west to start his professional baseball career. W W W. G U I L F O R D . E D U | 2 9
REMEMBERING GUILFORDIANS These members of the Guilford College community died in the past year. A full list of obituaries is available on the Community Notes page at www.giving.guilford.edu.
Talmadge Neece ’44
Tom Evaul ’51
Doug Galyon ’53
A lifelong Quaker,
Tom, as a professor at
Doug’s long career in
the textile industry
at Guilford College
and Temple University,
at 15. He was a Navy
was a widely
officer for a unit that
published and highly
included jazz great
regarded scholar in
Chemical and Guilford
John Coltrane, and he met Dr. Martin
his field of Health, Physical Education
Mills. He served on Greensboro City
Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela. He
and Recreation. He was a Guilford
Council and Guilford County Board
worked for the U.S. Weather Service and
College trustee and served as Alumni
of Commissioners as well as the N.C.
had a long insurance career. He also
Association President. He served in the
Department of Transportation Board,
helped found a Brooklyn, N.Y., school
Army in Korea and founded a newspaper
including as Chair. Greensboro’s multi-
for children with learning disabilities.
in his hometown of Merchantville, N.J.
modal transportation center was named
Talmadge died Jan. 31.
Tom died March 23.
in his honor. Doug died April 7.
Vivien Bauman For more than 30 years Vivien and her husband, Ed, were generous benefactors and active members of the Guilford community, despite not having matriculated at the College. Their gifts supported construction of Bauman Telecommunications Center in 1991 and the 2004 Founders Hall renovation. Founders’ front plaza and galleries also bear their names. Vivien died April 13.
Mary Kim '60 Hughlene and Bill Frank
A native of Korea, Mary learned about
Hughlene and Bill were two of Guilford’s most generous benefactors and Greensboro’s
Guilford through an
most engaged citizens for many years. They were members of Guilford’s Board of
Visitors for 15 years, benefactors at the President’s Club level and members of the
pal. She worked her
Bryan Series Legacy Society. In 2017, Bill and Hughlene were honored with the Spirit of Philanthropy Award. Hughlene and Bill died tragically in a fire in their home May 19.
way through school washing dishes, waiting tables and sewing dresses for faculty wives.
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She earned a Master’s in Statistics and Mathematics, became a higher education administrator, CFO for the Minnesota Department of Revenue and a global consultant. Mary died June 11.
James E. "Monk" Cummings '46 Monk was born in the Guilford College community and attended Guilford College until he joined the Merchant Marines in 1943. After World War II, he dairy farmed first in Orange County, and then Alamance County. In the early 1950s, he opened a Nationwide Insurance Agency in nearby Liberty. A resident of Friends Homes West, he died June 20 just shy of his
Claude Mourot Hoffman
Claude taught French at Guilford for 34 years and developed the French summer
Lou Fike A collector of World
program in Paris. She was an extraordinary French chef who loved hosting dinner parties for her friends and family — the more the merrier. She traveled extensively and loved good music, theatre, opera and movies. Claude died May 14.
War II artifacts and a scholar of the English philosopher and political theorist
with several textile companies before
Herbert Spencer, Lou as
A biologist who
joining Renfro Corporation in Mt. Airy,
Associate Professor of Political Science
earned her Ph.D at
one of the leading global manufacturers
taught at Guilford from 1969-2002. He is
Yale University and
of socks. He became President and Chief
the most recent of at least 11 long-term
a Guilford parent,
Executive Officer and retired as Board
and/or retired faculty who have died in
Barbara was a long-
Chair. He served as a Guilford College
the last three years. Lou died July 19.
term benefactor and
trustee. Warren died Aug. 30.
supporter of Guilford, along with her husband, Tony. They established
Tommy Grayson '68
Tom, who was serving
the Anthony and Barbara Blake
Tommy was an All-
as Guilford County’s
Scholarship in gratitude for the
America baseball player
Chief District Court
experience of their daughter Eliza ’91.
at Guilford and also
Judge, was recognized
Barbara died Aug. 18.
Tom Jarrell '85
for his excellence in
and Domestic Violence Court by Court
Warren C. Nichols '59
Triple-A level of the minor leagues before
Watch of North Carolina. He created the
Warren was a textile
embarking on a successful high school
first DWI Traffic Court in the state. As
coaching career in various sports in
a senior at Guilford he was president of
the industry was at
Guilford and Rockingham counties. He
the student body and spoke for the class
its height in North
was inducted to Guilford’s Athletic Hall
at Commencement. Tom died Aug. 3.
Carolina. He worked
of Fame. Tommy died Sept. 1.
Child Support Court
He reached the
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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI & PARENT ENGAGEMENT
INTRODUCING THE ALUMNI & PARENTS VOLUNTEER PROGRAM IN OCTOBER , GUILFOR D COLLEGE launched a
prospective students in your area — or even other
volunteer program for our alumni, parents and friends
alumni. This is a great way to embrace Guilford for
of the College. I spent a lot of time talking with alumni,
those of you who don’t live locally. Finally, if you like to
parents, campus colleagues and students. I spoke to
volunteer from the comfort of your own home, you could
each of them about what Guilford means to them. Over
simply hand-write some notes to prospective students or
and over, I heard the same thing: Guilford College is so
parents about your experience here at Guilford.
special because of the relationships that are built here. —creating networks that can help support students. Through the program, today’s students can work with our alumni to learn, grow and
You can learn more by visiting www.giving.guilford. edu/volunteer. There you’ll find more examples of
This new volunteer program simply builds on that
To begin your volunteer experience, visit www.giving.guilford.edu/volunteer
ways to get involved as well as an easy online form to begin your volunteer experience. Through The Guilford Edge, we’ve made a strong commitment to our
succeed during their time here at Guilford. But most importantly, it will impact their
students to help guide them through their time at Guilford
success after they leave the safety of Guilford’s grounds.
and prepare them for whatever comes next. But we can’t do
There are a lot of ways to participate. You can have a one-on-one conversation with a student in an “Informative Interview,” which may last 30 minutes to an hour. During this phone call, you could discuss your
it without your help — we need your advice, your expertise and your guidance to make this program a success. Through your support and with your help, we can truly make a difference in the lives of today’s students.
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Betsy Seaton Director of Alumni & Parent Engagement
BY THE NUMBERS
In the 2018-19 Academic Year, Guilford College achieved:
10,000 Pounds of food grown at the Guilford Farm
within a year of 2018 Commencement
Student service hours
Gifts raising more than
Gifts raising more than
on Day for Guilford alone
Donor funded scholarships awarded
292 5 GRADUATES at 2019 Commencement
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SAVE THE DATE! DAY FOR GUILFORD April 1, 2020 One day each year, the wider Guilford College community comes together to rally campus spirit and celebrate philanthropic gifts to the College. Last year, Guilfordians raised over $213,000 on Day for Guilford, and this year, we will raise even more! There are three simple ways you can help: • Make a gift: We will be sharing giving links throughout the day on social media and through email. All gifts make a difference. • Post on social media: Tag Guilford College and Guilford College Alumni and use the hashtag #DFG2020. • Make a fundraising page: You can learn more about how to join our crowdfunding initiative at www.guilford.edu/dayforguilford.
We can’t wait to celebrate with you on April 1.
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