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summer 2012

Connecting College and Community with Village


Also in this issue: Tragedy to Triumph: Lawrence Butts At Home with the Homeless College’s newest master’s degree fills growing niche

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Points of Pride Summer 2012 Managing Editor: Dana Ziolkowski

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2 Alumni Weekend and Relay for Life 4 A New Adaptation of Education 6 Connecting College and Community with Village 401 8 From Tragedy to Triumph: Lawrence Butts 10 At Home with the Homeless 12 Athletics

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Introducing ... Greensboro College is pleased to announce the initiation of the Greensboro College Society and invites alumni and friends to become charter members of this special group. The Greensboro College Society recognizes and celebrates the college’s most supportive alumni and friends. This select group believes in the mission of Greensboro College and partners with the College to elevate the gift of education to new heights. With a gift of $1,000 or more during the fiscal year, supporters are taking the lead in providing vital resources to ensure each Greensboro College student can achieve his or her full potential.

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Dear Alumni and Friends of Greensboro College: As you know, it is part of the mission of both this college and the United Methodist Church, with which we are affiliated, to devote ourselves not only to the life of the mind and the soul, but also to the lives of our fellow human beings. This abbreviated edition of Points of Pride, which is a part of our plan to communicate with you in print regularly, highlights some of the ways in which members of the campus community have been working for the benefit of others, both here in Greensboro and in the larger community. We should all be proud of the work our students and colleagues are doing to make the community and the world better places – and we should be confident that this work, which has been so much a part of our 174-year history, will continue for many years to come. To help ensure that it does, the college has launched the new Greensboro College Society, a new way of encouraging and recognizing those who donate at least $1,000 annually to the college. As I’ve often said, our finances are driven primarily by enrollment and tuition, but gifts are a key part of our financial model. You can find more information about this program in this edition of Points of Pride. If you’re not already supporting the college at this level, I hope you will consider it. I wish you a restful and relaxing summer, but I also encourage you to watch out for the monthly PrideLine email newsletter and check the college’s website for information on events coming this fall. From athletics to the arts, we will once again have a full slate. And, of course, we hope to see you at Homecoming Oct. 11-14.

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Lawrence D. Czarda, Ph.D. President

The Greensboro College Society Society members are in a unique collaboration with Greensboro College, receiving individualized attention and invitations to special events on and off campus, as well as regional social gatherings. Members are apprised of the latest information about the College through a quarterly Society newsletter, which contains a message from the president and other campus leaders. As a token of gratitude and a visible sign of support for Greensboro College, each member receives a hand-crafted decorative pin to be worn at College functions. Each year, we will recognize and celebrate the dedication of the Greensboro College Society

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members with a special event. Additional recognition will occur in the annual Honor Roll of Donors published in the Points of Pride magazine. However, the greatest recognition of the gifts of Society members will be the gratitude of students whose lives are transformed through their experiences at Greensboro College. To support Greensboro College and become a charter member of the Greensboro College Society, please visit or contact Joan M. Glynn, Acting Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, at 336-272-7102, ext. 458 or



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A New Adaptation The college’s newest master’s degree in Special Education Adapted Curriculum fills a growing niche When Vicki Misenheimer was laid off from her business-development job with a construction company, she decided it was time for a career change. She had a master's degree in theater and speech, and she had always enjoyed teaching Sunday school to young children. Those interests led her to substitute teaching with exceptional children at Eastern Guilford High School near Greensboro. Today, she's working as a teacher's assistant at Guilford County's Haynes-Inman Center for Education in Jamestown while pursuing licensure and, ultimately, a master's degree in Special Education Adapted Curriculum at Greensboro College. That master's program is the college's newest master's degree and fills a growing niche: providing teachers with experience, leadership and research backgrounds to teach children with special needs, particularly those with severe and profound medical or developmental disabilities. Special education is generally divided into two fields. The more common is general curriculum, which focuses on students who, though they have disabilities, are able to follow the general education curriculum, either in regular classes or special classes. Adapted curriculum is for students who must follow a curriculum that has been adapted from the general curriculum to accommodate their disabilities. Greensboro College is the only private college in North Carolina, and the only place in northcentral North Carolina, to offer adapted-curriculum programs. The closest programs are in Charlotte, Cullowhee and Greenville, hours from Greensboro, says Beth Hair, professor of special education at Greensboro College. "The master's program trains teachers in even more depth who already have licensure in adapted curriculum," Hair says."People who come out of a master's program such as this come out as leaders of other teachers, with a deeper level of training and

Greensboro College graduate Jackie Cianfrani works with her students more of a basis in research for their approach." Misenheimer, through a two-part program at Greensboro College called Licensure Plus, will be able to get, first, licensure in teaching special education with an adapted curriculum, and then her master's degree. Other Licensure Plus students are expected to follow suit. The program is aimed at meeting the growing need for teachers of children with the most severe disabilities, Hair says. Those teachers work with children for whom life itself is often a struggle. Jackie Cianfrani, who received her bachelor's degree from Greensboro College in 2007, is on her way to completing the adapted-curriculum program, and currently teaches at Haynes-Inman. For Cianfrani's students, ages 5 to 10 and all nonverbal, the curriculum has been adapted to focus on its most elemental parts. "In my classroom, I have an ABC flip chart, a big poster with really big letters and bright colors,

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of Education directed toward visually impaired students–and they can't point," Cianfrani says. "They can tell you yes or no, and if their answer is yes, they smile. So, if (a student) looked at this and she smiled and she's content, that's a good day here at Haynes-Inman." Students being taught with an adapted curriculum require both more teaching time and closer attention than other students. Haynes-Inman assigns a teacher and a teacher's assistant to no more than six students, for example, while regular classes may contain more than 20 students per teacher. "Our kids' disabilities vary from genetic disorders to traumatic brain injury," Cianfrani says. "With them, early intervention is especially important – the earlier, the better. And that's where we really need teachers." Moreover, diagnoses of such disabilities as autism are growing more common, thus increasing demand for teachers equipped to work with those children. The Guilford County Schools alone have three facilities that serve students with disabilities: Haynes-Inman in Jamestown and Gateway Education Center and McIver Education Center, both in Greensboro. Haynes-Inman opened in 2010 because Gateway had reached capacity. Cianfrani looked at graduate programs at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, N.C.

A&T State University and Elon University before deciding to concentrate in adapted curriculum and pursue her master's at her alma mater. "I knew it was an excellent program – most of the professors have both doctorates and experience within the school system, and that was important to me," Cianfrani says. "And the student-teacher ratio is smaller, so professors get a chance to know you not only as a student but also what you're doing in the community and in your personal life. The relationship that comes out of that experience means a lot." Both Cianfrani and Misenheimer also looked at online programs elsewhere – and rejected them. "I like the experience of going to class and participating with professors and other students, getting others' opinions and having conversations," Cianfrani says. "I didn't want online," Misenheimer agrees. "I wanted hands-on." Cianfrani plans to teach special education at the college level. For now, Misenheimer is focusing on teaching licensure and earning her master's. She's looking forward to beginning her student teaching next year. "Every day I go to work with these kids and fall in love," she says. "I told the principal, 'You have filled a hole in my soul.'"

The Greensboro College Teacher Education program is continually recognized for excellence through accredidation by NCATE/NC DPI. The following are locations in which our students who have completed teacher education licensure programs or degrees from Greensboro College, including adapted curriculum, educate our future generations: Haynes-Inman Center for Education, Jamestown Gateway Education Center, Greensboro McIver Education Center, Greensboro Erwin Montessori School, Greensboro Grimsley High School, Greensboro Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools South Carolina Raleigh Virginia



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“Everybody can be great, because anyb - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Greensboro College students, faculty, staff and friends gave 338 hours of service to Greensboro. Some made blankets for children suffering from illness, others served a meal to the hungry; all made a positive impact on the community. This is just one of the many events led by Village 401. Named for the last three digits of the college’s zip code, Village 401 is the community service organization for the college, connecting Greensboro College with its neighbors through meaningful outreach programs. Working closely with businesses, schools, agencies and organizations in the 27401 area, Village 401 provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff to assist and learn from a large, urban community as it meets some of its challenges. And Village 401 enhances the students’ liberal-arts education through service and community involvement. “Greensboro has such a diverse and abundant collection of opportunities to serve,” says Village 401 Coordinator Anna Davis. “Every student with interest and motivation to serve should be able to find what they are looking for in Greensboro.” Connecting College and Community Village 401’s contributions to the community are invaluable. From the Gate City Soup Bowl to the Angel Tree Gift Program, from Alternative Spring Break to the college’s brand-new Community Garden project, students can connect and contribute to

Greensboro while learning about its strengths and needs. Students get a unique experience that provokes questions, realizations and the feeling of community, Davis says. “College provides an immersed environment of new ideas, challenges, and experiences where one can discover confidence, compassion, and a calling,” said Davis. “This was my college experience, and I can only hope that my role in Village 401 provides the same for our students.” Students can choose a service commitment that suits their time and interest. Students can serve in a one-time service experience, take on a regular service opportunity, work with a group, act as a service leader, or even commit to several years of service. All they need to serve is a desire to uplift those around them. “Village 401 has given me opportunities beyond community service,” says Matt Troy ’13, a student community service coordinator with Village 401. “I have had the privilege to present at a state conference and meet people who have connected me to many national community service organizations and leadership positions. I have made great friends, built character and, most importantly, had a lot of fun.” Growing the Student Experience Village 401 is leading the development of Greensboro College’s new permaculture community garden. Nestled behind the Royce Reynolds Family Student Life Center, the community garden project has

transformed underused land into garden beds that will produce food year-round to be donated to Greensboro Urban Ministry. The permaculture garden will provide work, study and service opportunities for Greensboro College students, faculty and staff. The garden will be developed in phases–the first phase was completed in the spring (see rendering). The project was launched with gifts of $1,000 each from the Yardbirds Garden Club, whose membership includes several Greensboro College alumni, and the National Collegiate Honors Council, of which Greensboro College’s George Center Honors Studies is a member.

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It also has received assistance from Charlie Headington, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro who leads permaculture workshops, has run garden programs at several Guilford County elementary schools, and directs the Edible Schoolyard garden at the Greensboro Children’s Museum. “This organization provides a bridge between campus and the community, a goal that Greensboro College has pursued throughout its rich history in the city,” says Davis. “Through our students’ service in the community, we are a gateway to the college. Through our service, we are able to start conversations, build connections, and collaborate.”

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The Campbell Service House Project: Relay for Life • March 23, 2012 Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members gathered on a rainy spring evening to walk in honor of all those who have been affected by cancer in the first-ever Greensboro College Relay For Life benefiting the American Cancer Society. Special survivor speaker and Greensboro College staff member Victoria Clegg shared her own experience battling cancer, and President Lawrence Czarda shared his experience as a caretaker for his late wife Patti. The event was organized by the Campbell Service House residents Abby Ariosa, Leah Holle, Elizabeth Morton, and Sarah Lang, in coordination with Village 401. Each year, students submit proposals to live in the house for the coming academic year and to plan and carry out a major service project. The Campbell Service House was renovated in 2011 with a gift from Eloise Stinger, sister of President Czarda, and two trustees as part of the college’s Pride in the Future capital campaign. Next year’s Campbell Service House residents will be: Jessica Butler, Class of 2013, Brittney Bullock, Class of 2014, Diana Bravo, Class of 2014 and Micaela Sandoval, Class of 2014 The Campbell House team has chosen to support the organization Power of Play, offering support through volunteerism and development of program activities.


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From Tragedy to Triumph: A student’s journey from tornadotorn Alabama to Greensboro College “You deliver me – Psalm 91” is tattooed across the chest of freshman Greensboro College basketball player Lawrence Butts. It is more than a scripture; it reminds him daily of his remarkable journey to Greensboro College with the help of a very special coach. On April 27, 2011, a three-quarter mile wide E-F5 tornado ripped through his hometown of Phil Campbell, Ala., flattening everything. The memory remains fresh in Butts’s mind. It has made him stronger and taught him never to take anything for granted — because one day, it could all be gone. Wednesday, April 27, 2011 A student at the University of North Alabama, he left the Florence campus and began the 45-minute drive home as a storm formed overhead. At 6 feet, 2 inches and 175 pounds, Butts had starred on the Phil Campbell High School basketball team. As a senior, he averaged 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game, while leading his squad to a 16-12 record and the Alabama High School Class 2-A state playoffs. Butts was recognized on the All-Area Team for the second year and was named his team's Most Valuable Player. Despite receiving numerous scholarship offers, Butts stayed close to home, walking on at a Division II powerhouse, the University of North Alabama. He redshirted as a freshman while the Lions went a disappointing 13-16. Butts decided to transfer, and that decision had brought him home this day. Upon arriving home, Butts lay down for a nap but was awakened by his mother's screaming. As Butts jumped out of bed, the power went out. As the wind and rain intensified, his mother and two younger brothers raced to the center of the house. His mother threw blankets over the boys and closed all the doors. Butts placed his arms over his brothers to shield them. He looked up just in time to see the roof fly off the house.

Afterward, all that was left of the house was the center room the family had used for protection. Butts had torn his abdominal wall and needed surgery, while his mother had been hit on the head with a board. Everything around them had been flattened; trees were gone and houses had been wiped off their foundations. Butts’s father, a pastor, met the family after waiting out the storm in a ditch on the way home from his church. “I did not know what to make of the situation," Butts says. "It was survival mode.” Sixty percent of the town had been destroyed and 26 people had died, many of them family friends. The tornado was part of a violent four-day outbreak, the largest ever recorded, across the South, Midwest and Northeast. Some 359 tornados were confirmed by the National Weather Service; of 346 deaths nationwide, 239 had occurred in Alabama. For the next six weeks, the family lived in a hotel. Butts finished the semester at North Alabama, where his brothers often joined him. Finally, the family found a house to rent in Russellville, Ala. Butts had been interested in The Pride basketball program because of family nearby even before the storm hit. And one of the first coaches to reach out to Butts then was Greensboro College head basketball coach Bryan Galuski. “Coach Galuski helped me transition from my situation by giving me structure with basketball,

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allowing me to do something I had known my whole life,” Butts says. “He has done more for me then he probably realizes. He has given me an opportunity to make things normal, for which I am extremely grateful.” Butts was recognized by the college not only as a solid athlete, but also as a strong student. Butts was awarded the Deans Scholarship from Greensboro College–a valuable merit scholarship made possible by Greensboro College donors. This scholarship helped make his Greensboro College education a reality. Butts could have taken a medical redshirt while recovering from his surgery, but he wanted to play. Midway through the season, he had made limited appearances in five games. But just being able to step on the court is more than he could have asked for. He attributes his strength during this difficult time to his faith and says he will never forget April 27, 2011. “Everything is still fresh in my head,” Butts says. “I was just happy I could be there for my family." Greensboro College scholarships help students achieve their dreams. If you would like to support the scholarship program at Greensboro College, and give other students like Lawrence the resources they need, please visit or call Joan M. Glynn, Acting Executive Director for Institutional Advancement, at 336-272-7102, ext. 458.


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At Home with the Homeless In May 2011, a half-dozen Greensboro College faculty and staff visited an open house at the Interactive Resource Center (IRC) in downtown Greensboro. The center serves homeless people – helping them find jobs and places to live, offering a place for laundry or a shower, referrals for mental-health or substance-abuse services, even computer lessons. Within months, about 70 Greensboro College students led by Professor Lisa Gunther-LaVergne, chair of the Psychology Department, and Professor Cheryl Brown, chair of the Sociology Department, were learning about homelessness issues in their respective sociology and psychology classes and volunteering at and for the center. That concentration was new for Greensboro College. “We’d never picked a particular organization and focused there before,” Gunther-LaVergne said. “So it’s hard for us, as a small school, to make a big impact.” This proposal offered that and more, Brown said. “We’d been looking for a perfect project, one that would involve service learning and combine

Students in the course were required to keep a journal of their volunteer work. Here are excerpts from the journal of Melanie Green ‘15, a psychology major from Wallburg, N.C.:

sociology and psychology, and this was it,” she said. “Homelessness brings with it issues of poverty, stratification, class issues, government policy, law enforcement, mental health and depression and substance abuse – between our two fields, there’s not much we wouldn’t encounter.” To help students tie classroom concepts to reallife problems and solutions, the professors required each student to volunteer for at least 10 hours during the semester. Most far exceeded that number, Brown said. Students also kept journals about their involvement. “What they did went way beyond the usual college-student volunteering that people are used to,” said Liz Seymour, executive director of the Interactive Resource Center. “We had students who had just tremendous initiative and jumped in and met homeless people on the street and came up with new ways to teach computer skills.” Students were divided into four teams. Some helped people set up email accounts, compose resumes, find job openings and apply for them online, and

October 25, 2011: Addiction is a habit that is so severe, a person cannot function throughout the day without satisfying their need or craving. … Getting clean is the first step in getting [addicts’] life back on track. … I hope that making these signs for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week can help shed some light on the harsh reality that homeless people experience. If it can just change one person’s outlook on this pandemic, then it was a successful project. Spreading the word to other people about this issue is the first step in providing help and aid to these stricken people. It’s almost as if we have to clean and sober up our minds in order to see the real truth.

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Greensboro College psychology, sociology students work with local nonprofit to help the homeless and learn more about homelessness.

reconnect with family and friends online. A second group helped clients apply for housing and helped organize a housing fair. A third group educated business owners about how they could help the IRC. And a fourth worked on fundraising and education, particularly on campus. One was Melanie Green ‘15, a psychology major from Wallburg, N.C., who worked primarily on publicizing Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in November. Green had studied psychology in high school and plans to work with the mentally disabled, so she had more background than her peers. Yet even she was surprised by what she saw and heard. “What was most surprising to me was how many children are considered homeless, or women with kids,” Green said. “Some even have jobs but have to live in a shelter.” The connection the professors had hoped for was made. “We’d talk about a concept, and they’d say, ‘Oh, I’ve seen that at the IRC,’ so there were these light-bulb moments happening,” Gunther-LaVergne says.

Green says that connection was priceless: “It’s amazing how noticeable a problem becomes when you actually sit down and talk to a person – you see that all this stuff you’re reading about, not that it could happen, but that it is happening.” Another joint program is planned for Fall 2012. “We see this as a long-term relationship,” Brown says. “We will be going to other faculty in other disciplines to see if we can get them involved as well.” Seymour says the program was good for the center and its clients, and also for the students. “The fact that the students were being asked not just to help out but to really use this as a learning lab to understand more about homelessness and the factors that go into it made them really good assets here,” she said. Every student ought to have that experience, Green says: “If you take it seriously, read what’s in the text, and then see that what you read about is really happening, it will change the way you view your life.”

November 24, 2011: For my final three hours of service, I volunteered to help Anna Davis, coordinator of Village 401, with toiletry-drive boxes and flyers. I helped gather boxes and create signs and flyers that were hung around campus. As I was making these boxes and flyers, I noticed some of the items that were being listed [for donation]. Most of these items are things people take for granted, but yet make such a huge impact on our lives. Things such as soap, razors and dental floss are things that most people use on a daily basis. These things can drastically change someone's outlook on life and change their attitude from negative to positive. Having strength and self-confidence are keys to motivation and success in life. Having such small things can help someone realize that they can beat homelessness and overcome the huge obstacles that have previously hindered their progress.


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Athletics UPDATE Another successful winter campaign is in the books for Greensboro College athletics. On the hardwood, the men’s and women’s basketball teams turned in strong showings, with the men advancing to the finals of the USA South Tournament. It was a year of firsts in the pool, with a first year men’s program and a women’s team that was competing in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) for the first time. The men’s basketball team finished out the year with an overall record of 18-10 and placed third in the USA South regular season standings. Highlights included a trip to the USA South championship as well as hosting the first two rounds of the conference tournament. T.J. Holman was honored on the All-USA South First Team. He was joined by fellow senior Andre Porter, who was selected to the All-Sportsmanship Team. Luqman Tijani and Devonta Davis each garnered USA South All-Tournament recognition. Hopes were high on the women’s side entering the 2011-2012 season. Greensboro was coming off a USA South regular season championship and an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16. The Pride, led by preseason All-American Danielle Duncan, began the year ranked as high as sixth nationally. Greensboro raced out to an 8-1 start and finished out the regular season by winning 13 of 14 games. The Pride earned a share of the USA South regular season crown with an overall record of 22-5. Duncan was named USA South Player of the Year, in addition to making the All-USA South First Team. Also earning All-USA South honors were Bianca Richburg (Second Team), Andrienne Terrell (Third Team), Chevena Pickard (Honorable Mention) and Hannah Holm (All-Sportsmanship). The women’s swim team entered its first season as a member of the ODAC. Greensboro finished the season with an 8-5 dual meet record and placed as high as third at the ODAC Championships before finishing fifth of nine teams. Providing many of the highlights was senior Emma Phillips, who rewrote the school record book and dominated the championship meet. Phillips finished her career with nine school records and one ODAC record. She successfully defended her ODAC titles in the 400 individual medley and 200 breaststroke with career best times and set the conference record in championship winning swim in the 200 individual medley. Phillips was honored following the meet as the ODAC Swimmer of the Year. The men’s swim team hit the pool for the first time in school history this season. The Pride fielded a team of 15 swimmers during the inaugural campaign and picked up their first ever victory in a decisive 92-69 win over LaGrange on December 16. Greensboro swam in eight meets, including an appearance at the Virginia Tech Invitational.

June 22: Campus Connection (registration deadline June 15) July 13: Campus Connection (registration deadline July 6) July 20: Campus Connection (registration deadline July 13) August 18-21: Precis Sept. 1 (tentative): Soup Bowl Sept. 22-Oct. 8: “17 Days” arts and entertainment festival in downtown Greensboro. Watch the website for information on GC-sponsored events on campus and elsewhere that will be part of this festival. Oct. 11-14: Homecoming Weekend

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