THE MAGAZINE â€¢ SUMMER 2015
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FROM THE PRESIDENT
Telling Our Story
Friends, Telling the Guilford College story is among my most important and treasured opportunities. Since beginning as president last July, I have been talking with everyone I meet about how Guilford, with its excellence in the practical liberal arts, is a dynamic place to learn and when our students graduate, they are uniquely prepared for careers, graduate studies and lifelong learning. I am inspired when alumni tell the Guilford College story. I wish all of you could enjoy the conversations I have had with alumni visiting campus for Homecoming and other occasions, at Alumni Board meetings, and at gatherings across the country. They are passionate people influencing community in profound ways, and their stories are amazing! QUAKE TALKS – “Stories Worth Telling” – feature alumni reflecting
on their Guilford experience. Through short presentations, like the popular TED talks, alumni share their knowledge, experiences and post-college navigation with current and prospective students, fellow alumni and peers. In doing so, they educate others about the value of a Guilford education. Organized by our Office of Alumni Relations this year, the series began on Homecoming Weekend and has continued on campus and at various alumni gatherings throughout the year.
I WISH ALL OF YOU COULD ENJOY THE CONVERSATIONS I HAVE HAD WITH ALUMNI. THEY ARE PASSIONATE PEOPLE INFLUENCING COMMUNITY IN PROFOUND WAYS, AND THEIR STORIES ARE AMAZING! /////////////////////////////////////////////////
At Homecoming, Sol Weiner ’14, explained how he created a documentary – “Swine Country: The Fight for Clean Air and Water in Duplin County, N.C.” – with Tom Clement ’14 as part of the Cape Fear River Basin Studies Program under the auspices of the Center for Principled Problem Solving. In the first ever Quake Talk, Sol spoke about building new community relationships from a work ethic instilled in him at Guilford. He cited Guilford’s strength as providing an environment where there is an explicit interconnectedness between all disciplines. Sol is currently in the Folklore Program in the Department of American Studies at UNC where he says he has found his way to more colleagues who are using academia for the purposes
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of social justice and change. Recently, I had the honor of being present with alumni in Cambridge, Mass., and Brooklyn, N.Y., for Quake Talks: John McSheffrey ’90 spoke passionately about how Guilford’s practical liberal arts gave him a competitive advantage over students from other colleges. Through his work at WQFS, our award-winning campus radio station, he developed essential job and life skills in addition to the knowledge imparted through his coursework. Simon Kress ’02 shared that Guilford gave his “punk rock” energy a direction that involved asking questions such as how to live in a conviction-filled way amid uncertainty. It focused on adhering to
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critical thinking, insisting on values but remaining humble towards the world as it is, participating vs. spectating, and retaining a commitment to community. Simon earned a Ph.D. in English, taught as a college professor, and recently resigned at the pinnacle of his success to begin law school, thereby continuing to explore the nature of being called to a vocation. Misty Koger-Ojure ’02 eloquently described the richness of her education at Guilford as a first-generation college student. In graduate school she gained even more appreciation for Guilford’s commitment to diversity of perspective. Through her work in development and grant writing, she attributes her ability to work with diverse audiences, understand history, and to articulate shared vision
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THE GUILFORDIAN TURNS 100 + THE PULITZER CENTER PARTNERSHIP / P.24 The College’s student-run newspaper is 100 years old and going strong.
to the liberal arts education she received here. As a college, we need to do an even better job of telling the Guilford story. We are in a community conversation about refining Guilford’s value proposition – a summary statement of what makes the College a valuable and worthy investment. This will be the foundation for improved marketing efforts in student recruitment and fundraising.
NEVER FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM / P.26 Howard Coble ’53 spent three decades in Congress but always stayed true to his roots.
Alumni experiences are invaluable in making the case for Guilford College. When you share your Guilford experience and recommend us to prospective students and their families, you are giving us an invaluable gift for which we are grateful.
As you know, delivering (and receiving) a liberal arts education in 2015 is expensive. Like many small liberal arts colleges with a modest endowment, Guilford balances its expenses with revenues from tuition, fees, annual gifts and endowment support. The Quaker testimony of integrity necessitates that we operate with a balanced budget. We are working very hard to be good stewards of our resources and appreciate all of your gifts, in all their forms, both large and small. Guilford will thrive as a small college of excellence doing a few things splendidly. I am proud to be your ninth president, and I’m passionate as you are about the College, its values, history and future. Please check out my Twitter feed @GuilfordJane for updates
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about our progress and the wonderful people who make it possible. Come home soon!
On the cover: President Jane K. Fernandes during her first few months on campus. Photograph by Ben Jenkins.
Jane K. Fernandes President
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NEWS & NOTES New Director Named for Friends Center C. Wess Daniels has been named the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies. He will succeed Max Carter, who will retire this summer after 25 years at Guilford. Wess has been a full-time Quaker minister, educator, researcher and public theologian, and has been working toward cultivating renewal among all branches of the Religious Society of Friends. For the past 5½ years, he was Quaker pastor at Camas (Wash.) Friends church, a programmed meeting in the Northwest Yearly Meeting.
Todd Clark Named Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students Todd Clark, who has student affairs experience at small liberal arts colleges as well as large universities, began work as vice president for student affairs and dean of students in late January. He has served in student and campus life leadership positions at Emory & Henry College in Virginia since 2008 – as associate dean of students since 2012 and assistant dean of students from 2008-12. He was director of residential life at Union College in New York from 2004-08. Earlier in his career, he held positions at Louisiana State University, Virginia Tech and Kansas State University.
As a doctoral student at Fuller Theological Seminary in California, his area of research was renewal of the Quaker tradition within contemporary context. He created a model of renewal for use by Quakers and all faith traditions and, in July 2014, received his Ph.D. from Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies. “With his skills and experience and a commitment to Quaker renewal and participatory culture, it is my strong belief that Wess is the right person at the right time to fill the leadership role as our William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies,” said President Jane K. Fernandes. “I am very pleased that we have reached a successful conclusion to the search for this essential position helping to assure that the Quaker ethos remains a vital force on campus.” Wess has diverse teaching experience, including graduate-level classes for the past three years at George Fox Evangelical Seminary (Oregon) and Earlham School of Religion. He is the author of five books, including A Convergent Model of Renewal: Remixing the Quaker Tradition in a Participatory Culture, which was published this year. “Wess brings to the College an ability to communicate Quaker values in a way that all can understand,” said Hector McEachern, chair of the Quaker Life and Diversity Committee of the Board of Trustees. “He is personable and academically gifted. If anyone can carry the position forward successfully, it is Wess.”
“Todd brings student-centered enthusiasm to his work, an understanding of Guilford and our Core Values, and boundless energy to this position,” said President Jane Fernandes. “We look forward to Todd’s relationship-building skills and leadership as we strive to graduate students who are academically prepared, ethically sound, and equipped with strong moral compasses.” A member of Jane’s cabinet, Todd will provide leadership, vision and strategic direction for Student Affairs. Within the cabinet, student retention programs and outcomes will be his key priority. He will work carefully to ensure that co-curricular programs, and particularly residential components of them, are enhanced. Coordinating with other members of the cabinet, he will collaborate to improve the overall student experience. Student Affairs includes 40 full- and part-time professionals in student leadership and engagement, new student programs, counseling, campus life, retention initiatives, intramurals, wellness programs, public safety, residential education and housing, and judicial affairs. In his career, Todd has led student life areas including housing, student activities, diversity, intramural sports and judicial affairs. At Emory & Henry, he chaired a task force shepherding construction of two new residence halls and has experience as an administrative judicial hearing officer and a Title IX investigator. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and management at Virginia Tech and a master’s in college student personnel from Western Illinois University. In 2014, he earned a PhD in educational studies from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His doctoral dissertation is Impact of Urbanicity on Student Engagement at Small, Residential Liberal Arts Colleges. Todd succeeds Aaron Fetrow, who became vice president of student affairs and dean of students at Roanoke College in August. Jennifer Agor led Student Affairs at Guilford on an interim basis after Aaron’s departure.
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NEWS & NOTES Faculty, Staff Receive 2015 Stewart Awards The 2015 Bruce B. Stewart Awards were presented to Julie Winterich, Maia Dery and Susanna Westberg; the Board of Visitors Award for Excellence in Academic Advising was presented to Caryl Cook Schunk. These awards, among the highest honors Guilford bestows on its faculty and staff, were announced at the Spring Awards Celebration on April 10. Julie Winterich, associate professor of sociology and anthropology and director of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, received the Stewart Award for Teaching Excellence for a tenured faculty member. Colleagues describe Julie as an excellent teacher, advisor, community servant and scholar. Her teaching provides concrete guidance for promoting diversity and social justice. Current students and recent alumni supported Julie’s nomination with heartfelt expressions of gratitude. One wrote, “She taught me more out of the classroom than I could have ever expected from any professor … she encouraged me to follow my heart and always be true to myself.” Julie was honored in 2012 with the inaugural Board of Visitors Award for Excellence in Academic Advising and in 2013 with the Dick Dyer Faculty Hearts and Hands Award.
“She approaches education holistically and reaches out informally to students, whether by going for a hike together in the Guilford Woods on campus or in a remote wilderness area,” a colleague said. “It is in these moments that she acts as a true mentor, and goes above and beyond what is traditionally expected.” Susanna Westberg, director of residential education and housing, earned the Stewart Award for Community Service. A tireless worker, she has made a positive impact on the lives of Guilford students for almost a decade. “She is the first one here in the morning and often the last to leave,” said a colleague.
“Susanna puts her heart and soul into her work, creating procedures and policies with students’ best interests in mind and pushing forward on issues that are important to them.” In addition to her work in Campus Life, Susanna has served on the Diversity Action Committee and as assistant women’s lacrosse coach from 2005 to 2013. “The demonstrated outcomes of her love of our community are obvious when you talk to our students, her players and her colleagues across campus. To a person, you hear messages of respect and admiration for her consummate professionalism and her endless desire to make Guilford a better place – in our halls, on our fields and in the classroom,” a former colleague said. The Bruce B. Stewart Awards were created by a gift from former trustee Bill Soles ’81, his sister Jan Soles ’87 and their father, the late W. Roger Soles. The gift honors Bruce ’61, who has served his alma mater as chair of the Board of Trustees, provost and director of the Richardson Fellows Program, among other roles. Bruce is the retired head of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. Caryl Cook Schunk, department chair and assistant professor of education studies, received the Board of Visitors Award for Excellence in Academic Advising. The Board of Visitors created the award four years ago to recognize the crucial role advisors play in helping students achieve their goals at Guilford and beyond.
CARYL COOK SCHUNK, SUSANNA WESTBERG, JULIE WINTERICH, MAIA DERY
Maia Dery, instructor of art, received the Stewart Award for Teaching Excellence for an untenured faculty member. She joined the College in 2001 and is described by colleagues as “a force of nature” embodying the principles of engaged, student-centered teaching. In her roles both as an instructor in the Art Department and as experiential learning specialist for the Center for Principled Problem Solving, she has excelled in developing courses that are fun and exciting, while also addressing serious issues in a scholarly manner.
In addition to her academic advising within the education studies major, Caryl advises the cohort of students who are student teaching, culminating in individualized recommendation letters for at least 20 students. She has volunteered for three consecutive years to teach FYE 101, the first year seminar, which has involved being the advisor for all the students in those classes as well. “During my first advising appointment, I remember asking her, half-jokingly, to help plan my life.,” a former advisee said. “She calmly and eagerly agreed to assist in my request. It was clear that she was competent in knowing how to advise me during my time at Guilford … I left her office confident and determined to succeed at Guilford and in life, too!”
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NEWS & NOTES Commencement 2015 Aaron Fetrow, who spent a decade as a student affairs and campus life administrator at Guilford, issued a challenge to the Class of 2015 at Commencement. “Bring love and accountability to your relationships after Guilford, be they with a life partner, colleagues at work, or other, more brief and fleeting encounters,” Aaron, now a vice president at Roanoke College, told the graduates and their guests. “Teach your children, your friends’ children, your nieces and nephews, your parents – anyone – about love and accountability. In the end, love does win, but not on its own.” The College’s newest alumni turned their tassels May 16 on the Quad in front of King Hall. Guilford awarded diplomas to graduating seniors and the first honorary degree in its 178-year history. Susan Briggs, renowned trauma surgeon and humanitarian, received the doctor of humane letters degree, honoris causa. Susan is a senior surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, and director of the International Trauma and Disaster Institute at Massachusetts General. She has helped provide medical care after disasters including the World Trade Center attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and earthquakes in Iran and Haiti. President Jane K. Fernandes, leading her first Guilford Commencement, congratulated the Class of 2015. “Graduates, this is your day,” Jane said. “We are proud of your accomplishments as students and are excited about what the future holds for you. For more: + Read commencement coverage online at guilford.edu. + Search #GuilfordGrad, the official commencement hashtag.
10 SEASONS OF THE BRYAN SERIES Guilford College’s Bryan Series has become one of the most popular lecture series sponsored by a college or university nationally in its 10 subscription seasons. Established by a 1994 gift from trustee chair emeritus Joseph M. Bryan Jr. ’60, the series connects students and the wider community with distinguished speakers five times each year. Academy Award winning director Ron Howard spoke to a crowd of 3,500 this season, and bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell and renowned surgeon Atul Gawande are in the 2015-16 lineup.
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“The world needs Guilford graduates now more than ever. You are uniquely prepared to help make the world a better place. Go forth and make a difference!”
NEWS & NOTES
Juliet Smith Receives ‘Best Graduation Present’ Juliet Smith couldn’t make it to Commencement on Saturday, May 16, because her baby, Milo, was born at 11:57 p.m. Friday, weeks before his due date. Since Juliet couldn’t make it to Commencement, Commencement came to Juliet. In Classroom 5 of Women’s Hospital, Professor of Geology Dave Dobson played “Pomp and Circumstance” on his tuba as Associate Professor of English Heather Hayton pushed Juliet’s wheelchair into the room. Juliet cradled Milo in her arms and beamed. The featured speaker at Commencement, Aaron Fetrow, delivered a 20-second version of his remarks for the exhausted mother and her family, including fiancé Isaiah Unger ’14. Vice President of Student Affairs
Todd Clark and Assistant Academic Dean Erin Dell presented Juliet with her diploma. Karrie Manson ’82, senior director of alumni relations, conferred two Guilford College baby bibs. “It means so much that the Guilford community would do this for me,” Juliet, an English major and German minor from Kinderhook, N.Y., said after the ceremony. “It really just affirms that Guilford was the right college for me.” Less than 24 hours earlier, Juliet had made welcoming remarks at Baccalaureate, the spiritual service developed by graduating seniors. After the Friday evening service, she and her family went to the restaurant Lindley Park Filling Station. Juliet was eagerly awaiting the arrival of her salmon salad when her water broke.
After she announced what was happening and received a round of applause from the other diners, Isaiah took her to nearby Women’s Hospital. A little more than two hours later, Milo, 5 pounds and 11 ounces, was born. “This was not at all how I was expecting this weekend to go, but I feel like that’s usually how life works,” she said. “It never seems to work out in the way you expect it to. But he’s the best graduation present I could ever ask for.” Juliet’s story has been covered by local and national media outlets, including High Point-based FOX affiliate WGHP, NBC’s “TODAY” show, ABC’s “Good Morning America”, TIME magazine and Buzzfeed.
Getting Their Feet Wet A class of students taking a geology course about pollution learned first hand during the fall semester. On a sunny Saturday in early October, they drove 30 miles north of Greensboro and spent the afternoon paddling canoes down a stretch of the Dan River past a retired coal-fired power plant where eight months earlier almost 40,000 tons of coal ash had spilled into the river. They stopped several times, upstream and downstream of the spill, to collect soil and water samples. Back in the lab, they ran a variety of tests on the samples. “Being able to go out to the Dan River and go canoeing and dig up sediment samples that were affected by the coal ash spill really changed students’ perspective,” said Holly Peterson, the assistant professor of geology who taught the class. + Watch a video about the project at guilford.edu/weareguilford.
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NEWS & NOTES Brunnenburg Semester Ranked Among Best Study Abroad Programs An opportunity for Guilford College students to live and learn at a 12th century castle in the Italian Alps has been named one of the nation’s best study abroad programs. The Best College Reviews website ranked Guilford’s Brunnenburg Semester second on its 50 Best Study Abroad Programs in America list. Students reside in the castle “croft” and study the poetry of Ezra Pound, medieval culture, the history of agriculture, the slow food movement and German. Each Tuesday they participate in a workday on the castle’s farm and surrounding vineyards.
“One of my favorite memories was the nine of us on the last workday of our trip, we were all working in the vineyard clipping vines and grafting two strains together. We were all in the same area laughing and singing. It was truly like a scene from a movie.” Julia returned to campus with new friendships, new knowledge of another culture and new confidence in her ability to step outside her comfort zone. That kind of transformative experience is the hallmark of a successful study abroad program, said Kyle Dell, an associate professor of political science who led the trip in 2013 and again this spring. “Programs like Brunnenburg show students they can do things they never imagined, with people they might not have known, in places they never have been, and in ways they never believed,” Kyle said. “How can one do those things and not come away knowing more about yourself and what you can do?” The castle, situated above the spa town of Merano near the Austrian border, has breath-taking views of the entire valley. Its location allows students to make weekend trips to Munich, Vienna, Verona, Venice and other cities. The castle belongs to Mary de Rachewiltz, the daughter of American poet Ezra Pound, and serves as an international Pound study center as well as the home of a museum of alpine agricultural history. The semester involves many short trips, often by foot, in the South Tyrol region. Students shop in the nearby village of Dorf Tirol and do much of their own cooking.
“I can still remember how the air feels in those mountains, the smell of the air in town and the castle, how the croft became like a home,” said Julia Opaleski ’17, who went to Brunnenburg in 2013, during her first year at Guilford. “Every little thing has stuck with me in such a vivid way, I don’t think I could ever forget.
The setting is unique, but there are many qualities that the Brunnenburg Semester shares with the Guilford College campus, Kyle said. “Teaching and learning in small groups, encountering ideas and responsibilities that challenge your worldview and daily comforts, and moving forward as a community of learners is the very model which Guilford has used as a residential liberal arts college.”
Thank you to all who gave during the first-ever Day for Guilford on March 3! Guilford received 862 gifts – 126 from students, 194 from employees, 415 from alumni, 72 from parents and 55 from friends of the College – adding up to $90,152. Trustees gave an additional $150,000 in challenge funds for a grand total of $240,152. “Guilfordians, your generosity on our first Day for Guilford has blown me away,” President Jane K. Fernandes said in a video posted during the event. “Your gifts ensure that today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders.” The day’s initial goal of 150 donors was met by 9:10 a.m., earning Guilford a $50,000 challenge gift from trustees. Higher targets of 250 and 325 donors were also exceeded, resulting in trustee gifts of $50,000 and 25,000, respectively. The College received a final trustee challenge gift of $25,000 when the donor total reached 400, a benchmark reached before 3 p.m. “We had high hopes but no idea our first Day for Guilford would have this level of success,” said Ellie Yearns, senior director of philanthropy. “The bar has been set extremely high for next year.”
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NEWS & NOTES With approximately 100 students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends in attendance, the annual Journeys in Blackness Banquet on March 28 recognized black student excellence and honored the trailblazers who opened doors for others at Guilford and throughout the community.
Carolyn Beard Whitlow, retired professor of English, was honored for more than 20 years of leadership and service to the College. Alumni traveled from near and far to see Carolyn and other community members.
“Carolyn was definitely my most influential professor in school and her legacy continues to have a major impact on my life so many years later,” said Neena Robertson ’02, who made the trip from New Jersey to attend the banquet.
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NEWS & NOTES Nicole Zelniker Wins Poetry Prize The Greenleaf Review writing retreat was held in October at a lakeside camp an hour from Greensboro, but Nicole Zelniker ’17 chose to write about a creature that lives in the sea.
It stings to the touch if you rub it the wrong way. Spiny spikes spotted at the bottom of the ocean. So begins “Gift Shop Giveaway,” Nicole’s 20line, 99-word poem, composed during the retreat’s workshop on nature poetry. “I don’t remember what the prompt was or why I chose to write about coral, but I’m happy I did,” she says. “I guess that’s how good writing tends to happen. You don’t normally know where it comes from.” Wherever it came from, her poem has been awarded first place in the 2014-15 Anthony Abbott Undergraduate Poetry Competition. Sponsored by the Charlotte Writers’ Club and named in honor of an award-winning poet and novelist, the contest is open to all North Carolina college students. “A gift shop encounter with a piece of coral engages the poetic imagination,” the judge of the competition wrote. “This poem stood out because unlike the other entries, it steps outside of the poet’s personal experience of family and childhood experiences, connecting instead to the larger world of our planet and our thoughtless destruction of its ecosystems.” Jennie Malboeuf, a faculty member in the Department of English and Creative Writing, led the nature poetry workshop.
“Nicole’s poem has such sharp images and splendid turns of phrase,” Jennie says. “When she first composed a draft of this piece, those images struck me as really pointed and specific pictures. The poem was filled with sensory connection and a control of diction. She demonstrates such promise as a young writer – very impressive.” Nicole, an English major from Hartsdale, N.Y., began writing poetry when she was 7, but it wasn’t until just a few years ago that something clicked, she says. Her poetry improved dramatically during her senior year of high school thanks to creative writing teacher Tiffany Moleski. The guidance and support of English faculty members at Guilford have been critical to her continued development as a writer, says Nicole, who actually writes more prose than poetry. She’s grateful to her faculty mentors who, in addition to Jennie, include Jim Hood, Jeff Jeske, Matthew Armstrong and Mylène Dressler. Mylène, advisor to The Greenleaf Review, the College’s literary journal, encouraged Nicole to enter her poem in the contest. “I’ve been enormously impressed by Nicole’s dedication to her craft, her love of poetry and fiction, and by the way in which she’s already taking risks in her work and life – both by taking her work seriously and by getting her work ‘out there,’” Mylène says. What’s next for Nicole as a writer? “The ultimate goal is to get published,” Nicole says, “but that's every writer’s goal, isn’t it? Mostly, I’d just like to keep enjoying writing and be able to do what I love for the rest of my life.”
Noelle Lane Wins Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award Noelle Elizabeth Lane ’15 received the 2015 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for excellence of character and service to humanity during Guilford’s Spring Awards Celebration April 10. She is a community and justice studies major and theatre arts minor from Moneta, Va. “She is an excellent example of a student transferring her Guilford education into social action – community-minded and a tireless advocate for those in need,” President Jane Fernandes said during the award presentation. She has been engaged in homeless outreach as Bonner project coordinator at the Church Under the
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Bridge. She has volunteered regularly with the Interactive Resource Center, Elimu Empowerment Services, American Friends Service Committee, the College’s Community Kitchen Club and YMCA Child Care Assistance for Teen Moms. Since 1925, colleges in the South have given awards in memory of Algernon Sydney Sullivan, a native of Virginia who practiced law in New York. He was known for his compassion for others. The Sullivan Foundation sponsors the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award and provides scholarships at selected colleges. In 2002, Guilford was selected to receive scholarship support and present the Sullivan Awards for service.
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Leading by Example MATT PAWLOWSKI ’16
Matt Pawlowski ’16 is quick to point fingers. During the past season, the quarterback from Greensboro led the Quakers to a share of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference title and was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Gagliardi Trophy, the award for NCAA Division III’s most outstanding football player. All the while, he has been quick to point to those who have helped him succeed. “It was a huge honor to be nominated for the Gagliardi Trophy,” Matt said. “I was humbled. My success was not possible without the help of all the guys on the team and the coaching staff so, for me, being nominated was in some ways a great team achievement.” The team finished the year with an 8-2 record, tying the school record for wins. In the process, Matt completed a school-record 67.8 percent of his passes for 3,476 yards with a school-record 38 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He shares credit for his success with his parents as well as his teammates and coaches. Mark and Kim Pawlowski can be found in the stands of Armfield Athletic Center during home football games, cheering on their son – something they’ve done his entire life. “My parents are my biggest inspiration,” Matt said. “Looking back at the way they raised me and the values they instilled in me, I’m very appreciative as I am a better man today because of them. I see how hard they work, and that is very inspiring to me and makes me want to work hard to make them proud.” Football became a large part of his life because of the bond he made at an early age with his father while watching NFL games on television.
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“I knew I wanted to continue playing football in college, because the sport has helped me in so many ways throughout my life,” he said. Matt plays the game with a chip on his shoulder. He hoped to receive a Division I scholarship to continue his career in college, but that never happened. “I got a little bit discouraged and frustrated,” he said. “Every game I play now, I feel like I have something to prove to every school that passed on me. That experience taught me to never give up and that even when things don’t go your way, other doors will open. It’s up to you to seize the opportunity.” He is seizing opportunity through his determination and work ethic, said wide receiver Adam Smith ’15. “What makes Matt a successful quarterback comes down to two things: technique and preparation.” “Matt is like a second coach on the field and is a student of the game,” Adam said. “It’s obvious he spends hours in the film room week after week, because he knows how to pick apart defenses over and over again. We have complete confidence that he’s the best quarterback in the nation.” Matt was selected to be team captain as a sophomore. “That’s impressive to be selected captain as a sophomore,” Head Coach Chris Rusiewicz said. “He’s confident and humble, but shows his competitive edge at times. He holds his composure no matter the situation, good or bad. He leads by example and has a take-control demeanor about him.” “I pride myself on leading by example,” Matt said. “I want the guys on the team to look at me and see that I’m doing the right things and they can trust me to make plays in big games.”
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“In order to be a great leader, you have to get people to believe in you. I try to do that through my actions.” His leadership and hard work go far beyond the football field. Over the past two years, he has served as a mentor at Guilford Middle School alongside several of his teammates. He meets weekly with a student who might be struggling academically or acting out in the classroom. The student-athletes help the middle school students with their homework and spend time getting to know them better. Following homework, the students all compete in a fun game of football. Matt had a positive role model himself, but he knows some children aren’t as fortunate. He enjoys helping youth see that doing the right thing can take them a long way.
At Guilford College we pride ourselves on having a diverse community which includes student-athletes who are as equally dedicated to life in the classroom as on the playing field. We believe strongly in the values athletics impart to our students – hard work, leadership, teamwork and integrity. Thanks to our donors we are able to help underwrite the costs for team travel, new equipment, facility upgrades and much more, all of which allows Guilford to attract the best student-athletes in the country. We are truly grateful for the over 400 members we have who support our athletes through annual gifts. To support athletics, please contact: LINDSAY SMITH, SENIOR DIRECTOR OF ANNUAL GIVING at email@example.com or 336.316.2261.
“It’s important to give back to my community, because the community has done so much for me throughout the years,” he says. “Greensboro will always be home, and I feel like it is my duty to help out those that are struggling. Sometimes it just takes a little encouragement to show a child that they can do whatever they set their mind to.” His own mind is set for the 2015 season. He wants to lead his team to an outright ODAC championship title and a deep run into the Division III National Playoffs. “Every time I put that Guilford College jersey on, I have so much pride,” he said. “Guilford was one of the few schools that recruited me, and I’ve grown so much as a man here. That gives me so much motivation to perform at the highest level and make my teammates, classmates, coaches and alumni proud.”
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ATHLETICS College Dedicates Jack Jensen Golf Center Jack Jensen led Guilford to four of its five national championships – three in golf and one in basketball – but his impact goes far beyond competition. Jack, who died in 2010 at the age of 71, spent nearly half a century coaching young men at the College, and he made an indelible impression on their lives. A new building on campus pays tribute to his legacy: The Jack Jensen Golf Center, located behind McBane Field and the Ragan-Brown Field House, was dedicated by a group of family members, friends and supporters in September. The donor-funded center features two indoor heated hitting bays with garage door openings and built-in video for swing analysis. It also boasts a 130-yard range, indoor putting green with training aids and a mirrored wall, outdoor green for chipping and putting, and a club repair area. The center provides a huge benefit to the golf team, because studentathletes can use the facility during the winter months, according to Head Coach Justin Tereshko. Drew Thompson ’15 agrees. “I can’t say enough about how important having a space like the Jack Jensen Golf Center is for our team,” Drew said. “The building is hopefully going to give us that advantage of putting a little bit more time in than our competitors and hopefully help us come out on top.”
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It’s also benefited the team from a recruiting standpoint, Drew said. “When recruits have the talent to come to Guilford and see our facilities, it makes it a very easy decision for them when they see the golf center.” Savio Nazareth ’02, understands the importance of making recruits feel at home. Savio, who was recruited by Jack to play golf at the College, believes Jack gave him a sense of purpose. “Without Jack, there’s no telling where some kids would have gone to school, or if they would have even gone to school,” Savio said. “He was a guy that would make you feel special and comfort you in a way that made you feel comfortable leaving your parents, or situation, to come to Guilford.” Jack left a multifaceted legacy, Sports Information Director Dave Walters said. “Jack served Guilford in many ways for many years and in the process built relationships with many people, which I think is perhaps his greatest accomplishment.” “He set the bar high and worked tirelessly to recruit students who could reach new heights, building meaningful relationships along the way,” Dave said. “The golf center is a lasting tribute to one who impacted so many in a profound way. I miss him to this day.”
Gift Strengthens Friends Center, Quaker Studies An anonymous donor has created a fund to support Friends Center and Quaker studies at Guilford College. The donor has committed to give $500,000 to the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies Endowed Fund. The fund is named in honor of Bill Rogers, president of Guilford 1980-96. The fund will support the position of Friends Center director. Among other duties, the director teaches Quakerism and Quaker studies in the Department of Religious Studies. President Jane K. Fernandes named Max Carter, leader of the center since 1990, the first William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center. “Max has announced his plans to retire from the College this summer, and I cannot think of a more fitting way to honor him than with the first Rogers directorship,” Jane said. “His evident commitment to the testimonies of Friends throughout his life and service, his transformational impact on the lives of students, and his influence on and support of Quaker education and Guilford College are legendary.” Established in 1982, during Bill’s presidency, Friends Center connects Guilford to the wider Quaker community and reaffirms the College’s leadership role in Quaker higher education. “I find it very touching and humbling to have my name associated with this position of leadership within the College,” Bill said. “I have worked on many issues and programs over the past 35 years at Guilford which
brought great challenge and satisfaction. Among these there have been many of national and even international importance. But the Friends Center programs hold a special place in my heart.” Among his many accomplishments, Bill helped strengthen Guilford’s relationship with Quaker constituencies, raised the College’s profile among liberal arts institutions and completed a major capital campaign. Bill, who is president emeritus, and his wife, Beverley, remain active in the Greensboro and Guilford College communities. “I am deeply humbled and honored,” Max said of his new title. “Bill Rogers guided me toward my Ph.D. program; he was president when Friends Center, the Campus Ministry Office and the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program were started at Guilford; he was the person who hired me!” The new fund will support a key element of Guilford’s identity, he said. “Quakerism profoundly defines the ethos of Guilford College, and Friends Center’s role is to stay awake at night worrying about how to maintain the strength of the Quaker ethos on campus,” Max said. “This endowment will guarantee that there will be a vital Friends Center and rigorous Quaker studies program in perpetuity at Guilford College.” The College welcomes additional gifts to the fund. For more information, contact the Office of Advancement at 336.316.2178.
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PHILANTHROPY Sherwood Anderson Family Establishes Creative Writing Endowment The celebrated American writer Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941) believed in the daring and power of the artistic imagination. His family has encouraged that daring among Guilford students through a gift of almost $600,000 to create the Sherwood Anderson Endowment Fund. The fund provides four $3,500 scholarships for creative writers and brings an accomplished writer to campus each year to lead master classes. “The need is particularly great for students,” said David Spear ’61, who is Sherwood Anderson’s grandson. “This gift will help students and emphasize the importance of writing and critical thinking. We hope it attracts other gifts to the fund.” The first Sherwood Anderson Scholarships have been awarded to Beatriz Caldas ’18, Lucy Kokenge Hartsock ’17, Jonahs Jones ’16 and Anna Rider ’16 for the 2015-16 school year. “As I grow and learn about myself and my poems and stories – whether they extend through the branches of my Appalachian family or explore the hollows of trees – I hope to become a better writer,” Lucy said.
“It is through language that we create and re-create the world. To trust in the mythologies we breathe is to be without fear of one’s own imagination.” Lucy’s comments would resonate with the fund’s namesake, the author of numerous stories, novels and essays. “Dare to be strong and courageous,” Sherwood Anderson wrote in his best-known work, Winesburg, Ohio. “That is the road. Venture anything.” The fund also is enabling the College to welcome award-winning poet, children’s book author and Guggenheim Fellow Naomi Shihab Nye as a distinguished visiting writer in the spring. “The gift of the Sherwood Anderson Endowment has been such a boon and a true game-changer for creative writing at Guilford,” said faculty member Mylène Dressler, director of the creative writing program. “While we have always had a strong creative writing program, this endowment has given us the infrastructure we needed to really attract and support promising young writers, to bring distinguished visiting writers to campus to inspire our students, and even to launch our new creative writing major.”
“It’s put creative writing in the spotlight at Guilford and beyond, and we couldn’t be more excited.”
FROM TOP: JONAHS JONES ’16, LUCY KOKENGE HARTSOCK ’17, BEATRIZ CALDAS ’18, AND ANNA RIDER ’16 HAVE BEEN AWARDED THE FIRST SHERWOOD ANDERSON SCHOLARSHIPS.
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WHY GIVE TO GUILFORD? Because your gifts ensure our ability to fulfill our promise: providing tomorrow’s leaders with the innovative problem-solving skills, experiences, and global perspectives to actively create change in the world.
WHY GIVE TO GUILFORD NOW? Because we can’t survive on ideals alone. A student’s tuition and fees cover only a fraction of the cost of attending Guilford. Philanthropy is a critical component of the student experience.
Sherrill Family Supports Art Department with Planned Gift
WHY GIVE TO GUILFORD IN THE FUTURE?
Two generations of a family with deep ties to Guilford visited the College this fall to sign an agreement to create the Sherrill/Gingrow Art Department Endowment.
Because we can’t stand alone. Since 1837 Guilford has been an important institution where lives are constantly being changed. Continuing this excellence requires resources; we owe these resources to generations to come.
The endowment will be created with about $380,000 from a charitable trust established by Clark Sherrill and his wife, Norma, who died in 2012. Clark A. Sherrill and his daughters, Sherry Leah Sherrill ’71 and Sydney Sherrill Gingrow, finalized the agreement during a brief morning ceremony Nov. 17 in the Art Gallery with President Jane K. Fernandes and Art Department faculty. Proceeds from the endowment will support Art Department faculty, including visiting artists and artists-in-residence, and the department’s facilities, such as studios and presentation areas. Sydney’s daughter, Alex Gingrow ’01, whose work has been reviewed by The New York Times, majored in art at Guilford. The family chose to give to the Art Department, because of the impact it had on her. “As former higher education teachers, Sherry and I agreed that the endowment should support faculty, first and foremost,” Sydney said. “Alex’s experiences with Adele Wayman and Roy Nydorf, among others, set the tone for her successes in art. We hope the endowment provides faculty opportunities to indulge their creativity and vision.” “The Art Department, and Guilford as a whole, was a wonderful match for Alex,” said Sherry. “Exceptional students go through Guilford’s art program. Support for faculty and facilities benefits those students. We love the idea that we can be part of that.” Sherry, who attended Guilford as an adult student, said the College was instrumental in her own intellectual development. She majored in English, studying with faculty members including James Gutsell, Mildred Marlette and Carter Delafield. She has previously supported an endowed scholarship for adult students at Guilford.
If you would like more information about making a bequest, please contact Sharon Storm, Assistant Director of Philanthropy, at 336.316.2166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LEADING GUILFORD TO SUSTAINABLE FINANCIAL HEALTH Q & A with Jane
At Guilford College, students and their education are at the heart of our work. As the community strives to reach a balanced budget, we rely on our tradition of a transparent and inclusive process of decision-making to protect and prioritize the academic core and the campus experience for students. A continued focus on an excellent and innovative education, undergirded by the Quaker testimonies, will assure that a Guilford education is accessible, available and affordable to students for generations to come.
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You’ve been a leader in higher education for almost 30 years. What previous experience has been most valuable to you as you move Guilford beyond its budget challenges to sustainable financial health? In normal times, I would say that my experience with strategic planning is very valuable in working on budgets. Even with the current situation involving the need for an immediate and critical response, experience with strategic planning is useful. When I became the head of the State of Hawaii’s School for the Deaf and Blind in 1991, I inherited an institution that was on its last legs. Reviving it and improving the quality of education for Island students who are deaf or blind began with a carefully crafted strategic plan. At Gallaudet University, leading a comprehensive and inclusive process of developing and implementing two strategic plans to increase student enrollment and retention, also at crisis levels, and to promote inclusive academic excellence at every level of the university was an important learning experience for me.
Regarding our current budget challenges, my experience at UNC Asheville applies most directly to my work now. I arrived in Asheville at the start of the Great Recession and as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs had to oversee a series of deep budget cuts due to consecutive years of decreasing support from the state. I have learned well that developing a plan for balancing the budget can only be successful if conducted through a fair, inclusive and transparent process. It’s also crucial to keep everyone focused on the good of the institution as a whole. That means staying true to the core mission and values of the campus and serving students first and always. Cutting budgets is no fun. But sometimes the necessity to do so serves as a stimulus for the community to reflect on, articulate and refine its core mission and to reach consensus on how to perfect it. That is my hope and expectation for what we’re undertaking together at Guilford College. When we emerge from this painful process, we will be a balanced, sustainable institution.
ITâ€™S CRUCIAL TO KEEP EVERYONE FOCUSED ON THE GOOD OF THE INSTITUTION AS A WHOLE. THAT MEANS STAYING TRUE TO THE CORE MISSION AND VALUES OF THE CAMPUS AND SERVING STUDENTS FIRST AND ALWAYS. Jane K. Fernandes President
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You have described your vision for Guilford as “a small college of excellence doing a few things splendidly.” How is the College determining its areas of focus? What have you learned from this process so far? I have come to believe that the Guilford distinction is closely intertwined with our Quaker roots and values. The close supportive relationships students have with staff and faculty; the opportunities to apply knowledge and understanding in principled ways to real problems and projects; the strong sense that ours is a diverse, inclusive and welcoming campus; our instilled habits of listening and speaking out of shared silence; the emphasis we place on guiding our students to think critically and creatively to seek truth rather than spout back “right” answers; our commitment to serving the community both locally and globally; and the efforts we make to integrate different ways of learning and knowing along with interdisciplinary approaches and collaborative learning to bring light to understanding – these are among the qualities that distinguish a Guilford education. And the more I come to know about the Society of Friends, the more apparent it is that Quaker testimonies inform and guide what we’re about. I believe many – perhaps most – of our students come here not out of a desire to pursue a Quaker-based education per se, but wanting the type and quality and atmosphere of education we provide. Only after some time here do those students come to realize that what they like most about Guilford actually derives from its Quaker-inspired values and norms. •••
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What are some of the ways the College’s history resonates with your own experience? That’s an interesting question. I remember reading that when Mary Mendenhall Hobbs was a schoolgirl her class was given the assignment to write about what they would do if given a large sum of money. In her essay Mary wrote that she would use the funds to start a school for girls. Of course, she went on to become an educator and first lady of Guilford College; succeeded in raising funds to support women students at the College leading to the creation of what is now called Hobbs Hall; and she is credited with being one of the chief proponents behind the establishment of the State Normal and Industrial School, now UNC Greensboro. Mary Hobbs knew very well the transformative power of education and she wanted to share that power with others, for both their personal benefit and the benefit of society. She is a role model to me. When I was a young girl, my father asked me what I wanted to do with my life and how he and my mother could help me achieve it. My answer was that I wanted to have a school and make it the best school possible. So I know what Mary Hobbs was feeling when she wrote that essay, and I understand the motivation that led North Carolina Friends to establish New Garden Boarding School and Guilford College. Now that I am president, I want to honor the legacy of our founders and shapers and help make Guilford the best school possible. •••
“NOW THAT I AM PRESIDENT, I WANT TO HONOR THE LEGACY OF OUR FOUNDERS AND SHAPERS AND HELP MAKE GUILFORD THE BEST SCHOOL POSSIBLE.”
Guilford has a tradition of serving the underserved. For instance, it educated women when that was a rarity. What must Guilford do to ensure that it remains accessible?
What did you think of the Guilford Undergraduate Symposium, also known as GUS, where more than 100 students shared their research and creativity?
The first thing we must do to ensure that Guilford College remains accessible is to attend to financial stewardship and sustainability. We are fully engaged in that now. By hewing to what is essentially Guilfordian and doing it splendidly, we’ll be able to regain our financial footing, effectively manage enrollment and hold tuition increases to a minimum. And by accomplishing that, we will be better able to attract support in the form of gifts, grants and scholarships to make sure that we continue to serve those who would otherwise not have access to a top quality education.
I was delighted with the quality and variety of the projects presented. Our students are a bright and creative bunch, supported and mentored by a world-class faculty. The evidence of passionate pursuit of knowledge, understanding and solutions to problems was gratifying, as was the creativity revealed in the artistic presentations and performances. I was impressed with the interdisciplinary aspects of a number of projects and even the sense of humor that some exhibited as a means of calling attention to serious problems and their potential solutions. The most memorable projects for me were: Black Lives Matter, a series of live portrait drawings of African American Guilford faculty, staff, students, and administrators now on exhibit in Hege Library; Adele Price and Michele Malotky’s research using healing plants used by indigenous people in Madagascar to explore the development of anti-resistant antibiotics, and Kayla M. Mayes’ community collaborative research into the disparities within the Montagnard Community in Greensboro. The Guilford Undergraduate Symposium offered vivid evidence of the value of our particular brand of principled, practical, integrative liberal arts education.
••• You’ve been a champion for diversity throughout your career. What inspired your passion for diversity? Why is diversity important at Guilford? Having been born deaf and educated in public schools where there was no one else like me, I experienced first-hand how important it is to make all students feel welcomed, included and valued. In junior high and high school my best friend was one of the few African American students on campus. She and I bonded over our shared sense of “difference” and a desire to succeed in school despite the odds. We learned from each other’s experience, and that’s why diversity, particularly in an educational setting, is important.
Today, employers of college graduates are looking for people with experience and expertise in skills such as problem solving, communication, working in diverse teams, and collaborating. As the population of our state and nation becomes ever more diverse (people of color already outnumber non-Hispanic white residents of Greensboro and Charlotte, for example) the teams that our graduates collaborate with in the work setting will be increasingly so. And that diversity confers the advantage of different experiences, points of view and sensitivities to apply to analyzing and solving problems. At Guilford, diversity enables the opportunity to learn with and from a broad range of students, faculty and staff. Learning how to communicate and collaborate effectively with others from diverse backgrounds is a tremendously important and relevant aspect of a good liberal arts education in the 21st century. We do this splendidly. •••
“OUR STUDENTS ARE A BRIGHT AND CREATIVE BUNCH, SUPPORTED AND MENTORED BY A WORLD-CLASS FACULTY.”
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What about Guilford sets it apart from other colleges? I partly answered this in my response to the second question. But Guilford’s Quaker underpinnings and the qualities they bring to what we do here as a scholarly community help define the particular essence of a Guilford education. George Fox, founder of the Religious Society of Friends, famously said, “Let your life speak.” (Well, he probably said, “Let thy life speak!”)
You are a strong advocate for the liberal arts. What is the enduring value of a liberal arts degree? Do you foresee changes in the traditional liberal arts education? Liberal arts education is as crucial and relevant today as it ever was, perhaps more so. There are two parts to its mission. The first is to holistically develop students into their best selves so that they can lead successful and fulfilling lives (which includes being gainfully employed in a satisfying occupation). Doing this relies on teaching our students to think critically and creatively, to examine issues from a variety of viewpoints, to speak and write clearly and cogently, and to use technology effectively. The second aspect of the liberal arts mission is to serve society, both domestically and globally. A liberal arts education produces “principled problem solvers,” to use a Guilford-centric term, for the benefit of humanity.
GUILFORD ATTRACTS STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF WHO WANT TO DO JUST THAT, AND SEEING “THAT OF GOD” IN EACH OTHER, WE SET ABOUT PROVIDING AN EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE AS A COMMUNITY OF EQUALLY VALUED LEARNERS COLLABORATIVELY SEEKING TRUTH – NOT JUST SO THE ENDURING VALUE OF THE LIBERAL ARTS IS TO GIVE KNOWLEDGE, BUT ALSO WISDOM. PEOPLE THE TOOLS TO LEAD GOOD AND USEFUL LIVES And we apply that learning to let our lives speak and to set about AND TO GIVE SOCIETY THE PEOPLE EQUIPPED TO DO SO. creating the world as it ought to be. Dedication to service is another key Guilford/Quaker characteristic. I am constantly impressed by the varied and significant ways our students, faculty and staff serve the community. And as I meet alumni from across the country and the globe, the amount of good work or service they are doing amazes me. So many Guilford people are passionate about their work, their service. Service is the manifestation of compassion, so the cultivation of compassion is another distinguishing characteristic of a Guilford education that sets us apart. The Guilford farm is a great example of our students, faculty and staff learning through experience how to serve the greater Greensboro community. Since the farm began in 2011, our student farm apprentices have worked in a collaborative effort with the Bonner Program’s Hunger Fellows to address hunger issues, both individually and systematically. While the farm produces mountains of fresh produce that is sold to high-end restaurants, the Hunger Fellows Food Kitchen has routinely harvested seconds and over-stock produce to help prepare meals to serve people in need. More recently the Mobile Market has partnered with student farm apprentices to send fresh produce directly into area food deserts. The produce is brought free of charge to various communities including Glen Haven, a food insecure community of mostly Nepalese and Bhutanese refugees. The student farm apprentices have also served in numerous ways to help facilitate local food production and serve as advocates for food justice through direct outreach and hands-on involvement. Most recently, members of the farm team are volunteering to help create garden plots at the Triad Math and Science Academy, an elementary school located in a low-income area in southeastern Greensboro, thus teaching young children how to grow crops and sustain a healthy diet. •••
I believe liberal arts education will continue to evolve. The interdisciplinary aspect of a good liberal arts education is something fairly new, evolving in the late 20th century. With the generation of professors that included Mel and Beth Keiser and Carol and John Stoneburner, Guilford was at the cutting edge of the interdisciplinary thrust in liberal arts that began a few short decades ago. The intentional community that a small campus affords in providing a liberal arts education I see as continuing to be valued in future. One likely change is an increased emphasis on collaborative learning and designed “apprenticeships” where students learn and apply their learning by working with their professors and other mentors on real-life projects and problems. Forward-thinking colleges like Guilford are already starting to do this. Another trend is further emphasis on enhancing diversity and global perspectives within the liberal arts. Competence in cyber technology will continue to be an important quality of liberal arts graduates and approaches to creating effective virtual learning communities will be developed, but I see direct, in-person teaching and learning relationships remaining essential ingredients of liberal arts education. Much in the higher education landscape is changing but there are essential constants. Guilford will always and evermore be exclusively focused on our students and their education. Excellence in education and the integrity of a balanced budget are fundamental to good stewardship of all our resources, human, financial and material.
OUR LEGACY OF INNOVATION AND RISK TAKING FOR THE GOOD OF SOCIETY WILL CONTINUE TO PROPEL US FORWARD. Guilford will continue to be a strong and vital part of higher education in Greensboro with positive impact locally, in the region, and beyond as our graduates go out into the world. In these ways, we continue to honor the legacy of our Quaker founders and the Quaker ethos permeating our campus life. •••
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he Guilfordian passed a big milestone in the fall: The College’s student-run newspaper published its first edition on Oct. 14, 1914.
The Board of Trustees decided the student body would benefit from the creation of a weekly newspaper, which replaced a monthly magazine. It was initially available to students for $1 (the equivalent of $23.48 today) per year. The Guilfordian will aim to give a detailed weekly account of the literary, religious, social, and athletic activities of our college. We shall hold our columns open at all times to any under-graduate or Alumnus who wishes to discuss affairs of interest to any Guilfordian and relative to the welfare of the College. – The Guilfordian, Oct. 14, 1914 For the majority of its history, The Guilfordian did not submit entries to contests. It began doing so in 2005 and has since received an impressive number of awards. Most recently, the American Scholastic Press Association named The Guilfordian the “Most Outstanding College Newspaper of 2013-2014.” Judges evaluated content coverage, page design, editing, art and other factors, and awarded the paper 975 out of 1,000 possible points. Also last year, The Guilfordian won seventh place in the best-of-show category and 10th place for its website at the National College Media Convention of the Associated Collegiate Press. The newspaper’s prizes in the North Carolina Media Association’s annual contest included a best-of-show award for the print edition. The old is ever giving way to the new. Expansion and extension is the law of life. Growth and progress are allied against stagnation and decay. – The Guilfordian, Oct. 14, 1914 View past issues of The Guilfordian, 1914-2005, on the Friends Historical Collection pages of the Hege Library website. ••• Much of the information in this article was compiled by Grace Ethier ’14 while she was a work-study student in the Friends Historical Collection. She is now a research assistant at the U.S. House of Representatives.
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YEARS OLD AND GOING STRONG
A PRODUCTIVE PARTNERSHIP
VIDEO STILLS FROM TOM CLEMENT’S REPORT ON HYDROPOWER IN SIKKIM, INDIA
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting has brought veteran journalists to campus and provided opportunities for students to hone their reporting abroad.
He shoots for a company that produces and donates videos to nonprofits. His goal is to work as an investigative multimedia journalist and documentary filmmaker.
A partnership with the D.C.-based Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is paying dividends for Guilford students as well as The Guilfordian, the College’s award-winning student newspaper.
In spring 2012, as Guilford’s first Pulitzer Center fellow, Keyla Beebe traveled in Cambodia, where she examined deforestation. Catherine Schurz ’13, a fellow in spring 2013, reported on the case of Stephen Lawrence, the victim of a racially motivated attack in London in 1993. The next fellow, Taylor Hallet ’15, will travel to the Negev region in Israel to study the effect of Israeli policies on Bedouin Arabs.
Since the spring of 2012, Guilford has joined Wake Forest and High Point universities in a Pulitzer Center educational consortium. Three Guilford students have traveled abroad as Pulitzer Center fellows and six center-supported experts have visited campus.
After graduating, Rebecca Gibian ’13 worked for 13 months as a Pulitzer Center intern before enrolling as a graduate student in the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
“The Pulitzer Center partnership illustrates our commitment to social justice and seriousness of purpose. We try to model our own practice on their emphases,” said Jeff Jeske, Guilfordian advisor and Dana Professor of English. “This is another indication we’re not just a run-of-the-mill college newspaper.” The center sponsors independent reporting on global issues that other media outlets are less willing or able to undertake on their own. Jon Sawyer, a Winston-Salem, N.C., native and former Washington bureau chief for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, founded the center in 2006. As Guilford’s most recent Pulitzer Center fellow, Tom Clement ’14 explored the impact of hydroelectric damming projects in the state of Sikkim in northeastern India. He visited the region in summer 2014 with other Guilford students and faculty member Heather Hayton. They learned about the government’s ambitious plans to construct hydroelectric dams to help meet the nation’s growing energy needs. Tom published “India: Damming Sacred Rivers,” a series of articles with photos and videos on the Pulitzer Center website. While he was video editor for The Guilfordian, Tom met visiting journalist Steve Sapienza. “After returning from India, Steve gave me editorial feedback on the video portion of my reporting,” Tom said. “The final product was a result of several rounds of revision and discussion with Steve.” Since completing his Pulitzer reporting, Tom has assisted videographers and photographers in the D.C. area and produced videos for his own clients – primarily local businesses and musicians.
“I have always been interested in crisis or war reporting,” she said. “However, while at Pulitzer I really learned that I want to focus on issues that go underreported by the mainstream media. I want to look at the deeper issues that encompass communities around the world, mainly focusing on crises that surround women and children.”
“A mixture of Guilford and Pulitzer helped get me to this point. The Guilfordian really increased my passion in journalism, while Pulitzer directed it towards these specific topics.” Other Pulitzer Center journalists visiting campus have included Cynthia Gorney, a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic; Jason Berry, an investigative journalist and Vatican expert; and Dan Grossman, a journalist specializing in climate change. “The visiting reporters are a highlight of the semester,” Jeff said. “They represent the cutting edge of journalism and the best of what is going on in the field.” The partnership has numerous benefits for students and Guilford. “The connection with Pulitzer, an internationally known name, lends prestige to the College,” Jeff said. “Its commitments to social justice are very much in line with Guilford’s. And the program supports our academic principle of giving students a global perspective. How better to do that co-curricularly than to go out and report?” GUILFORD.EDU | 25
Never Forget Where You Came From PROFILE: Howard Coble â€™53
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t’s often said that politicians love to talk about themselves, but that’s not the case with retired U.S. Rep. Howard Coble ’53. The last person Howard ever wants to talk about is himself.
Maybe that’s why he’s so quick to ask questions and listen intently. “Where did you go to high school?” Howard often asked his constituents. Howard knows all the school mascots in the Sixth District and many more from around the state. It started a number of years ago when he asked a staffer where she went to high school. The look of pride on her face when he told her, “You’re a tiger,” stuck with him. It was a source of pride, he believes, and now he starts each conversation with “Where did you go to high school?” Howard attended Alamance High, not to be confused with Alamance County High he says, which now serves as an elementary school in Guilford County. His alma mater was the “Indians.” After high school, Howard attended Appalachian State University with the intention of studying physical education and becoming a high school baseball coach, but left after one year to join the U.S. Coast Guard. He served more than five years and 18 more as a reservist. Following his service, Howard’s family preacher convinced him to enter the ministry. He chose Guilford College because he believed a liberal arts education would be a good foundation for seminary. However, he never felt “the call” and earned a history degree instead. He entered politics after earning a law degree from UNC Chapel Hill, serving in the General Assembly and as secretary of the N.C. Department of Revenue before his election to Congress in 1984. He retired in January after 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Howard’s parents had a significant impact on his long tenure on Capitol Hill. Everyone is dealing with something, according to Howard, and one has to be mindful of that. “I learned that from my mom and dad,” he said. “We weren’t wealthy. We were OK, but never wealthy.” Howard’s mom was a textile worker and operated a machine in a hosiery mill. His father, a seventh grade dropout, began sweeping the floor at the Greensboro Belk store. He would retire as the store’s manager 40 years later. “My folks had nothing handed to them,” Howard said. Because of their work ethic, Howard says he decided not to compromise his beliefs for the convenience of a vote. “If you and I aren’t in agreement on an issue, we can learn to disagree agreeably. No need for you and me
to fight about this. At the end of the day, if we want to have a beer, let’s have a beer together.” Marshall Hurley, a Greensboro attorney, and Howard have had a few beers together. Marshall met Howard in the summer of 1975 while working as an intern in the North Carolina governor’s office. At the time, Howard was serving in the cabinet of Gov. Jim Holshouser as the state’s secretary of revenue. One night, Marshall saw Howard walking off a tennis court and the two decided to get a beer together. “We became friends after that,” Marshall says. “Howard makes friends easily, quickly and sincerely. We talked politics non-stop. He had an energizing and engaging personality.” Despite his humble charm, Howard has not always been a favorite of students at his alma mater. In 2003, he made controversial statements defending President Franklin Roosevelt’s decision to send Japanese-Americans to internment camps during World War II. When several students sent him a letter requesting that he not speak at Guilford’s commencement, he canceled his participation rather than risk a disruption of the ceremony. But Marshall thinks Guilford students can learn something from Howard’s tenure. “I think many fair-minded students who may differ with Howard on policy questions would value the openness, the candid dialog and the soul searching that marked his decision making as he explored issues,” Marshall said. “Even his sharpest critics can recount times he cast votes of conscience against his own party and president.” Howard challenged the political status quo. Democrats dominated North Carolina politics when Howard first ran for office. Even his parents were Democrats. When Howard went to the Board of Elections office to file to run as a Republican candidate, he was told he couldn’t be a Republican. “There was a woman there that said, ‘You can’t do that.’ She’s telling me I can’t be a Republican. She knew my dad was a Democrat. I wanted to be a Republican, and she reluctantly signed me on as a Republican.” But Howard may be more like Guilford students than they realize, Marshall added. “Howard is not a Quaker, but he listens and responds like one, without bombast, without hostility,” Marshall said. “I think there’s a lot for college students to admire in Howard, and many of the ones who got to know him did.”
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Howard always considered both sides of an issue and never hesitated to change his mind if it was warranted, said Ed McDonald, who served as Howard’s chief of staff. Most notably, Howard says he would not have voted to authorize military action in Iraq, going against his party and President George W. Bush, had he known there was no exit strategy. Howard’s impact on the Sixth District will be felt for decades. “If you ride anywhere on the urban loop being constructed around Greensboro, you can thank Howard for getting federal dollars in previous highway bills,” Ed said. “If you ride on the bus shuttle system for Furniture Market in High Point, you can thank Howard for obtaining the funds, and perhaps saving the market from moving to Las Vegas. If you use the train and bus depot in downtown Greensboro, you can thank Howard for revitalizing an all-but-dead project.” But you won’t hear Howard talk about those things. Claire Massagee Lanier ’12 knows just how difficult it is to get Howard to reflect on his time in office, or even talk about himself. She interned with Howard’s office twice. “The problem is that he never talks about himself,” Claire said. “But that’s what so special about Howard.” She’s not exactly sure how Howard was elected in the first place. “It’s amazing he was elected,” Claire said. “He’s someone who doesn’t brag about himself, he doesn’t strategize, and he’s not a good fundraiser. We’re lucky he was elected. People like Howard don’t get elected. People like Howard don’t push themselves forward for attention.” Through humility and leadership, Claire said, Howard has created his own legacy. “Students talk about living honorably and justly, and it starts with you,” she said. “No one could do that more than Howard. I see the people he gives to; the way he treats people. He’s never looking for the most important person in the room.”
Claire Massagee Lanier ’12: Life of the Political Party Former U.S. Rep. Howard Coble ’53 smiles from ear to ear when he talks about Claire Massagee Lanier ’12. “Superb,” Howard said. “That’s the kind of person Claire is.” Claire, a Greensboro native, chose Guilford College because of its small class sizes and because she wanted to stay close to home. Guilford helped her find her passion. A political science and computing and information technology double major, Claire also was a Principled Problem Solving Scholar. Through the program, students participate in internships related to problem solving. That’s when she first became an intern in Howard’s district office. “I gained a lot of confidence and maturity through the PPS program,” Claire said. “In district offices, it’s a lot like social work because you help constituents who are having issues with federal agencies regarding their health problems and disabilities.” She also interned with both U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan during the same summer. But it was her first internship with Howard that had the greatest impact on her. “He was by far the most accessible member of Congress that I worked for,” Claire said. “He asked how my parents were, he wanted to know about my day. He was flexible.” In addition to her internships, Claire was involved in the College Republicans club. For years, College Republicans clubs at the College would form and dissipate. During a discussion in one of her political science classes, Claire decided to reboot the club. Fellow students had misconceptions about Republicans, and that bothered Claire. “I wanted to have a presence on campus because I was upset,” she said. “I wanted to prove to the campus that College Republicans do exist.” Through her studies, the PPS program and internships with Howard, Claire found something that gave her an identity and helped her stand out at Guilford. “When I talked to students who went to other schools, they didn’t understand what was happening in the world,” Claire says. “I think Guilford students are grounded, and the College has prepared us to deal with reality and not just ideas.” Claire returned to Guilford as a student in the post-baccalaureate pre-medical & pre-health studies program. She completed her courses this spring and has taken the MCAT. She says she’s not done with politics, but hopes to use her experiences in the health profession.
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ALUMNI NEWS & EVENTS
IT WAS GREAT TO HAVE YOU BACK, GUILFORD ALUMNI!
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ALUMNI NEWS & EVENTS CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: NEED NAMES IF YOU WANT A CAPTION FOR THESE / THE PARKERS: EDGAR ’69, JOHN ’72, ELIZABETH ’76, CONRAD ’62 AND ELWOOD ’64 / MINNETTE COLEMAN ’73 / MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 1963 AND GOLDEN CIRCLE INDUCTEES / DAVID HEGGIE ’98, PICTURED WITH B. RANDY DOSS ’82
Class of ’65 Joins Golden Circle Members of the Class of 1965 returned to campus April 24-25, becoming reacquainted with Guilford and with each other as their class was inducted to the Golden Circle, the group of alumni who graduated at least 50 years ago. Fifty-five class members and their guests attended the Reunion Weekend. Among other events, participants had lunch with faculty, staff and students and took tours of campus led by James Shields ’00, David Petree and Max Carter. Speakers during the Golden Circle ceremony included Elwood Parker ’64, Becky Stout Argall ’65, Gertrude Upperman ’69, Community Senate President Jose Oliva ’17, Blake Brown ’15, Professor Dave Dobson, Associate Professor Julie Winterich and President Jane Fernandes. Kate Hood ’76 led the singing of the alma mater. The second black alumnus in Guilford history, Ayub Watakila ’65, was inducted posthumously into the Golden Circle. His children, Andrew, Jackie and Ruth Watakila ’87, accepted the honor on his behalf.
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CLASS NOTES Deaths Philip Lambeth Green, Sr. ’36 Feb. 27, 2014 David Langston Kearns ’37 Aug. 30, 2013 Elizabeth “Betsy” Bulla King ’37 Aug. 30, 2013 Elizabeth Gilliam Parker ’37 June 11, 2014 Frank D. Dorey ’39 Sept. 25, 2013 James Walter Phillips ’39 Sept. 14, 2013
Sympathy is extended to Margaret Barnes Budd ’37 upon the death of her brother Wesley Evans Barnes Sr., May 15, 2013
Helen Stinson Hardin ’36: Happy 100th! Helen Stinson Hardin ’36 celebrated her 100th birthday May 2, 2014! She married George Hardin ’33 at Friends Meeting House on the Guilford campus on June 1, 1936, the afternoon after she graduated from Guilford College. Helen is head of five generations of Hardins. She lives in the family three-story home in suburban Philadelphia since she, George and their two children, Dave ’59 and Sarah, moved there in February 1946. She stays fit by going up and down steps, walking to Meeting for Worship, and attributes part of keeping fit to the Tai Chi classes she attends twice a week. Helen writes her own checks, keeps up with her medication and is quite active in various organizations. She worked for 35 years in the Wharton MBA Admissions Office, University of Pennsylvania. Helen delights in traveling, working in her yard and being with people. She has traveled to all 50 states. In June 2014, in honor of her birthday, 20 members of the family met in southern France for a celebratory week at a former monastery, which has been converted into a cluster of villas. Before and after the week in France, many family members spent time in Spain or Switzerland. Helen opted for Switzerland where a granddaughter lives. Congratulations, Helen, from all of us at Guilford College!
HELEN STILSON ’36 HARDIN (CENTER) WITH HER SON DAVID ’59 (L) AND HER DAUGHTER-IN-LAW MARY RUTH SHROPSHIRE ’59 HARDIN (R) AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY HELEN STILSON HARDIN ’36 IN A KAYAK WITH GRANDSON KEN AND GRANDDAUGHTER MAGGIE
Mary Anna Jessup Williams ’42 writes that she is living in Carlsbad, Calif. Her husband, George, is deceased. She has three children: Ken, David and Barbara, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. All are close by except David, who is a veterinarian in Atlanta, Ga.
Deaths James Allen Wall ’40 Oct. 22, 2014 Mary Ruth Kimrey McKinney ’41 Aug. 15, 2014 Joseph Pennington Parker Jr. ’41 Dec. 22, 2013 Margaret Gamble Cockman ’43 May 22, 2014
Shirley Cummings Moyer ’43 March 20, 2014
Douglas Bernard Johnson Sr. ’45 Aug. 26, 2013
Eleanor Clinchy Reinhardsen’43 Sept. 18, 2013
Frank Vernon Miles ’45 Dec. 25, 2013
Louise Brown Wilson ’43 June 23, 2014
Marian Kirkman Murchison ’45 Nov. 26, 2014
Helen Clapp Hankins Andrew ’44 Aug. 14, 2013
Doris Coble Kimmel ’46 Jan. 6, 2014
Shirley Ware Brunkhardt ’44 Nov. 4, 2013
Elizabeth Dunn Mutch ’46 Aug. 15, 2013
Kathleen Kirkman Morgan ’44 Sept. 25, 2013
Richard L. Schafer ’46 Sept. 24, 2013
Goldanna Cramer Perlsweig ’44 Feb. 21, 2014
Elford “Jack” Smith Wyatt ’46 Oct. 11, 2013
Dorothy “Dot” Jessup Hillstrom ’45 July 28, 2012
Newell Edward Baker ’48 Feb. 19, 2014
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CLASS NOTES Rachel Thomas Benfey ’48 Sept. 22, 2013 Richard Gale Bolling Sr. ’48 Jan. 9, 2014 Carlton Ray Chilton ’48 Oct. 25, 2013 Harold “Doc” H. Orvis ’48 May 25, 2013 Leonard Twinem Jr. ’48 June 19, 2014 Stanley Malvern Boyd ’49 March 15, 2014 John “Pops” R. Holden Jr. ’49 April 3, 2014 Floyd A. Reynolds ’49 July 11, 2014 Elizabeth Pegram Walker ’49 Feb. 3, 2014
Sympathy is extended to Mary Anna Jessup Williams ’42 upon the death of her sister Dorothy “Dot” Jessup Hillstrom ’45, July 28, 2012. Mary Kirkman Routh ’45 and husband Charles upon the death of Mary’s sister Marian Kirkman Murchison ’45, Nov. 26. 2014. Stella Mae Venable Crum ’46 upon the death of her sister Betty Lou Venable Tate ’53, Sept. 11, 2014. James Ernest “Monk” Cummings ’46 and his wife Barbara upon the death of their sister-in-law Esther Roberts Cummings, Nov. 7, 2013. Joseph H. McBane ’46 upon the death of his sister Ada Sue McBane Jackson, April 6, 2014.
John R. Haworth ’47 and Eldora Haworth Terrell ’49 upon the death of their brother-in-law Rawley L. Young, April 25, 2014. Lucille Reynolds Hylton ’47 upon the death of her brother Floyd A. Reynolds ’49, July 11, 2014. Herb Schoellkopf ’48 and wife Judy upon the death of his brother-in-law, James Alfred Holder, July 26, 2013. Marie Orvis Andrew ’49 upon the death of her brother Harold “Doc” H. Orvis ’48, May 25, 2013. Walter Howard Coble ’49 upon the death of his sister Doris Coble Kimmel ’46, Jan. 6, 2014.
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Bertha “Bert” Livezey Brown ’53 writes, “Husband Joe ’53 was raised in George, N.C., and had to leave Guilford because of his father’s health. I was raised in Barnesville, Ohio, and came to Guilford after Edwin Brown visited our yearly meeting and talked me into attending the College. Edwin brought his cousin Joe to meet me – he lived in Cox Hall and I lived in Mary Hobbs where I was a part-time cook. A short time later, Joe asked me for a date – the rest is history. We were married in September 1952 and have three lovely daughters and six grandchildren. We surely have been blessed!” Howard H. Haworth ’57 of Charlotte, N.C., has been honored by MeckEd as its 2014 Education Champion of the Year. Howard, Chairman Emeritus of the North Carolina State Board of Education, was appointed to the Board in 1987 by Gov. Jim Martin after serving as North Carolina’s commerce secretary in the Martin administration. He served as chairman of the State Board of Education from 1988 until 1991.
Deaths Dale Hugheston Caine ’50 Nov. 6, 2013 James Nicholas “Jim” Ellis Jr. ’50 July 15, 2014 Harold Thomas Jarrell ’50 June 3, 2014 Luther “Doc” Dwaine McCollum ’50 July 7, 2013 Jane Rhodes Smith ’50 May 22, 2014 Daniel Gillespie Yates Sr. ’50 Nov. 29, 2014 Byron M. Branson ’51 Feb. 2, 2014 Nathan Emory Cox ’51 Sept. 11, 2013 Robert Goebel Trosper, Jr. ’51 Nov. 16, 203 Elizabeth Ragan “Betty” Williams ’51 June 14, 2014 Betty Lewallen Ressing King ’52 Aug. 16, 2013 Thomas Calvin Luper ’52 Nov. 1, 2013 Samuel L. Venuto ’52 July 12, 2014
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Naomi Gordon DeHart ’53 Aug. 6, 2014 Lawton Douglas Gresham ’53 Nov. 14, 2013 Mary Annette Draper Huntley ’53 Aug. 28, 2013 Betty Lou Venable Tate ’53 Sept. 11, 2014 Walter Lee “Sonny” Travis, Jr. ’53 Feb. 8, 2014 William M. Woodall ’53 March 26, 2014 Robert William Clegg ’54 Dec. 22, 2013 George Edwin DuBose ’54 Aug. 29, 2013 Donald Earl Johnson, Sr. ’54 Oct. 25, 2013 Donald Harris Rockwell ’54 Nov. 25, 2013 James R. “Buddy” Wade ’54 Sept. 20, 2014 Edwin Harrison Blackwell Jr. ’55 June 30, 2014 Griffin Scofield Beaman “Griff” Griffin ’55 May 30, 2014 George Kellock “Kip” Hall III ’55 Oct. 27, 2013
CLASS NOTES Alan Drexel Neese ’55 Sept. 10, 2014 Mack Harvel Privott ’55 Dec. 16, 2013 James Walter Gregson ’56 June 28, 2014 Kenneth Harold Jordan ’56 Dec. 30, 2013 Gerald Ward “Jerry” McCumby ’56 Feb. 25, 2014 Vernette Arbeiter “Bunny” McFarland ’56 Sept. 5, 2013 John B. Wood Sr. ’56 May 10, 2014 Robert S. Christison ’57 March 29, 2014 Robert Charles Gordon ’57 May 6, 2014 Thad Asbury Wiseman ’57 Sept. 25, 2014 Mae Meredith Johnson Dula ’58 Nov. 17, 2014 Robert “Papa” Lee Huffine ’58 Nov. 11, 2013 Robert G. Clark ’59 May 2, 2014 William Harvey “Bill” Crofton Jr. ’59 Sept. 1, 2014 Willie R. Frye ’59 Sept. 9, 2013
Sympathy is extended to Eleanor Corneilson Rice ’50 upon the death of her husband Randall Hines Rice, Dec. 19, 2013. Benjamin Rives Baker ’51, Mack S. Baker ’58 and his wife Eleanor McCain ’58 Baker upon the death of Ben’s and Mack’s brother Newell E. Baker ’48, Feb. 19, 2014. Anne Coble Ellis ’51 upon the death of her sister Doris Coble Kimmel ’46, Jan. 6, 2014. Stephen A. Schafer ’51 upon the death of his brother Richard. L. Schafer ’46, Sept. 24, 2013. Harold Jernigan ’52 upon the death of his brother Hugh Watson Jernigan, Aug. 8, 2014. Joseph “Joe” F. Manson ’52 upon the death of his brother-in-law Luther Graham French, Jan. 6, 2014. J. Benjamin Miles Sr. ’52 upon the death of his son John Benjamin “Ben” Miles Jr. ’93, Dec. 15, 2014. John Campbell White ’52 upon the death of his wife Winifred Lindley White, March 6, 2014 Elizabeth Christine Venable Snyder ’54 upon the death of her sister Betty Lou Venable Tate ’53, Sept. 11, 2014.
J. Clyde Branson ’55 and his wife Lu Henley Coble ’56 Branson upon the death of Clyde’s brother Byron M. Branson ’51, Feb. 2, 2014. Lu Henley’s sister Doris Coble Kimmel ’46 died Jan. 6. 2014. Phyllis Redman Nanney ’55 upon the death of her husband Robert Stribling Nanney, May 15, 2012. Janice Corneilson Warner ’55 upon the death of her brother-in-law Randall Hinds Rice, Dec. 19, 2013. Ruby Tolbert Tablas Houlden ’56 upon the death of her husband Thomas Houlden, Jan. 13, 2013. Emily Warrick Privott ’56 upon the death of her husband Mack Harvel Privott ’55, Dec. 16, 2013. William B. Haworth ’57 and Chester C. Haworth, Jr. ’59 upon the death of their brother-in-law Rawley L. Young, April 25, 2014. Ralph Wilbur Barnes ’58 upon the death of his brother Wesley Evans Barnes, Sr., May 15, 201. Imogene Poole Watterson ’58 upon the death of her husband James Franklin Watterson, Sr. ’60, July 2, 2014. Claudette Belton Weston ’59 upon the death of her brother-in-law James Alfred Holder, July 26, 2013.
Joseph M. “Joe” Bryan Jr. ’60 of Greensboro has been designated by the Guilford College Board of Trustees as its first-ever chair emeritus. Joe retired from the board at the end of June 2014 after 41 years of service, including 10 as its chairman. He has also served on the Board of Visitors and the Alumni Association Board, and he received Guilford’s Distinguished Service Award in 1981. Joe led the steering committee of the College’s $60 million Advancing Excellence capital campaign, which came to a successful conclusion in November 2013. Miriam Almaguer Leiva ’61 of Harrisburg, N.C., received the highest honor from the national math education organization, NCTM, on April 11, 2014. Her daughter Katie and husband Bryan, son Fernando and Miriam’s husband Nandy ’64 were there for the presentation.
Tom Whiteley ’62 has been selected as a member of the Francis Marion University Athletic Hall of Fame. He served as the Patriots cross country and track and field coach at the university in Florence, S.C., from 1977-2001. In 24 seasons, he captured 10 NAIA District 6 men’s track and field titles and eight men’s cross country championships. He garnered one NAIA Area 7 Coach of the Year honor in both men’s cross country and men’s track, plus 17 district coaching awards. Tom also created the school’s women’s cross country and track and field teams and was named the Peach Belt’s Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1996 and 1998. In addition to coaching, he served as dean of students and spent 20 years as an assistant professor of physical education.
Tom remains active with Guilford College as a member of the Quaker Club Board of Directors.
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Elwood Parker: ‘Unrelentingly Exceptional’ When Elwood Parker ’64 retires from the faculty this spring, he will leave behind an unsurpassed commitment to students, teaching and the welfare of his alma mater. Elwood has taught mathematics at Guilford since the fall of 1968. His 47 continuous years in the classroom is believed to be the longest faculty tenure in College history. However, that is only part of the legacy of the eastern North Carolina native whose family has deep Guilford and Quaker roots. For example, Elwood and his wife, Ellen, led the first London semester abroad in 1977 and returned in 1995 and 2003. In the early 1980s he was the first director of the Honors Program before giving up that role to lead the sesquicentennial QUEST campaign that raised about $13 million for the College. He hosted discussions about creating Friends Center, which reinvigorated Guilford’s connection to the wider Quaker community, and directed the First Year
LEFT: A. J. CARR ’65 WAS INDUCTED INTO THE NC SPORTS HALL OF FAME IN 2014. PHOTO CREDIT JOHN BELL, TOUCH A LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY
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Experience. Along with faculty colleague Cyril Harvey and staff member Charlie White, he was instrumental in establishing the College’s first computer system. “There are very few places where a faculty member would have had the chance to do so many things,” he says. Looking back on nearly half a century, Elwood is proudest of the accomplishments of his students. “My first or second year on faculty, J.R. Boyd, a mentor and department colleague, told me we want our students to be better than we are,” he recalls. “I never forgot that, and I had lots of students who were very, very good. Fourteen went on to earn Ph.D.s in mathematics.” Ari Betof ’02, incoming head of school at Boston University Academy, describes Elwood as an “unrelentingly exceptional” teacher. “He knew how much and how to push each student … always right at the edge of what you’re capable of doing. I loved that, and at the same time it was exhausting.”
A. J. Carr ’65 of Raleigh, N.C., was one of nine new members selected to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014. He is known as a veteran sportswriter for the Raleigh News & Observer as well as his hometown Wallace Enterprise and the Greensboro Daily News. As an athlete he holds nine state titles in Senior Games
Elwood uses the study of math as a vehicle for teaching other life lessons, according to Ari, who majored in physics. “That’s the art that goes along with the mechanics of the subject he teaches.” “Guilford has always been a teaching institution,” Elwood says, singling out math and physics professor E. Garness Purdom as “the best classroom teacher I ever witnessed. He taught my father and also taught me.” While he will have a new vantage point, Elwood looks forward to following the College’s progress. And he has a few ideas about how it can thrive in the future. “I realize Guilford can’t be what it was when my grandmother, my parents, my children and I were students,” he says. “It will keep itself vibrant by providing new programs in a liberal arts context and opportunities that provide careers for students. “Perhaps most of all, how we are perceived in academic quality is important. We need to find ways to strengthen that.”
age-group basketball and 12 Wake County championships. A member of the Guilford College Sports Hall of Fame, he was named N.C. Sportswriter of the Year in 1978 and 2008, won three national awards for college baseball writing, and was honored by the Triangle Chapter National Football Foundation, N.C. Tennis Association and Raleigh Hot Stove League.
CLASS NOTES Dave Odom ’65 of Winston-Salem, N.C., was among eight individuals selected for induction into the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Dave was athlete of the year while a student at Guilford, and was a successful basketball coach at East Carolina, Wake Forest and South Carolina. The honorees were honored October 26 during halftime of the Boston College –North Carolina football game at Kenan Stadium, and were inducted during a ceremony in Chapel Hill this spring.
achievements include the award of the Gold Key by the Columbia Press Association and the Lifetime Achievement for Advising from the Oklahoma Interscholastic Press Association and the Virginia Journalism Association’s Thomas Jefferson Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Education. Linda continues to judge yearbooks for the Columbia Scholastic Press and the National Scholastic Press associations.
Judith Marley Dawson ’67 Oct. 15, 2013 Patricia “Patty” Coyle Molnar ’67 March 31, 2014 R. Douglas “Doug” Peters ’67 April 1, 2013 James “Jim” Thomas Trollinger ’67 July 20, 2013 Jerry Lane Brantley ’68 Sept. 9, 2014
David B. Broyles ’68 Feb. 9, 2014
Jack Taylor Carter ’60 Sept. 27, 2013
Jack Warren Granade Jr. ’68 Dec. 9, 2013.
Charles Franklin Marion ’60 Oct. 10, 2013
Gary M. Richardson ’68 June 18, 2014
Sandy Gann ’66, a former Guilford College baseball player and former coach and athletics director at Northwest Guilford High School, is one of 12 individuals inducted into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame. Sandy was also inducted into the North Carolina High School Baseball Association Hall of Fame and is a member of the Forsyth County and Guilford College Sports Halls of Fame. He was also honored when the baseball field was named after him. Sandy and his wife Jeanette, who reside in Colfax, N.C., have two sons, Sandy, Jr. and John. They are both coaching high school baseball in Guilford County. Sandy, Jr. heads the program at Northwest Guilford and John is an assistant at Southwest Guilford High School. John’s wife Emily is head volleyball coach at Guilford College.
James Franklin Watterson Sr. ’60 July 2, 2014
Bruce Kenneth Babish ’69 Nov. 16, 2013
Jane Carroll White ’61 Feb. 28, 2014
Demi Layne Foust ’69 March 25, 2014
James Duane Cox ’62 June 9, 2014
Walter R. “Buddy” Smith Jr. ’69 Aug. 24, 2014
Shirley Kinkead Fambrough ’62 March 12, 2014
Ed Burgess “Eddie” Strickland ’69 March 22, 2014
Linda Mercer ’69, a retired Halifax County High School journalism teacher, joined the newest class of inductees in the Virginia High School League’s Hall of Fame October 15. Linda was honored for her contributions to high school journalism. She also received several prestigious yearbook awards. Linda began her work as advisor for the HCHS student newspaper and started the yearbook at the then Halifax County Junior High School in 1970. She continued to advise both publications until 1988 when she transferred to Halifax County High School where she taught journalism and was the advisor to both the yearbook and the newspaper. Other honors and
Dwight Oliver Buffaloe ’65 April 25, 2014
Vinny Prince ’65 writes that he has retired from Wilmington College where he was professor of history since 1983. He began his career in the fall of 1969 after receiving his Ph.D.
William Richard Lanier ’62 Sept. 25, 2014 Kenneth Ervin “Ken” Tutterow ’63 Jan. 10, 2014 William “Bill” B. Curran ’64 March 31, 2014 Sherman “Sherm” Avery Kelsey ’64 Feb 21, 2014 Michael Edwin Samuels ’64 April 7, 2014
Clyde Thomas Canter ’65 Oct. 18, 2012 Michael Lowndes King ’65 Nov. 23, 2013 Astrid Kroll Perry ’66 July 7, 2014 Sterling F. Webster III ’66 June 28, 2014 Stephen S. Banner ’67 July 21, 2014 George R. Carter Jr. ’67 Aug. 5, 2014
Sympathy is extended to Carolyn Nimitz McPherson ’61 upon the death of her mother-in-law Ella Caren Hobbs McPherson, Dec. 7, 2013. Margaret Haworth Young ’61 upon the death of her husband Rawley Leonides Young, April 25, 2014. Conrad Parker ’62 and wife Nancy, Elwood Parker ’64 and wife Ellen, John Parker ’72 and wife June, and Edgar Parker ’69 and wife Sallye Spivey Parker ’69 upon the death of their mother and mother-in-law Elizabeth Gilliam Parker ’37, June 11, 2014. Elizabeth Winesett “Betsy” Spence ’62 upon the death of her husband Melvin Merritt Spence, June 28, 2014. Ernestine Williams Wilkins ’62 upon the death of her husband Jesse Leroy Wilkins, Dec. 1, 2012. Rayner W. Kelsey ’64 upon the death of his brother Sherman “Sherm” Avery Kelsey ’64, Feb. 21, 2014. Rosemary Budd Lentzen ’64 upon the death of her uncle Wesley Evans Barnes, Sr., May 15, 2013. GUILFORD.EDU | 35
Julian Lawrence Buffaloe ’65 upon the death of his brother Dwight Oliver Buffaloe ’65, April 25, 2014.
Brenda Joyce Marian Buffaloe ’67 upon the death of her husband Dwight Oliver Buffaloe ’65, April 25, 2014.
Jon Stephen Boyce ’69 upon the death of his wife Leigh Hubbell Boyce, Dec. 11, 2013.
Ann King Jackson ’65 upon the death of her mother Elizabeth “Betsy” Bulla King ’37, Aug. 30, 2013.
Linda Barbee Carter ’67 upon the death of her husband George R. Carter, Jr. ’67, Aug. 5, 2014.
Betsy Claybrook Rule ’65 upon the death of her mother Doris King Claybrook, April 1, 2014.
Christopher Jon Corry ’68 upon the death of his mother Merle Swaim Corry, July 19, 2014.
Agnes Jones Frye ’69 and Buford Frye ’69 upon the death of Agnes’ husband and Buford’s brother, Willie R. Frye ’59, Sept. 9, 2013.
James K. Stephens Jr. ’65 upon the death of his son James K. Stephens III, Jan. 21, 2013.
Avis Logue Rees ’68 upon the death of her granddaughter Junelle Allison “Ally” Rees, Nov. 26, 2014
Robert Draughon Wilson Jr. ’65 upon the death of his mother, Louise Brown Wilson, June 23, 2014.
Walter Harvard Howerton Jr. ’68 upon the death of his father Walter Harvard Howerton, Sr., Nov. 14, 2014.
George Rudolph “Rudy” Gordh Jr. ’66 upon the death of his wife Betty Jean “Jeannie” Griffel Gordh ’81, Aug. 22, 2014.
Daniel C. Curran ’68 upon the death of his brother William “Bill” B. Curran ’64, March 31, 2014.
Rachel Diana Charles Phillips ’66 upon the death of her mother Rachel Louise Teague Charles, Dec. 11, 2013. Gloria Phillips Turlington ’66 upon the death of her brother Thomas Kemp Phillips, Jan. 18, 2014.
James Richardson Mattocks, Jr. ’68, Clarence V. Mattocks ’69 and wife Martha Ann Carter Mattocks ’69 upon the death of James’ and Clarence’s mother Edith Vance Mattocks, Jan. 23, 2014. Lynn Mortimer Strickland ’68 upon the death of her husband Ed Burgess Strickland ’69, March 22, 2014.
Sally Anne Twinem Barnes ’69 upon the death of her father, Leonard Twinem, Jr. ’48, June 19, 2014. Lynn Culler Smith ’69 upon the death of her husband Walter R. “Buddy” Smith, Jr. ’69, Aug. 24, 2014. Manilius R. “Neal” Thomas ’69 upon the death of his mother Pauline Steed Thomas, Feb. 18, 2014. Susan “Sue” Norwood Trollinger ’69 upon the death of her husband James “Jim” Thomas Trollinger ’67, July 20, 2013. Norman W. ’69 and Rebekah North ’69 Tuttle upon the death of Norman’s mother Shirley VanWagner Tuttle, March 22, 2013, and Rebekah’s father William Lester North, May 3, 2013.
E.V. “Rick” Goings ’70, chairman and CEO of Tupperware Brands made a stop in April 2014 at the Boys and Girls Club of Hemingway, S.C., to present over $50,000 to match what the club raised in the past year through fundraising and other donations. The Hemingway Club, which Rick and his wife Susan founded more than 10 years ago, bears the couple’s name. Rick met with kids and area business owners as well as club staff at the catered event. Tupperware has an assembly and distribution plant in Hemingway, the only such plant in the country. The Rick and Susan Goings Boys and Girls Club sees an average of 90-95 kids each day. Johnny Roscoe ’71, after one year of retirement, returned in 2014 to coaching football at Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro where he led the teams of 2010, 2011 and 2012 to state championships. In January 2013, Johnny retired and in May of that year
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Northern’s football facility was named Johnny Roscoe Stadium. The administration cited Johnny’s core values as one of the major reasons behind his selection. His commitment to teaching the fundamentals of the game, character development and ability to establish a feeling of family and school pride within his team and the entire Northern community were a few qualities that stood out. Johnny is married to the former Jane Forbes ’71 and they reside in Jefferson, S.C. Jean Parvin Bordewich ’72 retired in May 2014 as staff director of the U.S. Senate committee on rules and administration after more than 20 years as a Congressional staff member. Her first job in Congress was as a summer intern in the office of U.S. Rep. Richardson Preyer of Greensboro. She later worked for Chuck Schumer, senior senator from New York for 12 years, including over five years in the Rules
Committee, which he has chaired since 2009. Jean is now a program officer at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Madison Initiative, which is exploring ways to strengthen representative democracy in the U.S. The Foundation is based in Menlo Park, Calif. She and her husband Fergus are residing in San Francisco. Keith Holliday ’75 of Greensboro was appointed by N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory to a four-year term, beginning in January 2014, on the new board of review of the N.C. Division of Employment Security of the N.C. Department of Commerce. The three-member board hears appeals from those denied unemployment benefits. Keith is a former banker, mayor and CEO of Carolina Theatre.” John Ralls ’76, High Point, N.C., coach at Ledford High School, was inducted into the Davidson County Sports Hall of Fame. With 13 state championships in three different sports over the course
of 35 years, John claimed four girls’ basketball titles, three in softball, three in boys’ golf and three in girls’ golf. His career record in girls’ basketball is 700305 and includes two North Carolina Coach of the Year awards in 1995 and 2002. In his playing days, John was a four-sport athlete at Western Guilford High School in Greensboro, and was a member of the 1973 NAIA national championship team at Guilford College. George Randolph Uzzell Jr. ’76 of Greensboro has received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. The award is among the most prestigious awards presented by the governor of North Carolina. The Order of the Long leaf Pine is presented to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state. Contributions to their communities, extra effort in their professional careers and many years of service to organizations are some of the guidelines by which recipients are selected for this award. Fred Taylor ’77 of Bronxville, N.Y. writes, “After Guilford, I received an MBA from Boston College in 1979 and moved to New York City where I have worked since then. For the past seven years, I have been a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager for MJX Asset Management. I reside in a small community in Westchester County, Bronxville, N.Y. My email is email@example.com.”
Deaths Paul Jeffrey Newton ’70 Jan. 8, 2014 Jesse M. Corum IV ’73 June 27, 2014 Stephen John Wubbenhorst ’73 Jan. 20, 2014 Charles Walker ’74 Sept. 2011 Michael Clark “Mike” Walsh ’74 Sept. 21, 2014 Edward Payne Wright ’74 Nov. 10, 2013 Robert D. Brewer ’75 July 26, 2014 Theron Grubb ’75 June 24, 2014
Amanda Stubbs Hoback ’75 Aug. 6, 2014 Charles Lyon Traynham ’75 Nov. 25, 2013 Manton Hall “Jody” Wood ’76 Nov. 2, 2014 Josephine Purgason “Jo” Alton ’77 July 21, 2014 Ronald “Leo” Wayne Lyon ’77 Aug. 18, 2013 Katherine Lee Payne ’78 Oct. 31, 2014 John D. Williford, Jr. ’78 June 4, 2014 Kellon Sue Avery DeCaro ’79 Nov. 8, 2013 William Crawford “Bill” Ervin Jr. ’79 Dec. 9, 2014 Elizabeth Moran Kraft ’79 April 26, 2014 Elizabeth Gene “Betty” Beyke Saunders ’79 Oct. 14, 2014 William Wesley Sutton Jr. ’79 Oct. 26, 2013 Jerry Stephen Swiggett ’79 March 30, 2014 Amanda O’Briant Tucker ’79 April 13, 2014
Sympathy is extended to Ralph “Chip” Cummings ’70 upon the death of his mother Esther Roberts Cummings, Nov. 7, 2013. Rachel Rees Thomas ’70 and husband Robert Scott “Robin” Thomas ’70 and Margaret Rees Hildreth ’73 and husband Paul upon the death of their niece Junelle Allison “Ally” Rees, Nov. 26, 2014. Donald K. Walker ’70 and Victoria “Vickie” Walker Ratcliff ’70 upon the death of their father Kenneth Darwin Walker, March 10, 2014
Tanya Ward Feagins ’71 and husband David ’70 upon the death of Tanya’s mother Antonina Ward Farnsworth, July 22, 2012. Robert W. Rees ’71 and wife Judy Flinchum Rees ’72 upon the death of their daughter Junelle Allison “Ally” Rees, Nov. 26, 2014. John Russell Rees ’71, his wife Holly Conant Rees ’77 and Floyd E. “Gene” Rees Jr. ’73 upon the death of their brother-in-law Michael Lowndes King ’65, Nov. 23, 2013. David Angell ’72 and his wife Nancy Riggs Angell ’76 upon the death of David’s mother Helen Angell, July 12, 2013. Sue Clontz Davis ’72 upon the death of her son Matthew Davis, June 13, 2014. Michele Van Gobes ’72 upon the death of her father Sylvain Van Gobes, Jan. 14, 2014, and her stepmother Leona Pollock Van Gobes, July 22, 2014. Lyn Gordh ’72 and husband Oscar Bloch upon the death of Lyn’s sister-in-law Betty Jean “Jeannie” Griffel Gordh ’81, Aug. 22, 2014. James Brooks Staton III ’72 upon the death of his brother Michael Austin Staton, April 7, 2014. Pamela Brunkhardt Tepolt ’72 and Robyn Brunkhardt Guimont ’76 upon the death of their mother Shirley Ware Brunkhardt ’44, Nov. 4, 2013. Carla McKinney Brenner ’73 and husband Kyd ’73 upon the death of Carla’s mother Mary Ruth Kimrey McKinney ’41, Aug. 15, 2014. Danny Ray Chilton ’74, Delmer Lowell Chilton ’76 and Deborah Jean Hollowell Chilton ’77 upon the death of their mother and mother-in-law Dorothy Hubband Chilton, Nov. 23, 2014.
Peter Robert Wubbenhorst ’70 upon the death of his brother Stephen John Wubbenhorst ’73, Jan. 20, 2014.
Peter Osgood Kent ’74 and Robert Hoskins Kent ’74 and his wife Amy Chastain Kent ’89 upon the death of Peter’s and Robert’s mother, Mary Elizabeth “Ebbie” Osgood Kent, June 23, 2014.
Jennifer Ann “Ginger” Corry ’71 upon the death of her mother Merle Swaim Corry, July 19, 2014.
James Starr Kimmel ’74 upon the death of his mother Doris Coble Kimmel ’46, Jan. 6. 2014.
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Lee Phillips Newlin ’74 and husband Lawrence W. Newlin (Guilford trustee) upon the death of her father Thomas Kemp Phillips, Jan. 18, 2014. Kathryn Frye Adams ’75 upon the death of her father Willie R. Frye ’69, Sept. 9, 2013. Richard Curtis Gordon ’75 upon the death of his mother Mary Louise Gordon Brown, Jan. 28, 2014. Stephanie Wells Green ’75 upon the death of her mother Mary Ranger Green, Oct. 20, 2013 James Stevens “Steve” Hankins ’75 upon the death of his mother Helen Clapp Hankins Andrew ’44, Aug. 14, 2013. Susan Weir Dillard Hipp ’75 upon the death of her father Starke Spotswood Dillard, Jan. 24, 2014.
John Daniel Hoback ’75 upon the death of his wife Amanda Stubbs Hoback ’75, Aug. 6, 2014.
Michael Blue Hoffman ’77 upon the death of his father Col. Joseph H. Hoffman, Jr., U.S.A. (Ret.), Nov. 24, 2013.
Allison G. Kassig ’75 upon the death of her husband Charles Lyon Traynham ’75, Nov. 25, 2013.
Jerry Sowers ’77 upon the death of his mother Wilma S. Sowers, Sept. 9, 2014.
Thomas Blair Mattocks ’75 upon the death of his mother Edith Vance Mattocks, Jan. 23, 2014. Laura E. Walsh ’75 upon the death of her husband Michael Clark “Mike” Walsh ’74, Sept. 21, 2014. Elizabeth Parker Haskins ’76 upon the death of her mother Elizabeth Gilliam Parker ’37, June 11, 2014. C. Bruce Hughes ’76 upon the death of his wife Rebecca Ann Ray, May 27, 2014. Virginia Sutton “Ginny” Wood ’76 upon the death of her husband Manton Hall “Jody” Wood ’76, Nov. 2, 2014. Christopher Benfey ’77 upon the death of his mother Rachael Thomas Benfey ’48, Sept. 22, 2013.
John A. Bell ’78 and wife Judy Lee Whisnant ’78 upon the death of John’s father Ira E. Bell Jr., July 17, 2014. Glynis Hill-Chandler ’78 and husband Kenneth W. Chandler ’76 upon the death of Glynis’ mother Myrtle B. Hill, Jan. 28, 2014. Joseph Henley Kimmel ’78 and his wife Sue Crownfield Kimmel ’79 upon the death of Joe’s mother Doris Coble Kimmel ’46, Jan. 6, 2014. Marianne Frierson Melvin ’78 upon the death of her father G. Dargan Frierson, March 22, 2014. Lee Hoyt Hinshaw, Jr. ’79 and Cynthia Ann Conti Hinshaw ’79 upon the death of Lee’s mother Marjorie Pate Hinshaw ’51, May 6, 2014.
Sam Schuman Sam Schuman, a champion of liberal arts education, died Nov. 11 – a loss felt deeply by many people in higher education across the nation. He was vice president and academic dean at Guilford from 1981-91 and served as acting president during President Bill Rogers’ sabbatical in 1988. At Guilford, he worked to develop a four-year Honors Program along with Associate Dean Anne Ponder and faculty members. He founded the North Carolina Honors Association on our campus in 1981, served on the executive committee of the National Collegiate Honors Council (as did Anne) and hosted the first national Forum on Honors. In his valediction to Guilford faculty and community in 1991, he expressed his pride in having recruited half of the faculty teaching at the College. “It is one of the greatest gifts given to an educator to know that when we are gone, the knowledge, the understanding, the passion and the reason we have helped our students find imbues our work with the same kind of immortality won by Shakespeare’s words,” he wrote.
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Sam served as chancellor at the University of Minnesota, Morris, and the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He held faculty positions at St. Mary’s College (Calif.) and Cornell College (Iowa) and was director of the honors program at the University of Maine-Orono. Later in his career he taught at the University of New Mexico and UNC Asheville. “Just a few days before I started at Guilford, Sam made a point to meet with (then-UNC Asheville Chancellor) Anne Ponder and me in Asheville to give me a Guilford primer,” President Jane Fernandes said shortly after Sam’s death. “I have relied on it quite heavily in my first few months, and it has served Guilford well. He cared very deeply for Guilford College and its people, what it stands for and its importance in American higher education.” He is survived by his wife Nancy, son Dan, daughter Leah, three grandchildren, two brothers and a sister.
John Winn of Winchester ’81, Va., was promoted to professor of business law at the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business at Shenandoah University in Winchester.
with soccer for more than 40 years. He was an All-State high school goalkeeper at Wake Forest-Rolesville before playing four seasons as a goalkeeper at Guilford.
Gary Zoellner ’81 writes, “My wife & I live in Falls Church, Va. I pay the bills by being a CPA for Fairfax County Public Schools; my passion remains music. My first CD, “Greensboro Road,” was released in 2009. I will always have a ‘homing instinct’ for Guilford and North Carolina – such important and fond memories! Some of the music is also on www.garyzoellner.com.” David Cummings ’82 of Warthen, Ga., is a certified stream monitor. He monitors three sites in the upper Ogeechee River Basin in middle Georgia. Patti Digh ’82 published her seventh book, The Geography of Loss: Embrace What Is, Honor What Was, Love What Will Be in January 2014. This book explores loss in its many forms and provides road maps for navigating the new terrain that comes with grief and loss. Patti ’82 received an M.A. in English and Art History from the University of Virginia, and worked in nonprofit associations starting international divisions and focusing on cross cultural and diversity issues. Patti’s book, Life is a Verb, was one of four finalists for the Books for a Better Life Award in 2008, and her first book was about global leadership and was named a Fortune Magazine Best Business Book of 2000. Patti, husband John Ptak and their two daughters, Emma and Tess, live in Hendersonville, N.C. Roger C. Pettingell ’83 of Longboat Key, Fla., has been named the #1 Coldwell Banker sales associate in all of Florida with a total sales volume of $61.85 million. Brien Braswell ’87 of Greensboro was honored in January 2014 as one of three members inducted into the Class of 2014 North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame. Brien has coached at Ragsdale High School for 25 years and made both the men’s and women’s soccer programs extremely successful. His teams have won three men’s state championships and four women’s state championships. He was named N.C. Coach of the year in 1993 and 2005. Brien has been involved
Andrew Mark Stuart ’88 March 21, 2013 Nadine Chilton Kernodle ’89 Oct. 23, 2014
Sympathy is extended to
Lisa Rice Hayes ’80 and husband Richard and Linda Rice Thorup ’82 and husband Donald ’81 upon the death of Lisa’s and Linda’s father Randall Hines Rice, Dec. 19, 2013. Annette Lynn Chilton Kelly ’80 upon the death of her mother Dorothy Hubbard Chilton, Nov. 23, 2014. LINDA TERRELL ROWLAND ’89
Linda Terrell Rowland ’89 of Dunwoody, Ga., has been elected partner in CohnReznick LLP, the 11th largest accounting, tax and advisory firm in the United States. She is in the firm’s Atlanta, Ga., office, and has over 15 years in public accounting, providing income tax compliance, income tax planning and business consulting services as well as planning, supervision and review of partnership, corporate, nonprofit and individual tax clients.
Deaths Bettye Jo Solomon Brumback ’80 Oct. 1, 2013 Veva Ellen Cashatt-Cooper ’80 Aug. 4, 2014 Ronald Lewis Massey Jr. ’80 Oct. 11, 2014 David Roger Price ’80 June 26, 2014 Betty Jean “Jeannie” Griffel Gordh ’81 Aug. 22, 2014 Jerry Paul Shropshire ’82 Sept. 27, 2013 Charles Edward “Chase” Crossingham Jr. ’83 May 20, 2014 Lynwood Clinton Winslow III ’85 July 12, 2014 Phoebe Norville Harman ’86 Nov. 7, 2014 Charles F. McDowell, Jr. ’87 Feb. 11, 2014
Stephen Warner Kimmel ’80 upon the death of his mother Doris Coble Kimmel ’46, Jan. 6, 2014. Jane Reynolds Beck ’82 upon the death of her father Floyd A. Reynolds ’49, July 11, 2014. Karrie Jo Manson ’82 upon the death of her uncle Luther Graham French Jr., Jan. 6, 2014. Michael Warrick Privott ’82 and Virginia Lea Warrick Bunn ’85 upon the death of their father, Mack Harvel Privott ’55, Dec. 16, 2013. Michael J. Van Wagner ’82, Luke Van Wagner ’86 and Regina Van Wagner Hoffman’87 upon the death of their mother Cecilia A. “Cis” Van Wagner, July 7, 2014. Victor Michael Fucci Jr. ’83 upon the death of his father Victor Michael Fucci Sr., Oct. 16, 2013. Marie Branson Knapp ’83 upon the death of her uncle Byron M. Branson ’51, Feb. 2, 2014. C. Ashmore “Ash” Harrison ’84 upon the death of his father Anthony Wayne Harrison Sr., Aug. 6, 2014. Kathleen Quigley Doyle Jones ’84 and husband Ray upon the death of her father James Edward Doyle, Nov. 22, 2014. H. Thomas Jarrell Jr. ’85 upon the death of his father Harold Thomas Jarrell ’50, June 3, 2014. Bryan Edward Wilson ’85 upon the death of his father James Edward Wilson, Sept. 5, 2013.
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William “Bill” Hollowell Scott ’86 and wife Elaine upon the death of Bill’s mother Florence Scott, Aug. 31, 2013.
Carol Leuziner Cothern ’88 upon the death of her mother Elizabeth Farnsworth Leuzinger, Dec. 10, 2013.
Kerry Lyndsay Hofheimer ’89 upon the death of her grandmother Louise Brown Wilson, June 23, 2014.
Robert William Clegg Jr. ’87 upon the death of his father Richard Marshall Clegg, Aug. 16, 2013.
Frederick A. Jernigan ’88 upon the death of his uncle Hugh Watson Jernigan, Aug. 8, 2014.
Bob Keeny ’89 and wife Katherine upon the death of their son Scott Mason Keeny, Oct. 27, 2014.
Holly Allyson Hobbs Rowe ’87 upon the death of her mother Harriette H. Hobbs, June 13, 2014.
Douglas Eben Page ’88 upon the death of his grandmother Ruby Merritt, May 12, 2013.
April Wilkins-Little ’89 upon the death of her father Jesse Leroy Wilkins, Dec. 1, 2012.
Hunter Yurachek ’90 has been hired as associate vice president and chief operating officer for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Houston. He has served the last four years as director of athletics at Coastal Carolina University where he oversaw a department featuring 18 men’s and women’s NCAA Division I sport programs. Prior to his appointment at Coastal Carolina, he was executive senior associate athletics director at the University of Akron. Hunter has also held various athletics administration leadership positions at the University of Virginia, Western Carolina, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. He and his wife Jennifer have three sons: Ryan, Jake and Brooks. Tara Hunt Wear ’92 writes, “I have the fortunate opportunity to be teaching speech and communication at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., a smaller Jesuit school, mission-driven, educating young people to be thoughtful, contributing citizens. I work will all undergraduates, mostly first-years, which I love. To be a part of their first semester at college is amazing, and so many wonderful memories of mine at Guilford have been flooding back to me as I see these kids and hear their stories. I will be forever a Guilfordian, and truly appreciate all that my alma mater has given me and that it continues to shape young people, soon-to-be agents of change!” Daryle Bost ’93, formerly with Womble Carlyle (Client Development Department) in Charlotte, N.C., is International Development Officer for Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. His wife, the former Alison Palmer ’93, who is a
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lawyer with Womble Carlyle, will continue her role as Deputy General Counsel from their home in Williamstown. Nathan Ives ’94, a native of Asheville, N.C., is living and working in South Pasadena, Calif. He co-wrote a romantic comedy “It’s Not You, It’s Me,” which was Nathan’s directorial debut. It took time for Nathan to establish himself in Hollywood. He was an economics major at Guilford, but music was his real passion. He went to the West Coast to try a career with his band 10 West. When that didn’t pan out, he sold cars, worked as a pension analyst and owned and operated a power boat repair shop (in which he still is involved). He co-wrote “Dish Dog” in 2000 and “Man Overboard” in 2008. In 2010, he set up a production company, Mule Films, and began working on “It’s Not You, It’s Me.” He won best director honors at the Chicago-area Naperville Independent Film Festival, and Jolene Carter, who played Carrie, was named best actress. Stephanie O’Neal Sauer ’94 writes, “I was a stay-at-home mom for 13 years before re-entering the part-time workforce in September 2012 as the project coordinator for a new(er) boutique print marketing firm that works with schools and sports organizations. In February, I began to work part-time as the editor of the MN Field Trip Library & EXPO E-Newsletters that are published three times a month to planners and coordinators of field trips around Minnesota. It’s great - I get to work from home and be with my kids when they aren’t in school! My children are now entering seventh and eighth grades and my husband is COO of Tiller Corporation. We have lived in Minnesota
for almost 16 years and are knee-deep in year-round ice hockey for our daughter and snow boarding for our son. We have one dog and she is almost 1½ years old now. Life is great!”
SCOTT SHAFFER ’95, THE FIRST ECONOMIST NAMED IN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD.
Scott Shaffer ’95 of Annapolis, Md., has been appointed county economist – a new position for Anne Arundel County. Scott is responsible for assisting the Office of the Budget and Office of Finance in their date collection and analysis so appropriate metrics can be developed that look more deeply into the economic impact of legislative proposals. He will also analyze and find spending efficiencies within county departments and identify national and statewide trends that set the county apart. In addition, he will work on special projects, which include assessing the economic impact of storm water fees and examining and comparing the county’s tax structures to those of other Maryland counties.
Rachel Christensen ’96 completed her Ph.D. in Planning, Governance and Globalization at Virginia Tech. Her work is entitled “Beyond Antagonistic Nonprofit Accountability: A Case Analysis of Practitioner Responses to the Contracting Regime.” Rachel, husband Will Butler ’96 and their two sons are living in Tallahassee, Fla., where Will is a professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University. Clara Indire ’96 writes, ”I was appointed Cabinet Secretary (Executive) in charge of Land, Housing and Urban Development in Vihiga County, Western Kenya, in June 2013.” Albert Sackey ’98, Western Middle School assistant principal in Greenwich, Conn., has been named the 2014 Connecticut Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Schools and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. His responsibilities include helping lead a school with close to 600 students from grades six through eight. He serves as eighth grade administrator, overseeing the school’s special education services, performing staff evaluations, handling disciplinary matters and communicating with parents. He is also Western’s Title IX coordinator, a position based on a federal law that requires gender equity for boys and girls in every educational program receiving federal funding. He and his wife,
the former Anna Rawls ’98, and three children reside in Bethel, Conn.
Stephen Patrick White ’94 Nov. 15, 2014
Gwyneth Cliver ’99 was presented an Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award by the University of Nebraska at Omaha in April. She is the only full-time instructor in German and manages all aspects of the German language program. Gwyneth earned a doctor of philosophy degree in Germanic languages and literatures from Washington University in St. Louis, and joined the UNO faculty in 2009. She has previous teaching experience at Washington University, Guilford and Ball State University. Gwyneth resides in Omaha.
Susan Savageau Atencio ’98 Nov. 22, 2013
Gwendolyn Kelly ’99 of Winston-Salem writes, “On February 28, 2014, I left my 20-year paralegal career to begin working for a major supplier. I did not realize how much fun work could be. This new job allows me to travel the United States to attend trade shows. I have met some amazing people along the way. I will always remember my time at Guilford College.”
Deaths Susan Gay Pasternack ’90 Dec. 2, 2014 Stephen Gray Beane ’92 Nov. 27, 2011 John Benjamin “Ben” Miles Jr. ’93 Dec. 15, 2014
Sympathy is extended to Mark Alan McPherson ’90 upon the death of his wife Ella Caren Hobbs McPherson, Dec. 7, 2013. Hilary Carroll White Coakley ’91 upon the death of her mother Jane Carroll White ’61, Feb. 28, 2014. Shane Handy ’91 upon the death of his uncle Jesse Leroy Wilkins, Dec. 1, 2012. Michael P. Waddell ’91 and wife Heidi Meroth ’91 Waddell upon the death of his mother Elaine Temple Adair, June 24, 2013. Rose Van Wagner Karras ’93 upon the death of her mother Cecilia A. “Cis” Van Wagner, July 7, 2014. Wendy Melissa Mattocks ’96 upon the death of her grandmother Edith Vance Mattocks, Jan. 23, 2014. Roger “Craig” Cotton ’97 upon the death of his father Roger Cranford Cotton, Oct. 27, 2014. John Andrew Cothern ’98 upon the death of his grandmother Elizabeth Farnsworth Leuzinger, Dec. 10, 2013.
Jorge A. Castillo ’02 was named to the 2014 Super Lawyers list and was among five attorneys at BakerHostetler Orlando named to the 2014 Rising Stars list by. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. To be named a Rising Star is a distinction given only to the top 2.5 percent of lawyers under the age of 40 or those who have been practicing law for 10 years or less.
Karuna Eppsteiner Reiff ’02 of Saint Petersburg, Fla., announces the birth of her second child, Metta Elizabeth, on Aug. 1, 2014. Christina Repoley ’02 and Dean Leeper announced the birth of their son Walter Harmon Repoley-Leeper, June 6, 2014. The family resides in Atlanta, Ga.
Desiree Wilkinson ’03 of Greensboro was married Feb. 16, 2014 to Donta L. Briggs. “I am enjoying marriage and taking things one day at a time.”
JORGE A. CASTILLO ’02
Amy Wallas Fox ’04 and husband Calvin announce the birth of Nava Wallas Fox, born June 25, 2014. Their first daughter was born Oct. 17, 2012. The family resides in Charlotte, N.C.
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Luke Bellman ’05 of Kent, Maine, is a police officer for the town of Sumner. His focus is on learning the job and getting out on patrol, then on to the Police Academy. From there he begins thinking about special assignments. According to Luke, “Participating in the oath of office ceremony Dec. 2 (2013) was like crossing a finish line.”
problems in rural North Carolina, and traveling to colleges and universities to equip students for global leadership and cultural communication. She also founded the Africana CHANGE Program and is also a consultant with Social Designs, a business that provides solutions for social justice and inclusion by equipping people with leadership and diversity skills. Leah McKinney Baker ’08 and husband Taylor of Pilot Mountain, N.C., announce the birth of a daughter Hallie Ann, born November 19, 2014. Stephanie Faith Boczenowski ’08 was married to Matthew E. Emmons on Aug. 31, 2013, at the Stonehurst Manor in North Conway, N.H.
VICTORIA MALLETT ’09 AT HER WEDDING IN JULY 2013 TO LONGTIME SWEETHEART, JEFF
STEPHANIE BOCZENOWSKI AND HUSBAND MATTHEW EMMONS AT THEIR WEDDING AUG. 31, 2013
Sadie Kneidel ’05 and Matthew Eugene Bailey McGuire ’05 of Greensboro announce the birth of Robin James Kneidel-McGuire on April 7, 2014. According to Sadie, Robin’s favorite hobbies are eating and sleeping and his best talent is extreme cuteness. Ashley Kangarloo ’06 of Charlotte, N.C., announces the birth of Sophia Kangarloo Ratterree born April 1, 2014. Jessica Anderson ’07 will be joining the faculty of Illinois College as an assistant professor of art in the areas of sculpture and art history. “I feel so very fortunate and cannot wait to begin this new journey!” Jada Drew ’07 of Greensboro is director of the Guilford College Multicultural Education Department, co-organizing the national Youth Action Project of the White Privilege Conference, developing solutions to environmental and economic
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Caleb Kimbrough ’08 of Greensboro has been promoted to associate head men’s basketball coach at Guilford. “Caleb is an excellent recruiter and ambassador for Guilford College,” according to Tom Palombo, director of athletics and head men’s basketball coach. Also, an AllODAC tennis performer, Caleb received Guilford’s 2008 Nereus C. English Athletic Leadership Award, the schools highest athletic honor. He also won Guilford’s Quaker Club Ideal StudentAthlete Award and the Richard Joyce Sportsmanship award in 2007. In addition to his basketball expertise, Caleb is a certified strength and conditioning coach. Keira Wilson ’08 writes, “I was named Staff Person of the Year for the 2014 National Alternative Break Awards by Break Away [www.althernativebreaks2014.org/], a nonprofit support organization for alternative break trip programs like Breakout Princeton at Princeton University. I am currently the program coordinator with the Pace Center for Civic Engagement in Princeton, N.J.” Victoria Mallett ’09 writes, “In July 2013, I married my longtime sweetheart, Jeff. We were married in Beacon Rock State Park in the Columbia River Gorge. A month later, we moved to London where Jeff will be getting an MBA at Imperial College, and I will be working on a master’s in political sociology at the London School of Economics. We’re very excited for our new adventure together.”
Deaths Ann Rochelle Melton ’01 Nov. 26, 2013 Chari Lynn Pawlik Ward ’05 July 11, 2014 Connie Jean Sugg ’08 April 17, 2014
Sympathy is extended to Ivy Lindley Shepperd ’02 and her husband David ’73 upon the death of Ivy’s grandmother, Winifred Lindley White, March 6, 2014. Rebecca “Becky” Rees Memmelaar ’03 and husband Ron upon the death of their niece Junelle Allison “Ally” Rees, Nov. 26, 2014. Elizabeth Hadley Appenzeller ’04 upon the death of her grandmother Myrtle Stanley Huffling, July 3, 2014. David Michael Mingia ’04 upon the death of his sister Karen DeShong “Shonnie” Mingia, Oct. 28, 2013. Ben Chawner White ’06 upon the death of his uncle David Soule Bowles, Jan. 4, 2014. Emmalee Dow Morris ’07 upon the death of her father Charles “Charlie” Morris, Aug. 10, 2014. Christopher Layne Barnette ’08 upon the death of his mother Barbara Ann Ferges Barnette, Nov. 28, 2014. Moraya Seeger Jackson DeGeare ’09 upon the loss of her grandmother Toshi-Aline Ohta Seeger, July 9, 2013 and her grandfather Peter “Pete” Seeger, Jan. 27, 2014. Sharice Elayne Chandler ’09 upon the death of her grandmother Myrtle B. Hill, Jan. 28, 2014. Edward P. Guimont ’09 upon the death of his grandmother Shirley Ware Brunkhardt ’44, Nov. 4, 2013.
Jesse Freedman ’10 of Lawrenceville, N.J., writes that he has completed his first year of the master’s program at the University of Southern California in Classical Guitar Performance. In February 2012, he was a Grand Prize winner in the Pacific International Guitar Competition and in July 2012, he was fourth prize winner in the Sierra Nevada International Guitar Competition. Lucia O’Neill ’10 graduated from William Mitchell College of Law cum laude in St. Paul, Minn., with a J.D. degree. She is from Tampa, Fla. Dana Nicole Small ’10 and Tyler Lee Brown ’10 were married January 18, 2014, in Lenoir, N.C. Melissa Wilks ’10 and Sarah Cutright ’13 were part of the bridal party as were many other Guilford alumni. “It was a wonderful celebration!” They met through Guilford College cross country in which they both participated. Dana is in her third year of medical school, and Tyler is working for Merchants Distributors, LLC, in Hickory, N.C. Daniel Hood ’11 and Madeleine Straubel ’11 were married on May 17, 2014. The couple resides in Boston, Mass. Ryan Carney ’12 and his wife Jessica announce the birth of their second child, Benjamin Jacob. The family resides in Whitsett, N.C. Kaycee Jordan ’12 is working as an admissions specialist at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C. Tiffany Kallam ’12 of Greensboro has been working more than two years on a special project. It came to fruition on Jan. 27, 2014. The date marked the beginning
of the semester for 15 men who lacked college access. The Guilford College Higher Education in Prison Initiative kicked off at Piedmont Correctional Institution in Salisbury, N.C. The 15 inmates will take two classes a semester for five semesters and will receive transferable college credits. Tiffany is executive director of the project and will also teach an introductory course focused on critical analysis. Claire Massagee Lanier ’12 and Thomas Patrick Lanier ’12 were married Sept. 14, 2013, in Blowing Rock, N.C. Claire has completed the College’s post-baccalaureate pre-medical & pre-health studies program and Patrick is with Liberty Furniture Industries. The couple is living in Greensboro. Will Parshley ’13 of Portland, Maine, has had two articles published in Explorations: The Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities for the State of North Carolina. His articles are entitled “‘This Man Belongs to Me!’: Edward Carpenter, Dracula, and Premature Sexuality,” and “‘Trembling grass/ Quakes from the human foot’: Animal Rights Legislation, John Clare, and the Line between Nature and Humanity.” Saegan Hilliard ’14 of Asheboro, N.C., has been awarded a full graduate assistantship that covers all educational expenses at Florida State University where he will be seeking his master’s degree in the Sports Management program. His responsibilities as an employee will include instructing undergraduate classes and performing administrative duties in the Sports Management office.
Deaths Justin Gary Plumlee ’11 Aug. 31, 2014 Malcolm L. Gardner ’12 July 14, 2014 Rachel Lindner Leahy ’14 Nov. 4, 2014
Sympathy is extended to Andrew Thaddeus Herz ’10 upon the death of his great uncle Richard Marshall Clegg ’54, Aug. 16, 2013. Savannah J. Bell ’12 upon the death of her grandfather Ira E. Bell Jr., July 17, 2014. Benjamin Espinola ’13 upon the death of his sister Emily Jane Espinola, Dec. 18, 2013. Jonathan Calvin Staton ’13 upon the death of his uncle Michael Austin Staton, April 7, 2014. Chelsey Beth Wilson ’13 upon the death of her grandfather James Edward Wilson, Sept. 5, 2013. Adam Peter Faust ’14 upon the death of his grandfather Thomas Kemp Phillips, Jan. 18, 2014. Anthony Wayne Harrison Jr. ’14 upon the death of his father Anthony Wayne Harrison Sr., Aug. 6, 2014. MacKenzie Miller Perkins ’14 upon the death of her mother Pamela Miller Perkins, June 23, 2014. Nathaniel Curtis Fulbright ’16 upon the death of his father Curtis Glenn Fulbright, Feb. 26, 2014.
LEFT: DANA SMALL ’10 AND TYLER BROWN ’10 WERE MARRIED JAN. 18, 2014 RIGHT: CLAIRE MASSAGEE LANIER ’12 WITH HOWARD COBLE ON THE DAY OF HER WEDDING TO PATRICK LANIER ’12
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FACULTY, STAFF AND FRIENDS
Congratulations to Nikki Christensen, who taught business administration at Guilford for 13 years, chaired the department and directed study abroad, was named president of Arcadia University Oct. 11, 2013. She’s the 21st president in the 160-year history of Arcadia – a private university in metropolitan Philadelphia with 3,900 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Congratulations to Nick Black ’02 and Heather Hagelbarger Black ’04 upon the birth of their daughter Aubrey, who was born Oct. 9, 2013. Nick is Guilford’s baseball coach.
SEIRA EMER ABDO-LENTZ, WITH BIG SISTER AIDANA; DAUGHTERS OF DIYA MOHAMMED ABDO, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH, AND HUSBAND PHILIP LENTZ
Congratulations to Diya Mohammed Abdo upon the birth of her second daughter Seira Emer Abdo-Lentz on Aug. 2, 2013. She and her husband Phil have an older daughter Aidana. Diya is associate professor of English at Guilford.
Sympathy is extended to Helen L. Allen whose mother Irene C. Smith died July 13, 2014. Irene was 94 years old and lived in Fernandina Beach, Fla. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, Garden Club, Women’s Club and the Amelia Island Quilters Guild. She was a very artistic and multi-talented lady. Irene is survived by Helen, formerly planned giving associate and assistant director of development at Guilford, daughter Patsy Richardson and son Michael McMonagle, nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. The family of Charles Coit Almy who died Nov. 9, 2014. Charles studied at Cornell University, the University of Houston and then Rice University where he received his master’s and Ph.D. in
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geology. He worked for Chevron Oil Company as a geophysicist, NASA, and the N.C. Geological Survey. He served as a professor at Tulane University and then as a professor at Guilford from 19722003. He is survived by his wife Aurora Pagan Miranda Almy, three daughters, Julia Almy Geniac ’88, Teresa Almy Slack ’96, and Jessica Almy-Pagan; son Charles Edward Almy ’93 and seven grandchildren. Charles was professor of geology emeritus. The family of Anita “Nita” Heusser Atwood who died June 5, 2014. Nita was a retired, longtime employee of the College. She had been ill for many years at Friends Homes at Guilford, but faculty and staff will remember her as director of the Correspondence Center. Following that, she served as faculty secretary on a part-time basis. She retired in 1995 after 22 years. She is survived by four children and 16 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Christopher L. Barnette ’08 whose mother Barbara Ann Ferges Barnette died Nov. 28, 2014. She is survived by her husband, three sons, a sister and brother and two grandchildren. Chris is an assistant football coach at Guilford. The family of John R. Belfi who died March 28, 2014. John was a member of Guilford’s Board of Visitors and active in civic and charitable organizations, including serving as chairman of the Greater Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Piedmont Entrepreneurs Network and Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina. He also was involved with the Triad World Affairs Council, Rotary Club, USO of Rome, American School of Bogota and American School of Milan. He survived by his wife, four sons and a daughter. O. Theodor Benfey, Charles A. Dana Professor of Chemistry and History emeritus, upon the death of his wife Rachel Thomas Benfey ’48, Sept. 22, 2013. Rachael was an artist, teacher, superb cook and a beloved mother to Stephen, Philip, Christopher ’77 and Karen. She developed her art at Earlham, in Vienna, at Guilford and in Japan. One of her skills was in textile dyeing. She also lectured and exhibited. Sandra “Sandy” Bowles, director of student judicial affairs at Guilford, upon
the death of her brother David Bowles, Jan. 4, 2014. David was a graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., and from the Institute for Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Honolulu. He was passionate about the use of Chinese medicinal herbs, acupuncture and food to create health. Miriam Collins whose brother Charles Frederick “Fred” Nash died July 12, 2014. Fred received his BFA and M.Ed. from UNCG and followed an acting career for many years, at one time hosting “The Furniture Show” on HGTV. He volunteered at the animal shelter and enjoyed photography, learning guitar and discussing politics. Miriam retired from Guilford College as assistant director for study abroad. George Rudolph “Rudy” Gordh Jr. ’66 upon the death of his wife Betty Jean “Jeannie” Griffel Gordh ’81, Aug. 22, 2014. Jeannie was a talented and creative artist. She created book illustrations, Christmas cards for the Children’s Home Society, original lamps for the High Point furniture market and was involved in the art of calligraphy. When health issues made serious work in calligraphy too physically demanding, she turned to quilting and created original, award-winning quilts. She was an emerita member of the Guilford College Art Appreciation Club. Rudy is professor of mathematics at Guilford College. The family of Hugh Watson Jernigan who died Aug. 8, 2014. He was a member of New Garden Friends Meeting in Greensboro where he served on various committees and as an usher for over 50 years. After retirement as a dairyman, he was employed by Guilford College from 1974-79 and Friends Homes in grounds maintenance and landscaping, and volunteered in restoration activities at the historic New Garden Cemetery, identifying grave locations and restoring Revolutionary War grave markers. He is survived by his wife, two children and two brothers. Katherine and Bob Keeny ’89 whose son Scott Mason Keeny died Oct. 27, 2014. Bob, an accomplished artist, was John K. Voehringer Jr. Professor of Accounting while teaching at Guilford College from 1977-88. He and Katherine reside in Whittier at Friends Homes at Guilford.
CLASS NOTES The family of Mary Elizabeth “Ebbie” Osgood Kent who died June 23, 2014. She was head resident of Founders Hall, and was an accomplished artist, specializing in watercolor and studied at the Art Students League in New York. She also taught religion classes part-time at High Point and Greensboro colleges. Ebbie was married to the late E. Daryl Kent ’36, Craven Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Guilford, and is survived by two sons Peter Osgood Kent ’74 and wife Nita, and Robert Hoskins Kent ’74 and wife Amy Chastain Kent ’89; a daughter Louise Haltom and husband Raeford; and four grandchildren. The family of Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Merrill Place who died April 13, 2014. She was the wife of the late C. Wilson “Bud” Place, former comptroller at Guilford. Betty, a graduate of Plymouth State College in New Hampshire, was an artist and an art teacher. Besides her painting, she enjoyed her family, cooking, storytelling, dancing and singing. The family of Floyd A. Reynolds ’49 who died July 11, 2014. Floyd was a resident of Friends Homes Guilford. He graduated from Guilford with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and served as a mathematics instructor at the College from 1960-63 and as registrar from 1963-92. He was an avid gardener and loved spending time with his grandchildren. Floyd is survived by Susie, his wife of 55 years, along with a son Bruce, daughter Jane Reynolds Beck ’82, five grandchildren and sister Lucille Reynolds Hylton ’47. The family of Elizabeth Gene “Betty” Beyke Saunders ’79 who died Oct. 14, 2014. She taught 23 years at Our Lady of Grace before her 10 years with the Middle College at GTCC. She is survived by her husband Thomas V. “Tommy” Saunders IV, son Tommy, daughter Beyke and grandson Cameron. Tommy, Elizabeth’s husband, worked at Guilford as a football assistant for Dennis Haglan and Charles Forbes and intramurals assistant to Joyce Clark. He also coached lacrosse for a year. Bronwyn Corry Tucker whose grandmother Merle Swaim Corry died July 19, 2014. Merle received her A.B. degree in education and her master’s in education from Woman’s College (UNCG), and worked as an assistant director of admissions for Guilford College’s downtown campus. She then taught at Northeast High School, Page High School and Weaver Education Center. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, various Bible study groups and the Greensboro Lecture League. Bronwyn is sustainability coordinator at Guilford. Dorothy “Dot” Warren whose husband David L. Warren died April 30, 2014. He was employed by Schweizer Aircraft and then as an engineer with Ward LaFrance and American LaFrance. He retired
from Volvo GM Heavy Truck in Greensboro. Upon retirement, Dot was working in the Correspondence Center at Guilford College. The family of Louise Brown Wilson ’43 who died June 23, 2014. She was founder and for many years the guiding spirit of Friends School in Virginia Beach, Va. Louise and her husband, Bob Wilson ’43 (d), were led to establish the Virginia Beach Friends Meeting and the Friends School. She was a teacher, Head of School, teacher of Quaker Education, Quaker minister and educator, and a sought-after speaker and leader of workshops at Pendle Hill and yearly meetings around the country. She was also trustee emerita at Guilford College and the author of books and articles about Quakerism. Louise is survived by two brothers, a son and daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The family of Craig Whittaker who died Aug. 2, 2014. Craig was founder, owner and CEO of Environmental Solutions Group that provided indoor air-quality assessments and energy-use analysis for homeowners and businesses. The company received many prestigious awards for exceptional service throughout the country. He was also a gifted saxophonist and music professor. During his career, he performed extensively here and abroad and served on the music faculties at UNCG, Guilford and Elon. He is survived by his wife, two children, his mother, a brother and a sister. Mary and Thom Espinola upon the death of their daughter Emily Jane, 27, who died Dec. 18, 2013. “She was a sweet and gentle soul whose small triumphs lifted the spirits of all who knew her. She was blessed with an extensive community of caring friends, supportive teachers and nurturing caregivers.” She is survived by her parents, her brother Benjamin ’13, sister Jamie, grandparents and aunts and uncles. Thom is Glaxo Wellcome Professor of Physics at the College. The family of Adelaide Fortune Holderness who died Dec. 14, 2013, in Greensboro. Adelaide was a firm believer in civic responsibility and dedicated much of her time to the betterment of her community. She served as president of the Junior League and on the boards of directors of The Children’s Home Society, the United Arts Council, the YWCA and the Guilford College Board of Visitors, to name a few. She was the remarkable matriarch of 88 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family of Doris Coble Kimmel ’46 who died Jan. 6, 2014, at Friends Homes-Guilford. She was a member of New Garden Friends Meeting, and worked 1967-93 as a transcript clerk in the Registrar’s Office at Guilford. Doris and her late husband Harry raised five sons: Walter (d), James ’74, Harry “Hap,” Joseph ’78 and Stephen ’80.
Roy Nydorf, professor of art, and his wife Terry Hammond ’81, director and curator of the Guilford College Art Gallery, upon the death of Roy’s mother Elsie Nydorf, who died Oct. 6, 2013, in Port Washington, N.Y. Elsie was a designer, ceramic sculptor and jewelry maker, winning many awards including the 1977 Elizabeth Watrous Gold Medal in Sculpture from the National Academy of Design in New York. She had been teaching sculpture for 13 years at the Garvies Point Museum in Glen Cove, N.Y., and continued to do so until eight weeks before her death. During World War II, she worked as an espionage illustrator for the Office of Strategic Services in Sri Lanka. Elsie was also a civil rights activist in the 1960s. The family of Shane Travis Raines who died Dec. 25, 2013. Travis expressed his talent for teaching complex math and economics at several universities and colleges, including Guilford. The family of Nancy Fox Scism of Greensboro who died Feb. 18, 2014. Nancy was head of technical services at Hege Library with the rank of associate. Under her leadership, the library converted all catalog records to electronic form, computerized all bibliographic processes, purged records of all lost or withdrawn materials and increased the rate at which new materials were cataloged to near immediate processing. She is survived by her husband Jack L. Scism, a former writer for the Greensboro News & Record. The family of Kenneth Darwin Walker of Greensboro who died March 10, 2014. Kenneth’s career in education began in 1942 as a teacher. He taught in high school for 20 years before becoming a professor of mathematics at Guilford. In 1984, he retired and he and his wife Kathleen, now deceased, traveled to 49 states. He enjoyed gardening, carpentry, grandchildren and family. Kenneth felt especially honored to be remembered by many of his former students, and to be considered one of their favorite teachers. He is survived by son Donald K. Walker ’70 and daughter Victoria “Vickie” Walker Ratcliff ’70. The family of John “Jack” Warmath Jr. who died Dec. 27, 2013. He was a member of numerous boards and committees in Greensboro. Jack always had an interest in education. He and his wife Sarah were a founding family of the Greensboro Day School, and he served as the first treasurer and third board chairman. He was a trustee of St. Andrews University and a member of the Board of Visitors of Guilford College, Darlington School and Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. Jack and Sarah were committed to the arts as well as education, notably the Weatherspoon Art Gallery, the Eastern Music Festival and the United Arts Council/Arts Greensboro.
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Thank you, Max By Christina Repoley ’02
hen I was a sophomore in high school, I visited Guilford College with my brother as he was considering enrolling and becoming part of the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program. I remember stopping by the Hut, that funky, homey fireside space filled with Quaker paraphernalia.
Max Carter, who was there dying Easter eggs, welcomed me, my brother and my mom with his famous hot cocoa and warm laughter. A couple of years later when I was deciding between following my brother to Guilford or instead going off to Duke, the warm and welcoming feeling I remembered from meeting Max in that quintessential Guilford space was a big part of why I chose Guilford. I have never regretted that decision, and I am so grateful to Max for his unassuming, gentle, but powerful presence then and throughout my Guilford career and beyond. Indeed, it is hard for those of us who attended Guilford during the past 25 years to imagine the College without him. Max has been the moral center of the College for so many of us and for so long. As anyone who has spent time with Max knows, he is a wonderful combination of bad jokes and sheer brilliance, of quiet groundedness and lighthearted fun, of intellectual rigor and pastoral care. It was sitting fireside in the Hut in his Quaker Social Testimonies class that I really began to deeply understand the faith that I had grown up
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in, to wrestle with it and be more inspired to claim it as my own. It was in his and Jane’s living room with other QLSPers that I met so many incredible people from all over the world who were living their lives with integrity and passion, who inspired me to want to do the same. Like so many Guilford faculty, Max took us seriously, listened to our lives, loved us and inspired us to be our best selves and to bring our gifts more fully into the world. Years later when I visited Guilford in my role as founder and executive director of Quaker Voluntary Service, I sat in on one of Max’s classes in the Hut. I found myself rapt, taking pages and pages of notes on his brilliant “lecture,” which was really just him sharing off the cuff from his encyclopedic brain and deep heart, his passion and joy for Quaker tradition and history. I realized then that though I had loved and valued Max at the time, being away from Guilford had given me an entirely new and deeper appreciation for the gem that he is. As I continue to grow in my life and work, I find myself again and again turning to Max for advice, encouragement, brainstorming and celebration.
Max Carter, the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center, is retiring this summer after 25 years at Guilford. He plans to stay connected to the College and to continue to lead the January Term program and summer work camps in Israel and Palestine.
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