Building Hope in Haiti Greening a Campus Remembering Coach Jensen
Michael V. Crouch
Students (L-R) Ada Stephens ’10, Jonathan Richter ’10 and Pete Kostin ’10 try out a rock climbing wall at the annual Serendipity festival, held March 19-21.
The Right Stuff
Men’s basketball builds a consistent, quality program through careful recruitment
Building Hope in Haiti
Jack Reynolds ’65 reflects on a mission in one of the world’s poorest nations, before and after the Jan. 12 earthquake
Greening a Campus
For carbon-squeezing Guilford, zero is the goal
Bird-loving biology professor Lynn Moseley tracks the Triad’s emerging bald eagle population
Wide Open Spaces
For Kathy Treanor ’90, founder of the Piedmont Land Conservancy, protecting water and wildlife means protecting the land
Guardian of the Deep
Dan Lenihan ’67 pioneered the field of underwater archaeology and preservation
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THE LAST WORD
Thank You, Coach Jensen
Robert Linville ’80 remembers Coach Jack Jensen, who died March 28 after 45 years with Guilford
About the Cover: “The country’s a very difficult place to be,” says Jack Reynolds ’65 about Haiti, where he helped found Pwoje Espwa (Hope Village) 12 years ago. Reynolds visited Pwoje Espwa in April for the first time since the Jan. 12 earthquake, delivering supplies. Children will use these seeds to plant vegetable and flower gardens outside their dormitories. photo by Bob Krebs
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CAMPUS SOLAR THERMAL SYSTEM
Varnell with the existing Shore Hall solar panels. Inset: Frank Marshall of FLS with a panel model Guilford is partnering with FLS Energy of Asheville, N.C., to install 188 solar thermal collector panels on up to eight buildings to create 9,000 gallons of heated water a day. According to FLS Energy, it is the largest solar thermal energy system project ever installed on a U.S. college or university campus. This summer, the solar thermal energy systems will be installed on Founders Hall and several residence halls. The project is expected to be completed by August. It follows a 12-panel solar thermal system installation on Shore Hall in 2007 that resulted in lower energy bills and a measurable drop in carbon emissions at the college.
I am very proud that Guilford is taking a leading role among colleges and universities nationally with the installation of solar collection panels ...
“I am very proud that Guilford is taking a leading role among colleges and universities nationally with the installation of solar collection panels on buildings across our campus,” said President Kent Chabotar. “This is another in a series of steps we have taken to reduce college costs and sustain the natural environment in which we study, work and live. “Guilford’s core values of justice and stewardship speak to ways in which we use Earth’s resources responsibly and make decisions to ensure the long-term survival of the college,” he added. “With this project, we are honoring our commitments to environmental and financial sustainability. Moreover, we are setting an example for others to follow.” 2
“Guilford is raising the solar bar for all colleges and universities across the nation,” said FLS Energy’s Director of Finance Brownie Newman. “FLS Energy is proud to be a part of the greening of Guilford.” FLS Energy is financing the solar thermal project at Guilford through its Solar Energy Purchase Agreement. “Guilford paid nothing up front and will begin seeing energy savings immediately,” added Newman. The college plans to pay back the installation costs of the solar panel project from a portion of the annual savings in energy costs.
The solar project, which will be metered, comes with a performance guarantee from FLS Energy of the amount of solar energy that will be generated each year. Duke Energy is purchasing renewable energy credits from this solar energy system to meet North Carolina’s renewable energy mandates. FLS Energy will also be responsible for all maintenance of the system. “Guilford’s commitment to sustainability is reaffirmed with this installation,” said Jon Varnell, vice president for administration. “The college strives to be a leader in stewardship of the environment and of our own resources. The utility cost savings from this initiative over time will be substantial. But more importantly, we are putting our values into practice.”
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H eadlines 2010 - 11 B ryan S eries ,
F ocused o n S ustain I N G C O M M U N I T Y
President Bill Clinton
President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, will headline the 2010-11 Bryan Series. President Clinton, who speaks Nov. 18, will be joined in the series by environmental justice advocate Majora Carter (Sept. 28), New York Times columnist David Brooks (Oct. 26), best-selling author Jeannette Walls (Feb. 10) and oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau (April 12). Next year’s series will focus on economic, environmental and social sustainability locally and on a global scale. Guilford will celebrate a Year of Sustainability in 2010-11. President Clinton is the fourth former head of state to speak in the series since 2002, following Oscar Arias of Costa Rica, Mikhail Gorbachev of the former Soviet Union and Mary Robinson of Ireland. He served two terms as president from 1992-2000. Carter founded the nonprofit, environmental-justice solutions corporation Sustainable South Bronx and is president of the green-collar economic consulting company,
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The Majora Carter Group. Brooks is one of America’s most prominent political and social commentators. In addition to writing a twice-weekly Times column, he is an analyst for PBS “NewsHour” and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Walls is the author of a memoir, The Glass Castle, which was on The New York Times best-seller list for more than three years and was named one of the Top 10 Books of the Decade by Amazon. Cousteau is a legendary explorer, environmentalist, educator and filmmaker. He founded the Ocean Futures Society, a marine conservation and education organization that serves as a voice for the ocean. President Clinton will speak in the Greensboro Coliseum arena and the other programs will be in War Memorial Auditorium.
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Guilford’s headcount of 2,797 traditional, adult and Early College students as of Feb. 1 was an all-time record for a spring semester, and included a record number of adult students enrolled in any semester. Adult student enrollment was 1,322 students, exceeding the previous record of 1,299 set in fall 2006. The figure represents an 11-percent rise over the spring 2009 CCE student total. Adult student enrollment has increased in each of the last three years. Dean of Continuing Education Rita Serotkin attributes the increases to a number of factors. “We really started seeing effects of the economy in summer and fall (of 2009),” she says, when the adult enrollment far exceeded the budgeted goals. “People are saying, ‘I need to do something to put myself in a better position when the economy expands.’”
The program also improved its persistence rate, with 86 percent of the students who had enrolled in the fall returning in the spring, compared to a typical rate of 80 percent. A new student success program provides mentoring and follow-up for adult students who are at risk of struggling academically, Serotkin says. The office also focuses more attention on outreach, both to people enrolled previously and to area community colleges. “It was definitely the economy that was driving this (enrollment increase) in the beginning, but we’re also doing a better job of marketing the caliber of the program and how it’s made a difference in people’s lives,” Serotkin says.
Guilford College Magazine ~ SPRING 2010
Reflects on his Decades of Teaching how to Teach
Professor of Chemistry Dave MacInnes will retire this year after 37 years at Guilford. In addition to his teaching duties, MacInnes has been a driving force behind improving the programs that support the college’s faculty. When Ted Benfey hired MacInnes in 1973, chemistry was a two-person department in King Hall with little funds for lab equipment and no teaching assistants. New faculty had mentors, but there wasn’t a formal faculty development program at the time. Then in 1982, with support from the Kenan Foundation, the college launched the Faculty Development Committee, which included MacInnes, Ed Burrows and Carol Stoneburner. The committee decided that “faculty development” should be for all teachers, regardless of how long they had been teaching.
“This was not just for new faculty, it was for everybody,” MacInnes says. “We set up the system we have now, [which] is a three-part system that we use to support all the faculty at Guilford College. I think it’s one of the reasons Guilford
BATTING CENTER COMPLETED Members of the baseball team celebrated with Stuart T. Maynard ’43 (center) at the ribbon-cutting of the Stuart T. Maynard Batting Center on April 10. Maynard, whose players called him “The Rock,” coached baseball for 33 seasons, retiring in 1984.
keeps its faculty as long as it does.” The Faculty Development Committee provides funds for conference fees, travel expenses and pedagogy workshops. The second part of the support system is the bi-weekly meetings MacInnes has with first-year faculty on classroom techniques and to build fellowship. A third level of support is the faculty development associates, assigned to help professors undergoing their two-year reviews. “We really spend time and energy helping faculty improve their teaching and meeting their needs,” MacInnes says. “In your first year of teaching, anywhere you teach, it’s going to be 80-100 hours a week. And so, anything I can do, that the Faculty Development Committee can do, to make that easier, then we do. [Faculty members] are trained to know, call me if you have a question.” Even in his retirement, MacInnes will not give up teaching and faculty development training entirely. “I want to travel, and I also want to take my faculty development skills traveling to other countries,” he says. “At other universities, lecture is the only way they teach. In Japan, there is no ‘liberal arts.’ It still is true that the best graduate schools in the world are American … A lot of people come here to have the hands-on experience, because our graduate schools in science are totally oriented on research.” That’s one area where Guilford is unique, MacInnes says, combining a liberal arts education with experiential learning. “Lectures have their place. But to have a course in which the only voice you hear in the entire week, or year, is the faculty voice, is wrong. I think Guilford says that. Yes, we need to have students be not spectators but participants. And so Guilford has always been at the forefront of that.”
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BURSAVICH SUCCEEDS BOOTHBY as VICE PRESIDENT for FINANCE
Greg Bursavich, who has more than 30 years of experience in higher education finance, joined Guilford in April as vice president for finance. He succeeded Jerry Boothby, who served as chief financial officer for six years. Bursavich was a financial administrator at Louisiana State University since 1976, except for a three-year period when he worked for the Louisiana Board of Regents. Since 1995, he was director of financial accounting and reporting and associate comptroller at LSU. He managed the university’s $350 million operating fund investment program and $25 million in endowment fund investments. In addition, he managed the university’s multi-campus accounting system, directing all internal and external financial reporting activities. As vice president for finance, under the overall direction of the president, Bursavich is responsible for development and maintenance of financial models and forecasts as well as budget development, management, reporting and control. He oversees the offices of accounting and finance and student accounts as well as college investments and real estate. The new vice president has a finance-only focus. Boothby served as vice president for finance and administration until Jon Varnell, the former associate vice president for facilities and operations, was named vice president for administration in October 2009 as part of administrative reorganization.
Harrington joined Guilford in 1991 after working for the Employment Securities Commission and in Bennett College’s career services office. She was named director of career and community learning in 1999, and then assistant dean in 2007 as the office, now known as the Bonner Center for Career and Community Learning, expanded its focus to include internships, volunteer service opportunities and other programs to help students discern their vocation.
Assistant Dean of Career and Community Learning Irene Harrington plans to retire in August after nearly 20 years working with one of the college’s most distinctive co-curricular programs.
Through two decades and thousands of students, Harrington says at least a few things remain constant. One – her favorite color, purple, which decorates every surface of her office in King Hall. And two – the relationships faculty and staff form with students. “The CACL center in particular spends a lot of time trying to work with students on an individual basis, so that as they’re trying to figure out their next steps, we help them do that as it suits them,” she says. “It’s a very personal thing to us.” “Another thing I think that has pretty much stayed the same has been the commitment to service – the commitment to something outside of ourselves – both on the part of staff and students,” she says. “Over the years I’ve seen a lot of emphasis on doing something for the greater good. Our students tend to feel that they are very blessed and that they should pass that on to someone else. That hasn’t changed; each new group of students seems to have that commitment.”
A native of Louisiana, Bursavich earned a bachelor of science in accounting from LSU in 1973 and a master of business administration from the university in 1988. He began his career as a senior accountant with Ernst & Ernst CPAs in Charlotte, N.C., from 1973-76. Guilford College Magazine ~ SPRING 2010
ADVANCEMENT DIVISION h a s S TA F F C H A N G E S
The Advancement Division had several staff changes during the spring semester: Christina Atkins was promoted to director of advancement services, succeeding the retiring June Chambliss. She had various roles in advancement over the past 10 years including assistant director of advancement services. Chambliss retired in March after 28 years at the college, including 26 in development and advancement. Lori Skeets ’10 was named assistant director of advancement services, succeeding Atkins. She graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in computing and information technology. She worked in the IT&S department and the Learning Commons. Previously, she worked for a health insurance company collecting information and performing database management. Nicole Witten was named to a new position as an associate regional director of development. She held a similar cultivation role as mission delivery manager for the American Cancer Society. She earned degrees from Northern Kentucky University and Appalachian State University and interned in the Reich College of Education Development Office at ASU. Kimberly Barnes was named assistant director of event planning and communication in alumni relations, a position that was elevated from part-time to full-time. She earned a bachelor’s degree from N.C. A&T State University and was a marketing and corporate events planner with Madison Whitney, Ltd. She held positions with Pro Vision Leadership in Greensboro and McNeill Communications in High Point. Jamie Barnett ’00 was appointed alumni relations manager, a position that was reinstated in alumni relations. She earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and was manager of the Simple Kneads Bakery in Greensboro and legal assistant to local attorney Michael R. Nash.
Galyon, Callahan Honored with
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards
Alyzza Callahan ’10 and Douglas Galyon ’53 J. Douglas Galyon ’53 and Alyzza Callahan ’10 received this year’s Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards. The awards, presented by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, recognize extraordinary service by one member of the community and one graduating student each year. Galyon was a member of the N.C. Board of Transportation for 17 years, serving as its chair from 2003 until this year. Greensboro’s J. Douglas Galyon Depot is named in his honor. Galyon is formerly the director of public affairs and consultant for Guilford Mills in Greensboro. He is a past member of the Greensboro City Council, Guilford County Board of Commissioners, the Greensboro Area Chamber of Commerce and the War Memorial Commission, and served three terms as president of the Greensboro Sports Council. A member of the Board of Visitors and a past member of the Alumni Board, he received the Alumni Excellence Award in 2004. Callahan was a Bonner Scholar and project coordinator for Project Community, a campus service initiative. In this role, Callahan recruited, trained and led other student volunteers in planning activities for area children and campus service projects. She spent the summer and fall semesters last year serving Greensboro’s Beloved Community Center, which fosters a spirit of community based on the vision of Martin Luther King Jr. Callahan, who is from Fairhaven, Mass., earned a degree in peace and conflict studies.
Named Chair of Board of Visitors
Paul Kress ’82 of Oak Ridge, N.C., has been named to a two-year term as chair of the Board of Visitors. He succeeds John Lomax, who served from 2008-10. Kress is a commercial relationship manager with RBC Bank, based in Winston-Salem, N.C. For the past 22 years, he has worked in a variety of commercial banking roles with RBC and Bank of America in North and South Carolina. He began his banking career following five years of active duty as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army. His first job was in North Carolina National Bank’s (now Bank of America) training department in Raleigh, N.C. Kress served in the N.C. National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserves, including one year in Baghdad as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. A native of Florida, Kress is married to Kathy Jessup ’85 and they have two college-age children, Laura and Andy. The Board of Visitors is a group of business and community leaders who serve the college as advisors and goodwill ambassadors.
faculty and staff members receive
Carolyn Beard Whitlow and President Chabotar
Faculty members Carolyn Beard Whitlow and Maria Rosales and staff member Tammy Martin were the recipients of the Bruce B. Stewart Awards for Teaching Excellence and Community Service this year. The cash awards for teaching and advising excellence (faculty) and community service (staff) honor one tenured faculty member, one junior/ non-tenured faculty member and one staff member. Whitlow, the Charles A. Dana Professor of English, joined the faculty in 1993. In addition to courses in poetry and literature, Whitlow teaches in the departments of African American studies and women’s studies. She is a past chair of the departments of English and African American studies, and currently chairs the college’s Interdisciplinary Studies Division. Rosales joined the faculty in 2005, and is an assistant professor of political science. She received the college’s Dick Dyer Award for Outstanding Advising and Personal Guidance in 2009. Rosales has served on college committees concerning educational studies, the faculty evaluation process and community life, and is an adviser to the student-led Community Senate. Martin has worked in the Office of the Registrar for more than 20 years, serving as office manager and data information specialist for the last 10. In this role, she is responsible for preparing data reports on enrollment, student grades and specialized information for faculty. Martin is also the primary contact for students and parents concerning grades, course registration and transcripts. The annual awards were funded by a $1 million gift from former trustee Bill Soles ’81, his sister Jan Soles Nelson ’87 and their father, the late W. Roger Soles. The Soles’ gift honors Bruce Stewart ’61, who served the college as an administrator, faculty member and Board of Trustees chair.
Bruce B. Stewart Awards
Puterbaugh Publishes Biography of Phish
Former Rolling Stone senior editor and music lecturer Parke Puterbaugh’s new book Phish: A Biography, was published in the fall. Puterbaugh, who has taught the music department’s popular History of Rock ’n Roll course for almost four years, first wrote about the Vermont-based jam band for Rolling Stone in 1995. He met several times with band members, eventually becoming their in-house writer.
Puterbaugh at a book signing in March
“We got along well enough that they started using me to write for them, doing press releases, artists’ bios and stuff for their Web site. So for the next almost 15 years I talked to them pretty often … I was building this library of interviews. I had access to talk to them like nobody else did, really,” he says.
After Phish broke up in 2004, Puterbaugh learned that De Capo Press was looking for a writer to pen a biography of the band. “They approached me with the idea, and I said, ‘If anybody’s going to write about Phish, I’m the one to do it because I’ve got all this stuff,’” he says. By coincidence, Phish reunited last year for a tour and put out a new album, “Joy.” “This wasn’t anything that was in the cards when I began writing the book, but it made the perfect ending. They’re having an amazingly successful year – more fans than ever, playing better than ever. It was the happy ending that I could’ve hoped for but couldn’t have planned,” Puterbaugh says. Puterbaugh says he’s enjoyed getting to know personally a band with such a devoted fan base. “They’re very personable guys, and great people. I think [guitarist] Trey [Anastasio] is a bona fide genius. In their ways, they all are. I can’t think of a better band that’s extant right now. I think they’re a very important group.”
Guilford College Magazine ~ SPRING 2010
Photos by Jerry Wolford
Tyler Sanborn was named National Player of the Year after a stellar senior season.
the right stuff Men’s basketball builds a consistent,
quality program through careful recruiting
By Jeff Mills
How do you build a winner?
The one-word answer to that question is the same at every level of college basketball.
Plain and simple. Because at every level, no matter how good the coach, no matter who’s on the schedule, no matter what style of play, winners all have one thing in common. Great players. Players with that rare mix of talent and desire, coachable kids who learn and quickly apply the new knowledge to their games. Players like the guys who wear Guilford College’s crimson and gray uniforms. Over the last four seasons, Guilford made four NCAA Tournament appearances including trips to the semifinals the last two years. The Quakers compiled an overall record of 104-19 —the best winning percentage (.846) of any four-year men’s basketball program in North Carolina, regardless of division.
How did the Quakers accomplish that?
Of the 22 players on Guilford’s full roster in 2009-10, 17 were from North Carolina. “There’s so much talent in the state of North Carolina, we really don’t need to go that far,” said Matt Parke, associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. “… We don’t really go farther than three (hours away). For us to go farther than that, it’s got to be for a kid that we’ve really heard some good things about, who we’ve watched a lot of film on and who’s interested in us.” Guilford’s top four scorers last season were Tyler Sanborn ’10, Clay Henson ’10, Rhett Bonner ’10 and Josh Pittman ’13. All four were from North Carolina.
L-R, Martin Stephenson and Clay Henson
In six years at Guilford, Parke has never flown anywhere to see a recruit. He spends a lot of time in the car.
“It’s a lot of travel, but it’s not nearly what it would be for a Division I (recruiter),” Parke said. “... I’ve taken trips to the coast, to Virginia and up into West Virginia. But they’re all day trips. We’re fortunate because there’s so much local talent. The majority of the kids are from here.”
The Right Fit
Believe it or not, basketball talent isn’t the first thing Parke or head coach Tom Palombo look for in a player. Their homework starts with what a recruit is like off the court. Palombo, who gave up his role as primary recruiter three years ago when he was named Guilford’s athletics director, said getting the team chemistry right is vital. “If you have people who don’t buy into what you’re doing, it doesn’t matter how good they are,” Palombo said. Guilford College Magazine ~ SPRING 2010
Head Coach Tom Palombo has a 147-56 record in seven Guilford seasons
“It’s going to tear your program apart. That’s why we don’t always take the best player.” “It’s a lot harder to find a good kid than it is to find a good basketball player,” Parke said. “... Honestly, we look at basketball talent as secondary. Maybe not even second. Maybe fourth or fifth. We look at character No. 1 and work ethic No. 2 and academics No. 3. We’re going to get some good basketball players, guys who are going to mold into our system. But we want good kids.” As a result, Guilford’s team is unusually close. The upperclassmen help bring along the freshmen, said Henson. And they do it without being told. “There’s no turmoil. That’s never happened in any of my four years here,” Henson said, late last season. “… We’re always together, and if you don’t like the guys you’re together with every day, you’re not going to be a very successful team.” Henson said all the players understand the value of team chemistry. “When he recruited us, he knew we were good players but more than anything we were good people. That’s something we strive for here,” Henson said. “A lot of people will come up to us and say, ‘We’re really proud of you for going to the Final Four.’ But the greatest thing for us is we want to represent our school and our values. That means more to us than the Final Fours. We did things the right way.” Parke does a lot of his recruiting in the spring and summer, at AAU tournaments and other showcase events. What he’s looking for is sometimes rare in that brand of basketball.
“We’re looking for kids who aren’t selfish, who aren’t ball-hogs,” Parke said. “We’re looking for kids who don’t want the limelight, but who play good team basketball.”
The 449 NCAA Division III schools live by different rules than the teams on TV from November through March. The Division III philosophy statement at ncaa.org starts with academics. Next on the list is this: “Division III institutions shall not award financial aid to any student on the basis of athletics leadership, ability, participation or performance.” In short: No sports scholarships. If a player at Guilford gets financial aid, it’s need-based or an academic scholarship. The NCAA monitors financial aid closely to keep the playing field level. Each Division III school must report how much money it gives to athletes and how much to students who don’t play sports. Eric Hartung, an NCAA research director, told U.S. News and World Report last year that 21 percent of the students at Division III schools are athletes, and they receive 22 percent of all scholarship money. With no scholarships to give, Parke says Guilford won’t “waste its time” pursuing players sure to get Division I offers. “We need to find kids who usually have one deficiency in their game,” Parke added. “Everything else is great, except that one thing that keeps them out of Division I. Maybe they’re not tall enough or strong enough or not a good enough ball-handler.”
The truth is, many Division I coaches don’t take a lot of risks when offering scholarships. “That’s the good and bad of the scholarship,” Palombo said. “The good thing is you have scholarships to give. The bad thing is if you give one to somebody who doesn’t work out, your hands are tied.” With no scholarships to offer and a JV team that plays 14 games a season, Guilford will recruit kids who are projects. “We’ve got a 6-9 kid who doesn’t play, a 6-10 kid who doesn’t play,” Palombo said. “But we’ve got a 6-11 kid, Tyler Sanborn, who does play. Those other two guys, we’ll take a chance on them and hope they’re going to develop like Tyler and Ben (Strong ’08) did. But even if they don’t, they’re great kids. And none of our kids cost us a scholarship, so it doesn’t mean we can’t recruit another 6-10 kid if we see one this summer. That’s the advantage we have.” Sanborn is the ultimate project. He was 6-8 and a doughy 280 pounds as a high school senior in Elkin. Four years later, he’s 6-11 and a muscular 260 pounds. Palombo saw potential when he met Sanborn. The coach saw past the big body. He saw a nice kid who wanted to get better.
2011 dIVISION III championship
coming to greensboro Guilford will join the Greensboro Sports Commission in hosting the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center May 10-13, 2011. The tournament will feature 37 teams and a total of 190 student-athletes. “Guilford has a strong tradition in national golf tournaments and we are pleased to showcase our college and Greensboro by co-hosting this event,” said Tom Palombo, director of athletics. The Quakers have made 27 national tournament appearances, including this year. They won the 2002 and 2005 NCAA Division III golf titles and finished second in 2001. In addition, they won the 1989 NAIA National Tournament. Guilford, Greensboro College and Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C., traditionally boast three of the top teams in Division III.
Softball ties for ODAC lead,
Parke said every one of Guilford’s players had aspirations of a Division I scholarship, and some needed convincing to choose the Quakers when no offers came.
earns first regional ranking
“It’s a matter of commitment. Tyler was extremely committed to improving himself from his freshman year to his sophomore year,” Palombo said. “He lost a bunch of weight. He lifted a lot of weights, ran and got in shape. His confidence grew, his skill started to improve. “What made him special is he did it again from his sophomore to his junior year, and then he did it again from his junior to his senior year. Most kids tap out. They hit their ceiling, and they’re just not going to get any better. That guy’s still getting better.” Sanborn was the right guy for Guilford, one of the recruits who made the Quakers winners. Jeff Mills is a reporter who migrated to Greensboro from upstate New York in 1999 and writes about college basketball and other sports for the News & Record.
The Quakers finished the season ranked No. 3 nationally and Tyler Sanborn was named national Player of the Year and All-America. Read full coverage and view highlights of the 30-3 season at
Charissa Duncan ’10 The softball team took another step forward in 2010 as it finished 28-13-1 overall and tied for the best record in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference during the regular season. The Quakers received their first NCAA regional ranking. Guilford’s powerful offense set or tied 34 team and individual records. Kimberly Keys ’12 had a team-leading .463 batting average, 63 hits and 46 runs-batted-in. Charissa Duncan ’10 finished her career as the all-time leader in doubles and stolen bases. She and Sarah Pedroncelli ’10 were the lone seniors on this year’s club. Coach Dennis Shores expects as many as 18 letter winners to return, including Jessica Burcham ’12, who set the career strikeouts mark this season.
Guilford College Magazine ~ SPRING 2010
Photos by Bob Krebs
Children at Pwoje Espwa with school supplies donated by Jefferson Elementary School in Greensboro.
Building hope in haiti FEATURES
Jack Reynolds reflects on a mission in one of the world’s poorest nations
By Sara E. Butner It used to be that when Jack Reynolds ’65 did fundraising presentations about the Haitian community Pwoje Espwa, he had to give a geography lesson. “People would think I’m talking about some place in the Pacific Ocean,” he says. Not anymore. Not since the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated the small Caribbean island nation, already one of the poorest countries in the world. Pwoje Espwa (meaning “Hope Village” in Creole), supported by the charity Free the Kids, was one of the organizations Guilford chose to support with its Haiti relief fund drive this spring. Reynolds’ brother-in-law, a priest and former Navy chaplain whom his charges call Father Marc, moved to Haiti to start Pwoje Espwa in 1998 after working with Haitian “boat people” in Florida and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The first time Reynolds visited in 1999, 25 children were living in the community. At his last pre-earthquake visit last September, 680 children were living on the community’s 140-acre farm.
“I call it a community development project, because we took a piece of farmland and we built a village out of it,” Reynolds says. “The kids are out of the city, which is a good thing. They’re out in the country, and we’re doing great work with the children.” Pwoje Espwa is outside Les Cayes, on Haiti’s southwest coast, 120 miles from the capital, Port-au-Prince. The community escaped direct damage from the earthquake. “There was shaking, rattling and rolling [here], but only one part of one of the classrooms in our school building fell down. That was the extent of the damage,” Reynolds says. “But within a week, refugee children who had lost their parents flooded our region of Haiti,” Reynolds says, with more than 100 additional children coming to live at Pwoje Espwa. “We’ve been designated by the UN as a food distribution center for that region. When they get food into us, we not only take care of our children, we have outreach into the entire region.”
The children at Pwoje Espwa “were actually happy,” Parker continues. “I expected to see a lot of misery in their faces, but I didn’t see much of that, which actually surprised me.” “We not only work with our children, but we have a school system with 2,300 kids,” Reynolds says. “See, in Haiti, there is no public education. There are government schools, but they cost money. Parents are relegated to making the decision, do I buy food for my children today, or do I send them to school? Food always wins out. Only about 30 percent of all the children in Haiti get an education.” In addition to traditional schooling, Pwoje Espwa offers vocational training in carpentry, masonry and other skills. About 90 acres are set aside for farming, with interested students allowed to farm their own small plots. “We’re not big on just giving charity for the sake of charity,” says Reynolds. “Our mission is humanitarian and Christian. It’s humanitarian to bring them along, so that ultimately these children will be able to care for their own families.” Reynolds, retired from a career with U.S. Steel, spends much of his time fundraising for Pwoje Espwa and Free the Kids in the U.S., and traveling to Haiti five or six times a year. “My hope,” he says, “is that we can propagate the model we’ve established into other areas of the country, so that the children have an opportunity to become educated and to realize their self-worth.”
To learn more about Pwoje Espwa, visit www.freethekids.org
haiti relief initiative
nets $27,442 Following news of the devastating earthquake in Haiti on Jan. 12, the Guilford community raised $27,442 for the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and Pwoje Espwa, an orphanage on the country’s southwest coast. Guilford students, active and retired faculty and staff, alumni, parents and members of volunteer boards contributed funds in a two-week initiative that ended Feb. 5. The college provided a match of $8,411 to $16,823 in individual contributions, which were made online, by check and cash. Additionally, the art department held a silent auction of student and faculty works on Jan. 23, which netted approximately $2,000. The AFSC, a Quaker humanitarian organization, received $10,818. Pwoje Espwa, a village of almost 700 children co-founded by Jack Reynolds ’65, received $16,309. “Just as in 2005, following Hurricane Katrina, our campus community, alumni and other friends of the college have been most generous in supporting the people of Haiti who are in desperate need following the earthquake,” said President Kent Chabotar.
Even when things return to normal, “normal” won’t be something many Americans would recognize. “I grew up in northeast North Carolina, in the country, so I’d seen poverty, but I’d never seen it on that scale,” says Elwood Parker ’64, the Guilford professor of mathematics who traveled to Haiti with Reynolds before the earthquake. Parker recalls seeing a woman leave a child at the community’s gates. “When I watched what Father Marc and the staff did with that kid, how they took him in, that single incident made me feel so strongly about what they’re Monique and Jack Reynolds trying to do,” Parker says.
Students collect food and make care packages in April as part of the ongoing “Hope For Haiti” program.
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Photos by Michael V. Crouch
Students cultivate the community gardens, located in the upper meadow near New Garden Friends School
greening a campus for carbon-squeezing Guilford, zero is the goal By Heath E. Combs
Jim Dees, Guilford’s first full-time sustainability coordinator, knows that an energy-saving spiral light bulb makes little difference if it’s left on all weekend. Dees, hired two years ago, helps makes sure students know it too. A project rolled out last fall at the North Apartments and three alternative houses on campus required residents to meet specific energy use requirements. Students who exceed limits can be charged. Or, they earn their way back into the energy black by using less energy the next month. So far, it has meant about a 25-percent reduction in energy use in those buildings due to students staying below the averages. “We’re not trying to make money as much as create awareness,” Dees says. “We’re trying to get those kids in those situations to pay attention to the use and to realize that behavior does make a very big difference.” In 2006, President Kent Chabotar provided funding to a newly formed Sustainability Council that had been actively working on energy and water savings. Guilford already had quite a bit of green momentum when the Archdale Hall restoration was finished in the 14
summer of 2008. Archdale, the oldest building on campus, earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver, or LEED, status from the U.S. Green Building Council. This was a rare feat for a historic building helped along by an anonymous $500,000 gift. Now, the college has even more projects of similar scope. For instance, the college and FLS Energy will install 188 solar-thermal panels on eight buildings this summer. “It can be a very big money and energy saver. It’s probably financially the clear winner. The best chance we have to get the most bang for our buck,” Dees says. Finding the biggest energy savers becomes especially important after President Chabotar signed the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in May 2007. More than 600 schools have signed the commitment to address global climate disruption by eliminating institutional greenhouse gas emissions. According to Jon Varnell, vice president for administration, this commitment helped Guilford launch
“The PCC is not an extra thing that we’re doing. It’s really just a pulling together of everything that we’re doing into one place,” Varnell says. The college’s goals are targeted toward quantifying existing data and achieving carbon reduction. Guilford’s goal is to become carbon neutral – meaning that the college would have a net zero carbon footprint – by 2047. Part of the ACUPCC required Guilford to write a climate action plan addressing six areas of energy use: purchased electricity, stationary fuel, transportation, solid waste, agricultural output and fugitive refrigerants. Guilford’s first Greenhouse Gas Inventory, completed in the spring of 2008, was also a very important step. Dees said the school’s carbon footprint is due to three sources: 50 percent is purchased electricity; 16 percent is stationary fuel sources and 30 percent is transportation. “The buildings represent more than 70 percent of (Guilford’s carbon footprint). The major chunk of this whole nut of Guilford becoming carbon neutral has to be in a direction of our buildings’ role, in terms of how they operate and how they function,” Varnell says. That’s why it’s so important to keep proper records of energy use. “Measurement verification is by far where this green revolution is now and will be headed in the future in terms of greater precision in the future. It’s not just enough to do it, but we’ve got to do it and continue to monitor it.”
Daylight harvesting sensors at some facilities have been part of the solution. The sensors detect outside temperature before sending a signal to a ballast, telling it to dim the lights if days are sunny enough that lights aren’t needed. “It’s taking advantage of that energy instead of having your lights full blast,” Varnell says.
Additionally, Guilford has done lighting retrofits at New Garden Hall, Hege Library, Frank Family Science Center and portions of King Hall. “That’s a lot of lighting for a campus our size to completely have swapped out and gone to high-efficiency lighting. We have harvested a lot of savings from that,” Varnell says.
And if you’ve been to campus in the last three years, you’ve noticed that all urinals are waterless and almost all toilets are dual-flush. Most sinks have an aerator and showers a low-flow head. Dees and environmental manager Rex Harrell are now co-chairs of the Sustainability Council. Their focus this year is to integrate more sustainability elements of the ACUPCC into the curriculum. They’re also updating the school’s carbon calculation and continue to meter more space, allowing students and faculty to be better aware of their behavioral affect on energy activity. What you won’t hear Dees, nor Varnell, predict is how much energy they are going to save or how the school hypothetically compares with other schools undertaking lofty carbon reducing goals.
into a more formal and transparent process of looking at projects that fit best as part of a total campus plan.
“I’m smart enough not to fill in that blank,” Dees says. “I want to know what’s achievable. I don’t care if the manufacturer says I can get you a 40 percent reduction in your energy bill. I want to know what we can get at Guilford College.” Combs has been a staff writer at Furniture/Today, a furniture industry business weekly, since 2006. He served as editor of its green e-newsletter.
Hall, composts The Earth tub, located behind Founders scaping dining hall waste for use in campus land Guilford College Magazine ~ SPRING 2010
Bird-loving biology professor Lynn Moseley tracks the Triad’s emerging bald eagle population By Eddie Huffman
commonly before the U.S. government banned it in 1972.
More than three decades after she earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and started teaching biology at Guilford, Lynn Moseley still sounds like an excited schoolgirl when she sees baby bald eagles in the wild.
“What DDT does is to interfere with calcium metabolism,” Moseley said. “For a female bird that’s producing a calciumrich eggshell, the shell is much more fragile than normal. Eggshell thinning is the direct result of DDT ingestion. The weight of an adult bird sitting on a bird to incubate it can crack the egg, and of course that’s all it takes to insure that that egg isn’t going to hatch. So reproduction rates fell through the floor. Eagles weren’t reproducing.”
“I see two for sure – I was trying to get a third one out of there,” Moseley said, standing on the shore of Lake Brandt north of Greensboro, squinting into a telescope trained on a nest near the top of a tree on the opposite shore. “Oh! Oh! Oh! There are three! Wait a minute, no, that’s its wing.” It was a mild day in February, and Moseley estimated that the pair of gray, fuzzy eaglets was about two weeks old. Moments after spotting the baby birds through her telescope, she found one of their parents perched in a tree nearby. Over the past decade and a half, she has watched the eagles make a remarkable comeback.
But the birds survived in northern climes, where fewer pesticides were used, and in
Moseley and biology majors Nick Forman ’11 and Samuel Flake ’11 have been monitoring birds in the Guilford Woods since January.
“When the pair of eagles first appeared in Guilford County in January of 1994, there had been in the past only six nesting pairs of eagles in the entire state of North Carolina,” Moseley said. “Ten years before that there were none. So when that first pair of eagles arrived in Guilford County on Lake Higgins, it was big environmentalconservation news. Lots of media attention, lots of press, helicopters flying over the nest – to my dismay.” 16
DDT almost did the eagles in. The pesticide was used
Over the past decade and a half, she has watched the eagles make a remarkable comeback.
Florida, which had a dense population, Moseley said. They have gradually repopulated other parts of the country once devastated by DDT, including the Piedmont. The eagles are doing so well now, returning to mate each year, that Moseley has felt comfortable turning her attention elsewhere: “It’s not a major focus anymore.” Birds of one sort or another have been a major focus for Moseley most of her life. The Arlington, Va., native studied
Photos by L. E. Skrabec
Bald eagles at Lake Brandt
“I spent summers on the family farm in Michigan and learned birds from my grandfather,” Moseley said. “He was a farmer. He grew up on the farm, in the woods, and he knew a mourning dove and a song sparrow when they called, and he told me what they were. I was curious.”
Even though she has moved on to other projects, Moseley still gets a thrill out of checking in on the eagles at Lake Brandt. And she always has an ear and an eye out for other birds. She notes the cry of a seasonal visitor to the lake, a golden-crowned kinglet, and then finds a series of nests that leave her exclaiming like a schoolgirl once again. With Moseley, the distance seems short from the child learning bird calls on her grandfather’s farm to the globe-trotting academic promoting the health of birds across the Piedmont.
Since she began teaching at Guilford in the fall of 1977, Moseley has shared that curiosity with her students as well as amateur bird watchers across the Triad, according to former Greensboro Mayor Carolyn Allen, who has worked with Moseley for years in the Piedmont Bird Club. “She’s marvelous and has a tremendous enthusiasm for her work,” Allen said. In her work with the club, Moseley has introduced members to experts on various species and helped coordinate the Christmas Bird Count, an annual tradition throughout North and South America that originated more than a century ago. “Lynn has worked with research teams and made it possible for bird club members to be part of those projects,” Allen said.
For the spring semester of 2010, Moseley was on leave for a study project, looking at habitat utilization by birds in a 100-acre tract of woods near Guilford College: “You can’t appreciate the importance of a particular tract of land for wildlife – birds in particular – unless you survey the birds through all the seasons.” She has also worked for several years with the Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro on a project to track released birds.
Huffman is a freelance writer based in Burlington. He has written for Rolling Stone, New York Times, Utne Reader and many other publications. Photos by Julie Knight
Moseley, who lives with her husband in Burlington, N.C., spreads her expertise and passion for birding well beyond local lake shores and bird clubs. She teaches a variety of biology classes at Guilford, and alternates teaching three advanced courses, Ornithology, Animal Behavior and Vertebrate Field Zoology. She leads students and adult enthusiasts on field trips around the globe, from the Great Rift Valley in eastern Africa to the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador, where Charles Darwin did some of the work that inspired his theory of evolution.
“I found something else really cool to show you,” Moseley exclaimed, training her telescope on a low tree a few dozen yards from the eagles’ nest where four pairs of Great Blue Herons have recently built nests. “This is great! It’s one of only two great blue heron rookeries that I know of here in Guilford County.”
“If we find out that these birds are surviving at a rate that is equal to or better than the natural survivorship rate, that’s fine,” Moseley said. “If we determine that the birds aren’t faring as well, maybe that means techniques need to be modified at the rehab center.”
under veteran ornithologist Mitchell Byrd at William and Mary as an undergraduate, taking informal lessons she learned as a girl into the academic realm.
Mist-nets safely capture birds for banding.
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Virginia Weiler, courtesy of Piedmont Land Conservancy
WIDE OPEN SPACES Piedmont Land Conservancy, founded by Kathy Treanor, safeguards the area’s landscapes
Emily Allen Wildflower Preserve in Winston-Salem, protected by Piedmont Land Conservancy, contains over 500 species of flowers. By Ellen Dockham
Kathy Treanor ’90 used to lie awake at night, worrying that no one would ever share her passion for protecting the priceless land of the Piedmont. She had cultivated a love for land and all its treasures, from wildflowers to wildlife, ever since she was a child growing up on a Maryland farm that had been in her family since the 1700s.
Treanor at Price Park’s butterfly garden
The isolation of the 100-acre farm and her status as an only child meant there weren’t any other kids around, so Treanor’s best friends were a dog, a horse and a selection of favorite trees. “I remember how it felt climbing to the top of
a huge hickory, 40 feet up at seven years old, and how it would sway with the wind. My mother taught me to love the land. We always had rabbits in the kitchen and baby birds in boxes.” Today Treanor counts among her best friends the many landowners and fellow citizens who have indeed shared her passion for land protection in the 20 years since she founded the Piedmont Land Conservancy (PLC), a groundbreaking land trust organization that began at her dining room table. From that first meeting of half a dozen people with a love for the land came the PLC, which has since succeeded in permanently protecting more than 17,000 acres in nine Piedmont counties: Alamance, Caswell, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin. The PLC was the first land trust in North Carolina – and one of the first in the entire country – to protect farmland as well as the more typical projects concerning rivers, streams, wetlands, urban natural areas and natural, historic and scenic lands.
Built to Last
For home builder Gary Silverstein ‘81, some of the seeds leading to his commitment to green building and environmental responsibility were planted during his undergraduate days at Guilford College. “We respected the beautiful environment at Guilford, the woods there, the huge poplar tree in the woods and the big oak tree that stood in front of Founders Hall,” he says.
Silverstein is now president of a construction corporation that bears his name. On its Web site, he says, “We’re promoting energy efficiency and environmental responsibility. It takes everyone doing whatever they can to help. The environment is our greater home and we need to be responsible to it.” He is now developing Sanford’s Creek, which last year was named by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) as the first Certified “Green” Subdivision (land development) in North Carolina and only the fourth in the nation. Located in Colfax in Guilford County, it will have 32 homes upon completion. Half of the land in the subdivision has been set aside for common area.
Silverstein mentions environmental studies and biology courses taken in college, “but it was more a philosophy at Guilford,” he said. “... It probably had its roots in Guilford’s Quaker tenets, being respectful of everything around you and treading lightly.”
Silverstein is also chairman of the Triad Green Building Council. Two years ago, he became a Certified Green Professional in his field through the NAHB. In short, green building means including environmental considerations and resource efficiency into the process of land development and home building in order to minimize environmental impact. “I have always felt compelled to look beyond the common practices of home building and to challenge myself to continually examine and raise my construction standards,” he says. Green building “is about individual responsibility,” he says. “Being Jewish, we have a concept which when translated means repairing the world. It’s a tenet which is critical in the way I examine everything.”
“The Piedmont is rapidly growing, and these treasures would be lost without Kathy,” said Mary Joan Pugh, deputy director of the North Carolina Zoo and a PLC board member. “We would have lost a lot of ground – pun intended – if she hadn’t gotten started so early.”
The lands protected by the PLC from the potential
Silverstein says he tries to use “one lens of morality” whether involved in business or things that relate to family or friends. “We need to take that same lens of morality and use it to do what we do in this world. I think that is important. “I am one of many people doing this. I am nothing special. I am just a guy trying to do a good job in the way I conduct my life.” —Wilson Davis
Davis was director of the Office of Information Services at UNC Greensboro for many years, and is now a freelance writer living in Summerfield.
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The Green Bottom Line
How did a business owner focused on the bottom line become one of the largest alternative energy providers in the Triad? Parker Washburn ’69 says it was her accountant who suggested she look into installing solar and thermal panels on the roof of Leon’s Beauty School, which Washburn’s family has operated since 1945. Their building on Coliseum Boulevard has “the perfect roof,” Washburn says. “I have total south sun between 9 in the morning and 5.” Last November, Washburn flipped the switch to activate 165 solar panels and three thermal panels, at present the largest solar/thermal array in the area. For the next five years, Washburn will get a tax credit while Duke Energy uses the electricity generated by the solar panels. “Then at the end of five years you can do the conversion, which means I use what I need and sell any overage,” she says. “The three thermal panels we are already using daily. That’s generating all our hot water ... We have 125 students, and clients coming and going, so it’s a huge amount of hot water. With the thermal system, I’m not using any gas.” Seeing Washburn’s enthusiasm as she shows off the panels’ kilowatt meter – “at peak it’s about 9,000 an hour,” she says – it’s hard to believe her when she says that concern for the environment wasn’t initially a deciding factor. The tax credits were. But learning what was possible – and potentially profitable – changed her mind, she says. “It started out as a business decision and ended up very personal,” she says. “Now, it just seems so easy. I really don’t know why everybody’s not doing it, at home, at business, I really don’t know why. It’s just incredible to me what an impact this can have if we all start doing it.” Washburn sees an opportunity for business owners, who have the capital, and younger people, who have the knowledge of what’s possible technologically, to work together. “Businesswise, psychologically, emotionally, it’s just a good thing to do. The younger generation is so aware of being Earth-friendly. My generation is not. We think because we separate newspapers and plastic bottles we’re doing our job. It’s more than that.” “I have two grandsons. They have compost, they recycle, they have a community garden. They catch water in rain barrels. They are so much more in tune than I was. They can do the little things, and so I thought, I can do this,” she says of the decision to install the panels. Now Washburn is looking into other sustainable business practices that might work for Leon’s, like using gray-water in toilets. “This is a learning process for me,” she says. “A lot of business owners have children and grandchildren. What a way to say, ‘I want to leave you something,’ … A sense of responsibility for more than yourself. A sense of accountability for how you live, and what you have, and what you can give.” – S.B.
ravages of development are no ordinary acres; these are special places not only full of beauty but also critical for a future full of clean air and water. Treanor is quick to point out that North Carolina is ranked one of the top five most botanically diverse states in the country; that’s not something she’s willing to lose. Get her talking about the projects she worked on while
You can’t find all of these wildflowers together in one location anywhere else. It’s heaven for photographers.
serving as PLC’s first executive director and now as a “retired” volunteer, and you’ll hear about Emily Allen’s wildflower garden in Forsyth County, a nationally renowned six-acre preserve containing more than 500 species of wildflowers and ferns. “You can’t find all of these wildflowers together in one location anywhere else,” Treanor said. “It’s heaven for photographers.” You’ll hear about the Austin family’s lovely Lindale Farm along the Deep River in High Point, N.C., the first and lengthiest project
The Mitchell River in Surry County If you have a long time to sit and listen to Treanor’s enthusiastic story telling, you can hear about Greensboro’s Price Park, near Guilford’s campus, perhaps the project of which she is most proud. “That one took a pound of flesh,” Treanor remembered with a chuckle. The 93-acre parcel of land offered for sale by the Jefferson-Pilot Insurance Company in the late 1990s could have ended up as a shopping center or a hotel. But thanks to thousands of hours of work put in by Treanor, her PLC colleagues, local citizens and the City of Greensboro, the land is now a natural area park with open fields, streams and woods. And thanks to Treanor’s creative thinking, the only structure built on the property is the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library, which nestles into the footprint formerly occupied by the Jefferson-Pilot clubhouse and fits the property’s mission with its innovative environmental focus.
Friend and Steward
After a full academic career, Alan N. Connor ’51 of Ann Arbor, Mich., and other Friends are continuing to work on environmental and energy issues in an effort to make communities economically, ecologically and socio-culturally sustainable. Connor is helping tackle these issues through several organizations, including the Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW), the Quaker Institute for the Future (QIF), the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) and the Michigan Interfaith Power and Light Corp. Through the QEW and the QIF, he is part of a group that seeks to develop a new, sustainable no-growth economy in North America. “Perpetual economic growth is not sustainable since it depends on an infinite supply of nonrenewable natural resources–and the Earth’s resources are finite, including the soil in which renewable resources grow,” he said. “We don’t know how successful we might be. Nevertheless, we believe we need to make the effort.” Through the QEW and the FCNL, Connor and others are endeavoring to develop bipartisan support for national energy legislation proposed recently by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). Connor likes the bill because he says it limits how much carbon-based fuel can be used to generate electric power, manufacture and transport goods, thereby controlling the amount of carbon-dioxide released in the atmosphere.
Virginia Weiler, courtesy of Piedmont Land Conservancy
Treanor worked on. It took nearly 19 years to work out a permanent solution for protecting the well-loved land from the specter of condominium or other development. You will certainly hear of the Mitchell River watershed, which Treanor calls fabulous and phenomenal from a biological standpoint. “It’s the passion of the people there and the beauty of the river that makes it one of my favorite projects. It’s magical,” Treanor said. “To have the easternmost native brook trout in this river tells you how pristine it is. Brook trout are sort of the canary in the coal mine because they can’t stand warm temperatures or pollution or silt. They need cold, clean water. The trout fishermen love it.”
As one of the organizers of Michigan Interfaith Power and Light Corp., Connor was its first vice president and is now vice president emeritus. “We enable churches, mosques, synogogues, temples and parochial schools to do energy audits and retrofit to make their facilities more energy efficient and reduce overhead costs and their carbon footprints,” he explained. Connor’s work on environmental issues dates back many years. For example, in the 1970s as social work faculty member at the University of Michigan, he became aware of the pollution damage the Flint Buick plant and the DuPont automobile paint plant were doing to a nearby lower-income neighborhood. In response, under Connor’s consultation, two of his community organizing and planning students worked with the neighborhood to use the federal Model Cities and Community Development Block Grant programs to change that. As for his present work, Connor has a strong motivation for it. “I have children and grandchildren and nieces and nephews and grandnieces–many of whom will live beyond 2050 if we can reduce greenhouse gases as well as pollution and take better care of the Earth’s water supply and preserve soil fertility,” he said. “And maybe we can make the Earth a good place to live for generations beyond that if we are good stewards.” – W.D.
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to publish book on ecological economics Ask Professor of Economics Bob Williams why it matters that his students think about the environment.
“It’s actually an easy question,” he says. “All of my students should be aware of this, because we are going through a paradigm shift in terms of how we view the relationship of the economy with nature.” In his Environmental Economics course, Williams asks students to think of the economy as a natural ecosystem, which he says “represents an excellent model.” “One of the attributes of natural systems is that everything in them is recycled… and that’s how they perpetuate themselves over time. So, what does that mean for an economy? It means that, if we want to create a more sustainable economy, we need to recognize how we can create systems in which waste products are somehow reusable and recycle-able, and that they can then be used again, and again, and again.” With encouragement from his colleagues, Williams has turned the lessons from that course into a book, Greening the Economy: Integrating Economics and Ecology to Make Effective Change. For Williams, sustainable economics also means re-thinking the incentives that drive behavior. For instance, in place of a municipal garbage collection system, what if each household paid a per-pound fee? “People (would) begin to think, how could I save money on the disposal fee? How can I compost, how can I recycle, how can I not buy as much? When we go to the store and we look at all the products and their packaging, instead of that packaging being seen as something that entices us, it’s now a cost. So then retailers and manufacturers get the message that what consumers want isn’t a lot of packaging, but minimal packaging. It cascades through the economy just as natural systems work.” Greening the Economy will be available at online booksellers starting in June from Routledge Press. –S.B.
“Price Park is a tremendous success now, but it was not easy to get through the political process,” said Bo Rodenbough, a member of the PLC board of directors and an attorney with Brooks Pierce in Greensboro. “Kathy has the ability to speak forcefully and passionately but in a way that is not strident or threatening to people. She has a unique ability to get things done and to come up with win-win solutions. I have found her to be an incredibly dynamic person and in fact the most positive and innovative person I’ve ever been around.” Rodenbough and other attorneys consult with PLC on legal issues that arise as the non-profit organization seeks easements, also known as deed restrictions, that limit future development while preserving ownership and rights for the landowners. “Kathy has put her powers to work in farmland protection easements, which are important because so many farm families are land-rich and cash-poor,” Rodenbough said. “So many have had to sell their land to pay federal estate and state inheritance taxes. A protective easement gets them an immediate tax benefit, and because it restricts development, it also reduces the value of the farm for tax purposes. Kathy has helped so many people keep their farms in the family.” Besides that, all who work with Treanor get pulled into her incredible network of friends and acquaintances, and if they’re lucky, they get to taste the best apple pie and Maryland crab cakes Rodenbough says he’s ever put in his mouth. Former Greensboro Mayor Carolyn Allen, also a PLC board member, agrees with Rodenbough on the quality of Treanor’s cooking and of her work. “Kathy’s skills have been a huge asset to the city,” Allen said. “We came to agree that protecting land was critical for the habitats, the wildlife, for all the things we were losing along with urban sprawl.” Urban sprawl is what got Treanor thinking about land protection back in the 1980s when she became a co-chairman of the newly forming parks and recreation commission. “As I was hiking in the county and learning, I thought that when the planning department assessed land use and approved what development should go there that they also looked at the biological assets of that land,” Treanor said. “I was totally incorrect. There was no way to protect the land. The system seemed to need another option.” Since plants and animals had always been her great passion, Treanor resolved to work for a conservancy and found she could use a biology degree. Thus began a long path that started as an adult student at Guilford College and wound through pristine North Carolina land and out into the nation at large. Treanor is now a commissioner for the
national Land Trust Accreditation Commission, which seeks to assure the quality and permanence of land conservation around the country. “Kathy is regarded as a leader in the conservation movement in North Carolina and across the nation,” Rodenbough said. Treanor and her husband, Larry, recently bought some acreage in Wyoming, where they can retreat occasionally to enjoy the wide open spaces that she began to love in childhood back on that Maryland farm. “I grew up on a farm where we were rich in the heartfelt values; we just weren’t money rich,” she said. “That love of the land is the dream of current landowners that we set out to fulfill. That’s what the Piedmont Land Conservancy does; we make dreams come true.”
To learn more about the ongoing work of the Piedmont Land Conservancy, visit www.piedmontland.org
Green and Beyond, Guilford’s theme for 2010-11, is a collection of events, presentations, learning opportunities and focused challenges dedicated to examining the topic of sustainability and to promoting sustainable individual and institutional practices. This year of dialogue and discernment is intended to grow our understanding of the many ways sustainability is perceived, and will spark the critical and creative engagement this global issue deserves. The theme year planning committee selected the title Green and Beyond after much discussion about the complexities of the term “sustainability.” The theme year will promote careful examination of challenges that go beyond environmental or “green” concerns, considering the question: What sustains a good life?
2010-11: The Year of Sustainability
Some of the year’s activities will include campus speakers and select events in the Bryan Series, art exhibits and installations related to environmental sustainability and an interdisciplinary Center for Principled Problem Solving seminar. A full schedule of events will be available at www.guilford.edu.
What will you do to live a more sustainable life? Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org We will use some of your comments in the fall magazine.
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Guardian of the Deep Dan Lenihan pioneered the field of underwater archaeology and preservation
By Josh Cohen ’08 It would take a book to describe the adventures of Dan Lenihan ’67. In fact, it took his memoir, Submerged: Adventures of America’s Most Elite Underwater Archeology Team, to accomplish just that.
Lenihan founded the National Park Service’s underwater division, the Submerged Resource Center, and directed its work for 25 years, a journey that took him to Pearl Harbor, the Bikini Atoll, the Micronesian Islands, the Dry Tortugas and beyond on an ever-progressing mission of exploration, preservation and education. Lenihan was born and raised in a rough neighborhood in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Thanks in part to a NYC Boys Club scholarship, he enrolled at Guilford in 1961. The tumultuous politics of the Civil Rights Movement were particularly prevalent in Greensboro and the surrounding Carolina cities, and he was enraptured.
and if something goes wrong, there’s a roof, and perhaps a few thousand feet of winding tunnel between you and the surface. Lenihan helped pioneer the techniques of safe cave diving. Those techniques were the catalyst for much of his later successes as one of the world’s premiere underwater archaeologists. In the course of his graduate work, Lenihan became discouraged by the narrow career opportunities in underwater archaeology and began pursuing social anthropology. But, a fortuitous visit from National Park Service in 1972 re-inspired him and sparked the foundation to his career. “What really grabbed me was the whole Park Service ethic,” he says. “I used to think that you’d never find me in a uniform, but there I was in my 30s with my hair cut and wearing a ranger uniform.” The NPS hired him to do shipwreck surveys at Gulf Islands National Seashore near Pensacola, Fla., and the Dry Tortugas, a spit of islands 65 miles west of Key West. The many shipwrecks around the Dry Tortugas had fallen prey to ravenous treasure hunters who ruined the historical sites in their attempts to find artifacts.
“They were pretty wild times,” Lenihan says. “I tended to get involved in everything that involved conflict and coming of age. They were formative times for me.”
Lenihan perhaps devoted a little too much time to protest and activism as Lenihan and artist Larry Nordby inspect a map he was briefly kicked out of Guilford “My goal was always to find historical in 1963. He spent a year and a half heritage sites, document them and make them available to hitchhiking down to New Orleans and around the country the general public through imagery and to the diving public “doing the Kerouac thing,” before returning to Guilford and through shipwreck trails,” Lenihan says. His belief that the graduating with a degree in philosophy. relics of maritime history belong to the public was at the It was while teaching in the Virgin Islands that Lenihan heart of his career-long fight for preservation and against fell in love with SCUBA diving. He chose Florida State treasure hunting. University to pursue a master’s degree in anthropology primarily for the easy access to diving and budding field of underwater archaeology. For most people, SCUBA diving is done in the open ocean on reefs or the occasional shipwreck. Lenihan and his friends pursued a far more extreme sub-genre of the sport called cave diving. Cave diving is so dangerous because heavy sediments create very limited visibility in already pitch-black caves, navigation is difficult at best, 24
In 1976, the NPS asked Lenihan to head up a team of underwater archaeologists on a four-year study of U.S. reservoirs to improve the science of underwater archaeology and explore the possibility of recreational diving in them. The thorough study gave birth to the Submerged Cultural Resources Unit (SCRU) (now the Submerged Resources Center).
In 1980, SCRU began an ambitious project to map,
Lenihan diving and (inset) above water at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial
photograph and film USS Arizona, the battleship that lies at the bottom of Pearl Harbor. Before Lenihan and his team began their project on the Arizona, little was known about the state of the ship other than what could be seen from the surface. SCRU emerged from the project with a detailed map of the ship and a significant body of photography and videography. In 1989, SCRU performed extensive radiation testing of the Bikini Atoll, the post-World War II nuclear test site, to determine whether or not it was safe for recreational diving. On the Arizona and Bikini Atoll projects, Lenihan and his team literally swam through historical markers of the U.S.’ entrance to the global stage and eventual rise to world superpower. The significance certainly wasn’t lost on Lenihan. “The Arizona and the Bikini are on a continuum,” he says. “They represent the very beginning of the U.S. involvement in World War II and beginning of the Cold War. We caught the most dramatic vestiges of the whole process on our dives.” These days Lenihan spends most of his time on dry land. He’s retired from the NPS and lives with his wife Barbara in New Mexico. He’s focusing his energy on his writing. (In addition to his memoir, Lenihan is the co-author, with actor Gene Hackman, of three fiction books.) At first glance, Lenihan’s path from rough-and-tumble kid in New York to one of the world’s foremost underwater archaeologists seems surprising. But, when you trace the
Lenihan exiting a cave at Amistad National Recreation Area in Texas line—from college activist risking arrest to fight injustice, to an underwater archaeologist risking his life to preserve an invaluable public history—the pieces fall together and it all makes sense. Cohen is a freelance writer and columnist in Seattle, Wash. He writes a daily column about bike-advocacy and transportation politics for Publicola.net.
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Vivette Jeffries-Logan ’07
Presented to alumni who have contributed outstanding service and achievement as humanitarians and/or professionals in their chosen field.
Charles C. Hendricks Distinguished Service Award: Thomas W. Evaul ’51
Presented to those persons who have given outstanding and prolonged service to Guilford College. Tom followed his Guilford degree in economics with a master’s from UNC Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. from Indiana University. After service in the Korean War, he taught education at Temple University for 35 years. Tom has served Guilford as a class agent, member of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association (now a lifetime emeritus member), admission associate and most recently as the alumni representative on the Board of Trustees. He received the Alumni Excellence Award in 1966. The Young Alumni Achievement Award:
Holly Canada Wilson ’96 and Richard T. Ewell ’95
Presented to alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement early in their careers in their chosen field. As a student, Holly served the community as a Bonner Scholar and resident adviser and coordinator. After earning a degree in sociology/ anthropology, she worked with Greensboro’s Institute for FamilyCentered Services. Holly served as assistant director of admission and Africana Community coordinator before becoming director of multicultural education in March 2009. She and husband Reggie Wilson ’00 have one daughter. Rich is an attorney with the U.S. Department of Labor, representing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, having previously worked with the Federal Election Commission. In 2002, he and other D.C.-area alumni organized the Guilford D.C. Regional Alumni Council, a model for other area alumni councils. Rich also served on the boards of Guilford’s Alumni Association and the Department of Labor’s Child Development Center. He lives in Alexandria, Va., with his wife and three children. 26
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CLASS NOTES Deaths
Blanche Stafford Blackwelder ’31 Oct. 15, 2009 Mary Gray Richardson Nance ’33 Aug, 7, 2009 Millie Glisson Davenport ’37 Dec. 22, 2009 Dwight Marsh Hall ’37 Feb. 19, 2010 Floyd Eugene “Flip” Rees ’38 Nov. 9, 2009
E. Clark Wilson ’47 March 5, 2010
Joanna “Jo” Butner LaRose ’52 Nov. 2, 2009 Mary Wickersham Battin ’53 July 19, 2007
G. Howard Allred ’49 Oct. 12, 2009
Frances Joeleate “Jo” Cameron Jones ’53 Oct. 27, 2009
J. Richard “Dick” Pleasants ’49 March 17, 2010
Audrey Garris Smith ’53 Jan. 27, 2010
Sympathy is extended to
John L. Haithcox Sr. ’54 Nov. 12, 2009
David R. Parker ’41 in the death of his sister, Charlotte Parker Weiner ’38, March 20, 2009.
R. Horace Swiggett Jr. ’54 Jan. 18, 2010
Louise Brown Wilson ’43 in the death of her brother-in-law, E. Clark Wilson ’47, March 5, 2010.
Virginia “Jennie” Sink Busch Kent ’57 Jan. 16, 2010
James F. Barden Jr. ’39 Oct. 14, 2009
Mary Kirkman Routh ’45 in the death of her brother-in-law, Carl Thomas Routh, Nov. 10, 2009.
David Ning ’57 June 15, 2009
Margaret Olmsted Lennon ’39 July 23, 2009
Arthur Bernard Pearson ’57 Jan. 15, 2010
Charlotte Parker Weiner ’38 March 20, 2009
Edwin Pou Stephenson ’39 Feb. 17, 2010
Philip Tyree Wade ’57 Oct. 6, 2009
Henry Mitchell was honored in October 2009 when the North Carolina Bar Association dedicated the newest named endowment fund – the Henry A. Mitchell Justice Fund – to the man whose name is reflected in the nameplate of Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan. A justice fund honors those North Carolina lawyers, past and present, whose careers have demonstrated dedication to the pursuit of justice and outstanding service to the profession and the public. Henry is an active member of the N.C. Bar Association where he has served in a number of leadership positions, including vice president and member of the Board of Governors. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Guilford College and the Board of Visitors of Wake Forest University School of Law. He and his wife Helen reside in Raleigh, N.C.
Sympathy is extended to
Robert J. Smith ‘41 March 25, 2010
James Sykes Faircloth ’50 Feb. 4, 2010
Beverly Smith Austin ‘56 and Charles S. Austin ‘54 in the death of her brother, Robert J. Smith ‘41, March 25, 2010.
Mary Elizabeth Carmichael Wyrick ’42 Oct. 8, 2009
Carl J. Yow ’50 Feb. 12, 2010
Eleanor Butner ’57 in the death of her sister, Joanna “Jo” Butner LaRose ’52, Nov. 2, 2009.
D. Allen Smith ’51 Nov. 22, 2008
Charles Alton Pearson Sr. ’58 in the death of his brother, Arthur Bernard Pearson ’57, Jan. 15, 2010.
Sympathy is extended to Howard B. Yow ’39 in the death of his brother, Carl J. Yow ’50, Feb. 12, 2010.
Betty Gale Edwards Sikes of Greensboro was honored at the December 2009 meeting of the Rachel Caldwell Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. She was presented the Community Service Award by the chapter for her years of volunteer work in Greensboro. Betty is a charter member, former president and trustee of the Greensboro Historical Museum Guild, and is noted for her lively presentations of historical women and for her work as a docent at the museum.
Maria Jeffre Martinroe ’43 March 25, 2009 Doris Mae Loesges Larson ’48 Jan. 28, 2010
Ruth Anne Hammond ’58 Dec. 24, 2009 Elizabeth Salmons King ’58 Oct. 27, 2009 Phillip L. Welch ’58 Jan. 12, 2010
Elizabeth “Betty” Simpson Bergman ’51 in the death of her brother, Franklin Norwood Simpson ’62, March 10, 2010. Joseph P. Gamble ’51 in the death of his brother, Charles Vance “C.V.” Gamble, Feb. 23, 2010. Margaret Jarrett Swiggett ’54 in the death of her husband, Horace Swiggett ’54, Jan. 18, 2010.
’62 Millie Barber of West Jefferson, N.C., was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor awarded by the governor’s office. Winners earn the award by giving years of service to the communities, the state and the people. The award follows a long career that began when Millie studied history and economics at Guilford. She taught social studies and language arts in the Guilford County School System before moving on to a variety of jobs, including executive director of the Beaufort Historical Association, N.C. High Country Host and the Hickory Metro Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. She retired in 2007, when she moved to West Jefferson, but has now returned as interim director of the High Country Host. George Parish and wife Pat were honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for more than 4,000 hours of lifetime volunteer service. The Peace Corps director presented the award. In addition to their service in the corps, the Parishes volunteered countless hours in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 aiding displaced New Orleans residents at centers in Arkansas. They were also involved in a women’s birth project, and are trying to sponsor an Ethiopian political refugee for entry into the United States. George and Pat reside in Idyllwild, Calif.
’63 Marge Dawson of Bala Cynwyd, Pa., has retired from teaching after 39 years, 21 years at Moorestown Friends School in Moorestown, N.J. To celebrate, she and husband John went on a sailing trip to French Polynesia and toured the north and south islands of New Zealand. Marge’s sister and husband were also passengers. On the same ship, they met and enjoyed the company of Dan and Ginger Jones of Greensboro, who are friends of Guilford. Marge said they used cars, boats, trains, feet and airplanes to visit many beautiful places and observe the amazing albatross, penguins and seals.
Sylvia Ray Shough ’48 Feb. 3, 2010
Bruce B. Beck ’52 Jan. 21, 2009
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Phillip Fulton ’62 and Theresa Cashion were married Feb. 6, 2010. l-r: Groome Fulton ’60 and wife Ann, Phillip and Theresa, Craig Fulton ’73 and Rebecca Manning
Jerry Harrelson ’72, Edwin Stephenson ’39
Robert J. Rose of Attica, N.Y., is veterans’ employment representative for the New York State Department of Labor in Warsaw. He writes that in 53 years of work, he has seen several careers starting with the military shortly after graduation. The last one, helping veterans find employment, has lasted 33 years. “Soon, it will be time to retire and make my dairy farm a full-time hobby. Of course, I have Guilford College to thank for giving me the start that made this possible.”
A. J. Carr of Raleigh, N.C., has joined the GoPack.com staff as a contributing writer. GoPack.com is the official athletics site of the N.C. State Wolfpack. A Wallace, N.C., native, he has spent more than 42 years on the staff at the Raleigh News & Observer, covering generations of Wolfpack sports. Both of his sons, Greg and Brad, are N.C. State graduates. G. David Odom, assistant to Guilford College’s president, took over as chairman of EA Sports Maui Invitational in November 2009. The former South Carolina and Wake Forest coach succeeds Dave Gavitt. He led the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons to eight NCAA tournament appearances, making a trip to the regional finals in 1996, and three berths in the NIT, including a championship in 2000. The University of South Carolina Gamecocks had one NCAA appearance under Dave, and took part in the NIT three times, playing in the 2002 final and winning consecutive titles in 2005 and 2006. Dave said, “A big part of the commitment from EA Sports and the Maui Invitational is to the state of Hawaii, the island of Maui and to Chaminade as the host university.”
’69 Janet Anderson Gregory ’74 and Modrite Archibeque at the Stinking Rose prior to heading to Beach Blanket Babylon with Jerry W. Harrelson ’72 and Melissa ’72. Janet is the co-founder of Kickstart Alliance in Los Altos, Calif. See their Web site at http://kickstartall.com/index.html
Mary Reddick writes that she and her husband Haul ’69 have had exciting and interesting careers as educators. Haul was an administrator and teacher for Mohave Community College, and Mary worked as a special education teacher, school psychologist and administrator for the local school district. She also taught part-time for Northern Arizona University where they earned Ed.D’s. “We’re semi-retired now and enjoy the many benefits of living in the beautiful high
desert of Arizona. We would love to see any Guilford alumni visiting in our area.”
Deaths Charles Conrad Hardin ’60 Oct. 13, 2009 Charles S. Freeman ’61 March 3, 2010 Otis P. Joyce ’62 Sept. 25, 2009 Franklin Norwood Simpson ’62 March 10, 2010 Patricia Ann Gibbs ’63 Oct. 17, 2009 David K. Green ’63 Feb. 10, 2010 Harold Dewitt Johnson ’64 Feb. 20, 2010 Alfred McKinley Wallwork ’67 Oct. 28, 2009
Sympathy is extended to Joseph M. Bryan Jr. ’60 in the death of his sister, Nancy Bryan Faircloth, Jan. 15, 2010. Patricia Isaacs Freeman ’60 in the death of her husband, Charles S. Freeman ’61, March 3, 2010. Charles Emery Osborne Jr. ’60 in the death of his mother, Mary Edith Gray Osborne, Oct. 21, 2009. Brenda Alexander Green ’62 in the death of her husband, David K. Green ’63, Feb. 10, 2010. Carol Harper LaBatte ’64 in the death of her mother, Dorothy Allen Harper, June 20, 2009. Sam Talbert Jr. ’64 and his wife, Mary Kate, in the death of her father, Roy Morgan, Feb. 19, 2010. Lynda Gray Simpson ’64 in the death of her husband, Franklin Norwood Simpson ’62, March 10, 2010. Robert M. Topkins ’64 in the death of his mother, Myron Cagle Topkins, Feb. 25, 2010. David H. Parsons III ’66 in the death of his aunt, Charlotte Parker Weiner ’38, March 20, 2009. Carl J. Yow Jr. ’66 in the death of his father, Carl J. Yow Sr., ’50, Feb. 12, 2010. Kay Allen Judge ’68 in the death of her seven-year-old granddaughter, Evie Judge, Feb. 28, 2010.
Susan Rees King ’68 and husband Michael ’65, in the death of her father, Floyd Eugene “Flip” Rees ’38, Nov. 9, 2009.
makes filmMaking debut with “elephant sighs”
Ileen Geiger Moorman ’69 and husband John A. Moorman ’69 in the death of her mother, Virgie Geiger, Feb. 26, 2010.
’71 Vic Cochran and wife Susan announce the birth of their twin granddaughters, Lillian “Lily” Wright and Caroline Bell Cochran, born October 16, 2009, to their son Michael and his wife Allison. Both families live in Greensboro. According to Vic, he plans to redefine the word spoiled!
’73 Ed Simpson made his feature film debut as writer, director and producer of “Elephant Sighs.” The film is set in Pennsylvania and is about a group of middle-aged men who play cards and reflect on the circumstances of their lives. Two Guilford grads, David Wells ’74, who is a co-star and producer, and NBA great M.L. Carr ’73, who is also a co-producer, are the principal forces behind the project.
Rhonda Rosser of Greensboro is special populations coordinator for the Guilford County Schools.
Ed Simpson’73 made his featurefilm debut as the writer, director and producer of “Elephant Sighs,” adapted from his critically acclaimed stage play of the same name. Production took place in High Point, N.C., in January. An ensemble comedy/drama set in a sleepy Pennsylvania suburb, the film follows a group of middle-aged men who regularly gather at the local VFW Hall to play cards, shoot the breeze and, as often as not, reflect upon and ruminate on the circumstances of their lives. It’s Simpson (left) and Wells (right) with Ed Asner “about loss and support and self-worth,” says Simpson. The principal forces behind the project include David Wells ’74, who is a co-star and producer, and former NBA great M.L. Carr ’73, who is a co-producer of the film. Heading the cast is Hollywood veteran Ed Asner, the seven-time Emmy Award winner and five-time Golden Globe Award winner. The film also stars John Cariani (TV’s “Law & Order”), Mark Fite (“Fight Club”) and Jack Kehler (“The Big Lebowski”). Both Kehler and Wells have previously appeared in stage productions of “Elephant Sighs,” and Wells has also directed it onstage. Simpson is a faculty member and the director of the theatre department at High Point University. “For so long we’ve been talking about it, and then to be able to do it … it’s unbelievable,” says Wells. Asner, recently heard (if not seen) as the voice for the lead character in the animated blockbuster “Up,” plays the character of Leo, a hale and hearty curmudgeon based in large part on Simpson’s own father Harold, who died shortly after he completed the play in 1998. “I know him,” Asner says of his character. “He’s a nurturer. He’s like a witch doctor; he senses souls in need. They fill the emptiness in his life.” During the shoot, Asner and Simpson were given the nicknames Ed the Greater and Ed the Lesser by cast and crew. “Guess which is which,” jokes Simpson, who doesn’t mind being the “Lesser” of the two! Despite the film’s low budget (under $1 million), Simpson and the cast were able to enjoy three days’ of rehearsal in Los Angeles in late December, all the better to revise the screenplay (if necessary) and, perhaps more importantly, to establish the camaraderie among the actors. “Every day, the group got better and the group got closer,” says Simpson. “By the third day, the work was so good.” Although the principal cast members are based in Hollywood, the majority of the film crew are locally based, and Simpson noted both their enthusiasm and professionalism. “This is everything we’ve worked hard for and dreamed of,” he says. “Everything fell into place.”
E.V. “Rick” Goings of Windermere, Fla., chairman and CEO of Tupperware Brands, was a guest on “The Today Show” during the Christmas holidays. His firm gave lunchboxes and other Tupperware products to the show’s Toy Drive as well as to children all over the United States. Rick was also the invited speaker at Guilford’s 173rd commencement on May 8. He and his wife Susan operate the Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and are active volunteers with Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He has twice served as chairman of the organization’s National Board of Governors, and is currently vice chair. He received the organization’s highest honor, the Herbert Hoover Humanitarian Award, in 1999.
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made the Triad Flight of Honor a reality. On Oct. 3, 2009, World War II veterans boarded a US Airways chartered flight to Washington, D.C., for a one-day trip to visit the World War II memorial. The Inaugural Flight was a way to show tribute and thanks for the veterans’ service and sacrifice. The Triad Flight of Honor is a service project of Rotary District 7690, which includes the 11-county region of Piedmont North Carolina. The project involved flying 100 veterans, at no cost to them, to Washington. Later dates were Oct. 28, 2009, and April 17 and May 22, 2010.
Edwin A. Penick of Washington, D.C., is principal with Silver Hammer Design and Construction.
Jerry W. Lawson ’77 June 9, 2009
Amy Wallis Robertson of Burlington, N.C., has two sons: Ryan, 26, who owns a furniture business in Raleigh, N.C., and Aaron, 22, who is a student at UNC Wilmington. Amy teaches science but is on leave after having total knee replacement on both knees.
’78 Eric L. Jackson of Chester, Pa., is a secondary English/drama teacher in the Harrisburg School district. He has been serving in the U.S. Military with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, 193rd Special Operations Wing. He is currently deployed to southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the USAF. Eric has three children. Sara Bohn Looman and husband John, a UNC Chapel Hill graduate, live in Atlanta, Ga., with daughter Molly. Their older daughter Phoebe is a freshman at Indiana University. Sara received a master’s in education in 2005 from Georgia State University, graduating with honors and earning the Outstanding TEEMS Graduate Student Award. She teaches sixth grade social studies at Inman Middle School, which is located in her neighborhood. She is also the Inman debate coach. Sara and John have been married 25 years.
’79 Scott Culclasure’s son David has earned his Eagle Award. His project as a member of Troop 101 was a prayer garden constructed at First Baptist Church of Greensboro. Scott and his wife Nancy reside in Greensboro.
Donald B. White of Arlington, Va., is sales associate with Weichert Realtors in McLean.
Deaths Robert B. Sutton Jr. ’70 Jan. 25, 2010 Robert Bailey Evans III ’72 July 17, 2009 Daryle Lawson Lamb ’72 July 3, 2009
Kristin Jan Gross ’79 Dec. 2, 2009
Sympathy is extended to Colleen Gray Evans ’71 in the death of her husband, Robert Bailey Evans III ’72, July 17, 2009. John Russell Rees ’71 and Floyd E. “Gene” Rees Jr. ’73 in the death of their father, Floyd Eugene “Flip” Rees ’38, Nov. 9, 2009. Patricia Wilson “Pat” Sams ’71 and husband William F. “Fred” Sams ’70 in the death of her father, E. Clark Wilson ’47, March 5, 2010. Edward C. “Butch” Wilson Jr. ’75 and Marsha Wilson McCrory ’76 in the death of their father, E. Clark Wilson ’47, March 5, 2010. Kyd ’73 and Carla Brenner ’73 in the death of his father, Bernard Brenner, Sept. 17, 2009. Thomas C. Eusebio ’74 in the death of his father, Clifton Stanley Eusebio, Dec. 14, 2009. Marsha Morrison Jensen ’74 in the death of her husband, John “Jack” Jensen, March 28, 2010. Elyse M. Topkins ’74 in the death of her mother, Myron Cagle Topkins, Feb. 25, 2010. Marc Lawrence Intermaggio ’75 and Alexander H. Intermaggio ’77 in the death of their mother, Jean B. Intermaggio, May 16, 2009. Peter Larson ’76 in the death of his mother, Doris Mae Loesges Larson ’48, Jan. 28, 2010. Penelope Parsons ’77 in the death of her aunt, Charlotte Parker Weiner ’38, March 20, 2009.
Charles Alton Pearson Jr. ’77 in the death of his uncle, Arthur Bernard Pearson ’57, Jan. 15. 2010. Phoebe A. Pollitt ’77 and Susan H. Pollitt ‘77 in the death of their father, Daniel H. Pollitt, March 5, 2010. Jo Carol Jones Torrez ’77 in the death of her mother, Frances Joeleate Cameron Jones ’53, Oct. 27, 2009. Carol Keesee ’78 in the death of her mother, Margaret Keesee, Nov. 12, 2009 and her sister, Mildred “Millie” Keesee ’82, Feb. 5, 2010.
’81 Leslie D. Howard of Adelphi, Md., is auditor for Giant Food, Inc.
Melissa Coe of Greensboro is president of the Piedmont Wildlife Rehab, Inc.
’85 Marc Cobb of Reidsville, N.C., an Edward Jones financial advisor, was named a principal with the firm’s holding company, the Jones Financial Companies, LLLP. He is one of only 34 individuals chosen from more than 40,000 associates across the globe to join the firm’s 316 principals. Peer Plaut of Oak Ridge, N.C., is Citrix Systems administrator for B/e Aerospace in Winston-Salem. He writes that he and Kimberly Honbarrier Scott ’90 are engaged to be married July 17, 2010. Jeremy Willits of Charleston, S.C., is senior vice president/office services at Grubb & Ellis/WRS. He writes that he has been elected 2010 president of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, an advocacy group consisting of 4,000 members.
Rising to the Challenge
develops sculpting from hobby to calling If you’re passing through the Charlotte area, swing down to the town of Waxhaw and visit the gallery where Tom Risser ’85 continues to exhibit his metal sculptures. Risser, the president of U.S. Bottlers Machinery Co., began experimenting with sculptures made from “found objects,” such as existing metal machinery and scrap pieces in 1999. Today, he and wife Daisy Ritsema Risser ’85 live in Waxhaw and operate Eight Legs Gallery in the picturesque town’s downtown area. Risser says of his sculpture Rising to the Challenge that he wanted to see if he could create a majestic horse, and he thought a rearing pose would be the most effective and the most challenging. It is made entirely of stainless steel and stands over 10 feet tall. “This piece was very rewarding, and it seems to really appeal to the public and shows what can be accomplished with a hammer, a vise, a welder, some scrap metal and a little effort and imagination mixed in,” he says. “Creativity can be unleashed to bring you self-discovery, strengthened confidence and joy.” Risser also contributed the stainless-steel sculpture “Brooke” to an exhibit of alumni art held at the college this spring. In addition to a sculpture that has stood behind the Alumni House since 2002, Risser recently donated two pieces to the college: a bench for the tennis court area, and an aluminum cut-out of the Quaker Man mascot, to be placed near either the athletic fields or Ragan-Brown Field House. – S.B.
Lynwood C. Winslow III has taught chorus and theatre for 24 years at his alma mater, Perquimans County High School, and he is in his sixth season as director of the Albemarle Chorale. He is actively involved in Up River Friends Meeting and the Perquimans County Restoration Association, where he is serving as president, and involved in several local historic restoration projects.
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’86 Arnold A. “Beau” Markley has been promoted to professor of English at Penn State University, Brandywine, near Philadelphia. In January 2009, he published a book with Palgrave Macmillan on a range of reformist novels written in England during the French Revolution by progressive thinkers working towards abolition and the rights of women and Jews. Beau lives in West Philadelphia with his partner, Brian Meyer.
’87 Jill Ripley Hughes of Mason, Ohio, is owner of the Editor’s Mark. “After getting my teaching certificate from Guilford, I taught for one year in Greensboro and then moved to Richmond, Va., where I taught for two more years. I was a stay-athome mom after my first child was born. I’ve been a freelance editor for about 11 years and love it.”
’88 Amy Krauss Cobb of Madison, N.J., is living in England for the next two years. Her husband was offered a position abroad, and they are having a great time exploring the UK and Europe. “I was here 20 years ago (my semester abroad while at Guilford). It is fun to revisit the sights and see places I never made it to! My boys are enjoying it here as well, although they will tell you everything is different from the States. Even the mundane is interesting and new. Our motto is Carpe diem!” Anthony “Tony” Ward writes that he and his family, formerly of New York, are now living in Hong Kong, China.
Gregory P. McDaniel ’81 Jan. 3, 2010 Mildred W. “Millie” Keesee ’82 Feb. 5, 2010
Sympathy is extended to Timothy B. Stick ’80 in the death of his father, David Stick, May 24, 2009. Nicole Libby Willard ’81 in the death of her mother, Barbara S. Libby, Nov. 9, 2009. Alfred Charles Stewart Jr. ’82 in the death of his father, Alfred Charles Stewart, Dec. 17, 2009.
Keith Ivory Millner ’83 in the death of his sister, Sibyl Anita Millner McDonald, Feb. 23, 2010. Sally Goodwin Holland ’84 in the death of her aunt, Joanna “Jo” Butner LaRose ’52, Nov. 2, 2009. Pamela Kim Pearson ’84 in the death of her uncle, Arthur Bernard Pearson ’57, Jan. 15, 2010. James M. “Jimmy” Wilson ’84 in the death of his mother, Emma Jean Williams Wilson, Dec. 7, 2009. Karen Dukes Eusebio ’85 in the death of her father-in-law, Clifton Stanley Eusebio, Dec. 14, 2009. Christina Collett Veith ’85 in the death of her mother, Berit Kyllingstad Collett, Dec. 11, 2009. Thomas Hollowell ’88 in the death of his sister, Yvonne May DeNicola, Feb. 1, 2010.
’90 Daniel Cole has joined the firm of MFC Global Investment Management as vice president and portfolio manager. He heads the U.S. & Mid Cap Growth team. He is also lead portfolio manager for both the John Hancock Small Cap Equity Fund and the John Hancock Mid Cap Equity Fund. Dan resides in Boston. Graham Stephenson of Chicago, Ill., is self-employed as a realtor. Hunter Yurachek has been named Coastal Carolina University’s athletic director in Conway, S.C. He was executive senior associate athletics director at the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio. Hunter was a reserve at Guilford College, appearing in 98 games and making three starts between 1986-90. Jack Jensen, Guilford’s golf coach, said Hunter was a key cog in a program that finished 5-20 his freshman campaign but went to the NAIA national tournament two years later. A business management major, he later entered graduate school where he earned a degree in sports administration.
’91 D. Brennen Keene of Chester, Va., was installed by the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce as one of five new board members. He is a partner with McGuireWoods LLP with a concentration in real estate and land use law. Brennen is a member of the chamber’s Government Relations Committee.
’93 Elisabeth Green of Summerfield, N.C., is area sales director for Marriott International. Greg Lewandrowski is director of instruction at Methodist University’s PGA Golf Management program. The university is located in Fayetteville, N.C.
development. Vonda’s book was released Jan. 13, 2010, and the reviews have been outstanding. “I am so proud to be a graduate of Guilford College, for this is where I first discovered my passion for writing and my earnest desire to inspire others.”
Adam Lucas, along with Steve Kirschner and Matt Bauer, has published One Fantastic Ride: The Inside Story of Carolina Basketball’s 2009 Championship Season. He is a featured columnist at TarHeelBlue. com, the official Web site of Carolina Athletics, and is publisher of Tar Heel Monthly and Tar Heels Today. He resides in Chapel Hill, N.C.
James A. Horvat of Moriguchi-shi, Japan, is an instructor at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka-fu.
Dot Cates and husband, David Addison ’94, are the proud parents of a son, Oliver Charles, born May 19, 2009. He joins big sister, Julie, who turns five in September. The family resides in Brooklyn.
Jeremy Pickens of Baxter, Tenn., is chief financial strategist for JRP Holdings.
’96 Rachel Christensen and husband, William Butler ’96, of Blacksburg, Va., welcomed their second child, Evan Joseph, on Aug. 8, 2009. “Will completed his Ph.D. in environmental design and planning at Virginia Tech just days before Evan’s birth.” Christian “Christy” Crowther of Richmond, Va., is program manager for The NewWell Fund. Noah Rogers of Richmond, Va., has been appointed as scheduler and special assistant to Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II. He has served as an aide to Gov. Jim Gilmore, Sen. George Allen, Attorney General Mark Earley and Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell.
’97 Chiara M. Latini of San Gimignano, Italy, is owner of Latini Sas. Wyatt Patterson of Media, Pa., is applications developer for Oracle in Bala Cynwyd. Vonda K. Sampson of Greensboro writes that she has become a self-published author under the pen name VBStill. Her book ManChaser, OverComing Rejection, is a personal memoir of struggle and inspiration through overcoming. She mentioned Guilford many times because her time spent at the college was crucial to her
Tasha Wallace Agruso of Greensboro is an attorney with Sharpless & Stavola PA.
Deaths Mark A. Ward ’92 Nov. 13, 2009 William “Roy” Jessup ’97 March 7, 2010
Sympathy is extended to Kimberly Honbarrier ’90 in the death of her grandmother, Emma Louise Honbarrier, Jan. 1, 2010. Wendy Gates-Corbett ’91 in the death of her mother-in-law, Freda Carmen Fredrick Corbett, Sept. 23, 2009. Kady Judge Nearing ’94 in the death of her niece, Evie Judge, Feb. 28, 2010. Laura Jensen Thornburg ’97 in the death of her father, John “Jack” Jensen, March 28, 2010. Mary Allison Haldeman ’99 in the death of her grandmother, Dorothy Haldeman, Aug. 20, 2009.
’00 Jamie Barnett of Greensboro has joined the Guilford College staff as alumni relations manager. She was formerly manager at Simple Kneads Bakery. Jamie has two children: a daughter, Soni, and a son, Quinn.
Alicia R. Grogan-Brown writes that he is transgendered and wants classmates to know that he has changed his name to Sha. He is the development coordinator for the U.S. Social Forum, and wants alumni to visit the Web site, www.ussf2010.org.
Sandra Michelle Douglas-Kagwa of Greensboro was married to Jackie Hines on Aug. 15, 2009.
’02 Maria Oppel Gaston of San Marcos, Texas, is a sixth grade language arts teacher for the San Marcos Consolidated School District. April L. Monroe of Greensboro is a postal clerk with the U.S. Postal Service. Mae Kalwaic of Philadelphia and Jared Axelrod ’02 were married Oct. 11, 2008. According to Mae, they met during their freshman year in Binford, but did not begin dating until after graduation.
’05 Steven Boul of High Point, N.C., is a doctoral student at UNC Greensboro. He graduated from UNCG with a MS/EdS in marriage and family counseling and is a national certified counselor. He is in his second year of the doctoral program for counseling and counselor education. Josie Carter-Zieglar of Greensboro is employed by Lincoln Financial. She is a candidate for a MBA with an emphasis in public administration at Strayer University. She will march June 26, summa cum laude, after which she plans to move back to New York where she will pursue a Ph.D. or attend law school. Helen Holt Sedwick of Greensboro is administrative support associate at the UNC Greensboro School of Nursing.
’06 Kyle Kiser of Denver, Colo., is regional benefits representative for Ameritas Group. Lindsay Paul of Arlington, Va., is educational programs coordinator for Horatio Alger Association.
Kathy Beasley Welch of Browns Summit, N.C., is merchandising specialist at VF Jeanswear in Greensboro. She has worked with VF for 39 years in various departments – 12 years in the merchandising area. Kathy likes the variety of dealing with sales, planning, sewing, shipping, operations and contact with customers and consumers.
’08 Malcolm M. Kenton of Washington, D.C., is transportation assistant for National Association of Railroad Passengers. “I am enjoying my job working to involve more people in the push for a more effective and sustainable transportation system for all Americans, one that provides mobility without the need for a private automobile and includes fast, frequent, comfortable and punctual passenger trains.” Brianna Robinson, Spanish language and culture teacher, dorm head and coach at Olney Friends School, spent her professional development time and money with colleagues from the George School in Newtown, Pa., where she is an alumna. Brianna was selected to be part of a group of independent school faculty who explored the logistics and the philosophies behind international service trips for high school students. After preparatory workshops, the group traveled to Cuba for 16 days. Faculty lived in and worked at restoring an evangelical Quaker church. The work was a much-needed contribution to an area hit by Hurricane Ike a year ago. Brianna and her colleagues were challenged to answer the questions: Why do service abroad when there is a need at home? and, How do we bring back what we learned to our home schools? She is grateful for the opportunity given to cultivate relationships with Spanish language teachers from other independent schools, and learn about leading and organizing international service learning trips.
l-r David Addison ’94, Julia and Dot Cates ’95 holding Oliver Charles
Viki Jane Greanya
Gives Sheridan Simon Lecture at Physics Reunion
The Department of Physics held its 13th reunion March 26-27, featuring talks by alumni working in fields from astronomy to computer science. Viki Jane Greanya ’95 (left, with Rose Simon) gave the Sheridan Simon Lecture, speaking about her work with the Defense Sciences Office.
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’09 Elizabeth Biddle of Quakertown, Pa., is campaigns program assistant for Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) in Washington, D.C.
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Moraya Jackson of Washington, D.C., is assistant center director of the Higher Achievement Program. Jon D. Mangin of Stokesdale, N.C., is president of Viae Training & Consulting LLC in Greensboro. “I have ramped up my information technology training and consulting business. The mission of the business is to provide highly personalized computer application training services for individuals and small- to medium-sized organizations. Our topics include Microsoft Office 2007, Web development and general computing. We are also an authorized re-seller of Clear Internet services and the premier Web site shopping cart, Interspire.”
John Robert DeMarra Jr. ’09 Nov. 2, 2009
Sympathy is extended to Dennis Jensen ’00 in the death of his father, John “Jack” Jensen, March 28, 2010.
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David Mingia ’04 in the death of his mother-in-law, Ellen Tucker Lyon, Jan. 20, 2010.
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Edward Phelps ’04 in the death of his grandmother, Martha Van Overbeke, Feb. 16, 2010.
Johanna “Jo” Carol LaRose ’06 in the death of her mother, Joanna Butner LaRose ’52, Nov. 2, 2009. Nicole Minkin Lissenden ’07 in the death of her grandmother, Katherine M. Minkin, Jan. 1, 2010. Susan Diane Jackson ’08 in the death of her mother, Margaret Loman Jackson, Feb. 22, 2010.
Faculty and Staff Congratulations to Herb Appenzeller of Summerfield, N.C., former Guilford College coach, professor and administrator, who was among seven selected for induction into the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame. He was with Guilford for 40 years, and in 2006 the college football field was dedicated to him. In the past two years, he has been honored with selection to the Wake Forest and Guilford College sports halls of fame.
Sympathy is extended to Sara E. Butner, whose great aunt, Joanna “Jo” Butner LaRose ’52, died Nov. 2, 2009, after a brief illness. Sara is associate director of communications and marketing at Guilford. Alvis and Leah Dunn in the death of his father, Alex Dunn Sr., who died Oct. 13, 2009. Alvis is assistant professor of history at Guilford and Leah is director of the Hege Library. Sue Siler-Mitchell in the death of her husband, J. Elwood Mitchell, who died Jan. 26, 2010. He attended Davidson College and served in the Army during the Korean War. He joined his father at Mitchell-Fry Insurance Agency, later becoming co-owner. Sue was former executive secretary to the chief financial officer at Guilford. The family of Hildegarde “Hilda” King Wells, who died Jan. 3, 2010, following a brief illness. She was an active member of Guilford Park Presbyterian Church for 52 years, and was also a member of the Greensboro Lecture and O’Henry Women’s clubs for many years. During her career, she worked in the Guilford Bank Trust Department and as an administrative assistant at Guilford College. She is survived by a daughter, a son and three grandchildren. James M. “Jimmy” Wilson ’84 in the death of his mother, Emma Jean Williams Wilson, who died Dec. 7, 2009. She owned and operated a specialty shop, The Quaker House, in Goldsboro, N.C. Jimmy is associate vice president for finance at Guilford College.
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ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Lynn Zahurak Ahlers ’81 Bradley Anderson ’77 Gilbert Bailey ’91 Cynthia Ann Briggs ’94 George Brown ’89 Ann Martorelli Burton ’74 Judith Tindall Collins ’62 Carol Leuzinger Cothern ’88 Katherine Helms Cummings ’83 Margaret McLaren Dawson ’63 Larry Q. Draughn ’07
Tanya Ward Feagins ’71 Edward B. Gross ’89 Ann King Jackson ’65 Valerie Johnson ’72 Felicia Kornegay ’07 Rosemary Budd Lentzen ’64 Brian Lowit ’98 Amy Lytle ’95 Marcy Maury ’74 Alan R. Myers ’91 James M. Rawlins ’50
Jenny Craigie Riffe ’00 Charles M. Scott ’66 Thurston Spaulding, Jr. ’85 Randy Uzzell ’76 Heea Vazirani-Fales ’59
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Inset: A memorial service for Jensen was held April 1 in Ragan-Brown Field House. To view a photo gallery of the service, visit www.guilford.edu/magazine. calls cost the team one loss in all his years of coaching. He took responsibility for losses and gave credit to the players for victories.
Coach Jensen By Robert Linville ’80
Guilford College lost a legend and I lost my coach, mentor, role model, father figure and hero on March 28 when Coach Jack Jensen died. He leaves a legacy of excellence in all aspects of his life. His influence will be felt for ages, as he touched the lives of so many people. Every person that got to know “Coach” (I was never able to call him Jack; he will always be Coach Jensen to me) is a better person because of his inspiration.
I had the unique opportunity of seeing Coach Jensen in different settings. I was on the first golf team that he coached in 1976, I traveled with the basketball team as one of the statisticians and I coached the Greensboro College golf team from 1993-2006. When my dad died while I was at Guilford, Coach was right beside me every day. He always had such compassion for his players and it was easy to feel the love he had for each of us. He definitely had a huge impact in my life. It seems not a day passes that I don’t quote something he said to me. The basketball teams in the ’70s were outstanding. It was a real treat to sit on the bench and watch Coach as the game would unfold. He could definitely get fired up, usually because we weren’t sticking to the game plan. He could work the referees pretty well, but he never blamed them for a loss. He told me that he only believed that poor
When he took over as golf coach, he would readily tell you that he didn’t know much about the game. He did know how to coach, motivate and win. Within three years, we finished third in the National Championship. That’s pretty good for a program that hadn’t won even one match in the 10 years prior. I remember riding to golf matches with him in his 1960-something Corvair (there’s nothing like traveling in style to intimidate the competition). He worked hard to give us every opportunity to succeed, and he expected us to work hard and give total effort every day. I spent a lot of time in his office talking – well, listening (the man could talk) – and learning. I don’t think I’ve ever met a more competitive person. He went to work every day trying to figure out how to do things better than the previous day, which is one of the reasons he was such a successful coach. After I took the coaching job at Greensboro, many people asked me what it was like to have a rivalry against my former coach. Well, it was only a rivalry for others, not for us. We both wanted to win, but we wanted the other to win if we didn’t. I have often said that one of the greatest aspects of coaching Greensboro for 13 years was that I got to spend 13 years with Coach Jensen at tournaments. He was the first person to congratulate me and our team when we won the National Championship in 2000. I made sure I was the first to congratulate him in 2002 when Guilford won. It was never a rivalry. It was always an opportunity to spend time with my hero. Thanks, Coach, for your love and support. You will be missed, but you’ll always be with me. Linville is director of instruction at Precision Golf School in Greensboro.
Pat Gibbs ’63 … didn’t like to boast.
An avid community volunteer and historian at Colonial Williamsburg for 30 years until her death on Oct. 17, 2009, Gibbs asked that her generous support for Guilford over the years be kept anonymous. This support included a bequest from her estate, which Gibbs planned to announce to her classmates at their 50th reunion in 2013. In April, Gibbs’ friends from the four years she lived in Mary Hobbs Hall gathered to remember her on the campus she loved so much. It is with gratitude that we also pay tribute to an alumna who always held Guilford in her heart.
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Over 4,000 attended Commencement on May 8, honoring 505 graduates in the Class of 2010. (Inset) Invited speaker E.V. “Rick” Goings ’70, chairman and CEO of Tupperware Brands Corp., with Adrienne Israel, vice president for academic affairs.
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Published on May 21, 2010