Archive for June, 2004
June 30, 2004
Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre opened its 31st season July 1, with two productions running through mid-August.
“Sword of Peace” is the dramatic portrayal of peaceful Quakers and the struggles they faced during the American Revolution. Simon Dixon, a Quaker miller, is faced with an important decision like that of his neighbors; does he take up arms against the British or does he stay true to his faith? Don’t miss this action-packed drama.
“Pathway to Freedom” is an exciting account of the struggles and heroism of the 1840s and 1850s along the Underground Railroad from Guilford and Alamance counties to Indiana. The play portrays the efforts of Levi and Katie Coffin, other volunteers and free Blacks who helped slaves seeking freedom. The highlights of this show are the moving spirituals which dramatically set each exciting scene.
Director of Community Learning JAMES SHIELDS ’00 is in his fourth season playing a leading role in “Pathway to Freedom.” His character is “William,” a slave who battles the tragedy of slavery, racial hatred and undergoes a spiritual transformation.
BRENNAN JAMES ’07, a music and theatre studies major, is a cast member in both shows in addition to serving the theatre as propsmaster.
For performance schedules, ticket information and directions to the theatre, visit www.snowcampdrama.com or call 336-376-6948. You can also contact James Shields at ext. 2447.
June 30, 2004
Guilford College Board of Trustees
June 5, 2004
The Guilford College Board of Trustees met June 4-5, preceded by a Planning Committee Retreat June 3. Board committee meetings were held June 4. Following is a digest of the meeting of the full board June 5.
Strategic Plan Discussion
DAN MOSCA, planning committee chair, offered some remarks about the Strategic Plan for Guilford College 2005-2010: Creative Leadership for the 21st Century. President KENT CHABOTAR emphasized the importance of Guilford’s competitive positioning and demonstrated how the college has moved from a competitive disadvantage stage to competitive parity. Relative to the strategic plan, he described Guilford as it could be by 2010, in a sustainable competitive advantage position. Vice Chairs VIC COCHRAN ’71 and MARTHA SUMMERVILLE ’76 urged board members to offer critical, reflective insights and observations to the plan as it relates to members’ committee responsibilities and further revising of the draft.
Committee chairs and vice chairs offered summary reports from committee meetings regarding general impressions of the plan and strategic directions outlined therein. These summary reports will be forwarded to President Chabotar for further revising of the plan. The president reminded board members that planning is an ongoing process and explicitly and emphatically stated that fear of dealing with issues, fear of confrontation or lack of trustees’ support could derail the entire planning process.
Board members’ summary comments included:
Conceptually, the plan has many positives to move the college forward in exceptional, unique ways; the plan combines the values of liberal arts education and the realities of the today’s world.
The plan provides goals and impetus for the college to be competitive.
The three continuing goals enable the college to complete the mission of the institution and provide direction to move forward in strategic ways.
This is a superior plan, one of strength, and it is anchored in facts and data.
The leadership for implementation and administration of the plan will be accomplished by a president who is setting goals, engaging the community, expending tremendous efforts, identifying hopes and expectations, and building support for the plan and expanding the academic community from the bottom upward as he gains excitement for and commitment to the plan.
The plan is an ongoing process that that authentically represents Guilford and designs its future direction.
The plan is a reinforcement of the institution’s Quaker heritage and values.
Quaker principles are an integral part of the document and make Guilford distinctive and attractive.
The plan is exciting.
Hopefully, the plan will be presented to the board for approval in October 2004.
CURT HEGE ’56, board chair, stated that this is a very important and exciting time in the history of the college, particularly with regard to the drafting of the strategic plan, increased enrollment and recruitment of new members to the Board of Trustees. He commented on the success of commencement in May. He also expressed gratitude to President Chabotar, Dan Mosca, Vic Cochran and Martha Summerville for the time and efforts they have dedicated to the strategic plan process.
President Chabotar reported:
Faculty, administrators and staff are preparing for 432 first-year traditional students and 1,000 Center for Continuing Education students, with an expected fall semester enrollment of 2,250-2,300. Work will be ongoing through the summer, especially in the areas of housing, faculty hiring and course offerings.
Budgeting update, reflecting current enrollment data, as well as revenue and expense implications, will be presented to the board in October
The Duke Hall project will be completed by late June or early July, which is ahead of schedule.
Phase I of the Founders Hall project will begin in June. Other projects are in process throughout the campus, including painting, installing of brick walkways and refurbishing of residence halls.
In the area of college finances, the fiscal 2004 gain from operation as of May 31 was $2.1 million, compared to $900,000 by the same date last year. It is projected that the fiscal year-end deficit will be less than budgeted. The endowment is growing. The return on the endowment through May was $6.5 million.
Annual giving is lagging. Advancement staff is striving to attain the Loyalty Fund goal.
Minute of Appreciation
Trustee KATHY COE read a minute of appreciation for retiring Trustee Emeritus DEWEY TROGDON ’58, which was composed by Trustee Emeritus WIL EDGERTON ’40. Trogdon was a longtime member of the board, serving as treasurer in 1987 and vice chair in 1988. He was a member of the Finance and Executive Committees. Trogdon was chairman of the President’s Club and a generous contributor to the college. He was recipient of the Alumni Excellence Award in 1982 and his son, MARK TROGDON ’83, is also a Guilford graduate.
Based on the recommendation of the Academic Affairs Committee and endorsement of President Chabotar, the board approved the promotion of STEVE SHAPIRO from assistant professor of physics to associate professor of physics.
JERRY BOOTHBY, acting vice president and chief financial officer, reported that the overall cash flow for June could be negative due in large part to the Duke Hall renovation project. The project was budgeted over a two-year period and is ahead of schedule. A substantial portion of the work will be completed, and cash payments made in fiscal 2004.
Quaker Life Committee
Kathy Coe, committee chair, reported that Friends Center would be assisted by consultant Henry Freeman in preparing for its upcoming fundraising efforts.
June 29, 2004
Daily journal entries from the work-study group in Ramallah and Jerusalem will be posted July 13-22 on the “Conversation Cafe” page of Barclay Press’s Web site, www.barclaypress.com. MAX CARTER has been asked by Barclay Press to write daily entries for their Web journal for a week in July, corresponding to the group’s visit to the Friends Schools in Ramallah and the last two days in Jerusalem before the return trip home.
June 29, 2004
Five people from Guilford College are traveling, studying and doing volunteer service in Israel and Palestine July 1-22 under the sponsorship of Friends United Meeting. Co-leaders of the work/study group are MAX CARTER, coordinator of campus ministry, his wife JANE CARTER and JONATHAN MALINO, professor of philosophy. Others from Guilford are CLAIRE MORSE, professor of psychology (with husband LARRY MORSE), LISA SUTHERLAND ’05 and DAN WHITLEY ’05. Others participating in the trip are from N.C. Yearly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and one of the Kenyan yearly meetings.
While in the Middle East, the group will study Torah and Talmud in Jerusalem, volunteer at an Israeli Arab school in Galilee, volunteer at Friends Schools in Ramallah, meet with current and prospective Guilford students from Ramallah, tour biblical and historical sites and meet with Israeli and Palestinian academics, writers, human rights workers, peace activists and political figures.
June 29, 2004
MAX CARTER was a presenter at the Quaker Theological Discussion Group, which met June 24 at George Fox University in Newberg, Ore. Max reviewed and commented on two new books exploring the witness of 18th century Friend John Woolman, Michael Birkel’s A Near Sympathy and The Tendering Presence, edited by Mike Heller. Participating with Max in the examination of the books was T. Canby Jones, emeritus professor of religion at Wilmington College.
June 28, 2004
Tickets available to the general public for the Bryan Series lecture featuring Mikhail Gorbachev Oct. 6 at War Memorial Auditorium were sold out as of June 28, according to the Coliseum Box Office.
On Tues., Sept. 7, students and employees will be invited to pick up free tickets to the lecture on a distribution plan to be announced this summer and again at the start of the academic year in the Beacon. Round trip bus transportation will also be provided from campus.
In 2004-05, the Bryan Series will focus on “Challenges Facing Democracy,” with lectures by political analyst Cokie Roberts Sept. 30, psychologist Mary Pipher Oct. 26 and presidential historian Michael Bescholoss Feb. 10. Those lectures will be in Dana Auditorium and will be free of charge.
Roberts’ latest book, Founding Mothers, has been on the New York Times best-seller list for two months. Pipher’s book, The Middle of Everywhere, is the subject of this year’s One City, One Book program sponsored by the Friends of the Greensboro Public Library. Beschloss has been highly visible in the media commenting about the legacy of President Reagan.
More info: www.guilford.edu/bryanseries.
June 28, 2004
The Eastern Music Festival has generously donated two season tickets to President KENT CHABOTAR. On the dates that President Chabotar is unable to attend, he would like to make the tickets available to Guilford faculty and staff. If you want to inquire about the availability of the tickets for a specific date, please contact JOYCE EATON at ext. 2146 or via e-mail. The tickets will be distributed on a first-contact, first-serve basis.
June 28, 2004
Earth Share of North Carolina (ESNC) has recognized Guilford College with the ESNC Campaign of the Year Award. The college has included ESNC in its charitable giving campaign for three years, and in 2003, giving to ESNC increased by 155 percent.
Guilford’s campaign coordinator GREG KEENER ’03 was quoted in the ESNC Partners newsletter, stating, “ESNC is a great partner for our charitable giving campaign because it gives people more choice. President Chabotar made it a priority to increase our giving to the community, and we chose to keep including ESNC because Guilford has a strong environmental ethic. People are excited to be a part of a campaign that includes ESNC.”
At the time Guilford was honored with campaign award, KENT CHABOTAR commented, “As a long-time advocate of charitable giving by college employees at Guilford College and elsewhere, I wanted to provide multiple options to our faculty, staff, and indeed students. Having Earth Share, as a well-respected environmental advocacy group, in addition to United Way, met that test. In addition, we always encourage folks here to contribute on their own to worthy causes as a way of giving back to the community in which we all live and work.”
President Chabotar extends his thanks to Greg Keener and fund drive co-coordinator DAVE LIMBURG as well as those who made contributions to Earth Share of North Carolina.
June 25, 2004
Please join the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations in offering congratulations to SCOTT PIERCE COLEMAN for submitting a successful proposal to the Thomas H. and Mary Williams Shoemaker Foundation for scholarship funding for the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program (QLSP). The program received $6,000 in scholarship support for 2004-05.
June 24, 2004
A new modular building located in the open area between Frank Family Science Center and Bauman Telecommunications Center will house four classrooms for ninth and 10th graders in The Early College at Guilford beginning in August.
Guilford County Schools is erecting the temporary structure at its expense this summer as part of the agreement with Guilford College for hosting Early College on campus. Administrative offices for Early College will remain in the George White House. The high school will open its third academic year August 11.
The Buildings and Grounds Committee of the college’s Board of Trustees was informed of progress on the project during June trustee meetings.
In the past two years, ninth and 10th students have used classrooms in the science center and Bauman because they are among only three buildings on campus that meet building code requirements for high school students. Moving the ninth and 10th graders from the science center to the modular building will create additional space for college classes.
The temporary structure will be located on the east side of the science center near the Bryan Auditorium entrance. The location was selected based on its proximity to Founders Hall and Hege Library and the existing bus traffic flow in the Binford parking lot. High school students are dropped off and picked up in that lot.
As part of the project, the area around the modular building will be landscaped, and a brick walk will be constructed between the building and other existing walkways. Also, the gravel parking lot across Arcadia will be paved in order to satisfy city parking code regulations.
Discussions will continue this fall concerning a permanent building for the school. The college plans to work with the school system to identify sources for funding the construction of the permanent building.
The Early College at Guilford was established in the fall of 2002 through a public-private partnership between Guilford County Schools and Guilford College to provide advanced learners with a quality education in a supportive learning environment. It is North Carolina’s first early college high school.