Archive for October, 2004
October 29, 2004
The election period for your Year 2005 Flexible Benefit Plan is here. If you pay for health and/or dental insurance on a pre-tax basis and want to continue payroll deduction of those premiums on a pre-tax basis, you do NOT need to sign a new election form. If you do not pay for these premiums on a pre-tax basis and wish to begin doing so, or if you want to change your pre-tax premium deduction to an after-tax deduction, you must sign a new election form this year. IF YOU DO NOT SIGN A NEW ELECTION FORM, NO CHANGES WILL BE MADE TO THE MANNER IN WHICH YOUR PREMIUMS ARE DEDUCTED FOR NEXT YEAR.
In addition, this is the time for EVERYONE to enroll, or re-enroll in the Medical Reimbursement and Dependent Care Reimbursement plans. With a Flexible Spending Account you can set aside a portion of each paycheck for Dependent Care Expenses and Unreimbursed Medical Expenses. This amount is deducted from your paycheck before taxes are calculated, so the taxes you owe should decrease.
AFLAC administers our flexible spending accounts and will have a representative available in the New Garden Hall Human Resources area to guide you through the election process. The dates and times available are Nov. 18 and 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in 15-minute intervals. Please call the Office of Human Resources at extensions 2138/2136/2134 to schedule an appointment with the representative.
AFLAC Voluntary Insurance Plans that are available to employees include: (1) Cancer Expense Protector Plan, (2) Intensive/Coronary Care Supplement, (3) Voluntary Indemnity Plan Hospital Income Supplement, (4) Personal Accident Expense Plus, (5) Personal Short-Term Disability, (6) Life Insurance and (7) Personal Recovery Plus (Heart/Stroke).
Anyone unable to meet with the AFLAC Representative can contact Human Resources for assistance. Election forms must be completed before Dec. 10.
October 29, 2004
Information on workshops, conferences, internships and materials for faculty development is available at the Web addresses below. For additional information, contact DAVE MacINNES, interim coordinator of faculty development, at 316 2262.
Smithsonian fellowships for 3-12 months, application due Jan. 15. See www.si.edu/research+study.
Fellowship opportunities in Jordan, see www.bu.edu/acor.
FIPSE bulletin on its Comprehensive Program, see www.ed.gov/FIPSE.
Faculty Fellows Internship program in Washington, D.C., see www.ielnet.org.
The Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning – materials and workshops, see www.collab.org.
University of New England 2-week Academic Scholar’s Program in May 2005 in China, Taiwan, Nigeria and Thailand, call Dave for information.
October 28, 2004
Please note the following change in the fall German film series schedule (films of the Weimar Republic):
M will be shown Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Leak Room (instead of the following week).
The other two films will be shown as scheduled (also at 7:30 p.m. in the Leak Room): Der blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) Nov. 3 and Maedchen in Uniform (Girls in Uniform) Dec. 1.
October 28, 2004
MATT WALKER, who has experience in bookstore management at Elon University and Louisiana State University, is the new manager of the college bookstore. He is scheduled to begin work Nov. 1.
Walker succeeds Sheila Hughes, who was promoted by Follett Higher Education Group to a position at Bowie State University.
From 2000 to 2004, as an employee of Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, Walker was assistant store manager at Elon and merchandise manager at Louisiana State. His administrative responsibilities were in the areas of store management, payroll, merchandise ordering and receiving and computer systems and Web site maintenance.
In 10 years of retail management, Walker has also held positions as a department manager with Lowes Home Improvement in Greensboro and merchandise manager with Linens and Things in Winston-Salem, N.C.
He earned a business administration and marketing degree from Guilford Technical Community College.
October 28, 2004
The men’s basketball team will turn back the clock when it hosts the Italian Junior National Team in a special exhibition game Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in Alumni Gym, which was the home court for the Quakers from 1940-80.
This is the first game for the men’s basketball team against an international opponent, and seating in Alumni Gym is limited. Free tickets will be distributed to students and employees Nov. 3-5 from Noon-2 p.m. in the lobby of Founders Hall. If available, tickets will be sold to the public at the door for $4 adults, $2 youth ages 6-18.
The contest will be the first public appearance for coach TOM PALOMBO’s new-look squad. Only four players return from last year’s 15-11 club that matched Guilford’s Division III record for wins in a season. GENARO LAWHORN ’06 (11 ppg, 4.4 rpg) is the lone returning regular. Palombo had almost 30 players try out for the team this fall and will use the exhibition to help divide the roster into varsity and junior varsity squads.
The contest will show off the refurbished Alumni Gym, which received new windows, new paint and a renovated playing surface over the summer. Affectionately known as the “Cracker Box,” the gym was the home court for the 1973 NAIA national champions and showcased future NBA players BOB KAUFFMAN ’68, M.L. CARR ’73, WORLD B. FREE ’77 and GREG JACKSON ’74. The Quakers often played local rivals such as Elon, High Point and Winston-Salem State before standing-room-only crowds.
Italy’s Senior National Team drew worldwide acclaim by winning the Silver Medal at the Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. The Under-20 National Squad failed to reach the final round of the 2004 European U20 Championship Tournament and posted a 2-2 record in qualifying. Italy placed fourth at the 2004 European Men’s Under-18 Championships.
For more informationa about the exhibition, call the Athletic Department at 316-2190.
October 28, 2004
A memorial service for HANNAH KATHERINE GIBSON ’08 will be held Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. in the Moon Room of Dana Auditorium. The service will be in the manner of Friends, with Campus Ministry Coordinator MAX CARTER leading. All are welcome.
Gibson, who withdrew from the college the week of Oct. 10 and died Oct. 12 in Southern Pines, N.C., was a first-year student and resident of Binford Hall. A funeral service was held Oct. 15 in her hometown.
She graduated from Union Pines High School, where she ran cross country and played soccer, and loved art, nature and all kinds of music.
The Gibson family has requested that memorials be made to the Guilford College General Scholarship Fund.
October 28, 2004
Ulali, the first Native American women’s group to create its own sound from strong traditional roots and personal contemporary styles, will perform a concert Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in Dana Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Founded in 1987, the First Nations Women A Cappella Trio includes Pura Fé (Tuscarora), Soni (Mayan, Apache, Yaqui) and Jennifer (Tuscarora). Known for unusual harmonies and wide vocal and musical range, Ulali’s sound encompasses an array of indigenous music including Southeast choral singing (pre-blues and gospel) and pre-Columbian (before the borders) music.
In ancient times a Tuscarora woman carried the name “Ulali” (pronounced you-lah-LEE) for her beautiful voice, and Ulali sings music in the many styles and languages of ancestors in the western hemisphere. Breaking the stereotypes of Native women, the trio is political, romantic and humorous. Live performances, which uniquely address Native struggles and accomplishments, are energetic, informative and educational.
Ulali’s recordings include a solo album, “Mahk Jchi,” which was a 1997 Thrush Records release. The group was featured on the soundtrack of the Miramax film Smoke Signals and performed at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival in support of the film, which won the Audience Choice Award and Filmmaker’s Trophy.
The group performed with the Indigo Girls during their 1997 “Shaming of the Sun” tour and added their distinct voice to the recording of the same name. Ulali also contributed to the Indigo Girls’ benefit-recording “Honor the Earth” and participated in a national tour.
Ulali has traveled throughout the United States, performing at the United Nations, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden and recently, at the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian. The trio has toured internationally, visiting Canada, Brazil, Corsica, England, France, Fiji, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco, New Caledonia and Portugal.
In addition to the concert, the trio will perform during the opening reception for the exhibition Moving the Fire: The Removal of Indian Nations to Oklahoma, on display Nov. 5-Dec. 3 at the Guilford College Art Gallery in Hege Library. The opening reception is Nov. 5 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and is open to the public at no charge.
October 27, 2004
The Founders Hall terrace will be dedicated with a ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 5 at 4 p.m. Faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to attend the ceremony and a reception following.
Ceremony remarks will be made by President KENT CHABOTAR and Vice President for Advancement CHARLIE PATTERSON. Participants in the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be college benefactors ED and VIVIEN BAUMAN, Community Senate President A.Q. ABDUL-KARIM ’05, CCE Student Government Association President DEBBIE BATEMAN and The Early College at Guilford Student Body President STEVEN LIM.
The recently constructed Founders terrace and gazebo are the first phase of renovations made possible by a portion of the Baumans’ $2 million gift to Our Time in History and major gifts from the Cannon, Cemala and Mary Duke Biddle Foundations.
The Baumans have been associated with Guilford for many years. Their 1988 gift of $1.75 million to the college’s Quest campaign supported construction of the Bauman Telecommunications Center. The center was dedicated in 1991.
A member of the Board of Trustees since 1988, Ed Bauman also served on the Board of Visitors and the Our Time in History campaign cabinet.
October 27, 2004
The Housing Initiative and Program Committees are pleased to provide updates on the proposal to develop new apartment housing and a community center. The Housing Initiative and Program Committees have been meeting weekly to discuss site plans, apartment layout and apartment amenities, as well as ways to allow for more community discussion and input.
So far, there have been town meetings, open forums with the developer and faculty meeting discussions. In the coming weeks there will be opportunities for discussions in the dining hall during lunch and in regularly scheduled residence hall meetings.
Common themes from the initial community forums included questions about who will be on the program committee, to what extent the new residence hall and community center can meet LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) standards, the cost of the new apartments relative to the existing apartments, concern about all single bedrooms in the Phase I facility and what measures will be taken to limit noise impacts. Answers to those questions are listed below:
Housing Initiative Committee members are JON VARNELL, JERRY HARRELSON ’72, JERRY BOOTHBY, ANNE LUNDQUIST, RANDY DOSS ’02 and LEAH KRAUS from the selection group. This committee is responsible for working with the program committee and communicating to the President and the Board progress updates and/or questions.
Program Committee members: faculty (ANGIE MOORE and KEN GILMORE), staff (JON VARNELL, MARK MILLER, NANCY SEMONES, LEAH KRAUS and WATTS DIXON), students (KATIE TAYLOR, LEISE GERGELY, DANIEL BULLARD-BATES), residence life staff (AARON FETROW and KRIS GRAY) and the architect or other representatives from the developer. This committee has already made significant contributions relating to site plan, apartment amenities and potential community center functionality. This committee reports to the Housing Initiative committee.
LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design): In response to the environmental questions that have arisen, Capstone (the developer) has analyzed how many LEED elements can reasonably be incorporated considering the budgetary and time requirements for the project, and what the costs are of adding other elements. Moore and Dixon both serve on the Program Committee and have reviewed and made recommendations regarding the site plan and other areas that have environmental implications. The first phase of the project will not include a fully LEED-certified building, but the elements that are incorporated into the final building design will be clearly identified in a standard LEED spreadsheet that will be available and posted on the project Web site. While there will be trees removed as a necessary part of the site preparation, trees will be planted at the completion of the project as a partial compensation for this unavoidable loss. In consultation with the project architect, the committee has also recommended that a significant portion of the current parking lot in the center of the new project be phased gradually into a community green space for recreation and gathering.
Cost of apartments: The new apartments will be comparable to the existing apartments in cost and amenities.
Why singles?: More and more students are requesting single rooms at as is the case with most colleges and universities. These apartments will allow students the opportunity to have their own space, but they will also be able to build a sense of community. Each residence hall will have approximately 50 residents; this will allow each hall to have a sense of identity and community.
What about noise?: The developer and the college are aware of the importance of working around and with students and making sure that there is study time. The work schedule will not begin before 8 a.m. and will end prior to 6 p.m.
Next steps: There will be additional opportunities for members of the community to share their thoughts with the Program and Initiative Committees. Monday, November 1st there will be a Town Hall meeting in Boren Lounge at 7pm. Wednesday, November 3rd the program committee will be in the cafeteria from 11:30am – 1:30 pm. Please watch the Buzz and Beacon for these and other opportunities.
Find out more: There is a Web site that has drafts of the site plan, drafts of the room layout and a current draft of the community building. Please take an opportunity now and in the coming weeks to look at the site.
October 27, 2004
If you have relatively clean used file folders, we would like as many as 200 for use in the Correspondence Center. We are beginning to file materials for faculty searches. We can save money by used the “previously-owned” folders instead of purchasing new ones.
Thank you to TED BENFEY who brought us some already!