Archive for July, 2005
July 29, 2005
Old Dominion Athletic Conference football coaches picked Guilford sixth in their 2005 preseason football poll announced Friday at the league’s annual media day. Four-time defending ODAC champion Bridgewater received six first-place votes and the top spot in the poll. Hampden-Sydney, runner-up the past three seasons, was picked second.
Head coach KEVIN KIESEL starts his first season with 35 letter winners returning from last year’s 1-9 club (1-5 ODAC). Wide receiver CHRIS BARNETTE ’07 is Guilford’s most accomplished returning student-athlete after earning All-ODAC honorable mention laurels in 2004. He ranked third among the league’s receptions per game leaders (5.2) after making 52 grabs for 476 yards and five touchdowns, all career and team-high figures. His 52 catches rank seventh in school history. BRYAN COOK ’08 was the team’s second-leading tackler in 2004 and returns to anchor the defense. Receiver MICAH RUSHING ’07 (right) was the Quakers’ Most Valuable Offensive Player in 2003 and should help Barnette carry the offensive load.
The Quakers open their 99th football season Sept. 3 at Ferrum at 1 p.m. Guilford hosts Methodist Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. in its home opener at the Armfield Athletic Center. The team’s preseason workouts begin Aug. 11.
2005 Preseason ODAC Football Coaches’ Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
1. Bridgewater (6)
2. Hampden-Sydney (1)
3. Emory & Henry
4. Washington and Lee
July 29, 2005
Please join the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations in offering good luck and best wishes to MARIA BOBROFF, assistant professor of French, for submitting a request to the French American Cultural Exchange for funding to support a French film festival.
A response is expected later this month.
July 28, 2005
Chief DEBRA DUNCAN ’97 and the Virginia Tech Police Department earned both state and national first-place awards in the annual Chief’s Law Enforcement Challenge.
The challenge focuses on education and enforcement in the areas of driving under the influence of alcohol, occupant protection and speed enforcement.
Duncan, who earned a bachelor’s degree in justice and policy studies at Guilford, supervises security services for Virginia Tech’s 2,600-acre main campus in Blacksburg, Va., where more than 28,000 students are enrolled.
July 28, 2005
JAMES SAMUEL PARSONS ’38 died July 22. A memorial service was held July 26 at Friends Homes West.
A graduate and supporter of the college, Parsons established a trust in hopes of assuring future generations the availability of quality education. He worked for Founders Furniture in Pleasant Garden as accounting manager, retired shortly after Founders merged with Thomasville Furniture and then worked in the financial management and investment fields.
He was the son of Agnes Lowe and David Henry Parsons of High Point. Survivors include his wife, Catherine B. Parsons of Friends Homes West; sons, James Samuel “Jay” Parsons Jr. of Winston-Salem and Hoyt Bailey Parsons of Thomasville; and nephew, DAVID H. PARSONS ’66 of Greensboro.
As noted in the obituary prepared by Parsons’ family, “He was a birthright Quaker and believer in Jesus Christ. He loved his wife, Catherine, with all his heart. He found his joy in his children, playing tennis and golf, watching The Andy Griffith Show, and being with people who had a good sense of humor. He will be missed.”
Condolences may be sent to Catherine B. Parsons, c/o Bailey Parsons, 139 Pine Valley Road, Thomasville, NC 27360.
July 27, 2005
The women’s swimming team has been recognized by the College Swim Coaches Association of America for its success in the classroom during the spring semester. In their first season of varsity competition, the Quakers earned All-Academic Team status thanks to a cumulative 3.40 grade-point average. The team also garnered CSCAA honors for the 2004 fall semester, when it posted a 3.25 GPA.
Including all men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams in the NCAA and junior colleges, 272 squads representing 171 different institutions made the academic list. The Quakers placed 22nd overall among Division III women’s teams.
Coach STEVE KACZMAREK’s first-year Quakers logged a 2-5 overall record and placed sixth at the 2005 ODAC Championships. All 12 student-athletes are slated to return for the 2005-06 campaign.
July 27, 2005
LEIGH MAKITKA joined the Office of Advancement as major gifts officer July 21. In her role, she cultivates and works to further and secure gifts of $25,000 or greater for the college.
Makitka brings more than a decade of corporate, foundation and major gift fundraising experience to Guilford, and arrives at the college from Elon University, where she had served as major gifts officer since February of this year. Prior to Elon, Makitka spent a total of 12 years at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and then Wake Forest University, most recently as director of corporate relations (two years) and major gifts officer (four years).
“We are thrilled to add Leigh to our team,” says ANNE HURD, senior director of development. “She has more than 13 years of development experience, with much of that time spent at Wake Forest. Leigh has proven success in major gifts development and is already quite familiar with Guilford College’s history and values. She brings her infectious energy and enthusiasm to our emerging team and is ready to take our major gift development to new heights.”
Makitka, a 1990 graduate of UNC Charlotte, has worked with academic and administrative leadership and volunteer boards to communicate institutional priorities to external constituents and assist in fundraising.
“I am proud to continue my career at a place with such a unique sense of community, grounded in rich Quaker heritage,” Makitka says. “In my role, I hope to engage alumni, parents and friends in the life of the college, and to help secure the financial resources necessary to provide the best education for our students.”
She started as Wake Forest Baptist’s director of prospect research in July 1993, became the medical center’s assistant director of corporate & foundation relations in October 1995 and was named director in July 1997. In that role, she served as Wake Forest Baptist’s chief development officer in identifying, cultivating and soliciting major gifts from corporations and foundations while working with MIKE POSTON, now Guilford’s vice president for advancement.
Makitka became major gifts officer at Wake Forest in September 1999, planning and implementing major gift cultivation and solicitation activities which focused on gifts of $25,000 and above. In July 2003, Makitka became Wake Forest’s director of corporate relations and worked to secure annual, capital and program support for the university from corporations and corporate foundations.
At Elon, she managed a portfolio of major gift prospects in excess of $25,000, coordinated involvement of faculty and staff in cultivation and solicitation and assisted with campaign planning.
July 27, 2005
Mabel Smith Kirby, mother of athletic director MARION KIRBY, died July 24. She was 86. A memorial service was held July 26 at Bass Smith Funeral Home in Hickory, N.C., with burial following in Oakwood Cemetery.
A member of Bethany Lutheran Church, she retired from Hickory Public Schools after 34 years as cafeteria manager. She was preceded in death by her husband, O.B. Kirby, and two brothers, Leo Smith and Jasper Smith.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Marion and Carole Kirby of Greensboro; two daughters and sons-in-law, Shannon and Benny Neal of Monroe and Marie and Steve Safreed of Fayetteville, Ga.; three sisters, Helen Abernethy and Violet Johnson of Statesville, N.C., and Emma Yount of Hickory; a grandson and his wife, Mark and Christin Kirby of Raleigh; and two granddaughters and their husbands, Kelly and Kevin Almond of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Kim and Patrick Love of High Point, N.C.
Memorials may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, 1644 Main Avenue Drive NW, Hickory, NC 28601; the O.B. Kirby Scholarship Fund, c/o Lenoir-Rhyne College, 625 Seventh Avenue NE, Hickory, NC 28601; or the Hospice of Union County, 700 Roosevelt Boulevard, Monroe, NC 28110.
Condolences may be sent to Marion and Carole Kirby, 3011 Robin Hood Drive, Greensboro, NC 27408.
July 25, 2005
President KENT CHABOTAR has been spending the summer on the road attending meetings, visiting with alumni and teaching.
In June, he attended meetings of the Board of Directors of the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C., and the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in Jacksonville, Fla., where he participated in the reaffirmation of more than 140 post-secondary institutions in 11 southeastern states.
He also taught strategy and financial management at two Harvard seminars in Cambridge, Mass.: Management and Leadership in Higher Education and the Management Development Program. He dined with Guilford alumni in Washington and at an alumni reception in New York City.
In July, the president continued his service on the faculty of the Museum Leadership Institute at The Getty Center in Los Angeles for museum directors and other officials from the United States, Europe, and Asia. He also taught finance at the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents which included the new presidents of Wake Forest University and the College of William & Mary.
Chabotar returns to Harvard one more time this summer to teach at the Institute for Educational Management in which Vice President and Academic Dean ADRIENNE ISRAEL is a participant.
“Adrienne and I have agreed that I will not call on her on the first day of class, but anything goes on the second day!” he said.
July 24, 2005
President KENT CHABOTAR will be William Friday’s guest on “North Carolina People” Aug. 5 at 9 p.m. on University of North Carolina Public Television (UNC-TV). The program, which was taped earlier this month, will repeat Aug. 7 at 5:30 p.m.
The popular weekly program is in its 35th year. Friday, the former president of the UNC System, welcomes a range of interesting North Carolinians, engaging the Tar Heel State’s best thinkers, writers, politicians, educators, athletes, entertainers and other newsmakers in one-on-one interviews.
President Chabotar is in his fourth year at Guilford. He represents the college in the media on a regular basis, appearing monthly on the FOX8 Morning News, being interviewed on WFDD-FM’s “Voices and Viewpoints” and other programs and writing a periodic op-ed column for The Business Journal of the Triad.
For more information about “N.C. People,” visit http://www.unctv.org/ncpeople.
July 22, 2005
B.J. LANIER and ERIK WESTBERG have been appointed inside linebacker coach and defensive backs coach, respectively, on first-year football coach KEVIN KIESEL’s staff.
A 2005 Shenandoah University graduate and two-year football letter winner at Randolph-Macon College, Lanier (right) returns to the coaching ranks after a previous stint coaching wide receivers at Herndon High School, his alma mater. Lanier was the Herndon football captain in 1995 and also played basketball. The Statesboro, Ga., native was a tight end and wide receiver at Randolph-Macon. He played on the Yellow Jackets’ 1997 club that went 8-2 and shared the Old Dominion Athletic Conference title with Guilford and Emory & Henry.
Westberg (left) comes to Guilford from North Brunswick High School, where he coached the defensive backs and wide receivers. In 2004, North Brunswick won the Coastal Plains Conference with a 10-2 record and led the league in passing offense. Westberg also served as an assistant baseball coach and junior varsity basketball coach. His 2004-05 basketball team posted a 16-2 record and captured the conference championship.
Prior to North Brunswick, Westberg spent two seasons as an assistant football coach at Pulaski High School in Virginia. He coached tight ends and defensive backs for the freshman team. While at Pulaski, Westberg also served as the coach for the junior varsity basketball and baseball teams.
Westberg was a three-sport athlete at Port Jefferson High School in New York. During his senior season, Westberg threw for more than 1,000 yards and 19 touchdowns in just eight games.
Kiesel and his staff return 36 letterwinners from last year’s 1-9 club which finished sixth in the ODAC with a 1-5 mark. The Quakers open preseason camp August 11 in preparation for their Sept. 3 season opener at Ferrum.