Archive for July, 2007
July 31, 2007
Men’s basketball coach TOM PALOMBO will add interim athletic director to his responsibilities Aug. 31 upon the retirement of MARION KIRBY. Kirby, who spent just over five years as the Quakers’ athletic director, announced his retirement to the athletic staff Aug. 1.
Palombo started his fifth year at Guilford this summer. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, he became an assistant to Kirby with responsibilities for departmental budgeting in 2006 and has served as director of the Quaker Club since the summer of 2004.
During Kirby’s tenure, Guilford’s Athletic Department grew from 12 to 16 teams, boosting athletic participation to an all-time high, and produced a golf national championship in 2005 and four Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championships. Thirteen Guilford student-athletes combined to win 22 academic or performance All-America commendations in the Kirby era.
Additionally, in the past several years the college’s athletics facilities received extensive renovations, highlighted by the $1.15-million press box and seating addition to the Armfield Athletic Center, the Quakers’ football and lacrosse stadium, in 2006.
As a coach, Palombo has guided Guilford to a 67-42 record in four seasons and owns a 167-105 mark in 10 years as a college men’s coach. The Quakers are coming off their best record in more than 30 years (24-5) and their first NCAA Division III playoff appearance that ended in the national quarterfinals.
In 2006-07, Palombo was named the South Region Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and D3hoops.com and the ODAC’s Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year (for the second time). Four Quakers have earned All-ODAC honors six times under Palombo’s guidance, including Ben Strong ’08, the defending NCAA Division III Player of the Year.
An instructor in the Sport Studies Department, Palombo also coordinates game management responsibilities for home football and men’s soccer games. He works on the NCAA South Region Advisory Committee and chairs the ODAC’s Men’s Basketball Coaches Committee.
A 1989 Virginia Wesleyan College graduate, Palombo came to Guilford after nine years at Defiance (Ohio) College where he coached the men’s basketball team for six years and the women’s squad for three years. He also directed the golf and tennis teams and taught in the physical education department.
Palombo received his master’s degree in education with an emphasis in sport management from Old Dominion University in 1991 and returned to Virginia Wesleyan as its women’s basketball coach, softball coach, and sports information director. He and his wife, Amy, live in Greensboro with their four children.
A 2006 inductee into the Guilford (N.C.) County Sports Hall of Fame, Kirby coached football at Page High School in Greensboro where he won 219 games and four state 4-A titles in 23 seasons. He also coached at Holmes H.S. in Edenton, N.C. and his career scholastic coaching record is 276-65-8 with four state titles, 18 state playoff berths and 14 conference crowns. He was the founding football coach at Greensboro College and guided the Pride from 1997-2001. The News & Record of Greensboro named him one of the Triad’s most important sports figures of the 20th Century.
A native of Hickory, N.C., Kirby graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College in 1964 and played four years as an offensive lineman and place-kicker for the Bears’ football team. He was named the team’s top freshman in 1960 and helped the team to an 11-0-1 record and the 1960 NAIA national championship.
Guilford is inviting reflections on Kirby’s career at https://notesdb.guilford.edu/mkreflections.nsf.
July 31, 2007
HERBERT “HOOVER” WALL, a long-time maintenance employee at the college, died on Saturday, July 21, in Greensboro. Son of John Wall Sr. and Elizabeth Yeows Wall, he was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Perry, Alonzo, Bookee, Owens, John, Theodore, Bill and Alex Wall; and sisters, Sylvester Yokely, Mary Sue Anderson, Martha McCleod and Lucy Easley.
Hoover was married to the late Laura Brown Wall, with whom he had one child, Florence Dee Wall Webster. He retired from Macfield and Draper in 1980, and then worked for Guilford’s maintenance department until the age of 80. He was an avid sportsman, excelling in baseball and golf. He was manager for the Little League Baseball Team of Guilford College.
Hoover was a member of the Reynolds Chapel Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon, Trustee, and member of the Senior Choir. In 1983, he joined Raleigh’s Crossroad United Methodist Church, where he served as a member of the United Methodist Men, the Male Chorus, the Trustee Board, and the Cemetary Committee. Funeral services were held at Raleigh Crossroad United Methodist Church, where he was interred.
Hoover is survived by his daughter, Florence Dee Wall Webster, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
July 30, 2007
Little Friends, New Garden Friends Meeting’s cooperative play group for young children, is now enrolling for fall 2007. There are four spaces available for two- and three-year-olds. Little Friends seeks to provide a learning environment consistent with the Quaker belief that each person is unique and sacred, and also presents the children with opportunities to learn about sharing, building community, and nonviolent conflict resolution.
The cost is a non-refundable application fee of $60 and $105 per month tuition. Children may attend either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. Classes meet from 8:45-11:45 and will begin after Labor Day. The program runs from September to May.
Call Ellen Kepchar at 292-5487 for more information.
July 26, 2007
The Eastern Music Festival presents internationally renowned Hispanic singer/songwriter Tish Hinojosa at Triad Stage Saturday, July 28, with a special children’s matinee at 11 a.m. Called “Cada Nino” (“Every Child”), the bilingual concert will surprise and delight with songs about the joys of childhood.
As a special “thank you” to Guilford College and its staff for a successful season, EMF is extending a limited number of free tickets to Guilford students, employees and their families for this concert (or the evening performance). Please call the Festival office at 333-7450, extension 32, before 5 p.m. on Friday, July 27, to take advantage of this offer (tickets are limited and subject to availability).
Visit Tish Hinojosa at www.mundotish.com.
July 26, 2007
Dean for Campus Life AARON FETROW will manage the Office of Public Safety as interim director following the unexpected death of SAM HAWLEY, who had been director since April. Hawley died July 21. Vice President for Finance and Administration JERRY BOOTHBY announced the administrative change July 27.
Fetrow, dean for campus life since October 2005, will oversee the work of public safety staff and participate in the search for the new director. He joined Guilford in October 2004 as associate dean for residence life and was promoted to dean for campus life a year later.
He was an attorney in the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based law firm of Baker & Daniels from July 2003 until the fall of 2004. From 1995-2003, he served in a variety of residence life and student affairs positions at two universities.
Fetrow earned his doctorate from the College of Law at the University of Tennessee in 2003, a master of arts in history from Truman State (Mo.) in 1997 and a bachelor of science degree in history from Manchester College (Ind.) in 1994.
July 26, 2007
JIMMY WILSON ’84 has been appointed controller, effective Wednesday, Aug. 8. Wilson succeeds RICK OGOREK, who resigned in February to accept a position at the University of Tampa (Fla). Vice President for Finance and Administration JERRY BOOTHBY announced the appointment July 27.
In his new position, Wilson will be responsible for the operating financial affairs of the college including financial forecasting, investments, student accounts, budget control, independent audits, purchasing and insurance. He will be responsible for the development, continuing assessment, refinement and integrity of financial and business practices and procedures in keeping with the most recent professional standards.
Wilson, a certified public accountant, was vice president for finance at Greensboro College from July 2005 until this month. In that role he was chief financial officer and a member of the President’s Council. He joined the college as controller in 1994.
From 1985-94, Wilson worked in public accounting with Davenport, Marvin, Joyce & Co. of Greensboro, achieving the status of manager. He worked for one year with a CPA firm in Pinehurst, N.C.
Wilson is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. He serves on the supervisory committee of Truliant Federal Credit Union.
He also is active in his church, serving as a member of the finance team and having served as a deacon. He works on the annual fundraising committee at Wesleyan Christian Academy.
An honors graduate of Guilford with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Wilson was a Dana Scholar at the college.
July 25, 2007
There’s still time to catch the exciting performances at Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre in its 34th season. Three enlightening and entertaining historical dramas run through Aug. 18.
“Sword of Peace” is a dramatic portrayal of the struggles of the peaceful Quakers in the midst of the American revolution and the Battle at Guilford Courthouse. “Pathway to Freedom” is the stirring account of the struggles and heroism of Levi Coffin and others along the Underground Railroad in Guilford and Alamance counties. The musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” runs through Aug. 15.
JAMES SHIELDS ’00, director of community learning, sings and acts in the plays, as he has for the past seven years. For more information, call 800-726-5115.
July 23, 2007
Guilford opens its 101st recorded football season Sept. 1 at Southern Virginia University in the first football meeting between the nonconference rivals. The Quakers’ 2007 schedule includes five home games, including two under the newly installed Armfield Athletic Center lights, and six Old Dominion Athletic Conference contests.
After road games at Southern Virginia and Methodist University (Sept. 8), Guilford begins its home slate with back-to-back night contests. A nonconference game with Averett University Sept. 15 marks Guilford’s first under the home lights in college history. The Quakers host Hampden-Sydney College a week later in both teams’ ODAC opener. Guilford travels across town to Jamieson Stadium Sept. 29 for a 7 p.m. game with Greensboro College in the 11th annual Gate City Soup Bowl.
The Quakers visit Bridgewater College Oct. 13 after stopping the Eagles’ 36-game ODAC winning streak last year with a 33-28 victory. Washington and Lee University, which ended Bridgewater’s five-year reign as league champion in 2006, comes to Guilford Oct. 20. The Quakers host Randolph-Macon College Oct. 27 as part of Guilford’s Homecoming Weekend. Guilford closes its road slate Nov. 3 at the Catholic University of America and hosts Emory & Henry College Nov. 10 to end the regular season.
Guilford’s stadium lights were installed in May and mark the most recent of an ongoing series of improvements to Armfield. Over the past two years, the facility has received a new press box, a new scoreboard, public restrooms, permanent chair-back seating in the home stands, new bleacher seating in the visitor’s stands and landscaping improvements. Future plans include the installation of an artificial playing surface, which will make Armfield home to five of the 16 varsity teams (football, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse).
Third-year head coach KEVIN KIESEL returns 46 letter winners from the 2006 club that posted a 6-4 overall record, Guilford’s best since 1997. The Quakers welcome back 14 starters from the team, including quarterback JOSH VOGELBACH ’09, a First Team All-ODAC selection who helped Guilford lead NCAA Division III with 348.4 passing yards per game.
2007 GUILFORD COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Date Day Opponent Time
1 Sat. at Southern Virginia 1 p.m.
8 Sat. at Methodist 1 p.m.
15 Sat. AVERETT 7 p.m.
22 Sat. HAMPDEN-SYDNEY* 7 p.m.
29 Sat. at Greensboro (11th annual Gate City Soup Bowl) 7 p.m.
13 Sat. at Bridgewater* 1 p.m.
20 Sat. WASHINGTON AND LEE* 1 p.m.
27 Sat. RANDOLPH-MACON* (Homecoming) 1 p.m.
3 Sat. at Catholic* Noon
10 Sat. EMORY & HENRY* 1 p.m.
HOME GAMES IN CAPS
* – Old Dominion Athletic Conference game
July 23, 2007
Two members of the women’s lacrosse team recently received special recognition for their performance on the field and in the classroom. CARYN STONE ’07 earned a spot on the Jewish Sports Review’s Women’s College All-America Lacrosse Team (Division III) released earlier this month. KELLY GONZALEZ ’08 was the Quakers’ lone honoree on the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association’s (IWLCA) 2007 Academic Honor Roll announced July 20. The IWLCA recognized 410 students representing 157 schools on this year’s honor roll.
Stone, a defender, made JSR’s All-America unit for the third year in a row. She earned her second straight Second Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference honor in the spring. The team captain ended her career with a personal-best 15 points (5 goals, 10 assists) in 17 games. Her 39 ground balls ranked second on the team and she placed third with a career-high 20 caused turnovers. Stone, who played in last month’s IWLCA North-South Senior All-Star Game, graduated as Guilford’s career leader with 61 caused turnovers and ranked ninth with 132 career ground balls. She earned honorable mention All-ODAC recognition in 2004.
Gonzalez, a dean’s list sports medicine major, earned Second Team All-ODAC honors and won the Guilford’s Coaches’ Award this past spring. The defender returned from a season-ending injury in 2006 to start all 17 games in 2007. She ranked second on the squad with 21 caused turnovers and third with 37 ground balls. Her 23 draw controls stood fourth on the team and her 15 points (12 goals, 3 assists) represent a career high. Gonzalez ranked 13th among the ODAC’s caused turnover leaders and 16th in ground balls. She ranks third in school history with 40 caused turnovers and has 23 career points (19 goals, 4 assists). Gonzalez has 95 ground balls, 39 draw controls, and 40 caused turnovers in 37 career games. She also has 19 goals and four assists.
Coach MATTHEW GROSSO’S Quakers posted an 8-9 overall record (4-4 ODAC) last spring. The team returned to the ODAC Tournament for the second straight season, but fell in the quarterfinals to Roanoke, 10-7. Grosso expects 12 letter winners, including Gonzalez, back for the 2008 campaign.
July 23, 2007
Under the sponsorship of Friends United Meeting, the international Quaker organization that operates the Friends Schools in Ramallah, West Bank, eleven people spent June 27 – July 18 visiting, working, and studying in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
In the group were professor of economics ROBERT G. WILLIAMS; Friends Center director MAX L. CARTER and wife JANE; Marietta Wright of Friends Homes at Guilford; FEDELMA MCKENNA ’06; and current students NIKKI MOSURO Dec ’07, BEKAH STRAWBRIDGE ’09, LIZZIE BIDDLE ’09, CODY MARTIN ’09, ARIANA KOLINS ’08, and ATREESE WATKINS ’10. While in Ramallah, the group was provided splendid hospitality and assistance by MOHAMMAD KHALAF ’05, SAMER ATIANY ’06, NADINE KHALAF ’06, NIDA’ KHALAF ’10, MAISA ZEEDANI ’07, YA’COUB SA’AD ’08, USAMA SABAH ’08, FARIS KHADER ’09, RASHA ALI ’08, MAHMOUD SALEH ’11, their families, and the family of SHADI ’07 and MOHAMMAD ’11 ABDULLAH. In addition, LARA RUKAB ’07 and DANA HAMDAN ’11 met with the group during their stay in Ramallah.
In Israel, the group visited historical and religious sites, toured Yad Vashem, the Shrine of the Book, and the archaeological excavations at the Southern Wall. They also attended synagogue, met with rabbis and religious leaders, and talked with peace activists. In the Arab Israeli town of Ibillin, the group volunteered a day of painting at the Mar Elias Educational Trust. During the time in Ramallah, volunteer work was done painting, cleaning, and landscaping at the Friends Girls School and the Friends meetinghouse, along with continued visits to historical sites and meetings with key figures, including a prominent political scientist, human rights activists, the Palestinian Authority minister for finance and planning, the secretary general of the PLO and director of the Palestine Peace Centre, educators, and a Muslim imam affiliated with the Hamas party.
Students were encouraged to return to the region to participate in education, peace, and human rights positions and internships. The group made a positive enough impression on two college students visiting in Ramallah that they are applying to transfer to Guilford this fall!
A report to the community will be given early in the fall semester. Thanks especially goes to the Initiative on Faith and Practice for providing financial resources for trip participants, Friends Center for organizing the trip, Friends United Meeting for sponsoring the opportunity, and the Ramallah Friends Schools for hosting the group during the time in Palestine.