Archive for October, 2007
October 31, 2007
New York Times best-selling author Carole Boston Weatherford will be the featured speaker at the annual dinner of the Friends of the Guilford College Library Friday, Nov. 9, in the Carnegie Room of Hege Library.
Her talk, “Oh, Grow up: Parallel Narratives for Young and Old,” will discuss the differences in writing for children and adult audiences. The dinner, scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m., will be preceded by an exhibit of illustrations from some of her books, including original artwork by Eric Velasquez. Weatherford will sign copies of her books after her talk.
Weatherford has been writing since first grade, when she recited an original poem to her mother, and has since authored 25 books, celebrating family stories, fading traditions and forgotten struggles. Her books have won the Caldecott Honor, the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration, the Carter G. Woodson Award from National Council for the Social Studies, three NAACP Image Award nominations and two North Carolina Juvenile Literature Awards.
Her best-known titles include Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins and Remember the Bridge: Poems of a People. Her latest releases are Dear Mr. Rosenwald, Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive, and Champions on the Bench: The Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars.
A frequent contributor to the News and Record, Weatherford is also an associate professor at Fayetteville State University.
The cost of the evening is $20 per person for Guilford faculty, students and staff and $30 for the public. For more information, contact MARY ELLEN CHIJIOKE at 316-2129, firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations must be received no later than Monday, Nov. 5.
October 31, 2007
KYLE JOHNSON, who has managed information technology offices at Duke University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was appointed director of information technology and services at Guilford effective Nov. 1. He succeeds LEAH KRAUS, who accepted an administrative position at UNC Wilmington this fall.
In his role, Johnson is responsible for supervising 14 information technology staff members and overseeing the areas of administrative and instructional networks, systems, user services, media services and Web development. Reporting to President KENT CHABOTAR, IT&S supports all information technology initiatives on campus and provides a variety of training services.
“Kyle Johnson brings a wide range of technical and management experience to Guilford College,” commented President Chabotar. “He is knowledgeable, articulate, and committed to the use of administrative and instructional systems to improve every program we offer and service we deliver. Kyle seems as comfortable with server and network specifications as he is with capital budgeting and community education.”
From July to October of this year, Johnson assisted Duke University’s Student Affairs Division with its Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Affirmation of Accreditation process on a contracted basis. He worked with university departments to gather documentation and draft responses to specific SACs requirements.
He was executive director of student life technology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, from January to May of this year. He managed 20 staff members in a new IT organization within Student Life, recommended an organizational strategy, developed a new budget model for capital and operating expenses and created a strategic plan. At UNLV, he was a member of the Information Technology Coordination Committee and Building Steering Committee, focused on projects that included a new Student Union and Student Recreation Center.
Johnson was director of information technology services for Duke University Student Affairs from 1999-2006. While managing five staff members and contracted resources, he provided strategic and long-range planning for Student Affairs facilities, developed strategy for support of the division’s technology infrastructure, and acted as manager for significant technology projects within the division, and as liaison for institutional projects. At Duke, he was a member of the Information Technology Advisory Council and several groups associated with the Student Information Services System. He was chair of the Division of Student Affairs Strategic Planning Committee.
Johnson was manager of information technology services at Duke from September 1997 to December 1998. Working with another staff member, he planned and managed desktop support for 200 computers and provided server support for the Student Affairs Division.
He earned a bachelor of arts in anthropology from Duke in 1991 and a master of education in higher education administration from N.C. State University in 2003. He studied technical theatre on the graduate level at the N.C. School of the Arts in 1992.
Johnson is author of several publications on information technology and has been a guest lecturer and panel presenter or faculty member for several IT conferences.
October 31, 2007
History professor ANORE HORTON will give the Algie I. Newlin Lecture, entitled “What Good is Citizenship? Learning from Puerto Rican Migrants’ Experiences in the 1950′s” Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Horton will share what drew her to her current research focus on the complex historical relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States. She will focus on Puerto Ricans who migrated to the U.S. as citizens in the 1950s, but who were not treated as, and did not fully experience themselves as, true U.S. citizens. Her talk will address how the case of Puerto Ricans raises larger questions about how much citizenship has or has not mattered for different groups within the U.S., using letters written by Puerto Rican migrant workers themselves to explore how they understood their own citizenship experiences in the post-World War II era.
Horton is an assistant professor of history and international studies, with a research emphasis on migration and citizenship in the Americas, and a teaching emphasis on modern United States and Latin American history. She received her bachelor of arts degree in history and religion from Reed College in Portland, Ore., her master of arts in teaching from the University of San Diego and her master’s in history from Princeton University, and is currently completing her doctorate at Princeton.
The Algie I. Newlin Lecture, sponsored annually by the history department, honors a key member of the department from 1924-66
October 31, 2007
Eugene O’Neill’s only full-length comedy, Ah, Wilderness!, opens the 2007-08 main-stage theatre season with performances Nov. 9-10 and 15-17 at 8 p.m. in Sternberger Auditorium. DAVID HAMMOND, professor of theatre studies at Guilford and artistic director emeritus of PlayMakers Repertory Company at UNC Chapel Hill will direct.
On a memorable Fourth of July in an early 20th Century New England town, young Richard Miller finds himself disappointed with love and filled with a desire to explore life. On a day that could change his life forever, he decides to abandon his middle class family and confront his dark side. His traditional and somewhat quirky family steps in to save him from his own foolishness.
O’Neill based the character of Richard on himself and called the play, “a sort of wishing out loud, it is the way I would have liked my childhood to have been.” The play opened on Broadway with the legendary George M. Cohan in 1933, and had four subsequent revivals. Its timeless themes of optimism and familial bonds have made it one of the great American plays of the 20th Century.
Tickets are free for Guilford students and employees and $5 for the public, and may be reserved by calling 336-316-2414.
October 31, 2007
The N.C. Stage Company and immediate theatre project will perform It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Nov. 26, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. in Dana Auditorium.
This clever professional stage adaptation invites the audience to experience Frank Capra’s beloved story in a refreshingly new and intimate way. Dozens of characters and locations of the classic movie are brought to life by the long-lost radio formula of five actors, a live sound-effects artist and the imagination of audience members.
The N.C. Stage and immediate theatre companies presented the production in their home base of Asheville, N.C., last winter and are touring the state with the show this winter. Several of the performers and crew are alumni, including WILLIE REPOLEY ’00, KATHRYN TEMPLE ’96, HANS MEYER ’99 and LAUREN FORTUNA ’00. While on campus for the production, performers will meet with Guilford theatre studies students.
Tickets for Guilford students and employees are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Campus sales are scheduled Monday, Nov. 19, from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the lobby of Founders Hall.
Tickets for the general public are $20 (all seats) and are available at the Greensboro Coliseum Advance Box Office, online at www.Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 336-852-1100.
October 31, 2007
A series of programs focusing on Isabel Allende’s life and work is planned on campus prior to the author’s Bryan Series visit in November. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Allende, an internationally best selling author, will speak Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at War Memorial Auditorium. Guilford students and employees may pick up free tickets (subject to availability) at the auditorium box office beginning one hour prior to the event. Campus ticket distribution was on Oct. 23.
The campus-based programs are:
Friday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Auditorium
Showing of the film Viva Cuba, as part of the International Film Festival.
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.www.carlossalvo.com).
“Chilean History and Song,” talk by History Professor Alvis Dunn with music by Carlos Salvo (
Sunday, Nov. 11, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Auditorium
Showings of the films El caso de Pinochet and Machuca, as part of the International Film Festival.
Monday, Nov. 12
Readings of short stories from Stories of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende in FYE labs.
Thursday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Performance by Ricardo Cobo, international award-winning guitarist.
Tickets $12/$10 for the public and free for Guilford students and employees at the door.
For more information about Allende and the Bryan Series, visit www.guilford.edu/bryanseries.
October 31, 2007
STEVE ’76 and JUDY JAMES of Greensboro have made a gift commitment of $210,000 to establish endowments supporting scholarships and service needs for adult students in the Center for Continuing Education (CCE). President KENT CHABOTAR announced the gift Oct. 26.
The endowments will provide financial assistance for adult students, as well as support for Internet technology, study skills improvements and other programs enhancing the adult student experience. Guilford has 1,142 adults among its 2,688 students this fall.
“It is always a pleasure when an alumnus believes so strongly in the Guilford experience that he is willing to ensure a quality experience for future students by making a significant financial investment in the college,” Chabotar said. “Adults are taking full advantage of the college’s commitment to a transformative education, and lives are being changed every day in our Center for Continuing Education.”
“I am excited that Steve and Judy have stepped forward with this commitment,” said RITA SEROTKIN, dean for continuing education. “Nearly 60 percent of our adult students complete their bachelor’s degrees within five years, and most of them remain in the Triad and contribute to the growth of the community. This endowment will help us ensure that they have the support they need to achieve their dreams.”
Steve James earned a bachelor’s degree in management as an adult student. He began his college experience at UNC Chapel Hill. James worked in marketing and business sales for BellSouth Telecommunications for 30 years. He is a member of the college’s Alumni Board.
Judy James is an Appalachian State graduate who earned a master’s degree at UNCG. She taught in Burlington City and Guilford County Schools for 29 years and has several family members who attended or graduated from Guilford.
Guilford was the first four-year college in North Carolina to specialize in educating adult learners. For 54 years, the college has helped adults achieve their life goals by providing an outstanding liberal arts education adult-specific services flexible day, evening or weekend classes a convenient two-night-per-week full-time schedule a tuition plan that makes Guilford more affordable for adults than many state schools.
For more information, visit www.guilford.edu/adults.
October 30, 2007
Old Dominion Athletic Conference swimming coaches picked Guilford sixth in the league’s preseason poll. Washington and Lee received six first place nods and 62 votes to narrowly edge out Randolph-Macon, the defending ODAC champion, in the eight-team poll.
Head coach STEVE KACZMAREK (right) returns six letter winners from last year’s squad that set nine school records during the season. Guilford looks to overcome the loss of seniors KATE TALBOT ’07 and NIKKI MALLMANN ’07, who helped anchor the team during its first three years. However the Quakers still return a strong group of swimmers, including captains GENEVIEVE HOLMES ’08, MELISSA NARRO ’08, and AMANDA OEHLERT ’08, who will be the Quakers’ first four-year letter winners in swimming. Oehlert and Holmes each spent a semester abroad last season and competed in just half of the season. JUSTINE MERRITT returns as Guilford’s top swimmer from 2006-07. She set six (five individual and one relay) of the nine school records that were broken during the record season for the Quakers.
Guilford opens the year on the road Nov. 4, at defending ODAC champion Randolph-Macon along with Randolph in a dual meet. The Quakers’ first home meet is Nov. 17, against ODAC newcomer Bridgewater in the Ragan-Brown Field House Pool.
This year’s ODAC Championship is slated for Feb. 22-24, at the Dedmon Center on the campus of Radford (Va.) University.
ODAC Preseason Swimming Coaches’ Poll
(first-place votes in parentheses)
|Washington and Lee |
|62 (6) |
|58 (2) |
|Sweet Briar |
|Emory & Henry |
October 30, 2007
The following people were recognized for service at the annual Service Awards Luncheon held on Oct. 25.
Five Years of Service
SCOTT PIERCE COLEMAN
LYNN VAN HORN
Ten Years of Service
Fifteen Years of Service
Twenty Years of Service
Twenty-Five Years of Service
Thirty Years of Service
Forty Years of Service
October 30, 2007
MARK DIXON ’96, a visual artist and musician notable for his unorthodox couplings of high art and everyday life, will speak about his work on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Leak Room. Dixon will show videos of his performances and slides of his work from days as a student at Guilford and of his current projects.
“Mark is a true original, and Guilford is very fortunate to have him as our fall visiting artist,” says DAVID NEWTON, assistant professor of art. “Mark has persevered in his vision of transformative, highly original art, and he has done it on his own terms.”
Dixon earned a bachelor’s degree in art, with a concentration in sculpture, before going on to get his master’s degree at Carnegie Mellon University. In his career as an artist, Dixon has largely avoided the commercial gallery world, instead choosing more informal venues in order to reach people who do not traditionally venture to art galleries.
He has done a number of performances — including several at Guilford — using instruments that he has invented. These include a typewriter that is electronically hooked up to a piano, both of which have 88 keys, and a wooden chair that doubles as a marimba. It is this aspect of his work that is most innovative, combining electronics with “found sounds,” often using everyday objects such as paper cups as percussive instruments.
Dixon has a band that performs with these instruments, creating an extraordinary variety of inventive sounds and rhythms. He also plays jazz bass with the band Invisible, as well as drums with a political activist drum corps called Cackalack Thunder.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 336-316-2249.