Archive for January, 2008
January 31, 2008
On Jan. 31 Guilford joined more than 1,200 colleges and universities in a national teach-in on global warming sponsored by the nonpartisan group Focus the Nation, which included a screening of Focus the Nation’s Web cast The 2 %% Solution and an opportunity for the Guilford community to sign a Personal Climate Commitment.
The college’s students and administration have long supported environmental sustainability, says sustainability coordinator JIM DEES. He points out that Guilford was one of the first colleges in North Carolina to sign the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, now signed by almost 500 schools. The agreement calls for the college to become “carbon-neutral” and to increase education on efforts to halt climate change.
“What’s best about Guilford is that the faculty and staff were already on board,” Dees says. “Students want this too, but they need to be educated about it. Having that support from top to bottom is nice.”
As students, faculty and staff entered the Walnut Room during lunch for the symposium, they were greeted with tables full of reusable canvas bags and “Born to Recycle” temporary tattoos. Fliers listing 10 ways to reduce Guilford’s impact on the environment dotted every table.
A large, blown-up copy of the President’s Climate Commitment, signed by President Kent Chabotar and approved by the Board of Trustees, stood by the door. Next to it was another poster where students could list how they planned personally to help conserve resources. The board was covered with commitments to walk or bicycle rather than driving short distances, turn off lights and computers when not in use, buy locally grown food items and recycle more.
The 2 %% Solution, was Web cast Jan .30 from the University of Central Florida. Colleges and other institutions tuned in last night and today for a round-table discussion of various solutions to global warming. The film’s title refers to the fact that, if the United States wants to reduce its carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050, it will need an average of a two percent reduction each year. (For more information about the film, click here.)
Focus the Nation is a good source for students wanting to know how they can personally help the environment, says MALCOLM KENTON ’08, who is a student representative to the Sustainability Council. “I like that they emphasize not only what you can do to decrease your own impact and energy use, but how you can get involved politically,” he says. “They tell you to go talk to your Congressman.”
Following the Web cast, Dees and REX HARRELL, project sustainability manager, talked about what the campus has already accomplished-installation of solar panels on Shore Hall, water recycling and composting at the Pines, the switch to waterless urinals. The culture of sustainability has spread to every aspect of campus life-signs in the Dining Hall boast that the switch to different napkins saved almost 1,000 gallons of water last month; the upcoming renovation of Archdale Hall will aim for a Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
TIM JERNIGAN-SMITH ’11 was familiar with Focus on the Nation, having attended one of their consortiums as a high school student. “I was hoping that I’d pick this back up when I got to college,” he says of environmental activism. “I care about these things, but I need a little push. And when you hear the facts, it’s a good reminder.”
January 31, 2008
Longtime coach JACK JENSEN is among a group of eight selected for induction into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame May 15 in Raleigh.
Jensen coached Guilford to NAIA national titles in basketball (1973) and men’s golf (1989) and to two NCAA Division III golf titles (2002, 2005). He was the NAIA golf coach of the year in 1989 and the NCAA Division III coach of the year in 2002 and 2005. He is a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame and recently was inducted into the Golf Coaches of America Hall of Fame.
Other 2008 inductees are UNC Chapel Hill men’s basketball coach Roy Williams, NASCAR team owner Richard Childress, former Duke athletic director Tom Butters, former Duke football standout Leo Hart, public relations specialist and Hall of Fame co-founder Bill Hensley, former UNC and NFL standout Ken Huff and Harlem Globetrotter Curly Neal.
The N.C. Sports Hall of Fame, which has 252 members, was established in 1963 and is housed at the N.C. Museum of History.
January 31, 2008
RICHIE ZWEIGENHAFT’s article “A Do Re Mi Encore: A Closer Look at the Personality Correlates of Music Preferences” has been published in the current issue of the Journal of Individual Differences (Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 45-55). He would like to thank those students who participated in this research by taking the Short Test of Music Preferences (STOMP).
January 30, 2008
The new issue of the GCRO Caw campus ministry newsletter is available online here and in hard copy in the Hut, library, Founders and Greenleaf.
Included in this issue is text of the College Meeting for Worship messages of Betty & Noel Stookey and RANIA CAMPBELL-COBB ’08 and CARL FARLOW ’08; news of upcoming events and speakers; regular features and worship opportunities.
To e-subscribe to the Caw, contact LESLIE ESSIEN at email@example.com.
January 30, 2008
JOE GROVES, former professor of religious studies, will share in a “tea & talk” Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. in the Hut. He will talk about his current work with Interfaith Peace Builders and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. All are welcome. Sponsored by Friends Center.
January 30, 2008
The Campus Ministry Office and GCRO are offering events of interest to those who observe Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. A traditional pancake race will be held Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 8:30 a.m. Participants will don dresses and aprons, flipping a pancake in a skillet while racing from Founders Hall down the brick walk and back. The current issue of the GCRO Caw newsletter contains a further description of the event. On Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 4 p.m., Kevin Williams of St. Mary’s House, the Episcopal Campus Ministry Center, will offer communion and the imposition of ashes in a service in the Hut.
January 30, 2008
Maquilapolis (City of Factories), a documentary by Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre, will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 7-8:30 p.m. in Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Auditorium. The film documents the heroic efforts of women factory workers in Tijuana, Mexico, fighting for their basic rights as maquiladora workers while confronting labor violence, environmental devastation and urban chaos.
MARIA AMADO, SOAN, and MARIA ROSALES, political science, will share perspectives from their academic disciplines. Questions and conversation will follow the panel response.
The film showing is sponsored by SOAN, H.U.G., Latino Community Program and Leadership for Social Change.
January 30, 2008
Those students needing to complete their quantitative literacy graduation requirement can do so by taking the exam Sunday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. in King 103. No registration is needed, just bring pencils and a calculator for the exam.
The exam will be given several other times this semester, including:
Saturday, March 1
Saturday, April 12
Sunday, April 27
All of the exams are given at 1 p.m. in King 103.
Click here for more information about the Quantitative Literacy requirement and exam, or contact BOB WILLIAMS at 316-2218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 29, 2008
Students who anticipate receiving a refund check from student financial services should check Banner Web for the entry REMB-Reimburse Stafford Loan Balance, the dollar amount and the date of the refund. If the entry is posted by Friday, Feb. 1, the check will be available on Tuesday, Feb. 5. If there are any holds on an account, refunds will not be processed until the holds are resolved. Please note that an immunization hold will delay the receipt of your reimbursement check.
January 28, 2008
BEN STRONG ’08 of the men’s basketball team won the Student-Athlete of the Week Award for the seventh time this season. The weekly prize is awarded by Guilford’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Strong, a 6-11, 220-pound center, shot 66 percent from the floor and averaged 27.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 blocked shots per game in the Quakers’ 3-0 week. He totalled 38 points, a game-high 11 rebounds and three assists in Guilford’s 85-80 win at Bridgewater College Jan. 26. He made 16-of-21 field goals in his fourth 30-point game of the season. Strong followed less than 24 hours later with a 29-point, 12-rebound, two-assist performance in a 103-75 win over Eastern Mennonite. He has 35 double-doubles one his career (12 this year), and has moved into seventh place on Guilford’s scoring (1,900) and rebounds (793) lists.
Strong stands among the NCAA Division III leaders in points (fourth) and rebounds (ninth) per game through games of Jan. 20. He leads the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) in scoring (25.4 ppg.), rebounding (11.1 rpg.) and blocked shots (2.44 bpg.). Strong has paced Guilford’s scorers 14 times and has been the team’s top rebounder 12 times.
Coach TOM PALOMBO’s Quakers (12-4, 7-2 ODAC) have won eight of their last 10 games and play two ODAC road games this week. On Saturday, Feb. 1, Guilford travels to nationally ranked Randolph-Macon College, the only team to beat the Quakers in Ragan-Brown Field House this season. The following afternoon Guilford visits Virginia Wesleyan College, who lost to the Quakers for the first time in eight games Jan. 13 in Greensboro. All three teams start the week atop the ODAC standings along with Roanoke College.