Archive for July, 2008
July 29, 2008
RUFFIN MENDENHALL HOBBS ’75 died July 28 as the result of an accidental fall at his home, McBane Mill, in Alamance County. A memorial gathering of friends was held Aug. 3 at the mill. He was the son of GRIMSLEY HOBBS ’47 and great-grandson of Lewis Lyndon Hobbs, who served as presidents of Guilford College. As a child in Indiana, Hobbs learned the blacksmith’s craft, and later he became a sculptor whose work is displayed throughout the country, including at Princeton University and UNC Chapel Hill. A copper mural sculpture he designed and built while he was a Guilford student, “Reflective Wanderers,” graces the facade of Bryan Hall on campus.
Following his graduation, Hobbs spent a year studying in Florence, Italy. In the early 1970s, he spent time in Glasgow, Scotland, where he both studied and taught bagpipes. It was a love he continued for the rest of his life. He was a bagpiper for Guilford commencement ceremonies for many years. Hobbs is survived by his wife, Barbara Hobbs; mother, LOIS ANN HUNKELE HOBBS ’48; sisters LOUISE HOBBS ’71 and Elise Hobbs Tape, brothers GRIMSLEY T. “GRIMS” HOBBS JR. ’70, JACE HOBBS ’81 and RICHARD J.M. HOBBS ’79 and sister-in-law DOROTHY ALLEY “DOTTIE” HOBBS ’69.
Some information courtesy of a July 29 article in the Burlington Times-News by Roselee Papandrea.
July 29, 2008
CAROLYN BEARD WHITLOW displayed her fabric art and spoke on “The Poet as Quilter, the Quilter as Poet” during the North Carolina Writers’ Conference in Hickory, N.C., on July 25.
July 24, 2008
Students returning this fall might not recognize The Grill, located on the lower level of Founders Hall. The area is undergoing a total renovation over the summer, and should be open for business again by the time students arrive on campus.
The new Grill will be larger, boasting three times the amount of serving space that it had before, and its modern design will allow more natural light. It will also have several televisions and wireless Internet. New dining services provider Meriwether Godsey is developing an expanded menu as well. The Grill is also expected to have longer operating hours during the week.
The current upgrades are the most extensive that The Grill has seen since its construction, says JON VARNELL, Guilford’s associate vice president of operations and facilities. “We’ve done a number of projects there over the years, but they were really only face-lifts,” he says. This time, the area was completely gutted and stripped down to its original ceiling deck. All of the area’s mechanical and plumbing systems are being replaced.
The Grill project represents the first phase of a planned overall upgrade of all dining areas.
July 24, 2008
Students completing degree requirements in July will be honored at a graduation candidates’ reception today at 6 p.m. in the Community Center on campus. About 70 students will be recognized.
Participating in the reception program will be ADRIENNE ISRAEL, vice president and academic dean, RITA SEROTKIN, dean for continuing education, and JEN AGOR, associate dean for campus life. Following the program, heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Students completing degree requirements in July are invited to participate in commencement May 9, 2009.
For more information, contact the Office of Campus Life by calling 316-2186.
July 24, 2008
Salman Rushdie is scheduled to discuss his latest book, The Enchantress of Florence, on the nationally syndicated public radio program “Here and Now” today. The program airs at Noon on WFDD-FM (88.5) locally.
Rushdie will appear in the Bryan Series Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009. Guilford students and employees may pick up free tickets approximately three weeks before each series event.
For more information about the radio program, click here.
July 14, 2008
MELISSA DANIEL FRINK, director of the Learning Commons, and her husband, Lorenzo, welcomed baby boy Tristan into the world on Tuesday, July 8, at 11:33 a.m. He weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce and was 19.5 inches long.
Please hold them all in the light as they get to know each other.
July 10, 2008
Bob Woodward’s talk, presented April 13 as the concluding event in the 2007-08 Bryan Series, will be rebroadcast by North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC (91.5 FM) on Wednesday, July 16, at 7 p.m.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist discussed his career as an investigative reporter and author, as well as Washington politics, before an audience of 1,200 at War Memorial Auditorium.
North Carolina Public Radio has been a media partner of the series for five years.
For more information about the 2008-09 series, visit http://www.guilford.edu/bryanseries.
July 02, 2008
Professor Emeritus ALEX STOESEN has returned from Mozambique where he helped construct eight traditional houses in eight days for grandmothers who are caring for their orphaned grandchildren. Stoesen said these houses are “the most beautiful houses I have ever worked on. Built out of all local materials they blend perfectly into the countryside.”
There are several hundred thousand orphans in the country, so the government asked Habitat to give some of the grandmothers a house to make their work easier.
The 25-hour journey took the volunteers to London, Johannesburg, and the capital of Mozambique, Moputu, on the way to the site. The trip took place from June 13-29.
July 01, 2008
JACK ZERBE, professor and the chair of the theatre studies department, has again been elected to a two-year term as clerk of faculty.
Zerbe, who has been a member of the theatre faculty since 1988, has been the theatre studies department chair since 1992.
As a part of the Clerk’s Committee, Zerbe will contribute to the approval process for any changes that are suggested for the Faculty Handbook and the college’s curriculum. These changes are then forwarded to the president and finally to the Board of Trustees for final action.
Zerbe is also an accomplished actor and theatre educator. His extensive background in the theatre includes working with the Chicago Free Shakespeare Company, Berkeley Lunchtime Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.
Zerbe has spent part of the last seven summers teaching American students in Spoleto, Italy, and recently co-wrote the proposal for Guilford’s new study abroad program in Siena, Italy.
Prior to working at Guilford, Zerbe taught courses at Indiana University, University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Zerbe earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and theatre from Oberlin College as well as master’s degrees in directing from Indiana University and dramatic art from UC-Berkeley.
He succeeds DAVE MACINNES, professor of chemistry, who served as clerk the past two years.
July 01, 2008
Fourteen faculty have accepted new appointments at Guilford for 2008-09, including several who represent nations in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, reflecting the college’s commitment to diversity and international perspective.
Eight of the faculty (both tenure-track and visiting appointments) are new to the college; an additional six who were previously appointed have accepted new teaching positions.
Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 18.
The five new full-time tenure-track faculty are:
- DIYA ABDO — assistant professor of English. B.A., M.A., Yarmouk University, Jordan; Ph.D., Drew University. Areas of specialty: modern and contemporary English literature
- TRACI CONNOR — assistant professor of English. B.A., Brigham Young University; M.F.A., Ph.D., University of Utah. Area of specialty: creative writing
- ZHIHONG CHEN — history instructor. B.A., M.A., Beijing University; Ph.D., University of Oregon. Area of specialty: East Asian history
- AMAL KHOURY — assistant professor of peace and conflict studies. B.A., M.A., Ph.D., American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Areas of specialty: political science, international relations
- PARVEEN HASANALI — assistant professor of religion. B.A., University of Madras, India; M.A., Ph.D., McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Area of specialty: Islamic studies
Four faculty members are converting from non-tenure track to tenure-track:
- ALVIS DUNN — assistant professor of history. B.A., M.A., Appalachian State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Areas of specialty: Colonial America and the early American republic
- KAMI ROWAN — music instructor. B.MUS., North Carolina School of the Arts; M.M., Shenandoah University. Area of specialty: classical guitar
- DREW HAYS — assistant professor of music. B.MUS., M.M., Duquesne University; D.M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Area of specialty: jazz
- CRAIG EILBACHER — sport studies instructor and coordinator of sports medicine. B.A., University of North Carolina at Wilmington; M.S. University of Akron; ABD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Area of specialty: sport medicine
The three new visiting faculty are:
- EDWARD STODDARD — visiting professor of geology. A.B., Amherst College, Ph.D., University California, Los Angeles
- DORIS ESSAH — visiting assistant professor of history. B.A., M.Phil., University of Ghana, Legon; Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Area of specialty: African history
- JULIE WINTERICH — visiting assistant professor of sociology. B.A., Miami University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin.
Two new visiting faculty held previous positions at Guilford:
- BETH PARKS, CPA — visiting professor of accounting. B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.S., Appalachian State University
- JENNIE THOMPSON — writing instructor. B.A., Centre College; M.F.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro.