Archive for May, 2009
May 28, 2009
The spring issue of Guilford College Magazine is available online. In this issue, you’ll read about some of those faculty members such as English professor HEATHER HAYTON, math professors ELWOOD PARKER ’64 and RUDY GORDH ’66 and emeriti faculty MEL and BETH KEISER. A feature on the Dorothy Lloyd Gilbert Awards includes a tribute by JEANNE CAMPBELL ’49 to one of her beloved teachers.
Read the issue online here.
May 28, 2009
The Board of Trustees and Alumni Association Board of Directors are meeting this weekend. It is the first time in recent years that the groups have convened their meetings on campus at the same time.
The trustees will have committee meetings today (May 29) and a full board meeting Saturday. The board meets three times annually to conduct college business. This is the third meeting of the academic year.
The Alumni Board is holding its annual planning retreat on campus and will have committee and full board meetings Saturday. It will meet to hear updates from various college administrators Sunday morning.
Altogether, about 75 of the college’s key volunteer leaders serve on the two boards. Please welcome them when you see them.
May 28, 2009
The Office of the Academic Dean will be closed the week of June 1-5 while it is relocated to the first floor of King Hall. It will reopen Monday, June 8.
May 27, 2009
BETH VOLTZ ’91, a partner at Weatherspoon & Voltz LLP, was awarded Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 leadership award May 1.
The Business Journal honored promising business people in the Triangle under the age of 40 with the award for the ninth straight year. Recipients were chosen based on their business accomplishments, community involvement and significant career milestones during the past year.
Voltz’s law practice is focused on commercial real estate transactions. She also counsels owners and developers on corporate and leasing issues, and works with a number of financial institutions as lender’s counsel in connection with acquisition and construction financing for commercial development projects.
Her community involvements include serving as a board member of SAFEchild, serving on Guilford’s fundraising steering committee and acting as a trustee of N.C. Bar Association Health Benefit Trust.
Voltz earned her law degree in 1998 from UNC Chapel Hill Law School.
May 27, 2009
The Adult Degree Program will host information sessions on Tuesday, June 9, at 6 p.m. and on Saturday, June 13, at 10 a.m. in the Frank Family Science Center.
The sessions will feature overviews of the programs offered, course formats, admission requirements and financial aid.
Reserve a space and receive additional information by visiting the Web site at www.guilford.edu/adults or by calling (336) C-R-E-D-I-T-S (273-3487).
May 26, 2009
The Bryan Series will present Yo-Yo Ma, the world-renowned cellist, in a speaking and performing event Monday, Oct. 26. The program is in addition to the four 2009-10 subscription events and is being presented in partnership with Eastern Music Festival.
Since this event is fully funded by ticket income, a final determination about campus sales will be made after public sales have covered event costs. About 1,200 tickets have been sold to date.
On June 1, single-event tickets will be on sale with prices starting at $35 for balcony seats. If you wish to be guaranteed a seat, you may choose to purchase tickets at that time from the Greensboro Coliseum Advance Box Office or online at Ticketmaster.com.
Free tickets for the subscription events featuring Garry Trudeau, Paul Krugman, Anna Deavere Smith and David Gregory will be distributed on campus approximately three weeks before each program.
If you have questions about next year’s Bryan Series, contact SUZANNE SULLIVAN by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 22, 2009
KYLE WOODEN ’11 earned Second Team All-America and First Team All-South Region honors May 22 from the American Baseball Coaches’ Association. Guilford’s fifth recorded baseball All-American, he also earned Second Team All-America recognition from D3baseball.com May 20. Teammate DREW WARD ’10 was a Third Team ABCA All-South honoree.
A 6-5, 240-pound designated hitter, Wooden leads NCAA Division III with a school-record .514 batting average through games of May 17. He tied the Guilford standard with 71 hits this season, the nation’s 25th-highest figure, and ranks fourth in Division III with a .588 on-base percentage. The left-handed-hitting Wooden belted a team-best 10 homers, which ranks ninth in Guilford history, and 15 doubles, the Quakers’ fifth-highest all-time total. His .841 slugging percentage and 51 runs batted in (RBI) both stand second in school history. He also scored 42 runs, worked 14 walks and reached base a school-record 12 times as a hit batsman. Wooden led the Old Dominion Athletic Conference with a .492 batting average, .566 on-base percentage and 25 RBIs in 17 league games.
Guilford’s 19th First Team All-ODAC pick, Wooden paced the Quakers with 16 multiple-RBIs games and recorded 19 contests with at least two hits. He enjoyed a 12-game hitting streak during the year and twice captured ODAC Player of the Week honors. Wooden started the season with a bang, going four-for-four with two homers, four runs scored and four RBIs in the college’s season-opening 19-18 win over Piedmont College Feb. 7. He was five-for-five with a homer, double and three RBIs in a March 22 victory at league-rival Emory & Henry College and ended league play in style by going seven-for-nine with two homers and seven RBIs in a doubleheader split with ODAC Tournament champion Washington and Lee University April 19.
Only numbers like Wooden’s could overshadow Ward’s play as the Quakers’ starting third baseman this season. The Second Team All-ODAC selection finished second on the team in hitting with a .420 batting average, the fourth-highest figure in Guilford history. He totalled 21 runs, 66 hits, and 45 RBIs, all career highs. He ranked among ODAC leaders in batting average (2nd), hits (3rd), and RBIs (4th). Ward finished the season third on the team with five home runs and 11 doubles, also personal bests. He had 21 multiple-hit games and 11 contests with at least two RBIs. Ward compiled a .890 fielding percentage and won the team’s Gold Glove Award. One of his best performances came in the nightcap of the doubleheader against Case Western Reserve Feb. 21, when he was 3-for-4 with two home runs and a career-high six RBIs.
Wooden and Ward helped fourth-year head coach NICK BLACK’s ’02 club to a 19-19-1 record, the Quakers’ best since 2006. Guilford set the school record for team batting average (.348).
May 21, 2009
JENNIFER ABELIN ’09 earned Second Team All-Chesapeake Region recognition from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. Honorees were nominated and chosen by women’s lacrosse coaches in the region, which extends from Maryland to North Carolina. The 224 all-region selections from across the country are eligible for the organization’s All-American teams, which were announced May 22.
Abelin, a 5-5 defender, earned all-region honors for the first time after becoming the Quakers’ third two-time First Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference selection last month. She led Guilford’s defenders for the third straight season with 53 ground balls and a school-record 31 caused turnovers. Abelin also led the league in both categories and ranks 12th among NCAA Division III caused turnovers per game (2.38) leaders through games of May 17. She tallied a season-high five caused turnovers, six ground balls and an assist in Guilford’s March 25 win over Hollins University. Abelin also recorded a career-best nine ground balls versus nationally ranked Washington and Lee University April 14.
Abelin concluded her outstanding career as the Quakers’ career leader with 90 caused turnovers in 61 games. She ranks second all-time with 217 ground balls. Abelin captured the Quaker Club’s 2008-09 Ideal Student-Athlete Award according to a vote of the school’s athletic department staff. She also earned the Nereus C. English ’26 Award in February, the school’s highest athletic honor. Abelin graduated as a three-time All-ODAC selection and a member of the 2007-08 IWLCA Division III Academic Honor Roll.
Abelin helped fifth-year head coach MATTHEW GROSSO’s team to a 6-11 overall record. The Quakers went 3-5 in conference play and earned the sixth seed for the ODAC Tournament. Guilford’s season ended with an 11-8 loss to Randolph-Macon College in the league quarterfinals April 22.
May 21, 2009
BRIAN CREGHAN ’10 earned First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III At-Large Team honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America. He was also one of 42 NCAA Division III golfers honored as a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar.
CoSIDA members nominated and selected the academic all-district teams. The all-district squads are comprised of crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, golf and tennis student-athletes from Division II and III institutions in the five-state area from Virginia to Florida. Nominees were starters or important reserves of sophomore academic standing or above who maintained at least a 3.3 grade point average. As a first-team all-district selection, Creghan is eligible for the organization’s Academic All-American teams, which will be announced June 9.
The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) awarded the All-America Scholar commendation. To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status, an individual must be a junior or senior academically and compete in at least two full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70 percent of his team’s competitive rounds or the NCAA Championships, have a stroke average under 79.0 in Division III and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2. Recipients must also be of high moral character and in good standing at his college or university.
After earning honorable mention All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference recognition for two consecutive years, Creghan captured First Team All-ODAC honors this season. He also won the league’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award and was named to the ODAC’s Sportsmanship Team. The junior stood second on the team and fourth in the league with a career-low 76.20 stroke average with six top-12 finishes on the year. His best performance was in the Sea Trail Intercollegiate Sept. 19-21 when he placed sixth with a three-day 216. Creghan is a five-time dean’s list business management major and a two-time Academic All-ODAC selection. He was recently named a student marshal at Guilford and inducted into the school’s Scholarship Society.
Coach JACK JENSEN’s Quakers’ were ranked No. 8 in the final Golf World/Nike Golf Division III Coaches’ Poll and No. 7 according to the May 20 Golfstat.com Division III Ratings. The Quakers finished second among eight teams in the ODAC Tournament in Cape Charles, Va., April 18-20.
May 14, 2009
Invited commencement speaker CHARLOTTE ROBERTS encouraged Guilford graduates to translate Quaker traditions into their future professional and community service work May 9.
During the ceremony, Guilford conferred degrees on more than 300 students who completed degree requirements in the spring semester. A total of more than 500 students earned degrees during the college’s 172nd year.
Roberts, a Guilford trustee and president of a management consulting firm, focused on the values she gleaned from her own Quaker upbringing and how she tries to apply them to her work in an uncertain economic period.
Roberts told graduates to “find the right work for you and your soul.” She said, “It may take a few years for some of you to know exactly what you’re on this planet to do, but wait with expectation for a profound sense that you are living your purpose.”
In his charge, President KENT CHABOTAR challenged graduates to live in the moment. “There is no sense always fearing tomorrow or obsessing on yesterday except possibly to learn from it. But there is great sense in savoring the joys of today and the power of the present,” he said.
In their remarks, student speakers SARON SMITH-HARDIN ’09 and MICHAEL RAPER ’09 spoke of the process of applying one’s Guilford experiences to the future.
The ceremony also included performances by the Guilford College Choir, directed by WENDY LOOKER, and the Jazz Quartet. Bagpipers Dave Thomas and PETER KENT ’74 accompanied the processional, and were joined by other bagpipers for the selection “Simple Gifts” in memory of RUFFIN HOBBS ’75. Hobbs played bagpipes at commencement for many years until his death last summer.
To read all of the speakers’ remarks, as prepared for delivery, click here.