Archive for July, 2009
July 29, 2009
The 2009 Performance Appraisal Timeline is as follows:
- Sept. 1: Human Resources will distribute appraisal forms to supervisors/managers by electronic announcement.
- Supervisors/managers review materials and information
- Supervisors/managers begin gathering materials to complete appraisal form
- Sept. 8: Human Resources notifies all direct-reporting employees of the selected supervisors that the electronic upward assessments will open.
- Sept. 11: Supervisors/managers distribute copies of appraisal forms to each of their employees and ask them to complete their portions in time for the appraisal review meeting.
- Sept. 18: Electronic assessments will close for the direct-reporting group.
- Sept. 25: Human Resources will notify the campus community at large that electronic assessments will be open.
- Oct. 2: Supervisors/managers begin preparing annual appraisal form for employees.
- Oct. 5: Electronic assessments will close for the campus community group. All upward assessments must be completed.
- Oct. 13: Supervisors/managers discuss overall outcomes with reviewer and schedule appraisal interview(s) with employee(s).
- Nov. 10: Deadline for completion of appraisal interviews for all employees.
- Nov. 23: Deadline for completion of appraisal form for all employees and return to reviewer for final signature.
- Nov. 30: All completed appraisal forms must be returned to Human Resources.
NOTE: Assessment feedback on randomly selected supervisors will not be disclosed until after all other employee appraisal forms have been finalized.
July 23, 2009
A reception honoring the 77 students completing degree requirements in July will be held today at 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the community center.
Participating in the program will be Vice President and Academic Dean ADRIENNE ISRAEL, Dean for Continuing Education RITA SEROTKIN and Associate Dean for Campus Life JEN AGOR.
Students earning degrees in the summer are invited to participate in the next commencement exercises in May 2010.
July 22, 2009
The following is an outline of a protocol for Guilford College to be used in the event that a student presents with severe flu symptoms in the Student Health Center or in the event of notification by an outside physician regarding a Guilford student who has tested positive for the H1N1 virus (Swine Flu).
- Students presenting in Student Health with severe symptoms will be referred to Urgent Medical Family Care (UMFC), a partner with our Student Health Center, for evaluation.
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend isolation of the student for one (1) week.
- On or off campus students will be encouraged to self-isolate (i.e., stay away from others) and avoid exposure to the public. This is the latest procedure being recommended by the CDC in addition to the one-week period of self-isolation being recommended by the CDC. It is likely that once a student is reported as positive a staff member from the Guilford County Health Department will also follow-up with the student.
- Campus Life will then obtain the appropriate permission from the infected student to alert faculty members that one of their students has tested positive. Campus Life then communicates the following to the concerned faculty member: (1) do not inform other class members about the illness, (2) do remind class to go to student health if they have flu symptoms, do stay home and do not come to class if they have flu symptoms, wash hands, and take other standard protective measures, and (3) ask that the faculty members not count absences against the infected student.
- The CDC has advised colleges to continue self-isolation in the event of increased cases on campus and the CDC is not recommending closure for institutions of higher education. In the event that Guilford College experiences more than 20 cases of active H1N1, before closing pursuant to Level 4 of the Guilford College Pandemic Operations Plan (POP), the Incident Command Group (POP) will consult with local public health officials regarding appropriate next steps.
It is important to note that the virus only lives on surfaces for eight (8) hours and standard, daily cleaning kills the virus. This does not necessitate a need for increased cleaning by the housekeeping staff, but we would ask that all members of the Guilford community stress the importance of hand washing, general hygiene, and appropriate diet and sleep. By the time a person is confirmed positive with the virus, any areas they have contacted would likely be virus-free due to the eight-hour lifespan of the virus on surfaces.
Finally, our area hospitals are treating anyone presenting with flu-like symptoms on an outpatient basis as if they had the common flu. They are not testing individuals for H1N1 unless they are very young, elderly, or have serious and/or complicating medical conditions.
Please click here to read the announcement from the White House, the Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, and the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan regarding H1N1 and a possible forthcoming voluntary vaccination program.
July 22, 2009
Guilford set a new record for summer school headcount with 948 students–47 more than the previous record of 901 in 2005. The college averaged 860 summer school students the past four years.
The summer school headcount total was official July 15. Included were 660 adult students, 286 traditional-aged students and 2 students in The Early College at Guilford. 142 attended full-time and 806, part-time.
“During an economic downturn, such as the one we are currently in, people frequently return to school to improve their skills, knowledge, and employability,” said RITA SEROTKIN, dean of continuing education and director of summer school. “While this has certainly affected our enrollment, we believe that the quality and accessibility of our programs and the success of our students have led more people than ever to select Guilford as their college of choice.”
On an annual basis, Guilford offers two five-week summer school terms and a 10-week term.
July 22, 2009
DAVE ODOM ’65 joined seven other college basketball coaches and sports personalities in “Operation Hoop Talk: Talking Hoops with the Troops” in Kuwait and Afghanistan for nine days in June.
The United Service Organizations (USO) sponsored the tour, during which the coaches hosted free clinics, signed autographs and posed for pictures with United States troops.
Before leaving for the Middle East, Odom and the others visited injured troops at Bethesda (Md.) Naval Hospital and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
“In the past 25 years, I have made numerous trips to the Middle East, Europe, Asia and South America,” Odom said. “In retrospect, no trip I have taken has meant more to me personally than this one.”
Odom spoke of visiting with a quadruple amputee at Walter Reed Army Hospital and an eight-year-old girl in Afghanistan whose body was severely burned by errant white phosphorus rockets. He observed the respect shown by troops as a fallen comrade was sent back to Dover (Del.) Air Force Base. And he met with foot soldiers who experience eye-to-eye and foxhole combat every day.
“I am so proud of our country and the servicemen and women that work everyday and night to protect the very freedom that we enjoy,” Odom said. “My intention was to thank them. Instead, they thanked me for coming. The spirit and courage of our troops is amazing.”
“For this experience, I will eternally be grateful,” he said. “I know that every Guilfordian shares my pride and prays for their safety and a successful end to every conflict.”
Odom retired in 2008 with more than 400 head coaching wins at Wake Forest, South Carolina and East Carolina. He returned to Guilford last fall to work with President KENT CHABOTAR and other administrators on fundraising and alumni engagement initiatives.
In addition to Odom, the recent USO touring party including current or former coaches Pete Gillen (Virginia), Jeff Jones (American), Barry Rohrssen (Manhattan), Gary Stewart (California-Davis), Jerry Wainwright (DePaul) and Dennis Wolff (Boston University) as well as National Basketball Coaches’ Association Deputy Executive Director Reggie Minton.
The USO delivers entertainment and comfort to service men and women around the world in times of peace and war. In 2008, celebrity ambassadors traveled to 27 countries and 23 states and entertained more than 236,000 troops and families.
July 22, 2009
Greensboro’s Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park returns to the Guilford campus Sunday, July 26, at 6 p.m. The concert will be on the central quadrangle lawn and admission is free.
The New Familiars will perform as part of the EMFfringe series. Find more information about EMF here.
Concert-goers are advised that the larger parking lot at the northwest entrance to campus (near the Frank Family Science Center) is closed for repaving this summer.
The Sunday evening summer concerts have been held for 30 years. Thirteen programs are planned this year, and more information is available here.
July 09, 2009
Four spring student-athletes ranked among the final NCAA Division III statistical leaders in seven categories.
KYLE WOODEN ’11 ranked among the top 15 in three Division III baseball categories. The second team All-America designated hitter led all NCAA divisions with a school-record .514 batting average. He also finished 11th in slugging percentage (.841) and fourth in on-base percentage (.588).
Softball pitcher JESSICA BURCHAM ’12 ranked in the top 15 in two categories. She finished eighth in strikeouts per seven innings (9.9) and 12th in saves (3). Both figures are Guilford school records. As a team, the Quakers boasted the 11th-highest fielding percentage (.971) in Division III softball. Guilford made just 32 errors in 255 chances.
In women’s lacrosse, goalie ALYZZA-MAY CALLAHAN ’10, placed 15th in Division III with 192 saves. JENNIFER ABELIN ’09 ranked 12th in caused turnovers per game (2.38).
July 09, 2009
Several campus improvement projects scheduled this summer are completed or in progress. Here’s an update:
Renovations to Dining Hall Seating Area
As part of the college’s contracted agreement with Meriwether Godsey for dining facility improvements, the seating area of the dining hall has been renovated. Skylights were added, the upper dining area was extended and new finishes were applied, giving the seating area a clean, new look. Repositioning of the dish return area closer to the seating was accomplished to improve traffic flow and convenience.
A total of $1.5 million in dining facilities improvements are part of the college’s agreement with Meriwether Godsey, which has just completed its first academic year as dining services provider at Guilford.
This is the second round of dining services work following the renovation of the grill last summer, and is to be followed by renovation of the serving area next summer.
Installation of Artificial Turf in Armfield Athletic Center
Installation of the new artificial turf on Appenzeller Field in Armfield Athletic Center is complete. The $1 million project is the latest of $2.35 million of improvements to the facility in the past three years, funded by the Edward M. Armfield Sr. Foundation.
The field is the competitive home for the football, soccer and lacrosse teams and will host intramurals and outside events. The first athletic event on the new turf field is scheduled to be a women’s soccer exhibition Aug. 22 against Louisburg College. It is the only artificial turf field for athletics competition at a college or university in Greensboro or Guilford County.
The artificial surface replaced a natural grass field and was installed by FieldTurf, which has completed more than 2,500 projects in 40 countries worldwide. Read more about the company’s patented product and its commitment to environmental sustainability at www.fieldturf.com.
There are several benefits of the artificial surface, including eliminating fertilizing and watering and reducing overall field maintenance. With the addition of stadium lights (in 2007) and turf, team practices and contests can be scheduled later in the day, which should result in fewer classes missed by student-athletes. The surface is also more durable in inclement weather.
Repaving and Renovation of Hendricks Parking Lot
Repaving and renovation of the Hendricks Parking Lot is underway, and the lot is scheduled to be closed to all traffic through Saturday, Aug. 15. When completed prior to the start of fall semester, this project will significantly improve the functionality and appearance of the parking lot.
During the construction period, recommended alternate parking includes the Frank Science Center lots, as well as lots adjacent to the Alumni Gym and Ragan-Brown Field House, New Garden Hall and Dana Auditorium. The small lot in front of the Early College modular buildings is being used to provide additional handicapped parking.
As a convenience to evening students and faculty, a shuttle service runs between the lots and the campus. Dean for Continuing Education RITA SEROTKIN (above) has been among the volunteer drivers for the shuttle service.
Questions about the project can be directed to JIM DEES, project manager, at email@example.com or 316-2923.
Repurposing of the Ragan-Brown Field House Pool Space
The pool space in Ragan-Brown Field House is being repurposed as a enhanced fitness area for anyone in the campus community.
The project is underway, and more details will be published in a future issue of the Beacon.
July 09, 2009
TARA ALAN ’06 is on a bicycling adventure around the world. Traveling with Tyler Kellen, she embarked April 2 from Glasgow, Scotland, and as of July 8, they were making their way across France. They are biking between 50 and 80 kilometers each day.
The trip was 18 months in the planning, and the cyclists are documenting the journey through photos and journal entries at www.goingslowly.com.
“Apart from satisfying a desire to document our travels, we hope that our Web site will help anyone dreaming about a trip like this understand more clearly what it takes to pack up and leave the comforts of home behind for the excitement and adventure of the open road,” Tara says.
Tara’s father, Mark Alan of Champaign, Ill., says his daughter “is a renaissance woman and has put her varied talents and skills to work in this project. I invite you to ‘join’ them on their journey.”
Tara graduated from Guilford with a bachelor’s degree in art and a concentration in women’s studies.
July 09, 2009
Students in LAURA PARRISH’S “Organizational Communication and Teamwork” class put course work into action by helping people in need the week of June 22.
Courtesy of the News and Record
The Justice and Policy Studies class combines weeks of course work with five intense days of classes and community service. Students complete required reading and papers analyzing and applying justice and leadership theories.
The students contributed several hundred dollars to fund a series of outreach efforts, and multiplied their resources by obtaining discounts and donations from local businesses.
In about six hours one day, the 24 students:
- Purchased and gave away biscuit sandwiches to people waiting at the social services building on Maple Drive
- Collected donated restaurant gift cards to share with people in the waiting room at a local hospital
- Purchased and distributed small gifts to children living with their mothers at a local halfway house
- Distributed bottled water to people downtown
- Purchased hot dogs for several dozen people at a park
And one evening, the students provided a spaghetti dinner for more than 100 homeless people downtown.
“It taught me that a little bit of effort and a little bit of sweat can help so many people,” MELISSA BUNN ’12 told the News & Record.
On an annual basis, Guilford students contribute more than 60,000 hours of service to the community though academic and co-curricular service learning programs.
To read the full story, click here.