September 30, 2009
September 30, 2009
September 30, 2009
The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation has made a grant of $50,000 to Guilford to enhance the environmental studies program. Funds from the grant will support program needs as determined by faculty in that academic area. The college will receive $10,000 per year for five years.
“The environmental studies program is extremely proud to accept this grant and is grateful to be one of the few environmental education programs in the country to receive the support and recognition of the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation,” said KYLE DELL, assistant professor of political science and co-coordinator of the environmental studies program.
“Through this generous grant, our program will enhance student leadership in the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies by supporting new student programs focused on study abroad, internships, service learning and other experiential education opportunities,” he said. “These new opportunities will allow student learning to continue to improve and excel just as Guilford continues to become a more sustainable campus and community.”
Guilford’s environmental studies program emphasizes the relationship between humans and the environment. It allows students to study and address the quality of the Earth’s environment and the sustainable use of its natural resources. The program’s focus on justice, global awareness, service to the greater community and sanctity of nature are in keeping with the college’s five academic principles and its Quaker heritage.
The environmental studies major is unique in the level of interdisciplinary course offerings, and involves faculty from many diverse academic fields of study. Faculty are involved in a variety of public issues, including social and environmental justice topics, studies of water quality and aquatic ecosystems in Greensboro, environmental advisory work for the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and global climate change issues.
The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation is dedicated to providing meaningful assistance and support to society, the arts, the environment and all living things.
The foundation supports a broad range of charitable purposes that were meaningful to Margaret Cargill, who died in 2006. These purposes include the environment, the arts, disaster relief, children, education, teachers, tolerance and conflict resolution, families, animal care, American Indian culture and education, the elderly and health education for young people.
Cargill was the granddaughter of William Cargill, who co-founded Cargill Inc., one of the world’s largest agribusiness companies.
September 30, 2009
Guilford will be one of over 100 sites worldwide to host the simultaneous premiere of “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, An Epilogue” Monday, Oct. 12, on the anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s murder in Wyoming. The staged reading will take place at 8 p.m. in Dana Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
The Laramie Project, which premiered in 2000, is a theatre production based on interviews conducted in Laramie, Wyo., in the days after Shepard was beaten and tied to a fence in October 1998. He died six days later. His murder became a watershed historical moment in America highlighting violence and prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
The epilogue focuses on the long-term effects of the murder on the town of Laramie. It explores how the town has changed in 10 years and how the murder continues to reverberate in the community. The play includes new material based on interviews with Matthew’s mother Judy Shepard and Matthew’s murderer Aaron McKinney, who is serving two consecutive life sentences.
Guilford’s production is directed by Professor of Theatre Studies JACK ZERBE and production managed by senior theatre major ALLISON MARTIN ’10, president of Revelers, a student theatre organization. It features an all-student cast that includes MARTHA ADAMS-COOPER ’13, KIERAN BRACKBILL ’12, PALMER HICKS ’12, DAVID KINCHEN ’13, ALEX KNOX ’11, OLIVIA SHURE ’13, ERIC STEGINSKY ’09, NATALIE STREITER ’11, PUJA TOLTON ’13 and ELIZABETH WRAY ’13.
On Oct. 12, the play will be performed in New York at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and in over 100 other theaters in all 50 states, Canada, Great Britain, Spain, Hong Kong and Australia.
Following the performance, a Web cast will be available for a live question-and-answer session with members of the Tectonic Theater Project, producers of the original play and the epilogue. Questions will be asked via Twitter and other social media from the venues all over the country.
The Tectonic Theater Project will also launch an online community at www.LaramieProject.org. Participants can blog, upload video and photos and share their stories about the play, experiences in preparing and presenting the epilogue in their communities. The members of Tectonic Theater Project will be active participants in the online community, offering participants feedback and encouragement.
For more information, call 316-2341.
September 29, 2009
Alumni and friends have made gifts and pledges totaling nearly $290,000 to establish a fund honoring retired coach STUART T. MAYNARD, the college announced Sept. 26 during Homecoming and Family Weekend.
Gifts will support a planned batting center for McBane Field on campus, which is the home field for the baseball team. Maynard, now 91, coached the baseball team from 1952-84 and holds the record for most baseball coaching wins at the college.
“The man so many of us refer to as ‘The Rock’ was a teacher, coach, mentor and friend for generations of Guilford students,” said RANDY DOSS ’82, the college’s vice president of enrollment, who played baseball for Maynard as a college student. “This fund means that his legacy will continue to impact Guilford student-athletes in the years to come.”
“Stuart Maynard exemplified Guilford’s core values of community, excellence and integrity in his work and in his life,” said Vice President for Advancement MIKE POSTON. “That so many Guilford alumni and friends have already pledged support for the Maynard Fund is a testament to the affection so many still feel for him.”
Maynard, who graduated from Guilford in 1943, was captain of the football and baseball teams. In 1951, the college hired him to be director of physical education and head coach of the football and baseball teams. He coached football for five seasons and baseball for 33 seasons until his retirement in 1984.
Under Maynard, the baseball team was 436-394-4 and earned trips to the NAIA Baseball World Series in 1966 and 1976. Maynard won the Professional Baseball Scouting Association’s Coach of the Year Award in 1976 and the NAIA National Coach of the Year Award in 1966. He is a member of the NAIA Baseball Hall of Fame and the Guilford College Athletic Hall of Fame.
A native of Harnett County, N.C., Maynard served two years in the U.S. Navy and then took a job as football coach at Williamston (N.C.) High School. His team won the 1950 state championship.
Maynard received the Alumni Excellence Award from Guilford in 1982, and the college honored the legendary coach by installing a commemorative rock between McBane Field and the Armfield Athletic Center in 2009.
Maynard resides in Greensboro with his wife, Ruth, who is a 1943 graduate of the college. They have five children.
For information about contributing to the Stuart T. Maynard ’43 Fund for Athletics, contact JERRY W. HARRELSON ’72, director of alumni relations, at 336-316-2333 or email@example.com.
September 29, 2009
You are invited to hear fellow students, faculty, staff, and visitors reflect on their spiritual journeys and their struggles.
College Meeting for Worship takes place each Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Moon Room of Dana Auditorium. MARTHA ORHAI ’10, sociology & anthropology/English, will lead the worship on Sunday, Oct. 4. All are welcome.
September 28, 2009
The Department of History and the International Studies Program will host a Moon Cake and Tea Party to celebrate the East Asian Mid-Autumn Festival and welcome the new and returning history major and international studies major students. The party will take place in the Founders Gallery today from 6:30-9 p.m. Moon cakes and tea are provided. There will also be the Chinese two-string violin (Erhu) performance, Japanese tea ceremony, short drama on traditional folktales, and some other programs.
The Mid-Autumn Festival (in Chinese, Zhongqiu jie) is a popular harvest festival widely celebrated in China, Japan, Korea and other East Asian countries and communities. It is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar, when the fall sky is clear and beautiful and the moon is supposedly at its fullest, roundest and brightest. Farmers celebrate the end of the summer harvesting season on this date. The full moon is also traditionally a symbol for reunion (in Chinese, tunayuan), as yuan means round.
Family members and friends usually gather on this day to admire the bright mid-autumn moon, eat moon cakes and enjoy the reunion. There are many beautiful legends associated with this festival, among which the most popular one tells about a legendary hero Houyi, who saved people from a severe drought by shooting down nine of the ten suns in the sky using his arrows, and his beautiful wife Chang’e who eventually flew to the moon and resided there as an immortal. The mid-autumn full moon also became a favorite theme for Chinese literati in their prose and poems.
The traditional food on this festival is the moon cakes, which are typically round, symbolizing the full round moon and family reunion. For generations, moon cakes have been made with sweet fillings of nuts, mashed red beans, lotus-seed paste or Chinese dates, wrapped in a pastry. Some contain one or more whole egg yolks. Nowadays there are hundreds of types of moon cakes with different fillings and shapes.
September 25, 2009
Please join us for the screening of the first film in a semester-long series on Muslim women presented by DIYA ABDO’S IDS 485 Arab and Islamic Feminisms class Tuesday, Oct. 6.
“In popular Western imagination, a Muslim woman in a veil — or hijab — is a symbol of Islamic oppression. But what does it mean for women’s freedom when a democratic country forbids the wearing of the veil?”
They Call Me Muslim is a provocative documentary which “portrays the struggle of two women — one in France and one in Iran — to express themselves freely.”
The film will be introduced, presented, and moderated by students ALICIA BACHMAN, LEE CORNETT, MELISSA FRICK and JOSH OSBOURNE. For information contact Diya Abdo 316-2214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 25, 2009
Professors, JULIE BURKE and DAVID TEMPLE, from Education Studies, and SHERRY GILES, from Justice and Policy Studies, presented papers at conferences last week in Chapel Hill.
Burke presented a paper on John Dewey and Martin Buber’s conceptions of collective and community entitled, “Hemmed in and Fumbling Towards That which Has Not Been Yet” at the National Conference on Democratic Education in the Spirit of John Dewey: A Celebration of His 150th Birthday.
Temple and Giles presented at the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society (SAPES) Conference. David’s presentation was entitled, ” Upon the King: Myth and Meaning in the Principalship” and Sherry’s was, “Status Anxiety and Envy in Democratic Educational Initiatives: Insights from Psychoanalytic Political Theory,” as part of a panel, “The Psychic Life of Democracy: A Buddhist, Psychoanalytic, and Queer Dialogue.”
September 24, 2009
Campus Life received interest and requests from students, faculty, and staff, to restore one of the racquetball courts in Ragan-Brown Field House following the opening of the Mary Ragsdale Fitness Area. Thanks to cooperation from the Department of Facilities and the Sports Studies Program, we are pleased that we will have racquetball again on our campus. The date of opening will be announced.
Playing times will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and will use a sign-up sheet outside of the court to reserve court time. Precise court times are being finalized, but open racquetball play will likely occur after 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, with the exception being Wednesday evenings after 7 p.m. Open times will also be available on the weekends corresponding to the hours of the Mary Ragsdale Fitness Area.
Thanks to all of you who provided valuable input about the desire to again have racquetball on campus.
September 24, 2009
Students who need to complete their Quantitative Literacy graduation requirement can take the exam Saturday at 1 p.m. in King 123. No registration is needed. Simply bring pencils and a calculator.
The exam will be given on other dates through the semester. Students can go to the college Web site and search for “quantitative literacy” to get more details.