Archive for October, 2009
October 31, 2009
Guilford College Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees convened Oct. 3. The following is a digest of board activity (board action in italics).
Chair JOSEPH M. BRYAN JR. welcomed and introduced new board members and expressed appreciation for those members rotating off the board.
Plenary Session: Self-Assessment Survey
MARTHA SUMMERVILLE provided a general overview of the results of the recent Board of Trustees self-assessment survey. The survey included four parts: Our board as a Working Board, Governing Higher Education, Going Forward and Personal Reflection. Regular self-assessment and examination of the board’s culture are two important hallmarks of effective boards. The results of the self-review were positive, and will be further discussed by the Trusteeship and Governance Committee, as well as the full board.
Principled Problem Solving
MARK JUSTAD, director if the Center for Principled Problem Solving, reviewed the mission of the Center, which emanates from placing Guilford’s core values (community, diversity, equality, excellence, integrity, justice, stewardship) into work in the world. Justad offered a summary of short-term and long-term projects and initiatives that the Center is currently addressing, including the PPS Scholars program. Justad reviewed the center’s goals for the future, including endowing the center and establishing Guilford as a national model for comprehensive campus-wide efforts to teach personal and social responsibility.
Capital Campaign Steering Committee Report
Vice President for Advancement MIKE POSTON reported that the capital campaign has reached nearly $37.4 million toward a goal of $75 million. He further stated that trustees have pledged $11.8 million of their $18.5 million campaign goal. He reported the gifts, pledges and bequests in the amount of $25,000 and above that have been received since May 2009. DAN MOSCA reported that the Capital Campaign Steering Committee convened on Sept. 30.
The college currently has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, slightly higher than the 16:1 ratio outlined in The Strategic Plan for Guilford College 2005-2010.
Vice President for Academic Affairs ADRIENNE ISRAEL shared the criteria developed to measure academic programs, approved by the by division chairs, Curriculum Committee and Clerk’s Committee. During 2007-08, each department share submitted a report providing qualitative data. Quantitative data from the registrar, Office of Institutional Research and others were combined with these reports to measure each department by these criteria. The committee reviewed the preliminary results.
The committee will also review a report on student outcomes, based on 2003 data.
The board approved the following faculty promotions:
KYLE DELL, assistant to associate professor, Department of Political Science
KAREN HAYES, assistant to associate professor, Department of Psychology
ANGELA MOORE, assistant to associate professor, Department of Geology
DAVID NEWTON, assistant to associate professor, Department of Art
The committee reviewed and endorsed the college’s draft integrated communications and marketing plan, designed to develop awareness and recognition while building positive impressions of Guilford in the minds of various target audiences. DARYLE BOST announced the promotions of TY BUCKNER and JERRY HARRELSON to associate vice president of communications and marketing and alumni relations, respectively.
The committee approved the attached draft policy regarding requests for contributions by the college to other non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations and other charitable causes.
DAVID HOOD reported that Davenport, Marvin, Joyce & Co. LLP has completed the FY 2008-09 audit, and the financial statements have been approved. No difficulties were encountered in completing the positive audit.
The board approved the submission of the Form 990 upon review and approval by the Audit Committee, with filing to be accomplished by Feb. 15, 2010.
Buildings and Grounds Committee
Following an update on recent facility improvement projects, the committee engaged in a spirited discussion of deferred maintenance, culminating with the request that a line item be added to the operating budget to address deferred maintenance and renovation of facilities, with the amount to be determined by an industry standard percentage of replacement value.
Enrollment and Financial Services Committee
The committee discussed repercussions of the state’ elimination of the NC EARN grants at the end of this semester, which will impact 84 students. The committee will investigate: long term challenges of the college tuition rate increase model; utilization of financial aid to attract, recruit and enroll desired intended-outcome students; graduation rates of different financial aid sets; and debt loads of students and graduates.
The FY 2009-10 operating budget was developed on a “worse” case scenario fall enrollment; as the college achieved a record fall enrollment, additional revenues were realized. The budget includes a spending allocation of $3,142,000 from endowment income. The FY 2009-10 operating budget is $54.1 million, including about $900,000 in unallocated funds, which will be allocated by President KENT CHABOTAR in consultation with the Budget Committee and others. Additional allocations may take place after Feb. 1, 2010, when spring enrollment figures and other variables are final.
The board approved the revised operating budget for FY 2009-10.
The committee engaged in a full and spirited discourse of the role of hedge funds in the endowment, together with a review of hedge fund managers. Additionally, the committee interviewed a real estate investment manager.
As a follow-up to the board’s strategic planning retreat, Dan Mosca will meet with the Strategic Long-Range Planning Committee Oct. 7. The Planning Committee and the SLRP committee will continue to work closely on developing the next strategic plan.
Quaker Life and Diversity Committee
The committee enjoyed a panel discussion by Quaker Life Scholars, which was facilitated by BRENT MCKINNEY. The February meeting of the committee will include multicultural scholars.
Student Affairs Committee
The committee discussed the process of moving to a tobacco-free campus in order to improve the health and wellness of Guilford students, faculty and staff. Dean of Students AARON FETROW recommended that the main part of campus would become tobacco-free beginning next fall, which the committee affirmed.
Trusteeship and Governance Committee
The committee recommended the following slate of officers for 2009-10:
Chair: Joseph M. Bryan, Jr.
Vice Chair: ELLEN HAMRICK
Vice Chair: ED WINSLOW
Secretary: VIC COCHRAN
Treasurer: Brent McKinney
President: Kent John Chabotar
Assistant Secretary: JOYCE EATON
Assistant Treasurer: JERRY BOOTHBY
The Board approved the appointed officers.
RANDY DOSS, vice president for enrollment services, reviewed fall semester enrollment data as of the official Oct. 1 date. He reported that the college achieved a record headcount of 2,833, including the largest traditional student enrollment of 1,471 and the second largest Center for Continuing Education enrollment of 1,263.
The first-year class also includes the largest percentage of traditional students from North Carolina (50 percent) since 1970. A total enrollment of 2,830 was outlined as a goal to be attained by 2010 in The Strategic Plan for Guilford College 2005-2010.
This is the first semester since 1995-96 that the college has attained 80 percent retention. Persistence, retention and enrollment numbers all exceeded “worse” case budget scenarios. Although data are still being finalized, it appears that the college will achieve the 43 percent financial aid discount rate target.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION REPORT
TOM EVAUL highlighted recent activities, including Homecoming and Family Weekend, the Stuart T. Maynard Luncheon and hosting alumni receptions at Bran Series events. The association has made more than 1,000 calls to prospective students, in addition to staffing college fairs.
October 30, 2009
The intersection of environment and human development will be the subject of the annual Algie I. Newlin Lecture, to be delivered by history professor ZHIHONG CHEN on Monday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Community Center.
In her talk, “Place and Race: How Geographers Defined Racial and Ethnic Identities in Early 20th Century China,” Chen will look at how a group of Chinese geographers used their knowledge of climate to legitimize racial and ethnic ideologies from the 1910s through the 1930s. The lecture will ask to what extent climate determines human character and how this geographical knowledge can be used to justify racial and ethnic boundaries.
Chen is an assistant professor of history, teaching courses in pre-modern and modern Chinese, Japanese, and Asia Pacific history. A primary area of interest is the ethnic and geographic formation of the modern Chinese nation. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Beijing University in Beijing, China, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of History at 316-2226.
The Algie I. Newlin Lecture, sponsored annually by the history department, honors a key member of the department from 1924-66.
October 30, 2009
The Department of Theatre Studies will open its season with a student performance of Anton Chekov’s classic drama “Uncle Vanya” Nov. 13-14 and Nov. 19-21. All performances will take place at 8 p.m. in Sternberger Auditorium.
“Uncle Vanya,” first produced in 1900, is one of four plays that Chekov published before his death in 1904. The play presents a Russian family at a turning point in their lives, when they re-examine their pasts, question their futures and find the courage to continue.
Director DAVID HAMMOND, a professor of theatre studies, says, “The issues the family faces in the play include an uncertain economy, political change, failed dreams of success and destruction of the environment. Their world and their problems are strikingly similar to our own.”
Hammond previously directed “Uncle Vanya” for graduate students and professional actors at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and at Playmakers Repertory Company, where he was artistic director for 14 years. This all-student cast includes RYAN FURLOUGH ’10, DUSTIN GRIMSLEY ’13, PALMER HICKS ’12, ALLISON MARTIN ’10, MARY PEARL MONNES ’10, RICHARD ROGERS ’13, BEN STOREY ’10, ALEXANDRA STROUD ’12, and NORA YOUNES ’11.
Tickets are $5 for general admission and $1 for Guilford students, faculty and staff members. For ticket information and reservations, call the box office at 316-2414.
October 30, 2009
Two speakers with ties to the Vietnam War era will visit in early November to talk about their respective journeys of reconciliation and healing. Anne Morrison Welsh, widow of Norman Morrison, and Stevie Westmoreland, daughter of Gen. William Westmoreland, will speak Monday, Nov. 9, and Tuesday, Nov. 10, respectively.
Each program will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Auditorium, located in the Frank Family Science Center, and each is free and open to the public.
Welsh’s first husband, a Baltimore Quaker, self-immolated on the steps of the Pentagon in 1965 in protest of American involvement in Vietnam. Welsh later directed the Rural Southern Voice for Peace in western North Carolina and in 1999 made a pilgrimage of healing to Vietnam. She will speak about her family’s experiences, recounted in her book (authored with Joyce Hollyday), Held in the Light: Norman Morrison’s Sacrifice for Peace and His Family’s Journey of Healing.
Westmoreland was in her teens when her father commanded American military operations in Vietnam from 1964-68 and later served as Army Chief of Staff from 1968-1972. She returned to Vietnam last spring for the first time since her family’s deployment. She will speak about reconciling her love for her father with the destructive impact of the war whose strategy he helped direct. Her daughter, MOLLY, is a student at Guilford.
October 30, 2009
JERRY W. HARRELSON ’72 and TY BUCKNER have been promoted to associate vice president positions, Vice President for Advancement MIKE POSTON announced. The appointments were effective in October.
Harrelson will be associate vice president for alumni relations and Buckner will be associate vice president for communications and marketing. They are being promoted from director and senior director positions, respectively. Both have been employed at the college since the 2001-02 academic year.
“Promoting Jerry and Ty is not only a recognition of their dedication and good work but also the importance the college places on the alumni relations and communications and marketing functions,” Poston said. “Engaging our alumni and promoting the college to a wide range of constituents is pivotal to our success in attracting support for the college and achieving enrollment and other business goals. We are grateful for the efforts Jerry and Ty have made and will make in these areas.”
Harrelson is responsible for all aspects of alumni relations including the strategic engagement of alumni spread across the United States as well as alumni living in 60 foreign countries. In addition, Harrelson is responsible for relationships with over 100 key donor prospects. He joined Guilford in March 2002 as director of planned giving, and assumed the position of director of alumni relations in September of that year.
In the first 30 years of his career in the UNC System, Harrelson was the senior undergraduate enrollment officer at UNCG. He worked two years as director of admissions and records at Rockingham Community College. He is the 2002 recipient of the CACRAO (Carolinas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) Excellence Award and an Honorary Lifetime Member of CACRAO.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Guilford and a master’s degree in guidance and higher education administration from UNCG in 1973. He has served on the Guilford College Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Board of Visitors and member of the President’s Club and a past chair along with his wife, MELISSA THOMPSON HARRELSON ’72.
Buckner is responsible for all aspects of communications and marketing including the development and implementation of a strategic integrated marketing plan. In addition to media relations, publications and Web content, Buckner and his staff coordinate the Bryan Series. He joined the college in July 2001 as director of college relations and has been senior director of communications and marketing since April 2007.
In his first 16 years in higher education, Buckner was on the intercollegiate athletics staff at UNCG, serving as sports information director beginning in 1985 and later assistant and associate athletic director for public affairs. He was on staff throughout the movement of the athletic program from Division III to Division I of the NCAA. He won awards for publications and helped establish the UNCG Athletics Hall of Fame.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from UNCG in 1984 and began working with the athletic staff as a college sophomore.
October 29, 2009
The math team at The Early College at Guilford was recently named 1A state champion for its performance in the 2009 American Mathematics Contest. The team is coached by Paul Smith and includes Thomas Lu, who posted the high score in the contest.
The American Math Contest is a mathematics competition sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. It features 25 challenging multiple-choice questions that cover the entire high school mathematics curriculum.
Students who rank in the top 5%% nationally in the contest advance to the next round of individual competition, the American Mathematics Invitational Exam (AIME). For his exceptionally high score, Lu advanced to the AIME and to the subsequent round, the United States American Mathematics Olympiad.
The ECG Math Team will defend its state title in the AMC contest Feb. 9 and Feb. 24.
October 29, 2009
Ten faculty members in the Department of Art will show their work as part of the college’s biennial faculty exhibition, on display Oct. 28-Dec. 18 in the Art Gallery, located in Hege Library.
A reception for the artists will take place Friday, Nov. 6, from 5:30-8 p.m., featuring a musical performance by Mark Dixon’s band, Invisible, at 7 p.m.
The performance will include a playing of Dixon’s Selectric Piano, a custom-built hybrid of an IBM Selectric typewriter and a piano. The piece will be part of the exhibit from Nov. 2-5.
October 29, 2009
Old Dominion Athletic Conference men’s basketball coaches picked Guilford first in the league’s annual preseason poll.
The Quakers received 119 points and accumulated 10 first-place votes. Virginia Wesleyan College earned the remaining first-place vote and tied for second place with Randolph-Macon College with 103 total points.
Guilford finished third in the NCAA Division III National Championship last year and is ranked among the top three teams in national preseason polls.
The Quakers host Methodist University Nov 17 in the season opener. A day later, they meet Greensboro College in the Greensboro Coliseum.
October 29, 2009
Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist, will present a talk entitled “Confronting Global Economic Challenges” in the Bryan Series Tuesday, Nov. 3.
The program is at 7:30 p.m. at War Memorial Auditorium. Tickets were distributed to students, faculty and staff earlier this month. A limited number of free tickets will be available the evening of the event, with presentation of a Guilford ID at the box office.
For more information about the Bryan Series visit www.guilford.edu/bryanseries.
October 29, 2009
Zhihong Chen, assistant professor of history, will give the Newlin Lecture Monday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Center.
The title of the talk is “Place and Race: How Geographers Defined Racial and Ethnic Identities in Early Twentieth Century China.”
It is open to the public at no charge.