Archive for March, 2010
March 31, 2010
While on sabbatical in Ramallah, Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories this semester, MAX L. CARTER delivered six public lectures in a series celebrating the centennial of the Ramallah Friends meetinghouse. Four of the lectures (on the lives of the Quakers from Maine who began the Quaker work in Palestine; the origins of the Quaker peace testimony; Quaker origins; and Quaker diversity) were delivered in the stone building dedicated to Quaker worship on March 6, 1910. The other two lectures on Quaker history and its connection with Quaker education in Palestine were delivered at the Friends Boys School and the Friends Girls School in Ramallah.
Max also developed a Quakerism curriculum for the eighth grade and 10th-grade, as well as creating a world religions course for the first time in the Ramallah Friends Schools’ history. The course will encompass a study of the basics of comparative religions, “aboriginal” traditions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and “non-orthodox” religious movements.
The Ramallah Friends Schools enroll 1,200 students in grades K-12. The director of the Schools is Joyce Ajlouny, whose nieces DEENA ZARU and NIDA’ KHALAF graduate from Guilford this spring. While in Ramallah, Max also had several opportunities to meet with Friends Schools and Guilford alumni YASSER ALIS (’56), MOHAMMAD KHALAF ’05, RASHA ALI ’09, YA’COUB SA’AD ’08 and BEN STRONG ’08, who, with his parents, visited for a tour of the Friends Schools and lunch in El-Bireh, Ramallah’s twin city. Strong plays basketball professionally in Haifa, Israel, and this was his first visit to the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.
March 31, 2010
ANNE GLENN, professor of chemistry, GAIL WEBSTER, assistant professor of chemistry, and MARLENE MCCAULEY, professor of geology, attended the 239th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco March 25. They each presented at a symposium sponsored by the Division of Chemical Education entitled: Food Chemistry Courses in the Liberal Arts Curriculum.
Glenn’s talk, “Home economics as an overlooked resource for chemistry of food and cooking courses” presented information about women scientists who made significant contributions to chemistry and food science through their scholarship.
Webster presented a talk titled, “Increasing students’ hunger for science: Student centered learning in a food chemistry course.” She addressed the spiral curricular design and active learning strategies incorporated into chemistry of food and cooking.
McCauley’s presentation, “Teaching the most popular lab science on campus: The science of wine” discussed the development of a novel lab science course that incorporates chemistry, geology, molecular archeology, and biology to teach the science of wine.
As contributors to this symposium, their work will be published in an ACS Symposium Series book.
March 31, 2010
Tammy Horn, Ph.D., of the Eastern Kentucky University Environmental Research Institute, will address the Principled Problem Solving Scholars Program Seminar in Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Auditorium on Tuesday, April 6, at 8 p.m.
Her talk, “Coal Country Beeworks: Creating a Honey Corridor on Surface Mine Sites”, addresses pioneering work reclaiming lands affected by mite infestation and coal mining for the purpose of reintroducing bees and bee-related industries to the area.
Horn’s graduate studies were in English and she is the former Chair of Appalachian Studies at Berea College. She is currently the director of the Lost Mountain Honey Project, and author of the widely acclaimed book, Bees in America: How the Honeybee Shaped a Nation.
The EKU Environmental Research Institute promotes environmental research-related activities primarily in Eastern and Appalachian Kentucky.
More information on Tammy and her work can be found at: http://www.tammyhorn.com/.
This talk is sponsored by the Center for Principled Problem Solving and the PPS Scholars Program.
March 30, 2010
A dedication ceremony and ribbon-cutting for the STUART T. MAYNARD Batting Facility next to McBane Field is planned Saturday, April 10. The ceremony is open to the public and will be held between games of a baseball doubleheader with Randolph-Macon that begins at 1 p.m.
Alumni and friends made gifts and pledges of approximately $300,000 to establish a fund for constructing the facility, which was recently completed. Maynard ’43, now 91, coached the baseball team from 1952-84 and holds the record for most baseball coaching wins (436) at the college. His teams made two trips to the NAIA World Series. As a student at the college, he was captain of the football and baseball teams.
March 29, 2010
PETER LATIMER ’10 won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s Golfer of the Week Award and JESSICA BURCHAM ’12 earned the league’s Softball Pitcher of the Week Award. Latimer also received Guilford’s Student-Athlete of the Week prize, presented by the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Latimer won the ODAC honor for the 10th time in his career after winning his school-record fifth college tournament at the 39th annual Marine Federal Credit Union Intercollegiate March 28. His performance helped the Quakers place sixth in the 32-team field. Latimer won tournament with a seven-under-par 66-70-71-207 that tied the school record for 54 holes. Latimer entered the final round with a one-shot deficit and his one-under performance helped seal a two-stroke victory. His opening-round 66 came on the par-70 Scarlet Course at Paradise Point Golf Club, which matched his career low and ranks third in school history. The performance marked his seventh straight top-10 finish and lowered his stroke average to a team-best 72.47 through 19 rounds.
Guilford is ranked No. 4 in the March 17 Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ Division III Poll and No. 2 in the March 24 Golfstat.com Head-to-Head Division III Rankings. The Quakers return to action April 13 at the Emory University Spring Invitational.
Burcham posted three wins in Guilford’s 4-0 week, including complete-game victories over Mary Baldwin College and Eastern Mennonite University. She also earned a win in relief in the second game with Eastern Mennonite. Burcham fanned 22 in her three appearances, including a season-high 12 in her one-hit shutout of Mary Baldwin Mar. 24. Three days later against Eastern Mennonite, she scattered six hits over seven innings with eight strikeouts in a 5-1 win. Burcham threw 1.1 innings of relief in the nightcap, which helped Guilford overcome a 6-3 deficit and pull out an 8-6 triumph.
For the season, Burcham’s 8-1 record in 13 appearances has solidified her position as the ace of the Quakers’ staff. Her club-high 72 strikeouts in 62 innings stand second in the ODAC. Burcham also sports a team-best 3.16 earned run average, six complete games, and .249 opponent’s batting average.
Coach DENNIS SHORE’S Quakers (21-4-1, 7-1 ODAC) have won 13 of their last 14 games. Their 7-1 ODAC record ranks second in the conference behind undefeated Lynchburg College. Guilford hosts Ferrum College Saturday, April 3, at 1:30 p.m.
March 29, 2010
All students are being asked to evaluate their academic advisors for the 2009-10 academic year. Students should complete the anonymous evaluation of the academic advising that they received by logging in to BannerWeb and clicking on “Evaluation of Academic Advising.”
As with course evaluations, this information will be used in regular faculty reviews, including promotion and tenure.
March 28, 2010
KAMI ROWAN was invited to adjudicate the Beatty Music Scholarship Competition for Classical Guitar in Washington, D.C. March 12-15. Forty of the most talented students (ages 12-18), from the Maryland, Northern Virginia and D.C areas gathered at George Washington University to compete for scholarships and the opportunity to play at the Kennedy Center. All participants received feedback directly from the judges.
March 26, 2010
A retirement reception for Professor of Chemistry DAVE MACINNES and Assistant Dean for Career and Community Learning IRENE HARRINGTON will be held Wednesday, April 21, from 1-3 p.m. in the Carnegie Room of Hege Library. Refreshments will be served and all in the community are invited to attend. The reception is sponsored by the Academic Dean’s Office.
March 26, 2010
The Department of Physics will present a program about black holes in outer space on Sunday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Assistant Professor DON SMITH will present a multi-media presentation, “Holes in the Fabric of the Universe,” using the planetarium’s all-dome projector. Black holes were named to describe Einstein’s theory of gravity, which predicts that when enough matter or energy is in a small enough volume, space itself will become so dramatically curved that not even light will be able to escape. Smith will discuss why black holes should be considered real and present in our universe. The talk will be followed by a tour of the observatory and, weather permitting, viewing through the main telescope.
The Department of Physics presents programs and tours of Cline Observatory monthly during the academic year. For more information, call 316-2193 or visit the observatory’s Web page.
March 26, 2010
The Friends of the Library will host a discussion, “Guilford Students and the Media,” Sunday, April 11, in advance of the Bryan Series talk by “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory. The discussion is at 3 p.m. in the Carnegie Room in Hege Library. The public is invited at no charge.
RICHIE ZWEIGENHAFT will coordinate the discussion. Zweigenhaft, Dana professor of psychology, is the director of the communications minor and has been teaching the mass media course since 1981. His research has focused on media ownership and the American power structure.
For the discussion, Zweigenhaft will draw on data he has gathered over the past 12 years about the ways in which his mass media students use various media.
Zweigenhaft said, “The data I have gathered from Guilford students for the past 12 years about their use of various media are quite revealing about who our students are, and how they come to know the world around them.”
Gregory’s lecture is Tuesday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. at War Memorial Auditorium.