Archive for August, 2010
August 31, 2010
Guilford was picked eighth in the ODAC preseason poll. Randolph-Macon College, the defending ODAC champion, topped the 11-team poll with eight first-place votes and 116 total poll points.
Fifth-year head coach EMILY GANN leads a squad that features 10 returning letter winners who contributed to last year’s 12-15 season, the team’s best result since 2002. Joined by eight newcomers this year, the 10 veterans include captain TAYLOR PHILLIPS ’12. The All-ODAC honorable mention setter finished fifth in the conference with 7.26 assists per game in 2009. Outside hitter BRITTANY FREEMAN ’13 returns as the Quakers’ leading hitter after recording team highs in kills (250) and service aces (36), which ranked sixth and seventh in the conference, respectively.
The Quakers begin conference play Sept. 14 when they host Washington and Lee University.
ODAC Volleyball Preseason Poll
(#) Denotes first-place votes
1. Randolph-Macon 116 (8)
2. Washington and Lee 98 (1)
3. Lynchburg 97 (1)
4. Virginia Wesleyan 93
5. Roanoke 81 (1)
6. Bridgewater 74
7. Emory & Henry 51
8. Guilford 42
9. Eastern Mennonite 36
10. Randolph 25
11. Sweet Briar 13
August 27, 2010
Guilford will offer discounted employee medical premiums effective with the Jan. 1, 2011 health insurance renewal. Discounted rates will be determined later this year.
In order to be eligible for the reduced premium in 2011, employees and their covered spouse must:
- Have a routine physical between July 1, 2009, and Nov. 12, 2010.
- Proof of physical exam must be provided to Human Resources no later than Nov. 16, 2010. Acceptable forms of proof are:
1) Letter from physician
2) Signed letter provided by HR
August 27, 2010
KELLY DE SILVA ’11 will be featured at Rioja! A Wine Bar for the month of September. The opening reception will take place Friday, Sept. 3, starting at 8 p.m. at the wine bar, located at 1603 Battleground Avenue.
Come enjoy Kelly’s “abstract non-objective acrylic canvases slickly executed in a plethora of color fields and gently suggested environments.”
August 26, 2010
Artist Bryant Holsenbeck will create a large installation made from recycled materials in Guilford College Art Gallery, working through Sept. 1.
The installation exhibition, “Again and Never Again,” will run through Oct. 1 in the gallery, which is located in Hege Library. Holsenbeck will give a talk at the exhibition’s opening reception on Wednesday, Sept. 1, from 5-7 p.m. All activities are free and open to the public.
Holsenbeck, based in Durham, N.C., began her arts career as a basket maker. She evolved into creating large-scale installations that document the waste stream of modern Western society. Additionally, she is a studio artist who makes books, birds and sculptures out of recycled materials.
Holsenbeck says, “Americans create more garbage, per capita, than any other culture, yet we are blind to our waste. I believe this is a function of our wealth, and the vastness of our country. We have the room to hide our waste, and the money to make more. I collect many things, among them, bottle caps, credit cards, pencils and chop sticks. I use these everyday items to make work, which transforms the objects and surprises us.”
She has taught, shown her work and created community art projects throughout the United States, most recently “Away and Back Again,” a community mandala installation at UNC Chapel Hill’s Fed Ex Global Education Building. The artist is currently attempting to live for one year without using disposable plastic, writing about her experience at her blog, “The Last Straw: A Reluctant Year Without Plastic.”
Community participation is invited during Holsenbeck’s residency. To donate materials or schedule a tour, call 316-2483. For more information, visit www.guilford.edu/artgallery.
Holsenbeck’s project is part of Guilford’s 2010-11 theme year, Green & Beyond, a collection of events and learning opportunities dedicated to examining the topic of sustainability and to promoting sustainable individual and institutional practices. For more information, call 316-2277.
August 26, 2010
Vice President and Academic Dean ADRIENNE ISRAEL offered closing remarks at Opening Community Meeting Aug. 17, asking faculty to participate this year in a discussion about the practical liberal arts education that has been a hallmark for Guilford since it became a college in 1888.
“This combination (of liberal arts and vocational education) is at the heart of Guilford College and at the same time at the center of some of its deepest divisions,” she said. “Since our (opening) meeting has focused on community, I am proposing that we take these divisions on this year and find ways to turn a source of conflict into a source of strength.”
Israel invited faculty to join an Oct. 7 trustee retreat on academic quality. Details about that opportunity will be forthcoming.
August 26, 2010
Under the guidance of the Strategic Long-Range Planning Committee (SLRP), an updated draft strategic plan is now available for additional review by, and feedback from, the Guilford Community. It is entitled The Strategic Plan for Guilford College 2011-2016: The Outcomes of a Guilford Education (SLRP II).
The updated draft of the strategic plan can be found here. Within the draft is a brief executive summary (pp. 6-10) that highlights the plan’s theory and major recommendations.
The plan continues to be revised based directly on input received after drafts were provided in the Beacon last spring and this summer. Many substantive changes were made in response to feedback from faculty, students, staff and the Board of Trustees. A dozen community forums have also helped shape the plan. While this draft remains a “work in progress,” it continues to reflect the best thinking and hard work of many individuals determined to design a strong future for Guilford College. Major revisions since July include, but are not limited to:
- Professionally copy-edited to increase clarity, consistency, and brevity. The plan is now considerably shorter.
- Provided additional connections between the strategic support examples provided in the strategic outcomes section (3.0) and the strategic support detail in section 4.0.
- January term clarifications, including:
- Individual departments will help determine how each could incorporate the January term and still serve their major.
- Clarified existing discussion of the role and importance of the January term to the plan.
- January term new staff support now provided a year earlier.
- Continued participation by faculty in the January term (above the normal workload) could benefit faculty workload and may be considered justification for merit raises.
- Further clarification that, while the annual minimum total student load will not be increased, the faculty may determine it needs to be decreased or adjusted to account for January term classes.
- Additional discussion of the importance of marketing the term to students/advisees.
- Accelerated language class offerings will be above the introductory level; clarified wording related to satisfaction of the language requirement during study abroad.
- January term revenue not predicted to be traded off to less gain against summer- or regular-semester revenue.
- Updated list of schools that offer a winter term.
- Guilford Connects will stress written skills and students will be trained to effectively reflect on their experiences; provided additional support for faculty toward these ends and additional link with the QEP.
- Added discussion of “Why not review the curriculum before we implement SLRP II?” and the relationship between SLRP II educational outcomes/assessment and informed curricular review.
- Faculty visibility discussion further developed to better focus on faculty “scholarship.”
- “Sexual identity” terminology replaced with the standard, legally recognized, and more accurate terms of “gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation.”
- Pre-professional or professional internships are less common for humanities; in response to feedback concerning one instance that did not address this issue, plan language adjusted to also include “service-learning projects, study abroad initiatives, and other forms of experiential learning.”
- Elaborated on faculty and student exchanges.
- Cited research and the “signs” of a successful study abroad program.
A series of Community Time forums on the draft plan are being held this month. The first forum was held last Wednesday. Time will be reserved for discussion of general plan topics. By request and to facilitate discussion, each community forum will also focus on one section of the plan.
Outcomes assessment (Sec 3.0, Attach F, E)
January term (Sec 4.3-Obj 2.3.3, Attach H)
Study abroad/away (Sec 4.4)
Internships, career advising, integrative learning (Sec 4.3-Obj 2.3.1); Guilford Connects (Sec 4.2)
By Friday, Sept. 3, if possible, please email your feedback (or send feedback on behalf of others) to JEFF FAVOLISE, firstname.lastname@example.org. Campus mail is also welcome: Jeff Favolise, Hege Library. Unless you otherwise direct, all input will be made anonymous and kept confidential before, during, and after it is passed along to the faculty, student and staff representatives on the SLRP committee and its SLRP II subcommittee.
August 26, 2010
The first issue of the campus ministry newsletter, the GCRO “Caw,” is online at www.guilford.edu/caw. Edited by HEATHER VON BODUNGEN ’12, the Caw contains reflective pieces, announcements of events, and information about worship opportunities on campus.
August 26, 2010
The 21st annual Friends Meetings Progressive Dinner for Guilford College Quaker students, faculty, staff and “fellow travelers” will be held Friday, Aug. 27. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Friends Historical Collection of Hege Library, participants will proceed to New Garden Friends Meeting for the main course of a Quaker potluck meal and then to Friendship Friends Meeting for desserts and music.
Friends Center’s annual offering of “Quakerism 101″ will begin Tuesday, Sept. 7, with a pizza lunch at New Garden Friends Meeting at 11:30 a.m. The six-week offering on consecutive Tuesdays will cover Quaker history and spirituality, the Quaker testimonies, and the influence of Friends faith & practice on the campus ethos. After the Sept. 7 program, all subsequent meetings will be held in the Gilmer Room with lunch provided. Please RSVP to Max Carter at email@example.com.
August 25, 2010
Teaching scholarships for $5,000 are available for enrolled college students that are or were residents of Davidson County for at least six years prior to enrollment. Eligible students must maintain at least a 2.8 grade point average; they will be required to obtain a North Carolina teaching certification within a year of graduating, as well as a three-year teaching contract in the Davidson County school system. Application requirements and guidelines are available in high schools and colleges in Davidson County, Chambers of Commerce and the Davidson County Manager’s Office or at www.co.davidson.nc.us.
August 24, 2010
DOUGLAS SMITH, professional tutor in the Learning Commons and English instructor, has a new poem, “Narrative Containing a Sentence from the Book of Job,” in the summer issue of Cimarron Review. He is now a Contributing Editor at Lake Effect, a literary magazine published in Pennsylvania.