Many facilities and programs support Guilford’s academic curriculum. Descriptions follow of the library, computing and information technology, the Learning Commons, first-year program, science and language laboratories, classroom buildings, physical education building, performing arts spaces and Guilford’s art studios and galleries.
Hege Library provides a wide range of services for the College community, advancing the College’s mission of producing critical thinkers and principled problem solvers. The library shares a catalog with its NC-PALS consortium-member partners, Bennett College, Greensboro College, and Salem College and offers reciprocal borrowing privileges with them as well as other area colleges. Desktop computing is available in the library’s Information Village and the Betty Place Classroom and laptops are available for checkout.
Hege Library houses more than 250,000 volumes of books and periodicals, films, and provides access to thousands of electronic resources. Constructed in four phases beginning in 1908 from Andrew Carnegie funding, the library now comprises 53,000 square feet due to a major renovation in 1989. Hege Library also houses the Friends Historical Collection and Archives, the Learning Commons and the Art Gallery. The Library offers numerous services including instructional technology assistance, instructional services and reference, interlibrary loan and provides study space for 400 users.
Friends Historical Collection. The Friends Historical Collection, located in Hege Library, is a comprehensive research collection of materials pertaining to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) worldwide and serves as a recognized primary source research facility for Quaker history and belief, anti-slavery activities, and family history. The collection is open to Guilford students and faculty, Friends, visiting scholars and the general public. It is the center for Quaker study in the southeastern United States, housing the records of North Carolina Quakers from 1680 to present. The collection also includes rare books and periodicals, manuscript collections of personal and organizational papers, the College archives, images and artifacts.
North Carolina Piedmont Academic Library System (NC-PALS). This organization includes Bennett College, Greensboro College, Guilford College and Salem College. The most significant cooperative efforts of the consortium are a shared library catalog and reciprocal borrowing agreements that serve all member colleges.
Computing and Information Technology
Computing Resources. Guilford features a fully wired and wireless networked campus with connectivity to academic and administrative buildings and residence halls. The campus has fiber-optic connectivity between all buildings within the main campus. Wireless networking is available campus wide. Each residence hall and most of the student houses has a data connection per resident and cable TV connection per room. Local phone service is provided and voicemail service is available upon request. The campus has a high-speed connection to the Internet.
Computer labs are available to Guilford students and community. Two 24-hour computer labs and three computer classrooms are available in the Bauman Telecommunications Center. Guilford also maintains multimedia and computer classrooms across campus. Guilford supports both Windows and Macintosh computers. The Guilford Web site provides up-to-date information on the computer labs and the College standard hardware and software.
All computers on the Guilford network have access to network servers managed by the Department of Information Technology & Services and to high-speed networked printer-copiers. Every student, staff and faculty member has an account on the network servers with private disk space that is accessible from all networked computers. Guilford provides multiple ways to access the network from off campus.
Information Technology and Services. This department is located in the Bauman Telecommunications Center, which houses the campus network and servers, the telephone and voice mail systems, the cable TV systems and the Information Technology & Services Solution Center, which is a part of the Solution Center. IT&S provides support for academic computing, all college standard software and hardware, the Guilford network and the College’s connection to the Internet. The IT&S Solution Center is located in Bauman 101. The Solution Center provides technical support for campus computer hardware and software issues. Requests for assistance can be made by phone, e-mail, voicemail or by just walking in. Both professional staff and student workers are employed at the Solution Center. IT&S provides training in the use of the College standard software and hardware. Faculty may work with IT&S’s instructional technologist to provide training in specific information technology areas for their classes.
Multimedia Equipment. Information Technology & Services provides the campus with multimedia resources. Media Services are provided for classroom activity and special events only by contacting the Solution Center. quipment such as data projectors, laptops, sound, projection screens, conference phones, recording devices and digital media-playing devices can be reserved for checkout or setup when one of the many multimedia rooms is not available. Students may check out digital video and still cameras plus external hard drives for class projects and may use the recording equipment at the Solution Center to transfer video media from one format to another (i.e. VHS, Hi8 to DVD).
The Learning Commons (LC) is located on the second floor of Hege Library and serves the learning needs of Guilford’s diverse student population. The department offers a variety of academic support services: professional tutors who assist with writing, study skills, time management, quantitative skills and learning differences; peer tutors who assist with course-specific needs; Writing Fellows who assist with discipline–specific needs in academic majors; Learning Strategies and Alternative Learning Strategies classes; group and class presentations on a variety of topics, such as writing process and time management; and a campus reading series for creative writers.
The LC also has a variety of resources: the Study and the Writing Studio, where students can write and study independently or in groups, as well as work with tutors; books, handouts and other valuable resources, such as semester-at-a-glance calendars; a helpful link on the Guilford Web site, as well as support technology such as Kurzweil Reader (scans texts and reads them), JAWS (screen reading software for PCs) and a magnifier for use with printed texts.
The LC provides guidance and additional instruction as students strive to learn more effectively and efficiently across the curriculum and throughout their lives. It is not a remedial center; rather, the staff provides support for all students, including Early College, adult, traditional, honors, under-prepared, those with special needs, and on academic probation, as well as those doing advanced course work or writing senior theses.
Students with Disabilities
Guilford does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities and provides reasonable accommodation(s), as required by law, to otherwise qualified applicants for admission. Such accommodations bear on education programs, activities, services and practices, including application procedures, admissions, student assignment, course assignment, the awarding of degrees, discipline and dismissal. Educational opportunities will not be denied to an otherwise qualified applicant or student because of the need to make reasonable accommodation(s) or modification(s) for the physical or mental impairments of any such individual.
If you have a documented physical, learning or psychological disability for which you would like to request appropriate accommodations, you must complete the Disabilities Disclosure found in the Course Registration Guide, Disability Services or online at www.guilford.edu/pdf/admission/disabilitiesDisclosure.pdf. Please be sure to include specific information regarding your disability and how it affects your academic work, class schedule, residential living situation and co-curricular involvement. You should attach appropriate documentation. Please indicate whether or not you are requesting assistance in arranging for accommodation.
The form and documentation will be directed to the appropriate campus area (Counseling Center, Learning Commons, Student Health, Residence Life, etc.) for consideration. A staff member from the appropriate area will be in touch with you to discuss your accommodations and if you are approved, you will receive a copy of your confidential 504 Accommodation Plan that you may share with instructors, resident advisors, staff members and others as appropriate.
Career Development Center
The Career Development Center (CDC) staff works with members of the Guilford College community to aid in career preparation through self and major exploration and the coordination of internships and on-campus student employment. The center works to connect each individual’s academic knowledge and experiential learning in ways that lead to fulfilling employment. The department employs a holistic approach to career development by teaching
career-related skills through classes, workshops and individual career counseling. Special programs, career fairs and a one-credit course also assist students in their planning. An alumni network gives students access to Guilford graduates who are willing to share their expertise.
The CDC houses a library of rich resources that help students plan a major, investigate graduate programs, develop a polished resumé, conduct an effective job search or find an internship (the internship program is discussed in Chapter VII). Reference materials on national and international companies and agencies in the nonprofit sector are also available.
The CDC serves all students and alumni and encourages early involvement.
Student Employment Service
The Student Employment Service (SES), a part of the Career Development Center, assists students seeking part-time (on- and off-campus) and summer employment. The SES also maintains lists of students who are available for childcare and tutoring employment. These lists are distributed to Greensboro-area residents upon request.
International Student Services
Services are available to international students through the international student advisor, who advises them on institutional rules, government regulations, academic resources and extra-curricular opportunities offered by both the College and the larger Greensboro community. Prior to the general orientation program, international students participate in an orientation program specifically tailored to their needs. Students spend two days familiarizing themselves with the school and other international students, have conversations about cultural adjustment, and spend time bonding as a group.
The international student advisor is available throughout the academic year to help students with any issues they may encounter, both academic and personal. The advisor also works with other staff, faculty and students to create a welcoming environment for international students through formal and informal activities. There is also an international student organization that promotes the understanding of international cultures at Guilford.
Arts Programs and Lectures
Each year Guilford presents programs in music, the performing arts and public affairs for students, faculty and staff. The College presents departmental lectures such as the Sheridan Simon Lecture (physics), the James L. Fleming Lecture (peace and conflict studies) and the Rembert W. Patrick Lecture (history).
Since 1996, the Bryan Series has been creating community conversation with an annual series of lectures in the arts, humanities and public affairs. Events are held in War Memorial Auditorium in Greensboro. Recent visitors have included President Bill Clinton, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Garry Trudeau, Yo-Yo Ma, Christiane Amanpour, Salman Rushdie and Khaled Hosseini. For more information, visit www.guilford.edu/bryanseries.
Frank Family Science Center
The Frank Family Science Center houses the four science departments at Guilford. In addition to providing modern laboratory facilities, the science center serves as a popular teaching facility for the entire academic community. It provides computerized multimedia classrooms, a computer visualization facility, a multi-function auditorium, an observatory and formal and informal meeting facilities. The new science building was named The Frank Family Science Center to honor the late Stanley Frank—a local community leader and a trustee of the College from 1969-2006—and his family.
The 54,000-square-foot facility was planned “from the inside out” to support Guilford’s unique vision of science education. Laboratory design consultants worked with each member of the science faculty to design laboratories which would enable hands-on learning with intense student-teacher interaction. These facilities were then combined with student work spaces, classrooms and easily accessible faculty offices to create learning communities for each discipline—biology and forensic biology; chemistry; geology and earth sciences; and physics and astronomy. The result is a building that facilitates interactions among the disciplines and so encourages the growth of interdisciplinary programs such as environmental science and health professions.
Scientific Computation and Visualization Facility. The chemistry, geology and physics departments host the Guilford Scientific Computation and Visualization Facility, which was made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation. This facility is equipped with a Silicon Graphics server and more than 20 Sun and Silicon Graphics workstations, running Unix. Students ranging from first-year students to seniors use these computers for class work, independent projects and senior theses. Specific uses include molecular modeling, geographical information system work, numerical modeling, development of computer graphics and computationally intensive calculations.
Biology. The Department of Biology has seven large, well-equipped laboratories on the first and lower floors of the Frank Family Science Center, a greenhouse, several instrument/prep rooms and faculty research space. Two additional laboratories are designed specifically for biology majors who are conducting individual research projects. All of the teaching laboratories in the Frank Center are fully wired and equipped with computer projection facilities, audio-visual equipment and multiple computer terminals for student use. The student research lab and the teaching laboratories are furnished with modern molecular biology equipment that gives students practical experience in research methods. The forensic biology laboratory is furnished with a gas chromatograph-mass spectrograph (GC-MS) and a wide variety of new instrumentation used both in teaching and research. In addition, modern crime scene software and a collection of Bone Clone replicas are available for student use. The physiology laboratory provides equipment and computer hardware and software for studies of animal and human functions.
The Bailes Greenhouse provides opportunities for student and faculty research and also serves as a depository of typical vascular plants for observation and study. A herbarium is also available for botanical reference. An ornithological collection housed in the field biology laboratory dates back over a century to the work of Guilford alumnus T. Gilbert Pearson, one of the first presidents of the National Audubon Society. The department maintains a collection of specimens of vertebrates from North Carolina. The College woods and lake serve as a “living laboratory” with over 240 acres for research and study in forest ecology, ornithology, herpetology and limnology.
Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry occupies the third floor of the Frank Family Science Center. The laboratories and other department facilities were designed by the faculty to allow access to students in all chemistry courses, including the introductory courses, to state-of-the-art instructional and research facilities. The general chemistry lab is equipped with downdraft hoods for each student, as well as data ports at each station. The organic chemistry lab provides individual access to research-grade fume hoods that allow modern experiments to be performed safely. Both labs are equipped with computer projection systems to facilitate demonstration of laboratory techniques and concepts. The advanced chemistry lab is a flexible space that can be used by junior and senior chemistry students to perform more advanced procedures in physical, analytical inorganic and materials chemistry. A research lab permits students to pursue thesis research under the direction of a faculty member.
Instrumentation available to students in these laboratories includes a 90 MHz NMR spectrometer, double beam UV-visible spectrophotometers, an FT-IR spectrophotometer, high-performance liquid chromatographs, a fluorimeter, calorimeters for solutions and polymer analysis, a potentiostat-galvanostat, and an ion chromatograph. Student offices give chemistry students spaces within the department to study, read journals or analyze data in a comfortable setting, near faculty offices.
Geology. Geology facilities support a complete field and laboratory program and complement Guilford’s student research program in geology. The Frank Family Science Center has eight state-of-the-art geology classrooms and laboratories, including ample and comfortable student research and study space, with excellent access to faculty.
The department owns an extensive map, rock, mineral and fossil collection. The department is equipped with rock and mineral analysis capabilities, including polarizing petrographic microscopes, photomicrographic facilities, dissecting microscopes, sample preparation facilities, gem analysis equipment and basic sedimentation equipment. Field studies are enhanced by a portable magnetometer, gravimeter and a 12-channel seismograph. The department has outstanding facilities for hydrologic studies, including eight monitoring wells that have been installed on campus, dataloggers, pumps, water level tapes and other standard equipment. A small lake on campus is also available for study, and a permanent weir has been installed on the College creek for surface water studies.
The department also maintains a geochemistry lab and has field equipment for environmental investigations, including a portable spectrophotometer for contaminant analysis. These are complemented by Geographic Positioning System hardware and software, and excellent computer facilities (UNIX and PC), that include image-processing capabilities (computer, software and images), computer graphics and mapping capabilities, and a digitizing pad and color plotter.
Physics. The physics curriculum helps students to learn the science of physics and become physicists. To accomplish these goals, the Department of Physics emphasizes undergraduate research—especially projects initiated and designed by students—as a critical element in the physics learning process. Beginning in the first year, students are asked to initiate and design their own investigations. More than 3,000 square feet of laboratory space within the department supports undergraduate research. Many of the experiments that students conduct here are independent projects that are not associated with any particular course. Equipment for these experiments is constructed and modified in the modern shop facilities in the basement of the Frank Family Science Center.
The department offers two endowed physics awards, the Jeglinski Physics Award, in memory of Boleslaw Jeglinksi and Michael Jeglinski, and the Helen and Winslow Womack Physics Research Award. These awards are given annually to students to support their research and fund their travel to professional scientific meetings such as the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
The department’s introductory laboratories rely on a microcomputer-based data gathering and analysis system connected to the campus network. The advanced laboratories, created with support from the National Science Foundation, focus on experimental modern physics and include cryogenics, optics, atomic and nuclear physics, electronics centers and modern astronomical observing tools in the visible, Infra-red and 14 MHz radio frequencies. Students learn to control the sophisticated equipment in these centers using LabVIEW ™ programs running on the department’s many personal computers. For more complicated computational studies, students use Sun and Silicon Graphics Unix workstations from Guilford’s Scientific, Computation and Visualization Facility.
In addition to the laboratory space, the department houses two rooms of student office space. Each physics major is given a desk and may use this space as a place to study or to store books. These rooms, provided by gifts from the physics alumni, are wired to the campus network and contain a personal computer and a Sun work station for student use.
The Frank Family Science Center houses the J. Donald Cline Observatory and an astronomy lab, a photographic darkroom and an observatory support room. The principal instruments are a 16-inch Ritchey-Chretien optical telescope on a robotic mount and a seven-foot-diameter radio telescope on a fully motorized altazimuth mount. Instrumentation for the optical telescope includes CCD cameras, photometers and a spectrometer. This facility is used in the introductory astronomy and physics classes, for public viewing and for undergraduate student research. The College also shares a research-grade 32-inch telescope at the Three-College Observatory that is located about 33 miles from campus.
The three main classroom buildings are Duke Memorial Hall, Frank Family Science Center and King Hall. In addition to classrooms and faculty offices, Duke Memorial Hall also houses the foreign languages laboratory. Film viewing and demonstration lectures for groups up to 75 people can be accommodated in Duke Memorial Hall’s C. Elmer Leak Audiovisual Center, with equipment for video projection of both computer graphics and videotape on a large screen.
The Frank Family Science Center houses a 135-seat domed auditorium that is a video, audio and computer multimedia facility used for lectures, films, concerts and student theater productions. In addition to classrooms and faculty offices, the Frank Family Science Center also houses the science library and laboratories in biology, chemistry, geology and physics including a weather station and both optical and radio telescopes on the roof.
In addition to classrooms and faculty offices, King Hall also houses the Center for Principled Problem Solving, the Career Development Center, the academic dean’s office and the Multicultural Education Department.
Classes are also held in Bauman Telecommunications Center, Dana Auditorium, Founders Hall, HegeCox Hall and the Ragan Brown Field House.
Physical Education Center
All students are encouraged to participate in intercollegiate and intramural sports.
Guilford College’s Physical Education Center, dedicated in 1980, affords students the opportunity for physical development, recreation and athletic competition.
The center consists of:
- Alumni Gym, built in 1940, which has one basketball court as well as offices for coaches and some faculty members.
- Ragan Brown Field House, which has a 2,500 seating capacity and three full-size basketball courts. Classrooms for physical education studies are also housed here.
- Fitness center, featuring Hammer Strength equipment.
Adjacent outdoor athletic areas to the PE Center include:
- Fields for baseball, football, lacrosse, rugby, soccer and ultimate Frisbee.
- Four tennis courts.
Adjacent outdoor athletic areas to New Garden Road include:
- Four tennis courts.
- Softball field.
Rebuilt on the site of the original building of New Garden Boarding School, Founders Hall provides office space for many student service departments and traditional-age student organizations. Its facilities include the College cafeteria, meeting rooms, lounges, an art gallery, a recreation room, traditional-age mailroom, a snack shop, the College bookstore and a student-operated radio station, The Grill, Pizzeria, and Student Organizations Center.
Housed in the basement is the Department of Theatre Studies, including faculty offices, box office, costume shop, dressing rooms and a rehearsal hall.
Practicing, Performing and Meeting Space
Charles A. Dana Auditorium, completed in 1961, is a proscenium theatre that seats 1,000 people and is used for major musical events as well as for lectures and conferences. The south wing houses teaching classrooms, music practice rooms and a large choir room for rehearsals and small informal concerts. The Mary Pemberton Moon Room is suitable in size and arrangement for worship, informal lectures and monthly faculty meetings. Dana Auditorium hosts classes from a variety of disciplines and houses offices for the music and the religious studies departments. In the summer, Dana is home to the Eastern Music Festival and the Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sternberger Auditorium, adjacent to Founders Hall, is a flexible performance space that seats up to 250 people and is equipped for stage productions, concerts, lectures and dances.
Studios and Galleries
Hege-Cox Hall houses the Department of Art offices, outdoor kilns for firing ceramics, darkroom and studios for wood and mixed-media sculpture, welding, ceramics, printmaking, painting and drawing. There is a hallway gallery for the exhibition of student work. Gallery spaces in Founders Hall also exhibit work by students. In the Hege Library, the Guilford College Art Gallery houses a permanent teaching art collection and features exhibitions emphasizing modern and contemporary art reflecting social and cultural issues congruent with the College’s Quaker tradition. Art history classes are taught in the Bauman, Frank and Duke classrooms. Senior thesis students have private studio spaces in Hildebrandt House.
The Guilford College Art Gallery. Housed in Hege Library, the Guilford College Art Gallery opened in 1990 with more than 3,500 square feet devoted to exhibiting the College’s permanent art collection and occasional temporary exhibitions. In addition to an enclosed main gallery, there are eight atrium galleries, vitrines and an art storage area utilized by the College’s art curator.
As the “scholarly crossroads” of the Guilford campus, Hege Library offers an ideal location for the gallery. The addition of visual arts to the library enriches the environment for students who may view fine works of art while pursuing their studies. The original works of art on display function as a primary source of knowledge for faculty, students and the community at large. Students analyze and study these objects in a variety of contexts; creative artists draw inspiration from them; and faculty use them to reinforce their interdisciplinary approach to teaching. The gallery’s exhibitions emphasize modern and contemporary art reflecting social and cultural issues congruent with the College’s Quaker tradition.
The College seeks to collect works of art representing a broad range of periods, styles and cultures. Formed in 1973, the permanent collection was significantly expanded in 1986 with generous contributions by Rachel and Allen Weller and by Ruth and Ira Julian, dedicated art collectors. The collection was further enhanced with a gift of important 19th and 20th century traditional African sculptures from Dr. A. Kelly Maness Jr.
Spanning more than 40 centuries and four continents, the collection now includes more than 1,100 objects by more than 450 artists, with an emphasis on 19th and 20th century American and European paintings, prints and drawings. The collection includes original works by Rembrandt, Picasso and Dali as well as an impressive selection of 20th century American artists, featuring works by Grant Wood, Leon Golub, Sue Coe, Miriam Schapiro, Robert Bechtle, Josef Albers, Roger Brown, Joseph Stella and Abraham Rattner.