Building Momentum

Posted: April 18, 2017

In recent weeks, President Jane Fernandes, named one of the 20 Most Interesting College Presidents, has been sharing Guilford’s mission with the community, the state and even the nation.

Over Easter weekend, she was the Tar Heel of the Week in the Raleigh News and Observer. “People are frankly inspired by her,” says Ed Winslow, a Greensboro lawyer and chair of Guilford’s board of trustees. “We were confronting one challenge after the next and her response to that, her resilience and determination and creativity, was just extraordinary.”

Earlier this month, Jane delivered the Spirit Lecture at the National Institute of Environmental Health Science. Titled “Convergence and Balance,” she described her approach to living an authentic life. ““The journey to be my true self is what prepared me to be president of Guilford College,” she said. Read more at the NIH website.

And that same week, she spoke to 200 employees at the national headquarters of Ahold Delhaize in Salisbury, N.C. Her talk — “Bridges Not Walls” — focused on the need to make connections with people who are different from us. She challenged the audience to be authentic, embrace differences and learn through experiences, as these things are the keys to bridging divides among communities.

Student Achievement

Across campus, students including Theatre Studies majors Riva Fairhall ’17 and Lindsey Zeritis ’17 are preparing for prestigious summer internships. Riva is headed to the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts to learn more about scenic design, and Lindsey will be at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company for scenic art.

Additionally, two more seniors have exciting post-graduation plans. English and Creative Writing major Nicole Zelniker ’17 has been accepted to the Columbia School of Journalism, where she will continue to follow her passion for writing. And Environmental Studies and German double major Hannah Brewer-Jensen ’17 has been offered a Fulbright Teaching Assistant Award to Germany.

“A year ago, I never thought I would have had the courage to apply to such a program, or the privilege of being accepted,” Hannah says, “but the sense of adventure I fostered while studying abroad ... has blossomed.”

Also, the National Association of Basketball Coaches has named Ronnie Thomas, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, one of the Top 30 Coaches Under 30 in the country. Ronnie’s achievement follows the success of both the women’s and men’s basketball teams this year.

Innovations and Renovations

Guilford is preparing to launch an exciting new educational experience designed to get students profoundly close to what matters most to them as they discover and pursue their passions. Watch for more details in the coming months, including in Guilford College Magazine, coming in May.

There’s also a new major in the Art Department — Experience Design (XD) — the only program of its kind in Greensboro. “The program originated when several alumni shared with faculty and administrators how strongly they believed that the education they received at Guilford prepared them extremely well for their professions,” says Associate Professor of Art Kathryn Shields.

And major enhancements are coming to Binford, Milner and Bryan halls. Upgrades will involve a dynamic combination of renovation and restoration, with intentional care to preserve the historical integrity and prized features of the buildings, which have served the campus for more than 55 years. You can also read more about these plans in the upcoming issue of Guilford College Magazine.

To stay in the know, be sure to follow Guilford on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and subscribe to the President’s blog, “Jane’s Friendly View”.

Last Updated: April 19, 2017