September 22, 2015

‘The Heart of the College’

Sixty current and former faculty members with 1,913 years of service to Guilford – “the heart of the College, past and present,” in the words of President Jane K. Fernandes – were honored with the new Exemplary Educator Award at a ceremony Saturday.

Read the list of Exemplary Educator Award recipients.

The Homecoming event – Celebrating Our Past, Envisioning Our Future – was held on the second floor of Hege Library in a space that demonstrates the College’s ongoing commitment to transformative teaching. The area will become the Teaching, Learning and Research Collaboratory, the site of incubator classrooms and collaborative learning studios that will support innovative, technology-enriched approaches to teaching and scholarship.

View a Homecoming photo gallery.

On Saturday afternoon, the space was filled with legendary teachers. James McMillan, the first African-American to be a full-time faculty member at Guilford, sat in the third row, as did Herb Appenzeller. The namesake of the Armfield Athletic Center field, Herb served the College almost 40 years as professor, coach, dean of students and athletic director.

Kimberly Eastman Zirkle ’85, on campus for Homecoming, gave Herb a hug after the ceremony. “Herb was a father figure to all of us,” said Kimberly, who played tennis and majored in sports studies. “He cared so deeply for students.”