As we enter this new year with all our hopes and trepidations, I am heartened and inspired by the current generation of Guilford College students leading us into the future.
I marvel not only at their academic and co-curricular accomplishments, but I’m also proud of their passionate pursuit of Guilford’s Core Values. I think, for example, of the countless community contributions being made by students in the Bonner Center program as it celebrates 25 years on campus.
That’s just one of many ways our students are making an impact. A quick glimpse at fall semester 2016 reveals much more about their considerable character and talent:
- Connor Huntwork ’17 led a team of entrepreneurial honors program classmates in staging TEDx Guilford, which brought a host of thought leaders to campus for a discussion on securing our future.
- Economics majors Tom Driscoll ’17, Austin Seibert ’17, Jose Oliva ’17, Jacob Hymowitz ’18 and Mason Church ’17 led Guilford College to a second-place finish in the Regional Federal Reserve Challenge—beating out such teams as UNC Chapel Hill and Wake Forest.
- Mamta Gurung ’18—the first Bhutanese refugee student at Guilford College—was honored with the Community Impact Award from N.C. Campus Compact in recognition of her service and leadership.
- Quaker Leadership Scholar Abe Kenmore ’17 presented his Pulitzer Center for Crises Reporting research at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. He examined undocumented immigrant populations in the U.K. during his study abroad experience at Oxford University.
- Fernando Jimenez ’19 and Jennifer Gonzalez ’19 led the 10th annual Soy Un Lider Conference on campus. They helped more than 300 Latinx students and their family members realize that attending college is indeed possible.
- And basketball star Anais Weatherly ’17, who recently surpassed 1,000 career points, was featured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd.
These are just a few illustrations of the great things our students are doing. I can’t wait to see how they will use their many gifts in 2017.
In the year ahead, may all of us join our students in bringing light to a world that has never needed it more.