April 27, 2017

Students, Faculty Honored at Spring Awards Celebration

The Guilford College community packed the Carnegie Room at Hege Library this week as outstanding students and faculty were recognized at the Spring Awards Celebration. The prestigious honors included Dr. Melanie Lee-Brown receiving the Guilford College Board of Visitors’ Award for Excellence in Academic Advising.

The celebration also recognized dozens of students for their superior scholarship and service. See the program for a full list of the honorees.

Melanie, a 15-year faculty member, serves as Professor of Biology and Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors. At Guilford, she has earned rave reviews for her teaching and dedicated mentoring of students.

In presenting the honor, Vice President of Advancement Ara Serjoie shared words of praise from those who nominated Melanie for the award.

“She goes above and beyond by constantly staying in communication with students to help them achieve the best possible results. I am a better student and scientist because of her dedication to student learning and achievement,” said one of Melanie’s students.

Melanie’s mentoring impact follows students long after they graduate from Guilford College. When Liz Killion ’11 earned her doctorate from Tufts University last spring, her mom was quick to credit Melanie for the mentoring that made it possible.

The festive day also featured the opportunity to celebrate six distinguished faculty members retiring this year. Together, they provided Guilford College with a combined 83 years of service:

  • Robert Duncan, Assistant Professor of Political Science — 15 years
  • David Hammond, Chair, Professor of Theatre Studies — 10 years
  • Jerry Joplin, Professor of Justice and Policy Studies — 18 years
  • Tim Lindeman, Professor of Music, Theory, and Piano — 28 years
  • Caryl Schunk, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies — 12 years