Not only are we just now getting leaves on the trees (hello, a month late!), thank you 75 degree weather, but this Spring is crazy for all kinds of reasons.
We have had classes cancelled 3.5 days this semester for winter weather. In my 9 years here, I can’t remember another winter with as many cancellations.
We’re conducting a search for a new president. Say what you will, but there’s nothing like gigantic institutional change to bring out the best and worst in people. So far, we’ve seen 2 promising candidates, and have one more coming next week. The process has been interesting to watch, from student input, forums and reactions, to the award show-like revealing of the finalists, to open community forums for us to meet them all. Students have posted signs throughout campus with questions for the candidates, and the turnout at the student forums with the candidates has been amazing.
In a good crazy, this weekend is Serendipity, Guilford’s annual spring fling weekend, with concerts, food, free t-shirts, amazing laser shows, street fair, community gathering and fun. Students LOVE this weekend–it’s a break from exams and papers, usually one of the first warm weekends of the year, and full of stuff to do.
The Greensboro Grasshoppers opening day is tonight! Having a AA baseball team in town gives us all a good reason to get out of the “Guilford bubble” and head on downtown to mix and mingle with the rest of Greensboro.
Spring Break is 36 short hours away. The clocks sprang forward last weekend as the campus picked up the debris from the ice storm which gave us Snow Day 3 for the year (unheard of!). Monday dawned into a beautiful 70 degree day, and the students could be seen studying on the quad, biking around campus and predominantly out by the lake enjoying the sun and fellowship.
The beautiful thing about Spring is that so much is happening (it’s also the downfall–how does the time fly by so quickly??). Leadership Seminar, the training class for Orientation Leaders and Resident Advisors wrapped this week, just in time for job offer letters to arrive in their (e)mail boxes. Campus Activities Board is preparing for Serendipity weekend in 3 weeks. Spring Into Guilford will bring many of you new faces to campus for perhaps the first time. Alternative Spring Break programs are preparing to leave on Saturday to do service work around the country. The Guilford Undergraduate Symposium will showcase student research on April 11 and our lacrosse, baseball, softball, tennis and track teams are in full swing at games and matches.
Spring is also midterms, figuring out housing for next year, class registration, studying on the lawn, being over winter and waiting for the warm weather to arrive, stress, figuring out summer plans, applying for study abroad, and so much more. And so we appreciate these small moments…a snow day to relax, a week off in the middle to go home or off somewhere to recharge, a warm afternoon after the big storm. 36 more hours until the break…and then just 7 short weeks until Commencement!
Have you heard about the Orientation Welcome Back Concert? If not, its one of the evening events planned for orientation. It will be on Saturday, August 24 and will feature some great and popular student artists as well as the band Con Bro Chill as headliner. So, the song above will most likely be performed.
We (the orientation team leaders) are really excited about the concert, but we’re just as excited for the whole orientation experience! We’ve been working for about 6 weeks on everything for orientation. We almost have the schedule completed, have ordered all of the orientation “swag”, reserved spaces for the events, put together some OL training materials, and so much more. Now we are starting to move into the final planning stages (putting everyone into their small groups!)
Fill out the poll bellow so we can see what you are most excited for!!!!
To enter campus: Turn off of College Road onto George Fox Drive. George Fox is the second light after Friendly Avenue.
Parking: Enter the first lot on the right (Hendricks Lot) or the second lot on the left (Bryan Lot).
Check-In is from 8-9:30 AM in the Lobby of Frank Family Science Center. Entering campus onto George Fox Drive, Frank is the building straight ahead. It is visible from both of the parking lots that are open for Summer Orientation.
From the Hendricks Lot: Enter Frank from the door at the end of the building closest to Binford Hall and the Hendricks Lot. Walk all the way down the hallway to the end of the building and through the double doors into the Lobby.
From the Bryan Lot: Turning right out of the lot, walk back along the road following the curve just before the Bryan lot. Walk up the stairs on the left and enter the building through the Frank library. Turn left into the hallway and through the double doors into the Lobby.
Students may choose to bring their own calculators for the Quantitative Literacy test.
Clubs, groups, or other stuff: Guilford College Outdoors club (GCOC!), Active Minds, Guilford College Religious Observance (GCRO), and Hillel. I also play piano in one of the Jazz combos. I also volunteer with other students to tutor a family with five children from Africa.
Favorite movie: The Legend of 1900
Why I choose Guilford: I was looking for a small, liberal arts school in the south. Guilford has a really good Health program (that includes pre-O.T.). I also love the atmosphere (the woods and the general friendliness of students).
Name: Grace Sullivan
Year: Senior (2014!!)
Hometown: Ben Lomond, CA
Major: Religious Studies & Mathematics with a minor in Quaker Studies
Interests: Baking, the outdoors, music, traveling, people, nerdy conversations
Clubs, groups, and other stuff: Quaker Leadership Scholars Program (QLSP), the Honors Program, counselor’s assistant in the Office of Admission
Favorite movie: Little Miss Sunshine or Slumdog Millionaire
Why I chose Guilford: I fell in love with the beauty and the friendly atmosphere on campus as soon as I visited. Ultimately, I decided I wanted to go to a Quaker school, and Guilford has Quaker programs unlike any other college in the nation.
Name: Chandler Zirkle
Nickname: The Chanman!
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Major: German & Sociology
Interests: Running, Puns, Long walks on the Beach, Salsa Dancing, Twerking, and Modeling
Favorite Movie: Anchorman and A Midsummer’s Night Dream
Why I chose Guilford: I came to Guilford to infiltrate the ranks of the Quaker leaders on campus. So far I have spent two years here and they have have accepted me as their own. For now I lay in wait until the right time. However, soon I will strike….. very sooooooooonnnnnn ;)
Interests: Skateboarding, Long boarding, Snowboarding, Rollerblading, Freestyle Rapping, Playing Videogames, Writing, Reading, Playing Sports (Any Kind), and hanging out and talking philosophy and interpersonal communication
Clubs, groups, or other stuff: Writing Club, Worked Conference and Events for two years and now a Tour Guide
Favorite Movie: Moulin Rouge
Why I chose Guilford: I came to Guilford to play lacrosse with the legendary Tommy Carmean
Name: Sam Cole
Hometown: Earlysville, VA
Major: Education and History with a Psych minor
Interests: Cooking, video games, quilting, the outdoors.
Favorite Movie: Muppet Treasure Island
Why I chose Guilford: I chose Guilford because of the strong influence of Quaker beliefs, the challenging academics, and the opportunity to pursue lacrosse at the collegiate level.
Name: De’Shauna Ottley
Home town: Harlem, New York
Major: Health Science and Exercise Sports Studies.
Interests: Dancing, Singing, (even though I can’t hold a tune), Cooking and spending time with my family. I am an active member of BUS (Blacks Unifying Society)
Favorite movie: Mean Girls and Bring it On
Why I chose Guilford College: When I was searching for a school I wanted to attend a Liberal Arts college that was diverse and had small classes so that it would be easier to communicate directly with professors.
Name: Vincent Lawrence Schueren III.
Year: Sophomore – 2016
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL
Interests: Singing, acting, playing outside, climbing trees, amateur parkour.
Clubs, groups, or other stuff: Chamber choir, Theater Showcase, Vespers
Favorite Movie: Little Miss Sunshine
Why I chose Guilford: The members of the Guilford community are so friendly, diverse, and open-minded. It makes Guilford a great place to live and learn.
Name: Byron Hamilton
Year: Junior (2015)
Home town: Acworth, GA
Major: Biology & Business Management
Interests: Sports, fitness, food, sleeping
Clubs, groups, or other stuff: Tennis team, Rugby team, Campus Activities Board
Favorite Movie: Invictus
Why I chose Guilford: To be more than just a number
Clubs, groups, or other stuff: I work at the library and would like to start going to SAASA meetings this fall.
Favorite Movie: Easy A
Why I chose Guilford: It was the only in small, in state, liberal arts college in North Carolina that met my educational requirements.
Name: Pasangi Perera
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Interests: Running, animals, food, music, TV shows,
Clubs, groups, or other stuff: Cross country/track, PPS scholar, member of National honors society for life science (tribeta)
Favorite Movie: Silver Linings Playbook
Why I chose Guilford: I chose to come to Guilford because of the small class sizes and academics
Name: Nina Troy
Year: Sophomore (Class of 2016)
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Major: Theatre and Education double major.
Interests: Art, theatre, movies, adventuring, good food, music, biking, and rock climbing.
Clubs, groups, or other stuff: Theatre department, outdoors club
Favorite Movie: Undecided, but it’s a tie between Harry Potter, every Disney movie, and Clueless
Why I chose Guilford: I liked the small campus and close community and the fact that everyone was so welcoming and seemed genuinely happy to see me there.
Name: Khristina Hensley
Hometown: Kannapolis, NC
Major: Forensic Biology
Interests: Biology, Languages, Sports, Reading, Music
Clubs, groups, or other stuff: Bonner Scholar, Expressions, Asian Culture Club
Favorite Movie: O Brother
Why I chose Guilford: Guilford felt homey, it has my major, and there are so many things to get involved with
Name: Josh Weil
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
Major: Criminal Justice
Interests: Emergency Medical Service, politics, tennis, event planning
Clubs, groups, or other stuff: Guilford College Democrats, Hillel
Favorite Movie: Ladder 49
Why I chose Guilford: I chose Guilford because of the small size and inviting campus that I felt once I stepped out onto the quad.
Name: Karlen Lamber
Hometown: Richfield, NC
Interests: Photography, reading, music (listening/playing), volleyball, Harry Potter
Clubs, groups, or other stuff: Bonner Scholar, Honors Program, Peer Educator, intramural volleyball
Favorite Movie: Moulin Rouge (and all Harry Potter movies)
Why I chose Guilford: The Bonner program and the community
Name: Kelsey McClellan
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Major: Peace & Conflict Studies
Interests: Crafting and spending time with friends
Favorite Movie: White Chicks
Why I chose Guilford: I love the small community. I felt like I was at home the second I stepped on campus. The faculty members are great and understanding, and I have never met so many people with whom I felt so comfortable and open to be myself.
Hey incoming first-years, transfers, parents, Guilford community, or whoever you are!
I’m Sara, one of the four team leaders who will be working this summer to plan the exciting summer and fall orientations! We are all so enthused to be here and our first week has been pretty good! We’ve started ordering some of the fun goodies that freshmen will receive during their fall orientation and have started planning some of the events. With summer Orientation only one month away (Friday, June 28; save the date!), we have a lot of work to do.
During the summer, we will update this blog with information about the team leaders and orientation leaders as well as whats going on in the behind-the-scenes planning. So you should keep checking back to know whats going on and who’s running the events when you get here!