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"Dookie," while taking his customary walk, distracts one student as she tries to read.
New endowed chairs appointed
due to faculty retirements
Almost half of Guilford's ten
endowed chairs have been recently
appointed due to many faculty re
tirements and departures.
Richie Zweigenhaft, Dana pro
fessor of psychology; Adele
Wayman, Hege professor of art;
Sheridan Simon, Jefferson-Pilot
professor of physics; and Bill
Grubbs, Stedman professor of ac
counting, have been named to fill
the endowed chair positions.
These positions have been filled
because of the large number of re
tirements in the past two years,
said Academic Dean Kathy
Adams. Ed Caudill, Anne Deacon,
Paul Zopf, and Herb Appenzeller
are the chairs who left their posi
tions. The faculty seem to retire
in clumps because of the large
number of faculty members hired
in the late sixties and early seven
None of the interviewed faculty
seem sure about what defines an
endowed chair at Guilford.
"I've been here 15 years, and
I've seen people with endowed
chairs come and go, and I've gen
erally applauded the decisions to
award those," says Bill Schmickle.
"But after 15 years, I haven't the
foggiest notion what criteria are
used to decide the awarding of
"I think that there's less tension
to the hierarchical structure in
terms of the way that we relate to
each other," said Zweigenhaft.
Being awarded an endowed
chair is a great honor at Guilford,
but it doesn't mean a nice paneled
office, said Simon.
Endowed chairs are usually
awarded to senior members of the
faculty. According to Zweigenhaft,
"I've aged into the generation that
receives these chairs. It seems like
not that long ago I was just a kid
The Academic Dean, however,
gave clear criteria for awarding an
Good teaching is emphasized,
Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C.
Adams said. Five endowed chairs
are Dana Professors that are
awarded specifically to faculty
members who excel in teaching.
Other chair positions are awarded
to teachers who excel in specific
areas, such as the Hege Professor,
which is awarded for excellence in
In the appointment process, the
Academic Dean gives her list of
candidates to the Faculty Affairs
Committee (F.A.C.). The Dean
also solicits suggestions from the
F.A.C. They discuss the promo
tions and send their recommenda
tions to the Provost and then to the
President. Adams said they have
the final word in the matter with
the "power of veto".
"We are looking for people who
have made significant contribu
tions to the college, and those con
tributions can come in a variety of
forms," said Adams. "Contribu
tions" can include anything from
good scholarly work to creating an
environment in which students and
faculty can grow and thrive.
A friend's r
Several dangerous and exciting
years spent in Central America as
a Jesuit priest was only part of the
rich life led by Chris Gjording,
assistant professor of sociology
Gjording was a man of more
than one pursuit, according to
Dean of Students Jerry Godard,
who was with Gjording when he
"He knew liberation theology;
he was a classicist, a guitarist, and
knew football, loo," Godard said.
"He went about dying the way he
went about living, fully and con
cerned tor detail."
Gjording was 50 when he died
July 5, in Seattle. His struggle with
cr T was finally lost.
"in his last eight hours of life,
he was rational, clear, feisty, and
in pain," Godard said. "He died
standing up, fully dressed, and sur
rounded by his closest friends and
"His major contribution was in
the wonderful way he invited all
of us to be a part of his life-in
cluding the fact that he was dying.
"Death was not [Gjording's] pre
occupation," Godard said. "Al
though he was dying, he was not a
However, Godard warned
Photo bvElaine Brighham
Guilford student Nellie Appleby
'95 and alumnus Alicia Grant '93
received a deferred dismissal of
charges of indecent exposure stem
ming from an incident last Feb. 17.
On that date, Appleby and Grant
took turns posing nude and taking
pictures along a section of Inter
state 40 near Wendover Avenue. A
three-mile traffic jam was caused
by motorists slowing down to ob
serve Appleby and Grant.
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against idealizing Gjoriling: "Chris
would be, in his words, pissed, if
we idealized him ux> much. If we
turned him into a saint, lie would
at least be quite amused."
Ciodard talked about the "great
"Death was not his
although he was dying,
he was not a dying
sadness" involved with Gjording's
death. "Here was a g'.y lull into
his career. studcnLs and fac
ulty won't be able to engage in that
because he's dead.
A memorial service will be held
on Wed., 8 at 5:30 p.m. in
the Moon Room of Dana Audito
rium. It will be led by Max Carter
in the manner of Friends. All arc
welcome to attend.
The charges will be dismissed
on N0v.16, provided neither
Appleby nor Grant are charged
with any crimes before that time.
"It was fun. It was worth it"
Grant said. "It's just too bad that
one roll of film ended up costing
The pair made T-shirts to of f sct
the cost of fines and legal fees. In
the shirt's design are the words "I
-40: Proper Dress Required." The
shirts are available at 8.8.'s Com
pact Discs in Quaker Village.