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Page 2 Greensboro. N.C Writing Director Nearman shaping prose at Guilford Dylan Black Layout Editor Writing is a central piece of Guilford's curriculum. From English 102 and the Historical Perspectives course to the capstone IDS course seniors take, writing and composition are pervasive. As the new Writing Director, Cynthia Nearman is responsible for shaping, directing, and teaching this subject at Guilford. The Writing Director has a wide range of duties. She must staff and evaluate basic level English courses, manage part-time instructors, co-coordinate Historical Perspectives, and supervise the upper-ievel writing program. Nearman seems to enjoy her substan tial workload. "I don't like how the hours go by so fast. I like the campus, being in my office," said Nearman. After graduating from Wingate College, she moved to Greensboro in 1993 to pursue graduate work at University of North Carolina at Community Senate's corner snace: weekly update A.Q. Abdul-Karim Community Senate President T expect to pass I through this world but once. Any good that I can do or any kindness that I can show any human being, let me do it now, and not defer it. For I shall not pass this way again." -Stephen Grellet Greetings all and welcome to this Friday's Senate Corner. I would like to wish happy holidays to all those observing religious events this weekend as well as extend congratulations to all those seniors who have just completed their last round of registration to culminate their Guilford College academic career. In honor of those seniors I wanted to say a few words recognizing their accomplish ments. If you are a senior, likely, you are in the process of or have already taken Research Methods, written at least five 10+ page research papers, survived at least one Econ, Acct or Bus class, Greensboro (UNCG). Having minored in classical guitar at Wingate, she gave gui tar lessons to students, working with Kami Rowan on classical guitar ensem bles at Guilford. Nearman also worked as a writing director at North Carolina Agriculture & Technical College (NC A&T), then spent the summer in New Zealand directing a first year writing pro gram at Massey University at Palmerston, on the north island. Even though this is her first semester, Nearman has already impressed some of the faculty at Guilford with her energy and dedication. "Guilford is incredibly lucky to have her," said history professor and Historical Perspectives co-coordinator Anore Horton. The hiring process for a position like writing director, particularly at a writing intensive school like Guilford, is complex. The search that brought Nearman to Guilford took two years. A faculty search committee of English professors initially considered 60 candidates, who respond ed to nationally posted advertising. Professor of English Carolyn Beard Proposals: Revisions to Senate By-laws: Passed CAP budget: Passed Scheduled this week: Ping Pong Club (New Club), Yoga Club (New Club) On Deck: Photo Club (New Club) slept through an 8:30 a.m. class, dragged your way through a lab science, statis tics, HP, foreign language, and of course an appropriate IDS, bluffed through a 100, 200 and maybe even a 300 level class, petition to get into a class. You've had one class you probably would have taken even if you didn't get credit for it, had one faculty mem ber that you would want to work with on specialized proj ect, determined the longest period of time you can go with out sleep, figured out how far $5 can get you, and of course filled out your GRADUATION APPLICA TION. For these things and many more I can commend you for a job well done, you're almost there. And there are lots more things that can be NEWS Whitlow and Associate Professor of English Jim Hood invited 10 of these candidates to interview at the 2003 MLA convention in San Diego. Three of them, including Nearman, were invited to inter view on Guilford's campus. "She came here for the campus inter view and wowed everyone," said English professor and department head Jeff Jeske. "There was a real outpouring of enthusiasm. We were particularly con cerned about what the student response to her would be. She was by far the choice of the students." Nearman is excited about her role in guiding the English 102 curriculum, where she supervises over 20 part-time instructors. "I think we have an amazing staff of part- and full-time comp teachers and the students they're working with are ris ing to the challenges we set for them," she said. Nearman herself will teach at least one first-year English class every semester. "Cynthia's great to have as a profes sor. She cares about what she's doing added to this list that have nothing to do with academia. Many of us are still trying to decide or trying to avoid making a decision about our post graduation lives, and some have even considered starting the enrollment process all over again. Whatever your path know that you have come a long way and that everything ahead is in your power to orchestrate. As we embark on the final stretch of this semester, I hope that we take the time to reflect on our all our experiences at Guilford, both good and bad, and try to celebrate our last moments together by being present with one another. It's been a long journey but the finish is what most will remember. Best of luck with registration, and thanks for sticking it through. jyfiSßHh| f i n I*. PPCJUILFORDIAN Corrections The Guilfordian strives to maintain accu racy and balance in our reporting. If you should discover any factual error printed in this edition, please leave a detailed mes sage for Editor-in-Chief Taleisha Bowen in The Guilfordian office at extension 2306, or e-mail the paper at guilfordian@guilford.edu. Please include the word "correction" in the subject line. Mission Statement The Guilfordian, a student publication, seeks to promote fair and accurate coverage of campus, local, national, and global news and opinions. In the spirit of Quaker traditions, The Guilfordian also provides an opportunity for free and open dialogue among members of the Guilford community. As The Guilfordian is proudly printed on recycled paper (with minimum 30% post-consumer content), please be friendly to the environment and recycle this issue once finished. Nov. 12, 2004 Www, guilfordian .com completely," said senior Will Groves, cur rently enrolled in a Rhetoric and Composition class Nearman teaches. "She seems to make students incredibly comfortable with speaking in class, and her presence is the germ for a very pro ductive and fun learning environment." r IMRk' * SETH VAN HORN/GUILFORDIAN Cynthia Nearman, Guilford's new Writing Director

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