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may 10, 2013
Judy Harvey leaving Guilford after 21 bountiful years as faculty member
BY BRYAN DOOLEY
In the fall of 1969, a young shy girl from
Indiana arrived on the Guilford campus. But
at the end of this semester, the woman she
became will retire.
Judy Harvey, engaged learning specialist
in the Principled Problem Solying
department, is leaving Gml/ord after 21
years of dedicated service to the community.
"Guilford was the perfect place for me
to come as a student," said Harvey. "Even
though my family was mortified that I came
so far, two important things happened. I
learned how to learn, and I found my voice."
Harvey has spent her entire career
encouraging students with her unwavering
support in the same way she was encouraged
as a student.
"I learned from Judy that our work as
teachers and learners never stops," said
Mark Justad, director of Center for Principled
"Patience is a necessary requirement for
effective teaching," he continued. "I will
miss Judy's presence and her contributions
to the CPPS and the college greatly."
Over the years, Harvey has held five
different positions on campus: Director
of Internships, Director of Community
Learning, Director of Multicultural
Education, Director of Interdisciplinary
Leadership for Social Change, Engaged
Teaching and Learning Specialist. She has
always engaged with students and helped
"The most important thing I learned from
her is to always keep an open mind and
perspective," said Darius Verdell '12. "By
being relaxed and patient, one can arrive
at some of the best solutions possible. Judy,
along with the rest of . the PPS instructors,
encouraged me to tMnk outside of my
Harvey considers students to be partners
in problem solving.
"I believe I have brought to Guilford a
commitment to the students," said Harvey.
"I see students as colleagues first. They have
challenged, used and taught me over the
years. Some of my best work has been done
"One of my memories has a lot to do
with students," continued Harvey. "In the
early years, I built the community-learning
program with students. Their passion is
what made the time exciting."
Even beyond the classroom, Harvey
worked closely with her students.
"Judy opened her home to my classmates
and I last fall," said junior Paris El-Ali. "It
struck me that she was so willing to welcome
her students into her home and treat them as
if they were her own children."
Harvey's main passion as an instructor
has always been getting students engaged in
the world outside of Guilford.
"I use my life as a text," said Harvey.
"Learning is more complex when you mix
experience and academics.
"Experiential learning like PPS is much
deeper and better prepares students for life
outside of college."
All PPS students including senior Tim
Leisman have felt Harvey's encouragement
to go out and become integrated in the
"Judy's class was the first one that ever
got me off campus and engaged in work in
the surrounding community," said Leisman.
"She has certainly been one of the key figunes
in my academic career."
Leisman and other PPS scholars
interviewed have a deep appreciation for
Harvey and memories that they will carry
"A pretty good memory was hearing her
reminisce about her peyote experiences in
our PPS class," said senior Erika Swiger.
Harvey used peyote and had a vision of
her heart exploding, which she took to mean
that she had to feel the sadness that the rest
of the world was feeling.
Senior Madison Heltzel shares the same
favorite memory from her time in PPS.
"My favorite stories that Judy tells are
those about her experiences on the Crow
reservation," said Heltzel. "They remind
me that life is full of important lessons in
Harvey used those experiences as well as
her Guilford experiences to leave PPS in a
"I think the framework she created will
really blossom with a fresh set of ideas and
skills," said Heather Sparks.
Harvey has been unselfish and always
tried to help people learn new skills.
"I have benefitted from working with
Judy because she had been so generous with
teaching strategies that took her 20 years
to learn," said Kim Yarbray '05, project and
communication manager at the Center for
Principled Problem Solving.
Following her commitment to students,
diversity remains another of Harvey's
She considers beginning the anti-racism
team among her favorite memories.
"I have also gotten to know Judy through
the curriculum committee, a sub-committee
of the Diversity Action Committee," said
sophomore Sara Minsky. "Her work on the
committee has been crucial this year."
Those interviewed would like to send the
warmest wishes for a happy retirement to
El-Ali sums up what Harvey means to
"Judy, while you may be retiring, 1 know
you will never leave Guilford."
Guilford Senior class of 2013 graduates with class
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We certainly do, even if many graduates,
nearly everyone interviewed, had no idea
"Still undimmed dear Alma Mater/
Strengthen us, dispel our fears," the
song proclaims. "So our hearts and
voices joining/ Echo Guilford's ancient
It is this "ancient fame" that will give
graduates the strength to carry forward,
no matter the path.
"I'm going to geology field camp all
summer," said senior and geology major
Becca Dozier. "I am also applying to
GeoCorps for the fall / winter."
Others, while still unsure about their
future, march forward ready for anything.
"Sadly I don't have many plans, but
I think I'm in the same boat as a lot of
people," said Espey.
"I mean we're all still pretty young, how
can any of us be 100 percent sure what we
want to do? Could I become an Alaskan
fisherman in the next five months?
Absolutely. Though let's be real, I probably
Though there may be seniors who
are unsure about their own futures, the
community has words of wisdom to offer.
"Get jobs, go to grad school, send
more students to Guilford," charges Vice
President for Student Affairs Aaron Fetrow
in an email interview.
"Really, what (graduates) should do
is something they love. Pursue your
dreams. Chase a passion. Every one of
(From left to right) Seniors and resident
advisors Donte* Mitchell, Maxine
Schroeder and Justin Bradley
and hall director Paul Bennett go to
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt to celebrate the
end of year.
them knows deep down what provides
meaning for them."
Many graduates found meaning in the
friends they made while here.
"Guilford really has become a deeper
part of me and adjusting to a new
place just seems like a strange
concept," said senior Meg Stern.
"I have such a great
community here that you
can't find just anywhere
else. I'm leaving my
and going out
into the world.
I think we
of going out on our own."
No matter the paths
graduates take, it is
important to remember
what they leave behind.
The Alma Mater
proclaims that each
student's endeavors shall
be "hallow'd" and many
at the college take this to
"I will remember you
forever, thanks to that
annoying rash I just can't seem to
shake after you forced me into the lake,"
"Poetic, eh? Actually, I do not need to
wish (you) luck. (You) are all well prepared
for the successes that I know are inevitable.
I will miss (you) all!"