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The first part of this lovely interview is distorted, but only through the first song.  I wanted to include Ara's choice of song even though there was some sound distortion.

 

Ara Serjoie

Vice President for Advancement

serjoiea@guilford.edu

 

“Ara is a dynamic leader with a compelling track record of success,” President Jane K. Fernandes said. “Guilford’s seven Core Values resonated deeply with him and inspired his interest in serving as our vice president of advancement. His insightful leadership will help us raise our profile and further strengthen our culture of engagement and philanthropy. He is a great fit for Guilford College.”

His most recent administrative role was as vice president of university advancement at California State University East Bay and concurrently as president of the Cal State East Bay Educational Foundation. He created a robust and multi-faceted five-year plan for the Division of University Advancement, launched the first comprehensive annual fund program, and revitalized a stalled $40 million campaign.

“Guilford College has a sterling reputation and is destined to reach new heights with the leadership and vision provided by President Fernandes,” Ara said. “I am thrilled to join the Guilford College family and Greensboro community.

“It is going to be very exciting and rewarding to work with my colleagues, alumni, students, board leadership, and benefactors of the College to increase philanthropic investments in our outstanding students, faculty, and programs; and elevate Guilford’s profile regionally and nationally.”

In seven years as senior vice president of development for the Clark College Foundation in Vancouver, Washington, Ara enhanced the fundraising department through a reorganization that received national recognition from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He led the institution’s first comprehensive campaign, which generated about $27 million in support of facilities, programs and scholarships.

His other professional roles have included serving as the director of development and alumnae relations for the Girl Scouts of Utah, director of organizational advancement for the Utah Diabetes Center at the University of Utah and development director for the College of Applied Science and Technology at Weber State University, where he was part of a team that raised over $90 million.

Ara has served as a member of the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington, a member of the Vancouver Symphony and Opera Friends Board, a member of the board of directors for the Pride Center of Utah, and a gubernatorial appointment to the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission in Utah.

Currently, he is a member of the faculty for the College of Professional Studies at Creighton University, having conceptualized and created the nonprofit leadership track, which is one of the three areas of specialization for the integrated leadership studies degree program at Creighton.

A native of Iran, Ara lived in Tehran, West Berlin and London before immigrating to the United States to pursue post-secondary education. He earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and studies from Utah State University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Utah with an emphasis in nonprofit leadership. He is a Ph.D. candidate in higher education leadership at Colorado State University. He holds the CFRE (certified fundraising executive) designation.

Direct download: Ara_Serjoie_1.mp3
Category:Guilford College Faculty/Staff Hour -- posted at: 3:15pm EDT

Stephanie Chang, WQFS Faculty/Staff Hour

Multicultural Education, Director of Multicultural Education

 

 

Stephanie has a wealth of experience in teaching, research and programming around diversity and inclusion on campus. Stephanie started her work in higher education as the first coordinator of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Office at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She then worked as a program coordinator of the LGBT Resource Center at the University of California, Irvine.

“I am extremely excited to immerse myself in the Guilford College community! As someone who is committed to the work of higher education as it relates to power, privilege and oppression, I look for campus communities that value and embody diversity, equity and inclusion on many levels,” Stephanie said.

“During my on-campus interview at Guilford, I felt, saw and learned that Guilford is ready to engage in challenging dialogues around inclusion. A campus prepared to engage in complex and difficult diversity work is where I want to be.”

After doing focused work on sexuality and gender identity/expression on two campuses, Stephanie went to the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) to obtain her Masters in Education in College Student Administration. While at Penn State, she worked with student activities and leadership development programs, and delved into campus climate and student-athlete research.

Following her time at Penn State, Stephanie transitioned to the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). While at UMD, Stephanie studied and researched intergroup dialogue programs and taught undergraduate and graduate courses on diversity, privilege, oppression, facilitating intergroup dialogues and leadership development in multiple contexts.

Currently, Stephanie is working on completing her Ph.D. from UMD’s College Student Personnel and Administration program. Most recently, she has served as an adjunct faculty member for New England College’s Master of Science in Higher Education Administration program teaching a course titled Multicultural Competency.

Stephanie earned a Bachelor’s degree in African and Afro-American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002, a Masters in Education in College Student Affairs at Pennsylvania State University in 2009, and anticipates finishing her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park, by the end of 2016.

“I am eager to work with students and the campus in social identity related experiences, sense of belonging, and the celebration of cultural histories and backgrounds,” Stephanie said. “I look forward to learning more about the needs of the campus and doing my best in my upcoming role in MED to address and attend to the important diversity, equity and inclusion needs of students, faculty and staff.”

Direct download: Stephanie_Chang.mp3
Category:Guilford College Faculty/Staff Hour -- posted at: 11:35am EDT

Tamika Davis, WQFS Faculty/Staff Hour

I hope you'll enjoy listening to my interview with Mika!

 

Departments and Positions:
Hege Library, Digital Pedagogy and Scholarship Technologist
Phones:
School Extension 336.316.2044
Direct download: Mika_Davis.mp3
Category:Guilford College Faculty/Staff Hour -- posted at: 8:06am EDT

William Anderson, WQFS Faculty/Staff Hour

I hope you enjoy listening my interview with William Anderson.

 

Department of Public Safety

Director of Public Safety

Direct download: William_Anderson.mp3
Category:Guilford College Faculty/Staff Hour -- posted at: 8:02am EDT

Ian Hulsey, Faculty/Staff Hour

Hope you enjoy listening to my interview with Ian. He is a tremendous support for faculty and students at Guilford College!

ITS Department

Help Desk Team Lead

Direct download: Ian_Hulsey.mp3
Category:Guilford College Faculty/Staff Hour -- posted at: 7:59am EDT

Roger Degerman, WQFS Faculty/Staff Hour
Departments and Positions:
Office of Communications & Marketing, Vice President of Marketing
Administration, Vice President of Marketing
Phones:
School Extension 316.2123
Biography:

Roger is responsible for creating a consistent and compelling brand presence that gives Guilford competitive distinction in the marketplace. His marketing team collaborates College-wide to conceive and execute effective strategies for growing and sustaining success in student recruitment and retention, as well as donor support. 

For 14 years, Roger served at the cabinet level at Concordia College (Minnesota), as senior director of communications and marketing. He was communications director and news bureau director in his first three years at the college, 1998-2001, and worked under four presidents. 

At Concordia, Roger championed major repositioning initiatives to elevate the college’s brand and developed marketing communication strategies that contributed to 4 percent gains in the freshmen academic profile and first- to second-year student retention. His leadership also included brand development for Concordia’s Offutt School of Business and co-founding a new employee brand orientation program.

In addition to his work in higher education, Roger was sports director and anchor at KXJB-TV in Fargo, N.D., 1991-98.

A 1984 graduate of Concordia with a bachelor’s degree in communications, Roger earned his master’s degree in organizational leadership from the University of Denver in 2013. His master’s thesis focused on the urgent need for private higher education institutions to re-imagine and retool their marketing strategies based on research.

Direct download: Roger_Degerman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35am EDT

Jennifer Johnson, WQFS Faculty/Staff Hour

Sign Language Interpreter for president of Guilford College

johnsonjb@guilford.edu

 

Free Lance Interpreter

Interpreter, School for the Deaf - Wilson, NC

Designated Interpreter, Dept. of Health and Human Services, Raleigh, NC

 

Jennifer Boyd Johnson, M.Ed, CI, CT, NIC

 

Jennifer first joined the field of interpreting in 2002 upon receiving her B.S. in English/ASL Interpreting from Bloomsburg University.  After holding several staff interpreter positions, including five years as the designated interpreter for the Director of the NC Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (DSDHH), she returned to school to earn her Master of Education in Interpreting Pedagogy from Northeastern University.  During her studies at Northeastern, Jennifer connected with her passion for teaching and working alongside colleagues to assist them in assessing their work and developing their skills.  Her favorite areas of discussion and development relate to ethics, decision-making and language. 

 

Jennifer held the position of Communication Access Manger with DSDHH for two years.  In this role, she created professional development trainings for working interpreters and served as a mentor and lead interpreter.  She currently works as the designated interpreter for the Guilford College President in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Originally from outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Jennifer is happy to now call North Carolina home. 

 

 

Direct download: Jennifer_Johnson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:23am EDT

Rudy Gordh, WQFS Faculty Staff Hour

I really enjoyed my interview w/ Rudy Gordh and hope you enjoy listening to it on this podcast.

MathematicsProfessor of Mathematics

Research Interests

  • Continuum theory
  • Ordered topological spaces

Courses Taught
All math courses at all levels, including:

  • Mathematics for the Liberal Arts
  • Foundations of Mathematics
  • All levels of Calculus
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Geometry
  • Algebraic Structures

Notable Works

  • Charles A. Dana Scholarship, 1964-65
  • Western Electric Fund Scholarship
  • National Academy of Sciences Exchange Scientist, 1973-74
  • “Monotone decompositions of irreducible Hausdorff continua,” Pacific Journal of Mathematics 36 (1971), 647-658.
  • “Arc components of chainable Hausdorff continua” (with Sam B. Nadler, Jr.), General Topology and its Applications 3 (1973), 63-76.
  • “The shape classification of torus-like and (n-sphere)-like continua” (with Carl Eberhart and John Mack), General Topology and its Applications 4 (1974), 85-94.
  • “Characterizing local connectedness in inverse limits” (with S. Mardesic), Pacific Journal of Mathematics 58 (1975), 411-417.
  • “Monotone retracts and some characterizations of dendrites” (with Lewis Lum), Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society 59 (1976), 156-158.

Campus and Community Involvement

  • Chair of Mathematics Department
  • Clerk of the Faculty
  • Chair of the Admissions Committee
  • Chair of the Education Studies Committee
  • Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee
  • Service on other campus committees
Direct download: Rudy_Gordh.mp3
Category:Guilford College Faculty/Staff Hour -- posted at: 3:26pm EDT

Wess Daniels/WQFS Faculty/Staff Hour

I really enjoyed interviewing Wess and hope you enjoy listening!

Friends Center, William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center & Quaker Studies
Religious Studies, Adjunct Professor

 

Wess has been a full-time Quaker minister, educator, researcher and public theologian, and has been working toward cultivating renewal among all branches of the Religious Society of Friends.  For five and a half years, until mid-2015, he served as “released minister” at Camas (Wash.) Friends church, a programmed meeting in the Northwest Yearly Meeting.

As a doctoral student at Fuller Theological Seminary in California, his area of research was renewal of the Quaker tradition within contemporary context. He created a model of renewal for use by Quakers and all faith traditions and, in July 2014, earned his Ph.D. from Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies. Upon graduation he received the School’s Dean’s Award for academic excellence. His dissertation focused on contextual theology, participatory culture and the renewal of the Quaker tradition within Western culture. 

Wess has diverse teaching experience, including graduate-level classes for three years at George Fox Evangelical Seminary (Oregon) and Earlham School of Religion. He is the author of five books, including A Convergent Model of Renewal: Remixing the Quaker Tradition in a Participatory Culture, which was published in 2015.

Direct download: Wess_Daniels.mp3
Category:Guilford College Faculty/Staff Hour -- posted at: 2:07pm EDT

Gwen Erickson/WQFS Faculty/STAFF Hour

I really enjoyed interviewing Gwen Erickson and hope you enjoy listening. 

Hege Library, Friends Historical Collection Librarian and College Archivist

Earlham College, BA, '94
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, MA, '96
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, MLIS, '97

 

 

 

Direct download: Gwen_Erickson.mp3
Category:Guilford College Faculty/Staff Hour -- posted at: 1:55pm EDT