November 12, 2009 Volume CXXVI Issue 9

Georgetown holds college for a day

By VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
Copy Editor

The third College For A Day program was held last Tuesday, Nov. 10. Former Georgetown students and members of the surrounding community were invited to share in a day of reliving their fond memories of college, learning something new, and catching up with old friends. Robin Oldham, Assistant to the President and Board Secretary said that “Our third College For A Day experience reminds us that we have a number of people who want to continue learning and return to Georgetown College and who always enjoy being on campus.”

The vision of College For a Day began with President Crouch, because he wanted to offer an opportunity for people, but not necessarily alumni, to come to campus for a day of reliving their college experience. The program was originally designed for retirees, but people from all different age groups attended. This was an opportunity to come back and reconnect with old friends and possibly brush up on a subject that they really liked in college or to find out something totally new.

In order to make it as much like college as possible, the participants were able to register for two classes, and in between them there was a CEP/Nexus chapel service featuring renowned jockey, Mr. Pat Day, and also a luncheon held in the Hall of Fame room. The first two College For A Day events were quite successful and well-received, so they decided to do it again, with many former participants returning. Oldham said the program was meant to be “academically inviting and stimulating” but that they also wanted the participants to have fun too. “We try to offer a variety of classes and thus far the formula is working— we have had glowing evaluations after the program, and haven’t had a single negative feedback.”

The courses offered were all very different, yet intriguing in their own way. Religion Professor Dr. Sheila Klopfer taught a class called “The Dippers Dipt, or, the Anabaptists, Duck’d, and Plung’d over Head and Ears,” celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Baptists. This class was so popular last spring that they decided to bring it back once again. Theatre and Performance Studies Chair Dr. George McGee gave a little taste of two interesting topics when he taught “A Dramatic Take on What We See” and “To Ireland and Back,” an introduction to the world of 1980’s TV show “Newhart” and a scene from the play he co-wrote, “A Fence for Martin Maher.” “Teaching Magic: Harry Potter and Philosophy” was taught by Philosophy Chair Dr. Roger Ward, and “Ghosts of the Bluegrass” was taught by Dr. Macy Wyatt, Professor Emeritus of Psychology.

Dr. Wyatt’s class was about a collection of ghost stories gathered by students in 1977. During the winter mini-term of 1977, Dr. Wyatt and Dr. Jim McCormick, then Professor of Art, co-taught a class on interviewing techniques. The techniques learned were then applied in interviews about ghost stories. A huge collection was amassed, and after retiring from Georgetown College, the two professors decided to write a book about the stories, entitled “Ghosts of the Bluegrass.” The closing reception was held in the Neil Fireside Room in the LRC. President Crouch gave all the participants a certificate of completion. President Crouch said, “This was an exciting adventure to allow alumni and the community to stay connected to this wonderful college.”

 


Grover Hibberd, a man of many talents

By VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
Copy Editor

Grover Hibberd works at ITS.

Grover Hibberd is the Associate Vice President for Internet Technology Services, otherwise known as ITS. He is the person who can point you in the right direction when you have questions, and he enjoys being a reference point. If he can’t give you the help you need, he can tell you who can.

Before coming to Georgetown, he was the director of academic computing at Florida Atlantic University and prior to that he was manager of support services at the University of Louisville. After graduating from college, Hibberd worked for twelve years in manufacturing and manufacturing information systems in western Massachusetts. While working in Massachusetts, an opportunity at the University of Louisville enabled him to return to his home in Louisville, Kentucky. “Working in higher education technology services was new and interesting, that’s what I liked about it.” Kentucky is his home, and even though he worked at Louisville, he is a fan of both the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.

His wife, Jayne Pitts-Hibberd, is a 6th grade social studies teacher at Scott County Middle School. They have a daughter named Teddi (Theodora) who is currently in her final year of graduate school at the University of Kentucky School of Architecture. In his spare time, Hibberd likes to work around his five acre property, doing carpentry and odd jobs. He enjoys golfing, fishing and going to Keeneland. He is a lifelong fan of racing, calling it, “a fantastic sport,” and is thoroughly a thoroughbred guy.

An interesting fact about Hibberd is that he was once a drummer in a rock band. “In ten years, I will be retired, for sure.” He also hopes to be actively involved in volunteer work. Currently, Hibberd serves as the Vice President of Communication and Marketing for the Chamber of Commerce in Georgetown- Scott County and is on the Board of Leadership Central Kentucky. His advice to students is to “enjoy yourself, but also network yourself with people who will be in the field you plan on going into. Join organizations, become known in those areas, volunteer in those areas. It is very nice to work and do things in an area you enjoy.”

Hibberd says of ITS, “if it has a power button, we usually support it.” He is dedicated to instructional application of technology and its uses in teaching and learning. He contemplates the future of education in a country with dramatically changing demographics. Another concern he has is with the challenges facing small liberal arts colleges who face rising costs associated with aging infrastructure, a projected smaller pool of high school graduates, and a growing utilitarian view of higher education by the general population.

He received a B.A. from Eastern Kentucky University and an M.B.A. from American International College in Springfield, Mass. He is currently working online for a doctoral degree (Ed.D.) with a specialization in leadership from Northcentral University in Prescott, Ariz. He said of his doctoral program, “You research, read and write. I think it’s wonderful; I learn from a lot of different sources, mentors and others with a wide range of opinions.” His mentors have come from broad backgrounds in higher education and other work experiences across the country, including the 41st Lieutenant Governor from the state of Minnesota. Hibberd also has a website about historical markers of Kentucky, Virginia and Pennsylvania and wants to do more with it when he retires. Check out http://www.signsofhistory.com to see the pictures and descriptions of various historical markers.

 


 

SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: AMBER SCOTT

By WHITLEY ARENS
Foreign Correspondent

Amber Scott’s favorite class was Teaching in a Diverse Society.

Have you ever met someone who is deathly afraid, even terrified, of bananas? Chances are, most students have not. Well, that’s about to change. Meet senior Amber Scott. She has a self-proclaimed phobia of the yellow fruit. Not sure why, but it’s probably best not to ask questions.

Now that the weirdest thing about her is out in the open, it’s probably best to prove that there’s more to Scott than her slightly unconventional fear of bananas. Scott describes herself as being “boisterous.” So, she is a boisterous broad, who blatantly badmouths bananas, with Biology on the brain. Okay. It’s time to lay off the Bs. As sort of hinted at above, Scott has a thing for Biology. Originally, it was her major when the Fort Thomas, Ky. native came to Georgetown College. However, that didn’t last long.

Scott explained: “I originally wanted to be a Biology major and attend Med School, but when I started classes here at Georgetown, I really, really enjoyed my Spanish professors, so I quickly changed my mind.” She’ll graduate GC as a Spanish major, Biology minor. One day, she hopes to use her Spanish knowledge to teach ELL (English Language Learner) students. Scott has a good idea of what she’s doing after life at Georgetown. “I intend to spend a year in Ireland teaching, then I will return to the states, apply to grad school, pray I am accepted and receive my Master’s in Education,” she said. “Eventually, I will work for my PhD and I hope to teach ELL at an inner-city school.”

However, though she has a plan in place, Scott is somewhat apprehensive about actually leaving GC. When asked about the prospect of graduation, she responded: “I am super distraught! The thought of it literally makes me sick. I cannot imagine my life after Georgetown and I am terrified to take the next steps in the real world. I have enjoyed my time here more than anything and wish that I could be a Tiger forever! I know great things are to come but I will never, ever forget my time here.”

Her passion for Georgetown is especially endearing since it wasn’t originally her first choice of a college. “My heart was set on a school in southeastern Ohio. My parents encouraged me to visit other schools before making my final decision, so I contacted a friend I knew who was a junior at Georgetown,” Scott explained. “I came to campus and did an overnight with her and that is when I knew this was truly the school for me. I loved the small classes, small campus, and the immense opportunities! The atmosphere was exactly what I was looking for and the location was perfect.”

When asked to choose a favorite GC class, she doesn’t hesitate before quickly saying EDU309: Teaching in a Diverse Society. And while choosing a favorite professor wasn’t quite as simple for Scott, she did feel that she had to “give a shout out to Dr. Livingston!” In her time at Georgetown College, Scott has also been involved with various campus organizations. She is a proud member of a sorority (at this time she can’t disclose which one because she’s disassociated for recruitment), as well as a Phi Tau Sweetheart. Also, she’s a member of the Panhellenic Council’s Recruitment Team and a member of Sigma Delta Pi. All in all, Georgetown has been a great place for Scott and that explains why she’s so sad to leave.

Looking back, she offered a little advice for underclassmen: “Do not take these four years for granted—they will go by so fast! Have no fear to do anything because, good or bad, you will learn so much about yourself. Cherish these moments of your life and appreciate what God has given you. Carpe Diem!” Also, though she didn’t say it, she was surely thinking, “Beware of bananas.”


Meet the Tiger Cubs: GC Freshmen Introduced

By VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
Copy Editor

This week’s featured fresmen are Natalie Wesley and T.C. O’Neal.

T.C. O’Neal wants to be a Psychology major.

Q: What town are you from, and what high school did you attend?

Natalie: Liberty—Casey County High School.

T.C.: Cincinnati—Wyoming High School.

Q: Why did you choose GC?

N: I am interested in being a pharmacist and the GC pre-pharmacy program is really good.

T: I wanted to play baseball here.

Q: Do you have a major in mind?

N: Biology.

T: Psychology.

Natalie Wesley wants to be aBiology major.

Q: What is your favorite class so far?

N: Inter-Personal Communication with Dummer.

T: English 111 with Hanly.

Q: How do you like Caf food?

N: I don’t really like it.

T: It sucks.

Q: What has been your favorite experience so far?

N: Homecoming festivities.

T: I got to play in the baseball game against Lincoln Memorial in Tennessee.

Q: What are you looking forward to this year?

N: The Hanging of the Green.

T: Baseball season.

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