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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Writer’s endowment established at UNCP

A fund established by Dr. Anita R. Guynn would support writers and writing at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. The planned endowment has ambitious goals.

Anita GuynnA composition professor, Dr. Guynn dedicated the WriteReader Endowed Fund to her parents, Donald and Hilda Guynn, and to “all parents who read to their children with the goal to celebrate the work of students and professional writers at UNCP.”

“My parents never went to college, but my mother always read to us,” she said. “My parents worked and saved money to send me to school.”

Funds generated from the endowment will be used to support events sponsored by the University’s Writers Series, Writing Across the Curriculum program and University Writing Center.

The fund was originated with a $7,000 gift and is nearing the endowment mark of $10,000.

“It started with the Writers Series Committee, which I am a member of,” Dr. Guynn said. “We invite authors to speak and teach workshops at the University, but we needed additional funding to support the events.”

Dr. Guynn thought a permanent fund would underwrite the program most effectively. She has bigger plans for the endowment.

“Eventually, I am hoping enough people give to the fund so that we could have a writer in residence,” she said. “Having a published author here to spend time with students and giving readings would be exciting for the University and community.”

Dr. William Gash, associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and a member of the Writers Series Committee, said the gift is well targeted.

“This is a wonderful gift to the University and to our students,” Dr. Gash said.  “We will now be able to bring more authors to campus to interact with students one-on-one.”

Dr. Guynn teaches beginning and advanced composition, and in the spring semester, she will teach a new course titled Creative Non-Fiction.

“Creative non-fiction is the 4th genre of writing,” she explained. “It includes biography, memoirs, travel writing and personal essay.”

In her sixth year on the faculty of the Department of English, Theatre and Languages, Dr. Guynn said she enjoys life at a teaching college, and she enjoys her students.

“I enjoy being part of this University,” she said. “I remember being a first generation college student like many of our students.

“I remember not knowing a lot of things about college,” Dr. Guynn continued. “That sense of being a newcomer lasts a long time, but our students should know they have the right and privilege to be here.”

Dr. Guynn grew up near Blacksburg, Va., and did her undergraduate work at Virginia Tech and earned a Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina.

For more information about giving at UNCP, please call 910.521.6252 or email advancement@uncp.edu.

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