Student Gains Experience in Global Environment
Students frequently gain work experience through internships, but Meredith’s Amanda Baity, ’13, has gone the extra mile by acquiring an internship in Germany.
Baity, a business administration major from Nags Head, N.C., is spending the 2010-11 academic year working as an internal communications intern at Texas Instruments (TI) in the company’s office in Freising, Germany. At TI, Baity works with Meredith alumna Leesha Austin-Buehlmann, ’02, internal communications manager for EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) sales and marketing.
The internship’s location in Germany was appealing to Baity. “I love to travel, and saw this as a perfect opportunity to do that while simultaneously getting practical work experience.”
The experience has also helped Baity define her career plans.
“I feel like I have found my niche. Working in the Internal Communications Department has really strengthened my interest in the communication field,” Baity said. “Before I came to Germany, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my business major, but now I would like to do something with business communications. I also have a much better understanding of the work environment in a corporate company.”
Meredith Hues Organization Supports Admissions
The Meredith Hues Program is a student volunteer group made up of incoming multicultural freshmen who assist the Office of Admissions with the recruitment of new multicultural students. With the help of this year's sophomore officers, Christina Cole, Bani Taunque, and Zeenat Razvi, the Meredith Hues Program is now an official organization on campus! Please join me in congratulating these women on their accomplishments thus far. As their advisor, I look forward to working with The Meredith Hues organization the rest of the academic year.
—Submitted by Meredith Hues Advisor Anna Buryk
Green Design Competition Results Announced
Highwoods Properties, the largest owner and operator of suburban office properties in the Southeast, announced on December 2 that Meredith College interior design student Danielle Stott has won the Highwoods’ sponsored green design competition. Highwoods presented Stott with a check for $500 during a special ceremony.
Highwoods announced this competition in October 2010. Over the past few months, the interior design students have been working on environmentally responsible interior designs for a 5,200-square-foot office space at Highwood’s ENERGY STAR and Green Globes certified 3600 Glenwood building.
The winner was chosen based on several criteria including space plan, creativity and realism of concept, finish selections, presentation (boards and video), furniture selection and coordination and environmental responsibility.
Social Work Major Speaks at International Conference
Meredith College social work student Kayte Thomas recently spoke at the International Gastroschisis Conference in Barcelona, Spain. Thomas is chief administrative officer of Avery’s Angels Gastroschisis Foundation, the only foundation of its kind.
Gastroschisis is a birth defect that causes the intestines and other organs to protrude from the abdomen at birth. Avery’s Angels was formed in 2009 after the founder, Meghan Hall, lost her son Avery to gastroschisis. Thomas, whose daughter Ashley was born with gastroschisis, has been involved in gastroschisis outreach for five years.
Thomas spoke about the Avery’s Angels organization before an audience of 94 doctors representing 19 countries. Her presentation was a way to “share the family perspective with the physicians who attended the conference to remind them in a non-clinical way of what the families experience.”
“I told the doctors about how Avery's Angels began, the support we provide for families … the depression and fear that these families experience, and the ongoing issues that we encounter,” Thomas said.
For more information, visit www.averysangels.org.
Update on Meredith’s Administrative Review Process
Classroom Recycling Pilot Project Begins in January
Meredith Fund Mythbusters
New Book Translation Explores Encouragement
Wade Looks Back on 25 Years at Meredith College
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