On April 6, 2011, Meredith College’s Class of 2011 was inducted into the Alumnae Association. Several speakers were present at the ceremony in Jones Chapel to speak to the graduating class about the importance of giving back to Meredith after graduation. Alumnae spoke about their own experiences at Meredith and what giving their time and support has meant to them over the years. At the conclusion of the ceremony, students lit candles and pledged to support Meredith in any way they could in the coming years. Following the reception, graduating seniors visited the Alumnae House for a dessert reception and social.
The Senior Induction Ceremony is a very special event where members of the graduating senior class are officially inducted into the Meredith College Alumnae Association. This event is a kind of introduction to what life will be like outside the gates of Meredith; and how they can continue to have a relationship with Meredith as alumnae. The senior class doll is also unveiled and presented to the students for the first time. The class doll is then displayed in the Mae Grimmer Alumnae House for students to visit until graduation. This year, Annie Ross Hartford was presented to the senior class along with her trunk of Meredith keepsakes. After much secrecy all year about the doll’s outfits and personal belongings, the senior class was eager to meet Annie and hear her story. Co-chairs also announced the class’ progress with their class gift and encouraged students to continue raising money.
The reception following the ceremony was a special time where students, faculty, and alumnae could mingle and spend time together. Alumnae from throughout recent years spoke at the program and shared their own special Meredith memories with students throughout the evening. The induction ceremony was one of the last events the senior class participated in together before graduation, which made it all the more special.
Jeane Joyner, research associate in Meredith College’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, is the co-author of a new book on informative assessment has been published by Scholastic, Inc. and Math Solutions. Her co-author is Mari Muri.
The book, "INFORMative Assessment: Formative Assessment to Improve Math Achievement," will serve as a resource for K-6 mathematics educators. The book provides a foundation of formative assessment used to guide instructional decision-making.
The authors identify formative assessment as a collaborative process that "engage teachers and students in becoming partners to support students' learning." Steve Leinwand, principal research analyst, American Institutes for Research, says "few have been able to translate the tenets of meaningful formative assessment as effectively as Mari and Jeane do in this wonderfully written and most helpful book."
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