Faculty/Staff Planning Conference Scheduled for August 12-16
Meredith College will open the 2013-14 academic year with the annual Faculty/Staff Planning Conference, August 12-16, 2013. This event is designed to kick-off the year with opportunities for colleagues to engage in formal and informal gatherings.
Planning week begins on Monday with The State of the College Address by President Jo Allen, '80. After a community lunch, Matthew Poslusny, Meredith’s first provost, will address faculty and staff.
Tuesday is a planning day for many faculty, with time reserved for department meetings as scheduled by department heads.
Wednesday morning begins with a community breakfast. There will also be time scheduled for strategic planning sessions, and the Academic Administrators’ meeting.
Thursday includes sessions for freshmen advisors and summer reading program participants, the first faculty meeting and school meetings.
Friday is reserved for department meetings.
Click here to view a more complete schedule for the week. Details, including locations, will be added as planning continues this summer.
The Residence Hall Association held Pancakes @ 11 on the last day of classes with a record-breaking crowd of 240 attendees including Meredith students and their guests. The end-of-the-semester event gives students a chance to unwind and celebrate the end of classes. Students enjoy pancakes cooked by guest “chefs” and are entertained with music and dancing.
This year, the guest chefs were male students who participate in the NC State Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization. Meredith College started a chapter of FCA earlier this year and they have had great success in getting the organization off the ground. This event would not be possible without the helping hands of the Residence Life staff, the Resident Assistants and RHA in partnership with FCA. Junior Elizabeth Guiles served as chair of this event.
Meredith’s inaugural commuter bike ride was held on Earth Day, April 22. The weather was chilly, but only a few frosty fingers resulted. Some Meredith community members opted to commute by bike on April 24 when the weather was more typical for spring.
Our inaugural commuter bike riders were Alyson Colwell-Waber, Lara Dick, Sherri Henderson, Denise Parker and Garry Walton. Colwell-Waber and Parker participated in both commutes. Lara Dick brought her 13-month-old daughter Irene along for the ride, making Irene Meredith’s youngest commuter.
Free breakfast and lunch were provided by Aramark and we enjoyed our lunch together Belk Dining Hall. Thanks Scott Lamond and Campus Dining for supporting the commuter bike ride. A gift card to Whole Foods or Quail Ridge Books was won by Lara Dick.
This core group of Meredith bike commuters aims to ride together at least once weekly. Look for more information about future faculty/staff commuter rides. May is National Bike Month. Dust off your bike and join us or other events in the area! For information on local opportunities, visit raleighnc.gov/business/content/PWksTranServices/Articles/BicycleProgram.html.
Meredith College student Libby O’Daniel has earned a 2013 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The Gilman award is a prestigious national scholarship that supports students studying abroad.
O’Daniel will use the award to study abroad through Meredith College’s program in Sansepolcro, Italy this summer. She will earn Meredith credits through MAT94x: Geometry and the Divine Proportion – Connections with Art and Architecture, as well as IDS 300: Arts, Artifacts, and Culture. O’Daniel is majoring in studio art and interior design with a minor in art history.
This year, the Gilman program is supporting international study by more than 700 outstanding American undergraduate students from 270 colleges and universities across the U.S.
The Gilman award is named in honor of former U.S. Congressional Representative Benjamin A. Gilman. Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.
Have you presented research or attended a professional meeting recently? Has your department earned an award? Share news of these accomplishments and more with the Meredith community. Faculty and staff are invited to email items to Melyssa Allen, “Campus Connections” editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.