Professor of Dance Alyson Colwell-Waber taught two master classes at the North Carolina Dance Alliance annual statewide conference. Sixty dancers ranging from high school students through professionals took her classes in modern dance technique (pictured here) and yoga for dancers. Her modern dance technique class was selected as one of three scholarship audition classes, as well.
Sustainability Coordinator Laura Fieselman presented a brief session at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference, held Oct. 9-12, 2011. The session focused on initial steps of an energy management program and was designed to help other small private colleges work through the barriers and benefits to starting an energy management program.
Associate Professor of Graphic Design Dana Ezzell Gay recently exhibited her visual work in a national exhibition, the “East Carolina University School of Art and Design Alumni Exhibition,” from September 2 - October 1, 2011 in Greenville, N.C. As part of the exhibition events, she was also invited to participate in a moderated panel discussion on September 2, 2011. She was one of six panel participants invited to engage in dialogue about her experiences as a graphic designer and educator.
Gay is also presenting at the 2011 SECAC (Southeastern College Art Conference) in Savannah on November 10, 2011. She will be chairing one panel session and presenting on another as part of a two part session titled, “A Beautiful Group of Letters: Typography as Discourse in Communication Design and the Visual Arts.”
Additionally, on November 18, 2011, she will be presenting a separate body of visual work, “NCLR design: The intersection of text and image” from her creative research and publication with the professional journal, the “North Carolina Literary Review,” where she serves as Art Director and primary graphic designer. She will be presenting this work as part of the annual 111th Meeting of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association.
Meredith College faculty members Barry Koster (Computer Science), Monica McKinney (Education), Mark O’Dekirk (Psychology), and Julie Schrock (Education) presented “Infusing Critical Thinking into the College Curriculum” on October 13, 2011, at the annual meeting of the International Society for the Exploration of Teaching and Learning (ISETL) in San Diego, Calif.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Claire Parker Siburt’s article, "Developing Metacognitive and Problem-Solving Skills through Problem Manipulation,” has been published in the Journal of Chemical Education. Her co-authors are Ahrash N. Bissell and Richard A. MacPhail.
Associate Professor of Mass Communication Doug Spero presented a convocation on October 6 at Universidad de Valle in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The two-hour presentation explored media coverage of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. One hundred students attended, along with professors and local journalists. Spero’s visit was covered in the local media.
In her role as president of North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children (NCCEC), Associate Professor of Education Marge Terhaar-Yonkers wrote a letter of support for North Carolina’s application for the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant ($70,000,000), prepared by Governor Bev Perdue’s Early Childhood Advisory Council. An excerpt from the letter states, “The proposal is designed to lead North Carolina toward transformational results as we seek to assure that every young child in our state is ready for success in school and in life. The proposal outlines key goals and a range of well thought out strategies to promote school readiness for children with high needs across the state. Many of the strategies reflect a deep understanding of the link between the quality of early learning and development environments and outcomes for children.
Others strategies reflect an appreciation for the fact that many factors interact to affect child outcomes and that our systems must interact – and be accountable - as well. “
Terhaar-Yonkers will also attend the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s 61st Exceptional Children Conference in Greensboro, N.C., October 31-November 1, representing NCCEC and recruiting graduate students for our Master’s degree programs in Special Education: General Curriculum.
Presidential Inauguration to Be Held March 22
Clyde Edgerton Entertains at Friends of the Library Dinner
New Mac Lab Opened this Fall in Gaddy-Hamrick Art Center
Meredith Earns Awards at American Chemical Society Conference
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