Meredith Students Selected for Auschwitz Jewish Center Program
Meredith College students Meredith Hyatt and Brianna Karmi were accepted into and given full scholarships for the Fall 2010 Auschwitz Jewish Center (AJC) Program for Students Abroad, in Krakow, Poland. The program took place October 28-31, 2010.
Hyatt and Karmi are studying abroad this semester in Meredith’s Sansepolcro, Italy program. One of the courses they are taking is Justice & Liberty, which explores Italy during World War II. Their experiences in this class inspired them to apply for the AJC program.
The AJC Program for Students Abroad provides a scholarly learning environment through which students can engage intensively with the history of the Holocaust and of Jewish life in Poland. The AJC’s programming offers a unique opportunity for North American students to visit Krakow and Oswiecim, work with scholars, take in-depth tours of Auschwitz-Birkenau, hear testimony, and engage in meaningful discussion.
Hyatt is a junior from Stanfield, N.C., and Karmi is a sophomore from New Bern, N.C.
Convocation Focuses on Images of Beauty in the Media
Former actress and co-chair of the Committee for the Empowerment of Young Women Camille Cooper presented Images of Beauty in the Media on October 19, 2010. Cooper drew from her experiences as an actress in film and television, including “General Hospital” and “Knots Landing” and her life as the mother of two daughters.
“Today, there is a prevalent notion that what’s of value about women relates to their attractiveness,” Cooper said.
According to Cooper, this message begins as early as childhood. She showed examples of gender specific toys including dress-up kits for boys that featured doctor and firefighter uniforms, while those for girls were “for fairy princesses and tea parties.” Her presentation also illustrated the heavily retouched nature of magazine photos of models and actresses.
“Take those ideas from culture and put them aside,” Cooper said. “The only thing that matters is what each of us contributes to society.”
This event was sponsored by the Meredith College Convocation Committee.
Core 404 Class Raising Funds & Support for Ugandan Orphans
Interior Design Instructor Lina Siebert is assisting a group of Core 404 students with their service project for the class. They are organizing a craft sale to be held in the Cate Center lobby on November 18 from noon until 7 p.m.
“Dr. Deborah Tippett, who teaches the class, asked me to be involved in that project because of my involvement with a local organization-Embrace Uganda,” Siebert said. “The organization helps orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda. One of the significant ways we raise money for the children is to sell local Ugandan crafts that are produced in country and also by the local orphans we help. One hundred percent of the proceeds go back to Uganda to provide scholarship for children, to build clinics, to drill water wells and more.”
For more information, visit www.embraceuganda.org.
Non-Profit Organization Suggestions Needed for Event Planning Course
Sally McCormick, communication Instructor, shared the following request.
Each spring, Meredith students plan and implement events for local nonprofits as part of the curriculum for their Event Planning class, a service-learning course. In the past, they have organized fundraisers and general awareness events for Diabetes Management Solutions, Habitat for Humanity, Second Chance Pet Adoptions, Sustain Foundation and Dress for Success.
I am currently accepting requests from nonprofits that would like for this class to plan an event for them during the spring 2011 semester. If you know of or are involved with a nonprofit that you would like to be considered, please contact Sally McCormick, Department of Communication, at (919) 349-6249 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Participating nonprofit organizations need to be identified by the end of November 2010.
Cornhuskin’ Scheduled for November 5
Meredith’s annual Cornhuskin’ tradition will be held this Friday, Nov. 5, starting with a parade on the Front Drive at 3:30 p.m. A picnic will follow at 4:30 p.m. in the courtyard. Students on the meal plan can attend free of charge. The meal is $8.50 (cash only) for non-meal plan students & guests.
The Cornhuskin’ competition begins at 6 p.m. in McIver Amphitheater. The evening concludes with the After Cornhuskin’ Breakfast and Party at 11 p.m. in Belk Dining Hall.
Cornhuskin’ is sponsored by the Meredith Recreation Association.
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