This fall, the Meredith College Athletics Department launched www.goavengingangels.com as the new online home of Meredith Athletics. The new site is funded through sponsorships from Belk, Marco’s Pizza, Best Western and Holiday Inn.
The site was developed by PrestoSports and features dynamic schedules and content, RSS feeds, streaming videos and connections to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. It also features a mobile website using MobileClassic software.
The website allows fans to quickly find information about the College’s athletic teams. Now part of the PrestoSports Network, Meredith scores entered into the website will immediately update the website's schedules, and national media sites such as d3hoops, d3soccer and d3baseball. PrestoSports is a leading technology provider to over 250 collegiate athletic departments with services including website design and hosting, live stats, award management, merchandising and officiating.
Meredith joins the USA South Athletic Conference, Shenandoah University and Peace College as a PrestoSports website member.
—Submitted by Greg Jarvis, Department of Athletics
Meredith Partnership Receives Grant
The North Carolina State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction awarded a Mathematics-Science Partnership Grant on October 7, 2010, to McDowell County Schools, Meredith College, and the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Technology to provide mathematics content professional development for principals and lead teachers in partnering districts.
The goal of the project is to help North Carolina schools develop cohesive visions for quality mathematics curriculum and instruction as well as to create mathematics Instructional Leadership Teams in approximately 400 schools across the participating school districts.
Jeane Joyner, research associate at Meredith College, and Carol Midgett will serve as co-directors of this grant. Tim Hendrix is the higher education lead consultant and Meghan Griffith is support staff for the project. The research component will be under the leadership of Tim Hendrix and Anita Bowman, the project’s external evaluator. The grant is a Title II Part B Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) Grant entitled “Teachers and Administrators Partnering for Mathematics Learning (TAP Math)." The Board reported “the professional development activities described in your grant proposal are varied, innovative and comprehensive.”
The $1.5 million three year grant has been approved to receive $539,316 for year one. Congratulations to all those who put in long hours of work to make this grant possible.
—Submitted by Linda Hatcher, Sponsored Programs
Special Populations Dance a Meredith Tradition for More than 20 Years
Halloween weekend will see the Meredith gym filled with a very special group of party-goers as the Meredith Psychology Club sponsor's the Special Populations Dance. This invitation-only event provides a prom-like celebration to adults with special needs in the Greater Raleigh Area.
For more than 20 years, this annual celebration has provided a fun-filled experience for both Meredith students and the Raleigh community. Psychology Club President Beth Loy and dance chairs Collins Crowe and Kimberly Gray, supported by Departmental Assistant Helen Fallwell and advisors Mark O'Dekirk and Lyn Aubrecht, have been at work since late summer planning and coordinating the large volunteer staff that coordinates the event. Beth Loy, a two-year veteran of the dance, enjoys the interaction with all those attending and is especially looking forward to seeing the costumes for this year's "Halloween Bash" theme.
—Submitted by Cindy Edwards, Department of Psychology
New York Business and Fashion Study Tour
Meredith’s Business and Fashion Merchandising students recently enjoyed a warm and sunny fall weekend in New York City on October 14– 17. Seventeen students, along with faculty sponsors Becky Oatsvall, professor of business, and Diane Ellis, professor of fashion merchandising and design, toured Bloomingdale’s, led by the department store’s buying and international relations employees. Other tours included the Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a furrier and a scenic bus tour of New York City. For dinner, students and faculty joined eight Meredith alumnae living in New York City for a delicious Italian meal at Nonna’s. The Meredith alumnae were Katie Holden, Adrienne Kralick, Elizabeth Mallory, Katy Pigford, Caitlin Prazenica, Sarah Sasser, Brie Sherman and Dare Snead. The trip also included the hit Broadway musical “Mamma Mia!,” with Meredith alumna Beth Leavel starring in the role of Donna Sheridan.
—Submitted by Tracy G. Knight, School of Business
Student Receives Beta Gamma Sigma Business Scholarship
Student Heather Whitfield has been selected by Meredith College’s School of Business to receive a Beta Gamma Sigma Scholarship.
Whitfield was chosen for her superior performance in the study of business. She has received a $1,000 scholarship to continue her education in 2010-11. Whitfield is a resident of Wilson, North Carolina.
Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student can receive in a baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate program at a school accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
To be eligible for membership, the academic ranking of those being considered must place them in the upper 10 percent of their junior or senior class, or upper 20 percent of the graduating master’s class. Members inducted each year join an expanding worldwide network of more than 625,000 business professionals.
—Submitted by Marilyn Dutton, School of Business
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