Planning Conference

Meredith College will open the 2014-15 academic year with the annual Faculty/Staff Planning Conference, August 11-15, 2014. This event is designed to kick-off the year with opportunities for colleagues to engage in formal and informal gatherings.

There are sessions centered on retention initiatives, health and safety issues, and a continuation of sessions from Stone Soup. The week will include Working on Wellness (WOW) opportunities as well as the community lunch, refreshments at the Brickhouse, and the Friday ice cream social.


9 - 9:45 a.m.
Community Coffee, Johnson Hall Rotunda

10 – 11:45 a.m.
State of the College Address and Executive Leadership Panel, Jones Auditorium
Presented by President Jo Allen, '80 and the Executive Leadership Team

Executive Leadership Team Panel Presentation and Discussion will feature Provost Matthew Poslusny, Vice President for Business and Finance Craig Barfield, Vice President for College Programs Jean Jackson, ’75, Vice President of Institutional Advancement Lennie Barton and Executive Director of Marketing Kristi Eaves-McLennan.

11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.           
Community Lunch, Belk Dining Hall

1:30 p.m.- 2:45 p.m.  
StrongPoints: It's for All of Us
Presented by Candice Webb

This session will provide an overview of StrongPoints, the implementation plan for the 2014-15 academic year, and resources available to provide information to students, staff, and faculty about the four areas of StrongPoints. During the session, participants will also learn ways that they can integrate StrongPoints into their work with students.

3 – 4:30 p.m.  
Faculty Meeting, Kresge Auditorium

4:30 p.m.
Community Refreshments, Brickhouse on Hillsborough Street



9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Academic Administrators Meeting

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
​Red Flags: Identification, Reporting, and Resources   
Presented by Counseling Center Director Beth Meier and Disability Counselor Brittina Creecy
Learn to identify red flag behaviors in our community. Know what structures and supports we have on campus to assess threats and enhance your awareness of campus resources to maintain safety in our campus community.    ​

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Writing Workshop
Facilitated by Professor of English Robin Colby and Professor of English Eloise Grathwohl, this session will showcase revised writing assignments by faculty across disciplines.


Zumba, Weatherspoon Gym
Presented by Meredith’s Working on Wellness (WOW) program
Instructor: Professor of Music Ellen Williams 
Zumba combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations that allow the Zumba participants to dance away their worries. It is based on the principle that a workout should be fun and easy to do in order for Zumba participants to stick to the Zumba fitness program to achieve long-term health benefits. Zumba is not only great for the body, but it is also great for the mind. It is a 'feel happy' workout."

2- 3 p.m.                                 
Stand Up Against Violence: Sexual Violence and Title IX, Jones Auditorium   
Presented by Director of Human Resources Pam Davis and Dean of Students Ann Gleason
Find out essential information related to your role and responsibility in reporting sexual misconduct at Meredith, supporting persons who have experienced sexual violence, and being a resource in standing up against sexual violence. All faculty and staff are required to attend a presentation related to sexual violence and Title IX, and this session will meet this requirement.  

3 p.m.- 4 p.m.            
Student Planning Made Better in WebAdvisor
Presented by Registrar Amanda Steele-Middleton
This is a repeat of the session held during Stone Soup and is for those who missed it then.


Teaching Abroad Information Session
Presented by Director of International Programs Brooke Shurer

Learn about the Meredith-led study abroad trips and how faculty and students are recruited.

5 p.m.  
Student Leader Dinner


9 a.m. 
School Meetings
Arts & Humanities, Kresge Auditorium
EHHS, Martin 113
NMS, SMB 162

10:30 a.m.
Emergency Planning Scenario, Jones Auditorium
Presented by Provost Matthew Poslusny
What should you do if an active shooter or other violent situation is in progress on campus? Whether it be in an office or a classroom, this session will be about preparing for these types of situation.

Design Matters: Transforming Your Syllabus into an Engaging Visual Experience
Presented by Associate Professor of Art Dana Ezzell Gay
This session will offer participants insight into how to make the mundane content of the syllabus visually engaging. Techniques and processes for bringing a fresh and appealing approach to the syllabus will be presented. Reflection on course material, personal teaching practice, self-discovery, and the educator’s personal journey will be contemplated.

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
An Introduction to MAP-Works (Part One), Jones Auditorium
Presented by Director of Retention and Student Success Brandon Stokes
During this session, you will be introduced to the college’s new student success software: MAP-Works.  There will be a live demonstration of the program so attendees can obtain a better understanding of how MAP-Works can be used to improve communication and outreach for all students.

2 p.m.- 3 p.m.
Community Engagement: The Nitty-Gritty
This session will offer participants the opportunity to continue discussions started during Stone Soup in May as well as provide feedback to anyone new to teaching a Community Engagement class or incorporating it into their programs. We will discuss both reflection and assessment while answering any questions you bring with you. We welcome anyone teaching Service-Learning classes this fall as well as those of you just beginning to incorporate Community Engagement into your courses or programs, even if you did not participate in the sessions in May.

3:30 p.m.
Reserved for departmental meetings and individual planning


8:30–9:45 a.m.
Freshmen Advisor Training, Jones Chapel
All Freshmen Advisors   

11 a.m. –12 p.m.
Summer Reading Program Facilitators, Belk Dining Hall West
Presented by First Year Experience Co-Director Chrissie Bumgardner and Professor of English Rebecca Duncan
Training for faculty and Staff who are leading discussion groups

1 p.m.
Professional Development Collaboratives (PDCs)
The Professional Development Collaboratives (PDCs) are faculty groups that meet monthly to discuss instructional technology, creative pedagogy, and writing.
Instructional Writing, location TBD
Creative Peadagogy, location TBD
Writing, location TBD

2 p.m. 
Yoga for Beginners and Beyond, Movement Lab and Dance Studio
Presented by Meredith’s Working on Wellness (WOW) program
Instructors: Director of Research, Planning, & Assessment Dianne Raubenheimer and Professor of Dance Alyson Colwell-Waber    
Whether you are new to yoga or have an ongoing practice, this class is for you. We will cover some of the key poses and alignment principles, while stretching, moving and breathing. You will leave feeling relaxed, peaceful and energized. What a great way to start the new academic year! Please wear comfortable clothes. Mats will be available.


Reserved for departmental meetings and individual planning

3 p.m.
Ice Cream Social, Johnson Hall Rotunda