2012 Accolades and Awards

As 2012 comes to a close, take a look back at some of the accolades and awards earned by Meredith College and its students, faculty, staff and alumnae this year.

• Meredith was named one of the best colleges in the Southeast by The Princeton Review, a nationally known education services company. It is one of 136 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Southeast" section of its website feature, "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region." The Princeton Review’s “regional best” colleges constitute only 25% of the four-year colleges in the U.S.

• Meredith College is ranked third on the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report list of the South’s Best Regional Colleges. Meredith was also named to the “Great Schools, Great Prices” list, ranked 9th among regional colleges in the South. U.S. News describes this ranking as “taking into account a school’s academic quality, and the 2011-12 cost of attendance for students who receive the average level of need-based financial aid.”

•Meredith was named a 2012-13 College of Distinction, and was featured on CollegesofDistinction.com and in the Colleges of Distinction e-Guidebook. Colleges and universities are nominated for participation in Colleges of Distinction by high school college counselors. Schools included on the list show commitment to four distinctions – Student Engagement, Great Teaching, Vibrant Communities and Successful Outcomes.

•Meredith College has been named to the Military Friendly Schools ® list, which honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. These schools are recognized for providing programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies and flexibility to service members.

•Assistant Professor of Fashion Merchandising and Design Eunyoung Yang earned first place in a juried gallery exhibition at the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) annual conference. ITAA is a professional, educational association composed of scholars, educators, and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education. This is the second year in a row that Yang has won an award in this competition.

•Tiffany Lachenmayr, a graduate of Meredith College’s Master of Education program, has been named North Carolina’s Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award winner. Lachenmayr teaches fourth grade math and science at Garner’s Timber Drive Elementary School.

•The Meredith College Department of Marketing received four awards in the Raleigh Public Relations Society’s Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Excellence in Communication, a competition open to public relations practitioners across North Carolina. The marketing team won a Gold Award for Meredith Magazine, a Silver Award for the announcement of the addition of lacrosse to Meredith athletics, and a Gold Award and a Best in Division award for a Meredith Magazine feature.

•The Meredith College Dance Program represented the Mid-Atlantic American College Dance Festival (ACDF) at the National ACDF festival, May 24-27, 2012, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. They performed “Prelude to Settling” by Associate Professor Carol Kyles Finley.

•Meredith College Professor of Dance Alyson Colwell-Waber received the North Carolina Dance Alliance (NCDA) Annual Award during the organization’s annual event in October 2012. The NCDA Annual Award honors an individual who has made significant lifetime contributions to the growth and development of dance in North Carolina.

•Megan Yohpe, ’12, was selected as a NASA Student Ambassador. At the time of the award, Yohpe was studying at Meredith and NC State as part of the Engineering Dual Degree Program. She completed the program in May 2012.

•Monserrat Alvarez, ’14, was named a member of Campus Compact’s 2012 class of Newman Civic Fellows. The Newman Civic Fellows Awards recognize inspiring college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities.

•Associate Professor of Dance Carol Finley’s dance, Kitchen Stories, was accepted for the 2012-13 North Carolina Dance Festival tour.

•Cindy Kohnen, ’12, was one of three college student artists to be chosen for the North Carolina Museum of Art’s billboard project. Kohnen’s “Cycles” was enlarged and installed on one of the three billboards along the Greenway path between Meredith’s campus and Museum Park.

•President Jo Allen and her co-author Margaret Hundleby earned the 2012 Technical and Scientific Communication Award for best original collection of essays in technical or scientific communication from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. The award was for Allen and Hundleby’s book “Assessment in Technical and Professional Communication.”

•Professor of Theatre Catherine Rodgers was the 2011 recipient of the NCTC Herman Middleton Distinguished Service Award. The award is one of the highest honors given by the NCTC. Each year, the organization’s Board of Directors presents the NCTC Excellence Awards to companies, schools, and individuals that have exhibited leadership roles in their community, as well as artistic, professional, or educational excellence. The award was presented in spring 2012.

•Meredith Professor Emeritus David Lynch was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine during a service at Christ Episcopal Church on January 8, 2012. The event honored Lynch on the occasion of his retirement after more than 40 years of service to the church as choirmaster and organist.

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