Asst. Prof. of Music Jim Waddelow Receives Ida Friday Award

Assistant Professor of Music Jim Waddelow is the 2011 recipient of the Ida H. Friday Award. The award was presented during Meredith’s commencement exercises on Sunday, May 8, 2011.

The Ida H. Friday Fund at Meredith College, was established in 2010 by former UNC System President William Friday and his family in honor of his wife, Ida Friday, a 1941 Meredith graduate. The fund supports faculty development, with preference given to faculty members who are early in their careers. The recipient each year will be able to use the funds to support the faculty member’s general advancement, through travel or advanced study of the topic of his or her choice.

Waddelow joined the Meredith College faculty as director of instrumental activities in 2007. He conducts the Meredith Sinfonietta and serves as musical director for musical theater productions. He is a member of the Conductor’s Guild, College Orchestra Director’s Association, American String Teacher’s Association, Music Educators National Conference and The College Music Society. He is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the South.

William Friday served as UNC System president from 1956-1986, during which time Ida Friday served as the system’s first lady. Ida Friday earned a Bachelor of Arts from Meredith College and a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has served her community in a variety of ways, including as the first president of the Chapel Hill Preservation Society, and as board member of the League of Women Voters, the Orange County Women’s Center, the North Carolina Symphony, the American Dance Festival, and more. In 2004, the North Carolina Legislature and the governor honored the Fridays with the Long Leaf Pine Award for their service to the state, and in 1981, the Fridays received the North Carolina Public Service Award.

William Friday said his family chose to support faculty development because most colleges and universities have limited resources in this area.

“Most schools aren’t able to tell a young faculty member to take this money and do what you want to in order to enrich your abilities as a teacher or scholar,” Friday said. “Travel is such an important part of anyone’s education.”

For more information about how to support The Ida H. Friday Fund at Meredith College, contact Cindy C. Godwin, '74, Director of Development, at (919) 760-8206 or

Date Submitted: 2011-05-09

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