Faculty/Staff Accomplishments 7/16/14

In this issue we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff from education, facilities services, Meredith Autism Program, music, and religious and ethical studies. 

Assistant Professor of Religious & Ethical Studies Steven Benko was one of the experts quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story about public reaction to controversial speech. Read the story 

Assistant Professor of Music Jim Waddelow conducted a cast of 40 in 11 performances of the musical Peter Pan with Summerstock Productions in Edmond, Okla, in June.  He also conducted the Oklahoma Haydn Festival Orchestra and Chorale in performances of orchestral and religious music in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Facilities Services Purchasing Coordinator John Wilson’s article, “Going Once ... Going Twice ...” was published in the July/August issue of Unity Magazine.

Meredith Autism Program Featured in New Video

The newest video produced by the Department of Marketing puts the spotlight on the Meredith Autism Program (MAP). MAP staff, Meredith students and alumnae, and parents of MAP clients talk about the important work done by the program. As one of the few programs using Applied Behavior Analysis and Discrete Trial Teaching, MAP's early intervention program is personalized to address the needs and build on the strengths of each individual child, while also providing guidance for family members. In addition, MAP offers a unique clinical experience to Meredith undergraduate students, who gain skills and knowledge that stand out on resumes and graduate school applications. Watch the MAP video on Meredith’s YouTube channel and subscribe to the channel in order to see new videos as they are added. 

Department of Education Summer Accomplishments

Associate Professor of Education Cece Toole is busily preparing for the 43 girls who will attend the first ever Meredith College Summer Math CAMMP, July 21-25. Current graduate students in the Master of Arts in Teaching program are excited about working with the rising first grade through rising fifth grade girls—applying what they have learned in courses to teaching the girls in camp. The camp was featured in the GoAskMom blog on WRAL’s website. CAMMP stands for Comprehensively Applied Math Manipulatives Program. The camp will offer educational hands-on activities that incorporate math, engineering and technology. 

Professor of Education Monica McKinney and Associate Professor of Education Jennifer Olson traveled to Sansepolcro, Italy with seven graduate students in education.  There, the group had the opportunity to talk with teachers and parents about education in Italy, to visit schools, and to learn about the relationship between the history and culture of Italy and its education system.

Jennifer Olson, faculty advisor to Meredith College’s Alpha Epsilon Psi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international education honor society, was recognized in a letter from the international office.  Executive Director Faye Snodgrass and the Society President, Dr. Mary Clement, wrote:  “Dr. Olson has been extremely successful in mentoring students in their roles as chapter officers.  She does an outstanding job developing their skills and working with them to accomplish the chapter’s local goals.”  The Meredith chapter initiated 46 students, including undergraduate and graduate students, this year and exceeded its recruitment goal.

In June, Professor of Education Wetonah Parker served on a state-wide task force that examined the new required teacher licensing exams for K-6 and special education; proposed for consideration by DPI and the State Board of Education a set of standards for “passing” the exams; and brainstormed about ways to assist students in making the transition to new tests.

Lamar Stringfield Music Camp Celebrates 35th Anniversary

The Lamar Stringfield Music Camp, part of Meredith College’s Community School of Music, celebrated its 35th anniversary this year. Two camp sessions were held between June 5-20, 2014. In its 35 year history, the Lamar Stringfield Music Camp (LSMC) has educated thousands of young students in the art and technique of music-making, within a warm and entertaining camp setting. Meredith College music faculty member Phyllis Garriss founded the camp in 1979. Garriss felt strongly that music in the Wake County schools should be given full support by the community and wanted to work with the school teachers to build on the progress made in their school-year programs. It is still a primary mission of LSMC, whose faculty includes Wake County music educators. The camp also provides scholarships every summer to those in need. The camp is named for Lamar Stringfield, the founder of the North Carolina Symphony whose father, Oliver Larkin Stringfield helped to build Meredith College.

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