Faculty/Staff and Departmental Accomplishments 3/12/14

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In this issue, we celebrate the accomplishments of members of Meredith’s faculty and staff, from departments including business, English, human environmental sciences, music, and theatre. We also acknowledge departmental accomplishments from Institutional Advancement, Residence Life, and the Learning Center.

Instructor of Piano Margaret Evans presented master classes for the Cape Fear Piano Teachers Association (CFPTA) in Wilmington, N.C., on Feb. 15.  Students of CFPTA members performed for critque by Dr. Evans, followed by a question-answer session for teachers. Two of Evans’ piano students performed as concerto soloists with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra in Jones Auditorium on consecutive days.  Meredith College senior Katherine Barton performed the Schumann Piano Concerto on Saturday, Feb. 22. Barton was a winner in the Meredith College Concerto/Aria Competition. The following afternoon, Daniel Liauw, senior at UNC-CH, performed the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no. 1. Liauw had won the Raleigh Symphony "Rising Stars" Concerto Competition.  Meredith Assistant Professor of Music Jim Waddellow is conductor of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. Evans also adjudicated the Chapel Hill Music Teachers Piano Competition on March 1 at UNC- Chapel Hill. This was her second time judging at UNC-CH this season; earlier, she judged the UNC Music Department's annual Concerto Competition. 

Associate Professor of Business Jeff Langenderfer is quoted in a story about what makes people vulnerable to online fraud. The story was featured on the Today show’s website. Read the story on Today.com.

Assistant Professor of Marketing Karen Mishra wrote a blog post about why marketers can’t forget traditional marketing. Mishra says it is important to “integrate social media with old school marketing such as print ads, radio, billboards and direct mail.” Read the post on entrepreneur.com.

Professor of Theatre Catherine Rodgers was quoted as an expert source in an Investor’s Business Daily profile of actor Clark Gable. The Leaders and Success feature explores the leadership qualities of famous figures.

Professor of Human Environmental Sciences Diane Strangis presented at the Summit on Literacy sponsored by Wake County Public Schools Office of Early Learning. The event was held on February 26.

Instructor of English Jennifer Tagsold presented a paper called “Helping Students Help Themselves: How the ‘Screenager’ Manages Distraction in a 1:1 Learning Environment” at the Eastern Educational Research Association annual conference in Jacksonville, Fla.

Professor of Business Susan Wessels and Associate Director of Employer Relations Dana Sumner are the co-authors of “Integrating Career Development into the Accounting Curriculum,” published by the American Journal of Business Education.

Departmental Accomplishments

Scholarship Dinner Highlights Student Success
Four hundred people, including donors and friends, attended Meredith’s 2014 Scholarship Dinner. The event is an opportunity to highlight the success of Meredith students and to thank those who support them as scholarship donors. Tia Joyce, ’16, was the event emcee, and freshman Mary Anna Askew and junior Alexis Trell also spoke about their Meredith experience. In their speeches, the students highlighted the value of a Meredith education, and stress that their Meredith experience was made possible through scholarship support. The event is hosted by the Division of Institutional Advancement.

Meredith Wins Awards at NC Association of Residence Halls Conference
Every year North Carolina holds a conference in which several colleges and universities from across the state come together.  The North Carolina Association of Residence Halls (NCARH) gathers delegates from the Resident Hall Associations (RHA) from each school. This year, Meredith College brought ten student delegates and two advisors. Advisors are Linda Bridgers and Meagan Paschal. Student delegates were Madelyn Archer, Francesca Bugler, Ashley Byrnes, Sarah Cullen, Maitlyn Healy, Sierra Riddle, Hannah Ritchie, Ali Santiago, Swanntha Smith, and Ila Torfin.

Resident Assistant Ali Santiago submitted a program that she conducted this past semester.  She was able to present her program, which was ranked by her peers as one of the Top 8 Programs out of the 24 programs presented that day.  She was recognized and awarded with a “Top 8” plaque. The conference also awards six other all conference awards.  Meredith took home five of these six awards – Best Philanthropy, Most Green, Best Banner, Best Roll Call, and Most Spirited.

Learning Center Tutors Attend Conference
Learning Center writing tutors Virginia Edwards and Calais Johnson attended the Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference in Greenville, N.C., from February 6-8.  The conference was hosted at East Carolina University’s state-of-the-art writing center, which was only recently opened.  At the conference, Edwards and Johnson learned how to interact with students of differing abilities, how to advocate for students with non-standard dialects, and how to tutor in multimodal environments. Learn more: www.iwca-swca.org/Past-Conferences-Memories.html

Meredith Team Attends Campus Compact Events
Meredith sent a team of faculty, staff, and students to two February events sponsored by the North Carolina Campus Compact in Wilmington, N.C. On February 4, Assistant Professor of Human Environmental Sciences Nina Bostic, Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages & Literatures Callie DeBellis, student Bailey Dunn, Assistant Professor of Sociology Amie Hess, Assistant Professor of Education Cindy Morton-Rose, Survey & Report Coordinator Dil Sharma, and Professor of Human Environmental Sciences Diane Strangis attended the Civic Engagement Institute. On February 5, President Jo Allen, Bostic, DeBellis, and Strangis attended the Pathways to Engaging in Civic Engagement Conference.

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