Faculty/Staff and Departmental Accomplishments 5/7/14

In this issue we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff from the departments of dance, education, English, human environmental sciences, and interior design.

The Carol Finley Dance Group and It Must Have Been Violet Dance Productions presents “Gleam” by Professor of Dance Carol Kyles Finley and other works by Susan Haines, Talani Torres, and Jill Guyton Nee on Sunday, June 1, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Jones Auditorium. The show is free to the Meredith community.

Finley’s newest modern dance collection, “Gleam” will feature alumnae performers Kaitlin Briggs, ’08, Kayla Mason, ‘13, Amanda McCullum, ’07, Cara Mossman, ‘13, Matney Murad, ’10, Sheryl Scott, ’10, Ashley Spears, ’09, and Courtney Patterson White, ’08, with company interns Kathleen Holbrook, ’15, and Nicole Lawson, ’16, and guest performer Bobby White. The dances in the collection each have actual and metaphorical elements that reflect, glow, or shine and the musical landscape spans rock, classical, and jazz. Finley works with character in her dances and this piece brings to us a surgeon with her quintet of patients, a washed-up rock star, and a married couple.

Finley will also screen her dance film, Little Utopia which she created during her Fall 2012 sabbatical. Torres, Haines, and Nee's virtual and stage works will round out the evening.

A short story, “We Were Young and Strong,” by Instructor of English Leslie Maxwell, was published in the just-released spring 2014 issue of The Fourth River, a national literary journal based out of Chatham University in Pittsburgh. 

Assistant Professor of Human Environmental Sciences Carol Morris has been named The Arc of Wake County’s Professional of the Year for her work with students and mentor families in her Supporting and Strengthening Families course. The course is part of Meredith’s child development program.  Meredith B-K graduate Sarah Catherine Rhodes is one of the organization’s three Teachers of the Year. Rhodes works at Root Elementary in a classroom serving children with developmental disabilities.  The awards were presented on May 6. 

Carol Morris’ dissertation was the basis of an article published in a special issue of the journal Early Education & Development this fall. The story, “Relations among teachers' emotion socialization beliefs and practices and preschoolers' emotional competence” examined a study of the associations between 44 teachers’ self-reported and observed emotion socialization practices and 326 preschoolers’ emotion knowledge and observed emotional behavior.

The Department of Education held its annual Graduate Education Conference on April 23, 2014. Thirty M.Ed. students presented their final research projects for colleagues, friends, family, and members of the Meredith community. 

The Interior Design Program has received accreditation for six years by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.  This award of accreditation clearly identifies the quality of the interior design program and that it prepares a graduate with a strong foundation of knowledge and skills for an entry level position in the interior design field.  Through a peer review process, parents, students and employers of graduates can be assured of the high quality of the program.

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