Faculty/Staff and Departmental Accomplishments 6/18/14

In this issue we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff from business, communication, media services, music, public health, and the Office of Research, Planning and Assessment.

Director of Media Services John Kincheloe was quoted and in a Richmond Times-Dispatch article about the Fort Christanna Historical Site.  Kincheloe was historical consultant for the Fort Christanna Historical Site Committee for five years, and continues to do archaeological research at the site. Kincheloe recently completed a book-length manuscript, The Indians’ Christanna, that will be reviewed by publishers over the summer and fall.

The Capital City Girls Choir, which has been part of Meredith’s Community School of Music for 26 years, sang three performances of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, with the North Carolina Symphony and  the North Carolina Master Chorale. Professor of Music Fran Page directs the Capital City Girls Choir, and was assisted by Meredith music education major Taylor Dorsey.

Dianne Raubenheimer and Dilnvaz Sharma from the Office of Research, Planning and Assessment presented a paper titled "Mitigating the tension: How accountability leads to excellence" on May 21 at the annual NCICU assessment conference in Greensboro.

Associate Professor of Mass Communication Doug Spero has been inducted into the Press Club of Long Island’s Long Island Journalism Hall of Fame, which recognizes trailblazing journalists, past and present. Spero is a member of the inaugural class of inductees to the Hall of Fame. The induction was held at the Press Club of Long Island Media Awards dinner on June 5, as part of the commemoration of the clubs’ 40th anniversary. Spero worked for all three networks and collected more than 40 professional awards, including an Emmy for Best Investigation, during his journalism career. 

Spero frequently serves as an expert in news articles about media issues. He was recently quoted in an Investor’s Business Daily leadership profile of Ed Sullivan. Read the profile on Investor Business Daily's site

Public Health Major Featured by USA Today College

Meredith’s new public health major was featured in a USA Today College story about the field’s growth. Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Carolina Perez-Heydrich, the program coordinator, talks in the article about how the public health program meets the needs of students interested in science and the liberal arts. Meredith will officially begin offering the public health major beginning in Fall 2014. Lindsay Parlberg, one of the students who have already declared a major in public health, is also quoted in the USA Today College story. Read the full story on the USA Today College site.

Meredith SHRM Chapter Earns Accolade from National Office

Meredith College has received an Outstanding Student Chapter Award from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The award recognizes the Meredith chapter for its excellence and achievement during the 2013-14 Student Chapter Merit Award period. Meredith’s SHRM chapter has consistently earned recognition from the national organization. This is the ninth time the Meredith College chapter has earned this award, which is given to the top ten student chapters nationwide. In 2013, Assistant Professor Kristy Dixon, the chapter advisor, was named the 2012-13 SHRM Advisor of the Year.

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