Faculty/Staff and Departmental Accomplishments 8/20/14

In this issue we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff from art, biological sciences, business, dance, education, marketing, and religious and ethical studies. 

Video & Multimedia Designer Charlotte Claypoole attended Blueforest Studios’ non-profit storytelling seminar on August 13. The seminar focused on how to use storytelling in marketing. Claypoole was able to talk about the Going Strong brand and learned tips on new ways to share Meredith’s story.

Professor of Dance Alyson Colwell-Waber attended two teacher intensives this summer, both in Virginia. Designed for yoga and movement teachers and led by international yoga expert and author Cyndi Lee, the workshops addressed issues around providing clear, confident, and compassionate instruction. In addition, participants were challenged to develop and master their skills in highly advanced yoga postures.

Adjunct Professor of Art Kiki Farish is part of Line, Touch, Trace, an exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art’s North Carolina Gallery. Line, Touch, Trace features hand-drawn works by 13 North Carolina artists who use graphite, ballpoint pen, conté crayon, ink, or charcoal to explore drawing in its relationship to thought processes. The exhibition runs from August 30, 2014–March 8, 2015, with an artist reception on September 5 at 6 p.m. in the East Building. Learn more on the NCMA website.

Associate Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Shannon Grimes was one of twenty-five scholars selected from a nationwide pool of nominees to participate in a faculty seminar called Teaching Interfaith Understanding, held from August 3–7 at DePaul University in Chicago. The seminar was led by two leading scholars, Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a Chicago-based organization building the interfaith movement on college campuses, and Laurie Patton, dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and the Robert F. Durden Professor of Religion at Duke University. The seminar was offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and IFYC, with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Carolina Perez-Heydrich participated in a consultative meeting for the Demographic and Health Surveys Program (July 24-25), and presented work regarding the influence of point displacements on GIS-based analyses. The title of the talk was “DHS Point Displacement Impact on Covariate Assignment.”

Associate Professor of Education Cece Toole coordinated Meredith College’s first Math CAMMP (Comprehensively Applied Math Manipulatives Program) in July. The camp was attended by 47 rising first grade through fifth grade girls. Meredith MAT students led the math portion of the camp providing activities that involved math, technology, social students and the arts. Participants also explored aspects of the engineering profession using Lego Dacta and Mindstorm systems. 

Research by Meredith School of Business faculty members Anne York, Mary Jane Lenard, and Bing Yu and Shengxiong Wu from Texas Wesleyan University was published in the prestigious journal Managerial Finance. Their work, focused on the impact of gender diversity on corporate boards, found that the higher the percentage of women on a corporate board, then the lower the firm’s risk as measured by the variability of its stock market return. Access the full article 

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