Faculty/Staff and Departmental Accomplishments 9/2/14

In this issue we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff from biological sciences, dance, English, and Human Environmental Sciences, and share news from departments including human environmental sciences, campus dining, marketing, and financial assistance. 

Assistant Professor of Human Environmental Sciences Nina Bostic presented at the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences 105th Annual Conference & Expo in St. Louis, Missouri, June 27, 2014. Her presentation was on promoting sustainability in apparel programs, and demonstrated how students can benefit from current research on sustainability. She also highlighted sustainable projects that include community engagement initiatives.

Professor of Dance Alyson Colwell-Waber taught a master class on August 15 for Broughton High School students. The 15 students are all members of the school’s dance performance group.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Erin Lindquist was lead author on an oral paper at the Annual Ecological Society of America Meetings in Sacramento, Calif., August 10-15, 2014. The presentation was “EREN's Permanent Forest Plot Project:  Utilizing a network of faculty and undergraduates to investigate forest dynamics and long-term data management best practices” and was in a special session highlighting EREN (Ecological Research as Education Network). Her coauthors are faculty at Sewanee: The University of the South (TN), Macalester College (MN), St. Olaf College (MN), Ohio Wesleyan University (OH), and Union College (NY). Lindquist is a co-founder and co-PI of EREN which supports faculty and undergraduates at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUI) conducting collaborative research. Currently there are over 180 PUI member institutions of EREN. EREN is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Learn more about EREN http://www.erenweb.org

Instructor of English Leslie Maxwell wrote a Viewpoints piece, “NC homeschools and abandoning the common good,” that was published in The News & Observer on August 21. 

HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY - Human Environmental Sciences Department!

The Human Environmental Sciences Department has been going STRONG for 100 years! Please join the department on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 10 a.m. in the Johnson Hall Rotunda to kick-off a year of celebrations. Classes in Home Economics began on September 12, 1914. This is the first of many events being planned for the 2014-2015 school year. President Jo Allen, Deborah Tippett, current department head, and Marilyn Stuber, retired department head, will be bringing greetings. Faculty and staff, students, and alumnae are invited to the kick-off celebration on September 12, 2014.

Belk Dining Hall Offering Healthy For Life Options
The Meredith College Healthy for Life Wall, located in Belk Dining Hall, is now interactive. Visit the touchscreen wall to view menu and nutritional highlights, find the contact information for our food service director, check out the My Fitness Pal App, and more. Posted near the Healthy for Life Wellness Wall you can also find information about our local programming and literature about living a healthy lifestyle.

New Meredith Videos Available on YouTube

The latest Meredith College videos can be found on the College’s YouTube channel. Among the videos available are the following:

To make sure you don’t miss a Meredith video, subscribe to the channel at youtube.com/meredithcollege.

Community Employment Program Connects Students with Part-time Work

Over the years, Meredith College students have earned the reputation of being responsible and hardworking employees within the community. This reputation has led many families and businesses to show great interest in employing Meredith College students, providing flexible part-time employment that works around students’ class schedules.

The Office of Financial Assistance advertises off-campus and part-time Student Community Employment opportunities to enrolled students at Meredith College. This popular program gives students the ability to build community connections and gain work experience.

Positions posted include child care, tutoring, pet sitting, and other various job opportunities. These positions are frequently posted on Blackboard under the Student Community Employment course. There are a great number of openings starting this summer and in the fall. This is not only a great opportunity to build a resume and gain valuable references, but a great way to make some extra money.

If interested in employing a Meredith student, please fill out the appropriate form found on the Office of Financial Assistance web page. When finished completing the form, email it as an attachment to finaid@meredith.edu. Interested students will contact you directly through your preferred form of contact provided on the information form.

Students who are interested in accessing this program to seek an employment opportunity should contact the Office of Financial Assistance to be enrolled in the Student Community Employment Blackboard course. The Office of Financial Assistance may be reached at (919) 760-8565 or through email at finaid@meredith.edu

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