Meredith to Welcome Largest Freshmen Class Aug. 15

On Saturday, Aug. 15, Meredith College will welcome the largest freshman class in its history. The College expects more than 480 freshmen this year, up from 408 in 2008, and topping Meredith’s previous record of 460.

Students will move in on Saturday from 8 a.m. – noon. Orientation for new students begins at 2 p.m.

Meredith’s freshmen class includes students from 18 states Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Washington and Virginia. Freshmen are also coming to Meredith from 14 countries: Afghanistan, Canada, Chile, Egypt, El Salvador, Germany, India, Iraq, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Alumnae Legacy Scholars
Among the Class of 2013 are Amy Hruby, of Sanford, N.C., and Zeenat Razvi, of Karachi, Pakistan, who are the 2009 recipients of the Alumnae Legacy scholarship, Meredith College’s top academic award.

Hruby is a graduate of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. She is the daughter of Daniel and Barb Hruby, of Sanford, N.C. She plans to study English at Meredith. She has served as editor of her school’s literary magazine in addition to being active in dance, theater, Students Educating Peers and Promoting Excellence (STEPPE) and the peer college counseling program at the NC School of Science and Mathematics.

Razvi is a graduate of the Karachi Grammar School. She is the daughter of Syed Anwer Razvi and Naheed Yasmeen, of Karachi, Pakistan. Razvi’s academic interests are engineering and mathematics. She has been a participant and coach of her school’s Scrabble Club and has competed in contests sponsored by the Pakistan Scrabble Association. Razvi volunteered at Duke University Medical Center in the summer of 2008. In addition, she has studied textile design and volunteered as an English teacher with Behbud Association, a Pakistani non-governmental organization (NGO). Click here for more information on the Alumnae Legacy Scholarship.

Student Apartments Now Open
Freshmen are not the first to move onto Meredith’s campus this year. Juniors and seniors who are the first residents of The Oaks, Meredith’s new student apartment complex moved in on August 1.

More than 200 students will call the Oaks home this year. Units in The Oaks are completely furnished, with living, dining and bedroom furniture, and appliances including washers and dryers. The apartment building consists of 48 units each containing four bedrooms and two bathrooms, and 30 units containing two bedrooms and two bathrooms. All bedrooms are designed for single occupancy.

The Oaks apartments are the first new residence facility to be built at Meredith since the early 1970s. In keeping with Meredith’s commitment to sustainability, the apartments were built in an environmentally friendly manner and the College is pursuing LEED certification for the building. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

Date Submitted: 2009-08-12

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