Board of Trustees Approves Tenure and Promotion
The Meredith College Board of Trustees approved the following faculty promotions at its spring meeting.
Mary Jane Lenard, School of Business
Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor:
Astrid Billat, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Julie Schrock, Department of Education
Diane Strangis, Department of Human Environmental Sciences
Promotion to Full Professor:
Francie Cuffney, Department of Biological Sciences
Rebecca Duncan, Department of English
Bill Landis, Department of Human Environmental Sciences
Janet Nelson, Department of Religion and Philosophy
Suzanne Britt, Department of English
Louise Reiss, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
In addition to these promotions, the Board of Trustees also approved faculty sabbaticals for Professor of Psychology Lyn Aubrecht, Professor of Education Jane Gleason, Associate Professor of Art Shannon Johnstone, Associate Professor of Religion Margarita Suarez, Associate Professor of History Greg Vitarbo and Professor of Human Environmental Sciences Paul Winterhoff.
New Board of Trustees Members
Five new members were named to Meredith’s Board of Trustees.
The new members are Peggy Beale, ’77, of Norfolk, Va., Gregory Bennett, of Cary, N.C., Hulene McLean, ’72, of Charlotte, N.C., Kel Normann, of Sanford, N.C., and Betty Raft, ’56, of Pittsboro, N.C. They will serve from July 2009 through June 2013.
Meredith College Earns Environmental Award
By Melyssa Allen
Meredith College is one of the recipients of the 2009 City of Raleigh Environmental Awards, which were presented during a ceremony held on Earth Day, April 22, 2009, at Marbles Kids Museum.
The City of Raleigh Environmental Awards are presented to individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to the environment.
Meredith College was recognized for its on-campus composting program, which began in 2002 with a goal of diverting from the landfill 100 percent of the food waste produced by the College’s dining hall.
Initiated by Meredith’s Aramark-managed Food Services and Facilities Services departments, the program has been successfully reducing the campus environmental footprint for more than six years. A pioneer effort for Wake County colleges, the project has met diversion goals and exceeds expectations with continuous innovation.
The effort has had tangible environmental benefits, including diverting 95 tons of waste in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, more than 60 tons were diverted. The amount was reduced from previous totals because of waste reduction goals and the implementation of trayless dining on campus.
Meredith College has committed to improving its environmental citizenship in a variety of ways in recent years, including efforts to “green” both Meredith’s institutional practices and its educational offerings.
One example is the 2008-09 campus theme, “Sustaining Our Environment: Developing Our Greenprint.” The yearlong focus is meant to be a starting point for an ongoing campus conversation on sustainable decision-making for Meredith and its students, faculty and staff.
For more information on Meredith’s sustainability efforts, visit www.meredith.edu/sustainability.
Johnson Hall Stands in for The Globe Theatre
By Melyssa Allen
Members of the Meredith College community were able to “time travel” from Johnson Hall to The Globe Theatre on April 21, 2009, in an attempt to recreate the theatre experience of Shakespeare’s time.
Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Garry Walton, who teaches a popular Shakespeare course each semester, explained that the dimensions of Johnson Hall’s Rotunda are very similar to the Globe. The Rotunda’s interior dimension is 60 feet, while the Globe’s was 70 feet.
Walton discussed the challenges a theatre production presented in Shakespeare’s day.
“Imagine a space about this size with 3,000 people in very close quarters … imagine trying to attract the attention of the audience,” Walton said. Other issues included playing to an audience on different levels and having no female performers.
In order to overcome these challenges, Shakespeare would involve the audience and “begin with a bang,” Walton said. “Think about how many of his plays begin with a ghost or witches.”
The special event, called “Playing to a Different House: Shakespeare’s Globe in Johnson Rotunda,” was meant to show that “with a good script and a good cast, almost any flexible space will work just fine,” Walton said.
Theatre majors Sara Croninger, ’10, and Lauren Moore, ’11, helped Walton prove his point by performing a scene from “The Taming of the Shrew.”
The program was presented by Meredith’s Medieval-Renaissance Studies Program’s 5:00 Scholars Series.
Shown in Photo: Student actors Lauren Moore, ’11, and Sara Croninger, ’10, with Professor of English Garry Walton after the 5:00 Scholars event.