Meredith Magazine: Fall 2018

Growing Strong How a Meredith Alumna Lives Out Her Commitment to Sustainable Food

Tomatoes in hand.

Kate Renner, ’12, M.S. in Nutrition, has a passion for teaching others about nutrition. 


Gretchen and Liam

Using Cookies and Communication to Combat Pediatric Cancer

More than 10 years ago, Meredith alumnae Gretchen Holt Witt, ’89, and Emily Necessary Fowler, ’98, were brought together by a common goal – doing what they could to end pediatric cancer. 

Pow! Bam! Zap! Meredith Strong

Pow! Bam! Zap! Meredith Strong

There’s no doubt about it – superheroes are having a moment. Especially women superheroes. 

Dana Sumner sitting at her desk with career planning material.

Preparing for an Ever-Changing Workforce

At Meredith College, the Office of Career Planning (OCP) staff are just a few of the many individuals on campus who work tirelessly to assure Meredith students are prepared for careers after graduation.

News Highlights

Government Building

Meredith Reports on Women in N.C. Politics

Politics is often referred to as the last “glass ceiling.” The 2016 presidential election confirmed that statement as Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, who most experts thought was the prohibitive favorite after the conventions. 

Panel of powerful Meredith Women discuss their Callings.

Panel of Powerful Meredith Women Discuss Their Callings

A group of inspiring Meredith College women shared their stories during “Meredith Callings: A Panel of Powerful Women.” The event was inspired by Meredith’s 2018 Summer Reading Program selection, Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work by Dave Isay. 

Johnson Hall

New Program in Hospitality Management

The new major in hospitality management is a collaboration between Meredith’s AACSB accredited business program and its ACEND accredited nutrition program.

Mark O'Dekirk holding a Going Strong around the world sign.

Faculty Strong Story | Mark O’Dekirk

When Mark O’Dekirk, professor of psychology at Meredith College, was a junior in college, he struggled to find meaning in his studies. 

Students in a strong pose.

Becoming Even Stronger – Together

Years ago, Americans realized the best pathway to a better future was having more highly educated citizens, resulting in greater benefits to individuals and to our country’s well-being.

Portrait photo of Zipporah Whiteman

Empowered by the Meredith Experience

After working as a teaching assistant in a kindergarten class, Zipporah Whiteman,  ’18,  M.A. in Teaching, came to Meredith College to develop her passion for education. 

Alumnae Going Strong

Alumnae Going Strong Amirah Lane

Community Involvement Through Urban Planning

For Amirah Lane, ’10, a passion for historic preservation led her to a career in urban planning in Alexandria, Va.  

Portrait photo of Katharine LeHew

Executive Uses Educational Skills to Succeed in Sales

Katharine Vail LeHew, ’93, repurposed the teaching skills she cultivated as a child development major to build a successful career in sales as executive director of Hospitals and Health Systems at LabCorp.

Sarah Kallam Barron

A Mother and Advocate Turns Her Passion into a Nonprofit

Having tailored the education curriculum for her son with autism for over 20 years, Sara Kellam Barron, ’73, had the experience and passion needed to co-found Ventures ATL, a nonprofit based in Atlanta, Ga. 

Meredith Magazine exists to serve the Meredith community by providing readers with insight and information about the news, activities, events, programs, plans and people of the College. Meredith Magazine is published three times a year by the Meredith College Department of Marketing.

Staff: Executive Editor
Kristi Eaves-Mclennan

Managing Editors
Melyssa Allen, Karen T. Dunton

Assistant Editor
Gaye Hill

Reah Nicholson, Emily Parker

Art Director
Vanessa Harris

Graphic Designer
Margaret McIver

Photos courtesy Meredith College Department of Marketing

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