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Meredith Magazine: Summer 2020

Improving Lives and Transforming Society Meredith ESS Majors Make an Impact Across Communities

Health and fitness have become more than just hot topics in today’s society – they’ve become movements. Between the boom of wearable heart rate technology, the increase in popularity of at-home workouts, and all the talk about body inclusivity, exercise and sports science (ESS) experts are needed now more than ever to cut through the noise and separate the truth from the fads.


Batteries Required

Today’s engineering students are often challenged by a lack of hands-on experience prior to coming to college that once was acquired by working on cars and other projects around the home – a knowledge gap that can be more pronounced among women.

Someday Soon We Will Travel Again

Are you interested in traveling to learn new things, to experience varying cultures, and to simply relax? What if you could travel with a group with whom you have a shared connection and the trip could be customized for the group? Furthermore, you would not have to plan anything and the hotel and food would be top of the line.

Sharing the Inside Scoop

The best way for prospective students to learn about Meredith College is to tour campus with those who know the College best – current students! Fifty-five students serve as campus tour guides for Admissions as part of their membership in White Iris Circle. In this feature, get to know Meredith in a new way, through the favorite places, fun facts, and frequently asked questions shared by a few of Meredith’s student tour guides.

News Highlights

Meredith College Responds to COVID-19 Challenges with Strength and Resilience

When Meredith students left campus in March for spring break, they couldn’t have known that the rest of the semester would be changed in unprecedented ways. While campus leaders had been monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) and updating its longstanding pandemic plan, the situation changed rapidly in the United States while students were away. Based on guidance from state and federal officials, Meredith leaders made the decision to extend spring break by one week, and ultimately, to move all instruction to a remote learning model.

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Meredith College Celebrates the Class of 2020 with Vision Day

While the in-person commencement ceremony scheduled for May 9 was postponed, Meredith College still made the day special for its newest graduates. 

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Meredith Expands Graduate Offerings with Online Programs in Criminal Justice

Meredith College is expanding its graduate programs with a new online Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and two certificate options starting in Fall 2020. The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice is flexible, allowing students to pursue the program at the pace that works best for them.

Meredith Poll Marks Fifth Anniversary

The Meredith Poll, which is a statewide live-caller and online public opinion poll, marked its fifth anniversary in spring 2020.

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Memorial Service Held for Professor Emerita Ione Knight, ’43

A memorial service was held on Saturday, February 22, 2020, for legendary Meredith College Professor of English Ione Kemp Knight, who passed away on January 4, at the age of 97. The service was held at First Baptist Church, located at 99 North Salisbury Street in downtown Raleigh, in collaboration with Meredith College. In 1956, Knight joined the College’s English faculty. She became one of the “Big Three” of legendary English faculty members alongside Mary Lynch Johnson and Norma Rose.

Alumnae Going Strong

Achieving Goals with Support from Meredith

Well before the academic year was complete, Abigail Crooks, ’20, knew she would begin her career as a marketing specialist at Cisco, an award-winning company in Raleigh where she interned the summer before her senior year.

From Teaching Fellow to Lead Learner

Kelley Davidson Johnson, ’01, began her career in education 19 years ago as a sixth grade social studies teacher. Since then, she’s been a high school teacher, an assistant principal, a curriculum support coach, a volleyball coach, and director of curriculum.

Alridge Named President of the Largest Consumer Bankruptcy Firm in Virginia

Fresh out of law school in the early ’90’s, Laura Taylor Alridge, ’88, sat down with a lawyer over coffee and, in her opinion, “said all the wrong things you could say in an interview.”

Meredith Alumna Serves as Guest Curator of NCMA Exhibit

Unlike many college students who wait until their sophomore or junior year to decide on a career path, Ashlynn Browning, ’00, went into college with one goal: to become aa professional artist.

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

Cailyn Whitman, '18, Emily Parker

Art Director
Vanessa Harris

Graphic Designer
Katie Bryant

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