Meredith Magazine: Spring 2018

The Changing Role of the Campus Library How Carlyle Campbell Library Remains Essential to a Meredith Education

Student at computer in library

In popular imagination, libraries are silent spaces filled with dusty books and stern staff who shush overly talkative patrons. In reality, especially at Meredith College, libraries are places of collaboration where students can study together or confer with librarians about research projects.


Dr. Powell and student in lab

Strong Spaces: Walda Powell

Walda Powell always loved science but chemistry was not her passion. She developed an interest in chemistry when she attended N.C. Governor’s School as a rising senior in high school. An organic chemist taught one of the classes and talked about his life as a pharmaceutical chemist. Powell was hooked. 

Students gathered around a fire and burning notes they have written

The Power of Forgiveness

Most people have heard the saying “forgive and forget.” But according to Associate Professor of Communication Carla Ross, this saying is just one of many misinterpretations of what it means to forgive. For 10 years Ross, who has a Ph.D. in communication, has been exploring the concept of forgiveness through research and application.

Professor Cindy Edwards and students holding a MEALs session

Real-World Applications

Abby Hope, ’19, thought she had it all figured out when she entered Meredith College. She’d major in history. She’d pursue a teaching license. She’d become a history teacher. That career path, however, went in an unexpected direction after signing up during her second semester for a class in Meredith’s Psychology and Social Work Department.

News Highlights

Two women looking at paperwork at a desk.

Building a Stronger Workplace

In the course of our strategic plan and the comprehensive campaign, a lingering “to do” has been the establishment of a Center for Women in the Workforce.

Front gate of Meredith College. Iron sign that says Meredith College with stone column in background

Meredith College Celebrates Strong Financial Position

From a record number of million dollar gifts to an upgraded bond rating, there is much evidence that Meredith is Going Strong. Beyond Strong, the Campaign for Meredith, has raised nearly $70 million toward its $75 million goal. More than $4 million has been raised during this fiscal year.

Meredith banner with Johnson Hall in background

N.C. Teaching Fellows Commission Selects Meredith for New Program

Meredith College is one of five campuses eligible to receive North Carolina Teaching Fellows Forgivable Loan recipients. 

ADF Intern Seminar - Photo by Ben McKeown

Meredith College Seniors Land Internships With American Dance Festival

Three Meredith College seniors spent the summer working with the American Dance Festival (ADF) in Durham, N.C. Sierra Smith, Monica Rivera, and Natalie Piper were offered the opportunity to be a part of a six-week internship program with the festival. 

The Science and Mathematics Building on campus.

School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

The Meredith College School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences has been awarded a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Professor of Psychology Cynthia Edwards delivers her Faculty Distinguished Lecture

Faculty Distinguished Lecture Celebrates the Power of Friendship, Mentorship, and Family

Professor of Psychology Cynthia Edwards presented “Mix Your Own Palette: The Power of Friendships to Color Your Future,” as Meredith College’s 2017-18 Faculty Distinguished Lecture, on October 10 in Jones Auditorium. 

Madison Burton

Taking Inspiration from Challenge

Turning her challenges into incentives for action and change, Madison Burton, ’18, has adapted to difficulties in her life in order to discover her calling. 

Alumnae Going Strong

Kissie Stroup

Turning a Family-Owned Recipe into a Business

When Kissie Stroup, ’88, graduated from Meredith College with a degree in fine arts and a concentration in graphic design, she never thought she would own a business. 

Chrissy Ricker

Creating and Composing with Courage

Since she began teaching piano during her time at Meredith College 20 years ago, Chrissy Ricker, ’00, has continually evolved her creative work for a variety of audiences.

Ann Robertson

A Life-Changing Connection

Inspired to help immigrants during a time when there were few immigration attorneys in North Carolina, Ann Robertson, ’70, founded Robertson Immigration Law Firm more than 25 years ago.

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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