President Jo Allen, ’80, who is heading into her tenth year of presidency, sat down for an interview with Meredith Magazine at the beginning of the new academic year to share her greatest challenges, her proudest moments, and her hopes for the future of Meredith.
As a senior agent with the Raleigh/Wake City County Bureau of Identification (CCBI), Carla Foran, ’05, collects evidence from crime scenes using a variety of forensic techniques and tools. Foran, who earned a Bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in criminology, has stayed connected to Meredith, returning to campus regularly to speak to students about her career.
At Meredith College, students are the backbone of the Meredith Fund’s Phonathon program. Students call alumnae and past donors to help raise funds for the College, build relationships with alumnae, and gain valuable hands-on skills and experience.
In the wake of COVID-19, many Meredith alumnae have had to adjust to a new normal in their careers. From teaching online, to working on the frontlines, even navigating the pandemic as business owners themselves – our alumnae have remained strong and found ways to adapt in the face of challenge.
After a spring semester that had to quickly shift to a remote learning model as the COVID-19 pandemic worsened, Meredith College leaders spent the summer of 2020 preparing for an unprecedented fall semester.
The summer of 2020 was a flashpoint in many places around the world as the realities of racism could no longer be ignored. In response, Meredith College announced a plan to address the racism that is affecting the BIPOC (Black, indigenous, people of color) members of our community.
This summer, Meredith College assumed full ownership of the Campus Store. Improvements from the change include the use of Square to power both the website and point of sale, new merchandise, and greater collaboration opportunities across campus.
Meredith student teachers were commended by several principals in the Wake school district for their poise and leadership in the shift to remote instruction.
Making workplaces even stronger: that’s the goal behind Meredith’s master’s in industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology program. The first graduates of the program completed their studies in May 2020.
After Tasia Bromell, ’21, toured Meredith College, she said it felt like a great fit. Now in her senior year, Bromell said that decision has been confirmed as the right one.
As a sophomore in high school, Katelyn Moore, ’11, was shown a newspaper article by their mother about how war veterans were using art therapy to cope with PTSD. From that point forward, Moore has clung to the belief that art can heal.
To create affordable housing for low income families: that’s the long term goal for interior designer Kendall Cheston, ’16. As a volunteer, she is already making an impact in this area.
Like many students on their college search, Onisha Walker, ’14, wasn’t exactly sure what she wanted to major in or what career she wanted to pursue when she was in high school. “I had a hard time figuring out what I was really good at,” she said.