Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 1/21/15

In this issue, we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in art, business, history, human environmental sciences, music, religious and ethical studies, sociology, and theatre, and share news from the Honors Program and Institutional Advancement.

Art Instructor Carrie Alter has been invited to show in the Baton Rouge Gallery’s Surreal Salon, January 4-29. A celebration of the exhibition will be held January 24. She was also invited to show in Atlanta’s Mint Gallery for its second annual juried exhibition, Here to Go, January 10-February 8. 

Assistant Professor of Religious & Ethical Studies Steven Benko wrote an opinion piece, “What Charlie Hebdo says about laughter, violence and free speech,” for exploring power dynamics and satire. It was published January 10. The Conversation US is an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community. 

Associate Professor of History Dan Fountain has been reappointed to a five year term on the N.C. Highway Historical Marker Advisory Committee.  He previously served from 2008-2012, including as chair from 2009-2012. 

Associate Professor of Art Woody Holliman's branding and design work for the American Dance Festival's recent Capital Campaign—Shall We Dance—has helped ADF reach its ultimate fundraising goal of $3 million. View the Capital Campaign brochure

Associate Professor of Business Ying Liao and Associate Professor of Business Jane Barnes presented a paper, “The Role of Knowledge Acquisition in Product Innovation Flexibility in SMEs: An Empirical Study,” at the 45th Decision Sciences Institute Annual Meeting, on November 23 in Tampa, Fla.

Instructor of Sociology Kris Macomber was interviewed in December for a taping of the PBS television news show To the Contrary for a special segment on men in feminism. The show featuring Macomber as a guest will run this month. To the Contrary is a forum for women to discuss national and international issues and policies.

Professor of Theatre Catherine Rodgers was quoted in a leadership profile of film critic Roger Ebert, which ran in Investor’s Business Daily on December 26, 2014. 

Associate Professor of Education Julie Schrock and Assistant Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Steven Benko wrote “Using Fundamental Concepts and Essential Questions to Promote Critical Thinking” for Faculty Focus. The piece was published January 12. 

Deborah Tippett, professor and head of the Human Environmental Sciences Department, was asked to review Learning to Like Muktuk: An Unlikely Explorer in Territorial Alaska, by Penelope Easton. Published by Oregon University Press in 2014, the book is a memoir about Easton's experiences as a nutritionist in territorial Alaska from 1948 to 1950. Tippett’s review was published in the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2014.

Associate Professor of Music Jim Waddelow conducted the 100 member 2015 Oregon All-State High School Symphony Orchestra in Eugene, Oregon, on Sunday, January 18.

New Video for Meredith’s Honors Program

A new Meredith video helps share the strengths of the Meredith College Honors Program, which is designed to challenge our most gifted and ambitious students. In the video, students and faculty members talk about their experiences and the opportunities available through the program. This video was created by the Department of Marketing in partnership with the Honors Program. Watch the Honors Program video on Meredith's YouTube channel, and subscribe to make sure you don't miss any Meredith videos.

Beyond Strong Online

By now you know that Meredith College is going strong. In the last year we experienced record-breaking fundraising and endowment totals, enrolled the second largest class in the College’s history, and continued to accumulate exceptional accolades.

So as we plan for the future – one that looks stronger and brighter than ever – we’re embarking on a fundraising campaign that will take us to the next level: Beyond Strong.

By visiting the Beyond Strong website, you can learn more about the campaign’s priorities and leadership. You can stay up-to-date on the latest campaign news. And you can read the stories of the donors who are building an even stronger future for Meredith.

Melyssa Allen

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