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Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 10/10/18

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In this issue, we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in art, business, English, history, music, psychology, sociology, and theatre. We also share departmental news from the library and institutional advancement.

Professor of Psychology Cynthia Edwards and Associate Professor of Psychology Gwynn Morris published an editorial on FoxNews.com providing psychologists’ perspective on efforts by a Georgia school to reinstate corporal punishment for students. The piece received 1,193 comments and trended among their topmost talked about editorials for a few days.

Associate Professor of Strategic and International Management Stephanie Hurt has had articles accepted for presentation at two national and international conferences. She will present a paper this month on “The Co-Evolution of Macro, Mezzo and Micro Institutional Levels in International Business” at the International Atlantic Economic Society Conference in New York, N.Y. In November, she will present “Conceptualizing of How Institutional, Industry and Organizational Levels Develop,” at the Academy of Business Research in Boca Raton, Fla.

On September 28–29, Shannon Johnstone gave an artist talk and workshop at Colorado Springs Fine Art Center at Colorado College as part of the exhibition “Year of the Dog.” Johnstone is one of five artists included in the museum, and her work was used as the cornerstone for the exhibition. More info can be found here: https://www.csfineartscenter.org/exhibits/year-of-the-dog/

Johnstone’s work is also included in the following juried group exhibitions, which are all on display until the end of October

  • The FENCE, outdoor exhibition, Durham, N.C.
  • SlowExposures 2018, A Novel Experience, Zebulon, Ga.
  • The Altered Image, Southeast Center for Photography, Greenville, S.C.
  • 2018 SECAC Juried Exhibition, University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Birmingham, Ga.

Assistant Professor of Sociology Kris Macomber co-wrote an opinion piece that was published in Inside Higher Ed, titled “A Me Too Sociology Reckoning: The Case of Michael Kimmel.”

Assistant Professor of History Angela Robbins contributed an essay titled “Doing Their Big Bit: North Carolina’s Women on the Home Front” in the edited volume North Carolina’s Experience during the First World War, recently published by the University of Tennessee Press. Robbins’ research focuses on the efforts of club women and college women in the state as they collected supplies, volunteered for the Red Cross, raised money through bond drives, rationed and preserved food, replaced male laborers on farms, and lobbied for their right to vote. While a common theme of war time mobilization was unity, this work considers the tensions inherent in a segregated society and the various goals of women’s organizations and groups. Meredith College students figure prominently, as Robbins pulled from Oak Leaves, the student yearbook, and other sources to capture campus life and activities during the war.

Associate Professor of English Kelly Morris Roberts wrote an essay for The Conversation about the YA novel Speak by Laura Halse Anderson and the insight the book offers into the Supreme Court nomination hearings of Brett Kavanaugh. The piece was also published by more than a dozen media outlets, including The Chicago Tribune.

Professor of Theatre Catherine Rodgers was interviewed about the Meredith College Theatre production of Ms. Courageous on a local radio show, Lights Up, which covers community theatre. The show airs on WHUP 104.7. On September 27, Rodgers and Assistant Professor of Dance Sarah Bean participated in “Disarming Dialogue: Strong Women in the Arts,” presented by Meredith College and The Justice Theater Project. JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell, the founder of Black Ops theatre, was also a panelist at the event, which featured scenes from Meredith’s production of Miss Courageous and The Justice Theater Project’s A Doll’s House.

Associate Professor of Theatre Steven Roten will be appearing in episode 105 of To Catch A Killer, a new show on the Investigation Discovery network. Roten plays lead detective Rich Schardan, who helped solve the case featured in this episode. The show first airs on Thursday, October 18 at 10 p.m. and can be watched online at Investigationdiscovery.com any time after its airdate.

In September, Jim Waddelow, director of instrumental activities, published a series of program notes for the College Orchestra Director Association. Composers included Chopin, Copland, Dvorak, Glazunov, Korngold, Haydn, Mozart, and Sibelius.

Departmental News

Fall Friends of the Library Dinner
The Friends of the Library fall dinner will focus on women in World War I. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice, Keith Gorman and Kathelene McCarty Smith of the Special Collections and University Archives, Walter Clinton Jackson Library at UNC-Greensboro, will present their research. They will speak on the role of women’s colleges, home front mobilization, and suffrage during World War I. The role of Meredith College in these efforts will be highlighted. Their work is being published in an anthology on World War I and the South (LSU Press). The event will take place on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in Belk Dining Hall. Hors d’oeuvres service starts at 6 p.m. and will be followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. You can reserve your place online here or by phone, (919) 760-8739. For more information please visit the fall 2018 Dinner web page.

New Appointments in Institutional Advancement

Meg Sink joined the Institutional Advancement team in August. She grew up in Charlotte, N.C. and graduated from Meredith in May 2018. As a student, she worked as a Phonathon caller and served as one of the Senior Class Gift Tri-Chairs. These experiences led to her new role as the Assistant Director of The Meredith Fund.

Jan Meriwether joins the Institutional Advancement team as the Director of Leadership Giving. She has over 20 years of relevant experience in development. Her most recent appointment prior to joining the Meredith team was at Barton College in Wilson, N.C. Her earlier posts included positions at Randolph College, Virginia Union University, University of Richmond, the University of Virginia and Fork Union Military Academy. Meriwether grew up in Richmond, Va., and earned her undergraduate degree from Bluefield College.

Melyssa Allen

News Director
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