Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 10/24/18

In this issue we share accomplishments of faculty and staff in business, general education, music, residence life, and psychology.

Associate Professor of Psychology Joseph Mazzola co-authored a paper recently accepted for publication at Occupational Health Science. The study, “Understanding the correlates between care-recipient age and caregiver burden, work-family conflict, job satisfaction, and turnover intentions,” explores the impact caregiving for a loved one can have on the caregiver’s satisfaction on the job, as well as the inability to properly balance work and home life. The article will be officially published in the journal later this year.

Caitlyn Riner, Oaks Apartment Manager, received a Small School conference scholarship from the North Carolina Housing Officers organization. Heather Harrison, Faircloth Residence Director, received a Graduate Student conference scholarship from the North Carolina Housing Officers organization. Both were awarded at the annual conference held in Charlotte, October 8-10.

Professor of Child Development and Director of General Education Paul Winterhoff and Professor of English Rebecca Duncan, chair of the General Education Committee, offered an interactive workshop, “It’s All Good:  Priorities and Consensus in General Education,” at the annual conference of the Association for General and Liberal Studies (AGLS) in Pittsburgh, in September.  The workshop drew upon lessons learned in the recently completed General Education revision at Meredith. Winterhoff is also completing a term on the executive council of AGLS.

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship Nathan Woolard’s paper “Rethinking management group projects with the adaptive leadership model: The lesson is the process,” was published in the Journal of Education for Business.

Professor of Political Science David McLennan received a $900 grant from Campus Compact to support voter engagement activities during the last few weeks of the midterm campaigns. The Campus Election Engagement Project grant will be used for a variety of activities aimed at increasing voter turnout among students, including two “pledge” events in which students will be asked to identify the reasons they are voting and to take a pledge to vote on or before Election Day.

Meredith Faculty and Alumnae Attend NC Music Teachers Association Conference
Meredith College Music faculty and alumnae were a significant presence at the state conference of the North Carolina Music Teachers Association (NCMTA), October 11-13. The conference was held at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. NCMTA is the state chapter of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the nation’s largest, most important organization for teachers of individual music study, all instruments including voice.

The Meredith College piano faculty was represented by Kent Lyman, Tom Lohr, and Margaret Evans. Lyman serves on the Board of Directors as MTNA Competitions Chair, a major task, supervising the work of three college faculty who coordinated collegiate, high school, and junior high competitions which all took place at the conference. (The state level of this prestigious Competition leads to the National level.) Evans was one of these three, serving as state Coordinator of the Young Artist (collegiate level) Competition with its five divisions.  At the conference she also presided over the session, “Coping with the Challenge of Globalization by Enriching Pedagogical Repertoire with Music from China and the East.”  Lohr, Lyman, and Evans all made important contributions to the discussion of policy changes in the Piano Section Meeting. Additionally, the piano students of Lyman, Lohr, and Evans performed by invitation on the State Honors Recital.

Three Meredith music alumnae were also prominent at the Conference. Diane Blanchard (piano) has been elected to the national position of Director of Southern Division, supervising nine states.  Additionally, Blanchard was the keynote speaker at the Friday night banquet. She has held many roles in NCMTA following her graduation from Meredith College in the mid-1990s. Jennifer Paschal (voice) serves on the Board of Directors as Development Chair; Paschal was one of four opening speakers for the Conference. Yee Wing Chan (piano), gave a presentation, “Developing Mental Focus for Success in Music Performance.

Melyssa Allen

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