Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 10/7/15

In this issue, we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in business, career planning, dance, and theatre. We share news from the Department of Education, Department of English, and Friends of the Library.

Professor of Dance Alyson Colwell-Waber taught a master class for the ArtsR4Life conference sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The master class was “Mindfulness Through Movement & Breath” and the participants were all current educators in North Carolina public schools.  The participating instructors teach in all areas of the arts, including music, dance, theatre, and visual art. 

Assistant Director of Employer Relations Jane Matthews contributed to a story about ways college students can tap into the “hidden” job market. The story was published in USA Today College on October 1. 

Assistant Professor of Business Karen Mishra was interviewed by WRAL for a story about on-demand services. The story ran on September 17. 

Professor of Theatre Catherine Rodgers was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article about the increased diversity on Broadway this season. 

Associate Professor of Theatre Steven Roten appears in the recently released movie Ashby. The movie stars Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolf, and Sarah Silverman.

Meredith’s Department of Education was well-represented at the recent Teacher Education Forum held by the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (NCACTE).  Assistant Professor Courtney George and Associate Professor Cece Toole presented “Developing Leadership Skills to Meet the Needs of Bilingual Learners through Collaboration and Co-Teaching.”  Associate Professor Jennifer Olson conducted two sessions on the Department of Public Instruction’s program approval process and presented “Critical Friends Group®: Sharing Together and Speaking Out” with M.Ed. alumnae Tamara Adams, Catherine Pate, Sherry Poole, and Heather Rogers.

English Week, October 12-16
Meredith’s English Department will be hosting its second annual English Week from October 12-16, 2015.  The following is a list of the daily activities that are scheduled.

Monday, October 12                                      Book Exchange begins; Colton Fundraiser begins. Career and Internship Gathering, 5-6 p.m., Lower Belk

Tuesday, October 13                                    Lit Live! with cosplay, 7-8 p.m., Cate Center, second floor

Wednesday, October 14                               Beloved Passages (inspirational literature sharing), 10-11 a.m., Kresge  (front lower level)

Thursday, October 15                                   (English Major) Declaration Day: Declare today, play tomorrow!

Friday, October 16                                       Play Today:  Students attend a showing of a Shakespeare play

October Friends of the Library Events
Meredith’s Friends of the Library are sponsoring two events this month.  On Monday, October 26, 7 p.m. in Jones Auditorium, Robert Reich will be joined by William Barbour and Tim Tyson for a conversation moderated by WUNC Radio's Frank Stasio. Reich has just published Saving Capitalism; for the Many not the Few. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are available from Quail Ridge with the purchase of a book.

The Friends Fall Dinner meeting will be on Tuesday, October 27, at 6:30 p.m. in Belk Dining Hall. Filmmaker and Meredith alumna Camden Watts Roessler will talk about her career. She has created three films since graduating from Meredith: Abandoned Allies, Trophy, Landfill Dogs: Behind The Scenes, and Brewconomy. There is a charge for attending the Fall Dinner. More information is available at the Friends website.

Melyssa Allen

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