Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 11/8/17

In this issue we celebrate accomplishments of faculty and staff in art, chemistry, communication, English, fashion, food & nutrition, and psychology.  We also share news about the Meredith Forever strategic plan and from child development.

Assistant Professor of Food & Nutrition Lanae Ball is a co-author of two manuscripts that have been accepted for publication.  “Evaluating the Implementation of a Farmers’ Market Targeting WIC FMNP Participants” will be published in Health Promotion Practice Journal and “A High Prevalence of Food Insecurity Among University Students in Appalachia Reflects a Need for Educational Interventions and Policy Advocacy” will be published in Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Assistant Professor of Fashion Merchandising & Design Ali Howell gave a paper presentation at the University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute Annual Conference, Oct. 23 – 27, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The paper, “Modeling Mentoring in an Online Learning Environment,” was co-authored by Howell’s mentor, Dr. V. Ann Paulins of Ohio University.

Associate Professor of Art Shannon Johnstone’s Landfill Dogs project is published in the most recent issue of Square Magazine (Issue 803). It can be viewed at . Additionally her new project Stardust and Ashes will be featured in two exhibitions in China in November. Both exhibitions were curated by Laura Moya, Executive Director of Photolucida. The two exhibitions are Hypermedia, which will be held at the Lishui International Photography Festival, and Photography + Science, which will be part of the Yixian Photography Festival.

Laboratory Manager Cassie Lilly was featured in a Chemical and Engineering News article about Halloween chemistry demos and costumes. Lilly’s costume was inspired by the work of Robert Grubbs, chemistry Nobel Prize recipient in 2005. View the story

Andrea McPherson, assistant professor in psychology, presented her research Differential Patterns of Relations among Coping, Perceived Control, and Mental Health Functioning on October 23rd at the North Carolina School Psychology Association’s annual fall conference at the Durham Convention Center. At the close of the conference, she received the award for “Top Research Poster” based on total number of points received by peer reviewers.

Two English faculty and three students visited Staunton, Va., in late October for the Ninth Biennial Blackfriars Conference.  As institutional partners of the American Shakespeare Center Consortium, Meredith faculty Dr. Tina Romanelli and Dr. Garry Walton were selected as moderators of academic sessions during the conference, in addition to presenting their own scholarly work.  Dr. Romanelli worked with ASC actors in her staging session investigating the roles of Sir John Falstaff and Mistress Quickly in Merry Wives of Windsor.  Dr. Walton shared his pedagogical insights in studying the text, performance, and scholarship of the relatively unknown play Timon of Athens.  Undergraduate English majors Leigh Ann Charles, Emily Chilton, and Sidney Shank attended three days of scholarly presentations and  had the opportunity to see the resident troupe of the ASC perform Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado about Nothing.

Associate Professor of Mass Communication Doug Spero spoke to Variety for an article about CBS naming Jeff Glor its new anchor for CBS Evening News. Read the article on

Departmental News

Strategic Plan Available on MyMeredith
At its Fall 2017 meeting, the Meredith College Board of Trustees approved the next iteration of the College’s strategic plan. The campus community can access the plan, known as Meredith Forever, on MyMeredith.

Child Development Major to Present at Conference
Meredith student Elizabeth Riley was accepted to present a poster at the 2018 NC Council for Exceptional Children Conference, which will be held in Winston-Salem, N.C., January 17-19, 2018. Riley,  a Child Development major earning B-K licensure will present her preliminary thesis findings. The title of her presentation is “Perceptions of Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Teachers on the Role of Empowerment in the Socio-Emotional Development of Young Children.” – Submitted by Fain Barker, Assistant Professor of Child Development

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