Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 12/2/15

In this issue we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in the departments of art, English, the library, music, and nutrition. We also share news from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Department of Psychology.

Margaret Evans, Music Department piano faculty, was Guest Artist at the State University of New York, Fredonia during the week of November 2-6, where she performed a Chamber Music Concert with members of the music faculty and presented a master class for Music Majors.   SUNY-Fredonia is one of the largest music programs in the SUNY system, with over 700 music majors. 

Associate Professor Woody Holliman made a presentation to the Raleigh chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) on November 17. The talk, The Guerrilla Guide to Job Hunting (for Graphic Designers), was held in Kresge Auditorium. Drawing on his years of experience as a studio owner (in charge of hiring graphic designers)—as well as his personal experience as a job seeker—Holliman discussed an assortment of unorthodox strategies and guerrilla tactics to get noticed and get hired, including: how to leverage social media and online networking (as well as face-to-face contacts), how to bomb-proof your résumé, how to craft a compelling "love letter" to a potential employer, and how to successfully pitch your work—and yourself—in job interviews. Holliman has rejoined the Community Board of AIGA Raleigh as Director of Design + Business.

Instructor of English Jason Newport’s most recent short story publications have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes.  “Protect and Serve,” a satirical short fiction piece, was published in issue #16 of the journal Vine Leaves. It's a satirical short fiction called "Protect and Serve"; it was also collected in The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2015. The other story is called “On Letting Go,” and it was published in Potomac Review. The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America. The Pushcart Prize is one of the last surviving literary co-ops from the ’60s and ’70s. 

Head of Library Technical Services Ted Waller has published “The Mystery Of The Missing Consumer: Making It Real” on the financial website Seeking Alpha. 

Tara Wind, Dietetic Internship site preceptor, was quoted in a story about new salt warning requirements on New York City menus. The story ran on December 1.

Departmental News
Several members of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures participated in the 87th Annual South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Conference on November 15 in Durham. Associate Professor Astrid Billat chaired a session titled "Beyond the Traditional Text: Deciphering Multimedia, Hypertext and Graphic Narrative." As part of that session, Associate Professor Débora Maldonado presented the paper "Diversidad del acto de lectura en "La ley del amor" de Laura Esquivel, and Instructor Javier Pabón presented "Juan Montaño, cimarrón de Letras." In a separate session dedicated to the works of Miguel de Cervantes, Associate Professor Jonathan Wade presented "Amélie as Homage to Cervantes."

A journal article, “Sensory Sensitivities of Young Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders”, written by Kendyl Cole, ’15, was recently published in Explorations, the journal of undergraduate research and creative activities for the State of North Carolina. Cole’s faculty mentor on this project was Professor of Psychology Cynthia Edwards. At Meredith, Cole majored in psychology and Spanish. She is a clinical research assistant at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development.

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