Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 12/4/19

In this issue, we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in education, English, and the Library. We also share departmental news from fashion and nutrition.

Professor of English Laura Fine gave a presentation, “Mothers, Daughters, and Rape Culture in Bonnie Jo Campbell’s Mothers, Tell Your Daughters,” at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) conference in San Diego, Calif., on November 16, 2019.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Whitney Ross Manzo has been elected secretary of the Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors.

Cindy Morton-Rose, assistant professor of education, presented on November 24 at the Annual Conference for the National Council for Teachers of English in Baltimore, Md. Her presentation was on “Repositioning Students’ Linguistic Resources as Assets in Teacher Education.”

Assistant Circulation Supervisor/Interlibrary Loan Manager Kristen Purvis will graduate from Appalachian State University with a Master of Arts in Educational Media/Instructional Technology in December.

Tina Romanelli, English instructor and director of the Learning Center, took four students to Atlanta, Ga., to participate in the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) conference. Senior English majors Alex Rouch, Sofia Mazzola, Hope Williams, and Caroline Diorio presented on an undergraduate research panel, “Women’s and Children’s Quest for Agency, Two American and Two British Examples.”

Julie Schrock and Cece Toole, both professors of education, attended the annual conference of Professional and Organizational Development Network in Pittsburgh, Pa. They had one poster session, “The Development of a Faculty Mentoring Program” and one research session, “An Examination of Gender Bias in Student Course Evaluations.”

Departmental News

Staff Winter Warm Up Scheduled for December 5” The Staff Affairs Committee will host a Winter Warm Up on Thursday, December 5 from 10 – 11 a.m. in Johnson Hall Rotunda. The event will feature hot chocolate and cookies. Start the 2019 Winter Break with good food, great conversation, live music, and a chance to make wonderful art! Sponsored by the Staff Affairs Committee. Members for 2019-20 are Candice Webb, Charlotte McKinney, Dilnavaz Mirza Sharma, Jane Matthews, Jean Gambrill, and Tracy Knight.

Dietetic Intern Andrea George is the 2019-20 recipient of Meredith College’s Witt-Beauchamp Scholarship. This annual scholarship is offered by the Department of Nutrition, Health, and Human Performance and supported by the Witt-Beauchamp Endowment Fund. Given by Celia Witt Beauchamp, ’78, and Chad Lewis Beauchamp, this scholarship is awarded to support a Traditional Pathway Dietetic Intern, aspiring to practice dietetics/nutrition, in her or his effort to become a registered dietitian.

Fashion Merchandising and Design (FMD) student Miranda Hoisington and Child Development (CD) student Alexis Tennant (research advisors Dr. Ali Howell, FMD, and Dr. Pamela Norcross, CD) presented a poster titled Impact of School Dress Codes on Adolescent Identity Development at the 2019 State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium on Saturday, November 23. This research project is driven by a multidisciplinary approach addressing fashion, clothing, school dress codes, and the effects of bias on adolescent identity development.

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