Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 2/17/16

In this issue we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in the departments of dance, foreign languages and literatures, human environmental sciences, and international programs. We also share news from the theatre program, the Office of Academic Advising, and the wellness advisory committee.

Assistant Professor of Dance Sarah Bean will perform in a dance-theater work by Killian Manning/No Forwarding Address from February 25-28 at Common Ground Theater in Durham. The work, "Now Boarding," explores airplane and airport-related themes: departures and arrivals, boredom and stress, romance and loss, and other assorted navigations. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.  $15 general admission, $12 seniors/military, $10 students.

Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures Astrid Billat is the co-author of a new textbook, La culture francophone: Le monde à l’écoute, to be published by Hackett Publishing in March.  The new book is an innovative textbook designed for intermediate to advanced French courses that aim to introduce the Francophone world and its cultures in an authentic context. From Africa to the Caribbean, to Quebec, to Europe, it explores selected Francophone histories and geographies through a multitude of fascinating avenues, including: lively overviews of French-speaking countries, regions, or populations; excerpts of classic Francophone texts; discussions of prominent Francophone films, culinary dishes, music, public figures, vignettes of everyday life, and more. An array of engaging exercises offer rich opportunities to build language skills, as students become active participants in both language learning and Francophone culture itself.

Instructor of Spanish Javier Pabon's article: "Afro Andean Oral tradition: Insurgent narratives of Re-existence and Place" has been accepted for publication in SECOLAS Annals, the Journal of the Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies. The article explores and expands on the two different notions of “place” as proposed by Arturo Escobar and Nelly Richard, within the community context of afro-descendants living on the Pacific coast of South America in an ancestral territory that today constitutes part of the nation states of Colombia and Ecuador. To exemplify these theoretical notions, Pabon analyzes the compilations of oral tradition developed by activist and intellectual Juan Garcia Salazar.

Director of International Programs Brooke Shurer successfully defended her dissertation on February 8. She will graduate this May with a Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis from NC State University. 

Professor of Human Environmental Sciences Deborah Tippett presented a full-day workshop on “Leading with Strengths” to the Division of Career and Technical Education of the Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh.  The workshop was held on January 13. She also led an Appreciative Inquiry Retreat for the Board of Directors of the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society on January 16, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  

Meredith’s 2016 commencement speaker announcement was included in Inside Higher Ed on February 10. 

Departmental News

Meredith Theatre Students and Faculty Attend Kennedy Center Festival
Nine Meredith theatre majors and the four theatre faculty attended the Kennedy Center American College Region IV Theatre Festival, February 2-6, hosted by the College of Charleston in South Carolina.  Everyone participated in workshops and classes and viewed various theatre productions. Senior Maigan Kennedy, and William Peace University scene partner Tyler Graeper were semi-finalists in the Irene Ryan Scholarship competition.  They were one pair of 48 semi-finalists selected from the 250 original nominees.  Meredith was also one of only six schools of higher education selected from the region to participate in the Friday night Musical Theatre Gala.  Maigan Kennedy (Jo) and Karyn Raynor (Marmee) performed a scene and two songs from last year’s production of Little Women, directed by Professor of Theatre Cathy Rodgers. 

Staffing News from the Office of Academic Advising​
The Office of Academic Advising, part of Meredith’s Academic Programs, has staffing news to share. Alex Davis is now serving as director.  Davis has nearly 10 years of experience in higher education, including five as an advisor.  He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from East Carolina University. Emily Evans joined the office as an Academic Advisor at the beginning of the ​spring term. Evans has been on campus as an intern in the Office of Career Planning for the past year and recently completed her master’s degree in career counseling and placement at North Carolina Central University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UNC-Wilmington. Associate Professor of Education Tisha Duncan has accepted the role of Faculty Liaison within the Office of Academic Advising.  Duncan has been a faculty member in the Education Department since 2008. She completed her bachelors in Child Development with a K-6 licensure at Meredith College​ and ​her master’s and doctor​ate at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Meredith College Cookbook
The Meredith College Wellness Advisory Committee will be putting together a cookbook filled with a variety of healthy recipes, and would love for students, staff, faculty, alumnae and retirees to contribute their own favorite family recipes. Leave a piece of yourself and your family in the Meredith Cookbook! If you have a family recipe that could be made into a healthier option, please make any modifications you deem necessary. Recipe submissions will be accepted through March 31, 2016 and can be sent to Catherine Franklin at or via fax (919) 760-8164.

Melyssa Allen

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