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Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 3/2/16

In this issue we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in the departments of art, exercise and sports science, human environmental sciences, international programs, music, and political science.

Margaret Evans, Music Department piano faculty, was guest artist in concert at Greywalls Recital Hall on January 9, performing chamber works of Franz Schubert and Igor Stravinsky with colleagues from UNC-Chapel Hill and SUNY-Fredonia. On February 5 she performed the Piano Trio of Joelle Wallach in Meredith College’s Faculty Concert (with fellow Meredith faculty members Jimmy Gilmore, clarinet, and Kristin Jones, viola) as part of the week-long Residency of this composer. Additionally, Evans was the featured speaker in a presentation to the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association on February 17.  On February 20, her student, Gracie Joo, won first place in the RPTA Scholarship Competition, Senior Division.  

Two of Art Instructor Holly Fischer’s ceramic sculptures will be featured in the Raleigh Fine Arts Society: 2016 NC Artists Exhibition, Juried by Bradley Sumrall, Betty McClain Gallery, Center for Performing Arts, Raleigh, NC.  The exhibition opens on Sunday, March 6 and runs through Thursday, April 28. A cast paper sculpture with embroidery will be featured in an international juried exhibition, Fantastic Fiber 2016, Juried by Danielle Kelly, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, Ky.  Fifty works were selected from 573 entries from 15 countries and 41 states. The show runs from April 9 - June 4.   

Assistant Professor of Political Science Whitney Ross Manzo was elected vice president of the North Carolina Political Science Association at its recent conference in Research Triangle Park. She will serve as vice president during the 2016-17 academic year. In 2017-18 she will serve as president elect and she will assume the presidency of the association in 2018-19. Manzo also wrote an op-ed “Why Millennials Love Bernie Sanders,” an analysis of Millennial voters and some reasons why they might be so supportive of Bernie Sanders, which was published by USA Today. The opinion piece also ran online in 12 other media outlets. 

Exercise & Sport Science Instructor Erica Roelofs attended the Southeast American of Sports Medicine Annual Conference in Greenville, S.C., from February 8-20.  Seven Exercise and Sports Science majors attended with Roelofs, and three of those students participated in the Undergraduate Student Quiz Bowl. The conference was a great professional development opportunity for the students, as they were able to learn about possible career avenues and speak with professionals in the field.

Director of International Programs Brooke Shurer presented at the Scholar-Practitioner Symposium at NC State University on March 1, 2016. 

Professor of Human Environmental Sciences Deborah Tippett was invited to speak at the Association of College Honor Societies Annual Meeting on February 13, 2016 in Savannah, Ga., on "Building a Sustaining Future to Enhance Your Mission through Appreciative Inquiry."  

Departmental News

Media Coverage of Meredith’s 125th Anniversary

Meredith’s 125th celebration earned coverage in the following media outlets:

Feature story in the February issue of Walter Magazine, written by Leslie Maxwell, ’01 

Mentioned during the local news breaks on WUNC radio on February 21.

Featured during the morning news broadcasts on WTVD (ABC-11), WRAL, and Time Warner Cable News on February 23.

Featured in the February 26 morning news broadcasts on WTVD (ABC-11) and was included in their news crawl throughout the morning. This story mentioned the Woman of Achievement award and the Beyond Strong campaign, including that the campaign had already raised more than $52 million.

Covered on WRAL’s noon news on February 26. The segment mentioned Wednesday’s convocation and the unveiling of the new historical marker.

Mentioned during the February 26 afternoon local news breaks on WUNC radio.

The News & Observer featured the 125th celebration and Beyond Strong campaign kickoff on the front page on Saturday, Feb. 27. The online version included a short video shot by the newspaper staff. This story was also released on the Associated Press wire, resulting in publication in 15 media outlets, including The Myrtle Beach Sun TimesThe Winston-Salem JournalThe Richmond Daily Journal, wlos.com (Asheville) and wcti.com (New Bern). 

The News & Observer also ran an editorial about Meredith’s 125th milestone and the College’s important place in Raleigh and North Carolina. The editorial was published on Monday, March 1. 

Melyssa Allen

News Director
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