Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 3/2015

In this issue we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in biological sciences, business, the Counseling Center, education, English, human environmental sciences, marketing, and psychology. We also share news from the Undergraduate Research Program.

Marketing Writer Meaghan Bixby was invited to participate on a panel for the inaugural Spring Forward alumni event hosted by the Department of Communication at Appalachian State University on March 25, 2015. The event brought together alumni from across the U.S. to talk about their careers and answer questions from seniors majoring in communication. 

Human Environmental Sciences faculty members Nina BosticEunyoung Yang, and Deborah Tippett attended the state conference of the North Carolina Association of Family and Consumer Sciences in Hickory, N.C., from March 20-22, 2015. Bostic serves as secretary of the Association and was re-elected to serve a second term. Four Meredith students attended the conference, Haley Harris, Amber Winslow, Courtney Parker and Angela Lassister. Parker was elected co-president of the State Student Section and Winslow was elected secretary/treasurer. Three Meredith fashion design students were highlighted at the conference for their creative designs. Original designs by Sherronda Best, Sandy Rojas, and Ashley Day were featured at the conference. 

Professor of Psychology Cindy Edwards, Associate Professor of Psychology Gwynn Morris, and Instructor of Psychology Tiffany Grovenstein presented at the Society for Research and Child Development Teaching Institute. Their roundtable presentation was on “Incorporating general education writing goals into developmental psychology courses without spending your whole life grading.” The conference was held March 19-21, 2015, in Philadelphia.

Associate Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Shannon Grimes presented a paper at the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion conference in Nashville, Tenn., in March 2015, on the increasing number of millennials claiming no religious affiliation. Her paper was titled, “Including the ‘Nones’: A Challenge to Interfaith Pedagogy.”

Associate Professor of Strategic and International Management Stephanie Hurt was accepted to two of the world’s most prestigious conferences in her discipline with two different papers: the Academy of Management Conference (AOM), which will be held in August in Vancouver, Canada and The European Group of Organizational Studies Conference (EGOS), which will be held in July in Athens, Greece.

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Erin Lindquist has been cast in the Listen To Your Mother (LTYM) Raleigh-Durham show, which will be held at William Peace University on May 7 and 8, 2015. Tickets are on sale now and will benefit Book Harvest, a local non-profit which provides books for children in need. The mission of LTYM is to give voice to motherhood, in all its complexity, diversity, and humor, in the form of original readings performed live on-stage by their authors.  

Instructor of Sociology Kris Macomber was a panel member at the Innovations in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Research and Practice Conference at UNC-Greensboro on March 6, 2015. The title of the panel was "When we are a part of the problem: Recreating Sexism and Oppression in VAW Work." 

Assistant Professor of English Martin McNamee has been invited to participate in the 2015 Jessie Ball duPont Summer Seminar at the National Humanities Center. The seminar, led by Ruth Morse of the University of Paris, is on Social Crime Fiction.

Counseling Center Director Beth Meier was quoted in a news story about college students and mental health. This was a story written for The Chicago Tribune and localized for The News & Observer. 

Professor of Education Marge Terhaar-Yonkers is a recipient of a 2016 Fulbright Scholar Award. She will be teaching and completing research at the University of West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad, next spring.

Associate Professor of Business Bing Yu presented a paper on March 13 at the Southwestern Accounting Association Annual Conference in Houston, Texas. He is the co-author of the paper with Professor of Business Mary Jane Lenard and other two colleagues. The paper, titled "The Relation between Internal Control Weakness and Real Activities Manipulation,"  examines whether U.S. public firms that file internal control weakness (ICW) disclosure reports exhibit higher levels of real activities manipulation, compared to firms that do not file such reports. The paper finds a positive relationship between firms reporting internal control weaknesses and real activities manipulation, suggesting that ICW-firms are prone to using real activities manipulation as a form of earnings management. The findings also have implications for audit quality as auditors need to gain a better understanding of how real activities manipulation influences the current and future operations of the firm.

Departmental News

Mark Your Calendars for Celebrating Student Achievement Day
Celebrating Student Achievement (CSA) Day is just around the corner. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend CSA Day on Tuesday, April 14. Poster sessions begin at 7:30 a.m. and oral presentations begin at 9 a.m. Learn more about CSA Day 

Students and faculty mentors who were selected for summer research grants and stipends were recently informed of the award decisions. These grants are supported by Meredith’s Halsch Endowment for Undergraduate Research, and the Margaret A. Cargill Foundations through Meredith’s Environmental Sustainability Initiative. Look for more information about these in future issues of Campus Connections.

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