Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 3/30/16

In this issue we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in the departments of art, biological sciences, business, chemistry, English, international programs, mathematics, music, nutrition, and religious and ethical studies. We also share news from the Department of English about upcoming writing programs, and the Meredith MBA about an information session.

Professor of English Rebecca Duncan has contributed a chapter to Learner-Centered Teaching Activities for Environmental and Sustainability Studies, published this month by Springer International (Switzerland) and edited by Loren B. Byrne.  The chapter, “Analyzing Nature as a Persuasive Tool in Advertisements,” includes a review essay on advertising and nature/sustainability as well as classroom activities for analyzing persuasive strategies used in print advertising. 

Associate Professor of English Laura Fine presented a paper titled “Atticus Revised: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Go Set a Watchman and To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Society for the Study of Southern Literature conference at Boston University on March 10, 2016.

Religious and Ethical Studies faculty members Shannon Grimes and Margarita Suarez were co-presenters at the Interfaith Studies Conference held in Thousand Oaks, Calif., this March 13-15. Their topic was “Applying Critical Thinking Concepts to Interfaith Studies.”

Associate Professor Woody Holliman recently developed a six-month curriculum of business seminars for the Raleigh chapter of ​AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) that are meant to demystify the process of starting and operating a profitable design business. The B-Side series will include monthly presentations from local industry leaders on creating a business entity; handling finances, accounting, and taxes; writing estimates, contracts, and creative briefs; building client relationships; project management; and self-promotion/marketing. 

Mathematics instructor Julie Kolb was recently elected president of the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM), the state’s professional organization for all who teach mathematics. Kolb has been a member of NCCTM since 1985 and has served as secondary vice president, eastern region president, secretary, and parliamentarian. 

Professor of Chemistry Walda Powell and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Sasha Ormond presented at the 251st National American Chemical Society Conference in San Diego, Calif., on March 12. Powell’s presentation was “Preparation and characterization of 4-thiophenyl-1,1,1-trifluoro-2-butanone and its sulfoxide” and Ormond’s presentation was “Quantitative analytical chemistry as a writing intensive course.” One of Ormond’s students, Crystal Gunther, also attended, and presented her work on the Environmental Sustainability Initiative project from summer 2015, “Natural sources used as light harvesters in dye-sensitized solar cells.” Gunther’s presentation was on March 13. 

Director of International Programs Brooke Shurer was nominated to represent the NCSU Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at the NCSU Graduate Research Symposium on March 23. Shurer presented her dissertation research on cultural adjustment in study abroad. 

Retired Professor of Biology Janice Swab was interviewed by The News & Observer on March 4 to promote Swab’s lecture at the Ralston Arboretum about “The Value of Seed Banks.” 

Director of Instrumental Activities Jim Waddelow conducted the 2016 Durham All-County High School Orchestra on March 18.

Instructor of English Rose Wilson will present a paper entitled "Trans‐cendence and Trans‐gression in Deepa Mehta’s Elements Trilogy" at the Gender, Bodies, and Technology Conference in Roanoke, Va. in April.

Dietetic Internship Site Preceptor Tara Wind was quoted in a story on on the reasons why healthier options at fast food restaurants are often unpopular with buyers. 

Associate Professor of Economics Anne York was interviewed by Delmarva Public Radio for a story on the gender pay gap. 

Departmental News

Meredith’s Department of English will sponsor two writing programs this summer. For more information on either program contact Instructor of English Ashley Hogan for more information at

9th Annual Meredith Young Writers' Camp
July 18-22, 2016 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls are invited to the Meredith Young Writers' Camp, where they will have a chance to sharpen creative writing skills, read and discuss lively works of literature, and write fiction, drama, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The week includes recreation and fun activities.  Cost: $300, includes lunch and snacks, camp t-shirt, special trip to Ben and Jerry’s, and writing materials.

Meredith College High School Summer Writing Workshop
June 20-24, 2016 (Workshops on Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. - noon, with special luncheon on Friday)
 Meredith College announces a new summer writing workshop for high-school age men and women. This program offers aspiring writers a chance to work with the Meredith College creative writing faculty, all of whom are published writers, in a small-group workshop setting. Instruction will focus on several genres, including fiction, personal essay, and poetry, and will include one-on-one feedback from instructors and peer workshop. Space is limited to 12 students, first come, first served.  Cost: $175, includes daily snacks, lunch on Thursday and Friday afternoon, camp t-shirt and writing materials. 

Upcoming MBA Information Session
An information session will be held for the Meredith MBA on Thursday, April 14, at 6 p.m. in Harris 214. Meredith employees who are interested in applying for the MBA program are encouraged to attend.  RSVP online, or email Contact Allison Anthony at or ext. 8212 with any questions.

Melyssa Allen

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