Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 3/4/15

In this issue we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in art, biological sciences, business, foreign languages and literatures, and theatre, and news from Institutional Advancement and The Meredith MBA.

Assistant Professor of Spanish Callie DeBellis presented a paper on February 19th at the 26th annual conference of the Association of Academic Programs in Latin American and the Caribbean in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.  The paper, titled  “Latin American Cultures: Moving from Awareness Toward Competence,” outlined theory behind building intercultural competencies and provided models of activities that help study abroad move through stages from ethonocentric attitudes to more ethnorelative outlooks.  She also facilitated an intercultural simulation with Jean Silk from the Council of Latin American and Iberian Studies at Yale University. DeBellis has served as an at-large member of the AAPLAC board for the past two years.

Instructor of Art Holly Fischer’s sculpture, Siren, was featured in Clay Times - Winter/Spring 2015. Fischer will be showing five sculptures at an invitational exhibition, Looking Back, for Artist-in-Residence ceramic alumni at the Worcester Center for Crafts. The exhibition is in conjunction with this year’s National Conference on Education in Ceramic Arts (NCECA).  The show runs from March 12 - April 11. The exhibition curators discussed the show concept at length in a radio podcast. (Fischer’s section is at the 18 minute mark).  

Associate Professor of Ying Liao published a research paper titled “External knowledge acquisition and innovation: the role of supply chain network-oriented flexibility and organizational awareness” in International Journal of Production Research (IJPR), a well-established, highly successful and leading journal reporting high quality operations and supply chain management research.

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Carolina Perez-Heydrich, coordinator of Meredith’s public health program, is featured in the latest episode of The Meredith Minute. In this series, Meredith faculty members share expertise on a topic from their academic area. In the video, Perez-Heydrich explains why we can eradicate some diseases like polio and smallpox, but not others like Ebola and influenza. 

Professor of Theatre Catherine Rodgers was quoted in two leadership profiles in Investor’s Business Daily. One featured actor Gregory Peck and the other was about Marlon Brando.

Professor of Art Jane Terry has been selected for the 2015 Society for Photographic Education Combined Caucus Juried Exhibition, which will open during the SPE National Conference in New Orleans in March. The exhibition will be on view March 12 through April 5 at dual venues: the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. It will travel to the University of Central Florida Fine Arts Gallery in Orlando in May.

Departmental News:

Senior Class Challenges Faculty and Staff
The Class of 2015 has challenged faculty and staff in a giving competition! Watch the Class of 2015 vs. Faculty & Staff video to see the fun and excitement sweeping campus. Last year, faculty and staff achieved 60% giving participation to Meredith. This year, the Class of 2015 believes they can reach 60% giving participation BEFORE the faculty and staff. It’s GAME ON….all for Meredith College!

Go Strong in Graduate School
On March 7 at 10 a.m., Meredith College is offering a free workshop to help people who would like to attend graduate school, but are reluctant to take the next step. We’ll give you practical information to help you overcome common roadblocks, such as how to pay for graduate school, balancing school with work and family, and the application process. Location: Kresge Auditorium

MBA Information Session for Prospective Students: The Meredith MBA Program will hold an MBA Information Session on Wednesday, March 11 at 6 p.m. in Harris 110. The event will include an information session, and Q&A with recent MBA graduates who will answer questions about their experiences in the program.  Meredith employees who are interested in applying for the MBA program are encouraged to attend.

Melyssa Allen

News Director
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