Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 4/16/15

In this issue, we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in the departments of chemistry, foreign languages and literatures, natural and mathematical sciences, psychology and sociology. Departmental news items are from athletics, education, and foreign languages and literatures.

Professor of Sociology Lori Brown was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story about Starbuck’s popularity as a first date location. 

In the newest episode of The Meredith Minute, Associate Professor of Psychology Gwynn Morris explains childhood amnesia, answering why adults can’t remember much of their childhoods, but the children seem to remember everything? 

Brent A. Pitts, Director, Honors program, and Professor, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, reviewed Manual of Anglo-Norman, by Ian Short. 2nd edn. (Occasional Publications Series, 8). Oxford: Anglo-Norman Text Society. 2013. The review appears in Modern Language Review, Volume 110.2 (April 2015), p. 539.

Professor of Chemistry Walda Powell and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Sasha Ormond presented at the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting, held March 21-25 in Denver, Colorado. Powell and chemistry student Kim Hinton presented a poster on “Connecting Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry.” Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Karthik Aghoram was also an author of this project. Ormond presented a poster on “Microwave-assisted dye synthesis: a more efficient approach for an undergraduate laboratory.” Chemistry student Sarah White presented a poster on “Dye Synthesis and Characterization of Photophysical Properties,” another project on which Ormond was an author.

Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures Jonathan Wade presented “I Know Who I Am!? Don Quixote and the Path of Selfhood” as part of The Work that Changed My Life lecture and career development series at Brigham Young University. The lecture was held on April 2.

Dean of the School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences Liz Wolfinger is one of 28 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a year-long Senior Leadership Academy. The program includes two seminars, a mentoring program, work with experts, participation in webinars, and a series of readings and case studies during the 2015–16 academic year.

Departmental News

Athletic Camps Offered This Summer
Meredith’s athletics department will sponsor a series of camps for young athletes this summer. There are options in basketball, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball. Learn more at

Foreign Languages Event Espectacular Held
Espectacular / Spettaculaire / Spettacolare took place on March 31, 2015, in Kresge Auditorium. A near-capacity audience enjoyed poetry, theater, music, dance, and food from several different countries from the Spanish, French, and Italian-speaking worlds. The event was possible thanks to the collaborative efforts of the students of Spanish 308, Angeles Latinas, the Student Activities Fee (SAF) Committee, the Theatre Program, and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, among others.

New Strong Story Video Focuses on M.Ed. Program
The new Strong Story video produced by the Department of Marketing focuses on alumna Satina Smith’s experience in Meredith’s Master of Education program. Smith, who earned an undergraduate degree at Meredith in 2006, wanted to pursue her M.Ed. to more effectively meet the needs of a wide range of learners in her classroom. Watch her Strong Story to learn more. 

Submit items for the Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News to The final issue of Campus Connections for the spring semester will publish on May 6.

Melyssa Allen

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