Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 5/10/17

In this issue we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in English, marketing, and music. We also share news from the Undergraduate Research Program and an announcement of an appliance sale for employees.

Kristi Eaves-McLennan, executive director of marketing, and Renee Daly, senior consultant at Simpson Scarborough, presented “Marketing and Admissions: Forming a Collaborative Relationship that Yields Great Results” at the 52nd Annual Conference of the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling. The meeting was held April 23-25, 2017, in Williamsburg, Va.

Director of Choral Activities Shannon Gravelle was the guest clinician for the Forsyth All-County Middle School Chorus on April 19-20. She conducted 75 middle school students through 10 hours of rehearsal and a concert, which they performed for parents and community members on April 20.

Instructor of English Jason Newport gave a guest presentation on “The Reinvigorated Role of Independent Bookstores in American Communities” to master’s and Ph.D. students in American literature at the University of Szeged, in Szeged, Hungary, on April 25, at the invitation of the university’s Department of American Studies. Newport gave a featured presentation on “Workshopping: Using the Peer-Review Model to Improve Writing” to faculty and students at the University of Pécs, in Pécs, Hungary, on April 26, as the university’s resident Fulbright scholar and instructor. On April 28, he gave a joint presentation on “Natural Wonders: Celebrating and Protecting Where We Come From” to an English-language class at PTE Babits High School, in Pécs, Hungary, at the invitation of the American Corner in Pécs, a U.S. State Department-sponsored initiative to highlight American culture. He also gave a joint presentation called “Hello From America! Where We’re From and What We Do,” to six English-language classes for Roma students at Gandhi High School, in Pécs, Hungary, on May 2, at the invitation of the school’s resident Fulbright English teaching assistant.

Associate Professor of English Kelly Morris Roberts presented “Written Reflection and Critical Thinking: Supporting Student Writing and Metacognition”at the 2017 spring symposium for the N.C. English Teachers Association on April 29. This presentation discussed results of an eighteen-month research study on supporting critical thinking and written reflection. Roberts also co-presented with senior English major Macy Allen discussing their work together on Macy’s undergraduate research project “Visual Literature: Writers and their Words.”

Departmental News

Summer Research Partnership
Undergraduate Research will kick off its Summer Research Partnership program on May 12. We continue our relationship this year with Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy, with nine early college high school students partnering with Meredith College students and faculty on projects. These nine projects are funded by the Jessie Ball duPont Religious, Charitable, and Educational Fund. Director of Undergraduate Research Paul Winterhoff and Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Carolina Perez-Heydrich will be co-directing the summer research partnership with Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy. We are also fortunate to fund our remaining summer projects with support from the Shepard K. Halsch Academic Enrichment Fund for Undergraduate Research. In total there will be 32 Meredith students working on 17 different projects during the summer research period. –Submitted by Ashley Pearson, Academic Special Programs Administrative Assistant

Appliance Sale
To make room for new washers and dryers in the Oaks Apartments, Meredith employees can purchase the existing stackable, front loading washers and dryers. These G.E. washers and dryers are available for $100 each or a pair for $150. (In working condition when removed; no warranty or guarantee). Appliance samples on display at Belk loading dock. First come, first served until the appliances are gone. Full purchase price must be paid by May 15, cash only. Contact Patty Blackwell in Facilities at ext. 8560 to reserve yours today. –Submitted by Dave Lyons

Melyssa Allen

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