Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 8/10/16

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In this issue, we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in the departments of alumnae relations, biological sciences, communication, dance, English, and music. 

Hilary Allen, ʼ01, director of alumnae relations, has been selected by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, to participate in Leadership Raleigh. This nine-month program, prepares participants to become effective leaders. They have the opportunity to get an in-depth view of local issues, develop leadership skills, learn about community associations, and given the opportunity to discuss issues with leaders. 

Professor of Dance Alyson Colwell-Waber, as part of her sabbatical research, travelled to Tempe, Ariz., to work with choreographer Ann Ludwig in the making of a new solo. The dance, Takes, will be performed on September 10 as part of the NC Dance Festival and on January 13-14 as part of the Meredith Dance Faculty Concert. All performances are in Jones Auditorium and free to faculty, staff and students.

See a Scholarly Productivity Grant in action! The Carol Finley Dance Group (CFDG) and Meredith College alumnae Jill Guyton Nee and Courtney Patterson White's CJ40 dance company are teaming up for an evening of contemporary dance at the Cary Arts Center August 12-13. Billed as a local dance and local beer event, the companies have teamed up with Bond Brothers in Cary to hold a dancer meet and greet following the show. The tongue-in-cheek title of the evening is "Post Show Discussion and Other Dances." The choreographers will perform a trio (Post Show Discussion), a series of solos and duets by CJ40, and a solo and large group work by CFDG featuring ten alumnae dancers. In addition to the Meredith SPG, Finley received a United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County Regional Artist Award for this production. “The show is around 90 minutes, parts of it are funny, we think it is interesting, and all of it is family friendly if you have children who enjoy modern dance,” Finley said. Parking is tricky at the Cary Arts Center (not the Cary Theater) but is available at the school next door. Tickets are on sale now for the Friday, Aug. 12 and Saturday, Aug. 13 performances. 

Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Sustainability Erin Lindquist attended and presented at the annual all-members meeting of the Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN) at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, June 29-July 1. Lindquist is co-PI and co-founder of EREN, which now has over 300 members across more than 200 Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs).  Faculty incorporate ecological research projects into their curriculum to train undergraduates in collaborative research methods while producing publishable results.

Instructor of English Leslie Maxwell wrote an article about Southern Sugar Bakery, which is owned by Meredith alumnae Angie Daniels Tucker, ’02, and Christin Kubasko, ’10, for the August issue of Walter Magazine.  

Associate Professor of Mass Communication Doug Spero commented for a story in The Hill about Fox News’s future after the departure of founding chairman Roger Ailes. 

Director of Instrumental Activities Jim Waddelow conducted performances of the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony Festival Orchestra in Eureka Springs, Ark., July 17-30. In July he performed in the Eureka Springs production of Godspell.

Faculty Staff Planning Week
Meredith College will open the 2016-17 academic year with the annual Faculty/Staff Planning Week, August 15-19, 2016.

This year, there are a lot of options with sessions on retention, assessment, safety, technology, GenEd, Strengths, career planning, and wellness.  We are offering four sessions on employee benefits, including a series "Benefits for the Generations" and information on Tuition Exchange and Remission.  You may want to have a new headshot photo taken during one of the times offered by Marketing. And we continue to include multiple opportunities for socializing with colleagues during the community lunch, refreshments at the Brickhouse, and the Friday ice cream social. (The full schedule is available on MyMeredith and was shared with faculty and staff via email on August 9).

We are inviting employees to bring items for Meredith's Daisy Trade II food pantry. There will be collection points in Jones Lobby on Monday and Tuesday morning and in the SMB atrium the rest of the week.  Our students have used and appreciated this resource and we want them to return to a well-stocked pantry.

Melyssa Allen

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