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Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 9/23/15

In this issue, we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in art, history, human environmental sciences, music, and theatre. We share news from the Undergraduate Research Program, Teaching Fellows, and the music department.

Associate Professor of History Dan Fountain delivered an invited talk, "Slavery and Slaveholding Households in Antebellum Piedmont North Carolina," at Mordecai Historic Park on Sunday, Sept. 20. 

Virginia Ewing Hudson, Music faculty-cello, won the Humorous Speech contest at Speak Up! Toastmasters in Chapel Hill on September

Associate Professor of Art Shannon Johnstone’s Landfill Dogs project continues to garner attention. One of her Landfill Dogs photographs is featured on the cover of a new book, Dogland, A Journey to the Heart of America's Dog Problem, by journalist Jacki Skole. The book was published in August by Ashland Creek Press.  Another Landfill Dogs photograph is on the cover of July/August 2015 Animal Sheltering magazine produced by The Humane Society of the United States. Raleigh's magazine, Oak City Hustle, also featured the project in the July 2015 issue along with an article by Stacy Weger called “The Landfill Dogs.”  Landfill Dogs was featured on WakeGov TV.  Landfill Dogs was selected as a finalist in the 2015 Critical Mass competition. The work will go on to be reviewed by 200 photography curators, editors, and critics. The Landfill Dogs project will also be part of a three person exhibition at the Block Galleryin downtown Raleigh called “Sacred Spaces.”  The exhibition opens on Friday, October 2. 

Professor of Theatre Catherine Rodgers was quoted in a New York Observer story about the musical Mamma Mia!, which recently closed on Broadway after 14 years. 

Stations, a short film by Professor of Art Jane Terry, has been named an official selection of the international 28th Annual Dallas Video Fest to be held in October at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas. Terry will attend the event as a participating filmmaker. The film was completed during her sabbatical and is supported in part by a grant from the Tree of Life Foundation. Stations has also recently been selected to screen at the 2015 Laguna Film Festival held in October at the Regency Directors Cut Cinema in Laguna Niguel, Calif. Her film was selected from over 1,000 entries from 69 countries.

Professor of Human Environmental Sciences Deborah Tippett led an Appreciative Inquiry Visioning Conference for the faculty and staff of the Family and Consumers Sciences Department at New Mexico State University on September 18.

Departmental News

Travel and Research Grant Submission Deadlines
The Undergraduate Research Program’s first Travel and Research Grant submission deadline is on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. Please share this information with interested students.

Research Grants
Students may request funding from the Undergraduate Research program for supplies associated with their research project. Proposals are submitted by the student to the Undergraduate Research Committee for consideration. Examples of possible funding requests include perishable supplies used in research, copy costs for manuscripts pertinent to the research, small equipment that is specific for the research project. Maximum grant is $500 per student.

Travel Grants
Students traveling to present research at local, regional and national conferences may apply for a travel grant from the Undergraduate Research Program. Maximum support currently available per student is $500 to help cover travel, lodging, registration, and preparation costs for student presenters. A food allowance of up to $30 per day can be reimbursed (over and above the amount granted for travel). If several students are traveling to a conference, each student should apply for travel support.

Travel and Research grant applications can be found on Meredith website or on the URP site on MyMeredith.

Teaching Fellows Reunion Held

More 50 Teaching Fellows Alumnae and faculty gathered to celebrate 25 years of the N.C. Teaching Fellows Program and the graduation of our first Meredith College Teaching Fellows Program in May 2015. The event was held on Saturday, August 22, in Belk Dining Hall. 

Professor of Education Mary Kay Delaney reminded those gathered of the changes that teachers have endured in the classroom and education system during the past 25 years. She also spoke about the accomplishments that the Meredith College Teaching Fellows alumnae have had in the state of North Carolina.

Carrie Tulbert ’01 spoke to the group about how her Meredith experience had contributed to her success. Her passion for education and teaching was felt throughout the room as she reminded all fellow Alumnae that they all have a leadership role in their daily lives. 

Tulbert left everyone with the following quote: “To become the best leader you can be, you must fall in love with leading, with the purpose you serve, and the people with whom you work in fulfilling that purpose." - DuFour and Marzano

Music, Rhythm and Unity: A Diversity Event with One Human Family Workshops, Inc.
Carswell Hall on October 3-4
Concert at 5 p.m. on October 4 in Carswell Hall
All events are free and open to public

Come sing gospel and world songs, Zumba or drum together and engage in dialogue with diverse members of Meredith and wider community. One Human Family Workshops, Inc. promotes creation of multiracial, multi-faith, multigenerational community using arts. Their model community, the One Human Family Choir, will teach original gospel songs and songs from around the world and facilitate diversity dialogue. There will also be an optional Zumba class led by our own Ellen Williams and a drum circle led by the One Human Family Choir drummer, Rob Jiggetts. The event is organized by the members of the Meredith College Music Program and sponsored by the Meredith College Diversity Council. For more information please contact Yuri Yamamoto yyamamoto@meredith.edu

Melyssa Allen

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