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

In this issue we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in the departments of biology, computer science, English, history, human environmental sciences, and the library. We also share news from the MBA Program and the Counseling Center.

Instructor Emilija Dimitrijevic, who teaches in the Meredith in Italy program in Sansepolcro, was published in Linguae, a journal for interdisciplinary research on language and literature. Her article is "Historical Materialism Seen Through the Lens of Magical Realism: Gender Relationships in Nights at the Circus." 

Professor of English Rebecca Duncan wrote an Op-Ed about the textbook publishing industry that was published in The News & Observer. 

Associate Professor of History Dan Fountain provided background research for the Who Do You Think You Are? episode featuring Alfre Woodard. The episode aired on August 9 on TLC. Fountain spent much of the spring 2015 semester researching the personal and community backgrounds for one of Woodard's great grandfathers, who spent parts of his life as a slave and freeman in Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas. Fountain's name appeared in the credits for the episode.

Residence Hall Director Rebekah Gardner was interviewed by The Huffington Post about her role as the "Welcome Angel" on Meredith's Move-In Day. 

Professor of English Eloise Grathwohl read papers at two conferences this summer. In June, Grathwohl presented “Hidden Mediations: Iceland's Elves, Stewardship, and the Commodification of Nature,” at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment biennial conference, in Moscow, Idaho. She presented “Halldór Laxness’ Under the Glacier: The Urgency of St. Francis’ Legacy," at The World of St. Francis Conference in Siena, Italy, in July 2015.

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Barry Koster participated in Meredith’s Summer 2015 Faculty Exchange to Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE) in Dalian, China. He spent several weeks this summer teaching English at DUFE, connecting with colleagues at Meredith’s partner university, and getting to know the local culture. Visit Koster’s blog to read his reflections about this experience.  

Associate Professor of Biology Erin Lindquist presented an invited poster at the Ecological Society of America (ESA) Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland on August 14. Her poster, "Utilizing a network of undergraduate campuses to investigate forest dynamics: the Permanent Forest Plot Project (PFPP) of the Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN)" was part of an organized session and workshop titled "College campus natural areas as living laboratories for teaching and research". Her poster coauthors were Laurel Anderson from Ohio Wesleyan University and Karen Kuers from Sewanne: The University of the South.

Instructor of English Leslie Maxwell's flash fiction piece was published in vol. 2 of Lockjaw Magazine. Maxwell is teaching a two-day flash nonfiction writing workshop at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in September: Visit the Center for Documentary Studies website for more information. 

Assistant Professor of English Martin P. McNamee was published in The Keats-Shelley Review, which is the bi-annual journal of the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association and the Keats-Shelley House in Rome. McNamee’s article, "Keats’s Epistles and His Claims for a Poetic Career," examines the rhetorical strategies Keats uses in his verse epistles to present himself as a poet and to establish his claims for a poetical career.

Instructor of English Jason Newport's short story, "On Letting Go" is included in the current issue of Potomac Review. 

Instructor of English Jennifer Tagsold's article "Face-to-face, blended, or online: The impact of course delivery method on student learning," was published in NC State's DELTAwire.  

Professor of Human Environmental Sciences Deborah Tippett completed an Appreciative Inquiry Certificate in Positive Business and Society Change at Case Western Reserve University on August 14. She took two courses at Case Western and completed field work for the past year and a half. David Cooperrider, who taught the classes and supervised the field experiences, originated this theory of change management. It focuses on bringing a collaborative and strengths-based change in organizations and communities. It is currently practiced in over 100 countries and Tippett will join a little over 300 consultants who are certified in AI from Case Western. The Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society for Human Sciences provided Tippett a Leadership Grant to study at Case Western and achieve her Certificate in AI.

Library Head of Technical Services Ted Waller has published an article, "How to Catch a Falling Knife," on the popular finance website Seeking Alpha.  

Departmental News

Upcoming MBA Program Events
Meredith employees who are interested in applying for the MBA program are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions, contact Allison Anthony at anthonya@meredith or X8212 for more information.

MBA with Health Informatics Information Session Thursday, September 10, 6 p.m. in Harris 214

MBA Preview (includes visiting an MBA class) Thursday, September 17, 5:30 p.m. in Harris 214

Leaders of Distinction Speaker Monday, September 28, 6 p.m. in Harris 214 Diane Becton, Senior Vice President, Treasury Management Sales Support Manager Wells Fargo Bank

Human Resource Management Concentration Lunch and Learn Wednesday, September 30, 12 p.m.

To RSVP for any of these events, visit the MBA program website or email  

Suicide Awareness & Prevention Week, Sept. 14-18 
Meredith College will hold Suicide Awareness and Prevention Week from September 14-18, 2015. Statistics prove this is an important issue for a campus community. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 24, and one in ten college students has made a plan for suicide.

Programming includes the following events:

Monday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Depression Screening and Information Table,Cate Center Lobby

Monday, Sept. 14, 4 p.m. QPR Suicide Prevention Training, Harris 214

Tuesday, Sept. 15 7 p.m. Movie showing To Write Love On Her Arm followed by a panel discussion at 9 p.m., Kresge Auditorium (Qualifies as a academic/ culture event)

Wednesday, Sept. 16 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Storytelling Event: Students and others share their stories about depression, suicide, recovery and hope, Kresge Auditorium (Qualifies as a academic/ culture event)

Thursday, Sept. 17 7 p.m. -7:45 p.m. Candlelight Vigil, Johnson Hall fountain (rain location Jones Chapel)

Friday, Sept. 18 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Depression Screening and Information Table, Cate Center Lobby

Melyssa Allen

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