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Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News July 2017

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In this issue we share accomplishments of faculty and staff in the Creative Pedagogy PDC, art, English, music, and Research, Planning, and Assessment. We also share departmental news from Archives and Undergraduate Research.

Meredith faculty Julie Schrock (education), Cece Toole (education), Steven Benko (religious and ethical studies), Cathie Ostrowski (nutrition), and Whitney Ross Manzo (political science) presented at the Lilly Conference for Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning in Bethesda, Md., on June 2. The team presented on collaborative learning techniques that they have used in their classrooms, as well as how to assess them. The presentation was inspired by the group’s reading last fall in the Creative Pedagogy PDC.

Instructor of Art Holly Fischer’s work is on display in Gendered: An Inclusive Exhibition at the Mint Museum in Charlotte through July 28. She was featured in The Charlotte Observer and HappeningsCLT.com.

Instructor of English Jason Newport wrote a book review of Szilárd Borbély’s Hungarian novel The Dispossessed for the international literature site Three Percent. Newport has been named a finalist in the current New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest, which runs through July 16. Please vote for it to win! Vote on the New Yorker site.

Associate Professor of English Kelly M. Roberts attended the Belize Archaeology Symposium on June 29, held this year in San Ignacio, Belize. Archeologists at the conference presented papers on Early Xunantunich ruins and the Origins of Inequality at Cahal Pech. These were two of the three Maya ruins studied in a program Roberts directed in 2017.

Survey and Report Specialist Dilnavaz Mirza Sharma (Office of Research, Planning, and Assessment) presented at the North Carolina Special Library Association’s (NCSLA) Information Tools Roundtable at the National Humanities Center on June 29. Her topic was the use of Qualtrics software for survey creation by librarians.

Professor of Art Jane Terry‘s film Stations has been named an official selection of the 2017 San Francisco Frozen Film Festival to be held July 20-23 at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. As stated in its mission, the festival offers “an exceptional and truly independent collection of cutting edge film.” Stations is supported in part by a grant from Tree of Life Foundation.

Director of Instrumental Activities Jim Waddelow conducted the sixth annual Oklahoma Haydn Festival Orchestra in a series of concerts in Oklahoma City. Meredith students Amanda Bateman, ’18 and Lily Stavish, ’18, joined the professional level orchestra of musicians from seven states. Waddelow also played cello in six chamber music concerts throughout the state with alumnae Chelsea Stith Waddelow, ’11, and Emily McLawhorn, ’13.

Departmental News
Share Meredith Resources with Archives
Now that the 2016-2017 academic year has come to an end and Meredith College is settling into a summer routine, the Archives at Carlyle Campbell Library would like to offer encouragement and relief to those departments and individuals whose offices are overflowing with institutional history materials. Summer is a great time to let us help you de-clutter those shelves, file folders and shoeboxes and add to the resources of the Archives. Please call Janice Sniker at x8445 or email at jlsniker@meredith.edu if you have any questions. –Submitted by Janice Sniker, Archives and Collections Management Associate, Carlyle Campbell Library

Welcome Event Held for Summer Research Partnership
Undergraduate Research officially kicked off the Summer Research Partnership with a welcome reception for students participating in the Meredith College-Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy (MC-WYWLA) partnership.  Meredith student researchers and their faculty mentors were present, as well as five of the nine WYWLA student interns and two faculty members from the WYWLA Early College program.  There are 20 students working on nine projects funded by the Jessie Ball duPont Religious, Charitable, and Educational Fund.  The overall total funding for these projects is $37,600.  The Shepard K. Halsch Endowment for Undergraduate Research will support 11 students working on seven projects, for a total funding amount of $28,312.  Undergraduate Research received a record number of applications this year for the Summer Research Partnership.  Fifty-five students from 13 different academic departments applied for research funding, which made the vetting process for applications highly competitive.  Undergraduate Research was able to support a total of 31 students for this year’s summer partnership. The total number of applicants for this year’s partnership demonstrates a clear need for additional funding in order to support the increasing demand in our student population’s research endeavors. –Submitted by Ashley Pearson, Administrative Assistant, Academic Special Programs

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