Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News June 2016

In this issue we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff from the departments of art, biological sciences, career planning, English, music, and sociology. We also share news from the Undergraduate Research Program.

Office of Career Planning staff Kaitlyn Bayley (Assistant Director, StrongPoints), Jane Matthews (Assistant Director, Employer Relations), and Katie Peterssen (Assistant Director, Career Development) collaborated to present “Preparing the New Professional” at the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Employers annual conference recently held in Asheville. This session focused on how colleges and employers are working to build students' professional skills, best practices and ideas for future programs. Matthews and Peterssen were awarded $300 in grant funding from the North Carolina Career Development Association to support the development and implementation of the Career Pathways in the Liberal Arts event held in April 2016.

Professor of Sociology Lori Brown and Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology Kris Macomber co-presented at the Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga. The title of their presentation was “Discovering Social Justice in the Criminal Justice Community: Reflections from Two Sociologists.”

Piano faculty member Dr. Margaret Evans performed in recital with Yang Xi, Meredith violin/viola faculty member, in Carswell Recital Hall to a full house on April 23, playing music of Ysaye,  Stravinsky, Schubert, and Piazzolla.  On April 14, Evans presented a Piano Master Class for music majors at East Carolina University for the second year in a row.   She was invited to judge the Virginia Music Teachers annual Piano Competition, May 7. This was the first time a judge has been invited in two consecutive years.  On May 22, she served as judge for the North Carolina Symphony Concerto Competition, preliminary round, for the third time. Evans’ piano students have been busy performing and winning honors in recent weeks.  James Wood, who has studied in Meredith’s Community School of Music for eleven years with Evans, has been awarded a scholarship to New England Conservatory.  On May 15 James performed a senior recital of half classical, half jazz.  On May 6, high school senior Andy Hoang performed the entire Haydn Piano Concerto in D major as winner of the NC School of Science and Math Concerto Competition.  On April 26, Kyler Chen and Andy Dai performed at UNC School of the Arts as first- and second-place winners of its annual Classical Competition; the performances were professionally recorded and the pianists received monetary awards.  Kyler Chen also won the Raleigh Music Club Competition and performed a Winners’ Concert on May 9.   Andy Dai and Kenny Hoang have been selected as finalists (two of only three pianists) in the Cameron Arts Museum Young Musicians Competition, held June 3.   

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Environmental Sustainability Erin Lindquist co-published a paper with colleagues from 11 other undergraduate institutions (Carthage College, WI; Colgate University, NY; Elizabethtown College, Pa; Ferrum College, Va; Macalester College, Minn.; Mount Holyoke, Mass.; Mount Saint Mary's, Md.; Ohio Wesleyan University, Ohio; Sewanee: The University of the South,Tenn.; St. Olaf College, Minn.; Union College, N.Y.) in the Summer 2016 issue of the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) Quarterly. "Collaborative Research Networks Provide Unique Opportunities for Faculty and Student Researchers" shares insight on how the authors and ~300 current faculty members representing ~ 200 undergraduate institutions of the Ecological Research as Education Network (EREN; have developed and implemented collaborative research modules for the classroom to investigate continental-scale ecological questions. 

Instructor of English Leslie Maxwell’s short story, “An Early History of Hang Gliding,” was published in the most recent issue of Rappahannock Review.

Stations, a short film by Professor of Art Jane Terry, has been accepted to screen August 1 at the 2016 University Film and Video Association Conference in Las Vegas. The UFVA is an international organization of professors, scholars, and film and video makers. The theme of this year's conference is "Content Creation in the 21st Century". Terry's film is supported in part by a grant from the Tree of Life Foundation.

Departmental News
Undergraduate Research Program Celebrates New Partnership

The Undergraduate Research program hosted a welcome reception on June 2 for the student participants and faculty mentors of the Summer Research Partnership.  This year, Meredith College will be working with nine students from the Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy during the summer research period on Meredith research projects.  Dr. Paul Winterhoff and Dr. Carolina Perez-Heydrich will be serving as co-directors for the Meredith-WYWLA Internship program.

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