Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News

In this issue we celebrate accomplishments of faculty and staff in the departments of art, business, communication, education, and English. The Department of Marketing and the Library share departmental news.

President Jo Allen and Professor of Education Mary Kay Delaney attended the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on February 1-4. Allen moderated a session on teacher preparation regulations, and Delaney served on the session panel.

Associate Professor of English Laura Fine wrote a piece for about what readers should expect from Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, which will be published more than 50 years after To Kill a Mockingbird. is an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community.

Associate Professor of Art Shannon Johnstone's photography is being used on billboards by Humane Society of United States' Puppy Mill Campaign. One of the billboards made its debut at the Super Bowl in Arizona. In addition, Johnstone was honored with an "Advocates We Love" award from HSUS's Puppy Mill Campaign. This national award is given annually to 14 individuals (or groups) who have helped improve the lives of puppy mill dogs. A photograph from her Landfill Dogs series is also part of the 9th Photographic Image Biennial at East Carolina University, which is juried by Burk Uzzle. The exhibition is on display until February 20, 2015.

Associate Professor of Mass Communication Doug Spero weighed in on NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams’ status with the network after reports that Williams misrepresented his experiences in Iraq. The story ran on February 5. 

Meredith Minute Video Series Debuts
Professor of Business Mary Jane Lenard is featured in the first installment of The Meredith Minute, a new series created by the Department of Marketing. In this series, Meredith faculty members share expertise on a topic from their academic area. In the first video, Lenard explains the principle of compounding. Watch The Meredith Minute 

Upcoming segments of The Meredith Minute will feature Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Carolina Perez-Heydrich on pandemics; Associate Professor of Psychology Gwynn Morris on childhood amnesia; and Associate Professor of Theatre Steven Roten on how a play is staged.

Library Events Updates
Don't forget to make your reservation for the Friends of the Library Spring Dinner on March 4 at 6:30 p.m. Novelists Allan Gurganus and Wilton Barnhardt are our featured speakers. Barnhardt said, HE'D pay to hear that program. YOU won't want to miss it! Register at the Friends of the Library page.

The library  is supplementing Nathan Wolfe's Founders Day lecture with a display of books from our collection on pandemics and related topics. Called "We're All Going to Die!," this display is made up of books that allow us look beyond the headlines. Explore  the science of virology.  Read about the impact of epidemics (think Black Plague or Influenza epidemic of 1918) on history, literature, and art. 

Spring 2015 Issue of Meredith Magazine Now Online
The online version of Meredith Magazine’s Spring 2015 issue has been published. Read feature stories on the Human Environmental Sciences program’s centennial, alumna Camille Griffin Camp’s career as a prison warden, and the importance of StrongPoints’ financial literacy component. The online magazine also includes Meredith news and alumnae strong stories. View the site at

Melyssa Allen

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