Faculty/Staff Accomplishments & Departmental News 5/20/20

In this issue, we share accomplishments and news from communication, exercise and sports science, religious and ethical studies, political science, and the president’s office.

University Business has published in its print edition the opinion piece written by President Jo Allen and Pepperdine University President Emeritus Andrew Benton about the ways that higher education continues to be on the front lines of innovation for the public. Allen and Benton are both former chairs of the National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (NAICU) board. The piece was originally published online by University Business on April 30, 2020.

Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Steven Benko was interviewed by the Associated Press for “Me and we: Individual rights, common good and coronavirus,” an article about how the United States’ emphasis on individualism has affected the coronavirus response.

Assistant Professor of Communication Alan Buck was set to attend the The Spring National College Media Association Convention in New York City in March. The voice of collegiate media and its advisors, College Media Association serves student media pros, staff and programs with education, research and resources. CMA communicates and works with professional media organizations and education associations on the local, state and national levels.

At-Home Workout Playlist
Meredith’s Exercise and Sports Science program created several workouts that can be done at home. The workouts are presented by Assistant Professor Heather Sanderson and Associate Professor Stephanie Little. Access the playlist on Meredith’s YouTube channel.

Meredith Poll Coverage
The most recent Meredith Poll, which was released on April 30, has garnered coverage in more than 25 publications. Poll results were mentioned in media outlets including The Hill, The News & Observer, The Charlotte Observer, The Triangle Business Journal, WUNC Radio’s The State of Things, Spectrum News, and CBS-17. Access the Meredith Poll report at

Melyssa Allen

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