Faculty/Staff and Departmental Accomplishments 2/26/14

In this issue, we introduce the opportunity to share not only individual accomplishments but those of a departmental or program. We celebrate the accomplishments of the Department of Education, and faculty in English, Human Environmental Sciences, and Sociology.

During the annual meeting of the NC Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Assistant Professor of Human Environmental Sciences Nina Bostic was recognized as secretary and was elected to serve another term.

Assistant Professor of Sociology Amie Hess was quoted in two stories on a recent controversy in Florida about a young women's blog post about comments her principal made about the school dress code. Hess was interviewed for an article in The Ledger and on the website TakePart. The latter story was picked up by Yahoo! News.

Instructor of English Leslie Maxwell wrote an op-ed about the lack of women in positions of power in North Carolina politics. The piece was published in The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer on February 17, 2014. Maxwell is a member of the Class of 2001.

Professor and Department Head of Human Environmental Sciences Deborah Tippett started the Certificate Program in Appreciative Inquiry in Positive Business and Society Change at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.  She took the foundations course on “Appreciative Inquiry: Leveraging Strengths for Transformative, Lasting Change” at Case Western February 10-13, 2014. The Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society awarded Tippett a grant to take the certificate program through Case Western Reserve.    

Meredith Department of Education Holds Beginning Teacher Conference
On February 17, beginning teachers filled the halls and rooms of Ledford for the 2014 Beginning Teacher Conference. Faculty in the Department of Education organize this annual meeting to provide support for and promote community among beginning teachers including recent Meredith program graduates and beginning teachers in partner schools.

This year’s event featured Bill Bastin, ’11 (M.A.T.), on “Teaching Kids to Love School Again,” a talk that wove together humor, sound advice, and a re-commitment to the purpose of school in classrooms every day. Other presenters included Meredith College faculty and current M.Ed. students who are veteran teachers from several local school systems. Hats off to these presenters, including Rene’ Herrick from Wake County Public School System and Beth Cross, Leenie Thibadeau, Amy Daughtridge, and Jennifer Jayne from Durham Public Schools, for their support of new teachers.

Meredith Students Win First and Second Prize in Fashion Showcase

Congratulations to Meredith College seniors Melissa de Leon who won first place and to Pamela Kummerle who earned second place in the Fashion Creativity Showcase at the NC Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Meeting this past weekend. Their faculty sponsor was Assistant Professor of Human Environmental Sciences Eunyoung Yang. This was a juried showcase for both high school and colleges/universities. Twelve designers were accepted to the showcase. Five Meredith students competed with five students from NC State and two from NC A&T. The jurors included designers from VF Corporation, Cotton Incorporated, Spoonflower, and the Art Institute of Raleigh/Durham. 

Meredith MBA Sponsors Conference

The Meredith MBA is a sponsor of the Triangle AMA’s High Five Conference. The Triangle American Marketing Association (AMA) chapter presents the High Five Conference February 26-27 at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel. The event features nationally recognized speakers, leading ideas, and effective tactics for marketing and creative professionals. 

Melyssa Allen

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