Meredith College hosted the fifth annual Retired Faculty and Staff Dinner on Thursday, September 17, 2015, in Belk Dining Hall.
Seventy-eight guests enjoyed their time reconnecting with each other and the College.
“This is one of my favorite events, because this is a group of people who have served the Meredith community for so many years,” said Director of Advancement Services Astra Ball, who coordinated the event on behalf of the Division of Institutional Advancement. “They are so gracious and ask for nothing. We think they are so deserving of this time to gather with old friends and to hear about the community they changed so much.”
Keynote speaker was Provost Matthew Poslusny, and other speakers were Vice President for Institutional Advancement Lennie Barton, Allen Page, former academic vice president, and Ginny Knight, former dean of the School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences.
The dinner gave the guests the opportunity to hear about academic updates on campus including upgrades to the Learning Center in the library, a highly successful mathematics summer camp, current undergraduate research, and new faculty who have joined Meredith in the last year. Guests also learned more about Beyond Strong │The Campaign for Meredith and the impact it will create.
Page pointed out that there were three generations of academic leadership in the room. Page served twice from 1997-2000 and 2006-10. Also attending were Allen Burris, who served as vice president of academic programs from 1969 – 99, and Poslusny, the current senior vice president and provost.
Page, whose mother, sister, wife, and a cousin attended the College, said, “Meredith has a mission to educate women to make them strong in the world. The campaign gives us the opportunity to give back to a community that made a difference in our lives.”
Knight spoke about the strong education Meredith students receive and her belief that the College is getting stronger.
“This is a great way to be connected to the campus again and to learn about the needs with which we may be able to help.”
—Submitted by Emily Parker, Campaign Communications Manager