Meredith College 2013 Year in Review

As 2013 comes to a close, take a look back at highlights from a year filled with academic achievements, special events and campus visits by notable names.


Meredith Hosts First TEDx
The Meredith campus hosted its first TEDx on January 26. Organized by student Kristen Gallagher, ’13, Meredith’s TEDx featured presentations given by student and faculty presenters centered on the theme “Through a Sustainable Lens: Economic, Educational and Environmental Sustainability.” 


Woman of Achievement Award Presented to Women’s Equality Advocate
Meredith College’s 2013 Woman of Achievement Award was presented on February 20 to Bernice Sandler, a women’s equality advocate known as the “godmother” of Title IX. Sandler delivered the Woman of Achievement Lecture, in commemoration of Meredith College Founders’ Day. 

Meredith’s First Season of Lacrosse Opens
The first Meredith College varsity women's lacrosse season opened February 23 under the direction of Head Coach Lauren Scott. 


Meredith College Releases First Report on the Status of Girls in North Carolina
Meredith College’s first report on “The Status of Girls in North Carolina” was released on March 11, during the North Carolina Women’s Roundtable in Greensboro, N.C. “The Status of Girls in North Carolina” offers for the first time a detailed compilation of data that documents factors that impact girls’ lives within the state.

Shapiro Delivers 2013 Faculty Distinguished Lecture
The 2013 Faculty Distinguished Lecture, “The Hair Project: Negotiating the Politics of the Body,” presented by Professor of Dance Sherry Shapiro on March 12 featured dance and a discussion of the identity politics of hair. Read more


Nobel Laureate Jody Williams Presents 2013 Lillian Parker Wallace Lecture
Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, whose work with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) resulted in an international treaty, presented the 2013 Lillian Parker Wallace Lecture at Meredith College on April 2.

Celebrating Student Achievement Day
Meredith College’s annual Celebrating Student Achievement Day offers a full slate of research presentations, performances and award ceremonies that showcase the work of students. More than 125 students presented research during the 2013 event, held on April 16.


Class of 2013 Celebrated at Commencement
Approximately 500 degrees were conferred by Meredith College during commencement exercises, held May 11. International affairs scholar Anne-Marie Slaughter, who was the first woman to serve as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State, delivered the commencement address.

Alumnae Awards Presented During Reunion Weekend
Five alumnae were honored during Meredith’s annual Alumnae Reunion Weekend, May 17-19. Anne Burke, ’87, and Gwendolyn Noble, ’73, received the Career Achievement Award, Amanda Fletcher, ’03, received the Recent Graduate Award, Sandra Close, ’86, received the Distinguished Alumna Award, and Margaret Tharrington, ’71, received the Philanthropy Award.


Author Khaled Hosseini Visits Meredith
Best-selling author Khaled Hosseini visited Meredith College as part of a Quail Ridge Books event co-sponsored by Meredith’s Friends of the Library on Saturday, June 15, in Jones Auditorium. The event featured an on-state interview with the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns with WUNC Radio Frank Stasio, host of “The State of Things.”

Belk Dining Hall Gets Makeover
Belk Dining Hall was refurbished during the summer, receiving a number of upgrades to result in decor that is warm and inviting, with a Tuscan feel. The updates include new ceiling, paint, lighting, a new sound system and new furniture. The changes also include a new patio in front of Belk, furnished with tables and seating.


Meredith Names First Provost
For the first time in its history, Meredith College has a provost. Matthew Poslusny, the first person to serve as senior vice president and provost at Meredith, officially began at Meredith on July 1. In this role, Poslusny leads the College’s academic and enrollment initiatives. 

Student Spends Summer as White House Intern
Senior Emily Hawkins spent the summer as an intern at The White House. Hawkins worked in the Presidential Personnel Office (PPO), which oversees the selection process for presidential appointments.


Meredith College Launches New Going Strong Branding Campaign
Meredith College launched a multi-year branding campaign called Meredith College | Going Strong that will strengthen Meredith’s visibility and reputation as a high-quality academic institution. The effort includes a redesigned that was built using responsive design, which provides an optimal website experience across devices, including smartphones and tablets.

Class of 2017 Welcomed to Meredith
Members of Meredith’s Class of 2017 were welcomed to campus on Move-In Day, August 17.  Approximately 420 freshmen made up Meredith's newest class. Members of this class come from 19 states and 18 countries, including Afghanistan, Argentina, Bermuda, Canada, China, Congo, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Honduras, Kenya, Korea, Laos, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and the United Kingdom. 

Summer Reading Book Author Gwendolyn Oxenham Visits Meredith
Freshman students and other Meredith community members heard from Summer Reading Program author and athlete Gwendolyn Oxenham on August 28. Oxenham discussed her book, “Finding the Game,” and offered advice about chasing dreams.


Meredith Advances to #2 in U.S. News Rankings
Meredith College improved to number two on the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s list of the South’s Best Regional Colleges. The latest rankings were released on September 10. Read more

Annual Taste of Research Event Held
Meredith’s annual “A Taste of Research,” held September 18, allowed the campus community a chance to learn how recipients of research stipends spent the summer. A Taste of Research features poster presentations of in-progress research by summer research grant recipients.


First Year of Meredith Forever Strategic Plan Concludes
The first year of the Meredith Forever strategic plan was filled with accomplishments under each of the six pillars included in the plan. The strategic plan consists of six pillars: Educational Excellence, Enrollment, Financial Strength, Facilities and IT, Visibility and Quality of Life.

Uncharted Play Co-Founders Bring the Story of Their Success to Meredith
Uncharted Play Co-Founders Jessica Matthews and Julia Silverman, who turned a college assignment into a business, presented Meredith’s Fall 2013 Convocation, “Innovate. Take a Chance. Change the World,” on October 2.


Meredith Cross Country Team Wins USA South Women’s Championship
The Meredith cross country team won the USA South Women’s Cross Country Championship meet Saturday, November 2, at Hagan Stone Park. Led by Runner of the Year Allie Gallagher and Rookie of the Year Ann Chapin Meekins, the Avenging Angels earned the program’s first conference title.

Five Students Present at State of NC Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium
Five Meredith College students attended the 2013 State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS), in Charlotte, N.C., November 16, 2013. Puja Patel, ’14, Cristina Rivera, '14, Emily Woolard, ’17, Lindsay Vandenbroeck, ’16, and Emily Lane, '15, presented their research during the event.


Art Faculty Member’s Photography Gains National Attention
Meredith Associate Professor of Art Shannon Johnstone was featured on ABC's World News with Diane Sawyer on December 4. Johnstone uses her art to bring attention to shelter dogs through her Landfill Dogs photography project.

Author Pat Conroy Brings His Latest Work to Meredith College
Best-selling author Pat Conroy read from his latest work at Meredith College on December 12. The sold-out event was sponsored by the Friends of the Carlyle Campbell Library and Quail Ridge & Books and Music.

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