News Briefs 1/29/14

News Briefs in this issue focus on the undergraduate research program, the College’s participation in the 2014 Ethics Bowl, ways the library can work for Meredith employees, and the upcoming alumnae trip to Great Britain.

Encourage Students to Submit CSA Day Proposals
Meredith’s annual Celebrating Student Achievement (CSA) Day is early this year, on Tuesday April 8. Therefore, our call for submissions period and DEADLINE are about 10 days earlier than usual. Submissions for research posters, presentations, panels, and other presentation formats are welcomed beginning on Tues. Jan. 28 and the period closes on Thurs. Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. We request that you inform your students about this deadline. The students are required to submit their abstracts to their Research Advisors for review before submitting them to URP. Let us all work together to make CSA Day a successful event.

URP Comprehensive Review Held
On January 24. the Undergraduate Research Program (URP) welcomed University of Richmond Professor of Biology April Hill to campus for the program’s comprehensive review. Hill and on-campus review team members Amie Hess and Warner Hyde conducted an intensive comprehensive review of the URP program. The URP coordinators appreciate the hard work of all three reviewers and look forward to learning how we can improve our undergraduate research program.

--Submitted by Karina van Wakeren-Shields, administrative assistant for academic special programs

Meredith Team to Compete in Ethics Bowl
The Meredith College Ethics Bowl Team will compete in the NCICU Ethics Bowl on Friday, February 7 - Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the Campbell University School of Law in downtown Raleigh. The theme of this year's bowl is "Ethics in Health Care." Students compete in rounds based on a case study format judged on clarity and intelligibility, avoidance of ethical irrelevance, identification and discussion of central ethical dimensions, and deliberative thoughtfulness. The Meredith team will compete with teams from a variety of private higher education institutions within North Carolina.

Members of the team are juniors Briana-Dara Crumbley, Emily Green, Ashley-Rosetta Hall, and Alissa Jording, sophomore Roxanne McPherson, and senior Mollie Schrull.  Assistant Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Steven Benko and Director of Student Leadership and Service Cheryl Jenkins, are the campus coordinators for the team. Faculty and staff who are interested in attending any of the rounds of competition should contact Cheryl Jenkins at for the schedule.

--Submitted by Cheryl Jenkins, director of student leadership and service

Five Ways the Library Works for You

1. Stop in to browse Carlyle Campbell Library’s displays, featuring books available for check-out on topics relevant to campus events and current issues.

2. Keep up with higher ed news whenever, wherever: the library subscribes to The Chronicle of Higher Education electronically, so you can access it from on- or off-campus.

3. Don't forget, our Reference Librarians are happy to consult with any individual doing research--whether it’s a student needing help with an assignment or a faculty or staff member embarking on a new project.

4. Looking for a quiet place to get away and focus? The library’s top floor might fit your needs--buy a cup of Starbucks on the main floor and head up to find your spot.

5. Want to chill with a movie this weekend? CCL has hundreds of the best DVDs, from current hits to classics to chick flicks--each for a three-day check-out and for free!

--Submitted by Jennifer Hanft, Reference Librarian

Join Meredith Alumnae on a Tour of Great Britain
Faculty and staff are invited  to join Betty Webb, ’67, Professor Emerita, Department of English, and former Director of International Programs, and Becky Bailey, Professor Emerita, Department of Art and former dean of the School of the Arts, as they lead Meredith alumnae and friends in exploring Great Britain, focusing on England but with a two day foray into Scotland. The tour is scheduled for Thursday, June 5, 2014 – Monday, June 16, 2014.

Enjoy a unique travel experience discovering the rich history and natural beauty of places most Americans never see when touring this “sceptered isle.”  Your travels will be enhanced by the expertise of our guides who have intimate knowledge of the region. And as an added bonus, Meredith President Jo Allen (an English professor herself) will be traveling with us.
Let us hear from you now!  Please contact Cindy Godwin at or (919) 760-8206 for more information.
Meredith reserves the right to make necessary adjustments in the ultimate itinerary.

Melyssa Allen

News Director
316 Johnson Hall
(919) 760-8087
Fax: (919) 760-8330