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Spring 2018



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Positive Psychology Expert Barbara L. Fredrickson to Receive Meredith’s 2018 Woman of Achievement Award

Positive Psychology Expert Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D., is the recipient of Meredith College’s 2018 Woman of Achievement award. Fredrickson will present “Why Prioritize Positivity?” in a public lecture on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at 7 p.m. in Jones Auditorium. Among the most highly cited and influential scholars in psychology, Fredrickson is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab (a.k.a. PEP Lab) at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her work has influenced scholars and practitioners worldwide within education, business, healthcare, the military and beyond, and she is regularly invited to give keynotes nationally and internationally.



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Parents – We are Counting on You on 2/27/18!

On February 27, 2018, Meredith College is holding its third annual giving day known as “Make It Count for Meredith.” Our goal is to raise $350,000 between 12:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. The 24-hour challenge encourages all members of the Meredith community to get involved – parents, grandparents, alumnae, faculty/staff, and friends of the College.



Group of students at Class of 2018 Senior Class Gift Kickoff

Senior Class Partners with Senior Parents to Make an Impact

It is a tradition at Meredith for the senior class to raise money to support a necessary project on campus as a way to give back to the place that has given so much to them. The Senior Class Gift project serves as the class’s chance to leave their mark on campus and begins their lifelong commitment to Meredith’s strong culture of philanthropy. This year, the senior class is partnering with their parents in their fundraising efforts to create an even larger impact on campus.



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Helping Meredith Students Stay Strong

We are committed to helping our students complete their degrees at Meredith - and it’s working. Meredith’s freshman retention rate is the highest it has been in 17 years. Learn how Meredith College is supporting our students.



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Professional Networking Strategies for Students—and How Parents can Help

With the spring semester fully underway, many students will be identifying summer internships, and those graduating in May will be beginning the job search. Regardless of where your student currently finds herself on this journey, it’s never too early for her to start thinking about her post-graduation plans, and an important part of your students’ career development plan is building a strong professional network.



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Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce President and CEO to Speak at 2018 Meredith College Commencement

Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Adrienne Cole will serve as Meredith College’s 2018 commencement speaker. The College will hold commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Dorton Arena on the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Cole, a 1993 graduate of Meredith College, is the first woman to serve as leader of the Chamber in the organization’s 129-year history.



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Academic Coaching Now Available to All Students

This fall, we introduced Academic Skills Coaching to ensure that every student has the support she needs to thrive academically. Academic skills coaching sessions are by appointment and can be scheduled via the Academic Advising website.



Two students using elliptical machines in Meredith's Lowery Fitness Center

Lowery Fitness Center Personal Training Proves Popular

The Lowery Fitness Center continues to go strong after being open for a semester. Since opening in late August, usage of the fitness center has remained steady at approximately 300% increase from the old facility and continues to grow this spring semester.



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Spring 2018 Residence Life Updates

Meredith’s Office of Residence Life shares housing sign up information that parents and students need to know to prepare for the 2018-19 academic year, as well as the end of the current Spring 2018 semester.



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Important Financial Assistance Reminders for Spring 2018

It is time to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form for the 2018-19 academic year. This is the second year that the FAFSA has opened early, beginning October 1. However, the priority deadline to apply for financial aid (scholarships, grants, loans, work study) is March 15, 2018.  If you have not filed your FAFSA, please visit www.fafsa.ed.gov . It is important to note that you do not need to pay for the FAFSA.  If you are asked to pay, you are not on the proper site.



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Student Account Information from the Accounting Office

Student account information is available online through the Finance Student Self Service, accessed through WebAdvisor. Proxy access must be provided by the student for parents to review the account. The student must also reset your password if you forget it. If your email has changed, please have your student update it so that you can receive information.



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Meredith Students Participate in First Moot Court

During the Fall 2017 semester, a class of pre-law students prepared to participate in Moot Court. These students were the first to represent Meredith in this competition that simulates a Supreme Court hearing. These students were in the Moot Court class, which is required in Meredith’s new pre-law concentration within political science.



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Avenging Angels Celebrates Championships

Meredith College athletics opened the year with a strong fall season that included a fifth USA South Regular Season title for the soccer program as the co-East Division Champion. The athletics department celebrated this honor along with seven other championship teams during halftime of the January 13 basketball game.



Eat Better. Spend More. We will add $10 for every $100 Dining Dollars you purchase. Offer valid from February 12th through February 23rd.

Meredith Campus Dining Offer in February

Meredith’s Campus Dining is offering an Eat Better, Spend Less promo this month.



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News from the Three Sisters Community Garden

Meredith College’s Three Sisters Community Garden has something to offer every day. It is a peaceful place to destress, take a deep breath, reconnect with nature, sunlight, and of course, connect with our community.



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Spring 2018 Campus Calendar For Meredith Families

There are many special traditions for students to take part in throughout the spring semester. This article features events that are open to students and their families, as well as information regarding important deadlines. We hope you will join us for these celebrations!