The word home comes to mind for many Meredith College alumnae as soon as they drive through the front entrance to the College.
Allen Burris joined Meredith College in 1969 and in his roles as Vice President, Dean, and Professor of History he was respected and admired by many. His impact is still felt today even after his passing on September 24, 2016.
Kent and Scott Carrington’s mother, Kay Perkins Carrington, ’87, attended Meredith College as an adult learner and her sons say she loved Meredith and enjoyed her time spent on campus.
Meredith parents and families have a strong tradition of giving their time, talents, and financial support for the betterment of the College. Parents who join the Parents Council serve as ambassadors for the College and help with enrollment and retention by sharing their experiences with potential and current parents and students.
Ten years after graduating from Meredith College, Shannon Massey Lowry, ’04, decided to become a class gift officer as a way to be more involved as an alumna. Lowry has rallied her class each year and their giving participation has grown. This year the Class of 2004 finished second in the Meredith Mayhem competition of all classes from the 2000s.
Classmates of Teri Meadows Hires, ’77, encouraged her to become the class gift officer 13 years ago and today her relationships with her classmates are stronger because of it.
The Class of 1964 named themselves the “Perfect” class during their time at Meredith. The class felt the name fit because they were very competitive, winning many Cornhuskin’ and Stunt events. Their strong leadership, creativity, and participation were always excellent and they loved a good competition, according to Sue Ennis Kearney, ’64, their current gift agent.
Meredith College alumnae gathered on campus May 17-19 for Meredith Alumnae Reunion Weekend. More than 600 were in attendance for the weekend of events. All alumnae are invited back to campus each year, but individual classes are invited to attend a special reunion every five years.
The Meredith Alumnae Association and Office of Career Planning have launched an online mentoring program called Meredith Mentors. The new platform will connect current students, alumnae/alumni, faculty, and staff enabling them to support each other professionally and personally through a short-term connection or long-term relationship.
On Thursday, March 21, Institutional Advancement held a celebration for major donors to Beyond Strong│The Campaign for Meredith. The event recognized their generous support of the Campaign and thanked them for ensuring that students, faculty, and staff have the resources they need to thrive at Meredith.
Beyond Strong │The Campaign for Meredith, the largest fundraising campaign in the history of Meredith College, has raised more than $90 million, surpassing the $75 million goal by more than $15 million. The total was unveiled during the College’s Founders’ Day celebration on February 27.
Meredith College’s fourth annual Make It Count for Meredith Giving Day exceeded its $400,000 fundraising goal by more than $130,000. Donors gave a total of $536,877 in 24 hours on February 26, 2019. After the initial monetary goal was met by 7 p.m., the focus turned to exceeding the goal and to reaching the goal to have 1,891 donors in honor of the College’s founding in 1891. By midnight, 2,123 donors helped push the day’s giving to 134% of the initial goal.
The fourth annual Make It Count for Meredith Giving Day is Tuesday, February 26, 2019. This 24-hour giving challenge aims to raise $400,000 and The Meredith Fund is asking donors to recognize a strong woman in their life and honor her with a gift.
Emily Hines Harper, ’09, may have graduated only nine years ago, but her impact at Meredith College has already been felt by the school’s alumnae and soon will be by future students.
Meredith College mourns the loss of Cleo Glover Perry, former director of alumnae affairs, who died on November 8, 2018, at the age of 94. Perry, a member of Meredith’s Class of 1945, served her alma mater for more than a decade, including as the College’s fourth director of alumnae affairs.