Fall 2021, Volume 46, Number 3

The Promise of Meredith. The Power of Change.

How the Meredith Community Has Banded Together in the Fight Against Racism

Features

Improving the Workplace, Changing the World

By Cailyn Whitman, ’18

Meredith’s I-O Psychology Graduates are Helping Organizations Adapt to Rapidly Changing Workplace

Colorful graphic depicting the "left" and "right" sides of the brain.
A woman holding out a book titled "Tell Me Who You Are".
By Gaye Hill

Summer Reading Program Participants Share Their Stories

A closeup of a Meredith College flag with Johnson Hall blurred behind it.
By Melyssa Allen

Meet Members of Meredith’s Board of Trustees

Circular logo that says "Welcome Home" on the inside, "Alumnae Reunion Weekend, May 20-22, 2022" on the outside.

Alumnae Reunion Weekend 2022 –
Save the date

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Portrait of President Jo Allen

the president’s column

Lessons learned through disruption

A few years ago, an adviser suggested higher education needed to engage in “intentional disruption,” a business buzzword meaning to turn everything – budgets, personnel, standard operating procedures, etc. – upside down and reimagine the whole educational enterprise. I remember thinking that considering we are dealing primarily with 18-22 year olds, we typically do all we can to prevent disruption. So how do we chronicle the disruption that has been the COVID-19 pandemic thus far?

News

Meredith Faculty Members Earn National Institute of Mental Health Grant

By Melyssa Allen

Two Meredith College faculty members have received a $350,000 multi-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to fund research examining the benefit of support systems on maternal mental health.

Two Meredith faculty members smiling at the camera in front of the Johnson Hall fountain.
President Jo Allen poses with four others around a large check donation.
By Melyssa Allen

A special event was held on August 3, 2021, to recognize the support Meredith College has received from IME Becas (Institute for Mexicans Abroad) through a grant that provides scholarships to students of Mexican origin.

From view of the science and math building.
By Melyssa Allen

Meredith College has received a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to support equitable pedagogical practices in STEM higher education.

Meredith travel is back! 

Northern Italy, from Sea-to-Shining-Sea
AND
The West Country: England at its Very West (Best)

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Overhead view of Johnson Hall and campus.

Meredith Welcomes Governor’s School East Back to Campus

By Melyssa Allen

After a year’s hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Meredith College welcomed Governor’s School East (GSE) students and staff back to campus in June.

Miss Mary with a bouquet of flowers, smiling next to balloons.
By Melyssa Allen

Meredith Dining Services employee Mary Massenburg has served generations of students in Belk Dining Hall. On August 25, 2021, it was Massenburg’s turn.

Meredith College lake illuminated in sunlight.
By Emily Parker

The Meredith Lake is an integral part of the experience for students and a place that holds many memories for alumnae. It is the site of classes, productions, small gatherings, and a valuable on-campus resource for students conducting undergraduate research.

Three images side by side, one of a teacher teaching, of a student singing, and of a student dancing.
By Cailyn Whitman, ’18

As of Fall 2021, Meredith College is offering a post-baccalaureate licensure in the arts. This new program offers an A-Level license in K-12 art, dance, or theatre to anyone who has an appropriate undergraduate degree or completed a formal review by the designated departments.

Two images side by side, first one of a group of vaccines and the second of "I got my vaccines for covid-19" stickers.
By Melyssa Allen

Meredith College will require students and employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the College announced on September 16, 2021. The requirement will go into effect at the beginning of the spring 2022 semester in order to provide those who are not yet vaccinated time to become fully vaccinated.

Study Abroad Program Returns After COVID Suspension

By Melyssa Allen

After a hiatus caused by COVID-19 restrictions, Meredith College’s study abroad programs have returned in a limited capacity during the fall 2021 semester. 

Two images side by side, first of people throwing colorful flags in the air, and the second of an archway and old alleyway.
Front view of Johnson Hall and the fountain.
By Melyssa Allen

Meredith College’s Board of Trustees has approved the Meredith College has signed an articulation agreement that will allow students in the Teaching as a Profession Program (TAAP) at participating North Carolina high schools to seamlessly transfer and complete their degree in education.

Three students interviewing and recording another.
By Gaye Hill

This summer, a small group of students with a wide range of professional and academic backgrounds came together for a week-long summer intensive course: Digital Media Convergence.

Meredith Experts in the news

Meredith College experts have recently been featured in media outlets discussing topics including how COVID has changed the workforce, North Carolina’s strategic economic development plan, the impact of the U.S. Census results on North Carolina, and car insurance costs.

“The type/make of car one drives can play a big role in their insurance premiums (along with other factors). If one drives a car with a very fast engine, or a very expensive car, this can drive up insurance rates. In addition, many people are unaware that credit scores can have a negative effect on insurance rates. If you are seen as a bad credit risk, your premiums could be higher. If you have had an auto infraction in recent years, this could also lead to higher premiums.”

Assistant Professor of Accounting Brian Routh, in a MoneyGeek feature on car insurance costs.

“Twenty and 30 somethings understand the technology better and they’ve just gone through (working at home) and they say: I really like this. I’ve had students who graduated and companies have told them they’ll never have to work from an office … We forget how much of our day is spent stopping to talk to people. If we don’t somehow build that in when we are working remotely, that can be a negative.”

Associate Professor and Program Director for I-O Psychology Joseph Mazzola in a News & Observer piece about the impact of COVID on the workforce in North Carolina.

“It just makes us more of a plum for the presidential candidates. They’ll spend more time here and North Carolinians will see more ad dollars spent here, so if they didn’t like the number of ads they saw in 2020, just wait until 2024.”

Professor of Political Science David McLennan in a CBS-17 story on the impact of North Carolina gaining a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives as a result of the 2020 Census.

“It seems to be a fairly comprehensive plan that makes a good point that without workforce development first, we won’t be able to attract employers to our state. No amount of tax incentives can offset not being able to find the workers a business needs to succeed.”

Professor of Economics Anne York in a WRAL Techwire story on the N.C. Department of Commerce’s strategic economic development plan.

Strong Stories

Tylena Brown

From the Marines to Meredith College

By Melyssa Allen

Serving in the U.S. Marine Corps helped Tylena Brown, ’22, refine her professional interests and attending Meredith College helped her identify her strengths. Now she’s on her way to a career in human resources.

Tylena Brown in a yellow shirt smiling.
A metal ornament of Meredith's Johnson Hall with a red background.

2021 Pewter Christmas Ornament

Available for a Limited Time | ONLY $25

Making an Impact.

RAISED IN MAJOR, PLANNED, AND ANNUAL GIFTS IN 2020-21

Alumnae Connection

Laura Stroud Dick smiling at the camera.
By Cailyn Whitman, ’18

Meredith Alumna Receives Fulbright Award to Study in Cyprus

Courtney Harris Currin smiling at the camera.
By Cailyn Whitman, ’18

Meredith Alumna Named Granville County Principal of the Year

Toni Irwin smiling with fashion behind her.
By Gaye Hill

Alumna Brings Avatars to Life as Game Fashion Designer

Circular logo that says "Welcome Home" on the inside, "Alumnae Reunion Weekend, May 20-22, 2022" on the outside.

Alumnae Reunion Weekend 2022 | Save the Date (May 20-22, 2022)

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Circular logo that says "Giving Day, Make it count for Meredith, 2/22/22".

24 Hour Giving Challenge | Honor the Strong Women in Your Life

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Meredith Magazine

Volume 46, Number 3
Fall 2021
Kristi Eaves-McLennan, '14, MBA

Kristi Eaves-McLennan, '14, MBA

Executive Editor

Melyssa Allen

Melyssa Allen

Managing Editor

Karen T. Dunton

Karen T. Dunton

Managing Editor

Gaye Hill

Gaye Hill

Assistant Editor

Emily Parker

Emily Parker

Writer

Kaylin Tsukayama

Kaylin Tsukayama

Videographer and Photographer

Vanessa Harris

Vanessa Harris

Art Director

Katie Bryant, '07

Katie Bryant, '07

Senior Graphic Designer

Liza Bunce

Liza Bunce

Web Designer and Developer

Charlotte Claypoole McKinney

Charlotte Claypoole McKinney

Videographer and Photographer

Hilary Allen, '01

Hilary Allen, '01

Alumnae Connection Editor

Other Writers:

Cailyn Whitman, ’18

Other Photographs by:

Flyboy Photo & Media

Marissa McCauley, ’21

Steven Roten

David Timberlake

Christina Webb

Meredith College Students, Faculty & Staff

Kristi Eaves McLennan smiling at the camera

Kristi Eaves-McLennan, ’14, MBA

Executive Editor

Melyssa Allen smiling at the camera

Melyssa Allen

Managing Editor

Karen Dunton smiling at the camera with her arms crossed in front of her.

Karen T. Dunton

Managing Editor

Gaye Hill smiling at the camera

Gaye Hill

Assistant Editor

Emily Parker smiling at the camera

Emily Parker

Writer

Hilary Allen smiling at the camera

Hilary Allen, ’01

Alumni Connection Editor

Vanessa Harris smiling at the camera

Vanessa Harris

Art Director

Katie Bryant smiling at the camera

Katie Bryant, ’07

Senior Graphic Designer

Liza Bunce smiling at the camera

Liza Bunce

Web Designer and Developer

Kaylin Tsukayama smiling at the camera

Kaylin Tsukayama

Videographer and Photographer

Charlotte McKinney smiling at the camera

Charlotte Claypoole McKinney

Videographer and Photographer

Other Writers:

Cailyn Whitman, ’18

Other Photographs by:

Flyboy Photo & Media

Marissa McCauley, ’21

Steven Roten

David Timberlake

Christina Webb

Meredith College Students, Faculty & Staff