Spring 2022, Volume 47, Number 1

Study Abroad Returns After Pandemic Pause

Meredith Students Show Persistence, Positivity, and Flexibility While Spending the Fall Semester in Italy, the U.K., and France

Features

Virtual Recruiting is Here to Stay

By Andrea Wogoman, Jane Matthews, Dana Sumner, and Kristen Pribanich

Many employers have noted cost savings, more efficient use of personnel, and the ability to recruit a more diverse pool of candidates as reasons to stick with virtual recruiting. As you prepare to navigate the job search process in the current environment, consider these best practices for job searching, interviewing, and negotiating in the virtual space.

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Dance shoes with a blue overlay and a flowery design on them.
By Suzanne Stanard

Alumna Defied the Odds by Starting a Business During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The new nutrition lab appliances.
By Emily Parker

State-of-the-Art Lab Prepares Students for Careers

Two women sit and talk on the edge of the front Johnson Hall fountain.

Meredith Mentors

Meredith Mentors supports the personal and professional development of current students, alumnae, and alumni.

Portrait of President Jo Allen

the president’s column

Investing in Our Future: Promoting Health and Wellness at Meredith College

Meredith College is known for its liberal arts foundations and varied programs of study along with strong professional programs in business, education, engineering, social work, criminology, and more. What Meredith is not as well known for is its strength in the studies of and programming support for healthcare and well-being, more commonly associated with institutions featuring nursing, medical, dental, and other health-targeted studies.

News

Alumnae Association Holds Reunion Weekend

By Emily Parker

The Alumnae Association was pleased to welcome alumnae back to campus on October 8-9, 2021, for Alumnae Reunion Weekend. Because of COVID-19, the 2020 and 2021 May reunions were postponed, so this event combined alumnae classes ending in 0, 5, 1, and 6.

Alumnae posing for a group photo.
A student working at a computer in the library.
By Melyssa Allen

Meredith College’s Carlyle Campbell Library has received a grant that expands the number of laptops available to support student needs.

Liliana Madrid smiling.
By Kristi Eaves-McLennan

Meredith College has hired Liliana Madrid to serve as the College’s first Coordinator and Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Madrid began at Meredith on January 24, 2022.

The Vive la Différence Tour: Meredith Travels to France,
Late Spring 2023 

To go to France and only see Paris? Tragique! To go to France and NOT see Paris? Impardonnable! We are calling our spring 2023 tour the “Vive la Différence” tour because it will include the best of both.

Find out more

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Johnson Hall with trees in full bloom.

Meredith College Named to The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” List

By Melyssa Allen

Meredith College is one of the 143 best colleges in the Southeast according to The Princeton Review. The education services company lists Meredith in the Best in the Southeast section of its “2022 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website feature.

By Emily Parker

Construction is expected to be complete on Meredith’s new academic building later in 2022. It will house growing programs in Communication and Exercise and Sports Science. 

Ledford Hall.
By Gaye Hill

A teacher symposium and an education study group are two examples of ways Meredith’s Department of Education has supported anti-racism efforts this academic year.

 

Tim Hendrix smiling at the camera.
By Melyssa Allen

Associate Professor of Mathematics Tim Hendrix is the recipient of the 2022 Nadine Bezuk Excellence in Leadership and Service, which is presented by the national Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE).

The presidents of Meredith College and William Peace University shaking hands.
By Melyssa Allen

Meredith College and William Peace University (WPU) have formalized an agreement that provides a new, accelerated degree option in Raleigh. Through this program, WPU students will complete a bachelor’s degree and a Meredith MBA in five years.

Newest Status of Women in North Carolina Politics Report Shows Mixed Results

By Melyssa Allen

In fall 2021, Meredith College released the third update of its report examining women as voters and officeholders in North Carolina. The Status of Women in North Carolina Politics report has been released on a three-year cycle since 2015.

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By Rachel Van Horne, ’23

Meredith’s Alumnae Association showed support for current students by hosting a Fall Pop-Up event. This was one of several events sponsored by the Alumnae Association and the 1891 Club this academic year.

The gazebo by the meredith lake.
By Gaye Hill

In November 2021, the Office of the Chaplain, Sisters United, Meredith International Association, Meredith Immigrant and Refugee Club, and the Student Government Association (SGA) organized a basic household goods drive for Afghan refugee families moving into the Raleigh area.

Overlooking a golf course.

Golfers and Volunteers WANTED

Join us for the 24th Annual Meredith Athletics Golf Tournament on Monday, April 25, 2022, at 9 a.m.

Learn more

Jeanine Carryl with her Meredith Onyx ring on.
By Gaye Hill

Jeanine Carryl, ’22, is a computer science major who took a Principles of Marketing course with Assistant Professor of Marketing Lisa Monahan. While researching possible internships for students, Monahan came across the Burt’s Bees Case Competition, sponsored by parent company Clorox, which has an office in Durham.

The Bradford house.
By Melyssa Allen

Visiting local restaurants, hotels, and attractions are essential lessons for students in Meredith’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Program. During the 2021-22 academic year, students and Program Director Michael Altman have visited a variety of locations including the PNC Arena, Durham Food Hall, the Angus Barn, and The Bradford.

Someone gently holding a painted turtle.
By Gaye Hill

While Meredith Lake is best known as a special location for students and alumnae, it is also home to a range of wildlife. When the lake failed, contractors moved all of the fish to the ponds behind The Oaks apartments. The turtles naturally migrated on their own to streams in the woods behind the lake as well as the ponds behind The Oaks.

Meredith experts in the news

Meredith College experts have recently been featured in media outlets discussing topics including North Carolina’s labor market, the FBI’s 2020 crime statistics, women in the military and law enforcement, and ethical issues in medical care.

 “With our strong labor market history in manufacturing, a generally friendly political climate for employers, and our temperate climate that isn’t given to extreme weather events compared to some other states, N.C. will be seen as a reliable state in which to keep the supply chain running smoothly.”

Professor of Economics Anne York in a WRAL Techwire article about the announcement of Toyota’s plans to build a multi-billion dollar battery plant at a facility in the Triad region. ­­

“If you say somebody is ‘cutting the line,’ you’re automatically assuming that there is a morally appropriate or morally acceptable order in which people should receive care. And we as a society haven’t really codified that – we seem to do first come, first served.”

Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Steven A. Benko in an episode of the WUNC podcast Tested, which featured a discussion of the ethical dimensions of rationing health care in emergency and non-emergency situations based on vaccination status.

“Women should be included from the beginning: in the design process. This kind of sexism isn’t new. It is the cost of being female.”

Professor of Sociology Lori Brown in an article in The 19th* about the additional costs women in the military and law enforcement incur for their uniforms. The 19th* is an independent, nonprofit newsroom reporting on gender, politics, and policy. The story was also published by USA Today.

“There are consequences beyond the pandemic itself from a health standpoint. It’s a domino in many aspects of our lives and one of those major aspects is of course crime.”

Criminal Justice Graduate Program Director Bianca Harris in a WITN interview about the FBI 2020 Crime Statistics report, which was released in fall 2021.

By the Numbers

Virtual Appointments Held by the Office of Financial Assistance

In fall 2020, the Office of Financial Assistance began offering virtual financial assistance (FA) counseling appointments. Families can discuss their financial aid, do a cost estimate, and talk about payment options virtually with their personal FA counselor. In fall 2020 and 2021, counselors held a total of 343 virtual appointments. Given the program’s success, the Financial Assistance team will continue to offer virtual counseling appointments moving forward.

Years since Meredith’s Adult Education Program Launched

Created in 1972 to help adult women earn or complete their bachelor’s degrees, Wings – Adult Education at Meredith, known by a variety of names over the years, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2022.

Strengths-Based Coaching Assessments

In the seven years since it was launched, StrongPoints®, Meredith’s strengths-based advising and personal coaching model, has made a difference for nearly 3,500 students. Over 500 faculty and staff have also had strengths coaching through StrongPoints.

Times Meredith Has Held its Retired Faculty/Staff Celebration

Institutional Advancement hosted the 11th annual Retired Faculty and Staff Luncheon this fall. The program portion was held via Zoom and attendees could pick up lunch from Belk Dining Hall. Attendees were thrilled to see old friends and chat with each other. President Jo Allen, ’80, and Vice President for Business and Finance Tammi Jackson delivered a College update to the group.

Strong Stories

Finding Encouragement and New Ways of Thinking at Meredith

Kelsey McCleave, ’20, Pre-Health Certificate

“As a non-traditional male student, I thought it would be awkward going to Meredith. However, I found out quickly that the faculty and staff are amazing and the students are, too! I can remember going to the student center daily to the large study room and sitting in with five or six of my classmates and writing out chemistry problems on the board or DNA sequences to code for genetics. Meredith is one great big family and if you want to succeed they will make sure it happens!”

Kelsey McCleave dressed in a suit.
A Meredith College logo license plate.

Order a Meredith License Plate

It is a great way for North Carolina drivers to show their Meredith pride wherever they drive and to promote the College to future angels!

Making an Impact.

Alumnae Connection

LaTricia Frederick smiling at the camera.
By Karen T. Dunton

Understanding the Ever-Changing Role of People in Business

Pattie Harris Zeller sitting on the back of a truck with her five dogs.
By Karen T. Dunton

Communities Built Through Connection

Tammy Smith smiling wearing her lab coat that says "Tammy S. Smith, PhD, MPH, CH[obscured], Epidemiology".
By Karen T. Dunton

Finding Purpose in a Passion for Science

A logo for the Alumnae Reunion Weekend that says "Welcome home" in the center, and "May 20-22, 2022".

Alumnae Reunion Weekend

All alumnae are invited to attend Alumnae Reunion Weekend, and classes ending in a 2 or 7 will be celebrating a special class reunion.

Meredith Magazine

Volume 47, Number 1
Spring 2022
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 Photographs by:

Dylan Cook
Flyboy Photo & Media
David Timberlake
Meredith College Students, Faculty & Staff

Contributing Writers:

Jane Matthews
Kristen Pribanich
Suzanne Stanard
Dana Sumner
Rachel Van Horne, ’23
Andrea Wogoman

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 smiling at the camera.

Kaylin Tsukayama

Videographer and Photographer

Charlotte McKinney smiling at the camera

Charlotte Claypoole McKinney

Videographer and Photographer

Other Photographs by:

Dylan Cook
Flyboy Photo & Media
David Timberlake
Meredith College Students, Faculty & Staff

Contributing Writers:

Jane Matthews
Kristen Pribanich
Suzanne Stanard
Dana Sumner
Rachel Van Horne, ’23
Andrea Wogoman