Summer 2022, Volume 47, Number 2

The Beauty of Meredith Lake Returns

Thanks to the Generosity of Donors, the Lake Has Been Completely Restored
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Features

Transforming the Workplace

By Gaye Hill

Widely described as the “Great Resignation,” a dramatic economic trend in 2021 saw a historic number of workers leave their jobs. On average, more than 3.98 million workers quit their jobs each month last year. But dig into the data and it quickly becomes clear that it’s far more complicated than a record number of people quitting. To help make sense of this trend, we asked some of Meredith’s faculty and staff to reflect on the Great Resignation.

A graphic of a woman in a yoga pose with headphones on and a computer in one hand.
Two students work on blood pressure taking in class.
By Taylor Sexton

In the last few years, the world has felt the importance of healthcare workers more than ever. These skilled professionals take care of people when they are sick, injured, or struggling with their mental and physical health. They are often the calm and friendly faces people look to in moments of fear and chaos.

A pamphlet that says "A Meal Together 2022" for food insecurity.
Writer: Gaye Hill | Videographer: Kaylin Tsukayama

Food and nutrition faculty members Rebecca Hagedorn-Hatfield and Lanae Hood are passionate about food insecurity on college campuses, having researched the issue for nearly 10 years.

The front of Johnson Hall.

Save the Dates!

The Office of Alumnae Relations has many upcoming events and trips scheduled for alumnae and friends! More information about each of these events and trips will be made available as the dates get closer. In the meantime, please save these upcoming dates on your calendar.

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Portrait of President Jo Allen

the president’s column

Fund Raising is a Team Effort

In the uncertainty about what a college president actually does, perhaps the least understood aspect is the role of the fundraiser, best characterized by the frequent question, “How much money have you raised as president?”

News

Plan Announced to Change Academic Building Name as Part of Anti-Racism Initiative

By Melyssa Allen and Kristi Eaves-McLennan

In the summer of 2020, Meredith College launched a College-wide Initiative on Anti-Racism, which is focused on making Meredith more inclusive and welcoming in the present while also leading efforts to understand the realities of the College’s history.

The new Lux Hall signage outside of the building.
Two students work on microbiology.
By Taylor Sexton

Meredith College has received a grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to support PERSIST, a program aiming to address the disparities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers of women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds.

The Class of 2022 senior class president Casey Corpening speaking at commencement.
By Melyssa Allen

Meredith College celebrated the Class of 2022 with two commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 14, 2022. The ceremonies were held in the College’s courtyard.

Do you want to adopt a freshman?

As we prepare to welcome the Class of 2026 to campus this fall, alumnae are invited once again to Adopt a Freshman.

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Students walking to class.
Welcome Home sign for reunion weekend.

Reunion Weekend

By Emily Parker

Meredith College alumnae gathered on campus May 20-22, 2022, 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.

Shannon Grimes presenting at her lecture.
By Melyssa Allen

Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Shannon Grimes presented Meredith’s 2021-22 Faculty Distinguished Lecture on April 5, 2022, exploring the origins of alchemy in Roman Egypt.

Two students present on Activism on CSA day.
By Taylor Sexton

On April 7, 2022, Meredith College hosted its 20th Celebrating Student Achievement (CSA) Day as a hybrid conference. CSA Day is an annual celebration of student achievement, including research presentations, posters, performances, creative projects, awards, exhibits, and more.

A woman at the counseling center table the Meredith College food insecurity fair.
By Gaye Hill

Meredith College held its first Hunger Week from March 28-April 1, 2022, as part of a national effort to bring awareness to hunger and homelessness. The week is part of the Angels are Aware Campaign, designed to raise awareness about food insecurity both on campus and in the community as well as connect students with resources available to help alleviate hunger and food insecurity.

Students in robes and caps overlook Johnson Hall balcony.
By Gaye Hill

To complement the resources already available, help students thrive throughout their four years of college, and graduate on time, Meredith College is rolling out a new Success Coach program in fall 2022.

Emerita Wetonah Rice Parker receiving her award.
By Melyssa Allen

Professor Emerita Wetonah Rice Parker has received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor for service in the State of North Carolina. The award is granted by the Office of the Governor to individuals with 30 or more years of service to North Carolina.

An aerial view of Meredith College in summer.

Meredith’s Board of Trustees has approved the following faculty members for promotion and tenure. Congratulations to these faculty members.

Meredith Experts in the news

Meredith College experts have recently been featured in the media outlets discussing topics including the impact of unaffiliated voters, the ethical issues of wearing face coverings during the COVID pandemic, and how the economy may affect the political choices of older women voters.

“Given that inflation is a pressing issue for most Americans, it is no surprise that older women are even more acutely concerned about their ability to afford necessities such as housing, food, and medical care for the remainder of their lives. There is an opportunity for House and Senate candidates to appeal to this group of voters through their campaign messages on shoring up Social Security, controlling costs for prescription drugs, and reducing inflation that is cutting into their retirement and benefits.”

Professor of Political Science David McLennan, in an article in The 19th* about how older women voters’ economic security concerns may affect the next election.

“If unaffiliated voters in the primary make the Republican or Democratic candidate less extreme, then that candidate will appeal more to people in the general election. Allowing unaffiliated voters to participate [in the primary] could help us to break out of polarization if they are able to bring candidates back to a more moderate position, rather than being on the very far right or the very far left.”

Associate Professor of Political Science Whitney Ross Manzo, on Charlotte Talks, a WFAE (NPR) radio show. The discussion was about the rise of unaffiliated voters in North Carolina.

“I’ve always thought about the question that particular way – who has to be in a space? And what rights do they have to be in that space in order to leave that space well? Do I have a right to go to work and not get sick or to the grocery store and not get sick? … You begin to spiral out from where do I have to be, where do I kind of have to be, and where is it optional for me to be? That’s a way to think about where we come down on whether to wear a mask in a particular space.”

Professor of Religious & Ethical Studies Steven A. Benko, in an episode of WUNC radio’s Tested Podcast focused on “The Ethics of Wearing a Mask” in March 2022, after mandates ended in many local communities.

Strong Stories

Naomi Schoenberger, ’22

Marketing Professional

Writer: Gaye Hill | Videographer: Charlotte McKinney

At Meredith, business administration major Naomi Schoenberger, ’22, discovered a passion for marketing that was confirmed during her internship, which evolved into a full-time position after graduation.

Naomi Schoenberger in a factory at her job.
An aerial view of the drive down main campus to Johnson Hall.

Did you know you can apply to be a licensed vendor?

If you are selling items with Meredith’s marks and images, we invite you to apply and become a part of our Community Connect Program.

Making an Impact.

Alumnae Connection

Mina Brouillette and another person sitting with two service dogs.
By Taylor Sexton

Making the Impossible Paw-sible: Raising Service Dogs to Help the Disabled Become More Independent

Chrissy Ricker.
By Taylor Sexton

Composing the Future: How One Alumna is Encouraging the Next Generation of Musicians

Ebony Haywood.
By Taylor Sexton

Alumna Starts Small Business Encouraging Affirmations for Children

Meredith themed items - bags, cups, and coasters - from the Meredith College bookstore.

Shop the Meredith Market

New items are now available in the Meredith Market!

Meredith Magazine

Volume 47, Number 2
Summer 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

Taylor Sexton

Taylor Sexton

Writer

Hilary Allen, '01

Hilary Allen, '01

Alumnae Connection Editor

Other Photographs by:

Martin Evans
Keenan Hairston
Gary Knight

Flyboy Photo & Media
Marissa McCauley, ’21
Michelle Renee Photography
David Timberlake
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

Taylor Sexton smiling.

Taylor Sexton

Writer

Other Photographs by:

Martin Evans
Keenan Hairston
Gary Knight

Flyboy Photo & Media
Marissa McCauley, ’21
Michelle Renee Photography
David Timberlake
Meredith College Students, Faculty & Staff