Fall 2022, Volume 47, Number 3

New Academic Building Opens

Students will Learn and Collaborate in the
State-of-the-Art Facility

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Features

Inspiring Love and Compassion

By Taylor Sexton

Suwai Sonko, ’04, walks toward the newly renovated library with the principal of the Essau School, located in the North Banks Division of The Gambia. As they peek through the window, the two see a room packed with children excitedly exploring the shelves filled with new books.

Impactful projects and partnerships with the community like this inspire the Jileng Kunda Project (JKP). Founded in 2018, the nonprofit works to improve people’s lives in underdeveloped communities in The Gambia. 

A classroom with supplies and colors on the right top to bottom red, blue, and green.
Photos of students through time in the WINGS program.
By Taylor Sexton

The year is 1972. Looking around, you can find men and women clad in bell bottoms in various colors and patterns. “American Pie” is number one on the charts, and no matter what station you change your radio to, you can’t escape Don McLean singing about the day the music died. It was a year of firsts as well. NASA launched the Space Shuttle Program, the Dallas Cowboys won their first Super Bowl, Title IX was signed into law by President Richard Nixon, and speaking of Nixon, who can forget the scandalous Watergate?

Three pottery vases.
By Gaye Hill 

Established in 2018, Meredith’s Emerging Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program assists recent graduates in art, dance, and theatre in developing their creative practice and building a portfolio of mature work in their chosen discipline.

Alumnae of the class of 1964 smile in a group photo.

Class of 1964 Celebrates their 80th Birthdays

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Portrait of President Jo Allen

the president’s column

Shaping the Future of Health and Communication

In the fall of 2022, Meredith College proudly opened its newest academic/athletic building: Communication and Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences (CHESS). The building houses two growing programs, communication and health, exercise & sport sciences, along with several coaches’ offices. 

News

Meredith Community Rolls Out the Welcome Mat

By Gaye Hill

The Meredith College Class of 2026 moved onto campus Saturday, August 20, 2022. And although the rainy weather initially impacted some aspects of Move-In plans such as the iconic balloon arch, nothing could dampen the welcoming spirit of the Meredith community.

Current students smile under the balloon arch to welcome students.
Masters in Criminal Justice graduates at their graduation.
By Melyssa Allen

Meredith College held a graduation ceremony for the first graduates of its Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program on August 6, 2022.

Four students smiling on welcome day.
By Gaye Hill

Just prior to the start of the fall 2022 semester, Meredith offered a number of innovative programs to help students be successful.

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!

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A Meredith College license plate.
A view of Meredith College from a birds eye.

Meredith Undergraduate Research Program Supports Summer Projects

By Melyssa Allen

Ten Meredith College students were chosen to work with faculty mentors on undergraduate research projects supported by Meredith’s Undergraduate Research Program during the summer of 2022.

Interior Design students work on a project during class.
By Taylor Sexton

Meredith College’s Interior Design program officially received reaccreditation from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) in May 2022. The reaccreditation will last for the next six years.

WINGS program founders and current staff pose for a picture.
By Emily Parker

Meredith College celebrated 50 years of its adult education program, Wings, with an anniversary event on September 15, 2022. Alumnae, past directors, current students, faculty, and staff attended the event in Jones Auditorium that reflected on the program’s history and future.

Students in a nutrition lab prepare food.
By Gaye Hill

For the sixth year in a row, 100% of the graduates of Meredith College’s Master of Science in Nutrition program have been matched to dietetic internships (DI).

Mail packets in boxes ready to go to alumnae educators.
By Emily Parker

In 2021, the Office of Alumnae Relations mailed back-to-school packets to teachers, librarians, school counselors, administrators, professors, and other educators as they prepared to start a new school or academic year. The response was so overwhelming from alumnae that the project was repeated this year.

A speaker at the Voices of Change presentation.
By Melyssa Allen

The Voices of Change Political Institute, a comprehensive non-partisan training program for women, recently completed its second year of training.

Students work on an assignment in a flower garden.
By Gaye Hill

Through the Summer Reading Program, the Class of 2026 and other Meredith community members explored one of the most pressing issues of our time: climate change.

Four students smile at a table on Engineering Day.
By Melyssa Allen

Students in Meredith’s Dual Degree Engineering program participated in the First-Year Engineering Design Day (FEDD) at NC State at the end of the 2021-22 academic year.

Meredith Experts in the news

Meredith College experts have recently been featured in the media discussing topics including transparent decision-making in higher education, what to do after losing a wallet, and the potential impact of young voters on the next election.

“Some of the more interesting nuances of decision-making during the pandemic help demonstrate why simple answers and procedures typically defy value in a crisis – in other words, the easy answer is almost always wrong. The cliché of building the car as it speeds downhill is more than apt for this situation as new information and data comes in daily and, occasionally, even hourly. Whether it’s about new numbers, new strategies, new guidance or new solutions – just when we are ready to hit “send” on a communication to the campus – new information has us scuttling to revise and amend that message.”

President Jo Allen in a University Business opinion piece, “Are we going to miss the opportunity to make higher ed more transparent?,” published in August 2022.

“Keep a minimal amount of items in your wallet, what you really need. Don’t take unnecessary cards that you rarely use in your wallet.

You should call the police even if the wallet has been lost. If someone happens to find your wallet, a filed police report will have your contact information so the items can be returned to you.”

Meredith Campus Police Chief Al White, in a U.S. News article offering advice on what to do after losing a wallet. The article was published in August 2022.

“In the next four months, if there isn’t something substantive done on the issues they care about, there is a real danger that young voters will not vote or volunteer on campaigns to the same degree as they did in 2020.”

Professor of Political Science David McLennan in an article examining potential young voter turnout. The story was published in The Washington Post on July 16, 2022.

Strong Stories

Veronica Harrison, ’22

Becoming a Supportive Mentor Through Meredith’s Wings Program

Writer: Taylor Sexton | Videographer: Kaylin Tsukayama

“Coming to Meredith has shown me that I have strengths and skills that I wasn’t even aware of. And I can use them to make the world a better place.

At first, I was really apprehensive about being a Wings student. I didn’t know if I had anything to add or if I would stand out. But it turns out that being a Wings student is really useful because you can use life experiences and you can enrich the discussion in class.”

Veronica Harrison smiling and holding a "Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy" book.
Logo that says "Alumnae Reunion Weekend, Welcome Home! May 19-21, 2023".

Alumnae Reunion Weekend
Save the Date • May 19-21, 2023

Join us on campus in May to relive your Meredith days at Alumnae Reunion Weekend!

Making an Impact.

Alumnae Connection

Laura Morgan smiling.
By Taylor Sexton

Laura Morgan, ’82, has spent her life on the stage and under a spotlight, whether for theatre, playing piano, or singing. But she never imagined that one day, at 60, she’d be standing on the stage to compete in her first pageant and win.

Leah Poole smiling.
By Taylor Sexton

Leah Poole, ’20, entered Meredith College as a Wings (Meredith’s adult education program) student. While at Meredith, she enjoyed the small learning environment, made lifelong friends, and began carving her path to her current passion, improving the humanitarian response to climatic events.

Katherine Griggs smiling.
By Taylor Sexton

It was a normal Monday morning in May 2021. Katherine (Kappie) Griggs, ’63, was meeting with The Old Cheraws Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, at The Wine Factory in Cheraw, S.C., when suddenly, a large crowd began entering the room, and Griggs recognized Mayor Andy Ingram, several Town Council representatives, and Representative Richie Yow of the S.C. Legislature.

A pewter ornament of the new CHESS building.

2022 Pewter Christmas Ornament

Available Now, Limited Quantity
ONLY $25

The ornament commemorates the opening of the new Communication and Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences Building that was completed in July 2022, in time for the beginning of the new academic year on August 24

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Three students walking to class.

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Meredith Magazine

Volume 47, Number 3
Fall 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

Vanessa Harris

Vanessa Harris

Art Director

Katie Bryant, '07

Katie Bryant, '07

Senior Graphic Designer

Charlotte Claypoole McKinney

Charlotte Claypoole McKinney

Videographer and Photographer

Kaylin Tsukayama

Kaylin Tsukayama

Videographer and Photographer

Liza Bunce

Liza Bunce

Web Designer and Developer

Taylor Sexton

Taylor Sexton

Writer

Hilary Allen, '01

Hilary Allen, '01

Alumnae Connection Editor

Other Photographs by:

Symoné Austin
Christopher Ferrer
Flyboy Photo & Media
Matthew Lester Photography
Marissa McCauley, ’21
Charlotte Claypoole McKinney
Steven Roten
David Timberlake
Kaylin Tsukayama
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

Charlotte McKinney smiling at the camera

Charlotte Claypoole McKinney

Videographer and Photographer

Kaylin Tsukayama smiling at the camera

Kaylin Tsukayama

Videographer and Photographer

Taylor Sexton smiling.

Taylor Sexton

Writer

Other Photographs by:

Symoné Austin
Christopher Ferrer
Flyboy Photo & Media
Matthew Lester Photography
Marissa McCauley, ’21
Charlotte Claypoole McKinney
Steven Roten
David Timberlake
Kaylin Tsukayama
Meredith College Students, Faculty & Staff