Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and Departmental News 2/19/2020

In this issue we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in child development, education, English, marketing, music, the president’s office, and theatre. We also share news from Disabilities Services about a new crosswalk and from the Department of World Languages and Cultures about an opportunity to attend the Carolina Association of Translators and Interpreters conference.

President Jo Allen recently concluded her term as chair of the Board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). She will serve as past chair until February 2021. NAICU is the public policy advocate for the private higher education sector in Washington, D.C., and routinely coordinates research and messages of strategy and impact at the state and federal levels.

Rebecca Duncan, professor of English, reviewed novels of two North Carolina writers for the current issue of the North Carolina Literary Review:  Across the Great Lake, by Lee Zacharias, and Dream Daughter, by Diane Chamberlain.  The winter issue of the review is open access and can be found at

Vice President for Marketing & Communication Kristi Eaves-McLennan and Assistant Director of Visual Communication – Multimedia Charlotte McKinney attended the CASE District III conference, February 9-12, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. McKinney received an Emerging Leaders scholarship to attend the conference, and was selected as the 2020 CASE District III Distinguished Service Scholar. This award included mentorship opportunities at the conference.

Assistant Professor of Child Development Pamela Norcross has collaborated with Shakiera Causey from Duke School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and Stephanie Coard from UNCG, on a poster presentation titled Giving Fathers VoiceA Qualitative Study of Black Fathering, at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 2020.

Professor of Theatre Catherine Rodgers and Professor Emerita Becky Bailey led a workshop on “Making Commedia dell’Arte Masks on the Cheap” at the annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival on February 7, 2020, in Spartanburg, S.C.  During this conference, 11 theatre majors attended various educational sessions and competed for scholarships.  Senior Musical Theatre major Anna Brescia and sophomore Theatre major Emily Spain also performed a scene from Company at the Saturday gala, successfully concluding the 52nd festival.  Meredith College was one of five institutions of higher education asked to perform for the gala.

Professor of Education Marge Terhaar has been recommended by the Peer Review Panel for placement on the Fulbright Specialist Roster for a tenure of three years. She has also presented two program chair featured sessions at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference and Expo, February 2020 in Portland, Oregon: “Voices in The Field: Educators with Disabilities”, and “Exceptional Lives, Exceptional Stories.”

Director of Instrumental Activities Jim Waddelow presented “Challenges and Solutions for Opera Conducting” at the 2020 College Orchestra Director’s Association International Conference, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on February 13, 2020.

Departmental News
Updated Crosswalk Improves Campus Safety

Students, faculty, and staff with disabilities now travel more safely to and from Weatherspoon Gym thanks to the improved crosswalk on North Campus Drive near Martin Hall and the Ellen Brewer House. Thanks to many on campus who made this accessibility project possible. However, updated crosswalks won’t protect pedestrians if drivers race around campus. Please observe the speed limit when driving on campus. Slow down when approaching any crosswalk and watch for pedestrians. Friendly Reminder: The maximum speed limit on campus is 20 miles per hour. The maximum speed limit in parking areas is 10 miles per hour. –Submitted by Disabilities Services

Meredith to Host Carolina Association of Translators and Interpreters Conference
Meredith College will host the Carolina Association of Translators and Interpreters (CATI) annual conference on Saturday, March 28, 2020. There is a special registration fee discount for Meredith students, faculty and staff. Visit the conference site for more information and to register for Early Bird pricing.

Melyssa Allen

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