Faculty/Staff Accomplishments and News Briefs January 2023

In this issue, we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in economics, English, hospitality and tourism management, and political science. We also share news briefs about a CRC workshop for staff and an item from the nutrition program requesting submissions for the second edition of Meredith’s community cookbook.

Director and Instructor of the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program Michael Altman is serving a two-year term on the Board of the Greater Raleigh Visitor and Convention Bureau’s Board of Directors. Altman was recently featured on the Bureau’s Visit Raleigh Tourism Talk blog as one of the “people in our area whom every hospitality partner ought to know.”

In December 2022, Associate Professor of Political Science Whitney Ross Manzo along with Michael Bitzer (Catawba College), Chris Cooper (Western Carolina University), and Susan Roberts (Davidson College), published an article in Social Science Quarterly on the growth of Unaffiliated voters in North Carolina. The article, “Growing and Distinct: The Unaffiliated Voter as Unmoored Voter,” uses Meredith Poll data to demonstrate that Unaffiliated voters are not shadow partisans but in fact a different group of voters. 

Professor of English Kelly Morris Roberts presented “Intersections of Anti-Racist Literature, YAL, and Empathy Building” at the N.C. English Teachers Association annual conference on October 29, 2022. The presentation featured conversations about Dr. Roberts’ recent literature review and critique of new Young Adult titles with a DEI trainer in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area schools.

Professor of Economics Anne York was interviewed by WRAL about the opening of the Apple campus in Wake County. The story with Dr. York was featured on the station’s 6:00 news on January 6.  York was also recently interviewed by WRALTechwire. This interview was featured on their website on December 22, 2022, with the title “If more people don’t return to work Fed is fighting a losing battle against inflation: Meredith economist”. 

News Briefs

CRC Virtual Workshop for Staff: Ready, Edit … Goal!

Please consider joining us on Thursday, February 16, 2023, from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. for our virtual workshop, Ready, Edit . . . Goal!

Workshop Description: Emma Keenan, a British Presenter and Life Coach, helps to simplify the process of identifying your goals, directing your focus, and encouraging the motivation needed to achieve them.

Registration is FREE for CRC institution staff members.    

Registration is now open! Click here to register. If the link is not working, try copying and pasting the following into your search bar:

Questions? Email or

Nutrition Program Seeking Recipes for Cookbook’s Second Edition
The Meredith College Master’s in Nutrition Program is seeking recipe submissions for the second edition of Our Community Cookbook. This cookbook is used as fundraising for the annual Hunger Week held on campus in the Spring. This year, the cookbook will be a celebration of seasons, and we are asking you to submit recipes that you feel best fit into the Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall seasons.

Examples of recipes can include but are not limited to; a favorite holiday side dish or dessert, a summer produce fruit salad, or the soup that brings you all the fall feelings. 

Fill out the submission form here, and you can include a little bit about yourself, pictures of the dish, and anything else you would like to add that makes this dish special. 

Want to learn more about Hunger Week and what happened last year? Check out this Meredith College article and be on the lookout for opportunities to be involved in the Spring Semester. Please let me know if you have any questions! We are looking forward to wonderful stories/ recipes for the 2023 “A Seat At the Table” Cookbook” –Submitted by Rebecca Hagedorn-Hatfield

Melyssa Allen

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