Faculty/Staff Accomplishments June 2018

In this issue, we celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff in alumnae relations, biology, economics, human environmental sciences, and music.

Margaret Evans, piano faculty, was the featured concerto soloist on the season finale program of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra on May 6. She performed Maurice Ravel’s Concerto in G major. The orchestra was conducted by Meredith faculty member Jim Waddelow, who serves as the orchestra’s music director and Meredith’s director of instrumental activities.

Professor of Biological Sciences Erin Lindquist, Program Coordinator of Environmental Sustainability, is co-author of “The Effects of Urbanization on Population Structure of Freshwater Turtles across the United States.” The article was recently published online in the journal Conservation Biology. The paper was the result of student-faculty research teams at 24 undergraduate colleges, including Meredith College. All teams are members of the Ecological Research and Education Network (EREN). More than 1,000 undergraduates participated in the project.

Professor of Music Kent Lyman recently completed a trip to South Korea. He was invited to be a keynote speaker at the National Conference of the Korean Association of Piano Pedagogy. The conference occurred at Sangmyung University in Seoul, on May 19. His speech, which he delivered in Korean, was titled “There’s An App for That:  Using Technology in Piano Teaching.” His related article was published in the conference program book. Other activities during Lyman’s two-week stay included lectures and master classes on a variety of topics at Jungang University, Hansei University, and Sookmyung Women’s University.

Associate Director of Alumnae Relations Denise Parker participated in the Trailblaze Challenge Spring 2018, a 26.5 mile, one-day hike of the Sauratown Trail. The challenge is a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Parker shared this about the experience: “This is a hike, not a race, and caters to all levels from novice to advanced outdoor enthusiasts. As well as being an extraordinary physical test, the real challenge is to raise much needed funds to grant the wishes of children in eastern North Carolina with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy. Thanks to the support of the Meredith community, family members and friends, I was the top fundraiser for the June hike weekend.”

Associate Professor of English Kelly Morris Roberts wrote “How female protagonists have changed – and stayed the same – in young adult fiction,” for The Conversation, an online news service featuring academic commentary. The piece was published on June 7, 2018.

Marge Terhaar, Professor in the Education Department, has been appointed to a four-year term on the Council on Educational Services for Exceptional Children, the state advisory council to the State Board of Education. The council advises the State Board of Education on issues in the education of children with disabilities related to regulations, policies, coordination of services, and federal initiatives.

Professor of Human Environmental Sciences Deborah Tippett led a full-day appreciative inquiry summit for the Division of Family Health and Preparedness of the Utah Department of Health on May 17 in Solitude, Utah. It included six bureaus and 30 programs and launched their strategic planning initiative.

Jim Waddelow, Director of Instrumental Activities, conducted the 2018 North Carolina American String Teacher Association All State Orchestra on May 12, 2018.

Professor of Economics Anne York wrote an opinion piece “The best gift for Mother’s Day would be equal pay,” that was published on and Yahoo News.

Melyssa Allen

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