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Spring 2013, Volume 38, Number 1
Cover Title Subtitle goes here Extraordinary by Design How Meredith is Taking the Design World by Storm
Contents Meredith Magazine Volume 38, Number 1 Spring 2013 Executive Editor Kristi Eaves-McLennan Managing Editors Melyssa Allen Karen T. Dunton Assistant Editor Gaye Hill Writer Meaghan Bixby Art Director Vanessa Harris Designer Lauren Sumner
Features 12 Road Blocks to Graduate School Strategies for Overcoming Barriers to an Advanced Degree 14 Designing Women Meredith is Making its Mark in the Fashion, Graphic and Interior Design Worlds 20 Networking Angels Building Relationships, One Alumna at a Time
News 3 Meredith College and Durham Technical Community College Formalize Transfer Partnership
Alumnae Connection Editors Hilary Allen, ’01 Halie Sue Smith, ’11
4 Woman of Achievement Award Presented to Bernice Sandler
Contributing Writer Leslie Maxwell, ’01
7 Fashion Faculty Member Wins International Design Competition
Editorial Assistant Kaye Rains Photographers Charlotte Claypoole Katie Dow Gary Knight Lauren Mann David Timberlake
Meredith Magazine exists to serve the Meredith community by providing readers with insight and information about the news, activities, events, programs, plans and people of the College. Meredith Magazine is published three times a year by the Meredith College Department of Marketing. Questions or comments may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. © 2013 Meredith College. The Meredith name and word mark are registered trademarks of Meredith College and may not be used without permission. All rights reserved. 13-007
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On the Cover Interior Design alumnae Sarah Thompson, ’12, and Amber Woody, ’12, designed the birdhouse titled “Pas de Deux,” which was inspired by Gustav Klimt’s painting “The Kiss.” Read more about design programs at Meredith on page 14.
from the president
ollowing the Board of Trustees’ approval of the first phase of our strategic plan, Meredith Forever, the College community has been discussing a clearer vision for the future of Meredith. This vision will build on the strengths of the College—what we are best known for doing and being—to achieve our goals articulated by the six pillars of the strategic plan. We begin by considering where our strengths in each area currently lie and then how we can build on them. Meredith’s strength in educational excellence comes from our liberal arts foundations, coupled with professional studies and pathways for our graduates to make their way in their world. Whether through corporate careers, community or not-for-profit services, or family enrichment, our students have the intellectual and critical thinking skills to succeed. Our strength in visibility comes from our already strong reputation for excellence throughout the state and region. We have the opportunity now to expand that visibility throughout larger segments of the region, the nation and the world. Our financial strength allows us to offer scholarships for deserving students, address deferred maintenance and technology needs, and reduce the College’s debt. Our financial strength will be enhanced by a comprehensive campaign, ongoing attention to budget efficiencies and exciting new programming. While Meredith’s enrollment is strong, new initiatives will allow us to build in ways that will
better serve our students. Several retention initiatives are underway, as are studies for new academic programs that appeal to women undergraduates or men and women in graduate programs, that lead to rewarding careers, and that fit with the curricula Meredith currently teaches. Results of surveys tell us that our students, alumnae and guests see this beautiful campus as one of the strengths of the College. Our vision for the future includes enhancing our technology systems and addressing deferred maintenance in ways that protect the functionality and historical legacy of our facilities. Finally, Meredith has always enjoyed a rich sense of community. Enhancing the quality of life for our students, staff and faculty means ensuring that compensation and rewards are competitive and meaningful, that the health and well-being of our community members are priorities, and that we all have the opportunity to realize and develop our strengths in ways that will help us achieve our goals. Ultimately, Meredith is best known for teaching students to build on their strengths to achieve their goals. Through our strategic plan’s next phases, we will build on the College’s strengths to achieve its goals, ensuring the future of the institution.
Our strength in visibility comes from our already strong reputation for excellence throughout the state and region.
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An Update on the Events and the People of the Meredith College Campus
International Affairs Scholar Anne-Marie Slaughter to Deliver 2013 Commencement Address By Melyssa Allen
nternational Affairs scholar Anne-Marie Slaughter will serve as the speaker for Meredith’s 2013 Commencement ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2013, at 7 p.m. in J.S. Dorton Arena. Anne-Marie Slaughter was the first woman to serve as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State. Upon leaving the State Department in 2011, she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, as well as a Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and a Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award from the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe. Slaughter is a member of the faculty at Princeton University, where she serves as the Bert G. Kerstetter, ’66, University Professor of Politics and International Affairs. She has written or edited six books, including “A New World Order” (2004) and “The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith With Our Values In A Dangerous World” (2007), and over 100 scholarly articles. Slaughter is a frequent contributor to both mainstream and new media, publishing op-eds in major newspapers, magazines and blogs around the world and curating foreign policy news for more than 40,000 followers on Twitter. Slaughter holds a B.A. from Princeton University, an M.Phil and D.Phil in international relations from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Harvard University. Commencement Weekend will also include Meredith’s traditional Class Day and a baccalaureate service. Class Day will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013, in McIver Amphitheater.
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Slaughter was the first woman to serve as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State. The Baccalaureate Worship Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Jones Auditorium. Alumna Linda McKinnish Bridges, ’75, will be the baccalaureate speaker. Bridges, Wake Forest University associate dean of admissions, is an accomplished theologian who has written several books based on her research in
Biblical studies and theology. In addition to her Meredith undergraduate degree, she holds an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southern Theological Seminary and an MBA from Wake Forest. Additional information about Meredith’s 2013 Commencement can be found at meredith.edu/commencement.
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Meredith College and Durham Technical Community College Formalize Transfer Partnership By Melyssa Allen
new partnership between the two colleges will make transferring to Meredith College smoother for Durham Technical Community College (DTCC) graduates. Meredith College President Jo Allen and DTCC President William G. “Bill” Ingram signed a memorandum of understanding formalizing a transfer partnership in November. The purpose of this transfer partnership is to promote completion of both the associate’s degree at DTCC and the baccalaureate degree at Meredith. The two institutions will collaborate on strategies that facilitate the seamless and successful transfer of DTCC graduates to Meredith College undergraduate degree programs. “As we continually look to the needs and opportunities for students, the articulation agreements with the North Carolina Community Colleges create a new pipeline for students to transfer to Meredith,” said Associate Vice President for Enrollment Danny Green. “The articulations help us identify
students early in their beginning years of college and assist them into a pathway of courses that allow for smooth transition to Meredith with junior-level standing.” Articulation agreements help students at community colleges make connections with Meredith early, which helps students in reaching their goal of a Meredith degree. “Circumstances such as work and family obligations have prohibited students from participating in the traditional path of a four-year program at Meredith,” Green said. “The agreements help Meredith so that we
open doors to students who have chosen a non-traditional path but want to complete a four-year degree at Meredith.” Director of Admissions Shery Boyles noted that federal funding initiatives are among the factors that make it imperative for Meredith to make connections with community colleges. “Our national education conversation and the infusion of funding into America’s community college system underscores and supports the importance of Meredith’s partnerships with local community colleges,” Boyles said. “Creating seamless avenues for turning a two-year degree into a four-year degree from well-respected Meredith College is a win-win for the student, for Meredith and for our common good.” Alumnae who know community college students interested in continuing their education at Meredith College can direct them to Ashley Cohen, assistant director of transfer admission, at email@example.com or (919) 760-8581.
Summer Reading Selection Explores “Finding the Game” By Melyssa Allen
his summer, the Meredith community will explore the world through the lens of pickup soccer games in “Finding the Game,” by Gwendolyn Oxenham. Oxenham, who was a starter and leading goal-scorer on Duke University’s soccer team, became the youngest Division I athlete in NCAA history at age 16. When the women’s professional soccer league ended shortly after Oxenham graduated, her U.S. soccer career was over. She then played professionally for a Brazilian women’s soccer team, and went on to earn an M.F.A. in creative writing. “Finding the Game” and the accompanying documentary follow Oxenham and
her friends around the world in search of pickup soccer, reflecting a unique combination of her writing and athletic skills. In “Finding the Game,” Oxenham describes pickup games in 20 different countries, including Bolivia, Kenya and Iran. The publisher’s description calls the book “an entertaining, heartfelt look at the soul of a sport and a thrilling travel narrative.” Meredith’s Summer Reading Program is in its 15th year. The Summer Reading Program was created to enhance the academic climate on campus and to engage incoming first year students in a shared intellectual endeavor with the entire campus community, including students, faculty, staff and alumnae. M er edi t h M ag az i n e / S p r i n g 2 013 /
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Woman of Achievement Award Presented to Bernice Sandler By Melyssa Allen
eredith College President Jo Allen, ’80, presented the College’s 2013 Woman of Achievement Award to Bernice Sandler, a women’s equality advocate known as the “godmother” of Title IX. Sandler was at Meredith on February 20, 2013, to deliver the Woman of Achievement Lecture, in commemoration of Meredith College Founders’ Day. The Meredith College Woman of Achievement award is presented each year to an individual who has made a profound and positive impact on the world. President Allen made the presentation to Sandler on behalf of the Meredith community. “Through this award, Meredith College celebrates an extraordinary woman who has modeled success, accomplishment, vision, leadership, integrity and service to improve the lives of others,” Allen said. “I am delighted to present this award to a woman who has embodied these characteristics throughout her career, making it possible for countless other women to accomplish their goals and aspirations. Her work has truly been groundbreaking.” Sandler played a major role in the development and passage of Title IX and other laws prohibiting sex discrimination in education, and has been called the “godmother of Title IX” by The New York Times. “Title IX is the most important law for women and girls since women obtained the right to vote,” Sandler said.
in hiring, she began to research sex discrimination. “I naively assumed that because sex discrimination was immoral, it must be illegal,” Sandler said. She found that there were no laws against sex discrimination in the U.S. at the time. When it was passed in 1972, Sandler said many were “not watching to see what impact the bill would have” and the result was farreaching change. Although often known as the “athletic law,” Title IX applies to almost all areas of education, from kindergarten through graduate school. “The word ‘sports’ doesn’t appear anywhere in the bill … Title IX covers
“Title IX is the most important law for women and girls since women obtained the right to vote.” —Bernice Sandler In her speech, “The Untold Story of Title IX: How we got it when no one was looking,” Sandler described the situation for women and girls before the law was passed. Girls could not take certain courses, and some majors were closed to women. Women scholars applying to college academic departments were often told the “department had already hired a woman.” When Sandler experienced discrimination 4
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everything unless an issue is specifically exempted,” Sandler said. Sandler said the accomplishments of Title IX include “increased awareness of sex discrimination … it ended many overt policies that discriminated against women.” While many improvements have been made in the lives of women as a result of Title IX, Sandler said true equality will take time. “We are talking about enormous change
– it is a revolution with as much impact as the industrial revolution,” Sandler said. Sandler serves as a senior scholar at the Women’s Research and Education Institute in Washington, D.C., where she consults with institutions and others about achieving equity for women, and is an adjunct associate professor at Drexel University College of Medicine. Sandler is well-known for her expertise in women’s educational equity in general, as well as in sexual harassment and the chilly classroom climate for women. Sandler is the seventh recipient of the Meredith College Woman of Achievement Award, which was first presented in 2007. Previous recipients are theologian Phyllis Trible, ’54, political journalist Judy Woodruff, who attended Meredith from 1964-66, oceanaut Celine Cousteau, Komen Foundation founder Nancy Goodman Brinker, Tony Award winning choreographer Twyla Tharp and social media specialist Randi Zuckerberg.
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Newsmakers Assistant Professor Warner Hyde, Adjunct Instructor Holly Fischer and Associate Professor Lisa F. Pearce were among the artists from 15 North Carolina colleges and universities included in the “Ceramic Art of North Carolina University and College Faculty” exhibition at the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove, N.C. The exhibition showcased the high quality and rich diverseness of clay art created by faculty who are instructors of ceramics throughout North Carolina. Professor of Mathematics Jacquelin Dietz pre-
Meredith Psychology Students Examine the 2012 Election By Melyssa Allen
fter a seemingly endless campaign, Election Day 2012 finally arrived. As the election came to a close, Meredith Professor of Psychology Cynthia Edwards asked students in her social psychology course to offer psychological explanations as to why the latest election cycle seemed so divisive. This social psychology class project earned coverage in The News & Observer’s Under the Dome, StudentAdvisor.com and CollegeXpress.com. Here are some of their theories, which are based on social psychology concepts.
Caught in the middle
Voters today experience cognitive dissonance regularly, as they are bombarded with non-stop campaign advertisements. Oftentimes, one ad may be in direct response to another on the same subject. It seems like they are in the middle with the ball being passed over their heads. When their minds are holding two ideas simultaneously that are inconsistent with one another, they will be quick to discredit the source that seems most contradictory to their belief. Self-justification
Once people make up their mind, they are likely to stick with their choice. At this point, individuals seek affirmation that they are making the right decision.
sented a plenary lecture, “JSE, AP Statistics, and Randomization Tests in Stat 101—30 Years of Change in Statistics Education,” at the 50th Anniversary Celebration, The Department of Statistics at the University of Connecticut. During the weekend-long event,
Voters then justify their choice with information that presents their choice as correct, and discount evidence that would suggest otherwise. Social psychologists refer to this phenomenon as confirmation bias. Mirroring the candidates
During the debates, chivalry was largely abandoned between the initial handshake and the families mingling afterwards. The candidates were blatantly aggressive, at times yelling, interrupting, and using aggressive hand gestures and facial expressions. Partisan viewers of the debate tend to agree with their candidate. If the candidate is being aggressive to the opposition, viewers learn it is acceptable to also be aggressive to the opposition and behave in a similar fashion. Appeal to emotions
Candidates have a keen ability to tap into voters’ psyche on a very personal and emotional level. They relate their potential policies to aspects that are very personal in the everyday lives of the electorate. When people feel they are emotionally attached to one of the candidates, they can act emotionally to someone who might put down their candidate, or disagree with them. In some instances people become irritable because an attack on a candidate is perceived as an attack on them personally.
Dietz was recognized by the Department of Statistics, and was presented the 2012 Distinguished Alumna Award; the inscription on the plaque notes this is “in Recognition of Outstanding Professional Achievements.” Associate Professor of History Dan Fountain’s review of “Mark Auslander. The Accidental Slaveholder: Revisiting a Myth of Race and Finding an American Family” has been published in the latest issue of The Journal of Southern Religion. Departmental Assistant for Communication & Performing Arts Jeannette Rogers presented her translations of the poetry of Max Rouquette at the American Literary Translators Association Annual Conference in Rochester, N.Y. Rouquette was a founder of the modern Occitan movement and author of more than 30 books of poetry and prose. Rogers also joined in the Declamacion, when translators recited their translations from memory; it was the first time that Occitan was included the event. Associate Professor of Mass Communication Doug Spero appears in a documentary trilogy series called “Shattered Hopes.” The documentary covers the real life crime that inspired the Amityville Horror movies. Spero was interviewed about his experience as one of the first reporters on the scene in 1974. The series is narrated by Edward Asner and produced by Ryan Katzenback for Katco Media. M er edi t h M ag az i n e / S p r in g 2 013 /
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Professor of Dance Participates in Global Arts Summit By Melyssa Allen
rofessor of Dance Sherry Shapiro was an invited participant in the Global Summit for the World Alliance of Arts Education (WAAE). The summit, featuring the theme Cultural Encounters and Northern Reflections, was held November 7-10, 2012. The Summit was held in Rovaniemi, Finland, and hosted by the University of Lapland, with a focus on learning of and discussing arts education informed by diverse global perspectives such as those from the Arctic rim. Leaders in the field of arts education were invited to submit an abstract summarizing a presentation for the conference. Shapiro’s presentation, “The Act of Making; Dance as Aesthetic Activism,” discussed dance educa-
tion in a time of global crisis and how forms of aesthetic activism have become central in struggles from New York to Cairo. According to Shapiro, in places around the world, activists have found ways to challenge social and economic injustice through creative forms of expression. The paper examined the meaning of the aesthetic and its connection to social change. “Central to this is the concern for the way that the body becomes the vehicle for challenging, interrogating and resisting forms of social oppression,” Shaprio said. “I drew on the work of social theories and contemporary feminist theory as they intersect with activist art making.” In the presentation Shapiro illustrated her understanding of aesthetic activism in dance pedagogy through her 2009 experience as a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa.
“Taking the body, and in particular hair as the thematic focus, I described the way that the ‘familiar can be made strange’ so that the assumptions grounded in our everyday world can become the catalyst for a transformed understanding of identity, race and gender,” Shapiro explained. “Laid bare are the struggles to change the historical normative standards for femininity, power and distinctions of identity as a society is shifting its political ideas. In this sense, dance becomes a process of aesthetic activism in which the body provides a concrete history for troubling essentialist assumptions and offering alternative possibilities.” The purpose of the global summit was to extend and deepen the reach of arts education in schools, in communities, and in diverse people’s lives as leaders in arts education collectively work to advance the role of arts education.
Macro Social Work Projects Have Community Benefits By Melyssa Allen
tudents in Meredith’s Introduction to Macro Social Work course recently completed projects that will benefit Raleigh communities. The Macro Social Work course, which is required for social work majors at Meredith, focuses on the strengths, capacities and resources of client systems in relation to their broader environment. The course prepares students to engage organizations and communities in an appropriate working relationship; identify issues, problems, needs, resources and assets; collect and assess information; and plan for service delivery. It also includes identifying, analyzing and implementing empirically-based interventions designed to achieve client goals and promote social and economic justice. Instructor Kareema Whitfield said the course “looks at ways to use systems theory to implement social work solutions.” Whitfield asked student teams in the
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class to work with four local communities to complete a community assets/strengths project for this course. Communities could be communities of place or geography, such as a neighborhood, or communities of interests, such as a religious group. Students worked with Raleigh’s Chavis Heights neighborhood, the North Raleigh neighborhood surrounding Mini City, the Islamic Association of Raleigh, and PFLAG Triangle, an advocacy group for parents and friends of lesbian and gays. Based on the identified strengths, the students created projects that the community group can use as a resource. These projects “focus on showing assets within these communities that others may be unaware of, rather than focusing on negatives or challenges,” Whitfield said. For example, the group that worked with the Chavis Heights neighborhood created a brochure detailing the history of the neighbor-
hood and resources available there. The brochure will be used in the community center. Macro social work has important implications for shaping policies, organizations and communities, which can ultimately have a wide-ranging impact locally and internationally. “One policy change or organizational change could ultimately impact hundreds or thousands of people,” Whitfield said. “There is a correlation between how individuals feel about their community and their self-esteem.” Working directly with local communities in the Raleigh area was also beneficial to Whitfield’s students. “They found out about great things going on in the community that they wouldn’t have known about with the project,” Whitfield said. “Putting what they learned into practice is a great way for them to realize how all these systems come together.”
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Fashion Faculty Member Wins International Design Competition By Melyssa Allen
ssistant Professor of Fashion Merchandising and Design Eunyoung Yang earned first place in a juried gallery exhibition at the 2012 International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) annual conference. ITAA is a professional, educational association composed of scholars, educators, and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education. Yang’s design submission, “Brushstrokes in Red,” was accepted for juried gallery exhibition and won first prize in the ITAA fiber art professional category. The fiery red dress was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, “Cypresses” (1889).
“The main objective of this project was to incorporate Van Gogh’s unique artistic interpretation of nature to a surface design element.” —Eunyoung Yang In her design statement, Yang said the “asymmetrical, one-shoulder silhouette reflects the fiery shape of the cypresses filling the skyline like flames.” “The main objective of the project was to incorporate Van Gogh’s unique artistic interpretation of nature to a surface design element,” said Yang. According to Yang, to portray swirling, broken brushstrokes, different size silk ribbons were purchased in four different shades of red. However, to achieve more graduated shades of red, the ribbons were individually dyed. Modified princess panels were draped in order to accommodate the angle of the swirls. Pattern pieces were traced on polyester organza blocks and mounted to a customized embroidery frame. The lines for creating swirl movement were then designed on the organza. The silk ribbons were applied with free-hand satin stitches and continuous straight, leaf, and split stitches
Eunyoung Yang with her winning designs. to express the brush strokes of Van Gogh’s paintings. Consequently, the surface of see-through organza was completely covered with silk ribbon stitches. Yang also presented research titled “Interpersonal Skills Needed by Fashion Design Graduates: Focus on Teamwork” during the conference, which was held November 13-17, 2012, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
This is the second year that Yang has earned an award during the ITAA conference. In 2011, her design, “Water in the Sky,” won first place in the organization’s juried live gallery exhibition in the “innovation in fashion” professional category. For more highlights from Meredith College’s design programs, read “Designing Women” on page 14. M er edi t h M ag az i n e / S p r i n g 2 013 /
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Meredith College Event Honors Veterans By Melyssa Allen
eredith College commemorated Veterans Day with a special event, Honoring Women Veterans, on November 14, 2012, in Jones Chapel. Meredith President Jo Allen, ’80, welcomed those gathered, and shared some history of women’s military service. “We honor the thousands of women who truly served, those who have been called the invisible soldiers because until the 1970s their service went largely unrecognized,” Allen said. Allen said it was fitting that Meredith, as a women’s college, should especially honor women veterans but that the event was meant to salute all veterans. She asked veterans and active duty military in the audience to stand and be recognized. U.S. Air Force veteran Ann CondeWilliams talked about her experiences in the military, calling it a wonderful life. “I miss that distinctive ‘I’ve got your back’ mentality found in the service,” Conde-Williams said. Brigadier General Norman C. Gaddis, who noted that he had joined the Air Force 70 years ago, talked about the role of women in the military since that time. In 2012, approximately 25% of those in the Air Force are women, Gaddis said. “The Air Force has given me opportunities I never realized I would have,” Gaddis said, including representing the Air Force in 29 countries around the world. Gaddis urged young people to find their own ways of serving their countries, including military service, the Peace Corps or in other humanitarian organizations, or by giving to others. He shared that one way he and his family had decided to support the next generation was by establishing a scholarship at Meredith College.
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“We honor the thousands of women who truly served, those who have been called the invisible soldiers because until the 1970s their service went largely unrecognized.”—Jo Allen, ’80 Earlier this year, Gaddis and his family established the Hazel Lee Gaddis Engineering Scholarship, in memory of his wife, Hazel Lee Gaddis. During his long military career, Norman Gaddis was a Prisoner Of War in Vietnam for 2,124 days. Hazel Gaddis became an activist and advocate for POWs and their families, serving as the North Carolina coordinator of the National League of Families. Her activities involved contacting the families of North Carolina servicemen who were Killed, Missing In Action or Prisoners Of War. As a coordinator, she worked directly with the Department of Defense and the State Department.
The event also featured an organ medley of service hymns performed by Professor Emeritus of Music David Lynch, and the song “Homeland” by the Meredith Chorale, under the direction of Professor of Music Fran Page. The NC State ROTC Color Guard also participated. At the event’s conclusion, participants gathered in front of Johnson Hall for the formal retreat of the American flag. Visit Meredith’s YouTube channel, youtube.com/meredithcollege to view video highlights from the Veterans Day event.
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Colwell-Waber Earns N.C. Dance Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award By Melyssa Allen Meredith College Professor of Dance Alyson Colwell-Waber received the 2012 North Carolina Dance Alliance (NCDA) Annual Award during the organization’s annual event. The NCDA Annual Award honors an individual who has made significant lifetime contributions to the growth and development of dance in North Carolina. Recipients of the Annual Award receive a $500 honorarium to be used toward their work, or to designate as a one-time scholarship in their name. Colwell-Waber has been a strong presence in the North Carolina dance community since joining the faculty of Meredith College in 1984. She developed the school’s dance program and founded Meredith Dance Theatre. She earned an MFA in dance at Arizona State University and has trained with Hanya Holm, Daniel Nagrin, Clay Taliaferro, Betty Jones, Liz Lerman and Douglas Nielsen. As a performing artist, Colwell-Waber performed several solo and duet concerts including Soloflight, an evening of solos by Jack Arnold, Liz Lerman, Mark Taylor and Jan Van Dyke. She has received two Dance Artist Project Grants from the N.C. Arts Council, a Raleigh Arts Commission Emerging Artist Award and a Perry Artistic Achievement Award. Colwell-Waber served as board member, officer and president of the N.C. Dance Alliance from 1989-94 and more recently, as a board member for Raleigh Dance Theatre and Even Exchange Dance Theater. During the 2012 NCDA Annual Event, the organization celebrated 30 years of serving and supporting the development of dance in North Carolina. With a theme of “Moving Forward, Looking Back,” the event featured more than 30 different classes in a variety of dance forms, scholarship auditions, the annual NCDA Choreographers Showcase
and Annual Award Presentation, a 30th Anniversary Gala, and an adjudicated performance featuring works by North Carolina dance students. The North Carolina Dance Alliance (NCDA) is the nonprofit state service organization established in 1982 to serve and support the development of dance in North Carolina.
Meredith Students Attend Inauguration Ceremony By Melyssa Allen A group of eight Meredith College students traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the inauguration ceremony for President Barack Obama on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Professor of Business Rebecca Oatsvall and Professor of Human Environmental Sciences Diane Ellis accompanied the students. Students signed up for the trip before the election was decided. The group included five fashion students, two business students and a computer science student. Miriam Cooper, ’15, wanted to attend the inauguration that resulted from the first election in which she was eligible to vote. “I thought it would be a great experience to attend the 2013 Inauguration and a fun opportunity to go to Washington, D.C., with fellow Meredith students and two wonderful professors,” Cooper said. The event made Cooper feel patriotic, and created memories she will cherish. “It was very exciting to see some of our past presidents along with our current president walk out onto the inauguration stage,”
Cooper said. “Being able to see these men in person, along with other influential government representatives, was very inspirational.” While in Washington, D.C., the group went to the Smithsonian to view exhibits including the inaugural gowns of all the First Ladies, and explored Old Town Alexandria and Georgetown. Another highlight for the students was being interviewed by News 14, North Carolina’s 24-hour news network, along with other local college students who were attending the inaugural events.
Meredith Interior Design Students Win Competitions By Melyssa Allen Three Meredith College interior design students were recognized for their work in recent competitions. Emily Dunneise, ’15, received a scholarship of $1,500 from PAVE’s Student Aid Program. The Planning and Visual Education Partnership’s (PAVE) objective is to encourage students to study in the field of retail design and planning and visual merchandising. Dunneise is the first Meredith student to receive a scholarship from PAVE. Kate Horney, ’13, won the Kravet Pin-nacle of Design Pinterest Contest. Top boards were identified based on the total number of likes, comments and repins each board received on its individual photos. Kravet Inc., established in 1918, is the industry leader in the trade home furnishings industry. Amber Woody, ’13, recognized as a top senior design student received the Rising Star Award from the Carolinas Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association on November 7, 2012, at their “Night of Luminaires” event in High Point, N.C. Woody represented Meredith College’s Interior Design program as along with interior design students from programs from across the state. For more highlights from Meredith College’s design programs, read “Designing Women” on page 14.
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First Student-Organized Meredith TEDx Event a Success By Meaghan Bixby
eredith College hosted its inaugural TEDx event on January 26, 2013. Nearly 70 members of the Meredith community gathered in Carswell Auditorium on an icy Saturday morning to listen to presentations centered on the theme of “Through a Sustainable Lens: Economic, Educational and Environmental Sustainability.” Kristen Gallagher, ’13, organizer of the event, hoped those in attendance would “have their definition of sustainability stretched beyond just ‘being green.’” Through 14 presentations that covered multiple definitions of the word, attendees were challenged to think about the social, political, and environmental impacts of the choices they make each day. Meredith freshmen Shanna Scott and Victoria Greenleaf spoke about the challenges faced by families using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to sustain their well-being, while junior Holly Mills and senior Paula Meredith addressed the impacts of food production, consumption and waste. Other Meredith students and faculty spoke on topics that included ecofeminist theology, human connection to nature, and the relationship between sex education and population growth. Gallagher was inspired to bring a TEDx event to Meredith’s campus after attending TEDxRaleigh in 2010. “Opportunities like this enhance a college campus,” she said of her motivation to plan the first TEDx event held at a women’s college in North Carolina. With assistance from a group of dedicated student and faculty volunteers, Gallagher spent two years working with the events department, Convocations Committee, and Assistant Professor of Business Karen Mishra’s Principles of Marketing class to bring the event to fruition and promote it on campus. Gallagher hopes the success of the event laid a solid foundation for future TEDx events at Meredith. “My goal is for it to continue on campus,” she said. “These kinds 10
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of events are important because they teach us to learn and think in a different way.” To watch videos from the event, visit youtube.com/ TEDxMeredithCollege. About TEDx, X=independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx,
where x=independently organized TED event. About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available at TED.com. Speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
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Meredith Experts in the News By Writer’s Name Meredith faculty and staff have served as experts in a wide variety of news articles in media outlets such as Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Huffington Post and The Chronicle
of Higher Education. Rules or what we call norms about etiquette and appearing to be self-promoting probably prevented this in the past. But the Internet and social media are all about self-promotion, and my guess is that this is connected to that trend.” —Professor of Sociology Lori Brown was quoted in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article on November 4 about the trend of people writing
Rachael Ray Brings Her Latest Book to Meredith
because of] the isolation of social skills these types of toys bring. We encourage toys that shared by others to promote social skills.” — Meredith Autism Program Director Kathryn
Ray said. “Every day should be about learning something, having an extra giggle or preparing something new for dinner.” Ray’s visit to Meredith College was part of a Quail Ridge Books event co-sponsored by Meredith’s Friends of the Library.
“Every day should be about learning something, having an extra giggle or preparing something new for dinner.” —Rachael Ray
[Tablet computers are not recommended
are problem-solving in nature and can be
By Melyssa Allen elevision host Rachael Ray signed more than 1,000 copies of her latest book, “My Year in Meals,” and discussed her success as a culinary celebrity during a December 10, 2012, visit to Meredith College. “My Year in Meals” features 12 months of Ray’s homemade favorites and offers a look at what she cooks away from the cameras. The author, who has created more than 20 best-selling cookbooks, called her latest “the most personal project I’ve ever done. You can’t get more personal than what I cooked at home. This book is like a visit [with me] not just a cookbook.” The event was more than a book signing, as Ray was interviewed on stage by Lisa Prince of UNC-TV’s “Flavor, NC.” Ray also took questions from the audience. “Life shouldn’t just be about weekends – every day should be a little adventure,”
their own obituaries.
Dove was one of the experts consulted for an article in The Marion Star about whether tablet computers are appropriate gifts for children with autism.
In the areas where drilling has begun, people speak of tainted water, noise- and lightdisrupted sleep, and various other health hazards ... And yet advocates can be found among the landowners and business leaders, as well as state and local government officials. Even some of the most vocal opponents have been swayed by the promise of a new source of income.” —Professor of English Rebecca Duncan wrote in an opinion piece about natural gas fracking in her home state of Ohio that was published by The Huffington Post.
[Meredith has] set aside a block of rooms in a residence hall as a de facto infirmary should students become sick and need to recover in a place where they won’t contaminate others. Tissues, care packages, and meals from dining services will be provided, along with rigorous cleaning once students vacate the rooms.” —Dean of Students Ann Gleason was interviewed by The Chronicle of Higher Education for an article on college preparations for flu season. M er edi t h M ag az i n e / S p r i n g 2 013 /
to Graduate School
What’s keeping you from reaching your goal? Meredith experts share strategies for overcoming barriers between you and an advanced degree. By Melyssa Allen
our Meredith undergraduate degree provided a firm foundation for professional success. But if you want a career change or are interested in additional training to help you move ahead, a graduate degree may be the logical next step. For many prospective students, there are roadblocks – the application process, finances, or fitting school into a busy life – that keep them from pursuing a graduate degree. Assistant Director of Career Development Amy Losordo, who advises students about graduate school options in her role in Meredith’s Academic & Career Planning office, says the biggest roadblock to graduate school is often the prospective student herself. “Sometimes they don’t know themselves well enough. They haven’t figured out who they are and what they want,” says Losordo, who recommends extensive research into graduate programs before applying to school. 12
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Do Your Research
Online research is a good place to start, but Losordo advises going beyond Internet research and talking directly with current students in programs that interest you. “Gather that information through networking rather than just reading,” Losordo says. “Try to talk to current graduate students. Get their insiders’ perspective.”
informational interviews in one place. “Talk to people who have the career you want. Ask about their background. Find out what education they have, and ask their opinion of what school is best for the field,” Losordo says. “Professionals can also tell you about trends in their field – what new programs are they looking for in order to beef up skills?”
“Talk to people who have the career you want. Ask about their background. Find out what education they have, and ask their opinion of what school is best for the field.” —Amy Losordo, Assistant Director of Career Development Conducting informational interviews with professionals in the field is another action Losordo recommends. Attending a networking event or graduate school fair is beneficial because it is a chance to make connections and conduct several informal
MBA Director Page Midyette recommends visiting graduate school campuses before choosing a program. “Visit prospective schools so you can get a true feel for each campus and program setting,” Midyette said. “Most graduate programs
hold information sessions or will invite you to meet with an admissions representative.” Erin Culpepper, recruiter for Meredith’s graduate programs in education, stresses the importance of knowing what you want to gain from graduate school. “Think beyond graduate school – where do you want graduate school to get you?” Culpepper says. “If you want to become a principal that may require a different degree than one needed if you want to continue in the classroom.”
someone else review it before you submit the application packet. A successful application also needs strong recommendations, which have a one-year shelf life. If you are returning to school more than five years since you earned an undergraduate degree, it is best to have recommendations from employers or others who know you professionally, rather than a professor from college. “Be honest with yourself and think about who will write you a good recommendation,” Culpepper said. “The idea is
“Visit prospective schools so you can get a true feel for each campus and program setting. Most graduate programs hold information sessions or will invite you to meet with an admissions representative.” —Page Midyette, Meredith MBA Director Passing the Test Once you have decided on the type of degree to pursue and what schools you’d like to apply to, the next step is taking a graduate admission test. These exams, like the GRE and GMAT, can be a roadblock for many, especially for those who want to return to school several years or more after completing an undergraduate degree. Midyette recommends creating a timeline for completing the application process, including taking the required admission exams. “Don’t let a case of test anxiety keep you from your goal of graduate school,” Midyette said. Culpepper talks to many prospective education students who have anxiety about these standardized tests. “I sit them down and say the GRE is not so much about reading and math skills, but about test-taking strategies,” she said. Culpepper recommends taking a test prep course, or taking practice tests found in preparation books. “Taking practice tests really helps prepare you — it will give you an idea of what your scores will be,” Culpepper said. Keep in mind that admission exams are only part of the application, which also includes transcripts, a resume and essays. These documents help you present yourself to the school. Be certain to proofread, and have
to have professional recommendations from someone who knows you now, not who knew you five years ago.” Financing a Return to School
Concerns about paying for graduate school sometimes keep people from pursing an advanced degree. Be sure to compare total costs, and don’t assume that public programs are less expensive. For example, Meredith’s graduate programs compare favorably against public university programs, once fees and other costs are included. In addition to talking to the school’s financial aid office about scholarship and loan possibilities, find out if the company where you work has any employee support options, Losordo suggests. Or, look for a job at the school you want to attend if the institution allows employees to take courses free of charge. “Working for the school can be an affordable way to get a degree,” Losordo said. Balancing School, Work and Other Responsibilities
Prospective students often fear adding school to an already busy schedule. Culpepper said as part of the process of planning for graduate school, it is a good idea to think about what impact going to school will have on your family life.
“Talk to your family about what it would be like if you weren’t home for three hours one night a week [when you would be in class],” Culpepper said. “Practice that for a week or two. Think about where you would find the time to study, and talk to your family about how they can support you in attending school.” Writing out a schedule is one way to succeed in balancing multiple priorities, says Meredith MBA Program Recruiter Allison Anthony. Anthony suggests making a record of fixed activities, including work, regular meetings, classes and meals, then adding each week’s class assignments, due dates and study sessions. “Schedules work well to help cut down on stress,” Anthony said. “A time schedule frees you from always operating in emergency mode, allowing you to make the best use of your time.” Losordo recommends making your school work a part of family life. “Do your homework when your kids do theirs,” she said. A prospective student should choose a program that fits his or her life. For example, most of Meredith’s graduate programs offer evening classes one or two nights per week, which is often preferable for working students. “Finding balance with your work, family and grad school is challenging; however it is achievable,” Anthony said. Interested in continuing your education at Meredith?
Meredith College offers coeducational MBA, M.A.T., M.Ed., and M.S. in Nutrition programs and coeducational business, paralegal, dietetics and pre-health certificate programs. The pre-health postbaccalaureate certificate program, which prepares students who want to attend medical school, is the most recent addition to the College’s post-graduate options. Visit meredith.edu/graduate to learn more. Alumnae can also find graduate school resources through the College’s Academic & Career Planning office. Visit meredith.edu/ acp for more.
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Meredith students, faculty and alumnae are making their mark in the fashion, graphic and interior design worlds through their innovative designs, leadership and engagement with the community. By Gaye Hill
lthough Meredith College has long been known for its exceptional interior design program, and fashion merchandising and design has consistently been one of its most popular majors, it has not always been seen as a design hub. But with graphic design rapidly emerging as yet another design program whose graduates are in high demand, dynamic alumnae who are influential designers in their fields, and awardwinning faculty with exceptional experience and extensive connections, Meredith is gaining a well-deserved reputation as a wellspring of distinctive designers who use their talents to both advance their profession and enrich their community. From an established interior designer whose projects have been featured in numerous publications, to a young fashion graduate whose internship launched her to a position with Michael Kors, to a graphic designer who is helping to promote the importance of good design in the Triangle community, Meredith designers are making the world a better place, one creative solution at a time. 14
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ennifer Eanes Foster, ’97, designed this bathroom for a client in Atlanta. The entire house was featured in Better Homes and Gardens in 2008, and then again later in the Better Homes and Gardens book COLOR. “It is always fun and exciting to see one of my design projects in print or on the web—it’s also fun for my clients!” said Foster. Foster said Meredith’s interior design program gave her “… a fantastic foundation in interior design. Learning how to draw to scale, color theory, history of furniture and architecture—I use these every day. Having a degree in design gives me credibility with my clients and gives me confidence that I do know what I am talking about ... I studied it.”
Circus Design Studio
ircus Design Studio is a design agency managed and staffed by advanced graphic design majors and full-time faculty. The studio provides greater visibility for students’ work in the local design and business communities and gives students the opportunity to work with real-world clients, gaining confidence in dealing with clients, printers
and others in the industry as well as valuable handson experience. Meredith student and art director Karen Baltimore, ’14, said “I have gained experience interacting with clients and also with concepting designs based on what someone else wants, rather than designs of my own choosing, which is generally how most classroom projects are selected.”
Fashion Trip to Paris
early half of the fashion merchandising and design students participate in the Paris study abroad program during their time at Meredith. For one month, students live in apartments in the famous Latin Quarter of Paris as they attend seminars with experts in fashion design, participate in workshops with stylists in leading design houses, and assist behind the scenes at fashion shows. “As a designer, person and student, there is nothing that could replace my experience in Paris and at the Paris American Academy. Being at Paris fashion week and having the opportunity to intern for legendary designer Elie Saab gave me the inspiration and motivation to aspire for greatness,” said Crystal Pickard, ’11.
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uzanne Brooks, ’09, is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in interior design at Marymount University. Her master’s thesis, an interior rehabilitation of the main house on the campus of Marymount, focuses on a stately house built in 1919-20 by Admiral Presley Marion Rixey, Surgeon General to the Navy and White House physician to Presidents McKinley and T. Roosevelt. Brooks’ end deliverables will be a written
history of the property and home, an inventory of any original pieces and interiors, and a furniture plan. She also hopes to list the Rixey Mansion on the National Register or Virginia Landmarks. Brooks said, “It’s always an exciting fight when a historic interior is on the line. I hope to use the beautiful renovation of the Mae Grimmer House at Meredith as a supporting example of successful alumni spaces.”
he Colton Review 2012 received an Award of Excellence from the University and College Designers Association (UCDA) for its design. The journal was one of 163 winners chosen from more than 1,100 entries, and was created in a graphic design class intended to provide real-world experience. Design students fill the roles of art directors and graphic designers, working in collaboration with the Department of English. The award-winning journal was designed by Christina Hill, Casey Heath, Meredith Amerson, Karen Baltimore and Emily Melton. Literary staff included Michelle Metivier, Amy Hruby, Julia Dent, Jackie Dering, Sara Norris, Brooke Robinson and Sally Yacout. The journal is advised by faculty design advisor and creative director Dana Ezzell Gay, associate professor of graphic design, and literature advisor Suzanne Britt, assistant professor of English. 16
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eredith fashion merchandising and design students engage with the community in a variety of ways, gaining valuable hands-on experience as they give back to their neighbors. For example, every year the Meredith Fashion Association organizes the Cinderella Project, collecting prom dresses to give to high school students who might not otherwise be able to afford one. Students also create window displays for several retailers in Raleigh, including Beleza, ivy & leo, HandPicked and Great Outdoor Provision Company. And, the fashion study abroad session in France typically ends with the students preparing and serving a meal to homeless people at the American Cathedral in Paris. “It’s our way of giving back to the city that has given our students so much,” said Professor of Human Environmental Sciences Diane Ellis.
rie Sherman, ’10, (below) is an account executive at Michael Kors in New York City. Sherman said the internships she held while at Meredith were critical, as they allowed her to get a firsthand look inside the working worlds of a fashion merchandiser and designer. She completed an internship in Raleigh with Liz Claiborne as a visual merchandiser, and another in New York City as a design intern at Michael Kors. “My internship at Michael Kors allowed me to see exactly what a designer is responsible for in a corporate setting,” said Sherman. “The relationships I built while interning allowed me to get to where I am today—I am working in the same department where I interned while attending Meredith.” Jordan Martin, ’15, (right) is currently interning at bevello, a boutique in Cameron Village. Martin plans to eventually own a boutique of her own, so her experience at bevello is the perfect opportunity to develop the skills she’ll need after she graduates. Martin said she particularly enjoys researching new trends and helping pick out the jewelry that will be sold at the store, and her experience at Meredith prepared her to take on significant responsibilities. “Meredith’s program has taught me many things that I use at my internship, especially how to look for fashion items that will be sold for your target market,” said Martin.
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Design Alumnae Giving Back
he Ronald McDonald House of Durham allows families to focus on their critically ill children by providing a ‘home away from home’ while the children are treated in Duke Children’s Hospital. Recently, eight Meredith interior design graduates donated their expertise and time to a major renovation and expansion of the facility. The project increased space at the house from 16,000 square feet to 41,000 square feet and included upgrades such as the addition of a chapel, learning center, computer room, reading nook, play area and community boardroom. Interior Design alumnae Nancy Roscigno, ’11, Beverly Taylor, ’01, Karen Caira, Angela Biddle Pence, ’01, Carole Gaskins, Christina Metcalf, ’10, Marnita Edwards, ’09, and Anne Schutz, ’05, all contributed to the project.
ristin Fowler, ’11, is American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Raleigh’s Director for Emerging Designer Programming. Fowler, who is a graphic designer with Liaison Design Group, is an advocate for students and emerging designers. She organizes the annual Student Portfolio Review, and promotes local art and design activities and jobs. She also acts as a liaison between the AIGA Raleigh chapter and Triangle colleges and universities, and works to increase understanding of design as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. Fowler observed, “Although the appreciation and realization of design has exploded within recent years, we are very different than a typical ‘Pinterest user.’ Professional designers bring multidisciplinary and integrated thinking to all situations while being able to solve problems, conceptually and critically.”
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Art/Interior Design Fashion Show
spring 2013 exhibition on Meredith’s campus by students in fashion and interior design presented creations inspired by works of art. The work demonstrates students’ interpretation of renowned artwork translated into expressions of fashion and interior design. For instance, in her concept statement for “Psychedelic Flow” inspired by Frank Stella’s painting “Agbatana II,” Christian Jones explains, “I wanted to capture the colorful arcs, curvy silhouette, and rhythm from this painting.” Kate Horney and Michelle Potter designed “Picasso’s Birdhouse” based on Picasso’s painting “La Lecture,” or “The Reading.” The title prompted the students to use books and their pages as both structural and decorative elements in their piece. [Clockwise from top left: “Red Skull”- Rachel Atkinson, ’13, and Salome Wagner, ’13; “Native Sunrise” – Michelle Rhodes, ’13; “Red Canna Beyond the Frame” - Catherine Moye, ’13, and Bethany Best, ’12; “Pieces of Color” – Meredith Smith, ’13; “Picasso’s Birdhouse – Kate Horney, ’12, and Michelle Potter, ’13; “Psychedelic Flow” – Christian Jones, ’13.]
Learn More For more design news, go to pages 7 and 9 to read about Meredith students and faculty who recently won several design competitions.
You can watch a short video featuring Meredith design students and faculty at meredith.edu/admissions/videos.
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Networking Building Relationships, One Alumna at a Time By Leslie Maxwell, ’01
ne of the foundations of being a student and alumna of Meredith College is building relationships. Students build relationships with each other, with faculty, and with staff and administrators. As alumnae, they are encouraged to keep those ties strong, reconnecting at reunions and staying connected on Facebook. Thanks to a Meredith-sponsored organization, alumnae are also encouraged, now more than ever, to stay connected professionally. Networking Angels, an organization of Meredith alumnae founded in 2009 by Michelle Rich Goode, ’73, and Emily Harper, ’09, provides a way to connect professionally, to build and nurture relationships, and to help Meredith students and alumnae develop in their careers. Harper connected with Goode, an established professional in the Raleigh area, a past president of the Meredith Alumnae Association, and a past member and chair of the Meredith Board of Trustees. Initially, the pair decided to invite alumnae from all graduating years to join them monthly at the Royal Bean, a coffee shop across Hillsborough Street from Meredith. Now, each month, Networking 20
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Angels draws around 35 women for a meeting at a Raleigh-area business or restaurant. According to Clarky Lucas Davis, ’96, a volunteer with Networking Angels, the group is a “great way to expand, first of all, your connection to Meredith, and second, your ties to the business world.”
made in Networking Angels as the most important part of her career development: “Networking Angels has been valuable because people get to know you. You have a relationship. I don’t care what industry you’re in—your career connections will help you advance.”
“An alumna who owns a business or is well connected can help others transition to a new career or start a career.” —Hilary Allen According to the 2011 book “Business Networking and Sex (not what you think),” women often network more by building relationships than by seeking business transactions. The relationship-building provided through Networking Angels—with women at all stages of their careers—is invaluable. Harper sought out this type of relationship-building after she graduated in 2009. She wanted to build professional relationships, yet most of the people she knew from Meredith were in the same position as she— just starting out in their careers. Davis, too, cites the relationships she’s
Amy Losordo, the assistant director of career development in Meredith’s Office of Academic and Career Planning (ACP), says that it’s important that Meredith alumnae have a good definition of “networking.” Instead of the common perception that networking is asking for a job, said Losordo, “it’s really just learning how to talk with people and find commonalities and looking for opportunities to help that person.” In other words, according to Losordo, it’s building relationships and then finding ways to continue relationships. Networking Angels provides Meredith alumnae different opportunities to build
Steps for Networking Success
1 Conduct a self-assessment. Know what you want before you begin networking. “Think of it like a GPS,” said Assistant Director of Career Development Amy Losordo. You should know where you want to go and how you might get there. 2 Reach out to the people you know. “It’s very comfortable to talk with people you know,” Losordo said. Camille Stell, ’84, said, “The easy piece of a Meredith networking event is that we immediately have one thing in common.”
willing to give you names of their contacts,” Losordo said. Meredith can also strengthen your network, advised Clarky Davis, ’96. “Meredith can connect you with Meredith alumnae,” Davis said. “Those alumnae can connect you with ten other people who did not go to Meredith.”
3 Reach out to the people your friends know. “People who really know you are
4 Maintain your contacts, keep connected, and build relationships. Attend Networking Angels meetings. Attend Meredith Alumnae Association Chapter meetings in your area. Establish your new connections on LinkedIn or Facebook. Find out how you can help your new contacts.
relationships, including attending the monthly meeting, mentoring current Meredith students, and participating in volunteer opportunities. Women who are involved in the group have a variety of reasons for participating, according to Hilary Allen, ’01, director of alumnae and parent relations. “It’s not just job seekers,” Allen said. “Some people come who are content in their jobs but want to be a resource for others. An alumna who owns a business or is well connected can help others transition to a new career or start a career.” Allen said the group also benefits from diversity in the types of women who attend Networking Angels meetings, including recent graduates and established professionals, women who are re-entering the workforce after staying home with children, women who are beginning a new career after years on a different path, and women who are retired who have connections and tools to offer women in other stages of their careers. An important component of Network-
ing Angels is the group’s outreach to current students, according to Goode. “We want to be involved while students are in college,” Goode said. Camille Stuckey Stell, ’84, coordinates student outreach for Networking Angels and works with Meredith’s ACP office to help plan on-campus networking workshops and mock interviews. Members of the group also take time to mentor current Meredith students. Each year, Networking Angels plans a large event in October. In 2011, the inaugural event drew more than 100 people to the RBC Plaza (now the PNC Plaza) in downtown Raleigh for a keynote address by Meredith President Jo Allen, ’80. In October 2012, the group held the event at the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion and drew more than 200 participants. Attending a Networking Angels meeting is a simple way for Meredith alumnae to start networking, according to Hilary Allen. “You’re just there to build connections and relationships.” That connection-building is what Losordo encourages Meredith alumnae to look for in
a conversation. “Approach [networking] not with the goal of asking for something but of asking ‘What can I do for you?’ Women want to contribute and help people.” While the group doesn’t yet cite any jobs found as a direct result of the Networking Angels, its leaders are optimistic. And, what’s more, the women who are involved in Networking Angels have found the experience to be an important continuation of their allegiance to their alma mater. “Meredith’s sisterhood has always been a powerful thing,” Goode said. “As I’ve participated in Meredith after graduation, other alumnae have helped me open doors, and that’s what [Networking Angels is] trying to do for other alums.” Stell notes that the Networking Angels is also important for Meredith’s reputation, that formalizing a network of alumnae can add even more value to a Meredith degree. “We can show that you can be connected to women in this community who are leaders in their professions and industries,” Stell said. “That’s important for prospective students, and for parents of prospective students, to show that Meredith can immediately connect you with people who do what you want to do.” Get involved in Networking Angels! Find out about monthly meetings and other events by emailing mcnetworkingangels@ gmail.com or visiting facebook.com/ MCNetworkingAngels. Don’t live in the Raleigh area? Meredith can still help you network! Attend chapter meetings and email the Office of Alumnae and Parent Relations at alumnae@meredith. edu to get connected with other Meredith alumnae in your area. M er edi t h M ag az i n e / S p r i ng 2 013 /
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Discover Meredith By Elizabeth Dove, ’84, President, Alumnae Association
mpowered. World-class. Results-oriented. Inquisitive. Compassionate. These are words used to describe the Meredith graduate of today, yet they could just as easily have been used to describe the first graduating class of 1900, better known to us as the Immortal Ten. Indeed, when our founder, Thomas Meredith, called for “a first-rate course of female education,” surely he had each of these superlatives in mind. And yet, I suspect Thomas Meredith had no idea what this institution would become in the years ahead, both to its graduates and to the wider world. In the years since its founding, Meredith graduates have become renowned doctors, attorneys, teachers and ministers. These women have led major scientific research projects, provided judicial leadership in our state and beyond, and sown the seeds of major philanthropy, both at our institution and across our country. To keep Meredith a “first rate” institution, we must constantly find, recruit and mentor new students who share our belief that Meredith is an exceptional place. Who better to help find these students than alumnae? To that end an alumnae recruiting event was created two years ago, aptly named Discover Meredith. I’ve had the privilege to attend three of these events thus far, and I’m always amazed at the maturity, drive and focus of these high school students. Many decide to attend Meredith after this one decisive event. One high school junior told me, “I had always thought about coming to Meredith, but now that I’ve seen the campus and met a few students and professors, I can see myself here.” Now, more than ever, the need for women’s colleges is growing. As we look at women’s education in particular, we see that graduates of women’s colleges tend to be remarkable achievers. According to studies gathered by the Women’s College Coalition, women attending such colleges tend to: • Report greater satisfaction than their coed counterparts with their college experience in almost all measures—academically, developmentally and personally. • Develop measurably higher levels of self-esteem than other achieving women in coeducational institutions. (After two years in coeducational institutions, women have been shown to have lower levels of self-esteem than when they entered college.) • Choose traditionally male disciplines, like the sciences, as their academic majors, in greater numbers, and continue toward doctorates in math, science and engineering in disproportionately large numbers. Our founding constitutes the express wish of one person who realized that the education of women leads to the well-being of all society. Please visit meredith.edu/admissions/alumnae to learn more about how you can help recruit the next generation of Meredith graduates.
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class notes Compiled by the Office of Alumnae & Parent Relations from October 2012-January 2013. Information may be edited for space limitations and content restrictions. Submit class notes to your class agent, online at meredith.edu/alumnae, by email at alumnae@ meredith.edu, by fax (919) 760-2818, or by phone to the Office of Alumnae and Parent Relations at (919) 760-8548. Deadline for the Summer 2013 issue is May 24, 2013. Submissions received after this date will appear in the Fall 2013 issue.
Ann Bruton Hayward moved from Knoxville, Tenn.,
to LaSayette, Ga., to be near her daughter. Hayward is enjoying horses and is in the process of building a pottery studio. She looks forward to teaching pottery and especially enjoys creating hand built pieces.
Bobbye Rice Bunch writes that it is great to gather
their classmates at a luncheon three or four times a year. Get in touch with her if you would like to join them. Nobuko Kawano lives in Japan and writes that she is still blessed with her health and is very active. However, she admits that life after the sad disaster in North Japan left their economy, political scene and social situation needing much improvement. Bonnie Morgan Lewis, her husband, and Anne Clark Dahle spent a week in Sansepolcro, Italy at the Meredith Palazzo in early November. They encourage others to put the trip on their agendas. Doris Allen Litchfield writes that they have all been busy becoming 80 years old, and they say that they recommend it. They are not unmindful of the fact that they are at an age of “necessary losses” but they care about one another and the ties of Meredith that bind them. Ann Lovell and Jan Williams had a marriage ceremony in the Seattle Courthouse Decem-
ber 13, 2012, to celebrate their 26th year together. Lovell is busy in her Unitarian Fellowship and getting used to a new pacemaker. Phyllis Trible spent some time in Japan in the fall with Nobuko Kawano and friends, after teaching in Korea. The 2013 Phyllis Trible Lecture Series, now in its eleventh year at Wake Forest, was held in March. The topic was Feminism: Then, Now, and Not Yet. In April, Trible was invited to facilitate a book study that classmate Doris A. Litchfield leads at Edenton St. United Methodist Church in Raleigh.
Carol Park Barksdale and her husband celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary in December 2012.
Barbara Blanchard Allen has had four and a half
years of remission from ovarian cancer and is now back in treatment. Hopefully, this round of chemo will give another good remission. These past four years have been filled with travel, painting, enjoying family (especially three grandchildren) and being grateful for each new day. Martha Spence Blount and her husband are in traveling mode and are busy going while able. This year the wonderful trips were to Greece and France. She says, “I’m so glad I took art history at Meredith - it opened up a whole new world
Look for your invitation … The Meredith Fund Honors The Iris Society May 23, 2013 Massey House, President’s Residence Enjoy a performance by special guest Meredith alumna and Tony-award winning actress Beth Leavel, ’77. Iris Society donors are invited to this annual event. Mark your calendar today! Learn how you can become a member of the Iris Society at meredith.edu/giving/meredith-fund
and makes traveling to see the art so much more fun.” Harriet Rivers Brower has three grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren. She says, “I stay very busy but many days I feel like a dog chasing her tail.” She plays a great deal of bridge and is involved with many activities at church. Susan Leathers Burnette has two grandchildren. She “grand sits” two afternoons a week and still teaches piano two afternoons a week. Nancy Williams Cheek says that, in November, the family welcomed their third granddaughter - another potential Meredith angel! While missing the children and teaching, retirement has provided opportunities for travel, for enjoying time with friends and for enriching volunteer activities at church and at Meredith. Annette McFall Epps says, “The highlight of our year is having our granddaughter attend the International Royal School of Beijing for her junior year of high school. A student from there is living with her family, giving us the opportunity to get to know her as she attends Millbrook High School in Raleigh.” Velma McGee Ferrell reports that, for the past several years, a December highlight has been a luncheon with ’63 classmates in Pinehurst. The group is growing, with class members traveling from as far away as Harrisonburg, Va., and Spartanburg, S.C., to be there. This year, as usual, it was a treat to see all who were there. She says a “special feature is having the opportunity to learn about the lives of classmates whom I didn’t know so well in the early ’60’s. Come join us in 2013!” Jane Link Fleming loved having all three daughters and their husbands at home for the holidays, but the best part was the four grandchildren. Having just completed a year of treatment for breast cancer and with her husband’s ongoing battle with leukemia, she says, “It’s important to enjoy every small moment to its fullest!” Kappie Weede Griggs writes that since her husband died in 2001, she has been working as a volunteer in many organizations. The two that take the most time are the Mercy is Me Free Medical Clinic and the St. David’s Cemetery Association. She writes, “I love all I do, although I don’t get to spend as much time with my eight grandchildren.” She asks for prayers for the faith-based clinic, which has served the working poor for more than three years M er edi t h M ag az i n e / S P R I NG 2 013 /
alumnae Connection with the work of volunteers and donations. Beverlye Huff Hancock has traveled with her grandchildren
and daughter to Europe for the past few summers. They “did” Italy in 2011, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Belgium and Paris in 2012, and plan on England and Scotland in 2013. They are good travelers and always ready to go. She writes, “Gary and I are enjoying family these days and relatively good health.” Mary Lou Davis Jackson wrote, “We are definitely counting our blessings this year. My husband had brain tumor surgery the day after Christmas 2011. After completing seven weeks of chemo, he has continued with oral chemo and is doing very well. We enjoyed a trip to Cancun in October for our son’s wedding.” Kathy Smith Knowles retired as medical office supervisor last year. She now spends free days working in her flower garden and volunteering with a group that provides weekend food for needy children. Her husband is also retired. Her daughter lives in Greensboro. Her son, his wife and their son live in Jersey City, N.J., and were fortunate to survive super storm Sandy with only a few days without power. Mary Belle Pate retired after 39 years teaching. She served more than 30 years as chair of the Southwest Raleigh Citizens Advisory Council and worked with city council on several issues that led to Raleigh City ordinances. “I was given the opportunity to serve on
the Raleigh Appearance Commission for eight years. I have stayed involved and informed.” Betty Jo Johnson Pearson is the proud great-grandmother of Alice Jacquelin Evans, born December 2012 in Greenville, N.C. She and her husband are happy to see the family growing. Mary Fran Carver Perkinson wrote, “I was thrilled when 12 of the 21 Meredith alums and Meredith faculty/staff who are members of our church, Greystone Baptist Church, Raleigh, came together for lunch recently. We had such fun sharing experiences as students and beyond that we’re planning another get together this winter or spring.” Bettie McManus Phillips has had a year of travel. A trip to France with Meredith classmates involved renting a car and going on many day trips. In August, the whole family went to Banner Elk for her brother’s wedding. “I spent Thanksgiving in Richmond with my oldest daughter, her husband and three children then Christmas in Charlotte with my youngest daughter, her husband and two children.” Anna Shadoin Rickell says 2012 was full of fun travel with many trips from Spartanburg to their house in Maryland. The Meredith travel group spent a few days in Paris and Provence, which was a wonderful blessing. “We purchased a neat red scooter and lift to help transport Gene [her husband] around as he deals with his muscle illness.” Frances (Fran) Gorham Stewart has been in Forsyth County
ever since Meredith. Stewart writes, “I have wonderful friends from my church and more wonderful friends in my neighborhood where I’ve lived for ten years and enjoy daily. I love being retired from teaching, from Sears and from Wachovia Bank. Life is good, all my ills are minor and I look forward to living a long time.”
June Whitley Burbage continues to pursue her
profession actively as a recitalist, accompanist, coach and mentor for fellow musicians and young people. In November 2012, she performed at the N.C. Museum of Art. In April 2013, she will play with members of the North Carolina Symphony for the Cherry Hill Concert Series. Burbage’s career has involved advanced study at UNC-CH and in Italy, teaching at both Meredith and UNC-CH, directing and composing for Meredith’s Performing Arts Camps, and co-editing “Performance Practices: A Bibliography.” Jerry Lou Holbert Jones writes that memories of her riding days at Meredith are happy ones. She kept her own horses until 2003 and still enjoys occasional rides. At age 60, Jones learned to ski and also loves whitewater rafting. “I guess I’m trying to outrun old age,” she says. Since retiring from a career in development and fundraising for an independent prep school in Providence, R.I., Anne Palmer Hodges White has become serious about writing.
MC in NYC By Hilary Allen
his past November, alumnae and friends enjoyed a fun-filled weekend in New York City. The alumnae trip to New York has become an annual tradition. This year, travelers had the opportunity to take a food tour of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, visit the 9/11 Memorial, attend a Broadway show as well as see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the famous Rockettes. Beth Jarvis, ’03, said seeing The Rockettes was a highlight of the trip. “They were my favorite; they are absolutely incredible. The trip was even more meaningful when I recognized so many of the scenes and even knew some of the musical numbers The Rockettes performed at this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.” Like many guests, Jarvis shared the weekend with her mother, Melanie Jarvis. The pair enjoyed the trip and hope to go again.
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“We really fell in love with the City again,” Jarvis said. “The alumnae trip gives each guest plenty of ways to explore the variety of attractions that NYC has to offer. The trip exposed me to new and amazing things about the City that I had never experienced even though I have been to NYC numerous times.” As with any trip to New York City, travelers were able to shop until they dropped! Deborah Jordan Matthews, ’74, made one purchase that gave her five minutes of fame. She purchased a purse that had been used in the final episode of Gossip Girl, a television series that was filmed in New York City. Matthews noted
that purchasing the bag was her “NYC moment and now her NYC bag!” Many alumnae enjoyed the trip with friends and classmates. Six members of the Class of 1997 have made this an annual trip, and four members from the Class of 1994, Tracy Salter Leary, Hannah Harvey, Kim Simmons Pope and Janna Morgan Lennon, used the weekend to celebrate their 40th birthdays! The alumnae trip to New York is scheduled for November 15-17, 2013. Make plans to join alumnae and friends for a fun-filled weekend in New York this year. Should you have any questions, please contact Hilary Allen, ’01, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 760-8751.
alumnae Connection She’s pursuing the new, ragged edges of narrative nonfiction and is delighted that after five years of hard labor, she will be published when her story “Claws,” appears in the December issue of Milk Sugar, an online literary journal.
Sue Teachey Bowden’s husband died in October 2012
of Acute Mylogenous Leukemia. She has been trying to deal with all the legal “stuff” since, and invites others going through this to contact her. Eleanor Marks Snead and Rita Goodwin Dunn reconnected after many years apart. Although they kept in touch through the years, they had not seen each other until they discovered in a Christmas card that each had red poodle dogs that could pass for twins. Snead drove to Tennessee to reconnect with her friend. She has also reconnected with Glenda Brown Worley. Carol Andrews Southerland and her husband are celebrating the arrival of their third grandchild, as well as their 37th wedding anniversary. They are thrilled that Meredith’s new president graduated from Parrott Academy, where Southerland’s husband has been headmaster.
Roommates Pansy Hudler Mann and LaRay Williams Mason spent a really fun weekend together at the mountain home of suitemate Peggy Worth St. George. They write that it was a relaxing and fun time they had getting together and remembering their four years together in the early 60s! They visited small towns, shopped and toured an Episcopal Church with the most beautiful frescoes. They comment that the Meredith years come back into their memories so easily. LaRay Mason has been retired from the Chesterfield County School System for eight years and has loved every day. They spend time in Chapel Hill with their daughter, Cheryl LaRay Mason Bolick, ’91, son-in-law and three girls. She hopes to take the girls on a tour of Meredith when they are older. She stays busy with church work, Hospice volunteer visits, and facilitating classes online. She loves Richmond and has lived there since two weeks after graduation. She writes that she is looking forward to her 50th Class Reunion in 2016!
Ruth Overman Bass’ granddaughter entered Meredith
this past fall. She is a third generation Meredith student. Bass writes that she was a proud grandma as her granddaughter and her co-chair led the Cornhuskin’ activities for the Class of 2016. Eloise Behnken Kaeck has lived in Green Mountain for 12 years and continues to be involved in the African-
Alumna Sets Sail By Meaghan Bixby
ave you ever dreamed of pulling up your stakes and embarking on a journey to exotic lands? Jenny Hoeppner Lang, ’91, with her husband, Wil, and children, Justine and Colin, turned that dream into a reality when they boarded their catamaran and set sail on an around the world adventure. “When I was in second grade, my sister and I were homeschooled while living on a sailboat, cruising the Caribbean with our parents,” said Lang, recalling what ignited her passion for sailing. “It’s been in my blood ever since.” Wil also grew up sailing, but found the pastime less exciting. It wasn’t until he left the N.C. sounds and sailed to the Bahamas with Lang’s parents that he recognized his love of the sea. “When he returned from this journey, I picked him up from the airport and he said, ‘We’re going sailing,’ which was music to my ears,” Lang said. After spending a year cruising the Bahamas and western Caribbean, the couple reassessed their goals and came up with a new plan. “We decided to return to the States, start a family, earn some money and start cruising again in 2010,” said Lang. From that point forward, “Our entire focus in life was preparing for a cruising life aboard a sailboat,” she said. It wasn’t all smooth sailing as they worked and saved to reach their goal. “Sometimes life throws you a curve ball, so you have to make adjustments along the way,” said Lang. “We were able to stick to our plan until the economy collapsed, which put us two years behind schedule.” Lang dealt with other obstacles, including family health issues, prior to departure, which made the decision to leave more difficult. “Ultimately, though, those health issues served as a wake-up call that we should continue with our dream while Lang and family we are still able,” she said. Now that her journey is underway, Lang said the most challenging aspect is the numerous “what if ” scenarios. “The best thing we can do is prepare, anticipate and always respect the power of nature” she said. Observing nature is also one of the most rewarding aspects of life at sea for the Meredith biology major. “We’ve sailed with humpback whales, fed reef sharks, petted sting rays and watched our kids swim with a wild dolphin,” Lang said. Sharing with Justine and Colin the experiences that come with living aboard a sailboat was another motivating factor for Lang. “Since our kids were born, they’ve heard, ‘It’s for the boat,’ or, ‘We can’t because we’re going sailing,’” she said. Not yet a year into their journey, Lang said, “We’ve already been able to show and experience more with them than we ever could have imagined.” The family is deciding if they will spend a year in Central America or if they will make their way through the Panama Canal and beeline for the South Pacific. Lang said, “One goal of this journey is to explore the world in search of a place we’d be happy to live and spend time in.” To follow the Lang family on their voyage around the world, visit their blog at svfullmonty.com M er edi t h M ag az i n e / S P R I NG 2 013 /
American and Latino communities wherever she goes. She led a Latino leadership group called the Multicultural Education Group that put on Burnsville’s Cinco de Mayo fiesta for the first time and it was a great success. She also writes that she expects to complete a hike of the Appalachian Trail this July. Alma Jo Hall Langston writes that she is at home in Charlotte. She retired from Charlotte schools as a middle school counselor and enjoys the freedom to live life at a slower pace. She enjoys traveling to the mountains and coast but especially to Pennsylvania and Colorado where their grandchildren live. She enjoys volunteering in the schools, serving as a church elder, assisting in a day support group for adults, singing in her church and ringing hand bells. She is looking forward to reconnecting at the May 2013 reunion. Suzanne Guthrie Letchworth writes that after retiring from full-time teaching several years ago, she stays very busy playing with her two granddaughters, going to Beaufort to visit her mother (Class of 1936), and working part-time as a university supervisor for student teachers in mathematics at NC State. She is looking forward to seeing many classmates at the reunion in May. Pegge Lassiter Pedersen has continued writing articles on topics of faith for her blog “Grace-full Living” for Canadian Lutheran Online, as well as having poems published by Tapestry and articles for the Canadian Lutheran Magazine. This year, she also had a hymn chosen for the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League-Canada’s convention: “Hold Fast the Word.”
Anne Pretlow Henderson writes that she has
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retired and is so excited about the change. Louise Pearce Hillenbrand writes that she has a oneyear-old granddaughter and they are expecting another grandchild this summer. She loves being a Grammy and hopes to one day bring her granddaughter to Meredith. She continues to massage and also enjoys photography. Brenda Parks Hughes’ company won two regional Emmys for her latest documentary, “Marching Once More.” It won for Historical Documentary and Editing. She produced and wrote it. It premiered on UNC-TV and is now distributed nationally. More information is available at wetbirdproductions.com. Lynda Barker Imhoff had the opportunity to travel with a group of North Carolina attorneys to Lithuania and Latvia with the NCBA Attorney Exchange Program. She began her 14th year as a small group leader with Shepherd’s Heart, a Bible study for women at the N.C. Correctional Institute for Women in Raleigh. Melanie Johnson McAlpine is a first-time grandmother and she is thrilled! McAlpine’s daughter-in-law, Sandra
alumnae Connection Aichner McAlpine, ’00, is the mother of her new granddaughter. Jean Wolf Robb is celebrating the birth of her first grandson, born November 2012.
Alumnae Reunion Weekend 2013
Andrea Rodler Andews spent a month in Europe
visiting her daughter, her in-laws and various cousins. She also writes that the ’73ers in Raleigh meet about once per month and are very supportive of each other’s trials and tribulations. Patty Bridges is fighting breast cancer and so far is winning the fight. She has been in South Carolina recuperating at her daughter’s home. Robin Noel Britt has enjoyed raising two sons. Britt and her husband have liked calling Chapel Hill home for 30 years. Michelle Rich Goode continues to serve on the Meredith Legacy Scholarship committee, which has raised over $8 million in full scholarships and supports seven current students. Susan Lassiter Lampley moved her real estate license to Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston and her office to North Hills shopping center. She has been in residential real estate for 23 years. Becky Carraway Newberry is excited at the birth of her first grandchild, a granddaughter whose mother is Newberry’s daughter-in-law, Meredith alumna Courtney Morris Newberry, ’05. Newberry’s daughter, Taylor Newberry Elliott, ’05, is a CPA, married and living in Raleigh. She is doing marketing for Wood Wise Design & Remodeling and feeling very blessed! Carolyn Van Hoy O’Brien retired from RTI International in December 2012. She is looking forward to new experiences in this chapter of her life. Pam Mitchell Riley writes that this past year has been full of milestones and wonderful blessings. She and her husband celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary! They are the parents of an adult daughter and two wonderful grandchildren. In June, they were part of the Meredith Sansepolcro trip that Riley won in The Meredith Fund drawing. She says that it was an experience of a lifetime and would encourage everyone to go for one of the Tuscan Intensives or the annual June trip. She took early retirement from AT&T and has just completed her 16th year at Duke University. She looks forward to joining some of the others of the Class of 1973 in retirement in a few years.
Emily Hill Pfaff is living on the border between North and South Carolina. She and her husband are almost finished raising their three children.
Susan Dean McWhorter is enjoying her 35th year
with the federal courts-probation in Charlotte as HR manager. Susan Willetts Roberts moved back to
It’s not too late to join us for Alumnae Reunion Weekend, May 17-19, 2013. All alumnae are invited to attend Alumnae Reunion Weekend. This year, we will honor classes ending in a 3 or 8. You should have received a letter from your class agent and a brochure outlining the weekend’s activities in the mail. Should you have any questions, please contact the Alumnae Office at (919) 760-8548 or email@example.com. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus in May!
North Carolina after an absence of 13 years, and is so glad to be closer to the family. Their daughter is expecting their second grandson at the end of January 2012. Their son returned safely in May from a year-long deployment in Afghanistan. She has many things for which to be grateful. Jackie Owen Stallings and her husband are still living in Richmond. They are very involved with their church and continue to do lots of traveling. Stallings feels fortunate to have stayed in touch with two special professors from the religion department, Dr. Crook and Dr. Page. Sally Zeigler Thomas taught at Meredith College as an adjunct instructor of music for many years. She accepted a position at Campbell University as director of vocal studies and has recently been promoted to associate professor of music. She lives in Raleigh with her husband.
Mollie Ashe Scott has been appointed regional associate dean for UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. UNC has a new pharmacy school campus located in Asheville. They are enjoying being close to family in the mountains as they raise their two boys.
Yvette Brown and her daughter were featured
in an article in the November 2012 issue of Black Enterprise magazine about the cost of adoption. Jackie Davis Pufky was awarded a renewal on her National Board Certification for teaching. Christine McDaid Rejdovan, her husband, and their daughter relocated to a suburb of Atlanta from overseas. They spent five years living in Germany and Austria. Cheryl Alderman Slokker is the marketing director for Saks Fifth Avenue in Richmond and serves on the Junior Board of the Children’s Hospital.
Mary Lamberth Arnold and her husband recently
moved to Raleigh. Kimberly Corcoran Moore, her husband, and their two daughters traveled to North Carolina this summer. Her daughters were excited to visit Meredith College, explore Raleigh and spend time at the beach. During their trip, Moore and her family were able to get together with some college friends, Catherine Byrum Jackson, ’91, Tara Faulkner Graham, ’91, and Kathy Thomas Kyle, ’91. Rosyln Sloop-Troutman is the owner of Wine and Design Chapel Hill, a sip and paint studio. She and her husband live just down the street from Meredith and they have two sons.
Amy Carter Bland is the academic coach for the
Western region of Guilford County Schools. Avery Augustine Cameron, after being a stay-at-home mom for 12 years, has gone back to work as the AIG teacher at Vanstory Elementary in Fayetteville, N.C. Jacqueline Dato Mawyer finished an endorsement in administration and supervision from Longwood University in May 2012. Paige Gunter Robertson is included in a juried art show at RedSky Gallery in Charlotte, N.C. Sherry Davis Tanner returned to college after graduating from Meredith to receive her nursing degree in 1999. Since that time she has worked as a registered nurse at Martin General Hospital in Williamston, a clinical nurse, and practice manager for the private surgical practice she and her husband owned. They recently moved to Kinston, N.C., where her husband was offered a position to open a hospital-owned surgical practice. Currently she enjoys being a stayat-home mom. M er edi t h M ag az i n e / S P R I N G 2 013 /
On a beautiful day, I searched high and low, among trees and through bushes, with no crook to be found. Before entering Stringfield Residence Hall, I decided to look one more place. I looked up under the overpass between Vann and Stringfield and a shadow caught my eye … I decided to call over Charis Hill, ’09, who climbed up on a chair and balanced on the top of the door of Stringfield to retrieve what we both thought was a “fake” crook. Before we knew it, we heard screaming 2009ers running our way. We had found the crook! Finding this shepherd’s crook united a class of various personalities and made us feel unique for accomplishing a task no other class had accomplished during our time at Meredith.” —Katie Perkins, ’09
Mitchell Brown is an associate professor of political science, and was recently appointed by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to the Board of the state’s Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention agency. Ashley Taylor Cantrell has started a new position at Carolina’s Medical Center in the NICU at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. She is an R.N. to the smallest and sweetest of patients. Courtney Marks DiFruscio started a new job at IBM as a Global Process Consultant in October. She is still trying to get used to the deafening quiet caused by having her oldest daughter away at college. Kelly Phillips Erb’s Taxgirl blog (blogs.forbes.com/kellyphillipserb) was named one of the top 100 best blogs for a legal audience. This is her fifth nomination for the award. Diane Vermeulen Simmonds’ daughter gave birth to her first child this past December. He is Simmonds’ first grandchild. She writes that it has been an incredible experience welcoming him to their family. When the new family came to Raleigh for Christmas, it made the holiday the most special it has been in years. She travels to see him as much as she can! Amanda Moore White was recently promoted to Senior P&C Staff Underwriter with USAA 28
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Insurance responsible for developing property policy. She is a board member and founding member of Paws 4 Hearts Working Therapy Dogs. She has also taken up cake decorating as a new hobby.
Jennifer Stables Cole and her husband became
foster parents in February 2011. They have since welcomed two foster daughters into their home, and in August 2012, they adopted the youngest foster child.
Beverly Laing Andersson has been promoted as
the International Sales Manager for Scandinavian Distribution. She works with over 200 dealers and distributors in 23 countries in the European Union. Kathleen Gauthier Miller won an Excellence in Health Care award from The Charlotte Business Journal. She received the award for the “Senior Saturday” program developed with Presbyterian Huntersville Hospital. She lives in Huntersville, N.C., with her husband of 16 years and three children. Mamie McKinney Sutphin has been named Forsyth Tech’s new vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the Forsyth Tech Foundation in Winston-Salem.
Danielle Letourneau-Therrien became the execu-
tive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County.
Meredith Lawhon Frederick was recently promoted
to vice president, global human resources for the Seeds Business Unit for Bayer CropScience. Christine Furmick lives in Wilmington, N.C., where she works as a physician assistant in endocrinology. Carmen Montero Graf completed her Master of School Administration in Educational Leadership in 2006 from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She served as an assistant principal for three and a half years and was named principal in an elementary school in 2011. Kelley Davidson Johnson accepted a position as an assistant principal at South Johnston High School.
Shannon Collins Arner accepted a position at Ox-
ford University Press as a higher education publisher’s representative this past July. Chelsea DiSantis received her yoga teacher certification. Jenny Costa Honeycutt was named one of Haynsworth Sinkler
alumnae Connection Boyd’s seven new shareholders. She is a litigator in the firm’s Charleston office and primarily practices in the area of construction law. Amanda Oliver works in North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory’s office as the assistant scheduler. Prior to accepting this position, Oliver worked for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., and then worked on the GOP presidential campaign team.
Alesha Still McCauley started her 22nd year in
education this past August. She has worked for Wake County Schools for more than five years as senior administrator for ESL. McCauley has been married 19 years to her husband and they have a son. Kristin Patten McCormick was named WRAL’s Teacher of the Week in December 2012. McCormick is the drama teacher at Cary High School.
Abby Kody was recently hired by The Freelon
Group, an award-winning design firm based in Durham, N.C. Kat Spangler is a chaplain at Hospice of Cleveland County.
Alicia Baucom is an ESL Instructor at Coastal Caro-
lina Community College. Leslie Bloem has been an Intern Architect and Interior Designer at Williard Ferm Architects since October 2011. Meredith Parker Boyette works as a financial assistant at Universal Mental Health Services, Inc. Nicole Armstrong Cockerham is an I/DD Care Coordinator at Alliance Behavioral Healthcare. Jennifer Edmunds Thompkins is a birth registrar at Conway Medical Center. Samaiyah Faison is a Family Support Worker at Durham Connects. Mary Hemphill wrote the foreword in the recently published book, ”Educational Leaders in a Multicultural Society” by Abul Pitre. Jessica Klein Horner is a preschool teacher with Henrico County Public Schools in Virginia. Melissa Pipes Lehman is an early childhood teacher at Greensboro Day School. Ginger Alexander Neustatdt actively participates with the Stephen Ministry at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, and she is in charge of continuing education for the Stephen Ministers. Mary Richardson Bowers is a customer service representative at American National Bank and Trust Co.
Ashley Adams Eller graduated from Watts School
of Nursing of Durham, in May 2012. She passed the NCLEX licensure exam in July 2012 and began working as a Registered Nurse at Durham Regional
Alumna Wins National Educator Award By Meaghan Bixby
n November 2012, Tiffany Lachenmayr, ’10 M.Ed., was awarded the prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. Called the “Oscar of Teaching” by Teacher Magazine, the award was given to an unsuspecting Lachenmayr, a fourth grade math and science specialist at Timber Drive Elementary School in Garner, N.C., at a surprise presentation during a school assembly. “The principal informed staff of an assembly to celebrate our academic progress and the fact that we earned the title of ‘School of Distinction,’” explained Lachenmayr. While students and staff were reveling in the school’s success, special guests Jane Foley, senior vice president of the Milken Educator Awards, and North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson arrived and revealed another cause for celebration. “They began discussing the National Educator Award and giving the audience hints about the selected teacher,” said Lachenmayr. Despite the hints, Lachenmayr remained unaware that she was the recipient. “It wasn’t until my name was called that I realized that they were honoring me with the award,” she said. The National Educator Award differs from other teacher awards because it has no formal nomination or application process. Every participating state’s department of education appoints an independent blue ribbon committee to recommend candidates to the Milken Family Foundation, which Tiffany Lachenmayr, ’10 M.Ed. ultimately chooses the winners. “I have been overwhelmed by the amount of support and sincere, encouraging words from colleagues, students, parents and community members,” Lachenmayr said of the reaction to her award, which comes with a $25,000 check and membership in a network of more than 2,500 past recipients from across the country. During her junior year of undergraduate study, Lachenmayr realized it was her calling to become an educator. “I tried to identify another career that could possibly have a greater impact on society, and I came up empty-handed,” she said. “Education provides the ultimate opportunity to make a difference.” Lachenmayr uses lessons she learned at Meredith to make a lasting impact on her students. “Through persistence and determination, I have been able to forge bonds with students who have histories of academic struggles and resistance to adult interaction,” she said. “As a result, I have had the pleasure of witnessing students experience school success for the first time, which is an extremely rewarding experience.” To learn more about Meredith’s M.Ed. program, visit meredith.edu/graduate/ education.
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Alumna Creates Miracles through Baseball League By Meaghan Bixby
or Traci Andrews Hood, ’98, a typical day on the job might involve any number of tasks, including grant writing, volunteer management, donor meetings—or it might be full of hugs, high-fives and smiles. As the executive director of The Miracle League of the Triangle, Hood combines her experience as a nonprofit executive with her passion for making a difference in the lives of kids and their families. The Miracle League was founded on the vision that every child deserves to experience joy and community through baseball. The league extends that vision to children with special needs who have not traditionally had the opportunity to experience the camaraderie of team sports. There are more than 250 Miracle Leagues in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia. The Miracle League of the Triangle celebrated its opening season in Cary, N.C., in 2006 with more than 100 players and 200 volunteers. Since then, the league has grown to over 400 players and offers approximately 4,000 volunteer opportunities each year. The growth of the Cary league, which has reached capacity, has Hood working to meet demand for the program by expanding to a new population of players in nearby North Raleigh. “Now, we just need to build a field,” said Hood about the league’s expansion. But this isn’t your average ballpark. “FaciliTraci Andrews Hood, ’98 ties are adapted especially for individuals with special needs, and the field is covered in a synthetic sport surface to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers,” she explained. Land to build the field was donated by the YMCA, but construction of the field requires $1.1 million in funding. Hood is currently directing the awareness and fundraising campaigns for the project and hopes to have the league operational by the fall season. According to Hood, one of the most challenging aspects of her position is fundraising. “We rely on community support, grants and individual donations to serve the kids,” she said. While the stress of bringing all of those elements together can be overwhelming at times, Hood said, “It’s all worthwhile to see the program in action.” During an especially poignant moment last season, one player, “Put aside his wheelchair as he rounded the bases with his walker for the first time,” recalled Hood. “There wasn’t a dry eye at the ball field that evening.” While that moment stands out, Hood said, “If you’ve ever been to a Miracle League game, you know that each weekend is every bit as memorable as the one before.” To learn more about The Miracle League of the Triangle, visit miracleleagueofthetriangle.com. 30
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Hospital in August 2012. Brooklyn Ladd Parrish is now vice president of volunteer education at State Employees’ Credit Union. Rara Licciardello Queen received her Ph.D. in psychology from NC State University and is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. Rachel Souza is an English teacher at Taipei Language Institute in Taipei, Taiwan.
Tonia Holloway McCormick accepted a new position
in January 2012 as an OB care manager at the Johnston County Health Department. She has been a Johnston County Employee for five years and received a service pin for years of service from the county manager during a ceremony that took place in October 2012.
Leigh Ann Alford achieved National Board Certifica-
tion and was chosen as “Teacher of the Year” at Knightdale High School. Cynthia Abell-Brown graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master of Science in clinical research in May 2012 from Campbell University. Nicole McGuinness Hines recently accepted a position in the Office of the Governor of North Carolina in the Legislative Affairs Department. Liz McLean joined the office of Governor Pat McCrory in January as a member of the Human Resources team. She is the Governor’s Page Coordinator and works closely with boards and commission appointments.
Maggie Bizzell was accepted into East Carolina University’s Master of Public Administration program. Carshia Craven was promoted to content specialist for the business, industry & government team at the American Institute of CPAs, where she has worked since April 2010. Torie Scheetz Fields received her master’s degree in instructional technology from NCA&T University in December 2012. Charis Hill is now the support services coordinator for Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates in Sacramento, Calif.
Jennifer Kirk is a mathematics instructor at Wake
Technical Community College as well as a tutor. She is pursuing a master’s degree in community college certification and adult learning at NC State. In her spare time, she loves to sew costumes and attend Steampunk events. She also leads the music guild in a local historical reenactment group. Christin Kubasko began working as a guidance counselor at Fuquay-Varina High School. Taryn Oesch began the NC State’s Master of Public Administration program in spring 2013.
Terria Bates created and directed an original play, “The 9th Commandment.” It was presented in October 2012 at Halifax Community College. Hannah Massey is living in Washington, D.C. and working at Pier 1 and the Capital Area Food Bank.
Marriages 1991 Robbie Walker to Mike Griffin, 3/20/12. Mary Lamberth to Richard Arnold, 12/9/12.
1993 Trinnie Terrell to Phillip O’Connor, 12/21/12.
1999 Jennifer Pugh to Clemon Theron Miller III, 8/15/12.
2003 Lora Tillman to Jessica Hawk, 10/13/12.
2004 Ashley Babb to Jeremy Falls, 10/27/12.
2005 Megan Arnold to Timothy Parker, 12/1/12. Meredith Parker Boyette to Josh Hughes, 11/19/11. Jennifer Edmunds to Billy J. Thompkins, Jr., 10/15/11. Jennifer Harrower to John Vaughan, 10/20/12. Mary Richardson to Jonathan Bowers, 11/10/12.
2006 Courtney Doughton to Daniel Peterson, 9/22/12. Ashley Adams to Paul Eller, 6/2/12. Elizabeth Ashley Black to Kevin Gaylord, 12/22/12.
2007 Tiffany Eller to Nick Matthews, 11/10/12.
2008 Cynthia Abell to Matthew Brown, 10/20/12. Rebecca Allen to Davis Poole, 11/10/12.
2009 Torie Scheetz to Doug Fields, 9/29/12.
2010 Mallory Dickens to Kyle Compton, 9/29/12. Brittany Cornelius to Taylor Honeycutt, 8/4/12. Brittany Pearl to Grant Kelley, 10/7/12. Jennifer Kirk to James Smith, 3/30/12. Shelley Marvel to James Purvis, 9/15/12. Mandie Herbert to Patrick Murphy, 9/21/12.
2011 Michelle Miller to Noel Higgins, 6/30/12.
2012 Hadley Ruth Willis to Corey Fulcher, 10/20/12.
Births & Additions 1992 Sherry Davis Tanner, a son, Jude Patrick, 4/30/09.
Elizabeth Wilson McAllister, a son, Samuel
Bradley, 1/1/13. Courtney Morris Newberry, a daughter, Madeline Brett, 9/5/12. Katherine Fuccella Perkins, a son, Benjamin Cason, 10/13/11. Ashley Ellis Smith, a son, Sawyer Raymond, 9/7/12.
Meredith Taylor Berard, a son, Remy Linton, 10/3/12.
Genevieve Sawyer Dozier, a daughter, Camilla
Jennifer Williamson Frederick, a son, Nash
Franklin, 10/31/12. Tara Haymore Polhamus, a daughter, Josephine “Josie” Paige, 4/26/2012. Jenny McKee Williams, a daughter, Marlow Grey, 9/24/12.
Beverly Laing Andersson, a son, Christopher Axel
Powers Steel, 9/20/12. Elizabeth Adkins Flowers, a son, Dalton Hardison, 5/31/12. Amy Smith King, a son, Cullen Russell, 11/4/12. Hunter Sutch, a daughter, Blaire Randolph, 9/11/12.
Brittany Daniel, a daughter, Lyla Alayna, 5/20/12.
Dorothy Allen Turlington Royal, 10/25/12.
1937 Margaret Benton Ferry, 11/28/12. Elizabeth Johnson Lassiter, 9/27/12.
Caroline Austin Ashburn, twin daughters, Allison
Leigh and Cassie Jane, 3/11/12. Charity Quist Lail, a son, Roman Madison, 3/1/12. Sandra Aichner McAlpine, a daughter, Cooper Ashley, 3/26/12. Sally Wooten Queen, a daughter, Kate Marie, 10/15/12. Kelly Harris Williams, a son, Zachary Jaden, 3/27/12.
Carmen Morgan Dawkins, 1/30/13.
Margaret Jane Childs Lindsey, 1/6/13. Eddie
Christine Furmick, a daughter, Catherine Elise,
1939 Anna Lee Johnson West, 5/18/12
1940 Belle Leavell Newport, 9/29/12.
Lucy Allen Riddle, 10/23/12.
Katie Goforth Darden, a son, Henry Franklin,
9/10/12. Jennie Frazier Mitchell, a son, Ty Martin, 10/17/12. Collins Whitfield, a daughter, Sophie Collins, 7/16/12.
Ruth Motsinger Kitchens, 10/18/12.
2003 Lindsey Moorefield Howard, a son, Haywood
Douglas, 6/12/12. Renee Bass Shreibman, a son, Mayer Davi, 7/21/12. Kylene Dibble, a daughter, Leah Tobin, 4/24/12.
1943 Dorris Cline Brooks, 12/24/12.
1947 Julia Green Colson, 11/17/12. Mary Martin Fleming, 11/2/12. Virginia Holcomb Harris, 10/13/12.
Ruth Sears Bugg, 10/3/12.
Kara Duckett McLendon, a daughter, Emma
Katherine Lewis Childrery, 10/22/12. Marianna
Morris Miller, 11/3/12.
Meredith Parker Boyette, a son, David Ray
Hughes, 6/8/12. Jennifer Edmunds Thompkins, a son, Trent Noah, 8/28/12. Kristin Smith Harris, a son, Everhett Graham, 1/10/13. Sara Seago lllig, a son, Corbin Parker, 5/21/12. Megan Huey Johnson, a daughter, Abby Rose, 10/20/12. Ashley Kirkman Lewis, a daughter, Marnie Paige, 1/9/13. Meagan Matt Maddox, a son, Samuel James, 10/18/12.
Louise Avery Wade, 9/22/12.
1954 Caroline Jackson Rogers, 10/20/12.
1957 Caroline Kelley, 9/23/12. Willa Sawyer Williams, 9/27/12. M er edi t h M ag az i n e / S P R I NG 2 013 /
alumnae Connection 1958 Janie Moore Rogers, 12/28/12.
1961 Betsy Lyon Watson, 1/5/2013.
1965 Patricia Nileen Hunt, 1/1/13. Martha Plyer Tracy, 9/29/12.
1970 Martha Anne Watson, 6/30/12.
1973 Anne Pittman Hardison, 12/21/12.
1998 Ernestine Alson Denning, 11/23/12.
Sympathy 1943 Rachel Lovelace Mitchell in the death of her brother.
1944 Sadie Rouse Outlaw Neel in the death of her brother.
1946 Florine Ledford Olive in the death of her husband.
1947 Margie Perry Davis in the death of her husband.
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Anderson Newcomb in the death of her husband.
Sue Teachey Bowden in the death of her husband.
Beverley Lipscomb Walker in the death of her
1966 Carlton Lipscomb Rowe in the death of her mother.
Dorothy Swaringen Hughes in the death of her
Anne Davenport Godley in the death of her mother.
1951 Margaret Swann Jones in the death of her husband.
Brenda Parks Hughes in the death of her mother.
1972 Elaine Dawkins Daves in the death of her mother.
Ruth Fleming Goldstraw in the death of her mother.
1984 Lisa Bailey in the death of her father. Claire Clyburn McKeown in the death of her father.
1990 Laura Bishop Fiveash in the death of her mother.
1991 Ruth Tellekson Fonville in the death of her father. Suzanne Perry Triemstra in the deaths of her father and grandmother.
Mary Ann Godwin Umphlett in the death of her
Mary Faith Bryant in the death of her daughter.
Trinnie Terrell Oâ€™Connor in the death of her father.
Glenda Pressley Lovelace in the death of her
Susan Goodwin Thornbrough in the death of her
Diane Vermeulen Simmonds in the death of her mother.
Patricia Brice Brewer in the death of her husband.
Laura Jackson Williams in the death of her
Margaret Hurst Clyburn in the death of her hus-
band. Betty Jo Kinlaw Simmons in the deaths of her mother-in-law, brother-in-law and niece.
Mary Beth Fleming Christian in the death of her
Doris Yates Rogers in the death of her husband.
mother. Clauda Daniel Henneberry in the death of her mother.
Berma Jean Davenport Kincaid in the death of
Robin Bailey Colby in the death of her father. Gin-
ger Knott Johnson in the loss of her mother. Kathy
/ Meredith M a ga z i ne / S PR I NG 2 0 13
Katherine Kincaid Coley in the death of her
Stephanie Harris Garwood in the death of her grandmother.
2002 Diana Brafford Harney in the death of her mother.
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