Throwback Thursday

The Meredith Entertainment Association will hold the White Iris Ball this Friday, November 20th. Check out this picture of Meredith students from the Class of 1993 before heading out to their own White Iris Ball. It was in this year that the dance previously known as the annual winter semi-formal became the White Iris Ball in honor of the Meredith College flower.

white iris circle

Above: Allison Walker Whitlatch, ’93, Jennifer Smith Theiler, ’93, Kimberly Murray, ’93, and Beth Chapman Williams, ’93

YAB Ring Dinner Essay Contest

2017 Ring Dinner

The Class of 2017 received their class rings at Ring Dinner on October 23, 2015. Each year, the Young Alumnae Board sponsors an essay contest that allows one of the juniors to receive a free ring. The members of the Executive Board vote anonymously for the winners, and two Board members attend Ring Dinner to read the winning essay.

This year’s winner was Melissa Lincoln, ’17, from Greenville, North Carolina. Her winning essay can be found below:

     Most rings worn by their owners are simply admired as pieces of jewelry that only accentuate the wearer’s outfit. They’re seen as ornamental accessories, and sometimes nothing more. But the Meredith Onyx is a beautiful symbol that represents much more than a classy accessory.
      The Onyx symbolizes a loyal community with unbreakable bonds that extends beyond the four years devoted to an academic career. Within the campus, the Onyx is an enduring sign of an unspoken sisterhood. It’s an expression of love for a faithful community that has constantly been each student’s biggest fan at any given time.
      Outside of the campus, the Onyx is a beacon to both Meredith alumnae and other community members alike. For the Meredith graduates, it’s an immediate connection that bonds current and former students together. Almost as strong as biological ties, the Onyx encourages a sisterhood among all students. For other community members, the Onyx is a prestigious symbol representative of a strong education, steadfast values, and abiding dedication to the welfare of humanity. It’s an indelible emblem of strength and commitment; of poise and connection.
      Like manifesting a person’s lifetime within the pages of a biography, wearing an Onyx is a manifestation of the endearing values that are carried with all Meredith women. The Onyx to me is a gateway to a life-changing conversation; an emblem of gratitude to the community that has forever impacted my life; an unspoken letter written to my professors, thanking them for the gift of learning that they so selflessly gave me; the shared symbol of a dream that became my reality once I embarked on the journey that Meredith invited me to explore three years ago. The Onyx has already created a story for itself, but it’s the Meredith community that gives that story life each day.

Alumna Honors Anniversary with Gift to Meredith College


Meredith College proudly announces the receipt of a $1 million gift from Bobbitt Clay Williams and her husband Bill Williams of Newport Beach, Calif. The gift commemorates the couple’s 60th wedding anniversary.

Bobbitt Williams, a 1957 graduate of Meredith, said the gift was meaningful to her because she loved her days at Meredith and believes Meredith has directly contributed to the wonderful life she has led.  Further, she says, the gift would have made her mother, Parrieleigh Clay, of Rocky Mount, N.C., quite proud.

“My mother was the kindest and most generous woman, sharing so much of what she had with others. Most important were her values, her family, and her friends.”

When asked about the purpose behind the gift, she said, “Bill and I are delighted to make a gift that helps women get an excellent education.”

Meredith will use the funds to support renovations to Johnson Hall, the historically iconic main administration building for the College.  In honor of the gift, a suite of offices will be named the Bobbitt Clay Williams Executive Suite and is expected to open in the spring.

“Meredith College is grateful to the Williams family for their gift, which is a touching tribute to the life they’ve built together and evidence of the lasting impact of the Meredith experience,” said President Jo Allen.

This gift is part of Meredith’s Beyond Strong campaign, which is building momentum toward the College’s 125th anniversary in 2016. The campaign supports six priorities identified through the College’s strategic plan: educational excellence, optimal enrollment, enhanced financial strength, cutting edge facilities and technology, greater visibility, and enhanced quality of life.

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Sign up for a Stronger U Workshop!

Have you heard about Stronger U yet? It’s a new series of non-credit workshops, seminars, and conferences we’re offering at Meredith. It’s designed for successful women who are seeking to develop their strengths, self-confidence, and leadership potential.

The next workshop is for women who are considering running for political office, or who would like to help other women running for election: Creating a Campaign Plan. This one-day workshop will teach you how to research your district so that you can develop effective campaign strategies and tactics. As a candidate, you’ll learn how to apply your strengths to your campaign. As someone working to elect women, you’ll learn how to create a winning campaign plan.

Other Stronger U workshops include strengths-based money management and career planning. Learn more at

Throwback Thursday

Between Cornhuskin’ practices, Ring Week festivities, and studying, Meredith students are still finding time to enjoy the State Fair just like these three members of the Class of 1971: from left to right, Boyd King Dimmock ’71, Gail Gaddy Dail ’71, and Nancy Watkins Laney ’71.

September 28 - State Fair 1968

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