Stronger U

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Alumnae know that Meredith women are strong. Now the College is launching Stronger U — a new opportunity to help alumnae and other professional women become even stronger.

Stronger U is a series of non-credit workshops, seminars, and conferences. It’s designed for successful women who are seeking to develop their strengths, self-confidence, and leadership potential – and who want a professional development program at a place with a proven record.

Weekend classes are held on Meredith’s campus and focus on practical, individualized knowledge that participants can use immediately.

The initial workshops are Leading With Your Strengths, a day-long workshop focused on building strengths, and 2016 Strong, a training program for women interested in running for elected office.

Leading With Your Strengths
Saturday, October 3
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Learn how to make the most of your strengths through this day-long, interactive workshop on Meredith’s campus. You’ll identify your primary strengths and then find out how to use them to advance your career, develop your leadership skills, and collaborate more effectively with others. This session will be led by President Jo Allen, Director of StrongPoints Candice Webb, and Professor of Human Environmental Sciences Deborah Tippett.

2016 Strong
2016 Strong will be offered monthly starting on October 3, and be delivered in Saturday sessions on November 7, 2015, December 5, 2015, January 9, 2016, and February 6, 2016.

Have you ever wanted to run for county or state office, but weren’t sure how to get started? This multi-partisan training program will prepare you to run an effective campaign. You’ll learn to develop a campaign plan, work with the media, and understand your strengths and challenges as a candidate and elected official. This program is led by political expert David McLennan, who has over 20 years of experience in preparing women for political office.

Register today at meredith.edu/strongerU.

Meredith’s 125th Birthday Celebration Begins!

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The Meredith College Archive and the steering committee for the commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the Meredith College charter are pleased to announce that we have officially launched the 125 Meredith Objects Blog. Inspired by the History of the World in 100 Objects, the purpose of this blog is to share 125 moments of Meredith History leading up to the College’s 125th anniversary on February 27, 2016. Each day, for 125 days, a new object, publication, or photograph from the Meredith College Archive will be highlighted. The ultimate goal of this blog is for readers to have a better understanding of Meredith’s deep-rooted history as a woman’s educational institution, while also taking a peek into the Meredith College Archives collection. Each post will feature a “Learn More” section where you can go to find more information on the selected topics either online or in the college archives. The link to the blog appears below:

http://www.meredith.edu/celebrate125/objects-blog/

We hope that you will find this blog to be both educational and entertaining as we celebrate 125 years of history at Meredith College. Please share this announcement and blog posts with anyone that you feel will enjoy them.

All photographs courtesy of Meredith College Archives, Carlyle Campbell Library unless otherwise noted.

Throwback Thursday

Not much has changed on the front drive during the early morning hours of Move In Day since upperclasswomen welcomed the Class of 1997 to campus in the fall of 1993. Orientation Crew members will be out there bright and early this Saturday morning constructing the rainbow balloon arch to help welcome the Class of 2019 into the Meredith family.

August 10 - Move In Day CO 1997

Join us in welcoming the Class of 2019 to campus!

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Do you remember when you first arrived to campus as a freshman at Meredith? Perhaps you fondly recall driving under the balloon arch to cheers of welcome. The Class of 2019 will arrive to campus on Saturday, August 15th, and we invite you to join us in welcoming these new students and their families to Meredith! This is your opportunity to relive one of your treasured Meredith memories but without the unpacking! Alumnae are invited to participate in the following move in day activities:

8-10 am or 10 am-Noon: Front Lawn Greeters
Families will be stationed in the front lawn area adjacent to the soccer field and will be directed by Campus Police to their assigned residence hall in increments. During this time, we invite alumnae to visit families and welcome them to campus.

8-10 am or 10 am-Noon: Front Drive Welcome
Alumnae will be stationed near the Johnson Hall fountain area to welcome students as they are directed to their residence halls. Alumnae welcoming students along the Front Drive will be provided with signs and banners.

8:30-10 am or 10 am-Noon: Door to Door Hall Greeters
Incoming students will be provided with gifts from the Alumnae Association. Alumnae will visit students and families in their room to drop off these gifts, answer questions and welcome them to Meredith.

1-3 pm: Commuter Greeters
Commuter students will arrive and check in on campus at the Cate Center. Alumnae volunteers will greet students and their families as well as provide them with a gift from the Alumnae Association.

We hope you will join the Alumnae Association in offering a warm, Meredith welcome to the Class of 2019! To join us, please send you preferred time and activity to the Office of Alumnae Relations at alumnae@meredith.edu. When responding with your interest and availability, please let us know if you would be interested in purchasing a move in day t-shirt for alumnae volunteers to wear throughout the day. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Office of Alumnae Relations at 919.760.8548 or alumnae@meredith.edu. We look forward to seeing you back on campus in August!

Warm regards-
Claire Sullivan Slaughter ‘72
President, Meredith College Alumnae Association

Mandy Steele Johnson ‘96
Regional Director, Meredith College Alumnae Association

Alumnae Book Club Selections for 2015/2016

If you reside in the Raleigh area, please make plans to join us for our 2015 – 2016 line up of the Alumnae Book Club! The full listing of books, authors and meeting dates can be found below. Meetings will take place in the Chapel Commons Room at Meredith College on the third Tuesday of each month, September through May. Please join us for coffee at 6:30 pm and book discussion beginning at 7:00 pm.

September 15, 2015 – Capital Dames by Cokie Roberts

October 20, 2015 – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

November 10, 2015 – Dead Wake by Erik Larson

December 15, 2015 – The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

January 19, 2016 – Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris by Eric Jager

February 16, 2016 – Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

March 15, 2016 – The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

April 19, 2016- The Boston Girl: A Novel by Anita Diamant

May 17, 2016 – The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

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