Join the Young Alumnae Board at Flywheel!

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Calling ALL Meredith College Alums! Grab your water bottles and pearls! You won’t want to miss out on our private FlyWheel Event! Come FlyStrong with us on Sunday, May 31st at 2:30pm. We will meet up with fellow angels at FlyWheel in Cameron Village for a private ride and an amazing raffle, which include some items from b.good, Brixx, Moon & Lola, Busy B’s Monogramming, and 31 Bags. You’ll also get a racer back t-shirt! Come prepared for a good workout. Don’t worry about what to wear. Pick something comfortable for you. Shoe rental is included in the cost. Click here to preregister as spots are limited!

Class of 2015 Selects President Jo Allen as Commencement Speaker

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It is a tradition at Meredith for the senior class to select the speaker for their commencement.

This year’s speaker has special meaning to the class and to the College. The Class of 2015 has asked President Jo Allen, ’80, to give their commencement address.

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Allen, the first alumna to serve as Meredith’s president, began her tenure as president in July 2011, just before the Class of 2015 moved in as freshmen. This special relationship with the class prompted their officers to extend the invitation to her.

“We asked Dr. Allen to be our commencement speaker because of her unique relationship with our class,” said Senior Class President Alexis Trell. “Her first year as president was our freshman year, so we have grown with her over the last four years at Meredith. She spoke at Fire and Water at the end of our freshman year, and it seemed fitting to ask her to speak again at our commencement.”

President Allen was honored by the Class of 2015’s request.

“I could not be more thrilled or humbled by their request.  I am so pleased that they see us as being on this important journey through four years together—and I couldn’t agree more,” Allen said. “I am sure I have grown and learned and appreciated the opportunities that Meredith offers every bit as much as they have and do.”

Trell and her classmates admire Allen as a leader, and appreciate her status as a Meredith alumna.

“She has done amazing things for Meredith and has worked to ensure that the College will continue to go strong into the future,” Trell said. “It is truly special to have an alumna as the president of our college. She understands the value of Meredith’s traditions and the sisterhood that comes along with it.”

President Allen said she has learned from the Class of 2015.

“As we have grown together, they helped me learn what the Meredith woman of 2015 really is—how strong, smart, savvy, and connected she is,” Allen said. “And I am so impressed with the caliber of our students’ character. I see deep moral and intellectual prowess in understanding the most complicated and challenging issues of our times. They inspire me in every possible way.”

Trell looks forward to hearing Allen’s commencement address.

“During this time of transition [for graduates], it is inspiring to know that she has been in the exact same position as us and has gone on to achieve incredible success for herself and for Meredith,” said Trell.

Meredith College will hold its 2015 commencement on Saturday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in Dorton Arena. The ceremony will be livestreamed at youtube.com/MeredithCollegeLive.

Young Alumnae Board Easter Egg Hunt

On Sunday, March 29th, the Meredith College Young Alumnae Board hosted an Easter Egg Hunt for their spring family event. They had over 150 people in attendance for the egg hunt. There were lots of activities for the kids to enjoy which included hula-hoops, bubbles, sidewalk chalk and more. Of course the Easter bunny hopping in was a big hit and everyone got their picture taken. At the event, they collected items for Campus Kitchens which is a campus organization that prepares and delivers a weekly meal to children in the community. Many items were donated such as measuring utensils, baking sheets, mixing bowls, soap, cleaning supplies, and other various kitchen supplies. We would like to thank everyone for coming out and donating items to Campus Kitchens. We look forward to more events in the years to come!

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ARMS Update

Greetings from the Office of Admission,

Spring is just around the corner!  It was definitely a busy fall for alumnae, so here are a few recruitment efforts that took place.

Fall Recruitment Focus Week
The Fall Recruitment Focus Week took place October 27-31.  There were 68 alumnae who e-mailed 403 prospective high school students encouraging them to apply to Meredith.  Many alumnae were from NC, but there were also alumnae from Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Colorado, and China who contacted prospective students.  Thank you for all your efforts!

“Let’s Talk about Strong” coffee chats
During the week of October 27-31, the “Let’s Talk about Strong” coffee chats took place for the first time in key out-of-state areas and Charlotte, NC to help boost applications.  Alumnae in Charlotte, Virginia, DC, and Maryland met with high school seniors to share their Meredith experiences and to encourage these young women to apply.  Several of these students ultimately applied to Meredith and were accepted.  We would love for these coffee chats to grow every year, so thank you to those alumnae who helped pilot this event for the first time!

What’s coming around the corner?

Spring Recruitment Focus Week
The Spring Recruitment Focus Week will take place during the week of March 9-13.  Alumnae will contact admitted students via e-mail and share their Meredith experience.  Our goal is for every admitted student to hear from a Meredith alumna.  This personal touch as well as an alumna’s personal story will certainly impact a student’s decision to choose Meredith.  Alumnae will also encourage students to attend Experience Meredith, our Accepted Student Day, on Saturday, March 21st.

As a reminder, if you know a student who would be a great fit for Meredith, please refer her via the online referral form here: http://www.meredith.edu/alumnae/refer-a-student.  By referring a student, her $40 application fee will be waived if she applies to Meredith.

If you are interested in becoming an ARMS volunteer, please complete the online interest form here: http://www.meredith.edu/alumnae/alumnae-volunteers/.  We would love to hear from you!

I look forward to working with all of you this spring!

 

Going Strong,

Anna Buryk ‘09
Assistant Director of Admission

Young Alumnae Board Oyster Roast

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On Sunday, February 22nd, the Young Alumnae Board hosted an Oyster Roast for young alums at Shuckers off Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh.  There was a great turnout! There were some amazing raffle items by Salty Girl Designs from Brooke Lupton, ’08, Waccamaw Pearls from Virginia Claire Tharrington, ’10, Sift with Style from Katie LeWare Humber, ’05, Southern Draw from Amber Johnson, ’10, The Middle Monkey from Anna Taylor Freeman, ’99, and Indigo Home. Stay tuned for details about the Young Alumnae Board’s fabulous spring young alumnae Social.

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