Join us in welcoming the Class of 2019 to campus!

move in day

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 Travel Program Tours Ireland

From June 6th through June 17th, Meredith’s Alumnae Travel Program explored the beautiful county of Ireland. The Ireland adventure included some of the world’s most beautiful places. The trip began and ended in Dublin, the “City of a Thousand Welcomes.” The group visited Trinity College & the Book of Kells and The Old Library, the National Gallery of Ireland, and the Yeats exhibit at the National Library. Other explorations included Glendalough, a 6th century Christian monastic settlement, a visit to a working sheep farm to watch the farmer shear a sheep and enjoy tea and scones, and a scenic drive to Rosses Point to enjoy the spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Travelers enjoyed a banquet at Dunguaire Castle and an Irish Cabaret evening filled with dinner, dance, song and laughter. Throughout their trip, the group was immersed in the beauty, food, music, history and traditions of Ireland.

Pat Clark, ’62, describes her experience on the trip: “Traveling to Ireland with the Meredith group was even more delightful and exciting than anticipated. The itinerary was so well planned that hardly a county in Ireland with all its gorgeous scenery was missed, and all the excursions were filled with experiences to enhance our understanding of and appreciation for the Irish culture. We had such a compatible group of fellow travelers; and with knowledgeable guides, both Irish guides and Meredith leaders, not a question went unanswered. A terrific experience!”

Check out the slideshow below of pictures from the trip, and be on the lookout for upcoming information about Alumnae Travel in 2016 so that you, too, can have an adventure abroad!

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Save the Date for Reunion 2016!

The next Alumnae Reunion Weekend will be held May 13-15, 2016. All alumnae are invited to attend, but classes ending in a one or a six will be celebrating a special class reunion.

The following essay was written by alumna Janet Morris Belvin, ’70, as a reflection of her time on campus during Reunion Weekend this year. We hope that like Janet, you are able to join us at Alumnae Reunion Weekend to renew old friendships and to be reminded of why Meredith alums are Forever Strong.

The Class of 1970 – Forever Strong
By Janet Morris Belvin

When I left Meredith College in 1970 as a brand new college graduate, I was 21 with a teaching job already lined up. I weighed 125 pounds and didn’t have a wrinkle on my face, an extra pound on my torso, or a serious thought in my head. All I knew was that I was now free to be a grown-up.

Fast forward 45 years and things are slightly different. I’m now 66 and retired from a teaching job that put between two and three thousand middle and high schoolers in my classrooms over the years. I like to think I made a difference in their lives, but truthfully, I know there were some I couldn’t reach, some I could never help. My weight is…well, let’s just say it’s considerably more than 125 pounds and I have quite a few wrinkles and grey hair (if I don’t make my every-four-week appointment at the salon.) Those are all pretty negative things but the silver lining is that none of that mattered this weekend as I met with several dozen of my former classmates from the Class of ’70 for our 45th reunion.

This was one of many times I have gathered with the Meredith girls (it is a women’s college) but for the first time, it felt different. There was a spirit of joyfulness among all of us, a real feeling of gratitude that we had survived so much and were together again on that beautiful campus. I would venture to bet that at some point during the weekend, every one of us had a fleeting moment of desire to go back in time to when we were college girls again. Of course that time is lost (“temps perdu” as Marcel Proust called it in Remembrance of Things Past,) but the memories of those heady days in the late sixties were all around us this weekend. We might have wrinkles and grey hair, we might be battling cancer or Parkinson’s disease, we might have been dealing with aging parents or grieving lost loved ones, but for two precious days, we regained all those lost hours.

We were living again with suitemates and roommates in Vann or Stringfield or Faircloth or Heilman dorms. We wore Pappagallo shoes and Villager sweaters over our McMullen blouses. We listened to the Temptations and read To Kill a Mockingbird. We worked in chemistry labs or solved math problems. We went to fraternity parties at NC State or drove to Chapel Hill for our dates at UNC. Frantically, we typed our term papers on portable Royal typewriters provided by our parents who were still living and paying all our bills.

On campus, we sunned on the roofs of the breezeways (Skin cancer? Not us!) We attended our early morning classes in pajamas covered with our London Fog raincoats. No need to worry – there were no men in our classes. And in our sophomore year, a new tradition was born out of our rebellious and crazy natures – an original singing group called “The Bathtub Ring.” Forty five years later, there is still a Bathtub Ring on campus, but now you have to audition for it. The members of the original Bathtub Ring were on campus this weekend and serenaded all of the classes with their signature song, “Cigarettes and Whiskey and Wild, Wild Women – (They’ll drive you crazy, they’ll drive you insane.)” Needless to say the crowd went wild.

The last precious hours of our reunion were spent in hugging and laughing and promising to get together for our fiftieth, though I’d be willing to bet we won’t wait that long. Life has given us many lessons in the forty-five years since our graduation. We’ve married, divorced, given birth, buried parents and children, had careers, made homes, had spectacular successes and spectacular failures. But for the few hours when the Class of 1970 was together again on that magnificent Raleigh, NC campus, none of that mattered. We were ageless and time no longer mattered. All we knew for that wonderful weekend was that we were together and we had friends for life. Like the motto for our wonderful Alma Mater, we are “Forever Strong.”

Class of 1964’s Fiftieth Reunion Celebration in Sansepolcro, Italy

From April 13th through April 23rd, members of the Class of 1964 celebrated their fiftieth reunion in Italy. The trip included a stay at Meredith’s Palazzo Alberti in Sansepolcro as well as many excursions to nearby towns. Look for more details of their trip in the July issue of The Lux Alumnae Newsletter!

The travelers arrived in Florence, Italy, where they began their adventure.

The travelers arrived in Florence, Italy, where they began their Italian adventure.

Caroline Vaught McCall '64. Joy Adams Lucas '64, and Emmalee Harris Hughes '64 shopping in Florence.

Caroline Vaught McCall, ’64, Joy Adams Lucas, ’64, and Emmalee Harris Hughes, ’64, shopping at Mercato Centrale in Florence

Sue Ennis Kearney, '64 ...

Sue Ennis Kearney, ’64, at Dievole Winery

The travelers in Montecasale, where they toured St. Francis's favorite mountain retreat.

The travelers in Montecasale during a tour of Saint Francis’s favorite mountain retreat

Emmalee Harris Hughes, '64, in front of the Palazzo in Sansepolcro.

Emmalee Harris Hughes, ’64, in front of the Palazzo in Sansepolcro

Join the Young Alumnae Board at Flywheel!

Flywheel

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!

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