Join us in celebrating 125 years of Going Strong!


Meredith’s 125th Anniversary Founders’ Week will be held February 22-27, 2016, and we invite alumnae to join us in celebrating! Click here to register online for any of the scheduled events.

Monday, February 22
125th Anniversary Celebration Alumnae Reception
6 – 8 p.m., City of Raleigh Museum
The City of Raleigh Museum will feature an exhibit on Meredith’s history. Join us for an opening night celebration and start to Meredith’s 125th Anniversary Founders’ Week. Cost: $20

We CAN Do It Campus Can Art Food Drive
Weeklong food drive beginning at
10 a.m., First Floor Cate Center
Alumnae are invited to donate canned food for this service project.

Tuesday, February 23
Make It Count for Meredith 24 Hour Giving Challenge
For an entire day, we’ll be raising funds to make Meredith College even stronger. Your class gift agent will be in touch with additional information.

Wednesday, February 24
Alumnae Breakfast
9 a.m., Alumnae House Parlor

125th Anniversary Convocation
10 a.m., Jones Auditorium
The convocation will include remarks by Professor Emeritus Roger Crook, musical selections, and the unveiling of Meredith’s new historical marker.

Thursday, February 25
Alumnae Art Exhibition Reception
4 – 6 p.m.,Cate Center Lobby

Friday, February 26
Campus Celebration
10 a.m., Jones Auditorium
This celebration will feature remarks from President Jo Allen, ’80, and announcements about the Beyond Strong campaign and the Woman of Achievement Award. Campus tours will follow at 11 a.m.

Meredith in My Time: Memories through the Decades
11:30 a.m., Belk Dining Hall
A panel of alumnae from various decades will highlight their Meredith experiences. Cost: $15

Saturday, February 27
Open House and City of Raleigh Museum Tours
2 – 4 p.m., Cate Center
Return to campus to view the Alumnae Art Exhibition and the completion of the You Can Do It art installation. Refreshments and shuttles to the City of Raleigh Museum will be available.

Celebrate Meredith on Social Media: All week there will be special ways to celebrate Meredith on social media.
Visit to learn how to participate.

Register Online Now!

Should you have questions about any Founders’ Day week events, please contact the Office of Alumnae Relations at (919)760-8548 or

Meredith Autism Program Adding Inclusive Preschool Option


The Meredith Autism Program (MAP), with the support of the Psychology Department, is expanding its services for young children to offer an inclusion preschool.  MAP serves children on the autism spectrum, ages 2-6 years old, for 35 hours per week year-round.

The program’s goal is to make significant changes in the learning patterns of children. In order to best work on social skill development with the children, MAP works on including typical children in the teaching setting when possible. In support of this goal, MAP is opening five slots for typical children ages 3-4 beginning with the Fall 2016 semester.

Inclusive education is beneficial, according to MAP Director Kathryn Dove.

“The goal is for all children and adults to better understand and accept autism — whatever it may look like. Inclusive education has many benefits for children with exceptionalities, including greater language and social skills, and no negative effects for typically developing children,” said Dove.

The expansion to a year-round preschool classroom will provide an enriching, typical social and emotional environment where growing children with autism may learn, as well as provide a small teaching setting where typical children can develop the needed pre-academic skills for kindergarten while also learning how to be understanding support systems for other children.

The expanded program builds on MAP’s previous success operating an inclusive summer “practice preschool” for several years.

Learn more, including how to apply, on the Meredith Autism Program website

Join us for a Student-Alumnae Networking Event!

Local Alumnae: You’re invited to join the Networking Angels and our Student-Alumnae Association, the 1891 Club, for a special networking dinner. Come share your story with current students. You may just meet a future intern or employee like alumna Crystal Whitley Lester ’03, did last year. The following is an excerpt from the recommendation letter she wrote for the 1891 Club member.

“It was during my first meeting with Savannah at a dinner between the 1891 club (a student alumnae organization) and the Networking Angels (a Meredith alumnae networking organization) that I noticed her tenacity, poise, and passion and knew that she would be a great fit to work with the Meredith Autism Program. She arrived to our first meeting ready to inquire about the program and develop an action plan for the events.

Savannah was tasked with securing vendors, collecting silent auction items, communicating with the media, event design and decor, and the coordination of volunteers. She was prompt, thorough, and always delivered. She carried herself as a professional throughout the entire process, and as any good event planner: assured her client that everything would go off without a hitch. On the day of the event, Savannah executed her event plan flawlessly by communicating the catering staff and events department at Meredith College, and led her group of volunteers valiantly. I, along with my cohorts, was allowed to attend the event and mingle with the guests; never once having to worry or wonder if something was not being taken care of. I have been extremely pleased with Savannah – she exceeded all of my expectations of her role as student intern.”

If you would like to meet outstanding students like Savannah, please join us on February 9th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Wainwright Suites below Belk Dining Hall. The cost is $15 per alumna, and dinner will be served. Please register online at  or by phone at 919-760-8714 by Tuesday, February 2, 2016.

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.

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