Win a Meredith College Christmas Ornament!

The Meredith Fund is running a special incentive for the month of December. Anyone who has given to The Meredith Fund between July 1, 2011 and December 15, 2011 will be entered into a drawing for a Meredith Christmas ornament. There will be two winners.  If you haven’t already done so, please make your gift today!

For questions or to make a gift, please contact Jane Mitchell at or 919.760.8060.

Alumnae Book Club December Dates!

The Alumnae Book Club selection for the month of December is The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck. Please make plans to join us on campus for one of our two monthly book club meetings.  For additional information, please contact Amanda Oliver at

12-8-11 – Meet at 6:30pm in the Alumnae House Parlor
12-13-11 – Meet at 6:30pm in the Chapel Commons Room

We hope to see you soon!

Ring in the Holiday Season with Meredith College!

Happy holidays from the Office of Alumnae & Parent Relations!  We hope that each of you had a very happy Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the start of the holiday season.  Please make plans to join us on campus or at a local event as we kick off the holiday season!

Below is a list of November/December events hosted by the Meredith College Alumnae Association.  If you would like to RSVP to any of these events, please contact us at 919.760.8548 or

We hope to see you soon!


Meredith College Alumnae Association’s Annual Alumnae Worship Service

Wednesday, November 30 at 10:00am

Jones Chapel
Meredith College

Rev. Anne Whiteside Ahl, ’90 will be preaching and joining Meredith College Chaplain, Stacy Pardue, to administer communion. Come enjoy music and dancers while celebrating with friends to ring in the Advent season.

Guilford County Alumnae Chapter Angel Exchange & Dinner
Monday, December 5 at 7:00 pm

Green Valley Grill
622 Green Valley Road
Greensboro, North Carolina

Please remember to bring an angel item to exchange!

Wake County Alumnae Open House & Reception
Wednesday, December 7 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The Massey House
President’s Residence
Meredith College

Mecklenburg and Gaston County Holiday Social and Silent Auction
Sunday, December 11 at 7:00 pm

At the home of Stacey Young Pace ’93
2659 Idlewood Circle
Charlotte, NC 28209

Please bring an unwrapped  item for the annual silent auction.

MBA Alumni Reception
Monday, December 12, 2011 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The Massey House
President’s Residence
Meredith College


Photo of the Week!

This Wednesday, November 30th, marks the last full day of classes for the Fall 2011 semester at Meredith.  Thursday, December 1st is Reading Day and final exams will begin on Friday!  Best of luck to all current Meredith students as they begin to prepare for the end of the semester!

Meredith College Young Alumnae Board

I distinctly remember the day I found out that I had been accepted to Meredith College. My family and I were driving through Raleigh on our way out of the state and we pulled through the main gate as I admired the picturesque campus. I had been to visit campus numerous times before and it did not seem strange when we pulled through campus for another peek. However, it was on this particular visit that I learned that I had been accepted into the Class of 2008. I jumped up and down, we took pictures in front of Johnson Hall, and I frantically called my family and friends to express my good news.  The excitement that I felt that day about Meredith College never really died down. My four years at this fine institution were perhaps the best of my life, and I often find myself wishing, even if just for a moment, that I could relive just one more day, or even hour of my time there.

But instead, I do the next best thing. I serve as Vice Chair of the Meredith College Young Alumnae Board. The board was established to promote active involvement of recent graduates of the past ten years in the life of the College. The Young Alumnae Board is filled with other recent graduates that have a strong passion for Meredith College. None have identical experiences, but we all have something in common. We all love Meredith College. It is a part of us, not only our past but our present and future as well.

The Young Alumnae Board is in existence to keep recent graduates together, communicating, networking, socializing, and bonding just like we did throughout our four years at Meredith College. There are two members of each class from the last ten years.  This year’s board consists of graduates from 2011-2003.  Together we host a fall social and a spring social to encourage fellowship and fun. Some of our past events have included socials in downtown Raleigh, tours of the new Meredith College Oaks Apartments, couponing events, wine tasting at the President’s home, manicures and pedicures, cooking demonstrations, jewelry making and more! We also realize that many of our Meredith alumnae have moved on to be Meredith mommies! We want to keep you and your little ones involved as well!  So, in addition to the regular young alumnae events, we also host a fall and spring mother’s event. Past events have included pumpkin painting, Lil Cornhuskin, Wee Stunt, an Easter egg hunt, and a scrap exchange.

Let’s face it, we have grown up. We are in the big girl world now. Time is tight and we are busy. But we should never be so busy that we can’t reconnect with our fellow alumnae to honor the institution that taught us so much about life. We want you to come back to campus, to stay connected to your classmates, to remember the excitement of Cornhuskin’, and to always feel the thrill of slipping that onyx on your finger. We want to help you do this.

Stayed tuned for future postings regarding Young Alumnae Board events.  I will continue to blog about our events and serve as the guest contributor to Beyond the Back Gate on behalf of the Young Alumnae Board.

If you have fantastic ideas regarding socials or mother’s events, please feel free to email

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon.

-Nicole McGuinness Hines, ’08

Nicole McGuinness Hines

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