Meredith College Accolades and Awards for 2011

In 2011, Meredith College and its faculty, staff, students and alumnae received recognition from numerous national and regional organizations. Some highlights include the following:

•Meredith College was ranked third on the U.S. News & World Report list of the South’s Best Regional Colleges. Meredith was also named to the “Great Schools, Great Prices” list, ranked 7th among regional colleges in the South. U.S. News describes this ranking as “taking into account a school’s academic quality, and the 2010-11 cost of attendance for students who receive the average level of need-based financial aid.”

•Meredith College was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

•Associate Professor of History Dan Fountain was inducted into the Historical Society of North Carolina during the Society’s fall meeting. The Society was founded in 1945 and is dedicated to the study and promotion of North Carolina history. Admission to membership is by nomination only and the Society is limited to a total of 75 active members.

•Three freshmen in Meredith’s Engineering Dual Degree program earned awards in NC State University’s 2011 Freshman Engineering Design Day competition. Mindie Stanford, Emily Hanline and Holly Geller were members of teams that won awards during the competition. Stanford, along with her NC State teammates, placed first in the morning Water Fountain competition. Hanline and Geller placed second in the afternoon Hovercraft competition, with their NC State teammates.

•Cori Spade, ’13, was one of 12 finalists selected for the Paris American Academy Scholarship, with a design piece called “Igniting the Change.” The competition theme was “Fashion in Green,” and Spade’s piece was inspired by the BP oil rig explosion off the Gulf coast.

•Beth Leavel, ’77, received a 2011 Tony Award nomination in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for her work in “Baby It’s You!.” Leavel won a 2006 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

•Gretchen Holt Witt, ’89, was named the 2011 National L’Oréal Women of Worth Honoree. Witt is the co-founder of Cookies for Kids Cancer, a non-profit that uses bake sales to raise money and awareness of pediatric cancer.

Visit for the full list of Accolades and Awards received in 2011.

– Melyssa Allen, Meredith Marketing Department

Home for the Holidays

“At Christmas, all roads lead home.” – Marjorie Holmes

Hi Everyone,

December or thereabouts is a time for celebrating! Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Eid Al-Fitr all fall ‘round about December time. Regardless of your celebratory bent, I find one strong element binds us all at this time of year…HOME!

Like many of you, I’ve lived and traveled widely since my days at Meredith.   Each place I’ve lived in or traveled to has totally changed my perspective on life and people and my place in the world. While I’ve craved new adventures and  surroundings and experiences, I’ve always been comforted by the fact that wherever I go, I can always come home.

The word home takes on different meanings for each of us;  for some, it’s the physical embodiment of our childhood days and precious family and friends, for others, it may be a state of mind. It gives us comfort to think of  “home” as a place we can go without fear or rejection or want;  a place where we will be fulfilled and cared for as we bring passion to it and keep it alive.  Such is our Meredith home. Here, we find a sense of belonging and cherished memories;  blending the past with the present while we dream of the future and what it may become.

And just as you would give a meaningful gift to a family member or friend, remember to give something to Meredith;  be it your time, experience or treasure. Our Meredith home is always welcoming to us at this poignant time of year as it is during all other days.

Happy Holidays!

– Elizabeth Dove, ’84, President, Meredith College Alumnae Association

Artwork courtesy of Amber McClure, ’10  – Southern Draw

Tar Heel Traveler featuring Frances Elrod, ’47

We hope that you all were able to tune into WRAL this week to see the Tar Heel Traveler featuring our very own Frances Elrod, ’47.  If you didn’t happen to catch the segment on TV, please click here to view!  Enjoy!

Young Alumnae Board Fall Review

The Young Alumnae Board had a successful fall season! On October 23rd, YAB hosted it’s 2nd Annual Pumpkin Painting event. The event was hosted in the Science and Math Building courtyard. Over 30 lil ones enjoyed chalking, painting pumpkins, bowling, hula hoops, and snacks!

We still love to experience Cornhuskin’, even as Young Alumnae! The Young Alumane Board helped with the Alumane and Parent Picnic hosted by the Alumnae house after the parade during Cornhuskin’. They also donated Krispy Kreme doughnuts to dorm rooms of participating students. Cornhuskin’ is a great event for current and past students to come together to celebrate their love for Meredith College!

On Thursday, November 17th the Young Alumnae Board hosted it’s fall social at Tobacco Road in Durham.  Alumnae from around the area joined in fellowship and food before going to see the Rockette’s perform at DPAC.

Thanks for a great fall! We look forward to seeing even more alumnae in the spring!

– Nicole McGuinness Hines, ’08

Hello to my MC family!

Hello to my MC family!

I hope you are all enjoying your winter season thus far! I know my world is quite full of hustle and bustle these days!

I wanted to let all my Meredith friends know that as of December 31, 2011, I will be resigning from my position as Assistant Director of Alumnae and Parent Relations at Meredith. In January, I will begin another job opportunity in Tampa, FL with the Republican National Convention. It was a bittersweet decision, but one I’m very confident in and excited about. Thanks to so many of you for helping to make my time at Meredith so wonderful. I am incredibly blessed to have been able to meet and work with so many strong and amazing women. I would love to be able to stay in touch and to keep these friendships that I hold so dear! My personal email address is Please drop me a note if you would like to be added to my personal mailing list. Thanks again for being the ANGELS that you are! Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

-Amanda Oliver, ‘02

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