Jersey Boys at DPAC

You’re invited: Jersey Boys at DPAC

Thursday, November 15, 2012 – 7:30 p.m.
Durham Performing Arts Center

“Oh What a Night”: We are pleased to offer Jersey Boys tickets to Meredith College alumnae at a discounted group rate.

Join us for the most talked about show of the season on Thursday, November 15th at 7:30pm at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $64 per person. Space is limited; place your order today! Unfortunately we are unable to hold tickets for this event due to the limited seating.  Please call with a credit card or mail in a check to secure your seats.  Guests welcome!

Seats are located in the center section of the Lower Grande Tier, rows D-E.

For additional information or to purchase your tickets, please contact Meredith Moody, ’10 at or 919.760.8070. For additional information on the show, including a seating chart, please visit DPAC’s website by clicking here.

New Where in the World t-shirt! Calling all submissions!

Greetings from the Alumnae Office! We are in the process of a redesign of our Where in the World t-shirts, worn by alumnae as they travel the globe.

Do you have any new design ideas for these t-shirts?  Feel free to email us at with any sketches, ideas, designs, etc..!

Happy travels!  We look forward to receiving your submissions this summer.

Calling all Maryland Alumnae!

Are STEM careers just for GEEKS?

Greetings Alumnae,

I hope your summer is off to a good start thus far.

This week, we welcome a guest speaker to the blog; Varsha Chawla, Meredith MBA graduate. Varsha proves you can combine a strong business background with STEM courses to create a well rounded career.

Varsha Chawla is a Sr Solutions Architect on the Customer Intelligence Global Enablement team. She currently covers almost all solutions in the Customer Intelligence solution suite and has extensive expertise in digital marketing. Prior to her current role, Varsha covered product management for SAS Digital Marketing, SAS BI Dashboard, and Mobile BI. She also worked as a Business Analyst in the Customer Intelligence Practice. Varsha’s background covers sales operations, market research, and account management in the memory products and retail industries. While managing nine product lines with their subsequent pricing models, business models, and product transitions, she worked with clients such as Dell, Best Buy, IBM, and HP. She has extensive experience in working with global sales and operation teams in AP and the Middle East. Varsha is an active social media / networking participant and frequently presents to MBA and other younger students on the topic.  Varsha holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree from Florida Atlantic University and also has an MBA degree from Meredith College. She is fluent in Dutch and English.

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



Are STEM careers just for GEEKS?

Varsha Chawla|JUNE 1, 2012

Imagine sitting in a classroom at a medium-size university, looking around at your peers and realizing that they all have something in common: their demographics. This is what it was like to go to college for me less than a decade ago. There was very little diversity in my computer science and math classes, but it never bothered me much. It was not until I started my career working at technology companies that I realized what the workplace is really like: diverse, fast paced and constantly changing.

Fast forward 10 years or so and you’ll find much more diversity in those classes that were previously only for real “geeks.” Those STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classes are still not as diverse as many other college classes, but we’re slowly getting there as the interest in STEM careers is growing. And why shouldn’t it be? Technology is more accessible than ever. There are a plethora of online resources available for anything from building a mobile app to programming a robot. I recently ordered a Raspberry Pi to keep my own programming skills sharp. Technology really is omnipresent and it’s only getting more exciting.

Pursuing a STEM career was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My work here at SAS mostly consists of translating our Customer Intelligence software into business value for both our internal and external customers. Although I do little purely technical work on a day to day basis, my STEM education has provided me with a solid foundation that has proven to be extremely helpful in tasks such as troubleshooting and explaining our software to non-technical people. In Customer Intelligence, it’s all about sending targeted messages and offers to the right people, when and where they matter. I love translating this into ROI for our customers as much as I love thinking about the technology behind it all. The latter sometimes brings me back to my computer science classes. The ones I hope that you’ll appreciate as much as I have.

There are a lot of opportunities to add diversity – outside of the university setting. One great way is by meeting other students and STEM-oriented adults at SAS Users Groups events. Check out this listing of 2012 US events and scholarship opportunities.

White Out Lung Cancer


I am a proud member of the Class of 2011. Whilst on campus, we were the Queens of Can Art, expert Crook Hunt seekers, and part of that ODD group of fearless women. It’s been over a year since we left Wonderland, and most of us still feel like we’re back ‘home’ when we turn onto the front drive. During my last semester at Meredith, I lost my mom to lung cancer after a short five month battle. She was diagnosed in September, just a month after I returned from an unforgettable study abroad experience. It was an earth-shaking even for me. I struggled to finish my semester but felt more deserving than ever when I turned my onyx on that rainy day in May.

During my first year out of school, I did a lot of searching: searching for ‘myself’, searching for a job, searching for a new normalcy outside of the Meredith gates. I found myself volunteering with the North Carolina Lung Cancer Partnership, photographing a few of their events. It was a great outlet for me to positively channel my grief. I noticed that there was a whole demographic that the partnership was missing: young women. I wanted to create an event that did two things: raise awareness amongst lung cancer for young women and celebrate and honor my mom’s life.

Combining my studies in fashion design and theatre and my mom’s love of fashion, White Out Lung Cancer was created. On June 15th at Burning Coal Theatre in Downtown Raleigh, local designers, mostly Meredith students and alumnae, will join our sponsoring boutiques in a fashion show benefiting the North Carolina Lung Cancer Partnership. Irongate Winery will be providing a wine tasting to kick-off the evening, in combination with a silent auction featuring items by many local artist and opening night tickets to see Christie Brinkley star in Chicago at DPAC! My hope is to sell the house out, and I’d love to see my fellow Meredith sisters at the event.

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Thank you all,

Jordan Jaked, ’11

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