Meredith College Set to Welcome Class of 2016

Meredith College will welcome approximately 425 freshmen into its Class of 2016 this fall.
The new students will move in at Meredith on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. Members of this class come from 15 states and 12 countries, including Brazil, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Togo.  The Class of 2016 also includes 60 honors scholars, the largest incoming class of Honors Program participants in Meredith history. This is a 40% increase over the number of honors students who entered in the previous class.

Meredith is also welcoming 29 students who will be in the first class of Meredith College Teaching Fellows. Since 1987, Meredith participated in the prestigious North Carolina Teaching Fellows program, which is designed to attract motivated, high achieving N.C. high school seniors who are interested in teaching. The College launched its own Teaching Fellows program after the North Carolina Legislature voted to phase out the statewide program. Meredith students who have participated in the N.C. Teaching Fellows Program have been well-prepared for success. Of N.C. Teaching Fellows who have graduated from Meredith College in the last three years, 100% have passed PRAXIS II, and over 95 percent are currently employed or in graduate school.

Another successful new initiative is Meredith’s Impact Raleigh Program, which will have 111 participants in 2012-13. This initiative highlights the impact Meredith students have on the local community and enhances each participant’s college education through service, learning and academic opportunities. The program, which includes a renewable $1,000 grant, selected participants from Wake County high school graduates.

“Impact Raleigh is an opportunity for our students to make an impact in their community, and for Meredith College to continue to give back to Raleigh and Wake County,” said Associate Vice President for Enrollment Danny Green.

In addition to the increase in first-year students, Meredith College also expects higher enrollment among undergraduate transfers and graduate program participants.

New Options for Transfer Students
In 2012, Meredith College signed onto the NC Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Articulation Agreement with the North Carolina Community College system. This agreement simplifies the transfer process for community college graduates. In addition to guaranteed transfer of all eligible credit hours, these students enter Meredith as juniors, are eligible for additional need-based financial aid, and register early with the junior class.

“We anticipate at least 75 transfer students to join the Meredith community in Fall 2012,” Green said. “Many of these students are coming to Meredith with an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a North Carolina Community College.”

In honor of signing the articulation agreement, Meredith now offers scholarships for women who have successfully completed their community college experience and choose to complete their bachelor degrees at Meredith. These scholarships include a $5,000 award for Phi Theta Kappa members with at least 30 hours of transferrable credit; and a $10,000 award for N.C. Community College Associate degree graduates with GPAs of 3.0 or better. Visit meredith.edu/admissions/transfers for more information on transferring to Meredith.

Increased Enrollment in Graduate Programs
Meredith College has seen a 45% increase in the number of students interested in beginning graduate study this fall. Approximately 75 students have enrolled in Meredith College’s graduate programs, compared to 52 students at the same time in 2011. Applications also increased this year from 216 in 2011 to 313 in 2012. Meredith offers coeducational MBA, M.A.T., M.Ed. and Master of Science in Nutrition graduate degrees. For more information on graduate programs at Meredith, visit meredith.edu/graduate.

To learn more about admission to Meredith College, visit meredith.edu/admissions.

– Melyssa Allen,  Marketing

Meredith College 2012-2013 Art Department Exhibition Calendar

Meredith College 2012-2013 Exhibition Calendar

Please make plans to join the Meredith College Art Department on campus sometime during the 2012-2013 school year.  In addition to our April Lunch & Learn we would also love to have our alumnae join us for a few of the gallery events listed below!  For questions or additional information, please contact Ann Roth, Gallery Director at rotha@meredith.edu or 919-760-8239.  In addition, please feel free to visit www.meredith.edu/art/gallery.htm

 Through August 27, 2012 – Rotunda Gallery
Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

September 9-October 28, 2012 – Frankie G. Weems Art Gallery
Wax Foundations: Encaustic in the Southeast
September 9, opening reception, 2-4 p.m.
Eleven artists from North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina contribute works that explore the idea of texture and depth through the medium of encaustic. Wax and pigment are combined to create lush, layered works that speak to the versatility of this medium.

September 9-November 11, 2012 – Rotunda Gallery
Natural Settings: Botanical Art by Susan Alford, Marilyn Bass, Claire Miller and Patricia Savage
September 9, opening reception, 2-4 p.m.
These four artists explore the world of plants from different perspectives, in different styles and in media including pen and ink, colored pencil, watercolor, oils, pastels and cut paper.

November 2-3, 2012 – Frankie G. Weems Art Gallery
Holiday Art Sale
Art department students and faculty offer ceramics, photography, notecards, t-shirts, scarves, drawings, paintings, ornaments and more, all reasonably priced for unique holiday giving.

November 11-29, 2012 – Frankie G. Weems Art Gallery
Senior Art Exhibition
November 11, opening reception, 2-4 p.m.
Graduating senior art students at Meredith College each assemble a body of work demonstrating the culmination of their studies. The exhibit features a variety of media from sculpture and ceramics to drawing and painting, and from fibers to digital photography and graphic design.

January 24-March 31, 2013 – Rotunda Gallery
Interior Design/Fashion Design
January 24 opening reception, 4-6 p.m.
Fashion and Interior Design students interpret renowned artworks through garments and interior settings.

January 24-March 31, 2013 – Frankie G. Weems Art Gallery
Connections: Artists Invited by Meredith College Art Faculty
January 24: opening reception, 4-6 p.m.
The interests and perspectives of the Meredith College art faculty are reflected in their choices of artists showing paintings, sculpture, clay, graphic design, photographs, textiles, video and mixed media.

April 14-26, 2013 – Frankie G. Weems Art Gallery
Senior Art Exhibition
April 14, opening reception, 2-4 p.m.
Graduating senior art students at Meredith College each assemble a body of work demonstrating the culmination of their studies. The exhibit features a variety of media from sculpture and ceramics to drawing and painting, and from fibers to digital photography and graphic design.

April 11-August 26, 2013 – Rotunda Gallery
Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition
April 11, opening reception, 4-6 p.m.
April 11, awards ceremony, 5 p.m.
This annual survey exhibition highlights the range and depth of Meredith College’s art students’ work in sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, textiles, graphic design, ceramics, and mixed media.

Enrollment Up for Meredith College Graduate Programs

Meredith College has seen a 45% increase in the number of students interested in beginning graduate study this fall. As of June 15, 2012, 75 students have enrolled in Meredith College’s graduate programs, compared to 52 students at the same time in 2011. Applications also increased this year from 216 in 2011 to 313 in 2012. Meredith offers coeducational MBA, M.A.T., M.Ed. and Master of Science in Nutrition graduate degrees.

Denise Rotondo, senior vice president for academic programs, believes the increase may suggest optimism about the job market 18-24 months out. Rotondo also attributes the increased interest to recent enhancements that Meredith has made to its graduate programs.

Quality Enhancement
Meredith’s School of Business, which includes the MBA program, earned accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) in 2010. Less than 5% of business schools worldwide meet the rigorous standards of AACSB. One of the distinguishing features of the Meredith MBA program is the LEaD initiative, which infuses concepts of leadership, ethics, and personal and professional development throughout the MBA curriculum.

Program Expansion
In 2011, Meredith added a new Master of Arts in teaching option. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in English as a Second Language program serves people who have bachelor’s degrees in disciplines other than education, who are committed to becoming teachers, and who are seeking initial N.C. teaching licensure. Graduates of the new MAT in ESL program will be prepared to fill greatly needed ESL teaching positions in North Carolina. Meredith also offers MAT degrees in elementary education and special education.

For more information on graduate programs at Meredith, visit meredith.edu/graduate.

-Melyssa Allen, Marketing Department

 

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