Endowment Gift Establishes First Engineering Scholarship at Meredith

General Norman C. Gaddis, of Durham, N.C., has established the Hazel Lee Gaddis Engineering Scholarship at Meredith College. The endowment is the first scholarship for engineering at Meredith College.

Gaddis, a retired Air Force brigadier general, made this gift in memory of his wife, Hazel Lee Gaddis. During his long military career, Norman Gaddis was a Prisoner Of War in Vietnam for 2,124 days. Hazel Gaddis became an activist and advocate for POWs and their families, serving as the North Carolina coordinator of the National League of Families. Her activities involved contacting the families of North Carolina servicemen who were Killed, Missing In Action or Prisoners Of War. As a coordinator, she worked directly with the Department of Defense and the State Department.

“Hazel Gaddis had the spirit and can-do attitude of a Meredith woman. She saw a problem to be solved and became a powerful advocate,” said Meredith College President Jo Allen. “We are honored that General Gaddis wanted to honor his wife with this special gift to support Meredith’s engineering program.”

The Hazel Lee Gaddis Engineering Scholarship will support students who are pursuing their studies through Meredith’s Engineering Dual Degree Program, a partnership between Meredith College and NC State University. At completion, students in this program earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Meredith College in chemistry or mathematics and a Bachelor of Science degree from NCSU in chemical or environmental engineering, or civil, computer, electrical, industrial or mechanical engineering.

“This scholarship will make a tremendous impact on the lives of future Engineering Dual Degree students and will help Meredith College to be able to attract and retain bright and promising students,” said Meredith College Professor of Mathematics Cammey Cole Manning, who served as engineering program coordinator for five years.

For more information on Meredith’s engineering dual degree program visitmeredith.edu/admissions/engineering_dual_degree_program.

About Meredith College
Founded in 1891, Meredith College is one of the largest independent women’s colleges in the U.S. Meredith offers comprehensive liberal arts and professional studies for undergraduate women. Meredith also offers coeducational M.B.A., M.A.T., M.Ed. and M.S. in Nutrition programs and coeducational business, paralegal, dietetics and pre-health certificate programs. Meredith has been cited as one of the “best colleges” in the region and the country by U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review and Forbes.com.

-Melyssa Allen, Marketing

Photo shows Meredith College President Jo Allen
with General Norman C. Gaddis.


MC in NYC: November 16-18, 2012

Make plans to join us for an alumnae trip to the Big Apple!

This fun-filled weekend getaway includes: airfare from RDU, transfer service, accommodations at The Hotel Metro, an alumnae reception, tickets to the 9/11 Memorial and Nice Work if You Can Get It featuring Matthew Broderick. Accommodations can be made for those wishing to make separate flight arrangements.

Single Occupancy – $1,305
Double Occupancy – $950/person
Triple Occupancy – $850/person

Reserve your spot now!  A $100 deposit is required to secure your reservation.  For additional information or to reserve your spot, please contact Hilary Allen at 919.760.8751 or allenh@meredith.edu.

Author Jeannette Walls Shares Life Lessons at Meredith


Best-selling author Jeannette Walls shared life lessons she’s learned since the publication of her memoir “The Glass Castle” during her August 27, 2012, visit to Meredith College.


“Telling the story of my childhood has changed my life,” Walls said. “One of the lessons I’ve learned is that everything in life is a blessing and a curse – it’s up to you to choose which to focus on. The blessing of my childhood is that I grew up as a fighter and a scrapper. The curse of my childhood is that I grew up as a fighter and a scrapper.”


Walls, whose book was chosen as Meredith’s 2012 Summer Reading Program book, spoke at an informal afternoon Q&A and presented an evening lecture to overflow crowds. During both events, she mentioned how pleased she is that students are reading her book.


“My secret bold ambition for my book was that students would read it,” Walls said. She said she hoped that students might be inspired by her story, and be nicer to those who are different.


“What you see in my story is a reflection of your story,” Walls said. “I hope when you leave here you are thinking about your story, not mine.”


In “The Glass Castle,” Walls describes growing up in the desert of the American Southwest and then in a West Virginia mining town with her three siblings and the brilliant, unorthodox, irresponsible parents who manage at once to neglect them, love them and teach them to face their fears.


Walls discussed the process of writing her memoir, and the challenge of depicting her parents, who she described as “people with wonderful qualities but who were certainly not saints.”


Writing the first draft of her book took only six weeks, Walls said, but the rewriting process took five years, as she chose the parts of her life story to include.


“Even though ‘The Glass Castle’ is non-fiction, we shape our truths … I included scenes that were important in shaping the person I became.”


Walls’ memoir has been a New York Times best-seller for more than four years, has sold 3.5 million copies in the U.S. alone, been translated into 22 languages, and is being made into a movie by Paramount. It was named one of the “Top 10 Books of the Decade” by Amazon, and has won numerous awards.


– Melyssa Allen, Marketing




Alumnae Book Club is back!

The Meredith College Alumnae Book club will be starting up for the 2012-2013 season in September. Below you’ll find a complete listing of this year’s books as well as the meeting locations for each book club.  All meeting will begin with a social time at 6:30 and the discussion will start at 7pm.  We hope to see you there!

September 18 – 11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King – Meet in the Chapel Commons Room

October 16 – South of Broad by Pat Conroy – Meet in the Chapel Commons Room

November 13 – You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe – Meet in the Chapel Commons Room

December 11 – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith – Meet in the Chapel Commons Room

January 15 – Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilence, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand – Meet in the Chapel Commons Room

February 19 – The Paris Wife by Paula McLain – Meet in the Chapel Commons Room

March 19 – In the Garden of Beasts:  Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson – Meet in 144 Martin (old Hunter bldg)

April 9 – Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford – Meet in the Chapel Commons Room

May 21 – Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – Meet in the Chapel Commons Room

Photo of the Week

Members of the class of 2016 arrive at Meredith College on move in day and are greeted by members of Meredith’s Orientation Crew!  Pictured are Mary Rawls, ’13, Aubrey Cuthbertson, ’14, Lacy Pfeiffer, ’14, all members of Meredith’s Orientation Crew.

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