Farewell from the Alumnae Association President

Each year as spring arrives, another academic year draws to a close. It is a bittersweet moment. Students feel proud of what they have accomplished and relieved to have successfully completed another year of scholarly challenge. There is also a hint of sadness in the air as they gather their belongings, bid classmates farewell, and prepare to disperse in all directions of the globe. For graduating seniors, it is the end of a chapter marked by tremendous personal growth and hard-earned achievements. It is also a time of uncertainty and hope as they prepare to embark on the next chapter in their lives.

For any organization that aspires to greatness, the work is never done. Such is the case at Meredith College.

They say “time flies when you are having fun,” and that is certainly what I have realized over the past two years. It is truly  hard to believe that two years have passed since I assumed the role of President of Meredith’s Alumnae Association. When I took the gavel as the president in May of 2011, I knew it would be a lot of hard work, but I also experienced so much fun, had so many wonderful opportunities and have met so many great Angels along the way.

I hope that all of our alumnae association members feel a sense of pride in belonging to our organization. I also hope that some of the new events and activities that we have developed, and will continue to develop, will better serve your needs and desires. We want to reach out to the amazing Angel in each of you!

One of my favorite duties and privileges as president was to preside over Reunion Weekend, and present awards to our Distinguished Alumnae during our Annual Meetings.  All of these outstanding alumnae make me even more proud to be a Meredith graduate!   They exemplify Meredith’s greatness, and they ensure our college continues to excel.   The creation of the Discover Meredith alumnae recruiting event, held twice yearly is a new event I am most proud of.     This exclusive alumnae-only recruiting event has generated a lot of enthusiasm among our alumnae and prospective students.    I predict this event will continue to grow and become even more important to our overall recruiting efforts on campus.

Of all the experiences I’ve had as your President one event will always stay with me as the most poignant of my tenure.    In May, 2012, I had the privilege of welcoming back to Meredith my late Mother’s class of 1947 for their 65th reunion.    Even though my Mom, Sue McDonald Dove, was not there (although she was in spirit!), her class made me feel welcome as one of their own.  I will never forget our conversations over lunch and watching them laugh together when they had their beautiful photo taken on the quad.   Their stories of their days at Meredith were a reminder to me that we all share the same goals for the college, and that our school represents a wonderful continuum of life with each successive generation.

There are so many wonderful people I wish to thank before departure.   One is our Director of Alumnae and Parent Relations, Hilary Allen and her amazing team of Meredith Moore Moody and Haile Sue Smith.  Each of them ensures our alumnae events roll smoothly year after year.  If you’ve never stopped by the Alumnae House and thanked these amazing alumnae for all their hard work, please do!   We truly could not function without their drive and commitment to the College.  Erin Cleghorn, our Meredith Fund Director and her staff are the force behind the Meredith Fund.  I thank each of them for their dedication to building the Fund each year, and kicking our collective alumnae butt when we’re not giving!

I also thank Dr. Lennie Barton, our VP of Institutional Advancement along with Dr. Denise Rotondo and Dr. Liz Wolfinger for their wonderful ideas and words of encouragement for our Alumnae Association throughout my tenure.    President Jo Allen was a wonderful mentor and friend to me throughout these past two years.  Thank you Dr. Allen for meeting with me and sharing my ideas and goals for the Association.

Mentor, friend and beloved sister, Deborah Dove Smith, class of 1980 is my biggest inspiration.    I am lucky to have followed in her footsteps as President.

A most sincere and heartfelt thanks for the Alumnae Association Board of Directors for all of their efforts and for sharing this journey with me. They have elevated our alumnae association in so many ways and will continue to carry us forward on our quest to be the best.

I have served side by side with our incoming president Andrea Oakley Fox, class of 1995, and I am certain that she will move us ahead in ensuring our alumnae, community and friends stay connected and remain a significant part of our college and our mission. I have had the privilege of knowing Andrea as a friend and colleague and am confident that she will serve alumnae well.  You are in great hands with Andrea as our leader in the coming years, and I wish her all the best.

Thanks again for the opportunity to serve as your president. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life as an Angel.

GO MEREDITH!!!

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

You know it’s springtime at Meredith when…

Spring is my favorite season on the Meredith Campus. Grass greens, trees bud, days lengthen and the end of a long winter is near.

This time of year is a firm acclamation that we made it through the often-depressing winter months. The spring weather allows us to get out and experience the campus in ways not possible during the winter quarter. The beauty of nature reviving is wonderful to observe. True, one might have found pleasure enjoying the many winter vistas available from many of our historic buildings. But that pleasure is fleeting–when the temperature is approaching freezing!

For those who, like me, must frequently escape their office for a stress-relieving walk, the weather is welcoming and can yield unintended discoveries. The campus is yours to explore! 

Take a walk by the iris garden at the front gate. Our school flower takes its name from the Greek word for rainbow.  What more fitting flower for our campus and its students and alumnae than this: we all represent a rainbow of diversity.

Stroll by the gazebo behind Jones Chapel and sit for a moment. You can’t help but find a peaceful moment or two surrounded by nature and its beautiful flowers.   

Springtime flowers at Meredith also evoke memories of past Class Days and Commencements of old and not so old! 2013 is now gearing up for their senior Class Day and for Commencement; one of the biggest milestones in their young lives.    

For me, Class Day was very significant, and I remember it like it was yesterday.     My friends and I stood at the amphitheater after commencement rehearsal realizing this would be one of our last days together as relatively carefree students. We were also bursting with pride that we’d made it to this day, and looked forward with enthusiasm as our chance to ‘set the world on fire’ as new graduates approached with each passing moment.

On behalf of all Meredith Alumnae, we wish the Senior Class of 2013 nothing but the very best of luck in all you do!

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

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Franklin P. Jones

If you’re like me, you have several special Valentines in your life…your sweetheart, your children, your parents, sisters, brothers,  best friends and others who make your life generally….well..sweeter! Sweetheart is defined as a “term of endearment”, and while my family and friends make up the bulk of my ‘sweethearts’, I also count Meredith among them!

For Meredith will always have a special, endearing place in my life;  a place that gave me wonderful friendships, a once in a lifetime learning experience and the chance to grow and mature in a way that made me unafraid to take risks later on in life.

So, this year, as you buy your valentines a card or box of candy, don’t forget to give Meredith a little valentine too, preferably with a little special something included. Give an online Valentine gift to Meredith in honor of one of your professors or your roommate or best friend, or ‘just because’… To make an online contribution to the annual fund, please click here.

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

 

What Makes a college great?

What makes a college great?

According to Money Magazine, to parents it’s a school that delivers top-quality education at reasonable cost.  To students, however, a truly terrific college offers a small-community atmosphere as well as professors committed both to teaching–not research–and to giving students lots of individual attention, both in and out of the classroom.  In addition, students say that a great college must provide them with a rich social life, plenty of opportunities to live on campus and ample courses.

If, after reading this, you’re saying to yourself, “wow, that description fits Meredith”, you’d be correct! With a small community-oriented campus and a small professor to student ratio all within one of the most highly desirable cities to live and work in the US, Meredith students truly get the best of many worlds.

Once again, Meredith Alumnae will be hosting a student recruiting day at Meredith on October 13, 2012 called, appropriately, Discover Meredith. For those of you who recruited for this event earlier this year, thank you for making it one of the most successful recruiting events in our history. Our Alumnae Association received numerous “thank yous” from parents and professors alike for creating a truly meaningful event for prospective students to Meredith.

We need your help now to recruit for the next generation of Meredith women. Please click here to see a full schedule for the day and register to attend.

Thank you for all you do.

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

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Discover Meredith
Saturday, October 13, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Do you know a a young woman who would thrive at Meredith College? Maybe someone you have told stories about Cornhuskin’, Class Day or other campus traditions. We would like to invite you and that special young woman to join us at a day set aside for alumnae to share Meredith. Highlights of the day include: remarks from President Jo Allen,’80, a student showcase that highlights the student experience, a campus traditions tour and an alumnae and student panel discussion.

For more information, please visit the admissions website by clicking here.

Fall into Meredith Events: Alumnae L&L Series

Fall into Meredith Events!

Even though it’s still hot outside, it’s not too early to be thinking ahead to fall at Meredith and all of the ‘cool’ events we have scheduled for Alumnae.  Please visit the Alumnae Calendar tab on the blog by clicking here to see a listing of our upcoming events.

I’m proud to announce that this year we’re going to be starting a brand new Lunch & Learn (L&L) series.  Below you can find a full schedule for the L&L series which will feature the talents and expertise of faculty, staff, students and alumnae.  Three L&L’s are planned for  this fall and another four in the spring.

This fall we’re having a summer reading program lecture featuring Dr. Deborah Tippett, an election information/Q&A session featuring Dr. Clyde Frazier and a holiday decorating/tablescape session featuring our alumna Jo Dermid, ’64 (owner of Graceful Tables, an event and design business).  All of the L&Ls will be in the Raleigh area; some on campus and some in local restaurants.  If all goes well this year,  we’re hoping to expand them to other areas next year!

Stay tuned and stay cool!

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

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Alumnae Lunch & Learn Series

Please make plans to attend the 2012-2013 Alumnae Lunch & Learn Series!  Join fellow alumnae for lunch as we hear from current faculty, staff, students and alumnae on various topics.

To RSVP to any of the following Lunch & Learn sessions, please contact the Office of Alumnae Relations at 919.760.8548 or alumnae@meredith.edu.  Cost: $22/person, which will include a 3 course meal in a private room.  Spaces are limited.  Please RSVP today to hold your spot.

September 19, 2012
11:30 am – 18 Seaboard
18 Seaboard Station, #100, Raleigh

Please join Dr. Deborah Tippett, department head of Human Environmental Sciences, for a discussion of Meredith’s Summer Reading book, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

October 17, 2012
11:30 am – Mia Francesca’s
4100 Main at North Hills, Raleigh

Dr. Clyde Frazier, professor of political science, will share information, lead a discussion and answer questions about the election cycle and the upcoming November elections.

November 14, 2012
11:30 am – Relish Café
5625 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh

Jo Dermid, ‘64, owner of Graceful Tables, will get you in the holiday spirit as she shares tips and tricks for holiday decorating and entertaining.

January 16, 2013
11:30 am – Tribeca Tavern
500 Ledgestone Way, Cary

Eat this, not that!  Join Katie Ort, nutritionist with Healthy Diets, Inc., and start the new year off on a healthy foot.  This session will focus on restaurant menus and how select healthy meal options.

February 13, 2013
11:30 pm – Oak Room
Meredith College campus

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Meredith Angels!  Dr. Fran Page, department head of Music, will lead members of the Chorale and Ensemble in a special performance.

March 13, 2013
11:30 am – Coquette
4351 the Circle at North Hills, Raleigh

Dr. Jane Barnes, professor of Business, will share information and lead a discussion on women’s leadership.

April 24, 2013
11:30 am – Frankie Weems Art Gallery
Gaddy Hamrick, Meredith College campus

Dr. Beth Mulvaney, department head of art, will lead a tour of the Senior Art Exhibition students.  Current students will be available to speak about their displayed work.  Following the tour, lunch will be served in the Oak Room.

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