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

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