Fast Facts: Faculty and Students #StayingStrong

Curious about how students, faculty, and staff are continuing to adjust to our current reality? Below are a just few of the submissions the College received as part of the department of Marketing’s #StayingStrong campaign.

Fashion and Business major Marie Johnson, ’20, reports on how she is #MCStayingStrong this semester. “I have two very different majors to keep up with. I do this by planning/ organizing my time well and with a little help from coffee.”

Meredith faculty are still presenting research, just in a virtual format. Angela Smedley, an adjunct in the department of Communication, recently presented “Expanding our Communication Center: Helping Interpersonal Students Find Their Voices” at the virtual conference for the National Association of Communication Centers hosted by Clemson University.


Assistant Professor of Child Development Fain Barker shares that she has still been able to have guest speakers still “come” to class. This is a screenshot from Monday’s BK 341 Variation in Early Development class with Matthew Martinez from NC Dept. of Public Instruction presenting on Assistive Technology.


Vice President for Marketing & Communication Kristi Eaves-McLennan shared: “I am staying strong and connected to the Meredith community by picking out a Meredith t-shirt to wear on most workdays. And, check out my home office – an old wooden elementary school desk with a flip-up top!” 

The First Year Experience office shared this photo of the Chief Student Advisers zoomin’ into Student Adviser training at virtual speed. Abigail Crook, Ayla Gutschick, Cassie Cubilla, Rebekah Lakey and Chrissie Bumgardner were planning a virtual SA training for our newest Student Advisers.


Avion Jenkins, ’20, and her classmates in Communication Senior Seminar with Dr. Teresa Holder are still Going Strong in a remote learning format.


The Office of International Programs held their weekly staff meeting via Zoom. Director Brooke Shurer said they were “discussing support for Meredith’s wonderful international students and planning for future study abroad programs. We WILL travel again!”


We’d love to know how alumnae are #StayingStrong! You can submit your own photos and stories to


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