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Dance professor uses sebatical to expand art
by Clarky Lucas
Alyson Colwell-Waber danced a
Solo Flight at Meredith College on
Friday and Saturday night.
She presented the dances Jour
Dove' Sei Tu
mance is the re
sult of an inten
leave in which
to develop new
Her goals for
were to explore
movement material, create choreo
graphic structure, and rehearse and
perform the finished dances.
Dialect by Mark Taylor and Dove'
Sei Tu Romeo by Jack Arnold were
specifically created for Colwell-Waber.
“In creating Dialect, there was
more experimentation and explora
tion of ideas,” said Colwell-Waber.
When woiking with a choreogra
pher there is a nice give and take, a
more of an exchange of ideas, but
ultimately the choreographer makes
the final decision about what the dance
Colwell-Waber had worked with
each of the choreographers for this
show in the past. Liz Lsrman, Taylor
Alyson Colwell-Waber performs her dance "Tightrope" and displays her trained
new faculty. She said her involvement
was time consuming, and she was
The leave allowed her to concen
trate on putting together a solo perfor
mance to continue refining her craft.
W a b e r
classes on all
levels of mod
ern ballet and
photo by Steve Wilson danceproduc-
tion. She also
and Arnold had all performed as guest
artists at Meredith. Some were even
guest teachers and worked with stu
She said she was motivated to begin
this projea because she was starting to
feel pulledaway fromdancing. Colwell-
Waber has spent nine years working
with the dance program at Meredith
which has been rapidly expanding. Dur
ing this time, she developed new cur
riculum, wrote proposals for the Bach
elor of Arts degree in Dance and hired
certs, the fall dance gathering and cho
“Meredith is a very rewarding place
to teach. I get to know my students and
my interaction with them is signifi
cant,” said Colwell-Waber.
One of her future goals, she said, is
to keep performing this concert. She
will be present it again at the UNCG on
“I fully support the idea of always
being a student and to continue learn
ing,” said Colwell-Waber.
BDH director looks for new twist on dining
by Melissa Ray
As director of food services, Thad
O’Briant is the man in charge of pro
viding meals for the Meredith popula
tion. Much of his time is spent per
forming the tasks necessary to keep
Belk Dining hall running smoothly; As
director, O’Briant is in charge of han
dling all food service jobs. He is re
sponsible for the hiring, training and
scheduling of dining hall employees
as well as planning the daily menus. In
addition to these jobs, he supervises
the ordering and the production of
O’Briant was bom and raised in
Raleigh with two brothers and three
step-sisters. In 1990, he married Paula
O’Briant, director of residence life.
O’Briant earned his undergraduate
degree from North Carolina State Uni
versity, majoring in political science
with a concentration in criminal jus
tice. His first experience with food
service was at Camp Seagull outside
New Bern. He then worked as manager
at a Bojangles restaurant for two years.
After working with fast food,
O’Briant decided he needed a greater
challenge. He said he wanted “More
responsibility and experience” in the
area of food service. For this purpose
he said he came to Meredith.
He trained for two years in
Meredith’s Belk DiningHall beforeleav
ing Meredith to become assistant direc
tor of food services at Elon College.
After two years of gaining experience
at Elon College, O’Briant left to fill the
position of director of food services at
When deciding whether or not to
take the director’s position at Meredith,
O’Briant considered the feet that he
knew most of the faculty and staff as
well as how friendly the students and
atmosphere were. As Meredith’s charm
convinced many prospective students,
likewise it convinced O’Briant to make
Meredith his home.
He says he enjoys his position in
food service. He says college food ser
vice in general is “never routine. ” There
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