North Carolina Newspapers

    Meredith Herald
Volume XII, Issue 9
October 25,1995
Raleigh, NorthCarolina
Heading to the future
By: Robin Hollingsworth
Most likely, students are already aware that Meredith College has installed a
campus-wide Internet system. This network was introduced to keep the Meredith
community up to date with ever-changing computer technology.
This new system allows students to access personal e-mail accounts, the
Internet, the library ALIS, and Meredith’s own gopher and Web pages.
This summer the college installed the new network throughout the campus.
It was and is a tedious and complicated process of wiring and preparing facilities.
Last year Meredith didn’t have this technology and it definitely has come a long
way since then.
Many students may have difficulties in sending e-mail off-campus, but technol
ogy services asks students to please be patient. Technology services is thrilled
that the new computer system they are installing has proven to be so popular.
However, this summer they had no idea how it would be accepted, therefore
they did not realize how much software they would need. As soon as they saw
the rush of eager users, they ordered additional software. Unfortunately you can’t
just go out to a store to buy this software package. There have been delays in the
shipment of their orders.
In order for the e-mail system to work, the hardware must be in place, and for
every 500 users, there must be a Microsoft post office in place. Also the special
software that enables the mail to be sent off or onto campus must be installed. In
addition to the delays in their orders, the understaffed technology services
department is continuing to connect parts of the system and prepare buildings
to accept it. A lot of background work goes into making this technology possible.
This is only the test semester. After the initial installation of the software and
registration of users, there is no doubt it will all run smoother. “It has been more
successful than I could imagine,” said Ruth Balia, manager of User Support.
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April Crocker dses e-mail at Meredith. Photo by Carolyn Chandley
Leadership conference
gives a new attitude
Dr. Mary Johnson gives the keynote address at the fall leadership
By Clarky Lucas
Leaders from various campus orga
nizations attended Meredith College’s
1995 Fall Leadership Conference held
at NCSU’s Me Kimmon Center on Octo
ber 7.
“LeadersUnderConstruaion: Blue
prints for Change” was the theme of
the conference which was organized
by a committee of student leaders in
conjunction with the Office of Student
Activites and Leadership Development.
Students started off the morning
with a team building exercise before
they went to the first breakout session.
The sessions included “Don’t get stuck
in the Cement: Assert Yourself’ with
Sanne Martin, Assistant Director of the
Counseling Center at Meredith and
“Using Your Tools Effectively: Busi
ness Etiquette and Protocol” with Kathy
McLaughlin, President of Kathy
McLauglolin and Company and Proto
col Consultant to the Research Tri
angle World Trade Center.
Martin stressed the importance of
being assertive and not aggressive or
submissive. Students were taught the
verbal and nonverbal characteristics
of assertive people and how to acquire
McLaughlin gave students an edge
in business and social etiquette with
lessons on introductions and handshak
Dr. Mary Johnson, Dean of Con
tinuing Education and Graduate School,
spoke about the qualities students must
possess to be an effective leader with
integrity at the top of the list. She also
gave tips on how to relieve the stress
that comes with being a leader. Some
participants were given bubbles to
blow as an example of a stress reliever.
“The clip she showed us from the
movie Sister Act reminded us that
leaders should be risk takers even
though it isn’t always the easiest thing
to do, ” said Rebecca Huffstetler, sopho
more class president.
During lunch a panel of alumnae
spoke to students about their experi
ences out in the work place and how
Meredith prepared them for life after
Participants returned to another
breakout session and then finished up
the afternoon with a general session
on “Building a Strong Foundation: The
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