North Carolina Newspapers

Volume XII. -Issuel? January 31,1996 Raleigh, North Carolina
New trustee chairman takes the hehn
By Betsy Stewart
A man who enjoys paddling his
canoe in the creek behind his New
Bern home, Norman Kellum is now at
the helm of a much larger ship—the
Meredith College Board of Trustees.
Although his term began on Janu
ary 1 of this year, Kellum got involved
in campus afJ^ right after he was
elected in September. He has met with
the SGA Executive Board, the faculty
department headsand he attended the
administrative staff's Christmas party.
Whenever he is on campus, Kellum
eats lunch in Belk Dining Hall and
invites any faculty member to join
him. He is friendly, approachable and
interested in what people—faculty,
students and staff—have to say about
Kellum is an attorney and a New
Bern native. After earning his
bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest
University in 1959, Kellum served in
the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the
101st Airborne Division at Fort
Campbell, Ky. His military service com
plete, Kellum returned to Wake Forest
and earned his juris doctor degree. He
clerked for Chief Justice Denny of the
North Carolina Supreme Court “before
entering private practice. Until recently
he was a partner in a general practice
firm; he now speci^izes in litigating
automobile ne^igence suits and says
he especially enjoys trial work.
Kellum, who says he is 58 but looks
10 years younger, brings an energy and
enthusiasm to his job that is conta
gious. He has lofty goals for Meredith,
andhethinkstheyareattainable. “Fifty
years from now.” he said, i see
Meredith as the pre-eminent women's
university in the U.S." That’s not just a
dream, Xellum said, it is a prospect
that is "highly likely."
During those weeks the board is
not meeting, Kelltmi spends approxi
mately four hours on Meredith busi
ness. He stays in touch with President
Weems, and they speak on the phone
at least once a week. He does not now
receive copies of The Mtrtdith Her
ald, but agreed that to do so would be
a good idea. He is interested in what
students have to say. “I want to meet as
many students as I can," he said, “and
1 want them to feel free to come up and
talk to me."
Kellum is very familiar with the
challenges of being a college student in
the ‘90’s. His daughter, Beth, is a mem
ber of the Meredith class of ’92, and his
daughter, Kathiyn, is a senior at Wake
Forest, Beth now works in the securi
ties division of the office of the North
Carolina Secretary of State,
According to Kellum, one of the
best things Beth did while she was a
Meredith student was take an intern
ship at a women’s shelter. He said “that
(an internship) is one of the most valu
able things you can have on your re
sume, It should be required of all stu
dents, no matter what their major.”
Kellum believes internships help a stu
dent polish her communications skills,
both verbal and written. He thinks stu
dents should pursue internship experi
ences “every summer."
The number one item on Kellum’s
agenda for his term as chairman is an
assessment of the current curriculum.
He has asked the board to approve the
See CHAIRMAN, page 8
Kellum: New Board of Trustees
Time to kick-off elections at Meredith
By Kimberly Zucker
The election kick-off is about to
begin. The Student Government Asso
ciation will kick off electtons in the
cafeteria on Thursday. February 8. SGA
and class officers will be in the cafete
ria to answer any questions about the
different offices. Students interested
in running this year are encouraged to
Running for office is a big decision
and several things must be consid
ered. First, rising sophomores must
have at least a 2.0 GPA, and rising
juniors and seniors must have at least
Anyone interested in running must
also attend an election workshop,
Workshopswillbeheldin 101 Ledford
from 7-8 p,m, on February 12 and 13.
These wori(shops will be helpful in
detailing the responsibilities of each
job, and explaining how to make the
election vid'■os.
Campus-wide speeches will take
place at 10 a.m. in the Chapel on
Monday, February 19. These speeches
will be aired again on MCTV on Tues
day, February 20,
Elections will take place on
Wednesday, Februao'21 during lunch
and dinner. Students will be able to
vote in the Cate Center or the Dining
SGA has considered a few changes
in the schedule, so keep an eye out for
any new scheduling.
Get involved in the elections kick-
off! Whether running for an office or.
voting, be sure to play an active role in
choosing the new leaders for the 1996-
97 school year.
As the spring semester schedule at Meredith College begins to fill up,
SGA is providing the following lit of student representatives should you
need to ask questions or express concerns. Elections are almost here, so
don’t hesitate to contact any representatives for more information,
SGA Executive Committee:
June Holland
Vicc President/Senate Chair
Erica Balmer
Melissa Ray
Mandy McCullen
Honor Council Chair
Kristen Tyvoll
Student Life Chair
Amy Jo Harper
Elections BoardChair
Ashley Peay
Residence HaU Board Chair
Carmen Privette
AMC President
Rooney King
WINGS President ’
Sharolyn McManamy
Cheryl Jenkins
See LIST, page 4

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