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Meredith Counseling Center adds
new support group
Counseling Center to
offer new program
focusing on self
esteem.
JULIE
STANSBURY
Staff Reporter
The Meredith Counseling
Center is introducing a new
counseling group this
semester to provide help
for Meredith students strug
gling with identity issues or
low self-esteem.
“Exploring Identity and
Self Esteem” is touted by
the Counseling Center as a
group for women who want
to fmd out more about
themselves. The first meet
ing will be Feb. 3 at 4 p.m.
and the group will continue
to meet Mondays at 4 p.m.
until Apr. 28. The group
participants will learn to be
comfortable with them
selves and will be able to
share their life stories with
supportive people.
“Our goals are to provide
experiences in the group
such as story telling and
creative activities that
allow the members to dis
cover parts of themselves
that hold strengths and
beauty, or perhaps parts of
themselves that they want
to nurture, or change,” said
Lynne Kohn, assistant
director of the Counseling
Center.
“Our focus will be on
self expression without
judgment,” Kohn added.
“Each member will learn
what feels good or impor
tant in their overall way of
relating to each other, or to
life in general.”
Kohn invites all students
to join this group. AH ses
sions will be confidential.
To join, please contact
Kohn or Lynn Shumaker at
extension 8427. Kohn said
the group will be accepting
new members at least until
Feb. 10 and possibly until
Feb. 17.
The stated mission of the
Counseling Center is “to
support and encourage stu
dents, as well as the entire
Meredith Community, to
grow emotionally, socially
and academically." The
Counseling Center helps
students cope with the chal
lenge of college and life in
a healthy way. The
Counseling Center has
counseling, support groups,
crisis interventions, disabil
ity services, psychological
consultation, an annual
seminar series and a peer
educational program.
The peer education pro
gram allows students to
gain experience with com
munication and leadership
skills within a specific
interest field.
Other programs the
Counseling Center is plan
ning for this semester
include Women’s Health
Issues Week (Feb. 24-28)
and Disabilities Awareness
Day (Mar. 26).
Eating disorders exiiibit on dispiay
in Joiinson Hail
Personal experiences
add to ttie art of
Debora Myles.
JENNA AUSTIN
Staff Reporter
The controversial work
of artist Debora Myles is
now on display in the
Johnson Hall rotunda. Her
exhibit, “E.D.,” features
drawings and sculpture
installations that capture
the feelings and changes
involved in eating disor
ders.
Her work is inspired by
her personal memories and
experiences. Myles wishes
to use her artistic abilities
to chart her daughter's
struggle with an eating dis
order. Her goal was to
make the viewers aware of
the changes one goes
through with such a disor
der and to change their per
ception of such subjects.
In her artist
statement,
Myles, an
adjunct
instructor of
studio art at
Auburn
University,
said, “what
began as a
reaction to
observed
physical
changes [in
her daughter]
grew to
include com
ponents of the
psychological
and cultural
'causes' of
this frighten
ing disease.
The drawings
suggest a nar
rative from
the onset of E.D. [eating of wood are her sculptures
One of the pieces on
display in Myles’
exiiibit.
disorders] to the bottom of
the black hole, and con
clude with a
search for
identity and
balance. This
work is
meant to
extend
beyond its
autobio
graphical
beginnings.”
Myles’
drawings
include gWs
with distort
ed, skeleton
like limbs
that appear
fragile. A
vanity sur
rounded with
mirrors, bro
ken and
unbroken,
and shreds
that symbolize broken self
images and the weightless
appeal of having an eating
disorder.
In conjunction with
Myles’ exhibit, Meredith
offered “The ARTS as
Healing Tools: A Workshop
Focused on Eating
Disorders and Healing” on
Jan. 13.
The full-day workshop
featured a presentation by
the Meredith Counseling
Center, dance performances
by Meredith students, and a
multimedia presentation by
Myles. The workshop was
free for Meredith students,
faculty and staff and
offered at a $15 charge to
the community.
The exhibit will be on
display through Feb. 16.
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