Waypoint Tribute to Women recognizes Acting Provost Melody Graham, alumna Jane Meyer ’82

Mount Mercy Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Melody Graham and Mount Mercy distinguished alumna Dr. Jane Meyer '82 each received an "Outstanding Achievement Award" during the 2011 Waypoint Tribute to Women of Achievement ceremony on October 6, 2011.

Graham, who was honored in the category "Organizational Impact in a Non-Profit," was recognized for her outstanding contributions to Mount Mercy's success both academically and administratively. Graham currently serves as Mount Mercy's acting provost, after successfully filling several previous roles at the institution.

As dean of graduate programs from 2007-11, Graham led the effort to bring graduate education to Mount Mercy, ensuring the successful launch and growth of Mount Mercy's four graduate programs, the Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and Master of Science in Nursing. Graham oversaw these high-quality, high-demand programs, which are fully accredited and serving more than 280 students.

During her role as director of academic assessment from 2000-11, Graham responded to a Higher Learning Commission accreditation review in 2003 by developing an overall assessment plan for all academic departments. Perhaps most importantly, Graham has been a key contributor to classroom success at Mount Mercy. Graham served in the psychology department since 1991, working alongside countless students as they learned to think critically and retain material.

Graham was also recognized during the ceremony for her positive collaborative nature, her tireless work ethic, and her key leadership role with the local non-profit organization House of Hope, which she founded 10 years ago. House of Hope's mission is to "empower, encourage and equip women to live well."

Meyer, who was honored for "Achievements in Her Field," currently serves as senior associate director of athletics at The University of Iowa Department of Athletics. Her dedication, knowledge of her field, and overall commitment to the integrity of student athletic programs has propelled her to the national stage and positioned her as a strong proponent for women and student athletes.

Since 2001, Meyer has served the UI as the senior associate director of Athletics/senior woman administrator. She oversees all intercollegiate athletics facilities projects and operations. Meyer has been involved in more than $250 million in athletics construction projects, and is currently leading the $47 million renovation of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. When Iowa's campus was flooded in 2008, she led the University's clean-up effort and developed new connections for the athletic department across the campus.

For five years, Meyer was a member of the prestigious NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee, which is responsible for the administration of the NCAA Basketball Championship Tournament. She was the first Iowa athletic director selected for the Women's Basketball Committee, having been nominated for the position by the Big Ten Conference. In 2006, Meyer was named the recipient of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) Administrator of the Year Award for her excellence in athletic administration. From 1999 to 2001, Meyer was the NCAA's Director of Education Outreach.

During her years at Mount Mercy, Meyer was a four-year starter and captain for the Mustangs basketball team. She earned Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) All-America honors in 1981 and 1982 and was named the AIAW Player of the Year in 1981. Following her playing career, she coached at Mount Mercy from 1983 to 1985. Her Mustangs jersey was retired in 2001.

For the past thirty years, Waypoint has honored the accomplishments of over 1,150 women in our community during this annual banquet. The Waypoint Tribute to Women of Achievement event provides employers, friends, and family the opportunity to recognize the achievements of outstanding women in their lives. 

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