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Elon University in the News - Late Summer 2010

Elon University professors, administrators and alumni made regional and national news in recent weeks through their research and activities, both on and off campus. Notable this August was Elon's continued praise in the annual U.S.News & World Report rankings. The following list should not be considered exhaustive and does not include all athletics news.

July 2010: Glamour: “The New Sexed-Up Office” quotes law professor Catherine Dunham on the risks that today’s young women assume when “going along” with sexual harassment in the workplace. (Not currently posted online)

7/31: Miami Herald: “Reyes is fulfilling his dream” profiles Elon Phoenix baseball pitching standout Jimmy Reyes, who was drafted this spring by the Texas Rangers.

8/1: The (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News: “Day in the life with Pocono Raceway VP/driver Nick Igdalsky” is a profile of a 1999 alum whose family owns and operates the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

8/4: News 14 Carolina: “Elon University working on geothermal field” The statewide 24-hour cable news channel reports on Elon’s sustainability efforts through an earth-friendly heating and cooling system being installed for the Colonnades residence halls. RELATED from Fox 8 WGHP on Aug. 2 “Geothermal Buildings” RELATED from WFMY News 2 on Aug. 9 “Elon University gets geothermal heating and cooling system” RELATED from the News & Observer on Aug. 8 “Going green is comfy at Elon”

8/6: The (Durham, N.C.) Herald-Sun: “Whirlwind Tour: Elon prof looks to infuse classes with Mideast experience” recounts professor Brian Digre’s experience in the Middle East this summer as part of a 2010 Fulbright-Hays summer seminar award.

8/5: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Elon names new Sports Hall of Fame class” reports on the athletes to be inducted into 40th edition of Sports Hall of Famers in September.

8/9: North Carolina News Network: “President Obama Likely To Have A Third Appointment To High Court” Assistant professor Dion Farganis talks with radio network about the possibility of President Barack Obama making a third nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

8/12: (High Point, N.C.) High Point Enterprise: “Analysts debate Iraq’s impact on elections” uses results from the Elon University Poll, and context by assistant professor and assistant poll director Mileah Kromer, to show how the Iraq war does not resonate like it once did with the electorate.

8/13: (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record: “State lawmakers face critical choices in 2011” cites assistant professor Mileah Kromer on the power and structure of state government.

8/14: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “ABSS: Going from good to great” was a guest column penned by David Cooper, dean of the School of Education, on recent test scores for schools in Alamance County. (Not currently posted online)

8/14: (High Point, N.C.) High Point Enterprise: “Rise in corporate earnings fails to add jobs” quotes assistant professor Mark Kurt on the lag between company profits and improving employment rates.

8/15: (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record: “Area's colleges continue to add students, facilities” quotes Provost Steven House on the university’s plans for the upcoming school year.

August 2010: Sierra Magazine: “America’s 100 greenest colleges” lists Elon among the most environmentally friendly colleges and universities in the Sierra Club’s annual rankings. The results were announced in August and appear in the September/October 2010 edition. RELATED from the Wilmington Star-News’ “Ever Green” blog on Aug. 16: “UNC, Duke, Elon among Sierra Club’s Cool Schools”

8/17: Voice of America (URDU TV and Express TV) via “The Platform”: In a live television broadcast in Pakistan from the Office of University Relations on campus, assistant professor Jason Kirk was one of a handful of experts who discussed nuclear topics as the relate to the United States, India and Pakistan. (Not currently posted online)

8/17: U.S.News & World Report: “Best Colleges 2011” ranks Elon #2 among 118 Southern universities, the top North Carolina school in the category, and the university leads the nation in a U.S. News “Focus on Student Success” ranking of key programs that enrich the college experience. RELATED from the (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record/Associated Press: “N.C. Colleges make U.S. News rankings” RELATED from the (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Elon ranks well in U.S. News & World Report ranking” RELATED from The Business Journal of the Greater Triad: “Triad universities ranked among best” RELATED from the News & Observer’s “Campus Notes” blog: “Local universities hit the U.S. News rankings… as usual” RELATED from the Charlotte Observer: “Carolinas schools fare well in report”

8/19: News & Observer: “Sanders paying his coaching dues at Elon” profiles Monty Sanders ’09, the new director of men’s basketball operations for the Phoenix.

8/20: The Business Journal of the Greater Triad: “Enrollment, scores climb at Elon law school” reports on trends for the Class of 2013.

8/21: News 14 Carolina: “InDepth” is a weekly segment that looks at issues of the day, and on Aug. 21, associate professor Hunter Bacot, director of the Elon University Poll, talked with news anchor Tracey Early about the political impact of the economy and Obama’s poll numbers. (Not currently posted online)

8/22: PARADE Magazine: “PARADE’S College A-List” names Elon one of the nation’s top private schools based on feedback from high school guidance counselors. PARADE has a circulation of 32 million readers and is the most widely read magazine in the United States.

8/22: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “In the Running” reports on the number of women seeking, and winning, political office in recent years. The article quotes assistant professor Mileah Kromer, who has researched the role gender plays in politics.

8/24: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Longtime Times-News editor, two others honored by Elon” is a story on the Elon Medallion ceremony from the opening ceremony on Planning Week 2010.

8/26: Gaston Gazette: “Elon alum carries Duke mission for opener” tells the story of Jim Collins ’74, the assistant defensive coordinator for Duke University’s football team, and his allegiance to the Blue Devils as they prepare to play his alma mater in football to open the 2010 season on Sept. 4.

8/30: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “From near and far, Elon freshmen hit campus” reported on move-in day for new students.

9/3: Cleveland Jewish News: “Fundraiser for multiple sclerosis hits home” shares the story of Louis Rittberger ’06 and his efforts to raise money in the fight against MS, a disease his mother battles.

9/3: The Business Journal of the Greater Triad: “Elon closer to new physician assistants program” reports on plans that Elon is studying for opening a sixth graduate program.

9/5: (Burlington, N.C.) Times-News: “Real People: Elon senior already a political veteran” profiles Nick Ochsner, who is managing three North Carolina political campaigns this fall while volunteering for a fourth.

Eric Townsend,
9/6/2010 11:32 AM